Updated Oily Skincare Routine

Hi Guys!

I know it’s been a long time and I’m so sorry for our absence. I started university in September and my course has turned out to be extremely demanding which is why I haven’t written in a long time. Now that I have settled down I am hoping to post a lot more frequently. Even though I haven’t been writing I have been doing work behind the scenes and I have been trying out all sorts of makeup and skincare products to review and to advise you on the best ones for women of colour.

One thing I have been trying to improve and perfect over the last few months is my skincare routine. I have extremely oily skin and I am learning new ways to treat it not only for excess oil but discoloration and clogged pores.

Today I am bringing you a post to share my routine with you and tell you what I have been doing for my skin and give you a rough guideline to follow when it comes to skincare (for oily skin)!

When I wear makeup, my routine is different to when I do wear makeup.

I use almost all the same products and most of the products I use are from the body shop’ seaweed skincare range as all these products are great for people with combination/oily skin who also may have enlarged and clogged pores.

Firstly, to take off the top layers of makeup I use about two facial wipes, then I use a toner. The toner I use is the body shop’s seaweed oil balancing toner. This is for oily skin and it removes traces of makeup, cleanses and refines pores which leaves skin clean and refreshed. I would also use a toner first when I haven’t worn makeup.

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After using this I use the seaweed pore-cleansing exfoliator also from the body shop and I use a small face brush to scrub m face with it and remove the rest of the makeup from my skin . This exfoliator clarifies and purifies your pores and it leaves your skin soft and smooth.

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Next I dab my face dry after rinsing and again apply the toner with a cotton wool pad over my face. After doing this I use a face mask. The face mask I use is either the tea tree witch hazel peel off mask or the seaweed oil-balancing clay mask. The peel off mask literally grabs dirt and lifts it out of your pores, this helps to remove blackheads, tighten pores and prevent your face from breaking out. If I use the oil balancing mask this is only once or twice a week as you don’t want to suck out all the moisture from your skin, making your pores over compensate by producing even more oil. This mask draws out impurities and controls excess oil.

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After taking the relevant mask off I use a vitamin C power serum. This is to help with my skin discoloration. A vital part of getting an even skin tone the natural way is by using vitamin C. this illuminates and brightens skin, its light-weight and non-greasy so it’s perfect for using under moisturiser. A low-end brand to use is the balance power serum, but a high-end brand would be the Obaji vitamin C serum recommended by YouTube guru Jackie Aina.

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After using this is I then use the body shop elderflower unperfumed eye gel. This product is for ALL skin types. It being unperfumed means that no harmful products have been used to make the product smell nice. This reduces puffiness and moisturises your undereye. What I will say is to use this in small amounts because of the paraben content.

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Before I go to bed to moisturise my face I use tea tree witch hazel night treatment gel which works while you sleep to fight and prevent spots. Many times, when using this gel, I have slept with spots or pimples budding then they have disappeared. It also moisturises your skin without blocking pores because of its gel like texture.

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Other parts of my routine include the seaweed oil control gel cream which I use to moisturise my face before wearing makeup because it makes my face matte and controls excess sebum and shine giving a balanced complexion. Another thing I use some mornings after wearing makeup the previous night is the seaweed deep cleansing gel wash. This cleanses the skin of impurities and cleanses pores. On a morning or evening where I haven’t worn makeup instead of exfoliating I use the body shop tea tree skin clearing foaming cleanser which cleanses without over drying skin and minimises breakouts. On a morning where I’m not wearing makeup instead of using a mattifying cream, after using vitamin C and eye gel I use simple cleansing lotion. This keeps skin smooth and soften through the day but it is not too oily as it is a light-weight moisturiser.

I know this post is long and that my routine has man steps, but this is what works for me. Not every step is necessary so I’ll summarise some steps:

Overall….

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Eye cream

These are to be done every morning and night

  • Exfoliate 3 times a week after cleansing
  • Face mask twice a week

I hope this helps, more posts coming soon.

Peace and love

Tosin x

(all images from google)

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How I care for my skin…

Hey guys, sorry for the lateness; I’m currently on holiday and my itinerary is packed! I hope you guys are enjoying summer. Throughout this summer I have been out buying loads of different skincare products to try out/start using to improve my skin an also I can review them for you guys. It’s finally come to a point where I’ve used them enough to tell you guys what they do and how they work. These are affordable products and they are how I have been maintaining clean, clear skin (which I am always complemented for 😊). This post is unsponsored (minus the black up cream). Enjoy!
1. I always mention this in my skincare posts, this is H2O (water). When it comes to skincare, water is the most important ‘product’. I try to drink up to 2 litres plus a day. This helps to flush out my body and what is in your body affects the appearance of your skin. To spice up your water if you’re not s massive fan, you can infuse lemon, mint, watermelon, strawberry and other fruits. Lemon water is extremely good for your skin ask it refreshes you from within and gives a radiant glow. 


2. Black soap. Black soap is great for the skin. One thing I advise is for you to get 100% pure black soap. So that you know you’re using the real deal. Black soap does many great things for the skin. It has antioxidants which nourish the skin, it helps with discolouration as it helps fade out dark spots. Black soap also great for exfoliating and as a deep cleanser as it. Has anti-bacterial properties which clean out pores and it softens and rejuvenates rough skin. 


3. The next thing I use is this skin food mud masque this around 1-2 times a week. It is grey and you apply it to you skin avoiding the eyes and wait for it to harden before wiping it off and moisturising. The first thing about this masque is the low price. It sells for around £5 in TK Maxx but it’s quite hard to find, but it’s on sale online. I usually use it when my skin feels heavy or dirty. When you use it, you feel it working instantly. It sinks into your pores especially around your t-zone, it reduces any redness and even dried put my pimples sometimes if I use it for longer. When you wipe off the mask, it leaves skin feeling so soft. This masque has great ingredients such as Rotura mud which has great healing properties for skin. This is legit the best mask I’ve ever used and I 100% recommend it.


4. The next part of my skin routine which I usually use after I’ve cleansed my skin before bed is black ups dark spot correcting cream. I have done a post about this previously so I’ll leave the link here: https://woc-cosmetics.com/2016/07/18/black-up-dark-spot-correcting-night-cream/

5. This is the last part of my routine . This simple cream is what I use past after cleansing my skin in the morning and at night. It is a light hydrating cream to use after other skincare. It softens and moisturises your skin as some skincare practices can be harsh on your skin. This cream can be found in Asda and other supermarkets, as well as shops like Boots and superdrug. It is inexpensive and lasts a long time.  

6. My next products is the Precision Beauty Ultimate facial brush. This brush has two sides, a side with long brush bristles and a side with soft, short plastic bristles. I use the brush side for exfoliating and the plastic side for cleansing. This brush is great especially for the price which was only £4.99. It can be found in TK Maxx but also online. It lasts long and is relatively easy to clean. It’s gentle on the skin and distributes product well.

  7. My next products is the bamboo charcoal purifying facial clay cleanser. I use it daily as a pore cleanser. This cleanser is mainly for those with oily skin who deal with clogged pores. It removes impurities and excess oil from the surface of your skin. It helps to get rid of dead skin cells and leaves skin smooth and shiny. There are many different types of this cleanser. Some more expensive than others. I bought this for £3.99 which is quite cheap and it works really well. 


8. last but not least is this Arad exfoliating facial gel. It is a gel exfoliant which cleanses skin and leaves it soft and smooth. It also helps with the removal of makeup residue. Using this I have seen a big difference it cleans out my pores which reduces the likelihood of spots and also helps with oil control for my skin. I either use this in the morning or night every day. (Picture won’t upload)

This is my skincare routine/review. This is basically all I use for my skin. All these products are quite affordable. They are not for everyone but I hope you found this useful so you can have an idea of some skincare products you can get for yourself. 

Peace and love 

Tosin x