natural skincare

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✨Hoe Tips✨ Skincare Ed.

1. Find products for YOUR specific skin type. Look into ingredients like salicylic acid (for normal/oily skin) or glycolic acid (for dryer/aged skin) and see how they affect your specific skin type. Don’t just do Proactiv or whatever bevause everyone else does it.
2. Kinda goes with no. 1, but look at the ingredients in whatever you’re putting on your face. Labels like “paraben free” are typically better for your skin. Look up ingredients you aren’t sure of, and make sure they aren’t notably corrosive chemicals.
3. Do a swatch test on your wrist or forearm for all skin products before putting them on your face. If the product irritates the skin on your arm, DO NOT put it on your face.
4. Do a mask once a week to really clean out your pores (cheap ones can be found at Target, Walmart, or your local pharmacy).
5. Drink lots of water, and eat fresh fruits.
6. MOISTURIZE DAILY. Even if you have oily skin (there are moisturizers specifically made for oily skin types). Moisturizers with SPF are a bonus for extra protection.
7. Shower/wash your face with lukewarm/cooler water. Hot water can dry out your skin immensely.
8. My skincare routine order: remove makeup, facewash, exfoliator, mask, toner, acne/spot treatment, moisturizer/spf 9. Never ever ever sleep with makeup on 10. Coconut oil and other essential oils can be great for your skin, but they can also clog up pores if you have an oily skintype. Bear that in mind. 11. Try to buy skincare products of the same brand, or at least that have similar ingredients. Mixing the wrong brands/chemicals can cause acid burn on your face (which from personal experience hurts like a bitch and takes a while to heal.) 12. Witch hazel is a fantastic all natural toner 13. For more acne prone skin, try to find a moisturizer with salicylic acid for that extra defense. Clean and clear ($8 at any drugstore) works wonders 14. Don’t pop your pimples ever (but if you do, make sure to only pop the whiteheads) 15. Those tiny black dots on your nose are supposed to be there. They’re pores, not blackheads, and should be cleansed regularly. However, you should still have those little pores on your nose visibly. Stop tryna get rid of them. 15. Touch your face as little as possible 16. Change your pillowcases often, especially if you sleep on your front 17. Every few months, change up the brand of your skincare products. The oils and bacteria on your skin eventually adapt to the products you use, and they stop being as effective 18. Some brands of birth control can actually double to clear up your skin 19. Wash your scalp and hair often, especially if you have acne on your hairline 20. Relax. Skin can be severely affected by extreme stress levels 21. Swap out your heavy foundation for a light BB cream on casual days. BB cream is more protective and moisturizing for your skin, and still offers natural coverage 22. Look for makeup products with SPF. These products can moisturize and protect your skin from sun damage while still keepin ya face beat 23. Always moisturize and prime before putting on makeup, to make it last longer and to keep your pores clear despite layers of foundation, concealer, powder, etc 24. Splash/spray some rose water onto your face before moisturizing. This both tones and hydrates your face to really lock in moisture. 25. Don’t go overboard with the amount of products you put on your face. Sometimes, less is more. ✨Thats all for now hoes enjoy ya clear skin✨

My Skincare hacks

#1 Vegan soaps- are 👌🏾 (ie oatmeal, Shea and black African soap, tomato soap, papaya soap,)

#2 Mix Rose Water and Tea tree for toning and cleansing- add bit of coconut oil in the night for moisture

#3 Oatmeal masks- are great for exfoliating and improving texture

# 4 Tomato masks- are great for hyper-pigmentation

# 5 Lemon Water- drinking lemon water in the morning before eating detoxifies your body

# 6 Minimising dairy and meat intakes helps

# 7 Drinking tons of water helps

Products that I use

-Freeman Charcol & Black Sugar Polishing Mask
-St Ives Exfoliating Scrub
-Lavender Soap from Lush
-Moringa Oil/ Coconut Oil

Egg White and Yogurt 

This mask is not only easy, but incredibly effective. Egg white tightens pores and helps with oil production, as well as lifting up the face. Yogurt softens and moisturizes the skin, and helps face discolorations and blemishes.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, 1 egg white

Use: Apply to clean face and leave on for until it is completely dry

Watermelon and Banana

Most oily skin in dry underneath the surface, which causes the oil glands to produce more oil. Watermelon is an excellent way to moisturize oily skin, and coupled with banana, it is perfect to nourish skin and control oil production.

Ingredients: about half a cup of mashed up watermelon without the seeds, half a ripe banana mashed up (optional: 2 drops of tea tree oil)

Use: Apply to clean face and leave on for 10-15 minutes

Peach, Egg White, and Sour Cream

Peaches are full of vitamins and minerals, and are great for moisturizing. Sour cream contains Lactic Acid, which is an amazing natural exfoliant, and is known to boost collagen production. Egg white is excellent for tightening pores and fading discoloration. 

Ingredients: 1 ripe peach, 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon of sour cream

Use: Apply to clean face, and leave on for 10-12 minutes.