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African American Women and the Cost of Beauty

Photo Credit: Keletso Rabalao on Unsplash Have you ever been in a relationship and knew it was time to sever your ties? All the signs were on the wall, but you kept telling yourself, “I’ll give it one more try.” Knowing all along you should’ve cut your losses and walked away. Well … that’s the inevitable truth with my relationship with Sundial Brands’ Shea Moisture. I’ve been irked since I read the news that Unilever acquired Sundial Brands, one of the largest producers of hair and skincare products for African American women, in November 2017. Darn it! Yet another company specializing in products for African Americans has delivered its loyal supporters into the hands of a beauty brand that not...

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Sugar: A Sweet Treat for Dry Skin

  Sugar may not be the best thing for your stomach, but it’s sweet relief to your dry skin. As fall settles in and the cold, dry winter months are bearing down on its heels, you might be feeling the beginnings of dry skin. Thanks to Cleopatra, we are gifted with the revered sugar scrubs. With a little extra pampering, you can fend off dry, flaky skin before it makes a home on your body. Body scrubs are great for exfoliation. They gently remove the outer layer of your skin. Thus, eliminating dead skin cells, dirt and oil. This facilitates in unclogging your pores and exposing healthier looking skin. Body scrubs are blended with sugars, moisturizing oils, sea salts, and...

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6 Haircare Tips for Winter Survival

    Photo Credit: Ralph Evans on Unsplash   “I do not want soft, shiny, healthy hair,” said no one ever. After the intense rays of the summer sun and before the dry, chilly winter months, you need to give your tresses some tender loving care. Here are some pointers to keep your mane on point during the transition of the seasons and temperature levels. We all enjoy summer. Getting out in the sun, cooking out, going to the beach and the pool. Your hair -- not so much. With prolonged exposure, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can damage the outer layer of your hair (cuticle). When your hair starts to feel dry, brittle, looks discolored, frizzy, and has...

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9 Reasons Why Your Skin Loves Pomegranate Seed Oil

It’s no wonder pomegranates have been called the ‘fruit of paradise’. Only something from paradise can have such amazing benefits for your body internally and externally. Pomegranates, with their thick reddish skin, may be hard to eat and messy, but they are nutrient dense and rejuvenating for your skin. Benefits of Pomegranate for Skin Rich in vitamin B. Vitamin B Complex increases hydration in dry or sensitive skin giving it a healthy glow. Antioxidant vitamin C helps fight free radicals, which are responsible for wrinkles and sagging and helps collagen (responsible for skin strength and elasticity) production. Vitamin C also aids in smoothing, firming skin and fading brown spots. Antioxidant vitamin E helps skin retain its natural moisturizers to keep...

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Skin Aging and Ethnicity

As a child, I always heard African American women reply, “Black doesn’t crack,” when someone complimented their ageless skin. As an adult, I reply similarly when people ask my secret to ageless skin. That got me thinking. Is there any scientific truth to that statement, or is it just old-timers’ conjecture? Honestly, I thought it was just conjecture. But researchers disproved my hypothesis. “Black doesn’t crack” is real. In all fairness to my Hispanic/Latina and Asian sisters, their skin is ageless, too. “How so?” you ask. In order to understand the age-associated changes in your skin, you must look at the biophysical (cells, molecules, genes) properties of skin.  Let’s start with melanin.  Melanin is what gives your skin its color....

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