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3 Easy Ways to Stay in Shape While You Travel

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Your workouts don’t have to suffer just because you’re traveling for the holidays. These days, there are a ton of options to help you stay fit while traipsing across the globe. Whether you're spending hours on end in your airport terminal (we blame you, delayed flights), bunking up in a tiny hotel room, or soaking up quality time with your family, there are still plenty of ways you can sweat it out when you're on-the-go. Here, we break down three holiday travel scenarios and the best ways to get your daily workout in—no matter where you are in the world.

RELATED: 5 Post-Flight Stretches You Can Do in Your Hotel Room

If you're at the airport

Good news for fitness-loving travelers: Yoga rooms are popping up in airports worldwide—as are walking paths, pools, and gyms. In fact, some of the most-traveled airports (including Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, San Francisco, Dubai International, and Singapore Changi) boast fitness amenities. Visit airportgyms.com to learn more about what's available at airport you'll be in.

If you're in your hotel room

Beyond the hotel gym, you’ll find in-room workout tools and videos, loaner gear for those who’d rather not pack (or forgot!) their own, and exciting group classes. Some fitness-friendly chains: Westin, Omni, Even, Fairmont, Sheraton, Kimpton, Standard, and Hyatt Place. And if you're not staying at one of these hotels, you can still do simple 5-minute workouts for your lower body and upper body right in your room.

If you're at Grandma’s house

The best way to get some peace and quiet and tune out the busybodies (and indulgent foods) floating around your family’s abode: a workout. Grab your smartphone, download a free app (we like Nike+ Training Club, Sworkit, and Freeletics) and get moving!

The Lung Cancer Symptoms You Need to Know, Even If You've Never Smoked

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Ashley Rivas was 26 when she noticed she was getting tired earlier than usual on her runs. Over the next few years, the X-ray technician from Albuquerque, New Mexico, developed a persistent cough and wheezing, which her doctors attributed to exercise-induced asthma. She had other symptoms, too: weight loss, fever, and several bouts of pneumonia. Still, when Rivas finally decided to perform a chest X-ray on herself, cancer was the last thing on her mind. 

The image revealed a mass on her right lung that turned out to be a malignant tumor. Rivas was 32 and had never smoked a cigarette in her life. "I want people to know lung cancer can happen to anyone," she says.

Rivas has joined the American Lung Association's Lung Force campaign, to spread the word that her disease isn't just a smoker's affliction. "It's true that the majority of people with lung cancer have some history of tobacco use," says ALA spokesperson Andrea McKee, MD, the chair of radiation oncology at Lahey Hospital Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. "Having said that, 15% of patients diagnosed with lung cancer have no history of tobacco use—and they may be quite young."

Other known risk factors aside from smoking include a family history of the disease, as well as exposure to certain air pollutants, such as asbestos, arsenic, radon, even diesel fumes, says Dr. McKee. Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide; and each year, it kills more women than breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer combined. 

RELATED: 25 Breast Cancer Myths Busted

If it's diagnosed early, the disease is actually highly curable, Dr. McKee says. Luckily this was the case for Rivas. She had her tumor removed in 2013, and is now thriving. (She ran a half-marathon last year!)

But only about 16% of cases are caught at stage 1. "Usually it’s like a 7- to 8-millimeter nodule sitting in the middle of a lung that doesn’t have any symptoms associated with it," says Dr. McKee. Most patients are diagnosed later, once the tumor has grown large enough that it's "pushing on an airway, resulting in some breathing problems," she explains.

That's what Marlo Palacio experienced just before the holidays in 2013, when she developed a cough unlike any cough she'd ever had before. "I would feel like I was out of breath or gagging," she says. At first, the social worker from Pasadena, California, assumed she'd picked up a bug from her toddler son. But six weeks later, the cough hadn't gone away. Doctors diagnosed Palacio—an otherwise healthy, 39-year-old non-smoker—with stage 4 lung cancer. 

At stage 4, lung symptoms like Palacio had (and others such as pneumonia and coughing up blood) may be accompanied by problems elsewhere in the body, such as back pain, bone pain, headaches, weight loss, and confusion, says Dr…

How to Stop Feeling Guilty About Everything

– www.health.com

Constantly feeling guilty gnaws at your emotional well-being and causes negativity to snowball. “It can make you feel defeated, anxious, or even depressed,” says Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD, professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. And we often beat ourselves up for no good reason, she adds: “Most of the time, we manufacture guilt in our minds simply because of the ridiculous expectations we set for ourselves.” Yank yourself out of the spiral with this three-week plan to being your own best friend. 

Week 1: ID your guilt triggers

“If you can learn to pause and recognize when you feel guilt coming on, you’re halfway toward fixing the problem,” says Whitbourne. So right off the bat, get to the bottom of what makes you feel the most remorse. 

Pay attention: Notice any moments you feel guilty, as well as what prompted the pangs (you missed a deadline, you spent a lot of money). It may help to take some notes, either on paper or in your smartphone. 

Check the frequency: Did you get ticked at yourself each time you bought a $15 lunch this week? Do you lie in bed every night wishing you’d been more patient with your kids? Track how often specific subjects leave you regretful. 

Group the majors and minors: At the end of the week, pinpoint the issues that incited guilt more than once or weighed on you more heavily than others. (You’ll deal with the lesser regrets in week three.) 

RELATED: 5 Reasons You Always Feel Guilty (and How to Stop Being So Hard on Yourself) 

Week 2: Change your perspective

"You don’t want to try to just be ‘over’ a guilt that’s coming up a lot for you," says Whitbourne. "Pull it out, look at it and come up with some alternative interpretations."

Envision a redo: Think (or even talk out loud) about what you wish you were doing differently—maybe you want to have a better attitude at work, or you think you should reel in your spending by creating a budget. “It doesn’t mean you have to go out and make some drastic change right this minute, but you’re talking about it, and that’s productive,” says Susie Moore, a life coach in New York City and the author of What If It Does Work Out?. 

Pick a different emotion: "Guilt and sadness and anxiety are all on a continuum in a way,” says Whitbourne. “And when we’re stressed, it’s easy to be self-critical." Try asking, "Wait, does it really make sense to be feeling guilty at this moment? Or am I letting stress get to me?” 

Realize you’re human: "Perfectionism is often what drives guilt," says Whitbourne. "At some point, you have to just accept your limitations." Moore adds that it can even help to tell yourself, "No mom or wife or employee is doing everything flawlessly."

RELATED: This Is What the Scary Side of Perfectionism Looks Like

Week 3: Shake off the small stuff

"To say you will never feel guilty again about something silly would be ridiculous," says Whitbourne…

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These Women Are Posing in Nothing but Glitter for a Surprisingly Powerful Reason + MORE

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Sarah Michelle Gellar on How She Keeps Herself Motivated Every Day   + MORE

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Best No-Chip Wedding Day Nail Polish: Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel + MORE

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10 Top Trending Workouts of 2019, According to Google + MORE

The best thing about Google—aside from, you know, having the entire world at your fingertips—is that you can find ideas for literally any of kind workout at the stroke of a keyboard. Want to find the perfect at-home ab workout? Google it. Need to know the difference between squats and de.... More »

Julia Roberts Got a Gorgeous New Haircut That Everyone Is Freaking Out About + MORE

Julia Roberts just got a major hair refresh — and we’re loving it. The Academy Award-winning actress, 51, chopped her signature long waves into a textured shoulder-length lob that the internet can’t get enough of. With the help of longtime hairstylist Serge Normant, Rober.... More »

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11 Fitness-Themed Mannequin Challenges That Made Our Jaws Drop + MORE

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The 5 Beauty Products Lindsay Ellingson Never Travels Without

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Model-turned-beauty maven Lindsay Ellingson knows a thing or two about looking great while on the go. The former Victoria's Secret Angel is the co-founder and creative director of Wander Beauty, a cosmetics brand inspired by her years spent jet-setting around the world. Before you hop on a plane this holiday season, check out her five pro tips for keeping your skin hydrated and glowing throughout your trip. 

Simplify your routine

After 12 years of modeling, I've learned how to downsize my beauty bag so that all of my products fit into only one quart-sized ziplock bag. It’s a "must" to avoid lost baggage or extra time at the airport. 

Prep before you leave home

Before I travel, I exfoliate with Dr. Lancer's skin polish ($75; sephora.com) since it's too large to travel with. It leaves my skin looking so fresh! I also drink a cold-pressed juice with ginger and citrus for the immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory benefits.

In-flight beauty maintenance is key

You’ll never find me without my Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray ($19; amazon.com), Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Sheet Mask ($8; birchbox.com), and Weleda Hydrating Facial Lotion ($15; amazon.com). Keeping skin hydrated is the only way to arrive looking fresh.

RELATED: The 5 Best Matte Lipsticks That Won't Try Out Your Lips

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Wander Beauty's Carryon Lip and Cheek Gel ($22; sephora.com) imparts the perfect amount of color to wake up your complexion before landing.

Don’t forget to mask

When I'm traveling, planes and lack of sleep can leave my skin looking dry and dull, so I end up masking way more than usual, and will even do so multiple times a day. When I arrive at my destination, I love to unwind with a cooling one to plump my skin. I’ve been loving Tatcha's Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye masks ($12; sephora.com). The red algae blend helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. 

11 Fitness-Themed Mannequin Challenges That Made Our Jaws Drop

– health.com

Search #MannequinChallenge on social media and you'll land on hundreds of videos of folks posing stock-still in the middle of a staged action scene—like the clip of Michelle Obama and the Cleveland Cavaliers frozen mid-conversation at the White House, and the one of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna "on pause" in the delivery room. While we're impressed that anyone can remain still so stoically (the challenge is technically one long isometric hold, right?), we're seriously in awe of those who have nailed the viral craze in poses that require impressive strength and balance. Below, some of the most gravity-defying, core-blasting, and stability-testing mannequin challenges we've come across (so far).

Team USA gymnastics

These athletes all deserve gold medals for not falling (let alone blinking) while holding these bendy poses.

 

Brass Butterflies pole and aerial studio in Ontario, Canada

Watch as these super-strong ladies take the challenge quite literally to new heights. (There's even a longer version on YouTube.)

 

Brigham Young University gymnastics team

Warning: Don't try this at home.

 

Kevin Hart and crew in the weight room

Now THAT'S a gym face, Kevin Hart!

 

A Physique 57 barre class

Our seats can feel the burn from here.

 

Trinity Valley Community College cheerleading squad

Three cheers for the members of this spirit squad, who must reaaaaaally trust each other.

 

Soul Cycle

The one exception to the "ride to the beat" rule.

 

CrossFit Solace in New York

Nope, we're not impressed. Not at all. Not even a little. Nope.

 

Britney Spears and her back-up dancers

This is the closest we'll ever come to joining Britney's dance troupe on stage (and we'll take it!).

 

Victoria's Secret models

The ladies hit pause while toning up for the VS Fashion Show next month.

10 Quotes That Perfectly Capture Why You Love to Run

– health.com

You know those days when you could use a little extra boost of motivation to lace up your sneakers and head outside? These quotes are for those times. They are the words of runners who’ve managed to articulate that elusive feeling of being deep in the zone, and the power that comes from pushing your limits. Essentially, their quotes sum up why you go running even when it’s rainy, or you’re tired, or you don’t have time—and why you’re always glad that you did.

 

—Katie Mackey, professional mid-distance runner with the Brooks Beasts Track Club

 

—Kathrine Switzer, first woman to enter the Boston Marathon in 1967, and winner of the 1974 New York City marathon

 

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—Gail W. Kislevitz, author of Get Muddy, First Triathlons, and First Marathons

 

—Paula Radcliffe, the women's world record holder in the marathon

 

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—Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer and bestselling novelist

 

—Florence Griffith Joyner, three-time gold medalist at the 1988 Summer Olympics

 

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—John Bingham, author of The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life and No Need For Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running.

 

—Amby Burfoot, writer at large for Runner's World, and winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon

 

RELATED: 6 Mental Tricks to Get You Through the Last Mile of a Run

—Jacqueline Hansen, winner of the 1973 Boston Marathon and former world record holder 

 

—Lauren Fleshman, former top collegiate distance runner and two-time USA Track and Field champion in the 5K

 

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Karlie Kloss Says Running the Marathon Was the Best Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Training + MORE

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This Woman Is Embracing Her Beard After 14 Years of Shaving Her Face Every Day + MORE

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How I Learned to Tell the Difference Between Being Lazy and Being Safe at the Gym   + MORE

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5 BOSU Ball Exercises for Total-Body Strength

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5 BOSU Ball Exercises for Total-Body StrengthBasic bodyweight workouts are all well and good—until boredom sets in. But that doesn’t mean you need to scoop up every piece of gym equipment that’s ever been sold on late-night TV. You can mix up your session with the addition of a single, multi-faceted tool, like the BOSU ball. According to Sara Lewis, celeb trainer and founder of XO Fitness in Los Angeles, “the BOSU ball is so effective because of how it combines an unstable surface with a flat one, which makes it an incredibly versatile option.”

That translates to “hundreds of multi-purpose exercises at your disposal—from arm work, to ab and side body work, to leg moves and everything in between,” says Lewis, who’s trained A-listers such as Ryan Gosling and Sofia Vergara.  We’re not just talking one workout style, either. “You can focus on very specific stability work one day, and then decide to commit full-force to your cardio the next.” Or, you can get the best of both worlds with a double-duty circuit workout, like the one below, designed by Lewis exclusively for Daily Burn—with maximum burn in mind.

RELATED: 6 Killer Cardio Workouts That Don’t Involve Running

5 BOSU Ball Exercises to Try Now

For these BOSU ball exercises, you’ll start with a core activation move before firing up the obliques and stabilizer muscles. Next, you’ll work the inner and outer thigh muscles and end with a burst of cardio, Lewis says. Complete the entire circuit, then switch sides the second time around. Repeat for a total of four rounds, so you’re hitting each side twice. Five moves, one total-body circuit, let’s ball!

1. Up/Downs
How to: Start in high plank with hands on the squishy side of the BOSU ball, fingers facing slightly outward, shoulders over wrists and feet flexed, legs strong (a). Inhale as you drop to your forearms, one arm at a time, palms facing up (b). Exhale as you plant your palms back on the BOSU and into high plank (c). Repeat for 10 reps, keeping spine long and core engaged.

RELATED: 3 Common Plank Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

2. Waist Eliminator
How to: Return to high plank position, hands on the BOSU ball (a). Maintaining a strong core, draw your right knee to right elbow, then return foot to the floor (b). Repeat for 10 reps, then tack on 10 pulses, knee to elbow (avoid putting foot back down between pulses) (d). Step back to plank and drop to knees into child’s pose for a quick 15-second recovery stretch.

RELATED: 7 No-Crunch Exercises for Six-Pack Abs

3. Giant Clam
How to: Starting with the BOSU ball to your left, come to your knees and place your left forearm in the center of the BOSU (a). Rise up into a side plank variation, with your bottom (left) leg straight out to the side and your top (right) leg behind you, bent at 45-degrees for support…

I Tried Rope Wall Yoga and It Wasn’t as Scary as It Sounds

– health.com

Rope wall yoga looks about as intimidating as you'd imagine. I came across it on Instagram, where I kept seeing impressive images of yogis suspended in acrobatic poses. Although they seemed so graceful floating in midair, I was having a hard time picturing myself attempting these gravity-defying feats. I worried I wasn't quite experienced enough as I made my way to Align Yoga in Brooklyn for my first class. But once it got started, I quickly realized there was no need to be nervous.

We started with a gentle warm-up in the cozy, light-filled studio. First our teacher, Cat Murcek, had us lay flat on our backs, feet planted on the floor, to find our neutral spine; then she led us through self-massage work with balls and foam rollers, and some basic poses. By the time we moved to the wall, my body felt loose and limber.

It turns out that the practice of using the wall as support was first popularized by B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the world's most influential yoga gurus, and founder of the discipline known as Iyengar. As Murcek explained, his focus was finding ways to perform poses in the healthiest, safest way possible. 

RELATED: Here's What Happens to Your Body During an Aerial Yoga Class

For our first pose, we faced away from the wall, arms at our sides, grasping the handles of our straps. Then we leaned forward, so our arms stretched behind us. As I lifted my chest and pushed my pelvis forward, I felt the best shoulder and chest stretch of my life. Next came what Murcek called “rope two." Picture a hanging backbend. Once I got over the fact that I wasn't touching the ground, I released my chest and sank into a much deeper backbend than I ever thought possible. 

From there we moved into a "hanging Downward Dog," with a harness supporting the tops of our thighs. Then we walked our feet up the wall and slowly lifted our chests. I was surprised by the strength in my back and hamstrings as I held this position, which literally made me feel like I was flying.

RELATED: 5 Yoga Poses You Can Do at Your Desk

For me, the most challenging (and also fun!) part of the class was a pose Murcek called "hang like a bat." It entailed hanging completely upside down, our heads inches from the ground, and the soles of our feet touching so our legs formed a diamond shape. (For a visual, see the photo at the top of the page.) “This is one of my favorite poses in the world,” Murcek says. “It’s one of the best ways to traction your back because you’re literally just hanging straight up and down.”

After Savasana (which was back on solid ground) I stayed to chat with Murcek, and confessed my initial concern that i wasn't strong or flexible enough for her class. She told me that's exactly the kind of fear she wants to put to rest…

5 Butt Exercises That Will Reinvent Your Rear

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When it comes to the structure of your backside, genetics plays a huge role. Now, that doesn't mean you can't score a higher, firmer derrière, but it does mean you have to be realistic. The right exercises won't give you your favorite celeb's booty, but they can help you improve the one you have. The key is moving beyond squats—which heavily target your quads and hamstrings—and instead attacking the muscles that are hiding deep down under the glutes. This series does just that; it also hits the butt from every angle while working to extend your muscles through their full range of motion. Building a better bottom line starts right here.

Do 30 reps of each move in the series on one side, then repeat sequence on the other. And don't forget your 30 to 60 minutes of cardio six times a week.

RELATED: The Full-Body Workout That Keeps J.Lo in Amazing Shape

1. Arabesque Lift to Knee Balance

Start on all fours; rotate torso to the right, shifting weight onto right knee and hand. Extend left arm up and left leg straight back (A). Lift right foot, balancing on right knee, and pause (B). Lower right foot back to "A," then repeat.

RELATED: 5 Exercises to Work Off Your Waist

2. Foot Grab and Side Kick

Kneel, then lower right hand to the floor and lift left leg. Bend left leg back and grab left foot with left hand (A). Pull foot back to engage glutes, then release foot, kicking it forward (B). Return to "A" and repeat.

RELATED: The Best Exercises to Tone Your Butt and Back

3. Attitude Plank with Alternating Leg

Start on all fours with right knee pulled slightly forward (A). Extend right leg back and up (B), then return to "A." Push back onto right toes, then extend left leg back and up, bending left knee so left foot faces right (C). Return to "A" and repeat.

RELATED: Tracy Anderson's Moves for Killer Legs

4. Plank Hold with Attitude Lift

Start in a high plank with left ankle crossed over right. Rotate right shoulder outward so right hand faces sideways and right elbow is tucked under right hip (A). Lift left leg with knee bent and sole of foot facing up (B). Lower left leg back to "A," then repeat.

RELATED: Tracy Anderson's Full-Body Fat Blast Workout

5. Standing Plié Knee Tuck to Attitude Lift

Stand with right leg slightly in front of left. Bend knees, reaching left palm to the floor and placing right hand around right ankle. Lift left foot off the floor (A). Straighten right leg, coming onto left fingertips as you extend left leg up, bending left knee so left foot faces right (B). Return to "A" and repeat.

 

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This Video Shows What Happens to Your Body During a Marathon

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This weekend, 50,000 runners will toe the line at the New York City Marathon (the world's largest 26.2!)—and we’re guessing that, throughout their training, many of them could relate to the narrator in the quick flick below: “I’m 15 miles into this run,” he says, groaning. “I have another seven to go. I’m losing steam, my legs are cramping, I can barely breathe. I don’t know if I can make it another mile!”

While we hope the marathoners feel better than that on Sunday morning, we’ll admit it: We’ve been there.

The video, from the American Chemical Society, goes on to explain the science behind why we “bonk,” “hit the wall,” or, if we’re lucky, catch the drug-like runner’s high. (Hint: It’s got a lot to do with proper training.)

If you’ve ever wondered why it’s important to carbo-load, what that burning feeling in your legs really means, why you sweat so much, and whether you can drink too much water, the answers are here.

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Whether you’re racing this weekend or not, give it a watch. Then get out there and go chase that dopamine rush—through NYC’s five boroughs or wherever you love to pound the pavement. Good luck, marathoners!

 

Why an $80 Artificial Knee Outruns a $1,000 Version

– www.health.com

Contrary to what many people may believe, it’s not war or landmines that are the primary causes of amputations in impoverished countries.

In places like Kenya or India, amputations are often the result of more commonplace and unfortunate incidents, like automobile accidents or train mishaps involving businesspeople on their commutes to work.

Each year, tens of thousands of people in low-income nations suffer amputations, explained Dr. Krista Donaldson, CEO of medical device non-profit D-Rev, at Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference in San Diego Wednesday.

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Modern prosthetic limbs are often expensive, she said, with some devices costing upward of $1,000, making it hard for struggling medical clinics to afford them. And even when those devices are donated to clinics operating in impoverished nations, frequently those devices go unused, and the clinics are unable to perform the maintenance required to keep them functional.

“Most medical devices are designed for places like here, not low-income clinics,” Donaldson said in reference to clinics in wealthy nations that can more easily afford and maintain the prosthetics. D-Rev created more affordable prosthetic limbs to help amputees worldwide who don’t have access to the medical devices.

For instance, Donaldson showed off a recently developed artificial knee that costs $80 and contains the organization’s custom technology such as an embedded spring that helps amputees move the artificial leg forward as they walk.

The artificial knee was also designed to accommodate uneven terrain and rocky roads, unlike other devices built with smoother, paved surfaces in mind.

Currently, the knee is being used in 17 countries, but she hopes to bring it many more nations over the next three-to-five years.

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 You Can Style Your Brows with a Bar of Soap, Apparently

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Once, when I was in high school, I got to do the makeup for a car-accident demonstration thing that was surprisingly gory and fun. I watched some grainy how-to videos of special-effects makeup, and I was hooked.

Although I don't play around with makeup in that same way (zero fake blood in my everyday makeup routine, sigh) I still love watching special-FX makeup artists on YouTube transform themselves or others.

Any of these videos that need to move or drastically change the brows usually did so with some sort of brow cover-up that included a glue stick or spirit gum or wax, all of which sounded like really fun ways to lose half your eyebrow hairs when trying to take it all off. But I came across a few that used soap to replace glue, which would make clean-up a million times easier because your cleanser is right there on your face, waiting for you. But that trick didn't have any real-life application for me.

Then I saw one of my favorite makeup artists on YouTube use soap to style her brows for a normal makeup look. 

MIND. BLOWN.

So, obviously, I had to try it.

First, I tried it the special-FX makeup way. All you have to do is take a humble bar of soap, dampen it a bit so it's not dripping but wet enough to move, and apply it lightly to the brows.

Since the goal isn't to erase my brows completely, this really didn't work because it applied way too much soap and just gave a crazy white cast to my brows and felt really heavy and gross.

Don't do that.

Instead, take the eyebrow brush of your choice, wet it, and scrub it all up in that soap.

With enough suds on the brush, you can easily brush it through your brow hairs. I typically don't style my brows upwards like this, but it was really hard for you to see the effect any other way.

When you inevitably have soap all over your brows, lightly press with a tissue to remove the excess bubbles while keeping the soap stuck in your brow hairs.

From there, you can let your brows dry and apply any brow powder/pomade/pencil of your choosing, I would just stay away from brow-gel-type products so it doesn't get all gummed up with the soap.

So did this work? Yeah, totally. It took maybe a minute or two per brow, and my brows stayed up and perky for a good six hours or so. Honestly though, my usual brow routine of powder and maybe hairspray on a spoolie lasts longer than this.

It all comes down to the soap you choose. The Dove bar I've been using has a lot of moisturizing agents included to make your skin much happier. A better choice would be a harder, less moisturizing soap. The fats and oils that give real soap that almost waxy feeling would give significantly better results in holding your brow hairs in place.

Now my question is, can this same technique be used for taming baby hairs and flyaways? We shall see.

 

This article originally appeared on xoVain.com.

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