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‘Riverdale’ Star Camila Mendes Talked About Her Skincare Routine And I’m Honestly Shaken

Every once in awhile, we all suffer the pains of an acne breakout. Still, it was only just years ago that we were led to believe that only “normal” people got pimples. Never the heroes and icons we looked up to. In our age of Instagram connectedness, however, celebrities and public faces of note are getting real and letting us know that the opposite true. “Riverdale” actress Camila Mendes is no exception.

In a recent post to her Instagram, story, the star posted a good-natured selfie on her Instagram poking fun at these moments of less than perfect skin.

Mendes got honest and funny about pimple woes in a recent story that garnered thousands of views on Instagram.

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Captioned “Why use photoshop when you can find creative ways of hiding your pimple,” the pic shows the Riverdale star covering her forehead using her hand and bangs.

While it’s great to see her maintain a sense of humor through her breakouts, we also learned how Mendes keeps up her usually flawless complexion. In a recent interview about her skin, the actress shared what keeps her looking lovely after wearing all of that makeup on set. For the young actress, a stacked skin care regimen and regular treatments are what keep her blemish-free. “When I’m filming a lot I try to get [facials] once every two weeks because I wear so much makeup on set and it’s just getting caked on,” Mendes explained.

Besides facials, Mendes also uses microdermabrasion to address all the built-up debris caused by her makeup. “I do it to just kind of exfoliate and then I can see all the makeup that’s been stuck into my pores. So that helps a lot!”

Fortunately, especially if bi-monthly facials are outside of your budget, Camila Mendes shared her favorite must-have skin products as well. Check them out below. 

1. Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash

Origins #1 cleanser, this face wash is perfect whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin. This face wash is certified ‘Clean at Sephora,’ meaning it’s free of unwanted junk like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. The refreshing blend of mint, bergamot, lavender, and geranium oils will make you feel revitalized in body and mind.

The Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash is available at Origins, Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and Macy’s for $23.50.

2. Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner

This toner mixes the natural astringent power of rosewater with the soothing qualities of aloe vera into a light formula that clears out leftover dirt. The rose essential oil will leave you with a lingering floral scent. Like all Burt’s Bees products, this toner is natural and gentle enough for everyday use.

Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner is available through Amazon, Walgreens, and Walmart for $10.95.

3. Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm

Clear up those pesky under-eye bags with this soothing eye balm. Made from natural goat’s milk proteins, manuka honey, and plant stem cell complex, this serum smooths and reduces puffiness, crow’s feet, and dark circles. It can even be used over makeup for a quick midday pick-me-up.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm is available at Sephora and Ulta Beauty for $38.

This Latina Fell Into A Coma After Using A Tainted Skin Whitening Cream Imported From Mexico

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This Latina Fell Into A Coma After Using A Tainted Skin Whitening Cream Imported From Mexico

#1: The scourge of colorism has had a stranglehold on Latinx communities for centuries, and it manifests in insidious ways. Although nicknames like “la morena” are often used in Latinx families as a term of endearment, these seemingly-harmless labels can create deep roots of self-hatred within the subject. This self-hatred can be especially prominent in young women and girls who are taught to tie their self-worth to their outward appearance. And although the Latinx community is doing more now to tackle colorism than it ever has before, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

In fact, recently a Latina was hospitalized in Sacramento for using a tainted skin-lightening face cream. 

According to public health officials, the as-yet-unnamed woman arrived at an emergency room “slurring her speech” and “unable to walk or feel her hands and face” public health officials said. She is now in a semi-comatose state. According to friends and family, the woman frequently bought her face-cream from a friend in Mexico. But this time, her Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream had been laced with the toxic heavy metal, mercury. According to officials, the woman is the “first known victim of methylmercury poisoning from a cosmetic in the U.S.”, making her case especially alarming. According to The Daily Beast, the sale of skin-lightening products is “a bustling market” that is “driven by immigrants who buy them from their home countries”. 

Although the FDA is tasked with monitoring imported cosmetic products to make sure they reach our health-standards domestically, it is impossible to keep track of unreported and/or illegal trade. That’s why you should be wary when accepting beauty products from a friend or relative who lives out of the country. According to Businessweek: “no one knows how many of the world’s skin-lightening creams are tainted with mercury.” Even if you are sure your friend is trustworthy and the product is safe, in the end, there’s no way to know for certain. 

In many Latinx countries, the skin-lightening market is a widespread and lucrative trade that holds no stigma for its customers.

Reports suggest that across the world, the skin-lightening market is valued at $20 billion, which proves how ubiquitous the desire for lighter skin is, cross-culturally. Because of its known melanin-suppressing effects, mercury is often found in skin-lightening products–including “legitimate” products that insist their ingredients are safe. Methylmercury is an extremely toxic compound and is used in things like “thermometers, batteries, and mirrors”. According to experts, long-term exposure “can cause kidney damage, loss of peripheral vision and lack of coordination”. That means that many of these skin-lightening creams that are marketed as being safe are actually laced with poison and are extremely toxic.

Colorism comes from the history of European colonization and oppression in Latin America. Europeans used the socially-constructed idea of race in order to divide and subjugate the people they were trying to conquer. Identifying with white Europeans was a way to prove superiority and therefore align yourself with power. But subsequently, the idea of lighter skin being more desirable has persisted until today. And, as is evidenced above, some Latinos will go to great lengths to appear whiter–even if the outcomes are dangerous. 

Fortunately, there are a vast number of Latinx people on Twitter who are vocal about the negative effects of colorism within the community.

Many people in the Latinx community (especially the younger generation) are finally waking up to the realities of life for people who are darker-skinned. Luckily, there is a large cohort of people who are no longer staying silent on the issue. 

This Latina has seen colorism manifests itself within her own family:

The beautiful part about being Latinx is the spectrum of colors of the community has–a spectrum that sometimes shows up inside a family. 

This Latina recognizes that, while she thought colorism was “normal” when she was younger, she now knows it’s a harmful social construct.

Sometimes it’s hard to see when something is wrong when it’s so ingrained in society.

This person sees colorism as a major divisive factor in the Latino community:

Even when we see representations of ourselves in the media–often the accepted version of a Latino is European-looking one. Look at any telenovela.

This Latina understands that colorism isn’t just a black/white issue:

In reality, colorism is nuanced–it comes from outdated colonial mindsets of white and European-supremacy.

Although it’s terrible that this woman was victim of this black market cream, this incident is bringing to light the undeniable harmful impact of colorism within the Latinx community as well as the dangers of skin-lightening products.

Ally Brooke Borrowed The Hair Clip Selena Quintanilla Wore For Her Tribute On ‘Dancing With The Stars’

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Ally Brooke Borrowed The Hair Clip Selena Quintanilla Wore For Her Tribute On ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Former Fifth Harmony member and artist Ally Brooke gave a winning performance on Dancing With The Stars last night. The 26-year-old Mexican singer paid homage to Selena Quintanilla and the 1997 film, starring (future-Oscar-winner)  Jennifer Lopez, Selena. Judges gave Brooke and her professional dance partner Sasha Farber the highest score of the night. Audiences found Brooke’s performance to be an emotional tribute with many saying they cried on Twitter. 

The moment must have been cathartic for Brooke who was branded the “worst” dancer of Fifth Harmony and subjected to online bullying because of it. Brooke joined the cast to take a stance against bullying and show the world what she is really made of — last night she did just that. 

Ally Brooke channeled her hero Selena Quintanilla last night. 

Fans rejoiced as Brooke gave a touching tribute to Selena Quintanilla on Dancing With The Stars. She performed a rumba number to Selena’s “Dreaming of You.” Brooke shares both Mexican and Texas heritage with the famous Tejano singer who passed away in 1995 when Brooke was just two years old.

The theme of the evening was “Movie Night.” Brooke and her pro-partner Sasha Farber took their outfit inspiration from the 1997 film starring Jennifer Lopez. Wearing shimmering metallics and an asymmetrical skirt, the pair gave an intense performance that resonated with the audience. The “Lips Don’t Lie” singer won with the highest score of the night, tying with Kate Flannery, with a score of 24 out of 30. 

Judges were stunned. “I had chills the whole time,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. Brooke gave a shout out to the Quintanillas after her routine. She’s a true stan. 

“I want to give them a shout out, all the Quintanillas. Suzette, we got to see her a few days ago,” she said while showing off a Selena-style pin in her hair. “Selena’s in my heart forever. I hope I made her proud.”

Selena is her #1 inspiration.

Brooke wrote a bilingual post on Instagram, sharing her admiration for the “Como la Flor” singer in English and Spanish.

“Tonight was for you Selena, My #1 inspiration I hope I made Selena’s family and fans proud. This was so beautiful for me to do. The Rumba to Dreaming of You! I love you forever.” Ally wrote. “Esta noche fue para ti Selena, Mi inspiracion #1. Espero haber enorgullecido a la familia y fanáticos de Selena. Poder hacer esto, fue muy hermoso para mi. ¡La rumba, a la cancíon Dreaming of You! Te amare por siempre.” 

The audience stans Brooke’s performance.

“I can’t listen to Selena’s Dreaming of You without tearing up. Aly’s tribute to her was so beautiful,” one user wrote.  

“Watching dwts once again with my mom and she BAWLED watching Ally and Sasha’s dance. She loved Selena a lot and said Ally looked like her while dancing,” another user wrote. 

“Ally made Selena proud in Heaven. It made me cry,” another wrote. 

Ally Brooke has something to prove. 

We’ve all seen the memes. Brooke was regarded as the worst dancer of Fifth Harmony. Throughout her stint in the girl group, fans and haters alike would share GIFs of Brooke’s choreography, singling her out from the rest to poke fun of her imperfect moves.

“HAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! Shout out to me trying to be extra cute for the Japanese TV show  lol & that choreo thoooo,” Brooke wrote in response to a meme, showing she doesn’t take herself too seriously. 

 While it may seem like innocuous fun, having thousands of people point out you’re not the best at something cannot feel good. Brooke is a singer first, and dancing is an unfortunate requirement of being in a girl group, even if it is not necessarily something everyone is trained in. We can’t all be Normani, Brooke knows that better than anyone else.

“I’m excited to take it on myself,” Brooke told ET of following in Normani’s footsteps, who also appeared on the show. “Obviously [Normani’s] experience on the show, being there was amazing. She had the most incredible time. And she, girl, is like a whole other level. She is so amazing and so talented. She did unbelievable.”

When Brooke premiered on DWTS and received a score of 20 out of 30, she described the experience as nothing short of liberating. 

“That felt honestly liberating for me,” Brooke told Erin Andrews through tears. “I just want to say up here while I have the opportunity, if anyone ever feels like they’re scared to do something because they got made fun of or bullied, I want you to know that you can do it, and I hope that I can be an inspiration and voice for you guys.”