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)

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

We’re Back!!!

Hi guys!!!!!!

We know it’s been a long while but we’re finally back. We have finally finished our A-levels, so you have our full attention for the summer.

First of all, we would like to say a big thanks to all of you who continue to view our posts, follow us here and on twitter. Also for those of you who have been advertising us!

For our relaunch there have been a few obvious and not so obvious changes. First of all, you guys might have noticed that our domain name has changed. We have now officially eliminated the WordPress from our domain and rebranded our web domain to woc-cosmetics.com. Now this is much less of a mouthful but we now also have the rights to this domain (wooo!). We have also changed the look of our website slightly to give it a more relaxed, sophisticated theme.  As of recent we have also created an Instagram page so get following @womenofcolourc on insta!

Now for what we have been up to, even though we have been studying for exams we have had some great things being planned for you guys. Firstly, we teamed up with one of the greatest brands for WoC, black Up Cosmetics!!!!! We have some products we have been trying out and we are ready to review these for you guys. We also have many more exciting collaborations planned with them. We also have been experimenting with some low end and high end products so that we can review them for you and advise you on the best products to get for WoC.

Since we are back in full swing we will now have new posts up every Monday, meaning we will have plenty of new content for you guys. These will include reviews, more skincare and beauty advice and many other things.

Another thing coming up is our giveaway. We are still putting this together but the details for it will be revealed shortly!

Again guys thank you for your continued support and we are excited for all the things we have coming up this summer!

Peace and love

Tosin & Daedria

P.S. Seeing as our blog is for people of colour, we just wanted to recognise the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Again two black men who have been unjustly killed in America. Let us continue to fight for the equality of people of colour in all areas of our lives. #RIP #BLACKLIVESMATTER

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)

Winter Favourites

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while, today I’m bringing you a post about my favourites to use this winter. They are mostly affordable and have great benefits!

My first favourite is Boots cucumber facial wash:

This facial wash retails at only £1.50, it contains cucumber which has tremendous benefits for skin and after continuous use you definitely see the effects. It does not cause any irritability and it removes grime and dirt from your pores, it also works well when removing make up.

My second winter favourite is the Boots cucumber toner:

This cleanser and toner also retails at £1.50 and it can be bought in a 3 for 2 deal with the facial wash. This toner is perfect for removing excess make up after removing your make up with cucumber wipes (also from boots). It is very gentle on the skin and the alcohol in it removes bacteria. I also love to use this after a long day if I haven’t worn make up and my face is just extra oily. It cleanses your skin but doesn’t dry it out.

My third winter favourite is The Body Shop Seaweed deep cleansing facial wash:

This Facial wash retails at £9.50. This facial wash is truly amazing as I have combination skin. I haven’t even been using it over a prolonged time and the effects are truly amazing. It has reduced the spots I have and it doesn’t dry out skin, instead it leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed. Seaweed is packed with vitamins and minerals that are also great for your skin, and it moisturises and conditions your skin. The good thing about The body shop products is that they are all vegetarian so they are totally organic and good for skin.

My fourth favourite is The Body Shop pomegranate softening facial wash:

This facial wash retails at £12, this cleanses and refreshes skin leaving it soft and silky, it also gives your skin a brighter appearance, unlike the other products I wouldn’t use this on a day to day basis but rather once or twice a week. In addition to its great qualities this also has a great smell which makes it pleasant to use.

My fifth winter favourite is pure coconut oil (ASDA):

This oil retails at £1.50 and has literally lasted over 6 months, so it’s good value for money. I use this oil primarily for my face but also my hair. I usually use vaseline but I found it very heavy on my skin, so I began using this as a facial moisturiser as it has a lighter texture and it has made my skin softer. It’s great to use after a shower on all areas of your body and from gradual use gets rid of blemishes and scars. As a bonus I would recommend this for Afro-Caribbean hair, especially your edges. It helps to replenish hair and give you a fuller hairline. One trick I have that works with relaxed hair is putting coconut oil on your edges and combing them, then overnight wrapping your hair with a silk scarf. In the morning your edges should be smoothed back and moisturised and it lasts all day.

My last winter favourite is Milk of Magnesia:

This is a controversial product but I love it, it retails at £4.99. My skin is mostly oily especially during winter and this is great for use before I apply my make up. I use a cotton wool pad and apply a generous amount to my face and I let it dry before applying my make up. It keeps make up in place all day and prevents your skin from being too oily.This is great for long days and even being in humid environments. BUT, ladies I must state this is for if you have oily skin only otherwise it will dry out your skin and the effects will not be pleasant.

A bonus tip I want to give you guys is something we all have access to – WATER! Water is great for clearing up your skin and keeping it healthy. Drinking 2-3 litres a day can create a big difference. If you’re someone who doesn’t like plain water add a few slices of orange and lemon to create detox water which has an even greater effect!

Thanks for reading and I hope you learnt about some great things to keep your skin refreshed during this period of harsh weather,

Peace and love

Tosin x

(all photos from google images)

(all photos from google images)