Best Things We Learned

Sometimes it feels like we know everything there is to know about skin care, but like most things in life, there are always curve-balls being thrown our way. From flour beauty masks to new ways mascaras are poisoning us, here are the interesting (and weirdest) skin news we discovered this week.

Sleeping Beauty

Everyone knows a good night's rest is essential to looking and feeling refreshed, but would you believe not getting enough can age you by as much as five years in one day? It can, according to this new promo ad by Garnier. We're not the biggest Garnier fans around these parts, but their promo reiterates the same thing we've been saying for years. In the ad, a woman is followed throughout her busy day while strangers try to guess her age. In the morning, the strangers guess she's 30, but by 9 p.m. they assume she's closer to 35-40. Yikes. Get your rest.

Facing the Future

Ever heard of the phrase "the signs are written all over your face"? The phrase is meant to be interpreted figuratively, but soon we might be using it literally. According to a recent study, our face reveals signs of potential health risks, like diabetes, obesity and even rapid aging. After studying 332 3-D scans of faces, scientists in China concluded that our facial features are more reliable than blood tests. The study is still in its infancy stage, but it provokes some interesting questions about the future of aging and medicine.

Smell the Flour

The next big trend (or fad) in facial cleansers? Flour. Well, gram/chickpea flour, to be exact. Although flour isn't entirely a new concept to be introduced in skin care (rice flour being the go-to flour of choice for some beauty products), the use of chickpea flour is a little different. According to The Daily Mail, the flour is excellent at cleansing and exfoliating. Plus, when you're feeling hungry, you can use it to make a mean onion bhaji.

Tea Time

There are already tons of well-known beauty uses for tea bags, like alievating puffy eyes or enhancing hair color. But did you know you can use tea bags as a cheap, quick solution for chapped lips? Prevention recommends using it to soften lips since tea's antioxidant polyphenols repair skin via rapid cell renewal. More tea, please?

Anti This, Pro That

At TIA, we're all about anti-aging, but don't tell that to Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus. "I hate that word," she told NewBeauty Magazine. "It should be something positive, like pro-aging. [...] I want to stand up to it. I think it’s great I’m in my 50s and still going." Touché.

Cat Eyes No More

Oh, and mascara? You're doing it wrong. According to a study published in Eye and Contact Lens Science and Clinical Practice, applying mascara to your waterline is dangerous as it increases the likelihood of getting makeup particles in your eye, which can lead to complications with redness or an infection. For ways to apply mascara the right way, check out our How to Apply Eye Liner video.