Friday, April 8, 2011

Red-Faced Royal Family

The British Royals have experienced their share of scandal--enough to turn their blue-blooded faces as red as an English rose. In fact, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, didn't receive an invitation to the upcoming marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton because she got caught accepting a bribe last year from an undercover reporter. Hopefully, the nuptials of William and Kate on April 29 will be spared the humiliation of misbehaving relatives and wardrobe malfunctions. 

Windsor couperose curse.

One red-faced moment may be impossible to avoid. Many members of the Royal Family suffer from a chronic skin inflammation disease called rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha), which is characterized by perpetually flushed cheeks and reddened noses. Not only does the groom-to-be have it, but so does his father Prince Charles and his brother Prince Harry. His late mother Princess Diana also struggled with the condition.

The evidence for a genetic predisposition in rosacea is growing, so Prince William and Kate Middleton's offspring may inherit it.
Like father, like son: Prince William and Prince Charles exhibit matching flushed complexions, but they're not entirely the result of hardy outdoor activities. 
The world thought Princess Diana turned red with giddiness during her famed dance duet with John Travolta in 1985, but rosacea was most likely the reason.
Prince Harry's ruddy complexion matches his crimson hair.

It's estimated that 16 million Americans suffer from the condition, according to the National Rosacea Society. While it cannot be cured, it can be controlled. In honor of National Rosacea Awareness Month, we present the following products formulated to help minimize symptoms.

SHINE: B. Kamins Chemist Rosacea Starter Kit (Booster Blue Soothing Skin Concentrate, Booster Blue Rosacea Cleanser, Booster Blue Rosacea Masque and Soothing Day Cream SPF 15). BEAUTY: Contains anti-inflammatories to treat and cool irritated skin. BEACON: Contributes to PJs For the Cure, which supports juvenile diabetes, and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

SHINE: Eminence Organic Skin Care Calm Skin Arnica Masque. BEAUTY: Eases irritation and inflammation with soothing ingredients such as marigold oil, arnica flower, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and chamomile oil. BEACON: Supports National Ovarian Cancer CoalitionAmerican Cancer Society and The Cinderella Project.

SHINE: Goldfaden Unify. BEAUTY: Minimizes redness and balances skin tone with calming botanicals such as seaweed extract, arnica, red tea extract and oil of kumquat. BEACON: Contains no parabens, artificial colors, alcohol, mineral oils, petrochemicals and silicones. No animal testing and 100% vegetarian.

SHINE: Skyn Iceland Antioxidant Calming Serum. BEAUTY: Boosts collagen production for improved skin tone and texture with coenzyme Q10, cocoa fruit ferment (a derivative of the cocoa bean) and cranberry seed oil. BEACON: Cruelty and carbon free, and vegan. Also supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Gilda’s Club.

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