Called to Action—How the LA Corps is Stepping Up for It's Community During The COVID-19 PandemicMeet the Los Angeles Corps and discover their mission to support the environment and their community.
Though Cherie is a beauty app for beauty lovers, we also truly believe in our responsibility to stand for important causes. We're celebrating Earth Day all week here at Cherie with our sustainability awareness campaign called "A Breath of Fresh Air". This week, we'll be sharing different ways we can be, and provide, a breath of fresh air to ourselves and the earth. Think doing small activities like walking or biking instead of driving, or purchasing from brands that give back to the earth. After all, everything begins with us! During this time of staying home, staying safe, and slowing the spread of the coronavirus, life has changed a lot. It's scary and daunting and uncertain—and thankfully, the silver lining to all this is we have each other. In times of need, it's our community that we turn to for support. Strong communities are the cornerstone of our humanity, being there for one another so that we can get through whatever, together. It's also times like these where groups like the Los Angeles Conservation Corps step up for their communities in ways most people aren't aware of. In the spirit of Earth Week here on Cherie and talking about practices that bring us a breath of fresh air, learning about groups like LA Corps that actively preserve and maintain our fresh air is incredibly important. I spoke with Jeremy Minter of LA Corps to learn more about their mission and how they're helping the community during these trying times. What is LA Corps north star? Your mission and values that drive you?"Our main mission is to provide job skills and income to young people through conservation efforts. LA Corps works with youth between the ages of 14-17 and young adults 18-24. We help provide them with job skills training and look to give these young people on-the-job experience while providing them an income to help with their day to day life. We do this by conducting environmental projects around the city like tree planting, graffiti abatement, alley and street clean-ups, trail maintenance, wildfire prevention, and more. Through these efforts, young people are building skills that help them join the workforce in the future while providing essential services to the conservation of our local environment." What have you been working to support the community during COVID-19?"Recently for the Corona Virus pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom gave a call to action to conservation corps across the state to act as a sort of 'first responder' to our communities. So lately, we've been helping to provide essentials to our communities. For example, we recently partnered with Baby to Baby packaging diapers, cleaning supplies, and so forth, helping to distribute these goods to neighborhoods in need. We are also working closely with food banks to help support them with facility operations as they need during this time. We're also continuing to do our day in and day out maintenance of the city."How has the corps day to day changed with COVID-19?Keeping everyone safe is our first priority. We are adhering to all ordinances to protect our Corpsmembers and staff while trying to impress upon our young people that the work they are doing right now is so important to the community. They are part of something bigger than any of us and we value their commitment and their dedication. We are honored to be able to help out on the emergency response missions and continuing to work on some of our regular projects that help maintain community health and safetyAre corps members volunteers?The Corps offers young people paid work experience. A lot of our corps members come from challenging situations, so we support them with support services, training and education, professional development opportunities, and more.Why are conservation corps' important for the community and the environment?"We are important to the community because we are an organization that uplifts and empowers our people. We look to give opportunities to young people who may have been overlooked in the past or may need that second chance. With us, they get that chance, and they get the opportunity to look at their community in a different way, in a light of service. We're important to the environment because we do the work that needs to be done. Our corps is such an amazing group of hardworking people, and they're out there planting trees, maintaining trails, cutting concrete—this is tough work! We are maintaining the beauty of our city while mitigating pollution through tree planting and preventing potential wildfires by trimming shrubs. These are important things for both the safety of the community and the wellbeing of the environment. It's amazing to see the way our corps members' work directly benefits the communities they live in and serve."Why is it important for people to preserve the environment?"As people, it's important to be knowledgeable of the environment because we want this to be something to last for generations. We're already finding out that ice caps are melting at abnormal rates, climate change is happening, and that we're even losing natural resources and even some natural landscapes. If we thought they were important to us, we would take care of them for ourselves and future generations. Our corps members step in, so we can do this type of work and advocate for the earth. The earth can't talk and tell us directly to stop harming it, so organizations like us are here to step in the gap and say these things are important for us all, and we do what we can to protect it. We as a community and society should take care of the environment bc it's not just for us, but it's for who is next."What are some ways we can help supplement your work?"First, have a good knowledge of what's going on. You don't have to be a scientist and know everything, but to have an understanding of what's happening to the earth gives you a better idea of what you can do. After that, I think it's little acts that build into bigger impacts. From recycling at home, taking public transportation, and so forth. It's also great to get in contact with your local officials and council members to voice that the environment is important to you and that they should push legislation that supports this. Lastly, donate to organizations you feel are doing a good job in conserving our environment. Take the time to vet the organizations to see if they are doing impactful work in the community."How do people get involved with LA Corps ?- Follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @LACorps. - Participate in volunteer events - Partner with us through your work or organization!
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Body Merry - Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser was given to me as a gratis. The representative of this brand was saying great things about this cleanser and so I gave it a try Body Merry is a natural skincare brand that claims to use all natural ingredients. The purpose of this products is to unclog pores from impurities as well as remove dead skin cells because of glycolic acid. Helps brightening, nourish, and moisturize the skin. I am prone to acne and was a little skeptical using it because of olive and jojoba oil do not do well with my skin. However, after using it for almost a month I noticed some changes on my skin. Before using this my skin was looking dull, had a lot of oil buildup on my t-zone, dark spots from previous breakouts. After using for almost a month my skin looked radiant, I saw less oil around my t-zone, and I also had less breakouts. As for my dark spots some were still visible (but as we know sometimes we need a different product to help with those areas). What I love about it is that the beads (made out of jojoba wax see 2nd picture) were gentle. This product had a citrusy smell but it was not over powering were my skin felt irritation. In fact after cleansing my skincare felt moisturized,smooth, and radiant. As you read at the beginning my concern of suing this product was olive and jojoba oil however, because of the following ingredients my skin had no bad reaction. 🔅Glycolic Acid - a chemical exfoliator helps remove dead skin cells as well treats acne & scars, hyperpigmentation and more 🔅 Willow Bark - an alternative salicylic acid because it contains salicin (source of SA) helps treat acne and decrease excess oil. 🔅 Kojic Acid- helps with hyperpigmentation and dark spots ( however due to all these great ingredients it is less effective) 🔅 Tea tree oil - antibacterial & antibacterial properties 🔅 Oils such as rose hip, olive, & jojoba help moisturize & nourish skin 🔅 CICA- this ingredient is low but it has its effects helps soothe skin & one of my holy grail ingredients for acne My overall expensive I enjoyed it because it was gentle and I would use it 3 times a week when exfoliating. Price: Retail price - $19.99 Current the brand website is having a discount of a $1 off) *Remember not all will have the same skin reaction, be gentle to your skin and get to know your skin*
Battle of the Face Masks
My skin type is combo oily that can lean more dry during the weather changes or just randomly. My skin concerns are acne, oiliness throughout the day and also dehydration. I’ve ranked the face washes I currently have open right now based on how they worked for me personally (starting from favorite). My favorite out of this bunch is the philosophy - Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask because can see a difference when I use the mask, but it’s nothing major especially for the price tag. . philosophy - Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (for acne and blackhead removal) and White Clay (removes dead and dry skin cells). Texture/Consistency: Cream with granules Scent: None Price: $18 for 1 oz / 30 mL (mini size) OR $35 for 2.5 oz / 75 mL Experience: I haven’t noticed much, if any, difference in my pores honestly. I do notice that my skin looks more radiant and glows after removing this mask because the abundant amount of granules give a nice exfoliation. Repurchase/Recommend: It’s nice, but nothing special and don’t think it’s worth the high price tag because it’s not on the face long. I’d rather put that money towards an actual exfoliator than a mask. . e.l.f. - Hydrating Bubble Mask Key Ingredients: Glycerin (for hydration and protection) Texture/Consistency: Gel that turns into bubbles Scent: Soapy Price: $14 for 1.69 oz / 50 g Experience: The sensation of the gel turning into bubbles tickles and can easily get out of control and get into your eyelashes. I don’t notice any difference in the hydration of my skin. It is easy to wash off, but the packaging is finicky and randomly decides to stop dispensing product and you have to keep pressing down until more comes out. It also requires quite a bit of product to fully coat the face so not sure how long it will last for. Repurchase/Recommend: No I didn’t notice any difference and the packaging is difficult. . FREEMAN - Matcha Ice Cream Melting Sugar Face Mask Key Ingredients: Matcha extract (helps clear pores) Texture/Consistency: Thick gel with gummy flakes Scent: Sweet Price: $3.99 for 1.18 fl oz / 3-4 uses Experience: This mask is so thick and difficult to remove off the face! It made me ever want to use it. I also didn’t notice any sort of difference after using this mask. The style packaging is really nice and convenient and you can definitely get more uses than the recommended. It also claims that the flakes dissolve, but they never did for me. Repurchase/Recommend: No, too difficult to remove and didn’t see any results.
MY FACE MAKEUP ROUTINE for when I’m breaking out
For numerous reasons, I have been stressed lately which really shows on my skin. I already get the occasional breakout, around the time of the month, and sometimes from diet and eating food that probably isn’t GREAT for me. So with additional stress I eat more, crave more crappy food, maybe pick at my skin, etc. I also wear a face mask whenever I go out and with the heat and humidity of where I live, it just becomes a skin nightmare. I just made another post about how I’ve changed up my skincare routine. Here is my makeup routine for covering it up. Add warmth and color back into the face. COLOURPOP - Super Shock Blush in Count Me In NUDESTIX - Nudies All Over Face Color Bronze + Glow in Terracotta Tan I find that when I’m breaking out, my face can tend to look flat and pale. By adding some warmth and color back into the face, you look healthier and more radiant which will help a lot at disguising breakouts. The colourpop blush is a beautiful mousse-y texture that gives sheer color with a satin-finish. The cream bronzer is my holy grail! It’s super creamy, long-lasting and looks just. like. skin. Spot-conceal. MAKE UP FOR EVER - Full Cover Concealer Wearing a full-coverage long-wear foundation just isn’t the way to go for me. It ends up looking cakey and accentuating texture instead of disguising it. As the individual breakouts are the only areas I really want to cover, I don’t want to cover the areas of my skin that are actually smooth and break-out free! This concealer is super high coverage, a little goes a long way and very long lasting. I will sometimes use a pinpoint eyeliner brush or even just my ring finger to pat the product exactly where I need it! This TRULY gives the illusion of smoother, clearer skin. Lock it in. rms beauty - Un" Powder I love this powder because of its super fine and silky texture. It makes my skin look 100% poreless which is perfect for smoothing out texture on my skin! It also keeps my T-zone area shine-free all day without drying out my skin (as many mattifying powders do to me).
Only one product can get “YES”😟
My skin type is dry combination with acne skin, acne marks are left by the adolescence. Blain and pore bulky skin is the most serious problem! Products with hydrating and acne treatment is my first needs when I buy skin care products. I will introduce two products which I have tried before. I hope I can help people to avoid mine field. YES！ Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque Kiehl's - Calendula Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque The texture is more close to transparent jelly，and is suitable to all skin types. This product can help acne anti-inflammatory, especially red acne can get effective improvement. It has high Concentration of Calendula essence. After using it before you go to bed, Abnormal skin condition can be relieved the next day morning. But there's a problem with this product. The amount of preservative added in it is a little large. There is a slight pinch for people whose skin cuticle is thin. In addition, before using this mask, you need to use hydrating lotion or toner first. If you use it under a dry skin condition, you will also feel tingling. NO! SKII R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age SK-II - R.N.A. POWER Anti-Aging Face Cream I've tried this product three times, and each time I get pimples the next day! It is the kind of big acne that can squeeze out white particles. First of all, this product contains Niacinamide. If you are not a tolerable skin, this product is easy to make you have acne and allergies. I have introduced in my previous post how to use Niacinamide ingredient correctly. If you are interested, you can have a look. Secondly, the nutritional content of this product is too high. For my skin, there is a little over nutrition. The skin absorbs too much and blocks the pores. Actually, the best way I've found in recent years to keep my skin in good condition is to avoid eating sweet food! Try to eat less desserts, run more and exercise more. It's really better than any skin care product!
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