Skin Milk: Nneka Ibeabuchi’s Cult Beauty Favorites

It has been said time and time again: what you allow onto (and into) your skin matters — through the topical treatments you choose, the foods you consume daily, the number of times you wake up with a hangover, etc. There exists a group of women who are well-versed in dissecting ingredient lists, with the keen ability to separate carcinogens from fillers and everything in between. Our editors can be found on either end of the spectrum, with some more leaning towards clean beauty than others. After all, selecting products to fill precious space on bathroom shelves is a deeply personal process, involving so much more than the argument of natural versus chemical. For some, functionality — read: a product that works — is the only aspect that matters. For others, simplicity is key. The endless combinations that eventually evolve (and continue to expand) into one’s preferred routine is precisely why we love to talk beauty shop in the first place, and the reason why our Skin Milk series was born.

We already knew Nneka Ibeachbuchi was cool (be sure to check out her full interview here if you don’t believe us). Nneka’s appeal is effortless. But, in a world of FaceTune and Kardashian-inspired fillers, what sets the freelance model apart has to be her uncomplicated approach to beauty. “I only use natural products on my skin and body, or naturally infused products,” she told Bleu. You won’t find ingredients you can’t pronounce or the latest and greatest in fussy tools on her list, either. Opting to reach for things that work best for her oil-prone and sensitive skin, Nneka’s “it” list is pretty straightforward and compiled of items you can pick up at most any local beauty store (think: Ulta, Target, Walgreens), often ringing in at a wallet-friendly price, too, which is greatly appreciated.

Nneka's product stash.
Nneka's product stash.

Tell us a bit about your morning routine.  “It’s the same every day. I have oily, sensitive skin, so I prefer to use natural products — nothing too harsh. I wash my face with Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap and warm water (warm water is great to wash your face in the morning, as it awakens your skin). Then, I rinse my face and pat it dry. I use apple cider vinegar as my toner. I dilute the vinegar with water to balance out my pH levels, let it dry, and then I cut a part of my aloe vera plant and rub the gel all over my face and let it air dry. I use my Dr. Bronner’s lotion to moisturize and Ambi Fade Spot Cream to finish.”

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Tell us a bit about your makeup.  “I always go for a natural face, but beat: foundation, concealer, light contour, and lashes, sometimes.”

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Tell us about your haircare.  “[Laughs] I pick out what wig I want to wear for the day and go.”

Tell us a bit about your body and beauty routine from the inside out.  “It’s like I eat healthy without even trying to eat healthy. [Laughs] 85% of the time, I consume healthy food and snacks. I’m also not a fan of prescribed medication. I only do herbs and natural remedies because I feel like that’s a part of the reason they were put on this earth. I take daily vitamins, ride my bike, and meditate a lot which keeps me happy.”

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Tell us about your nightly routine.  “I love doing a mask with the St. Ives Scrub for 10 minutes. I then rinse it off, wash my face with my Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap, and then use my apple cider vinegar as a toner. I’ll let that dry and then I use my aloe plant gel again. I go to sleep with that on. Then, I wake up and do it all over again.”

Biggest beauty secret/advice?  “Stop picking your face people! If you have a tiny pimple on your face, let it be. It will eventually go away on its own and leave no dark spots behind.”

Written by: Tiana Lewis

Tiana Lewis is the 20-something Senior Managing Editor at The Bleu. She binge-watches reality TV on Bravo, throws a mean murder mystery party, and makes her bed every morning.

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