Annet King knows all there is to know about skin. As the Director of Global Education at The International Dermal Institute (Dermalogica’s prestigious post-graduate school), it’s her job. King was kind enough to allow us to hit her with a barrage of questions, and gave us some solid advice when it comes to dealing with our own problem skin. If you’re a complexion fanatic, read on and prepare to get schooled.
The Frisky: Is it ever OK to do a home extraction (i.e., pop a zit), and if so what is the best procedure?
Annet King: Popping an inflamed pus filled pimple is not advised as it can lead to secondary infection and scarring … but we know people are likely to do it! It’s better to treat with a topical application of a pimple product and let the lesion dry up and heal. Blackheads are non-inflamed so won’t cause scarring if done correctly. I suggest prepping the skin by cleansing and then exfoliating as this will help the pimple or blackhead to come out more easily. Also if you have showered or have a facial steamer at home, it does help soften the skin and make this skin more pliable (but it doesn’t really open pores like people think). A hot moist washcloth could also be held on the area.
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Can you drink your way to perfect skin? And when we say “drink,” we’re unfortunately not referring to beer and wine. Rather, we’re talking about beauty beverages, a trend which only slightly took off in the United States thanks to Borba and Glowelle, but is apparently a full-blown obsession in some Asian countries. The New York Times reports that more and more, drinks (and food) are still being marketed as beauty products: “Global food and drink product launches with a ‘beauty enhancing’ claim increased by a staggering 306 percent from 2005 to 2008.” To wit, you can now find a whole range of “skin-enhancing” food including Nescafe instant coffee infused with collagen (in Japan they put it in yogurt, apparently) and waters with Resveratrol.
So does this stuff actually work? Dermatologists say that you’re better off eating vitamin-rich meals. We guess it just depends on what seems more appetizing to you? A hot cuppa facial? Or a fruit cup? [NY Times] Keep reading »
When the weather gets cold, it’s important to change your skin care routine to keep up. The face masks that work so well in the hot, oily summer will have entirely different results in the dry air. If you don’t want your formerly lovely skin to quickly turn dry, flaky and all around nasty, make sure you’re using the right masks for your skin type and the season you’re in. We’ve got the goods after the jump Keep reading »
Ever wonder what’s behind Cate Blanchett‘s totally flawless and always glowing complexion? Can you believe she’s freaking 40 years old? Forty. Whoa. Well, Cate’s opening up her own personal bag of beauty tricks and letting us all peek inside. After the jump, how she gets that luminous skin—and all about her goth stage. Keep reading »
This week Leonardo DiCaprio got “busted” laying down some serious coinage for a variety of skincare products, including eye creams, toner, face masks and anti-wrinkle potions, at the Blue Mercury boutique in Los Angeles. While his reps insisted that he bought them for a lady friend (Lindsay Lohan mayhaps?), what dude buys wrinkle creams for his girlfriend? And a fellow shopper claimed he was asking the salespeople an awful lot of questions about how the formulas worked. We’re not surprised–it’s not like guys are immune to the pressure to look young in Hollywood–and, like so many of us, Leo continues to grow older. Sigh. But, considering most dermatologists think the majority of cosmetic anti-wrinkle creams are total B.S., we think he could’ve saved himself and his fine lines a lot of money. I mean, has anyone here found a wrinkle cream that actually works? What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a mad beauty-product shopping spree? [Examiner] Keep reading »
We’ve been pretty fall fashion crazy around here lately, and while nothing beats slipping into some thick wool tights and soft, chubby cardigans, it’s also the time of year when it might be a good idea to switch up your beauty regimen a smidge, too. A few ideas, after the jump! Keep reading »
Want to get rid of a pimple fast? Wash the area with some acne cleanser, dab on a bit of organic toothpaste and leave overnight, rinse thoroughly the next morning. Voilà — no more pimple! Keep reading »
Something mysterious has been going on in my bathroom. My blue towels have big bleached splotches. For a while I couldn’t figure out why. Was there bleach tainting the bathroom door from which my towel rack hung? I even entertained the notion that my dog walker had killed someone in my apartment and then used bleach to clean my bathroom of all evidence and used my towels to towel things dry. (I have a wild imagination, I know. She’s really a sweet older lady.) But then I had a new theory and confirmed its accuracy with Erin. My newish acne-fighting face wash, which contains Benzoyl Peroxide, wasn’t rinsing off entirely and, when I went to towel-dry my face, the chemical zit-fighting goodness still left on my skin was bleaching my towels! So, my tip? When using face wash with Benzoyl Peroxide, dry your face with white towels. The end. Keep reading »
There are some things that you would think wouldn’t follow you into adulthood. Fear of the dark, a love for Disneyland, jelly sandals. One of the more annoying ones: acne. Seriously, isn’t that supposed to be one of those things that just scars your high school experience? Waking up to see new pimples when you’re in your 20s? Gah!
If you’re like me, you’ve been plagued with acne since a teenager, and while it’s not as severe as say, those scary Proactive commercials, it’s an issue that’s persisted into your adult years despite your attempts to solve the problem. Considering Accutane? Read on to find out about my experience.
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I’m pretty dang obsessed with Rad Hourani for making lots of hard-edged, androgynous black clothes that look good on girls and boys. Yesterday, the show did not disappoint, but what I’m really here to talk about is how pitch-perfect the makeup was. The obvious go-to would be lots of dark liner or purple-stained lips but MAC makeup artist Hung Vanngo had a fresh idea — to contrast the rock star zippers and gorgeous metallic accents with the dewiest, most luminescent skin I’ve ever seen up close. Hung told me he wanted the skin to look healthy and here is his secret weapon: MAC Strobe Cream. It’s loaded with green tea and other antioxidants to perk up dull skin and contains all kinds of iridescent particles that reflect the light in a way that’s glowy — as opposed to Paris Hilton glittery (yuck) — and blinds anyone gazing upon your beautiful mug to any and all imperfections. In short, it’s the easiest way to fake perfect skin ever. Just use it as a primer, dab a bit of concealer around your nose and any problem areas, and you’re done. That’s it. Now get outta here. Keep reading »