The winter season is the harshest on our skin so it is important that we take extra care and caution. Here are a few of my skin care tips which can be applied all year round:
Shea butter has a number of uses, one being to treat dry skin. It’s properties make it incredibly nourishing and moisturising, so it is perfect for use in the winter time when we all find ourselves a little bit more ashy. Note: If you are going to buy Shea butter I would recommend raw & unrefined as many of the refined versions remove a lot of the beneficiary products. So make sure to do your research before purchase.
Oily/Acne prone Skin
Personally this is my skin type and these two products have worked wonders for my skin. The first is used as a acne treatment\preventative and the second as an acne scar fader:
Tea tree oil is one of the most effective natural remedies to ward off acne, mainly due to its antibacterial properties. There are a variety of ways you can incorporate tea tree oil into you skincare routine. You can use it as a spot treatment, in your daily face wash (I use the body shop tea tree oil face wash) or in a weekly face mask.
I have recently started using Aloe Vera gel on my face as a toner and within a month I’ve seen a noticeable difference in, not only the acne scarring, but in the texture of my skin. Aloe Vera is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties which means it decreases the soreness of acne and removes dirt and dead skin cells.
Males & Beards
It’s no secret that coconut oil is one of our holy grail beauty products. With the growing popularity of men’s grooming I believe coconut oil is perfect for beard maintenance for the minimalistic man. So, to achieve a shinier and healthier looking beard coconut oil can be used pre shaving to soften the area. During shaving as an alternative to aftershave cream and post-shave to hydrate and nourish both the skin and the beard. You’re also left with the added plus of a sweet smelling beard because who doesn’t like the smell of coconuts?
General Skin Advice
As people of colour we can often be nonchalant about this (well at least I know I am) but wearing some form of sunscreen, especially during the summer time, can help stop premature ageing. By simply opting for moisturisers or foundations that contain some level of spf can really make a difference in the long term.
Good diet and Exercise
Essentially our skin is a major organ, so maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine is imperative if you want to have glowing skin now and in the future. I don’t know about you but my aim is to have skin like Pharrell; he just doesn’t age.
By Toro Kehinde
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