In About Face, xoNecole gets the 411 on IGers who give us #skincaregoals on the daily. Here they break down their beauty routines on the inside and out, as well as the highly coveted products that grace their shelves and their skin.
To keep it all the way 100 with you, I didn't come across DeJanae Evins in some roundabout way on the Explore page on my IG feed. Instead, she found me. She first graced our site as a contributor, penning articles about wellness, veganism, and weed when it called for it. In addition to dabbling in entrepreneurship and freelancing, DeJanae is also a certified cannabis educator at the helm of the platform Green Goddess Glow.
As someone who is knowledgeable the healing powers of cannabis and encourages others to indulge in "mindful cannabis and self-care practices," DeJanae finds herself very fulfilled by the work she does. "My favorite part about the work I do is encouraging culture-shifting conversations around the ways we define health and wellness, usually in ways that emphasize ancestral knowledge," she shared with xoNecole.
After giving her a follow on Instagram, it was easy to become enamored by her physical beauty as well. The 27-year-old LA-based entrepreneur in all her cocoa skin and cocoa butter kissed glory has skin that could be the envy of all the girls in the yard. Which is absolutely why I had to hit her up to learn more about the routines that helped her maintain and own her beauty from the outside in.
And here's what she had to say.
My morning routine looks like...
"A typical morning for me begins with warm water and lemon. Expressing gratitude, prayer and intention setting."
For my skincare routine in the AM...
"My morning skincare routine looks like a quick rinse using Dr. Bronner's Hemp Soap (Amazon, $12), followed by Dame Body's Manuka Honey Face Scrub. I try to use cannabis in my skincare regimen because its benefits are so far reaching! It's a great inflammatory and moisturizes without clogging the pores. Then I'll tone with Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel (Amazon, $9) or Dame Body's Witch Hazel Orange Blossom Toner. A lot of the time I'm using Dame Body's Orange Blossom Toner because, in addition to witch hazel distillate, there are citrus botanical extracts, including neroli essential oil, which comes from the bitter orange tree. It's a sweet fragrance and is rich in vitamins A, C and E.
"And I finish with a Dame Body's Raw Face Serum, which is full of African wild harvested and cold pressed oils like Tanzanian Tamanu, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Rwandan Maracuja oil and Namibian Marula oil. It also includes Raspberry and Egyptian Carrot oils that naturally provide an SPF 30, protecting against UVA and UVB rays, which is great because my skin usually breaks out from the chemicals in traditional sunscreens. Throughout the day, I'm refreshing with rose water or Dame Body's Orange Blossom Water imported from Lebanon and infused with Citrine crystals."
And for my skincare routine in the PM...
"At night, I melt off all my make up with Caudalie Cleansing Oil (Macys, $28) and OSEA Ocean Cleanser (Neiman Marcus, $48) before getting in the shower. I try to stay away from using product with animal bones or gelatin. And I love that OSEA has algae, or seaweed, in it which is a great alternative. I follow this up a Manuka Honey Face Scrub (Amazon, $13) that I put on while I wash my body and brush my teeth (because a girl loves to multi-task!). Then I rinse the scrub off, apply Dame Body's Witch Hazel Orange Blossom Toner and finish with the Raw Face Serum."
How the seasons affect my approach to skincare...
"I'd say my winter/fall products are more heavy, I do a lot more moisturizing in the colder months to avoid peeling and dry skin. I consult with skin care specialists like Sannae of Dame Body who keep me informed about the best methods to maintain clear and healthy skin in seasonal transitions."
My go-to makeup look consists of...
"My look is pretty consistent, unless it's a special occasion. In addition to the Raw Face Serum, I use The Body Shop's Hemp Heavy Duty Face Protector (Amazon, $13) when I'm not wearing makeup and Hangover Replenishing Face Primer which doubles as a moisturizer when I am applying makeup. My go-to foundation is Becca because I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear it. I use Sephora concealer, Laura Mercier finishing powder, a $7 Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Palette, and NYX's Dubai liquid matte lipstick. That's pretty much my day-to-day look."
How I approach beauty from the inside-out...
"The things I do that me that make me feel on the inside as good as you look on the outside are keeping a lot of living things around: plants and flowers. I try to make a habit of buying myself flowers weekly. I burn sweet smelling incense, usually jasmine or sandalwood. I sunbathe. I put my phone on Do No Disturb without apologizing for it later. I smoke weed often and take functional mushrooms like Lion's Mane daily. I also grow my own cannabis in my backyard. It's how I stay grounded and in tune with nature."
What self-care looks like to me...
"A few of my self-care must-haves include: alkaline water, daily sun exposure, a jade roller, [and] my Lioness vibrator. When I have the time to, and I'm not rushing to bed to get a decent amount of sleep, I unwind with a bath, I journal, I meditate and steep mugwort tea with a heaping helping of honey."
For more of DeJanae, follow her on Instagram.
This article is in partnership with Sensodyne.
Our teeth are connected to so many things - our nutrition, our confidence, and our overall mood. We often take for granted how important healthy teeth are, until issues like tooth sensitivity or gum recession come to remind us. Like most things related to our bodies, prevention is the best medicine. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your oral hygiene, prevent tooth sensitivity, and avoid dental issues down the road.
1) Go Easy On the Rough Brushing: Brushing your teeth is and always will be priority number one in the oral hygiene department. No surprises there! However, there is such a thing as applying too much pressure when brushing…and that can lead to problems over time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in smooth, circular motions. It may seem counterintuitive, but a gentle approach to brushing is the most effective way to clean those pearly whites without wearing away enamel and exposing sensitive areas of the teeth.
2) Use A Desensitizing Toothpaste: As everyone knows, mouth pain can be highly uncomfortable; but tooth sensitivity is a whole different beast. Hot weather favorites like ice cream and popsicles have the ability to trigger tooth sensitivity, which might make you want to stay away from icy foods altogether. But as always, prevention is the best medicine here. Switching to a toothpaste like Sensodyne’s Sensitivity & Gum toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth will help build a protective layer over sensitive areas of the tooth. Over time, those sharp sensations that occur with extremely cold foods will subside, and you’ll be back to treating yourself to your icy faves like this one!
3) Floss, Rinse, Brush. (And In That Order!): Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you do, but how you do it”? Well, the same thing applies to taking care of your teeth. Even if you are flossing and brushing religiously, you could be missing out on some of the benefits simply because you aren’t doing so in the right order. Flossing is best to do before brushing because it removes food particles and plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. After a proper flossing sesh, it is important to rinse out your mouth with water after. Finally, you can whip out your toothbrush and get to brushing. Though many of us commonly rinse with water after brushing to remove excess toothpaste, it may not be the best thing for our teeth. That’s because fluoride, the active ingredient in toothpaste that protects your enamel, works best when it gets to sit on the teeth and continue working its magic. Rinsing with water after brushing doesn’t let the toothpaste go to work like it really can. Changing up your order may take some getting used to, but over time, you’ll see the difference.
4) Stay Hydrated: Upping your water supply is a no-fail way to level up your health overall, and your teeth are no exception to this rule. Drinking water not only helps maintain a healthy pH balance in your mouth, but it also washes away residue and acids that can cause enamel erosion. It also helps you steer clear of dry mouth, which is a gateway to bad breath. And who needs that?
5) Show Your Gums Some Love: When it comes to improving your smile, you may be laser-focused on getting your teeth whiter, straighter, and overall healthier. Rightfully so, as these are all attributes of a megawatt smile; but you certainly don’t want to leave gum health out of the equation. If you neglect your gums, you’ll start to notice the effects of plaque buildup, which can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Seeing blood while brushing and flossing is a tell-tale sign that your gums are suffering. You may also experience gum recession — a condition where the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, exposing more of your tooth. Brushing at least twice a day with a gum-protecting toothpaste like Sensodyne Sensitivity and Gum, coupled with regular dentist visits, will keep your gums shining as bright as those pearly whites.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgical procedures, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, and on average, it may run you close to $ 4,000. While many people are still turning to surgery to get the look they want, there are many alternatives that are noninvasive and overall safer that are starting to get some shine. Like a lot of people during the pandemic, I had put on a few extra pounds, and I was looking at all the different methods that can help me look and feel great.
I don’t remember how I ran across it, but I began researching laser lipo, and before I knew it, I had booked my first appointment of many. I entered the medispa and was taken to a room and told to lie down. Then, I had lasers placed on top of my stomach for about 30 minutes, and I was done. While it sounds simple, it can take multiple sessions to get the desired look you want. That was a couple of years ago. However, I decided to try it again. This time with a different practitioner and a few add-ons, including wood therapy, cavitation, skin tightening, and vacuum therapy. Let’s dig deeper.
What Is Laser Lipo?
Laser lipo is a non-invasive procedure that penetrates through the skin and shrinks the fat. Not only is it simpler than regular lipo, but it’s also less expensive. Tammy Bell of Sculpted By Bella Beauty Bar, where she offers these noninvasive services, tells us why more people are turning to laser lipo.
“It’s noninvasive. You don’t have no downtime at all, unlike lipo and the different surgeries you have downtime with that,” she says. “You get results. It’s a little slower than regular lipo, but you get results that you want.” Because everyone’s body is different, the results may vary. However, Tammy says it’s also based on lifestyle habits such as what you’re eating and how active you are.
Laser lipo is just one of the many noninvasive services to choose from. See more below.
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If you follow Tracee Ellis Ross on Instagram or TikTok, then you probably saw the video of her using wooden tools to sculpt her body. This method is called wood therapy, and let me tell you, it’s not for the faint of heart. In my experience, it’s a weird sensation and a little painful. However, they say beauty is pain.
Tammy breaks down what wood therapy is. “It actually breaks up the fat, and it contours your body. It moves the fat through your lymphatic system,” she explains.
Another treatment is skin tightening. As we get older, our skin loses elasticity, and this service targets sagging skin for a tighter appearance. “The heat actually helps tighten the skin,” Tammy says about the skin-tightening tool that is used during the service. “It helps build collagen for your skin to tighten.”
Cavitation liquifies the fat, and it’s the only service out of this list that can’t be done on your face. “With the cavitation and all that stuff, if you notice, I always come in, and then I go down because you have your lymph nodes for your lymphatic system for it to drain,” she says, explaining the technique she does when using the tools on the body.
“That’s why it’s important for you to drink a lot of water ‘cause you (the fat) have to either come out in your sweat or your urine.”
Vacuum therapy involves suction cups that lift the skin. While I’ve only used it on my stomach, Healthline reports that many people are using it to get a butt lift. “Vacuum therapy moves the fat, and if you want to get a butt lift, you push the fat up,” Tammy says.
Costs vary per service and per practitioner. However, I spent around $400 and got all the aforementioned services done within five appointments.
Body sculpting results
Photo courtesy of London Alexaundria
My target areas were my back, stomach, and arms, and I am satisfied with the results I received in such a short amount of time. You can get these services done separately and get good results, but I decided to try them all together as a part of a package. Just like they will tell you after getting regular lipo, for lasting results, you must make sure to keep a healthy lifestyle.
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