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As I told you in my previous post, I received a 4-weeks supply of Occó the beauty drink to test and try out for you.

Here is what it really did for me and what I think of the “beautifying” drink:

Ocoo-Beauty-Drink

First of all, I really liked the taste. I heard other people say they didn’t like, but it kind of reminded me of a German drink called “Rotbäcken”, it has a nice berry flavour and every morning, I was really looking forward to have my little beauty-breakfast juice.

I must say that I didn’t notice a glow in my face or more radiant skin, as other testers did, but that’s maybe because I’m currently on a medicine called “aknenormin”, which fights acne and dries out the skin a lot.

What I did notice though, is that my hair and nails have grown much quicker than usual! My hair grew 3 cm that month (they usually grow only1-2cm a month) and my nails weren’t that brittle, felt much stronger and grew a bit so that I don’t need my fake nails anymore 😀

Although my skin cleared up, I can’t say whether the drink did something for my acne, because I took the medicine. Because I don’t have any wrinkles yet, I also can’t say if the anti-ageing properties helped my skin.

All in all, it is a nice, natural berry flavoured drink with lots of vitamins which is definitey good for your health. For me personally, it helped a bit with hair growth and although I think it doesn’t do any miracles, turning a not-so good looking person into a beauty queen, it won’t definitely harm you. Nevertehless, if you eat a healthy diet with los of vegs and fruits, you might get the same results for far less money… 😉

OCOO_ingredients-table

Beautifying vitamins contained:

Vitamin A – for thicker hair
Vitamin C – for brighter, more radiant skin
Vitamin E – to help skin cells heal
Biotin – for serious hair growth
Zinc – helps fight acne and other skin disorders/irritations
Copper – repairs damaged skin
Selenium – helps heal damaged skin
Niacin – fights aging

Conclusion-You can also get all these vitamins in a healthy diet, so you don’t necessarily need to splurge on those drinks. Nevertheless, if you want to splurge and do yourself something good, go for it-it won’t do any harm 😉

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Your skin changes as you age. That’s why taking care of it requires that you understand exactly what your skin needs at different stages from your teen years to your adult skin throughout the decades.

Teens – The acne fight

Skin care in your teens is often all about acne

  • Consider a good over-the-counter acne-fighting regimen that addresses oil production and works to clear pores, such as a benzoyl peroxide cleanser to fight mild to moderate acne.
  • Use oil-free skincare products to replace moisture and combat dryness that your acne regimen might cause. Try Clinique’s dramatically different moisturiser.
  • Use a non-comedogenic (not pore clogging) sunscreen to protect your skin, with a minimum SPF 15 to keep your skin looking fresh and young.

20s: Prevention

In your 20s it's all about prevention

If you are in your 20s, you should approach skin care with prevention in mind. The twenties is not yet time for aggressive wrinkle treatments that modify skin physiology but you need to prevent wrinkles from coming.

  • If you are lucky enough to not deal with an acne issue, clean your skin with a product designed to keep pores clear without stripping all the oils, such as a mild cleanser with a low concentration of salicylic acid.
  • If you are fighting mild to moderate acne, implement a regimen that uses benzoyl peroxide, but remember to add moisture. An oil free moisturizer will help combat dryness.
  • Use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15.
  • For fresh, glowing skin, always ensure your skin is hydrated by drinking plenty of fresh water.
  • Consider products with ingredients that help improve texture such as vitamin C, soy extract, vitamin A and vitamin E.
  • It’s also the perfect time to start and maintain great skincare habits like always removing all your make-up at night – no matter how tired you are!

Click here if you want to know how to care for your skin in your 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

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Fighting acne needs patience and commitment

Acne! There’s nothing nastier than this. It first hits you when your hormones start to go crazy in your puberty but it can strike back at any age for several reasons. I know how it can feel to have acne as I used to suffer from it. In this post I have compiled a guide how to fight and win the battle against acne.

  • Unclog your pores with salicylic acid. Acne begins to form when pores get clogged with a plug of keratin and sebum. Salicylic acid loosens the plug by softening the keratin. Make sure you use sunscreen simultaneously, because salicylic acid makes your skin more sensitive to UV light.

    Products containing salicylic acid will help unclogg your pores

  • Kill the bacteria that aggravate acne. When your pores get clogged more bacteria start to grow in there, producing the pimple.Wipe out these bacteria with a cream containing Benzoyl peroxide and use it twice a day. Don’t forget to use an oil free moisturiser afterwards as it can dry out the skin.

    Use benzoyl peroxide twice a day

  • Wash your face twice daily and don’t use cleansers that are overly drying. Eucerin Bar, Neutogena washes and Cetaphil Lotions for example are all mild enough for daily washing.
  • To prevent further acne, keep hair off your face and wash your pillowcaseat least every other day.

    To prevent acne, keep your hair off your face

     

  • Reduce your intake of caffeine. It increases the levels of stress hormones in the body and can aggravate acne. Avoid coffee, tea, and other stimulant containing drinks.

    Caffeine can aggravate acne

     

  • Reduce stress. Controlling stress can reduce the release of the stress hormone cortisol and therefore reduce the severity of the acne. There are various ways you can reduce stress: 1. Exercise will increase blood flow to the skin and aid healing 2. Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises and meditation will calm you down.

    To keep your skin clear you need to be balanced

  • Take a potent multi-vitamin. If your skin is not receiving the right nutrition, it will fight back by producing excessive sebum and clogging pores, so take your pills!

    A vitamin pill can help to get get the right nutrition

     

  • Sunshine stimulates the creation of vitamin D in the body, an essential vitamin for healthy skin. A bit of fresh air and sunshine every day will also reduce stress and increase oxygen to the skin. A daily 10 minute walk outside is enough.

    Your skin needs a bit of sunshine and fresh air

  • Avoid wearing makeup. I know that’s so hard (!!) but make up on your skin only contributes to clogging your pores. If you feel you must wear makeup, be sure it is oil free.
  • Apply a honey mask to your face once or twice a week . Honey is cheap and has antibacterial properties which is great for disinfecting and healing minor blemishes. It is also gentle on sensitive skin.

    Honey has antibacterial properties

Finally, do not overdo it! Often, people suffer from their own overtreatment. Strong soaps, harsh exfoliants and rough washcloths are much too irritating and can make the acne worse! Treat your skin as gently as possible and remember to be patient and give the products time to work and heal your skin. Good luck! 🙂

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So you wanted to see more DIY on my blog? Here it comes! I hope you enjoy trying these masks as much as I did.

Applying a facial mask 1-2 times per week can drastically improve the quality of your complexion.
But instead of running to your next facialist or spending several pounds on an over-the-counter mask, why not just make your own supply of homemade facial masks?
It’s fun, easy and can even be stored in the fridge and periodically dipped into for up to a month.

So for this article, I have compiled the best DIY masks for every skin type.

OILY SKIN – Avocado Mask

Ingredients:
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon yogurt
1/3 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg white

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Apply to damp skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with room-temperature water. Pat dry and follow with non-comedogenic moisturizer.

ACNE/BLEMISH PRONE SKIN – Aspirin Mask

Ingredients:
1 Aspirin
Water/honey

Crush aspirin and mix it with water and if you want also with honey for a mask which will dry up your pimples fast!

DRY SKIN – Milk Mask

Ingredients:
1 tsp powdered milk
1 tbsp runny honey
1 tsp aloe vera gel
2 drops essential oil

Mix ingredients well. Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and admire your baby soft moisturized skin.

SENSITIVE/IRRITATED SKIN – Oat Mask

Ingredients:
1 cup natural yoghurt
½ cup oatmeal

Mix the ingredients together. Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes and rinse with a warm washcloth.This mask is great for soothing chapped, sunburned or otherwise irritated skin.

COMBINATION SKIN – Rose Mask

Ingredients:
(Optional: 6 fresh rose petals)
2 tbsps rosewater
1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature
1 tbsp runny honey (to get honey runny, you can warm it in a microwave for a few seconds)

Soak rose petals, then crush them in a bowl. Add the rosewater, yogurt and honey.
Mix well and apply to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse. This mask is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.

ALL SKIN TYPES – Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp warm water

Stir sugar into warm water so that it melts. Make sure that the granules are dissolved, otherwise they could tear your skin. Then apply to the face and gently massage around the skin. Rinse with warm water. This helps clear up clogged pores to give it a radiant glow.

Please let me know how it went.

Kim x

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