If you're in the market for a new magic bullet, or have have trouble with skin inflammation and irritation, there are plenty of products that offer quercetin as their signature ingredient. If you want to go Greek, Korres makes a Quercetin & Oak Day Cream ($48). If you have easily irritated lips, Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation ($15) also uses quercetin. The cheapest and most direct route for trying it, though, is to buy quercetin nutritional supplements, like Natrol Quercetin ($7), and make an anti-inflammatory face mask out of them similar to the DIY aspirin face mask.
- If a heavy-sounding oil or wax is included in a formulation, that does not make the product noncomedogenic. Olive oil, for instance, is considered to be noncomedogenic, but coconut oil is not. In turn, a product labeled oil-free or wax-free might sound great, but the rest of the formulation could still contain pore-clogging ingredients.
- A noncomedogenic claim does not necessarily mean you will be free of rashes or irritation.
- A noncomedogenic product won't necessarily stop acne, which can be caused by more than just clogged pores.
- On the flip side, just because it's comedogenic doesn't mean your pores will automatically clog. Many people, albeit few with oily- or acne-prone skin, are able to use comedogenic products with little problems.
- When in doubt, check the comedogenicity scale of the ingredient to be sure.
Extracts from its citrus-scented leaves can be used to treat everything from acne to insect bites to psoriasis. Also known for its skin-protecting antioxidant properties, feverfew also makes a decent insect repellant. Some products that include this natural ingredient include: Aveeno's Active Naturals Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser ($7), Neutrogena's Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse Day Lotion ($20), and First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser ($18).
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This traditional Tahitian coconut oil is the signature ingredient in several products, and its divine scent alone merits it a definition. Monoi gets its gorgeous fragrance from Tahitian gardenias, which are submerged in the pure oil and left to soak. It's also known for its skin-friendliness, because it doesn't contain any emulsifiers. This means that it gets a big "green" thumbs up, and also that it solidifies at temperatures under about 70 degrees Farenheit, which means no worrying about it spilling in your bag on an airplane. NARS makes a luxurious Monoi Oil Body Glow II ($59) that still has the gardenia in the bottle, and C. Booth also makes a Monoi Dry Oil Spray ($7) in a convenient spritzer that's a bit more easy on the wallet. If body oils aren't your style, I'm a devoted fan of Korres Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder ($28), which hydrates a little and gives great coverage (try using it as a blush).
Drydown is unique to every individual and every perfume, since the fixatives and oils in the perfume interact with each person's body chemistry differently. This means that although the drydown on a perfume may have some general qualities (musky, sweet, smoky, etc.) the heart of the scent unfolds in a singular way on you.
This is why a perfume that smells great on one person smells off or bad on another. It's also one of the lovliest things about fragrance; no matter how many people wear your favorite scent, it only smells the way you love it on you.
Frequently called age spots, less common names for liver spots are solar lentigines and (so not politically correct) senile freckles. While liver spots were once mistakenly thought to be related to liver functions, in actuality, they occur most often in areas where the sun hits: the back of the hands, forehead, shoulders, and face. While most age spots occur in those over 40, it's not uncommon to find liver spots on younger folks.
True liver spots are not dangerous, but it's always best to get anything suspicious-looking checked out. To prevent liver spots, stay out of the sun or use a sunscreen, and to help fade their appearance, look for products containing alpha hydroxy acids or retinoids, which help promote cellular turnover.
If we view the story of a perfume the same way we would the development of a piece of classical music, an accord is what happens when all the individual parts are played together. It creates a seamlessly lovely sound that could never be achieved with just one instrument and doesn't really sound like any one of them. More technically, the accord is the combination of three or more notes to create the "body" of a scent. (The notes may be vanilla absolute, roasted cacao, and musk, but you say it smells like a malted milk ball).
An accord can be totally different from its individual notes, and a great perfumer can combine scents in ways that will floor you. CB I Hate Perfume makes a line of fragrances categorized by their accords instead of their notes, each of which comes with a literal story to describe the overall scent. Even though Fall has come and gone, I'm fascinated by the brand's M3 November ($75), which purportedly smells like the perfumer's rainy November reflections about a book read on a similar late autumnal day many years before.
Due to its silky texture, tamanu oil soothes and softens, all while providing antioxidant, restorative, and antibacterial properties, and that's exactly why this ingredient is included in blemish, acne, and wound-healing products. Bonus? With a rich nutty aroma, it smells great, too. For products with tamanu oil, try REN's Tamanu High Glide Shaving Oil ($28), Lanza's Tamanu Cream Shampoo ($20), and Lauren Hutton Tamanu Oil ($30).
Due to the gentle motion of stippling, it's also a great technique to use when you want to apply one product over another, so as not to disturb whatever product you've applied underneath. For example, stipple concealer over a foundation, or a lip gloss over a lipstick. To get a-stipplin', try Trish McEvoy The Ball Sponge Makeup Applicator ($16); Sephora Professionnel Platinum Stippling Brush ($35); or simply your own fingers.
For products containing this fragrant ingredient, which has a fruity-chocolate scent, try: Lush The Big Tease Styling Gel ($16); L'Occitane Cupuaçu After-Sun Balm Lotion; Black and White Cupuaçu Butter Soap ($3.50); Alba Botanica Rainforest Cupuaçu Deep Hydration Shampoo ($10); or simply purchase the cupuaçu butter in bulk ($6-79).