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Spring Skin

Say goodbye to the aging efects of winter with these cruelty free, fair trade products.

Age defying beauty products don’t have to feel like a judgment of where we are in life. They can actually embrace and make the most of the natural process of aging. Alaia, the 15-year-old natural beauty social enterprise, has developed the Age Defying Collection and it’s on our Spring cleaning list. Proudly fair trade, cruelty free and alcohol-free, the collection is formulated to promote healthy skin and protect it from harmful environmental aggressors. Think of it as a natural-ingredient skin polisher and protectant. Alaia’s mission goes beyond skincare to community care. The Washington State and West-African organization has been on a mission to reduce poverty and increase gender equality, leading empowerment initiatives that have improved 80,000 lives. Through social enterprise, ingredients are ethically sourced from Alaia’s women’s cooperatives in West Africa via Fair for Life standards. Some of these incredible ingredients feature in the Age Defying products including okra, mangosteen fruit and jasmine stem cells. (

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One of the most direct ways to be authentic is to demand visibility, and one of the most immediate ways to achieve that is through personal style. Fashion is an increasingly important form of expression for queer women. Recently, Nats Getty, a high-profile artist and LGBTQ rights activist—and the out-and-proud heir to the Getty fortune—launched her own label, Strike Oil. When I met Nats in New York she told me the motto of the label was Rise Early, Work Hard, Strike Oil. It’s a saying from the man who built the Getty empire, but Nats has repurposed it as a mantra for what she refers to as “the differents”—those of us who never truly fit in. Resourcefulness is, no doubt, a road to reward, but for Nats, and for so many of us, our sense of personal advancement is tied to the broader LGBTQ community. Strike Oil, with its colorful, street-inspired designs, channels Nat’s rebelliousness to help build a platform for LGBTQ individuals and to send a message to us to wear our identities proudly. So this spring, I hope you go out there and “strike oil” in whatever aspect of your life needs it the most..