Fixing The Extra Dry Hand Effect

If you are washing your hands more often and using hand sanitizer more than ever due to good practices to prevent getting and spreading the Covid-19 virus, you probably noticed this terrible side effect: extra dry hands. And for those like me who have a thin skin this is even more of a problem. And honestly, using a regular hand moisturizer all the time (or as often as I could remember) or even some body oils to address the problem didn’t prevent nor worked to treat the dryness, cracked skin of my hands.

And after considering a Dermatologist to help me out on that, I remembered about this product I had used once to treat the extra dryness of my hands a few years ago. And boom, game changer. The product is O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream. And it’s a miracle cream because within a few days my skin went from extremely dried, totally cracked to a smooth looking (and touching) one. No kidding. There are still some roughness in my hand’s knuckles, but it’s so little that I can hardly feel it. For me it’s good enough already.

I only used it before bed every night for about 3 days and that was enough to reverse the damage. But you can use it as often as you like. Now I keep on using the cream so I can keep it like that, hopefully. Because it’s very unpleasant to have extra dry hands.

The cream has no fragrance, it doesn’t make your hands greasy after using it, but leaves your hands highly moisturized and protected. I do recommend it.

And just to disclosure: this is not a paid post. It’s totally my experience with the cream and the dry hands problem that I wanna share with you.

Do You Know For How Long You Should Wash Your Face?

Well, apparently I didn’t. Because all my life I always washed my face very quickly, around 10 seconds in a good day, perhaps. And if it wasn’t by the latest controversy on Social Media this week involving Kylie Jenner and a video she posted showing her face-washing routine using one of her products I probably would die without knowing that 10 seconds is not enough to wash my face properly.

Photo: KylieSkin.

I swear.

Oh, yes, according to the dermatologists and skin specialists you should wash your face for at least 20 to 30 seconds. Oily skin needs the 30 seconds washing because that is how long it takes to break up the sebum. If you don’t spend that “much” time washing your face, you are not really cleaning it.

And when I say you should wash your face for 30 seconds I mean, first wet your face a little bit and put the proper soap, foam or whatever you use to do it and when you start rubbing it all over is when you start counting for 30 seconds. And yes, you should rub it gently for 20-30 seconds.

Got it?

Let’s see if there will be an improvement in my skin from now on.

And how about you? Did you know that?

A Vegan Brand I Love: Sukin

One of the things I like to do the most when I travel abroad is to find out different beauty products. I love to try new things and love, love, love moisturizers, serums, body and face scrubs and the whole she bangs. And when I was in New Zealand a few years ago I got to know this Australian brand called Sukin over a Pharmacy counter. Back then I was trying to recover from my B12 deficiency and I was avoiding the most I could extra toxins, so I was very much into using natural products with safer chemicals that would not jeopardize my health. And Sukin seemed to check all those boxes with some really good pluses: it was cruelty free, vegan and amazingly affordable. So I decided to try a few products (shampoo, conditioner, body scrub, body wash, and a clay mask from their Super Greens line). And loved them all. The shampoo, conditioner and body smell so good and they clean in a gentle way. So the body scrub. The clay mask is one of my favorite masks ever. I feel it helps detoxifying my skin and at the same time it nourishes it. It feels like skin food, indeed. It made my skin looks clean, healthy and glowing.

My beloved Detoxifying Clay Mask by Sukin.

What Sukin says abou their products:

It is Australian made with natural and gentle ingredients, cruelty-free, vegan, non GMO; it has a recycle packaging and safe preservatives.

And it is naturally created with:

  • No petrolatum/ mineral oils
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • No animal derivates
  • No artificial colors
  • No harsh detergents
  • No propylene glycol
  • No MEA/DEA/TEA
  • No phthalates
  • No triclosan
  • No sulphates
  • No parabens
  • No silicones
  • No EDTA

So, if you are vegan or are interested in using cruelty-free and/or natural products this is a brand to check it out. For sure.

You can find their products through their website (it does ship overseas) or via iHerb.

My Favorite Body Scrub

In the past I thought exfoliating was only meant to be done once or twice a week. But from some years on I have heard people (mainly celebrities like Christie Brinkley and Gwyneth Paltrow) claiming that you should scrub every day. Your face and body. And honestly, I am very inclined to think that this is a good way to go. Because besides the fact that it gives the skin a smooth feeling afterwards, it also helps to: make serums or moisturizers being better absorbed by our skin, fight dark and age spots, minimize the appearance of large pores, prevent ingrown hair.

Photo: SoapCherrie.com

Plus, nowadays there are scrub versions that help to hydrate and moisturizer the skin as well. And my favorite body scrub is by a small shop in Brooklyn that uses only finest natural and organic products called Soap Cherie. I use the Coconut Lime one and love it. But there are other scented (and even one unscented) versions like Magnolia, Lavender Patchouli, Orchid and Morning Rose too. They are all made with Dead Sea Salt and formulated with 21 minerals and a variety of nourishing oils including Jojoba oil and Calendula oil to provide a deep exfoliation and nourish the skin.

So, after you do the exfoliating procedure you get smooth, hydrated baby feeling skin. I swear! When you use it you definitely feel the difference it makes on your skin. It is amazing and it smells so good…

Every time I am in New York I get this scrub. Now I am in Rio without it and missing it so much since my scrub stash is over and they do not deliver overseas. Damn!

Using And Loving It: Vichy’s Minéral 89

Since I came back to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and found out that I cannot buy my beloved moisturizer here, I am on a mission: to find a real good replacement for it. Don’t know if Vichy’s Minéral 89 is it yet (I have been using it for 3 weeks only) but it is a good contestant. And to be honest, it is a product that I might even use together with my beloved moisturizer. And let me tell you why:

Vichy’s Minéral 89

This moisturizer is a gel that resonates a lot like a serum, it is lightweight, absorbs fast and very well by the skin. It doesn’t get oily, just a bit sticky after you pat it on. The skin looks healthy and hydrated. And yes, it glows on its own.

I wear it day and night. During the day I pat my tonic in my skin first then the Minéral 89 gel and sometimes a moisturizer after that. Then my sunblock. And my beloved tinted sunscreen.

See? I love to wear double products at once… hehehe

At night I clean my skin, pat my tonic on it and use the Minéral 89 gel before my hydrating sleeping mask.

I know (and if you have been reading me you know that too): I am a moisturizer freak. But as I said before: keep the skin always hydrated is key to age well. Indeed.

What Vichy says about Mineral 89:

Minéral 89 is your skin’s daily dose of strength, combining 15 Mineral Rich Water with Hyaluronic Acid to fortify skin and make it more resistant to visible aging caused by pollution, stress to skin, and fatigue. Minéral 89 face moisturizer, with 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water, delivers a boost of hydration for a vibrant, healthy glow.

It is meant to be used by all skin types and it is indicated especially to address dryness and dullness. It is paraben and fragrance free and tested for sensitive skin. Its delicate formula it is well tolerated around the delicate eye area.

The Mineral 89 gel has 4 different sizes: 10 ml, 30 ml, 50 ml and 75 ml. And the price is not so bad: 30 ml bottle is $20. You can buy the smaller bottle and give it a try without causing a wallet commotion.