I remember when I used to be ignorant enough to think that skin-care was bogus and a total waste of resources. No matter your skin type, everybody is required to develop a daily skin-care routine so you could maintain overall skin health and specific concerns like acne, scarring, and dark spots wouldn’t be a bother.
Five skin-care products may seem a little too much, but once you understand, I bet it would make more sense. No product serves all purposes like; treats, clear spots, prevents wrinkles, tones etc. Every product has its function, and when you have all the right products, the result will blow your mind like it did mine. After being introduced to a better skin-care routine, I occasionally look back at my old self and cringe. I remember how I barely washed my face, touched my face too often, never used toner and worse of all, thinking sunscreen was just for white or light-skinned people.
I have learnt many things since the commencement of my skin-care journey, but the most important one is that it is crucial to take care of yourself. My mum would always say, “if you don’t lick your lips, harmattan will lick it for you”, simply put, if you don’t take care of yourself, no one will. The products mentioned below are products you should own and products I currently use.
The Five Skin-Care Products Everyone Should Own
This is the foundation of your whole skin-care routine; it is also a brainer. If you aren’t the type that uses a cleanser, you might want to rethink that. Always pick a cleanser that leaves your skin tight; cleansers work to remove oil, dirt, or makeup. They also remove dead skin and unclog pores. It is advised to wash the face not more than twice a day and avoid washing till it’s squeaky-clean because we rid our skin of those essential natural oils our skin produces.
I usually opt for a double cleanse because I have an oily and acne-prone skin. I go in first with my “Simple, gentle cleanser”, then use a cleanser containing an exfoliating agent; my preference is the “Neutrogena pink grapefruit cream wash”.
This product is designed to help shed the outer layer of our skin. The process is not as cruel as it sounds; don’t worry. The outer layer of our skin is usually dead skin, and once this outer layer is removed, a brighter and younger skin is revealed. This process also helps other products like serums and moisturizers to work better and faster. Exfoliate once or twice a week for effective results.
There are chemical and natural exfoliators. Like the names imply; the chemical exfoliators are made with chemicals, and natural exfoliators are created with natural substances. I recommend “The Ordinary” for the best chemical exfoliators and “Nature’s Bar” for your natural exfoliators.
Use a toner right after your cleanser and before your serums and moisturizer. This potion helps balance the PH of your skin and even out your skin’s complexion; ensure to use it twice a day. I use the “Nature’s Bar” or “The Ordinary”.
A serum is required to be applied after your toner and before your moisturizer. A serum contains nutrients, vitamins and high potency ingredients that foster healthy skin. I’d advise you to immediately infuse serums into your daily skin-care routine if it wasn’t part of your routine. They might be pricey, but it’s worth it and they lasts for a while. “The Ordinary” and “Good Molecules” are the best choice.
Moisturizer And Sunscreen (SPF)
Moisturizer is the regiment that locks in all the aforementioned products; a moisturizer should be applied on damp skin, not dry skin. Oily skin also needs moisturizer, but use one that is lightweight so it doesn’t block your pores. CeraVe’s facial lotion would better serve.
Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 both before heading outdoors and indoors. I know so many black people have always thought that the sun does not affect their skin; well, that’s not true. Studies have shown that darker-toned people need more sun protection because hyperpigmentation is harder to correct. You should apply the sunscreen last because it protects your skin from UV rays.
Like every other thing in life, when embarking on a skin-care journey its important to remember that it won’t become better overnight; consistency is key.