I’m a sucker for anything sweet (who isn’t?!), so when I heard about this DIY body scrub that promises to make your skin bright and healthy, I had to try it. The verdict: It works and smells amazing! Best of all, it’s made of simple ingredients you’re sure to have stashed in your kitchen:
½ cup of brown sugar
3 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp of honey
A few drops of water
Mix ingredients in a bowl, rub all over your skin in the shower, then rinse. Store in an airtight container for future use. Pretty sweet!
—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern
Brutally cold temperatures and whipping winds in New York City this week have been seriously punishing for our skin. Since our chapped parts require more than a regular moisturizer, we pulled out the big gun: FixMySkin Healing Body Balm, with one percent hydrocortisone in a base of natural oils and butters to not just soothe, but actually repair tough skin issues like cracks, flakes, eczema and rashes. The twist-up tube resembles an oversized lip balm, perfect for stashing in your gym bag or purse to target stubborn spots like heels, cuticles and elbows. And, although we’re partial to the Vanilla scent, it comes in an unscented version, too.
Tell us: Do you use an all-purpose balm? If so, what’s your favorite?
Since arriving in chilly, arid New York City from Mississippi a few weeks ago, I’ve been plagued by flaky, parched skin and chapped lips. So I grilled dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, for his best tips on fighting climate-induced dryness:
- Thicken up your skincare routine by choosing a moisturizer that’s one level heavier than what you normally use. If you usually go for a gel formula, try a lotion; if you normally use a lotion, try a cream; and if your go-to is a cream, try a balm, salve or oil.
- Even your ears need a little TLC in the winter, because they’re often exposed to the elements: Apply the same product you use for your face on your ears as well.
- Don’t neglect your lips! Your lips have fewer oil glands than other parts of your body, so they’re highly susceptible to cracking and sun damage. Slather on a lip balm with SPF, Nivea A Kiss of Protection Lip Care SPF 30, every day.
- Using antibacterial gels and frequent hand-washing during flu season can cause dry skin. Help your hands by hydrating with a thick cream such as Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy after each wash. For severe dryness, cover your hands and feet with petroleum jelly followed by gloves or socks before bed to help skin heal overnight.
- Skip the soap: It can strip the body of oil and dehydrate skin. Try a moisturizing body wash like Neosporin Moisture Essentials Daily Body Wash that will gently cleanse dry skin.
- Super-hot showers feel great during the winter, but the heat can break down the skin’s lipid barrier. Prevent damage by taking cool or lukewarm baths.
—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern
To many people, oil in beauty products is the enemy— but for those with dry skin and hair, the slippery stuff can be a saving grace. Our latest oil obsession is Lierac Paris Sensorielle Multi-Use Oil for Face, Body & Hair, a blend of argan, sweet almond, and grape seed oils with the light, creamy scent of jasmine, camellia, and gardenia extracts. We smooth it on rough patches on our face and body, pump a few drops into the bath, and run a bit through the parched ends of our hair for instant, lasting hydration and nourishment. Using the luxe oil in its gorgeous glass bottle just makes us feel fancy!
Tell us: Are you a fan of beauty oils? If so, what’s your favorite?
We’ve always loved bar soaps in theory, but they tend to leave our skin a little too squeaky, and, well—dry. But not the Out of Africa Organic Shea Butter Soap in Vanilla that recently came across our desk. When we sudsed up, it had the creamiest feel and left our skin silky, thanks to a 20% pure shea butter base, and only four other ingredients: olive and palm kernel oils, vanilla essential oil, and water. The faintly sweet, warm vanilla scent has us addicted, too. As simple—and skin-loving—as soap gets. Do you wash with bar soap? If so, what’s your go-to?
Our pasty limbs have just recently been exposed to the light of day after months of hibernation, so we’re relying on shimmery Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion to impart the subtle (and sun-free!) glow our skin is missing. We smooth a bit of the fast-absorbing formula over our bare legs and arms before stepping out the door: Mineral mica in the lotion reflects light, blurring imperfections. We love that it’s less commitment that a sunless tanner, and there’s no risk of staining clothes. How do you prep your body for its summer reveal?
Brrr! You don’t need Al Roker to tell you that it’s COLD outside in most states right now. (Californians, you are all lucky ducks!) In our February issue, we featured treatments to heal your toughest winter woes. Here are a couple of my favorite snow-day tips for looking radiant even when you’re freezing:
- If the skin on your body is parched, try this trick: Once you get in the shower, massage a cream-based cleanser over your skin when it’s dry, not wet. This step prevents the cream from getting too diluted, so that it’s more effective and hydrating. Rinse after about 15-20 seconds.
- To stop your makeup from caking, soften any cream-based concealers or foundations between your index fingertip and thumb before applying. The heat you generate will help it go on evenly. (Chilly temps can harden creamy makeup products.)
- No tropical vacay in site? After applying a peach cream blush to your cheeks, pat a little above each eyebrow’s arch, then blend. This will give your face a little sunkissed glow and warmth.
As the shops in New York City start filling their windows with festive decorations, cold air is creeping in, too. These beauty treats keep us hydrated on chilly days (and the delicious scents are a calorie-free bonus!):
Chapstick Lip Balm in Cool and Soothing Peppermint: This twist on the classic lip balm seals in moisture with a cooling sensation and prevents chapping. Plus, the it smells and tastes like peppermint, so it instantly freshens breath.
Lumene Spa Repairing Body Butter: This formula is ultra-creamy and has a refreshing citrus scent. I use it at night before bed, and wake up with smooth, silky skin. The formula is light enough to wear during the day, too.
Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Foot Cream: This is my guilty pleasure after a long day at work. The rich cream has the aroma of Serendipity’s famous hot chocolate, plus peppermint oil to relieve feet after a day of pounding the pavement.
What are your favorite beauty indulgences for brisk days?
-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern
Halloween is just around the corner, which means tempting sweets are everywhere. But you can get your chocolate fix—calorie-free—with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Butter. We slather the vitamin E-rich cream all over our dry spots before bed: It’s like dessert for our senses and our skin! Do you like sweetly-scented beauty treats?