The Natural Bug Bite Remedy I Can Take On the Go
The list of natural and organic ingredients immediately drew me in, but I stayed for its comforting qualities. The bug bite balm glides on smoothly and nourishes skin, thanks to a blend of lavender, coconut, castor and sunflower seed oils. Colloidal oatmeal and a cooling combo of menthol, eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree oils soothe the bite on contact. I've tried just about every itch relief product on the market -- they either smell not-so-great or leave me scratching soon after applying. Thanks to Badger After-Bug Balm, instead of smelling like a bunch of chemicals, I'm left with the spa-like scent of lavender and mint and can go about my day itch free. Needless to say, this girl will be enjoying a lot more outdoor adventures this summer!
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The Gentle Daily Exfoliator That Reverses The Clock
Thankfully, a panic attack was avoided the day Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, $58, crossed my desk. The exfoliator is infused with skin-happy ingredients like activated Binchotan charcoal powder and Rice Bran extract, which deeply cleanse pores, while sloughing off harmful pollutants that weaken the skin barrier and cause aging.
Every time I apply the gentle and finely grained exfoliator to my face, I can almost hear my skin taking a deep breath in. Apart from allowing skin to breathe, it also leaves it insanely soft and youthful-looking. After about three weeks of use, I noticed the fine lines I had freaked out over dramatically diminished, and the evidence of my favorite bad habit, picking blemishes, was completely gone (I blame Dr. Pimple Popper). Instead, I was left with smooth, happy and glowy skin, which allows me to get by with just a tinted moisturizer most days, rather than my full-coverage foundation.
Being a beauty editor, we see a lot of phenomenal products, but I can say with confidence that this product makes my list of top-three faves of all time. Pollution? Psh. Thanks to Dermalogica, it doesn't have a thing on me anymore. -- Jessica Amaris
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This Concealer Is as Good as an Afternoon Nap
I'm not implying that I go about my day bare-faced -- no way. Concealer is my saving grace. And that concealer is Cover FX Perfect Pencil, $16.
Concealer is only good if it goes on exactly the spots where you need it and nowhere else. The precise point of this twist-up pencil lets me cover tiny blemishes and hyperpigmentation and add definition to my brows and lips, all in a matter of seconds. It's so portable and easy to maneuver, I can do my face anytime, anywhere. Touching up my concealer might be my second favorite thing to do in the car. And this bad boy does as much to brighten my skin as an hour-long nap. --Katie McCarthy
The Natural Deodorant That Even Works in the Summer
Then, I found myself in the new Saje Wellness store in NYC on a sweltering day. I met the founder of the Canadian company and tried dozens of delicious essential oils (cooling Peppermint Halo is a personal favorite). As I was heading out, the founder's daughter stopped me and said, "if I can convince you to try one thing, it would be our natural deodorant." My ears perked up. She explained that they recommend using a salt crystal (Saje Au Natural Crystal Deodorant, $10.95), but instead of running it under water, you spritz it with one of their Saje Wellness Crystal Fresh Deodorants, $12.95. "Give your body two weeks to adjust, and then I promise it will work," she said.
Well, I used it the next day, and it worked right away. While it doesn't keep you from sweating, the salt and essential oils block stinkiness incredibly well. I've been using it for over a month, and I never hesitate to put it on in the morning -- even if I have a big meeting or the forecast calls for sweaty weather. And while two steps may seem like extra work, it only takes a second to apply, and the salt crystal will last for years. I may never reach for my conventional deodorant again. -Dawn Davis
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The Cleanser That Helped Clear My Hormonal Acne
Lately, the cleanser that's been giving me all the feels has been Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, $25. It's been an essential weapon in my recent battle with some truly gnarly pregnancy acne. During a time when I've cut harsher ingredients out of my skin care regimen (think: retinol and benzoyl peroxide), this formula's mix of glycolic and lactic acids has been a godsend. When I finish cleansing, my skin feels deeply clean, smooth and never stripped, and with regular use, I've noticed a marked improvement in my skin. Plus, thanks to this cleanser's cocktail of botanicals (like green tea and eucalyptus) and peppermint oil, this cleanser also leaves me feeling wide awake (I love using it in the shower in the mornings). And as someone with normal-to-oily skin, I also appreciate the mattifying effects of this cleanser (though I will say, those with dry skin may find it a little too intense). It's all enough to get even non-cleanser-connoisseurs enthused. --Mary Squillace
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