the body shop tea tree

Products for Oily, Acne Prone Skin Master Post

Alright as requested here is the next product recommendations masterpost!

Cleanser: Pacifica Kale Detox cleanser, Neutrogena oil-free acne wash, and Origins zero oil deep pore cleanser.

Toner: Murad clarifying toner, Mario Badescu glycolic acid toner, Missha time revolution clear toner, and Nip and Fab’s bee sting fix toner.

Exfoliate: Nip and Fab extreme glycolic fix pads, The Ordinary salicylic acid 2%, and foods like pineapple, papaya, and pumpkin. 

Moisturizer: Pacifica kale luxe lotion, Aveeno ultra calming daily moisturizer, and juice beauty oil free moisturizer. 

Serum: The Ordinary’s AHA peeling serum, Mario Badesu’s vitamin C serum, and Perricone MD intensive pore treatment. 

Spot treatment: The body shop tea tree oil blemish gel, Mario Badescu drying lotion, and honey with cinnamon.

Sunscreen: Kiehls super fluid UV sunscreen, Neutrogena clear face sunscreen, and the Sun Bum facial sunscreen.

Masks: Aztec Indian healing clay with apple cider vinegar, Queen Helene mint julep mask, and Murad’s clarifying mask. 

Those are my recommendations! I’ve tried to really be conscience in picking products in all different price ranges so there are some higher end ones, but also some very affordable ones!

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April 16th, 2015

Okay, I have been using this product for about a month now and I must say it is the BEST moisturizer for oily skin! I have used other mattening moisturizers in the past that have not worked, but this keeps my face matte for a good six hours straight.

I just apply it under my makeup, but one thing I do have to say is that this product is SO mattening, makeup doesn’t spread well over it. I have to apply a primer or my Baby Lips Pore Eraser over top just to lube it up a little ahah.

It’s the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion from The Body Shop. I bought the 50ML squeeze tube for $10 plus tax, and it just smells amazing. Like a very strong, natural, tree bark or pine leaves.

My skin care essentials

Except for the occasional attack of the hormones, I’m usually pretty pimple-free (praise to the powers that be). However, I have a huge issue with blackheads in my t-zone and so I have an arsenal of blemish-slaying products (all of which are natural and vegan) to fight off these stubborn nemeses. My regime works pretty well so I thought I would share my essential products with you all.

1. Freeman’s Facial Clay Mask - Avocado and Oatmeal

This may sound more breakfast than beauty but this product is a repeat purchase of mine. Every skin-cleansing arsenal needs a clay mask and this one leaves my skin feeling amazing. I usually slap some of this on about ten minutes before I’m heading into the shower because it makes it easier to clean it off. I usually use this once a week - twice if I’m having a breakout.

2. Lush- Dark Angels

I CANNOT praise this product enough, honestly. This is like dropping a nuclear bomb on your blackheads and it leaves your skin soft and supple. You only need a pea-sized amount of the stuff, add a small amount of water and turn it into a paste. I leave it on for a minute or two before a shower to really soak up the dirt on your face. It kind of makes you look like Derek Zoolander as a coal miner (*cough cough* merman!) but it’s definitely worth it. I would use this sparingly because it is so effective that you only need to provide upkeep on the cleanliness it provides. Once or twice a week should do it and you won’t need any additional exfoliation on those days. I usually follow it up with toner, pore perfector (to help close those cleared pores) and a moisturizer. 

3. The Body Shop - Tea Tree Face Wash

Few things are quite so amazing for blemishes as tea tree oil so the Tea Tree range by The Body Shop is great to keep your skin clear and gorgeous. I even have their tea tree concealer and body wash. It’s used as a simple face cleanser so no specific instructions are needed. Lather and love.

4. Simple: Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash (with witch hazel)

I alternate this with the tea tree scrub. It includes witch hazel (witch I will rave about later on) and it’s nice and gentle. Dark Angel is enough of a nuke for your pores that you don’t need any more rigorous exfoliation so, as the brand says: keep it simple!

5. T.N Dickinson’s All Natural Witch Hazel

LOVE witch hazel because it works for just about anything. It has a naturally occurring percentage of alcohol so it’s a natural cleansing toner. It fights off infections in injuries as well. Put some on a cotton ball and apply to your skin (dry off with a towel first). A really neat trick I figured out when you have a monstrous blemish on your face: apply some witch hazel to the pad of a bandaid and cover the blemish for a few hours or overnight and it will be reduced (and sometimes even gone!) by the next day. I get nasty under the skin blemishes and it helps with that so any whiteheads are sure to be zapped by this product. It’s super affordable and can be found in any old supermarket.

6. The Body Shop: Seaweed Pore Perfector

This little bottle reduces the appearance of dilated pores to hopefully keep those blackheads away. I use this in between toning and moisturizing. You don’t need much and I just focus on my problem areas.

7. The Body Shop: Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

Can you tell I love The Body Shop yet? So this baby is the last part of my routine. It says it’s a mask but it doesn’t dry. I use a sparing amount as a moisturizer. Aloe Vera is also an amazing plant for your skin so it’s a great way to top off your daily regimen. I rub on a small amount, leave it five-ten minutes to absorb and wash/wipe off the excess. Easy peasy!

Ok so those are my favourite and most effective skincare products. They’re vegan so I hope I helped out any vegans out there who were looking for cruelty-free skincare. Hope you like these products as much as I do. Good luck soldiers in your war against blemishes!

ten essential products I live by!! otherwise known as my glow kit!!

1) The Body Shop Seaweed Clay Mask- this mask is my one and only!!! I use this once a week and it always deep cleans my skin to a perfect amount and doesn’t leave my skin feeling too dry!! (always follow up with moisturizer though!!)
2) Maybelline Clear Great Lash Mascara- I have been obsessed with clear mascara for about a year now for my lashes and brows!! I use it on my brows daily and it is a perfect prep for mascara, clump-free mascara every time!! might even be my favourite product out of all of them!
3) Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry- I don’t wear lip colour very often but when I do, it’s this one. I have multiple of the Revlon matte balms but this is my favourite colour, it’s a sort of dark mauve-y pink and I love it :-)
4) Bene-tint for Lips and Cheeks- !!! A must if you are a minimal makeup gal like me! gives a lil flush to those cheekies and lips! plus it smells like a fresh bouquet of roses…. so…
5) Celestial Moisturizer from Lush- I have been using this moisturizer for almost 3 years now and I don’t think I’ll ever turn back to a different night moisturizer!! my skin loves me because I treat it to this delicious moisturizer on the daily :-) I have acne prone, oily skin and this doesn’t over hydrate, make me break out, or ANYTHING!! it’s just an incredibly gentle and hydrating moisturizer :-) highly suggest
6) Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs- I LOV dis mainly because it’s a rollerball and those are just the handiest little friends. The scent is so light and yummy, just reminds me of good times so I think that is why I like it so much.
7) The Body Shop Vanilla Perfume Oil- heck!!!! I LOVE genuine vanilla scents. And this smells incredible and reacts incredibly well with my skin, as my neck heats up this creates a nutty vanilla smell and it’s so nice!! I love this so much, and it’s hecking discontinued so I am sad….
8) Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions mascara- rarely ever wear mascara these days but when I do this mascara never lets me down :-) classic extra black mascara
9) Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm- I always have at least two of these on me at all times!! hydrating and smells so minty and yummy!! I love these so much.
10) The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil- great for spot treatment or even making your own toner by mixing a few drops of this with warm water!! This is my third bottle this year! I also love to do steam treatments with hot water, drops of this oil and a towel over my head!!

If any of u guys have any inquiries abt any of these products or anything else, don’t be a stranger :-)

anonymous asked:

what! is! ur! skincare routine!!!?

morning routine

  • wash hands (don’t touch your skin with dirty hands🤒you should be doing this with any face/skin related routine tho)
  • I double cleanse with the body shop tea tree facial wash. I use tea tree washes because I have acne prone skin (but tea tree can be drying so even if you have oily skin make sure the moisturise well after use)
  • toner (seaweed oil balancing toner) I switch between moisturising and oil balancing toners
  • moisturiser (the body shop hemp halo protector) i’ve actually really been enjoying this moisturiser? it’s intensive so a little bit goes a long way and it’s lasted me forever
  • *depending on how dry my skin is in the morning i’ll pat in a few drops of rose hip oil into my face*
  • sunscreen!! it doesn’t really matter what brand you go for but I use more watery sunscreens to avoid white cast and cakey foundation
  • paw paw ointment (for lips)
  • then I do my makeup, hair routine, tittie moisturising etc…

nightly routine

  • I wipe my makeup off with a vitamin E makeup remover (the body shop vitamin E gentle cleansing facial wipes) or an oil based cleanser (I haven’t been using one as of late but when I do I like the face shop rice water oil cleanser or the Innisfree blueberry rebalancing cleanser)
  • cleanse with face wash
  • cleanse once more with a scrub (the body shop tea tree squeaky clean scrub) + a face washing puff
  • *on Sundays I use a vitamin E overnight moisturising face mask*
  • sheet mask! (i’ve been really into aloe vera masks lately) and just use them when you remember to honestly its not that deep
  • If i haven’t used a sheet mask I’ll move onto toner (and if i have i’ll pat in the excess essence and rose hip oil)
  • moisturiser
  • rose hip oil
  • paw paw ointment on my lips, lashes (i’ve been testing it recently because i want my lashes to be thicker but idk if it’s really making a difference? i like how they look the next morning tho) and any dry flakey spots or eczema I may have because of the weather
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Sorry i made y'all wait so long haul

Lmao I fell asleep but I’m awake here my haul

TEMT
Grey Shirt $20
Belt $10

ISHKA
Blue Shirt $40
Socks 3x $10
Tights $20
Elephant Earring $7
Gem Necklace $10

LOVISA
Septum Jewellery $23

KMART
Watch $15

EB GAMES
Badges $8
Pizza Cutter $28

BODY SHOP
Tea Tree Oil $17

TARGET
NYX Primer $20

PRICELINE
NYX Brush $25

NOT PICTURED
(Bc I ate it lol)
Cheesy Vegemite Scroll $3
Energy Drink $3

TOTAL: $279

Hell ye! Thank u lazy ishka employee I love u

anonymous asked:

Em xài Duo+ như chị nói mà sao em thầy nó chẳng hết mụn chị nhí , em chán lắm

Skincare của bạn chị như sau
👉🏻Sáng :
- Sữa rửa mặt Simple
- Toner Tee Tree của Lush
- Serum Fracora
- Đắp Lotion Mask 3 phút
- Kem dưỡng Simple
- Kem chống nắng La Roche Posay dòng Anti Shine chống bóng dầu
👉🏻 Tối :
- Tẩy trang Garnier màu hồng ( hoặc dùng bioderma )

- Sau rửa mặt La Roche Posay cho da dầu mụn nhạy cảm

- Toner La Roche Posay cho da dầu mụn nhạy cảm

- Tẩy da chết Cure ( tuần 1-2 lần )
- Đắp mặt nạ Lush ( chỉ đắp những ngày mặt lên mụn sưng đỏ nhiều ) hoặc mặt nạ giấy ( tuần 2-3 lần )
- Serum Fracora
- Đắp Lotion Mask 3 phút
- Kem dưỡng La Roche Posay cho da siêu nhạy cảm
- Kem chấm mụn La Roche Posay duo+ 

Đây là quá trình trị mụn của bạn chị,mặt c thì k có mụn nên c k trị mụn,nhưng c thường dùng tea tree oil của The body shop để chấm mụn nếu có

anonymous asked:

Sorry if you have answered this before but would you mind sharing your skincare and hair routine? xx

skin: raw honey as a face mask/cleanser. cold kefir as a face mask at night time. a lot of baths with lavender oil. cocoa butter and coconut oil rubbed all over my body. sometimes i cleanse my face with a tea tree oil cleanser from the body shop (my mom used to always send it in packages to me). vaseline on my lips and eyebrows and sometimes under my eyes before bed. lavender sleep rub on my temples at night time. rosewater (i buy a $2 one) spritzed on my face whenever i feel the urge. i shave my legs with olive oil or coconut oil (and my bikini area too). drink ice water/sparkling coconut water. 

hair: wash every two-ish days, sometimes three. i have coconut scented dry shampoo that i mostly use because it smells good, but it also gives some volume to my hair on the days i don’t wash it. when my hair is wet, i like to brush oils into it and then braid it. i like having wet hair because it makes me feel clean and fresh. i don’t have much of a hair routine and usually my hair is tied back or braided; it’s rarely down unless i’m sleeping. sometimes i rub coconut oil into the ends of my hair to help with dryness. 

i really don’t have a set routine for my skin or my hair, but i try to stay as natural and as inexpensive as possible. i don’t wear makeup and feel most comfortable bare-faced. <3

legit no one asked but skincare by me

so i’ve been doing this for like a bit over a month and my skin has gotten so much better (i have combination skin and p bad acne)

face wash

  • drunk elephant beste jelly cleanser (twice a day)
  • skin script glycolic cleanser (once a week)

toner

  • the body shop tea tree skin clearing toner
  • belief bergamot herbal extract toner

treatments

  • peter thomas roth aha/bha acne clearing gel
  • peter thomas roth acne spot and area treatment

moisturizer

  • jack black double duty face moisturizer (daytime spf 20)
  • belief the true cream moisture bomb (night)
  • belief moisturizing anf firming eye cream (night)

masks

  • glam glow super mud (once a week)
  • sheet masks (whenever i buy one like every two weeks?)
  • hey honey i peel good exfoliating cream (idk not a mask but once a week)

other notes

  • seriosuly drink water m so bad about it but it helps like bring a cup to bed or smthn
  • dont overuse product like doing a mask every day will fuck up your skin more than skipping them completely
  • clean off all your makeup off as soon as you are done for the day don’t sit around in it
  • use a mineral cleansing water or oil to get off your makeup rather than makeup wipes
  • always wash your hands before washing your face
  • if you do want to pick at blackheads use a tissue around your fingers to stop all the germs from under your nails getting into the pore

and yea thats that but really just stick to a routine and wash your face twice a day and expect it to take a bit of time to clear up this wont happen overnight

anonymous asked:

some good ass skincare shit is the tea tree oil antiimperfection solution from the body shop and it made my nasty ass skin clear as fuck, it's only $25 but it has alcohol in it

ooooh I like the body shop so I think I might check that out and save some $$$ for it, thank u!! my skin is such a mess rn so I need to it get cleared tf up

My first (documented) haul! I finally went to a different mall, and their LUSH store was double the size of my usual LUSH store! 

  • Tarte Tartelette Tease Clay Palette - $21
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (light to medium) - $40
  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette Set - $54
  • LA Hearts Purple Faux Crystal Long Necklace - $14.95
  • LUSH Cup O’ Coffee Face And Body Mask (5.2 oz) - $10.95
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Targeted Gel - $10

TOTAL : $150.90

Everyday Make Up

My everyday makeup consists of over ten products. For some, that may be too many products for everyday but I’ve become accustomed to wearing this much makeup on a daily basis. My everyday makeup consists of a mix of drugstore and high end items. It is best to first explain my skin type before I go on. Everything I use is tailored to my skin type so that my makeup looks a certain way throughout the entire day. I have combo oily/normal skin. I’m oily in my t-zone and normal everywhere else. I don’t have any issues with dryness.

MOISTURIZER


I begin with Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. I use different moisturizers for different seasons because skin reacts with the change in weather. In the winter, my skin is much drier than it is in the summer so I use a more intense moisturizer during the winter. I use the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 in the winter and it keeps my skin from feeling tight and painful. In the summer, a moisturizer like this however, is too heavy for my combo skin. The Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion contains no SPF so I mix Shiseido’s Urban Environment Oil-Free SPF 42 with it. The Shiseido sunscreen is very sticky on its own so mixing my moisturizer with my sunscreen helps it to spread more easily. If you use it on its own, you’ll realize that it’s hard to spread all over your face and leaves a sticky residue on your hands.

PRIMER

I have tried a lot of my primers, but I always come back to my Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer. Once again, because I have oily skin, I tend to reach for products that do not clog my pores and helps keep oil at bay. This primer has mattifying properties and it fills in your pores. Tea tree oil is known for its disinfecting and soothing properties, a great alternative for those with acne prone skin. Tea Tree oil reduces the redness of pimples and helps to minimize them. The Body Shop has a great range of tea tree oil products. Their Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion is one of my favorite moisturizers but I haven’t had the time to repurchase it yet, so I’m sticking with my Cetaphil for now. 

FOUNDATION


My current everyday foundation is the L’oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Mattefoundation in the shade 102. This is my absolute favorite drugstore foundation. It is my Holy Grail foundation. The texture is light and smooth. It says it lasts up to 24 hours. I’ve never worn it for 24 hours, but the foundation does last at least 10 hours without breaking down on me. This foundation is especially suited for those with oily skin. It keeps you matte, without looking flat. The finish is a demi-matte, so there is still dimension left to your face. This foundation has worked better for me than many high-end foundations. Keep in mind, I’m a Sephora VIB Rouge so I have tried a lot of high-end foundations.

The collection comes in 12 shades, which is not as great a selection as CoverGirl foundations, but it isn’t the worst. I used to mix shade 101 and 102 because 102 was still a bit darker than my skin tone, but I realized that mixing the foundations compromised the finish and longevity of the foundation. In order to make this foundation work for me, I add two drops of my CoverFX Custom Cover Drops in G30 and mix it together with my finger. Then I dot the foundation on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and blend it out with my Beauty Blender.

If you’ve never heard of these drops, they are absolutely amazing. The Custom Cover Drops itself is not a foundation. It is a pigment that you can mix with absolutely anything to create a tinted moisturizer, a full coverage foundation or a colored primer. Basically, if there is skin care that you like, you can add these color drops to your skin care. It eliminates having to wear an extra layer or two of foundation on your face. All you need is two to three drops, and you’ll get medium coverage. If you want fuller coverage, use more drops. This is a God Send because I have so many foundations that I love but the color is never quite right. These drops have stopped me from throwing my foundations out.

CONCEALER


For concealer, I use Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light Sand. It is my favorite concealer from the drug store. The consistency is very light and never settles into my fine lines. If you’re wondering why I would worry about fine lines at the age of 21, it is because I have a wrinkle under my right eye from excessive rubbing over the years. I grew up as a swimmer and chlorine would irritate my eyes so I spent a lot of time rubbing my eyes. Now, I’m paying for it at 21.

POWDER


For powder, I switch between a couple of powders, some drugstore and some high end, but lately, I’ve been using my new Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder and it is amazing. It reminds me of the Make Up For Ever HD Powder. The MUFE powder is a lot finer than the Laura Mercier powder but it leaves a white film on your skin whereas the Laura Mericer Powder is more of a very light beige tone. A little goes a long way with this powder, which is great because high-end products are expensive. Makeup is an expensive hobby, to be honest. I use a flat kabuki brush and stipple the powder all over my face after my foundation has set.

BLUSH, BRONZER, & HIGHLIGHT


For blush, I am using my Benefit Cosmestics Sugarbomb Box O’ Powder.I’ve been using this for over a year. This is more of a cheek highlight than a blush. It adds the lightest pink sheen to my cheeks and it is beautiful when the light hits it. It never looks heavy, but it does look a bit powdery sometimes. (However, all powdery cake face makeup can be fixed with MAC Fix+).

For bronzer, I use Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil. This bronzer comes in three shades - Milk Chocolate, Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. Since I’m so pale, I use the lightest shade to bronze and contour. I pop this in the hollows of my cheek, follow upwards around the edges of my face on either side of my eyes, on my jawline and on my hairline. I’ve tried a lot of bronzers and the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil line is one of my favorites because it isn’t orange like a lot of bronzers. Because of my skin tone, orange bronzers are very obvious so I stay away from them.

For highlight, I’m using the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlighter in Champagne Pop. This just came out in stores a few weeks ago and I love it. It’s basically MAC’s Soft and Gentle but better. Soft and Gentle is a beautiful highlight but it adds too much color to my cheekbones, making my face look much darker than I actually am. It’s not to say the Soft and Gentle isn’t a great product, but it isn’t for everyone. If you’re as pale as I am, then the Soft and Gentle may not work for you. The Becca highlighter however is much lighter but still has that beautiful sheen to it. It is easily one of my favorite highlighters.

EYESHADOW, EYELINER & MASCARA


The products I use for my eyes change everyday but the colors do not. I typically stick with a very neutral eye for school and work. Lately, I’ve been using my Too Faced Chocolate Bar for my eye looks. I take the color Marizpan and pop it all over my eyelid and add depth to my eyes by blending Milk Chocolate in my crease. I deepen my eyes by adding Triple Fudge in the outer corners of eyes.

For eyeliner, I use the Dollywink Liquid Liner in black. The Dollywink liner has a brush tip so it makes it easier for me to create my wing. It is one of my favorite eyeliners. It’s dark and easy to use. It took a bit of getting used to when I first started but once I got the hang of it, I fell in love with it. I have repurchased this product at least five times.

For mascara, I use Maybelline’s Falsies Mascara in black. I opt for the waterproof formulation because my eyelashes are often weighed down by any mascara that isn’t waterproof. Waterproof formulas are much drier, helping lashes to stay up better. I never buy high end mascaras because I don’t think it’s necessary. Drugstore mascaras are amazing, so there’s no need to spend triple the money on a mascara when you can buy one that does the same thing at the drugstore.

EYEBROWS
For my eyebrows, I use my Holy Grail Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite. Granite is more of a grey color. I have black hair so I use grey instead of brown. Makeup artists suggest using brown for your brows, even if you have black hair but I find that grey looks more natural on me than brown. I line the edges of my eyebrows with the brow wiz, then I brush the products upwards to fill my eyebrow with an eyebrow brush. I naturally have a good amount of hair for my brows, so I don’t need a lot of product. I’ll have a separate post going in detail about how I do my brows. This eyebrow pencil actually has a spoolie but as you can see, mine broke off. Because I’m horrible. 

Testosterone Gel Experience!

Well hi there. I’ve had a few Asks come in after I posted progress shots of how the Testosterone gel I use has been affecting my person. I thought I’d compile a general response in one post rather than answer everything separately.

Context: I am a trans*male person, I am in my mid-20s and otherwise healthy barring some old sports injuries and mild tachycardia. I started using the hormone gel on the 3rd of September 2014, at time of writing (5th January 2015) I have been using the gel for four months or approximately 17 weeks.
All my references to prices and products will be UK-based, as that’s where I am. Please feel free to reblog this with equivalent products and prices as additional comments.

What the gel is it: Testim 50mg gel, which comes in boxes of 30 x 5g tubes.

What is it for: Parsing from the gel’s leaflet - which I can scan at a later date - this gel is dosed so that it’s the same amount of Testosterone that your body would/should produce naturally on a daily basis. It is otherwise prescribed for persons with a testosterone deficiency.

How do you use it: Okay! Story time here.. I’ve got some DOs and DON'Ts for this:

  • DO - use the gel on your UPPER CHEST and UPPER ARMS. Thing where a t-shirt would cover.
  • DON’T put it on any broken skin (scratches/cuts), or mucous membranes.
  • DON’T apply it to your legs or stomach. The former isn’t too bad, the latter WILL give you stomach cramps as I accidentally did when I forgot and did that for a couple of days.
  • DO shower before you apply this stuff. It’ll help overall.
  • DO apply the gel at the same time every day.
  • DO wait for the gel to dry off before putting layers of clothing back on. This stuff is STICKY and will glue you to your layers, especially if you’re binding.
  • DON’T double dose, or otherwise, if you have missed a dose. Don’t up the dosage yourself, don’t mess with the tubes. Basically, don’t push it, I know it’s tempting.

Personal preference is that I put the stuff on i the evenings, post-shower, so I don’t have to bind afterwards. Don’t worry if you’re not on-the-hour with the application each day, it’s not as hideously vital as the female birth control hormone pill.

What can I expect to happen: This is a SLOOOOOW loading process rather than injected testosterone which loads you up with a huge amount in one go that releases into the body in a similar way to the Depo shot (both of them go in your butt!). You’re not going to get hairy overnight. Here’s what happened to me / is still happening:

  • Hair: Lower legs started to get more fuzzy at about 5 weeks, upper thighs at about 10 weeks. Facial hair is very minor at 17 weeks though I do need to shave with an electric razor every week  or so.
  • NORKS: <- I’m mature. 10 weeks down the line, notably less boobage, still need to bind. I didn’t start that big so I can’t comment on how much this would affect larger frontpillows.
  • Skin: HuUeerHRrgHh. GET READY, LADS. You’re in for a bit of a grim time here. I basically marinate myself in tea-tree oil. This should pass in time.
  • Bleeding: H'Yup. This should stop after two months on the gel, though I do NOT know if you are sterile at this stage. You may still suddenly bleed, and yes it’s going to hurt like bastarding hell (so, the usual then). This could still happen at any point so keep a couple of pads in your bag. If anyone asks, I say I’m carrying them in case female friends need them, duh, considerate human.
  • Voice: Hack Cough Spliurgh Squeak. Yeah, we’re good. I recorded myself singing folk songs before I started on T. I then recorded the same songs each week. At week 5 my voice started to crack, and over week 10-12 I could not sing. My voice is like a yo-yo right now and it’s dropped a ways! I can’t sing, which is something of a blow to an avid folk-y. Retraining required. Or bucket for tunes.
  • Muscle Tone: Flex. I’m not sedentary and I started the gel from a relatively fit shape. I have more muscle definition on my arms and across my chest (Norkage has changed shape), and down my back. My calves have gained bulk. I do not know how much of this has been due to working out more (weights, running, horse riding). My jawline has changed shape, happened from about 7 weeks.

Why choose this over the 28 day shot: I chose this because it was the faster option, frankly. I could either deal with a really transphobic GP (since changed to a different GP, who is amazing) about getting the shot ordered, or I could hand a prescription into a pharmacy and get the gel the next working day. In theory. More on the SHEER HELL I went through to get that sorted shall be covered in another post.

I also picked the gel because I can travel with it easily, and I can monitor it myself. If I ever have to move house I can ask to have the prescription continued instead of fighting more GP faff (joy). I do not currently know if you could use both the shot and the gel, I have not asked about this.

If you are sensitive to testosterone or hormone supplements I think this one might (might) be usable in half/every-other-day dosages. Ask your endocrinologist about this.

What about prices: Well, I went private for this because of the sheer fuckery that is trying to get a referral out of the NHS system. That, and I can just about afford private so I’m not going to take the NHS ‘space’ from someone who really cannot afford it.

The Testim gel works out as about ~£45.00 per box. With a prescription 'discount’ I picked up 3 boxes (3 months’ supply) for ~£133.00. I believe on the NHS prescription charge it still comes to about £30.00. I don’t know the prices for the shot on private prescription.

What else to stock up on: So, lads, you’re hulking into a gorgeous butterfly of self-identification, sweat, and acne… Wait, that’s not right…

Tea-Tree is your friend. If your skin is raging and turning you into something that could be re-purposed for buffing leather goods, then keep the products firm but gentle. Remember that for all that you scrub your skin dry, your skin will over-react and generate more oil. Scrub, cleanse, tone, and moisturize! Same goes for shaving products! Here are my recommendations:

  • Shower Gels: Body Shop Tea Tree range - always a plan, these can be a little on the harsh side but their scrub is a deity-licked gift, bonus points for Body Shop looking pretty neutral so you won’t get flak for buying from there.
    Original Source shower gels are vegan-friendly/fair-trade and all that jazz, their Lemon & Tea Tree is GREAT and also really good if you’ve got bug bites. I swear by this stuff for camping weekends!
  • Toners and Moisturizers: As above: Body Shop Tea Tree or Seaweed toners. Apply some of the toner to a cotton pad or ball, and wipe across your face/neck/shoulders etc, to settle the skin. The best skin oil I’ve found is the Sanctuary Spa: Covent Garden 'Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil’, though pricey it goes a long way and can be mixed with standard moisturizers as well.

Okay, I think that’s it for now! I’ll add more to these tags in other posts when I can. I hope this is of use.

anonymous asked:

Hello!! I am asking this to pretty much every blog I follow because I could use your help. do you use any facial creams or cleansers?? I'm trying to start taking care of my skin but nothing seems to work and it's frustrating so if you could maybe just give the name?? thanks

I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Clay Mask and Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanse