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

Top Skincare Products for Men

Hey Babes,

Happy New Year! I have returned to my home base!  I know I have been gone for a while; however, I started a YouTube channel called Bougie Babe Ken.  Currently, my time is populated with school, work, and YouTube.  But my fingers were craving to write another blog post for my original babes.  I’ve missed writing my posts and helping brighten your day.  Many of the support I get from my babes help me stay positive.  Sorry I left, but this is the year of consistency.  I will be uploading a blog post or a video more frequently.

Today, I will be discussing some highly rated skincare products for men.  I have noticed there are more men starting a skincare routine and indulging in self-care.  Self-care is an important practice, and everyone should prioritize their health – including men.  Self-care is more than getting your nails done or having a glass of wine; it is taking the time to focus on the things that benefit you and make you happy.  Men are meant to be the provider and don’t focus on positive outlets that can make them happy.  Modern men are forgoing that ideology and investing in themselves.  Luckily, my favorite topic – skincare – is a popular self-care practice that people invest in.  Here are some great skincare products that men should consider investing in. 

  • Jack Black Pure Daily Facial Cleanser – $19

The first step in anyone’s skincare routine is to wash your face.  Washing your face twice daily help keep the skin clean for all dirt and bacteria.  The Jack Black Pure Daily Facial Cleanser is a great cleanser to do just that job.  The 2-in-1 cleanser and toner removes oil and dirt while hydrating the skin for a fresh look.  Key ingredients such as Aloe leaf help soothe and reduce redness, organic rosemary and sage leaf provides antibacterial benefits, and with hazel tones and cleanses the skin.  Your skin will look great and fresh after using the cleanser.

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Jack Black Daily Facial Cleanser via Amazon
  • TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face – $20

Vitamin C is one of the top rated ingredients in skincare.  Vitamin C brightens the skin, reduces aging, and evens out dark spots.  Vitamin C helps the skin look fresh and rejuvenated and the TruSkin Vitamin C Serum is a perfect example.  The product is plant based and synthetic additives free.  The serum diminishes fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles.  The serum also contains jojoba oil, witch hazel, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E, which are known to hydrate the skin, fight inflammation, and tighten the skin.  One of Amazon’s highest rated serums, the TruSkin serum is a great way to keep your skin looking bright.

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TruSkin Vitamin C Serum via Amazon
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer – $20

The eyes are a sensitive and delicate area and should be treated with care.  The Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer is cool on contact and infused with caffeine and artic root which minimizes puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.  The roll on applicator ensures the product is smoothly and evenly distributed.  No more worrying about how tired you look.  The eye cream is a great way to moisturize the skin around the eyes without doubt. 

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Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer via Kiehl’s
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – $60

Exfoliating is a good way to rid your body of dead skin; however, exfoliants can be too harsh and leave the skin scarred.  Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant uses a rice based powder that is gentle enough to use daily and scrub the dead skin away.  The exfoliate is formulated with salicylic acid which clears clogged pores, draws out excess oil, promotes cell turn over, and refines skin; colloidal oatmeal thar attracts moisture to skin and locks it in by forming a protective barrier; and ginkgo, a cleanser that protects the skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. Together the ingredients combine to preserve the new layer of supply skin. 

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant via Dermalogica
  • BreedLove Beauty Beard Butter – $13

Although many don’t consider beards apart of skincare, it is still an important part of self-care.  Beard oils and creams aides in hair growth and moisturizes the hair.  The BreedLove Beauty Beard Butter uses Shea Butter, Mango butter, Tea Tree Oil, and many more plant based ingredients.  The butter is formulated with all natural and essential oils to soften and add a healthy sheen to beards and mustaches, while gently moisturizing the skin beneath. 

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BreedLove Beauty Beard Butter via BreedLove Beauty
  • All Things O’Natural Spiced Aftershave – $16

A good aftershave is always appreciated, especially one that smells good.  The All Things O’Natural Spiced Aftershave does just that.   The aftershave aids in soothing, repairing, and minimizing the pores while leaving a spicy smell.  The mixture of cinnamon and Ashwagandha reduces inflammation and adds moisture to the skin.  The aftershave also includes with hazel, aspen bark, and lavender to tighten the skin and prevent acne. 

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All Things O’Natural Spiced Aftershave via All Things O’Natural
  • Laneige Lip Glow Balm – $15

If you are looking for an affordable product with great quality, this lip balm is the one.  The Laneige Lip Glow Balm is an amazing product and I know from experience.  These product keeps the lips hydrated and heals the dry skin on the lips.  The lip balm contains Shea Butter and Astrocaryum Murumuruseed; these ingredients moisturizes the lips and leaves the lips soft and radiant for longer.  It is a perfect on the go lip balm that will work wonders. 

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Laneige Lip Glowy Balm via Laneige

It is good to invest in skincare and practice keeping the skin healthy, youthful, and fresh.  There are more than plenty of other products that cater specifically to men’s needs.  If you have a favorite product or your own skincare routine, comment down below.  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 @bougiebabe.ken, my Twitter @ken_monet, and subscribe to my YouTube channel Bougie Babe Ken!  Thank you for reading!

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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I would love to hear your comments and feedback. Thank you so much for supporting me. I love you babes!

Xoxo,

Bougie

Review: Beauty Shield Massaging Overnight Recovery Cream

Hey Babes,

Summer is coming to an end with August being the last month of summer vacation.  The leaves are changing colors and the wind is biting at our skin.  Summer is not over, but the weather change is affecting my face.  As you all know, my skin is dryer than hair damaged by heat for over ten years.  My day skincare routine has saved my skin from the harsh sun, however, my skin still felt dry when waking up.  I knew I needed to change something else – my nighttime routine. 

My night routine didn’t change much from my previous routine post.  On the other hand, I did not replace most of the products I used after I finished the bottle.  Stupidly, I thought she (my skin) would act accordingly during the midnight hours.  That didn’t happen.  I was faced with a dilemma; how do I repair my skin when I’m not awake?  I didn’t know where to start, honestly.  The first thing I thought to do was to look for ingredients that help with repairing the skin.  Skin is important to me and I do research the ingredients of the products I use.  It is important to me to align myself with companies that are ethical and socially responsible.  I researched about a few companies and I saw an interesting product – the E.L.F. Beauty Shield Massaging Overnight Recovery Cream. 

E.L.F. is an affordable drug store makeup company that is sold in many stores such as Target, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, CVS, and E.L.F. cosmetic stores.  I purchased the massaging cream at Target for $14 plus tax.  The ingredients, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene; Cetyl Alcohol; Vitamin C; Pomegranate oil; and Carrot oil, sold me on the product.  Hydrogenated Polyisobutene is a polymer that thickens the oils in cosmetic products which creates a softer and smoother look.  Cetyl Alcohol is a non-drying alcohol that holds the ingredients together.  Vitamin C, pomegranate oil, and carrot oil are antioxidants that nourish the skin; brighten dark spots; and repair damaged skin.  These ingredients were solutions to the issues I had with my skin.

After my first use with the recovery overnight cream, the consistency caught my attention.  I noticed the cream did not completely sink into the skin.  With the massager alone, my skin did not absorb the product.  I massaged the rest of the product into my skin with my fingers.  The substance didn’t feel sticky or greasy; it felt better on my face after I put it in the refrigerator for two minutes. 

The morning after, my face felt moisturized.  My appearance wasn’t affected immediately, however, my face did feel smoother.  After a few weeks of use, the massaging overnight recovery cream became a favorite.  Rolling the massaging beads on my face feels relaxing, especially after a rough day.  The cream works best on a fresh, clean face so I use the Beauty Shield product after applying my Vitamin C toner from BreedLove Beauty Co.  I noticed my skin felt nourished and hydrated in the morning. The bumps and ridges of my skin felt smoother and less visible. I like the product thus far and recommend it for people with minor skin damage.  If you want shorter reviews on products, follow my Influester – @kenmonet.

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 readers.  For any updates, follow my Instagram @Ken.monet!  Thank you for reading!

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