I have been having THE WORST breakout lately. What bothers me isn’t so much that it’s been all over my face — although lately it has — but that it’s lasted for such a long time, and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get rid of it.
When I stopped shampooing my hair, I tried to switch over to all-natural body care products, too. The gist of my no-poo conviction is this: Soap-based shampoos strip the natural oils out of your hair and replace them with chemical gunk to artificially make your hair smooth. I get way more volume out of washing my hair with baking soda and lemon juice, and if it’s a little dry, I put a little oil in it. (I need to come back to this point toward the end of the post, though, because there’s some science here that I’ve been neglecting for the last six months.) Keep reading »
“Elmo can see that Miss Lupita’s skin is a beautiful brown color!”
That’s Elmo learning all about skin when “12 Years A Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o visited “Sesame Street.” They talked about touch and tickling, but the most heartwarming part of their skin conversation is loving their skin color. I hope all the kids who watch Elmo and Lupita learn to love the skin they’re in, just like her. [YouTube]
“You have to clean your face. You can’t sit around and assume it’s going to be OK. I wash my face every day — don’t be afraid to wash yours before you go to bed! … At the end of the day, you just have to take care of your face. I’m being honest with you.”
— This information from Pharrell Williams is absolutely critical, and do you know why? It is critical because that man, yes, the man pictured above, is FORTY YEARS OLD. Most dudes, in my experience, just don’t grasp the importance of washing one’s face, but Pharrell does, and it’s obviously paid off. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing: it’s not just for the ladiez! [Into The Gloss]
Though rare in the United States, using bird feces for facial treatments is a well-known and common in Japan. And if you’re just dying to have bird poop smeared on your face in the hopes it will improve your skin, one New York spa offers the treatment for $180.
This poop isn’t just from any old garbage-ingesting pigeon. The treatment uses imported Asian nightingale poop on the faces of its customers. Only the fanciest of bird poops are fit for these facials!
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Exhibit A: I am not an expert on tanning, or anything even remotely having to do with tanning. My skin glows under those neon lights at the bowling alley. I am, however, sort of an expert (I flatter myself) on faking a healthy summer glow, when the last thing I am in actuality is healthy and/or glowing. Yep, I’m a bronzer connoisseur, and not Snooki-style — I’m all about all bronzers subtle, sheer, and “natural”-looking. Basically, anything that will help me to look less like I just clawed my way out of a mole tunnel. Whether you’re pale pale pale like I am, or just in need of a boost, these 5 bronzers will let the light in … Keep reading »
This late April has brought about some seriously weird weather here in NYC. It’s 45 and rainy today and set to be 72 and sunny tomorrow, so not only do we have no idea what to wear, but our bodies have no idea what to do with themselves. This, naturally, presents Beauty Problems galore. We can’t be bothered with complaining about our stuffy noses and tension headaches when there are more pressing issues like chapped lips and frizzy hair at hand! Julie has a newly-developed lip balm addiction, Winona is dealing with skin sensitivity and blotchiness (and layering on the foundation to no avail as a result which, come on, we all do), and I have an incredibly painful under-the-skin zit that as of right now is invisible to everyone but me. Are you having any weather or stress-induced beauty issues? Let’s commiserate. Please? [Photo of woman looking at face in mirror from Shutterstock]