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Review: iUNIK Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner

This toner is one of my favourite finds this Summer!
I usually alternate between two toners on daily basis- The Body shop Tea tree toner and Mizon AHA & BHA toner. But recently I was given the opportunity to try the iUNIK Rose Galactomyces Essential toner for free and I am so glad I did. From the first time I used it, I fell in love with it.

It smells divine

This toner is rose scented but the smell is gentle and light. I actually look forward to splashing it onto my face and neck and then  take my time massaging it into my skin because I want to enjoy the scent for as long as possible.

It is moisturizing

The toner claims to be moisturizing and it is. But I also find that it is hydrating. What is the difference between hydrating and moisturizing?
Hydration apparently is about the amount of water in the skin and it is very important for healthy skin because moist, supple skin functions and heals better.  
Skin products which "hydrate" have ingredients in them called humectant…
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Review: iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum

A must have serum this Summer for oily, acne prone, blemished and sensitive skin

This serum is so amazing that I rushed to buy a second bottle long before I finished the first one. Here is why I am so impressed:

The claim is that the serum will deliver powerful relief for people with acne prone, blemished, yet sensitive skin.

When I first read that the serum is  meant for people with sensitive skin I assumed that it will be too weak for my super oily, acne prone skin.

The formula does not include Tea tree essential oil, but 67% Tea tree water, which also made me think that the serum will not be potent enough for my skin.

But I was wrong.

While using this serum my skin did not get any spots. At the moment I am on my second bottle of this serum and I am thrilled with the fact that it keeps my skin clear of pimples, supple, moisturized, nourished, soothed and bright.

I will be interested to know how well it calms acne. I expect that for people with acne, this serum would be a brilliant addi…

Advice for parents on how to help their teens have clear, acne free skin

When choosing skincare for your teen look for two ingredients: Salicylic acid and Tea tree oil. That is because the Salicylic acid unclogs the pores while the Tea tree oil diminishes the acne bacteria count.
Perhaps your teen is one of the lucky ones that can get away with using only two products for their acne, one with Salicylic acid and the other with  Tea tree oil. In other words, if your teen has just started getting pimples or if their acne is very mild, they can get away with just two products as long as one contains Salicylic acid and the other Tea tree oil. But most teens need to layer a few more products and this post is for them.
For most teens, more products are necessary because of the increased oil production which feeds the acne bacteria which then creates the red inflamed spots.
In this post I write about suitable cleansers, toners, spot treatment and I give a bit of dietary advice. Teens with more severe acne would benefit from serums, creams, masks and more changes t…

How to eliminate moderate to severe body acne

Please read 3 steps to eliminate body acne before you read this post
In my experience there are 3 essential steps to eliminating body acne: 1. Unlcog the pores daily 2. Diminish acne bacteria count daily 3. Protect from UVB  and UVA rays daily   A key principle in this regimen is to follow these steps even when the skin is clear.
For detailed explanation of each step read 3 steps to eliminating body acne and then come back to this post where I give tips on eliminating moderate to severe body acne
The principle of following with all  3 steps even when the skin is clear is something  I discuss in my post 2 mistakes you shouldn't make when trying to eliminate body acne Read it and you will also learn how to use the two key ingredients for fighting acne- correctly. I am talking about Salicylic acid and Tea tree oil.
I assume that you've read my previous posts on body acne and now you would like to read about how I successfully eliminated my moderate to severe body acne and how I mainta…

2 mistakes you shouldn't make when trying to eliminate body acne

Salicylic acid and Tea tree oil are the most talked about ingredients for acne
If you are looking for ways to clear your body acne chances are you have come across many articles on "hot to do it". Have you noticed that Salicylic acid and Tea tree oil are the most frequently talked about ingredients for acne? 

I've battled acne for two decades and have used both Salicylic acid and Tea tree oil. But in the past they did nothing to clear my body acne. Now I know why. I did not use them correctly.

In the past, I thought that Salicylic acid and Tea tree oil were simply not strong enough for my body acne
So here is what I used to do. One month, I would use a body wash with Salicylic acid, but seeing that my body acne did not diminish much, the following month I would try a Tea tree oil body wash. Again, that made only slight difference to my body acne.

I assumed that the fault is with the products. Perhaps they were simply not good enough? Because Salicylic acid and Tea tree oil …

3 steps to eliminating body acne

Unclog pores Reduce acne bacteria Protect from UVA and UVB rays
These 3 steps need to be taken each and every day even when the skin is clear of blemishes. And if the acne is moderate to severe, then several layers of ingredients that unclog the pores as well as several layers of acne bacteria fighting ingredients are needed.

In this post I write about the actual regimen that helped me eliminate body acne and maintain clear skin. If you are interested in how this 3 step regimen came to be- come back to read my next post.
If you have moderate to severe body acne, start with the advice I give in this post, but you might need to take some additional steps  and layer more products. I will write about that in another blog post.

Below you will see the products I currently use. I am very happy with these products, but you can easily customize your regimen and achieve clear skin with different products as long as you stick to the 3 essential steps:

1. Use a product which unclogs your po…