Key Ingredients for Oily Skin

Hey Babes,

It is finally happening!  I have a post dedicated for my babes with oily skin.  And this post is long overdue!  I took my time; researched extensively to make sure I provide quality and accurate content.  And there’s an abundant amount of information, good and bad, on oily skin.  What is oily skin?  Oily skin is the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands.  The oil producing glands are attached to hair follicles and release sebum, a fatty substance, to the surface of the skin.  The glands produce the oil to keep the skin moisturized.  Unfortunately, the oil can clog pores and lead to acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.  Cleaning and moisturizing your face daily are important; however, many already know to include that in their skincare routines.  When it comes down to ingredients to look for in skincare products, it’s not as easy as knowing to wash your face.  Looking for skincare ingredients that can aide in a specific skincare routine can be hard, but I am here to help.  Here are some key ingredients to look for when shopping for oily/combination skin.

  • Non-Comedogenic

Non-comedogenic products are formulated to rarely cause acne breakouts and pore blockage.  The non-comedogenic ingredients work to keep the skin clear of acne.  Comedogenic products are not necessarily bad.  On the other hand, comedogenic products are better for people with dry skin or people not prone to acne breakouts. 

  • Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B-3.  The essential nutrient helps build proteins in the skin and retain moisture to prevent damage.  Also, niacinamide reduces inflammation, and eases redness from eczema, acne, and other skin conditions.  This benefits oily skin by regulating oil and minimize acne breakouts.

  • Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is a well-known chemical compound that oxidizes on the skin, which can help with acne.  Benzoyl Peroxide gets rid of bacteria and dead skin that can clog the pores.  It also works as an exfoliant; benzoyl peroxide gently debrides the surface layer of skin.  This ingredient works well for all types of acne, especially if the person suffers from inflammatory skin conditions. 

  • Sulfur

Sulfur is a natural element that works similarly to benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.  It dries out the skin and absorbs the excess oil on the surface of the skin.  The difference is Sulfur is gentler than benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.  Sulfur works for mild acne including blackheads and whiteheads.  If you have sensitive skin, it is best to use sulfur to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. 

  • Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that dissolves sebum that clogs pores.  It also helps inflamed pimples go away faster.  Salicylic acid is also considered as a keratolytic medication which is a good exfoliant.  Salicylic acid loosens and breaks apart attachments between cells in the outer layer of the skin.  This encourages exfoliation of skin and unclogging of pores.  If you suffer from blackheads, whiteheads, moderate acne, and redness, salicylic acid would be best to use. 

And that is some of the best ingredients for oily skin.  These ingredients do come with side effects such as irritations, drying of the skin, and smell.  Do not overuse any of the ingredients without permission from your dermatologist.  I hope that this helped my oily skin babes! Let me know about your experience with any of these ingredients or other ingredients that helped you.  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on this post.  Also, follow me on all my social media and my YouTube Channel. 

xoxoxo,

Bougie

Three Strand Twist Tutorial

Hey Babes,

I uploaded a video! I am uploading the video to my IGTV and YouTube. Follow me on my social media to see the video.

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Xoxo,

Bougie

Fall Skincare Essentials

Hey Babes,

Fall is here and it is time to transition!  All the crop tops, shorts, and bikinis are walking in a single file line into the closet while the fall and winter clothes are making an entrance.  Autumn is great for turtlenecks, scarves, hats, petticoats, and thigh high boots; however, the icy winds and cold temperatures dry out the skin.  Combine the cold winds with dry air from radiators and you have a disaster waiting to happen.  Skin loses moisture during the cold seasons which can cause flakiness, irritation, and sensitivity.  And you can’t take cute selfies when all you want to do is scratch your face.  Changing up your skincare routine is necessary to keep your skin looking healthy, young, and smooth.  Here are some essentials for everyday fall beauty. 

Add Some Thickness to the Mix

It is time to ditch the light moisturizers and start shopping for heavier creams.  Using a thicker moisturizer compensates for the natural moisture the skin loses.  According to dermatologists, using a thick cream with ceramides, lipids that help form the skin’s barrier, and retain skin moisture, helps keep your skin hydrated and firm. 

Bat the Eyes and Pout the Lips

If you are not already moisturizing your lips and using eye cream, then its time to start.  Using eye creams and lip balms make it easier to keep the face looking together.  The skin does not do well when the seasons transition.  Make it easier by using lip balms and eye creams to make sure the whole face is hydrated.  Also, lip balms have dual usage; us the lip balm to moisturize dry spots on your skin. 

Put away the exfoliate

Now that the weather is changing, so should your use of exfoliates.  You don’t need to use exfoliates as frequent as you would in the summer and spring.  After using a scrub, the skin becomes raw and sensitive.  Exposed skin in a cold setting in a recipe for disaster.  Use a softer exfoliate bi-weekly and don’t forget to put a balm on afterwards.

Sunscreen is Still Necessary

Don’t you dare put away that SPF 50!  The sun is still bright in the sky and your skin is still in danger of getting burned.  The sun might not feel as smoldering as it does in the summer, however, it can still damage the skin.  In addition to using SPF, add vitamin C to your regime.  Vitamin C blocks the sun rays that sunscreen does not and helps boost collagen production in the skin.

Buy a Humidifier

Humidifiers are known to boost hydration by adding moisture to the air.  The more moisture added to the air, the more it will share with your skin. 

And these are the essentials when transitioning to fall skincare.  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on the post.  Want more skincare tips?  Become a Bougie Babe and subscribe to the blog!  I would love to see more interaction from my babes.  For any updates, follow my Instagram @Ken.monet!  Thank you for reading!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie

February Bougie Babe Challenge

Hey Babes!

Happy Black History month! It is time for the newest challenge of the month. I thought long about this challenge, which is why it took me until now to announce it. I didn’t know if I wanted to combine black history with Valentine’s Day festivities. However, I felt that it would be too obvious. I want to create challenges that better my reader and myself. This month’s challenge is to enjoy love. Once a week, complete an activity that you love to do. I know it’s sounds easy, but life can get in the way of our alone time. Spend time with yourself while reading a book; cleaning the house; writing a poem, or trying new recipes. I will be posting one lucky winner on February 28th and the winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Here are the rules:

  1. You must be following my blog, Bougie Babe and following me @ken.monet on Instagram.
  1. Challenger must upload a picture each week of them enjoying the activity they love with the hashtag #BougieBabeChallenge by February 27th at 11:59 pm.
  1. The activity must be completed in February OF 2019! Do NOT upload a picture of an old vacation or activity you completed a long time ago.
  1. Comment on this post once you have uploaded your picture with your email address.
  1. The caption should explain what the activity is and why you chose to partake in it.

And those are the rules! I loved seeing the January challenges you guys posted. I can’t wait to see the posts for this month. Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on this post. Also, follow my blog and @ken.monet on Instagram.

Bye Babes!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie

Winter Skincare Routine + Winner of January Challenge

Hey Babes,

Starting my Spring semester in college and beginning a new job are the amazing blessings in my life currently.  It is great to earn some money for my bougie lifestyle and get an education to fulfill my bougie future.  On the other hand, I don’t have time to write blog posts as frequently as I used to do. But, I’m back!  And I have a new skincare routine for the Winter.  My skin dries out quicker in the winter than the other seasons.  During Winter, I take precaution to keep my skin refreshed and rejuvenated.   My new skincare routine can be modified if you have oily skin.  Some of the products below you have seen from a previous post; the other products are new.  Check out my new skincare routine below!

  • Botanics All Cleansing Foam Wash

My favorite facial cleanser of all time, the Botanics foam wash is great for all skin types.  I use a dime size amount of the cleanser and mix it with a small amount of warm water.  The cleanser foams in your hands and deeply cleans your face.  Also, the product does not have alcohol to aide in cleansing.  Personally, I use the cleanser all the time and I still have the first bottle I ever used.  The cleanser can be used for two years; however, I don’t expect to have the same container for another year.  My next step in my skincare routine is my lip scrub.

  • BreedLove Beauty Coffee Lip Scrub

The coffee lip scrub from BreedLove Beauty is one of the best lip scrubs I have ever gotten my hands on.  The coffee lip scrub removes all the dead skin on my lips without feeling harsh.  The smell of the scrub is subtle; the scrub smell won’t overpower your senses.  After using the scrub, my lips feel soft as rose petals.  The scrub also moisturizes my lips, so they aren’t dry.  I don’t use the scrub every day; I use the scrub three times a week.  I love having soft lips.   After the scrub, I use my toner.

  • Studio 35 Beauty Witch Hazel Toner

This toner is inexpensive and works wonders on my skin.  Depending on the day, I use the toner after using the Botanics foam wash.  The toner picks up anything that my cleanser left.  Usually, the foam wash gets all the dirt from my face, however, the toner makes sure to get excess filth that might be deep in my pores.  My skin doesn’t dry after I use the toner.  In addition, the toner is a big factor in my smooth and clear skin.  This next step is my most recent addition to my skincare routine – tea tree oil.

  • Garnier Soothing Rosewater Facial Mist

This another product I have raved about before in a previous post.  The facial mist gives a nice refresher for my dry skin and brings back the moisture in my skin.  The product can be used before makeup as a primer and after makeup as a setting spray.  The facial mist is perfect for a little help when you feel dry.  You can read more about my raving about the product in my previous post.

  • Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil

I doubt the brand of the tea tree oil is the best for skin, but this oil has given me life.  The first time I applied the oil to my skin, I noticed a clear difference.  The dark spots on my face lightened overnight.  The smell of the oil is strong, even with only a drop.  I rub the oil on my face with my fingertips and watch my skin glisten.  It is one of the best additions I have added to my skincare routine.  The next thing in my routine helps dull the smell of the oil.

  • Ponds’ Dry Skin Cream

I need to be sponsored by Ponds’ because I love this cream.  This cream saves my skin every time I massage it in.  The salve is so creamy and light.  Once applied, it softens and rejuvenates the skin.  The Ponds’ cream can be used in every season, depending on how much you put on.  For the winter, I doubled up on the cream for the harsh winds and cold air.  In the summer, I prefer a small amount of the cream.  I suggest this cream to every dry skin person I meet.  It is the best and affordable.  Buy it.  My last step on my skincare routine is another new addition. 

  • Jason Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream

This is a new cream I apply after I use my Pond’s cream.  It is a bit heavier and creamier than the Pond’s cream, but it works for my skin.  I don’t feel my pores clogging and crying for air.  The cream is a nice addition in keeping my skin healthy and clear. The vitamin E in the cream evens my skin while the avocado oil renews my skin’s softness.  The product works wonders, and I love the results I get from it.  Although the Pond’s cream is the best thing that can happen to my face, the Jason vitamin E cream is the icing on the cake.

And that is my new skincare routine for the winter!  Tell me your skincare routine in the comments down below.  In addition, the Bougie Babe Challenge winner is…. Ms. SUNSHINE!  Her post is down below!  Check out her Instagram and show her some love.  Thank you all for participating in the Bougie Babe Challenge of January 2019!  I will be posting the new challenge of February by tomorrow, stay tuned!

Bye Babes!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie