My Morning Routine for Drama Free, Clear Skin

 

My skin on 2 staple products. No makeup. 
(Bolden's Glycolic Acid Toner and Mad Hippie's Vitamin A Serum-- I cleanse with Cetaphil's Face Wash or Glow Recipe's Blueberry Bounce)

1. 15 minute beditation (I meditate before I even get up-- finding Love, and then choosing to be That, rather than just Nikki, throughout the day). 
2. Open 'The Supreme Yoga' to any page and read a passage or two. Open 'Miracle of Love' to a random page and read a story or two. 
3. Neem capsules on an empty stomach with room temp water (benefits | the ones I buy)

The Anti-Aging Toner I've Repurchased 4 Times, So Far! It's THAT Good!

Gia did our makeup, Max photobombed! 

Hola Chicas!

While swiping on my favorite product last night, feeling thankful, I felt compelled to share it with y'all.  

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Your Clean Guide to Summer




By Tyshia Ingram of ASE Beauty

At its core, the word holistic means interconnected. It’s the idea of looking at, dealing with, and approaching things as a whole rather than separate individual parts. Clean living is a holistic way of life. It’s not just about your beauty products, the makeup you wear and what hair products you use on wash day. It’s also about your diet, what you’re eating and what you’re feeding your mind. It’s how you’re taking care of your body, your exercise and fitness routines.

Everything is connected.

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7 Women of Color Doing Amazing Things in the Clean Beauty Space


By Onicia Muller of ASE Beauty

A party isn’t fun when you’re celebrating alone. That’s why ASE Beauty in partnership with CurlyNikki.com is living our mission of empowering and uplifting women of color by curating this list of seven women of color doing amazing things in the clean beauty space.

Get Your Summer Glow Up with Clean Beauty Products and Skincare Tips


image source: IG @tierechristyan


By Onicia Muller of ASE Beauty

Although summer is semi cancelled due to the coronavirus, we’re still determined to celebrate our skin. After all, what’s summer without a sunkissed glow? If you’re struggling or have struggled in the past with loving your skin, you’re not alone. Great-looking skin that looks and feels healthy is not an overnight accomplishment—it takes lots of time and dedication to get it right. The good news though, is that we can help! 

Here are our best tips and products to achieve a summer glow up using clean beauty products.

This is Liquid Gold for My Hair and Skin

I 100% know that my glow radiates from within, but I do appreciate a product that gives me all the honey-dipped melanin lewks and feels :) 

B-BEAUTY: THE NATURAL BLACK SKIN CARE REVOLUTION


It’s time for a natural black skin care movement. A revolution that focuses on the health, hydration and treatment of uneven skin tone for black skin using all-natural products.

What’s the best plant based moisturizer for hair and skin?

IG @kentekinks 

CN Says: 
Although this article focuses on skin care, we use these same ingredients in our hair! I hope it helps! Spoiler alert- shea butter, rice bran and olive oil are the winners ;) 


Q:  Rebecca asks us to recommend the most effective, longest lasting, all around best plant-based moisturizer for skin. In our response we talk about the different methods of moisturization and what it means to be “plant-based.”

A: 3 methods of moisturization.

1. Occlusives
Purpose: To reduce how much water evaporates through your skin. (Cosmetic scientists refer to this as TransEpidermal Moisture Loss or TEWL.) Occlusive agents form a hydrophobic barrier on your skin that keeps the water on the inside. The most effective examples include petrolatum, mineral oil, and dimethicone. Some plant oils help occlude the skin but typically they are included more for their emolliency.

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6 Ways To Unclog Your Pores & Minimize Breakouts


via XoNecole by Krissy Lewis

When I usually get these bumpy breakouts, they appear in groups on my forehead. Most of the time, when I get these minor acne outbreaks, I would assume it's caused by a reaction to a moisturizer or face wash, but that wasn't the case. I did some research on what can cause them and I realized, my pores were crying for help.

Besides maintaining a healthy diet and drinking more water, here are six ways to unclog your pores and get rid of pesky bumps:

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Sheryll Donerson via xonecole.com

I moved to Vietnam in April 2014 from South Korea to teach English.

After living in Korea for two years, and adopting a Korean skin care routine, my skin was pretty flawless. But after my move, my skin rebelled, and I had one of the worst breakouts I'd ever had. Enter my new issues with hyperpigmentation.

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Are Lotions with Water Actually Bad for Your Skin?

IG @snazzysoul


Veronica asks, "I heard that using lotions with water is actually bad for your skin because as the water evaporates it removes the skin’s natural moisture and oil. Is this true?'

TBB:  There are two fundamental ways that lotions can moisturizer your skin: one way is to provide an occlusive barrier that prevents the moisture that’s already in your skin from evaporating. That’s what ingredients like, petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones and so forth do. The technical term for this is reducing TEWL or Transepidermal Water Loss.

The second way lotions work is to attract moisture to you skin using an ingredient that has an affinity for water. We call these ingredients “humectants” and they are things like glycerin, sorbitol, and hyaluronic acid. They essentially bind water to the surface of your skin.

The best skin moisturizers use both mechanisms to moisturize skin. And the best way to do that is through an emulsion that’s a combination of oil and water.

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How I Got Rid of Hyperpigmentation and Scars Naturally

results w/ DIY natural remedy 

by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

After the birth of my daughter my acne was on a whole new level. This breakout left one half of my face with a very noticeable dark patch and pitted acne scars.

It was so bad, I decided it was high time to pay a dermatologist a visit. I left that visit more frustrated than when I came in. Since I am a breastfeeding mom, the doctor I spoke with said that nothing that she would recommend to treat the hyperpigmentation would be safe (this I have no issue with it). My next question to her was, “Are there any natural at home treatments I could use”? To which she replied that she was not a holistic doctor and couldn’t give me any suggestions. Essentially I forked over a $40 copay for her to tell me absolutely nothing.

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Angela Bassett Is Launching A Skin Care Line For Darker Skin Tones


By Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

For years, women of color with darker skin have always had challenges finding skin care products that are designed specifically for them. Angela Bassett wants to change that. She's teamed up with Dr. Barbara Sturm to launch a skin care line specifically designed to target darker skin tones. Titled Darker Skin Tones by Barbara Sturm, the line launches in July and will contain ingredients that aim to help the skin, reduce inflammations, even the tone and minimize pores and hyper-pigmentation.
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Melanin Poppin' - 3 Tips for Your Best Summer Skin

IG @arreisierra

by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

As women of color, we're blessed with a very special gift--not only do we radiate #BlackGirlMagic, but our melanin is the stuff dreams are made of.

Whether ebony, mocha, french vanilla, butter pecan, chocolate, (even caramel sundaes is gettin' touched) and every shade in between, our rich, royal skin has women running to tanning beds and worshipping the sun, trying to get the hues we were born with.

But just because we're cocoa colored visions, doesn't mean that we don't have to protect our skin.

DIY Face and Scalp Aloe Cream



by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

We all want beautiful, healthy skin and hair. Circulation and healthy habits are key elements to having your best skin and hair. While the body naturally maintains circulation, there is nothing wrong with giving it a helping hand! It is important to stimulate your blood flow on a regular basis to ensure healthy skin and scalp. A simple way to do this is with oil massages.

Just to tackle two tasks at once, why not do a facial massage then one for your scalp with the same easy to make cream? This massage cream will be your new beauty BFF. Check it out.


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The Anti-Aging Ingredient That Actually Works (and strengthens your hair too!)




Which anti-aging ingredients really work?
When it comes to anti-aging products it’s easy to be tricked into spending a lot of money on products that aren’t worth it. That’s because there’s so much pseudoscientific misinformation out there about anti-aging cosmetic ingredients. Also, once you buy an anti-aging product, it takes you a long time to determine if it’s really working for you or not. That’s why we’re going to focus some of our podcast episodes on specific anti-aging ingredients, Today we’re talking about ceramides.  

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Should I pat my face with water before applying oil?

my skin routine consists of ice cold water, Cetaphil moisturizer and coconut oil. K.I.S.S.

via TheBeautyBrains

Question: In a beauty-related forum, I read the following claim (from a member, not an “expert”) about applying a face oil: “Make sure your face and your hands are slightly damp when applying the oil. Rub the oil between your hands to emulsify slightly, then pat it on your face and massage it in. The oil will help trap the water in. ” Is this true? Can the skin really absorb water this way? And if so, is it beneficial in any way?

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Natural Hair Products Causing Acne?



Acne is the worst! I hate it and I have no qualms about admitting my dislike of the pesky part of life that some of us must encounter as a teen and as an adult. Adult acne is a cruel joke that no one finds funny. Acne is the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin. It causes pimples or “zits” which include whiteheads, blackheads, and red inflamed patches of skin. This is relevant among teenagers, but there is also adult acne that occurs as a result of hypersensitivity or overproduction of androgens. Adult acne happens to women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s and is usually caused by hormonal fluctuations from pregnancy, birth control pills, your menstrual cycle, or menopause.

My Skin Care Regimen


Hola Chicas,

Let's talk face.  Particularly, serving that ish.  My skin care routine has been the same for nearly 4 years now.  My slacker nature works for me in this department because I've discovered that like accessories, for me, less is always more.

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Winter Oil Blend- A Natural Hair and Skin Recipe


by Juli-Anne of ThreeNaturals

If you’re like me, when Winter rolls around you need all the help you can get keeping your skin moisturized and protected from the harsh, dry and cold Winter air.

This year, I’m skipping the usual frustration that I allow myself to endure with drugstore lotions and potions and opting for a much simpler and more natural approach.

This consists or two parts: Internal hydration and a natural oil blend.

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