We SAID: Stripdown

Staff Writer

Any good esthetician will tell you that the key basics to good skin lie in three steps: Cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. How you get there is as individual as age, skin type, climate, time of year, and a host of other variables that for most of us… means lots and lots and LOTS of trial and error. This is especially true for exfoliation. stripdown

Those who are still big fans of physical exfoliation may find some satisfaction with Skin Authority Bamboo Ginseng Scrub. The brand quickly found a cozy spot in the heart of skin care professionals because of its no-nonsense approach to skin care. Simple packaging and clear ingredients shy away outrageous claims and focus instead on the hole grail goal of any given consumer: results. Loofah and Oats help slough away those dreaded dead skin cells and pave the way for feel good ingredients like ginseng, bamboo and chamomile. Directions specify using all over the body, but we couldn’t find any indication that it couldn’t be used on the face so… happy scrubbing!

Exfoliating pads are the new norm, but there’s nothing quite like Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine. The double sided pads are soaked with a combination of grapes, berries and two types of acid that promise to renew your face with a single swipe. Recommended use is several times a week, but we found it gentle enough for nearly nightly use. Neogen is the one of the latest companies to join the influx of K-Beauty in the united states. Cosmetics behemoth Sephora has already picked up selected items from the brand, and there have already been public calls to expand the product range.

One of the most unusual exfoliation experiences comes courtesy of Koh Gen Doh, which blended caffeine, rosemary, sage and Japan Hot Spring Water to create the Soft Gommage Spa Gel. Applied to dry skin, this gel beads into rubbery particles and claims to do away with dead skin cells, stimulate circulation and encourage cell renewal.

Our top picks aside, there’s no shortage of products that promise to shed the outermost layer of dead skin cells and reveal fresh new skin. Experts agree that no matter which formulation you choose, the best approach is to start slow and upgrade the strength of exfoliation as you build tolerance.

She SAID: Holiday Proof Beauty

Terri Kennerson

The 4th of July has the great fortune of falling on Monday this year, and that means the party plans, or the parties themselves are already underway. Food, Fireworks, Fun… none of that spells high maintenance makeup. Polished skin, soft eyes and bold lips (in red. holiday proof beauty 1duh) is about all you need to shine for Independence Day.

We can’t get enough of By Terry’s Cellularose Moisturizing CC Cream. The creamy formula goes on sheer but instantly blurs imperfections without covering your actual skin. By Terry ‘makeup as skin care’ mission statement is evident, with a formula packed with goodies like Rose Extract (which also contributes to its divine smell). Even oily skin types can benefit from the soft finish; a thin layer dries demi matte and doesn’t go shiny or slide off the skin, even in the most holiday proof beauty 2challenging conditions.

There’s nothing worse than a mascara that ends up everywhere but on your lashes. Holiday proof your fringe with Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterpoorf Mascara. The original holds just fine without flaking or smudging, but if you’re looking for a little extra insurance, waterproof is always a safer bet. Too Faced made a name for itself with cheeky products that translate beautifully in practical application, and this mascara is no exception. The formula (which is on the drier side) holiday proof beautythickens and lengthens lashes with minimal clumping, and it stays put until you take it off.

The new Christian Louboutin Loubilaque Lip Lacquer has finally arrived, after months of anticipation. The followup to the highly coveted lipstick collection features a lineup of eight glosses, from iconic red (Rouge Louboutin) to deep wine (Casanovella). There are even a couple of nude shades in the collection just for sport. What makes them unique is that the formula is more like a highly glossy liquid lipstick versus a traditional lip gloss. The pigment content is off the charts, and they even leave a bit of a stain behind (so a light touch to start is recommended). This holiday weekend, Rouge Louboutin is easy choice for color. It will wear beyond air kisses, tons of food and drinks, and leave a rosy stain long after the big finale in the fireworks show.

Stay safe, eat everything, and have fun!

Happy Independence Day.