Happy Fabulous Monday Y’all! I’m having a very productive day but I wanted to sneak in a little post before I left the office to pick up our baby love bug! Honestly she has so many crazy nick names!
I’ve been asked by a couple of my friends over the last couple of months beauty tips for certain skin types, obviously I’m a beauty guru!! I thought it would be best to share my tips with everyone as it may help – I’m no expert but I can tell you what works for me!
Oily Skin with Black Heads
I used to suffer from dry skin, until I moved to Houston – basically the hottest place on earth! My skin has changed and it’s much more oily in my t-zones and I typically get black heads around my nose and I ALWAYS get that one annoying pimple around my chin area that takes weeks to disappear!
So first things first, oily skin – what to use? I know it sounds crazy but I actually use serums to help with my skin. I find if I use only moisturizer my skin becomes more oily.
Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. These glands are located under the skin’s surface. Sebum is an oily substance made of fats. Sebum isn’t all bad since it helps protect and moisturize your skin and keep your hair shiny and healthy. Too much sebum, however, may lead to oily skin, which can lead to clogged pores and acne. Genetics, hormone changes, or even stress may increase sebum production.
Serums can have a number of skin-boosting benefits, from helping to reduce the visible signs of aging to exfoliating the skin’s surface. When searching for a serum for oily skin, there are a few factors to consider. First and foremost, you want the elixir to be lightweight and non-greasy. You also want it to help target your specific concerns, be it breakouts or excess sebum. I use Tropic Skincare Elixir oil which works wonders!
Now, I’m also OCD when it comes to my skin. I use facemasks once or twice a week. I cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize my skin. I also stick to Tropic Skincare for my beauty products. I am a fan of body shop and L’Oreal.
Here are a couple of facemasks I have used for Oily skin – anything with Honey, oats, egg whites and aloe vera will help:
- Egg Cream Mask Pore Tightening $6 from Sephora
- St. Ives Oatmeal Facial Scrub + Mask $6.95
- Honey – You can DIY raw honey mask – I usually mix with banana and avocado and it works wonders (plus it’s pretty tasty!!) or try ‘I’m real Honey Sheet Mask’
Now for Black Head issues!
The struggle is REALLLLL! Urgh my nose is full of them and unless you can afford monthly facials and extractions then you have to sort the problem yourself! I use nose strips Which you can pick up cheaply from target. Use these once a week for good results.
Or, if you are looking for a cheaper option use banana peel… seriously it works WONDERS! Here are the reasons why…
1. Many of these antioxidants like vitamin C are well known to encourage skin exfoliation, which can result in dead cell removal and unclogging of your pores. Remember blackhead removal means unclogging your pores.
2. Vitamin E and lutein in a banana peel can cause a reduction in free radical damage, which results in fading of those pesky dark spots on your skin
3. Bananas in general have a good amount of polysaccharides and water, which means increased hydration to your skin. As I said earlier, dehydration of skin can lead to blackheads. Therefore anything you can do to raise the hydration levels to your skin can result in blackhead removal. Plump and well hydrated skin also tends to look clear, with the appearance of dark spots much reduced
4. Banana peels are loaded with skin friendly vitamins A, E, and B-6, all of which are linked to skin health and its maintenance .
Those damn hormones make me break out in the same area every single month, and I have a horrible pimple which is the size of a mountain then it scabs over and takes forever to heel. no amount of concealer will cover it up!
I’ve found using toothpaste to calm it down helps, then I use lots of sudocrem at night to get rid of it. This is my beauty secret!