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Weird Product Alert: Salmon Egg Cream for your Face

Word on the street is that eggs are as good for your skin as they are your body. Not just any eggs, but fish eggs, to be exact. We did a little homework and came across a ground-breaking (and totally weird) cream from the South Korean brand Besolbo that beauty fanatics across the globe are buzzing over. Can we interest you in a little salmon egg 101? Allow us to introduce you to the Besolbo Royal Salmon Egg Return Cream.

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The scoop: With salmon egg as a key component, the Besolbo cream is rich in nutrients. It essentially regulates the skin’s moisture and nutrition production to enhance the skin’s color, texture, and overall condition. It’s ideal for hypersensitive and sagging skin. The cream ultimately helps to eliminate the skin’s imperfections.

How to use it: After washing and toning, take two to three pieces of the cream and mix into your palm until it feels like gelatin. Apply evenly over your face and leave it overnight. Rinse it with water in the morning.

Price: $26 on Amazon.com

 

What are your thoughts on this wild product? Is it something you’d be interested in trying? Tell us in the comments below!

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No Filter Needed: Perfect Selfie Products

When it comes to selfies, we’ve all got our favorite filters. Whether you’re a Mayfair maven, a Valencia Vixen, or you craft your own unique cocktail of editing features to get the perfect picture, we all find ourselves relying on filters to get our selfies just right. But, we’ve partnered with Physicians Formula to start a filter-free movement with their line of Super BB #InstaReady™ products. Physicians Formula is the first brand to create products tailored to produce a perfect selfie every time.

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The Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady™ line uses InstaFilter Technology a formula created by the brand’s team of scientists to diffuse light, blur imperfections, and give skin a smooth look while protecting against sun damage with broad spectrum SPF 30. Basically, you’re getting a filtered, airbrushed look without the filter or heavy makeup.

Check out the products from the line below and discover how they can get you #InstaReady in seconds:

1.  Super BB #InstaReady™ Beauty Balm BB Cream

This do-it-all BB cream is formulated to even out skin tone while fighting signs of aging. Influensters love it for its lightweight feel and blemish-covering power. This is the first step in getting #InstaReady™.

2. Super BB #InstaReady™ Filter Trio BB Powder SPF 30

Disguise your pores and imperfections and give your skin a lit-from-within glow with Super BB #InstaReady™ Filter BB Powder SPF 30. This lightweight powder makes perfect selfie skin easy to achieve.

3. Super BB #InstaReady™ Filter BB Bronzer SPF 30

Don’t snap those vacation selfies without bronzing first! Stash that Valencia filter and get a real tanned glow with this multi-dimensional bronzer that creates a natural sun-kissed look.

4. Super BB #InstaReady™ Contour Trio BB Stick SPF 30

Kim K. will have nothing on you with this trio of contouring shades in your corner. One swipe of this velvety formula creates a foolproof contoured look with minimal effort. Perfect for selfies on the go!

Have you tried the The Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady™? Tell us why you love the line and how you rock your #nofilterneeded selfie in the comments below!

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The Best Workout Hairstyles, According to Hair Type

Ever wonder why your friend’s perfectly coiffed ponytail stays in place through a long, hard workout and your droops within seconds? Well, just as with everything in life, what works for one person, might not for another. How you style your strands for a workout (and how they look after) depends largely on your hair type. Not sure what your ideal style is? We chatted with Cynthia Alvarez, Celebrity Hairstylist for Dove Hair, to learn her pro tips for preserving every type of hairstyle through a workout.

Workout hairstyle

For maintaining bouncier, smooth blowout: Alvarez says rolling your hair into a sock bun or hair donut would help keep the smooth shape of this style. “Add a tiny bit of dry oil like Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil to the ends before tucking them in,” she says. And avoid pins! “The problem with using pins is that they will leave indents on the hair—not to mention pins are not the most comfortable if you’re working out!” she says.

For reviving curls: Flip your head upside down and lightly finger comb through your hair to breakup any knots, she says. Gather all of your hair into a pony at the highest point of your head and secure looselywith a hair tie. “Be careful not to tighten the hair tie or it will create an unwanted crease,” she adds.
Pro tip: roll the hair into the direction of your curls and secure with a hair pin to maintain your curly Q’s post gym session.

For preserving beach waves: For maintaining your look just-off-the-beach look, begin by spraying a dry shampoo, such as Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo, on your roots at the crown of your head. This removes oil and adds volume. At your part, create a French braid going down to the nape of your neck and secure it loosely with a hair tie. Twist the braid and wrap it around the base, securing with open pins, adds Alvarez. Lightly spray the finished look with your fave hairspray and you’re good to go.

How do you style your hair during workouts? Let me know in the comments below!

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What’s Really Causing Your Dandruff?

We all know what to do when you get flaky skin on your face or body—reach for the lotion! But what about when the flakes find themselves in harder-to-reach spots namely, your scalp? This can be harder to manage and frankly, a bit more embarrassing. And sometimes the cause of your flakes aren’t quite as obvious as dry skin.

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If you feel like you’ve been suffering from mystery dandruff lately, listen up. According to Dr. Ilyse Lefkowicz, Head & Shoulders Global Dermatologist, dandruff sufferers tend to assume that it’s more common in winter months, when in actuality those who have flakes tend to have them all year around. “That being said, there are some environmental factors including changes in season and pollution that can lead to dandruff,” she notes.

But if a change in season doesn’t seem to be the cause of your flakes, there are a number of totally bizarre causes of that we bet you never considered. Get the scoop on some weird causes of your flakes straight from Dr. Lefkowicz—and how to fix ’em!

1) Wet hair

According to Dr. Lefkowicz, sleeping with wet hair or wearing a hat over wet hair can lead to a flaky scalp. As it turns out, the warm, moist environment created from a “wet scalp” is actually a feeding environment for the fungus that causes dandruff. Yikes! And when you are washing your hair, Dr. Lefkowicz suggests staying away from uber hot water, as this can cause irritation and thus, you guessed it, a flaky scalp!

2) Your workout

“Additionally, for people who frequently work out or play sports, it’s best to rinse off after to avoid walking around with a sweaty scalp, which can cause dandruff,” she adds. Not only can the sweat create a moist environment for potential dandruff fungus, but it can also lead to salt and dirt buildup, which also leave behind residue that resembles flakes. Turns out there are some things dry shampoo simply can’t solve!

3) Stress

We all know stress can cause breakouts, but did you know it can also be a trigger for dandruff? “When you’re feeling stressed, your immune system is altered, which can lead to flake flare-ups,” explains Dr. Lefkowicz. You might want This also includes stress related to illness – if you’ve been recently sick or suffered an injury, that can cause stress in the body as well.

4) Your blow dryer

OK, now this one totally shocked us. According to Dr. Lefkowicz, the head from your hot tools, namely your hair dryer, on very hot settings can be a source of flakes. Why you might ask? Well, apparently the extreme heat can actually dehydrate the scalp and contribute to inflammation and irritation, which just like dry skin on your body can lead to unsightly crackling, flaky skin!

Thankfully, you can combat dandruff fairly easily. With scalp treatments and plenty of shampoo options available (Dr. Lefkowicz recommends Head & Shoulders Shampoo with 3 Action Formula, which helps remove the oil buildup on the scalp that contributes to dandruff), treatment is as simple as lather rinse, repeat.

How do you treat your dandruff? Let us know your favorite flake-fighter!

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4 Suprising Uses For Oats

You’re probably familiar with some uses for oats, such as oatmeal granola and cookies. But did you know that oats have plenty of uses besides feeding your appetite?

The versatile grain is handy for a number of non-dietary purposes, from creating soothing beauty products to making natural clay for your kids.

Oats as a beauty regimen:

When it comes to beauty and skincare products, oats and oatmeal have been a long time favorite ingredient. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, oats are an effective home remedy for relieving itchy skin. Oats are also a popular option for natural face masks or scrubs, wether bought in a store or created at home. Mix oats wit a tiny bit of salt and water for a DIY scrub.

More ways to use oats:

Some other surprising ways to tap into the power of the versatile grain:

  • Put an open bowl of oats in your fridge to help eliminate stinky smells.
  • Mix rolled oats with flour and add a bit of water and food coloring to create molding clay for your kids to play with.
  • Add oats to ground beef to get more bang for your buck when making meatloaf or meatballs.

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Never Get Lipstick on Your Teeth Again!

There are few things more embarrassing than realizing you’ve had lipstick on your front teeth during a very long conversation with someone. (Dear other person: Be cool and tell me!) Fortunately, there are ways to prevent it from ever happening again.

Step 1: Concealer

First, apply your shade of concealer to your lips. This will cement your lip product of choice to your pout and keep the color from bleeding. Bonus: it makes the color stay super vibrant!

Step 2: Lip liner

Apply lip liner to the shape of your lips. Then, fill them in with the liner. This acts as an anchor for color, preventing the lipstick you’re about to apply from budging.

Step 3: Lipstick

Cover your pout in lipstick that matches your lip liner. You can do this straight from the tube or with a lipstick brush.

Then, the most important step of all, form an “O” with your lips, put your index finger through the “O,” and slowly pull it out. This will take care of the “danger zone,” and prevent any product getting onto your teeth.

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Mythbusters: Why Your Lips Are Actually Chapped

Just because it’s frigid outside doesn’t mean we have to let our pout game suffer. How can we fight chapped lips in the midst of the crisp fall weather scene?  We turned to the experts for advice.

Why lip balm might not be working for you at the moment: Dr. Shevanti Jegasothy, Cosmetic Dermatologist at Miami Skin Institute, says that if you become toodependent on waxed-based lip products, your lips may start to lose all their dead cell layers. This ultimately makes your lips more prone to irritation and chapping. So, like everything else, moderation is key!

Lip balms recommended by the pros: For dry winter months, Dr. Jegasothy advocates waxy lip barriers such as ChapStick Classic, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, and waxy colored lip pencils–her favorite is MAC Chestnut! “These waxed-based products provide an extra barrier to the skin of the lips, which does not have as much stratum corneum (dead cell layers) as the rest of the skin, which provides our customary (highly-effective) skin barrier against water loss and holds our body’s moisture in,” says Dr. Jegasothy.

products to avoid chapped lips

Similar to Dr. Jegasothy, Dr. Hadley King, dermatologist at NYC’s SKINNEY Medspaalso recommends Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, plus Aquaphor Healing Ointment.

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The best way to treat dry lips: Since environmental pollutants, excess sun, and wind can cause a mild chronic eczema on the lips, Dr, Jegasothy recommends soaking your lips with warm water and gently brushing with a clean, soft-bristle toothbrush in a circular motion for two minutes on each lip twice a week. Then, apply Polysporin to any of the fissured areas, followed by Cortizone 10. Think of it as little lip facial you can enjoy five minutes before applying lipstick!

What products do you turn to for chapped lip relief? Tell us in the comments below!

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