July 25th, 2013 by tharealharlemista

Woman with damp face covering from sun.

Thankfully we have a slight respite from the oppressive summer weather, but it’s sure to be back. And the intense heat and humidity do no favors to our skin. Temperatures rise , the pores open up and oil and sweat are drawn right to the surface, smearing makeup and causing breakouts. A good morning shower is no match for a sultry subway station. While it’s still cool outside, we’ve compiled a few natural tips to combat the perils of the Urban Summer.

Baking Soda: Many makeup artists swear by baking soda as it helps minimize pores. Use baking soda sprinkled with your facial cleanser 2 to 3 times a week to slough off dead skin cells (be careful–don’t overdo do it and irritate your skin). Also 2 or 3 scoops of baking soda in the bath soothes heat rash and prickly heat.

Ice Cubes: After you wash in the morning, glide ice gently along your face for a few seconds to cool skin and tighten pores.

Aloe Vera: A coworker swears by her aloe vera plant and raves about its prevention of oily skin. Apply it both morning and night after washing and drying your face, letting it absorb into the skin for a couple of minutes. (Ladies it also acts as a great primer under foundation). If you are skittish about using the actual plant, use 100% pure, clear gel– not the artificially colored green ones.

Plain Yogurt: Yogurt soothes sunburnt skin by working as an anti-inflammatory and heat remover. It also makes an excellent cooling mask for face, adding enzymes and moisture while reducing pore size.

Cornstarch: For years now, researchers have been suggesting a link between talcum powder and lung and ovarian cancers. Talc lodges in pores until it’s abraded out. Also most “pure cornstarch” powders contain “fragrance” which can contain xeno-estrogens. Use food-grade cornstarch instead–it’s cheap, natural, fragrance free and effective.


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June 16th, 2013 by tharealharlemista


Much of Central Harlem‘s new restaurant excitement spotlights Frederick Douglass Boulevard, but beautiful and historic Lenox Avenue has also become quite a culinary epicenter.  And this Tuesday night, eight restaurants on Harlem’s Lenox Avenue will prove that as they serve up local cuisine as part of the “Summer Sizzles On Lenox,” a block party-style event .

“We’ve got some of the widest sidewalks in the city, we’ve got gorgeous architecture, we have a thriving commercial corridor now. It really has become a place to see and be seen,” said Nikoa Evans-Hendricks, an organizer from the group Harlem Park To Park.

Come out and sample the food, drinks, music and hospitality of the other restaurant row. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sylvia and Herbert Woods Scholarship Endowment Foundation, which is named after the founder of Sylvia’s and her husband.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Tuesday. To pre-order tickets, visit summersizzles.eventbrite.com, or buy them the night of the event for $10 at Federal Carver Bank at 75 West 125th Street or Native Restaurant at 161 Lenox Avenue. Bon appetite!



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July 23rd, 2011 by harlemhouse

By tharealharlemista                                                                                                                    The oppressive heat in Harlem this week is no joke. Go into the 125th st subway station and it feels like you’re bathing in Hell. Bring a fan. And lots of water.

Hopefully some folks are spending the day at community pools, watching multiple features at the Magic Johnson Theatre or enjoying the many air conditioned restaurants and drinking establishments uptown.

Or maybe if you’re lucky, you can find an open fire hydrant like this one on 122nd St off Frederick Douglass Blvd and cool down like a kid (or a kid at heart).

If all else fails and you want to find a cooling center near you, call 311 or use the OEM’s online Cooling Center Finder.

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