Witch hazel may sound like a tonic straight out of your great grandfather’s medicine cabinet, but it is actually a potent astringent used in modern day beauty products. Its use dates back hundreds of years; in fact, Native North Americans taught the Puritans how to extract the plant derived remedy. Today, witch hazel is used for treating skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, insect bites, and poison ivy because of its naturally astringent and anti-inflammatory benefits. Found in everything from body lotion to eye cream, witch hazel is best for oily, combination, or problematic and temperamental skin.
Boscia Pore Purifying Strips ($15-28)
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Are you tired of people asking you if you’ve had a late night because of dark under eye circles? Never fun, dark circles at their best make you look tired and at their worse add years to your age. We’ve heard all about the possible causes – fatigue, stress, dehydration etc. are all avid contributors – but chances are you still haven’t found the product to address these issues.
Clinique scientists have found that melanin accumulation is a large component of the pigment causing those pesky circles; so, if you’re thinking darker skin tones have more of a likelihood to exhibit these circles, you’re correct. According to a Clinique focus group of over 600 women across various ethnicities, women cited dark circles as a prime reason for self-consciousness and lack of confidence, driving them to hide behind concealer.
Enter Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector ($39.50), which Clinique is launching on the heels of its wildly successful Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, which aims to correct uneven skin tone. The eye corrector, housed in a sleek white tube with a cooling metal tip applicator just like their must-have Lid Smoothies, is gentle and cooling, and promises to lighten the entire eye area (as much as 30% in 12 weeks).
Its ingredients include vitamin C and mulberry root, as well as anti-irritating ingredients like caffeine and green tea extract. One of the causes for dark circles, according to scientists at Clinique, includes swelling, hence the ingredient phytosphingosine, which is anti-inflammatory. Other ingredients help build structural support and barrier strength including linoleic acid and cholesterol, while whey protein promotes skin’s natural collagen production. The immediately transforming Transluscent Options Technology captures light to give you the instant appearance of skin tone perfection, and also serves to brighten the skin.
Plus – the revolutionary cooling tip applicator gives your eyes an instant lift? Because you can use the tip to massage the eyes, it helps with circulation problems that contribute to circles.
The verdict: does it work? After having tried it for four weeks, I was very pleased with the results, which included instant brightening of the under eye area, as well as a significant decrease in the “raccoon eyes look” in a few weeks. The product launches in stores and online mid-August.
FINAL VERDICT: GGI (Gotta Get It)
BY WAY OF: GIFTED
Would you buy it again? YES
Would you recommend it to a friend? YES
Mud and clay may not sound too glamorous, but these natural ingredients have been used for centuries for their therapeutic benefits as well as their beautification properties. Clays absorb excess oil and debris, and they also exfoliate dead surface cells for increased circulation and rosy cheeks. Clays can be found in a wide range of colors such as red, green, white, pink, and gray, as well as varying textures from super fine to coarse. The colors usually occur due to the mineral content of the clay. Kaolin, a key mineral component of natural occurring clay, is the main ingredient in many face masks because it can attract the dirt that gets trapped deep in your pores.
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Summer is over (sigh) and school is back in session. Whether you’re finishing high school or starting college – it’s going to be stressful to the max. That means fighting oil slick, breakouts, redness, and sensitivities when you want to look your best for that all important first impression.
“The first thing to remember is breakouts come and go, they’re not the end of the world,” says Alexis Vogel, makeup artist to the stars. “There are plenty of great products on the market to help keep your skin stay soft and supple so you can have the best time of your life”