Blogmas Day 16|I Used A Peel Off Mask For The First Time.

Welcome to blogmas day 16.

Let me start by saying that it would be my first and last time ever!!

If you’re keeping up with the blog, you’ll know I’m trying to get my skin in a proper shape so I’ve been gathering some products together to start a proper routine. My mum randomly gave me a charcoal peel off mask last week and when I saw what it claimed to do, I was super excited to try it out.

Deep cleansing peel off mask removes dulling surface cells and impurities while vitamins and plant extracts soften the skin to restore a youthful glow.

~Bioaqua Blackhead removal bamboo charcoal mask.

So I cleansed my face to get it prepped for the mask. I read the instructions and proceeded to apply the mask on my face. I let it sit for the required 15 minutes and by then it had dried and the mask was giving my skin a tightening feel, and I was like…’this thing is really working oh’. When it got to the removal process, that’s where the trouble was.

I honestly didn’t expect the pain I felt while tearing off the mask from my skin. I was torn between continuing to tear it off or try washing it off with water, but that was out of the question so I took a mini break then gathered all the strength I had and continued the process.

When I finally took everything off, I was happy. But my skin was feeling really hurt and irritated so I had to splash cold water on my face before it felt better. At that point I wished that I still had rosewater but I had run out of rosewater so I skipped using the toner I usually use because it’s an astringent and made a green tea toner, and it further helped to soothe the irritating feel.

I’m over peel off masks. I’ll stick to using clay masks because that’s just better for my skin.

Do you know any affordable, budget friendly hydrating mask that I can try? And hydrating toners too.


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Have you used a peel off mask before? What was your experience?

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Blogmas Day 2| How I Cleared My Skin From Hormonal Pimples.

Welcome to blogmas day 2.

Since my last blog post here where I said I’ll share how I’ve found how to overcome hormonal pimples and clear my skin, my skin has been using me to play tag. I’ve had one serious breakout from using a product which caused a setback but I bounced back and came back stronger.

A little background about my skin issues is that I have hormonal pimples/acne which means that I get pimples a week or few days before I begin menstruation and they stay till my period is over, most times leaving a prominent scar. I’ve battled this since secondary school and only got to know what it was about 2 years ago.

I’ve had 3 consecutive months without new set of hormonal pimples/acne and your girl can’t contain her joy. I know some people may say it’s too early to start rejoicing, but I know what I’ve been through and we celebrate small wins over here. I’ll be sharing what I did and stopped doing to get to this stage.

I started affirming clear skin.

I’m an affirmation lover and I took it into my skincare and life generally. I affirmed more than just clear skin. I started affirming a stress free period. Now I no longer have painful periods. I always used to dread my period because I usually feel like I’m dying. From the pain, to breakouts, to diarrhoea, to nausea and vomiting, to discomfort, to feeling bloated, I just can’t deal. I can finally say that my period is not as bad as before and I hardly have any pains. The discomfort of period is still there, but for the most part, I experience a stress free period since I started affirming it into reality.

I stopped obsessing about my skin.

I just let my skin have breathing space. I had a bad encounter with a product I was trying and that was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. All I began doing to my face was washing it in the morning and night.

60 seconds rule of face cleansing.

On the topic of washing my face, I stumbled on an esthetician’s channel on YouTube and she talked about how important it is to wash your face with your fingers for 60 seconds and what she said made a lot of sense so I went to Google and it made more sense. Our face cleansers and washes need more than the few seconds we give it to remove the dirt from our skin. Since I started washing my face with my fingers for 60 seconds, the texture of my skin has improved a lot and it feels smoother.

I stopped unnecessarily touching my skin.

Well, more like reduced but it still made a lot of difference. Our fingers carry lots of bacteria which can be transferred to our skin when we keep touching our face.

I reduced my intake of dairy products/oily foods and drank more water.

I’m not much of a milk person. I majorly only take milk when I’m eating cereals when it comes to taking milk directly. Cow milk contains whey protein and some other growth hormones which are given to cows during feeding. These things, the hormones in particular can cause excessive production of oil and cause breakouts. Butter is another dairy food I had to reduce taking. I love butter so I just use it sparingly now.

The major oily food I noticed that causes me to breakout is fried groundnut and it’s also something I love and eat regularly so I found it hard to stop it entirely. I reduced my intake of groundnuts to once in a while and eating lesser quantities.

Water has always been a staple in my lifestyle so I just continued with it and with other good practices I incorporated, my skin started showing progress.

I started wearing hair bonnets.

Apart from hair bonnets helping to retain the moisture in our hair, it also helps to prevent our hair products from getting to our pillowcases and coming in contact with our skin because our skin and hair products do not like each other.

I started washing my pillowcase regularly.

Apart from hair products, dust and bacteria from the air can settle on your pillow case and cause breakouts. Sweat too, and so many other things that can hinder your skin’s progress can be on your pillowcase. So I started washing mine regularly.

If you noticed, I didn’t mention any products and I didn’t give water a space of it’s own. Drinking lots of water alone won’t give you clear skin when there are other practices you’re doing that are hindering you from getting clear skin.

For products, I’m shying away from trying new ones for fear of reacting badly to them like I did in September. I don’t know why I forgot to take a picture, but that was a very trialing time in my life and I was in hibernation so it didn’t occur to me to take pictures for future purposes when I’m celebrating my wins.

This was my skin in early September. It’s not a close shot but you can see how rough my face was.

My skin presently. The comeback was definitely stronger!

I’ll still get new products but I want to wait for some more stability with my skin first. But I’ve been using a blacksoap which has really helped a lot because like I said, all I’ve been doing is washing my face regularly and the soap has helped in clearing my pimples and giving my to face a vibrant look.

This s the blacksoap I use now.

These are the major things I did that helped me achieve a clearer skin.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe!

How To Be Confident With Acne/Pimple Scars.

Not everybody has the privilege of having a clear skin. For those of us with acne, pimples, acne scars, we know the struggle of how we stare at our reflection and wish that all the scars just disappeared already.

For the most part of my life, I’ve had pimples. My earliest memory of pimples was at 10years old. They started out mild but as time went on, they became worse. It already wasn’t easy being a teenager but being a teenager with skin issues was a bigger problem. I used many recommended products/creams trying to clear the pimples and while some of them worked, my skin would get used to the product and it would stop working or the product will get scarce or overly expensive and I’ll stop using it eventually.

I eventually got tired of trying new things and left my skin to do whatever it wanted to. This was after secondary school. I found out that the pimples started clearing on their own but after a while they would appear again. This routine kept on occuring and I noticed it had a pattern which was during my menstrual cycle. So I googled it and found out that I suffer from hormonal pimples. A week to my period I’ll start seeing new pimples and they would stay till my period is over before they start clearing, but not without leaving scars or turning into acne which then causes dark spots on my face.

Acne and pimples are curable but they tend to take lots of time before they go completely, especially the scars. In the meantime, you can’t stay sulking or feeling down about your skin. I see the dark spots as my battle scars and the imperfections that add to my perfect self. Being dark skinned has helped me not to bother so much about the dark spots because they are not as prominent as they would be if I were light skinned.

Here are some ways to be confident in your skin with acne/pimple scars.

Don’t scrutinize every dark spot/pimple/blackhead.

Yes it’s a flaw, but it’s still normal to have acne or pimple scars or dark spots. The more you scrutinize your skin, the more critical you’ll be over the tiniest flaw and start building doubts about yourself.

Know it’s not as obvious as you think.

Your scars may not even be as obvious as you think. Most times we’re always the worst critics when it comes to our own skin. You think you’re going through a really bad acne phase while it may just be mild and not as serious as you think.

Stop comparing yourself.

You are you. Stop looking at that person and wishing you were her or him. They might also be wishing to be someone else, or have skin like someone else’s own too. Stop caring what others look like and start practicing self love. Learn to love your skin in all it’s stages and it would love you right back.

Embrace the skin you find yourself with.

Whether you have clear skin, hyperpigmented skin, oily skin, acne prone skin, dry skin, embrace it and accept it. There’s only so much you can do and you just have to let your body naturally fight it. If you don’t accept it, you’ll start feeling stressed and stress causes more breakouts of pimples and acne. I have a set of affirmations I say everyday and whenever I’m feeling down about my skin because there would be days when you would feel fed up with everything.

Realize that you’re doing your best.

You’ve probably tried a wide array products and none of them seem to be doing the work. No skincare routine seems to be working, but it’s okay. Your work would pay off soon but in the meantime you have to be confident in that skin.

Be patient.

Acne/acne scars/pimples/dark spots do not clear overnight. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication to see results. Consistency is always key. The products you’re using require time to work and heal your skin cells. Being impatient would only be putting more stress on you and remember, stress causes more breakouts which would hinder your progress.

Pamper yourself.

Do that face mask, get some sleep, buy yourself something you love, take a day off, do whatever you need to do to feel good with yourself and try to make it something you do often as long as it’s healthy for you. I love painting my nails or doing my hair.

Do what makes you feel carefree and comfortable.

Feeling carefree is important when trying to boost your confidence. You have to be comfortable with yourself and not care who is looking at you or who is talking about you.

Delete all negativity and stay positive.

Stay away from people who make you feel insecure and conscious of any part of yourself. That is bad energy and you need to be leave that behind you. Surround yourself with positivity. Be where you feel happy with yourself.

I’ve learnt to be happy an confident in my own skin because honestly, I’m tired of being bothered. I’ve also found a way to curb the hormonal pimples so that I can focus on clearing the residual spots. I’m excited to share my routine and products but that would be when I have good and visible results.

Thanks for reading ☺️

I was scammed

Welcome back to my blog. Hope you’re all doing good and staying safe. Today I’m ranting because I’m pained.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has asked someone with a very smooth and pretty skin for her skin care routine and she replied ‘oh I just drink a lot of water’.

‘Drink a lot of water, you’ll have clear skin’

‘Drink a lot of water, you’ll have glowing skin’

‘Drinking a lot of water will clear your pimples’

I love water so much that I’m always with my water bottle. If I had my way I’ll have so many water bottles in different colours and according to my mood because water is just life. In school I always have my water bottle in my school bag and when I’m carrying a bag that’s too small to contain my bottle, best believe I’ll carry my bottle in my hands. My water bottle is my signature anywhere anytime.

So now that we have established my love for water, when these daughters of God tell me that all they do to keep their skin clear is to drink water I used to wonder if the water I’ve been drinking is acidic.

No problem. I googled it to know exactly what happens behind the scenes because I like to be informed.

Google told me things and things and I became convinced because who doesn’t want clear skin? So I read that drinking 2-3 litres of water everyday would do the job.

What did I do with the information above? I judiciously drank 3 litres of water everyday like I was taking prescribed drugs. I was wasting so much water 😂.I used to drink water randomly before, but I then started keeping track of how much water I drink exactly.

Remembering my trips to the toilet every few minutes makes me want to roll on the ground in frustration because it didn’t do anything visible.I know how much strength I put into drinking all that much water. I know drinking water is really good and all that, but it didn’t do what I was expecting. My trips to the toilet were in vain.

Mind you, I was still doing my normal skin care routine and avoiding foods that made me break out the more like butter and fried groundnut just so that my skin can finally look like I love it😂😂.

What was failed to mention in Google is that it does cure hormonal pimples. At least not immediately. It only helps in the long run. For 3 years I’ve been having hormonal pimples. A week before my period I’ll have devilish pimples which will come to drop the invitation card to announce that my period is coming soon.

These pimples would stay for 2 weeks. 1 week before menstruation and 1 week during and after menstruation. So I have only a short time to nurse my skin back to health and bam! It’s another month and another cycle of hormonal pimples.

I was scammed but I’m still drinking water and minding my business🤷. It’s all good. One day I shall tell my children how I fought these pimples.

I still try to keep track of how much water I drink. There’s just a sense of fulfilment in knowing that I’m doing what I know is good for my health.

Do you drink a lot of water and do you keep track of it like me?

Thanks for reading.

Stay blessed and stay safe.

Green tea for skin care

Today we’re dabbling into skin care again. From my last skin care post on kaolin clay I mentioned that I used green tea in my kaolin mask so I decided to do a whole post on it.

Green tea is a very popular drink for a healthy lifestyle. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

It’s rich in antioxidants, catechins, vitamin B2, vitamin C, vitamin E, polyphenols, caffeine and tannins. All these play roles in having a healthy looking skin.

Benefits of green tea for skin care

1.) Green tea helps to reduce excess oil. The polyphenols in green tea help reduce sebum secretion which will stop excessive oil production.

2.) Treats acne: the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties helps to treat acne and unclog the skin pores for a clear and smooth skin. The polyphenols also fight acne by damaging bacterial membranes and fighting against infection which causes acne.

3.) Hydrates and moisturizes skin: the vitamin E in green tea is an intense hydrator which leaves the skin soft and nourished. This hydrating component helps reduce redness and soothes the skin. Vitamin E also supports new cell growth.

4.) Treats puffy eyes and dark circles: the caffeine and tannins in green tea help shrink the blood vessels around the eyes which reduce puffy eyes and dark circles.

5.) Green tea has vitamin C which brightens skin complexion and encourages healing.

6.) Green tea has vitamin B which maintains collagen levels for youthful skin structure and firmness.

There are different ways you can use green tea for your skin. Personally, I use it as a face toner, and sometimes as part of my face mask.

How to make green tea face toner.

Ingredients

  • 1 or 2 bags of green tea
  • Water

Method of preparation

1.) Boil a cup of water

2.) Place a bag or bags of your green tea and leave for 15-30minutes.

3.) Squeeze the bags and transfer the tea to a clean jar or bottle

How to use

Use a cotton ball or pad and apply to your skin in the morning and night after cleansing. Follow up with your favourite moisturizer.

Keep it refrigerated and make a new batch every 2 weeks.

How to make green tea face mask.

Ingredients

  • 1 or 2 bags of green tea
  • Honey

Method of preparation

1.) Brew green tea for just 30 seconds because we still want the properties in the leaves.

2.) Open the bag and bring out the leaves then mix with honey to make a paste.

I usually eyeball my measurements so I use as much or as little as I seem fit.

How to use

Apply on freshly cleansed face and leave for 30 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Then follow up with your skin routine.

Do you use DIY products for your skin? If so what do you use?

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed and stay safe.

Kaolin clay for skin care

I’ve been on a quest for healthy skin since this year and though I’ve not been consistent with other things I’ve tried, since I started using kaolin clay face mask on my skin, I’ve seen tremendous changes.

Kaolin clay is also called nzu here in Nigeria. It is a white clay with a very soft texture. It is rich in kaolinite and has a neutral pH. Compared to other clays such as bentonite clay, it doesn’t make your skin dry so outs perfect for dry skin and sensitive skin. It is gentle on the skin and makes it soft and healthy.

Benefits of kaolin clay for the skin.

1.) It helps control oiliness by removing excess sebum from your face and clears the skin pores but without stripping your skin of it’s natural oils. When your skin pores are cleansed and unclogged, it reduces blackheads and acne.

2.) Kaolin clay is a natural detoxifier and exfoliator. It cleans the face of every dirt, grime and bacteria effectively from your skin, leaving behind a soft and radiant skin.

3.) It soothes rashes and irritation. Kaolin clay has mild healing properties, and when applied to the affected area, it soothes inflammation. Here in Nigeria, it is used to soothe the irritation of chicken pox on the skin.

4.) It neutralizes body odour. Kaolin clay absorbs sweat and draws out impurities thereby neutralizing body odour.

How to make kaolin clay facemask

Ingredients

1.) Kaolin clay

2.) Apple cider vinegar

3.) Honey(if you have dry skin)

Directions

I use my eyes to measure what will be enough for me and I make a fresh batch for every use. The kaolin clay I got comes in solid form so the first thing to do is to grind it into powder.

Pour a little bit of apple cider vinegar to make a thick paste then add a little bit of honey. I basically use a drop. I don’t have dry skin so I don’t use honey everytime.

Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 30 minutes then rinse out with cool water and go ahead to use a face toner and moisturizer or serum.

This mask is gentle enough to use everyday which I do, but will switch to using it every other day very soon. My skin has never been this healthy. It’s not very clear yet, but we’re on our way there.

Condition of my skin as I stated using kaolin clay
You can see the pimples through my makeup. They were that bad
Another horrible photo of before
My skin now. Not the clearest, but there’s a big progress

Do you use face masks for your skin?

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed 🙌