7 Surprising Beauty Secrets Black Women Want To Share With The World


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1.
Showering with a washcloth acts as a gentle
exfoliator, helping to keep your skin soft.

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For a lot of black women, washcloths in the
shower are equally as important as the water
and soap. The culture shock is REAL the first
time a black girl spends the night at her
non-black friend’s house and discovers
she’s the only one sudsing up with one.
Washcloths are a fave among black women because
they scrub away more dirt than just
hand-to-body contact, but also, they exfoliate
the skin and make it baby smooth because of
their semi-abrasive texture. Tips: Use
separate washcloths for your face and body, and
use white washcloths so that you can see all
the dirt, makeup, etc., that comes off!

Get them
here for $12.49.

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2. The
“Smile and Keep It Moving” technique reduces
frown lines and wrinkles.

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As little girls, black women learn the “Smile
and Keep It Moving” technique. This technique
is also commonly referred to as the “Don’t Talk
Back,” “Just Let It Go”, and “Let the Lord
Fight Your Battles.” We’re urged by the older
women in our lives who’ve walked the road we’re
traveling to exercise the beauty ritual in
instances of microaggression — like when a
white co-worker misinterprets our very normal
human behavior as “having an attitude,” or in
instances of overt racism, like when a
non-black classmate calls us a derogatory slur
and faces no consequences for their behavior.
For it is better to smile and handle these
matters graciously than to wild TF out and be
labeled “angry” and suffer consequences in the
forms of termination, expulsion, or worse.

The constant smiling and resting pleasant face
— even when we want to cry, scream, and/or go
completely HAM on a mothafucka — reduces frown
lines and other signs of aging. To see how the
“Smile and Keep It Moving” technique is done,
refer to the gif above of a
Grammy-snubbed Beyoncé.

Get it by studying a
strong black woman who has stories for
days.

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3.
Believe it or not, Vaseline can be a great face
and body moisturizer.

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Have you ever met a black woman whose face and
skin were exceptionally baby-soft and seemingly
poreless, even without makeup? Chances are her
mom or grandma slathered Vaseline on her head
to toe, against her will, every single day in
the early years of her life. Not sure how this
became such a thing in black households, but
we’re glad it did. The thick and greasy
concoction that seems like it’d be a
pimple-inducing pore-clogger is actually a
barrier that locks in moisturizer. It even got
a 4.3 out of 5 rating on
Acne.org. You should absolutely not put it
on until after you’ve cleansed your face and
body, though.

The Vaseline brand uses 100% pure and refined
petroleum jelly, and according to its
site, the product “works by creating a
sealing barrier between cells in dry or damaged
skin which locks in moisture and speeds up your
skin’s natural recovery process.” The formula
is verified by the
Journal of Cosmetic Science as being
noncomedogenic, which means it shouldn’t clog
your pores.

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here for $4.

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4. To
maintain a steady glow, eliminate the
unnecessary anxiety that comes with stealing
other people’s cultures.

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There’s an automatic load of stress that comes
into your life the day you come into the world
as black and a woman, so we find ways to cut
unnecessary stressors where we can. Like
stealing other people’s identity and land, for
example. There’s too much to worry about. What
if you get caught? How will you perfectly
execute your thieving plan so that no one
knows? How will you then justify why you stole
whatever you stole in the event that you do get
caught? Or, if you’re really a steal master,
how will you manipulate your victim into
thinking you didn’t really steal anything and
whatever you stole was actually yours
all along?

That’s A LOT to think about, and in between
protecting our families from police brutality
and finding the perfect edge control, black
women just ain’t got time. Additionally, some
of the more commonly swiped items — like

cornrows,
Afros,
hip-hop, and
language — already belong to us, so we
can’t really steal them. And there are other
things, like
land, but due to systemic racism, we don’t
really have the power to pull off such a heist.
All that said, the low likelihood of us
stealing such massive properties eliminates
another stressor.
Less stress = poppin’ skin!

Get it by staying in your lane and not
touching stuff that doesn’t belong to you.

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5. A jar
of organic coconut oil will save you in hair
and skin emergencies, and it lasts forever.

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Long before coconut oil hit the mainstream, it
was a staple beauty product for black women.
Need to manage naturally curly hair? There’s
a
coconut oil detangle method. Sensitive to
makeup removers? Rub
some coconut oil into your face and cleanse
your face as usual. Some people have also found
success in using it to manage
acne. The reasons for acne vary and the oil
method doesn’t work for everyone, though, so
proceed with caution and talk to your
dermatologist first.

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6.
Covering your hair in a satin bonnet results in
more quality beauty rest by repelling trash
dudes.

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Yes, black women sleep in satin bonnets and
scarves to maintain our hair’s moisture and to
prevent breakage caused by the friction from
cotton sheets and pillow cases. But did you
know that bonnets also repel shallow,
corny-ass, lame-ass, waste-of-time-ass men? You
know, the ones who think you’re supposed to
look like a glamazon 24/7, even when you’re
asleep. Resting next to this kind of man isn’t
really rest at all. You’ll only find yourself
tossing and turning throughout the night,
wondering where you went wrong and at what
point you decided to settle. We all know what
restlessness does to the hair,
skin, and body. See, only smart, woke,
secure men are attracted to women who take the
necessary, less glamorous steps — like sleeping
with their hair tied — to make sure their
next-day hair is laid. Get you a hair bonnet,
and stay away from fools who expect you to
sleep without one.

Get it
here for $5.05.

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7.
Braiding or twisting out your hair instead of
using a hot curler avoids heat damage.

Braiding or twisting out your hair instead of using a hot curler avoids heat damage.

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Heat damage is the WORST! That’s why sometimes
instead of using a curling iron or wand, black
women will twist or braid their hair, let it
sit for a few hours or overnight, and then
untwist/braid it. The end result? A headful of
beautiful curl-like ringlets. The pattern from
unraveled braids or twists gives a similar
effect of hot curled hair, but without the
heat. It’s also a great way to “curl” pieces of
hair that may be permanently straight from
intense heat damage. The twist and braid-outs
also last a little longer than curls from an
iron or wand. And to keep the look for as long
as possible, just re-twist or braid the hair at
night before bed and take it out in the
morning! Note that the tighter or looser the
braid or twist, the tighter or looser the
“curl.” If your hair is super straight, it may
be better to do a twist or braid-out on wet
hair and then unravel the hair when its
completely dry.

Learn more from Shareherworld’s tutorial.

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