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1417 posts tagged "Skincare"

A Celebrity Facialist’s Secret Soak for Sensitive Skin

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This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare

“The best skincare tip I can recommend is a soothing bath. My mother-in-law taught me this recipe, and it’s a traditional remedy from Nicaragua, where my husband is from. I learned to make it when my son had eczema as a baby. I love being able to pass this tradition to my kids—and these old-school cures are a lost art! To this day, it is my family secret for healing dry, sensitive skin.”

One for the Recipe Box: Miracle Skin Soak

1 cup chamomile tea leaves
1 cup freshly chopped rosemary leaves

“Boil a large pot of water and add in the chamomile tea leaves and rosemary. Cook these for 15 minutes, strain, and pour this water into a lukewarm bath. After checking the temperature, sit in the water for 20 minutes, then towel off and apply coconut oil (it contains fatty acids that are awesome for helping to maintain skin’s lipid layer). Not only will you feel relaxed from your day, this potion will soothe your skin like nothing else. Dry patches and redness will disappear overnight.”

The Best of Korean Beauty Delivered to Your Doorstep

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“There’s an app for that.” Everyone knows the Apple-invented phrase the world over, but I’d like to put my own spin on the notorious tagline: “There’s a box for that.” What I’m talking about is the overwhelming number of beauty subscription services that send deluxe samples to your door each month in hopes that you’ll get hooked and return to buy the full-sized bottle or tube. There are packages for curly girls, brides-to-be, manicure mavens, and more. But as cute as those miniature vials of perfume and bottles of shampoo are, I’m frankly a bit over the whole thing—after all, Birchbox began in September 2010 and has since become an empire with its own freestanding store in New York City. What set this original sampling service apart was the aspect of “discovery,” a word founders Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna have used in numerous interviews. But with so many mail-order options and Sephora stores popping up as frequently as Starbucks, the opportunity to bring a never-before-seen product to the masses is quickly disappearing. That is, until Memebox entered the highly competitive space.

With Korean beauty quickly becoming a buzzed-about topic, it makes sense that founder Hyungseok Dino Ha created a way to satisfy American consumers’ curiosity. “Our goal is to deliver Korea’s cult favorite beauty products globally,” he explained. “We work with our in-house beauty aficionados to identify the hottest trends and ship them straight from Korea.” The squeal-inducing boxes come brimming with adorable Asian cosmetics not yet available on the mainstream market in the U.S. Similar to other services, Memebox has formed partnerships with YouTube stars (CutiePieMarzia, top) and bloggers (The Pink Diary, bottom) to customize its offerings. And for those who aren’t fluent in Korean, each box comes with a breakdown of what’s inside and how to use it. My two favorite finds thus far: Babyface Volumer Essence (a gel laced with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid) and Pure Smile Gelee Labo Strawberry (a single-use fruity face mask that comes packaged like an individual serving of Smucker’s jam). As a jaded beauty editor, it’s tough to surprise me, but these international delights have me expecting the unexpected.

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Is Topless Tanning a Thing of the Past?

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While the concept of topless sunbathing is foreign to most Americans, it’s totally normal in many European countries, particularly France. What began as a way to get even color quickly became a cultural symbol for women’s rights, especially after Brigitte Bardot went topless in the ’60s. Topless tanning has since represented freedom, liberation, and equality—all good things. But a recent article in French Elle says the status quo is shifting. Only 2 percent of women under 35 claim to sunbathe topless, and their reasons might surprise you: For starters, there’s increased skin cancer awareness, which is a no-brainer. But going topless has also been “pornified” as of late, with pop stars and controversial stores like American Apparel pushing an aggressive image of female nudity.

The most intriguing reason women are keeping their tops on? Social media. “You can end up topless on your own Facebook wall,” Alice Pfeiffer, an Anglo-French journalist, told The Guardian. (Not to mention that Instagram most definitely fears the nipple and posting a selfie could endanger your account.) Pfeiffer also noted a vanity issue: “The ones who [sunbathe topless] all look the same—slim and small breasts, which contributes to keeping a social order and aesthetic norm in place.” But no matter your bust or bottom size, we fully support rocking out with your top out—so long as you do it slathered in sunscreen and with plenty of confidence.

The Two-Step, Skin-Cooling Facial You Can Make Yourself

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This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Jessa Blades, herbalist and founder of Blades Natural Beauty

“This two-step mini spa treatment is my favorite way to rejuvenate and revitalize my skin when I’m super-busy and have no time to get a facial. Even in my busiest moments I can find 30 minutes to sit still and let these natural ingredients work their magic. Afterward, I truly see a huge difference, in both my energy and skin.”

One for the Recipe Box: Natural Skin Revitalizer

1/2 tsp local, raw honey
2 drops of high-quality rose essential oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil (or coconut oil if my skin is really hot and overheated)
1 tbsp cold, whole milk
1 tbsp organic yogurt

Step 1: “Mix the first three ingredients in a small dish and massage onto clean skin with your fingers. I like using circular motions, focusing on my temples, cheeks, forehead, and chin—these are key energy points that increase blood flow. Relax for 15 minutes—meditate, breathe deeply, don’t look at a screen or technology. Rinse off with lukewarm water.”

Step 2: “While leaning over a sink, sweep the milk over your face, then spread on the yogurt, massaging it in for a couple of moments. Settle down to relax for another 15 minutes—again, meditate, breathe deeply, but don’t look at a screen or technology. When you’re done, rinse your face with lukewarm water, pat your face dry, add a moisturizer of some kind—I like using a face oil—and voilà! Your pores will be tightened and you will feel hydrated, supersoft, and totally refreshed.”

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde; Indigitalimages.com

Raid This Red-Carpet Pro’s Medicine Cabinet and Makeup Bag

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Fiona-StilesIf I could shadow anyone in a French pharmacy or the aisles of Sephora, it would undoubtedly be a makeup artist. One of my favorite backstage pastimes is peeking around the pros’ stations to see what they use to create otherworldly radiance or soften models’ dry, cracked lips. They often unearth beauty gems I would never discover on my own and know what products provide real results for their discerning red-carpet clientele. Plus, they won’t give me a hard sell just to make a commission.

Starting today, you can browse famed face painter Fiona Stiles’ go-to goods via her well-edited e-commerce site, Reed Clarke. Trusted by celebs such as Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain, Stiles made the contents of her medicine cabinet and makeup bag accessible to the virtual masses, providing personal write-ups that explain each product’s worthiness. You’ll also discover niche brands and formulas that only those in the know have on hand (like Kelo-cote Scar Gel, which Stiles has dubbed “a miracle,” and Ponaris Nasal Emollient, an astronaut-approved oil for any glamorous globe-trotter attempting to beat the effects of dry, recycled plane air). “Reed Clarke is a conversation between me and the customer,” Stiles explained of her new online shopping destination (named after her 3-year-old daughter, Clarke, and her sisters’ middle names, Reed and Clarke). I think I just found my new retail therapist.

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Here, her top three items to add to your cart:

W3ll People Universalist Multi Use Colorstick #2: “I use this pretty much every day. I love the highlight it creates—it’s very sensual and believable. Even if I do more of a matte skin look, I still use this as a highlighter down the bridge of the nose. It keeps the look fresh and modern, and it brings a beautiful glow to the skin.”

In Fiore Veloutée Multipurpose Balm for Lips & Eyes: “I use this for everything. I use it on the lips, of course, but I also use it to add a bit of glow to the cheekbones, as a subtle gloss on the lids of the eyes when I do a more natural look, and as a cuticle balm—I always check a client’s nails to be sure they look nice. I can find a dozen uses for it.”

Rubis tweezers: “I’m a bit of a brow fanatic. I like all of my clients to have perfect brows no matter what, and shaping is the foundation for a great brow. Not only does a well-maintained brow frame the face, but it also makes applying shadow easier and lets the product go on more seamlessly. These tweezers never miss a hair. I can’t work without them.”