We’d always been indifferent to shaving creams— until we found one that could double as body wash: Eco-Armour Shaving Foam & Body Wash in Soothing Citrus. The fluffy, light as air formula comes in an easy-to-use pump bottle, rather than a bulky can, and is based on a cocktail of natural ingredients like coconut oil, glycerin and aloe that leave skin smooth. And we can’t get enough of the refreshing bergamot and grapefruit essential oil-derived scent.
Tell us: Do you use a shaving foam, cream or gel? If so, what’s your go-to?
Cozy up to one of these self-warming beauty products on a chilly winter’s night— they contain ingredients like zeolite and magnesium sulfate, which release heat upon contact with water. The warmth not only soothes sore muscles and elements-exposed skin, but also enhances the penetration of active ingredients. Hot stuff to try:
- HAIR TREATMENT: Wella Enrich Self-Warming Mask
- FACE CLEANSER: Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser
- FACE SCRUB: Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant
- FACE MASK: Somme Institute Boost Gentle Warming Mask
- BODY SCRUB: Bliss Hot Salt Scrub
- FOOT SLOUGHER: All About Feet Warming Foot Scrub
When was the last time you properly cleaned your makeup brushes?
Can’t remember? Then you might be swirling bacteria and fungus on your face—ick!
Makeup brushes pick up and accumulate dead skin cells, oils, dirt and any other bacteria that’s on your skin. This leads to brushes that are stiff with separated bristles, causing streaky makeup and eventually destroying your tool. Plus, touching your face with a dirty brush every day can cause clogged pores and breakouts, too. Take the time to clean yours as often as possible. The following products make it easy:
- Clinique Brush Cleanser is a great wash to remove all the grime that’s accumulated, leaving a completely clean, sanitized brush.
- Bare Escentuals Quick Change Brush Cleaner is a lifesaver when you need to instantly remove pigment from your brushes. It allows you to go from one shade to another in seconds, leaving no traces of the previous color.
Remember: Clean brushes mean a clean, happy face!
—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern
Thanks to brutal winds and bitter cold in New York City this week, our skin has taken a beating. It feels dry, tight and uncomfortable—and doesn’t look much better! Our saving grace? Slathering Nude Skincare Cleansing Facial Oil on our face during a warm shower: We leave it on to dissolve the day’s grime as our skin drinks up the omega oil and vitamin E-based formula. The luxurious texture and light, creamy jasmine scent makes a regular shower feel like a spa experience. How do you keep your skin comfortable on the coldest days?
We went on a trip with our girlfriends last weekend, and the most-swiped item in our toiletry bag was Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. The sugar and olive oil-based facial scrub smells delightfully citrusy and gets rid of dead cells thanks to citric acid in lemongrass and orange peel extracts. We wet our face, work a bit between our fingers and then massage into skin. After a rinse, our skin looks and feels like new—purified, vibrant, soft and refreshed, even after a red-eye flight and early-morning wakeup.
What beauty product do your friends swipe from your stash?
From makeup remover to acne wash, it takes a small army of cleansers to freshen my face before bed. For years, I’ve been searching for a face wash that can do it all while still protecting my sensitive skin. After hearing Features Assistant Editor Sarah D’Angelo rave about Neutrogena Deep Clean Sport Facial Cleanser ($6.99, drugstores), I decided to give it a shot. The tingling wash took off grime and makeup, but wasn’t harsh. Plus, it contains salicylic acid to keep blemishes at bay, and the leak-proof packaging is perfect for my gym bag. So long, three-step cleansing routine!
— Catherine Q. O’Neill, contributing blogger
It’s been one of those crazy-busy weeks—you know, the kind when you get home at the end of each night and can’t muster that last bit of energy to wash your face. Enter Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes ($12 for 30), our time-saving grace. These vitamin E and aloe-infused face wipes remove makeup and grime, leaving skin soft and moisturized. They’re paraben and fragrance-free, and biodegradable, so we can toss them in the trash guilt-free. Plus, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Polar Bear SOS initiative, to help protect the endangered animals. Sounds like a win-win to us! What’s your favorite way to cleanse quickly?