GROW AND GLOW!

Happy Skincare Sunday!

For women, Summer is a time when we try to cut back on wearing heavy makeup and let our skin breathe. This is partly due to the fact that it is hot and nobody wants to sweat through their foundation. Nonetheless, caring for your skin underneath that makeup is always just as important as the makeup itself. Here are some tips to give you that summer glow without doing or spending too much.

1. Moisturize-Although it is summer, it is still important to moisturize. Lightweight moisturizers are some of the best for the summer time due to the fact that the skin sweats and may over produce oils causing us to look more dewy than usual. Moisturizers like Cetaphil and Cerave are lightweight and will keep you glowing but not over oily. They retail for about $12-$15.

2. Essential Oils-Essential Oils are some of my favorite skin care products. As I have mentioned before, they do not have to be used only on the skin, but for this post they will. Oils like Rose Hip Seed, Lavender, Vitamin E, Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil are great moisturizing oils that penetrate deep into the skin to give the skin a healthy glow. If you have oily skin, Rose Hip Seed and Jojoba are perfect as they are lightweight and non-comedogenic, meaning they will not break you out. Essential Oils can be found in your local Drugstore or Amazon.com for $6-$14.

3. Vitamin D-The sun produces vitamin D which can make the skin look super rich and glowing. Hence, when you stand in the sun to take a selfie, you notice your skin looks better. Getting Vitamin D from the sun can give your skin a healthy glow but always remember to protect the skin from the UV Rays by wearing a skin protectant such as sun screen.

4. Vitamin C-You can get vitamin c from actual vitamins yes, but using a vitamin C serum can brighten your skin and also treat dark spots by lightening them to return to your normal skin tone. It is best recommended to do serums before your moisturizer and to wear a sunscreen over the serum because it can be acidic and make your dark spots even darker.

Tea Tree Oil

Happy Skin Care Sunday!!! As you may or may not know, Oils can be used on the skin and in your hair to help clear acne, strengthen edges, grow hair follicles and more. Typically, people opt for using what are called essential oils because they are known for their volatile scents and good health benefits. My favorite, Tea tree oil, comes from tea or paper bark trees. It derives from Australia and has long been used as an antiseptic. Anyone who has used this oil knows it has the most pungent smell, but, it has some great healing properties which you can find below:

  1. It is an antibacterial oil-It helps to cleanse the hair and skin by eliminating bacteria
  2. It can be applied to cuts-Because it is an antibacterial oil, you can use it to cleanse any cuts or burns as you would with any alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
  3. It can be used for acne-The oil can help dry out pimples
  4. It can be used for dark spots-Tea Tree oil dies out marks and cleanses them, prohibiting other bacteria to get into or near the skin cells.
  5. It can be used to stop coughs-The aroma of Tea Tree oil is strong enough to take out a cough
  6. It can help grow your hair-It can cleanse the hair of any dandruff and get deep inside the roots of your scalp

Not enough time

We all go through life thinking their are not enough hours in the day. I feel that all too often during a time when I have the most time I may ever have again. Prioritizing what needs to be in your day can help in fixing the “not enough time” problem. I was once told that when you feel there isn’t enough time, you make time; You especially make time for things that are important. Whenever you feel like there may not be enough hours in your day, set a schedule. I often find that setting a schedule helps me stay balanced and completing what needs to be done. Waking up early and going to bed early are also things that help me stay most productive. The saying “the early bird catches the worm” works for those willing to catch the worm. So, what are you willing to do to allow more flexibility in your life? That, remains up to you.

Beauty in the Struggle

Why is it that we always expect our lives to be perfect wihtout acknowledging are hardships? Those we idolize didn’t always have it easy, yet most times we think if we copy our idols, somehow we think we can get to the top faster than they did. The idea that there is beauty in the success, can be false. Yes, it is great to bask in your hard work and have people admire your accomplishments but I believe it is always better to appreciate the struggle before the success. Whether you believe it or not, every struggle has helped you to be a better person or to get where you are today. Struggle can make you stronger, work harder, and grow as a human being. Although, we never think so in the moment, there is beauty in the struggle.

Style your fro

One of the many things I love about natural hair, is how versatile it is. Over the past year I have grown to love all of the different hairstyles I am able to achieve. Most recently, I have learned to love my natural afro even more. I find that alot of people don’t like wearing their natural afro because they feel like it doesn’t have as much texture or it looks plain. But, it doesn’t always have to. The best part about the fro, is that you can dress it up or down. Below are some tips to make your fro pop to your perfection!

  1. Add Accessories-you can always add a little more style to your fro by adding clips, pins, flowers, etc.
  2. Add styling creams-If you are looking to add more texture, try adding a style cream to enhance more curls or even adding extra moisture or shine
  3. Add parting-You will be surprised how much of a difference adding a parting space can make to your fro. This can help your fro look more styled than it really is! shhh!
  4. Stretch it out- Afro picks are great for providing extra volume to unstretched hair. Try using an afro pick to achieve more volume and length!
  5. Add color-With summer approaching, adding color to your hair can make it hot or not! Color often makes your curls pop even more, and what better way to make your crown stand out than having it be a different color?

Everything I’m not made me everything I am

I’m not an extrovert.

You don’t need to be

Life has a way of throwing extroverts at you and letting you feel as though that is your only option.

Be that or be nothing.

No.

Be you.

Be unapologetically you.

I know a lot of observers, they make the best visionaries.

They have the best personalities and no one will know. Why? Because I’m not loud or assertive enough for you?

But I’m here.

In all my glory. Standing so far out of this world you can’t even see because you are so far away. Not in the literal sense but in the mind. You’ve been poisoned to think introverts are weird, standoffish, stuck-up.

But you are so vain.

We aren’t even looking at you. We are looking through you.

We can sense your pain, your fake smile, your insecurities.

You want to be heard too but express it in the most obvious way.

That’s how most people are trained. To gravitate toward the loudest person in the room.

What if I told you that the loudest person isn’t always the most confident, the most secure, the most fearless. Would you not idolize them? Would you lead instead of follow? And would you be yourself. The self that introverts know all along. Some of us, we like to be alone, to spend time with ourselves. In return we develop a sense of awareness, so that by the time you even realize it we are miles ahead.

It’s okay, this isn’t meant to bash you or behoove you.

Extroverts are the plant. Introverts are the soil. Deeply overlooked, grossly undervalued, and never too much.

I don’t need to laugh or smile to show how happy I am. I am happy because I am me.

And Everything I’m not made me everything I am.