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Pimple-Shrinking Hacks That Are Actually Derm-Approved

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Hormones, stress, food and the wrong beauty products can all contribute to adult acne. But no matter the cause, that feeling when a breakout starts to derail your confidence before a big day is, alas, nearly universal. This is the exact reason bareMinerals created the BLEMISH RESCUE makeup collection, which calms and covers while actually clearing and preventing breakouts. But what about working overnight to help the zit-banishing process? We’ve got you covered there too. Here you’ll find a few solutions — all doctor recommended! — including some that can zap a pimple while you sleep.

Sit On Your Hands

OK, not literally. But we use our hands to eat, work, play with our phones… and then we use those same hands to touch our faces?! Resisting the temptation to squeeze, pop or pick off a pimple is key because our hands are full of bacteria. Aside from spreading germs, these habits can lead to scarring and even more skin issues and breakouts. “Squeezing pimples allows bacteria to enter openings in the pores, which will cause more eruptions,” says Dr. Michelle Yagoda, Fifth Avenue facial plastic surgeon and clinical instructor at Northwell Health in New York City. Most small white heads will disappear on their own if you leave them alone (it’s just a little form of body magic). If you choose to cover them in the meantime, non-comedogenic makeup (like the full BLEMISH RESCUE line) is essential — it’s makeup that won’t clog pores or contribute to more breakouts.

Give Yourself a Facial

We’d all love to go to the spa every few weeks, but time and budgets can, um, complicate that goal. Lucky for us, many benefits of a great spa facial can be found in our own bathrooms. A DIY at-home facial is great for diminishing the appearance of pimples. “Doing a facial in the comfort of your home is as simple as these easy steps,” says Dr. Jacob D. Steiger, M.D., a facial plastic surgeon who recommends the following:

Cleanse:“Gently clean away oil, debris, residue and makeup without excessive rubbing for a thorough deep cleanse.”

Exfoliate: “Gently exfoliate dry dead skin cells, excess oils and residue for a deep clean to reveal healthier, younger-looking skin.”

Tone: “Use a toner to hydrate the skin and remove the rest of the dead skin cells.”

Apply Serum: “Use a nourishing serum to help deliver hydration and soothe and smooth the skin, restoring a natural, hydrated appearance.”

Moisturize: “Moisturizer is used to fortify the skin’s protective barrier and reduce dryness and helps repair damage to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Protect: Any spot will get darker if you go into the sun unprotected, which is just one more reason to make sunscreen a part of your routine. “Use SPF to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays, minimizing the effect of UV damage.”

Obey the Doctor’s Orders

If you have a few days before your presentation/wedding/other event where you want your skin on point, you may want to see your dermatologist for personalized suggestions for your skin. “Glycolic Acid solutions that are non-neutralized (pH closed to 2.0) prevent and treat any acne that even thinks about rearing its ugly head. This can be used twice daily on active acne, and nightly as a preventative treatment,” suggests Dr. Yagoda, who also recommends dabbing on Witch Hazel as this astringent can help reduce bacteria and remove oil. It’s also worth applying Tea Tree Oil, nature’s antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory solution. Just mix one teaspoon of the oil with nine teaspoons of water. This will dilute the solution, which you can swab on with cotton to treat your breakout.

Look in Your Pantry

You don’t have to visit the pharmacy for products that will help with zapping those pimples. Whether it’s late at night or you’re just in a pinch, you likely have a solution in your own pantry or even in that urban garden on your window sill.

Green Tea is anti-inflammatory, making (cool!) wet tea bags a great treatment choice according to Dr. Debra Jaliman, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Just leave them on for 15 minutes to help reduce inflammation.  Honey and toothpaste are also great, but they shouldn’t be left on overnight. Just use them as spot treatments, rinse and move on with your day. 

Green thumb? That aloe plant in your kitchen (or even that store-bought aloe vera gel left over from summer) is another anti-inflammatory. If you use gel, “just make certain to choose one that’s unscented,” says Dr. Jaliman. You’ll want to leave aloe on overnight for best results, and the treatment will not only reduce the pimples (and inflammation) but is super soothing as well.

Pro Tip

While all these solutions may work, don’t try all of them at the same time! Less is more and if you try many at once, you may irritate your skin — and not know the cause.


Shalom Blac Falls in Love with the ORIGINAL

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Can we talk about Shalom Nchom for a minute? If you’re not familiar, we’ll catch you up: a survivor of extensive burns as a child — and the devastating bullying that followed — she is now a vlogger with nearly a million YouTube followers who tune in to watch her inspiring and playful Shalom Blac tutorials. Shalom had always favored liquid foundations — until we sent her our cult-favorite ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation. She tried it for the first time on camera and let’s just say, the results are truly powderful. Take a peek:

Watch Shalom’s full powder makeup video for more mineral makeup magic, including our Mineral Veil Finishing Powder.

Finding the Best Mascara for Your Lashes

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Mascaras are basically all the same, right?

Actually, that’s so far from the truth! There are three main things to consider when finding your own perfect mascara. First, what kind of look are you going for? Long, fine and defined? Crazy volume? Once you’ve dreamed up your perfect lashes, consider both the formula and brush, which work together to achieve a specific look. To make it easy, we’ve broken down our full mascara portfolio so you can make those dream lashes come true…

Volumize
NEW LASHTOPIA Mega Volume Mineral-Based Mascara
High-impact, 10x lash volume.*
Staggered bristles coat every lash.

Define
NEW LOVE EVERY LASH Micro Defining Mascara
Catch and coat even the shortest lashes.
Ultra-skinny brush with micro bristles.

Multi-Benefit
LASH DOMINATION Volumizing Mascara
Dramatic length and thickness.
Spiral brush coats from all angles.

Separate
LASH DOMINATION Volumizing Mascara with Petite Precision Brush
Ideal for short, bottom and corner lashes.
Petite brush for precise application.

*Based on an in-vitro study of 10 coats on bare lashes.

Check out our full mascara assortment, and don’t forget to replace your mascara every 3 months!

The Most Important Thing You Don’t Know About Mascara

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We specialize in (and know you love) clean makeup. But what about keeping it clean with your makeup bag? Today, we’re revisiting some of our favorite tips that will keep your stash in top shape. This is especially important when it comes to — you guessed it — mascara, which should be replaced every 3 months.

THE BASICS OF MAKEUP EXPIRATION

Faces get better with age, but your beauty products most certainly do not, and they have legally regulated expiration dates for a very good reason. (And it isn’t so companies can sell you more makeup). Over time all products can change color, texture and consistency — especially products that are good for you, like the ones with added antioxidants, and that lack scary chemical stabilizers. Products can also start to smell. If any of these things happen, toss them immediately.

So how do you know what to expect and how to avoid being wasteful (and when to replace your lipgloss before it turns orange)? Take a product, flip it over and you’re likely to see a little drawing of an open pot and a number, like “6M.” That means that 6 months from the day you opened that product, you should be replacing it.

PROTECT YOUR EYES — THEY’RE DELICATE!

In general, the highest turnover items in your bag should be the ones you put around your eyes. First off, sharing is not caring when it comes to eyeliners, mascaras, eye brushes and shadows. You’re basically asking for an eye infection, so if you gave your girlfriend a swipe of mascara last night, dump the tube stat. Also, it’s that time of year when you’re probably about to whip out last summer’s waterproof mascara. Don’t. Eyelashes may be flirty and gorgeous but evolutionarily, they’re actually present to trap dirt, not a significant other. So… if you’re brushing over your lashes with a wand, returning it to the tube and storing it for a year? Yikes. There’s a reason we recommend a 3 month cycle for mascara Auto Delivery.

NEED HELP REMEMBERING?

If you’re not sure when you purchased the mascara you’re using now, well, we can’t blame you. That’s why we recommend purchasing mascara using the Auto Delivery feature on the product page. Every 3 months (or however often you choose), you’ll receive an email reminder that your order is about to ship (free, and with samples, by the way). About to leave town? Just shift the delivery date. Just ran out of concealer? Add it to your Auto Delivery order once still ships free. So go forth, keep it clean and leave the remembering to us!

Get super lush lashes with our richly pigmented mineral-based mascaras

Easy Eye Makeup in 60 Seconds

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If you don’t already wear eyeshadow, well, better late than never. We’re not talking sparkly pinks and blues (though that’s cool too) — today is all about is you, but improved.

So, Why Use Eyeshadow?

Why bother with neutral eyeshadow, you might ask. Well, the right neutral eyeshadow can be used to smooth fine lines, and even out the color around your eyes. In fact, our creamy new GEN NUDE Eyeshadow + Primer comes in two families of colors: neutralizing shades and brightening shades, so you can achieve the natural look that addresses your personal skin concerns.

What is Eye Primer Anyway?

For people who loooove eyeshadow colors (including our new neutral eyeshadow palettes), that same cream eyeshadow we were just talking about is ideal for smoothing the eye area to prepare it for more makeup. Or, just wear it alone!

Easy Eye Makeup in 60 Seconds

For a fresh, modern matte eye look…

1. Smooth GEN NUDE Eyeshadow + Primer onto your eyelids with the included paddle applicator.

2. Blend with your fingertips or an eye makeup brush.

3. Apply LASHTOPIA Volumizing Mascara from lash root to tip, wiggling the brush from side to side to achieve maximum lash volume.