Not everyone has Gwyneth Paltrow’s $21,000-a-month beauty budget (insert crying emoji here). But who needs it when the drugstore is bursting with sophisticated anti-aging treatments that can keep your skin looking just as fresh? The math is simple: $21,000 equals 840 (or more) bottles of the products on these pages. We’ll raise a green juice to that.
Did you know that staying up just an hour or two later on the weekend can wreak havoc on your sleep, not to mention your mood? The name for this phenomenon is “social jet lag” – although it’s not a clinical condition, sleep psychologists have noted that more people aren’t sticking with the same sleep-wake schedule through the week. And that comes with a price: Staying out until the wee hours Friday and Saturday nights and then sleeping in both days can throw our body clocks out of whack. So much so that we can have trouble adjusting to our “regular” sleep time when it’s Sunday night, leaving us dragging and grumpy the next day. Our internal body clocks get thrown out of whack, which in turn throws off our appetite and our sleep patterns for the next day. One sleep hack that can help: get a solid night’s rest through the week, so you’re not going into your weekend with sleep debt. If you need to, take power naps to catch up.
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A makeup artist is only as good as her products, and when I find the perfect shade of pink lipstick or a mascara that never clumps, I love it like a child. OK, that’s a small exaggeration. But I do have a handful of MVPs that have gotten me out of any makeup problem you can think of, and I’ve come to rely on them for almost every look I do.
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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences proves that the “blame the parents” strategy may not be too far off. Research shows that children who are told they’re special end up becoming narcissists. The study looked at 565 children aged seven through 11 in The Netherlands over the course of a year and a half. The children and their parents were surveyed every six months. Results showed that children whose parents described them as “more special than other children” and as kids who “deserve something extra in life” were more likely to score higher on tests of narcissism than their peers.
Guessing anyone’s age is tricky, but in the Allure offices, it’s a minefield. Our twentysomething editors look like dorm residents, our fortysomething editors have zero wrinkles, and our 87-year-old contributing editor looks (and acts) decades younger. We’ve been smeared, peeled, zapped, and injected by virtually every anti-aging treatment (within reason). And now we’re not holding anything back—not even our real ages.
“I’m at the age where things are starting to change—my acne has disappeared, but now my skin’s temperamental and not as glow-y as it was even one year ago. And while I don’t have wrinkles yet, I know they’re in my imminent future,” says Panych, 28. “So I use products that are supermoisturizing, because when my skin is dewy, it looks younger.”
A new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine examined the influence of nightly sleep duration and quality and its influence on female sexual activity. The study used 171 college-aged women and had them complete questionnaires about sexual function over 24 hours and sleep quality from the night before (how long it took to fall asleep, total sleep time, etc.) For women in romantic relationships, a higher level of sexual desire was reported for every hour of sleep. Additionally, researchers found a 14% increase in the likeliness of sexual activity the next day. A longer sleep duration was found to be key to a higher sex drive and fewer problems with vaginal arousal compared with those who obtained less sleep. Just another reason to sleep in tomorrow!
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