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)
IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Secret to Confident Skin! — $14 (Save $14)
Philosophy Comfy, Cozy, Clean — $15 (Save $14)
Caudalie Face Cracker — $15 (Save $20)
Stila Little Big Shots Mini Eye Set — $15 (Save $7)
Sephora Collection Blend and Clean Sponge Set — $14 (Save $15)
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.”

Through November 26, buy two full-sized products, get one 50% off with code “HALFOUAI.”

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;

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;

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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Obesity: Our Nation’s No. 1 Health Concern — The Key Element We Need to Focus on Fixing as a Nation to Improve Our Overall Health and Longevity

By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Would you believe me if I told you that at a glance, I could predict your future health? No, I’m not an all-seeing or all-knowing deity of any sort, just a man armed with a medical degree and a heck of a lot of experience in battlefield operating rooms and in some extremely busy emergency rooms. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t want to see. I’ve seen dying and dead men and women, and I’ve seen, in quite a few cases, how they got into that state. I’ve seen their loving families sobbing with the loss of their loved ones. And all I’d have to do to make that determination is to take one look at someone’s body composition and the size of that patient’s waist.

If a patient was in the hospital because of issues related to heart disease or stroke or cancer or complications from diabetes, all I’d need to do is look at the patient’s waistline and I’d know the underlying cause without any blood work being done, or a CT scan or an MRI. I could tell you with certainty that obesity was a profound underlying cause of the state of ill health they’re in.

Medical school gave me a very fundamental lesson regarding body fat: Fat on the outside = fat on the inside (visceral fat), surrounding and choking internal organs. Obesity is the core element in many of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. as listed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And it’s an underlying cause in all of the diseases I just mentioned. That’s right – even cancer. Obesity increases levels of the hormones estrogen and insulin circulating in the body, which can stimulate cancer growth.

Obesity is the key element we need to focus on fixing as a nation to improve our overall health and longevity.

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How Do You “Keep Your Inner Army Strong” and What, Exactly, Is Your “Inner Army?” — An Explainer

Dr. Sudip Bose swimming

By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

First of all, what is our inner army?

I’ll review briefly from our last write up, Leadership Under Pressure:

  • We have an inner army in our brain.
  • We have an inner army that is our physical body.

We need to feed, care for and maintain those inner armies if we expect ourselves to be ready and clear-headed to lead and function effectively under pressure or in a crisis situation. When that grenade flies into your world and goes off— no matter what world you’re living in, whether it be corporate, small business, hospitality, medical, personal, whatever — you’ve got to be ready. You’ll only be ready if you keep your inner army strong.

Nutrition, exercise and sleep are key to keeping your inner army strong. But time is limited. We all have only 24 hours in a day to accomplish things. So how do you maintain your body to perform maximally under pressure? How do you maintain your peak performance?

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