This Is The Only Cleanser That Doesn't Make My Sensitive Skin Break Out


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My skin is sensitive. It breaks out at the mere sight of an irritant, which means it's been causing me grief since I hit puberty. I struggled through a round of Accutane, but I still relied on a medical-grade facial cleanser to keep the breakouts at bay for years after. And I hated it. I dabbled with other cleansers, of course, especially the trendiest ones on the market, but it was no use; I always made my way back to the boring, prescription cleanser I was given by my dermatologist. It was my crutch.

Until, that is, I stumbled across Panacea's Aegis Daily Facial Cleanser. I was given the brand's full three-step line as a gift, and I'd already used and loved its moisturizer and sunscreen, so I finally thought, What the hell? If I'm going to have this product taking up valuable real estate in my medicine cabinet, I'd better use it.

So, I made a deal with myself: If after a week, I found that my skin couldn't handle this new product, I'd banish it to a box underneath my bed where all the other cleansers that had failed me lived quietly, in a purgatory of sorts.

Obviously, it did not end up there; actually, that prescription cleanser I used begrudgingly for so long is what ended up banished to my below-the-bed purgatory. Because Panacea was different. Yes, the cleanser was formulated with acne-prone and sensitive skin in mind, but, so were all the others I'd tried. Yet unlike those other cleansers, it was equal parts gentle and combative—and totally effective. My ever-present acne spots dried right up, but the rest of my face didn't. And that was a first, even with my medical-grade cleanser: I always had to deep-moisturize after washing my face with it, but the same wasn't true with the Aegis cleanser.

This is likely because this cleanser is meant to do the job of a few products: Panacea's line was modeled after and inspired by the K-beauty regimen, which, as you know, consists of applying at least 10 products for optimal effects. Panacea offers the same results as a more thorough (and pricey) routine, packing all the goodness into three products. In the cleanser, there's hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, green tea extract, and fig extract, all of which bring in hydration and moisture, while laminaria japonica makes skin even and glowing. It's basically a cleanser, moisturizer, and brightening serum all in one. It's also free of parabens and sulfates and is cruelty-free.

I've been using this cleanser for about a year now, and it's given me the same flawless results every season (which I can't say about the rest of skin-care regimen). I don't see myself ever going back to the dark days of having to use medical cleanser ever again, and I only have Panacea to thank.

Panacea, Aegis Daily Facial Cleanser, $24, available at Panacea.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.