Skincare Trends to Avoid

Hey Babes,

Happy fall!  It has been a long, LONG hiatus from this blog; however, I am back!  I know I promised a weekly upload, including weekly YouTube videos, but I did not keep my promise.  I struggled with time management and fell back into the rabbit hole of a sporadic schedule.  Thankfully, my time has cleared up and I wanted to write a quick blog about some of the skincare trends that should be avoided, INDEFINITELY.  Social media has become a platform for skincare enthusiasts alike to communicate and exchange skincare tips, advice, hacks, etc.  Some of the skincare hacks can be helpful, unfortunately, some skincare hacks are not helpful at all.  

  1. Over Cleansing: Using cleanser for more than 5 minutes to wash your face.  

Problem: The issue with washing your face for more than 5 minutes is the cleanser can strip the natural oils from the skin and break down your skin moisture barrier.  

Solution: Double cleansing – Using two different forms of cleanser to get rid of the dirt from the face.  For example, using a cleansing balm to remove makeup and follow up with a gentle cleanser to get rid of any lingering dirt from the face.  

  1. DIY Chemical Peel: Buying chemical ingredients and mixing it together to create a chemical peel at home.

Problem: Many of the ingredients that are sold online are counterfeit.  The chemicals that are used in chemical peels are sold to chemists and medical companies, exclusively.  The ingredients can be dangerous to the skin when applied.  Also, if the ingredients are not mixed properly, it can be dangerous for the person combining the ingredients.  

Solution: Make an appointment with your trusted dermatologist and have the chemical peel professionally done. 

  1. Using Glue to Remove Blackheads: Spreading glue onto the blackheads; waiting for the glue to dry and peel the dried glue off the face to “remove” blackheads.  

Problem: Elmer glue and other glues have preservatives that can irritate the skin.  The preservatives can cause irritation, inflammation, and overall damage the skin.

Solution: To safely remove blackheads, AHA’s and BHA’s are great chemical exfoliants that can hydrate the skin, as well as get rid of blackheads. 

  1. Over Moisturizing: Layering different creams, moisturizers, and oils to the skin simultaneously.  

Problem: Applying too many moisturizers can signal your skin to “slow down” or “stop” the production of our natural hydration producers.  

Solution: Use light and breathable moisturizers in the summer and stick to a heavier, but non-comedogenic creams in the winter.  Also, stick to moisturizers that are designed for your skin type.  

  1. Layering products in the incorrect order: Applying skincare products on the skin that doesn’t help the skin.

Problem: Layering the products in the “incorrect” way can cause pore clogging and make the products non-effective to the skin.  For example, applying an oil before a serum will make the effects of the serum ineffective because oil is a sealant and the serum can not penetrate the skin. 

Solution: The suggested way most dermatologists and estheticians recommend is as follows: cleanser → toner → serum → moisturizer → sunscreen.

6. Sunscreen Contouring: Applying sunscreen to the highest points of the face and avoiding the sides of the nose and under the cheekbones to have a “natural” contour.  

Problem: Any form of exposure to the sun without sunscreen will harm the unprotected areas; leave long-term damage, and increase the risk of skin cancer. 

Solution: ALWAYS APPLY SUNSCREEN!

It is okay to participate in harmless skincare trends and exchange different tips with other people; however, take precautions when dabbling into new products and unique hacks.  Sometimes, the hacks might not work well for your skin and cause serious damage.  Remember to subscribe to my blog and YouTube channel.  Like, comment, and share some of the skincare trends you avoid.  

xoxoxo,

Bougie

Tips to Maintain Your Mane in the Winter

Hey babes,

Fall is here! Halloween is around the corner, and my sweet tooth is coming in. The cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and candies I will be enjoying because of the Halloween and birthday parties. Almost everyone in my life has a birthday in all the Fall and Winter months; my own birthday is in November. And you know what that means, I need to look good. It’s great to have days where you can relax in some sweatpants, but some days deserves a fashion show. And this includes having the hair done.

Fall and winter can be harsh for natural hair. Hair breaks off when the harsh wind hits it. The cold air makes the hair brittle and brittle hair creates split ends. Split ends do not look good. My hair is NOT allowed to look like the witch brooms of the Sanderson sisters. Babes, we must protect our hair. Luckily, I have some tips for keeping our hair moisturized and healthy.

-Hats are friends, not food
Please save a babe and donate a hat. Keeping the hair protected from the wind is important to keep the hair from breaking. Not all hats are good for hair. Silk lined hats are best because the fabric does not absorb the moisture in the hair or cause friction like other fabrics. Silk lined hats can be found on Amazon, Grace Eleyae, and Etsy.

-Protective Hairstyles
Braids, twists, ponytails, buns, wigs, etc. are great hairstyles that will protect the hair.  There is a variety of braids at affordable prices.  Box braids, crochet braids, and even Senegalese twists come in different colors and sizes and still protect your hair.  Adding extensions to your hair is another fun way to protect your hair this winter!  Either online or at your local beauty supply store, extensions are cheap and reusable.  If you want a fluffier ponytail, or more length to your hair, extensions are the best to use.  And lastly, wigs.  Wigs can change your personality in a moment.  Each wig is a different look.  You can be a red head on Monday and have deep blue hair by Thursday.  The change is nice but be careful about wig glue.  Your edges will begin to thin out if there is too much wig glue. 

-Let your SLOW GLOW

Moisturizing your hair in the winter is essential to keeping your curls healthy.  Hair dries out in the winter; oiling and moisturizing the hair keeps it from feeling like straw. Oils such as Jamaican black castor oil, aragon oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil are great in the winter because of its nourishing, and rejuvenating properties.  Using the L.O.C./L.C.O. method seals moisture in and keeps the curls defined.  Grab your favorite leave-in conditioner and curl defining cream, go to Netflix on your laptop, and enjoy the end of the night by watching your favorite show and giving your hair some TLC.

-Cut it out!  

Trim those split ends, sis.  There are hundreds of videos on YouTube on how to trim your ends at home.  Split ends prevent hair growth and create weak hair strands.  Let those ends go! 

– Keep the heat out of the kitchen

Steaming your hair is good for the hair, however, using heat to straighten it is not acceptable.  Curling or flat ironing the hair dries and burns the hair.  We do not need to add ways to dry out our hair this winter.  Put the flat iron away and search stretching styles on YouTube.  I promise you will appreciate the stretched method more than using heat to straighten your hair. 

And these are a few tips to maintain healthy hair in the winter.  Post a pic of your best curls and tag me on Instagram.  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on the post.  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