Beauty is more than what you look like on the outside. How you feel on the inside is a big deal. With that in mind, I felt like sharing my favorite parts of my beauty regimen that make me feel beautiful inside and out.
Keeping a journal – Whether it is handwritten in a notebook, a poem, a weird thought I add to my notes on my phone, or a blog post- writing my thoughts is extremely cathartic to me. I enjoy going back and reading past thoughts and seeing how much I have changed. Many people faithfully journal everyday but I journal when I can.
Therapy– Soon after Thandiwe was born, I started seeing a therapist. Not only because of my postpartum anxiety, but also because I wanted to put my best foot forward as a new parent and that meant dealing with some emotionally heavy stuff. POC rarely speak about mental health issues and African’s speak even less about it (we tell people who are mentally ill that they are bewitched or they have demons #gottalovemypeople) Getting help was amazing and made me feel so much better.
Floss Gloss – Most nail polishes are toxic and smell terrible. Up until a year ago I was on the look out for a great nail polish. Floss gloss is made in the U.S.A., cruelty- free, vegan and 7 free! I’m a fan and they are the only polish I use.
Probiotics – When everything is running smoothly internally, I feel great. I try to take a regular probiotic or eat fermented foods to aid my digestion and boost the health of my microbiome.
Almond oil – I know that coconut oil is having its moment in the sun, but almond oil is an unsung hero. I use it on my face, on my body and my hair and I find it more moisturizing than coconut oil .
Shea moisture – I cannot sing enough praises about range of this products other than that I wish their packaging was better. I’ve used their body creams, hair products, soaps and I love them. I am currently using their low-porosity conditioner on my hair and my fro is loving it. A happy afro makes for a happy me.
Homemade body spray – Several years ago I used to be a Victoria’s secret body spray junkie. I stopped after I discovered just what I was spraying on my body. Now I create my own body sprays with my essential oils and tailor them to my mood. My current favorite recipe is below.
Whenever I incorporate these things into my life I feel amazing and look amazing. What are some things you have in your beauty arsenal?