A great beach trip isn’t compromised by sand in our swimsuits, seaweed in our hair or tar on our feet, but being burnt to a crisp can really make it a bummer. To help us avoid being scorched by the sun during a seaside excursion in these remaining summer days, we turned to Michele Racioppi, product educator and master esthetician for the skin care brand Cosmedicine, and former senior instructor at New York’s Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics, for advice on how to protect ourselves from overexposure to UVs. Here are a few of her best tips:
Microdermabrasion has come a long way since its debut in dermatologists’ offices. What was once regarded as a high end treatment for celebrities and the wealthy is now extremely accessible – you can stop by your doctor’s office on your lunch break or do an at home treatment after work. Microdermabrasion continues to gain popularity as a non-invasive, quick way to improve the appearance of your skin. So how does such a simple procedure work so well? In layman’s terms, it sands away the dead skin cells that have accumulated and cause a dull complexion. When microdermabrasion is done at a professional’s office, a hand-held device streams tiny crystals across your skin. An attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin.
When your friend says she’s going to the salon to get hair extensions or eyelash extensions, you probably don’t think much of it except for maybe a quick bout of jealousy that you’re not the one treating yourself. When she says she’s getting eyebrow extensions you might question her judgement a bit more. With the ongoing quest for eyebrows to be on ‘fleek’ (whatever that means) salons have started to up their brow capabilities. Tinting, threading, waxing, and tweezing are taking a backseat to eyebrow extensions – the latest craze in the beauty biz that’s on its way to mainstream America.
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:
When the TV Land series “Younger” premiered last year, I found in Sutton Foster’s character Liza Miller my small-screen alter ego. Sure, I’m not as tall as her or as svelte and I’m thankfully not coping with a divorce, but her professional struggles resonated profoundly with me. Getting older in a media business increasingly dominated by Millennials, not to mention Generation Z up-and-comers, sometimes totally sucks. There’s continually another social-media platform to figure out, and there is the constant predicament of trying to appear fresh and young so as not too broadcast you’re too ancient to grasp modern-day digital realities while gray hairs are sprouting and wrinkles are forming. In the hands of makeup artist Eldo Ray Estes , Foster’s look deftly – and stunningly – negotiates the challenges of a woman in the contemporary corporate world with the unusual twist that Miller is living and laboring both as a feigned Twentysomething and as an actual Fortysomething. With the third season of “Younger” starting today, I decided to check in with Estes, whose enviable list of credits also includes “Orange Is the New Black,” “Broadwalk Empire” and “Blue Bloods,” to discuss his work on the show and makeup for those of us no longer entry-level.
For years, I bought food at Whole Foods and beauty products at Sephora, Target and CVS. I simply pushed my cart past the supermarket’s personal care aisles on the way to pick up milk and eggs. They were filled with brands I didn’t know (no CoverGirl, Pantene or Maybelline in the bunch) and products I didn’t think were effective. Then, like any dutiful beauty editor with a stash of goodies to sift through, I started testing items that happened to be stocked by Whole Foods.
No pressure or anything, but Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re like us, you haven’t quite sorted out a surprise for your sweetie. But we’re not panicking, and neither should you. We’ve put our beauty thinking caps on and are contemplating picking out a first-rate fragrance to celebrate the lovers’ holiday. When correctly selected, perfume is an ideal Valentine’s Day present because it’s thoughtful, personal and intimate. It can definitely miss the mark, though. Usher, Sean Jean or David Beckham colognes could be too conventional for your unique someone and make it seem as if you didn’t put a ton of consideration into the purchase. “By taking time to explore outside the mainstream, you’re sending a romantic message that this special person deserves a special scent,” says Antonia Kohl, owner of San Francisco scent haven Tigerlily Perfumery. Exploring multitudes of unfamiliar fragrances, however, can be challenging. To land on the best choice for your companion, we asked Kohl and Rachel Ten Brink, cofounder and chief marketing officer of fragrance subscription service and online retailer Scentbird, to help us narrow down the fragrance field. Here are their sage suggestions:
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.
Here at BBTA, we’re beyond excited for fall. Bring on the cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween costumes and, most importantly, loads of beauty product launches. One of the biggest launches of the season is Bliss’ entry into cosmetics. That’s right, the spa that put Triple Oxygen Facials and Fatgirlslim toning treatments on the beauty map has veered into makeup with a ginormous collection of over 300 products packed with good-for-you skin care ingredients like hyaluronic acid, encapsulated algae, green tea, and lavender and avocado oils to make your face glow. “If you are a Bliss girl, you have a busy social calendar, and you might be piling on makeup on your way out of the spa that’s detrimental to your facial. So, we’ve created a makeup line that’s the last step in your facial,” says Edwin Batista, global director of education and events at Bliss. Fortunately, you don’t have to get a Bliss facial to feel the facial effects of its makeup. Priced from $14 to $36, Bliss products are widely available at Kohl’s.
Not humming a happy tune in the shower? Well, I’ve got some news that may raise the spirits of your song. The shower may not be quite transforming into your vanity, but it is getting closer to it. For convenience and ease, beauty companies are launching more and more products you can use where you shampoo, condition and soap. If you’re like me, you’re already a prodigious multitasker, so adding another duty as you cleanse shouldn’t be much of a strain. These in-shower saviors shave time off your beauty routine and still give you stunning results. Here are three beauty items you should consider your bathing BFFs: