Current Skincare Routine

Hi everyone!

Hope everybody is having an awesome holiday. Here’s a quick one to update you on my current skincare routine- by popular request! Most of the products I use I’ve already discussed at some point. If I have, simply click on the link to see the full review. Enjoy!

 

MORNING 

Step 1- Cleanse

Product- FIG HEALTH STORE BRIGHTENING BLACK SOAP WITH TURMERIC

 

Step 2- Treat Eye Area

Product- ORÍKÌ MINERALIZED INTENSIVE EYE TREATMENT

 

Step 3- Tone

Product- IMAGE SKINCARE ‘CLEAR CELL’ SALICYLIC CLARIFYING TONIC

 

Step 4- Serum

Product- RADHA BEAUTY VITAMIN C SERUM WITH HYALURONIC ACID AND VITAMIN E

I recently learned from the gorgeous lady who runs myhairmybeautyNG.com that Vitamin C serum is most effective during the day as it works alongside your sunscreen to protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays i.e. wrinkles and sunspots. I previously used Hydraluron in the morning after my toner, but now I use this instead (it has Hyaluronic Acid in it anyways, so I’m still getting the extra hydration). If your Vitamin C says to use it only at night though, please adhere to the instructions. I got this particular one from the Youtopia Beauty website.

 

Step 5- Moisturise

Product- CLINIQUE ‘DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT’ MOISTURISING GEL

Where has this moisturiser been ALL MY LIFE? Another tip I got from myhairmybeautyNG. It is hands down the best moisturiser for my skin. It is hydrating, lightweight and it helps control oil production during the day. There really is a remarkable difference as my skin does not get as shiny as it did previously. I got this from the Jumia website.

 

Step 6- Sunscreen

Product- LA ROCHE POSAY ANTHELIOS 50 DAILY ANTI AGING SUNSCREEN

My favourite sunscreen so far. It has a silicone-y finish which I really like. And it doubles as a primer too.

 

EVENING

 

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Step 1- Double Cleanse (i.e applying cleanser, cleansing face, then repeating. This ensures that ALL traces of makeup are thoroughly removed from the skin. You do not need to Double Cleanse in the morning, or on days that you don’t wear makeup)

Product- FIG HEALTH STORE BRIGHTENING BLACK SOAP WITH TURMERIC

 

Step 2- Treat Eye Area

Product- DR. DENNIS GROSS FERULIC AND RETINOL TRIPLE CORRECTION EYE SERUM

 

Step 3- Tone

Product- IMAGE SKINCARE ‘CLEAR CELL’  SALICYLIC CLARIFYING TONIC

 

Step 4- Serum

Product- HYDRALURON

 

Step 5- Moisturise

Product- PROACTIV REPAIRING  TREATMENT

This is the only Proactiv product I still use religiously, and I don’t see this changing anytime soon because I LOVE it. Its moisturising, but still contains Benzoyl Peroxide which my skin responds positively to.

 

Step 6- Spot Treat

Product- DUAC GEL

I apply this on any blemishes. This was recommended to me by Edikan in my Comments section (thank you so much!). I really really like this product. Before I knew about this gel,I would usually spot treat with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide which can be really harsh. This gel has 5% BP which is strong enough to work, but it does not burn.

I still use my fave TURMERIC AND BENTONITE CLAY MASK about 3x a week. I use the mask after cleansing at night. Depending on how my skin feels, I may not use toner afterwards and just go straight to Hydraluron. I of course also still use the HOT CLOTH CLEANSE method to clean my face.

 

And thats it! Whats your skincare regimen? Do you use any of the products mentioned in this post?

Let Me Know,

Nicole

 

 

41 Comments
  • Adaeze Writes
    Posted at 09:12h, 16 December Reply

    It’s amazing that such site exists in Nigeria. I’ve subscribed to almost all foreign beauty sites and now, I found this. I’m definitely not leaving! You’re doing good here and I love all your posts, btw…I’m still catching up but wow! This site is amazing!

    http://www.adaezewrites.com

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 10:43h, 16 December Reply

      Hi Adaeze! Yayyyyy thank you so much for your comment- it has completely made my day. I hope you enjoy the rest of the posts and please come back xx

  • ari odogwu
    Posted at 12:36h, 16 December Reply

    I would really love to try the black soap and the Oriki eye cream. To be honest, i haven’t started using eye creams yet, and i’m no spring chicken.

    I have a question Nicole. Would you advise applying eye cream before moisturising? I suppose the science or logic for this is for the eye cream to soak up the wonderful nutrients the cream has to offer rather than slather on moisturiser, then eye cream, in which case the cream isn’t as effective.
    I have had dissenting views, and would love to know what you think.

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 18:17h, 16 December Reply

      Hi Ari!
      I don’t have a straightforward answer for that. I think that if you have dry skin and therefore use a moisturiser that is rich and nourishing, then you do not even need an eye cream. You could probably just apply a bit more around the eyes.

      Because my skin type is oily and blemish prone, the moisturisers I use either have sebum controlling/mattifying properties (like the Clinique Moisturising Gel in this post), or contain an acne fighting ingredient like Benzoyl Peroxide (like the Proactiv one I mentioned as well). So both the moisturisers I use would be TERRIBLE for the eye area. So I just use eye cream and I don’t use my moisturiser over or under.

      However if you have normal/combination skin and your moisturiser isn’t THAT rich, then you should probably just use eye cream around the area, and not moisturise over or under it as well. Just pat the cream in and let it do its job without being hindered by any other products.

      Was this helpful? Sorry I went on a bit xx

  • Edikan
    Posted at 12:51h, 16 December Reply

    I’m just seeing this. Glad you tried the duac gel. You’re welcome ???

  • Kemi
    Posted at 13:36h, 16 December Reply

    Love your site! Any idea where I can get the La Roche sunscreen from in Lagos? Been searching for a sun screen for the longest time that doesn’t make me look blue and is great for oily skin.

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 17:59h, 16 December Reply

      Hi Kemi! Thank you so much for saying that. I actually don’t know anyone who sells it here sadly 🙁 I’m going to start petitioning stores to stock this because it is so necessary (and mine is running out lol) xx

  • UG
    Posted at 14:36h, 16 December Reply

    I will say again, l love love your blog!!!!!! Its always so refreshing coming here and reading whatever it is you have to write concerning skincare! *THUMBSUP*

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 17:57h, 16 December Reply

      Yap thank you so much UG! Coming from someone who knows a lot about skincare, this means a LOT! Thank you xx

  • myHairmyBeautyNG
    Posted at 15:01h, 16 December Reply

    Please where can I purchase the DUAC? I’m super interested!! I am yet to use the turmeric black soap, it is still in my fridge, but after reading this post, I’m trying it tonight.

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 17:56h, 16 December Reply

      Yayyyy try it and let me know how it goes! I get my DUAC from Careforte pharmacy on Akin Olugbade in VI, but I heard its available at HealthPlus too.

  • lizzyjolie
    Posted at 15:12h, 16 December Reply

    I am currently using the fig turmeric black soap and its helped improve my skin generously , firmer, brighter and clearer…I have used the clinque moisturizer a long time a long… when I was younger in the UK… I was following with the 3 step range from clinque…it was amazing but I didn’t really indulge much in it cos I was a lot youthful. I might give it a try again since I need a moisturizer beCos I have bin using my luxe goat milk lotion to moisturize and I don’t know if am doing it right… my current routine is I hot cloth cleanse and double cleanse with the turmeric black soap…I don’t tone I skip that…still looking for one to use my skin is acne free and sensitive then I moisturize with goat milk lotion and I use a Neutrogena sunscreen. I also do the bentonite clay and turmeric mask weekly. I don’t miss it its GREAT. I am definitely getting the Vitamin C serum right away. Will look into starting to use an eye cream…thanks darling.

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 17:55h, 16 December Reply

      Hi Lizzy! Hows it going?
      The goats milk lotion is a body lotion. Please do not use it on your face. The Clinique Dramatically Different Gel is awesome for oily skin, but if your skin isn’t oily, might I suggest the Dramatically Different Lotion? xx

  • cec
    Posted at 19:46h, 16 December Reply

    Mehn! aren’t I slacking big time?

  • ari odogwu
    Posted at 19:58h, 16 December Reply

    Thank you Nicole. Your breakdown is appreciated.

  • uche okeke
    Posted at 20:00h, 16 December Reply

    Nicole, saw your article on bellanaija and came straight to your blog. Greatjob. I am 36, and a working mum. I must have combination skin type but what I use currently is the neutrogena rain bath and jergens shea butter. Weekends I use my beyond belief hydrating mask and neutrogena facial scrub. Help a sister! I want to make my skin look beautiful

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 23:22h, 16 December Reply

      Hi Uche! Thank you so much for coming. I am unfamiliar with the Neutrogena rain bath, but Jergens Shea Butter whilst being a great product is definitely not for the face, it is a body lotion. Please don’t use it on your face anymore.
      This post is quite expansive on my beauty routine. It is basically a step by step guide on what a skincare regimen should entail, and the products that I use personally. So why not have a look through, and if you have any further questions please feel free to comment and I will do my best to help you further. Thanks again and I hope this was helpful xx

  • Oby Obiasogu
    Posted at 12:29h, 19 December Reply

    Hi Nicole,
    Why are my just seeing this site today??? Its amazing! I read your interview on myhair mybeautyng.com which led me here. Your honesty made me fall in love with you I swear, you give responses in such a way that made me feel like we are bffs already! I used to be a product a junkie who constantly tried new products cos nothing seemed to be working for my sad problematic skin since teenage years. (I’m 32 btw)
    Fast forward to August 2015 and nimueskin.com came through for bae!!! Benzoyl peroxide weakened my skin so much, and I thought nothing would work better cos it did help a bit but it’s damn too harsh even my pillows cry!
    At the risk of coming off as talkative, I will continue cos I just feel like I can talk to you (I wonder why, lol), nimueskin thought me that products that are gentle and effective are my skin’s bestie! From exfoliation with no granules (nimue exfoliating enzyme) to a night moisturiser that doubles as a spot treatment and oil control (nimue purifier), it purifies my skin! Broad spectrum sunscreen that leaves no white film on my face (sun c 40) my skin is so much better!
    I feel like I need to try the cliniQue moisturiser u mentioned though. And I’ve found your site and I’m not leaving! Meanwhile, I’m a mom of 1, whom I named Naeto, thanks to ur hubby! Lol! I live in SA. Will send you a private message to get some advice later, thanks a lot!

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 16:16h, 30 December Reply

      Hi Oby! Yayyyy thank you so so much for your comment, I really appreciate it. That was actually my first interview ever so I was quite nervous about how I would have come across, so I am so pleased!
      BP is definitely quite harsh, sadly when I have breakouts its the only thing that really works *sigh*. And please try the Clinique Moisturiser and let me know your thoughts.
      So glad you discovered the site 🙂 Pleaseeee make sure you come back, and give Naeto a big kiss for me xx

  • Observer
    Posted at 12:48h, 22 December Reply

    I copped two bottles of goat’s milk lotion based on your review. I haven’t really enjoyed using it because the smell is sooo cloyingly, mind numbingly strong!! It’s like a cloud! It smells like maple syrup and cinnamon and if it was toned down it would be gorgeous. Methinks she was a bit heavy handed with the fragrance when she was making them. I’ve done everything possible to dilute it, but I gave up and chucked the two bottles in the bin.

  • Ang
    Posted at 23:15h, 25 December Reply

    Hi Nicole. So glad I got to your blog somehow. I will like to know what products will be safe during pregnancy. Cleansers, Toners, Moisturizers and all the works. I have oily skin and prone to acne. Thanks. X

  • Nicole
    Posted at 10:26h, 05 January Reply

    Hello dear,I am really excited about some of the products review….my colleague told me about this site and I am really proud of you…I have got an extremely oily and sensitve face please what products can I try as I have used all sorts?

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 12:55h, 13 January Reply

      Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind comment- I really appreciate it. I have a post on my current skincare routine on the site- my skin is not sensitive but it is extremely oily as well. You should take a look. I also have tons of different products I have reviewed on the site so feel free to look through and ascertain what you think could potentially work for you. Lots more to come so please keep reading xx

  • Aj
    Posted at 11:15h, 05 January Reply

    Hello aunty nicole,thanks for the reviews I so love you,my worry is my spotty legs and my uneven tone skin..aunty please advice.

  • Kate Orok
    Posted at 23:14h, 10 January Reply

    Recently I decided to add natural coconut oil to my skin care regimen. I use it at night only because of my excessively oily skin. I want to know if it can double as a good eye cream.

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 12:50h, 13 January Reply

      Hi Kate. I know people who use coconut oil or almond oil under their eyes and are happy with it xx

  • GERALDINE
    Posted at 17:32h, 13 January Reply

    aunty nicole see what you have done to me…lol i love your blog,i already av a list lol…am new into this skin care thing…thanks for being part of my life!

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 18:08h, 13 January Reply

      Hi Geraldine! Yayyyyy thank you so much for your kind comment- it means SO much to me xx

  • vivian
    Posted at 14:19h, 15 January Reply

    good wrk keep it up

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 13:13h, 16 January Reply

      Thank you so much- I really appreciate it xx

  • Ash
    Posted at 20:04h, 15 January Reply

    Hey

    Have you tried an oil cleanser for your first cleanse when double cleansing? You can use coconut oil, clinique TTDO, Emma Hardie or any balm. I did that before using the fig soap as a second cleanse as I felt soap twice on my face was a bit harsh

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 13:06h, 16 January Reply

      Hi Ash, thanks for stopping by!
      I have actually. The one I tried is a beauty blogger favourite- ‘Ultrabland’ by Lush Cosmetics, and it is truly beautiful. I personally don’t find using the Fig Soap harsh on my skin though so I’m quite happy to continue double cleansing with the soap- but for those who may have sensitive skin, this is something to consider. Readers take note!

      Thanks Ash xx

  • Chikito
    Posted at 11:19h, 18 January Reply

    Hi Nicole,

    Happy new year. Biko can I apply this Clinique Gel all over my body? Thanks for the other day, I’m now using Hydraluron.

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 14:47h, 18 January Reply

      Hi Chikito!

      Happy new year nwanne. You most certainly CANNOT apply the gel all over your whole body. 1) It comes in a small bottle so it’ll be really expensive and 2) It is really mattifying and will make your skin dry. Hope you are enjoying the Hydraluron and please let me know how everything goes xx

  • Chikito
    Posted at 15:30h, 18 January Reply

    Thanks.

    I will let you know.

  • The Skin Apothecary
    Posted at 16:05h, 01 February Reply

    Thanks Nicole, I think I’m going to try the Radah Vitamin C serum

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 13:52h, 04 March Reply

      Hi there! Did you try the Vitamin C Serum?? How do you like it so far? xx

  • Nky
    Posted at 15:45h, 20 February Reply

    Hi Nicole, thanks for reviews. I bought the Fig Tumeric soap today. I am super excited and can’t wait to use it. Pls post more often. Btwn, what moisturing and toning lotion would you recommend for a dry skinned?

    Thank you

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 21:28h, 27 February Reply

      Hi Nky! How are you finding the soap so far? And I will definitely try to post more often 🙂
      Can you clarify what you mean by a toning lotion? Do you mean a toner (acid exfoliator) to use after cleansing?
      Thanks so much! xx

  • Wendie
    Posted at 01:06h, 08 April Reply

    Hi Nicole.. i recently stumbled upon your website from a BN post and i’m seriously in love already.. Thank you so much.. Plls do you have any advice concerning the S.Studio products? Wanted to try their sunscreen + mosturizer and their exfoliating night cream. Used some products last year that gave me some big pimples which have turned to spots. So i’m trying to get some new products for my skincare to get rid of the spots nd rough skin so i can get to my normal self. Any advice nwanne biko? I have an acne prone, oily and sensitive skin.. Thank you.. cc

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 19:34h, 12 April Reply

      Hi Wendie! Thank you sooo much love! I haven’t tried any of the S.Studio products personally. My skin is acne prone and oily too, why not look through the blog and take a look at some of the products I’ve tried? I did a post on my entire skincare regimen.Hope this was helpful xx

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