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What's your greatest skin care challenge?
As women and a growing number of men of color, what's your greatest skin care challenge? Whether it's dark spots, uneven skin tone, dark circles,puffiness under your eyes or hair that won't grow, you'll find a product that can possibly become the solution to your challenge.
Moisturizers and ingredients that hydrate your skin will always be your best friend, for your face, body and hair. So look for products with nourishing and nurturing ingredients. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and jojoba oils are a few of the ingredients to keep on your list.
We've got new additions to our store for you. Essential oils have been known to help calm and soothe skin and scalp irritations. Although you'll find a sample kit on the hair category page, you can use them for any of your skin and hair care needs.
The hair care sample kit has been given an upgrade. We've increased the size of the container on the shampoo and conditioners and added a hair butter sample to the mix.
Although there's beauty in your blackness, your skin is sensitive and needs protection from the sun just like everyone else. So if you know you're challenged by sunburn, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil and create a nice body oil for yourself. It will bring comfort and beauty back to your skin.
We're listening to you and your suggestions, so keep an eye on the category pages and your emails for updates.
Until next time ...
Dedicated To Your Beauty
Changing The Way You Think Is Important For Reducing Stress
Can you train your mind to reduce stress? As black women we're inundated with stress on a daily basis. Whether it's our children, our jobs, husbands/partners or the walk to the corner store, stress is always looming over our heads.
We're not going to negate safety when moving about. However, we can say that by changing the way we think, we can take our brains in a different direction of thought. Wherever your mind directs, your body follows.
Before you can get your eyes opened good in the mornings, chances are you're focused on a dozen things that you have to take care of during the day. God forbid, one of your parents or children is in the hospital. You're exhausted before you get up. How do you calm the storm of stress waiting to set sail on your back today?
It's not always easy to find ways to reduce stress as it shows up in your life. There are, however, ways to help you wade through the maze.
How To Manage and Reduce Daily Stress
Meditation - Learning how to shut yourself off from distracting thoughts is crucial. Morning meditation is a way of focusing inward. When you wake up in the mornings, give thanks for your new day. Don't concentrate on bills or your job that you're not happy with. Instead, find a quiet place and give thanks for abundance and prosperity. Give thanks for the confidence and courage to move through your day with ease.
Find gratitude in having a place of work until you can move into the environment that really suites you. Be specific when asking or you’ll end up in another space that can possibly drain you.
It's easier if you show gratitude before you get out of bed. Oftentimes, once you get up, it's a wrap and you're into your day mentally and physically
Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with meditation. Finding essential oils, such as lavender, bergamot, frankincense or chamomile are excellent for calming and reducing stress.
Exercise is a great way to manage and reduce stress. If you live within walking distance from your job, Walk. Use your lunch hour to leave your place of employment and get fresh air by walking around the block. It will stimulate new ideas. This is a good idea even if you work from home.
There's always a salsa or yoga class once a week to ensure flexibility. The key is to keep your body in motion and stimulate your mind. Yes, this will help reduce stress.
Nutrition has a big role in reducing stress. When you eat foods that are too salty, too sweet or highly processed. This induces a level of stress on your entire body. Your blood, organs and skin, not to mention your mental ability. They all suffer.
Green foods, fresh vegetables, lots of water, grains and some nuts will enhance your health and reduce stress to your body. Struggling to walk because of inflammation is not fun. There are plenty of reports that show changes in ones health and stress level just by changing what you eat.
Caring For The Skin You’re In to Reduce Stress
Think your skin doesn't suffer when you're under stress? Think again! Breakouts, discoloration, dullness can all be attributed to stress. Of course a good skin care regimen is always needed. It can help remove dead skin cells or offer cleansers and moisturizers that don’t damage your skin.
At the end of the day, it goes back to eating, exercising and meditation. Your skin shows every sign of your mental state and thinking process.
Changing the Way You Think …
Yes, this process can definitely help in reducing your stress levels. Changing the way you think about yourself, helps you get rid of people that can often bring on added stress as well.
Get rid of well meaning/negative talking people. They will not help you move forward into a good space.
That’s it for this week. As always …
Dedicated to Your Beauty,