It’s Krystal, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sheabrand.
It’s funny how life works. Here I am with a self care company after struggling with my own skin for my entire life. I have never felt like I had that dewey, flawless skin seen on TV or even on some of my friends. My skin has always been acne-filled, scarred and prone to hyperpigmentation, but nonetheless, it is mine and I am proud of it.
I have finally accepted my skin not as imperfect but as part of who I am. I accept that my skin may require more love, care and attention than most and I am okay with that. After all, my daily skincare routine presents another opportunity to stop to reflect, massage my skin and give it thanks.
Here is what my skincare routine looks like and how It has helped me control and manage my acne, and better my life overall.
My skincare morning routine:
-I wash my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser I need to use a face wash that is Non-comedogenic so it does not clog my pores.
-I apply our Teafruit Witch Hazel every morning after washing my face to ensure all the build up oil is gone from the night.
-I then apply CBD & Electric Daisy Regenerative Day Serum. Our serum is filled with natural ingredients that help your skin (see a few below for some of my favorites), and CBD has unique acne-fighting properties while also helping your skin achieve optimal oil levels. Allowing oil production in the skin to increase or decrease depending on your skin’s unique needs.
-Pea Peptide (Pisum Sativum Peptide): This provides antioxidant, anti-aging, hydrating and smoothing benefits to the skin
-Cucumber Extract (Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract): the cucumber fruit contains a wide variety of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytosterols, phenolic acids, fatty acids, and cucurbitacins. The major constituents that provide skin benefits include ascorbic acid (vitamin C), beta carotene, polysaccharides, and Vitamin K. It can repair dry and damaged skin, giving it a softer and smoother appearance. Another other benefit is that the pH-value is identical with the human skin.
-Electric Daisy- Spithanol (electric daisy) produces a powerful tingly and tightening effect and reduces contractions in your face, relaxing your skin and helping to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. It also actively prevents skin from creating extra melanin, which helps to reduce and prevent dark spots or hyperpigmentation . On top of this, Electric Daisy is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which makes it great for calming irritation, rejuvenating dead or damaged skin, improving collagen, and makes skin appear both smoother and brighter.
Read more about the ingredients in our Electric Daisy + CBD Skincare line
-Lastly, I apply a daily SPF every morning even if I do not leave my home, UV rays can still damage your skin coming through your windows. See the other ways your skin can be damaged by the sun
My skincare evening routine:
-I wash my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser at night even if I did not apply makeup. I want to wash away any built up oil on my skin from the day.
-I apply our Teafruit Witch Hazel every evening after washing my face to ensure all the build up oil is gone from the night. I personally use a cotton swab but when I am lazy I don’t. I want to move to reusable swabs.
-I then apply Face Reality Acne Med this serum helps control my Acne as advised by an aesthetician
As someone who has suffered with acne all my life and has tried every possible solution from seeing dermatologists, using proactive, and changing my diet to various other acne creams. I finally sought out another type of professional help, I decided to try an aesthetician. I googled to find those who specialize in acne in NYC. I stumbled upon Acne Clinic NYC I saw they had great reviews and I decided to give it a try. I tried their acne treatments which consisted of extractions and chemical peels and serums for about a year and I noticed a tremendous change in my skin and gained confidence. I do not go as often anymore but still use the serums I was given to help combat my acne.
Another key tip is before buying anything you put on your face, check the ingredients: are they pore clogging? This is how I check mine on my aestheticians homepage. It’s important to note, however, that just because something contains a pore-clogging ingredient doesn’t mean that the product won’t work for you, it’s simply something to be aware of.
– Right before bed I always use our CBD Lip Balm to ensure my lips are hydrating while I sleep
– I lather on my body every evening without fail. Our CBD Muscle, Joint & Skin Balm is my favorite product that helps relax my muscles and mind before bed.
My skincare on occasion:
I use our CBD + Electric Daisy Exfoliant every week while I shower to remove dead skin cells.
I use a Desheli Twinrey Light Therapy for anti-aging and acne healing/prevention.
Twice a month, I use our CBD + Electric Daisy Face Mask to give my skin some extra love and much needed repair.
When I do have a breakout I use a Sulfur spot treatment – I personally use Face Reality. I have also used Goetz Sulfur Spot treatment which I like. And lastly, I will sometimes ice my pimples and skin which helps reduce inflammation (and feels good!).
Haircare = Skincare
Most people don’t realize that the products they put in their hair might be causing them to break out because the product from your hair will inevitably end up on your face. This is why I use non-comedogenic hair oils like Jojoba Oil. I have dull, frizzy hair so this helps add back shine while not causing breakouts.