Melanoma Awareness // Abbey’s story


I hope we can one day say Melanoma is curable,

skin cancer is less common, sunscreen is worn daily, and we are smart about our skin.

Abbey Holden x The Glow Lounge

My mom has a framed photo of me while in college. Sunglasses on, smile on my face, craning my neck to soak up the bright sun shining on me - I can actually feel the sun when looking at this picture. I look like embodied bliss.

When it comes to the sun, however, my world has been divided in two.

On one side, with full honesty, is my love for being tan. The comfort from the sun warming my skin relaxes me and brings that same smile to my face each time. I vainly love how being tan looks, especially after a long winter has turned my skin porcelain.

On the other side of the divide is something of more weight. Something that, until a year ago, had whispered in the back of my mind daily. Now it’s less of a whisper and more of a constant state I live in.  

My mom had Melanoma twice when I was a child. I was too young to understand what that word meant, to understand what was really going on. I was old enough, however, to detect the new ways in which my parents were acting. Their tones shifted to some fear-filled uncertainty I’d never heard. From then on, my mom took measures to stay out of the sun, to wear sunscreen daily and make regular dermatologist appointments.

Fast forward to almost two years ago, my mom yet again diagnosed with Melanoma. Although this time was different. I understood the weight of it now. I understood that this type of skin cancer is aggressive, moves quickly and can break hearts.

Life without my mom is not the life I wanted. Now I look at that framed photo and wish I could remember what bliss feels like. The sun, in all its goodness, is something I now know we need to be smart about. Being tan is still something I love, and that divide is still something I grapple with. I don’t want to be afraid of the sun, I don’t think we were meant to live in fear of it. I want to safely enjoy it, knowing I’ve put on my SPF or have a spray tan to safely mimic a real one. There are so many measures we can take to prevent these dangers, and my hope is it becomes the norm one day. I hope we can one day say Melanoma is curable, skin cancer is less common, sunscreen is worn daily, and we are smart about our skin.

read this now for happy skin all year

if you’re like me, the change in weather can mean seriously dry skin. it doesn’t have to be this way forever. Treat your skin now for winter weather and thank yourself later.

Hydrated Skin hydrafacial mn

Feed your skin

Try to be conscious about going into hibernation mode. As colder weather creeps in, we are less active and more tempted to over-indulge. Binging on salty comfort foods, treats, and alcohol will result in tired and dull looking skin. Make sure you’re including plenty of nutrient-rich foods like veggies and fish and water-dense foods like lettuce and kale. There is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water so things don’t go from bad to worse.


Say “nope” to soap

Lathering soaps and washes that contain sulfates and fragrances, like most traditional liquid soaps, bar soaps and bath bombs can be very stripping to the skin. Opt for oil based cleansers that protect the skin’s natural balance over soaps that strip the skin of its own moisture. The Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover is a Glow Team favorite for clean, happy skin. For the body, try our sulfate-free Gingerly Organic Shower Gel.


Moisturize Often

Prevent dryness before it starts by applying moisturizer often, starting now. Layer up! but remember the moisturizer order of operations: mists, serums, gels, light lotions, and finally, creams. Keep a facial mist like the Vitamin D mist by One Love Organics handy for a boost of hydration any time. If you’re looking for recommendations for products that keep skin happy and hydrated, you might enjoy my nightly routine post!



Sunscreen isn’t just for summer time. Our long term exposure to the sun’s rays causes damage to the production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin in the skin. Applying a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every day to the entire body, especially your hands, decolletage, and face is the easiest way to preserve healthy and youthful appearance and prevent early aging.

What do you do to help dry skin when the weather changes? Comment your recommendations on what keeps your skin happy during the drier months!


Supercharged Morning Coffee

I figure since I will be downing (at least) one cup of coffee in the morning I may as well up its nutritional value and flavor.  One of the best tricks I learned from my pals at Prescribe Nutrition is to add coconut oil & collagen to my coffee. I call it Fat Coffee.  Once my coffee is brewed I put it in my magic bullet blender, add 1 tbsp coconut oil and 2 tbs Great Lakes collagen.  Blend for 3 seconds and done! Adding these two ingredients not only adds lots of flavor, but they also pack a nutritional punch. Just think, you’re getting a healthy boost for your hair, skin + nails and nourishing your digestive system all while drinking your morning cup of motivation.  Multitasking at its FINEST!

Products We Love: Brand New Day

It's a new's a new's a new liiiife for me and I'm feeling good!

There are products out there that need their own little shout out. So here we are.  I’m here to give you the dish on the skin care products that rock my world. No, these posts are not sponsored. This is real, untainted opinions that come from experience and straight up old fashioned judgement. 

Without further adieu I introduce the honoree for today... *drum roll*

Brand New Day by One Love Organics



Brand New Day 3 Ways

For a hydrating mask

mix equal parts powder and raw honey.  apply to damp skin, and leave on for 10-15 mins.

exfoliating mask

mix equal parts powder and water.  apply to damp skin, and leave on for 10-15 mins.

clarifying mask

mix equal parts powder and greek yogurt.  apply to damp skin, and leave on for 10-15 mins.



Girl. Brand New Day is THE microderma scrub + mask. 

Brand New Day does double-duty as a scrub and a mask.  The mask/scrub comes as a very fine powder     (read: not paying for water.) . It's made from sweet pea flower which seems cute and will buff away that dull, bummed out skin and leaves a fresh glow.

The best part is that this product can be used for all different skin situations.  When you're feeling dry it can be mixed with honey to hydrate.  The powder can br mixed into your current facial cleanser to give it a little more uumph.  Some favorite combinations are listed above, but the possibilities are limitless.

Want to exfoliate all that dull, dry skin away? 

Put a dime size amount of powder into your palm and add only a small amount of warm water to blend into a nice creamy paste. Massage onto your damp face using circular motions and rinse it off to reveal smoooooooth skin!  Have a fresh glow?  Mix less powder for a gentle cleanse.  See? This stuff is the best!

Have fun masking!

-The Glow Team