Hello friends, it’s getting warmer.

I hope you are having a great week so far! I have been finding ways to take care of my skin now that it’s hot, humid and dusty.
African skin is a 6 on the Fitzpatrick scale meaning it rarely burns but that doesn’t make us immune to sunscreen. If you want your skin to stay looking young, fresh, and as wrinkle free as possible, be sure to slather on sunscreen especially around your face and neck to prevent burning, wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation.

Head to your local grocery or pharmacy for a sunscreen with both UVA/UVB protection.

Stay hydrated as much as possible as when you are sweating from the heat or if you are experiencing dehydration. You will be able to tell from ry and rough skin, eye-bags and more. Remember to reach for your water more than you  would juice, coffee and soda (God forbid!).

It’s easy to keep a large water bottle in front of you so that you are reminded to drink water throughout the day or throw a simple small bottle in your bag that you can refill as the day goes along.

Skip hot showers and go for luke warm to cold showers. Heat strips your skin of much needed natural oils. Cold water boosts circulation making skin glow. While we are on the subject do not over exfoliate as 2 to 3 times a week is sufficient. A home exfoliant containing olive oil and sugar can gently Slough off dead body skin.

Make sure to double cleanse with an oil like olive or coconut to remove any dust impurities or makeup at the end of the day. Alot of wipes tend to dry out skin and an extra five minutes spent double cleansing with an oil and then a gentle water based cleanser like Micellar water is absolutely worth it. Be sure to incorporate one targeted to skin type for example use a BHA cleanser for people battling acne.

Moisturize with a light oil like jojoba before going to sleep and do night treatments if you use AHA’s.
If you have sensitive, dry skin that craves deep moisture, lightening your moisturizer is also totally doable! The key is to look for ingredients that provide nourishing, calming and hydrating effects, without being heavy.

If you have oily skin go for a gel based one like aloe or honey, it’s mattfying as Nd therefore helps combat the appearance of oil.

Until next time. Cheers.

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