The foundation of wearing make up is to have clear skin with even an skin tone. For many of us black women this is not the case. Sometimes we have scarring from acne, or discolouration due to the climate we are in and some other factors. Today, not only am I going to give you some tips on clearing up your face and maintaining it, but also protecting your face when wearing make up and keeping it from getting oily to prevent developing further spots.
1. Black soap
The soap is made from the ashes of plantain skin, cocoa pod and palm leaves, and palm oil from leaves or kernels. Additional ingredients sometimes added are honey, to soften skin and Shea butter to give more moisture to your skin.
The first thing black soap is good for is that it improves your skin tone. It firms and tones skin and improves your skin texture. In addition to this it makes your skin have that natural ‘glow’.
The second thing black soap does is that it fades discolouration of skin. it helps even out and fade brown spots and any patches of discolouration you may have.
Finally black soap also reduces skin irritation and inflammation. It soothes irritated skin, relieves dry patches and rashes.
A good thing about black soap is that its affordable. The easiest place you can get it is online or in some black shops such as PAKS.
2. Milk of magnesia
Milk of magnesia can be used for oily skin AND acne treatment, so it’s a double whammy!
It firstly helps combat oily skin making it smooth in the process. It is usually for use before applying make up and only for use if your skin is 100% oily, otherwise it’s not for you (if your skin is dry it can cause flakiness). In making your skin less oily it reduces the blockage of pores and then prevents the formation of acne formed from oily skin.
Milk of magnesia is really inexpensive and can be bought in tablet or liquid form, it can be found in boots or online and in severe/unique cases can be prescribed by your doctor.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a plant based oil which is white at room temperature but clear when applied to skin. Coconut oil is very good at hydrating your skin. It sinks in deep, conditions, moisturises, and softens skin. The skin is kept clean by an oily substance called sebum. When sebum mixes with too much dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells it can clog pores and lead to acne and other blemishes. Coconut oil clears away dirt and dead skin cells. Coconut oil gets rid of flaking skin, eczema and even psoriasis, it softens and shrinks wrinkles. It also removes make up easily.
As a bonus coconut oil is great for your hair giving it growth and a shiny complexion.
Now primer is great and I use it everyday before make up application.
Primer is used before make up application to protect your skin, but also to keep your make up on for prolonged periods of time. It makes your face smoother and ready for the foundation you will apply. It smooths out your face and makes it all the same texture. It stops your make up getting to the point where at the end of the day you feel like your make up is “slipping off”.
Now when it comes to primer to be honest, the expensive ones in this case are much better, there are different types containing different properties. My favourite one is dark-blemish primer (it hides dark blemishes). Primer can be bought in most stores such as boots and superdrug and there are many affordable ones available.
I hope this has helped you ladies in regards to maintaining healthy skin.
peace and love
(all photos from google images)