Skincare

I Tried The Best of K-Beauty – & I Have Thoughts

This post was created in partnership with iHerb. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that keep Simply up & running.  Like many of you, I’m so interested in the world of K-Beauty but have absolutely no idea where to begin. South Koreans are famous for their seemingly poreless perfection and glass skin and while good genes can certainly be a contributor, many of…

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Retinol

So you’ve heard about retinol and you think it’s about time that you start to incorporate it into your skincare routine. Great! You’ve come to the right place. This is the complete beginner’s guide to retinol and I’ll walk you through everything that you need to know. Is it a lot? Yes. Is it interesting? I think so! Should you know this? Absolutely. Let’s get…

Essence vs. Toner vs. Serum: What’s The Difference?

As if the world of skincare wasn’t complicated enough, it seems like new products are popping up everyday. Most nights if you manage to wash your face it’s a win, but if you’re looking to up your skincare game it’s important to learn the different types of products so you can determine which one is right for you. It gets a little complicated, but stay…

How To Use a Jade Roller – Expert Weighs In

It was somewhere between the second Royal Wedding and when Beyonce performed Coachella that Jade Rollers became a household name in the beauty space. Jade Rollers promise benefits for the chronically puffy and have ancient roots in Chinese medicine. We chatted with Atlanta esthetician and salon owner Maureen Herrman for a real-life chat on jade rollers and if they are really worth the hype. Related:…

How to Start a Skincare Routine for Beginners

When it comes to skincare, there isn’t a universal truth. In fact, estheticians, dermatologists, and other skincare professionals all disagree on many aspects of science. From what products are good for your skin to what constitutes a clinical trial, the results are all over the place – trust me, I’ve checked. One thing that everyone can agree on is that skincare is different for everyone. There…

What The Heck is Micellar Water – & How Do You Use It

After my post on Why Makeup Wipes Are The Devil, I got so many questions about alternative methods of removing your makeup at the end of the day. I think the first lesson here is to always wash your face before bed. No seriously, do it. It’s one of the cardinal sins of womanhood to sleep in your makeup. Okay, now that we clear that…

6 Natural (& Effective) Ways to Hydrate Your Skin Almost Instantly

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had chronically dry skin. In fact, I have vivid memories of me lying next to my mom and sister watching fantastic 90s rom-coms in bed like Runaway Bride and Miss Congeniality and my mom would use the tip of her long nails and carefully draw the letters “D-R-Y” on my legs. I couldn’t feel it, but boy could I see it. My skin was always dry, and either I was too much of a teenager to do something about it or I just didn’t know what products I truly needed to use, until now…

SPF 101: Everything You Never Knew

We all know that sunscreen is important when it comes to actually being in the sun. What’s relatively new information is that the ‘when and the why’ is much more complicated than I originally thought. Sun damage is the leading cause of aging in the skin and can lead to a myriad of different issues like scarring, brown spots, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and melasma. In…

4 Things That Helped My Adult Acne Outbreaks

What is it about being an adult that makes the universe want to pile it all on? As if having a mortgage, learning to cook, and finally getting around to folding the laundry that’s been sitting in the dryer wasn’t enough – now adult acne starts to rear its ugly head (pun slightly intended). Even though I study this -ish regularly, I still fall victim…

Hyaluronic Acid Sounds Scary, But Is It?

Per pretty much every chemistry class, rule #1 was no acids near the face. So be forewarned that this post is breaking that rule and you probably should too. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should casually crack open a beaker and drizzle it on your face – but you should look to learn more about certain acids that are good for the skin. . .