Skincare obsessions – PATYKA

patyka cleansing oil foam review

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My skin has been in a fantastic shape lately. I’ve been wearing just tinted sunscreen as my foundation, since I feel like I don’t need that much coverage anymore. And I’m loving every second of it.

There are many factors going into a nice skin, but good skincare products are definitely a crucial part of it. I’ve been using these products for over a month now and I am a bit obsessed (in a healthy way!).

A while back one of my good friends was complaining about her skin and asking me for an advice. She wanted a quick, easy solution to her skin problems. “Just give me an easy package with all the products”, she said.

Well, I’m pretty sold on these products and it’s the full package. Makeup remover, cleanser, toner, serum, a moisturizer and a mask for weekly use. Basically all the essentials you need for a good skincare routine. Oh – and did I mention they are also luxurious, organic, French (well, that country does seem to know beauty!) and affordable?

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Here’s how my bare skin looks at the moment. It might not look perfect to you, but to me it’s fantastic. I have some discoloration mainly from acne scars, but all in all my skintone is quite even and my skin looks healthy with a nice glow.

patyka skincare review

PATYKA REVIEW – ORGANIC, LUXURY & AFFORDABLE SKINCARE

PATYKA recently came out with *three new product ranges and nine new products. CLEAN – a cleansing range, HYDRA – hydration range and DETOX – a purifying range. The price range for the products is 14,90€-34,90€.

I’ve been using the brand’s products before and I already knew – kind of – what to except. Great ingredients, nice scents, lovely consistencies and beautiful packaging.

The new products are still quite different to PATYKA’s usual products for three reasons: they are more affordable (like, a lot more affordable), the packaging is different (I actually prefer this packaging to the usual all white) and the ingredients are different in a way, that the most expensive anti-aging ingredients are left out.

But here’s the thing: I don’t feel like anything’s missing. And it may be because of my combination skintype. I have oiliness, but my skin can also get dry. I need good cleansing and lots of hydration. And that is what you get with these products. I would recommend them mainly to normal, combination and oily skintypes. But if your skin is dry, you still might want to try the HYDRA serum & lotion and the oil makeup remover – those are awesome and definitely not drying.

patyka cleansing oil foam review

PATYKA CLEAN RANGE – Cleansing

*PATYKA Melting Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil removes makeup and sunscreen easily. I think oils are the best for makeup removing. They do the job, while taking care of the skin. This cleansing oil contains jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil and has a subtle vanilla floral scent (that all the clean range products have), which I love.

*PATYKA Detox Cleansing Foam

A nice foam cleanser, that is very effective yet gentle, when used on top of the oil. I recommend using it that way, not rinsing the oil off before the foam. But if your skin is oily, you can get away with first using the oil (and rinsing it) and then cleansing your skin with this foam. This dreamy foam contains aloe vera and moringa extract.

patyka clean soothing milky toner consistency

*PATYKA Soothing Milky Toner

This milky toner is probably my favorite product out of the clean range. The consistency in this toner is interesting – it’s like a liquid gel and I can’t think of another toner like it. I use this like this: I take two drops on my palm, rub it between my palms and then apply it all over my face and neck with my hands. This soothes my skin while giving it a nice glow. Contains aloe vera and mallow extract.

patyka hydra intensive review

PATYKA HYDRA RANGE – Hydrating

*PATYKA Intensive Hydra-Soothing Moisturizer

There are two moisturizers in HYDRA range and I got the intensive one for dry skin. At first I was a bit bummed out, because there is also the *lighter version of it. However I decided to try it anyway and it turned out to be awesome for my skin for nightly use. And since it’s so nourishing, I only need a tiny amount of it. I mix it with argan oil, because argan oil is a part of my skincare routine always. This moisturizer contains lovely things like shea butter, jojoba oil, mango butter and an anti-iflammatory soothing bisabolol. If you have combination skin and want a lotion that works for day use as well, the *lighter version might be a better choice!

*Patyka Hydra-Booster Serum

As far as hydrating serums go, this is my new favorite. It contains the good old hyaluronic acid as well as tremella extract from an asian mushroom, which are great ingredients for hydration. And this really does feel hydrating – and also soothing. I use this serum twice per day, after my toner. If you suffer from dryness, believe it or not, a lightweight serum like this might just be the solution.

patyka hydra booster serum review

PATYKA DETOX RANGE – Purifying

*PATYKA Detox Charcoal Mask

This charcoal mask was a pleasant surprise to me. It has a slight peppermint scent to it, which I usually hate, but in this it works (and it’s not too refreshing, if you know what I mean?). The consistency is also something very different to what I expected. It’s almost like a gel-clay mask. Sometimes purifying masks can be a bit too purifying, but this left my skin feeling clean, plump and hydrated. Contains charcoal, green clay and algae extract.

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All in all, I am very happy with PATYKA’s new products. For me, they tick all the boxes.

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1,5 years on the Curly Girl Method (kind of)

curly hair progress with curly hair method

naturally wavy hair progress

It’s been 1,5 years since I started to embrace my natural hair texture, which is wavy/curly. I’ve been following loosely the Curly Girl Method and I wanted to write down my experience (which is still continuing). I say loosely, and I mean that, because my routine is pretty simple. Treating those curls don’t have to be that complicated!

Healthy, imperfect curls

A lot of people start the method thinking they will achieve beautiful, defined perfect curls. People with wavy hair might think they get tighter, ‘better’ curls. Me included! My hair is mostly wavy, but I also get corkscrews every now and then. It’s a mixture of different kinds of curls and waves. But that’s okay. I love my waves. I’ve learned, that with curly hair it doesn’t necessarily get better, as in, you’ll have perfect curls once you stick with it. In my case, the curl definition varies. My hair and my curls have their own mind. But that’s okay. I let them be that way – some day they are tighter and some day looser. And all in all, my hair looks a million times better now than it did, when I treated it, well, wrong.

Another reason of starting the curly girl method is in hopes to getting healthier softer hair. That I can agree with and that most likely will happen. It’s inevitable. Once you stop heat-styling your hair and use gentle moisturizing products, obviously your hair will benefit from that. And after being on the method for this long, I can honestly say that my hair has never been in this good shape. I’ve actually managed to grow my own natural hair color back!


Photo:  Mia/Beauty Highlights

How I went from straight to curly – my curl progress

I had read a lot about naturally curly hair and at some point I realized that I had always treated my hair wrong. I thought that natural curls were a bad thing, something you need to tame and smooth. So I did just that. With smoothing silicone-based products I could get my hair to become pretty silky straight. But still I wondered – why did my hair always become this awful mess when I brushed it?

Photos of my hair before I started to learn about curly hair:

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As you can see, my hair used to be somewhat straight. And brushed. And that’s why it looked so, well, all over the place. It was straight, there were some waves, it was puffy (thanks to brushing it) and it looked dry (because it was). I always felt like my hair just wasn’t ‘sitting’ right.

My hair in the beginning of trying to treat my curls the right way (AKA The Curly Girl Method):

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February, 2018.
chiquelle shirt
March, 2018.
lifestyle blog
March, 2018.
shiny hair
April, 2018. Used Evolve Beauty Shine Shampoo & Conditioner.
May, 2018.
the best lipstick
August, 2018.
bobbi brown makeup artist makeup
September, 2018.
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October, 2018. Used a diffuser.
January, 2019.
March, 2019.
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May, 2019.

 

My curly hair progress

After buying my first silicone-free products from amazon and starting my journey, I was ecstatic. I could not believe I didn’t need my heat stylers to get curly hair! Now that I think of it, the first weeks and months were the best. I was like a little child in a candy store, so excited to have found this great thing, that I already had, within my hair.

I still feel like that, but now I’m more used to it. My natural waves feel like a natural part of me. Having my hair straight feels foreign – I look like a completely different person. Come to think of it, I’ve always preferred my hair curly rather than straight.

During this 1,5 years I’ve learned some things through trial and error. When I look at the first photos of my hair, I want to cringe a little (but just a little!). In the beginning I wanted my curls to be as defined as possible and I went a bit overboard with a curl styling cream. My hair looked shiny – and a bit wet. And obviously it felt like that as well. If I put a lot of things in my hair, I feel it. My hair becomes dirty easier. But when I put the minimum amount of products – or even nothing at all – my hair looks airy and fresh and lovely.

Nowadays I prefer the airy, voluminous look. I like having definition, but I don’t want my hair to be that shiny. That way my hair feels clean and it stays clean longer.

naturally curly hair towel dry

Curly Girl Method Simplified – following the rules loosely

I’ve been following the method loosely. I’ve done the basics. I feel like there are so many rules and things going into naturally curly hair, it’s kind of a rabbit hole. There were all these things like the ingredients, hair porosity, curl types and techniques. I decided, that I will just do the basics and go through the journey through trial and error.  Once I had the basics down, I also wanted to share them, because I wanted to make the routine as easy and simple as possible for others as well. That’s why I wrote the beginner friendly post: Naturally curly and wavy hair 101 – Naturally curly hair routine.

Here’s what I’ve done right according to CG-method:

  • Not brushing my hair
    Pretty much never. If I do, I do it in the shower. Life without a brush has been refreshing!
    I did a whole post about it: I haven’t brushed my hair in a year.
  • Not using silicones
    Well, I already realized that they make my hair straight.
  • Drying my hair with a microfibre towel by squeezing and scrunching the water out
    Not towel-drying and massaging my hair between the towel like I used to.
  • Applying my leave-in products by scrunching
    Never stroking or brushing through the product – that disrupts my curl definition.
  • Using a mild, moisturizing shampoo
  • Letting my hair air dry
  • Drying my hair with diffuser
    Diffuser gives me great results, but it takes time so I still prefer air-drying.
  • Sleeping with a pineapple (my hair tied in a high loose ponytail to protect the curls)


My curls using Schwarzkopf Mad About Waves products. The curl cream I used contains silicones.

Here’s what I’ve done wrong according to the CG-method:

  • Using sulfate-containing shampoos
    This one is tricky. I didn’t realize that I was doing this, because my shampoos were natural and the sulfate was coconut-based. Still, it can be too drying. However, recently I learned that sulfate-containing shampoos might be good to my curl type, actually.
  • Using silicones
    I know I just said that I didn’t use silicones. But I also tried using them. I wanted to see if they really, truly, are bad for curls.  I actually got amazing results with a curl cream that contained silicones. But there is still the aspect of having to wash those silicones out of the hair too. Which then can be too harsh on the hair. I don’t know. I think everyone can make their own opinion on this.
    The post: Mad about waves – perfect products for wavy curls
  • Not knowing everything about the ingredients
    As I said, I started my journey with the basics. Now I’m ready to learn more. Apparently I should only use ingredients that are water-soluble, so that would mean avoiding ingredients like waxes. I remember using a curl cream in the beginning, that contained some wax.
  • Not using anything except shampoo
    I actually do this pretty often. I just wash my hair with either shampoo or water. I get great volume and nice curls this way, without adding conditioner or curl gels. Believe it or not! I think this works for me personally, because my hair is prone to build up and usually there is still some product leftovers even after washing my hair.
  • Not taking it that seriously
    I tend to stress about things, so I’ve tried to not stress about my hair. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing all the steps to achieve the perfect curls. Sometimes I sleep with my hair open (it feels so liberating!). And I also haven’t bought that many hair products. You can spend a lot of money towards this project, but I’ve taken it one product at a time. After I’m done with the products I’ve already bought, I can move on to another product and try something new.
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Can’t remember the products here, but I could bet it was, well, nothing. This looks like my hair when I don’t put anything in.

 

wavy curls type 2B 2C

Learning about hair porosity – The problem with low-porosity hair

Right now I’m interested to learn more about hair porosity. And that’s because of this revelation: apparently my hair is low porosity. That basically means it’s very prone to buildup and that watery, light products are best for me. It makes sense. It also explains why I get great results when I use aloe vera gel as my curl definer. It also explains why I could use the sulfate-containing shampoos for so long and still get good results. Low-porosity hair needs good shampoos (that really wash the hair properly), because products can build up. Another thing is that low-porosity hair doesn’t really absorb moisturizing products or oils (even though it need moisture). And that’s exactly my hair! If I put oils in my hair, it just kind of sits on top of my hair and looks oily. And hair dyes don’t really stay in my hair.

That’s a huge revelation, because a lot of the guides for curly hair suggest using low-poo products or co-washing (washing your hair with a conditioner). I think for low-porosity hair, it’s a no go. And I actually went all the way with this – I tried both the co-wash, but also no-poo. Meaning no shampoo. For a whole month I tried to wash my hair only with water,  but with my curl type prone to build up, it didn’t work out. But I learned some things – and my scalp appreciated the break from shampoo, so it wasn’t all for nothing.

In the beginning my hair needed lots of moisture, but now I feel like I need less of it. Lightweight products are the key. I think in the future I also need to start washing my hair with a deep cleansing shampoo every now and then. And definitely not skipping shampoo.

Even though I’m interested in learning to treat my wavy curls the best way possible, I’ll probably break the rules in the future as well.

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Today’s curls: Noughty Wave Hello Shampoo, diluted Briogeo Volume Conditioner & a little bit of Aloe Vera Gel as my curl gel. I used a microfiber towel & let it air dry.

Today’s curls

Today I tried washing my scalp with a CG-friendly non-sulfate-containing shampoo – and washing my hair (the lengths) with a sulfate-containing deep cleansing shampoo. And you know what? My hair could take it. It didn’t feel dry. I also tried diluting my conditioner with water and that worked amazingly. I think next time I’ll dilute it even more. I used my Briogeo Volume Conditioner. Diluting my conditioners is actually genius – that way they will last even longer in my use. My hair nowadays is in such good shape, it doesn’t really need a lot of conditioning. And right now I’m back in love with aloe vera gel as my curl styler, because it doesn’t weigh my curls down and it’s so lightweight.

Shop my curly hair favorites from amazon (*adlinks):
*Aloe vera gel
*Noughty Wave Hello Shampoo
*Briogeo Volume Conditioner
*Briogeo Curl Charisma products
*Diffuser
*Microfiber towel

On my buying list:
*Silk pillow case
*Silk scrunchies

 

So – here’s where I’m at right now. Still figuring it out. Ready to learn more. And most importantly, embracing the imperfect hair that I have. I think natural hair is beautiful. It doesn’t ‘need’ to be anything. I think the most important thing is to have fun with it and enjoy yourself and your curls. And definitely not stress about using all the right products all the right way.

Your natural curls are beautiful – just the way they are.

How is your curly hair journey going?

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