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The Best Natural Beauty Products You Can Buy at Target + MORE

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The Best Natural Beauty Products You Can Buy at Target

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The Best Natural Beauty Products You Can Buy at TargetTarget has long been your one-stop shop for all things from Q-tips to cute swimsuits to clearance DVDs you didn’t even know you wanted. But by 2020, they hope that they’ll also be your go-to destination for green, natural and transparent beauty products.

Yes, you can still purchase your favorite Covergirl lipstick or Herbal Essences shampoo in Target stores and on their website. But moving forward, those brands — and hundreds of other brands that the store carries — will be asked to present an ingredient list, disclosing what ingredients are included in their products.

In a statement, the company says that their goal is “to achieve transparency to all ingredients, including generics such as fragrance, in beauty, baby care, personal care and household cleaning products by 2020.” In turn, they’ll be increasing consumer awareness of ingredients such as phtalates, parabens and formaldehyde, while also bringing awareness to the brands and products who have gotten rid of those chemicals. And on top of that, they’ll also require textile suppliers to remove perfluorinated chemicals and flame retardants from fabric by 2022.

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Overall, the goal is to make shopping greener easier for the store’s customers. Dawn Block, Target beauty’s senior vice president says, “Making informed choices should be simple for guests. This framework is designed to take the complications out of finding better-for-you product options.”

And you can already shop easier on their website. Thanks to “naturals” section as well as a useful dropdown menu of ingredients you want to remove, you can simply narrow down your search for those healthier items. Here, five of the natural products we’re adding to our shopping carts.

Clockwise from left: Bare Republic SPF50 Clear Screen Sport Spray $12.99; target.com; Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Wipes, $2.99; target.com; S.W. Basics Rose Water, $11.99; target.com;  W3ll People Expressionist Pro Mascara, $21.99; target.com; Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Scrub, $11.49; target.com

Read more about the brand’s initiative here, and tell us: what do you think of their new movement?

Emma Stone's Trainer Swears By These 3 Full-Body Exercises 

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In La La Land, Emma Stone goes on a sing-and-dance journey through Los Angeles—and boy does all that tap dancing look tiring. We wondered what Stone did to build the strength and stamina needed for long days of dancing and singing on set, so we reached out to her personal trainer, Jason Walsh. Here, he shares the three exercises he uses in training with all of his celebrity clients, who in addition to Stone include Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, and John Krasinski. 

Deadlifts

"Deadlifting is essential to all of my training programs, weather its men or women, because it strengthens all the major muscle groups while reinforcing primitive movement patterns and alignments," Walsh says. "Essentially, its the most effective move there is."

To do a deadlift, stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Keeping your weight in your heels, push your hips back and lower your torso as you slide a weighted bar or dumbbells down the front of your thighs to just below your knees. Slowly rise to standing while keeping your shoulders back.

If you don't have a bar or weights, you can do a single-leg deadlift to improve balance and strengthen your legs. Watch the video for a tutorial:

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Sled pushes

Walsh also swears by sled pushes. "They're another great tool that utilizes all major muscle groups but in a unilateral form, with a single leg working at a time," he says. Walsh says this move is great for conditioning and burning fat.

To do it, stand in front of a weighted sled. Stagger your feet, hinge forward at your hips slightly, place your hands on the front of the sled, and push. Walk as far as you can. 

Hip thrusts

Get the most out of a booty-burning workout with hip thrusts (also known as hip bridges), which strengthen hip movement and activate the glutes. "This might be the single best exercise for the glutes, which are the biggest, and in my opinion, the most important muscle group in the body," Walsh says. To do a hip thrust or glute bridge, lay on your back, knees bent, with your feet parallel to each other, palms face down. Raise your hips towards the ceiling and the slowly lower. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Why You Really Need to Join the Gym

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

Everyone knows that joining a gym is a quote-unquote good idea. Now, a new study looks at exactly how much of a benefit fitness club­-goers have over the rest of us when it comes to getting regular exercise—and its results may convince you to restart that stalled membership.

To put some research behind this commonly held belief, Iowa State University scientists recruited 405 relatively healthy adults, half of whom had belonged to a gym for at least 30 days, and half who had not been members for at least least three months. All participants had their resting blood pressure, heart rate, and body mass index measured, and completed questionnaires about their time spent exercising, sitting, and doing various lifestyle activities each week.

The researchers then analyzed those responses to determine which participants met the national recommended guidelines for physical activity: 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week, including at least two days of weight lifting or other muscle-strengthening activities.

The difference between groups was “pretty dramatic and surprising,” says corresponding author Duck-chul Lee, an assistant professor of kinesiology. While non-members only exercised an average of 137 minutes a week, those who belonged to a gym logged an average of 484 minutes a week. Only 18% of non-members met the guidelines for both physical activity and strength training, compared to 75% of members.

Overall, the researchers calculated, a gym membership was related to 14 times higher odds of meeting weekly physical activity guidelines. The results were similar in both men and women, and were adjusted for health issues like high cholesterol, arthritis, and asthma.

Not only did gym members exercise more; they also had better cardiovascular measures and were less likely to be obese. Gym-goers—especially those who had kept a membership for a year or more—tended to have lower resting heart rates, higher cardiorespiratory fitness, and smaller waist circumferences than their non-member peers.

Before their analysis, Lee and his co-authors suspected that gym members may be more sedentary in their time outside the gym than non-members. “We thought maybe they’d be more tired, or be satisfied they’d done enough for the day,” he says.

But they didn’t find that to be the case, either. “Physical activity outside of the gym was the same for both groups,” he says, “For non-members, joining a gym really may increase overall activity levels.”

Because of the study’s cross-sectional design, Lee says, it’s also possible that people who are more active are simply more likely to join a gym. And while the study took place in a city with lots of health-club options, he notes, people living in more rural areas may find it more difficult to attend a gym regularly.

And, of course, you do have to show up…

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I Tried a Lash Lift—and It Gave Me The Lashes of My Dreams + MORE

Is lash envy a thing? Because I definitely have it. The same way some people might lust over another woman's hair or plump lips, I can't help but stare at a full, fluttery pair of lashes. I wasn't born with Disney princess eyelashes—you know what I'm talking about,.... More »

7 Self-Care Tips That Will Make You Happier This Summer + MORE

Practicing self care is something you should be doing 365 days a year. But we get it—sometimes work, relationships, and everyday hassles take up all your free time. Now that summer is approaching, however, incorporating self-care into your routine has become a little bit easie.... More »

Ashley Graham Just Explained All the Reasons Why She Exercises (None of Them Have to Do with Weight Loss) + MORE

[brightcove:5597028796001 default] If you follow Ashley Graham on social media, you're no stranger to the supermodel's fit-stagrams. Graham constantly posts inspiring videos of her workouts at go-to gym The Dogpound, where she does everything from boxing to strength training. But so.... More »

I Tried the Maelys Booty Mask That Khloe Kardashian Swears By for a Toned Butt + MORE

I'm no stranger to a booty mask or any product that promises to tone and tighten. Scrubs and creams that claim to smooth, tone, and leave your cheeks with a healthy glow? I've tried them. Brushes and massagers that exfoliate and blast cellulite? Been there. If it’s.... More »

Carrie Underwood Has Learned to 'Cut Myself Slack' When It Comes to Working Out: 'I Fit It in When I Can' + MORE

[brightcove:5315457854001 default] This article originally appeared on People.com.  Before having her son 2-year-old son Isaiah, Carrie Underwood would work out six or seven days a week, but she doesn’t put pressure on herself to maintain such an intense workout schedule anymore. .... More »

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How to Get Glowing Skin and Glossy Hair This Winter, According to Beauty Pros + MORE

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How to Get Glowing Skin and Glossy Hair This Winter, According to Beauty Pros

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Looking to up your beauty game this winter? Although cold, dry temps can take a serious toll on your skin and hair, a few smart beauty strategies can make a big difference. Here, experts share their best tips for achieving shiny hair, dewy skin, and super-flattering eye makeup.

To score shiny, healthy hair

Your strands put up with a lot—everything from cold weather to hot tools leaves them limp—but changing your cleansing routine can make all the difference. Use a clarifying shampoo at least once a month to "remove the built-up dirt and product that weigh hair down and cause it to lie flat," says Nunzio Saviano, owner of an eponymous salon in New York City. Amplify shine with an at-home conditioning treatment. "Once a week, coat hair from midshaft to ends; rinse after 15 minutes for bouncier, frizz-free hair," says Saviano. While you're at it, give your scalp a massage. "Using the pads of your fingers, apply light or firm pressure for a few minutes," instructs Younghee Kim, owner of Younghee Salon in New York City. In addition to feeling really good, this ritual can boost fullness, according to a recent study from Japan published in the journal ePlasty, which found that daily scalp massage increased hair thickness.

RELATED: How to French Braid Your Own Hair in 6 Easy Steps

To look fresh-faced

Get a luminous yet polished complexion with fewer products. Before foundation, use a hot compress. "I do this with almost every celebrity client," shares José Rivera, Benefit Cosmetics' makeup master. Microwave a damp hand towel for 15 to 20 seconds, then (first making sure it's not too hot) press it against your face until the towel cools. The result? Softer skin with a healthy flush. Next, fake a sun-kissed glow. "Mix a few drops of liquid bronzer into your moisturizer and apply all over," says Rivera. Finally, add blush using the "pinwheel" method, he instructs: Dab the most concentrated amount of pigment on top of your cheekbones, then swirl downward in widening circles to cover the entire cheek, leaving the color more diffused below. This gives your face a sculpted, almost lifted appearance—plus a flattering pop of color.

RELATED: The Best Hydrating Makeup for Dry Winter Skin

To open up your eyes

Want to look wide awake? Tend to your brows, which are "like picture frames for your eyes," says Rivera. To get this season's fuller arches, backcomb with a fiber gel formula; brush the hairs toward the bridge of your nose several times before brushing them back in the other direction. To further enhance your eyes, try contouring. You'll need a light, shimmery neutral and a darker, matte neutral. Use the lighter formula as a base to brighten eyes, then work the darker one into the crease to add dimension and make eyes appear deeper-set, says Rivera. Finish by "topcoating" with mascara: Instead of applying it on the underside of lashes as usual, saturate the top, spinning the wand as you move from roots to tips…

Ciara Is Bringing Back Your Favorite Haircut from the Mid-2000s

– health.com

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com.

What were you wearing in 2007? Maybe a denim mini skirt paired with layered Abercrombie polos. Hair wise, there’s a chance you were rocking a seriously fine set of side-swept bangs. It was the hairstyle to have, along with some long face-framing layers that started at the chin, or maybe a choppy lob. And while we all thought the bangs style was done and retired, Ciara shows up and makes them appropriate for 2017.

RELATED: Nina Dobrev Chopped off Her Hair Because New Year, New 'Do

While Ciara has been wearing her hair long and layered in the recent past, she was spotted about five weeks ago with a similar length and bangs parted in the center, which made it look like a completely different type of cut.

Basically, never underestimate the power of a hair part.

How to Cure Chapped Lips

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

The Internet is rife with conspiracy theories about lip balm. Some claim it’s addictive, while others argue popular products are loaded with ingredients that actually promote chapped lips—therefore ensuring you buy more balm.

Experts say many of those rumors—many, but not all—are either exaggerated or silly. But to understand lip balm’s pros and cons, it helps to recognize your lips’ unique characteristics.

As far as skin goes, your lips are oddballs. Unlike your arms, legs and torso, your lips are covered in “transitional skin” that lacks a stratum corneum: a tough outer layer, explains Dr. Zoe Draelos, a North Carolina-based dermatologist and researcher. “This is why your lips look red compared to the rest of your face,” she says.

Draelos says lip skin is similar to the inner lining of your mouth and nose. But unlike those places, your lips don’t hang out in a warm, moist, protected environment. So when the weather turns cold and dry, your lips has a hard time coping.

Making matters worse, your saliva contains enzymes designed to break down fats and proteins—basically, the stuff your lips are made of, says Dr. Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. So if you lick dry lips to moisten them, that coating of saliva can exacerbate the weather-related damage. Likewise, licking your lips before applying balm can lock in saliva, leading to skin breakdown, he says.

Another reason balm gets a bad rap is that most people misunderstand how these products work. While some have mild moisturizing properties, lip balms aren’t meant to absorb into your skin like a body lotion. Rather, they’re designed to sit on top of your lips, forming an impermanent shield that prevents dry air from drawing out moisture, Draelos explains. Once eating or talking or lip-smacking rubs away your balm, your lips are going to dry out again quickly unless the humidity in your environment has changed, she says.

Could you argue this makes lip balms addictive? “Not in the sense that the more you use, the more you have to use,” Draelos says. While the comfort lip balm provides might encourage you to keep using it, that’s kind of like saying the warmth a winter jacket provides is addictive because you want to keep wearing it whenever you go outside. (At the same time, some experts still insist that constantly applying some types of lip balms can make skin “lazy” and less likely to be able to stay in balance without interference.)

That said, not all balms are benign. “Some contain menthol, which can be soothing and cooling, but can also be irritating,” Draelos says. “I wouldn’t recommend using these products continuously.”

Other lip products contain “exfoliants” or ingredients that can inflame your lips, says Lauren Ploch, MD, a Georgia-based dermatologist…

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1-Year-Old Boy Has the Sweetest Reaction to Meeting a Woman Missing the Same Limb as Him + MORE

A young boy born with a congenital condition had an adorable reaction when he was introduced to a woman who shares the same limb difference as him. On the same day that Colleen Tidd found out that her son, Joseph, would be born without a fully formed left arm, she stumbled upon the Florida ch.... More »

5 of the Filthiest Places to Avoid on Airplanes + MORE

[brightcove:5549388596001 default] This article originally appeared on Time.com. When it comes to flying, nothing about a close proximity to strangers and bathrooms for hours on end feels particularly clean. And while you may not be able to make the flight shorter or the seats bigger, you can make.... More »

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

[brightcove:5315457854001 default] This article originally appeared on Time.com.  Exercise is just as good for the brain as it is for the body, a growing body of research is showing. And one kind in particular—aerobic exercise—appears to be king. “Back in the day, the major.... 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 »

This Cleanser Might Be the Only Beauty Product I’ll Ever Repurchase + MORE

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.  I’ve only recently been sucked into caring about skin care. In high school, I never took my eye makeup off or washed my face before bed and rarely even moisturized. It always felt like a chore. Yet now as a twenty-something, I’ve.... More »

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This is How Fast The Average Woman Runs A Mile + MORE

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Goop's New Beauty Book Answers All Your Questions About Hydrating Dry Skin

– health.com

If you have dry, sensitive skin, you may be wondering if you're using the right moisturizer, or if you should switch to an oil, or a balm—or maybe a serum? And what's the best way to exfoliate without causing more irritation? The editors of Goop have you covered with their new Goop Clean Beauty ($30, amazon.com), a thorough guide to looking naturally gorgeous (and the first book from Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand). "Whether you suffer seasonally or constantly, and whether the problem is severe or mild, arriving at the ultimate regimen that keeps your skin supple, dewy, and comfortable is an achievable goal for most people," the editors write. But because the causes of dryness and irritation can be so varied, finding the right products for your skin takes some tinkering. In the excerpt below, they outline the essentials elements of a healthy hydration routine, which can be tailored to your own preferences and sensitivities:

CLEANSE

How you cleanse your skin—both face and body—is an essential factor to look at if you are struggling with dry or sensitive skin. Pretty much anything that foams or lathers is your enemy. Lather = detergent, in most cases. Conventional “moisturizing” body washes, for example, combine moisturizing ingredients with detergents (not to mention perfumes, which can further irritate and dehydrate)—which can spell serious trouble for dry skin. Consider oil, cream, or balm cleansers (natural, clean ones are much more likely to include only moisturizing ingredients as opposed to fillers and texturizers), and consider cleansing less. Your skin isn’t dirty when you wake up in the morning—so don’t bother disrupting it with cleansing. If you must cleanse in the morning, finish immediately with an oil or moisturizer. In the shower, cleansing oils or creams are ideal, and a super-gentle (the gentle is important), very oily scrub can lightly exfoliate and moisturize all at once.

RELATED: 29 Expert Beauty Tips Every Woman Should Know

MOISTURIZE

How thick a cream or lotion is often indicates how moisturizing it is. But what you see isn’t always what you get. Conventional moisturizers can appear thick, but much of that richness might be added fillers and texturizers. Silicones are particularly deceptive, they add nothing to the actual hydrating power of a moisturizer, but are used to make products feel more moisturizing, blend-able, and comforting. Another extremely common texture-enhancer, propylene glycol (a.k.a. antifreeze), makes products feel softer and gentler, but does nothing to actually nourish or help skin. Conversely, there are ultra-hydrating serums that feel like practically nothing on the skin. Still, in general and especially when you’re working with clean, nontoxic products, thicker is a fairly reliable indication of more moisturizing power.

Applying moisturizers—or any products, really—when your skin is wet is a good idea for two reasons, the obvious being that it seals in the water that’s on your skin…

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company Has Recalled Its Organic Baby Powder

– health.com

Jessica Alba's The Honest Company, a line of non-toxic home and personal care products, is voluntarily recalling all bottles of its organic baby powder because of concerns it could cause infections.

"The Honest Company's products are regularly tested to ensure their safety and quality," co-founder Christopher Gavigan explained in a video posted on the brand's site. "During recent testing of our organic baby powder, possible contamination with microorganisms was found, including some species associated with skin or eye infections."

After consulting with the FDA, the company decided on a recall of the product “out of an abundance of caution,” Gavigan said.

The organic baby powder is sold in the United States in 4 oz. bottles with the UPC #817810014529. These products have been in stores since April 14. Customers can return their bottles for a full refund if they wish.

"On behalf of my co-founders and everyone here at Honest, I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience," Gavigan added. "This decision, like all of our decisions, was guided by our ongoing commitment to the health, well-being and satisfaction of our customers." No other Honest Company products are affected by the recall.

If you have questions or concerns, you can reach The Honest Company at 1-888-688-8653 from Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, or email support@thehonestcompany.com.

This is How Fast The Average Woman Runs A Mile

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Whether you're a running newbie or an avid pavement pounder, you've likely considered your running pace an important mark of improvement. And if you've ever wondered how your mile time compares to other runners' times, there's now a solid statistic you can cite.

Workout tracking app Strava has released its list of end of year insights, which includes average run statistics like distance, elevation, moving time, most popular day, and pace, using data from the 86.7 million runs logged globally on the app in 2016. The average pace for a woman came in at 9 minutes and 55 second per mile. Other averages included a moving time of 49 minutes and a distance of 4.6 miles. 

If you want to get faster and improve your average pace in 2017, there are plenty of ways to reach your goal. First, you could try this speed workout: Spend 15 minutes warming up by walking for 5 minutes and lightly jogging for about 10 minutes. Run for 2 minutes at a pace just short of a sprint, and then jog for 2 minutes. Repeat the sequence four times, and then cool down for about 15 minutes. You'll also improve your pace by doing these strength exercises for runners. 

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If you're looking to get your run on the fun way, follow along with our Mile High Run Club interval running video. It makes training indoors much more enjoyable.

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Jada Pinkett Smith's Trainer Demonstrates Her Gravity-Defying, At-Home Workout: 'You Don't Need a Gym' + MORE

Jada Pinkett Smith is showing fans that you don’t need a fancy gym membership to get in a decent workout. On Tuesday, the 47-year-old Girls Trip star shared a video of the intense full-body exercise routine, created and demonstrated by her trainer Jeanette Jenkins&nb.... More »

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

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Stop Searching: We've Found the Only Foundation You'll Ever Need + MORE

This article originally appeared in SouthernLiving.com. Finding the perfect foundation is no easy feat. If you're anything like me, you have a laundry list of requirements including full coverage and no caking. Until a few weeks ago, I didn't think a product like this existed. And to my k.... More »

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

Ever find yourself having a good cry in the shower—partly because it's the only place you feel free enough to let go your feelings? Brittany Latham knows what that's like. This 30-year-old photographer from Mobile, Alabama, decided to share an image of a woman crying in the s.... More »

This Cleanser Might Be the Only Beauty Product I’ll Ever Repurchase + MORE

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.  I’ve only recently been sucked into caring about skin care. In high school, I never took my eye makeup off or washed my face before bed and rarely even moisturized. It always felt like a chore. Yet now as a twenty-something, I’ve.... More »

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This is How Fast The Average Woman Runs A Milehealth.com

Lawsuit Claims St. Ives Apricot Scrub Damages Skin + MORE

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Yoga Is Officially Sweeping the Workplace

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

The American workforce is becoming more mindful. In a new study of more than 85,000 adults, yoga practice among U.S. workers nearly doubled from 2002 to 2012, from 6 percent to 11 percent. Meditation rates also increased, from 8 percent to 9.9 percent.

That’s good news, say the study authors, since activities like yoga and meditation have been shown to improve employee well-being and productivity.

“Our finding of high and increasing rates of exposure to mindfulness practices among U.S. workers is encouraging,” they wrote in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) journal Preventing Chronic Disease. “Approximately 1 in 7 workers report engagement in some form of mindfulness-based activity, and these individuals can bring awareness of the benefit of such practices into the workplace.”

The study, which surveyed adults on whether they’d participated in specific activities in the last year, revealed that people with jobs were more likely to practice mindfulness techniques than those who were unemployed. (However, the participants were not asked where and when they practiced these activities, so it’s unknown how many people were actually doing them at work, versus on their own time.)

The authors point out that incorporating mindfulness practices into the workplace experience—through employee wellness and stress-reduction programs, yoga and meditation classes and web-based offerings—can be a way for companies to encourage their workers to take part.

The study also identified room for improvement in certain sectors. Blue-collar and service workers were less likely to practice mindfulness techniques than white-collar workers, and farm workers even less. Household income and education levels partially accounted for these disparities, but not entirely.

The authors say that employers in these occupations could benefit by identifying workers who do practice mindfulness techniques, and involve them in planning and promoting these activities for other employees.

Institutional obstacles, such as lack of funding, lack of time or personal beliefs, “should be addressed to make these practices available to all workers,” they wrote. Men and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups within these occupations are the least likely to do them.

In previous research, these types of workplace interventions have been associated with a host of benefits for employees. Mindfulness training has been shown to reduce burnout and mood disturbances in health care providers, and to improve sleep quality among teachers. (The study authors were unable to find any mindfulness studies that had specifically focused on blue-collar or farm workers.)

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The new study also looked at the prevalence of two other mindfulness practices—tai chi and qigong—but did not find a substantial change in these rates over time…

Watch This Nike Run Club Coach Do Perfect Chin-Ups at 41 Weeks Pregnant

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Nike Run Club coach Sara Wiss proves that pregnant women can be serious badasses. In this video on her Instagram page, the Swedish personal trainer displays some jaw-dropping strength: Not only does she crank out five chin-ups with impeccable form (a feat impressive enough on its own!), she does so at 41 weeks.

“Keep calm! I’m still pregnant…#week41 #weightedpullups” Wiss said in the caption. Unsurprisingly, her followers went wild, congratulating the mom-to-be: “Dang mama!!! Get it! So inspiring,” wrote one user. “Many can’t do a pull up and with the extra weight (thumbs up),” said another.

RELATED: 11 Best Exercises to Get Strong, Toned Arms

Wiss got you inspired too? 

If you can't make it through a single chin-up (yet!), there are a handful of exercises you can add to your routine to start building the strength required. The trick, says Tony Gentilcore, a Boston-based certified strength and conditioning specialist, is training on the floor first (think push-ups and stability ball roll-outs) before moving to the bar. "So many of my clients assume they will never be able to do [a chin-up], let alone multiple repetitions, but they can—it just takes work," he told Health in a prior interview. To get started, check out his top five exercises to get you closer to a chin-up. (Of course, if you're currently pregnant, be sure to run any new fitness plan by your doc.)

As for Wiss, the motivating mama gave birth on January 3, just two days after she posted her now-viral video. 

Lawsuit Claims St. Ives Apricot Scrub Damages Skin

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If you are a devotee of St. Ives Apricot Scrub, you may be wondering if you should switch to another face wash now that it's the subject of a class action lawsuit.

Many people love the old-school scrub (it's been around for nearly three decades) for its ability to slough off dead skin cells, and create a deep-clean feel. But two plaintiffs are suing the product's parent company, Unilever United States Inc., claiming that the scrub's exfoliating ingredients, including crushed walnut shells, are too abrasive and can actually damage skin, Top Class Actions reports.

That seems hard to believe considering the scrub's loyal following. But it's possible that some people may experience irritation, says Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City.

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“The problem with walnut scrubs is that the scrubbing beads have rough edges, which can cause micro-tears in the skin, lead to damage, and inflame comedones,” she explained in an email to Health. (Comedones are the technical term for blackheads.) But a walnut scrub is more likely to cause trouble for people who tend to get blackheads, or have inflamed or sensitive skin. Some people may not experience any adverse effects at all.

The current lawsuit also asserts that the St. Ives scrub isn't really non-comedogenic, as it claims to be. But Dr. Jaliman said that claim doesn't make any sense: “This scrub doesn’t have comedogenic ingredients, meaning it’s specially formulated so it doesn’t clog pores and is best for people who are acne-prone.”

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The bottom line: “If you’ve been using the product and haven’t had a problem with it, then there’s no need to stop using it,” Dr. Jaliman said. But you may want to cut back if you wash with it every day: "These types of scrubs should be used once or twice a week in moderation, which is about how long it takes your skin to turn over."

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7 Ways to Stop Being So Clumsy + MORE

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7 Ways to Stop Being So Clumsy

– www.health.com

You knock over a glass of wine. You tumble trying to put on leggings. You trip up the stairs. Sound familiar? You probably have a clumsy streak. (Jennifer Lawrence, we’re looking at you.) But the good news is you don’t have to resign yourself to a life full of of bruises and stains.

Clumsiness is related to a few different factors, including your reaction time, processing speed, and level of concentration, explains Charles “Buz” Swanik, PhD, director of biomechanics and movement science at the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences. When life gets in the way of those functions—think too little sleep and too much stress, for starters—it can throw you off balance, literally. 

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to make yourself less prone to mishaps: “We have enough evidence within psychology, neuroscience, and biomechanics research to know that people can definitely make changes and prevent accidents before they happen,” Swanik says. Below, he suggests seven ways control your inner klutz.

Know when to take a breather

A little bit of stress can be a good thing, Swanik says. “It does help you concentrate, and focus, and increase your situational awareness.” But excessive amounts of stress can slow down your processing, and even affect your peripheral vision. “You don’t know where to look, or what to attend to that may be unsafe,” he says. “You may over-focus on whatever is stressing you out and avoid seeing potential danger.”

The catch-22? Your favorite way to clear your mind may actually set you up for an accident, Swanik says. If you de-stress by going for a run, for example, consider doing a few minutes of meditation or deep breathing first—so by the time you hit the pavement you're more alert, and don't risk getting hurt.

"It's funny, because the tradition is to get athletes all psyched up before a big game, but that's actually probably the last thing we should be doing," Swanik says. "We should be trying to keep them calm and anxiety-free. They probably would think much better and be smarter on their feet."

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Train your brain

Swanik's research has suggested that people with not-so-great memories, and slower reaction times and processing speeds tend to have more coordination problems than folks with more efficient cognitive functioning. Fortunately, there are apps for that: Swanik recommends doing a Google or app search for "brain games." You'll find many options designed to improve memory and reaction time, he says. "[These apps] can help people foster some change."

Build up your core

Several studies on collegiate athletes have found that having less core control may increase the risk of lower extremity strains and sprains, says Swanik. And research on older adults suggests core strength can help prevent injuries: “When you put senior citizens on a core strengthening program, they usually have fewer falls," he says…

10 Makeup Tricks I Learned at Mario Dedivanovic's Master Class

– health.com

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com.

Watch and learn. That sounds like a drastically uncomplicated, unimaginative way to describe sitting nearly front row at a sneak peek of Mario Dedivanovic’s Master Class, but not even one minute into his demonstration, I had already picked up a game-changing trick to add to my own makeup routine. So, you know, the idiom rings true. 

Mind you, when I received the invite for this event, I started freaking out for more that just knowing I’d leave with a better understanding of blending eyeshadow. Dedivanovic is like the makeup artist to the stars, and is also the man who made "contouring like a Kardashian" a thing. In fact, he’s Kim K.W.’s go-to man for all her beauty needs, regularly making appearances on her app in videos, how-tos, and more. Apart from being the King of the Kardashian glam squad, this year Dedivanovic launched a palette (it’s sold-out, so good luck finding it) with Anastasia Beverly Hills, and continued to reign the beauty sphere with his elusive Master Classes. Tickets to his event in Dubai cost almost $1,700. 

So to get back to the point, you better bet I secured myself a good seat, recorded the entire thing, took extensive notes, and considered canceling my later plans so I could go home and try out everything he did on stage. Here’s a few tricks and interesting beauty facts I’ll now never be without. 

1. Dedivanovic doesn’t use a primer, which should enthrall anyone who wants the most minimal routine possible. He told us he feels as though the primer puts a wall between the makeup and the skin and doesn't allow it to become one. Instead, he starts off his work with an emollient moisturizer, like Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer ($20; nordstrom.com), which grabs hold of powder and creates a natural look.

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2. After moisturizing the face, Dedivanovic moves onto the body. I wouldn’t usually associate hydrating my arms and décolletage with creating a makeup look, but according to the pro, it’s important to apply a moisturizer to anywhere on the body that will be showing. So if you’re wearing a sleeve-less dress, this will help ensure your arms are luminous and reflecting light. He used Jergen’s Shea Butter Moisturizer ($9; amazon.com) on-stage to give the model moisturized, radiant-looking skin because it absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy afterwards. 

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3. While the pro is an Instagram sensation with over 2 million followers, he hates Instagram brows, saying they give the face a "mean, witchy" look. To keep the brow looking as soft and natural as possible, he focuses on the outer corners and less on the areas closer to the eye. This will also lift and elongate the face, he explained. First he fills them in with a pencil, tops it with a powder, and sets them with either hairspray and spoolie brush (genius) or a brow gel…

30-Day Love Your Strength Challenge

– health.com

30-Day Love Your Strength ChallengeEmily Skye encourages her millions of social media followers to lead active, authentic lives, and those are qualities she demonstrates herself every day: In between sharing her her fast, effective workouts, she has never shied away from dishing about her own struggles with self-acceptance and body confidence. That's why Health partnered with the Aussie fitness sensation on the 30-Day Love Your Strength Challenge, a get-fit program to help you become your strongest self, inside and out. 

Over the next four weeks, you'll take a two-pronged approach to owning the skin you're in:

Strengthen your body: Cycle through four of Emily's workout circuits: upper body, lower body, core, and full body. As you get stronger week by week, you'll progressively add more rounds to each of the circuits. All you'll need are a mat and a set of dumbbells (shoot for 10 to 20 pounds). 
Strengthen your confidence: Emily's workouts are fast and fun—but they're also challenging. Each week, as you tack another round onto your circuits, you're going to notice how much stronger you're getting, and it's going to empower you to keep working your way through this program. Plus: Every day, Health will deliver an exclusive new message from Emily straight to your inbox. You'll get a mix of fitness and nutrition tips, life advice, motivational mantras, and Emily's real-life stories about how she's overcome her demons and become the strong, confident woman we see on social media today. Preview her messages in the videos below, and get access the rest by signing up for the emails here. You can join at any time!

Strengthen Your Body 

The Plan (PIN IT!) 

The Workouts

Upper Body

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Standing Military Press (30 seconds) 
Bent-Over Row (30 seconds) 
Bicep Curl (30 seconds)
Tricep Kickbacks (30 seconds)

Rest for 60 seconds, and repeat

Lower Body

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Dumbbell Front Squat (30 seconds)
Dumbbell Deadlift (30 seconds)
Curtsey Lunge (30 seconds)
Dumbbell Glute Bridge (30 seconds)

Rest for 60 seconds, and repeat

Core

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Figure 8s (30 seconds)
V ups (30 seconds)
Russian twist (30 seconds)
Butterfly kicks (30 seconds)
Lying leg crossovers (30 seconds)

Rest for 60 seconds, and repeat

Full Body

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Modified Burpee: 15 reps
Mountain Climber: 30 reps
Alternating Spider Climber: 30 reps
Leg Lowers: 10 reps

Complete each exercise one after the other, then rest for 60 seconds and repeat

Strengthen Your Confidence

"Focus on your own journey and don't worry about anyone else." 

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"I've gained 24 pounds since I started exercising and eating healthy, and I feel better than ever."

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"Call them 'treats,' not 'cheats…

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