My Skin type:
- Drier-than-normal a.k.a Very dry combination. I’m one of those people that have used quite a number of skincare products and have been unlucky.
- Uneven skin tone
- Dry flakes
- Damaged skin e.t.c.
You know the drill. For a long time, my skin has been stagnant. Mostly due to my mother’s negligence over the years. And then one day, I looked at myself and decided to do something. I had had a enough. Fortunately, I’m not one of those people who are influenced by outward appearances. It was something that had to do my mind and attitude; my optimism basically. Fast-forward to a few years later, I’ve not exactly found the holy grail for my skin but I’m glad I’m making some albeit slow progress.
I started with raw shea butter and for two years, there wasn’t any visible improvement. Yes people! IT DID NOT WORK! Then I started researching (almost at the same time for my natural hair journey) Then one day, I decided to visit a supermarket close by. Luckily they stock quite a range of products. Eventually I settled for Dove Pro-Age Cream Oil which was fair. It was almost the best thing I’d used so far except that it didn’t last very long. I moved on to Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula which was even worse. If I had known, I would have mixed it with Palmer’s Moisturizing Body Oil or better still Glycerine to increase the effectiveness. After which, was Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturizer for Dry Skin which was also bleh! Anyways after going in circles, I decided to create a skin care regimen which might be at par with my hair care regimen.
- Facial: Over the years, my face has proved to be the softest part of my entire body. I think it’s because I took care of it early enough. As early as high school days, I already had a facial cleanser which excluded me from the general acne puberty brought (which is sadly catching up with me now).
- Cleanser – Liquid Black Soap (with lemon juice and honey) – This is something I just started to try out. I saw the recipe somewhere and was piqued by it especially since I’m battling acne and trying to convert to solely natural products. I can’t remember the number of times, I’ve fought the urge to by drugstore cleansers. Hopefully this works so I don’t have to give in.
- Toner & Moisturizer – Eden’s Glycerine and Rosewater – Been using this for quite a while now; almost two years. Currently on my fourth bottle. It tones, soothes and moisturises my skin perfectly! I don’t even need to use a moisturizer again. I just apply my foundation. Although I’m looking forward to trying pure Rosewater. I hear it’s more effective.
- Honey – Every morning, I smear a generous amount of honey (and lemon juice sometimes) on my face to treat my acne. I’ve decided to stick to solely organic products.
- Oatmeal and honey – Once/twice every week, I make a mask of honey and oatmeal (and lemon juice) majorly for exfoliation.
- Baking soda – I’ve been using this for quite a while now. It gently removes dead cells and leaves my face feeling smooth. It actually worked for a while. Not sure now. As a result, I don’t use it as much anymore.
- Eden’s Apricot Scrub For Face And Body – I use this once in a while too but majorly for my body.
- Makeup Removal – Oil Cleansing Method – I use a mixture of topical oils: Olive oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and Almond Oil which doubles as a makeup remover and cleanser. (More on that in the coming weeks)
- Body Cleanser – Liquid Black Soap (with honey and lemon juice)
- Moisturizer – Vaseline’s Total Moisture Cocoa Glow– I got this solely because of its cocoa butter content and its sits well with my skin. This would be my staple until I get my hands on raw cocoa butter. I do, however, mix it with a bit of Glycerine to increase its moisturizing properties.
- Body Exfoliation – Eden’s Apricot Scrub For Face And Body – I’m thinking of changing to Sugar/Epsom salt, Honey and Olive oil once I’m done with this cup. This is the second time I’m using this scrub and I’ve not seen any improvement or maybe they’re not that visible and I’m not about to waste it so I’m just gonna finish with. I feel I need something strong for my drier-than-normal skin. This is too mild that’s why I’m switching.
- Others: I’m currently using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil to help with my scars and the general appearance of my skin so I made a mixture with Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Glow which I apply at night. So yeah, that’s pretty much what it entails. I’m really hopeful albeit skeptical about all this but it’s a start. I hope I see improvements/results on or before the end of the year. Also working increasing my water intake too because that also goes a long way.