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Hey Ladies,

Today I’m coming to you with some simple but effective steps which I believe will definitely help in getting clearer skin. I naturally do have oily skin which 100% sucks as I get breaks out ever so often as well as super shiny skin after a long day. Of course we are all different and what does work for some might not work for all. However, I’m sure some effectiveness of some sort will be guaranteed! For sure!

oily skin care

I’m a firm believer that the less products used the better the results are. This cleansing routine consist of literally 3 items.

  1. Vitamin D
  2. Simple- Oil balancing Exfoliating Wash
  3. Coconut Oil

Vitamin D

Vitamin D or sometimes called the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ is a vital supplement which most darker skin people do lack especially during the bleak winter months. This is great not only for our overall health but an excellent vitamin for breakouts/acne.


  • Reduces Inflammation– Vitamin D is a natural anti-inflammatory for the body. (Lessens irritation and swelling) supplements or a healthy diet can help support a healthy immune system; this is good for fighting infections or acne breakouts.
  • Reduces Stress – The intake of vitamin D has the ability to change moods for the best. Some people do break out because of stress and might be happy to know that Vitamin D relieves stress, seasonal depression and anxiety; which are all linked. This all reduces your cortisol levels and prevents spots/acne.
  • Great for Immune System – The better guarded our immune system is the better it works at preventing breakouts, bacteria and helps to repair the skin.

Vitamin D deficiency occurs in many dark skin people especially in countries where the sun does not shine enough, whilst Those of a fairer complexion do not need as much exposure to the sun. Diet control can help to increase your intake but most vitamin D food do not have enough of the required amount so supplements are sometimes taken instead.


Simple Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash
This facial wash is absolutely amazing, truth be told I
was quite apprehensive at first but over a period of a few months I have grown to love this exfoliator. This contains two great agents :which hazel which is great for repairing the skin and blemishes; Zinc PCA– which is what controls an balance oil shine by absorbing the excess oil.

This exfoliator is so good that if I sometimes forget to use my mattifying primer it is absolutely fine. I cannot rave enough about this product, money well spent.

I’ve found that this product is best used with a soft facial brush while exfoliating. You can do this as often as you want, 2-4 times a week depending on you as an individual.

Coconut Oil

coconut oil

This product is much loved by both myself and Tosin. After all that exfoliation coconut oil is the best way to rejuvenate and soften your skin. It may seem obscure to apply oil to skin that is already combating oil but this does not leave a long lasting oily residue. Instead it hydrates and prevents the skin from drying out just the perfect balance.

EXTRA- Coconut oil is also naturally antibacterial, moisturizing and anti-fungal!

As usual with all skin care routines remember to give yourself time for the product to work effectively as change does not happen overnight. I hope you learned something new today


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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.

4. Primer

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

Tosin x

(all photos from google images)