About Ayren

Ayren Jackson-Cannady is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and editor whose infatuation with the health and beauty industry didn’t come overnight. A tomboy growing up, she used to avoid the beauty aisle like the plague. Not anymore! Ayren, who has contributed to various publications and websites, including Fitness, SELF, Redbook, Glamour, and mtvstyle.com, spends her time researching new beauty and skincare trends, interviewing hairstylists, makeup artists, and dermatologists, and trying out WAY more clinical strength deodorants and callus creams than she feels comfortable admitting.


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Who doesn’t want to take the shortcut to beat traffic or get dinner on the table quicker?! But when it comes to protecting your skin from cancer/wrinkle-causing UV rays, there’s no fast fix. We should be wary of oral supplements that claim to act just like sunscreen say representatives at the American Academy of Dermatology. “These

It’s officially/unofficially fall, and you’ll soon be fully stocked with pumpkin everything—canned pumpkin, fresh pumpkin, pumpkin pie. If you hate to toss leftovers, consider slathering the extras on your face this season. “Pumpkin is filled with fruit enzymes that help with cell turnover to brighten and smooth the skin,” says Shakira Jackson, a master esthecition

Remember when you were a kid and all you had to do was whip up a handmade card, color a pink heart on a rock, or make some peanut butter cookies to show your dad how much you cared on Father’s Day? There’s something special about giving pop a gift that you created with your

The idea of aromatherapy intrigues me, especially when I’ve had weeks like this where everything seems to be out of whack and off track. But as interesting as ylang-ylang, lavendar, and citrus oils sound, I just don’t get how they work…how they make you look better…how they make you feel better…how they make you smell

Retinol, A Love Letter

    May 17, 2013

  Dear Retinol, We go way back. I’ve known about you since I was a kid (and my mother had her own tryst with you). I’ve been using you myself for at least a decade—when I first noticed that the squint lines around my eyes were becoming more noticeable. You do everything for my skin—you treat fine

Whenever I enter the mall through a department store, I make a bee line away from the fragrance counter. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE eau de parfum and cologne, but, once the counter person starts spraying and I start smelling, it turns into a head-spinning event that requires a 10-minute walk outside the mall

The name of this skincare line reminds me of a tomato sauce. Maybe because it rhymes with “marinara” and I’m typing this post before lunch(??) But, probably because it evokes in me the outdoors, like a vine of ripe heirlooms surrounded by fresh lavender and chamomile (#yesIgarden). The company’s founders would probably suggest the later.

I’ve been to various spas (shout out to my faves: Skin by Mamie in New York City and Mandarin Oriental DC) over the years, but I still get all nervous and stuff beforehand. Why? I have no clue! Maybe it’s because I have to walk around in a public facility in a towel or bathrobe

Whey to Go

    Mar 22, 2013

  When it comes to bar soap, I’m typically a Dove girl through and through. Why? It’s a matter of practicality, really—everyone in my little family (my dry skinned hubby, my sensitive skinned toddler, and me with crazy-combo skin) can use the same gentle-yet-cleansing soap, so I’m not having to buy three different bars for the

Baby-Proof Beauty Rituals

    Mar 8, 2013

Messy ponytail, pimply chin, tomato sauce splattered on shoulders, no makeup, dark circles under the eyes… If I was generalizing, I’d say that those were the tell-tale signs of a frenzied mom (specifically one strollering a tot or two). But, I’m not a generalizer, especially now after chatting with these beauty expert mamas who know


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