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Swallow Film Review: Impulse-Control Disorders & Domestic Horror

Swallow Film Review: Impulse-Control Disorders & Domestic Horror

I don’t talk about it as often as I should, but my skincare obsession began as an attempt to curb a different type of obsession. Dermatillomania, also known as excoriation disorder, is defined by the DSM as “a disorder of impulse control characterized by the urge to pick at the skin, even to the extent that damage is caused.” In college, I would sometimes make myself late for class by spending 3 hours in the mirror “cleaning the dirt from my pores” (as I told myself). Like most people with the disorder, I hated what I was doing to myself but no therapist, medication, or mindfulness exercise made a dent in my behavior. A few years ago after treating myself to one of the best facials ever as a birthday gift to myself, a lightbulb went on: I could go a few days without picking my skin after a facial because during that time there was nothing to pick. Once I...

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I love all things horror & skincare. When it comes to horror, I'm particularly drawn to female directors and human-as-monster story lines. As an avid skincare enthusiast, I'm a huge advocate for skin cancer prevention and sun protection. I hope you like what you read here. If you want more of the same, you can subscribe above.

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Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado

Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado

If you’ve ever wondered what the Grimm’s Fairy Tales would be like if they were written by a female and released smack dab in the middle of Trump’s presidency, you need to grab yourself a copy of Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection. Her Body and Other...

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Revenge: Coralie Fargeat Takes a Stab at the Male Gaze

Revenge: Coralie Fargeat Takes a Stab at the Male Gaze

No matter the genre, Hollywood has a long history of exploiting violence against women as entertainment. In her first feature-length film, Revenge, French director Coralie Fargeat acknowledges, rejects, and transcends this history, subverting the genre’s typical...

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COVID-19 & Safe Skincare: Brand Spotlight: Dermalogica

COVID-19 & Safe Skincare: Brand Spotlight: Dermalogica

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few months, you’ve heard about the Corona Virus global pandemic. Google COVID-19 and you’ll find ample information about common sense preventative measures. (Wash your hands, people!) A common word of advice is to try...

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