Activated Charcoal Is the New Kale, But Is It Legit?

When it comes to wellness trends, black is officially the new green. Gone are the days of people sipping kale smoothies every morning to get their detox on. Now, it's all about drinking activated charcoal-infused juices, as they supposedly rid the body of all sorts of nasty stuff. Have a sweet tooth? Embrace your inner Goth (y'know, the one that disappeared when you graduated from high school) with charcoal ice cream, which is served up at scoop shops like Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream in New York City. Charcoal is also super-popular in lots of beauty and personal care products -- everything from face masks to soaps to toothpastes. Basically, it's everywhere you look. But does this ashy black ingredient deserve superhero status? Or is it simply something that looks cool when you Instagram it? We chatted with top experts to get the dirt on all things activated charcoal.   read more

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After Losing My Son, These Products Helped Me Get Back to My Former Self

After my son died suddenly two years ago, I've been on a healing journey. I don't remember much from that time. But when I look at photos, I literally look 25 years older. Trauma of any kind takes a drastic toll on how we look as well as how we feel, and can immediately age us overnight. You eventually start to look at the older woman in your reflection and want to get you back.   read more

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19 Creative Date Ideas for Every Type of Couple

Look, if there's anything we can all agree on, it's the fact that dating is hard. Especially in the early stages. And furthermore, sometimes the standard dinner/movie combo or afternoon coffee date ideas can get a little... boring. So, what are some more inventive and cheap ideas for dates?   read more

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24 Game-Changing Beauty Hacks That'll Speed Up Your Morning Routine

We could all use some genius beauty hacks in our arsenal, couldn't we? With the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives, it's nice to be able to save time/money/effort whenever possible -- so, why not hack your beauty routine?   read more

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7 Reasons Your New Vaginal Care Regimen Is Dangerously Nuts

Our vaginas are dirtier, smellier and more toxin-filled than ever -- or at least that's what the personal-care industry leads us to believe. A quick Google search can acquaint you with more vaginal cleansing products and treatments than you probably knew existed. You can make your vagina smell like fruits and flowers with deodorizing washes, sprays, wipes and suppositories; clean it with probiotic douches; "detoxify" it with herbal sachets; balance its "hormonal levels" with a steam treatment; and "clear" your "chi pathways" by sticking a jade egg in it.   read more

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15 Instagram Accounts That Are Redefining Beauty Standards

Remaining body positive while scrolling Instagram's endless stream of individuals filtered to perfection (or, ahem, beyond recognition) is no easy feat. The flaw-free barrage of drop-dead gorgeous 'grammers can make a gal feel like she needs to hide or whittle away at every supposed imperfection (Can we say #unrealistic?).   read more

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7 Self-Care Habits That Will Make You Glow From the Inside Out

In the past few years, self-care has been occasionally and incorrectly equated with self-indulgence. Sure, self-care can mean throwing down for spa treatments, a new wardrobe or fine leather goods, but there are plenty of other ways to "treat yo' self." Some of the most powerful and healthy self-care habits for your mind and body are actually pretty simple, not to mention free (or pretty close to it).   read more

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The Buzzy Mind-Body Facial That Puts Skin in its Happy Place

You've probably seen the Instagram posts for jade stone and rose quartz facial gua sha tools. But you've no idea how to use them, or why. Order online and the tool comes with no instructions. What's a girl to do?   read more

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These 9 CBD Oil Products Might Just Change Your Life

Before you even ask: No, CBD (short for cannabidiol) will not get you high. It's lacking in the psychoactive effects of its 420-friendly cousin, THC. But some evidence suggests the plant compound found in hemp and marijuana, two varieties of the cannabis plant, may ease pain, anxiety, sleepiness, inflammation, nausea, and, in the right dose from a doctor and in combination with other medicinal compounds found in the cannabis plant, may even treat everything from seizures to withdrawal.   read more

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You'll Never Believe These 17 Sephora Products Are $10 And Under

As beauty editors (and self-professed product junkies), nothing gets our adrenaline pumping quite like an impromptu visit to the most mystical of makeup meccas -- Sephora. Hearts racing and hands grabbing, our typical shopping M.O. involves walking through the aisles with childlike abandon and subjecting our limbs to the beautifying mercy of countless products. From lipsticks to perfume to eye cream, we want it all. And while this strategy has proven beneficial for our ever-evolving beauty collection, over time, it's done a serious number on our bank account. (Blame it on our champagne taste.)   read more

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