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If you haven’t heard of Lady Emmy, get familiar. She’s a beauty & lifestyle expert, with a niche for women, family and relationship counseling. In other words, HelloBeautiful personified! We got the chance to catch up with the sometime model and TV personality to talk about how to improve your self-esteem, her favorite beauty products and, of course – as conversation always ends up – men!

What are the top 3 must-have beauty products for African-American women this summer?

Sunblock! Many African-American women are not wearing a good sunblock every day. Everyone needs it for all body parts that will be exposed to the sun – especially the face, neck, hands, and lips! It should have an SPF of 30 or higher and be oil-free. It helps to prevent skin cancer as well as prevent sun damage which causes premature aging of the skin. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 70! It is light, non-greasy, and layers invisibly under make-up.

Hair Polish or Gloss: The sun and heat of the summer can really dry out the hair. Use an alcohol free, hair polish or gloss to give your hair moisture and great shine without weighing down the hair. Rub On Shine by Influance or Power Gloss by Straight Request is perfect!

Brown Sugar Scrub: Exfoliate your entire body to remove dead skin cells that cause your skin to appear dull, dry, and rough. A good brown sugar scrub will give you soft, smooth, glowing skin without irritating or being too rough on the skin. Using the scrub on your legs before waxing or shaving, will also give you an even smoother result. Brown Sugar Polish by Fresh or you can make your own at home

with brown sugar, honey, and olive oil.

For Lady Emmy’s words of wisdom on improving your inner (and outer) self, and what to do when your relationship is at a standstill, head over to our sister site Elev8!

You can catch Lady Emmy this summer at the HBA Global Beauty Expo in New York City (June 28-30), the Image Expo in Houston (July 10-11) or the Black Women’s expo in Chicago (August 6-7).

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