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Does Dry Brushing Really Reduce Cellulite and Help You Look Younger? + MORE

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Does Dry Brushing Really Reduce Cellulite and Help You Look Younger?

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There's always a new skin trend popping up rumored to vanish wrinkles, smooth dimples and zap cellulite. But most turn out to be temporary tricks and, more often than not, too good to be true. Cue dry brushing—is it really worth the hype?

Dry brushing, as the term suggests, quite literally entails brushing your bare skin—thighs, butt, arms, you name it—with a soft-bristled brush in order to give skin a fresher, smoother appearance. While there is scant scientific research to back up claims that it cures cellulite, it has some cosmetic benefits, explains Mona Gohara, MD, a dermatologist at the Yale School of Medicine—although they are fleeting at best.

The motion improves circulation and helps flush waste and toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system, explains Dr. Gohara, who is also a fellow of American Academy of Dermatology. "Doing all of that can certainly parlay into skin radiance and glow and a plumper appearance."

Another power of dry brushing is the element of exfoliation, she adds. While exfoliating "won't shave off 20 years," Dr. Gohara says, it helps remove dry, dead skin cells and makes your derm more susceptible to moisture and hydration. "Exfoliation really is a tenant of healthy, younger-looking skin."

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How to dry brush properly

Using a brush made with natural, ultra-fine bristles, run the brush over your bare skin in gentle, circular motions. It's best to do it before you shower; both your skin and the brush should be dry. "I generally recommend doing it once a week, one pass per body part," Dr. Gohara adds.

The brush makes all the difference; stiff or synthetic bristles can cause irritation or even microscopic cuts. "You should use a brush that would be safe even on a baby's skin," Dr. Gohara recommends.

You should avoid dry brushing if you have very sensitive skin, acne, or a condition like rosacea or eczema. "There's a good chance any type of sensitive skin will react to this type of stimulation," she says.

You may notice plump, fresh skin for a couple of hours. "Think about it," Dr. Gohara explains, "when we go for a jog, our hearts are pumping blood to our organs, our face gets flushed, and then it fades away. Or imagine what happens when you pinch your cheeks."

The bottom line: Dry brushing can act as a short-lived fix to energize your skin. But is it a permanent anti-aging solution for all lumps and bumps? "Absolutely not," she says. "All of us would be scrubbing ourselves with brushes constantly, every day."

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RELATED: 15 Myths and Facts About Cellulite

Five dry brushes to try

Our top picks boast natural, soft-to-the-touch bristles and various handle lengths to reach any lower or upper body area…

This $9 Brush Takes the Pain Out of Detangling Wet Hair

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What is worse than getting out of the shower and having to spend 10 minutes painfully yanking through the snarly bird's nest on your head? Nothing. The answer is nothing. (OK, some things, but practically nothing.) I have long, thick, hard-to-manage locks, so this is a particularly sensitive topic for me. But I've found the fix: the Wet Brush.

Actually, my best friend found it. While visiting me last weekend, she got all excited and skipped over to her suitcase because she had "a surprise you're going to love!" She then unveiled the most underwhelming pink, plastic hair brush I've ever seen. I was too quick to judge its basic appearance because this thing lived up to its name. The detangling brush could comb through my knotted post-shower strands very quickly and without tugging on my scalp, leaving my hair silky smooth. It also worked just as well working through my dry bed-head hair the next morning. The power lies in the thin, "IntelliFlex" bristles that can bend and wiggle through tangles without tugging or causing damage.

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I bought my own immediately (it's only $9 on amazon.com), and I now notice an obvious difference when I happen to pick up my icky, evil old brush. Another hack? Use it in the shower with conditioner for an even silkier mane when you blow dry. Moms out there, this beauty steal could be a lifesaver for anyone who struggles combing their child's hair sans tears.

The Wet Brush comes in a few different shapes and sizes, including a full-size paddle option ($10; amazon.com), as well as a Wet Brush "Squirt" ($7; amazon.com) that is adorable and mini and perfect for your purse or gym bag. You're welcome!

Chrissy Teigen Loves This LED Acne Mask—Here’s a $30 Dupe You Can Use at Home

– health.com

Leave it to Chrissy Teigen to share yet another super relatable moment on Instagram. One of the many reasons why this outspoken A-list momma is a social media queen (hey, 20 million-plus Instagram followers and counting) is that she isn't afraid to give us a glimpse into what's really happening behind the scenes of her glamorous life. Hilarious beauty treatments included.

Teigen most recently shared her mid-week spa day with the Internet. She first snapped a photo with a decadent cream lathered over her face, and then shared another image of an intense (and slightly terrifying) device being circled over her face and neck to "tighten" her skin by a professional.

In the final snap, we saw Teigen chilling out in the luxurious Deesse Pro LED mask from celebrity facialist Shani Darden, which we're seriously coveting. We'll admit: We're a little envious of Teigen's pampering session as we sit at our office desks trying to work (is it Friday yet?). We also appreciate the mid-week laugh while watching Teigen try to drink from a straw as she wears the Halloween-like mask. She. Keeps. Missing. Her. Mouth. LOL.

But while Teigen's mask looks really cool, are LED masks actually beneficial to your skin? And, most importantly, are they safe to use?

Absolutely, experts say. LED (light emitting diodes) are essentially just infrared lights that are found in different wavelengths depending on the color, says New York-based dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, MD. These lights help to clear skin and also offer anti-aging benefits, she tells us. "LED lights don't cause burns or skin damage, which makes them great for every skin type and color," Dr. Nazarian adds. However, she does recommend that clients wear eye protection during a professional treatment.

We may not be able to afford Teigen's LED mask, but there are at-home options that work well, too. "[These masks] stimulate collagen production certainly more slowly than a laser done in a doctor's office, but they are safe and effective," says Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules ($16; amazon.com). She tells us that she's a big fan of these types of masks herself.

To buy: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Face Mask (on sale for $30; amazon.com)

Curious as to what all the fuss is about, but don't want to drop a lot of money? This $30 dupe from Neutrogena won't break the bank and is dermatologist-approved. Dr. Jaliman has tried it and confirms it's incredibly easy to use, quick, and totally painless. The box contains one Light Therapy Acne Face Mask, which helps clear breakouts and allows your skin to heal with the help of blue and red lights that target acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation…

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

Squats are to leg day as sheet masks are to #selfcaresunday: essential. As many face mask options as there are in the world, there might be even more variations of the classic booty-building move. There are goblet squats, sumo squats, barbell back squats, jump squats, and loads more. Trust us, s.... More »

This Is the Legging Trend You'll Be Seeing Everywhere in 2019 + MORE

The biggest legging trend for 2019 will look pretty familiar to anyone who lived in Adidas track pants back in the '90s. Workout tights that take a cue from the brand's iconic tri-color side stripe are everywhere right now. And while the original is still cool, we're also seein.... More »

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 »

These Women Are Smashing Their Makeup Because They're Sick of Insane Beauty Standards + MORE

A new feminist movement is sweeping Instagram, as some South Korean women are rebelling against unattainable beauty standards that have become a cultural norm in their country. The movement, called Escape the Corset, sprang up over the summer on YouTube and Twitter,.... More »

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Does Dry Brushing Really Reduce Cellulite and Help You Look Younger?health.com
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Chrissy Teigen Loves This LED Acne Mask—Here’s a $30 Dupe You Can Use at Homehealth.com

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

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

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The Shills Acne Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask ($11; amazon.com) is the internet's latest beauty obsession. On YouTube and Instagram, you'll find plenty of videos documenting the super-intense masking process. Unlike other masks that simply wash or peel off without much fuss, this charcoal-based peel seriously clings to the skin—and ripping it off hurts like crazy. It's weirdly mesmerizing to watch people pull the masks off and reveal the blackheads, dead skin, and other gunk hiding in their pores.

This video might be the funniest. It was posted on YouTube last week by YouTuber Tiff from Tee Cee Videos, and then made it to Facebook via Viral Thread. The Facebook video has already amassed 76 million views. (Warning: NSFW for swearing.)

In the clip, Tiff slowly peels off the the mask one painful millimeter at a time. "Oh God, it's rough. It's so rough," she screeches repeatedly throughout the peeling process, tears streaming down her face and her friend laughing hysterically in the background.

If videos like Tiff's are any indication, then this mask really does unclog pores. But considering all the pain and suffering involved, is it worth the hassle? And even more importantly, is it even safe? We reached out to two dermatologists to get their expert opinions on charcoal face masks like this one.

The good news: They’re safe. The bad news: using one is probably going to hurt. A lot. And it might irritate your skin, too.

“The mask 'sticks' to not just the blackheads, but also the skin and hair on the face,” says Melissa Piliang, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “When the mask is removed, it pulls off the outermost layer of skin and associated oils which serve as a barrier to protect the skin from the environment. This, plus pulling out the small hairs would cause significant pain—just like waxing the face.”

There are a few ways to make the peel-off process less painful. Washing your face beforehand helps to pre-exfoliate the skin, and removing hair also makes the mask removal more manageable, says Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Both Dr. Jaliman and Dr. Piliang suggested applying the mask to only your T-zone or areas that have blackheads. The oilier skin in the center of the face may have a bit more protection from irritation, says Dr. Piliang. Dr. Jaliman advises not putting it on your entire face, especially if you have combination skin, which could be even more irritated by it.

You can expect the masks to help unclog pores and absorb environmental pollutants, oil, and dirt from the skin. Charcoal is especially good for people with acne and blackheads as it can help reduce excess oil, says Dr. Jaliman.

Still, Dr. Piliang warns that these masks, like any beauty product, can contain chemicals that can cause allergies or irritation. So be diligent about checking for ingredients that don’t work well with your skin, and be wary of buying through third-party websites, like Facebook, she says…

The $20 Anti-Aging Product Amazon Reviewers Swear By

– health.com

It's normal for frown lines to get deeper and more prominent as you age. Whether they pop up between your eyebrows, above your forehead, or around your eyes, these lines are usually a combined result of genetics, loss of collagen, and repeated facial expressions, New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, told Health in a previous interview.

Of course, injectable fillers at your doctor's office can provide instant results, and topical creams can gradually soften the appearance of wrinkles over time. (We're partial to retinol serums such as Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum and Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream.) But a simple, non-invasive tool could make a big difference, too—and it has the stamp of approval from thousands of online reviewers.

Presenting: Frownies. 

To buy: $20-$22; amazon.com, anthropologie.com, dermstore.com, and walgreens.com 

These vegetable-based adhesive patches are designed to be placed on top of your forehead where you have frown lines, gently pulling skin taut. With continued use, they help train your facial muscles not to make expressions that were contributing to fine lines, gradually softening their appearance.

"I'm 52 with fair skin and a serious-looking forehead… Oh, how I wish I had started using these ten years ago!" writes one reviewer. "After using them 3-4 times a week for a month, my frown line is about 75% gone."

Another reviewer raves about their fast results. "After only three nights of wearing the Frownies patch, the lines are smoothed, and only visible with the right lighting," she says. "HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?"

RELATED: The Best Anti-Aging Products for Sensitive Skin

Also good: Both fine lines and deeper wrinkles can benefit from the patches, reviewers say. "I am 30 and had pretty deep frown lines," writes yet another. "I started wearing these overnight between my eyes, and poof they are gone in the morning. I guess I was frowning in my sleep without knowing it? Whatever the reason, it looks like I got Botox."

Even better, this is one anti-aging solution that's seriously affordable. A $20 box of the original Frownies Forehead & Between Eyes patches contains 144 patches that are recommended to be worn for at least three hours at a time, so one box could last you for a few months if you wear them nightly.

Have lines in a different area of your face? The brand also sells patches for the corners of your eyes and mouth and specifically for lip lines.

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9 Fall Hair Color Trends for Brunettes That You Need to Try ASAP

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9 Fall Hair Color Trends for Brunettes That You Need to Try ASAP

Let’s be real, we know blondes don’t actually have more fun, especially during fall, which is when dark manes really shine. There are countless ways to add dimension to a traditional brunette ‘do, and the change in season is the perfect excuse to transform your tresses. From copper highlights to flannel hair, we’ve gathered nine fall color trends for brunettes you’re going to be seeing everywhere this season.

Before you head to the salon, it's important you know how to care for newly dyed hair. Regular shampoo can cause colored hair to fade quickly, so pick up a shampoo that's formulated to retain color, like R+Co Gemstone ($24, amazon.com) or Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color ($46, amazon.com). 

RELATED: 7 Products That Will Keep Color-Treated Hair Looking Vibrant

Splash of balayage

If it’s your first time giving color a go, adding a splash of blonde to the bottom of your mane (rather than the entire length or your locks) is a great way to start out slow. This dipped-ends look by @hellobalayage will let you keep the majority of your head true to your natural shade.

Warmed-up brunette

Leaving blonde highlights behind and choosing subtle reds, oranges, and pinks as seen in this ‘do by @sarahzstylz will help your hair stand out this season. If you’re feeling daring, add lowlights to create contrast that make the colors pop.

Caramel highlights

We get it, you usually keep your tresses au naturel. But every now and then you crave a soft way to spice up your usual look. You can’t go wrong with caramel highlights like the ones @laurenlewiss_  is rocking. That mane is OMG-worthy.

Rose gold balayage

As you probably know, rose gold locks have seriously taken off this season, and this style by @camouflageandbalayage lets you incorporate the color into your look without dying your entire mane.

Brunette blonde contrast

So you’re a deep brunette at heart but also have a soft spot for a touch of blonde. This style by @ambermcmahen shows how fierce the two colors can look together.

Fiery highlights

You’d be lying if you said you haven’t wondered what life as a redhead would be like. This look by @catherinelovescolor lets you stop daydreaming. That’s right, you can keep your brunette base while also adding some fiery hues.

Flannel hair

Flannels are a fall fashion staple, and this year their traditional combo of red, copper, and cider hues is a salon favorite. Add your own touch by getting creative with auburn, cinnamon, or a similar color, as this style by @anthonycuts demonstrates.

Blonde framing

Creating a golden frame around your face is a stylish way to give your brunette locks some serious dimension. The genius behind the look, @camouflageandbalayage, playfully calls this one honey nut cheerios.

Cobalt blue

Sure, neon pink or purple hair might not cut it at your desk job, but that doesn’t mean you should totally give up on the idea of color…

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Does Dry Brushing Really Reduce Cellulite and Help You Look Younger? + MORE

[brightcove:5474328532001 default] There's always a new skin trend popping up rumored to vanish wrinkles, smooth dimples and zap cellulite. But most turn out to be temporary tricks and, more often than not, too good to be true. Cue dry brushing—is it really worth the hype? Dry brush.... More »

These Women Are Smashing Their Makeup Because They're Sick of Insane Beauty Standards + MORE

A new feminist movement is sweeping Instagram, as some South Korean women are rebelling against unattainable beauty standards that have become a cultural norm in their country. The movement, called Escape the Corset, sprang up over the summer on YouTube and Twitter,.... More »

The Exact Skincare Products Victoria Beckham Uses Every Day for Glowing Skin + MORE

She's a fashion and beauty icon, retired member of the Spice Girls, wife to soccer hunk David Beckham, and is known for her serious smirk and stylish lob. What we really want to know, though, is how Victoria Beckham always has such a dewy complexion, wheth.... More »

This Woman Shared Her Cystic Acne Transformation and the Quick Fix That Actually Worked + MORE

If you're tuned into skin-care forums, then you know that the brand Drunk Elephant has a wide stan base. People are loving the fact that the products' ingredient lists are stacked with acids, peptides, vitamins, etc., but free of what the company calls the "Suspicious 6." .... More »

Surgeon Will Pay $3,000 Fine for Removing Kidney He Mistakenly Thought Was a Tumor + MORE

A Florida surgeon has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine, as well as perform hours of continued medical training, after removing a woman’s kidney during what was intended to be back surgery. According to court records, Maureen Pacheco, who checked into Florida’s Wellington Regional.... More »

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This Mascara Is So Good, A Tube Is Sold Every 7.4 Seconds + MORE

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9 Fall Hair Color Trends for Blondes You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere

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9 Fall Hair Color Trends for Blondes You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere

When fall arrives, we tend to replace our summer sun-kissed hair color and go with darker hues. But just because the sun isn’t shining as bright these days doesn’t mean your hair shouldn’t. Instead of letting your tresses lose their glow, find new ways to rock your golden locks this fall.

Before you go crazy with color, it’s important to know how to take care of dyed hair. Since some shampoos can cause your look to fade within a matter of weeks, opt for one that's formulated to retain vibrant color, like R+Co Gemstone ($24, amazon.com) or Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color ($46, amazon.com).

You might also want to invest in something to give your hair extra shine, like Evo Fabuloso Color Intensifying Conditioner ($20, amazon.com). Once you have the products you need to make your color last, you’re ready to let your hairdresser work her magic. Below, we’ve gathered nine fall hair color trends for blondes that are huge this season.

RELATED: 7 Products That Will Keep Color-Treated Hair Looking Vibrant

Blonde balayage ombre

We get it, you want to change things up as winter draws near, yet you don’t want to go all the way over to the dark side. A balayage ombre combo like this one by @hellobalayage will keep your warmth while incorporating shadowy tones up top.

Dirty blonde

If you want your locks to look effortlessly on point, this messy style by @sarahzstylz is for you. Not to mention you won’t have to worry about your roots growing out.

Orange to blonde ombre

What better way to celebrate the season than by adding burnt orange flair to your hair, like this look by @kristinamaccaro? Ombre allows you to hold onto your beloved blonde on the bottom half of your mane and create a head-turning fiery effect.

Platinum blonde with brunette undertones

Going completely platinum can be intimidating, but with a ‘do like this one by @catherinelovescolor, the chocolate undertones add contrast to make it less full on.

Blonde with red undertones

What do you do when you want to get festive, but you’re not down for an entire head of pumpkin orange hair? Two words: maroon undertones. This style by @soulsnap has seriously taken off this season, and it’s not too late to get in on the trend.

Platinum blonde

Okay, you’ve been thinking about it for long enough, and it’s finally time surrender to the trend and transform into the rock star you know you are with a full head of platinum. We can all agree this pearly look by @nicoletta_marie is #goals.

Rose gold

All of the jewelry you own is already rose gold, so why not give yourself a crown to match? This rosy style by @ambermcmahen is exactly what you need to switch things up this season without going dark.

Pastel highlights

Add some color to your life with pastel highlights like these by @kortniwebbhair. Let’s be honest, us unicorn lovers can’t resist an opportunity to get in touch with our magical side…

9 Signs It's Time to Break Up With Your Gym

– health.com

Breaking up with your pedicurist, tailor, and electrician? Easy. Breaking up with a best friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend? Way less easy.

But another tie that can be hard to cut—and hard to know when to cut? Your ties to your gym.

Between fitness plateaus, lack of cleanliness, and a way-too-long commute, there are tons of signs it's time to dump your gym—whether it’s a boutique studio or big box fitness facility. Below, nine reasons to join a different gym, according to experts.

RELATED: 10 Mistakes That Will Make Everyone Hate You at the Gym

The broken equipment isn't getting fixed

If you lived in an apartment with broken appliances that the landlord never got around to fixing, chances are you’d either take legal action or find a new place to live when your lease was up. Similarly, when equipment breaks, a well-run gym will take the necessary measures to get it fixed—and quickly, especially in the age of overnight shipping and TaskRabbit. If it’s taking weeks for broken equipment to get fixed, it’s reflective of a gym that either doesn’t have the funds or is apathetic about the conditions of the space. Either way, it’s a sign your gym deserves dumping.

It takes you longer than 30 minutes to get there

How often have you wished that there were more than 24 hours in a day? Exactly. Rhetorical question. Spending a long time commuting to the gym is an automatic reason to switch up your sweat session. For some people—depending on where you live—even 20 to 30 minutes may be too far. In cities, for example, it’s wise to pick a gym that’s within 15 minutes walking or subway distance. More than that, and it’ll be easy to find an excuse when it’s cold, dark, or late. If the gym is close, you’ll have one less excuse for subbing the barbell (or bootcamp) for Buffy reruns.

The fitness classes offered just aren't doing it for you

Maybe when you joined the gym you liked the class schedule and instructors. But somewhere along the way your fave instructor found a new job and the Pilates class you like was swapped with Zumba or a HIIT class you can’t get into (so. many. burpees!). Use this as an opportunity to scope out other gyms' class offerings. While you’re there, pay attention to the type and timing of the classes to know if they'll make things more exciting for you.

RELATED: 9 Thoughts Everyone Has the First Time They Try a Fitness Class

You're overpaying

A recent survey from supplement and fitness company Myprotein found that Americans spend an average of around $34,000 on gym memberships, personal trainers, or workout plans over their lifetimes. “One sign that should make you consider breaking up with your gym is when you start to balance your checkbook in order to afford it,” says iFit trainer Becca Capell. While the financial tipping point will be different for everyone, there are a number of affordable alternatives that fitness enthusiasts can use for the sake of their bank accounts…

This Mascara Is So Good, A Tube Is Sold Every 7.4 Seconds

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When it comes to mascaras, there is no gray area. They're either clumpy and smudgy, or life-changing, everyone-asks-if-you have-lash-extensions-good. Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara falls into the latter category — the five-year-old product is currently the best-selling prestige mascara in the country. In fact, according to the brand, a tube of it sells every 7.4 seconds.

"I wanted to create a holy grail mascara for every woman out there who’s been searching for the perfect mascara that delivers volume, separation, length, curl, and rich, fluffy, black lashes," says Jerrod Blandino, co-founder and chief creative officer of Too Faced. "Before Better Than Sex, you could get a couple of those things in a mascara, but never all of those things in one tube. I gave myself the freedom to experiment, play and dream without time limits, launch dates, or the pressure of needing it to happen."

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Considering it took three years and over 100 variations before landing on the formula everyone knows and loves, it's a good thing that Blandino wasn't tied to a launch date. "The science of a mascara is the most difficult thing to do within the color cosmetics industry," he explains. "There are so many variables that will make or break it, from ingredients, waxes, the temperature of the water going into the batch, time of year and weather, the brush, the bottle, the glue that holds everything together, the metal, the plastics, essentially every component that makes it what it is."

According to Blandino, the fact that Too Faced went outside of the typical mascara ingredients to find things that take it to the next level, is what makes Better Than Sex so wonderful, and a product that can't be replicated. Well, and the fact that it's name would make your grandma clutch her pearls. Incidentally, the origins of the mascara's X-rated name is ironically G-rated.

"We had been playing and testing for so long and we had finally found a formula that we were all loving, but hadn’t unlocked it with the right brush," says Blandino. "The UPS man came in and dropped off a box full of brushes. My team and I rolled our eyes thinking, 'ok, another trial and error is about to happen.' We chose a couple brushes, nothing great happened, and then we plucked THE ONE out of the box, dipped it in the tube, swirled it around, and when my product development manager applied it, everybody’s jaws dropped, gasps were heard, and I screamed, 'Oh shit! It’s better than sex!'

Whether or not the mascara is hyperbolic is up for you to decide. Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara is available for $24 at sephora.com.

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4 Ways the Keto Diet Can Affect Your Workouts + MORE

The low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet continues to be the trendiest weight-loss plan around. Maybe that's because following keto is relatively simple: by cutting way back on your carbohydrate intake while eating lots of fat and a moderate amount of protein, your body goes into a state .... 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 »

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

Your body is uniquely yours, and that’s what makes it beautiful. One Instagram account, Positively Glittered (@positivelyglittered), has found a creative (and sparkly) way to showcase that. The page features naked women of all shapes and sizes covered in the colors of the rainbow with glit.... More »

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

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How to Do a Side Plank—and 2 Other Balancing Yoga Poses You Might Be Getting Wrong

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Nothing throws off your flow like teetering or even falling as you’re trying to hold your balance during yoga class. But there could be a reason you can’t seem to get your body weight to stay centered. Yoga instructor Kirby Koo says it’s not uncommon for students to need some guidance when they’re trying a new balance-focused pose, which is exactly what she’s going to give you in this video. Here’s how to fix three balances you get could be doing wrong:

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Dancer pose

As you stand on one leg and extend the other high behind you, reach your arm over your shoulder and hold your foot in your hand. Keep your knee bent at a 90 degree angle behind you, and make sure your hips are square to the floor. Lift the arm that isn’t holding your foot so that it’s above your head and angled forward.

Shoulder stand

While extending your legs in the air, make sure your elbows are angled in toward your body and not poking out to the sides. Let your weight fall into your hands while they’re placed on your lower back, and keep your legs straight.

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Side plank

With one hand and foot on the floor supporting your body weight, draw your shoulders back, preventing your chest from falling forward. Then lift your hips to the sky, and keep your eyes looking at the ceiling.

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The One Healthy Thing Fitness Experts Always Do on Thanksgiving Day

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Who doesn't love Thanksgiving—one of the few days of the year when you can put aside your usual healthy habits and pig out with no shame or judgment?

While we're totally on board with holiday indulgence, it's not a bad idea to try to do at least one food- or fitness-related move to keep your energy high, your mood bright, and successfully resist the urge to veg out on the couch after dinner nursing a monster food baby. To give you some inspiration, we asked fitness influencers, nutritionists, and Health staffers to tell us one thing they always do for mind-body health on Turkey Day.

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“I get out on the road early for a run before the festivities begin. I know later I most likely won’t have the time or energy. Running is also my 'me' time; on a day of giving thanks, it’s important to thank yourself for all you do! Having the ability to move, breathe, and share life with others makes me feel even more grateful. The crisp fall air and smell of fallen leaves doesn’t hurt in setting the mood either.”

—Rebecca Kennedy, New York based–fitness trainer

“I love taking recipes from Pinterest that look super yummy and find ways to make them healthier with organic and natural ingredients. It's fun because it's something the whole family can be part of. We're all cooking and being creative, and healthy!”

—Cassey Ho, fitness influencer and founder of Blogilates

“I always try to maintain a physical yoga practice during the holidays, even if it mean unrolling my mat in the one sliver of space that’s not occupied by a family member. It always helps me stay centered during what can be a very emotionally difficult time of the year and it helps validate my requisite gluttonous holiday meal choices. Plus, yogic twists make digestion of rich holiday food much easier.”

—Jessamyn Stanley, yogi and author of Every Body Yoga

“On Thanksgiving I pay close attention to my mind-body connection. It doesn't feel good to deprive myself, and it doesn't feel good to be stuffed and sluggish, so I make choices that allow me to feel both satisfied and energized simultaneously. This balance feels just right, both mentally and physically, and it's freeing to make choices motivated by feeling well, rather than numbers, rules, shoulds, or guilt!"

—Cynthia Sass, RD, Health contributing nutrition editor

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“I just make sure to get a run in, walk before and after eating, and then also pace myself between the main course and dessert. I'm never one to wildly indulge and I think if you give yourself a bit of a break between the main course and dessert it allows you some time to spend with your family, in addition to being actually able to savor the deliciousness of the sweets…

This Is the Easiest Way to Get an Anti-Aging Prescription

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When it comes to anti-aging, there’s no greater tool than retinoids. We’re not exaggerating when we say they are the gold standard in preventing and reversing signs of aging. From plumping fine lines and fading hyperpigmentation, to increasing skin elasticity, there’s seemingly no aging issue they can’t improve. So why aren’t we all using retinoids?

Retinoids—unlike retinol, a gentler version that’s found in hundreds of over-the-counter products—are a controlled class of ingredients, meaning they are not available without a dermatologist prescription.

On the one hand, requiring a prescription is for our own safety. Retinoids are powerful tools, so improper use can lead to damaged skin, with the exact opposite side effects of intended use. But, for a huge variety of reasons, it’s not always simple to get a prescription. Maybe you live in an area with low access to dermatologists, maybe your insurance doesn’t cover them, or maybe it’s hard to make time to pick up your script at a far flung pharmacy.

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It doesn’t have to be like that. Curology, a startup rethinking prescription treatments, has combined all of our favorite things about skin care—high-potency ingredients, expert formulations, a customizable experience, and the ease and delight of a subscription box.

Not quite just a product, Curology is a service. User’s can connect with Curology through its website by uploading selfies to their account, highlighting skin issues they’d like to tackle. Actual dermatologists then review and recommend custom ingredient blends, which are packaged into Superbottles, and mailed directly to the customer’s home.

Among the ingredients dermatologists can choose to include in your Superbottle are tretinoin (a type of retinoid also known as Retin A), Clindamycin (a prescription antibiotic that works wonder on acne-prone skin), and Azelaic Acid (another prescription miracle worker for skin cell turnover.) There wide range of highly effective ingredients mean they can recommend solutions not just for anti-aging, but for acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation and more.

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Today, Curology just announced two new products to even further streamline your path to great skin. Introducing: your friendliest cleanser and moisturizer yet. Now, Curology members can choose to add these new additions to their monthly or bimonthly deliveries, and be sure they’ll never have to deliberate using hand soap when their cleanser runs out.

If you’re new to the service, you can start out with your very own three-piece trial kit, which includes a totally custom Superbottle, plus the cleanser and moisturizer, for just the cost of shipping ($5; curology.com). Once you’re hooked (and when you start seeing results, you will be), a subscription will run you between $20-$60/mo, depending on your scheduling and product selections…

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7 Genius Ways to Prevent Wrinkles While You Sleep

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You've said it before: "I need my beauty sleep!" as you crawl under the covers for a well-deserved full night of rest. But while you might be saying it facetiously, there are ways to slow down signs of aging overnight. But first: doesn't sleeping cause wrinkles?

Yes, it can. According to Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules ($13; amazon.com), sleeping in such a way that your face comes into contact with cotton pillowcases like on your side or stomach can lead to the creation of deep sleep lines on your forehead and cheeks.

Wrinkles are caused by the loss of collagen and elasticity, which reduces skin volume. But applying repeated pressure (such as sleeping with the side of your face on a pillow) or muscle motions (such as laughing and squinting) against the collagen will promote its breakdown, eventually leading to visible lines.

Here are the eight ways that you can prevent wrinkles while you rest.

Sleep on your back

Sleeping on your stomach or on of your sides means there is constant pressure on your face. Over time, this action will produce unwanted sleep lines. You can remedy this by sleeping on your back, says Dr. Jaliman, this way you will not apply any pressure to your face. For many people though, this might be uncomfortable, and you can't control your involuntary sleep movement leading you to a side or stomach position. But, you can practice and can get used to it over time.

 

Not a back-sleeper? Get a special pillow

Dr. Jaliman recommends the NIGHT Pillow ($150; amazon.com) for sleep. "It has many benefits including minimizing wrinkles, supporting clean skin, and assisting with hydrating your skin cells, which helps prevent the formation of fine lines," she says.

If you do want to promote sleeping on your back, try the Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow ($69; dermstore.com), which is a contoured pillow designed to reduce facial contact with the pillow surface, reducing sleep lines.

There's also a lower-tech option for those who want to become back sleepers. You know those pillows they sell in airports so you can sleep comfortably on long flights? You can use them in bed, too. They make it easier to sleep on your back without eventually rolling onto your side. Try the Nap uPillow ($20; amazon.com), which uses silky-soft fabric for soothing support.

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Upgrade your pillowcase

If you just can't get comfortable sleeping on your back, you can still prevent those pillowcase-induced wrinkles by upgrading from cotton to silk or satin. "With a silk pillowcase, your skin slides on the pillow," says Dr. Jaliman. In other words, there is less traction and your face won't "crunch" against it like it does on a cotton pillow. Try the Spasilk Facial Beauty Pillowcase ($20; amazon…

Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Incredible Biceps as She Says She's 'Feeling Like Superwoman'

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Jennifer Lopez doesn’t need a cape to look and feel like a superhero.

On Wednesday, the “El Anillo” singer, 49, showed off her buff biceps in a clingy maroon dress and silver hoop earrings on Instagram. With her hair swept back, Lopez flexed her incredible arms as she looked confidently at the camera over her shoulder.

“Feeling like superwoman after the show tonight!” Lopez wrote.

In the caption, Lopez reflected on her jam-packed residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, which comes to a close on Sept. 29.

“When I started this run I thought omg 15 shows in 27 days that’s a lot,” Lopez explained. “But I made a promise to myself that instead of letting it wear me down I would be even stronger at the end of it…I will work out and be in the best shape of my life…”

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She continued, “There were moments I was tired and there was travel and I had to fit in my workouts where I could… but here we are with only 3 shows left!! And I am having so many emotions but mostly just feeling strong, happy and grateful!!!”

Lopez tacked on the hashtags “#allihavefinal15,” “#3showstogo,” “#we’renotdoneyet,” “#letsgoooo” and “#makepromisestoyourselfandkeepthem.”

One way that Lopez stays refreshed for her performances is her pre-show ritual.

Before Lopez’s show earlier this month, her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez filmed Lopez grooving in front of a mirror while Cardi B‘s verse on their song “Dinero” played in the background.

“She does this before every show. Seriously,” Rodriguez quipped in the caption.

But it’s not all fun and games: Lopez revealed to Entertainment Tonight in August that she once suffered a dental disaster onstage.

“I’ve chipped my tooth on stage and had to finish the show,” Lopez said. “Like, literally knocked my tooth out and I’m like, ‘Oh!’”

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People backstage motivated her to finish strong. “I went back thinking, ‘Can I finish the show like this?’ They’re like, ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s fine, it’s just a little chip,” she recalled.

6 Dermatologists Reveal Their Winter Skincare Routines

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Let’s be honest, cold weather doesn’t do your skin any favors. All of a sudden, your hands feel like sandpaper and you may find yourself wondering, Since when is eyebrow dandruff even a thing? Believe it or not, dermatologists have the same winter skin problems, and they have to deal with them just like the rest of us.

When the air starts to chill, your body tries to hold in heat by narrowing the blood vessels, says Debra Jaliman, MD, dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. As a result, she explains, the outer layers of the skin become dry and dull, leading to pesky problems like flakes and cracks. But the cold doesn’t discriminate, meaning even skincare professionals have to resort to strict winter skincare regimes.

We spoke with six dermatologists and got the inside scoop on how they care for their skin when the weather gets cooler. Sure, what they tell us when we're sitting in the patient chair is one thing, but the advice they actually take themselves, now that’s a whole different story.

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Cleanse without drying out the skin

"First, I wash my face with a hydrating cleanser," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The key word here: hydrating. "Especially in wintertime, it’s important not to strip the skin of essential oils,” Dr. Zeichner adds. Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($8; amazon.com) is his go-to during dry, frigid months, since it gets his skin squeaky-clean without compromising its protective barrier.

Deanne Robinson, MD, FAAD, president of Modern Dermatology of Connecticut, says she relies on ISDIN Micellar Solution ($28; amazon.com) for the same reason. She prefers non-soap cleansers like this one to remove makeup while hydrating at the same time.

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Use a sheet mask for moisture

Sheet masks allow rejuvenating ingredients to really soak into the skin, Dr. Jaliman says, which is why she puts one on right when she hops out of the shower. Her all-time favorite is Lierac Paris Comfort Mask ($22; dermstore.com). “This is good one to try because it contains shea butter, mango butter, and apricot oil,” she says, adding that these three ingredients have high concentrations of nourishing vitamins and fatty acids.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

It's no secret your skin needs a moisture boost when humidity drops. Every dermatologist we spoke to stressed the importance of moisturizing as the seasons change, but they all had a slightly different way of doing so.

“I prefer ceramide-based products because this fatty acid is essential to our skin barrier and function,” Dr…

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