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July 23 2014

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The Best Facial—for Your Body

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My bathroom is brimming with every spinning brush, brightening peel, and wrinkle-fighter on the planet. I even try to keep a standing facial appointment on my schedule. But below the neck, the bells and whistles are few and far between; I’m lucky if I remember to reach for the lone loofah in my shower once a week. But celebrity facialist Mila Moursi, a favorite of Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox and owner of her own namesake spa and skin institute in Beverly Hills, says that crunches aren’t the only key to getting a bikini-worthy bod. “The skin on your body needs just the same kind of attention [as your complexion] in order to keep it feeling soft and looking rejuvenated,” she noted. To keep tone and texture in tip-top shape, Moursi suggests scheduling a body treatment at the beginning of every season. But for those who don’t have the time (or the cash flow) to get pampered on the regular, sneaking in a quick session before an impending beach vacation can help overhaul lackluster arms and legs. In my quest to look more like Aniston naked (or at least get her glow from head to toe), I road-tested Moursi’s Detoxifying & Skin Conditioning treatment, which incorporates a thorough dry brushing and a 45-minute detoxifying sweat wrap, followed by a soak in a hydrotherapy tub, a body scrub, and a customized massage for kicks (and kinks). When I emerged from Moursi’s coccoon-like space, I felt reborn, refreshed, and ready to bare it all. (Let’s just say if there had been a wrecking ball in the middle of Sunset Boulevard, I might have been tempted to pull a Miley Cyrus.) They say your body is a temple, and I highly suggest these 75 minutes of uninterrupted devotion.

Detoxifying & Skin Conditioning treatment, $410; Mila Moursi Skin Care Institute & Day Spa, 9255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 102, Los Angeles

Photo: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com

A Biker Chick’s Solution for Better Skin

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Anyone who zips in between shows during fashion weeks knows that the fastest form of transit is on the back of a motorbike. For those who prefer this method of travel beyond F.W. (say, on the open road during a summer weekend), it’s worth heeding a few skincare rules. “On a ride, you have to deal with extreme wind and sun,” notes Michele Carter, who is something of an expert on the subject, as a motorcycle enthusiast and founder of Adventuress, a skincare line designed for biker chicks. Inspired by her own complexion struggles, she consulted a chemist and formulated a six-piece collection that’s free of harsh chemicals and fragrances, and instead loaded with botanicals to purify and protect skin from the elements. Essentials include the (YouVee’s) Sunscreen Swipes, which deliver just enough broad-spectrum SPF 30 to cover your face but won’t make hands greasy, and the Wickedly Protective EnviroBalm with anti-inflammatory ingredients, free-radicals, and emollients that “create a barrier against wind and sun to help retain moisture,” explains Carter. The Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier is another must-have after a day spent around fumes—it rids pores of impurities and fights blemishes with a blend of quince seed, witch hazel, and plant extracts. As you’d expect, everything is highly portable, and many items serve multiple purposes, such as the Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer that works as a day, night, and eye cream all in one. “You really can’t fit much on a bike,” points out Carter. Consider it a lesson in packing light—no matter if your ride is a Harley, Vespa, or ten-speed.

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Jelly—Not Just For Shoes Anymore

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glossy-lids-donna-karanThe easiest way to make insane colors wearable this summer? Jelly. And we’re not just talking about the flat sandals you wore in the nineties (although we highly recommend those, too). For those who want to try fuchsia lips or traffic-cone orange polish minus the shock value, this sheer texture is genius, as it lends a subtle dose of pigment and a high dose of shine. And in addition to your standard lip gloss or balm, the latest crop of beauty innovations—like a complexion-cooling gel laced with fine-line-fighting rose stem cells; a bouncy, elastic blush infused with floral water; and a long-lasting nail lacquer that wears like a salon manicure—feature high-tech formulas and finishes. Even better: All feel featherlight on skin, making them your new go-tos for the muggy month ahead. So, are you ready for this jelly? If your answer is “I was born ready,” click here to see our latest In The Mood For feature.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri; GoRunway.com

Four Ways to Think Beyond Foaming Face Wash

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Facial wash doesn’t usually get the same amount of attention as sexier skincare items like high-tech antiaging serums, dermatologist-branded peels, or whatever letter of the alphabet we’re currently on with the latest multifunctional creams (have we made it to QQ yet?). But we’ve noticed a batch of new cleansers that don’t fit the sudsy, soap-in-a-pump mold that we’re used to. Could the beauty world be in the midst of a cleanser revival? Here are four alternative formulas that piqued our interest.

Avène Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar

Classic cold creams are known (and loved) for being a gentle and highly moisturizing way to deep clean the skin. Avène has hijacked that old-school concept and put it into a simple bar formula. It’s perfect for those who don’t like tissue-off textures and can’t be bothered with a thick cream that requires a substantial amount of splashing to rinse off.

$9; aveneusa.com

Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar

Marula oil, super fruit, exotic mud, and bamboo are ingredients that often pop up in high-end serums and masks, but you’ll find all of that packed into this earthy cleansing bar. Bonus: It sloughs away dead skin cells and brightens, too.

$32; drunkelephant.com

Clé de Peau Beauté Makeup Remover Towelettes

Once makeup artists started publicly confessing to using baby wipes as on-the-go makeup removers, mass brands pounced on the opportunity and began churning out their own, properly marketed versions. Lately we’ve noticed more high-end brands like Clé de Peau elbowing their way into the space, and we will gladly make room in our bathroom. Luxury plus convenience? Yes, please.

$38; nordstrom.com

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

I associate the word butter with so many wonderful things (pound cake! Popcorn! Croissants!), so I might be naturally inclined to like this product just based on the name. But even if you shun carbs and dairy, the sensual texture and subtle floral scent will be enough to sway you.

$15; thebodyshop-usa.com

Beyoncé’s Trick For Beating Summer Shine

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“When Beyoncé does a quick change, it’s like the Daytona 500, when the cars come in and they have to hurry up and change the wheels in, like, twenty seconds. When she comes back, everyone is grabbing a piece of her. I’m rebuilding—powdering, reapplying a lip; the eyes are always OK. We just want to make sure that when she runs out that she’s not [shiny] in the T-zone, that she’s glowy everywhere else, and that her lip is perfect. I’m watching the monitor from the start of the show to the end to make sure everything is impeccable, and I have razor-sharp focus to make sure nothing is messed up.”

Bey might be a well-oiled machine, but she never looks greasy. And though we all can’t have the queen’s Formula One-caliber team at the ready—speedily transforming a sweaty mess into a glowy and gorgeous music magnate—you can try Sir John’s secret, shine-canceling weapon: Press a tissue lightly over the center of your face, gently peel off, and finish with a light dusting of powder. Blotting before applying additional pigment prevents your makeup from caking.

Photo: Robin Harper