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.



Yesterday, I happened to jump on an Instagram live session hosted by Sophia Roe.  She's full of knowledge related to natural health so I figured I'd join in to learn something new.  During her chat, Sophia said something that immediately caught my attention.
via Sophia's Instagram
First off, let me just say that the woman has amazing skin.  But according to her, it wasn't always that way.  Sophia claims to have suffered from acne and hyperpigmentation but has since found a supplement that has kept her acne scars in check.
I was actually quite surprised when Sophia proclaimed that her collagen supplements were part of the reason why her skin was so flawless.  At first, I dismissed her statement as fake news. But then I got to thinking.

I suffer from hyperpigmentation from my long battle with cystic acne.  The aftermath was so bad that I had to undergo rounds of micro needling just to minimize the after effects.  Here's the thing. I've experienced acne breakouts since then.  But I didn't notice until now that they don't scar my skin like they used to years ago.  Why is that?

At first, I rationalized that my breakouts weren't the same as before. In the past, I had these huge eruptions on my face. Nowadays they're a bit tamer.  But I remember scaring occurred even when I had minor breakouts.  Hyperpigmentation seemed inevitable.  This week, I woke up to a pretty noticeable breakout.  After a couple days of nurturing it, the pimple eventually went away.  But, as of now, there's no dark pigment to remind me of my little friend.

The difference between me today and me years ago is that I'm really consistent with collagen supplementation.  I take collagen supplements and I sometimes mix collagen powder with my drinks. In the winter time, I consume a ton of bone broth.  I'm pretty consistent with my collagen intake and, according to Sophia, that could be the reason why I don't scar like I used to.

I took a look around the internet to see if there was any merit to her claims. That's when I learned of the role of collagen in healing and wound repair.  When we experience cystic acne, damage occurs to our cells below the surface of the skin.  Inadequate collagen levels will result in a more substantial scar.  The more collagen in the skin, the better it heals. Skin that heals in a healthy way is less prone to discoloration and deep scarring.

This probably applies to our the skin on our entire body.  So if you have a strategy to ensure your skin is even toned all over, make sure to include collagen into to the mix.  I'm all for taking a holistic approach to fighting acne.  From making sure your cleanser is aiding in your acne journey to ensuring you wear sunscreen to help keep scarring at bay.  Everything works together.  It's nice to know that we have a way to possibly address acne scarring internally.


Yesterday, I happened to jump on an Instagram live session hosted by Sophia Roe.  She's full of knowledge related to natural health so I figured I'd join in to learn something new.  During her chat, Sophia said something that immediately caught my attention.
via Sophia's Instagram
First off, let me just say that the woman has amazing skin.  But according to her, it wasn't always that way.  Sophia claims to have suffered from acne and hyperpigmentation but has since found a supplement that has kept her acne scars in check.
I was actually quite surprised when Sophia proclaimed that her collagen supplements were part of the reason why her skin was so flawless.  At first, I dismissed her statement as fake news. But then I got to thinking.

I suffer from hyperpigmentation from my long battle with cystic acne.  The aftermath was so bad that I had to undergo rounds of micro needling just to minimize the after effects.  Here's the thing. I've experienced acne breakouts since then.  But I didn't notice until now that they don't scar my skin like they used to years ago.  Why is that?

At first, I rationalized that my breakouts weren't the same as before. In the past, I had these huge eruptions on my face. Nowadays they're a bit tamer.  But I remember scaring occurred even when I had minor breakouts.  Hyperpigmentation seemed inevitable.  This week, I woke up to a pretty noticeable breakout.  After a couple days of nurturing it, the pimple eventually went away.  But, as of now, there's no dark pigment to remind me of my little friend.

The difference between me today and me years ago is that I'm really consistent with collagen supplementation.  I take collagen supplements and I sometimes mix collagen powder with my drinks. In the winter time, I consume a ton of bone broth.  I'm pretty consistent with my collagen intake and, according to Sophia, that could be the reason why I don't scar like I used to.

I took a look around the internet to see if there was any merit to her claims. That's when I learned of the role of collagen in healing and wound repair.  When we experience cystic acne, damage occurs to our cells below the surface of the skin.  Inadequate collagen levels will result in a more substantial scar.  The more collagen in the skin, the better it heals. Skin that heals in a healthy way is less prone to discoloration and deep scarring.

This probably applies to our the skin on our entire body.  So if you have a strategy to ensure your skin is even toned all over, make sure to include collagen into to the mix.  I'm all for taking a holistic approach to fighting acne.  From making sure your cleanser is aiding in your acne journey to ensuring you wear sunscreen to help keep scarring at bay.  Everything works together.  It's nice to know that we have a way to possibly address acne scarring internally.


Years ago, I met a gorgeous flight attendant who let me in on the secret to her glowing skin.  During our convo, she made certain that I was aware of oil gel.  Unlike lotions, oil gels have the ability to hydrate and nourish the skin for long periods of time.  Plus, they leave a layer of shine on the skin which gives it a nice glow.

As soon as I got the chance, I purchased my first bottle of oil gel and I've been hooked ever since.  They basically save my skin in the winter.  Now that summer is here, I'm eager to integrate these gel based oils into my daily routine.  Although I like the ones I currently have, I still kept my eyes and ears open for a better version for summer.   I'm happy to report that my wish has been granted because I may have stumbled on the perfect drug store oil gel for summer.
Thank you, Palmer's for creating my dream summer must have.  Why is it so amazing?  Simple. Because this oil gel also contains SPF.  I've longed for a hydrating body product that showcases my skin while protecting it from the sun.  This is it!
I'll be honest with you, I rarely think about daily sun protection on my body unless I'm going to the beach or something.  Other than that, the skin on my body is pretty much exposed to the elements.  In my heart, I knew I needed a hydrating product that nourished & protected my skin at all once!  Honestly, I didn't think this product existed.  I figured, that I would start off with a gel oil then layer a sunscreen on top.  But Palmer's was already on it!  They've formulated a cocoa butter gel with SPF 15 UVA & UVB sun protection.

Beyond that, they've also included a myriad of skin loving ingredients including cocoa butter, vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil.  None of my other gel oils have as many natural skin boosters.  I think I've found my new best friend.

 For those of you who've never used gel oil before, you should know that the product is thick and somewhat heavy.  If you have really dry skin, you'll love it.  Otherwise, it's best to use a little at a time after jumping out of the shower while your skin is still damp.  The damper your skin, the less of this product you'll have to apply.  You can also experiment with mixing lotion & baby oil gel together in your hands before application to thin it out.

I haven't gotten my hands on this stuff yet.  It's on order from Amazon and should be here soon.  I'm hoping that on top of all the benefits I mentioned that this product has the fine hint of chocolate scent that I've come to love from cocoa butter products. Skin glowing while smelling like chocolate would be the icing on the cake of an already amazing product.
Years ago, I met a gorgeous flight attendant who let me in on the secret to her glowing skin.  During our convo, she made certain that I was aware of oil gel.  Unlike lotions, oil gels have the ability to hydrate and nourish the skin for long periods of time.  Plus, they leave a layer of shine on the skin which gives it a nice glow.

As soon as I got the chance, I purchased my first bottle of oil gel and I've been hooked ever since.  They basically save my skin in the winter.  Now that summer is here, I'm eager to integrate these gel based oils into my daily routine.  Although I like the ones I currently have, I still kept my eyes and ears open for a better version for summer.   I'm happy to report that my wish has been granted because I may have stumbled on the perfect drug store oil gel for summer.
Thank you, Palmer's for creating my dream summer must have.  Why is it so amazing?  Simple. Because this oil gel also contains SPF.  I've longed for a hydrating body product that showcases my skin while protecting it from the sun.  This is it!
I'll be honest with you, I rarely think about daily sun protection on my body unless I'm going to the beach or something.  Other than that, the skin on my body is pretty much exposed to the elements.  In my heart, I knew I needed a hydrating product that nourished & protected my skin at all once!  Honestly, I didn't think this product existed.  I figured, that I would start off with a gel oil then layer a sunscreen on top.  But Palmer's was already on it!  They've formulated a cocoa butter gel with SPF 15 UVA & UVB sun protection.

Beyond that, they've also included a myriad of skin loving ingredients including cocoa butter, vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil.  None of my other gel oils have as many natural skin boosters.  I think I've found my new best friend.

 For those of you who've never used gel oil before, you should know that the product is thick and somewhat heavy.  If you have really dry skin, you'll love it.  Otherwise, it's best to use a little at a time after jumping out of the shower while your skin is still damp.  The damper your skin, the less of this product you'll have to apply.  You can also experiment with mixing lotion & baby oil gel together in your hands before application to thin it out.

I haven't gotten my hands on this stuff yet.  It's on order from Amazon and should be here soon.  I'm hoping that on top of all the benefits I mentioned that this product has the fine hint of chocolate scent that I've come to love from cocoa butter products. Skin glowing while smelling like chocolate would be the icing on the cake of an already amazing product.