Say Hello to Our New Brand Ambassador!

Valerie Proano beauty ambassador for KmS Mineral Essentials
KmS Mineral Essentials Ambassador Valerie Proano

We are so very delighted and honored to introduce Valerie Proano as KmS Mineral Essentials Brand Ambassador!

Valerie will be featured in a new campaign for KmS Mineral Essentials which will run through Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and on KmSMineralEssentials.com.

Valerie is a strong, passionate young woman living with Dysautonomia, an autonomic nervous system illness that at times can cause problematic issues with the skin. Valerie is committed to helping women who battle chronic illness gain their confidence and feel their very best through using natural, gentle makeup and skincare.

We recently sat down with our beautiful new Ambassador to learn a little bit more.

 

KmS: Our readers would love to know a little more about you!

Valerie: I’m 23. About 3 years ago, my world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with Dysautonomia. It’s really been a tough road, but I’ve been fighting hard everyday to gain my health back. Last year around this time, I was unable to stand and walk on my own. I’ve come a long way since then!  

When I was bedridden, I really gravitated towards makeup and all things beauty. It became my main outlet to express myself.  Now, I’m focusing on my Etsy business and helping spread awareness about invisible illnesses and one day hope to change the stigma. 

 

KmS: Why the interest in Ambassadorship with KmS?

Valerie: I really wanted to be a part of the program because I really connected and loved what KmS Mineral Essentials stands for and their mission to help empower women and make them feel beautiful again! I wanted to promote that to my audience of chronically ill women who also struggle with skin issues.

 

KmS: What would someone be surprised to learn about you? 

Valerie: When I was in high school, I would chase Boy Bands and fly all over the US to be at their concerts!

 

KmS: What do you do for fun?

Valerie: I enjoy doing my makeup and experimenting with new looks1 I also love doing crafts and painting.

 

KmS: What is your favorite KmS product?

Valerie: So far, my favorite is Vanish Under Eye Concealer. I love that it gives you beautiful coverage for those stubborn under eye circles. A bonus to it working so well is that it also smells amazing!

 

Got questions for Valerie about Dysautonomia, or chronic illness and beauty? Please post your question or comment below!

 

 

 

Skin Struggles and Chronic Illness

KmS Mineral Essentials Guest Blogger
KmS Guest Blogger and Brand Ambassador
Valerie Proano

Hi Beauties!

My name is Valerie and I am so excited to be guest blogging for you all for the next few months!

Like many of you, I live with problem skin. In today’s post, I’m going to focus on the struggles chronically ill women like myself face when it comes to taking care of our skin.

Chronic illness is one of the toughest things anyone can go through, and it’s especially tough when you’re a young woman.  I suffer from Dysautonomia and Fibromyalgia, and it has definitely taken a toll on my skin.

The biggest change in my skin since getting sick is my terrible under eye bags and dark circles caused by low blood volume. They are very hard to hide! I’ve tried so many concealers and color correctors, but even they can’t cover up a bad flare day. Sometimes I resemble a raccoon and that just can’t be helped!

Although my skin issues seem like the worst thing in the world to me, there are many of my fellow fighters out there who unfortunately have to deal with a lot worse.

A lot of young women who suffer from Dysautonomia need to try out an insane amount of medication and these constant changes make our skin fluctuate rapidly. Many medications for POTS Syndrome (a branch of Dysautonomia) can cause a greasier face and cystic acne. Another issue is anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. Many of us use these medications and although they help us feel better mentally, they do affect our skin and cause acne from our face to our back.

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a chronic illness that is related to Dysautonomia that also requires a lot of medication that isn’t kind to skin. Many of the side affects are extremely dry, flaky and sensitive skin that is almost impossible to hydrate. Women with EDS can also easily develop dry patches, scars, bruises and rosacea. In addition to all this, patients with EDS tend to have extra collagen, which makes their skin elastic-like and even harder to manage.

Being so young and having to deal with the stress of all of this doesn’t do anything to help matters of the skin. I’m so happy I found gentle, natural makeup products like KmS Mineral Essentials because it helps heal my skin while keeping me looking fabulous!

The saying, “Look good, feel good” is definitely true for us chronically ill women, but maybe it’s more like “Look good, feel a little better!”

Do you have a chronic illness? If you do, share some makeup tips and tricks you have to help conceal your skin issues!