sun damage prevention

Yummy Skin Care: Eat foods that are good for your skin!

- Carrots: Vitamin A helps to prevent sun damage, dry skin, dry hair and helps your body to absorb iron which is good for the skin, too. 

- Walnuts: Biotin keeps your skin, hair and nails healthy and helps your skin to heal faster from injuries, Vitamin E protects your skin because of its antioxidative effect and may even help with neurodermitis, Omega 3s helps your body to keep your skin hydrated. 

- Water: Keeps your skin moisturized from the inside and naturally prevents dry skin,it also keeps your skin elastic and helps to transport vitamins to every skin cell 

- Spinach: Vitamin A and Biotin (see above). 

drchellybeemd  asked:

I am reaching 30, and after using a popular (but terrible) acne cleanser for the last 10 years, I am keen to minimise sun damage and fine lines, while keeping my oily/combination skin clear. This is a lot to ask, and I have been researching myself into a massive hole trying to find skincare that is as natural and not harsh as possible. Do you have any recommendations, drugstore or otherwise??

Hi there!  I absolutely have some recommendations!  Skincare is my #1 passion, so forgive me if I get a bit excited and/or longwinded in my response.  :)

Before I get into actual product recommendations, I want to make sure that you understand your skin’s current situation.  Whenever I hear that someone’s been using the same skincare product for an extended period of time (10 years!? jeesh!) I know that your skin is probably completely different now than how it was when you first started using the product.  As you are in your late 20s, your skin is beginning to phase into an entirely different “wants/needs” category than when you were a teenager!  Specifically when talking about acne - breakouts in your teens are completely different than breakouts in your mid20s-30s. Your hormones have changed, I’m sure you have different environmental stressors, and your skin is officially in the declining stage. You mentioned that you have sun damage and lines that you need to address - so its time to get away from harsh acne products, and start looking at nourishing your skin to create optimum health!

I know that you mentioned cleanser, but I must stress that it is so SO important to develop a genuine skincare routine, especially if you are seeing breakouts, damage, etc.  Cleanser is probably the least effective product to use in order to see results - it is on your skin for a short amount of time, and it’s true purpose is simply to remove impurities, and not so much to replenish the skin with ingredients it needs.  Moisturizer and/or a serum, and SPF, are going to be very important for you.  

Cleansers by nature strip the skin of its natural oils and can throw it off balance.  Often this can cause acne, rough texture, and can accentuate signs of aging.  For this reason, I recommend using a hydrating cleanser, or a cleansing oil (massage onto dry skin and then add water to emulsify and rinse).  These will nourish your skin while removing impurities and balancing you out.  

Simple Skincare Hydrating Cleansing Oil - $9

This cleansing oil melts away dirt and makeup and leaves skin feeling soft and healthy.  Contains no artificial dyes or fragrances and contains just 6 ingredients.

Burt’s Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser - $9

This exfoliating cleanser uses the powerful antioxidants and amino acids found in royal jelly (like honey) to nourish, brighten and prevent aging in your skin.

Your moisturizer is going to be an integral part of your skincare routine.  This is where you find all of the best, most effective ingredients, and they actually have time to absorb into your skin.  Look for lightweight moisturizers with ingredients that will help correct and prevent damage, as well as keep your skin clear.

Origins GinZing Moisturizer - $28

This is one of my favorite skincare products of all time.  Origins will be a GREAT brand of skincare for you to look at, because they’re very natural, super effective, and genuinely feel good and are fun to use.  This will help repair sun damage, prevent lines, minimize your pores, brighten your skin, and make you look amazing.

Sunscreen is not very glamorous, but it’s probably the most important part of everyone’s skincare regimen.  Especially for you!  Sunscreen is the best anti-aging and preventative product you could possibly use.  If you’re skeptical, I highly encourage you to check out the extensive articles I’ve written here.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Loose Powder - $12

This is a convenient, natural method for applying SPF that serves a dual purpose - it sets makeup and makes your skin look airbrushed!  Just be sure to reapply every few hours.

Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen - $7

This more traditional form of sunscreen is entirely mineral based and nourishes the skin while you wear it.

I know this is a lot of information to absorb, but I hope that it’s helpful to you!!  It’s so important to care for your skin.  Good luck!

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The Giant Post of DIY Skincare!

Hello lovlies! I have neglected this blog a little- I’m so sorry! I’m going to get right back on track asap. Today I’m going to talk about some things you can do at home from things you can find in your kitchen (if you’re in a dorm room or something these are things you can easily find and store in there as well) and they are very easy to make and use.

Just a a forewarning- I won’t be giving exact measurements, only because  it depends on what you’re using it for (e.g. are you wanting it for your face or body?) Depending on what your intended use is, you’ll need to decide for yourself how much is necessary. I will just try to tell you the proper ratio you need. Okay whew. I feel like that was a long intro. Sorry. Let’s get started! 


Yogurt & Honey ||  This mask is great if you find your skin is dull or lackluster. It’s perfect for all skin types, it will nourish dry skin and bring radiance while controlling oil on oilier skin. Yogurt by itself has such amazing skin benefits, when I was in high school I would come home from school and apply a thin layer of plain yogurt to my arms and face- it feels nice and cool and if you apply it after coming inside from the sun it counteracts the UV rays and helps to prevent sun damage. It’s kind of amazing. The lactic acid, zinc, and calcium in yogurt are all extremely beneficial to the skin. It will brighten your complexion, it helps treat dark spots and active acne, and it also has anti-ageing properties. Did I mention it’s also packed with anti-oxidants? Amazing.

So like I said before, you can apply a layer of yogurt on your skin on its own, or you can also add a drizzle of honey with it. Honey is also an excellent skin nourishing ingredient, it has antibacterial properties and is excellent if you are using this mask for the treatment of acne, it will also unclog your pores and shares the anti-ageing benefits of yogurt. 

Now, when choosing the yogurt go for something that is plain, not flavored. And try to find a yogurt that is full fat with live cultures for best results. As for the honey, raw honey is best but if you can’t find raw honey, just make sure that it is pure honey. 

Egg White & Honey || 

I myself have oily skin, so I tend to look for things that will control the oil and balance my skin. Egg whites are really good for oily skin, so I don’t recommend this for dry skin types but if you have combination skin then it should be good. Egg whites  also give your skin a glowy appearance as well as tightening the skin, so this is a good mask to do if you have more mature skin (my mom loves this mask). You’ll want to mix two egg whites with a drizzle of honey until the mixture is frothy- don’t whip the eggs into a meringue, that is not the consistency you want. It’s a pretty drippy mask but it dries very quickly. This is a good mask to do the morning or night before a big event because it will make your skin look beautiful and luminous. 


Lemon & Sugar || Sugar is an awesome natural exfoliant. Lemon juice is very acidic and might irritate your skin if you are sensitive, so make sure to test out a little bit on your skin before using it in a mask or scrub. If it causes an irritation for you, try diluting it with some water. It has skin/acne spot lightening properties and it will also treat acne because it has antibacterial properties. (You can make a honey+lemon juice mask or spot treatment for acne as well) I recommending using this scrub for your skin, if you have acne on your face and body focus on those areas, and I would avoid using this for a lip scrub because the lemon juice might dry them out. You can use brown or white sugar, but not powdered sugar (obviously you need a less fine, more abrasive type of sugar). Mix roughly 2 parts sugar to 1 part lemon juice, add more lemon juice if it seems to dry but you don’t want it to be a drippy mixture.  

Coconut Oil & Sugar || Coconut oil is moisturizing, sugar is exfoliating. Put them together and you have an awesome scrub. Again, 2 parts sugar to 1 part coconut oil. You don’t need to melt the coconut oil before using it for this scrub. 

Hair Treatments

Coconut Oil || The amount of oil you will need will depend on how much hair you have. Gently melt this in the microwave and massage it into your hair with your hands. Leave it for at least thirty minutes before rinsing it off in the shower. Your hair will look shiny and well conditioned. You can do this every week and it will make your hair very healthy. 

Olive Oil || You can use this the same way as the coconut oil, it will do the same thing. You can also mix the two. Both are very good for your hair. You don’t need to heat it before applying it. 

Other Tips 

Banana Peel || Banana peels have great acne treating nutrients in them. The next time you have a break out, gently rub the inner part of the banana peel onto the affected area. Do this each day and you will notice how good of a spot treatment this is for acne. You will want to use a fresh banana peel for this each time. 

Okay, that is all I am leaving you with today. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! I hope this was helpful and I will be doing more posts like this in the future. I hope you have a lovely day! :) 

xo, Hafsa 

Remember folks: always wash off makeup before bed to keep your pores clean, moisturize to keep your skin hydrated and prevent painful dryness, always wear sunscreen to prevent sun damage and cancer, and don’t overexfoliate or use face peels because that’ll just damage your sensitive face skin

Beauty routines should be about keeping your skin healthy and preventing it from getting chapped and hurt as winter approaches