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Actor Luka Sabbat Swears By A $1,700 Fragrance & Never Cleansing His Face
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Actor Luka Sabbat Swears By A $1,700 Fragrance & Never Cleansing His Face

His self-care routine screams simple but luxe.

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If you're unfamiliar with the Black-ish college spinoff, Grown-ish, you at least need to know actor and creative Luka Sabbat. On TV, he plays Yara Shahidi's "will they, won't they" love interest, Luca—and in some ways he's just playing himself. IRL, he's the unintentionally cool heartthrob of today's generation.

His very chill demeanor transcends not only with his style but with his skincare routine, too. He keeps it simple for the most part but makes it a point to do a little extra when necessary, whether it's wearing a $1,700 scent, investing in nail art and pedicures, or making facial serums his one-step skincare routine.

In an interview with Into The Gloss, Luka breaks down everything you need to know for a very simple going out regime, along with his self-care routine must-haves.

His Going Out Routine

With a lifestyle living hotel to hotel, he formed a habit of just using what was around. That changed when he discovered Dior's Capture Totale C.E.L.L. ENERGY Super Potent Age-Defying Intense Serum. The luxury serum ranges anywhere from $155-$240.

"It just feels nice and smells good. It refreshes me."

He may be on to something by moisturizing with a serum. If it's hydrating enough and has properties that create softer and healthier-looking skin, you may be able to skip a moisturizer depending on your skin type.

On lip care:

His need for lip care came purely from supporting his friend Kristen Noel Crawley. She's the creator of KNC Beauty and sends Luka lip balms and under eye patches. Get you a friend who cares about your skin!

On fragrances:

To wrap up his routine, he adds a couple sprays of Lamyland by Michèle Lamy. The $1,700 perfume is a rare find and apparently there are only 1,000 bottles of it in existence.

"It's very intense at first but it settles really nicely. Very warm, very musk, and it goes well with the scent of cigarettes, which works for me because I smoke."

The Self-Care Routine He Swears By

Luka mentioned two very slept-on self-care practices — pedicures and switching things up.

Sometimes a change of pace, scenery, or in this case, smell is needed to switch up from time to time. Upon stumbling on his newfound $1,700 signature scent, he decided to enter a new phase of life with a different vibe.

"I used to wear another scent, but I attach scents to people and I wore that while I was dating a chick for three years. When we broke up I knew I couldn't wear the same scent as I entered a new part of my life."

Sometimes with letting people go, you have to also cut ties with the remnants of them and create a new memory, beginning, or routine that aligns better with the new chapter of your life.

On pedicures:

I just want to say I'm here for more men making pedicures a part of their self-care routine. Luka schedules at least two pedicures a month, he told the publication. He prefers gel and occasionally adds stickers. This is a crucial part of his self-care for creative expression and just having pretty ass feet.

"Pedicures are mad important because dudes be mad insecure to take their shoes off at people's homes and show their crusty ass toes. After a pedicure, there's something nice about having a clean ass foot and putting it in a clean ass sock—that feeling is unparalleled."

On facials:

"That's the one thing I do consistently for my face. I've never shaved myself in my life—it's worth the $50 to $60."

Luka doesn't seem like a facial kinda guy. We can tell from his super-simple going out routine. However, he has a guilty pleasure for getting a straight-razor shave once or twice a month. He has places in both Los Angeles and New York where he can not only get the proper long-lasting shave but a mini facial with warm towels and face masks, too.

To read the full ITG feature, click here.

Featured Image via lev radin / Shutterstock.com

Black Women, We Deserve More

When the NYT posted an article this week about the recent marriage of a Black woman VP of a multi-billion-dollar company and a Black man who took her on a first date at the parking lot of a Popeyes, the reaction on social media was swift and polarizing. The two met on Hinge and had their parking lot rendezvous after he’d canceled their first two dates. When the groom posted a photo from their wedding on social media, he bragged about how he never had “pressure” to take her on “any fancy dates or expensive restaurants.”

It’s worth reading on your own to get the full breadth of all the foolery that transpired. But the Twitter discourse it inspired on what could lead a successful Black woman to accept lower than bare minimum in pursuit of a relationship and marriage, made me think of the years of messaging that Black women receive about how our standards are too high and what we have to “bring to the table” in order to be "worthy" of what society has deemed is the ultimate showing of our worth: a marriage to a man.

That's right, the first pandemic I lived through was not Covid, but the pandemic of the Black male relationship expert. I was young – thirteen to be exact – when Steve Harvey published his best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Though he was still just a stand-up comedian, oversized suit hoarder, and man on his third marriage at the time, his relationship advice was taken as the gospel truth.

The 2000s were a particularly bleak time to be a single Black woman. Much of the messaging –created by men – that surrounded Black women at the time blamed their desire for a successful career and for a partner that matched their drive and ambition for the lack of romance in their life. Statistics about Black women’s marriageability were always wielded against Black women as evidence of our lack of desirability.

It’s no wonder then that a man that donned a box cut well into the 2000s was able to convince women across the nation to not have sex for the first three months of a relationship. Or that a slew of other Black men had their go at telling Black women that they’re not good enough and why their book, seminar, or show will be the thing that makes them worthy of a Good Man™.

This is how we end up marrying men who cancel twice before taking us on a “date” in the Popeyes parking lot, or husbands writing social media posts about how their Black wife is not “the most beautiful” or “the most intelligent” or the latest season of trauma dumping known as Black Love on OWN.

Now that I’ve reached my late twenties, many things about how Black women approach dating and relationships have changed and many things have remained the same. For many Black women, the idea of chronic singleness is not the threat that it used to be. Wanting romance doesn’t exist in a way that threatens to undermine the other relationships we have with our friends, family, and ourselves as it once did, or at least once was presented to us. There is a version of life many of us are embracing where a man not wanting us, is not the end of what could still be fruitful and vibrant life.

There are still Black women out there however who have yet to unlearn the toxic ideals that have been projected onto us about our worthiness in relation to our intimate lives. I see it all the time online. The absolute humiliation and disrespect some Black women are willing to stomach in the name of being partnered. The hoops that some Black women are willing to jump through just to receive whatever lies beneath the bare minimum.

It's worth remembering that there are different forces at play that gather to make Black women feast off the scraps we are given. A world saturated by colorism, fatphobia, anti-Blackness, ableism, and classism will always punish Black women who demand more for themselves. Dismantling these systems also means divesting from any and everything that makes us question our worth.

Because truth be told, Black women are more than worthy of having a love that is built on mutual respect and admiration. A love that is honey sweet and radiates a light that rivals the sun. A love that is a steadying calming force that doesn’t bring confusion or anxiety. Black women deserve a love that is worthy of the prize that we are.

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