Friday, February 8, 2013

Shameless Product Promotion: Skin Care - Tia

Before I even get into this post I need to say two things: 
1. This girl is BEAUTIFUL!!! When I was looking for skin care pictures for this post I found this one. Holy Crap!!! This chick is gorgeous. And her skin is amazing. 
2. I also found this picture. 

You always see people washing their faces like this in commercials. But NO ONE in their right mind would wash their face like this. There would be water all over the floor, your clothes...everywhere. And your face would never get clean. AND you'd always get water in your eye or on your fresh press. Not buying it. 

Moving on.

Yes, I'm wearing a tiara. 
People often ask me what I use on my skin. I have to be honest, I don't have a huge skin care regimen. I've pretty much been using the same products for just short of forever. Yes, I think part of the reason my skin is the way it is, is because of genetics. My grandmother had skin that looked like warmed caramels. I know that's a weird analogy but that's what it reminded me of. Smooth, creamy caramels. But she was also consistent with what she used on her skin. My mother used what she used. I use what she used. (We'll get to that momentarily.)

But while genetics, plays a role, I'm also consistent. Up until about a year ago, I only used 3 three things on my skin. (I added a fourth scrub last year.) And while I don't use an army of assorted products, I do make sure that I stick with what works.

My hope is that my shameless product promotion will help someone to develop their own skin care habits.

1. Water
Yeah, I can't really promote water. But I'm utterly convinced that the amount of water I drink plays a key role in my skin health.

I drink no less than 2 liters of water a day. No...seriously. My mother instilled the importance of water in us from an early age. Yes, we had milk and Kool-aid. Occasionally, there was soda in the house. But water was always there. My mom always talked about how water flushed out the impurities and would not only keep our bodies healthy but our skin clear as well. So to this day, I almost exclusively drink water. It's hard enough trying to keep weight off so I skip sodas (even the diet ones) most of the time. And everything else just seems like empty calories. Now, I will have a regular Coke every once in a while because COKE IS AWESOME. But I'm telling you, water is what's up when it comes to healthy skin.

2. Noxema

I have used Noxema for as long as I can remember. My mother uses it. My grandmother used it. It's all I've ever used to cleanse my skin.

I love the smell of it and the tingle as it cleans. (I know I sound like a commercial. I said "SHAMELESS" didn't I?) That tingle makes me feel like it's digging the dirt right out of my pores. And I don't have to worry about it stripping my skin of moisture.  Plus, when I was younger I used to walk around the house with it on my face and scare my little brother. I'd always try to give him a kiss when I had a face full of Noxema. As you can imagine, he hated that.

I once had an esthetician try to tell me that Noxema was bad for your skin. She said something about the chemical make-up of the cream being toxic for skin. I politely listened while rambled on and waxed my eyebrows. About half way through the wax, after she'd stopped trying to convince me of the evils of Noxema, she said, "You know, you have really great skin..." Do I? DO I? Could it be from the Noxema maybe...possibly...since that's all I've used since I was about 10. You were saying....

3. Neutrogena Visibly Even Moisturizer
It is a common misconception amongst African Americans that we don't need sunblock. Granted, we are less susceptible to the sun's harmful rays because we have more melanin...(I think) But we're not immune. 

Sun block is for EVERYONE, regardless of race. But let's be honest, how many of us actually use it on a consistent basis? I don't see any hands. 

For me Visibly Even kills two birds with one stone. While I don't have overly dry skin, I don't negate the importance of a good moisturizer. I see no harm in keeping it my face baby smoove...Yes, smoove IS a word. So since I'm going to moisturize anyway, why not use a moisturizer that already has SPF built in?

Don't get me wrong, I am a sun worshipper. I often sit by the pool in the summer like it's my job. But since I don't want to look like a California Raisin when I'm 50, I will continue to use plentiful amounts Neutrogena. 

4. Ocean Salt Scrub by Lush
I freaking LOVE Lush. I can literally go in there and spend my last dime on body soaks, lip balms and lotions. But I only recently discovered their Ocean Salt scrub. I never really looked at their skin care line because what I use was already working. If it ain't broke, ya know?

I had just returned from a trip to NYC and my skin just felt GRIMY. I think it was just the city air and subway fumes plus the recycled air from the plane ride. Whatever it was, I found myself wandering around Lush looking for something that would scrub the day off of my face and body. Enter The Scrub. 

The scent alone is great. And the sea salt is a great exfoliator. While I don't use it every day, I feel like it would be a great daily scrub for anyone who deals with blackheads. Plus IT HAS VODKA IN IT!!! (For some reason that makes me really excited.) 

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. My shameless plugging of my skin care products. I use what works. And I don't deviate. While these may not be the products for you, I encourage you to figure out what works and then stick with it. Great skin comes from great skin care. There's no ifs, ands or buts about that. Drink your water. Clean your skin. Be magnificent. 

1 comment:

Christina said...

I used to use Noxema and then I stopped when I tried Proactiv for my acne. For some reason, I never switched back to the Noxema. But thanks to your blog post, I might do just that.