Kidding! Well, partially. There was a time when I possessed a multitude of skincare products – cleansers, astringents, acne creams, spot treatments, gels, toners – and packed them on morning and night. My skin was horrifically oily, despite using these products that were supposed to keep it at bay. I watched videos, researched products, learned how to properly use and layer my products so that the oils were curbed, and the small breakouts would stop. They didn’t. I thought the answer was to go more expensive, so I began to look at products outside of the drugstore (though not anything too crazy because let’s face it, I’m on a budget). Those products worked a little better, but my skin still wasn’t that great.
Over time, I started looking into other products, and ones that were more natural. I started over the summer by replacing my face cleansers with Raw African Black Soap. I saw immediate improvement after washing my face with this for only a couple of days. After using this, my skin began to improve. It only got better as time went on.
After getting the cleansing down, I began the quest of looking for a face mask that I could use on a regular basis to really purify my skin, take out all of the gunk, and make my skin s m o o t h. In comes the Bentonite Clay mask. I ordered a 2 pound jar of it, and it’s been love ever since. I started using this about once a week, and it’s really helped to clear my skin and improve the texture! I have a whole post about it here.
Recently (for about the past couple months) I’ve also started cleansing my face at night with oil! When you combat oiliness with more oil, the result is less oil. I know it seems weird, but in reading about it I learned that when you strip your skin of its natural oils and such, your skin reacts by over producing oil, thus leading to very oily skin. When you cleanse with oil, your skin is kept at bay because there is already moisture there. Personally, I’ve also noticed that cleansing with oils like Jojoba oil work slightly better for me than olive oil or almond oil. Basically, I take a few drops of whatever oil I’m using, rub it around in my hands, and then I massage it into my face to remove my makeup. After everything has dissolved off, I take a paper towel or a washcloth and wipe it all off until my face is clear. After that, I just go back and rinse it with some water, but most of the time I just leave it after I wipe the oil off. In the morning, I wash my face with the black soap I mentioned earlier.
My next step is finding a product that can assist with brightening. I know lemon is supposed to be pretty good with that, but I’m not sure how I feel about using that on my skin. That is something I have to look into. If you all have any suggestions as to what i can use, let me know please!
Since stripping down my skincare routine, and introducing more natural products, my skin has been pretty great. Of course I still get minor bumps here and there when it’s that time of the month, or I start eating badly, or I’m not drinking enough water, but that’s to be expected. Overall, I haven’t had many problems, and most importantly, the excessive oiliness has stopped. In closing, I guess the main things I’ve noticed in changing my skin care routine to this current one is that the less you do, the better. I’m not stressing my skin by overburdening it with a whole bunch of product, and my skin loves it!
What are some of your skin care tips?
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