My global beauty routine has been a 14-year journey while living and traveling to 13 countries around the globe. During these years I experienced many different beauty products– anywhere from the white clay masks of South America, to the eco-friendly plant-based products of Europe, all the way to the hyaluronic haven of East Asia.
Despite putting my skin through a long list of products, each one promising skin perfection, I managed to narrow that list down to just three products that, in my opinion, continue to stay ahead of the competition.
Before I get started, I should mention that the criteria for narrowing my skin care list were based on:
Noticeable improvement in my skin’s condition
For example, in South Korea (Where I just previously lived and left after 7 years), the average skin care routine in the morning is an 8-10 step regimen, with a 4 step regimen at night. I’ve tried the routine, and although my skin was indeed glowing, I…..
A.) Am NOT willing to commit to that many steps daily
B.) Am NOT Spending that kind of money
C.) Do NOT Have that kind of time
Now for some people, this may come as a surprise. If you went based off of what I look like on the outside, you would think that I had an entire beauty aisle stockpiled in my medicine cabinet, and a vanity mirror in my bedroom with puffs and perfumes all elegantly organized. The answer would be “Yes” I have a vanity mirror with puffs and perfumes, but “No” I do not have a beauty aisle stockpiled in my medicine cabinet.
My daily average skincare routine consists of two, well three (if you count water), products that I interchange from time- to- time. Most of these products are not only SUPER affordable but also from mother nature herself. Thanks, mom!
In this post, I’m going to share with you the products that I use from parts of the globe, how I use them, and where you can find them. Disclaimer: People have different skin types. Therefore, the products I am discussing here are what work best for me. If you’re interested in trying them out, but aren’t sure how they’ll work out for you, feel free to leave a question for me below if you’d like more information.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT #1: RAW ORGANIC AFRICAN BLACK SOAP
Where it’s from: Africa
If you are already familiar with the MAGIC this soap provides then you’re already ahead of the game. If this is your first time hearing about it OR you’ve heard of it but were too hesitant to try, why then, let me welcome you, friends!!
Black soap is a multi-purpose soap (I use it to wash my face AND hair!!!). It hails from western and northern Africa, and is made from the ash of sun-dried plantain skin, the oil from palm tree leaves, and cocoa pods; hence its color. There are three types of Black soap:
There are some soaps that come from Ghana (Anago-Samina), Nigeria (Ose-Duda), and Morocco. Although I don’t have much experience with Moroccan black soap, I will say that the one I generally use is from Ghana for no other reason than it was my first introduction to this magnificent product.
Black soap has so many amazing beauty and health benefits that include:
1.) Anti-microbial properties—it’s been known to kill strains of staph and Candida albicans on the skin
2.) Aids in the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
3.) Excellent makeup remover (It will lift all that oil from makeup, but I still suggest you first wipe with a makeup remover of your choice and then follow up with the soap for OPTIMAL cleansing)
Most importantly, black soap is SO INEXPENSIVE!! I typically purchase my black soap from here. A pound will cost you around $11.00, and I promise you a little goes a loooooong way! A pound will easily last you 4-6 months. With all of these beauty benefits for such a low price? How can you go wrong?
1.) Not ALL black soap is the real deal. If your soap doesn’t look raw, chances are it’s mixed with other synthetic ingredients.
2.) When buying organic black soap, the darker brown the soap, the better AND less drying it will be
3.) Although typically gentle on the skin, it CAN be drying for some skin types, so try and get your hands on a tiny bit and see how it works for you before you decide to go all in.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT #2: ORGANIC SHEA BUTTER
Where it’s from: Africa
If you don’t already have this amazingness as part of your skin care regimen, do your skin a favor and incorporate it today! Seriously though, you can’t get any more natural, organic, and affordable than with raw shea butter.
Just like black soap, this multi-purpose wonder works well for combatting And controlling problematic skin conditions.
When melted, It can also transform into a great oil for your hair to lock in moisture for us dry hair types. Additionally, many of my friends who have had babies say their claim to “no stretch-mark” fame, was rubbing shea butter all over their baby bellies once a day.
Shea butter is also packed with all types of vitamins and fatty acids. Among the most important one is cinnamic acid; cinnamic acid reduces inflammation, a symptom most commonly linked with severe skin conditions.
While living in Korea, I made friends with a young lady whose sister suffered from SEVERE Eczema. Her skin was so red and swollen that her job fired her, claiming that she was making her patients uncomfortable. I gave her black soap and shea butter to try when her medicinal creams weren’t working, and within 3 months, her skin completely cleared up and she found a new job!
Whether you suffer from skin conditions or just looking for a moisturizer that will leave your skin looking soft and supple, I highly recommend using Shea butter. Click here to start adding this highly affordable, and long-lasting product into your skincare routine, today.
SKIN CARE PRODUCT # 3: SKINFOOD EGG WHITE PERFECT PORE FOAM CLEANSER
Where it’s from: South Korea
If you suffer from acne scars, have been searching high and low for something to fade them, but don’t want to break the bank while doing so? I HIGHLY suggest Skinfood’s Egg White Perfect Pore Foam Cleanser.
The country of South Korea is highly regarded as being one of the leading cosmetic industries in the world, —for good reason. A 16.68 Billion dollar industry as of 2018, South Koreans take skin care VERY seriously, and frankly, most of their products live up to the hype.
In 2011, I moved to Daegu, South Korea. Daegu is NOTORIOUS for its hellishly hot and wet summers. Near my home, was a swamp. Now imagine mixing sweat and humidity, and you’ve got a breeding ground for mosquitos. That summer I got eaten alive and had the battle scars to prove it. By the end of the summer, I had scars all over my chest and upper arms from where I was stung.
I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon this skin saver. Perhaps it was thrown in a bag as a “service” (Korean’s LOVE service, or as we would call them in the states “samples”— and as a customer, so do I!!!) from one of my purchases. However it was introduced to me, I’ve been using this product ever since.
This product will LITERALLY fade your scars within 2 weeks- 1 month. After washing with it, it will leave a tiny coat of white (that is BARELY noticeable…trust me…I have tan skin and you’d need a magnifying glass to see it) on the skin; this light white coat is what softens the scarred skin, breaks up the scar tissue, and begins fading it. Click here to check it out!
I personally only use this product if I have a blemish on my skin that is beginning to scar. I’ll cleanse with this foam twice a day (morning and night). After cleansing, I follow it up as usual with shea butter as my moisturizer.
Of course, you can use this product however many times you want, it will definitely leave you with an even complexion, and it’s very gentle on the skin. For all of you sensitive skin types, this product is for you!
After traveling and living in 13 different countries and trying out several skin care products from each region, I managed to narrow it down to the above three. Not only have these products been economically friendly, but they have proven to be consistent in how effective they are in keeping my skin healthy. If you decide to try them or have had experience, feel free to comment below and share your thoughts!