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Between sweat, humidity and environmental assaults encountered in the great outdoors, exercise can be tough on our skin. And while we donâ€™t advocate wearing a full face of makeup while working out, thereâ€™s no reason to look like a hot mess either. As the wellness movement grows, weâ€™ve seen the dawn an entirely new category of products designed specifically for use before, during and after active endeavors, and here are our picksâ€¦
CliniqueFIT Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Whether youâ€™re hitting Pilates, Crossfit or just running errands around town, this lightweight foundation helps even out skin tone and disguise imperfections with medium coverage
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Copper was lauded for its anti-microbial benefits as far back as ancient times, and the first mention of its medicinal use for sterilizing wounds and drinking water appeared in the Smith Papyrus, an Egyptian medical text written between 2600 and 2200 B.C. Greek, Roman, Aztec and other civilizations used copper for hygienic purposes as well, so it was only a matter of time until this metal found its way into modern skincare and beauty products.
Copper can be found in various forms depending on the purpose of the product. Copper peptides are widely used in age-reversing products due to their ability to stimulate the antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD). This mineral also wor
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If youâ€™ve ever colored, highlighted, straightened, heat-styled or had a day of (unprotected) fun in the sun, odds are your hair is at least a little bit damaged. Throw in towels and pillowcases made of unfriendly fabrics, and you have all the ingredients for dry, brittle, breakage-prone strands.
Fret not, because according to Teresa Probst, Color Director at New York Cityâ€™s Varin Salon, a major haircut isnâ€™t the only way to eliminate hair damage. â€œPrevention goes a long way for preserving the health of your hair, even if you subject it to chemical processing or thrice-weekly blowouts,â€ she says. â€œThe keys are to replenish lost moisture and shield you
Dry, damaged and frizzy and out of control hair is a confidence killer. Consider the new Smooth Lock hair care line from Redken to be anti class-clown. It’s anti frizz, anti damage…pretty much anti everything you don’t want your hair to be.
Smooth Lock Butter Silk ($20), a rinse-out treatment, is the 4-item range’s star product. This creamy cure contains the proprietary Heat Fuse Complex with a special Thermo-Active Polymer that helps strands retain moisture while eliminating frizz. Sounds promising so far, right? And then there’s almond oil, which could be on the heavy side but is actually quite light and coats the hair for a silky, smooth finish.
Finally IPN (Interlock Protein Network) strengthens and improves manageability. After you put the treatment in your hair, wait patiently for 5-10 minutes and rinse it outâ€”your hair will feel like butter. It will also be super shiny, like a newly minted penny.
Redken used to sell a product called Smooth Down Butter Treat, which has been discontinued. This was an ultra rich, rinse-out cream that created an intense and long lasting conditioned look. It received stellar reviews and many commented on how it helped hairstyles remain intact even after air drying. Smooth Lock Butter Silk ups the ante.
Many protein-based treatments can dry out your hair but the Smooth Lock collection (and most notably, Butter Silk) actually gives hair a nice luster. Regarding the level of frizzâ€”don’t expect your frizz to completely go away, but mine was reduced substantially. I only had to use a little bit of styling gel to tame my hair.
The Smooth Lock line includes:
- Smooth Lock Shampoo ($12)
- Smooth Lock Conditioner ($12)
- Smooth Lock Butter Silk Rinse Out Treatment ($20)
- Smooth Lock Stay Sleek Leave-In Cream For Dry/Unruly Hair ($16.50)