Bio-Oil has quite a cult following, and it should come as no surprise— it works in so many ways for so many people. For some, it’s the product to turn to for soothing skin that has been burned by the sun, or the must-have for smoothing away stretch marks. For others, it is a moisturizing night serum for the face or a “drink” for their parched hair. In addition to those many uses, we recommend using it to give your legs a silky sheen for a night out— in your favorite dress, of course— or try adding a few drops to your bath for a relaxing, at-home treat. from $11.99, drugstore.com
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In the sweltering days of summer, it’s nice to have a product that will keep your skin moisturized without being heavy. Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel offers refreshing hydration, leaving skin feeling smooth and lightly scented. To treat our tired skin after a day at the beach, or just a day out shopping, we love to apply this for instant cooling relief. $5.99, drugstore.com
Summer is the season to show off healthy, glowing skin. We recommend Suki’s Delicate Hydrating Oil to be used over your entire body after bathing or as an enriching bath oil to enhance skin’s luminosity and hydration. Nourishing benefits from grapeseed, sunflower and apricot kernel oils, while extracts of chamomile, lavender and comfrey aid in soothing and calming the skin. Suitable for all skin types. $24, beautorium.com
A: Any pimple, blemish or “zit” shouldn’t be picked and prodded. This can cause bacteria in the skin to burst under the skin and spread the problem. When you do experience large, and sometimes painful blemishes, it is best to let nature run its course. If you do see some white pus at the surface, you may do as follows:
- Apply a warm compress over the area 8-12 minutes to help encourage the pus to the surface.
- When you have done this, use two cotton swabs (our favorites are Q-tips brand) to gently lift the fluid out. Do your best to place the tip of each swab “under” the pimple. The pus should come out easily without force.
- If you begin to see blood or clear fluid, it’s time to stop. You may see more redness around the area. Apply a cold compress to reduce this.
- Apply an acne clearing product such as Neutrogena On-the-Spot Treatment ($5.99, drugstore.com) to help treat the blemish as it heals. Cleanse your face daily with a salicylic wash and exfoliate 1-2 times per week to keep breakouts at bay.
Bliss has created the ultimate lightweight moisture-giver in the new Lemon + Sage Body Butter Lite. Much like its nourishing older sister, Body Butter, the botanically-based moisturizing ingredients and antioxidant vitamins in Lite condition skin like, well…butter. It won’t, however, leave you with the extra-thick— and sometimes greasy— finish. Body Butter Lite is perfect for creating a more dewy finish on the skin, absorbs quickly, and leaves skin weightlessly hydrated. $29, blissworld.com