Skincare 101

So I decided to do something different today. For those of you who read my blog, you know that I talk about a montage of topics. However,  this is not a beauty blog and therefore I have not discussed beauty related topics. Well, I’ve been thinking of new creative ideas to make the blog more interesting so I thought, why not divulge into the beauty world. As you can see from the heading I’m going to be talking all about skincare. Your skin is meant to last your entire life so it’s so critical to take good care of it. Fortunately, I’m young so my skin is in its prime but I have been trying to take steps to ensure that I age well and maintain my exceptionally good looks. (Just kidding, but you get the gist.)

With this in mind, I will share a brief history of my skin. For starters, I am an African American woman. I would consider myself on the “medium-dark” side. My mother looks extremely good for her age. Now maybe the fact that we are black may contribute to the good aging(Black don’t crack, haha) but I have seen her take good care of her skin. So back to me. My face has always been pretty oily, especially around my t-zones. So when puberty hit, I developed mild acne. What really helped me was using products that contain benozyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Those ingredients go deep in your pores and basically dry up the zit. Also when I began drinking more water, I noticed a significant difference. On another note, the fact that I stopped puberty probably also contributed to my improved skin condition. Recently, I have noticed that my skin is in the best condition it has ever been. I have been getting compliments on how smooth my skin is.  It’s been a long way to get to this point. Here’s a picture of me without make up for example.

Skin Care 101

So what’s my secret. Well

  1. Eat and drink clean. What does eating clean mean? Well, eating foods that are not processed and that are natural. Your skin is impacted by what you put in your body just like your weight. Your skin needs essential nutrients to function properly. When you eat a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables you will see a major difference in the quality of your skin. Also, I drink a lot of water. I mean 8-10 glasses every day. Drinking water, hydrates your skin. It is also shown to make your skin less dull, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores.
  2. Moisturize. Even though my skin is naturally oily, I have found that when I don’t put on lotion it leaves my skin feeling dry and cracked. For some of my Caucasian viewers, putting on lotion may not be apart of your daily routine. But trust me, when you put on lotion you are nourishing your skin. It will definitely make a difference in your overall appearance. Overly dry skin, just like oil can also cause acne. It is also important to put on SPF. No matter what your skin tone is, you have a risk of getting skin cancer. Therefore, prevention is key.
  3. Exfoliate. Now this is something I need to work on more. Exfoliating is taking the dead skin cells from your skin by using either an a grainy texture scrub or other means. Other means being using a mechanical face brush. So what are the benefits of exfoliation? It improves skin’s texture,  prevents aging, prevents breakouts, and  improves skin tone. It makes sense right? You are basically going out with the old (skin cells) and unleashing the new.
  4. Wash your face morning and night. Believe it or not, throughout the day our skin can get pretty dirty. With dirt, oil, and make up our skin collects guck throughout the day. That’s why it is essential to wash your make up before you go to bed. I have had instances where I was too lazy to wash my make up off, and I ended up with a huge pimple. That’s not pretty. Even if you don’t wear makeup, establishing a routine of washing your face in the morning and night will give you such an improvement in your overall face quality.

I’m no skincare expert by any means but I do know a few things. If you would like me to do more skincare/beauty blogs please feel free to comment. I hope you enjoyed this and I it was helpful.

Stay beautiful,

Abisola