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A few weeks ago reader Nikki B, after seeing Tika Sumpter’s gorgeous skin in a Claire’s Life post, wrote “Claire. I would love (As a Cocoa Complected woman) if you could do some sort of post on what people like Kelly Rowland and Tika use on their skin. Kelly is ALWAYS so glowy and has such smooth skin on her actual body-not just face. So in short I would appreciate and love a post on glow-y skin like Kelly’s & Tika’s. Thank you!!” Kelly was busy, but Tika was available to share her secrets.
Regarding products she uses, she said, “I honestly am in between right now. I’m trying to use [products that have] the simplest ingredients in them. I haven’t committed to anything yet, but I’m running a trial with Mario Badescu. The one constant in my life for moisturizer is Keri Original. I use it on my entire face and body every day. I stand by that product, it leaves my skin so soft.”
She continues, “I wash with a simple cleanser (like Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel), use a gentle toner (like Mario Badescu’s Aloe Vera Toner), and then end by moisturizing with Keri lotion.”
She continues, “When I get facials, I get the most basic one available. I always ask for products with no scents, I always feel like I break out from products that have smell, I don’t know why, but it always happens to me. I also ask the esthetician to never extract to much. When they are doing extractions, I personally feel like all the squeezing and pressure on my face isn’t good for it.”
Beauty stars from the inside, so I had to ask Tika if she follows any specific diet or eats any skin nurturing foods. She said, “I just started taking a multi-vitamin called Smarty Pants gummy multivitamin-it’s for kids, but I take it. It’s better than no vitamin. Lol”
“I try my best to eat well, it’s super hard for me sometimes, to be perfectly honest. I do make a strawberry, banana, and blueberry smoothie in the morning with rice milk. I cook at home a lot–that mostly insures I know exactly what I’m eating. I drink water every day as well and I try [to] exercise 3 times a week.”
Any beauty don’ts? She says, “My beauty don’t is no makeup to bed. I always have to wash my face. No hair on my face at night when I go to bed, and also I try not to touch my face through out the day.”
And there you have it! Look for products with simple ingredients, get your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer on, and get an occasional facial. Also drink water–and work out.
What did you think? And what are some of your skin secrets?