A lack of diversity in the beauty space can be disconcerting for people of color who do not see themselves represented by an industry defining cultural standards of what it means to be considered beautiful. Even today, the majority of beauty products in the U.S. market are designed and marketed towards white and light-skinned minority […]
Our communities of color are resilient, empowered, and beautiful. Mental health and wellness is such an important issue in communities of color because we are facing the steepest of obstacles due to systemic and institutional racism which often lead to mental health difficulties. I say, often, to clients that it would be shocking if we were not experiencing mental health struggles in the context of the overwhelming racial disparities our communities are forced to deal with (e.g. housing, education, food security, employment). As people of color, we are having very natural mental health responses to a system that is set up to fail us in many domains.
There are several factors that contribute to barriers to effective and quality healthcare for BIPOC including lack of representation in the field of mental health, limited culturally responsive prevention and intervention efforts (but growing), stigma associated with mental health difficulties and seeking help, as well as limited healthcare coverage. As a teacher, researcher, clinician, and consultant I am committed to addressing the factors.
Spotlight On: Beta Glucan Everyone wants to know more about what they’re putting on their skin and face. In this series, we will do a deep dive of trending skincare ingredients also found in your favorite ATEM products. Beta Glucan- it’s the main ingredient in ATEM’s up and coming and new serum and dermatologists claim […]
Everyone wants to know more about what they’re putting on their skin and face. In this series, we will do a deep dive of trending skincare ingredients also found in your favorite ATEM products. Bovine colostrum has been touted for its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. J. Lo used it to get her dewy and luminous skin during her recent Superbowl halftime show. Let’s take a look.
Making Lotion: Like baking a cake! Skincare ingredients can often feel overwhelming and confusion. It’s hard to know where to begin when comparing two different skincare products. It helps to use a kitchen analogy- think of making a skincare product as baking a cake. Skincare companies work with scientific laboratories to develop formulations, which are […]
Microbiome and Skincare: Why It’s Important to Think Prebiotics and Probiotics When Maintaining Skin Health
Your skin, the largest organ in your body, is also characterized by its own diverse microbiome community. It is an epidermal lawyer that primarily functions as barrier to protect your body against impacts and pressure, temperature variations, harmful microorganisms, and damaging radiation and chemicals. Researchers estimate that there for every one square centimeter of skin, there are multiple trillions of bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and yeast present.
Imagine a collection of 100 trillion bacteria, yeast, viruses, fungi, and parasites of different strains and varieties living in diverse, ever- changing environments around your skin, mouth, and gut (although the majority reside in the gut). This is your microbiome, a dynamic community of microorganisms that outnumbers nine times the number of human cells. Through new scientific advances, researchers are beginning to better understand the microbiome’s composition and implications on human health.
Amy Shapiro on Balancing Probiotics and Prebiotics Intake & Tips on Food That Increases Mental Health
1. In your words, who are you? I am a Mom, Sister, Friend, Wife and Registered Dietitian with a private practice called Real Nutrition based in NYC. I am a NYC “lifer” raising 3 kids downtown and am all about health, wellness and active living. I love cooking, walking, farmers markets, mom and pop health food stores […]
Alyssa Petersel on Startup Founder Mental Health, the Culture-Generational Move Towards Vulnerability, and Finding Good Therapists
Alyssa Petersel, LMSW is a therapist and the Founder + CEO of MyWellbeing, where she and her team connect people with the *right* therapist, while helping therapists build and manage their business. Alyssa graduated from Northwestern University in 2013, New York University in 2017 with her Master’s in Social Work, and The Writer’s Institute non-fiction program at CUNY Graduate Center in 2017.