The Lovely Skin

 

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It puts the lotion on the skin….

NO!

This post isn’t about Buffalo Bill’s journey to making a perfect skin skin suit!

It’s about taking care of your skin and my skin care routine/products.

I’ve made it no secret — I have crappy skin. Mostly attributed to the genetic lottery and the rest from sun damage. My mom and dad happily gifted me cystic acne, rosacea, moles, dilated pores, seborrheic keratosis, skin tags, and other weirdness.

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Throw in sun damage because I didn’t wear sunblock as much as I should have.

So, in spite of my crappy skin, I still strive to take better care of it.

Always moisturize. I love basic Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

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And sunblock — I like Neutrogena’s line of sun screen.

Seriously… you don’t want your neck to look like a vagina in your 50’s. Just do it.

Because I have rosacea, my dermatologist has me on this nasty sulfur medication that I rub on my bad spots, mostly on my chin. But I also mix it with a little bit of benzoyl peroxide. The cream by itself was “meh”, but when I added the benzoyl peroxide to my routine it cleared up exponentially faster.

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Not my rosacea — but you get the idea. I’ve had a little flare up on my chin, similar to this. Which is why I haven’t taken a selfie in a few months lol.

I generally always wash with unscented Dove soap. But for the days where I’m especially stinky or have been really sweaty, I use Dial Gold. Pro tip — don’t use on lady bits because it will mess up your natural flora.

My dermatologist says it doesn’t matter what you wash your face with. Because of my rosacea, he suggested washing my face with dandruff shampoo — haven’t made THAT leap yet. But I use Neutrogena redness reducing face wash. I know it’s all hokum, but I like the way it smells and it completely doesn’t dry me out.

I do have combo skin — from about mid nose up is oily and mid nose down is dry. My rosacea kind of lingers on my chin and nose, so I always am extra careful about those areas. I take lots of care washing them because when your skin is inflamed and red, it’s almost like having an open wound and you can get an infection.

I’ve actually gotten staph on my rosacea.

Bad juju.

When it comes to exfoliating I have a couple of different scrubs I use, mostly all homemade.

One is equal parts sugar, coconut oil, and honey. The sugar gently exfoliates while the coconut oil moisturizes and the honey acts as a natural humectant. There’s another I use where I sub used coffee grounds for sugar.

Also I don’t own sugar right now. But the used coffee grounds also do an awesome job.

I want to pick up some activated charcoal and make a charcoal sugar scrub.

I also use coconut oil as a moisturizer in the winter or on tough spots. Because my moisturizer has dimethecone (skin protectant) in it, I will apply my moisturizer after coconut oil to seal in the moisture.

Healthy hair is a direct reflection of healthy skin.

For my hair, I swear by Shea Moisture products. They can be found at Walmart, Target, Ulta, etc…

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This stuff is the bomb.

I only actually shampoo my hair maybe twice a week. Cowash or just rinse on the other days. However, if I’m really sweaty, I will wash my hair regardless.

I do color my hair, so around the times I color I always moisturize with extra leave in and even some coconut oil.

Once a month I will do a hair mask — two eggs, three table spoons of coconut oil and a table spoon of castor oil. I leave it on for an hour with my head plastic wrapped and a towel over. Your own natural body heat helps the mixture penetrate your hair and scalp. Also this is a good way to trigger hair growth if you are trying to grow your hair out.

Honestly, there are so many awesome skin and hair care things that can be made from your kitchen… it’s just amazing.

Although my skin obviously hates me, I still have to give it lots of love.

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6 thoughts on “The Lovely Skin

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a hair mask… My hair is wicked oily so the thought of putting extra oil on it never occurred to me. ^_^ I stopped coloring my hair after decades of coloring it because I’m getting to that age where my hair is getting brittle and my stupid thyroid isn’t really helping with all that. :-/

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    • Unfortunately I have the opposite problem — my hair is very curly, thick, pourous, and dry.

      Whenever I get my hair cut, I have to have it thinned. At one point I owned some thinning shears, but they grew legs and walked away.

      My hair and coconut oil are great bud it keeps it moisturized and not frizzy in the humid florida weather. I use it mostly after I clarify shampoo — make sure It Is nice and clean and do the egg mask, then rinse. Then I juse some regular leave in.

      I wouldn’t recommend It on oily hair, but definitely for skin. During the winter I just slather it all over because I get so dry on my elbos and hands. Its also good for eczema.

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      • When I lived in Florida (and in Mississippi), I skipped conditioning my hair altogether. In New Mexico and here in Washington, conditioning is necessary or even with oily hair, it’ll get tangled and messy. But in The South, yeah… no conditioner needed for me. 🙂 As for my skin, I’ve used lotions on and off, but for the most part, my go-to is/was baby oil.

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