An Inexpensive Skin Care Routine That Your Face Will Love

An Inexpensive Skin Care Routine That Your Face Will Love

I’d walk outside, get a glimpse of my face on some car window I was passing by and turn right back around and go home. 

By JEANNIE SHAW

It Was Just The Raw Truth

An Inexpensive Skin Care Routine That Your Face Will Love

One day I walked into a beauty salon in Belize City looking for gifts. While the name of the salon escapes me, I remember the owner. Her name is Mapye Smith. She has the most personable disposition you could imagine. You would walk in to her place for one product and end up leaving with a bill for things you never intended to get complete with a payment plan for it.

Our conversation went from one thing to the next then finally to caring for ageing skin. At the time I was so worried about wrinkles on my face. I was probably 30 and likely had one faint line I was babysitting since I was 23. Oh how I wish that were still the case haha.

Maype informed me that the last thing I needed to worry about was my face. “It’s your chest you have to watch.”, she said unapologetically. 

skin care routine to change the skin on your face

There Must Be A Solution 

My Chest? What?!?!

Fast forward to more than a decade later… way past my early 30s… waking up one day and having to face to the truth about what Mapye had warned me about. I felt helpless. It seemed irreversible. A couple years rolled by and it was just getting worse. One day in 2019, I just kinda stopped and tapped in (higher self kinda thing) so to speak. There must be a solution.

What I got was that my skin needed resurfacing and rejuvenation. It was more of an intuition, an inner knowing. I had two main issues to be addressed: scaly skin on my face and damaged skin on my chest. 

skin care routine with face patches

We Didn’t Have Filters Back Then

There must be a way. I went to Sephora to see what I could find and met a very kind and helpful fellow. Upon inspecting my skin, he was actually impressed. “Your skin is in great condition, especially for your age group. I thought you were way younger.”, he said. I gasped on the inside. Since I had terrible acne in my teens, this was one of the biggest compliments I could get. To this day, I’m obsessed with beautiful skin. 

Horrible acne stuck to me like glue during a few of my teenage years. There were days I’d avoid seeing people. I’d walk outside, get a glimpse of my face on some car window I was passing by and turn right back around and go home. Literally. 

We didn’t have filters back then. I couldn’t even take a quick selfie and wing it with some blur or IG’s clarendon, moon or lark etc. It was just raw truth. And sometimes it hurt. Thankfully, those pimple riddled days are mostly far behind me. 

The Sephora rep’s recommendation for the scaly skin on my face was either spend big bucks on different products in store or go to Amazon and purchase Aveeno exfoliating face wash for under $6US. Use it twice a week and be sure to moisturize. I was on my merry way. Hopefully scaly skin was resolved! This was only a part of the solution.

“There were days I’d avoid seeing people when I was a teenager. I’d walk outside, get a glimpse of my face on some car window I was passing by and turn right back around and go home. Literally. “

Thayer’s Witch Hazel

What could I do about my chest? I felt inspired to do a routine. It was more of a compilation of varying skin care videos. It’s like taking bits and pieces of other recipes and formulating your own. One piece of information was from my niece who has the most glorious skin you could imagine. She’s a hair and skin care buff and turned me on to Thayer’s Witch Hazel. 

Between Kaitlin (my niece), YouTube, reading loads of reviews and some kind of higher information from within, I came up with a routine that drastically improved my skin. And, it definitely lessened the scaly look on my face and the damage on my chest. 

Here’s the breakdown.

PRODUCTS NEEDED:

Organic Cotton Balls

Aveeno, Active Naturals, Positively Radiant, Skin Brightening Daily Scrub 

Aveeno® Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser

Thayer’s Witch Hazel
Baja Basics Rose Water

Oil of Olay Moisturizer

Healing Oils Neck Firming Oil

Baja Basics Oils: (The BEST Brand Ever)
Prickly Pear Oil
Jojoba Oil
Rosehip Oil

Vaseline

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Vaseline To The Rescue

ROUTINE:

Wash face everyday with face wash
2x a week, use the Aveeno exfoliating scrub

Apply Thayer’s Witch Hazel with organic cotton ball*
Spray Baja Basics Rose Water

Let it soak into your skin a bit

Moisturize with Oil of Olay Moisturizer (use on face, neck and chest)

Healing Oils Neck Firming Oil (use on neck and chest)

Massage in Baja Basics trio (use on face, neck and chest)
(Best if you find a face yoga method online to follow)
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Seal with Vaseline

By the time you’re done, you may feel like a total grease ball but baYBeh!, it worked for me. The texture of my skin is significantly improved. The vaseline is the saving grace for the scaly skin. It’s an old and tried remedy and as many times as my cousin had told me about it in the past, I never tried it til 2020. Definitely the icing on the cake.

I started this routine in the latter part of 2019 and started getting comments about my skin within a month. People started asking me what I’m doing differently and what did I do to my face. I just started taking better care of it, found a routine and stuck to it.

A Visible Difference

What it didn’t fix – larger pores. Although they are minimized somewhat, they are still what I would consider on the larger side. Wrinkles are less visible but still there. 

I used the products and routine in collaboration also with a series of face yoga routines I found online and some face exercises.

I believe in these products and routine so much that I gifted a friend of mine a skin care kit. She started using it and within a week, saw a visible difference. Unfortunately, I don’t really have good before and after pics because when I started this venture, it was not with the intention to do a post about it. So, it’s just my sharing an experience and suggesting that you might want to try it.

And while my friend did take before and after pics, she’s not willing to share them but lemme just tell you, it worked. Her skin was brighter, cleaner, pores a little tighter and just an overall better appearance of the skin.

Side Note: Notice how your skin responds to the Thayer’s Witch Hazel as it can dry out your skin. Also, notice how your skin responds to the vaseline as it may make your skin more “greasy”. As with all things in life, the best way forward is to cultivate a balance.

Either way, be sure to take care of you – mind, body and soul.
Nourish Me Sweetly.

 

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