Between the mood swings, cramps, food cravings and fatigue, periods kind of suck. And as the cherry on top of all that, you've also got to add bad skin? During your period, you're more prone to breakouts and your skin can often look dull and wan: A perfect way to intensify your already ruined mood.
Hughes is perhaps best known for her enviably glowy skin. And it's not that it's shellacked with heavy products and chrome-y highlighters; in fact it's just the opposite: It looks almost completely bare, except somehow also almost otherworldly in its #filtered dewiness.
It doesn't matter how little or how much time you spend in the sun — SPF is the number one ingredient you should apply to your face and body. You probably already know that it protects you from getting gnarly burns, sun spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer — but what you may not realize is that it also protects whatever ingredients you apply to your face as well. Today we're outlining 6 skin care ingredients that don't mix well with the sun and that absolutely always require SPF to be worn on top.
Welcome to the world of skin care, Kylie Jenner! Last month the, uh, self-made beauty mogul launched her new skin care line, Kylie Skin. And no surprise the products flew off shelves and sold out within hours. The line features the basics: face wash, exfoliator, toner, moisturizer, eye cream (and, to my pleasant surprise, a vitamin C serum). While the whole Kylie Skin collection got the internet buzzing, it was the Walnut Face Scrub, $22, in particular that put the internet in a tweeting rage. Jenner calls the Kylie Skin face scrub, "my secret to a fresh face," and claims it's gentle enough to use everyday. But is it really?
No matter how diligent you are with SPF, sometimes your skin can get a little red after spending time out in the sun during the summer months. While aloe is the most well-known skin soother, cucumber is also pretty amazing at calming irritation, as it's a super-cooling ingredient that naturally contains tons of skin-soothing antioxidants, including vitamin C and caffeic acid.
The route to glowy skin just got quicker, easier, and prettier with L'Oreal Paris Summer Belle Makeup Beach Bae Face & Body Liquid Luminizer, $14.98. Pump a few drops into your hand, then rub them in, for a dewy, pearly, bronze-y effect that's flattering an so sexy.
Skin looking a little dull these days? Having trouble keeping breakouts under control? It's high time you made some changes to your skin care routine. Certain products and ingredients are super effective at brightening up lackluster skin and unclogging pores for a blemish-free, smooth finish. Here, top dermatologists share their best advice for getting, and maintaining, clear, glowing skin.
Wearing broad spectrum sunscreen every day is a preventative measure we should all take no matter our age, location, race, or gender. Consider it the skin care equivalent to brushing your teeth or getting regular exercise — things that make an impact in our overall health over the long run. Applying sunscreen may not feel very meaningful or important right now, but later on down the road you'll be super glad you took the step in our routine. (The opposite is true, as well.) To help compel you to slather up, we reached asked two dermatologists to share the numerous reasons why SPF is so important.
We'll always love our French sisters for their incredible pharmacy finds, just as we'll always be powerless to the charms of an adorable Korean beauty pick, but right now we cannot get enough of everything and anything Scandinavian. It started with über cool, minimalist Scandi fashion and it has progressed into design, lifestyle choices (hygge, anyone?), food and beauty. Also, we may or may not be obsessed with Scandinavian fashion. (What would we do without Ganni, By Malene Birger and Stine Goya now?)
As many of us already know, sun exposure is one of the leading causes of skin cancer. Which is part of the reason that more and more brands are developing amazing sunless tanning products that can give you that subtle just-left-Mexico look... without risking any unnecessary UV exposure.
Want to know the surest way you'll apply SPF every single day like it ain't no thing? If you actually like the formulation. Nothing's worse than a streaky, goopy, greasy mess, but the sunscreens in this roundup are so sheer that you won't even know they're protecting your skin. Beyond that, many of them were formulated specifically to go under your makeup to help create a flawless complexion and a nice grip for your BB cream or foundation.
Have you ever tried an enzyme treatment? The term may sound intimidating, but they're actually pretty gentle and suitable for most skin types. As far as exfoliation methods go, they're kind of the best of both words, in terms of gentleness and efficacy. They're a great way to hit "reset" on your complexion and can help with everything from cell turnover to alleviating breakouts and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Best of all, they leave your skin oh so smooth.
Wrinkles are inevitable: As you grow older, your ability to produce collagen and elastin decreases, which in turn causes the skin to wrinkle. There are multiple aspects that affect this process (and how fast it happens), from your genes to your lifestyle. Of course, we've got nothing against aging — it's part of life, and you've gotta do you — but we also understand that a lot of people want to slow things down a bit.
Wildcrafted beauty: the very name brings to mind forest fairies and frolicking in streams. It's a new buzzword in beauty and for good reason. Educated consumers like to know what is in our products, and it's hard to pronounce — let alone understand — most of the ingredients in our beauty products these days. Wildcrafted products, on the other hand, are defined as using plants and herbs gathered in the wild (think of it like natural beauty products on steroids). Advocates of foraged, not farmed ingredients say that there is more potency in plants that grow wild.
Cosmedix was founded in 1998 by a team of aestheticians, chemists and doctors: The goal was to create medical-grade products that were not only natural, but effective in addressing common skin concerns, without causing irritation.
'Tis the season to tuck away your heavy cream and slather on a lighter, water-based moisturizer instead. These hard-working hydrators work to satiate thirsty skin, but do so without feeling heavy or greasy, making them a true godsend throughout the hot and humid months. Given their lightweight consistency, water-based creams, serums, and sprays are also ideal for those with oily skin. Today we're rounding up a handful of tried-and-true faves as well as some product newbies that have made a major splash since their shelf debut.
Summer is a great time to up your fruit intake, particularly with ones that are in season this time of year. One of our faves? Mango. Not only are mangoes super tasty, they also happen to have some major skin benefits. They're chock full of vitamin A (which helps maintain youthful-looking skin) and vitamin C (an antioxidant that protects against sun damage). Mango butter, meanwhile — which is obtained from the kernels of the mango tree — is extremely nourishing.
A woman who can never take too many trips to Sephora and jumps for joy each month when her Birchbox subscription arrives might appreciate a lovely bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day, but what she really wants is the new, new in the world of beauty. We're talking the latest and greatest hair tools, makeup palettes, skin smoothers and more.
Even though she's an actress by trade, my mom's never cared much about skin care or beauty. But you know what she does care about? Free stuff. And ever since I started working in beauty, she's taken a much more marked interest in whatever products she can mooch off of me.