This is another highly requested blog post. Never in a million years did I think people would actually be interested in my skin but hey…
|My skin without makeup.|
I generally have a good skin. Thanks to genetics. I don’t usually wear makeup because I don’t need it but like everyone else I have my issues.
My Skin problems
I have normal / combination skin. My skin is oily around my Tzone area. I have clogged pores around my chin and my nose. I also have hyper pigmentation around my mouth. I also have an uneven skin tone. I suffer from hormonal acne as well.
Today I will share products I use. I may do a more detailed follow up post if people are interested.
Night Cream mosituriser. I use this after I wash my face at night. I sometimes use it together with Vitamin E oil. This cream is thick and perfect for moisturizing my face. You will see that I use quite a few Vitamin E based products. Vitamin E aids in skin regeneration. Your body regenerates while you are sleeping so I believe using these products help my skin. The reason I use the Nivea face cream is it is very hydrating and it doesn’t break me out.
Eye Cream. You are never too young to start using an eye cream. ( By young I mean from 18 upwards ). I use the Body shop vitamin E eye cream daily. When I was looking for an eye cream I didn’t want anything to strong or for mature skin and the lady in Body care recommended I use this one. It is quite pricey at £11 for a rather small tube but so far my skin is loving it.
Skin around your eye is thinner and has more muscles which makes the skin more sensitive and prone to a variety of issues, like puffiness, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. There also tend to be minimal oil glands around your eyes to help keep the skin naturally hydrated using a good eye cream would be advisable. My issues around my eyes are dark circles and puffiness. I use my eye cream twice a day. It is part of my face moisturising routine.
Face Brush. I get mine from the body shop it is really inexpensive only £4. This exfoliates my skin.It also removes dirt and build up. I use it everyday but upon researching the benefits of a face brush for this article. I may take it down to 2 days. You have to be careful with a face brush as your skin is sensitive. Don’t be to rough when using the brush. The face brush also helps the face wash penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin and bring up all the dirt. For a deeper cleans I would definitely recommend using a face brush.
With a face brush be sure to keep it clean. I use hand wash to clean my brush after every use. I also try to change my face brush ever 2 months.
Olay essentials complete care normal/oil face moisturizer with SPF15. This is my winter face moisturiser. Winter in England can make your skin dry. This moisturizer keeps my face hydrated. A little goes a long way and this bottle will probably last me the whole year. I don’t use this in the warmer months as it makes my skin oily. Although it contains SPF15 I still use my sun screen with this moisturiser.
Anne French deep cleansing milk. I usually use this at night as part of my night time skin routine. I use this to clean/ tone my face with a cotton pad before I wash my face. The best way to describe this process is the pre-cleanse.
This is my face cleanser. It is the Medik8 beta cleanse for problem skin. This face cleanser is expensive. I get mine online. It costs between £18 ( if there’s a special) and £23. I use this cleanser particularly because it contains ingredients such as tea tree oil and sailcylic acid that are good for acne prone skin and clogged pores.
This is my summer face moisturiser and I swear by this stuff. When I went on holiday to Swaziland I used this everyday. It kept my face mattified (just like it says so on the cover). It also contains Salicylic acid which is a definate A plus for me.
One thing I struggle with in warm weather is an oily face. If you have this problem then I would suggest this product to you.
Sun screen. You know the saying black people don’t need screen because we have more melanin. Well that’s a lie we do. Our skin is prone to aging just like any other skin and hyper pigmentation.
I currently use the La Roche- Posay sunscreen. I use this daily with my moisturizer. Sun screen helps prevent hyper pigmentation. It also protects my skin from the sun. The sun contributes to aging skin. It also helps me maintain my complexion especially in warmer months. I use the oil version of this sun screen all over my body.
Please note that this sun screen leaves a grey tinge if you use too much of it. You can purchase this sunscreen online. On the feel unique website. They usually have good deals you just have to check regularly. I believe they ship world wide.
Coconut oil. I love this product. I only use coconut oil on my face at night. I use it with my vitamin oil. The coconut oil allows the vitamin E oil to penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin. Vitamin E oil helps repair and brighten your skin. I use my coconut oil and Vitamin E oil combo as an alternative to the Nivea night face moisturiser, when I want something more natural or I want the Vitamin E to really work it’s way into my skin. A little goes a long way with coconut oil.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. Mine is actually a sample but I love it so much I will be investing in it when I’m less poor. This product is 100% effective :When I have my hormonal break out this product gets rid of my pimples without any nasty scarring. The break out is usually gone after 24 hours when you use this product.