December 29th, 2015
Tomatoes are the key ingredient in many of your favorite foods, from marinara sauce to ketchup. But did you know that you can use tomatoes as part of your skincare routine? Whether you’re making a homemade mask with fresh tomatoes yourself or prefer to buy products with tomatoes as an active ingredient, here are the numerous benefits.
Lycopene is the main “magical” ingredient in tomatoes. Skin with high lycopene content is often compared to the softness and youthfulness of a baby’s skin. Lycopene also helps the skin by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays (it does NOT completely protect the skin, so you still need to apply sunscreen daily). The lycopene also helps fight cellular damage and reddening of the skin and also retains the moisture, therefore preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
Regular application of a topical product with a tomato juice base can help shrink the size of your pores and give your skin a natural glow (tomatoes have a lot of Vitamin C, which is known to brighten skin). Try rubbing a halved tomato directly onto your skin or mixing it with other ingredients (water, lemon juice, or avocado for example) to form your own DIY skincare scrub or treatment.
December 2nd, 2015
Blemishes are no fun. They come at the most inopportune times, can be hard to get rid of, and sometimes even lower your self-confidence. Lots of women turn towards harsh cleansers filled with chemicals or spend thousands on procedures to remove their blemishes. But there’s usually no need for all of this. Here are a few natural ways to remove blemishes.
If you’ve ever tried to make your own at-home facemasks, you’ve likely found that many of the recipes contain lemon juice. Due to its lightening effect, juice from a fresh lemon can work to fade dark spots and blemishes. In addition, its high citric acid content exfoliates skin, which works to remove excess oil and kill acne-causing bacteria.
For blemishes that are red, large, and newly-emerging, you can use ice cubes to compress the pimples. Simply take an ice cube and cover it with a clean, thin washcloth. Place the wrapped ice cube over each blemish for 5 to 10 minutes. This not only cools the skin, but also reduces the inflammation of the blemish. It’s best to apply the ice as soon as you start to see a blemish forming to prevent it from getting worse.
Sticking to a consistent skincare routine
Once you find natural products that work for your skin, stick with them! Consistency is key to getting the full benefits of skincare products. If you slack off and skip some days or switch the ingredients you’re putting on your skin constantly, you will never see the true benefits. As a general rule of thumb, most skin types – especially those that get occasional blemishes – is to use a mild cleanser daily (like Shinso Essence) and exfoliate a few times a week (use Shinso Glow).
So what shouldn’t you do to remove blemishes? Don’t ever prick or pick at pimples with your dirty hands or any sharp tool. People often use too much pressure and pick too forcefully, which causes scarring and infection. Don’t use products with harmful ingredients. And lastly, don’t wait until the last minute to treat the blemish. Early prevention is key!