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Human body odour is a product of the bacterial metabolism of odourless compounds found in sweat and other compounds excreted from the glands eg sebaceous glands, eccrine glands (found on soles of feet, palms and forehead) and apocrine glands (mostly found near hair follicles in the armpits and the pubic region).
Deodorants and Antiperspirants are used to combat sweat and the odour produced by metabolised sweat. The terms are often used interchangeably but they are different.

Deodorants reduce the population of bacteria which causes odour. It does so by creating conditions (acidic or salty conditions) were by these odour causing bacteria can not grow or thrive. Sweat does not smell, the smell associated is produced when bacteria break down sweat to produce odour causing metabolites which produce the odour. So without these metabolising odour causing bacteria, your sweat will not smell.

Antiperspirants work differently to deodorants. They stop you from perspiring (sweating). They contain ingredients such as aluminium which absorb into the skin and block the glands which prevent you from sweating.  If you do not produce sweat the metabolising bacteria will have nothing to metabolise, essentially they will not have food and odour is therefore not produced.




References 

  • Hara, T., Matsui, H., & Shimizu, H. (2014). Suppression of Microbial Metabolic Pathways Inhibits the Generation of the Human Body Odor Component Diacetyl by Staphylococcus spp. PLoS ONE, 9(11), e111833. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0111833
  • Urban, J., Fergus, D. J., Savage, A. M., Ehlers, M., Menninger, H. L., Dunn, R. R., & Horvath, J. E. (2016). The effect of habitual and experimental antiperspirant and deodorant product use on the armpit microbiome. PeerJ, 4, e1605. http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1605
  • https://trustproducts.co.uk/blogs/healthbasics/74962245-the-difference-between-deodorants-and-antiperspirants

Deodorants and anti-perspirants

Introducing the ONLY skin care product I need in my skin care routine. 




Three years ago I came across this product, sourced it and I have been using it religiously every day for the last three years. It is my secret skin weapon.

The Korean Italy towel is an exfoliating towel .It originates from Korea and has been used in Korean bath houses and spas for decades. It is made of viscose and it comes in different colours which all have different exfoliating gradients.

Green = most abrasive - (do not use on face!)
yellow= average
pink = least abrasive

Growing up in Zimbabwe I have always used a pumice stone in the bath and shower. This is a lighter and better alternative to a pumice stone.  The korean italy towel removes dead skin cells and it leaves the skin feeling smooth plus it is great for reducing cellulite.

Personally I use the green one on most of my body including my feet and the pink one my face with my cetaphil gentle skin cleanser  every other day. On days i feel like I've overdone it I use the yellow one on my body.

I highly recommend this product if you want smooth skin. Try it, let me know what you think. I also recommend you google reviews on this product, i have not read a negative review yet!!!

How to use the korean italy towel.

For everyday use
Soak body in the bath for about 20-30 minutes then exfoliate using the towel.
Shower - wet body and stay in the shower for about 15 minutes then exfoliate as usual.

For cellulite
I wet my korean italy towel and add soap and dry exfoliate my target areas then rinse off in the shower,


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The Italy towel - The worlds best exfoliator

"Corrector brightens under the eye, Concealer lightens"

Colour correcting was one of the biggest makeup trends of 2016. I think it is a great technique for correcting the under eyes.
To take colour correcting to the next level however I think its better to use a colour corrector that actually has beneficial ingredients that will not only hide pigmentation but will correct it in the long run.

Here is one of  my current  favourite colour correctors that actually contains beneficial ingredients.
  • Urban Decay - Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid
  • Thiscolourr correcting fluid contains Vitamin C and E.


    To get the best results from any product I think it is important to understand how it works so read below to learn about the science behind colour correcting.

    Color corrector 101.
    I remember learning about the color wheel back in high school during art classes. Never did I imagine it would come in handy when it comes to makeup. Ever noticed how some concealer palettes come with the weirdest colours like greens, peaches and yellows and wondered are these for?

    If you look at a colour wheel the colours have complimentary colours.
    Green is complementary to Red. So Green will correct any redness for example pimples.

    Purple corrects yellow undertones.

    Pink correctors are great for dull and dark under eyes in olive skin tones.

    For darker skin tones I would suggest an orange corrector for dark circles and or hyperpigmentation.

    The concentration of your corrector should match the concentration of the pigmentation. So for dark areas use darker oranges. Light areas use less concentrated correctors so lighter oranges. With orange correctors they should blend as much as possible, you should not be able to see the corrector underneath your makeup.

    It is recommended to use correctors before concealer. You can use a beauty blender to blend your corrector. Although sometimes concealer is not even necessary after using a corrector. You can then set it all with a powder. Remember to use the ring finger to pat it in. Only apply your corrector to the area with hyperpigmentation or darkness.





    Colour correcting