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Over her decades-long career, Reese Witherspoon has only ever partnered with one beauty brand, and that’s Elizabeth Arden, one of the most iconic of them all. Today, that changes, as the actress and entrepreneur just announced a brand-new five-year contract as the Global Brand Ambassador for clean skin-care brand Biossance. According to Witherspoon, she’s been a longtime fan of the Biossance label and its “clean and consciously-created” skin-care products. “This brand combines all the nerdy parts of science with the charm and fun parts about skin care,” the actress explains in a new IGTV beauty tutorial where she takes fans through her daily routine. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) As for the brand itself, Biossance’s calling card is that it formulates all of its skin-care products with squalane, a proven moisturizing ingredient historically derived from shark liver oil that the brand’s scientists replicated in a lab using renewable sugarcane. Also notable is that Biossance products are 100% recyclable, and the brand is committed to carbon-neutral shipping. In her tutorial, Witherspoon doesn’t speak to the sustainability angle or the benefits of squalane directly, but all three products she uses are made with it along with other actives, such as vitamin C and rose oil. Starting with the former, Witherspoon says that she uses the Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum to help treat her hyperpigmentation. “Ever since I had babies, I’ve had these little brown spots,” she explains, pointing out the darker pigmentation around her cheeks and jawline. Witherspoon follows the brightening treatment with the Omega Repair Cream, a potted moisturizer that she describes as “lightweight” as she massages it over her face and neck. “You can’t forget your neck; it’s so important,” she adds. For the third and final step, Witherspoon grabs a light-pink tincture. “This is my favorite, it’s the rose oil,” she says. “I just take a little bit, put it in my hand,” she explains, then presses the oil from her palms into her face. “There it is — I’m doing something good for myself; I’m doing something good for the environment.” While the jury is still out on what, exactly, constitutes “clean” skin care, Witherspoon’s endorsement is guaranteed to get a few more people on board the earth-conscious beauty bandwagon. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?9 Biodegradable Makeup Wipes For Clean SkinThese $75 Peel Pads Totally Revived My Dull SkinAn Editor's Honest Review Of Bad Habit Skin Care
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TikTok’s beauty enthusiasts can’t get enough of clever trends and techniques that promise to transform skin in a matter of moments, and it’s safe to say each one has us hooked. Right now, facial cupping is having a moment — and judging by the countless tutorials flooding the app, the results are impressive, to say the least. What is facial cupping? Even though cupping is big on TikTok right now, the technique is nothing new; in fact, it’s been popular in Chinese and Middle Eastern medicine for centuries. On the body, cupping therapy involves placing glass or silicone cups on either wet or dry skin, which creates a suction effect. This brings blood to the surface of the skin and is said to relax muscles and potentially reduce back and neck pain. Facial cupping is a little gentler and involves much smaller cups (again, usually silicone or glass) which create a pull on the skin. “Lately it has become a trend for facial use on the premise that the cup uses pressure to draw nutrients to the surface of the skin with the aim of creating healthier looking skin,” says Ioannis Liakas, medical director and skin specialist at Vie Aesthetics. On TikTok, the cups are used in conjunction with skin-care products like facial oils, serums, or masks, which help them glide over the skin easily. @ohdiarie some real ugly faces yikes, also the oil was for the cupping! #skincare #myskincare #cupping #facecupping #skincareobsessed #skin #skinhacks #massage ♬ original sound – 𝕾𝖊𝖑𝖎𝖓𝖆🦋✨ What are the skin-care benefits of facial cupping? Much like using a jade roller or gua sha tool, TikTokers love the facial cupping technique for relaxing tense facial muscles, especially along the jaw, and claim it lends the skin a post-facial glow when combined with radiance-enhancing skin-care products like vitamin C or rosehip oil. It’s a favorite among experts, too: Top facialist Antonia Burrell loves facial cupping for providing a temporary lift, while Dr. Liakas pinpoints its potential to contour and sculpt cheekbones, as well as de-puff skin. Some TikTok skin-care enthusiasts claim anecdotally that facial cupping helps minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and scars and stimulates collagen. How do you do facial cupping at home and does it work? Inspired by TikTok’s skin-care enthusiasts (and spurred on by how desperately my dull, post-winter skin is in need of a glow boost), I had to give facial cupping a go. I opted for the Skin Gym Facial Cupping Set, which includes two medium-size facial cups (for cheeks, chin, and forehead) and two micro-cups, which perform better around the nose, eyes, and lips. Facial cupping works best when combined with skin-care products so that the cups can slide across the skin without any friction. I found it’s actually quite difficult to use the cups without product, as they keep popping off my skin. Layering up with moisturizer, serum, or facial oil means they can do their job with ease. Facial oils seem to be a popular product to work with on TikTok, but Dr. Liakas mentions they could clog pores and spread bacteria if you’re prone to breakouts. He likes vitamin C serums for facial cupping, but says hyaluronic acid serums are also an option and are beneficial for all skin types. You could also use a moisturizer for more slip. I have oily, acne-prone skin, so I chose a lightweight serum: Farmacy Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum. A little goes a long way to create a slick base on the skin. Dr. Liakas says that keeping the skin taut when passing the cups over your face is key and recommends cleansing your skin afterwards. This is because cupping is more of a DIY facial treatment, rather than an actual skin-care step. Simply follow with your usual skin-care routine afterwards. I started with the miniature cups and concentrated them on areas where I’d like a little bit of a lift, which is around my eyes and above my eyebrows. The suction was very gentle and the product absorbed quickly as I glided the cups over my skin. While I didn’t notice an immediate difference in firmness, I saw a change in the skin around my nose and lips, which always tends to be quite swollen when I wake up in the morning. @jacquelinekilikita I tried #facialcupping and it gave me a radiant, post-facial flush. Here are all the main skin benefits. #facecupping ♬ original sound – Jacqueline Kilikita I concentrated the large cups along my jawline, which holds a lot of tension as I sometimes grind my teeth when stressed or anxious. I found the suction really soothing and relaxing (more so than my trusty gua sha tool), and after five minutes of gliding the tool back and forth over my skin, any tightness dissipated entirely. After 10 minutes in total, it felt like my face had been treated and massaged by a professional facialist. The only difference is the price — and the fact that I didn’t have to leave my bedroom. I loved the natural glow it gave my skin, too, almost as though I’d just got in from a brisk walk in the cold. As a result, I skipped foundation and blush, and just applied a little concealer for the rest of the day. Are there any side effects of DIY facial cupping? DIY facial cupping is unlikely to leave you with the large telltale marks typical of professional body cupping — especially if you’re using silicone cups, which are kinder on skin — but it pays to be as gentle as possible. Unlike skin-care tools such as pore vacuums, the pull of facial cups is relatively light so broken capillaries or blood vessels are rare, although Dr. Liakas says they are not out of the question. As with all new skin-care tools and techniques, be mindful, especially if you choose a glass set. It’s not a great idea to use cupping tools on broken skin as this could cause further irritation. Dr. Liakas also suggests avoiding the technique if you’re sunburned or if your skin has been exposed to the sun recently. Likewise, if you have rosacea, sensitive skin, or active acne, or you’re using retinol and are experiencing flaking or sensitivity, Dr. Liakas suggests giving cupping a miss for the time being. @fferlopez Face cupping benefits⚡️ #facecupping #facecuppingmassage #skincare #skin ♬ Steven Universe – L.Dre What are the best facial cupping sets? Aside from Skin Gym, there are a handful of other expert-approved facial cupping sets out there. The popular glass WTHN Face Cups are said to boost circulation and relax tight muscles. Antonia Burrell Facial In A Box includes a mini cleansing oil, lotion, mask, facial oil, and moisturizer alongside one large and one miniature cupping tool to treat all areas of the face. I thought I’d find facial cupping to be a waste of time, but there’s no denying it works a treat when done correctly. If you love skin care and are looking for ways to pamper yourself at home, it’s an easy, effective, and affordable technique that earns my seal of approval. 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When content creator and beauty influencer Desi Perkins launched her eyewear brand, Dezi, last summer, every last pair of sunglasses sold out in under an hour. Now, Perkins is embarking on her next ambitious endeavor with her new skin-care line, Dezi Skin, which went live today with a fragrance-free vitamin C serum called Claro Que C. The Spanglish play on words isn’t the only homage to Perkins’s Mexican-American heritage — the ingredients are, too. While her tía suggested putting Vicks VapoRub (a Latinx beauty staple) in the serum, Perkins stuck to a blend that takes her back to her summers in Mexico, featuring Mexican plum fruit, mango, guava, avocado, and more. She recalls learning about how beneficial these ingredients were for her skin, and why they were included in DIY recipes. “Everything I love about skin care was instilled from my family and their Mexican remedies,” she says. Anyone can appreciate the high-quality formula, but making sense of the product’s name — Claro Que C — requires at least some Spanish-language comprehension. That said, Perkins was more concerned with creating representation in the beauty industry than choosing a product name everyone would understand. She points to the many French brand and product names she’s had difficulty pronouncing over the year, though that never stopped her from giving it her best. “It’s fine if you butcher it,” she says, “as long as you’re trying.” Perkins is enthusiastic about joining the wave of influencer-founded brands hitting the market. This boom might earn some skepticism from those that feel influencers are “cashing in” on their followings, but Perkins believes that content creators can make for the perfect founders. For starters, they test out many products sent by brands, and gain insights from their collaborations: Perkins worked with sunglasses brand Quay before launching her own eyewear and beauty brands like Ole Henriksen prior to Dezi Skin. “Not only did I learn so much from working with brands along the way, but I also picked up on what I would do maybe differently,” she says. Influencers also have a close-up view into consumer feedback from their followings. “I’m able to hear what they want and what their concerns are,” Perkins says. From that unique intel, she was able to see that consumers were looking for more products with form and function. While clinically-based brands might deliver in performance, some found them lacking in consumer experience, and vice versa. So, Perkins set out to make effective formulas with beautiful experiences and packaging — a priority for every product released under her brand. That attention to detail is exactly why Dezi Skin went to market with only one product, not an entire lineup. Perkins didn’t want to overwhelm customers, and furthermore, she doesn’t expect them to only use her skin-care products, so she’s happy to enter the market slowly. She also wants customers to be able to tell when a specific product is working for them, which isn’t possible when you’re experimenting with various products at once. So why did Perkins choose to enter the skin-care business before makeup, when it was her makeup tutorials that propelled her to YouTube fame? That’s a question she anticipates getting a lot. Her response is that she wanted to take it back to the lessons she learned from her first passion: sketching and painting. There, Perkins learned the importance of prepping the canvas, not jumping straight to color. “At the end of the day, what’s important to me is my canvas,” she says. As for what’s next from the brand, the founder gave us two hints: hydration and glowy skin. But we wouldn’t be surprised to see makeup come from the YouTuber sooner rather than later, as her growing businesses prove that the Desi Perkins empire is only getting started. “You never know. I might come out with a toaster next year,” she teases, “but I do have some more ideas for the future.” At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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