YUM!! The Home Shopping Network reached out to me to participate in their #Skinspiration conversation. They asked me to share my skin care icon. I selected Abiola Abrams– a woman that I deeply respect because her inside beauty matches her glowing outside radiance. Her hair and skin are beautiful so I asked her to go into detail about her regimen. What’s great to know is that her regimen is cost-effective and uses all types of natural products.
Can we say #FrugalBeauty?
Here are Abiola’s #frugalbeauty tips, recommendations, and rituals that I plan to incorporate into my overall self-care plan.
Sleep and Exercise: When I take care of my body from the inside, then there are less beauty products I have to use on the outside. My skin is more beautiful when I do my kettlebell workouts and light yoga every other day. I don’t play when it comes to my sleep — which is challenging because I am a night owl. Seven hours of sleep is non-negotiable for me.
Selective Drinks: My only beverages are water and teas. I don’t drink any sugar beverages or add anything to my tea.
Mindful Eating: I am an 80/20 vegan/vegetarian. I am dairy-free but I do on occasion eat fish. I find veggies to be really inexpensive and I’m spending way less on my food then when I was a poultry eater. I also love eating raw whenever possible. Detoxing from sugar (again) is up next on my personal health agenda.
Natural and Frugal Beauty Products for the Skin and Hair : I love shea butter and you can buy it on the street in huge vats inexpensively. I also use pure vanilla oil in lieu of traditional perfume, which contains lots of alcohol. Extra virgin coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, and extra virgin olive oil all serve different purposes for my hair. I also coconut oil on my skin. I have had skin issues in the past with eczema, acne, and hives, so I understand the value of good skin care. Although my skin is dark chocolate, I try to wear sunscreen.
Minimal Makeup and Strict Makeup Removal Regimen: Makeup is fun for me. My 3 desert island makeup products would be concealer, mascara, and lip gloss. Removing my makeup before I go to bed is a must no matter what, and braiding my afro so that it stays tangle-free before I go to bed is also a must. I also find that Jamaican black castor oil makes my eyelashes grow and helps with wrinkles around the eye area as I age. This is important because I wear contacts so I am often tugging on my under eye area. I also have had hereditary dark circles and undereye puffiness since I was a toddler so I treat this area gingerly.
Be a Revolutionary. Loving ourselves unconditionally, through all of our perceived skin issues, really is a revolutionary act. In my book The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love: The 11 Secrets of Feminine Power, I have a chapter called Nizhoni, which is a Native American word, and the chapter is about beauty as a spiritual practice. (You can buy her book here.By the way, this book changed my life and I am honored to be featured in this book as a #Bombshell. 🙂 )
Although I empower women to love themselves on the outside, I don’t think that the appreciation of one’s exterior beauty is frivolous thing. It is powerful magic to love who you see in the mirror!
Positive Self-talk: A positive mental attitude is my biggest beauty secret of all. Some days it’s easier than others, but I find myself moving closer to where pure, unconditional self-love is my default setting. Loving ourselves is definitely a revolutionary act — that’s why I have redefined the word bombshell to mean a woman who loves herself mind, body, and spirit.
Create Juicy Health-related Goals: In the future I also want to run a 5k and get a yoga certification, just for me.Meditation, feel-good music, and journaling also keep me sane.
Do you have a #FrugalBeauty tip that you want to share with The Frugal Feminista community?