Monday, 30 November 2015

7 DIY face masks for acne and oily skin

I've already done a post about what ingredients work best for dry skin, so here is what works well for acne-prone skin. You can use these on their own or use the recipes below.

Green tea
I've written a whole post about why green tea is great for skin, which you can check out here. It is rich is anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that are proven to be beneficial when ingested as well as topically applied. As a teenager I had oily skin, and after drinking a cup of green tea for a week, I remember noticing that my face was not as oily.
How: Soak cotton rounds in brewed, cooled green tea and apply.

Here's a face mask for those with acne but dehydrated and dry skin.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

5 DIY face masks for dry skin

While I love store bought clays and masks (maybe a little too much), I also love making them at home. You know exactly what goes into them, and they are free from unnecessary fillers and preservatives.

If your skin type is dry, it's winter, or you've just collapsed after a windy hike, here are some great masks to hydrate your parched skin. I have trialled all of these over the years, and this is what ingredients and methods work the best for me. when I have dry skin.

'Potato' by Johannes Jander licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Healthy Banana Nut Bread Recipe | Vegan + No Added Sugar

When you find forgotten bananas on your kitchen counter, this is what you need to make. I often bake banana bread, it's simple, requires one bowl, and leaves the house smelling amazing.

Here's an easy recipe that is nutritious and won't leave you feeling sluggish after indulging in your favourite dessert (or breakfast).

Friday, 20 November 2015

RevivSerums TelomErase Triple Telomere Targeting Serum Review

I've been on the lookout for a serum for a while now; I love facial oils, but the best serums are formulated to target specific concerns like anti-ageing, acne scars etc. with concentrated ingredients. So here is a review on something I have been testing out for the last two and a half weeks.

RevivSerums TelomErase Serum is a 6-in-one multi-corrective serum.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Coral Nails and Getting Lost Driving to the Country | Australia

Here's a quick little post: a few pictures of a where I went two weekends ago, and a nail swatch.

This is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Coral Reef. The picture was taken three days after application, so it's a little chipped. It's what I wore with a blush dress for my friends wedding. It took about a week until I decided it looked too chipped. I've reviewed another pink shade from the same line before. You can check it out here.

I'm trying to grow my nails out again, and I find that mixing avocado oil with hand cream or body lotion before I got to bed is really helping. And I wake up with the most moisturised and softest hands. It definitely beats just using body lotion or hand cream. I think it would work well with any oil too. I just happen to have avocado oil near by because I use it as an eye cream.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Healthy Cacao Kiwi Oats Recipe

Here's what I had for breakfast today. It's Spring here, and the mornings are still a little chilly, so oatmeal is something that I love to make to wake myself up.

This warm bowl of goodness is packed with vitamins and fibre with a chocolatey twist. Here's a nutrient dense meal that will keep you satisfied until lunch time.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Tea for Skin: Green Tea (3)

I used to drink green tea all the time. I mean, at least one cup for a couple of years since I was 16. Here's why I (and you) need to brew yourself a cup tomorrow morning. All studies are referenced at the end of the post.

'Matcha Latte' by Kirinohana licensed under CC BY 2.0

UV protection when drinking green tea
The primary cause of skin ageing and cancers is exposure and overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. Green tea polyphenols, when orally consumed has been shown to prevent oxidative damage from UV light (Vayalil et al.)

Applying green tea
Treating skin with green tea, or an extract of green tea, has been studied and shown to have properties that inhibit some effects caused by UV radiation (Elmets et al.)
While I won't be tossing my sunscreen aside, it is easy to make your own green tea toner, and use it every day. This is something I will definitely be trying and posting about in future. Maybe a before and after 1 week experiment?

Green tea also has anti-inflammatory effects when it is applied onto skin (Katiyar). This is further tied to the point above, as UV radiation can cause redness and, thus inflammation. If you have occasional acne, drinking green tea may reduce the amount of swelling and redness (inflammation).

Free radicals are damaging and can enter the body through environmental toxins like UV rays, cigarette smoke, pollution as well as drugs, pesticides, exercise and inflammation. Antioxidants 'scavenge' these molecules and decrease the damage that would otherwise ensue. Polyphenols in green tea act as antioxidants by reducing and preventing damage that free radicals may cause (Nugala et al.)

Controlling Oily Skin
Sebum is secreted from the sebaceous glands and what keeps our skin moisturised and protected. Excess sebum is associated with oily skin, and common to those with acne or other skin disorders. Various studies, including one in 2013, showed green tea actually lowered elevated sebum levels in a 60 day trial (Nugala et al.).

Anti-ageing and overall skin improvement
This is probably the most convincing reason why I will be drinking green tea again. Not just green tea, but eating and drinking foods containing flavanols can improve the qulaity of skin as well as slow down skin ageing. In 2006, a study was conducted where women who consumed a high flavanol beverage for 12 weeks. They showed improved skin conditions through increased photoprotection, improved dermal blood flow, increased skin hydration, thickness and smoothness of the skin (Heinrich U et al.)

Green tea can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Easiest, are green tea bags: Twinings are convenient to use and Prince of Peace are organic.

Ways to sneak green tea into your diet and skincare regimen
  • loose tea
  • K-Cup's
  • Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • iced tea
  • green tea lattes
  • green tea cupcakes (it's a thing - try it!)
  • green tea desserts
  • toner: Innisfree Green Tea Pure Skin Toner is a popular Korean brand or make your own
  • face masks using matcha powder - review coming up soon!
  • add powder to your smoothies/juices
  • steaming face with green tea, loose works best

Do you drink green tea? What's your favourite type?

xo, Amali


Vayalil, Praveen K. et al. 'Green Tea Polyphenols Prevent Ultraviolet Light-Induced Oxidative Damage And Matrix Metalloproteinases Expression In Mouse Skin'. J Invest Dermatol 122.6 (2004): 1480-1487. Web.

Elmets, Craig A. et al. 'Cutaneous Photoprotection From Ultraviolet Injury By Green Tea Polyphenols'. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 44.3 (2001): 425-432. Web.

Katiyar, Santosh K. 'Skin Photoprotection By Green Tea: Antioxidant And Immunomodulatory Effects'. curr drug targets immune endocr metabol disord 3.3 (2003): 234-242. Web.

Nugala, Babitha et al. 'Role Of Green Tea As An Antioxidant In Periodontal Disease: The Asian Paradox'. Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology 16.3 (2012): 313. Web.

Mahmood, Tariq, and Naveed Akhtar. 'Combined Topical Application Of Lotus And Green Tea Improves Facial Skin Surface Parameters'. Rejuvenation Research 16.2 (2013): 91-97. Web.

Heinrich U, Neukam Ket al. 'Long-Term Ingestion Of High Flavanol Cocoa Provides Photoprotection Against UV-Induced Erythema And Improves Skin Condition In Women'. Journal of Nutrition 136.6 (2006): n. pag. Print.

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Monday, 9 November 2015

Hyaluronic acid for Skin

If you have ever wanted to hydrate your desperately parched skin during winter or improve 'ageing' skin; you've probably heard of hyaluronic acid (HA). Or perhaps you haven't. So let me explain the latest science-backed trending ingredient of the moment.

'I-Spa Facial Treatment' by InterContinental Hong Kong licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

REVIEW | DEMO | Maybelline Master Smoky Shadow Liner

This shadow liner/pencil looked promising for those of us who want to do a quick smoky eye, and who just also want a thicker eyeliner that can be easily smudged. 

I have the colour scorching brown, but I think it is also called smoking charcoal.

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