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#TraceeTaughtMe: 5 Beauty Tips From Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross has proven time and time again that women of color are a force to be reckoned with. She's a beacon of light and advocate for women who refuse to submit to conformity and slays consistently while doing it, not to mention she hasn't aged in about 20 years.

The Black-ish actress admitted that the life of a multi-talented powerhouse can be intense and took to Instagram to share some of the tips from her magical fountain that keeps her looking almost half her age.

Work it Out

My skin glows more than ever after a workout that really makes me sweat. Tracee Ellis Ross once said that she hit the gym four to six times a week for 90 minutes at a time to keep her face and body snatched. She told E!:

"I do hit the gym the very hard. I am known to do a 6 a.m. workout if I have an 8 a.m. call. I make sure to go three of four times a week, which is good. I sweat it out. I usually do 90 minutes."

If you're like me and can't quite commit as much time to your fitness routine, try to get your heart rate up 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes, drink plenty of water, and wait on your glow up baby.

Pour it Up

A glass a wine a day keeps the doctors away, according to Tracee. It's been reported that red wine is filled with antioxidants and can improve endurance and performance. Tracee has been vocal about the importance in having a good fitness regime, and by using supplements like red wine and vitamins, you'll be able to optimize your workout.

In Living Color

When you look good, you feel good. Tracee is known for her choice in bold lip colors that she rocks any and everywhere, including the gym. She said that she likes to wear a red lip to the gym so that when she catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror she looks as fierce as she feels.

She said:

"I don't like foundation. I love the look of a fresh face with a pop of color on the lips. It makes me feel so good. I'll even wear a red lip to the gym. I do the Tracy Anderson Method, so there's a lot of mirror work involved. When I see my red lips reflecting back at me, I'm like, 'Yeah, girl, that's right!'"

For Longer Lasting Lip Wear

When you're rocking a bold lip color, it's important that it lasts with minimal need to reapply. Tracee suggests using a piece of oil-absorbing paper to remove excess oils and ensure that her pigment stays poppin all damn day.

To Reduce Wrinkles

Many stars use a depuffer as an anti-aging serum. Tracee recently recorded her routine using a depuffer and facial massage tools to increase blood flow and help with acne breakouts. She captioned her video:

"SWIPING AWAY THE YEARS ~ with face massage / de-puffer tools (this is what happens when you buy sh*t on Instagram😂) just to be clear...I have no interest in going back in time but I'm always game for some self-care or a beauty treatment!"

Stay Hydrated

Muva Tracee doesn't play when it comes to hydration, and it shows in the appearance of her flawless mug. She posted a video giving herself the aesthetician treatment while traveling in first class that proves how real the moisturization struggle really is. To keep her skin all the way together when she travels, the actress makes sure to hydrate her face before, during, and after a flight. She said:

"I'm really big on hydration. I've actually never seen my fingers doing that, but I do that every time I put moisturizer on, period."

Along with the tips above, Tracee said that enzyme peels and hydrating masks are also tools that should be implemented into your beauty routine to achieve your ultimate #BeautyGoals. Now go, Queen, use these tools to set forth and slay!

Featured image by Tracee Ellis Ross/Instagram

When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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