Emollients vs. Occlusives – Everything you need to know

I once heard about someone that always read the last chapter of a book first. Reason behind that? She wanted to make sure she’d know the end, even if something happened to her before she could finish reading.

 

Emollients vs. Occlusives
Emollients vs. Occlusives

 

I don´t do that. I read my books from start to finish, maybe skimming over some parts here and there, but following the story as it was written.

And as this is the third in a series of blog posts, I highly suggest you catch up with „Do you really need a moisturizer? The difference between dry and dehydrated skin“ and „Humectants – Everything you need to know“ first. Not that there are any spoilers in here, but it will make it easier to understand.

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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – Big yellow taxi

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 „Don’t it always seem to go. That you dont know what youve got. Till it’s gone

That is what Joni Mitchell sang in „Big Yellow Taxi“, and yes, you will probably need to google it and never really heard of the song (or her) before, but I like it and I am old and this is my blog and so I will continue to refer to lyrics from 1970.

 

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

 

And it is what came to my mind after I started using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% recently and was puzzled about how much it changed my skin.

If you are an old (ha!) time reader, you may remember that in many Empties post and in many a skincare routine, La Roche Posay Serozinc (here) featured heavily. Somehow I stopped using it late last year. No specific reason, I just had other mists that I deemed more appropriate for the season.

My t-zone got oiler after a few weeks, but I didn´t really make the connection.

Until I introduced The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in my routine and could literally watch that change…

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klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops – New languages

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Whenever I try to learn a new language (which, to be honest, hasn´t happened in a long time!), I try to get to the point where I am able to read magazines.

Being able to entertain myself while learning is the best way to keep me at it, and once I can move from reading a magazine to reading a real book, the battle is won.

 

klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

 

Well, the actual „speaking“ part should probably be taken into consideration when measuring language skills, but I am trying to make a point here.

Point is, I was feeling pretty good abut my skills at the language of skincare ingredients. Not quite „reading the classics“ good, but at least „flicking comfortably through a magazine“ good.

At least until I decided to venture into Asian skincare… Really, there is a whole new world of ingredients out there, and I struggle to add them all to my vocabulary.

But I try! Reading material of choice for today? klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops *.

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Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser – Detoxification

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If you have been around for some time, you know that „detox“ is a word that drives me nuts. That goes a little against zeitgeist, I know, but is funded in my medical training and general skepticism.

See, your body has numerous ways of getting rid of toxins, and unless you have a medical condition, your liver and kidneys do all the detoxification you need.

It is sensible though to stop putting potentially harmful stuff into and onto your body, and the experience that you feel better when you stop eating a lot of bad stuff has led to the development of special diets.

 

Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser
Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser

 

One of them is the alkaline diet, which is part of alternative medicine since approximately 1913, and the main claim is that our food contains too many acids, making us sick. As a solution, alkaline foods are promoted as well as alkaline powder as supplement.

To be crystal clear here: Yes, we do eat too much sugar and animal products, and yes, when we focus on leafy greens and complex carbs instead it is way healthier. But that has, as far as scientific proof goes, nothing to do with acidosis in our bloodstream. Acidosis is a severe illness that needs in hospital treatmeant, not a supplement!

So you can imagine that I was more than skeptical when a PR package filled with Droste-Laux She.Tox products arrived at my doorstep, as this specific line is focused on alkalinisation of the body and strengthening your inner light.

But I decided to leave skepticism aside and give the Droste-Laux She.Tox Alkaline Facial Cleanser * a fair chance.

 

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Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution – Risks

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Did you know that back in the days some women used to apply radioactive powder to their cheeks?

Starting in the 20s, before the negative side effects were discovered, so called „gentle radiation“ was considered a natural way to strengthen health and enhance beauty. The radiation in the powder lead to increased blood flow where applied and so provided the much coveted natural flush.

 

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution

 

The long term effects of course were horrible.

And while we today shake our heads in disbelief when reading things like that, we should probably take a step back and look at our own beauty routines once in a while. What is considered safe now might proove to be detrimental in the future. Or vice versa. The question is: What risk are we willing to take when it comes to beauty?

A very personal question. And one that I recently had to answer for myself regarding the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution.

 

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Humectants – Everything you need to know

About a month ago, I uploaded a video about the difference between dry and dehydrated skin (here if you missed it).

I promised to do one more about humectants, emollients and occlusives as a follow up and here I am to live up to that promise.

Not exactly though, as I had so much to say about humectants that it filled a video all by itself. The one (ones?) about emollients and occlusives will follow at a later date.

 

Humectants
Humectants – Everything you need to know

 

Which will make it easier just to get the information you need, and if by last months video you already know you don´t care about humectants, you can totally skip this upload and invest your time in something more productive.

That would be of course your loss, so I suggest you grab something to drink (we are talking about hydration after all) and follow along.

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Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment

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Many moons ago, in December 2012, my then boyfriend Mr. Loca and I packed our bags, rented a camper van and started to travel Australia. A small part of Australia, as we had only three weeks to spend, but what an amazing trip it was!

Looking forward to a hot Australian summer I had brought all my dresses, my sandals and my shorts. What I did not pack, however, were rain boots and rain coat.

 

Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment
Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment

 

After three sunny days in a hostel in Sidney we took the camper to our first stop: The Blue Mountains. We arrived at night, went grocery shopping, spend the evening outside and woke to fog and constant rain. And for the whole two days we stayed there, the sun didn´t come out once.

You see, I can attest to the fact that there is an abundance of water in the Australian Blue Mountains, and if you are wondering why on earth I decided to talk about that today, the answer is simple: Water from the Australian Blue Mountains is used as key ingredient in the MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment *

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pixi Rose Caviar Essence – It is what it is

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There is a fable in Germany which, long story short, adresses the urge to know everything. A problem that I can relate to.

I encourage curiosity, but (fellow moms will agree), sometimes there are too many questions and we need to let go. Let go for times sake and for our own sanity.

 

pixi Rose Caviar Essence
pixi Rose Caviar Essence

 

„It is what it is“, said love.

This is the last sentence of the fable, and the one I focus on when there simply is no other answer.

Like: What is the pixi Rose Caviar Essence * in term of skincare category? Is it an essence, as the name would suggest? Or a serum, as stated in the claims? Or a facial oil, given that rich natural oils are a main component?

I, dear reader, can´t tell you which category the pixi Rose Caviar Essence * belongs to. But I can tell you many other things about it, if you are curious.

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New In Beauty February 2018

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February is a weird month for me. On one hand it is filled with birthday celebrations (read here), on the other hand it is a transitional month at it´s worst.

Lots of people complained about January dragging on, but at least January is proper winter! I get comfort from hot chocolate, warm blankets and dark lips, all the things that make winter worthwile. Once February arrives though, I get spring fever.

 

New In Beauty February 2018
New In Beauty February 2018

 

I want warm sun on my face, I want to loose the layers and I want light and airy makeup. But outside there is freezing cold, and, judging by the last few weeks, grey clouds and snow drizzle.

So no new makeup purchases, at least no spring makeup purchases, but new skincare. From shopping my stash mostly, but that is shopping after all!

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Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser

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Given that I am a full time working mother of two, my mornings are usually pretty relaxed. And I am well aware that a morning skincare routine like mine (read here if you are curious), though already streamlined, is not possible for someone with little to no help.

In case you didn´t know, we live in a shared house with my parents, as one big family, and as my parents take the kids to daycare after breakfast, I can get ready and rush out the door at 6:45 without the need to do the whole dress, feed, dress again and then drop off.

 

Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser
Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser

 

How lucky I am strikes me, when my parents are on holiday. Because despite getting to work one hour later than usual, I barely find the time to brush my teeth, let alone do a five step morning routine.

Now I can´t skip makeup entirely and I already do breakfast al desco, so cutting down my skincare is the only way to go. Which is when multitasking products come in very handy.

Like the Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser *.

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