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Go On, Indulge: Beauty And Self-Care Products To Check Out

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If there is one thing the pandemic has taught us is that self-care is more than necessary. And self-care can come in different forms — from beauty grooming to fitness to meditation.

Here are some ideas to consider trying.

Skincare Bestsellers From UK-Based Black Female-Owned Brand

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The coming year is expected to bring a variety of fun, vibrant trends to the beauty world, such as metallic accents, eye-catching hair accessories, face-painting vibes, and so much more. But there is no other aesthetic as timelessly on-trend as glowing, healthy skin. D.W. Aesthetics, a Black female-owned skincare brand based in the U.K., shares three ideas to start the new year fresh-faced.

Vitamin C Glow Serum: To give your skin a hit of anti-aging, antioxidant, D.W. Aesthetics’ serum is packed with potent natural ingredients, such as vitamin C, citrus extract, and 20% L-ascorbic acid tone-restoring nourishment. The high concentration of vitamin C brightens skin and helps to lighten hyperpigmentation while restoring vitality and vigor to combat dullness. The serum also contains an amino acid complex and sodium hyaluronate that create a moisture-binding activity for more resilient skin, plumping up fine lines and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Skin Radiant Corrective Complexion Lotion This powerful skin lightening formula is designed to treat skin discoloration conditions, such as hyperpigmentation, dark spots, melasma, and blemishes. D.W. Aesthetics’ lotion is uniquely formulated to reduce excessive melanin production by harnessing exfoliation acids and plant extracts to enhance exfoliation of dark spots present on the surface of the skin, which allows its active toning ingredients to more rapidly penetrate the skin for radiant effects.

Ginseng Toner:Ginseng is a powerful beauty ingredient that boosts circulation and promotes collagen production. It is especially effective against dry and dull skin as its energizing properties help to brighten the complexion. D.W. Aesthetics’ Ginseng Toner also contains glycolic acid and ammonium glycolate (5%), which work together to loosen excess accumulation of dead skin cells to support the skin’s natural rate of exfoliation. The result: fresh, radiant skin that glows from within without the need for makeup.

Going Clean

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When Melissa Maker, the founder of Maker’s Clean, host of the YouTube channel Clean My Space and resident cleaning expert, started complaining about her cotton terry face cloths, the team at Maker’s Clean took this as a challenge. 

“As with our mop, towels, and famous microfiber cloths, we took a seemingly simple product and put some serious thought into it,” says Maker. “As someone who has sensitive skin, we developed the Maker’s face cloth to be an ultra-soft and gentle treat for your face and a great way to keep your skin feeling fresh and clean without irritation.”

 “This issue we found is that most face cloths are made from cotton terry. Alternatively, a number of the leading makeup remover cloths are made from 100% polyester, both of which have their problems,” says Chad Reynolds, co-founder of Maker’s Clean and head of product development. “Cotton terry can feel rough on your skin and is prone to developing odors over time, and while softer, a 100% polyester fabric is not as absorbent as our alternative.” 

The Luxury Face Cloth replaces disposable cotton rounds, cotton balls, and single-use makeup remover wipes. The Luxury Face Cloths are designed to be washed thousands of times, and the additional feature that makes this cloth unique is that it is double-sided. The intended use for these cloths ranges from everyday face cleansing to makeup removal and also removing at-home skin treatments. The ultra-plush Luxury Face Cloths are sold in a convenient 5-pack which retails for $39 at

Skin-Fitness Line

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Get that post-exercise glow, no cardio necessary from the new skin-fitness line, HERB+FLORA. French triathlete and ex-beauty executive Marie-Pierre Stark-Flora created a clinically-proven line of beauty products. The brand’s topicals are developed with naturally derived ingredients like brightening algae and autophagy-inducing asparagus extract, smoothing levels of AHA and PHA, mini hyaluronic acid, and the brand’s very own Exercise Mimic Youth Complex, a ground-breaking combination of actives that helps reproduce the anti-aging effects of exercise. 

They also offer ingestibles that promote health on a cellular level and increase antioxidant capacity, along with a luxurious anti-wrinkle silk pillowcase woven with Cupron, an intelligent textile that helps smooth skin and hair overnight – talk about beauty sleep.

The Potion

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The Potion by HERB+FLORA is a clinically-proven refillable serum features a skin-brightening blend of Macroalgae, Asparagus Extract, Microalgae Astaxanthin, and Aloe Leaf juice while replicating the anti-aging effects exercise on the skin with the brand’s Exercise Mimic Youth Complex, a ground-breaking combination of actives. The world’s first Macroalgae cell culture technology provides both immediate and long-term antioxidant benefits to protect the epidermis from environmental damage and maintain mitochondrial health. At the same time, organic Asparagus Extract promotes autophagy and improves collagen density. This vegan, antioxidant-rich serum also resurfaces skin with gentle smoothing AHA and PHA levels and replenishes the complexion with mineral electrolytes and hydrating Mini Hyaluronic Acid.

Curel Japan Skincare

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This simple, 4-step J-Beauty routine from Curel inspired by Japanese beauty secrets will help nourish and protect your skin while temperatures drop. Formulated with gentle, fragrance-free ingredients, this best-selling line is made specifically for dry, sensitive skin. Begin this hydrating routine with a miracle Makeup Cleansing Oil that transforms into a milky texture upon contact with water, following up with a foaming facial cleanser. Seal in all moisture with the brand’s lightweight Facial Milk and layer with a heavier Intensive Moisture Facial Cream. Curel Japan is available in the U.S. exclusively at Ulta and Amazon.

Clean Beauty

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Clean beauty pioneer Lavanila has spent the past 15 years perfecting their aluminum-free natural deodorants with antioxidant-rich ingredients and their own Beta-Glucan Technology. Exciting new launches from the brand include new Vanilla Sugarcane launches and soy candles, an entirely new product category. Cozy up to top notes of Sparkling Sugarcane, Freesia Petals, and Mandarin, mingle with soft Rose, Sugar Crystals, and Vanilla Flower, and sit over a base of Musk, SoftWoods, and Madagascar Vanilla. This brand new fragrance handcrafted by master natural perfumers using organic sugarcane alcohol is sophisticated, not-too-sweet, and makes the perfect holiday gifts.

Botanical in Bloom

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Dermatologist-developed brand, Replenix features high-performance botanical products that address several skin conditions, from acne to rosacea, eczema, aging, and more! Built on four decades of dermatological science, these expertly formulated products use six different medical-grade technologies to create potent formulas that work.

Men’s Skincare

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Give the men in your life the gift of luxury with the award-winning skincare BULK HOMME line from Japan! Created with low-waste packaging, this simple yet effective line offers rich products for both skin and hair.

Plant-Based Hair Care

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Formulated by master hairstylist, educator, and go-to curl specialist, Nubia Rezo celebrates curly hair with her signature rezoCut, an innovative approach to curly haircutting, along with her own line of high-quality products featuring plant-based ingredients. Let your curls live their best life with a black tea-infused serum that smooths as it promotes hair growth, while vegan shampoos and conditioners leave strands feeling ultra-silky. A plush microfiber towel cuts drying time in half, and the brand’s travel-friendly diffuser styles curls with minimal frizz.

Vegan Haircare

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For some, the vegan lifestyle has been a part of their lives for years, while others are only now starting to wonder how to make their lives more mindful, vegan, planet-friendly, and cruelty-free. Traditional salon treatments that use keratin are far from vegan: In most cases, keratin in hair products comes from the feathers, hair, horns, and hooves of animals. However, the Mayraki Organic Hydrolyzed Keratin Instant Smoother System is meticulously developed solely from 100% vegan, cruelty-free ingredients to deliver effective results while steering away from harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde. It is the first-ever all-natural keratin smoothing treatment. Mayraki Keratin Treatment is safe to be used at home, bonds to your hair to create a protective layer around each strand, effectively diminishing frizz, sealing the cuticle, and protecting against external damage. To order, visit:

Brightening Antioxidant Serum 

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This brightening, triple-duty antioxidant serum, Vitamin C Pro-Collagen Serum by Replenix, helps to support healthy collagen production and fight free radicals. At the same time, skin-brightening Vitamin C has been scientifically formulated with an advanced, proprietary time-released delivery system to provide optimized penetration and absorption. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is visibly reduced thanks to the brand’s Vitamin C Active Complex, natural skin brightener Arbutin, and clinical-grade antioxidant Emblica.

Dr. Zenovia Vitamin C Brightening Toner

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After cleansing, sweep this Dr. Zenovia Vitamin C Brightening Toner over your face and neck to replenish, hydrate, condition, and visibly even the skin’s texture and tone.

More Turning To Surgery

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After a year of staying inside and staring at yourself on Zoom calls, many are hyper-focused on their appearance and subtle changes that can enhance their looks.  

At Rowe Plastic Surgery, the doctors see a significant spike in patients requesting standard surgical treatments, but with a new preference of slight alterations versus overdone results. Here are some of the procedures patients are opting for more natural results: Under Eye Filler to lessen the look of sunken and/or tired under-eye bags; Botox Injections in the crow’s feet and eyebrow areas to eliminate stress-related wrinkles, and Thread Lift to non-surgically slightly lift and tighten the face.    

About the Author

Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.