Skincare is critical to our bodies’ health, but also it’s vital for our mental health. You know the feeling of leaving the house with a few pimples, especially if you have Anxiety or Body Dysmorphia. Something so “small” can be a huge deal. I want to share my skincare routine for black women with you! All women can use it, but I specifically speak to my sis’ because nobody talks to us, they only pander. The routine is about Hydration sis! You can read my skincare story at the end of this blog post.
The Skincare Routine.
You can also watch this on my Youtube Channel.
Step 1: Hydration
Drink a glass of water. Water is the most crucial step in your skincare routine. It’s common for us to complain about dry skin and other skin issues then go out and buy the latest skincare products. This is how our society works; we think we can fix everything with one man made solution magically. Lack of water affects the biomechanics of our skin. If we are not receiving the proper hydration, our skin feels the issue. According to The Quench, we need adequate hydration to keep skin elastic and dense.
It’s hard for me to drink the recommended amount of water, but I’m working on it and seeing a difference. Many of us grew up in households where pop/soda was the norm, with some modifications to our lifestyle we can change that narrative.
Step 2: Cleanser
Alright, let’s get to the products… unpaid product placement (one of my goals is to be on a Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser commercial, so paid product placement in the future). Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser just works for my skin, this does not mean it will work for
I try to use my middle finger for the most part. The middle finger is the least used finger on the human hand, so it’s the softest. I also make sure to wash my hands before I do anything regarding my skincare routine. The cleanser is not for cleaning your hands.
I did not do a double cleanse for the video, but I would recommend a double cleanse after recent research! You will need another cleanser product, for the double cleanse process.
Step 3: Anti Breakout
Take steps to stop breakouts before they even start. The First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Pads with White Clay is my go to. Open up the container take out a pad and get to lightly scrubbing. This product is free of sulfates and parabens. Sulfate products are awful and they dry out skin quickly. A lot of products targeted toward the black community have a generous amount of sulfate chemicals.
I have been using the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Pads for two years. I have noticed a
Step 4: Serum
Serums are great for a few different skin concerns such as dry skin, uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, and more. Different serums do different things. The
Step 5: Probiotic
Probiotics are suitable for the digestive system, certain skin conditions, and in some cases, good for hormone health. What the f*** does this have to do with skin care? Well, our hormones affect our skin. When our hormones are out of whack, we often see more pimples and even cyst pimples. The chin and jawline are closely linked to hormonal health so changes will occur the most there.
The whole base of my youtube video was my hormonal cysts pimples that form on the right side of my chin. In the video, I throw out the pimple extracting/popping tool, because you should NEVER use these on your own. Visit an aesthetician, dermatologist, or
I’ve linked my aesthetician about. She’s a black woman and she is phenomenal.
Step 6: Moisturizer
Moisturizers for creating more moisture and locking in moisture. It’s basically lotion for your face, and you should not use actual body lotion on your face. First Aid Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream is a pretty good product.
I used to use Clean & Clear moisturizer, but my face would still get extremely dry. With First Aid Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream my skin feels smooth and less dry. I also am a fan of anything and everything that feels weightless.
Step 7: More Hydration
Drink another glass of water. Since you are taking the time to read this blog post or watch the My Skincare Routine for Black Women Youtube video, you can take another swig.
As you can tell in the video this is difficult for me, I’m not a fan of the bland taste of water unless I’m extremely thirsty. Add a hint of lime or lemon if you are a weirdo like me and conditioned to high fructose corn syrup.
Step 8: Viatimin E Oil
Vitamin E oil has an abundant amount of benefits including reducing
My Skincare Story
I have had pretty good skin (no serious breakouts) for my entire life up until the last two years. In my teens, I rarely washed my face with a cleanser and rarely drank water. My skin was always dry and oily, with the dry parts being extremely dry. I started breaking out about two years ago and started noticed cysts pimples on my chin. My biochemistry has changed with aging and more than ever it has become important for me to take care of my skin.
I no longer smoke cigarettes and I encourage you to quit if you do and NEVER start if you don’t. My skin retains water much better, on the down side, I now deal with these pigmentation scars on my lips, they do mess with my self-esteem. Water is life and I try to drink a lot more of it. I also do the above routine every morning and I am working on implementing a night routine, maybe I’ll make another weirdo video. 😉
How Its Helped My Mental Health
The care you take on the outside reflects the care you take on the inside and vice versa. Insecurities about certain things pertaining to my skin further impacted my anxiety and already serious mental health issues. I decided to change all areas of my life in order to feel my absolute best. Now all I need to do is stick to a gym, meditation, and prayer routine! People with mental health issues
My Skincare Shopping List
Here are some of the products I used in this blog post and my youtube video. Note that I buy my Inkey and First Aid Beauty products at Sephora. I will have a shop on my website that heads straight there very soon!
My Skincare Routine for Black Women | Hydration Sis Youtube Video
If you weren’t sent here from my YouTube Channel Here it is below. I am not sure whether it’s a comedy or not yet.