Here are some basic natural products to start your skincare journey with us:
- Shop with The Melanin Nurse to purchase some of our many essential oils to use in your Clays or Shea Butters right at home.
- Apple Cider Vinegar is alkalizing, which balances out the pH levels of the body.
- Honey is nature’s powerful antibiotic.
- Greek Yogurt (or Raw Milk — do not use skim products) contains acid and fat. The acid is antibacterial, while the fats are moisturizing.
- Aloe Vera (plant or juice) is an anti-inflammatory agent that is full of anti-oxidants
- Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is an anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent. It dries up excess oil, while gently exfoliating.
- Cinnamon is a natural anti-microbial agent
- Argan Oil and Almond Oil have anti-microbial and moisturizing effects.
- Green Tea Powder is an antioxidant powerhouse. It also acts as an anti-microbial agent and decreases inflammation.
- Fresh Lemon Juice acts as an astringent and dries out excess oil.
- Fresh Papayas removes dead skin cells and decreases inflammation.
- Raw Sugar can act as a gentle exfoliant that gets rid of dead skin cell buildup and unclogs pores.
- Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. Higher quality turmeric can stain clothes but does not stain the face.
Are you aware of your TRUE skin type?
Do you understand what it means when someone asks you what your skin type is? Skin can have different types of shades, textures, appearances, and health. For example, a person's facial skin is much different from the skin on their feet. The texture, appearance, and health of a person's skin depends on multiple factors, including diet, habits, and care. The type of skin a person has is also dependent on genetics. The most common types of skin are:
1. Dry - less sebum; lacks the lipids that it needs to retain moisture; tight, rough, and dull.
2. Oily - heightened sebum; many lipids that retain too much moisture; glossy with visible pores.
3. Combination - average sebum; average lipids but can be clustered into one concentrated area; t-zone oil with dry cheeks.
4. Normal - well-balanced skin; the scientific term for healthy skin is endemic.