We’ve all been there. You’re exhausted and unmotivated, dreading going through the motions of your skincare or beauty routine. Washing your face is the last thing on your mind, and putting on makeup before leaving the house? No thanks. It’s a common tune for women who are “beauty lazy” or just “too busy for beauty.” The good news is, there are simple solutions for taking care of your skin and making yourself look gorgeous without a whole lot of effort.
Ahhh, a day at the beach. Show up pasty and plain and return home hours later with a rosy glow, streaky highlights and feet softer than they were after your last pedicure. If only there was a way to capture the beautifying benefits of the sun, sand and surf without having to book an island getaway. Oh wait—there is. Thanks to these ocean-inspired body skin and hair care essentials, you can feel beach beautiful no matter where you are, no matter what time of year.
Q: With colder weather on its way, what can I do to keep my skin soft and smooth? Winter dryness is the worst!
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
Dry skin—characterized by a tight, dehydrated, flaky, dull-looking appearance—can be beyond frustrating. Besides making you feel uncomfortable, dryness can lead to inflammation, redness and irritation, not to mention making fine lines and wrinkles even more noticeable.
More and more shopping is done online these days. All of your favorite stores, brands and products are just a click away. Whether you’re browsing on a PC, a tablet or your smartphone, you can shop for just about anything you want from anywhere you are—no need to even step foot outside your home! Online shopping saves time, is incredibly convenient and can often be less expensive than purchasing products from a brick-and-mortar store. Not only are there exclusive Web sales, but you can easily comparison shop to get the best deal on whatever you’re buying.
Q. I usually get lazy and neglect my skin at night. I’m starting to see this bad habit take its toll. What do you recommend for a simple p.m. skincare routine?
Dr. Linda Miles D.O.M. responds:
You’ve heard it before: get your beauty sleep! And, it’s true. A good night of sleep plus a basic nighttime skincare routine is the best way to look and feel better for the long haul. I know that is easier said than done, but think of it this way: nighttime is the best time for skin to naturally repair itself back to a healthy, youthful radiance. Benefit from this restorative process, and fight that sleepy urge to ignore your skin at night, with this simple skincare routine before you hit the sack. It should take no longer than two minutes, and trust me, it’s worth it!
BB Creams are the newest miracle product to hit the beauty scene. First appearing in the Western beauty market only a short year ago, many traditional beauty Bombshells are still trying to understand why they’ve caused such a commotion. Let’s talk about the ABCs of BB creams and find out what they can do for you and your beauty routine.
At the end of a long day, you know what you need to do: take it off, take it all off. I’m not talking about your clothes (although you probably don’t want to go to bed fully clothed.) I’m talking about your makeup.
Cosmetics might make your eyes pop and your lips shine during the day, but if you don’t remove every speck at night, you could end up clogging your pores and getting blemishes. Of course a new breakout will mean needing to cake on more concealer the next day, giving you more to remove at night or else risking more blemishes the next day. It’s a viscous cycle!
It’s time to stop the madness. Here’s a guide to removing makeup the right way, and also a shortcut for those nights when you get home late and just want to collapse in bed—and worry about the mascara smudges on the pillow in the morning.
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