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treatment</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">: it treats </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">skin discoloration</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> caused by too much sunlight by using more light. In some ways, this may sound counterintuitive. So below, we&rsquo;ve outlined some of the most important things to know about </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">intense pulsed light treatment</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> (or IPL, or </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">IPL laser</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, or</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> IPL photofacial</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">). We cover the science behind it, the treatment itself, and other factors (like pain and cost) that you may be wondering about before trying it yourself.</span></p>\n<h2>What is an IPL treatment?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The intense pulsed light is broad-spectrum light energy. So unlike a cosmetic laser, which uses a single wavelength of light, each</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> IPL treatment</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> emits light at multiple wavelengths in order to simultaneously target a variety of dermatological complaints, such as </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">age spots</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, broken capillaries, and other types of </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">skin discoloration</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. This makes it slightly stronger than an LED photofacial, which won't affect pigmentation and doesn't involve as much heat. From a handheld device, the IPL passes through the outer layers of the skin into the dermis, where their wavelengths are absorbed by melanin, tiny blood vessels, and other sources of irregular pigmentation.</span></p>\n<h2>What does it treat?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Age spots</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. Sun spots. Liver spots. Solar lentigines. No matter what you call them, those flat gray, brown, and black spots on the skin are its main target.</span></p>\n<h2>How does skin discoloration happen again?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">All skin color is the result of a pigment called melanin produced in the epidermis. Each person's skin produces melanin at certain rate, but ultraviolet rays from the sun accelerate that process, which creates a darker, tanned appearance. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Over years, melanin can become particularly concentrated in one area and clump together to form </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">age spots</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, typically on the hands, face, shoulders, and other areas regularly exposed to sunlight. (Freckles are produced through a similar process, but their formation is much more strongly predicted by genetics and by whether you're dressing up as Raggedy Ann for Halloween this year.)</span></p>\n<h2>What are the sessions like?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Each IPL treatment usually takes about half an hour, and is performed with a small hand piece that a technician presses against the skin. </span></p>\n<h2>Does it hurt?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The sessions can involve some discomfort; many patients describe the feeling as similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin or, less frequently, the gentle nipping of baby hummingbirds. The technician may apply a cooling gel beforehand to counteract the accompanying sensation of heat, and many IPL hand pieces have cooling attachments as well.</span></p>\n<h2>Who is it best for?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Because the system decides what cells to destroy based on color, it may not be a good option for people with darker skin.</span></p>\n<h2>Are there other uses?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Instead of discoloration, some </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">IPL treatments</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> target unwanted hair. In these cases, light energy from the hand piece is drawn to the melanin in the hair's root. This creates a burst of heat that permanently disables any follicles that are in an active growth phase.</span></p>\n<h2>How much does it cost?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">IPL treatments can be valued between $200&ndash;$500, varying by region and by individual practitioners.</span></p>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/ipl\"><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Shop deals for IPL treatments</span></em></a></p>","created_on":"2016-09-09T17:06:28.884Z","last_modified_on":"2016-12-07T19:36:25.850Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Groupon Editors","author":"df385855-6978-440d-b5a2-7d14dc0f0515","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"What Is IPL Treatment?","meta_description":"Learn all about how IPL treatments broad-spectrum light energy works to combat age spots and other skin discolorations.","fb_og_title":"How Do IPL Treatments Work?","fb_og_description":"When too much sunlight ages and discolors the skin, the fix may come from an unlikely source: even more light!","vhp_desc":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Learn all about how </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">IPL treatments</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> broad-spectrum light energy...","tags":["ipl","skincare","laser","medspa"],"category":"294ea30b-dd37-49a1-9805-e9e6c7617902","secondary_categories":["294ea30b-dd37-49a1-9805-e9e6c7617902","05c41219-e7c2-4e72-afea-b9ec7dad0a83","195c17c0-e7b1-4833-ba28-33e2bab7fde2"],"published":"PUBLISHED","photos":[{"altText":"brunette-woman-with-clear-skin-IPL-facial_jpg-600x390","caption":"brunette-woman-with-clear-skin-IPL-facial_jpg-600x390","hero":true,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/y2DdufjojHtuKpPkBEKLDbBqRWG/brunette-woman-with-clear-skin-IPL-facial_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/y2DdufjojHtuKpPkBEKLDbBqRWG/brunette-woman-with-clear-skin-IPL-facial_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"Find_a_Festival_jpg-600x100","caption":"Find_a_Festival_jpg-600x100","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/44vMURCxG81u5Eu2kL6Fi6ZCJhz4/Find_a_Festival_jpg-600x100","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/44vMURCxG81u5Eu2kL6Fi6ZCJhz4/Find_a_Festival_jpg-600x100"}],"schemaOrgAttr":{},"permalink":"what-is-ipl-treatment","places":[],"validationError":[],"id":"db303abf-37cd-46dc-829a-581dd65534fc","published_on":"2016-09-16T13:07:58.362Z","last_published_on":"2016-12-06T20:50:18.591Z","guid":"db303abf-37cd-46dc-829a-581dd65534fc","imageUrl":"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/y2DdufjojHtuKpPkBEKLDbBqRWG/brunette-woman-with-clear-skin-IPL-facial_jpg-600x390/v1/c140x85.png","bodyColumns":"nine","url":"/articles/what-is-ipl-treatment"},{"article_type":"NATIONAL","author":"c51bf7b2-f051-4cfa-8dd2-ebce38b89da8","author_name":"Mel Kassel","author_page":false,"category":"edea8d22-5c94-4c29-ab6b-cde6c3000f98","content":"<p><img src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/mCFWPrQwBrDgKRmcHKU6cA/four-things-about-mud-baths-600x390\" alt=\"Four Things About Mud Baths Cleopatra, Napoleon, and Beethoven Would Want You to Know\" /></p>\n<p>The term &ldquo;mud bath&rdquo; seems paradoxical. How do you bathe in something that makes you dirty? And more importantly, <em>why</em> would you?</p>\n<p>The short answer: spending some time up to your neck in mud can be good for your skin. The longer answer, however, is a bit more nuanced and involves a closer look at fangotherapy&mdash;treatments that involve mud. Read on for four key fangotherapy facts, which may convince you to act like a pig at your next <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/spa\" target=\"_blank\">spa visit</a>.</p>\n<h2>1. People have been rolling in the mud for centuries.</h2>\n<p>And not just for fun! Native Americans have used mud to treat irritated skin, and Cleopatra reputedly took trips to the Dead Sea and coated herself with its mud as part of her beauty regimen. Both Napoleon and Beethoven were fond of visiting the Czech spa resorts of Karlovy Vary, which have been espousing the benefits of the region&rsquo;s hot springs and mud since the 1300s.</p>\n<p>Then there&rsquo;s the story of the blind man Tekir and his donkey, a folktale from Lake Techirghiol in Romania. According to legend, Tekir was riding his faithful donkey when they both became hopelessly mired in the mud of the lake. They emerged hours later, only to realize that the mud had cured Tekir&rsquo;s blindness as well as the rest of his (and his donkey&rsquo;s) various ills. Mud from Lake Techirghiol has been prized and harvested for its therapeutic properties since the early 1900s.</p>\n<p>Some of these anecdotes may be far-fetched, but they all convey the single most important fact about fangotherapy:</p>\n<h2>2. The secret to finding great mud: location, location, location.</h2>\n<p><img alt=\"mineral rich mud\" class=\"artimg\" title=\"\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/gbkFT8N6DivdgwfttwuWmF/mineral-rich-mud-600x390/v1/c600x390.jpg\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>Unfortunately, you can&rsquo;t just wait until it rains, writhe around on your front lawn, and call it fangotherapy. The best kind of fangotherapy mud isn&rsquo;t a simple mixture of water and soil&mdash;it&rsquo;s rich in minerals, the kind that are only present under specific geological conditions, such as magnesium, sodium, and sulfur.</p>\n<p>The Dead Sea, the European moorlands, certain lakes, and natural hot springs are the places to go for mineral-rich mud. The hot springs of Calistoga, California, compose the mud-bath capital of the United States. The mud there contains volcanic ash, and when mixed with mineral water from the surrounding hot springs, it&rsquo;s an especially nutritious treat for skin cells.</p>\n<p>Yalda Teranchi, a manager at Calistoga&rsquo;s <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/santa-rosa/indian-springs-resort-spa\" target=\"_blank\">Indian Springs Spa</a>, attests to this fact. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a double whammy with the mud and the mineral water, [which comes] straight from the geyser,&rdquo; she said, adding that using fresh mud makes a world of difference. &ldquo;A spa I used to work at [ordered] volcanic ash to make its mud wraps. Here, it&rsquo;s a little heavier because of the natural ingredients, the purities in it.&rdquo;</p>\n<p>If you can&rsquo;t travel, however, you can always <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse?query=mud\" target=\"_blank\">get cosmetics or schedule spa treatments</a> that incorporate mineral-rich mud.</p>\n<h2>3. Getting down and dirty actually has some benefits.</h2>\n<p>Mud&mdash;especially Dead Sea mud&mdash;has been said to alleviate the symptoms of skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea. Being buoyed by a warm mud bath can also ease assorted aches and pains in the joints, such as those that stem from arthritis.</p>\n<p>Some people bathe in mud for cosmetic reasons, too. Dr. R. Makala Anders, a dermatologist at <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/sonoma-ca/sonoma-dermatology\" target=\"_blank\">Sonoma and Santa Rosa Dermatology</a>, said the minerals in mud can indeed &ldquo;rejuvenate and stimulate&rdquo; skin cells, causing them to &ldquo;plump up&rdquo; for a more glowing appearance. He noted that mud is a great moisturizer, one that naturally causes skin to feel tighter and healthier.</p>\n<p>And, of course, floating in a mud bath can be relaxing. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s getting back to the basics a little bit. &hellip; It&rsquo;s very nurturing, it&rsquo;s very centering,&rdquo; Yalda said. &ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t mind being around a large quantity of naked people.&rdquo;</p>\n<p><img alt=\"mud wrap\" class=\"artimg\" title=\"\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/djN8UiXRPWwdoz8D5A4kAU/mud-wrap-600x390/v1/c600x390.jpg\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<h2>4. But, like anything else, mud has its limits.</h2>\n<p>A mud bath, mud mask, or mud wrap should not be seen as a miracle treatment. &ldquo;The effects [of a mud bath] would be pretty minimal and short-lasting, most of the time,&rdquo; Dr. Anders said. That&rsquo;s because the helpful minerals in mud can&rsquo;t penetrate any deeper than the very first layer of the skin, the stratum corneum.</p>\n<p>&ldquo;The skin is made to keep stuff out!&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s actually really difficult to make molecules small enough to penetrate down into the epidermis and beyond. Mud isn&rsquo;t going to do that.&rdquo;</p>\n<p>That doesn&rsquo;t mean that it won&rsquo;t make you feel like a million muddy bucks, though. At least for a little while.</p>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/spa\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"skincare deals banner\" class=\"artimg\" title=\"\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/heZx2EPcJkifymWex7Mrww/skincare-deals-banner-600x66/v1/c600x66.jpg\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>\n<h2>Check out primers on other unusual treatments:</h2>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/what-is-sensory-deprivation\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"sensory deprivation\" class=\"alignleft\" style=\"float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; display: block; z-index: 100;\" title=\"\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/af9MVY3wQKmfu4NZmwiAbo/sensory-deprivation-200x130/v1/c200x130.jpg\" width=\"200\" height=\"130\" /></a></p>\n<h2><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/what-is-sensory-deprivation\" target=\"_blank\">Sensory Deprivation May Be the Key to True Relaxation</a><br /><br /><br /></h2>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/have-a-hydrating-mask-in-your-carry-on-bag-sb\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"hydration mask on plane\" class=\"alignleft\" style=\"float: left; 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Despite the products&rsquo; ubiquity in the fall and winter, most of us aren&rsquo;t devoted to a favorite type of lip balm. Whatever&rsquo;s closest to the drugstore checkout is what ends up on our lips. Unfortunately, that sparkly Dr Pepper&ndash;flavored salve really isn&rsquo;t the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">best lip balm</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> we can use. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">But before we figure out which lip balm </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">is</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> the best, it helps to know why we need one at all&mdash;why are our lips are so prone to chapping?</span>&nbsp;</p>\n<blockquote>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">\"Lips don't have oil glands and the skin is very thin, so they are already more susceptible to drying than other parts of the skin.\"</span></span></h2>\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Dr. Sejal K. Shah, dermatologist</span></span></p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;In fact, the skin of the lips has been shown to have poorer barrier function and higher water loss than skin in other areas. Furthermore, exposure to the elements (wind, cold, UV radiation) and potential irritants [including saliva] contributes to dryness.&rdquo;</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">According to Dr. Shah, of <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/new-york-city/smarter-skin-dermatology\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Smarter Skin Dermatology</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> in New York City,</span>&nbsp;good lip balms include ingredients that moisturize, soften, and help retain water, like </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">petrolatum, dimethicone, beeswax, and glycerin. With that in mind, we decided to conduct an experiment: five Groupon employees&mdash;pulled from editors and experts on our Beauty team&mdash;tested four popular types of lip balm by using each exclusively for four consecutive days.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">So which came out on top as the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">best lip balm</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">? Our test subjects certainly had strong opinions, which we excerpted for each product and summed up in the table below:</span></p>\n<h2>Key Takeaways</h2>\n<p><strong><img alt=\"lipbalms table png\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/beNah42H9pdfBp7rHfGkD6/lipbalms_table_png-530x288\" width=\"530\" height=\"288\" /></strong></p>\n<h2>ChapStick Classic Original</h2>\n<h3><strong>Notable ingredients:</strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> white petrolatum, carnauba wax, lanolin, paraffin</span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"41EWbfZAwUL SY355 1 jpg\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/355SaQuVo7WdpbWC4SmsT6/41EWbfZAwUL__SY355_-1_jpg-419x150\" width=\"419\" height=\"150\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">I had a flaky pout when I started using this, and in addition to preventing chapped lips, it seemed to actively heal them, too. In just two days, it stitched up the cracks in my skin, and left it pretty smooth.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Rebecca L.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">It was pretty long-lasting. I put it on before work, then randomly rubbed my lips together at, like, 11:30, and traces remained! Even though I had drunk a venti coffee. I was impressed.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Mae R.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s super easy to stash in your pocket and go about your day. I may have created a dependency, I went from not using [lip balm] at all to feeling like I needed some three times a day. ... [It] is a no-fuss classic that gets the job done.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Katie A.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">It has this weird medicated smell.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Shannon J.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;I experimented with wearing [it] underneath my lip gloss. It did not feel heavy or sticky. It was nice, smooth, and enhanced my lip-gloss wear through longer-lasting glossy moisture.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Katrina T.</span></em></p>\n<h2>Burt&rsquo;s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm</h2>\n<h3><strong>Notable ingredients:</strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower-seed oil, peppermint oil, lanolin</span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"Lip Balm Beeswax nocap jpg\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kXzyP3V8zeLcW3qpANk7tc/Lip_Balm_Beeswax_nocap_jpg-451x141\" width=\"451\" height=\"141\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;When I put it on, my lips immediately felt all tingly. I know that just means the balm contains spearmint or the like, but it is the single factor that makes me think a lip balm is working.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Shannon J.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always enjoyed the refreshing peppermint smell. &hellip; But that&rsquo;s about all I give Burt&rsquo;s Bees an A+ in. After a day and a half of using [this balm], I stopped. I felt like I was constantly&mdash;and I mean constantly&mdash;applying. My lips started to feel drier and drier. It felt like I couldn&rsquo;t get enough moisture. Personally, I think it was causing me chapped lips. It even made me wonder if this was some sort of sneaky marketing ploy.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Katrina T.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">I think the peppermint tingle creates an illusion that the lip balm is [penetrating] deeper. &hellip; Toward the end of this trial period I began to feel like my lips were dependent on [it] and were more susceptible to dryness if I didn&rsquo;t have the stick readily available.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Katie A.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;One thing I noticed is that it&rsquo;s not shiny&mdash;sometimes, I sort of lazily use chapstick as a lipstick replacement, but this was really not about that.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Mae R.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">My lips became more chapped while we were using this. I'm not ready to assign 100% of the blame to Burt, though. I think it's partly due to the fact that I used this balm less frequently than I used the others, due to its annoying stickiness. The mint may have irritated my lips, too, however.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Rebecca L.</span></em></p>\n<h2>Smith&rsquo;s Rosebud Salve</h2>\n<h3><strong>Notable ingredients:</strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> white petrolatum, cottonseed oil, essential oils, botanicals</span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"300 jpg\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kFgwjVeDWDcmYrWuRnksV5/300_jpg-331x200\" width=\"331\" height=\"200\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">It feels wonderful with my initial application and quickly became my favorite! It&rsquo;s </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">super</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> smooth&mdash;the smoothest lip product I have ever applied. It&rsquo;s glossy, rosy, and smells pleasant, too. &hellip; I rarely applied my normal lip glosses because I was satisfied with the color it provides.&rdquo; &ndash; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Katrina T.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;If you use it consistently it really softens your lips. &hellip; The packaging is a really cute vintage tin&mdash;but as cute as the tin is, I prefer a tube. I&rsquo;ve had tins dent and it makes them very hard to open. Additionally I like to avoid dunking my finger into a tin of salve. The only other negative is the greasy smear it leaves behind on your drinkware.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Katie A.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve used it on my cuticles before. It works (as the tin says, it is for &lsquo;all-purpose skin preparation&rsquo;) but it makes them shiny, which is kind of weird.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Mae R.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;T</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">he rose scent made me feel like a classy, grownup lady. I found myself really mining this psychological benefit, slathering it on my lips, my cuticles, and my hands all day long. &hellip; The fact that it's a tin, rather than a tube, gave me some hygiene concerns. If I've just grabbed a subway pole or shaken hands with someone, I don't necessarily want to immediately dip my hands into a tin.&rdquo; &ndash; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Rebecca L.</span></em></p>\n<h2>Nivea Lip Butter Smooth Kiss</h2>\n<h3><strong>Notable ingredients:</strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> petrolatum, shea butter, castor-seed oil, sweet-almond oil</span></h3>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"qy png\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4Y5LBavAjdXbKrjNEfzT83/qy_png-366x200\" width=\"366\" height=\"200\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">In general, I am a big fan of this, although I feel like I have to really dig into the lip balm to get how much I want. Update: I dug in and things got gooey. Is it weird that I liked this lip balm more before the added gooeyness?&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Shannon J.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;Compared to the Rosebud tin, the Nivea product is a little more difficult to get the product to build up on your finger to apply. &hellip; I didn&rsquo;t feel like I had to over-apply, and it did a successful job and keeping my lips hydrated and preventing chapped lips!&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Katrina T.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">It feels like </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">butter</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> going on. Seriously. No taste, as far as I could tell. ...</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> Honestly, the sell here is all the feeling&mdash;it makes your skin feel like silk. I would put this all over my body if I could. Dear God.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Mae R.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">I really like the consistency. It&rsquo;s not as goopy as the Rosebud Salve and not as waxy as ChapStick. I can tell that a main ingredient is shea butter, it really smooths and softens. &hellip; I wouldn&rsquo;t hesitate to use it on my face if I happened to have a dry patch.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Katie A.</span></em></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Welp, I've found my holy grail. This is it. ... It's definitely preventing chapped lips, and it stays on for a long time. I get chapped lips easily&mdash;if I so much as look at a picture of a snowflake, boom, my lips crack into a million pieces&mdash;but this balm seems to have made my lips ultra-smooth and somehow strong. I think I could even stop using it for a few days and they'd remain smooth and healthy. &hellip; I think you've made a lifelong Nivea Lip Butter customer out of me. This is the best balm I've ever tried.&rdquo; </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ndash; Rebecca L.</span></em></p>\n<h2>Rankings and Final Thoughts</h2>\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"F5 jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kJ3CQQ87kZEcWB6Ub5gcgT/F5-2048x1229_jpg-600x360\" width=\"600\" height=\"360\" /><br /><em>The smile of someone who hasn't been dealing with peeling lips in subzero temperatures.</em></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Here are the rankings for the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">best lip balm</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">:</span></p>\n<ol>\n<li style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Tie between Nivea Lip Butter and Smith&rsquo;s Rosebud Salve</span></li>\n<li style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">ChapStick Classic Original</span></li>\n<li style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Burt&rsquo;s Bees</span></li>\n</ol>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Testers who had used Burt&rsquo;s Bees in the past were surprised at its comparative ineffectiveness. Dr. Shah has a thoughtful reason: &ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">This is likely due to some ingredients in some lip balms that may act as irritants. These ingredients cause skin irritation and inflammation leading to dryness.&rdquo; Additives that cool, soothe, or numb on contact may end up drying lips in the long run.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Even with regular application of the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">best lip balm</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, though, our lips still might not be in tiptop shape, especially if they&rsquo;re constantly exposed to cold, dry air. For next-level </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/skin-care\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">skincare</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, Dr. Shah recommends gently exfoliating with a toothbrush and applying a thick </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/moisturizer\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">moisturizer</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, such as petroleum jelly, at night. Sleeping with a </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-to-choose-a-humidifier\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">humidifier</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> might help, too.</span></p>","created_on":"2015-11-19T04:03:10.005Z","last_modified_on":"2016-11-10T15:19:57.035Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Kate Raftery","author":"2ea43cb3-f58b-423f-8977-a1e9185f5043","seo_title":"An Experiment to Find the Best Lip Balm","meta_description":"Our beauty team conducted an experiment to find the best lip balm out of four of the most popular styles.","fb_og_title":"4 Lip Balms, 16 Days, 10 Sets of Lips: The Panic to Find the Best Lip Balm Before Winter Hits","fb_og_description":"We sought lip-balm advice from a dermatologist, then had our beauty team test four different types. The balm at the top of the list? It’s a tie.","vhp_desc":"<p>We sought lip-balm advice from a dermatologist, then had our beauty team test four different types. The balm at the top of the list? It&rsquo;s a tie.</p>","tags":["style_and_beauty ","beauty","skincare","lip_balm","makeup","seasonal","winter","interview"],"category":"847b0354-8b65-49f9-b86e-fc81990f75be","secondary_categories":["847b0354-8b65-49f9-b86e-fc81990f75be","05c41219-e7c2-4e72-afea-b9ec7dad0a83"],"published":"PUBLISHED","photos":[{"altText":"lipbalms_table_png-530x288","caption":"lipbalms_table_png-530x288","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/beNah42H9pdfBp7rHfGkD6/lipbalms_table_png-530x288","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/beNah42H9pdfBp7rHfGkD6/lipbalms_table_png-530x288"},{"altText":"300_jpg-331x200","caption":"300_jpg-331x200","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kFgwjVeDWDcmYrWuRnksV5/300_jpg-331x200","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kFgwjVeDWDcmYrWuRnksV5/300_jpg-331x200"},{"altText":"qy_png-366x200","caption":"qy_png-366x200","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4Y5LBavAjdXbKrjNEfzT83/qy_png-366x200","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4Y5LBavAjdXbKrjNEfzT83/qy_png-366x200"},{"altText":"F5-2048x1229_jpg-600x360","caption":"F5-2048x1229_jpg-600x360","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kJ3CQQ87kZEcWB6Ub5gcgT/F5-2048x1229_jpg-600x360","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kJ3CQQ87kZEcWB6Ub5gcgT/F5-2048x1229_jpg-600x360"},{"altText":"41EWbfZAwUL__SY355_-1_jpg-419x150","caption":"41EWbfZAwUL__SY355_-1_jpg-419x150","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/355SaQuVo7WdpbWC4SmsT6/41EWbfZAwUL__SY355_-1_jpg-419x150","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/355SaQuVo7WdpbWC4SmsT6/41EWbfZAwUL__SY355_-1_jpg-419x150"},{"altText":"Lip_Balm_Beeswax_nocap_jpg-451x141","caption":"Lip_Balm_Beeswax_nocap_jpg-451x141","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kXzyP3V8zeLcW3qpANk7tc/Lip_Balm_Beeswax_nocap_jpg-451x141","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kXzyP3V8zeLcW3qpANk7tc/Lip_Balm_Beeswax_nocap_jpg-451x141"}],"schemaOrgAttr":{},"permalink":"what-is-the-best-lip-balm","places":["0fb35fc2-4127-b06a-768b-014a16b15551"],"id":"1e4b87ec-edc1-4961-898c-4dbebc971f4d","published_on":"2016-06-13T17:03:07.498Z","guid":"1e4b87ec-edc1-4961-898c-4dbebc971f4d","imageUrl":"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/beNah42H9pdfBp7rHfGkD6/lipbalms_table_png-530x288/v1/c140x85.png","bodyColumns":"nine","url":"/articles/what-is-the-best-lip-balm"},{"article_type":"NATIONAL","author":"df385855-6978-440d-b5a2-7d14dc0f0515","author_name":"Groupon Editors","author_page":false,"category":"5ce9c2d8-6b1d-49db-aff7-364b3cd5cd16","content":"<p><img alt=\"Mens Facial Fathers Day jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/yFASvGuec7mJ7EK78RReDHKsy7r/Mens_Facial_Fathers_Day_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>Men&rsquo;s skin and women&rsquo;s skin differ in a few key areas. For instance, men&rsquo;s skin is 25% thicker, has a higher collagen density, produces more sebum oil, and appears to be better hydrated. That&rsquo;s why <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/facial\" target=\"_blank\">facials</a> tailored specifically to men&rsquo;s skin exist.&nbsp;<span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">As <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/fathers-day-gifts\">Father's Day gifts</a></span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, facials probably aren&rsquo;t expected&mdash;but they&rsquo;ll certainly be welcome once Dad&nbsp;sees and feels what they can do. Skip the manly <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/fathers-day-clothing-accessories\">accessories</a> and consider a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/fathers-day-spa-grooming-gifts\">spa gift</a> this year.</span></p>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/fathers-day-gifts\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"Fathers Day Gift Shop Banner jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/FMbXTjarbULe764Z6dzTaqib1a2/Fathers_Day_Gift_Shop_Banner_jpg-600x100\" width=\"600\" height=\"100\" /></span></a></p>\n<h2>What is a men&rsquo;s facial?</h2>\n<p>Men&rsquo;s facials are formulated to the unique needs of men&rsquo;s skin and usually deal with problems men commonly face, such as razor burn and ingrown hairs, dullness, and sensitivity. Some target skin that has been damaged by the elements like sun and wind, some target acne, and some target aging. If essential oils are used, they generally are infused with &ldquo;masculine&rdquo; scents&mdash;think musk and cedar, not sirloin steak.</p>\n<h2>What happens during the treatment?</h2>\n<p>Aestheticians deeply cleanse skin before exfoliating away dead skin cells, steaming open pores, performing extractions to clear individually clogged pores, and applying a toner. The facials may include a vigorous face, neck, and shoulder <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/massage\" target=\"_blank\">massage</a>, and they often conclude with the application of a customized mask and men&rsquo;s <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/skin-care\" target=\"_blank\">skincare</a> products.</p>\n<p>(For future <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/occasion/fathers-day-spa-grooming-gifts\">gifts for Dad</a>, stock up on the skincare products and shaving creams recommended by the aesthetician who performs his facial.)</p>\n<h2>How long does the facial take?</h2>\n<p>Men&rsquo;s facials generally last 30&ndash;60 minutes.</p>\n<h2>See a men's facial in action below:</h2>\n<p><iframe src=\"//www.youtube.com/embed/R5qOLiXOzm4?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0\" width=\"100%\" height=\"400\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/groupon-gift-guide\"><img alt=\"Fathers Day Gift Guide jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/8V1BVyCpgK64tLQ5CWRS4VC2KxH/Fathers_Day_Gift_Guide_jpg-600x100\" width=\"600\" height=\"100\" /></a></p>","created_on":"2015-01-26T18:06:25.161Z","fb_og_description":"The skin of men and women differ in areas like thickness, hydration, and oil production. 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That&rsquo;s why facials tailored specifically to men&rsquo;s skin exist.</p>","name":"","schemaOrgAttr":{},"places":[],"id":"2696d453-7440-4566-98b1-0dad83f56215","guid":"2696d453-7440-4566-98b1-0dad83f56215","imageUrl":"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/v3yqZq1VHqGKD96AZpNjyU/skincare-deals-banner-600x66/v1/c140x85.png","bodyColumns":"nine","url":"/articles/all-about-mens-facials"},{"locale":"en_US","title":"What Is Botox?","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p><img alt=\"botoxrefresh HERO 02 jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/fQ6NsfwD9wrTwoTMDVSNp3eLZ95/botoxrefresh_HERO-02_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">What is </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/botox\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Botox</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">?</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> It&rsquo;s a question people have been asking since the early &rsquo;90s, when Hollywood celebrities seemed to stop aging and friends of friends came back from the dermatologist looking very refreshed. Ever since an ophthalmologist published a medical study stating that a drug used to treat eyelid spasms could temporarily smooth wrinkles, Americans have been fascinated with Botox. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Here&rsquo;s a closer look at the wrinkle-fighter, including what it is exactly and how it works.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Quick definition</span></h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Botox is a medication injected into muscles in order to temporarily smooth crow&rsquo;s-feet around the eyes and frown lines on the forehead.</span></span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">How Botox works</span></h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Whenever you frown, laugh, or squint, certain facial muscles contract, resulting in lines on the face. Botox temporarily reduces this muscle activity by paralyzing these facial muscles. It does so with tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum-toxin protein. With paralysis comes a visible smoothing of crow&rsquo;s feet lines and frown lines.</span></span></span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">How long it&nbsp;takes to work and how long the results last</span></h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Botox might be known as a lunchtime procedure&mdash;the actual injections take only 10 minutes&mdash;but results generally don&rsquo;t show up for 24&ndash;48 hours. A week later, faces look noticeably smoother, with optimal results showing up after a month. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">In fact, in the manufacturer&rsquo;s clinical studies, 67.9% of people had mild or no crow&rsquo;s-feet on the 30th day after treatment, and 80% of people had significantly softened frown lines. To learn more about these treatment areas, see our <a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/articles/botox-injections-guide-for-the-face\">illustrated guide to Botox injections</a></span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Results typically last about four months.</span></span></span></span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Possible side effects of Botox </span></h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">In addition to its more serious side effects (problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing), Botox can have side effects at the injection site. These include localized pain, infection, redness, bleeding, bruising, and swelling. The practitioner may apply ice or a numbing cream to the treatment area to minimize discomfort.</span></span></span></span></span></p>\n<h2>Check out related reads on the Groupon Guide:</h2>\n<h3><a title=\"Seven Insider Tips from a Los Angeles Botox Expert\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/los-angeles-botox-expert-tips\"><img alt=\"30s jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/5zjZz5L7LSkipefbMem5Js/30s_jpg-600x250\" width=\"600\" height=\"250\" /></a><br /><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/los-angeles-botox-expert-tips\">Seven Insider Tips from a Los Angeles Botox Expert</a></h3>\n<p><em>A Los Angeles Botox injector talks with us about what Botox can and can&rsquo;t do and how scary the needle really is.</em></p>\n<h3><a title=\"Botox Advice from Industry Insiders\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/botox-advice-from-pros\"><img alt=\"qY png\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/mLmYUBDxpQpc6bxdTF3Y83/qY-600x390_png-600x250\" width=\"600\" height=\"250\" /></a><br /><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/botox-advice-from-pros\">How to Talk About Botox Without Losing Friends</a></h3>\n<p><em>Can you ask your friend if she got Botox? An injector and a patient have Botox advice for just this type of situation.</em></p>","created_on":"2016-02-09T22:25:33.297Z","last_modified_on":"2016-11-10T15:19:58.762Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Groupon Editors","author":"df385855-6978-440d-b5a2-7d14dc0f0515","seo_title":"What Is Botox?","meta_description":"Learn what Botox is, how long it takes to work, and what the possible side effects could be.","fb_og_title":"Freezing Time with Botox","fb_og_description":"A close look at Botox, what it is and how it works.","vhp_desc":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Find out </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">how Botox works</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400...","tags":["style_and_beauty ","beauty","skincare","botox","injectables","video"],"category":"3c48c6b0-b708-40df-9b46-7d49b7a273d7","secondary_categories":["3c48c6b0-b708-40df-9b46-7d49b7a273d7","794584ea-905e-4384-b083-1b29323f1a20","05c41219-e7c2-4e72-afea-b9ec7dad0a83"],"published":"PUBLISHED","photos":[{"altText":"Final_BW_botox-infographic_2016-4_jpg-600x431","caption":"Final_BW_botox-infographic_2016-4_jpg-600x431","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/aoHwmck9Atfk7Jnx36WPhv/Final_BW_botox-infographic_2016-4_jpg-600x431","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/aoHwmck9Atfk7Jnx36WPhv/Final_BW_botox-infographic_2016-4_jpg-600x431"}],"schemaOrgAttr":{},"permalink":"what-is-botox","places":[],"id":"372bb871-5e0a-4a58-833a-fb23a97b3942","published_on":"2016-06-10T21:06:59.906Z","guid":"372bb871-5e0a-4a58-833a-fb23a97b3942","imageUrl":"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/aoHwmck9Atfk7Jnx36WPhv/Final_BW_botox-infographic_2016-4_jpg-600x431/v1/c140x85.png","bodyColumns":"nine","url":"/articles/what-is-botox"},{"article_type":"NATIONAL","author":"a91446bd-6aaa-4ba4-964e-96eb5b4404ed","author_name":"Mae Rice","author_page":false,"category":"05c41219-e7c2-4e72-afea-b9ec7dad0a83","content":"<p><img alt=\"browgamestrong2k16 HERO jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4JDvTU3BWwhNjoKxSMkMsF4WgRj2/browgamestrong2k16_HERO_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>If you&rsquo;ve never searched Tumblr&rsquo;s <a href=\"https://www.tumblr.com/search/eyebrows\" target=\"_blank\">&ldquo;eyebrows&rdquo; tag</a>, you should. You&rsquo;ll scroll through an unending feed of pictures of full, dark brows, as face-framing as chunky glasses. A disproportionate number of them are of Cara Delevingne&rsquo;s.</p>\n<p>Given this, it was only a matter of time before the advent of eyebrow extensions. Unlike most other extension types (say, <a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/local/eyelash-extensions\" target=\"_blank\">eyelash extensions</a>, or hair extensions), they don&rsquo;t lengthen existing hair. Long, flowing eyebrows remain firmly not a thing. Instead, they fill in gaps and enhance brow shapes, explained Tommy La Palermo of <a href=\"https://occhilashes.com/\" target=\"_blank\">Occhi Lashes</a>.</p>\n<p>Tommy co-owns the salon with his sister, Lynn, who&rsquo;s considered one of the top eyelash stylists in the country. But when she&rsquo;s not gluing on lashes, she&rsquo;s applying Brow Perfect extensions, and training other aspiring brow stylists from around the world.</p>\n<p>Below, Tommy&mdash;who&rsquo;s on the business side, but intimately familiar with the process&mdash;explains how brow extensions really work.</p>\n<p><a href=\"https://occhilashes.com/brows/\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Brows before and after\" class=\"aligncenter\" style=\"float: none; margin: 0px auto; display: block; z-index: 100;\" title=\"\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/hBERwwGFsyycuFQv2WCwuB/Brows_before_and_after-500x181/v1/c500x181.jpg\" width=\"500\" height=\"181\" /></a></p>\n<h2>What's the typical appointment like?</h2>\n<h3><strong>It lasts 30 minutes.</strong></h3>\n<p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve only had three or four women [who] in their initial appointment, it went for a full hour,&rdquo; Tommy said.</p>\n<h3><strong>It unfolds painlessly.</strong></h3>\n<p>&ldquo;The brows are cleaned and the area is prepped &hellip; there&rsquo;s no plucking, there&rsquo;s no tweezing, no waxing, none of that. You can lay there with your eyes opened, or with your eyes closed.&rdquo; The aesthetician then fills in brows with individual extensions.</p>\n<h3><strong>It&rsquo;s not like a lash-extension appointment.</strong></h3>\n<p>Not only do they <a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/articles/eyelash-extensions-applied-one-by-one-for-dramatic-effect-fq\" target=\"_blank\">not tape your eyes shut</a>, they use a different, less durable kind of adhesive. It&rsquo;s because brow extensions are glued directly to the skin, rather than the hair. The lash glue is &ldquo;the same type of adhesive that they use to suture wounds with,&rdquo; which would cause abrasions, breakouts, and other bad reactions if applied directly to skin.</p>\n<h3><strong>It ends in brows that can last more than two weeks.</strong></h3>\n<p>Tommy&rsquo;s official range? Six to sixteen days.</p>\n<h2>What can extensions do?</h2>\n<h3><strong>They can give you a celebrity look.</strong></h3>\n<p>Clients often bring in pictures of Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie to help their aesthetician understand what they want. &ldquo;But it&rsquo;s not necessarily they want to look like somebody&mdash;they want a certain [brow] look.&rdquo;</p>\n<h3><strong>They can tweak your brow shape.</strong></h3>\n<p>Your natural shape is just a starting point. Extensions can give you a higher arch, a longer tail, more or less curve&mdash;you name it. (Don&rsquo;t worry: Stylists hold stencils up to your face to help you translate the picture in your mind into a concrete plan.)</p>\n<h3><strong>They CAN&rsquo;T make your brows bushier.</strong></h3>\n<p>This is one place where they don&rsquo;t work well. &ldquo;You can put extensions on top of extensions, but the reality of it is, they&rsquo;re not going to hold,&rdquo; Tommy said.</p>\n<h2>Who are prime candidates for extensions?</h2>\n<h3><strong>People who have overtweezed.</strong></h3>\n<p>Not all overtweezing leads to permanent hair loss, but as Tommy pointed out, if you overtweeze for &ldquo;20, 25 years, you&rsquo;re eventually gonna pull out the follicle, because it&rsquo;s just a hair.&rdquo;</p>\n<h3><strong>People who are losing their brows with age.</strong></h3>\n<p>Extensions can bring back that density.</p>\n<h3><strong>People with medical issues that have thinned their brows.</strong></h3>\n<p>That could mean chemo, radiation, or trichotillomania, which prompts people to pull out their own hair. &ldquo;The self-esteem they get back from getting brows when they hadn&rsquo;t had them, brings tears to their eyes.&rdquo;</p>\n<h2>Anything else clients should keep in mind?</h2>\n<h3><strong>Your finished eyebrows probably won&rsquo;t be perfectly symmetrical.</strong></h3>\n<p>Tommy reminds us of the old eyebrow adage: &ldquo;Brows are sisters, they&rsquo;re not twins.&rdquo; Even Angelina Jolie&rsquo;s much-requested brows aren&rsquo;t clones of each other. They might actually look weird if they were, considering faces aren&rsquo;t perfectly symmetrical.</p>\n<p><em>Before and after photo courtesy of BrowPerfect.</em></p>\n<h2>Learn more about killer brows:</h2>\n<p><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/articles/put-your-tweezers-down-read-these-brow-tips-first-sb\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Brow shaping\" class=\"alignleft\" style=\"float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; display: block; z-index: 100;\" title=\"\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/973jCtj2rDYnniZMBM1sJH/Brow_shaping-600x390/v1/c300x195.jpg\" width=\"300\" height=\"195\" /></a></p>\n<h2><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/articles/put-your-tweezers-down-read-these-brow-tips-first-sb\" target=\"_blank\">Put Your Tweezers Down. Read These Brow Tips First.</a></h2>\n<p><em>You have to fill </em>then<em> tweeze.</em><br /><br /><br /></p>\n<p><img alt=\"Brow makeover\" class=\"alignleft\" style=\"float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; display: block; z-index: 100;\" title=\"\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/gi7hoGFDDCumvTY1Rsuteb/Brow_makeover-600x389/v1/c300x195.jpg\" width=\"300\" height=\"195\" /></p>\n<h2><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/articles/watch-my-bangin-brow-makeover-and-learn-how-to-do-one-yourself-fv\" target=\"_blank\">Watch My Bangin' Brow Makeover (and Learn How to Do One Yourself)</a></h2>\n<p><em>Favin learns what a difference brow gel can make.</em></p>","created_on":"2015-02-24T17:09:46.496Z","fb_og_description":"What eyebrow extensions are, what they can do, and our personal guarantee they won’t make your eyebrows really long.","fb_og_title":"An Eyebrow Extensions Cheat Sheet","imported":false,"last_modified_by":"54bec1760d316a279e000003","last_modified_on":"2016-11-10T15:20:01.259Z","locale":"en_US","location":null,"meta_description":"What eyebrow extensions are, what they can do, and our personal guarantee they won’t make your eyebrows really long.","mobile_title":"","permalink":"eyebrow-extensions-cheat-sheet","photos":[{"hero":false,"altText":"","caption":"","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/gNeZgNdLGqic6m3vHxGbjs/Brow_extensions_hero-600x385","img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/gNeZgNdLGqic6m3vHxGbjs/Brow_extensions_hero-600x385"},{"hero":false,"altText":"","caption":"","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/cWJBt5w9BbufpXnhbSRP64/Angelina_Jolie-720x480","img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/cWJBt5w9BbufpXnhbSRP64/Angelina_Jolie-720x480"},{"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/hBERwwGFsyycuFQv2WCwuB/Brows_before_and_after-500x181","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/hBERwwGFsyycuFQv2WCwuB/Brows_before_and_after-500x181","caption":"","altText":"Brows before and after","hero":false},{"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/973jCtj2rDYnniZMBM1sJH/Brow_shaping-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/973jCtj2rDYnniZMBM1sJH/Brow_shaping-600x390","caption":"","altText":"Brow shaping","hero":false},{"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/gi7hoGFDDCumvTY1Rsuteb/Brow_makeover-600x389","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/gi7hoGFDDCumvTY1Rsuteb/Brow_makeover-600x389","caption":"","altText":"Brow makeover","hero":false}],"places":[],"published":"PUBLISHED","published_on":"2016-06-09T16:32:16.800Z","published_permalinks":["eyebrow-extensions-cheat-sheet"],"secondary_categories":["294ea30b-dd37-49a1-9805-e9e6c7617902","05c41219-e7c2-4e72-afea-b9ec7dad0a83"],"seo_title":"An Eyebrow Extensions Cheat Sheet","tags":["style_and_beauty"],"title":"No, Eyebrow Extensions Won't Make Your Brows Really Long","vhp_desc":"<p>Instead, they can fill in the gaps, enhance brow shape, and hide years of overtweezing.</p>","name":"","schemaOrgAttr":{},"id":"c4ff7271-4fb5-4e6e-9b82-039dd8d9dce8","guid":"c4ff7271-4fb5-4e6e-9b82-039dd8d9dce8","imageUrl":"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/gNeZgNdLGqic6m3vHxGbjs/Brow_extensions_hero-600x385/v1/c140x85.png","bodyColumns":"nine","url":"/articles/eyebrow-extensions-cheat-sheet"}],"featuredArticles":[{"title":"Cookware Buying Guide ","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p>\n<script src=\"//tracking.skyword.com/tracker.js?contentId=281474979639058\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\n</p>\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4Ry1zEGN4Rp6gG8utSopv3o1CKSk/00_woman-using-cookware-on-stovetop_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p dir=\"ltr\">Choosing what <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/cookware\" target=\"_blank\">cookware</a> is best for you begins with an honest assessment of your cooking preferences. Are you the master of your kitchen? A 30-minute-meal whiz? Or are you on friendlier terms with your microwave than your stove? Below, we outline some of the most common pieces of cooking equipment and the range of materials from which they're made, so you can find the exact right pots and pans for your unique cooking needs.</p>\n<h2 dir=\"ltr\">The Essentials</h2>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/browse?query=frying-pan\">Frying Pan</a></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/WTuGBQ1rxe8HQXTjQFZRECALYPn/fryingpan_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>Useful for everyone, even if you rarely turn on a burner. Frying pans handle the basics&mdash;add a splash of oil or a pat of butter to a hot pan and quickly whip up just about anything.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Best for:</strong> omelets, chicken breasts, burgers, anything that needs to be flipped just once or twice</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> Inexperienced cooks will find the most success if they start out with a nonstick frying pan. You won't be able to sear a steak, but it cuts down on the amount of cooking oil needed and makes cleanup a breeze.</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/browse?query=saute-pan\">Saut&eacute; Pan</a></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3f7cmsigRhi3pFFJKG3xrtYNMnHd/sautepan_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>A saut&eacute; pan is larger and deeper than a frying pan, and its straight sides&mdash;as opposed to a frying pan's curves&mdash;enable food to \"jump\" (the literal translation of saut&eacute;).</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Best for: </strong>chopped veggies, cubed chicken or beef, anything you're constantly moving around; its higher sides also make it good for shallow frying</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Pro tip: </strong>Look for one with a helper handle and a lid, which increase its versatility and let you quick-braise foods, for instance. Bonus points if the pan is ovenproof, which lets you slip it into the oven to brown food or finish cooking at a slower temperature.</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/browse?query=saucepan\">Saucepan</a></h3>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3UNMVyGsbjEg91qSotvks4MRbQgp/saucepan_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" />Saucepans boil liquids in a flash and usually come with a lid to control the amount of moisture trapped inside.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Best for: </strong>sauces, of course; cereal grains such as rice, oatmeal, and quinoa; steaming veggies</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Pro tip: </strong>Even nonstick-averse cooks will appreciate the ease with which rice comes out of a nonstick saucepan.</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h2 dir=\"ltr\">Beyond the Essentials</h2>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/browse?query=griddle\">Griddle</a></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/Jk1HSNqwV6neL6jHdvJkpokPvT5/griddle_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>Usually associated with breakfast foods, griddles have a large, flat surface and a relatively short handle, since you won't move it around much as you cook.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Best for:</strong> pancakes, grilled cheese, bacon</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Pro tip: </strong>If you cook up giant Saturday breakfasts for the family, look for a griddle that stretches over two burners</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/browse?query=grill-pan\">Grill Pan</a></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3mrjHVjWsUS8ZNDwMvQ1qyoaf9NP/grillpan_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>It won't replicate the smoky flavor of charcoal, but it's a good excuse to whip out your Grill Master apron in January.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Best for</strong> burgers, shish kebab, chicken&mdash;whatever you're apt to throw on the grill</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> Grill pans are notoriously tricky to clean. Pick up a specialized scraper with ridged edges to remove food and excess oil.</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/browse?query=stockpot\">Stockpot</a></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/WzcmEgH5zDHRyXvC6p14pCVHVk4/stockpot_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>These large, deep pots are for liquids, whether you're gently simmering broth or bringing pasta water to a rolling boil.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Best for:</strong> homemade soups, stocks, stews, and chili; boiling pasta, corn, lobster, or potatoes</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> Stockpots can run quite large, which makes them unwieldy. Go for a biggie only if you're planning on making party-size chilies or pasta for a crowd.</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/browse?query=dutch-oven\">Dutch Oven</a></h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3CPsaHGcMj3JuQXzyFLDiHkYiP8T/dutchoven_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>Designed to go from the stove top to the oven to the table, dutch ovens have thick walls and a handle on either side to make transportation easier.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Best for:</strong> braises, stews, pot roasts, beans, and no-knead bread</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> Look for a dutch oven made of cast iron. If cared for properly, it will last you a lifetime.</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h2 dir=\"ltr\">Cookware Materials</h2>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/38VBZTCtT6VUFoZGEpaedS41MKV3/01_hero-image_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p dir=\"ltr\">There are many factors to consider when looking at the wide range of materials used for cooking equipment. Think about expense, the frequency with which you cook at home, what you tend to cook most often, how vigorously you want to clean up, and whether you want to display your cookware. You don't want to be saddled with a heavy cast-iron pan if you usually opt for spaghetti.</p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">Hard Anodized</h3>\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/xAYeGWwaySGMLvNXBSTSyBL7ktJ/hardanodized_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>Made from aluminum that's treated to gain a coating of aluminum oxide on its surface, hard-anodized pans are very strong and heat conductive.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Benefits:</strong> stick resistant (but not nonstick) and long-lasting</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Compatible utensils:</strong> all types</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Oven safe?:</strong> yes, and to high temperatures, provided the handles are metal</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Induction safe?:</strong> not usually unless otherwise noted</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>How to clean:</strong> hand wash</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">Hard Enamel</h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4EZxn2Y8qEfH93ZqvuwayYdtJ9av/hardenamel_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>Similar to hard-anodized aluminum, hard enamel is strong, highly heat conductive, and typically budget-friendly.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Benefits:</strong> Where hard-anodized aluminum comes only in plain gray, hard enamel can come in any color.</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Compatible utensils: </strong>wood, nylon, or silicone</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Oven safe?:</strong> yes, but not broiler safe</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Induction safe?:</strong> not usually unless otherwise noted</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>How to clean:</strong> Some types are dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended.</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">Stainless Steel</h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3zCReHJJgstQYiDuakvY8Vs4PpNZ/stainlessstell_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>Long favored by professional chefs, stainless steel is handsome and long-lasting. To heat up to high temperatures quickly, look for tri-ply stainless steel, which is constructed in three layers: two layers of stainless steel sandwiching a core of highly conductive aluminum or copper.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Benefits:</strong> cooks steaks and chicken to perfection and leaves behind browned bits that make excellent pan sauces and gravies</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Compatible utensils:</strong> all types</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Oven safe?:</strong>usually</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Induction safe?:</strong> yes, if the base is magnetic</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>How to clean</strong> dishwasher safe</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">Copper</h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3zaxWQ56tSqncB8y5wUU5HMMYDb8/copper_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>Along with stainless steel, copper is one of the more expensive options, but it's prized for its beautiful luster and its quick, even heating&mdash;you won't find any hot spots in a copper pan.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Benefits</strong>: highly versatile and worthy of display</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Compatible utensils: </strong>wood, nylon, and silicone</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Oven safe? </strong>Yes, so long as they're not lined with tin</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Induction safe? </strong>No</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>How to clean</strong> Gently hand wash and then dry right away; remember that you'll need to polish regularly to maintain luster.</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">Cast Iron</h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4ZcHg8unv8qEe9KywqxARST4ya5D/castiron_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>The workhorse of the cookware world, cast iron is heavy, takes a while to heat, and requires lots of care, yet it's prized by chefs. Why? For one thing, it lasts forever if properly maintained. There's also nothing better for getting crispy skin on a roasted chicken or a crunchy sear on a steak.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Benefits:</strong> holds heat very well; builds up a stick-resistant surface the longer it's used</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Compatible utensils:</strong> all kinds (including metal!)</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Oven safe? </strong>Yes</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Induction safe?</strong>Yes</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>How to clean:</strong> When a cast-iron pan is properly seasoned&mdash;that is, it's coated in a layer of polymerized oil&mdash;it can be gently cleaned with hot water and a sponge (forgo the soap).</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">Enameled Cast Iron</h3>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4NZGKprT17Cd4rv3KxiDtJLeyVpL/enameledcastiron_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" />&nbsp;</h3>\n<p>While similar to cast-iron, the enameled version comes with one key difference: it has a porcelain surface that requires barely any seasoning, making it easier to clean and maintain.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Benefits:</strong> heats evenly and consistently; holds heat very well; can come in any color</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Compatible utensils: </strong>nylon, silicone, or wood</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Oven safe? </strong>Yes</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Induction safe? </strong>Yes</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>How to clean</strong> dishwasher safe, but hand washing with soapy water is recommended</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">Aluminum</h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4SP1Zr4ZVDvg8viwZNRegasuugp2/aluminum_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>Aluminum pans conduct heat and retain it well, making them suitable for a wide range of dishes. However, they may warp and their surface might pit if cared for improperly.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Benefits:</strong> lightweight, highly heat conductive, and inexpensive</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Compatible utensils:</strong> nylon, silicone, or wood</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Oven safe</strong>Yes, so long as the handle is oven safe as well</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Induction safe? </strong>No</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>How to clean:</strong> hand wash and then dry right away</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">Nonstick</h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kvi6RwWTcYsBnt6yEFBQ5DrCugH/nonstick_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>Though it won't sear or brown very well, a nonstick pan has its place in the kitchen. Use it for sticky foods such as eggs and grains, and grab it when you don't feel like spending much time cleaning. Make sure your nonstick pan is PFOA-free; PFOA was deemed toxic by the EPA, and most reputable brands manufacture items without it.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Benefits:</strong> cuts down on the amount of oil or butter necessary; easily releases food; easy to clean</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Compatible utensils:</strong> nylon, wood, and silicone&mdash;no metal!</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>ven safe?</strong>No, unless otherwise noted</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Induction safe?</strong>Yes, usually; check to make sure</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>How to clean</strong> simply give it a good swipe with a soapy sponge and rinse</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">Ceramic Coated</h3>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/kCZJ2kLRDNUiG2pV74CeHwVav1C/ceramiccoated_jpeg-600x450\" width=\"600\" height=\"450\" /></p>\n<p>An attractive alternative to traditional nonstick, ceramic-coated cooking equipment is typically made from coated steel or aluminum. It's naturally free of PFOA, as well as PTFE, from which Teflon and the like are made.</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Benefits:</strong> cuts down on the amount of oil or butter necessary; easy to clean; white surface makes it easy to gauge level of doneness</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Compatible utensils:</strong> nylon, wood, and silicone&mdash;no metal!</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Oven safe?:</strong> yes</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Induction safe?: </strong>yes, usually; check to make sure</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>How to clean:</strong> hand wash</p>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h2>Kitchen Storage</h2>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/83ebwkuFwV6KPsurZVdhQ3PzST1/02_kitchen-ceiling-rack_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">In Cabinets</h3>\n<p dir=\"ltr\">Stack cookware carefully, using a cloth to separate them so they won't scratch or dent. Be sure to put your most-used pans and pots in easy reach, toward the front of a cabinet or top of a stack. Store rarely used pieces, like that turkey roasting pan, in high cabinets or even the basement. If you have a say in the matter, consider installing pullout shelves in your cabinets to make it easy to find and put away unwieldy vessels.</p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">On Display</h3>\n<p dir=\"ltr\">Nice-looking pots and pans double as kitchen decor. Keeping them out on racks also makes them easy to grab. Consider one of two main types of racks:</p>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Ceiling rack:</strong> Especially useful in tiny kitchens, ceiling racks put vertical space to good use. They make items easy to grab, and they lend your kitchen a lived-in, professional look. If low ceilings are an issue, you may want to consider ...</p>\n</li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong>Wall rack:</strong> A wall-mounted rack is useful, and it gives your kitchen a visually interesting look. If you have a cookbook collection, find a rack with a shelf on top to keep everything cooking-related in one place. 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Skincare Products for Aging, Acne, and Everything in Between ","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p>\n<script src=\"//tracking.skyword.com/tracker.js?contentId=281474979632285\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\n</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3SmiaFZktK2A8tVQsLGG65ozUKHX/label-shopper_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>If you're part of the growing number of women concerned about what they're smearing onto their bodies every day, you may have decided to make the switch to natural skincare products. But it can be tough to wade through all of the marketing hype and figure out which ones are best for your specific skin. So we talked to four natural beauty experts, all of whom are involved in the industry in slightly different ways, and asked them to recommend their favorite <a style=\"background-color: initial;\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/browse?query=natural-beauty\" target=\"_blank\">natural beauty products</a> based on skin concern.</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2N4p9xgZRMXFuABrt9942PPq5vHK/the-experts_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<h2>The Experts</h2>\n<ul>\n<li><strong>Ido Leffler</strong>, founder of the fruit-and-veggie-focused personal care line Yes To</li>\n<li><strong>Sophie Uliano</strong>, blogger and <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em style=\"background-color: initial;\">Gorgeously Green</em></li>\n<li><strong>Sonia White</strong>, managing director of LoveLula, an online apothecary specializing in natural and organic beauty products</li>\n<li><strong>Kate Murphy</strong>, blogger behind Living Pretty, Naturally</li>\n</ul>\n<h2>Which natural skincare products are best for anti-aging?</h2>\n<p>Sophie and Kate both recommend <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/browse?query=rosehip-oil\" target=\"_blank\">rosehip oil</a> for signs of aging, from wrinkles to stretch marks. Kate says, \"High-quality rosehip oils that have been pressed properly have incredible amounts of vitamin A, which is essentially natural retinol.\" <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/guide-to-retinoids-and-retinol\" target=\"_blank\">Retinol promotes collagen and elastin production</a>, creating smoother, tighter skin and even fading dark spots and lightening undereye circles. It's packed with essential fatty acids, too, helping hydrate mature skin.</p>\n<p>Sonia suggests rosewood, a rarer find than rosehip oil, which she says also improves elasticity. She recommends using it in tandem with frankincense, believed to encourage new cell growth, for a one-two punch that's \"ideal for mature skin.\"</p>\n<p><a title=\"Shop Natural Beauty Products\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/browse?query=natural-beauty\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/t5PgWTBgCXDtaLTRmVhHFxL29gi/rsz_merchandizing-template-natural-skin-care_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>\n<h2>How about acne?</h2>\n<p>Sonia and Ido both praise products with fruit-derived enzymes, which can help slough off dead skin cells to clear clogged pores. Sonia says fruit-enzyme masks are \"safer than harsh exfoliators, as they remove dead skin cells without damaging living cells.\"</p>\n<p>Which fruits are best? For Ido, nothing beats fruits with salicylic acids in them&mdash;and there's a slew of them, from blackberries to tomatoes, the latter of which appear in his skin-clearing Yes to Tomatoes line. Ido is not alone in his fandom. Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in almost all acne-fighting drugstore cleansers. Other fruits contain lactic and glycolic acids, which are often used to gently resurface the skin and unclog pores during <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/facial-peel\" target=\"_blank\">facial peels</a>.</p>\n<p>Sonia adds that the best fruit for your skin depends on your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, try products that contain papaya, mango, or fig. \"Oily and acne-prone skin will have good results with pineapple for its clarifying results, papaya for its antibacterial properties, and kiwi for its antimicrobial properties,\" she says.</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/dDHc2iA2WAEn7qB5joBqSz3dqQn/papaya-mask_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<h2>What works for uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation?</h2>\n<p>Whether the cause is sun damage, acne, or hormones, Sophie says that to treat hyperpigmentation, \"I'd go to my vitamin C ... but still, you're going to want to look at a regimen, not a single product or ingredient. I'd have you do peels, AHA [alpha hydroxy acid] serums, deep exfoliation via fruit and glycolic acids. And then really nourish your skin with natural oils.\" Again, the vitamin A in rosehip oil can help brighten skin.</p>\n<p>Ido suggests stocking up on natural skincare products that contain lycopene, which is in his Yes to Grapefruit and Yes to Tomatoes lines. He says it's \"the big one when it comes to [age] spots.\"</p>\n<p>And Kate urges prevention. \"A mineral sunscreen is also essential to prevent any further skin discoloration.\"</p>\n<h2>For dry or sensitive skin?</h2>\n<p>If you have dry or sensitive skin, you'll likely want to steer clear of essential oils. They can cause irritation, according to Sonia. \"However, rose oil can be beneficial for reducing redness in the skin, and chamomile can be used to soothe the skin,\" she says. \"Rose and chamomile are also excellent for dry skin.\"</p>\n<p>Kate's first inclination is to address dry skin from the inside out. \"Foods like walnuts, avocados, vitamin E&ndash;rich sunflower seeds, and even oils like borage seed oil when taken internally can greatly help dry skin,\" she says. Topically, it's important to protect the skin and seal in moisture. I love facial oils which are rich, like chia seed oil or <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/goods/browse?query=argan-oil\" target=\"_blank\">argan oil</a>.\"</p>\n<h2>Bottom line, it's all about the ingredients.</h2>\n<p>The experts agree that to find the best natural products for your skin concern, it's important to read the label to see which ingredients they contain. Plus, reading the label is the only way to make sure you're actually using a natural product, i.e., one that contains all or almost all natural ingredients. To learn more about ingredients labels and natural beauty in general, check out our tips on creating a personalized natural beauty regimen. If you're interested in additional natural beauty product recommendations, we've picked out our favorite <a style=\"background-color: initial;\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/natural-beauty-products\" target=\"_blank\">natural beauty products for your hair, skin, and nails</a><em style=\"background-color: initial;\">.</em></p>","created_on":"2017-04-25T14:45:47.140Z","last_modified_on":"2017-04-26T16:13:39.312Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Groupon Editors","author":"df385855-6978-440d-b5a2-7d14dc0f0515","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"Natural Skincare Products for Aging, Acne, and Everything in Between ","meta_description":"Four natural beauty experts recommend their favorite natural skincare products for fine lines, acne, hyperpigmentation, and dryness. 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For one thing, &ldquo;</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">microneedling</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&rdquo; surely isn&rsquo;t a great word for needle-phobics to read on a </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/med-spa\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">med-spa</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> menu; it also implies that the treatment is more invasive than it actually is.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;Collagen induction therapy,&rdquo; meanwhile, has gained traction as the preferred term among some aestheticians, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons. It sounds more like a luxurious treatment you&rsquo;d hear about celebrities getting&mdash;Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore have endorsed it, actually&mdash;and it refers to the basic theory behind the procedure. But what </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">is</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> the science behind this therapy?</span></p>\n<h2>What is microneedling?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Microneedling</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to treat scar tissue, lax skin, wrinkles, and large pores. Aestheticians and dermatologists use a handheld needling device, which sometimes looks like a lint roller or paintbrush, on the skin for 15&ndash;30 minutes at a time. Popular versions of these devices&mdash;known as microneedlers or dermarollers&mdash;include the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Dermapen</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, SkinPen, and Eclipse MicroPen. Although slightly different, they all perform the same essential function: lightly injuring the skin with short, fine needles.</span></p>\n<h2>What is needling skin supposed to do?</h2>\n<p>As the practitioner glides the pen tip or roller across the treatment area, the sterile needles lightly prick the outermost layer of skin. This induces the production of collagen, an injury-repairing protein that may help reduce the appearance of acne scars, loose skin, and fine lines. (Hence &ldquo;collagen induction therapy.&rdquo;) Some practitioners combine the treatment with assorted lotions and serum, which may be able to penetrate the skin more deeply in the needles&rsquo; wake.</p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The ultimate goal is plumper, firmer, and smoother skin.</span></p>\n<h2>How many treatments does it require for optimal results?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">The number of treatments you&rsquo;ll need depends on what you&rsquo;re trying to treat. Light acne scarring and superficial conditions like enlarged pores can generally be tackled in three to five sessions; deeper scarring and wrinkles may call for more sessions performed over the course of several months. Before beginning any sessions, you should consult with your dermatologist or licensed aesthetician to establish a course of treatment most likely to result in the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">microneedling benefits</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> you seek.</span></p>\n<h2>Is there recovery time involved?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Yes, but no more than </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/microdermabrasion\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">microdermabrasion</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> or a particularly aggressive </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/facial\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">facial</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. Despite the menacing connotation of &ldquo;needles,&rdquo; </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">microneedling downtime</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> is essentially nonexistent for most clients. You could return to work after getting it done on your lunch break if you really wanted to. Your face may appear slightly red and swollen&mdash;similar to a sunburn&mdash;and feel dry and tight, but these effects can be alleviated by applying practitioner-approved topical products.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Microneedling</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> is actually less aggressive and less likely to cause side effects than laser resurfacing and </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/facial-peel\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">chemical peels</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, since the topmost layer of the epidermis is merely punctured instead of entirely stripped away. Either way, the principle is the same: you injure the skin and collagen will follow.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">So these so-called injuries&mdash;do they hurt?</span></h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">A bit, but very few microneedling reviews describe it as intolerable. Dermatologists and aestheticians use professional devices that can penetrate more deeply than at-home dermarollers. However, they also apply a numbing cream to minimize the discomfort. Afterward, your face may feel slightly inflamed and sore, but this should fade in a day or two.</span>&nbsp;</p>\n<p><a title=\"Shop Deals on Skincare\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chicago/skin-care\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3wijr6Sqm6HHqjeXt5yNnEKWxqFr/GUIDE_SHOP_BANNER_jpg-600x100\" alt=\"GUIDE SHOP BANNER jpg\" width=\"600\" height=\"100\" /></span></a></p>","created_on":"2016-09-15T19:18:22.741Z","last_modified_on":"2016-12-08T17:38:00.212Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Kate Raftery","author":"2ea43cb3-f58b-423f-8977-a1e9185f5043","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"Know Before You Go: Microneedling","meta_description":"Microneedling isn’t as alarming as its name sounds. In reality, it’s becoming a popular method at med spas for helping smooth and firm skin.","fb_og_title":"Know Before You Go: Microneedling","fb_og_description":"Microneedling isn’t as alarming as its name sounds. 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