The Top Beauty Products You’ll Need After Thanksgiving Dinner (Plus The Science Behind Why)

The sodium-filled bags under your eyes will thank you. 

Overeating on Thanksgiving is inevitable. Not only is overeating on Thanksgiving inevitable, but overeating some particularly nasty ingredients is also inevitable. (And if you don’t relate to this idea of “overeating” then I’m sure there is another article out there for you somewhere!). 

We’ve all heard the shpiel about what “bad foods” and “bad ingredients” can do to our bodies, with the most obvious consequence being weight gain. But, have you ever stopped to think about what these harmful ingredients can do to your skin? 

What I’m trying to say is: not only can you gain weight after eating poorly, but your face and skin can go down the drain, too. Certain foods really can affect the quality of our skin. But, as I mentioned, eating these foods on Thanksgiving is going to happen no matter what. So, instead of trying to change our behaviors on the one holiday that we’re basically required to indulge, let’s lean on some amazing skin care products instead to help get us back to our beautiful, fresh-faced selves. 

Below I’ve listed out some beauty products you’ll probably need after indulging on Thanksgiving. I also spoke with dermatologist and founder of MMSkincare, Dr. Ellen Marmur, who helped explain why our faces look so gross different after eating certain foods/ingredients.

Concern: Puffy Eyes From Sodium

Solution: Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Masks 

The excessive sodium we’ll be eating from all of that stuffing, pecan pie, and (if you’re one of those) gravy can lead to some seriously puffy under-eyes. Why? Because “when we’re eating out of balance, the fluids in our bodies begin to pool in areas where there is empty space,” says Dr. Marmur. She explained that you’re probably bloated all over, but you’ll notice it more under your eyes.

So, invest in some stretchy pants as well as The Baggage Claim Eye Masks from Wander Beauty. These eye masks are super soothing and cooling, and also completely stay put on your face. Not that you were planning on being productive on Thanksgiving, but on the off-chance that you get up from the couch and help your mom clean up, you definitely have the option to wear these masks at the same time. 

Concern: Dry Skin From Alcohol

Solution: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid & Oat Overnight Recovery Mask

Alcohol is a kicker for many reasons. Dr. Marmur explained that our skin gets super stressed out from all of the sleep we are destined to NOT get after drinking, as well as from the total loss of water our bodies experience when consuming alcohol. She explains, “The water that’s normally in our circulation either goes out to the soft tissue (which also causes puffiness under the eyes), or it gets driven to our kidneys and you end up peeing a lot more than usual.” Which all leads to dryness.

Hyaluronic acid to the rescue! HA is a molecule that “brings humidity to it, and holds it” according to Dr. Marmur. This is why the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Recovery Mask is a miracle worker. It totally plumps up the skin overnight by helping it to retain water. Let’s just hope you’re not too lit to remember to put it on.  

Concern: Wrinkles & Acne From Carbohydrates

Solution: Anda Enzyme Serum-Masque & Paula’s Choice BHA 9 Treatment

While there is not much science behind the idea of carbs directly causing wrinkles and acne, Dr. Marmur explained to me the working theory of “glycation,” or that sugar found in carbohydrates causes inflammation (which can lead to acne) and a loss of collagen in the skin (which can lead to premature wrinkles). Dr. Marmur emphasized that some people simply metabolize carbs well, while others don’t. My brand is definitely “metabolizes carbs well.” Anyway, her advice is to eat what feels right to you. If you notice you look particularly swollen after chocolate, for example, then eat less chocolate. Life’s tough, I know. 

Carbs or no carbs, we’ll all be wrinkly one day. Accept it! Or, if you can’t, you can use serums like the Anda enzyme serum-masque to gently exfoliate and smooth out the skin. I’ve noticed that my skin looks super luminous with this particular serum! For acne, Paula’s Choice BHA 9 Treatment works like a charm.

Concern: Being Anti-Social 

Solution: MMSphere LED Skincare Device

Okay, you caught me—this isn’t a skincare concern, but it’s still arguably THE biggest concern on Thanksgiving. Like, why do I need to entertain my out-of-town cousin at 9am the morning after Thanksgiving when we mutually don’t care about each other? 

Enter the MMSphere LED Skincare Device* from Dr. Marmur. You know those ring lights that make us look hot in our selfies? This device is shaped like that, but it actually has real, non-superficial benefits that don’t include getting our ex to “like” our latest Instagram. This device has five different colored lights, each with a different benefit for our skin. The amber light will be of particular use to you this Thanksgiving, as it releases endorphins and is proven to elevate your mood and energize you—it’s even used to treat depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder. So instead of waking up and immediately retreating back to your pillow, soak up that amber light and be SOCIAL! 

*Betches readers can use code “HOLIDAY19” for any starter pack of your choice with the purchase of a sphere or a 4 pack of masks with the purchase of 3 serums. 

Good luck, and happy eating! 😉

Images: The MMSphere; Paula’s Choice Skincare; Kerstin Florian Skincare; Herbal Dynamics Beauty; Wander Beauty

We Asked A Plastic Surgeon Our Top Questions About Facial Procedures

It’s 2019, so we’re not going to pretend anymore that getting plastic surgery is some kind of weird taboo that women do in dark rooms on their 40th birthday. Embracing the chance to change something on your body that you feel insecure or uncomfortable with is f*cking awesome, and stigmas are not. And if you’re going to do something, it’s better to have all the information than to go in blind because you were too embarrassed to do research and end up with a botched procedure, right? Right. That’s why we chatted with Dr. Gary Linkov, a Facial Plastic Surgeon from New York to answer all your questions about preventative, non-surgical, and surgical facial procedures.

Which Facial Procedures Are Most Popular?

Nonsurgical: Botox, Filler, Chemical Peel

Surgical: Rhinoplasty (nose job), facelift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and lip lifts are growing in popularity

When Should You Start Non-Surgical Preventative Treatments?

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Although rumours and Instagram ads may suggest otherwise, Dr. Linkov believes that the only truly preventative strategy is botox. He’s had clients who start as young as their early 20s, ranging to about late 20s to early 30s. So if you’re still a child and scared of needles like me, there’s no need to panic. You can still prevent those wrinkles in due time.

How Do You Know If You’re Overdoing It?

It’s not hard to spot an overkill face (we’re looking at you, Tori Spelling), but when you’re in the heat of it, how do you know if you’ve gone overboard? Dr. Linkov says that with Botox, you’re too far once you’ve lost the ability to show emotions through facial expressions and have difficulty animating your face. This low-key sounds like a really good thing that I’d 100% be down for, but it doesn’t look so cute.

In terms of filler, you want to avoid anything that looks disproportionate to the rest of your face. Like, you can legitimately pick anyone from the cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and go as far in the opposite direction as possible. The facial procedures are meant to enhance what is already there, not build cheeks from silicone. For lips specifically, you want to avoid an anterior projection that is unnatural, aka you don’t want to look like you’re making the duck face all the time (unless that’s your strategy, then go for it).   

How Do You Fix Botched Work?

In his line of work, Dr. Linkov has seen plenty of botched faces. He says the most common type of corrections he performs for non-surgical procedures has to do with too much filler being injected or filler being injected in the wrong place. In that case, he needs to dissolve all the filler and start from scratch.

For surgical facial procedures, rhinoplasty is often one that needs correction. Sometimes too much cartilage is removed during the initial surgery, causing the nose to lose shape or sink in. Or Maybe Becca from Long Island got her nose job the summer before college and did way too much coke so now the bridge of her nose is collapsing. But like who really knows, we all started with a deviated septum anyway, right?

How Do Patients Decide The Best Course Of Treatment?

A lot of what Dr. Linkov spends his time doing is actually talking to patients and truly understanding their concerns. He likes to get a background on what procedures they’ve done prior to coming to see him, as well as their tolerance for various intensities of treatments. It’s also vital that Dr. Linkov has time to properly analyze a client’s face to choose the right method of approach. The bottom line is your surgeon should work with you, not for you, to help determine the best way to achieve what you’re looking for.   

When Is The Best Time To Get A Facelift?

Dr. Linkov suggests getting a facelift once the jowls start to show *shivers* and there is some heaviness forming in the neck. Usually, this happens in the mid to late 40s for most women, but it can be later for some lucky betches. The trick, he says, is to do the facelift while the underlying muscle still has good integrity and strength. If you try to get a lift too late, the muscle will have already thinned out and will not support a transformative lift.

Do Facial Gyms Help Wrinkle Prevention?

So apparently taking a spa day to have someone smack your face doesn’t count as going to the gym. Shame. Dr. Linkov says there is very little data to show that facial gyms and wrinkle-prevention exercises actually do anything. In fact, strengthening muscles may even promote wrinkles, since wrinkles are from the activity of the skin’s underlying musculature. It’s fine, you tried.

Who Would Preventative Treatments NOT Be Beneficial For?

If you have limited wrinkles (even when you smile or do a double chin or whatever weird sh*t Snapchat prompts you to do) you don’t actually need preventative botox. Lucky. Fillers, on the other hand, are never really 100% preventative, according to Dr. Linkov, so no one should be trying that out before they want to commit to it.   

How Do You Choose A Location And Person?

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While these procedures can be pricey, there’s no benefit in trying to cut costs. Dr. Linkov says a lot of people often hunt for the best price per unit of Botox or syringe of filler, but those are also the faces that get botched and have to end up paying more for corrections in the future. Dr. Linkov instead strongly recommends picking a doctor by their experience to treat the face and maintain safety as their top priority. Some treatments can have side effects that range from mild to more severe, so having someone who knows what they’re doing and can do it well is very important. He also suggests that you make sure your injector has the appropriate antidotes, such as hyaluronidase for fillers, and to ask what type of filler is being injected.

What Are Typical Price Points For These Procedures?

Botox: Anywhere from $10-25 per unit or $200-500 per area
Filler: $500-1000 per syringe
Chemical Peel: $200-300 per treatment
Rhinoplasty: $9000-15,000+
Facelift: $10,000-20,000+

Is There Any Downtime?

Botox: Rarely any downtime
Filler: Can have bruising or swelling for up to two weeks, but usually one to two days of downtime
Chemical Peel: Depends on the intensity of the peel, but about one week
Rhinoplasty, Facelift, Liplift: One to two weeks of downtime

What Are The Side Effects?

Botox: Paralysis of neighboring muscles, bruising (rarer)
Filler: Bruising, swelling, vascular occlusion (including skin changes, or in rare cases, blindness)
Chemical Peel: Scarring, skin pigmentation changes
Rhinoplasty: Swelling, bruising, breathing issues, cosmetic deformities
Facelift: Scarring, bleeding, facial nerve damage
Liplift: Scarring

If you want to learn more about Dr. Linkov and the procedures he specializes in, feel free to check out his website. To keep up with his daily surgical antics you can follow him on Instagram.

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WTF Is Red Light Therapy & Should You Try It?

It’s no secret by now that I’m a fan of high-tech beauty hacks. So when I was offered the chance to write about red light therapy, I dove in—despite having absolutely no idea what it was. 48 hours later, I’m semi-seriously considering taking out a loan to buy a Joovv Elite and converting a wall of my (tiny) apartment into a red light therapy studio. (Don’t worry, I’ll explain what a Joovv is, my uninitiated friends.) But first, a rundown of WTF red light therapy actually is, how it works, and how quickly whether you should do it. 

What Is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy is, in the end, very much what it sounds like: a form of therapy for your body using red light. To be more specific, using wavelengths of red and near infrared light, and to be psychotically specific, using red light “in the mid-600 nanometer range” and near infrared light “in the mid-800s.” (You do not need to understand these words in order to reap the benefits. But should you, for example, have a very irritating boyfriend who demands to know the science behind all your beauty treatments, you can now cite those numbers for him.) These wavelengths penetrate “roughly 5 millimeters below the skin’s surface,” stirring up all kinds of sh*t in your cells without damaging the surface of your skin. A win in my book.

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

The reason such specific wavelengths are required is that you’re going after a very specific effect: to strengthen the mitochondria in your cells. I’ve been waiting my entire adult life to use this fact that I learned in middle school, and here it is: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. Unfortunately, my understanding never went far enough to know what that means, so I dove back into my research. According to Healthline, the mitochondria creates energy, or energy-carrying molecules called ATP (adenosine triphosphate. Do I have a PhD yet?). When red light stimulates the mitochondria, it creates more ATP—and with more ATP, cells have more energy to get sh*t done.

can you imagine falling in love with someone who doesn’t know that mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

— keely flaherty (@keelyflaherty) March 24, 2018

What Does Red Light Therapy Do?

To get a more nuanced view of red light therapy’s effects, I spoke to Lindsay Malachowski, the Director of Operations at SKINNEY Medspa. First, I ran the effects I was most hoping were true by her: the wonders red light therapy is meant to perform for your skin. According to Joovv, a company offering at-home red light therapy devices, RLT is clinically proven to boost collagen production, reduce inflammation and redness, and improve the appearance of wrinkles. (I am aware that clinically proven implies there are clinical studies I could read. I prefer a more human approach.) When I asked Malachowski about these claims, she confirmed them as true—with some caveats.

Red light therapy, Malachowski explains, is “the most gentle form of photodynamic therapy:” AKA it’s effective, but not going to get you the most dramatic results. Because it’s LED rather than laser, and doesn’t work directly on the surface of the skin, it provides less “significant changes” than a laser treatment like Fraxel or IPL. That’s not to say RLT is useless—Malachowski specifically states that it’s an effective treatment to reduce redness, inflammation, breakouts, and eczema, with the added benefit of having no downtime afterward. Finally, while she affirms that red light therapy “does stimulate collagen,” she notes that here, too, it’s not the most dramatic treatment available on the market. (For that, she recommends non-invasive ultrasound or radio-frequency like Ultherapy.)

When I next asked Malachowski about red light therapy’s weight loss and fat reduction effects, she was notably less enthusiastic. According to her, there’s “little scientific evidence” supporting those particular claims. She doesn’t have much more to say about that, except to recommend CoolSculpting or EmSculpt to those looking for those results.

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When I spoke to Joovv’s cofounder, Scott Nelson, he directed my attention to a whole other side of red light therapy benefits: namely, those that don’t immediately appear in the mirror (sue me, I’m vain). When I asked which groups of people would benefit most from red light therapy, he mentioned immediately that it can lead to “better-looking skin,” but he also mentioned people suffering from joint pain, trouble sleeping, or struggling with muscle recovery. He also mentioned that “elite athletes” use red light therapy to achieve “that edge” when it comes to increasing their performance or cutting down their recovery time. For what it’s worth, Joovv’s clients do include pro athletes Zach Johnson, Anthony Pettis, and Duncan Keith. As for better sleep, he says that using red light therapy “on a regular basis” will quickly improve sleep quality and REM cycles.

So, Where Do I Get It Done?

Good question! Certain salons and spas offer red light therapy treatments, including SKINNEY MedSpa. (It’s not offered as a service on its own, but it’s a 20-minute portion of their Hi Tech Facial, and they also offer it after Botox, filler, and Fraxel treatments to speed up healing.) Other treatment settings might include lying in a red light therapy bed for 20 minutes, offered by aesthetician Mzia Shiman in NYC.

If you’re looking for an at-home version (a phrase I’ve always personally been happy to hear), Joovv sells red light therapy devices in sizes ranging from purse-friendly to a six-foot-tall wall-mounted model. For these, Nelson recommends a daily treatment of 8-10 minutes, standing three to six inches from the device. When I asked how quickly you saw results (I’m impatient, okay?), he let me know that effects like pain and inflammation relief could be seen in a single session. Effects on the skin, however, would take up to 4-6 weeks of daily treatment.

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So, will I be marching out to begin my 4-6 weeks of dedicated red light therapy? Honestly, definitely, but I’m not a hard sell on products that promise to solve all my problems. While experts may not agree on all the effects of red light therapy, there does seem to be substantial scientific evidence that it’s a useful treatment for skin quality, pain relief, and improved sleep. Other claims you can test for yourself, and write blog posts about if you so choose. But if this treatment is even half as effective as the clinical trials supporting it would suggest, I’d say it’s definitely worth a shot.

Images: @skinneymedspa, @jolenegoring / Instagram; @keelyflaherty / Twitter

6 Super Weird Things People Have Done To Avoid Getting Wrinkles

You’ve most likely heard about all of the weird, crazy everyday beauty hacks, as well as expensive beauty treatments that some rich celebrities “swear by” to enhance their skin, butt, hair—whatever. Like say, Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial or Ashley Graham’s windex hack for getting rid of self-tanner streaks, or really any asinine hack that a celebrity reveals on social media that automatically goes viral. But what you might not know is that there are plenty of average people out there that also have some very bizarre things that they themselves swear by in order to achieve better looking skin and hair. Enter: all of the weird things people have done to avoid wrinkles.

That’s right, there are people out there that for some reason can’t just rely on a good ol’ fashion anti-wrinkle serum to do the trick. Instead, they’ve ventured as far as rubbing semen all over their faces in hopes of reversing the effects of aging and preventing wrinkles. So if for whatever reason adding retinol to your skincare routine in order to avoid fine lines just doesn’t sound promising, (or you simply just need a good laugh,) read on for all of the bizarre things that people have done to avoid wrinkles.

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1. Urine Therapy

So apparently there are people out there that believe peeing on a cotton pad and then rubbing it on their face is the secret to maintaining a youthful glow. Why you ask? Well, according to The Sun, a UK-based publication, Stella Ralfini, a 71-year-old grandmother who lives in London, credits adding urine (yes, urine) to her daily skincare routine as the secret to maintaining her youthful glow. The kicker? This woman has been rubbing pee on her skin since she was in her 30’s. That’s right, for the past 40 years, this woman has been rubbing her own urine on her skin in order to avoid wrinkles. (I want my friends to know this the next time they say that I’m gross for only washing my hair once a week.)

Now, I’m not discrediting Stella’s skin, because by the looks of her pictures that ran in The Sun, grandma does have it going on. And while there are reports out there that even though aren’t scientifically-proven, they still claim that since urine is chock full of enzymes and minerals that can help certain issues like eczema and acne. But still, I find it hard to believe that Stella’s pee is to thank for her good skin, and not simply the other parts of her skin care routine, which she mentions is to cleanse, tone, and moisturize.

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2. Vampire Facials

Unless you live under a ginormous, pop culturally unaware rock then you’ve likely noticed that every time Kim Kardashian does something as minor as pluck out a butt hair, it’s mentioned as a headline on endless websites. And while you’ve probably followed her roller coaster hair transformations from light and long to dark and short to that pink shade she wore in Tokyo earlier this year, you might also remember one of her more terrifying beauty moments: when she got that “Vampire Facial.” On one episode of Kim and Kourtney Take Miami, Kim walked into a spa with Jonathan Cheban  and got a facial where the esthetician ultimately pokes you, makes you bleed (and cry), and then uses your blood as some sort of sick, morbid face mask. (Call me a wimp, but I’ll stick with my GlamGlow face mask, thank you very much.)

Well, Kim isn’t the only self-obsessed psycho to ever get this facial done, in fact it’s actually a pretty popular treatment. As far as what the treatment actually does, it uses a Dermapen to puncture tiny holes in your skin which stimulates collagen and elastin fibers to make your skin smoother, but when you lather on the blood, that’s when the facial really works because the platelets from the blood further stimulate collagen and elasticity.

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3. Only Sleeping On Their Back

If we’re being honest, I actually loathe the idea of getting pregnant, if not for any other reason than the fact that you have to spend the duration sleeping on your back. (JK, I’m also loathing it because you can’t drink for nine months, but still.) So when I found out there are sick individuals out there that actually choose to sleep on their backs even when they’re not carrying a child, just to avoid getting wrinkles, I was mind-blown. Hello, if getting wrinkles while you sleep is your concern, have you ever heard of using a silk pillow case to prevent fine lines?

While sleeping on your back is actually a “hack” proven by dermatologists to prevent wrinkles, I’m still not here for it. According to a conversation Health.com had with Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, the derm claims that “…sleeping in such a way that your face comes into contact with cotton pillowcases like on your side or stomach can lead to the creation of deep sleep lines on your forehead and cheeks.” How? Because according to Jaliman, since wrinkles are caused by loss of collagen and elasticity, applying the repeated pressure of sleeping on your side or stomach will only promote the breakdown of collagen, eventually leading to visible lines.

…Whatever. I’m still sleeping on my stomach. That’s why God invented anti-wrinkle serums.

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3. Sheep Placenta Facials

Apparently moms—celeb and um, non-celeb—swear by eating your placenta for glowing skin. January Jones even went as far as making her placenta into pills to take every day. And while that’s all good and fine and probably makes a new mom feel empowered and whatever, what I don’t understand is why the f*ck there are people out there that swear by sheep placenta facials. Like, who in history woke up one day and said “Ya know what? I’m going to watch a sheep give birth today AND THEN I’m going to grab that slab of placenta, put it in a jar, and then go home and slap it on my face and hope that it helps to prevent wrinkles.”

Well, apparently there’s a spa in NYC that offers these facials and claims that the placenta is rich in enzymes and proteins which help to target skin concerns like dull, uneven complexions, eczema, psoriasis, acne, sun damage, wrinkles, and fine lines.

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4. Sperm Facials

So I’m not even going to touch on my personal experience with whether or not my face has ever come in contact with sperm because my mom reads my stories, but what I will tell you is that apparently jizz (do other people call it jizz or am I a 20-year-old frat boy?) is filled with protein and protein is good for your skin. Now, are there other ways to nourish your skin with protein other than letting some f*ckboy bust on your face? Yes, there certainly are, like by using one of these nourishing (and cheap) face serums.

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5. Avoid Smiling

So according to the Daily Mail, there is a 50-year-old woman named Tess Christian that lives in the UK and claims that she hasn’t smiled or laughed in about 40 years all to avoid wrinkles and fine lines. Tess maintains such a straight face at all times that her friends have nicknamed her “Mona Lisa.” I mean, I understand that “laugh lines” are a real thing, and by the looks of it, Tess doesn’t appear to have them, but my question is how has she avoided laughing or smiling? Has she never watched Billy Madison? Do her friends just share sh*tty memes with her? She’s obviously not a big poop joke person and clearly has never read any of our Bachelor recaps. And I just have to wonder: sure, she has avoided wrinkles, but at what cost?

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6. Bird Poop Facials

Okay, I don’t care, I will take a sperm facial over a bird poop facial any day (sorry, Mom). Now, I’ve heard that when a bird sh*ts on you that it’s a sign of good luck, but some sickos had to take it a step further and rub bird poop on their face and claim that it prevents wrinkles and brightens the skin. The most insane part? It’s actually an expensive treatment at some upscale spas. No thank you.

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8 Drugstore Eye Creams Under $25 That Work

Ugh, aging. It’s great that we’re slowing easing out of the acne phase. It blows that we’re running headfirst into the wrinkles phase. But, if you catch on early, you can help prevent having your eyes look like wrinkly old sacks on your face. The best time to start using an eye cream is actually now—like, in your 20s and 30s—if you want to prevent the look of lines and bags and dark circles later. Just add it to your already 18-step routine. It’ll be fine. The good thing is that when it comes to eye cream, you don’t need to empty your life savings to get good sh*t. There are tons of drugstore brands that’ll get the job done since we’re like, v poor right now. Look for creams and serums that’ll help de-puff, smooth, moisturize, and plump, depending what your issue is. Here are a few drugstore eye creams we like that are literally under $25.

1. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream

Aloe is my fav when the sun has done me wrong (v rude), and it works well on your eyes, too. Typical of Burt’s Bees, this eye cream has natural extracts that will make you feel one with nature. It’s also hypoallergenic, so it probably won’t bother your precious eyes.

2. Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream

Nicole Kidman keeps telling me that Olay is amazing, and I’ll be damned if I won’t listen to that eternally 30-year-old betch (like, I’m sure they don’t just keep putting soft lenses on her so she appears younger, right?). Sorcery or not, Olay is a formula that’s been worshipped for decades, and its eye cream stands up to the best of the department store brands. The cream actually has a teeeeny tiny bit of concealer in it along with vitamins and niacinamide, which help with circles over time. So, count this one in as the daytime eye savior.

3. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

CeraVe is one of the only drugstore brands I could find when I was in Le France, so, therefore, everything CeraVe does is très amazing. The formula is made with CeraVe’s combo of ceramides and hyaluronic acid with some other cool stuff I can’t pronounce. The best part? It doesn’t have any fragrances and is non-comedogenic so it’s perfect if you have sensitive skin.

4. Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller

Throw this sh*t in the fridge and apply when you watch something sad or are dealing with a late season allergy that’s f*cking your life up and now your eyes are puffy and omg I feel like Rocky after battling Apollo Creed. Anyway, this Garnier roller ball acts like a teeny massage for your eye and the gel, which has caffeine in it, can de-puff in a few minutes.

5. RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream

Using retinol, a known fighter of wrinkles, this eye cream combats sagging. It also contains hyaluronic acid, so you’ll be fighting crow’s feet from two angles.

6. Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Eye Cream

I hate Jennifer Aniston, but I love Aveeno, which makes me feel all sorts of conflicted. Anyway, blackberry and dill extract plus a few other natural ingredients make the Aveeno eye cream a great choice to help strengthen the elastin around your eye before it gets droopy and gross.

7. Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream

The Yes To line is great for hippie girls who don’t shower yet still somehow have amazing skin (wtf, teach me your ways). The grapefruit line helps a lot with dark circles, thanks to fruit acids that will brighten your skin in a natural highlighter sort of way.

8. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

Neutrogena rules, and this gel cream is pumped full of hyaluronic acid, which I promise is not as scary as it sounds. Basically, it’s a gel formula that sinks into your skin and hydrates your eyes without it feeling like you just rubbed Vaseline into your corneas. Praise be.

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The Treatments Behind Celebs’ “Natural” Beauty That Nobody Talks About

In 2018, we’ve definitely noticed that the way we use makeup is changing (unicorn brows, anyone? JK, this trend made my eyes bleed). Specifically, we’ve seen a lot more honesty from celebs and normals alike about how much of a role makeup plays. Think: Kardashian-esque contouring, YouTube beauty tutorials, #nomakeup selfies. And often, it’s been empowering to watch people openly celebrate both natural looks and the transformative power of makeup. But recently, the tone has shifted. While the idea was once more “everyone has flaws and that’s ok,” it’s now about having such naturally perfect features that makeup would only detract from them. These treatments are typically semi-permanent (aka not a full nose job/brow lift—so ‘90s), always expensive, and basically give you an Insta-filtered face. Here are some of the semi-permanent treatments celebs are using to get that perfect “effortless” look.

Botox/Chemical Peels

I’m lumping these two together, not because they’re all that similar, but just because these are the beauty treatments we’ve all known about and made fun of since the ‘90s. Both treatments have gotten a lot more sophisticated—so the Samantha Jones raw meat face doesn’t happen after peels anymore, and people with Botox can (kind of) still raise their eyebrows—but they’re still the basic anti-aging treatments we all know and wish we could afford love.

@amberrose we couldn’t love that beautiful smile more. We love when you come to see us! #repost • • • • • Fresh faced @drjasondiamond’s office! I got a re-up on Botox! ???? Everyone in his office is so sweet and helpful! Hit up Dr. diamond for Botox, fillers or any type of Facial plastic surgery! He’s the best in the business ????❤️????

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Microneedling

Microneedling is a procedure in which a tiny needle pokes holes all over your face. (If you’ve ever used a dermaroller, it’s the expensive version of that.) This then promotes collagen production as your skin heals, which reduces the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, and acne scars. You know, all the things that make you look like a human, which is no longer desirable. Treatments cost up to $1,000, but then your skin is as good as Kourtney Kardashian’s. (You didn’t really think it was her diet that made her skin good, right?)

@kimkardashian having a Microneedling treatment with @drjasondiamond ???????? Microneedling is great for fine lines and wrinkles and to increase the collagen production in the skin! We offer this for just £49 per Treatment! To book call 07590652233 ???? #LipEnhancement #LipFiller #CheekFiller #CheekEnhancement #ChemicalPeels #Microneedling #Manchester #Cheshire #Aesthetics #KimKardashian #TheLipKing #TheLipKingAesthetics ????

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Injections

Injections is kind of a vague way of putting this, but that’s because injections can do so many different things. You can use filler to fix bad under eyes, smooth out your jawline and cheeks, and really just smooth out any imperfections you’re worried about. While I’m certain that most celebrities over a certain age have had some sort of filler put in, some of the most vocal users are the cast of Vanderpump Rules. In fact, Lala Kent and Tom Sandoval recently took a joint trip, where Lala got something called “Diamond Facial Sculpting.” (Fillers, but fancy I guess?) Lala says Tom was there for “moral support,” but I swear I saw him in a chair in the background of her IG story. Hard to believe Sandoval would willingly skip out on a beauty treatment.

Always love visiting @drjasondiamond and his squad. He’s he only beauty doc I trust. I get botox in my forehead, and in between my brows, & filler in my jawline and chin! Thank you, Dr. Diamond????

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Laser Treatment

No, I’m not talking about laser hair removal. (Though I’m certain that any celebrity who’s ever worn a bikini has gotten that too.) I’m talking about lasers used as facial treatment, which, like fillers, come in many varieties and have many uses. Basically, lasers can be used to fade pigmentation (*glares at rosacea-ridden face*), even out texture and tone, and basically act as “permanent concealer.” MUST BE NICE. Both Kim Kardashian and Jhené Aiko have recently raved about their laser treatments—and if they’re not #skingoals, IDK who is.

penny (got laser on my face the other day and it burnt my forehead ????)

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Microblading

This one is along slightly different lines, because it’s not about skincare. BUT, now that we are officially living in the Age of Eyebrows, it’s pretty freakin’ important. Microblading is getting semi-permanent tattoos draw onto your brows with teeny tiny strokes that resemble real hairs. This then gives you the appearance of naturally full brows for roughly two years. It also costs around $1,000 upfront, plus a mandatory touch-up two weeks later. So yeah, I’ll be getting that when I’m 70 and win the lottery, and will be drawing on my brows each morning until then. Irritatingly, I cannot tell you that celebs like Cara DeLevingne have used this treatment. Instead, it’s a whole bunch of awfuls including Bella Thorne and Lena Dunham. Microfeathering is another version of this treatment, which basically just fills in instead of drawing you a whole new brow.

Happy Tuesday with Bella's new brows #Repost @microbladingla with @repostapp ・・・ Microblading LA was featured on Bustle! ????????Actress Bella Thorne @bellathorne came back to our studio for her touch up with Julia @juliaaffaria and Bustle wrote a piece about it this morning. Check the link in bio for the full article! ???? We'll post before and after pics a little later today so stay tuned… Brows by Julia @juliaaffaria ????????????

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Do I have anything against these treatments, beyond the fact that I can’t afford them? Yeah, a little. I definitely have a problem with celebrities who pretend they haven’t had ANYTHING done. I respect their privacy and all, but I’m a grown-ass woman and I find myself getting upset about my own visible pores. This isn’t something that bothered me even two years ago. But now, every picture I see on Instagram features skin that doesn’t look like skin. And just a few years of being bombarded with those images has been enough for me to think there’s something wrong with my face because of it. Which is all to say, I’m truly worried for young kids who are growing up surrounded by that kind of illusion, and not being repeatedly and aggressively told that it is, in fact, an illusion.

Ultimately, I think it’s probably positive that these treatments are public enough that I can even write this article. Yes, the treatments themselves are becoming more mainstream. But the information is available—if you look—about why exactly these celebs can post #nomakeup selfies that make me feel like a garbage rat. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to start a GoFundMe because all these procedures cost more than my rent.

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The Best Anti-Aging Products For Every Skin Type

It doesn’t matter if you’re super classy or a Real Housewife, there is something we can all agree on: getting old sucks. The thing is, you don’t even have to do it. Okay, that’s a total lie, sorry not sorry. You have to get old or else you die young, and while that means you get to be pretty forever, that is generally a worse alternative. Unless you have student loan debt.

But if you have to get old, you might as well do your best to preserve yourself as much as possible, so while you actually are ancient, you still look amazing and still get carded. However, skin care is not a one-size-fits-all thing, and what works for some doesn’t work for all. Hopefully these products will keep you looking so fresh that you don’t need to have so much Botox that your face doesn’t move and you look like the cast of Jersey Shore. Here is what anti-aging product to use based on your skin type.

Dry

Dry skin people, you are so fucked. I’m sorry. Dry skin is the most likely to age poorly due to the lack of oil in your skin. You have the least amount of elasticity, so when you frown or make any faces at all—like the grimace you’re doing reading this right now—your face is likely to crease and stay that way forever. Is that dramatic? Probably. BUT I’m not sure if you’re aware, I’m not a fucking doctor, so like, this is what happens when you take advice from the internet. Anyway. To prevent aging and wrinkles, you need to load up on moisturizing your Sahara Desert face so that you preserve that elasticity and movement. Try something heavily moisturizing, like Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. Yes, it’s expensive af. But it’s a serum that is a holy grail product people swear by. It will revitalize your skin and smooth out your cracked, peeling face; uneven tone; and any fine lines you already have.

ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Oily

Hi, my oily friends. I also have oily skin. It sucked my entire life. I had regular acne, body acne, cystic acne, adult acne, and I have maybe one thousand unusable photos because my shiny forehead blinded out the rest of my face once the flash hit it. But guess what? We WIN anti-aging. Yes. Hahahaha, you old-ass motherfuckers. Oily skin is the least likely to age because our nasty-ass facial fluids keep our skin from overly stretching out. It’s like science, or something. That said, we still need anti-aging products, but since we def don’t need to add MORE FUCKING OIL to this disaster, we need something that won’t dry us out (because then our faces will riot by producing even more oil), won’t trigger our acne (does every oily skinned person have adult acne or did I just hit the worst genetic lottery ever?), and will keep those wrinkles from ever coming. The secret to wrinkle prevention with oily skin is constantly shedding skin buildup by using a retinol cream. This keeps our oils evenly distributed so we get optimal skin flexibility, and it prevents acne. Also? Insider tip? If you have health insurance, it’s probably cheaper to get a retinol cream from a dermatologist and it’s even stronger.

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream

Combination

If you have combination skin, it means you’re oily in some places and dry in others. Unfortunately for you, this means you may have to use different products for different parts of your face. Sucks. Most combo skin means you’re oily in the t-zone, which means forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks. For these spots, especially if you have acne, use a retinol cream (like the one above) to keep that oil distributed. It also means, though, that really delicate skin areas, like your eyes and lips, are dry and these are the worst spots for wrinkles to pop up. So either stop talking so much and stop, idk, blinking, I guess, or get a heavy eye cream to shove some moisture in those areas. Use it around your mouth too, because we all know what it looks like when people have Grandma lips.

OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème

Sensitive

You poor sensitive babies are also prone to dryness, so you need something that will keep you from getting wrinkles, but also mild enough that it doesn’t cause your skin to rebel against you and break out in a rash, peel, or otherwise ruin your life. Your safest bet for minimal irritation (assuming you aren’t generally acne prone) is to use an oil. It calms redness, burning, and itching that is really prevalent in sensitive skin, while smoothing out lines and rough patches. If only it also worked on the rough patches in my life. ALSO! This product has our anti-aging Lord and Savior, Retinol!

SUNDAY RILEY Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Normal

What the fuck is normal skin? Apparently this is an actual skin type. Which I find offensive because my greasy pizza face is perfectly normal, thank you very much. But apparently, apparently, there are some assholes out there who have pH-balanced skin that isn’t dry, isn’t oily, isn’t sensitive, and doesn’t have acne, pores, or imperfections. Sounds fake, but k. Also, go fuck yourself. If you have perfect skin and you’re reading this article just to fuck with me, you can go use anything and I’m assuming you’ll be perfect no matter what because my life isn’t fair. I’d personally go with the one with the prettiest bottle, which is the one above. Or, if you’re worried an oil may cause your perfect skin to break out, you can use a very generalized anti-aging moisturizer that won’t make your skin too oily or dry it out. The secret for you is to keep your normal oil levels steady as you get older, like with this moisturizer from Belif.

BELIF Peat Miracle Revital Cream

Sidenote: all of you, put SPF on your hands. Seriously, the biggest giveaway to someone being old is their hand skin. No one thinks to protect them from the sun until it’s too late, and I don’t think they do hand Botox. You’re welcome.

Edit: Oh, fuck, they actually do hand Botox.

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The 7 Wrinkle Creams You Should Start Using In Your 20s & 30s

Unfortunately, we’re all getting, like, older and grosser. That means we need tone it back on taking care of zits (well, some of us) and start taking care of potential wrinkles—which is literally so depressing. When did this happen? We used to be carefree! Sleeping in makeup! Smoking but telling everyone we didn’t! Eating like shit! Oh, how the tables have turned.

But before you give in to the Grim Reaper and literally die because hitting 30 is going to cause you to spiral into a deep depression, do yourself a favor and find some face treatments and creams that are way better at keeping nature at bay than you thought possible. Like, not only will they make you probs hotter, but they’ll help prevent wrinkles down the line, too. Bless.

 

1. Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream SPF 20

Not too heavy to fuck up your makeup; not too light that it does literally nothing. Your eyes will be brightened and protected from the evil sun and wrinkles in general. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest of your entire bod (ew), so protect it and shit.

2. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

Smells like a spa, makes your skin super soft, and the hyaluronic acid actually PULLS moisture into your skin. Moist (sry) skin doesn’t wrinkle as easily, friends.

3. Coppertone ClearlySheer Faces for Sunny Days Broad Spectrum

LITERALLY this is the most important if you want to keep the crow’s feet and bullshit at bay. Slather on a good sunscreen during the summer months, regardless of how long you plan to be outside. Coppertone is a solid standby, and it’s silky enough to wear every day without making you feel like you’re six again and mom is slathering you with zinc before you head out to the beach.

4. Clarins Multi-Active Nuit

Clarins is a great choice for those of us who are super stressed and don’t get much sleep … so, everyone reading this, I assume. The texture isn’t greasy or gross AND it goes on smooth enough that you can put makeup on top of it. The organic California Poppy extract and shea butter both add tons of moisture, making this night cream a great option for those who aren’t ready to buy anything with the word “wrinkle” in the name.

 

5. Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum

Serums mean good protection against free radicals (i.e. the disgustingly polluted air), which contribute to zits, aging, and general dullness. Gag. Adding a serum to your routine will help offset what nature wants to do to your face.

6. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

Fun fact: One of the best things you can do to prevent wrinkles is to wash your fucking face. Free radicals and makeup particles can actually sit on your skin and age it. So, making sure you get alllllll that shit off is SUPER important.

7. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Smooth & Flawless Peel + Moisturize

At the end of the day. nothing feels better than scrubbing the pain … er.. wrinkles away. Exfoliating a few times a week or using an acid peel can do wonders for your skin. Dr. Dennis has a fantastic formula that you only need to use once a week and follow up with some GOOD fucking moisturizer.

 

Image: Nik MacMillan / Unsplash

 

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