Hair · oils

How I refresh my wavy/curly hair on day 2

Anyone with wavy/curly hair will know the struggles of maintaining their curl definition. My wash day already involves several steps, so it is very disheartening to find out when you wake up the next morning to a frizz bomb! :/

During this pandemic I have been trying to use less heat in my hair and decided to learn more about my natural wavy hair. I am still a newbie but learning more and more.

One product I have been loving so far on my hair journey is the Umberto Giannini Curl Jelly – I really love this product, glides on so easily, has a good hold, provides shine, silicone free and vegan!! It really helps to define my curls too, below I will explain how I use this to refresh my curls on day 2:

  • Use a water spray bottle and dampen my hair – this will re-activate the products you had used the day before
  • Try to use the same gel as the day before and scrunch your curls – in the photo I have used the Umberto Giovani Curl Jelly
  • Any curls that have completely died on me or just too frizzy I will brush that section out, re dampen and make sure the gel covers that section well.
  • If you are in a rush, you can use a diffuser to dry your hair, I personally prefer to air dry as much as possible
  • Once dried, I use marula oil to help tame frizz and provide shine.

TIP – If I wake up on day 2 and my curls are very lifeless, I go in with a small amount of Cantu Curl Activator Crème to give it that extra boost before my Umberto Giannini Curl Jelly.

My day 2 curls/waves are never as defined as my wash day curls but I think it still looks very nice 😊

I hope that helps! Let me know how you refresh your day 2 curls!!

Lets connect 😀 – you can find more about my hair journey via my Instagram @beautypuzzled

Disclaimer: This article contains gifted products but no obligation to post.

acne · Hydration/Dry Skin · Skin Care

Facetheory – Regena C20 Vitamin C Serum

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin against free radicals, fades scarring, boosts collagen production and provides that all over healthy glow. In our youth, high levels of vitamin C can be found in our dermis (top layer of skin) and epidermis (deeper layer of skin). From our mid 20s our vitamin C levels decrease in addition to external factors such as pollution and UV decreasing this further. As I live in a city, I was extra keen to include antioxidants (vitamin c) and sunscreen to my daily routine to protect my skin and prevent aging.

I have been wanting to purchase a vitamin C for ages, but with so many out there I didn’t know where to start from. Below is a quick break down to the main types you will come across. All are vitamin c derivatives apart from L-Ascorbic Acid.

  • L-Ascorbic Acid – pH level 2.6, which makes this fairly acidic and can lead to skin irritations. This is known as the gold standard of vitamin c, as it is the most researched form and has proven results however, if you have sensitive skin this may cause more worse than good. It is very unstable. If this ingredient is encapsulated then this will be fine as this will ensure a slow release = less irritations.
  • Ethyl Ascorbic Acid – pH 5.5 – non-irritating dry oil (approx. 80% converts to L-Ascorbic Acid). Very stable and has a longer shelf life compared to others.
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – pH 7 – non-irritating fat soluble which means it has great potential to penetrate to the dermis.
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – pH 6, water soluble and non-irritating (approx. 60% of it converts to L-Ascorbic Acid)
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – pH 6, water soluble and non-irritating and can reach the epidermis.
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside – ph 5 – Non irritating and coverts to L-Ascorbic Acid. It provides the least brightening effects but provides good collagen levels

For reference our skin pH is approximately 5. For me personally it was a no brainer to try a Vitamin C derivative rather than straight up L-Ascorbic Acid due to my sensitive prone skin. I opted for Ethyl Ascorbic Acid as it has a similar pH to the skin, non-irritating and stable. When I say stable, this means that it does not oxidise quickly, L-Ascorbic Acid usually has a shelf life for around 60 days which means you may waste product compared to 12 months with Ethyl Ascorbic Acid.

Facetheory – Regena C20 Vitamin C Serum

I decided to buy The Facetheory – Regena C20 Vitamin C Serum. I love how this is free from any nasty ingredients and cruelty free. This can be found with either 20% or 30% Ethyl Ascorbic Acid. I purchased the 20% as I am pretty new to Vitamin C and felt it best to start low and then build my skin tolerance up.

Texture/packaging

This comes in a tinted 30ml glass bottle to help prevent the vitamin c from oxidising, it also comes with a dropper. The texture to this serum is a lightweight dry oil. It feels like an oil whilst applying but then it does absorb in to this skin. I would say it provides a dewy finish. I have worn make up on top of this serum and experienced no piling.

How to apply

After a cleansed face, I apply about 3 drops on to my face and neck area. In the process I like to massage the product in gently.  I allow the serum to absorb for about 5 minutes and then apply my moisturiser. You can apply this serum in the AM or PM. If you are using this in the PM, please use at least one hour before bed to prevent the product rubbing off on your pillow. In the AM, always remember to apply SPF. There is a slight scent to this serum which I can not put my finger on, I do not find it bad at all and it disappears within a few minutes. Please note this is fragrance free, the scent is natural occurring from Ethyl Ascorbic Acid itself.

Results

I have been using the Facetheory’s Regena C20 Vitamin C Serum for 2-3 weeks now, mainly to help hyperpigmentation, acne scarring and skin texture. This has not caused any irritations or tingly sensations. So far, I have noticed my acne scarring to fade quicker than usual and my overall skin texture has improved in terms of a nice glow! In terms of hyperpigmentation, I have not yet seen improvement but I understand this may take a few more weeks – like with any skincare treatment patience is needed. Overall, I really enjoy using this product, I think those with normal to dry skin or those that like a dewy finish will enjoy this the most as I found it to be hydrating and leave a slight glow to the skin. Highly recommend this product to anyone looking for that bright radiant skin!

Where to purchase

Facetheory – Usually £18.99 but with my 20% discount code “BBHAVI” you can grab this for £15.20!! (expires 25/04)

What’s your favourite Vitamin C product?

Thank you for Reading

xx Bhavi xx

*Affiliated links are used in this article but all opinions are my own.

Hydration/Dry Skin · Skin Care

AproDerm Colloidal Oat Cream

Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour is well known for its nourishing and soothing properties to help aid dry sensitive skin types and eczema. It reduces redness and provides a physical barrier to protect the skin.  When we talk about oats in skincare, we usually first think of Aveeno, but today I would like to share with you another brand called Aproderm which *spoiler alert* I personally find even better. As both products are so similar, I would like to share with you a side-by-side ingredient break down.

Aveeno Cream

Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Allantoin, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol

  • Aqua – water
  • Glycerin – Humectant
  • Distearyldimonium Chloride – moisturising and soothing properties
  • Isopropyl Palmitate  – Generally seen as safe but can be a drying alcohol which may cause irritation and worsen acne if overused. Therefore oily/acne prone skins may want to be cautious.
  • Paraffinum Liquidum – A mineral oil from petroleum jelly. This ingredient can be difficult to be absorbed by the skin, therefore over time this may clog pores and could lead to further skin dryness. Some people do not have an issue with his ingredient but it is good to be mindful of it especially oily acne prone skin types.
  • Cetyl Alcohol – This is a good alcohol. It is a fatty alcohol that is used as an emollient. It is non irritating and can help moisturise dry skin.
  • Dimethicone – An emollient that creates a skin barrier to prevent moisture lost. It is gentle and moisturising.
  • Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour – Ingredient list does not state the percentage amount of this ingredient in the product. Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour acts as a skin protectant. It helps to reduce redness, soothes skin and provides hydration. Particularly good for eczema prone skin.
  • Allantoin – Allantion occurs in the body naturally so this makes this pretty much safe to be used. Allantion for skincare is usually from plants and contains anti-irritating and anti-inflammatory properties to help smooth skin conditions.   
  • Paraffin – same as Paraffinum Liquidum.
  • Cera Microcristallina – This plastic type wax is highly refined. It is derived from petroleum. Please see Paraffinum Liquidum.
  • Stearyl Alcohol – same as Cetyl Alcohol
  • Myristyl Alcohol – same as Cetyl Alcohol
  • Isopropyl Alcohol – Same as Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Sodium Chloride – salt  
  • Benzyl Alcohol – Organic alcohol that occurs naturally in some fruits. It is used as a preservative in skincare. It is generally safe but it can cause irritation, further dryness and sensitivity to some.

As you can see there are some good ingredients in Aveeno cream that will be soothing and moisturising for dry/eczema prone skin. However sensitive and acne prone skin types have to stay clear of some of the drying alcohols stated in the list. It is also good to bare in mind that several types of mineral oils are stated in the ingredient list which may work wonders for some skin types such as dry, eczema skin but this may be problematic for others especially oily skin types if it is overused as it may clogs pores. For reference you can find mineral oils under several different names:  paraffinum liquidum, paraffinum, cera microcristallina, petrolatum, mineral oil or paraffin waxes. Mineral oil in cosmetics is not dangerous as it has to follow protocol regulations however you may want to avoid if for the reasons stated above.

Price: £15.99 for 500ml available at Boots

AproDerm

Ingredients:

Avena Sativa Kernel Flour 1%, Purified Water, Olive Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Sucrose Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin F Ethyl Ester, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Vitamin E

The following ingredients are the same as per in Aveeno list description:

Avena Sativa Kernel Flour 1% – However Aproderm state the amount is 1%

Glycerin – Humectant

Cetearyl Alcohol – same as Cetyl Alcohol

The differences:

  • Purified Water – This is the same as aqua but this water has simply been purified which means it has been mechanically filtered or processed to remove impurities
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil is a liquid fat obtained from olives providing moisturising skin benefits
  • Apricot Kernel Oil – Apricot oil is extracted from the kernels (seeds) of apricots.It’s an emollient oil high in fatty acids and vitamin E
  • Sucrose Stearate – Is a natural substance found in vegetables which acts as an emollient and emulsifier
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE – It lubricants the skin’s surface and acts as a skin barrier
  • Dimethicone – synthetic ingredient that is safe for the skin. Provides a silky finish, smooths out fine lines. If you very oily acne prone skin then this may clog pores.
  • Phenoxyethanol – Prevents the growth of bacteria, enhances shelf life, and stabilizes products
  • Vitamin F Ethyl Ester – An emollient
  • Ethylhexylglycerin – It is an alternative for parabens that is from natural sources such a vegetable oil.
  • Xanthan Gum – Used to bind/thicken ingredients together.
  • Disodium EDTA – Prevents ingredients from from deteriorating
  • Vitamin E – is fat-soluble antioxidant that can be used as a preservative in skincare, fights of free radicals and at the same time nourishes the skin

Like wise compared to Aveeno, Aproderm has some lovely hydrating ingredients. It is also free from paraffin and benzyl alcohol. Which overall may be much more suited for someone with very sensitive dry/eczema prone skin.

Price:  £10 for 500ml available at Amazon UK

Other differences:

  • Packaging – both available in a tube and pump version but Aproderm comes with a protective air tight cap.
  • Price – You get more for your money with Aproderm
  • Suitable from – Aproderm suitable from birth, Aveeno suitable from 3 months.

Verdict

Aveeno and Aproderm both contain apricot kernel flour which does a great job with providing hydration to dry skin. The major ingredient differences, is that Aveeno contains Paraffin aka mineral oil and benzyl alcohol, which may not be suitable for some skin types. Overall, I personally feel Aproderm gave me that extra nourishment, this could be due to the added Apricot Kernel Oil and olive oil. We also do not know how much Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour there is in Aveeno whereas Aproderm have clearly stated they include 1%.

If I had to pick one it would be Aproderm for two main reasons, more nourishing ingredients suited for my skin type and price point because it is £6 cheaper for the same amount of product. Those who are sensitive to petroleum jelly/mineral oil then it is a no brainer to pick Aproderm.

Have you tried Aproderm?

Cleanser · Hydration/Dry Skin · Skin Care

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm

I have jumped on the cleansing balm bandwagon pretty late and I totally regret it!! Watching YouTube videos of people smearing a balm to remove their makeup did not appeal to me because it looked like a clown’s head dipped in water! All your make up smudged across your face! However, I decided to give this a try to see if I will be convinced…

There are so many cleansing balms out there these days, I opted for The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm as it sounded like it would be a great match for my dry skin and erm because I love oats for breakfast =)

Packaging

I love The Inkey list no fuss, straight to the point minimalist packaging. The packaging is actually one reason I was drawn to this balm as it comes in a tube, which easily squeezes out product. Some balms come in a tub which can be messier.

Star Ingredients

  • 3% Oat Kernel Oil rich in essential ceramides to gently dissolve congestion and rebuild a compromised moisture barrier
  • 1% Colloidal Oatmeal reduces redness and soothes irritation

Texture

This has a thick creamy texture that’s melts from a balm to an oil. It is soft and easily spreadable. Some have reported that the balm leaks but I have had no issues, I think it is key to store this in a cool place and not in the shower room where the product can melt. TIP – to prevent the balm from splitting give the bottle a shake before use.

Application

There are a few ways you can use this balm:

  1. To remove make up – Many people prefer to use this on dry skin as a step one cleanser to remove their makeup and then go in with another cleanser to wash their face. (All skin types)
  2. 2 in 1 cleanser – Some enjoy using this as their sole cleanser if you do not have any make up on and wish to just wash away your moisturiser then is will do a fine job removing any impurities. (normal to dry skin types)
  3. Step 2 cleanser – You may prefer to use another cleanser to remove your make up and then use this oat cleanser to wash your face. (normal to dry skin types)
  4. Face mask – You can apply this as a face mask. Leave on for 5-10 minutes for that added nourishment and hydration (extra dry skin types)

A walnut size is usually enough to cover my face and neck. Rinse of with warm water and pat dry.

Results

I love how versatile this cleansing balm is and I have personally used this a few ways. Firstly, I have used this to remove my make up and it was not as messy as I had initially thought. It was quick and easy to do and removed all my makeup, but I did go in with a second cleanser to ensure all traces of makeup was removed. The only flaw I would state is that it did not remove all my eye makeup but this is fine as I do not always wear eye makeup.

I have also used this as a 2 in 1 cleanser on my non make up days and as a face mask, both are enjoyable to use and cleansed my skin well.

In all the ways I tried this balm the results were the same. It is non-drying, super hydrating, soothing and cleansed my skin well. It does leave a slight film on my face but I did not mind this as I suffer from dry skin and felt that this provided a skin barrier for me. If you do not have dry skin you may prefer this balm as a first cleanser and then go in with a gel cleanser.

I highly recommend this product and especially those who suffer from sensitive dry skin. It honestly feels super luxurious, soothing to massage in and the oat kernel oil provides so much hydration making my skin feel soft and plumped. I would repurchase this one as it has converted me to loving cleansing balms therefore it’s a keeper!

Price

£9.99 for 150ml at Boots.

What’s your favourite cleansing balm?

Thank you for Reading

xx Bhavi xx

acne · Skin Care

The Inkey List – Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment

This green ingredient has got to be the most talked about product for the Inkey list this winter. A product that can help diminish acne without irritating or drying the skin? If you are interested to see if the Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment had worked for me, then keep on reading…

Firstly, what are the key ingredients?

  • 2% succinic acid – (a bio-based chemical that’s derived from corn) works to physically reduce the size of your blemishes                                  
  • 1% salicylic acid unclogs pores, exfoliates and calms
  • 0.4% hyaluronic acid provides hydration

These ingredients combined together will gently exfoliate dead skin cells, that can potentially reduce sebum and acne without stripping your skins barrier. The Inkey List has stated this can reduce a spot size and can prevent further acne.

How to apply:

Apply to clean skin up to 3 times a day, best to start with once a day and build your skin tolerance up.

My results

I found this to be somewhat helpful on certain spots. It did not seem to reduce the size of my larger spots but seemed to do a good job on small spots. Plus, side, it is a gentle formula that caused no irritation or dryness. Sinks in to the skin well and the green colour is not just there to look pretty but also acts as a colour corrector to cancel out any redness!

Due to these factors with my personal experience, I would perhaps recommend this to those that suffer with mild acne that mainly produce small pimples rather than cystic acne.

Overall

I would be happy to use this for any small spots but I will prefer to use azelaic acid on larger spots. Every skin type is different and even though it did not do wonders for me it may work for you, considering it is super affordable it is definitely worth a try!!

Where to purchase:

Look Fantastic for only £6.99

Thank you for reading,

Bhavi xx

*This article is not sponsored with honest reviews however affiliate links are placed, which provides me with a small commission if you were to use my link. Thank you

Hair · natural · oils · Skin Care

The Ordinary 100% Plant Base Squalane

Squalane is a fantastic multipurpose product that would be suitable for everyone and every skin type due to being non-comedogenic for acne prone skin types, hydrating for dry skin types and gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Squalane is not just great for the skin but fantastic for nourishing lips and hair too.

Squalane can be discovered in sharks’ liver, fortunately, now days a lot of companies use plant base squalane which is usually found in olives or sugarcanes. I have picked up The Ordinary – 100% Plant Base Squalane and love it!

Skin benefits

Squalane can be found naturally on our skin but over time this reduces therefore by adding this back on to our skin provides an excellent emollient to keep our skin hydrated. Particularly beneficial for dry skin types.

  • A great skin barrier as it prevents water loss
  • Provides moisture, hydration and suppleness
  • Can help improve skin texture
  • Nourishing overnight lip oil
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Non-cosmogenic
  • Lightweight & non-greasy

A couple of drops is all you need, apply in the AM or PM after your usual cream to lock in that moisture! For lips, apply a small amount on clean lips wait a couple minutes before applying your regular lip balm on top, your lips will thank you for it!

Hair benefits

Squalane is also very beneficial for haircare. Plant based squalane are usually derivatives from olive oil, this fatty molecule makes it perfect for taming dry frizzy hair.

  • Provides natural heat protection
  • Natural anti-frizz serum / non-greasy
  • Prevents spilt ends
  • Helps to promote hair growth
  • Provides hydration

I use a few drops on damp hair to provide heat protection before I blow dry my hair and I also use a couple of drops after I have styled my hair to help tame the frizz.

The ordinary has not stated the temperature of heat protection is provides. However, research shows squalane has a boiling point between 175 – 285 Celsius so I will assume heat protection will be anything within that range. I would not use this alone; I would recommend using this in conjunction with your usual heat protection to give it that extra boost.

Results

I love this oil! I have been using it for about 6 weeks now for my hair, skin and lips and I am thoroughly enjoying its benefits! I have been using The Ordinary’s Marula oil for years which I absolutely love for my hair but found it a little too ‘oily’ to use on my face, but the squalane is super absorbable. I tend to alternate with both these oils depending on the condition of my skin & hair on absorbable. I use marula oil when my skin is extra dry and squalane when my skin is anything in between combo-dry. You have to also love that this product contains no fragrance, alcohol or essential oils. I highly recommend this product to everyone!

BONUS – The ordinary has also released a hemi-squalane which basically is the same thing but has an even lighter weight consistency which oily skin types or those with very thin hair may prefer.

Thank you for reading,

Bhavi xx

Beauty · Foundations · Make up

How to add more warmth/yellow tones to your foundation

For a long time, I really struggled to find the right foundation shade let alone which one agreed to my skin the best. A few years ago, there were not as many shades available for skin of colour. The limited selection available I found would either be too light/pink or too dark/orange for my skin tone. That’s when I discovered Make Up Forever Chromatic Mix in the shade Yellow and I am telling you ladies this is a game changer!

The best decision for me at that time was to purchase a neutral toned foundation and then to add the Make Up Forever Chromatic Mixin the shade yellow together. I had purchased the Estee Lauder foundation in the shade Shell Beige 4N1 which is a medium shade with neutral undertones and looked slightly ashy on me. I had mixed the foundation and yellow mix together and HOLY MOLY this had worked beautifully with the perfect amount of yellow undertones to the foundation and this became my holy grail for many years until more recent times where now more shades and undertones are available.

How to make the mix? It is as easy as 1-2-3. You can either make as much as you need for one time by adding few drops of foundation and MUFE yellow drops on a pallet and mixing together OR you can do what I had done, which is to purchase a small travel pot and to make enough mixture for a week. This was a great bonus for when I use to go on holidays as it is travel friendly and takes little to no room in your bag. P.S – I had added more yellow drops than usual in order to show the difference for review purposes.

Why I love the Make Up Forever Chromatic Mixin the shade Yellow:

  • You can adjust your foundation to how you like. In this case with the yellow shade, you can make your foundation as warm/yellow toned as you please.
  • The yellow is more of a mustard yellow rather than a bright yellow, which works best for tanned/brown skin tones.
  • Great for making your foundation warmer in the summer, instead of buying a new foundation when you catch a tan this would be great replacement.  
  • Lasts a long time – you only need a couple of drops
  • Lots of other shades available, so you can make your foundation lighter or darker etc

For reference the nearest best foundation shades for me now are: Fenty Beauty shade 290 and The Ordinary foundation in the shade 2.1 Y. I do no use MAC foundations but the closest match would be NC40 (however this is too orange for me but the closest I can reference too).

Even though I have now found better foundation shades for me, having the Make Up Forever Chromatic Mixin the shade yellow is still a great addition for when I catch a tan in the summer. All I have to do is just add a couple of drops to my current foundation and I can adjust this accordingly to as my tan starts to fade.

I purchase mind from Guru Makeup Emporium for about £12. I am not 100% sure if it is currently out of stock – please drop them a message.

I totally recommend Make Up Forever Chromatic Mix for any one as this is such a great little hack for your foundation plus, they offer a variety of colours that can best suit you.

Find me on Instagram @beautypuzzled for more beauty tips and tricks xx

Cleanser · Skin Care

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Vs CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser

Cerave has to be one of my favourite skincare brands, they tend to be for aimed for all skin types especially sensitive skin types as a lot of their products are fragrance free and contains no harsh chemicals.  I am so glad it came to the UK a few years ago because their face washes in particular have become my holy grail. I have been using the CeraVe Foaming Cleanser for about 3 years now and in 2020 Cerave had launched a new face wash – CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser. Both these cleansers are very similar and you may be reading this article to help you decide which one may be best for you. So lets get right into the comparison!

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Skin Review

The CeraVe foaming cleanser is targeted for normal to oily skin types however I feel this can be suited for all skin types as I have dry to combination skin depending on the season and have been absolutely fine using this cleanser.

Ingredients:

Aqua/water, Glycerin, Coco-Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Cirtic Acid, Carpryloyl Glycine, Caprylyl Glycol, Dosium Hydroxide, Niacinamide, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ceramide NP, Phenoxyethanol, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ethylexylglycerin, Ceramide EOP

I love that this contains essential ceramides as this helps to protect the skins natural barrier, it also contains hyaluronic acid which helps retains the skins moisture. It is great that this is formulated without no fragrance and has non-comedogenic ingredients. I will note that this does contain Niacinamide and some people do not react well with this ingredient, my self-included however it is in the middle of the ingredient list which means there is not a high percentage of niacinamide in this cleanser and it seems to work fine for my skin.

My Experience:

Like I mentioned I have been using this cleanser for about 3 years now, the moment I first used it I fell in love with it. It did not irritate my skin, it did not strip my skin, it did not cause further acne break outs and it left my skin feeling clean. It is a gel like consistency that feels light weight and lathers up well. It does remove make up off well but not as a first cleanse, I would need to use a cleansing balm or micellar water first and then use 1 pump of my cerave foaming cleanser as my double cleanse. My skin feels great and cleansed!

CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser Review

The CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser is targeted for normal to dry skin but again like the above I think it can suit all skin types.

Ingredients

Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Coco-Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Chloride, Pca, Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, Peg-100 Stearate, Peg-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Aspartic Acid, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Sorbitan Isostearate, Carbomer, Glycol Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycine, Trideceth-6, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Threonine, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Pca, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Serine, Sodium Benzoate, Valine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Proline, Isoleucine, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Alanine, Phenylalanine, Coconut Acid, Cocoglucoside, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Edta, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Histidine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-53, Polyquaternium-39, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzoic Acid (F.I.L. D253447/1).

So, first thing that probably comes in to mind is that this looks like an intensive ingredients list! Fear not as most of these ingredients are similar to the foaming wash, plus the added extra ingredients should be perfectly safe as a lot of these are actually just hydrating factors from different types of amino acids, hyaluronic acid, glycerine plus more! The one main ingredient I would say to keep in mind is salicylic acid. Personally, I love salicylic acid, it is a BHA that my sensitive skin can tolerate. As it is mid-way down the list merged with tons of hydrating properties it should be something most skins can tolerate however please be wary of this if your skin can not tolerate salicylic acid at all.

My Experience

I love how this formulation has so many hydrating properties and I picked this up in winter so what better time to try this! The consistency is creamy and silky and gently lathers ups on the skin. I had no irritation from this face wash, it was gentle and did not strip the skin. In terms of removing make up it, it does a good job as a second cleanse but not as good as the foaming cleanser. I also needed to use a little more product to achieve the same spotless cleanse.

My skin gets very dry in the winter months and this has helped to sooth it. I will point out that even though this formulation is more hydrating than the foaming cleanser I would not say it is a drastic difference. For me personally, I felt this to be only slightly more hydrating than the other and therefore in the winter where I would need this most is when I would reach out for cream to foam cleanser more so.

Key Differences

In summary both cleansers can be somewhat similar as they both contain moisturising properties such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerine, both lathers up well, both have a pump packaging and both are fragrance free, however there are some key difference which are:

  • Skin type: Both should be suited for all skin types however if you have very dry skin you may prefer the cream to foam cleanser and if you have very oily skin you may prefer the foaming cleanser.
  • Texture: Cream to foam cleanser is white in colour, creamier and silkier in texture whereas the foaming cleanser feels more thicker and has a clear gel consistency.  
Left: Foaming Cleanser. Right: Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser
  • Potential irritants: Key ingredients to keep in mind that some may not be able to tolerate are, Cream to foam cleanser contains salicylic acid and the foaming cleanser contains Niacinamide
  • Packaging: Cream to foam has clear a packaging which I love as I can see how much product I have left whereas the foaming cleaner is opaque.
  • Price: Cream to foam cleanser is £12.50 and the foaming cleanser is £9.50. The foaming cleaner tends to have better discounts available also.

In Summary

As you can see there are not a lot of huge differences between the two. I enjoy using them both. I would probably edge more towards the foaming cleanser as I feel it removes my make up better and need less product to do so therefore the product will last longer, and with it being the cheapest out the two it is definitely more value for money. It may not be as hydrating as the cream to foam cleanser but I find this is hydrating enough for most of the months. Therefore, in the winter months, I will probably purchase the cream to foam cleanser to get that little added hydration and the rest of the year the foaming cleanser will work just fine for me 😊

You can purchase these two from boots or most retail shops:

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser   

CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser

I have not tried the original Cerave hydrating face wash as the new hydrating cream-to-foam initially appealed to me more as I heard it removed make up better. It would be nice to hear if any one has tried both and your experience with them.

You may follow my Instagram @beautypuzzled for more skincare tips and advice 😊

Thank you for reading

Bhavi xx

Health · oils · Skin Care

Cannubu CBD oil

CBD has been one of the most popular talked about products in 2020! It has a variety of ways this can be taken and has a huge list of benefits once used. Today I will be reviewing the Cannubu CBD oil, but first what is CBD?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol which is more widely known as CBD is a chemical compound found in a plant called cannabis sativa. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from this plant and then diluting this with a carrier oil, for example Cannubu uses hemp seed oil.

One question that gets asked a lot is can CBD oil make you high? And the answer is NO. CBD is not a psychoactive meaning this will not affect your state of mind. Marijuana on the other hand can make you high as it contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this is a psychoactive drug and can aid in your change of behaviour by feeling high.

What are the benefits of taking CBD oil?

There are many benefits of taking CBD, here are just a few:

  • May help towards insomnia and a better’s night sleep
  • Can reduce minor aches and pains
  • Improve anxiety and mental wellbeing
  • Stabilises high blood pressure
  • Hydrates skin and reduces acne/eczema when applied tropically

I was particularly interested in trying CBD due to sleep. With lockdown my sleeping patterns are not at its best, I find it hard to fall asleep and to achieve a long deep sleep. Carry on reading if you would like to find out if Cannubu’s CBD oil helped me.

About Cannubu

Cannubu is a brand that is manufactured in the United Kingdom that uses the finest raw materials to provide high quality CBD products at fair prices. With COVID I always feel safer when knowing products are made and delivered in the UK so this was a huge bonus for me as I knew it could be trusted as it is an A to B transaction rather than from abroad where a package is handled many times. Cannubu sells a variety of CBD from oils and capsules to creams.

Cannubu CBD has also stated that their CBD is extracted exclusively from legal, low THC varieties of hemp (Cannabis Stevia L.) Which makes this safe and non-intoxicating.

Cannubu has CBD oil available in three amounts – 500mg, 1000mg and 1500mg. As I had previously tried CBD at 500mg, I decided to try the 1500mg. I would advise newbies to start of with 500mg/1000mg and build your self up.

My thoughts on the Cannubu CBD oil

Packaging – This comes in a lovely tinted glass bottle which I like as this helps with preventing sun exposure to the bottle. I was pleased it came with a dropper as this allowed easy accurate dosage measurements. The only issue I had with the packaging was the lid, I found it a little hard to open as it was the type you have to press and twist to unlock but then again, this type of lid prevents leakage!

Ingredients – I absolutely love that there are only two ingredients in this CBD oil – Hemp Seed Oil and Cannabis Sativa Extract (Cannabis Sativa L.) It shows you are getting nothing else but pure CBD.

Dosage – I had opted for 15% CBD oil which contains 1500mg of CBD per 10ml bottle. I had contacted Cannubu to ask for the recommendation of dosage to aid with sleep. They advised me to start with 4 drops (30mg) an hour before bed. Over time I have increase this dosage to my personal preference. I place this under my tongue for 1 minute and then swallow.

Taste – This CBD oil does not contain any added flavour compared to another brand I had previously tried, but I was pleasantly surprised that the taste was not too bad at all. I would describe it as earthy but it does not linger on for too long. If you do not like the taste you could always have a sweet or drink some juice afterwards etc

Outcome – WOW!! I was not expecting too much from this product but this had dramatically helped my sleep, now it did not of course knock me out in seconds as this is not a drug!! But it definitely made me fall asleep faster and I had a deeper sleep than per usual. It usually takes me 1hr 30 minutes to fall asleep and now the time is halved and I would usually wake up 2-3 times in the night but with this CBD oil I sleep right through. I do not take this everyday but a few times a week or days I feel I need to take this. I will continue to only take this for short term use at times where I find it hard to sleep.

I would highly recommend trying CBD oil to help aid with sleeping difficulties/insomnia. I have tried other CBD oils but Cannubu CBD oil has helped me the most. (It is also best to check with your doctor if CBD is medically fine for you to take). I also was very happy with the customer service, Jordan the founder of Cannubu tries and helps you as much as possible 🙂 It is always a nice touch for the founders to be interactive with their customers.

You can find the prices and more information about all their CBD products on their Instagram @thecannububrand or their website.

I am particularly interested in trying their new CBD muscle recovery balm which will be releasing soon!! I am in need for a product to help sooth my aches and pains from workouts/injuries.  

Have you tried CBD before or would like to try CBD for the list of benefits?

Thank you for reading

o x Bhavi x o

Disclaimer – I was kindly gifted this CBD oil from Cannubu. I was not paid for this review and this review contains all my honest opinions about this product.

Beauty · Skin Care

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has got to be one of the most talked about skincare items in 2020! It is something I had been including in my skincare regime for a while and I can totally understand the big hype around this ingredient.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Those that are new to the skincare game may be a little put off with the word acid but rest assured this is probably one of the gentlest products you could apply to your face, why?  Because hyaluronic acid is actually something our own skin cells naturally produce. You then may begin to question to why we need to purchase this if our skin contains this for free? Well, unfortunately over time with aging and environmental impacts our natural hyaluronic acid levels begin to drop and therefore we should be replenishing this back on to our skin.

Why do we need Hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is capable of holding up to 1000x its weight in water meaning this ingredient is a powerful water magnet being able to hold in all that moisture in our skin providing us with plenty of hydration.

What are the skincare benefits?

The list is endless but this is to name a few:

  • Hydration
  • Plumped soft skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Fragrance free

About the The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid

This product comes in a no frills 30ml bottle for only £5.99, which can be found in Boots and many other skincare stores. I like how it is simple, cheap and direct. They even write down how to pronounce their products because let’s face it all these science terms can be a tongue twister.

Key ingredients it includes:

  • 2% Multi molecular Hyaluronic Acid – there are three-tiers of high and low molecular weight, which will provide a high rate of hydration.
  • Matrixyl 3000™ peptide – is an anti-aging peptide that promotes collagen to help firm and youth your skin.

How to use hyaluronic acid

As previously stated HA can hold and retain large amounts of water on the skin, therefore to make the most out of this product is to apply this on damp skin so that the hyaluronic acid can draw all the hydration in. I have heard many people use this on dry skin and found no benefits so if HA has not worked for you then this could be the game changer! I have tested it out myself with applying this on damp and dry skin and had noticed a significant difference. I usually double cleanse, then apply my hyaluronic acid – remember water molecule products always goes on first on your skin. I then go in with any serums or oils, then my moisturiser (currently using E.L.F holy hydration cream) and if it was day time SPF will be applied last.

My verdict?

I absolutely love this product! I have tried other hyaluronic acids in the past and this is by far my favourite. It is super lightweight, thin, non-greasy, non-sticky and absorbs in to my skin well. Huge bonus, that a little goes a long way. I also find the Inkeys version to provide the most hydration. I have previously used The Ordinary’s and found that too gloopy and sticky and I found the Indeed’s version not very hydrating. With winter coming majority of us are in a need of a little extra hydration at least. For the price and quality, I would buy The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid again and recommend this to anyone who wants to add hyaluronic acid into their skincare regime.

Thank you for reading

Bhavi x o x o