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When it comes to building a skincare routine, it is easy to get confused and overwhelmed especially with all the information available on the internet. You see so many words and phrases and you don’t even know where to start from! what is a cleanser? Is it different from a toner? Do I need to wash my face twice daily? What is double cleansing? …The questions are endless!

With the Korean 10 step routine gaining popularity in recent years, it has left many wondering if this is the only way to achieve glowing skin as I know not too many people have the time for a multi-step routine every day. Also with the rise of bloggers, influencers, recommendations from friends and the oh so amazing ‘shelfies’ on Instagram, it is easy to go crazy when buying skincare products and end up buying what you don’t need or products that will do your skin no favours…..trust me, I have been down this expensive hole!

This post will be in two parts – Part 1 will address the 7 things you need to know before building your personal skincare routine and Part 2  will be a detailed explanation of each step of your morning and evening skincare routines with examples in each category.

Let’s get into it, 7 things you need to know BEFORE you build a personal skincare routine:

1.) Know your Skin Type

Products are usually formulated for specific skin types. You need to know if your skin is oily, dry, combination or if you are lucky…normal. You also need to know if your skin is sensitive, prone to redness etc.

2.) Know your Skin Concerns

Most of us have specific concerns we want skincare products or treatments to address. It could be acne, dehydration, dryness, hyperpigmentation, dermatitis or a combination of concerns. This will then inform product choices. You have no business buying La Mer if you have cystic acne. You get my drift?

3.) Do your Research

Read up on what the product will do for you, your options depending on your budget and read reviews.

4.) Know when to use the Products

For example Vitamin C serums are meant to be used during the day (except otherwise stated by the brand) and retinol is advised to be used at night.

5.) Start with the Basics

It may be difficult to go from not washing your face at all to a 10 step routine. Get a routine going first then add more products as needed.

6.) Manage your expectations

Know the results skincare products will give you. I believe certain results are only achievable in a dermatologist’s office. If you use an exfoliant, either physical or chemical, it will slough off dead cells making your skin smoother and brighter. You won’t be 2 to 3 shades lighter than your usual skin tone.

7.) Be Patient

Everything takes time. You can’t reverse damage accrued over two years in two weeks. To get visible results from most products, you will need to use them consistently for 6 to 8 weeks.
That’s it. Now you are armed with information on how to start building your routine, you are more informed when buying skincare products (or when anyone is trying to sell you anything)

 

In Part 2 we would look at morning and evening routines and what steps and products you need.

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Olabisi is a Medical Doctor and Skincare Blogger based in Lagos. When she is not busy working with vulnerable women and children, she is writing blog posts on www.thatgeminigirl.com.

You can find her:

Instagram @that.geminigirl

Twitter: @geminigirl03

Email: olabisi@thatgeminigirl.com

From Surulere to Lekki, Abuja to Portharcourt, we are sharing some of the best Nail Technicians in Nigeria recommended by YOU, our beautiful followers (via Instagram). We strongly recommend you bookmark this post for easy  reference when next you need a Manicure.

To discover even MORE Nigerian Nail Technicians/Manicurists visit: BeautyDirectoryNG.com

1. VERSCHONA

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Verschona

Location: Surulere, Lagos


2. DAYO SAMUEL NAILS

 

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Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


3. LUV MARIAM NAILS

 

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Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

4. MICHAEL’S NAILS

 

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Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

5. FEDINAND NAILS

 

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Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

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Location: Abuja


 

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The theme for the Met Gala this year was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination. These are the Beauty Looks that stood out for us:

 

‘ROSEY BRAIDS’ – JASMINE SANDERS

 

‘A BEAT!’ – KIM KARDASHIAN

photo source: @MaleupByMario (Instagram)

 

 

 

‘WINGED-OUT FOR THE GAAWDS’ – NICKI MINAJ

photo source: popsugar.com

 

 

 

‘SKINNNNNNNNN’ – GABRIEL UNION

photo sources: eoline.com & vibe.com

 

 

 

‘POP OF COLOUR’ – RITA ORA

photo source: fashionsizzle.com

‘BEJEWELLED BROWS’ – CYNTHIA ERIVO

photo sources: huffingtonpost.com & blacknewszone.com

 

‘LET THAT ‘FRO BLOW’ – KERRY WASHINGTON

photo sources: vogue.com & celebmafia.com

 

‘LASHES ON FLEEK’ – CARDI B

photo source: googletrends.online

 

 

Which One’s your favourite?

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I sometimes get comments about how the Manicures I share look good on my nails but won’t work on short(er) nails. So I decided to share a few pictures of perfectly manicured short nails to let you know that the perfect manicure doesn’t depend on the length of the nails. These pictures also show different nail shapes that can be achieved on shorter nails.

Neat cuticles, well-shaped & perfectly applied polish are the elements that contribute to the perfect manicure!

Photo cred: @VipNailsRU on Instagram

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If you’re in-tune with the International Beauty/Influencer industry it will be no news to you that Shayla (@MakeupShayla) recently launched her latest brand collaboration, this time with ColourPop Cosmetics.

The collection includes: a 16-pan Eyeshadow Palette, 3 lipstick, 2 loose highlighter and a Lipgloss.

But I’m not typing this post to give a review of the items in the collection, you’d get better content on that by watching Shayla’s recent Youtube videos, I actually wanted to share pictures of some makeup looks she’s been serving recently.

I love how she really displays the versatility of her collection with these looks, particularly the eyeshadow palette.

I won’t lie I’d been feeling a little uninspired with makeup for a loooooong while but seeing these looks she’s been churning out got me playing around with makeup and creating looks again. I had attended baby-shower this weekend and recreated one of these looks… I LOVED it. (sorry was in a rush so couldn’t get pictures).

So I am sharing this post with you guys incase anyone’s been feeling a little uninspired lately, hope these look reignite something in you like it did me 🙂

You can shop Shayla’s entire collection here: ColourPop.com

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