If you're a skin care aficionado who knows their hyaluronic acid from glycolic acid and you have carefully cultivated a beauty regimen that works, the thought of having a stranger — albeit a professional, licensed one — come near your skin might make you a bit nervous if it's your first time having a facial.
At-home peels are a quick way to instantly brighten, smooth and rejuvenate skin. But for those with sensitive skin, it can often lead to redness, irritatation and flakes. Not exactly the glowing look you were aiming for. If you've all but given up on using peels, you'll be happy to know there are several at-home peels for sensitive skin.
It wasn't that long ago that sheet masks started taking the beauty world by storm, addressing everything from skin texture to tone. As beneficial as these full-face sheets can be, they're not quite gentle enough for the delicate skin surrounding your eyes, which happens to be most prone to signs of aging, fatigue and environmental stress. To ensure your eyes get the TLC they deserve, look for masks designed specifically for the under-eye area.
Much like your bestie prefers red wine and you're more of a dirty martini gal, everyone's skin reacts differently to products. While experimenting and evolving your skin care routine is part of the process of maintaining healthy skin and—ahem—fighting age, it's important to pay attention to how your pores react to formulas. Considering our skin is the largest organ of our body, dermatologist Anna D. Guanche MD says it'll be the first to alert you when it's unhappy with your new face cream, moisturizer or baggy eyes battler. "Your skin—which is a live, very powerful protector of your body—is equipped with a finely tuned, highly sophisticated immune system that is responsible for keeping viruses and bacteria out and the good parts of you in. Sometimes this defense system cross-reacts and an allergy develops," she says.
Skin care is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, if you don't have a lot of time (or cash) on your hands, you may feel like you can't reap all the rewards of a full routine morning and night. We feel you. With so many skin care concerns to consider — and even more products to choose from — how's a time-crunched girl supposed to know where to start?
Finding the right facial cleanser can be a difficult challenge, as some detoxifying and foaming face washes can leave your skin unbearably dry or greasy, with unwanted residue or worse, breakouts. And if that's not enough, some overpriced cleansers can be a total waste of money, despite their very pretty packaging.
When you think of someone who suffers from acne, we bet something like a vivid "before" photo from a Proactiv commercial pops into your head. The occasional zit isn't considered acne, right? According to cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Kimberly Jerdan, even one or two pop-ups of these unwanted puss-filled visitors is considered acne. Read on to find out what causes random breakouts, plus a few tips on preventing acne.
Often heralded as the be-all end-all for everything from acne to fine lines to sun damage, retinol is something of a hero skincare ingredient. Even so, it can feel intimidating at times, especially since its efficacy can sometimes come with side effects like irritation and increased sun sensitivity. So, is retinol really something to be afraid of?
I'm the type of girl who almost always chooses a massage over a facial. I mean, I can slather on chemical exfoliators and oils and creams at my own leisure but I can't exactly massage my lower back or get a crick out of my neck without inducing another.
When it comes to the art of face washing, we take it pretty seriously. We carefully select our skin care products and practically give ourselves a facial twice a day. That said, no matter how long you spend on your skin care regimen, a good face cleanser is key.
Skin care products are like potential partners. (Stay with us.) There are those hero products we fall in love with at first sight (or slather, to stay with the analogy). Some are like a bad blind date, completely wrong from the get-go (hello zits and irritated skin). Then there are those that stick around far longer than they should, that we just can't seem to quit. When it comes to moisturizers, you might think you've found your bae when in reality, the product isn't doing what it should.
If clean, natural beauty products are what you seek, look no further than Australia. Aussie beauty brands are creating quite the buzz for providing high-quality skin care and makeup products while remaining non-toxic, botanical-based and often organic. Slowly but surely, the brands have started selling to the United States — and some can be found at big beauty retailers like Sephora.
We love putting makeup on, but taking it off? That's the bane of our existence. Or at least it was until we discovered cleansing oils. We can't tell you how many towels we've ruined with mascara and lipstick smears before trying oil cleansing. The best cleansing oils remove makeup like woah and leave skin feeling supersoft — but never greasy.
If you've noticed more skin care products lately claiming to protect and repair the skin barrier — or moisture barrier — you're not alone. Suddenly, we're being told that our barrier must be safeguarded at all costs for optimal skin health. But what exactly is the skin barrier?
Have you ever wondered about the effects of pollution on your skin? If you live in a metropolitan area, a daily intake of dusky smog is a necessary evil — but what are the exact effects it has on your skin? And is there anything you can do to temper said effects? We chatted with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara to find out.
Once the temperature starts creeping up, you may notice your skin looks a little, shall we say, on the shiny side. Your first thought is probably to ditch the moisturizer but using a hydrator will actually go a long way towards keeping your complexion balanced. This spring and summer, think about swapping heavier moisturizers for lightweight facial oils. We know: Facial oils often get a bad rap—and those with oily or acne-prone skin usually think they can't use them—but it's all about finding the right one. A lightweight oil may even help curb the amount of oil your skin makes, says celebrity makeup artist Mary Irwin.
As we age, our skin (sadly) begins to show it. But who says added life experience needs to equate to less-than-radiant skin? If you're feeling a bit down about your less-than-supple complexion, it's time to add a collagen cream to your collection.