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The New Catch-22: Can Sunscreen Give You Skin Cancer?

Great. Just as we had stocked up on all the necessary sun protection supplies for the season, we hear this incredibly disturbing news. An environmental organization claims that “almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives.” The same group also concluded in a study that several of the well-known sunscreen brands out there contain “oxybenzone, a chemical shown in laboratory studies to release a reactive form of oxygen that can actually be skin-cancer contributing.”

Um, who are we supposed to believe now? If this is true, then our options are none too appealing: 1) Skip sunscreen, get burned, risk cancer, 2) Slap on the SPF 70, avoid burn, still get cancer, or 3) Become a vampire. [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »

How To Keep Your Feet Looking Nice This Summer

When I lived at home, my mom made us — and our confused friends — wash our feet in the sink before entering the house proper during the summer. In sandal weather, she could often be heard admonishing us not to “drag our street feet into the house!” As a result, I’m flexible and balanced enough to stand on one leg while the other is in the sink and consider myself an expert at warding off what I like to call “hobo feet.” Click through for tips for keeping your feet smooth and pretty, even as summer sandal dirt threatens to make them filthy and dry.

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Snail Slime Apparently Has All Sorts Of Skin Benefits

There’s something a little twisted about beauty products or treatments involving ultra-gross ingredients. How, exactly, did we conclude It can’t get any worse, might as well try spreading some bird crap on there? In France, women are now especially fond of lotions and creams made with snail slime, which has numerous supposed benefits, like increasing cell regeneration, anti-aging and healing properties, acne improvement, moisturizing and improving elasticity … Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer

I have extremely oily skin that is a curse (I’m always shiny) and a blessing (I won’t wrinkle easily). So for years, I’ve ignored the advice of my dermatologist and beauty professionals who said I should moisturize despite my skin type. Until recently, I hadn’t found a moisturizer that wouldn’t contribute to the oil slick and cause breakouts. I happened upon the L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer by chance; someone left it on The Frisky “free table,” an area for discarded books [Anyone want some erotica? -- Editor Amelia] and unused cosmetics. It was kind of fate that the little pink box caught my eye because my skin has been looking a little blotchy lately. After about three weeks of use, it’s helping to even out my skin tone. Keep reading »

How To Ward Off Dry Skin This Summer

If your hometown’s having the same nice, sunny weather we’ve been experiencing in New York City, you’re probably browning a bit and noticing a layer of dead skin dulling your complexion. Sadly, though the type of dryness changes, skin dehydration doesn’t disappear when humidity enters the picture. But because a lot of people don’t realize the extent to which you need to moisturize during the summer, particularly if you’re spending a great deal more time in the sun, summer dryness goes ignored. Keep reading to find out how to put a stop to this travesty. Keep reading »

Tried & True: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

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 »

The Frisky’s Style Unboxed: Kiehl’s Ultra Moisture


There was once a time, when I was young and naive and acne-ridden, when I didn’t moisturize. I mistakenly thought that because I had been cursed with oily and pimpled skin that there wasn’t a need for any additional moisture. I was wrong. Nowadays my skin is much clearer, though I still get the occasional breakout, but I’m a complete moisturizing freak. Luckily, our style department (formerly headed up by my dear Erin, featured in the video above — she’s now working for MarieClaire.com) get loads of free products in the mail — and opening them is half the fun. Check out the latest installment of our “Style Unboxed” series, in which Erin and I pry open a box of Kiehl’s and I end up keeping the loot. Keep reading »

Beauty How-To: Prevent Wrinkles

Preventing wrinkles has to do with good habits. Healthy skin won’t turn on you quite as quickly as skin that hasn’t been cared for. Take measures to reduce the appearance of age-defining creases and indentations. Keep reading »

Beauty How-To: Treat Pimples on Your Nose

A zit on your chin, or a little off-center on your forehead is an easy fix. Even uncovered, no one will notice. But when the sucker pops up on your nose, you can either take our advice for eradicating the dreaded pimple, or spend the next week looking like Rudolph’s first cousin. Keep reading »

Beauty How-To: Exfoliate Your Body

There’s nothing sexier than the touch of silky soft skin. And while facial moisturizers and hand creams are commonplace products to keep you smooth, you need some serious exfoliating action to sloth off the dead skin that keeps your sexiest layers on lock down. Here’s how to do it. Keep reading »

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