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    Natural ingredients that help soothe dry, inflamed skin

    picture of Pixi skincare

    First post of 2021 🙂

    What a great way to start the new year! I woke up with inflamed skin and a bit of redness. This usually happens to me when I’ve over indulged in sweet & savory treats and dryness in our home, since it’s a wee bit cold outside, we turn up the furnace to warm up the house.

    So how do we combat redness and irritated, inflamed skin? With natural ingredients of course 🙂

    Oatmeal

    You can use a natural concoction such as an oatmeal paste made of 1 Tbsp oatmeal + tsp milk and leave it on my skin for 20 min. Oatmeal has amazing skin benefits and has been proven to be a natural skin cleanser, exfoliator and hydrating agent. Oatmeal contains polysaccharides, which are long chain of sugar molecules , a.k.a complex carbs, so when ingested equipe your body with energy . However,when used topically  they help with the natural hydration process of the skin. One particular study that proves the benefits of polysaccharides on the skin is this one here published  in Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

    Aloe Vera

    If your skin is itchy and irritated a cooling agent such as Aloe Vera is fantastic! I use Aloe Vera masks one a week even if my skin isn’t feeling itchy because it has cooling and healing properties that we can all benefit from. It just feel good on the skin OK 🙂 You can also buy an Aloe Vera succulent plant and harvest the gel directly. Here’s a  fantastic step by step  on  how to harvest Aloe Vera gel directly from the plant.

    Alo Vera MAsk

    Milk

    Have you ever bathed in milk? Milk baths have become extremely popular as a way to calm and soothe itchy, dry skin. Milk baths can feel so luxurious, especially if you add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in the mix. Soaking in milk actually has many skin benefits. Milk contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that can help loosen the bonds that hold old, dead cells to the surface of the skin. Also contains fats and proteins so actually works to help boost your skin moisture. I take milk baths more in the winter and my absolute favourite product to use is the HERBIVORE Coconut Milk bath Soak. No one said it had to be animal milk. Plant based milk such as coconut, soy and almond milk have calming properties as well. If you choose to use animal milk, Crabtree & Evelyn make a fantastic product made with powdered goats milk. If you choose to make your own milk bath at home, any full fat powdered milk such as cow or coconut will dissolve well under hot water.

    Herbivore Milk bath picture

    Another way you can benefit from milks great healing properties is to use products such as Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky collection. It was created to re-balance and replenish hydration back into your skin.It contains coconut, oat extracts, jojoba milk and green tea extract. I have been using these products for awhile now, and they work so well to calm my skin and reduce redness.The Hydrating Milky Mist, not shown in the photo below, is my absolute favorite for when I need quick relief from itchy skin. It sinks right into my skin and gives me that cooling effect.

    pixi beauty milky collection

    Let me know in the comments if you have used any of these natural remedies or if you’re a fan of Pixi Beauty’s Milky line.

    XO, MAHA 

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    Where do you get your Vitamin C? Drunk Elephant vs OLE HENRIKSEN

    vitamin C serums

    Awhile back I posted on IG that I started incorporating Vitamin C to my daily skin routine and I received questions on which product I recommend. Since I was a novice I wasn’t able to provide a fair response, but since then I’ve tried out the 2 most popular Vitamin C serums on the market and here are my thoughts and comparisons of the two products:

    DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA DAY SERUM

    This Vitamin C serum contains 15 percent L-ascorbic acid which is a potent form of vitamin C for antioxidant protection, fading dark spots, brightening, and accelerating collagen production.

    • Also includes ferulic acid and vitamin E (tocopherol), which are great at treating sun damage and fine lines
    • Has an acidic pH of 3.3, which is ideal because L-ascorbic acid has been shown to penetrate best at pH levels less than 3.5.
    • It can oxidize within 3 months and oxidized Vitamin C can age your skin, according to dermatologists. Rate of oxidation differs from product to product so I can’t tell you exactly when it will ” expire” however 3 months is usually 
    • Unfortunately, the rate of oxidation is not easy to gauge because it has a light golden tint even when fresh. Once it turns darker and more orange, it has probably oxidized, so I would discontinue use.
    • Contains Marula oil, which is a heavier oil with a thick consistency that may clog pores so maybe not best for acne prone skin. 
    • Stays on the skin for up to 72 hours, even if you wash your face..that’s pretty cool!
    • Uses natural and synthetic ingredients
    • Fragrance Free
    • It’s expensive at $105 for 30ml bottle

    Overall, I really liked the DE C Firma Vitamin C serum and would recommend to anyone who wants to firm, brighten and improve the overall look of your skin. It is expensive for a serum but definitely does deliver on it’s promise to give you a glowing complexion.

    It has a good amount of antioxidants + ingredients. Contains high amounts of Vitamin C and absorbs right into the skin without that sticky feeling some serums leave behind.  You can easily layer other products such as The ordinary ” B ” Oil and/or Squalane Oil without having the feeling that you have too many products or irritation on your skin. I used up the whole bottle within 2 months and that was everyday morning use, one small pump for the entire face followed by B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. I saw some changes in the nasolabial folds ( fine lines around the mouth) but the big change happened with the overall texture and plumpness of the skin, however, I believe that’s attributed to the use of B- Hydra + C Firma together. I call these my powerhouse couple!  I feel this product would work great on all skin types except for oily skin. The Marula oil is heavy and may clog your pores, so proceed with caution.  The texture of the serum feels silky but watery so work quickly when working it into your skin. If you want long term results from the DE C-Firma Vitamin C then consistency ( every day or other day) should be your goal! 

    vitamin C serums

    OLE HENRIKSEN BANANA BRIGHT VITAMIN C SERUM

    This serum contains 15% Vitamin C which is highest concentration of vitamin C for daily use.

    • 5% PHAs (Polyhydroxy Acids) A plumper alternative to AHAs that helps even skin tone and texture through chemical exfoliation, loosening the “glue” that binds the surface layer of skin together, and reveal the newer, fresher skin beneath.
    • Vegan, cruelty free
    • plump skin’s surface with hydration and reinforce skin’s moisture barrier.
    • Contains Hyaluronic Acid that helps plump skin’s surface with hydration and reinforce skin’s moisture barrier.
    • Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps nourish and condition skin; also helps stabilize the vitamin C in the formula.
    • Again, 3 months is probably all you’re going to get form this product before it “expires”. 
    • Contains Orange Peel oil – used to achieve the orange colour, may irritate some skin types.
    • Fairly priced compared to to other leading brands at $86 for 30 ml

    Overall, I would say the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C serum will give you the best glow you have ever had. I do find that it takes longer to absorb than DE C Firma. This wasn’t a deal breaker for me but might be for some. The texture of this serum feels silky, smooth and isn’t a watery serum so you have time to work it into the skin.

     

    VITAMIN C SERUM

    Left – DRUNK ELEPHANT

    Right- OLE HENRIKSEN

    The type of vitamin C serum you decide to use in you routine will depend on the results you want and your price point. I use both interchangeably as I feel they both benefited me greatly! 

     

    XO, MAHA

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