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Issa Rae Dishes On Her Self-Care Secrets & Shares Why She Says ‘Nah’ To Natural Deodorant

After an embarrassing experience in New Orleans, Issa says she's going to need all of the aluminum.

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Now that I know that my once-trusted Eco-Styler Gel is basically poison, I'm questioning every product in my arsenal. Are my tampons toxic? Does my toothpaste cause cancer? Is it time that I finally kick the chemically-infused crack and switch over to all-natural deodorant? While you may be considering going organic and kicking your go-to antiperspirant to the curb, Issa Rae says that after an embarrassing experience in New Orleans, she's going to need all of the aluminum and I can totally relate.

In a recent interview with Page Six, the Insecure creator dished on some of her must-have quarantine self-care secrets and revealed the real reason she will never rock natural deodorant again. She told Page Six:

"Natural deodorant is trash. My stupid ass tried it for the first time in the summer in New Orleans. I was literally walking with my homies and I was like, 'What's that smell?' Then I smelled one of my armpits. I lifted up my arm and it was me! I was so embarrassed."

Although all-natural antiperspirant is a strong "nah" for Issa, the Lovebirds star shared that she has used her time in quarantine experimenting with her beauty routine in other ways:

"My hair feels more healthy. I just feel like I can experiment with different products I have always wanted to use. I can look ugly in my house, 'cause no one see me — it's great! But I do need a mani and pedi."

Along with waking up to work out at 4am and taking a break from her regularly scheduled makeup routine, here are 4 must-have self-care secrets from our favorite not-so-Awkward Black Girl.

Mornings Are For Workouts

Issa told Vanity Fair:

"This is my sweet spot. I always felt like I was behind and I was trying to keep up, so this makes me feel like at least I have a handle on what my day's going to be, and the working out aspect. I don't like coming home after a long day and feeling like, 'Oh, I still gotta move my body?' I'd rather just get it out the way. Also, I'm not a night owl. I'm not about that life. I just don't want it to feel like it's impressive when it's just a preference."

Utilize Time Blocking

"I'm a routine-heavy person. My routine is getting up at 4, working out, then doing all the work that I have from 5:30 to 9. Then 9 is breakfast, and then from 10 to 6 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday is writing. Then Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to all the business shit, all the calls that I have to do."

Take Breaks Frequently

"I've never cooked so much. At work, I barely think about dinner, or I [order] delivery, but I've been doing none of that. I've just been taking breaks for cooking in the middle of the day."

Let Your Skin Breathe

"I'm trying to stay makeup-free as much as I can. I just take care of my skin. This is the first time that I'm consistently using sunscreen when I go outside. I am cleaning, exfoliating and masking a lot, so I'm just trying to keep my skin stress-free."

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