I am typing this blog post with a tumeric and lime face mask from Earth Elements on my face hoping that I will wake up in the morning looking like a brand new person and the 6 mile crater in my forehead will disappear. As I said, this SKINSecurity series is all about you but I would be a legitimate fraud if I didn't share my OWN story! (with photos of my acne and all)
I have combination skin and I have darker marks along the side of my face and I get random break outs. That's it! I don't have cystic acne, it's not unbearable, it's just regular up and down combination skin. I also suffer from eczema on my back and on the sides of my face as well!
Having 'nice skin' or skin I was comfortable in has always been one of the most important things to me physically. As a matter of fact, if you asked me in an interview what was the one thing physically I was insecure about, I would say my skin. It's that thing people see when they first meet you! It's the part of me as a male that I can't hide or mask (unless you're into make up then power to you).
The interesting part is, I've never had TERRIBLE skin but I grew up seeing my mother and grandfather with skin like porcelain and I also had random experiences which made me feel very self conscious. For example , a few years ago I volunteered at a primary school and helped the children to prepare for their exams. One of the children (God Bless His CHATTERBOX SOUL) turned to one of my friends and said "WHY IS THE SIDE OF HIS FACE SO DARK?!" ding ding ding ding! -queues insecurity and self-conscious thoughts- Children are so honest, ofcourse I stared and stared and stared and obsessed about how dark the side of my face was because I knew I had darker spots and hyperpigmentation! Not to mention a few weeks ago when I woke up with a BREAK OUT EXPRESS face (see photo below).
BUT enough of the pity party, point is I wasn't feeling myself. So how did I overcome all of this?
TIPS AND TRICKS
Ofcourse I have my favourite products that I use (here) but one of the secret weapons to skin care is the mind! I realized that most of the insecurity I experienced because of my skin was all in my head and at least 50% of skincare has to do with lifestyle and the mental aspect of it. So becoming skin-secure was going to be an internal job! The decisions you make in terms of HOW you live and WHAT you do, will be just as important as what product you use! So, in light of my experiences I would like to share simple tips with you from my experience:
1. STOP STRESSING
(for your sanity and your skin, you know you should smile right?)
2. STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE
Listen! It is very simple! YOUR HAND IS DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY and you're just adding more dirt to your skin when you keep picking at it especially when you have pimples. Hands = Dirt. Dirt = Acne
3.. CHOOSE SOMETHING THAT WORKS AND STICK TO IT! (Consistency)
I don't know about you but my skin THRIVES on consistency! A simple and consistent routine that it can get accustomed to. One of the mistakes I made which made me break out a few weeks ago was trying a whole pile of new products and being impatient about it. I promise you it does more harm than good. So find something that works and STICK TO IT!
Exfoliation is great because we remove those dead skin cells from our skin giving it a fresh start which prevents the issue of dirt build up. Less dirt build up = less acne!
5. DRINK WATER
You know you should. You know why you should!
6. MOISTURIZE AND APPLY SPF
7. TUMERIC FOR THE GLO!
Tumeric is really the plug if you wish to reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots! I've been using a tumeric and lime mask which I swear by as well as a tumeric soap and my complexion has thanked me for it! It really works!
8. NOT EVERYTHING WORKS FOR YOU
Just ask any of my friends! RushCam and African Black Soap DO NOT MIX! Abort! But it works for so many people. Find what works for you and stick to it!
To be honest, this is just a SNIPPET of how I feel, how I've felt and my experiences to date and I could write a book and go on and on for days but the point of this is to be solution oriented and to change your MINDSET! So thanks for reading and I hope you know that whether you're insecure or skin-secure is up to you! Now that I've shared, part two is gonna be your storiesss! Remember to send in your stories via email or direct message on social media!
Until next time, take care