I love all the health and beauty stuff you post so I wanted to know do you have some kind of glo up routine for 2016? I mean, I'm inspired when I see other SBs taking care of themselves and doing better. My question is what can I do to sort of polish myself and make myself better? I feel like this year is really the year for me to make changes and look my best. I wanna be ready by the time summer starts.
I wasn’t sure how to really go about replying to this so I’m gonna wing it and try to separate things into subcategories in order to answer this question as best as I can. I don’t really have a “glo up” routine or regimen but I’ll write whatever I can think of that may help. So, let’s begin–this is my unofficial glo up regimen. As a disclaimer, please allow me to mention, I generally like to stick with organic or natural based products. Some products I use in my everyday life do contain non-natural/non-organic based ingredients so if you happen to see something and that’s not natural based, it’s because well some things are simply unavoidable. I just try my best to avoid certain products as much a possible. Also, if all of this seems repetitive, some of these things have been mentioned in previous questions I’ve been asked before about my skin care routine.
Cleansing: Raw African black soap, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap, clays (bentonite, rhassoul, morrocan, green, kaolin, etc.), Medimix Ayurvedic Soap With 18 Herbs (may be drying), Chandrika Ayurvedic soap (may be drying), and various turmeric powder mixtures.
Moisturizing: Organic unrefined jojoba oil, organic unrefined coconut oil, castor oil, raw aloe vera, raw avocado oil, raw unrefined shea butter, kukui oil, henna (I don’t use the Lush brand), and babassu oil.
Cleansing/Exfoliating: Shea Moisture Organic Olive & Green Tea Body Scrub, Medimix Ayurvedic Soap With 18 Herbs, raw African black soap, Chandrika Ayurvedic soap, sugar scrubs (to exfoliate), and Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel.
Eyes: Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm and Kypris eye creams
Moisturizing: Kukui oil, raw unrefined shea butter, jojoba oil, borage oil, prime rose oil, JustNatural Skin Care Body Nutritive Serum, and almond oil.
Toning: Thayers Alcohol-Free Unscented Witch Hazel Toner, apple cider vinegar, rosewater, and herbal infused apple cider vinegar, and turmeric powder (to tone and rejuvenate).
Serums: Kypris (I’m in love with their whole line of products) along with Indie Lee, especially their Squalane Facial Oil. I also like some products from Renée Rouleau.
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Peppermint Soap, Medimix Ayurvedic Soap With 18 Herbs, raw African black soap, Chandrika Ayurvedic soap, coffee grounds, Shea Moisture Organic Olive & Green Tea Body Scrub, and Dessert Essence Tea Tree oil. I don’t use them all at once–I use each in a very specific manner. If I’m not feeling too lazy, I make my own sugar scrubs.
Moisturizing: Raw unrefined shea butter, grapeseed oil, almond oil, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, castor oil.
Miscellaneous Body Care
Nars Body Glow, Elemental Herbology Botanical Body Repair Limited Edition Gold Shimmer Body Oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or, and St. Tropez tanning products (I use the St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Lotion).
And to the anon who asked me previously about hyperpigmentation, I would suggest trying products such as Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid and Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel. And perhaps even the Indie Lee Clear Complexion Kit.
Miscellaneous Face Care
And last but not least, I use skin towelettes to wipe my face. I usually try to steer clear of towelettes but the few I use are: Nature’s Nutraceuticals Sensitive Skin Towelettes (not necessarily to remove makeup but it comes in handy–I use them for various things). To remove makeup prior to a facial cleansing, I use WaterWipes (I should mention, since this wipe is natural based and has no preservatives, it can can be prone to mold build up if not used up in a significant amount of time (the entire package I mean) the wipes can go bad, Nature’s Nutraceuticals Sensitive Skin Towelettes, Lusa Organics Baby Wipe Juice, Jackson Reece Herbal and Biodegradable Wipes (you really have to search for these in stores 😩), and Honest Company Baby Wipes. When I don’t use these wipes or concoctions, I use a cotton swap and witch hazel and/or jojoba oil. Please note that with the exception of Nature’s Nutraceuticals Sensitive Skin Towelettes, all the other wipes mentioned are baby wipes.
Also, as I mentioned before I’ve been asked questions in the past. One other beauty treatment that I do from time to time, are clay masks but I also do an activated charcoal mask as well.
I don’t know if this helps but perhaps you can build from there. Happy glo up! ✨✨✨