Cosmetics for Skin Care Bennington VT
North Adams, MA
Essex Junction, VT
By Lara Evans Bracciante
Walk down any Main Street and take note of the array of skin tones that make up this multihued world. Skin colors run the gamut from pale to golden to a deep, rich brown. According to the New York City-based Skin of Color Society, soon the majority of people in this country will have pigmented skin of some hue. Yet misconceptions abound about darker skin—what it needs and what it doesn’t to keep it glowing and healthy.
“Skin of color” refers to a mixed bag of ethnic heritage—African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native American, Native Indian, and Pacific Islander. According to experts, only Celts and Scandinavians are purely “light-skinned.” The rest of us, more than likely, have genes from ancestors we maybe didn’t know we had, and that contribution means our skin may react in idiosyncratic ways to how it’s handled, to certain products, and to exposure to the environment.
Despite what we may assume about skin hue and sensitivity, light skin can in fact withstand stress much better than skin of a darker tone. The reason lies below the surface. Pigmented cells in brown skin are larger and more loosely packed, which means the skin is often sensitive and tends to overreact to certain stimuli. For example, darker skin is more likely to scar and get irritated. Long after a blemish or cut heals, a dark mark is likely to linger on the skin. Even doing the right thing—using a sunscreen—can result in an unforeseen response, like a blotchy, reddened complexion.
So, what to do about this mysterious and over-responsive skin? First understand that the reason some skin flourishes with certain products while yours goes into panic mode is traceable to the complexities of your ancestry. Even if your complexion is pale, it may harbor the quirkiness of your family tree—a great-great-grandmother from China, say, or from Sardinia or Haiti.
Second, celebrate the good news—skin of color is less susceptible to signs of aging. Fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots are not as likely, which means there’s an age-defying appearance to those with darker skin.
Third, adjust your approach. Because darker skin is more sensitive, you need to use a gentle touch and avoid products with irritating chemicals. Be wary of products with glycolic acid, and think twice about dermabrasion—both commonly used skin treatments can irritate some darker skins, not rejuvenate them. Instead, try herb- and vitamin-based products, which work with the body to bring health to skin naturally.
What’s your type?
First you need to assess your skin type. Is it dry, oily, or normal? While this may sound basic, skin of color can be tricky; dark skin may appear oily when it’s really just reflecting light. Also, skin type can change over the years, so you may not be dealing with the kind of skin you pampered effectively in decades past.
Dermatologist Fran Cook-Bolden, MD, coauthor of Beautiful Skin of Color (HarperCollins, 2004), recommends a simple test to check...
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- Diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles and reveal smoother, softer and more even-toned skin.
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Dates: 5/21/2013 - 5/22/2013
Location: Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
BERKSHIRE GROWN RAMPS IT UP WITH FARMED + FORAGED: A WEEKEND OF SPRING FLAVORS MAY 21-23In celebration of the spring season, Berkshire Grown will host Farmed + Foraged: A Weekend of Spring Flavors, a culinary celebration of farmed and foraged seasonal foods at area restaurants from Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23. This year, Berkshire Grown will feature 23 participants offering an array of prix fixe menus and a la carte selections to celebrate this farm-to-table dining event. Menus will feature wild edibles, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. The dates, prices and menus for Farmed + Foraged participants vary dramatically. Please contact participating restaurants for accurate information on when they will be offering Farmed + Foraged, their menu options and pricing.In support of the Berkshire Grown mission, Baba Louie’s, Castle Street Café, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Mezze Restaurant Group, The Red Lion Inn, Williams College Dining Services and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College are official sponsors of the Farmed + Foraged event. Visit www.berkshiregrown.org for additional details. To receive Berkshire Grown’s newsletter for more farm-to-table events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Day Marathon
Dates: 5/25/2013 - 5/25/2013
Running, 5 K, 10 K, Half Marathon, Marathon
Tai Chi Gala! Formerly Master Jou's Tai Chi Farm Zhang San Feng Festival
Dates: 6/3/2013 - 6/3/2013
Location: Best Western Albany Airport Inn
200 Wolf Road
The only "un"-tournament in the US of its kind. Whether you are beginner or advanced, there are workshops and activities for you to enjoy tai chi, bagua, qigong, xingyi, metaphysics, meditation, martial arts applications or natural healing methods, holistic qi energy work, acupressure, Taoist philosophy and MORE. VERY FRIENDLY atmosphere - everyone from every belief system and physical ability is welcome here.
Tai Chi Gala - From the ORIGINAL mgt of Tai Chi Farm's Zhang San Feng Festival!
Dates: 6/7/2013 - 6/9/2013
Location: Best Western Albany Airport Inn
200 Wolf Road
America's premiere Tai Chi and Chinese Internal Arts Event. A convention that welcomes beginners and advanced alike. Hands-on workshops all weekend long with top-level teachers. Learn tai chi, bagua, meditation, qigong, xingyi, acupressure, kungfu, Chinese tea ceremony, Taoism, and so so so much more. We guarantee this to be THE one-of-a-kind experience for you. Professionally managed means you join an event that treats you right and takes care of you. Get it ALL at: www.TaiChiGala.com Email: email@example.com for a unique DISCOUNT code - mention that Deb sent you!
The RNA Institute - Ribbon Cutting
Dates: 6/11/2013 - 6/11/2013
Location: University of Albany
1400 Washington Ave
Where: Life Sciences Research Building - Northeast Wing
Official opening of The RNA Institute space in the east wing of the Life Sciences Research Building. Celebrate with the Institute's Scientific Advisory Board.
Contact: RNA Institute 518-437-4443 http://www.albany.edu/rna/