SO YOU WANT TO BE A UNICORN FARMER: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE ENTERING THE BEST OCCUPATION EVER posted by Jessica S. Marquis

Photo by Rob Boudon

These days, it seems everyone is looking to break into the unicorn farming industry. Be it the economy, the limited opportunities in the classifieds, or the undeniable allure of ‘80s nostalgia, new batches of unicorn farmers are sprouting up across the globe.

I have seen it myself at Unicornomics, the unicorn farm and research and development firm where I am Chief Unicornomicist, as our workshops on How to Raise Unicorns have experienced record attendance in inverse correlation with the Dow.

And, while unicorns are appreciative of this zeitgeist, they are also wary of the pitfalls that a surplus of unicorn farmers can bring. Thus, in the interest of unicorns’ wellbeing and preserving the future of this profession, I present to you the 5 Things You Need to Know Before Entering the Best Occupation Ever.
5. Unicorns aren’t simply grouped into “magical” and “non-magical”. Just as there is more than one breed of dog and more than one member of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is more than one type of unicorn. There is the picturesque Purebred, the glitterific Twinkletoe, the fiery Karmic, and the awkwardly lovable Gigglerump. Mixing them up will create a ton of grief that – trust me – you do not have time for, especially as you are growing your unicorn farming business.

4. Unicorns don’t like to discuss their bodily functions. This may disappoint those who spend their time theorizing about the consistency of unicorn excrement or the color of unicorn vomit, but most unicorns possess a sense of decorum. If you truly are intrigued by the digestive systems of unicorns, consider pursuing your studies in gastrointestinal unicornology, not unicorn farming.

Sparkling: Unicorns are capable of so much more.

3. Sparkling is only one aspect of a unicorn’s abilities. Unicorns can do more than just look pretty. Sure, that is what they’ve been relegated to through tapestries and little girls’ stationery, but they can also perform great feats of telekinesis and reduce the number of emails in your inbox with just a swish of the tail.

2. Being a unicorn farmer requires a certain degree of awesomeness. Being awesome doesn’t just happen. Some people are born with it, and others work day and night to achieve it. So showing up the day you open your

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Here’s Why Everyone Needs A #SkinCareFridge By Maureen Sheen

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Move over, #topshelfie — it’s all about the #skincarefridge. A dedicated (mini) fridge filled with skin care products is the latest beauty trend making the social media rounds. And you can thank K-beauty for Instagram’s newest obsession du jour. Refrigerators specifically for beauty products have been popular in Korea for the last few years, and now skin care devotees and beauty enthusiasts allover are indulging in this luxury practice while putting their beautifully styled still life of go-to skin products on display.

“In college, I received a skin care fridge as a gift with purchase when I got a coat from a department store. I absolutely loved it and used it to keep all my favorite serums and moisturizers in my dorm room,” says Sarah Lee, Glow Recipe Co-CEO and Co-Founder. “It’s so great to see that this is having a moment now.”

It’s a great content opp, sure, but do you really need a skin care fridge? We’re definitely down to chill with this trend. “Keeping skin care cold can provide de-puffing and soothing effects,” says Soko Glam Merchandising and Retail Senior Manager Diana Chen. “Plus, there’s nothing more refreshing than applying a chilled sheet mask or cream.” So, for that extra ounce of pampering or to take your #SelfCareSunday to the next level, fridge it up.

Now, which jars, creams, lotions, and potions actually deserve coveted real estate in your skin care fridge? The experts of K-beauty’s leaders Glow Recipe, Soko Glam, and Peach & Lily spill the details below.

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What to put in your #SkinCareFridge

According to Lee, a skin care fridge is great for keeping daily products like sheet masks, mists, serums, and moisturizers at an optimal storage temperature between 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit. “It can prolong the integrity of a formula, especially those with a high percentage of natural ingredients as the temperature is controlled and sunlight is kept out,” says Lee.

In addition, Peach & Lily Founder Alicia Yoon recommends keeping vitamin C and retinoid-based products in the fridge to help prevent them from breaking down and oxidizing faster, as well as to preserve their potency and efficacy. “Any live cultures should also be refrigerated,”

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.glam.com/beauty/heres-why-everyone-needs-a-skincarefridge/

8 Benefits and Uses of Witch Hazel by Rachael Link, MS, RD

Witch hazel is a plant with powerful medicinal properties that can be used in a variety of ways.

There are many species of witch hazel, but Hamamelis virginiana — a type of shrub native to North America — is most commonly used in folk medicine in the US. The leaves and bark are made into teas and ointments.

Most often applied to the skin and scalp, witch hazel is widely known for its ability to ease inflammation and soothe sensitive skin.

It can also be added to herbal teas and ingested orally in small amounts as a natural treatment for other conditions.

Here are the top 8 benefits and uses of witch hazel.

1. Relieves Inflammation

Inflammation is a normal immune response designed to protect your body against injury and infection.

However, chronic inflammation is thought to play a central role in the development of certain diseases (1Trusted Source).

Witch hazel contains many compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid and tannins.

It also contains antioxidants that help prevent widespread inflammation and neutralize free radicals, which are disease-causing compounds that can build up in your body (2Trusted Source3Trusted Source).

Therefore, witch hazel could have far-reaching benefits and may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory-related issues, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis.

Studies show that topically-applied witch hazel can effectively reduce inflammation and help soothe your skin (4Trusted Source5Trusted Source).

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SUMMARYWitch hazel contains many compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, which may have far-reaching benefits for your health.

2. Reduces Skin Irritation

Sensitive skin, defined by abnormal sensory symptoms, is a very common condition, affecting an estimate of up to 45% of Americans (6Trusted Source).

Some research suggests that applying witch hazel topically to sensitive skin may be beneficial in the treatment of inflamed, irritated or broken skin.

In fact, witch hazel has been shown to suppress erythema — a reddening

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Benefits Of Lavender Oil: 8 Uses For This Essential Oil

If you’re looking to calm both the body and the mind (and let’s face it—we could all benefit from a little R&R), look no further than the classic essential oil: lavender oil. While the pretty purple plant itself is a sight to see, its versatile essential oil is where the healing powers are at. From your head to your toes, lavender oil can help you de-stress, decompress, and develop your healthiest routines yet.

What exactly is lavender oil?

Lavender oil, also known by its scientific name Lavandula angustifolia, is a type of essential oil derived from—you guessed it—the lavender flower. Although it’s now grown globally, lavender is native to the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and Russia.

The oil is extracted by a steam distillation process, in which the flowers are steamed, the steam is captured, and the oil is separated and collected from the water. You can usually find

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10 Best Non-Toxic Nail Polish Brands for a Healthy Mani BY PAIGE STABLES

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Traditional nail polish has acquired a bad rap, largely due to chemical ingredients and a harsh odor. Besides irritating your senses with a poignant scent, “nail polishes contain solvents and some ingredients that can potentially cause health issues and irritation if inhaled in large quantities,” says Sabina Wizemann, a senior chemist in the Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

The strong aroma may not be the only thing that’s harsh about some nail polishes: chemicals in common nail lacquer formulas could potentially enter the body through your nail beds. study by researchers at Duke University detected evidence of a common nail polish chemical called triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, in the bodies of every woman who volunteered to paint her nails for the study.

The good news: many advancements have been made in nail polish formulations since this study. There are options without that particular harmful chemical, and other potentially dangerous ingredients, which brings us to so-called “nontoxic” or “natural” nail lacquers.

What makes a nail polish non-toxic?

“Products are crossing off ‘toxic’ ingredients from formulas at rapid speed, and some brands offer vegan and gluten-free options,” says Wizemann. Most non-toxic nail polishes are three-free, meaning they do not contain formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Beyond that, polishes go as far as being nine-, or 10-, or even 14-free. Here’s the breakdown of what’s missing (thankfully!) from those formulas:

  • 5-free contains no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor
  • 7-free contains no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene
  • 9-free contains no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, parabens, acetone
  • 10-free contains no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, parabens, acetone, TPHP, TBHP, gluten

No matter which formula you choose, follow instructions, avoiding use in poorly-ventilated areas. Still wary? “Water-based formulas incorporate non-synthetic pigments and aqueous acrylic polymers, plus they are also odorless,” says Wizemann. Though easy to apply, they are often not as long-lasting. Here, the “cleanest” nail lacquers available right now:

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14-FREE

Pure Cover Nail Paint

OROSA BEAUTY
OROSAorosabeauty.com

$12.00

Orosa’s nail lacquer bottles up all the good things: a quick-dry formula, week-long wear, and fresh color. The vegan and cruelty-free formula is made without 14 controversial ingredients.

Made without: Formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, triphenyl phosphate, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, MEHQ/HQ, MIT, palm oil, parabens, animal-derived ingredients, and gluten.

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14-FREE

Nail Lacquer

AILA
AILAloveaila.com

$3.95

Founded by a podiatric surgeon, Aila has a strong focus on maintaining the health of your nails. The vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free lacquers come in a rainbow of vibrant shades as well as neutrals.

Made without: Parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, triphenyl phosphate, xylene, bismuth oxychloride, ethyl tosylamide, methylisothiazolinone
hydroquinone monomethyl ether, and plant derivatives.

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10-FREE

Nail Polish

15 Best Face Moisturizers for Every Type of Skin BY NICOLE SAPORITA, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE, AND APRIL FRANZINO

GHI Best Face Moisturizers 

Applying a face moisturizer daily is one of the number one keys to healthy, glowing skin no matter what the season, your age, or skin type. Moisturizers are emulsions of oil and water (plus other ingredients for nourishing, treatment, and preserving) that help replenish hydration, keeping moisture in skin and dryness out.

Experts say that hydrating is crucial for keeping skin youthful and healthy, even if you don’t have dry skin. “Moisturizing protects the skin barrier,” explains Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. The healthier your barrier, the better your skin’s defense against inflammation and damage, which can protect skin from signs of dehydration, irritation, redness, and even dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles over time.

For best benefits, moisturize your clean face daily (morning and/or evening as needed for your skin type), massaging it in as you apply it. “This will increase its absorption and effectiveness, and improve circulation,” Engelman advises.

How we test moisturizers

The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab.scientists have a century-long history of testing skin care products for efficacy, including moisturizers. When skin care products make moisturization or hydration claims, the Beauty Lab’s chemists use the Corneometer device to gauge how well (or not!) a formula moisturizes skin. We use the machine to measure the hydration levels of testers’ clean skin before application, and again six hours after to calculate how much the product has increased skin’s moisture.

Last but certainly not least, we send moisturizers home with consumer testers who give their feedback on factors such as absorption, texture, and scent. We consider all of these data points to find the best face moisturizer out there for sensitive skinoily skin, and everything in between. Our picks are either backed by our Good Housekeeping Seal or top-tested by the GH Beauty Lab.

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BEST OVERALL FACE MOISTURIZER

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

OLAY
OLAYAmazon.com

$20.03

This cream outperformed almost a dozen competitors — even one priced at $440! — in our Beauty Lab test. Our chemists were blown away by how well this GH Seal pick kept skin moisturized over a 24-hour period, with moisture increasing by 50% on average.

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BEST VALUE DRUGSTORE FACE MOISTURIZER

SkinActive Clearly Brighter Face Moisturizer SPF 15

GARNIER
GARNIERamazon.com

$12.99

$10.50 (19% off)

Packed with powerhouse skin brightener and antioxidant vitamin C, this featherweight Garnier lotion with the Good Housekeeping Seal illuminates dull skin whiles softening and protecting. Testing showed that it helped stimulate cell turnover, making skin brighter, and 91% of users’ complexions looked healthier after eight weeks.

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BEST FACE MOISTURIZER FOR OILY, ACNE-PRONE SKIN

Oil-Free Moisture for Combination Skin

NEUTROGENA
NEUTROGENAAmazon.com

$9.52

This GH Seal star is a light formula that balances skin by hydrating dry areas while canceling shine in oilier spots. Our

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