When beauty brands sense a trend is rising, they can really pounce. Two years ago, we might have thought sheet masks were parts of ghostly Halloween costumes. Today, we can’t browse a beauty store without crossing them. There are no fewer than 20 varieties at Sephora, Ulta and Glow Recipe, an online destination bursting with thin beauty gauzes from Korean brands. And more American brands everyday are riding the sheet mask tsunami that started abroad: Estee Lauder, Colbert MD and Peter Thomas Roth are among the latest to release versions of the skin care sheaths. Not that we’re protesting. We’re fans of the instantaneous tautness sheet masks deliver as well as their promises of long-term radiance. But the proliferation of sheet masks has left us confused about how to best distinguish between them and apply them appropriately. To unmask sheet masks, we sought guidance from the sheet mask intelligentsia in the form of Glow Recipe founders Christine Chang and Sarah Lee. Here are four of their top sheet mask suggestions:
First, what is at-home micro needling? Anything touting the use of needles at home, in my opinion, is an immediate red flag, but with so many people talking about it, I decided to educate myself on it before passing judgement.
At-Home Micro Needling tools (and there seems to be many available now) use lots of tiny (usually metal) needles to puncture the skin and cause temporary wounds. In case that didn’t freak you out, let me put it another way – rolling or stamping (?!) these tools with tons of tiny needles over your face – as directed – literally creates small holes in your skin. As a woman, I realize you pay a price for beauty, but this sounds like torture.
If you think selfies are just for social media posts, think again. Curology, a service offering customized acne and anti-aging prescriptions, uses your selfies to help you shoot even better selfies by evaluating your skin care problems based on them and issuing treatments designed to address those problems. Formerly called PocketDerm, Curology is at the forefront of telehealth, a wave of advancements in medical care that’s linking patients with doctors through computers, iPads and smartphones. Curology’s technology allows dermatologist David Lortscher, its cofounder and chief executive officer, to be a modern-day version of the old school family doctor, who made house calls and knew his or her patients personally. Lortscher cares for patients across the country without putting miles on his car. He took time out of his packed schedule of seeing them to talk to us about Curology and the benefits of virtual dermatology. While we had an acne expert on the phone, we seized upon the opportunity to lob a few questions at Lortscher about adult acne, and he gamely supplied informative answers.
When it comes to skin care products, we all love pretty packaging. But, we also know that it’s what’s inside—in other words, the right ingredients—that’s most important. In my years as a dermatologist, however, I’ve realized that even the savviest product aficionados fail to take into account something that’s every bit as important as ingredients: the means in which these ingredients are delivered into the skin. The skin’s function is to keep the outside world out, and it is a very effective barrier. Many of my patients spend thousands of dollars every year on the latest and greatest formulations, but very few take the time to ensure they’re applying them properly to maximize absorption. The result? These coveted ingredients literally evaporate into thin air, or even wash off, before getting a chance to absorb—and my patients are left without the results they expected, disenchanted with the products, and reaching for their credit cards to spend even more money on something else.
It’s beauty happy hour, and I’m whipping up a makeup cocktail. My tonic of choice is Cover FX’s Custom Cover Drops. The Drops can be blended with moisturizers, oils, serums, foundations and more to transform the coverage brew into just the right shade for you. The first step in the recipe is pinning down that shade. The Drops are available in a whopping 24 shades. Cover FX has a handy five-question shade finder on its website to help weed through the shade thicket to determine the best option. The only question that stumped me asked whether my skin’s undertone is pink, neutral or golden. I guessed pink, and I think that is accurate because the shade I was recommended – P20 – fits my white as Casper pallor. The shade works across Cover FX’s repertoire of foundations, concealers, powders and primers.
In this age of self-acceptance, it can be shameful to admit you care not to embrace anything considered to be an imperfection, weakness, frailty or flaw. But here it goes: I don’t want to age. Wrinkles, gray hairs or sagging boobs aren’t my concerns. I was never afforded the luxury of banking on my looks, and there’s no reverse in that ahead. My interest in makeup and skin care is purely for pleasure and enhancement, not correction. My issue with aging is that it means ceding to younger people. Even in my earliest days of writing about beauty, I felt my career had a quickly approaching expiration date. How could I compete with fresher, ambitious competitors who had mastered Snapchat and Instagram? How could I stay relevant in a business obsessed with youth?
Forget microdermabrasion and laser facials. Across the globe, unusual beauty treatments are giving “normal” ones a run for their money. With promises of glowing skin, reduced wrinkles, and an overall more youthful look, women continue to prove they’ll do some pretty gruesome stuff in the name of beauty. From fish soaking off your dead skin to bath tubs filled with red wine, here’s a skeptical look at four of the most bizarre treatments:
In the last two years, blur has become every beauty junkie’s favorite buzzword. Billed as an Instagram filter for the face, blur products promise to diminish pores, smooth wrinkles and lines, even tone and prep skin for long-lasting makeup. La Roche-Posay’s vice president of medical and media relations Tyler Steele gushes, “Blur means instant correction for a visibly flawless complexion in seconds. It’s like a photo filter, but better because it’s a true representation of your skin.” Rather than Instagram, the television, a veritable dinosaur of the information age, kicked off the blur craze. Readying for a TV appearance, Dia Foley, a vice president at Canadian beauty firm Indeed Laboratories, sought a product to give her face a soft finish – and Nanoblur, a pioneering blurring product, was the result. The blur segment quickly grew jammed. Along with Nanoblur, among the early standouts on the blur scene were L’Oreal Paris’ Revitalift Miracle Blur, Lancôme’s Visionnaire [1 Minute Blur], Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother and Kiehl’s’ Micro-Blur Skin Perfector. Well, social media progresses rapidly – today, Snapchat and Periscope are competing with Instagram for social media mavens’ time – and so does the blur category. A new crop of blurring blockbusters is taking the blur movement to the next level. Beef up your blur bonafides by checking out these products:
Today’s Monday Must Have is brought to you by Kelly Rothschild – Former Beauty Buyer for Nordstrom and DermStore.com.
As a cosmetics buyer I have tried many products throughout my 20+ years in the business. I absolutely love anything with ultrasound technology because it makes everything work better…. I mean think “Sonicare Toothbrush” years ago which was a game changer in the dental world. First, if you are not familiar with the JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser, it is an at home device that is very sleek and easy to use.
Sure, you can handle getting older. But smelling like an old lady, no thank you. Occasionally unruly, scent spritzes and sprays have the tendency to leave you – and those around you – in an old-lady fragrance fog. The fear of publicly filling a room or an elevator with unwelcome smells causes many women to sidestep scents altogether. Fear not fragrance-phobes, beauty brands are busy concocting nonconformist perfume formats that empower wearers to de-mistify their fragrance experiences. And I’m not referring to rollerballs, the popular sporty-sounding pen-type fragrance forms that slip easily into your purse. I’m suggesting scent selections that are quite out of the box or, in their cases, the bottle. Let your scents atypically enliven your senses with these three alternative fragrance variants: