As much as we aspire to do a full sink face wash every evening, more often that not (OK, most nights) we end up relying on cleansing towelettes in our end-of-day delirium. The best of the best (and inexpensive, to boot) are Yes To Blueberries Travel Cleansing Towelettes. We love that this weightless little pack can go anywhere with us (you can buy a 30-count full-size too) and that the supersoft wipes are infused with gently brightening apple and lemon peel extracts. The towelettes themselves are biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about waste, and unlike others, they remove eye makeup without any stinging or burning.
Tell us: What are your favorite facial cleansing wipes?
Do good while you wash up with soaps from Hand in Hand Sustainable Suds and SoapBox Soaps. Similar to the Toms Shoes “One for One” credo, for every soap purchased from these brands, one is donated to a child in a developing country to prevent the spread of water-related illnesses, which kill more than five million people per year worldwide. And you’re not sacrificing quality for conscience: The hydrating glycerin and shea butter-based bars come in sophisticated, fresh scents like orange blossom, lavender and lemongrass.
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You can read about FITNESS cover girl and Wella Professionals celebrity ambassador Rebecca Romijn‘s workout and diet secrets in our March issue— but we got her to reveal how she gets those beach waves and that fresh, glowing skin, plus the products she can’t live without.
FITNESS: What’s the one beauty product that never leaves your bag?
Rebecca Romijn: I always carry Wella Ocean Spritz to refresh my hair. It mimics sea water and adds great texture. It’s a very good low-maintenance solution for someone who’s on the go.
FITNESS: What are your haircare, makeup and skincare routines like on a typical day?
RR: I cleanse and moisturize my face in the morning and at night, and never forget sunscreen.
FITNESS: What are your secrets for looking great no matter where you are and what you’re doing? Do you have a go-to makeup look or hairstyle?
RR: I don’t wash my hair every day; in fact I always prefer “second day hair”. It’s easy and it does what I want it to do!
FITNESS: What are you gym bag beauty essentials?
RR: I always carry a hair elastic and bobby pins in my gym bag to put my postworkout hair into a bun. A bun is an easy classic. I also put on a great pair of sunglasses and Smashbox O-Gloss for my lips. The pink shade is natural-looking and perfect on everyone. And I love the texture.
FITNESS: What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
RR: My biggest beauty indulgence are regular facials, and I splurge on Oyxgen Plasma by Knutek. It’s a miracle-worker, and I use it morning and night when I cleanse. Oxygen helps with fine lines and to heal blemishes.
FITNESS: What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from the makeup, hair and skincare experts you’ve worked with?
RR: The best tip I’ve learned from makeup artists is to regularly use the Clarisonic on my face. Even if I think I’ve removed all my makeup, it’s amazing how much cleaner my face becomes after I use my Clarisonic. It’s possibly the best investment I’ve made in my skincare routine since I’ve been an adult.
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Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, Associate Art Director Lauren Kukafka shares her keep-it-simple beauty philosophy and secrets:
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Less is more!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Aveeno Cleansing Pads, DDF Aloe Toner and moisturizer.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? The three products above I use in the morning and night. I never switch it up! If it works, why change it?
Post-workout? I usually let my hair air dry after working in a bit of anti-frizz cream.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Washing up before bed. I am known to take a really long time. I love to feel really clean before bed, so I wash my face for like 20 minutes!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? I have seriously sensitive skin, and I used to try lots of new stuff, just for fun. I would always be allergic to it, however, which is no fun! Now I know just to use what works.
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
We were never keen on using bar soap to cleanse our face— until we came across B. Witching Bath Co. Natural Honey Facial Cleansing Bar. This mild, sweet-smelling solid feels like silk and leaves skin feeling supple and hydrated, not tight and dry like soaps tend to. And the adorable bee design molded onto the honey and glycerin-based bar makes using it just plain fun.
Tell us: Do you use bar soap to wash your face? If so, what’s your favorite formula?
Some of our beauty habits might sound innocent enough, but can really do damage over time. Here’s a list of pesky habits that we should all kick:
- Hair fiddling: This one might be the hardest to break, since we don’t always notice ourselves doing it. People tend to play with their hair—twisting, bending, and even breaking it—out of boredom or to just to keep our hands busy. But, this seemingly harmless habit can lead to breakage, tangles and oily strands.
- Popping pimples: We know how tempting it is to attack a blemish that’s taking over our face—but doing so can cause serious scarring and even spread pimple-causing bacteria (plus oil from your fingers) around the face. Attempt to banish acne before it even forms with ZENO Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device.
- Sleeping with makeup on: Cleansing our faces is often the first thing that falls by the wayside at the end of a busy, exhausting day. But not washing leaves pores clogged with leftover makeup, dirt and sweat—which leads to dull and break-out prone skin. Keep cleansing wipes like biodegradable Yes To Cucumbers Natural Glow Facial Towelettes on your nightstand so you never forget to wash up before you doze off.
—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern
It’s a new year—the perfect time to get your skincare habits on the right track. We got advice from Kate Somerville, celebrity aesthetician and founder of Kate Somerville Skin Care, on how to get your best skin (and body!) ever in 2011:
- Do a detox. “With a new year, it’s time for a new game plan: Detoxify through exercise, nutrition, steaming and massage. When you detoxify, you’re getting rid of toxins and impurities, giving you more energy than you’ve ever had before, and leaving your skin looking luminous.”
- Cleanse, exfoliate, pamper, repeat. “You can externally detoxify three ways. The first is to cleanse daily – morning and night – with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type. Exfoliating is another form of detoxifying. I suggest using an exfoliant on your face two or three times a week, which leaves the healthy cells on the surface and helps keep pores free of impurities. The third way to detoxify is with facials: I recommend having them monthly, whether at a skin-care salon or doing them at home.”
- Look inward. “Cleansing internally is equally important, and can be easily done with certain drinks and foods. You can get a really effective cleanse by cutting out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, added salt, meat and processed food from your diet for just three days. Drink only water, juice or herbal tea; and load up on a variety of raw, fresh produce. The fiber in the fruits and vegetables acts like a brush throughout your intestinal system, sweeping away all the junk as it goes through. This kind of detox will not only cleanse your body, but it will also recalibrate your taste buds.”
It’s been a crazy week here at the office—which leaves us longing for some TLC. This weekend, we’ll be winding down with Johnson’s Melt Away Stress Lavender & Chamomile Body Wash: The creamy lilac liquid smells of soothing lavender, warm milk and chamomile, and the hydrating glycerin-based formula leaves our skin soft. Best of all, it comes in a hefty 20 oz. bottle that lasts forever (and costs less than $6)! What’s your can’t-live-without-it body cleanser?