Category Archives: All Things Natural
Skincare is a riddle. Sometimes your skin is ever fleeky and other times it refuses to co-operate. I was having one of these non co-operation moments recently and so I decided to go back to skincare basics.
1. Wash your hands BEFORE they go anywhere near your face
I think we can sometimes forget how easy it is to pick up germs and grime on your hands. From touching the bus handle to picking up your phone on the floor, there are germs absolutely everywhere. It would be highly risky to then take those hands to your face. Who knows what kind of spots you may end up with?
2. Wash your face twice daily
Washing your face in the morning is to remove any sweat from your sleep and washing before bed is to remove any grime from the day. I would say washing your face before bed is of great importance.
3. Take off any makeup PROPERLY before bed
A makeup wipe alone doesn’t really cut it in my humble opinion. After reading an article where the woman used makeup wipes and checked her skin afterwards using some skin microscope or something, she noticed some of the wipes only moved the makeup around her face. A great makeup remover is coconut oil (will talk more about this later).
4. Regular face masks are benefical
Once or twice a week for a face mask is a good amount. Regular face masks are a preventative thing by removing any deeply seated dirt, oil or whatever else. Keep in mind there are a whole host of face masks that deal with various things, so it may be wise to choose one that addresses your skin need at the time.
5. Wash your makeup brushes
Again for the same reason that grime can get stuck in things that are not regularly washed, your brushes can harbour germs and bacteria. When you now use those brushes to apply your make-up, you push germs deep into your skin, which may lead to very painful spots. I learnt the hard way that this is key.
6. See a professional
I am a big advocate for professional help, especially if you’ve tried all you can. I blogged about it here. Professionals have been trained in this and so will have some knowledge you don’t. Professional facials are important too, I would recommend this every few months.
7. Drink water
Water is one of those things we know to be good for us but we never get enough of. Water facilitates the process of detoxification in the body and so drinking plenty of water will help to ensure this process is not hindered.
Hope these tips are helpful
Until next time
Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl
As the title states, it’s been a while since I combed my hair last 😅. Quite a long while. I am not attempting to loc my hair and become an “onirun dada” (also known as Rastafarian).
I fiercely resisted giving up the comb for a long time. A really long time. I used to think people that didn’t comb their hair were crazy. It was also a bit of laziness on my part because my previous experiences with finger detangling took forever (as if natural hair doesn’t take long enough already).
I kept realising however I was always dealing with split ends. It was extremely frustrating. I played wth the idea of shaving everything off and starting again. Then I realised I didn’t think my face could carry that style and I quickly changed my mind.
I FINALLY realised that my hair craves being handled gently, so I had to bite the bullet and give up combs. Suprisingly it has not been that bad.
It is still early days but I would say I am retaining a bit more length and I’m seeing the dreaded split ends a bit less. Please also note I have become friends with the scissors and have done more trimming/dusting than I had done previously. I don’t think I will leave combs forever, depends on how this “experiment” goes.
If you have 4c hair like me, maybe finger detangling is for you too! ✌
Until next time
Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl
Happy New year! I would just like to take this time to thank you for visiting today and every other time. I hope this post meets you well and I pray you will have an amazing year!
This blog post is dedicated to honey. I have been so astounded by how well it works, I had to share how I felt with someone! I have been using honey to cleanse my face for the last two months or so. It is hands down the best facial cleaner I have EVER used! It is amazing because it really cleanses your face without leaving your skin feeling stripped. It is very mild but works. I can attest to this fact after not having any (or significantly less) t zone spots since around when I started using honey. BTW I would normally get t zone spots once every week or two weeks.
At present, I use honey once a day, in the morning. I apply and massage it into my face and let it sit while I shower. After I finish, I rinse it with very lukewarm water and voila! I’ll then moisturise etc as usual.
As you may or may not know I favour natural products. I have used Ose Dudu osun (which actually contains honey!) for the longest time to bathe and wash my face (I reviewed it here! http://wp.me/p2a4MJ-2F ). I was happy and I still use it to bathe but I was aware the Ose Dudu Osun was really drying my face out. I had tried a number of other facial cleansers that I felt they were still drying out my face and leaving it too tight.
A post or something out of a book by Dephne Madyra (check her out on YouTube) is what prompted my decision to try some honey.
Honey gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils. Foaming cleansers and soaps frequently strip the skin of these protective oils and cause the skin to overproduce oil.
The natural antibacterial and probiotic properties of raw honey effectively reduce breakouts and prevent new acne. It balances oily skin and moisturizes dry skin. (http://empoweredsustenance.com/wash-face-with-honey/)
I stand by this as being the best ever facial cleaner I have EVER used! I hope you will feel the same.
Until next time
Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl
I’m natural (as the title has given away). In my personal opinion, all being natural means is that I’ve have ceased to used relaxers, allowing my hair to grow out in its natural texture
Okay, when I went natural, there wasn’t really much info on what to do. I made it up as I went along. Now however, YouTube and Google are you best friends for whatever information your heart desires.
Being natural for a few years has taught me a thing or two which I’ve decided to share with you all below;
1.You get out what you put in – while I wont argue that genetics determine the type of hair of you may have in terms of curl texture etc, I refuse to accept that genetics means you can’t have long hair, if that’s what you want. There are loads of external factors that impact of your hair and its growth, e.g. how much your hair grows a month, how often you wash your hair and so on.
2. Your hair may not look exactly like the Vlogger you follow on YouTube – Youtube is an amazing tool for learning about natural hair and all things related, but Youtube is someone’s opinion (in my opinion), it’s NOT always fact. The information on YouTube ,especially related to hair growth is not always backed by science, but tends to be taken as gospel. I think its important to do your own research and support you doing things with grounded evidence, not just what someone on you tube said. Thats like jumping off a bridge because someone said to.
3.Afro hair is NOT a different breed of hair. Hair is hair, full stop. Everyones hair shrinks when they wash it. Everyone’s hair gets dirty. Everyone’s hair can do with being conditioned regularly. While I love my natural hair I don’t think it means I’m suddenly in a superior elitist group.
4. People who relax their hair are NOT evil, they have a free choice. Some people will all but crucify you if you aren’t on the bandwagon. It’s not all that serious. The hair that grows from your head is not alive once it grows out of your scalp. That means you can theoretically do whatever you want to it.
5. If you cut your hair or trim it,You won’t die. Sometimes a trim can be good for you, though is doesn’t make you hair grow faster. Not much else to say really
6. Blowdrying your hair will not cause it to all fall out. Let’s be reasonable here. If you are blowdrying your hair on the highest settings everyday, expect a problem but otherwise a little heat every now and again should be ok.
I hope you’ve managed to see the humour in some of the stuff I’ve put on my list. Are there some you’ve noticed? Comment them below!
Until next time ,
I stopped buying face cream in the summer/autumn of 2013. Yes, I said it. Boots, Tesco and other supermarkets no longer get money from me in return for face cream. But why, I hear you ask. I have a weird thing about being holistic if I can be. I decided I had enough of slavering unknown chemicals and other things I could not pronounce on my face once or twice a day.
Quick science lesson, the skin is the LARGEST organ in (or on) your body. Anything you put on your skin potentially ends up in your BLOODSTREAM. This is also one of the reasons I gave up relaxing my hair, though that is another can of worms entirely for another day.
So I have a tried and tested recipe which I make at home, by myself (holistic life out here) which has replaced my previous store bought cream. (Note: when I say tried and tested, I mean tried and tested by myself, I’ve made more than 5 times now, which I would say is a fair amount of times to try it out).
Anyway, in case you were wondering, I will share the guarded secret of my facial cream. Being the African I am, I don’t weigh anything as I can judge the quantities by eye. But I’ll give a rough estimate of how much I use for your benefit.
What you will need
1. Shea butter – 3 teaspoons, (be generous) – from the shores of Nigeria, though you can pick this up in any decent black hair shop in London and the UK
2. Aloe Vera gel – 1 and a half teaspoon – Holland and Barratts
3. Vitamin E oil – 4/5 drops – Holland and Barratts again
4. Glycerin – 1 teaspoon – any black hair and beauty shop
5. Sweet Almond oil -3/4 teaspoon – Asda
6. Extra Virgin Olive oil – 1/2 a teaspoon – Asda
7. Water – a few drops, the amount of water you add dictates the consistency of your cream. I would say roughly 2 teaspoons. You can add more, just don’t overdo it on the water otherwise it may end up a bit weird.
8. Container – to keep it in (in case you forgot) – I used an old face cream container
9. Lollipop stick or hands – to mix it all together (obvious hands or lollipop stick should be clean)
This is what mine looks like
So this is my day cream and night cream. My facial routine consists of
Washing my face with Ose dudu osun black soap (which I have lovingly raved about here https://memoirsofayorubagirl.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/product-review-dudu-osun-black-soap/ in case you were wondering). I sometimes use Olive oil soap instead of the black soap as well, which I picked up in Holland and Barratts. I don’t use it all the time and sometimes I can use both the Olive oil and the black soap together.
After I have washed my face and patted it dry, I apply my homemade face cream. And that is it.
If you try it, tell me what you think of it and hopefully I will be back with some more natural recipes (something for those dark circles under the eyes?)
Disclaimer: If you have a nut allergy, please feel free to tweak the recipe. I am not a chemist or a scientist (at least not a formally qualified one anyway, ;-))
2017 UPDATE – I do now use a store bought cream but an all natural one by Weleda
Until Next Time