Hi Lovlies. Thought I would start my first post off (on our new website?) with my skincare regime. I wanted to do my AM and PM routine in one but it would be way to long of a read.
A few years ago I suffered from horrible hormonal acne, never having had acne before I had to research what ingredients to look for when buying skincare. Now this may not work for you but it did the things for me.
Oily dehydrated: my T-zone is oily but I still have dry flakes caused by dehydration. I also have slight melasma around my mouth and a few pigmentation marks caused by acne
Pigmentation and even skin tone
I double cleanse at night, most mornings I just rinse my face with tepid water. If I do feel that my skin needs a cleanser in the morning I’ll use one
Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist and Benton Aloe Bha Skin: Balances out your skins ph and also prepares your skin, by softening it, for serums and moisturizers.
Nothing beats Korean or Japanese skincare in this regard, jam packed with hyaluronic acid that draws moisture from the air into your skin.
Aloe vera juice and rose water can also be used as hydrating toners.
Tip: Apply toners on damp skin, especially if it contains hyaluronic acid. I used to apply hyaluronic acid on dry skin and it dried my skin out even more but if the skin is damp it draws that water into the skin
Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence: Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Protects skin from free radicals. Helps fade acne scars, dark spots, helps to brighten and clear skin. Contains hyluronic acid as well. Not gona lie this grossed me out the first time i used it especially the Cosrx one, its slimy as hell, the Benton one has a gel serum consistency but i still prefer the Cosrx
The Ordinary Niacinamide: Helps visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, congestion, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, a weakened surface and helps control sebum production
PS: There is no product that can shrink your pores, it can make you pores look smaller by cleaning out the pores but it cannot shrink it….i wish it could! Primers are of no use too, it blurs pores making it less noticeable. Also pores are not muscles it cannot contract to become smaller. What does help is trying to keep it as clean as possible, sebum/blackheads stretch the pore and once its stretched…its stretched.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid: This is a Bha, helps clogs pores by dissolving sebum buildup. Great to use when dealing with blackheads and whiteheads. Salicylic acid can directly dissolve the keratin plugs and regulate the skin cells.
Benton Snail Bee Steam Cream: Formulated with snail mucin to deeply hydrate skin. Bee venom also helps promote collagen production. Contains hyluronic acid and niacinamide as well
Because I use so much acids spf is a must. Physical sunscreen is the best, uva and b rays bounce off from the skin unlike a chemical spf that absorbs and dissipates it. The environ one is good but, ghost face. Regardless we should use SPF EVERYDAY, the sun is the main contributor to pigmentation, aging and acne
Morning skincare regime #1
1. Rinse with water
2. Hydrating toner: hada labo + aloe vera juice
3. Serums: Benton Snail Essence/Cosrx and Niacinamide
4. Moisturizer:Benton snail cream
Morning skincare regime #2
1.Rinse with water
2.Hydrating toner: benton + aloe vera juice
3.Serums: Benton Snail essence and Salicylic Acid
4. Moisturizer: Benton snail cream
Once a week I use a bentonite clay mixed with aloe juice, this sucks all the gunk out of my pores. You have to wait till its completely dry then rinse it off
*I do not use cotton rounds to apply toner, just pat on with my hands or mist straight onto my face
*Before applying the next product I wait a few minutes for the previous one to be absorbed.
*Pat on products. Rubbing can drag the skin, stretching it.
*If a product says “for oily skin”, I’m not buying it. These products usually has mattifiying ingredients in it. These ingredients causes your skin to over produce oil because your skin is too dried out, it is actually the cause of what you are trying to avoid. The more hydrated the skin, the less oil it produces.
What to avoid when buying skincare
Fragrance and essential oils: can cause irritation, dryness and aggravate acne. There’s really no benefits to adding fragrance to skincare, besides that it smells nice. Some of the things I use honestly stinks but I’m more concerned with it actually working. After a while I don’t even notice the smell. Some essential oils can cause allergic reactions but there are some that actually help like tea tree oil, NEVER APPLY ESSENTIAL OILS NEAT ON ANY PART OF YOUR BODY
Drying alcohols: not all alcohols are bad for your skin there are some fatty alcohols that helps nourish the skin.
Dyes: same as fragrance unnecessary and its main purpose is aesthetics, nothing else. Don’t get me started on glitter and confetti?
Where to buy
I am aware that almost all of the products in my morning skincare regime is not readily available in SA, however , it’s still more affordable than skincare in SA of the same quality
Japanese Skincare: Butterkup beauty
The Ordinary SA Stockist(online): Muse Beauty and Bay One For Africa.
Cult beauty is where most ladies buy The Ordinary from, with customs its still cheaper than SA stockists’, try to keep your order under R450 and you may not incur customs- this is not guaranteed
We will be having 2 skincare items available in our April #Squadbox, to read more about how to become a subscriber click here
Hope you enjoyed reading 🙂