It’s been almost a decade since I swore off actual tanning—you know, in the sun or in a tanning bed—so self-tanning is a familiar ritual for me. With a fresh faux tan, I feel younger, thinner, more glowy … ready to take on the world! With that in mind, I wholeheartedly recommend the experience. What I definitely don’t recommend is cutting any corners. To succeed in the art of self-tanning, one must play by the rules! Here, I’ve put together a list of the most important ones I’ve learned through experience.
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.
We humans have millions of hairs covering our bodies. Frankly, we could do with fewer. Shaving helps. Laser hair removal helps even more. And now there’s a new treatment using microwaves to zap hair follicles that could be even better. Called miraSmooth, it is designed to eradicate 70 percent of your armpit hair over the course of about an hour in a physician’s office. And there’s a bonus: it simultaneously reduces around 82 percent of your armpits’ sweat secretions. “It’s total armpit victory,” exclaims Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Sheila Nazarian. “Not only are you getting rid of sweat, you are getting rid of odor and hair. Everything that bothers you about your armpits, you are conquering.”
Just three months ago we talked to Stamford, Conn., dermatologist Omar Ibrahimi about Kybella, an injectable zapping chin fat approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April, and already another option is hitting doctor’s offices to do away with double chins. Zeltiq Aesthetics, the company behind CoolSculpting, a non-surgical procedure that destroys fat by freezing it, has introduced an applicator called the CoolSculpting Mini to target small pockets of fat, including the ones that intractably cling to your craw. If you’re confused by the surplus of choices, you’re not alone. It’s great that there’s a growing repertoire of fat-busting solutions for those of us who don’t want to go under the knife, but the pace of innovation puts iPhone updates to shame. To clear up any confusion, we called up Ibrahimi again, and he generously took the time to set the record straight on the duo of double chin busters.
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.
Part of me wanted to title this article “my new favorite beauty product.” But I didn’t want to risk sounding deceptive, or to make it seem as though I’ve been commissioned by Caudalie to tout their product. (I never intend to be, and haven’t.)
However, after finally getting around to giving their cult-status Beauty Elixir a whirl, I’ve added another product to my heavily edited list of everyday musts. I love it so much I’ve even gotten my husband into it, and believe me, I could never sell him on an extra skin care step unless a) I’m really passionate about it and b) there’s some sort of immediate payoff. Which explains how he’s both an eye cream snob (YonKa Phyto Contour or bust) and a sunscreen-phobe. A sip of wine, a sip of water, am I right?
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:
Who’s not busy these days? Between work, errands, kids, exercise, sleep and figuring out how to feed ourselves, we’re surprised we had a moment to write this post. Spas, dermatologists and even hotels understand their customers and patients are pressed for time, and are putting more accelerated skin care services – 30 minutes as compared to 60 to 90 minutes is popular for express options, but service durations are shrinking to as little as 10 minutes – on their menus to help squeeze sessions into crowded schedules. “Today, we live in a world that is fast-paced, yearns for instant gratification and strives for time efficiency. Offering quick, yet effective treatments allow clients to feel we are catering to their increasing daily demands, while still offering a brief moment of ‘me’ time,” says dermatologist Dennis Gross, whose New York office completes an Alpha Beta® Peel in under 30 minutes. Not every skin care service, however, should be done before you’ve finished watching the latest episode of “Younger.” We asked Gross and Angelina Umansky, a medical aesthetician and co-owner of San Francisco’s Spa Radiance, to advise us on which services to get over short stretches and setting our expectations for the truncated treatments.
The Broncos may have been the Super Bowl victors last Sunday, but I was blown away by the power, stamina and grit of the players on both teams (not to mention Beyoncé). I can’t even imagine the amount of preparation and perspiration that went into achieving peak performance on the big day. I was totally inspired to put down the chips, get off the couch and raise my heart rate. While I’m far, far, far from being a professional athlete, I’m trying to squeeze in workouts in between job and parenting duties. I’ve committed to weekly yoga sessions and added a circuit class to my schedule. Increasing my activity level feels great with two caveats: bigger laundry loads and the occasional breakout. My fitness accomplishments will definitely be diminished if push-ups, burpies, bicep curls, downward dogs, steps and strides wreak havoc on my complexion. To make sure that doesn’t happen, I asked skin care experts Celeste Hilling, chief executive officer of the brand Skin Authority, and celebrity aestheticians Nerida Joy and Geri Giagnorio for some advice on how to sweat without sacrificing my skin. Their recommendations can help you stay healthy and save your face, too.