First Dove challenged stereotypes with its Campaign for Real Beauty, advertisements that featured real women with real curves and celebrated attainable beauty. Now, the Unilever brand wants you to think differently about your armpits. The New Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant is specially formulated to fight odor and wetness but also reverse the discoloration and dryness associated with regular shaving.
“Shaving, as we know can be irritating to skin even with the best of razors,” said New York dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, at a Dove press event in New York City. “Fifty percent of moisture is lost when we shave the skin in our armpit, which can lead to dryness and sensitivity.”
The new Dove deodorant comes in two varieties, regular and clear, and neither leave residue or white marks on the skin or clothes. Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Dodorant ($4.99 to $6.49) offers eight different scents to choose from ranging from a traditional floral powdery scent to a plum sakura blossom and an unscented hypo-allergenic option. Dove Advanced Care Clear Tone Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant comes in two floral scents and one citrus.
Each variety promises 48-hour odor and wetness protection—good to know in case you forget to bring your deo to the gym before going to work one day. They are formulated with calendula, a flower in the daisy family, which helps keep underarm skin from turning dark because of shaving. Moisturizing benefits derive from ingredients borrowed from Unilever’s skincare library and include hydroxyethylurea, an efficacious moisturizer, and polyuethylene glycol, which helps deliver ingredients to the skin.
Armpits—you may not devote much time thinking about them, and thanks to Dove even less time now.
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No matter where you live in the US, this time of year you skin is looking a little sun starved. While in nowway do we support sun bathing or tanning booths as cures, we aren’t averse to a little self-tanning.
Self-tanners come in a variety of textures, such as sprays, gels, and mousses, and a full range of shades. Some like Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizers develop gradually, building color with each use. Others reach their full potential within minutes like Lancôme Flash Bronzer Tinted Self –Tanning Body Gel.
In the last few years, self-tanners have begun boasting sun protection too. Supergoop! SPF 20 Self-Tanning Sunscreen ($38) combines full spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection with technology that develops a gradual tan. It’s intended just for the body and tends toward the olive side, so if that is too dark, you can control it’s depth by the number of applications. Supergoop’s focus is sun protection, so you know you will be protected by this product. Plus it smells like green tea and cucumbers rather than chemicals. For the face, try Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse ($42.50), a 3-in-1 self tanner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Whish Coconut Milk SPF 15 Self Tanner ($34) offers amazing moisturizing benefits with just a hint of self-tanner, and natural firming ingredients for a subtle natural looking glow.
Self-tanning often gets a bad rap. It can streak and if you have dark spots or hyperpigmentation the tanning pigments make those spots worse. But if you have been avoiding sunless tanning because of sensitive skin, your time has come. Enter St. Tropez Sensitive Bronzing Mousse ($42.00). It uses a plant-based ingredient derived from berries of the chaste tree, a Mediterranean plant, to stimulate melanin in the skin. The mousse is hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested for sensitive skin, and even suitable for pregnant women. According to the company it works on people with eczema and easily irritated skin
For best results with any self-tanning formulation, always exfoliate first—if you do so the night before you reduce chances of irritation. The goal is to create a smooth surface for easy application and a smooth, streak free tan. But should you mess up, not all is lost. Bronze Buffer (2 sponges, $10) is a magic little sponge that can wipe away unwanted color even after your tan has developed. Just wet it slightly to gently exfoliate and remove self-tanner on the top layer of skin. It’s great on elbows and knees, which tend to absorb too much color, and the sponge’s points are ideal for small areas between fingers and toes. Bronze Buffer contains no added chemicals and it can even be used dry to remove telltale deodorant smudges on clothing.
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First face, then eyes, and now body.
Jergens, your friendly drugstore moisturizer, has just introduced a BB cream just for the body, and it promises a lot of things like instant hydration and illumination. And in five days, it promises to even, firm, and correct dark and uneven spots.
Available in two shades (one for lighter, and medium-deep skin tones), Jergens BB Cream Body is a bit of a wizard after I tested it for just 24 hours. The illumination factor is definitely there, and my skin subtly glowed within minutes after application. The firming action was most noticeable (the cream contains a Firm Perfecting Complex) and while there is no tingling sensation that typically accompanies firming and cellulite-control creams, my skin felt and looked visibly toned within 24 hours.
The only area where BB Body Cream falls short is hydration; despite its shea butter component—it does not moisturize as well as my regular body lotion, or actually even Jergens own Crema Deep Conditioning Oatmeal Body Cream. The perfecting cream has a high level of light-reflecting particles to hide skin’s imperfections, and I found that it blended very well—quite seamlessly, actually—with my own skin tone.
This is the first BB body cream on the market (while there are other brands that have an all-in-one BB cream, this is the first devoted exclusively to smoothing body imperfections). Originally used by dermatologists in Germany and later by Korean film stars, the “Beauty Balm” phenomenon has been all the rage over the past couple of years in America and beyond and is now translating into niche areas like the body.
The Jergens BB Body Cream also offers a blurring effect to hide skin imperfections, and while it won’t completely hide your stretch marks, it will make your skin bikini worthy in minutes for just $12.99.