If you have wrinkles or dark spots that you'd like to get rid of, you probably think you have to drop major dough on expensive beauty products to make any headway. The good news is, you don't have to sacrifice your bank account to see real results -- it turns out there are plenty of anti-aging skin care products that won't completely wreck your credit score.
You wear sunscreen every day (or, OK, most days), and you're proud of it. After all, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, up to 90 percent of preventable aging is caused by UV exposure -- and that means smoking, diet, and sleep barely matter by comparison. For the last few decades, everyone from dermatologists to beauty editors has been stressing the importance of SPF. "Wear sunscreen and you'll look younger" has been our motto.
Ever since I can remember, I've been getting acne all over my face. I'd wake up to head to school, dust on some BareMinerals powder to "cover" my imperfections, then spend the rest of the school day avoiding eye contact with literally everyone.
It's time for you to get acquainted with oxygen masks (no, not the kind on airplanes), aka bubble masks. You apply them to your face while they're in a sheet mask, cream, or gel state, and they snap, crackle, pop into a foaming masterpiece that gives your skin a boost of anti-aging oxygen. Consider these masks CPR for dull, tired and aging skin.
Here's an all-too familiar scenario: Every morning you cleanse, prime and mattify your skin to pore-less, oil-free perfection. But by the time you walk through your office doors, you need another dab of powder -- and by midday, it looks like you've slathered a layer of Crisco on your face. What gives?
Finding new skin care products can be tough, but you know what makes the process a whole lot easier? Well, online shopping, of course. And, luckily for us all, Amazon happens to offer quite a few great finds where great skin care is concerned -- finds worthy of your favorite It girl's beauty shelf, in fact.
We love a rich, moisturizing body scrub. Unfortunately, exfoliating in the shower can take circus-like stability to avoid slipping on the layer of oil that many body scrubs leave all over the tub. That's why an excellent scrub must have great balance, too: the right ratio of skin-sloughing properties to moisturizing elements, and an amazing fragrance that is energizing, yet relaxing enough to make you feel like you've stepped into a luxury spa. Sound like a tall order? That's why only 17 body scrubs made the cut. Click through to see which reader-reviewed products stand up to the challenge.
There's no sugar-coating it: Clogged pores are the worst. Whether you're talking about blackheads, whiteheads, or full-on pimples, it's never a pretty situation. Adding insult to injury, preventing blockages is no simple feat. While there are certain ingredients that are more likely to clog pores than others (if you want to get technical, these ingredients are called 'comedogenic'), there are multiple other factors to consider, points out Emily Arch, M.D., a dermatologist at Dermatology + Aesthetics of Wicker Park in Chicago. "It really depends not only on the ingredient, but also its concentration, how it's been processed, what other ingredients are in the product and your skin type," she says.
It's nearly impossible to wander the aisles of Sephora without letting one of the store's skin care sets catch your eye. Maybe in the past you've been strong enough to resist the siren call of these curated minis -- but why should you? These skin care sets actually tend to be pretty cost-effective -- and practical. For one, they let you sample the buzziest new launches, without blowing your entire beauty budget, and they can give you a way to tote luxe, carry-on-sized products on your next trip (bonus: they often come in an adorable, travel-ready pouch. Not to mention sets can make a great gift -- so really, when you think about it, it's a win-win-win. So, where to start? Here, 16 skin care sets to check out during your next Sephora trip.
We tend to stick to the same three skin care basics: cleanser, moisturizer and sun protection (if we remember). Sure, a lot of women do the occasional face mask or splurge on a facial, but there is one super important step many tend to forgo too often: exfoliating.
Have you ever heard that you shouldn't pinch pennies when it comes to skin care? That your face is one of your greatest investments? While these statements are based on good intentions, we're here to tell you that price isn't always the best indicator of a quality product. In fact, some of our most treasured skin care products come from the drugstore.
I have a confession to make: I occasionally skip washing my face for days at a time. As someone who writes about beauty for a living, I definitely know better. But after spending eight-plus hours in the office and hitting up the gym or happy hour after work, sometimes my skin care routine just goes out the window when I get home. TBH, I rarely ever wear makeup, so my skin doesn't look all that worse for wear when I steer clear of cleanser. (You could say I'm #blessed.)
You might have noticed recently that many of your favorite skin-care brands have been releasing foam versions of their classic cleansers. Consider it an extension of the latest trend that's turning all of your favorite beauty products into bubbly mousses (sunscreen, body wash ... even dry shampoo). Besides being fun, foam cleansers are great multitaskers. They do killer job of removing makeup while cleansing, exfoliating, toning and hydrating your face.
If you're one of the many women who think eye creams are just another way for the cosmetic industry to get you to buy more skin care products, dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD, PA, says you should reconsider. The skin around your eye is the thinnest layer of skin on your entire body, and therefore the most sensitive, he says. So using a cream made specifically for your eyes is crucial, especially as you age.
Hyaluronic acid is a common skin care ingredient. It's in cosmetic products you might find over the counter -- and hyaluronic acid is the primary ingredient in some facial injectable fillers, like Restylane.1 So why all the hype?
If you've never had a chemical peel, you might imagine it would make your skin look like beef carpaccio a la Samantha in "Sex and the City." But the truth is, chemical peels have come a long way in the last 15 years. "You used to have redness for three to four weeks," says Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon Taylor Pollei, MD, of Lasky Skin Center. Now, thanks to buffering ingredients and customizable treatments, there's minimal downtime. "Even though you're peeling, exfoliating, and flaking... you can still get out and about and do your thing. That's different from the peels I used in the past," he says.
Even if you bathed in SPF all summer, you probably now have a few more freckles than you did back in May. All the lotions, hats and umbrellas in the world can't seem to keep them at bay completely. But that doesn't mean you have to sit back and let them take up permanent residence on your face.