Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jerawat : Pencet atau Ngga?


*EHM*

Dilema seperti ini kayaknya sudah biasa untuk orang dengan kulit jerawatan (acne prone). Banyak yang bilang 'jangan pencet!' tapi ada juga yang kekeuh harusnya dipencet saja. Kamu gimana?

Menurut Paula Begoun (link), memencet jerawat berguna untuk mengurangi peradangan, luka, dan mempercepat masa penyembuhan selain menghilangkan jerawat itu sendiri dari muka kita, jika dilakukan dengan benar. 

Cara memencet yang yang benar adalah :
jangan memencet terlalu keras
tidak boleh mencungkil
tidak boleh ditusuk
.. dan apapun yang bisa menyebabkan keropeng.


Jerawat yang boleh dipencet adalah jerawat white head (ada bagian lemak putih/'isi' nya), bukan jerawat batu *gimana juga jerawat batu dipencet yah*


Kemudian, lakukan langkah berikut :
  • Beli alat pembersih komedo (tangkai kecil dengan lubang di masing-masing ujungnya)
pembersih komedo
pic credit to paula choice
  • Bersihkan wajah dengan pembersih wajah yang lembut. Jangan gunakan air panas atau dingin karena akan memperparah jerawat dan menyulitkan proses penyembuhannya.
  • Saat membersihkan, gunakan lap wajah (washcloth) yang lembut. Ini berguna untuk menghilangkan sel kulit mati dan mempermudah proses selanjutnya. Jangan menggosok terlalu keras.
  • Keringkan wajahmu. Tidak boleh memencet jerawat saat kulit sedang basah karena beresiko melukai kulit dan menyebabkan keropeng.
  • Setelah kulit kering, gunakan pembersih komedo untuk memencet jerawat. Dengan sangat lembut dan sangat-sangat sedikit tekanan, tekan pembersih komedo ke jerawat. Ini seharusnya bisa mengeluarkan 'isi' jerawat.
  • Proses ini bisa diulang 1-2 kali lagi, tapi jangan lebih karena akan meninggalkan bekas keropeng.

Ingat, tujuan paling utama adalah jangan sampai meninggalkan bekas!

Lakukan dengan sangat-sangat lembut.

Setelahnya, gunakan 2.5% - 5% benzoyl peroxide atau 1% - 2% salicylic acid (BHA).
Ini tidak akan membantu mempercepat proses peradangan tapi untuk menghilangkan bakteri dan mencegah jerawat datang kembali.



Jadi, kamu pencet jerawat ngga?

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Simple DIY Mosquito Repellent

Hallow! I noticed my post about Body Oil got somewhat good intention, so i will continue sharing my little knowledge.

In Indonesia, we now in-between season. It's supposed to be rainy but for some reason, it's still hot as hell. At this point, brought by the rain, mosquito number is raising up. I'm a tropical person, but i don't think i would ever be used to mosquito. And how about those who coming for holiday purpose?

Image result for mosquito

I think the best solution is using repellent on skin. I don't trust stickers, i can't stand smoky thing (even thus keep the mosquito away), but i hate industrial made repellent. They made my skin feel weird, i don't feel comfortable using my hand hours afterwards, and somewhat raising my allergic reaction.

So what to do?

I made this very simple mosquito repellent. I've tried it for more or less 2 months and it's works. They best things are it's natural, effective, very cheap and easy to made.

Back about to body oil things, i use simple Grape Seed Cooking Oil (but you can go fancier if you want) mixed with Geranium Essential Oil (2-3%, can be more but it's effective enough) I use it every morning and rarely re-applied until evening.



They're easy to find here in Bali. Or you can make a balm version of it home and bring it on holiday. This is modification from an online recipe i found, and it would be thicker but you'd need just a little. Rub between your hand before applying to wet skin (same case applied to body oil).

Balm Recipe (made 25-30g product) :
15 g shea butter
7.5 g carrier oil (use what your skin need/what you have)
3.5 g beeswax / floral wax
up to 10 drops of Geranium / Lavender Essential Oil

[1] Using double boiler, heat shea butter, carrier oil and beeswax. Stir as it melts. Make sure all the solid parts melted before removing from heat.
[2] Once everything is melted, allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes.
[3] Stir in essential oils and pour the liquid to small glass container. Allow it to harden completely. Usually it takes several hours.

Industrial made repellent are not so attractive to me, but their advertising made me learn how Mosquito hate Lavender, Geranium and Orange's skin scent. I don't like the later option either, so i never tried it.

Make sure your essential oil is pure to be effective. Fragrance oil works much worse than the pure one. They're weaker and last shorter. 

If you're a fancier person and want something with extra ingredient, you can try this recipe from http://tasty-yummies.com/2013/07/17/homemade-essential-oil-insect-repellent-spray/.

Well. thats all! Hopefully it helps ^___^

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