Good day and Happy Easter!
In all my 19 years of life, I’ve gone through a lot of phases; the girly phase, the tomboy phase, the I don’t care phase and the ‘what did I do to myself’ phase (I think that is where I am right now). So in this phase I’m looking back and detesting all the damage that has occurred to my skin (I claimresponsibility for that) and working on how to restore it back to what its meant to be or at least what I think it should be.
I have extremely sensitive skin that scars over the slightest things and flares up thanks to a condition called skin asthma (you can learn more abut it here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atopic_dermatitis ) and finding products that won’t cause flares has been quite a challenge for me.
In this post, I’m just going to share with you a few products I’ve discovered, after tons of trials, and stuck to. I call them ‘My Faithfuls’.
I’ve used a bunch of bathing bars and shower gels and what nots, like Dove, Lux, Palmer’s Cocoa butter, Fair and White (courtesy my roommate, Oluoma), Tracia etc. and some caused flares while others didn’t. I discovered the St. Ives body wash through one of my friends ( thank you Ajiri and happy birthday baby girl) at school. She had the oatmeal and Shea butter kind. I used it and it didn’t cause any issues, but I didn’t exactly fancy the creamy feel it left behind on my skin as I have oily skin, but I would recommend it for those with dry skin or those that like the feeling of being moisturized immediately after a shower.
My Faithful- St. Ives ‘Purifying Sea Salt’. It exfoliates and washes dry. It goes for about N1200 at the place I get mine from but the price is subject to change due to the fluctuation of the Naira- Dollar rate’.
For the days when I run out of body wash or go on trips or just feel like, my go to bathing bar is the one and only ‘Dudu-Osun’ aka Black Soap/ Local Soap. Its made from purely natural ingredients and can be reproduced in the kitchen (I made some when I was in junior school). A pack of 6 goes for N800. I get mine from the market. The disadvantage is that like every other product, there are a lot of fakes out there so one has to be careful.
Moisturizer And Oil
I use the St. Ives ‘Intensive Healing’ body lotion. Its perfect for me because it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy and doesn’t give me flares. And all day, my skin feels hydrated, which is a major key for wining me over. It goes for around N950 – N1300 depending on where you get yours.
Thanks to my ‘battle scars’, I use the Bio-Oil (recommended by my personal skincare guru Ejiro) on the scars and stretch marks (every girls dream) and please note the scars don’t vanish immediately, it takes time and regular application. The small bottle is around N900 and the bigger size is around N1100. I usually get the bigger bottle because its more economical as that bottle lasts about 3 months for me.
Apart from my normal day to day faithfuls, I absolutely love exfoliating. Why? Because it aids in evening out the skin tone. It removes the dead skin cells and lets you care for the new skin, improves the texture of the skin, helps you get a clean and smoother shave (wink-wink), helps prevent break outs, should I continue?
Its awesome! End of story. I use the bodycology ‘Exfoliating Sugar Scrub’. I got it from a beauty store in Calabar for N2000. I’ve been using it for over a month now and my skin is loving it, I’m loving it too.
I recently got another product that exfoliates and polishes from 4th and Base. I’ll make a blog post some other time on it and exfoliating in general.
At the end of the day, choosing products that work for your skin all boils down to learning your skin type and what your budget is. For me, my stuff are ideal because they are affordable and last for long periods and my account doesn’t crack when I have to top up on them.
What are your skin care products? What prices can they be gotten at?
I’ll love to read your comments and know what you think.