Okay, can we take a moment to applaud Rihanna though?! Her skincare line- Fenty Skin comes out July 31st and I’m hyped. I live for good skincare products. Here is my current step-by-step skincare routine with products included.
My skin type/concerns – oily, acne prone, hyper-pigmentation.
Before I begin cleansing my face, I always make sure to wash my hands with an anti-bacterial soap and warm water. Then, I dampen my skin with a rose-water facial mist (when I’m feeling bougie) or just regular lukewarm water.
Fyi- I always wash my face for 60 seconds to make sure the product penetrates. Also, I like to use my hands. I no longer use facial brushes. Why would you want to brush your skin?
- DHC – Deep Cleansing Oil. This product is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that nourishes and hydrates the skin and works great as a makeup remover. It makes me cringe watching people roughly remove their makeup with wipes. Please use an oil (coconut oil), an oil-based cleanser like DHC, and/or micellar water instead. I like to use this product at nighttime since it’s deep cleansing. After a long day, I want all the environmental toxins off my skin!
- Incredible by Nature- Raw Organic African Black Soap for Acne, Dry Skin, Rashes, Scar Removal- Face and Body Wash. My holy grail. I don’t care what anyone has to say about using soaps as cleansers. I love it, my skin loves it, so I will continue to use it. It has a pleasent smell, lathers good, and my skin always feel super smooth and squeaky clean. Beware of the black soap frauds- shiny black bars of african black soap are not authentic. The real kind is brown and more “rough” or textured.
- Cerave– Hydrating Facial Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin. This is a new-ish member to my collection and I’m honestly still deciding whether I like it or not. The texture is very watery and oily consistency, it almost feels like I’m not even using anything. It’s affordable but not the best product.
- Neutrogena–Oil-free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser. It’s an effective yet gentle acne cleanser with salicylic acid. The first time I used this product it literally got rid of two pimples over night, I was shooked. So, I would definitely recommend this product. It also has a light floral scent but not too strong.
Fyi- I don’t use all my cleansers at once, I just like having options. Using your products interchangeably helps them last longer.
- Aveeno- Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub with Moisture Rich Soy Extract. It gently removes impurities for a softer, brighter, more even toned skin. It also contains jojoba and castor oils. This scrub can be used daily but I only like to exfoliate 2x a week. I really want to try Dermalogica’s Microfoliant and Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant next.
- Sky Organics- Organic Rose Water Facial Mist. 100% pure & natural hydrating toner. After exfoliating, I will spray on some facial toner to re-dampen my skin before applying my face mask. I also use this during the day when my skin needs a quick “pick me up”.
Now to my favorite part. There’s something bout doin’ a face mask that makes me feel like I have my life together. I be feeling so luxurious and expensive. Face masks are a part of self care. I’ll usually do a mask on days that I exfoliate or just once a week is enough.
- Sky Organics– 100% Pure & Natural Indian Healing Bentonite Clay Mask. This is the O.G of face masks. It’s very popular, pretty much everyone uses it or have heard of bentonite clay masks. It’s a paste so it has to be mixed equally with water and apple cider vinegar. Definitely not for every day use. I only use it as needed if my skin is really acting up.
- SheaMoisture- Manuka Honey & Yogurt, Glow-Getter Honey Mask with Vitamin-C. At first, I expected this mask to be thick and creamy but it was actually the opposite. It doesn’t get hard or “cracks” like clay masks do. Imagine an over-glazed sweaty donut..that’s how it looks after it’s applied. It feels cool on the skin and easy to remove. Should probably store it in a cool place for better effect.
I have various other face masks that I like to collect. I’m really not picky when it comes to my favorite mask. New York Biology- Dead Sea Mud mask, Biore- Blue Agave & Baking Soda, Freeman’s, Uncle Bud’s-Hemp Oil mask– are just to name a few.
6. Tone (Again)
After removing my face mask, my skin may feel a little dry so I will tone again to make sure the mask is completely off and for added moisture. This time I’ll pour some toner onto a cotton pad and pat it into the skin and lightly rub in upward motions. Don’t rub downwards, you’re only helping gravity by sagging your skin faster.
- Heritage Store- “Rose Petals”, Rose Water Facial Toner with Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid. It’s alcohol and oil-free which means it’s super gentle for your skin. This is a highly recommended product by licensed esthetician: LaBeautyologist and is a better alternative to Witch Hazel, which is an astringent. I feel Witch Hazel is better used for skin problems like itching, discomfort, swelling or burns instead of every day use.
- Cerave– Daily moisturizing lotion for normal to dry skin. It moisturizes and helps restore the protective skin barrier with 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Very “lightweight”. I have the PM moisturizer too but it’s pretty much the exact same product as the daytime moisturizer. I would recommend buying the small/ travel-sized Cerave products to save more money.
- Aveeno- Daily moisturizer with SPF-30. If I don’t plan to go outside or if it’s not a sunny day, I don’t put this one on. It has skin brightening (not lightening) properties which is good for my hyperpigmentation. However, if I do happen to wear this, I don’t apply sunscreen afterwards since it already has SPF in it. For such a small bottle, it lasts a long while.
PM moisturizers (used interchangeably):
- Bolden–Nightime Repair Serum with 10% glycolic acid. I did a review on this skincare brand back in 2018. I love that it gives me a nice smooth matte finish. It’s pricey, but I would recommend it. Glycolic acid provides instant skin rejuvenation by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin which accelerates skin healing overnight.
- Burt’s Bees–Sensitive Night Cream, 99.9% natural. It’s a lightweight creamy moisturizer that leaves my skin baby soft.
Always apply moisturizer before applying oils. Oils are sealants that helps lock in the moisture.
- Afro Hair & Skin Co– Perfectly Balanced “Flow” Facial Oil with locally sourced natural ingredients. This is literally my favorite facial oil, ever. It’s very hydrating and non-sticky with a nice scent. All you need is a dime sized amount for a beautiful glow.
- Bio Oil-Specialist Skincare Oil. Improves the apperance of new and old scars. Use as needed. if you have facial or body scars that you want to get rid of, this will help. Using a little goes a long way, just dab some onto a cotton pad and apply to the area.
- ArtNaturals- A serum trio set that includes: hyaluronic acid (hydration), vitamin-c (advanced moisture), and retinol (age defense). I will use the hyaluronic acid and vitamin c serums after moisturizing in the AM, and the Retinol serum after my PM moisturizer.
Once I apply all my oils, I love to use my rose quartz roller that I keep stored in the fridge. It reduces redness and the cooling sensation feels amazinggg after a rigorous skincare routine.
And lastly, don’t forget sunscreen!
- Black Girl Sunscreen- with SPF 30 for face and body. Dear black people, just because our skin is already melanated, doesn’t mean we don’t need sunscreen. Our skin can burn too and it’s not a good look or feeling so please protect it.
Smooth, soft lips are essential. Nobody got time for rusty crusty cracked lips. I do my lip care routine right after my AM and PM skincare routines or whenever needed. Scrub (exfoliate) + moisturize with a chapstick and top with gloss.
- Burt’s Bees-Conditioning Lip Scrub with honey crystals.
- EOS-Natural and Organic Lip Balm Stick & Sphere- Strawberry Sorbet.
- Vaseline Lip Therapy–“Rosy lips” for soft, pink lips.
- Blistex- Lip Medex Cooling Relief for Sore Lips & Moisture. Best for the winter time.
Spot treatments are as needed for when I have break outs, which is mostly around my monthly cycle. These are my two highly recommended products that I’m obsessed with:
- Marla Rene– White Willow Luxe Skincare Spot Treatment. Honestly, it’s a little pricey but I promise it’s 100% worth it. It contains white willow bark extract which is similar to the ability of salicylic acid. It unclogs pores, removes dead skin cells, reduces wrinkles, and it has antioxidant properties. It’s basically magic in a bottle. I dab a little onto a q-tip and hold it firmly on the pimple for a few seconds and leave it on overnight and in the morning, I wash it off. It can also be used as a facial mask.
- CocoKind- Turmeric Spot Treatment with Ginger, Sunflower, & Tea Tree. Turmeric is another magic potion. It’s an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial so it calms the skin and reduces blemishes. I haven’t had to use this product much but it’s great to have and it’s inside a small chapstick-like tube which makes it very portable.
I know this step is a little extra but my eyebrows have always been sparse. So to help thicken them, I like to apply oil and keep them laying smoothly with a brow brush.
- Beautiful Life- Jamaican Black Castor Oil Infused with Hemp Seed Oil. Improves blood circulation and delivers oxygen to the hair follicles for increased hair growth. I also use this on my hair/edges. The hemp seed oil helps sweeten the scent of the usual rich Jamaican black castor oil smell.
- Up&Up- Oil-Absorbing Sheets. Helps remove oil on contact and resists smearing makeup. It’s so satisfying seeing all the oil soaked up on the sheets. I like to take these on-the-go as well.
Tips: don’t forget to change your pillow cases often, stop touching your face, drink lots of water, take vitamins, and don’t use wash rags- opt for paper towels to pat your face dry instead. Facial brushes are unnecessary- use your hands, wear SPF, don’t use makeup remover wipes so much or at all- they pull and sag the skin. Avoid any type of facial-waxing right after you get a facial- your skin will become super irritated (I learned the hard way), don’t try any abrasive DIY skin procedures like: microdermabrasion- leave it to the professionals and please don’t pop your pimples.
Till next time,