June 25: World Vitiligo Day

It’s V-Day, and I don’t mean Valentine’s. June 25 is set aside to create awareness about vitiligo and the social stigma associated with it around the world. As part of a campaign, we are petitioning to have June 25 officially recognized by the United Nations as part of a healthcare and education initiative for those with vitiligo and the community, and be observed as World Vitiligo Day.

Today is the perfect day to revive a post, particularly I Am Not My Skin Color, where I wrote about my own skin discoloration. Please read, share and sign the petition for recognition and support of vitiligo awareness.

Vitiligo Awareness - Model Me Girl - World Vitiligo Day - June 25

 

 

Carrot Facial Mask

Carrots are packed with vitamins your body needs. Not only are carrots good for you, they are good on you! This carrot mask can help restore vibrancy to your complexion. A word of caution: use carrot masks in moderation. We don’t want you to turn orange!

Carrot Facial Mask
Sources:
http://www.thefitindian.com/10-natural-face-packs-for-all-skin-types/
http://hudabeauty.com/2011/07/24/vitamin-hb-skin-repair-facial/
http://realfoodforlife.com/carrot-face-mask/

Combat Dry Winter Lips

Combat Dry Winter Lips

 

Most, if not all of us, have been plagued with dry, cracked lips. If you’ve ever wondered why we experience this more in the winter time, it’s because the cold, winter air dries out the thin layer of oil on our lips. I don’t about you but, but I have been guilty of doing a major dry lip no-no—licking my lips. While we think licking our lips will alleviate the dryness, our saliva evaporates and makes the problem worse.

Causes

  • Lack of lip moisture due to low indoor humidity
  • Dry, cold winter air
  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Licking, picking, scrubbing or biting lips
  • Cold sores
  • Allergic reaction or irritation from toothpastes or mouthwash

Symptoms

Dry, peeling, burning, red, swollen, sensitive/tender, bleeding or cracked skin on lips. Excessive licking can also cause a dry, irritated ring to develop around the lips.

Prevention & Remedies

Drink adequate amounts of water.

Use lip balm or ointment, preferably with at least SPF 15. Depending on the severity, you may need a medicated lip balm.

Key ingredients include: petroleum jelly; lanolin; natural oils, like squalene, castor oil, jojoba oil, Vitamin E, cocoa butter or shea butter; glycerin and honey.

A creamy lip therapy will most likely be water based and provide needed moisture. Just like with your hair, think of oils as sealers—something to seal IN the moisture and provide a barrier from the environment and irritants.

Let’s recap and do your lips a favor!

  1. Drink water
  2. Moisturize & seal your lips with lip balm throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re on your way out the door. Indoor air can dry out your lips, too.

Infographic: Teen ‘Back to School’ Cosmetic Surgery Trend

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Some teens are doing whatever it takes to get approval from their peers and friends about their looks. Their parents are helping with this ‘pursuit of perfection’ with the price of cosmetic surgery. How far is to far—especially when bullying is part of the equation?

I understand the mind and feelings of teens with acne and acne scarring, because I was once there. As an adult, I ventured off to plastic surgeons, dermatologists and aestheticians—paying heavy prices to obtain perfect skin. Oh yeah, my skin still isn’t perfect! I can’t tell you all the products I’ve ordered over the years. What a waste. But I do know the weight and toll ‘imperfect’ skin plays on the hearts and minds of teens and adults—especially females. The wicked world of negative self-image!

Does all the cosmetic surgery (I’ve never had any done, btw…) actually heal hearts and minds, and solve self-image and bullying problems? Weigh in on it. Check out this infographic and tell us what you think.

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cosmetic surgery the new back to school trend
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12 Natural Beauty Remedies

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This infographic of 12 Amazing Natural Beauty Remedies is from Picklee. Stop by there to see the full-size image.

Enjoy!

natural beauty remedies

 

Skin Care Review: Pond’s Clarant B3

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 I was bopping around Anchorage and was in serious need of a moisturizer. My beautiful brown and oily/acne prone skin had dried out from recirculated cabin air and Alaska’s so called spring. I stumbled upon Pond’s Clarant B3 Anti-Dark Moisturizing Cream by accident.

I was at one of my favorite stores—Target. The moisturizer was trial size in the travel section, cheap (under 2 bucks), and supposedly evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of dark spots. Continue Reading