Calendula Cream Saves The Day

I first discovered calendula when my son had diaper rash that just wouldn’t. Go. Away. I tried all the bum creams, ointments and pastes I could get my hands on but nothing really worked till some guru-mom suggested California Baby Calendula Cream, $13. Within one day, his diaper rash was cleared. If it ever comes back, just a touch of calendula will take care of it. If it can do that to Ian’s sensitive baby tush, imagine what it can do to your dry skin. With properties that reduce inflammation and soothe irritation, it can calm almost any skin flare up — especially when it’s exposed to harsh winter weather. If this sounds good to you too, here are a few other incredible calendula products to check out:

Weleda Calendula Baby Cream, $12

Jurlique Calendula Cream, $35

Melvita Calendula Oil, $21

Erbe Calendula and Orange Blossom Body Lotion, $69


Cake-Free Greasy Skin Solutions

Reader Question: “Lately, my skin has been ultra oily — especially after I apply my serum, SPF and tinted moisturizer. What can I do to stop looking like a grease-ball by late afternoon?” — Chevonne

Answer: Nothing gets me down more than too much shine. And sure, any talc can reduce oil, but not all powders are created equal. That’s why I recommend using translucent setting powder. It’s the best at giving your skin a matte finish without looking chalky or cakey. Er, so what’s the difference, you ask? The secret is in the white (i.e. pigment-free) formula that goes on completely sheer, regardless of your skin tone. Basically, it prevents that gradual build-up that often occurs when you apply layer after layer of a skin tone-colored powder all day long. I use my colorless power to keep shine away, but it also sets my makeup like nobody’s business — big bonus. Not into powder at all? Try a souped-up solid and colorless mattifying gel or a more classic liquid to keep skin shine-free (for a few hours at least).

Products to try:

My favorite non-powdery powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder, $36 — this disappears instantly and leaves my skin totally shine-free.

An on-the-go fix: Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder, $32. It’s as silky smooth as your best cashmere, yet slim enough to tote in a tiny clutch.

Powder alternatives: Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender, $40 or  Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel, $35, these leave skin with a gorgeous matte finish and they reduce the look of pores, too.

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— Carrie Stern Kleiner