This week's edition of the Mainstream Patient features stories about inclusive beauty tools, how to build a better body-care routine, 5 hydrating face washes, and more.
In this week’s edition, New Beauty reveals Lancôme's new inclusive beauty product and InStyle reviews Pattern's new hair dryer that prevents heat damage. Cosmopolitan explains how to build a better body-care routine and Self talks about hydrating face washes. Elle lists the 18 best hand creams for soft skin and Allure names the 19 best ceramide-infused skin care products for dry skin.
Accessibility took the forefront at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show. A new, first-of-its-kind device is debuting from L’Oréal Lancôme to help those with limited hand or arm mobility apply makeup. The device, called HAPTA, is a motorized, ultra-precise handheld makeup applicator that can help with steady application for those who need it. Although the HAPTA features a lipstick applicator upon its initial debut, the company says they’re planning to expand its functionality over time to include other tools and applicators.
Many of us with natural hair have a complicated relationship with heat and hot tools. Whether you have (literal) painful childhood memories of a scorching hot comb, were that person who used a clothing iron to press your hair back in the day, or have damaged your curls as a result of a bad blowout, there are several ways in which heat can wreak havoc on our hair.
If you’re paying attention to your below-the-chin skin only in the summer, it’s begging you for some love right now. Swimsuit or ski suit, your body deserves a skincare routine that’s just as comprehensive and effective as the one for your face—just not as complicated. Think of this story as your guide to the essentials for building a derm-approved body-care routine that you’ll actually be able to follow and stick to. Ahead, the 4 don’t-skip steps (spoiler alert, you need body SPF year-round), 21 must-try products, and 6 trending treatments you and your skin need right now.
I’ve been a wellness editor for a decade, which means brands have been sending me new products to test out for the past 10 years. In that time, I’ve tried approximately 5,600 facial cleansers and roughly 99.5% of them have left my skin tight and dry. (This math may not check out literally, but it’s spiritually accurate, you know?) I’ve been let down by many a promise of a “non-stripping” or “moisturizing” formula. Even when I followed the advice of the dermatologists I interviewed and looked for words like gentle and creamy on the label and avoided potentially drying ingredients, more often than not my skin still felt at least a little parched—especially during the colder months.
There are very few things in life we could achieve without using our hands, so it’s about time to finally give them the TLC they deserve. Enter: the best hand creams. According to dermatologist Dr. Marisa Garshick, they’re great for people with naturally dry skin or conditions like eczema or psoriasis. But even if you don’t have any of these concerns, the best hand creams can also help reverse dryness due to frequent hand-washing or simple exposure to harsh winter weather. Not to mention, they’re basically your key to perfecting the glossiest #nailfie if you’re always rocking trendy press-ons or a fresh manicure.
As far as skin-care ingredients are concerned, ceramides are among the most worthy of opponents when it comes to battling dry skin — which, with colder weather rearing its head, may be something that you're all too familiar with. Thankfully, ceramide-based products are not only a favorite among dermatologists but are widely available at every price point, from drugstore (CeraVe and Amlactin) to luxury brands (Elizabeth Arden and SkinCeuticals).