Beauty news flash: “oil free” is on its way out. What’s been long feared as a pore clogger and pimple trigger is now being slathered on, soaked up and raved about for surprisingly opposite effects. Oil hasn’t always been considered the bad guy. In fact, women throughout history have relied on it to soften skin and smooth hair—long before little bottles of the stuff conveniently started showing up on store shelves.
Oh how babies love the beach! The wind tickles their tiny toes and makes them giggle; the sand is fun to sift through with chubby little hands; the ocean is a source of endless mystery and amusement. Not so amusing, however, is a baby with a sunburn. Not only can a burn cause temporary discomfort, but the damage to tender skin also can have long-term repercussions, and repeated burns can result in lesions and even skin cancer.
Q: What role does vitamin E play in skin care? Should I apply vitamin E oil directly to my skin? Should I take a supplement?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
A: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that works to protect cells—including skin cells—from the damaging effects of free radicals. Found naturally in many foods, such as avocados, nuts and vegetable oil, vitamin E is important to include in your daily diet—for overall health and to help protect the health and appearance of your skin.
An onslaught of cold weather and snow isn’t the only challenge winter brings. Dry skin is the other. And for many people, dealing with rough, flaky patches on the body is a time-consuming and not always successful process.
Fortunately, several natural solutions have been shown to improve dry skin.
Need a gift for a friend, family member, co-worker or teacher? This recipe involves 3 simple ingredients that you might already have on hand. (Plus, it smells absolutely divine!)
I recently received a question from a reader about diminishing the appearance of freckles and brown spots – something I have personally struggled with for most of my life. Don’t get me wrong, freckles are fine. They’re adorable!
But if you’re looking to even out skin tone and keep new freckles and spots to a minimum, there are a few things you can do:
You know that non-clumping mascara you love? That irresistibly tingly lip gloss? The puffy under-eye circle cream? They all have one thing in common: chemicals. All those dazzling effects come at a high price (and I’m not talking about sticker tags, here).
In order for many beauty products to work their magic, manufacturers add substances such as sulfates (which make extra-bubbly body washes), phthalates (for less-stiff hairspray), lead (to make lipstick “pearly”), parabens (to keep bacteria at bay) and fragrances (which may be concocted from a shocking number of chemicals, expertly blended to make you smell just like a fresh-picked flower).
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