Let’s face it, most of us are working our beauty on a budget.  But where should we splurge and where can we save?  Dr. Karen Hammerman from Schweiger Dermatology Group shares some of the least expensive things you can do to achieve a gorgeous, million dollar complexion.

1. Exfoliate: Exfoliation is one of the best techniques you can perform on your own skin to resolve skin issues as well as to achieve healthy and glowing skin. When you rid the skin of dry skin cells on the surface, you’re creating a smooth and healthy canvas that allows for better absorption of your skincare products.

2. Invest in washcloths: Using a fresh washcloth every time you cleanse your face may sound luxurious, but it’s an easy and inexpensive way to guarantee gorgeous skin. “Using a dirty washcloth to wash or dry your face could introduce dirt and bacteria back onto your skin,” says Dr. Hammerman. She suggests buying muslin cloths to aid in facial cleansing that do the double duty of manually exfoliating the skin.

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We all know the importance of applying — and reapplying — our sunscreen.  But sometimes we’re not sure that we’ve really achieved full-coverage (especially when we’re applying to children).  That’s why the Sunscreenr caught our eye.  Developed by a former Department of Defense inventor, the Sunscreenr is a UV camera that allows the user to monitor sunscreen protection via black-andwhite UV imagery.   The small and rugged, battery-operated device (available in December) also has a “selfie” video function, allowing the user to monitor her own coverage.  The device, however, does not monitor the continued efficacy of your sunblock.  Bummer.

What are your thoughts … Clever or Clueless?


Super Waters

Dubbed “Mother Nature’s sports drink,” fruit waters such as coconut and bamboo waters have become the darlings of the beverage industry.  While coconut water is low in calories, naturally fat, cholesterol free, and rich in potassium, bamboo water is actually “sugared, bottled H20 spiked with bamboo extract, according to a report in Time Magazine.  Vincent Villanis, co-founder of Bamboo Beverages, asserts that bamboo extract has “antioxidant, antimicrobial and even anti-halitosis effects,” but isn’t willing to market the beverage with sweeping health claims quite yet.  Perhaps it history which guides this decision?  In 2012, Vita Coco was forced to settle $10 million class action lawsuit which alleged that the brand mislead consumers with its nutritional claims ( “super-hydrating,” “nutrient-packed,” “mega-electrolyte,” and healthy “super-water”).  Independent product testing proved that the drink did not contain as many electrolytes as promised.

According Jun Panee, PhD, a researcher at the University of Hawaii,  some preliminary small animal studies have showm anti-tumor, anti-inflammation and anti-anxiety effects of bamboo extract.  While bamboo extract has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, “One thing we couldn’t answer in animals or cells is the metabolism of the compound in bamboo extract in the human body,” Panee says. “There hasn’t been hard evidence showing that it definitely works in people.”