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13 July 2017

Zen Magazine Africa » The Lifestyle Network for African Heritage » A MELANIN QUEEN’S 5 TIPS TO GLOWING,FLAWLESS SKIN.

Every woman wants good skin. Exceptionally flawless and glowing skin like the ones you see on those models on TV. I am sure we have all heard the ‘Beautiful skin is a commitment, not a miracle’ or ‘THE best foundation is beautiful skin’ quotes so of course, THE PRESSURE IS REAL.

Have no fear, dear reader, because if it is good skin you want, you can most definitely get it and maintain it. Here are 5 tips I have learnt about taking care of your skin and I will not tell you to drink water, that is obvious. Let’s get to it.

1.    NEVER GO TO BED WITH A DIRTY FACE.

 

My mother always told me that going to bed without washing my face would make me look like a murram dirt road. I grew up in fear of breaking this rule because who wants their face to look like a dirt road anyway? Even if exaggerated, this is not a lie. After a whole day of getting ‘funk-tified’, not washing your face before bed means that your pillowcase will get the dirt and meaning that your face is going to be constantly dirty which will lead to pimples. Additionally, washing your face cleans up the oil and dirt giving your face a fresh look to start the next day. Rule of thumb, wash your face before bed EVERYDAY.

2.   LET YOUR SKIN BREATH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

 

The little African girl inside us is always going to like looking and feeling pretty. Hence the huge love women have for makeup. Some women swear they cannot leave without it. Hey, I am not here to tell anyone to stop wearing it, I am quite a huge fan myself but ladies, could we dial it down a bit? Wearing makeup all the time has been said to be bad for your skin as most of it clogs your pores which gives you those pimples you don’t like and an uneven skin tone. Wear it when you need to and stay make-up free when you are, for example, not going to work. Let your skin have some air and it will reciprocate the love by staying beautiful.

3. BALANCE YOUR SKINCARE PRODUCTS EQUALLY, NATURAL PRODUCTS AND SYNTHETIC PRODUCTS.

 

 

I am sure we all know of the natural products craze going on right now. Shea butter, honey, yoghurt, you name it. Contrary to popular belief, however, not all natural products are good for your skin. Did you know, for example, that baking soda is bad for your skin? Most people like using it as an exfoliator and it might work but it does your skin more harm than good. The science behind it is that baking soda and water gives an alkaline solution while our skin mantle is slightly acidic in nature which offers protection. What baking soda does is disrupt this acidic mantle giving you skin conditions and problems that you really would not want. On the other hand, coconut oil is very good when it works for you but very bad when it doesn’t. Synthetic products know exactly what each skin needs and don’t put everything in as opposed to products from nature. Balance, in this case, is key to good skin.

4.  KNOW THY SKIN

With all the YouTube tutorials on skincare, different regimens and products, it is extremely confusing and frustrating when they ALL fail to work or even worse, make you break out in pimples and rashes. We all know this feeling but we must know that it is not the fault of these tutorials for teaching us but our own fault for copying other people’s regimens and using the same products as they do. WE DO NOT ALL HAVE THE SAME SKIN.I repeat, NOT THE SAME SKIN. Basically, there’s dry skin, oily skin and a combination of both. Knowing your skin first before trying out products is helpful in making sure that you choose the products best suited for your skin type. Go to a dermatologist and get a full report on your skin and how to care for it. Then, you can watch the tutorials of those with skin like yours. Makes sense?

5.  UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR SKIN WILL SOMETIMES GO THROUGH A ROUGH PATCH.

In short, pimples are normal. They happen. They come and they will for sure go away. So long as you don’t pick them or over scrub them or further irritate your skin, they will fade away and they are not something that should put an immediate stop on your life. You will not always have a pimple-free face all your life and you will not have blemishes and dark marks for the rest of your life. Working through it is the goal and the end-game to beautiful, healthy skin

Models in images:

AJAK DENG

SENAIT GIDEY

BETTY ADEWOLE

IMAAN HAMMAM

JA’VEONNA GORDON

MELODIE MONROSE

 

Written by Christine Wothaya.

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