TCA Peel Process and Results

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL, I am just simply recording a risk I took and my experience.

Why? Well, I had a 25% TCA peel kit from years ago that I used to treat a scar left behind by my dermatitis. I thought I’d try it to remove some minor acne scars, using it like a spot treatment, and so I did.

How? (The process): The package contains a pre-peel, that can be substituted with wiping your face with a alcohol pad before applying the peel, the peel and the neutralizing solution that can be substituted by a mixture of baking soda and water. I first soaked a cotton pad with the pre- peel solution and applied directly to the areas I planned to apply the peel. It burned a little but this process is necessary in making sure the area you are applying the peel is clean, free of dirt and oils so the peel can penetrate deeper and more evenly. I then spritz some of the TCA 25 peel solution on a different cotton pad and applied it to those areas as well. It immediately started to burn, I went to my window, to neutralize the burn with cold air from outside, I still wasn’t able to bare it so I neutralized my face and washed it with cool water. I later felt as though, it didn’t work because of the short time I left it on, and did it again, this time I was able to bear it and left it on for a total of 5 minutes. I neutralized it and then washed my face with cool water. Make sure nothing gets in your eye, at all, or you will have a huge problem. The next day, my skin looked a bit darkened, shiny and wrinkled, I knew it was preparing to peel. 2 days later, I noticed peeling. It did not peel in sheets, the peel was sort of scattered and I read that it is detrimental to assist in the peeling, making it hard to go to classes, work, etc. It was suggested I wore sunscreen and stayed out the sun, I had no sunscreen and I had places to go, so I wore a hat and tried to avoid the sun as much as I could, but I definitely was exposed to a good amount and I was okay, though I don’t suggest you do it.

What (The results):
Was it worth it?
It was not worth it, I looked crazy for over a week, the results weren’t noticeable at all and it revealed the skin that was there before.
Would I do it again?
Yes, but this time I would go to a professional and get a stronger, deeper peel.
Any scarring?
No more scarring that I had prior.
Did I get burned?
Not that I can see as yet, but my skin is very resistant so I highly doubt it.
Would I suggest for you to do it?
It’s up to you, I already have pretty decent skin and the results were barely noticeable.

And yes, I heard stronger peels aren’t ideal for people of color but I took the risk and was okay.

BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER PICTURES COMING SOON!!!!

NEOSPORIN allergic reaction

I previously wrote a post about using a Neosporin to soften my lips, after many users vouched for it. What a BIG MISTAKE?

About 3 days after using Neosporin on my lips daily, I noticed some bumps appearing on  my lips, nothing too major.

I didn’t link Neosporin to the rash immediately so I continued to use it. Eventually, I stopped with the idea that maybe I misused the product and that it wasn’t suitable to be used on lips at all. So I stopped.

Maybe 2-3 weeks ago, I went to get my eyebrows done. My skin is semi-sensitive, it rarely ever break out but I get rashes so very easily, never as severe as this one but my skin reacts to fabric, environmental change, just everything. These reactions though, are usually very minor and could only be seen by me or felt to the touch. Anyways, I’ve had a slight breakout to the wax used \, so the Chinese lady suggested I used Neosporin. She pushed it on me and was like “use, use!” And so I did. I plasted it everywhere, around my eyebrows and even on my forehead, repeatedly.

Why did I do that?

3 days after I used Neosporin on my eyebrows, the break out took effect.

img_1695You can’t see it too good in this photo but it was horrible, very visible and pink. I’m dark asf, so if a rash is visibly pink on my forehead, something is wrong.

 

Moral of the story, understand that everyone’s skin isn’t yours. Take advice with a grain of salt. Be careful and LISTEN TO YOUR SKIN.

I don’t know exactly what ingredient in the Neosporin, I’m allergic to. But I’d never use this product or any product with similar active ingredients, ever again.

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Before and After

My skin cleared up with use of Calamine lotion and another rash cream my friend gave me. But I did acquire a few acne marks due to the incident, which sucks but I’m not complaining,

Review: MINIMO Tumeric FACE Scrub

I’d like to say that this is a BLACK-OWNED business, so if you guys are interested in supporting Black owned businesses, this is the one for you.

The scrub has all- natural ingredients and is NON- COMEDOGENIC, meaning it will not clog your pores. All of the products on this site are NON- COMEDOGENIC.

SOME Ingredients: Cane sugar, Raw Manuka Honey, Chamomile and ofcourse TURMERIC!

This mask is for exfoliation, and also claims to fade dark marks. Turmeric is anti- inflammatory. It has anti-bacterial properties that can help reduce acne, it helps reduce redness and fade dark marks.

Opinion:

I really love this product because it’s a very gentle exfoliator. I see a glow, immediately after using it. It keeps my skin extremely soft and moisturized. I live in New England, so our Winters are extremely harsh and I have dermatitis and dry patches all over my body, including my face and this helps tremendously. I also use the moisturizer that she also sells on her website but I find, mostly, that I really don’t need it.

Concerns:

Turmeric STAINS, so be careful not to wear clothes you like when using this product, be careful to wash your hands thoroughly and if you have WHITE nails, forget about it!

It also stains your face. You must wash your face with a sponge/bath rag and a soap if you’d like to wash off ALL the product. I personally wash with a mild soap after use and no rag because I like to leave a little product on for added moisture. As I stated before, it is NON- COMEDOGENIC so I haven’t had any problems and neither should you.

I won’t tell you how to use it because directions are on the back of the product. I follow the instructions, except, it says to leave it on for 10 minutes, I leave it on for as long as possible, sometimes up to 2 hours.

Check out her products here: myminimo.com

10 hygienic commercial products and their natural alternatives

Deodorant:

Tea Tree Oil– If your skin is sensitive, dilute the tea tree oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil and dab it under your arms after taking a shower.

Coconut Oil– Dab under arms after showering.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Dilute. For every half cup of the Apple Cider Vinegar, mix with 1 cup of water. Ue cotton balls and dab under arms generously.                              

Baking Soda: Dilute. 1 table spoon of baking soda for every 1 table spoon of water or until you reach a creamy consistency. Slather under arms.

***You can mix the diluted Baking Soda or Apple Cider Vinegar with the Coconut Oil or Tea Tree Oil mixture for more coverage. Be careful: with these ingredients because every ingredient except the coconut oil can cause a reaction on sensitive skin.***

Shaving Cream:

Aloe Vera Gel- You can use the gel directly from slicing the Aloe Vera Plant in two and directly scraping out the gel like consistency of the substance in the middle or you can buy Aloe Vera Gel from your local drug store.                                             ***The one from the plant is always a better and healthier choice.***

Hair Removal Wax:

Honey, Sugar & Lemon- Mix honey, sugar and lemon juice on top of a stove until it creates a smooth paste. Apply to skin. Use a thin layer of cloth and proceed as if you were waxing with a store bought wax.

Toothpaste:

Baking Soda- Mix with water until you reach a creamy consistency, dip toothbrush in mixture and proceed as normal. Don’t do this more than once a week, for it can weaken tooth enamel.

Salt- Since salt wont quite dissolve like baking soda, pour some salt on our toothbrush or in your mouth and then wet your toothbrush and proceed as normal. Salt can be quite harsh on the gums so proceed with caution.

Listerine:

Hydrogen Peroxide- 2 tablespoons of peroxide in mouth, swish swish, spit out and rinse with water.

Face Toner:

Aloe Vera Gel, Aloe Vera Juice, Rose Water, Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar, Witch Hazel. Apply with cotton pads.

Rinse-Out Hair Conditioners and Hair Masks:

Pureed Banana, Honey, Avocado, Coconut Milk- All these ingredients or good on their own, as well as paired together. You can put on hair, cover and let sit for 15 minutes then rinse out.

Shampoo:

Diluted (with water or conditioner or oil) Apply Cider Vinegar, Diluted (with water or conditioner or oil) Baking Soda- Apply to hair and proceed as normal.

Face and Body Scrub:

Sugar: Add sugar to damp rag or cloth and proceed as normal.

Acne/ Discoloration Treatment:

Lemon/ Lime Slices-  Or Lemon Juice, on skin that hasn’t been cleaned in 12 hours (after the natural oils from your face is exposed and your face hasn’t been exfoliated), apply as a spot treatment with a cotton pad or just place lemon directly on skin. let sit for 15 minutes, rinse and proceed as usual. Applying lemon to exfoliated skin will BURNNNNN!!!!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar- Dilute with water, use cotton pad and apply to face.

***I’ve tried all of these home remedies except the DIY Wax, and I know for a fact they work on MY hair and MY skin.***

 

Neosporin: For Lip Moisture

IMG_0675I’ve been plagued with dry lips from ever since I can remember. Due to the constant drying and cracking of my lips and absence of a true lip moisturizer, my lips have darkened and I hate that! I always wear lipsticks to cover the discoloration and it’s sad to say I can never leave my house without having it on. I’ve grown to embrace natural beauty and I want to rid myself of my lipstick crutch.

With much research, I’ve came across reviews claiming that Neosporin can be used on lips and that the moisture it gives your lips in unparalleled. And so I tried it.

BOY, IS THIS A LIE!

DO NOT PUT NEOSPORIN ON YOUR LIPS! It left bumps all over my lips and did little help when it came to moisture. Due to the terrifying results, I am scared to even use it at all. I’ve never used this product before, like ever, so there is a chance I might be allergic to it or had a bad skin reaction because everyone’s skin is different. But I do not have sensitive skin. My skin does not break out easily. And I’ve never had many bumps on my skin (including my lips) in my entire life.

With discontinued use, I can see the bumps starting to fade but it’s been 3 days and I need it gone.

Guys, I DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING THIS, AT ALL!

I will be trying different remedies to rid myself of the bumps, as well as to lighten my lips but I will be throwing out the Neosporin, CHAPSTICK will do for now.

 

 

Henna TIPS & TRICKS

I AM A BEGINNER! This is only my third design.

  1. Shave & Exfoliate your skin thoroughly before beginning your design.
  2. Get a grip; hole the henna cone as though you are holding a pen, make sure you have a comfortable, steady hold on it to prevent any mistakes.
  3. Google some designs and base your henna design off of one or multiple other google images.
  4. When you, are finished with your design and it has partially dried, dab your henna tattoo with a lemon juice, sugar and water concoction, with a cotton ball to allow the dried henna to stick to your skin as long as possible.

  5. STAY AWAY FROM WATER, it will halt your staining process, believe me.
  6. Keep the dried henna on your skin for at least 8 hours then use a paper towel to gentle smooth it off (Remove it in the same order you drew your tattoo to have an even toned henna color throughout the design)
  7. After smoothing it off, it should be a bright orange color.
  8. Rub an oil over it to prevent it from fading, in case of contact with water.

 

How to wrap natural nails at home

Why? This can help prevent chipping while you attempt to grow out your natural nails, as well as cover up chips in nails to prevent further breakage and lay a smooth foundation for nail polish application.

Items you’ll need:

  • 1 tea bag
  • Clear nail polish
  • scissors

Step 1: 

 

 

Choose any tea bag you have at home and empty it’s contents.

Step 2:

Cut tea bags to fit each of your fingernails (it doesn’t have to be perfect, you can always go in and cut off any excess paper).

Step 3:

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I got the cheapest top coat at Target, $2.99

One nail at a time, layer a thin coat of nail polish (do not allow to dry) and immediately out cut tea bag on each nail. Smooth it down, cut off any excess and finish with a top coat.

REPEAT for all nails.

 

 

Add colored nail polish on top, if desired.