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How Looking at Selfies Affects Your Happiness

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Love them or hate them, selfies have become a staple of social-media culture. Now a new study suggests that the ubiquitous smartphone self portraits don’t just have psychological implications for the people taking them; they can also have a real impact on their friends and followers, as well.

According to Penn State University researchers, viewing frequent selfies is linked to a decrease in self-esteem and life satisfaction. Their findings come from an online survey of 225 social media users with an average age of 33, 80 percent of whom were active on Facebook. The participants also used sites like Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, and Tinder.  

We tend to compare ourselves to others when we see these photos—often carefully curated photos—the authors wrote about their findings, which can lead to feelings of loneliness, exclusion, or disappointment with our own lives.

Somewhat surprisingly, the researchers did not find any connection between posting frequency and self-esteem or life satisfaction. (Other research, however, has suggested that the quest for the perfect photo can seriously undermine real-life happiness.)

In this study, viewing behavior seemed to be more important: The more people were exposed to selfies from other people, the lower their levels of self-esteem and life satisfaction. 

"People usually post selfies when they're happy or having fun," said co-author and mass communications graduate student Ruoxu Wang, in a press release. "This makes it easy for someone else to look at these pictures and think … his or her life is not as great as theirs."

When the researchers broke their results down based on personality traits, they did find one exception. People who expressed a strong desire to appear popular actually got self-esteem and life-satisfaction boosts from viewing selfies. Doing so may somehow satisfy their need for popularity, the researchers say, although the reason why isn’t entirely clear.

The study results also found a difference between selfies and “groupies,” or selfie-style pictures featuring more than one person. On average, looking at groupies seemed to improve self-esteem and life satisfaction for participants. That’s probably because the viewers themselves may be included in these groupies, the authors wrote, strengthening their sense of community and inclusion.

This research is important, says co-author and mass communications graduate student Ruoxu Wang, because it examines a lesser-understood angle of social-media culture. "Most of the research done on social network sites looks at the motivation for posting and liking content, but we're now starting to look at the effect of viewing behavior," said Wang in a press release.

And the findings suggest that even just “lurking”—the act of observing what others post on social media, rather than “liking” posts or contributing content of one’s own—can have a real effect on how people view themselves…

Get Sculpted Shoulders with These 5 Moves

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Get Sculpted Shoulders with These 5 MovesPhoto: Ryan Kelly / Daily Burn 365

When you hit the weight room in pursuit of strong, toned arms, bicep curls and tricep extensions might be your go-to moves. But there’s an equally important muscle group to add into the rotation: your shoulders.

“Shoulder strength and stability are integral to practically all arm movements, plus almost every chest and back movement,” says Cheri Paige Fogleman, a trainer on Daily Burn 365. “Having strong shoulders also ensures success when strengthening biceps, triceps, chest and back muscles.” Translation: Build sculpted shoulders and you’ll help strengthen your entire upper body as well.

Stronger shoulders will also make it easier to carry out daily tasks—from picking up your kids or groceries to reaching for a glass in the cabinet. But there’s a catch: You need to work your shoulders from multiple angles. While push-ups will do wonders for muscles in the front of the shoulder, Fogleman says, you shouldn’t stop there.

On your next arm day, skip the standard push-up and add these five new shoulder exercises to your line-up. They work every section of your shoulders—backside included (which people often miss)—so you get 360 degrees stronger.

RELATED: 7 Benefits of Strength Training That Go Beyond Buff Arms

5 Shoulder Exercises to Strengthen Your Upper Body

These bodyweight moves can easily incorporate dumbbells. Fogleman suggests doing higher reps if you’re skipping the weights. If you’re more advanced and going for increased resistance, Fogleman recommends starting will three-pound dumbbells. “The moves should be more challenging, but not suddenly impossible,” she says. Perform 10 to 12 reps of each, rest, then repeat this circuit once or twice for a full upper body burn.

Photo: Ryan Kelly / Daily Burn 365

1. Staggered Shoulder Press
By leaning forward in this move, you hit the tough-to-reach back of the shoulders, along with your core and back muscles. Just remember to avoid slouching and keep a neutral spine.
How to: From a standing position, step one foot behind you so you’re in a high lunge. Front knee should be bent about 45 degrees (a). Lean forward at the hips, keeping your back straight. Bring your arms up to shoulder height, bent at the elbows and palms facing in (b). Extend your arms overhead until they’re completely straight (c). Bend them back to shoulder height and repeat. Switch your footing halfway through or on the next round.

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Photo: Ryan Kelly / Daily Burn 365

2. Plank to Renegade Row
While shoulders are your main focus on this move, bonus points come from working your back and core, too. If you really want to fire up your midsection, keep your hips totally stable. Feeling unsteady? Step your legs wider apart or drop to your knees…

The Secrets to a Perfect Blowout, According to the Founder of Drybar

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The confidence that comes with a good hair day is immeasurable, but achieving a flawless style takes some know-how. That's why Alli Webb opened Drybar—a chain of salons offering only blowouts—in 2010, and never looked back. Now in her new book, The Drybar Guide to Good Hair For All ($17, amazon.com), Webb is divulging her tips and tricks to scoring the perfect blowout every day. In the excerpt below, she answers eight questions she hears from women all the time, to set the record straight on oily hair, frizz, and more.

Why does my hair get greasy so fast?

Could be a few things. It could be that you naturally produce a fair amount of oil and might benefit from a double wash every once in a while. Or maybe you didn’t rinse your conditioner completely out. But one common cause of hair feeling greasy before its time is overdoing it with product. With the exception of volumizing products, most styling aids should not be used near your root area. When they are, natural oils from your scalp plus whatever you are using add up to that greasy feeling you’re talking about.

P.S. Overwashing will also make your hair produce more oil. Try to wash at least every other day.

How do I combat frizz?

Well, first and foremost, make sure your hair is 100 percent dry, smooth, and sealed before you walk out the door. If your hair is even a little damp, it is sure to frizz up over the course of the day. Also, try to keep a travel-size hairspray, pomade, or cream in your purse—product is your hero when it comes to fighting frizz.

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How can I stop the flyaways around my face and part when hairspray doesn’t totally solve the problem?

Flyaways, or, as I like to call them, antennae, come from overworking your bangs or overstretching very wet hair. We all have baby hairs, especially around the face, so always rough-dry the roots a little to allow those baby hairs to settle down, then grab your brush to start styling.

My round brush always gets stuck in my hair. What gives?

Are your sections small enough? I can’t stress enough the importance of working in clean 1- to 2-inch sections and making sure the hair on the brush isn’t exceeding the size of the brush barrel. Perfecting each section before moving on to the next is the absolute key to a great, no-frizz blowout.

How frequently should you trim your hair if you want to grow it out?

This is an age-old debate. I say trim it—and by trim I mean a very sight dusting—every four to six weeks. You don’t want those frayed ends snapping off every time you blow out your hair.

How hot is too hot for the flat iron?

I think a good rule of thumb with all tools is to keep the heat on a lower setting (300 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit) if your hair is damaged or very processed. Make sure you always use a heat protectant and don’t leave an iron in your hair for more than a few seconds…

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How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair + MORE

Frizz happens. It can seem unavoidable, especially now that rainy and humid days are upon us. But the condition of your mane plays a big role in how much puff you'll see: "Frizz is caused by a lack of moisture in the hair, which makes it grab water from the environment," explains Feis.... More »

The Internet Is Obsessed With This Intense Charcoal Face Mask, But Is It Safe? + MORE

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7 Expert Tips for Pacing Yourself on the Run + MORE

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The Upper-Body Workout That Gives J.Lo Her Strong, Toned Arms + MORE

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What Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain? + MORE

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Why You Should Listen to Music When You Do HIIT, According to Science + MORE

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Mediterranean Diet, Caffeine May Be Good for Your Eyes

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THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Eating a Mediterranean diet and consuming caffeine may lower your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness, according to a new study.

Previous research has shown that a Mediterranean diet—high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, healthy fats and fish—benefits the heart and lowers cancer risk. But there has been little research on whether it helps protect against eye diseases such as AMD, the researchers noted.

Using questionnaires, the researchers assessed the diets of 883 people, aged 55 and older, in Portugal. Of those, 449 had early stage AMD and 434 did not have the eye disease.

Closely following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a 35 percent lower risk of AMD, and eating lots of fruit was especially beneficial.

The researchers also found that people who consumed high levels of caffeine seemed to have a lower risk of AMD. Among those who consumed high levels of caffeine (about 78 milligrams a day, or the equivalent of one shot of espresso) 54 percent did not have AMD and 45 percent had the eye disease.

The researchers said they looked at caffeine consumption because it’s an antioxidant known to protect against other health problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

However, the study did not prove that consuming coffee and following a Mediterranean diet caused the risk of AMD to drop.

The findings were to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), in Chicago.

“This research adds to the evidence that a healthy, fruit-rich diet is important to health, including helping to protect against macular degeneration,” lead author Dr. Rufino Silva, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, said in an AAO news release.

“We also think this work is a stepping stone towards effective preventive medicine in AMD,” Silva added.

Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Why You Should Listen to Music When You Do HIIT, According to Science

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You've heard all about the benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). But if the “high-intensity” part sounds a little too, er, intense, a new study has some advice for you: Grab your headphones.

When University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers asked people who were new to HIIT to try a sprint-interval workout either with or without music, both groups came away with positive attitudes. But those who sweated to a playlist felt even better about the routine than those who’d worked out in silence.

Listening to music may make it easier for people to adopt these types of HIIT routines, say the study authors. That could help them stay in shape, they add, by allowing them to squeeze short, effective workouts into busy days.

Lots of people exercise regularly, but they do steady-state cardio (like long, slow jogs) or low-intensity activity (like walking or yoga). And while there’s nothing wrong with those types of exercise, research has shown that interval training can provide many of the same benefits—like burning calories and strengthening your heart—in less time.

"There has been a lot of discussion in the exercise and public policy worlds about how we can get people off the couch and meeting their minimum exercise requirements," said Kathleen Martin Ginis, PhD, professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC, in a press release. "The use of HIIT may be a viable option to combat inactivity, but there is a concern that people may find HIIT unpleasant, deterring future participation."

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To examine newbies’ attitudes and intentions toward HIIT, researchers recruited 20 men and women unfamiliar with these types of workouts. After two preliminary training sessions, the participants completed two sprint interval training workouts on stationary exercise bikes about a week apart—one with music and one without. Each session included four to six 30-second “all-out” bouts of pedaling, separated by four minutes of rest.

After each session and again after a final follow-up meeting, the participants were asked to rank the workouts in terms of how enjoyable, beneficial, pleasant, painful, and valuable they found them to be. They were also asked how likely it was that they would do a similar workout three times a week going forward.

On average, the exercisers had already expressed positive assumptions about HIIT before the study began. And it turns out, their attitudes were just as positive after trying it for themselves. That was somewhat surprising, says study co-author and PhD candidate Matthew Stork, given the intensity of the workouts. But there’s more: Overall, the exercisers rated their session with music as more positive than their session without.

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Somewhat surprisingly, participants’ “intention” scores (when asked if they’d continue these types of workouts) weren’t significantly different between the two sessions…

Your Favorite Facebook-Famous Makeup Brand Has Launched a Liquid Lipstick

– health.com

First, Younique came for your lashes, and now they're targeting your lipstick stash. Everyone's favorite direct-selling makeup brand has jumped on the liquid lipstick train, and the formula is everything. Although it's housed in a traditional liquid or gloss tube, the lipstick borders on more of a lightweight mousse, which dries to a gorgeous velvet-like texture. We especially love how the contoured wand hugs your lips, resulting in a precise shape with little to no need for clean-up.

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Because the formula has a super-hydrating base, any lines on the surface of your lip will immediately get filled in, and it won't dry up or flake throughout the day. Colors range from your traditional nude, red, and pink spread, but also include a few unconventional tones, like deep purple and navy blue. Shop the product for $27 per tube at youniqueproducts.com, or find out which of your high school friends is a Younique representative and slide into their Facebook DMs.

 

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com/MIMI.

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The One Squat Variation You Need to Be Doing for a Perkier Butt + MORE

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5 Mental Tricks to Feeling Amazing, Even if You Miss a Few Workouts + MORE

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Miss Washington USA Contestant Hopes Her Disability Will Empower Others + MORE

This article originally appeared on People.com. When Madeline Irwin steps onstage to compete for the Miss Washington USA title, she won’t just be standing up for herself. The 22-year-old college student was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (known as AMC), which is a congenit.... More »

The One Shoulder Muscle You’re Neglecting + MORE

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10 Beauty Trends That Will Be Huge in 2019, According to Pinterest + MORE

So many unexpected beauty trends—from flannel hair to cleansing oils to jade rollers—took 2018 by storm. But believe it or not, 2019 is going to be jam-packed with even more glitz and glamour. Can you handle it? Pinterest, a destination for self-car.... More »

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The Apple Watch Is the Most Accurate Wrist Wearable

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Some fitness trackers are a lot more accurate than others, finds a new study published in JAMA Cardiology.

Researchers at Cleveland Clinic wanted to test how well four popular wearable devices measured heart rate, which is involved in a formula that calculate how many calories a person is burning while they exercise. They hooked 50 healthy adults up to an electrocardiogram (EKG), the gold-standard test for measuring heart activity, and compared the results to heart rates obtained by Fitbit Charge HR, Apple Watch, Mio Alpha and Basis Peak. They also assessed a chest strap. The researchers measured everyone at rest, then walking and jogging on a treadmill.

The chest strap monitor was the most accurate, nearly matching the EKG with 99% accuracy—both technologies capture electrical activity coming from the heart. Of the wrist wearables, Apple Watch was about 90% accurate, but “the other ones dropped off into the low 80s for their accuracy,” says Dr. Gordon Blackburn, one of the study’s authors and director of cardiac rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic.

Accuracy also went down as intensity increased. “What we really noticed was all of the devices did not a bad job at rest for being accurate for their heart rate, but as the activity intensity went up, we saw more and more variability,” Blackburn says. “At the higher levels of activity, some of the wrist technology was not accurate at all.”

Measuring heart rate from the wrist is convenient, but it comes with some disadvantages. “All of the wrist technologies are looking at blood flow,” Blackburn says. “You need to have good contact between the photosensing cells; as a person is exercising more vigorously, there’s more bounce, so you may lose some of that contact.”

For a person without health problems using a wrist-worn device to track heart rate, “it probably isn’t putting them at any risk,” Blackburn says. “Our concern is for patient populations that have health problems that can be aggravated by getting to too high of an intensity.”

“Fitbit trackers are not intended to be medical devices. Unlike chest straps, wrist-based trackers fit comfortably into everyday life, providing continuous heart rate for up to several days without recharging (vs. a couple hours at a time) to give a much more informative picture of overall health and fitness trends,” Fitbit representatives said in a statement, adding that their internal tests showed an accuracy rate of 94% [or a margin of error that was about 6%.]

 

This article originally appeared on Time.com.

The 5 Most Active Cities in the U.S.

– health.com

It’s no secret that city dwellers tend to get in more steps every day. After all they often rely on their own two feet, rather than a car, to get from place to place. But which cities are the best for racking up miles on your tracker, and living an overall active, healthy lifestyle?

A new report has determined just that. The study, part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being Series, assigned an "Active Living" score to cities based on factors like walkability, bike-ability, the quality of the public transit system, and availability of well-maintained parks. The researchers looked at a total of 48 medium to large cities.

Boston nabbed the highest score, followed by San Francisco (unsurprisingly—have you seen that city’s hills?) and Chicago. New York City and Washington, D.C., were awarded fourth and fifth places, respectively.

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So, how do these locales' high scores translate to real-life health perks? Well, for one, the residents of the top five cities have significantly lower rates, on average, of a handful of diseases (from diabetes to high cholesterol to depression) compared to people living in cities with low scores. They also have higher rates of exercise and eat more fresh produce.

The bottom line: While leading an active life is possible no matter where you live, it certainly doesn't hurt to have protected bike lanes and lots of green space for outdoor rec. The top five cities make sticking to healthy habits just a little bit easier.

 

If You’re Going to Buy Lipstick This Fall, Make It One of These Hot Colors

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If you typically associate red lips with fall, we have some exciting news: This season's hottest shades go way beyond the classic berry hue (although we love them, too). Think soft nudes, peppy pinks, and deep plums. Here, our favorite new shades to try now.

Velvety Nude

In rosy nudes (think your lips, but better). Spotted on the Herve Leger runway, the look is "universally flattering" says Troy Surratt, a makeup artist and the founder of an eponymous line. "It lets you fake fuller lips." He suggests using a lip-toned liner to draw a bit past your natural lip border, then topping with a liquid lipstick.

We like (from top): Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Famous ($18, bareescentuals.com); Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Dash ($16, nordstrom.com); Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick ($20; sephora.com); Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick ($20, sephora.com).

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Matte Plum

One swipe of this vampy hue will change your whole look. Make sure you're precise—dark lipsticks can get messy. "Prep with a lip balm," says Surratt. "Use a lip brush to apply color, then go in with a lip liner in the same shade to clean up edges."

We like (from top): Oribe Lip Lust Creme Lipstick in The Violet ($42, net-a-porter.com); Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Jawbreaker ($17, sephora.com); Burt's Bees Lipstick in Orchid Ocean ($9, walgreens.com); Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in An Affair ($28, lauramercier.com).

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Glossy Red

A classic red lip is always chic, but this year's take is extra lovely thanks to its high shine factor. "Apply a matte red first," says Surratt, "to make the gloss on top look much stronger." Stash it in your bag; you'll need to reapply.

We like (from top): Essence BB Lipgloss in Heartbreaker ($4, essence.eu); YSL Vinyl Cream in N.411 Rhythm Red ($36, yslbeautyus.com); Cle De Peau Beaute Radiant Liquid Rouge in 17 ($48, neimanmarcus.com); MAC Versicolour Stain in Resilient Rouge ($25, nordstrom.com).

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Creamy Pink

Bright pink in the fall? A thing! This hue wakes up any complexion. "Opt for one with coraly undertones," says Surratt. For a smoothing effect, use foundation as a base, then reapply lip color, advises makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. "Blot color until it's a stain before adding the final layer," she adds.

We like (from top): Cover Girl Colorlicious Lipstick in Spellbound ($6, amazon.com); Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in 317, Pourquoi Pas ($32, nordstrom.com); Kiko Milano Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in Shade 124 ($12, kikocosmetics.com); Nuance Salma Hayek Moisture Rich Lipstick in Shocking Lotus Pink ($10; nuancesalmahayek.com).

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Or DIY your own shade!

Mix these with your favorite lipsticks or apply on top for a unique color…

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8 Arm Exercises You Haven’t Done Before + MORE

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This Woman’s Powerful Message About Crying in the Shower Is Going Viral + MORE

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The Upper Limit of Human Lifespan May Be 125 Years, Study Suggests

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Hoping science might help you live to be 200? Sorry, new research suggests that might now be impossible.

U.S. researchers pored over the data on human longevity and concluded that people’s life spans may have nearly hit their limit.

That doesn’t mean more people won’t be living to very old ages—just probably not much beyond the record age of 122, the researchers said.

“Further progress against infectious and chronic diseases may continue boosting average life expectancy, but not maximum life span,” said study senior author Jan Vijg, chair of genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

As the researchers noted, average life expectancy has risen substantially since the 19th century due to improvements in diet, public health and other areas.

For example, babies born in the United States today can expect to live until age 79, while the average life expectancy for those born in 1900 was only 47 years, the study authors said.

And since the 1970s, the ages of the oldest people worldwide have also increased. A French woman named Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997, had the longest documented life span of any person in history at 122 years.

In the new review, Vijg’s team tracked data from the Human Mortality Database, which looks at statistics on deaths and other population data from more than 40 countries.

The researchers found that the percentage of people who lived to enjoy old age kept climbing from 1900 onward.

However, for people who made it to the 100-year mark, survival after that birthday didn’t really budge much, regardless of what year the person was born. Their age at death did rise a bit between the 1970s and early 1990s, but seems to have leveled out since then, the study found.

“This finding indicates diminishing gains in reducing late-life mortality and a possible limit to human life span,” Vijg said in a school news release.

So, based on current data, his team believes the average maximum human life span is 115 years, and that the absolute limit of human life span will be 125 years.

And the probability of any one person worldwide reaching age 125 in a given year is less than one in 10,000, Vijg and his colleagues said.

“Demographers as well as biologists have contended there is no reason to think that the ongoing increase in maximum life span will end soon,” Vijg said. “But our data strongly suggest that it has already been attained and that this happened in the 1990s.

“While it’s conceivable that therapeutic breakthroughs might extend human longevity beyond the limits we’ve calculated, such advances would need to overwhelm the many genetic variants that appear to collectively determine the human life span,” he explained.

“Perhaps resources now being spent to increase life span should instead go to lengthening ‘health span’—the duration of old age spent in good health,” Vijg added.

The study was published online Oct. 5 in the journal Nature.

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This Inspiring Quadruple Amputee Beauty Blogger Is Taking Instagram by Storm

 

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Kaitlyn Dobrow isn’t your average beauty blogger: The aspiring cosmetologist has gone viral for her flawless makeup looks, and she happens to be creating them all with a prosthetic arm.

At age 19, Dobrow fell ill with a life-threatening case of bacterial meningitis. The infection caused blood clots that prevented blood from reaching much of the skin on her body, resulting in scars similar to third-degree burns, according to the Orange County Register. Dobrow has since undergone more than 20 surgeries, including skin grafts and amputations of all four of her limbs. She has had to relearn how to do everything from walking to folding laundry with her prosthetics. 

But just three years later, Dobrow has taught herself to pull off magical feats with makeup, including a perfect cat eye…

…and stunning glitter tears.

Not to mention a killer cheetah transformation that's purrfect for Halloween.

But it's not only Dobrow's talent that's so impressive; her overall approach to life is seriously inspiring as well. In an interview with the OC Register, she admitted that she's a bit upset her scars are fading: “God said [having scars] shows you’re a warrior, don’t try to hide them," she said. "I think they look pretty cool."

Check out more of Dobrow's tutorials on her Youtube channel and Instagram account.

 

Spa Week Means You Can #TreatYoSelf for $50

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Spa week is coming. The annual event takes place October 17 through October 23 this year, so now is the perfect time to book if you're interested in indulging. All massages are discounted to $50 (from $100 to $500), and numerous spas, wellness centers, and fitness facilities participate.

We poked around to find some of the best deals to be had. You can also check out the website to see what's available near you.

NYC's Daphne is offering a 45-minute non-surgical lift facial with micro-current treatment. It normally costs $225, and includes an anti-aging hand treatment as a bonus.

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Seattle's Penelope and the Beauty Bar has a 60-minute hydrating body wrap and dry brush treatment. Standard price is $195.

The Organic Pharmacy in Beverly Hills is participating in spa week by offering their 60-minute award winning "Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial with Extractions." The normal price is $150.

Nationwide, Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spas will provide their 50 Minute "De-Stress Body Treatment," which normally costs $225 and involves exfoliation, a body wrap, and scalp massage.

May you go forth and get scrubbed down, hydrated, soothed, and invigorated—for a fraction of the price.

 

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com/MIMI.

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Hate Needles? Here’s How to Deal When You Go to the Doctor

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What you’re experiencing is called a vasovagal response, a reflex that occurs when your body overreacts to certain triggers, like blood or needles. The triggers stimulate a nerve that then causes your heart rate to slow down and your blood pressure to drop. As a result, you may suddenly feel warm or light-headed, turn pale, or lose consciousness.

To get through a blood draw when you feel dizziness coming on, try the applied tension technique: Tense the muscles in your body for 10 to 15 seconds, then release for 20 to 30 seconds, and continue. This helps raise your blood pressure, making you less likely to faint. Ask to lie down, too—then look away so you can’t see the needle entering your arm or the blood flowing.

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It’s not entirely understood why some folks have vasovagal responses and others don’t. The reassuring news is that these spells are usually harmless—and you shouldn’t need treatment if they happen sporadically and aren’t interfering with your quality of life. But if your reaction is constant and so bad that you dread getting immunizations, medical tests, or surgeries, you should consider seeing a psychologist who can help you work through your fear using exposure therapy (in which you practice being in the presence of needles until you’re desensitized to them).

This 20-Minute Treadmill Workout Builds Speed and Stamina

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This 20-Minute Treadmill Workout Builds Speed and StaminaGot 20 minutes? Then you have just enough time to hop on the treadmill for this high-intensity interval (HIIT) workout from Debora Warner, a running coach and CEO of the Mile High Run Club.

Warner calls it a "Peak to Peak" workout, since it alternates between challenging bursts of effort and lighter recovery periods. It also combines two types of interval training—hills and speed—to deliver a high-intensity sweat session in less time. As you probably already know, intervals are an efficient way for runners to build strength. Not only do they burn more calories than running at a steady pace, but they also help improve speed and stamina.

"All runners do interval and speed training or hill work to improve performance," Warner explained in a recent Facebook Live with Health at Mile High Run Club's New York City studio. "It's the only way to get faster and improve indurance." (Check out the full video below.)

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Ready to break a sweat? The first 10 minutes of Warner's Peak to Peak workout are comprised of hill intervals, which fire up your glutes and build strength. The final 10 minutes are speed intervals, helping you to push your pace.

Before you get started, pay attention to your form: Warner recommends that you "run tall," which means keeping your chest and ribcage out and open, and making sure your shoulders are relaxed. Your arms should be kept at a 90-degree angle, with your wrists and elbows in line.

Can You Shrink Your Pores?

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The age-old idea that you can shrink your pores—using anything from a splash of ice-cold water to an egg-white mask—is a fantastic one. Sadly, it’s also a fantasy: “Pore size is genetically determined,” says Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist in New York City, and you can’t make pores physically smaller. So to a certain extent, you have to accept what you were given. But there are things you can do to minimize the appearance of your pores.

Pores: A Primer

Those tiny dots you see on the surface of your skin are actually the openings of hair follicles. Each one contains a sebaceous gland, which produces your skin’s oils. (Pores are more noticeable on parts of the face, like the forehead and the nose, where the sebaceous glands are bigger.) The size of your pores depends primarily on your genes. Typically, says Jaliman, fair-skinned people have pores on the small side; those with olive or darker skin have larger pores. Your skin type, too, can play a role. Naturally dry skin tends to appear poreless, while oily skin often has more-visible pores.

Several other factors can affect pore size. Dead skin cells and trapped sebum—which, put together, form a pimple—can stretch out pores. UV rays weaken the collagen that supports pores and keeps them tight, so they can also make pores look bigger. Similarly, the collagen loss that comes naturally with aging can increase the appearance of pore size. And picking at or squeezing a pimple can cause trauma to the skin, which may permanently widen the pore.

Easy Pore-Minimizing Strategies

The key to making pores appear smaller is to keep them clear. During the day, stick with noncomedogenic moisturizers and makeup; avoid products that contain heavy ingredients, like petrolatum and mineral oil, both of which may irritate pores and make them look bigger. Always wash your face with a gentle cleanser before bed to prevent the day’s dirt and makeup from clogging pores, says Heidi Waldorf, a dermatologist in New York City. (For product suggestions, see below.) Cleanse before and after working out, since sweat can carry cosmetics and debris to pore openings, where they’ll settle in and stretch the skin. When you cleanse, consider doing it with a power brush, such as the Clarisonic MIA Skin Cleansing System ($99, sephora.com). The company’s research shows that its system is more than twice as effective as using your hands to wash your skin.

Exfoliating is also crucial, since it removes pore-enlarging dead cells from the skin’s surface, says Jaliman. Exfoliate daily if your skin is hardy and doesn’t get red, one to three times a week if your skin is sensitive. Choose an over-the-counter gel, mask, or lotion that contains a proven sloughing ingredient, such as alpha hydroxy acids, retinol, or fruit enzymes. If in addition to having large pores, you tend to break out, choose a lotion with salicylic acid instead, says Patricia Farris, a dermatologist in Metairie, Louisiana…

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