Allure: The Science of Beauty // The Inside Story: Sulfur

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The skin benefits of sulfur are often overshadowed by its rather… stinky reputation. But we suspect you’ll quickly get over the smell when you learn what this ingredient can do to help fight acne. (Special thanks to Dermatologist Corey L. Hartman) Listen here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-inside-story-sulfur/id1531535720?i=1000520021653. 

This Is It: The Skincare Routine for People in Their 30s

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by Sarah Yang May 1, 2021 Turning 30 is a momentous occasion, whether you have good feelings about it or not. For me, when I turned 30, it was definitely a balancing act with my emotions. On one hand, I was really excited to enter a new decade of my life, and I did feel a lot wiser and more confident. But on the other hand, I dealt with a few existential crises here and there. For a lot of people, one “fun” thing that happens when you turn 30 is you start to notice some changes in your body. You’re not quite “old” by any means, but you do start to feel your… read more

Shoppers Say This $11 Hair Product Makes Hair Grow Out ‘After Over a Decade of Trying’

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Hundreds of thousands of hair products on Amazon, and nothing compares to this one. By Rachel Nussbaum Apr 14, 2021 @ 11:00 pm For all the ingenious detangling hair tools in the world, there’s not much that can beat an excellent conditioner for keeping hair breakage and shedding to a minimum. After trying what seems like every in-shower comb on the market, I’ve concluded that Remington’s Electric Detangling Brush is the be-all, end-all of the first category — and according to wildly happy Amazon shoppers, Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength conditioner is the star of the second. There are over 9,000 hair conditioners on Amazon, which can make any search for… read more

Using Retinol? Here’s What Experts Say to Expect and What Abnormal Side Effects to Look Out For

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Purging is expected, but peeling is not. Courtney Leiva Apr 28, 2021 @ 3:39 pm Before and after retinoid selfies are our true Achilles heel, as these jaw-dropping photos demonstrate just how powerful this miracle worker is.  However, while retinoids smooth skin and reduce breakouts over time, the early stages of using this active ingredient aren’t all sunshine and rainbows. On the contrary, many retinoid users have dubbed this hectic period as “the retinoid uglies,” or retinol side effects. This awkward and frustrating phase usually involves some unsettling skin changes including purging (aka more breakouts), mild dryness, and flaking. Sigh. Thankfully, these regular side effects pass after continuous use of… read more

The Biggest TikTok Beauty Trends: Do They Actually Work?

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Can we trust TikTok with our beauty routine? CR talks to beauty experts to break down TikTok’s viral beauty hacks and see if they really work By Catharine Malzahn Apr 28, 2021 Our mantra this past year: “Because I saw it on TikTok.” We have to admit, we’d be lying if we said we’ve never tried something that popped up on our TikTok FYP (hello, baked feta pasta and sock curls). For more than a year now, TikTok has been our go-to for entertainment, from new recipes, to fashion and beauty tips. Throughout the pandemic, so many beauty tips have gone viral with some people not ready to go to… read more

Hitting The Retinol Wall? Here’s How To Push Past The Initial Irritation

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The benefits are worth it. By Victoria Moorhouse 4.27.2021 Retinol has officially reached icon status in skin care. The ingredient, which is a derivative of vitamin A, has a broad scope of expertise: it can help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, kick acne to the curb, and fade stubborn dark spots. Unfortunately, retinol’s side effects, like irritation, redness, dryness, and peeling — although temporary — frequently overshadow its many benefits. According to Dr. Corey L. Hartman, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in Birmingham, these flare ups of irritation are formally dubbed retinization, and they usually occur within two weeks of ingredient introduction — sometimes sooner. Retinoids (the overarching term used… read more

The 17 Best Deodorants for Every Kind of Sweaty Situation

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From Peloton to existential anxiety, these formulas have your sweat handled. By Hannah Morrill Apr 27, 2021 What starts out as a harbinger of adolescence—hello Teen Spirit, I see you and I honor you—quickly evolves into one of the stinky secrets of personal care: Most deodorants aren’t that great. They’re cakey. They stain your white tees. If you aren’t into the stuffy smell of talc, you’re done for. And perhaps most insulting? Most of them don’t work, full stop. Of course, this is fifteen-year-old me talking. Adult me is here to tell you deodorant has come a long way, and honestly—some of them are amazing. What’s the difference between deodorant… read more

Did Zac Efron Have Plastic Surgery? A Lot of Men Are These Days.

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Rumors of Zac Efron having plastic surgery or fillers abounded after an image circulated of a different-looking face. If he has, he’s joining the growing number of men having work. Alaina Demopoulos // Style Writer Updated Apr. 28, 2021 1:49PM ET / Published Apr. 28, 2021 4:56AM ET  All Zac Efron wanted to do was celebrate Earth Day, but when a clip of the celeb promoting Bill Nye’s Facebook Watch special went viral, fans focused on something else. Suddenly, all eyes were on his plumped-up lips and square jaw. A delicate question arose: So, uh, what’s up with his face? Internet sleuths and people who do not mind their business wondered if the 33-year-old actor… read more

Is Chemical Sunscreen Safe? Everything You Need to Know

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By Cristina Montemayor April 26, 2021 With summer just around the corner, it’s about time to bust out the shorts, flip-flops, and not-so-ironic Hawaiian shirts that have been gathering dust all year. As you dig for the swim trunks stuffed in the back of your dresser drawer, you can’t forget about another summer style essential: sunscreen. Sunscreen is a must-have not just on boats, beaches, and boardwalks, but also every day. Dermatologists recommend using an SPF of 30 or higher every day of the year, but especially during the summer when the sun’s rays are at their most powerful. Although the experts recommend wearing SPF daily, the safety of chemical… read more

Why You Should Be Pampering Your Pores

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Gentle treatment—not torture—is the key to pore-fection. By Megan McIntyre Apr 26, 2021 For something so small, pores definitely cause us a lot of unnecessary drama. The obsession with them can cause many people to pick, poke, and prod their faces in an effort to shrink pore size and clear out debris, leading to some serious skin trauma that can have lasting effects on your face. Still not sure you can keep your hands to yourself? We asked experts to pinpoint what irritating our pores really does to our skin—and what we can actually do to help make pores appear less visible. What Picking, Poking, and Overly-Potent Exfoliators Can Do… read more