Rinse Cycle: Is Tap Water Your Skin’s Worst Enemy?

Rinse CycleWhen I studied abroad in Paris my junior year of college, my tiny apartment in Latin Quarter had the most delicious tap water. I attributed the perfect blend of minerals to the ancient pipes in my district (which still had public fountains left over from the Roman Empire). My friends would come over with their empty bottles of Volvic or Evian and fill up at my kitchen sink. But that semester, my skin went crazy, breaking out and feeling itchy. Now I know why. In my latest Marie Clarie article, I investigate why tap water wreaks havoc on skin, causing acne, dryness, irritation, and even accelerating aging. And that crisp, refreshing Parisian water? While the high mineral content makes it great for producing wonderfully crusty baguettes, it also makes the water especially tough on the complexion. Which is why micellar cleansing waters, like Bioderma Créaline, are so popular in France. Check it out: Rinse Cycle

Smells Like My Adolescence

Not sure what’s going on with my skin this summer, but it’s like I’ve hit a second puberty. Case in point: My face broke out more in the past week than it had all last year. Needless to say, I’m an oily, shiny mess. And after feeling extra greasy this morning, I decided to bring out the big guns, my jumbo tub of Noxzema. As I massaged my skin, that distinctive menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus tingle was like a wake up call on my face–why haven’t I cracked open this jar for so long (and is this cleanser still good even though it’s at least five years old)? Continue reading