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Prevention and Treatments The Takeaway Oftentimes, people go on birth control not only to prevent pregnancy but to mitigate heavy flows and thwart breakouts, too. That’s because so many oral contraceptives are equipped with ingredients designed to help balance hormones and oil production. But what about IUDs? While celebrities like Hailey Bieber have spoken out about their IUD-related breakouts, expansive research on the topic is still lacking. That’s why we chatted with dermatologist Dendy Engelman and OB/GYN Lauren Demosthenes for everything there is to know about the connection between IUDs and breakouts—including how common they are, what truly causes them,…

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What It’s Like Melissa Wood’s Technique The Step-By-Step Process Aftercare Results Takeaway While we love a good massage, sometimes what we really need is an instant, at-home pick-me-up. A routine that can quickly be deployed any time we're feeling stagnant, swollen, or just plain blah. A full-body stimulation that isn't an extra fitness step, but rather a self-care ritual to retreat into– it almost sounds too good to be true, but it's not– allow us to introduce you to lymphatic drainage. Post-baby, it’d seem as though I lost the majority of my baby weight rather swiftly—and I did—but there was…

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Who doesn’t want a brighter, whiter smile? Teeth whitening has always been a popular sub-section of beauty, and luckily for us, DIY whitening has come leaps and bounds in recent years. It’s now possible to see great results from something as simple as brushing your teeth regularly (that's two times a day).  According to Marina Gonchar, DMD, MS, a board-certified orthodontist, whitening toothpaste works in two ways—either removing surface stains mechanically (through abrasives like silica or charcoal) or whitening teeth via chemical bleaching agents. While these kinds of toothpaste can help achieve a brighter, whiter smile, the right formula really…

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As luck would have it, many of the most enjoyable things in life can stain your teeth. Your morning cup of coffee, that evening glass of red wine, heck, even seemingly innocuous things such as tomato sauce and blueberries can leave your teeth looking dingy and yellow. At-home whitening products can whiten your smile well, plus, they’re cost-effective, convenient, and cause less tooth sensitivity than in-office treatments. And there are plenty of formats to choose from—strips, pens, and more—to fit most preferences. However, not all whitening products are created equal, so we tested dozens of top-rated options to see if…

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If you’ve been wishing your smile was a little brighter, you’re not alone. While there’s no shortage of over-the-counter and professional whitening treatments ranging from pens and gels to LED whitening kits and trays, whitening strips offer one of the easiest ways to score pearly (or, at the very least, pearlier) whites. We put more than 20 at-home whitening strips to the test. We used the strips at home once a day for the full treatment time (about a week or two), noting how easy they were to apply, how comfortable they felt, how well they whitened and brightened their…

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We’ve all asked ourselves how we can get a better night’s sleep at one point or another. There’s no straightforward answer, so naturally, everyone has their own approach. For some people, it’s all about having your room at the perfect temperature. Others swear by layering on weighted blankets to reduce anxiety. Others benefit from a pair of earplugs to block out sound. And of course, you can also try a classic: slipping on an eye mask. This option happens to look super chic, because who doesn’t want to channel their inner Blair Waldorf? But believe it or not, there are…

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The Cost Aftercare The Final Takeaway When I first heard of Somato Emotional Release (SER), a technique that helps the mind and body work through trauma, I was skeptical. But, as more conversations about its mental and physical health benefits have been swirling around, I finally decided to delve deeper into SER. I booked an SER bodywork session with Dawn Phillips, founder of Haven Holistic + Somatic Healing in Brooklyn, and spoke with her about the benefits of Somato Emotional Release. Ahead, learn more about the therapeutic process. What Is Somato Emotional Release (SER)? SER is a form of CranioSacral…

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I've never been the biggest monthly bleeder, which is something I've always been quite grateful for. For decades, my periods lasted just a few days, and I never required any sort of "super" assistance. A few years ago, though, after I turned forty, I noticed that they started getting shorter than before. It wasn’t until I finished a box of 16 tampons and realized I’d purchased it an entire year prior that it hit me just how much my periods had tapered off. I stopped using tampons entirely, opting instead for period underwear, which holds the equivalent of one to…

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If you want to brighten your smile, a pricey professional teeth whitening session isn’t your only option. Classic at-home whitening strips are a great place to start, but teeth whitening kits that utilize the power of LED light might be even better. “While LED technology does not directly whiten your teeth, it helps to speed up the whitening process when using an at-home kit,” says bicoastal cosmetic dentist Dr. Victoria Veytsman. Teeth whitening products are typically formulated with a type of peroxide, which helps remove surface stains on teeth. “When combined with an LED light, a chemical reaction occurs, and the light causes the peroxide to break down at…

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In B.C. times, or those years “before child” in my life, self-care often meant hours at the gym to clear my mind, followed by a sauna and steam session, maybe even a massage and linking up with my girlfriends for a glass of champs. Now that I come with a toddler in tow, I only dream of taking such indulgences.  These days, an afternoon nap in cozy PJs, a nourishing body cream, or extra morning espresso are tiny indulgences that help me take care of myself as a busy mom who seems to prioritize everyone’s needs over my own. However…

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