Hello my darlings, I hope all is well with everyone and thank y’all for coming back! If you are new here, what’s good I’m Soms and today we are talking about skincare! Listen… your life might be a mess but your skincare doesn’t have to be and that’s on my Mario Badescu rose water.
The one true secret to clear skin is honestly minding your business and drinking water, but that’s easier said than done. I know y’all sip and spill the tea from time to time. Why? Because we are human and we all love a little gossip from time to time. So it is only fair that you get a breakout from time to time. Hahaha, maybe its God’s way of trying to mind us to mind our business. Moving forward.
Unless you have the genes of having perfectly clear skin, the journey to clear skin can be a struggle. There are so many products, so many steps and it can be frustrating. Trust me, I have gone through it. I used to use these huge mountain pimples on…wait for it… MY NOSE! And not on the sides, in the center, corners and sometimes two at a time. At the time I hadn’t grown into my nose it was very noticeable. It was horrible, y’all I’m dark skin and these pimples would be bright red. BRIGHT RED! Of course, I didn’t listen to my sisters, mom, friends, etc about not popping my pimple so I did and it would only make them angrier and bigger. I tried to hide them with bandaids and would lie that I got a scratch on my face. Imagine me, dark-skinned and all, with a beige bandaid on my face, what a time. These pimples would show up every other week, I would legit pray, yes pray to God whenever I felt one coming on! Puberty was no joke.
When it comes to having clear skin because I have gone through it I can understand when someone feels low about themselves because of their acne. Although I have gotten through my dark time with my skin, in Jesus’ name Amen, I wanted to write a blog post about caring for your skin for those still going through those dark times or for those that want to learn more about skincare.
Also a few months ago, I posted my skincare routine on my Instagram story and homegirl swiped up and gave me some amazing tips and without knowing it sparked my interest in writing this! The wonderful human that I am talking about is Anahi Rivera. She is an esthetician based in Dallas and works for Lush Beauty. An esthetician is a person who specializes in the beautification of the skin. Estheticians (sometimes spelled aestheticians) are not medical doctors; instead, they perform cosmetic skin treatments, such as facials, superficial chemical peels, body treatments, and waxing. Aight let’s get into this interview!
Tell us a little about yourself Anahi:
Hi, my name is Anahi Rivera! I’m 22, engaged, a new mommy to a beautiful baby boy, and a licensed esthetician. I started out in the industry back in 2017 and was also doing makeup on the side. When I was doing make-up I realized that I wanted to educate myself more on the skin to better understand the correct application, and also figure out a way to make the makeup last as long as possible. I kept trying to research how to prep the skin for the best applications, and fell into the rabbit hole of Esthetics! Once I got into it, I knew I had found my passion! I love helping people enhance their natural beauty and teaching them how to maintain beautiful skin.
How often should you see an esthetician?
It really depends on what your goal is. Most people come in thinking that they can fix their skin problems in one treatment. As much as we all would enjoy that, it, unfortunately, is not the case. Our skin renews itself every 28 days. Therefore, if you’re wanting to regularly get a facial, it’s best to come once a month. For best results, every 2 weeks.
Why see an esthetician over a dermatologist, what are the cases where you need to see one over the other?
In most cases, an esthetician can help with pretty much everything if it’s a topical problem. Usually, an esthetician will let you know if they recommend you going to see a physician.
What is the ideal cleansing routine, step by step?
Start with an oil cleanse, followed by a non-oil-based Cleanser then exfoliate (but only once a week), then toner, a mask (once a week), serum, eye cream, moisturizer, and then finally apply your sunscreen.
What would you say is the single most important step of the nighttime skincare routine and morning routine?
At night, the serum and eye cream are the most important! In the morning you 100% can not forget your sunscreen! It’s super important, even on a cloudy day!
What are the best habits for all skincare for all types of skin?
The best habit for everyone is to always remove your makeup before going to bed, and working out. Regularly wash your pillowcases too!
What are the best affordable products to use? For example products, you can find at CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.
If I’m completely honest, I would only recommend Cetaphil wash and moisturizer. I have yet to find a good drugstore brand that doesn’t imbalance the pH of your face.
Lastly, what are your top three skin secrets?
- Use tea tree oil for drying out a pimple before it gets bad.
- Using a jade roller after moisturizing.
- Whatever you do… DO NOT PICK AT YOUR PIMPLES!!
A huge thank you to Anahi for making the time for this interview. If you would like to know about skincare, keep an eye out for her mini in-person interview in my highlight section on Instagram. My Instagram handle for my blog is “@somsblog”. Also book with her if you are in Dallas at Lush Beauty located at 5619 Dyer St, Ste 102. If you are not in Dallas, don’t let that discourage you, go seek more knowledge about skincare at your local beauty school. Hopefully, they can answer your questions, plus I heard that you can get facials at half the price there since they are still learning and all that jazz.
My skin tip for y’all is to mind your business and drink your water,
Until next time my darlings,