Psoriasis is a skin disorder caused by cells that reproduce at an abnormally rapid rate, resulting in thickened, scaly skin and in many cases, inflamed bumps. For some, psoriasis is secluded to certain areas like the hairline or elbows, but for others, the disease takes over the entire body.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with psoriasis, you might be feeling overwhelmed, but you’re not alone. When the reigning Miss California, Mabelynn Capeluj, stopped by the Inside Beautiful studio to share her story about overcoming psoriasis, we were shocked to find out that this disorder is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S., affecting up to 7.5 million Americans.
While a permanent cure for psoriasis has yet to be found, there are treatments that can help alleviate symptoms.
Here are some options to explore with your doctor.
Cellular Therapy Approved by the FDA
In exciting science news, the first cellular therapy to be approved by the FDA is here. LAVIV is revolutionary in the fact that it erases smile lines using your own skin cells. That’s great news for people who are allergic to collagen and those who are hesitant to start using traditional fillers likes Juvéderm and Restylane. How does it work? Doctors remove a tiny piece of skin from behind your ear – a place that receives little to no sun damage – and then ship the cells to a lab where they are grown and multiplied and after three or so months, injected back into your face. It’s administered in three separate treatment sessions spaced out over intervals of 3-6 weeks. For more information about the procedure, talk to your dermatologist.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Beauty Treatment Secret
Speaking of treatments, Gwyneth Paltrow, the world’s most beautiful woman – according to People magazine – has confessed that her timeless beauty may not be totally genetic. The 40-year old goop star told Brit rag the Daily Mail that she’s a recent convert to Thermage, the radiofrequency treatment that heats the skin’s collagen to make it appear tighter and more youthful. Says Gwyn: “I don’t mind a few wrinkles and freckles. I had Thermage recently, and it took a couple of years off my face.”
The Creator of Jennifer Aniston’s Famous Hairstyle Reveals a Secret
The stylist who created Jennifer Aniston’s signature hair look, “The Rachel”, did so when he was… high. Celebrity stylist Chris McMillan didn’t elaborate to Women’s Wear Daily what drugs exactly he was high on when he created the iconic look, but he did say: “I’m 14 years sober, so i feel safe enough to say.”
Beyoncé’s Diva Hair
If you thought you were the only one touchy about who you let color your hair, you haven’t met… Mrs. Carter. Superstar Beyoncé recently filmed a campaign for H&M, and according to insiders on set, she refused to let the client have a say in how her hair looked. Her hair, which changed styles in each of the campaign’s four commercials, was strictly tended to by Beyoncé’s own glam squad. Says the source: “Beyoncé has her own hair people, and the hair choices are entirely hers. No one else has a say, and sometimes it’s not great.” Ouch.
70s-inspired Makeup Palette
Fashion designer Matthew Williamson, who Sienna Miller credits as her muse, has partnered with Benefit Cosmetics and designed a 70s-inspired makeup palette. The British designer credits his Manchester-born mother as the leading inspiration for his new line, which includes four eyeshadow shades, a mini mascara, lip gloss and blush.
Locks of Love? Or Lost of Love?
The not-for-profit charity organization Locks of Love is facing a serious investigation. Nonprofit Investor (NPI) reports that Locks of Love has over $6 million worth of donations that are currently unaccounted for. That’s a lot of missing hair. The charity takes long hair from healthy donors and turns it into wigs for children with alopecia.
If you’ve ever tried – and failed miserably – to book a last-minute blowout with your favorite stylist, you might want to try this new beauty app. Beautified, a free new iPhone app, lets you book skin and hair treatments with high-end salons and spas well in advance of that last minute treatment. It’s currently only available for New Yorkers, but will roll out into other cities later this year. Check out getbeautified.com for more info.