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.
During the colder months, the characteristics of aging eyes, like dark circles, bags and puffiness, become more pronounced—and women can look up to 5 years older because of it. The real culprit, according to Byrdie, is a shortage of vitamin D. Here, learn how to do what you can to mitigate the situation.
Fat-melting lasers? Vampire face-lifts? These days, the menu of anti-aging procedures at any given medical facility probably sounds a little like science fiction. And, as Allure points out, when it comes to plastic surgery, “new” does not necessarily equal “better.” If you’re skeptical as to whether or not the latest fast fixes are anything near what they’re cracked up to be, it seems you’re a step ahead of the game.
We all know that any skin care routine begins with a properly cleansed face. Nowadays, your means of getting there might be an oil, a balm or a sonic cleansing brush—maybe even a combination of all three. (You could also use a good old-fashioned gel cleanser—it’s something I still swear by.) Obvious as it sounds, whatever you use, you’ll want to make sure you rinse properly. And if you’ve long sworn off washcloths to perform this task, I encourage you to take a look at Into the Gloss’ report on The Best Washcloths. I have a feeling it will change your mind.
Dr. R. Sonia Batra, a cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatologist in Santa Monica, CA, and frequent guest on the hit show, The Doctors, needs to stay up to date on all developments in the skin care business. Read what she has to say about a new skin care device, called JeNu, that she’s now using “every day.”
If you keep up with the latest skin care trends, then it’s safe to say you’ve got an oil or two in your beauty cabinet—no matter how much oil-is-the-enemy messaging was shoved down your throat in the 80s! I happen to love skin care oils, too. They make great cleansers, they offer luxurious moisture, and hey, some of them even help with acne and other bothersome issues. But according to Byrdie, oil is about to be ousted as skin care’s “it” ingredient—and its replacement might surprise you.
By now you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the benefits of activated charcoal. If your Pinterest browsing consumes a good portion of your day like most of us, you’ve seen some pretty scary looking pictures of teeth whitening with a charcoal paste and enough DIY charcoal face masks promising to banish blackheads for a lifetime. Slathering a dark paste of soot all over your face may not seem like the most glamorous thing, but for the sake of beauty women have proven time and time again we’re willing to try some pretty weird stuff (Kim Kardashian’s blood facial or the O.C. Housewives’ fish pedicure, anyone?). The benefits of activated charcoal are quite impressive when you really research it, but if you’re not interested in the science behind it all and just want to reap the benefits from this powerhouse ingredient, check out the list Total Beauty rounded up as the best charcoal based products out there. More power to those willing to try a “simple” DIY mask consisting of 8+ ingredients sold only at vitamin shops, but I’ll opt for picking up one of these Beauty Editor approved options.