Judging from the title of the post, one would think I’ve got skin so smooth & a facial regimen defined to the letter that has helped in achieving such great skin. Or maybe if you’ve seen me more recently, you’re thinking “Hold up, her face doesn’t quite have that glow so why is she writing?”

Truth is, I’m writing to share the little I know and more importantly ask all you awesome people for  your tricks! I’ve learned that you mustn’t wait till you know it all to share. It was only two years ago, that I learned what a facial wash is! (Don’t laugh!). So if I’d read a post like this earlier, then I wouldn’t have had to embarrass myself trying to figure it out, after a quarter of a century on earth!

One of my 2017 goals is smooth skin! Starting of course from the face. First reason: I’m not a huge make up lover. I really prefer being without makeup all the time – so if I could have really smooth skin, that’s a win. Second, even if I finally began to love makeup – smooth skin will mean I use less (and so save money). Thirdly, so my selfies can be great without filter – right after I learn how to take them.

Like everyone (I’d imagine) I was born with perfect smooth baby skin. But thanks to teenage years – and I guess just general life happening, there’s been bits of pimples, blackheads, fatty pores and un-even skin tone. It was pretty funny how while Tee & I were in Uni – he was constantly noticing that the left side of my face had more pimples than the right. This was because since he drove on the left side of the car while I sat in the passengers side, he got to see that side of my face. Now that we’ve moved to the UK, and the steering is on the right side – he gets to see the smoother bits of my face. The right side.

Well the goal is for smooth face everywhere – left, right, up and down.

I’ve never really had a facial regimen or routine. And that’s probably as a result of my mum’s influence. She’s more au naturale – preferring to avoid “chemicals”. So even back in high school when most girls got into the habit of cleansing their skin morning & night and squirming as a result of the sting of the toner, I simply couldn’t be bothered. My curiosity piqued once in a while – so I’d buy the “Clean & Clear” toner everyone used, but simply couldn’t be consistent. Occasionally I’d also use the St Ives face scrub, which I quite liked.

Ok, enough background. Judging from a few beauty gurus, dermatologists & experts, here’s what we need to know:

The basics!

Everyone agrees that the 3 step process of Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise is a must. And here’s what you need for that:

Facial Cleansers

Because you shouldn’t be using your regular bathing soap or shower gel. These should be milder & for your face only. I initially confused them with facial scrubs, but they’re different! Cleansers – as the name suggest simply help to get daily dirt off your skin.

Toners

Second stage in the three step process. Used to restore your skin to its natural pH levels that may have been altered while cleansing.

Moisturiser

I once read that by 25, you should stop scrimping and invest in a good moisturiser! 3 years late, but I finally bought what I hope is a good one. Moisturisers are a need – to be used day & night. Some people prefer to use the same one or a separate night cream. Whatever your choice is, it’s advised the day one contain SPF – to protect you from the sun.

Other essentials.

Facial Exfoliating Scrub

I love a good scrub, and my preference is usually for one with visible particles – it just seems to actually scrub. Exfoliating scrubs should be used 3-4 times a week as they’re able to go deeper than your daily cleanser and remove dead cells which clog up the skin.

Facial Mask / Mask Sheets

I only ever used a face mask few months ago when a friend forgot hers at mine! But I think I noticed my skin seemed more tightenened right after. Plus it felt like a mini pamper session. All you need to do is wrap a white towel round your hair and two slices of cucumber on your eyes, and voila, you look like all the posh women in the magazine.  It’s advised that a mask is added to your weekly routine as this helps with tightening and unclogging the pores, removing excess oils & hydrating the skin. Also helps all of your other products to be better absorbed. These days many people seem to opt for home made DIY facemasks using ingredients like tumeric, ground coffee & charcoal.

Serum / Oils

These seem to have become popular in recent times as they help to protect the skin, boost blood flow and prevent wrinkles. Moisturisers may contain oils, but not in sufficient quantity and that’s why this extra step may be needed in your routine – as it appears ancient Egyptians used oils to keep their skin all glowy, and flawless. I’ll admit I loved the way my skin looked when I started using oils.

Eye cream

Because the areas around the eyes are pretty sensitive, experts argue that it’s advised to have eye cream for under the eyes to prevent eye bags and wrinkles.

I appreciate that in addition to these, different circumstances may need additional products such as for spot treatment or large pores.

Tools

Cleansing Brush

If there’s one thing I’ll recommend it’s a cleansing brush! I’ll admit I’ve noticed a huge difference since I’ve started using this. The rationale is that your fingers alone aren’t enough to deep cleanse, so the brush helps! The Clarisonic, Clinique and MaryKay ones are really popular, but I think they’re a few others as well which do a great job too.

(White) Wash Cloths

These are pretty useful and great to have around. They could be made from different materials, but the microfiber ones are often recommended. Rather than use your hands to cleanse and exfoliate, wash cloths are able to get the job done better and quicker. It’s also advised that you use these for steaming your face regularly – by placing in hot water, squeezing it out and then gently placing over your face.

Since we’re talking cloths, it’s also better to use a separate towel for your face – and not the same one used on the rest of your body.

Wipes

I have such a love hate relationship with wipes. They’re a need for taking off makeup before cleansing – especially at night. But then they have the tendency to make you (or is it just me?) lazy and you think you’ve got all the makeup off with the wipes and don’t bother with the three step routine! Arrgh.

When I decided about a year ago to start a routine, I basically walked into the Body Shop store and bought a cleanser, toner, day & night moisturisers, oil & eye cream. I stuck to my Neutrogena pink grape fruit facial scrub which I quite like. These definitely brought some improvement. But I’m kind of bored and shopping around for new stuff so I’ve just bought the Clinique 3 step products, and I hope they help improve my skin!

So, let’s talk facial skincare. What’s your regimen? Product junkie or naturally blessed baby like skin? Your top products & tips? Please share.

Love,

Kachee… Xx

pS: just when I thought the lady at the Clinique counter was about to hand me some extra samples she gave them to Tee! I guess men need a facial regimen too.

ppS: Or maybe we can just skip all of this and drink enough water which lots of people claim is the ultimate hack to great skin.


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  1. Desire Uba

    March 7, 2017 at 20:43

    Kachee, I just have to re-iterate how awesome your blog is… Its pretty Grawesome aka Great + Awesome!I have tried some facial cleansers, but they didn’t do a great ‘cleaning ‘ job (any recommendations?) so I went back to regular ol’ body soap.The popular facial brushes are too expensive for a baby girl like me, so I just got one off aliexpress for about $4, and honestly I think its doing good so far.I do love the Beauty Formulas Micellar Ceansing Water. It really helps to to take out the extra Nigerian dust. Still looking for an affordable, good toner (still, any recommendations?).I really wish I could do the water therapy, but coke won’t let me go.www.desireuba.wordpress.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 16, 2017 at 15:27

      Desire! Thank you so much. This comment warmed my heart. I think your facial brush off Ali Express does the work girl and it’s fine. I’m not really sure of cleaner & toner recommendations – but maybe I’ll do a bit of digging and get back to you.

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  2. Kelechi

    March 8, 2017 at 14:40

    Awesome post! I’ve def noticed that as I have gotten older, I need to upgrade and invest in my skincare routine but they can get expensive*sigh*. I do love the Body Shop skincare products. I currently use their Tea Tree line because I have acne prone skin. haven’t ventured into the masks tho… we’ll see!

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 16, 2017 at 15:21

      Thanks Girl! I don’t think expensive = better though. Body shop works for loads of people and why change what;’s not broken? Lol!

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  3. Olaa Bobade

    March 8, 2017 at 16:51

    Water is definitely the ultimate hack but I can’t help but wish the result was that fast lol. I love facial care posts so I definitely enjoyed reading this. I cleanse, Exfoliate and then Moisturize. I used to tone but I read some articles that said it was kind of unnecessary because most cleansers already have toning properties and since I made the mistake of buying one that dries out my skin, I just stopped. I Exfoliate twice in a week. I feel you on the wipes stuff oh, I’m always too lazy so I just make sure I carry myself, my face and my wipes to the bathroom and not just clean in my room. A different towel is very essential but these days I just rub my oil on my face with the water to lock in the moisture. Confession : on some rushing days, I just use my bathing soap on my face. Lool. 10 Reasons You Might Be Breaking Out http://Www.laitanbee.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 16, 2017 at 15:27

      Wiping in the bathroom is such a great idea. Phew. Will try that!

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  4. WanShyGirl Blog

    March 8, 2017 at 17:58

    I actually have no facial skin care routine. I only wash my face with soap before I go to bed or stick to wipes. I wear less makeup tho so I’m unbothered. I suppose I need to up my game tho. Thanks for sharing 😊WanShyGirl ❤

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 16, 2017 at 15:18

      No need to up your game if your skin is great girl! And you’re welcome.

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  5. Berry Dakara

    March 8, 2017 at 18:09

    My mum and sister swear by Clinique. I just haven’t been on board that train. I do cleanse, scrub, tone and moisturize (with oils) though every morning. And at least once or twice a week, I also do a DIY Turmeric/Honey mask, as well as my Queen Helene Mint Julep mask.And yes I’m drinking more water these days.www.berrydakara.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 16, 2017 at 15:18

      I think I eventually tried Clinique because my mum finally bought it as well. I should do these DIY masks oh. Now off to google your mask. I hope it’s one of those ones that peel off. They seem cute.

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  6. Chinelo Okoli

    March 8, 2017 at 19:59

    You dey try using all these things. I’m very low maintenance these days o. Baby wipes, exfoliating soap (occasionally) or baby soap, and water. I guess because as a teenager i had bad pimples and after trying all sorts without results, i gave up. When i was in uni in the UK, the weather did not just agree with my skin, i had the worst skin problems that bashed my self esteem. After i moved back and spent a lot at the dermatologist, i guess i’m thankful to have the best skin in my life. Imagine!! My sissy loves clinique too but it’s for the big girls nau.www.neloshalo.blogspot.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 16, 2017 at 15:17

      Nelo! Good tos ee you here again. You always crack me up. I’ve always been low maintenance and even with this. Trust me you should see some people’s collection! Awww interestingly, I think the weather here has been better to my skin. Thank God yours is all good now!

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  7. favour moyse

    March 8, 2017 at 20:44

    I’d like to stick with more water…the others are way too stressfulI JUST GOT MARRIED AND THIS IS MY STORY

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 16, 2017 at 15:15

      Water helps!!

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  8. jennifer ijeoma

    March 9, 2017 at 02:20

    I have never been serious with facial regimen. I bought the 3 step clinique too and its been with me for over a year because i hardly use it. But this year i am switching things up and i can see improvements. I use a mixture of tumeric, baking soda and lime twice a week too atleast. I am trying to be consistent rather than focusing on results. Its not easy though because i hate routines.www.ijefinelivin.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 16, 2017 at 15:15

      Me too! I like to see results immediately. But I’m going to take my time with the routine and hope it improves. I hear turmeric is great! Will try it one of these days.

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  9. Oyindamola Abbatty

    March 9, 2017 at 14:45

    First paragraph after the picture, that’s me. I don’t wear make-up anymore; I stopped after I started breaking out and having acne scars, and I’ve noticed a difference since then, I also use cleanser on my skin every night and use Vitamin E pills both orally and topically, then scrub once in a while. I wouldn’t exactly call it a routine but my scars have faded a little and I’ve stopped breaking out so I’d like to write about my experience soon. I’d definitely consult this post if I need any of the basics and other essentials. Thanks for sharing Kachi!P.S.: I think just water will do the trick if you have a smooth face already, but for acneville people like me, I’d stick to my not-really-a-routine routine.PPS: I’ve also heard what you eat may contribute to breakouts e.g. groundnuts, don’t know how true it is though.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      March 16, 2017 at 15:14

      Oh what you eat definitely contribute to breakouts. Nuts are oily so they definitely contribute. I think Vitamin E pills are great and often recommended. I should actually consider getting those.

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  10. Live In Ibadan

    March 15, 2017 at 19:41

    I have no problem with my face except when it starts reacting to soaps or creamswww.liveinibadan.blogspot.com

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