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Alyssa writes: “My torso is short compared to my legs, which makes things like #crop tops more difficult for me to wear than other people. Is there a clever fashion trick out there I can use to get around my height?”
With summer right around the corner, there are a bevy of hot-weather trends hitting the stores right now. Of them all, the ubiquitous crop top is one of the most fun trend to try. In fact, women are demanding that it’s a right, as evident from the recent high-school protests about a girl’s right to bare her belly. From the protest and the ensuing conversations about it, we discovered a lot about society’s assumptions about girls’ responsibilities and boys’ apparent lack of them. But we also learned a much smaller lesson that applies to your situation: There are some very different definitions about what constitutes a crop top.
There’s a cropped top that looks a lot like a regular shirt, but hits most women at their hips. There’s a traditional crop top that typically comes with sleeves or a more conservative cut, but still shows off a healthy length of midriff. Then, there’s the sports bra “shirt,” which on many women can look like a bra — but will hit you (and other shorter torso-ed ladies) at just the perfect spot.
This cropped tanklet from 3.1 Phillip Lim gives you two opportunities to bare some skin, via the abbreviated length and those peek-a-boo grommets. If you want to play up the crop factor even more, you can wear a pair of pants that feature a lower rise (look to It gals like Kendall Jenner, Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, and Vanessa Hudgens for inspiration).
I hope this helps. 

Beauty Tips

Know Your Skin Type


 Rethink What ‘Skin Type’ Means
When it comes to finding out your skin type, the first thing you need to do is forget everything you’ve heard before! What you’ve been taught by cosmetics salespeople, aestheticians, fashion magazines, and even some dermatologists, is likely incorrect, confusing, or designed to simply keep you buying more and more products—it all ends here!
While the typical categories of oily, dry, and combination skin are good basics, they don’t address the wide variety of other problems or nuances that can affect skin type. If you have rosacea, acne, sun damage, or eczema, then these categories don’t strictly apply. Plus, your skin type can change with everything from the weather to your stress levels (even your period). Why is recognizing all these factors so important? Because different skin types require different product formulations. Even more important is to realize that you can have more than one skin type: sensitive and dry, oily and blemish-prone, sun damaged with acne. The more you know about everything that affects skin type, the more you’ll be able to help your skin finally look and feel as normal as possible!
What Influences Your Skin Type
Almost everything can influence skin type—both external and internal elements can and do impact the way your skin looks and feels. To effectively evaluate your skin type here are some of the factors that need to be considered, because it’s possible that your skin is simply reacting to influences that are easily isolated or are within your control.

Skin Disorders
Genetic Predisposition
Smoking & Secondhand Smoke
Your Skin-Care Routine
Unprotected/Prolonged Sun Exposure

What’s Your Skin Type?

Skin types include normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. Some people also have a combination of skin types in different areas of their skin.Your skin type can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type.Skin types vary depending upon factors such as:

Water content, which affects your skin’s comfort and elasticity
Oil (lipid) content, which affects your skin’s softness
Sensitivity level

Normal Skin Type
Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It has:

No or few imperfections
No severe sensitivity
Barely visible pores
A radiant complexion

Combination Skin Type
A combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have combination skin, which  may benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas.
Combination skin can produce:

Overly dilated pores
Shiny skin

Dry Skin Type
Dry skin can produce:

Almost invisible pores
Dull, rough complexion
Red patches
Less elasticity
More visible lines

When exposed to drying factors, skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.
Dry skin may be caused or made worse by:

Genetic factors
Aging or hormonal changes
Weather such as wind, sun, or cold
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds
Indoor heating
Long, hot baths and showers
Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleansers

Here are some tips for taking better care of dry skin:

Take shorter showers and baths, no more than once daily.
Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps.
Don’t scrub while bathing or drying.
Apply a rich moisturizer right after bathing. Ointments and creams may work better than lotions for dry skin but are often messier. Reapply as needed throughout the day.
Use a humidifier and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot.
Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents, or household detergents.

Oily Skin Type
Oily skin can produce:

Enlarged pores
Dull or shiny, thick complexion
Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes

Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Oily skin can be caused or made worse by:

Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
Exposure to heat or too much humidity

To take  care of oily skin:

Wash your skin no more than twice a day and after you perspire heavily.
Use a gentle cleanser and don’t scrub.
Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze pimples. This prolongs healing time.
Use products labeled as “noncomedogenic.” They tend not to clog pores.

Sensitive Skin Type
If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.
Sensitive skin can show up as:


The Basics of Skin Care
These tips will help your skin stay healthier no matter its type.

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Avoid direct sunlight and wear a hat and sunglasses.
Don’t smoke.
Stay hydrated.
Wash your skin thoroughly every day and never wear makeup to bed.
Moisturize your skin.


About Author


Kelvin Ngabo is a fashion writer, entrepreneur, IT expert and model manager based in Kampala, Uganda. He is also a professional web designer and online marketing consultant . The urge to be successful is what keeps him motivated.