Vitamin C : friend or foe?

 

 

Vitamin c galore

 

 

Hello beautiful people,

I have been silent for a couple of weeks testing a few Vitamin C products which I am now happy to share with you.

First things first, though: Vitamin C ( mostly in its ascorbic acid form) is definitely a friend when it comes to skincare, and its benefits are several:

1- a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals

2-can help to reduce pigmentation and scarring

3-helps to give skin luminosity and radiance

4-boosts collagen production

5- helps shield from pollution ( Hello Londoners…….)

Now it all sounds so amazing and it is ,partly : Ascorbic Acid in its raw form is very difficult to stabilise and mixing it with water most likely renders it ineffective( I am sure most of you have, in the past, bought a vitamin c serum and realised after two weeks of opening that it had turned orange, hence oxidised and pretty much ineffective). It’s also very sensitive to light so you must always ensure your vitamin c products are packaged in a dark bottle and ideally with an airless pump to keep it stable. In my own personal experience, I found vitamin c percentage  from 10% and over to be effective at improving overall skin texture and the one I have tried recently are :

Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-day system pure vitamin c

Lixir skin Vitamin c paste

The Ordinary 100 percent vitamin c powder

Let’s start with Clinique: this is a one month course which retails for £58  and includes 4 little bottles. Each week you open one, press the seal to release the vitamin c in the stable solution, mix it and have to use it within 10 days.T his is a great way to always get a pure and active dose of 10 percent vitamin c. the serum itself is lightweight and you are advised to add a couple of pumps to your existing moisturizer and use it twice a day. I absolutely loved this product, within a week my skin was already looking brighter and my pores smaller so it gets the thumbs up from me.

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The second product is a little unusual and it comes from a brand which I stumbled upon watching youtube reviews: Lixir skincare.

lixir skincare
Onto the last product: The Ordinary 100 percent pure vitamin c powder. This little tub contains a finely milled pure ascorbic acid powder that you are meant to mix with a product of choice and then apply on the face. It is ridiculously cheap, around £6. The problem I had with this is the application, the powder doesn’t really dissolve when mixed but actually creates lump making for a very uneven and difficult application. Also, it does sting a bit being such a powerful strength. With this one I am on the fence, it is good in theory but not very practical so I am going to give it the thumbs down, as I didn’t like the stinging and the mess you make in order to apply it.
The ordinary
I hope I answered some of your questions and I hope you found this piece about vitamin c interesting. Let me know if there are any other vitamin c products you love.
Love,
Alexe

Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination SPF 50+

 

 

Hello precious people,

I have to share with you this amazing cc cream/spf50/antiaging serum that a friend who was visiting New York brought back for me to try.

IT Cosmetics is an American brand available in the U.K on QVC. I had never tried anything from this brand before so I was very curious about this, especially since the reviews were mixed. On QVC it retails for £30.

Now on to the claims: It is supposed to be a medium coverage cc cream, an SPF 50 (physical sunscreen)and it also claims to include an antiaging serum, all developed by plastic surgeons.

The second ingredient on the ingredient list is snail secretion which can allegedly help with collagen production. Apart from this, the rest of the ingredients seem promising: hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamin C and E, antioxidant and collagen.

The SPF comes from Titanium and Zinc, which are my preferred ingredients when it comes to sun protection.

Now the most important part: is it a good base, does it provide medium coverage, does it really illuminate, does it hold up throughout the day? Well, the answer is YES!! I am in love with this product and since I am experiencing a little retinol purge at the moment, this was the perfect time to test this cc cream as my skin right now is far from being great. I have attached some before and after pictures (excuse the spots ….hopefully the retinol purge phase will soon be over). I used just one pump for the whole face and then used a beauty blender to blend.  I used the color  Medium.Bare in mind the finish is kinda dewy so maybe I would recommend this for combo to dry skins . If you are very oily you might want to try the non-illuminating formula. Let me know what you think please in the comment section and feel free to visit my Instagram alexinwonderland81.

 

Love,

 

BEFORE

 

 

Dermaplaning

Hi beautiful people,

I had the most amazing facial a couple of days ago and I had the chance to try Dermapaning and I wanted to share my opinions with you all.

First of all, what is dermaplaning: it is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It also removes the ever so annoying peach fuzz that can make makeup look awful.

The treatment, which lasts about 10-15 minutes, is not painful at all and there is no bleeding whatsoever, it is just a little scratchy, similar to a shaving session.Right after my skin looked and felt incredibly smooth to the touch, literally like baby skin.There was very little redness and was also very fascinating and somehow rewarding seeing all the debris that the scalpel had collected.

I am attaching a video of my session so you can better understand what it does involve. If you are in London or visiting London, you must visit Tine Hagelquist ( https://www.instagram.com/tine_hagelquist_beauty/) she is one of the best facialists I know. Tell her I recommended you to visit her and I am sure she will treat you like royalty like she always does,.

THE VERDICT:  I loved it, it is a great physical exfoliation, it left my skin looking and feeling amazing. Pricewise we are talking roughly around £50.

Let me know what you think and, as always, lots of love,

Alex

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