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The Best Things We Learned About Skin This Week

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April 16, 2015 Reviewed by Tiffanywhite 2 Comments

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.

  • November 30, 2015

    by Elisa Holmes

    What they mean is people are applying it to the waterline by wiggling their jacaranda wand at the very base of their lashes, where they meet the water line. I've always have done this and in 34 years have never had a problem.

  • April 17, 2015

    by Sandra

    Applying mascara to the waterline?!? Who would do such an incredibly, ridiculously idiotic thing such as this?!? Sure, people do apply *liner* to their waterline - something I've never done just because I tend to use my common sense (what a concept) - but mascara?? Then again, I often forget that there are a scary amount of individuals out there with absolutely *no* common sense.

    That being said, I do love gram (chickpea) flour as a mask mixed with full fat yogurt (beautiful results) and have been using this for at least the past couple of years. I'm surprised it's taken the 'industry' this long to realize it's a great ingredient in scrubs/masks. Wonder how long it'll be until we begin seeing gram flour on skin care product labels. Which, of course, will result in the rest of the rats climbing on-board & very little actual gram flour being included in formulas. Just enough so they can stick it on the label, but nowhere near enough to make a difference in the quality of people's skin.

    The 'beauty industry' often irritates me beyond comprehension.

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