Chemical peels sound terrifying, don't they? But the benefits your skin reaps after shedding that dead, dull skin can be worth a little chemical reaction. While most treatments can cost you upwards of $200 — for one peel alone — there are a few options you can use in the comfort of your own home. Our three favorites include one for antiaging, one that gives a red carpet glow, and one suited best for acne. But best of all, all offer little downtime and are safe to use without a professional. On Kirbie: BCBG top.
Not popping a pimple is one of those cardinal beauty rules that is often broken, but there are things you can do to lessen the damage if you do choose to squeeze. Your best bet is to leave your extractions to the pros. But if you can't resist the urge, take some advice from celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau. "If you are going to squeeze a zit or blemish, make sure you aren't making it worse and creating further damage to the skin," she says. "The issue isn't just the blemish itself, but the red, dark, or purple mark left over from picking can linger for months. So the goal is to get the infection out of the skin in the least invasive way." Learn how to do that when you follow these steps.
Who wouldn't want smooth, glowing skin under the eyes? While some common issues (like puffiness and dark circles) can be heredity, there are plenty of eye creams out there that help stimulate circulation and include collagen to alleviate these concerns. Here are three of our favorite luxury eye creams that are worth the splurge. Why not treat yourself to the best when it comes to attaining radiant skin? On Kirbie: Parker dress.
I just heard about this skincare line called Renée Rouleau, which was founded by a skin salon owner of the same name. (Rouleau also christened September as National Skin Care Awareness Month.) The Rouleau collection consists of more than 60 products, which run the gamut from cleansers to sun protection.
The star product I'm excited to try is the just-released Instant Line Filler with Vitamin C ($62.50). The wrinkle-reducing serum is made with Restylane (typically delivered through injections) and something called Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, which act like little sponges to plump the skin. Frankly, the whole concept sort of boggles my mind it sounds so cool.
It doesn't tingle, but your skin will feel tighter and moisturized. Though I haven't tried it yet, I did speak with one woman who claims it has really helped firm her crow's feet and brow furrow. (Of course, she's only 29, so take that with a grain of salt.) Use the serum in the morning when your skin is cleansed but still moist.