So I was recently having a discussion about skincare with a few of my friends. After talking about the topic extensively I came to realise that skincare was the last thing on their minds. In fact many of them still use soap to wash off their makeup and often forget to apply moisturiser afterwards.
Having dehydrated skin myself the thought of doing those horrible things to my face makes me shudder as I know no sooner have I neglected my skin I will surely wake up with dry flaky snakeskin with crepey under eyes.
I do not want to generalise but I feel like many Muslim women (well the ones I know) do not place skincare high on their priority list. Things like sunscreen and correct cleansing are totally ignored whereas cosmetics are frequently used.
My skincare routine was very simple in my twenties as my skin was normal and non problematic, it was only after I turned thirty that I realised I had to really invest more time into my skin. My skin suddenly became drier and I started to notice tiny lines around my eyes. These lines and flakes only became more noticeable after applying makeup so I began to research natural skin care online and found the following steps and routine have really helped me combat the signs of ageing.
1) I do not think I have to delve that deeply into point number 1 as it is the most basic and effective thing you can do to slow the ageing process and that is SUNSCREEN. Here in Australia it is recommended you wear 50+ protection which is what I use. If you do not use sunscreen then it is wise you start as both UVA and UVB rays cause irreversible damage to your skin and you will only notice this damage later on in life.
2) Now that sunscreen has been addressed I can begin my routine. At the end of everyday, regardless of whether I have worn makeup or not I apply oil to my face and begin to massage key points in slow gentle motions. These areas are my forehead, my jaw, the highest point of my nose and all sinus areas. I do this for only a few minutes and it honestly feels so great as it drains the lymphatic system. My oil of choice is the Trilogy Rosehip oil Antioxidant +.
3) Once I have completed my massage I wait a couple of minutes and then apply a serum to certain areas such as under eyes, forehead and around my mouth. I love serums that contain hyaluronic acids and this Now Solutions Hyaluronic Acid Firming Serum is my current favourite and has been repurchased. What hyaluronic acid does is help your skin maintain moisture so it is perfect for ageing skin. If I have somehow skipped my skincare routine the night before I can always tell by the way my makeup sits the next morning. It is truly a miracle serum for me.
4) Finally I reapply more Trilogy Rosehip Oil all over my face and add extra drops to my under eye area and leave quite a thick layer there so that it can slowly be absorbed while I sleep. For days where my skin feels extra dry I also mix a highly emollient cream and my Rosehip oil together and apply that to my whole face and neck.
5) My final step is to apply Castor oil to my eyebrows and lashes. This oil is very thick so beware as it take a while for it to absorb but it does do wonders to my lashes. If you are a mascara lover like I am then I recommend you buy yourself some organic castor oil to nourish and strengthen your eyelashes. I love the Aura Cacia organic Castor Oil but you can use any brand you like.
6) My bonus step is to use the Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque. I use this maybe once a week as an overnight mask. I apply a liberal layer and sleep with it so that it can do its magic overnight. By morning it has totally absorbed into my skin and it feels super soft and nourished.
As you can tell my skincare routine consists of predominantly organic natural products. I try not to use too many products and try to keep things super basic and clean. Our skin is our largest organ and it also is the most absorbent so the less chemicals and rubbish we apply to it the better.
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I logged onto HR tonight with the intention to blog about something I had recieved in the mail a while ago. It was going to be another stock standard feature but something in me absolutely detested the idea of writing another review.
I sat here on my computer for a good 20 minutes trying to think about what I can blog about. While thinking my train of thought went wondering and I started to remember the first time I blogged and how exciting it was to me. I used to get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about what I would wear to work and how I would style the blog feature around one key piece of clothing. It has now been 7 years since I first started blogging and in the blogosphere I would be around 150 years old and positively over the hill. Back then there weren't many bloggers, especially none of these hugely successful bloggers you see today. Back then there was still a stigma attached to posting your outfits online for the world to see (and SCRUTINISE). Oh how the times have changed!
I would get as much hate from weird online trolls as I would from people from my own community. Though no one would say it to my face (actually there was one girl who I worked with who said my blog posts were "annoying" so she unfollowed me. Now she is an avid follower on Instagram "insert eye roll") I knew people would talk about me behind closed doors and it would always come back to me. Now it is almost a crime if you DONT post pictures online. Everyday is a new selfie and you are considered weird if you don't overshare your life. The internet has become so over saturated with bloggers posting "outfit" pictures and "what I wore" posts that I am starting to feel very MEH about it. Don't get me wrong, I still love fashion and everything it entails but it is all starting to turn a little stale and I feel as though I am walking in no particular direction. I want to evolve into something completely different. I have no idea what or how I am going to do it but it is something that has been on my mind for a while.
There is something immensely satisfying about shopping consciously. Whether your buying second hand off eBay, thrifting at your local opportunity store, swapping at the flea market or buying from small businesses it all makes perfect sense. That is why whenever I am approached by local home or online businesses I am automatically keen on helping them expand their fan base by spreading the word.
When Zeba and Layla contacted me to do just that I was very happy to "road test" one hijab for them by wearing it, feeling it and styling it. I was however sent more then one and I am happy to announce that every single hijab sent to me was absolutely spot on perfect. Each of her scarves are hand designed and created to become Australia's first ever luxury hijab brand. Made of the beautiful and on trend georgette fabric, her scarves are super easy to style and look very classy. I have decided to feature each scarf separately either here on HR or on my Instagram page (@hijabrevivalofficial) so stay tuned for a few more posts over the next couple of days inshallah.
This is what the creator of Z&L had to say about her bourgeoning new label:
"Elegant and completely unique we stand alone. Focussing on luxurious quality material we aim to deliver hijabs you can wear for years to come and remain effortlessly in style.
Although we are not big followers of trends or fashion, we want to bring you a scarf that can be cherished and enjoyed for many years"
Inshallah you liked how I styled this particular Zeba and Layla scarf, I thought its beautiful colours were really brought forward by this lacy abaya. If you would like to follow Z&L on social media then click here for Instagram and here for Facebook.
Yes I am back with another Wudu friendly nail polish alternative for you all! I have stated before that I love nail polish and really enjoy wearing it during that time of the month however why not wear it anytime? Insert S "N" B wash off nail polish. Safe "N" Beautiful nail polish is unique as it is made of completely water based ingredients and is water permeable, breathable and is washed off with you guessed it WATER!
This all natural product was created by mummy of two Jeanette Sklivanou so that her children could enjoy non toxic nail polish that is washed off with soap and water as opposed to harsh nail polish remover.
Here is what the company has to say about their products:
• 100% European-made: our kids nail polish satisfies the strictest cosmetics laws in the world • Non-toxic: no chemical substances in our natural children’s nail polish • Completely water based: simply wash off with soap and water — no harsh nail polish remover required • Packaged lead-free: only pure Italian glass bottles — custom designed for kids — bear our nail polish • Stain free: forget colourful blemishes on clothes, carpet or floors. SNAILS safe-nails Kids nail polish is entirely soluble, so it will wash off easily.
Overall I have to admit I really enjoyed my little taste of S "N" B nail polishes. They did exactly what they promised - Great colour payoff, non offensive scent, and the ultimate promise water removability.
Note for ultimate staying power apply the top coat from the range and your nail polish will last a couple of days. But be warned, the top coat literally locks in your polish and removal is a bit harder. I found the use of a wash cloth or sponge a good option in removal.