Skincare to me has never been much of a big deal even though I’ve had my fair share of horrible skin days. Back in secondary school, I used to have these really huge pimples scattered everywhere on my face, hyperpigmentation and eczema.
It was quite weird because every other part of my body was beyond fresh and clean. I didn’t even use to get a rash on my body which I thought was because I didn’t use to sweat.
Asides the fact that I inherited great genes, there was no explanation for how perfect every other part of my body was, compared to my face. I wasn’t one of those kids whose parents spoilt with loads of skincare products and I didn’t even care. There was the regular dove beauty bar, body moisturiser, deodorant, body spray and of course white powder and that was it.
I remember I used to just pick one of my dad’s perfume. I’m still not big on perfumes but I smell heavenly if I do say so myself.
For anyone who showers twice, dries their body perfectly, eat right and moisturize, skin issues shouldn’t be your concern or so I thought.
Growing up, it was such a shocker to find out people had knuckle creams, ankle creams and all sorts. All these I learnt about in uni and obviously not in the four walls of a classroom.
I had no idea when my pimples and eczema cleared out “to show how unbothered I was”. Although, I can’t lie that I didn’t use cleansers and skineal cream at some point in time but I got tired and just let puberty do it’s thing.
The me of now without pimples and stuff takes skincare much seriously; the irony.
Skincare goes beyond the products you apply on your body but also the ultimate selfcare you give yourself. Eat right, drink enough water, get good sleep, hair care and the likes.
I was in my very early twenties (I still am) when I found out the care given to my hair extends to my face and skin generally. Perhaps we’d talk about this extensively in another blog post.
The key things I did to maintain my good skin last year is what this post is about. So, let’s dive in.
There are 4 key things I used on my skin last year, two of which were homemade by me.
• Tumeric face mask
• Rami scrub
• Tori Ara black soap &
• Cinnamon lip scrub.
*Tumeric face mask: This mask has been a part of my skin routine since 2017. However, it’s not something I apply daily nor weekly as I’m not so dedicated to taking care of my skin the way some of you are. This face mask comes in handy for me when I want to look shiny and real fine. I mostly use it a night before I have an occasion just to calm and brighten up my face before the big day. My favourite bit about this mask is the fact that all ingredients can be gotten from your kitchen.
• What you need!
*Mix all four ingredients together but with a very little amount of water for a thick consistency. I usually use the same measurement of tumeric and cinnamon.
*Apply with an old makeup brush or in my case, your hand.
*Rub in circular motion as if exfoliating for another 3 minutes.
*Rinse off with warm water and wash your face with soap because tumeric leaves a yellowish colour on your skin; dont forget your hands too, esp your nails.
*Dab your face with a soft dry towel and viola! A soft glowy face is born.
*The Rami scrub: Last year, my friend started a skincare brand and as a means of support, my husband ordered me her then only product which was the scrub; theramiscrub. How sweet; ikr.
At first, I wanted to use the product just to see what my friend has made herself and also to support her brand and give her feedback but I ended up getting really hooked. A few things that got me sold on the scrub was the;
• Natural smell of coffee( it was just as close to drinking coffee)
• The texture of the scrub which I didn’t find grainy at all and I absolutely loved and…
• Quantity in a sachet for the price it was being sold for because I love them affordable. It was such a steal.
• What you need!
*The Rami scrub
- Pour a little amount (sufficient for your face) of the rami coffee scrub in a bowl and mix into a paste with lukewarm water.
- Apply with an old makeup brush all over your face as in exhibit A and leave till its almost dry.
- Gently rub your face to take scrub off and watch the scrub fall off your face. Here’s a video to see how it’s done.
- Rinse your face with cold water.
- Carefully dab your face with a towel
- Apply moisturiser and you’re done.
Easy peasy! Now, a lot of people apart from myself have confirmed the effectiveness of this scrub if used in the right way and consistently. I’d recommend you give it a trial and let me know your thoughts .
A little birdie told me the scrub goes for 2,500 Nigerian naira so, hurry before prices shoot up.
I also look to see more products from this brand as I know they’ve got something up their sleeves. It’s theramibrand.
*Tori Ara black soap: Asides the regular schmegular dudu osun and ologe black soap I tried a few years ago, I can’t say I’ve had much experience with black soaps, neither am I into them. I’m more of a carrot soap person.
Using Tori Ara was definitely a trial thing for me and I just might be going back for some more goodness.
My first impression was about the brand packaging (obviously the first thing I set my eyes on). It was a pretty sight in a small bottle which means it’s easy to carry about if you need to travel. I think it’s the travel size because I later got to find out they had bigger bottles too. So, fret not.
DISCLAIMER:The black soap was gifted to me by a dear person who wanted my opinion on the product and so, THIS IS NOT AN AD. My honest opinion it is.
I had initially found the blacksoap too watery and was using too much of it but days passed and I figured I had been using it wrongly. I started to wet my sponge before pouring the blacksoap on it and after. That way I used just about the right amount and it foamed just right.
On the things I adore about this soap is;
• The consistency of the soap and the scent. It had a really natural scent that I loved. Chamomile always gets me.
• I also loved the buttery (if that’s even an actual word) and soft feels it gives after bath.
Lastly, it wasn’t so oily that I had to use a lot of water while rinsing off so, it’s a yes.
The only sad part was it not lasting becauseI shared with my husband and dude showed no mercy.
If you’ve ever tried this brand then let me know below the products you tried and your thoughts on them. If you haven’t, then get right to it. Tell ’em meedah sent you. *just kidding.
*Cinnamon lip scrub: First, this exhibit is the least I’m dedicated to but you could also use it carelessly if you don’t have chapped lips.
I had made this scrub together with my friend Salmah of dearsalmah.com 2 years ago and yes, I still have it although I seldom use it. Back then, Salmah was going to start a lip balm line and this was part of the products we made. We also made a YouTube video of how the scrub was made but never got to post about it.
To the ish!
What you need!
*Mix all three and that’s it. Yes, it’s that simple.
*Apply the scrub on your lip and massage for a couple of minutes.
*Clean off the scrub and that’s it; a succulent lip that’s yours.
Guys, that’s it on my skincare of 2018. It’s obvious that with even the most basic items in your care, you can have a good and glowy skin.
This year, I hope to explore more skin care brands like Clinique, The abnormal beauty company, Yutopia beauty, Arami essentials and many more. You can let them know I’m down for a review if you’ve got the connect.
In the meantime, do let me know in the comment section below if you find this post helpful and insightful. Also, feel free to suggest me brands to try. I’d also like to know if you’d love to see more brand reviews. Comment belowww!
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