It might seem a little counter-intuitive, but the one ingredient you won’t see in any of my favorite fragrances? Fragrance.
Pick up any beauty product—whether it’s your shampoo, soap, lotion, or perfume—and look at the label. In addition to the dozens of specific ingredients that are very clearly listed, you’ll likely see one oddly ambiguous component: “fragrance” or “aroma” or “parfum,” which are catch-all terms that could refer to pretty much anything…
Red is a cute color when it comes to roses and wine. But my cheeks? No, thanks — I’d prefer to pass on the inflamed face. Between my mild dairy allergy (I’ll never give up cheese plates!), product irritants (AKA the aggravating chemicals found in everything from detergent to shampoo to foundation), environmental stressors (boo to you, pollution) and my mild case of rosacea…well, I often look a little more Elmo than even-toned.
Treating any specific skin issue is always about trial, error, and adaptation: What worked well one month might be fully ineffectual the next. But through all my experimentation — the countless serums, creams, toners, and treatments I’ve tried — these are the six essentials that consistently keep my skin calm all season long.
As a beauty writer, I get to try a *lot* of different products. I snap up shampoos and sheet masks, test tons of cleansers and serums and get to load up on all the lipsticks and lash serums that my heart desires. But one thing I never touch? Perfume.
There’s no better beauty accessory than a pair of pretty, pearly whites—and there’s no better time to freshen up your oral care routine than right now. If you often find yourself bleakly brushing and swishing your way through a boring routine, it’s time to brighten up. Thanks to trendy new tooth care essentials, your smile is about to get the star treatment.