How do you start your day?
I give thanks for the light in my life and ask for light to shine in places where there is darkness. Then I start my self-care regimen in the bathroom which includes a nice shower. My mailman usually arrives just after that to pick up orders. Next stop, the kitchen for a huge fruit salad and then I get my work day started.
Do you have a morning/evening ritual?
I burn Paolo Santo morning and evening. I also do Qi Gong movements. It’s a type of Tai Chi .
What is your daily skincare routine?
Face - I wash with PCA pigment bar, it’s the best. Then, raw aloe plant, 3 drops of hyaluronic acid or vitamin c and 3 drops of some kind of face oil (right now I’m using Glow by Brown Girl Jane) then a smear of SPF.
Body - Scrub every 2-3 days and lotion / butter every day
Do you have a daily wellness routine?
Yes, I’m big on elimination. It’s the most crucial part of my day. I drink teas and take magnesium and flaxseed at night to make sure I completely eliminate just about everything I ate the day before. I awake around 5am to start this process. I think America is probably the most constipated nation in the world. Our toilets are poorly designed and we gawk at the idea of spending quality time to go to the bathroom. We’re not given enough time in the morning to do so because we’re always rushing off to school and work. And, once we’re there God forbid we spend more than 15 mins on the toilet before someone is sent in to make sure we’re okay. The fact that we have been home quarantining over the last 6 months is a very good thing. I hope people were able to repair their digestive systems during this time. Disease starts in the gut. The more we eliminate, the healthier we’ll be.
What is a beauty product or tool you can’t live without?
My body butter... seriously. If it weren’t for my coworker, I’d still be making it just for me.
What do you do for R&R when you need to reboot?
I used to travel. I still do... well in my head... haha. I actually took a short trip to the Vineyard last month. It was on my list of ways to de-quarantine safely while getting adapting to our “new normal”. It was well needed and quite relaxing. I have a trip to Aruba on standby until after this crazy election. I enjoy dance (afro beats all day) and a comfy robe. I also commit to a serious work out called RokMil fitness 4 times a week. It really helps keep my head clear so that I can sleep deeply at night.
What are your must haves when traveling?
I always bring a kaftan, a sarong to lay over the bed, my body butter and Paolo Santo.
What selfcare advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?
Take more trips around the world.
Do you have any beauty/wellness advice for our followers?
Drink as much water as your stomach can take. Give yourself enough time in the morning to sit on the royal throne. If your money is tight and you can’t afford that favorite face serum cut open an aloe plant and smear it on your face. It’s magical. Use oil based, waterless moisturizers (like Butter By Keba) on your body right after the shower. Your skin will thank you.