As I was sitting at my desk trying to figure what I’d share with you this week, the only thing that would come to mind was skincare. You guys know that we talk about it a lot at TNL, especially in our Get it or Forget it section, but as the seasons change so will the things we love for our skin – and we’re always up for trying new things! So before I start upping the ante on my skincare to make it through the harsh winter months, here are the things that have really been working for me this past year.
I have to say Thank You to the skin gods for blessing me with my mama’s great genes – I thankfully haven’t ever had any real issues other than some sensitivities. And though this may seem excessive to some, I take skin care VERY seriously so with that I’m always trying to find improvements. I like to say that it’s the only skin I’ll ever have so take care of it! Especially as I slowly approach
DISCLAIMER – Being Canadian, I COMPLETELY didn’t notice that most of these pictures were taken with the French side of the labels showing #canadianprobz. I’m going to say it’s a shout-out to our readers in French-speaking countries.
Morning: African Black Soap
I buy mine by the pound at the neighbourhood African hair store and then cut it into little “slices”. It has done wonders when it comes to maintaining a healthy complexion. My skin always feels squeaky clean once it’s dry but without feeling stripped of moisture. There are no additives or harsh chemicals and many (including myself) swear by it. I also like to use it when washing off makeup.
Kiehl’s Calendula Deep-Cleansing Foaming Face Wash
I got a sample of this product some months ago and was immediately sold once I had tried it. It works into a foam very quickly so a little goes a long way. It’s so gentle on my skin.
African Extracts Rooibois Purifying 3-in-1 wash, scrub & mask
I got this one my trip to South Africa last year and since I started it using it earlier this year, I have been using it sparingly (once or twice a week) because I’m going to be sad when it runs out. There are 3 different ways this product can be used but I keep mine in the shower and use it as a scrub after I’ve cleansed with the kiehl’s face wash. It helps to remove any excess oil and dirt to leave my skin feeling so healthy.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic
I don’t use toner very often (once or twice a week, when I want a deep cleanse or after makeup removal) and I like this one because it is targeted towards oily skin. Anything that helps to control the oil on my face is always a winner.
Dermatouch Retinol Serum
This is another recent find that I love. It certainly helps with my skin’s elasticity, and I like massaging it at the corners of my eyes to control those tiny wrinkles we all adore. It absorbs into the skin with ease and leaves it feeling very soft and firm (it is also almost tacky when first applied then smooths out).
Good Things Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser
I wish that I had found this earlier in the summer! I have SUPER oily skin and this moisturizer actually does a GREAT job at controlling the oil throughout the day. As soon as it is applied, my skin has a matte appearance and is so soft! There also isn’t that heavy feeling that comes with some products and no build-up at the end of the day.
I’ve talked about all these guys in previous posts and they have been important to my routine. About 2x a week I like to apply a mask – Nuance white clay and Dirty Works detox work well to lift the dirt away from my pores (thus minimizing the appearance of pores) and control the oil. Ren is amazing for maintaining a youthful, radiant complexion.
Pearlessence Marula Treatment Oil
I talked about guy in our last Get it or Forget it so check it out there!
Eye cream! It helps to firm up the skin around the eye plus I use it to massage the corners of my mouth sometimes because some little guys are trying to move in without preapproval.
Baking Soda paste
Baking soda – like coconut oil – is a household must have. I keep a paste (baking soda with water) in my shower and use it as a scrub a few times a month to really get in there and remove those impurities and dead skin. Side-note – I also rub it on my underarms to help with the darkness (it works).
And there you have it! Have you used any of these products? Or what are your favourites in your regimen?