“Behind the Scenes”: My Beauty Regime

One could say that living in “Arabia” has influenced how I take care of my body both internally and externally.

Here is what a day of “beauty” looks like for me. I actually should not call it beauty, but more of an overall way that I take care of myself!

1. TEETH: First I brush my teeth with my usual toothpaste. Then I follow up brushing a second time with “miswak” powder. I dip my pre-moistened toothbrush into the powder and brush just as before. Have you ever seen those funny looking twig “toothbrushes” at the gas station? Well that is what this powder is but ground up and mixed with natural charcoal powder, crushed black seed, clove and cinnamon. It does not taste bad at all! I dip my moistened toohbrush onto the miswak powder and brush just as I did before

Derived from the teeth-cleaning twig from the Salvadora persica tree (known as ‘arak’ in Arabic, and also known as Siwak). Miswak (also known as Peelu) has a well documented history, featured prominently in Islamic hygiene and is reputed for its medicinal benefits.

My very last step is “oil pulling” with coconut oil. It is mainly used in Ayurvedic medicine. All you do is swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for as long as you can (you want to try and get to 20 minutes over time by practicing).

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2. FACE: I was with a natural bar of soap (this one pictured here is cardamon). I was my face twice. If I have makeup on, I used coconut oil to remove it. Once my face is nicely cleanse, I use natural distilled rose water to tone my face on a cotton swab. Now that my face is ultra clean, I finish off my moisturizing with distilled frankincense oil.

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3. INTERNALLY: I drink a warm glass of natural coconut milk mixed with a teaspoon of honey, matcha powder and ground turmeric in both the morning and evening.

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4. HAIR: I try to only wash my hair every few days. The day I am ready to wash it, I wait until the evening and coat my hair from my scalp to the tips of my hair with Arabic hail oil (coconut mixed with black seed oil). I wrap my hair in one of those furry Japanese head wraps you can find at Daiso and let it sit for about one hour. I then wash it and let it air dry. The following day I will use a heat tool to either straighten or curl it (on a low setting). I guess you could call it the second day, I will likely wear my hair up. The third day I may wash it or wear it in a braid.

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5. SCENT: There is something about the smell of frankincense that I just LOVE. I know it is not a scent for everyone, but these little resin bits of gold are apparently JAM packed with health benefits both magical and medicinal. One reason I burn it, is because it helps to soothe and relieve anxiety. Frankincense works on an emotional, physical and spiritual level.

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