Why Everybody Should Try Cupping Therapy
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy technique that involves placing suction cups on the body to stimulate blood flow and help combat muscular aches and pains.
It's been in use for centuries but has recently become the trend on everybody's lips.
But how much can it really help?
Do Anti-Cellulite Massagers Really Work? Benefits, Uses and Side Effects
In an age of Instagram influencers and photoshopped models looking down at us from billboards everywhere we go, you'd be forgiven for thinking cellulite wasn't all that common.
In fact, cellulite, also known as "orange peel skin", has been found to affect between 80% and 90% of women.
Despite cellulite being so normal, our increasing beauty standards mean many women are willing to do almost anything to help combat it.
One of the most popular modern treatments is the anti-cellulite massager device.
This range of products is growing in number and being recommended by professionals all over the planet, but does it really work, and if so, how?
We've brought together the facts and figures into one easy-to-read article that will hopefully tell you everything you need to know, so let's take a look:
Which Skincare Brands are Cruelty Free? - A Definitive Breakdown
With humanity slowing waking up to the damage we are doing to the Earth, the vegan movement growing in popularity, and animal testing being almost universally abhorred, you would be forgiven for assuming most popular skincare brands are cruelty-free these days.
Unfortunately, this is nowhere near the truth - and in fact, the product ranges found in the most popular chain drugstores are almost entirely tested on animals.
To find skincare products that are truly cruelty-free, we need to take our shopping online and search high and low for the standout brands that are truly working towards making a difference.
In the ideal future, these brands will rise to the top and ones that do test on animals will start to suffer, causing the industry as a whole to learn that cruelty for skincare simply isn't something we will stand for.
Of course, researching which brands deserve your hard-earned money can take time, and as a result, we have put together this handy resource for you.
We will list some of the best cruelty-free skincare brands, as well as the ones you absolutely want to avoid, the difference between vegan and cruelty-free, and more.
Let's dive right in:
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes - 5 Easy Steps to Protect Your Skin
Here's a question you might not have been asked before - when was the last time you washed your makeup brushes?
If your answer is a confused look, it's probably about time your brushes had a good scrub.
After all, most of our skincare guides are built around keeping your skin and pores as clear and clean as possible, right?
Unwashed makeup brushes are breeding grounds for bacteria, and can often force old dried up makeup, skin cells or other contaminants and grime into your pores.
This is not only bad news for your skin in the short term due to causing things like pimples and imperfections, but it can have a serious long term effect too.
Dirty makeup brushes can even spread staph infections, E. coli, fungal infections and more.
Staph infections, in particular, can be life-threatening, so making the correct cleansing routine a matter of health, not just of good skincare!
With that in mind, let's take a look at what the experts are saying about how often you should be cleaning your brushes, and the best methods to do it:
Basic Skincare Routine for Men - Youthful Skin in Under 1 Minute Per Day!
Men's skincare is a strange beast.
Without trying to generalise, if you're a male and reading this, chances are you fall under one of two categories:
- You're a modern-day "metrosexual" with a detailed and thorough skincare regime and your own array of go-to skin products
- Skincare doesn't even register on your radar - you either think you're too busy, that it's more of a feminine issue, or just straight up don't care.
Here at Luminositie, we think that's a bit of a shame - especially since the vast majority of men are in the second category.
How to Prevent Oily Skin - A Definitive Guide to Remedies, Skincare & Diet
Figuring out how to stop oily skin is a tough one!
Most people fall somewhere on the scale between dry skin and oily skin.
Neither is ideal for your skin however, so most people try to strike a very fine balance.
Today's guide is aimed specifically at people who struggle with greasy skin and will collect together a variety of tips and tricks to reduce the oil content of your skin, which in turn helps prevent breakouts and shiny skin.
All of our tips are based on academic evidence and if you follow them, you will see results.
But first, let's start with the basics:
How to Detox Your Skin in Just 7 Days-Tips to Get Your Clearest Skin EVER
It seems like "detox" is one of the biggest buzzwords going around at the moment.
With so many detox guides, tips and products being marketed, it would be hard to blame you for thinking you should be detoxifying yourself in some way.
However, most of these detox tips are built around losing weight or general well-being.
What about detoxing your skin?
21 Easy to Use Tips & Tricks: How to Get Glowing, Radiant Skin Naturally
With viral products spreading like wildfire, the skincare industry is more popular and more crowded than ever.
How are you supposed to choose from thousands of different skincare products, all professing different benefits that sound too good to be true and different ingredients that sound more like something from nuclear research than a substance you'd willingly put on your face?
The answer is to go back to basics and let nature do the work, and if you think low price, natural ingredients will never be as effective as expensive designer serums, you couldn't be more wrong.
Getting perfect, glowing, radiant skin is not a matter of who spends the most on skincare products.
It's a matter of ingredients, routine and patience.
While it's true that money can allow somebody else to handle this for you, if you are using the right ingredients, have the discipline to stick to a routine that works, and the patience to allow this setup to work, you can't fail.
"Healthy skin is crucial for providing the right canvas for applying makeup, to enhance natural beauty and create natural healthy looking skin" - Caroline Frazer
Since the patience aspect is all on you, we are going to spend this article taking you through all of the best ingredients for a foolproof skincare routine that will leave you glowing all the time.
All you have to do is try each of these tips, cut out the ones that don't work for you personally, and assemble the rest into a routine, sticking to it religiously.
How to Get Rid of Acne Quickly & For Good: A Complete List of Tips & Hacks
Arch nemesis of skincare brands and teenagers all over the world, acne is without question the issue we get asked about most here at Luminositie.
With up to 85% of teens experiencing some form of acne, it’s probably no wonder we are so preoccupied with ways to prevent, remove and treat it.
But in the age of the internet, it feels like new remedies and treatments are being claimed virtually every week.
Keeping track of the latest acne treatments and miracle cures can sometimes make our heads spin.
As a result, we decided to make this definitive guide, listing all of the methods you can use to both get rid of your acne and prevent it coming back for good.
This is different from other guides in that we will explain exactly how each pimple remedy works and in what situation, meaning it should be easy to select the treatment that works for you.
Even more importantly, we want to keep this guide definitive, so will continue to update it as and when new effective treatments are discovered or studies are released.
Acne isn’t just a mild issue, it can affect people’s self-esteem, confidence, and even lead to anxiety, depression and permanent scarring.
By the time you read this entire guide, you’ll know exactly what causes acne, what makes it tick, and how to keep yourself pimple-free.
So without further ado, let’s jump right in:
Niacinamide: Benefits, Uses, and How a "Fad" Became a Skincare Must
If you follow the skincare industry closely, we're sure you're sick of hearing about the newest "revolutionary miracle products" by now.
It seems like the industry has cooked up a new one every single week, with the majority disappearing soon after, as soon as research comes out and proves that they're no better than the last one.
It also seems (conveniently) like this only ever happens immediately after you've just spent an exorbitant amount on trying it out for yourself!
Once in a blue moon, however, one such miracle product comes along and provides such benefits that nobody can argue with the results.
Instead of being forgotten, these genuine discoveries stay in the limelight and move from 'fad' territory to being accepted as must-haves.
You may remember some of these proven modern staples that it's already happened to in recent years:
Hell, it looks like it might even be happening to apple stem cell serums, but a little more research is still needed on that.
But what about niacinamide?
This ingredient has certainly earned its right to a place in bathroom cabinets and makeup counters all around the world, but what makes it tick, and what benefits does it hold for you?
Let's dive in:
Definitive Guide to Snail Secretion Filtrate: Benefits & Side Effects
Snail secretion filtrate has been the talk of the skincare industry for the past couple years.
But did you know it's actually been used as far back as Ancient Greece?
With so many miracle serums and "revolutionary" new ingredients on the market, it can feel like a full-time job just figuring out which ones really work.
Even if you know a particular ingredient has benefits, how do you know which products actually use enough of it to make a difference?
We've decided to go in-depth on the science of snail secretion filtrate (also known as snail oil, snail cream, snail mucin, snail extract, snail mucus, snail slime, and other equally attractive names!) to see what effects it actually has on the skin and which products make the best use of it.
Grab a hot drink and get comfortable, because by the end of this article you're going to be an expert on snail mucin products yourself!
Let's take a look:
Apple Stem Cell Face Serum Benefits, Uses & Side Effects - Is it Real?
Apple stem cell creams are all the rage right now and are popping up all over the place, often advertised as some sort of miracle cure that can achieve all of your goals.
But are they the real deal or another cosmetics industry hoax?
And if they do work, how, and how best can we make use of them?
Here we take a deep dive into stem cells, their applications for skincare and cosmetics and the results of real academic studies, so by the end of this article, you should be able to tell for yourself whether you can get real anti-wrinkle results for an apple stem cell serum.
There’s only one place to start:
Dragon's Blood: Simple Guide to it's Uses, Benefits & Side Effects
What is Dragon's Blood?
Dragon's blood is a natural plant resin that originates from the sap of a family of tropical trees known as 'Dragon Trees'. Its name stems from it's rich and dark red colour.
Dracaena draco, dracaena cinnabari and dracaena cochinchinensis are just a few of the "dragon trees" that can be sources of dragon's blood extract.
Outside of the Dracaena family, Deamonorops, Pterocarpus and Croton are also sources of dragon's blood resin.
Dragon's blood has been used for a variety of purposes for millennia.
Evidence of its use has been found in the Middle East, China, India, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, dating back for thousands of years.
It was thought by these different people's to have a range of medicinal effects, but the benefits of the plant are only really beginning to be understood on a scientific level in recent years.
Outside of health and skincare benefits, it has a variety of spiritual and 'magical' applications and can also be used as dye or colouring due to its strong crimson colour.
But what is dragon's blood most commonly used for today, and why is it all over the media recently?
Let's take a look and see whether it's truly the next step in skincare or if it's just another fad: