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Angel Faces: A Soft Place to Fall, A Solid Foundation for Growth
For young girls with severe and permanent disfigurement from burns or other traumatic injuries, the cruelty of the world can be almost unbearable. The stares, name-calling, teasing and cruelty of others create a sort of living hell for this special group of survivors. Lesia Cartelli knows this is true, because she lived through it herself. Her desire to heal from a serious burn injury over 50% of her face and body at the age of nine in a natural gas explosion encouraged her to create Angel Faces for girls who suffer similar disfiguring burns and other traumatic injuries. This year, the retreat is in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on June 15-21, 2014. It is the first year that the retreat is on the East Coast.
During the multi-day, intensive retreat, survivors hear first-hand from Cartelli about her injuries and the long road to recovery. The young girls work closely with licensed therapists to share and explore ways to facilitate emotional healing and meet others with similar struggles. They learn to use new tools that will help them increase their self-esteem, decrease their depressive symptoms, and have a better quality of life. Most important of all, they are given hope that they can create the life they desire through empowerment.
"The retreat is only one small component,” Cartelli explains. "We see the fruits of our labor when the girls go back home. We receive several calls and emails from the parents and medical centers about how confident and content their daughter/patient is since she has returned -- she joined a sports or academic team at school or now is going to prom, or interviewing for a first job, ending their social death.”
This year the girls are coming from San Diego, Houston, Galveston, Miami, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee, and New York.
Angel Faces® is a national not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Encinitas, California, whose mission is to provide healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls and young women with severe and permanent disfigurement from burn/trauma injuries to achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for themselves, their families, and their communities.
The unique retreats and aftercare programs focus on the healing process within a holistic framework of mind, heart, and spirit. In addition to art therapy and private, corrective-cosmetic sessions, the program provides licensed therapists to help the girls through their loss and trauma issues, and provides the girls with strategies to handle staring and teasing. The goal of Angel Faces® is to offer a physical, spiritual, and emotional transformation so each girl walks away with a new confidence and a hopeful outlook toward the future with the skills to be excited about their life.
For more information, please visit the Angel Faces website at www.angelfaces.com.
If your interested in donating to this great cause click HERE for more information....
Protecting Your Hair From The Sun’s Harmful Rays
Just when we got used to the idea of lathering on the sunscreen from our faces down to maybe our ankles, there’s one area we don’t readily include - our hair. As the weather heats up, our precious strands are exposed to the same Ultra Violet Aging and Ultra Violet Burning sun rays as our skin, wreaking all sorts of havoc like depleting it of moisture eventually breaking them. Head off the summer dry hair assault by trying Alterna Hair Care CC Cream, which does a multitude of things, but most importantly provides sunscreen protection and Rene Furterer Paris Protective Summer Oil with sunscreen - easy-to-use and off to the beach you go.
Beware of Heating Hair Tools
Limit the use of hair tools like blow driers, flat irons and curlers as much as possible. As with the sun, it can exacerbate dryness and if done in excess, can make hair weak and break. Search for heat-alternative styles like roller-setting for volume, styles that involve the use of pomades, gels and mousses and hair accessories - anything that puts the emphasis on using traditional tools like a comb, brush and your own fingers to create an awesome summer style.
Incorporate Deep Conditioning Treatments
Moisturizing is nothing new, but during the summer months especially, a deep conditioning treatment should be brought into the mix and done weekly.
Treatments For Different Hair Types
If your hair is on the dry/frizzy end of the spectrum and may even be color-treated - let your strands get the most out of a deep conditioning treatment - one that contains shea butter, preferably, by sitting beneath a conditioning heat cap for at least 15 minutes. Done on a routine basis will encourage elasticity and reduce breakage. Sally Beauty has a fabulous supply of these types of products. The use of a heavy conditioner would be counter-intuitive for other types of hair: fine, normal, oily because it would weigh the hair down, so err on the side of caution.
1. Change Your Part - The quickest, easiest way to update your hairstyle would be to part your hair on the side rather than in the middle. It gives you a completely different look without compromising length.
2. Accessorize - Add a little fashion pizzazz by embellishing your head with an accessory such as a head scarf or hair pins.
3. Add Beach Waves - Go to sleep with your hair in a wet, high bun. Once you wake up, remove the elastic band to let hair down. Generously apply a beach wave spray such as Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and scrunch hair. This will help add volume and texture to the hair.
4. Pin Bangs Back - As your bangs start to grow out, and you're trying to stretch out your next hair appointment, you can either bobby pin them straight back or to the side. It will give you a more polished look.
5. High Bun - In the summer season, the heat tends to cause slow movements and the only thing on our minds is the beach. Quickly throw your head forward, and whip your hair in a bun and you are ready to catch some waves!...
Whether it's a laser or a lip gloss, it seems like you can buy any beauty treatment off a shelf these days. While the DIY options are convenient and budget-friendly, there are some beauty rituals that are better left to the pros. Below, we've weighed the convenience, expense, longevity and safety of the top beauty treatments to determine when to get gorgeous at home and when to make the investment in seeing a professional.
FACIAL: Do It Yourself. At-home facials can be just as therapeutic as most spa treatments with the right mask and environment. On a budget? Use common ingredients right in your own home, like lemon, sugar, honey, avocado and cucumbers. Pinterest features many DIY facial recipes tailored to all skin types. So improvise your own spa and create the full experience right at home by lighting a few candles and playing some relaxing music. (www.Pinterest.com)
WAXING: Professional. At-home waxing is one treatment we definitely recommend leaving to the professionals! DIY waxing tends to leave unwanted stray hairs, and commonly causes burns and ingrown hairs. (Most waxers don't even wax their own bodies, instead they let a co-worker wax them!) Turn to the pro's at Uni K Wax Centers for this beauty treatment as they go extensive training, have their own unique proprietary all-natural elastic wax and provide the cleanest, fastest, painless waxing experience in the field. (www.unikwax.com)
TEETH WHITENING: Do It Yourself. At-home toothpastes, strips, gels and trays can get teeth almost as white as a professional treatment. Try an over-the-counter whitener like Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System, as it's the most impressive at-home whitening kit to-date that combines the best selling Professional Whitening System. ($58, www.supersmilestore.com)
SUNLESS TANNING: Professional. Because the streaks you notice the day after while sporting your new sun dress can be quite embarrassing. Visiting a professional is essential to obtaining absolute even color, not to mention it will last longer than one applied at home! Professionals can even add definition to your abs or arms by darkening certain areas, if desired. We recommend scheduling your appointment at least 24 hours in advance, to allow ample time for the spray to dry before showering and to avoid rubbing off on your clothes....
New “Urban Island Escape” Body Treatment at the Guerlain Spa
Inspired by the hotel’s rooftop beehives, and bringing New Yorkers a tropic feeling, the Guerlain Spa has just launched a treatment that incorporates the ultra-hydrating effects of both honey and extra virgin organic coconut oil.
The Urban Island Escape treatment includes a toning body mask (containing coconut oil and honey), sugar glow scrub and a moisturizing massage. The coconut-honey body mask naturally hydrates, tightens and firms the skin while the guest enjoy a relaxing scalp massage. Then, the coconut honey sugar glow will exfoliate, clarify and rejuvenate dry, dead skin while stimulating circulation and detoxification. After the body mask, guests are invited to experience a rain shower rinse, and then return to the heated bed for a soothing massage using ultra-nourishing coconut oil.
In order to rejuvenate the body inside and out, guests are also offered a complimentary Jax Coco Coconut Water following the treatment.
80 minute treatment for only $325! Book today at www.guerlainspas.com/waldorf-astoria...
Hot Tips for Summer Skin Care
Warm breezes, sunny walks in the park, shorts and sandals...all conjure up the images of finally escaping from this last ridiculously frigid winter. Just ahead are lazy, hazy, hot summer days, and while that puts most of us in the mood for some outdoor fun and lighter clothing, it also means we are about to force our skin into a completely new environment.
Most of us have had our skin wrapped up against the elements and kept in dry heated air for the past 6 months. We have slathered and creamed our skin with oils and lotions to preserve it (Think about those mummies you see in the museum.) Now it's time to take those wrappings off and let our skin breathe a little!
However, before you jump into showing off that thawed out skin of yours, there are some things you will want to do get it out of hibernation and looking its glowing best.
First, you will want to put a good exfoliation regimen into place. This can be done by purchasing a sponge made for this purpose like a BUFPUF
sponge. Loofah, and light fine textured sponges are best for all over body use. You can use scrubs but they tend to be harder to apply everywhere and get the even complexion you are looking for. Many of us are also tempted to overdo it and that can cause irritation and even some skin damage. If you have a favorite scrub that works well for you then employ that on an every other day basis.
Exfoliation is the number one thing that will reveal newer and brightened skin preparing it for a good cleanser and moisturizer so that they work better. It is also time to switch to a lighter cleanser that is naturally based. Glycerin. Olive oil, and gel type bars are great for cleansing without stripping skin of its natural oils. Almond oil and oatmeal are also excellent choices. Using products that contain alcohol and sulfides can over dry skin and actually make it more blemish prone.
Select moisturizers carefully and make sure they are petroleum free. Choose products that use natural oils like palm. Olive, and even cocoa butter are very good at holding moisture balance and will not clog pores or cause breakouts. In the event you do run into a blemish or two this summer, simply applying a dab of pure tea tree oil will speed the healing process and get your skin looking clearer fast.
Whether it's the beach or your own backyard you have a whole new set of rules for caring for an protecting your skin. Be sure to remember your sunscreen. I recommend you use lotions and natural oil based products for these too. There have been problems with the flammable aspects of the aerosol spray variety so if you use aerosol beware of any nearby fires or sparking devices as the product will be flammable until it is completely dry.
As for how high the protection needs to be SPF 30 is plenty of protection as long as you apply it regularly and follow the directions. Anything higher can be irritating to skin and greasy. Higher SPF concentrated products tend to give people a false sense of protection even though they need to be reapplied as often as the lower concentrations.
While we are on the topic of sunscreen, now is a great time to check yourself for any unusual changes and mores or new or unusual things on your skin.
While skin cancers can show up anytime, I call this skin cancer season because now is a great time to be aware of your skin and any changes that have occurred while we were covered up in the cooler months.
Did you know that the American Dermatological Society has a great way to do this called the ABC's for the signs of skin cancer? This is for any changes that occur in your skin or moles that you already have or show up. To learn the signs of skin cancer follow the A, B, C, D rule:
B. Border irregularity
C. Color change, dark, or multicolor
D. Diameter greater than 5-6 mm’s
Any unusual dry or red flaky patches that show up and don't go away should also be checked out. No one knows your skin better than you do, so be sure to respect any changes that occur. Better safe than sorry. Keeping all these tips in mind as you enjoy your summer will mean that your skin will get to enjoy it too while still looking its best.
Beauty & Skin Expert Gregorie Guillaume Breaks Down the Difference between Body Potions & Lotions and Shares her Selects for the Season
New season. New body care regimen. Do yourself and your body a favor this season and add body oils to the mix to get even softer skin from SKINN Cosmetics, Whish, Caldrea and Viktor&Rolf. As creatures of habit, stepping out of the shower and reaching for that tried and true body lotion is what we know.
Body Oils vs. Body Lotions
Before you make the decision to switch or even add a body oil to your regimen, let's first understand what the difference is between the two product types. Body oils moisturize the top layer of the skin, keeping moisture trapped in while not penetrating the skin. Body lotions are made with skin-softening ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter and Vitamins D & E to penetrate and hydrate the skin.
Now you've got the facts - whatcha gonna do? I'm a lotion and oil kind of girl myself.