How to choose your skincare?

If you are like me, you are probably looking for skin care products to avoid wrinkles and reduce the signs of aging or to treat skin disorders like acne? sounds familiar?

It is easy, just drive to the local drug store. Once there you will find hundreds of over-the-counter products readily available. Confusing isn’t it. Before your go out of your mind trying to find the best skin care for you, try these tips that I usually give to my friends.


Learn your skin type.

Before you purchase any over the counter skincare products, you need to know whether your skin is dry, oily or sensitive.

There are five basic skin types. Go and have a look at the different methods to know your skin type in this article here by that I like as you know if you read some of my posts. ( I should probably do a whole article about the beauty blogs that I like) they also have an online skin type test here.

So learn what your skin type is in order to choose the proper skin care treatment. Test your skin with a clean facial tissue first thing in the morning. Wipe your face for traces of oil.

  • With normal skin, the tissue will not have any traces of oil. Your skin should be supple and elastic.
  • Dry skin feels flaky, dry and tight after you have wiped it with the tissue. This type of skin will need regular skin treatments with moisturizers.
  • Oily skin will leave spots of facial oil on the tissue. Oily skin is a problem. It tends to break into acne and often looks shiny and greasy.
  • Combination skin is the most common type. You will have traces of oil from your nose and forehead, but the rest of your skin will be clean.
  • Sensitive skin is often dry and tends to feel tight and become irritated easily. Skin is often reddish with scaly areas that are itchy. Sensitive skin is the most problematic type of skin and needs very special care. To take care of sensitive skin requires research, questioning, and often a dermatologist.

Once you know your skin type, it will be easier to find the right fit for you.

Research products and check the ingredients

Focus on the skincare brands for your skin type, it should give you a smaller amount of roducts to check.

Read the labels to determine what the active ingredients are. Unfamiliar sounding ingredients should be researched.  Choose products that contain hyaluronic acid. Sounds scary, but hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that regulates cell renewal and maintains skin’s elasticity and moisture. Here is a study, I did not understand everything but that sounds serious 🙂

Retinol is an active form of Vitamin A. Look for ceramides that are lipid molecules found in cell membranes. Peptides are active proteins that instruct cells in the skin to behave. Read for alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acids that are organic acids acting as exfoliates. These are natural and good for all skin types.

Always use products that contain sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays important. Look for beauty moisturizers that contain at least SPF 15-30. Sunscreen is important in maintaining healthy and youthful skin.


Read reviews and between the lines

Check out customer reviews to get a better idea of what results others got with this specific brand you are interested in. Beware though as there are also tons of fake reviews which are only here to promote some brands even if they are ablsolutely not worth it.

Watch out for so-called “miracle products”.

If the advertisements seem too good to be true, they probably are. Search out reputable and reliable companies with product lines that have the best track records. These are the products most likely to be safe and work.

take advantae of the brands that offer a 30-60 day money back guarantee as they are probably pretty confident about their products to offer such a guarantee, it is probbaly the best way to try risk free products. if you are not satisfied, tou simply send them back to get your money. I did it 2-3 times as I was quite disappointed by some brands promoted on TV.

If really you can’t find a skincare brand that suits you, you might need some help. In that case, one of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to go and consult a dermatologist.  A dermatologist will probably be able to guide you and help you pick the skincare you need.

Kahlil Gibran quote

The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves. ― Kahlil Gibran

My new best friend : home microdermabrasion machine

Many people aren’t a fan of someone coming at their face with a machine, but technology and research has improved so much in the last few years that many women are actually turning to machines to give them the skin that they have always wanted.

Microdermabrasion machines are the present (and future) of technology.

Here is an article that explains how it works from

I really wanted to talk about them, because since I tried it in a salon spa 2 weeks ago, I have fallen in love with this home machine that can literally transform your skin. I bought one machine after reading many reviews ( I probably spent one week to read almost 100 reviews. Most of them were complete Bullsh…, frankly why would people write such nonsense reviews? out of 100 reviews, I only found 5 relibale and useful reviews about microdermbrasion machines for home use.

I ‘d like to thank sophie and chris from who spent some time answering my questions about what machines I should buy. I am complete noob, so I needed some guidance. Check also their beauty blog on tumblr for those who prefer this interface.

Thanks again guys, you rock and I love your website ( I hope mine will be as cool as yours 🙂

One of the most appreciated things about these machines are that you can use them inside your home: so no one has to see you when you don’t want to or feel uncomfortable !

They even give you the same results that you can get in a salon – so why would I pay more to get similar results.

There are a few products that offer amazing results that will rival some of the results you pay hundreds of dollars for – though they do have some drawbacks.

In case you did not check the link I gave you above, here is a quick explanation how it works.

How Do Most Microdermabrasion Devices Work?

If you haven’t seen microdermabrasion before, it might look like it is a little too crazy to work.  It works similar to chemical peels in a way, and gives you an instant facelift. However, it doesn’t actually use all of the chemicals that a peel does, so you don’t have to put anything gross onto your skin. Instead, you use tiny crystals that are injected into the epidermis so that, when coupled with the device’s suction, you gently and safely remove the top layer of skin.

But that was the old system, today we use diamond tips that will exfoliate your top layer skin, so no need to use messy crystals.

To really understand how your skin works, you need to understand how your skin is designed. You have two layers that are known as the Stratum Corneum and a New Layer. What microdermabrasion does is quickly and effectively peel back your Stratum, revealing that newer, smoother skin that is underneath.

OK, so Stratum Corneum is Bad, But the New Layer is Good?

Well, it isn’t necessarily bad: it is still your skin! However, just like last season’s hairstyle, it is important to try something new. The stratum is important to your skin for many reasons, but it also doesn’t look quite that good. It prevents vitamins and moisture from getting into your Dermis, which gives you spots, wrinkles, and a general “blah” look to your skin.

Most acne or spot treatments that you use won’t work unless they can get into your sebaceous glands, effectively stooping oil over-production and carefully removing the dead skin cells. By doing all of this, your skin is preventing the blockages that result in bumps, lumps, and marks.

Things like anti-aging creams are only effective if they can reach down into the Dermis and strengthen those muscles that keep your skin taught and prevent wrinkles. Similarly, eye creams will only work to strengthen those delicate capillaries that leak blood if they can get deep down. The list goes on for other types of creams as well: scarring cream, wrinkle cream, hyperpigmentation cream. All of these products are great, but if you don’t prepare your face or body for them, you aren’t getting the full results. That was probably what was a real eye opener to me, because I never thought of it.

By doing microdermabrasion, you give a sort of warm up to your skin. You are telling it that it is about to get something that is very good for it, and it starts to prepare. You are moving away the dead and dull skin so that the product you follow up with will have the main stage.

So, What Can a At-Home Microdermabrasion Machine Do?

They can actually work on many different skin conditions such as:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Excess pigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Dull or sagging skin
  • Sun damage (also called sun spots)
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne and other scars
  • Skin tone that is not even
  • Stretch marks

Can you imagine a product that will help you with all of that? Not only will it help your skin look and feel better, but it will also allow you to get more out of your products and even eliminate some of them!

What microdermabrasion machine to choose?

well, I only tested one machine after reading the review post of sophie about her selection of best microdermabrasion machines here. If you guys need to make a choice, I recommend you their reviews, they are super detailed and reliable.

The machine that I tested is the Microderm MD (read here the awesome review that sophie wrote) , and indeed the machine was freaking awesome. My skin was super smooth and clean. My forehead was a bit rough. It was great a few days after the 2nd session.


But I could only test it for 2 sessions. so imagine if I can use it in the long run.

I will save like crazy to buy this machine for the coming christmas, or I may ask it for my 19th birthday.

What Side Effects Should You Expect?

oh my dear readers, keep oin mind that with microdermabrasion, there will be some side effects that you will have to deal with, especially at first. Your skin might be a little red and sensitive. If that doesn’t go away in about an hour, your machine may be too strong. If it is bright red, then you have too much power as well.

I was a little too greedy at first and used too much suction…. will be more careful next time.

You might also feel some tingling when you apply creams, so make sure you start with only a little to get a feel for it.

So what ?

If you want to try microdermabrasion at home, make sure you invest in a machine that is truly going to help you. Read reviews such as the ones I gave you or simply google.

Paying a difference of a few dollars might make all the difference, especially if you are already putting out money for creams and lotions.

Remember that your skin will be sensitive, so invest in the good quality creams and lotions to help you out.

And my dear readers, please let me know what you choose, it might help me with my final choice in christmas 🙂


Why so many haters

I am somehow always surprised by people who constantly need to criticize and bash people for whatever reason. They spend their time lurking and observing what other people do, and write bad comments whenever they can.

I mean, I can certainly understand we all are entitled to our own opinions but do we need to constantly voice it when we know it is hurtful?

I believe in freedom of speech and opinion but only with respect and tolerance.

We are all different, my opinions are no better than others, and I can be wrong. ( sometimes I may forget it 🙂

We are not perfect.

That is maybe the reason why life can be so entertaining. Because it gives us many opportunities to grow and be better and beautiful inside.

Yet, if You need or feel an urge to criticise, ask yourself what may be the motivations behind, and if it is really the best way to communicate.

At the end of the day, the question is : What would you feel if you were constantly criticised by haters?

Natural remedies for dark circles

Dark circles under the eyes? For some women, this is not a problem at all but there are those women (you’re probably one) who are, and have been, affected by this condition ever since they can remember. Discoloration under the eyes can make any woman look more mature, tired and run-down – a look that no one goes for. This is precisely why women who have this type of skin discoloration make an effort to correct the situation. Nobody wants to look like a panda!

It’s not as simple as it sounds, however. Also known as periorbital dark circles, most people think that getting rid of these is a good night’s sleep away but that couldn’t be farther from reality as most women who have dark circles under their eyes know.

This is because dark circles are not only the result of:

  • Staying up late
  • Sleeping less
  • Stressing out too much on something
  • Working too hard

And so on..

There are different factors as to why these dark circles appear. Some of these factors include:

  • Aging
  • Genes
  • Skin tone
  • Hyper pigmentation
  • Diet
  • Allergies

The list has more to it but this, basically, tells us that fatigue isn’t the only culprit. There are a ton of remedies available in the market like creams, peels, gels, masks and so on but only a select few really work. This is because the underlying cause needs to be identified.

If you’re decided on really going for creams or peels, we suggest not starting with those just yet. As an alternative why not try DIY dark circle removers and see if that brings you the results you want? Here’s what we had in mind:

So what are my 6 natural home remedies for dark circles?

DIY Dark Circle Remover: Nutrition Changes

  1. A little bit of iron on your diet won’t hurt.

A majority of women suffer from iron deficiency or anemia. This is commonly caused by a nutritional deficiency rather than an underlying disease. As a result, this condition usually causes the skin to look pale, making the eye’s orbit or inner hallows appear more prominently. In this case a simple correction in nutrition can remedy the dark circles:

Research on foods that are rich in iron and make sure that you introduce these foods in your diet. Some examples of foods rich in iron are red meats and dark green and leafy vegetables.

caffeine reduction

  1. Goodbye caffeine.

Coffee, soda and energy drinks are all rich in caffeine. Unfortunately, no matter how good they taste, they can make dark circles worse. Drinking too much caffeinated beverage causes dehydration which can worsen the appearance of dark circles.

Slowly cut back on your caffeine consumption until you eliminate it from your diet. While you’re at it, don’t forget the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day.

DIY Dark Circle Remover: Kitchen Ingredients

cucumber slices for dark circles

  1. Cucumber Circles

This one is a no brainer because we usually see this done in spas and TV commercials. Cut out two slices of cucumber to put on your eyes.

Because cucumber has skin lightening effects and mild astringent properties, it helps lighten the under eye area naturally. It also has a soothing effect on your skin.

potato slices

  1. Potato Slices

Cut two thick slices of potato and apply it directly onto your eye. The slices have to be big enough to cover your entire eye, including your dark circles.

The potato slices work the same way as the cucumber. The potato, however, has natural bleaching agents instead of mild astringent properties.

DIY Dark Circle Remover: Costs Next to Nothing Options

  1. Chilled Spoons

Before going to bed at night, put two metal spoons in the freezer. Get them out as soon as you wake up and apply the two spoons underneath your eyes or over your eyes. Take a break if you feel like the spoons are getting too cold.

The cold will constrict blood vessels underneath your eye and make them look thinner. The cold also has a refreshing effect.

  1. Ice Cubes

ice cubes

Ice cubes are a great alternative if you don’t have enough spoons around the house. As soon as you wake up, apply ice cubes underneath your eyes. Again, if it gets too cold for you, take a break but make sure that you’ve applied the cubes at least for 2-3 minutes under each eye.

The same principle applies. The cold constricts the blood vessels that are visible underneath your eyes because of thin skin.

Brighter Eyes through Natural Means

Aside from these 6 DIY suggestions, you may also consider drinking enough glasses of water a day, eating healthy and protecting your skin from the sun. These natural means may not give you the results you need in an instant but they do have proven long-term benefits on your skin so why not give it a go?

Beauty is for me

Beauty is what most of us seek in order to feel great or for our self esteem. Some might say it is a superficial quest. they may be right… or wrong… whatever people think is not what matters most.  What matters is what I think.