One of the things that enhances our natural hair is clear skin. Having acne-free/pimple-free skin will give you such a boost of confidence like you cannot believe! I know this because for quite a number of years, while natural, I suffered from adult acne. The first time I started breaking out, the Dermatologist told me that the type of acne I had was due to the excess products I use in my hair seeping onto my skin and causing my face, back, chest and shoulders to break out. Like seriously! I tried hiding behind make-up but my skin would not take the makeup properly and I would end up just looking a HOT MESS! I even resorted to rocking a combed out afro for a spell so as to use as little product as possible…and you ladies know how much I loathe a combed out afro [on myself]! Haha.
More recently, tho, I had the worst acne breakout and could not figure out what was the cause! I usually get the under-surface pimple that gets big and ugly but has no head so you can’t just burst that baby (like I know I shouldn’t). What I realized in hindsight is that I was taking a good dose of daily Biotin for my hair and never linked the two. Therefore I suffered for several months while I was religiously popping those Biotins! Oh the things we do for our hair!
But, today, my skin is so much healthier and although I get a pimple here or there every so often, its nothing compared to what I used to be affected with. My photos comes out beautifully because my skin is in such good shape.
This week, it occurred to me how frugal/natural my skin care products/routine had become and I wondered if that was why my skin has been glowing so beautifully.
Here is a round up of what I do on a daily basis for fresh, beautiful skin and the products that keeps it that way.
The Daily 3-Step Process – Cleanse | Tone | Moisturize
1. Cleanser / Make-Up Remover
I clean my face / take off my makeup using the African Black Soap Dudu-Osun. I love that soap. Its just amazing! Cleans my skin thoroughly and completely without drying it out.
I use this 2 – 3 times a week. Anything more will cause your skin to dry out over an extended period of time. DO NOT use it everyday and never twice a day!
I use the ever faithful Organic Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water as my daily toner. ACV is excellent for regulating the skins pH levels due to it’s acidity.
I use this twice a day after cleansing my face at both mornings and evenings. I mix a ratio of 1:2 with the ACV being the lesser amount. I store this is an empty bottle and apply to a cotton pad as needed.
I use the Pond’s Clarant B3 Normal to Oily Skin to moisturize my face. The Dermatologist had recommended this to me after my initial acne breakouts. It was to help remove the dark marks that the acne left behind. I’m not quite sure how effective it is for dark spots but this moisturizer gives my skin a matte finish that is just awesome.
Weekly Skin Care Rituals
1. Lemon & Sugar Facial Scrub
This scrub is made using lemon juice, sugar, honey and olive oil and the recipe can be found here. I use this at least twice a week to exfoliate my face. My skin is left soft and smooth to the touch afterwards. My make-up applies like a charm too!
2. Pure Honey Cleanser
On days I do not exfoliate, I sometimes rub pure honey on my face and let sit while I brush my teeth and/or fix my hair and rinse off in the shower. I apply to slightly damp skin and massage in.
Pure honey is a fierce anti-bacterial agent that has been used for centuries to heal wounds and keep infections at bay. Raw Honey is very effective at inhibiting microbes and bacteria which makes it perfect for skin cleansing. Honey is also a humectant so cleansing with honey will attract moisture to your skin leaving it feeling soft and hydrated. Read more here.
3. Clay Masque
I don’t know if this is any good but I bought it a while back and so I use it 😀 Generally, I only use this once a week. I let it dry and rinse off in the shower. I have heard good things about Bentonite Clay and would love to try that some day.
4. Pure Lemon Juice
This I use to treat dark marks left over from any outbreak of pimple/acne that strikes me. It is a slow and tedious process but it gets the job done; not to mention it cost mere cents! Did I mention its TEDIOUS? 😀
I am going to share my make-up routine with you in a follow up post. I simply enhance my face with makeup so my process is simple and takes all of 10 minutes in the morning! I have watched 101 Youtube Vids on makeup application and although there are days that I wish I had their talents, I just stick to keeping it simple because that is what I can do! 😀
What do you use on your skin to keep it radiant? Do share your favorite product or DIY with me.