8 April 2014

KLORANE Nettle Shampoo Review.

KLORANE Nettle Shampoo, beauty blog, shampoo for oily hair, KLORANE shampoo, eco friendly shampoo

KLORANE Nettle Shampoo, beauty blog, shampoo for oily hair, KLORANE shampoo, eco friendly shampoo

KLORANE Nettle Shampoo, beauty blog, shampoo for oily hair, KLORANE shampoo, eco friendly shampoo

A little while ago I was contacted to review a shampoo for oily hair which promised to decrease the amount of times you wash your hair in the week. Now, I wash my hair every two days, by which point it is already looking a bit bleugh and greasy. I try to leave it alone on weeks where I'm off work or lazy weekends, just so that my hair can have a break and use the natural oils to nourish itself. Naturally I was interested in this French product as I would LOVE to find a shampoo which helps me add at least another day onto my non-washing schedule and here it is: KLORANE Nettle Shampoo.

I have been testing this shampoo for a couple of months now so I am confident in my verdict and how it reacts with my hair. Here is what KLORANE say about their shampoo with extracts of nettle:

"The nettle is a European perennial plant belonging to the Urticaceae family. It is traditionally used as an astringent and reinvigorator. We selected Urtica dioica L. species because it is rich in scopoletine, a polycyclic compound that acts on the enzyme that regulates sebaceous secretions. It is cultivated in Eastern Europe using techniques that respect the surrounding ecosystem. The quality of the plants harvested is controlled according to KLORANE Phytofiliere specifications. The roots of the plant are collected and left to dry naturally in the sun. We then concentrate the active agent in the form of an extract, which is incorporated in KLORANE shampoo with nettle. This shampoo very gently and naturally controls oil, and prevents hair from becoming greasy too quickly. Hair is supple and light."
In short - nettle can help control the natural oils in your hair, and this brand is eco friendly.

KLORANE pride themselves on plant heritage and preservation, and even host workshops for children in partnerships with botanical gardens which is called "Discover the Plant". They also use only non endangered species of plants and ensure the eco system is balanced when cultivating the plants. A winner with any eco warrior or anyone who genuinely cares about the environment and takes care of our planet.

Now for the important stuff: did it work? Well, the shampoo itself is pleasant to use - it lathers nicely, has a fresh smell and is easy as well as quick to wash off. The first couple of times I used it, I didn't use a conditioner as I wanted to see what it does to my hair - the result was it left it quite dry but thats OK because it does say you can use your usual condition after the wash so that's what I did. After blow drying, my hair felt fresh and light, and I could even get away without washing my hair for that one extra day. It wasn't the miracle shampoo which will help you go 4 or even 5 days without washing your locks, but it's a more natural way of keeping clean and fresh rather than dry shampoo the last day.

Here's a few tips of how to keep your hair grease free for a little longer:

  • Try and not touch your hair i.e. swipe it from side to side or hold your fringe when looking down at a paper: the more you play with your hair, the more oils you will acquire and the greasier your hair will look;
  • Be light on the amount of products you use, as they will build up and although your hair will look fantastic the first day, after a good nights sleep you hair do will be no longer yet the grease will gather up;
  • Avoid straightening hair every day as the heat from the straighteners will produce more grease;
  • Give your hair a break: if you're on a week off, or having a lazy weekend, let your hair do it's own thing and have a natural break. Once you've washed it on Monday morning your hair will look and feel fantastic! 


Vichy Normaderm Moisturiser Review.

Vichy Normaderm, beauty blog, sensitive skin moisturiser, Normaderm, skincare blog

Vichy Normaderm, beauty blog, sensitive skin moisturiser, Normaderm, skincare blog

Vichy Normaderm, beauty blog, sensitive skin moisturiser, Normaderm, skincare blog

It's not a secret that I have problematic skin, as do a lot of young people these days due to lifestyle, food choices and stress. Skin tends to look tired doesn't feel great either, but what can we do if we don't have the luxury of living next to the ocean, sipping green tea's and feasting on avocados and oily fish all day long? We can protect our skin, even living in polluted cities with jobs that require extreme amounts of coffee and less than recommended amounts of sleep.

I struggle to find good moisturisers and usually when I do I stick with them for years, until my skin gets so used to them - they eventually stop working. I have heard a lot about the Vichy Normaderm moisturiser which promises to eliminate blemishes and shine, minimise pores, and fix irregular complexion as well as imperfection marks. It is non comedogenic, hypoallergenic and paraben free which makes it a moisturiser suitable for sensitive skin, with the added benefits of Vichy Thermal Spa Water which has soothing effects on skin.
When I read the labels on Vichy's skincare products, I always think "Wow, these guys must be miracle workers - if successful." But how do they give your skin the all round, or global - as they call it, anti-imperfection hydrating care? The magical combination of this unique potion are 3 peeling active ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid and LHA. Now we already know about LHA from my previous post on Vichy products which acts similarly to salicylic acid but has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory purposes. Salicylic acid is a well known ingredient for anyone who suffers from acne - I remember during my teen years it was the hit ingredient in any product recommended by a dermatologist. Salicylic acid causes the cells of the epidermis to shed readily, opens clogged up pores and neutralises bacteria which makes it easier for new cells to grow. Glycolic acid on the other hand is a chemical which is used in many chemical skin peels as it is known for reducing wrinkles, acne scars or any other imperfection by penetrating the skin and helping cells shed.

This combination of extremely effective ingredients sets Vichy Normaderm apart from many other moisturisers on the high street. From the first week I could see, and feel, the effects of this product on my skin. I have now been using it for about a month and it has become my go to moisturiser. Normaderm is a perfect base for makeup, it's not greasy or sticky and your skin truly feels like it can breathe under this product. Here's a little confession: sometimes when I get home late, I'm too tired to go and take off my makeup. It's horrible, no one should ever do it - but it happens. Of course the next day I wake up with a number of spots, clogged up pores and generally hideous looking skin. After a deep cleanse and two days worth of application of Normaderm, my skin is glowing and blemish free. I give it a massive 10/10 and I would recommend this product as a daily moisturiser.

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