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Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day (or any day for that matter), but indulging doesn’t have to impact your waistline. More than a sweet treat, the cocoa used to make chocolate is a natural source of potent antioxidants when eaten—and applied to the skin. Here, a few products that will satisfy your cravings without the guilt or extra calories.
Farmhouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask
This delicious blend of cocoa, coconut milk and honey may sound good enough to eat, but it’s actually formulated to soften, soothe and protect the skin from free-radical damage. It gets its antioxidant boost from the addition of vitamin E and coenzyme Q10, and this 98% natural ma
If you want firmer, younger looking skin and you’re not using glycolic acid as part of your skincare regimen, you might want to rethink that decision. Glycolic acid, a highly effective AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) can transform your skin by breaking down and exfoliating the old, dead, dull surface skin cells to reveal brighter, rosier, more luminous skin. This chemical exfoliant diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, age spots and scars while it boosts collagen production and radiance. It can even eradicate blackheads, improve acne and make pores appear less visible.
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Dermatologists perform glycolic acid peels because they can rejuvenate the s
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Chemical peels are one of the best ways to refresh your look, fight discoloration, and even fight acne. Thanks to several dermatologists turned brand developers, there are a plethora of professional-type peels that you can apply in the comfort of your home, and that won’t burn your face or turn it redder than a strawberry.
Here are three new face peels that are tried, tested, and worth their price:
Peter Thomas Roth 40% Triple Acid Peel ($88)
Formulated with TCA, glycolic acid, and salicylic acids, this new peel aims to battle wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and exfoliate dead skin cells. I loved the presentation of the peel, which comes in slim one-time use ampoule
Deliciously fresh and in tarts, figs are much more than a fruity Mediterranean treat. They are one of nature’s most powerful sources of antioxidants, containing vitamins A, C, and E. Good for you and scrumptious, did you know that fig oil and fig extract can also be beneficial to your skin? The naturally-occurring antioxidant vitamins in figs help fight free-radical damage, which causes aging and other degenerative diseases. Figs contain other skin-friendly vitamins like niacin, folate, as well as omega 6 fatty acids that keep skin moisturized and hydrated from within. From body butters to buffing cloths, figs can be effective in any body product. Here are a few of our favorites.
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