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I am feeling pretty proud of myself right now and so decided to write this post real quick. Forgive me if I ramble on a bit.

A few weeks ago, I had to tell myself the truth about my facial skin. It was congested, I had acne and rashes – two things I rarely ever experience. And lastly, my skin was not as bright as it used to be. 

I am a believer in Root Cause Analysis so I asked myself some hard hitting questions using the 5-why methodology. I won’t lead you through my personal process, but pretty much, I found that my face was congested because I have not been eating well AND I had not been taking care of my skin.

Some background.

For years, I had this job where time was really a commodity. I had to be at my desk by 6 a.m and I would close at 6 p.m during which time I had to exercise, read and work on my personal things. In the beginning, I would wake up as early as 5 a.m or 4:45 a.m and get ready properly – cleanse, tone moisturize and if I was feeling extra adventurous, lipstick and or even eyeliner.

Then as my side hustle grew, it became important to spend more time working on Natural Nigerian during the night, after work. Sometimes, as late as 1 a.m. And I still had to be at the office at 6 a.m. I would roll out of bed at 5:40 a.m (okay, most times, 5:45 a.m), have a quick bath and walk to my office which was 5 minutes away. Of course, during that time, there was no such thing as a cleanse, tone, moisturize. Like, what was lipstick? Who was eyeliner? I could go a week without looking in a mirror.

I left that job and made up with my mirror….for a few months. I had heard that working for oneself means long hours but, I never expected the grueling regime that was my lot. It is not uncommon for me to go to bed at 1 a.m and be up at 5 a.m, so things started sliding again. I soon fell into my old habits. Cleanse, tone, moisturize was archived. Along with it, my healthy meals. Dear PHCN was bad for a long time so I was not motivated to cook and store food as I usually would.

I would work until I got ravenously hungry and then I would eat whatever was at hand. Usually at night. And because I hadn’t meal prepped, usually something bad. I don’t even want to go into what that has done to my body.

This had gone on for months and one day, a few weeks ago, I really looked in a mirror. I mean REALLY looked and the face that looked back at me was a stranger’s face. It had pimples in different stages of ripeness, rashes and most disturbing, felt and looked rough. Basically, I felt like I was wearing a mask. The oddest thing is that months went by before I acknowledged that there was a problem.

I gave myself a month to get things under control.

So, what had to change?

Part 1 – Cleaning up my skin

The problems?

  • Rough Skin

    • My skin looked and felt rough. I felt a microdermabrasion was required. I have a PMD (I bought this from America. I don’t know where it is sold in Nigeria) that I just wasn’t using. I’ve started using it again.Personal Microdermabrasion PMD Nigeria
    • I also included an exfoliating active in the lotion I made.
  • Unclean skin.

    • There is no nice way to say this, my face was not as clean as it could be. That is not to say I was not washing/cleaning my face every single day, it just wasn’t as clean as it could be.
    • Clarisonic
      • Proper cleaning. I had been using a facial sponge which worked well enough however, I wasn’t as thorough as I could have been. I decided to go back to my Clarisonic. My routine is to use it once a day. I will alternate between that and the facial sponge.facial_sponges_
  • Dry Skin

    • My skin was crying out for moisture. I decided that just a basic lotion (as I had been using) was not enough. I made two lotions (for day and night) and used all the actives I could to plump my skin and help it retain moisture. I also made myself a toner. A proper toner, for bringing my skin back to its acidic state so that it can thrive.

A bit about the lotions – I pretty much just used the Natural Nigerian Baby Lotion as a base and put actives in it. I won’t list them all here but they included Niacinamide, Caffeine, and Allantoin. And of course the Red Acalypha and Nettle that was already in the lotion.

Natural Nigerian Baby Lotion Red Acalypha and Nettle

Fast forward to 6 days later, after starting a regimen of ensuring that I cleanse, tone and moisturize properly, my skin is looking a lot clearer, brighter and the rashes are about 50% gone. No joke. I am not a believer in quick fixes, but looking at my face today, I was so genuinely surprised at how quickly it recovered that I had to write this post.

Part 2 – Cleaning up my Diet

The second part of what I did was to clear up my diet. It was a crying shame that I did not eat healthy for some time. I am used to it and I quite like it. I had followed the LIN diet for some time (it was one of the products I featured in my Things I am loving post last year). I  which is pretty awesome but I stopped meal prepping when I figured my

I found out that minus the PHCN problem, my freezer was actually bad. Somehow, I had not noticed that it was not cooling as much even when there was electricity. I will have to purchase a new freezer but in the meantime, I moved all my meals to my fridge freezer and as a result, I have been eating healthy all week. I also drank a lot more water than I have in a while. I feel better, my new *cough* bigger gut is slowly receding.

To conclude, I feel that this experience reiterates something I have always known – what you tend will thrive. Honestly, it is that simple. If you look after yourself, you will reap the rewards. If you don’t, you will reap that as well. You may get away with things for a minute but it eventually all catches up with one. And that can be applied to anything in life.

What are you currently struggling with? What steps are you going to make it better?

Comments

  • May 2, 2017

    Angela Ukomadu

    Hello NN, long time. This is so me. I was reading and wondering are you sure she didn’t see me somewhere before putting his up? LOL. My face is a huge mess. Huge huge mess. Breakouts everywhere. It is moving to the neck area. It wasn’t like this before. Blackheads. The white ones. Sores from pressing them. I do quite a lot food wise. I am very particular. I even exercise now. Maybe I now need to start cleaning the outside. I will try getting the brushes and all to clean with. But I have never bothered moisturizing my face. It’s so oily. And my head just tells me if it’s this oily, no need to moisturize. Wrong? If wrong what can you recommend on your Ahia? For exfoliation, can you recommend something? Thank you.

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  • May 2, 2017

    Ugochi

    What you tend will thrive. I absolutely totally agree with you. I find that someone days are better than most. I need to get back to my exercises. Juggling job, side hustle, 3 kids, a hubby and all the insane factors that make living in Nigeria tiring is herculean. What is the LIN diet? Also, lease shed more light on clarisonic.

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  • May 2, 2017

    Jane

    Thanks for the post NN.

    This is coming at a time when I am also battling acne and rashes. I just made a vit C serum, which I hope works. Need to get me one of those spin brushes too. Congrats on your success, wish me luck!

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  • May 3, 2017

    What you tend will thrive <3
    Going to write this one down.
    My skin is finally coming under control, thanks to a better diet and the consistency in my mostly natural skin care regimen.

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  • May 6, 2017

    Hello NN,

    Lol @ Who was eyeliner? XD

    This is the story of my life now. I feel as though 24 hours a day is barely enough, talk less of fitting a skincare routine into an already time-starved day.

    My skin is suffering for it, http://www.breakout.com . Ah, I have to get back to a diligent day and night time routine. Simple cleanse, tone and moisturise. The basics.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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  • May 11, 2017

    Ijeoma nwosu

    Hi NN , I love reading articles on your blog. What you said about not eating healthy is so true. Will learn how to prep healthy meals.

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  • May 17, 2017

    Nse

    Dear NN,
    i know you probably will pay me no mind (yes its me who you know!) but i want that special day and night lotion you prepared for yourself and i will not take ‘no’ for an answer. i will hound you till you give in!! and the toner too! and yes we have the same skin type… no excuses there! lemme know where n when to pick it up.
    love,
    Nse

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  • May 19, 2017

    Bella

    Right at my address, I went through this exactly yesterday…I’d been working so much ,I ignored myself…part of why I came here was to get my hair oils. Sigh! My face is a mess…Gotta get back on eating clean.

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  • October 1, 2017

    Derek

    wow.. this health tips is really working for me thanks admin!

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