What Skincare Is Safe To Use While Pregnant & Nursing?

Q: I’m pregnant or am nursing. Can I still use my favorite VMV HypoallergenicsÂźproducts? A: There are no conclusive studies that show that typical cosmetics can affect fetal or infant development. But it is understandable to be extra cautious. Every person (and baby!) is an individual so make sure to check with your obstetrician and pediatrician before following any …

Skinthusiast Mariza Hourani: My Life Has Been a Fairytale :)

Did you know that most VMV Hypoallergenics models are family members, good friends, work colleagues and real fans of the brand? Meet Mariza Hourani, a Lebanese-British-Spanish-Philippine stunner who’s also my longtime bootcamp trainer’s daughter. Her dad’s seen me balloon through pregnancies and work myself to a purple-faced mess to get fit again. He trained my dad through his …

Gentle (Beneficial!) Shaving: The Skin-Saving Shave

Skin-Saving Shaving VMV’s literal dad (husband to our founding dermatopathologist, my mother) loved to shave. It was his time for quiet contemplation and self tending. Yet it took a while for shaving to catch on at VMV because my side of the family, being Filipino and without a rich depilatory tradition, didn’t see the big deal…until my …

When Skin Problems Lead To Bullying

by Laura VR Bertotto Bullied because of your skin? You’re not alone. Obvious skin conditions can make one a target of bullying. In her excellent review of current literature about psoriasis, mental health and quality of life, Tara Fletcher writes: “School years are often filled with self-consciousness, trying to fit in with the popular crowd, a desire to appear …

How To Ouchlessly Apply Boo-Boo Balm On A Very Painful Wound

My weakness isn’t seeing the blood and gore of injuries; it’s watching people in pain, particularly my young children. Boo-Boo Balm is ouchless as it is, but putting pressure on a throbbing wound can be agony. With my mom (VMV’s founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist), we’ve perfected a pretty awesome ouchless first-aid technique. Follow those steps first (ice the wound …

Try This Technique For Pain-Free First Aid!

By Laura “SLAM! 🙁 8yo’s finger got into a fight with a cabinet door and lost.” So went the caption of that photograph above when I posted it on Instagram. I took the photo after the ice packs had already reduced the pain significantly (my top, why-did-no-one-tell-me-about-this-when-I-was-a-kid tip below) because I wanted to know if my mom (dermatologist) thought I should to …