Happy new month!
I made it to the exact first day of a month to put up a post, how cool is that! Uh-la la
I’m excited! My body is about to get some crazy loving up (this month and beyonddd) and the process is already starting to kick in. After months and months of rolling my eyes at every blog post and YouTube video preaching the message of Skin care/ Hair care 101, I decided it was about time I put my nose to the grindstone and quit the hating, which really is envy, but instead invest in myself on a self-hosted beauty challenge. Maybe real mans would appear when a sister starts to slay and I’m willing to give that a chance. But you know, as always, to get good results from any investment, you must be willing to take some tear dropping gamble. Ergo, stepping up my skin/ hair care game would not only challenge me financially, but infuse procedural manipulations/trials that have been discomforting in the past. Plus, accepting to be my own guinea pig.
One of the first steps, I believe, to consciously moving successfully from a point A to a point B is understanding and embracing the why. Point B need not be rosier or greener than point A, it’s only a “successful” move because it might relatively be the position of your joy. Having registered the reason you may choose to change positions, moving forward becomes determined by your will, and luckily if you’re psychologically inclined to believe in Mind over Matter, as it was said in the Alchemist book, “When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it”. I’m motivated to prove myself right that my skin (hair too) can pop with just about the right care and attention.
But since I was getting tired of waiting for the universe to aid in my all round glow, I chose to go all in with the researches, videos, read ups, no holds barred. Now I’m confident to say I’m set to jet, and I’m putting my savings where my mouth is. I placed orders for some products and they’ve been arriving in degrees. Five last week, two came in yesterday and a couple more should before this week ends. There are argan oils different for hair and skin, gel products, from cleansers to moisturizers, body scrubs, apple cider vinegar as toner equivalent, then facial tea tree mask/ sea weed clay mask, and purification masque for hair, aphogee and leave-in repair creams, even more. I’m just excited at the thought of this mainstream movement. It’s as though someone hijacked my brain and is doing my thinking for me.
Of course I’m not going to use these products ignorantly, just as Stephen Covey said, “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster”. Again, wrong product usage begets zero change, so wisdom is needed in the choice of product type as well.
When I decided to be open-minded and less of a silent judger of the ludicrousness of these youtubers/bloggers on their 50 products daily application list, I realized that the product counts aren’t really so ridiculous. I got some thoughts from this YouTuber’s video I stumbled on, the lady related her morning-night skincare routine. Aggregately, she listed almost 13products she applies to keep her skin clear, acne free and glowy. It’s a little over the top but her skin glows so well I could feel the heat from the radiation all the way at my screen. It’s quite possible she has a naturally clear skin, and it’s also possible she doesn’t use all the products (maybe she was being paid to review them), still, it’s also possible she uses them all. Whereas, on the other side we think if we’ve achieved a good skin, we don’t need to manage it anymore with products. Most of the videos i see have these ladies with good skin already with nothing to do with lighting (from my view). It made me think.See this, if you have to patiently cover the necessary steps to achieving a healthy skin, that’s about 10products cancelled out already because you’d have to cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturize, and if you have an oily skin you may need to use a face mask every now and again to tighten your pores. Not to mention the little extras that add that extra pop – eye cream, sunscreen… Then some products are managed better at nights as distinct from morning. Typically, it’s really about whether you are interested in a pretty skin, a healthy one or you like it just so.
In another news, as the pictures reveal, my hair is a total poor news altogether. I installed weaves back to back, because I thought I didn’t have enough time for the care. Huge mistake. Now I’m forcing out that time and money even. The edges are all gone, the appearance is lacking of luster and the hair is devoid of that volume and bounce that’s peculiar to 4C type hair.
After 2months, I’ll give a general body honest update on the progress/lack of. Let’s see how it goes.
Do tell, what are your holy grail products for skin or natural hair?