Aite, so you not ashy…… you just need to find good products that work for your body. I come from a generation of Vaseline and lotion, baby powder on your privates, and soap for face wash.
Those things work on children. New skin. Not 20+ year old skin.
So this is an attempt to shed some light on how we get that melanin to glow. You know……the glow you see on the faces on the flourishing millennial creatives that seem to be happy? Well there’s a way to achieve this.
If you follow my content, you know I love God. So my first line of defense will always be my faith. The happier and more whole you are…. The better your skin will glow. Hop into your word, hop into your bag….and work on you. That will forever be step 1.
A quick disclaimer to this self-care post is that I have no real skin issues. In the summer, I’m extremely sweaty and greasy, and in the winter my face is extremely dry. I’m new to the game of self-care so anything I introduce you to will be for beginners. I’m not an expert level influencer…. But I will put you on to some quality for a decent price.
I was about to tell you what I use to wash my face, but this isn’t that. Like I said…. I have no real skin issues (praise God). My face just be dry and don’t be glowing. An occasional pimple, a little unevenness, but that’s it.
I’ve been using this brand called “Ordinary.” Very cheap, very good, and very vegan. From the research I’ve done… they pride themselves on integrity. Cheap products with good quality ingredients. Not used on animals, and all that good stuff.
So let’s get into these recommendations (Left to right):
100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($7.90)
This is the one. This is that juice. The magic juice. Like 3 drops and you good. After washing my face, I don’t even use lotion. I found this special product after using the next two I’m about to recommend. I usually use this product last, and a little goes a long way.
“Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollience, is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types. It can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential.” Ordinary.com
Vitamin C Suspension 23%
+ HA Spheres 2% ( $5.80)
This is the two to the one. This actually does the work behind hydrating your skin. As we get older, it’s important that we do the work now. This will help with evening your skin, and removing toxins that don’t belong there. I would also suggest following their
to find what work’s best for your skin. I usually apply this skin first.
“Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that brightens the skin tone and reduces the appearance of signs of aging.” Ordinary.com
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ($7.80)
I usually apply this lotion/cream after the vitamin C to add a bit of moisture, but honestly, I don’t even need it unless it’s too hot to add the squalene. I only use this when I do a quick morning face wash and don’t think it’s necessary to complete a full regimen. You know… those mornings where you just need to wash your face and go.
“Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin
protected and well-hydrated. NMF are made up of multiple amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin.” Ordinary.com
As always, I would suggest doing your research with every recommendation. What works for other people may not always work for you. I will say though, with this brand, if you dm them your skin issues, they’ll send you some suggestions in about a week.
I love yall, and make sure you never feel bad about investing in yourself in whatever capacity.