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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.
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Detox your skin? A multilevel approach to caring for your beautiful Black skin is more than just a diet. The average person is exposed to thousands of chemical substances every day.
On top of that, a poor choice in what you eat, lack of exercise, insufficient nutrition and let’s not forget a lack of water can overload your livers ability to properly detox your body.
What do you think the results will be for you? Fatigue, depression, sluggishness and guess what else?
One way to take care of a dull complexion is to have a black skin care regimen. It's the secret to black skin care.
So you decide to go on a detox “diet”, hoping that you can feel that burst of energy and bring life back into your dull, dry, ashy skin. Some of you will decide to participate in this ritual once a year, twice a year, maybe even every quarter.
It’s important to remember that while detoxing can certainly help you achieve your short-term beauty goals, chances are you’ll slip back into your less-than-healthy lifestyle habits, and your skin will eventually find itself looking as it did before.
So, how can you have and maintain your beautiful Black skin? It has to be a lifestyle change and choice. Because you can’t live in a bubble, how about taking a different course of action and changing the way you live? This is not a small feat, but when you decide to change how you live and what you take into your body, the rewards can be great!
Detoxing is not about starving yourself. It’s about introducing pure and healthy nutrients into you body while avoiding as many harmful elements as possible and clearing out toxins that may have accumulated in your body. This can include fasting, yes, but it doesn’t have to.
There are many different detox kits, teas and herbs on the market that can be helpful as well. If you have questions on what products may work for you, talk to a dermatologist or an alternative health practitioner. There are even certain foods, such as fiber-rich vegetables and lemons that can help clean your body of toxins.
A Few Useful Ways to Detoxify Include:
Dry Skin Brushing
Your skin is the body’s largest organ for eliminating toxins and wastes, though sometimes your pores can be clogged. Why? There are a number of reasons for it. For example, your own dry skin cells have accumulated on the outer layers of your skin without being scrubbed off. Using mineral-oil based moisturizers or wearing tight-fitting clothes can also cause your pores to clog. And as a result, your skin will look rather lifeless, dull and rough.
The purpose of skin dry brushing is to slough off the outer layers of the skin, allowing the pores to breathe and detoxify more effectively. It’s a great daily ritual to do in the morning, though some people may prefer to do it at the end of the day instead. It doesn’t really matter.
Use a vegetable-fiber bristled brush, preferably with a long handle to help you reach hard-to-reach areas on your back. Brush all over your body (except your chest and face) for about 10 minutes in a circular motion when your skin is completely dry.
Don’t scrub too hard until you look all red. Use just enough pressure to make your skin feel clean and glowing. Then jump into a warm shower or bath. Try to avoid having a hot shower and bath because hot water can actually make your skin more dry.
Have a detox bath once a week to eliminate toxins and pamper your skin. Just add the following to warm bath water: 1 cup baking soda (to help neutralize the acids in the toxins), 1 cup Epsom salts (to draw more fluids and toxins out of the skin), 5 drops lavender essential oil (gentle antiseptic), 5 drops chamomile essential oil (anti-inflammatory and antifungal) and 5 drops lemongrass essential oil (skin revitalizer). Don’t use lemongrass essential oil, however, if you have sensitive skin.
This skin tea recipe may help relieve various skin problems, including acne and psoriasis. It is also recommended for burn victims. This special skin tea consists of 1 1/2 parts dried nettle, 1 part dried calendula flowers, 1 part dried red clover flowers and 1/2 part dried lavender buds. You should be able to find these dried flowers and leaves at health food stores.
To make it, boil 1 quart of water. Remove from heat and add 4 – 5 teaspoons of tea mixture. Steep for about half an hour and then strain. If possible, try this tea after your bath – it’s comforting effects can help promote great sleep.
There are also various detox teas on the market, so talk to a qualified expert about one that may work for you.
Go to a sauna once a week if you can. It not only helps eliminate toxins, but also increases flexibility in your muscles and blood vessels. Besides, sitting in a sauna is quite relaxing; your stress and anxiety tends to go away during a nice steam bath.
Before you go to a sauna, however, consult your doctor if you are pregnant or have heart problems. Also remember to drink a lot of water before you get into a sauna. And if you feel ill or find it difficult to breathe, leave the sauna immediately.
Bringing a boost to your metabolism, water will accelerate the elimination of toxins and fat. It not only delivers nutrients to our cells and keeps our kidneys functioning well, but also aids in eliminating wastes and toxins.
Without enough water to help the body flush out waste, the body is basically like a pool of poisons, resulting in many kinds of health issues including skin problems. To have glowing and healthy skin, you have to drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water everyday. For even deeper cleansing, add a few slices of naturally-cleansing lemon to your water.
Also, be sure to get in your antioxidants. They are highly beneficial to the skin, protecting it from environmental damage and preventing premature aging. Have a serving of antioxidant-rich fruits every day. Some of the antioxidant-rich fruits are blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, pears, cherries, pomegranates and plum
These are just the first steps to any successful detox program. But by reducing your exposure to toxins, both in your environment and in your foods, you’re also reducing the amount of strain on your body.
Remember that your beauty is often determined by the quality of life, your lifestyle and your habits. Don't forget your skin care products. They play an important role as well.
That's it for this week. As always ...
Dedicated to Your Beauty,