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
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I love to make my own body scrubs. Not only is it cost-effective, it also allows me to have complete control over the ingredients. I know they're natural -- and good enough to eat. My go-to brown sugar scrub leaves skin soft (the brown sugar is a gentle exfoliant) and moisturized (thanks to the coconut oil), and it even has anti-bacterial properties (hooray for honey). Here's the recipe: read more
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
Orange peel skin, cottage cheese thighs ... no matter what food item or snack you try to associate it with, cellulite still sucks. And the majority of us feel the pain -- about 80 percent of women (of every age and every size) have some form of cellulite on their thighs, butts, legs and arms. What's a girl to do? We talked to Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in New York City, who revealed why we're plagued with skin dimples in the first place and what we can do about it. Here, what works, what doesn't and everything else you need to know about getting a smoother tush and thighs. read more
I'm not sure why I didn't take notice when Jergens' breakthrough BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream came out last year -- when women were paying three times the retail price on eBay/selling their first-born children to get the stuff. I guess I was too busy smearing diluted tinted moisturizer on my legs. (It's just for special occasions! Don't judge me!) Suffice it to say when word of this body BB cream came my way, I was intrigued. I've spent so many cumulative hours trying to elevate this mug of mine from "blotchy Northern European pale-face" to "Christina Hendricks alabaster" that taking a few seconds to apply a tone-enhancing, skin-perfecting product on my body seemed completely appropriate. read more
Heat and humidity, be damned: After what goes down as the worst winter in our memory, we're spending every last second outdoors this summer. And we're not even going to complain about the furnace-like temperatures or the melt-in-a-puddle mugginess that makes us feel less beach babe and more swamp monster. 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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