How to Exfoliate Intelligently

A couple weeks ago I wrote a Tip on the truth about exfoliation. Here are some things to help you exfoliate intelligently. There isn’t a “formula” because we all have different skin types, we live in different climates and we engage in different sports and activities. Daily mechanical exfoliation like scrubs, peels (even home ones), and

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Loreal Paris

Where: L’Oréal Paris, online What: Right now, L’Oréal Paris is giving people a chance to try its moisturizing Hydra Genius line, which our editors are already loving for summer. Go to the website to sign up for a 1.5 ml sample — which is great for all that travel you have coming up, we might add. L’Oreal Hydra Genius Liquid

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La Mer

Where: La Mer, online What: While La Mer might not be the most wallet-friendly beauty brand, its sampling program definitely is. With any purchase, you get free shipping and three deluxe-size samples. (No foil packets or sample cards here.) La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Lotion, $260, available at La Mer.

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Belif Sample

Where: Sephora, in-store and online What: It’s little known, but in all Sephora stores, you are typically allowed to sample up to three items. Sephora employees also have access to small sample pots they can fill with whatever product you’d like to try. We recommend using this perk to test out foundation shades or luxury creams before making

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LUSH Samples

Where: LUSH stores What: You can ask for a sample of absolutely anything in LUSH stores and receive it for free, according to a LUSH representative. While there isn’t a sample limit that we know of, Lush employees encourage you to use your judgement (and maybe your dignity). Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub, $22.95, available at LUSH.

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Keeping Fall and Winter Feet Soft and Smooth

Here’s the quick take on this: Dry skin build-up, callouses, and fissures respond best to a 20-40% urea cream.   This stuff is a miracle, especially the 40%.  A good one is Topix Urix 40 Urea Cream.  Should be between $26 and $35 for 8 ozs. Since we’re in shoes and indoor gyms more, we need

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Kiehls

Where: Kiehl’s, online What: Kiehl’s also offers three free samples with every purchase — but what makes its sampling program so rad is the seemingly unlimited options. You can basically choose to sample anything from the brand from its skin care, hair, body and men’s categories. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46, available at Kiehl’s.

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Melted Matte

Where: Too Faced, online What: Like many other brands, Too Faced offers two freebies with any online order. Every once in a while, you’ll hit the jackpot with something like a deluxe-size Melted Matte lipstick. Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick, $21, available at Too Faced.

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Oribe

Where: Space NK, online What: Because Space NK carries mostly high-end and luxury brands, its sample program is killer. Many of the samples are foil packets, but you can definitely hit some gold mines — like an Oribe shampoo and conditioner duo. Plus, you get three with any order. (Noticing a trend here?) Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo,

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