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Beauty, Defined: What Are Liposomes?

Beauty Defined What Are Liposomesli·po·somes (LY-poh-zohms) n. tiny balls of lipids (fats) derived from a mixture of water and phospholipids that deliver moisture to the skin and are used in moisturizers. Because of their small molecular size, they are able to penetrate the cell wall particularly well. They are also able to absorb water-soluble nutrients and vitamins.

Liposomes are not active themselves, but are believed to function in creams as carriers of various encapsulated active substances that otherwise could not penetrate the skin’s fatty layers. Once applied, stored nutrients and vitamins are theoretically released into the skin or hair.

However, there’s some argument that liposomes are ineffective because scientists speculate that they break down when they hit the skin’s surface, before they can aid in having active ingredients penetrate the skin. Skin is intended to act as a protective barrier – designed by evolution to keep us safe from the elements of the world that might damage us. Because of this, it’s more difficult than beauty advertisers would like you to think for their ingredients to penetrate and rejuvenate this protective barrier.

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Beauty Buzz: Nanotechnology

Beauty Buzz Nanotechnology Woman SyringeGet ready for some science, girls! The latest buzz in beauty and skincare products surrounds nanotechnology, which basically means the manipulation of extremely small particles. The idea is, teeny tiny ingredients can get deeper into the skin, contact more skin layers, and work faster.

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Beauty, Defined: Titanium Dioxide

Beauty Defined Titanium DioxideYet another beauty term you probably don’t know, but that likely touches your face every day: titanium dioxide. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Not so much! Read on and don’t be afraid.

ti·tan·i·um di·ox·ide (ty-TAY-nee-um di-OX-ide) n. An ingredient found in many mineral makeup and skincare products, titanium dioxide is a naturally mined mineral considered to be a very effective sunscreen.

Titanium dioxide protects skin from sun damage by reflecting the sun’s rays. Its light reflecting qualities are only surpassed by diamonds! It also offers full coverage and helps makeup stick to your skin.

Three cheers for titanium dioxide! It just goes to show it doesn’t have to sound pretty to make you pretty.

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Makeup Myths: The Truth About “Hypoallergenic”

Makeup Myths The Truth About Hypoallergenic Redhead SneezingReady for a rant? We all know marketers do plenty of things to walk the fine line between the truth and what sells – and makeup is one of the most guilty product categories. (Who hasn’t gotten a little pissed at a clearly Photoshopped mascara ad? Seriously, how is that not literally the definition of “false advertising”?!) One seemingly innocent category – the use of the term “hypoallergenic” in cosmetic packaging and marketing materials.

Hypoallergenic cosmetics are makeup products that the manufacturers and/or their marketing teams claim produce fewer allergic reactions than other cosmetic products. Tons of makeup products advertise that they’re hypoallergenic, and in a sense, they’re right – all products available on the retail market in the US are FDA-approved and thus have fewer substances in them that will cause your skin to have an allergic reaction than, say, walking through a recently pesticide-spritzed overgrowth of ragweed. The truth is, there’s no real definition of “hypoallergenic” as far as FDA regulations go. The FDA attempted to regulate the term way back in the 70s, but their rules were later declared invalid. If you have sensitive skin, you know that one product can cause a reaction as easily as another.

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How-To: Get Soft, Pretty Feet!

How-To Get Soft, Pretty Feet FlowersAre you sick of your rough, callused feet? Of course you are! It’s no secret women want every (and I mean every) part of their bodies to be soft and pretty. Unfortunately, your feet are literally at the bottom of the barrel, and most of us ignore them until they feel like sandpaper. Fear not, my fellow foul-footed females – the Dove is ditching the makeup for a day and teaching you how to make your tootsies trendy & touchable – no pedicure required! Read on and get a foot fetish! …er… you know what I mean.

Step 1: Slough What’s Rough

Grab some Epsom salt at the drugstore and toss a couple spoonfuls of it in a warm bath. Dip those haggard feet in there and soak, soak, soak. As soon as your feet feel comfortable in the water, grab an exfoliating salt scrub like Arbonne Awaken Sea Salt Scrub and scrub the bottoms of your feet like a madwoman. (I suggest salt-based, but sugar is also an option; the usual benefit to using sugar instead of salt, however, is that it’s less likely to irritate and inflame skin. Since the skin on the bottom of my feet is pretty comparable to the exterior of an armored car, gentle handling really isn’t necessary.) Rub the entire foot – this means the bottom, top, ankles, ball, heel, big toe and bottom again – vigorously until your foot closely resembles a steak tartare. No pain, no gain, baby!

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