Benefits of Adding Avocado Oil to Your Skin Care Routine

When we think of avocado, we probably think of it on toast (ideally with a soft-boiled egg and a pinch of chili flakes), in smoothies and in Instagram-approved avocado bowl recipes. What may not immediately spring to mind is avocado in our skin care products.

All the reasons avocados are so healthy for your body apply to the skin as well. The fruit (yes, fruit) is high in vitamins A, B-complex, C and D, magnesium, calcium and many other amazing minerals, according to IdoMagal, founder of Lavido. Plus, avocados contain fatty acids that provide nourishment to dry, flaky skin. Its superfood credentials are why some health enthusiasts slather avocado on their face so the skin can reap the benefits. Those who prefer to save their bags of avocados strictly for eating can still enjoy the skin-perfecting benefits of avocado thanks to the rising number of skin care products formulated with avocado oil.

Amanda Sipenock, Lush brand and product trainer, explains that avocado oil is created by cold-pressing the flesh of the avocado. FYI: It takes 10 fruits to produce 1 teaspoon of the oil. The result is a rich, thick product that absorbs easily into skin. According to Magal, “The fatty acids that are contained within avocado oil have a complex molecular structure and they are extremely nourishing for the skin. It takes the body a long time to process these fatty acids and because of that, they enrich skin with nutrients, help to increase skin elasticity and smooth skin.”

Avocados’ nourishing properties make them well suited for skin care products, but the ingredient can also be found in hair, bath and even makeup products. And you thought we had already reached peak avocado.

Another great thing about avocado oil is that it’s suitable for all skin types. Sipenock points out that avocado oil is generally a more hydrating oil than some of its counterparts but it can still work for those with oily skin. When combined with other ingredients, avocado oil helps hydrate skin without making it greasy.

Freeman Beauty

Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask, $4.29 at Ulta The massive avocado on the package is a big clue that this mask is packed with good-for-skin avocado oil. It’s mixed with kaolin clay and oatmeal to purify pores and increase hydration. Use it a few times a week for a deep clean.

Eve Lom

Radiance Face Oil, $80 at Space.NK This facial oil is rich in avocado oil, hemp seed oil and Abyssinian oil, but it also has rice powder to soak up excess grease.The result is a product that instantly absorbs into skin while leaving behind a flattering matte finish. There’s no need to worry about shiny foreheads when using this stuff.

Elemis

Superfood Facial Wash, $25 at Elemis Don’t just start breakfast off with avocados — start your skin care regimen with them. The facial wash is packed with skin care superfoods, including wheatgrass and kale, plus avocado, broccoli seed and pumpkin seed oils. The product is suitable for all skin types and helps boost skin’s natural glow.

Origins

Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, $27 at Nordstrom This overnight mask is like a quenching drink for skin. Apply it before bed and the hydrating formula will instantly boost moisture reserves. The next morning, skin will be plump and glowing without any mask residue on your pillow. Most importantly, skin will remain soft and smooth as the day progresses.

There are certain outfit combinations that are "in" every single year. Each spring, we break out our booties, pull out our favorite pairs of jeans, and reunite the dynamic duo you’ve been waiting to wear. But what keeps us coming back to this combination is that how we wear ankle boots with jeans is never the same from season to season. Right now, it’s all about pairing sock boots with relaxed denim, and we have proof.

The cool combination has become an instant favorite among trendsetters like Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. Where skinny jeans might clash awkwardly with boots that cling so tightly, the wider legs of relaxed jeans ensure that your boots and pants aren’t facing off for attention. Style the dynamic duo with a fitted tank or a casual tee, and once things cool off, throw a coat on top. Winter may still be around for a while, but now you’ve got a go-to outfit to get you through all the chilly days to come.

On Selena Gomez: Frame Le Noveau Jeans ($239); Zoë Jordan coat; Louis Vuitton bag; Roberi& Fraud sunglasses Selena styled her denim and boots with a long plaid coat, perfect for chilly weather.

On Chrissy Teigen: Alexander Wang Denim Jacket ($450); Gucci Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt ($550) and Leather Belt ($420); Balenciaga Stretch-Jersey Sock Boots ($995). A denim jacket gives Chrissy’s look a relaxed vibe.

On Sofia Richie: Stuart Weitzman The Clinger Bootie ($598). Sophia’s white boots are a must.

On Bella Hadid: Esteban Cortazar sweater; Stuart Weitzman Cling Bootie ($575); Alexander Wang fanny pack

Bella’s slouchy jeans feel instantly elevated with sleek boots

We’re Obsessed With These Cute New Bath Bombs

Lush just launched its limited-edition Easter and spring collections, and this new product pretty much guarantees your best bath ever.

If you were looking for an excuse for a little me time, look no further. Lush just launched its limited-edition Easter and spring collections, and now we can’t wait to take a bath. From shower creams to bath bombs to bubble bars, there’s something for everyone you might be shopping for, plus more than a few options you’ll want all for yourself. For the bath, we love the new Which Came First Bath Bombs ($13; lushusa.com). As the name suggests, it’s shaped like an egg and holds a fizzy surprise inside when you crack it open. Available in two different patterns, each contains a blend of grapefruit oil, lemon oil, and sweet vanilla absolute, so it not only fills your tub with a sweet aroma, but it also leaves skin silky soft.

The Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bar ($9; lushusa.com) is perfect for the kids. The purple, pink, and orange carrots are enough to create three bubbly baths and have a fresh lemon scent. Hold them under running water until you get the desired amount of bubbles, then let it dry out until you use it again.

For an everyday shower treat, try the new Here Comes the Sun shower cream ($10; lushusa.com). It works like a bar of soap, but instead of stripping your skin and leaving you dry, it’s made with shea butter and avocado oil so skin is hydrated and soft afterwards. Plus, since it’s a solid, it lasts twice as long as a typical body wash would. With this bar in your shower, your skin will be soft and hydrated by the time warmer weather hits.

The Surprising Thing Celebs Received in Their Oscar Gift Bag

Even if they didn’t receive an award on Sunday, Academy Award nominees still went home with something fun: an Oscar gift bag worth nearly $100,000. And this year’s haul will include an unexpected food gift: a box of high-end maple syrup. That’s right, maple syrup.

Of course, the syrup isn’t your typical grocery store stuff. The 100% pure organic maple syrup and maple-derived products, made by a company called rouGe, are produced in Qubec, Canada, and are marketed as luxe food gifts geared towards celebrities. The products are offered online only, in three types of packages, though the nominees will receive an Oscar-specific multi-pack valued at $100 (greatly increasing the value of a short stack).

For the rest of us, there’s the Celebrity Gift Set ($125), which includes maple syrup, maple and raspberry dressing, maple and dijon dressing, prepared maple mustard, and Julie’s hard maple candies. The Prestige Gift Set ($125) has maple syrup, three types of maple jelly, maple butter, and the hard candies. The Premium Gift Set ($225) offers both the Celebrity and the Prestige products. All three come with a personalized official certificate of adoption of a maple tree in Quebec.

Other food gifts in the Oscar gift bag include oranges from the delivery app Epifruit, Chocolatines chocolate, Southern Wicked Lemonade Moonshine, Delicacies Candy & Confections organic vegan lollipops, the Danish cookbook Cook Yourself Happy by Carline Fleming, Posh Pretzels gourmet pretzel gift boxes, and Quincy Herbals detox tea. For more products, check out Fortune’s list of the best and most unusual parts of the goodie bags.

How to Wear This Season’s Curly Hair Trend (Even If Yours Is Super Straight)

To all those who have spent countless hours wrestling with dryers, straightening irons and even chemical treatments to get every hair in place: Times are changing. Gone are the days when sleek, bone-straight hair was the ultimate hair goal. This season, soft, tousled curls were all over the runways. Yes, it’s time to toss your straightener and mega-hold gel aside and embrace unstructured, carefree waves and coils.

If you weren’t born with natural ringlets springing out of your head, there’s no need to fret. We asked Dana Tizzio, senior stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon, to give us tips on how to curl your hair, even when yours is super straight.

Sleep Smart

When you’re working with little to no texture in your strands, any styling booster helps. Tizzio recommends setting hair while you sleep to build texture. “Braiding hair in two low braids overnight is a great base for adding more texture,” she says. Simply snooze and wake up to tousled, wavy hair. If you prefer a ringlet-shaped curl, swap your plaits for two low buns. Remember: The tighter you twist your buns (and the more buns you have), the tighter the curl.

Use Hot Tools/

From wands to curling irons to hot rollers, there is a tool to help you achieve your hair goals, especially when trying to add texture. “For a more long-lasting curl, opt for a 1-inch curling iron over a wand,” Tizzio recommends. “If you have naturally straight hair, wands often give results that may be too loose to support fine hair strands.” For a more relaxed curl look, try hot rollers for extra volume and bounce.

Enhance Curls With Product

Once you’ve settled on your method for perfecting your spirals, find a product that will not only enhance the texture but keep curls in place all day long. “Workable hairsprays are best because you can use them before applying heat as well as a finishing spray to keep hair in place,” says Tizzio. If your strands fall limp, try a dry spray or dry shampoo to plump hair density and add thickness and volume. Tizzio likes Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer ($26.99) and Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray ($42).

Better Together: Unexpected Style Pairings That Actually Work

Sneakers and Dresses

Designer sneakers are a major trend and when you’re spending serious cash on footwear, it’s great to know they’re versatile enough to wear from day to night. This trend really took on steam with the Spring 2018 shows and continued into Fall 2018 (notably at Burberry). While it’s easy to look like you’re ready for Halloween in some of the more out-of-the-box sneaker styles, by keeping your dress tailored and avoiding any excess fabric, sneakers and dresses can be both comfortable and stylish.

Sweatshirts and Sequins

Let the good times roll by combining athleisure with glitz and glam. Twinkling looks were all over the Spring 2018 runways and they’re an unexpectedly great trend to work into your wardrobe now. The key is to either commit to looking like a disco ball — as we saw on the Gucci runway — or pick a sequin sweatshirt and let that be the focal piece of your outfit (think sequin sweatshirt with fitted black trousers). 

Sandals and Socks

This is similar to the fanny pack in that this combination was long a serious fashion faux pas. Now, in the right context, it’s totally chic. The key to making the sandals and socks pairing work is to play up the kitschy, fun factor — think glitter!

Black and Blue

The problem with wearing black and blue together is that the two shades look very similar, which may make people wonder whether your pairing is accidental or intentional. Don’t let them question it. To make this pairing work, amp up the contrast by opting for a lighter shade of blue to pair with black. Alternatively, you can work in a brightly contrasting shade like white, gray or silver to play up the slight contrast if you want to opt for a dark blue.

Dress and Pants

Forget tights, the best way to make a dress work even if the temperature is nearing zero is to wear it over pants. The most important thing here is to either go lightweight if you’re opting for a long dress and loose-fitting pants or to go for a minidress paired with fitted pants. These two combinations are best to make sure the look doesn’t end up appearing bulky.

Beauty Products You Should Be Using in Pairs

Some things — peanut butter and jelly, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Mulder and Scully (what?) — just work better in twos. The same can be said of beauty products. Granted, using multiple products at once is hardly a new trick, but certain treatments, when combined, really pack a punch. Be it the way their ingredients invisibly interact to better shield your skin against sun damage or, on a more superficial level, the lewk they achieve when applied in direct succession, the skin care and cosmetics world is full of game-changing duos that should be as ingrained in your neurons as the aforementioned condiments/fashion designers/FBI agents.

Antioxidants + SPF

If you have skin, sunscreen is a nonnegotiable. But to really get the most out of your SPF, you’ll want to team it with a powerful antioxidant like vitamin C, which zaps free radicals and is incredible for brightening skin. Per New York dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler: “In serums, [vitamins C and E] have been shown to enhance the function of SPF formulations when used in combination, reducing the incidence of sunburns and increasing the SPF’s stability.” As far as SPF goes, we’re partial to Supergoop’s latest formula, which protects against UVA rays, UVB rays and the infrared and blue light emitted by your electronic devices. Couple it with The Ordinary’s ultra-lightweight, ultra-affordable ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate/vitamin F serum. (Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate is “an oil-soluble derivative of vitamin C that can be used in higher concentrations without drawbacks”; vitamin F equals essential fatty acids.) Either pat the oil on first or add a few droplets to your daily sunscreen dollop. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40, $32 at Sephora The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F, $17.80 at The Ordinary

Moisturizer + Full-Coverage Concealer

For a naturally glowy finish and soft, bouncy skin, combine two cult favorites: Nars’ creamy Soft Matte Complete Concealer and Weleda’s ultra-moisturizing Skin Food. (The concealer-to-lotion ratio depends on the level of coverage you require. Also, don’t let the blend’s rich texture deceive you — it’ll melt right into your skin.) It’s like whipping up your own custom BB cream. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, $30 at Sephora Weleda Skin Food, $9.89 at Target

Matte Lipstick + Setting Powder

When using a highly expensive, highly esteemed lipstick (i.e. one of Pat McGrath’s Best of Beauty award-winning MatteTrance tubes), you want to make it last as long as possible. Enter Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Just as it does to the rest of your makeup, the powder will mattify your lipstick and keep it in place. Here’s what you do: after applying your color, place a single-ply tissue over your lips, then lightly brush the setting powder over the tissue using — what else? — a big, fluffy powder brush. Next, remove the tissue and continue on with your life, unplagued by the nagging desire to check your face in the mirror. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $23 at Sephora Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick, $38 at Sephora

Glycolic Acid + Hyaluronic Acid

Those who suffer from acne and dryness, meet your skin super-duo. Kate Somerville’s best-selling cleanser re-texturizes and de-gunks skin using natural fruit enzymes, lactic acid and glycolic acid (the teeniest and most efficacious of the alpha-hydroxy acids, due to its ability to deeply penetrate skin). Follow up with Peter Thomas Roth’s light, airy, water-vapor-trapping cream. Hyaluronic acid, which we’ve written about at length, is a lightweight but heavy-duty moisturizer — each molecule can retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water — found in just about every anti-aging product. It quenches and plumps your skin without adding any oiliness to the equation, which, if you’re pimple-prone, is more than ideal. Neither it nor Peter Thomas Roth can do any wrong. Kate Somerville Exfolikate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash, $38 at Sephora Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, $52 at Sephora

Move Over Crop Tops, Extra Long Shirts Are the New Must-Have

There was a time in the not-too-distant fashion past when everything was cropped: our tops, jeans and even hair. But now influencers are aiming for Rapunzel locks instead of buzz cuts, cuffed jeans are making way for classic bootcuts and shirts are plunging below our waistlines. Whether it’s a white button-down that goes down almost to your knees or a floor-scraping top worn over pants to replicate that whole dress-over-pants vibe, the longer your top, the better.

Call it a response to the deconstructed shirt trend or all those short dresses/tops with trains on the red carpet (Kendall Jenner FTW), shirts with elongated hems are growing in popularity and were trending at New York Fashion Week Spring 2018. Oscar de la Renta gave us a variety of extra long shirts, either splattered with paint-like splotches or boasting silver streaks. Monse reigned supreme when it came to offering extensions, from an off-the-shoulder red blouse that could double as a dress to a striped cold-shoulder creation that exposed skin in the front, but covered things up in the back. And Brandon Maxwell sent several waterfall-style shirts down his runway with hems so long, they rivaled any trains.

The street style set already embraced longer lengths while attending the Spring 2018 shows. They sported winter floral blouses that went down almost to the knees of their jeans or opted for pajama co-ords with the top reaching way below the waist. And since longer lengths look great poking out the bottom of practically any winter jacket (we’re talking puffers, teddy jackets, etc.), the Fall 2018 showgoers are also favoring shirts that they can still flaunt even when outerwear is closed tight.

How to deal with hat hair

Between going about your daily life and also trying to find the perfect present for your brother, it’s easy to forget about hat hair — that is, until you get a good look in the mirror. Maybe you have the dreaded dent from your beanie. Or, if you’ve lucked out and avoided that, your hair may be so staticky that it’s standing straight on end. The verdict, either way: Not cute.   Hat hair stems from two problems: The hat itself and its BFF, static. Static is the consequence of dehydrated hair; for that, blame dry winter air and cozy indoor temps. Here, how to deal with both, whether you have time to prep or need to do some damage control — fast.

Style Wisely

Be strategic about the hairstyle and choose your hat accordingly. “If you’re going for a fitted cap, like a soft wool beanie, try wearing your hair in a low pony,” says hairstylist Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano salon in NYC. On the other hand, when you have a hat with a tighter band (like a fedora) try wearing your hair wavy. “If you have waves from the mid-shaft of the hair to the ends, the crease will just blend in,” explains Nunzio. His ultimate fail-safe? A cute side braid.   Keep It Dry.

Never wear a hat when your hair is damp. Not only is your hair more prone to breakage and frizz when it’s wet, but any air-dried crease will be there until your next shower. “If you let your hair dry naturally under the hat, it’ll set that way,” warns Nunzio. It’s worth taking the time to blow-dry damp hair — or, if you’re not in a rush, letting it air-dry completely before putting your hat on.   Act in Advance

After styling (but before pulling on your hat), spritz an anti-static spray all over your hair. Try a hydrating one like R+Co Foil Frizz & Static Control Spray, which even has nourishing vitamin E and argan oil to keep flyaways at bay. Or, as an alternative, tuck a pack of Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets into your bag. Once you take your hat off, they’re easy to smooth over hair and will deliver moisturizing coconut oil.

Shake It Out

If you have straight hair, stash a mini brush so you can brush it through. If your hair is wavy or curly, just flip your head upside down and shake out your hair. “Then, rub a light oil onto your hands and run them through your hair,” says Nunzio. It adds shine and moisture without messing with your hairstyle. A mini version like Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum won’t weigh down your purse — or your hair.

Turn Off the Hot Tools

Even with the help of a heat protector, hot styling tools like straightening irons and blow-dryers will only up your static factor. If you can’t quit them, Nunzio recommends using a moisturizing styling cream on damp hair to salvage some of the damage. We love Drybar Velvet Hammer Hydrating Control Cream.   Shower Up.

If your M.O. is to make your blowout last and last, now is the time to put that routine on hold. Skipping showers can actually make your hair drier — and thus more static-prone. “We tend to take fewer showers in the winter, since we’re not sweating as much,” says Nunzio. “As a result, we condition hair less.” Since using conditioner is like instant hydration for your hair, skipping it is a bad idea.   Worst Case Scenario: Put It in a Ponytail

Don’t forget your face (Home spa day)

Applying a face mask is one of my favorite at-home spa treatments. This Yogurt & Honey Face Mask leaves my skin soft, moisturized, and it makes applying makeup easier because it plumps the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles!

Yogurt and Honey Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground nutmeg

Mix in cup or bowl (at this point you WILL be tempted to EAT it…it’s that good! You must resist…this is for your face!) and apply to face. It might tingle just a bit at first, that just tells you it’s working. Leave on for 7 to 10 minutes and wash off with warm water.

According to Jodi, the yogurt contains lactic acid which gently exfoliates dead skin cells and brightens the complexion. It also contains probiotics, so it’s great for healing blemishes. The honey naturally hydrates the skin and is rich in antioxidants and has anti-microbial properties. Cinnamon has a warming effect on the skin which brings fresh, oxygen-rich blood to the surface to kill bacteria and detoxify the skin and gives a healthy rosy glow. Nutmeg helps to “plump” the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.