Mother’s Day Gift Guide Celebrity Edition

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to begin the search for the perfect gift. We’ve narrowed it down to the seven most indulgent products that will make her feel like the queen that she is. All of these skincare products have been favorited by celebrity moms so rest assured your own mom will be receiving the star treatment this year.

Avene Thermal Spring Water

If your mom is into natural and organic skincare products, then Avene Thermal Spring Water ($16.99) is the way to go. Effective at calming itchy and red skin, this soothing mist excels in replenishing moisture back into the face. Gwyneth Paltrow, who loves holistic healing and detoxifying treatments, considers this water one of the best French beauty products in the market. She says it works as both a quick refresher on a hot day and helps set makeup.

 

 

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Foaming Cleanser

Although Kelly Rutherford is almost 50 years old, her skin still looks flawless. Her secret? Peter Thomas Roth’s skincare products, which she’s been using since her twenties. Aside from applying sunscreen, she advises to invest in good skin products and wash your face nightly—advice handed down to her by her own mother. We recommend Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Foaming Cleanser ($18.99) because it’s great for all skin types. It’s effectively sweeps away dirt yet still nourishing as it supplies the skin with vitamins and aloe.

 

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

When she’s not caring for her son or working on a project, January Jones loves to take moments for herself by doing treatments at home. In fact, she prefers to do those then get a facial done because she finds it therapeutic. The actress first uses Avene to cleanse her skin, then she follows up with Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant ($35.99) because “you look so shiny and new after you use it.” The two-in-one exfoliating mask really does help the skin look brand new because of the natural fruit enzymes that help stimulate cell renewal from within.

 

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GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment

Convenient and easy to use, GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment ($55.99) is an amazing mask for sculpting the skin without any cosmetic procedures. The product gives the illusion of a face lift as it instantly firms and tightens the face. All your mom will have to do is watch as it turns from white to chrome and then peel it off. Used by Cat Deeley, among many other celebrities, this product will give your mom the Hollywood treatment.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

Sienna Miller’s skincare regimen often consists of freezing ice masks “that make you feel as if your brain is going to fall out of the top of your head.” Fortunately, you can get your mom something even better that won’t leave her with a brain freeze: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($160.99). When Sienna is not getting an intense facial massage, she maintains the glow at home everyday with this product. Fortified with vitamin C and ferulic acid, this powerhouse serum works to diminish the appearance of wrinkles while brighten the skin’s complexion.

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Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Transforming Pearl Serum

Another excellent serum you can get your mom is Dr. Brandt’s Do Not Age Transforming Pearl Serum ($79.99). In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, Madonna said she loves how tight her face felt after applying more than she probably should. The award-winning serum fuels the skin with vital energy, helping restore the look of firmness for a more youthful appearance as the Queen of Pop knows all too well.

Jane Iredale Loose Mineral Powder

Original supermodel Cindy Crawford has always had to take care of her skin as part of her job. Now as a mom to a rising supermodel, she has shown her daughter all the best products. Jane Iredale Loose Mineral Powder ($34.89) makes the cut because Cindy feels “like you can’t mess it up” since it doesn’t streak and it’s really easy to use. We couldn’t agree more—your mom will love this product if she’s not into heavy makeup but likes an all-over even finish.

How to Get Rid of Dull Skin—Just in Time for Spring!

After a long winter, it wouldn’t come as a total shock if your skin seemed a little sallow and lackluster. Whether you spent months cooped up inside or just haven’t soaked up much sunshine lately, we have the solution for you. Here are our suggestions for eliminating that dull skin just in time for spring.

Start with an Exfoliating Product

No question about it: Dull skin needs exfoliation. The problem is that dead skin cells collect on the skin, disturbing the natural appearance of a healthy visage and instead contributing to the slightly washed out look you’re trying to avoid. Unless you get rid of the cells that don’t naturally come off on their own, you won’t be able to truly enjoy that healthy glow. Try La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($15.99), a gentle exfoliate that minimizes buildup without causing irritation.

Brighten Up with the Right Cleanser

Don’t make the mistake of using the wrong product when you cleanse your face. Some are so harsh that they can cause dryness, while others just aren’t effective enough to target your specific concerns. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($28.99) is formulated to rid your skin of impurities, dirt, debris, and makeup while smoothing rough spots. The result is a more refined complexion that glows.

Treat It with a Targeted Mask

Masks are everywhere these days, of course, and it might be overwhelming to choose the perfect one if your goal is strictly to get rid of dullness. To the rescue comes Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask ($34.89), a deeply nourishing treatment that provides the kinds of results you’d expect at a spa. Simply smooth it on for a near instantaneous boost. It’s filled with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking more youthful and healthier.

Don’t Forget Heavy-Duty Moisturizer

While it may seem counter-intuitive to use a heavy-duty facial moisturizer when the weather is finally warmer, it’s actually what many of us need to rescue our skin from a season of complete dullness. The reason is simple: the more moisture your skin needs, the more tired and sallow it looks. Your skin essentially appears thinner and less lively, resulting in that less-than-healthy look you’re sporting. Try PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator ($28.99), which contains soothing almond oil, shea butter, and olive fruit oil. The trio pack a punch and deliver much-needed moisture on contact, giving your skin that healthy glow you’ve been craving.

 
Add Retinol to the Mix

Another reason your skin might be looking a little less than fab lately is because your body is producing less collagen. That’s one of the unfortunately natural downsides of aging, but there are tons of fantastic collagen-boosting products out there that actually work. One we love is PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment ($55.99). It’s enriched with retinol, which helps protect your existing collagen and boost the production of new collagen—in other words, your skin will look a lot healthier if you use it.

Images courtesy Vogue.com

Get the Look: 2018 Oscars Edition

Another year, another Academy Awards in the books! Of course, while the ceremony may be over, the beauty looks remain the most buzzed about element of the show. Who did we love, and who made the biggest impact? Check out some of our favorite looks below, including a rundown of how you can make them your own.

Lupita Nyong’o

Oh, hey, Lupita. Not only did the actress look like a vision in pure gold thanks to he metallic dress, but her makeup won accolades for its fresh, ethereal glow. Makeup artist, Nick Barose, took inspiration from her flowing gown, which had a faint goddess-like vibe. He achieved the look by prepping her skin with a gentle serum and moisturizer before applying foundation with a damp sponge. A highlighter brought her cheekbones out, while a brownish-nude lipstick played up her pout. Her eyes were the true standout, thanks to the unexpected pop of blue that added leverage to the gold powder on her lids.
Make this look your own by nabbing the Tigi Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow Palette ($22.99). It includes shades of bright blue, gold, and taupe to give your eyes that glam-goddess look Lupita owned. Add a touch of Glo Minerals Dust 24k ($23.99) to your cheekbones, temples, and tip of your nose to bring out a natural glow. Finish with a swipe of bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready ($16.99) to warm up your smile.

 

Jennifer Lawrence 

Prep, prep, prep. That’s the secret behind Jennifer Lawrence’s head-turning look at this year’s ceremony. Makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, achieved the look using a potpourri of makeup from Dior after liberally preparing her skin with a luminous moisturizer. The metallic cat eye was devastatingly sexy, while the unexpected rusty orange lip played well with her gleaming bronzed cheekbones. So can you pull this off if you aren’t an Academy Award-winning actress who’s worked with every enviable leading man and woman in recent cinematic history?

In a word: yes. Start with bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 Palette ($36.99), which contains all of the shades you need to achieve the ultimate smoky eye. Use the metallic bronze to tone the look down if it’s a little too bold for your everyday look. No smoldering eye look would be complete without some eyeliner. We’re particularly crazy for Youngblood Incredible Wear Gel Liner ($13.99), which is a dewy formula that is easy even for beginners to apply. As it settles, it dries down to a bold, long-lasting finish. Mimic Lawrence’s warm glow by applying Glo Skin Beauty Blush in Spice Berry ($28.99) to your cheekbones, and finish with Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Hot Cider ($22.99).

Beauty Sleep 101: Products to Help You Snooze Better

New year, new you! If you’ve vowed to get more sleep this year, you aren’t alone—and you probably need all the help that you can get, too. At TheBeautyPlace.com, we believe that improving sleep is one of the best enhancements you can make to your beauty routine. You’ll feel better, your skin will look better, and you’ll be far more motivated to handle everything life throws your way. Here are some tips for getting the beauty sleep of your life—plus a few of our favorite products to help you get there.

First things first: the technology has got to go. While they’re some of our world’s greatest advancements, those tables and smartphones just don’t belong in bed with you. Our suggestion? Pick up an actual book and make a commitment to read a chapter or two each night. It will give you something to anticipate, and it’s much more likely to lull you off into dreamland. Studies show, in fact, that looking at a bright screen for longer than an hour can make you more alert, precisely at a time when you should be ready to wind down for the day.

Soothe your senses by massaging an aromatic moisturizer into your skin. Gently manipulating your skin is an easy way to relax your mind and body, while a soft scent calms your nerves. Try John Masters Organics Blood Orange and Vanilla Body Milk ($16.99)—the light vanilla is warm, while the citrus notes add some radiance to the milky notes.

Your skin does the majority of its work overnight, so if another resolution is to achieve a clearer complexion you may want to invest in a nourishing treatment like Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask ($40.99). It’s infused with smoothing collagen, brightening vitamin C, and illuminating camu berries, all of which work together to reveal more brilliant skin by morning.

Lighting a candle while you sleep isn’t a good idea, but a NEST Fragrances Reed Diffuser ($41.99) will fill your bedroom with a potent fragrance that will easily relax frayed nerves and soothe your senses. The Vanilla Orchid and Almond scent is a particularly good choice for overnight, when warm nutty notes combine with coconut milk, vanilla, and amber to help you get a great night’s sleep.

Sometimes it’s hard to sleep no matter what you do. In many cases, the best solution is to create a blackout so that your eyes don’t have to deal with any niggling light. The London Bath & Beauty Printed Sleep Mask ($3.99) is a cute and economical solution that slips on easily. It’s made from soft satin and feels perfect against the skin.

Countdown to Holiday: 5 Steps to Fabulously Festive Skin

It may be the most wonderful time of the year for your social agenda, but your skin has other ideas. If the season’s low temperatures and brutal winds are wreaking their very special brand of havoc on your skin, you may find yourself wondering if there’s any possible way to restore your complexion in time for all of those events on the calendar. In a word, yes! We’ve rounded up five key products that you need in order to reverse the irritation, protect your skin, and prevent future issues. If you start now, your skin will be ready right on time. Here, our skin-loving picks for the season.

Cleanse Right

If you haven’t yet swapped cleansers for the season, make it a priority to switch from your standard to something more emolliating. Decleor Aroma Cleanse Micellear Oil ($20.99) is a dream for skin that’s disturbed by winter’s chill. Smooth and silky to the touch, it melts on contact and instantly removes even the most stubborn makeup. Watch as it transforms into a milky substance that gently and effectively gets rid of the gunk and leaves skin softer and healthier.

 

Treat Yourself

Just like you savor a steaming mug of cocoa on a chilly evening, your skin begs for a little comfort every now and then, too. GLAMGLOW has the solution with its ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment ($50.99). True to its name, this elegant mask drenches your skin with essential moisture. It’s free of potential irritants, including sulfates and parabens, and is ideal for all types of skin. That’s a huge bonus for those who are typically sensitive. Use it at least twice a week to achieve a brighter visage that’s softer to the touch.

 

Glow Nightly

Your skin does most of its work overnight when you’re resting. That’s good news for the bevy of PM-friendly products that are formulated to rescue upset skin, like Dr. Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum ($50.99). It’s infused with a time-release form of retinol that helps increase cell turnover. The end result: brighter, healthier, more luminous skin. Over time, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is diminished, dryness is reduced, and irritation is calmed.

 

Heal Dryness

Ultra-dry skin requires far more than a basic face cream. Karin Herzog’s Vita-A-Kombi Facial Oil ($38.99) is just the answer that most dehydrated skin types need in the face of brisk winds and low temperatures. If your skin has a tendency to feel irritated on top of being simply dry, this oil does a beautiful job of nourishing and gently coercing your complexion back to a healthier state. Apply it at night for best results; you’ll awaken with a calmer face—and hopefully a brighter smile when you catch sight of that glowing complexion.

 

Get Buttery

If you prefer creams to oils, the bareMinerals Butter Drench Restorative Rich Cream ($35.99) is a superb choice that feels decadent to the touch. With a thick, whipped consistency, this pampering moisturizer is infused with shea butter, amino acids, and peptides to both soften skin and reduce those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. Hints of bergamot and eucalyptus add a scent that is lively, yet not so bold that it’s cloying. The end effect is subtly pleasant and destined to treat your skin with the nourishment it so desperately needs in cold weather.

Images courtesy Vogue.com

 

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The Difference Between Day & Night Skincare Routine

You probably know that what our skin needs during the day differs from what it needs at night. You wake up every morning with the same skin you took to bed with you the night before, so your morning skincare routine should not be the same as your evening skincare routine. During the day, our skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays, pollution, bacteria, and other environmental factors, so it is important for us to protect our skin from these harmful elements. While it may be super convenient to use the exact same facial products both morning and night, it’s time to shake things up and make some changes to your PM and AM regimen.

 

Morning skin care routine:

1.Cleanser: We need to cleanse in the morning to get rid of the oil released by our skin during bedtime. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel  ($45.99) is a concentrated, soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skins natural moisture balance. A face wash for all skin types including sensitive skin, it contains no artificial fragrance or color.

 

2.Moisturize: it is important that you apply a moisturizer to your face and smooth it in gently with circular movements. We recommend using a tinted option that can allow you to not only nourish your skin but also give you a natural look. The Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer ($30.99) is a light and dreamy moisturizer deal to use alone or as a makeup primer.

 

3.Eye Cream: Eye creams are specially formulated to deliver targeted results to the ultra-delicate skin around the eyes. Karin Herzog Eye Cream ($43.99) is specifically designed for application to the eye contour where the skin is thinner and prone to the effects of premature aging. This product is also excellent for the lip area to combat the signs of premature aging.

 

4.Sunscreen: Before going out, don’t forget to protect your skin from UV rays with a good sunscreen. John Masters Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($30.99) is a natural sunscreen that combines titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for all-over skin protection from harmful UVA & UVB rays

 

Evening skincare routine:

At night, our body repairs itself and the skin isn’t susceptible to environmental factors anymore, so you must focus on products that nourish, hydrate, and repair.

1.Remove makeup and clean your skin: After a long day, you must remove your make up with a product like the Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-Up Remover ($17.99) this product is specially developed for sensitive skin and the delicate eye area.  This gentle formula removes dirt, make-up and impurities.

2.Nourishing, Age-Corrective Serum: Nighttime is the perfect time to apply an age-corrective serum, since it will assist in the natural reparation process your skin goes through every evening. The Avene Hydrance Optimal Hydrating Serum ($29.99) is a hypoallergenic moisturizing facial serum. This serum moisturizes your skin while healing and regenerating cells.

3.Deep Moisturizer: Finish up your nighttime routine with a rich moisturizer that is capable of deeply penetrating your skin and preparing it for the following day. For this, the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Night Moisturizer 1oz ($77.99) is a great option! This a cream that is formulated to repair and hydrate dry, damaged skin. The cream also has anti-aging properties that overtime to smooth out imperfections and wrinkles.

 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Treating Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be a beast, but it doesn’t have to be impossible to handle. One of the most proactive steps you can take is simply to add products enriched with beneficial ingredients to your daily regimen. Whether your goal is to calm fiery sensitivity or soothe a bit of irritation, this cast of superstar skincare essentials can make a difference.

                                                                       Cleanse Properly

Sensitivity is often a direct result of excessive dryness. Lack of moisture weakens the skin’s barrier and creates an unhealthy environment that leaves skin more susceptible to discomfort. Solving the problem begins with using a cleanser that gently removes impurities, like PCA Skin Dry Skin Relief Bar ($22.99). It works overtime to moisturize troubled skin and is even suitable to use on skin suffering from psoriasis, eczema, or seborrheic dermatitis. Soothing green tea extract, deeply hydrating glycerin, and softening aloe vera leaf juice work with salicylic acid to reduce redness and bring relief to hyper-irritated skin.

                                                                           Hydrate Regularly

A powerful moisturizer that targets the sources of sensitivity is essential to a well-rounded routine. Dr. Brandt Save Our Skin ($29.89) was formulated specifically to reduce the type of extreme irritation so commonly experienced by those with sensitive skin. It’s safe to use on redness or on areas that have recently been treated by peels, lasers, or injectables. Gentle ingredients like sunflower seed oil and lavender oil soften skin on contact.

                 Eyes Matter

Did you know that your eye area can exhibit signs of sensitivity, too? The skin is naturally thin and delicate, which is why wrinkles tend to form here before anywhere else. Keeping it well hydrated is one way to combat those early signs of aging—and minimize discomfort. Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream ($17.99) boosts your skin’s radiance to lend you a more refreshed appearance while infusing the skin with calming chamomile. Bid farewell to puffiness and discomfort on those early mornings!                                                                                                                                     Treat Discomfort 

Just as critical to your skin’s improved health is a treatment formulated specifically for problematic complexions. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($55.99) is supercharged with vitamin B5, which is known for its ability to heal and protect. As the skinabsorbs this water-soluble ingredient, it becomes strengthened and more resilient to dryness, which helps it hang on to moisture and stay softer for longer. A must for anyone whose skin feels rough or looks ruddy, this lightweight emollient treats and hydrates all at once.

Nighttime Advantage

Your skin cells work overtime at night to repair themselves. That’s why it’s so important to get a good night’s sleep—not only does it recharge your body, but it helps restore your complexion and regenerate cells. Skin also responds well to treatments during the night. Preservative-free Decleor Aromessence Rose D’orient Soothing Night Balm ($28.79) melts on contact to instantly soothe skin. Leaving behind a velvety finish, this gentle cream promotes a more relaxed appearance—and that means you may just wake up to the best skin you’ve had in a long time.

Make your lipstick last longer with these 5 tips

Whether you’re wearing a nude shade or you’re braving a fuchsia color, there’s nothing more frustrating than leaving your house with a perfect pout and needing to adjust and reapply an hour later after two sips of coffee. The secret to setting your lipstick isn’t really a secret. It’s a combination of prep, application, and product choices. Check out these tips for a long-lasting lip.

Prepare your lips. Exfoliate them

The first rule of lipstick is to have smooth lips, and the best way to ensure a perfect canvas is to gently exfoliate lips to remove flaky, dry spots. You can employ the help of an unused toothbrush (seriously, don’t touch the one you use in your mouth) or a lip scrub. One of our favorite exfoliants is the PCA Skin Gentle Exfoliant ($21.99) This product exfoliates while cleansing for a soft and smooth complexion. With a creamy texture, it is formulated with hydrating ingredients.

 

Add some concealer to your lips!

Pat a little foundation or concealer over lips. Don’t entirely erase your mouth, but cancel out your lip’s natural pink so that your lip color’s true hue comes through. This also gives it a little something extra to adhere to. Jane Iredale Enlighten Concealer ($22.99) can be the perfect option!

 

Use the Reverse Lining

You may think to reach straight for the liner that matches your lipstick of choice, but using a technique known as the reverse lining is actually the better way to go. Using a flesh- or clear-hued lip liner, like bareMinerals Gen Nude Lip Liner ($14.99) this helps prolong wear and prevent feathering, or for post-lining to clean up the edges and finish off your nude lip look.

 

Go for a liquid formula

Liquid lipsticks are definitely the trend of the moment, but they’re also here to stay for good reason: Their staying power is unparalleled. And no liquid stays put longer than Glo Minerals Gloss ($12.99) which protect and nourish your lips while conditioning and coloring them.  Let your lips sparkle and shimmer with this spectacular gloss.

 

 

Put some powder on it!

Take a tissue and separate it into two halves. Place one sheet on your lips and dust a translucent powder like Dermablend Setting Powder ($22.99) over the lips, through the tissue. This is a trick you’ll see makeup artists doing backstage at fashion shows. This sets the color and helps set makeup and enhances wearability.

The Power of Scent

Essential oils and herbs add a hint of fragrance to your beauty products, but there’s more to them than that. Did you know that they actually serve a functional purpose, too? At TheBeautyPlace.com, we’re serious purveyors of scent—and the powerful effects they have on our skin and spirits. Here’s, a selection of our favorite products:

 

John Masters Organics Lavender & Palmarosa Body Scrub ($15.99): Summer is skin-baring season, which means you’re probably shaving daily and (hopefully) moisturizing regularly. One way to ensure that your skin stays smooth is to use a body scrub that gently sloughs off dead skin. This scrub contains organic sugar, hydrating palmarosa leaf, and calming lavender.

 

Did you know? Lavender helps relax the body and mind. Studies show that it may help reduce blood pressure and promote better sleep. To reap the benefits of this scrub, enjoy a shower before bedtime (well worth it if you’ve spent the entire day at the beach!) and breathe in its aromatic scent. You’ll notice a remarkable change in how well you sleep.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Chamomile Cleansing Lotion ($25.99): Sensitive skin types demand a gentle cleanser that will effectively remove oil and makeup without stripping the skin. This formula is non-drying and designed to soothe skin and leave it smoother and softer. It contains natural herbal extracts, as well as gentle chamomile to help calm redness and irritation.

 

Did you know? Chamomile is a natural healing agent. The plant’s leaves contain a variety of therapeutic oils and potent, free radical-busting antioxidants. For skin that inflamed or otherwise irritated, it may help reduce the symptoms and promote quicker healing.

 

Jane Iredale Smell The Roses Hydration Spray ($25.99): Few scents capture romance, peace, and elegance as well as hypnotic rose. This spray is more than a traditional perfume—it’s designed to drench your complexion with hydration and reduce redness and irritation that may develop after a long day of sun exposure. Use it to brighten your skin throughout the day, set your makeup, or as a fragrance when you want something light and pleasant.

 

Did you know? Rose is considered one of the most powerful essential oils in the world. It’s known as an antiseptic, and it can help control excess oil production and balance your skin’s pH levels.

 

Rusk Sensories Clarify Rosemary & Quillaja Detoxifying Shampoo ($10.99): Do you ever look in the mirror and wish there was a personal stylist behind you working her magic? Consider this shampoo a substitute. It’s enriched with quillaja (a natural soap) and rosemary, which may help stimulate your hair’s growth. At the very least, it will give your hair a little boost at the root and help revive it.

 

Did you know? Rosemary is thought to nourish and treat damaged scalps, which is why it’s often found in various hair care formulas. In addition to stimulating growth, it might even delay hair loss, treat dandruff, or reduce graying. If your scalp is typically dry or flaky, rosemary makes an excellent addition to your routine.

 

Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Oil Serum ($37.79): Nourishing facial oils can have an incredible effect on the skin, particularly this one that is designed to reduce oil buildup and balance your complexion. As an addition to your regular routine, add two drops twice a day to your skin and gently massage it into the skin to reap its rewards.

 

Did you know? Ylang ylang boosts circulation and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It may help reduce inflammation, treat skin infections, and even normalize skin that suffers from eczema or seborrhea. Both conditions are the result of irregular oil production, which in turn creates the conditions’ telltale itchy, peeling patches.

4 Sunscreen Myths You Need to Stop Believing

It’s no secret that sunscreen is essential. What does seem to cause some confusion, though, are the many myths and half-truths surrounding this essential beauty product. Which are facts, and which would best be described as complete fiction? Here are four common sunscreen myths you need to stop believing.

 

Myth: You Don’t Need Full Body Coverage

Truth: Many people feel they’re sufficiently protected so long as they slather sunscreen on the face. But sun damage can affect any area of the body, from foreheads to toes, and eventually lead to skin cancer. That’s why it’s so critical to apply sun protection everywhere. Think of the wrinkly hands and aging necks that are often dead giveaways of a person’s true age—they’re also highly indicative of poor sun care habits.

Try: Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Lotion SPF 50+ (Face and Body), $24.99

 

Myth: You Need Sun Exposure for Optimal Vitamin D Levels

Truth: Vitamin D is the “feel good” nutrient all healthy humans need. While the sun helps skin produce vitamin D, it’s not the only source—and certainly not a reason to skimp on sunscreen in an effort to soak up as much D as possible. In fact, that’s counterproductive because your skin only produces so much of the vitamin within a certain time frame before it stops. (Imagine if your skin generated vitamin D during every waking moment spent in the sunlight—it would quickly reach overdosed levels!) Keep wearing that sunscreen, and rely on a combination of supplements, a healthy diet, and brief sunlight exposure to enjoy optimal levels.

Try: Dr. Brandt XYY Power Dose D Sunshine Vitamin for Skin, $30.99

Myth: You Only Need Sunscreen During Peak Hours

Truth: Peak sunlight time is typically defined as 10 am to 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are especially powerful. Naturally, it’s vital to wear sunscreen during these hours, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the day is precluded from harming your skin. Harmful UVA rays are present throughout the day, and can lead to skin damage and some forms of skin cancer. Even cloudy days aren’t enough to protect skin. In fact, those are the days that often produce some of the worst sunburns because people neglect to wear sunscreen altogether. Clouds block only a small percentage of UV rays, meaning that you can still suffer even if you don’t necessarily see or feel the sun.

Try: La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen, $24.99

 

Myth: You Can Wear Any Sunscreen to Prevent UVA and UVB Damage

Truth: Sunscreens that are labeled “broad-spectrum” are the only ones that prevent damage from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for producing visible signs of aging, including spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, while UVB rays cause sunburns. Both of them can ultimately lead to skin cancer, so it’s best to wear a product that effectively combats them equally.

Try: Elta MD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45, $38.89

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