By Kathryn Hudson The Kit Fri., Feb. 15, 2019 “The frigid weather has been so unpredictable lately and it’s really affecting my skin. After coming in from the cold, my face is tight, red and dry. I keep hoping winter will be over, but until then, what should I be doing to help my skin out?” — Leslie, Toronto As I sit here answering your question, sifting through studies about the effects of weather, my son is curled up on the couch like a happy kitten. School is cancelled because hail and frozen fury are coating southern Ontario in a thick shield of drab grey ice. “Yay!” says my kid as he watches Garfield. “Sob!” says everyone over the age of maturity. There is no adult equivalent of a snow day, sadly. Meetings still need to be attended, groceries procured, driver’s licences renewed; the minutiae of life marches on despite whatever ravages Mother Nature throws our way, and our complexion takes a … [Read more...] about Ask The Kit: How can I stop winter from destroying my skin?
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By Leanne Delap Special to the Star Thu., Oct. 11, 2018 The noise created on social media in the name of social change has become deafening. But Taylor Swift’s entry into the fray this week marks the success of a new phenomenon: a well-thought-out statement, timed carefully for maximum impact. (Quite the bizarre times we live in, when we must congratulate people for thinking before they speak.) By calling out systemic racism and discrimination, Swift turned her closely co-ordinated platform into a call to arms before the voter registration deadline. The mega-pop star ranks somewhere around sixth on the ever-shifting list of “most followers,” following Selena Gomez, Ronaldo, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé. She currently has 112 million on Instagram, which is where she dropped an entreaty to her legion of Swifties to get out and vote. She dramatically moved the needle: in the 24-hour period following her announcement, voter registration … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift is getting political — and there’s a strategy behind it
By Marsha Barber Opinion Mon., Aug. 27, 2018 What is the TTC thinking? Whoever thought it was a good idea to have actor/comic Seth Rogen do public service announcements for the subway deserves to have to listen to him on the way to work. I have nothing against Seth Rogen. OK, maybe Knocked Up isn’t my choice for Saturday night at the movies, and maybe I get him confused with Jonah Hill when I’m not wearing my glasses, but hey. The guy is the pride of his former hometown, Vancouver, and he also does announcements for the Vancouver transit system. He’s said to be worth around $55 million, so someone likes what he’s doing. The first time I heard Rogen over a muffled sound system on the Bloor Danforth line I thought he was telling me not to clip my fingernails on the subway. Turns out that’s exactly what he was doing. If you ride the subway you can now hear him regularly in a series of PSAs designed to make Toronto subways a kinder, gentler … [Read more...] about TTC’s celebrity scoldings not the better way for a PSA
MANILA, Philippines — Actress Iza Calzado, who celebrated her 36th birthday last August 12, shares her story of healing and self-love. It all started with her body insecurities brought about by unrealistic beauty standards, framed by media and society. Many women today, like her in her youth, are confronted with issues concerning body weight and body size. They equate thinness to beauty, healthiness, and acceptance in society. Like many women, it took a while before Iza finally realized that body positivity, the appreciation and being comfortable in oneself, topples everything else. What is seen outside does not always reflect what is really inside. In 2011, Iza went on a beauty journey to try to heal a broken heart. “I have heard about The Farm at San Benito since I was new in show business… The first time was very emotional. My three days of stay really helped me at that time. The place became my utopia… Every time I go there, it never … [Read more...] about LIST: 8 must-try beauty blowouts
SINGAPORE: Come July, Singapore’s Spa Esprit Group, the personal grooming specialists behind Strip, will be launching a new range of skin care products for the vulva.Yes, you read right. The vulva.TWO L(IP)S aims to put the vulva front and centre of a women's cleansing and maintenance regime, offering 15 carefully curated products.And it wasn't that long ago (2015, to be precise) when actress Gwyneth Paltrow raved about the benefits of vaginal steaming on her now infamous lifestyle website Goop. She recommended the V-steam, a non-scientifically proven process of sitting over a hot pot of water filled with wormwood and mugwort that will, in her own words, “cleanse your uterus”.“It is an energetic release – not just a steam douche – that balances female hormone levels”, she said.Early last year, Goop put forth another suggestion. This time it required putting a jade egg – yes, a solid object about the size of a golf … [Read more...] about A spa day for the vagina? New wellness treatments for down below