If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Finding the right skincare, beauty, and haircare can be difficult--but choosing and buying these things for someone else is downright daunting (just ask anyone who's stopped into Sephora on behalf of a S.O.) But the holiday season is actually the best time to snag makeup and beauty products, thanks to stacked gift sets loaded with products at a fraction of their normal selling price: and they make fantastic gifts. To help demystify things, we've sifted through the seasonal offerings to find the best beauty, skincare, and hair care gifts of 2018.
You can be more on top of your sunscreen game than a Kardashian is with contouring, and yet somehow, some way, the sun will find you--always at the most inconvenient time and in a way that's so brutal, you swear you're never going to step outside again. Mother Nature is cruel like that. So even though we've already armed you with our best sunscreen recommendations and warned you that (like these poor souls) you're probably putting your sunscreen on wrong, accidents obviously happen. Prepare yourself for the worst by knowing how to treat--and cover up--the damage. And please, for the love of your skin, if you haven't read up on the latest ways to protect yourself from the sun, get on that.
The term "clean beauty" gets thrown around quite a bit, but few people know what the phrase actually means. Which is understandable: The FDA has not come up with a concrete definition for it, so it's mostly up to beauty companies to decide what does or doesn't qualify as "natural." In order to get a better sense of what exactly clean beauty is, I asked a handful of aestheticians, dermatologists, and my own Instagram followers for their definition, along with a couple of clean products they trust and like. The general consensus is that while any product can be marked "clean," a true clean product avoids the use of ingredients like parabens, sulfates, silicones, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. While picking products that don't have parabens (which are known to disrupt hormone function) and phthalates (an industrial chemical that can damage the liver, lungs, and reproductive system) seems like an obvious choice, there are a lot of people who remain reluctant and fearful that "clean" products won't combat acne and other skin issues.
If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Here at Reviewed, we love a good cult-favorite beauty product--and Walmart is full of them. We did the legwork and found out that with a huge selection of affordable makeup and beauty products, you can find some of your favorites so much cheaper at Walmart than the specialty stores you typically purchase them. Better yet, the big box store also offers free shipping on orders over $35.
When summer shifts to fall, my skin and I quite frankly stop seeing eye to eye. Between the frigid New York City wind, extreme office heating, and intensely dry air, I've actually thought: Should I just move back to L.A.? So I don't have to upend my life for my skin, I dedicate the early fall months to taking every preventive measure possible. If you've read any of my other pieces, you probably know that my life revolves around avoiding eczema flare-ups--and things get extra testy during this transitional weather period. I've learned the key to happy, autumnal skin is finding a routine that gives your skin balance--"dewy" skin tends to look just straight-up greasy during colder months and dry skin is just simply never an option. I've found a collection of products that help me get the the right texture and radiance--as well as pre-winter protection--as we move toward some of the trickiest skin-care months of the year.