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Monday, July 27, 2020

How to Soften Your Natural Locks!!!

                                                            Full Jar Of Grain Of Rice On Pink Background Stock Photo - Image of food,  eating: 175737008

     So, it's summer and not only did I have to change up my skin regimen but also my hair regimen. If you've read any of my previous blog posts you know that my hair is 100% natural. I do not use any chemicals to process my hair. Currently, I have been searching for ways to soften my hair. Of course I use moisturizers but because of summer heat my hair reverts back to extreme dryness. Dryness leads to breakage and I definitely want to prevent breakage. So my regimen currently consists of daily moisturizers, a hot oil treatment every two weeks, and a protein treatment/deep condition once a month. So, my sister sent me a link to a Zoom broadcast that showed ways to take care of your natural hair. It was very informative and it made me realize that I needed to develop a routine and stick to it. The main thing that stood out for me was something to make my hair softer. The speaker said that rice water was a way to soften your hair. So now every Wednesday I give my hair a wash with rice water and my moisturizing shampoo. 

Benefits of Rice Water!
     Rice water detangles hair, makes hair smoother, increases shine, makes hair stronger and helps hair grow long.  Rice water reduces surface tension and increases the hairs elasticity. The starch in rice is where the benefits come from. 

How to make rice water?
    If you cook rice, then you can make rice water.  Soaking is the quickest  way to make rice water.  Here's what I do every Wednesday of the week:
1. I take 1/2 cup of uncooked rice
2. rinse thoroughly
3. I place it in a bowl with 2-3 cups of water.
4. Leave it to soak for 30 minutes.
5. Strain the rice water into a clean bowl.

    I also warm my water in the microwave for 2 minutes so it's not so cold. That's totally optional. You do not have to warm it.  Another way to make rice water is by boiling the rice. Simply cover 1/2 cup of rice with double the water as if you are going to cook it.  Cook the rice in the boiling water and strain the rice water into a clean bowl before use. Also, if you are frugal like I am and do not like wasting, you can take the rice, add some more water and cook it.  That way it won't mildew and head for the garbage disposal.

Want more out of your rice water solution?
  It's been said that fermented rice has more antioxidants.  Antioxidants may rejuvenate hair and skin cell damage, which is why they are ingredients in beauty products. So its really easy to ferment your rice water. All you have to do follow  the above steps 1-4 of the soaking method. Then before you strain it, leave the rice water to sit at room temperature for up to 2 days to ferment it. After 2 days strain the rice water into a clean bowl before use.

How to use rice water?
   Can you believe it? You can replace a store bought conditioner with your rice water. Here's what you should do:
1. Wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo.
2. Rinse your hair with tap water.
3. Pour the rice water onto the hair.
4. Massage the rice water into your hair and scalp.
5. Leave it in your hair for up to 20 minutes.
6. Finally, rinse your hair with warm tap water.

My Takeaway!
   I love that I have a solution that I can create myself in the comfort of my home. I love the way rice water makes my hair feel and so does my daughter because, she's always passing her fingers through my hair. I also feel more comfortable wearing my hair naturally without a wig or a wrap. I plan to continue to implement the rice water in my weekly routine. Finally, I can't wait to see it's long-term effects on my hair.

Monday, July 20, 2020


                                                       Summer, Summer Flat Lay, Flat Lay, Flatlay, Hat
     Now that summer is here, there's one thing I do not leave home with out: SUNSCREEN!!! In this post I'll be discussing why sunscreen is important, what is SPF, and things I use to protect my skin from the rays of the sun.  I'm African American and because my skin tone is brown,  I didn't think I had to wear sunscreen. I was wrong because, in the summer I thought had bouts of  dry skin. It wasn't dry skin; my skin was peeling due to sunburn. So sunscreen became an essential for me.

Why Sunscreen?
    Sunscreen is also known as sunblock. Sunscreen can be applied in different forms such as: lotions, gels, foams, spays, or sticks. Sunscreen reflects the sun's UV rays (ultraviolet rays) and helps protect your skin from sunburn. Ultraviolet rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that is present in sunlight. Frequent exposure to UV rays is what causes sunburn and consequently contributes to skin cancer. Sunscreen can slow down the appearance of dark spots, sagging skin and wrinkles. So if you are going for a stroll on the beach on a hot summer day protect yourself with sunscreen.

What's SPF?
    SPF stands for (Sun Protection Factor).  It's the measurement of the amount of time a sunscreen will protect you from UV rays. So some products will show SPF15 or SPF50 on the label. Here's how you calculate how long it will protect your skin: If you tend to burn after 30 minutes of exposure to the sun then you multiply 30 times 15. That is 450 minutes. Then divide 450 by 60. That gives you about 7.5 hours of protection while in the sun.  Most sunscreens wear off due to other elements or just not applying enough. So you really should reapply more sunscreen every two hours if you plan to be out in the sun for long periods of time.  

Here are some inexpensive products I use year round but is also great for sun exposure: 

1. Mary Kay Sun care Sunscreen SPF50
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     This sunscreen provides a very high level of sun protection for intense outdoor exposure, such as during outdoor recreational activities like goin to the beach.  It also helps prevent sunburn, reduces the risk of skin cancer and reduces the risk of premature skin aging when used regularly, as directed and in combination with other sun protection measures. It is lightweight, oil-free for both the face or body.  Get this; it is also water-resistant and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturized.  To learn more visit https://www.marykay.com/hsouzey/en-us/products/body-and-sun/concern/sun/mary-kay-sun-care-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-spf-50-10054250

2. Mary Kay Foundation Primer SPF 15
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    This product is one of my favorites because, I use it under my makeup or without makeup.  It has two-in-one benefits. Mary Kay foundation primer sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 15 acts as an invisible buffer that not only fills in imperfections, but also acts like a magnet to give your foundation real staying power. I apply it after my moisturizer. It is lightweight and glides on effortlessly. It dries quickly and is formulated to diffuse light which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.  Plus, this formula is not only oil-free, but it also contains an ingredient that absorbs excess oil as an added bonus. This is a plus for me because, I have oily/combination skin.  Most of  all it provides a layer of broad-spectrum SPF15 for full sun protection!  To learn more visit https://www.marykay.com/hsouzey/en-us/products/all/mary-kay-foundation-primer-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-spf-15-110601

3. Mary Kay CC Cream
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Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 also known as a complexion corrector acts like makeup to instantly correct complexion imperfections while formulated like skin care to help nurture skin's beauty tomorrow. It delivers eight benefits in one step:  protects, brightens, corrects, minimizes redness, conceals, hydrates, reduces visible signs of aging and defends. So if you don't have lots of time in the morning for makeup, MK CC Cream is quick and easy.  To learn more visit https://www.marykay.com/hsouzey/en-us/search?searchTerm=cc%20cream


Friday, July 17, 2020

Beauty Finds $22 and Under!!

2 Reasons you should Exfoliatiate your skin

    I know it's been a while, but I'm back with some more tips for beautiful glowing skin. Exfoliation is one way you can achieve several results. I haven't been really keen on exfoliation simply because, I didn't know what really worked. Also, I have sensitive skin and I didn't want adverse reactions.
 Now that I am older, I really do see the benefits of exfoliation. First, I'm going to explain what exfoliation means and then I'm going to share 2 reasons why you should exfoliate regularly.

What is Exfoliation?  
     Exfoliation involves the removal of dead skin cells on the skins outermost surface. You can exfoliate your skin with a process called microdermabrasion.  Microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure that uses tiny crystals or exfoliating surfaces to help remove the layer of dead skin cells.  When stratum corneum (the top layer of skin) your body thinks it has an injury. Your body then quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new healthy skin cells.

2 Reasons you Should Exfoliate:
    1. Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
        Exfoliation reduces the appearance of fine lines and gently refines skin's texture as it removes surface dead skin cells and build-up from pores. It helps to tighten the look of pores. With pores cleared of build-up and dead skin cells. 
    2. Minimize Pores
         Large pores are a sure sign of aging skin. Large pores are also more common among people with acne. So minimizing pores will help aging  skin and acne. Therefore, exfoliation can also help with scars due to acne.

2 things I use in my Daily/Weekly Routine:

    1. Skinvigorate Sonic Brush
Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush | Mary Kay
It is clinically shown to remove four times more dirt, oil, impurities, makeup and pollutants than hand-cleansing alone. It gets in hard to reach places and it help to soothe acne. I am even seeing a reduction in acne scars. I also use my Skinvigorate Sonic brush twice a day with my favorite MK cleanser. To learn more visit https://www.marykay.com/hsouzey/en-us/products/skincare/skin-care-tools/skin-care-skinvigorate-brush/skinvigorate-sonic-skin-care-system-302023

    2. Microdermabrasion/ Pore Refine:
TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Plus Set Deluxe Mini | Mary Kay
It dramatically improves skin texture. It visibly improves the look of fine lines and immediately pores look smaller. I use this set once a week along with the Skinvigorate Sonic Brush no more than 60 seconds. My skin feels smoother and my makeup goes on more smoothly.

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