Skincare Tips for Your 30s

Now that you are in your 30s you have hopefully developed some great skincare habits and routines.  You are already washing your face every night (and removing your make-up as well) and using sunscreen everyday and reapplying throughout the day.  If you aren’t already using products with antioxidants in them – start!  Antioxidants will protect your skin from free radicals (which lead to premature aging), will help build collagen, and are anti-inflammatory. ...more

Skincare for Your Baby

Harper's Bazaar has a regular feature about how to wear fashion trends according to your age.  They even wrote a whole book about it.  So I thought – why not write a few blog posts about skincare according to age?  I’ll begin by addressing how to care for your baby’s skin. ...more

Add Antioxidants to Your Home Skincare Regime

This post deals with the topical use of antioxidants in skincare products.  In addition, this post is meant only as an introduction to the whole idea of why you should incorporate skincare products with antioxidants in them into your daily skincare routine since the topic of antioxidants is a very large and complicated one.  There is always new research being published about the topical use of antioxidants and about antioxidants in general.  Sometimes it seems as if almost everyday a new, powerful antioxidant has been discovered.  This post will try to sta...more

Test Your Label Knowledge

Back in March, 2009 Shop Smart  published a quiz called:  What’s Your Beauty IQ? .  This quiz tested readers knowledge about label terms on cosmetic products such as “natural” and “cruelty free” and claims made by cosmetic and skincare companies about their products.  The quiz...more

Toner: What is It? Do You Need One?

I suspect that I am not the only person you spent a good deal of her high school years drying her face out with the use of toner.  I used a drying, alcohol based toner because I believed that this was a very necessary step in my skincare regime in order to prevent acne.  Luckily I finally realized that the use of an alcohol based toner was unnecessary in order to prevent acne.  It took me some more time to learn that not all toners are created equal and that there are some products labeled “toner” that actually can do some good things for your skin.  Let me...more

Are Parabens Safe for Use in Skincare Products?

I have been asked more than once if it is safe to use skincare products that contain parabens.  My answer would be yes.  Let me explain why. What Are Parabens? ...more

Give Your Hands Some TLC

I think many of us don’t think about our hands enough.  When it comes to skincare almost everyone concentrates on caring for their face and neglects their hands.  Your face may be wrinkle and line free (and acne free as well), but in the end your hands are covered with sun spots and full of wrinkles.  It is time to treat your hands with as much respect as you would your face. ...more

What Causes Acne?

Even with all the research that has been conducted about acne the debate still rages about the causes of acne.  The exact causes of acne are not entirely known and subsequently because of this there is no actual cure for acne.  At the moment experts believe that acne results from several related factors.  ...more

Help for Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, or dark spots, blotches, or areas on the skin, affects many people.  Hyperpigmentation occurs when the body over produces pigment, leaving a mark on the skin.  There are three main kinds of hyperpigmentation caused by three different factors .  No matter what type of hyperpigmentation you have there are many solutions. ...more

Book Review: Free Gift with Purchase

I love, love glossy magazines.  I particularly love glossy fashion magazines.  If I am reading a magazine I tune the rest of the world out; so please do not disturb me while I am holding a glossy fashion magazine.  I began reading Teen and Seventeen in junior high and by high school I was happily reading Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar....more