Posts by Robyn

Goddess menstrual cup: does it work?

When I first heard about menstrual cups, I loved the concept.

“It’s a little pricey once-off buy that will save you so much money,” my friend said, holding the Mina cup in a Wellness Warehouse aisle. I was sold on the idea of using it, especially after meeting the Mina promoter standing at the end of the aisle, whom my friend knew personally.

This woman had left her fancy ad agency job, seeking a higher purpose, and found herself devoting as much time possible to spreading the word about the menstrual cup. She mentioned that it was the most sustainable option for women across the globe and that it was saving girls – who can’t afford pads – time, hassle, money and embarrassment of any kind.

I was sold.

I’d love to save some money. It’s going to be so convenient. No more toxic fragrant pads for me – I thought. 

Boy, was I wrong. Horribly wrong. I have never been this disappointed in a personal care product. Ever.

For all the reasons above, I really wanted this to work. I was going to vlog about it, and help everyone else I know also save money, time, and potentially an infection from using fragranced sanitary towels. But it didn’t happen that way.

Instead of buying the Mina Cup that day, I decided to learn more about menstrual cups, in general, to make sure that it was safe. As I searched online, an ad for the Goddess cup popped up and it was R50 less than the Mina cup. Excited was an understatement.

I’d ordered the Goddess cup for R255 via the Faithful to Nature website and they’d given me some sample snacks when the package arrived. I loved the personalised service and that they’d sent me a snack that I could actually eat – and I’ve actually been on the site to order something today.

So imagine how amped I was to start using the Goddess cup. I couldn’t wait for my next period – Goodbye Kotex, Always, Lillets.

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What happened?

Spills

This is a little embarrassing but also not my fault so whatever right? Before ordering the cup, I chatted to a few ladies on Instagram and got amazing feedback from most – along the lines of; “life-changing; I’ll never go back, best decision”… I also discovered that one size doesn’t fit all; it gets awkward, especially when you’re out shopping and have to rinse the menstrual cup before reinserting it, but mostly that it is the healthier and most cost-effective option on the market.

I’d ordered the medium Goddess cup  – 46.6mm Diameter x 70mm Length x 25ml Volume – and during my first period, it began to spill – not like crazy – but it spilt drops. At first, I thought that it was because I was doing it wrong so I went on Youtube – as one does – to make sure that I was using it properly. At most, I was using it for 3hours and my cup was certainly not full, so why was it spilling?

Cramps

I kid you not. I thought that maybe I just needed to get the hang of using the Goddess cup so I decided to continue using it for months. The first and second cycles were conveniently painful.

My workout routine had changed during the time and the intensity level was not as great as it had been before using the cup so I figured that could be a possibility – I’ve always credited exercise as an easy cure for period cramps because it’s never failed me. But I decided to skip a month of using the Goddess cup and went back to using my sanitary towels, and magically the cramps vanished. The next month, using sanitary towels again: no cramps. To be sure, the following month, I used the menstrual cup again and what do you know: super painful period cramps.

 

Discomfort

Did I insert it correctly? Yes. I’d chosen the medium cup to avoid any spills, which clearly happened but according to this fun menstrual cup quiz, I should be using the small cup being that I haven’t given birth, and so on…(I’ll save you further personal insight about my flow). The exact feeling was bloating – as if the cup was pushing against my bladder. It was super uncomfy after an after the first rinse.

Difficult to remove

Hashtag: awkward. This is not an easy task when trying to carefully remove the cup after short periods of time. I was trying to avoid spills and my oh my was it difficult.

So will I use it again? Definitely not this brand. I’d be willing to try the small cup, although I have reservations due to the spills with the medium cup.

Are you using a menstrual cup and loving it? I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a comment below or mail me directly to robyn@bewhole.co.za

10 Feminine Hygiene Hacks Every Woman Should Know

I love how much the world is changing to promote body confidence for women of all shapes and sizes. More women are sharing information and starting conversations that can empower others but one topic that’s still rarely discussed is the matter of feminine hygiene and what vaginal health really means.

It’s awkward!

I know.

But it shouldn’t be. Vaginas are the canals responsible for the human race – this is one topic that should be a priority. Centuries of patriarchy and media framing has led us to believe that vaginas are down-right unclean and that vaginal concerns should be raised privately. But educating ourselves and other women on how to maintain vaginal health can help prevent a lot of unwanted infections.

Did you know that 30% of women have vaginal infections and they don’t even know it?

Our vaginas are naturally acidic, containing good bacteria that protects against bad bacteria. A healthy level of acidity should be a pH level of between 3.8 and 4.52 but when the acidity level of your vagina rises above or below those levels, your risk of developing a bacterial infection increases considerably. A common bacterial infection that women develop is bacterial vaginosis.

What is Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)?

It’s an infection that causes white discharge and a ‘fishy’ odour to come from your vagina, due to the imbalance of good and bad bacteria. Studies show that 20% of women who have BV think that it’s actually a yeast infection – herein lies the problem. The more you get to know your body and understand the symptoms of a condition, the faster you will be able to treat it.

Sometimes we overdo ‘good’ habits in order to stay healthy and relaxed but this does more harm to our bodies. A simple example could be regularly unwinding in a hot bubble bath that smells of lavender and honey. While this may seem like a great way to unwind, the fragrance ingredients in bubble bath can increase the risk of developing a vaginal infection. Here are some other things to look out for:

Feminine Hygiene Hacks

  1. Wear breathable clothing

Tight leather pants and skinny jeans are the craze but your vagina won’t be happy. Breathable clothing helps reduce body sweat down there and keep your vag healthy.

  1. Avoid using perfumed soaps

This is a difficult one since fragranced soaps and bubble bath add to the fresh, clean, shower feeling. Unfortunately, perfumed soaps aren’t good for you.

 

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  1. Wipe from front to back when using the toilet

Reduce the level of bad bacteria that enters your vagina by rubbing from front to back with toilet paper after using the toilet. Wiping in the opposite direction could cause fecal bacteria to enter your vagina.

  1. Don’t douche

This is when you spray water up your vagina to keep it clean. The spraying action could actually be too harsh and cause the good bacteria to disappear as well. It’s a no to douching.

  1. Always change into fresh clothing after exercise

I’m sure that you already do this but just in case – try not to leave sweaty clothing on your body for too long because it can lead to infection. The best way to do this is to shower immediately after training and change into clean clothes.

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  1. Take a shower after intercourse

After having sex, even when you’ve used a condom, bacteria may develop near your vagina so it’s best to take a shower.

  1. Change sanitary products frequently during menstruation

There may be extreme cases when you’re stuck in traffic for hours or trekking in the middle of nowhere without a bin in sight, forgive yourself in those cases but you should always change your tampon, pad or menstrual cup every 3 to 4 hours regardless of how heavy or light your flow is.

  1. Eat healthily

If you’re already healthy, your body will be able to work harder and faster at beating an intruding infection. Eat your veggies, girl.

  1. Stay hydrated

Just as water keeps our bodies clean externally, drinking 1- 2 litres of water a day will help you flush out bad toxins and fight infections faster.

    10. Opt for cotton underwear

If you’re a lady who loves thongs and wearing tights under your clothing, be mindful that tight underwear can cause irritation of your nether region and increase your risk of infection.

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Test your vaginal health with a quick symptoms assessment, here.

If you think that you may have Bacterial Vaginosis, speak to a healthcare professional or go to www.myvaginalgel.co.za to find out more about this treatable condition.

Best full body massage in Cape Town

[Singing] I’m a different person, yeah! Turn my world around (world around).

If you’re looking for a way to feel just a little lighter, more relaxed, and gain a little more spring in your step, I suggest you go for a full body massage at MyMassage, a new massage studio that recently opened in Greenpoint, Cape Town.

Maybe it’s because it was a Friday afternoon – I’d had a really long week of deadlines and emails; I was really looking forward to unwinding. But I have to say that I was impressed with the overall experience from my first interaction with My Massage when I’d made the appointment;

arrived at the venue (I did not have to wait at all – you’ll have to fill in a consent form detailing your areas of concern and tick some boxes that helps the therapist get to know you better);

and then walking into the room, where I had a place to neatly hang my clothes (a lovely add-on that a lot of spas don’t offer).

What the massage was like

Heavenly, friend. The masseuse had enquired about the intensity of massage I was interested in having and remained consistent throughout from my temples to toes.

What I loved about the place

The studio is quite small but the atmosphere was serene. When I arrived, I thought that I was the only client in the building just based on how quiet it was. The Receptionist (therapist) immediately knew who I was based on my scheduled booking, and only after my appointment, did I notice another woman, who had also had a massage (full of smiles), in the reception area.

What are the prices like?

The Rand values on the website are placed at the end of the service prices which I thought was quite funny. This is probably a development issue – don’t let that discourage you.

The prices are on par with most massage rates in Cape Town. The bonus is that they regularly offer discounts. The full cost of a full body massage is currently R 500 but as a first-time client, you will get 50% off. I’m not sure about whether this is a permanent promotion, so remember to check the promotions section of their website if you’re interested in booking.

 Would you like to read more reviews like these? Let me know which Cape Town Beauty spot you’d like me to review by emailing robyn@bewhole.co.za  🙂

 

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10 Natural Hair Shampoos under R100 in South Africa

Just when you thought, you were winning by sticking to your natural hair journey, the rapid increase in the price of products begins to disappoint.

The beauty industry is jam-packed with a range of products promising great results for hair health and growth but the more organic properties a product seems to contain, the higher the price is. This applies to natural hair shampoos are well.

I recently received a DM on Instagram, from a guy desperately search for a new product range that would help maintain the health of this hair, but also his budget. I decided to put together a series of products that are affordable while giving great results.

The following list of natural hair shampoos can be found in all major retail stores across South Africa, especially Clicks stores. Each product has been approved by beauty reviewers with different hair types. Watch the video below:

10 Natural Hair Shampoos under R100

Caivil Marula Oil Shampoo – R 34

Reviewed by Sean Goes Natural

Organics Shampoo – R44

Reviewed by Beauty Bulletin

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Shampoo – R 45

Reviewed by 4chairsa

Jabu stone Moisturising Shampoo –  R 61

Reviewed by candyglamcast (transitioning)

Tresemme Botanique Shampoo – R64

Reviewed by Make and Beauty Forever

Palmers Coconut Oil Care Shampoo – R69

Reviewed by Pretty Please Charlie

Afrobotanics Shampoo – R75

Reviewed By Lungi

Africa Organics Marula Shampoo – R85

Reviewed by Smudged Beauty

My Natural Hair Shampoo – R91

Reviewed by Ladi Elle

Cantu cleansing cream – R92

Reviewed by Curl on a Mission

 

Do you know of affordable natural hair shampoos to add to this list, or would like to share your experience of one of the shampoos above? Drop me a comment at the end of this post or mail me directly to robyn@bewhole.co.za

Disclaimer: The following product prices are nationwide averages sourced in June 2018. Prices may vary according to the province you’re in and may be more affordable when buying online. 

Pure Beginnings: Natural Deodorant & Toothpaste Review + GIVEAWAY

It’s all about the ingredients list. Am I right?

Gone are the days where we bought products that made us feel good but are actually bad for our bodies.

When I received the Pure Beginnings Monsoon Eco-roll on, the first thing I did was check the label. While many of us find it difficult to keep track of and decipher the scientific names on the back of our products, choosing the organic option is often the safest solution.

Giveaway – CLOSED

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WATCH: MY Natural Deodorant & Toothpaste Review

Eco roll on – Monsoon Relaxing Ylang Ylang (75ml) – R59.85

Features:

A light, hard plastic roll-on container. The tropical scent of ylang-ylang in this Monsoon roll-on is quite distinct and lasts throughout the day.

Experience:

I’m absolutely in love with the fragrance of the roll-on. After using it for a week and sometimes, casually turning my nose towards my shoulder to smell whether the scent was still there, I was pleasantly surprised that it was.

When I first applied the product, it tingled under my armpits, which is quite normal when trying something new. I noticed that there’s Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate in the roll-on, which is a preservative used for many natural cosmetics. This is one of those ingredients that can cause skin irritation if you use too much of it, so if you have sensitive skin, I would recommend only using this product in moderation.

Application was quite easy – the product rolled onto my underarms in one pass and I also felt a residue run from my underarms, during a shower.

NB : This is not an antiperspirant.

What’s in it:

Aqua (Water), Sodium Bicarbonate, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil*, Canaga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Tragacanth Gum, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf*, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Linalool**, Citronellol**, Geraniol***

Fresh Mint Toothpaste with Xylitol (100ml) – R39.95

Features:

A soft, squeezable tube. The product is an off-white colour with a spearmint taste and fragrance.

Experience:

Sweet and just the right strength of mint, this Pure Beginnings toothpaste contains both xylitol and stevia, which are the healthy alternatives to sugar.

The toothpaste doesn’t foam as much as generic toothpaste would because it contains a plant-based foaming agent –Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate – which is way less harmful than Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS).

NB: toothpaste is not meant for eating, always rinse your mouth after brushing.

What’s in it:

Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Calcium Carbonate, Xylitol, Titanium Dioxide, Kaolin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Peppermint Flavour, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Fruit Extract*, Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni (Stevia) Leaf Extract, Menthol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil**

Terms and Conditions of Giveaway:

*Entries open to South Africans only.

Three winners will be notified via email/ DM and announced in this post on 3 July 2018.

Comments on all related social posts will be accepted.

The prize – One Pure Beginnings natural deodorant and toothpaste hamper can only be redeemed by the original winner unless an alternative has been arranged.

This prize excludes any products not mentioned in this blog post.

How to maintain clear adult braces + giveaway!

Did you know that having oral health issues can affect the rest of your body?

Forgetting to brush your teeth and avoiding floss when you should really be doing it, can bring on far more problems than just bad breath.

I’ve been strict about maintaining a healthy dental care routine since I got my braces.

Trying to brush your teeth with brackets stuck to them can be tricky in the beginning but if you’re using the right cleansing method and products, it can actually be fun.

How I clean my teeth

I’m going to miss this metal when my teeth are fixed. I’ve finally gotten the hang of brushing the bristles up and down between my brackets to polish those hard-to-reach places.

I brush twice a day as recommended and keep a bottle of mouthwash in my bag for whenever I need to quickly gargle, after a stringy lunch or snack.

Flossing is not my favourite – I also carry a box of floss in my handbag but since I have gaps, I tend to prefer to swish, swish with an oral rinse.

Follow my adult braces journey below:

Vlog 1: Getting Clear Adult Braces

In this video I share what it felt like to get my braces put on, as well as which foods my orthodontist recommended that I avoid.

Vlog 2: Dealing with broken brackets

Watch what I had to do when I accidentally broke my first bracket.

Vlog 3: How quickly my teeth have moved

In just 4 months, the state of my teeth have improved dramatically. The only downside is that I’d developed an even bigger gap than I had before.

Vlog 4: What stained my clear bands

If you’re thinking of getting clear braces with clear bands, these are the foods to avoid so that your bands don’t stain.

Vlog 5: The best colour bands for clear braces

Find out what the best colour for clear braces is – hint: it’s not clear bands 😀

Giveaway!!

Win 1 of 5 Oral B Electric toothbrush hampers, including an Andolex-C Anti bacterial Oral Rinse

Enter to win below and share this post with someone you know would love to win too!

Terms and Conditions: 

*Entries open to South Africans only.

5 five winners will be notified via email on 25 March 2018.

This prize excludes any products not mentioned in this blog post.

*I am not a medical professional. This post is purely for informational purposes and true to the best of my knowledge. Please chat to a dentist if you have any questions or concerns.

Current Favourite Natural Hair Care Products – 2018

When I started my natural hair journey, I turned into a product junkie.

Back then, it was difficult to find products to suit my hair type so I’d tried a different brand every second week and ended up having a cupboard full of half-used hair products.

Newer and better hair products are hitting shelves every day and while it may have been difficult for us find a decent shampoo and conditioner in the past, we’re now so spoilt for choice that we’re actually even more confused about which product actually works.

What does it cost?

What’s in it?

What’s the size of the bottle though?

These are just a few things that spring to mind when choosing a hair product. Am I right?

Ladies, (and gents – hello, hi, if you’re reading), you’ll save a lot of time and money if you consider two things when you’re buying new hair products:

Is it right for my hair type?

Has someone with a similar hair type ever used it?

Read reviews. Don’t walk into that aisle without knowing what you’re looking for. Because. Even when you know, you may find yourself strolling back and forth in the aisle, doing research, until a security guard comes to ask if you’re okay.

Awks.

The best way to know which products work for your hair is to test them yourself.

But try to read reviews about products in advance, and if you don’t know what to look for, google your hair concern:

Products for dry natural hair

products for hair growth

deep conditioner for type 4 hair

best shampoo for natural hair

These are just examples. You know what you’re looking for. It helps to follow a natural hair blogger/vlogger with a similar hair type as yours, especially if he/she is sharing posts like this one.

If you’re a type 4 natural, check out this video of my current favourite hair products below:

Did you enjoy this post? I’d really love to know. Leave me a comment in the section below or email me directly to robyn@bewhole.co.za

WATCH: My experience as a pescatarian

Adopting a pescatarian diet has made a big difference to how I lead the rest of my life.

I’d say that it’s definitely better.

Are you thinking of going meat-free, or have you already? Drop me a note in the comment section below to let me know 🙂

If you’re new to my blog, (hello) I recently asked Youtube viewers what type of videos they would like to see from me and the majority of people requested uploads related to my diet.

So here we are:D

In this video I share more about my life as a pescatarian – what I mostly eat, and why I decided to go meat-free.

What is pescatarianism?

Pesce means fish so I’m basically a vegetarian who eats seafood.

I also don’t eat gluten and dairy, although I am allowed to have cheese and yoghurt since they are considered good bacteria.

Why I am pescatarian:

My diet is prescribed.

Recently in my video about my acne, I shared how my homeopath guided me towards eating foods that my body was happy with and away from stuff that gave me breakouts and left me feeling bloated.

After I stopped eating meat, drinking milk and cutting out gluten, I saw a dramatic improvement in my skin.

When did I stop eating meat?

2015.

I don’t miss meat at all.

I’d met a couple at a seminar who spoke about the changes they’d made to their diets due to the number of hormones that are injected into animals during farming.

I’d already dabbled with the idea of going meat-free so speaking to them just helped affirm my decision.

What I mostly eat?

I rarely eat fish and get most of my nutrients from veg, legumes, nuts, and fruit.

Brown rice is my staple. I use it to make rice cereal, stews with rice, savoury rice and because rice is gluten-free, I also have rice noodles, rice pasta, rice wraps.

Broccoli and spinach are also major sources of protein for me.

Polenta – cornmeal, is one of my breakfast options. Look for a GMO-free label on the packaging of products to know if it’s been genetically modified or not.

I also eat a lot of chickpeas, lentils and kidney beans.

Milk alternatives include almond milk, rice milk and coconut milk. When cooking creamy dishes, coconut cream is my go-to.

Is it expensive?

Yes and no.

If you plan what you eat you can save a lot of money.

I love buying dry foods in bulk and storing it for later use, which also works out cheaper.

Fruit and veg are generally also more afforable if you only eat foods that are in season.

What to take to a Braai:

Being a guest of a meat-eating host can be awkward if your diet hasn’t been catered for.

Bringing a shareable portion of my favourites to gatherings has always eased any uncomfy feelings and soothed lots of tummies.

Braais are big in Cape Town but you don’t have to miss out. You can braai mielies, butternut, broccoli, and stuffed sweet potato wrapped in foil 😀

DIY: Avocado, Olive Oil and Banana Hair Mask

Would you say that it’s difficult to find a hair mask that really works?

I’ve tried a bunch of different brands but when it comes down to a hair mask that will 100% treat your scalp and hair shafts, this avocado, olive oil, and banana hair mask wins.

Watch my easy masking routine to ensure to maintain the health of my hair and retain length:

 

To make this hair mask, you’ll need:

1 Ripe avocado

1 Large banana

1 Tbsp of olive oil

Method:

Mash or blend the ingredients together and apply.

I’m not joking. It’s that easy.

Why is this a great hair mask?

There are many great benefits of avocado  – one is that it’s rich in good fats that moisturise your hair. It’s  also well absorbed by the hair shafts and scalp.

Bananas are packed with potassium – great for improving the natural elasticity of your hair and preventing breakage.

Olive oil – one of my favourites – not only acts as a hydrator but as a shield to lock in any moisture that the hair already has.

When is the best time to mask?

Whenever you feel that your hair is dull or dry and needs a boost. I recommend masking twice a month for type 3 – 4 hair, and once a month for type 1 – 2 hair.

More about hair types, here.

Should my hair be wet or dry?

When applying a mask that contains oils, it’s best to apply it to dry hair. Since water repels oil, it will prevent the product from seeping into your hair follicles effectively.

If you’re applying a water-based mask, it will be effective on damp hair.

How long should I keep the hair mask on for?

As long as it takes. I’m kidding.

Your only side effect of leaving this organic hair mask on for too long would be carrying a fruity scent for lack of a proper rinse.

If I’m pressed for time, 30 minutes will do but I like applying the mask in the evening and rinsing it, the next morning – gives me the best results.

Make sure that your hair is completely covered if you decide to go my route so that you don’t get the mask all over your pillows.

But does it really work?

I love knowing what I’m putting on and into my body. It’s important to learn the ingredients list of your favourite products so that you know what works for you and which ingredients you should avoid.

Products that seem like great quality treatments are often packed with poisonous components that do our bodies more harm than good.

I’ve become a serious DIYer and a regular reader of ingredients list just to stay on top of what I’m feeding my body.

Your body is your temple. Yes. Yawn. You’ve heard that cliche phrase a hundred times before. But just imagine that your body is your car and in order for you to drive, you have to refuel once a week. There’s no way that you’re throwing alcohol and bubble bath into your tank, is there? You’ve paid a lot for that car and you need it to work.

Well, you only have one body for your entire life. You can’t trade it in. 

I really love this hair mask. Try it and comment below if you have a mask recipe that you’d like to share with the tribe 🙂

Watch: How I treated my acne

Why are we so obsessed with having clear skin?

Skin experts tell us that clear skin is beautiful, clean, and healthy. Pimples are definitely a warning from our bodies, letting us know that something is not right internally.

I’m not a doctor but I’ve been to many who all say the same thing: watch what you eat.

That’s a topic for another blog post but if you really want to clear your skin, it’s important to understand what’s causing it first.

Watch my story on how I’ve been treating my acne below:

Here’s some pics of how bad my acne was. I’m wearing makeup in all of them because, for some reason, it made me feel like it was less noticeable. Ironically, you can see it clearly here:

Taken 2015: I had just stopped using the strong medication prescribed my dermatologist because it was affecting my health. After a few months off YAZ, the breakouts returned.
Taken 2016: New year, new breakouts. My poor pores on my forehead were covered in a Mac foundation which just made my breakouts worse.
Taken early 2017: I’m not wearing any makeup here. I had changed my diet after seeing a homeopath and my breakouts had begun to clear but I still had a lot of scarring.
September 2017: I still get some breakouts before menstruation but it’s not nearly as bad as it was. I’m not wearing foundation in this photo and my hair is covering the sides of my face but that’s where I mostly still have scarring.

Here’s what I’ve been using to help reduce my acne scarring:

Toner

A toner is one of the most underrated products of a skincare routine. It helps to balance your body’s PH levels so that after you’ve cleansed, your body won’t try to produce excess oil to keep your skin hydrated. I’ve been using a Beaucience alcohol-free toner that you can get at Wellness Warehouse for around R 89.

Exfoliating Brush

I’ve recently upgraded from my sorbet face brush to the Clarisonic Smart Profile. The Clarisonic is the Porshe of face brushes.

I immediately fell in love when I started using it. Aside from cleansing and exfoliating my skin, the visible difference is how polished my face looks after using the face brush. I use it in the morning and evening.

Head over to Clarisonic shop SA to get 25% off, using my discount code: CLSNC-25-962

I apply a face wash to the bristles of my brush and then scrub my face gently to help remove dead skin and lighten my acne scars. It’s made a huge difference.

Clay Mask

Before acne, masks were a rare treat but now that clear skin has become a mission, I’ve started using masks more frequently. I was gifted the Loreal Detox Clay Mask at the launch of Loreal Elvive’s Curl Pride and decided to try it one night after my skin was looking dull. It really works! I use it once a week now.

Sunscreen

Brown people need sunscreen too! I never bothered applying sunscreen because I’d always worn a moisturizer or foundation with a low SPF. But if you have acne scars and get sunburnt, your scars will be darker so make sure that you protect your skin by applying a good sunscreen.

I use the YungSkin SPF 40 sunscreen which isn’t greasy at all. It has a matte finish, light, creamy texture, and smells really good.

A natural way to clear zits quickly

Cue the angels for tea tree oil.

It has a distinct minty aroma and feels a bit burny if you apply too much.

Pure tea tree oil will dry your skin if you apply oil to areas that aren’t excessively oily. My oily t-panel is where pimples show themselves first but then I apply tea tree oil and the bumps disappear within days.

Was this post helpful to you? Let me know in the comment section below and share it with a friend who may want to reduce his or her acne scarring.