Setting Powder: How and Why to Use It

Related Information Full disclosure: As the owner of a shiny T-zone by the end of the day (okay, by lunch) I can attest that it makes a difference to actually set my face makeup. When I say “set,” I’m referring to the process of using either a powder or spray—typically powder in my case—to keep […]

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How to Know If You Should See an Aesthetician or a Dermatologist

In a perfect world, our skin would be all of the following at all times: clear, glowing, and healthy. However, until that world actually exists, we must figure out how to make our skin happy on our own—and when to call in the big guns if necessary, like a dermatologist or an aesthetician. If you’ve […]

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5 holiday illnesses you’ve never heard of (but should have)

You’re on guard against sunburn and upset stomachs, but what about leisure sickness or Mallorca acne? Travel medicine specialist Dr Richard Dawood shares his expert knowledge on how to prevent illness on holiday 1 Leisure sickness According to Dutch psychologist Ad Vingerhoets, around three per cent of us suffer from what he called ‘leisure sickness’, […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘Our Families Couldn’t Know’

India Is an Ache Landing in Mumbai feels like releasing a breath I didn’t know I had been holding. My husband remembers India as dirt, poverty, noise. I remember aromas of masala-fried pomfret, generosity of gruff cabbies saying, “No madam, you keep the change,” daylong cries of crows, hawkers, doorbells. In America, I play music […]

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How to Break the Busy Cycle

You’re busy, right? And if you’re not, what’s your problem? In today’s ramped-up world, it’s become a badge of honor to be busy. When you return to work on Monday morning, it can sometimes feel like a competition to see who did the most over the weekend and talk about how little time you had […]

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How to Keep Bedbugs From Coming Home With You

After checking into a motel in Berkeley, Calif., a few years ago, my husband and I began a well-rehearsed ritual. We left our two young kids strapped in their strollers, pulled back the bedding, and scanned the surface of the mattress. Poking into the deep seams of the mattress’s pillow-top padding, I found what we […]

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How Long Does it Take for Topical Scar Creams to Actually Work?

Welcome to Ask a Beauty Editor, our new column in which Sarah Jacoby, SELF’s senior health and beauty editor, goes on the hunt to find the science-backed answers to all of your skin-care questions. You can ask Sarah a question at askabeautyeditor@self.com. How long would it take for topical scar creams to actually make a […]

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On Choosing to Share Your Abortion Story Online—Or Not

The headlines broadcasting the many attacks on abortion access are nonstop: Georgia signs a six-week abortion ban into law; Missouri’s last abortion clinic risks closure; Alabama enacts a near-total abortion ban with the most restrictive bill in the nation. Thankfully, none of these bans have actually gone into effect, but the threat remains chillingly real. […]

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Work-Life Conflict Doesn’t Stop After Maternity Leave

Here’s a math problem: You have two working parents and two children, one of whom has a seemingly endless configuration of end-of-the-school-year special activities. On Monday there is a theater performance at 2:15 p.m. On Tuesday there’s a class breakfast at 8:30 a.m. On Wednesday someone has to run to the 24-hour pharmacy for hair […]

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We Talked to Dr. Pimple Popper About the Joy of Watching Cyst-Popping Videos

Even if you’re not looking for them, it’s almost impossible to search for anything skin-care related online without running into one of Dr. Pimple Popper’s videos. Clearly, dermatologist Sandra Lee, M.D., FAAD, FAACS, has tapped directly into the deep, pus-filled heart of the strange-yet-satisfying video world. Shortly after posting her first pimple popping video, Dr. […]

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I Wanted to Learn to Swim Before I Turned 30. Easier Said Than Done.

Whether I’m being forced to participate in a team-building icebreaker or I’m trying to make conversation on a first date, I have one go-to fact about myself that always works: I can’t swim. I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but I’ve reached my late 20s still have to hold my nose when I go […]

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In the Running World and Beyond, Being #BraveLikeGabe

Welcome to the Running newsletter! Every Saturday morning, we email runners with news, advice and some motivation to help you get up and running. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. On Tuesday, the running world lost a good one. Gabriele Grunewald, a track champion, died of complications from cancer. She was 32. […]

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