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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.

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  • 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

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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

Daedria💝

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Hey guys I know it’s been a while. We’re so sorry for our absence we have had a lot of school work and personal stuff going on, but now it’s the holidays (yaaaay!) and we’re back in full force, bringing you blog posts and some extra things to spice up this platform and also expand this brand we are trying to create.

Today my blog post is going to be mainly focused on skin discolouration, this is something that I and many women of colour have to deal with. Discolouration of skin can be caused by changes in melanin, a substance produced in the skin cells that gives skin its colour.

Make up is the prime thing that everyone uses to cover up their skin discolouration. This is helpful but not a permanent solution. There are different types and causes of discolouration and blotches that may be taking forever to fade and could be damaging your self confidence. There are many ways to combat skin discolouration!

There are two types of pigmentation abnormalities that can happen:

  • Skin with too much melanin is called hyper pigmented skin.
  • Skin with less melanin is called hypo pigmented skin.

What causes hyper pigmentation?

  1. Acne scars – If you have ever had acne at a point in your life when the spots finally start to clear, many still have issues with the scaring left behind which can literally take YEARS to fade.
  2. Pregnancy – When pregnant you are likely to gain weight which can make your skin darker. Hormones during pregnancy cause melasma. This can cause dark patches to appear on your face. (This also occurs as a result of using birth control, certain medications or hormone replacement therapy).
  3. Sun damage – When the skin is constantly exposed to the suns, it triggers an overproduction of melanin. Over time the damage done causes there to be an uneven distribution of melanin which causes skin discolouration.
  4. Injuries – Hyper pigmentation can also be caused by the self healing of the skin. This happens when the inflammatory response occurs after an injury.

Treatments for hyper pigmentation:

  • Exfoliation – Exfoliation is a key step when hyper pigmentation spots and discolouration occur, it speeds up cell turnover to remove hyper pigmented cells faster.
  • Daily use of SPF – This is key to prevent discolouration from the suns rays
  • laser treatment
  • chemical peels

Home remedies for hyper pigmentation:

  • Cucumber juice –  I have recently been using this and have seen great results. Apply the cucumber juice alone or mix it with honey and lemon juice in equal amounts. Apply this over the affected areas, regularly once a day, for half an hour and then wash it off.
  • Orange peel – Mix dry, powdered orange peel with cold milk and a some honey to make a thick paste. Apply it gently over the pigmented skin and let it sit there for half an hour then wash it off.
  • Tomato, Oatmeal and Yoghurt: Tomato acts as natural bleach. Yoghurt also works as natural bleach and has skin tightening properties. Oatmeal works as a natural scrubber.
  • Aloe Vera juice: Aloe Vera has natural soothing and healing properties. Squeeze out aloe Vera gel from an aloe Vera leaf and store this in a bottle in refrigerator. Apply this gel over the affected areas for 20 minutes. It works to slough off older skin cells and regenerate the newer ones.
  • Potato: Potatoes are well known to remove skin pigmentation, dark spots and blemishes. Rub gently a freshly cut slice of potato on the affected areas of your skin every day.

What causes hypo pigmentation?

  1. Vitiligo – Vitiligo causes white patches all over the body. It is an autoimmune disorder where the melanin cells are damaged. There is no cure for vitiligo, but several treatments to help. These are narrowband UVB light treatments, corticosteroid creams and skin laser treatments.

    2. Albinism – Albinism is hereditary. It is a genetic disorder which derives from the lack of the enzyme that makes melanin. This affects a lot of bodily features including the skin, hair and eyes. This disorder is not prevalent on black skin but is still relevant to a selection of people.There is no cure and people with albinism have to take extra precautions with skin as their skin is very sensitive.

3. Keloids – When extra scar tissue forms a keloid is created. Keloids are most common in people with darker skin. Hypo pigmentation on the keloid results in discolouration.  It is possible to get keloids from skin problems, like adult acne, Keloids can also be formed after a piercing or a bite. Keloids can be treated from silicone gel patches, corticosteroid injections or surgical removal.

Preventing skin pigmentation:

1.  Avoid exposure to Sun and heat: Avoid exposure to UV rays of the sun and thermal radiation from heat. This will help in containing keeping your skin pigmentation normal.

2. Follow a skin care routine

3. Wear sunscreen when going out and cover yourself with a hat and long sleeves. Wearing sunscreen every day will help in preventing or reducing age spots when you get older.

That’s it for today from me. Thank you for reading and I hope you have learnt something new. Please put any thoughts you may have in the comments. Watch this space for some more blog posts coming your way.

Peace and love

Tosin x

(all photos from google images)

(all photos from google images)