For this blog post we’ve invited Seyi (pronounced Shaye), the owner of the Rania May Beauty blog to share her personalised skin care routine with us. Seyi’s blog has been viewed and shared by Miranda Kerr’s Kora and other certified organic skin care companies. In 2018 she was a finalist in the Organic Influencer Award hosted by Australian Organic Ltd. As a model she’s also picked up a few tips and pieces of advice that she’s willing to share with us so it with utmost pleasure I hand over to Seyi.
I have been an advocate for health and wellness ever since the passing of my beautiful mother in 2011. She had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. This diagnosis had really shaken myself and the entire family. It had also got me thinking about how my mother, who has been so healthy all her life, developed such a horrid disease. Through extensive research, there have been thoughts that what is found in our daily skincare and body products contain many nasty toxins. These are not only bad for your health in the long run, (did you know up to 60% gets absorbed into your bloodstream?) but it can actually exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema, severe dry skin, psoriasis and so forth.
In this blog post, I am going to be sharing some of my own personal skin care routines that have really helped with my skin conditions.
Let’s start with skin care for the face.
Skin type: Oily/Acne Prone
Routine: Oily skin care routine and acne treatment routine.
My skin type has always been very oily and acne prone. I tend to experience breakouts along my forehead and chin. I also experience pigmentation and blemishes/scarring after a pimple has been there. For skin types that have major skin conditions, whether it be oily, acne prone skin or dry, sensitive skin establishing a daily skin care routine at home is imperative to not worsen the condition.
My skin care routine consists of the following steps:
- Cleanser (2 x daily - morning and evening)
- Serum that is targeted for acne scarring, blemishes, pigmentation or spot treatment (once daily in the evening)
- Daily Moisturiser (2 x daily - morning and evening). Sometimes I like to add two drops of my favourite facial oil to my moisturiser before bed.
Clay Mask: Can be used 1-2 week for oily skin types and once weekly for dry skin types
Exfoliating: Oily can be 2-3 times a week and dry would normally be 1-2 times a week.
After either of the above treatments, ensure you keep your skin well hydrated, no matter the skin type. My favourite is applying rose hip oil to my face (I especially love QLEAN beauty’s Rosehip + Vitamin E oil). Although I do have oily skin, it is actually really good for all skin types to use facial oils from time to time. The reason why my face may get oily is that my skin tries to compensate for the lack of oil on my face therefore goes into overdrive of producing too much oil. Adding oils can therefore allow the skin to calm down on its oil production and level itself out.
In regards to diet, I ensure to have plenty of water, reduce how much sugar I consume, have oily fish and eat lots of good fats (such as avocados, sweet potato and walnuts). All of the above helps to keep my skin balanced, clean and clear.
Now onto my body care routine.
Skin type: Severe dry skin
Routine: Dry, sensitive skin routine.
It’s funny how I can have such an oily face yet the skin on my body is incredibly dry. It’s as if all of the oil from my body worked its way up to my face. That’s what I often joke about anyway!
My body care routine generally consists of applying a thick body lotion with a few drops of rosehip oil. The combination of the two ensure my skin stays soft and subtle throughout the day. Alternatively, body balms are amazing to use for dry skin, though I would tend to apply balms before bed as it is heavier than the standard body lotion. My all time favourite balm would be the QLEAN Beauty Calendula Skin Relief Balm. This goes on so smoothly and does not irritate my usually dry, itchy skin. It also keeps my dry skin feeling hydrated for hours which is a big plus in my books.
Other tips I would recommend if you have dry sensitive skin on your body would be:
- When possible, wear clothing that is breathable and avoid using harsh detergents when washing your clothes
- Avoid very hot showers. This is a recipe for dry skin post shower!
- Drink plenty of water. At least 8 glasses daily to keep your hydration levels up.
- Apply lotion or balm to your body twice daily during the winter as the cold harsh winds can make the skin drier, however in the warmer weather you will not need to put as many heavy oils and lotions.
And that is a wrap for my skin care and body routine! I actually look forward getting up early in the morning just to go through my whole skin care routine. Gives me such joy and really awakens my senses using products that are certified organic and/or natural. Blogging and sharing my knowledge to you all gives me an even greater joy. If you want to see what else I have posted, please visit my blog on raniamaybeauty.wordpress.com or my Facebook page Rania May Beauty Blog. There is also an option for email subscription found right at the bottom of the blog. Any queries or questions can asked via the contacts page on my blog or messenger on facebook.
Disclaimer: The advice provided above is based off my personal experience that has worked for my skin type and that has been recommended by personal skin and beauty specialists. If you have severe skin conditions, please consult with a skin specialist or dermatologist before changing your current routine or trying something new. Always patch test any natural products before use.