2021 is shaping up to be the year we get back to our beauty routines.
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Taking care of your skin means much more than just washing your face a couple of times a day. What we consume in our diets makes all the difference—drinking enough water, eating healthy fats, consuming vitamin C, and amino acids can have a huge effect on the health of our skin.
I always say; why pay for store-bought face masks or scrubs when you can make them at home? Whether you have oily, dry or sensitive skin, it’s simple to add a little natural glow to your skincare routine with these two easy, homemade recipes!
Every few weeks, my skin loves a good exfoliation. I use two simple ingredients that can be found in almost any kitchen: coconut oil and sugar! Packed with vitamin E and saturated fats that are amazing at repairing your skin and keeping the moisture in, you can use this combination on your face—and your body.
- 5 tablespoons of organic sugar
- 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Dried rose petals
- Your favorite essential oil—mine is frankincense!
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Softly apply to skin in circular motions to exfoliate and moisturize.
- Rinse your face with warm water and enjoy that fresh moisturized feeling!
- If you have scrub leftover, store in a sealed glass container for future use.
Does your skincare stash include a clay mask? If not, you’re missing out! Not only does clay naturally purify your skin, but it works on all skin types and lasts forever so you can use it more than just a one-and-done sheet mask. While my go-to mask is one you can find at any health food store, I like to add my own spin to it—and utilize my coconut bowl and spoon for mixing so everything is metal-free!
- 2 tablespoons of healing clay
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of water
- In a non-metal bowl, mix equal parts clay with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and water. If it is still thick and has powder clumps in it add a bit more water or if its too runny add a bit more clay.
- Combine until mask has a creamy consistency and spread ½ to ¼ inch layer on to your clean face.
- For sensitive skin, let the mask dry for 5 to 10 minutes. For normal skin, let dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove clay mask by washing your face with warm water. Apply for favorite face moisturizer and enjoy your smooth skin!
- If you have extra, trying using the clay farther down your neck, or even on your underarms for a refreshing detox!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!