Beauty regimen. Skin care. Getting all dolled up. Call it whatever name you would love ; how you treat your skin/face matters. The products you use –and don’t use- substantially affects how your skin will look in years to come. At some point I maintained an “ I’m invincible” mentality that prevented me from the need to take preventative measures to take care of my skin but I turn 26 in a couple of days and promised myself to take way better care of my skin. Think drinking heavily, smoking even satisfying late night craving; so it makes some sense that someone who doesn’t have acne doesn’t feel the need to wash their face at the end of the night. Similarly, some one without wrinkles doesn’t think it important to use age defying serums packed with vitamins.
Well, I am here to bring you my list of beauty regimen essential items I own and advice that every woman should have at hand at all times. I’ll provide both the products I use and can vouch for, a low cost alternative and a higher priced investment option for each item on the list. Of course, it isn’t compulsory to use the brands we recommend. You’ll need to find options that work for your skin type; dry, oily, normal, combination or sensitive skin. Try different options until you find one you love; then stick to the routine! Worried about how your skin will react? Most boutique skin care shops and department stores aboard offer samples of their product but being that this is Nigeria; I don’t really know how which advise to give because nothing worse than spending a fortune on an SPF cream only to find out you have an allergic reaction to it.
I currently use Clean & Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser (Oil-Free). It retails for about 4200 ngn and can be found at beauty outlets
BUDGET: Cetaphil Normal to Oily Skin Daily Skin Facial Cleanser available for about 3600 ngn when you shop on amazon but retails for 11,900 ngn on jumia.
WHY THE DISPARITY? WHY?
INVEST: Obagi Nu Derm Foaming Gel 18,000 ngn on Drag_2_Fab
Toners are not entirely necessary but can be a great adjunct to a regimen for people like me with oily skin or markedly plugged pores.
So I have different toners for different days and different parts of my face. I even have some with names i can’t properly pronounce . I am that extra. At the moment I use Skin doctor Toner with Papaya and Natural Witch hazel toner (2,500 ngn) for those days of the month when I am prone to break out, I use Peau De Lune Eclaircissante Facial Cleanser Lotion (4,000 ngn) twice a week to help fade spots. I also use Murad Clarifying Toner (18,500 ngn) on days when I am being boujee.
BUDGET: Rose Water Toner (2,500 ngn).
INVEST: PCA Skin Nutrient Toner (15,500 ngn on amazon)
REN Clean Skincare: Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic ( 21,000 ngn on Drag_2_Fab)
***P.S: If you have really dry/sensitive skin I wouldn’t advise the Skin Doctor Toner with Papaya because it is really drying.
Nobody wants the side effect of too much sun –wrinkles, moles, age spot not to mention cancer so there is a need to protect your most precious asset from incredibly harmful UVA/UVB rays on a daily basis, whether the sun is shining or not. You can’t downplay the importance of sunscreen regardless of your age, complexion or skin type.
For SPF, I would advise you splurge and go all out if you can. Plus I haven’t really seen an SPF that was affordable and felt good on my skin. SPF 30 and above are my top picks because they protect against both wrinkle accelerating UVA rays and sunburn causing UVBs. I use Clinque SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream (18,000 ngn). I think the only con I have with this product is that it isn’t matte and for someone that has an oily to combination skin that might be a problem
INVEST: Neutrogena SPF 55 Clear Face Lotion Sunscreen (7,600 ngn )
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer With Sunscreen SPF 50+ (11,500 ngn)
As your skin regenerates, dead cells compromise luster and clog pores hence the need to exfoliate twice a week. When looking for exfoliators its best to look for products that have gentle AHAs (citric, lactic and malic acid) used in the product as they contain larger molecules which penetrate your skin slowly and causes less irritation. I fall short in this area sometimes because lazy. Lol. Whenever I do get around to exfoliating. I use St Ives Apricot Scrub or Victoria Secret Detox Scrub Charcoal Purifying Body Scrub-PINK (14,500 on Drag_2_Fab)
BUDGET: St. Ives Apricot Scrub(2500 ngn)
5. Hydrating Moisturiser
My favorite product on the list ***drum roll please**.
My love for hydrating moisturizers cannot be explained in words. No body hates to look ashy as much as I do. So I change out moisturisers every time I go to a beauty/grocery store or mistakenly pass the alley with body lotion. Moisturizer are important to me because of my daily habits which include long days, sleep debts and frequent washing. These habits depletes my sebum-the skins natural moisture lock. I have used budget and high end moisturisers and love them all uniquely. In the past, I used Nivea Natural Fairness, Jergens Shea Butter, Sephora Whipped Cream, Eucerin etc but I currently use a *****NO-NAME yet face cream from Ana Maria Beaute and Soap and Glory The Daily Smooth Ultra Rich Body Lotion; I bought it for about 10 pounds. Its more expensive though when you buy it in Nigeria.
For dry skin, I would advise products that have plant lipids such as jojoba or sunflower oil as this helps retain skin moisture and doesn’t dry out quickly . Oily skin requires water or gel based products like aloe vera because they are light weight and do not cause skin reactions. In really dry seasons, i would advise mixing your moisturisers with body oil for lustre longevity.
BUDGET: Nivea Natural Fairness (Cant remember how much I bought it but its available everywhere)
If you like to go the extra mile, you can include eye creams, pampering face-masks, serums, body oils, antioxidants rich night cream etc but these 5 beauty products are essentials needed by every woman who intends to have vibrate skin in years to come.
P.S: You can shop all your beauty products from @Drag_2_Fab on Instagram. They sell authentic products at affordable prices as compared to other beauty retailers.