‘Ellen Show’ Kalen Allen on his skincare regimen

If you’ve watched The Ellen Show recently, you’ve probably been thoroughly entertained by Kalen Allen, the show’s newest – and might we add, most delightful – addition.

The correspondent now interviews bands from BTS, has his own segment OMKalen, and gives his personal hot take on what’s trending on the Internet. All this happened in only the past year, where the 24-year old correspondent was plucked off of his viral Facebook videos where he judged people’s cooking recipes.

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“It all happened by chance and the short answer is I got lucky!” he tells Very Good Light. “I made a video about some food one night. It went viral, Ellen saw it, and I had a brand new job and home.”

But getting on Ellen and inspiring millions came after years of accepting – and embracing – who he was as a person. “I live my life based off of the energy I feel,” he tells us. “I don’t do anything that doesn’t make me feel good! To love and accept myself made me happy and that was of the upmost importance to me.”

And one of those aspects is self-care, as seen from Kalen’s glowing skin regimen. Below, the correspondent tells us everything about his skincare, what products he swears by and why it’s important now more than ever to embrace yourself.

“I am whoever I choose to be.

I think I have many different personas. I’m always changing, evolving, and growing. Who I am today can be totally different tomorrow. But I do know that I am optimistic, resilient, strong, and a boss!I know deep down, that my disdain for the gym is rooted in the fact that I hate the beauty standards associated with it. I don’t have to have a fit, muscular body to be beautiful. Beauty is defined by our own perception.

live my life based off of the energy I feel. I don’t do anything that doesn’t make me feel good! To love and accept myself made me happy and that was of the upmost importance to me.

When we start to base beauty on what other people consider beautiful, that is when our perception gets skewed. Confidence can be beauty all in itself. You ever met someone who may be the most plain person you ever met, but the way they carry themselves or their personality as a whole just makes your heart sing! Beauty isn’t always cosmetic, it can be what lives within you shining out, causing internal beauty to seep from your pores.

My skin’s not flawless all the time! Chile, somedays I have to bathe in holy water! My friend Tony loves a good hydra facial and I am now obsessed with them. It’s nonsurgical and it brightens, tones, and makes that skin glow. Clearly I like to glow. When it comes to my regimen, it varies depending on what my skin needs at the time. But, it goes a little something like this.


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1. Peter Thomas Roth, Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser, $30

I learned about this product after redeeming points at Sephora. My skin is neither oily or dry but more so in the middle and this cleanser does a great job of giving me just the right amount of moisture.

2. Peter Thomas Roth, Water Drench Hyaluronic Micro-Bubbling Cloud Mask, $52

I only use this product once a week. I also have a plethora of different masks, depending on how my face is doing. This mask really locks in the moisture!

3. Peter Thomas Roth, 24K Gold Hydra-gel Eye Patches, $75

Out of all my Peter Thomas Roth collection, these are hands down my favorite. Baby, because these bags can be something vicious!

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4. Tend Skin, Ingrown Hair Solution, $16

Unfortunately, I suffer from ingrown hairs, which is my least favorite thing about my skin. Most barbers swear by this product. It has helped me reduce inflammation immensely.

5. LUSH, Eau Roma Water Toner, $10.95

When it comes to toner, I like it to be very lightweight and clean. This one from Lush will leave you feeling refreshed.

6. GLAMGLOW, Tropicalcleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser, $34

I also don’t use this one every day, even though it says daily. When I may sense a breakout coming along, I use this to exfoliate!

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7. Good Genes, All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, $122

Another product I love dearly. Since this is an acid, you can’t use it every day. But, it does do a deeper exfoliation that the GLAMGLOW. My friend Andre put me on to this!

8.Biossance, Squalane – Phyto-Retinol Serum, $72

I mean everyone needs a retinol! I discovered this through redeeming points at Sephora as well. I don’t know what retinol does but I know people swear by it on twitter.

9. TATCHA, The Dewy Skin Cream, $68

I love a good moisturizer and PatrickStarrr loves Tatcha, so I too decided to try it. I love how it makes me glow! Especially in the sunlight. It also works well with makeup application.

10. Dior ONE Essential, City Defense SPF 50

SUNSCREEN IS ESSENTIAL! You have to have some kind of sunscreen in your beauty regimen. This one by Dior is lightweight, doesn’t leave any residue and will get you smooth together!

11. GLAMGLOW, Brighteyes, $39

Like I said, bags! This just brightens them up!


Kalen Allen skincare regimen

1. TATCHA, Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48

I only use this when I have on makeup and it is remarkable. I mean you just throw this oil on, rub it around, and boom makeup be gone! A blessing!

2. Dior – Hydra Life, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, $69

This just makes sure my face doesn’t start drooping before it should. Don’t do it on a daily basis.

3. TATCHA, Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate, $110

This just adds to maintaining that glow and we know at night that skin can dry out.

I woke up with a sore throat thinking I had coronavirus. An online doctor told me what to do next.

It’s really never a good time to be a hypochondriac, but living at a time of COVID-19 really is not the time.

So said my brain loudly to itself this past weekend. I woke up with a sore throat and having read way too many articles on COVID-19, was paranoid that I, too, may have gotten the virus.

SEE ALSO: I’m surviving self-quarantining with beauty meditations. 

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I’m currently in Colorado, in a city that confirmed its third case. But I’ve also been in contact with people at the supermarket, and having to go back and forth to another city due to a death in the family. Without the luxury of being indoors 24/7 for the past two weeks, there’s no doubt that I’ve been in spaces that the COVID-19 virus could have lingered.

It’s horrifying to read studies that find the virus and remain in the air for up to three hours. Worse, it can survive up to four-hours on copper, 24-hours on cardboard, and up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel. Essentially, this virus isn’t playing around – it’s serious.

But with mixed messages from our president, a shortage of COVID-19 tests, and phone lines to doctors tied up, the best you can do is fend for yourself, self-diagnose or spiral. Which is why it was so amazing to discover that Ro, the telehealth company, offers free video consultations with real doctors. Called a “free telehealth triage service,” it’s one that provides you with a one-on-one video chat with an expert.

This service is a game-changer for so many reasons. For one, if your symptoms aren’t serious, you can unburden the phone lines to those who need emergency help. It also frees you from exposing yourself or others to potential illnesses by walking into a hospital or doctor’s office. For someone with “low-risk,” that is an individual who hasn’t been exposed to people in the past few weeks, it could even be more dangerous to visit said doctors IRL.

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This past weekend, I took Ro’s offer to assess myself. I woke up with a sore throat and a stuffy nose, unsure if this was allergies (it is the season!), or, perhaps, something more nefarious.

First, I took Ro’s assessment, which asks you questions on your symptoms, if you’ve been exposed to someone with related symptoms, or traveled outside the state/country. Afterwards, I received a text informing me the doctor was in and that I could connect with them.

Below, my experience with Ro’s triage assessment, who matched me with Dr. Smith, a physician in Tennessee. And now, for Very Good Light readers, you, too, can talk to an online doctor for free. Just check out covid.ro.co/vgl.

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David: With this virus, it’s really scary because you can go asymptomatic for days – or weeks. Where can you get tests?

Dr. Smith: New York is limiting testing for asymptomatic people. But you can be incubating for 7-10 days and potentially spread the virus when you’re asymptomatic. I agree with the whole stay at home and don’t go out unless you have to. This prevents spreading to someone who is at-risk or more susceptible to it.

D: Sneezing isn’t a symptom?

DS: The big thing is the dry cough, fever, tightness of the chest. It’s not to say someone with COVID-19 doesn’t have sneezing. But I’d say you’re safe. Don’t touch your face, practice social distancing, wash your hands, don’t go out in the public unless you have to. Even in the home practice distancing, no hugging as well.

D: How do we flatten the curve?

DS: If people follow the rules, if you’ve seen the spring breakers, it’s disheartening. But once testing is widely available, unfortunately, I think we’ll find more people actually have the virus. That will further show the scope of what’s happening.

I think flattening the curve will happen if people heed the warnings. There are a subset of people who don’t think it’s real and think it’s just like the flu. Unfortunately, those are the Americans who are going to get others in trouble.

D: Is flattening the curve going to be soon or our new normal?

DS: I think it’s going to go on at least for another 3-4 months. I think two weeks is sort of an opening of the door to prevent the spread. It’s going to take more than that. Looking at the situation in China and Italy, we’re going to parallel that. It’s not going to be an major concern until at least July.

D: Talk to me about high risk people.

DS: Any age past 50 or with anyone with immune issues regardless of age, that’s a high risk part of the population. I would say 70 and above are at high risk.

D: More than the virus, I feel it’s taken an emotional toll on people. For me, I realize I haven’t wanted to go to bed in fear that the next day I’d wake up with chills or a fever. 

DS: I can share that with you. I look at Worldometer and looks at the cases around the planet so I think to a certain extent, just focus on something else before you go to sleep, which affects your sleep, which affects your immune system. Make sure you stay well hydrated. Take a zinc supplement. Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine has been used for SARS in the past but Dr. Fauci from the CDC he’s being cautiously optimistic about it. There have been trials done to see if it does make a difference or with safety with it.

D: What would you suggest to people who do exhibit symptoms?

DS: Self-quarantine for two weeks, don’t just go to an emergency room. People call because of the fear. They don’t have concerning symptoms and just want to talk to someone to be reassured that they don’t have it or have increased risk. I think it’s peace of mind. A lot of practices have the abilities to do a test to say, an Urgent Care. In this situation they’re working on a point of care test, a courier has to take it, they then test it. It’s 48-72 hours and you can imagine the fear and stress of waiting for it to come back. A lot of it is evaluating the person as a whole, their risks and their symptoms. I’m disappointed that testing hasn’t been widely available in the United States. Here locally in Tennessee they were doing drive-thru testing but again, you won’t get results by the time you leave.

D: Thoughts on ibuprofen?

DS: There’s been some concern with ibuprofen decreasing the immunity’s response. In one way, a lot of people think a fever is a bad thing but it’s the body’s attempt to get rid of the virus. A coronavirus is heat-sensitive, a fever is the best defense against it. I would stick with Tylenol because it’s not an anti-inflammatory and not use an Aleve or Motrin.

D: So, just to be clear: you don’t think I have COVID-19?

DS: Unless you have a fever or tightness of the chest, I don’t think what you’re exhibiting is COVID-19.

D: Thank you, doctor! Be safe. 

Get your own assessment with Ro x VGL’s free COVID-19/coronavirus assessment here: covid.ro.co/vgl

Does the new Hanacure nano emulsion moisturizer work?

Like everyone, I spent a recent weekend gawking at my television, wondering what the hell was going on.

I was watching a show called “Love is Blind,” transfixed over a man announcing himself as “Obviously Nick Lachey,” and it got me thinking: Are things in life so obvious?  

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I began binge-watching the show until its reunion episode and as I ate my Pringles, drowned it with a gulp of La Croix thought this question could very well translate to my beauty products. With my hands that I washed for no less than the length of singing “Happy Birthday” in its entirety, I reached for a beauty product and pumped it into my pores. It was Hanacure’s new Nano Emulsion moisturizer, the second product in its lineup. Could this beautiful product, with its minimal, clean, all-white packaging, prove that love is blind? Or would I be affected by the fact that this was from the same brand that created an absolute sensation with its All-In-One-Facial.

Hanacure emulsion moisturizer review

(Photo by David Yi / Very Good Light)

To refresh you, Hancure’s All-In-One-Facial is the same you’ve probably seen somewhere on Facebook or Instagram. You can catch the review here. With its serum mixed with a gelling solution, the product tightens your skin and shrivels it so tightly, you resembled Betsy DeVos. But the product works! Afterwards, you get not only a gleaming complexion, but skin so taut, you’re like a newly birthed child. It’s why celebs from Drew Barrymore to the Kardashians have endorsed it.

Could Hanacure’s Nano Emulsion moisturizer evoke the same kind of devotion?


Hanacure emulsion moisturizer review

(Photo by David Yi / Very Good Light)

The formula’s supposed to drench your pores with instant hydration, leaving your skin dewy and moisturized for the entire day.. More so, it’s supposed to improve your skin’s appearance and tone. The secret sauce? Its peptides mixed with a mushroom called antrodia cinnamomea, aka “Ruby of the Forest.” The mushroom is so elusive, its trees it’s grown on are protected by the Taiwanese government. Supposedly, the mushrooms alone account for over $100 million in sales, with there being a general consensus that it cures ailments including cancer.

That being said, could it work on my crusty AF face? It’s been a long and dreary winter and with a certain flu becoming a global pandemic, I’ve been over-cleansing my hands, wrists, and face as a pre-caution. As such, my face in particular has been screaming for a drench of moisture.

First thoughts

Guy hand with Korean beauty moisturizer for review

(Photo by David Yi / Very Good Light)

At first pump, the creamy formula soaked into my pores as quickly as a kernal of oatmeal soaks water. I instantly felt dewy, plump, as if I went to a facial. The product is oil-free and as such, it’s lightweight, not unlike water, and feels like nothing when wearing it on your face. It’s fragrance-free, and for some that may be a problem – natural scents aren’t always a winner. But I felt as if this one wasn’t offensive and at the very least, is an amazing first step before an SPF or night cream, so that point becomes moot.

While totally providing me with instant moisture, I don’t know if this product alone will last me from day to night. I’m currently in Colorado, one of more barren states in the country, where the climate seems so soak out any moisture for your skin cells. I do feel that this is great for the summertime. As an emulsion, it’s probably all you need in wet and humid climates and perfect for allowing your skin to breathe.

Love isn’t blind, I concluded for this review. But love can be sparked on first sight, alone. As for the Hanacure nano emulsion moisturizer? Yes, I will be keeping it in my beauty arsenal – perfect for that extra step before a heavy cream – on those nights when all I care to do is luxuriate in my thoughts, be one with my skin, with a delightful television show blasting in the background.


Hand with Korean beauty moisturizer for review

(Photo by David Yi / Very Good Light)

So uh, does the Hanacure Nano Emulsion Moisturizer ~actually~ work?

-Instantly provides you with moisture.

-Lightweight and soaks into skin really well.

-Doesn’t last all day, but great for a first-step to a heavier moisturizer.

-Buy or Bye? Definitely BUY this one.

BUY Hanacure’s Nano Emulsion Moisturizer HERE, $47