Thursday, October 4, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights

Black Girl Sunscreen!

No matter the season, no matter the location, sunscreen is essential for all skin types.  Black Girl Sunscreen has changed the game, creating a sunscreen suitable for melanin-popping skin, with no ashy residue, and healthy ingredients, too!


We got to chat with the creator of Black Girl Sunscreen, Shontay Lunday, to hear more about the brand.

Check it out!




How did  you get started  in beauty and skincare?      
It was never my intention to be in the beauty or skincare industry; I just saw a problem that needed to be solved.

What did  you find to  be missing from  the industry that  you saw fit to add?  
The problem for me was that big brand sunscreens leave a chalky white residue. These brands just weren’t checking for women of color. It was more about protecting skin, so it didn’t matter if the sunscreen made you look good or feel good.

What makes  Black Girl Sunscreen  extra special? Why this  name?
Black Girl Sunscreen was developed for women of color with natural ingredients that are appropriate for our skin complexion. We have eliminated the tell-tale white residue, all fragrances, parabens and all things that are toxic to the environment such as oxybenzone. The last thing you want is to be ashy, period.
I created BGS because I am my own customer. The name is intentional because I want other women of color to know that this product is for them.   
 
What was  your greatest  challenge in launching  Black Girl Sunscreen? Are  there any challenges  that just won't  go away?
The biggest challenge for us has been dispelling the myth that people of color don’t need to wear sunscreen. This misconception may come from the upbringing of people of color (i.e. home remedies, old school mentality) as well as advertising and public awareness campaigns being geared towards fair-skinned individuals. However, people of color are at risk of getting damage to the skin despite the presence of melanin. Research shows African Americans have the highest rate of mortality in the U.S. population after receiving a melanoma diagnosis. These statistics can’t be ignored. Yes, “black doesn’t crack” but it needs to be protected.   
 
What's  next for  Black Girl  Sunscreen?
We started BGS with the goal of eliminating white residue but now we’re onto bigger things; we’re creating a legacy and shifting mindsets. Our mission is to create awareness globally around skin cancer, melanoma and sunburn. Black Girl Sunscreen will influence future generations to be skin conscious and dispel stereotypes related to people of color and sun protection.

What's  something  you would tell  growing brands to  help them on their  way?
Follow your passion. You have to get out there and do it, because no one else will do it for you!

To learn more, visit BlackGirlSunscreen.com and follow with the @BlackGirlSunscreen handle on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

*Also, check out our Instagram Giveaway Collaboration starting tomorrow, 10/5!


B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Purple

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month--


With 31 days in this month, there's plenty of room to continue sparking awareness about important causes.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With awareness growing through the #MeToo movement, information about domestic violence is important, so we all can continue pushing forward toward a remedy.  Domestic violence and harassment of any sort are all related in the poor treatment of those around us--personally or professionally.  

You've seen some of these facts before, but they are always relevant.

Domestic violence is unfortunately more common than we realize, and actually spurred by other issues being dealt with, mostly with the abusers.  To address this problem, we must educate and spread the word. 



Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) spurred from the "Day of Unity" in October 1981, by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The vision was to connect advocates across the country, working to end violence against women and their children. Like many other causes, such a short time to promote awareness was not long enough, so all of October is now dedicated to this cause.


Here's what you should know:

1. Domestic violence sees no race, color, ethnic background, or economic status.  It affects people in all walks of life.  Men are also impacted, not just women and children.  It's also more than just physical abuse.  Emotional abuse counts, too.  

2. Domestic violence is cyclical.  Although many who are abused feel pain and resent their abusers, they often go on to repeat the behavior.  For children, it is often the only way they know.  Without education and therapy to deal with the circumstance, the problem can perpetuate.

3. Due to lack of resources, the number of survivors to whom local Coalitions Against Domestic Violence (CADV) have provided shelter has decreased by 20%, while the number of victims turned away has increased by 16% over the last four years.  In the last year alone CADVs saw a drastic 12% drop in the number survivors who obtained safe, emergency shelter. Despite this fact, survivors and their children received over 522,000 hours of service last year alone. 

4. Help is available at all times.  Victims, and even offenders who know they need help, may not know where to turn.  To get things rolling, anyone can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-SAFE.  

5.  Safety Plans help.  The hotline is an amazing tool, but creating safety plans takes things a step further.  The plan will help victims route their escape from pain and chart their journey to a better life.  Plans can include starting a separate savings account, thinking of exit routes from the home, avoiding arguments where weapons are readily accessible, i.e. the kitchen, and having someone available at all times to pick you up or be home when you need them.  For more ideas, click here.

6. There's always a hope for change.  No matter how tough the situation appears; for you or someone you're witnessing, various outlets are available to stop the cycle and give families strength. 

We all have to take on a role in resolutions for domestic violence--speaking out, educating, encouraging others to do the same, and seeking help where necessary.  

*If you are experiencing or sensing signs---say or do something.  Don't wait. With so many tough circumstances to face these days, violence among loved ones is never one we need.  Let's turn touch domestic spaces into haves for love, support and encouragement.  

***Don't forget about our colors campaign this month!

#WearPurpleThursdaysDVA

Share your pics on Twitter, InstagramPinterest, and Facebook with the hashtags!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Pink

Essential Knowledge About Breast Cancer Awareness--

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Despite the month having 31 days, this is something we must be aware of all year long.  

As we've shared before, there are some essentials about the condition, and what we can all do to fight it.  

*  Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. It affects millions of women, and thankfully gets the needed attention to fight its surge.  

*  Regular doctor visits and mammograms for women over the age of 40 are critical in breast health.  If you are at risk for breast cancer, because of a history of the condition in your family, you should have mammograms sooner for early detection.  Many insurance companies have improved coverage for breast health, and social service centers are helping out as well.  Check our local area for more.  

Real Talk With Felicia is a major player in the fight against breast cancer through their fundraising arm, Purposed for Pink.  Purposed For Pink raises money for breast cancer research in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen efforts for combating this crippling condition. 

4. We are continuing our annual fashion for a cause campaign this month, raising awareness through our style on Wednesdays.  Share your pics on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook with the hashtags!

#WearPinkWednesdaysBCA



Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.  We must get these numbers lower.  Breast cancer impacts us all. Approximately 1,700 men ill also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year.  This isn't just about the ladies, gents.  


You can learn more about breast and ovarian cancer awareness, risk factors and reduction tactics from Bright Pink.  This organization is always doing amazing things across the country to spread awareness and share info on early detection--all year long.  Check them out and get involved!




Join in the fight.


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