Love the skin you’re in

Hey guys, today’s post is a little different. As most of you know today is our first anniversary (woooo!). We want to thank all of our followers, all our viewers and anyone who has helped this blog in the last year!

Seeing as this was our one year post and also the first of the year, I thought as well as skincare (which was indicated to be the next post from our poll on Twitter); I’d also make this a motivational post, in regards to skincare of course :). 

A lot of women of colour have issues with their skin, whether it be spots, dryness or oiliness, something always seems to be up. I know this from experience and how bad skin can cause people to be less confident. A year ago today I probably couldn’t even go to out or to the gym without make-up but it doesn’t have to be like that. Now I wear make-up at most twice a week and with some simple lifestyle changes have achieved greater skin.

In this post I wanted to let you ladies know that it’s okay to be comfortable with your skin no matter what people may say to you. Being confident in your skin can lower a lot of anxiety we may face on a day-to-day basis. At the end of the day the only person who should care about how your skin looks is you and no one should be able to tell you differently.

I wanted to go over some popular problems women may face and how to tackle them in the healthiest and easiest way possible. 

  1. Acne

Now I know mostly teenagers suffer with this but so do some adults. When I had acne and nothing at home worked I went straight to my GP who gave me a prescription for a face roll on which I used twice a day and it cleared up my face eventually. This is what I would advise. Also in hindsight it would’ve been best to eat healthier because what’s going non inside your body radiates on the outside.

2. Spots/pimples

Spots and pimples are things that everyone faces and the solution is really so simple – WATER!!! I’ve literally come to this realisation in the last few months and the way my skin has changed Face screaming in fearFace screaming in fearFace screaming in fearFace screaming in fear it’s amazing. Water has so many natural ingredients that are so good for your body. It flushes out toxins and cleans your body internally. Lemon water had additional properties as it  also helping to burn calories. Also another thing I’ve discovered is dairy foods. Now I’m a big lover of cheese but I’ve had to cut down on this. 

Dairy causes acne because…

  • It contains a hormone called IGF-1 in milk, which is really good for baby cows, but not for you. It makes baby cows grow up big and strong, but in humans, it tends to make your acne grow instead. To prevent this you can use dairy alternatives such as soya milk, vegan cheese etc. And also gluten products are a good alternative for your skin. 
  • Dairy causes your skin to produce excess oil, which leads to clogged pores and more acne
  • Dairy glues together dead skin cells inside your pores, so they can’t exit naturally, leading to clogged pores (and again more acne).

Basically we should try and avoid acne as much as possible.

3. Skin discolouration

Skin discolouration is especially prominent with women of colour, the best ways I’ve known to combat it are, chemical peels, regular exfoliation, micro dermabrasion and even creams like shea and cocoa butter! Another thing with skin discolouration is that it takes time but you will eventually get there.

I hope you’ve learned some great things from this post. if you want to learn more I’ll link my two prevoius posts on this topic:

–  https://womenofcolourcosmetics.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/i-can-see-clearly-now-the-rain-has-gone/
In other good news to celebrate our 1st anniversary we will be having a give away which will contain skincare and make-up products. More details will be coming soon iin a later post.
We also have some exciting projects coming up so we’ll let you know more soon!
Again I want to say thank you to all our supporters because without you there would be no women of colour cosmetics xxxx
peace and love
Tosin x
(all photos from google images)
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