My years of puberty- like almost every other teenage girl- were focused on how to make magic with makeup. I started out using the sponge applicators that came with eyeshadows until I graduated to owning my own brushes. Owning brushes, I was led to owning foundations and concealers and powders, bronzers, skin finishes, liners, sponges and all the works. Eventually, it became overwhelming and I wanted out. Given that I’ve struggled with acne and bacne from a tender age, all this makeup obsession was definitely not helpful with getting rid of the little scars and pimples on my skin. Firstly, I tried prescription meds which gave me side effects so I stopped. Years later I tried it again, but my body was not pleased, I wanted to do it the natural way even though it’s much slower. Given this, I’ve had to embrace my skin in its natural form and learn ways to work with it to have me looking and feeling my best, always.
Eating The Right Foods
This. Is. Most. Important. Even if your skin doesn’t reflect the food you eat, believe me, it affects your health. Educate yourself on the benefits of a whole-food diet, the effects of a diet filled with processed meats, sugars and oils and drink lots of water. By doing this, you will always look and feel your best.
Cleaning & Exfoliating
Clean twice a day, everyday. Many people clean their skins using different products, but take this from an acne victim, stick to a bar of unscented Dove soap or any gentle non-comedogenic cleanser. There are a plethora of products in the acne aisle, but believe me when I tell you that those products aren’t meant for your skin, they’re meant for draining your pockets because they rarely ever work. Also, exfoliate every two to three days. I use baking soda to exfoliate which is gentle on my skin and it reveals my youthful glow. In addition to exfoliating, I usually use witch hazel without the alcohol to tone.
Oils & Serums
Put me on a cross for these. Skip creamy moisturizers, oils and serums are the way to go! When choosing oils and serums, check to make sure they are free from ingredients such as: parabens, mineral oil (derived from petroleum), and parfum (fragrance) which irritates your skin. After exfoliating and toning, apply your facial oil or serum and you’ll have such beautiful and dewy skin. Please try to take note of the oils which are comedogenic (pore clogging) vs. non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging).
I’m guilty of skipping sunscreen some days but one should never fail to apply it. The UV rays from the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and promotes skin aging. My go-to sunscreen is La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk. If you’re dark skinned you don’t have to worry about it leaving your skin with a whitish hue.
Lip Color & Mascara
There are some days we all want to add a little glam to our beauty routine. Those days, I add a little lip color and mascara and that’s it! (Note: For soft lips, always exfoliate and apply lip balm. My favorite is Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm).
I will always be a big advocate for sleep. Try to take notice of your skin when you’ve had a good night’s rest compared to when you don’t. The difference is amazing! When you get enough sleep, not only will your skin glow beautifully, but you’ll feel so much more energetic. Also if you’re a heavy coffee drinker, take care to not have your skin dehydrated because as we all know, coffee is a diuretic.
Which female doesn’t want to look and feel her best each and everyday? While some days we struggle to even roll out of bed, we should always try to look our best and show up. This doesn’t mean doing a full face-beat each and everyday (obviously not), but caring for ourselves in such a way that we can look at our makeup pouches and kiss them goodbye whenever we so desire. We’re beautiful with or without!
Much love, always,