Even though I’ve mostly outgrown breakouts (finally!), I still get the occasional gift from the acne fairy. When this happens, there’s only one thing to do: Bring out the big guns, in the form of Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. While this spot treatment can’t exactly be used during the day, due to it going on pink and all, if you dip a Q-tip into the little bottle, making sure to get some of the sediment from the bottom, and dab the stuff onto your whitehead before bed, the blemish will become smaller and less painful overnight. Seriously, I’ve had King Kong-sized monstrosities practically dissolve (or at least become less noticeable) while I was dreaming the night away. And even my sensitive skin can take a dose of this strange-looking potion containing calamine, salicylic acid, and other acne-fighting and irritation-soothing ingredients. [$17, Mario Badescu] Keep reading »
My perfume routine varies. Some days I’ll spritz a fragrance in the air and walk through it for a slight essence, and on other days I’ll dab my wrists for a longer-lasting scent. Thanks to a new report from the Environmental Working Group, however, I’m going to have to double think my perfume routine — and my chosen fragrance — because the amount of chemicals in beauty counter buys are a tad disturbing. There are a total of 3,100 chemicals that perfume makers can play with in order to create a scent, and apparently companies are not required to list out ingredients of perfumes, just cosmetics. Perfumes contain an average of 14 chemicals that never get spelled out on product packaging. One specific synthetic chemical, diethyl phthalate, has been linked to sperm damage in adult men and abnormal reproductive organ development in baby boys. Other ingredients may result in hormone disruptions and allergic reactions. Keep reading »
It’s one thing to update your hairstyle regularly and keep it fresh and stylish. It’s another thing to change it every time you step foot in the salon.
Or is it?
We’ve known plenty of women over the years (celebrities especially) who are constantly changing their looks. Blonde one day, brunette the next. Long waves to cropped bob to extensions. So, curiously, we wanted to find out what’s going on inside the heads of these hair chameleons. In other words, when is continually changing your hairstyle about something more than just having fun with your locks? Read more … Keep reading »
The geisha lifestyle might seem like a far cultural cry from any modern woman’s daily routine, yet aspects of the Japanese ladies’ arduous beauty regimen certainly haven’t fallen out of vogue.
As I write this, my face feels soft and my complexion looks bright, and while I can generally chalk up those delights to a recent facial, there was one particular ingredient involved in the treatment that deserves some extra credit: nightingale droppings. Read more … Keep reading »
Oh, those Europeans with their progressive societies ripe with universal health care, affordable education, hardly enforced drinking ages … and niche prescription meds unavailable elsewhere. Well, at least one European medical import is about to make its way Stateside. The FDA has just approved a medication called Asclera, used to treat varicose veins. Considered to be very safe and the best treatment out there, the injectable drug was apparently being used sneakily by some in the U.S., reports the Times: ” … polidocanol [clinical name], had not been legal, although some doctors used it, importing it from abroad or obtaining it from pharmacies that make drug compounds.”
Now that Asclera has been made legal here, it may be a good thing to keep in mind should the day ever arrive when varicose veins start blooming. (Let’s hope that’s not the case.) What we’d like to know is are the Europeans using some secret treatment for cellulite? Because that’s something we’d definitely be interested in hearing about next … cough, cough. [NY Times] Keep reading »
Most Americans need to cut down on their sodium intake. But some are upping it voluntarily for a different type of nourishment. The Wall Street Journal reports that there’s a growing trend across the U.S.: “salt rooms.” Most of these spa-type places pump finely ground particles into the air to breath in, and “sometimes called halotherapy chambers, the rooms are designed to provide a relaxing and unusual experience. The walls and ceilings are salt-coated, and grains are often scattered a few inches deep on the floor. Children are often allowed to play in it, as in a sandbox.” Uh, weird. Keep reading »