Here's Every Product Our Beauty Editors Loved Using in April
While the entire world is still in the thick of the ever-changing coronavirus pandemic, it feels like our beauty routines are one of the few things we can control.
That's why our picks this month are a mix of the basic, everyday essentials, as well as some higher end finds to really treat ourselves as we navigate through these uncertain times.
From hair, to skin, and even a must-have tool, here's every beauty product we used this month that gave us that feel-good feeling throughout April.
Oh, and if you haven't already done so, make sure to check out our new page Winging It, where we help you figure out how to do salon treatments yourself while at home.
We hope you'll enjoy April editors' picks, and as well as all the ideas we're offering through Winging It, as much as we do.
Kayla Greaves, Senior Beauty Editor
Chantecaille Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum
Since my commute has shifted from 40 minutes on the train, to getting up from my bed and walking over to the couch, my screen time as inevitably increased. High-level exposure to blue light can create free radicals, which may lead to similar skin damage to that caused by UV exposure, like wrinkles and discoloration. So adding a layer of blue light protection is essential. This serum from Chantecaille not only hydrates the skin, but the formula also includes nasturtium flower and fermented extract that work to help reduce the physical effects of blue light, while also revitalizing tired skin.
To shop: $150; nordstrom.com
Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier
Dry air is the devil — and I learned that the hard way during quarantine. After the first two weeks of self-isolation, I was noticing that my skin started breaking out and feeling rough, and I couldn't figure out why. I was still following my my regular skincare routine and drinking plenty of water, but then it hit me that the dry indoor air was probably wreaking havoc on my skin.
I immediately changed to a richer moisturizer, but using the Hey Dewy humidifier — that's specially crafted to be used for the face — has completely turned things around for my skin in the best way. I put it on before I go to sleep, and I wake up with soft, supple skin. Another perk is that once you fill it up to the max level, it will last for around eight hours, so there's no need to worry about it shutting off in the middle of the night.
To shop: $39; urbanoutfitters.com
Fresh Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm
Along with the general dry skin I've experienced while shut inside for so long, my lips have also taken a beating. Thankfully this hydrating balm from Fresh came to the rescue. What makes this product stand out from the rest is its gorgeous formula packed with apricot kernel, black currant seed, and grapeseed oils that soften lips and add moisture, along with vitamin E to heal and protect skin, and sugar, which is a natural humectant to lock in hydration. I am also obsessed with the energizing lime mint scent. I always keep this little balm beside me as I'm working and apply as needed.
To shop: $18; sephora.com
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Erin Lukas, Beauty Editor
Kosas The Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer
I typically find most powder blushes, highlighters, and bronzers to be too chalky. However, Kosas’ new talc-free baked bronzer is an exception. It sculpts and gives your skin a little bit of shimmer, without leaving any tell-tale muddy bronzer stripes on your face. It also stays blended thanks to a mix of hydrating shea butter and meadowfoam oil. Bonus: I made a vow to never judge a beauty product by its packaging, but this bronzer’s green sea-glass compact is ridiculously pretty.
To shop: $34; credobeauty.com
Glossier Hand Cream
Given that everyone is washing their hands more than ever right now, it’s important to have a nourishing hand cream on hand (get it?). Glossier’s formula dries down almost instantly and leaves hands feeling baby-smooth for hours, but the bottle is the real innovation here. The pod was designed for on-the-go application, so it has a spill-proof click-to-close cap which also keeps your just-lotioned hands from getting greasy residue all over it.
To shop: $18; glossier.com
Klorane Nourishing & Repairing 3-In-1 Mask
With these quarantine days starting to melt into each other, I’ve really come to appreciate variety — even if that means using one haircare product in a couple different ways. This repairing Klorane treatment comes with three options: a traditional in-shower hair mask, an overnight treatment, or a leave-in conditioner that tames flyaways. Whichever way I’ve tried it, the mask’s nutrient-rich organic cupuacu butter has made my severely heat-damaged hair softer and smoother without weighing it down.
To shop: $28; ulta.com