Posts Tagged Skin Care

Have You Heard? Watermelon Is This Summer's Hottest Skincare Ingredient

Summer is watermelon season. The fruit is fresh, juicy, delicious, and filled with good-for-you ingredients. It’s also, as the name suggests, a serious hydrator. So it only makes sense that beauty companies would want to use watermelon and watermelon extract to give a serious boost of hydration to their beauty products. From sleeping masks to lip products and even foundation , we’ve rounded up the best watermelon-infused products that your skin will drink up. Keep reading to shop our picks!

Photoshop-Free Ads Are 2018's Most Empowering Trend – See How Dove's Doing It

If you prefer your beauty ads unaltered and Photoshop-free, 2018 is quite the time to be alive. Not only are brands such as Madison Reed and Overtone forgoing digital touch-ups in their imagery, but other big names like CVS Pharmacy and Suave are calling out how absurdly unrealistic beauty ad standards are. Specifically, CVS began putting a “Beauty Mark” icon over all of its unretouched photos. Now Dove is following suit, launching its own “No Digital Distortion Mark.”

The skincare brand, which sells 60 bars of its ubiquitous soap every second , has been Photoshop-free since 2017, per its Self-Esteem Project . Dove has long been known for its many inspiring commercials, even enlisting the great Shonda Rhimes to direct the short films . As Marketing Director of Dove Amy Stepanian told POPSUGAR, “For more than a decade, Dove has been dedicated to inspiring a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.”

Reps for the brand hope that this No Digital Distortion Mark will empower women to be more savvy when it comes to spotting unrealistic media standards. “It will help identify reality and relieve some of the pressure women and girls can feel to look a certain way,” Stepanian said.

She went on to say, “We know that globally, eight out of 10 girls opt out of key life activities when they don’t feel good about the way they look.” Stepanian hopes that steps toward transparency will aid young women to develop a healthier relationship with their appearance so that “beauty can be a source of confidence, not anxiety.”

The Only Body Bronzers That Pass the Sex Test

“Need an excuse to have sex this week?” my cringe-worthy subject line to POPSUGAR’s 300+ staffers last week read. I was desperate; I needed more limbs – at least, more than the four I’ve got – to try the latest and greatest instant self-tanners and body bronzers . My only rule: volunteers must put the formulas to the elusive Sex Test.

You know, the X-rated version of an infomercial demo, where – instead of proving that apples, almonds, and chicken don’t stand a chance against your Slap Chop – you discover a landmine of one-day-only formulas that won’t smudge onto your partner’s leg at the first sign of sweat during horizontal tango. (Obviously, no on-screen show necessary.)

In any case, the response could have made crickets blush. (Shout-out to Chris from the copy-editing team for taking the bait; I appreciate you.) So I’ll say this loud, and I’ll say it proud: Ahead are the self-tanners that I can personally attest will leave your skin with a kiss of color, while ensuring that the actual kissing going on will not also ruin your white 300-thread count bed sheets – satisfaction, guaranteed.

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.

The Secret to Emma Stone's Oscars Glow? A New Kiehl's Product!

Image Source: Getty / Steve Granitz

OK, Emma Stone , we see you at the Oscars looking fierce as ever in your satin Louis Vuitton pantsuit ! Last year’s best actress winner totally dominated the red carpet, oozing confidence and an overall badass vibe (which no doubt peaked during the brilliant shade she threw while presenting the award for best director ). But here’s one thing that you may have missed, no matter how long you stared at Emma’s all-over winning look: the fact that she debuted a new Kiehl’s product!

According to a rep for the brand, Emma’s makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, used this totally casual, normal night to showcase Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator, a moisturizer that promises to visibly improve your “natural glow” over time. It’s made with illuminating materials and antioxidant protection such as pomegranate extract, which provides hydration for 24 hours. That’s a whole dang day of great skin, y’all.

You could smear this all over your face as you would with any moisturizer, but Rachel chose to mix it in with Emma’s base, which happened to be Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Gobi ($49). This made her foundation easier to blend while leaving behind a soft, dreamy dewiness.

The one catch? Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator ($38) won’t be available until May, but you can preorder it on the brand’s website and have it sent just in time for a vanity made clear by Spring cleaning.

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)

Directions:

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.”

Noted!