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Chance The Rapper On R. Kelly’s Alleged Victims: ‘I Didn’t Value Their Stories Because They Were Black Women’

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A clip featuring Chance The Rapper is making waves on the Internet as the finale of Surviving R. Kelly” dropped on Saturday night. In a never-aired interview for Cassius, former Interactive One VP Jamilah Lemieux sat down with the Grammy winner in May 2018 to discuss a range of topics, including his past collaboration with the Pied Piper. READ: #SurvivingRKelly: Five Emotions You’ll Experience Watching The New Lifetime Docuseries In it, Chance, a Chicago-native, apologized for working with the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer and explained why he did it at the time. “We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to Black male oppression. It’s just prevalent in all media, and when you see n***as getting beat up by the police, it’s men,” Chance says in the interview clip. “That’s a scene you see…slavery for a lot of people, they envision men in chains, he said. Adding, “But Black women are exponentially a higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were Black women.
Rolling Stone had previously reported that Chance simply said, “I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were Black women.” However, Chance clapped back on Saturday night saying the quote was taken out context because it didn’t take into account everything he had said before that in the interview. In a note he shared on social media, the 25-year-old explained his controversial quote: “The quote was taken out of context. The truth is any of us who ever ignored the R Kelly stories, or ever believed he was being setup/attacked by the system (as Black men often are) were doing so at the detriment of Black women and girls. I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out.”
Even with Chance explaining himself, many Black women still flocked to Twitter to express how his quotes made them feel. And the results were polarizing: Some condemned the rapper, while others commended him for being able to admit he was wrong.
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Simone Biles Says Jonathan Owens Is ‘The Sweetest’ Addressing Previous Social Media Backlash

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Someone queue up “Jolene” by Beyoncé Knowles Carter because Simone Biles said, ‘She’s going to stick by her man, and her man is going to stick by her.’ Breaking her silence after receiving social media backlash for an interview in which her husband, Jonathan Owens, said he considered himself “the catch” in their relationship, the Olympian shared her thoughts on the conversation and controversy.

Keep reading to see what she said during a wide-ranging interview with the “Call Her Daddy” podcast on April 17. 

Simone Biles describes Jonathan Owens as ‘the sweetest.’

To Simone’s surprise, the internet went into a frenzy after snippets of her husband on The Pivot podcast went viral in late December 2023. “I thought everything was OK, and then I go on Twitter and everybody’s like, ‘Divorce this man. He’s mean!’” Simone told the “Call Her Daddy” host this week. “I’m like, ‘He’s the sweetest. He praises the ground that I walk on.’ Truly, I’ve never met a man like him … he truly goes out of his way to do anything for me.”

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Simone also defended her husband, saying his words were misunderstood. She explained that while Jonathan called himself a catch he never said that she was also not one. 

At the time of her husband’s interview, the young bride was in the room, listening to the recording live. Simone says she loves to support Jonathan and was happy for him to have his moment to shine.

Simone Biles says social media comments about her husband negatively affected her: ‘Don’t come for my family, never.’

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But while she cheered him on and felt secure in her marriage, she’s human. “I thought it was hilarious at first, and then it hurt my feelings,” the sports icon said. Then Simone’s feelings turned.

She continued, “One night, I broke down, and I’m like, ‘Why are you guys talking about my husband like this? You don’t know him’… That really hurt. For me, it’s like, talk about me all you want, but don’t come for my family, never.” 

In addition to getting candid about her feelings after social media reaction to her husband’s comments, Simone also opened up about other struggles. The decorated gymnast discussed the challenges she faces within the sports industry and how she manages being in the public eye. Simone remains an advocate for mental health, wellness, and self-care.

Simone and Jonathan continue to be blissfully in love – and taking over the sports world.

Simone’s podcast interview comes amid big changes for her and her hubby. Jonathan – formerly with the Green Bay Packers – is now signed to the Chicago Bears. And Simone remains one of the most talked-about gymnasts in the world. Her fans hope to see her take the global stage at the Paris Olympics in less than 100 days. 

Blissfully in love, the two are undoubtedly a super sports dynasty duo in the making. We are rooting for them!

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Is Fur This Season’s Hottest Trend? According To Rihanna, It Just May Be

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Rihanna has the fashion girlies in a state of confusion – in a good way. As we enter the warmer months of the year, the Savage Fenty mogul has been seen slaying the streets of Los Angeles in a cold-season staple: Fur.

Attending Coachella’s first weekend, she accessorized two looks with over-the-top fur coats. Just a few days earlier, the “Umbrella” singer went to dinner wearing a cheetah-print mini dress and Louis Vuitton fur purse, leading many fashionistas to compare her fit to the mob wife aesthetic.

HB published a story about the dinner look, highlighting Ri Ri’s mob style and nod to ‘vintage Lil’ Kim fabulousness.’

While Rihanna is known to be a fearless fashion icon who sets trends and plays by her own rules, her latest fur-tastic fits have us asking ourselves, “Is fur this season’s hottest trend?” To answer the question, let’s break down her recent Coachella fits.

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With three days of Coachella behind us, social media has been abuzz with festival commentary and celebrity-style reviews. Celebrities rocked it, from the performers on stage to the attendees at the parties. And, yes, they have looked fabulous all weekend long.

Stars like Karrueche Tran, Halle Bailey, and Ryan Destiny chose a minimalist aesthetic, while Rihanna slayed in the exact opposite. Pushing the boundaries of spring festival fashion, she adorned two maximalist looks with furs.

The mother of two’s first ensemble included a charcoal grey screened tee, a black leather mini skirt, oversized slouchy leather boots, and layers of silver chains. A larger-than-life cream fur added extra fabulousness to her festival attire.

It’s important to note that Rihanna’s forever bae, A$ AP Rocky, also rocked fur. He carried a white fur multicolored Louis Vuitton monogram tote.

Rihanna also wore fur to support A$ AP’s stage moment on Day 3. She opted for a pea-green screen tee, boxers, and a tied jacket around her waist. A fur coat and cream boots pulled the layered look together.

Both looks scream “rockstar” and ooze main character energy. Who wouldn’t want to bring these vibes into spring?

While many would argue that Coachella is a fashion-free-for-all where anything goes, the repeated occurrences of the fuzzy fabric have us talking. Rihanna’s style proves anything goes when it comes to fashion.

We make our own rules.

Cozy fur fabrics may not be your thing this spring, but don’t be afraid to take a risk with another style choice. This season, it’s all about unleashing your inner icon and setting your own trends.

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Courtside Cute: Angel Reese Watches The NY Knicks In A Sheer Body Suit, See Other Courtside Celebrity Style

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Angel Reese hit the court this weekend—but not the way many have seen her do it over the past few months (or most of her college career). The Bayou Barbie was spotted on April 12 sitting courtside at the New York Knicks-Brooklyn Nets game. 

Spoiler Alert: The future WNBA player looked fabulous.

Just three days before the WNBA draft, Angel Reese melts hearts at Madison Square Garden.

With the 2024 NCAA tournament and her esteemed college career behind her, Angel was all smiles at the packed game. She wore a brown see-through bodysuit with mock black tattoos sprawling across the sexy garment. The former LSU player accessorized her look with black and silver hooded stacked boots and a matching black leather purse.

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Her hair was styled in a buss-down middle part. And, her face card was on permanent ‘do not decline’ with a natural beat.

Madison Square Garden lit up once cameras spotted the star college player. Angel, who officially enters the draft on Monday, April 15, posed with the peace sign for photographers and threw up hearts for fans.

Social media also started buzzing after pictures and videos of her courtside went viral. Some commenters even tried to guess what Angel was saying while at the game.

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The frenzy over Angel’s fit—and possible comments while at the game—exemplifies how celebrities, fashion, and basketball go together real bad. Basketball is not just a sport; it’s a cultural phenomenon, and courtside seats for A-listers are at the center of the excitement.

The coveted spots have become a buzzy area for Hollywood’s elite. One cute courtside outfit can make headlines, and fans gag over the who’s-who seen together kicking it and enjoying games.

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Further, the impact of basketball on fashion – and vice versa – is undeniable. From iconic sneakers and funky streetwear brands to NBA star athlete attire and innovative fashion collabs, the two are a slam dunk.

In honor of Angel’s head-turning hardwood moment, we’ve pulled looks from some of our favorite celebs sitting courtside. 

Keep scrolling to see more star-studded, sporty style.

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Naomi Osaka Officially Launches A New Mental Health Podcast, ‘Can’t Wait To Hear From You’

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Naomi Osaka took a break from tennis at what some called the height of her career. The tennis champion seemed fed up with everything: the pressures of her profession, the inner questions she had about purpose and life, and the overall strain on her body and psyche.

As The New Yorker reported, Naomi eventually said about her decision to retire briefly, “I just woke up . . . before one of my matches, and I was just thinking, like, What is the point of my life?”

This all happened about six years ago. And while Naomi has since had a daughter in July 2023 and returned to tennis with the 2024 Australian Open in January, she still sees and advocates for the importance of mental health and self-care. In other words, “What is the point of my life?” is still a question worth answering – for all of us.

Naomi Osaka officially launches “Can’t Wait To Hear From You.”

The 26-year-old and her media company, Hana Kuma, attempt to help some find answers in a new podcast video series, “Can’t Wait To Hear From You.” According to a press release, the series “delves deep into the psyche of high-performing individuals, exploring their daily connection with their inner voice, pivotal moments that shaped their self-expression, and the effective mental care strategies they employ to nurture their identity.”

The podcast officially launched in late March in partnership with Modern Health. The kick-off episode featured Bozoma Saint John (former Netflix Chief Marketing Officer) and host Luvvie Ajayi Jones. Luvvie and social media influencer Franny Arrieta will alternate as episode hosts. Naomi has also participated in previous podcast versions to share her story.

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“It’s such an impactful series where we openly talk about mental health. Since speaking out about my own experiences, I’ve felt so much empowerment in my vulnerability, and I’ve received so much love and support from my close circle, my fans, and Modern Health,” Naomi said to press about the new venture.

“I want others to feel the same and I hope this video podcast series will encourage them to have open discussions and feel less shame.”

Upcoming podcast guests include “Insecure” star and social justice advocate Kendrick Sampson.

Watch the premiere episode below.

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Tamar Braxton Addresses Chrisean Rock Assault Allegations

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Tamar Braxton is addressing rumors and speaking up for her friend and background singer, James Wright Chanel, who was allegedly assaulted by Chrisean Rock last week. In a November 13 Instagram video captioned “Justice for James,” Tamar confirms that Chrisean assaulted her friend, aims to “clear up some things” regarding the altercation, and apologies to her staff and fans for the perceived “misunderstanding” surrounding the events.

Tamar’s video comes amid multiple news sources alleging that the 23-year-old Baddies star physically assaulted James during a stop on Tamar’s Love and War Anniversary Tour. The news first broke on Friday, November 10.

Angered at not being able to perform music during Tamar’s concert, Chrisean arrived at the venue under the influence, according to news reports and Le Troy Davis, a member of Tamar’s team. Chrisean then allegedly got into an argument with James and hit the background singer in the face. James reportedly received medical attention for his injuries.

Known not to back down from controversy, Chrisean took to Instagram Live to defend herself after the news broke. She called the accusations “false narratives” for “clout chasing” and said that she “needs to start protecting her name.”

Tamar Braxton breaks her silence, calls James ‘a wonderful person,’ and tells Chrisean she feels sorry for her

Following Chrisean’s rebuttal, James reportedly dropped multiple videos on social media confirming the fight. But no one heard from Tamar until today.

Tamar posted a message on X/Twitter confirming James’ dental visit and medical attention.

And also took to Instagram. “My team has been traumatized, especially James. He was assaulted, he was hurt,” Tamar says.

While the “All the Way Home” singer confirms she invited her “Baltimore sister” to her tour and to a “twerk contest” on stage, she denies telling Chrisean that she could perform. Tamar describes Chrisean as “like a little sister to all of us” and says she invited her just like she did with others without expectations. Her aim in the tour is to have “a good time” and give people the opportunity for “second chances.”

Tamar continues to apologize to her team and her fans for the altercation. “I wish she would have hit me instead of you,” Tamar tears up referring to James. 

She ends the video with a message to Chrisean. “And I’m also sorry Chrisean that you feel like in your life that everybody is out to get you. That must be a horrible feeling.”

Chrisean Rock has reportedly since deleted all her social media accounts.

See Tamar’s full Instagram video response regarding Chrisean Rock and James Wright Chanel below.

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Jordyn Woods Opens Up About Her Relationship With Karl-Anthony Towns: ‘We Have A Very Strong Foundation’

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Jordyn Woods and Karl-Anthony Towns are stronger than ever! The 26 year old model recently opened up to PEOPLE about her relationship with the NBA player, and it’s definitely giving relationship goals.

While attending Femme It Forward’s 2nd Annual Give Her FlowHERS Gala, Woods exclusively chatted with the online publication about her love for the Minnesota Timberwolves player, stating that “friendship and trust” are the two things that have kept their three-year relationship going strong. She also explained that the two were “really good friends” first before they started dating and that “COVID gave them the free time to really get to know each other.”

She also added that the duo has “seen each other at all different ways, times, phases” which has led them to have “a very strong foundation.”

In addition to friendship and trust, the socialite cited that “quality time” and “gift giving” are also things that help keep their relationship strong. She explained that the duo “goes large for each other” every holiday and that when it’s time to show appreciation for each other, the two will go all out.

We just love that for her!

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Woods and Towns began dating in 2020 and have been giving us fashion and relationship goals ever since! One of our favorite looks from the love birds was from this summer where the two served us date night style in coordinating denim looks.

For this look, the Woods By Jordyn CEO stepped out with her beau rocking a $ 1,090 white Alaia sleeveless, cow neck crop top that she paired with fly, wide-leg denim Chanel pants. The designer trousers hugged her slim waist and flared over her sleek stiletto heels perfectly.

To accent her incredible look, Woods wore a high ponytail braid that fell down her back. She accessorized the style with black square sunglasses, and a soft glam beat face before completing the look with a silver necklace, small silver hoop earrings, rings, and bracelets and a trendy small gold purse to match.

Towns matched his girlfriend’s fly and wore a denim set with a jacket and loose-fitting jeans. He completed his look with a fresh white t-shirt and crisp white sneakers while rocking sunglasses and blinged-out jewelry similar to Woods’.

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We just can’t get enough of this fashionable couple!

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Cardi B & Patti Labelle Are The Duo We Didn’t Know We Needed

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We’re not sure whose idea it was to put Cardi B and Patti Labelle together, but it was genius. Cardi B and Patti Labelle teamed up for Whipshot’s new campaign with Patti’s Good Life, to drop a heartwarming social campaign that adds a little extra spice to a Thanksgiving classic. Cardi brings Whipshots to dinner and leaves with the ultimate dessert when she tops off Pattie’s famous sweet potato pie with the sweet treat.

In a clip posted on social media, Patti escorts Cardi into her home while running down a list of all the delicious foods that await inside. Once inside, Cardi convinces Mama Patti to try some pumpkin-flavored Whipshots with her pie. The two indulge and instantly realize they might have created a new holiday favorite pairing.

“It’s like a hug,” Cardi says praising Pattie for her famous dessert. “It’s a hug in your mouth,” she continued.

The fun doesn’t stop there. According to the press release, “Over the course of 7 sitcom-style episodes, Cardi and Patti head to the kitchen to put their tastebuds to the test as they mix and match Whipshots flavors with Patti’s Good Life desserts to discover the most delicious pairings.”

Cardi and Patti really seemed to form a friendship because Patti stopped by Cardi’s comments section to praise the Bongos rapper for being a class act.

“I always knew you were a class act! I enjoyed you, Kulture and Hennessey so much and getting to talk to Offset and your mother in law! You and your family are beautiful! And I appreciate you for being so loving to my granddaughters and family! I can’t wait to see you again and of course you’re welcome for dinner anytime! Love you baby! 😘😘😘,” she wrote.

You can expect to see these heartwarming clips throughout the holiday season.

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Gorgeous In Green: Mary J. Blige Rocks Pamella Roland On The ‘GLAMOUR’ Women Of The Year Red Carpet

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Mary J. Blige has had a busier week than usual in NYC.

Fresh off dazzling the red carpet at the CFDA Fashion Awards on November 6, when she was part of a special presentation to director Hype Williams, the hip-hop legend dressed to the nines again. But this time, Mary was fabulously poised to receive a well-deserved award herself.

The music and entertainment mogul was gorgeous in green on the GLAMOUR Women Of The Year Awards red carpet on November 7. We loved the look from head to toe.

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GLAMOUR named the “All That I Can Say” singer one of their 2023 Women of The Year. In honoring Mary, the outlet said:

“Here, at the half-century mark for hip-hop, Mary J. Blige, 52, the woman who gave the genre its soul, is living life in the sunshine. The woman who invented honey blonde hair on honey brown skin has earned nine Grammy Awards, and dozens more nominations, netted Academy Awards nods for music and acting, and sold 50 million units in music sales. Thousands of iterative moments from a life of exceptional promise and pain, and some extraordinary successes, are the roses and stones that have brought Blige to this hard-fought “now.”

GLAMOUR’s Women Of The Year list applauds “accomplished women who teach and inspire, from celebrities and activists to athletes.” GLAMOUR held 2023 events in Germany, Spain, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S. to honor women worldwide.

Mary J. Blige joined Quinta Brunson, Millie Bobby Brown, America Ferrera, Brooke Shields, Geena Rocero, and Selma Blair in receiving the 2023 accolade. The awardees celebrated with fans, friends, and other celebrities at NYC’s Lincoln Center.

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Throughout the night cameras flashed as each celebrity graced the red carpet. Many attendees wore women designers, further highlighting the aim and purpose of the soiree.

Mary J. Blige’s stunning sequins gown was from Pamella Roland’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection. See the awardee’s full look below and other jaw-dropping ensembles from the night.

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Toni Braxton And Birdman Set The Internet Ablaze With An Adorable Selfie

 

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Toni Braxton and Birdman are still going strong!

On Sunday, November 5, Braxton took to social media to share a sweet selfie of the couple, confirming that they are indeed still happy and in love!

“Sending Sunday kisses,” the legendary singer wrote as the post’s caption before tagging her boo and adding a kiss emoji. Check it out below.

“Y’all still together 😨😳 this what having a relationship off social media look like fr 😂😂😂😂😂” wrote one fan. Another wrote, “See how long you stay together when you keep people out of your business. ❤😍

Still Going Strong

Braxton and the New Orleans native’s romance seemingly began in June 2016 after they were spotted together at the BET Awards. The romance took a huge turn when she performed at the Soul Train Music Awards the following year sporting a diamond ring on her left hand – fueling the flames that the couple had taken their relationship status to the next level.

Then, in 2020, the youngest of the Braxton family, Tamar, started to hint that her eldest sister and the producer had already jumped the broom. Braxton denied these rumors, however, when she appeared on Good Morning America later that year, telling host Robin Roberts, that she is  “not married unlike my big mouth sister Tamar has been saying everywhere!” She continued, “I’m definitely not married yet but we’re working together,” while throwing a few winks to the camera and flashing her ring.

Although chatter between the two seemed to have slowed down a bit since then, they’re definitely the talk of the Internet now! Based on the selfie, the pair appear to be just as in love as they were three years ago, and we love it!

Looks like we can all take lessons from Toni Braxton and Birdman on how to keep your relationship private and strong!

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Master Esthetician Meka Mathis Shares Winter Skincare Tips For Healthy Skin

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October and all of its spooky season festivities have officially come and gone. While most of us are looking forward to the next holiday on the agenda —Turkey Day — November also calls attention to National Healthy Skin Month. The chilly temps not only signify the change of seasons but also a reminder to get your winter skincare routine in order. This is where master esthetician Meka Mathis comes into play.

If the name Meka Mathis rings a few bells, that’s because the beauty is the founder and lead esthetician at Skin Beauty Bar in Washington, D.C. With over 20 years of experience in the skincare space, Meka and her team provide clients with various beauty services ranging from face peels and derma planning treatments to waxing services and eyebrow lamination. In other words, Meka is the perfect person to give us the lay of the land with skincare.

It’s no secret that cold weather is brutal on the skin — from cracked skin and lips to all-over dryness. However, adding a moisturizer to your routine is far from covering all the bases. Your skin — from head to toe — requires TLC for your melanin to look and feel its best. So, it’s time to put proper winter skincare tips on your radar.

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If you’re ready to get the scoop on how to take care of your skin throughout the chilly season, look no further. Meka has gifted us with knowledge about everything from layering skincare to advice on what type of moisturizer to use at night. Here’s the 4-1-1.

1. Daily exfoliation is not recommended.

Most folks love the feeling of a good exfoliation session, especially if dry, flaky skin is the norm. However, over-exfoliation is a thing, which can cause and worsen breakouts, make dry skin a factor, and lead to irritation. Meka recommends cutting things down, especially during the chilly season.

“During the winter season, you should be using an exfoliate every other day followed by your cleanser,” says Meka.

2. Sunscreen is non-negotiable, even when you’re indoors.

In case you’ve been MIA, sunscreen is a necessity for all skin types, including melanin-rich skin. And while some folks are only partial to wearing sunscreen when outdoors, it appears that your sun-blocking efforts must also be in full swing while indoors. Meka explained that “people can deal with sun exposure indoors due to windows,” so layering up is key to keeping your skin in tip-top shape.

3. A general skincare routine and regular facials are a great start for healthy skin.

Contrary to popular belief, adding multiple products to your skincare routine is not always ideal. In fact, Meka shared that a common misstep is when “people use various products endorsed by social media influencers.”

Aside from consulting with a licensed professional about your skincare routine, the esthetician said that “cleansing your skin twice a day, exfoliating, and moisturizing is standard for winter skin protection.” Additionally, she shared that “layering your skincare in the daytime should consist of the following order: cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, moisturizer, and SPF.” At night, a skincare routine should include a thicker moisturizer to help lock in hydration overnight and replenish skin. 

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Additionally, Meka expressed that beauty mavens shouldn’t shy away from facials and back facials to help address skin concerns during the chilly season.

Meka’s product recommendations: Image Vita C Cleanser ($ 38, Amazon.com), Image Vita C Mist ($ 42, Amazon.com), Perfect Derma Peel Body Wash ($ 32.45, Walmart.com), Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($ 18+, Sephora.com)

4. Chemical peels should be administered once a month, while stronger treatments have longer timelines in between treatments.

For folks who are tackling hyperpigmentation, the idea of a chemical peel may seem promising. Keep in mind, Meka shared that a light chemical peel that only tackles the surface of the skin can be done monthly. However,” an in-depth peel, such as the Perfect Derma Peel, which is offered at Skin Beauty Bar, should be done only once a quarter.”

5. Moisturizing immediately after hot showers is a must.

Let’s face it: Everyone loves a hot shower. The steam on your skin in the morning or after a long day just gives you the ultimate pick-me-up. However, hot water is known to dry out the skin. The esthetician shared that “the skin is more porous post-hot shower, which allows your skincare products to penetrate. So, you must moisturize immediately after.”

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