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4 Tips To Help You (Finally!) Stop Picking At Your Face

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What’s worse than a pimple? Picking at it till the blemish goes from somewhat noticeable to totally ginormous. When you’re feeling the urge to poke and prod, sometimes you need more than just willpower. That’s why we tracked down Dr. Laura Curtis Feder of New York’s Clear Clinic, a dedicated acne treatment center, to find out the specific techniques that she recommends to her patients to stop obsessing over their pores. Click here to check out her four face-saving tips!

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Today’s Obsession: Vasanti’s BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

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Have you ever taken a second glance at your favorite exfoliator’s label and pondered what the ingredients are actually doing? I found myself asking that the other day while scrubbing my face with my new favorite exfoliator, Vasanti’s BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. The scrub gently buffs away imperfections, while nourishing papaya enzymes break down dead skin cells to even out your complexion. The result is perfectly smooth, flaw-free skin— without a pricey trip to the dermatologist. But what about that mystery ingredient, microderm crystals?

A little sleuthing revealed that these crystals are actually ultra-fine minerals designed to buff away dead skin. Not only that, they help reduce long-term annoyances like fine lines, acne, and scars. Since the same crystals are used in professional microdermabrasion treatments, the final results mimic those you’d get at your dermatologist’s office—minus the potential for redness and sensitivity.

—Ally

We’re also crazy for these spring nail looks. The best part? You can totally pull them off.

Everything You Need to Know About SPF: Guest Blogger

Dermatologist-in-training and all around cool girl blogger Aegean Chan is the savvy mind behind super-skincare blog Aegmora. Chan educates her readers with particularly informative posts that tie together her science background and her extensive experience with beauty products. We love that she demystifies everything from familiar active ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide to the newest trends like coconut oil. This week, Chan teaches us how to fight acne better, keep our skin hydrated, and protect it from the sun.

I’ll admit, I’ve been in this position before (see above). Growing up in California, they tell you the sun is your friend. But that was a bald-faced lie. The sun is NOT a friend to your beautiful skin and I am here to tell you why and what you can do about it.

You may crave the golden brown baked look for the summer, but the harmful UVB and UVA rays emanating from the ball of fire that heats our planet destroy the collagen scaffolding that makes your skin look luscious and plump. Other evil, evil things these rays can do are encourage cell death, mutate DNA to make you more at risk for skin cancer, thin your skin, and cause unsightly damage at too early of an age.

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Our New Favorite DIT (Dermatologist-in-Training): Aegean Chan

Aegean Chan: soon-to-be dermatologist, blogger, and all-around cool girl. Photo: Refinery29 and Aegmora.

Aegean Chan is a powerhouse—not only is she a dermatologist-in-training (with a history of humanitarian work), she’s behind one of our must-read blogs and was selected by Refinery 29 as one of the 30 under 30 - Rising Stars in NY this June. Others on the list include totally famous people Lauren Bush Lauren, Solange Knowles and Lily Kwong. Her blog, aegmora.com is full of her cheeky and well-informed take on beauty topics like the recent post "Why So Hyphy About Eye Cream" and her 'Treat yo self' columns. Lucky for us she’ll be guest blogging right here September 10th-14th. Read on for her summer beauty routine and best summer beauty find.

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Slap On That SPF (No Matter Your Skin Color)

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.

Photo: madamenoire.com

Ever since I got what looked (and felt) like a third degree burn on my back when I was in 7th grade after spending 12 hours at the beach in direct sun, I’ve been a stickler for applying sunscreen. My friends at the time—a multi-culti mix of tweens in matching polkadot tankinis—would say, “You’re not going to get any browner, AJ. Why are you putting on sunblock?” Back then, I’d shrug my caramel shoulders and reply, “I don’t want to burn.”

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Sunscreen Secrets For Every Skin Type: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger, Rodan Luo, is a lawyer by day and stylish blogger by night. We can’t get enough of her blog, full of eloquent musings and excellent advice. Since she’s also one of our jetsetter role models (the frequent traveler was most recently in Sayulita, Mexico), she’ll be blogging all week about ways to make travel even more awesome.

I strongly believe that every girl needs at least three people in her life: a best friend for when she needs a way to get out of a sticky situation (e.g., the phone call in the middle of an awkward date), a therapist to listen to her problems and help unwind her dark twisty side, and most importantly, a dermatologist who will show her how to be her skin’s biggest champion.

Last summer, I found my dermatologist in the form of one sweet and charming Texan, Dr. Heidi Prather, M.D. There are so many great things about her: she’s approachable, she’s intelligent, and most importantly, she has glowing perfect skin herself. She told me early on that putting on sunscreen is the most important thing a woman can do in terms of skincare. So, when I wanted to put up a post about the importance of always traveling with your sunscreen, it’s no surprise why I went to her for some advice. Here’s what she had to say:

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Would You Trust Oprah’s Derm?

We would. Which is why we’re interested in getting our hands on Dr. Harold Lancer’s new skincare brand. The dermatologist was strongly encouraged by his famous patient Oprah to develop his own line, which currently consists of five products all being sold exclusively at Nordstrom. Appealingly, the routine consists of just three items, the skin resurfacing polish ($50), the cleanser ($50), and the moisturizer ($100), and we are all for simplicity. While there are plenty of dermatologist-backed brands out there that aren’t as effective as we’d like (Eric recently posted about a couple of notable exceptions), Lancer emphasized in a recent interview with WWD that his products have “for the last decade been developed for use by my patients and that hasn’t changed.” And if your client roster includes people like Oprah, chances are this stuff is going to be worth every penny.

—Meredith

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