From Left to Right: Baking Soda and Rice Flour, Queene Helene Mud Pack Masque, Nubian Heritage African Black Soap, Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask, Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel, AloeLife Skin Gel, Trader Joe's Organic Raw Honey
Like my hair regimen, I keep my beauty regimen pretty simple and as natural as possible. I'm not one for trying a bunch of different things each week, so these products have been a staple in my beauty regimen for at least 6 months (and I've been using the Pineapple Enzyme and mud mask for a good 4-5 years). My skin ailments are typical of many 20-something black women, I have discoloration from acne scars, oily skin, and the occasional breakout (especially around that time of the month).
Every morning morning, I wash my face with the baking soda and rice flour mix. Baking soda is a great alternative face wash (and shampoo) that cleans my skin, prevents acne from popping up and exfoliates my skin. The rice flour also helps with exfoliation, as well as help prevent discoloration and even skin tone. Since I started washing my face with this mix, I've noticed that my pimples are few and far in-between, and when I do occasionally have a bad breakout, it goes away faster and with little scarring. After I wash with the baking soda/rice flour mix, I follow up with the Rose Petal Witch Hazel. I really like it because it doesn't have any alcohol and is gentle on my skin. Plus is smells…well, like roses.
Before I apply Aveeno lotion to my skin (which has been the only lotion I have used on my body and face since I was in high school, I love that stuff!), I apply a thin layer of honey on my face. Yup, honey. I know what you're thinking, bees and bugs must follow you and your face is sticky? And, it's actually a no. I put a very thin layer on my face; I take a little bit on my finger, run it under water, apply it to my face and let it dry. The honey prevents my face from getting oily throughout the day leaving it matte.
At night, I wash my face with the black soap. Being out all day in the DC pollution and what not, I just like giving my face a deeper clean. The black soap also helps with acne, but if I use it everyday, twice a day, my face will get very dry and scaly. After the black soap, I follow up with the Rose Petal Witch Hazel, and then apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel to my. The aloe vera gel is EVERYTHING! I actually started using it as a way to get rid of it. I bought it to use as a gel for my hair, and it did not work as well as I wanted. Since it was fairly expensive ($15 for 8 oz), I didn't want to just throw it out. One night, I applied it to my face, went to bed, and when I woke up, my face was unbelievably soft. Since I started using it, I've also noticed that it helps tone and even my skin too.
I use my two face masks at least once a week. The mud mask is great with getting rid of and preventing acne. I use it once a week, unless I am having a breakout. If I use the mask more than twice a week, my face can become very dry and scaly; if I have a breakout, I will apply the mask to the affected area twice a day until the breakout is under control. The Pineapple Enzyme mask is amazing. I can use it everyday with no problem. I generally use it twice a week, but maybe every other day if I am coming off of a bad break out. This mask really gets rid of discoloration and acne scars. I can alway see a difference after I use it.
So that's about it for my beauty regimen. Like I said, it is easy, simple and consistent. And most importantly, it makes my skin happy and clear!