My Super Simple SkinCare Routine

So, before I get into my routine and the products I use, let me just give you a little back-ground story on my skin and how it has been lately…

In May of this year I stopped taking birth control simply because I had been on it for a few years and wanted to give my body a break. I figured there would be changes, like changes in my mood, but what I did not expect was a whole lot of acne. When I tell y’all I was HURT!!! My forehead broke out badly! I was getting pimples on places like my cheeks, chin, and nose! I probably sound hella dramatic cause it’s just acne right, but at the time it was a huge deal. I felt extremely unattractive and annoyed about it for weeks. Prior to stopping the birth-control I got like one pimple on my forehead every so often but that was it.

I read online that it was very normal to experience acne after quitting birth control because your hormones are adjusting. More specifically as your hormones adjust, oil production can increase.  After reading that information, I felt a lot better and I came to the realization that I just needed to be patient with my body. Also, having acne is not the end of the freaking world.

Now we get to the point of the post… my skin care routine!

As my skin was changing I thought it would be helpul to change some of the products I had been using. Some of these products are old, but some are newer as I’ve been using them for a little over a month now. I’m very happy to say that my skin is getting back to being clear and my confidence is on 10.

Step 1: Cleanser

My cleanser was the first product that I looked to change. I was previously using Cetaphil but now I use Acure-Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream and Neutrogena- Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser. I love the cleansing cream because it leaves my face feeling both clean and hydrated. I do not use the exfoliating cleanser everyday although the directions state you can. It’s more like every other day in order to remove dead skin cells. While I’m cleansing I like to use the Beyond Belief- Deep Cleansing Silicone brush.

Step 2: Toner

I’ve been using Heritage Store- Rosewater Facial Toner for about 6 months now and will continue to do so because I am completley obsessed. I’m 99% sure that this product is the reason my skin tone is even. It’s also very hydrating.

Step 3: Eyecream

I’ve tried so many different eye creams over the past year, but about 3 months ago I found the  Belif-Moisturizing Eye Bomb and love it. I can’t stand dry under eyes, and this product is very hydrating.

Step 4: Moisturizer

I was previously using an Aveeno moisturizer, but noticed it was way too heavy for my skin now that it was producing more oil. I wanted something light, so I got the Cerave- Ultra Light Moisturizing Lotion. I love that such a light-weight product can be so moisturizing. It’s also non-comedogenic which means it doesn’t clog your pores.

I also want to mention the Ancient Healing Clay-Deep Facial Cleanser although this is something I use only once a week. When I do use it, I use it after cleansing. This product is great for pulling out any dirt and oil that is deep in your pores.

Additional skin-care tips…

Stay hydrated. Take your vitamins. Use sunscreen (yes, even us melanin infused folks need to use sunscreen).

10 Must-Haves for Natural Hair

10 Must-Haves for Natural Hair

I swear having natural hair is a full-time job. Ok maybe part-time, but either way it takes some work. It takes even more work when you don’t know what products to use. I’ve listed 10 things that I feel make life easier as well as give you great hair. These are products that I can’t go without and feel work for every curl type. I’ve also included links to specific products that I use.

Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Sulfate is a cleansing agent and it produces that lather effect. While sulfate makes your hair and scalp feel squeaky clean, it can also be harmful. Sulfate strips hair of everything, including natural oils that are needed. Sulfate also drys out hair and makes it frizzy.

https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/hair-care/shampoo/superfoods-quench-shampoo/SBS-377036.html?list=Home%7CWhats_new

Sulfate-Free Conditioner

After you use the shampoo to cleanse your hair, you’ll need this product to restore moisture. If a brand has a shampoo then there is most likely a coordinating conditioner (though not usually sold together). I don’t typically mix and match shampoos and conditioners but that’s just a personal choice.

https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/hair-care/conditioner/superfoods-quench-conditioner/SBS-377037.html?list=Home%7CWhats_new

Tangle Tamer

You need something that is going to detangle your hair without ripping and tearing it. A Tangle Tamer has a lot more teeth than a wide-tooth comb, so it detangles and distributes product to every single strand. I use my tangle tamer in the shower while my conditioner is in. 

https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/brushes-and-combs/tangle-tamer-max/PLGDIN17.html?list=Search_Results#q=tangle+tamer&start=1

360 Mist Spray Bottle

Your hair needs to be moisturized often so it helps to have a water bottle handy. It’s especially helpful when you’re styling your hair and need to re-wet it. This particular water bottle is great because it sprays a fine mist of water that is evenly distributed across your hair. My favorite part about it is that it sprays a continuous mist, so no constant pumping like with a traditional spray bottle.

https://www.sallybeauty.com/salon-equipment-and-furniture/salon-accessories/spray-and-applicator-bottles/360-mist-sprayers/SLNCAR77.html?list=Search_Results#q=360&start=1

Deep Conditioner 

Deep conditioning is extremely important for us natural girls! Deep conditioners usually stay in the hair for a limited amount of time and are then rinsed out. Benefits of deep conditioning include; hydration, reduced split-ends, stronger hair, hair growth, and added shine. I deep condition once a week. 

https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/hair-care/textured-hair/curly-hair/intensive-hydration-masque/SBS-476432.html

Deep Conditioning Cap

Yes, this is a cap that you wear while deep conditioning. It’s not the most fashionable accessory, but it helps to trap heat inside. The heat helps the conditioner to deeply penetrate your hair. 

https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/hair-accessories/platinum-deep-conditioning-cap/SBS-543908.html?list=Search_Results#q=cap&start=1

Leave-In Conditioner 

A leave-in conditioner is a conditioner that is left in the hair, no rinsing needed. Every leave-in has its own benefits so choose one based on what you feel your hair needs. I always use a leave-in, and consider it to be like a “primer” or “base” for my styling products. 

https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/hair-care/textured-hair/coily-hair/leave-in-conditioner/SBS-341201.html?list=Search_Results#q=as+i+am&start=1

Essential and Natural Oil(s)

An essential oil would be tea tee oil, which helps with dry, itchy scalp. A natural oil would be castor oil, which promotes hair growth. There are many different oils with different benefits so again, choose based on what your hair needs. I use coconut oil for hot oil treatments. 

https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/hair-care/treatments/coconut-black-castor-oil/SBS-175352.html?list=Search_Results#q=jamaican+black+castor+oil&start=1

Satin Pillowcase, Scarf, or Bonnet

You must sleep with something to protect your hair, and that something should be satin. Your hair can slide across satin without snagging, tearing, or becoming frizzy. You can use a satin pillowcase, scarf, or bonnet. Use all three if you’re a wild sleeper. I usually use a scarf and bonnet.

https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/hair-accessories/large-satin-bonnet/SBS-378140.html?list=Search_Results#q=satin+bonnet&start=1

A Stylist That Knows Natural Hair 

If you want to maintain beautiful and healthy hair this is extremely important. A stylist that knows natural hair will; use appropriate techniques for cutting, give you a good shape, use products that work well for your hair, and be knowledgeable about natural hair care. My stylist is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but feel free to check out her insta!

https://www.instagram.com/lynn.styless/

I hope you found my list helpful! If you have any questions about the products or natural hair in general, leave a comment!