Summer's almost here and almost everyone will be looking to get tan. We're all keenly aware of how damaging the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays are when it comes to skin cancer and wrinkles. We love a good spray tan, but they're pretty expensive. Which is why we've come to rely on tanning wipes instead.
'Tis the season to kick your sun care routine into high gear. But if you have oily skin, you know it can be difficult to find a sunscreen that won't leave you looking greasy by midday. Luckily, there are plenty of sunscreens on the market that won't add any shine. The key is to look for words like sheer, matte, weightless, oil-free and invisible.
The protein collagen plays a huge role when it comes to skin elasticity and hydration. As we age, our bodies produce less and less of this protein leading to increased wrinkles and dryness. Enter collagen powder, which is all the rage these days. And for good reason.
When you snooze, you lose. Moisture that is. Ever notice that you weigh less when you wake up? A large part of that is due to the loss of water that gets emitted from the body via sweat and exhaled water vapor.
Botox and lasers get all the glory. But there's no need to max out your credit cards in the hopes of smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles with fancy in-office treatments. While aging is inevitable, premature aging isn't. Every dermatologist worth their degree will tell you that the single best way to mitigate the impact of environmental aggressors on skin is to wear a SPF product that protects against UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays).
Mandelic acid is a real hidden gem. While glycolic acid (an AHA) and salicylic acid (a BHA) tend to get all the love, mandelic acid is just as good of an option. Particularly if you have sensitive skin. The mild AHA gently exfoliates to unclog pores, fade hyperpigmentation and give you an overall brightening boost. All without the irritation that can sometimes come with using other acids.
Green tea is one of the most popular anti-aging ingredients of all time. Studies show this powerful antioxidant can help ward off sun damage as well as improve the visible signs of aging caused by UV rays. But that's not all. Research finds green tea can help curb acne and soothe irritation caused by conditions like rosacea and atopic dermatitis.
There are quite a few tried-and-true skin care saviors. Like hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. But one lesser-known ingredient has been making waves lately. We're talking about argireline, a peptide that helps prevent muscle movement that leads to wrinkles. No wonder it's been trending on TikTok where it's been dubbed "Botox in a bottle."
When I was pregnant with my first child, I went a little overboard buying baby beauty lotions and potions. I didn't factor in that a tiny human won't be running through products as swiftly as a fully-formed adult. I also failed to factor in that a baby often just needs one product to function as a body wash, shampoo and conditioner. In fact, you may even run your baby a bubble bath and use the soap from that to wash your baby's skin and hair. (Unless they pee in the tub, which, sigh, any parent will tell you is all too common.)
I'm pretty religious when it comes to my skin care routine. I can't remember the last time I didn't wash and moisturize at night and I've got sunscreen on my sink, on my desk and by the front door. I also try to exfoliate at least once a week and over the years have found some tried-and-true favorites.
Fermented skin care products have been around for a while now, but they're set to really explode this year. What exactly is fermentation, you ask? The process happens when microorganisms like bacteria and yeast are used to break down or change the ingredients in substances.
Winter is here and chances are it's doing a number on your complexion. The lack of moisture in the air this time of year can lead to a serious case of dull, dry skin that's rough and flaky. That's why it's so important to use a moisturizer that adequately hydrates skin.
When dry skin goes from uncomfortable to painful, it's important to give it more than just the usual TLC. It's a sign you're dealing with a compromised skin barrier and the issue can become compounding if you don't nip it quickly.
Washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to keep germs away. (Using hand sanitizer is a must as well, of course.) That's especially important now as the pandemic persists and we move into flu season. But soap can do a number on your delicate hands leading to dry, irritated skin.
We can all agree that chapped lips are the worst. Once they become dry and flaky, it feels like an ongoing, uphill battle trying to get them back to their supple state. Add things like cold and blustery weather and ultra dry indoor heating and your efforts are practically futile.
We all know chocolate tastes delicious. But did you realize it also has some serious skin benefits when applied topically? Yep, it's true. Cocoa is full of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that shields skin against UV damage, as well as other compounds that help maintain overall skin health, soothe irritation and even heal acne.
Most of us are familiar with spray-on sunscreens. But few have tried (or even heard of) spray-on body lotions. Spray-on body lotions just hit different, especially with the end-of-summer heat and humidity.