Because it's Fashion Week in New York, a bunch of models are coming out of the wood work with tips on how they get ready for the biggest fashion event of the year.  I checked out a recent article where the interviewer asked a slew of models to share one skin tip.

I casually read through the various pieces of advice but it wasn't until I stumbled on one model in particular that I stopped and took notice.

The woman's skin was absolutely glowing.  Of all the models interviewed, she appeared to have the healthiest skin of all. What was her secret?
Her one piece of advice was something we've probably all heard before (especially if you frequent this site).  It's a ritual that I was so passionate about that I spent quite a bit of money so I could have unlimited access to it anytime.
(Bibi showing off her glowing skin)
Model, Bibi Sharipova has quite an extensive resume of runway appearances and magazine covers.  She's been blessed with a bone structure that most of us would kill for.  As a high fashion model, Bibi often wears minimal makeup to ensure that the clothes are the main focus.  But honestly, her skin is so striking that it sometimes steals the show.

Heck, her skin even caught the attention of Shiseido who featured her in an advertisement for their world renowned products.  So what's her one healthy skin tip?  Did Bibi proclaim her love for a multi-step daily skin ritual?

Nope.

The routine that Bibi swears by are regular visits to the sauna.  Here's what she told an interviewer at a recent show backstage.

"I spend a lot of time in the sauna. I go once a week, and that's the number one tip I can give to any girl. It helps keep my skin clear, especially because at shows they use a lot of makeup on me." 

Clear skin is one thing, but glowing skin is something completely different.  Sauna sessions detox the skin on a deeper level (especially infrared saunas).  This produces effortlessly clear skin.  The origin story of my love for saunas began many years ago.  I joined a local gym that had both a sauna and a steam room.  For the longest time, I never stepped in the sauna.  Then, one day, I looked in the mirror and noticed that my acne was completely out of control.

Obviously, my products weren't working so I had to try something different.  Like Bibi, I committed to regular visits to the sauna.  A short time later, my skin was clear. The only thing I did differently was sweat for a few minutes a day.  Once I experienced the wonders of infrared saunas and how they offer an even "deeper detox,"  I was sold.  Investing in an at-home unit was a dream of mine.  But, as time passed, I used it less frequently. Especially during the hot summers.  But, as fall & winter approaches, I plan on taking my sauna regimen seriously.

If you're tired of spending oodles of money on products in search of glowing skin. I urge you to try something different.  A few visits to the sauna may do more for you than anything you've already tried.  Plus it's an amazing act of self-care.  Not to mention the slew of other benefits like increased circulation which will help keep your hair thriving during the slow growing months.

You guys know that I love an Instagram Beauty Secret reveal.  Today I stumbled upon a post that is pure gold.  Who doesn't love a good transformation pic?  This one is so inspiring that I had to share it with y'all.  Luckily for us, she shared the exact routine that caused such a dramatic change in her skin.  Best of all, it's only 3 steps and all of the items are readily accessable no matter your budget.

Let's discuss.
Instagram user Shylajanai posted this image and was bombarded with likes and comments.  Her caption laid out the details of what products created her perfectly flawless skin.

According to Lajanai, the 3 life changing beauty items were:
//African Black Soap
//Thayer's Witchazel
//Rosewater facial spray

Below, she provides a bit more detail about her specific routine. Plus we get to see a close-up shot of her glorious skin in motion. (click on image below to view video)
first I wash my face with the 100% pure black soap every morning and every night (don't know the brand but I get it at Mid k), then at night I tone my face with the Thayers witch hazel and put on the eucerin face lotion and spray the rosewater by Mario Badescu. I only use the rosewater in the morning if I'm wearing make up that day, I'll soak my beauty blender with it. Also let's address a few things: I know I have big eyes, I get it from my daddy. No I'm not lying, I don't have any reason to because although I had bad skin my confidence was never touched, I'm honestly just tryna help my sisters out. I'm not high, The sun was in my eyes because I was facing it dead on, I'm sure y'all have heard of squinting. I have combination skin sometimes it's dry sometimes it's oily. And nah that ain't my hair.
A post shared by Shy-luh Juh-nay (@shylajanai) on

Did you notice how she mentions that she soaks her beauty blender in rose water before applying makeup?  I thought that was brilliant.  Whenever I use a makeup sponge to apply foundation, the product seems to go deeper into the skin, providing a more flawless finish.  Imagine applying a blend of rose water and your favorite foundation at once.  I suspect that it'll add a bit more luster to the finished look.  This may be a something to try during the dry fall and winter months.

This is the second time I've featured someone with flawless skin who attributed all they had to African black soap.  Seems like black soap can be life changing if your skin responds well to it.  I've already reintroduced black soap back into my routine because I keep hearing so many great reviews.

Now let's talk about the obvious. This woman was able to overcome active acne AND somehow eliminate all of the discoloration associated with it.  I'm sure you're wondering how.  I was too.  Based on some of her responses in the comments, Lajanai didn't really take any deliberate action to create even toned skin.  She sorta attributes it to the black soap but wasn't quite sure if black soap was the true hero.  We know from the other article that pure (raw) black soap has the ability to address acne, exfoliate, and even out skin tone.  Some say the long-term effects of black soap is like having microdermabrasion done.  This soap is an actual dream come true.  Keep in mind that Lajanai's transformation took about a year so the fading was probably a gradual process.  But through it all, she remained consistent and was rewarded because of it.



You guys know that I love an Instagram Beauty Secret reveal.  Today I stumbled upon a post that is pure gold.  Who doesn't love a good transformation pic?  This one is so inspiring that I had to share it with y'all.  Luckily for us, she shared the exact routine that caused such a dramatic change in her skin.  Best of all, it's only 3 steps and all of the items are readily accessable no matter your budget.

Let's discuss.
Instagram user Shylajanai posted this image and was bombarded with likes and comments.  Her caption laid out the details of what products created her perfectly flawless skin.

According to Lajanai, the 3 life changing beauty items were:
//African Black Soap
//Thayer's Witchazel
//Rosewater facial spray

Below, she provides a bit more detail about her specific routine. Plus we get to see a close-up shot of her glorious skin in motion. (click on image below to view video)
first I wash my face with the 100% pure black soap every morning and every night (don't know the brand but I get it at Mid k), then at night I tone my face with the Thayers witch hazel and put on the eucerin face lotion and spray the rosewater by Mario Badescu. I only use the rosewater in the morning if I'm wearing make up that day, I'll soak my beauty blender with it. Also let's address a few things: I know I have big eyes, I get it from my daddy. No I'm not lying, I don't have any reason to because although I had bad skin my confidence was never touched, I'm honestly just tryna help my sisters out. I'm not high, The sun was in my eyes because I was facing it dead on, I'm sure y'all have heard of squinting. I have combination skin sometimes it's dry sometimes it's oily. And nah that ain't my hair.
A post shared by Shy-luh Juh-nay (@shylajanai) on

Did you notice how she mentions that she soaks her beauty blender in rose water before applying makeup?  I thought that was brilliant.  Whenever I use a makeup sponge to apply foundation, the product seems to go deeper into the skin, providing a more flawless finish.  Imagine applying a blend of rose water and your favorite foundation at once.  I suspect that it'll add a bit more luster to the finished look.  This may be a something to try during the dry fall and winter months.

This is the second time I've featured someone with flawless skin who attributed all they had to African black soap.  Seems like black soap can be life changing if your skin responds well to it.  I've already reintroduced black soap back into my routine because I keep hearing so many great reviews.

Now let's talk about the obvious. This woman was able to overcome active acne AND somehow eliminate all of the discoloration associated with it.  I'm sure you're wondering how.  I was too.  Based on some of her responses in the comments, Lajanai didn't really take any deliberate action to create even toned skin.  She sorta attributes it to the black soap but wasn't quite sure if black soap was the true hero.  We know from the other article that pure (raw) black soap has the ability to address acne, exfoliate, and even out skin tone.  Some say the long-term effects of black soap is like having microdermabrasion done.  This soap is an actual dream come true.  Keep in mind that Lajanai's transformation took about a year so the fading was probably a gradual process.  But through it all, she remained consistent and was rewarded because of it.



A while ago, I was innocently scrolling through my Tumblr feed and came across an image that immediately grabbed my attention.  It was a close-up shot of a woman who had the most buttery skin that I have ever seen.  The caption of the image informed us that she was putting in serious work in order to proudly display her skin without the help of flattering filters.

Filter free flawless skin. Isn't that what we all want?  Of course, it is.  After displaying her perfect skin on Insta, she was inundated with requests (and threats) to drop her reggie.  Fortunately for us, she generously shared every product that comprised her entire routine.
After careful study, I realized that most of the products used can be found in any drug store.  That's promising news but I don't want that to take away from the intricate nature of her regimen.  She uses "ordinary" products to create extraordinary results.
Ash Leon showing off a close up of her glowing skin #nofilter
First, let's take a look at her favorite cleansers.  Her list includes 5 options, 2 of which are exfoliating cleansers.  Clean & Clear Advantage exfoliating face wash combines the powers of micro beads to scrub dead skin with the acne fighting power of benzoyl peroxide.  Using a cleanser with acne medicine is the right way to go.  Exfoliating on a regular basis is mission critical if you want bright glowing skin like Ash.  To ensure her skin is properly cleansed, she uses Olay's 2-speed cleaning brush.

Once her skin is cleansed she tones with witch hazel (with aloe), and spot treats with Clean & Clear acne spot treatment, and tea tree oil.  Ash also likes Clean & Clear's Ultra Rapid Action Pads (medicated), Differin gel, and Ambi's fade cream to even out skin tone.  Last but, not least, she layers on Coppertone's sunscreen SPF 30. Side note, Meagan Good also loves acne cleansing pads and that girl's skin is unmatched.

To keep her skin dewy and moisturized, Ash wears Clean & Clear's acne control moisturizer.  Where were acne fighting moisturizers when I was younger??? I would have loved to experiment with a product like that in my regimen.  Ash alternates her acne fighting moisturizer with a brand from Body Merry that contains retinol. This product has nearly 2,500 reviews and has a 4.5 star rating.  That's pretty impressive.  According to the product claims, this moisturizer will help address most signs of aging including wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.  It also contains yummy ingredients such as green tea, jojoba oil, vitamin E, B5 and shea butter.  Plus it contains retinol, the over the counter version of retin A which promotes younger skin by accelerating cell turnover.  This sounds like a must have moisturizer.

 To seal in moisture, Ash uses rose jojoba or rose hip oil. By the looks of the first image, I'd probably guess that Ash is a member of the "go to bed greasy" movement.

For deep pore treatments, she relies on Aztec Indian Clay masks, Biore's deep cleansing charcoal pore strips and Epielle facial Essence (sheet) mask.   To sum it up, Ash seems to be taking an aggressive approach towards acne prevention. Nearly every product in her regimen is there to address breakouts. And if, by any chance, a breakout does occur Ash combines exfoliation, sunscreen and a fade cream to eradicate discoloration.  Lastly, she relies on the powers of natural oils to keep her skin soft and glowing.



A while ago, I was innocently scrolling through my Tumblr feed and came across an image that immediately grabbed my attention.  It was a close-up shot of a woman who had the most buttery skin that I have ever seen.  The caption of the image informed us that she was putting in serious work in order to proudly display her skin without the help of flattering filters.

Filter free flawless skin. Isn't that what we all want?  Of course, it is.  After displaying her perfect skin on Insta, she was inundated with requests (and threats) to drop her reggie.  Fortunately for us, she generously shared every product that comprised her entire routine.
After careful study, I realized that most of the products used can be found in any drug store.  That's promising news but I don't want that to take away from the intricate nature of her regimen.  She uses "ordinary" products to create extraordinary results.
Ash Leon showing off a close up of her glowing skin #nofilter
First, let's take a look at her favorite cleansers.  Her list includes 5 options, 2 of which are exfoliating cleansers.  Clean & Clear Advantage exfoliating face wash combines the powers of micro beads to scrub dead skin with the acne fighting power of benzoyl peroxide.  Using a cleanser with acne medicine is the right way to go.  Exfoliating on a regular basis is mission critical if you want bright glowing skin like Ash.  To ensure her skin is properly cleansed, she uses Olay's 2-speed cleaning brush.

Once her skin is cleansed she tones with witch hazel (with aloe), and spot treats with Clean & Clear acne spot treatment, and tea tree oil.  Ash also likes Clean & Clear's Ultra Rapid Action Pads (medicated), Differin gel, and Ambi's fade cream to even out skin tone.  Last but, not least, she layers on Coppertone's sunscreen SPF 30. Side note, Meagan Good also loves acne cleansing pads and that girl's skin is unmatched.

To keep her skin dewy and moisturized, Ash wears Clean & Clear's acne control moisturizer.  Where were acne fighting moisturizers when I was younger??? I would have loved to experiment with a product like that in my regimen.  Ash alternates her acne fighting moisturizer with a brand from Body Merry that contains retinol. This product has nearly 2,500 reviews and has a 4.5 star rating.  That's pretty impressive.  According to the product claims, this moisturizer will help address most signs of aging including wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.  It also contains yummy ingredients such as green tea, jojoba oil, vitamin E, B5 and shea butter.  Plus it contains retinol, the over the counter version of retin A which promotes younger skin by accelerating cell turnover.  This sounds like a must have moisturizer.

 To seal in moisture, Ash uses rose jojoba or rose hip oil. By the looks of the first image, I'd probably guess that Ash is a member of the "go to bed greasy" movement.

For deep pore treatments, she relies on Aztec Indian Clay masks, Biore's deep cleansing charcoal pore strips and Epielle facial Essence (sheet) mask.   To sum it up, Ash seems to be taking an aggressive approach towards acne prevention. Nearly every product in her regimen is there to address breakouts. And if, by any chance, a breakout does occur Ash combines exfoliation, sunscreen and a fade cream to eradicate discoloration.  Lastly, she relies on the powers of natural oils to keep her skin soft and glowing.