I asked this on Twitter, but I figured your readers might want to know as well. I’ve noticed that a lot of sunscreens are chocked full of chemicals. During this summer heat what do you recommend to product yourself for the sun without using harmful chemical products? Will oils do the job or is SPF protection necessary?
Good question! I’ve tried using just oils and it’s definitely not enough protection. Some of my favorite healthy beauty brands, like Aubrey Organics,Jasons and Desert Essence, carry Sunscreen as well! Next time you’re at Whole Foods, check them all out!
P.S. If you’re comfortable making your own, here’s a dope DIY recipe.
The most common fitness question in my inbox would have to be, “Fran, how can I get a bigger butt?”…The most important factor is obviously genetics but this article gives tips on how to make the most with what you have…and then some. You can definitely “build a butt” but it’s going to take work!
Hey Fran, I did my BC about three weeks ago and since then I find my hair super dry. I use both coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize, but it still looks and ( my big issue) feels dry, do you have any advice on what i should do? Thanks Kris
Congrats on your big chop! I would suggest trying a different mixture for moisture. For some, Coconut Oil can make the hair feel brittle. Same with Shea Butter. Shea just sits on my hair and makes it stiff so I personally can’t use it. Why not try a cream? Like the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (Or the Curl Milk)? Hope that helps!
I absolutely love, love, love your blog! This past weekend, I used the Shea Moisture products on my hair for the first time and absolutely loved every single thing I purchased. I am one person who thought that I had no type of curl/wave pattern until I tried these products. Thanks so much for recommending these products and presenting good reviews!
So, I’m a huge fan of your blog, and I’ve been reading up on various sources that you use as well to find the best styling methods and products for my hair. You def inspired me to do my big chop, throw out my products with sulfates and harsh chemicals, and move toward clean(er) eating. I started P90X a few weeks ago, and I feel great! I love Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in, coconut oil, JBCO, and Shea Moisture Restorative conditioner. I’ve done twist outs, coil outs, and the shingling method to see what diff styles work and look good on my hair so far. I LOVE the re-invented me! Thank you so much for the help! :)
Hey Fran Hey! I can't find the words to express just how much I appreciate you and your blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am planning to incorporate coconut, castor, grapeseed and olive oil into my hair regimen! I've been doing a lot of research on each oil but there's so much different information out there, I'm confused as to what each oil is best used as. :( I recently discovered "Spectrum" have you used this brand before? also is refined or unrefined better for hair? Thank you!!
Spectrum is awesome! It’s my favorite brand of Coconut Oil. Refined vs Unrefined is in regards to how much processing the oil went through before being packaged. Unrefined means there was little to no processing. That’s usually best for our hair/skin because the nutrients haven’t been zapped out! It contains more of the health benefits we’re looking for.
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This was their birthday box so it was filled with a few more full sized products than usual. I believe subscribers regularly receive 5-7 sample sized products with one or two full sized ones. Considering 2 full sized products usually come to $20 at the store, I think this box is a great deal. And you can cancel anytime, with no hassle! It’s definitely an awesome service for those still trying to find products that work. Or for those, like myself, who are product junkies and want to try every brand on the market…lol. My favorite part is that they support independent and up-and-coming beauty brands, as well. The owner and creator, Myleik Teele, is also super knowledgeable, animated and friendly which is always cool!
I’ve seen these boxes with makeup and beauty products but never specifically for curly hair. Apparently, the new service is so popular now that you have to sign up to a waiting list! So what do you guys think of curlBox? Are any of you subscribed already or considering it? Do you think $20 a month is worth it?
Hey Fran!! I absolutely love your blog!! I am looking for any and everything that will help me retain my moisture for longer than 2 days and I know that you adore the Jamaican Black Castor Oil but would "regular" castor oil have the same effect??
Hey! Thank you :)
Regular Castor Oil is def still worth using. The reason I use JBCO is because it’s the raw/unprocessed version of Castor Oil, carrying more of the health benefits.
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald
Healthy Skin Regimen: The Oil Cleansing Method (Update)
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Click here for part II of The Oil Cleansing Method - An all natural DIY Astringent
It’s been over a month since I started using the OCM and i’m finally sold on it. I’m sticking with it over the Yes To Cucumbers facial cleansing system I was using before. Like any beauty regimen, it’s a process of trial and error. I modified my method at least 3 times before actually getting it right for my specific skin type.
When I first started, I used a mixture of 50% Jojoba Oil, 50% Grapeseed Oil, 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 5 drops of Neem Oil and 5 drops of Flax Seed Oil. I figured since Jojoba is the oil closest to our skin’s natural oil, it would help replenish my dry sections (I have combination skin). Grapeseed is known for penetrating blocked pores and healing breakouts, so adding that was a no brainer. I used the Lavender and Neem to aid in evening my tone/complexion from stubborn blemishes. And Flax has Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are essential nutrients for skin health from the inside out. I bought a fresh pack of wash cloths to place on my face after cleansing, as a natural steamer (watch YouTube vids to view the full process) and also the oils for the natural DIY astringent you’re supposed to use afterwards. Oh, and I used Grapeseed after the astringent as a moisturizer. A lot, right? And twice a day? Yeah. My skin…hated…it…all. I looked sweaty all day, like I was suffering from anxiety. I had little bumps all over my forehead. My skin was red and slightly raw from wiping with the wash cloths (I have super sensitive skin). And the astringent followed by the moisturizer felt like too much added product. You guys know i’m low maintenance. I was officially…doing too much.
I decided to remove the Flax since I already drink it in my smoothies. I removed the Neem since the Lavender was essentially doing the same thing. I stopped using the wash cloths because, well, i’ve never used a wash cloth on my face. I wasn’t sure what made me think I should start now? I also removed the astringent part because i’ve never used that either. Always modify beauty advice to your specific skin care needs. I kept the Jojoba and Grapeseed but cut them down to 25% each and added 50% Jamaican Black Castor Oil as the base, instead. JBCO is known to be awesome at detoxifying pores so I figured it would compliment the moisturizing properties of the other 2 oils. The modified routine cleared up the bumps but my skin still didn’t feel clean. I decided to remove the Grapeseed Oil as a moisturizer. Once I rinsed the mixture off with warm water, followed up by a cold water splash, I just lightly patted my skin dry with a wash cloth. There was enough left over oil, from cleansing, to serve as a moisturizer. My skin felt much better.
The 3rd and final modification was a complete accident. I was away for a week and totally forgot my mixture. Luckily, there was a bottle of Sweet Almond Oil where I was staying so I decided to cleanse with it. Read the full health and skin benefits here. I poured a dime sized amount (that’s all you need…another thing I finally figured out), massaged my skin in an outwards circular motion for 2-3 min, rinsed with warm water to get most of the oil off, a cold water splash to close my pores, light dabs all over with a fresh wash cloth to dry my skin off and…done. By the end of the week my skin looked great! I came home, did the same thing for another 2 weeks and my skin was just fine without the other oils. In other words, no more mixtures, cloth steaming, astringent or moisturizers for me. Now i’m cleansing AND moisturizing with one oil. The end! Less is always more, for me, so I should’ve known the original formula was way too much. I know some of you have given up already! lol. And others are still on the quest for the perfect mixture. I think the method is golden. Oil is definitely the best and healthiest way to cleanse/moisturize your skin. No doubt about that. Mine has never felt/looked better, even as healthy as I eat!
The key is figuring out what your skin can and can’t hang with. I know people who use all of the original steps (even those with oily skin) and are loving it.
Are you using the OCM? Did you have to modify it too? What’s your mixture?