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Does Having Acne Impact Your Job Prospects? The Answer Might Surprise You

Much to the dismay of anyone with atychiphobia, the truth about job hunting remains: in interviews, like in life, there are only so many things you can control. Even when you’ve fine-tuned your résumé, researched the company, and concocted a decidedly thoughtful response to the wild card “What kind of animal would you be?” question, sometimes there are other, far less obvious factors playing into your odds of getting hired – like the condition of your skin .

It isn’t always conscious, but for some interviewers, the bias is real. Studies have shown that people with facial acne are discriminated against in the job market, with one survey revealing that 78 percent of respondents thought people with blemishes or acne scars were less likely to be hired based on their appearance.

“We live in a society that socializes us to have certain stereotypes that might exist outside of our conscious awareness,” said Alison Green, an ex-hiring manager and columnist for the popular career blog Ask a Manager . “These biases can be about race, gender, age, religion, disability, socioeconomic class, physical attractiveness – all sorts of things.”

“Whether consciously or unconsciously, we assume that attractiveness is associated with competence, even though we know that it’s not true.”

From a legal standpoint, no federal law has been passed to protect people based on their appearances, at least not without the evidence of a disability. But that last part – a bias based on someone’s physical attractiveness – has been widely researched.

“Whether consciously or unconsciously, we assume that attractiveness is associated with competence, even though we know that it’s not true,” said Matthew Traube, MFT, a psychotherapist who specializes in the psychological impact of skin conditions. “I have had clients tell me that they felt that they would have gotten a job if they did not have acne.”

In some cases, this bias can vary depending on the actual open position; Green notes that more managers will put weight on a candidate’s appearance if the job is a client-facing one. “They’ll often frame it as looking for candidates who are ‘well-groomed and polished,’ but in practice that’s sometimes more about a particular physical look than it is about polish,” she said. “And to be clear, employers should recognize that you can have acne and still be well-groomed and polished.”

As for the reason behind the bias, Traube theorizes it could be due to the misguided perception that acneic skin is a result of poor hygiene – an association that, again, the interviewer might only be partly aware of. Dr. Josie Howard, MD, a psychodermatologist and expert for Abreva , agrees: “Blemishes, cold sores, and even psoriasis and eczema are often seen as a source of contagion. Society can have a negative perception of blemishes, especially on the face, even when the condition is common.”

In an ideal world, all employers will have trained hiring managers on how to identify, and then guard against, every type of unconscious bias. Still, acne bias can also be self-inflicted. Going into an interview already worried that others will think less of you because of your skin, Traube says, could then negatively affect your performance.

“People become acutely aware of any visible blemishes, and their self-consciousness is intensified.”

“Having any visible skin condition – especially one that is on the face, like acne or a cold sore – can have a profound impact on self-esteem,” Dr. Howard said. “By definition, job interviews are a time where you are presenting yourself to be evaluated and trying to put your best face forward, so to speak. People become acutely aware of any visible blemishes, and their self-consciousness is intensified – taking their mental and emotional focus off the content of the interview and interpersonal interactions and onto worrying about their skin and appearance.”

To make matters worse, if you’re prone to hormonal breakouts , the stress that comes with prepping for an interview could also trigger flare-ups . “For skin conditions that are exacerbated by anxiety, this can become a vicious cycle,” Dr. Howard said. “Stress can impair the immune system and in turn make you more vulnerable to acne. Then, the stress of a visible outbreak increases stress , further worsening the blemish.”

When you feel stress acne coming on, the most important course of action is to stick to your normal skin-care routine . Don’t add an extra step or spend too much time in front of a magnifying mirror – that only makes it worse, she says. Keeping a fast-acting spot treatment or hydrocolloid bandage in your purse can give you peace of mind. More importantly, though, wear your confidence as if it were included with purchase of your Cole Haan loafers.

“The single most important factor is presenting yourself as comfortable in your skin,” said Dr. Howard. “You might have a visible blemish, but focusing your attention on your excitement about the job will quickly shift your interviewer’s focus as well. As Sophia Loren said, 50 percent of beauty is believing you are beautiful.”

Is That Line on Your Face a Wrinkle?

I have an unhealthy relationship with my magnifying mirror, which sometimes causes me to wonder, “Is that a wrinkle on my 25-year-old face?” I try to reassure myself that I’m being dramatic, but I decided to talk to a dermatologist to find out what those lines on my forehead are once and for all. “A line on your face does not mean you have a wrinkle,” dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman , MD, explained. “It could be a fine line, which are normally one to two millimeters deep. A wrinkle, however, is anything more than two millimeters.” She added that if the lines on your face have crinkled or crosshatch appearances (which mine do not), you probably have a wrinkle.

The best way to fight fine lines, if you so choose, is simple. “Keeping your skin hydrated will plump your skin and those lines will look less visible,” she explained. That said, not all lines are fine lines. If you arose one morning to creases on your face, it could also be your pillowcase. “If you wake up and see lines that you didn’t have before, your skin probably folded and crunched up against your pillowcase,” Dr. Jaliman said. She recommends swapping out your traditional cotton for a silk pillowcase to prevent getting these “sleep lines.”

How CoverGirl Pivoted From "Easy and Breezy" to Achieve the Ultimate Glow Up

Remember the morning you woke up and realized that the Olsen Twins were full-fledged adults? Us, too. The sisters went from cracking cases and the occasional “You got it, dude” to embodying fashion icons.

Their glow up was real, and so is CoverGirl’s. Subtly, over the past few years, the brand known for easiness and breeziness grew up. It rebranded as a chicer, more mature version of itself, offering a wider range of products and a new look. But it also offered something more important than upgraded packaging: inclusivity, before it was a commodity. CoverGirl named a male ambassador – a CoverBoy – in 2016, and the brand partnered with female engineers in 2014. The ambassadors the brand celebrates are diverse in age, race, and vocation, and much of the credit goes to CoverGirl’s powerhouse senior vice president Ukonwa Ojo, who comes from a long tenure in brand management, overseeing the marketing strategy for brands like Cheerios, Durex, and Betty Crocker before accepting the role with CoverGirl almost two years ago. Leaving her parents and Nigeria at 15 for America, Ojo went to college at the University of North Carolina, focusing on business and finance before deciding to return to school for brand management, something she felt more connected with. We discussed her eagerness to join the CoverGirl team, what she hopes to change for the better, and the future of representation in beauty.

POPSUGAR: Did you have any reservations coming into an industry that’s perceived as surface level and superficial?
Ukonwa Ojo: For me, no. Not at all. My mom was a fashion designer, so fashion and beauty have been a part of my life for so long. And if anything, I feel like I’ve been lost. I’ve been working 20 years, and I’m like, “Beauty, where have you been all my life?” I can be a businesswoman, I can run a profit and loss statement and make my numbers and all that, but I can wear lipstick, I can get glammed up, I can have a stylist, I can have my makeup done.

“This is such a fun industry, because it really challenges me intellectually.”

This is such a fun industry, because it really challenges me intellectually. It’s really hard to win in this industry. It’s very fragmented, it’s lots of innovation all the time. It’s very fast-paced, and digital is important – it’s even more important here. You have to be constantly moving and innovating, so I love the intellectual challenge of that. But then it also appeals to my inner girl in terms of my love of fashion and color. I really feel like I can bring my whole self to work. That’s been amazing for me.

PS: Thank you for saying that, because I don’t think our industry gets enough credit, especially when you said “intellect.”

UO: Oh, this is a hard job. To win in beauty is really, really hard. I don’t know how many industries you go to where you’re launching collections every five minutes. You’re always thinking, “What’s the next big thing?” You’re always trying to stay ahead of the game from a consumer standpoint, staying relevant for every generation. Because all people participate in the category; it’s not just a section of society, especially for a mass brand like us. There’s nothing at all easy about playing and winning in this industry, and I love that. I love the intellectual challenge of that.

Model Maye Musk

PS: That’s so refreshing to hear, because a lot of times with brands, they focus on one group of people. I know my mom personally feels left out, and I just absolutely love Maye Musk . She’s a stunning woman, owning her age. And my mom sees her and is like, “Oh, I can wear CoverGirl still.”

UO: Yes you can, exactly. And that is so important that we never, ever, ever, ever, ever walk away from that.

PS: What impressed you about CoverGirl before you got started with the company? And then, when you got there, what did you know needed to change? What were your hopes for the company?

UO: What impressed me was the brand. It’s iconic. This is a brand where I’ll get into an Uber and you’re chatting and then, it’s like, “What do you do?” And you’re like, “I’m SVP at CoverGirl.” They’re like, “CoverGirl!” Everybody knows this brand and loves this brand. I personally live that because I get DMs all the time of people wanting to be CoverGirls. It means something to be a CoverGirl. The brand stood for inclusivity way before inclusivity was the cool thing to do. And I think people really give the brand credit for that.

That goes back to our founder who was very visionary, right? In 1961, calling the brand CoverGirl because he wanted the makeup of CoverGirls to be available to every girl. That’s the DNA that empowers this brand. Every year, because we introduce new CoverGirls probably on a yearly basis, we’re always asking ourselves, “Who has been part of this category but has never been celebrated before?” That really pushes us to introduce new narrative, new dialogue, to celebrate different types of beauty – not the idealized standard of it.

My job is incredibly fun for me personally because it really is aligned with my values. And I’m such a girl’s girl. I love the whole thing. Then, to be a part of a brand that has an impact on culture. I can change the way that people define beauty, can change the way people feel about themselves. I’ve had emotional conversations with people that said, “When you made this person a CoverGirl, I felt like I was part of the beauty dialogue for the first time. And I’ve been a part of this country forever. I’ve been a part of this culture forever. But for the first time, I felt like I was part of it.” To be a part of a team that does that and has the opportunity to do that, I honestly don’t know what other job you would have that would tick all those boxes. So it was an easy yes for me, to be honest.

PS: When I think of CoverGirl, I think you are usually at the forefront of who is going to be the hot CoverGirl or CoverBoy. Obviously, Katy Perry, you guys got her early.
UO: Rihanna, Taylor Swift. If you literally go through the list.

PS: I loved seeing the commercial last year with Nura Afia .

UO: She was the first ambassador to wear a hijab.

PS: Is there one category that you guys are hoping to tap into this next year that you haven’t yet?

UO: I wouldn’t say we haven’t yet, but I think we’re just scratching the surface. We’ve always stood for ethnic diversity, we’ve always stood for age diversity. And I think now, nobody really embodies that more than Maye. I personally love her, but she just really embraces her age and allows us to be able to talk to all women.

The third piece that we’ve been really been trying to establish, and I see us doing more of, is vocational diversity, which is particularly important for girls. Historically, in the beauty industry, we only celebrated entertainers. You had to be an actor, a singer, or a model. Literally, almost 100 percent of the CoverGirls in the entire industry came from those three vocations. So what happens to all those other millions and millions and millions of women? Vocational diversity is one area where I think we’ve led the charge on.

We continue to push, so that’s why in our slew of CoverGirls, we have a model, we have a singer, but we also have a businesswoman in Ayesha Curry. We have a motorcycle racer and a fitness enthusiast with Shelina (Moreda) and with Massy (Arias) . We have a director and an actor with Issa . With the Clean Matte collection, we were able to launch with Girls Who Code for female engineers and females in science. Once again, so many women who participate in that never, ever thought they would be part of the beauty conversation ever. So we’ve gotten so many positive responses from females in science who are like, “Oh my God. I’ve never seen myself as part of beauty. This is first time ever.” I think there’s so much more that we can do.

PS: Let’s talk about I Am What I Make Up. It spoke to me when I first saw it on television. I’m sure that was a huge task when you guys were thinking about the rebrand. What were the goals, and what was important to achieving that?

UO: It was a blessing for me that I wasn’t a part of the beauty industry before. I joined a year and a half ago, and when you join, you get the opportunity to listen a lot. You listen to the people who love your brand. You listen to the people who don’t love your brand. You listen to your team. You listen to your retailers. You listen to all your partners.

One thing that we realized was makeup was not getting as much credit as it deserved. A lot of women don’t realize this, but every day with their makeup bag standing in front of the mirror, they are creating a version of themselves they want to show the world that day, and with that came the confidence that they needed to take on the world. We talked to so many people. They were like, “If I have a big presentation, I need my red lipstick.” The only other thing that they talked about that was even close was high heels. She would talk about how her makeup for a wedding was very different than her makeup with girlfriends, versus if she’s going to the club and it’s like, “Well, why is that?” “Well, because I want to project different aspects of myself and different aspects of my personality to different people.” That was the insight really underneath it all. And in the spirit of what I wanted to change, because our slogan was “Easy Breezy Beautiful,” it was a handcuff, because when she’s navigating all of those different dimensions of her personality, she needs different types of makeup for all of those. And they’re not always easy.

“Because our slogan was ‘Easy Breezy Beautiful,’ it was a handcuff, because when she’s navigating all of those different dimensions of her personality, she needs different types of makeup for all of those. It’s not always easy.”

PS: Amen.

UO: CoverGirl in the past would make the choice not to participate [in certain looks or events] because we would say, “That’s not easy and breezy, so that’s not CoverGirl.” And our perspective was like, “We should never judge that.” If that same woman says, “I want that look for this occasion,” we should give that to her. Because we’re her partner, and we’re her ally, and we want her or him to have everything that they need to succeed. When we looked at our portfolio, we realized that we had gaps. That’s why in our Spring collection, we launched 114 new items. There are lot of products that I have on my face that we literally didn’t have before Spring, and now we do. So in the morning, when I just wanted to lay low in a hotel, I could do that. But if I’m talking to Kirbie and I know she’s going to come in with a beat face, I better show up, right?

PS: You better show up.

UO: That’s why we love I Am What I Make Up, because it allowed us, as a brand, to really stand for equipping her for whatever version of herself of himself they wanted to project to the world that day.

PS: You came to America as an immigrant when you were 15. What advice do you have for the 15-year-old right now that wants to fill your shoes and thinks, “I can do it, I just don’t know how to get there.” What is your best advice?

UO: I would say when you’re younger in your career, you wonder if you can really do what you love as your vocation. I spent my first five and a half years in finance. While it taught me a lot, and I got really good at managing a business and running a profit and loss statement, I realized I didn’t want to wake up and do that every day. It just wasn’t me. I took a risk to quit my job at the time and go back to business school and study brand management.

It was a huge risk because I had a good-paying job, and I was doing really well in it, but I just didn’t see myself doing that for the rest of my life. So I would say take the risk to lean into who you are, because I wholeheartedly believe that your gift is wrapped up in that. I don’t think you can separate the two of them. And I don’t think you can show up as your best self if you’re doing something that is not core to who you are, who you want to be. I wish I had known that a little bit earlier, but I’m glad I realized it, and I made the choices that I wanted to make.

When I was at 15, my dad was a pilot. He said, “You can go anywhere in the world to study in a university.” I said, “Well, I want to go to America because I want to run a business, and it’s a capitalist country.” He said, “OK, go.” I came here without my parents or anything, and it was a risk, but it worked out. I took another risk when Coty [CoverGirl’s parent company] came knocking and said, “Do you want to run CoverGirl?” I’d never worked in beauty before, but it sounded like it would be a heck of a lot of fun. And it turned out to be a heck of a lot of fun! So, I think just being superopen to just leaning into that piece that you feel like, “This is totally wrapped up in who I am, and I think I’ll do well there.”

Read This Before You Start a Prescription-Strength Acne Product

We all have that friend who credits their clear complexion to one miracle skincare product. (Damn you, Becky.) The rest of us might have to turn to prescription-strength treatments. And while it’s now trendy to know what buzzy ingredients are in your skin products, learning the ins and outs of the hard stuff can feel like studying for a chemistry exam. That’s why we enlisted NYC dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz to break down every type of blemish-bashing prescription product out there, so you can know what you’re getting into before you jump on the Clindamycin or Accutane train.

This Is When Experts Say You Should Really Start Dabbing On Eye Cream

There’s no time like the present to start preserving your beautiful skin , so let’s not waste another minute. Whether you’re 16 or 60 (or anywhere in between), we can all reap the benefits of a little extra TLC around our extrasensitive eye area. We talked to top skincare experts to find out when you should really start using under-eye cream, what to look for in a product, and how to apply it for maximum benefits. Read on to see what they said, then go grab some eye cream to add to your lineup.

Huda Kattan, Beauty's Wealthiest Influencer, Spends 4 Hours a Day on Instagram

A post shared by Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty) on Feb 18, 2018 at 10:24am PST

Fishtail brows . Metallic lip strobes . The rose gold eye shadow palette that started ’em all (RIP, friend). It’s tough to name a beauty trend that’s come up in the past few years that hasn’t been shaped by Huda Kattan. Along with being the wealthiest influencer working the beauty game right now, Huda consistently drops both iridescent and utilitarian products that fly off shelves almost as quickly as she shot to the top of the industry.

Perhaps one of Huda’s most enduring qualities is that she totally smashes the “b*tchy businesswoman” stereotype. She’s a verified mogul, but she takes the time to support other women trying to do the same thing, whether they are superstars like Kim Kardashian and Jen Atkin or the women behind undiscovered makeup she promotes on her own feed.

“I always try to be as real as possible on social media and pride myself on only supporting people and brands I love and truly believe in,” Huda tells POPSUGAR. “It is super important to me that the videos we share are useful and offer something beneficial. I want people to learn something new.”

But finding those pre-viral trends before anyone else does takes a lot of tenacity. Huda cops to spending about four hours a day scrolling through Instagram’s Explore page. She admits that process can be a bit “overwhelming,” but there is a plus side: “It gives me the opportunity to connect with people from all over the globe. There’s never a time when we have nothing to share.”

“Whenever you are pushing boundaries, there will be push-back from people.”

And while Huda’s drawn attention to some wild makeup hacks in the past (hello, Vagisil primer ), her buck stops with reposting sheer clickbait. “We are very selective of what we share, especially when it comes to videos that have the potential to be harmful,” she says. Noting that many of her followers are on the young side, Huda feels she has a responsibility to be selective with her content.

For instance, when knife contouring (yup, that’s exactly what it sounds like) emerged a few years ago, Huda’s team made the decision not to call attention to such a dangerous trend. In Huda’s words, “We filter content and share only the beauty hacks and tutorials that will elevate a beauty routine.”

Routines aren’t the only thing Huda wants to elevate; she has also started the Huda Beauty Angels fund to assist budding female entrepreneurs. “We champion female empowerment and uniqueness, which doesn’t come without its challenges,” she admits. Her advice to anyone who wants to follow suit? “Whenever you are pushing boundaries, there will be push-back from people. Embrace what you stand for, and accept that there will be criticism.”

Oh, and one more thing: “The best advice came from my mom; she has always told me to be patient. It was really helpful to have her say that to me, because I am a really passionate person and can sometimes be very impulsive.” We guess the advice paid off – spending four hours a day digging through Instagram sounds like it requires quite a bit of persistence, indeed.

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Jade Kendle Wants to Help Black Women Love Themselves "Unconditionally and Abundantly"

It is a big f*cking deal to be a black beauty influencer. In a world where European standards of beauty are deemed the norm and makeup brands still overwhelmingly cater to those with pale skin, we need them more than ever. We may look to black beauty influencers for the scoop on the latest products and watch their breakdowns on buzzy trends, but for women of color, the online beauty space is so much more than just hair and makeup. It’s a place for other black women, who are often unrepresented, to finally see themselves represented in a beautiful way.

Don’t believe me? Just ask Jade Kendle of LipsticknCurls . Kendle managed to build a full-time career from sharing her love for beauty on social media. At nearly half a million followers across all social platforms, she reaches a huge amount of rabid fans and has a piece of content for just about every one of your hair and makeup needs. Need a review on the latest curly-hair gel? Kendle’s got it. Need inspo for a holiday beauty look? She’s got that, too.

In addition to her vault of hair tutorials – like this DIY box braids demo with over half a million views – Kendle also gives followers a look into her personal life with a series of “Get Ready With Me” videos, travel vlogs, and pep talks about social media , confidence , navigating life , and building a beauty career.

But after my talk with Kendle over the phone, another fact was made very clear: throughout her seven years creating content in the social media space, her online presence has served as a platform for women of color who don’t always have a voice – and she uses it wisely! Kendle has managed to create a fun, supportive network for other brands, talent, and influencers to help grow their social media following. She’s been able to do so while remaining celebratory and inclusive of all women, but most importantly black women who are often isolated by media and beauty brands.

Ahead, you’ll find the most inspiring tidbits from my conversation with Kendle. We touched on everything from being black women in a white-washed beauty landscape to dealing with living in racial limbo and breaking into an often cutthroat industry. And of course I got the tea on how she keeps those gorgeous curls poppin’.

Everything You Need to Copy Rihanna's "Disco Diva" Curls From the Grammys

Is there such a thing as a bad hair day for Rihanna ? We think not. The Fenty Beauty founder attended the 2018 Grammys clad in her namesake makeup with her hair styled in fluffy curls. In fact, we loved Rih’s hair so much that we tapped her longtime hair stylist, Yusef Williams , to give us all the details on how to achieve the pillow-soft waves at home.

Yusef told POPSUGAR that though the Grammys is the biggest night in music, his award show prep with Rihanna didn’t begin months in advance. “People would think that we started the process months and months ago, but it really came together over the past few weeks,” he revealed. “We’ve done just about everything together, so sometimes we just stare at each other for an hour like ‘what should we do next?'”

For Rihanna’s Grammys look, Yusuf shared that the two followed a “whimsical blueprint” inspired by Studio 54, Diana Ross, and Donna Summers. “To achieve the look at home, you might want to use some extensions for drama. I used the ghd gold styler ($199, available Feb. 1) to create soft curls.” If your hair is naturally thick or curly, Yusef suggests using a paddle brush to blow-dry your strands. “Your hair doesn’t have to be superstraight. In fact, we kept a lot of texture in Rihanna’s hair because we didn’t want it to be too smooth.”

Once her disco-diva curls were set, he brushed them out and finished with Matrix Frizz Control Spray ($20). Right before Rihanna hit the stage, he spritzed on Matrix Style Fixer ($18) to make sure her curls stayed sexy during her hot dance number.

The rest was Grammys history.

Read on to shop the products used on Rih’s award-winning hair.

8 Toxic Ingredients You Should Never Use in Your Skin Care Routine

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Tata Harper’s farm in Vermont, and it blew my mind. It should not have been so shocking. I’ve been a fan of her natural-ingredient, eco-friendly skin care and makeup line for years. It’s ideal for my sensitive skin, and everything smells deliciously botanical with milky, silky textures. But actually seeing the farm-to-vanity process of these products made me realize: they are the real deal.

These are not products that claim to have organic ingredients but are still packed with “processed” stuff. In fact, most Tata Harper formulas have the shelf life of just a few months. She pointed out: why would you want to put something on your face with enough preservatives to make it last for years? Gross. (I immediately went home after the trip and threw away a ton of expired formulas.)

“I started Tata Harper Skincare after my stepfather was diagnosed with cancer,” she told me via email. “Through all of the doctor’s appointments I learned so much about lifestyle and how little decisions affect health and wellbeing. That’s when I started really researching ingredients, and discovered that a lot of the ingredients with the most potential health risks aren’t even there to give results; they’re just fillers like preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners designed to keep the formula stable and give the product its texture. I only use natural ingredients because I believe that no woman should have to compromise her health for her beauty, especially if those ingredients aren’t even making her beautiful!”

The more I learned about natural ingredients , the more I only wanted to use them. Every time I wash my face with Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser , I envision the apricot seed powder exfoliating my skin and the French pink clay detoxifying it. Or when I nourish my face with the Rejuvenating Serum , I know rosehip seed oil is rejuvenating my under-eye area, while Spanish lavender extract is relaxing fine lines.

If you are eager to get informed about the harmful ingredients in your skin care products, as well as natural ones to look for instead, keep reading. Tata Harper herself breaks down what to ditch, what to use, and why.

11 DIY Beauty Remedies Your Grandma Always Talked About That Actually Work

Every abuela has one: that wild concoction she whips up from ingredients in her kitchen and swears by every time you have a pimple, dry skin, unruly hair – you name it. As kids, most of us rolled our eyes and went along with it, but we’ve done a little digging, and it turns out maybe Grandma wasn’t so crazy after all. Many of those beauty recipes actually work! Warning: do try these 11 practices at home for smooth skin and silky hair – or get these beauty buys that are also grandma-approved .

1. Using mayonnaise as a deep conditioner for healthy hair.

According to hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins, this old-school method works because of the fat to protein ratio. “The oil softens the hair, making it shinier – and the protein in the eggs will make strands stronger.” He recommends applying the treatment to dry hair, and leaving it on as a mask for 15-20 minutes. Shampoo twice, and condition afterwards. But, Hawkins notes, this treatment works best for hair that isn’t fine or limp.

2. Dabbing nails in olive oil for a healthier look.

Nail expert Stephanie Stone debunked the myth (common in Dominican culture) that rubbing garlic on nails will make them strong (according to studies, it has no benefit). But, she says, applying olive oil (a popular DIY beauty ingredient in Puerto Rico) on nails and cuticles throughout the day is a great way to improve their health. “Keeping your hands and nails moisturized is key, especially if you’re trying to repair damaged nail beds. I’d also recommend applying it lightly throughout the day instead of a full on soak. But consistency is key!”

3. Coconut oil as a body moisturizer.

“This one 100% works,” says dermatologist (and Sofia Vergara’s derm!) Dendy Engelman, M.D., of coconut oil for soft skin, a popular technique in many Latin American countries. “Coconut oil is mostly made up of saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids, which help repair the skin barrier, trap water to hydrate skin, and also reduce inflammation. And recent studies show it’s also a great treatment for eczema.”

4. Adding honey to hair conditioner for softer tresses.

A custom common in Caribbean Latin America, honey is a natural moisturizer, which Hawkins says does work to help rehydrate your locks. And using unprocessed honey will give you an extra bonus: it’s full of enzymes that will help create a healthy scalp and prevent dandruff.

5. Agua maravilla to fight blemishes.

Also known as witch hazel, this is common in many Latino families, especially from Puerto Rican and Dominican backgrounds. Engelman says it works because the mixture contains anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antibacterial properties. Engelman also recommends Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Refreshingly Clean Towelettes ($6) to control blemishes and calm bug bites.

6. Washing hair with Coca-Cola for shine.

This is a long-time favorite technique among not just Latino families, but celebrities like Suki Waterhouse . Hairstylist Nunzio Saviano gives this traditional trick the thumbs up: “The acidity closes the hair cuticle, which makes it look healthy and shiny. But be careful: the sugar can leave your hair sticky, so you might need to rinse it out quickly. Apple cider vinegar is an alternative that might not be as messy!”

7. Beach sand as a skin exfoliant.

“Sand is essentially finely granulated rocks, so it’s perfect to remove excess dry skin cells,” Engelman says. “But because it’s so abrasive, I’d only recommend you use it to exfoliate feet. It might be too harsh for other parts of your body.”

8. Manzanilla grisi shampoo to lighten hair.

Saviano says that this traditionally Mexican and South American product – which contains Flor de Manzanilla and claims to both wash and lighten hair – does work, but he would use it sparingly. “This will maintain your tone and even lighten it at times, but if you use it too much, your color might become dull or even fade.”

9. Grape skin paste for glowing skin.

Grapes are a gold mine, says Engelman. “They’ll have a brightening effect over time because they contain vitamins B6, C, and A, and minerals like potassium, magnesium, selenium, and flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and remove toxins from the skin.”

10. Sugar and lemon juice as an antiaging exfoliant.

According to Engelman, the sugar crystals act as an exfoliator, sloughing away dead skin, while the lemon juice helps peel away dead skin cells because of their content of alpha hydroxy acid (which is found in many antiaging treatments). Exfoliating is important, Engelman says, “because as we age, our skin doesn’t shed as effectively. Plus, getting rid of dead cells helps your moisturizers penetrate better.”

11. Avocado for healthy cuticles.

“Actually, rubbing avocado oil on cuticles is more effective than actual avocado,” says Stone. But good news for avocado lovers: “Avocados in a healthy, balanced diet will help you see overall improvement in your hair, skin, and nails, too.” Bring on the guacamole!


Why Microdermabrasions Are the Best Exfoliating Treatments For Your Skin

I am a really boring beauty editor. I don’t get Botox , fillers, or any fancy cosmetic dermatology treatments (sorry, I can’t give your mom a first-hand account of Fraxel). My hair is virgin , meaning I’ve never colored it. And my best tip for antiaging is to eat cleaner , because IMHO, beauty starts from within – as in the gut .

That said, there is one treatment I get every month at the dermatologist’s office, and that’s a microdermabrasion. It takes about 15 minutes total, it’s relaxing, and it leaves me with smooth, glowing skin. I’m talking about the type of face you only see a week after a facial or when you get back from a truly hypnotic vacation. And it garners me compliments from co-workers and family members.

If you’re a beauty connoisseur, you’re probably thinking, “What?!” It’s so unexpectedly old-school. And if you’ve never heard of microderms, then you’re probably also thinking, “What?” Let me answer your questions: To the former I prefer gentle, tried-and-tested treatments over trending, invasive ones. The photo above is not photoshopped and features my true skin at 31. And to the latter, a microdermabrasion is a machine used to exfoliate the skin.

Let’s get into the science! I interviewed my dermatologist, Dr. Amy Wechsler , for a deeper analysis. She’s actually the derm who worked with Chanel to create the brand’s first ever fragrance-free face lotion, La Solution 10 . And if you haven’t used it, you need to, because it will make your face feel velvety without any fragrance or irritating ingredients .

Dr. Wechsler explained what a microderm really does: “You gently remove all the dead cells on the top of the epidermis, which is called the stratum corneum. And in removing those cells all at once, it stimulates the cells beneath it to all renew at the same time. There are no chemicals involved, it’s a mechanical treatment.”

To help you decide if microderms are a suitable treatment for your skin, Dr. Wechsler broke down everything you need to know about them:

How your skin will look after a microderm

“Skin will look smoother, more even. There will be more of a glow or a brightness to the skin. All those dead cells on the top can make your skin appear a bit dull or gray. After the microderm, you’ll have an even skin tone without those dead, grayish cells on top.”

Microderms vs. peels

“I think microderms are the best, because there are no chemicals and there is no damage to the epidermis. I like chemical peels, but the main chemical peels that we use here are salicylic acid based. Those are great if you are very acne prone or have active acne, because it calms it down. But peels are drying. When you do microdermabrasion, you’re not drying someone’s skin out or putting a chemical on their skin that stings. And it’s relaxing – some people even fall asleep!”

Microderms vs. microneedling

“I don’t like microneedling. It tries to mimic what Fraxel laser does in making little micro openings down to the dermis; so that if you damage the dermis in tiny ways, it heals by laying down new collagen. Microneedling just doesn’t make sense to me – I’m not really quite sure what the goal is. I don’t think that it’s been studied enough, and it’s just this big fad that I’m not jumping on.”

Who can get a microderm

“It’s really for everyone other than those who have chronic acne. Any skin tone, any ethnic group, men and women – it’s really great in that way. It’s not invasive, and it’s safe. You can even do it during pregnancy, because there are no chemicals involved whatsoever. You can do it if you have a tan. I don’t want people to have tans, but there are some procedures that you actually cannot do when you’re tan, and this is not one of them.”

Why acne-prone people should avoid it

“I find that if you’ve got active acne, a microdermabrasion can stimulate it and make it a bit worse. There are some doctors who absolutely disagree with me and do microdermabrasion on purpose on their acne patients. I’ve seen those patients afterwards and they’re worse.”

When should you avoid them

“Before the treatment, I don’t want people to have just done a peel, microneedling, or laser. Skin should be untouched by other procedures for at least a week, if not two.”

What to know about your skin after a microderm

“Take care of your skin post-treatment by moisturizing and wearing sunscreen. After a microdermabrasion, the skin actually absorbs and accepts moisturizer or serum much better than if you didn’t get one. So your skin can get like extra moisturized, and it lasts for a couple weeks. Since your face accepts moisture so well, it will feel smoother. Makeup artists love people who get microdermabrasions – they put primer or whatever on, it looks great.”

How often you should get them

“If you can do it once a month, that is the best. More frequently than once a month doesn’t do anything. Many people don’t have the luxury of going once a month. I certainly don’t do mine once a month – I should – but I say that the minimum should be quarterly.”

Where to get them

“I love when people do it in a doctor’s office, because then you know the instruments are sterile. If you’re doing it somewhere else and they’re using wands, I like people to be shown that the wand is in a sterile package. It’s like when you get your nails done, and they have those sterile packages.”

Why it’s more than just a facial treatment

“Getting a microdermabrasion feels good, and it’s relaxing. It doesn’t hurt, and it doesn’t sting. Your eyes are closed, and you’re not on your phone. Someone is taking care of you, and I think that’s such a good way to de-stress. It’s 15 minutes once in a while, but it’s so good for your brain and your cortisol levels to just take a little break. Whereas there are some procedures that, because they hurt, don’t give you that same relaxing, cortisol-dropping, stress-relieving feel.”

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.

Lo Bosworth's Beauty Must Have Is Probably Already in Your House

Lo Bosworth ‘s website, The Lo Down , covers everything from cooking to beauty, and we can say with authority that she’s an expert when it comes to the latter. It’s almost as if her entire being glows when she enters a room, so it’s no surprise that Arm & Hammer chose the star to be its beauty spokesperson. Lo’s beauty prowess seems almost innate, and her tips for incorporating baking soda into your beauty routine are life changing.

The Laguna Beach and The Hills alumna made the cross-country jump from LA to New York last year and we have to say, she’s got the East Coast vibe down pat. She’s managed to juggle adjusting to a different city, redecorating a new (and superdreamy) apartment, and spearheading a lifestyle brand with the poise we’d expect from the young businesswoman.

On top of all that, she always keeps her skin and hair on point – not a blemish in sight nor a tousled blond strand out of place. We sat down with Lo and she dished her secret skin care weapon, in addition to reminiscing about the MTV series that made us fall in love with her way back when.

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7 Dangerous Sunscreen Mistakes Not to Make This Spring Break

You know about sunscreen, of course. You walk down the aisles full of them in the supermarket. You see the commercials. You read about new formulas when they launch. Maybe you’re still making excuses not to wear it every day or maybe you’re following the rules and slathering on SPF without fail. But are you confident you’re doing the best you can to protect your skin?

With an increase of 20 percent in melanoma cases among Hispanics in the past two decades, it sounds like Latinas might be making more mistakes that we think we are. Keep scrolling to find out what the most common blunders are and how to avoid them from Flor Mayoral, MD, a dermatologist and L’Oréal Paris ambassador.

This Is the Biggest Mistake You're Making With Your Clarisonic

While I’d like to think that there are quite a few characteristics Oprah and I have in common, one in particular is that we both love the Clarisonic ! I’ve been a devotee of the cleansing brush since it first appeared on the market in 2004. (Granted, I was unable to get one until after I graduated college – as I tell everyone considering the device, it is a skin care investment.)

I’ve seen Clarisonic evolve from what could have been a gimmicky tool to an absolute necessity for a clear, radiant complexion . I am actually shocked when I talk to friends, co-workers, or even complete strangers who do not own one – how has their skin survived without it?

In all seriousness, it’s clear that I love the product – I feel cleaner when I use it. My skin glows. I don’t have to spend 10 minutes removing my makeup with a wipe, then a face wash, then another wipe, only to find foundation on the towel. It’s a convenience and a luxury wrapped into one tool. Because I’m such a fan, many of my friends consult me about which model to purchase. That’s when I realized how confusing it can be: the brand offers seven models, as well as a variety of brush heads to choose from!

Recently, I visited Clarisonic headquarters in Seattle to learn about their new launch, the Mia Fit ($189) While there, I chatted with Dr. Robb Akridge (lovingly known to beauty editors and his colleagues as “Dr. Robb”), one of the inventors of the device. He clarified which device and brush head you should start with based on your needs. Read on to learn which one you should grab first . . . or, if you’re as addicted as I am, pick up next!

Rachel Bilson on How to Copy Her Effortless Cool-Girl Look

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You may know Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts from The O.C. or Dr. Zoe Hart on Hart of Dixie, in either case she’s always had a great sense of style – both in the fashion and beauty departments . When it comes to her skin and hair, Rachel gives off the fresh-faced California-girl vibe, a look we’ve always envied (and tried to copy with products like Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray). A quick glance at her Instagram account even reveals that she’s a master of the #nomakeupselfies and prefers a natural, minimalist look, which is actually quite refreshing to see amid trends like heavy contouring and bubble nail art .

It’s fitting then that ChapStick recently named the actress as its newest spokesperson for its Total Hydration lip product. In an interview, Rachel opened up to us about why she loves this no-fuss Winter beauty staple and explained how her skin care routine has changed since becoming a mom to daughter Briar Rose. Make no mistake, though – this mama is also equally knowledgable about beauty hacks and shared some easy makeup tips with us.

POPSUGAR: Which Total Hydration ChapStick is your favorite? Is there a flavor you would recommend people to try?

Rachel Bilson: I love the vanilla . I’m a vanilla kind of girl and it really keeps your lips hydrated and moisturized, especially for Valentine’s Day.

PS: Speaking of Valentine’s Day, do you have any date-night style advice for those celebrating?

RB: All of my things include a little person now. We’re a little more cozy than glammed up you can say. I think for Valentine’s Day, less is more. Some girls might like to break out lingerie. That would be nice for the men, but as far as getting ready for a date, low-key is my go-to.

PS: What’s your beauty routine like and has that changed drastically since having your daughter?

RB: I’ve always been low-key and it’s gotten even lower since having a child. I am definitely the ChapStick and mascara kind of girl. When I pull both of those together, it’s quite an achievement.

PS: Do you have any makeup or skin care staples you can’t live without?

RB: The ChapStick Total Hydration is a staple for me and also the Chanel mascara. They used to make it in this blue color – it didn’t really look blue, only in a certain light – but they discontinued it, which is a bummer. Now I am using the Chanel mascara in black and what’s little left of the blue.

PS: The ingredients in the Total Hydration line are 100 percent natural. Is that something you look for in your products?

RB: Yes, especially since becoming a mom, you’re just way more aware of what you put on your body and what you’re exposing your baby to. I love that the product is 100 percent natural.

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PS: Throwing it back to the O.C. days, did you learn any fun beauty hacks from the girls or makeup artists?

RB: It’s funny, my makeup artist [Joni Powell] on Hart of Dixie was the head of makeup on The O.C. It’s like a big family of us that have been together forever. For me, what I’ve learned is that when you load ChapStick on and then brush your lips with a toothbrush it acts like an exfoliator, which is great. I had to do that a lot because I used to apply lipstick on all the time. And, if you have individual lashes on or false ones, after a while you can curl them as a little pick-me-up since you can’t really put mascara on them.

PS: Are you the skin care or makeup type of girl?

RB: I would lean more towards skin care. I am low-maintenance in both areas, so I don’t go much further than washing my face and putting on some cream after. Then ChapStick, mascara, and a little blush.

PS: When it comes to your hair, what types of products do you use? As a California native, you have great beach waves.

RB: I am a wash-and-go girl because I don’t do my own hair often. It’s pretty natural when I am in charge of it. I love the Living Proof line , especially the shampoo and condition antifrizz one.

PS: Describe your beauty look in one word.

RB: Definitely simple comes to mind. And minimalist.

The Real Reason Koreans Have Amazing Skin – and How You Can, Too

Korean skin care has made its way into the lives of many Americans, and no one knows this better than Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho. The California native spent five years living in Seoul, South Korea, learning the ins and outs of Korean beauty before launching her online shop, where she sells curated Asian beauty products. The site also doubles as a go-to blog for all things K-beauty. Now she’s taken that knowledge and turned it into an addicting read – The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets For Healthy, Glowing Skin .

If you devoured her book in a few days, like I did, then you probably ended up buying a couple of sheet masks (from Soko Glam, obvi) and vowed to start a more diligent skin care routine. If you didn’t read her book yet, you haven’t missed out on any important secrets, because we had the chance to chat with Charlotte at her NYC book launch. The certified esthetician touched on skin care mistakes, myths, and even recommended some of her favorite products. And ladies, she really knows her sh*t.

POPSUGAR: What made you decide to write a book on Korean skin care?

Charlotte Cho: I was not planning on writing [a book] because I was in the middle of esthetician school and doing Soko Glam. I didn’t have any time and I didn’t think about it, but a literary agency reached out to me and said that Korean beauty is getting more and more popular, we love your blog, and think you have the perfect voice. We ended up working on a proposal and a lot of publishers out there wanted this book and thought it was something people would want to read.

PS: A common advice is to “drink lots of water” for glowing skin. Is this actually true?

CC: Drinking water is great for your overall well-being, but it doesn’t necessarily hydrate your skin. Your body doesn’t hydrate from the inside out. That’s why you need to apply topical products that have humectants, an ingredient that brings nourishment and binds moisture to your skin. That’s the only way you’ll see results for a dewy glow.

Look Like a Victoria's Secret Angel Without Working Out

It’s no secret that people are obsessed with the Victoria’s Secret Angels’ bodies. Guys want to fantasize about them; women want to look like them. And after seeing them all up close on multiple occasions when I flew to London with 40 models for the 2014 fashion show, I can vouch that these goddesses look even better in person . It makes perfect sense that you have a few of these women on your Fitspiration Pinterest board. But that doesn’t mean they don’t get a little beauty help making their bodies look extra camera-and-runway ready. During my time in London, I was able to get a custom spray tan from Kristyn Pradas , the same bronzing artist who worked on the girls. After she hosed me down with her special natural formula, I chatted with her about how real girls can try the same body-contouring tricks at home. Ladies, slimmed thighs, tauter tummies, and perkier bums may be just a bottle of self-tanner away.

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