In this post, I’m going to be talking about skincare, with a specific focus on the things that have really helped me improve the condition of my skin. Clearing up my skin has been a work in progress and as mentioned in my last post, my biggest skin concern is hyper pigmentation.
Here are some of the things I do in order to keep my skin clear…
Cleanse, tone, moisturise – On a day to day basis our skin goes through so much so this is very important (especially if you wear makeup). Cleansers remove dirt and oil from the skin which significantly reduce your chances of getting spots, blemishes and blackheads. Toning the skin leaves it hydrated and also minimises the appearance of pores. People with oily skin (such as myself) are advised to use a toner due to the fact that their pores may be larger in size. Some toners contain harsh ingredients so be sure to do your research if you choose to invest in one. Moisturising stops your skin from getting irritated and flaky. It also boosts the skin’s hydration levels and slows down the ageing process.
Drink water – Yes, yes, yes we heard this almost every time in 2017 whenever someone was asked what their secret was but it has been scientifically proven that drinking water has many skin benefits such as improving your complexion and making you look younger.
I drink two bottles of water a day. This is equivalent to about three glasses. Recently, I’ve started to drink three bottles of water a day. I do want to improve on this and start drinking the daily requirement, which is eight glasses but either way, I’m seeing a real change in the way my skin looks.
You are what you eat – I also eat foods that are proven to clear skin such as leafy greens. I love broccoli and kale in particular (I always try and have a serving of vegetables with my meals). I also love oily fish such as salmon and mackerel and my favourite fruits are raspberries and blueberries. I ate raspberries so much last summer and I noticed a few weeks later that my skin had a nice glow to it.
Introduce an oil or serum into your skin care routine – even if you’re naturally blessed with good skin, I do recommend introducing a serum or oil into your routine. Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil is my go to face oil. It is pricey at £10.49 but the oil contains a powerful blend of ten essential oils including Vitamin C and Retinol.
Moderate consumption of salty and oily foods – This is something I struggle with, I will be completely honest with you. I’m from Cameroon, West Africa and I’m sure other Africans will be able to relate to this. Whether it’s dishes such as Egusi or Eru (A Cameroonian dish), salt and oil are always involved (the positives of both being that they have vegetable in them). In addition to this, I try to stay away from chips, burgers and all that stuff. I don’t follow the 5:2 diet or anything like that, I just watch what I eat, that’s all.
When you moisturise, pay attention to the area under your eyes – Especially if you wear makeup. The skin around this area is thinner and shows signs of aging more quickly than other areas on the face.
Exfoliate – minimum of twice a week – I exfoliate three-four times a week. A lot of women are under the perception that exfoliating is something you do after you’ve showered but you can actually add a little bit of your scrub to your shower gel/body wash and that still counts. I’m currently using a body scrub from Palmer’s to exfoliate my skin.
I try not to stress which is really hard because I work in the education sector. Every day is stressful. To prevent environmental havoc on my skin, I do a facial once or twice a week. If I don’t use Indian Healing Facial Clay, I use my Purifying Neem Mask.
I want to show you guys a before and after picture of my skin. The picture on the left was taken in 2014 and the second picture was taken earlier this year. It’s clear to see the difference in my complexion in comparison to the picture on the right. I was just using any products I could find, not ones that were actually suited to my skin type.
I hope this post has inspired you to think about your skincare journey and also the kind of products that you use or would like to use on your skin.
I’m always interested in hearing your views/opinions so feel free to comment.
Also, do let me know what you’d like to see more of on I.K.S in 2018.