Once you've tried a truly indulgent, beautifully packaged body scrub, it's hard to imagine showering without one. I remember my first: the now-classic Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. The brown sugar exfoliates away dry, dead cells. The evening primrose and sweet almond oils leave skin silky for days. And the ginseng root gets your circulation going. Plus, the hefty tub looks chic sitting on the cluttered ledge of my bathtub. I know I could mix together some sugar and olive oil for a DIY scrub, but the Fresh scrub is so much more. read more
Holding, typing, styling, high-fiving -- your hands go through a lot on a daily basis. But they usually end up at the bottom of the totem pole that is our beauty routine. Even though we spend hundreds of dollars on anti-aging face serums and new-and-improved heat protectants for our hair, it's easy to forget that our hands also show signs of aging -- even more than our faces. See hand creams
When was the last time you used a spray deodorant? Probably at the gym -- or maybe a spa -- when you realized you forgot to toss your favorite stick into your bag. After a moment of panic, you spotted a jumbo spray can that looked like a relic from 1989, and you blasted deodorant under your arms -- grateful to have found something. read more
While most of us have a cabinet full of skin-care products for our faces, professional hand models pour the same amount of attention into their poreless, baby-bottom-smooth hands. When your hands are your livelihood (raking in $1,000- plus in a single day), you're going to treat them to some serious TLC. We talked to professional hand models Carrie Jacobson (whose hands grace the Orly French Manicure Kit) and Ashly Covington (the hands of Sephora by O.P.I.) who spilled their serious -- and sometimes silly -- skin-care secrets for keeping their hands smooth, soft and flawless. read more
What do you reach for when it's still too warm for body butters, but you need extra moisture to help keep your skin soft through the colder months ahead? Answer: One of these body gels. They're nourishing and hydrating without being sticky or greasy -- and they'll keep your skin cool and refreshed through the (numbered) warm days. Plus, each gel boasts a different benefit, from soothing muscle aches and pains to firming up your skin. read more
As a beauty editor, I'm game to try just about everything. Fish pedicure? Sure. DIY avocado face mask? No problem. In fact, the only beauty product that makes me want to hide under my desk is a natural deodorant. See deodorants
Smell is an incredible sense. It can transport you to your childhood garden or grandmother's kitchen -- and it can completely change your mood. Take a whiff of lavender, and suddenly you're in Provence -- and totally relaxed. read more
We're the first to admit we have a serious addiction to bath products. There are just too many great ones out there -- at really reasonable prices -- to not buy one too many shower gels, creams or oils. See list
BB creams that come in two shades, hair chalk that shows up only on bleached blonde hair -- beauty innovations that work only on certain hair-and-skin combos put a serious damper on the beauty game for about 98 percent of the population. That's why we're shouting from the rooftops that laser hair removal, previously only available to those with light skin and dark hair, is now safe and effective for all skin types -- as long as you get the right treatment. Before you book your appointment to get rid of your hair for (almost) good, take this crash course on the best hair removal treatments for dark skin. read more
Some sweat buckets when working out. Others get drenched when the mercury climbs. There are those who perspire when a deadline looms. And then there are those who sweat pretty much all of the time. Whichever camp you fall into, slyly sniffing your pits when no one's looking or shedding a tear for all the white shirts you've ruined doesn't have to be your daily routine. According to Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City, finding a stay-dry solution that works depends on the reasons behind your clamminess. read more
Whether you're a diehard nature girl or you're the godmother of your plastic surgeon's children, taking good care of your body is the best way to stay beautiful for life. Eating well and exercising are always a great step in the right direction, but what do you do for your mother's cellulite that has taken up permanent residence on your thighs or a sunburn that just won't quit? Whether chronic or temporary, these beauty issues can put a serious crimp in one's positive body image. Before you get bogged down with the minute imperfections that your best friend swears she can't see, visit the body guide at Total Beauty for expert advice.
Here you'll find articles and galleries on everything from the best beauty products to skin treatments to self-tanner. Using our tools, you'll be able to take care of yourself with confidence. Some of our suggestions are not only effective, but they're fun, too. Treat yourself and your friends to a spa day at home, complete with homemade masks, scrubs, spa water, and treats. Find the best body wash and lotion to toss into your gym bag or take on a trip. Keep your skin soft and supple, even during the harsh winter months. Everything you need to stay beautiful year round can be found right here at Total Beauty.
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