Real people, real stories.

Each week, we collect stories from around the world. These stories are authentic, raw, and unapologetic. They are emotional. They are stories not often told. We hope their stories of strength will spark necessary conversations about child marriage and, most importantly, change these practices for the betterment of women everywhere.

How do you scrub? 5 ways to kill time while the magic happens

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Time is a bitch. It waits for none, it’s precious, and we all live under its domain. So what do we do when we have too much time on our hands? Here’s a few things to do while you wait and let your face mask work wonders for your skin.

Meditate.

Find that your mind can’t stop racing? In our face-paced world, it’s easy to become stressed. Technology and other forms of external stimuli cause our brain to be overloaded and overworked. Unfortunately, the stress we face has negative repercussions on our skin. Practicing meditation, or mindfulness, is a great way to help you reclaim peace of mind and work towards living a stress-free life. To get started, practice deep breathing techniques while sitting in a proper upright position. There are some great apps out there to guide you along the way. Download Headspace or Calm to get started.

Read.

There’s something incredibly therapeutic about escaping technology and reading a great book. Use this time to find a book that you enjoy - educate, inspire, or empower yourself - or just whisk yourself away to a fantasy land!

Do a quick at-home workout.

Take this time to do some sit-ups, pick up some free weights, or follow an at-home workout routine. Just make sure you don’t sweat too much since that mask needs to stay in place!

Get creative.

Colouring, drawing, and painting isn’t just for the artsy types. Immersing yourself in these activities is actually proven to help reduce your stress levels. Occupying your mind on creative things allows your amygdala - the fear centre of your brain - to relax. It also helps us practice focus and attention to detail, which many of us struggle with. So, get creating!

Write something down.

Have you ever tried just writing your feelings out about your day? Throughout the day, your mind records your thoughts and feelings - but these thoughts and feelings can keep our brains awake, making it harder to fall asleep. Keeping a journal is a great way to allow your mind to relax since you’re able to get those thoughts and feelings out on paper - which is essentially freeing them from your mind.

Have another routine that keeps you busy while you wait to rinse off that scrub? Let us know!

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Ditch that cover-up with regular use of our Turmeric Face Scrub. Fight off acne, rosacea, and wrinkles, fade scars and inhibit facial hair growth. 

Discover our 7 reasons to use turmeric daily.

March donation: Helping young Ugandan girls delay marriage

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We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve gotten from all you beautiful people out there and have had so much fun fulfilling all your orders! We’re extremely proud and excited to announce that we’ve officially donated to our first project - which has almost reached it’s funding goal.

In Uganda, girls are often married by the age of 15 because families receive gifts, money, and land in exchange for their daughter’s hand. Being married at a young age severely limits girls’ opportunities for education, can lead to dangerous issues such as child pregnancy, domestic violence, and health complications - and, ultimately, ends their childhood. These factors can also perpetuate poverty as it lessens the economic earning power of the family when a girl is married early and has to tend to a family.

The project we chose pledges to help young girls in Uganda delay marriage by staying in school. Our donation will help girls receive scholastic materials and sanitary napkins that will help them remain in school. Also, each family with a vulnerable girl that has the potential to be married to early will be provided with a goat for income generation.

We hope that by funding projects such as these, the long term implications of our support can result in educating families about the adverse effects of child marriage. Laws and policies will be put in place by the governing bodies and girls will be empowered with education, entrepreneurial incentives, and knowledge of how child marriage can limit their potential in life.

This project will help at least 3000 Ugandan girls - if you have the means, we urge you to help the project reach it’s funding goal as it is only 700 £ (1000 USD) away from fully being funded.

To learn more about the project, visit http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/delay-marriage-promote-schooling/.

It's time to #getyellow

We’ve rebranded and are now helping a social cause we’re incredibly proud of - ending child marriage


Why YLLO?

We had to rebrand due to some pesky trademark issues. Being a young startup business, the news was startling, shocking, and quite disheartening! We will no longer be using the GLO logo or name on any of our products or on any of our affiliated pages. But after lots of thought, we’ve found our new name: YLLO. And we're now really happy about it. We’re super duper excited to share our new brand, new voice, and new attitude with you!

Ever since launching our online store in December, we’ve been on an incredible journey. We want to thank our loyal customers and fans! We’ve had so much awesome feedback and so much love from everyone with all their instagram photos. We’ve been incredibly lucky with the reception we’ve had up until this point. 

Heal naturally, don’t conceal chemically

Many makeup products that cover-up your skin contain chemicals that cause redness and itchiness over time - and some can even be toxic. You’re essentially covering up skin damage with more toxins that can damage your skin in the long-run - repeating a vicious cycle that will leave you frustrated.

The FDA doesn’t regulate cosmetic safety tests prior to the market and the onus lies on the manufacturers. This can be pretty scary given all the types of chemicals that are used, like parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and other carcinogenic materials. We’re not trying to scare you - we’re just trying to empower you with the knowledge that you should be healing your face, not concealing it! 

A little yellow goes a long way - ending child marriage

When researching turmeric’s amazing skin benefits, we came across an issue that resonated deeply with us. We knew that turmeric has been used in South Asian bridal ceremonies for centuries - but to our dismay, many of these brides are actually children.

Child marriages are still extremely common in third world countries due to poverty, culture, lack of education, and lax laws. It’s extremely sad and frightening that 1 of 3 girls that grow up in developing countries are married before the age of 18. These young girls tend to repeat a cycle of poverty because they are forced to leave school, are mistreated, don’t develop job skills, and have many mental and physical health problems that stem from giving birth too young. They are dependent on their husbands who abuse them and strip them of fundamental access to healthcare and education.

We’re now donating 10% of each purchase towards projects that girlsnotbrides.org support. 

Thank you! You’re all the best

We’ve had so many strong, beautiful women sending us photos of their journey fighting facial skin problems. We want to take this time to thank them (yes, YOU!). YLLO is all about empowering women to feel beautiful about themselves, radiate their inner confidence and conquer the world! It’s important to us heal facial skin problems since it’s one of the biggest contributing factors to lack of confidence.

Why is my skin so dry? 5 ways to get hydrated.

It’s a beautiful day out - the sun’s shining and the birds are chirping. You go out to grab a coffee or tea (green tea please!) and you’re wearing your favourite outfit. Just as your take your first sip, you realize “ouch, my skin is really dry! Why does it feel like this?”.

Dry skin is a common problem for a lot of people. But don’t worry - discovering the root of the problem is half the battle! Lathering yourself with bunch of cream and lotion isn’t always the solution.

Here are 5 ways to stop dry skin that you might not know about:


Take cooler showers.

“But - I love my warm showers!” Yes, we all prefer warm showers, but hot water can do some major damage to your skin. Soaking yourself in warm water can actually wash away the natural oils that keep your skin moist and lubricated.

Shave smart

Depending on how you shave, these areas can get rather dry. Make sure to shave during or after a shower - this is when your skin is best suited for it due to the moisture it just received. And another key tip: always use sharp blades! Keep your strokes short and quick; long strokes can drag and burn the skin causing micro abrasions.

Invest in a humidifier

Regulate your indoor climate and buy a humidifier. This is especially important during the winter months when temperatures can plummet and our heaters are on high. This constant pump of our heaters causes a loss of humidity in the air, which in turn makes our skin prune up. And no one likes pruny skin :/

Reevaluate what you're putting on your skin

Be extra cautious about what you put on your skin. A lot of scented beauty products can further irritate your skin due to the chemicals and fragrances found in them. These chemicals don’t interact well with your skin’s natural oils and block your pores causing irritation and dryness. Even your go-to soap and deodorant can have nasty effects on your skin, so be sure to choose something mild, natural, and unscented!

Visit your doctor

Not to be a buzzkill...but ask your doctor! Dry skin can also be a symptom of numerous conditions ranging from psoriasis, eczema, hyperthyroidism, and even diabetes.


    Remember, dry skin can be prevented (and reversed!) if you take these simple precautions :) Now go be beautiful, be confident, be you!

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    Ditch that cover-up with regular use of our Turmeric Face Scrub. Fight off acne, rosacea, and wrinkles, fade scars and inhibit facial hair growth. 

    Discover our 7 reasons to use turmeric daily.

    Read about our 5 ways to help your skin survive winter!

     

    7 reasons to use turmeric daily

    A fresh root of turmeric

    This turmeric thing is getting mighty popular, huh? Many naturopaths, herbalists, and doctors have hailed it as nature’s super spice. We’ve seen turmeric pop up in DIY’s, recipes, and even in natural health remedies. But - what is turmeric exactly? How is it made?

    Turmeric is from the same family as ginger (zingiberaceae). We all know the amazing benefits of ginger - it’s great at suppressing nausea and healing loss of appetite, digestive issues, and many other ailments that can plague our gut. So naturally turmeric should do something similar, right?

    Not only does turmeric help alleviate digestive and metabolic issues, but it also contains loads of other benefits that go far beyond topical beauty routines. It’s no secret that turmeric is great for your skin due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial properties. However, using turmeric in other ways has great benefits for your entire body. Just remember: steer clear of getting it in direct contact with your clothes or any other fabric, since it will stain (interesting fact: turmeric was traditionally used as a natural dye!).

    Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, has loads of health benefits. It is grown in India and goes through a long process to get the root ready for everyday use. Once it’s ready, turmeric is a force to be reckoned with!

    Using turmeric daily can help with these 7 health conditions:
     

    Low grade inflammation

    Turmeric is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. It helps alleviate one of the deadliest health risks to our bodies: low-grade inflammation. You can think of low grade inflammation as being the equivalent to internal rust. Our bodies produce this inflammation over time, which can lead to deterioration of major functions leading to heart disease, alzheimer's, cancer, and other degenerative disorders.

    Oxidization

    Similar to low-grade inflammation, oxidization of the body results in premature aging as well as many diseases. Yup, you guessed it - turmeric can help with this! Using turmeric in our daily diet helps our body increase its antioxidant capacities and help fight free radicals - one of the leading natural causes of cancer.

    Heart disease

    One of turmeric’s specialities is fighting heart disease. It does this because of its ability to help repair the inner linings of our blood vessels. Strong blood vessels play a major role in preventing heart disease since they help stop blood clots and blockages, regulate our blood pressure and monitor other important vital bodily functions.

    Diabetes

    Turmeric has great anti-glycaemic properties which help regulate insulin and pancreatic functions in our bodies. It’s great at lowering our insulin resistance within our body and helps regulate blood sugar. Because of this, turmeric is a powerful ally against diabetes.

    Hair growth

    Turmeric can actually control facial hair growth. Turmeric reduces facial hair growth by softening and dissolving the softer facial hair over time. Wave bye to that unwanted hair!

    Weight

    Turmeric is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to fight free radicals, but most foods that are loaded with antioxidants are also loaded with phytochemicals, vitamins, and nutrients. These substances help you eat less since they suppress your appetite and keep you fuller for longer.

    Digestive problems

    A vast majority of the world has faced various issues leading to digestive problems. Our gut is the vessel that absorbs and distributes all the nutrients that we consume. Because of this, keeping our guts in a good state is vital to our overall health. Turmeric does a wonderful job in maintaining this healthy state. The anti-inflammatory nature of curcumin helps protect our intestinal lining and reduce cellular inflammation within our gut. This reduces the occurrences of digestive problems, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

    Remember, regularly using natural spices like turmeric is the best way to maintain a healthy body!

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    Ditch that cover-up with regular use of our Turmeric Face Scrub. Fight off acne, rosacea, and wrinkles, fade scars and inhibit facial hair growth. 

    Check out our 5 ways to help your skin survive winter!

    Find out what turmeric does for your skin!

    5 must-dos for winter skin survival

    Every year we experience something that changes our lives, our habits, and our routines: Winter. Is. Coming. For many, it means hibernating - for others, it means outdoor activities such as skating, skiing, snowboarding, and other forms of exercise. However, for most, we spend most of our time as couch potatoes not wanting to leave the confines of our warm and cozy living spaces to venture out into the dark and cold night. But hey - we’re not the only ones who feel the effects of winter. Do you even know what your skin goes through?

    Lack of sun

    During winter, the sun is only out and shining for about half the time compared to summer months. Many of us leave to go to work in darkness and leave only to be greeted with the same lack of light. When exposed to UVB (ultraviolet B) rays, our skin produces vitamin D - but due to the lack of strong sunshine in winter months, we need to look elsewhere! Make sure you consume enough vitamin D by eating enough fish and/or dairy products. Vitamin D supplements are also a good idea if you’re not getting enough vitamin D from your food.

    Low humidity

    Another detriment to your skin is low humidity and harsh winds. The weather outside is very adept at making your skin a living nightmare. The cold climate strips a lot of moisture from your skin and can cause conditions such as eczema to act out. Be sure to keep moisturizing your skin and stay hydrated. Try to use a humidifier at home and to avoid unnecessarily lengthy hot showers.

    Decreased circulation

    It’s hard to stay completely toasty at home without dramatically increasing your heating and gas bills. However, it’s incredibly important to remember that our circulation naturally drops in the cold, which means our skin isn’t getting all the nutrients it needs to completely hydrate and repair itself. That’s why it’s very important to stay both warm and active during the winter.

    Less exercise

    This one goes hand and hand with the last tip. Everyone knows that exercise is good for your overall health, but most people don’t know about its effects on their skin. Exercising actually increases your circulation - this means that this increased oxygen and nutrient intake to your dermal layer allows for vital functions needed to keep your skin protected and moisturized during harsh winters.

    Richer diets

    When winter gets your mood down, one of the first things many people do to get their dopamine levels up is reach for a favourite snack or meal. Eating is a proven way to make us happier - but remember, this feeling is only temporary. Over-snacking can have adverse long term effects and can take a toll on your digestive system. Eating the wrong things equals a breakout disaster waiting to happen. Remember to consume raw and natural foods that are high in vitamins D, C, and E in order to keep your skin nourished. Try some blue corn chips and making your own guacamole instead of buying store bought dips that are preservative laden. Also, avoid pigging out before bed since your body’s metabolism is usually slower at night.

    Remember these tips to your keeping your skin hydrated this winter!

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    Check out our 16 skin-friendly tips to add to your New Year's Resolution list.

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    New year's resolutions for your skin - 16 tips to use during 2016

    Wow, another year has gone by! How are you going to crush your goals this new year? A majority of new year’s resolutions focus on lifestyle commitments such as going to the gym, eating better, seeing more family, and living an overall better and healthier life. Another great goal to focus on is keeping your skin happy and healthy during 2016.
    Here are 16 simple hacks to help your skin feel great this year:

    Avoid touching your face too often.

    Your fingers secrete sebum - a natural oil - that can clog your pores and create breakouts. Your fingers also come into contact with lots of bacteria and dirt which doesn’t help your skin either.

    Avoid skin dehydration.

    Avoid dehydrating your skin with cosmetics products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. These products may make your skin dry which triggers a natural reaction to produce more oil - thus clogging your pores.


    Keep your bed and pillows clean.

    Who rolls when they sleep? Most of us! If your pillows and sheets are dirty, your face can come into contact with dirt, bacteria, grease, and oil - bad news for your beauty sleep!


    Go handsfree.

    What is something we commonly press against our face? You guessed it - our cellphones. In reality, our phones rest against tons of surfaces and are even held by other people's hands. EW! Using your headphones dramatically decreases the risk of breakouts.


    Stop clenching!

    Your mouth and face get very tense when you tense your facial muscles. Allow your jaw to relax by keeping your mouth partially open. Eliminating this tension will reduce your wrinkles as you age.


    Smile more!

    Smiling actually helps release the tension in your cheeks, underneath your eyes and around your lips. I guess this calls for more selfies :)


    Eat more vitamin B rich foods.

    Vitamin B helps boost your blood circulation and makes your skin glow. Fish, liver, bran cereals, and cheese are all high in vitamin B. Get your appetite ready!


    Intake more vitamin A this year.

    Vitamin A helps even out your skin tone and rejuvenates your skin. Eat more sweet potatoes, dark leafy vegetables, winter squashes and bell peppers.

    Vitamin E.

    Vitamin A and B aren’t the only vitamins you should be consuming. Don’t forget about vitamin E! Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that wards off free radicals and balances out your skin’s moisture.

    Get your vitamin C.

    We’re not done! Vitamin C helps prevent sagging and wrinkles, so load on up! Make sure to have more berries and citrus fruits this year.

    Have some Omega-3.

    Your 2016 diet doesn’t end with vitamin C. Omega-3 fats help prevent sun damage and inflammation. Omega-3 fats also help with water and nutrient absorption which stops toxins from getting inside your skin and actually strengthens your skin’s membrane.


    Consume more selenium.

    Found in many nuts, selenium is great for your skin. Selenium helps increase your skin’s elasticity, which results in younger and more radiant skin. If you haven’t figured it out already, what you eat has a lot to do with your skin’s health!


    Practice your breathing this year.

    Simply breathing in and out in counts of three allows your body to relax, increases your air intake, and de-stresses your mind. Try some breathing exercises before bed and first thing in the morning to help revitalize your skin and stimulate your day-to-day mentality.


    Sleep early.

    Sleeping at the same time every day and getting your 8 hours is extremely important for your skin. Sleep helps with skin hydration and deep sleep produces the most growth hormones which helps with skin repair.


    Exercise regularly.

    Exercising promotes blood circulation - this creates more oxygen that delivers nutrients to your skin and helps it repair itself.


    Cut-out dairy wherever possible.

    Cow’s milk has growth hormones that help calves grow big and strong; however, those same hormones will cause you to breakout. These hormones can cause inflammation which leads to redness, swelling, and acne.
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      Ditch that cover-up with regular use of our Turmeric Face Scrub. Fight off acne, rosacea, and wrinkles, fade scars and inhibit facial hair growth. 
      Check out our skin-friendly tips for your next Netflix marathon!
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      Avoiding holiday breakouts: 6 ways to save your skin

      Turkey, stuffing, alcohol, cranberry sauce, chocolate… but let’s not list all the delicacies we’re going to bombard ourselves with over the next couple of weeks. Besides, we can’t call it the holidays without a little bit of indulgence. It’s the season to be spreading cheer, sharing the joy, and thinking of others. But how about your skin?

      Let’s face it - the holidays can be a nightmare for your skin. Here are 6 easy tips that will help you limit your breakouts so you can celebrate the holidays in style. 

      Lay off the eggnog and go for some water

      It’s such an easy thing to do yet we forget it most during the holidays. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is a must for your largest organ in your body - your skin! Usually when we’re dehydrated, the water we initially drink goes straight to work on your internal organs, leaving your skin high and dry. Make sure to drink plenty of water so that your skin gets nourished too! 

      Skip the cranberry sauce

      Cranberry sauce is loaded with artificial sugars that cause your insulin blood levels to spike. When that spikes, watch out - your skin is usually the unhappy recipient of the after effects. This spike in insulin results in inflammation throughout the body that can contribute to wrinkles due to the enzymes produced that break down collagen.

      If you’re going to drink, go for a flute of bubbly or a stem of red wine

      Bubbly is a great choice - it makes you feel classy. Nothing says the holidays like that iconic POP! Champagne is made from grapes, like it’s red wine counterpart, which is high in reservatol. Champagne contains similar polyphenols as wine, so not only is it good for your tummy (in light doses - any alcohol is bad for your waist in excess), but it’s pretty good for your skin too.

      Get more Vitamin D

      We’ve all heard about how the sun is great for your skin - but guess what happens to the sun during the holidays? You guessed it - it’s usually already gone by the time you’ve left the office, meaning you’re missing out on that natural vitamin D. To ensure you still get a good amount, have some salmon this holiday season. Fish is jammed packed with vitamin D, so load on up!

      Don’t screw up your sleep cycle

      When the holidays start, you may find yourself staying up a little later, going out a little more often or even having a couple extra treats before bed. All these things lead to less sleep, which is your skin’s enemy! We’ve all heard how important “beauty sleep” is for our bodies - and it’s especially important for our skin. When we don’t sleep enough, our bodies send inflammatory responses due to the increase of stress hormones. That inflammation is one of the leading causes of skin breakouts, acne, psoriasis, irritation and oily skin.

      Stress is the evil of all evils

      This last tip might be obvious and anticlimactic, but it’s SUPER important. The truth is, many people get incredibly stressed out during the holidays instead of relaxing and enjoying their time off - whether it’s travel, the weather, buying gifts, hosting family or just trying to nail dinner down properly. It’s important to practice exercises such as yoga and meditation, or doing simple exercises that keeps your mind active and your body relaxed. Stress actually triggers inflammation, which has many harmful effects - not only for your skin, but for your overall health. 

      Remember, the holidays should really be about relaxing, spending time with your loved ones, and treating yourself right. If you follow these simple tips, not only will you avoid a holiday breakout, but you’ll also have a stress-free and happy holiday! 

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      Ditch that cover-up with regular use of our Turmeric Face Scrub. Fight off acne, rosacea, and wrinkles, fade scars and inhibit facial hair growth. 

      Check out our skin-friendly tips for your next Netflix marathon!

      Find out what turmeric does for your skin!

      5 skin-friendly snacks for your next Netflix marathon

      It’s Saturday night and you’ve got no plans. You instinctively grab your favourite snack, turn on your TV and start streaming your favourite show. Seems familiar right? This is a common ritual (especially during these cold and dark winter nights) that can have a negative effect on your gut. But it’s not just our waistline we need to watch out for - we often forget what the food we’re nomming on does to our skin.

      What you eat obviously affects your skin in more ways than you can imagine. In fact, the leading cause of breakouts can be attributed to the guilty pleasures that keep you fueled during your Netflix marathons.

      Next time you reach for a snack, try these tasty treats that are awesome for your skin instead:


      Hummus

      Ah, the humble hummus tops our list because of how simple it is to make at home. It’s an awesome way to fight cravings since it keeps you full while keeping your skin young and healthy at the same time. Hummus contains loads of fibre which helps balance your blood sugar levels. Wait - what does that have to do with skin? Well, proper blood levels allows for better nutrient transfer thus transferring more nutrients to your skin. Hummus is also made up of minerals such as magnesium and molybdenum, which have detoxifying effects that prevent pale and sagging skin.


      Butternut squash soup

      A comforting bowl of soup is such a simple and yummy snack that’s easily reheated and perfect for a night in. Squash is filled with carotenoids which help decrease damage done to skin cells. The powerful antioxidants in this vegetable help increase your skin’s glow and perceived attractiveness.


      Kiwi

      We’ve all heard about the wonders of vitamin C and how necessary it is to get in your day’s worth. Vitamin C is full of antioxidants that protect your skin from the free radicals that cause premature aging. A single kiwi has more than enough vitamin C for your daily dose - so next time you're craving something sweet with that show, grab yourself a kiwi!


      Blueberries

      This simple little snack is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A is awesome for fighting uneven skin tone and reducing fine lines. Blueberries are also great for balancing your hormones which can prevent acne breakouts from changes that occur in your body.

       

        

      Walnuts

      These guys pack a mean punch when it comes to fighting your cravings. Filled with omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, these nuts help smooth out rough, dry patches on your skin. Walnuts also contain loads of vitamin B which controls your stress levels. Less stress = less wrinkles!

       

      To avoid your next breakout and keep your skin young and healthy, try grabbing one of these tasty snacks instead of that bag of chips. Your skin will thank you.

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      Ditch that cover-up with regular use of our Turmeric Face Scrub. Fight off acne, rosacea, and wrinkles, fade scars and inhibit facial hair growth. 

      Check out our tips for avoiding a holiday breakout!

      Find out what turmeric does for your skin!