REDEFINING BEAUTY: WHY YOU ARE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

Allyson Welch

What is beauty? Do we think about how we define it, and why? Do we think about how it’s modeled to us? How do culturally conditioned ideals of beauty affect the way we see and value ourselves?  These are questions that weigh more heavily on women than on men. Men are bound by a different set of social standards; as women we are told, whether directly or indirectly, that if we are beautiful, we are worth more. Beauty is our social currency. We are the primary targets of messages about beauty communicated by the transmitters of our culture -- magazines,...

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THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT DAIRY AND ACNE

Allyson Welch

Scientists use the term exposome to refer to everything we’re exposed to in our lifetimes that might affect the health of our skin and bodies. Each of our exposomes looks a little different, so it can be difficult to clearly identify exactly what might be causing someone to break out. How do you control for diet, pollution, toxins in utero, toxins out of utero, pesticides, other diseases, seasons, and skincare regimens, for example, if you’re trying to test for the influence of, say, dairy on acne? The question has stumped researchers for decades. It’s like pointing to specifically what is...

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REPOST FROM BYRDIE: COPPER PEPTIDES ARE LIKE NATURE'S BOTOX, HERE'S HOW TO USE THEM

Allyson Welch

Copper peptides? What are they and why do we want them in our skincare? First of all, what the heck is a peptide?  In simple terms, peptides are the building blocks that make up proteins. They work to rebuild and repair damaged cells as well as signalling skin to produce collagen [slowing the aging process- thumbs up]. They essentially are like smart cars programmed to a specific address (the damaged cell) containing advanced technology to repair which is what makes these so unique. The article below gives a very detailed and accurate description of what copper peptides are and why...

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SKIN OXIDATION: HOW TO PREVENT IT WITH THE BEST ANTIOXIDANT INGREDIENTS

Allyson Welch

Oxidation is a word we don’t often think about related to skin.. Pennies, bike frames, and other metal compounds is typically what we think of. Well our skin oxidizes too which is why we have antioxidant ingredients. The definition of skin oxidation is when a compound loses electrons because the level of oxides is increased; this is exactly why when oxygen combines with iron, you see rust [like on your bike frame].  Another case comes when sebum on the surface of the skin (a combination of keratin and oil) clogs pores and is exposed to the air. The result is a blackhead....

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BLACKHEADS- WHAT? WHY? HOW?

Allyson Welch

We all have experienced the feeling of resisting the urge to “pick” at our faces. It’s hard… I get it there is something about extractions that feels so satisfying.  It’s like “Ah, mission complete.”  But we all have also heard how bad it is for you; it leads to scarring and spreading of bacteria which ultimately makes it worse. Blackheads can be a main source of why we pick… they are extremely common and everyone wants to get rid of them. What is a blackhead?  Blackheads form when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in...

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A DEEPER LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF RACISM WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

Allyson Welch

After the world watched George Floyd plead for his life, after social media erupted with demands to prosecute the cops who shot Breonna Taylor, after protests and riots spread through the nation, no one in America can pretend not to know that our society has egregiously failed Black people. Ignorance is no longer an option. As we sheltered-in-place this year, hiding in our homes from the novel coronavirus, we were finally forced to pay attention to what Black people have been telling us for centuries. Even those who didn’t want to. Our cities were burning. In L.A., both our NBA...

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