For some people, looking directly into the light can trigger a sneeze, either helping them force out one that won’t come, or catching them completely off guard. Between 18 and 35 percent of the population carries the gene for the photic sneeze reflex, or as it’s called by some clever otolaryngologists, Autosomal dominant Compulsive Helio-Ophthalmic Outbursts of sneezing (ACHOO).
Why on Earth we have evolved this bizarre reflex is still a mystery. Animals sneeze to enhance their ability to smell, so it’s possible that there is some rudimentary protective adaptation at work here. Or, it’s just a weird quirk we keep passing through the generations. MORE: Ask A Scientist: Why Does Light Make You Sneeze?
Jem and Lil Wayne just had a baby—seriously, check out the face tats on Giamba’s fall 2015 runway. Makeup artist Val Garland used acrylic and teeny, tiny paintbrushes to create ink that was beautiful, cool, and (obvs) temporary.
For long-term weight maintenance, setting a specific goal of “lose 5 pounds,” research shows, is a less effective strategy for continued pursuit of weight loss than giving yourself some leeway, such as “lose 3 to 8 pounds.” Researchers refer to this latter strategy as a high-low range goal, or one characterized by a range of possibilities for success, from easily attainable to challenging. Individuals pursuing high-low range goals “perceive those goals as being both attainable and challenging, which is needed for people to experience a sense of accomplishment,” says Maura Scott, Ph.D., an assistant professor of marketing at Florida State University. “It’s that feeling of accomplishment that emerges that makes people want to continue.” MORE: 5 Ways to Totally Amaze Yourself
Getting a good night’s sleep is hard enough without all the conflicting, confusing, sometimes flat-out incorrect information out there. But grab a face mask and a soft pillow: Here, we clear up the most common misconceptions so you can rest easy.
Over 45 million Americans have skin ink, but about 9 million of them regret their tattoos. Good news for them: a PhD student from Nova Scotia may have just changed the tattoo-removal game. Alec Falkenham has invented a pain-free lotion that may soon replace lasers for the tattoo removal process. He’s working on turning his patent into a commercial license, so until then, it’s still laser-time if you’re considering a tattoo removal. Fun fact: Green and blue are the hardest colors to remove. MORE: Painless Tattoo Removal Cream
With winter cold season in high gear, many of us are popping allergy meds to get some relief. But even if you’re not quite sick, you can still benefit from an antihistamine. It’s something of a celebrity secret: Taking an antihistamine the night before a big event can prevent swelling and keep circulation moving, reducing puffiness and dark circles in the morning. Think of it as an emergency beauty treatment, not a nightly routine. If you’re going to start a habit, make that habit going to bed earlier. READ MORE: What’s Your Under Eye Circle Type?
Nothing says “winter is here” like dull, dreary, washed-out skin. Doctors recommend 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night for the body completely repair itself, and if you don’t give yourself enough zzz’s, you deny your body the ability to restore skin cells. This allows fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles to form much more noticeably. READ MORE: 8 Skin Brightening Tips for Winter Weather
Her lips, her butt, her baby: Kim Kardashian has many trademarks that make her famous. But the one that most interests us is, without question, her hair. Here, a look back at her many (many, many) styles past.