As you may or may not already know (you probably do), April is Earth Month, which means it’s prime time to educate yourself about all things good and green. Switching to natural beauty products, particularly skincare (I’m not about to part with my heavy-duty, chemical-laden concealer), can be crazy beneficial to all skin types — sulfates in facial cleansers are drying, irritating, and can potentially cause cancer. Cool! Unfortunately, products with better ingredients often translate to more expensive products, and there are so many on the market now that it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. These 5 natural, sulfate-free facial cleansers, which range from $11 to $46, are all tested and true, and there’s bound to be one that suits your skin type and routine… Keep reading »
It might seem counter-productive to clean your face with oil, especially if you have oily skin like me. But I tried DHC Deep Cleansing Oil with fingers crossed that I wouldn’t end up with a huge zit on my nose. The oil contains a blend of moisturizing olive oil and vitamin E that breaks down makeup, dirt, and impurities. I massaged the Deep Cleansing Oil on my dry face with dry hands. I was still skeptical about the cleaning properties, but had to admit the oil felt wonderful on my face. I wasn’t sure it would rinse off easily with water because I know oil and water don’t mix. But surprisingly and amazingly, the oil rinsed off well and easily with warm water. And afterwards, my skin felt clean without any residue. It also felt soft and supple. I still like the cleansing properties of my benzoyl peroxide face wash, but plan to use the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil on the days my skin feels dry or particularly stressed. If you’re not willing to purchase the Deep Cleansing Oil on a whim, the DHC catalog often contains samples of it and other products. [$12.50, DHC] Keep reading »
As much as we like experimenting with new products and trends, there are some items we purchase over and over and over again. Why mess with a good thing? Tried & True shares fashion and beauty goods that keep us coming back for more because they never let us down.
Did you know benzoyl peroxide is one of a few acne fighters that bacteria doesn’t become immune to eventually? Yeah, neither did I until my dermatologist prescribed a benzoyl peroxide cleanser for my formerly breakout-prone skin. I saw an immediate improvement after using the cleanser for a few weeks, then my health insurance stopped covering the medication. Luckily, Johnson & Johnson’s Clean & Clear makes a cleanser containing 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, just like the prescription cleanser. I tried the Continuous Control Acne Cleanser on a whim because it was the only face wash my drugstore had in stock, but now I refuse to use anything else. It’s relatively cheap and since you only need a dime-size drop to clean your whole face, it lasts for a long time. The cleanser lathers really well and doesn’t strip your skin of much-needed moisture while still making your face feel clean. I even use it on my chest and back, which are prone to acne in the summer. Wow, who knew a lifesaver could come in a purple tube? [$5.99, Drugstore.com] Keep reading »