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While some people may seem to always have flawless skin, the truth is most folks will wake up now and again, or even always, with a bad skin day, and a new report reveals the shocking amount of those days people have each year.

A new survey reveals that Americans will have an average of five bad skin days each month, or 12 per year, which can translate to 3,600 over the course of their lifetime. Overall, 87% of Americans worry about their skin quality, with 48% worried on a regular basis. Not surprising, women tend to worry more about the health and appearance of their skin than men (50% vs. 43%). As for what they are most worried about, wrinkles tops the list, followed by dryness, sagginess and dark spots. 

Of course what causes these bad skin days depends on the person, but those polled blame stress the most, followed by lack of sleep and poor hydration.

Top Ten Factors Contributing To Poor Skin Health

  1. Stress
  2. Lack of sleep
  3. Poor hydration
  4. Poor diet/consuming certain foods (i.e. grease, sugar)
  5. Sweating too much
  6. Weather
  7. Too much sun
  8. Polluted environment
  9. Menstrual
  10. Not taking makeup off before going to bed

Source: SWNS Digital


If you have a hardcore skin care routine and never skip the sunscreen, you’re definitely helping your skin stay youthful. But new research shows there’s one workout that’s really your skin’s biggest ally when it comes to ageing: high-intensity interval training (HIIT). According to a new study from the Mayo Clinic, HIIT can basically stop cellular aging in its tracks.

Researchers wanted to know more about how exercise affects the mitochondria, which are the “powerhouses” of our cells that create over 90% of the energy we need to sustain life and support organ function. They split participants into two groups, men and women between 18 and 30, and men and women from 65 to 80. They were assigned a three-month training program that included HIIT, strength training, or a combo of both.

As expected, the strength training group had the biggest improvements in muscle mass, but the HIIT group was affected by their training on a molecular level. And their mitochondrial function, which typically declines with age, improved by 49% in the younger group and 69% with the older group.

So basically, nothing beats exercise when it comes to preventing or delaying aging. “These things we are seeing cannot be done by any medicine,” explains the study’s lead author Sreekumaran Nair. “Based on everything we know, there’s no substitute for these exercise programs when it comes to delaying the ageing process.”

Source: Women's Health


Chances are, you don’t do much formal dining, but etiquette is still taught in classes and at finishing schools. And if you’ve ever been nervous about your skills when sitting down to a fancy meal, we can help. Here are a few rules of formal dining courtesy of Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette and The Plaza Hotel Finishing Program. She trained under a former member of The Royal Household of the Queen and served as a consultant for “Downton Abbey,” so she really knows her stuff.

  • Never lift your menu off the table - In formal dining, leave at least part of the menu touching the table at all times.
  • Once you sip from a glass, you must sip from the exact same place on that glass for the rest of the evening- That way you don’t end up with a ring on your glass from natural oils or lipstick.
  • Don't clink. Not even for the 'gram - Not only could clinking damage fine glassware, Meier points out, “In very formal dining, the less noise we make, the better.”
  • Keep the rim of your plates as clean as possible - This is out of respect for the servers who’ll be clearing plates and grabbing the edges.
  • Place "discards" on the upper left part of your plate - Our etiquette expert says put your lemon rinds, fish bones, and such there.
  • Keep your bread on the plate at all times unless you are delivering it to your mouth - So butter the bread while it’s on the plate and don’t butter the whole piece at once. Break off the part you’re going to eat, butter it, then pick it up and put it in your mouth. Same goes for bagels, muffins, biscuits, and other bread products.
  • Never say you are going to the restroom - When you need to go, just excuse yourself. No need to say where you’re going.
  • Don't say "bon appetit" - Turns out, this expression isn’t proper here or in France. Meier advises saying, “Please enjoy” instead.
  • Leave one bite left on your plate - It shows you enjoyed the meal, but weren’t so hungry you ate everything - which could be a sign it wasn’t enough food.

Source: Food and Wine


When you were just getting into makeup and skincare, one of the very first beauty products you used was probably St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It started getting popular way back in the ‘80s and it’s still a big seller today. We love it because it exfoliates our skin and has a fruity, peachy scent.

And St. Ives knows we like the way that scrub smells, so they’ve come out with a fragrance based on that scent. We can now buy an Iconic Apricot rollerball fragrance and relive our teen years all over again. And the best part? It’s only $10 on the company’s website.

So save your money, you don’t need fancy perfumes or the latest expensive celeb-backed fragrance to smell good. Enjoy the nostalgia-fueled goodness that is the Apricot Scrub-scented rollerball and smell like a teenager again.

Source: Allure 

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