Beyond Black & White http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:08:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Why Do I Have Charcoal All Over Me? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/why-do-i-have-charcoal-all-over-me/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/why-do-i-have-charcoal-all-over-me/#comments Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:48:58 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=43504 Charcoal. Moroccan clay. Water. All you need to a brightening, detoxing body mask that that will leave you smooth and oh-so-touchable. But how did I get here? Blame my recent trip to the Vitamin Shoppe, while I was perusing their tiny beauty section and saw a jar of coconut activated charcoal and another of moroccan […]

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Charcoal. Moroccan clay. Water.

All you need to a brightening, detoxing body mask that that will leave you smooth and oh-so-touchable.

But how did I get here? Blame my recent trip to the Vitamin Shoppe, while I was perusing their tiny beauty section and saw a jar of coconut activated charcoal and another of moroccan clay. I thought back to all the pricey masks and scrubs I’ve bought that contained those ingredients–and having no real idea of much of it the makers actually put in it. With the raw stuff I was able to have complete control!

Benefits of Charcoal on the Skin

Charcoal (not the kind you buy for your grill) has been used as a detoxifier. Taken internally, charcoal binds to toxins and helps your body flush out toxins. I use the same jar of charcoal I bought to have my daily morning detox, mixed with water and fresh lemon slices.

People don’t realize that your skin carries toxins, too. You may not see them but they’re there! Charcoal binds those toxins and helps clear your pores.

The downside to the loose charcoal is that it can get REALLY messy. It will stain black everything it touches, but it can be scrubbed away, thankfully. I suggest that if you take me up on doing this body mask you confine doing it in your bathtub, otherwise your husband will get annoyed with you–trust me on that one.

Benefits of Moroccan Clay

This powder works on it’s own, but even better when you mix it with charcoal. Moroccan clay powder draws out impurities and closes pores, while the coarse grains can act as an exfoliator.

How to Make Your Own Fresh Charcoal and Red Clay Body Mask

Making this combo is simple. In a bowl, mix one part charcoal, two parts clay (e.g. 1 tablespoon charcoal, 2 tablespoons clay), and add water until you get a paste. Add some eucalyptus oil to pretend you’re at the spa if you want. Slather on and remove it when it completely dries. Use a loofa to rub off the charcoal…it likes to cling. Rinse and moisturize. If you skin doesn’t feel amazing after that, I’ll swallow my iPhone.

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It’s Natural, It’s Black Owned, and I LOVE It! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/natural-black-owned-love/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/natural-black-owned-love/#comments Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:02:37 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=43328 I’m a seriously naturalista as most of you know, and I’m not shy about sharing my favorites with all of you. While the natural cosmetics industry has gained popularity, it is still woefully skinny when it comes to black-owned companies. That’s why I was DELIGHTED when the creator of Naturally Glorious, Gloria Cone, reached out […]

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I’m a seriously naturalista as most of you know, and I’m not shy about sharing my favorites with all of you. While the natural cosmetics industry has gained popularity, it is still woefully skinny when it comes to black-owned companies. That’s why I was DELIGHTED when the creator of Naturally Glorious, Gloria Cone, reached out to me to try the products she’s created. The 100% natural line of products were inspired because Gloria was fighting Pityriasis Alba, a form of eczema that causes dry, light spots on the face and body.

The line is comprised of the Creamy Cleanser, Eye Cream, and Moisturizer. All of them are all natural, and the packaging is lovely!

Creamy Cleanser: Don’t expect this cleaners to foam. It’s well…creamy. It will gently cleanse your face and leave it feeling clean, but not dry. I like a stronger cleanser for nighttime use, but I this is perfect for the morning wash and prep before applying makeup.

Eye Cream & Moisturizer: Both are super moisturizing and hydrating, and seems to brighten the eye area a bit. My skin felt so soft and smooth without leaving an oily residue. Here’s a photo right after use. Loved that while the products are moisturizing, it didn’t leave the pores in my T-zone looking like gaping maws, and not overly greasy looking.

If I have any complaint, it would be that there was a little bit more product, at least with the creamy cleanser. You won’t go wrong getting the three-piece gift set. It’s comparably priced as other luxury natural products, and you’ll be supporting a sister doing her thing!

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Shower Gel Not Working for Body Odor? Try Charcoal. http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/shower-gel-not-working-body-odor-try-charcoal/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/shower-gel-not-working-body-odor-try-charcoal/#comments Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:26:55 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=43142 I love a rich, sweet-smelling shower gel as much as the next girl, but sometimes I need a bit more. Anyone who’s smelled their pits after a hard workout or bout of extreme stress can commiserate. Fr-fru fluffy shower gel won’t do the job. Recently on a particularly pungent episode, I tried Giovanni Detox Purifying […]

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I love a rich, sweet-smelling shower gel as much as the next girl, but sometimes I need a bit more. Anyone who’s smelled their pits after a hard workout or bout of extreme stress can commiserate. Fr-fru fluffy shower gel won’t do the job.

Recently on a particularly pungent episode, I tried Giovanni Detox Purifying Bath Bar out of sheer desperation. I’d bought the soap over a year ago and left it in the linen closet, forgotten and unloved. At the time of my purchase, I was on my high horse about some fancy schmancy shower gel that cost me $20. Sure; it moisturized and smelled nice, but…even after vigorous scrubbing my pits still had a tinge of B.O. The Ghost of Funk still lingered.

 

So I tried the charcoal. The package said:

The body wash contains a unique blend of activated charcoal and volcanic ash to delve deep into pores and absorb toxins, impurities and excess oils that interfere with clear skin. Hand harvested acai and goji berry, both exotic, super antioxidants, nourish and infuse your skin with vitamins and minerals. The wash is naturally scented with essential oils of fig and green tea for a light, clean, slightly fruity fragrance.

Charcoal and ash, though? What’s that supposed to do? Turns out activated charcoal and ash work to bind and absorb toxins that can cause the offending odor. It’s been used for 1500 years for this thing or that–from absorbing ingested poison to controlling stinky farts.

So there I was, warm water trickling down into the drain, looking at this jet black soap bar that promised to exorcise my doo doo demons. I scrubbed from neck to foot, generating lots of bubbles, and I guess the fragrance was good but that wasn’t the focus. I rinsed and repeated. Judiciously dried, and cautiously sniffed.

Nothing.

No I’m serious. I smelled nothing. I took two finger and ran them along my pits and sniffed. Clean as a whistle.

I bet you thinking to yourself, “but will it last?” I know…I thought that too. It did. For a whole 36 hours before I could come up from under my laptop and mommy chores to bath again. Praise be! Take that, doo doo demons!!

Now I’m all up in Marshall’s and TJ Maxx looking for other charcoal hygiene products. It’s all the rage. Have you ever tried charcoal anything? What are you favs?

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Hair and Skin Care Products Resurrecting My Life this Summer http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/hair-skin-care-products-resurrecting-life-summer/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/hair-skin-care-products-resurrecting-life-summer/#comments Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:29:25 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42798 I’m preprogrammed to loved make up and skin care, and I’m always in the hunt for hair and skin care products that are natural and effective. I always share, and these are the super standouts for me during the heat of the summer. My oily T-zone is both a blessing and a curse. The oil […]

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I’m preprogrammed to loved make up and skin care, and I’m always in the hunt for hair and skin care products that are natural and effective. I always share, and these are the super standouts for me during the heat of the summer.

My oily T-zone is both a blessing and a curse. The oil keeps the wrinkles away and keeps my face looking youthful. But the large, gaping pores on my cheeks are not the business. Just when I thought I had enough Eminence products to drive my husband move out of the bathroom, I discover this. This mask reduces the appearance of large pores and leaves my skin looking clear and vibrant. It’s so natural you can see bits of fruit in it. After I use it I almost feel fly enough to go without makeup. Almost.

Look at all this good stuff!

  • Raspberry Juice: antioxidant; source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids; astringent; tightens the look of pores
  • Honey: moisturizes and nourishes the skin’s appearance
  • Blueberry Juice: antioxidant; rich in phyto-nutrients; astringent, tightens the look of pores
  • Blackberry Juice: antioxidant; rich source of vitamins B, C, K, and Omega 3s; astringent; tightens the look of pores
  • BioComplex: a booster of antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin

 

It’s not often that I discover a moisturizing formulation that is appropriate both for the thinner skin of the face and the thicker skin of the body. I’ve got a big box of body lotions and a medicine cabinet full of face moisturizer. And while I’m not ready to chuck all my lotions and potions,  OKAY Argan Oil Face & Body Lotion is definitely a keeper. It first goes one light and feels almost slightly watery, but give it a second to work it’s magic. Your skin will feel soft and smooth, and the argan oil leaves your skin with a nice glow.

 

I love the smell of all things citrus and I’m willing to give any natural beauty product that fits the bill. I love what Alaffia stands for in helping women and children in African countries to make a living. I also love the effectiveness of many of their products. The Tangerine Citrus Black Soap is perfect for the season because it smells and feels like summer! Many natural body washes can still leave me feeling moisturized, but not always clean. The formula gives a nice lather, smells nice, gives moisture and leaves me feeling clean.

 

I’m loving my braids! It’s a great protective style and cuts major time off my beauty prep. The lady who did my braids did a wonderful job and even after two weeks they still look fresh. But…my scalp gets super itchy with dirt and oil buildup and I nearly scalp myself with my fingernails. Hairfinity Beneath the Weave Scalp Purifying Shampoo has been a godsend! The pointy nozzle gets in between the braids so it cleans where it needs it most. It has a low lather so there’s not a lot of sudsy residue to leave on the braid hair and leave it looking dull. The peppermint, tea tree oil and aloe gives my scalp a tingly feeling and relieves the itchiness. Hairfinity is seriously impacting the hair care game with this one!

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Help for those Nasty Dark Circles Under Eyes http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/help-nasty-dark-circles-eyes/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/help-nasty-dark-circles-eyes/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:38:05 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42755 I’m borderline obsessed with keeping my skin looking good while also using non-toxic beauty products that can do more harm than good over time. But as I age I notice that sometimes it appears that I have dark circles under my eyes, like a raccoon or the Ham Burglar. I know it’s not due to […]

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I’m borderline obsessed with keeping my skin looking good while also using non-toxic beauty products that can do more harm than good over time. But as I age I notice that sometimes it appears that I have dark circles under my eyes, like a raccoon or the Ham Burglar. I know it’s not due to lack of sleep, which is a common reason why people get them. It’s because of the magic melanin I have coursing through my cells. Sometimes it gets too excited. And that, coupled with age and not enough sun protection, then Houston, we have a problem. Dark circles under your eyes can show your age faster than anything, and there’s only so much foundation if the world, so you might as well start at the source.

According to Dr. Mercola, the causes of dark circles around the eyes for brown-skinned people has to do with over-production of melanin, or what we know as hyper pigmentation. This happens with age, but also can happen with extended sun exposure. The key to prevent this from happening can be a simple as wearing sun glasses, or using a natural sun protector like cocoa butter, which may also aid in reducing the pigmentation.

I’m a big fan of exfoliation to get to the nice, new skin underneath. But you can’t really rub a harsh sugar or salt scrub around your eyes, can you? While pricey, Eminence Naseberry Eye Exfoliant gently stuffs away dead skin, and tightens and brightens. This treatment contains both glycolic and lactic acid, which both work to exfoliate, while antioxidants CoQ10,  Vitamin C  and honey heal and protect the eye area from future damage. Honey also draws moisture to the area. All the ingredients list is organic and toxin free, full of yummy goodness. So now my eyes don’t and won’t give away my age…

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3 Detox Secrets to Get You Skin Sexy and Glowing for Summer! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/3-detox-secrets-get-skin-sexy-glowing-summer/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/3-detox-secrets-get-skin-sexy-glowing-summer/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 18:57:05 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42624 Are you ready to for all the skin you’re going to show this summer? Are you working to look like this?     Then you better get going, girl! Glowing skin is about addressing what your body needs from the inside out. Your skin is the largest organ in the body, and generally the condition […]

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Are you ready to for all the skin you’re going to show this summer? Are you working to look like this?

 

 

Then you better get going, girl! Glowing skin is about addressing what your body needs from the inside out. Your skin is the largest organ in the body, and generally the condition of the skin gives you (and everyone else) a general idea of your overall health. Clear, smooth skin is a major factor in health and attraction, and it not to be dismissed lightly.

Here’s the ways I’m using to keep the skin all over my body looking healthy, young and supple.

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If you’re interested in gardening, don’t sleep on milk thistle. The seeds are legendary for detoxifying the liver, and thus the whole body. While the leaves and flowers are edible, and contain the ingredients to facilitate the detox powerhouse, the essence of all that good stuff lies in the seeds.

The seeds can be eaten whole, or ground for teas, or toppings or ingredients for a smoothie.

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