vitamins tips

some thoughts about T and its effects

- not everyone gets acne. I’ve been on T for almost four months and I haven’t had any issues with my skin except some minor pore issues. When I went through puberty the first time, I never had an issue with acne, so if that was your experience before, you may be able to avoid acne on T too. Skincare routines may not seem super masculine but they’re very important.

- clit growth isn’t always uncomfortable. I haven’t experienced any discomfort even though the growth is noticeable. I actually find I have better orgasms now

- if you looked super young to begin with or had more round facial features, it might take being on T for longer to pass. After 3.5-4 months I still get constantly misgendered, and know it will get better the longer I’m on T. Some people pass super quickly, but if you don’t, don’t lose hope

- you might be used to speaking in a more feminine way, like raising your voice higher when greeting someone or when excited. It’s easier to start speaking in more masculine ways once your voice starts to change, but ultimately, you have to make an effort to speak differently and lower. speaking of voice changes, getting a sore throat is normal and it won’t last forever

- if you eat at a slight caloric surplus, you will gain muscle way easier than when you were pre-T. I used to lift daily for a year straight and now just lifting consistently for a couple weeks, my muscles are more noticeable and my arms more lean than before T. so take advantage of it! lift some weights! plus you’ll be able to broaden your shoulders with the right workouts

- everyone’s preferences are different. if you want to go the injection route, cool! if you want to use gel, also cool! I personally prefer the gel because I’m able to keep a consistent level in my body instead of getting peaks and valleys from longer lasting injections

- not everyone experiences an increased sex drive - I haven’t, and that’s totally okay! also, don’t expect to have tons of energy when you start T. I’ve found that my energy levels have remained stable (but overall quite high, as I’m very active)

- after 3-4 months you’ll notice your voice start to crack and your fat start to redistribute; however, the time period is different for everyone - it’s totally fine if your voice changes earlier or if the fat distribution takes longer. Be patient!

- It’s completely fine if you’ve started T but haven’t fully socially transitioned - that’s where I’m at. I’m working on coming out to more people and presenting fully masculine, but it’s okay to take your time coming out as trans! Do what feels comfortable and safe for you

- Don’t buy a binder that’s going to be too small. You might think it’ll make you flatter, but you want to be able to breathe and not damage your ribs. There’s no shame in sizing up. Speaking of binders, my best results have been from gc2b binders and I actually find them very comfortable!

- FINALLY: there is no right way to be a man, or transmasculine nonbinary, etc. Go with your own fashion sense! Do makeup if you want! Wear crop tops if you want! Are you skinny? Muscular? Heavy? Doesn’t matter! All body types are masculine body types (that being said, men’s clothing and men’s shorts do a great job at hiding hips and curves).

Advice/info from my vegan doctor

🌿vegans are overall more sound of health than non vegans and are less prone to all sorts of health issues like high cholesterol, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, etc

🌿the only way to get (bad) cholesterol is from animal products OR when your own body produces it (your body produces both good and bad cholesterol!)

🌿VEGANS DO NOT NEED TO TAKE VITAMINS! vitamins are extremely unregulated, and it’s so much more likely that you will take a vitamin that has too much of something and will poison you or cause other health problems rather than it helping you. Unless you have an extremely limited diet or a precondition, you are almost certainly getting everything you need! Vegans usually have a MORE balanced and nutrient rich diet than non vegans. The average person, vegan or not, doesnt need to worry about vitamins. But if you feel off - see your doctor first before taking any sort of vitamin supplement.

🌿studies have shown that if you could have one food to survive off of for the rest of your life, it would be SWEET POTATOES. Why? They are one of the most nutritionally sound foods in the world. The Okinawan people have a history of living 100+ years on average and a huge staple in their diet was sweet potato! Also, aside from all the other vitamins and nutrients found in sweet potatoes, they are packed with beta-carotene which can help prevent cancer. A study showed that people who ate enough beta-carotene per day (found in 1/3 of a sweet potato) were almost 70% less likely to develop breast cancer than people who didn’t consume as much beta-carotene. Additionally, you should NOT just go out and buy a beta-carotene supplement! Vitamins and nutrients you get from supplements are not the same as when you absorb the nutrients from food. Beta-carotene supplements have actually shown to make it more likely for people who smoke to develop lung cancer… Summary? Throw out the supplements and vitamins (unless otherwise specified by your doctor) and start stocking up on sweet potatoes! They are versatile and can be made sweet or savory (you can seriously season them any way you want and it’s delicious, last night I had curry seasoned sweet potatoes), can be used in a huge variety of recipes -like vegan Mac n cheese- and can also just be microwaved for a quick meal! (Pro tip: a cheap, fast, filling and nutritional meal is a microwaved sweet potato with a side of seasoned beans (always rinse beans first before cooking))

I will add more to this as I continue to see my doctor!

anonymous asked:

Hi! Would love to hear your opinion on anti-aging skincare and especially exfoliting acids, sunscreen and vitamin C-serums. I’ve read very conflicting information online i.e. Sunscreen protect against photoaging but could cause skincancer, exfoliants promote cell renewal but makes skin age faster and vitamin serums with antioxidants are more harmful than good. Just thought I’d ask since you seem interested in skincare. I seem to remember you writing a paper for uni...Thank you! 🙏🏼😊

who told you sunscreen causes skin cancer oh my goodness i promise i just wanna talk and possibly fight

yes, i’m more than interested in skincare — i wrote a review paper on acne and skincare, i’m working as a cosmetic formulator and my thesis involves creating a line of skincare products! you came to the right place!

for these basic misunderstandings, it is true — there’s a lot of conflicting information floating on the internet, and i have a bone (a whole skeleton) to pick with the influencers and bloggers who spread misinformation when they have zero qualifications and are just spewing fear-mongering for the clicks or, more commonly, regurgitating the PR spiels that brand marketing teams pay them to promote. so, to get a trustworthy basis of knowledge, i highly recommend listening to scientists and dermatologists, looking for peer-reviewed papers (intimidating at first, but really the basis for any knowledge) and being very critical of whom you’re trusting.

a good starting point for beginners that i really recommend is the book “the skincare bible: your no-nonsense guide to great skin” by dr. anjali mahto, or, if you cannot get your hands on the book — find her on instagram and read through her posts for very handy information that is up to date with the latest scientific consensus.

✨💖 some quick-fire skincare mythbusting 💖✨

i don’t have the time to find citations for all of what i’m going to say below, but i can find them for you upon request. this is, as far as i am aware, the current state of the art in cosmetic science with regards to the topics you’ve brought up:

  • anti-aging skincare: anything that promises to ‘reverse’ aging is bogus, unless it’s a retinoid. most anti-aging claims are based on short-term, mild improvements to the appearance of skin elasticity and wrinkles (i.e. a moisturizing ingredient making your skin look more plump) OR on preventative measures (i.e. sunscreen and antioxidants). retinol is the gold standard, as are the other retinoids, and they have some ‘age-reversing’ abilities, up to a point.
  • sunscreen: IS THE ONE TRUE ANTIAGING AGENT. the vast majority of skin aging is due to sun exposure!! skin cancer rates are lower by far in populations that apply sunscreen religiously! you should wear it daily (indoors, outdoors, if it’s cloudy, doesn’t matter! you can skip it at night, obvi) and at a minimum of 20 spf, though if you’re pale and you live anywhere that gets medium to high sun exposure, spf 50 is your bestie. seriously. there are spfs that are easy to apply and feel and look great (not in america due to FDA being retrograde, just go for asian ones)
  • exfoliants: do not make skin age faster?? 
    • okay here’s the thing about aging, it happens due to damage to DNA essentially, due to intrinsic factors (as the cells divide again and again errors happen and the chains shorten slowly) and extrinsic (mutagenic effect of some substances or SOLAR RADIATION). exfoliating acids (AHAs/BHAs) are safe for use in the concentrations found in skincare products (the restrictions on salycilic acid are increasing due to hormonal disruption concerns but it is safe within the restrictions).
    • so exfoliants simply get rid of dead skin cells that make your skin look dull, clog pores and induce acne, etc. they can have a resurfacing effect which makes skin look brighter and more youthful and so are common in anti-aging routines. the concern you should have with these is increased photosensitivity. the solution? wear sunscreen daily.
  • vitamin serums: of course, this will vary upon the specifics of each formulation, and different people’s skin may respond differently, but these are still a gold standard of skin care! vitamin c is a personal favourite, as is niacinamide, and vitamin e is very good as an emollient/skin nourishing active. i honestly cannot see what harm people may be concerned about among the vitamins that are allowed in cosmetics, other than photosensitivity with vitC for instance (again, wear sunscreen as you should be and you’re fine!)

i honestly wish people who are not informed and companies who want to disloyally promote their products as superior by speading fearmongering info smearing the competition would STOP. sorry if i got a bit rant-y here! but really! listen to derms and scientists, use critical thinking, and remember brands and influencers want to make money first and foremost!

if you have any more skincare q’s, or if you’d like me to dedicate a more in-depth post to any of these topics, just let me know and i’ll be happy to do so!

Skincare Guide:

Dark spot treatments:

Raw African shea butter

African black soap

Organic pure aloe vera gel

Apple cider vinegar & Aztec healing clay mask

  • Tip: Exfoliate face to clear dead skin cells and apply dark spot treatments before moisturizer for better results, repeat in the morning

Zit zappers:

Tea tree oil

10% benzoyl peroxide

Apple cider vinegar & Aztec healing clay mask

  • Tip: If you don’t have time for the face mask grab a Q-tip and dip it in apple cider vinegar and apply to zits/dark spots for speedy results

Shrinking pores/oil reduction:

Pure witch hazel

African black soap

Apple cider vinegar & Aztec healing clay mask

Charcoal cleanser/mask (try to find organic/pure products)

  • Tip: Taking vitamin A helps reduce oil production in skin as well as the scalp but watch how much you take because it can be too drying if you take too much/use frequently

Healthy/dewy glow:

Cocoa butter

Raw African shea butter

Jojoba oil

Coconut oil

Charcoal cleanser/mask

Organic Aloe Vera gel

Something exfoliating (buffer pads are my go-to)

  • Tip: Exfoliate in the shower with a buffing pad and body wash that doesn’t have sulfate, silicones and harsh chemicals! The less ingredients the better overall and you’ll notice the difference in your skin after a while

Lip care:

Jojoba/Aragon/olive oil mixed with sugar (lil scrub)

Chapstick of choice (nothing with menthol, anything organic, my fav is moonvalley organics velvet vanilla)

Raw African shea butter


  • Lip tip: Apply generous amount of aquaphor on lips and rub off with wash cloth in the morning and use regular chapstick/shea butter for the ultimate plump smooth soft lips

You know I love me some Vitamin C.

For the last few months, I have been using these two vitamin c products from Derma E. I have combination skin, acne prone skin with dry sensitive cheeks and an oily forehead. I have acne scars.


Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water: Purified Water, Propanediol (Vegetable Derived), Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer (Plant Derived), Polysorbate 20, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C, Stay-C® 50), Phytic Acid, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Vegetable Derived), Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus (Probiotic), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance Oils.

Vitamin C Concentrated Serum: Purified Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C, Stay-C® 50), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived) , Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Propanediol (Vegetable Derived), Microcrystalline Cellulose (Plant Derived), Cellulose Gum (Plant Derived), Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Vegetable Derived), Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus (Probiotic), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel Extract *, Allantoin, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance Oils.


I used both of these products in my every day routine. 

Morning: warm water, Vitamin C Micellar Water, moisturiser, SPF
Evening: Vitamin C Micellar Water, cleanser, toner, essence, Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, moisturiser

My skin often does not react well to new products, but neither of these products broke me out. They both have a pleasant sweet orange smell, not very strong, a little bit like those vitamin c supplements you can get.

The Micellar Water did a good job taking off my makeup. If you have heavy makeup, it may take two cotton pads, but all in all it is an effective makeup remover. In the morning, I used it to help take off any dirt or sweat from the night. When it dried on skin there was a very slight film-like feeling, but as I followed it with other products, this quickly went away.

The Serum has a mildly silicone-like texture. This is not from a silicone, but probably from Ethylhexyl palmitate, which is a palm oil derivative used as an organic substitute for silicone. It went onto skin smoothly and felt soothing. 

I think that these products helped my acne scars. A few very dark ones have faded a lot, very fast. It’s also worth noting that I used the Serum on some body scars and noticed some slight changes in them, too. 

I would definitely recommend both of these products to people looking for vitamin c products. 


And why you should be taking them -.-

• Vitamin A : Aids in the formation and over all health of soft tissues, bones, mucous membranes, teeth and skin.

• Vitamin B6 : A.K.A pyridoxine. Lends a hand in forming red blood cells and also maintaining brain function. This vitamin is important in maintaining proteins that are part of many chemical reactions in the body. The more you eat protein, the more pyridoxine your body needs.

Vitamin B12 : Plays a big role in metabolization, while also helping form red blood cells and maintaining the central nervous system.

Vitamin C : A.K.A ascorbic acid, an antioxidant that improves the health of teeth and gums. Aids the body in absorbing iron and maintaining healthy tissue. It is essential for healing wounds.

Vitamin D : Known as the “sun vitamin,” because it is created by the body from being in the sun. For most people - You only need 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight 3x a week to produce the right amount of vitamin D. It is hard to get the right amount of vitamin D from food. Vitamin D makes it easier for the body to absorb calcium. Calcium is essential for normal development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Also it helps in maintaining the right amount of blood levels of calcium and phosphorus in the body.

Vitamin E : An antioxidant known as tocopherol that aids the body in forming red blood cells and boosting the effects of vitamin K.

Vitamin K : Helps with bruising . Some studies found it is important for bone health.

Biotin : Assists in metabolizing proteins and carbohydrates/ the production of hormones and cholesterol.

Niacin : A B vitamin. Helps in the up keep of healthy skin and nerves. At high doses it has cholesterol-lowering effects.

Folate : Works with vitamin B12 to aid in the formation of red blood cells. Needed for the production of DNA that manages tissue growth and cell function. Pregnant women should be sure to get enough folate or it can cause birth defects like spina bifida. A lot of food is now fortified with folic acid.

Pantothenic acid : Essential for the metabolism of food. It also plays a role in making hormones and cholesterol.

Riboflavin : Vitamin B2 , teams up with the other B vitamins. Important for growing and regeneration of skin and the making of red blood cells.

Thiamine : Vitamin B1, helps cells change carbohydrates into energy. Having the right amount of carbohydrates is extremely essential while pregnant and breastfeeding, and for heart function and exquisite nerve cells.👌

Choline : Aids in the function of the brain and nervous system. Having a choline deficiency will cause swelling in liver.

Carnitine: helps the body to change fatty acids into energy.

#Mango leaves which you may often discard can actually work as a great herbal medicine. #Mangoleaves are full of healing and medicinal properties. They are reddish or purplish when tender and new, and grow into a dark green color and have a pale underside.

These leaves are fleshy and shiny with a sharp tip containing vitamins C, B and A. They are also rich in various other nutrients. These leaves have powerful #antioxidant properties as they have a high content of flavonoids and phenols. They can be boiled in water to make a decoction or can be consumed in powdered form. In South East Asia, the tender leaves of the mango tree are cooked and eaten. Also for medicinal purposes young leaves should be used.
Mango leaves are very useful for managing #diabetes. The tender leaves of the mango tree contain tannins called anthocyanidins that may help in treating early diabetes. The leaves are dried and powdered, or used as an infusion to treat the same. It also helps to treat diabetic angiopathy and diabetic retinopathy. Soak the leaves in a cup of water overnight. Strain and drink this water to help relieve the symptoms of diabetes. It also helps in treating hyperglycemia.

Mango leaves help lower the blood pressure as they have hypotensive properties. They help in strengthening the blood vessels and treating the problem of varicose veins.

Mango leaves help treat kidney stones and gall bladder stones. The daily intake of a finely ground powder of mango leaves with water kept in a tumbler overnight, helps in breaking the stones and flushing them out.

The remedy for healing painful burns is to apply mango leaf ashes to the wounded area. This soothes the skin and brings relief.

Put some mango leaves in warm water, close the container with a lid, and leave it overnight. The next morning filter the water and drink this concoction on an empty stomach. The regular intake of this infusion acts as a good stomach tonic, flushes out toxins from your body and keeps your stomach clean.