Hey loves, I am still fighting the flu but I am a lot better now.
April has been okay so far but the weather is not that cool for me but I will be fine.
If you have been a part of my YouTube gang for a while, you know how crazy I am about skin care. Makeup is fun and all but my first love has always been skin care.
My skin was something I was so self-cautious about. Doubts and the lack of knowledge had me hating my skin back in the day. The moment I started home remedies as my main routine, my skin changed significantly.
When it comes to my skin, the usual practices most people use as a means of taking care of their skin, don’t work for me. My water intake is horrible and I am not a great fan of prescribed creams that only work for the duration you use them then you are back to zero. Working on the root problem is the best approach.
I try my best to stay consistent but life and work throw me off track a lot. Doing this routine once a week really keeps my skin in check. I prefer doing it over the weekend especially when I am not leaving the house because I can take time and the masks work on my skin. The routine changes depending on the state of my skin and what I want to improve. Let me stop blubbering and get down to the process.
My skin cleansing process is very easy. I start off by wetting my face with some water then go in with a spin brush and black African soap. The brand I use now is shea Moistures since the Dudu Osun brand had a lot of counterfeit soaps in the market and I don’t know how to pick out a genuine one.
I have been using the Shea Moistures black soap for over 8 months and no, it does not ‘bleach’ the skin.
Exfoliating is such an important part of my skin care routine. I try to at least exfoliate twice a week. One of the times being the weekend. The exfoliating spin brush helps to get in there. This is always accompanied by a scrub. The scrub I use is usually determined by how ‘badly off’ my skin is. It can be on with very fine beads or larger beads.
The next step is to steam. This helps by opening up the pores in readiness for the masks and to help them work. For this, I use boiling water in a container then add a few drops of tea tree oil. You can use any kind of essential oil but I used this because I knew it would help with my blocked nose.
My first mask stop is the detox shop. I often start with a mask that detoxes my skin and one that draws out the toxins from my skin. My favorite masks are either a bentonite clay mask or one made out of activated charcoal. Sometimes I even mix the two together and they work very well.
The other mask that does way more than detox the skin is the coffee mask I used. This mask helps with blood circulation promoted by the caffeine. The honey and yogurt moisturize the skin in the process while the coffee grinds exfoliate the skin. This mask also reduces inflammation, dark circles and give you that “awake” look.
This mask is very simple to make and can be tweaked depending on what you your skin is going through.
1 teaspoon coffee grinds
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon cocoa
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon yogurt
Mix all the ingredients together then apply on a clean face.
The cinnamon mask is great for my skin. I have been using it for years and it is my goooood for my skin. This mask helped me with my acne as well as the acne scarring. My acne was not that crazy but this mask really helped.
I use this mask just to keep my skin in check as when as treat any issues that might think about coming up. It also helps with excess oil.
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon honey.
Mix all the ingredients together and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes for it to warm up then wear it on a clean face.
This is my favorite mask. I only started using this mask about 2 months ago and it has really changed my skin. This mask minimizes the appearance of pores and leaves the skin feeling so soft. Like really soft.
This mask is a triple threat. It firms, tones and tightens the skin. You get all the nutrients found in flax seeds doing their magical work on your skin.
Grind some flax seeds. Mix 2 tablespoons with about 5-6 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken. It turns into a dough like consistency. Apply it on the face and let it sit for 30 minutes before washing it.