Black Women: Your Beauty Secrets?

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Since: Jul 07

Orillia, Canada

#1 Aug 31, 2007
I just wanted to start a light-hearted thread. I have always been interested in making natural beauty products. I even make my own hair colour. What are your beauty secrets? Is there something that you use that has been passed down from generation to generation? Or, is there just something that you just swear by that you discovered yourself? Exercise tips? Let's have some fun here!

“Jon B I'm still a fan”

Since: Jul 07

Hampton, VA

#2 Aug 31, 2007
Johnson&Johnson lavender baby lotion,it smells sooo good.It also makes your skin feel super soft.Put it on right after you take your shower or bath while your skin is still damp.It will last all day.I buy like four bottles at a time!lol

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Since: Jul 07

AOL

#3 Aug 31, 2007
Pince tar soap. My grandmother told me to use it to keep my skin smooth and clear when I was a teenager. I had the typical teenage skin issues...and started using it...and it worked!
I have recommended it to friends...and they all swear by it now.
You can get it at most pharmacies.
And...I saw the doctor the other day...and was asking her about tricks to keep my skin looking young and smooth (I despise the idea of getting old...well looking old anyway!). This is what she told me:
Best moisturizer...shea butter. Plain simple shea buter. She says it can work better than any fancy cream on the market, and that in fact many of the big $$ potions have she in them.
She also said Vitamin E. She told me not to go for the expensive brands...they have lots of fillers in them that you do not need. She said go for a "house" brand, like Walgreens...just get the highest IU's of Vitamin E they have. She told me it works well to minimize scars, and discoloration and fine lines.
She also said that if you have a problem with your face or body skin peeling and flaking...to use head and shoulders once or twice a week as a face and body wash! Who knew?!

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Since: Jul 07

AOL

#4 Aug 31, 2007
^^ Pine Tar soap...sorry!

Since: Jul 07

Tallahassee, FL

#5 Aug 31, 2007
A diet full of water and low carbs makes for beautiful skin.
Ashley

Denver, CO

#6 Aug 31, 2007
A tall glass of natural apple cidar vinegar with natural raw honey and water does it for ME. It also helps burn fat, literally. It's good for a lot of things including your skin because it's also cleaning out those disgusting toxins in your body. I also use a bar of mango butter/shea butter soap too, which is all natural. It's what most West Africans use. Do NOT use makeup products. It will dry your skin out and it's actually putting poisons INTO your pours. We "black" women already have natural beautiful skin so don't ruin it. Pass this on to your friends, your daughters, and any other AA woman you know. Leave those stupid makeup products alone, on the shelf.

Since: Jul 07

Tallahassee, FL

#7 Sep 1, 2007
Ashley wrote:
A tall glass of natural apple cidar vinegar with natural raw honey and water does it for ME. It also helps burn fat, literally. It's good for a lot of things including your skin because it's also cleaning out those disgusting toxins in your body. I also use a bar of mango butter/shea butter soap too, which is all natural. It's what most West Africans use. Do NOT use makeup products. It will dry your skin out and it's actually putting poisons INTO your pours. We "black" women already have natural beautiful skin so don't ruin it. Pass this on to your friends, your daughters, and any other AA woman you know. Leave those stupid makeup products alone, on the shelf.
You need to say how much apple cidar vinegar to water because If you drink too much of the vinegar, it will drop your blood pressure dramatically.
Willing Thinker

Selma, CA

#8 Sep 1, 2007
**Sorry, just peekin in real quick**

Wow, supprised no one mentioned washing their hair with eggs yet.

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Since: Jul 07

Jamaica Queens, New York

#9 Sep 1, 2007
I say water ofcourse and vit C for the complexion and jello for the nails. It might sound funny but eating jello makes your nails naturally strong so that you don't need acrylic or silk wraps.
Ashley

Denver, CO

#10 Sep 1, 2007
Luvbyrd wrote:
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You need to say how much apple cidar vinegar to water because If you drink too much of the vinegar, it will drop your blood pressure dramatically.
Oh yes, I'm sorry Luvbyrd. Only two, no more than three, teaspoons of apple cidar vinegar will do. The stuff is quite strong already. 1 full glass of water....DISTILLED water is best. The honey part....depends on how sweet you like it, but no need to make it super duper sweet.
wei

Laneville, TX

#11 Sep 2, 2007
it looks like u be eatin' too much jello! with yo' heartache self!
wei

Laneville, TX

#12 Sep 2, 2007
Conscience Sister wrote:
I say water ofcourse and vit C for the complexion and jello for the nails. It might sound funny but eating jello makes your nails naturally strong so that you don't need acrylic or silk wraps.
it looks like u be eatin' too much jello! with yo' heartache self!
crystalglass

United States

#13 Sep 2, 2007
I spoil myself. I use a product called "Creme De La Mer. It is expensive at approximately $120.00 per ounce. Created by an astronaut who got burned while in space (apparently they get burns when going into space. A lot of very wealthy women caught on to this and "Town and Country" magazine did a write up on the product. Estee Lauder bought the product after the astronauts death. I said I would try it to see if it is that wonderful. Well I do have great skin, but for Black women, it's just a way to spoil yourself with an overexpensive product that I've become spoiled by.

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Since: Oct 07

ATL

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