There is no such thing as “the perfect skin”, I believe making efforts to improve one’s skin is of paramount importance even if perfection seems impossible. Certain things such as a change in weather, pregnancy, and menstrual cycle can cause little or significant changes in our skin. Also, staring all of us in the face are the signs of ageing and in my opinion, one does not have to wait until old age to incorporate anti-ageing regimen into skin care routine. There are a lot of inexpensive skincare products that works just as well as the high end if not better and a little trial & error may be required before you find products that work for your skin.
First, you need to identify your skin type ( dry, oily, sensitive, acne-prone, ,etc..) and problem (hyperpigmentation, dull or dehydrated, large-pores, uneven skin tone, etc.) then work up a routine that suits your skin.
Background on my skin type & problems: I have combination, sensitive, acne-prone & uneven skin tone and incorporating an anti-ageing regimen into my routine is of utmost importance. I focus my skin care on acne prevention, anti-ageing, evening my skin tone and maintaining a healthy glow. These are the major components of my skin care products:
- For acne, I use tea tree oil and salicylic acid products
Tea tree oil has chemicals that are effective in treating and preventing bacteria and fungal infection. Salicylic acid works as a bacteriostatic agent, causing the cells of the skin to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up and allowing room for new cell growth
- I use glycolic acid and vitamin C containing products for evening skin tone & maintaining a healthy glow
Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliate used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant that slows the rate of free radicals damage. They reduce acne scarring, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions.
- and anti-ageing products.
Here is my skin care routine in order:
Cleansing: It is important to cleanse skin daily whether you wear makeup or not to get rid of dirt on the face. Cleansing the skin day and night with a good but gentle cleanser is a great way to start off skin care. I use my inexpensive DIY African black soap face wash as a daily (day & night) face wash.
Toning: A toner’s function is to remove impurities that might still be lingering after washing the face with a cleanser. Most toners are composed of specific active ingredients tailored to address a variety of skin types or problem.
- In the morning, I use a hydrating toner, the body shop vitamin E hydrating toner
- At night, I use the Superdrug tea tree toner or freedom glycolic acid glow tonic.
Moisturising: moisturisers are specifically designed to keep the skin hydrated and softer.
- In the morning, I use serums; Superdrug Vitamin E moisture boost facial serum and B. nourished night serum because they are light weight and non-greasy. On days that I need to go out, whether I wear makeup or not, I use a moisturiser with SPF; the B. radiant day cream.
- At night, I use a heavily moisturising cream; Superdrug naturally radiant night cream or B. Radiant Night cream. These have anti-ageing benefits.
Eye care & Lip care: Ensuring a well hydrated under eye is of importance to me to prevent fine lines. I use the body shop vitamin E oil or almond oil every night to moisturise my under eye and lips. I also use Vaseline to moisturise my lips. No one looks cute with dry ashy lips.
Exfoliating: involves the removal of the oldest dead cells on the skin’s outermost surface. There are two ways of exfoliating
- Physical exfoliation is using products that contains beads or grain that have abrasive effect to shed the outermost layer of the skin. I use the body shop Vitamin E cream exfoliator or Superdrug tea tree exfoliating scrub OR my DIY Sugar scrub once or twice a week.
- Chemical Exfoliation also known as PEELING involves using Glycolic Acid to reveal a new layer of skin. It is usually done by a dermatologist or cosmetologist. I use Superdrug naturally radiant glycolic overnight peel once a week or once in two weeks depending on my skin texture.
Deep Cleansing: Using a clay or charcoal mask once or twice a week to absorb toxins, remove dead cells and dirt from pores to rejuvenate skin and stimulate blood circulation to the skin. I use Neutrogena visibly clear 2 in 1 mask (it contains salicylic acid) and amazon bought Korean charcoal mask. Charcoal mask removes white & black head from the skin, deep cleanses the pores, hereby reducing the appearance of pores, firms skin and prevent ageing signs.
I know this is a long one but I hope I am able to share some tips and products idea to help. Last but not the least, the most important skin care requirement is drinking enough WATER. It flushes out toxins from the system and hydrates the skin.
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