The Great Cuticle Debate – Push or Trim

When it comes to your cuticles, the questions are endless. To trim or to push? To cut or not to cut? With so many questions surrounding something as simple as your nails, it can become quite frustrating. Especially, if you’re one of those who simply loves a manicure. It is also probably a subject on the mind of brides who want their nails flawless for their big day. For those who get their nails done on a regular basis you are probably asked by the nail technician whether you prefer trim or push. And you invariably end up giving a random answer while you are too busy with that fashion magazine or are too preoccupied. Well, you might have thought that the answer was unimportant, but it actually plays a major role in the overall health of your nails.

Trimming cuticles

The answer is quite simple. According to Mary Lupo, a dermatologist in New Orleans, you should never trim your cuticles. If they are lifted away from the nail or are too short, they allow fungus and bacteria to infect your nail bed. Moreover, trimming damages the way your nails look in the long run. If you end up trimming too much of your cuticles, you might make them look good for a day or two, but they’ll end up getting ragged all over again.

The most important thing when it comes to a manicure is to ensure that your nail plate is clean. The gel and the polish will hardly adhere to your nail unless you can free it of dead skin and oils. Luckily, you don’t need to trim to prepare your cuticles for a manicure. The solution lies with pushing them. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Soften the cuticles by massaging oil or a hand lotion on them for about 1 minute.
  2. Use a cuticle pusher to push back the dead skin around the cuticles. Since you’ve already massaged the area, this should be very easy.
  3. Complete the process by buffing away whatever is left on your nail plate. If you still feel that there is some dead skin left after buffing, you can finally use those nippers to remove them carefully.

Pushing cuticles during manicure service

Trimming or pushing is not everything. It is also important to understand how to care for your cuticles.

  • Prevent hangnails from appearing. All you need to do is apply some hand lotions regularly. Your manicurists keep telling this to you all the time not to make their jobs easier, but because it’s true. It prevents dry cuticles and also helps out with hangnails.
  • Moisturize. Your cuticles can become dry, flake, crack or peel just like any other area of your skin. Therefore, you need to make sure that you moisturize them as well. You can use any skin moisturizer for this purpose. All you need to do is rub some into your cuticles while putting them on your hands. Some salons offer a hot wax treatment for your cuticles. They use a special oily wax that is considered to be an excellent way of moisturizing your cuticles.
  • Avoid rough materials. We often hear of people developing red colored sore spots around their nails. This usually happens because of a skin infection known as paronychia. And this usually happens due to over-vigorous manipulation that ends up manifesting as soreness and redness.
  • Avoid drying agents. Dishwashing and nail polish removers that contain acetone can dry out your cuticles completely. Therefore, you are always advised to use acetone free nail polish and wear gloves while washing the dishes.
  • Stop biting your nails. Your mouth is quite dirty and the saliva can break down the skin. You can also get an infection if you end up violating a cuticle.  So if you’re in the habit of biting your nails, you need to stop right now.

Solve Common Skin Issues

The climate can play a major role in damaging and torturing your skin. As a result, suffering from a range of skin issues has become very common all over the world. Moreover, modern day lifestyles offer us with less and less time to take care of our skin. Hectic schedules, constant stress and poor eating and sleeping habits don’t help either. Luckily for you, we have been able to sum up some of the most common skin care issues and have come up with simple non-invasive treatments for each of them.

 

Aging shown on woman- half mature skin, half young skinWhat can I do about my sun damaged, dull and aging skin?

Your skin can get tired the same way your body does after a long day at work. After all, protecting your body 24 x 7 from the damage caused by free radicals is not easy. So, if your skin begins to revolt due to the lack of rest by showing symptoms of aging, it might be time to give it a recharge. Dull and sun damaged skin requires a good exfoliator and topical applications of nutrient enriched creams. Your dull skin usually occurs when dead skin cells get stuck on the surface. By removing them through exfoliation, you allow your skin to look radiant once more. It is also important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 to prevent further sun damage. Using Resveratrol or Vitamin C enriched moisturizers and serums should help you get rid of sun spots over time. If you’re looking for something more serious, you could go for microdermabrasion or light chemical peels.

 

What can I do about my oily and acne prone skin?

Cleansing is not enough when it comes to removing dirt, dead skin and oils from your pores. You need that something extra to clear pores, prevent breakouts, activate new cell growth, reduce oils and increase your cell turnover. Exfoliating is extremely important when it comes to oily skin. It helps to reduce the oil content from your skin and also allows you to shed off your dead skin. Eye creams are very important as well. You might feel that you don’t need eye creams because of your oily skin, but you do. The skin around your eyes is much more sensitive and thinner. Therefore, it doesn’t produce the same amount of oils. Using eye creams should help you prevent wrinkles. If you’re prone to acne, you should stay away from avocado oil and products with alcohol or chemicals in them.

 

Woman examining her wrinkles in the mirrorWhat can I do to prevent sun spots, acne scars and wrinkles?

You don’t need to carry those sun spots, wrinkles and acne scars with you throughout your life. You can easily prevent them or get rid of them even after they appear. The first and foremost thing that you need to do is ensure that you apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 protection every single day. Topical solutions that contain Vitamin C and Vitamin E also help you to prevent skin spots, acne scars and wrinkles. Finally, you should also try to stay away from perfumes and colognes as much as possible, particularly when you plan to be out in the sun.

 

What can I do to prevent uneven skin and fine lines?

Exfoliation is one of the best ways to treat uneven skin. It helps you to reduce your acne scars and smoothen out the outer layers of your skin. But, if you’re looking to prevent uneven skin and also take care of those fine lines, you need something extra. The simplest way to deal with uneven skin is to increase your water intake, applying broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 on a regular basis, exercising regularly and substituting junk food with green leafy vegetables and fruits.

 

 

How do I take care of my saggy and wrinkled skin?

Saggy skin usually becomes a problem as you become older. This is mainly because the production of collagen and elastin reduces with age and the damage caused to your skin over the years begin to catch up. The best way to take care of your soggy and wrinkled skin is to perform 30 minutes of exercises every day, follow a healthy diet which contains green vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, proteins and roughage, drinking at least 10 glasses of water every day and applying skin care creams and serums that contain ingredients like Vitamin C, Resveratrol and Aloe Vera.

Top Makeup Questions Answered

We have encountered many questions pertaining to makeup that are asked every now and then. Because of the sea of contrasting information out there, we decided to offer our readers with some of the most common makeup questions that we encountered over the past few days. From your lips to your cheeks to your eyes, here are the answers to some of your most frequently asked makeup questions.

How do I make my lips look fuller?
Its actually very simple to get plumper looking lips in minutes. All you need to do is brush your teeth and use the remains of the paste on your toothbrush to brush your lips gently for a minute or two. Using lip liners under your lipstick, a lip plumping gloss or a shiny lipstick also helps. A word of advice. If you’re looking for plump looking lips, make sure that you avoid dark colored lipstick. Another effective way to use makeup to give lips a more plumper appearance is to use two colors of lipstick. First apply your chosen color as you usually would. Next use a lighter shade of lipstick or a bit of highlighter and apply it to the middle center of lips. If you are using highlighter pat it on gently with a fingertip. This gives your lips more dimension and makes them look bigger.

Applying lip glossHow can I do easy smokey eyes?
There are different types of smokey eyes and different ways of doing them. If you plan to choose the one that fades from light to dark, you’ve chosen the most difficult one for yourself. Beginners are always advised to start off with a single color. We would always advise you to choose a solid color that covers your eyelid completely. Remember, the idea is to ensure that you look nice. Trying the more challenging applications can come later on, once you’re sure of how to carry out the smokey eye look. For the most simple look take a dark liner with a smudgy consistency and draw a thick line on your top lid. Use a brush to blend up and out. Next up, use a light color on inner eyes and brow bone. Chose a shade based on your skin tone – if you are pale pinky peach, if you are medium beige or copper, if you are dark shiny gold. Colors with sparkle versus glitter work best. More difficult applications involve using several colors of eye shadow (usually from the same family of colors) and eye liner (usually liquid) and than blending heavily with a brush.

What is the proper order of applying makeup?
The best thing to do is start off with your eyes. Many women prefer to do their foundations first. But this is actually the wrong way to go about it because you might end up spilling your eye shadows onto your cheeks. By doing your eyes first, you allow yourself to wipe off the spillage without having to bother about ruining your foundations. Once you’re done with your eye shadows, you can proceed to the foundations. The lips should always be done at last. This helps you to prevent smudging your makeup.

Applying lip linerDo I need lip liner under lipstick?
There is no hard and fast rule about lip liners and lipstick. The best thing about makeup is that you create your own “rules”. The only thing you need to ensure is that you allow your creativity to flow within certain acceptable limits. Applying a lip liner under your lipstick is definitely beneficial, but it is in no way mandatory. The main reason women prefer to use lip liners under their lipsticks is that they make your lipstick stand out, allow them to stay on for longer and also keep lipstick from feathering.

How do I apply foundation in a way that looks natural?
Using a sponge to apply your foundation is ok as long as you have to deal with a tiny bit of foundation only. However, the best way to apply foundations is using your fingers. There are a number of reasons why your fingers offer a much better look. Firstly, your warmth helps to warm the foundation and allows it to melt into your complexion. Another alternative is to use a foundation brush. Foundation brushes are contoured and allow you to get to areas such as the corners of your nose and all the way up to the area just below your lower lashes. What this essentially means is that the best way to apply foundation is to choose a method that suits you the most. In the end, you need to apply the foundations yourself. So it is best choose a method that you’re the most comfortable with.

Various concealersHow do I know which concealer will work best for me?
One of the best kept secrets in beauty and skin care is choosing concealers that suit you. There is an ocean of contradictory statements flowing all over the internet. Some state that a quarter shade darker concealer works the best. Yet others want you to believe that lighter concealers are a better option. Don’t get fooled by all this contradictory evidence. All you need to do is spend about 30 minutes and find out for yourself. Search for the perfect foundation shade before you begin to search for a concealer. Once you’re ready, apply several shades of foundation right above the jaw line. Look at your face under direct sunlight and try to determine the foundation that disappears into your skin color. This is the shade that suits you the best. Now, your concealer should be just one shade lighter than the perfect foundation.

My blemishes seem to worsen whenever I conceal them. Please help!
The one and only way to ensure that your blemish remains concealed is to ensure that you never use a concealer on it. As surprising as this might sound, many women have discovered that the lighter shade of the concealer simply ends up making the blemish more prominent. The best way to make it disappear is to use a stick foundation that is a perfect match to your skin tone.

Choosing the right makeup for your skin tone Do you know what color of makeup suits what skin tone?
Choosing color based on your skin tone is actually quite simple. The first thing that you need to do is to determine your skin tone (warm/ cool). The next thing to do is to assess your skin color (fair/ medium/ olive/ dark). Once you’ve determined your skin color and your skin tone, choose a foundation base that fits perfectly. The best way to do this is to apply different shades on your cheeks and test it under natural sunlight. The color that disappears in your cheeks under the sun is the ideal foundation for your cheeks. The next thing to do is to choose the perfect blush. Pink and rose blush goes well with fair skin; peach, coral or apricot blush goes well with medium skin; copper and brown blush goes with olive skin and plums or burnt orange goes well with dark skin. With the blush taken care of, proceed to choosing the eye shadow. Make sure that you choose a color that complements your skin tone and also enhances your eyes. If you have a warm skin tone, go for greens, golds, pinks or browns. If you have a cool skin tone, go for blues, pinks, plums, grays or silvers. Finally, complete your lip with that perfect lipstick. But before you choose the lipstick, test it on a sheet of white paper to determine its dominant color. Reds and brows are ideal for warm skin tones and purples and pinks are an excellent option for those with cool and dark skin. If you have olive skin, the best options include beige, pinks and reds.

What kind of makeup can I wear in hot and humid weather without it melting?
It’s not just about the kind of makeup that you wear. There are a number of solutions to ensure that your makeup doesn’t melt when it’s hot. One of the best ways to prevent your makeup from melting is to use waterproof concealers. It also helps to choose silicone based foundations. Silicone foundations are definitely the best options for long lasting makeup in moisture ridden conditions. You should also remember that primers become more and more necessary when it comes to hot and humid weather. Tinted moisturizers and liquid foundations are also likely to hold up your makeup better because any melting can be easily blended without making you look cakey.

Great Looking Skin from the Neck Down

Woman displaying neck, shoulders, handsSure, you’ve spent a great deal of time caring for your face and your eyes. But what happens to your hands? What about your chest? Did you remember to take care of yourself from the neck down? You really need to give these neglected parts some TLC. All you need to do is look down at your hands. You’ll notice that the skin on your hands is not as ageless as your complexion, which is why they have been termed as giveaway areas by experts. It is quite easy to determine your real age by simply looking at your hands, your chest or your neck, even if you boast of having the perfect complexion. The main reason for this is that even though these three areas receive the same amount of damage from the harmful UV rays of the sun, you don’t give them the same level of care.  Now that you’ve understood the importance of pampering areas below your necks, here’s what you need to do in order to maintain great looking skin from the neck down.

Clear the Pathway

The first and foremost thing that you need to ensure is that you exfoliate the skin from your neck down 2 – 4 times every week, depending on your type of skin. Exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells from the outermost layers of your skin, thereby allowing healthier and newer skin cells to take its place.

Delay Aging While You Still Can

Most women begin to show signs of aging from their early 30′s as the skin begins to lose its moisture levels. By the time a woman reaches the age of 40 or 50, the veins and tendons become a lot more visible due to the lesser amounts of fat. The best way to fix this problem is to prevent it from happening altogether. You can do this by ensuring that you moisturize your skin and use sunscreens every day from your early twenties itself.

Try Peptides

Peptides are an excellent way of treating the damage caused to the skin below your neck. They help in boosting your collagen levels which in turn spurs new skin cell generation and they also allow you to increase the elasticity levels of your skin. This helps you to look younger, fitter and healthier.

Use Retinols

You can smoothen your skin by using creams that contain retinols. All you need to do is apply retinol creams on the exposed areas below your neck before going to sleep every night. Retinol minimizes the fine lines on your skin and also helps you to stimulate skin cell renewal and lighten your skin tone.

Fade Those Skin Spots

Constant exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun can lead to blotchiness in the long run. One of the best solutions to fade away those skin spots is to use bleaching creams that contain Licorice extracts or Kojic acids. It is also important to wear broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 on a daily basis. Remember, bleaching is a temporary fix. You need to make it permanent by reversing the effects of aging.

How to Care for Your Neck and Decollete

Decollete is a French word that implies “wearing a low neck dress”. But, this post has nothing to do with French dresses. Decollete is also used to describe the neck, shoulder and cleavage area. Your face and your décolleté are always prone to damage from exposure from the weather or from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Therefore, you need to ensure that you give it the same level of treatments that you would normally give to your face. The neck is also considered to be the next best place to determine a woman’s real age, the first one being the eyes. Women often end up ignoring the décolleté and neck area, both of which are quite delicate and extremely prone to dehydration and sun damage. The common signs of aging that can appear on the neck include loss of elasticity, hyperpigmentation, horizontal wrinkles and fine lines, loose looking skin, etc. Here are some of the best ways of taking care of your neck and décolleté.

Daily Exercises

One of the best ways to take care of your décolleté is to perform exercises which help you to stimulate and train the muscles around your neck. This allows you to reduce the chances of fine lines and wrinkles and also firm up that area.

Contrast Showers

By contrast we mean hot and cold, or more accurately warm and cold (hot showers aren’t great for skin). If you’ve convinced yourself to perform daily exercises for your neck, you can make them more effective with the help of contrast showers. End your warm shower with cold water as it helps to give the décolleté a toning workout and leads to tightening up of the muscles and improving the skin tone.

Young woman carrying basket of seaweed on her headCarry Some Weight on Your Head

If you’ve learned your history, you would have read that ancient women used to have beautiful necklines. One of the biggest reasons for this was that they used to carry heavy loads on their heads, thereby helping them to build their neck muscles. You can easily replicate their actions by walking around your house with a heavy book on your head.

Sleep on your Back

One of the best ways to take care of your décolleté is to sleep on your back without using a pillow or using a flat pillow only. When a woman sleeps, depending on the position she sleeps in, her breasts fall in different ways than when she is upright. Sleeping on the back provides the best position for decreasing stress on the neck and decollete area.

Woman sitting at computer deskMaintain Proper Posture

Maintaining proper posture while working on the computer can also do wonders in helping you maintain your décolleté. Don’t forget to take frequent breaks to stretch yourself. You’d be surprised at how light you feel at the end of the day.

Proper Attire for Sleep

Consider sleeping in a bra or wear a stretching undershirt/camisole to hold your breasts in place while sleeping. The position of the breasts during sleep can lead to creases and wrinkles in the cleavage area. Wearing supportive garmets helps avoid this, i.e. bras or camisoles.Just make sure to give your chest a break with some bra free time for at least several hours during the day.

Save your Skin from the Sun

Always wear a broad rimmed hat when out in the sun and don’t forget to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 on your neck and your décolleté area as well. After all, sun damage is one of the leading causes of damage to the skin.

Woman applying cream to neck and chest after bathingKeep your Décolleté Hydrated

The skin on your neck and on your décolleté area is very thin when compared to the skin on the rest of your body. Therefore, you need to cater to the special moisturizing needs of your décolleté at all times. The best time to use a cream or lotion is right out of the shower, that helps lock in moisture.

Exfoliate gently

You should also ensure that you make it a habit to exfoliate your neck and your décolleté with a gentle exfoliator using circular strokes once every 3 days. Don’t forget to exfoliate gently when exfoliating your neck and your décolleté area. Try a chemical exfoliant rather than a physical one to avoid causing any irritation. Chemical exfoliants use ingredients like acids to exfoliate rather than physical exfoliants like salts or micro beads.

Better than Botox

Botox might be popular around the world, and while it has many advantages it definitely also has some disadvantages. The biggest benefit of Botox is its ability to erase your fine lines and wrinkles almost instantly and it also offers results which last for a while. However, the downfalls include an extremely painful process and the possibility of bruising along with the inconviencing of needing to visit a medical professional for administration. As a result, a number of people have been left searching for alternatives for Botox. And considering the demand for wrinkle free skin, a number of cosmetic and skin care manufacturers have researched for years to create products as effective as Botox minus the drawbacks.

Luckily for you, now many products exist which claim to give it is now can get wrinkle free skin and boast of Botox-like results by simply using topical beauty products that are packed with the right ingredients. However, don’t go about expecting immediate results as it could take up to 6 months of serious efforts on your part to get wrinkle free skin. A small price to pay for a painless way of removing your wrinkles, don’t you think?

Modern day skin care products consist of a number of sophisticated ingredients that can offer a number of skin care benefits such as removing fine lines and wrinkles, promoting cell renewal, smoothening the skin and lightening the skin tone. In fact, the results are far better than Botox, considering the number of problems that get solved by using these products. Here is a list of some of the best ingredients that can allow you to lead a Botox free as well as wrinkle free lifestyle.

1. Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)

Gamma Aminobutyric Acid, also known as GABA, can do wonders for your skin because it can have a freezing and tightening effect on your skin. This makes it quite similar to Botox injections in terms of the effects offered. However, the effects offered by GABA are temporary. Therefore, unlike Botox, you must be regular in your use of products that contain GABA. However, GABA cannot offer the wonders it promises on its own. It only works when it is mixed with a number of active anti-aging ingredients such as peptides, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is often used in combination with GABA, but it is an amazing product in itself. Hyaluronic acid helps your skin to retain its moisture and plumps out fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps with collagen production and skin hydration.

3. Retinol

Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, is one of the most effective ingredients when it comes to anti-aging. According to studies, retinol acts as a skin cell hyponist by attaching itself to the skin cells and convincing them to behave the way a younger skin cell would do. Retinol is also famous as one of the best antioxidants that helps in increasing collagen production and removing free radicals from the skin. It also helps out with things like strengthening the skin, repairing sun damage, unclogging pores, eliminating acne and reducing the occurrence of wrinkles.

4.  Palmitoyl Oligopeptide

Palmitoyl Oligopeptide is a peptide that basically functions as the building block between amino acids. It helps out with skin repair and renewal and also has the ability of binding itself to the skin. Once the skin forms a bond with Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, it can perform a number of functions such as increasing collagen production, increasing elasticity and boosting the glucosaminoglycan.

Are Our Skin Worries Shakespeare’s Fault?

William ShakespeareCertain studies have claimed that the great William Shakespeare was the one originally responsible for introducing skin worries to the world. These studies have shown William Shakespeare to have an obsession with perfect skin, particularly due to the fact that London was considered to be a major hotspot for skin diseases at the time. Skin imperfections were generally considered to be warning signs in the old days and a number of examples can be found in Shakespeare’s plays where he fuels the stigma surrounding skin diseases.

If you’re a fan of William Shakespeare, you’ve surely read about some of his most memorable skin insults such as “Never mole, hare-lip nor scar….” as well as curses such as “Thou art a boil, a plague sore…”. Considered to be the master of insults, William Shakespeare was truly at his best when it came to describing the appearance of a character. From words such as “a plague sore” to “foul moles”, his dictionary of insults was literally endless and his sharp tongue played these insults to perfection every single time.

William Shakespeare was recently made a subject of a series of research by scientists from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. The findings of from this research was revealed to medical specialists at the British Association of Dermatologists Annual Conference. Researchers speculated that Shakespeare’s status of being the best English language writer of all time helped to fuel his obsession with perfect looking skin and spread it among the literate elite across the world.

Traces of Shakespeare’s character descriptions can be found all over his works. A man with a reddish nose has been described as “knight of the burning lamp” in Henry IV, Part I. According to Dr. Catriona Wootton, a dermatologist working at the Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham, Elizabethan London was considered to be a melting pot for a number of diseases such as smallpox and plague. Dr. Wootton also mentions that many of the diseases during the time had common symptoms such as skin imperfections and sores. As a result, imperfections on the skin began to be commonly associated with contagious diseases. Dr. Wootton further believes that these beliefs were not just limited to infections, but also to moles and blemishes that were considered to be signs of the devil or witchcraft.

Some might argue that Shakespeare actually highlights that the affected individuals are innocent in the Hamlet with lines such as “their virtues else, be they as pure as grace” and “that for some vicious mole of nature in them…. wherein they are not guilty..”; but researchers believe that the iconic writer has also been far less tolerant in his other plays.

On the other hand, a number of medical specialists have also termed the theory as ridiculous. Professor Michael Dobson, director of the Shakespeare Institute of the Birmingham University, feels that it would be ridiculous to believe suggestions that William Shakespeare was responsible for the skin stigma. He counters his argument by stating that no other writer in history has termed skin diseases as attractive.

So what do you think? Was Shakespeare ultimately responsible for the skin stigma and our skin worries? Or is it just ridiculous to suggest so? Where do you think these skin worries and all the hype surrounding them originated from? We would love to hear your opinions.

Top Cities for Your Skin

Woman with good skin posing, city view in the backgroundYou might not suffer from skin problems such as dry skin or chapped lips during the summers, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be suffering from bug bites or sunburn. Irrespective of what season it is, you may be faced with a range of skin care issues and problems all through the year. Most of you are well aware of the various skin care methods by now, but did you know that the city you live in also plays a huge role in skin care? According to the beauty and skin care experts, who analyzed 55 cities across the US in order to determine where the skin was most likely to shine, there are some cities which stand out among the rest. Each city was ranked as per a number of criteria such as skin cancer rates, air pollution, smoking ratios, climate, etc. The experts also made use of data obtained from the American Lung Association, CDC, American Academy of Dermatology, the Census Bureau, etc. in their research.  So without further adieu, we bring forth the list of the top 10 cities for your skin in the US.

Austin
Austin ranks in this list because it is considered to be the city that has the most physically active population in the US. Exercise is a major part of the lifestyle of the locals and the skin cancer rates are considerably as well. The fact that the population is more active also means that there is less obesity in the city and science has already proven that there is a link  between skin cancer and inflammation.

Milwaukee
The residents of Milwaukee are less exposed to the harmful rays of the sun due to the long winters and the shorter summers. The lesser sun exposure combined with the low levels of pollution offer residents with a decent climate to live in. This in turn reduces the damage caused to the skin.

New York City
Big Apple residents boast of having the lowest skin cancer death rate in the country. You would not expect the most populous city to rank in the list of the best cities for your skin in the US, but all credit must be given to the smart locals who know how to maintain their bodies and take care of their skin. Another advantage that New York enjoys is the public ban on smoking that forces people to refrain from smoking in public places.

Boston
Boston is considered to be the city with the most dermatologists: 1 per 100,000 people! Since Boston is known to be the heart of clinical research in dermatology, this figure hardly raises any eyebrows. The presence of a larger number of dermatologists somewhat helps people to become more skin conscious and follow proper skin care routines.

Honolulu
The most popular city in Hawaii ranks in this list due to the low amounts of pollution. Air pollutants are known to contain free radicals that harm the skin and lead to rashes and inflammation. In fact, Honolulu is known to enjoy zero high ozone days and has the lowest air pollution rate in the country. This makes Honolulu an extremely healthy city for your skin. Moreover, the constant sunshine also ensures that people are more vigilant about sunscreen when compared to people from other cities.

Chicago
Chicago, like Boston, is home to an incredibly high number of skin care specialists. In fact, Chicago has the most among all metropolitan areas in the US. Chicago also enjoys shorter summers which directly translates to lesser skin damage.

Baltimore
According to reports, the residents of Baltimore are known to have the lowest incidence of Melanoma. Despite the many sunny days, Baltimore still manages to boast of an extremely low skin cancer death rate due to the exceptional medical resources in the city.

Seattle
According to reports, the sun shines for just about 47% of the time in Seattle. As gloomy as this sounds, it is actually quite beneficial for your skin. Sunburns are less likely but it is still possible to get enough Vitamin D without having to completely depend on Vitamin D supplements.

San Francisco
San Francisco is considered to have the lowest number of tanning beds in the US. Well, considering the ample amounts of sunshine that the city already enjoys, the locals don’t need tanning beds any ways. Moreover, the locals are also known to be extremely careful about using sunscreen. As a result, the skin cancer death rate in San Francisco is extremely low.

Portland
The city of Portland is considered to rank at the very top of the list of the best cities for your skin in the US. Portland enjoys a low level of pollution and low ozone rates as well. This helps you to save your skin from inflammation, wrinkles, fine lines and early aging. The city is also known to witness large amounts of rainfall. As a result, people stay out of the sun much longer than locals in other cities.

10 Inspiring Women from Around the World

How do you define the OROGOLD woman? Is she smart or beautiful? Is she a celebrity or a commoner? Is she rich or poor? Well, being an OROGOLD woman has nothing to do with your social status or your celebrity factor. What it does require is for you to be selfless, dedicated, strong, inspirational and beautiful – on the outside as well as the inside. We believe that an OROGOLD woman lies inside every woman, it’s just about understanding her and nurturing her. Continuing our celebration of Inspiring women from around the world we bring to you 10 more inspirational women from around the world.

Karren Brady posing at the Wellchild AwardsKarren Brady

Karren Brady is a politician, author, TV broadcaster, sporting executive and a newspaper columnist. She became popular across the world as the former Managing Director of the Birmingham City Football Club, the current Vice Chairman of the West Ham United Football Club, the aide to Lord Alan Sugar in “The Apprentice” and the Small Business Ambassador to the UK Government under David Cameron. Karen is popularly known as the First Lady of Football and she became the first women to hold a post in English Football at the tender age of 23. She also became the youngest managing director of a UK plc and has also published 2 novels.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Brady took on the world of football by its head when she got chosen to work in the top level management of a top flight football club. Brady worked in the football boardroom during a period when most women were content with just bringing in the tea. She ran a football club at a time when it was unimaginable for a woman to run a business. What made her even more special was that Brady managed to transform a club in administration to a club that was floated on the stock markets.

 

Juliana Rotich

Juliana Rotich is an IT professional who developed a range of tools for crowdsourcing crisis information. Juliana is also the Executive Director of Ushahidi, an open source software project that offers crisis reporting and information. Ushahidi first came into existence in the Kenya presidential election crisis in the year 2007 – 08. It is now being used in a number of countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Japan, Haiti, Tanzania and Pakistan. Apart from being an IT professional, Juliana is also known to be a celebrated blogger on afrigadget.com.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Juilana’s revolutionary ideas made it easier to harness the internet’s power to uncover acts of crime and violence. Juliana is well respected for her knowledge about African technology and is presently busy making a second version of Ushahidi, a version that promises to be far better than the first one. Juliana is also known for her love for the environment and her support to tree conservation projects.

 

Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tanni Grey-Thompson is a wheelchair racer, TV presenter and a parliamentarian who was born with spina bifida and has been a wheelchair ever since. Despite her challenges, Tanni went on to become one of the most successful disabled athletes in the UK and also graduated with a BA (Hons) degree from the Loughborough University in the year 1991. Tanni’s international career began in the year 1988 when she won a bronze medal in Seoul. Her last participation in the Paralympic Games was in the year 2004 where she managed to win 2 gold medals for 400 and 100m wheelchair racing.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Tanni amassed a total of 16 medals in her Paralympic career and completely changed the way the world looked at Paralymic sports. Tanni is the proud holder of as many as 30 world records. She was chosen as the Vice President of the Women’s Sports Foundation and also became an Ambassador for the International Inspiration. Tani is a source of inspiration for millions of young girls and women around the world and she is particularly devoted in helping disabled children overcome their difficulties and offering them with a level playing field to showcase their talents.

 

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi is an Indian-born American who is best known as the Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo. Indra has consistently been known to rank among the 100 most powerful women in the world and is famous for her strong vision and hard work. Indra joined PepsiCo in the year 1994 and went on to become its CEO just 7 years later. She has directed the global strategy for the F&B giant for more than 12 years and was in charge of PepsiCo’s restructuring. According to the Business Week, PepsiCo has managed to increase its revenues by 72% ever since Indra took over and the net profits doubled in the year 2006.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Indra Nooyi doesn’t shy away from helping women in need and assisting minorities in the world of business. She believes that if someone is a woman and a person of color, she is at a double disadvantage. If the person in question is an immigrant as well, that’s thrice as worse. To justify her theory, she worked thrice as hard and put in more hours than most men. She sacrificed the best years of her life to get where she is and she’s known to be immensely proud of her journey. What makes her so inspirational is her phenomenal rise from her humble middle class background to becoming one of the most powerful women on the planet – that too on her own.

 

Carol Bartz

Carol Bartz is an American Busineswoman and the former President and CEO of Yahoo! as well as the Former President, CEO and Chairman of Autodesk. Bartz became the first woman CEO of Yahoo and was one of those people who simply knew how to inspire others. She started off her career with 3M in the year 1976, but soon moved to the world of computers. Her journey also included jobs in Sun Microsystems and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Carol Bartz is considered to be a rarity, particularly as a senior lady in the technology business. What made her so inspiring was that she took on jobs such in computing and manufacturing companies when most women ended up as nurses or teachers. She was also subjected to discrimination in her career, but she made sure that it never affected her work, her output and her vision. She might not be well loved by all, but she definitely has her fair share of admirers.

 

Sampat Pal Devi

Sampat Pal Devi, a name most of you are still unaware of, is the leader of Gulabi Gang, a group of women activists in India. Sampat, a mother of 5 and a former health worker for the Indian Government, founded the Gulabi Gang to protect women from violence and domestic abuse. Her gang used to visit abusive husbands and make sure that they stop abusing their wives. The group is believed to have as many as 400000 members today along with a chapter in Paris as well. Kim Longinotto made a movie “Pink Saris” revolving around the Gulabi Gang which was followed by the Nishtha Jain documentary Gulabi Gang”.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Sampat came up as a symbol of home in northern India and saved countless women from domestic abuse and violence. Dressed in pink saris, she created and organized an all women vigilante force to help others. Born as the daughter of a shepherd and married to an ice cream seller at the age of 20, she taught herself to read and write. Her most inspirational moment? She became the glitter of hope for millions of women in rural India – a society where women are still subjected to discrimination, not allowed proper education, bartered off for money and married off way too early.

 

Franny Armstrong

Franny Armstrong is a British film director who works for her own company, Spanner Films. She is also a former drummer for the Band of Holy Joy. Franny is known for three major movies, Drowned Out, The Age of Stupid and McLibel. She became a pioneer in using crowdfunding for creating independent films. Her most recent project is the 10:10 campaign, a project that was founded in the year 2009 in the UK and is now active in more than 50 countries.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Franny took herself to new heights with the 10:10 campaign, a campaign based on a simple idea that allowed for immediate practical action. Countless businesses and individuals joined Franny in her goal to cut down carbon emissions by 10% and David Cameron announced that the UK government would also take part in the campaign days after it was announced.

 

Lubna Hussein

Lubna Hussein is a Sudanese Muslim who works as an activist and a media worker. She became the center of attention in the year 2009 when she was prosecuted for wearing trousers. Her case received a cause célèbre for a number of organizations such as Amnesty International and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Lubna was asked to go to trial after she was arrested for wearing trousers. She went on to state “whip me if you dare” to the judges in Sudan, the place where she was arrested. Hussain immediately became a symbol of oppression against women in countries that had strict interpretations of the Islamic law. Her courage and steely determination that made her fight against the entire system made her an inspirational figure for countless women being harassed and deprived of their basic human rights in different places all over the world. Despite constant death threats, Hussein remains to be involved with women’s rights in Sudan even today.

 

Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer and a human rights activist who founded the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. Ebadi was conferred with the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts towards human rights and democracy, particularly refugee rights, women’s rights and children’s rights. Shirin went on to become the first Iranian to receive the Nobel prize. Ebadi has lived in the UK since the year 2009 in exile and was also listed as one of the most powerful women in the world in the year 2004. She was also included in the list of the 100 most influential women of all time.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Ebadi became the first female judge of Iran at the tender age of 23. She was also described as the worst nightmare of hardline clerics and she believed that her fight was against patriarchy, not against Islam. Ebadi was demoted to the post of a secretary in her own court, simply because the regime believed that women were unsuitable to become judges. Not being deterred by her state, Ebadi  went on to become the most high profile human rights activist of Iran and worked at the grassroots level to make life better for women in Iran.

 

Fatema Mernissi

Fatema Mernissi was born in the year 1940 in Fes. She studied political science at the Sorbonne and the Brandeis University. Mernissi is an Islamic feminist who was mainly concerned with women’s role in Islam. She was the one who cast a doubt on the validity of certain Islamic traditions and has extensively written about life within harems, public and private spheres and gender. Mernissi currently works as a lecturer at the Mohammed V University in Rabat and is also known to be a Research Scholar for the University Institute for Scientific Research, Rabat.

Most Inspirational Achievement

Fatema Mernissi fearlessly tackled some of the most controversial customs and traditions in the Muslim world. From polygamy to veils, she managed to raise a number of questions and cast numerous doubts on certain Islamic customs and traditions that were followed in Islamic countries. Despite having grown up in a domestic harem trapped among her mother, female relatives and grandmother, Fatema managed to shatter worldviews by becoming a professor of Sociology at the Mohammed V University, Rabat.

 

We hope that these 10 ladies continue to inspire countless fans across the globe for years to come. We wish them all the very best in their careers and hope to hear many more success stories. However, we would also like to encourage you – yes, you – to  let us know about your stories. Do you have the qualities of an OROGOLD woman? Do you know someone who embodies the OROGOLD woman? Share your stories with us and if your stories are truly special, they may be featured on our site!

 

Inspiring Women – the OROGOLD Woman

The OROGOLD woman. Who is the perfect OROGOLD woman? Where would you find her? Is she a famous personality? Is she a celebrity or a leader in the fields of science, technology or literature? Is she famous? Is she compassionate? Well, there is no single answer that defines the perfect OROGOLD woman.

An OROGOLD woman exists in each and every woman in the world. The OROGOLD woman is the part of you that doesn’t just care about outer beauty, but also concerns is with the inner soul. The OROGOLD woman is not just focused on appearances, she is known to be extremely compassionate as well. The OROGOLD woman is born out of struggles and forged with a steely determination. The OROGOLD woman is not just concerned about a better today, she is interested in leaving a better tomorrow. Finally, the OROGOLD woman doesn’t only excel in her own field, but also inspires others to excel in their respective fields.

As you may already be aware, OROGOLD is celebrating the achievements of women who have inspired countless others with their actions this week. Our search for OROGOLD women takes us high and low, left and right, allover the world. After a lot of thought and consideration, we have come up with a short list of women in all spheres of life – women who have actually managed to make a huge difference in the world.

 

Actress Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson

Emma Thompson is a British actress, author and screenwriter who was conferred with the honor of being named one of the greatest actresses in Britain in her generation. Emma has won countless awards, including a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for her performances and she has also played a role in a number of blockbusters such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Harry Potter series, Love Actually, Fortunes of War and Much Ado About Nothing.

Her most inspirational achievement

Emma is known to be a source of inspiration for countless women across the world not just because of her grace, her poise and her spectacular acting skills, but also for her work as a human rights campaigner and her role in raising awareness of sex trafficking. Emma has been a dedicated activist ever since she started off her career and has been involved with ActionAid and The Helen Bamber Foundation for years. She might be the first person to win an Oscar for screenwriting as well as acting, but her achievements simply do not show in her down to earth and caring attitude.

 

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor began serving as the first Hispanic justice and the third female justice in the Supreme Court of the United States in the month of August 2009. She worked as an assistant DA for 4.5 years before entering private practice in the year 1984. She has also played an extremely active role on the board of directors for the State of New York Mortgage Agency, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

Her most inspirational achievement

Sonia Sotomayor has managed to garner a reputation of using her real world experience in her rulings. She might have a few critics, but her well-wishers go all the way to President Obama, who once stated that she had lived out the American dream. Sonia had to suffer the setback of her father’s death at the tender age of 9, but this did not deter her from going to Princeton and then on to Yale Law School, an institution where her opinions are taught to date.

 

Jane Goodall giving a lecture about chimpanzeesJane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a British anthropologist, primatologist and ethologist as well as a UN Messenger of Peace. Jane Goodall is considered to be the foremost expert in the world on chimpanzees  and she is most famous for her study of the interactions between wild chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Jane Goodall is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute as well as the Roots and Shoots program and she is known to have worked on countless animal welfare and wildlife conversation issues.

Her most inspirational achievement

Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking work on chimpanzees is well known all over the world. What makes her so inspiring is that she began her career about 50 years ago without any formal scientific training. It was Goodall’s work that gave the world greater insights into the world of chimpanzees. Goodall was also responsible for showing the world that chimpanzees are capable of reasonable thought, acts of extreme brutality, family ties, social bonds, affection and communication.

 

Gareth Peirce

Gareth Peirce was born as Jean Webb, but she dropped her forename and took on the name Gareth when she was quite young. Gareth is a British solicitor who gained her education at the Univeristy of Oxford and the London School of Economics. She is known particularly known for her works in advocacy of cases involving miscarriages of justice and assisting people who have been accused of Islamist or Irish terrorism. Gareth is known to be extremely private and has a penchant for shunning the limelight and refusing media interviews. Gareth was in charge of the famous Judith Ward case, the case of a woman who was wrongfully convicted for several IRA related bombings. She also represented Moazzam Begg, Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four.

Her most inspirational achievement

Gareth has garnered a reputation for being a lawyer who dedicates her life to ensuring that justice is offered to the innocent. Despite staying away from the media, Gareth has managed to become extremely famous because of her ground breaking battles against miscarriages of justice that have managed to change legal history. Numerous human rights activists have termed Gareth as “synonymous with civil rights” due to her inspirational work in ensuring that justice is delivered to those who are wrongly accused.

 

Portrait of Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

Angela Merkel is a research scientist turned politician who was appointed as the leader of the Christian Democratic Union in the year 2000. She was also appointed as as the Chancellor of Germany in the year 2005 and became the first woman to hold both offices. Merkel has often been described as the “de facto leader” of the European Union. The Forbes Magazine recently ranked her as the second most powerful person in the world, the highest rank to have ever been conferred to a woman. She also emerged as the most powerful woman in the world in the year 2014.

Her most inspirational achievement

Angela Merkel is considered to be the most influential female politician in the world. Angela is known to be extremely hard working, an excellent negotiator, charismatic, popular as well as pragmatic.

 

Doris Lessing

Doris May Lessing is a British poet, biographer, novelist, story writer and playwright who has written popular novels such as The Golden Notebook, The Good Terrorist and The Grass is Singing. Lessing was conferred with a Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 2007 and achieved the distinction of being the oldest person ever to get a Nobel Prize in the field of Literature. Lessing was also offered with the David Cohen Prize in the year 2001 and was ranked on the 5th spot in the list of the 50 greatest British Writers since 1945 by The Times. Lessing is also known to have declined damehood in the year 1992 and also declined the appointment as an OBE in the year 1977. Jane suffered a minor stroke in the late 1990s, which ended up restricting her movements. She finally succumbed on 17th November 2013 at the age of 94 in London.

Her most inspirational achievement

Doris is celebrated for writing pioneering works of female emancipation. With more than 50 titles to her name, Lessing is also known to be one of the most important writers of the 20th century. She has also been described as one of the prophets of literature and one of the greatest visionary novelists of her time. What makes Doris so inspiring is that her early life was anything but inspirational. She suffered an unhappy childhood and two marriages before coming up with The Grass is Singing. Lessing was also known to be unafraid of radical departures and experimentation, something that was easily evident in her works.  She also encouraged women not to be themselves, but to change themselves – reinvent their image and transform their thoughts.

 

Athene Donald

Athene Donald is a British physicist who worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Cornell University before transferring to the Cambridge University in the year 1981 and the Cavendish Laboratory in the year 1983. Her main domain of study has been soft matter physics and its applications with regards to living organisms. Athene has also applied microscopy to the study of biological and synthetic systems, particularly protein aggregation. Donald has been the recipient of countless awards and honors such as the L’Oreal UNESCO Awards for Women in Science, Honorary Doctorates of Science from the University of Exeter, University of East Anglia and the University of Sheffield and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the UKRC Women of Outstanding Achievements.

Her most inspirational achievement

Donald’s researches have been known to hover around unconventional areas such as revolutionary treatments for Alzheimer’s. She is also known to be extremely passionate about being a role model for young girls and aspiring physicists. Donald was also made a dame recently and is a director of the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative at the Cambridge University. Donald is also known to be an extremely popular and prolific blogger and her blog is followed by thousands of budding physicists and young female students.

 

Susan Wicklund

Susan Wicklund is an American Abortion provider who has been known to be the sole provider in the Midwestern US area. She has been frequently targeted by those opposing abortion and has often faced death threats, stalkers, assaults and harassment. As a result, Susan has had to wear disguises such as wigs and heavy makeup and also carry protective measures such as a loaded revolver, bulletproof vests, guard dogs and security guards. Susan was also subjected to constant sieges with opposing people breaking and entering into her house countless times and camping outside her home for weeks at a stretch.

Her most inspirational achievement

Despite being threatened, harassed and tortured, Wicklund refused to give up on her ideologies and her work. According to Wicklund, all it took for her to motivate herself was to go to the clinic and hear stories of her patients and understand how important her work was. Wicklund also believed in ensuring that no one else had to go through what she went through in her early 20s when she had an abortion provided by a doctor without any counselling. After qualifying as a doctor, Wicklund took it upon herself to ensure that she was able to offer women with a safe and caring environment for abortion and also guide them through every step on the way.

 

Lawrence Schiller and Arundhati RoyArundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is a political activist and an Indian author best known for penning the award winning novel The God of Small Things. Arundhati’s novel went on to become the highest selling book by a nonexpatriate Indian author and she was also offered with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in the year 1998. Roy was only in her thirties when she received name, fame and money after writing The God of Small Things and becoming famous all over the world. She describes herself as a natural feminist.

Her most inspirational achievement

Despite the phenomenal success of her first novel, Roy did not publish a second one. Instead, she began to focus on the darker side of the Indian subcontinent – the one that is not seen amidst all the glitz and glamour. Arundhati took it upon herself to help out the millions who live in poverty or under a constant state of abuse. She also challenged huge corporations and vested interests who were wrecking the environment. By the time she turned 49, Arundhati became a household name in India and a popular activist across the world. She took on the government over a dam project that threatened millions of households and also got involved in helping people stuck in the human rights abuses and conflicts of Kashmir. What made Arundhati so unique was her free spirited and strong minded approach, her extremely tough childhood and her never ending passion about helping those in need. In a country that is boggled down with corruption, Arundhati actually manages to inspire people to believe in cooperation and understanding rather than exploitation and greed.

 

Shere Hite

Shere Hite is an American feminist and sex educator who has primarily focused her work around female sexuality. Hite references political, theoretical and psychological works that were associated with the feminist movement of the 1970s. Hite has mainly focused her work on understanding how different individuals regard their sexual experience and the meaning this experience holds for them. In fact, it was Hite who concluded that almost 70% of the women do not have orgasms during an intercourse, but by way of clitoral stimulation or masturbation.

Her most inspirational achievement

Without Shere Hite, the world might still be believing that most women have orgasms through intercourse alone and that there was something wrong with a woman if she couldn’t. Hite began to talk about sex and debunked this popular notion in the year 1976 – a period when very few women talked about their sex lives. The way Hite challenged world view and went against all existing ideologies made her  an instant hit all over the world. In fact, many women believe that it was Shere Hite who actually created the possibility for women to claim their won sexuality.