Whether you live in New York or New Mexico, taking care of your skin is a must for every Pynk girl. Though the southern states, and the cities on the west coast may not get down to freezing temperatures, the slightest change from hot to cold can have an effect on our skin.
This season, whip your skin care routine into shape with our recommended list of must-haves and tips on how to keep your skin supple and flawless!
Rule #1 to revealing flawless skin is exfoliation. When you use facial cleansers that have sugar crystals, charcoal, or micro-beads, as you work it into your skin, they make little abrasions. Once you rinse, those dull, dead-skin cells are wiped away too, revealing soft, shiny skin! Exfoliates should only be used two-three times a week.
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub…$4
Clean and Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub…$5
Clinique Exfoliating Scrub…$21
For whole body scrubs, try mixing
- ½ cup sugar (brown or white sugar)
- ½ cup oil (olive oil works great)
- ¼ honey or raw shea/cocoa butter (for easy spreading)
- Optional: additional essential oils for fragrance
- Place the sugar, honey, and oils in a small bowl and mix well.
- Store in a jar with an air tight lid
- Keep at room temperature
You’ll notice that after you buff your face or body, you may experience some dryness. This is normal! Exfoliates tend to strip away natural oils in the process of peeling away dead skin. This is when awesome moisturizers come in.
If you’ve heard the talk about moisturizers being the secret to younger-looking skin, you’ve heard right. Using a daily moisturizer is important in warding off fine lines, and helps to even tone. Moisturizers are our friends because they help preserve elastin in the skin; so oily girls don’t fear! There are plenty oil-free moisturizers that won’t clog your pores or have you looking like a tube of Vaseline.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer…$15
Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Moisturizer…$8
Cetaphil Fragrance Free Daily Facial Moisturizer…$12
- Remember to put your moisturizer on while your skin is still damp, studies show that it seals in more moisture for better absorption.
St. Ives Coconut Milk and Orchid Extract Body Lotion…$5
Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer…$7
Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Lotion…$3
- Did you know that the lotions from Bath & Body Works contain jojoba oils? Usually, scented lotions don’t work all that great with infusing long-lasting moisture but theirs do! So go ahead and go for the scented lotion for date night!
Love your lips
We have all been there before, lips that are dry and beginning to crack. And it seems, the more you wet them, drink water, or apply lip balm, the more irritated they get! This is natural; sometimes the enzymes in our saliva begin to break down our skin. The easy fix is once in a while, treat your lips like you treat your face, exfoliate them (body scrub recipe) and proceed to hydrate by drinking plenty of water and applying lip balm.
EOS Lip Balm…$3
Burt’s Bee’s Rejuvenating Lip Balm…$3
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Cherry Lip Butter…$4
- For the Pynk girl who cannot imagine leaving the house without a colorful pout, try lipstick that’s rich in moisture like Revlon Color Burst, or consider priming your lips with a small amount of Vaseline before you apply liner and lipstick
Like our lips, our hands receive a lot of attention in a run of day. Carrying around small tubes of our body lotion may have worked when we were in high school for hydrating our hands, but as working women, we need more. Our hands dry out very quickly because they have some of the thinnest skin on our bodies. As a result, hands need thicker creams to keep them hydrated.
Yes to Carrots Intense Repair Hand Cream…$7
Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Hand Cream…$5
Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra Enriched Hand Crème…$5
Often irritated never appreciated? That would be your scalp. Underneath our long tresses, tight coils, and loose waves is probably the most sensitive skin that we have on our bodies. This delicate flesh endures all the scratching, braiding, and harsh chemicals that we can throw on it. Sometimes though, it needs a little R&R. Soothing your scalp during the cooler months is as simple as we remember from our childhood, only now, there are better products than colored petroleum jelly.
Natural oils: Coconut, jojoba, avocado oil…$8
Dr. Miracle’s Hot Gro…$7
Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Hair & Scalp Therapy…$10
- Shampooing is so necessary for our hair because it keeps hair follicles clear and washes away dirt and odor buildup. However, some chemicals in shampoo can be very harming to our hair and scalp long term. Consider also using sulfate and paraben free ‘poos.
Black girls need SPF too
We agree, Black don’t get crack – however, we are susceptible to the dangers of the sun from UV rays which are active year round. So if you’ve done your research and have begun to wear sunscreen during the summer, it’s a start, but we need as much sun protection as our melanin lacking peers.
If you’re like us, you can’t stand the smell of sunscreen or the filmy residue it can leave behind. Fortunately, there are products on the market, some that we already use, that contain SPF. These three little letters measure how much protection we’re getting from the sun’s UVB rays that can lead to sunburn and even skin cancer. Everything from lip balm to foundation can carry SPF up to a broad 50 spectrum.
BB creams (triple as a moisturizer, sun protectant, and lightweight foundation)…$8
Nivea A Kiss of Protection Sun Protection Lip Care SPF 30…$3
CeraVue SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Lotion…$15
A balanced diet
We knew that you knew it was coming. You can buy the best products on the planet, but if you aren’t taking care of your body, it will show, particularly on your face in the case of dry patches or pimples. Feeding your body quality nutrients is easier said than done but these few groceries will put you on the right path to naturally radiant skin.
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