Self-Care Routine at School

Hey guys, I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving break!!! Now we’ll be getting back to our regularly scheduled program. At least once a week I do some form of self-care. In order it usually includes using a clay mask to detox my hair and skin (usually only my face and underarms), washing and conditioning my hair, showering, shaving or waxing, exfoliating, using a face mask and then styling my hair. Now let’s go into depth of my routine. 

     First, I start off by using the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask. It detoxes and cleanses the hair and skin. I mix the clay mask and apple cider vinegar in a plastic bowl with a plastic spoon. It’s very important that you don’t use metal, because it’ll disturb the minerals and other ingredients in the mask causing it to not work properly. It has measurements on the jar to help you mix it. Once it has a smooth but thick consistency, I apply an even layer of the mask to my underarms, all over my hair, and my face. Applying it on my underarms helps to unclog pores, remove deodorant buildup, even out hyperpigmentation, and stop odor. Applying it on my face helps to prevent acne, unclog pores, and allow my skincare products to penetrate my skin easier. Applying it on my hair helps to remove product buildup, keep my color vibrant, and give me a clean slate which allows my moisturizing products to penetrate the hair shaft easier. 

Second, I move on to cleansing my hair with the Renpure Originals Biotin & Collagen Thickening Shampoo. It has no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial dyes, etc. It’s also color safe which keeps my pink hair vibrant. It also cleans my hair well without drying it out. I usually only shampoo twice. After shampooing I move on to conditioning with the Carol’s Daughter wash day delight dreamy detangler jelly to cream conditioner. I love this conditioner. You don’t need much of it for it to do its job. It’s super moisturizing and it glides through your hair because of the jelly to cream formula. It expands to cover every strand of hair making it so much easier to detangle. 

Third, I start my shower and cleanse my body. There are about 3 different body cleansers that I alternate between every couple of weeks. They are all very moisturizing, they don’t leave a film on my body, and they smell amazing.  

Fourth, I shave or wax depending on how I feel. I don’t like to shave because it causes hyperpigmentation, leaves razor bumps, and just isn’t good for your skin overall, but sometimes I do and when I do I use this razor. This razor has disposable blades and razor heads. It also has shave gel inside of it that comes out when it makes contact with your skin which is really helpful. I usually go get waxed, so I don’t really have any details for that other than the fact that I get a Brazilian wax. 

Fifth, I put on my exfoliating gloves which look like this. I use my Boobies Body exfoliant. It has coconut hibiscus and vanilla in it. It firms my skin, keeps my skin from itching after shaving, and keeps away razor bumps. It also removes dead skin and just feels great overall.  

Next, I use the same brand of face mask that I use to exfoliate which is Rainbow Beauty. This is an anti-blemish face mask, and it truly fades hyperpigmentation and helps to prevent acne. It also reduces the size of your pores, making your makeup smoother and dewier.  

Last, I style my hair and I usually use the crème of nature argan oil strength and shine leave in conditioner, because I hate drowning my hair in water it’s pointless and it makes my hair take so much longer to dry. Then I move on to the Kuza Jamaican black castor oil repair cream. I run this through my hair for moisture because it’s really think and allows me to detangle easily. Next, I use the Shea Moisture Coconut, Hibiscus, and Flaxseed defining styling gel. This works great on thick hair, and it doesn’t dry the hair out. It also leaves the hair with movement but gives it hold without making it crunchy. Lastly, I use the Cantu Shea butter wave whip curling mousse. I scrunch my hair with this at the end before blow-drying. It keeps my curls clumped together and gives my hair hold. It also helps my hair to dry faster. 

That’s my entire routine and I hope to see you all next week! 

Author: Aleria Holmes

Aleria Holmes Writing is much more than an art or a creative outlet for me. It's simply my life, if writing doesn't exist neither do I. I believe I was truly born at the most perfect unperfect time. Writing has matured so much and many more people respect it now as a career and there are schools that teach you how to creatively write. At the same time, most people in the world will judge you, because you don't do what they do and you don't follow the simple unhappy path that they've taken. Writing has made me comfortable in my own skin, it has taught me that there is no other in this universe like me. Writing has taught me to love myself and every thought that skips across my brain, because I am important. I am enough, I am me and that's all I have ever needed to be!

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