This Body Butter Cures Ashy Skin, Minus the Grease


In college, I had the reputation for having ashy skin (the whitish look dark skin takes on when it's dry). My friends thought it was hilarious that I could write my name in my leg with my fingernail. Cute, right?

My dry skin problem stems not from a health condition, the weather, or too many hot showers. If I'm being totally honest, then I have to tell you it's from pure laziness. I just don't enjoy putting on lotion. Most moisturizers leave me feeling like a big, slick mess, and since I shower at night, applying them so close to bedtime meant getting grease all over my sheets (ugh!). Plus, in my case, I've always had to apply multiple coats to see real results.

So when I was asked to try La Belle Femme Body Butter—a product to be featured in the March ESSENCE BeautyBox—I thought to myself, “Great, another product that won’t work.”

body-butter.jpg body-butter.jpg . This new subscription box, curated by the editors of ESSENCE, addresses the unique challenges in finding a variety of beauty products for dark skin. The monthly box includes five new hair and beauty products, with one from an independent, Black-owned brand.