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Guest Post – Thank Your Skin with Hyaluronic Acid!

If you have been applying layers of powder just to correct your skin’s excess shine, you’re committing a serious mistake. You see, applying powder won’t just make you look cakey, but it can also cause closed comedones (read: acne) and zits. And that’s the last thing you want to happen, right?

Listen, if you want to get a more even and radiant finish, your makeup products aren’t the only things you have to be concerned about. Prepping your skin matters, too. And to tell you the truth, a properly prepped skin can make a huge difference in the coverage and longevity of your makeup.

Now, you’re probably wondering: How do I prep my skin?. One of the best things you can do is exfoliate your skin. Getting rid of dead skin cells can make your skin more even, allowing you to apply your makeup easier.

Another tip is to make sure your skin is moisturized. Look for ingredients that have hyaluronic acid as it has a really potent hydrating property. It can provide a long-lasting moisture so your skin stays plump and smooth even after you apply your makeup.

And you know what else?. Hyaluronic acid isn’t just great for moisturizing the skin. It also has the ability to fight signs of skin aging. By locking in moisture, it can prevent the skin from sagging. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles so you won’t have to layer too much foundation on your skin just to hide them.

With its ability to strengthen the skin’s barrier, regular use of skin care products with hyaluronic acid can increase your skin’s protection against UV rays, too. With so many benefits, this is one of the best ingredients you can use on your skin.

Still not convinced?

Here’s an infographic about hyaluronic acid you might want to check out :

Hyaluronic Acid

About the Author :

Hannah

Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to providing honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Click here to check out her latest article.

Thanks to Hannah for sharing this amazing infographic and article with my readers ♡

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Five Skincare Treatments to Try to Reduce Your Body Fat!

Skincare and weight loss are two of the top things that concern most people today and the industry is booming with no signs of decline in the coming years. Skincare companies are on the rise, since the demand for beauty and wellness products and services is ever surging and with new technological upgrades and breakthrough in skincare and fat reduction, the needs are expected to boost. Treatments that provide both skincare and fat reduction are ever popular, as they hit two big birds with one stone. These treatments are highly sought- after and success stories never run short.

The combined power of skincare and fat reduction makes these treatments not only appealing but cost- beneficial in a sense. Here are the top treatments that offer this dual effect:

1. CoolSculpting

What is Coolsculpting? This latest fat reduction with huge skincare effect treatment is one of the most popular procedures in non- invasive and non- surgical treatments. Through a patented cooling technology, targeted fat areas are frozen and then natural fat cells reduction is induced. This treatment also takes off pesky cellulites under the skin that results in a smoother, younger look.

2. Cellulaze

Hailed as the very first FDA-Approved cellulite “cure”, Cellulaze works by inserting a small laser tube under the skin, the laser heats up and melts fat lumps and pockets while softening the bands of tissues that keep them together. As cellulite or fat is reduced, the skin outside is also improved and given a fresher look. The skin also ends up being tighter, keeping sagging and fine lines away.

3. Vanquish

This non-invasive, non-surgical, painless and generally comfortable procedure has many people wanting for more. Vanquish made a good name in the industry with countless of procedures done annually in different parts of the world. This treatment works with the use of Radio Frequency (RF) directed to target fat cells. Heat is applied to the target area and destroys fats without damaging the skin. The result is an optimum reduction in body fat and a tighter, smoother skin.

4. ZWave

Introduced in the market and approved by the FDA in 2015, ZWave is one of the well- known innovative treatments for skin care and weight loss. This treatment is also non- invasive and non-surgical. It works with the use of high energy radial shockwaves to target areas for fat reduction and cellulite management. Many beauty experts are giving positive feedback to ZWave with great potential to provide the required result for many.

5. Mesotherapy

Although not performed in the United States as it is not approved by the FDA, mesotherapy is a popular procedure in many countries in Europe and Asia. It uses vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes injected under the skin to break down fat and manage cellulite problems resulting in fat loss and tighter skin.

Treatments vary in effect and cost and there is not one that can serve as a cure-all for cellulite and weight loss. Hence, a practical expectation must be set and caution must be observed in undergoing any of these treatments to avoid problems.

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Three ways that LED Light Therapy can help you!

There are many factors that may make the skin age. While it is natural that as people grow older, so will their skin, there are also certain things that can speed up that process of aging.

While flowers and trees may benefit from exposure to the sun, the same cannot be true for the skin. Sun exposure is most probably the main culprit of the skin aging. Good thing that with the advancement of technology, there are now many treatments available that can result in younger-looking skin.

One of those treatments is LED light therapy. LED is short for Light Emitting Diode and the process is simple. The LED emits infrared light which is directed into the skin. It was actually originally developed as a way to speed up the process of healing wounds, but along the way, they saw the effects it had on the skin.

Here are just some ways that LED light therapy can bring benefits to you and your skin. Take note that there are different colors in the light spectrum and the effects of the therapy also depend on what color is used on your skin.

1. It helps you achieve younger-looking skin – most people would want to look younger than their actual age and LED light therapy can achieve that. When the red light is used, the skin’s blood circulation is boosted, thereby more nutrients go to your skin. Aside from that, the fibroblasts also produce more collagen and elastin, which results in plumper and firmer skin. It can even reduce some pains in some cases and accelerate the healing process and skin repairing process.

2. It can get rid of acne – the sad truth is that not everyone says goodbye to acne after their teenage years. There are still many adults who suffer from this condition. But with LED light therapy, there is now a pain-free and affordable way to combat it. With the blue light, the bacteria that is found deep in the skin, the ones responsible for acne is destroyed. This happens as the light activates porphyrins, which is produced by p.acnes, the acne-producing bacteria. As porphyrins becomes activated, it in turn destroys the p.acnes bacteria, thereby preventing acne in the skin.

3. It can even out skin discoloration and skin redness – if your skin has discoloration or is pigmented, or you have spider veins or skin redness, LED light therapy can be used to treat all of these conditions. When the green light is used, the production of excess melanin is inhibited and it also breaks up the melanin clusters on your skin’s surface to even out the discoloration.

These are just some of the benefits that one can get if they avail of the LED light therapy. All you have to do now is decide on what type of treatment to get, depending on what your skin needs. Whether you want to get rid of your acne or reduce the wrinkles on your face, then can be achieved through this process. Check out this site that offers treatment through LED light therapy and choose which option works best for you.

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Three ways that anti-aging skin care can improve your skin!

If you’ve never thought of having a skin care regimen, you need to rethink your decision. You may think that you will be just wasting your time and most especially money when you buy the products that you see being sold all over the malls and online.

If you don’t know yet, your skin is an organ and like any organ in your body deserves care and maintenance. If you exercise and eat a healthy diet in order for your body to be healthy, then adding a skin care program will just add to making yourself healthy.

If you are still hesitant about using anti-aging skin care, check out the benefits you can have from them below. These are just some of them and there are much more that you can find if you just do a little research.

1. They will make you look younger than your age – who does not want that youthful glow? And did you know that I t can be achieved without having to put on all sorts of makeup on your face? There is a way to get rid of those dark spots on your face, or to reduce the fine wrinkles all over your eyes. Anti-aging products are packed with ingredients such as collagen or antioxidants that help the skin brighten and glow.

2. Using them will make your skin healthier and firmer – do you hate looking in the mirror because you see that your skin has started to sag? Using certain products can make your skin firmer and bring back the elasticity that your skin lost due to aging. There are products that bring nourishment to the skin so that it can actually repair itself faster.

3. They will delay the delay the damage that your skin may get – there are so many factors that contribute to the skin aging. It may be due to sun exposure, stress, genetics, or just you not taking care of your skin for a long time. While there is really no reversing skin aging, much like getting old cannot be reversed, there is a way though, to delay the inevitable. Getting started at a young age can result in reducing the effects of the factors mentioned above.

These are just some of the things that having an anti-aging skin care regimen can bring to your life. Don’t think that you will just need this when you start feeling the effects of aging in other parts of your body. The earlier you start, the better the results will be.

If you are not sure how to begin your skin care, you can start by familiarizing yourself with phytoceramide. This ingredient can bring such effects to your skin that it would like you went under the knife or had Botox without actually having to do it.

Think of healthy, glowing wrinkle-free skin done the natural way. There are many ways to introduce phytoceramide to your skin, whether through cream or supplement. For more information, click here for the best phytoceramide products that you can find on the market today.

Incredible iHerb discount code for UAE customers!

Holla! If you are in UAE & love online shopping, now is THE time to try iHerb. Never before offer!

$20 off any purchase of $40 or above. Valid till 11th July 2017 & for first time customers only.

Link is :

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All discount codes are attached to this link. Ships from US to UAE in 3 – 4 days via DHL.

Check out all 12 of my iHerb hauls by clicking here.

iHerb literally has everything that you want and need except for clothes and electronics. Go for it!. You will love the site as much as I do.

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Why Improving Beauty Naturally is Important..

How do you define beauty?. When do you consider yourself to be at your most beautiful?. While many women would readily confess that they never leave home without putting on at least some type of makeup on their faces, there are those who would rather go bare-faced.

The beauty industry is undoubtedly one of the biggest in the world. Every year, women spend thousands of dollars on new products that are advertised to guarantee instant results. But can these products really make you more attractive to the people around you?. While it may be true that makeup and enhancements may make you more attractive to others, there are some scientists who argue that it’s not really the makeup that attracts people to you. Rather, it is your physical beauty and the attributes that you are born with that do so.

There may be many reasons why women or even men use makeup or other beauty products to enhance their physical features, but ultimately it is their natural look that would make them stand out from the rest.

The truth is you don’t need to spend too much money to be able to look your best.  There are times that the products you put on your face can do more harm than good on your face, skin, and body. Do not fall victim to the instant results as the truth is there are no shortcuts to having flawless skin and a perfect body.

You need to work hard to achieve them. And you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars either. Did you know that there are common household items that can help you improve your beauty naturally?. Take honey for example. It has been used by our ancestors for a number of reasons, including as a cure-all for ailments. Other foods such as lemon, tomato, and cucumber can do wonders for the skin as well.

You also need to focus on not only what you apply on your skin, but what you consume as well. Many do not realize that simply changing your diet can do wonders on their skin’s glow. If you refrain from foods that may be bad for you and opt to eat more fruits and vegetables, you will clearly see the difference.

Improving your beauty naturally can be easy. Whether you have oily or dry skin, there is a way for your beauty to improve naturally without applying chemicals onto your skin. Are you conscious about your acne problem and would like nothing more than to get rid of that pesky pimple. There are many methods you can use such as the mask method or even the ice cube method to get rid of them.

There are many websites that have done their research and listed down hundreds of tips for everyone to improve their beauty naturally. Hack Yourself Pretty is one of those websites. Do you have oily skin?. If so, they have some tips for people like you, so check it out here. Go to the website to find more useful reviews and tips to help you get started on your journey to having natural beauty.

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Review : May 2017 Glamego – Most affordable beauty subscription box in India!

Hey guys,

Today’s review is about Glamego, India’s most affordable beauty subscription box. At only Rs 299 (Approx AED 17!), May’s box is so worth it because it contains four full sized skincare products from premium, organic brands with a total worth of Rs 814!. It came in an eco friendly, simple box with Glamego’s [quite stylish] logo on it. Here are the products and my opinions about them :

Glamego

Glamego May box

Premium Himalayan Crushed Roses foot soak/Bath salt by Soap Square – Man, the scent of this!!. It’s heavenly. It’s like you stepped into a rose garden. It contains Rose petals, which are rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties along with Pink Himalayan salt & Rose oil.

Pink Himalayan salt roses bath salt

I never knew bath salts could be of such high quality. This is the best bath salt I have tried. I used it as an exfoliator since it’s crushed to a fine form. It leaves the skin feeling really soft and scented. The divine scent actually stays in the shower for hours on end. When I got it, it had hardened into a block. But, it can easily be crushed. This brand is paraben free, crueltyfree, SLS free, vegetarian, natural and handmade. The benefits of using Epsom salt bath salts and foot soaks are many. I am yet to use this in a foot soak.

This pack containing 140 gms is worth Rs 400.

Choco Strawberry lip cream by Vedic Line – This one has the wonderful scent of chocolate. It has cocoa butter and beeswax, both being ingredients that are known to deliver moisture & softness to our lips. Funny enough, I don’t find ‘Strawberry’ listed in the ingredients list!. Huh?. Strange. Anyways, am in love with this creamy, indulgent & rich lip cream ♥

Choco lip cream

It is 15 ml & worth Rs 85.

Neem Caffeine face wash by M{Caffeine} – This brand is India’s first caffeinated personal care brand. Quite interesting!. Coffee is an ingredient that has been found to be pretty beneficial to skin, be it in DIYs or skincare products, for it’s high antioxidant properties.

M caffeinated face wash

Seeing Neem on the label, I had a feeling that it’s not a match for my skin type (normal/dry) since it’s usually found in products targeting those with acne taking into consideration it’s antiseptic properties. But surprisingly, it felt great on my skin. It didn’t leave a dry, stretchy kind of feel. Instead, my skin felt hydrated and refreshed.

It has a pretty great scent. Actually it reminds me of that fresh, sharp scent that men’s aftershave has!. I love it and so does my husband :). It also contains Vitamin E which gives a healthy glow to the skin. It’s texture is thick and gel like. For that reason, you just need a teeny tiny amount each time you use it. This 50 ml bottle will last quite a while. It’s worth Rs 199.

Lavender scented handmade soap by BioBloom – One of my most favorite scents ever is lavender and am glad I got this. Some received other variants in their boxes such as Rose soap & Neem & Aloe Vera soap. The scent is soft, relaxing & pleasant. This soap has a creamy feel on touch and lathers just right. It cleanses well. This brand is free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Formaldehydes, SLS etc.

Lavender scented soap

It is 100 gms & worth Rs 125.

Overall, am happy with the value Glamego delivered this month. It’s price, Rs 299 is inclusive of shipping too (only in India)!. How amazing is that?. Definitely a beauty subscription box worth checking out. Sign up here.

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Note: This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Review : Nature Republic’s Real Nature Aloe Sheet Mask!

Hey guys,

Recently Skin18 sent me Nature Republic’s Aloe Sheet mask, as part of their ongoing Reviewer Programme (which you can join too, even if you are a newbie blogger (Minimum requirement : 500 followers), by clicking here).

Nature Republic sheet mask

It came wrapped in a thin cover which had stars and zodiac signs printed on it. So pretty!

I like the concept of sheet masks. They are easy to use and fuss free. Ok, so this mask has the most realistic visual of Aloe Vera, printed on it’s pack. It’s beautiful & attractive enough to make anyone reach for the pack. Inside, I found the mask that is composed of three layers of cellulose, that’s brimming with essence. I found most essence on the mask itself and next to nil dripped inside the pack.

Nature Republic sheet mask

Here is the sheet mask pack. It came with a Thank You card from Skin18.

The essence has a light, pleasant scent and is thick, cool to touch and non oily. It says here on the pack that it should be applied on cleansed skin, right after applying a toner. So, I used my Jeffrey James Botanicals toner on cleansed skin and then applied the sheet mask.

Applying sheet mask

I promise the end result isn’t as scary as it looks in the beginning, lol!

On application, my skin felt hydrated, moisturized & soft. I left it on for 20 mins. Aloe is soothing and has healing properties. This mask is best for dry, irritated skin. I do have normal/dry skin, however it is not irritated. Still, I benefited much from the mask as it left my skin feeling refreshed and full of life!.

I do recommend you try this mask. The only problem I found with it is that it has a high alcohol content.

Price : $2.40 (Approx AED 8.82) for a pack containing 23ml essence

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

iHerb Haul #12 – One phenomenal Korean skincare product & more!

Hey guys,

Am back with yet another iHerb haul. Remember, in my last iHerb haul, I mentioned that I received $15.41 as loyalty credit?. Well, loyalty credit expires after 60 days, so when I received a reminder in Nov 2016, to use the credit, I decided not to waste it & bought two skincare products. Here are my thoughts about them :

Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack – Etude House is one of the most popular Korean brands. Koreans are knows for their elaborate skincare routines and beautiful skin. Sleeping pack is a new concept to me. So, I decided to give it a try. Basically, it’s a face pack that works while you are sleeping. It’s used in place of the night cream, like twice a week.

Etude House sleeping pack

Before going further with the review, I gotta talk about the packaging!. Koreans make the most adorable & cute stuff. This product is made to look like a bubble tea, complete with tapioca pearls lookalike in it!. It definitely looks edible. It comes in a glass, with a plastic lid and a scoop. Inside, there is another protective lid to avoid the product from transfering.

Etude house sleeping pack

I chose the ‘Strawberry’ one. It’s pink in color and has a unique kind of water like, ultra lightweight texture. It smells amazing. On application, it’s like a splash of water, quenching the thirst of dry skin. It’s super hydrating. When you have extra dry feeling, get hold of one of those pearls with the scoop that it comes with, break it apart, mix with the strawberry pack and apply. On waking up the next morning, the skin feels extremely hydrated, well rested, soft and supple.

Definitely try this out. It’s a boon for those with normal/dry skin. Another variant of this sleeping pack is the ‘Green tea’ one.

Price : $13.84 (Approx AED 50.82) for 100 gms. But I paid only $11.76 (Approx AED 43.72) since Etude House was one of the Brands of the week (which features brands at 10 – 20% off), at that time. In 2017, iHerb has revised several of their product prices. So, currently this one is priced at $12.33 (Approx AED 45.29).

Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer– I have so many day and night creams, but nothing that’s general in nature. That’s why I decided to buy a daily moisturizer. This one contains Jojoba oil & Aloe Vera, along with many other plant based ingredients.

Desert Essence moisturizer

It is crueltyfree, vegan, fragrance free, paraben free & contains no SLS, Mineral oil or petrolatum. It does have a sweet scent and that’s actually because of the Geranium essential oil that’s added to it.

The white colored cream is thick and it’s best to work with small amounts, as a little goes a long way. Due to it’s texture, it’s best for winter only. During summer, it tends to melt right off of the face. But it’s definitely hydrating.

Price : $6.28 (Approx AED 23.07) for 120 ml, that should last a good half an year or so!. Super affordable, right?. Currently, this one’s price has been slashed to $5.17 (Approx AED 18.99).

Shipping & Loyalty credit

Since it’s a small purchase, I opted for the Global Mail shipping option which cost $4 (Approx AED 14.69). It was delivered by post and reached me in UAE in 10 days.

I got a loyalty credit of $1.82 for this purchase.

When you use my code SCZ695 (at check out), you will receive an instant 5% off your bill total, plus another 5% as loyalty credit, which can be used in your next order! ♡. Happy shopping!

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Review : April 2016 Glambox!

Hey guys,

No, it’s not a typo in the heading. This box is indeed Apr 2016’s. I just missed reviewing it!. Even though the box is old, my opinion about the products in the box is new right?. Lol, so I decided to do the review anyways 🙂

The box concentrates on skincare products, which I love. Onto the products, in detail :

Apr 2016 Glambox

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash – This face wash’s main ingredient is Neem, known for its purifying, antiseptic properties. This product helps fight pimples, prevents acne marks & cleanses impurities and keeps bacteria that causes pimples away. This is a highly effective herbal cleanser, perfect for those with oily skin. However, it does not suit me since I have normal / dry skin. I gave it to my father who has oily skin and he absolutely loved it. It came in a full sized 50 ml tube, along with a flyer about it.

Neem Face wash

Pond’s Flawless white Visible Lightening Day Cream – I am not one who wants to achieve ‘lighter, fairer’ skin. I don’t see the need to set that as a goal. That being said, this cream is so lightweight and creamy and I love it. Only a little goes a long way. So, work with small amounts. I finished this tub completely and to say the truth, I did find my skin to be more luminous and lighter in color. It’s light pink in colr and came in a full sized tub containing 50g.

Ponds fairness cream

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mist with SPF 30– Sunscreen in a mist form?. Sign me up!. Lol. This is such a fantastic & convenient concept. The mist feels soothing and moisturizing on the skin while giving a protection of SPF 30 throughout the day. It came in a spray bottle containing 50ml. I have it in my purse for protection on the go. Love this one ♡

Bioderma Hydrabio

Lady Speed Stick Fresh & Essence – This deodorant/anti-perspirant roll on is quite nice. It has a fresh scent. But unfortunately, it is not long lasting. It came as a 50ml roll on. There was a larger than life sized brochure too, in the box. I found it really creative!

Lady Speed Stick

Hiluxe HI Color & Shine Nail Laquer – This is a 5 Free nail polish by the brand Eleanor. It’s in the color NH03 Pretty Purple and is a cool toned purple, which is pleasing to the eyes. In the pic below, I have applied double coat on all fingers except on the little finger, which has a single coat. You can see the difference.

Purple nail polish

Forgive my ‘not so good’ application. I rushed while applying it, this time. The bottle contains 9ml. Even though its a nice color, it started chipping really fast. Am talking about the second day itself!. I don’t even bite my nails.. I dislike it’s quality.

Jane Iredale Just Kiss Lip & Cheek Stain – This is such a magical product. I was quite disappointed at first to see the color of this lipstick. I thought it wouldn’t match me.

Jane Iredale lipstick

However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I swatched it!. It turned the most gorgeous shade of natural pink, on my lips. It’s superb. On the hand though, the color is barely visible and looks more peachy. I haven’t tried it as a cheek stain. Here are the hand and lip swatches :

Pink lipstick swatches

Quizas Loewe Seduccion Eau de parfum – A sample sachet of perfume, containing 1 ml was also included in the box. This one has a very strong scent, which is usual for a men’s perfume. However, this is a women’s perfume and I am surprised by how bold it is. It has notes of Passion Fruit, Blackberry along with Jasmine, Tuberose and the seduction of Vanilla & Caramel. Too strong for me but my husband loved it..

Seduccion perfume

Voucher time!

Glambox vouchers

This box came with so many vouchers!. Here they are :

● Free travel size eyeshadow kit upon any purchase of AED 250 exclusively from Esthetic Sense.
● 10% off all purchases of AED 200 or more from Kardashian Beauty
● 20% discount voucher on Bioderma Hydrabio Range products
● Chantelle Paris gift voucher worth AED 100
● Biolite Aesthetic Clinic Gift Certificate worth AED 250
● 40% Off discount code on Designer-24’s site
● 50 – 70% discount offers on Eleanor’s online site
● #GLAMBREAK online raffle entry

Overall, a nice box with a good, thoughtful mix of products. Glambox has been doing great in bringing in products from awesome brands, of late. Once again, this box doesn’t disappoint. Good job, Glambox!

Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself?.

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Note: This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.