My skin is perpetually dry and bumpy. My mom would blame it on my veganism, but I blame it on living in the northeast and dealing with stupid and unpredictable weather patterns. We’re probably both right! My skin is always kind of ashy, and also red and I get tons of ingrown hairs on my legs from shaving and just living. So thank God for this Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter Sugar Scrub. It manages to both exfoliate and smooth without irritating my skin at all. I get out of the shower after washing with this stuff and my arms and legs actually feel soft and beauty product commercial lovely. I’m not gonna lie — the softness fades after about half a day, and I go back to having rough, patchy knees again, but for those few hours, I’m in skincare heaven. [$9.99, Boots]
Memorial Day weekend is next weekend, and if you’re going somewhere — and hell, even if you’re not — you’re going to probably want some new travel products so you don’t have to schlep around your full size bottle of Pantene or whatever. With that in mind, we’ve picked some of our all-time favorite travel products — the stuff you’ll want to stock up on so that you can look so fresh and so clean on your out-of-town jaunts. We’ve included everything from face washes and flat irons to dry shampoos — so you can look like you wash your hair, even when you haven’t. Keep reading »
If you are unfortunate enough to be born with dry skin, your life will go something like this:
- Everyone from dermatologists to fashion magazines will tell you that you have to wash your face with Cetaphil.
- You will realize they are right, so you will wash your face with Cetaphil.
- This will get very boring very quickly and possibly not even work.
This was the story of my life. And then a lovely actress decided to try her hand at skincare and beauty products, price her line, called Nuance Salma Hayek, quite reasonably, and sell it as CVS … and change my skincare routine forever. Keep reading »
Skin: Our largest organ, and also probably our biggest pain in the butt. Managing its temperamental, over-sensitive ways is pretty much a full-time gig, especially if your skin is a delicate Sensitive Sally like mine. Thankfully, we’ve got our new BFF, esthetician Jenna Kulp, to help us solve our skin woes. Jenna’s here to answer all of your troubling skin problems—to offer suggestions and solutions to your skincare needs. If you’ve got a question for Jenna, email us (put “Question for Jenna” in the subject line) and we’ll pass it along! And after the jump, Jenna takes on super bad sunburns and the best way to pop pesky pimples. Keep reading »
I spend a lot of time making sure my skin is properly cared for. I’m a connoisseur of waters, serums, masques, cremes, and oils, so much so that my roommates are forced to tiptoe around our shared bathroom lest they disturb the delicate balance of my menagerie. For all the hours I spend treating my face, you’d think I would remember to slap on some body butter here and there, but not so. My skin is naturally on the oilier side, so lotioning up my arms and legs doesn’t cross my mind often because they never really get dry. I also hate the slimy, slippery feel that typical salves leave behind, especially fresh out of the shower, the time when I least want to put some more stuff on my body. Enter Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from LUSH (surprise, they consistently make the best products). Think of it less as a lotion and more, like the name implies, as a companion to your soap or body wash. You put it on while you’re still in the shower (I like to do it as my last step), then rinse and towel dry. The result is the smoothest, softest, most deliciously scented (seriously, so good) skin, without the extra layer of emollient. It’s kind of the best. [$29.95, LUSH]
I’m generally terrified of putting oil on my face because I have problematic sensitive skin that reacts badly to pretty much anything I put on it. If it’s feeling dry, a smidge of moisturizer will turn it into a zitty, oily mess. Too oily, and astringent makes it a flaky, dry patchy disappointment. But not so with Bio Oil, which is some magical moisturizing oil that seems to both soothe, and moisturize without turning my face into a noxious puddle of sebacious cysts. Bio Oil, it seems, is one of those crazy skincare products that works great on all types of skin — it reduces the signs of redness and scarring, works great on aging and dehydrated skin, and because it’s pumped full of vitamins (along with lavender, rosemary and chamomile oils), it even helps reduce the signs of scars and stretch marks. Is it a miracle product? Well, just maybe. [$10.17, Amazon]
The beauty industry is no stranger to the use of questionable practices. Demi Moore famously underwent a blood-sucking treatment by leeches, and Madonna was said to have been a fan of a solution that counted human placenta among its components. Even the seemingly untouchable Kate Middleton was recently outed for using bee venom in lieu of Botox to alleviate lines and wrinkles. The skincare business is positively bursting at the seams with weird, off-putting ingredients, and they all tend to be found in nature … though rarely in the places you’d think to look. Keep reading »
Ladies, it’s time to talk about something not very pretty: your feet. Specifically, your feet after a winter spent in socks and shoes. If you’re like me, your feet are probably feeling pretty dry, cracked and scaly — to the point that you’re too embarrassed to even get a pedicure. But there’s a solution to the suckitude: Atopalm’s Foot and Heel Balm will get your feetsies in shape and ready for spring without costing you an arm and a leg. The key is its MLE technology, which somehow harnesses the skin’s natural moisture and leaves your feet feeling hydrated but NOT greasy. We recommend that you also use it on your cracked and scaly elbows, too. Wish the winter skin away and get ready for spring with this stuff. Your feet will thank you for it. [$18, Atopalm]
If you couldn’t already tell, using natural skincare is incredibly important to me. I have extremely sensitive skin that reacts negatively to anything it could possibly react negatively to — sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, many things with weird chemical-sounding names and, lo and behold, most drugstore makeup and skincare (woe!). I really just can’t use anything that isn’t geared towards sad, sensitive people like me. I’m really into skincare, and while most people can shop themselves silly at drugstores without a huge price tag and without worrying about the consequences, I just can’t. I have to wait and eventually shell out the big bucks for something that won’t make me break out, whether it be in blemishes or in hives. Keep reading »
We’re now 12 days into Earth Month, and to celebrate, we’ve been calling attention to all things eco-friendly, sustainable and planet-conscious. I’m not going to front like I’m the greenest person on earth, because I’m far from it, but when it comes to things I’m putting on my face and body, I insist on keeping my routine as natural as possible. The unfortunate catch-22 of natural skincare is that it’s often pricier than its chemical-filled counterparts for obvious reasons: much like organic food, organic beauty products are simply made of better, more expensive ingredients. If there’s one area where you’re going to splurge, though, it should be skincare (in my opinion, of course). Your face just isn’t the place to skimp on! The good thing is that there are more natural options out there than ever before and a range of prices and products from which to choose from. Allow me to introduce you to my five favorite brands for clean, green skincare — they may not be a bargain, exactly, but they are worth it.