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The Year of The Horse: Our Beauty Predictions for You Based on Your Chinese Horoscope

CyberDERM, beauty profile, horoscopes
Can you say Adorable? Which Animal Are You?
You might be wondering whether I have the wherewithal to be able to say anything on your Chinese Horoscope. I’m neither Chinese nor a reader of the stars.  However, under the careful tutelage of my father in-law-to-be, I’ve been studying Chinese Horoscopes and have read up on them considerably.  For those of you not in the know, the Chinese astrology assigns one of twelve animals that represents your character and personality based on your birth year.  As my father-in-law-to-be has so nicely put it- it’s thousands of years of statistics.  I think they have some real merit and you’ll often see me trying to work backwards and figure out someone’s birth year and their Chinese Horoscope.  I don’t do math very well in my head so I often get it wrong.
This is the year of the Horse.  Every year has different implications based on your personal horoscope.  2013 was the year of the Snake, a hard one for those of the Pig year- if you are 30 (like myself), 42, 18, 54, or 6 then you might understand what I’m talking about.  Fortunately, with the New Year this past February, it’s a completely new cycle.  Here is what the Year of the Horse portends for you in terms of beauty- the predictions appear every year in texts like Your Chinese Horoscope by Neil Somerville.  The beauty extrapolations are my own. 

Let me know if we got it right in the Comments section below!
Rat: Birth Year ’36, ’48, ’60, ’72, ’84, ’96, ‘08
Traits: Strategic, Charming, Sociable, Value-Minded
Beauty Profile: The rats of the world are the sign best prepared for any future apocalypse.  In terms of beauty, they are the lovers of the two-for-one special, the Costco jumbo size, free samples and are the Extreme Couponers of the bunch.  It is not to say that Rats are cheap- they just like a good value. Having said that, they would do well to throw out those old stashes of unused samples. Do not try to repurpose that used lip balm from the 90’s.  Have a friend help you spring clean or you risk appearing on that Hoarder’s show.
Horse Year Predictions: This might actually be a trying year for you.  However, if you keep your wits about you, your efforts might get noticed.  Keep your appearance polished.  This sign is not known for being on time but refrain from looking harried.  Put your game face on.
 Ox: Birth Year ’37, ’49, ’61, ’73, ’85, ’97, ‘09
Traits: Focused, persistent and tenacious but can be inflexible and too serious
Beauty Profile: Has had the same hardworking beauty staples in their arsenal for years.  These products may not be fluffy but they get the job done and you are sticking with them. 
Horse Year Predictions: The gallivanting Horse can bring about a lot of change, something that Oxen are not known for dealing with especially well.  Take baby steps- try playing with small changes in your beauty routine to inject a little bit of levity into your day to day.  An orange lipstick might help you greet other larger life changes with a smile. 
Tigers: Birth Year ’38, ’50, ’62, ’74, ’86, ’98, ‘10
Traits: Strong willed, fierce and passionate but can be restless
Beauty Profiles: Tigers are known for being attractive since they take care with their appearance.  They are also the born strutters so they tend to get a lot of attention.
Horse Year Predictions: This year will be a good one for activity and opportunity.  Look as fierce as you feel with glowing skin as the backdrop for bold colours and architectural features.  You are going to have lots of socializing and celebrating this year so get your party looks in gear.
Rabbits: Birth Year ’39, ’51, ’63, ’75, ’87, ’99, ‘11
Traits: Peaceful, gentrified tastemakers that like the finer things in life
Beauty Profiles: Rabbits also take care of their appearance.  Male Rabbits are especially obvious as the modern Metrosexual.  They like their creature comforts and enjoy the act of preening.  They have a tactile appreciation of beauty with their assortment of embellished jars and potions.  You can tell a Rabbit as the girlfriend who always has her favourite tube of Rosebud salve in her purse or work drawer.
Horse Year Predictions: This year of activity can make a Rabbit a little bit anxious.  Clutch on to your creature comforts a little bit closer.  Just remember not to be a spendthrift- go for quality and not quantity and refrain from too much retail therapy. 
Dragons: Birth Year ’40, ’52, ’64, ’76, ’88, ’00, ‘12
Traits: Perfectionists, ambitious, hardworking but can be blunt and impulsive
Beauty Profiles: The Devil-Wears-Prada of the bunch. Dragon ladies especially can take on the world while looking immaculate.  They’ll have perfectly groomed brows, flawless complexions and not a hair out of place.  Your friends and peers look to you in general as a leader and your sartorial flair helps keep their attention.  
Horse Year Predictions: The past year’s fashion trends of the 90’s grunge or punk were most likely not your cup of tea.  Your overall look is more classic and you should keep it clean and minimal this year.  Focus on a healthy lifestyle and staying grounded- this might be a frenetic year for you.  Some deep yoga breaths might keep you from breathing fire over every one in frustration. 
Snakes: Birth Year ’41, ’53, ’65, ’77, ’89, ’01, ‘13
Traits: Mysterious, calm, contemplative and intelligent but can be secretive bordering on cunning
Beauty Profiles: Snakes are generally quite appealing to the opposite sex.  Snake ladies have a quiet grace to them that can be quite alluring.  They also have excellent taste and enjoy life’s little luxuries.  Famous snake ladies include Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Onassis.  Your beauty routine is more like a starlet’s boudoir.  You’re not posting on Facebook about your latest beauty acquisition, instead you have your little beauty secrets that you are not sharing but that everyone takes notice of. 
Horse Year Predictions: This could be a very taxing year for the quiet and slower paced Snake.  The Snake will have to try and keep up with the world and that can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety for these normally calm individuals.  Do your best to take holidays or me-time to recoup your energy.  Invest in relaxing rather than aggressive spa treatments this year so that your any inner turmoil does not register in your complexion. 
Horses: Birth Year ’42, ’54, ’66, ’78, ’90, ’02, ‘14
Traits: Lively, sociable, communicative but not the best keeper of secrets
Beauty Profiles: Horses like novelty.  They are also world travellers.  Their personal style will reflect this sense of adventure and be bold, bright and beautiful.  Horses make for great beauty bloggers- they know about the latest and greatest secrets from the Amazon and don’t feel the need to keep quiet about it.  They love to gab and interact with others.  They collect treasures from around the globe and their beauty bag will be filled with exotic bric and brac.
Horse Year Predictions:  Although it’s the year of the Horse, it does not mean that everything will go well with 100% certainty.  Pardon the pun- but the horse this year should be careful about horsing around.  Don’t play too hard and keep some of your exuberance in check. This has larger life implications but in terms of beauty it means not being too quick to import the craziest overseas find.  Keep things somewhat grounded and do not go too far in your attempts to surprise and delight.
Goats: Birth Year ’43, ’55, ’67, ’79, ’91, ‘03
Traits: Gentle and easy-going yet tenacious and a perfectionist
Beauty Profile: The soft and gentle appearance of goats can be deceiving!  They have true grit and strength that may go unnoticed.  They are also the artists of all of the animals.  Female goats like feminine/girly things.  They are also crafty enough to be good at DIY projects and may also appreciate more natural alternatives.  They are the ones to make homemade facials, probably with herbs from their own gardens.  They are the Green Goddesses of the beauty world!
Horse Year Predictions: This should be an inspiring year for Goats and their creative pursuits.  Goats might consider lots of life-style based projects whether it’s starting yoga or taking a soap making class.  If your projects are on a bigger scale, say home renovations, just be careful with making financial decisions. Be diligent about price shopping and comparing options. 
Monkeys: Birth Year ’44, ’56, ’68, ’80, ’92, ‘04
Traits: Uber-Charming, Persuasive, Curious but can be Crafty and Cunning
Beauty Profiles: The Monkeys of the world (Miley Cyrus is a famous one) have lots of confidence and their style tends to have a little kick to it.  They are fun loving so they do not take things too seriously and they are trendsetters in their respective cliques. 
Horse Year Predictions: The previous year of the Snake might have felt a little slow to the rambunctious Monkey.  Things will pick-up this year and it will be a time for the Monkey to kick up its heels (a Monkey definitely wears heels- with spikes on them).  It will be important to not go too over board or the Monkey might risk alienating others.  Someone should let Miley know. 
Roosters: Birth Year ’45, ’57, ’69, ’81, ’93, ‘05
Traits: Out-spoken, Colourful, Dignified and Meticulous but can be Abrupt
Beauty Profiles: Roosters can have strong opinions and a very pragmatic streak.  When combined with their sharp eye for detail, you can expect Roosters to pay considerable attention to their appearance.  You’ll never see a Rooster with chipped nail polish or have their roots showing- it would drive them to distraction.  Interestingly- Roosters who were born between the hours of 5-7 both am and pm are especially fiery- they were born crowing! Most Roosters are also social butterflies so they will often be party ready.
Horse Year Predictions: Roosters are incredibly organized and methodical- in all purchases (beauty and fashion ones included), it would be a good idea to write down a wish list.  This will also help the Rooster keep on budget, which can be tricky for many of this sign.  The year of the Horse can be about spontaneity, which can make the always prepared Rooster anxious. Don’t sweat the small stuff and make sure to take good care of yourself!

Dogs: Birth year ’46, ’58, ’70, ’82, ’94, ‘06
Traits: Extremely Honorable, Loyal, Intuitive but can be pessimistic and anxious
Beauty Profiles: Dogs are known for being warm, nurturing people.  They do not necessarily care too much about material possessions so their own vanity may not be their top priority.  However, it is not to say that they will not once in a while indulge in a little treat for themselves. They most likely have one or two favourite beauty luxuries that they like to store away for special occasions.  Female dogs are actually renowned for their beauty but in a un-fussy, down to earth kind of way.
Horse Year Predictions: With a dog’s resolute will, they can accomplish a lot this year.  Dogs will be more likely to attain their goals by keeping them specific and writing them down.  As mentioned, dogs are not really big into materialistic things but they might focus on health goals this year.  As always, they also are always taking care of their loved ones but they should try not to take on everyone else’s worries.  Keep your chin up!
Pigs: Birth Year ’47, ’59, ’71, ’83, ’95, ‘07
Traits: Honest, Generous, Open-hearted but can be Stubborn and Naïve
Beauty Profiles: Pigs like to be pampered so they are the spa goers of the group.  They are not adverse to good food, good wine and la dolce vita in all of its forms.  They love all things beauty wise but will also share with their friends.  Pigs are also known for being quite lucky so while they may be quick to spend their money on life’s luxuries, they can normally keep things in the black. 
Horse Year Predictions: The previous year of the Snake would have been a tough one.  Some of the year’s frustrations might have started to show in the normally well-kept Pig’s appearance.  However, this year is meant to be one of good luck and promise!  So go ahead and visit your favourite spa- get your hair and nails done and be ready to greet the opportunities that come your way.


Holiday Glam from the Ladies of CyberDERM.

        It’s that time for our annual sit down with the ladies of CyberDERM.  We ask them life’s burning questions and their beauty tips from 2013. 
The Ladies of CyberDERM-The Sunscreen Company
Left to right: Karina, Mary Kay and Sara


     Fill in the blank: “I’m too old for ____.  I’m too young for _____.”:

 Karina: I’m too old for nothing. I’m too young to think I’m too old for something.

Sara: I’m too old for holiday drinking, candy cane cocktails do not have the same allure.  I’m too young to say “let’s retire for the evening” and it’s 8 pm.

Mary Kay: I’m too old for partying all night but too young not party at all!

     Winter skin care essential:

Sara: I’ve added two things to my skincare routine this year for the winter: our new Nu-Shroom every morning and I’ve swapped our Simply Zinc from our Every Morning Sun Whip when my skin is feeling raw or sensitive.

Mary  Kay: Definitely need a good lip balm. I really like the Eos lip balm.

Karina: Lots and lots of water, plus sunscreen and hydration.  Also it is good to gently exfoliate the skin as it tends to get a beating in our harsh climate of the arctic tundra so you need to take extra care.

Winter Skincare Essentials: Simply Zinc Sun Whip, Nu-Shroom Hydrafill Serum and Tata Harper Body Oil
Simply Zinc Sun Whip, Nu-Shroom and Tata Harper Body Oil

 Hottest beauty discovery of 2013:

      Mary Kay: I really love Tata Harpers Body oil. My skin is usually dry but this product makes my skin feel so smooth and it smells wonderful and it’s all-natural, which is another added bonus.
        Sara: I like Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser especially in the winter since it does not dry out my skin like a gel based cleanser.

        Karina: Dry Shampoo.

Who is the better beauty icon: Kate Middleton vs. Kim Kardashian.

 Sara: Kim Kardashian is a little bit more adventurous beauty wise so I’m always interested to see what she is doing.  I prefer Kate Middleton’s overall look though- I would love to steal her entire closet.
 Mary Kay: Definitely Kate Middleton – so classy and a natural beauty
Karina: They both have beautiful bodies, but Kim’s  got a face of a doll and shes Armenian so I have to support my peeps!

The Eternal Debate: Kate vs. Kim
The Eternal Debate: Kate vs. Kim

If you could tell Miley Cyrus one thing, what would you say?
Karina: I think you’re gorgeous, stunning and have amazing vocals.  I love your music- you are a true entertainer/performer so keep it up ! I love, love your Wrecking Ball video but I could have done without the licking of the sledge hammer.  Also, if you are going to stick your tongue out so much, make sure it’s clean . It was all white and pasty! lolol.
Mary Kay: Don’t try so hard to lose your Hanna Montana image. You are so talented and you don’t need to the shock value to do that.  People love your music without all the other stuff.

Sara: The tongue bit is unnecessary.
On behalf of the CyberDERM ladies, Happy Holidays everyone! Lots of love and good fortune for you and your families.

All the best,

Mary Kay, Karina and Sara


Teenage Girls Burned by Indoor Tanning Epidemic

Should have used their Simply Zinc.
The Real Effects of Tanning: Case in Point.

Our founder and my father, Dr. Denis Dudley, just entered the world of blogging.  Say hello to The Sunscreen Doc’s blog.  In reading it, one fact from an info-pic really shook me to the core.  Skin cancer is the number one cancer killer of women aged 25-30.  It prompted me to turn to the always helpful Google Trends, a site that helps you see what Google searches are on the rise.  I was shocked to see that the search for ‘safe indoor tanning’ was on the rise, and upon Googling those key words, I stumbled on to these disturbing facts from the Center for Disease Control:
  • 21% of high school girls report using a tanning bed
  • 30% of white high school girls in the US use tanning beds 

For all of you with teenager daughters, that is anywhere from 1 in 5 to 1 in 3 girls in your daughter’s class frequently using these beds (on average 28 sessions per year). My first thought is that one some level, parent’s are either passively encouraging this behavior or at least tolerating it.  With kids of a high school age, parents have some measure of control in terms of their kids engaging in risky and harmful behavior.  Unlike with smoking or drinking, it is pretty difficult to hide tanning if teens are coming home two shades darker after school.  We are starting to see most regional lawmakers invoking some measure to ban or restrict underage tanning.  Hopefully, most parents will start to equate it with other illegal under age activity and make it a hard ‘no’ in their households. 
How to we persuade our daughters?
However, without an element of education or persuasion, these daughters are at risk as soon as they are of legal age and leave home.  It seems odd to me that there is not more work done on how to persuade youth of the apparent dangers in the same way that we do for smoking, drugs, alcohol and teen sex.  Having said that, we have not found a magic bullet to countering these other behaviours so maybe psychology is overrated. 
In trying to go back to my own teenage self, I would think that vanity has to be one way of possibly winning the argument.  I know that smoking always lost its allure for me after my mother’s stories of the purse-string type of wrinkles that it can cause.  Youth may not understand mortality but the image of your youth being sucked out of your skin is quite compelling.
The question then is what type of beauty standard is most helpful to espouse.  Should we encourage kids to love their palest version of themselves? Or, should we show them the potential with faux bronzers?  The Archives of Dermatology, a study by the University of Massachusetts handed out sunless self-tanners while giving sun education and showed a decrease of 33% in the control group of sunbathing.   However, another study showed that those who were given sunless tanning lotions were more likely to engage in indoor tanning beds, sunbathing and less likely to use sunscreen. Certainly, some were afraid of using sunscreen with their spray tans for fear of blotchiness [ Editors Note: A lotion or cream sunscreen like our Simply Zinc Sun Whip or Every Morning Sun Whip should not dissolve your tan.  The alcohol used as a solvent in spray sunscreens could.]  Clearly sun education has to be part of the conversation.  I also think it is important to show how make-up and skincare can give bright and beautiful skin no matter your choice. 

I also wonder whether the more young adults adopt a healthy and holistic lifestyle, you might see behaviours like this being curbed.  Organic food, yoga and just an overall health consciousness had not emerged when I was a teenager.  However, as Millennials start to have kids and raise them on a kale rich existence, maybe the ‘body is my temple’ mentality will have an impact.  Perhaps, it is only a passing trend.  Or, maybe it is a lifestyle where inconsistencies like sipping on a almond butter smoothie while in the tanning bed can exist.  
One more scary fact for the day: the risk of melanoma is 75% greater for those who use tanning beds before the age of 30.  Clearly, something has to change and it is worth talking about it now.

As always, share your thoughts with us.  Is this something you are worried about for your family?

All the best,

Sara Dudley


Amazing Review of our Simply Zinc Sun Whip

I don’t know how we missed this post this summer but the very so stylish Aleeza of Stylish and Literate posted about the merits of our Simply Zinc Sun Whip.  We are so happy that she gave us her sign of approval.

Big thanks to Aleeza and definitely check out the rest of her very well written blog.

Simply Zinc Sun Whip and other sunscreens
Photo credit: Stylish and Literate: Simply Zinc and others

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