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There are dark circle correctors, and then there are dark circle correctors (operative word being ‘CORRECT’).
From Clinique’s uber popular Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector ($39.50) to the latest flex-tipped wunderkind, Avon’s Anew Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector ($30), the market is filled — no, littered — with items that promise the supermoon and fall short. But there are those that are the quiet achievers and Avon’s Dark Circle Corrector is one of them. Scientists at the company have worked overtime to create a key ingredient — what they call a Shadow Erase Complex — which includes kudzu root extract and fennel fruit extract that promise to brighten dark circles and smooth uneven texture.
The formula is chameleon like in the fact that it instantly matches different skin tones and blends in seamlessly, and it has self-adjusting sheer optics that illuminate the eyes. The drill is simple: swipe the flexi-tip beneath your eyes and watch your dark circle issues melt like ice.
I used this on a daily basis and hoped that my genes wouldn’t get in the way (most eye creams have failed me like a makeup artist with a bad hangover). No matter how much I apply eye creams and pray for pale, my under eyes remain a constant shade of slate. For the price point, this is a good buy, especially when there are many more expensive (and often, less reliable) ones out there.
Another top dark spot contender is Lumixyl Revitaleyes ($65). Unlike most eye creams that focus on treating only one cosmetic problem, Lumixyl® Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream contains Decapeptide-12 (also known as Lumixyl Peptide) which works on wrinkle formation but also delivers hydration, repairs inflammation, and treats under-eye circles. According to New York plastic surgeon Bryan G. Forley, “Revitaleyes targets the six common eye concerns, including such as hyperpigmentation, iron deposits, inflammation, fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration, and it has the clinical data behind the brand to prove these claims.”
No matter what dark circle remedy you choose, Dr. Forley says, “Sun protection with SPF30 is an absolute must — even as fall and winter approach — to keep lower eyelid discoloration at bay.”
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Shaving your legs daily is a non-negotiable beauty ritual in the summer, but even in the winter despite the reduced chance of showing off your bare legs. And with shaving comes a set of questions: How should I shave to avoid nicks and cuts? How often should I shave? What are the best razors to use?
Lucky for us, celebrity dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine, who has a private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, was there to answer our questions. Here are some of her tried and true insights for the perfect set of smooth legs!
What are the benefits of shaving over using an at-home hair removal gadget?
The benefits for shaving are that it is a quick and easy way to remove hair. It’s also virtually painless if you are using a high-quality razor like those from Gillette Venus, which are less likely to give you nicks and cuts. Regular shaving with the right product is also a great gentle form of exfoliation, which can help keep skin soft. Shaving manually removes the top layer of dead, dry skin cells, helping to reveal beautiful, smooth skin.
How often should women shave?
I’d recommend shaving as often as you feel is necessary, as this depends on a variety of factors, including your genetics. Some women will find they want to shave every day, while others may only want to shave a few times a week. Find what works best for you and your skin.
What are the various Venus razors available out there?
There are a range of Venus razors out there to ensure you’ll find your perfect match. I’m personally a fan of the new Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor, which has five-blades for an ultra-close shave and Ribbons of Moisture and Lubrastrip to create a thick cushion between the razor and your skin. This reduces the chance of irritation. If you’re traveling or on-the-go the Venus Snap with Embrace is the perfect razor to drop in your bag.
What tips to make in between shave days last longer?
I would suggest using a high-quality razor with multiple blades, like the Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor, which cuts the hair very close to the skin surface. A close shave should translate into it taking longer for the hair to grow back helping your shave last longer. It’s also important to moisturize right after you shower this will keep your skin smooth and soft in between shaving.
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Don’t you just hate it when your face takes on a shine by lunchtime? If you have active skin at any age, controlling oily patches and breakouts can be a full time job, especially when humidity hits an all time high. When blotting papers just won’t get the job done, it’s time to call in the heavy artillery. In addition to using the right skin care regimen to minimize oil production, breakout-causing bacteria, and surface dirt, finding the right foundation is an absolute must.
These 6 unique formulas can help reduce shine and keep your complexion matte all day long.
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free ($55) - Liquid-to-powder foundation that absorbs excess oil and covers up flaws with a lovely matte look. Oil-free, humidity-proof, and water-resistant formula stays put from sunup til sundown.
Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation ($66) - Found in dermatologist and plastic surgeon's offices, Oxygenetix is a foundation developed to cover, heal and minimize flaws, blemishes, rosacea and scars. It contains Ceravitae, a proprietary oxygen complex that is touted to speed up healing. Comes in 14 blendable shades.
CLINIQUE Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup ($27) - Clinique knows a thing or two about managing oil spills. Their comprehensive range of Acne Solutions includes a liquid medicated makeup that neutralizes redness and keeps blemishes under control.
Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation ($34) - 8 shades of lightweight powder that delivers a flawless finish, plus an infusion of skin-loving antioxidants. Contains an oil-absorbing Cocoa Complex that has a yummy scent of chocolate. Comes in a pretty black compact, suitable for reapplying as needed.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation ($34) Uber long lasting, oil-free powder formula in 11 shades that soaks up shine all day. Apply with a sponge for normal use, or with a brush for an extra-matte finish on spot-prone complexions.
Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($67) - 15 shades of silky even coverage with a super matte effect that is so flattering. For extra oiliness, finish with a light dusting of Perfect Finish Powder Foundation.