Stories by Christina Heiser

I Committed the Most Common Skin Care Sins for a Week  -- Here's What Happened

I have a confession to make: I occasionally skip washing my face for days at a time. As someone who writes about beauty for a living, I definitely know better. But after spending eight-plus hours in the office and hitting up the gym or happy hour after work, sometimes my skin care routine just goes out the window when I get home. TBH, I rarely ever wear makeup, so my skin doesn't look all that worse for wear when I steer clear of cleanser. (You could say I'm #blessed.)   read more


9 Rodan + Fields Products Worth Adding to Your Skin Care Routine

If you've logged onto your Facebook account at all recently, chances are you've seen someone you're friends with selling Rodan + Fields skin care products. The uber-popular line was founded in 2002 by two ladies who know their stuff: Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, both Stanford-trained derms. While Rodan + Fields started out as a department store brand, it's now sold by independent consultants across the country (hence why you see so many of your peeps hawking it on social media). But are any of the R + F products really worth the hype bestowed by motivated sellers? Turns out, a lot of Total Beauty readers love their stuff. Find out which Rodan + Fields products Total Beauty readers love the most before making your decision. (You can also check out all Rodan + Fields product reviews here.)   read more


19 Creative Cauliflower Rice Recipes That Satisfy Every Craving

If you've recently gone Paleo, or just looking to lower your carb intake, cauliflower rice is a satisfying, healthy alternative to rice, pasta and all those other carb-centric staples. And just about everyone is obsessed with it these days. Case in point: Trader Joe's recently announced it was rationing its cauliflower rice in certain locations due to high demand.   read more


Activated Charcoal Is the New Kale, But Is It Legit?

When it comes to wellness trends, black is officially the new green. Gone are the days of people sipping kale smoothies every morning to get their detox on. Now, it's all about drinking activated charcoal-infused juices, as they supposedly rid the body of all sorts of nasty stuff. Have a sweet tooth? Embrace your inner Goth (y'know, the one that disappeared when you graduated from high school) with charcoal ice cream, which is served up at scoop shops like Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream in New York City. Charcoal is also super-popular in lots of beauty and personal care products -- everything from face masks to soaps to toothpastes. Basically, it's everywhere you look. But does this ashy black ingredient deserve superhero status? Or is it simply something that looks cool when you Instagram it? We chatted with top experts to get the dirt on all things activated charcoal.   read more


Are Collagen Supplements the Secret to Younger-Looking Skin?

These days, it seems like everyone and their mother are tweeting about some natural supplement that has cured their [insert health issue here]. And when it comes to skin, the supplement of the moment just so happens to be collagen. Collagen supplements have become ridiculously popular among the wellness set and regular folks alike, as they're touted to smooth out wrinkles and boost your complexion's radiance. Sounds pretty sweet, right?   read more


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