Black Owned Business Guide to a Self-Care Glow • EBONY

If you scroll
through Instagram today, you’ll see screenshots of tweets and memos urging
Black women to implement luxury and self-care in their lives and it’s taken me
aback. Luxury has always been something untouchable because the sheer cost of
anything with the adjective sits above my tax bracket. But according to the
dictionary, luxury is “a
condition of abundance or great ease and comfort” and hearing it defined this
way makes incorporating self-care moments a lot more practical. As part of my
dedication to keeping up with my luxurious self-care, I’ve created this routine
in 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.

All About the Glow, Honey

Step 1: Cleanse and Moisturize

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

In the morning, I
cleanse my face with the Pure Tropix Tropical Facial Kit.
If you’re into natural ingredients, this might be for you. Their products dawn
an 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 skin
doesn’t feel tight after cleansing (a big sign that your cleanser is too drying). For me, a
well-moisturized face makes me feel comfortable and confident, and just because
quarantine has changed my routine, that doesn’t mean I care about my skin any

After washing my
face, I use a little drop of toner from Kayaire’s CBD infused skincare line followed by
Pure Tropix moisturizer and use my jade roller from Papa Rozier Farms
here in Brooklyn. “How does a jade roller feel?”  you might ask. Think of an ice cube that
never melts, rubbing across your cheekbones, your T-zone, and your chin–sounds
refreshing, right?

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

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

Step Two: What’s the Tea, Sis?

Caribbean roots make themself known when I’m searching for a cup of tea in the
midst of summer and while I love my black tea with sugar, switching it up with
an herbal non-caffeinated option can be just as satisfying. I’m used to an old
fashioned tea bag, but the loose tea array from Adjourn Teahouse
is a new favorite of mine; the smell alone of these teas is enough to make me
excited. From the neat black packaging and strong aroma from each tin to the
inspirations behind each tea on the website, this brand knows how to create an
experience 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 of
Ceylon sonata black tea, peppermint, spearmint, ginger, sage is my new
favorite. The detail LaTonia, Adjourn’s creator, puts into her products does
not go unnoticed and comes through especially in the unique inspirations for
each tea; LoveFreeze pays homage to LaTonia’s sister and artist, Lovenloops’
song, “Don’t Ever Forget It.”

Step Three: #TeamSeamoss

Taking care of
myself is really important and my family already has a pretty healthful
restrictive 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 avocado
toast was a few years ago, and sea moss can really hold its own. With 92 of the
102 minerals in our body, Empress Holistics figured out how to make being
healthy taste good. After almost drinking all of my mom’s Soursop Mossade and
drizzling their Elderberry syrup on my pancakes one morning, I knew these
products would be an easy addition to my self-care routine. They recently added
sea moss icees to their menu, so check them out to stay hydrated in this summer

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

Step Four: Kickback and Chill

I’ve been trying to
get back into my childhood routine of spending hours reading and in my free
time, I’ve been reading Emily Bernard’s Black is the Body: Stories from my Grandmother’s Time, My
Mother’s Time, and Mine.
In her collection
of essays, she tells the stories of her life that have impacted her views on
motherhood, marriage, and a dangerous chance encounter with a stranger without
disregarding the heaviness that race can have in these experiences.

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

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

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