• By Richard Thomas, MD

    Woman-Choc

    Have you been told that you shouldn't eat chocolate because it causes acne? Or how about French fries? Pizza?

    Wrong! That's just a myth, and while some foods can make acne worse for some people, researchers have found that it does not cause it!

    There is recent work from Australia that suggests that high carbohydrate foods may in some people flare their acne. The theory is that chronic consumption of high carbs stimulates the excessive production of insulin so that eventually more and more insulin is needed to assist glucose into cells.

    This is called insulin resistance. The higher insulin may drive the ovaries to produce more testosterone, which in turn encourages acne. This may be what is happening partly in a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.

    There are a number of myths about the causes of acne and how to treat it. Here are just a few:

    1. Acne is caused by sexual activity.
    When you reach puberty, your body experiences

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  • Is anyone else beyond ready to put her winter coat in storage? I know I am. All winter I've been bundled up in black and grey from head to toe, but enough is enough. I'm ready to shed some layers, show some skin, and wear some actual freakin' color.



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    For some inspiration on which colors to bust out, I hopped onto our Tumblr. There I found three color combinations I can't wait to try -- they're all perfect for spring and just the thing to get me out of my winter rut. Check them out below:



    No. 1: Pinks and gold

    Bright or pale pink looks gorgeous with gold accents like these bracelets. They both have warm undertones, so they complement each other without competing.


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    No. 2: Yellow and purple

    They're complementary colors on the color wheel (whoa, flashback to middle school art class anyone?) so you know they're good together. I love the idea of yellow

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Consider declaring a stress-free zone from your usual beauty routine. If you usually do all-out makeup, consider gloss and mascara only. And don't hesitate to ditch those stilettos for comfy ballet flats.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Daily Grind Reading


    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    With a little thought, there's a solution to any beauty quandary. If your routine is disrupted, think outside the box. Snag your hose? Take 'me off! Your legs still glow with a bronzy hint of your last spray tan.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Karma Reading


    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Don't hesitate to shower plenty of attention on yourself. Your energy's high, so start with an extra-long yoga session before pampering yourself with a deep-cleaning pore treatment and a DIY pedicure.

    Today's
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  • Shannon R., SELF magazine

    Does night cream just seem like a way for companies to sell you another product that you don't really need? While in some cases that may be true, you may be surprised to learn that there can be a good reason to use a different face cream at night.

    Why should I use a night cream?There are two basic types of night creams. Of course, they can be called numerous things, but for my purposes I'm going to divide night creams into two broad categories so we can see the main benefits.

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    1. Anti-Aging
    - can also be called firming, anti-wrinkle and lifting. These products often contain ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, salicyclic acid and retinyl acetate. All of these ingredients help your skin to increase turnover (meaning new skin replaces older skin quicker), which can help diminish the appearance of age spots and fine lines and wrinkles. However, these ingredients can be irritating and increase skin sensitivity. Skin

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  • Jeanine Downie

    Dr. Jeanine Downie's mother is a pediatrician and wanted her to be a pediatrician, too. But she became a dermatologist. Why? "Because I had acne and eczema. I also had two brothers who were former models and people would say to me, 'Are you really related to them?' I had to do something." Now, she says, her skin is clear and youthful-looking and her mother is happy she is a dermatologist. "I do Botox on her every three months."

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    But acne is not just a teenage disease, Dr. Downie explains. "About half of my patients who are over 50 have acne." What causes acne? "Hormonal fluctuations and stress . And women in their early fifties have hormonal fluctuations and often the stress of being a member of the sandwich generation."

    How does she treat women who have zits, dry skin and wrinkles? Dr. Downie suggests a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil or VIVITÉ® Hydrating Facial Cleanser. She

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  • By Tatyana Hamilton, MD, PhD and Gillian C. de Gannes, MD, FRCPC
    (edited from the skintherapyletter.com article: Silk Fabrics in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis)

    ACD


    While browsing the beauty aisle you will most likely notice an impressive and overwhelming array of cosmetic products, each with an even greater number of individual ingredients. Unfortunately as the number of new products continues to rise, so does the rate of adverse skin reactions.


    It is estimated that the average woman uses 12 personal care products daily, which comprise 168 unique ingredients. The average man uses six personal care products each day with 85 unique ingredients. 1


    Learn more about Allergic Contact Dermatitis
    Skin Inflammation = Pain, 11 Natural Herbs = Relief


    Skin care products have been found to account for the majority of cases of allergic contact dermatitis to cosmetics, followed by hair care and nail cosmetics. 2-5 The most common responsible cosmetic allergens are

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  • Sometimes I feel like female beauty routines make it impossible to be spontaneous. I was not raised to feel like makeup was important. But media does make me feel like women are "supposed" to wear makeup and men are able to just look natural. My current occupation also makes me feel like I am supposed to wear makeup in order to make my clients feel like I take care of myself so they will want to come back to our salon. I do like to wear makeup on my eyes, I feel like it is an art form for my face. But when it comes to being able to just get up and go I feel like if I am "expected" to be wearing makeup then I can't just go somewhere fresh faced. That I have to put on the primer, eye shadow, eye liner and mascara just to leave the house. Taking off all this is not easy either. I have to use a special makeup remover first then I have to wash my whole face to take of the rest and then I have to use more makeup remover because more eyeliner and mascara bleeds out of my lashes. In the

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  • The Beholder

    "I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny." -Chanel

    I totally adore this quote and its sentiment--on the surface--but when I delved a little deeper, it just didn't sit right with me and it nags at my conscience, so I had to share.

    Why is it that woman has to "fix herself up a little" before she leaves the house? She has to put on her Chanel cosmetics, just so she can be presentable to the world. Heaven forbid a woman go out into the world, bare-faced and as-is. That just wouldn't be polite. It's almost absurd, and the feminist in me just cries out a the injustice of it all! Not to mention that this is a quote from a manufacturer of the cosmetics that us women are "impolite" to be without. What does it say about the society in which we live? Is this really our mentality?

    I think that

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  • Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Amber Kallor

    Follow these 5 expert tips to make the most of your makeup bag.

    1. Choose the compact car over the SUV of makeup bags: Finding things quickly in cosmetic pouches with lots of bells and whistles-like a vibrant pattern, silk lining or enough room for a family of four and your entire makeup wardrobe-can be a challenge. Makeup artist Kristofer Buckle, who has carried his kit all over the world from Moscow to Los Angeles, suggests looking for something that's smaller than you think you need (to ensure everything inside stays snug and won't break from bouncing around), that's transparent (to locate the concealer that got lost in the shuffle) and that can be cleaned with soap and water (because spills happen). Try this cost-effective and TSA-approved Modella cosmetic case, $6 (Walmart.com for stores).


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    2. Don't just dump:
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  • By Amanda Greene Kelly

    A trip to the salon is great-until you factor in the hefty price tag and hassle of booking a convenient appointment. At-home pampering is all the more appealing now that there are plenty of do-it-yourself versions of salon-style services that really work. From DIY Keratin treatments to easy gel manicure kits, read on to learn how to get salon-quality looks without ever leaving the house.


    Highlights

    While achieving good-looking single-process color from a box is relatively simple, at-home highlights have always been trickier to get right. L'oreal Touch-On Highlights makes painting on dimensional highlights easy, not intimidating. The kit comes with an applicator that fits right on your fingertip, so you can dye specific strands with control. (For subtle results, they recommend adding between eight and 10 thin highlights spaced evenly around your head.) The moisturizing after-color conditioner will help ensure glossy locks. L'oreal Touch-On

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