"I’m Allergic To My Partner … & Maybe My Kids!": Skin Issues From Close Contact

“Connubial or Consort Contact Dermatitis” is thing! While some skin lesions can be associated with sexual activity (infection, friction, etc.) — which is why it’s so important not to self diagnose! — other types of close contact can cause skin problems. “Connubial or consort allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the agent causing the dermatitis has …

Skin & Food Allergies Are Not The Same Thing

If You Can’t Eat It, You Can Probably Still Use It In A Cream. “I’m allergic to almonds…can I use a cream with an ingredient extracted from almonds?” “I can’t eat coconuts…that means I can’t use coconut oil, right?” If you have prick tested positive to something, it is more likely than not that you …

Study Review: Coconut Oil, Monolaurin & Other Derivatives As Antivirals

Study Review: Coconut Oil, Monolaurin & Other Derivatives As Antivirals

The quick summary: There are multiple published clinical studies on the antimicrobial properties of virgin coconut oil (VCO) and its derivatives, and they’ve been around longer than you may think. We asked a leading dermatologist and dermatopathologist, Dr. VermĂ©n Verallo-Rowell, who is a specialist in contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and its secondary infections — and whose …

Another Disinfection Technique

Another Disinfection Technique: Wash Your Hands, Use Monolaurin…and Virgin Coconut Oil Your Nose!

With new bugs and superbugs, we’re looking for more ways to prevent infection. Improving our nutrition and overall well being is important (which includes lessening stress and getting enough sleep). Another is increasing our probiotic intake. Some classic best practices include frequent and proper hand washing, upping your use of hand sanitizer, and wiping down surfaces with alcohol or bleach. But while alcohol isn’t an allergen, it …

Skin and Nutrition: 5 Foods To Add For Healthy Skin

Beauty is within… The phrase “beauty is within” may seem spiritual or philosophical but it is evidently true in science and our physical well being. There has been an explosion of fortifying food, beverages, and even beauty products with vitamins and minerals (natural additives) intended to enhance a product’s effectiveness. Assuming they are present in the stated concentrations, …

Top 10 Gifts NOT To Give Someone With Sensitive Skin

The No-Go Gift Guide For Your most “Sensitive” Friends Choosing a gift can be fun — who hasn’t smiled instantly at finding the perfect gift for someone they love? But shopping for people with very sensitive or allergic skin can be difficult. What was a thoughtful gesture can morph into the cause of an angry rash or trigger …

Less Is More In Skincare, Too!

Less Is More In Skincare, Too!

SIMPLIFY. “Less is more” is a healthy philosophy for pretty much everything in life. In food, less processed means more nutrients and less junk. Studies show that mindfulness — clearing the mind of clutter and focusing on the now — has significant health benefits for the brain and aging. In skincare, simple formulations with as …

Skincare To Swipe Right On

Skincare To Swipe Right On

You’re so good about eating well (your friends say you should start charging for tips), exercising daily (people call out your name when you walk into the gym), sleeping more, controlling stress, and being happier (your new nickname is sensei). For your skin, you’ve done your research (you’re on a first-name basis with beauty bloggers), you’ve become a formidable …

Jess Arnaudin, Green Beauty and Travel Writer

Jess Arnaudin Green Beauty and Travel Writer New York, NY Jess Arnaudin is an expert skin therapist, makeup artist, beauty writer and adventure seeker on a mission to examine beauty beyond boundaries. Jess combines her 6+ years of experience within New York City’s spa industry with an insatiable curiosity to find the best eco-beauty experiences around …