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The Beautiful Skin Blog — cosmetics

9 awesome skincare tips in one easy place

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Hello! We've had such a blast sharing great tips for taking care of your skin. So much fun, in fact, we decided to round them all up in one place. Easy to find, easy to read, great for making your skin healthier and happier. So here it is: Facial care made simple: 9 great skincare tips Healthy skin isn't magic! A little common sense (eat right, sleep well), a little information (hot showers dry you out), and maybe a few ideas that you didn't think of before (your cell phone is dirty! Clean it!) - mix it up and take...

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All your skincare questions in one place!

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How does my diet affect my skin? How often should I wash my face? What *really* causes acne? What cosmetic ingredients are good or bad? So many questions. You'll be happy to know we've answered these and many more in our awesome (if we do say so ourselves) Frequently-Asked-Questions article: The clean and healthy face: Your ultimate skincare FAQ. It's fun and easy to read – plus we've organized it so you can quickly find the answers to your most pressing skincare issues!

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Healthy skin tip #7: Throw out your old makeup!

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Want healthier skin? (Of course – why else would you be reading this blog?!) Take a look through your cosmetics and ruthlessly chuck out anything that's past its prime. Old makeup runs the risk of contamination. To clear up a misconception: Bacteria aren't the problem. The real enemy is mold and fungus, according to Dr. Louise Hidinger. Dr. Hidinger has a PhD in biological chemistry and also holds a post-graduate certificate in cosmetic science. (If you haven't already discovered her awesome blog Ingredients of Style, go! Now!) Via email, she explains for us what happens as cosmetic products age: Bacteria...

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Healthy skin tip #5: Use fewer products

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Between skincare and makeup, women report using quite a few products – for many people it's 20 or more. Though it seems like each product zeros in on a specific function, doctors and dermatologists agree that less is actually more. For one thing, lots of very specific products don't deliver huge benefits. And for another, using more and more products just raises your chances of allergic reactions and mystery ingredients. So here's the tip: Cut back on product overload. Keep it simple! Professionals in this New York Times article and this more recent one from More magazine  all recommend no...

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A great resource: the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

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You know the drill – you're standing at the makeup counter, buying online, considering a purchase wherever – and you find some really mysterious gibberish on the label. "What the heck is Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate?" you ask yourself. "Is that something I really want to put on my skin?" Great question. And here's a wonderful resource for finding your answer: The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database. Here you'll find what it is, products that use it, and how safe it is on a scale of 1 to 10, based on published scientific studies. The database offers good details about any...

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