Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Pssst… your scalp needs exfoliation as well!

Why you need to exfoliate your scalp

Like all other skin on our body, the scalp also needs to breathe. It needs oxygen, moisture and nutrients. And since our hair is rooted in the scalp, it is kind of important!

Exfoliating provides all the same benefits for your hair and scalp as it does for your face: it helps remove product build up from hair spray, gels and pomades that can clog hair follicles and weigh down the strands. It also removes dead cells and treats scalp acne (gross but it exists!). Plus, the extra stimulation helps boost circulation, which increases hair growth.

And if you have dandruff, a scalp scrub can help eliminate flakes. Neglecting your scalp, on the other hand, can result in hair damage and premature hair loss.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Why sex is good for your skin. And hair. AND it’s all backed by science!

Last week, when I was ranting to my dermatologist about a sudden outcrop of acne and dull-as-dishwater complexion, she said all I needed was more sex. Um? Uh? What? Because… WHAT?

Strangely enough, it seems she isn’t the only skin expert who believes that more sex might be the answer to everything from acne to wrinkles. The more I research this subject, the more fascinating it gets… and there is loads of science to prove the connection as well. Dr. Yvonne Fulbright, author of The Better Sex Guide to Extraordinary Love Making, recounts a study where 3,500 men and women were put on one side of a two-way mirror and participants on the other side had to guess their age. The group with an active sex life had their age underestimated by an average of 10 years, while consensus was that the group with infrequent sex actually looked older!

So, forget those expensive moisturisers and serums: maybe a tumble in the sheets is all that your skin needs. And if you need any more convincing, we’ve asked a few experts to explain exactly how having more sex is good for our skin.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Announcing the Winner of the Swaddle Designs Muslin Blanket!

It's time to announce the winner of the Swaddle Designs giveaway. One lucky person will win a Muslin blanket from the awesome Swaddle Designs. The winner is...

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Beauty DIY: An ultra-easy face mask to unclog and shrink those mammoth pores

It’s probably the most asked question on this blog: How do I tackle enlarged pores? In fact, if we had our way, pores would do their job absolutely invisibly – the job being to act as the gateway through which skin’s sebum (natural oils) and toxins are thrown out, while water, air and beauty potions are absorbed.

Unfortunately, the invisible part rarely happens. Especially if you have oily skin or are more than 20-years-old. Oily skin has pores that are larger than average (to release all that excessive sebum). And as you grow older, skin loses pore-tightening collagen and elastin, making pores sag further. The result? Since enlarged pores don’t reflect light as easily, skin looks rough, bumpy and lacklustre – never an ideal scenario.

And that’s not all: Because pores have to deal with so much oil, dirt, leftover residue and dead skin cells every single day, they can easily become clogged. When this happens, blackheads or whiteheads appear and, if not treated properly, these further lead to acne. When the clogging becomes chronic, the pore walls stretch even further, creating a vicious cycle.