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Rejoice! A Line of Wrinkle Fighters For Ladies in Their 20s

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From the importance of SPF to the wonders of dry shampoo, I’ve learned a lot during my time on Team Birchbox. Chief among them? The importance of starting an anti-aging routine in your 20s. I know, I know. I can hear the objections from hereWhat about throwing caution to the wind? What about youthful naiveté?

But during your 20s preventative care and early treatment can help you maintain that youthful glow well into your twilight years. We recently found out about a new line from cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt that was created just for newbies to the anti-aging skincare game.

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The SPF Gender Gap Widens

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.

Last week, The Skin Cancer Foundation and Banana Boat released the results of a study showing a huge gender divide in terms of sun protection behavior. Almost one in every two men have not applied ANY sunscreen in the past 12 months! What’s going through the minds of some of these fellas? Is squeezing a shot glass-worth of SPF in your hand and slathering it all over really that difficult?

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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.

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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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The Ultimate Zit-Fighting Game Changer: Guest Blogger

Our latest guest blogger, Ally of Allyson in Wonderland, is an oil and gas professional with a serious eye for great finds. We can’t get enough of her gorgeously crafted blog, where she shares her love for style, travel, and photography. This week she’s giving us a peek into her personal beauty treasure chest—and we’re taking notes.

Pictured: Ole Henriksen invigorating night gel

For most of my life, I had been blessed with my mother’s perfect skin. But when I turned 30, my clear complexion took a turn for the worse. Suddenly, I was having breakouts and dryness at the same time. It used to be that any old product would work on my face, but seemingly overnight, my skin started to reject everything. So I took my friend’s advice and bought Ole’s Three Little Wonders.

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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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Post-Vacation Skin Detox: 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. 

(image via: whole-body-detox-diet.com)

When I was young summer meant three things: swimming pools, watermelon, and vacation. Now that I’m older, traveling has become one of the most important things in my life and one of the main reasons I continue to love summer so much. I’ll be here all week to give tips and ideas to make travel (and recovering from travel) easy and fun.

Since most of us are in Memorial Day Recovery Mode, today I’m focusing on the importance of detoxing. Our bodies work naturally to detoxify every day, but sometimes they become overloaded (those margaritas, that pan of brownies). Detoxing is a great way to help our body rebalance itself. Here are three skin detox ideas that will help you achieve glowing skin without the commitment of a raw food diet or juice cleanse. 

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Operation India Wedding: Countdown!

Our dear HBS intern, Freya, is leaving us soon (sniff!). Next week she is headed to India for her brother’s wedding, which is going to be a three-day, multi-event affair. Think Monsoon Wedding. We’ve even heard that there are going to be horses. Now Freya is already gorgeous but we want her to look as amazing as possible at the wedding.

Read our pre-wedding checklist here. Since she only has a week, we have a slightly accelerated schedule for her:

A shot from an old Ritu Kumar collection. Photo: StyliChic

One week before wedding: Get a clarifying facial, ideally one that incorporates lots of vitamin C to make skin brighter. Avoid extractions, which can trigger breakouts.

Three days before: Exfoliate with a gentle product like Suki Exfoliate, which is effective without being harsh. Follow with a brightening serum like Sircuit Weapon (continue to apply every night).

On the plane: Drink more water than you think is necessary. Hydrate skin with a facial mist like Sircuit Molecular Mist.

Night before: Exfoliate skin again and remember your brightening serum.

Day of: Use a great primer to keep makeup in place, and touch up throughout the day and night with blotting papers. Don’t forget waterproof mascara! 

Skin Rx: Fun with SPF! Five Sun Things You Didn’t Know

Eugene Schueller, the found of L’Oreal, and the brains behind the first modern sunscreen.

Now, you’re probably tired of hearing all about SPF. But why not have some fun with everyone’s favorite (and most necessary) summer product? This weekend, in between hot dogs and dips in the pool, I pulled up some fun facts about the sun. Here, some sun-related numbers you probably didn’t know.

1. 7800 BC: Egyptians created a sun-protection oil made out of castor beans. This was the first form of SPF. Gee, those Egyptians thought of everything!

2. 1920s: Decade Sunbathing became popular in the United States. This challenged a common belief that a tan came from working, not leisure.

3. 1936: Thanks to chemist Eugene Schueller, the found of L’Oreal, the first sunscreen as we know it was created! This was the first among many amazing products L’Oreal would provide consumers.

4. 1970: Mattel provided young children with the “Sun Lovin’ Malibu Barbie” & “Sun Lovin Malibu Christie dolls”, with sun-tan lines! I don’t know how much I like this because it promoted tans but I suppose it’s a cute fun fact!

5. 1700: the ultraviolet protection number in a pair of jeans. You can find me in a full jean body suit this summer!

—Rachel

Find out more fun sun facts here.

Skin Rx: 5 Summer Skincare Tips

Allow me to play bossy esthetician for a moment. Here are my top five rules for the summer months.

1. Wear lots and lots of SPF. Try Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+, which feels light and rubs in without any white residue. I’ve been using it on the weekends so that I can keep protected even while I’m out and about. Don’t miss the four areas people most people forget: lips, tops of ears, tip of nose, and scalp!

2. Don’t skip your scalp. There’s nothing being at an outdoor concert or picnic all day and coming home to a lobster red scalp. Part your hair in the middle and spray your part with something like Oscar Blandi’s Capri Sun Shield or just lightly trace a line of sunscreen over exposed skin (this is fine for when you’re at the beach). And gents, if your hairline is, shall we say, backing off…make sure to protect that bare skin!

3. Hydrate inside and out! Drink tons of water. When you skimp on H20 your skin and body suffers. Also hydrate from the outside - refresh skin with a natural toner like Pangea Toner or a mist like Sircuit Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist.

4. Be smart and screen! Get a skin screening from your dermatologist at the beginning of the summer so your dermatologist can see your sun-free skin and have a base for post-summer. Those of you with freckles and moles, I suggest getting screened twice a year to be safe!

5. Blot, don’t wash. Even though you may feel like you need to wash your face more and more because you’re sweating more and your skin is oilier, this can actually cause your skin to produce more oil. Resist the urge to suds up five times a day and keep cool with blotting papers or a facial mist.

—Rachel

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Skin Rx: Summer Skin Snafus

It’s summer, which means it’s time to break out the SPF and stock up on the salicylic acid. Yes, you heard me. This season is the time of bikinis and flip fops, but it’s also the time of bacne, ingrown hairs, and other skin snafus. Here’s how to deal with the five most common issues.

Sunburn: No matter how vigilant you are, lobster skin happens. If it’s a body burn, start by slathering aloe all over. Keep it in your fridge for extra relief. For your face, start by spritzing a hydrating mist like Sircuit Molecular Mist. It’ll help stave off peeling. Follow with a moisturizing serum 

Ingrown hairs: Bikini waxes are bad enough without having to deal with painful, ugly red bumps. Wait a day or two after waxing and then apply an ingrown hair fixer with gentle exfoliating ingredients. I’m a big fan of Anthony Logistics Shaveworks The Cool Fix, a light lotion that feels chilled on skin and really gets rid of bumps.

Bacne: OK, back acne isn’t unique to summer, but it is extra annoying during the summer months and has a tendency to flare up when it’s hot. I’ve found that one simple solution is washing your hair upside down so that your shampoo and conditioner don’y clog up your pores. You can also was with a body wash that has glycolic and salicylic acids like Murad’s Acne Body Wash.

Ezcema: It’s counterintuitive, but heat and humidity can actually trigger patches of ezcema, or flaking, red skin. It occurs in elbow creases, behind the knees—basically anywhere that gets extra hot. The best defense is keeping cool (hello AC!), but you can also apply a calming cream like AHAVA’s Mineral Body Lotion or Weleda’s Skin Food.

Hyperpigmentation: Be proactive with hyperpigmentation: Apply a broad-spectrum SPF on any scars or areas where you have had breakouts. If you are on birth control, you may be more inclined to tan more in hormonal areas (chin, upper lip) so make sure to apply extra block there. 

—Rachel

Exfoliating questions? Self-tanner woes? We’ve got answers here.