Monday, 19 May 2014

The easiest skincare regimen

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Back in junior secondary school, my classmates used to call me "pimple-face". I'd pretend it didn't hurt me or mean anything to me then get back home and try all sorts of concoctions on my face. None of them worked. Toothpaste? Didn't work. Damatol? That was just horrible. Dettol/Izal? My face was on fire and guess what? I still had big, angry pimples and spots. Fast forward to 2014, I'm a lot happier with my face and have come to accept that I have really oily skin. Classmates from school see me and don't recognise me because the pimples and most scars are gone. Looks and sounds like a miracle, I know. But really, it's just skin care. Right now, I have only 5 products I use consistently. Some people have more, but it's always safe to start basic and be as organic as possible.

Everyone needs:

1. Cleanser: Ideally, you should wash your face twice a day whether you wear makeup or not. In the morning and at night right before bed. Be sure to wash until your face feels clean and rinse off completely. If your face doesn't feel clean, it probably isn't. I recommend Clean and Clear Deep Action Cleanser and you can get it here

2. Moisturizer: Check to be sure your moisturizer is water-based instead of oil-based especially if you have oily skin (water-based moisturizers have 'water' or 'aqua' listed as the first ingredient. If it says anything else first put it down) No matter your skin type, you should moisturize everyday after cleansing. I have found that moisturizing daily, my skin doesn't embarrass  produce as much oil as when I skip moisturizing. I use St Ives Daily Hydrating Body Lotion, perfect for all skin types and it's really affordable. Get it here

3. Sunscreen: Yes, black people need sunscreen too and also have the risk of getting skin cancer from spending a lot of time in the sun. Plus sunburns on dark skin are harder to clear out than on fairer skin. True story. Mary Kay SPF 30 suncreen is a great 'place' to start and you can get it here

4. Face and Body Scrub: The jury is still out on how often you should exfoliate your skin but I have found that doing this once a week works perfect for me. By exfoliating, you're removing dead skin cells and allowing newer, brighter skin show. Don't rub too hard or be too harsh when exfoliating. Spend more time exfoliating darker areas such as your elbows and knees. Pierlor's Mango Frappe scrub is all kinds of amazing and cheap! Get it here

5. Mask: For oily skin, get a mask that has some sort of clay formula for dry skin, get a hydrating mask. Normal skin folk can get away with anything. It's best to put your face mask on after exfoliating and leave on for 15-30 minutes before rinsing off. Queen Helene Grapeseed Extract Masque has a five star rating from me and you can get it here

Finally, what you eat will 'show' on your skin. My people say, "Ounje l'ore awo" which literally means, "[Good] food is your skin's friend". As much as possible have fruits and vegetables incorporated into your daily diet and drink lots of water.

What's your skincare regimen like right now?

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1 comment:

  1. Most times (because honestly sometimes I'm lazy) after cleansing I use rosewater to close up pores/tone.Times when I've been consistent have left me with visibly smoother skin: )