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Natural Beauty Ingredient Du Jour – Beauty Article

Remember when argan and coconut oils were all the rage? Well, moringa oil is about to usurp that coveted spot, but it’s also serious staying power. Before you start reading, do me a favor. Go into your bathroom and look at the ingredient deck on a few of your green self-care products. (Shampoo, moisturizer, makeup…doesn’t matter.) Now let me know if “moringa” or any variation of the word is part of the ingredient lists. I’d be willing to bet my…

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Probiotics You Can Wear – Beauty Article

What I’m about to say probably goes against everything you’ve ever learned about how to care for your skin, but stick with me, I promise it’ll be worth it. You should be putting bacteria on your face. Before you freak, let me clarify. Yes, a lot of your most common, most annoying skin issues are caused by bacteria — acne, inflammation, etc. But these issue-causing bacteria are the “bad” kind and I’m talking about the “good” kind. So what’s the…

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About That Face…Post-Makeout – Beauty Article

I like facial hair as much as anyone — but what I really don’t like is the way my face feels after making out with it… The start of autumn means we’re in what I like to call full-blown “Lumberjack Season.” If you want to get out there and chop some wood, by all means, but what I’m talking about is more of an aesthetic shift toward flannel shirts, knit caps, apple-picking Instagrams, cider donuts, warming spices, cozy blankets, etc.…

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What It Is, Why You Should Care, And Are You Destroying It? – Beauty Article

Despite being a seriously important part of your skin’s ecosystem, the acid mantle is rarely discussed. Maybe it’s a good time to understand what it is, why it matters and how to treat it right. What is an “acid mantle” and why should I care? Before we get any further, let’s talk about what, exactly, the acid mantle is. Simply put, it’s the protective barrier that covers your skin. Made up of natural oils (sebum produced by your sebaceous gland),…

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Clean Up Your Act – Beauty Article

I decided it was only fair to give baths a real shot, and let me be the first to admit I did not know what I was missing. Baths are the best.   Confession time: up until about a year ago, I hated baths. While I’d been lucky enough to live in a variety of apartments that all had tubs (a luxury, I’m told), I almost never took advantage of the bathroom feature. Instead of using my bathtubs as they…

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Your Blackhead Survival Guide – Beauty Article

While I may always have a smattering of blackheads on my face, it’s far better to learn how to care for and deal with them in a smart way. While I’m the first to admit that there are few things in life more satisfying/gross than successfully squeezing something out of your skin, I’m also the first to admit that self-extractions aren’t a good idea. Especially when it comes to blackheads. After “learning my lesson” more than a few times, I’ve…

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What’s Better Than A Cali Mindset? – Beauty Article

The story of how 31st State got started is a tale as old as time and involves teenage boys, and hormones. When Stephanie Capuano’s two sons hit puberty and began experiencing the skin issues that are so common among teens, she wasn’t thrilled with any of the conventional offerings on the shelf. As a mother, she was concerned not only that what her boys were slathering on their faces would work to calm and heal their skin, but also that…

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Transitioning Your Skincare Routine from Summer to Fall – Beauty Article

Your skin can love autumn weather, too, and the transition from summer-to-fall doesn’t have to be as brutal as spring-to-summer. Summer is great for a lot of things: sweating, bug bites, sunburn, general lethargy. (Can you tell I’m not a big fan of the season?) But in all seriousness, one thing that can be great about summer is how your skin behaves. Sure, it may take a few weeks for your face to transition from the milder weather of spring…

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Go Deep WTHN Your Skin – Beauty Article

Co-founder Dr. Shari Auth walks us through how and why to give at-home facial cupping a try and why you shouldn’t be scared of ancient beauty practices. You know that saying, “everything old is new again?” Well, nowhere is that truer than in the world of skincare. Over the last few years, it seems like a “new” ancient self-care technique is reintroduced — and we couldn’t be more psyched about this trend. After all, if something has withstood the test…

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Wildling, I Think I Love You – Beauty Article

Just as a wildling thrives in its natural habitat, this LA-based wellness brand hopes to inspire every human to feel wild and natural, especially in their skin. These days, it seems you can’t scroll through Instagram without seeing a video of someone dragging a piece of stone over their of-course-luminous face. To the uninitiated, the practice is called “gua sha” and chances are pretty high that the person doing the dragging is Britta Plug, esthetician and holistic health practitioner extraordinaire…

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Mama’s Got A Brand New Bag (Full of Fun Beauty Things) – Beauty Article

Mama’s Got A Brand New Bag (Full of Fun Beauty Things) My friend, are you in desperate need of a bag refresh? If so, there’s no better time to do it than RIGHT NOW. Have you ever had that thing happen where you’re running around like the strong, busy lady you are when you realize you desperately need lip balm/hand cream/floss/anything of the like? You assume you’ve got some in your bag because of course you do but after digging…

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I’m On the Collagen Train — Now What? – Beauty Article

Contrary to what current self-care trends would have you believe, collagen isn’t solely for the benefit of our appearances. What is collagen? Collagen is a critical component of the overall health of a human body (which, yes, includes your skin, but there’s more to collagen than a pretty face!). The most abundant protein in the body — organs, bones, blood vessels, muscles, skin, etc. — it’s the building block that allows our cells to form other structures. To keep the…

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Please, Kelp Yourself – Beauty Article

Listen, Ariel probably rubbed kelp all over your face and hair and that little mermaid has not aged ONE DAY. If you’ve ever been to the beach, chances are you’re already familiar with kelp. Maybe you accidentally stepped in a pile of the stuff during a stroll on the beach, or nudged some out of the way to make space for your towel, or jumped when some brushed against your leg while wading, or swam amongst it during a particularly…

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The Right Way to Do Nighttime Skin – Beauty Article

Performing a nightly skincare routine is great…but have you ever considered the importance of just when you start? Surprise — it’s time for a pop quiz! When it comes to your nighttime skin routine, you do it: A: Right before I climb into bed (unless I’m too tired). B: What nighttime skin routine? C: When I shower — two birds, one stone. D: Um, I do it at night. Because it’s my nighttime skin routine. E: None of the above.…

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Decoding The Ingredients In Your Sunscreen – Beauty Article

Get up, walk into your bathroom or wherever you keep your sunscreen and take a look at the bottle. Read the ingredient list on the back.  Do you know what they all are?  I know you just sat down to read this enlightening and highly-educational article, but before you go any further, stop. Get up, walk into your bathroom or wherever you keep your sunscreen and take a look at the bottle. Read the ingredient list on the back. Read…

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The Right Way to Apply Highlighter – Beauty Article

If you’re not interested in learning how to literally make your face seem like it’s glowing from within, that’s fine. But you’ll be missing out on the makeup miracle that is highlighter. Aside from the fact that highlighter is pretty much universally flattering (something no makeup product in the history of makeup products has been able to do since mascara IMHO), its ability to instantly make dull skin light up and accentuate your facial features makes it a must-have. That…

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How To Treat A Sunburn – Beauty Article

What exactly IS a sunburn? Is it really possible to make the pain and redness and embarrassment go away? Yes, it most certainly is… So you had a little too much fun in the sun and now you’re paying the price to the tune of hot, itchy, red skin? No judgement — we’ve all been there. And hopefully, the discomfort you’re dealing with will serve as a nice reminder for next time to never skimp on SPF. But, in the…

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How to (Use) Blush – Beauty Article

An unfortunate incident as a teenager quickly humbled me in the presence of blush. Today I’m here to impart my learnings onto you… The first time I remember being horribly embarrassed by my mother was when I was 14 years old. I had somehow gotten my hands on a bunch of cheap makeup (thanks, suburban shopping malls!) and decided to experiment with it right before a family dinner. I thought I looked amazing; that I’d really nailed the whole no-makeup-makeup…

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Getting to The Root of Good Scalp Care – Beauty Article

Despite our undying obsession with hair, most of us tend to ignore the skin, pores and glands underneath it all.  Show a bit more love to your scalp and you may just be pleasantly surprised by the benefits. Why you should care about your scalp: Ahh scalps, the fun meeting point of haircare and skincare which means — you guessed it — you should treat your scalp the same way you treat the skin on your face (albeit with different…

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How to Use Makeup Sponges – Beauty Article

Introducing the many wonders of the makeup sponge, a humble tool that’s been around for decades but that’s only recently been revamped and is experiencing a well-deserved renaissance. If you’re still using brushes or your fingers to apply makeup, it may be time to try something new. (And no, I’m not talking about those fancy schmancy airbrush machines that blow nanoparticles of foundation onto your face.) Allow me to introduce you to the wonders of the makeup sponge, a humble…

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What’s the Deal with Gua Sha? – Beauty Article

Gua sha has existed for many years and, because its results are basically magic, it’s not going away anytime soon.  From lasers to needle to lights to scary-looking gadgets you can’t even name, it seems like anything that’s all the rage in skincare these days requires a combination of batteries, plugs or a licensed technician. We’re truly living in the technology age of self-care and while innovations are undoubtedly exciting, sometimes all we really want and need is something simple…

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The Wellness Essentials for Your Next Getaway – Beauty Article

Call it spring break or whatever you like, nothing says “winter is over!” quite like hitting the road (or sky or sea or rail) with these must-haves for some much-needed travel. Whether you’re hitting the music festival circuit, mapping out a road trip or throwing all your bathing suits into a bag for a beach adventure, there are a few things no trip would be complete without. So while you’re packing that suitcase (or backpack or tote or plastic shopping…

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