Quick Review: Skincare Products 2015 (Part 1)

Hello beautiful people!

No hair talk from this end right now because I’m in mini-twists, and MeeMee is rocking her beautiful Nazuri Curls wig. So instead, today, I’m talking skin care.

Before we proceed, can I clear something up first? I’m good, guys. I am. I really appreciate all the love and suggestions and positive affirmation I’ve been getting since the first time I shared that I’m struggling with acne, I really do. I never hesperred it. You are too too sweet. I’m good, though. I know it could be much worse, and I’m positive that this too will pass. Actually, I’m realising that there is a method to the craze- my face acts out on a schedule, so I’m learning to work with it. Plus, in the last two weeks, my face has been pretty calm. I’m trying two things that I think are really good to me. I’ll observe some more, and share them in my next post about this.

One of the facial washes recommended to me by someone ‘Clean and Clear- Morning Burst’ actually made me break out like crazy about two years ago when I wasn’t even having issues with my skin. Oil Cleansing, tried and trusted for generations- isn’t something I’m a huge fan of either. I committed to it for some of my time in law school, and it did not help. SO. My point is, skin care is something really specific to individuals. Don’t just hop on everybody’s suggestions without thinking them through. Save yourself the heartache too, by not having high expectations.

Today’s post is dedicated to the things I’ve tried so far. Again, skin care is unique to each individual, but when you’re feeling in the dark, looking for things to try, you scope reviews right? I know I do. So, maybe this post will help you manage your expectations if you ever want to try any of the things here:

1. Sebamed Clear Face Anti-Pimple Gel

Sebamed-Clear-Face-Anti-Pimple-Gel-166332(1)This is supposed to be a spot treatment. The idea is for you to apply the gel to zits, for it to neutralize them. This, was, crap. LOL. It did not do anything for me, not for one day but on the bright side, it didn’t harm me either. So I used it, till I finished all of it because money cannot waste. I can’t remember the exact price, but I got it for 1000 and something naira, at Health Plus or Med Plus.

2. Macleans

Macleans Complete Care Toothpaste (125ml)-500x500You’ve probably heard it said before that toothpaste can help with acne. I tried this in the past with red Close Up and it didn’t work. White toothpaste is reportedly the way to go. I chose Macleans because it is believed to be quite harsh. In the beginning, it really dried up my spots- but after a few weeks, it just stopped working. 😦 SO. Instead of buying the fancy Sebamed gel I discussed above, for almost 2k- do yourself a favour and buy a 100 naira tube of the most basic Macleans instead. If you’re in the obodos, I’m thinking Arm & Hammer toothpaste may be a good one to try, since it’s baking soda based.

3. Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Scrub


Source: Ifys Musings. You can read her own review here.

Hmm. It’s complicated. At first, when I used this scrub, my skin felt exfoliated. Like something had been lifted. I would see my pores look free, and sometimes, half-exfoliated white heads would be on the surface for me to wash off. Then it stopped. I continued using it religiously anyway, as again- it wasn’t harming me. I eventually dropped it. When I picked it up again, it started working well again. So my conclusion is that, it’s complicated. We like each other, but the terms of engagement are yet to be determined. I could buy this again (it cost me 2,250 Naira), but it’s obviously not the one. I need a product I can be consistent with.

4. Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel

Oooooo my days. This scam. LOL okay I’m sorry, it is not a scam but let me explain.

I got this for $6 off Amazon last Christmas. But, if I got it at Health Plus for over 3k, I’d be feeling a little bad.

I had read a few blog posts about this product, and it’s a nice, simple toner. The ingredients are simple- water, aloe vera juice, glycerin- rose water & witch hazel extract towards the very end- and a few preservative chemicals. Is that worth 3k? No, darlings. No. Don’t buy it for 3k. I mean, do it if you’re a cash mama but, I’d rather you bought cake and ice cream.

Why do the bloggers love it so? Well. As I said, it’s nice. After washing my face, I apply it to my skin with a cotton pad. It sets me straight y’all. Probably the AVJ or Glycerine, trust me when I say my face looks okay, with no need for lotion. It’s also a nice refresher- if during the day, you feel a little too oily. It’s gentle so you can use it any time. This toner is really just water and humectants + preservatives + tiny witch hazel so, if you’re a DIY gal, you should just make your own. Witch hazel is the active acne fighting ingredient and it honestly isn’t THAT present in this product so, I guess what I’m saying is, it’s good for skin in general, but if you are concerned about your acne, I don’t think this toner will affect those blemishes.

I will repurchase this for $6 and definitely not 3k.

5. Coconut Oil

Gosh. We were in love. I was enjoying my simple coconut oil routine, but alas, as I definitely confirmed this morning, it is burning my skin. I’ve been applying a lot of it, especially on my legs- and the hot Lagos sun has apparently been side-eyeing me. I have been using this on my body, not my face- because non-virgin coconut oil is highly comedogenic (that is, it blocks pores and isn’t good for acne prone skin) and now, I’m going to have to stop- or at least, limit use of the coco to night time. I’m going to scrub my legs with brown sugar & probably a little of the same coconut oil tonight- and will definitely buy lotion this weekend. I can’t shout.

Alrightie boos. That’s all for now. 

As promised, I will write about the products that are working for me, in a later post. I just need more time to observe them.