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Glow Recipe by Rachel Jacoby Zoldan - 4d ago

Listen, being devoted to a multi-step skincare routine day and night is nothing short of impressive — you wouldn’t believe how many people brush off a question of what skincare they use with an answer like  “Some random bar of soap.” But skincare isn’t black and white — there are a million shades of grey in between.

One thing is consistent for all walks of skincare — the sticky, stifling heat of summer and how it affects your usual routine. Even the most hardcore skincare devotee can feel lazy in the warmer months. We get it — nothing sounds less appealing in 80+ degree  weather than applying 10 different products to your skin, no matter how lightweight and easily absorbed they are.

But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your usual K-beauty skincare routine completely. We went to the pros to learn what you should keep and what you should cut for the summer without sacrificing the clear, glowy skin you’ve come to expect with Korean skincare. Follow these tips to pare down the amount of products you use and the time it takes so you can actually go experience the summer in all of its glory.

Cut the oil cleanser in favor of a water-based or foaming formula.

While oil cleansers are efficacious in removing makeup, they leave a microscopic hydrating film behind on the complexion — often why a second, foaming cleanser is employed as the next step in a K-beauty routine. Ginger King, a cosmetic chemist based in New Jersey, suggests that “foaming cleansers are better at removing any excess grime, pollution, and sunscreen that builds up from spending more time outdoors.” Try Whamisa by Glow Studio Green Tea Foaming Gel Cleanser ($20), which is rich in antioxidants that provide environmental protection.

Skip toner and move straight to an essence.

King suggests skipping the toner step and moving straight to essences, which are considered by many to be more efficacious versions of toners (with a few notable exceptions, that is). These liquid lotions, she says, “help to increase absorption of skin products layered on top while also actively hydrating the complexion.” For example, Ithe Blithe InBetween Makeup Prep Essence ($38) helps to nourish, hydrate, and perfectly prep skin — in this case for a smooth, foundation-ready canvas. Ingredients like squalane and ceramides hydrate and smooth without clogging skin, too.

Choose one serum for day and one for night — max.

King’s recommendation is simple when it comes to summertime and serums: “Use a smaller amount, like a pea-sized dose.” Plus, you should reach only for what your skin absolutely needs. Generally, a daytime antioxidant serum works for all skin types in its work protecting from free radicals, such as Wish Formula I’m Pro Vitamin C Ampoule Pads ($4/each).

At night, opt for one that repairs and helps calm inflammation, such as Yuripibu Asiatica Calming Ampoule ($48), which is rich in cica, a super-effective ingredient to soothe redness; it’s great for rehydrating after long days in the sun, too.

Switch to a chiller moisturizer for daytime.

When it comes to summer hydrators, King’s favorite is a gel-cream formula, which is lightweight, less likely to make you break out, and cooling to the skin. “Gels are water based — as opposed to a heavier humectant ingredient — so it physically feels lighter on the face, too.” (Hot tip: Keep it in the fridge for a seriously sweet summer treat.) Try J. One Jelly Cream ($42), which brightens, plumps, and protects the skin from daily pollution and has that featherweight gel texture, too.

Make your night cream work really hard.

While a regular moisturizer can effectively work for both day and night, why not reap multiple benefits from your PM formula the way you will be with your day cream? Try Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask ($45), a hybrid does-it-all treatment drenched in soothing watermelon extract, plus hydrating hylauronic acid and pore-diminishing alpha-hydroxy acids. You fall asleep with dry, congested, irritated skin and wake up to smooth, glowing, clear skin. Magic!

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You know how your skin just seems to glow in the summertime? Well, we found a new brand that will give you that radiant, healthy look and feel year round with a unique blend of superfoods. Meet your new skin-transforming obsession, Jullai.

Jullai has two antioxidant-packed lines: anti-aging Super 12 and soothing Super 7. Super 12 utilizes Tomato Extract, Cauliflower Extract, Sweet Almond Extract, Blackberry Extract, Magnolia Berry Extract, Bayberry Fruit Extract, Spirulina Extract, Artichoke Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Wintergreen Leaf Extract, Chia Seed Extract, and Balloon Flower Extract to help firm and revitalize the skin’s surface, fight wrinkles, and defend skin’s barrier from environmental aggressors and free radicals.

Super 7 uses gentle Quinoa Extract, Chia Seed Extract, Oatmeal Extract, Flowering Quince Extract, Pumpkin Seed Extract, Baobab Seed Extract, and Linseed Extract to soothe and nourish inflamed and sensitive skin.

Both lines are made using a special seven-day cold slow-brew method that naturally captures maximum nutrients while minimizing energy consumption. To make things even sweeter, the textures are incredible and the minimalist packaging is practically made for Instagram.

Discover our four favorite products below.

Super 12 Bounce Cleansing Oil

Not only does this silky, soothing cleansing oil make removing makeup and pore-clogging dirt a breeze, but it’s also formulated with purifying and refining Green Tea Seed Oil, soothing Avocado Oil, hydrating Olive Oil, and blemish- and blackhead-fighting Apple extract. Use this as the first step in your nightly skincare routine to help the rest of your products perform to their full ability.

Super 12 Bounce Essence Oil Toner

This bouncy toner and serum hybrid holds little anti-aging blue bead capsules that break when you pat them into the skin. It also contains Sea Buckthorn Oil to protect and revitalize skin, Olive Oil to improve skin texture, antioxidant-rich Jojoba Oil to protect skin from free radicals, and Mistletoe Extract to enhance skin’s immunity and reinforce the skin’s barrier.

Super 7 Moisture Hydrating Gel

An oily/combination skin’s dream, this lightweight gel-and-serum-in-one is packed with Lactic Acid Probiotics to soothe, hydrate, and improve skin defense, Linseed Oil to maintain elasticity, Ylang-Ylang Oil to detoxify, soothe blemishes, and prevent breakouts, and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein to moisturize and strengthen the appearance of skin.

Super 12 Bounce Oil In Mask

This sheet mask nourishes skins with the antioxidant-rich Super 12 complex, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, and Avocado Oil. Remove after 10-15 minutes for glossy, soothed, glowing skin.

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Skin-care enthusiasts know that the key to fresh, gorgeous skin — the glow recipe, if you will — is all about exfoliation. To unclog pores and remove dead skin cells so that your serums, masks, and moisturizers can do their thing, it’s all about a good chemical exfoliator. To help you find the best one for your skin, we’ve rounded up some of our go-to sloughers to help clear and smooth using a variety of active acids. Here, your guide to “doing acid,” from salicylic to glycolic to lactic.

Salicylic Acid

The Common Labs Real Jel Masks in Vitamin B, C, and E all boast salicylic acid, one of the most well-known skin clarifiers around. It’s prized for its ability to eradicate acne and clear clogged pores. The addition of skin-healthy vitamins in these masks add anti-aging and revitalizing qualities. Each mask is formulated with a different vitamin, so you can pick and choose which one is best for you and your skin type. No matter which one you end up trying (you’ll probably want to try them all), the acid-vitamin combo will leave you with glowing, radiant, petal-soft skin.

Willow Bark

Boasting the same exfoliating benefits as salicylic acid, willow bark is a natural ingredient that gently tones and purifies. You can find it in the Leegeeham Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner, a clarifying toner infused with gentle acids to unclog congested pores while hydrating and soothing breakout-prone skin. In addition to willow bark, it’s also formulated with BHA to gently exfoliate dead skin cells inside pores and a whopping 70% tea tree extract to leave your skin calm and balanced.

Glycolic Acid

The Do You Primary 2-Step Milk Peeling Kit uses glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells gently. (Noticing a theme here?). The standout ingredient, soy milk extract, provides the skin with nourishment in addition to hydration. Step 1 of this kit features an oversized Q-tip saturated in an AHA complex to gently peel away dead skin cells while simultaneousl calming skin with soothing hydration. Apple fruit water helps to soothe irritation and control sebum production during the exfoliation process. Step 2 locks in moisture with a soothing and calming sheet mask that contains green tea, chamomile, and rosemary leaf extracts. Rejuvenated, brighter skin ensues.

Lactic Acid

Blithe Patting Splash Mask incorporates lactic acid and and botanical extracts to help re-texturize and smooth skin instantly while increasing radiance over time. It’s formulated with antioxidant-packed berries to help leave skin looking brighter and more youthful. The splashing-then-patting action helps the mask to absorb quickly and efficiently for a quick and easy treatment that makes this face mask practically an on-the-go treatment.

Lactobionic Acid

Lactobionic acid is a mild PHA that gently exfoliates the skin while imparting hydration, making it a great choice for those with skin on the drier side. It works on the surface of the skin to “unglue” dead skin cells without the irritation typically associated with straight-up exfoliators like BHAs and AHAs, making this radiance boosting treatment ideal for daily exfoliation. Make P:rem Radiance Peeling Booster contains this special slougher in a watery, radiance-boosting daily hydrating toner. It gently retextures skin while calming and hydrating.

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Glow Recipe by Lindsey Unterberger - 2w ago

Ask a dietician her thoughts on blueberries and you’ll instantly see her face light up. “Blueberries are one of the absolute best food sources of antioxidants,” says Eliza Savage, RD, of Middleburg Nutrition in New York City. “Antioxidants are so important because they’re compounds that fight harmful free radicals in the body which cause cell damage and they protect against chronic diseases and cancer.” In honor of National Blueberry Month (which is July, in case you weren’t up to date on your food-themed holidays), we decided to dig deep into what makes blueberry so good for you, both inside and out.

You can thank that pretty blue hue for the yummy fruit’s health and beauty benefits. “Anthocyanins, which give blueberries their hue, act as a protective mechanism in plants to protect against environmental factors like UV light, cold temperatures, and droughts,” says Savage. And while all antioxidants from all natural sources are great, anthocyanins have been scientifically proven to preserve skin health and prevent the signs of skin aging, she explains.

“Blueberries’ antioxidants can help soothe damaging inflammation and have phytonutrients to promote optimal nutrition,” Savage adds, so it makes sense that when applied topically, blueberry extract can help ward off sun damage, wrinkles, age spots, and damage. Our hero face wash, Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser ($34), does all of that while also removing makeup, grime, and pollution.

“Antioxidant rich, natural topical products generally help to reduce oxidative damage,” adds Savage. Whether used as a face wash or as a mask (just leave the cleanser on for a five minutes), the unique jelly formulation of this complexion must-have leaves skin feeling ultra-soft, thanks to hyaluronic acid; smoothed, courtesy of a bit of exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids; and of course, soothed and protected with everyone’s favorite berry. So the only question remains is: What can’t this little fruit do?

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Glow Recipe by Sara Spruch-feiner - 2w ago

Exfoliating can be near addicting. When else do we get to actually feel our products working their magic on our skin? Be it sloughing away dead, dull skin to reveal a glowier surface via a gommage scrub, or that bit of a tingle that signals a BHA dissolving away pore gunk (gross, but also kind of amazing, right?), exfoliating can be addicting. There are plenty of options out there, but which one is right for you and your skin? Here’s what you need to know.

Why is it good to exfoliate?
Simply (and a little grossly) put, dead skin cells accumulate on our skin’s surface, which can leave your complexion looking dull, rough, and dry. When we exfoliate, we buff away these dead cells and reveal younger, newer, glowier ones.

Is there such a thing as over-exfoliating?
While exfoliation is great, doing it with too harsh a product or too frequently can lead to some less-than-desirable issues. If you’re new to exfoliation, dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman suggests starting with once or twice a week and increasing in frequency. “If you start to become red, flaky, or notice your skin peeling, scale it back,” she says.

How should I choose the exfoliant that’s best for me?



We’ll let Dr. Engelman break it down for you.

“For the face, generally, chemical exfoliants (like skincare acids) are the best option for ridding the skin of dirt and grime and not causing irritation. Physical exfoliation (i.e. scrubs) can be too harsh on the skin if not done properly or done too frequently,” she says.

“AHAs (such as lactic acid and glycolic acid) are used for dry skin and to anti-age. BHAs (salicylic acid) are best for acne-related issues such as large pores, blackheads, and pimples,” Dr. Engelman notes.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get to the fun part: products.

Glow Recipe, Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Our best-selling overnight mask combines two things all skin types need: exfoliation (via pore refining AHAs) and hydration. Our hero ingredient, watermelon, is brimming with antioxidants and amino acids, which help keep skin smooth, while hyaluronic acid ensures your skin stays hydrated and irritation-free. As it’s an overnight mask, it’s working its true magic while you sleep, so when you rinse it off in the morning, you’ll reveal a brighter, clearer, and softer complexion. One quick note: If you notice any pilling at all, don’t panic — this is a natural byproduct of the exfoliation process and only further helps clear up the skin.

Whamisa by Glow Studio, Charcoal Chai Tea Pore Refining Glow Pad
These new exfoliating pads are all about detoxifying and deep cleansing the skin sans irritation. They’re totally alcohol-free, so you don’t have to worry about drying out your complexion. Levulinic acid conditions skin, chai tea is rich in antioxidants (and caffeine, to increase circulation and enhance that glow), and charcoal detoxifies.

Glow Recipe, Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser
This Teen Vogue Acne Award-winning cleanser is formulated with antioxidant-rich blueberries and AHA to gently exfoliate, melt away makeup and grime, hydrate, and purify the skin. Bonus points if you use it as a 5-minute deep cleansing mask twice a week.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Peeling Finger Mitt
These gentle pads are embossed with tiny bumps that help physically remove dead skin cells without agitating even the most sensitive skin. Part of that gentleness is because, in addition to the softness of the pads themselves, they’re also drenched in soothing, hydrating ingredients like aloe, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. Finally, fermented flowers help brighten, so skin is left feeling fresh and looking radiant.

Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel
This gel is a physical exfoliant, but without the rough, abrasive beads or shells you might typically associate with a “scrub” type product. It uses moisturizing and brightening ingredients like cellulose, trehalose, and hollyhock to keep skin hydrated while gently exfoliating. Ingredients like aloe, willow bark, and licorice root extract make sure skin is left calm, clarified, and brightened.

Make P:REM, Radiance Peeling Booster
The perfect toner for chemical exfoliation newbies, this gentle formula features PHAs. A lesser-known sibling to aforementioned AHAs and BHAs, PHAs are milder than their better-known counterparts, and better suited to sensitive skin. They also work to remove dead skin cells to smooth the skin’s surface and even skin tone. If that wasn’t enough, they actually attract water molecules, which keeps skin moisturized. This daily hydrating toner uses PHA lactobionic acid to “unglue” dead skin cells and gently retexture skin.

Now that you know the A(HA), B(HA), P(HA)’s of exfoliating, it’s about time you grabbed one and made dead, dull skin a thing of the past.

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Glow Recipe by Lindsey Unterberger - 2w ago

If there is one skincare lesson we’ve learned from every dermatologist and aesthetician on the planet, it’s to always wear sunscreen. The cardinal rule applies regardless of the weather, where you’re going, or how much time you spend outside. We can go on and on (and on and on) about why daily sunscreen application is so important, but the biggies include protection against skin cancer and signs of pre-mature aging like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

Despite being fully aware of sunscreen’s importance, applying it before we leave the house in the morning (and then again every few hours after, as most docs recommend) is still a struggle. So, why, if we have no problem remembering an essence, moisturizer, primer and everything else, is this one still so hard?

Well, for one thing, many people are under the false impression that the SPF in their everyday foundation and moisturizer will keep them safe. Unfortunately, the SPF included in these products generally won’t cut it — simply because you’re not using as much of it as you’d need to in order to get the full benefits. The other reason is that most sunscreens just don’t feel or look that great on your skin. The textures are usually greasy and the finish can be chalky — a major buzz-kill for your #motd look.

You don’t have to compromise though! Enter the sun gel. It’s a K-beauty staple that has infiltrated the U.S. (it even made an appearance at the royal wedding) and is destined to become your skin savior this summer (although, really, you should start using it now). “Gel sunscreens are new formulations that are typically lighter when applied on the skin than most other formulations like creams and sticks,” says Dr. William Kwan, a San Francisco-based dermatologist and ethnic skincare expert. “They go on clear and don’t appear white on the skin, and because they dry on the skin, makeup goes on smoothly after without looking cake-y. Also, most gel sunscreens go on matte, so you don’t look shiny.”


Dr. Sejal Shah, a New York City-based cosmetic dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, has also seen an uptick in gel formulas in recent years and says they can be just as effective as their traditional counterparts. “They can offer similar protection to other sunscreen formulations, but they generally do not offer physical (mineral) protection,” she notes. “Gels usually only contain chemical sunscreen ingredients that absorb harmful UV radiation rather than physically block it as mineral sunscreens do.”

Both derms say the most important things to look for in a gel sunscreen are the sun protection factor (make sure you’re using at least an SPF 30) and whether it provides broad-spectrum coverage, meaning it will protect you against both UVA and UVB rays. “Also, be careful that the gel doesn’t contain too much alcohol, which can dry or irritate the skin,” adds Kwan.

Ready to give sun gels a chance? Try one of our three favorite K-beauty options below (all SPF 50 and broad-spectrum). We tried each one on both very light and very dark skin tones and had our testers apply a large amount before applying makeup in the morning and then several times over their makeup throughout the day. They all reported no white cast, minimal stickiness, and zero caking.

Make P:rem Capsule Sun Gel, $32


If we didn’t know this product was a sunscreen, we’d swear it was a serum. It has a lightweight texture, goes on completely clear, and absorbs into skin immediately. Seriously, in less than a minute, our skin felt completely dry, noticeably smoother, and slightly more hydrated, thanks to the birch sap and sunflower seed extracts in its formula. It also imparts a subtle citrus scent that is far more evocative of a fancy moisturizer than an overpowering, coconut-infused sunscreen.

Earth’s Recipe Waterful Sun Gel, $25


At first glance, this looks and feel like any other liquid sunscreen. Once you start rubbing it in, though, you realize it’s completely different: It takes minimal effort to emulsify even a large amount of product and it’s far more hydrating due to the sparkling mineral water and glycerin used in the formulation. In fact, if your skin is on the drier side, we recommend this sun gel above the others, which are better suited for those with oily or combination skin types.

Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel, $32


After the success of its original Capsule Sun Gel, Make P:rem released another version that not only protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays, but claims to counteract the damage caused by infrared waves and radiation from the heat of the sun. It’s more opaque when it comes out of the bottle and lacks the citrus scent but absorbs just as quickly and leaves no trace of white residue.

See, getting proper sun protection doesn’t have to a pain in the you-know-what. Just don’t forget to reapply — and while you’re at it, extend your application to your chest and neck. They’re just as sensitive to sun damage as your face. You’ll thank us later.

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In the beauty world, eye creams are almost as divisive as French manicures — people either swear by them or reject their premise outright. Glow Recipe spoke to a leading dermatologist to settle the debate on whether you need one (spoiler alert: probably). And if you do, what you need to know about using it. Below, NYC cosmetic dermatologist Sejal Shah, founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, answers some of the most Googled questions about eye creams

1. Do I really need an eye cream?
“I generally recommend an eye cream as they are specifically formulated for the delicate eye area,” says Dr. Shah. “If your concern is only dryness, your face moisturizer might be sufficient, but often the eye area needs something richer and more hydrating.” Plus, eye creams are usually packed with free-radical-fighting antioxidants that you need to reduce signs of aging and keep your skin healthy.

2. What ingredients should I look for in my eye cream?
Not all eye creams are created equal. The ingredients to look for really depend on your goals, says Dr. Shah. For instance, if you are concerned about dryness ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and emollients are helpful. Here are a few of our favorite ingredients and their benefits:[blossom jeju]We love the hydrating blend of camellia oil, coconut oil, and camellia flower extract in the Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Eye Gel Cream. It’s intensely nourishing, but the gel texture gives it a lightweight feel on the skin.

But if you’re worried about puffiness, seek out an eye cream with circulation-boosting caffeine or anti-inflammatory properties like the flavonoid-rich rooibos tea extract found in this month’s Glow Gamechanger, the Whamisa by Glow Studio Chai Tea Eye Cream. As an added bonus it also has turmeric to smooth out uneven texture and propolis to hydrate and condition.

Vitamin K, licorice root extract, and peptides can all help brighten dark circles, especially those caused by environmental factors rather than genetic ones. Try the ID.AZ Dermastic Eye Care Cream, which is also loaded with niacinamide, squalene, and ceramides to fight dark circles and wrinkles as it hydrates the entire eye area.

3. When should I use an eye cream?
“Hydrating and brightening eye creams can be used morning or night or even twice a day, but eye creams that contain retinoids should be used only at night,” says Dr. Shah.

4. How should I apply an eye cream?
“Use your ring finger to gently pat the eye cream into the skin,” advises Dr. Shah. “Do not rub or apply too much pressure.” This will help massage the area and ensure that you’re not tugging on the delicate skin, which can lead to fine lines.”

How to (Properly!) Apply Eye Cream - YouTube

5. Do I need an eye essence or serum and an eye cream?
Unlike the layering rituals you do for the rest of your face, eye essences and serums don’t need to be followed by a cream. Depending on the ingredients, “you run the risk of irritating this delicate area,” warns Dr. Shah. Instead, opt for one or the other, depending on your needs and texture preference. The hydrating and brightening ingredients in Whamisa Organic Flowers Eye Essence, for example, make it strong enough to do the job on its own.

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In the beauty world, eye creams are almost as divisive as French manicures — people either swear by them or reject their premise outright. Glow Recipe spoke to a leading dermatologist to settle the debate on whether you need one (spoiler alert: probably). And if you do, what you need to know about using it. Below, NYC cosmetic dermatologist Sejal Shah, founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, answers some of the most Googled questions about eye creams

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1. Do I really need an eye cream?
“I generally recommend an eye cream as they are specifically formulated for the delicate eye area,” says Dr. Shah. “If your concern is only dryness, your face moisturizer might be sufficient, but often the eye area needs something richer and more hydrating.” Plus, eye creams are usually packed with free-radical-fighting antioxidants that you need to reduce signs of aging and keep your skin healthy.

2. What ingredients should I look for in my eye cream?
Not all eye creams are created equal. The ingredients to look for really depend on your goals, says Dr. Shah. For instance, if you are concerned about dryness ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and emollients are helpful. Here are a few of our favorite ingredients and their benefits:

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We love the hydrating blend of camellia oil, coconut oil, and camellia flower extract in the Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Eye Gel Cream. It’s intensely nourishing, but the gel texture gives it a lightweight feel on the skin.

But if you’re worried about puffiness, seek out an eye cream with circulation-boosting caffeine or anti-inflammatory properties like the flavonoid-rich rooibos tea extract found in this month’s Glow Gamechanger, the Whamisa by Glow Studio Chai Tea Eye Cream. As an added bonus it also has turmeric to smooth out uneven texture and propolis to hydrate and condition.

Vitamin K, licorice root extract, and peptides can all help brighten dark circles, especially those caused by environmental factors rather than genetic ones. Try the ID.AZ Dermastic Eye Care Cream, which is also loaded with niacinamide, squalene, and ceramides to fight dark circles and wrinkles as it hydrates the entire eye area.

3. When should I use an eye cream?
“Hydrating and brightening eye creams can be used morning or night or even twice a day, but eye creams that contain retinoids should be used only at night,” says Dr. Shah.

4. How should I apply an eye cream?
“Use your ring finger to gently pat the eye cream into the skin,” advises Dr. Shah. “Do not rub or apply too much pressure.” This will help massage the area and ensure that you’r not tugging on the delicate skin, which can lead to fine lines.”

5. Do I need an eye essence or serum and an eye cream?
Unlike the layering rituals you do for the rest of your face, eye essences and serums don’t need to be followed by a cream. Depending on the ingredients, “you run the risk of irritating this delicate area,” warns Dr. Shah. Instead, opt for one or the other, depending on your needs and texture preference. The hydrating and brightening ingredients in Whamisa Organic Flowers Eye Essence, for example, make it strong enough to do the job on its own.

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If you ask me, cleansing waters tend to be the best face washes on the market. While typical cleansers use harsh soaps to strip away dirt and oil — which throws your skin’s natural moisture layer out of whack — cleansing waters are a gentle, soap-free alternative that erases makeup, dirt, and oil without drying you out.

That said, a lot of cleansing waters tend to be just that — cleansers. They don’t go that extra mile when it comes to hydration or improving skin texture. So when I tried the new Make P:rem Radiance Me Cleansing Water Oil, I was intrigued to see it was somehow both a water and a cleansing oil. It has a powerful ratio of both cleansing water (7/10) and cleansing oil (3/10), so not only would it rid my skin of dirt and oil, but it would also add moisture back into it. What’s more? The product claims that the added oil will easily break down makeup. And as someone who wears a lot of waterproof eyeliner, that’s definitely a claim I hoped was true.

Make P:rem Radiance Me Cleansing Water Oil is a bi-phase cleanser, meaning that you have to shake it to combine both the oil and water before using. Once you do that, the formula is able to work its cleaning magic. The standout ingredient is Vitaberry 5, a potent mix of cloudberry, bilberry, sea buckthorn berry, raspberry, and blackberry. Thanks to the antioxidants present in this powerful complex, it both cleans and brightens your skin, improving texture immediately after use. So you aren’t just cleaning your skin — you’re treating it as well.

But does it work? Well, after just one use of this unique cleansing hybrid, I was completely blown away. I used my fingers to massage it into my skin, and then pressed and held a few drops over my eyes for a minute to break down any makeup, then gently massaged the pigment away. After I rinsed, I was surprised to see how calm my skin looked — usually, cleansers leave me looking a little red and shiny. But this left my face insanely moisturized and glowing. I even found that I had to use less of my nighttime moisturizer afterwards.

So no, you no longer have to choose between moisturized skin and an effective cleanse. Make P:rem Radiance Me Cleansing Water Oil gives you both of those benefits in one package. Great skin shouldn’t be a struggle, so anything that both works and makes my life a little bit easier in the process is a winner in my book.

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It’s really hard to find products that work to nourish your skin completely—preventing blemishes, hydrating, refining pores, preventing excess oil, and healing pimples while giving you a healthy glow. But once you find them, you hold them close and you never let them go. So if our grip on the new Leegeehaam Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner is a little too tight, you’ll have to forgive us; we just really love what it’s doing to our skin.

The toner is formulated with two of the most beloved natural skincare ingredients: 70% tea tree extract, which not only soothes and relieves skin but also helps to disinfect pores and treat blemishes, and 10% willow bark extract, which contains salicylic acid and helps to remove dead skin cells and refine skin. And while those two ingredients alone would be effective in clearing skin, the real magic is BHA.

If you’re not familiar with BHA (or, as it’s scientifically known, Beta Hydroxy Acid), here’s the gist: It’s a super-gentle chemical exfoliator that goes way above and beyond what a physical exfoliator could ever even dream of, penetrating the pore to get rid of dead skin cells beneath and above the skin’s surface. It reveals a more radiant, healthy complexion while hydrating, calming (bye, redness!), and diminishing the look of fine lines.

Because it’s so effective, BHA is one of the most in-demand ingredients for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin. The only problem is that it’s usually unpleasant to use. It can smell really harsh and can even make your skin tingle in some formulas. We worked directly with Leegeehaam, the brand that revolutionized skincare with the OG Tea Tree 90 Essence, to create a formula that doesn’t burn or smell and feels silky and super-nourishing. The Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner is a total game-changer, if we do say so ourselves.

If it feels like your skin is personally victimizing you with breakout after breakout, join the club and get this toner.

PS—If you pre-order the Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner by July 1, you’ll also get a free Leegeehaam Tea Tree Soothing Mask.

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