7 steps to beat the peel

My skin is very sensitive and usually prone to redness and dryness during the seasonal changes (summer to fall…fall to winter or even spring to summer.. )

if your skin fits the bill, then you probably going to need to step up your skin care regimen

The trick for me is gentle exfoliation and hydration masks.. I said masks and not creams…no matter how tick and hydrating, creams are just too weak for me …

1 – GENTLE mechanical  exfoliants :

I said gentle! Your skin is already irritated and peeling, so be gentle…I tend to oscillates between mechanical exfoliants like Foreo or Clarasonic with some gentle mousse and chemical ones

 I use the Foreo Luna 2 with the Nutriganics foaming face wash from the body shop . This face wash is so gentle that it doesn’t irritate my skin, but it’s not strong enough to exfoliate the skin , using it along the Foreo is the perfect combo, but be aware of not to use the foreo as instructed for the full 1 minute.. I find it very aggressive… I only use it for 20 to 30 seconds for my whole face… otherwise it will irritate your skin and make you breakout.

 

2-GENTLE Chemical exfoliants :

The best chemical exfoliant I used up until now has to be the CURE natural aqua gel… it’s a water like texture,  leave it on your skin for a minutes before you start gently rubbing off the dead cells from your face until there is no more…it’s a magical and a very satisfying routine…

3 – Facial lotion or essence

This is an Asian trend that I got into last year, and I find it to be a very pleasant experience after washing my face that replaces the regular European toner step.

These are usually nonalcoholic toner like products; they are rich in hyaluronic acid or other components that you can find in high end brand’s serums. I recommend the Rohto Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion.

Fun fact : you can actually wet some thin cotton pads with the Hada Labo lotion and use it as a facemask

4- Face masks

You can definitely, make some hydrating DIY face masks. But, honestly I just order mine from Amazon by the bulk. It’s easier and cheaper J

I use the tony molly sheet masks, my favorites are the Aloe Vera, Tea tree and the rice one. With that being said, I do like them all and I take them with me wherever I go, even on airplanes.

For best results, I recommend sleeping in these sheet masks, they are very gentle that they won’t irritate your skin…I recommend you do this everyday when you skin needs it .. but take caution to overwhelm your skin with nutrients otherwise it can have a counterproductive effect …After your skin is feeling better , take it down a notch to 2 or 3 times a week for prevention purposes.

5- Serums

For days when you are not using a sheet mask, I recommend using serums after your facial lotion and before your night cream.

I recommend these two serums from the ordinary and Estée Lauder …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 – Night Cream or oil

A heavy night cream is a must for winter…the lotion is great for locking instant hydration from the washing ,the serums are full packed with nutriants and the cream will lock in everything and let your skin absorb and repair itself during the night… so don’t skip this important step.. I alternate between  the good night cream from Elizabeth Arden and Rétinol 1 TR by Medik8

 

 

 

 

7 –  Biafine topical emulsion

is a water-based emulsion formulated for the dressing and management of superficial wounds, minor abrasions, dermal ulcers, donor sites, 1st and 2nd degree burns, including sunburns, and radiation dermatitis.

Yep! The secret weapon, I once had my face completely fried by the climate changes.. it was red, scally, super dry to the point I couldn’t smile comfortably.. the only thing that helped was Biafine..applied religiously day and night for 2 days.. and my skin was as good as new

Disclaimer: I am not a professional or an expert, I am just sharing my experience from what it works for me with you all

Side notes:

  • Try investing in a humidifier for it is the only thing that can counter the drying effect of the heater in the winter
  • Try sipping on regular, flavored water or tea at all times of the day
  • Don’t forget about your eyes, you can use most face masks, serums on the eye area, but you need to invest in a good eye cream for optimal results
  • Use a good UVA sunscreen in winter; the aging rays are always there even when you can’t see them
  • If you can, invest in a satin pillow case, for it is much gentler on the hair and the skin than cotton ones

Also, if all fails, please seek a professional’s help.

7 days of vegetarian keto diet

I have always been big on keeping a healthy lifestyle and an okay-ish diet. So after a long vacation of more than one month  indulging in all type of goodies back in my mother land Morocco . I decided it was time for a change… a drastic change in my diet that will accompany me through my thirties and years to come. But first let’s test the waters 🙂

Not long ago, i discovered the ketogenic diet, a new low carb high fat diet that is supposed to keep you looking younger, healthier and according to a wide base of fans, its supposed to make you a super human, something about reprogramming your body to start getting energy from your own fat cells… WHAT?!!!! ….YES.. your body becomes fat adapted.

So the diet’s guidelines are pretty straight forward, 50% to 70% of your calories should come from fat ,keep your carbs under 50g (basically leavy greens) and a moderate amount of protein.

Do’s and don’ts

Do Not Eat:

•Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.

•Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.

•Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.

•Tubers – potato, yams, etc.

Do Eat:

•Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, etc. (i am a vegetarian so it was all about vegetarian patties)

•Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, etc.

•Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

•High Fat Dairy – hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter, etc.

•Nuts and seeds – macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.

•Avocado and berries – raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic impact berries

•Sweeteners – stevia, erythritol, etc

•Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc.

I have never been a strict dieter, so i modified it a little, i added some more veggies and had A LOT of diet coke to curb up my sweet tooth. So here how a day of eating looked like for me.

Brunch : Sauted mushroom, a spinach omelet and a whole avocado

Dinner : Salad or soup and a diet coke because i craved sugar a lot at night time.

Snack  : Salted almonds and get ready for this, one tall coconut milk latte with one extra shot of espresso and sugar free caramel syrup

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Here is a breakdown of my day

Day 1 : I’m feeling great, very motivated to some very needed discipline in my diet… i wake up late, about 1pm and decide to make some brunch , whenever im not working i prefer to sleep in and eat a brunch #bless, go out to starbucks and you know the drill…day one was a breeze, i even went to the gym.

Day 2 : I woke up craving something sweet, i can’t even think straight, looked up a recipe for peanut butter kept friendly cookies and tried it, it tasted awful with stevia and no sugar, i keep my sanity and soldier on, but day 2 was hard

Day 3 : I woke up feeling pretty shitty, i couldn’t move when i woke up, feeling dizzy like if i had low blood pressure, barely looked up what’s wrong with me on the internet, and it turned out it was very commun, its something called “Keto flu”…all i needed was some sodium and magnesium (electrolites) apparently when you are low on glucose you need more sodium, so i had one tea spoon of salt in a cup of water and instantly felt better, later in the day i went and bought some magnesium and a ketostix kit to see if i was in ketosis (state where your body starts burning fat cells).

Ketostix strip tests are strips for urinalysis, that tells you if there is any ketones in your urine, ketones are the result of ketosis that happens when you body is low on glucose for energy.

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Day 4: I woke up just fine , but i am drained of energy to even go for a walk. But my body seems in ketosis, i feel motivated and keep in my diet

Day 5: feeling a little better, and the need for sugar is slowly subsiding.i go out to the movies and had some popcorn, it knocked me out of ketosis for the night

Day 6: i woke up and the first thing i do is to test if im still not in ketosis, yeeeey!!! I am in deep ketosis( but it seems that that is completely normal in the morning when you are on a low carb diet)

Day 7: i woke up completely fine and energised, its the last day, normally this experiment was meant to last, but i was going on vacation again the day after …who am i kidding? right?

Conclusion:

This diet wasn’t easy , just the fact of not eating wheat or rice or quinoa …was for me more difficult than not eating sugar.

But once i got over the keto flu, everything else was okay, especially because I was consuming so much fat, and fat is so satiating ( no hunger at all), and if hungry outside … i can just eat anything like nuts to salted seaweed.

Tadadada….now for the reveal… i lost 2kg (4 lbs) on this diet in one week ( I went to the gym once).This weight loss is huge because i only have 5kg (10lbs) to loose and I find it extremely hard to lose the last kilos.

Would i do it again?…maybe. If i’m desperate enough 😀 … but otherwise I would rather add more fat to my diet and have an over all moderate carb days than being this extreme…