Do you ever think to yourself, “Gosh, I would have so much more time in my day if I could just master the art of air-drying my hair instead of spending all that time coaxing it into a style I’m ok with wearing out in public?”
If you answered “yes,” I feel you. I, too, once stood in my bathroom for at least 45 minutes every morning brushing and drying and applying and curling and waiting and futzing and touching and tweaking my hair until I determined it was worthy. (And if it was deemed unworthy even after all that, it was banished to a rage bun — you know that style you throw your hair into out of spite and frustration after realizing it’s never going to look like what you want and you might as well just give up and chop it all off…or, less dramatically, put it up.) Even when I did choose to air-dry my hair, I wasn’t ever 100% happy with the results. Sure, I had nearly an hour of extra time in my day but it often ended up looking puffy or frizzy, or half of it curled in one direction while the other half lay limp against my skull.
But here’s the thing about air-drying your hair that no one wants to talk about: it still takes some effort — it’s the hair equivalent of “no-makeup makeup.” If you want to do it well (i.e. smooth, shiny and frizz-free), here’s what you need to know.
In the shower…
Perfectly air-dried hair starts while it’s still wet. For smooth, frizz-free hair, you want to make sure you’re moisturizing your hair well with conditioner after washing it. When hair gets frizzy, it’s because the outermost layer of each strand — the cuticle — is open. To keep it closed and smooth, you need a conditioner that will lock in moisture without weighing hair down. Without that extra layer of conditioning, you leave your cuticles open to attack by brush, towel or hands that can further rough up the cuticle and lead to serious frizz.
Speaking of cuticles…once you’ve fully rinsed the conditioner out of your hair, give it a quick shot of cold water. Not only will the cool water wake you up so you can better admire your flawlessly air-dried hair later in the day, but it also helps to further seal the hair cuticle, causing it to lay flat. And after you’re hair is nice and cool (and not frizzy), brush it out. Controversial, I know, but your hair is at its strongest when it’s really wet; if you need or like brushing your hair before it dries (skip this step if you’re a curly-headed gal), keep a wide-tooth comb or brush specifically made for wet hair in the shower. As you’re brushing, be sure to establish where you want your part to be when hair dries — middle, side, deep side, etc. You don’t have to be precious about it, but do pick a spot so your hair knows where it’s supposed to fall.
If frizz is a real problem for you, consider applying a leave-in conditioner to your strands just after you shower. Not only will a product like this ensure extra-moisturized locks, it’ll also keep those aforementioned cuticles in check as the air starts to do its job. Also consider a smoothing or shine-enhancing serum at this stage. Much like skin, hair absorbs oil-based products better when it’s wet so don’t feel like you have to wait until hair is dry to run serum through it.
As far as towels go… don’t. If you absolutely can’t stand the feeling of sopping hair down your back (I get it) and have to help it dry a little, use something that is 100% cotton, like a t-shirt or microfiber towel made specifically for drying hair. I know this may sound insane — towels are meant to dry things! — but wrapping your hair in terrycloth can lead to drying, breakage and tangles, all of which are no bueno for gorgeously air-dried hair.
As it starts to dry…
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OF YOUR HAIR! Sorry for yelling, but seriously, no touching; nothing spoils an air dry like well-meaning-but-ill-informed fingers. Damp hair is super fragile and prone to breakage, so the more you touch it, the more likely it is you’ll lose strands and open up that carefully-closed cuticle we talked about earlier, leading to frizz city. A hands-off approach is also particularly important if you’ve got a natural wave or curl to your hair: the more you brush, touch or tug on it once you’re out of the shower, the more you’ll break up that shape which means you’ll be reaching for the heat-styling tools in a couple of hours — exactly what you wanted to avoid.
If you don’t trust yourself not to touch (and you want a little added texture), consider a loose braid or bun. After lightly spritzing damp strands with salt spray, gently gather them into a loose, low braid or pinned bun and let them dry. This will likely mean it takes a bit longer for hair to dry since it’s less exposed to air, but it is a better way to ensure less frizz and knotting.
Once it’s dry…
Let it out of the bun or braid and marvel at your Rapunzel-like waves! But seriously, everyone’s hair is different and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to air-drying. Play around and figure out what works for you. If you find yourself unable to combat some frizz at the end, tame flyaways with a (new!) toothbrush spritzed with hairspray. (Sounds weird, works miracles. Just think of the toothbrush as a very tiny comb.) Or if you’re unhappy with the way a few pieces have dried, fire up a curling iron or straightener, but only hit the parts that really need it or else you’re defeating the whole purpose of air drying!
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Plump and hydrate your lips, remove your makeup and soothe tired, puffy eyes without checking a single bag.
It always happens: Once you finally commit to skincare products you love and want to make them a regular part of your everyday routine, you go on a trip. Anything that’s too bulky or liquid poses a packing challenge or potential airport security issue. So you have two choices — leave it all at home or find alternatives.
But when your favorite skincare products already come packaged in travel-friendly forms you have a third — much easier — solution. Skyn Iceland’s latest (vegan!) beauty staples prove the point by being ideal for home and hitting the road.
To keep your lips hydrated and dewy on the go — always difficult during flights, which suck moisture out of your skin — there’s the cleverly conceived Plumping Lip Gels, clear little patches infused with plant and marine extracts to seal in intense hydration thanks to its (occlusive) transdermal delivery system. Our advice: once you’ve reached cruising altitude and want to zone out (i.e. not talk to anyone) apply one of these masks over your lips for 10 minutes. This works equally well at home in bed.
Or consider the convenience of the Berry Fix, a handy pen that you can swipe over your lips to prevent dryness and flakes. Its potent botanicals — including mineral-rich red algae, sweet almond oil and shea butter — sink in deeply (rather than sitting on the surface) ensuring some serious long-lasting dewiness. No more having to reapply your lip hydrator again and again, no matter where you go.
Liquid makeup removers can be especially messy on trips or nights you’re tired. Two better options? The Glacial Cleansing Cloths, saturated with the brand’s famed Icelandic glacial waters to soothe, hydrate and calm your face. The paraben-free cloths have a spa-like foaming effect to gently remove surface debris, makeup and other impurities without requiring you to splash or rinse with any water. And to really remove stubborn eye makeup, there’s the Glacial Cleansing Eye Cloths, made with a non-stinging, ophthalmologist-tested blend of cucumber, coconut oil and anti-inflammatory plants (chamomile, ginseng, aloe) to dissolve even the toughest waterproof formulas, minus any chemicals.
With sizes you can easily fit into any drawer, gym bag, overnight tote or suitcase, the search might be over for skincare essentials you commit to — whether you’re on the move or staying put.
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This transformative exfoliating ritual will change your skin (and quite possibly your karma).
Bathing culture in the U.S. has come a long way since the days of simple Epsom salts. Now there are numerous modern remedies to add to the tub, from skin-softening Arabica coffee granules to spirit-lifting pastel-hued sugar cubes. BajaZen — a company whose mantra is best described by its tagline: “East Coast born, West Coast soul” — has really put a unique spin on salts, infusing their formulas with the most sought-after crystals and therapeutic essential oils. The result is a collection of dreamy bath essentials that transport you skin — and mind — to another world.
If the world you want to live in right now involves sunshine, exotic scents and smoother skin, start with the brand’s latest Mermaid Salt Glow Soak. The paraben-free formula contains not one, but three types of salt: mineral-charged Mediterranean, pink Himalayan, and dead sea salts all work to detoxify your body and pull out impurities. To up the beauty benefits, the mix is rounded out with rejuvenating sea clay and botanical oils — lavender and calendula — along with a touch of South Island jasmine and iris for a salty-sweet, tropical scent.
Up next, an energizing, all-over scrub: Picking the right formula comes down to the benefits you’re after. For a lush, coconut and pineapple scent with a touch of softening vitamin E, Cocoglow Buff Scrub is the way to go. To clear your pores and balance oily spots (like your back or chest), there’s Mud Body Buff Scrub with activated charcoal and black salt. For ultra hydration, Island Girl Body Buff Scrub combines sugar — a natural humectant that draws moisture into your skin — with healing bamboo and the heavenly scent of Waikiki blossoms. Ah, choices, choices! No matter the variety, rub a small amount of the salty mixture into your limbs, working in circular motions toward your heart to stimulate circulation and renewal.
Afterward, pat yourself dry — try not to rub, which can roughen up your skin — and slather on your preferred moisturizer. Last touch to prolong the feel-good island vibes: mist your space with the Karma Cleanse Room Mist, a balancing and stress-clearing blend of mint, citrus and lavender. Paradise found? Yup.
Devoted rollers can’t get enough of the tool and as a convert myself, I can vouch for the jade roller’s effectiveness at decreasing puffiness, minimizing lines and making sure your daily serums are penetrating deeply into skin.
Maybe you’ve seen them on social media or your local holistic beauty store. Maybe you were poking around a friend’s medicine cabinet one day, or came across it in another friend’s refrigerator. Wherever you first encountered the soon-to-be-everywhere jade roller, it’s likely not something you’d forget easily. The handheld tool is having a bit of a moment right now, and for good reason.
The jade roller — which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like — has been around since the 17th century and was originally used by Chinese royalty and high society members. Made from solid jade, rollers have one larger stone for bigger areas of the face (cheeks, jaw, forehead) and a smaller stone for harder to reach places (undereye, mouth).
Ok so why am I telling you to roll a spherical crystal over your face? First of all, jade is a stone that’s long been used in traditional Chinese medicine for its purifying properties and ability to heal and restore skin. Couple that with the lymphatic drainage and facial massage you’ll likely experience with a jade roller, and the tool is basically a knife- and needle-free stand in for plastic surgery.
I know it sounds extreme, but devoted rollers can’t get enough of the tool and as a convert myself, I can vouch for the jade roller’s effectiveness at decreasing puffiness, minimizing lines and making sure your daily serums are penetrating deeply into your skin. By using a jade roller every day (sometimes twice a day if you’re feeling saucy), you’re actually giving yourself a gentle facial massage. That massaging motion not only increases circulation (hello, plump, firm, glowing skin), it also works to break up any stagnation in the lymphatic system that may be causing puffiness or blemishes and gives your neglected facial muscles some much-needed TLC. (Tense muscles = wrinkles, FYI.)
Convinced? Here’s how to use your jade roller.
Cleanse + treat.
You should only be using your jade roller on clean skin. Like I said earlier, the massaging motion will help any product on your skin sink in deeper and the same is true for old makeup and dirt. So before you even think about picking up the jade roller, wash your face.
If you’re going to roll in the morning to decrease any I-barely-slept-last-night puffiness, consider popping your jade roller in the fridge overnight. The cool jade will lower swelling by shrinking blood vessels. It also just feels really amazing on tired skin.
Rolling at night? Go through your standard cleansing routine to remove all traces of the day and apply any serums and/or oils you like before bed. After giving them a minute to sink in, roll your heart out. The jade roller will help skin drink them up before they have time to evaporate or rub off on your pillow.
Get to rolling.
Now comes the fun part. There’s no right or wrong area of the face to start, but do make sure you’re rolling from the center, out. I also like to visually split my face in half using my nose as the divider and work on one side at a time to make sure I’m not missing anything.
Start at your chest and using gently pressure, perform outward and upward strokes with the jade roller along your skin. Pass over the same patch of skin three to four times, always moving to the outer edge of your face. When you need to return the roller to the starting point, pick it up and place it back at the start (don’t roll backwards).
From your chest, move up: neck, chin/jawline, cheeks (roll from your nose out toward your ear), undereye and eyelid (use the small end of the roller here and very gently move from the inner corner of your eye out to the temple), eyebrow (switch back to the larger side and roll out and down, following the contour of your brow bone), forehead (start in the middle and roll out).
Now do the exact same thing on the other side.
Finish with a soothing upward roll from between your eyebrows, up to the hairline.
The whole process should take two to four minutes, depending on how many passes you’re doing and how many areas of the face you’re hitting. As you’re working the jade roller, you’ll see your skin start to flush — this is a good thing! It means circulation is increasing.
Clean that roller!
If you want to apply additional serum or moisturizer, go for it. If not, your final step should always always ALWAYS be cleaning the jade roller thoroughly with warm, soapy water. This thing is touching your face every single day: keep it clean.
A formula that lifts, curls and separates lashes without smudging? Namaste.
Workouts and mascara typically don’t mix well. The minute you warm up your body, your mascara can turn into a sweaty mess, smudging all over the place. Waterproof formulas, for that reason, are the way to go. London-based brand Eyeko has already pioneered one of the best non-toxic options with its Sport Brush Mascara, which can keep up with the most intense HIIT or spin session.
While the Sport formula does an amazing job with definition and separation, what if you want a little more lift? That’s where Eyeko’s latest innovation — Yoga Waterproof Mascara — comes in. Like its predecessor, this pick delivers dark and budge-proof ink. What’s new: This fiber-free formula is infused with different lash-nourishing ingredients, including conditioning matcha green tea, protective botanical fruit extracts (strawberry, blueberry and blackberry) and hydrating vitamin E. And did we mention collagen? That’s in there, too, to strengthen delicate lash hairs.
But the real beauty is the brush. It’s shaped like a lotus flower, with a curvilinear shape that grabs your lashes right at the root, helping to extend, lift and curl everything. Plus you can take the tip and gently nudge the tiny hairs up even higher. Another benefit: the formula is paraben-free and comes in a zero-waste tube.
All of which makes this pretty much your perfect mascara for any hot-body workout — yoga or otherwise. To which we say, namaste.
Brighter skin? Check. Tighter skin? Check. Skin that’s just generally better? Check. Let me introduce you to vitamin C.
You’re likely already familiar with the stuff in oral form — if you’ve ever had a cold and chugged orange juice or popped an Emergen-C, you know what’s up. But don’t sleep on vitamin C as part of your skincare routine, especially if you don’t already have an antioxidant serum in your regimen. Read on for you why you probably want to get your hands on this stuff, and not just in fruit form.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables, and also happens to be a skincare superstar. While there are many different types of vitamin C, ascorbic acid (or L-ascorbic acid) is usually what you’ll find in skincare products.
Why should I care?
Well, a few drops of vitamin C every night can do as much for your skin as several other serums combined. It helps reduce inflammation, evens out pigmentation, brightens skin, protects your face from harmful UV rays, and even promotes collagen production.
How do I use vitamin C?
Like most skincare products, there is a right (and wrong) spot in your routine to apply vitamin C. Personally, I’ve found vitamin C to react a little too strongly with sunlight for my skin, so I stick to using it at night, but many people like incorporating it into their morning routines so figure out which you prefer and really stick to it. The beauty of vitamin C is that it is truly one of the most noticeably effective ingredients out there if you use it regularly.
When it comes to application, you want to make sure your skin is cleansed and toned/misted before applying the product, then add your oil or moisturizer on top after you’ve let it sink in for a few minutes. Because the serum or powder and carrier you’ll use is likely to be fairly thin, you definitely want to put it on earlier in your routine so that it can actually penetrate skin. (Remember: thinnest to thickest, or else the thick stuff will block the thin stuff from getting in.)
As for the actual products out there, you’re in luck — there are a lot of ways to get your vitamin C dose. The most common is in serum form or powder. (You can also find masks and cleansers with vitamin C, which are good for a quick fix, but you really want to let the stuff sit on your skin for longer than that.) Serums are great and super easy to use, but vitamin C is an incredibly unstable ingredient — it breaks down quickly when exposed to light, air or moisture, so serums often have a pretty short shelf-life. If you do go the serum route, opt for one that’s housed in a dark or opaque dropped bottle to protect it from the elements.
Another, more stable form is vitamin C powder, which is way more stable and durable than a pre-mixed formula. They’re often referred to as “boosters” as the powder is meant to be shaken into another serum, mist or moisturizer to activate it, thereby “boosting” the powers of whatever you’re mixing it into. What’s more, the effects of vitamin C are often more potent when combined with vitamin E or ferulic acid, to if you’ve already got one of these in your arsenal, consider a shake or two of vitamin C to really see what’s up.
(Do remember, though, that vitamin C is technically an acid. If you use other acids on your skin, be sure to wait at least 10 minutes between applications and stop using one or the other if it’s causing redness or irritation.)
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Kocostar’s hydrogel patches seal in hydration that lasts for hours and deliver a mini self-care moment for you, too.
Keeping your lips moisturized in winter can sometimes feel like a never-ending battle. Lip balm is great but you often have to keep applying it — over and over again. And if you forget your tube somewhere — ahhhh — that tight, cracked skin instantly comes back.
Isn’t there an easier solution, you might wonder? Enter Kocostar Lip Masks. Similar to how you apply a hydrating mask on your face, these nifty hydrogel patches stick to your lips to deliver a heavy dose of hydration. Each fun, fruit-inspired one is enriched with botanicals, including caster seed oil, blueberry extract, aloe leaf juice powder and peppermint extract. To use, simply pop on your (clean) lips and let sit for about 10 minutes. Since the mask forms an occlusive barrier over your skin, the ingredients penetrate deeper than any balm. After you remove, make sure to rub in the remaining gel for extra nourishment. The result: super moisturized, dewy and plump lips for hours.
The only slightly awkward part is that while the mask is on you can’t talk or move your lips. Also, it helps to lean back or lay down to keep the mask in place. But take this as a self-care moment: meditate, listen to a podcast, tune inward for 10 minutes. If this means never having to worry about chapped lips again, consider this time well spent.
Whether you routinely find yourself standing in front of a shelf of self-care products unable to decide what to buy because you have no idea what the labels are trying to tell you, or you just buy everything and hope you can decode it all in the safety of your bathroom, this one’s for you.
Knowing exactly what your beauty product’s label is trying to tell you (or not tell, in some cases) is extremely important, especially if you’re trying to use green products or have an allergy. But many companies use intentionally confusing language or insider jargon to distract from what’s really going on inside the bottle. Luckily, if you know what to look for and what the terms mean, it’s pretty simple to figure out. Here are some commonly used terms and what you need to know about them.
Simply put, active ingredients are the ones that can biologically affect skin. They’re almost always found at the top of an ingredient list and likely have a percentage next to them. They’re also regulated by the FDA to ensure that they are, in fact, active, and as such, are considered “cosmetics that are also drugs.” The most common active ingredients you find in skincare are acids (glycolic, alpha hydroxy, etc.), retinol and vitamin C. Often, the active ingredient is the reason you buy the product.
Thanks to a lack of regulation on self-care products in the United States, ‘fragrance’ is simply a catchall term for any ingredient (or combination of ingredients) that adds a scent to a product. Manufacturers often hide harmful, hormone-disrupting chemicals under the term without having to list them out on an ingredient deck. These anonymous chemical blends can also cause skin irritation and sensitivity, so use with caution.
In literal terms, hypoallergenic means “less allergenic” or less likely to cause allergic reaction. As far as self-care goes, this is an important delineation if you have sensitive or reactive skin. That said, it’s an extremely broad term and one that isn’t always a guarantee. Allergic reactions are complex. Irritations are complex. Your body is complex. Think about how many different allergens exist in the world; some people are even allergic to water! So just because an ingredient doesn’t cause a reaction in 99 people doesn’t mean the same will happen on your skin, so proceed with caution even if a label denotes something as hypoallergenic. There are no allergy-proof products!
Since “comedo/comedones” is the official term for blackheads, you’re likely to see this phrase on facial skin products, as non-comedogenic is meant to connote that the product won’t clog your pores. Look for it on anything that’s meant to treat acne-prone or oily skin. However, while non-comedogenic products are formulated with ingredients that typically won’t clog pores, that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed not to break out as there aren’t any guidelines in place denoting non-comedogenic from comedogenic ingredients.
You’re most likely to see this on a jar of coconut oil, but it means the same thing across self-care products. When something is raw, it has not been heated or chemically treated, meaning that what you’re applying to your body is as close to the natural ingredient in its wild, pure state as possible.
Think of a refined ingredient as the opposite of a raw one: it has been heated or chemically treated, which means that what you’re applying to your body is not 100% pure ingredient.
Again, a lack of regulation makes it incredibly easy to slap the term ‘natural’ on a label without anything to back it up. Many products that claim to be natural are likely just jumping on a marketing trend. They may have a handful of straight-from-nature ingredients in their formulations, but they’re likely buried under a slew of other not-so-good-for-you ingredients. Before assuming something that says it’s natural actually is, take a close look at the list of ingredients: if the plant and herb names you recognize are at the very bottom of the list and they’re preceded by a bunch of stuff you can’t pronounce, assume it’s not as natural as it claims to be.
Three cheers for regulation! To be “organic,” a product needs to pass a test of sorts put forth by the USDA: it has to contain at least 95% organic ingredients that have been grown and processed under a strict code of guidelines, and be free of additives.
Another marketing phrase, but not necessarily a harmful one. When something claims to be “non-toxic,” it simply means that the product doesn’t use or contain ingredients that have been linked to a toxic response, like hormone disruption, in humans. This means the product is likely free of additives like phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde and petroleum, all of which have been linked to toxic response.
They may look a whole lot like what you’d add to your daily cup of coffee or morning cereal… but, in fact, milky cleansers are secret weapons for anyone with skin that’s sensitive, reactive, dry, or even acne-prone.
Foams. Gels. Bars. Balms. Oils. We’ve covered ‘em all when it comes to the types of cleansers there are out there. But one we haven’t really talked about yet? Milky cleansers.
To answer the obvious up top: no, they do not contain milk. Rather, the name comes from the texture and appearance. Milky cleansers (sometimes known as cream cleansers or cleansing milk), look a whole lot like what you’d add to your daily cup of coffee or morning cereal, but are, in fact, secret weapons for anyone with skin that’s sensitive, reactive, dry, or even acne-prone.
What makes a cleanser “milky”?
Unlike many of the cleansers you’ve probably already used, milky cleansers don’t foam. At all. Because of this, they may take some getting used to, especially if you’re the kind of person who believes that unless there are bubbles, it’s not working (I promise it is!).
Instead of relying on a foaming agent to do the cleansing work, milk cleansers are made up of emollient-rich ingredients like oils (jojoba and squalene are two popular types) and vitamin E that break down dirt, makeup and grime much like an oil cleanser. The emollient ingredients in a milky cleanser latch onto oil and dirt (like dissolves like) and removes them without stripping your skin.
Why should I care?
Well, if you like your skin, you should care about milky cleansers. Since these formulas let their ingredients do the work (as opposed to the suds of some other cleansers), they are literally nicer to your skin. The ingredients mimic your dermis’ natural state, thereby respecting your skin by keeping it calm and balanced with ingredients it recognizes, not irritating it with harsh foaming agents. The same oils and emulsifiers that cleanse also soothe redness and inflammation, and lock in moisture.
Should I be using a milky cleanser?
Milky cleansers are unique in that they are great for a wide range of skin types. Since they lock in moisture, dry and mature skin can benefit from milky cleansers. But so can skin that’s oily or acne-prone or sensitive.
Most skincare products that claim to help oily or acneic skin are packed with drying ingredients like salicylic acid. But when skin gets too dry, the sebaceous glands go into overdrive and produce more oil than is necessary. In order to keep things balanced and hydrated, consider adding a milky cleanser to your skincare routine if you’re also using products for acne and oil. Simply drying out your skin won’t fix things; you have to bring skin back to a normalized, balanced state, and milky cleansers keep skin’s pH more balanced than something that foams.
How do I use a milky cleanser?
Just like a regular cleanser, except there won’t be a bunch of bubbles to wash away when you’re done.
If you’re using a milky cleanser in the morning or on makeup-free skin, proceed as usual. On dry skin, massage a few pumps of milky cleanser into your face. Wet your fingertips and continue to massage. After about 60 seconds, rinse your face.
If you’re wearing makeup or feeling particularly oily, consider cleansing twice. The first pass will remove the surface layer of makeup and dirt, so you’ll likely need to go back again for a second pass to actually cleanse the skin and let skin benefit from the cleanser’s ingredients.
Can one clean, genius product revolutionize your entire routine?
When I ask Genevieve Tan about the kind of feedback she’s getting for her wonder product, an understated tube of Organic Healing Balm, she replies simply, “this stuff is magic.” And as the do-it-all salve celebrates its first birthday this month, loyal fans of her London-based brand The Gentle Label might be onto something.
Like a stepped-up version of the Paw Paw ointments makeup artists and models swear by backstage every NYFW, the Organic Healing Balm brings another power player into the mix. Derived from papaya, natural enzymes resurface lips without the need for chemical exfoliants, while Tan’s addition of nourishing calendula heals dry, chapped skin. “Conventional balms create the illusion of moisture, while their harsh ingredients can cause skin to become irritated, dry out, and age much more quickly than it should,” she shares of her instinct to nix petrochemicals from the recipe.
Its main purpose? Multi, of course. “It can be used anywhere from hair to heels,” Tan explains of her goal to make a unisex, streamlined product with the potential to be the only moisturizer you need to pack. “It soothes and heals cuts, burns, and bites, and it even provides relief after a fresh wax or new tattoo,” she notes of the lip-balm-meets-primer-meets-hand-cream-meets-makeup-remover-meets-wonder-salve. Below, a few of Tan’s bonus tips for maximizing the modern minimalist’s newest essential:
1. Apply a thin layer to lips and leave on while doing the rest of your make-up. Blot off just prior to applying lipstick for a smoother canvas and stronger, longer-lasting colour.
2. Dab onto a cotton swab to clean up eyeliner mistakes or smudged mascara without having to remove all of your eye makeup at once.
3. Turn powder pigments into a natural, dewy blush or tinted lip gloss by blending with a bit of balm.