Just stop and listen to what your skin needs


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As a woman of the world of today, I raise my hands for wanting to always look good and chasing products to help me achieve that. As a visual enthusiast, I love seeing people look good and taking care of themselves. We love the innovative makeup, blinding highlighters and all. As a bad conversationalist, I am not good at helping people during discussions on how to make themselves look better, feel better and not spending all their savings while at it. That’s why I fulfil my desire to inform through writing.

Business is magical. It feeds and clothes from the minds and desires of what the world of today wants and needs and somehow, it keeps luring us into buying temporary solutions that never eradicate the problem. We know deep within that the only success to change is a long-term, well thought of and researched plan. If you are like me who loves the fine things of life but wants to enjoy them in a logical and sustainable way, then this article is for you.

What does your skin need? This is very broad but I can definitely tell you what your skin does not need – the most expensive creams in the market that promise you that your skin can become smooth, poreless and textureless. Leave that to photoshop! You will appreciate with me that this topic is a long and limitless one. So I will narrow it down to what I think my skin needs and I will be most appreciative if we can leave comments below that can help each other in our ‘flawlessly’ flawed skin journeys.

The best way I shop for products is by reading the ingredients. And if you have to check the ingredients of products , you need to know exactly what you are looking for.

Alpha hydroxy acids: I will not go all chemical with these acids but will talk about them as simply as possible so that we can all learn from it. When looking for skin care products, I know I need exfoliation of dead skin to facilitate the growth and emergence of new skin cells. I will be looking for hydroxy-acids in their purest form at the right percentages and supporting products that work in liaison with these acids. I will not want to see a label read ‘Hydroxy acid’ for instance and then check the ingredients and the acid is the second to the last ingredient of only 0.001% of the total content for instance. Mind you that businesses are out to sell. You are out to take care of yourself. So be wise about it. I will also not want to see tons of ingredients whose names I cannot pronounce or might never see again in life. You will want to start by always buying the smallest pack of products and seeing if this is suitable for your skin or not.

Hyaluronic acid: I have heard a lot of good stuff about this product , reason why I am sharing it with you. It is known to retain moisture in the skin keeping it plump and rejuvenated. For all my age fighting ladies, this is your weapon. I’m talking to all the dry skinned, combination or oily skin gorgeous women out there. You will not be a member of the grease-ball association – I promise my oily skin ladies. No matter how much oil your skin has, you will still need this. So again, check the ingredients and make sure they are of the right quantities and not a lot of other crappy products.

Vitamin C: I have been told to look out for vitamin C as it is essential for skin regeneration and a great anti-oxidant as well. Look for products that have Vitamin C and also make sure your diet has lots of Vitamin C in it. This can be obtained from a lot of fruits and vegetables. Ascorbic acid is one of the key ingredients to look out for when looking for topical application of vitamin C. A lot of home-made remedies can be used as well which should include lemon which is a great source of Vitamin C.

Having a skin care routine: I am embarrassed to say this but I remember not being able to answer the question properly when I was asked in a Pharmacy in Paris a few months back what my skin care routine is. That is simply because I didn’t have one. I didn’t take the time to generate a care and pampering plan for my skin every night in order to give a chance for the products to work. You can have skin care knowledge but without implementation, there is basically no point. And it is very easy in this busy world of ours to fall asleep tired with make up on or not properly taking care of our skin. You also need to know when to stop when you have a skin care plan. You do not need to be using a gazillion of products on your face at a given time to the point where there is no accountability for when you get any allergies for example. Sometimes, less is more.

Use a sunscreen: As a black woman, I’ve heard so many people say black girls don’t crack. But trust me, your skin will be cracking so open if you do not introduce sunscreen to your skincare routine. They help protect from the harmful sun’s rays known to cause hyperpigmentation and age-spots. I have had a lot of sun damage on my skin just because I am lazy to use sunscreens. And to be honest, their consistency is usually not one to encourage application. For women of colour, they normally leave a grey residue which peeks out of foundation. It is usually unfathomable wearing them without foundations. Please could we share sunscreens of high SPFs that do not have this overcast.

Other things I have heard about great skin is to drink lots and lots of water, exercise regularly, sleep as much as you can and eat as healthy as possible. This is easier said than done. End of the day, some people will apply all these in their lives and have no results. At the same time, some people will make no effort whatsoever and have amazing skin.

I am no skin expert. I’m just an ordinary lady doing her research and sharing the little she has learnt. Please do not hesitate to speak to a dermatologist if you have major skin issues.

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