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Dope Tips for Luxurious Skin This Winter

It's November, the leaves are falling, and depending on where you reside, there may be a slight chill in the air. All of this can only mean one thing: IT'S CUFFING SEASON!!! (Ok, totally kidding here, but not really). November is the month that we REALLY start getting those "hey big head" texts from Old Man Winter and we have to learn how to protect ourselves from his vicious schemes - DRY SKIN and snow storms. Protecting yourselves from snowstorms is easy: MOVE. But dry skin? That's an easy fix that requires less effort than shoveling 10 ft of snow!

First up on the list is one of our absolute FAVORITE things to use to lock in moisture: COCONUT OIL! DopeChickKali swears by it and even uses it on her toddler's skin. Dry skin happens when moisture is lost through the pores. However, because of coconut oils saturated fat content, the fats help lock in the moisture - giving you smooth, radiant skin that's made for cuddling during cuffing season. No one wants sandpaper legs tearing up their sheets beloved.

Outside of providing you with supreme moisture without making you uber greasy, coconut oil has a multitude of other uses. You can use it for removing makeup, reducing the itch of mosquito bites, and when mixed with bacon soda, you can use it as a natural deodorant!

Next up is another oil and a favorite of DopeChickNeeks, Almond Oil! Almond oil is essential for smooth, flawless skin. ESSENTIAL!!! It's rich in Vitamin E and when used regularly, it can help protect your skin from UV radiation damage and keep you looking youthful. Almond oil is also a great weapon in your fight against acne and blemishes. Mix this light oil with fine sugar to create a DIY facial scrub that will lift and dislodge all the dirt and grime from your pores while also exfoliating to reveal baby soft skin. You can also mix almond oil with other essential oils such a lavender (or even coconut oil) to create your own personalized scent.

Shea Butter is often used to soothe dry skin and protect our skin's natural oils. The healing properties in shea butter make it an ideal ingredient when creating your own body oils and body butters. When used regularly, shea butter can reduce wrinkles and boost collagen production, reduces stretch marks, scarring and cellulite, and because of its antifungal / anti-inflammatory properties, it makes a great diaper rash ointment for your little ones. 

African Black Soap (ABS) is pretty popular for all the right reasons. ABS firms skin, improves its texture, AND alleviates razor bumps (making it a staple in men's grooming regimens). The high shea butter content protects the skin from the harsh elements and, again, the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties cleans deep into your pores to alleviate breakouts and rejuvenate your skin! 

Last but not least, whatever you choose to use, be sure you're also incorporating SUNSCREEN into your routine. SPF 30+ is recommended - even on cloudy days! Just because you don't see the sun that doesn't mean you shouldn't always protect your skin from UV rays. Even if you can't visibly see a burn, you're always at risk for skin damage from constant sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen slows the development of wrinkles, premature aging, and prevents dark spots (aka when used consistently, it helps give credence to our "Black Don't Crack" mantra!).

So there you have it - a nice list of healthy skin boosters to add to your next shopping trip! If you guys have questions about ANYTHING - feel free to hit us up by leaving a comment below!

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