Rise and Shine: My Morning Skincare Routine

Revitalize your skin this morning in a couple of easy steps. I use the Nimue Skincare range, but you are welcome to substitute the products with whichever ones you prefer, or the products that work for your skin. I have combination-dry skin (oily T-Zone and Dry everywhere else) and the Nimue skin range has helped me clear my complexion, prevent breakouts, correct dark spots, as well as nourish my skin. The range is stocked at Lintons Beauty World at the Junction Mall, with qualified beauticians at hand to give you sound advice about which products would work best for your skin. Do pay a visit! If you’d like to know more about Nimue, please comment below and I will do a full review.

Nimue Product list

1. Cleansing Gel

2. Conditioner Tonic

3. Eye Treatment

4. Day Fader

5. Sun-Cream SPF 20

Step 1 Cleanse

The first step towards great skin is to keep it clean. You should wash your face at least twice a day to get rid of sweat, excess oils, and and dirt that builds up throughout the day. This is especially important for make-up wearers. Going to sleep with a full face of make-up on will not only leave a world of grossness on your pillow covers, but will also clog your pores and irritate the skin. Such a no NO! Use lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser. Work the cleanser into your skin in gentle circular motions.

Step 2 Rinse

Well this part is pretty obvious! LOL! Rinse your face with cold water instead of hot. This will not only wake you up, but it will also shock your skin and help close your pores.

Step 3 Pat Dry

I emphasise *pat* ladies! Rough rubbing motions can strip your skin of moisture and actually irritate the skin.

Step 4 Tone

This is a really important step, but sadly it often gets skipped! Using a toner helps to wipe away excess dirt that your cleanser missed. It also wipes away any residue that you may have left on your skin after your rinse. A good toner clarifies the skin and  can help curb excessive oiliness by mattifying the skin. Some toners may contain alcohol which can irritate sensitive skin and cause dryness. Make sure that your toner is alcohol-free. AVOID YOUR EYE AREA

Step 5 Eye Cream

If you’re not already using an eye cream, invest in one TODAY! The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate and therefore, it needs some extra TLC. I love to compare the skin around my eye area to the ends of my hair. While you can use a regular moisturizer, it may not contain all the nutrients your delicate eye area requires(peptides and glycerin among others). If you’re in your 20’s, you definitely need an eye cream. Wrinkles around your eyes are easier to PREVENT than they are to TREAT once they occur! Need more convincing? Read this article.

step 7 moisturize

This is a crucial step! Even for girls with oilier skin. Moisturizing your skin can actually help decrease the amount of oil your skin naturally produces. Washing your skin and leaving your skin dry actually makes your skin produce more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. This makes your skin oilier and oilier over time. Nip this in the bud and give the skin the nutrients it needs by using a moisturizer. I use the Nimue Day Fader which helps me fight the effects of hyper pigmentation and scars left behind by annoying pimples.

Step 7 Sunscreen

Sadly, this is a step majority of us ignore. We have all heard the myth that black girls don’t need sunscreen. THE DEVIL IS A LIAR! We do have more melanin than caucasians, but that does not mean that we are immune to the damaging UV rays of the sun. The sun can cause damaging effects on your skin over time! If you feel like this step is a hassle, invest in a moisturizer that is SPF 20 and above. The sunscreen I use is oil free and is formulated specifically for the face, so it does not cause breakouts, excess oiliness, or that blueish tint that some suncreens do. SOLD!

All done!

Add some lip balm and you’re good to go! Follow up with the make-up look of your choice or step out into the world with your bare-faced gorgeousness!

Happy Nappy Hair

Yvette Kemi