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The Cleansing Waters Are Rising

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Last year, I did something revolutionary with my skincare routine: I stopped using soap and water to clean my face. Motivated by the theory that a lot of cleansers strip your skin of necessary oils and that tap water leaves behind trace minerals that can cause dryness and irritation, I kicked my daily cleanser to the curb in favor of—wait for it—cleansing water. The dirt-removing no-rinse washes that double as makeup removers and toners are not news to anyone who has spent a lot of time in Paris, where Bioderma’s Solution Micellaire Créaline TS H20 is king. Somehow, despite its popularity, Bioderma is not distributed on this side of the pond, but cleansing waters are gaining steam stateside thanks in large part to their prevalence backstage during fashion week. Makeup artists like James Kaliardos and Lucia Pieroni always have a bottle of the gentle, skin-purifying and -softening liquid at their respective stations, and the more they use it to refresh models’ travel-weary skin in between shows, the more said models adopt it as a regular part of their own regimens. Most Parisian pharmacy brands, like Klorane and Avene, count cleansing waters as an essential part of their product lineup, and now bigger American brands are following suit. Introducing NARS Makeup Removing Water. A soap-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free liquid, the lightly scented, cucumber-infused elixir sweeps away impurities without having to use abrasive scrubs or cloths. The brand recommends following the splash with a cleanser, although in my experience, a few cotton pads soaked with the fluid alone should do you right. (Editor’s note: If you’re feeling particularly grimy or are partial to wearing particularly heavy makeup, wash with a gentle cleanser at night and revert to a cleansing water-only regimen when you wake up in the morning.)

Photo: Courtesy of NARS Cosmetics

Cleansing Waters: Even Salma Hayek Uses Them

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On a recent Thursday afternoon, we had the pleasure of having lunch with Salma Hayek to talk Nuance, her new skin, hair, and makeup range for CVS. Hayek, who for the record has an impeccable—and Botox-free—complexion (“don’t think I have not been tempted, but I have done nothing,” she insists), is incredibly passionate about the range, which is rolling out to the drugstore chain this month. “I didn’t do a lot of market research,” she said of the 100-piece line. “This is just what I have found that works,” including tepezcohuite, a tree bark native to southern Mexico and Brazil that regenerates red blood cells and acts as a seriously potent antiaging agent. The extract was a favorite of her grandmother, a cosmetologist who frequently shared her DIY beauty secrets with Salma. What we found most interesting about Hayek’s musings on gloss (“I’m not much of a lip glosser),” tips (“the most important thing you can do is wash your face at night”), and equal-opportunity age defying (“it shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right”) was the fact that the self-proclaimed beauty junkie doesn’t wash her face with soap in the morning. The fact that soaps can be stripping and drying, two things that can inadvertently age your skin, isn’t news—which is presumably why the Cleansing Water movement is gaining steam stateside. Part makeup remover, part toner, these no-rinse hydrating fluids are popular in Europe and are a great way to refresh your skin in the morning without being abrasive. They also happen to be a favorite with backstage regulars. “They’re moisturizing,” makeup artist James Kaliardos said yesterday at Diane von Furstenberg (more on that in
a bit). Kaliardos prepped model’s complexions with Klorane’s Soothing Makeup Remover
with Cornflower
. “Avene makes a good one, too,” he said—as does Bioderma. Its Solution Micellaire Créaline TS H20 starts showing up once the collections move to Milan and Paris, as it’s only available across the pond. You’ll have a few more stateside options soon, though. “I’ve got something coming out,” promises Hayek, who recommends an at-home remedy in the meantime: Mix one part rose or lavender essential oil with one part soy powder and two parts water. Shake and apply to a cotton pad; store in the refrigerator.

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Gucci To Do Makeup, Gwyneth Is A Drug Store Beauty Junkie, And More…

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There is but one acronym to describe the news that a Gucci color cosmetics collection has been confirmed: O.M.G. [WWD]

Forget her Hollywood-royalty pedigree. Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed in the latest GOOP newsletter that some of her favorite beauty products are in fact from pharmacies—French ones (we didn’t really peg her for a Duane Reade regular). Favorites include must-haves from Avène (which coincidentally is now available at a DR near you) and Klorane, the naturally minded hair care line. [Monsters & Critics]

First came her starring role in Alexander Wang’s T campaign; now Zoë Kravitz is taking a turn as the face of Vera Wang’s perfume Princess. Seeing as how Leighton Meester will front ads for Wang’s forthcoming women’s fragrance, Kravitz’s Gossip Girl makeover in the print campaign seems fitting. [Bella Sugar Australia]

As we reported this month, Justin Bieber’s One Less Lonely Girl nail collection for OPI completely sold out at Wal-Mart over the holidays. What’s the nail giant’s next move? A second collection with the Biebs, obvs.[StyleList]

Photo: Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

Avène Keeps Its Eyes On the Prize

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Eyes may be the window to the soul, as the old adage goes, but they can also be the ultimate window to your age: Fine lines, dark circles, and sagging skin might as well be rings on a tree trunk. While such unsightliness may drive you to consider drastic measures, tread carefully: The skin around your eyes is four times more delicate than on any other part of your body and must be treated with the utmost care. Creams that are too abrasive or oily can damage the sensitive area, which is why Avène’s new Eau Thermale Eluage Eye Contour Care is such a revelation. As gentle as it is effective, the antiaging formula boasts a potent combination of collagen-stimulating retinaldehyde (a form of vitamin A), moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid fragments, and dark circle and puffiness-reducing agents to brighten and lighten tired eyes with a silky texture agreeable to even the most reactive complexions. Slather on liberally and brace yourself for an, er, eye-opening experience.

Photo: Courtesy of Avene

A New Way To Get Your Retinol Fix On

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That retinol is a magical skincare antiager is not news. But while dermatologists far and wide love to tout the wrinkle-fighting abilities of this effective form of vitamin A, the fact remains that for many of us, it is simply too harsh—my skin, for example, reacts with nonstop peeling. The optimal solution would be to find a formula that is both strong and gentle, which is a tall order considering the fact that if you drastically diminish a product’s retinol content, it completely loses its fine line-reducing power. Avene’s latest skincare innovation aims to reach that happy medium, however, with the help of a little something called retinaldehyde. As effective as the most potent over-the-counter retinols, the hero ingredient in the brand’s new Retrinal+ Cream, which comes in two concentrations, is also designed to be significantly easier on the skin. Combined with the soothing thermal spring waters that Avene has become known for, the result is pretty much magic for the irritation-prone. Just remember that even though it’s gentler than those traditional retinols, your skin will still be hypersensitive to the sun, so best to stick to nighttime application, and when you’re using it during the day, don’t leave the house without a layer of SPF 15 or higher.

Photo: Courtesy of Avene