Stories by Emily Woodruff

16 Best Toners and Astringents

Everyone likes a good debate, right? Coffee lovers argue with tea aficionados on what's a better source of caffeine; children fight over the virtues of chocolate versus vanilla ice cream; and in this office, we have lively discussions (alright, they're fights) about toners: Do they play a critical role in a skin care regimen or are they an unnecessary step in the cleanse-tone-moisturize process?   See products

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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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