Exfoliation is one of the most important things you can do for your skin, but the approach has changed immensely over the past couple of years. Whereas a simple scrub once sufficed, we now have endless options that range from chemical exfoliators (like acids and peels) to intense, deep-cleansing physical tools (like the ever-popular Clarisonic). Yes, “chemical peel” is a terrifying name and concept, but its bark is far worse than its bite: while peels were once strictly relegated to the offices of cosmetic specialists, today’s at-home formulas use fruit-derived enzymes and plant extracts to smooth, clarify, and encourage cell turnover to dramatically reduce signs of aging.
Swiss luxury skincare brand La Prairie offers innovative “professional level” (their quotes, not mine) exfoliating technology with their Cellular Resurfacing 3-Minute Peel, but at $210 for a small jar, the price alone might induce more fine lines than it promises to erase (and skincare naturalists like myself will be put off by the fact that a full list of ingredients can be found … nowhere). This is where Murad Intensive-C® Radiance Peel comes in: at $49.50, it’s less than 1/4 the price of La Prairie’s version, and you can actually feel the active enzymes as they work their brightening, hydrating, pore-shrinking witchcraft. La who, now?
The first step to getting over a problem is admitting that you have one. Now that we’ve divulged our summer beauty routines, I figured it was time to give up the goods on the five-step program that keeps my naturally oily skin looking summertime fly, and by that I mean dry. If you’re having grease problems, I feel bad for you, son, but I can almost guarantee that mine are worse than yours, especially during the hottest months of the year when sweat exacerbates the issue. My face practically screams, “Drill me.”
With years of market research (sometimes referred to as “shopping at Sephora”), I’ve found that the best way to treat my reactive, combination-to-oily skin and keep it under control is by supplementing my sensitive skin wash-and-tone routine with sebum-fighting powerhouses that simultaneously work to clear up blemishes. Most of them will get you matte in a pinch, and others help with oil production and congestion in the long run. Use one or all of these five tried-and-true slick-solvers, blot throughout the day as necessary, and revel in your miraculously matte complexion. Now isn’t that a relief?
Our love of Josie Maran’s 100 percent organic Argan Oil is well-documented, and we’re not alone — just about every beauty aficionada worth her salt can’t get enough of Josie’s magical multi-purpose oil. Lightweight, soothing, and non-comedogenic, we might as well just go ahead and call it the be-all end-all of beauty products, because there’s nothing this supernatural salve can’t fix or make better. Josie has put together an exclusive, one-day-only Pure & Simple Argan Skincare Ritual containing her Argan Cleansing Oil, 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, Argan Daily Moisturizer Protect + Perfect Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Tinted Lotion, and Argan Color Stick for her most diehard enthusiasts, available August 11 only on QVC. Now don’t go calling for cable just yet — three very lucky Frisky readers will score the set for free before it even makes its QVC debut. (Find out how to enter after the jump!) If you don’t win (and we hope you do), don’t fret! Just tune in to QVC on August 11 to snag the goods for yourself. Keep reading »
Taking proper care of your skin can be costly, that’s for sure, but there’s no reason you should have to empty your pockets for it. If you’re tempted by the restorative perfecting promises of overnight treatments like La Mer The Regenerating Serum, $260, but find the price not quite as crush-worthy, look no further than Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $44. Anyone familiar with Kiehl’s products will know that their comparatively lower price tag doesn’t mean they’re any less effective than the big-ticket stuff; in fact, unlike La Mer’s formula, the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is clinically proven to restore radiance, reduce oil production, and improve fine lines as well as uneven texture. This paraben-free, 99.8% naturally-derived treatment also contains healing squalane, soothing lavender oil, and glow-imparting evening primrose — sounds far more credible than La Mer’s fabled Miracle Broth™, which in actuality I suspect is probably just a cocktail of chemicals with fancy packaging and celebrity endorsements.
My acne-ridden youth (okay, fine, it was like 20 zits total) engrained in me that chocolate was a pimple-flaring, oil-producing skincare devil to be avoided at all costs. In my more recent, better-skinned years I’ve turned to the dark, 80% cocoa variety to cure me of late-afternoon nap compulsion and early-morning sugar cravings, but I never suspected that the chocolate could actually be to thank for my clearer, more radiant complexion. A new report in the Journal of Nutrition discovers what may in fact be the Best News Ever: not only do women who eat more chocolate tend to have smoother, more hydrated skin, but chocolate itself is choc-full of antioxidants that help to shield skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Keep reading »
I wake up to my signature puffy eye area every morning, without fail. It just so happens that my very favorite things are, in fact, the things that cause puffy under-eyes in the first place: salt, alcohol, coffee, contact lenses, staying up late, black eyeliner in my waterline … the list goes on. I’m not ready to give any of these things up right now, so I’ve given every supposed super-effective remedy (cucumbers, tea bags, ice, massage) a fair shot in the meantime.
Let’s cut to the chase — they never work, and if they do, they never work for me. What does work for me, however, is Boscia’s Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm. This little twist-up stick sounds too good (and too costly) to be true, but turns out it’s actually the best thing ever. It soothes and refreshes my tired eyes, and it contains only skin-safe ingredients that won’t compromise comfort (in other words, it’s cooling, not burning). I’ve gotten into the habit of keeping it in the fridge and smoothing it on cold when I wake up. It’s the perfect pick-me-up, no matter how many glasses of red wine or
bags of potato chips I had. [$26, Sephora]