We’re currently spending more time at home, and we’re lucky to have sunny weather, but we have to remember to protect our skin. Whether you’re lounging in the sun with a cocktail or doing some gardening, being safe in the sun is really important for people with vitiligo because our depigmented skin is really sensitive.
If you’re wearing VITILIGLOW®, it already contains SPF 30 which will give you some peace of mind. I always apply a good quality sun cream first, let it soak in for several minutes, and then apply VITILIGLOW® on top.
When our skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces melanin to help protect it from UV light, which is why some of us tan. But for those of us with vitiligo, there isn’t enough melanin in our skin, so it’s not always protected as well as someone without vitiligo. This is why it’s so easy for our patches and depigmented areas of skin to get sunburnt.
I’ve still been working at the hospital and playing my part as a keyworker, but when I have had a chance to get out in the sun, I always make sure I wear sun-protective clothing, a hat and sun cream to stop any skin – especially the depigmented patches – getting damaged by the sun. I try to sit in the shade when I can too, but it’s great to know that I can wear shorts and vests because my patches are covered with VITILIGLOW® and protected from the sun with my sun cream.
VITILIGLOW® is also sweat-proof and water resistant, so it holds up well on warmer days. If you get a bit hot or sweaty, you know the product won’t rub off while you’re out in the garden enjoying the sunshine. Whatever you’re up to this summer, whether it’s gardening or just sitting outside with a cold drink, and you’re enjoying using VITILIGLOW®, we’d love to hear from you! Send us a photo via our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages, or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know what you’re up to.
Workbridge, who dispatch our VITILIGLOW® orders, are still open, but they’re taking a little longer to dispatch parcels at the moment, so VITILIGLOW® deliveries ma temporarily take slightly longer than the 14-day standard.
Stay safe and stay well.
Founder of VITILIGLOW®
Do you know we now have 11 shades? All of which come in both cool and warm tones so everyone can find their perfect match. You can also add the Glow Light and Glow Dark Drops to your shade to make it slightly lighter or slightly darker depending on your skin. For example, my legs aren't as tanned as my arms, so I usually add one drop of Glow Light to my shade of VITLIGLOW® to make it a little bit lighter when applying it to my legs.
We've had lots of customers asking about the 11 shades and what they look like on the skin, so we've created the following videos to help to see exactly what each shade looks like. You can also head over to the Shade Chart page on the website if you want to read more about each shade and see the online shade chart.
When choosing a shade, step 1 is deciding the tone of the surface of your skin. Is it light, medium, tan, dark or ebony? Once you've made that decision, step 2 is to look at your skin's colour underneath the surface and decide whether the tone is cool (reds, pinks and blues) or warm (yellows, peaches and golds). That will lead you to your shade of VITILIGLOW® because each of the light, medium, dark and ebony shades comes in a Cool or Warm option.
The 11 shades come in 30ml or 100ml bottles, so you can either buy a couple of options in the 30ml bottles or, once you're sure you've found your perfect match, stock up on some 100ml bottles. We also sell bundle deals if you really want to stock up!
If you find that you need help to remove the VITILIGLOW® formula, remember that our Prep/Remover product is ideal for not only preparing your skin before you apply VITILIGLOW® by removing any impurities and oil, but it's also great for removing the formula when you’re ready to take it off. Simply use a cotton pad to wipe the Prep/Remover gel over your skin in small, circular motions, and this will start to dissolve the VITILIGLOW® formula. The gel will leave your skin feeling super soft and hydrated, too!
Once you’ve used our shade chart to choose your shade, head over to our online shop to purchase VITILIGLOW®. We ship worldwide, and if you're in Europe, you can visit www.vitiliglow.eu.
Founder of VITILIGLOW®
Mattel have launched a range of six new Barbie dolls including one with the skin condition vitiligo, another with no hair, and a doll with a prosthetic leg. Their aim is to better reflect today’s world and society through encouraging body positivity.
Over the past few years, Mattel have incorporated a range of new dolls into their Barbie collection to be more diverse and inclusive. They now have nine body types, 35 skin tones and over 90 different hairstyles. Even Barbie’s commented on the new dolls using her official Instagram account, saying, “What makes us different makes us beautiful!”
These updates to Mattel’s Barbie range show just how much vitiligo and other conditions have become far more recognised in recent years, and it’s an important step to celebrating an inclusive, diverse society where everyone feels accounted for! Mattel’s top 10 bestselling Barbie dolls last year, from their Fashionista range, included a doll in a wheelchair and a doll with an Afro hairstyle.
Vitiligo advocate Joti told us more about just how important the vitiligo Barbie is as a step towards spreading awareness of the condition, which is slowly becoming more and more recognised in the media and all over the world.
As Joti says in the video, “This is going to empower the young people of today and allow them to become more accepting, and to normalise this whole thing about people with disabilities and visual differences… I think, as a mother and a teacher that this is going to have a big, positive impact on young people today. Essentially, children learn through play, and when they’re learning through play, they’re getting an understanding of what things are about… when children are playing with Barbie dolls, it just becomes normal to them. A doll in a wheelchair becomes normal to them. And as they grow up, they start getting a better understanding that everybody might be different to them, but it’s OK!”
I know only too well how different having vitiligo can make you feel, but introducing the vitiligo Barbie doll into the collection of Barbie toys is such a huge step and will help a wide range of children with skin conditions feel more included and raise awareness of disabilities and people with visual differences like vitiligo.
Founder of VITILIGLOW®