For dried-out eyeliner: Felt- and brush-tipped liquid liners can dry out quickly, but you can keep the ink flowing with a few easy tricks. Make sure to give a good shake before use, and always store tip-down at room temperature.

For chapped hands: One of the biggest polar vortex pitfalls? Cracked knuckles and peeling cuticles. A balm is the best remedy, so carry one in your bag and apply often. To avoid getting grease marks on your to-do list or clothing, spot treat only the problematic areas.

For your under-eye: You know it well – the dreaded early-afternoon concealer crease. To prevent it, tap face oil along your under-eye before patting on concealer. If you notice any crevices later in the day, reapply one drop of oil rather than more makeup.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 12, 2015

Selfies have taken the world by storm (it turns out, Doutzen Kroes really does wake up looking that good), and it seems the skincare industry could be their next stop. Think it sounds far-fetched? Maybe. But those photos you’ve snapped everywhere from your Big Game party to your sister’s wedding might, in fact, be a dermatologist’s window into your dermal distress.

Doutzen Kroes Selfie
Research published last week in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that, when it comes to an in-person visit versus sending a self-snapped photo, dermatologists generally agreed on patients’ skin troubles and conditions. Translation? Serious skincare on the go. I’ve never been a fan of taking my own picture, but snapping selfies in the name of healthy skin might be the perfect reason to get comfortable in front of the camera.

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By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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February 19, 2014

At 29 years old, I’m nowhere near over the hill – but I take my skin-care regimen seriously. (How else am I going to pretend I’m still in my twenties long after I’ve hit the big 3-0?) I moisturize day and night. Slather on the sunscreen. Remove all traces of makeup before bed without fail. So when I got the chance to try AHAVA’s Dead Sea Osmoter™ Concentrate, a moisture- and radiance-boosting serum, I was in. One-hundred percent.


Continue reading “Props to the Dead Sea: My AHAVA Skin-Care Obsession” »

September 16, 2013

How to Determine Your Skin Type

Determining your skin type isn’t something that comes easily. How do you know if your complexion is oily, dry/sensitive, normal, or a mix of everything? Chances are, you’re miscasting your own personal skin type. Read up on these skin classifications (and take this quiz) to figure out where your skin falls, once and for all.

Your face looks and feels oily, mainly on your chin, nose, and forehead. You notice a shiny complexion right when you wake up and in the afternoons (when oil production is at its peak, according to Women’s Health magazine). You also have larger pores, which makes you more prone to acne.

Real Simple states that moisturizing is key for oily skin types (contrary to popular belief) because it keeps your skin from overproducing oil. Elle UK recommends oil-free moisturizer: slather it on at night, then use one with SPF in the morning before applying makeup. They also recommend cleansing your face with a creamy cleanser (to eliminate excess oil buildup) and keeping your pores clear by using products with salicylic acid.

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January 29, 2013


Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care

Smooth, soft skin is healthy skin. And it’s very achievable.

Cover your head. Avoid excessive UV exposure – use Daily Moisturizer with SPF 20 for protection and Sunless Tanning Bronzer for a healthy glow.

Clean your face at least once a day. But bars of soap are too harsh no matter what the moisturizing claims. Surfactants, ingredients that produce foam in liquid products like shampoo and soap, are extremely drying. Choose non-foaming cleansers that don’t strip the top layer of oil from the skin.
Continue reading “The Crib Sheet: Better Skin, Head to Toe” »

February 16, 2010