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Weekly Must-Have: DermaFlash

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The summer can take a toll on skin, making it look especially dull and just rather…blah.  If your usual manual and chemical exfoliation products aren’t resolving the problem, it may be time to whip out the big guns.  Namely, the DermaFlash Facial Exfoliating Device.

Dermaplaning, previously only available in a doctor’s office or medical spa, is a celeb-favorite because of its ability to refresh and revitalize skin by literally shaving away dead cells and debris.  In addition to removing surface gunk and grime, dermaplaning also removes unnecessary facial hair.  Even if peach fuzz never bothered you before, you won’t know how you lived with it once you remove it.  Seriously!  The complexion looks smoother and more luminous, meaning your makeup will sit better as well.

DermaFlash is best used once a week.  After cleansing the skin, insert a new blade before each use to keep things hygienic (duh!).  Lightly and gently run the device over your entire face at a 45-degree angle by following its natural contours.  Steer clear of your hairline and eyebrows to avoid any tragic mishaps.  Finish with a soothing and non-active lotion to moisturize, just like you would after any deep exfoliation.

If you have any active acne, psoriasis, or rosacea, opt out of this treatment.  Otherwise, after just one use, you’ll find your skin is more vibrant with a healthy glow.  Looks like shaving your face isn’t just for guys afterall!.

PRICE TAG: $189 

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Face Mists: The Other Toner

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Remember Evian spray? The glamorous, overly expensive facial mist of the ’80s and ’90s. It contained water… that’s it. But the idea of spraying purified water onto our face was so…luxe…that we’d shell out over $10 for the high-end hydrator.

Cut to a few decades later and, while Evian Facial Water ($13) still exists, mists that act as toners, serums, and vitamin activators have completed upended the market on luxury hydrating sprays. Being both refreshing and moisturizing, these face mists 2.0 are multitasking, prepping the skin for deeper absorption of products, plumping the complexion with vitamins, minerals, and anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid, protecting and purifying the face from environmental pollutants, and, of course, toning, calming, and beautifying. These mists should be used post-wash and prior to serums and creams. Because of the convenience of a spray applicator, face mists 2.0 are perfect for on-the-go touchups… anywhere (like the gym or post-work).

Application tips:
1. Spray onto a cotton pad and gently swipe across face, neck, and chest for a deeper clean.
2. Spray post makeup to “set” the look and to add a healthy dose of dew (in other words, to un-matte your skin).
3. Spray into the palm of your hand and combine with your favorite moisturizer to a) dilute a heavier cream or b) inject some additional ingredients into the cream.
4. Spray onto hair, chest, neck, even arms to hydrate and refresh.
5. Feel free to mix and match mists for optimal results, and spritz onto your face every few hours for an infusion of healthy ingredients.

Shop a few of our favorite face mists:

Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist ($26) – This award-winning mist contains a simple combination of aloe, lavender, and bergamot for healing inflamed tissue from sun-exposure, burns, or exposure to radiation like lasers. Suitable for all skin types but ideal for sensitive complexions.

Skin Inc. Pure Serum-Mist ($55) – Use on normal, combination, and dry skin types to hydrate, soothe, and calm angry skin due to sensitivity and acne. This product is like a serum in a mist applicator – seriously healing and effective.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48) – This celeb-favorite formula leaves the complexion gorgeously glowing. Great to use to “set” makeup as well. Just spritz after makeup application is complete for an all-over healthy, dewy effect. Formulated with 20 percent botanical oils and humectants and infused with a Hadasei-3 Anti-Aging Complex that supports antiaging. Suitable for normal, combination, and dry skin types.

Derma E Purifying Toner Mist ($14) – Ideal for oily, active, or urban skin types, this formula of marine algae and green tea protects against environmental pollutants and rebalances skin for a healthy, youthful glow from the first mist.

Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System ($35) – Based on traditional Korean skincare, this mist contains bamboo sap to improve product absorption, 5-Hydra complex™ to protect against daily environmental aggressors, and lotus and green tea extract to tone and hydrate. Leaves a healthy glow to the skin pre or post makeup. Can be used on all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner ($40) – Rosewater, one of nature’s most decadent anti-aging ingredients calms, moisturizes, and clarifies. The aromatic floral water will leave skin healthy, hydrated, and pleasantly scented. Can be used on all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone. (Learn how to create a DIY rosewater mist here).

First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist ($16) – Vitamins to feed your face. Contains B5 to moisturize, vitamin E to nurture and protect, and vitamin C to brighten. This alcohol-free mist does it all: replenishes, hydrates, soothes, and restores. Good for all skin types, even the most sensitive and reactive.


Shine Bright Like A Diamond: Tata Harper Illuminating Products

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend… and now they are our complexion’s best friend, too. Tata Harper’s new Illuminating products – a face moisturizer and an eye cream – combine diamond dust with hydrating and pluming ingredients like hyaluronic acid for skin that seriously radiates. It’s like carrying a strobe light around with wherever you go.


The Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturizer ($85) reminds us of our old-school favorite Fresh FreshFace Instant Glow Luminizer ($38), but on steroids. While Fresh’s Instant Glow doesn’t *really* moisturize that well – in other words, you’ll certainly need to combine with a moisturizer – but the glow is next level gorgeous, Tata Harper’s Illuminating Moisturizer gives that same healthy glow but with the added bonus of actually being an effective daily moisturizer.

This moisturizer can be used on all skin tones for a soft-focus luminescence, but it’ll also combat aging concerns like fine lines and wrinkles and overall dullness or uneven texture. While its rose gold pearlescence can awaken a tired complexion when used over the entire face, it can also be used as a spot treatment highlighter by being tapped onto certain high points, like brow and cheek bones. If using to spot highlight, apply as the last step in your makeup/ skincare regimen.


The Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Cream ($95) is just as fab, if not more. The formula also contains diamond dust to illuminate and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, but ingredients that reduce puffiness and dark circles have been added as well. It’s super hydrating, gorgeously illuminating, and gives tired eyes a new lease on life by offering the illusion of brighter, more awake skin. We like to use it in the morning to plump, hydrate, and illuminate, and we dab the remained around our sensitive mouth area, too (it hydrates and plumps and adds a hint of glowing sheen).

The one caveat to both of these products is that the scent – a sweet, floral, aroma – is quite intense. It’s all-natural and we find it rather calming and pleasant, but if you’re not a fan of fragrance, then opt out. It really is madly overwhelming.

With that said, these two products are part of that rare new hybrid of skincare + makeup; it can be used in place of makeup, but with all of the delicious skincare benefits. After all, your complexion deserve to shine bright like a diamond.


Transitioning Your Skin From Summer To Fall + A DIY Post-Sun Skin Mask By Joanna Vargas

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I was in the country for the weekend where summer seemed to be a distant memory with the temperature peaking at a brisk 63 degrees. Excited by the cooler climate, I whipped out my cashmere sweaters and Burberry wool blend coat (I highly recommend purchasing this slim-fitting, versatile black jacket to add to your fall wardrobe – I practically live in mine!). At last, I thought, fall has arrived. 

Ahhhh. Not so fast. I returned to Los Angeles yesterday where the sun blasted me with her oppressive rays and the temperature hit 100 degrees. To say I was hot would be an understatement. I was melting… which got me thinking, how do we navigate these drastic weather differences — from city to city and day to day?

I turned to celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, whose clients include Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Karlie Kloss, and Michelle Williams, to tackle this looming climate-slash-skincare crisis. When it comes to all-natural and DIY skincare, Vargas is one of the best in the business.

Here, she explains how to transition your skin – and your skincare routine – from summer to fall, and offers up a few of her favorite transitional products, plus a post-sun treatment mask that will have your complexion glowing (literally) within minutes.

Sarah Howard: How does skin change from summer to fall?
Joanna Vargas: At the end of the summer going into fall, the sunscreen that we’ve used is clogging pores, most people have suffered sun damage, and their skin looks dull and dehydrated, really clogged. Fall treatments for me include really great exfoliation. I like to have people do my Exfoliating Mask and even sleep in the mask overnight so it stays on the face for a long time to clean out the pores. Another great at home fall beauty mask is combining yogurt with honey.

SH: How should you alter your product regimen?
JV: Skin needs more TLC during the fall because the transition from humid to cold weather can be extremely drying. Dry skin is so fragile, and you have to do more to protect your lipid layer. I suggest adding a day cream to your routine that contains soothing Shea and cocoa butter – they melt at body temperature so they go right into the skin and stay there all day, so you don’t end up feeling dry halfway through the day. Also, another great ingredient to look for is avocado oil. It contains so many amazing vitamins for the skin and lymphatic system, so it will depuff, hydrate and soothe the skin.

SH: Add or subtract anything in particular?
JV: Fall skin is damaged, dry and in need of repair. The best way to start is to use a cleanser that can exfoliate the dead skin and stimulate collagen production. I would also consider doing a nice peel to really start fall refreshed. I like both fruit acids and enzymatic peels. Also, summer sun and pollution stress the skin and fall is the perfect time to repair the damage with an intensive moisturizer.

SH: How can you manage these at home?
JV: The best skincare tip I can recommend is something I learned when my son had excema as a baby. To this day it is my family secret for healing dry, sensitive skin. Boil a large pot of water with one cup of chamomile tea leaves and one cup of rosemary. Cook these for fifteen minutes. Then strain and add this water to your bath. Not only will you feel relaxed from your day, this potion will soothe your skin like nothing else. Dry patches and redness will disappear overnight!
Also, Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom. It will add just enough moisture to the environment to give your skin the chance to do some real healing. For those who are afraid of the bacteria that sometimes can accumulate in a humidifier, you can even get a little one that attaches to a mini water bottle.

DIY TIP: A great at-home scrub would be 1/4 cup of almond powder plus 1/2 cup of olive oil- it’s so simple but scrubbing this on the skin for a few minutes in the morning will soften sun damage, exfoliate dead cells and actually calm the skin. Plus it adds a glow!

SH: What are your 5 must have fall skin products?
JV: I love the Chantecaille Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser for fall because it also doubles as an exfoliant. This cleanser contains rice bran which helps to remove the damage while the geranium acts as an anti-bacterial agent and seaweed stimulate the lymphatic system.

Eve Lom Cleanser is awesome for soothing and hydrating the skin while removing all traces of makeup on the face. It’s one of those classic products that everyone I know uses.

Wei White Lotus Moisture Rich Eye Blend is one of my favorite formulas because it’s gentle, but it’s also super rich. It contains peptides to keep the skin strong and the white lotus delivers minerals to chase away fine lines that have formed from summer stresses.

One of the best moisturizers I’ve found is Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm. It will reduce inflammation, help to regenerate tissue and will address uneven pigment that you may have from summer months. I like it because it restores the moisture barrier for the skin and reduces redness.

My own Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum is the perfect serum to sleep in. It repairs the skin, and because the formula contains jojoba oil, it’s great for all skin types, even oily skin. This serum will help to soften sun damage from the summer and make all those fine lines disappear.

SH: Do you have a DIY treatment for post-sun skin?
JV: I would do this mask:

2 tbsp almond oil
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp warmed honey
1/4 organic yogurt

The almond and olive oils are anti-inflammatory and will soften any damage from summer. The honey hydrates the skin and the yogurt calms and exfoliates the skin. Mix together and leave on the face for 20 mins. Your glow will be amazing when you are done.


Favorites: Post-Sun Skin Products

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After a long weekend of sun and fun, chances are, your complexion, body, and hair are in desperate need of some TLC. Worry not, we’ve got the quick fixes for all of your post-sun needs. From DIY recipes to product picks, here’s how to enjoy these last dog days of summer while keeping hair and skin on the healthy tip.

Boost The Hydration
Summer is usually hot and balmy, but the sun can also severely dehydrate your precious skin. After a long weekend frolicking in the sun, sea, and sand, turn to an added boost of hydration to get everything back in check.
TRY: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum ($36), a universal serum that gives skin a gentle boost of hydration and plumping, thanks to its hyaluronic acid formulation. Safe for all skin types. Root Science Youth Face Serum ($50), our love for this magical hydrator knows no bounds; suitable for all skin types, this serum targets signs of aging, protects skin from environmental aggressors, and clears skin of congestion and blemishes. It literally does everything!

DIY Face Mask
Follow celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas’ masterful post-sun DIY face mask for a spa-like treatment in the comfort of your own home:

2 tbsp almond oil
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp warmed honey
1/4 organic yogurt

“The almond and olive oils are anti-inflammatory and will soften any damage from summer.” explains Joanna. “The honey hydrates the skin and the yogurt calms and exfoliates the skin. Mix together and leave on the face for 20 mins. Your glow will be amazing when you are done.”

Care For Your Post-Sun Hair
Sun, salt water, and chlorine can leave tresses in a hot mess. After a long weekend of summer sun, your mane needs some much needed hydration, too. Opt for a deep conditioning mask or leave-in conditioner two to three times this week, and forgo the heat styling products (a.k.a. air dry your strands to perfection with these tips here) until hair recovers.
TRY: Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Masque ($68), restores hair to its healthy state. Can be used on all hair types. Sun Bum 3 In 1 Leave In Hair Conditioning Treatments ($15) protects, detangles, and conditions hair while enhancing and restoring its natural luster. People swear by this treatment…

Lotion Up
The most important step in a post-sun beauty routine, is using a post-sun lotion to soothe your skin.
TRY: Jurlique Sun Specialist After Sun Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion ($36), a creamy, nourishing treatment for face and body to help restore that healthy-looking glow. Delish! Alba Organics Hawaiian Kona Coffee After-Sun Lotion ($9), an all-natural wake-up call for skin. Caffeine helps neutralize free-radical damage due to sun overexposure. Macadamia oil and shea butter nourish and replenish.

Too Much Sun
Regardless of how much SPF you use (and we know you’re using it… right?!), sometimes, a sunburn is just pure bad luck. To combat raw, red, burned skin, make this simple DIY treatment, great for face and body.

1-2 tbsp organic yogurt (use skim yogurt if you have oily skin)

Slather the yogurt over sunburnt area. Yogurt’s lactic acid is ideal for all skin types, and its hydrating and healing property will breathe new life into your epidermis. Leave on for 10-20 minutes, and towel off. Follow with a moisturize of your choosing. That’s it!

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Makeup Bag: Katey Denno’s All-Natural Labor Day Skin & Makeup Staples

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Celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno (she works with Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Seyfried, Felicity Jones, and a slew of other A-listers) has an affinity for all-natural products. In an interview with Beauty Banter a couple of years ago, she said: “I began my career in social work helping women feel better, and I love that I still get to do just that every single day. I’m extremely passionate about the burgeoning green beauty component, and love finding out about new products made with ingredients that are safe enough to eat.” We caught up with Katey yet again to find out what are the latest and greatest green products in her makeup bag, and how we could curate our very own all-natural Labor Day beauty arsenal. Here are Katey’s current healthy skin and makeup staples:

1. RL Linden + Co Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist ($48) – This amazingly scented blend of hydrating and calming hydrosols, oils, and essences goes with me everywhere. It’s the first thing that goes on my face, and I refresh with it all day long. It doubles as my perfume and deodorant at times, too.

2. Jennette All Natural Skin Care, Potion #2 ($150) – After struggling with breakouts for most of my life, I reached my late 30’s and realized I’d neglected to use anti-aging serums in favor of anti-blemish treatments. Whoops! Luckily, this awesome LA-based facialist created a product that actually combats signs of aging for skin prone to acne. Hallelujah!

3. Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil ($40) – This oil is super hydrating but surprisingly light, and has absolutely helped turn back the clock on some of my sun damage. Three drops is all I need, every morning, and I’m hydrated throughout the day.

4. Ren Active 7 Eye Gel ($30) – I don’t like a heavy eye cream in the summer, so this light gel is perfect. It’s cooling and hydrating and is a great base for a touch of concealer.

5. Jane Iredale Lip Scrub ($25) – I love the sleek size of this container, and I think everyone should use a lip scrub, every day. It gets rid of the scaly flakiness before it starts and leaves lips feeling so healthy and hydrated in a way I never knew I needed, but now I can’t do without.

6. Utowa Eyelash Curler ($22) – I love the angle of the pad and the length of the head of the curler, and since I’ve been trying to go without mascara (really tough for a blonde lashed girl) this summer, a serious curl of the lashes is always my focus.

7. Nvey Eco Volumizing Mascara ($17) – Despite becoming more comfortable with my blonde lashes by day, when the sun goes down, I always feel the need to make my lashes stand out. A few coats of this is the perfect mid-weight way to accentuate lashes.

8. Ilia Cosmic Dancer Illuminator ($34) – This is such a staple in both my personal makeup kit and what I use for work. It melts into my skin, is just the right color for me (really a non-color), and I apply it with the tip of my ring finger to my cheek bones after blush, to my cupid’s bow, sometimes to my lips, and to my lids. A little goes a long way.

9. RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure ($36)- It’s a soft, cool pink with a lot of punch. I get compliments on my cheek color constantly when I wear this creamy, coconut-based shade. I’ll often press some into my lips as well, and top with some balm.

10. Bite Beauty Lip Crayon ($24) – For a more intense punch, I’ve been favoring this super easy to wear pop of deep fuschia. I’ll press it into my lips with my finger, and then blend what’s left on my finger onto the apples of my cheeks if I’m looking pale. It’s great for a sheer application for day, and fantastic with a more intense touch for night.

11. Dalish Illumination Concealer ($22) – This all-natural Canadian brand does a great job providing just enough coverage in the perfect texture – especially for summer. I like using the wand to lightly dot the product along the darkest portion of my under eye circles. Using a clean finger, I lightly press it in, making sure not to feather it to the outer edges – avoiding creasy crows feet at all costs!

12. Intelligent Nutrients Curly Hair Serum ($32) – My hair always wants to frizz. Nine out of ten times when someone compliments me on my hair, it’s because I’ve worked this product in while it was still damp, followed by another dollop of it once it dried. The scent is earthy and delicious and doesn’t attract bugs, which is often my gripe with other hair de-frizzing creams.

13. Detoxifying Body Oil ($58) – I have about 25 bottles of body oil in my bathroom, and another 3-5 on my bedside table. Despite this, I never have trouble deciding which to use each day. I always know exactly which scent and viscosity I want based on the weather/time of year/state of my skin. This light, fresh fig, myrtle, and apricot kernel-infused oil is just what I crave towards the end of summer – both the lightweight, easily-absorbed aspect, and the addictive scent.

14. Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint ($45) – I love the look of bronzer, but hate the tell-tale ‘I used a bronzer’ look of most cream and liquids that are chock-full of reflective pigments and shimmer particles. This sheer, lightweight, super faint bronzing tint is moisturizing enough to use on its own, but I generally mix it with either my face oil and dab along the highlights of my face, or with body oil before I slather up my legs. I’m not sure if it really makes my cellulite disappear, but I think it does, and that’s all that matters.

15.Herban Essentials Towelettes ($16) – These are key for me because I apply everything with my hands, and I never want to touch my face unless my finger tips are freshly cleaned. The lavender scent is a total bonus, and serves a double duty, helping to keep bugs away.

*For more Katey, read her first makeup bag interview here.


How To Get Better Skin: Sulfur

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After an unpleasant but effective prescription of sulfur wash cleared up a lingering case of Tinea Versicolor last summer, it was safe to say curiosity around this particularly smelly mineral was officially piqued.  It worked so quickly and effectively, one couldn’t help but wonder what else sulfur could do.

This wonder-mineral is a mild antiseptic that can cure a variety of skin conditions from rosacea to keratosis pilaris.  Why?  Well, that’s thanks to its keratolytic (shedding of skin) and antimicrobial properties. Besides that unfortunate rash situation, it has become arguably one of our favorite ingredients for acne treatment.  Unlike some of its counterparts such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, sulfur works at clearing acne flare-ups without completely drying the surrounding area.  That means less flaking and less irritation.

Looking to solve some skin woes once and for all with sulfur?  Here is what we recommend:

Formulated specifically for adult acne, Kiehl’s Breakout Control Target Acne Spot Treatment ($28) dries out a nasty pimple within one or two nights.  Better yet, it blends evenly into the skin so that you don’t have to go to bed with visible dots all over your face (unless your significant other is into that look, of course.) We also love the addition of Vitamin B3 to soothe.

When that time of the month rolls around for us ladies, Grandpa’s Brands Thylox Acne Treatment Soap ($6) is a must.  It may be zero frills and not exactly a luxurious cleansing experience, but it seriously helps keep hormonal acne at bay.  Chocolate cravings…not so much.

If you’re dealing with enlarged pores, blackheads, or serious oil, try sleeping in Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask ($42).  It works while you sleep to draw out sebum, pollutants, impurities, and bacteria from your skin.

One of the most gentle yet effective acne-fighting products on the market, Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion ($15) has been a staple since high school. It gets to work at refreshing and disinfecting without drying and irritating your visage. Better yet, it actually smells rather pleasant!

Sometimes your pores want a deep, foaming cleanse.  Caolin Pore Blackhead Steam Foam Cleanser ($23) heats up when applied to skin, immediately smoothing and refining without causing that dreaded tight feeling that overly harsh detergents tend to give.

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One-A-Day Masks: The Latest Masking Trend

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“The latest trend in Korea is “one day, one mask.” As masks are such a great way to pump up your skincare, whether it’s to immediately deep cleanse, exfoliate, or hydrate, Korean women are into this “boot camp for skincare.” Taking 15~20 minutes to give your skin this extra pampering session is a great way to de-stress and reboot your skincare results.

From sheet masks, milk peelers, and rubber masks, there is a wide variety of different masks out there to choose from for every budget and concern. There is no wrong or right way to mask; what’s important is to tailor a personal routine and do what works best for you.

Our tips for this “one day, one mask” or “Monday to Friday” skin boot camp are as follows (suitable for all skin types):


After a weekend of festivities, Monday is the perfect time to kick off the week with a detoxifying rubber mask. These masks help to clarify, deep cleanse, minimize pore,s and leave skin refreshed yet hydrated for the long week ahead. I recommend our new Charcoal Rubber Mask . This is a favorite for oily to combination skin types. A quick YouTube tutorial here for tips on how to use a rubber mask.


Use a deeply hydrating hydro-gel mask to soothe, calm, and moisturize skin. Sheet masks are a great way to provide an intensive dose of nutrients and hydrating ingredients and Soyedodam’s is formulated with an antioxidant-rich blend of Red Gingseng and Manuka Honey.


Get over hump day with a sheet mask with a twist. Blossom Jeju’s 2-step sheet mask offers an oil and sheet mask in one with luxurious, 100% pure Jeju Camellia oil and a silky sheet mask to create a brightening, super-hydrating masking treatment that leaves skin unbelievably smooth and supple. Pollution is a significant factor in a dull, tired appearance, so starting any skincare treatment with a clean canvas is critical.


As we age and due to environmental aggressors such as UV, pollution particles, dirt and grime that constantly assaults our skin, skin turnaround takes longer. This means that dead skin cells continue to accumulate on the skin’s surface, impeding skincare from being fully absorbed into skin. Primary Raw’s 2-step milk peeling kit is a great way to and gently exfoliate and hydrate to reveal soft, supple skin. First, this treatment works to gently remove dead skin cells with a hydrating and exfoliating complex saturated in a large cotton swab. Finish off with a soothing sheet mask infused with soy milk, green tea, and chamomile extracts for natural radiance.


Seal in weekend-ready skin with one last sheet mask to hydrate and awaken skin from a long week. A small tip before using Whamisa’s Hydrogel Masks is to apply the serum at the bottom of the sachet to the face before applying the sheet (which is made of skin beneficial aloe and fruit extracts).

This month, we are partnering with Vogue Korea to celebrate their 20th anniversary. In honor of this momentous event, the Korea editorial team has created a beautiful handmade box filled with a stringent curation of their favorite K-beauty picks, including best-in-class masks. These boxes are being shared with a select number of influencers around the world (including Victoria Beckham, Eva Chen, etc.) and is one of Vogue Korea’s biggest events to date.

Best-in-class masks hand-selected and approved by Vogue Korea’s beauty director are Primary Raw’s 2-step milk peeling kit  and Whamisa’s Hydrogel Masks.”

–Sarah Lee, co-founder of Glow Recipe

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Weekly Must-Have: Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

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Our obsession with Amore Pacific has been long-running, but it’s the Treatment Enzyme Peel that has stollen our hearts (and faces). While Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel ($60) isn’t a new product, it’s definitely a cleanser worth revisiting – especially now that we’re entering transitional weather (a.k.a. the worst climate for our complexions).

How it works: The powdered papaya enzymes turn into a smooth, lathering foam when mixed with water. The enzymes activate fast – 30-60 seconds of gentle massaging onto the skin and they do their job: cleaning out pores and removing all traces of dead skin which leads to a lackluster complexion. Since these are activating enzymes, you don’t feel any sort of exfoliation (i.e. there’s no scrubbing to the skin). Once washed off, your left with a gorgeous, glowing complexion, primed to penetrate all other toners, essences, serums, and moisturizers. In fact, this enzyme treatment actually improves absorption levels of other products.

While even the most sensitive skin types can benefit from this treatment, it’s so gentle and effective that it can actually be used as a daily cleanser (and we highly recommend it!). Read: This is not your average peel. It instantly brightens the visage while longterm use will even out skin tone and texture. Obsessed!

*made without sulfates, parabens, or phthalates. Suitable for all skin types.

PRICE TAG: $60 (buy here)


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