When I was working as a cosmetician, I was often asked by clients what was the secret to beautiful skin. Of course, there are the myriad of products as well as the basics; cleansing your skin day and night, moisturizing, sun protection and finding products that are suitable for your skin type and skin needs. But the biggest “secret” of all is sticking to your regimen day and night – sounds to simple to be true? When clients would come back to the store to return products, their number one complaint was that they were not working. I would ask if they had been following the regimen daily and some clients would hesitate before telling me that it was more like every other day. And for those who had been using the products religiously, I would ask how long it’s been, most likely than not it was just a couple of days. Of course, you should stop using products that are irritating or if you’re suffering from an allergic reaction, but you should give new products at least three weeks to work. This does not mean that you will see results until the three week mark, but in order to determine what a product can do for your skin, it needs time to work. You must be diligent and stick to your new regimen for a while. You should also avoid trying five new products at the same time, slowly start introducing products into your regimen one at a time. You can keep a diary of how your skin is reacting to the product (this is especially good for those suffering from more severe skin issues (or have reactive skin) as it allows you to track your progress and eliminate products that are doing zilch).

Not everything is a quick fix, remember that!

Thought I’d share a product I’ve newly introduced into my skin care regimen. I first heard about this from Gabrielle Union, she shared in an Elle magazine interview that her glow is partly due to using 100% Pure Camellia Oil. And have you seen her skin?! If it’s good enough for Gabrielle, it’s good enough for me. Upon researching, the brand Silkia had pretty good reviews.

I’ve been using it for about a month now and so far so good. Paired with my humidifier, I’ve been able to manage my dehydrated skin and I’ve started getting back my glow (in my head, I glow like J. Lo).

The oil is not too thick, there’s no unpleasant smell or really any smell. I apply it after my evening moisturizer, a couple of drops in my hand, then I pat it onto my face before massaging in circular motions. My  skin feels more plump and I haven’t broken out, been excessively oily, it has mainly been an added moisturizing component to my facial routine. For now, it’s a keeper, but I do want to continue trying out a few more oils before I can stamp this as holy grail.

Have you tried Camellia Oil? Any oils you’ve loved and would recommend? Comment below!