Category Archives: Body Care

Gadget of the Week – Skin Analyzer!

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Skin Analyzer

Hey Loves, same like how people can’t survive without water our skin also needs enough moisture to maintain its normal function. And most importantly you need to understand your skin to be able to maintain it and protect it. So while again doing some online shopping  I came across this small and handy Skin Analyzer and had to order it. I was quite excited as you can hardly find these gadgets in Dubai and with the level of humidity/heat as well as winter around its difficult to understand what your skin really needs as treatments and cream.   🙂

 

Skin Analyzer

 

The Skin Analyzer can be used everyday and it does a pretty good job by making you understand your skin needs! So this gadget uses the latest Bioelectric Impedence Analysis technology to immediately and automatically detect the factors affecting the skin conditions such as moisture, oil, softness and displays the result on the LCD screen with convenient graphical illustration for the user to understand.

 

Skin Analyzer

 

I love this Skin Analyzer as it is easy and comfortable to use and it really does what it’s supposed to do. I have combination skin with an oily T Zone but when winter comes my skin just change drastically so this little gadget definitely helps to figure out which cream/serum should be applied where and when. I definitely recommend this and the price for this little gadget is awesome! I am also trying to get you a Beauty Gadget review at least once every week/month so make sure you guys subscribe through mail, Like me on Facebook and Follow me on Instagram so that you don’t miss it (see details in contact)!

Hope this post was helpful! 😉

Can be bought online for 10USD

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Japanese Konjac Sponge a MUST HAVE!

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Konjac Sponge

 

Hey everyone, I had to share my thoughts and review on the Japanese Konjac Sponge.

 

Let me give you guys an introduction first.

 

The Japanese Konjac Sponge is a 100% natural facial and body cleansing sponge made from vegetable fibers of Konjac (Konnyaku). The Konjac Sponge has been used in Japan first as a bath sponge for newborn babies for more than 100 years because of its soft texture. It eventually is used as a favorite bath sponge for adults in Japan. Recently, the Konjac Sponge is sold as an cleansing item intended for luxury Japanese cosmetic and the Konjac Sponge’s popularity has been on the rise as facial cleansing and bath sponge in China, South East Asia and Europe.

 

Konjac Sponge

 

This 100% natural sponge has a soft texture making it gentle, safe and will not scratch skin while washing away dirt and oil from skin. Our Konjac Sponge is made from plant fiber of Konjac grown in Japan. It contains various positive minerals and antioxidant ingredients. Konjac is rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, & E), proteins, lipids, fatty acids and natural minerals such as copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. These ingredients help nourish and smooth skin naturally. It contains no harmful chemical, so irritation is very rare even for those with sensitive and dry skin.

 

Benefits of the Japanese Konjac Sponge:


Thoroughly cleanses skin pores 

Removes dead skin cells, blackheads, dirt & oil 
Hydrates skin & balances pH
Eliminates excess sebum
Gently exfoliates skin
100% natural, sustainable & bio-degradable
No toxic & harmful chemicals 
Animal & cruelty free
GMO Free
Excellent for all skin types including sensitive skin
Suitable for everyone from babies, women and men

 

How does Konjac Sponge work?

Konjac Sponge has a unique propriety layer that can hold water very well. When the sponge is saturated with water, its surface is covered by a water layer. This water layer on the sponge’s surface constantly acts as a buffer to the skin and the layer forms a barrier between the sponge and the skin. As a result, the skin is never in direct contact with the fiber and it will not scratch and damage the skin even with hard scrubbing.

The wet Konjac layer is also slightly alkaline, so it works well to neutralize slightly acidic grime. This layer helps to break down blackheads, dirt, oil and downy hair and rinses them away, leaving your skin fresh and clean, even without the use of soap.

 

Konjac Sponges are available for different skin types with different necessities. 


Pure White Konjac: 100% Sponge


Cherry Blossom: 100% Konjac Sponge with Cherry Extract Powder & Pink Clay                              


Bamboo Charcoal: 100% Konjac Sponge & Bamboo Charcoal Extract Powder


Green Tea: 100% Konjac Sponge with Green Tea Extract Powder & Green Clay


Wild Mint: 100% Konjac Sponge with Japanese Peppermint Extract Powder, Blue Clay & Blue Mica


Citrus Fruit: 100% Konjac Sponge with Citrus Extract Powder & Yellow Clay

How to use & clean your Konjac Sponge?

Rinse and soak the dry Konjac Sponge with warm water until fully softened and expanded. A wet sponge expands approximately one and half size compared to the dry one. For first time use, the sponge might take up to 15 minutes of soaking until it becomes soft.

 

Soaking it with hot or warm water rather than cold water will help making the texture of the sponge softer. Cleanse your face with water-soaked sponge daily or every other day. Alternatively, combine it with your favorite cleanser to make the sponge even softer and to create a rich lather for an incredibly therapeutic experience.

 

Gently massage your face with the sponge starting from center of face and extend outwards in an upward direction. This produces a lifting effect to shape face for a slimmer silhouette and avoid sagging skin. Alternatively, gently massage the face with the sponge in circular motion. Please avoid harsh rubbing on acne area and around eye area.

 

After use rinse the sponge with clean water. Using clean hands, press the sponge gently in between palms to drain water out. DO NOT twist, stretch or press the sponge too hard as it may damage the sponge. If you have long nails, please do not squeeze/poke the sponge too hard as it may tear the sponge and cause it to fall apart.

Hang the sponge in a well-ventilated area to dry it. Do not expose the sponge to direct sunlight and do not leave the sponge in humid place i.e. poorly ventilated bathroom or faucet area. Alternatively, keep the sponge in a container and store it in a refrigerator.

Replace sponge every 2-3 months for the best cleansing experience.

You can keep it inside your refrigerator if you do not have a dry place to hang the sponge after use or humid free environment, this is a recommended method to store your sponge. After use, rinse the sponge as mentioned on the standard care above. Then, store the sponge inside a refrigerator in a sealed container or ziplock bag.

 

To disinfect the sponge, soak the sponge in a hot (not boiling) water for about three to five minutes. Do not use boiling water as it may deform the sponge due to its natural vegetable fiber characteristic. Carefully drain the water and let it cools off before handling or removing the excess water, then hang it to dry. This method can be done once in a while as needed.

 

This Konjac Sponge does and deliver what it says! No matter what type of skin you have this Sponge is a MUST HAVE!!! Right now my skin is a bit sensitive and it doesn’t hurt at all while scrubbing with it no matter how much force I have put. It does leave skin soft and smooth. For those who have hypersensitive skin and are scared to scrub this sponge is definitely for you!!! 🙂

 

Hope this post was helpful ladies! 😉

 

Can be bought online for USD10

Coconut Water For Healthy & Beautiful YOU!

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Fresh coconut with straw.

Photo Credit: Alamy

Hey ladies… am so happy that the heat is reducing in UAE. It is quite unbearable for me to take the heat despite me coming from a tropical country – Mauritius. There the highest temperature I’ve ever dealt with is not more than 34°C. So you can imagine how hard it is for me to survive here.  😦

 

So from childhood I have been taught to drink coconut water as it cools down the system and helps to fight back the heat. Beside that Coconut water has lots of benefits which I wanted to share with you guys. Am sure some of you will definitely give it a go after you read this. 🙂

 

Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink where the electrolyte levels are similar to those found in the human body. It is very refreshing and rich in sugar, electrolytes and minerals – available in the natural form in most sterile conditions. Some research has shown coconuts to have cytokinins which have significant anti aging, anti carcinogenic and anti thrombotic effects.

 

The water of fresh green coconuts is actually fat free and has zero cholesterol – some studies even go as far as to say that it increases the HDL levels in the body. Once a coconut is cut open, the water should be consumed as exposure to air can result in loss of nutrients. It is low in fat though rich in vitamins and the potassium level is twice the amount found in bananas. So interesting huh?! Specially those who hate to eat bananas like me!

 

 

 Here are some of the benefits of Coconut Water:

 

1. Anti-Ageing – Coconut water contains cytokines and lauric acid, the two important elements which are used in the process of cell growth and their regulation. It has significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic properties which helps to minimize skin aging, balances PH levels and keeps the connective tissue hydrated and strong.

 

2. Antioxidants – Emotional stress reduces the flow of blood to our skin and contributes to the ageing process. Consuming coconut water in high quantities improves the skin health and vitality, and removes damaging free radicals from the body. Antioxidants in coconut water help in fighting free radicals; it also helps to reduce the swelling in hands and legs. It helps to overcome the toxic effect of antibiotics and sulpha drugs. Thus it is very useful for patients as it helps to absorb drugs easily. It also help to remove free radicals that damage the skin.

 

3. Oxygen Circulation – Poor oxygen circulation results in impurities getting deposited on the skin. Each and every cell in the body needs an adequate amount of oxygen which is possible only through proper blood circulation in the body that carries oxygen throughout the body. Coconut water is very effective in boosting proper circulation in the body, thereby allowing the skin to breathe a lot of healthy oxygen which in turn promotes a healthy and flawless complexion.

 

4. Increases Immunity – Coconut water is rich in Vitamin C which increases immune system functions which provides immunity towards common disease cold, flu and infections.

 

5. Bone and Teeth Health – Coconut water provides a high amount of calcium which strengthens bone and teeth. It is effective to prevent osteoporosis. It also improves oral health and prevents tooth decay.

 

6. Oily Skin – Coconut water helps to wash off excess oil from the skin, cleanses the oil and makes skin tone more even. People with Oily skin tend to have a shiny face. Coconut water helps to control shine and provides a natural glow to the face. So it is definitely a blessing for Oily skinned people. Yayyy… 🙂

 

7. Acne and Blemishes – Washing face with coconut water regularly can also eliminate acne, black spots, wrinkles and blemishes on the skin.

 

8. As Moisturizer – Dehydration can sap all the charm and leaves the skin lifeless. Coconut water treats dull and dry skin and imparts a glow to the face. It has natural properties which hydrates the skin giving a glow and smoothness to the face that you have always wished for. Coconut water can be used as a moisturizer during both summers and winters. It has a light consistency and can be an excellent moisturizer that can be applied all over the body. It is an ideal moisturizer for people with oily skin as it helps to reduce the oiliness of the skin. For more results consume Coconut water to enhance the skin from within.

 

 

9. Skin Infection – Coconut water has many healing, anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties which keep skin safe from infections. You can apply it directly on the skin or can even mix it in your bath. Both ways you can treat the infection to a great extent.

 

10. Reduce Inflammation – Due to the anti-inflammatory property coconut is beneficial to prevent inflammation.

 

11. Hair Care – Coconut Water Fights Hair Loss by addressing issues by improving blood circulation in the scalp, strengthening the hair follicles and increasing the density of the hair. It also Fights Dryness, Dull, dry and frizzy hair is hard to manage and looks unsightly too. Massaging your hair with coconut water prior to bathing will help you to get rid of rough and unruly hair and will make your hair soft, smooth and manageable. Lauric acid, present in coconut water gives water conditioning abilities. Lauric acid shields the hair proteins and protects the root of the hair strands preventing hair breakage. Coconut water also moisturizes the hair and possesses the ability of penetrating into the hair shaft by conditioning the hair from within. The water can be consumed and can also be used to wash hair. Coconut water’s antibacterial, anti-fungal properties may help hair growth and also protects the scalp against dandruff, lice and itchy scalp, all of which can hinder hair growth. Coconuts are a rich source of hair loving nutrients like Vitamin, Vitamin K and iron. These nutrients are essential for maintaining your hair’s shine and softness. So if you are in the conquest for beautiful hair then you should definitely give it a go! 😉

 

 

12. Weight Loss – Coconut water has time and again proven to be very effective for losing weight. This drink has been viewed as one of the healthiest ways to lose weight as it is a natural drink and contains no chemicals whatsoever. You can relish the goodness of coconut water as an early morning juice.

 

 

13. Post Work Out Drink – Coconut water is widely known to replace the minerals and fluids that we lose during physical activities. People who work out on a regular basis should drink a lot of coconut water specially if you sweat a lot as you can dehydrate. Coconut water has been used to treat dehydration caused by dysentery, cholera, diarrhoea and stomach flu. The electrolyte balance and plasma content in coconut water has been found to be similar to human blood.

 

 

14. Increases Metabolic Rate – Regular consumption of coconut water increases the metabolism rate which helps to burn sugar a lot faster. As a result, the level of insulin in a person’s body burns faster. Thus a person has more energy and loses fat faster.

 

 

15. Bloating – Bloating treatment and prevention is one of the top health benefits of coconut water. It often minimizes the accumulation of gas and makes one feel more comfortable.

 

 

16. Digestion – Coconut water is composed of bioactive enzymes such as folic acid, phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA polymerases and so on. These enzymes help in easy digestion and metabolism. The water also has more minerals like calcium, manganese and zinc than some fruits like oranges. It is also a good source of Vitamin B such as riboflavin, thiamine, pyridoxine, and folates. Human body requires them from external sources to replenish and hence It becomes very essential to the human body.

 

 

17. Cardiovascular Health – Coconut water is rich in magnesium and potassium and is helpful for people who suffer from low blood pressure. It also reduces the risk of heart attacks. Coconut water regulates the blood circulation and prevents the formation of plaque. Drinking coconut water regularly contributes to health and prevents heart strokes. Coconut water also helps to increase good cholesterol which makes it a wonderful treatment for maintaining good cardiovascular health.

 

 

18. Manages Stress & Boosts Energy – Coconut oil consists of Vitamin B derivatives like riboflavin, thiamine and pantothenic acid which help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Abundant in essential nutrients, coconut water makes a wonderful energy drink. Coconut water has less sugar and sodium content and has high content of potassium, calcium and chloride which helps to hydrate, replenish and rejuvenate the body.

 

19. Cancer Prevention – Coconut is also effective to prevent colon and breast cancer.

 

 

20. Pregnant women SAVIOUR! – Coconut water is one of the best sources for preventing health issues in pregnant women because it refreshes the body with vitamins and fibers. It also helps in boosting the immune system which is essential for both, mother and the baby. Having a glass of coconut water on daily basis will be beneficial for healthy living. It is naturally sterile and is especially good for pregnant women as it helps to improve the immunity and the health of both mother and the baby. The anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties prevent infection and illness during pregnancy. It also helps in fighting acidity as pregnant women mostly suffer from acidity problems. Since drugs and medicines should are mostly recommended to be avoided at this stage, coconut water is the best natural remedy for acidity and heart burns. Its natural diuretic properties treat urinary tract infection in pregnant women. Drinking coconut water increases the flow of urine and gets rid of this infection naturally. Coconut water boosts the levels of amniotic fluid and improves the overall health of the fetus. Fetal development receives a unique boost from an array of vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants present in fresh coconut water. 

 

 

So enjoy Ladies!!! 🙂

 

Chocolate for Beautiful Skin!

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What chocolate for beautiful skin???!!! I know ladies sounds crazy for we’ve always been told its bad for the skin and gives pimples if you eat a lot of it but nooo… it has also got lots of benefits if you apply it on your skin. Chocolate is mainly made of Cocoa and it is very high in powerful antioxidants called flavonols which protect your skin from skin damaging free radicals. Cocoa has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in minerals magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, potassium, and manganese. Sulphur helps promote healthy and beautiful skin. Calcium is good for skin growth & regeneration, Cancer Prevention and retains moisture.

Here are a few tips how to nourish your skin and make some homemade Chocolate Masks. Please note you have to use chocolate with 70-90 % content of cocoa to see results. You may also use these masks on some other parts of your body if you wish so. Hope you all will love it 🙂

 

1) Chocolate Regenerating Face Mask

Mix 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate with 1 teaspoon of almond oil and 1 teaspoon of rose hip oil. Make sure that your mask is lukewarm and comfortable to touch. Add 1 drop of essential oil of the rose, mix all the ingredients very well and apply the mask on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. The oils will help to regenerate your skin cells and chocolate will help tone and hydrate the skin.

2) Toning Chocolate Face Mask

This mask can tone your skin very well, hydrate it and even improve it’s elasticity. To prepare it you need to warm up 50 grams of “good” chocolate on the water bath. To prepare other ingredients you will need to blend them. Mix apple, banana, strawberries and water melon in your blender and put 2-3 tablespoons of this mix into the bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of your melted chocolate. If a big part of your tasty smoothy stayed in your blender – you can happily drink it, knowing that you care for your skin both from inside and out! Now, apply the mask on your face and neck and wait for about 20 minutes before rinsing the mask with lukewarm water.

3) Hydrating Chocolate Face Mask

To prepare this “wonder mask” take 50 grams of chocolate warm it up on the water bath till it becomes liquid. Then mix 1 tablespoon of this liquid chocolate with 1 tablespoon of olive oil (you can use sweet almond oil, linen oil or grape seed oil instead) and 1 egg’s yolk (you can skip egg’s yolk if you don’t like the smell of it. Chocolate with oil will also have wonderful effect.) Mix it all up very well and spread the mask all over your face and neck. Make sure that the temperature of your chocolate mask is comfortable to apply it on your face. Keep it on for about 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

4) Rejuvenating, hydrating and soothing Chocolate Mask

Mix 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate with 1 tablespoon of thick add-ons free cream and add 1 tablespoon of liquid honey. Apply this mask on your face and neck for about 15 minutes and then, rinse it with lukewarm water. If you still have some “stickiness” on your face, wipe your skin with your favorite toner

Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask Review

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Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask

 

 

OMG!!! I wish I had got my hand on this mask long before. If you have oily skin, want to even your skin tone, banish black and white heads then you should definitely include this in your skin care arsenal!

 

This mask contain Glycolic Acid which is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid. The effects of this AHA on skin can be remarkable and if used smartly it can be a miracle worker. It also have Pink Rose Clay to help to deep cleanse and decongest the skin. Glycolic Acid is extremely effective at balancing out uneven skin tone. There is Pomegranate extract in it as well which is an incredible antioxidant and has got anti-aging properties to encourage radiant skin.

I use it 2-3 times per week.

 

AED 40 at Boots

Secret to Flawless Skin!

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I have done a ton of research on anti-aging products and what I’ve found is that dermatologists agree on one thing: The only anti-ager on the market that has proven again and again to reduce fine lines and wrinkles is tretinoin, a derivative of Vitamin A which is commonly known as Retin-A.

Retin-A is a derivative used for anti-aging. While Retin-A remains a medication to treat acne, lots of new products were created specifically to fight wrinkles. The change in the pH level of the skin caused by just a few uses of a Vitamin A product such as Retin-A can help generate collagen. Collagen is the key to healthy skin that tends to age well. For those having acne and want to try it do not panic during the first few weeks of using tretinoin, your acne might appear worse because the medication is working on pimples forming inside the skin. It may take up to 8-12 weeks to notice results from this medication. So just be patient! 🙂

Vitamin A really cuts down on the wrinkles, perhaps better than any other type of skin product. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t expose skin to the sun when using Retin-A. You should avoid tretinoin products if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant because it could cause birth defects. Also, start slowly with this product, which initially can cause redness, peeling and flaking. Too many women give up after just a couple weeks because they are alarmed by the initial effects of tretinoin. Start by using it twice a week, then slowly move to every other day until your skin adjusts.

Skin can become irritated while on Retin-A, if you find your skin has become dry and reddened, stop your skincare regimen and slather on extra virgin olive oil at night before you go to bed. This medication is available in different strengths and forms (e.g., gel, cream, solution). The best type of medication for you to use will depend on the condition of your skin. If you have any doubt talk to your dermatologist. And most importantly use a sunscreen daily, and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Wait until your skin has completely recovered from a sunburn before using tretinoin.

Hope this post helps ladies! 🙂

Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Foam Wash Review

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Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Foam Wash

I am using this product since past few months and am loving it! 😀

This is definitely one of the most affordable Cleansing Foam Wash with Salicylic Acid I have come across in UAE. I use this everyday along with my Olay Professional Cleansing System Brush (click here to know more) and this makes your skin really smooth and feel clean without over drying. It is gentle and removes all my makeup very well. It also improves the texture of skin. All skin types can use this daily, even if you have sensitive skin. I use it in shower at times (instead of shower gel) after soaping and it leaves the skin nice and fresh. Also I have been using it to remove my eye make up specially liners, mascara and kohl liners which are tough to remove at times and it does a very good job though it burns a little bit! Just be careful if doing this! 🙂 Girls out there with oily skin will definitely love this! For the price its really really worth it… I seriously think its value for money.

Available across UAE for AED 30

Fem Fresh Intimate Wash Review

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Fem Fresh Intimate Wash

Okay Ladies… am going to talk about something which is a bit kind of a taboo if I may say. We all talking about skin care, oral care and so on but we hardly talk about how to clean our hmm…hmm… intimate skin if I may say. Well ladies one year back I came across Fem Fresh Intimate Wash and since then I’ve been using it everyday.

This gentle daily wash has been specially formulated to cleanse intimate skin whilst helping maintain a healthy pH-balance. The low pH protects the intimate area against irritation which can be upset by ordinary washes and shower gels. It has a pleasant fragrance and the soothing extracts of aloe vera, provides long lasting freshness throughout the day.

Femfresh daily intimate wash has been dermatologically and gynaecologically tested and is suitable for everyday use.

Available across most Supermarkets & Hypermarkets in UAE for less than AED 20

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – Acne Remedy

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Tea Tree Oil

 

I have been struggling with acne for years and years and no need to mention the amount of products I have tried…. pfffff!!! And one of the best product I have tried for my Acne has been the Tea Tree Oil. My sister recommended me to try it.

This oil is available at The Body Shop has a very strong smell and I like it. Does burn your face a little, especially where you may have acne, so if you have very sensitive and easily irritable skin, you may mix it in your moisturizer and apply. Further more, the product is actually quite drying to the skin which is a plus for me since I have super oily skin. My skin felt smoother and softer. In the past I have been using Benzac AC which helps in curing acne but this cream would make my skin super red with some burning sensation. So if you want something more natural go for the oil.

Tea Tree Oil can cure many other things like Dandruff, Athlete’s Foot, Yeast Infection, Fungal Infection of Toenails as it contains constituents called Terpenoids, which have been found to have antiseptic and anti-fungal activity.

The oil is sold at The Body Shop for AED 30 for 10ml. It is a bit pricey for the amount but its worth it!

Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System Review

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Olay Cleansing system

Hey girls… am so excited that finally the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System is available in UAE! Yeeeyyyy!!!! 😀 I was so excited to see this that I thought I should definitely write about this. This system has been designed by a team of dermatologists along with Olay and is as effective as a system sold by skin professionals for nearly $200. For those who have been wanting to spend on Clarisonic systems but have been a little hesitant I would definitely recommend giving this system a try. I have been using this for the last 19 months and I have to say it does help in keeping my skin clean and specially in removing makeup.

This device works in a rotating system which is good for daily deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation. For those with sensitive skin you may not want to use it daily even though the brush is kinda soft.  Also to be noted this device is not Waterproof… so I would not advise taking this with you in shower. If you tend to have a more oily skin (like me) try using it daily you may see a great change . Also it is very easy to use. It has help me in fighting acne. Within one week I could see noticeable results where my skin tone and skin texture had improved a lot.

This system is very affordable and is available for AED 140 and AED 35 for 2 replacement brushes.