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ou scrollthrough Instagram today, you’ll see screenshots of tweets and memos urgingBlack women to implement luxury and self-care in their lives and it’s taken meaback. Luxury has always been something untouchable because the sheer cost ofanything with the adjective sits above my tax bracket. But according to thedictionary, luxury is “acondition of abundance or great ease and comfort” and hearing it defined thisway makes incorporating self-care moments a lot more practical. As part of mydedication to keeping up with my luxurious self-care, I’ve created this routinein collaboration with Black-owned businesses that specialize in relaxation.These steps will help you add luxury to your day from the comfort of your home.

It’sAll About the Glow, Honey

Step 1: Cleanse and Moisturize

My self-care comesthrough most obviously in the money I invest in skincare and my family’sreaction to yet another package: “I can’t keep up with you.” I have theunfortunate disposition of dealing with dry skin, but I get creative with how Icombat it.

In the morning, Icleanse my face with the Pure Tropix Tropical Facial Kit.If you’re into natural ingredients, this might be for you. Their products dawnan ingredient list of witch hazel, Jamaican black castor oil, and shea butter,and more. After using these products for a few weeks, my dry, flakey skindoesn’t feel tight after cleansing (a big sign that your cleanser is too drying). For me, awell-moisturized face makes me feel comfortable and confident, and just becausequarantine has changed my routine, that doesn’t mean I care about my skin anyless.

After washing myface, I use a little drop of toner from Kayaire’s CBD infused skincare line followed byPure Tropix moisturizer and use my jade roller from Papa Rozier Farmshere in Brooklyn. “How does a jade roller feel?” you might ask. Think of an ice cube thatnever melts, rubbing across your cheekbones, your T-zone, and your chin–soundsrefreshing, right?

In the background,I’ll run through a medley of songs by artists that set a relaxing tone likeJill Scot, Musiq Soulchild, Summer Walker, and Stevie Wonder. In this summerheat, a shower after being outside is a necessity, and Moussou Beauty’s Milkand Honey Whipped Body Butter knows how to seal in moisture and keep my skinsoft and smooth. I’ve tried other whipped body butters and they’ve left myhands feeling sticky, but founder, Fatima Toure created a butter that meltsinto your skin without any film or residue. Using the Honey Suga Lip Scrub inthe morning helps get the dead skin off my lips easily and following that withthe lip balm is a perfect moisture sealing combo.

Skincareis not just for women. Let me say it again for those in the back: Skincare isfor men too! Bevel and Scotch Porter are two staples for my boyfriend,especially Bevel’s Black Bergamot exfoliating body wash. Their products combinesleek packaging and appealing scents to deliver a routine of moisture andrelaxation. The perfect excuse for your man to stop dipping into your products.

Step Two: What’s the Tea, Sis?

MyCaribbean roots make themself known when I’m searching for a cup of tea in themidst of summer and while I love my black tea with sugar, switching it up withan herbal non-caffeinated option can be just as satisfying. I’m used to an oldfashioned tea bag, but the loose tea array from Adjourn Teahouseis a new favorite of mine; the smell alone of these teas is enough to make meexcited. From the neat black packaging and strong aroma from each tin to theinspirations behind each tea on the website, this brand knows how to create anexperience for their customers. When I want a break from caffeine, I steep “LoveFreeze,”a blend of chamomile, rose hips, lavender, calendula, spearmint, peppermint,and rose petals. I’m a big fan of black tea and “Kinfolk” with its blend ofCeylon sonata black tea, peppermint, spearmint, ginger, sage is my newfavorite. The detail LaTonia, Adjourn’s creator, puts into her products doesnot go unnoticed and comes through especially in the unique inspirations foreach tea; LoveFreeze pays homage to LaTonia’s sister and artist, Lovenloops’song, “Don’t Ever Forget It.”

Step Three: #TeamSeamoss

Taking care ofmyself is really important and my family already has a pretty healthfulrestrictive diet, so when a friend of mine told me about Empress Holistics(@millzon), I had to investigate. Sea moss is the new hype, just like avocadotoast was a few years ago, and sea moss can really hold its own. With 92 of the102 minerals in our body, Empress Holistics figured out how to make beinghealthy taste good. After almost drinking all of my mom’s Soursop Mossade anddrizzling their Elderberry syrup on my pancakes one morning, I knew theseproducts would be an easy addition to my self-care routine. They recently addedsea moss icees to their menu, so check them out to stay hydrated in this summerheat!

At night beforebed, I wash my face and use the sea moss gel as a face mask, washing my faceafter about 15 minutes to feel smooth and moisturized skin. Again, always doyour research before trying new products and for new cosmetics, try a patchtest to gauge how your skin will react.

Step Four: Kickback and Chill

I’ve been trying toget back into my childhood routine of spending hours reading and in my freetime, I’ve been reading Emily Bernard’s Black is the Body: Stories from my Grandmother’s Time, MyMother’s Time, and Mine. In her collectionof essays, she tells the stories of her life that have impacted her views onmotherhood, marriage, and a dangerous chance encounter with a stranger withoutdisregarding the heaviness that race can have in these experiences.

Something aboutlighting a candle makes a room feel clean and cozy. When the house is quiet, Ilight my Sunday in Brooklyncandle from Alexandra Winbush. For the cherry on top of a Self-Care Sunday andthe scent of light soy blend of lemongrass and basil, cop a candle or two fromthe Black-owned business located right here in Brooklyn! She offers packages ofcandles, tea, and even a coordinated playlist to help you set the comfortingmood. Three birds, one package.

Self-care Sundaysdon’t have to be limited to Sundays. Whenever you find time to give yourselfsome love, try adding some of these products to your routine or setting asidetime to do the things that make you happy. Luxury is what you make of it, soget creative and treat yourself!

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