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Share your health & beauty tips beyond hair… *Recurring post*

Avatar • Apr 29, 2010

This is a post that I want to bring back ever so often to continue discussion. The advice in the comment box is invaluable. Don’t sleep on it 😉
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Originally posted on March 25, 2010

It started with my hair — the impulse to become more conscious about what I put into it and to research what it needed to be healthy. But now it’s spread to my skin and body. Being natural has increased my desire to be holistically healthy and beautiful. Here are six tips I’ve adopted of late…

1. Adequate Sleep. I used to notice that after a good night’s sleep my skin looked incredible. I didn’t think much of it until I learned that the body recharges itself at night. I’ve started to think of sleep as an active part of my health and beauty regimen.

2. Local Market Basket. My (soon to be) mother-in-law signed me up for a farmer’s market basket. It costs $9.00 and it’s full of fruits and vegetables from local farms. It’s delivered every weekend and it’s a great way to force me to eat fruits and veggies (which aren’t treated with pesticides.)

3. Eyebrow waxes. This is the only beauty related thing that I do RELIGIOUSLY. And it’s always a morale boost. I’m amazed at how a well-defined brow can open up the face. It’s a cheap way for me to instantly feel better.

4. Cutting out soda and sugary beverages. This is actually something I started when I was 16. My godmother is a doctor and at the time she advised my mom and I to keep soda intake to a minimum because of the dehydrating effects and high calorie content. Drinking less soda and sugary beverages has given me an opportunity to explore other options. I drink a lot of water. And right now I’m loving homemade tea chilled and mixed with tonic water. I get the flavor I want with health benefits I need.

5. Bathing with black soap. I recently adopted black soap for my facial regimen, and it’s graduated to my full-body regimen. Black soap is manufactured in Africa, and it’s basically a cleanser chock full of shea butter and other moisturizers. It’s incredibly gentle and I love the fact that it’s something I can use on my hair, on my face or on my body.

So there are 5 of my health & beauty tips. What are some of yours?

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target queen
10 years ago

well.im a raw foodist, if you wanna look 5 years younger…cut down on cooked and prepackaged foods. I excercise on a mini trampoline for a full body workout, 20 minutes on a trampoline is equivelant to 3 miles of jogging! and no impact on the joints! I never use soap on my skin or hair..for my face I use the oil cleansing method, and I moisturize with shea butter, avocado, and coconut oil, exfoliation is PARAMOUNT…baking soda is the cheapest and gentlest scrub you can use. for puffy eyes and dark circles ( both of which I was developing as I… Read more »

beautywithcurls
10 years ago

Well I Would Have To Add To That More Water, Then Some More Water. Multi-vitamins, and eating smaller means every 2–6 hours about 4–5 times a day. I do have days where i will forget to eat as frequently. I love salad, i was a weird child,lol. I make sure i have some kind of green veggie for my full means and sometimes I’ll grab a salad for a snack, but mainly I’ll make a Smoothie. I do indulge in my favorite snacks from time to time like chips and salsa and nachos, yum! I also eat a good portion… Read more »

Gem
Gem
10 years ago

I’m going to have to look up black soap. Where do you get it? YES the other week my body just shut down at 8pm, like it forced me to go to sleep and I woke up the next morning feeling wonderful. It’s amazing how your entire day changes when you get adequate sleep. I am a Mr. Pibb whore and I’ve been phasing it out. The funny thing is I only drink one when I don’t get enough sleep so I can kill two birds with one stone. I tried to go the eyebrow threading route but it’s toooo painful for… Read more »

Neems
10 years ago

I love that there is a community talking about this. Thankfully my parents stressed eating healthily when I was younger so I find it easier to incorporate into my life now. Here’s what I do: Eat something from every food group. It usually ends up with me having a colorful plate- the brighter the prettier. Drinking water everyday. This is difficult but I find that if I squeeze lemon or lime into a glass I can do it. Deep breathing excercises and lots of sleep. Reading the ingredients label on all foods. If more people did this, a lot of products wouldn’t be… Read more »

Gem
Gem
10 years ago

Oh, also I have been eating vegan for 3 years now. Dramatic change in those first few months in how you feel physically. Lighter, cleaner, get sick less often, a lot less digestive issues, etc. There’s a substitute for almost any animal product out there and some awesome recipes.

BlaqInfinite
BlaqInfinite
10 years ago

I’m a vegetarian (which doesn’t mean squat if you don’t do it right) but I try to stay away from mass produced foods and opt for organic. I also force myself to eat vegetables everyday. NEVER eat fast food unless it’s a dire emergency. YUCK! I workout 4 times a week Restrain from drinking coffee (poison!) and instead, get more sleep. All skin and hair products I use are natural. Overtime, I’ve learned I look great without makeup as long as I take care of my skin properly. I don’t wear makeup often-it’s not good for the skin. When I do, I… Read more »

Millicent
Millicent
10 years ago

These are great ideas. Natural hair has made me start slowly make other changes. I drink more water, only use natural products in my hair, and I oil cleanse (with Olive and Castor oils) my face, that has made such a WONDERFUL difference! I am also getting more sleep. Now for the exercise and diet improvements! Thanks for this post!

dm
dm
10 years ago

this is cool. i was a nutrition major in college so being more conscious of what I put into and on my body started then. I try to drink alot of water (even though I don’t think I drink enough). I notice that when I eat alot of carrots or avocado or parsely, my skin and nails look really good. And thats big because I have always had problem skin. im jamaican so i love carrot juice (ja style) however for added health benefits I add parsley. Its juiced carrots (blended), parsley and cucumbers, then sweetened with a bit of… Read more »

Jc
Jc
10 years ago

Lol I must be the lazy one. I am sitting here drinking my third cup of coffee (Mmm tasty poison blaq! lol) and I have just postponed my exercise to tomorrow (yes I said that yesterday and the day before and the day before and the day before…:)). My health and beauty tip is mental rather than physical. Investing in your mental health is the best gift to yourself given you are going to have to live with yourself forever. . My tip — Try and be happy everyday, value yourself and always commend yourself for what you do right. Be… Read more »

Neems
10 years ago

Jc you are so right about mental health. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t take care of my mind.

savvybrown
10 years ago

Keep it simple. Drink water, and move. But do it every day. If you don’t have an hour, take 15 mins to do some situps or walk around the block. We all get stuck in this “I have to workout for an hour in the gym otherwise it’s not a workout” mode and that’s just not true. I’m now eating as “clean” as possible. Meaning nothing out of a package, and as organic as possible. I eat mostly vegetarian, but I agree with BlaqInfinite. There’s a right and a wrong way to do that. I also don’t use any parabens,… Read more »

Maureen
Maureen
10 years ago

Wow Target Queen, making your own tooth paste…I’m inspired 🙂 Do you also add herbs like mint for a fresher feeling? Do tell, I wanna try it too! Def gonna buy the avocado oil, my eyes get puffier by the day.

Liyah
Liyah
10 years ago

Jc you are abosoulutely right. I think people take mental health for granted. But the best weatlh is health. I have little ones that are watching every move I make. I was a dunkin donuts junkie to the point where my 6 year old would remind me to get coffee. I realized, I was not setting the best example by being addicted to caffiene. However, there are so many things that I do positive and my children definately picked on those habits. I work out everyday (when possible)… And my daughter reminds me of that too. Ugh… I don’t workout… Read more »

AMarie
10 years ago

Hmmm, eating healthfully is only a small part of being healthy.

-Mind
‑Body
‑Soul

Can’t focus only on one and neglect the others.

As for the body, I try to drink plenty of water, avoiding sugary processed drinks (esp coffee.) I’ve eliminated pork from my diet in the last 3 months. I eat out very rarely, and cooking allows me to have greater control of what I eat. As for skin and hair, I am parsimonious. I have 3 products for my hair, and I just use soap for my face. I like simplicity.

Mind and soul? Read and pray.

Earth218
Earth218
10 years ago

1.Get your EFA’s- they help beautify skin, hair, and they have helped me with cramps and knee pain. I’m vegan so I take a Barlean’s supplement that supports this. Do your research first to figure out what is best for you. 2.Honey! For skin, for hair forever! I now wash my face with honey and it has helped tremendously with acne and oiliness. Sounds strange but try it, use it as a mask if you’re not comfortable using it as a wash. 3.Floss, nothing worse than feel less than confident about your smile. I have a huge kool aid smile so it… Read more »

Athena
Athena
10 years ago

1. I have not touched soda in years. I think the last time I actually drank some soda was maybe 10 years ago. I definitely have noticed a difference. My body doesn’t feel bloated anymore and I don’t feel so sluggish. 2. I don’t drink. If I do have a drink, it is usually wine. Even then it is only a couple of times a year. 3. I don’t smoke. ‘Nuff said. 4. I got hooked onto belly dancing as a way to be more active and I love it! Its fun and I noticed that it tightened up my arms, shoulders… Read more »

strawberrykinks
strawberrykinks
10 years ago

Best thing I have done for my overall health and well-being is put God first. I have begun a regular exercise routine which involves a daily 3 mile walk and belly dance workout. My warm Miami, Fl weather is starting to come back so that means that I will be swimming either at the beach or in my parents pool 4 days a week. Then… I walk some more. I LOVE to walk! Weight has been an issue my whole life. According to my doctor the biggest reason I have a hard time losing weight is because I am not eating enough.… Read more »

target queen
10 years ago

, no i dont add mint..its not necessary..just baking soda and clay mixed dry in a container..your teeth will feel brand new…I dont beleive in using flouride toothpastes..flouride does more harm than good, especially for children.

I get my avocado oil from the grocery store..no special brand, just make sure its cold pressed..i dab it under and around my eyes morning and night…google the benefits of avocado oil for skin and eyes…I use it everywhere..Im deep conditioning with it as I type

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Dreamlover225
Dreamlover225
10 years ago

I am a dark-skinned black woman, but I use SPF 45 sunscreen. I’m 23 and I don’t want premature aging. yea, I know that black doesn’t crack but whatever…I’m gonna make sure my black won’t crack 🙂 Before I go to bed, I put olive oil (coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter will do) around my eyes and on my laugh lines to prevent crow’s feet and wrinkles. I moisturize my legs twice a day because they tend to get super dry. Also, I notice when taking cod liver oil supplements my skin looked heavenly. Witch hazel makes a great astrigent! Of… Read more »

Sandy
Sandy
10 years ago

Oh this is all so helpful and inspiring! I want a regimen too! If only I were that way disciplined. But I do do at least some wonderful things religiously. Maybe 1 of these might do someone else some good too: - I drink Sencha green tea almost every day. - I actually do stop & smell the roses in whatever form they take. - I talk to my cat. (I like acknowledging the fact that she has a life, mysterious and lazy though that life may be!) - I get my daily dosage of BGLH. - I take long showers (Yes. I know this… Read more »

Jc
Jc
10 years ago

Target queen — Current medical advice is that fluoride is most useful for children to prevent tooth decay. There are some areas where fluoride is added to water and if there is too much then problems can happen. However this problem is extremely rare in UK and USA.

Here is the British Dental Health Foundation page — http://www.dentalhealth.org.uk/faqs/leafletdetail.php?LeafletID=17

Yoshi3329
Yoshi3329
10 years ago

Take super food supplements like Chlorella and Spirulina and you’ll cut the supplements you take now in half. It (Chlorella) includes every major vitamin, mineral and amino acid one needs to sustain life. Spirulina complements Chlorella. I use these two FOODS daily and everything has been wonderful. My hair grows faster & thicker, I don’t smell as much, it detoxes the body, it regulates the body, lighter cycles, much more energy, weight loss, my lashes/eyebrows are thicker, I could go on and on. But be careful and introduce it slowly to you system. And since it is a food, you can’t… Read more »

savvybrown
10 years ago

thanks Yoshi3329 I’m gonna have to try those!
— savvy
http://savvybrown.com

lina40
10 years ago

Seems that all the most pertinent tips have already been stated 🙂 Go head target queen! I am a raw foodie “in process” — Was raw until the 5th month of pregancy and now moving back to raw foods. 1) Lots of green leafy veggies. it really helps my skin as well as my nutrient intake, as I need much more minerals now than ever with breastfeeding 🙂 I aim for at least 4 handfuls of veggies a day and 4 fruits a day — all unprocessed. I can easily accomplish this most times by drinking a green smoothie (more info in… Read more »

target queen
10 years ago

@JC after reading about the dangers of flouride the past 3 years..I see nothing but BAD. Well, in case you didn’t know it, fluoride is highly toxic. In fact, before fluoride was deemed a “cavity fighter,” it was used as insecticide and rat poison. It’s true. Even more surprising is that when it comes to dental hygiene, fluoride actually does more harm than good. Everything you always DIDN’T want to know about fluoride For decades the message that fluoride safely prevents tooth decay has been considered sacrosanct. This idea came from the same “chemicals for better living” era that also told us… Read more »

sesi
sesi
10 years ago

GREAT posts and comments. Loving that BGLH has been having convo’s about things other than hair–although I GET that the blog is hair focused. Anyhow, I drink a gallon of water ERRRRRday(lol) and walk three miles at work(I workfor a park district) or go to the gym. I’m a honey, salt, baking soda, coconut oil, essential oils queen. Don’t drink juice, pop etc. But dang those subway cookies 🙁

nawalatribe.blogspot.com

I really like this post! It’s great to know that so many women are taking care of their health {mind, body, spirit}. Some things that I do. ‑Yoga & meditation! ‑Green smoothies/wheat grass juices {HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU AT LEAST LOOK INTO THE BENEFITS!} ‑I try to eat a mostly raw vegan diet {learn about it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhOdqWJa3iE} ‑I only use natural products like sheabutter, coconut oil, dr. bronners soap but I’m trying to use soap MUCH less. ‑I still haven’t gotten a good exercise routine set yet but i’ve been thinking of trying out the trampoline! I’ve heard lots about it in… Read more »

BlaqInfinite
BlaqInfinite
10 years ago

OMG Sandy…I talk to my cat too. I forgot that has to be one of the most mentally beneficial things for me: Connecting with sentient beings who are not my kind.

Takeyah :: Core Connection Lifestyle

It’s awesome to see the many ways we take of our bodies. I think that any time you make a conscious decision to live naturally in one area, the other areas will be affected (whether that was your intention or not). 1. Drink water This seems really basic by a lot of people are walking around dehydrated. We drink a lot of coffee, we drink a lot of teas that have caffeine in them and we drink a lot of sodas. And these caffeine containing foods really promote the body to lose water. So one way to help ourselves ahead of time… Read more »

Sandy
Sandy
10 years ago

@ BlaqInfinite

Hugs from all of us: Me, the cat, & the house plants.

lovelivebefree
lovelivebefree
10 years ago

LOVE hearing about all the regimes and tips for a healthier mind, body and soul. Here’s my three cents:

1) Live in the present…this is so hard but try I try to remember how short life is and how blessed I am.

2) GREEN SMOOTHIES…this was already mentioned but I have to say it again. This is a great way to get your greens and fruits in (esp the greens). Your body will thank you.

3) Run away from negative, angry people…it is really toxic!!

btw…this is my first comment! Love this blog and all the beautiful people!

LOVE, LIVE & BE FREE.…

Liyah
Liyah
10 years ago

I am so glad that this topic has picked up too… This was so needed. I wanted to add: 1.) Vacation, Vacation, Vacation… I can’t stress this enough. I think vacations are imperative to your mind, body and soul. Whether it’s a girls trip (which are the best stress relievers)or a getaway with hubby or your significant other WITHOUT the kids are priceless. Vacations relaxes the mind and take you away from all the daily stresses of life- does not have to be some exotic location just a quick getaway always works for me. I can literately feel it when I… Read more »

Sandy
Sandy
10 years ago

@ Liyah

Hallelujah on the sexual healing comment!
[Jumping backwards with hands raised in the air]

Shake
10 years ago

LOVE this post! I physical tips for eons and eons but beauty is only skin deep. It starts deep deep deep deep down inside and radiates from within. Everything things (or at least the vast majority) of things I do, I do with my spirit in mind. I make sure to do things I love all of the time. I delve in the arts. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 and will not stop ever! It’s such a release. Live music, festivals, photo shoots, concerts, museums, art shows, all of it. I make sure to thoroughly enjoy and make sure that… Read more »

Elocin
Elocin
10 years ago

1. Eyebrow threading!!! Much safer and more hygenic than wax. Also, it is a great way to get your brows groomed if you are using prescription acne washes, gels, creams etc. Waxing (and using these products can) lead to burns / ripped skin. Learned this the hardway.

2. Sunscreen. So many women of color just do not wear it. Since using a daily sunscreen I have noticed great improvements in my skin.

Nell
10 years ago

@ Sesi
omg! lol.…the subway cookieeeees!!!!!
white chocolate macadamia nut oh my looooord!

yea, subway cookies are definitely wrong.
i think everyone said what i was going to say.…water.exercise. fruits & veggies. healthy mind & spirit.
although i do think that eating meat, especially red meat should be something more people try out.

CassiDei
CassiDei
10 years ago

Is the girl in the pic Andy Allo???

Genius1
Genius1
10 years ago

These comments have been really helpful. Thank you for addressing the flouride issue. I have some qualms about spf…is there a natural alternative?

Shay
Shay
9 years ago

i stumbled across this site some days ago. And now i’m hooked. i check out this site almost everyday. i’m so happy to see that i’m doing some things right with keeping my health/body in tact. I read a lot of the comments most of them i’m currently doing already. and most of all i’m very proud to hear there are positive healthy women taking care of themselves. i’m a lot more health conscious now especially since i went natural about 9 months ago. i’m so happy i found this website! lol.

John
8 years ago

What a great write-up! No idea how you were able to say this report..it’d take me long hours. Well worth it though, I’d assume. Have you considered selling ads on your website?

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