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Monday, February 1, 2016


Bola Akinboade-Bello is the brain behind Chanterelle Skin and Beauty product, a vision she had in 2013 to create natural skincare products, which is free of parabens, synthetic chemicals, hydroquinone, steroids, mercury and other harmful bleaching ingredient. In this chat, the former City People Fashion Editor offered simple tips to achieve a flawless skin.

What is the best cream for oily skin?
Oily skin is the opposite of dry skin. The person has large pores and have excessive production of sebum. That means the sebaceous gland is hyper active. The best cream for oily skin are oil free products. You should also watch out for words like non-condogenic, blemish control, oil control, pore minimisal when picking out product for this skin type.

What is the benefit of skin toning?
Toning is important for both men and women as it is the protective step after gentle, but thorough cleansing of skin as it keeps pores clean, skin healthy and breathing and thus more receptive to ultimate in nourishing care that comes with moisturizing.
Due to age and other causes like weather, pollution and other toxins in the atmosphere, the face and other parts of our body start to sag and show wrinkles. You have to tone your skin for a youthful, rejuvenated feel. The epidermal cells gradually lose their capacity to produce new cells while the dermis that produce collagen loses its elasticity, resulting in a dry skin and wrinkles on the face. Toners can be used to clean the last traces of oil from the skin. They do not close or open pores. Sometimes they cause a slight skin irritation which makes the skin feel tighter. Skin toning lotions freshen the skin. They also stimulate the blood supply to the skin.

How can one achieve a flawless skin?
Flawless skin is a skin with perfect complexion, no blemishes, and no dry spots – just a smooth and radiant complexion.
The basic skincare for all skin types is simply the C.E.T.M, which stands for Cleanse, Exfoliate, Tone and Moisturize.
Cleanse: Using a cleanser to remove dirt is considered to be a better alternative to bar soap or another form of skin cleanser not specifically formulated for the face. Choose cleanser that is suitable for your skin type.
Exfoliate: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin radiant and smooth.
Tone: Use a good toner. It helps you to remove the residue that the cleanser, exfoliant couldn't remove
Moisturize: Moisturizers increase the skin's hydration (water content) by reducing evaporation. Skin types vary, and so must your moisturizer. Despite our differences, nearly all skin types can benefit from the right type of moisturizer.

What is the best way to maintain a black skin?
Women with darker skin have a different set of challenges than women with lighter skin. Most skin care products are formulated to women with light, combination skin, meaning black women need to choose their skin care products and routines carefully. From the right type of cleanser and moisturizer to the correct procedure for wearing sunscreen, black women should care for their skin's changing needs.
If you have darker skin, cleanse it only once daily. Washing your face too often can deplete it of moisture, giving it a chalky appearance. Choose a gentle cleanser that doesn't contain drying soap.
Moisturizing should be an integral part of your skin care routine. Dark skin is notoriously dry, so a thick and emollient moisturizer should be applied several times a day.
If you prefer natural moisturizers, consider those made with shea butter and coconut oil.
Although the extra melanin in your dark skin protects you to an extent from sunburn and, subsequently, skin cancer,  It's important that you wear sunscreen each day as part of your skin care regimen, even if you never seem to get a sunburn. Make it a habit to apply it before your makeup in the morning, and protect your entire body with sunscreen when headed outdoors.

What is your advice to those who bleach their skin?
Skin bleaching is a no-no for me because the consequences is more than the gain. Every bleaching product contains two main chemicals, hydroquinone and mercury, both toxic. Hydroquinone is a chemical used for photo processing and hair dyes. Mercury is a carcinogen. These products both work in the short term to lighten the skin by stopping the production of melanin in the body. Continuous use of such products can cause disfiguring rashes, unsightly blotches, and skin so weaken that it cannot be stitched if cut. And if the chemicals in some of the these cosmetics are absorbed into the bloodstream, they can damage the liver, the kidneys, or the brain-even causing organ failure.
Hence, everyone should be happy with their natural skin colour. You can improve your complexion with natural lighteners which does not have any side effects, but don't alter your skin tone by using harmful bleaching ingredients.

Tell us about your business
Chanterelle Skin Care & Beauty Therapy is committed to natural beauty and well-being … Based in Lagos. This handmade beauty range which is the brain child of former City People Fashion Editor, Bola Akinboade-Bello specializes in luxurious, skin and body care using pure, organic and chemical-free ingredients. Our Philosophy is to provide safe 100% organic skincare products to our clients .We carefully design our products to help you look and feel radiantly beautiful at every age.
We cater for both men and women offering a wide range of up-to-date beauty treatments such as; fade cream, exfoliation, body scrubs, body polishing, acne treatment, blemish control, body wrap amongst others. Bola Akinboade-Bello started her vision in 2013 to create natural skincare products
which is free of parabens, synthetic chemicals, hydroquinone, steroids, mercury and other harmful bleaching ingredients. And since the introduction of Chanterelle Skincare Beauty range, we have dedicated our lives to the preparation and refinement of each of our skincare products, to provide the highest quality beauty products and superior, uninterrupted service to our valued, established, and prospective skincare customers.

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