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By Francine Holmes
My new go to product is Turmeric, it’s the unmistakable bright yellowish orange spice that does it all. It can help regulate cholesterol, aides in cognitive function, the list goes on but improving and maintaining healthy skin is what caught my attention.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits that have been proven to prevent, clear up acne breakouts and reducing resultant scarring. Turmeric brightens up your skin to bring out its natural glow. I have been using it religiously for two weeks now and the difference has been quite noticeable.
Here’s my easy d.i.y face mask recipe, my mellow yellow turmeric face mask.
-3tsp Turmeric powder
-4tbs Coconut milk
-4tbs Greek yogurt
-1tsp Chickpea powder or Kaolin clay (optional)
I typically make a small batch for my daily use over the span of 2-3 days, once in the morning, then I store the remainder in the refrigerator for the night application.
In a small resealable bowl, blend together Greek yogurt, honey and (chickpea powder or Kaolin clay), then add the Turmeric and coconut milk. You can add more coconut milk and continue to blend until it becomes a smooth paste.
1.Wash and dry your face to remove oil, and any impurities before applying the mask.
2. Apply the mask generously, either with your fingers or an application brush (I use an old foundation brush)
3. Allow the mask to sit on your face for about 10 to 15 minutes until it’s completely dry
4. Rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry and voila!
I use the mask twice a day but you can gauge your needs and results and apply accordingly.
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By Francine Holmes
The African Beat Brunch Series : Brunch Times are delectable and entertaining celebrations with incredible dishes and great music, not a shabby way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The dishes served are prepared by talented up and coming culinary innovators, who offer up a spread of great traditional cuisines from Africa and Caribbean. The idea behind these events is simple, yet a clever one, nothing brings people together like a good meal and great music.
I have had the pleasure to attend this wonderfully curated event that also showcases some talented DJ’s, and incredibly creative products from black owned businesses. It also serves as an opportunity to network and maybe make few new friends. I made no qualms about it to organizer Christian Koumtog, “I am coming for the suya!” Ask anyone who knows me and my obsession with meats on skewers (the savagery gets real!)
Upon my arrival, it was unmistakably clear that I was “home”, the aroma that filled the air was beyond enticing. The visually appealing display of various mouthwatering and flavorful dishes was a bit more than my senses and I could handle with poise, full disclosure I had skipped breakfast in anticipation of the “SUYA”. I am positive there are blurred pictures of me out there, in the corner, stuffing my face like a raccoon – for which I make no apologies – it was that real!
In the spirit of hashtag making your weekends count, don’t miss the upcoming events of the series.
So ask yourself: What do you know about “Suya” ? Whatever the answer, make sure to RSVP for the next event on: Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at 12pm – PARK SLOPE EVENT SPACE – 164 20th Street Brooklyn, NY 11202