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Retinol vs Retinoid: A Love Story

If you’ve even glanced in the direction of a dermatologist, chances are that they’d recommend you use retinol. It’s their ‘desert-island’ product. It helps with skin texture, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration. You name it, and retinol can fix it. But what KIND of retinol should you be using? What’s the difference between the over-the-counter retinol products and the prescription stuff? Is prescription always … Continue reading Retinol vs Retinoid: A Love Story

Cystic Acne Smasher

At first, I thought I was lucky. I was fortunate enough to go through all of my formative years sans acne. Yep. Aside from the occasional volcanic eruption on my face (and my naturally large pores), I was pretty clear-faced. Fast forward to 23. All of a sudden, deep, painful bumps started planting themselves all over my face. Not just my face either. I had them … Continue reading Cystic Acne Smasher

Prevent Old Lady Hands with this Gentle Soap

So when this product first came across my desk (and by desk, I mean mailbox with a slightly broken lock that I have to stand on my tippy toes to reach), I never thought I’d be writing a blog post about it. I mean, it’s hand soap, people. How sexy is hand soap? Hint: it’s not. It cleans germy subway gunk off your hands. You … Continue reading Prevent Old Lady Hands with this Gentle Soap

Erno Laszlo: Double Cleanse for the 21st Century

The name Erno Laszlo isn’t one with which everyone is familiar. Your grandmom or mom have probably heard of it, or even aspired to use his luxurious skin-coddling products as they watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn extol his virtues. Audrey Hepburn? Oh ya, girl. She was one of the famous women who swore their beautiful skin was credited to Erno Laszlo and his products. If … Continue reading Erno Laszlo: Double Cleanse for the 21st Century

Franken-care: How to Care for Skin in Between Seasons

Summer months mean more clay masks, light lotions, and more diligent sunscreen application; while winter means heavier creams, moisture sheet masks, and lots of Chapstick. But what about the in-between? The transition time? The je ne sais quoi period between summer and fall, fall and winter, etc etc etc. Each day is a fresh hell of nonsensical weather that makes you regret wearing that face … Continue reading Franken-care: How to Care for Skin in Between Seasons

Golden Door: Gilded Mask of Champions

Spas might be great, but most of us don’t have the time to visit them on the regs. Who am I, Christina Aguilera? This diva has shit to do, people. I recently went to a spa, and, while I enjoyed the experience, I found my Type-A side wanting to take over. What is that? Why are you putting it there? What was that sound? I … Continue reading Golden Door: Gilded Mask of Champions

REVIEW: Better (and cheaper) than GlamGlow

If you’re a girl with pore issues like myself you’ve probably already tried (and fell in love with) GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment. This stuff is great because it packs a load of effective ingredients to degunk your pores. GlamGlow’s Super Mud (aka the one in the white jar) exfoliates with a slew of acids of both the BHA and AHA varieties, meaning it can get … Continue reading REVIEW: Better (and cheaper) than GlamGlow

Sun Bum: Your Sunscreen Savior

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sunscreen fiend. I have fair skin and melanoma runs in my family, so I’m always applying, applying, applying! In addition to applying, I’m always SEARCHING. Yep, it feels pretty much like that. I prefer to use a sunscreen that has a mix of physical (mineral) as well as chemical sunblocks, because my research has shown that that … Continue reading Sun Bum: Your Sunscreen Savior

Undercover Skincare

When you think CIA, you think spies, code words, and hidden signals. What you probably don’t think of is… skincare. The beauty brand Skincential Sciences developed a skin treatment, called Clearista, that aims to soften skin, minimize dark spots, and eliminate wrinkles. So why would the venture capital part of the CIA, called In-Q-tel, want to fund Clearista? Do all those hours at the computer doing special … Continue reading Undercover Skincare

Origins Maskimizer: Don’t Fall For It

Time for a bitch moment, people. Origins, a brand I often use and who are known for their skin-friendly, gentle, good-for-you-and-your-wallet products, have just released their newest product “innovation”. Called Maskimizer, it’s a concoction that you spray on your face prior to applying a face mask in order to “enhance” (their words, not mine) your mask benefits and experience. Come on, Origins. A pre-mask primer? … Continue reading Origins Maskimizer: Don’t Fall For It