Skin care

BRYT Skincare is a relatively new skin care range, providing skin care for youthful skin. The products are specifically targeted towards young adults between the ages of 13-25.  Here at House of Coco we have been so impressed with this range of products, we wanted to give it the praise it deserves and we're sure it wont be long before this line of products is common place in every salon/spa in the UK. It's what young skin has been waiting for and it's so refreshing to see a brand targeting skin prevention instead of anti-ageing when damage had already be caused. As the well know phase goes... prevention is always better than cure. 
BRYT skincare's philosophy is their belief that paying attention to your skin throughout your early life will ensure your skin is healthy, fresh and clear, with long-lasting benefits.
BRYT say that 'good healthy skin gives us all an air of confidence and well-being and is especially important when we perhaps feel a little vulnerable in other areas of our lives.'
We couldn't agree more!
As teenagers and young adults, our bodies are going through a time of transition and our skin is so often a reflection of that change. That's why BRYT Skincare has created this collection of products to help re-establish and maintain the skin’s natural equilibrium, especially as we grow into young adults.
Not only this but BRYT's skincare range protects the skin from free radicals, pollution, sun, wind, rain, heat and cold and dietary toxins (collectively called free radicals), as these hazardous elements on young skin can have hugely detrimental effects on skin as we mature.
From my own personal trail on the products, using the four step system of makeup remover, cleanser, moisturizer and calming serum. I have had great results with my skin. But before getting into the benefits. I was really impressed with how the products arrived to me, nicely wrapped and packaged in tissue paper it was like opening a present! The information booklet that comes with the products is also very helpful. Its full of information and actually gives you the step by step instructions on the best way to optimize the use of your BRYT products. Not only this but it goes into the the pacific reasons why they use what they use in there products. Which for a avid beauty blogger like myself this is fantastic. Theirs information  id never heard before.. which is great! 
As for the skin analysis my skin is oily combination skin and there are different products for different skin types so it is good to know your skin before purchasing. All the products worked really well doing exactly what they state. I was particularly impressed with the calm serum, which balanced out my skin not only did it really work for me, but the products themselves smell amazing. (That spa like smell). 
All and all my trail of the products over the month have been very positive iv noticed a diffrence within a month and i have no doubt i would see more over time. These are products that you feel good using you know they are genrally doing you good as there natural based and havent got any chemicals you really dont need in  you skin 

Under eye circles, curing and covering !

Yes they are annoying ! Yes they are stubborn ! Yes they remind us we need our beauty sleep ! Dark circles and under eye bags ! I don't know about you girls but the only type of bags i want to be in possession of is a beautiful handbag, or bags filled with shopping (aka a new dress and heels.) Yes under eye bag and circles are defiantly not nice to have, but you will be please to learn there are ways of helping prevent, cure and cover these nasty baggies.

Simple tips to help cure and prevent !

There a few simple tricks we can try when it comes to the under eye bags. Cucumber being a great example. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. Some of these vitamins are good to be applied to the under eye skin and just the skin in general. That is why many faical products contain cucumber in the the ingredients. Also they are chilled the only vegtable/fruit (the debate goes on) that is actually colder on the inside than the out. Cold compressing can help with under eye bags.

Green tea bags-Loaded with anitoidants, green tea bag diped in to water and chilled can shrink under eye swelling reduceing the fluid around the area. Green tea is also fabulous to drink as it can give us more energy and is packed with goodness. It can actually suppress appetite too meaning it can keep us fuller for longer which is a added bonus. 

Tea spoons- Yes the tea spoon method is a quick fix for swollen eyes. The cold surface of the spoon takes down the swelling and just makes tiered eyes feel much better.

Sleep/showers- The obvious one for helping with dark circles is getting enough rest you need to be having a minium of 8 hours a night, to ensure your preventing getting those nasty bags. A few late nights wont hurt, but if you suffer with sleeping problems and restlessness it could be somthing to prehaphs seek some medical advice on. Everyone should more or less be able to sleep for 8 hours with out a problem anything under 5 or 6 hours a night i would seek advice. Cold showers espeical at this time of year can be great for your under eye bags and skin in general getting the blood flowing making us feel more awake.

Covering !

When it comes to covering dark circles you need a full coverage concealer. You need something not to thick to prevent it wrinkling under the eyes. But also not to thin, so you have the coverage required. Buying a shade lighter than your natural skin tone is also a tip not just for bags but to highlight that under eye area in general. Here are three top concealers i would highly recommend you trying !

Bobbi Brown - Tinted Eye Brightener
This brightening lightweight concealer now in new shades it is fantastic at its job its not to thick and it really does brighten up the under eyes. Its doe-foot applicator makes for more precise application and controlled delivery under the eye. Instantly brightens shadows so you look refreshed and revived-perfect for touch-ups too. Retailing at £20.00

Maybelline- Super stay better skin

The newest thing from Maybelline taking over from there normal range of super stay concealer is super stay better skin. This concealer is lightweight breathable the formula is a non-comedogenic and is formulated without perfume. Its good for sensitive skin and really does last all day with its super stay power ! Retailing at £4.99 its a bargain ! 

Mac - select cover-up
Select cover up from mac is a licquid concealer texture free and virtually invisible. It's lightweight and long lasting. Retailing at £15.00.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Beating those beastly blackheads !

Black heads formally know as comedomes are a problem for 9 in 10 of us. Yes it's fair to say the black head is a very prevalent skin concern for most people. There are various different treatments for banishing the bothersome blackheads, but today I'm going to share with you some extremely effective less known methods of defeating the blackheads once and for all. So what exactly are black heads? Well your about to find out! 

Blackheads, or open comedomes are larger pores in the skin taking the form of a circle, with generally a blacked mass on the skin debris covering the opening. Despite their name, some blackheads can be a pale colour. These nasties are caused by a small blockage in the opening of a pore (follicle)Sebum is designed to lubricate the hair and skin and usually drains out of the pores, but sometimes the sebum becomes blocked and bacteria begins to accumulate. Blackheads are generally caused by this overproduction of such sebums, bacteria and oils, which tends to occur when you reach puberty.

Foods, stress, hormones and family history have no effect with this skin condition as it would do with spots or acne. No, this condition is solely linked with oil production and products blocking our skins pores. The most common areas for this tends to be the nose, cheeks close to the nose, chin and occasionally the fore head. Click here for blackhead images.

So what can be done about these pore blocking blackheads? Well there are a few different methods that have been tried and tested and are very effective. However there are a few methods that stand out as being quick, easy and simply work very well. Yet these methods aren't as well known as many other so with out any furthered ado lets get into it.

Salicylic acid 
Salicylic acid is a deep pore exfoliant, which encourages pores to soften and pushes the gunk out to the surface. It helps to break down the top layer of skin removing bacteria and dirt trapped deep in the pores. You can buy it on it's own or you can look for products which contain salicylic acid in them such as facial washes and scrubs. Clean and clear blackhead scrub has salicylic acid in and is relatively effective. However diluting with water and applying with a cotton pad is generally the best way to use the pure product. Allow it to settle in over night and gently exfoliate off in the morning. This should be done twice weekly results can be seen from the first time of use. Dont be tempted to over use this product as it can dry out the skin causing dry patches.
Quinaderm has two active ingredients, 
benzoyl peroxide and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate. Benzoyl peroxide is a type of medicine known as a keratolytic. This means that it works by breaking down keratin, a protein which makes up the cells of the skin.When you apply benzoyl peroxide to the skin it causes the top layers of skin to shed. This helps break down deep dirt in comedones (blackheads)and those pesky spots.This used with salicylic acid makes for the best combination for spots and black heads. This should be applied 2-3 times a week. For more information on Quinaderm click here.

 Traditions pore strips and tea tree.
Traditional methods like pore strips are very commonly used and do work well. Any pore strips that use tea tree are ofern most effective as the tea tree acts as a anti bacterial. This kills all the nasty bacteria and dirt trapped in the pores. These strips can sometimes be. Little rough on the skin so once a week is plenty.

Using all these methods you will quickly be on the road to recovery from blackheads. Beating the blackheads is a ongoing battle. Once you've got rid of them you have to keep up treatment. This will need to be done less frequently, but ensures those beastly blackheads are gone for good ! With methods that work quickly and effectively there's no need to try different lotions and potions. In my experience stick to what works simply and effectively and enjoy your clear skin! 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Quinoderm the amazing spot treatment you must try !

Acne and spots is a condition that can leave the person suffering feeling very self consouious. It can be confidence shattering. I myself no this from my own outbreaks I use to suffer with at age 15. Although it wasn't acne the break outs would always leave me feeling less confident and self concousious. But that was all at a end when I found this product !
Quinoderm is not a very well known treatment for spots or acne. The reason for this could possibly lie in it's availability . Quinoderm isn't openly sold on the shelves, it's stocked as a over the counter treatment you can find at your local chemists no prescription needed. However doctors regularly will advise to use this for cases of spots and acne. For me it's my go to product when ever I have a niggaly spot or break out.


Quinoderm cream is a amazing product, the benefits are endless, but how does it work?  The product contains two active ingredients, benzoyl peroxide and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate. Benzoyl peroxide is a type of medicine known as a keratolytic. This means that it works by breaking down keratin, a protein which makes up the cells of the skin.When you apply benzoyl peroxide to the skin it causes the top layers of skin to shed. This helps break down deep dirt in comedones (blackheads)and those pesky spots. Not only this and unblocks the sebaceous glands to prevent the formation of new comedones.
Benzoyl peroxide also has an antibacterial action and directly kills the bacteria associated with acne, Propionebacterium acnes. This is a common type of bacteria that feeds on sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It produces waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, making them inflamed and causing spots. By reducing bacterial numbers, benzoyl peroxide helps bring the inflammation of the sebaceous glands under control.

Quinaderm comes in diffrent strengths 5% and 10%  the first time you use the product it may be wise to try the 5 as it can be extremely drying on the skin. Then from there work up to the 10 in time. It also comes in a form of a wash which you can use on it's on or as a double impacted part of your cleansing routien. 

My personal experience

My experience with quinaderm has been positive. I first decided to use the product when I was 15 at that time in my life I had a few hormonal spots just on my jaw line. A typical break out for me would make me feel anxious and less confident even if it didn't appear so. So this product for me was a utter god send. It drys out the skin and prevents break outs and removes bacteria on the skin to eliminate spots and acne already formed. 

How to use:

  • Quinoderm cream should be applied thinly and massaged all over the affected areas of skin two to three times a day.
  • Wash your hands after applying the cream.
  • If you experience excessive redness or peeling of your skin after using this cream, decrease the amount of cream you use and use it less frequently (or stop temporarily). If any soreness persists consult your doctor.
  • Do not use this product excessively - this won't make it any more effective but will increase the chance of it irritating your skin.


  • This cream is for external use on the skin only and must not be taken by mouth.
  • Avoid getting the cream in contact with the eyes, mouth, angles of the nose and mucous membranes such as the lining of the nose. Rinse the cream off with warm water if you accidentally get it on these areas.
  • Avoid applying the cream to broken or damaged skin.
  • Avoid exposing the treated areas to excessive sunlight, sunbeds or sunlamps.
  • This product may bleach hair and coloured fabrics including clothing, towels and bed linen. Be careful to avoid getting the cream on these materials

The amazing benefits of frankincense oil !

Where do I even begin with this fantastic miracle oil? Frankincense out of all the therapeutic oils is considered the most holy in Middle Eastern society. We know it was given to Christ at the time of his birth and the use of the oil has even been recorded as far back as ancient Egyptian times. Frankincense oil is extracted from the resin of the Frankincense or Olibanum trees, scientifically called Boswellia Carti. Not only used for its healing, calming and beauty qualities the oil has been used to awaken our spiritual consciousness passed down over 5000 years.
Scientists from the University of Nevada treated cervical cancer with frankincense, in which “there was 72% inhibition and growth of non-cancerous cells.” Not only this but several studies have shown the resin of the Olibanum tree helps rejuvenate healthy cells and can even repair broken dna. Leading scientist to believe it could help with the prevention of cancer. What cant this product do? Fundamentally it promotes calmness, serenity and relaxation in whichever way this product is used.

Skin care (external)
The main factor for me and so many others using this product is the oils natural healing and regenerative properties. It promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues in good condition. It has anit-aging qualities and can eliminate sunspots, help decrease the look of small lines and wrinkles and generally tones and tighten the skin. It has fantastic healing properties which can help with many different skin conditions such as (acne, boils, scars and wounds)

Stress and anxiety (internal uses)
Frankincense oil is a very effective sedative, because it induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation and wellbeing. A few drops added to a bath is a great way of helping relieve the stresses of the day. Frankincense also promotes deep breathing opening the breathing passages like a vapour rub which in turn will reduce blood pressure, moving your mental state back to utter calmness.

General health uses
·         Relieves pain associated with arthritis, rheumatism and soothes inflammation.
·         Improves digestion, alleviates gas and indigestion
·         Helps to regulate the estrogen production and delayed menstruation.
·         Help PMS symptoms and pain.
·         Relieves coughs, bronchitis and congestion.
·          Look for any natural oral care products that included frankincense as it has strong antiseptic properties which eliminate the bad breath bacteria.
How to use
There are several ways of using frankincense. It can be applied undiluted directly on to the face and skin with a cotton pad. This works well for stubborn pimples or dry red skin. It leaves the skin glowing and feels incredibly soft the next morning. When using its important to remember to patch test first before using any new essential oils in case of an adverse reactions.

Adding drops to a bath. This is a wonderful way to use the oil for relaxation, stress and mediation. The aroma of the oil will open the breathing airways and allow for a relaxing soak. This can also be used by applying to a tissues and inhaling a few deep breaths to restore calmness and eliminate stress.

Steaming apply a few drops of frankincense oil to a bowl of hot to boiling water. Using a towel over your head and bowl proceed to allow the steam to open the pores of your skin . This in turn allows the frankincense to penetrate into the skin.

Diluting the oil with water apply a generous amount to the area of your aches and pains. This will greatly reduce the discomfort for me personally I apply it to my lower abdomen for menstruation pains the results have been very helpful to me as it not only gives you a feeling of relation which itself helps with pains but soothes them as well.
So there we go another beauty secret shared! With so many health and beauty benefits you can truly see why frankincense is a must have. So what are you waiting for? You can find 100% frankincense oil form various retailers. Holland&barrets, boots and sally’s hair and beauty store. Happy using!


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