SkinPep Hydra Sun Defence SPF30

Hello beautiful people,

 

The sun is out in London and you know what that means : time to step up the sunscreen game especially if you are,like me, using tretinoin almost every night.

In all my years working in the beauty industry I tried a million different chemical and mineral sunscreen and my preference is for mineral sunscreens  here is why : chemical sunscreens using oxybenzone or avobenzone etc absorb uva and uvb rays creating a chemical reaction that dissipates the heat off the skin, while mineral using titanium oxide or zinc etc reflect rays off the skin like a mirror without allowing any absorption. With that in mind, chemical sunscreens have the advantage of being much lighter in texture and they don’t usually leave any chalky residue on the skin  whereas mineral sunscreens tend to have a thicker texture and can leave a blueish tint on the skin. So I tested several mineral sunscreens and the one I chose for me is the Skin Pep Hydra Sun Defence spf 30.

This chemical sunscreen can be used alone as a daily moisturiser for normal to combo skin or layered on top of your favorite hydrator for drier types such as myself..

Why did I choose this? Well, first of all the texture is heavenly,hydrating and it leave a sheer universal tint on the skin that just looks like your own skin but better  but most importantly the ingredients list is fantastic :

On top of titanium and zinc for uva and uvb protection you will find antioxidants like grape seed extract and green tea extract plus vitamin e and ferulic acid and adenosine, making this spf a great choice for everyone

The price point is also pretty good, it retails for £17.49 for 70ml and it spreads very easily and works great under makeup with no rolling or rubbing  I. Use it around my eyes too with no problems. The SkinPep website allows you to order sample sizes too so you can try the products before you commit to a full size.

Let me know what you guys think, or what is your favorite Spf.

As always  lots of love

Alex

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Dr Sebagh Rose de Vie serum

 

 

hello peeps,

I have started Tretinoin 0.025 percent a few weeks ago ( retinoic acid) and I have been experiencing all the side effects: peeling, redness, sensitivity.So, to combat all of the aforementioned, I went back to an all-time favorite of mine, the true and trusted Rose de Vie serum by Dr. Sebagh.

First of all the name is a little deceiving as this is not a usual serum but rather a dry oil suitable for all skin types but especially beneficial for combo, dry and sensitive.It contains an array of antioxidants and vitamins thanks to the high amounts of organic rosehip oil, rose oil and wheat germ oil it contains plus an anti-redness complex.

As I said the texture is the one of a dry oil, it sinks in quite quickly into the skin but will undoubtedly leave a little sheen behind, which I personally love, but that my oily peeps might not appreciate.I have never broken out from this even now that I am pretty much bathing in it.I sometimes mix a drop or two with my foundation to give it that extra dewiness.

I find it extremely beneficial when used after A.H.A or any other exfoliants, after peels or laser treatments too, thanks to its soothing properties.

Oils are something I always incorporate into my skincare regime and this is one of the ones I love most: it does not come cheap as it retails for £129 but I find that a little goes a long way and normally a bottle lasts me about 4 months.( if you are strapped for cash and want to try a cheaper alternative I can recommend The Ordinary 100percentt cold pressed marula oil which retails for around 9 quid).

I am not a huge fan of fragrant oils though, as they usually broke me out ( decleor, for example, does break me out badly) but Rose de Vie is heavenly and I highly recommend it to anyone in need of extra hydration, extra nourishment, and extra dewiness.

As usual, let me know what you think and follow me on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/alexinwonderland81

Love,

Alex

Regaine for Men (minoxidil 5%): does it work?

 

 

 

Hello everyone!

Hair is something we all feel very attached to but unfortunately for many as we grow older we tend to either lose it or we experience thinning, breakage and so on.

I am a 36yo male and about 5 years ago I noticed the hair at my temples and by my crown area was getting sparser and sparser so I immediately tried to research what I could do to help prevent any further hair loss. Minoxidil kept popping up online and when chatting to friends so I dug a little deeper.

Minoxidil is a drug that used to be administrated to treat high blood pressure, but it is now the only FDA approved drug for the treatment of hair loss.It works by prolonging the growth phase of the hair follicles. Men have usually advised the 5% strength while women the 2% one.

It comes in a lotion that you can apply in the affected area, but the company Regaine offers also a foam version. Bare in mind Regaine is just the branded name for Minoxidil and you can purchase generic minoxidil at a cheaper price.Having said that I have only used Regaine over the past few years so my review reflects that.

When I purchased my first bottle of Regaine I was shocked at the long list of side effects listed: weight gain, troubles breathing, dizziness, pains in arms, swelling and so on. I decided to give it a try regardless, aware of that fact that during the first month you could lose even more hair as the drugs work by pushing out unhealthy follicles.

And men it did: I applied the spray twice a day, 12 hours apart, and during the first couple of weeks I noticed, during every shower, that I was losing lots of hair and my kind of freaked out but I stuck with it and I am glad I did.

By week 4 the hair shedding kind of stopped but I still did not notice any new hair growing until around week 8 and from then it has been a great success. Not only I did not lose any more hair but I finally noticed baby hair growing both in temples and crown area.

Another thing I noticed is that my hair was getting a little darker ( a few colleagues asked If I had dyed my hair!). After the first 6 months, I was so pleasantly surprised and not having any side effects that I decided to keep using it. Now a few years in I still have all my hair and no more receding hairline.

One drawback is that if you stop the treatment, within a month or two you will start losing your hair again so this is something that needs to be part of your daily routine.

I know there is also a pill called Propecia that GPs in the U.K. give for hair loss but I haven’t researched that much so I can’t give you my personal opinion.

If you have any questions please fire away and be sure to follow me on Instagram

 

http://www.instagram.com/alexinwonderland81

Love,

Alex

Morning routine

Hello people,

I have been busy trying new potions and lotions but I can quickly share with you what I am currently using as part of my skincare routine and I am loving. Just hop to my instagram account and have a look. Some of the products shown I have already reviewed and some are in the pipeline 🙂

Love,

Ales

Dr Sebagh deep exfoliating mask

 

 

Hello everyone,

I want to share with you one of my all-time favorites, tried and tested products: Dr. Sebagh deep exfoliating mask.

If you are from the States, you are probably familiar with Dr. Sebagh for his skincare collaboration with Cindy Crawford, if you are in the U.K. you might have heard of him as ‘ The king of botox’ and because of his skincare line.His very ‘ doctor-like’ skincare range offers several hero products, such as ‘Serum Repair’  and ‘ Pure vitamin C powder cream’ which are often awarded beauty editors ‘ prizes.

Deep exfoliating mask has been a part of my beauty cabinet and regimen for several years, and even though I  like to try new and exciting products I always seem to go back to this product whenever I am in need of a great exfoliation or I need my skin to look brighter and tighter.

WHAT IS IT  an A.H.A. exfoliator for normal/oily/combo/dry and problematic skin (not for very sensitive skin I am afraid, but they do offer a specific sensitive formula ) designed to slough off dead skin cells, tighten pores, brighten and revitalize skin.

WHAT IS IN IT  18 percent Lactic acid and 1.8 percent Azelaic acid. Lactic acid will help to deeply exfoliate skin to reveal a brighter complexion while the azelaic acid will help with stubborn pigmentation and acne scarring.

 

HOW TO USE IT  twice weekly apply a thin layer over face and neck avoiding the eye area and rinse after 5 to 10 minutes. This is a pretty intense mask and you definitely need to build your tolerance to it or you will experience lots of redness.If you are not used to exfoliants please start with 3/4 minutes and gradually build up to 10. Always wear SPF the next day.Over the years I managed to increase my tolerance to it and I can keep the mask for 30 minutes but you have not heard that for me( i am not advising you to keep it for 30 minutes just sharing my personal experience).

The mask retails for £59 for a 50 ml jar which makes it neither cheap nor super expensive.If you are, like me, crazy about exoliation( hopefully I will have some skin left in the next few years 🙂 )or simply looking to step up your skincare game or you are maybe trying to get rid of stubborn acne scarring I highly recommend this product.

http://www.drsebagh.com/deep-exfoliating-mask

Let me know your thoughts or if you have another great exfoliator I could review.Also follow my Instagram page www.instagram./alexinwonderland81.

Love,

Alex

Tretinoin now available in the U.K. without prescription

Hello peeps,

just a quick one today: the website Dermatica is offering online skin consultations and offers tretinoin (retin A)0.05% on a monthly subscription for £19.95 plus £2.95 shipping cost.

You will first need to fill in a questionnaire and then you will get a call back from a practitioner to discuss your best option(if you are anti-aging or acne concerns or both) and to start your prescription.I joined today and I will keep you updated but the service so far has been incredibly smooth, friendly and professional.

https://www.dermatica.co.uk/

this is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to try Tretinoin and its great anti-aging benefits without having to order fro dodgy and expensive websites.

Let me know what you think and please check my Instagram account as well  http://www.instagram.com/alexinwonderland.com

Love,

Alex

 

 

 

 

The best eye cream yet?( for me at least…)

Hello skincare junkies,

in my land of sleepless nights, overworn contact lenses and depleting collagen, I am always looking for an eye cream that can make me look like I had 10 hours sleep, that can erase any signs of fatigue, wrinkles, tears of joy and sadness and that can pretty much make me look 15 again!The amount of money I spent over the years in the search is embarrassing but I might, i say ‘might’, have found the best eye cream yet!

SKINPEP is a small company I talked about before on my Instagram account and they offer a couple of eye creams and the one I am talking about is called ‘ dark circle eraser eye cream’:

I ordered it about a couple of months ago and I have been hooked ever since. It has a lightweight yet very hydrating feel to it, it comes out with a kind og goldish tone that helps to minimise dark circles immediatly but what really sold me was the ingredient list that i have to share with you:Matrixyl, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Transforming Growth Factor, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, MAP, Ascorbic Acid, Aloe Vera Ext, Niacinamide, Witch Hazel Ext, Panthenol, CO-Q10, Green Tea Ext, Algae Ext, Vit E, Red Ginseng Ext, Ginkgo Biloba Ext, Grape Seed Ext, Resveratrol, Adenosine, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Ext, Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Ferulic Acid, Laminaria Ochroleuca Ext, Soybean Seed Ext, Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Allantoin, Chamomile Ext, Padina Pavonica Ext, (Wheat) Germ Oil, Rose Flower Ext, Willow Bark Ext, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Bisabolol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Laureth-7, Laureth-23, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorphenesin, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane.

Where to start: the first ingredient is Matrixyl(aka Palmitoyl pentapeptide-4) is the first ingredient and a very powerful peptide shown to be very effective in plumping up fine lines. the list is pretty impressive with ingredients such as niacinamide for brightening,re tinol for retexrurising,an tioxidants,om egas,so othing ingredients like allantoin,hy aluronic acid and collagen.

Science facts aside , this eye cream pucks a punch especially for the very reasonable price :£14.99, you can also order a 2ml sample from their website for £2.99.

https://skinpep.com/dark-circle-eraser-growth-factor-eye-cream/

It works beautifully under makeup and on its own but what really impressed me is that my dark circles and bags have significantly diminished since using it and I also love the immediate brightening and softening effect it gives.

If you are looking  for a good eye cream that does not cost the earth,th at is well formulated and effective then I highly recommed this one.Let me know if you tried it ,if you love it and generally what you think of it.

That’s all for now,

Love

Alex

Foreo Luna 2 cleansing device

Hello beautiful people,

as you should know by now, I have a thing for skincare gadgets and beauty devices, so I thought I ‘d share my latest obsession: Foreo Luna 2.

Foreo is a Swedish brand launched in 2013 that has been experiencing incredible growth and success with their products. Their cleansing brushes made of medical grade silicone and emitting the T-sonic pulsations are their best-known product.Obviously, i had to try it, after reading so many rave reviews and watching youtube videos.I ordered mine on www.currentbody.com where there was a 20 percent off(who doesn’t like discounts) and paid £135 for a set which includes Luna 2, Luna play ( a tiny travel version of the original brush) and a set of two cleansers for day and night.What intrigued me was the fact that silicon grade material means never changing brush head( unlike Clarisonic) and the T-sonic pulsations which are supposed to lift and remove way more makeup, dirt and oil leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed.Also to notice the Luna 2 has an ‘ anti-aging mode’ if you use the back side of the brush it emits lower pulsations and is designed to gently revitalize the skin( personally I thin the antiaging claim is a little far-fetched).

So let’s get to it: out of the box the brush looks like a thing of beauty, the silicon bristle are very soft, one charge lasts for six months use. I straight away applied the cleanser that came with it on my face, on top of my makeup, I wet the brush under the sink and I turned it on(you can choose between 12 different speeds).You then glide over your skin in circular motions, the brush beeps every 15 seconds to remind you to move area but I did not pay much attention to it as I find 15 seconds is not enough.Once you have gone over your entire face you just rinse it with lukewarm water and BOOM: you face is clean and super fresh feeling.As a test, I took a cotton pad to see if there was any makeup residue but there was none, which was fantastic.I then turned the brush on the other side to try the antiaging mode: it gently vibrates and you are supposed to press it against crow’s feet area, forehead, and nasolabial folds.Not sure how this works but at least it felt nice.

I can see myself loving this little cute device more and more as it is gentle enough for daily use and in around 2 minutes does a perfect job of removing makeup, gently exfoliating skin and prepping it for your potions and lotions.The Luna2 retails for around £169, which I know is not cheap, but you will never have to change heads and comes with a 2-year warranty.Unfortunately, I had a bad experience with Clarisonic in the past as it really irritated my skin and made me look worse rather than better so I was hesitant with this but I can guarantee it is AMAZING.They also make a smaller version the Luna Mini which is a little cheaper but I personally prefer a bigger one to go over my whole face.As a guy I also find the Luna 2 to be great at prepping my skin for shaving and reducing razor bumps.

So if you are looking to step up your cleansing game I highly recommend this brush, you can use whatever cleanser you like (balm, oil, gel, foaming etc) and every time it will give you great results and a super smooth and fresh skin.

You can get one here https://www.foreo.com/luna-2

Hope you enjoyed my review,

love

Alex

Cold sores and L-Lysine : an effective remedy?

Hello people,

the sky is gray, it’s cold outside and my lips are covered in cold sores: Yuck!

I have been having them several times a year since I was a kid and I have always felt very self-conscious of them. I tried patches, Zovirax,I tried not using anything and the result has always been the same: it would take about 10/12 days for them to completely go.

While browsing the internet a few months ago (during an outbreak) I came across an article suggesting the amino acid L-Lysine was very effective at preventing and reducing the healing time of cold sores.Within two minutes I had already placed an order on Amazon for next day delivery.I spent the rest of the day reading more about this amino acid and the alleged dosage to take and this is what I found:

For prevention 1000mg a day every day in individuals prone to several outbreaks a year

For treating an outbreak: up to 4000mg a day.

Well, let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised. I am no doctor, so  I cannot give you the medical reason why, but this treatment does work!

I felt a tingling in my lips two days ago(fellow cold sores sufferers know what I am talking about)so straight away I popped 4000mg of Lysine and same the next day.It’s day three and my cold sore has already scabbed and it’s dried out,reducing notably the healing time.I am impressed.

I will link the brand I bought, a very cheap one to be honest as I was not sure it would work or not.Let me know if you have any other advice or effective treatments.Don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel as well(link in my homepage).

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Solgar-1000-L-Lysine-Tablets-50/dp/B000Z92AWC/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520758940&sr=8-3&keywords=lysine

Love,

Alex

Let’s talk supplements

 

 

Hello beautiful people,

I hope everyone is feeling amazing. I wanted to briefly dip into the controversial topic of supplements today. First of all, as a disclaimer, I am no doctor so these are my personal views based on my personal experience: what works for me might not work for you.Another little piece of information: I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and IBS so the supplements I am taking today are in part linked to these two issues.

The world is supplements is a very confusing and, at times, scary one, you can find supplements that promise to banish wrinkles, to make your hair grow, to give you the eyes of a tiger and to let you become a porn star for a night. I have in the past fallen into that trap and started taking dozens of pills in the hope of magically curing both my anxiety and IBS and to also give me supermodel skin.That did not quite work out for me so I started to educate myself a bit more and decided that more does not equate better and that diet is the most important step. These are the supplements I am currently  taking that I feel confident in recommending to you:

1- Whole food state multivitamin (for better absorption) if your diet is not perfect or if you feel you need a bit of a boost. Please try and steer clear of synthetic vitamins if possible.

2- Omega 3 fish oil (anti-inflammatory, heart, blood pressure, arthritis, skin, mental health, brain and eye development.) I also find that, if taken at night, these help me sleep better.The one I chose is not cheap but is one of the highest strength and purest form I could find .The smaller the fish it is derived from the better. One 5ml teaspoon a day is all you need.

3- Curcumin capsules (amazing anti-inflammatory and also great for arthritis or joint pain). I take one a day in the morning with breakfast.

4- Magnesium glycinate ( i stress ‘ glycinate’ as normal cheap magnesium tablets will have a laxative effect if taken at high doses) THIS IS MY BEST ADVICE FOR ANYONE SUFFERING from MILD ANXIETY AND MILD INSOMNIA. 400 mg before bedtime do the trick for me. Bear in mind these are not sleeping pills so please don’t expect miracles, but they did help me sleep better or at least deeper for longer.

There you have it, this is what I have now been taking for several months with good results, again what works for me might not work for you but it’s food for thought. I am going to link down below the exact products I am using, but feel free to research and explore and look for alternatives.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/NATURELO-Whole-Food-Multivitamin-Men/dp/B01FYDCGZ4

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bare-Biology-Heart-Purest-Omega/dp/B00O43LECM/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520499272&sr=8-2&keywords=bare+biology+lionheart

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turmeric-Curcumin-Strength-Absorption-Capsules/dp/B01N4A5DH6/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520499312&sr=8-4&keywords=curcumin+capsule

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MAGNESIUM-GLYCINATE-Bioavailable-Absorption-Relaxation/dp/B010HJXQMC/ref=sr_1_6_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520499350&sr=8-6&keywords=magnesium+glycinate

Love,

Alex