Posts Tagged Skin Care

You Can Get These Complexion-Changing Skincare Products on Amazon

Sometimes Amazon can seem overwhelming due to the sheer amount of products available. Although it might feel like a hassle, it’s actually an incredible resource to get some of your favorite products quickly and ultra-conveniently. If you’re not sure what to buy, you’re in luck. Some of your favorite skincare brands and products are on Amazon and ready to ship right to your door.

Whether you’re in need of a good scrub, cleanser, spot treatment, or even a moisturizer you can use from head to toe, Amazon has something to suit your skin care needs.

Keep reading to find out our picks for the best skincare products to shop on the site.

11 Acne Products For Your Clearest Skin Ever in 2018

Gave up on those New Year’s resolutions already? No judgment. Here’s one goal that will be relatively easy to commit to this year: clear skin. No doubt, there will be breakouts that just won’t let you be great – but chances are there’s a product for that.

This crop of newbies (and some not so new) will do all the pore-clearing, bacteria-zapping, and skin-smoothing you need to reach your skincare goals. There’s still some work involved on your part (the products won’t slather themselves on!) but these powerhouse acne products have all that you need to get rid of problematic skin .

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 ).

This Is the Trendy Gem-Colored Ingredient Your Skin Is About to Love

It makes for a gorgeous Insta photo and looks so pretty sitting on your vanity, but what exactly is blue tansy and – most importantly – what are the benefits of using it?

“Blue tansy is a botanical related to chamomile, and they share many of the same anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics,” explained Dr. Arash Akhavan , a dermatologist and the founder of NYC’s Dermatology and Laser Group.

“Its anti-inflammatory characteristics make it ideally suited for conditions of skin inflammation such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It also has properties that fight off oxidative stress from the environment, helping to combat premature aging.”

Typically, blue tansy is extracted into an oil, and it’s incredibly hydrating without leaving any sort of oily film on the skin. That makes it perfect for combination, dry, and oily skin types who want a boost of moisture. It’s very safe to use, said Dr. Akhavan, though you may want to avoid it if you have sensitivity to chamomile or similar botanical ingredients.

We’ve rounded up a handful of blue-tansy-oil-infused skincare products, including a couple of the doctor’s favorites!

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.

This Major New Beauty Store Looks Like Barbie's Dream House

It’s honestly tough to imagine a world without Forever 21. The megaretailer has long been known for selling trendy, affordable go-tos to women of all ages. The store has truly been there for us, even when our bank accounts were not. We’ve definitely hit up the store countless times to find that perfect (often metallic) “going-out top,” statement sandal, or impulse-buy graphic t-shirt. And now we’re pinching ourselves, because we just learned that Esther and Linda Chang, owners of Forever 21, are launching . . . wait for it . . . a beauty store.

We know, we know – Forever 21 already sells beauty products . But here’s how Riley Rose will be different: for one, it’s an entirely new concept.

There will be no Forever 21 brands sold here, and it will focus on selling both hard-to-find cult brands and old, reliable products. Whereas prices at Forever 21 rarely go above $50, Riley Rose will sell products that retail from $2 to $189.

K-beauty and indie offerings will be the main focus, and you’ll be able to shop favorites from TonyMoly, Winky Lux, Essie, R+Co, Stila, and Laura Geller. With that hodgepodge of names, we’re imagining Riley Rose as a mix between a big retailer like Ulta and your favorite under-the-radar novelty store.

POPSUGAR got an exclusive peek at what the inside of Riley Rose stores will look like, and we can verify that the chain resembles a Barbie dream house. Products will be displayed on vanities that will give you major organization #goals, and you’ll be able to get makeup advice from interactive touchscreens.

This emporium of beauty goodness will first open in Glendale, CA, on Sept. 30. More stores are set to follow, but no matter where you live, you’ll be able to shop Riley Rose online when the site launches in November.

Ahead, get a peek inside the stores and see Riley Rose’s gorgeous campaign photos.

10 Nontoxic Skin Care Ingredients That Beauty Experts Swear By

Whether you’ve dipped a toe into the world of healthy living (organic wine has to be healthier than regular wine, right?) or gone a bit deeper (vegan diet, bike to work, homemade cleaning products . . .), you’ve likely heard something about what toxins do to our bodies.

Toxic exposure can come from food, beauty products, environmental pollution, and mold in the home and work place, and is linked to health issues like premature aging, hormonal disruption, and even cancer. It is pretty much impossible to avoid toxins completely, but one area that is fairly easy to control is your skin care routine.

We know there are certain cosmetic ingredients we don’t want to use on our complexions. Then there are the well-known ingredients we look for to treat specific skin issues, such as tea tree for acne, chamomile for sensitivity, argan oil for aging. And then, there are other nontoxic ingredients in skin care products that don’t get a second glance. They may not be as popular, but these supporting players also offer big time skin results.

We asked three leading experts in the natural beauty world to reveal their favorite nontoxic skin care ingredients. Keep reading to find out how these beauties can benefit your skin and health.

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You're 3 Ingredients Away From Clearer, Brighter Skin

While we love testing the hottest masks and skin care treatments on the market, nothing can beat a no-frills DIY . If you’re struggling with a dull, blemish-prone complexion, whip up an aspirin mask. The effective ingredient in aspirin is chemically similar to salicylic acid, which helps exfoliate skin. Just mix the over-the-counter medicine with three ingredients (you already have them!) for an affordable treatment that really works. Use it as a resurfacing paste, or leave it on for about five minutes as a mask. No matter how you use it, you’ll see clearer, softer, more radiant skin.

You will need:

  • Four or five uncoated, plain aspirin pills (Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, and the like won’t work)
  • A tablespoon or two of lukewarm water
  • Honey or plain yogurt (optional)


Mix the aspirin with just enough water to make a paste. If you want a thicker mask, then add a dollop of honey; if you prefer a more soothing mask, then some plain yogurt can do the trick. Apply the mask in a thin layer on your face, then allow it to dry. Remove it with warm water, rinsing away the mask in gentle circular motions.

Please note: Some people are allergic to aspirin, so try a patch test on your forearm before spreading this all over your face.

11 Women-Founded Beauty Brands That You Should Have Tried by Now

If you’re both a beauty-lover and a feminist, you’ve probably experienced makeup shaming in spades. “You can’t be a feminist and be obsessed with how you look!” say some. “Makeup is inherently antifeminist!” spout off others. We say that’s total bullsh*t. Feminism is about freedom and self-empowerment, and if you feel empowered rocking beach waves and a fierce red lip, then do you.

That’s why we rounded up eight badass women who started their own beauty lines. One sold her engagement ring, while others quit their high-power finance jobs in the name of following their dreams. After all, in our minds, few things are as empowering as seeing your name on a product on Sephora shelves. Read on to learn more about these incredible women and discover their brands.

8 Amazingly Innovative Korean Beauty Products Launching For Fall 2017

Korean Beauty products are known for being on the cutting edge of everything cosmetic – making new products even more exciting. For Fall, be sure to try out some of these brand-new K-beauty products packed with skin-loving ingredients that will make you look refreshed and radiant.

Bubble masks, acne pads, and even lip gels will renew your face and get you ready to restart your Fall routine. Read on to find out which K-beauty products need to be on your radar – and in your shopping cart!

This Silky Mineral Sunscreen Doesn't Leave a White Cast – and I'll Never Turn Back

Not to brag or anything, but I have pretty good skin. I frequently get complimented on my complexion, which I appreciate, especially because I work hard at keeping my skin healthy. Whenever I get questions from friends regarding what they can do for better skin, I always mention two cardinal beauty rules that I never break: don’t go to bed with makeup on, and always wear sunscreen.

My obsession with sunscreen is almost comical, and many of my friends look at me like a psychopath while I’m screaming at them for tanning. Despite my dogmatic sunscreen habits, I’m also incredibly picky about sunscreen formulas. Luckily, the Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sun Screen SPF 30 ($36) passed my test, and I have a new favorite item to add to my skin-care routine.

The tinted product is a broad-spectrum SPF with mineral sunscreen, meaning that its ingredients physically block your skin from being hit by the sun’s rays. This is different from chemical sunscreens, which use active ingredients that absorb UV rays. This creates a chemical reaction that changes into heat, releasing it from the skin.

Many people try to avoid chemical sunscreens because they are potentially irritating to the skin, clog pores, and cause skin discoloration. However, chemical sunscreens also are typically thinner and more comfortable to wear than their physical counterparts.

The problem with physical (sometimes called mineral) sunscreens is that the main ingredient, zinc oxide, tends to leave a white cast on the skin and have a chalky formula. Somehow, Drunk Elephant has found a way around this pitfall with Umbra Tinte. The physical tinted sunscreen contains 20 percent zinc oxide but manages to have a soft texture and matte finish and is a great base for the rest of your makeup. It’s not the least bit chalky and leaves behind no white residue or strong sunscreen smell.

The product comes out of the tube a beige hue but can be blended into the skin easily and is flattering on light-medium to deep skin tones. We tested the formula on both medium-light skin and deep skin, and the sunscreen blended in flawlessly on both. The lotion gives the wearer a glowy, filtered appearance with a light amount of coverage. If you have a very light complexion, Drunk Elephant recommends its nontinted version, Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($34).

In addition to sun protection, the cream is also packed with antioxidants to benefit and moisturize your skin. It contains sunflower shoot extract, raspberry seed oil, and marula oil, which help moisturize and prevent premature aging.

This is a great choice for those of us who prefer more natural beauty products, and I can’t wait to replace the white-tinted sunblock in my medicine cabinet with this one.

18 Ways to Simplify Your Beauty Routine With Vaseline

Though we’re always obsessed with the latest and greatest beauty products, there’s a reason why some items in our routines are tried-and-true classics. One of our favorite iconic formulas is probably in the back of your medicine cabinet: Vaseline . It’s been around for 150 years for a reason – Vaseline is a multitasking miracle cream , and it’s time it got its due diligence. It’s not just meant to be used for burns, as a lip balm, and as a diaper rash! Rather, it can be relied on for a slew of time- and money-saving tricks – that will keep you hydrated from head to toe. Read on and learn beauty hacks featuring petroleum jelly.

These Are the 21 Hottest June Beauty Launches You Need to Own

As we embrace June’s warmer weather, our beauty routines are getting way lazier – and we mean that in a good way. We will be air-drying our hair with sea salt sprays, dabbing on a bit of sexy, musky, ocean-inspired perfume oils, and keeping it minimally chic when it comes to makeup. Here, we’re sharing the just-launched hair, skin, fragrance, and makeup products we plan to use down to the very last drop (#empties).

Prepare to Be Amazed at Jennifer Lopez With "No Hair, No Makeup, No Nothing"

Getting ready for show night… #jlovegas #allihave #letsgetit

A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on Jun 2, 2017 at 7:19pm PDT

Between her enviable figure and timeless appearance, Jennifer Lopez has been the definition of goals for the last two decades. While we know her body has remained toned to perfection through the years , her latest post is proving that even behind the makeup, her glowing skin hasn’t aged either.

The 47-year-old singer-turned-actress recently took to Instagram to share a video of herself before the “All I Have” Las Vegas show, flaunting her glowing, hydrated, radiating skin and all we have to say is wow. “So this is what it’s like before the show,” she says in the video above. “I sit here, no hair, no makeup, no nothing. Trying to get mentally prepared to give you all I have.”

But that’s not all. The next day, J Lo shared a photo from her day at the pool with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez and their respective adorable children, where we see the fresh-faced superstar glowing sans makeup.

Here’s J Lo looking stunning at the pool.

Happy Sunday everybody!! #sundayfunday 💙💙💙💙💙💙📷@lacarba

A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on Jun 4, 2017 at 3:38pm PDT

And here’s how J Lo looks with a similar hairstyle and a full face of makeup.

Image Source: Getty / Taylor Hill

While she’s always looking beautiful with makeup, we are amazed at how equally beautiful she looks without all the product. Last year, J Lo shared some of her anti-aging secrets with POPSUGAR , where she revealed that SPF is the key to “maintain a healthy glow.”

“I also think that regular workouts, lots of water, and fresh foods all play into the quality of skin’s appearance, plus the obvious removal of makeup at the end of the day,” she explained. “Without all of these, you’re not setting your face creams or facials up for success.”


10 Top-Selling Travel Items and Sets You Can Get at Sephora – Under $28

We’ve all gotten stuck in the sample-size products section by the register at Sephora, browsing a little bit too long and letting at least five people go ahead of us before finally deciding to pay. Besides being just really adorably tiny, the travel-size items are the perfect primer for trying a new product or brand. The items are usually cheaper so you can test them before you splurge on the full-size item. And of course you can use them for all of your weekend jet-setting and local getaways as they are all TSA-approved. Keep reading to see which items you should grab on your next Sephora trip.

Can't Get Your Breakouts Under Control? You Need to Read This

Tackling day-to-day acne is quite the process as it is, but when you add hormones into the mix, it gets increasingly frustrating. Getting hit with a hormonal breakout is a major letdown: it makes me feel like I have to start from scratch to get my skin balanced again. I know I’m not the only one who knows this struggle all too well. That’s why I spoke to some leading experts in the skin care industry to find out what causes hormonal acne, how to prevent it, and ways to manage once you have a flare-up.

Acne: An Overview

Let’s start with the basics of what causes acne in general. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always about the amount of oil but the quality of oil. Some of us get breakouts when the production of excess sebum and oil is too thick and waxy. “Instead of flowing freely through pores, this type of oil becomes blocked and forms a plug,” New York City dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross explained. That plug congests the pore and results in a blemish.

Oily complexions aren’t the only source of spots. If you have dry, flaky skin and still suffer from breakouts, you may have an oil flow problem. Dead skin cells prevent sebum from making it to the surface of the skin, so it gets trapped inside of pores and creates acne-causing bacteria. This typically results in blackheads, enlarged pores, and even drier skin.

Francine Porter, founder of Osmotics Cosmeceuticals , told me another root of acne can be “abnormally sticky skin cells” because they don’t properly shed, clogging hair follicles. That’s why cell turnover is so important when combating breakouts (more on that later).

This Golden Milk DIY Mask Is a Drink of Hydration For Your Face

Golden milk is one of the hottest buzz terms in health right now. This magical concoction has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and features a mix of turmeric , coconut milk, and sometimes coconut oil. We already know turmeric has amazing beauty benefits (for bringing down inflammation and offering antiaging elements). Coconut oil and milk have been seen “superfoods” for hair, skin, nails – you name it – thanks to their naturally hydrating abilities. So when you combine this all together, you get a DIY formula that will make you look and feel your best.

To get an exclusive skin mask DIY featuring golden milk, we asked Joanna Vargas , a celebrity esthetician and owner of her eponymous brand and spa. Joanna whipped one up for us and also explained why it’s so damn good for you: “This anti-inflammatory and hydrating face mask recipe is a treat to your skin, similar to the Ayurvedic drink golden milk being a treat to your body. It’s wonderful for anyone who has supersensitive skin, but even for normal skin types, it makes the skin look flawless.”

She also notes that not all turmerics are created equal. “Make sure you are using pure organic turmeric,” she said. “Some generic store-bought options contain dyes that can stain your skin after application. This is one ingredient where you must go organic.”

Here is what you need to create it:

DIY Golden Milk Mask
1/2 cup of coconut yogurt
1/4 tsp. organic ground turmeric
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. coconut oil

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes; rinse thoroughly with a warm washcloth, being sure to not leave any traces of the mask behind.

Why it works: “Combining coconut milk/oil with turmeric makes for an anti-inflammatory super combo,” Joanna explained. “Coconut oil is loaded with essential fatty acids to lock in moisture. Add that to its additional anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties and you have the perfect base for a face mask. Turmeric is an ancient skin care treatment and rightfully so: it also provides powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties to the skin. Both of these ingredients work simultaneously to create a flawless complexion.”

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

Hate Your Skin Tags? Here's What You Can Do About It

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography

There are a few beauty woes that are just unavoidable, no matter how sincere your efforts are to bypass them. Rain will ruin your hair at least once. You’ll smudge your lipstick . And, at some point, your epidermis will sprout a skin tag. We consulted Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz , host of and creator of BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz . He gave us the scoop on what these bothersome bumps are, what causes them, and (if you must!) how to get rid of them yourself.

When dealing with a complexion issue, it’s important to know what you’re up against. First, make sure what you’re looking at is actually a skin tag. Unlike moles, which are usually pink to brown in color and feature symmetrical borders, skin tags are more oddly shaped and tend to match your complexion’s shade.

“They grow out from your body, but vertically,” Dr. Schultz stated. The benign tumors are comprised of epidermis and a little bit of dermis – the two upper layers of skin. “Their height is usually much greater than their width. Sometimes they have a very narrow stalk so they are virtually hanging off by a thread,” he explained.

When I asked Dr. Schultz what causes these pesky spots, he told me that this remains unknown. “To a certain extent, they are hereditary and tend to occur in certain characteristic places, where skin folds on skin,” he said. Skin tags frequently crop up under the arms and where the legs meet the body. “They seem to occur more often in people that are overweight,” the doctor added.

However, if your skin tags are darker than your complexion, you may be dealing with dermatosis papulosa nigra, or DPN, a raised skin lesion that is commonly seen on complexions of those of Hispanic, Asian, or African descent. Dr. Schultz said that these tend to occur around eyes and on the cheekbones. “They look similar [to skin tags] but are not the same.” These benign tumors come from keratinocytes, the cells that are responsible for producing skin pigment.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Benjamin Stone

If you were concerned that these skin conditions were a sign of cancer or another ailment, relax. Neither DPN nor skin tags are an indication of any health risks. “They’re not dangerous,” declared Dr. Schultz. “Just annoying and inconvenient.”

Despite being innocuous, you might find your skin tags to be unsightly. If that’s the case, a dermatologist can remove them fairly easily. Dr. Schultz prefers to use the tip of a very fine pair of scissors to snip a skin tag off at the base. Other options include using an electric needle to cauterize the skin or freezing off the tumor, which he particularly doesn’t recommend.

“Freezing is so imprecise that it tends to affect the skin around the skin tag,” he explained. And it’s this imprecision that disturbs him when patients try to remove these bumps themselves.

“While it doesn’t take eight years of medical education to remove a skin tag, there are certain basic principles that have to be observed,” Dr. Schultz cautioned, citing using sterile tools and completely disinfecting your skin as essential.

While we don’t recommend taking off your own skin tags, if you feel that you must, Dr. Schultz declared that the most sensible method is to use a tight piece of string. We advise consulting with your doctor beforehand, then proceeding with caution!

Use a sterile piece of gauze and isopropyl alcohol to thoroughly cleanse the area and a length of thread. After looping the string around the very base of the skin tag, double knot it so it is very tight, cutting off the blood supply to the skin tag. Finish your DIY dermatological procedure by trimming the ends of the threads with a disinfected pair of scissors, so the string doesn’t catch on anything.

Patience is key! Once you’ve tied the string, do not touch the skin tag except to dab it with a bit of alcohol. After a few days to a week, the tiny tumor should fall off on its own. When this happens, be sure to nourish the small wound with a bit of antibacterial ointment, keeping it covered with a bandage until the area has healed – that way you won’t leave a scar.

The doctor is particularly against most of the over-the-counter medications available for removing skin tags. When people apply these caustic formulas at home, many get more of the product on the surrounding area than the actual tumor itself, which can lead to blistering and scarring.

A skin tag is harmless and practically invisible to others, so if you don’t think you can remove it safely, don’t risk it. In the end, you could make a blemish more noticeable (and painful!) than that tiny little bump.

Keep Eczema Rashes at Bay With These 5 Drugstore Beauty Buys

If you suffer with eczema, then you’re familiar with the dry, itchy flare-ups that come with the topical condition. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common genetic condition that causes itchy rashes on parts of the body. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep the frustrating itch and pain of the ailments at bay.

In addition to avoiding stressful situations and following an anti-inflammatory diet , you can tailor your body and skin care regimen to soothe your rashes. You don’t have to splurge on costly goods to do it, either. In fact, there are a handful of effective dermatologist-approved products you can find at your local drugstore to help keep your irritation at bay (they also work wonders even if you don’t suffer from eczema!). Read on to learn about which ones you should be picking up on your next drugstore run.