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.
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.
by Dr. Sonia Batra
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.
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:
Do you have more than a hair on your chinny-chin-chin? Modern medicine has a new injectable solution for fat that’s settled in the most irksome of places: the chin. It’s called Kybella, and it will knock both the chinny and the chin off of your chinny-chin-chin. The active ingredient in Kybella, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April, is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that destroys fat cells. If you are shouting sign me up, slow down a bit. Like with all procedures, you shouldn’t go under the Kybella needle blindly. To get answers to pressing questions about this double chin annihilator, we turned to Stamford, Conn., dermatologist Omar Ibrahimi and San Francisco dermatologist Richard Glogau. Here’s what they shared with us about Kybella:
Say what you want about the Kardashian/Jenner girls but there’s no denying they know how to create a media presence. They’re not bad at making money either; the family’s net worth is estimated at $101 million and as the reigning queens of reality TV and social media it’s safe to say they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Kylie is the latest family member to add to their rapidly expanding empire. Following in the entrepreneurial steps of her sisters, the youngest star of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” clan announced on her Instagram (to a cool 30 million followers) that she’s launching her own beauty website, aptly named KylieJenner.com. The 17-year old may not necessarily be qualified to dish out beauty advice considering her lack of professional training, but the girl has grown up surrounded by her “glam squad” – a crew of makeup and beauty experts that seem to know a thing or two about what they’re doing.
This post is a tribute to Burt Shavitz, the eccentric beekeeping cofounder of Burt’s Bees who passed away earlier this month at the age of 80. Not that I think he’d like it very much. Shavitz lived unconnected to the Internet, running water and central heating on 37 acres in Parkman, Maine, a town with a population that doesn’t crack 1,000 people. A recluse happier in nature than in crowded metropolises, he began beekeeping in the Seventies after leaving New York City and a photojournalism career. In the Eighties, he picked up hitchhiker Roxanne Quimby, a single mother down on her luck, in what is perhaps personal care’s most famous meet-cute. Quimby, formerly both Shavitz’s business and romantic partner, spun Shavitz’s beekeeping into Burt’s Bee’s, the brand now owned by Clorox that emblazons Shavitz’s visage and bushy beard on its bottles available across the retail spectrum from Walmart to Whole Foods. In the Nineties, Shavitz exited Burt’s Bees, a move shrouded in controversy (either corporate ambition, Shavitz’s hermetic tendencies or an affair provoked his departure, depending upon the story you believe) costing him many millions of dollars, not that he coveted money. “What I have in this situation is no regret,” Shavitz told the Associated Press. “The bottom line is she’s got her world and I’ve got mine, and we let it go at that.”
Natural deodorants aren’t known to pass the pew-yew test. I can attest to that. My husband swore off aluminum-laden antiperspirants a while back and began using Tom’s of Maine deodorants, a choice my nose has been suffering from ever since. For the sake of an odorless marriage, I’m constantly on the lookout for alternative deodorant options he might be willing to try to ward ofF the funk that Tom’s of Maine doesn’t. So, when Tara Foley, founder of the retailer Follain, mentioned Soapwalla’s deodorant cream has been selling briskly at her healthy beauty stores, my ears perked up. “It’s an aluminum-free deodorant that actually works really well,” she insisted. “Honestly, it’s awesome.” Well, I thought, it can’t be less awesome then Tom’s of Maine, but I figured I’d do a little experiment to see. My husband agreed to put Tom’s of Maine on one armpit and Soapwalla on the other to determine which natural deodorant squelches his stench best.