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These Adrienne Houghton-Inspired Beauty Tips Are Essential For Women With Sensitive Skin

The journey to having clear skin as an adult isn't a sprint, issa marathon.

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The journey to having clear skin as an adult isn't a sprint, issa marathon; one that isn't for the faint of heart. Adult acne can be inconvenient, embarrassing, and a downright pain in the ass, but according to Adrienne Houghton there are a few beauty tips we can use to prevent it from being so painful. As someone who is also a member of the sensitive skin gang, Adrienne spilled the tea on how she keeps her skin camera-ready on her YouTube channel, All Things Adrienne, and we have all the details.

Although Adrienne admits to being a bit reckless when it comes to her routine, the host says that with age, she's grown to see the error of her ways. In a previous video, she explained:

"As I've gotten older, it's so important for me to take care of my skin. I even recognize that the better I take care of my skin, the more my makeup can lay more beautifully. You can't hide texture."

Along with stocking up on fatty acids and probiotics, Adrienne's pantry is stocked full of dermatologist-recommended beauty supplies that you can purchase at your local grocery store right now. Although Adrienne has never battled with acne, she's had a hard time finding products that cater to her super sensitive and often dry skin type. For a full list of the mix of all-natural and over-the-counter beauty tips and products that help the TV host avoid mild irritation and rashes, scroll below!

Drink Celery Juice

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Made of 95 percent water, celery is full of fiber and possesses anti-inflammatory properties that is said to help clear acne, blemishes, and other signs of aging, and thanks to Adrienne, there's probably none left in your local grocery store. Celery juice is a natural remedy that Adrienne discovered by way of a close friend, and since then, she's been hooked. According to the talk show host, celery might be the best thing you never knew you needed.

Add Some Zinc Into Your Diet

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According to Healthline, Zinc can be one helluva lifesaver when it comes to treating acne and acne-related scars. A mineral that can be especially beneficial for those dealing with eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and rosacea, zinc is a supplement that can either be taken as a pill or worked into your diet through foods like chickpeas, nuts, and seeds.

Ante Up On The Antioxidants

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While we see you out here working toward healthier skin, wearing sunscreen, and leveling your SPF all the way up, another way to prevent free radical damage is through the consumption of antioxidants. Vitamins A, C, and E are all good sources of antioxidants that promote healthy skin, but eating blueberries, leafy greens, and almonds are also a great way to ante up on your antioxidants and get your skin all the way together.

Invest In Probiotics 

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While sometimes acne can be a response to external triggers, there may also be some issues internally that need to be dealt with and that's where probiotics come in. Known as "the good bacteria", probiotics can ensure a healthy gut and even healthier skin.

Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa Facial Cleansing Brush ($34.99)

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"What I love most about it is, it comes with different heads. But my favorite is definitely the silicon head because it's antibacterial and that's so important. When you're buying things like this, you need to make sure that they are antibacterial, you need to make sure that you're not just putting bacteria more and more on your face. I wear makeup every single day so you have no idea how important it is to just massage my face. This is my secret weapon, I swear."

By Terry Liftessence Eye Contour ($95)

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"I learned that you should always apply eye cream with your ring finger. It's considered the most delicate finger, if you're using your middle finger, your middle finger has too much strength and you're just going to be hurting yourself. This is a heavier cream because it's for your under eyes, but sometimes we forget our eyelids, as well. So I like to get in there, make sure I get even brush up my brows. These are all sensitive areas that definitely need more moisture."

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask ($22)

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"I mainly only use things that say 'moisturizing' or 'replenishing'. I never ever use anything that's going to strip my skin or strip my face, again, because number one I tend to have really sensitive skin, and number two, my skin tends to go on the dry side instead of the oily side so I'm always trying to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate."

Watch the video in full on her YouTube channel here.

Featured image by Instagram/@AdrienneHoughton.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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