Self-care comes in many forms. It can be via your skin-care routine, meal prepping, moving your body, or organizing your to-do list. What matters most is taking some time just for you.
We’re also halfway through Black History Month, which means we’re putting an added spotlight on Black-owned businesses. And today, we’re highlighting the ones who can help you nail the whole self-care thing. So you can spend a little time treating yourself, while also supporting businesses you should know about, this month and beyond.
To help get you started, we rounded up wellness brands that focus on all parts of the body. From the hair on your head, to the skin on your feet. Literally.
If your locks are feeling a bit straw-like, this mask is for you. Once you’re done shampooing, rub the mask from mid-length to your ends, and let it sit for five to 10 minutes before washing out. What’s left behind will be noticeably smoother and softer hair. Plus, net proceeds go toward the Pull Up For Change Make It Black campaign, which is directly helping Black entrepreneurs get the support they need. ($36, Briogeo)
They’re 100% leak-proof undies that will stretch and move with you. So you won’t need to carry an extra tampon when you’re getting close to that time of the month. You can wear them with liners (if it makes you feel more comfortable), but the underwear is made from 100% absorbent cotton and dri-tech mesh to keep you comfy and protected all day long. ($19.99, Ruby Love)
Maybe you’ve got some acne scars, or maybe you’re trying to fade some sun spots. This mixture of vitamin C and vitamin E can smooth fine lines and rough texture, all while fighting hyperpigmentation. It can even help prevent future breakouts. Just make sure your face is clean before applying (and use it either morning or night). Once you’re done, finish off with a moisturizer. Voilà. ($36, Hyper Skin on Urban Outfitters)
It’s light, fluffy, and smells...amazing. It can reduce the appearance of scars, soothe common skin rashes, and help dehydrated skin. The chocolatey scent isn’t heavy, so it won’t smell perfumey once it’s applied to the skin. You can use it post shower or before bed. ($32, The London Grant Co.)
We recommend using them on your bikini line, but they work equally well for guys looking to get a smooth face shave (sans bumps). They work to reduce oil build-up, which can help with ingrown hairs and breakouts. So add them to your routine once you’re shaven and the skin is clean. ($11.99, Bevel on Target)
Sometimes self-care is just pouring yourself a glass of milk and eating a few cookies as an afternoon snack. And these are low on sugar and use gluten-free flours. They’re also made without eggs, nuts, soy, or dairy, so they’re the perfect option for those with certain allergies. Munch away. ($4.99, Partake on Target)
Included is a nipple balm, perineal balm, massage oil, sitz bath, and organic mother’s milk tea. Every product is designed to help the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of postpartum. From sore, cracked nipples to hemorrhoids. And everything is made from USDA certified-organic ingredients and packaged in glass jars for zero waste. Because healing takes time. And isn’t a solo process. ($70, Coddle)
We can’t think of a better way to unwind at the end of a long day than with a warm bath. This blend is designed to pull toxins from the body, so prepare to soak. We also suggest hanging a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door. Alone time in three...two...one… ($30, Urban Serenité on Radical Girl Gang)
This superfood is high in antioxidants, provides a caffeine boost, and may help protect the liver and heart. You can add it to lattes or your morning oats. Psst...it also gets its green color from chlorophyll, a detoxifier that's good for your skin and can help boost your immune system. ($42, Golde)
It works well on sunburn and sensitive skin. And you can refrigerate it for a cooling pick-me-up during a work day. It has aloe vera and Bulgrian rose water to help smooth skin texture and even tone. ($22, Aba Love Apothecary)
If you haven’t tried a facial roller yet...now is your chance. They feel wonderful, especially when chilled. They can also help with lymph node drainage, blood flow, and pressure headaches. Pro tip: always massage upward and outward, so start at your nose and roll out toward your cheek. ($65, The Cristalline)
Yes, planning is self-care for some. And getting yourself organized for the year ahead can calm some anxiety. This planner has goal-planning sheets for each quarter with monthly, weekly, and daily breakdowns. There are also habit-tracking sheets, finance planner sheets, and monthly calendar spreads. Get to it. ($30, Alter Planning Co.)
We all know that stinging, prickly feeling that comes along with shaving or waxing. These masks are made with honey extract and witch hazel to soothe the skin and help with ingrown hairs. They’re also biodegradable, so you can discard with peace of mind. ($38, Oui the People)
PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. And we apologize for any shipping delays due to COVID-19. Thanks.
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Skimm'd by Alexandra Napoli, Jessica Kelly
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