Posts Tagged Body Care

35 Beauty Picks That Will Save You This Winter, According to Experts

It’s no secret that cold weather and beauty aren’t exactly best friends. Harsh winds from the outside combined with the heat we’re typically pumping on the inside can leave the hair and body high and dry . . . but it doesn’t have to.

Because no one should have to succumb to an entire season of alligator patches and split ends, we asked experts to share some of the products they use on themselves and their clients – including celebs who need to look amazing year-round – to get through the season.

From hydrating face oils to innovative hair care , read on for 35 (yes, 35!) picks that can help you beat the Winter beauty blues (and find more ingredients to look for here ).

Quick, Someone Stop Us From Eating This Ultrarealistic Food Soap

As we all learned during our first bath ever, soap is not for eating. But when we look at LoveLeeSoap’s food-shaped products , we’re not so sure. The Florida-based Etsy retailer makes crazy-realistic cleansers that have completely confused our taste buds, but delighted our hangry hearts.

We never thought that soap would make our mouths water, but if taking a big bite out of a sudsy chicken wing is wrong, we don’t want to be right. No matter your palette or dietary restrictions, LoveLeeSoap probably makes something you’d want to eat for dinner (or save for dessert!). While these products are definitely not the safest to ingest, the scented soap contains shea butter that will cleanse and hydrate your skin.

Read on to see our favorites from this fizz-able feast, then immediately take your lunch break, because we guarantee these cleansers will make you hungry.

Your Favorite '90s Middle School Scents Are Going on Sale at Bath & Body Works!

Bath and Body Works is answering our ’90s loving prayers by including all our favorite vintage scents in its Semi-Annual Sale. Starting June 5, you’ll be able to shop previously discontinued scents you loved as a child, all at a discount.

If you’re a fan of the cult-favorite Cucumber Melon scent, you’ll be thrilled to learn that the body-care emporium now sells the fresh fragrance in a 3-Wick Candle and Wallflower variety so your home can smell as good as your well-moisturized body. The retired scents are only available during June and are sure to fly off shelves fast, so make sure to get them while you still can.

If your favorite scent happens to be from the brand’s current lineup, you might want to stalk up on that fragrance, as well. The Semi-Annual Sale is notorious for being the last time you can get your hands on products before the company retires them for good.

Read on to check out the vintage scents available at your local Bath and Body Works on June 5.

10 Latin American Beauty Brands You'll Want to Add to Your Vanity

Growing up Latina, there’s a good chance that the women in your family taught you the ways of beauty early on, passing on their lists of tried and true products they can’t live without and their impressive DIY secrets , and maybe even telling you to replace your favorite drugstore and Sephora buys with brands that they knew and loved back home.

While you may be too attached to your Urban Decay Naked Palette (we don’t blame you) to abandon all your usuals cold turkey, we rounded up some favorite Latin American brands that are hands-down worth a try and could easily become your new beauty go-tos. Grandma will be so proud!

Additional reporting by Alessandra Foresto

These 28 Travel Beauty Items Are the Only Ones You Need to Pack

Packing for a long weekend is one of the most stressful tasks a beauty junkie can endure. Editing down your favorite goods (do you really need a dry shampoo and a texture spray?) can be daunting and take hours if you’re not prepared. You also may be confused about what to splurge on (skin care!) and what to save on (hairspray, trust us) when it comes to buying travel-size products .

To help you get ready for long Summer weekends, we are offering up the ultimate selection of beauty minis. Basically, we made the good decisions for you, so all you need to do is decide which cosmetics case to put them in (the struggle is so real). Keep reading to see our travel picks for skin, hair, and body care .

15 Amazon Prime Deals You Need to Shop Right Now

It’s Amazon Prime Day , which means shopping at the ecommerce mecca just got a whole lot cheaper. Prime members will get access to 100,000 deals spanning many categories – including beauty. There will be “Spotlight Deals” (major discounts on cult brands and popular products) and “Lightening Deals” (flash sales that rotate). To help you navigate through this shopping event, we narrowed it down to 15 of our favorite products on sale now. We found everything from the iconic Sultra curling rod iron to classic L’Oréal Elnett hair spray, as well as a do-it-all Stila palette and the French-girl-approved Nuxe multipurpose dry oil that will make your skin luminous. Keep reading and start warming up your credit card!

One Black Girl Got a Spray Tan and Lived to Tell the Tale

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Siegel

I have always been a firm believer that black girls shouldn’t artificially tan . To me, using liquid enhancers on dark complexions just wasn’t necessary, and I’ve always feared that any form of enhancement to our natural complexions would end up in an orange Willy Wonka disaster.

So when POPSUGAR’s senior beauty editor Lauren Levinson approached me with an opportunity to get spray-tanned by the pros at Vita Liberta , my first thought was to immediately decline. However, after giving it thought, I wondered if my reaction was purely the result of a beauty myth. Out of pure curiosity, I decided to challenge myself and sign up for the spray tan to debunk the myth or confirm my theory that liquid enhancers aren’t flattering on dark skin.

When it was my turn to strip down (yes, down to my undies) and get into the tanning tent, I knew there was no turning back. I stood there as the cold spray latched onto my pores and anxiously closed my eyes. After a few brief turns and chills, the entire process was finished. Once my tan was complete, I gazed in the mirror and was overwhelmingly pleased with my glowing, toasty complexion. The tanning liquid coated my skin with a radiant shine that made it look like I’d just returned from an exotic vacation. I was visibly darker, but my complexion still looked completely natural.

Throughout the day, I was extremely aware of the tanning solution on my body. I personally couldn’t wait to rinse it off to see the hue once it was settled in my skin, but the experts at Vita Liberata said it was OK to skip a shower and sleep in your tanner to achieve a deeper tint (just avoid white sheets!). But that night, I opted to shower with a gentle exfoliating cleanser to lather away the first layer of liquid enhancer. My tan melted down to a more bronzed version of my typically pale, blotchy skin. I couldn’t wait to throw on a plunge-neck top the next day to show off my sexy complexion. To say I was obsessed with my tan was an understatement.

As it turns out, my earlier hunch was wrong. My belief that a certain beauty enhancement is made solely for one type of skin is just a myth that feeds into beauty stereotypes. I am a black girl, I got a spray tan, and I loved it. And after my first experience, I’ve learned that like your favorite bronzer or liquid illuminator , a faux tan will simply just lift your natural skin tone to transform it into a more radiant version of you. So if you’re like me and thought that spray tans and black girls don’t mix, I can confidently assure you that they do. With proper research into products and technique, you lower the risk of mishaps during your first tan.

I’ve gathered all of my learnings to prepare you for your first spray-tanning experience . Read along for everything you need to know before getting spritzed or doing it at home (especially if you have brown skin).

Preparing For Your Tan

There are a few general rules to follow before stepping into the tanning tent. The day before my tan, I was advised to thoroughly exfoliate with an oil-free body scrub to create a smooth canvas. I smoothed my skin with a brown sugar, honey, and lemon DIY concoction. I was also advised to not apply any moisturizer the day of my tan. So, the night before, I slathered on a thick layer of Ceramidin Body Cream by Dr. Jart+ ($35) so my skin would still be hydrated the following day.

If you’re going on vacation and plan on scheduling a bikini wax around the time of your tan, it is highly recommended to do all hair removal, including shaving your legs, 48 hours before tanning.

The week of your spray tan requires some prep for optimal results, too. CEO and founder of Vita Liberata Alyson Hogg recommends drinking lots of water and eating foods high in lysine (like kale, spinach, and avocado) to further enhance the brightness of your skin. In addition to being mindful of what you eat, wear loose-fitting dark clothing you won’t mind getting dirty, as color from the tan can transfer onto your clothing.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

During Your Tan

Your chances of a flawless application are greater when you tan completely naked. If you’re not comfortable getting bare or if you won’t be in a bikini anytime soon, leaving on undergarments is also totally fine; just don’t wear any lingerie pieces you won’t want to dirty with the bronzing liquid.

Before applying any liquid, your tanning expert will cover the rougher areas of your body with a thin layer of lotion to prevent the liquid from settling into those lines. You can protect your hair with a plastic shower cap, and you’ll be given sticky slippers to protect under your feet. Your tanning expert will instruct you on how to stand and place your limbs. After two to three minutes of turns and large sprays, the entire process will be done!

After Your Tan

Most new spray tans are formulated to dry quickly, like the Vita Liberata one I experienced during my first time. So after your tan, you are able get dressed as normal and go about your day. However, you should avoid contact with water for six to eight hours so your tan can set. Also try your best to wait two hours before washing your hands.

If you removed any makeup prior to getting tanned, it is also recommended to wait two hours (or more) before applying liquid makeup to your skin. But if you’re headed to an event or errand post-tan and want to touch up your makeup, you can use a long-wear powder foundation to avoid reapplying throughout the day. I lightly dusted Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Powder Makeup ($40) on my face with a fluffy powder brush ($75).

To ensure that my “guide layer” and any dead skin rinsed off completely during my shower, I lathered with an extragentle exfoliating cleanser from Nubian Heritage . After showering, it is imperative that you keep your skin hydrated by moisturizing twice daily to avoid peeling and to help your color fade consistently.

For At-Home Self-Tanning

If you’d rather take your tan into your own hands, there are a few things you can do to have the most effective at-home experience. In addition to your essential prepping steps, a tanning mitt should be the first piece of your arsenal, along with a coloring agent and a thick moisturizer. (Check out which self-tan liquids POPSUGAR editors use at home .)

I consulted celebrity tanning expert James Read of James Read Tan by email, and he stressed the importance of applying the liquid to your body from shoulders to toe in sweeping motions to avoid blotchiness and streaking. He suggested to abstain from placing tanning lotion directly on your elbows, knees, feet, and ankles, as those areas are often rougher in texture and can cause creasing. Instead, protect that skin with a thin layer of moisturizer as your first step. And when tanning your face at home, use a lighter tanning liquid shade to achieve the most natural finish. You can even mix some tanning solution into your facial moisturizer to avoid going too dark!

When using self-tanner at home, be extra cautious of overapplying. To avoid an unwanted dark hue, make sure to spread a thin layer of the liquid or mousse and add more if needed. Most at-home tanning lotions will gradually darken, so try not to overdo it. If you still desire a deeper glow after your first application, opt for an overnight tanner.

Similar to getting tanned by a professional, carefully cleansing and moisturizing your skin is key to a flawlessly fading tan. In addition to exfoliating and hydrating your skin, aftersun products will help preserve the life of your lifted complexion. But no matter your skin complexion or race, protecting your body with SPF is an absolute step to gorgeous healthy skin – tanned or au naturel!

The Scary Side Effect You Could Suffer After Your Next Massage

When I’m low on cash but highly stressed, I turn to affordable beauty treatments to soothe my frazzled nerves. One of my favorites is receiving a deep-tissue massage in Chinatown, NYC. I usually pay about $40 (tip included!) for a full hour of bliss. However, after a recent massage – which was wonderful, by the way – I started feeling sick. Really sick: about an hour after the rubdown, I threw up.

I couldn’t believe it. I’d felt nauseated post-massage before, but never enough to actually hurl. And by the way, after puking, I felt great (from head to toe . . . stomach included). In attempts to find out why this happened to me, I conducted a deep Google search, which revealed nothing quite informative enough for my liking.

Luckily, when I’m desperate to solve a problem, my job as a beauty editor allows me to consult experts. I reached out to Heather Wyborny, massage therapist at the esteemed Golden Door spa in San Marcos, CA, to get to the bottom of this phenomenon.

First, I needed to know what a deep-tissue massage actually did, because, yes, I was just blindly going in for treatment. “A deep-tissue massage reduces heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of stress hormones, enhances immune function, boosts levels of endorphins and serotonin, and increases blood circulation,” explained Wyborny. Therapists use firm, concentrated pressure to break through tension of deeper muscle and connective tissue – which can sometimes hurt.

That soreness is the most common side effect of deep tissue massage. My vom-fest was a pretty atypical reaction. On my short-lived Google search, I had read that nausea was due to “toxins being released into the body,” which sounded a bit hokey to me. “Massage stimulates movement of the lymphatic system and byproducts of muscle metabolism,” Wyborny clarified.

A deeper dig into the lymphatic system’s functions revealed some interesting information. In fact, one of the primary responsibilities of this part of the body is responsible for removing waste from the blood. Lymph then shuttles said waste off to be filtered through the liver and kidneys, and eventually excreted.

This waste can be anything from allergens and excess fat to viruses and bacteria. If you have too much lymph in your body, it can build up in the tissues under the skin’s surface – the same tissues that are manipulated during a massage. It would make sense, then, that a deep-tissue rubdown would cause your body to suddenly be flooded with those toxins in your lymph, making you suddenly feel icky. Not as hokey as I thought!

Headaches aren’t uncommon post-massage, especially if your therapist does a lot of deep work in the neck and shoulders, Wyborny remarked. But nausea occurs less frequently, she said, and that one could feel queasy because of dehydration.

Drinking lots of water before and after your appointment is an obvious solution to remedy dehydration (and in turn, nausea). Wyborny also advises sipping on ginger tea and “doing some deep breathing exercises and stretches ” after your massage to allay any signs of illness.

If, like me, you’ve experienced an upset stomach after what was supposed to be a relaxing experience, you might want to consider switching up the style of massage therapy you receive. Wyborny recommended opting for a light Swedish massage. This technique consists of long, gliding strokes instead of the more probing pressure of deep-tissue work. “Or just focus on scalp or feet,” suggested Wyborny.

I definitely haven’t sworn off massages for good – and I’ll even be going back to my spot in Chinatown. But I’ll be sure I’m plenty hydrated first. Otherwise, I’ll be searching for a new way to de-stress on the cheap! Pedicure, anyone?

3 Kitchen Staples That'll Transform Your Beauty Routine

The following post was originally featured on HipLatina .

A well-stocked pantry isn’t just a plentiful source of delicious and healthy meals – it’s an endless supply of at-home, do-it-yourself beauty that won’t break the bank. Here are a few ways to produce your own concoctions in su cocina, one pantry ingredient at a time.

10 Places to Put Deodorant Other Than Your Armpits

While our armpits are definitely the sweatiest places on our bodies, that’s not the only place we need protection. Have you heard of something called boob sweat? The average perspiration-stopping stick can actually reduce friction, stop perspiration, and kill bacteria from head to toe (especially toes). Keep reading to discover 10 other spots to apply deodorant before the Summer temperatures hit a peak. If you’re going to slather your skin with product, we recommend using a natural formula that is aluminum free .

It's Happening Again! Bath & Body Works Is Reviving Your Favorite Scents

Remember when?! They haven’t aged a day! #FlashbackFragrance #FBF

A photo posted by Bath & Body Works (@bathandbodyworks) on Jun 26, 2015 at 7:26am PDT

Nineties babies, if you had to sit down when Bath & Body Works announced its #FlashbackFragrances campaign last year, then prepare to pull up a chair: the brand is bringing back eight of its iconic scents later this month. Last year’s relaunch included six limited-time-only releases of nostalgic scents, including Cucumber Melon, Plumeria, and Juniper Breeze. This time around, the masterminds behind Bath & Body Works have decided to add two more fragrances to the revival collection.

There are no details yet regarding which signature products will be brought back, so you’ll be in for a surprise when you visit stores on May 27. Until then, it’s time to play the guessing game . . . and make room on your vanity.

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.

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.

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.

10 Tips to Make Your Next Bikini Wax Nearly Painless

We’re convinced only masochists look forward to a bikini wax, but you may need to take care of business before your next Summer weekend beach trip. But it doesn’t have to hurt quite so badly. There are ways you can reduce the pain. If you’re new to waxing, start out with a professional to see how it’s done. After a few times, you might want to try doing it at home to save a few bucks. Either way, to learn how to keep pain at bay, keep reading.

  1. Plan to wax after your period. Your pain threshold is higher in the week after your period than beforehand. Think of it like this: if sappy commercials make you cry when you’re premenstrual, having wax applied to your dainty bits certainly will.
  2. Lose your self-consciousness. Yes, a stranger is going to see you wearing, at most, a paper thong. Don’t worry about offending her or feeling embarrassed. It’s nothing she hasn’t seen before. The less anxious you are, the less you’ll worry about pain.
  3. Start off slowly. Your first bikini wax is not the time to try a Brazilian. If you’re new to waxing, go with a basic bikini wax. If you want to remove more, there’s always next time.
  4. Exfoliate. The day before you decide to wax, exfoliate in the shower. This will remove dead skin, allowing the wax to grip shorter hairs.
  5. Speak up. A good esthetician will work with you to make sure you’re as comfortable as you can be. Don’t be too shy to say something if you have a low pain tolerance – it’s better to speak up than to suffer in silence.
  6. Use hard wax. Hard wax is gentler than soft wax, so visit a spa that uses it.
  7. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. About an hour before your appointment, take an Advil, Tylenol, or other pain reliever.
  8. Breathe. It can be tempting to hold your breath, but breathing in and out helps reduce the pain. Take a deep breath in when the wax goes on, then breathe out when your esthetician gives it a yank.
  9. Know which parts are most sensitive. You wouldn’t expect it, but having hair pulled from the lower abdomen area is more painful than it is around the vaginal opening.
  10. Turn your head and cough. An esthetician at Bliss taught us this trick: when the wax is about to be ripped off, cough. Sounds weird, but it distracts from the pain.

This Ingredient Is the Secret to Making Your Cellulite Temporarily Disappear

We have bad and good news. The bummer: cellulite is practically impossible to get rid of . The picker-upper: there’s one readily available ingredient that, according to some studies , might make its appearance less noticeable, and that is coffee.

No, we’re not telling you to up your Starbucks runs , but to rub it directly on your skin by using a scrub in the bath or shower right before getting in a swimsuit or wearing supershort shorts. See, the antioxidants and caffeine in coffee, combined with the scrubbing motion, can dilate blood vessels and stimulate circulation to reduce the puckered appearance of skin. So just in time for Spring break and Summer, we give you a few shopping options that might do the trick.

7 Body Powders to Try If You're Avoiding Talc

Talcum powder has been making headlines lately, but it’s not a new ingredient. It’s been used for centuries and can be found in a slew of consumer products, from dry shampoo and blush to baby powder. But what is talc, exactly? It’s a mineral that is made up of silicon, oxygen, and magnesium and is meant to absorb moisture (therefore preventing rashes). In its natural state, talc can contain asbestos, which is a known carcinogen – but according to the American Cancer Society , commercial products containing talc have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.

However, the controversial ingredient has been linked to cancer when it comes to feminine hygiene. Though findings have been mixed, some studies report that women who use talcum powder in the genital area could be at a higher risk for ovarian cancer. It is said that powder can travel through the vagina into the ovary, but none of the findings have been concrete.

Remember: it’s always best to talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding products you use on your body. However, if you’re looking to avoid talc but still want to sprinkle on something to absorb extra moisture, we’ve got you covered! Read on to shop talc-free body powders.

Challenge Accepted: How 1 Dude Beautified Like a Woman

Countless evenings at my Chicago apartment tend to play out the same way: I take roughly 10 minutes to get ready to go out and then proceed to wait nearly an hour as my wife of 17 months, Johanna, makes herself look (even more) beautiful. Mine is not a unique story: it’s a long-known fact that women tend to spend far more time beautifying than men. And when Valentine’s Day date night rolls around, that divide only increases.

Since my wife and I planned a fancy dinner at a supertrendy Asian fusion restaurant for V-Day, I wanting to look extradapper for the occasion. So when POPSUGAR Beauty challenged me to, essentially, get ready like a woman, I eagerly accepted. Plus, I secretly wanted to know what women go through behind the closed doors of a spa. (And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t also believe that the whole ordeal might enhance my mental and physical well-being.) After 10-plus hours and more than $1,000 spent on facials, body scrubs, waxes (shudder!), and much more from some of the finest Chicago-area spas, I finally felt like I understood my wife, the other females in my life, and – perhaps – even myself better. But there’s only one real question: did I survive waxing my groin? Keep reading . . .

The Advice You Need to Hear on Having Gorgeous Winter Skin

Chapped lips, raw and wind-ravaged hands, skin that’s begging for an extra hit of moisture – you know the drill. Winter always takes its toll on our skin . Some women, however, seem to stay in tip-top beauty shape all year long . Their secret is simple: they know who makes the good stuff, what skin care and body products stand up to cold-weather conditions , and when to make the switch to a more heavy-duty beauty arsenal that leaves them feeling protected, nourished, and pampered. Fortunately, these beauty bloggers are willing to share this wisdom by revealing what’s on their bathroom shelves when Winter hits. Ready to make a store run?

6 Brilliant Valentine's Day Hacks For Those Inevitable Date Snafus

Your blowout is done, you’ve taken care of business down there, you’ve spritzed yourself with your most tantalizing EDP, and your “something more comfortable” overnight tote is locked and loaded. You’re officially ready to report for Valentine’s Day duty , and your lucky date is about to be blown away. Cue impending V-Day snafus, an inevitability even among the most prepared . Here’s how to deal.