If my toner game is complicated, my moisturizing routine is anything but. I use HABIBI Oatmeal & Peppermint Face Moisturizer. Twice a day. Every day. Even if I layer something on top, that is always the base. I’ve tried to go with just using a layering product (like a face oil or night cream), and somehow something always goes a little south. It was one of the very first products I ever made (the company began as a way to address my acne-prone/sensitive skin) and it’s held true. Even though the formulation has evolved to include more ‘skin-saving’ ingredients, the basic premise is still there. It moisturizes, disinfects, and protects my skin no matter what. I keep little bottles of it everywhere: in the bathroom, in the car and in my gym bag. I don’t mess around. Ever since I REALLY dug deep and started paying attention to my skin, this is the thing that has not changed. Professionals will often tell you that it’s rarely the product that has your skin acting a mess. While products can make things worse, the root cause is typically in your daily habits both inside and out.
I literally went under the knife and let Jennifer (whom I trust completely with my skin) perform Dermaplane. Y’all WHY is it so therapeutic? You’d think that having a damn scalpel scraped across my face would cause all kinds of stress. NOPE. It felt so good, and I could feel her touching my new skin and I swear it felt like she was stroking silk. Just amazing.
The thing is, I didn’t know what she was talking about when she first suggested it. I’d seen a ton of videos and crap about people shaving their faces but you know YouTube is RATCHET because these mofos were holding up Lady Gillette Razors talking about shaving their faces. There was one video by Lisa Eldridge and another by a couple of women that I have blocked out because it was kinda gushy and annoying, but I swear I didn’t connect the two until Jennifer explained why it would be a crap idea for me to go into heat or humidity after she was done. She’s like “Honey I’m taking a scalpel to your face.” And that’s when I got super excited because I had been meaning to ask her about it, only for the life of me I couldn’t remember what the name of the treatment was.
Now I know.
So I’m laying there and she’s just scraping away and I’m thinking this would be a fantastic alternative to peels because it feels so damn good and the results are instant. Once the shedding starts on a peel, I have to wait about a week for everything to fall away and be fabulous. But as soon as I left the office, I was looking in the rear view mirror like YAAAAASSSSS. 😉 My cheeks were a little red from the stimulation but damn if my skin didn’t look brand new! Ignore my chapped ass lips. I dealt with them as soon as I looked at the picture like EWWW. And I couldn’t take another one ’cause the light turned green! #lagirlproblems I am so happy with the results.
No sooner had I parked my car, I tested out my new skin with the ‘barest’ of bare makeup. I matted down my new skin with Innissfree No Sebum powder, which has no color. I put NARS Orgasm on my cheeks, the lightest dusting of dark brown shadow at my lashline and mascara, and that lip tint stuff from Glossier in Cake.
I posted the picture on Instagram and one of my students was like… “Ummm I want some skin love!” So I’m gonna set her up with Jennifer because y’all that woman is everything. I’ve already referred two people who are seeing her regularly. She works with you and your products, which is huge for me because I MAKE PRODUCTS. And we agree that products and regimens are like food and diet. The products themselves aren’t evil. A regimen doesn’t work all the time. You pivot and adjust based on your skin’s needs at the time. Because skin adapts (mine does in about a week or two), it’s important to keep the routine fresh. There are days when I just cleanse with water (I KNOW! If you’d told me that 3 years ago I would have laughed in your face) because that’s all my skin needs. There are days when Sunday Riley’s JUNO is the only thing my skin wants, and there are days when it gets angry and congested because of the exact same product. My sleep patterns, diet, stress, and general environment have so much to do with my skin, which wants to be kinda disrespectful from time to time. I’ve learned so much patience and observation in the quest to keep it balanced and blemish free.
Later I did a bit more with coverage to see what happened. That’s Missha Super Light Oil Foundation in w23, mixed with Cover FX Enhacer in Candlelight (because it’s a bit too light and Candlelight is a bit too dark) and 3 drops of the Calming Oil. Eyes are the Chanel Autumn Palette from last year… ? Peach on the inner lid, brown on the outer. Lash line is Urban Decay Zero, smudged out with a liner brush. Waterline is Chanel Or Rose. Cheeks are Kiko Blush in 100 (still LOVE) and lips are a combo of Black Moon Liquid Lipstick in Harvest (which is what OFRA Miami Fever should have been), and Lipstick Queen gloss in Avarice. Maybe I should have blotted ’cause my lips are doing the most.
Anyway, I’m HAPPY. Like really happy with the Dermaplane results. And no, I haven’t forgotten about the skin care post. It’s still coming (photographing pictures is taking a sec because I don’t wanna use stock images).
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Most people with oily skin think that a ‘lack’ of moisture in products is the best way to care for the face. Not true! Oily skin needs a little moisture too. It just doesn’t need as ‘much’ as say… a dry skin type. But if you leave oily skin ultra dry, that’s just a signal for the face to produce more oil! And really… who wants that?
So we offer you our oily skin solution:
Our Organic Essential Toner is alcohol free. That means it won’t dry out the skin. It’ll help reset your PH levels (after cleansing), soothe, and prep the skin for moisturizer.
Our Organic Essential Moisturizer is aloe based… but does contain healing butters and oils. But it is NOT oily. It won’t leave a grease slick on your face. It feels comfortable (and a little tingly, thanks to the peppermint), and settles nicely about five minutes after you put it on. We recommend using it twice daily, to keep oily skin hydrated and blemish free.
You can find out more about our Toner and Moisturizer on our website.