Hair




Are hats the root of your sudden breakouts?

As cold weather approaches, hats once again are becoming a must-have accessory.  But if you notice the arrival of hat weather has coincided with the arrival of sudden breakouts around your hairline and forehead, don’t worry! There’s hope. Because hats can trap sweat and bacteria against your skin, you may need to switch to something that’s a bit looser. If your hat is knit, wash it often, and if all else fails, switch to earmuffs or scarves.

Hair




A cold-weather guide for extending your hair’s color

After a few weeks of daily shampoo, your fab color can start looking a little drab—and dry winter air doesn’t help! Without moisture to protect your cuticle, color seeps out with every wash. Try applying a hair gloss in the shower after your shampoo its a quick and easy way to help maintain color and shine. We love Rita Hazan’s Ultimate Shine Gloss, which provides added protection to lock-in moisture.Read More >

Face




Antioxidants in your nighttime skincare: a not-so-radical idea

At night, our skin repairs the damage it has accumulated during a full day of sun, wind, chemicals, and damage. Some of that damage is done by free-radicals, or unstable molecules that can damage healthy cells. Our body has natural antioxidants that fight free radicals, but these diminish as we get older. The solution? Boost the power of your repair regime by picking a nighttime cream or serum with antioxidants and peptides.Read More >

Science




Dry skin and inflammation

There's a scientific connection between why the cold exacerbates redness and inflammation. During times of low humidity (such as the winter months, or in dry climates), the skin may crack deeply due to lack of moisture. This disrupts dermal capillaries, and bleeding may occur—which is not visible, as it happens on a microscopic level.Read More >

Face




Winter moisturizers: What to look for in acne-prone skin

Often times, people with acne skip moisturizing, even in this cold and dry weather, increasing the risk of breakouts. If you’re battling acne, then be sure to look for a lotion that is light, oil-free, and noncomedogenic. Look closely at the ingredients: you’ll want a moisturizer that contains ceramides (which improve the skin’s barrier function), but that DON’T contain petrolatum and mineral oil.

Body




Give your hands a gift this holiday season

While oils are becoming very popular for moisturizing, they don't actually work the way you might think. The body doesn't absorb topical oils: instead, they sit on the surface of the skin, acting as a protective barrier. If your hands are starting to crack under the strain of a cold winter, try applying a moisturizer first, then add an oil like jujube. Your body will absorb the lotion, and the oil will lock in the healing power of the moisturizer.Read More >

Lifestyle




SKINCARE EXPLAINED: What are MMPis?

A: One of the reasons our skin ages is that collagen production begins to slow, and our collagen starts to deteriorate. That’s in part because of enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Some MMPs can degrade collagen and elastin, decreasing skin’s firmness; others can exacerbate inflammation, leading to acne. MMPs are usually kept at manageable levels by Tissue Inhibitors (TMPs). But genetic factors and sun exposure causes TMPs to decrease as we age, leading to more MMPs.Read More >

Body




Is there a right way to apply body moisturizer?

We tend to think of moisturizers as hydration in a bottle—infusing the skin with outside moisture. But the real strength of our body lotions is their sealant properties: keep moisture locked in. That’s why it’s best to apply body lotions directly after a shower—after blotting skin dry, apply your moisturizer generously, doubling up on friction areas like the elbows, knew, heels, and wrists.Read More >