Aegmora

Musings on effortless beauty, from an apprentice of the science of skin.

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The verdict on squalene is out!  After many weeks of careful deliberation and experimentation, I have determined that squalene is as useful, versatile and vital to your medicine cabinet as I have heard it is.  

I tried it on a variety of zits, dried out zits, scabs, and dry spots and it instantly smoothed them out, as well as accelerated their healing. Maybe it was because they were smoother and less gross, thus discouraged picking?  Regardless, I can’t live without it now and give my full endorsement for its purchase and integration into your beauty routine.  You can get it here

To Tone or Not to Tone. That is the question.

     

Sometimes toning is undeniably a good thing (check out those arms!). But when it comes to your face, the use and necessity of toner seems like a heavily marketed ploy by the beauty and/or cotton ball industry. Is that middle step in those 3-step magical skin perfecting sets really all it’s cracked up to be? Does our skin really need all that toning, prepping, smoothing, and pH correcting before the application of moisturizer? 

I did a little Sherlock Holmes-ing and… gasp! you don’t actually need a toner in your daily regimen to have a glowing complexion.  Looking back at the history of toner, or astringent as it was called back in the day, it was used to rid the skin of the residue that old facial cleansers were apt to leave behind. Now in these modern times of sliced bread and the internets, cleansers are more elegant, well mannered and clean up after themselves. That extra step is really only necessary if you have extremely oily skin and need a little help getting off heavy make-up.  According to many a dermatologist and skincare guru here, it’s all baloney and they’re not buying it. 

So if you have beauty FOMO and feel guilty every time you see a bottle of toner (like me), you can rest easy.  However, if you love the touch and feel of that dampened cotton ball on your face, make sure you are using one that is alcohol-free and always follow up with a good moisturizer. You want to make sure you are not drying out your face too much, it can cause breakouts. A toner that my beautiful and savvy friend recommends is  the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic, $28. She loves the feel of it and I definitely noticed an extra bit of glow on her.  Plus, it doesn’t contain any alcohol or witch hazel!

Another beauty myth busted.. if you have any burning questions, holla back, please. 

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.

—Coco Chanel

                      

Treat yo self… With Bisous de Provence Lavender triple milled soap from Trader Joe’s, $3.50. Ain’t nothing better than a shower filled with the luxurious scent of lavender at the end of a long day. This bar is filled with lavender husk to slough off that dead skin, leaving you baby soft and smelling like a field of wild flowers.  It’s really the little things in life that bring the most joy. 

CRAY.

      

So grateful to be recognized in Refinery 29’s rockstar line-up of 30 under 30!! Had a grand ‘ol time celebrating on the rooftop of the James Hotel with both old and new friends.  Thank you all for reading! Will keep the lil nuggets of beauty do’s, don’ts, shams, and pearls a-coming.. xo

As the hot humid New York summer settles on us, as well as a permanent sweat mustache, the conundrum of too much summer ‘glow’ rises to the forefront. Who wants to be constantly dabbing their face with oil control sheets, or in my case, toilet paper? It’s just not a good look.  
Well, the solution might be found in the treatment of constipation. No, that wasn’t a typo. Turns out the same stuff that can get your colon moving is also effective in absorbing the oil, or sebum, from the surface of your skin.
Milk of magnesia, otherwise known as Philips, is a highly alkaline agent that is anecdotally toted as a miracle cure for acne. When used as a mask once or twice a week, it is effective in removing and controlling the oil that rises to the surface of the skin, especially on those hot summer days. A word of warning though, a slightly acidic pH is necessary for your skin to maintain an effective barrier. Overuse can cause excessive dryness and a rebound effect where your skin ramps up oil production, possibly making acne worse. There is no evidence backing up the claims as an acne cure-all and I can only recommend that acne can be effectively treated and prevented under the care of a dermatologist.
But I never knock a hot beauty tip before trying it. For $10 a bottle (use only original), it won’t hurt to give a Philips mask once or twice a week a whirl to maintain that matte look on a sweltering day. Use a clean cotton ball to apply a thin layer on your skin and after it dries, rinse with warm water and finish with your favorite moisturizer. I’d love to hear how it works for you all, so holla back, ladies! Also, I hope by this point you have “Hold on” stuck in your head, because I sure do. Check this out for more info.

As the hot humid New York summer settles on us, as well as a permanent sweat mustache, the conundrum of too much summer ‘glow’ rises to the forefront. Who wants to be constantly dabbing their face with oil control sheets, or in my case, toilet paper? It’s just not a good look.  

Well, the solution might be found in the treatment of constipation. No, that wasn’t a typo. Turns out the same stuff that can get your colon moving is also effective in absorbing the oil, or sebum, from the surface of your skin.

Milk of magnesia, otherwise known as Philips, is a highly alkaline agent that is anecdotally toted as a miracle cure for acne. When used as a mask once or twice a week, it is effective in removing and controlling the oil that rises to the surface of the skin, especially on those hot summer days. A word of warning though, a slightly acidic pH is necessary for your skin to maintain an effective barrier. Overuse can cause excessive dryness and a rebound effect where your skin ramps up oil production, possibly making acne worse. There is no evidence backing up the claims as an acne cure-all and I can only recommend that acne can be effectively treated and prevented under the care of a dermatologist.

But I never knock a hot beauty tip before trying it. For $10 a bottle (use only original), it won’t hurt to give a Philips mask once or twice a week a whirl to maintain that matte look on a sweltering day. Use a clean cotton ball to apply a thin layer on your skin and after it dries, rinse with warm water and finish with your favorite moisturizer. I’d love to hear how it works for you all, so holla back, ladies! Also, I hope by this point you have “Hold on” stuck in your head, because I sure do. Check this out for more info.

               

Treat yo self… to the industry’s best multipurpose highlighter, Nars Copacabana stick, $39.  A make up artist told me this was the one item she could not live without.. it works on every skin tone and gives that healthy glow without that body glitter effect. Dab it on the brow bone, bridge of the nose, cheekbones, philtrum of the lip, and the prominence of the chin.  You will enhance your silhouette while raising eyebrows.. WERQ.

The dry and itchy desert of eczema

            

Do you ever find yourself praying like a desert nomad for your eczema to go away?  It’s a chronic, nagging disease that plagues many people I know and one friend even resorted to using lard to find some relief (you know who you are).  Although a good dermatologist is key to battling this malady, a basic understanding of what the heck is going on will help you care for and prevent it.

Itchiness, dryness, rashes are the hallmark of eczema.  In addition to genetics, it has been found that there is structural dysfunction of the skin that decreases its ability to hold onto moisture and fulfill its main function of creating a barrier.  This poor barrier exposes the insides of the body to dust mites and other allergens that can cause the immune system to activate, leading to inflammation and that darn itch.  

So what this means for you is that you need to give your skin a helping hand by restoring the barrier. One great way to do that is after your luxurious bath, pat yourself almost dry, and put vaseline or a thick cream, such as Cerave or Aquaphor, on your problem spots to trap water in your skin.  Mere lotion does not adequately trap in the moisture that your skin so badly needs.  Even after the rash is resolved and your skin is baby smooth again, you can prevent recurrences by continuing this soak and seal regimen. 

Also, remember that the more you scratch, the more you will itch! I see you..  STOP SCRATCHING! An antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Allegra, should help you with that nuisance.  

This is just a basic beginners primer on a bottomless topic.  It definitely does not hurt to have a dermatologist on board with you on your journey to bee-oo-tee-ful, rash-less, healthy skin.  

Treat yo self… to Lush’s Godiva solid shampoo bar, $10.95. It smells deee-vine, leaves your hair soft and glossy, and great for travel.  If you want to double treat yo self, finish off your pampering with a cup of intoxicatingly fragrant jasmine tea.