Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Caprina Fresh Goat's Milk Body Wash

Earlier this month, I spoke about how I was sent some Caprina products to try and review for my blog. The first product that I tried was their goat's milk body lotion. I loved it and you can read my post here!

The product that I am talking about today is their goat's milk body wash. There are so  many benefits for goat's milk in skincare products and the Canus research team has been able to fractionate fresh goat's milk so as to obtain the following:
Basically, it is full of all of the good stuff to keep your skin feeling hydrated and healthy. 

Caprina's body wash is ultra-moisturising, biodegradable, phosphate-free and is tested under dermatological control.

I received the gorgeous orchid oil body wash. Orchid oil is a silky oil known for its antioxidant and emollient traits. Put the orchid oil and goat's milk together and you have super soft least that is what Caprina says! Of course, I had to try it out for myself!

I really like the smell of this product, it is quite sweet and floral without being overbearing. I like body washes that aren't perfumed too much as I find that overly perfumed products dry out and irritate my psoriasis more. Previously, I had been using an Aveeno body wash because I was finding that scented washes were flaring up my psoriasis but Caprina's body wash hasn't done that.

The body wash also lathered up really well and didn't leave a residue on my skin, which some tend to do. I really the way this makes my skin feel. I am surprised by how supple and moisturised a body wash can make my skin feel!

Have you tried any of Caprina's products?

*Product sent to me but as always, the opinion is 100% my own.*

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

My Summer Beauty Secret | Cancer Research UK | #OwnYourTone

I am supporting the amazing Cancer Research UK to share my summer beauty secret and to talk about their hot new #OwnYourTone campaign which runs until the end of August.

Lots of people are always searching for the number one way to keep their skin looking youthful and radiant. Of course, staying hydrated does help, as well as moisturising but my number one go-to for keeping my skin glowing is by protecting it from the sun by covering up, seeking shade and using sunscreen!

It is easy to get caught up in the hype that having a tan makes you look healthy but tanning isn't healthy for your skin. A tan is a sign that your skin is trying really hard to protect yourself from the sun/UV rays. Sunbeds aren't healthy either, in fact, too much exposure to UV from them or the sun causes premature skin aging and is the main cause of skin cancer. That is why Cancer Research UK has launched the #OwnYourTone campaign, to encourage people to love their natural skin tone and protect it from the sun. They want to demonstrate the beauty and confidence of young people embracing their natural skin tones and avoiding the damaging effects of UV.

There are three ways to protect your skin from the sun;
*Spend time in the shade
*Cover up - an SPF alone isn't enough to protect your skin
*Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and 4 stars or more to protect the skin you can't cover

*Using a sunscreen shouldn't be an excuse to stay in the sun for longer, and no sunscreen can provide 100% protection from the sun, so seeking shade and covering up is important!

Every single day I apply at least apply a facial sunscreen with an SPF of 30. Seriously. It has just become a part of my everyday routine and I don't even think about it anymore.

I know people can be fussy with applying sunscreen to their face because the product might not feel right for their skin but my holy grail face sunscreen is the amazing Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion. This product applies perfectly to my face, leaving a matte feeling. It absorbs quickly and doesn't make my skin oily throughout the day. I even find this to be the perfect primer before applying my make-up!

Onto my holy grail body sunscreen product... I am a HUGE fan of Garnier's Ambre Solaire Original Protection Lotion in SPF 30. I hate sunscreens that feel sticky and leave a residue but this product does the complete opposite. It absorbs fast, leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

Now having, spoken about the danger of UV from the sun, of course, you do need some sunlight! No need to turn into a total vampire...some sun is necessary for your dose of Vitamin D.

Some extra advice to help you maintain your gorgeous, natural skin tone!

*In the UK, the sun is strongest from April to October, and between 11am-3pm.
*Shade includes spending time inside, as well as under trees or by using umbrellas/parasols. Be aware of sunlight reflecting off the ground, including concrete, sand, and water.
*Sunscreen should be applied generously and regularly (as a guide, around 2 teaspoons of sunscreen will cover your face, arms, and neck.

You can find more information about enjoying the sun safely here and remember to #OwnYourTone!


Friday, 10 June 2016

Caprina by Canus Body Lotion

I was very kindly sent a few Caprina by Canus products to try and review for my blog. I was sent the body lotion, body wash, and bar soap. The first product I used was the moisturiser...I was wanting to review everything at once but I ran out of moisturiser before I finished my current body wash so I decided to just review them separately.

Caprina is not a brand that I was aware of until coming to Canada. Caprina was originally launched in 1999 under the name 'Canus' with their goat milk bar soap (which I will be reviewing in the future). Now in 2016, Caprina products are still among the best-sellers in Canada, as well as being popular in the USA and Asia. Since 2014, Caprina products have been bearing the seal of approval from the Dermatological Review Pannel (the commercial branch of the Canadian Dermatology Association).

When launching the Caprina  products, Andre Beauregard "firmly believed in the unique properties of fresh goat's milk, already recognised in the world over and used in skin care for centuries, owing to its superior moisturising abilities and its formula rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins." When it comes to using goat's milk in their products, Caprina is in close ties with over 100 dairy farms and producers across Quebec and Ontario.

Benefits of goat's milk: "The molecular formula of goat's milk is simple. The small size of the molecules helps it better penetrate the skin pores. In addition, the molecule has the property of remaining suspended on the skin's surface to reconstruct the hydrolipidic film , which prevents the body from losing too much moisture." 

I have previously mentioned how I struggle with keeping my skin hydrated in the dry Calgary climate so I always look forward to trying a new moisturiser to see how it works. More recently I have been trying to use products with no nasties in them. Caprina lotion is free from parabens, hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested so that was already a plus for me.

Caprina offers six different formulas in their products; original formula, fragrance-free, olive oil and wheat protein, orchid, shea butter and lavender oil. I received the shea butter formula. I am a huge fan of shea butter based moisturisers as it is noted for its highly emollient attributes. Shea butter also helps to maintain the skin's elasticity and flexibility while really moisturising it.

I have been using the Caprina lotion over the past few weeks and I have really noticed an improvement in my skin. I apply the moisturiser after I shower every morning and my skin still feels soft the following morning, 24 hours after. It is much less flaky, more supple and has a glow to it.

I really loved this product, although I did find the scent a little strong so if I was going to repurchase the moisturiser I would get the fragrance free product.

The 75ml lotion costs $3.99 and the 350ml is $9.99.

Have you tried any of Caprina's products?

*Product sent to me but as always, the opinion is 100% my own.*

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Davines Nou Nou

I am going to be honest. When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, I have never been the one to buy the hair salon brands. I always thought they were too expensive and I was quite happy using my L'Oreal sulfate free shampoo, in fact, I still like that product. But at the beginning of this year, I used a drugstore brand that I hadn't used before and it ruined my hair. My hair broke all over, was lifeless and dull. And that's when my experience with Davines began.

About Davines: It is an Italian brand, founded in Parma in 1983. I was actually surprised that I hadn't heard of them until I moved to Canada, given that they're European. Davines are into being very eco-friendly. Their packaging is made of as little raw materials as possible, recyclable materials are used and reduce the use of composite materials as much as possible, as they are difficult to recycle. You can read more about Davines sustainability projects here.

Now, onto the products that I have used. My hairdresser recommended that I try Davines Nou Nou shampoo & conditioner since my hair was so dry and damaged. I happily bought the products, as who doesn't want that 'just-walked-out-of-the-salon' look and feel?!

About Nou Nou shampoo/conditioner:
Nourishing shampoo designed for damaged or very dry hair. Ideal for bleached hair, with highlights, perm or relaxed. Its formula, characterised by a rich and full-bodied foam is designed to gently cleanse treated hair, giving it body and nourishment. Winner of Allure magazine's 2015 Best of Beauty for damaged hair. 

Shampoo natural ingredients: fiaschetto tomato from Guaceto - it has a strong nourishing power and an antioxidant action. Mixture of mild sufactants - to clean the hair, without making it heavy. Phenetyl benzoate - strong shining effect.

Nourishing conditioner designed for damaged or very dry hair. Ideal for bleached hair, with highlights, perm or relaxed. Its formula is designed to untangle treated hair, it also makes it soft and silky, giving it volume, not weighing it down. Winner of Allure magazine's 2015 Best of Beauty for damaged hair. 

Conditioner natural ingredients: fiaschetto tomato from Guaceto - it has a strong nourishing power and an antioxidant action. Vitamin E - antioxidant action.

My thoughts:

First of all, I love the smell of these products. It reminds me of parma violet sweets, it made my hair smell so good. I believe the shampoo is sulfate free as when I lathered it in my hair, it didn't get as sudsy as some shampoos but that is ok! I like sulfate free products, as I feel that they weigh my hair down less. I got off to a really good start with this shampoo and conditioner. With the dry Calgary climate in winter and spring, my hair can get a little parched and very static. The conditioner is quite thick and I didn't need to use too much for it to untangle my hair - a little goes a long way.  Both of these products really quenched my hair and made it shiny.

However, recently I felt that these products were starting to weigh down my hair and I couldn't go more than one day without washing it. My hairdresser said that it is probably because it is coming into summer and the climate isn't as dry anymore. I started using a different shampoo and conditioner and my hair is back to its shiny self.

It seems that Davines Nou Nou products are better suited for my hair during the dry winter, which means I have a lot left over that I will keep until winter comes around again!

I did feel that the price was quite high for the amount of product that you get (250ml). But I guess with a good quality product comes a higher price!

Next week I have a review of their purple conditioner on the blog!

Have you tried Davines products? What did you think?

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