Some of you have been kind enough to send me messages complimenting me on my skin and complexion. I thought that was really sweet of you all! Thank you. Trust me – it hasn’t always been the case – it is an ongoing battle. It has been a never ending journey with lots of trials and errors to get my skin to where it is today.
Like most women, I too have beauty products I swear by for my everyday routine. Some are cheap, others leave you feeling guilty when you think of people going without food, water or shelter – but I make an honest living so I still buy them anyway.
The thing is, you don’t always have to spend money to have a clear complexion. Some of the most effective beauty products are sitting in your panty right now. My grandmother and mother taught me that.
For instance, for most Zimbabweans reading this, my bet is that you have mealie meal in your pantry. For those that are from other countries, you may have semolina or polenta. I like to use these everyday products to create a scrub that will help get rid of product build up, or to really cleanse my skin. So how do I do it, you ask?
Pour one cup of mealie meal (or semolina or polenta) into a bowl.
Add water. This can be cold water, but I personally like to use slightly warm water. Once you have added water proceed to mix the ingredients to create a smooth and consistent paste- (no lumps!).
To begin the process make sure you have clean skin. Use wet wipes, Vaseline, make up remover – whatever you normally use to wash your face – just have clean skin.
Apply the paste all over your entire face avoiding the eye area. I like to apply to my décolletage (the front area of my neck, shoulders and upper chest). The decolletage should always get the same treatment as the face. Wait about a minute as the product settles on your skin.
Starting at the chin and using your index and middle fingers, work the product in a circular motion up and around your entire face. When you are confident that you have scrubbed all impurities from your skin, proceed to rinse your face with luke warm water.
Pat your face dry with a clean towel then apply your usual facial beautifying products.
And there you have it – a cheap and effective way to keep your skin glowing and fresh.
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