Eating Disorder Awareness and Education

Today in my graduate class with Dr. Nancy Rudd, we discussed the risk of eating disorders and how to gain perspective. Most people know very basic facts about eating disorders, but I wanted to share even more that I learned that really opened my eyes and allowed me to gain more empathy for those with an ED.

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses associated with life threatening medical and psychiatric issues that can affect anyone, even children. The youngest person diagnosed with an ED was a 2 year old child. People with anorexia experience the highest fatality rates. But, over 60% of eating disorders are classified as EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified) in a clinical setting. This means that behaviors do not fit a specific disorder. Some extreme behaviors that we discussed were mind-boggling, but very real. Eating cotton balls, cosmetics, and hair so as not to consume calories was one of them. Our professor even helped find treatment for a 14 year old girl (5’2″) that was down to 60 pounds, ate one apple, and did 200 stair climbs per day.

The highest risk sports for developing an eating disorder are gymnastics and swimming for women, and wrestling and gymnastics for men. Among others at risk sports are ballet, ice skating, cross-country, and track and field. But, one does not have to be underweight nor an athlete to be suffering from a life-threatening eating disorders.

A problem of treatment providers when treating patients with an ED is that they don’t know what to treat first. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa include the “nervosa” component in the name because it suggests an obsessive compulsive behavior associated with the eating and exercising practices. So, does a treatment provider treat the malnourishment first? Or the obsessive behavior, or the depression and anxiety? I never even knew that all these destructive behaviors were a part of an eating disorder.

In summary, ALL eating disorders are dangerous. There is also no “look” to an ED. Check out NEDA for more information or call the help hotline at 800-931-2237.

How to Use a Facial Dermaroller

This .25 mm dermaroller for the face is sponsored by Linduray Skincare! This tool is SO affordable, less than $30 because Linduray is having a SALE right now! Click the above link to check it out. Many brands sell dermarollers, not just this website!

Before you ask, NO it is not painful because the needles are only .25 mm long! It feels more like a massage, if you are gentle and use the tool correctly. Obviously, don’t jam the needles into your skin or use it near your eyes…hoping that is self-explanatory!

Why should you dermaroll?! To…

  • Decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin
  • Drastically improve your skin texture and complexion
  • Open pores and promote cell regeneration

It’s like microneedling in a way, but not nearly as expensive, you can do it at home, and it is less painful. However, you need to continually use the dermaroller to see results. I recommend a few times per week. Warning: it leaves your skin red for a few minutes!

As a reminder, always sanitize and disinfect your dermaroller with isopropyl alcohol before and after every use. Roll it on your clean face 4-8 times in horizontal, vertical, and diagonal directions. Wait 2 days before your next treatment to let your skin heal! Watch how to use in the video below. Ask me any questions in the comments 🙂

Daily Dose of First Aid: Metabolism Facts

Metabolisms are like a black box that not even researchers can fully understand. Why can I eat a plate of fries and not be affected, but my friend has to count every calorie of them so as not to gain weight!?

Found a GREAT article on that debunks some of the facts we think we know about metabolism. For example, when diet ads claim to “boost your metabolism,” they can’t really do that. Some food like coffee, chili, and spices can raise your metabolism for a very short time, but not enough to have a true effect on your body measurements. Click the link for the full article!


Daily Dose of First Aid: Color Correcting

Skin isn’t always perfectly one color. We have scars, acne, lines, bags, you name it! With busy lives and just being a human, we all have these imperfections. Luckily, by knowing a little bit about color theory and neutralizing, we can fix them!

If you think about what colors neutralize what, its easy. For example, red neutralizes green, yellow neutralizes blue, etc. So let’s break down what color concealers you should use when certain pore-oblems (haha) arise.

ACNE: Green concealer hides the redness of acne and makes spots look much less swollen and inflamed.

YELLOW UNDERTONES/DULLNESS: Purple concealer adds a glow and minimizes dullness, making you look fresher.

UNDER EYE BAGS: Deep orange/red concealer for people with darker skin tones to correct acne scarring or brighten up under eye bags. Pink/salmon concealer is perfect for people with lighter skin tones.

BLACK EYE/BRUISES: Yellow concealer counteracts the bright blue of veins or bruises on your face. Yellow concealer can also be used as an eyeshadow primer if you don’t have one.

ANYTHING ELSE: Concealer that matches your skin tone will do the trick for any other minor inconveniences.

If you are someone that experiences a few of these problems frequently, the best solution is to buy a color correcting kit. Here is my favorite budget and my favorite splurge palette. TIP: Before applying these, I highly suggest putting a drop of oil into the concealer first, rub it around, and then put it on. It will help it look less cakey on your face.

Tarte Color Your World Color Correcting Palette ($34):938-limited-edition-color-your-world-color-correcting-palette-multi-OTHER-main-img_MAIN

NYX Color Correcting Concealer: ($12) 


Holiday Glam Eye Makeup, Step by Step

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of my fabulous readers! I hope Santa was very kind and generous to you all! 😉 Here is a step-by-step tutorial of my Christmas Eve eye makeup that I got many compliments on. This look is very versatile and it’s easy to switch out different colors if you want a darker or lighter look. Try it for tonight or NYE!

You’ll need:

  • Black matte eye shadow
  • Bronzey/red matte eye shadow
  • Shimmery or sparkly pink/champagne eye shadow
  • A few different sized eye shadow brushes
  • Black eyeliner pencil, creamy formula preferred
  • Tape (optional)
  • False lashes (optional)
  • Concealer (optional)
  1. With a flat eye shadow brush, cover JUST YOUR EYELID, not the crease, with the black shadow. Doesn’t have to look super pretty because we will blend it later!
  2. Optional: For a clean, sharp line on your eye’s outer edge, put a small piece of tape at an angle while you finish your shadow.
  3. With a fluffier, blending brush, put the bronze or red shadow in your crease. It should overlap a tiny bit with your black eyelid.
  4. Optional: Take a flat brush and put a tiny bit of liquid concealer on it. Dab it on the black shadow on your lid so that the shimmery shadow will stand out. 
  5. Gently press the sparkle or shimmer shadow onto the inner half of your eyelid, either on top of the black or the concealer.
  6. Remove the tape if you have it on. Gently blend, blend, blend all of your shadow, but don’t go too crazy and smudge everything!!!
  7. Take a creamy black eye liner pencil and smudge it along your bottom lash line (not your waterline). It can be as messy or as neat as you want. It doesn’t matter because you’ll blend it out. Take a thin brush and blend it out into your entire bottom lash line, end to end. After blending, it should look like one continuous soft black line (but well blended and not like hard line of black).
  8. Add dramatic false lashes or just lots of mascara on your top and bottom lashes. 

    Tip: What do I mean by blending??? With a back and forth motion like a windshield wiper, or moving in tiny circles, blend the shadow from the start of it to where the shadow line stops. Continue this back and forth motion until you can no longer see a hard line between your skin and the eye shadow.


Body Positive Accounts to Follow, Find your Body Role Model

Can you proudly scream to the world, “I LOVE MY BODY!!”? Not exactly? That’s okay, it’s a process of learning to accept our bodies no matter how they fluctuate and look. I hate to say it, but if the only accounts you follow are “fitspiration” and perfect proportioned women, you are doing yourself a disservice.

The best way to get a boost on our self confidence and do a reality check is by surrounding ourselves with people with diverse body shapes and sizes that are similar to the ones we currently possess. This helps to create a positive body image for ourselves. Whenever I read a caption from one of these accounts, I reevaluate how I see my body and it really helps me put my health and fitness goals into perspective. Find a body role model who embraces her body and looks similar to you! Here are some of my favorite and most encouraging people on Instagram that you should check out. Try to follow a woman with a similar lifestyle or look as you: 




@theashleygraham All for my sassy, plus sized girls

@arnayr / @missuniverseiceland For my pageant girls

@thesabinakarlsson For my freckly with unique features girls For ALL my girls

@mswheelchairusa For my girls with disabilities 

@butchwaxvintage For my girls with short hair, no hair, or who love vintage and unique clothes

This is super important for our mental health. I am a teaching assistant for a professor with 2 phD’s covering social psychology and fashion, so I’ve done LOTS of research on body image and how it is affected by the media.

Daily Dose of First Aid: You’ll NEVER want to use a tanning bed again after reading this…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pageant girl…I LOVE looking tan, but I’ve never even considered stepping foot into a tanning bed. Now, after I took an online class about the dangers of tanning called W.O.R.T.H., I feel the need to share just how important this decision really is.

The damage caused by UV radiation that penetrates your skin (just inches away from you in a tanning bed) leads to premature skin aging wrinkles, saggy skin, dark spots, and melanoma. In fact, people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.

Have you ever heard a friend say before spring break, “I just want to get a base tan so I don’t burn as bad at the beach.” GUESS WHAT. That “base tan” only protects against 3 SPF. That’s it. Make sure your friend knows that before she walks into TanPro!!! Refer him/her to the VersaSpa instead (the spray tan machine!)

Why don’t we talk more about melanoma, a deadly cancer? Cancer of the skin is the most common of all cancers!!! ESPECIALLY IN YOUNG ADULTS-MAINLY WOMEN!

  • About 87,110 new melanomas will be diagnosed this year. (more in men than women).
  • About 9,730 people are expected to die of melanoma this year.
  • Overall, the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 2.5% (1 in 40) for Caucasians, 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for African Americans, and 0.5% (1 in 200) for Hispanics.
  • Getting melanoma removed by surgery can leave huge scars on your face and body. If not detected early enough, melanoma spreads QUICKLY to the lymph nods, which would have to be removed as well.

Here are some safer alternatives to tanning beds, tanning lamps, or excessive time in the sun to consider.

  • Spray tans (VersaSpa or by hand)
  • Self tanner (Check out St. Tropez and Jergens, these are easy application because of their light mousse formula) in the comfort of your own home
  • Instant bronzer (Loreal)

Let’s continue the talk with the #melanomaawareness . I have a 1/40 chance of getting melanoma. YOUR risk increases every time you use a tanning bed. What’s your risk?