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Author: Dominique Bynum

Summer Skincare Tips for Black Women!

Summer Summer Summertime! Time to sit back and unwind! IT’S SUMMERTIME! It’s time to go to the beach, sit out in the sun and enjoy the feel of the warmth on your skin. You know you have to take extra care of your skin as the seasons change right? Summer brings a warmth that we love to feel, but this summer is starting off full of intense heat. Sunscreen is a must. Don’t listen to the myths anymore! Even though we have melanin that helps protect us from the harmful rays of the sun, we need that extra protection from sunscreens with SPF. Another thing we need to alter, for the health of our skin, are our hot showers. You might be thinking, “Who wants to take...

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Less Stress, Less Mess!

We can spend so much time running around trying to accomplish everything that we spread ourselves way too thin. Summertime is here and it’s heat is prevailing, so what better time is there to de-stress? It’s time for less stress for less mess. Here are a few summertime de-stress ideas for you to try: Take a Beach Trip The sound of the waves, the warmth of the sun, the cool breeze, and the sand in your toes is guaranteed to give you some much needed relaxation. Even if not for a full day’s trip, a little bit of time walking the shore is great for your less stress for less mess! Have Yourself a Little Picnic It’s one thing to go to a restaurant and eat outside,...

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DON’T FRY DAY!

It’s Don’t Fry Day, and I’m not talking about fried foods. Don’t Fry Day takes place the Friday before memorial day and it’s a day to remind all of us about the importance of sun safety for our skin. We enjoy being out in the sun as much as we want but we don’t always protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays. DON’T FRY YOUR SKIN! That’s what Don’t Fry Day is all about. Your skin is beautiful and we are all about health so why not keep your skin healthy? A little while ago we talked about the myths of our skin, like the myth that darker skin doesn’t need sunscreen. We learned that it is actually smart to protect our skin with things...

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When Our Bodies Speak Do We Listen?

Have you ever heard someone say, “listen to your body?” Have you ever actually done it? Listening to your body isn’t about physically listening for your body to speak words to you, but your body does communicate with you. When you’re running on empty and having gotten enough sleep, but you are continuing to be on the run, your body might slow you down. Your eyelids might get heavy, your body might be more difficult to move, and you might be abusing caffeine and energy drinks to keep you on the go. In this case, your body has already told you to slow down and get some sleep, but you weren’t listening. Sometimes we get a gut feeling that contrasts with our mental process. Your mind...

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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day!

Does anyone know what May 18th is? No? It’s okay, girl, I’ll tell you. May 18th is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day! The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) leads this observance. This day is observed to recognize all the people who work daily towards finding a way to prevent the contracting and spread of HIV. Not only is this day a to recognize those who work towards HIV prevention, but this is a day to educate about the importance of HIV prevention research. You can go to AIDSinfo to learn more about preventive HIV vaccines and therapeutic HIV vaccines. Our health is extremely important, but so is our education about our health. To learn more, please follow Black Girl Health...

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The Myth of Our Skin!

We have some gorgeous skin, but are we taking care of it? We might clean and moisturize our skin well but there are a few myths that too many of us believe. It’s time to debunk the myths, Sis! Black Don’t Crack Sweetheart, you’re wrong.Yes it can. Black skin is still susceptible to aging and wrinkles. Skin care is important regardless of your skin color. I Don’t Need Sunscreen Black Skin does have a natural SPF protector in melanin that helps us protect our skin, but that is not always enough. Black skin can still have skin cancer so using sunscreen can greatly benefit you. DON’T FALL INTO THE TRAP. You probably need some sunscreen, sis. My Oily Skin is Moisture Enough I don’t know, lovelies....

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National Women’s Health Week!

Did you know that it was National Women’s Health Week? Oh you didn’t? Well it was National Women’s Health Week! This starts every year right after Mother’s Day. This week is used to remind women to take their health into their own hands and make becoming healthier a priority. What are some ways that we, as women, can live healthier lifestyles? One way is trying to eat clean. Eating clean is eating more whole and natural foods and limiting the amount of processed foods from our diet. So many people think clean eating is like eating like a rabbit but in truth, clean eating can be just as satisfying and more beneficial than eating processed foods. Another way is to start enjoying your exercise. Some people...

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Vegetarian Pros and Cons!

We’ve talked about the pros and cons of the vegan diet, but now we need to talk about the pros and cons of the vegetarian diet. The vegetarian diet is one where meat is not consumed. The difference between this diet and the vegan diet, as we talked about before, is that in the vegetarian diet animal products are still consumed. Here are some pros and cons: Pros Weight-loss The vegetarian diet is low in fat and high in fiber which are very good components for weight loss. It can also be a beneficial diet for maintaining weight. Complete Nutrition When well planned out, vegetarian meals can contain all essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins. This is extremely beneficial and debunks the idea that becoming vegetarian automatically lowers...

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Vegan Diet Pros and Cons!

The vegan diet is very similar to the vegetarian diet which cuts out eating meat. The difference, however, is that the vegan diet completely eliminates animal products from the person’s consumption. Here are some pros and cons for the vegan diet to help you decide what is best for: Pros Potentially Improved Health Because the vegan diet completely eliminates animal products from consumption, this diet is cholesterol free and low in saturated fat. This could lead to lower cholesterol as well as lower blood pressure. Increased Self-Control This diet definitely promotes self-control. Having to look at ingredients or ask questions about how things are cooked, completely giving up certain foods, and so much more all take extreme self-control. This diet helps increase that self-control. Cons Abrupt Change With absolutely no...

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What They Forgot to Tell You About Going Natural!

Over recent years “going natural” has become somewhat of a trend. Although it is a healthy trend the downsides aren’t necessarily talked about. Here are a few of the things they forgot to tell you about going natural. A Job Without A Paycheck: Going natural is a job in itself. It is truly a time requirement. Often times with processed hair, much attention is not required. Natural hair requires attention. A lack of attention with processed hair is not nearly as detrimental as a lack of attention with natural hair. Can Be Expensive:  Have you ever noticed the difference in price when buying natural hair products rather than other hair products? A bottle of SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo (3.2 fl oz) costs...

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