Start your Curl Journey right.

Januar 25, 2021 by Sarah Moniri

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  1. Learn about your hair : We are all so individual, so there is no strict recipe for the achievement of nice, bouncy curls. You have to study your hair, research the perfect shampoo for your type of hair and be aware of any kind of reactions to it. It’s a lot , I know , but curls are just a complicated business. Here is a chart to find more about your hair type 

 

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2. Cut the Crap : There is a reason why I am a clean beauty advocate. I’m sorry to break it to you, but you have to eliminate all dirty ingredients( use the think dirty app). They destroy your hair, Period. 

3. Cleanse correctly : This will be a whole different blogpost but for starters, make sure to use the "squish to condish" technique when applying conditioner after you cleansed your hair with a 2 min shampoo massage. I can also recommend to cleanse with a conditioner only ( Called cleansing conditioner)! Use a deep conditioner once a week. 

4. Styling is Key: Use your preferred gel, cream or leave in treatment BUT the most important technique is indeed plopping ( I do it for 40 min). Here is a video in how to do it. 

5. Wet Dry or Diffusor Dry : This is totally up to you! Try both to see what you like more!

6. Be patient:  I’m still in the beginning of my journey and still learn new things everyday! Keep in mind,  that your wash day won’t always be successful and that it can take a few years until your hair will be the way you like' em. Don’t compare yourself to others! We are all so unique. Take pictures along the process and embrace that beautiful curl head of yours!

 

-xo, Sarah. 

 

TAGS: curls, routine, shampoo, Start your Curl Journey right

Natural Skin Care Gift Guide.

November 15, 2020 by Sarah Moniri

 

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Hello my fellow skin-care & wellness lovers! 

Leonie and I have been talking so much about Christmas presents and I'm honestly a tiny bit lost this year( lost is the word of my year, ha!). I don't seem to find the perfect but still love to browse my favorite shops for that one idea that's just genius... anyway! I thought I'm going to share some ideas incase you are as lost as me and need some Inso from another mind! Enjoy <33!

 

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1.  My skin often feels very stressed after I shave so I started using the post shave and I have to say that I can tell that my skin is much more relaxed now. No more itchy, dry and pimply spots after shaving!!

2. Okay...this is the holy grail of skin care. Besides its wonderful aesthetics ( I mean, look at it!), it's a good exfoliated with BHA and AHA's! Just what your skin needs when you start to turn your heaters on.

3. THE MASK! No other words needed.

4. Incase you are pregnant, want to be pregnant or can't take retinol for some reason - this is your replacement! Using retinol or this magic potion helps to even your skin tone and get rid of your acne.

5. This is the best serum I've ever had! using it everyday.

6. Jetlag mask for exhausting days. It's really hydrating and a typical feel good mask. 

7.Bless the bless balm. If you get dry skin in winter use this every evening!

8.My favorite Skin Oil of all time. ITS THE BEST!! GET IT!!

9.Eye cream that smells like vanilla and depuffes your "bags". I have discovered it in 2017 and still love it!

 

Hope this helps!

-xo, Sarah.

TAGS: Christmas, clean, Natural Skin Care Gift Guide, nontoxic, vegan

How To Avoid Winter Skin.

Oktober 28, 2020 by Sarah Moniri

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As much as I love Autumn & Winter I can not say the same thing for my skin. Some days it feels like someone stapled it really tightly behind my ears and cornifications on my nose are not a stranger.  Side Note: It’s because of your heater. It dries up your natural home moisture and therefore the air that touches the skin.

But behold! I have a solution , actually more than one solution for this: 

 

  1. Peel your skin every morning! This helps to get the roughness of your skin! I use this peeling ( Make sure it has no micro plastic in it!!)
  2. Retinol Treatment - Use your favorite Retinoid Treatment ( this is mine) for 5 days straight! This will help you to regain some of the moisture that your skin lost!
  3. Use a thick cream for the day instead of your normal day cream whenever you feel like it. I really like Skin Food from Weleda. Extra thickness can rehydrate your skin and will leave you with the perfect glow. 
  4. Use a Derma Roller when you react well to it! This is the one I use.

 

Hope this helps you!

Give your skin some love back!

  • Xo ; Sarah 

 

TAGS: dry skin, How To Avoid Winter Skin, skin, skincare, winter skin

Why our skin ages and how to prevent it.

Mai 9, 2020 by Sarah Moniri

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SKIN ANATOMY 

 

Let’s start with the Basics: The anatomy of our skin. Our skin consists of three layers. The Epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer. The epidermis is basically our protection against water loss and the dermis supports the epidermis and enables our skin to thrive. Each layer has a lot of sublayers with important functions but I don't want to go Into too much Detail. It’s important to know that our skin constantly protects us from our environment and adjust to us when we grow or change. It’s not only scientifically important but also socially since good skin can have a positive influence on peoples’s social behavior.  So how can we give some love back to our skin and protect it from aging? First we have to know what causes our skin to age. So let’s dive into that: 

 

 

WHAT MAKES OUR SKIN AGE?

 

Skin aging is characterized by features such as wrinkling and loss of elasticity. This occurs since there are structural and functional changes in our extracellular matrix components such as collagen and elastin who keep the skin firm. There are two different factors responsible for this loss: 

  1. Extrinsic 
  2. Intrisnic 
  3. Mechanical Aging ( wrinkle causing behaviors)

 

Intrinsic again is an  inevitable process that results in thin skin and humanities biggest enemie - wrinkles. This biological aging is often genetically determined and occurs naturally within the body. Photoprotected skin ages because of intrinsic factors. The basal cell layer the proliferation of our cells reduces which reslults in the thinning of our epidermis. Therefore the contact surface area between dermis and epidermis reduces which is responsible for a smaller nutrient exchange which further weakens the basal cell proliferation. This process of decreased proliferation ( of keratinocytes, fibroblasts, melanocytes) is called cellular senescene. Collagen and elastic fibers are als fewer in photo protected skin because type 1 pro collagen is reduced because of downregulation of the TGF ß which is a regulator of collagen expression. 

 

Extrisnic aging means that our skin aging is influenced by our environment such as air pollution, smoking, alcohol,  bad diet/ poor nutrients and sun exposure. Extrinsic factors results in coarse wrinkles, loss of elceacity and a rough textured appearance. Photoaging (long-term sun exposure) is one of the primary factors of exrtrinsic skin aging. When exposed to sunlight, we can observe changes in our extracellular matrix components like collagen, elastin, proteoglycans who provide strength, elasticity and hydration to our beloved skin. Photoaging is responsible for 80% of facial aging. Opposite to the intrinsic reduction of the epidermis the thickening of epidermis occurs in the UV- radiated process. The outermost layer , stratum corneum, , is affected the most when the UV radiation is reacting on the skin. A failure of degradation of corneocyte desmosomes takes place and thickens the skin. The expression of type VII collagen and many more markers and surface proteins are also decreased due to sun exposure and results in wrinkly, saggy, uneven skin tone. 

Other factors influencing Skin Aging: 

    • Diet/Glycation - some studies revealed that eating a diet which contains a large amount of sugar and carbohydrates rates can damage our skin. The process of attaching sugar to a protein is called glycation.
    • Alcohol and caffeine intake - Those two dehydrate our body. Overtime this can cause our skin to sag and lose its shape. 
    • Cigrattes - also increase free radicals and probably decrease collagen and elastin. 
    • Pollution - the skin barrier is being exposed to the toxins and pollutants which causes pigment spots and wrinkles. Free radicals are produced more and amplifying the effect of aging. 
    • Weather - like wind can reduce skins moisture which leads to 
    • Stress - is an inflammatory response in our body which age our body faster. 
    • Oxidative Stress - also called ROS plays a critical role in dermal extracellular matrix alterations. It is caused by all the factors above. 

 

FREE RADICALS: 

 

Extrinsic factors which age the skin are all associated with the result of free radicals circulating in our body.  Free radicals are unstable molecules who damage proteins, lipids and Dna within cells and accelerate the biological aging process. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. But electrons want to be in pairs, so these atoms , called free radicals, search the body to find other electrons to pair with.  Whereas Antioxidants neutralize free radicals.

 

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT AGING:

 

  • Antioxidants - neutralize ROS that already formed. We can uptake them trough diet. Berries are very antioxidant rich, but also basil, orgenao, tumeric, kidney beans, pecans, ginger and dark chocolate. 
  • Avoiding Ultraviolet Light - Avoid tanning, stay out of sun between 10 AM and 4 PM, Apply broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen year around. 
  • Mechanical - squinting, thinker stance, sleeping on your side or stomach, unbalanced diet and lack of sleep , pursing the lips while smoking or drinking from a straw. 
  • Stem Cell Therapy - adipose tissue transplantation could improve skin quality at the recipient site in addition to increase skin volume. 
  • Retinoids - are chemically similar to vitamin A. It inhibits AP_1 , therefore preventing the degradation of of collagen. An increase in epidermal thickness and the anchoring of fibrils is observed. 
  • Hormone replacement therapy - During menopause, hormone replacement therapy is used to slow down the aging process. It provides skin thickness, collagen content, and elasticity and it enhances hydration. 
  • Diet restriction - Antioxidant rich to neutralize ROS, less alcohol and sugar  to decrease free radicals. 
  • Avoiding triggers like stress and polluted citys. 

 

 

CONCLUSION: 

 

We can to some degree stop extrinsic skin aging and support our skin with a healthy lifestyle and retinoid treatment. 

 

TAGS: aging, skin, skin aging, why our skin ages and how to prevent it

My Natural Beauty Routine

September 17, 2018 by Sarah Moniri

Hi there! Today I wanted to share my beauty product routine which is non-toxic & vegan. The reason I swapped my lifestyle, is because of the code check & think dirty app. After scanning all my products, I was shocked to see how many toxic ingredients are in big brands! Starting from fertility endangerment and ending with cancerous substances. I started using natural beauty products last fall & all my "toxic" products are slowly diminishing. So here is my morning & evening routine. I hope this is helpful!

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Morning Routine.

I like to keep my morning routine simple because some mornings are a little hectic & my beauty routine is important to me. I know that some people love an oil cleansing but my skin doesn't react properly to it and I get unpurifycations.

Kale+Green Tea Spinach Vitamins: It smells delicious & foams nicely. For my european gals(like me): You can buy this at sephora!

Pink Cloud Moisturizer: Dryness is not an obvious problem with my skin but I need to moisturize in the morning in order not to dry out! This is also available at sephora. 

Leahlani Citrus Toner: I recently read this blogpost from Elsie Larson and she emphasized how much of a difference a Toner can make! You can buy Leahlani products at amazingy.com if you are from Europe/Germany.  

 

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Evening Routine. 

My evening routine is all about light exfoliating! When I swapped to natural beauty I stopped exfoliating completely. My skin got bad for a long time ( also hormonal reasons) and I realized that I used to exfoliate everyday. 

Burts Bees Deep Pore Scrub: I'm very satisfied with this product but I will definitely try more scrubs! 

100% Pure Vitamin C Serum: Leahlani recommends to use a Serum before using the bless balm. A beautician recommended a Vitamin C serum for my skin type & I'm loving this product! It's making my skin very smooth. 

Leahlani Bless Balm: It's more like a butter and leaves my skin moist & silky. 

Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream: The collagen level in your skin lowers when you are entering your early 20's so it's important to use eye creams! This one smells delicious and gives me a feeling of freshness. 

 

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Masks + Oils.

I'm using Masks & Oils 1-2 times a week to give my skin a boost. I feel a significant change in my skin when I'm using masks!

Masks from Ouifresh Beauty Box: The best thing about beauty boxes is, that you get to try out many products and find your perfect products! 

Leahlani Mermaid Mask: This will leave your skin smooth + silky. 

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel: This is also an exfoliater but enzyme based! My skin tingles a little while using this product. 

Facial Oils: I already told you that I'm not good with oils but I use them once a week to give my skin a glow booster. I either use this youth to the people or Elsies Diy Oil.

 

I hope this will help you guys to see that the natural beauty market is booming! Their performance is amazing & it's even available in europe! It's hard to find natural beauty products in europe which smell and look nice but here is your solution. 

-xo sarah

 

 

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TAGS: beauty, beauty routine, cosmetic products, natural beauty, nontoxic, routine , shopping, vegan, vegan beauty

DIY: Stretch mark oil

April 26, 2018 by Sarah Moniri

 

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Stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of and I'm okay to live with them! But everytime I loose or gain weight/ muscles I tend to get stretch marks. Stretch marks don't stop me from feeling good in a bikini but I'm just not hyped about them. Fact: You can never entirely get rid of them. But if you nourish your skin they will faint and no new ones will appear. 

What you need: 

  1. 1 cup/ 230 ml Olive Oil
  2. 1/2 cup/ 120 ml Coconut Oil 
  3. 6 drops of Vitamin E oil 
  4. 8 drops of Frankincense Oil 
  5. 2 tsp Rosehip Oil 
  6. 2 tsp Sweet almond oil 
  7. A glass container of your choice. 

Add everything to your glass container and heat in a water bath till everything is well combined. Stir while it cools. 

 

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All those oils have massive health benefits and are very smoothing for your skin: 

Olive Oil: has many vitamins, including A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E. Olive oil is also an antioxidant, so it might help prevent or reverse damage from cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. Olive oil is also known to moisturize and hydrate your skin.

Coconut Oil:  is a gentle, yet thorough cleanser. The antibacterial properties of coconut oil protect the skin from potential pathogens. Coconut oil can preserve the smoothness of the face by keeping it wrinkle-free.

Vitamin E: it can help reduce the appearance of scars.

Frankincense: Frankincense has the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone and appearance as someone ages. It helps tone and lift skin, reduces appearance of scars and acne, and heals wounds. It can also be beneficial for fading of stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, and for healing dry or cracked skin.

Rosehip: Rosehip oil was found to regenerate the skin, reduce scars and wrinkles, prevent the advancement of wrinkles and ageing, and help skin to regain its natural colour and tone.

Almond: Very gentle oil.

 

-Try it - its good!!

xo sarah

TAGS: clean beauty, diy, diy beauty, stretch mark, stretch mark oil