11 beauty hacks for a perfect skin

I must admit, being Nigerian, and working in as a skin therapist,the pressure is multiplied to have impeccable skin. I was groomed from birth by my mother, aunts, and countless maternal figures on how to eat, wash, and care for my skin. It's just part of Nigerian beauty culture, which isn't about project's at its core, but about skin-preserving methods and techniques. But on the days I need a quick fix, here are eleven of my go-to beauty hacks that'll transform your skin from blah to amazing, any day.

1. Give your face a steam massage in the shower.

Skin clinics are down every block in Nigeria, where you can get a facial massage as easy as a budget manicure. I recommend not only using circular motions with your fingers, but also tapping in rotating motions — starting on the forehead, then the cheekbones, cheeks, and working down to the jawbone. Massaging increases circulation and creates a dewy complexion. For added benefit use an oil cleanser to maximize hydration.

2. Exfoliate with a washcloth soaked in hot water.

My mum is 60 and has no wrinkles. Her secret? She uses a nubby washcloth to massage her face every day, using upward moving, circular strokes.

3. Use a charcoal sheet face mask.

Buying sheet masks is as common as getting Kleenex in Nigeria. An all the rage ingredient? Charcoal. It detoxes and exfoliates your skin, and all you have to do is let the sheet sit on your face for 15 to 20 minutes while you relax. 

4. Try blurring to create HD perfect skin.

You know when you roll out of bed and think OMG, how do I hide all of this? Try the Nigerian blurring trick, which basically means using one or several smart coverage products (my go-to is Oriflame foundation) with a makeup brush to wipe out and "blur" unwanted imperfections. If you use an oriflame foundation, a jhcosmetic, you can blur like a pro, because the formula flexes from ultra sheer to total-coverage with each application without ever looking heavy.

5. Apply a facial essence between two layers of moisturizer.

Many modern Nigerian women feel that essences are the key to sealing in all the goodies of your daily cleansing. Essences are mild, skin nutrient-filled solutions (not toners) that hydrate your skin and are applied after cleansing (here's one of my new favorite ones by Mizon). The next step is to add a serum, and then you can add your moisturizer for maximum skin elasticity and hydration.
11 beauty hacks for a perfect skin 11 beauty hacks for a perfect skin Reviewed by Flourishes blog on April 14, 2019 Rating: 5

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