Skincare 101; discover essential products, treatments, dos and don'ts to promote clear and healthy skin.
The Holy Grail of Skincare
I started experimenting and using beauty products in 2007 when I was a preteen and to be honest never really thought much about a “skin care regime” for the majority of the years since.
Confidence – Wear it like make up!
Daily Skincare Routine In the morning I like to start off with Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub. This is a good exfoliating scrub that contains vitamin E and it leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and hydrated. It’s a very gentle scrub and it is not too harsh on the skin. I then like to apply Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick. This helps my skin to absorb excess oil and to help prevent future blemishes. I then like to apply a moisturiser called La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant Moisturiser. This is a very lightweight moisturiser and acts as a good primer before applying make-up.
Skincare Favorites: 2020
I'll admit that I'm quite fussy when it comes to what I put on my skin. I probably pay more attention to the ingredients in my skincare than I do to the ingredients in my food, which is kind of alarming now that I think about it. However, it does explain why it takes me ages to decide whether I'll take the plunge and buy a new skincare product. I don't like silicones and I can't stand strongly scented products, so already my options are somewhat limited since skincare brands in general seem to have a love affair with adding parfum to anything and everything they can think of - but I digress.
My top 2 skincare ingredients
When it comes to skincare knowledge I haven't really got the best understanding of the various ingredients and products that are available. However, as I said in my last skincare post, Skincare Faves, my job does allow me to try out all sorts of different products (depending on when I'm in the office again). It has also helped me gain at least a little knowledge of how skincare products work by listening to my wonderful colleagues.
Beauty Secret Of My Flawless Skin Revealed
I love myself and my skin. I am often asked by people how I look so good without makeup. It is all because of the skincare regime I follow religiously and the natural products I can swear to. To look beautiful is our right, and it is not about our colors and facial features but just about our flawless skin. Many ignorant people of our generation forget to give the value and nourishment that our skin needs. Yes, our skin also needs food. And as organic food is good for our health, organic products are right for our skin in the long run. I always try to go with organic products.
- Second Place in Holy Grail Challenge
Skincare, Self-Care and Self-Love
“Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.” ― Maya Angelou . Apple cider vinegar.
When I had a 9 to 5 office job in the '80s, I remember plastering my face with several layers of makeup, just like every other female in the office. It was the style. Bright red lipstick, loud cheek blush and starched shoulder pads were the norm, the uniform that announced you were vibrant and bright, one of the hip crowd. Mary Kay was my makeup routine of choice. I had a product for every need, from a problem pimple to a quick pick-me-up face spray atomizer to usher in happy hour after a long day at work. I relied on that little face spritz every evening as I left work. Looking back, it was a precursor to taking off my makeup for the day.
3 Ways to Keep Dry Skin at Bay This Winter
The air is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. More time is being spent indoors, and getting cozy is the name of the game. With the change in seasons, many find comfort in taking longer and warmer showers to ward off the winter chill, cranking up the heat, or burrowing inside warm clothing. While the warmth can feel wonderful, it can also leave you feeling dry, itchy and uncomfortable. It doesn't have to be this way. If you're ready to shed that shrunken wool sweater feeling, keep reading. Here are three ways you can keep dry skin at bay this winter.
The Best Primer
tListen up all my beauty buddies & skincare sisters, I found the best primer ever: your skin! I love a fearless cat eye or a bold lip as much as the next glam-fan, but a solid skincare routine makes me feel invincible. Similar to starting the day with coffee and ending the evening with herbal tea, skincare should be customized for the time of day for ultimate benefits! Let me walk you through my favorite, simple routines night and day for sensitive, combination skin with light scarring & hyper-pigmentation!
5 Must-Have Skin Care Products Under $20
As a teenager, I suffered from cystic acne, and it drove me to try every product under the sun to get rid of it. I've been through the self-care trenches- even once giving myself a chemical burn from a questionable face mask. I've played the game and weeded through the slop. I know the products that work and won't destroy your wallet.
Coconut Oil is the Holy Grail
There aren't that many products in existence that you can use for just about anything. Sure, you can use hairspray for your hair, you can use makeup for your face, but could you interchange the two? Nope, unless you count the occasional "I'm out of dry shampoo so let me dust some face powder on my roots," which, let's be honest, doesn't actually work and greases you up even more.
Sunscreen: Stay Youthful
Years ago before I got into skincare, my thoughts on sunscreen were wildly stereotypical. Do I really need sunscreen? Maybe sunscreen is for sunburns only? Do black people need sunscreen? Yeah, it’s cringy to think about really. Now, in my lovely mid-20s, I have found myself raving about it. I have tried various sunscreens since my skin isn’t “sensitive”. Drugstore, high end, makeup infused, even other countries (K-Beauty has amazing products). While that has been an experience, I have tied to narrow down my list to at least 3 interchangeable products.