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Black Beauty Heritage: My Mom’s Skincare Routine is now a Family Tradition

Black Beauty Heritage: My Mom’s Skincare Routine is now a Family Tradition

My mom is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. She is beautiful inside and out and exudes confidence, grace, and class. Her skin has always been flawless, soft as butter and wrinkle-free. She never had a pimple, never had any issues with hyperpigmentation or melasma. With these memories in tow, My Mom’s Skincare Routine is now a Family Tradition.

Her beauty routine for her sensitive skin has always been straightforward and may sound familiar, wash your face twice a day with Dove soap, always apply a heavy-duty moisturizer and drink lots of water. She washes her face with Dove soap and uses Elizabeth Arden 8-hour moisturizer.

Growing up, I had pimples on my face, enlarged pores and blackheads. If you would have asked me if I had acne, I would have definitely said yes, but I didn’t. However, multiple pimples and blackheads on your face at once will make you think your teenage life is about to come crashing down.

Black Beauty Heritage: My Mom's Skincare Routine is now a Family Tradition

My Mom’s Skincare Routine is now a Family Tradition

My mom and I tried everything to help clear my skin including her routine of Dove soap and moisturizer – which made my skin super dry on the surface and my breakouts worse. 

But through all my experiments with various cleaners, toners, masks, zit creams, lotions potions and moisturizers, I still relied on the basic principles of washing your face two times a day, whether you have makeup on or not (cleansing wipes don’t count) and applying a good moisturizer.  And these are the same principles I talk to my own daughter about as she begins her own skin care journey.

I am well into my forties now (some would say I am more towards the south side of fifty) and many people ask me what I do to take care of my skin. My skin care journey has been fun and at times extremely frustrating. I battled hormonal acne on my cheeks and jawline in my early thirties, after several tubes of Retin A my skin was back to normal. In my mid-thirties hyperpigmentation started setting in on my cheeks (I’m sure from all those days in the sun and not wearing sunscreen. And while I’ve been in my forties, I’ve been dealing with fine lines, drier skin, hyperpigmentation and melasma. So, over the years I’ve been experimenting with various pharmaceutical grade products LOT to say the least. 

Today, my skin is pretty even with small patches of hyperpigmentation that most people don’t notice. In addition to washing my face twice a day and applying a moisturizer, with treatments focused on reducing the hyperpigmentation and melasma, the fine lines creeping in and the dark circles under my eyes (from my allergies). Additionally, I try to keep my skin protected from the sun and well hydrated. It’s a lot, but I enjoy every part of it. 

Black Beauty Heritage: My Mom's Skincare Routine is now a Family Tradition

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Below is a short summary of my current skincare routine.  

Morning Routine

Wash with a gentle cleanser either Epionce or Elemis

Apply vitamin c serum with ferulic acid

Apply hydraulic acid 

Apply eye cream

Apply moisturizer 

Apply sunscreen 

Evening routine:

Wash all makeup off with Epionce. Cleanse 2-3 times if I wore makeup that day to ensure I get off all traces.

Let the face dry completely for 20 minutes and apply Retin A 

Let that sit in for 10 minutes

Apply eye cream 

If your skin feels tight or notice daytime dryness apply moisturizer

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