Brown and Yellow Women Dying to be Pale

Do you associate summer with pool parties, picnics, beach trips, and the sunkissed skin that comes with it? As an Asian American woman, I have the kind of complexion that tans easily— my skin darkens by a few shades after a quick lunchtime walk. Unfortunately, as an Asian woman, that’s not the kind of complexion my culture considers beautiful. In fact, it's spawned a lucrative -- and potentially dangerous -- industry of skin lightening products. During a recent beach trip, I found myself huddled on a blanket with several other Asian American women, comparing SPFs and stories of how dark we got during our own childhoods, and how much our mothers lamented it: “Brown as a monkey!”...more
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Do You Need to Wait In-Between Applying Your Skincare Products?

Should your morning or evening skincare routine be a waiting game?  Is there really a need to wait a certain period of time between applying your skincare products?The answer is both yes and no.Yes, you need to wait...more

Getting Healthy

If I had it my way, my diet would consist of fruits, vegetables, chicken (grilled or baked), seafood, water with 3 slices of lemon, and various nuts.  Man, that would be great! But, alas, I have 2 sons and a husband to feed, who enjoy more than the plethora of nuts and berries I like. Recently, I have started to change the foods we eat....more

Coming Out of the Closet About Adult Acne

For as long as I can remember people have commented on my skin. I’ve always received compliments about how pretty my skin is and my canned answer was “it’s make-up”. Looking back, it is funny that I didn’t recognize that I was indeed blessed and had great skin. All I could see were the random (minor) scars left from a old pimple or if it was that time of the month, the one pimple that made an appearance with my hormonal changes. Today however, I can’t think of one person that would say I have great skin. ...more
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Quick Beauty Tips for a Beautiful, But Busy, You!

Making your own bath and body products can be a blast. It's more cost effective than buying everything you need from the store, not to mention a lot of fun. Sometimes though, there's just not enough time to craft our favorite beauty products. So here are a few quick beauty tips and diy recipes that you can create in a minimal amount of time with little to no effort. Stay gorgeous and keep crafting!...more

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The Lowdown on Facial Moisturizers and How to Choose the Right One for You

  A while ago I published a post called Moisturizer Myths  which explained, among other things, the fact that a moisturizer will not get rid of your...more
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Pale is not a dirty word: In other words, tans are not a prom necessity!

May is Melanoma Awareness Month.  It is also the month of Proms, which means glamour, hair, nails, dresses, shoes and handbags.   When in heavens name did tanned skin become part of the beauty ensemble??   ...more

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What’s Your SPF? The Dangers of Sunscreen

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Stop Doing Those Facial Exercies! Give Yourself a Facial Massage Instead

A while back a college friend of mine contacted me via Facebook to tell me that she was doing facial exercises nightly in order to maintain and improve her appearance and thought that she was getting good results.  But she was wondering if perhaps she was just seeing things and if facial exercises actually work.  I quickly emailed her back with a link to Paula Begoun’s take on facial exercise which, in a word, is that they are bogus.  What are facial exercises anyhow? ...more

Raiding the Pantry: Making Your Own Beauty Products

                                                 One my biggest beauty misadventures occurred a very long ti...more
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