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Feel Balanced at Yoga With These Double Dutch French Braids

If you’re committing to better fitness habits this Summer, then you should do it with style. To help up your workout hair game, we asked celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa to create five easy braided looks that will hold your strands in place in the most eye-catching way. Bobbi Brown makeup artist Kim Soane painted the faces of our fitness blogger models, Chase Lindsay Rosen of Athleisurely and Evann Clingan of her eponymous site , using long-wear, waterproof products. Everything was photographed at the iconic Chelsea Piers , which boasts a bevy of creative sweat-inducing classes


Sarah created these double Dutch French braids on Chase that are perfect for yoga – since they are balanced and will allow you to nail that headstand. Plus, you can create them for your morning workout and then take them out before happy hour to get perfect beach waves! Keep reading to learn how to DIY this look.

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35 Standout Drugstore Launches of 2016 So Far

For beauty-lovers, the start of 2016 means switching up a beauty routine, cleaning out an overstuffed makeup bag, and, most importantly, keeping an eye out for the latest and greatest in skin care, makeup, and hair . Whether or not your resolution this year is to resist the urge to splurge, you’re going to want to head to the drugstore within the next few months. The new products hitting shelves are going to be quite the treat for beauty enthusiasts, and let’s be honest: the best part is that they’re available almost everywhere, and the price is right! We’re almost certain you’ll want to get your hands on most, if not all, of these new launches – from a new cosmetics line with LED lights embedded into its products to a powder that transforms into a face scrub.

These Will Be the 14 Most Talked-About Beauty Trends in 2016

The contouring craze. The coconut oil takeover. The power of makeup trend. Between the variety in artistic makeup expression, new products, and stereotype-breaking models, 2015 brought a new and improved version of modern beauty.

Some say all good things have to come to an end. But we don’t think this beauty upswing will phase out – even if last year did. We’re expecting 2016 to be another important year for beauty, and though we can’t predict exactly what we’ll see . . . we do have some guesses.

Get ready for new celebrity product lines, off-the-runway trends, and stylish cuts – there’s more to come, and it’s all happening in 2016.

8 Body-Toning Creams That Actually Make You Look Slimmer

The holidays (and all of the tempting goodies that typically accompany them) are behind us, bathing suit season is just a few months away (with Spring break trips on the horizon), and it’s time to commit to those healthy habits for 2016.

We love you just the way you are (really) and know there’s something serious to be said for fitness and nutritious eating . But we also know firsthand that the struggle is all too real, which is why we wasted no time looking to some of our favorite beauty brands that offer body-toning products. While a skin butter can’t dissolve cellulite, it can certainly help the area to appear firmer, brighter, and more even. So we put these products to the test to see which ones will help you fake it till you make it.

Everything You Can Do to Prevent Wrinkles Without Getting Botox

 This is what a pickup line sounds like in your 30s:

“Wow, your skin is so nice,” an old college acquaintance told me. “You don’t have wrinkles like some of the other girls.”

“Is this really what flirting has come to these days?” I thought, as I made my way from the bar back to my boyfriend. In my sorority years, a dude would tell me I had a great rack and nice shoes and buy me a shot. Now, at a wedding full of 30-somethings, a guy I haven’t seen since college tells me I’m aging well.

Sure, the compliment made my day – since, as a beauty editor, I put a tremendous amount of effort into my skin care upkeep. And I’m proud to say, there’s no Botox involved. But as my Champagne buzz kicked in, I had a nagging feeling that there was more to the topic: Women are obsessed with youthful skin. Men are obsessed with youthful skin. Society is obsessed with youthful skin. And this fixation keeps starting younger and younger.

My job as a beauty editor allows me to reach millions of millennial readers, so I feel a responsibility to help change the conversation about cosmetic dermatology treatments. I promise that you don’t need Botox – at least, probably not yet. While women in their 20s are now getting what’s called preventative Botox, I’m countering aging with a method I like to call “preventative moisture.” But more on that later!

Yahoo Beauty’s 30-something senior editor Joanna Douglas shares the same sentiments. In this essay about why she won’t get Botox , she explains that even though she is offered the perk of free cosmetic treatments through her job, she rejects it every time (as do I). She writes, “Yes, our society is youth obsessed, and if media is to be believed, I’ve already passed my prime. But I refuse to spend the next 30, 40, 50, 60 years fixated on looking younger.”

When I spoke to my friend Amber Katz, a beauty writer in her mid-30s who founded , she revealed that she is also needle-free. “I’m not saying I’ll never do it, but I am comfortable enough with my face right now. I don’t think freezing my forehead will make me look younger at this point. I can often tell when people I know have had injections. Many people have it done well, and you can’t tell, but I’m not willing to take the chance at this moment.”

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What Is Preventative Botox?

In 2016, Botox is relatively normal, especially in certain circles. If you’re 25 and your derm is shooting Botulinum toxin (the formula known as Botox, which temporarily paralyzes muscles) into your forehead, no one lifts an eyebrow . . . that is, if their arch area isn’t frozen.

I know a 26-year-old beauty editor who already gets Botox, despite having gorgeous, born-with-it dove-white skin. When I ask her why, she says, “I’m getting preventative.” She is referring to a hot term in the cosmetics dermatology industry called “preventative Botox.” The idea behind preventative Botox is that if you get the procedure early on, it will keep your face from making expressions that could cause lines, so you won’t get those lines later in life.

“I do a lot of Botox and I do believe it has a preventative role, but there has to be a reason,” said plastic surgeon and 111Skin founder Dr. Yannis Alexandrides. “So what is that reason? People who grimace or frown a lot; people who tend to have a special expression on their face that repeats the same movement and creates creasing in the skin.”

OK, fine. But here’s the thing: I have fine lines on my forehead. They were there 10 years ago, and they are expression lines, meaning the area around my mouth creases when I smile and my forehead crinkles when I am surprised. If I were to get injections in my forehead, I wouldn’t look younger, I would just look Botoxed. I wouldn’t look like myself.

Plus, the cosmetic treatment doesn’t always work; you can get immune to it over time. Amber brought up another point: “Sometimes it can lead to ‘bunny lines,’ which are wrinkles around the nose and inner corners of the eyes,” she noted. “Injections can be the aesthetic equivalent of course correction in time travel in a sci-fi movie: The wrinkles show up in some other form somewhere else.”
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My Theory on Botox

You’ve probably seen the Botoxed Instagram Face (or BIF, as I am calling it) on your feed. Thanks to social media, we have access to view an endless stream of stunning makeup artists and celebrities who have the BIF. The face looks like that of a mannequin, smooth and glossy. Check out the Instagram handles of Kylie Jenner (48.6 million followers), Anastasia Beverly Hills (8 million fans), or vlogger Huda Kattan (10.6 million). While I truly enjoy admiring these inspirational accounts, the women all have the same smooth, taut look. Perhaps it’s due to skillful makeup or savvy photoshopping (via apps like Facetune ) rather than cosmetic surgery, but it still sets a BIF standard of beauty that millions of women are subscribing to. In our high-def age, everyone seems to be unnaturally ready for their close-up.

Do people who have a BIF actually look like their younger selves? In my opinion, no. Absolutely not. I am going to go out on a limb here and say it: wrinkles and facial expression lines can be totally sexy.

Recently, I met with the French head of research of a major skin care company. She was definitely older than me with fine lines peeking through her dewy skin. And I found her to be so attractive – she looked unapologetically her age. And it projected confidence!

I had a similar reaction when I visited Provence, France, and met a 70-something woman who worked in flower fields, harvesting lavender for a skin care brand. The crinkles around her eyes were hard-earned from years of smiling and being happy. (Side note: Kim Kardashian has advised against smiling in photos because it causes wrinkles, and I think that is bat-sh*t crazy.)

These two French women are clearly knowledgeable about skin care as it is what they do for a living, but they’ve chosen to age gracefully and naturally. Though I enjoy looking at the BIFs on my phone, I aspire to age like the French women do, celebrating my life however it shows itself upon my face and neck.

Meet the Solution: Preventative Moisturizing

Make no mistake: I am not letting myself go, either. And I would like to clarify that I am not against Botox and do not judge those who get it at all (some of my best friends do). And I predict that one day, probably in my 40s or 50s, I will try it. I just don’t believe we – women in our 20s and 30s – all need to get it now.

Botox is not a magical band-aid that fixes bad habits like smoking, drinking, and sunbathing. It won’t give you a lit-from-within glow – the kind that comes from being in love or eating tons of vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables. It will freeze your muscles so you can’t make certain expressions and temporary fill in fine lines. Botox does not give you perfect skin; it gives you smoother skin.

Fortunately, there are other less-invasive tools that do the same thing. And I am sharing an effective antiaging method I’ve been doing since my late 20s that I call “preventative moisturizing.” Here’s what I do: whenever I see a fine line creeping into my forehead or around my eyes or lips, I put serum , moisturizer , or oil on the area, depending on what my skin needs that day. With enough hydration, the lines go away. Poof! It sounds easy and simple, but I promise you that it works.

When I look women my age in the face, I often notice that their skin looks dehydrated. And while lotions are also not magical potions, they do plump the skin with youth-enhancing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, or vitamin C. If you are acne-prone, be sure to choose a simple, oil-free products.

Dr. Alexandrides backed up my philosophy. “I believe in preventative skin care from an early age – even in the 20s – and the reason for that is that skin progressively loses collagen from the 20s but it’s not visible,” he said. “Usually the changes start becoming visible in the mid-30s, so that’s when most people think, ‘Oh now I have some fine wrinkles, let me start using some antiaging cream.’ However, if you start earlier you would have pushed that time much later into life in a preventative way.”

Don’t freak out if you’re 30 and those crinkles start showing up. Preventative moisturizing works on them, too! “Fine changes can be reversed with high-quality products if it’s something consistent,” Dr. Alexandrides noted. “I would recommend a serum and a retinol oil at night, because that will work long term. And I would say moisturizing is the first step.”

When I asked him how much moisturizing is too much, he replied: “Well that’s similar to asking, ‘how often can I drink water?’ You can moisturize as often as you want. I would say a minimum of twice a day. If you’re in an extremely dry environment, do it more often.”

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POPSUGAR’s executive editor Nancy Einhart is 37, has fantastic skin (pictured), and doesn’t get Botox. She believes in preventative moisturizing, too. “I know moisture makes a difference with my wrinkles, because when I don’t get enough, I look older – especially after a night of drinking or a long flight,” she told me. “So I try to stay ahead of it with eye cream and moisturizer every day and every night, a retinol every other night, and a moisture booster or serum in the Winter. Plus, I do a moisturizing mask twice a week, and I spray MAC’s Prep and Prime Finishing Mist over my finished face to make sure it doesn’t get dry and cakey.” 

Amber – who swears by Dr. Brandt Needles No More 3D Filler Mask – follows a form of preventative moisturizing that extends to her makeup routine. “My mom famously eschews powder in all forms, even eye shadow,” she explained. “I don’t subscribe to the shadow thing, but I do skip setting powder and powder bronzers and blushes, unless I’m being photographed or videoed. My mom also looks about 20 years younger than she is, so I heed this advice! There are so many great cream products on the market, I don’t feel like I’m missing out. Especially powder-to-cream formulas like Flower Beauty’s blush in Tickled Pink . It’s my favorite! ” 

It may seem like a lot of work – and you can read about my own personal skin care regime here – but it’s a price we’re willing to pay to avoid injecting chemicals into our faces. The official name of Botox (Botulinum toxin) even has the word “toxin” in it. I worry that it can’t be good for you – especially when it sits so close to your brain. Personally, I spend so much money buying organic produce and detoxing at the spa. The act of getting Botox seems to go against all the hard work I put into having a healthy lifestyle.

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Extra Natural Ways to Tackle Antiaging

In addition to my moisturizing ways, I have picked up other antiaging tips and tricks. First of all, no tanning – especially on your face. Here’s my PSA: if you lie in the sun without applying SPF 50 every 20 minutes, you will get wrinkles and sunspots. No exceptions. So don’t do it! And wear a hat and oversize sunglasses to cover your eye area.

Dr. Doris Day told me not to chew gum for more than three minutes (as it can cause lines around the mouth) and to talk with my eyes (while relaxing my forehead). During a recent Tammy Fender facial at John Barrett Bond Street , my esthetician, Natacha Delacruz, advised me that my eye area was tense from squinting at the computer screen all day. I now actively practice resting my face (it’s also good for stress levels!). Peach & Lily founder Alicia Yoon (read: the master of Korean skin care trends) told me she gently tugs her scalp every day to tighten her face. Massaging the area around the eyes when you apply eye cream is also a fantastic way to depuff the area. Get consistent facials every few months. (In the photo above, I am about to get an oxygen facial, and the image is completely unretouched.)

The rest you know: Eat clean. Drink water. Do yoga. Get enough sleep. Be mindful. All of these things add up, and they will make you look 100 times prettier and glowier than Botox ever will. On one hand, you have the older French woman who has practiced these methods throughout her life. On the other, there is the 20-year-old who stays out late partying, tans, and eats processed food. Again: Botox simply can’t fix all of that damage.

My mother is in her 60s (you can see a photo of her here ), and she has naturally crease-free, porcelain skin. She definitely hasn’t gotten Botox – the woman doesn’t even use moisturizer or wear makeup (except for special occasions), and she washes her face with water. Her secret is to stay out of the sun, and when you do go in it, wear SPF 70 and a big floppy hat. Before “organic” was a buzzword in the early aughts, she had our family on a natural diet. When it comes to my mom’s youthful skin, I will use one of her favorite phrases: “the proof is in the pudding.”

At the end of the day, you need to be your own doctor. These are only my thoughts and theories, and you need to decide for yourself how to care for your skin. Maybe I’ll see you at the dermatologist’s office one day, both of us waiting to get Botox injections. But I sincerely hope it’s not for a very long time.

The Stella McCartney-Approved 4-Step Plan to Bringing Postholiday Skin Back to Life

Stella McCartney presented her Autumn 2016 collection in LA just last week, and if we had to sum up the vibe of the night in one word, it would be youthful. Before the stars – Gwyneth! Johnny! Mary J! – arrived at Hollywood’s historic Amoeba Music record store, we went backstage with skin care brand Sunday Riley to see how they achieved the models’ effervescent, megabright skin.

Considering that many of us have spent the last few months hibernating in the dry, artificial heat of our homes and offices, all while indulging in a holiday diet that consists primarily of booze and sugar cookies, “fresh” and “plump” might not be the first words that come to mind when we see our faces in the mirror. But, it turns out, the glowing visages we saw at Stella are within reach. They weren’t the work of a crazy arsenal of products or hours spent at the sink. Instead, the dewy, healthy faces were achieved with five products over the course of about 10 minutes.

“It’s all about that really natural, glowing, refreshed skin,” Sunday Riley Account Executive Ryan Nelson told us. “When you’re cleansed, hydrated, and exfoliated properly, your foundation is just going to glide on so much easier, and when it doesn’t have anything blocking it from your skin, it won’t fall off as easily.” The secret weapon backstage was Sunday Riley’s yet-to-be-released Tidal moisturizer, a blue, faintly herbal-smelling cream that goes on rich but disappears just as quickly as 2015 did. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait to stock our medicine cabinet with our own jar until March 4, when it hits shelves.

In the meantime, though, Nelson gave us a four-step regimen that basically works like CPR on skin that’s flatlined after a tough Winter. While we can’t promise that a modeling agency will sign you after following it, you’ll at least look and feel revived. 

The Ultimate 31-Day Skin Care Challenge

Be honest: you maybe didn’t have the best skin care habits in 2015. Perhaps you went to bed with makeup on, popped a few pimples , and even skipped sunscreen (tsk-tsk!). But a new year is all about new beginnings, right? So, take this opportunity to turn the worst skin care nightmares into a monthlong challenge. Hopefully by February you’ll have mastered some new antiaging habits – like drinking eight glasses of water a day – that you’ll continue practicing for the rest of the year. Plus, we promise these 31 beauty resolutions will be much easier to stick to than going to the gym four or five times a week. Keep reading to learn tricks and tips to make 2016 your best skin year yet!

10 Ways to Have More Gorgeous Skin in 2016

I always had an inkling that my skin is sensitive, but I didn’t know until I knew. It started two years ago with a rash on my neck, caused by an allergy to nickel. Trust me: when you’re wearing scarves in the middle of August to conceal a breakout, you can’t be in denial.

As time progressed, my skin continue to flare up. Until one day, when I was red, dry, and itchy from my forehead to my shoulders, I decided it was time to take control of the situation. First: admit to myself I have very sensitive epidermis; then, revamp my skin care routine.

So, I embarked on a journey, meeting with dermatologists to detect my metal allergy and also discover my rosacea. This is a skin condition that appears in the form of redness and bumps, often caused by products, alcohol, heat, stress, and other triggers. Saying goodbye to some of my favorite cleansers, moisturizers, and makeup wasn’t easy. Letting go of the jewelry was heartbreaking. But it made room for me to bring in new products that agreed with my skin and nickel-free baubles that would keep me rash-free.

There are a slew of gentle products from drugstore by brands like Cetaphil and Simple. And I love my organic labels, such as Tata Harper and Eminence. But there seemed to be a lack in the luxury market when it came to more minimal skin care. That’s why it was pretty groundbreaking in October when Chanel announced the launch of its new moisturizer, La Solution 10 de Chanel Sensitive Skin Cream .

Chanel teamed up with top NYC dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler to create an alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and oil-free face lotion that contains only 10 ingredients. They are all listed on the bottle: water, vegetable squalane, soft powder, glycerin, silver needle tea extract (an antioxidant star of the lineup), shea butter extract, emollient, emulsifier, humectant, and preservative. The white cream comes out of the chic bottle as a butter but blends to feel as light as a serum. It’s soothing and lovely – and I can’t get enough of it!

After using it for months (we editors get a sneak peek of these top launches before they hits consumers), I had to meet the woman behind this genius product. So I booked a session with Dr. Wechsler at her NYC office. After, we sat and drank tea (fittingly), discussing the biggest mistakes people with sensitive skin often make. Whether you already have easily irritated epidermis or just want to take better care of yourself, keep reading to learn how to revamp your daily routine.

2015 Needs to End So We Can Finally Snag These New Beauty Products

We’re looking forward to 2016 for a few reasons, such as popping Champagne and the opportunity to take on resolutions . But we’re especially excited for a whole new year of fresh beauty products! As editors, we get a sneak peek at what’s coming before anybody else, and we’re sharing the love with you. From a conditioner that won’t flatten fine hair to a life-changing lip balm, these are all the innovative items you need to start saving for – stat!

Demi Lovato's 12 Beauty Tips to Feel More Confident Every Day

Meeting Demi Lovato felt like chatting with an edgy Disney princess. She was kind and warm, yet she has that badass, girl-power attitude. When it comes to her style, the popstar is gorgeous with luminous skin, beautiful brown doe eyes, and a megawatt smile. Her pretty-girl makeup was juxtaposed by a chin-length, tousled brunette bob – which we know is tame compared to some of her rainbow-bright dye jobs .

But what makes Demi a standout in the young Hollywood crowd is her determination to empower women. Through her lyrics , inspiring quotes , and openness about her own struggles , she acknowledges that no one is perfect – not even celebrities. Demi’s latest hit song, “Confident,” sings this point home with messages like: “I used to hold my freak back. Now I’m letting go. I make my own choice. Yeah I run this show.” Who are we to disagree?

Perhaps this inner and outer beauty is what attracted NYC New York Color to tap Demi as its global ambassador . (It also scored her a hot boyfriend !)

Since Demi seems to have it all figured out, we asked her how to live life more confidently (it’s not always easy!). And so we present her top 12 tips for being your best self, written in her very own words.

(P.S. we have intel that Demi is launching something in 2016 that will help you feel and look that much more confident!)