Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
Okay fam, let's talk skin!
We all have it, and growing up, mine was the envy of my adolescent peers because of its clear and even tone. However, as I grew older, and experienced hormonal and environmental changes, my skin developed mild acne that left behind hyperpigmentation. At times, I was tempted to feel "ugly," but instead of developing a negative self-image, I sought products that would relieve this issue. Flaws and all, my skin is a part of me, and the reality is that as you grow older, your skin changes. This is just an opportunity to work harder at nurturing healthy skin.
I recently made it a priority to get revitalizing facials once a month, by my go-to esthetician at Georgetown Salon Spa. Along with this treatment, although the treatment alone does wonders for the skin, the skincare routine you follow at home is what maintains it, and ensures the skin's progress. I have cultivated for myself a routine that focuses on deeply moisturizing and detoxifying the skin, and here are the products that do the job!
Kate Somerville gentle daily wash as a cleanser
Peter Thomas Roth chemical exfoliator that rids my skin of dead skin that can trap in excess oils and acne-causing bacteria (use twice a week)
Aztec Secret Healing Clay as a detoxifying mask (use three times a week)
Thayers Witch Hazel toner with a cotton round as many times as you need a day
Argon Oil, used daily to rid my face of any acne-causing bacteria
Herbivore Jade facial Roller to reduce inflammation in the skin and to blend argon oil
Supergoop Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 to prevent and repair sun damage
Shea Moisture Eczema & Psoriasis Therapy African Black Soap as a cleanser that brings moisture to my skin and does not strip it of its natural oils.
Anti-Fungal Tea Tree Oil Exfoliating Body & Foot Scrub with Dead Sea Minerals as an exfoliant. This product is both deeply moisturizing and clearing to my hyper pigmented skin. (use twice a week)
Palmer's cocoa butter during the day for deep moisture and hyperpigmentation treatment
Raw Shea butter in the evening for deep moisture and healing
Supergoop SPF oil because black women DO need sunscreen!
To give perspective on a skincare "journey," I think it's worth mentioning the skincare products and tools that I no longer use:
Spinning facial cleansing brush- for me, this cleansing tool stores bacteria and can even cause bacteria rather than remove it.
Physical exfoliant- beads or crushed ingredients unknowingly causes small incisions in the skin and spreads bacteria around skin causing more acne.
Washes and Lotions that contain any perfume- perfume in soaps irritate and inflame my skin
Note: I have dry combination skin, and your skin may be different than mine. These products may not be compatible with your skin. But, most of these products are made with natural ingredients, so at least you don't have to worry about the harsh chemicals!