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The Beauty Problem Solver of This Week is …

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque 3The Product: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, $35

Why: Although I’ve been lucky enough to escape the polar vortex by living in SoCal, I did get a nice taste of it while visiting New York City last month. And, that’s where I was first introduced to this masque. Perfect timing, indeed. Not only was my skin dehydrated from a long flight, but it was immediately blasted by frigid air. A recipe for serious dryness.

After a day of trekking around the city in the cold, I slathered a very generous amount of the gel-textured mask on my skin after cleansing. (I love overdoing it when it comes to masks, it just seems more luxurious to apply a nice thick layer.) This hydrating mask contains fountain plant, which is used in Chinese medicine to clear heat and irritability in the body (if only this mask could do that, too!), but in this formula, it increases your skin’s ability to attract moisture from the environment and hold on to it.

After applying the mask, I let it set for 10 minutes, as the directions suggest, and then I wiped away most of it (but not all!) before bed. The remaining product is meant to be left on your skin while you sleep. Though I did stick to my pillowcase a bit — I should have removed a bit more before hitting the hay — my skin felt like butter the next morning. It was the tall glass of water my thirsty skin needed. Now that I’m back in Calif. I use it when my skin feels a little extra dry from all of the acne-fighting topicals I’ve been applying lately. Works wonders for that tight, dry feeling.

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Do-Gooder Beauty Gifts I’m Giving This Year

If you’re looking to earn some gift-giving extra credit this year, pick up these six beauties. They’ll make your mother, sister, friend, etc. look and feel gorgeous while going way beyond that. Together these products’ proceeds support women affected by breast cancer, childhood hunger, artists from marginalized communities and much, much more.

kiehls-creme-de-corps-grapefruitKiehl’s Creme de Corps “Grapefruit” Whipped Body Butter – Limited Edition, $ 38

The original version of this whipped body butter is one of my all-time faves. This subtly citrus-y remake is delicious and makes skin feel fabulous. And, 100 percent of the net proceeds go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which works to help end childhood hunger in America.

_8383297Jane Iredale Bright Future Eyeshadow Set – Limited Edition, $30

What makes a better gift than five stunning eyeshadows housed in a rose-colored Swarovski crystal-embellished package? Add to that the fact that 100 percent of the profits are donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization supporting women affected by breast cancer. Beautiful.

s1553254-main-LheroSephora Values Inside Out You + Sephora Cosmetic Collection, $20

Glitter eyeliner, check. Metallic nail polish, check. Add a few more dazzling items and the fact that sales benefit the American Heart Association, and you’ve got the perfect stocking stuffer.

RS_LAYOUT_001_NEW_V4_4WEB_3products_WHNomad Two Worlds Raw Spirit Collection of Fragrances, $35 each

The three newest additions to the Nomad Two Worlds Raw Spirit fragrance collection are sure to please even the pickiest of family members and friends. The travel-friendly rollerball design makes them convenient, but the scents inside are anything but ho-hum. Bijou Vert combines Haitian sourced vetiver along with grapefruit, mandarin, geranium, lotus flower, black pepper, benzoin, patchouli and cedarwood; Citadelle also utilizes Haitian sourced vetiver in addition to marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, spices, amberwood, musk and cedarwood. Both scents will be used to support sustainable Haitian agricultural projects. And, Wild Fire sources premium wild harvested sandalwood from Australia along with creamy amber, ylang ylang, jasmine petals, cedarwood and musk. Part of the proceeds from Wild Fire sales are used to support sustainable Australian Indigenous agricultural projects in collaboration with Essential Oils of Tasmania. 

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MAC Kids Helping Kids: Greeting and Gift Cards, $10

For the gal who loves to send actual handwritten notes. The colorful designs on these cards were created by children affected by HIV/AIDS. And, every cent (seriously, every cent) of the selling price goes toward helping women, men and children who are also affected by HIV/AIDS.
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Summer Makeup Essentials: Two New Must-Try Products

Now that we’ve unofficially kicked off summer, I’m ready to dive head first into a sunnier makeup look. Think sheer skin, glowing cheeks and a warmer skin tone (created with the help of makeup, of course). To get this look, I’ve recently stashed these two makeup products in my bag. I’m already addicted and it’s not even June.

Kiehl's BB Cream

Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, $37

From the day I started using this BB cream, I was hooked. It offers up the perfect amount of coverage — more than a tinted moisturizer and less than a foundation, SPF 50 (yes, 5-0) and it contains vitamin C to help fade dark spots. If that’s not a triple whammy, I’m not sure what is. Having one product that can do it all is exactly what my busy schedule calls for.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Bronzer

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder, $36

If you want sun-kissed-looking skin that glows, but doesn’t shimmer or sparkle, this is the bronzer for you. What I love even more than the texture and finish is that it comes in four bronze shades, and Bronze 01 is perfect for my very fair skin. It doesn’t make my skin look muddy and it blends in seamlessly. I look instantly more rested and happy with a little bronzer. It’s a small miracle, really.

What products are you banking on to get you through summer?

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Q: Do At-Home Peels And Microdermabrasion Work?

Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go resurfacing PadsQuestion: I’d like to try microdermabrasion or a peel, but I’m afraid to do it at home. Do those kits work or should I go to a med spa?

Answer: For most women, a mild exfoliation from a peel or microdermabrasion kit one or two times a week (at home!) will do the trick to make your skin healthy and glow. And it can save mucho time and money. These at-home treatments don’t go deep enough to tackle major wrinkles and acne scars — those are better left to the pros — but they are strong enough to visibly freshen your skin.

 Here are the basics: At-home Microdermabrasion kits use physical exfoliation to help slough away the top layer of skin, letting fresh baby skin show through and encouraging your body to create collagen. It gives skin a healthy glow and will help increase cell turnover. A chemical peel does the same thing, but with acids — usually Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Trichloroacetic Acids (TCAs) — to remove built-up dead skin cells and excess sebum. Salicylic acid, another oft-used ingredient in peels is good for those with a history of acne, brown spots or sun damage.

Here are the exceptions: A word of caution, “Over exfoliating can result in acne or very dry skin,” warns New York dermatologist, Ariel Ostad, MD, so make sure you don’t overdo it. Skin needs time to recover between treatments so don’t use a peel or microdermabrasion more than two times a week. Always see a dermatologist if you need a more intense exfoliation that goes deeper into the dermis to treat serious skin conditions like severe acne, scaring, or dark patches, explains Ostad. He also recommends checking with your doctor or practitioner before you use any home kit to avoid any side effects or reactions.

Here are your options: Most peels and microdermabrasion kits target specific skin problems, so read the labels and ingredients to get a product most tailored to what you want. Here are some to try:

Kate Somerville Clinic-To-Go resurfacing Pads, $48 (pictured above)

first-aid-beauty-facial-radiance-padsFirst Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, $28

Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel SystemOlay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System, $24

Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-DermabrasionKiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion, $41

Do you do at-home treatments or prefer the spa?

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