Valdosta Daily Times


July 14, 2013

I love funk ... but I don’t love being funky

-- — My lady budgeteers, Beyonce might have said that if he liked it then he should of put a ring on it, but maybe he didn’t put a ring on it because you are in a summer funk. What is a summer funk, you say? It’s when the heat makes you sweat, the sweat makes your face oily, the oil gives you pimples, the humidity frizzes your hair, and you look like an all-around hot mess 24/7.

Too harsh? I kid, of course. I’m sure his lack of commitment has nothing to do with your funk and everything to do with the fact that it’s totally him and he’s just not the man you deserve (we’ve all been there). Either way, you’ve got bigger problems on your hands. Seriously, your hair looks like it just mated with a Swiffer duster. So whether your funk is ruining your love life or your single life, or even if you’re just tired of looking at yourself in the mirror every day, here are some ways to stay fresh this summer ... on a budget, of course!

Baking Soda a.k.a. the Holy Grail

Recently, Hollywood starlet Emma Stone released her numero uno beauty secret to the world. It wasn’t a $200 face cream or even expensive procedures, nope, it was good ole à la Arm & Hammer. That’s right, $1 baking soda! Stone told French Elle magazine that she uses it every day as an exfoliant. Considering Stone has like perfect, glowing skin (even without makeup), I had to try this for myself and let me just say, wow! I started using it last week and I can already tell a drastic difference in the quality of my skin. It’s less oily, looks more vibrant, and is even helping clear up all my pimples caused by summer funk (I’m not ashamed to admit it).

How to use: If you like to be precise, mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of warm water in a small bowl and stir with finger until it forms a soft paste. I just pour some in my hand, drip some faucet water over it, mix it in my hands and lather it on my face. I also do the same thing when using baking soda to wash my chest and back.

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