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7 Tricks for Nixing Summer Breakouts

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Thanks to the sky-rocketing temps and humidity, our skin is constantly on the verge of an epic breakout during the sticky summer months. In a valiant effort to avoid a major complexion revolt, we’re incorporating these seven game-changing tips into our daily skincare routines.

  1. Whether blemish-prone or drier than the Sahara Desert, your complexion needs a daily dose of moisturizer to stay pimple free. Use this cheat sheet to find the right moisturizer for your skin type.

  2. The key to maintaining bright, glowy skin when the thermostat rises? Exfoliation. Watch this video to find out how to properly prep and slough dead skin to get a radiant glow in no time.

  3. A solid pimple prevention plan is half the battle. Stop zits before they start with our handy acne guide, which calls out the most common skin-irritating culprits.

  4. If you’re already dealing with a monster-sized zit, use this tutorial to expertly conceal blemishes both big and small.

  5. Excessive sun exposure can not only lead to sun damage, it can also cause more zits as well—especially if you have sensitive skin. Try a combination moisturizer and sunscreen specifically geared toward reducing breakouts.

  6. Unsurprisingly, what you eat affects your skin as much as what you do or don’t put on your face. Here are three sneaky things in your diet that might be messing with your skin. 

  7. Sweat and hair product residue can be transferred from strands to skin and cause breakouts—particularly on your forehead. On extra warm days, keep your hair up and out of your face with an ever-popular princess roll.

—Ally

Another trick for keeping acne at bay? Staying clam and stress-free. Sit back, relax, and beat the summer blues with this cooling ice tea recipe from Runa cofounder Tyler Gage. 

How To: Identify Your Skin Type and Moisturize Accordingly

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By now, you’re fully aware that your complexion needs a daily dollop of moisturizer to stay hydrated and blemish-free. But finding that one-in-a-million formula that’s just right for your skin is like trying to find existential meaning in the latest Fast and Furious movie. Translation: Nearly impossible. 

Rather than slathering on an odd-smelling cream from the suspicious-looking bottle in your medicine cabinet, hop on over to the Birchbox Man Guide and use this cheat sheet to find the right moisturizer for your skin type

—Ally

Check out some of the products you might receive in your Birchbox this month in the June Sneak Peek!

Complexion-Clearing Tricks for Sensitive Skin, Superbowl Style Controversy, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend. Stay warm!

4 Complexion-Clearing Tricks for Sensitive Skin: pūr~lisse founder and skincare expert Jennifer Yen told us her fool-proof tricks for saving her finicky skin from acne, hives and rosacea.

How To: French Fishtail Braid: Regular braids are SO over. Just kidding! We still love them, but this combination of a French braid and a fishtail braid is so cool we may never separate them again.

Trend Alert: How to Style the New Bob: Life changes, like welcoming a new year, always make us want to change up our hair. Luckily there’s a hot new hair trend we can get behind. Check it out and get your stylist on the phone.

Quarterback (Style) Controversy: Flacco vs. Kaepernick: Get prepped for Sunday’s big game with these lowdown deets on Flacco’s and Kaepernick’s Birchbox Man-worthy style. Included: junior prom suit rentals, flat-brimmed hats, and temporary tattoos.

Celebrating Grand Central Terminal, Then and Now: A century ago, Grand Central Station was brand-spanking new and extra luxurious—which meant it even had a women’s hair dressing parlor. Even cooler? Seeing the layout of the actual New York Times from Feb. 2, 1913.

Stay up to date on the latest and greatest news—check out our morning must reads.

How to Avoid Breakouts During Your Holiday Travels

Avoid impending holiday zits with these handy dermatologist tips. (Photo: blog.onetravel.com)

It never fails—I go on a trip and my skin freaks out (hence, the great big post-Turkey Day pimple on my forehead). But it’s not like I’m using anything new or different. When traveling, I bring along the same ol’ skincare regimen and use it the same ol’ way. So, what’s the deal? According to Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., a New York City dermatologist, “Constant traveling can really take a toll on skin, no matter what your destination is.”  Here’s what he says could be to blame for the zits and excessive flakiness some of us endure during vacay. 

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OPI Launches A Short Film Starring….A Horse!

—Hallie

In the mood to look at more polish? You’re in luck

Skincare Expert Joanna Vargas’ Tips For Finicky Skin

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The secret to glowing skin? Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas says healthy fats and plenty of green juice.

Yesterday it was 50 degrees in New York, and today the temperature is back up to a balmy 75. Is it any wonder my skin is alternating between overly dry and overly oily? It turns out I’m not alone. NY-based facialist Joanna Vargas (her client list includes stars like Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams) says, “This time of year is really key because everyone’s skin starts to freak out…It tends to get patchy and dry and somewhat sensitive.” Luckily, the skincare guru has some tips for easing the transition. 

Eat Healthy Fats

Vargas says that you have to think about improving your skin from the inside out, which means adding more healthy fats to your diet. “Avocado in your salad, olive oil as a dressing instead—those kinds of things are going to help your skin maintain a good balance.” Vargas likes avocado as a smoothie ingredient, like in this Chocolate Love Smoothie.

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Brazilian Artist Trying to Catalog Every Human Skin Tone

A selection of portraits from the Humanae project. (Photo: Styleite.com)

We eagerly wait for Pantone's color forecasts every year to start raving about the “It” colors of the season (here's to you, Tangerine Tango). The company’s bread-and-butter, however, is their famed universal color matching system. Now Brazilian-born artist Angelica Dass is using the Pantone shading system in a whole new way with the Humanae project. Dass, who studied fashion design in Rio de Janeiro before turning to photography, is setting out to “record and catalog all possible human skin tones,” as her website explains. 

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Why Microdermabrasion Is Great in Your 20s

Microdermabrasion isn’t just reserved for later in life—it can help in your 20s, too.
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I used to think microdermabrasion was best left to individuals looking for serious anti-aging results. The professional-grade treatment is known for helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, giving a youthful glow by stimulating collagen growth, and minimizing pore size. But recently I found that the procedure is actually great for 20-somethings like myself who have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Click through to find out why!

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Makeup Artist Trick: Give Face Definition with Foundation

Recently, makeup artist Nam Vo stopped by Birchbox HQ to impart some of her never-ending beauty wisdom. The lesson of the day? How to use different foundation shades to give your face definition. I always assumed the goal of foundation was to get a completely uniform complexion — turns out, that’s not always the case. To get a center-lit, movie star look — think J. Lo or Beyonce — you actually want to make the center plane of your face a little lighter than your cheeks and neck.

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Beauty Tool Torture: The New Extreme Measure For Perfect Skin

If I told you about a beauty tool that helps minimize cellulite, wrinkles, and scars, but looks like a paint roller and is covered in teeny needles, what would you say? Nothing and run full speed in the other direction? Me too.

But skincare extremists (and its rumored, celebrities like Angelina Jolie) feel differently. This device, called the Dermaroller, can be used at a dermatologist’s office, but you can also buy a different model for at-home use. The consumer roller contains 192 extremely fine microneedles that have a length of 0.20 mm. According to the company: “As the needles are too short to reach the superficial dermal nerve sensors in the dermis, the treatment is absolutely painless.” Regular use two to three times a week should cause the skin to increase its production of collagen, improve micro-circulation, and help your other products to go deeper into your skin.

However, the Hong Kong Consumer Council recently issued a warning against the Dermaroller, claiming that since it’s hard to sterilize, it heightens your risk of contracting bacteria and viruses (including HIV and hepatitis). Warning or no warning, I don’t think I would be able to build up the courage to use this—what about you? Would you take the risk if it promised results?

—Kara

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