Your Skin Needs You To Stop Stressing

Make stress management a priority.

Like, now.

Set an alarm to meditate for 10-20 minutes a day. And schedule a facial to zone out for an hour. And keep a gratitude journal. And do yoga. And turn your phone off on the weekend. That’s “and,” not “or,” by the way. Your skin, body, and mind will reward you for it.

An increasing number of studies is showing that stress has profound, widespread, and lasting effects on many aspects of our health, from depression, to obesity, how our brain becomes “trained” to function, and even cancer. Stress is so linked to skin that in many practices, stress management and therapy are standard in the management of psoriasis. Stress is inflammatory and tends to trigger acne, premature aging, psoriasis flare-ups, and eczema.

For more on how stress can affect your skin, check out these articles:

Tip: a remarkably efficient way to hit anti-stress and skin goals in one hour? Book a facial!


Your Hair Care Can Help (Or Hurt!) Your Skin

Let your hair care help, not hurt, you.

Believe it or not, your hair care matters to your skin.

Comedogens in shampoos, conditioners and styling products can trickle down onto skin, clogging pores and causing acne. Allergens can cause acne, too: while they don’t clog pores the way comedogens, do, they can irritate pores, causing an infected pore, aka acne. If your problem is sensitivity, flaking or rashes, allergen-free hair care can prevent flare-ups…sometimes dramatically!

For more on how hair care can affect your skin, check out these articles:

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Watch My Nickel Allergy Happen



Before delivering my second baby, despite my never having had a drug allergy, the nurses did the standard test to check for penicillin sensitivity and…all good. Back home with my newborn, I developed an infection, for which I was given a standard penicillin-derived antibiotic I’d taken a few times in the past. Boom: head-to-toe urticaria (welts and hives) and burning pain. I was allergic!

This was just as surprising: as a child, I’d had a metal sensitivity (earrings) that went away quickly. Since then, I’d worn all types of jewelry, care free. Now, after months of using a new fitness tracker…nickel sensitivity!

Allergies are complicated: I could have developed a nickel allergy out of the blue; or always had a mild sensitivity so that occasional use was okay but not daily use for months; or, I could have had a subtle irritant reaction for years and then my cells finally decided…nope, we’re going to remember nickel, and you are now allergic. Allergies can come and go. Don’t obsess about the chances, but don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself allergic to something you’ve used your whole life.

Nickel, by the by, is consistently the top-ranked allergen in published allergen lists.


Laura is the CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics and eldest daughter of our founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist. She has two children, Madison and Gavin, and works at VMV with her sister and husband (Madison and Gavin frequently volunteer their “usage testing” services). In addition to saving the world’s skin, Laura is passionate about learning, literature, art, health, science, inclusion, cultural theory, human rights, happiness and goodness.

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Do You Know It “Oil?”

What do you really know about our cult-fave, ultra-popular, organic, first-cold-pressed virgin coconut oil? 

Up to 4:

Number of coconuts needed to make one large bottle of Know-It-Oil. Other oils that use heat or chemical processing need less coconuts to make a liter. We use traditional methods in a slow, manual, minimal process to maintain the quality of the oil and preserve as many of its phytochemicals and fatty acids as possible.


Days that it takes to produce our virgin coconut oil, from harvest to pressing.

1 Year:

The time it takes a coconut tree to start producing good coconuts again if stressed by a strong storm.


Number of years that a coconut tree needs before it produces coconuts.


Months that a coconut needs to grow to become fully mature — the age needed for oil (coconut water is taken from a young, green nut).


Heat, bleaching, deodorizing, or chemicals …Know-It-Oil is 100% manually pressed.


The cost to other farmers and schools in the area for the education that our farm provides. Our farm also shares food and techniques with neighbors to help alleviate poverty and promote organic farming.


By-product that goes to waste. Leftover coconut meat is used to fertilize the land and is fed to fish in rivers and ponds. The community also uses leftover coconut husk as a cleaning scrub and as coconut coal for cooking.


One of many other organic crops that grow on our farm.

Photo credit: Jess Arnaudin


Renewable Energy

Makeup by TorTorre


Renewable Energy

What we’re loving: powerful, defined eyes against a soft, sunlit radiance.

Shown above: Tarte-à-Tan Bronzing “Coco” Powder; Skin Bloom Blush in Bellini; Two True Hues Eyeshadow in Dallas; (H)Eyebrow Eye & Brow Liner in Brown; Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara; a mix of Lipstick in Beet It and Birthday Suit.

Start with dewy skin (a good skincare regimen plus moisturizer; finish with a layer of virgin coconut oil). Apply sunny touches everywhere — bronzer plus a gold-peach blush and peach-pink lids and lips. Finish with dark, tightlined eyes (draw on the lashline’s waterlines) and layers of mascara. If you’re feeling more power than solar, opt for a loud red lip.

Click here for more beautiful, sunny trends to try now.


Solar Power


Top, clockwise: Velvet Matte Lipstick in Birthday Suit; Subtle Shine Lipstick in Beet It; Glitz Lipstick in Sweater Girl; Skin Bloom Blush in Bellini; Tarte-à-Tan Bronzing “Coco” Powder; Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Berries & Cream, and Dallas.

Bottom, clockwise: Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara; Velvet Matte Lipstick in Va-Va-Voom; (H)Eyebrow Eye + Brow Liner.

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Smooth Operator

smooooooth operator


Incredibly lightweight yet packed with virgin coconut oil, coconut fatty acids, glycerin, and antioxidants, it’s hard to believe how intensely moisturizing and reparative this all-over lotion is.
The smoothest move you’ll ever make for parched skin.

Try it after our hypoallergenic waxing service for instant softness and anti-inflammatory healing!

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Take A Walk On The Mild Side: Skin-Friendly Laundry!

Your laundry could be affecting your skin.

Clothing contact dermatitis can be caused by the elastics of your undergarments, dyes in clothing, as well as “mordants” (chemicals related to metal present in some fabrics to help colors bind better).

Check for skin abnormalities in symmetrical shapes or patterns where clothing normally touches skin: on the waistline, on the perimeter of the underarms, where bras come into most contact with your torso, on legs for reactions to jeans (which is a lot more common than you might think!) and on ankles or calves for reactions to sock elastics.

In laundry detergent, fabric softeners and drying sheets, some of the common culprits are fragrance and preservatives. If your skin is dark, red, itchy or dealing with stubborn acne that just won’t go away even after proper prevention and therapy, check where the skin issues occur. The underarms and neck are common problem sites, but “private parts” can itch from contact with underwear and the sides of the face can be affected by contact with your pillow when you sleep.

Laundry soap so mild, you could bathe with it!

Fawn & Launder is a uniquely skin-safe, ultra-gentle laundry shampoo that is allergen-free…and it contains coconut-derived monolaurin plus skin-soothing antioxidants!
Use this skincare-as-laundry for the clothing and linens of: infants and children; those with extra-dry, sensitive, atopic, or hyperpigmented skin; or those with contact acne and/or clothing contact dermatitis.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to fawn as you launder (the closest thing to a hug in a laundry basket).

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Get The Right Diagnosis

An accurate diagnosis is gold.

And it’s not as simple as it might seem.

Dermatology has one of the broadest ranges of possible diagnoses in medicine. What looks like acne could be keratosis pilaris (a condition of dry skin). And there are different types of acne and acne-like conditions the may require different treatments — pityrosporum folliculitis, for example, is a fungal condition and will not respond to typical acne antibiotics. Some bumps could be milia or scars or a myriad of other things. Skin cancers can be misdiagnosed. Dry patches of skin could point to a thyroid condition. And the best doctors can look at your skin and see possible internal problems worth exploring further.


Tip 1: Tempting as it can be to rely on the internet for information, don’t think you know better than a doctor.
Tip 2: If you have a complex, chronic or stubborn skin problem, be picky. Dermatologists who research, teach and publish, who treat hospitalized cases, and who regularly work with diagnostic tests such as patch tests and biopsies may be the specialists you need.

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Your Skin Needs Sleep

How to get healthier skin in 30 days?

Sleep more.

Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Less than that is pro-inflammatory which worsens inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis…and can even hasten aging!

Adequate sleep also helps you stress less (which lessens inflammation) and eat more nutritionally (less inflammation…seeing a trend here?)

For more on how stress and sleep can affect your skin, check out these articles: