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Maturing As An African American Woman

Maturing As An African American Woman [Update 2019]

Maturing as an African American Woman. How does this natural occurrence affect your hair and skin? How does it make you feel?

Remember when Essence Magazine used to devote its January Issue to Mature Black Women! What happened? It's not like we stopped maturing nor did we stop looking like Grand Dames. Over the years there's been a lot of talk about anti-aging. Now, while you can't stop the clock of maturing, you can begin to take care of your skin and hair as you transition into those years where your fine brown frame changes its direction. Hormones, metabolism and a combination of the two are responsible for a lot of the skin and hair challenges that you face as a maturing African American woman. Yes your melanin gives you that added protection from the sun and the elements but what are you doing to protect your melanin? As you mature, your skin needs added moisture. It can get this added moisture from topical products as well as from the foods that you eat.

Speaking of Nutrition for Maturing African American Women ...

As for the foods that you take into your temple, eat what makes sense to you, without over indulging. Of course, the more vegetables and whole grains that you take in the better. And you know and understand that water is crucial. Do you drink half your body's weight in water? Not juice, not tea. Does 80% of your meal include green foods? Nutrition for your skin is just as important as the moisturizing cream that you apply to your face and body. And let's not forget your hair. Have you ever wondered why for some of you, your hair begins to shed and for others it grows like you've never experienced in your life? Can you chalk it up to maturing hormones? Not always, some of it could be dehydration. Coffee, alcohol, too much salt can all contribute to dehydration in your body. So, for every glass of wine/alcohol, cup of coffee and that extra pinch of salt that you add to your meal, 2 glasses of water should be drank in order to keep your body hydrated. What a lot of you don't realize is that the skin and hair challenges that you're experiencing as Maturing Black Women, could have a lot to do with dehydration. Stress ... So much goes on in today's environment that affects your skin and hair. What about your stress level? Are you worrying about things or people for that matter, that you can not change? This type of anxiety puts a lot of stress on you and it affects you all the way down to your cellular level.

Skin and Hair Care for Maturing African American Women

As for your skin, your basic black skin care regimen would go something like this: Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize. Then you'd want to add the step of exfoliating to your regimen. When you exfoliate your skin, it enables you to remove the dead skin cells that have built up and is now causing your skin to look dull, ashy and gray. As for your beautiful black hair, you'll want to keep it clean washing it every 7-10 days. A hot oil treatment will give your hair that added sheen and healthy glow. If you're transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair, you'll have to be patient with yourself. After all, you've had chemicals in your hair for years. Your scalp and hair follicles are in a transition period and wondering what the heck is going on. Don't pack a lot of hair grease or oils on your scalp, it will only add weight to your hair and make it limp and lifeless. Your skin needs to release toxins and one way of doing this is to move your body. A morning swim, an evening stroll or a night of Salsa will give your body a form of motion that will have you sweating and releasing that toxic waste. Even with all of the hormonal and metabolism changes taking place in your body, I understand that you're not quite finished yet. This is the best time of your life. You've lived long enough that if you once cared, you no longer concern yourself with what others think. A lot of you really like the skin you're in! Even if it means you're carrying a few more pounds than usual. And if you really want to get rid of those unwanted inches, swim an extra lap, walk an extra mile and get to Salsa night 30 minutes earlier. That's if for this week. As always ... Dedicated To Your Beauty, Juliette Samuel, Esthetician/Author/Publisher, Nyraju Skin Care
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