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PP Skin Clinic: Real Women Talk Real Skin

Sponsored by Balance Me

The PP Squad is made up of so many different women (and a couple of men and pets, too!) We’re all different ages, backgrounds and walks of life. So, who better to speak to about skin diversity than our own gals?

With this month’s PP Skin Clinic, we want to encourage confidence in natural beauty and get skin in the best condition it can be, whatever type or tone. Which is why we are collaborating with Balance Me – a brand that champions natural ingredients and a high skin self-esteem! (Something we’re pretty passionate about too, obvs.)

Here, three of our fierce PP babes reveal *all* about their skin…

“I’m Adeola, I’m 23, and I’m embracing my skin.”

Adeola

Describe your skin in three words…

Warm, delicate, golden.

Describe your skincare routine…

The biggest thing in my skincare routine is actually cleansing. I get home and I wash my face – I’m just obsessed with making sure my face is clean. I wake up and wash my face, and it’s something I always have to think about – not touching my face. Because that’s one thing with clear skin; you don’t want to touch your skin with dirty hands.

How does your skin make you feel?

I have mixed emotions towards my skin. I embrace it because I know its natural. I’ve started this thing where I go to work without make up and it’s quite empowering. I think the more you see your face as it is, the more you notice all the features that make you who you are.

How does your skin challenge you?

My skin is combination oily. It’s really annoying that I’m dry and, at the same time, I’m really oily. Its always finding the right balance of moisturiser to use: I always try to use something that’s oil free, just to keep my skin moisturised, but I also I put a powder on my face to blot it out.

What do you love about your skin?

Having melanin in my skin is a good thing. I still wear my sunscreen in the day – gotta protect yourself from the sun. Even though I naturally have that darker pigment, I still have to make sure I’m keeping my skin protected.

How did you develop your skincare routine?

[No make up] is something I’ve been talking with my sister about. She doesn’t wear makeup as well, and I think that’s something that’s also inspired me not to wear make up. Everyday, I see her in the morning and I always think her skin looks so nice. She doesn’t worry what other people think about her skin.

Are natural products important to you?

The most important thing to me is keeping it simple. My mum will come back from Nigeria and buy a whole bag of natural products just because it’s one thing that actually keeps my skin moisturised.

“My name is Lizzie, I’m 27, and I have mixed emotions about my skin.”

Lizzie

Describe your skin in three words…

Sensitive, red and dehydrated.

Describe your skincare routine…

I don’t really have a set skincare routine. I don’t exfoliate that often, probably twice a week. My skin is super super sensitive, so I find that when I do exfoliate it, kind of becomes quite red and I get these white bobbles underneath my skin. Moisturiser is key for me. I moisturise twice a day: in the evening, before I go to bed and then again in the morning. I layer it up [in the morning] so I’ll put primer on, moisturiser then quite a hydrated foundation.

How does your skin make you feel?

Because I’ve had eczema for a while now, it’s something that I’ve become quite accustomed to, so I know when it’s going to flare up. When it starts to flare up, I’m kind of intune with it; I know when it coming, even before it’s visible on my skin. It makes me feel quite self-conscious, particularly when it comes up around my eyes, but I always think that my eczema comes in bouts, so I know that I’m perhaps going to be self-conscious for a week and then it’s going to disappear.

How does your skin challenge you?

My main skin issue would be eczema. It sort of takes its forms in two different ways: really red and patchy, and quite blotchy, and I also have quite dehydrated skin. If I don’t moisturise, my skin looks like a totally different skin type to what it does now. I’ve got moisturiser on now, I’ve got primer on now, and I’ve got hydrated foundation which kind of gives my skin a dewy effect. If all of this was taken off, and I wasn’t to moisturise, I would have really dry, maybe kind of scaly, skin.

What do you love about your skin?

I love my skin tone. I think it’s something that, as I’ve got older, I’ve started to love more and more. I tried fake tanning when it was my high school prom and I looked like a totally different person. There’s loads of great makeup brands out there for people who have paler skin and I think that I’ve found the right match, and I’m quite happy with my skin.

How did you develop your skincare routine?

I was diagnosed with eczema when first I started my period and I got used to trying different creams really frequently. I would say now that my skincare routine kind of reflects that, in that I will try different creams. Always really heavily hydrated, but I’d never stick to one product or one kind of cream – it will be quite experimental.

Are natural products important to you?

Yeah. I have to be really really careful with what I do put on my skin. As much as I do like to test different types of skincare, they would generally all be natural skincare products.

“I’m Anjali, I’m 21, and I don’t think my skin is perfect, but I think it’s important to be positive about it.”

Anjali

Describe your skin in three words…

My skin type is normal, but it does get irritated easily, so I would say sensitive.

Describe your skincare routine…

So, recently, I’ve actually started trying this Korean 10 step skincare routine. If you’re wearing make up, double cleansing your skin – you use an oil based cleanser, then a water based cleanser – and from there, you would wash off the cleanser with face wash, and then use something to exfoliate it. Then, after that, you’d use toner… and then there are essences and serums.

How does your skin make you feel?

With my skin, I see it as one of those things that I should really try and be positive about and accept for what it is. It does get difficult when you notice your own flaws, but I just see it as one of those things that is really important to try and see in the best light you can.

How does your skin challenge you?

I don’t like that it’s easily irritated, I can see my redness quite easily. It gets quite red in my nose area and my under eyes that can be darker, so when I’m doing my make up, these are the first two things I’ll try and tackle.

What do you love about your skin?

I like that it’s not too dry or too oily, so in terms of skincare, as long as the products that I’m using are gentle, I’m okay.

How did you develop your skincare routine?

As I’ve got older, my skin health has slowly deteriorated – which is normal – so that’s how I came across the Korean’s 10 step skincare regime. I definitely feel like it’s working for the little problems I have, like the little redness, my skin tone and stuff. Koreans are ON IT with their skincare routines.

Are natural products important to you?

Yeah, I’ve definitely always had a thing for natural products; I’m always a bit paranoid about too many chemicals on my skin, so I’ve always found it important to have products that are as natural as they can be.

Share your thoughts on your own skin by tagging and commenting on our #PPSkinClinic posts on Instagram (@pinkparcel), or commenting below.

Balance Me Face Wash is available in June’s Pink Parcel and directly from the Balance Me website

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