Say Bye To Eczema Scars Using These Natural Ingredients 

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A laughing Naomi Campbell alongside honey/brown sugar mixture and jojoba oil.

My eczema has recently become the bane of my existence, especially since my scars are really obvious. I’ve never experienced scarring from eczema until about a year ago. In the past, my eczema appeared in small patches. I would use an ointment prescribed by my dermatologist for about two to three days, and then my eczema would disappear. It never itched, either.

Then last year in August, I thought I had several mosquito bites and started to itch them vigorously. I couldn’t help myself. The inflammation was extremely pronounced, and I began to think I had an allergic reaction instead of bug bites. I suspected it was from the medications I was taking for an ailment, but I wasn’t sure. I took a trip to my dermatologist and the visit turned out to be futile; she was completely useless. She didn’t try to tell me what it was or could be. She just wrote several prescriptions, including bleaching cream – and waved goodbye. Still, I used the creams twice a day for a month, but my scars weren’t fading and I wasn’t feeling the creams anymore. So, I decided to contact my allergist and he was way more patient and helpful.

After his assessment of my scars, we decided that I had an allergic reaction to said ailment medications. I was taking two different pills simultaneously, and I wasn’t supposed to do that. As a result, my liver did a dance which triggered my eczema. My allergist also prescribed the same creams *rolls eyes*. Eventually, I  gave up on trying to remove the scars until one day this past June.

My girlfriends and I had a champagne fest (picnic) in the park, and one of them is a skincare specialist. She noticed I had eczema, which is very noticeable and can easily be mistaken for bruises. I was impressed that she knew exactly what kind of scars I had because my dermatologist couldn’t even tell me. She mentioned she also suffers from eczema, and I asked her what she used to remove her scars. First, she said that if I never itched them I would never have scars. Great. The next best thing she recommended was to exfoliate the areas at least twice a week (don’t be too aggressive when scrubbing the areas) and follow up with a rich body oil. She suggested avocado oil or jojoba oil.

I put my thinking cap on and tried to figure out what I already had in my home for a scrub, and I came up with honey and brown sugar. I decided I would follow up with Shea butter for added moisture. This is my third week using at-home solutions to get rid of my scars. Skincare gurus say consistency is half the bottle, so I have several more weeks before I can be a judge.

Honey Helps

Honey is #goals for the skin. It’s known to be a great scar fader, and I am looking forward to being a testament. It helps reduce the appearance of scars and increases healing and tissue regeneration because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds. It can also nourish, cleanse and hydrate your skin. Win, win!

Brown Sugar is Better

Brown sugar is a natural skin exfoliator and helps with skin cell turnover, so that healthy glowing skin can come through and look like you used these highlighters. Exfoliators help give you a natural highlight effect, so you can glow-up without any added makeup. The grains of brown sugar are smaller than granulated sugar or salt, which means it’s perfect for delicate and sensitive areas like the face. Basically, brown sugar is #boss. It contains glycolic acid (alpha hydroxyl acid), which fights bacteria, breaks down dead skin cells and removes them. Glycolic acid is a major key for keeping skin looking younger and fresher. As an added bonus, the sweetener also acts as a natural moisturizer, conditioner and helps keep acne away.

Scrub ingredients/approximate measurements:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1-2 tablespoon(s) of brown sugar

How-To

After taking a shower, I spread the honey and brown sugar mixture on the scars and rub gently for a few minutes. I leave the mixture on my skin for about five to ten minutes, and then I wipe it off with a cold washcloth. To complete my treatment, I apply Shea butter on the areas of concern.

Shea Butter 

Shea butter is ideal for initiating the healing process and diminishing the appearance of scars because of its reparative ingredients. One of its principle antioxidants that make it ideal for getting rid of scars is Vitamin E. It also includes the powerful anti-inflammatory agent Vitamin A. Shea butter provides skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients that heal, moisturize and rejuvenate skin cells. So, if you wanted, you could use Shea butter on your scars twice a day as the only treatment. Over a period of time, you should begin to see a gradual disappearance of your scars.

Alternative Treatment 

Another recipe I’m trying out is Shea butter teamed with fresh lemon juice. Combine two tablespoons of Shea butter with one tablespoon of lemon juice in a shallow bowl or cup, mix well and rub the mixture on the scars. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash it off with water.

Lemon 

Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and citric acid, so they are a natural brightening agent for your skin, when used over time. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is great at boosting collagen production, which means it can help lighten dark spots, even your skin tone and maintain skin elasticity. Just avoid being in the sun when using lemons on your skin. Or, use a high SPF sunscreen when you must be outside because lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to sunburn. This is why I apply this mixture at bedtime. Lemons also come to the rescue for many other skin situations like acne and excess sebum production (oily skin). Dilute lemon juice with water if it irritates your skin.

There are plenty of other natural ingredients that can be used to effectively remove scars. These are some of my preferred remedies since I already have the ingredients in my house. If you have preferred natural treatments for removing scars, please share!

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Video: M.A.C Sample Sale Lip Swatches On Me

I’m back with another video! This time I swatched ALL the lipsticks I bought from M.A.C.’s first-ever sample sale. If you want a more in-depth coverage of what I bought, click here.

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Video: ColourPop Lip Swatches On Me

Let me preface my first video post with the following comments because after all, this is a blog:

Initially, I decided I was going to stay away from making videos (YouTube) because I know I am not going to be able to commit to posting videos every week. I know for sure that I will write at least one post a week, but videos? Nah. It takes a lot of time. Shooting, editing, music selection, voiceover, etc. God bless those YouTubers that can do it. I had to keep it real with myself. My alternative to YouTube is mini Instagram videos because those are short and fun, and I don’t need to do them that often. Then last week, my friend planted a seed in my head. She gave me some feedback about my blog, and she suggested that I appear on it more often. Makes sense.

Sharing pictures of myself in applicable posts would suffice, but that isn’t as fun because … Instagram. I decided another cool way for me to appear on my blog more is to turn my speedy IG videos into normal videos with a voiceover. Now, I’ll be hosting my own videos on my blog instead of YouTube or Vimeo. It’s the same concept, only I won’t feel guilty if I don’t post a video every week. Win, win!

In this video, you’ll see me wearing the two ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip products I wrote about here. You’ll also hear/see my first impressions/reactions to the Ultra Matte Lip products below.

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Top: Kapow; Middle: Beeper; Bottom: Dr. M

Side note: I didn’t use any lip liners with these products. Also, I realize the quality of my voice isn’t consistent in the video … I’ll figure it out for next time. Bare with we. Lol. Without further ado, please welcome my very first YouTube-inspired video, “ColourPop Lip Swatches!” :D.

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Spotlight: Sancan Oval-Shaped Brushes | Artis Makeup Brush Dupes

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I’m currently obsessed with these oval-shaped brushes by Sancan! This modern brush set is literally a dream, yet it’s a dupe of the original Artis Makeup Brushes. I hear Artis brushes are amazing, but I also know they’re pricey. So, Artis will have to go on my never ending wish list because of the way my bank account is set up … Other brands like M.A.C have similar brushes, too.

Oval-shaped brushes have a reputation for being super soft and excellent for seamlessly blending anything wet and anything dry. I typically use them to blend my foundation, concealer and cream contour. You can use these to even apply eyeshadow and blush, although, I wasn’t really a fan of the blush option as it deposited too much color on my cheeks. I tend to only like a flush of color.

These brushes are tapered and dense (more bristles), hence why they will deposit powder products like nobody’s business. Dense brushes tend to give you medium to heavy coverage, but with a smooth, flawless finish whereas brushes with fewer bristles (fluffy brushes) will give you uneven coverage, some streaks and just a sweep of color. In my opinion, fluffy brushes are better for powder products like blush, bronzer, etc. Although, I think eyeshadow is the exception because dense brushes will pack more product on your eyelids (if you’re going for an intense eye look) and create less fallout than fluffy brushes. I haven’t tried applying eyeshadow with one of the smaller brushes. I don’t like how eyeshadow looks on me, so I don’t usually wear it. Maybe it’s because I’m not used to it? I don’t know. I’ll explore that world more one day, though.

If you’re like me, you don’t or won’t need medium to heavy coverage of anything including foundation, so I would recommend applying a dime size of foundation or tinted moisturizer to your face (you may need a bit more for your neck), and then using the brush to spread it evenly. This will ensure light coverage.

Oval-shaped brushes are also easy to work with. Just lightly and gently apply it to your skin in circular motions or you can just glide the brush over your skin. Take a look at how I use one of the brushes to apply my foundation here.

Sancan brushes are made of “high quality synthetic fiber hair” and come in an assorted 10-piece set. It’s available on Amazon, and you can read more about it/purchase it here.

If you decide to get the Sancan set or any other variation, let me know how you like it below!

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