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Those who deal with dark spots know first-hand how frustrating they can be. Apart from being difficult to prevent, they also take forever to heal. What can be even more annoying than a rogue dark spot here and there, though, is hyperpigmentation, and under that umbrella falls melasma. The pigmentary disorder occurs when your body produces too much pigment, and it’s often triggered by hormonal changes. It’s why melasma is often caused by pregnancy or birth control. The flare-ups vary between brown to grey-ish patches, and while they often go away on their own there are more than a handful…

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Some social media trends pass by in a flash, while others prove to have entirely too much staying power. The clean girl aesthetic is one of those trends that’s showing no signs of slowing down; since its emergence in early 2022, videos with the tag have over 750 million TikTok views. It sounds innocuous enough, as if its proponents simply shower regularly. But there's much more to the clean girl aesthetic than literal cleanliness—and frankly, it's a problem for many reasons. Let's look at what exactly this trend is, and why it's harmful to so many people. What Exactly Is…

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How to Use It Hydrogen Peroxide Alternatives The Takeaway You may not wake up every day dreaming of whiter teeth, but if someone told you a simple product can whiten your teeth without too much effort, you would probably be at least slightly intrigued. After coming across claims that hydrogen peroxide can be a useful product for teeth whitening, we were definitely interested in learning more. Does hydrogen peroxide really whiten teeth? And if so, is it safe? To find out, we got in touch with the experts who know best: dentists. Keep reading to hear them weigh in everything…

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Whether you live in a busy urban hub, the night shift has you sleeping during the day, or your partner snores, the right pair of earplugs might be what you need to get the rest you crave. (Our guide to fixing your sleep schedule can help, too.) “Earplugs can absolutely be helpful when trying to fall asleep,” confirms sleep science coach Logan Foley. “A quiet environment is key to getting a full, uninterrupted night of sleep.” Plus, earplugs are totally safe to sleep with—though sometimes, after prolonged use, you might notice a build-up of wax. There are all kinds of…

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This may date me (a lot), but when I was young, there was no such thing as TikTok and no viral hacks to potentially help you whiten your smile and make it sparkle like the sun, all from the comfort of your own home. Instead, we had to resort to the OG version of Crest Whitestrips, which were uncomfortable to wear in their earliest incarnation—not to mention the weird chalky coating you’d get on your teeth post-whitening session. (I can still taste it.) Obviously teeth whitening systems have improved a lot since the mid-2000s, but when it comes to at-home…

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Working out with knee pain can be a real, well, pain. Beyond the physical hurt, aching joints can make it tough to stay active and can hold you back from performing at your best. Enter knee braces, which make a real difference in terms of minimizing discomfort and offering support as you move. Sometimes called a “knee sleeve” or “knee strap,” these over-the-counter lifesavers help protect weakened muscles while still allowing for a full range of motion. Most of these options employ compressive technology, which, according to certified personal trainer Dianna Falzarano, increases the amount of oxygen and blood flow…

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Sometimes, you need to freshen up down there—it’s natural and nothing a feminine wash can’t handle. Feminine washes clean the vulva—the external area of the vagina—and are good at removing debris and sweat, such as any vaginal discharge around the labia minora, clitoral hood, or in pubic hair, says Dr. Tamika Cross, an OB-GYN in Houston. While meant for your nether regions, feminine washes are not, we repeat, not meant for use inside the vagina. “The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, meaning that by the discharge and different types of organisms—yeast and bacteria—the vagina keeps itself clean,” explains Dr. Heather Irobunda, an OB-GYN in New York City.…

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It’s a fact: Dry, red, and irritated eyes are really uncomfortable. Also, a fact: More people than ever before are experiencing that incredibly annoying eye itch, says board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Diane Hilal-Campo. Looking for relief? Hilal-Campo says a good eye drop can ease discomfort instantly. If you, like us, pop into a drugstore or rummage through your medicine cabinet and grab the first eye drops you can find, know that not all eye drops are created equal. Different ingredients can make eye drops more or less useful to easing your discomfort, so it’s important to choose the right one for…

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If we were to make a list of the most annoying things we have to deal with when it comes to bodily functions, bloating would be among the top few. Not only is it physically uncomfortable to feel bloated, but it tends to cause some serious mental gymnastics, too, often taking a hit to our confidence and overall self-image. And usually, when bloat strikes, it happens at the most inopportune of times like before a presentation at work or ahead of a first date when you want to feel your best. But, not to worry– there are a number of ways…

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Adaptogens are a buzzy topic as of late and ashwagandha is one of the most buzzed about. As the name suggests, adaptogens claim to help the body adapt to stress. So you can understand why their popularity has been skyrocketing amongst the masses. These zenned-out darlings, however, aren’t particularly new. Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years for its many health benefits, from increasing energy levels to regulating the nervous system, improving sleep and rest, preventing or stopping stress-related hair loss, and even boosting libido. Some also recommend ashwagandha for gut health which can lead to…

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