4 Common Skincare Mistakes and Why it’s Effecting Your Routine

By Aaliyah Serrano

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Ever wonder why your skincare routine isn’t giving the results that you were hoping for? Or why some products work wonders for your friends but cause you to break out? And no matter how many serums you may apply, your skin still seems dull & dry?

Chances are you might be making some skin care mistakes without even realizing it. Let’s dive into the four most common reasons why your skincare routine isn’t working. 

  1. Not using products intended for your skin type or condition

Skin is categorized by four genetic skin types: Oily, Dry, Normal, & Combination. This is determined by natural oil production. There are also skin conditions that you may be dealing with such as: hyperpigmentation, dehydration, and acne. With that in mind, there is no one size fits all product and what works for one skin type/condition may not necessarily work for another.  An effective skin care routine requires customization based on your individual skin needs. 

  1. Over exfoliating the skin

While exfoliants are a great way to remove dead skin cells, treat hyperpigmentation and diminish fine lines and wrinkles; too much of a good thing could actually be harmful, especially when using exfoliants that are too harsh for the skin. The skin creates a natural protective film that is made up of oil & sweat called the acid mantle; and like the name implies, our skin is slightly acidic and has a pH balance of 4.5-5.5. A healthy acid mantle is the balance of oil and water on the skin’s surface. When you over exfoliate, you are stripping the skin of its acid mantle which leaves you susceptible to dehydration, free radical damage, irritation and redness. 

  1. Not using sun protection sustitible 

You can buy all of the expensive products, gadgets and professional treatments but all of it is a waste of money if you are not protecting your skin investment with a SPF on a daily basis. Let’s face it, the ozone layer is not what it used to be and if you are not reapplying your SPF every two hours on a daily basis to effectively protect against UVA (aging) & UVB (burning) ray exposure you are leaving yourself susceptible to premature aging, sun cancer and further skin damage. 

  1. Not being patient with your routine

Patience & consistency is key when making the decision to take your skincare seriously. There is no quick fix, fast acting product or advanced treatment that will magically erase years of damage caused to the skin. How long do you continue to use that new moisturizer or serum before deciding it doesn’t work and moving on to the next thing? Not giving products the appropriate amount of time to work and create the changes you wish to see in the skin will ultimately be your downfall. Not doing your routine everyday twice a day hinders the progress of your skin. Staying committed and trusting the process is how you’ll see results. 

Most importantly, always seek the advice of a licensed professional when it deals with your skin health and concerns. In the age of social media, it’s difficult to discern good advice from bad advice, finding someone that you trust with your skin is very important.

Just a reminder: Skincare is a journey, it takes time and patience so be kind to yourself. 

Aaliyah is a licensed esthetician operating in Atlanta, Georgia.
For tips and skin skincare consultations, please contact her at aaliyahluminousskin@gmail.com.

Figuratively Speaking – Reflecting On Virgil Abloh’s “Figures of Speech” Exhibit

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Figures of speech are more than metaphors.

Virgil Abloh opened his latest installment of his “Figures of Speech” exhibit at The High Museum of Art Atlanta in November 2019. Although I feel that the majority of the flock attended for the limited edition merchandise, the exhibit served the public dynamic approaches to the artist’s current views of social society.

Heavily influenced by Virgil’s fashion, design, and music, Figures of Speech gave viewers a peek into his successful creative spectrum that is HE and OFF-White.

In honor of Virgil’s death on November 28th from a rare form of cancer, I created a video review of the exhibit when I was invited to the media preview that was available before the public. 

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The Seriousness of Voter Suppression & Its Solutions

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Within the last decade, the U.S. has seen increased efforts by politicians and other organizers to suppress a citizen’s right to vote during election time. Resolution outcries roared.

Voter suppression is defined as a strategy used to influence the outcome of an election by deterring or discouraging certain groups of people from voting. Cheating, in simpler terms. Examples of this form of political swindling include restricted voting times, inaccessible ballot box locations, restricted registration, imposing strict voter ID laws, and improper purging.

As the nation observed these unfair situations take place, many organizations and politicians have gotten behind efforts to ensure every American can safely exercise their right to vote, obstacle-free.

Organizations like Power The Vote have emerged to help correct the corruption by creating a multilingual voter protection hotline, providing poll-watchers for onsite support, expanding early voting locations, absentee ballot assistance, and more.

Kimberly Allen, Co-Founder, Power The Vote

“In states like Georgia, the landscape is really difficult for voters. The barriers for voting, for some, are difficult to overcome. It’s systemic, not just a single voter not having a single problem,” said Kimberly Allen, Co-Founder of Power The Vote.

Voter protection efforts, however, seemed to cease once election season concluded. All organizations disappeared after the hype was over, all except a hand full. This is where the founders of Power The Vote found a window of opportunity to best serve their communities around the clock.

“We understood that voter protection is, not only a critical part of the infrastructure during elections, but it should be a critical part of the infrastructure year around,” said Jamil Favors, Co-Founder of Power The Vote.

Jamil Favors, Co-Founder, Power The Vote

Although Power The Vote started its efforts in Georgia, a battle ground state that flipped blue in the 2020 Presidential Election, the team has taken what they’ve learned and is applying it to other states that have experienced voter suppression in their communities.

Organizations like Power The Vote exist to resolve a single problem. Once that problem is solved, there shouldn’t be a need for voter protection efforts like these in the future.

“It’s crazy that we need an elaborate architecture to help voters exercise their fundamental right to vote. I hope, that at some point, we will overcome these voting barriers, shift the voter suppression landscape, and then, we can start to solve other problems as well,” said Allen.

To learn more about Power The Vote, please visit their website and follow them on social media to put boots-on-the-ground and get involved.

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