I’m about to reveal the skin care industry’s biggest secret. Did you know that up to 99% of the skin care products you’re using aren’t being absorbed? That means that up to 99% sits on the top of the skin (SkinPenetration) and is eventually wiped off, washed off, or evaporates and provides no benefit to your skin. The skin care industry knows this, but your skin is a very effective barrier. One of your skin’s primary jobs is to keep germs and pollution out of your body, but it also keeps beneficial skincare ingredients out of your skin.
For anyone trying her hardest to hold on to her youth and beauty, an at-home device like the Truth Vitality Lux Renew—which claims to “diminish wrinkles, firm skin and fight acne” with a combination of LED and ultrasound —is as close to the holy grail as it gets.
At least, that’s the hope.
Total Beauty revealed the winners of their 2016 Beauty Awards yesterday. According to their website, they tried thousands of products to select their Editors’ Picks Winners. I’m not sure how true that is but nonetheless, with all the beauty products to choose from, this is a good way to start narrowing options down. Here is my curated list of what I am planning to buy and try thanks to Total Beauty:
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.
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:
Between kisses and sips of champagne this past New Year’s, we bid farewell to several beauty trends that were everywhere in 2105 and opened the door to a bunch of new makeup, hair, nail and skin care developments that will shape our faces, hair, hands, bodies and social media feeds over the next year. I have a ideas for trends that should get the heave-ho (see: the Kylie lip challenge and rampant ageism) and ones we’d be better for if they were big in 2016 (body positivity and the brown lip shades that bring back junior high memories of dancing to Debbie Gibson and Tiffany). To add expertise to BBTA’s beauty prognostication, I asked a few of our favorite beauty authorities to share their thoughts on the beauty crazes that should have expired on Dec. 31 and those that began their ascent on Jan. 1. If their predictions are correct, be prepared for a fascinating year ahead on the beauty front.
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.
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: