BEAUTY,SKINCARE

7 SKINCARE USES FOR BEPANTHEN NAPPY CREAM

After I had my babies I discovered this beautiful cream that I had to incorporate to my skincare! Bepanthen Nappy Cream / Ointment is surprisingly good for a lot of things, and I list my 7 uses on the video above!

XX,

Ariella

BEAUTY,SKINCARE

A GUIDE TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN: ESSENTIAL STEPS ON SKINCARE

Hey, guys!

I’ve filmed this video which is Part #1 of my Skincare Series, where I talk about the essentials on skincare: key ingredients for a beautiful skin, what to look for in a skincare product, the difference between AHA, BHA, etc.

You can watch it all in the video but I’ve listed in this blog post all the details as well.

 

Cleansing

Cleansing is an essential step to our routine. Failing to cleanse properly can lead to clogged pores, makeup can lead to inflammation and collagen breakdown, and that’s all because every day we have on our skin pollution, excess oil (sebum), makeup and dead skin cells. We want to remove that with a gentle and effective cleanser, not one that will strip down our skin.

Water itself can get rid of only 65% of oil and debris from skin’s surface, so we need to use a cleanser morning and evening. But be careful, over-cleansing can be unnecessary and be drying.

*Tip*: You don’t need overspend on cleansers. They will only stay in our faces for a few seconds and are made to mainly remove impurities (any other benefits would require a greater time of action).

 

Exfoliating

Our skin renews itself every single day, but that process can slow down in time and with age. We want to remove excess of dead skin by exfoliating, otherwise, we can end up with clogged pores, dull, flaky skin, bumps, more wrinkles and uneven skin tone.

There are two types of exfoliants: mechanical and chemical.

  • Mechanical exfoliants are those products with little particles which we rub in our faces and they will physically exfoliate dead cells. We should also be careful not to use harsh exfoliants with sharp edges.
  • Chemical exfoliants are those that we leave on the skin so it can act on its own, and they are the BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) and AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). These are a great option as they are meant to be gentle and very effective.

AHAs are acids like glycolic, malic, lactic and others, and BHA is salicylic acid. This one is greatly used for acne prone skin as it not only exfoliates but also melts the dirt in your pores, helping remove blackheads. They can be left on the skin for a few minutes or even overnight as part of your daily routine.

Two important things to check on a chemical exfoliant:

  • Concentration: AHAs, for daily use, normally have a concentration between 5%-10%. A great concentration for BHA is 2%.
  • PH: These acids should have a PH ranging from around 2,5 – 4,0 to be effective, otherwise they will be unable to exfoliate the skin.

 

Moisturizing

We want to keep our skin supple and retain its ideal water balance. Skin replenishing ingredients are known as ceramides, glycerin, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, sodium, peptides, amino acids, and cholesterol.  They will protect against moisture loss and keep the skin supple and soft. 

Hyaluronic acid, for example, is great for both oily and dry skin, and 1g of it may retain up to 6 liters of water. Today there are many different types of hydrating products to keep the skin plumped, as creamy formulas for drier skin, gel formulas for oily ones, and face oils for all skin types.

 

Targeting Specifics

Acne 

Products largely used to treat acne include:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide: which are also great to prevent acne eruption. Concentrations vary from 2,5% to 5%
  • Retinol: Helps skin maintain its oil balance and also get rid of acne scars.
  • Tea Tree Oil: natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps calm skin.
  • Azelaic Acid: it’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and brightens the skin because it inhibits the skin’s excess production of melanin.

It’s always important to find the causing factor of the acne, which can be hormonal, stress related, food related, or even can be caused by other skincare products that are not ideal for your skin type.

Anti Aging

To target aging skin we have antioxidants and skin-restoring ingredients.

Antioxidants will protect our skin from environmental damage and prevent free radical damage. The main ones are listed here:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C (in great concentrations of 5% and above can also help fade dark spots)
  • Resveratrol
  • Green Tea

Skin restoring ingredients will target the signs of aging and will fight wrinkles, roughness, uneven skin tone and dullness. They are:

  • Retinol: It’s vitamin A and can be presented in different forms and concentrations. It has over 40 years of research prooving to be a powerful and effective age-fighting ingredient (targeting multiple signs of aging).
  • Peptides: They are fragments of proteins, made of amino-acids and help build the blocks of the skin.
  • Niacinamide: It’s vitamin B3 and helps improve enlarged pores, eneven skin tone and fights wrinkles. It’s non sensitizing.
  • Lecithin: Has skin restoring abilities as well as moiturising properties.
  • Adenosine: powerful anti-wrinkle ingredient.

Sunscreen 

Sunscreen can’t be left out as it’s the best anti aging product you can use. Daily use of sunscreen can decrease chances of skin cancer and prevent early signs of aging caused by the sun. It’s also a crucial product when you’re using acids like exfoliants, retinol, etc to avoid sunburn and further hyperpigmentation problems.

*Extra Tips*

When buying a skincare product, always look for a container that will keep ingredients stable. Many ingredients will degradate when exposed to light and air, so packaging is extremely important to maintain their beneficial properties.

Also check the expiry date of the packaging when opened. They usually range from 6 to 12 months (sometimes less), and there’s no point of using the product after these dates! They might simply no longer work.

 

You can subscribe to my channel here and check my other skincare posts here!

XX,

Ariella

BEAUTY,MAKEUP

MINI MAKEUP HAUL AND THE £1 MAC SOAR DUPE!

I’ve picked up a few bits at the Mac counter and one face powder at Bobbi Brown last week. In this video I give my first impression on the new makeup I got and also show the incredible £1 dupe of the Mac Soar Lip Liner/ Lip Pencil!

Don’t forget to subscribe here to be up to date with my videos!

XX,

Ariella

LIFESTYLE,STYLE

HOW TO MAKE SMALL SHOES FIT BIGGER Bibi Butterfly

How to Make Small Shoes Fit Bigger Bibi Butterfly

Have you ever had that problem??

Recently I made my first Sophia Webster purchase of a beautiful pair of their Bibi Butterly Flat Shoes in silver. My experience with Matches Fashion Online wasn’t the best out there so I found myself with a pair of shoes that didn’t fit and I couldn’t exchange them for a bigger size. Very disappointed but willing to keep the pair as they were bought at a very good price, I decided to try 2 tricks to make my shoes a bit bigger – and they worked!!

Check out the video and, hopefully, this might be of some help for the unfortunate like me (…) that need to make their small shoes fit bigger! And don’t forget to check my other videos and subscribe to my channel for more!

Let me know in the comments if you ever try these hacks!

XX,

Ariella

LOOKS,STYLE

GREY LAYERS

GREY LAYERS GREY LAYERS 1 GREY LAYERS 2 GREY LAYERS 3 GREY LAYERS 4GREY LAYERS 5 GREY LAYERS 6

SHIRT: Jennifer | JEANS: Zara | GILET: New Look | BOOTS: Aldo

I’ve been wanting to use my waterfall gilet for a while but the weather wasn’t helping. Now spring is perfect for layering pieces and I thought it was about time to style it with an all time favourite combo: denim over denim. This duo-chromatic look if full of life and details, and really comfortable for a day out.

I also like using this shirt by itself in the same exact look (grey boots and jeans) but this version is also very stylish: the gilet (similar here) adds fluidity to the outfit, making it a little more dressed up. Keeping it simple with accessories, I chose my Michael Kors watch which I have been using ever since I got it for my birthday last November! The camel colour is so versatile and it adds that final touch without compromising the ensemble.

 

XX,

Ariella

FLAT LAYS,STYLE

HOW TO ADD RED TO YOUR OUTFIT

HOW TO ADD RED TO YOUR OUTFITHOW TO ADD RED TO YOUR OUTFIT 1

TOP (similar): Boohoo  |  SKIRT: Missguided | SHOES & BAG (1): Zara | SANDALS: H&M | BLAZER: Zara

Red can be tricky to wear as it limits your combinations and can make you look too flashy (assuming that’s not what you want) if not worn right. But there are ways to incorporate red into your outfit, and make you look elegant with the right amount of colour!

I love the colour and have a few red lipsticks, but noticed my wardrobe was lacking red pieces to brighten up the looks.  So I started finding smaller accessories – like the H&M pair of heeled sandals and the Zara bag – with a toned down hue until I built it up to a statement jacket (again from Zara), which is more of a bold choice.

I confess I was a bit torn between this red blazer and it’s black version, as the cut of this blazer jacket is just so beautiful. But I do own black blazers already which made things a bit easier: time to get it and start putting some outfits together!

The first look is a very basic black outfit (the skirt and lace top are here in this post), where I just added my burgundy bag to bring some life to it. Of course, I could keep it an all black look as there’s enough detailing in the pieces not to make it boring, but the bag just makes it a lot more fun.

The second look is when you’re ready to go bold and just add more than one piece of red to the ensemble like I did with the jacket, bag, and the shoes. They are also different but complimentary shades, so they look very harmonic with the black top and skirt.

Red is also a colour that pairs really well with white and grey, meaning there are a few other possibilities of using it with what you already have in your wardrobe. You can see me wearing it in this Instagram picture!

XX,

Ariella

 

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