Air Quality and Your Skin

Air Quality and Your Skin

When thinking about the impact of poor air quality, people often focus on the risks it can cause to the respiratory system without realizing it can also affect the skin.

Anyone is vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollutants — including you, even if you strictly follow a skincare regimen! But the good news is that there are tips you can do to manage the effects of poor air quality on your skin.

What is Air Pollution?

Air pollution is a culmination of fine particles, including smoke and small matters coming from industrial gasses, smoking, old dust and other harmful chemicals that may come in contact with your skin. Out of all types of pollution, the World Health Organization declared it the biggest environmental risk to humans in 2019.

Even indoors, people are vulnerable to the harmful effects of unhealthy air. High humidity, bacteria, pollen, viruses and dust all contribute to diminished indoor air quality. When these particles enter the household, they can impact your productivity and overall well-being.

Possible Causes of Air Pollution to Skin

As the body’s largest and outermost organ, the skin is our barrier against pollutants that may cause bodily harm. However, when the skin is exposed to harmful particles for extended periods, it can compromise the skin barrier and lead to the development of skin, including:

  • Dryness: When air pollution disrupts the skin barrier, it may lead to increased moisture loss.
  • Eczema: Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema can happen because of unhealthy air.
  • Sensitivity: Prolonged exposure to oxidative stress can trigger skin sensitivity.
  • Accelerated skin aging: Pollution and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure can result in premature skin changes.
  • Rosacea: This is a type of skin inflammation that causes a rash and reddened skin.

Ways to Protect Skin From Poor Air Quality

While there’s no easy way to lessen air pollution on your own, there are some things you can do to protect your youthful glow from its harmful effects.

1. Nourish

As your body’s first line of defense, it’s essential to keep it healthy. Air pollutants can decrease the nutrients that help protect it from air pollution. Nourish your skin with products rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E and vitamin C.

2. Detoxify

Air pollutants can go into your pores, which may lead to acne. To keep the pesky zits at bay, use chemical exfoliants such as AHAs and BHAs. You can also use a detox mask with superfood ingredients and antioxidants for a more glowing complexion.

3. Moisturize

A strong, healthy skin barrier is your biggest ally in mitigating the harmful effects of air pollution. It helps resist pollutants from getting absorbed deep into the skin. Hydrate your skin with a moisturizer that fits your skin type. Ceramides help boost skin’s barrier function, while hyaluronic acid helps lock in moisture.

You can also invest in body sunscreens to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV.

4. Cleanse

Before heading to bed, always make time to wash your face thoroughly. Use a quality facial wash that helps remove pollutants before damaging your skin.

If wearing makeup, practice double cleansing — use an oil-based cleanser to remove sebum, sunscreen, makeup and pollution before using a water-based cleanser, which helps remove grime and sweat.

5. Control Indoor Humidity

High humidity can cause skin problems, such as clogged pores, resulting in blackheads, whiteheads and acne. It can also trigger respiratory issues like asthma and allergies. Help maintain your home’s humidity levels with a good quality humidifier.

6. Get Proper Sleep and Nutrition

Get proper sleep and fuel your body with healthy food choices every day to keep your immune system strong. These healthy habits are your best defense against the harmful effects of air pollution on the skin and the body.

Protect Your Skin From Air Pollutants

Keeping your skin safe from external aggressors starts with you. Following these tips can go a long way in maintaining your youthful, healthy glow!

Cover photo: Oleksandr P 

Interior photo: Pixabay

Skate into the Festive Season

Skate into the Festive Season

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.) brings the holiday spirit to the downtown district with an array of festive events featuring Ice at Santa Monica presented by Netflix and produced in partnership with Los Angeles-based Willy Bietak Productions. The wintery wonderland nestled in the heart of Santa Monica promises a season filled with joy and entertainment for all ages, including weekly themed skate nights and holiday celebrations through January 15, 2024.

The rink is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Monday, January 15, 2024. The rink will offer extended hours from December 15 to December 30, open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Admission is $22 for a 60-minute session, which includes skate rental. Skate times are a minimum of one hour per ticket, though times may be extended depending on ticket availability and rink occupancy. This year’s ice rink offerings promise an even more enhanced experience with holiday treats and concessions provided by local favorites, Ugo Trattoria and Stefano’s Pizzeria, exclusive rink-side fire pit experiences with artisan s’mores kits by S’moreology and private party tent rentals.

Ice at Santa Monica is located at the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue. For more information, tickets and party rentals, visit

Ice Rink Event Schedule

November 15 through January 10 | 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. sessions

  • Nov. 22 | PRIDE Night

    • Commemorate the season with a festive celebration focused on inclusivity during PRIDE Night, an evening dedicated to recognizing and celebrating Santa Monica’s LGBTQ+ community.

  • Nov. 29 | Holiday Pet Pageant

    • Get your pup ready to sashay down the runway at the pet “paw-rade!” Participants are invited to dress their pets in festive attire and will be judged based on costume, strut and overall holiday spirit. Prizes will be awarded to the most stylishly dressed companions for first, second and third place.

  • Dec. 6 | Ugly Holiday Sweater

    • Embrace the holiday spirit by wearing your quirkiest holiday sweaters. Whether it’s a family heirloom or a thrift store find, patrons are invited to embrace sweater weather and skate in festive style.

  • Dec. 13 | Taylor’s Birthday

    • ‘Tis the season to celebrate Taylor Swift’s birthday at Ice at Santa Monica! Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite Eras style (or cardigan).

  • Dec. 20 | ¡Y soy Rebelde!

    • Don’t let your dad take you to Paris on your birthday. Come ice skate and channel your inner Mía Colucci. That is, I said R. You say B D.

  • Dec. 27 | SaMo Night

    • Get ready to make waves for SaMo Night as we celebrate everything Santa Monica! A community night dedicated to the people who make our city so special.

  • Jan. 3 | Beyhive Ball

    • Attention, BeyHive! Pay homage to the Queen during the BeyHive Ball. Bring back the glimmering ensembles from the Renaissance Tour for a refined and stylish night on the ice.

  • Jan. 10 | K-POP Party

    • Time to slip on your best Jungkook (convince us otherwise) t-shirt and get your K-POP 온 (ON!) with Ice at Santa Monica! Calling all ARMYs, BLINKs and K-Pop enthusiasts: don’t forget your light sticks because we’ll be keeping a close eye on which fanbase can own the ice rink and light up the night in style.

Ring in the New Year: East Coast Countdown Celebration

Sunday, December 31| 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Ring in the New Year with a family-friendly East Coast Countdown Celebration. The ice rink invites guests to join in a heartwarming and unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration tailored for families and kids of all ages. Experience ice skating under the stars, indulge in delicious food and drinks and join in the excitement of a countdown to midnight (East Coast time).

For more information on the Ice at Santa Monica skating rink, go to and a full schedule of holiday happenings in Downtown Santa Monica, visit

Photo Credit: Thomas Laukat

November Events

November Events

Southern California, known for its vibrant entertainment scene, is gearing up for an unforgettable month of November 2023. From music festivals to film screenings, art exhibits to cultural celebrations, this region has something to offer for entertainment enthusiasts of all kinds. Whether you’re a music lover, a film aficionado, or an art connoisseur, get ready to be captivated by the exciting events taking place throughout Southern California.

One of the most highly anticipated events in November 2023 is the ​Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Taking place in ​Indio, California, from November 3-5 and 10-12, this iconic festival promises a mesmerizing blend of music, art, and culture. Renowned for its impressive lineup of international musical acts, eclectic art installations, and delectable food options, Coachella offers an unforgettable experience for festival-goers.

For jazz enthusiasts, the San Diego Jazz Fest is a must-attend event. From November 23-26, San Diego will host this immersive festival, featuring talented jazz musicians from across the country. With live performances in an intimate and vibrant setting, the festival pays homage to the rich history and evolution of this iconic genre, from classic jazz to contemporary interpretations.

Car enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Los Angeles Auto Show, taking place from November 17-26. This event serves as a mecca for automobile lovers, offering a firsthand look at the latest trends and innovations in the automotive industry. From concept cars to cutting-edge technologies, the show provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the world’s most renowned automobile brands.

Cinema lovers will be delighted by the Newport Beach Film Festival, running from November 1-8 in Newport Beach, California. This festival is a celebration of independent films, documentaries, and international cinema. Showcasing a wide variety of screenings, panel discussions, and special events, the festival both supports emerging filmmakers and honors the artistry of storytelling on the silver screen.

Throughout November, various cities in Southern California will come alive with vibrant Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. These events offer a unique opportunity to experience and appreciate the rich culture and traditions of Mexico. From elaborate processions to ornate altars honoring departed loved ones, these celebrations showcase the deep spiritual significance and colorful heritage associated with this annual Mexican tradition.

Art enthusiasts can indulge in the world of contemporary art at The Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Throughout November, visitors can explore the museum’s extensive collection of modern masterpieces, featuring works by renowned artists like Andy Warhol and immersive installations. The Broad Museum provides a dynamic and thought-provoking experience, enticing art lovers with its innovative and thought-provoking exhibits.

November 2023 in Southern California is set to be an extraordinary month filled with an array of entertainment events. Whether you’re a music aficionado, film lover, or art enthusiast, this region has something to offer for everyone. So mark your calendars and prepare to immerse yourself in the lively and diverse entertainment scene of Southern California this November. It’s an experience that you won’t want to miss!

A New LA Icon In The Making: The Shay Hotel

A New LA Icon In The Making: The Shay Hotel

Cowritten by Anthony Stafford

The Ingredients Of An Icon

There are some landmark hotels that are known in and outside of the state of California for their posh, chic, and luxurious experiences, from nightlife and dining to bustling with celebrities. And somehow there’s still room for yet another that has all the right ingredients for the “icon” status—and even more.

In the heart of Culver City’s Arts District, there’s a new promising icon on the block, The Shay Hotel. Opened officially in October 2021, this “Destination by Hyatt” hotel has swiftly become a mainstay, offering travelers and locals an enticing blend of posh accommodations, eclectic shopping experiences, and a dining scene that’s nothing short of extraordinary. Now, just coming off their second-year anniversary, this new gem has a strong presence that tells us it will be around for years to come, while hopefully becoming an LA icon known for generations.

We were invited for a weekend stay to experience all that the hotel and its conglomerate of small businesses had to offer during their Mercado y Más event and Art Walk & Roll Festival, and we’re providing all the details on why The Shay should be your next “Shay-cation” stay. In addition, you’ll find a sampling of small businesses you should support this upcoming Small Business Saturday (November 25, 2023).


Home Away From Home In A Prime Location

The Shay Hotel is more than just a luxurious retreat. Nestled in the Culver City Arts District, it’s perfectly positioned for exploration. The hotel is a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s hottest bars, the best restaurants, and a treasure trove of globally inspired art galleries and museums. As you explore the surrounding area, you’ll find yourself immersed in the vibrant cultural tapestry that defines Culver City. The hotel has even seen some incredible parties this year thanks to the presence of Taylor Swift and Beyoncé bringing their incredible summer concerts to Los Angeles.

Credit: The Shay Hotel

With the highly acclaimed etta anchored at its core and the glitzy Canopy Club as its crown, The Shay manages to purposefully and successfully integrate some of the community’s undiscovered and uniquely gifted businesses and artists throughout the inner workings of a hotel that feels more like a home, from the lobby’s gallery hall, which features the work of over a dozen artists and vendors, to the artfully adorned walls throughout the property. Some of these same artists and small businesses would grace the streets of Culver City and The Shay’s outdoor courtyard during our stay. The lobby isn’t your traditional kind, with a desk set front and center. Instead, you’re embraced by plentiful seating around a fireplace, a bar, a game room, a library/study, and the infatuating etta restaurant tucked subtly away, while the front desk is cleverly and stylishly hidden behind a wooden partition wall.

One of The Shay‘s standout features is its rooftop pool, an exclusive gem in the neighborhood. Guests can bask in the California sun and soak in breathtaking views while enjoying a refreshing swim, only steps from a decadent bite or refreshing sip from the enthralling Canopy Club. This idyllic setting adds to the allure of The Shay, making it a beacon for those seeking relaxation and luxury, or those who just want a delicious meal with fresh air and views.

When it comes to accommodations, the hotel offers 148 spacious rooms, including 19 suites, all designed with the utmost comfort in mind. The decor is sleek, modern, and functional, making each room a home away from home. The Shay’s commitment to guest comfort is evident in every detail, from the plush bedding to the thoughtfully designed interiors.

One historical tidbit about the hotel’s name and design worth knowing is that many of its decorations and furnishings present wooden and metallic surfaces, clean lines, and backlit circles. These touches are all reminiscent of the railroad industry and a particularly famous and successful steam locomotive’s creator, Ephraim Shay, from which its name is borrowed. We challenge you to find the trains throughout the lobby and the railroad-themed design references from the ground floor to the rooftop pool and everywhere in between!


Home-Cooked At The Hotel

When it comes to dining, The Shay shines brightly with its impressive on-property offerings. Award-winning chef Dan Perretta leads the way at “etta,” located at the lobby level. Here, guests can savor culinary delights that blend the best of local and global flavors. etta effortlessly delivers a gastronomic experience that rivals other hard-trying Michelin-starred restaurants—and it shows! etta was packed and lively, while making it quite clear that if you’re taking anyone out for an outstanding meal, this is the place to go. Creative and thought-provoking, it’s difficult to summarize the experience etta provides to anything less than a destination that every traveler and local should add to their bucket list of restaurants to try at least once.

And for those seeking another kind of elevated experience, the party-esque “Canopy Club by Mosaic” awaits on the rooftop. This is where culinary craftsmanship meets stunning panoramic views, creating a dining experience to remember. Our breakfast on the roof was nothing short of dazzling, as we enjoyed reimagined dishes under the October solar eclipse. Canopy Club’s version of French toast is by far superior to the thick-cut style we all think we love, while omelettes and even traditional breakfasts possess their own unique flair. Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s are a staple in LA, and you’d commit a crime by thinking Canopy Club doesn’t know any better.

The best part about both restaurants is knowing that they are merely steps away if you’re staying at The Shay!


It Begins and Ends With Community

We stopped by Mercado y Más during the sunset of Latin and Hispanic Heritage Month, where we discovered just over a dozen noteworthy small Latin and Hispanic-owned businesses practically having a party in the outdoor courtyard. Complete with music and food, everyone welcomed visitors with samples, smiles, and answers to their questions. Each small business had a captain at the helm, bursting with passion, purpose, and a story worth knowing. We invite you to explore the small businesses we encountered at Mercado y Más and all that they have to offer as we approach Small Business Saturday on November 25:

While visiting Atabey Coffee, we learned the subtle and meaningful differences between each of their blends’ flavor profiles and preparation, along with the stark contrasts of color and natural flavor. Best enjoyed without the addition of sugar or cream, we found each of these coffee blends to be sharp, rich, smooth, and easy to drink—comparable to sitting down and enjoying a favorite tea.

Tasty Dulzuras indulged us with the unique cultural twist of their incredible arepa/torta (cornmeal and coconut cake) and dulce de leche cake. Moist, fulfilling, and full of fun texture, these Dominican cakes are the perfect desserts with a cultural twist for parties and events to broaden the horizons of what many think of when it comes to cakes.

We found a new love at Maya’s Brigadeiro—handmade Brazilian sweets that could replace our favorite candies with no complaints. Bite-sized and in their very own lane of sweets, we appreciate this Latina-owned business for coming to Los Angeles and exposing us to a cultural gift that more should know about. Now, we’ve picked up new vocabulary, and a new craving has been unlocked.

Finally, VAVICA, helmed by sisters Valentina, Victoria, and Camila, impressed us with their line of skin and body care products. The Único Hand + Body Wash, Oil Spray, and Hand + Body Lotion smell amazing and absorb quickly into the skin, leaving it deeply moisturized, soft, and glowing to last throughout the day.

In its short existence, The Shay has already witnessed remarkable events. With Taylor Swift and Beyoncé gracing the stage at nearby SoFi Stadium for unforgettable summer concerts, the hotel has become a multipurpose hub of entertainment, attracting diverse crowds and further solidifying its status as a cultural epicenter.

The Shay Hotel is more than just a place to stay; it’s a multifaceted experience that beautifully encapsulates the essence of Culver City. Whether you’re a traveler looking for a memorable vacation, a shopper in search of unique finds, or a food enthusiast ready to embark on a culinary journey, The Shay offers an all-encompassing destination that caters to your every desire. As it continues to flourish in the Culver City community, The Shay’s future as an LA icon for generations to come seems brighter than ever.

LA Music Darling Goldie Heart Releases First Single: ‘Golden’

LA Music Darling Goldie Heart Releases First Single: ‘Golden’

In the whirlwind of life’s chaos, sometimes all it takes is the perfect melody to whisk us away into a world where time stands still, and joy knows no bounds. Goldie Heart, the gifted singer-songwriter and performer, offers us just that with her anthemic debut single, “Golden.” This song is not just another tune in the vast ocean of music; it’s an invitation to step into Goldie Heart’s world, where the only thing that matters is dancing and celebrating the present moment.

“Golden” is a serendipitous celebration of dance, friendship, and the transformative power of music. Drawing inspiration from the iconic era of 90’s pop, the infectious groove of disco, and the smooth R&B vibes of the 2000s, Goldie Heart’s single is a sonic journey through time and an ode to the timeless joy found in letting go of inhibitions and embracing the here and now.

The song’s upbeat tempo, pulsating beats, and irresistible melodies make it impossible not to move to the rhythm. Goldie Heart’s sultry vocals infuse the track with an undeniable charisma that captivates the listener from the first note. It’s a reminder that music, at its core, is a vessel for emotions, and in this case, the emotion is pure, unadulterated bliss.

In the words of the artist herself, “This song is about living in the moment, enjoying life, and being present with the people you hold dear. Time seems like it is moving faster and faster these days, and with so much going on in the world, I really wanted to write a fun, joyful, uplifting song that inspires people to dance, and to celebrate the NOW.” It’s a testament to the incredible power of music to uplift spirits, inspire movement, and create unforgettable memories. With every beat, Goldie Heart invites us to revel in the beauty of the present, to connect with others through the universal language of dance, and to cherish every fleeting moment.

The seamless fusion of past and present in “Golden” is a reminder that joy is a timeless and universal language, understood by all who are fortunate enough to hear it. “Golden” is more than a song; it’s an experience. It’s an invitation to step onto the dance floor of life and savor every beat. So, let go of your inhibitions, surrender to the music, and celebrate the now with Goldie Heart. It’s her world, and we’re all dancing in it.