Here’s how heart diseases affect men and women differently. Find out if you’re at risk

Heart diseases have emerged as the leading cause for fatalities in men and women world over and also in India. The risk of heart diseases to both sexes is grave, but heart diseases affect men and women differently. Over one crore annual deaths are reported in India and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) cause 20.3% deaths in men and 16.9 percent deaths in women. Despite having a lower mortality rate than men, reports have often suggested that women are more at risk of CVD related deaths.

Another Indian study reports that the incidence of sudden cardiac death is estimated to be higher in men by three to four times than in women. It is also reported that around 75% of sudden cardiac deaths happen in men.

So, there does not seem to be a conclusive understanding on whose heart is more at risk when it comes to cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Vanita Arora of Max Super Specialty Hospital has listed the following points:

-How Heart Diseases Affect Men and Women Differently

The biology and physiology of both men and women are significantly different, which defines how we cope with various diseases. Heart diseases affect men and women in following different ways:

Cholesterol blockages: The deposition of cholesterol in the arteries of heart occurs more in the surface of the large arteries of heart, while in women it occurs in smaller vessels. This creates false indications of heart attack in women only to be revealed that the major arteries are doing fine.

Deposits in small arteries can cause major risk: Just that the smaller vessels are getting affected early due to cholesterol deposits does not mean the patient isn’t at risk. They may prove to be silent killers as symptoms may not be as pronounced as they are in the case of large arteries. Comparatively, bypass surgeries are easier to be performed in major arteries.

Lifestyle changes and their effects: In the past decade, things have changed a lot, with coronary artery diseases (CAD) appearing in the younger age group. Lifestyle changes have impacted women’s health in India in a big way. On one hand, sedentary lifestyle is a major factor that needs to be blamed, and on the other hand, along with stress and bad dietary practices, smoking and consumption of oral contraceptives have contributed to rise in heart diseases at an early age. In comparison, the development of CADs at a younger age has increased in men. Earlier, men used to develop heart diseases at the age of 50 years. Now, more men in their late 20s develop cardiac ailments.

Stress coping mechanisms: Men and women have different stress coping mechanisms. The presence of higher levels of oxytocin in women enables the fairer sex to be better at coping from stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine, which together shoot-up the blood pressure and sugar levels. Also, women cope with stress by emotional responses, including tender and befriending responses, which is traditionally lacking in men who often display fight or flight responses. However, in Indian context, women usually act as caregivers and their health takes a backseat in the family. This prevents early medical consultation and diagnosis.

Experiencing symptoms differently: Men and women experience some of the heart diseases-related symptoms differently. Men typically get the classic pattern of angina with pain in the left side of chest, while women are more likely to have atypical angina, wherein they experience discomfort in the shoulders, back and neck.

According to Dr. Amit Gupta of Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurugram, medical researchers and scientists around the world are trying to identify possible association of how cardiac diseases manifest differently in men and women, in order to customise healthcare solutions for both genders and also to educate them with appropriate preventive measures.

“The fundamentals of cardiac health as per the present results remain same. It is important that associated factors such as obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol levels are managed, diabetes is prevented, and consumption of alcohol and tobacco is avoided. What is needed instead is increased physical activity and healthy dietary patterns, as these factors are important for both sexes,” concluded Gupta.

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First Published: Aug 17, 2018 15:30 IST

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Lemons are a holistic superfood, 5 ways to use it for weight loss, beauty treatments

The humble lemon found in every kitchen is actually a superfood packed with nutrients that can help you lose weight, get glowing skin and detoxify. It is refreshing in the form of juice and can be used with everything from cocktails to curries and teas.

Read more: 5 reasons to eat more eggs, boost your fitness and weight loss efforts

Here are some of its benefits that you need to know about:

* Lemons are rich in vitamin C and boost your digestion. Some people swear by lemon shots (juice of a few lemons without adding water) while others prefer having it with warm water early in the morning. Either way, it helps to remove toxins from the body, improve immunity and purify your blood.

* Having lemon juice with honey and lukewarm water is believed to help in weight loss. It can also give relief from sore throat.

* If you combine lemon with olive oil and apply it on your nails, it can help to strengthen brittle nails and whiten them.

* Lemons can help to get rid of wrinkles, scars and age spots as well as remove sun tan. To prevent wrinkles, mix a teaspoon of lemon juice extract and honey and a bit of almond oil. Apply it on your face and neck, keep it on for 5 minutes and then wash off.

* If you are suffering from hair loss, make a paste by combining crushed lemon seeds and black pepper or lemon and vinegar. Apply it on the scalp and keep it for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off.

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First Published: Aug 17, 2018 09:00 IST

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How Tammy Hembrow Got an Instagram-Famous Ass

“There wasn’t a huge ‘OMG!’ moment where I woke up and had 8 million followers,” says Australian influencer Tammy Hembrow, 24, who now has nearly 10 million fans on YouTube and Instagram—including Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, who’s birthday party she attended recently.

Hembrow published her first Instagram post in early June of 2013, and saw a spike when she and her then-boyfriend and model Reese Hawkins, now 23, found out they were pregnant with their now 3-year-old son Wolf in 2015. (The duo welcomed their second child, Saskia, in 2016, but recently split amicably.)

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Overall, Hembrow’s following grew slowly and steadily—just like her Insta-famous butt.

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“I think people see my photos and think it may have happened overnight,” she says of her figure. “It was not a quick process.”

Hembrow’s interest in fitness began in her late teens when she started taking yoga classes to become an instructor. That goal later fell by the wayside when she realized how good exercise—any exercise!—made her feel. “I’d always been quite skinny,” she says. When she realized she could sculpt her body with muscle, she felt empowered to do just that, flinging every exercise at the wall to see which ones rendered results.

On the left I worked out probably 3-5 days a week. Cardio, light weights, and under-eating. On the right I train at least 3-5 days a week, minimal cardio, heavy weights, eating A LOT. Moral of the story? It IS possible to build the body you want. It takes time, consistency, challenging yourself, and FOOD 🤗 – I've been almost 10kg heavier, with lots of cellulite and an untoned body. I've also had times that I've been too skinny with a little cellulite and almost no shape, and now after years of training and correct eating I have more muscle, pretty much no cellulite at all, and am healthier than ever even after two babies. – for training programs 💌 [email protected] gym-based booty VERSION 2 being released very soon 👊🏼👊🏼 #BUILTNOTBOUGHT

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On the left I worked out probably 3-5 days a week. Cardio, light weights, and under-eating. On the right I train at least 3-5 days a week, minimal cardio, heavy weights, eating A LOT. Moral of the story? It IS possible to build the body you want. It takes time, consistency, challenging yourself, and FOOD 🤗 – I’ve been almost 10kg heavier, with lots of cellulite and an untoned body. I’ve also had times that I’ve been too skinny with a little cellulite and almost no shape, and now after years of training and correct eating I have more muscle, pretty much no cellulite at all, and am healthier than ever even after two babies. – for training programs 💌 [email protected] gym-based booty VERSION 2 being released very soon 👊🏼👊🏼 #BUILTNOTBOUGHT

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“I didn’t have much focus and I wasn’t working towards any specific goals,” she says of her early days at the gym. But research and help from personal trainers helped her perfect her workouts, particularly when it came to her glutes.


“I work really hard at the gym,” says Hembrow, who hits the weight room up to four days a week, focusing on her lower body during at least three of those sessions. “I’m usually covered in sweat—like, dripping!”

Rather than boring herself with the same daily routine, she prefers to switching things up by following her e-book and Tammy Fit fitness app workouts, which feature her favorite butt moves.

She’ll choose a handful of moves, and do about three sets of 10 to 12 reps of each exercise—using weights that make the last rep feel excruciating.

Hembrow usually dedicates at least one separate day a week to her upper body, which gives her legs a chance to recover. She takes the weekends off to spend time with her kids because #family—a good thing, since children-chasing is Hembrow’s only consistent source of cardio.


“Eating is a massive part to the puzzle piece,” Hembrow says of the secret behind her figure. “You need to be eating the right amount of calories for anything to grow.”

To suss out which foods would help her reach her booty-boosting goal, she relied on apps like Lifesum (which she’s partnered with) and MyFitnessPal to help her count her macros, i.e., how much protein, carbs, and fat to eat in a day, and keep produce and water intake on track.

Despite these tools, as mother of two beholden to a busy schedule full of meetings and photo shoots, her days are too erratic to stick with regular meal times, she says. But she still tries to eat “something quick and easy that will keep me going” every two to three hours.

On a typical day, that might include a breakfast of protein oats, i.e., oatmeal made with protein powder. For lunch, she might have ground beef or turkey with whole wheat pasta and veggies like kale for lunch, as per her food-tracking app, where she’s listed rice, cocoa popcorn, watermelon, chocolate goji berries, rice cakes, avocado, and tomato among her top snacks. After workouts—and before bed if she feels her diet has fallen short during the day—she’ll drink a protein shake made with vegan protein powder and water. And while she wishes she had more time to prep meals ahead of time or make more recipes featured in her app, in a pinch, she’ll make steamed veggies with grilled chicken for dinner.

If you’re wondering where dessert fits into the mix, don’t worry—Hembrow gets her sweets in, even if that means reaching for a “healthy” substitute to hit the spot. “I’m obsessed with the Women’s Best Protein Crème,” she says, referring to the whey-protein based chocolate spread made by the supplement company that employs her as an ambassador. “I could eat a whole jar!”

Balance has been an integral part of Hembrow’s fitness journey. “If I feel like eating a cookie, I’ll have one or two, but not the whole pack,” she says. “My body is used to eating healthy so when I do eat unhealthy, it doesn’t affect me as much as if I was doing it all the time.”

It helps that she washes most meals down with water: “I’ve never been one of those people that has a glass of wine with their dinner every night,” she says. “If I did I’d be fast asleep by 7 pm, and we all know that’s not possible with kids.”

When she does make it out with friends, she’ll have a few drinks. “I think people see me drinking and think, ‘oh no but you’re into fitness!’” she says. “If I’m at lunch, dinner, or a party—sure why not? I’m still 24.”

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That said, that she’s usually too busy and exhausted to party hard—something she touched on in a recent YouTube video explaining why she left Kylie Jenner’s birthday party on a stretcher after hours of travel and very little sleep.

One glance at Hembrow’s Instagram page is all you need to see her strategies work—but her rise to fit and famous has still been circuitous: After each of her children were born via C-section, Hembrow’s doctor outlawed exercise in lieu of rest that left the young mom feeling sluggish and weak. “I listened to my body and took it easy,” she says. “Once the doctor gave me the okay, I got straight back into training. It felt great to be back in the gym.”

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Once she’d recovered from childbirth and finished nursing Saskia, she made a choice that led her doctor to prescribe another gym break. “I remember looking in the mirror and thinking, ‘I’m still young and never pictured my chest to look like this at a young age,” she says of her decision to get breast implants. “I had breastfed two children. I do what I feel is right for me.”

Considering how much effort Hembrow puts into her lower body—which is au natural, she’ll have you know—she doesn’t exactly swell with pride when people accuse her of other artificial enhancements, like butt implants. “It’s more frustrating than anything because I don’t want people to think they can’t achieve a booty with hard work,” she says. “It just creates a false mindset that it’s not achievable and surgery is the only option, which is completely wrong.”

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To prove her point, she constantly monitors her own progress. “Some months I feel better than others and my body is more ripped than the one before,” she says. “I take note of these changes and say, ‘hey I think I need to switch up my diet or increase my weights because I’m not progressing.”

Posted the top video in feb. slowly and steadily gaining back my booty 🙏🏼🙏🏼 I’m not sure if any of you would even see the difference but I do & that’s all that matters right?! – Take a slow and steady approach to all your goals and don’t stress if you reach a plateau or aren’t making progress, instead just adjust your diet/workout/plan and keep going ✨ – for programs & meal plans 💌 [email protected]

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She encourages others to do the same—with one caveat: “It’s not for everyone,” she says of her fitness routine and eating habits. “That’s what great about working out—you can achieve your personal goals.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow Revealed Her Entire Nightly Skincare Routine

Who doesn’t love a good celeb beauty tutorial? We LIVE for this stuff. So when Gwyneth Paltrow recently spilled her entire PM skin care routine on Harper Bazaar’s ‘Go-To Bed With Me’ series, you can bet we were ready to soak up all the advice we could get.

And we can confirm she uses an impressive list of products, which casually totals up to a cool $800 (yep, you read right – $800 worth of products). And this is just her nighttime skin care routine!

While the price tag might not be entirely feasible for pretty much anyone who isn’t a celebrity, her actual skin care routine is totally doable.

It looks like it all boils down to exfoliating and boosting hydration. But mostly the former – she is ALL about the scrub. But hey, if it helps our skin look anything close to Gwyneth’s glowing, makeup-free post-shower skin, we’re all about it, too.

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It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that around 90 per cent of the products she uses are from her brand Goop (which aren’t available in Australia just yet). However, she does use a few other brands, as well.

Looking all luminous and white fluffy-robbed, she breaks down her shower time routine – which starts with dry-brushing using the Goop G.Tox Dry Brush (we recommend The Body Shop Cactus Long Handle Brush for similar results).

She also reaches for her “two favourite G.Tox products” – the Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub, which “scrubs your scalp without drying out your hair”, and the 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub, which “leaves your skin feeling smooth and with a beautiful glow”.

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For her face routine, the wellness guru starts off with a three-step exfoliation, opting for her Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial. “This is like a professional facial in a jar,” she says. “On the jar it only says to use it three times a week, but I use it every night.” After leaving it on until her skin tingles, Gwyneth adds some water to her fingers and starts on the manual exfoliation. She then does the “third exfoliation” with a cotton washcloth.

If you want to replicate Gwyneth’s exfoliating routine, just make sure to err on the side of caution – don’t go overboard. If you need to brush up on your exfoliation knowledge, check out our tips on the dos and don’ts of exfoliating.

Next up, the star applies Vintner’s Daughter Botanical Serum (note: not a Goop product!), “I love it…it’s full of all kinds of fantastic things,” she says. For her under-eye area, which Gwyneth says is “a very important part of the process,” she reaches for Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream. She then finishes off with a slick of lip balm (Love + Sage Lip Balm).

Check out the whole tutorial below.

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Starbucks PSL Drinks Are Officially Coming Back to Grocery Stores

It may technically still be summer, but in Starbucks‘ world (which we all live in, obviously), fall has arrived! The coffee chain always seems eager to welcome falling leaves and sweater weather — it has an entire Facebook group for fall enthusiasts. This year, though, Starbucks is celebrating a very special birthday. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is turning the big 1-5!

You can celebrate by trying one of the PSL products, available in grocery stores NEXT WEEK. This is no joke, people. I told you fall is upon us.

One of the new products is Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee K-Cup Pods. It’s Starbucks’ lightest roast, with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, according to a Starbucks rep.

Some returning favorites are single-serve Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, for your favorite pumpkin fix on-the-go. There’s also multi-serve Starbucks Iced Espresso Classics Pumpkin Spice Latte.

You can also buy single-serve Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Caffe Latte K-Cup Pods, Starbucks VIA Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee.

Happy birthday, PSL! We loooooooooove you!

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"Glass Hair" Is the Latest Celebrity Trend You Need to Try

First, came the “glass skin” Korean-beauty trend, which involved super-smooth, ultra-luminous skin. Now, the concept is taking on a new form: glass hair.

"Glass hair," as originally reported by Refinery29, entails a blunt bob that's glossed to perfection, or at least as close to perfection as possible. There’s something so appealing about this particular combination — a sharp cut and the shininess of the straight, silky smooth texture. It's little surprise it's become such a viral hit on social media, and celebs like Kim Kardashian West, Lucy Hale, and Jourdan Dunn have all tried this look on for size.

Hairstylist Jennifer Yepez was among the first this year to highlight the trend when she posted a snapshot of Hailey Baldwin’s hair on Instagram back in February. To get the reflective look, Yepez used Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Blow Dry Primer, Densifique Densimorphose Hair Mousse, and the Crème Magistrale Mask.

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On Instagram, hairstylist and Color Wow ambassador Chris Appleton notes his inspiration for Kardashian West's new lob was “'90s swishy glass hair.” He adds, ”I cut Kim's hair shorter than we've ever done before; just underneath the jawline, keeping the cut blunt with no angle.” He used Color Wow’s Dream Coat Anti-Humidity Treatment then blow-dried using a round bristle brush (we love this large brush from Oribe). To boost the shine factor up a notch, Appleton finished her strands off with the Pop & Lock Gloss Treatment.

Now, check out more glass hair inspiration from the stars.

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The Best Face Mists to Soothe Your Parched Skin

Whether you're looking to calm irritated skin, brighten a dull, dry complexion, or simply boost your mood, a few spritzes of aromatic atomizers might just be what the doctor ordered. Here, we've rounded up our favorite finely misted formulas, including classic concoctions and brand-spanking-new launches. Every formula is, of course, spritzable, but rest assured — we've got you covered no matter what your skin goals may be. From a mattifying face mist to one that protects against pollution, to yet another that helps build and maintain your self tanner game (yes, actually), you're sure to find a formula that suits your face mist fancy. One of the best things about these products is that you can spray away whenever you need to hit refresh (metaphorically or physically). Because, after all, who doesn't want to hydrate, brighten, and illuminate skin with just a quick hit of mist… and feel a wash of cooling relief all the while?

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Biossance Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist

This clean-beauty brand happens to offer one of the most skin-plumping mists in all the land, thanks to its infusion of not one — but two different types of hyaluronic acid. And, of course, it wouldn't be a Biossance product without the brand's hero ingredient, squalane, which locks additional moisture into the skin.

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Volition Oil-Control Mattifying Mist

Oily skin? Allow us to suggest an alternative to those (sometimes inconvenient) blotting sheets. As if by magic, this face mist legitimately mattifies skin upon contact and significantly dials down the shine factor.

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Imagine the irrefutably soothing scent of mint and rosemary; pair it with a makeup-setting finish, and you've got yourself a good idea of what this formula is all about. Additionally, rose extract acts as a natural pore-tightening toner, but don't expect your skin to feel uncomfortable post-use. In fact, a dash of orange flower water sets you up for an even softer visage. It's no wonder this mist has secured icon status over the years.

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water

The words "Fresh" and "face mist" go together like vitamins C and E, which, is to say, extremely well. This energizing spray is packed with skin-brightening nutrients derived from citrus fruit, plus a blend of magnesium and zinc, to help snap sleep-deprived skin into shape.

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St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

This face mist smells like a Maui vacation and looks like crystal clear liquid — except it's actually a self-tanner. That said, you'd have to spray a lot of the stuff to get a tanned tint on your face. Consider it more of a post-vacation glow than a bonafide bronze.

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Emma Hardie Plump & Glow Hydrating Facial Mist

City dwellers, take note: this face mist creates a weightless protective barrier on the skin to thwart pollution. Additionally, it's spiked with other goodies, like hydrating hyaluronic acid and skin-soothing aloe. The result: skin that's both protected and plump. (No wonder it's a favorite of Dara Liotta, a New York City-based facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.)

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Too Cool For School Coconut Milky Mist

By now, many of us associate coconut-infused skin care with hydration (and for good reason.) This quirky, coco-scented mist enables you to spritz the hero ingredient as often as you'd like (without wrecking your makeup).

$14 (Shop Now)

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water

All of Herbivore Botanicals products are made with plant-based ingredients, which means you already know this floral mist — formulated with antioxidant-rich rose, hydrating coconut water, and anti-inflammatory witch hazel — is hella good for your skin.

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Pixi by Petra Vitamin Wakeup Mist

Struggling with the snooze button after a late night out? Wake up your face with a quick spritz of this zesty hydrator made of soothing orange blossom and oil-balancing grapefruit peel oil.

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist

Just like the brand's fan-favorite Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, this ultra-fine spray — spiked with superfood açai berry and energizing caffeine — gives dull, sleepy skin an instant boost of hydration.

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Wander Beauty Glow Getter Mist

This mist, made of glacier water and a mix of soothing oils (think: avocado and lavender) is the ultimate trifecta: It's touted as a primer, setting spray, and mid-day pick-me-up.

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OY-L Hydrating Facial Mist

Calm down bright red, super-sweaty skin post-spin class with this soothing atomizer made of lavender oil, aloe vera juice, and witch hazel. And then follow it up with the natural brand's illuminating moisturizer.

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First Aid Beauty Vital Greens Face Mist

Get your serving of greens in a few spritzes of this superfood-packed mist. OK, fine, it technically won't offset your daily fiber intake, but, thanks to anti-inflammatory ingredients, like kale, spinach, and aloe leaf juice, your skin will feel instantly refreshed after a few spritzes.

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Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Celebrities, like Shay Mitchell and Hilary Duff, swear by this coconut oil-based beauty line. And for good reason: Not only do all of the products smell amazing, but they actually work, too. Our favorite of the bunch? This super-hydrating coconut extract and rose toner, which helps keeps underlying redness at bay.

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Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist

We're used to seeing hyaluronic acid in serum form, but organic skin-care brand Mad Hippie has taken the treatment a step further by bottling the salt of the skin-plumping ingredient, sodium hyaluronate, into an atomized form — made perfect for re-applying throughout the day.

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SK-II Mid-Day Essence Spray

Coming in under two ounces, this super-luxe, TSA-approved spray makes for the perfect in-flight essential. While you're thousands of miles above sea level, it'll help target dryness and tightness caused by stuffy in-cabin air.

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rose Water

Get a Miranda Kerr-like glow in a matter of seconds by misting your face with this pro-favorite spray—made of gardenia, rose, and aloe vera—loved by makeup artists and aestheticians alike.

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Tula Urban Defense Hydrating Mist

Fight off free radicals — you know, the unstable molecules created in the body by UV light, cigarette smoke, and other icky stuff found in the air — with the antioxidants, like blueberries and mushrooms, found in this bottle.

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Restorsea Recharging Finishing Mist

Freshen up a mid-day makeup meltdown (smudgy mascara, we see you) with this mist, which won't irritate skin, thanks to its hypoallergenic, glycerin-rich formula.

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Is It Worth It To Buy Your Own Pair Of Spin Shoes?

Anyone who’s ever taken an indoor cycling class knows that your shoes can make or break the workout. Sure, some bikes have cages you can slip your shoes into, but it’s clipping in (when your shoes actually attach to the bike) that gives you the security to push and pull those pedals as fast as your heart desires.

“Clipping in really affords you more stability on the bike,” says Stephen Quay, the product manager for footwear at Specialized. “And what that shoe does for you is, along with providing the proper arch and forefoot support, helps to align your knee, hip, and foot through the up and down of the pedaling motion.” Not only is that going to help you avoid injury, but it’s going to help you perform more optimally when you’re doing 100 or 120 revolutions per minute.

But do you need do own a pair of indoor cycling shoes, or is it cool just to rent them? “I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer here,” says Holly Rilinger, a master instructor at Flywheel. “This really depends on your lifestyle.”

Can you just rent cycling shoes?

These days, most indoor cycling studios will hook you up with a pair of shoes as soon as you walk in the door. Some, like SoulCycle, will charge you a fee; others, like Flywheel, include shoes in the price of the class.

If you’re not a hardcore cycler and don’t want to invest in your own pair or shoes, renting is a solid choice. A good pair of indoor cycling shoes can cost anywhere from around $50 to $200. Plus, they take up space, says Rilinger—both in your gym bag and your closet. For commuters without a car, “toting your own pair around can be a major drawback,” she says.

Why should you buy your own?

If you’re a regular at your local spin studio, it could be worth shelling out for your own kicks. For starters, “of course it’s nice to have your own pair. No one else will be sweating in them!” says Rilinger. Yes, all studios make a point to clean shared cycling shoes post-class, but if you rent, you do run the risk of dealing with someone else’s foot stank—and that can be a serious deal-breaker for some.

And if you are paying an additional fee to rent, those $2 can add up fast when you’re visiting a studio several times a week.

Plus, your cycling shoes can have an effect on your performance. “The insides are built taller and thicker than the outside to support the foot,” explains Quay. If you’re wearing the wrong size, or shoes that have been stretched out by other users, that could mess with the alignment of your leg while cycling. “People who cycle three or four times a week really need a shoe that’s been tailored to their foot so they get the proper anatomic support,” he says.

What are the different types of cycling shoes?

There are a couple of kinds of cycling shoes, including road bike shoes, mountain bike shoes, and indoor cycling shoes. Since all of these are optimized for different biking scenarios, you want to make sure you choose a pair that works for where you’ll be cycling the majority of the time.

Road cycling and mountain biking shoes tend to be thicker and clunkier than shoes specifically designed for indoor cycling, says Quay. “Your feet also aren’t going to get as much air in the studio as you would outside, so most indoor shoes have extra ventilation around the sides and tongue,” he says. (That said, you’ll likely be fine cycling indoors in road shoes, Quay adds.)

More importantly, you want to pay attention to the types of cleats on the cycling shoes. There are two common ones: the two-hold (or SPD) system and the three-hole (Delta) system. You’ll find the SPD system in most gyms, along with the cages for people who want to ride sans cycling shoes.

But most indoor cycling studios on the coasts tend to use three-hole systems, says Quay, “which tend to be a little more stable.” Shoes with the SPD system are a little easier to walk around in, because the clips are smaller, while the Delta system may be easier to actually clip in to the pedals, because they’re larger. Either is a great option—it’s just important to find out what the studio you frequent most often uses so you can make sure you get a shoe with a cleat that matches the bikes’ pedals.

What else do I need to know before I buy?

Shopping for cycling shoes can feel overwhelming, since they serve a totally different purpose from any workout shoes you’ve worn in the past. But it’s not that hard! “Think of these shoes the same way you think about a running shoe,” says Rilinger. “Comfort is king.”

The best thing to do if you’re shopping for spin shoes is to go into a specialty store like REI to try them on in person and talk to a salesperson about any specific features you’re looking for. “There’s no better way to understand how a shoe feels than trying it on,” says Rilinger. “For example. some harder materials may rub against your ankle bone. You will only know that by trying it on.”

And when you do, “make sure your foot fits comfortably especially in the metatarsal area (the widest part of your foot),” says Rilinger. There’s less flexibility in a cycling shoe than a running shoe, so it’s not going to stretch to accommodate your foot as you break it in.” You also don’t need quite as much toe room as you do with running shoes, says Quay. “Your toes shouldn’t be making contact with the front of the shoe or uncomfortable in any way, but they may feel a little more fitted than your average sneaker.”

And don’t freak out if your heel slips a little on the back of the shoe when you try them on. “When you’re walking, you generate more heel force than when you’re pedaling,” says Quay. “So instead of walking around, just kind of roll up into the balls of your feet and barely lift your heels and put the pressure up in the ball of the foot. That can indicate how much of a heel hold the shoe has for you.”

What shoes should you try?

These three pics are a good go-tos to get you started:

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Why the "Lip Lift" Procedure May Someday Replace Lip Fillers

The path to enhancing your lips for more than bee-stung-second used to be found behind door number one (injections) or door number two (actually, there are also injections behind this one). But now, more folks are choosing to unlock door number three — the lip lift.

"No one knew this procedure existed two years ago, but now I have twentysomethings requesting it by name," says Dara Liotta, a facial plastic surgeon in New York City and Dubai, who performed dozens of lip lifts last year. The standard lip lift has long been done on older patients, often at the same time as a face-lift, but surgeons have modified it in recent years (more discreet scars, faster recovery) to make it an appealing stand-alone option for younger patients.

Typically done under local anesthesia in less than an hour, the operation shortens the space between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lips (aka the philtrum) by carving out a bullhorn-shaped strip of skin just below the nostrils. "The procedure raises the vermilion border [the edges of the lips], causing lips to look more enhanced, and defines the Cupid's bow, so its curves are prominent and crisp," says Jennifer L. Walden, a plastic surgeon in Austin.

And why not just get fillers? "I'm seeing a lot of patients tired of repeat injections — maybe they're bruising each time, or maybe their lips don't always turn out exactly the same — and they want something more permanent and consistent," says Michelle Henry, a New York City dermatologist and Mohs micrographic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgeon. "The lip craze is also evolving. People are focusing on the more nuanced structure and shape of their lips, which this surgery can address elegantly, rather than just wanting to be full at all costs."

People are focusing on the more nuanced structure and shape of their lips now.

Doctors are, essentially, removing a wedge of skin when they perform a lip lift — the larger the wedge, the greater the lift — but results are still customizable. "We can manipulate the shape of the excision to make subtle changes in the Cupid's bow," like giving its peaks a more obvious boost or minimizing asymmetries, says New York City plastic surgeon David Shafer.

One could argue that worrying about your philtral length is some next-level self-scrutiny, and perhaps it is. But according to experts (and anatomy textbooks), there is an ideal measurement, should you choose to care: 11 to 13 millimeters for women and 13 to 15 for men. And even if genetics are kind enough to deal you a philtrum within this range, "the space can expand one to three millimeters each decade," says Lara Devgan, a plastic surgeon in New York City. (Blame dwindling collagen and stretching ligaments.)

Curious as to the state of your own philtrum? Open your mouth: "On someone with a proportionate philtrum, a sliver of the upper incisors can be seen when lips are gently parted and the mouth is in repose," says Devgan. "As the philtrum drops, the top teeth become hidden behind a bulky upper lip."

That bulk can cause the top lip to curl under — an issue commonly mistreated with an abundance of filler. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Sheila Nazarian blames the flock of duck lips she's remedied on injectors "trying to roll up top lips with filler when what those patients needed was this surgery."

A lip lift will run you anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000, depending on where you live. We recommend choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, and definitely expect downtime: "Maybe three days of a slight pulling sensation and two weeks of swelling," says Nazarian.

This new acceptance of downtime is an interesting phenomenon among millennials.

Most patients don't need prescription pain medication — just ice and Tylenol. After about one week, stitches come out, and redness can be veiled with concealer. "This new acceptance of downtime is an interesting phenomenon among millennials," says Liotta. "They want the most perfect result and realize it can't always be found in a syringe."

But keep in mind: When the tool at hand is a scalpel and not a needle, the result isn't going to wear off in a few months. If you indeed consider it perfect, that's great news. If you don't — or eventually tire of it — permanence is far less thrilling. So when in doubt, we're happy to recommend some great lip liners.

Fashion stylist: Kirby Marzec. Hair: Takayoshi Tsukisawa. Makeup: Yuki Hayashi. Manicure: Ami Vega. Model: Aleece Wilson.

A version of this article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Allure. To get your copy, head to newsstands or subscribe now.

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‘I Don’t Care How Trendy It Is—I Will Never, Ever Cut Carbs'

I’m a pretty easygoing person for the most part, but there is one petty, dramatic hill that I will die on—I will never, ever, ever stop eating carbs.

Just like Kim K came swinging for Taylor after she slandered Kanye, I too have come here with my boxing gloves to defend my man: carbs.

You see, people left and right are talking sh*t about carbohydrates and I have had it.

First things first: I am NOT hating on you if are low-carb.

I know that cutting carbs is, for many people, a really effective way to lose weight. And I’ve heard about all of those peeps who swear that their skin is better since ditching refined carbs, or that they have more energy, or that they just feel healthier on their cauliflower rice lifestyle.

I’m all about people finding the food (and lives!) that works for their specific needs, whether that’s cutting carbs in favor of more veggies and meat, or embracing a vegan diet on the weekdays and going ham (literally) on the weekend. Your diet = your choice. But…

I freaking love carbs, and I will never choose to cut them from my diet.

Just call me Oprah, because I love bread. And pasta. And grain bowls. And pancakes. (Sadly, unlike Oprah, I am not a cultural icon or an inspiration to anyone. But I digress.)

In my humble, extremely important opinion, carby foods are the best foods. Think of all of the classic “comfort foods” for a sec. Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, grilled cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, bagels, popcorn. Notice the thing they have in common?

Yup. Carbs.

And while I enjoy experimenting with cauliflower rice, butternut squash noodles, and almond flour in the kitchen, those can never permanently replace rice, pasta, and wheat flour in my diet. Because let’s be real: They just don’t taste as good. (Don’t even get me started on cauliflower pizza crust.)

The taste issue might seem superficial—waah waah, you want everything to taste as delicious as mac and cheese! Cue the chorus of the world’s tiniest violin!—but honestly, eating a substitute that’s lacking in the taste department just makes me crave the “real” version more…and then I go overboard the next time I eat it.

I think I love you most of all, pasta.
Jessie Van Amburg

I’m not saying we should all just eat donuts and cake 24/7.

Because as delightful that would be, it’s not exactly the most #adult decision.

And look, I know that my pro-carbs stance is a privileged viewpoint. I don’t have a food allergy that would prevent me from eating gluten. I’m not actively trying to lose weight, nor have I dealt with any significant weight or health obstacles like diabetes in my life. And I fully recognize that I might feel differently about these foods if I didn’t have that privilege.

For this bread lover, what makes me happiest (and mostly healthy) is embracing those carbs with open arms.

Experts many times over agree that carbohydrates can be part of a healthy diet. It’s not exactly the most groundbreaking way to eat (and it doesn’t come with cool hashtags or anything), but it works for me. And what’s the point of living on this trash fire of a planet if I can’t freaking enjoy some mac and cheese every once in a while?

So even as the world chows down on lettuce wraps and cauliflower rice stir fry, I’ll just be over here in my corner, eating some leftover pasta. Feel free to come over and say hi sometime.

Jessie Van Amburg is the senior associate editor at Women’s Health, where she shares strong opinions about bad food trends and the importance of wearing sunscreen every day.

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