Shea Butter Benefits for Skin



Shea-Butter-Benefits-for-SkinDry, flaky, tight feeling skin just isn’t pleasant – and often standard moisturizers just aren’t enough.

But, what can you do if your usual day cream or body lotion simply isn’t providing you with enough moisturization?

Well, you can add shea butter to your skincare routine.

Research shows that shea butter can help your skin to retain moisture more effectively than almost all other moisturizing ingredients out there. In fact, it can moisturize your skin for up to eight hours after application – that’s pretty impressive!

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Review Leven Rose Jojoba Oil


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Leven Rose Jojoba Oil

Over the past few years, oils in general have become increasingly popular. Whether it is argan oil (sometimes known as Moroccan oil) or coconut oil, it’s been claimed that oils can do almost everything for skin, from reducing wrinkles to preventing acne. A lot of the claims about oils aren’t true, but some are.

Oils are loaded with fatty acids, triglycerides and plenty of other skin-boosting compounds, and some of them offer anti-inflammatory properties too. One of the best, and most versatile, oils for skin is jojoba oil – pronounced “ho-ho-bah”.

Recently, I picked up the Leven Rose Jojoba Oil from Amazon. You get a generous 118ml of oil. It claims to naturally moisturize and soften skin – and provide it with a “radiant, energetic look”.

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Review Tarte Maracuja Oil

Tarte Maracuja OilOils are one of those items that almost anyone can benefit from having in their skincare routine. Whether it’s argan oil or almond oil, oils provide you with that extra surge of hydration that often, a moisturizer alone simply can’t offer.

Oils work best for normal, dry and combination skin types, but that’s not to say you can’t use them at all if your skin is on the oilier side. If you’re looking to add a facial oil to your skincare routine, a great option is the Tarte Maracuja Oil. This beautifully packaged products hydrates and nourishes skin, leaving it feeling much smoother.

So, what else does this well-formulated oil have to offer?

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5 of the Best Skincare Products from Boscia

Boscia has so many great products in its line that it’s fast-becoming one of my favorite skincare brands. It’s a brand that originated in Japan almost four decades ago, but since 2002, it’s become incredibly popular in the USA. Boscia, pronounced Bo-Sha, combines science and botanical ingredients to create products that are truly effective.

From serums to moisturizers, Boscia offers some excellent products that you should definitely consider adding to your skincare routine. Here are five of the best the brand has to offer.

1. Boscia Restorative Night Moisture Cream

One of my favorite products from Boscia, and one of my favorites in general, is the Restorative Night Moisture Cream. This moisturizer has a luxuriously creamy texture, meaning it simply glides over the skin. It’s perfect for dry and very dry skin types, as it adds that extra boost of moisture to the skin, which is often lacking in other night creams.

The cream contains a really good mix of emollients that soften the skin and occlusive, which really lock that moisture into the epidermis. It also offers a good selection of antioxidants, anti-irritants and plant extracts.  It’s fragrance free too, so if your skin is sensitive it’s a great option.

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Can Skincare Products Detox your Skin?

Detox SkinThere are lots of products around at the moment that claim to detoxify your skin. These products claim to remove toxins and impurities from the skin, and as a result make it look clearer.

From moisturizers to cleansers, there are a lot of these detoxifying products on offer from some big skincare brands.

But, can skincare products really detox your skin?

Essentially, skincare products cannot detox your skin, and here’s why…

Why a Product can’t Detox your Skin

To put it simply, there are no toxins in your skin to remove in the first place, making the claim of detoxification entirely redundant in the first place. What you do have in your skin is oil, dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria.

When the pores become clogged by these things, blackheads and breakouts can occur. Bacteria is a leading cause of acne.  It’s certainly not toxins that cause breakouts or other skin issues, because there simply aren’t any in the skin to begin with.

You’ll also probably notice that if you take a closer look at products that claim to remove toxins, they don’t actually specify which toxins they are referring to. They just make these very vague references.

There are impurities in the body in general, but these are filtered out by the liver and the kidneys, and that process is something entirely separate, which certainly does not require assistance from skincare products.

So, you certainly don’t need to bother with products that claim to detoxify the skin.

Review Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration with SPF 15


Boscia MoisturizerBoscia is one of those skincare brands that, arguably, might not be as well known as brands like Nivea or Garnier, but offers some truly great products.

One of the best products from the brand, which I talked about in my post on moisturizers for oily skin, is the Oil-Free Daily Hydration with SPF 15. This moisturizer is incredibly well-formulated, and it’s so lightweight that it’s suitable even for very oily skin.


This moisturizer has a very thin consistency. Applying it is very easy. It absorbs very quickly into your skin, leaving behind a matte finish. This makes it excellent for oily skin.

Does it do what it Claims to Do?

According to the brand, this moisturizer, controls shine, offers moisturization, and fights signs of aging. This moisturizer certainly delivers. It offers a matte finish and it’s lightweight, which keeps oiliness at bay.

It’s also loaded with antioxidants and anti-irritants too, like vitamin E and jojoba leaf extract. These ingredients make this moisturizer excellent at protecting your skin from environmental factors, like the sun and pollution.

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How to Create a Skincare Routine for Oily Skin


A couple of weeks ago, I did a post on my skincare routine, and gave tips on how to create your own.  In that post, I talked about why skincare routines don’t need to be complex or contain a ton of steps. If you haven’t yet, I recommend that you check out that post first, which you can read here, before you read this one.

Skincare Routine for Oily Skin

I always recommend keeping your routine simple. When you have oily skin, the basic skincare routine should still remain. You should moisturize, cleanse and exfoliate. But, you need to use products that suit your particular skin type.

– Step One: Cleanse

Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash GelCleansing is important for all skin types. For oily skin, cleansing prevents congestion and can keep excess oils at bay. When you have oily skin, you need to stay away from heavy cleansers, like cream cleansers, cleansing milks and cleansing balms. These can block pores and lead to further breakouts.

Water soluble, gel cleansers work best for oily skin. A good, inexpensive gel cleanser is the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. To see more recommendations for gel cleansers, check out this post.

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Do you need to Wear Sunscreen Even Indoors?


Wearing sunscreen every day is the key to good skin. This is because about 90% of the signs of visible aging, like wrinkles, sagging skin, and hyperpigmentation are caused by the sun.

While most people are aware that wearing sunscreen daily is important, more often than not, they only apply it when they’re going out somewhere. You might think that if you’re going to be indoors for most of the day that you don’t need sunscreen. But that’s not true.

Why you need to Wear Sunscreen Indoors Too

Most people associate sun damage with sunburn.  So, you might think that as when you are indoors you can’t get sunburned that your skin is safe. But, sunburn is only one symptom of sun damage.

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Review Paula’s Choice Skincare Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30


Paula's Choice Dry Skin MoisturizerI’ve reviewed a lot of products from Paula’s Choice Skincare on this site. It’s simply because the brand delivers so many great products. Another excellent moisturizer from the brand is the Paula’s Choice Skincare Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30.

Loaded with skin-boosting antioxidants and effective moisturizing ingredients, this product has a great deal to offer.


This silky lotion glides over your skin. While it is designed for people with drier skin types, this lotion is not too thick or heavy. So, it feels nice and light on your skin. It comes in simple tube packaging, so applying the product is very easy.

Does it do What it Claims to Do?

This lotion claims to replenish dry, sensitive skin, protect against sun damage, promote a health barrier function and provide a formulation that maintains healthy, radiant, youthful skin. That’s quite a lot for one product to offer. But, it does deliver.

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Review Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel


Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash GelSimple is one of those brands that offer inexpensive, yet high quality products. One of the best products from the brand is the Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. It’s well-formulated, easy to use and highly effective, making it an excellent cleansing option.


This cleanser, as its name suggests, has a gel like consistency, when you squeeze it out of the tube. When you mix it with water, and apply it to the skin, it turns into a more creamy, yet lightweight consistency, which glides over your face with ease. It rinses away well, without leaving behind a residue.

Does it do what it claims to Do?

According to the brand, this gel cleanser contains the perfect blend of vitamins and active ingredients, which will thoroughly cleanse and revive your skin. It also claims to offer pro vitamin B5, which will restore, soften and smooth skin. Finally, the brand claims that this cleanser is a good option for sensitive skin too.

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