A Fresh Start With Spring In Japan!

Sakura, or the cherry blossom, is Japan’s national flower. Celebrated by Japanese people of all ages, sakura are found in everything from textile patterns to a curious dessert flavor. Sakura blooms in March or April, and is even part of the daily weather forecast as the reporter announces where the “Cherry Blossom Front” has started. The …

Eating Right for Your Skin, Health, and Mind

“Inflammatory dietary pattern linked to depression among women,” says a study out of the Harvard School of Public Health. While more research needs to be done, it is clear that, while inflammation is important to our immune systems, excessive inflammation is linked to a truckload of health concerns (“heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and other conditions”) and skin concerns (acne, …

VMV Hypoallergenics: The Superman of Skincare

  By Emma Werner The Fashion HotBox in New York City | Jul 11, 2016 I recently had an amazing spa experience with VMV Hypoallergenics, a skincare company that prides themselves on being the “safest, most proven effective care on the planet,” and it certainly holds up to that mantra. They specialize in sensitive skin and have …

My Dermatologist Has X-Ray Vision

Or, How My Skin Doctor Found My Thyroid Problem. My dermatologist isn’t Superwoman (although I think of her that way). No doctor can see through you, to your blood, thyroid, heart, or bones. I’m not sure anyone would want that. But my dermatologist took one look at my skin and knew something was off with my insides. It was, frankly, fascinating. …

Combining Actives: Customize Your Skincare Regimen Like A Pro

First, some basics. IS MORE…MORE? YES AND NO. Combining different actives in one regimen can give you multiple benefits but you up the risk of irritation and you can definitely over-treat. If you’re going to combine, keep the following in mind: Hypoallergenic: Choose products with minimal or no allergens to up the safety factor. Sensitive …

Al-mond, Dieu! This Superfood Makes For Super SKIN, too

Almond As Superfood Studies show that eating almonds decreases your risk of heart disease, helps you feel full faster, and helps with weight loss and diabetes prevention. Other studies suggest benefits for arthritis, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Packed with antioxidants, eating them is great for your skin, too. What About On Skin? Don’t go rubbing almonds …