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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
What's One of the Best Moisturizers for Your Skin From the Neck Down?
From the neck down, your body is treated like a second fiddle. All of the attention is given to your face. What about the rest of you? There are plenty of products you can use for your skin.
However if you're looking for the best moisturizer for your skin below your neck, I'll go with a body oil.
Gotcha!! Most of you were probably thinking a body butter. Don't get me wrong, body butters are great. However, body oils can provide you with so many benefits. It will all depend on the combination of oils for your skin.
Some of you experience more dryness than others. This dryness could be caused by dehydration. Or … it could mean that you need to exfoliate and remove layers of dead skin cells.
Dead skin cells sitting on top of your skin, causes it to look dull, gray and ashy. They also will not allow any butters, creams or oils to penetrate and be absorbed into your skin to moisturize it.
Exfoliation is a way of prepping your skin to receive the oils you're about to use.
What Are The Best Oils To Use From the Neck Down?
Oils can offer many benefits to your skin. They protect your skin from weather and dryness. Did you know that during winter months oils can help retain body warmth? Yeah … oils lock the moisture inside your skin. If you're like most Black women, you've got a love affair with oils.
I'll keep it simple. You've nine out of ten times got them in your pantry or cabinet.
Let's take a look at some of the great oils for body care:
Olive Oil makes a great moisturizing oil. It can be a bit heavy during summer months, so choose a refined version. It's lighter in texture and doesn't have the heavy smell as if you're about to be prepped for good.
Olive oil has antioxidants that protect your skin against environmental damage and inflammation. It's been used to heal cracked heels and makes a wonderful added addition to body scrubs.
Coconut Oil absorbs into your skin but not too quickly. It will solidify in colder temps, yet when applied to your skin it melts upon contact. Fractionated coconut oil is a liquid version that does not solidify in cooler temps. It's definitely better for oil blends if you don’t want the hassle of it going solid on you.
Coconut oil is known to help reduce inflammation, keep your skin moisturized and helps heal wounds.
Avocado and Almond Oils are similar to olive oil. They are high in omega-9 fatty acids. Avocado oil has beta carotene, protein fatty acids, vitamins A,D and E. These are known to help moisturize and protect your skin from UV rays as well as increase collagen.
Almond oil is rich in antioxidants. It's excellent for moisturizing your skin and improving its complexion over time.
Jojoba Oil is very compatible to the natural oil in your skin. You might not have this oil in your pantry. It's a bit more costly than the other oils mentioned but worth the purchase. You might want to save this one for your face.
It has anti-inflammatory properties as well as vitamin E and B-complex. this helps repair skin challenges. If you can add a small amount to your body oil blends, it will be worth it.
Body Care From the Neck Down
The skin on your body from the neck down takes the abuse of any fabrics you wear as clothing. Why do I use the word abuse? The clothes you wear are made of synthetic fabrics for the most part.
Synthetic fibers and fabrics don't allow your skin to breathe. They can also cause skin rash and breakouts.
In addition to a good body moisturizer, Use a mild cleanser. One that will not dry your skin out. Dr. Bonner's Castile soap is a good place to start. It's gentle enough and not formulated as a harsh detergent.
Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least twice a month. You know it as giving yourself a body scrub. Be gentle! Don't rub so hard you cause friction and break your skin surface.
Your skin will thank you for the kindness you give it. That's it for this week. As always …
Dedicated to Your Beauty.
Juliette Samuel, Esthetician/Author/Publisher