Microfiber Facial Cloth V Facial Brush?

I remember when the boom of popularity happened when every man, woman and child owned one of these things! Facial brushes have always been popular but they can unfortunately cause more damage than you realise.

To this day I know a lot of people still use this product and call it their holy grail but for some of us with more sensitive or easily irritated skin this may be a no go.

Lets talk about the almighty Clarisonic or technically any facial brushes for physical exfoliation.

I wasn’t quite sure 3 years ago if I wanted to go out and buy the Clarisonic, so I purchased a dupe product instead. I heard great reviews, people saying it did wonders for their skin. Everyone was using it morning and night, to remove makeup and their skin changed for the best, well apparently. Well this girl was sold and so I began to use my facial brush every day and night for about 2 weeks straight. Suffice to say my skin did not enjoy the feeling of the brush head on my already sensitive skin and it proceeded to go red, blotchy, itchy and just sore looking. What had I done? I thought this was meant to make my skin problems were a thing of the past? Well, I over exfoliated and created a mess of my complexion. I was sad, embarrassed and irritated. I thought physical exfoliation with a facial brush would make me glow and get rid of texture and bumps! In fact the over exfoliation caused more breakouts and irritation in the long run. No bueno.

It’s important to understand that physical exfoliation is not often recommended by Dermatologists. In particular facial brushes are one of the most frowned upon of those to use but alas we are all at some point swept into the marketing of new revolutionary products that will offer sparkly skin.

For me physical exfoliation with a brush is too harsh on my oily/combo skin and it could very well be for you too. I prefer to use a product that I can control completely. Something so back to basic you’ll think I’m prehistoric. My Deluxe Microfiber Facial Cloth works with water, micellar water or your favorite cleanser to exfoliate and cleanse the skin all in one step. Just dampen with your choice of product (fold in half twice for Double Deluxe Method) and use gentle, circular motions to target areas of your face that require the exfoliation. No need for any scrubbing, rubbing or tugging at your skin. You’re most importantly not damaging the surrounding skin that doesn’t need to be rubbed raw. If areas of your skin are okay, then leave them alone.

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You could certainly use it in the shower or in the bath, whatever tickles your fancy and makes your morning and evening skincare regimen easier for you.

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Have you used a Clarisonic or any facial brush in the past? Let me know below your experience.

You can purchase my Deluxe Fiber facial washcloth on Amazon. Link on the Home screen of the blog.

As always remember to love your health!

Dee X

Our Quality Microfiber Facial Cloth

The must have Deluxe Fiber Facial Washcloth for healthy, glowing skin! Deluxe, plush, reusable Microfiber Facial Cloths!

Non-Comedogenic | Chemical Free | Cruelty Free

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  • DELUXE FACE EXFOLIATION & CLEANSING- Facial brushes as well as ordinary facial towels are a popular choice for skin cleansing yet have been proven to be too damaging on facial skin often being abrasive and drying to the skins moisture barrier. Target troublesome areas of your face to remove the dead skin cells that may be blocked at the base of hair follicles and require an extra boost to be lifted.
  • REMOVE SIGNS OF AGING- As our skin ages, the process of shedding and turning over new skin cells decreases which can leave us with wrinkles, dry skin, enlarged pores, dullness and an overall uneven skin tone. Our Deluxe Fiber washcloth works to counteract the signs of aging by gently removing the build-up of dead skin cells to reveal baby soft skin with just one use. Prolonged use promotes glow and a refined texture to your complexion. It removes makeup, masks, sunscreen and more.
  • ERASE YOUR MAKEUP- Without the use of added extras like fragrances, chemicals such as drying alcohol and breakout causing comedogenic ingredients known to block pores. Simply add your own gentle cleanser, micellar water or water for efficient makeup removal. It will give you the confidence to leave the house makeup free and people will wonder how you achieve such healthy and attractive skin
  • SAVING YOU MONEY- Forget countless packs of makeup wipes, pads and rounds. Play your part in saving Earth and enjoy the feeling of refreshed, smooth skin.

Have healthy and happy skin everyday!

Search, ‘DMP Health Deluxe Fiber Facial Cloth’ exclusively available on Amazon.com to order your own Deluxe Fiber Facial Cloth today!

Remember to love your health!

Head & Shoulders Face Cleanser?

As the title suggests, I discuss with you the benefits of using good old Head & Shoulders on your face while you scrub a dub dub in the tub or shower. Honestly, stick around and I’ll show you just how it can work for you.

Folliculitis also known as ‘Fungal Acne’ is something you may have not have realized existed. Fungal acne isn’t actually a real condition as there is no such a thing. I’m going to break it down in layman terms for you and it’s essentially the inflammation of hair follicles caused by excessive yeast growing and living on your face. The difference between Folliculitis and Acne is that it is very itchy as a result of the yeast growth and occurs anywhere from your forehead, jaw line, cheeks, sides of your mouth to your nose.

By the untrained eye it typically is mistaken for acne caused by bacteria and often confused with CC’s (closed comedones, plugged pores). The infection of Folliculitis occurs at the bottom of the hair follicle. This confusion often leads to skin care addicts like ourselves mistreating them with AHA’s and BHA’s. One sign of having Fungal Acne is that you are not responding to the products you’ve incorporated into your routine for treatment of CC’s. Unless of course you have a reaction or allergy, then the product/s should work to break down the skin cells, kill any bacteria causing Acne on your face and you begin to see your complexion clear up after you’ve established a solid regimen.

If you were to pop one of those little bumps they usually secrete a yellow, pus like substance. Gross I know. I wouldn’t suggest doing this yourself either.

So how can you treat it? First I’d recommend you don’t just guess you have it and throw products on your face that could damage your moisture barrier. Have a trained professional look at your skin and properly diagnose. Always.

If you’ve stumbled across this blog post perhaps you’ve already researched the ready available information about using anti-dandruff shampoo in your routine and probably know a thing or two when it comes to skincare so you feel confident enough to try it. Hopefully you’d know what the first important step is starting with P and T (if you don’t know what I meant by that then the next bit really isn’t for you, sorry).

So I will share what I know at least. You will find that it’s common for most Dermatologists to prescribe an over the counter treatment in a liquid topical solution (there are oral tablets however they are prescribed if nothing else works). Ketoconazole is the ingredient added to most anti-dandruff shampoos like more well known Head & Shoulders Classic Clean and Nizoral and treats fungal infections of the scalp or in this case, fungal growth and yeast of the face. Used as a cleanser, lathered up on your face essentially as a mask for around 5 minutes works to kill off any nasty yeast you may have growing on your skin.

A Simple Routine (follow with caution)

  1. Cleanse with your regular cleanser or splash with water
  2. Lather your choice of Ketoconazole on your face and leave on for 5 minutes
  3. Wash off with water and a Deluxe Microfiber Facial Cloth
  4. Apply serums if you’re currently using any in your routine
  5. Moisturize
  6. Apply emollient of your choice when you feel like you need an extra boost of hydration lock in power

Some individuals report that they see results in as little as 3 days of course this will vary on how severe your condition is and could take weeks to months. How often you do this depends. I can’t say what will work but don’t over do it! Testing is the best way to find a balance that works well enough for you without creating too much damage.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking the more times you use it the better and quicker you will see results. More often than not, you’ll find that you will ruin your moisture barrier which can possibly lead to giving yourself acne instead of clearing it instead *yikes*.

Protect Your Moisture Barrier At All Costs

Be sure as to replenish that moisture back into your skin and protect your moisture barrier. Another point to mention is do not use Ketoconazole on your face for longer than 5 minutes and do not over use. This ingredient can be extremely drying to the skin. If you notice redness and dry patches, chances are you’re over exfoliating. Stop and limit products till your skin calms down.

I hope you enjoyed these facts and information brought to you today from DMP Health. Remember to seek professional advice.

As always love your health!

Dee X

Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Aesthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Always speak to your healthcare professional when unsure. None of the information provided is substitute for an actual consultation with your healthcare professional.

 

3 New Skincare Product Reviews

I’m a skincare, makeup and beauty junkie and I’m forever scouring the shelves to find new products to test and review.

Today I share 3 new skincare products I have been loving lately and what they can do for you too.

Please remember to patch test all new products before applying directly to your face. I have a video especially on that right here if you’re wondering what I mean 🙂

The first 2 product recommendations are by the skincare company called The Ordinary. So if you’re not familiar with the brand The Ordinary is a branch company falling under the umbrella of DECIEM better known as, “The Abnormal Beauty Company”. They’re free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, animal oils, formaldehyde, mercury, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. It’s also not tested on animals which is a plus in my book.

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Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – This is a chemical peel formulation of lactic acid and Hyaloronic Acid. Lactic Acid being the most mildest form of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) making it the most popular you can find. It also makes it perfect for anyone new to experimenting with acids on their face. Hyaloronic Acid actually moisturizes your skin so it’s nice to have the both combined for this product because we all need hydration.

It comes in a frosted, eye dropper bottle with 30ml or 1 fl oz and you can place a couple of drops on your face and rub in with clean fingers. Packaging directs you to use everyday as a PM product but my skin can’t handle that, so I use it 1-2 times a week being careful not to over exfoliate because remember it is an AHA. I actually use a Q-Tip/cotton ear bud to dab it on my closed comedones. What I love about it is that it effectively reduces the appearance of my texture and smooths my skins appearance.

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The second product recommendation is Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – Visibly targets aging skin and uneven skin tone. What I love about this product is that is slowly but surely helping reduce the hyper pigmentation ‘acne scars’ of pinkish, purple and red dots under my skin. It comes in a grey and white squeeze tube and the formula has a very gritty texture and you will feel a tingling sensation. Remember if it continues for longer than 10 minutes then remove it immediately.

Importantly, please be sure to follow a thorough sun protection regimen and reduce sun exposure whilst using these products.

You can purchase The Ordinary skin care products if you’re in Australia from Priceline, Priceline Pharmacies and MYER, UK- ASOS and Beauty Bay, USA and Canada – Sephora. Also check the website for more locations closer to wherever you may live in the world.

Third and final product review is a mask that I picked up on sale 2 weeks ago by my favorite skincare brand Neutrogena.

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Hydro Boost 100% Hydrogel Mask -(It’s a sheet mask so be prepared to look like Hannibal Lecter) – Quenches the skin to deeply hydrate and leaves skin supple. I have been on the hunt for a good mask that wouldn’t break me out. I tried clay mud masks before and ended up with a whole heap of closed comedones and threw it out pretty quickly.

Recommendation is to leave on your face for 20-30 minutes for an intense treatment. Why I love this is because it felt so cool, so soothing and nice on my face and certainly left it feeling soft and plump up until the next morning. The only trouble I found was that it practically slid right out of the packet and I nearly dropped it on the floor so be careful with that!

The skin on our face sure needs a pampering once in a while, why not try out these 3 products if you’re suffering with skin texture, aging, uneven skin tone or hyper pigmentation? Have you got any holy grail skin care products you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below and remember to love your health!

Dee X 🙂

An Embarrassing Skin Condition?

I scratched and scratched. I was only about 9 or 10 when I started to develop a white patch on my leg.

So my mother took me to our Doctor and I was told I had Eczema. I’ve honestly forgotten how I treated it but I’m sure I was prescribed a cream for it. It’s been 18 years and my memory is a little foggy if you can forgive.

It’s completely disappeared and I never get it reoccur again however I have developed it in other places that flare up with the weather and other variables in my life.

Apologies for the TMI for some of this post.

Here’s the video if you’d prefer to watch but continue reading by all means 🙂

First would be on my ear, I develop a deep red patch of skin that is thick, sore and often bleeds. It leads me to apply copious amounts of moisturizer and applying a band aid to help me sleep albeit it’s a very difficult position to put a band aid in!

Another is my itchy inner ears, the canals. They flare up and itch like crazy and I mean I could scratch and scratch and scratch for 10 minutes and it still gives no relief. Believe you me I have scratched for that long and my ear began weeping and eventually crusts over.

I develop dry, sensitive, itchy patches on my skin that look like tiny red bumps all over my cheeks, chin and sometimes forehead. I believe this is due to getting too dehydrated and the weather contributes.

My scalp towards my forehead gets very dry and flaky along with my eyebrows and I find myself scraping the flakes out daily unless I stick to my routine.

I also worked in a position that had me constantly washing my hands for hygiene and I can tell you my hands were so dry, cracked, split and bleeding I could stand to have anything touch them. They were hot, angry and swelled. Anything I applied stung and I was told I had contact dermatitis from all the washing and soap irritating and stripping my skin not to mention the hand sanitizer I used.

I am by no means trying to make my symptoms sound terrible, they are annoying at most and I can keep it under control for the most part.

I aim to make a video on the products I use for Eczema/Dermatitis in future so stay tuned 🙂

Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Esthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Seek medical attention when unsure.

Remember to love your health!

Dee X

 

 

How to Guide In: Patch Testing

If you’ve been with me a while you’ll know that when I suggest certain products I stress the importance of patch testing.

Yes, I too purchased countless products in the past and applied them directly to my face without even giving it a thought. Lucky for me, from memory I never had a severe reaction or major breakout.

However, through reading I have come to realize this is a terrible thing to do because you just don’t know how your skin will react to it. There is also a possibility your skin can develop reactions after near constant use same as our body can develop food allergies to things we’ve never been allergic to in our life out of the blue. The human body is an interesting thing, nonetheless we should do our best to look after it and here at DMP Health our motto is, “Love Your Health” so lets get into our how to guide.

Come and say hi on my new video 🙂

Essentially patch tests can be performed on the back of your neck or close to your ear/behind it and the place where you’re most prone to breakouts or acne. This can be different for everyone but for you, anywhere you tend to experience the most sensitivity or breakouts.

Apply a small amount on your neck or behind your ear to test for allergies or sensitivities and apply a small amount to the area on your face you choose to patch test for the impending doom of breakout city.

Then you wait. How long you wait truly depends, but for me I wait at least 24 hours – 48 hours and if I notice my skin is healthy I then apply it to my face. I can’t say this will work for you as once again your body may be different than mine and who’s to say you couldn’t experience a breakout/reaction a week later or month? I just think it’d be less likely however please be aware.

Now some people may be wondering is this all really necessary? Well to that I say, would you rather suffer with a small area breaking out, going red, getting hot and itchy? Or the entirety of your face swelling, growing huge cyst like pimples or red little bumps? The latter taking more longer to heal and get back to normal.

The decision is yours as always remember to love your health 🙂

Dee X

Winter Skin Protection and My Routine

Autumn/Fall is upon us in the Southern Hemisphere. Although you wouldn’t know it if you saw it. It’s currently 30C/86F as I type this and I probably should have the air con on as I have a mild sheen across my forehead.

We’re expected to experience the heat right through to the end of the week until the rain settles in. When it rains it then begins to feel like Autumn/Fall and not long after Winter is here and I’m in knee high boots and fighting the wind not to turn my umbrella inside out.

So it got me thinking about my skin in Winter. Now if you know me enough on my YouTube channel or here on my blog you’ll know I have combination skin and for the most part during Spring and Summer it’s oily through the T-Zone and through Autumn/Fall/Winter it tends to lean on the drier side.

I get something called Eczema/Dermatitis, a very mild case of it mind you and no I haven’t been clinically diagnosed, I Dr Googled it (don’t judge me). I suffer with it in different places mainly on my head but always the same and they seem to flare up every now and then and more so in the colder months.

First off I believe I experience it on my face when it gets too dry as I develop patches of red irritated skin. I get the most unbearable ear canal itch that make me want to scratch it with a knife (I don’t do this!) crusting and oozing, (because I scratch it sometimes), flakiness in my eyebrows, along my hairline on my forehead (which is more exposed to the elements) and my least favorite apart from the facial flare ups, the little crook or cartilage bit on the outside of my right ear. I can’t even sleep on that side when that happens! I know first world problems right?

But nonetheless it’s skin drama I don’t want and this Winter, I’m going to nip it in the bud. Your friends for battling troublesome skin in winter include;

Moisturizers, Emollients, Prescription Topical Creams

  1. Your all time favorite moisturizer. My 2 holy grail products are the Nivea Day Cream Moisturizer for combination skin and Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for combination skin.
  2. Body moisturizer, I use Vaseline Intensive Care for my hands, legs and everywhere else.
  3. Prescription medicine creams like Hydro Cortisone, I have Advantan 0.5% this is like a steroid so it thins the skin.
  4. Vaseline, petroleum jelly.

Moisturizing is essential in replenishing the skins moisture barrier and promotes healing and plump, youthful skin. Emollients are a little different and I’ll post more about them in another video/blog so stay tuned. They work to create a layer that can helps with moisture loss.

I stick to applying all of these morning, throughout the day and evening minus the Advantan 0.5% and Vaseline because they’re more of a nightly product. Protect your skin from the wind, cold rain and all the other elements that are just waiting to create dryness, redness and not happy skin overall.

Remember to love your health!

Dee X

Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Esthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Seek medical attention when required.