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What's to know about skin moisturizer? Just slather it on, right? Not quite. The best time to moisturize is after a shower or washing your face, morning and evening. Have oily skin? If you choose carefully, oils can actually be good for your skin. Look for a hydrating serum featuring flaxseed oil and grape seed oil, which are both rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. And when it comes to your eyes, reach for a skin care product specially formulated for this spot. The under-eye area is particularly delicate, so it's key that you pat eye cream or serum until it absorbs—never rub. Finally, don't ignore your décolletage—this area can reveal age just as fast as the face. Shop our selection of moisturizers.
The gold standard of hair removal? Salon waxing and in-office laser hair removal treatments. But for hair removal at home, razors and depilatories are often the methods of choice. These hair removal products are fast and thrifty, but rife with side effects—from razor burn to ingrown hairs to cuts. If shaving is your preference, be sure to swap out your blade every five to 10 shaves to avoid rust. Shaving daily is A-OK as long as you keep the skin soft with a moisturizing shave cream and follow up with a hydrating body lotion on still-damp skin. Depilatories have many devoted fans. Hairs need only be stubble-length for a depilatory to work, but use it sparingly, about every 10 days to two weeks, to avoid drying effects. Epilators are another effective, comfortable method of removing hair at the root, and they're a perfect choice for facial hair removal. And don't count out those lasers—new technology makes home laser hair removal easy, convenient, and affordable. Shop hair removal systems.
Skin looking patchy and dull? It could be due to a combination of heavy moisturizers and dry indoor heat. The solution is exfoliation, a process by which dead skin cells are sloughed off either physically with scrubs or chemically with peels. How to exfoliate? For the body, a manual exfoliating scrub with micro-beads or a loofah will get the job done. Body exfoliator is especially important if you're getting ready to apply a sunless tanning product. How to exfoliate your face effectively? A manual scrub, a microdermabrasion device, or a chemical peel can all send dead skin cells packing. Browse our assortment of exfoliators.
The foundation of good skin is cleansing. Avoid facial cleanser and skin care products with harsh ingredients. Instead, try a soothing and purifying face wash that is non-drying. Always rinse cleansers away thoroughly before moving to the next step in your skin care regimen. See our selection of gentle cleansers.
When it comes to skin care tips, sunscreen is one of the ways to help prevent skin aging. For maximum protection on the face, apply the recommended amount of broad-spectrum sunblock with SPF 30 or above. For the body, a liberal amount shot-glass worth of a sunscreen lotion will do the trick. Pick a moisturizing sunscreen formulated with antioxidants to block UV rays. Sun protection is essential, so be diligent: apply thoroughly at least 30 minutes before exposure to the sun. Shop sunscreen for the face and body.