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The Mainstream Patient: February 16


This week's edition of the Mainstream Patient features stories about quality skin care products under $20, how to address skin picking, trending mushroom skin care, and more.

New this week: NewBeauty asks dermatologists about the best skin care products under $20 and InStyle gives tips for treating dry hands. Women's Health takes an in-depth look at skin picking and Self questions lymphatic drainage massages. Elle explores trending mushroom skin care and Allure lists the 21 best foundations for mature skin.

Dermatologists Name the Best Skin-Care Products Under $20

"Who says solid skin care has to break the bank? From a body retinol to “look-like-you’re-on-vacation” sunscreen, dermatologists say these under-$20 products take tops."

How to Treat Dry Hands, According to Experts

"While the skin on our hands is pretty tough, it’s still susceptible to skin concerns like dryness. An often forgotten part of the body when it comes to skincare, our hands deserve the same T.L.C. we give our face, especially during the cold winter weather. Because let’s face it — no one wants to deal with dry hands."

What Is Acne Excoriée? Experts Explain The Skin-Picking Condition And How To Treat It

"One of the most bothersome skin conditions is acne, and almost everyone struggles with it to some degree. Many conditions and behaviors can be developed from having acne—from popping pimples in the mirror to trying every trick in the book to get rid of it—but one condition takes those actions to another level. It's called acne excoriée, and it can be a serious condition. Here's what you need to know to keep your skin health."

Do Facial Lymphatic Drainage Massages Actually Do Anything?

"Lymphatic drainage face massages are trending on TikTok—yielding some curiously dramatic before-and-afters—and popping up on spa menus from coast to coast. Like most wellness trends, their purported benefits sound great on paper (er, screen): Decreased puffiness, glowing skin…sold! But are these fresh-faced effects legit or overblown? (Is the sculpted jawline in that TikToker’s video really a result of massage?) And is there even a difference between a lymphatic facial massage and a regular one?"

Mushroom Skincare Is Huge Right Now

"Mushrooms have existed on earth for approximately 1.5 billion years and have been utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries. But today, the age-old fungi are experiencing somewhat of a renaissance. Countless restaurants have incorporated it into their menus, tons of wellness brands are using it in supplements and powders to keep your body functioning at its peak, and people have taken to micro-dosing psychedelic strains to supposedly limit anxiety. “Mushrooms are delectable, edible, and can have beneficial effects on our mood, cognition, memory, and immunity,” says Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., author, and herbal medicine expert. And now, fungi are infiltrating the beauty market."

The 21 Best Foundations for Mature Skin, According to Makeup Artists

"Regardless of age, your perfect foundation is likely one that does a pretty great job camouflaging your unique skin concerns while giving you a flawless finish. However, there comes a time where you might want to enlist in one of the best foundations for mature skin the market has to offer. We're here to guide you on the best options that address things like fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture — you know, all naturally occurring things that happen when you live long enough to acquire infinite experience and wisdom."

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