IS COCONUT OIL GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN? DERMATOLOGISTS WEIGHS IN

When we’re told that an ingredient can do it all, we’re immediately both intrigued and suspicious. Take coconut oil, for example. It’s an ingredient that many have touted for benefits across multiple categories — from cleaning surfaces to hydrating the skin — but is that truly the case? In particular, is coconut oil actually good for your skin? To get some answers, we turned to two of our consulting, board-certified dermatologists, Dendy Engelman, MD, and Dhaval Bhanusali, MD. “Oil-based products are one of the best ways to add moisture back into the skin,”…

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THE RIGHT CHEMICAL EXFOLIATOR FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

Exfoliating has evolved over the years — remember those tiny plastic balls we used to rub on our face every night? — but it remains  an essential step for a brighter, more even-looking skin tone. Now that you know better than to aggressively scrub the skin on your face with not-so-eco-friendly microbeads, you’ve probably begun to dabble in the world of chemical exfoliators. These products help remove built-up dead skin cells from the skin’s surface through potent ingredients — no rubbing required — to reveal a more radiant complexion.   AHAs, or alpha-hydroxy acids,…

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HOW TO SOOTHE A SUNBURN AT HOME

Sunburns are the worst. Who hasn’t had a perfectly good vacation or beach day ruined by bright red, sometimes blistering burn at one point or another? Even though we know the importance of wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day — because prevention is by far the best defense against the sun’s harmful rays — no one is perfect. Sunburns happen and if one happens to you, you’re going to want to find a quick way to ease the pain and soothe the damage at home. Here’s how: SUNBURN TIP #1: COOL…

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This Viral Hack Uses a Pool Noodle to Dry Makeup Brushes Without Misshaping the Bristles

With summer in full swing, it’s only a matter of time before you encounter a pool noodle — you know, one of those long, floppy foam cylinders that people use to more easily stay afloat while swimming or lounging in the water. If you plan on buying one this season, you may want to pick up a multipack because you’re going to want to use one in your beauty routine after you see the brilliant makeup brush drying hack that’s going viral. On June 24, Facebook user and beauty enthusiast Gail Sherman posted…

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Professional Princess Melody Ricketts Walks Us Through Her Cosplay Beauty Routine

A cartoon princess can’t exactly drop her skin-care routine, but Melody Ricketts, of the popular feed @MelodysPrincessLife, is the next best thing. As a character actor, Ricketts dresses up as all of our favorite fantasy princesses, with hair and makeup meticulously planned to bring each fairy tale to life. Ricketts estimates that every weekend she works three parties, meets 80 kids, and takes over 200 photos — and that translates to a whole lot of beauty prep. “The most rewarding thing about it is bringing these fantasy characters to life,” she…

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The FDA Is Reevaluating Sunscreen Ingredients — Here’s What That Means For You

This spring, the Food and Drug Administration announced it is reevaluating the safety of every single chemical sunscreen agent. Makes you a little nervous, right? Us, too. And since we’re not going to find out the results of this reevaluation until November, we all have a long, confusing, sun-filled summer ahead. So we did our best to get as many answers as possible to help you­ — and, fine, us — make the right decision right now. So why the closer look at sunscreen ingredients in the first place? The FDA told us it’s…

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How to Maintain Your Skin-Care and Self-Care Routines During Workplace Bargaining

When queer Black feminist icon Audre Lorde wrote, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,” she wasn’t necessarily envisioning charcoal bubble baths or matcha smoothies. In the particular section of the book from which this quote is so often pulled, A Burst of Light: And Other Essays, Lorde was explaining the pressures she felt to overextend herself following her successful battle with cancer and articulating her resolve to “live whatever life [she had] as fully and as sweetly as possible,” something she considered to…

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What Is the 60-Second Rule — and Does It Actually Work?

Back in January — the time of year when we often vow to treat ourselves and our skin better — a simple skin-care rule went viral on Twitter. Aesthetician Nayamka Roberts-Smith encouraged her massive following to wash their faces, morning and night, for a full 60 seconds each time. It’s clear why the #60SecondRule went viral: It’s easy to remember, doesn’t require purchasing new products or switching up your routine, and, best of all, only takes a minute. Over the years, I’ve heard lots of different opinions about just how important it is to cleanse…

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How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun Like a Dermatologist This Summer

Consider this your official, dermatologist-approved consent to hang around outdoors this summertime. “It’s OK to have fun in the sun, as long as you are sun smart,” says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Healthcare Facility in New York City. We write a lot (a lot) about the risks of UV rays. A lot of individuals are still uneducated about the health threats that can come from tanning or going outside without correct sun protection. After checking out so much about skin cancer…

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ASK THE EXPERT: HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE?

Here we are always speaking about exfoliation: the different types of exfoliation, its many benefits, and our favorite exfoliators for face and body skin. While exfoliating your skin stays a vital part of any skin care routine, over-exfoliating your skin can do more damage than good. Which leads us to the concern, how typically should you exfoliate your skin? The answer, and more, listed below.. WHAT IS EXFOLIATION? Exfoliation is the process of sloughing away dead skin cells from your skin’s surface area. Exfoliating skin can assist expose a brighter-looking…

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