Glow Therapy: Candid Conversations With A Skin Specialist

So I’m having an event in NYC! Think of it as a TEDtalk for all things beauty and wellness related. I’ll be breaking down the functions of the skin, how you can get the most out of your seasonal skin care routines & much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask me any questions you might have about beauty (even professional questions). The best part is you will receive a free skin consultation from me as well! I hope to see all your beautiful faces there ❤ I’m so excited to meet you!

Here’s the link!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glow-therapy-candid-conversations-with-a-skin-specialist-tickets-42162783019

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Coming Soon: Mask Mondays!

You know what pisses me off? Seeing tutorials and skin care vids of women with beat faces sparingly applying mask products to their face. As if they are completely unaware that the skin around their brows, mouth and eyes also needs to be tended to. After providing these women with one too many views, I have decided that I will begin a weekly Periscope broadcast featuring myself and some of my fav masks and other products. Those tuning in will be able to ask me health, beauty and wellness questions. So you’ve got a week to download the app and follow. Can’t wait to see you there!

Not into livestreams and such? No problem! I’ll bring the best questions, suggestions and ideas here for your consumption.

My Esthetic Journey

It started at 30,000 feet in the sky while I was working a flight. In one of my many former lives, I was a flight attendant. As a result of being overworked, my body was completely unbalanced, my sleep was irregular, my diet was horrible, my vitamin intake was dangerously low, I had chronic muscle pain, and my skin suffered. I was 21 years old. I have always had issues with anemia and menstrual pain. Every month (since the age of 9), I would get sick and have to call out of work or miss school to deal with uncontrollable fainting and vomiting. I was usually good about keeping track of my period, but this time, it snuck up on me like a thief in the night. I was fed up. I fought through the sickness, worked my flights for the day and immediately went to my hotel room to writhe in pain and research ways to change my life.

With the wonder that is the internet, I expanded my knowledge of natural health remedies, herbs, and wellness. I found out ways to improve my lifestyle and adjust to finding healthier options while I was out traveling. I learned basic food knowledge from documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Food Inc. The more I uncovered about the relationship between diet, self care, and beauty, the more interested I became in pursuing it as a career. I also began to heavily consider my future as a flight attendant. Was I willing to trade off my health for a lifestyle I wasn’t truly satisfied with? No. So, I took the steps to enroll in the esthetics program at Aveda Institute New York. I chose them because I felt their ayurvedic approach to skincare and company philosophy aligned the most with my interests.

Since completing the program almost 2 years ago, I expand my professional horizons by learning as much as I can from whomever I can at all times. This means attending lectures and hands on skincare courses. The best resource for that is The International Dermal Institute which offers courses in every major city. Also, subscribing to professional newsletters and publications is extremely helpful. They notify you of new technologies and methods related to your field. But the best teacher is always experience. Practice whatever your craft is on anyone who is willing to be your guinea pig. Try everything you can. Understand that nothing great was built in a day. Then go build!

 

J.One Products 

Time for a product review! I have been consistently using the J.One Product line for about a month and I’m very very pleased with the results thus far! In autumn, my skin goes through a crazy transition similar to that of a sponge drying in the desert. I go from bronze goddess to dusty crunchy gray girl. Seriously, it gets bad. So during the colder months, my skin needs a cleanser that’s less stripping and a moisturizer that is richer for more protection. This line has been everything I needed and more. 

The J.One Jelly Cleanser is the most gentle I’ve ever used. It leaves my face feeling clean yet nourished. 

The J.One Jelly Pack is still a magical mystery to me. I was first introduced to it as a a sort of primer to help your makeup application smoother and longer lasting. I experimented with it in the summer as an alternative to a moisturizer because I loved the way it hydrated my face without leaving and residue. I rarely ever wear a full face of makeup but when I do, the Jelly Pack helps to make it appear more blended. It is a great pair with my airbrush foundation. 

Right now, I use apply the products in the order they appear in the photo. The last one being the J.One Hana Cream. The jar is small but there is a big reward inside! A bunch of little beads of moisturizer which makes it nearly impossible to overuse the product (which most people tend to do with moisturizers). It helps to nourish the skin even more and seals in the Jelly Pack product. 

I have noticed my face feeling cleaner for longer and producing less oil under my makeup. I definitely recommend this product line. It’s non comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores) and not made with any parabens or bad stuff which is very important to me. you can check out the line here

Wonderful World of Waxing

Every beauty routine performed should be with the intention of protecting/preserving the skin in the most effective way possible. Not only because it is the first thing people see when they look at us, but because it is the sponge by which our bodies interact with the world. Everything we put on it has an effect on our body’s inner workings.

Whenever asked the age old waxing vs. shaving question, I always say waxing. However, not all wax is created equal. Many contain alcohols and chemicals that can be detrimental to skin health and cause a more painful wax. I never recommend waxing yourself at home (because lots of people burn themselves and just dont know what the fuxk they’re doing) but if you absolutely must, here are some at home brands that I would recommend trying.

1.Shea Moisture Wax Honey Sugar – Yes! the same Shea Moisture that makes all the natural hair and skin care body products! 🙂

2.Moom Express Pre Wax Strips (for leg & body)

3.Parissa Hair Removal: Organic Cane Sugar

Here are tips to achieve your best at home wax:

  1. Make sure the skin is clean and dry. Any moisture, dirt, or makeup will get in the way of your wax!
  2. For a more even, smooth wax, exfoliate at least 24 hours before
  3. If you use a wax that needs to be heated, CHECK THE TEMPERATURE or your inner wrist before applying it anywhere on your body

 

 

P.S. If you shave, don’t.

Self Care = Self Love

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good (or bad) crop top in the summer. Something about the hot sun beating down on my brown belly just makes me feel… powerful lol. One day, while riding in the elevator of my mother’s building, a neighbor (an older black woman) looked at my bare stomach and asked “Please tell me how you get your stomach flat like that!”. Me being the shy and goody ass person I am grins and tells her the truth “I don’t eat meat, try to stay away from processed foods, don’t eat much dairy, and drink lots of water”. She looked extremely disappointed. As if she wanted me to tell her which brand of SkinnyTea and waist trainer I wore. Her response was a dry “See that’s too much! I love my chicken and pork too much.” That women went on to die of a heart attack that very same evening. I’m lying. She’s probably still alive eating fried chicken with her bonnet on as we speak. That is neither here nor there.

To me, self care is equivalent to self love. The method(s) by which you care for the vessel that is your body says a lot about what you think about yourself and your own purpose. For example, if you believe your purpose is to be a runner, you will train and nourish your body in a manner that allows you to be the most efficient runner on the track. Bring to mind a purpose for your own body. What is it that you could do to prepare yourself for that purpose?

My point is, if you want to be the best version of yourself, there are no shortcuts. All of the work must be done from the inside out because life/change occurs in that very same motion. All change begins in the mind. My personal approach to beauty is the very same: from the inside out. Here, I will be sharing and exploring with you the world of beauty through some new and some old trends/traditions. You can ask me questions about anything (even if its not related to beauty). I’ll be sharing some of my favorite routines and products with you as well 🙂