9 Foods That Cause Acne

By Andrea Stanley

Your diet may be to blame for your breakouts. While food isn’t the be-all and end-all cause of acne, it can exacerbate it, says Ranella Hirsch, MD, past president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and dermatologist practicing in Boston. If you’ve already tried every beauty product with “acne” on the label, it’s time to rethink the role these foods play in your diet.

Skim Milk

Got milk? Malaysian research revealed that those who regularly consumed milk were four times more likely to have acne drama than those who didn’t (the hormones in dairy are thought to make your skin go haywire). More surprising: Skim may be worse than whole or low-fat milk, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The exact reason why is still unclear, although it may have to do with the different proteins found in skim.

Ice Cream

Dealing with a rash of acne breakouts lately? Your go-to pint of ice cream may be to blame. (Sorry, cookie dough!) “Sugars can cause inflammation in the skin,” Hirsch says. And the not-so-sweet cherry on top? Ice cream contains dairy, too. So between the high sugar content and dairy, it may be time to cease those late-night freezer raids.

Potato Chips

Carbs, specifically those with a high glycemic index, cause inflammation, which can lead to breakouts, says Hirsch. In fact, when it comes to foods that cause acne, many dermatologists say high-GI foods are the biggest culprit. The next time you’re hankering for a handful of potato chips, reach for some peanuts instead (they have a low glycemic index).

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The Beauty Benefits of Natural Oils

Why Try Natural Oils?
They are touted as alternatives to condition hair, moisturize skin, fight acne, and strengthen nails. Take a stroll down the beauty aisle of your drugstore and you’ll find them in many products. Do they work? You might need to experiment. Everyone’s skin is different, and it comes down to trial and error.

Made from the fruit of the marula tree, which is native to South Africa, this oil is rich and hydrating. It’s full of fatty acids, which dermatologists say soothe dry skin. It absorbs quickly and won’t leave you shiny or greasy.

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How to Strengthen Your Fingernails

Wear Gloves When Washing the Dishes

You probably can’t bow out of household chores entirely (a girl can dream!), but if you’re exposing your hands to water for long periods of time, like when you’re tackling a sink full of dishes, throw on a pair of rubber gloves first. Fingernails absorb water even better than your skin does, says Stern. And while that sounds like a good thing, it’s really not. “When water is constantly moving in and out of the nail, it puts a tremendous strain on the delicate nail cells,” she explains. Too much water contact can result in soft, weak nails that are susceptible to breakage.

Polish to Protect

Layers of nail polish help protect the fingernail and hold nail cells together, but Stern recommends a five-free formula that avoids dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, camphor, and formaldehyde resin chemicals. And whatever you do, don’t skip the base coat and topcoat—they provide two additional layers of protection that you don’t want to miss out on.

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10 Anti-Aging Hair Care Tips

By Liesa Goins

Your hair, like your taste in music and comfort level with social media, can give away your age. Hair changes with age just like the rest of your body. “Hair follicles get smaller, sebum production declines, and some people lose pigment cells and go gray,” says Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

As hormones change, the hair sheds more and grows back more slowly, causing it to thin, says David Kingsley, PhD, president of the World Trichology Society. In addition, hormones trigger a reduction in sebum production that can leave the hair feeling dryer. At the same time, pigment cells in the hair bulb wane over time, Fusco says, so hair turns gray.
But while your hair changes with age, you can update it. We asked the experts to share their best anti-aging hair care tips and tricks to keep your strands looking healthy and youthful to represent your individual style.

See Your Doctor
“Address any thinning early,” Fusco says. “We have treatments like minoxidil and Propecia that work to regrow hair,” she says. “But it’s best to rule out other causes like anemia, iron deficiency, autoimmune disorder, or the side effects of medication.”

Get the Right Cut
“As your hair thins, it’s not a bad idea to cut your hair a bit shorter, but it’s a myth that you have to cut your hair short once you reach a certain age,” says Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City. “You can have beautiful hair that’s below your shoulders as long as it’s cut in longer layers that move together and give the illusion of fullness.” He explains that having too many layers only emphasizes thinning texture, but longer layers hold shape and look full.

Delve Into Your Diet
“Protein and iron are the two most important things to have in your diet for healthy hair,” Fusco says. “If your diet is restricted, it can affect hair loss.” She advises asking your doctor about a blood test and a medical history to check for a deficiency in iron, vitamin D, or other minerals. Once that’s ruled out, Fusco likes the supplement Nutrafol because it contains zinc and other antioxidants that promote hair growth. “There is good research, and my patients have been happy with the results,” she says.
When in Doubt, Moisturize
Saviano tells his clients to avoid drying mousses and gels because they can cause hair to look dull and strip away shine. His trick: “I like to use mousse designed for curly hair because it tends to be moisturizing and less drying for the hair,” he says. Fusco recommends rich conditioning treatments to hydrate aging strands. She likes macadamia nut oil masks once a week.

Brush With Greatness
There’s an old wives’ tale that you should brush 100 strokes a day. That isn’t necessary, Saviano says. But gentle brushing can encourage healthy blood flow to the scalp, which is good for the hair. In fact, some research shows that scalp massage may help increase hair thickness. He suggests using a Mason Pearson soft boar bristle brush because the natural bristles are gentle on delicate strands and will distribute the hair’s natural conditioning oils.

Check the Label of Your Lather
“Look for a zinc pyrithione shampoo — it’s usually in dandruff formulas,” Fusco says. She says the ingredient is hydrating and soothing, whether you have dandruff or not, and can help anyone feeling tightness or itchiness due to decreased sebum production on the scalp.

Keep Your Cool
Heat styling can be especially damaging to thinning hair fibers. The stress can cause breakage, and since the hair is producing less sebum, you have less natural protection against the heat. Fusco warns against using too many heat tools and recommends keeping any time you expose hair to flat irons or blow dryers to a minimum.
Stay Away From Spray
Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys Salon in Solana Beach, CA, tells her clients not to use too much hair spray. The drying alcohols in these stylers can cause hair to become dry and brittle.

Build Body
“There is a wonderful product called Toppik that uses vegetable fibers to camouflage areas of thinning hair,” says Mona Gohara, MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University. She says it’s very helpful in creating the appearance of hair thickness.

Gloss Over Gray
Gray hair naturally has a wiry, dull texture that reflects less light, Rhys says.

“Semi-permanent or permanent color can improve the texture and add body, but you don’t have to completely cover your gray,” she says. “You can just add a few ribbons to add some shine.” She also says that color has the perk of increasing volume, so it helps thinning hair feel fuller as well. “A few highlights around the temple can make a big difference in creating the look of volume and shine,” Saviano says.

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7 Best Natural Ingredients for Your Skin

By Liesa Goins

The beauty world is brimming with high-tech devices and cutting-edge ingredients, but when it comes to handling some of the most common skin care problems, newer isn’t always better. In some cases, simple natural options might be as effective as scientifically engineered solutions.

“Many of my patients practice ‘clean’ eating and want to extend that philosophy to their skin care routine,” says Papri Sarkar, MD, a dermatologist in Brookline, MA. “Finding effective clean beauty products isn’t as simple as finding organic produce at the grocery store, but it’s easier than ever before to find something that will fit your needs.”

We asked experts to share the ingredients that are the best of both worlds — naturally based and science-backed.
Coconut Oil
Benefits: Hydration, anti-inflammatory. There’s growing science supporting the use of this plant fat as a topical skin soother. Recent research shows that extra virgin coconut oil suppresses some of the body’s natural inflammatory agents while making the skin a better barrier. “Many people love coconut oil products to help fight dry, itchy skin and skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis,” says Laurel Naversen Geraghty, MD, a dermatologist in Medford, OR. “Some of my psoriasis patients swear by overnight coconut oil scalp treatments worn under a plastic shower cap.” But Geraghty warns against putting coconut oil on blemish-prone areas because it may worsen acne.

Find it in: Jars in the cooking aisle.

Gotu Kola (Also Known as Centella asiatica)
Benefits: Wound healing. This ancient herb often used in Asian cuisine is now a part of modern skin care due to its wound-healing benefits, says Michelle Wong, PhD, a cosmetics chemist and creator of the Lab Muffin Beauty Science blog. Chemicals in the plant boost blood supply to injury sites and strengthen the skin. Researchers have found that when skin injuries in rats are treated with Centella asiatica, the sites showed higher healing. The combination of amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals help speed healing time, making it a helpful way to treat injuries.

Find it in: Wong likes La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm ($15) and Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream ($48).
Green Tea
Benefits: Sun protection, anti-aging. The connection between drinking green tea and improved health has been suggested for years, but it may also help to use the plant on the skin. “Green tea has good results in terms of photoprotection and anti-aging benefits,” says Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist in Montclair, NJ. The polyphenols in green tea have antioxidant properties as well as soothing abilities that help treat sun-damaged skin and offer a way to address the signs of sun damage, she says.

Find it in: Downie likes sunscreen containing green tea, such as Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($23).

Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, eczema relief. “Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant chemicals called avenanthramides,” Wong says. “It also has moisturizing beta glucans and starches. It’s the reason why oatmeal baths are so effective for conditions like eczema and rashes.” But not all oatmeal is created equal, Geraghty says. “Colloidal oatmeal is powder that’s derived from grinding and preparing oats into very tiny, specific sizes,” she says. This size and quality of oats is what makes the ingredient so therapeutic and able to blend with water to form the soothing paste when mixed with water.
“I like colloidal oatmeal products because they’re gentle and safe, and studies show they don’t tend to cause allergies or irritation,” Geraghty says. “I’ve found that if my eczema patients develop gentle skin care habits and regularly slather on a thick moisturizer containing colloidal oatmeal, they don’t need topical steroids as much or as often.”

Find it in: Wong likes Aveeno colloidal oatmeal products like their Soothing Bath Treatment, ($10).

Shea Butter
Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, itch relief. Derived from the nut of a shea tree, shea butter is an ingredient in many moisturizers. “It seems to hydrate skin effectively because it’s loaded with fatty acids,” Geraghty says. These nutrients have a calming and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. She says shea butter might be most useful for treating and soothing eczema. Clinical studies using shea butter as a treatment for eczema in children showed less itching within 4 weeks, and another study with adults showed improvement in 2 weeks. Geraghty points out another plus of the natural moisturizer: Shea butter doesn’t seem to cause skin allergies often, which makes it right even for the most sensitive skin types.

Find it in: Geraghty likes Dove Cream Oil Shea Butter Body Lotion ($6) and L’Occitane Pure Shea Butter ($38).
Benefits: Inhibits pigmentation, improves collagen production. Soybeans contain a variety of plant-based chemicals that impact the skin. Among them are antioxidants, fatty acids, and isoflavones. The legume also produces estrogens or phytoestrogens that address skin conditions related to menopause.

“One of the reasons we believe that a woman’s skin turgor and brightness decreases after menopause is because of decreased estrogen,” Sarkar says. “Topical estrogens have been shown to help decrease UV-induced pigmentation and can improve collagen synthesis.” She says soy won’t offer as robust results as retinoids, but it’s another option for patients looking to address these conditions. The isoflavones in soy also offer sun protection that can help address pigmentation to keep skin even, according to research.

Find it in: Sarkar likes Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer ($13).

Tea Tree Oil
Benefits: Anti-microbial, blemish-fighting. The herbal remedy derived from tea tree leaves has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects that help combat a range of germs, fungus, and bacteria, Geraghty says. “The fact that tea tree oil helps combat bacteria-driven acne means it may help reduce the inflammatory type of blemishes — the tender pustules or inflamed pink papules,” she says. But the topical treatment doesn’t have much effect against deep cystic acne or comedones. Geraghty also warns about the potential for irritation when using tea tree oil on the skin. She suggests monitoring areas for signs of redness and a rash.
Find it in: Geraghty likes Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Detox Mask ($39).

A Final Note
As is the case when trying any new treatment, it’s a good idea to run something by your dermatologist to make sure you’re using a natural therapy the right way, Geraghty says. “Coconut oil can worsen breakouts, for example, and some treatments are completely unproven — they wouldn’t be worth it.”

The Scoop: Split Up With Split Ends
Fight your hair’s No. 1 enemy with these pro tips from Shaun Surething, lead stylist and co-owner of Seagull Salon in New York City.

Fine hair: For all hair types, but especially fine hair, sleeping with a humidifier is an absolute must. Hair splits because it is dry, and fine hair splits the easiest. “If you can take the financial leap, a good humidifier with a digital display is great,” says Surething. “Keeping the humidity level higher will help keep moisture in the hair and prevent it from splitting.”
Wavy hair: Swap your cotton pillowcase for satin, which allows waves to glide freely over the pillow rather than snag on cotton fibers. If you prefer cotton pillowcases, consider wrapping your hair in a satin scarf before you drift to sleep, Surething suggests.

Curly hair: As fun as it is to change the look of your hair, remember that using hot tools and styling tools too much can cause ends to split. Surething says to always start gently, from the bottom, when combing or brushing. Never yank at tangles, because it can cause tearing and splitting of the strand. Shield ends from heat with a thermal-protecting spray.
Coarse hair: On coarse, kinky hair, it’s more difficult to keep in moisture, so weekly masks and hydrating conditioners are paramount. “These products lock in moisture and keep a barrier between your hair’s cuticle and the elements, including rain, snow, and sun,” says Surething.

16 Brilliant Beauty Tips That Solve Every Problem

Pump Up the Volume

When you don’t have time to wash and style, take second-day hair to new heights by blasting your roots with a texturizing spray, massaging the crown of your head and then winding your hair into a high bun. Try BlowPro Blow Back Time ($20, ulta.com), which boosts fullness. Before you walk into your office, undo the bun, shake it out and, voilà, textured waves!

Reduce Sallowness

Peach blush helps balance a sallow complexion, says Kristofer Buckle, a celebrity makeup artist. Try Benefit Majorette ($28, benefitcosmetics.com) or Dior Cheek & Lip Glow ($37, Sephora stores) on the apples of your cheeks.

Whiten Stained Teeth

You’re giving a presentation at work later in the day and your teeth look a bit dingy (let’s just say the Starbucks’ barista knows your name by heart). To the rescue: a fast-acting strip that you can apply before you shower. Try Crest 3D White 1 Hour Express Whitestrips ($55, drugstores). Remove the strip and brush your teeth after you get dressed to reveal a sparkly smile. Good morning, multitasker!

Look More Vibrant

To perk up tired skin pronto, slather on a face mask, get in the shower and let it work its magic for 10 minutes. The steam will open your pores and help the ingredients penetrate deeper. Nugg Beauty Revitalizing Face Mask ($3, nuggbeauty.com) comes in a single-use pod and packs peppermint oil, which smooths, firms and acts like a shot of espresso for your skin.

Zen Out

You probably sprint through your a.m. routine, but that doesn’t mean it can’t feel a little spalike. Sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil (get it at a health-food store) directly under the showerhead as the warm water streams out. Not only will it smell amazing, but the zesty fragrance will also open your nasal pathways for deeper breathing, helping to fight mental sluggishness, explains Sara LaBree, the education manager for Jurlique. A eucalyptus shower gel works wonders, too. We like Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Body Wash ($20, malinandgoetz.com).

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Things You Should Never Do to Your Skin

The Derm: Heidi Waldorf, M.D., Director of Laser And Cosmetic Dermatology, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City

It was Jerry Seinfeld who gave dermatologists the “Pimple Popper M.D.” moniker. The truth is, Mr. Seinfeld, we express, drain, and extract, but, we never, ever pop. The difference lies in the details of semantics and technique. Squeezing a blemish (often with bacteria-laden fingertips), creates a lot of inflammation in the skin, sometimes leaving behind scars and discoloration. If a zit is too big to bear, try to see your dermatologist for an injection of cortisone, or put on a bit of benzoyl peroxide to bring that baby down. Chronic breakouts should be managed with medical regimen tailored specifically to your type of skin and acne.

Pickers, Waldorf and I urge you, find your zen zone. Do not take that anxiety out on the skin (more on this later).

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The best Cyber Monday beauty deals you can get right now: Ulta, Sephora, and more

Cyber Monday sales have dropped across retailers, and this year’s deals are incredible. Here at Reviewed, we test thousands of products each year, so whether you’re shopping for stocking stuffers for your mom or best friend, if you want to be the bell of any holiday ball, we’ve compiled some of the best deals on the best beauty products. Here are our top Cyber Monday beauty picks:

The best beauty deals right now
1. Ulta—Get free shipping on orders more than $35 and $10 off any purchase of $50 or more with code “CYBERMON18,” and free shipping over $50. As far as free gifts with purchases, there are plenty: get a 22-piece makeup bag with any $75 purchase, or get a plush robe or throw blanket with any $50 fragrance purchase.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit—$24-$25 (Save $16-$20)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Glow—$15 (Save $10)
The Body Shop—Get 40% off entire brand
Buxom—Get 50% off eyeshadow palettes
Clinique—Get a free gift with any $40 brand purchase
Dermaologica—Get a free gift set with any $50 brand purchase
Holiday Bath Sets—Get 50% off
Lorac—Get 50% off eyeshadow palettes
Makeup Revolution—Get 30% off entire brand
NARS—Get a free gift with any $40 brand purchase
Nume—Get 30% off entire brand
Peter Thomas Roth—Get 40% off kits
Stila—Get 50% off primers
Tarte—Get all mascaras for $10
Ulta Gift Sets—Get 40% off
2. Sephora—Save up to 50% on favorite brands like Benefit, Too Faced, Clinique, and more. Here are some of the best deals:

Benefit Cosmetics Bang! Beauty Blowout set — $15 (Save $28)
Tarte Girl Boss Makeup Mini set — $15 (Save $19)
Too Faced Sexy Prime Time set — $12 (Save $12)
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Stila Little Big Shots Mini Eye Set — $15 (Save $7)
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Tarte Beach, Sleep, Repeat Mini Set — $10 (Save $17)
Milk Makeup The Cool Kids Duo — $14 (Save $8)
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 or 3 — $15 (Save $14.50)
Becca Drenched in Glow Mini Set — $15 (Save $35)
Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Happy Hour — $15 (Save $16)
Sephora Midnight Skincare Surprise — $10 (Save $10)
Bare Minerals Lunar Light Gen. Nude lip duo — $12 (Save $27)
Lancôme Dramatic Duo Mascara set — $15 (Save $14)
3. Dermstore—Take up to 30% with code “MONDAY” on brands like Sunday Riley, Dermalogica, and Devacurl.

4. Nordstrom—Get a $50 certificate to spend in January with every $250 purchase, and up to 60% off many products.

5. Benefit—Take 25% off sitewide with code “BENESAVE.”

Take 30% off the entire site.

Take 25% off sitewide with code “BENESAVE.”

Bite Beauty
On Black Friday (November 23), get 20% off sitewide, free shipping, and a free five-piece kit with any $35 purchase with code “FRIDAY5.” On Cyber Monday, the gift changes to a four-piece set.

Get your pick of three limited edition Black Friday Boxes at a steep discount through November 26.

Get 10% off orders $30+, 15% off orders $50+, or 25% off orders $75+.

Cover FX
Get 25% off your entire purchase and free shipping, and a free gift of Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops on orders over $50.

Get 50% off orders of $30+ through November 26. Any purchase over $25 made in-store from November 19-26 earns a $25 holiday gift that includes an eyeshadow palette and baked highlighter.

Through November 26, get 40% off almost anything sitewide.

Get 20% off and free shipping on all orders over $30.

It Cosmetics
Take 25% off on orders of $30 or more and on purchases over $70, get a free Hello Lashes Mascara with promo code “CYBER25.”

Kat Von D
Save 20% sitewide.

Lime Crime
Get 25% off sitewide and a free Beet It Velvetine lipstick with any order.

Through November 27, get 25% off when you sign up for Select Membership (it’s free to join) and get free gifts, like full-sized lipstick, from November 26 to November 29.

Through November 27, get 20% off sitewide.

Saks Off Fifth
Through November 26, get 20% off beauty and fragrance.

Get 25% off sitewide with code “CYBER.”

Too Faced
Save 30% on sale items, and get a $42 mystery bag with products valued at $123.

Urban Decay
Through December 5, get 50% off a different product every day.

The best Cyber Monday skincare deals
Cyber Monday 2018: The best beauty deals
Cyber Monday 2018: The best beauty deals (Photo: PeopleImages, Getty Images)

Get 30% off sitewide through November 28 with the code “GLOWON.”

Get 20% off all sets through November 26.

Get 25-30% off all devices.

Get 20% off and free shipping on all orders over $30:

From November 25-28, get 20% off sitewide.

La Roche-Posay
From November 24-December 1, get 30% off all orders with code “CYBERWEEK2018.”

Get 30% off sitewide and free shipping with the code “CYBER30.”

Get 40% off your order and a free Cinnamon Bun body wash with purchases $50+ with code “CYBER2018”.

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The best Cyber Monday beauty deals: Sephora, Ulta, and more
The best Cyber Monday beauty deals: Sephora, Ulta, and more (Photo: Dyson, Glossier)

The Beachwaver
Through November 26, get 30% off sitewide with promo code “THANKS30.”

Bed Head
Get 20% off sitewide.

Get any four full-sized products for $65.

On November 26, get 25% off most gift sets and receive a free heat protectant spray with purchase.

Living Proof
Buy any shampoo, get the matching full-sized conditioner for free through November 27.

Get 45% off with code “CYBER45,” and 40% off on Tuesday November 27 with code “CYBER40.”

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Get 25% off when you spend over $75 with the code “CYBER25.”

Tania Fares’s Insider Guide To LA’s Beauty Spots

Vogue contributing editor Tania Fares is a multi-tasking maven: an art patron, philanthropist and British fashion champion, based between London, LA, Paris and Beirut, she’s never not on the road. Here, she rounds up her favourite beauty locations in Los Angeles.

Your one-stop shop for your beauty needs, Facile (pronounced like the French word) is a mix of a dermatology hotspot, spa and a stunning boutique making great skin simple and easy to accomplish. I fell in love with the vibe and the aesthetic when I visited a while ago. The mood is so calming and quiet that you simply liquefy in your seat when you go into the rooms. I immediately felt more relaxed the minute I walked in.
Locations at 638 1/2 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 140 South Lake Avenue, Suite 104, Pasadena, CA 91101; Facileskin.com

C & The Moon
My favourite body scrub discovery in LA is C & The Moon’s Malibu Made body scrub. Founded by the actress and doula Carson Meyer (she’s the youngest daughter of NBCUniversal’s Ron Meyer and environmentalist Kelly Meyer), it’s big on sustainability. Carson began making body scrubs out of natural fixings in her kitchen, and eventually developed a formula free from chemicals, which she took to market. I love it because it smells delicious.

Shani Darden
Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba and Emmy Rossum all have one thing in common: Shani Darden. The expert aesthetician’s appeal lies in the fact that she believes in simplicity, efficacy and, most importantly, that good skincare shouldn’t be stressful. After trying her Retinol Reform, I found it much less irritating than other formulations on the market, and I saw immediate results: after only one night, my skin progressed towards becoming smoother and glowing.
636 N Curson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Shanidarden.com

Take Precautions When Exposed to the Sun

By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

There are precautions you need to consider regarding exposure to the sun.

Let’s talk about sunburn. We love the sun; it provides us warmth, it helps nourish us and provide food, it literally provides us life on earth. Yet even though the sun provides us life itself, it can be like that big bully down the block. Consider, comparatively speaking that the sun compared to earth is like comparing a basketball to a raisin. The difference between the two is startling. We’ve got to watch out for it. It has enormous power.

But we have the tools to combat the sun’s harmful effects on us. Number one, we have sunscreens. Let’s say you go out in the sun, and you start to burn in about five minutes, just for example. If you have an SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) of 10, you get 1/10th of the arrhythmogenic ultraviolet photons – or 1/10th of those sun rays. That means, instead of burning in five minutes, you’ll get that minimal burn in 50 minutes. Just an SPF of 10 is a huge help.

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