I often get asked, “What is your skin care routine?” and I am here to share it! Believe it or not, I just got on this wave of having a structured “skincare routine.” Prior to working at Sephora, I would just buy cleansers and physical exfoliators from Marshalls or TJ Maxx. The only time I would buy specific products was if I was correcting breakouts or lightening dark spots. I have normal skin, so I never thought investing in several of products was necessary to maintain a healthy complexion…Well, I learned over the past few months that I was wrong! Using soap and water does only so much for the skin and I believe that a good skincare routine will help keep your skin looking youthful, radiant, elastic, alllllllladat!
**DISCLAIMER: THESE PRODUCTS & THIS ROUTINE WORK FOR MY (NORMAL) SKIN. THIS MIGHT NOT WORK FOR YOU OR YOUR SKIN. THAT IS WHY FINDING A ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU IS IMPORTANT. EVERYONE'S SKIN IS DIFFERENT AND WE ALL DO NOT REACT TO PRODUCTS THE SAME.**
Step 1: WIPE ME DOWN.
Before I use any sort of products on my skin, the first thing I do is wipe my face down with a wipe. I typically use a generic wipe from Marshalls that are usually infused with collagen, avocado, coconut, or cucumbers. I even use the equate wipes from Walmart. These wipes run no more than $5. This helps clean off any dirt that is residing on the surface of my face.
Step 2: CLEANSE.
I do not have a specific brand or product that I use for cleansing, but I love the products I am using now. I use a black charcoal purifying detoxifying facial cleanser and black soap cleanser. The charcoal facial cleanser was purchased from Marshalls as the black soap cleaner was purchased on oulzo.com. One of my friends, Seynabou Niang, started her Oulzo skincare line in hopes for those to use her products to have clear and beautiful skin. As seen on the website, “Our product is composed of the richest commodities of West African soap makers. Black soap provides relief from moderate acne, skin inflammation, dry spots and improves skin tone. It's healing properties help to remove blemishes, protect against premature aging, and wrinkles.”
STEP 3: EXFOLIATE.
I only exfoliate about 2-3 times a week. Over-exfoliating, as mentioned in my previous blog, can rip the protecting layers of your skin causing your skin to be more at risk for irritation and infection. I currently use a knock-off version of St. Ives face wash (equate) and a Murad Exfoliating Cleanser. The Murad product is less harsh to the skin but works really well for tightening your pores and clearing dark spots.
Step 4: TONE.
This step I recently added to my routine & here are 3 reasons why you should add it to yours:
1. It restores your skin’s pH balance
2. It shrinks and tightens pores
3. Hydrates & nourishes
Having a balanced pH level means your skin is less prone to oiliness and irritation. Toner shrinks the appearance of pores and tightens them as well. This helps minimize the number of oils and impurities that get trapped in your pores.
Step 5: MASK (OPTIONAL)
If I feel like my skin needs extra attention, I will do a mask. I don’t have any specific masks that use regularly, because I always buy a variety to try. Although, I do recommend charcoal masks. I also prefer peel off masks over sheet masks and the ones you wipe off.
Step 6: MOISTURIZE.
The last step of my routine is making sure I hydrate my skin with my favorite moisturizers. I use the purity moisturizer by Philosophy and the Belif moisturizing bomb. I love both of these products because they leave my skin looking and feeling hydrated throughout the day.