16 Self-Care Items Black Creatives Can’t Live Without

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How do you feel most confident? What are a few things you like to do to boost your self-confidence if you aren’t feeling 100%?

I rely heavily on my Christian faith, so even when I’m not feeling the most confident, I have to remind myself of what the Word says about myself and my identity. Outwardly, I feel most confident when I’m well rested. I know that I’m the best version of myself when my tank is full. I also feel confident when I’m able to wake up with a successful twist-out with defined curls. I’m transitioning to my natural hair, and some days, it’s hit-or-miss!

On the days I’m not feeling 100%, it’s imperative that I carve out time for myself to do something that would bring me joy and hopefully turn my day around, which sometimes means taking myself on a date or FaceTiming my family for a pep talk or simply just going for a jog with my dog.

Has there ever been a time when you didn’t fully appreciate the skin you’re in or felt underappreciated by the people around you? If so, how did you overcome this?

Honestly speaking, I struggled with my identity from a young age up until my mid-20s. I come from a family with a range of skin tones and shades (all Black and all beautiful), but it could be argued that I’m one of the lightest complected of my immediate family. That being said, it comes with a lot of ridicule and questions. People always had something to say about my appearance, and I’d get teased a lot. I ended up internalizing their doubts about myself. I used to really not like myself, and it took a lot of self-reflection and prayer to push those negative thoughts away and learn to embrace what makes me uniquely me.

What are the most indulgent self-care products you love to use, and why do you love each of them?

I’m absolutely obsessed with skincare products. I’m constantly searching the market for the newest products. While I understand the journey to perfect skin is a long one, I really do appreciate the fast fixes of face masks. I will splurge on face masks. Whether it’s a sheet mask, overnight mask, or thick clay mask, I have them all. There are so many options out there that target every skin concern. I feel productive when I’m able to cook a meal, clean the apartment, or answer some emails while also pampering my skin. Instant results are always satisfying, even though they may not always last long. I recently turned 30, so I want to be sure I’m taking the best care of my skin and sticking to my regimen.

What are a few staples you always carry in your kit no matter what?

My staple products include a brightening under-eye cream. Sometimes, concealer doesn’t sit right unless the skin underneath is properly hydrated. I love a fresh, dewy glow, so I always keep my Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face and Body Gloss on hand. This product isn’t sticky and sits beautifully on the skin. I also love Bobbi Brown’s Nude Finish Illuminating Pressed Powder—it comes in five shades. I don’t always use them how they’re intended to be used. Sometimes, I’ll use them as bronzers, or I’ll blend this product into the crease of an eye for more dimension.

What is your all-time favorite beauty brand for Black and brown skin?

I have fallen in love with Ami Colé. I’m so excited to see this brand expand on the market and hopefully onto the shelves of Ulta or Sephora! I have also really come to appreciate Kosas. I’ve been using more clean beauty in my kit, and this brand doesn’t disappoint! Its concealers are amazing, and they have a great range in shades—that’s the reason they’re always out of stock!

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