I keep getting questions via email and in the streets about what sort of make-up products I use, type of lotion for my skin or what my beauty/weight secrets are in general. Sometimes, I get people rubbing my face because they don’t believe the answer I give them, so I decided to just throw it out there…blog about it.
As far as my skin goes, I never use lotion. Never. It doesn’t work for me, not only because I have dry skin, but I feel like it doesn’t give me the glow/shiny look I try to go for. For my skin, I use the good ol vaseline petroleum jelly. It works wonders and makes my skin smooth. I have used vaselin since I was a little kid, and that’s about the only product I use on my kids as well. I also tend to mix it with Johnson baby oil. I have even converted Greg to vaselin, so yes, caucasians can use it too. I especially love my skin over the summer as I get darker and shiny. The vaseline and sun combo is extraordinary.
For make-up, I don’t have any secrets and know nothing about make-up. I sometimes rely on my sister, Funmi (she was responsible for my beautiful make-up on my wedding day). So, my make-up consists of the medicated dusting powder from Nigeria (it’s in a white can). It is often used for heat rash or prickly heat. That’s my foundation and my powder. It is white, so it does not rub off on garments, etc. It also works to prevent any breakage on my face while serving as make-up, and that’s why I love it. I also use black eye pencil, and brown lip gloss to get a more natural look and prevent chapped lips. That’s it for my routine.
To those who asked where I get my eyebrows waxed, I have never waxed or shaped my eyebrows. Never touched them. I’m no help in that area, but look forward to posts from other beauty experts who will give us some tips.
Because I use limited make-up, I usually don’t have to worry about washing my face at night before I go to bed. I just clean my face with sea-breeze and it’s a wrap. I use sea-breeze twice a day. First in the morning right after I shower and wash my face, and as I mentioned, before I go to bed. I do not use lotion or cream on my face…it clogs up my pores. It is also essential to drink lots of water.
As far as maintaining my weight, I work-out. A lot. As a mom, it’s difficult to find time to go to they gym, so I created one at home. My gym consists of a treadmil, different size weights, yoga mat, and an iPod. I run 10 miles/day (at most); on bad days, I run 6 miles and lift weights. With Sidney, I didn’t exercise during - I did after. While I was pregnant with Zurhi, I ran until it started getting uncomfortable running with a belly. With this pregnancy, I ran only a little, and stopped early because I got sick. It’s is OK to run while you’re pregnant as long as you were exercising before conceiving. It is not a wise move to start working out after/during pregnancy because your body goes into shock mode. Always consult your Doctor or personal trainer. I don’t do stomach crunches because I don’t feel like it works for me. If you don’t have flat abs, it creates a bulge aka tummy pooch and you don’t want that, however, I do side crunches to help with love handles or muffin tops as we call it in Los Angeles. 20 on each side (5 sets).
For those with new babies at home, run or exercise while/when the baby naps. When Zurhi was a baby, the sound of the treadmill actually put her to sleep. The Doctor said the reason they respond to noices like that outside the womb is because it is similar to the sound they were used to in the womb. The sound of a vacum. If you choose to catch up with other chores around the house when the baby is napping, I suggest you work something out with Dad. Have him watch the kid(s) for a couple of hours while you exercise, shower and look fresh for him.
I eat healthy food, and try to stay away from man-made carbs, or any sort of white color food. There are times when I do eliminate carbs from my diet, but when I crave, I eat whole grain/wheat bread, rice n pasta. Seriously, try wheat spaghetti and I promise that you’ll never go back. I treat myself once a week to red velvet cake and chocolates (the amount I eat is another story).
So, maintaining this lifestyle and not seeing it as a chore or phase is what has helped me preserve my sexy. As mentioned in my holiday blog post, I’ll be featuring both women and men once a week, from all ethnic backgrounds (everyday people/parents, fashion, health & beauty experts, personal trainers, actors, models, etc.) on how they stay healthy and beautiful. We’ll have pictures and a mini bio up on each individual. They will share their tips with us.
PS - I am not Ethiopian or Somalian. I am 100% Nigerian from Ibadan, though, I have some Hausa blood