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Top Three Fall Favorites

Written on November 3, 2011 at 10:28 am , by

Autumn is my favorite season of the year (hands-down!), so I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate little fall touches into my daily life. Here are three ways you can get in the seasonal mood:

Suds up with a seasonal body wash. Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Muffin Body Wash is incredibly moisturizing and gives my whole bathroom a Thanksgiving-esque, fresh-baked pumpkin pie scent…yum!

Try on a new fall hair color. After an accidental color mishap, Mel Galiano, a genius colorist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in NYC turned my botched, too-dark color into a warm caramel brunette with bright, sunkissed ends. Crisis, averted!

A pumpkin facial: Pumpkins are packed with mild enzymes and vitamin C, which (when applied topically) can exfoliate your skin by dissolving dead skin cells. The Sense Spa at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC offers a great seasonal facial from now through November 30th. (A supercool touch: They keep your slippers in a heater, so they’re warm and toasty when they put them back on at the end of the facial!) Can’t make it to the spa? Renee Rouleua’s Pumpkin Smoothing Peel will make even tired skin gleam.

Am I missing any fall beauty products that you love? What’s your favorite season of the year and why?

 

 

Feet First

Written on October 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm , by

Now that summer’s warmth is a distant memory and everyone’s sandals have been shelved, footcare often falls to the bottom of the beauty priority list. But even though your feet aren’t on display in winter, they can still take a beating. We asked Mary Lupo, M.D., a dermatologist in New Orleans, for advice on how to keep your feet in top shape through the cold-weather months— until it’s time for them to see the light again:

Feet aren’t usually exposed in winter, so what causes them to become cracked and damaged?
Heaters easily dehydrate the skin, and the hotter bath and shower temperatures people seem to like in winter can also be harmful to skin. There are fewer oil glands in the feet to protect them from drying out.

What is the best way to get rid of cracks and calluses?
Hands down: Theraplex FT Exfoliating Emollient. It’s a game changer! It contains salicylic acid to exfoliate the dead, dried skin cells, hydrators for deep nourishment, and even a little menthol to deodorize.

How should we care for our feet on a daily basis now that the weather is cooler? Apply a skin-sloughing foot cream with glycolic or salicylic acid, then slip on a pair of socks on for at least 15 minutes. Even better, wear your socks overnight or do this routine right after you shower before stepping out for the day. It’s so easy and will keep your feet baby soft all year!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

California Bans Indoor Tanning Under Age 18

Written on October 11, 2011 at 7:37 am , by

This past weekend, the state of California passed the first-ever law banning indoor tanning for people under age 18. Because tanning beds were recently moved into the highest cancer risk category by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (along with the likes of tobacco, arsenic and asbestos), and indoor tanners have a 74% higher risk of developing melanoma, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, we believe the ban is justified and hope that it takes hold across the country.

Tell us: What do you think of California’s ban on indoor tanning for those under 18? Should other states follow suit?

Soothe Sensitive Skin

Written on September 19, 2011 at 7:21 am , by

ClearSkin_316wIn the October issue of FITNESS (on sale tomorrow!), we have a must-read feature all about sensitive skin, which is perfect for the 60 percent of American women who say they have complexion irritation. We feature a couple of fantastic makeup products that will help you fake flawless skin, but you should also try these incredible makeup tricks from Emily Kate Warren, a makeup artist in San Francisco and New York City.

Time to prime. If you have red patches, instead of trying to cover up all of the ruddiness with a concealer, simply pick a primer in a yellow or green tint. The tint will help tone down these areas so they’re not so obvious. Next, use tinted moisturizer all over, then spot cover with a yellow-toned concealer to camouflage as needed.

Don’t fight it. Leave the natural redness in your cheeks and simply sweep a matte, pale pink blush on the tops of your apples. Similar to embracing your hair’s natural texture, it’s more flattering to play up your natural rosiness on your cheeks. Just apply it lightly–the more you swipe, the more you’re going to make your cheeks look red.

Tell us: What are your makeup tricks for sensitive skin?

Bedtime Breakouts

Written on July 18, 2011 at 11:05 am , by

We all thought our acne would be gone after high school, but alas, it persists—for years and sometimes decades, many blemishes incubating while we sleep. Here, a few simple ways to reduce unsightly breakouts that occur while you snooze:

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  • Wash your pillowcase once a week. Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that accumulate on pillowcases can cause bacteria buildup and breakouts.
  • Try sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your side puts your face in direct contact with the buildup on your pillowcase and sheets, and suffocates your pores.
  • Don’t sleep with hair products on. If you’re deep conditioning your hair overnight or have leftover product in from during the day, either wash your hair before bed or cover it with a shower cap before lying down. Oils and waxes in hair products are known to clog pores and bring on blemishes.
  • Avoid cosmetics, lotions, and lip treatments that contain lanolin, petrolatum, oleic acid, certain vegetable oils and lauryl alchol. The National Women’s Health Information Center found these ingredients are more likely to cause acne.
  • Get enough sleep! Sleep is vital to every element of your health. If you’re sleep-deprived, your acne will take longer to clear and will only get worse.

—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

Something to Smile About

Written on July 5, 2011 at 10:46 am , by

A recent study by Orbit Complete found that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup, and women generally smile more than men.mcx-white-smile-0510-msc

We were born to smile…literally: Babies start smiling in their sleep as newborns!

Young or old, no one wants a parched-looking pucker. Keep your lips moisturized this season with the lip products that make me smile:

  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick with Vitamin E: This moisturizer to soothe cracked lips may look like a glue stick, but it’s far from sticky—we keep it on our nightstand and smooth it on before snoozing.
  • EOS Lip Balm Smooth Sphere: This fun-to-use orb is addictive and tastes slightly sweet.
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: The combination of hydration, SPF and brown sugar is almost kissable itself!
  • Etsy Bare Balm: This can be applied with your finger and conveniently fits in your wallet or pocket.
  • What’s the lip product you can’t live without?

    —By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

    The FDA’s New SPF Rules

    Written on June 15, 2011 at 9:35 am , by

    After decades (!) of deliberation and anticipation, the Food and Drug Administration recently revealed new rules regulating sunscreens that will go into effect in a year. Here, a brief crib sheet on what you need to know:6877099-woman-applying-sunscreen-lotion-lotion-at-the-beach-rear-view

    • In order to be labeled “broad spectrum”, sunscreens must provide equal and adequate UVA (wrinkle and cancer-causing rays) and UVB (burning and cancer-causing rays) protection.
    • Sunscreen companies will be banned from labeling their products as “sunblock”, “waterproof” or “sweatproof”; instead, they’ll be able to indicate on the packaging  how many minutes the sunscreen resists water, based on FDA-reviewed tests results.
    • Any sunscreen under SPF 15 or without a proportionate amount of UVA and UVB protection will have to include a label that states that the product does not provide protection against skin cancer or skin aging.
    • The FDA has yet to decide on one additional rule: Whether to ban the labeling of SPFs above 50. They are still accepting comments about this proposed regulation.

    What do you think about the new sunscreen rules?

    Soften Up Your Skin

    Written on June 9, 2011 at 10:44 am , by

    Summer can wreak havoc on your skin (sun! sweat! breakouts!), so now’s the time to make sure yours is smooth and supple. I quizzed our beauty team for their top exfoliation tips, so you can sail through the hottest season of the year looking radiant and fresh.

    lowres-WB3O6200“I’ve found the best thing that works to rejuvenate my sensitive skin is the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System. The brush is incredibly gentle, and I use it every night to take off my makeup and the day’s grime. It removes six times more dirt and oil than cleansing with hands alone, and its sonic frequency produces over 300 movements per second. Pretty impressive, right? Plus, I love that my night cream absorbs into my skin more readily.” –Eleanor Langston, Beauty Director

    “I’m an exfoliating fiend. I use a glycolic acid peel pad in the AM before my sunscreen and a retinol treatment at night to keep my skin healthy-looking and glowing. When I shower, I slough off dead skin cells with a microdermabrasion stick like Blinc Resurfastic Face, followed by a moisturizing mask.” –April Franzino, Associate Beauty Editor

    “I love St. Ives Apricot Scrub because it’s inexpensive and makes my face feel ultra-soft. For my body, I use Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash daily, and I never have any sensitivity.” –Kelly Garner, Beauty Intern

    “I used to think that the more I cleansed, the clearer my skin would be, but boy was I wrong! My skin became unbearably red from daily sloughing, so now I use a scrub two to three times a week and never on consecutive days. My secret: Apply your scrub in the shower. Steam’s heat helps soften skin, so you can rub without irritation.” –Amanda Downs, Beauty Intern

    We want to know: How often do you exfoliate? What are your top skin-softening secrets?

    Apps for Staying Safe in the Sun

    Written on May 25, 2011 at 10:16 am , by

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    May is Melanoma Awareness Month, but you can stay safe all year long with these handy sun safety apps from Appitalism.com:

    • Sun Safety (free for the Apple iPhone): Provides useful, up-to-date sun exposure danger information for any U.S. city, along with tips on how to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer.
    • UV Index (free for Android): This easy-to-use app allows you to enter your zip code or city/state to get the color-coded UV index each day.
    • Coppertone MyUVAlert (free for the Apple iPhone): Offers custom SPF reapplication reminders along with personalized product recommendations, coupons, sun protection advice, and local UV index forecasts.
    • Handy Weather for Blackberry (Free for the Blackberry): Venturing out of the country? This app shares worldwide weather forecasts for over 40,000 preset cities, including the UV index, real feel temperature, wind, and humidity.

    Give & Get with SkinCeuticals

    Written on May 4, 2011 at 7:44 am , by

    Talk about getting what you give: In honor of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the brand SkinCeuticals will donate $20 to the Melanoma Research Alliance and send you a free full-size bottle of their new Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (a $30 value and a personal favorite of ours!) when you share a sun protection-related video testimonial on their Facebook page. And each written testimonial posted to their page will garner a $2 donation to the cause. Truly a win-win proposition!