We’d recently gone a tad too long between trims— OK, more like a month too long!— and had shamefully scraggly ends to show for it. Our strand-saving grace: Redken All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil, a subtly sweet-scented formula that’s more viscous than regular oils, so it’s not runny and messy. We apply a dollop on damp hair after a shower: The argan-packed elixir makes our brittle, frayed ends feel soft and look healthy. It can be used on dry hair as well to tame, smooth and add shine in between washings, or as a rinse-out nourishing treatment.
Tell us: What’s the best product you’ve found for concealing and healing dead ends?
Some people are wary of using scrubs— as they can be harsh and irritating— but on cold, windy days, skin is need of some extra TLC. To rescue ours from its chapped, red state, we turn to Lush Ocean Salt used as a scrub or face mask. It contains fresh lime extract to unclog pores, plus avocado and coconut oils that leave our face soft and radiant. And it doesn’t hurt that the margarita-esque fragrance turns our bathroom into a tropical paradise!
Tell us: Do you use a scrub or mask? If so, what’s your favorite?
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
We use body scrubs like they’re going out of style, so we prefer our tubs to be large and fairly inexpensive. One of our go-to’s is Alba Botanica Sugar Cane Body Polish, a sweet, slightly gritty formula made with honey. It’s not oily or greasy, so there’s none of that annoying tub spillage—or worse, slippage!—and it leaves our skin soft and bump-free. Do you use body scrubs? If so, what’s your favorite?
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.
“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
Our April “Raise the Bar” Beauty Buys page is bursting with our favorite soaps for skin and hair. Another that’s recently taken up residence in our shower: One Just 4 Me! Brown Sugar Oatmeal Natural Body Soap, a creamy, gently sudsing bar that’s flecked with real bits of oatmeal, so it exfoliates as it cleanses. It makes our skin feel soft, not tight, and we love the subtly sweet scent it leaves behind. What’s the best bar soap you’ve tried?
I’m currently on week three of my half-marathon training schedule for the FITNESS Half-Marathon, and my feet are starting to look very callused and all-around rough. Heidi Waldorf, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City, recently gave me this cool tip:
Before you put on your gym socks, slather on Vaseline all over your feet. “Vaseline will help soften your skin and also keep you from getting a blister,” Dr. Waldorf says. If you have calluses, Dr. Waldorf suggests using a lotion or serum with salicylic acid before Vaseline. Post-treadmill you’ll have baby-soft feet.