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1417 posts tagged "Skincare"

Super Seed Oils: The Next Big Thing in Skincare

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Skincare obsessions often start at the ingredient level (see: argan oil). The latest botanicals to inspire cultish appeal: seed oils. Or make that super seed oils. As one would imagine, it’s quite difficult to extract oil from a minuscule speck of a seed, but the result yields an extremely concentrated dose of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. So it comes as no surprise that these powerhouse ingredients have been making their way into a number of youth-enhancing products. Orico London’s Superseed Vitamin Dry Multi-Oil, for example, is formulated with an array of such oils, including macadamia and rose hip, to replenish lost moisture where it’s needed most—try it on your face, hands, and even sun-parched hair. Meanwhile, Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil contains cranberry seed oil to deliver a bit of natural UV protection, along with a “berry seed blend” of blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry to calm inflammation, boost radiance, and soothe even the touchiest of complexions. Yüli M.E. Skin Fuel is similarly designed for sensitive types, with antibacterial black cumin and bio-retinol-rich broccoli seed oils to stimulate cell turnover. Of course, the restorative powers of seed oils is something that Marie Veronique discovered years ago, when she launched her Pacific Face Oil, loaded with chia, kiwi, and papaya seed oils to rid skin of impurities and improve its resiliency. For those who haven’t discovered the elixir yet, it’s suddenly looking very classic.

A Dessert-Worthy, DIY Face Spritz

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We’re always game for some all-natural beauty—especially if we can make it ourselves—but it’s rare we come across a product we can actually eat. Laila Gohar, a NYC-based chef, founder of Sunday Supper catering, and quite possibly the most style savvy girl at the farmer’s market, shared her favorite edible beauty concoction with the Huffington Post: a water-and-orange-blossom-flower face spritz. It’s more than just a refreshing toner: “Traditionally, it’s used for Middle Eastern desserts like baklava,” she explained. Consider it your simple, two-ingredient solution for the hot and humid weekend ahead.

For 10 ready-made versions, check out our favorite cooling face sprays for summer.

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Photos: Instagram

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