Monday, October 31, 2016

THE BENEFITS OF HAVING MELANIN IN YOUR SKIN


Melanin is a natural element that gives color or pigment to the skin, hair and iris of the eye. Cells called melanocytes, position right below the outer surface of the skin, produce melanin, which is in a greater concentration of people with darker skin. Melanin’s main function is to protect the skin from sun damage, but it also has additional benefits that are appreciated mostly by people with darker skin.

Younger-Looking Skin
 African-Americans along with other people of color typically look a lot younger than their lighter-skinned and White people because  they have more melanin in their skin. The increased amount of melanin protects those who have it from short-term damage from the sun, as well as the long-term signs of aging, such as age spots, wrinkles, and rough texture.

Protective Function
Being exposed to the sun can have the potential to cause aging of the skin, and some various skin cancers. They range in their mild form basal cell carcinoma to melanoma, a more destructive cancer that spreads faster than milder skin cancers. Your capability to endure the potentially harming effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation rest on the quantity of melanin in your skin, which is determined by the amounts of melanocytes that are working actively beneath the surface of your skin, even in light-skinned people, the melanocytes respond to the sun's UV exposure by producing more melanin.  However, there is a limit to how much protection that melanin will provide and it’s much higher in people with naturally darker skin. 

Targets Free Radicals
Free radicals have been known to cause damage to human cells, it affects the delicately designed lipids that hold moisture in the stratum corneum (this is the outermost layer of the epidermis, skin). If the skin loses its moisture, it becomes rigid and cracks; melanin’s part is to scavenge the free radicals, preventing the skin from any damage. Sometimes melanin can be a bit too protective of our skin especially when it comes to problems beneath our skin.

Acne and Dark Skin
Acne is an overproduction of oil in the skin, the oil mixes with bacteria in the pores of all skin types and it’s tied to hyperpigmentation.  Hyperpigmentation is one of the biggest concerns for people with dark skin and it blocks the pore's openings causing inflammation just under the skin, which results in  anything from small bumps to large cysts. When you use a handmade soap that has coconut oil in it, it will cleanse the pores because it is a natural antibacterial agent.

Eczema and Dark Skin
Eczema is also known as dermatitis this skin condition is categorized by an itchy, rash that comes on gradually and lasts a long time and it can be activated by stress, extreme changes in the temperature, dry skin, and allergies, or irritants caused by some skin care or cosmetic ingredients with synthetic components.
When eczema is inherited, it is known as atopic dermatitis,
it is believed to occur twice as frequently in children with dark skin than with children of lighter skin. Often times eczema is misdiagnosed due to the overproduction of melanin producing hyperpigmentation which masks eczema.  
To treat eczema, it consists of detecting and avoiding products that irritate the skin, the use of a handmade moisturizing cream can help because it has sweet almond oil in it which contains vitamin E that moisturizes the skin, along with avoiding irritants. If eczema continues to persist, seek medical attention.

Melanoma and Dark Skin
Even though, dark-skinned people have a natural guard against skin cancer that doesn't mean it won’t occur it has shown up where the skin is lightest, such as the palms, soles of the feet, and around the nail bed.  They need to apply a handmade lotion especially to the lighter skin areas on your feet and palms so you need a handmade lotion that has avocado oil which contains vitamin E and is an antioxidant it will help keep you free from damaging rays.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Should You Use a Handmade Natural Sugar Scrub on Your Skin, Yes!




   As we enter the cool fall months and the cold winter months you know that it is time to layer up our clothes to stay warm, but what about your skin, how do you protect it.  When it comes to your skin, it’s a different matter, you actually need to take off layers of your skin to protect it.  By taking off surface layers of your skin, you are removing layers of dead skin in order to reveal the healthy and younger skin underneath and a natural sugar exfoliation is the best way to remove that dead skin naturally without harming the skin.


   The thought of removing layers of your skin can sound like something that should be done inside of a plastic surgeons office, but the type of skin removal that we are talking about is very superficial exfoliation. The basic definition of exfoliation is to remove dead skin cells from the upper layer of skin to reveal the healthy skin underneath.  By exfoliating the skin, you help to make the topical treatments, which means that applying lotions, creams and body butters, to the skin effective because the dead skin doesn’t allow the lotions, creams and body butters to help to protect the skin during the winter months because the dead skin is a barrier to the healthy and young skin. Once the dead skin is removed the lotions, creams and body butters can penetrate deeper into your skin. And in the long-run, exfoliation helps to increase the amount of the collagen (collagen is a protein that is found in your muscles, bones and tendons, that helps to give your body strength and elasticity) in the skin.  Since, you don’t want to have to go into a sterile doctor’s office to get collagen “pumped” into your skin, why not try sugar.





   Sugar is the best natural exfoliant because of its natural features; one of which is that it is a humectant is a substance that draws moisture from the environment to help hydrate the skin and keep moisture locked in.  The other feature of sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that penetrates the skin and breaks down helps to encourage skin cell turnover to generate fresher and younger skin. Glycolic acid is used to treat skin that has been damaged by the sun and/or skin that is aging. The small granules in sugar more gentle than salt and can be used on the face and/or body; while salt granules are more coarse and should be used on the feet (the skin on your feet is tougher), if used on the face can cause microscopic tears in the skin.




At UNIQUIC, we only use sugar in our face and body scrubs to keep you skin looking young and soft, handmade in small batches because handmade is our thing.

Read how great sugar is for your lips to: click here
Watch a demo of our lip scrub: click here

For more information on exfoliation and the benefits of exfoliating: https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/evaluate-before-you-exfoliate


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How To Get Soft Kissable Lips Using Sugar: Yum!






  Handmade sugar lip scrubs are an exfoliating product designed to removing dead skin cells from the sensitive lip area. Even though there are lots of exfoliating creams on the market, they have a strong odor, undesirable taste, and contain ingredients that should not be used in close to the mouth. A handmade sugar scrubs for the lips offer the benefits (which is soft kissable lips) without the unpleasant attributes of other exfoliating creams give.

So, let's get into the nitty gritty of how a sugar lip scrub (click the link to try it out) works:

Dead Skin Removed
The main reason to use a handmade sugar scrub is to remove dead skin cells from the lip area that tend to dull and dry the natural glow of the lip. The skin on the lips gets excessively dry, the dead skin cells can begin to flake off, which produces peeling, cuts on lips (they can bleed) or chapped lips.  A scrub can be used by gently rubbing the lips with a toothbrush, washcloth or finger to bring about the same results. Some people think that lip balm alone with cure their dry lips, but unless the DEAD and DRY skin is removed you are just wasting product as the lip balm won't work on the healthy skin on your lips.








So, now that the lip scrub has removed dead skin, time for the balm!

Keep moisture in with balm, beeswax balm
Our handmade lip balm contains:
1. Beeswax
2. Olive Oil
3. Shea Butter
4. Mango Butter
5. Coco Butter

What do these ingredients do? Let me tell you... I will start with beeswax first, beeswax (click the link to try it out) locks in moisture and has long lasting protection. Beeswax is also anti-inflammatory to soothe the skin on your lips from any irritants and anti-bacterial, to keep germs and toxins out (like those that can be found in most lip sticks / lippies / lip stains). It also contains Vitamin A (Vitamin A: has a similar cellular structure to our skin that helps in reprogramming the damaged skin cells that dry / chapped / cut lips back to normal). Ok, so what about the rest of them right...read more of the other benefits and features of the other four ingredients in our blog post (click here)


Monday, June 27, 2016

Don't Leave Out without Our Handmade and Natural Leave-In Hair Conditioner

(watch the video to see our product demo on my hair)


When you take a shower or a bath you immediately put on lotion, well, leave-in conditioner is the lotion that put on your hair. If you are not putting a leave-in conditioner on your hair, your a leaving your hair and your scalp without any protection and moisture, just like if you took a shower or a bath and didn't put lotion on your skin wouldn't be protected and moisturized. Our handmade and natural hair conditioner (leave-in conditioner), contains JUST FOUR ingredients:


shea butter: it moisturizes the hair follicles and scalp with its fatty acids and Vitamin A (Vitamin A normalizes the scalps functions by correcting any damage to the scalp)




avocado oil: detangles your hair and contains a monosaturate which quickly penetrates the hair shaft




      sweet almond oil: strengthens the hair to make it thicker, fuller and it contains Vitamin E
          (Vitamin E helps to moisturize dry hair and promote hair growth)




flaxseed: promotes hair growth, it is anti-inflammatory to reduce damage to the scalp from   previous scalp irritants and it contains Omega 3 (Omega 3 provides hydration to lock in moisture)

So, don't leave home without our handmade and natural hair conditioner...just leave it in to protect and moisturize your hair.



Monday, June 20, 2016

If You Don't Have Anything Good To Say, Don't Say Anything At All: Tales of Natural Hair Sistahs



  I have been natural for about eleven years now, wow...I really had to think hard about it. I have heard people speak so negatively about my natural hair, even conspire to get me to get a relaxer. The conspiracy to get me to get a relaxer, came from my college roommate, she would make ignorant remarks about my hair to me, her friends and her family. So, when I decided to go visit her and her family during Spring Break, I found out that she and her sister had conspired to give me a relaxer. I told her that I didn't want a relaxer, but that I would get a texturizer (for those of  you who don't know, a texturizer is basically, I lightweight perm that loosens your curl pattern with the use of Lye, sodium hydroxide). The reason that I complied with her conspiracy was because her family was allowing me to stay with them during Spring Break (as I didn't have the money to go back home, some 500 miles away). To make a long story short, I got the texturizer and let it grow out because the texturizer is just a harmful to the hair and the scalp as a relaxer. What is ironic is that after she transferred to another college, I found out on Facebook that she had become natural. I should have told that if she didn't have anything good to say, then don't say anything at all, as clearly she was just jealous and couldn't stand to see me with beautiful full natural hair.

(my natural hair in bantu knots year 2012)


What is your natural hair tale? What hateful, annoying, racist and disrespectful things that people said about your hair?
Please leave your comments below.