Stories by Emily Woodruff

Diane Keaton's Life-Saving Beauty Advice

Diane Keaton is the epitome of style. She makes popped collars, conservative turtlenecks and classic blazers look chic in a kooky, on-trend way, but it turns out there may be another reason for her covered-up style: Keaton is a skin cancer survivor. Diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma at age 21, Keaton has had numerous run-ins with skin cancer, making her a hat-wearing, sunscreen-toting advocate for sun care. We recently sat down with her at a L'Oréal and Melanoma Research Alliance event, and here's what she had to say about the sunscreen she keeps in her pocket, how she picks her clothes and her secret beauty weapon.   read more

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12 Best Sunscreens for Your Face

Not to rain on your summer parade, but here are a few facts that should wake you up from your margarita-and-sun-induced coma, forcing you to take a big whiff of sunscreen: The incidence of melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer) isn't going anywhere -- an estimated 73,870 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in 2015. If that doesn't scare you, this will: 80 percent of the aging that dermatologists see is due to excess sun exposure, since it can break down the collagen and elastin in your skin and cause more wrinkles.   See products

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Road Test: The Best New At-Home Gel Nail Polishes

In the two weeks after I first tried gel nails, I thought my life was changed forever. Cursed with dry, flimsy nails, I can't get a normal polish to stick around for two days -- let alone the two weeks that my gel nails lasted. It was only when I went to get it removed that I realized this gift from the nail gods was too good to be true. The gel formula had ravaged my delicate nails, leaving every last one of them peeling and weaker than ever.   read more

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8 Self-Tanners for People Who Hate Self-Tanners

Looking at an old flip phone is so funny, right? Even though the technology is actually only a decade or so old, it seems almost impossible to compare them to our current devices.   read more

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6 Superfoods That Will Make You Look Younger

As beauty editors, we fiercely love our anti-aging lotions and potions. But what you put in your face (or rather, your mouth) is just as important as what you put on it -- and maybe, according to dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD, even more so. Research shows that when you feed yourself, you feed your skin -- and all of those salty snacks and sweet treats have a way of mucking up your complexion.   read more

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How to Stretch Your Beauty Dollar

Beauty is pain -- anyone who has gotten anything waxed or walked for longer than five minutes in heels knows that. But you know what else beauty is? Expensive. The powers that be know that we'll fork over big money for services and products that make us look and feel great. We've put together some tips and tricks so you can make those beauty treatments you love last -- without breaking the bank.   read more

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15 Homemade Face Masks That Will Make You Glow

A small-batch, locally sourced, artisanal beauty product is to me what Christmas is to five-year-olds.   read more

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At What Age Do You Really Need Botox?

Botox has been around for a long time -- long enough that it's regarded as a normal, not-so-crazy procedure. Once associated with Beverly Hills housewives, Botox is now a procedure that someone you know probably gets -- or maybe you've considered yourself.   read more

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Korean Diet Secrets for Youthful, Wrinkle-free Skin

We talk a lot about Korean skin care. We look to them for the latest and greatest in all things beauty -- from the newest rendition of BB cream to the latest way to hydrate skin. But after pilfering products from their medicine cabinets, we might want to raid their refrigerators, too. Studies suggest that their glowing, poreless skin might be less about their revered 10-step skin-care regimen and more a product of their low-glycemic, vegetable- and seafood-based diet.   read more

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The Makeup We're Hoarding in Our Fallout Shelters

At TotalBeauty.com, we're (surprise!) total beauty-hoarding junkies. While this means we're constantly running out of counter space (and under-the-sink space, and medicine cabinet space, and pretty much every other space our roommates and significant others allow us), it also means we know what we like. And when we really like something, we find it hard to live without it. Case in point: One member of our editorial team recently bought an entire case of mascara on eBay after she found out it had been discontinued. Turns out, we all have a product we'd secretly like to stockpile in a beauty fallout shelter. Do you have a product you can't live without? Let us know in the comments below, and click ahead to see the one product we just won't give up.   read more

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