Monthly Archives: March 2016

Forget the Cover-Up – Use This Trick to Combat Under-Eye Circles

Under-eye circles are an issue that continues to befuddle the beauty community, despite concerted efforts to uncover the cause of – and solution to – the problem. Everyone seems to have their preferred plan of attack when it comes to covering up discoloration, whether it’s masks, concealer, foundation, or another clever idea.

But during a recent visit to the Erno Laszlo Institute in Manhattan, my eyes were opened to a new approach: a gentle massage. Judit Galambosi, a lead therapist with over 15 years of experience, shared a fascinating approach to combatting the nuisance of under-eye circles.

Judit also explained why, exactly, under-eye circles occur. She cites five main reasons, including genetics, allergies, age, hyperpigmentation, and lifestyle factors. But no matter the cause, she advocates a four-step process that will aid circulation around the eye. The massage trick helps to disperse toxins that may linger in the area, and in so doing, reduces the appearance of under-eye discoloration.

Judit’s method:

  1. Select a thick under-eye cream, such as Erno Laszlo’s Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair ($175).
  2. Using the ring fingers on each hand, pat the cream into your under-eye area from the inner corner of your eyes to the outer. Use gentle pressure. Repeat three times.
  3. Repeat this process on the bone underneath each eyebrow. Again, use gentle pressure and pat from the inner to outer region.
  4. Use ring fingers to gently push – or glide – over the eye cream underneath the eye. Do this three times in one continuous motion.

30 Skin Care Rules For 30-Somethings Who Want to Age Slowly

There are plenty of us in our 30s who want to hold off on invasive skin care procedures but still – ya know – have killer, wrinkle-less skin. Is that too much to ask?

Advice on how to best maintain a dewy glow and lineless visage varies, of course, depending on one’s age. But fortunately for those of us in life’s fourth decade, Dr. Karyn Grossman, an LA-based dermatologist who has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow, Molly Sims, and many more stars, is here to help. Dr. Grossman is a Harvard-educated dermatologist who is known for using the best technology, both old and new, to combat antiaging with the most natural-looking results possible.

During her years of experience – and the process of formulating her own upcoming skin care line called KARYNG – Dr. Grossman knows what works for her clients at every stage of life. She knows that, in particular, the 30s are a decisive decade. It’s finally time to get serious about skin care and to establish a dedicated routine. By following these 30 steps, Dr. Grossman believes that it’s possible to keep a youthful look for a very long time.

  1. Always clean your skin in the morning.
  2. Choose gentle cleansers; don’t pick a product that strips the skin.
  3. If you’re in a pinch, it’s OK to even just wash with water.
  4. Make sure to use SPF in the morning, whether it’s a lightweight or heavy-duty formulation.
  5. Apply SPF before makeup.
  6. Follow this order: cleanser, serum, sunblock, moisturizer.
  7. Go oil free with your products and cleansers if you’re acne-prone.
  8. Moisturize as much as your skin needs depending on dryness.
  9. Be careful with scrubs; they can cause micro-tears in the skin.
  10. Always take off your makeup at night.
  11. Makeup remover pads are your friend.
  12. Let thoughts of your skin at 50, 60, 70, and beyond inspire your dedication to taking care of your skin.
  13. Avocado face masks are a good DIY option.
  14. And coconut oil is a great, natural moisturizer for the body.
  15. Remember tans are not good for your skin. A tan means DNA is breaking.
  16. If you have pigmentation, use prescription remedies for only a limited amount of time.
  17. Natural products including licorice and mushroom extract are also good ways to address pigmentation issues.
  18. To combat acne, over-the-counter products work – but moisturize to compensate for the dryness they cause.
  19. For blackheads or cysts, turn to a low-percentage alpha-hydroxy treatment.
  20. If you have significant problems with acne, see a professional.
  21. Find your preferred antiaging cream; it’s time to use it.
  22. At night, apply serum.
  23. Then add moisturizer.
  24. Learn to love collagen-promoting products. Collagen keeps the skin thick and youthful looking.
  25. You don’t need Botox until you see wrinkles on your face at rest. And then you still don’t need it.
  26. Don’t overdo it on procedures. You don’t want to be in your 30s with a frozen face.
  27. Facials can be particularly effective to treat antiaging if they include light fraxel laser treatment, a targeted process that works under the skin to reduce wrinkles and promote collagen.
  28. Pay attention to what you eat. Vitamin-packed foods are good for your skin.
  29. Stay hydrated; water is necessary for good skin, but drinking it in excess doesn’t have major effects.
  30. Don’t stress – every age is beautiful.

5 No-Fail Beauty Tips I Learned on the Set of Telenovelas

Singer, actress, fashion designer, entrepreneur, writer, and mom of two Thalia shares her parenting, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty tips as POPSUGAR Latina’s contributor.

After appearing in so many telenovelas and working with so many different makeup artists, makeup brands, and hairstylists who changed my look for each role and sometimes several times in one day, I walked away with a few tricks up my sleeve. Here are five of my favorite and most useful ones.

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10 Aluminum-Free Deodorants That Actually Keep You Stink Free

You can’t talk about natural deodorants without a quick lesson in B.O. 101. First you need to know the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. An antiperspirant has chemicals like aluminum to stop sweating altogether. The aluminum salts plug the sweat glands, preventing perspiration. On the other hand, a deodorant masks and neutralizes odor. But where does the stink come from in the first place? When the glands in your armpits emit sweat, the liquid interacts with the bacteria in the area to emit unsavory smells.

Natural deodorants use essential oils like tea tree and witch hazel to curb the bacteria. Some also have other less harmful minerals like zinc ricinoleate and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to keep the underarm area dry without stopping sweat altogether. In addition to getting rid of aluminum, most are also paraben free and safe for sensitive skin. If you’re thinking about giving up antiperspirant for Earth Month, start with these 10 formulas that actually keep the stink at bay.

This 3-Product DIY Face Mask With Egg Whites Will Give You Clear Skin

The first thing I think about when I wake up on a Saturday morning is eggs. Before you start making brunch, you may want to save a few eggs for a DIY face mask. According to celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas, egg whites are a key ingredient in a natural skin care remedy.

“Egg whites are very effective in keeping the pores clean and are usually in everyone’s kitchen!” she says. “It exfoliates, hydrates, evens pigment, and cleans the pores. It’s a complete multitasker.” This is especially true if you have acne, since egg whites are wonderful for clarifying.

Try Joanna’s DIY Blackhead Busting Egg Mask for clearer skin in a pinch. You’ll need one egg white, one teaspoon lemon juice, and one teaspoon organic yogurt.

To create the mask, beat one egg white with one teaspoon lemon juice until it gets fluffy. Then, add one teaspoon yogurt. Mix all ingredients thoroughly, and apply directly to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, then remove with a warm cloth.

This combination is effective because egg whites are high in protein, which absorbs excess oil from the skin. Lemon juice works as an antiseptic so it gets rid of bacteria (which causes breakouts). Yogurt balances out the detoxifying egg whites and lemon by adding hydration.

“It won’t leave your skin dry, even though it’s clarifying,” Joanna explains. “Yogurt is a great base for anyone’s skin because it’s both soothing and exfoliating. The egg whites help clean out the pores while the lemon juice leaves a bright glow.”

Joanna recommends this remedy for all skin types, but especially if you have normal to oily skin. “It’s a great solution for anyone who struggles to keep their skin clean, and it’s so much better for you than picking at your face,” she advises. “It’s especially great for younger women who are struggling with hormonal breakouts but also have dry skin.”

Looks like you can cure your hungover face and stomach all at once!

These Are the Natural Deodorants That Actually Work

This post was originally featured on Defining Delphine and was written by Annie Langbein, who is a part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.

On my desk I have a notebook with a list of topics I’m planning to cover for the blog. I’m always adding quicker than I’m able to cross off. Some ideas live there for months – perhaps the research takes a long time, the season isn’t quite right, the idea still incubating. Other ideas jump right to the top of the queue, popping on and off the pad in a day because I want to get the idea onto the blog immediately.

I have had “natural deodorant” scribbled on that pad for a year.

The reason it’s taken me so long to get this post up is not for lack of focus. Rather, there’s very little existing literature on the topic, and it’s taken me that long to find options that I can credibly recommend. The truth is, the vast majority of natural deodorants on the market are weak-to-useless.

Switching to a natural deodorant from Secret, my chemical-based, commercial-brand anti-perspirant of choice, was a change I felt determined to make. Increasingly, I couldn’t fight logic. Sweat glands perform an important anatomical purpose of purging toxins; it just doesn’t seem right to stop them up with chemicals. But this post isn’t intended to be a debate on that topic. You can look into the studies yourself and decide how you feel about possible links between anti-perspirant chemicals and health problems (cancer, Alzheimer’s and various hormone disruptions). This post is intended to be a guide through the product options for those who want to explore the natural route.

Here’s a refresher course on underarm hygiene to provide some context:

First of all, anti-perspirant and deodorant are two different things.

An anti-perspirant’s function is to prevent perspirating all together. It clogs or blocks the sweat glands with chemical astringents such as aluminum chlorohydrate and zirconium so that the pores can’t release sweat. Typically, anti-perspirants are also coupled with deodorant for maximum freshness. Generally speaking, only chemical plugs will prevent the body from excreting sweat altogether. Some natural deodorants may show some ability to block moisture but there’s no natural anti-perspirant that can keep you as dry as a chemical one.

A deodorant controls odor. It either contains antiseptic (antimicrobial) agents which directly wipe out bacteria or it contains agents that make your underarm skin too salty or acidic for bacteria to live. Fragrance is incorporated to please your nose. To achieve all of this, natural deodorants use natural antiseptic agents and fragrant essential oils. Chemical deodorants use chemical ingredients (such as triclosan) to neutralize odor-causing bacteria, and synthetic fragrances, dyes, and preservatives.

I wouldn’t earn my blogging stripes without doing my research first-hand, so over the past year, I’ve sampled my way through a multitude of natural deodorants. I don’t think I offended anyone too badly during the last year, although there were some pretty impressive product fails before I stumbled across the wins.

Before I get to the picks, here are some things to consider when making the switch from synthetic to natural:

1. There’s an adjustment period: In my earliest phase of research, I asked my dermatologist (at Northwestern, legit) if I should worry about Secret’s hazardous chemicals being absorbed into my underarm lymphnodes. His response? “Yeah, it’s not good.” Then I followed up with “could you recommend an alternative?” In an unusual moment of doctor candor, he said “Actually, I don’t wear anything. After a while, you kind of stop smelling.” I left his office wondering if he offered wisdom or self-deception. My conclusion, some months later, was that he was onto something. Since switching to natural I’ve noticed a reduction in my body’s sweat production.

You may also experience a peak in sweating right after switching to a natural deodorant. You’ve been using chemicals for a long time so your body has had to work harder to try to expel toxins. When you switch over you may experience excess sweat and odor. Wait it out – you’ll likely notice that the body figures out your product change and cuts back on the overproduction.

2. Don’t be afraid of a little sweat: First of all, sweat doesn’t stain your clothes. That’s a big mis-conception. Yellow stains are actually caused by the aluminum-based ingredients in your anti-perspirant upon interaction with your sweat. A natural deodorant can effectively eliminate odor and won’t leave stains, but it’s likely you will still experience some moisture, and you know what? It’s not that big of a deal.

3. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution: people are different, and their body chemistries are different based on genetics and environmental factors. Your own sweating habits may fluctuate enormously based on exercise, diet, hormones, and seasons. This means you may have to try a few before finding your personal best fit.

4. Tricks of the trade:

• If you extinguish any lingering bacteria before applying your natural deodorant, it will give your natural deodorant the best chance of working longer. The quick approach: rinse your armpits with an anti-bacterial soap right before applying deodorant. If you’d rather your skin not have contact with the chemicals in anti-bacterial soap (understandable – many of them, like triclosan, are the same ones you are trying to avoid in chemical deodorants), there are excellent natural options. Soak a cotton pad in white vinegar, apple cider vinegar or witch hazel and pat underarms with it. This will lower the skin’s PH to a level at which bacteria cannot survive. Grain alcohol is also an effective, safe option to eliminate bacteria (rubbing alcohol has some other harsh stuff in it that I wouldn’t want to apply to my skin regularly).

• The best time to apply deodorant is at night when sweat production is at its lowest. The ingredients in your natural deodorant can really coat the skin and get a head start on the next day. Apply the following morning too.

Why Shay Mitchell Used to Hide Her Filipina Heritage

I’d like to believe Shay Mitchell and I would be best friends. Aside from the fact that I’m not a big pizza person (and Shay is obsessed!), we have a lot in common. Our favorite esthetician is Shani Darden. We both create content for YouTube. She’s really into skin care and makeup, as am I! And she’s a total girls’ girl but can get down with the boys, too. (Plus, she’s on one of the most scandalous and morbid shows on the tube, Pretty Little Liars, and I love anything creepy or horror-genre related.)

Shay joined us on this week’s episode of #PrettyUnfiltered while promoting her new partnership with Bioré, and having interviewed her once before, I knew that she was going to be fun but also genuine – something that’s absolutely necessary for our series. After an outfit change on her part, we kicked off our shoes and got to talking.

Shay is half Filipina, and growing up, she felt like she didn’t fit in. She explained that she felt insecure in school, which most of us can relate to, but her insecurities were mostly due to the fact that she didn’t look like most of her friends. She had darker skin and features; everyone else was white and blond.

I was also totally blown away to hear that Shay used to dye her hair blond and wear contacts in an effort to alter her image. She explains how she came to embrace herself and how she built up her confidence, and she told us an amazing quote her mother shared with her as a kid. Check out the interview with Shay, and then let us know what empowers you by hashtagging #PrettyUnfiltered.

On Kirbie: Rebecca Vallance top and skirt
On Shay: Hair by Rod Ortega, makeup by Mario Dedivanovic

You'll Be Surprised by How Simple Kendall Jenner's Beauty Routine Is

While we can appreciate the difference between Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s individual looks, it’s Kendall’s flawless complexion and natural beauty that we most envy. Lucky for us, the 20-year-old Estée Lauder ambassador spilled her surprisingly simple beauty tips to MIMI, which we no doubt will be applying to our nighttime regimen tonight. For Kendall, it’s all about hydrating and keeping things to a minimum. Scroll to find out how you too can achieve model-like skin.

Kylie Jenner's Favorite Blemish Zapper Is a Beauty Editor Favorite

I’m sure you thought that the trick to Kylie Jenner having clear skin is just: “being 18 years old!” We’ve got a sense of humor about all things Kardashian, too. But it’s time everyone realizes that Kylie Jenner is a beauty afficionado. You might not like her “glam,” you might think she’s too young to enhance her looks, but time and time again, Kylie has proven to us that she knows the biz. Whether she’s snapping about a $9 drugstore makeup remover (albeit, hers is monogrammed and bedazzled), touting a shade from her lip kit, or breaking down her favorite faux lashes, we consistently favor Kylie’s favorite products. Which is why we’re not surprised that she is in-the-know about spot treatments.

Kylie recently snapped about the aforementioned makeup remover, Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate ($46) and the holy grail of spot treatments, otherwise known as Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion ($17). Beauty editors and skin care junkies love this product because it works: it reduces the size of the blemish and the redness overnight and can even bring blemishes to the surface for easier extractions.

Kylie filmed a mini Snapchat demo on how to use the product, emphasizing that you do not shake the product, but instead use a cotton swab to dip into the solution and spot treat. I personally fell in love with this brand in middle school after reading that Hilary Duff loved the rosewater spray. The Drying Lotion works wonders for breakouts, and at almost $20, it’s a considerable beauty investment – but worth every penny. (It lasts you months, though, so it definitely gives major bang for your bucks.) We even made a homemade version – that’s how much we adore it.

I spoke with Mario Badescu‘s PR manager, Nicole Darmanin, to see if Kylie’s influence affected sales of the product. “After Kylie snapped, we immediately started receiving phone calls and there was an instant uptick in sales. The Kylie buzz was instantaneous!” said Darmanin. Ah, Kylie Jenner: a modern-day beauty savant. Perhaps she has a future as an editor? (You know, after running her Lip Kit empire.)

Everything You Need to Know Before You Get a Wedding Spray Tan

You’ve planned every detail of your wedding: found your something blue, mastered your makeup look, and even nailed down all of your bridesmaids’ hairstyles. Type A? It’s OK – it’s your day. And the last thing you want is for something like a spray-tan mishap – such as a bronze formula smeared on your dream white dress – distracting you from the magic of your big day.

We know wearing white can be daunting, so you’re probably going to want to get some sort of faux glow (you’ve been wearing plenty of SPF, right?). So we created this special spray-tan guide just for brides. Once you’ve brushed up on the ABCs of tanning and how to exfoliate, read on to score tips from Jessica Bringas, the self-tanning pro at Oasis Day Spa in New York City.

POPSUGAR: When is the perfect time to get your spray tan?

Jessica Bringas: I would definitely suggest doing it two days before your wedding so you will have already washed off the first layer of the tan, it will have settled into your skin, and you can add your own moisturizer. You also have the ability to see how it turned out and make sure that it’s perfect. And if, god forbid, it isn’t [right], you have some time to get it fixed or touched up.

PS: Is there any chance it will get on your white dress?

JB: No, because it already has sunk into your skin. Once you shower and rinse off that [extra formula] – which is just bronzer, not the actual tan itself – you’ll be left with just the color on your skin.

PS: White is an extreme color to wear with a tan. How should you pick what bronze shade to do?

JB: Go by what your base color already is. So if it’s in the middle of the Summer and you’ve been at the beach this whole time, obviously you are going to be darker than you would be during the wintertime. So then you can go a shade darker. I don’t suggest doing anything more than a few shades darker than your natural skin tone, because that tends to look more artificial. You also want to choose a shade according to your features – your hair and eye color. So if you have dark hair and eyes, then you can get away with a darker tan. If you are blond with blue eyes and freckles, you want a hue that’s a bit lighter.

PS: What’s the best way to convey the color you want to be to the person doing your spray tan?

JB: I always try to get a good idea by mentioning a celebrity whom a lot of people know. For example, I often suggest Jennifer Lopez‘s bronze, because she looks amazing, but at the same time, she’s not superdark or artificial-looking. She has that caramel sun-kissed color.

PS: What should you look for in a tanning salon?

JB: Choose a place that doesn’t use the same shade for everyone – that’s a bad sign, a really bad sign. And find out what kind of spray-tan formula they use. At Oasis Day Spa, we use SunFX, which is organic and hardly has a smell. Plus, it has a nice green undertone, which cancels out any chance of looking orange.