We’ve made a national pastime out of complaining about bikini shopping. But if you ask us, far more excruciating (and less discussed) is what it takes to prepare your body for bikini shopping — and for wearing a bikini every single time thereafter.
No, we're definitely not talking about rigorous fitness routines; after all, the first and only step to getting a beach body is to have a body. This is about the measures we take to clear the hairs that insist on cropping up just outside the bikini line. Whether you shave, wax, or sugar, none of it is pleasant — and nearly all methodologies can spur redness, bumps, and irritation (which, frankly, we’re not convinced looks any better than exposed pubes).
As New York-based dermatologist and dermatopathologist Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, MD, explains, "Bikini rash, also known as folliculitis, happens because of inflammation around the hair follicle that occurs after shaving or waxing. Because the hair is generally coarser in the bikini area relative to other parts of the body, irritation from shaving or waxing is more common."
It’s a raw deal, but our quest for smooth skin prevails. So this swim season, why not circumvent the whole masochistic cycle by preventing bikini rash before it sets in? Two dermatologists help us formulate a game plan, ahead.
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For Shelby Kinnaird, being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes more than 20 years ago was a total shock. Kinnaird eventually created the blog Diabetic Foodie in 2010 “to show people that getting a diabetes diagnosis does not mean you can’t eat delicious food.”
The Fourth of July is coming up fast and, while the holiday has historically been a time to celebrate with fami;y and friends, things are a little different this year. Surging coronavirus cases around the nation raise a major question: What can people do to celebrate the holiday safely?
As coronavirus cases in the US reach 2,545,250, Arizona broke the record with the highest single-day increase, with 3,591 new cases on June 27th. Meanwhile, Scottsdale Councilman, Guy Phillips made headlines last week when he announced, “I can’t breathe” — the last words of Eric Garner and George Floyd that’s become a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement — before removing his face-mask during an anti-mask rally. This falls in line with a worrisome trend of public leaders speaking out against the use of protective face coverings, something that experts say is vital in slowing the spread of coronavirus. “What bothers the healthcare workers is mixed messaging from our leaders,” traveling critical care specialist Dr. Luis Rosario tells Yahoo Life, “Why do you have to politicize a mask? I will never understand that.” Rosario is currently working 12-hour night shifts in a Miami ICU, but since late March he has traveled to hospitals throughout the U.S., wherever critical care is needed most. Rosario tells Yahoo Life that while watching the virus travel from state to state, he has seen it devastate already struggling communities disproportionately.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is “strongly” recommending that schools physically welcome back students in the fall instead of continuing remote learning — and the organization is already getting pushback.
Armageddon, in all its space suit-wearing, Aerosmith-playing glory, landed in movie theaters on July 1, 1998, making it about as old as Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler’s characters were supposed to be in the blockbuster. And yet, Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at American Museum of Natural History in New York City, tells Yahoo Life that she still gets one question constantly: “Is there an asteroid out there that is gonna hit earth and cause either massive destruction or possibly destroy the planet?” Thankfully, her answer is probably not, and definitely not the way it happened on screen. “The movies that exist out there about what could happen — Armageddon being one of the more famous ones — that movie is about as scientifically incorrect as one can get,” Faherty says. The good news is that astronomers are always on the lookout for this exact scenario. “There might be a big rock out there with our name on it. If there is, there’s a good chance that we’ll find it, because we’ve got a lot of these really great surveys,” Faherty says. “And there’s people thinking really hard about this, about whether or not we could do something. But because we’re taking this seriously, there’s some cool ideas that people have. Can we deflect it? Could we yank it away from the Earth?” Sadly, calling in Bruce Willis is not one of the options she presents in the video above. Armageddon ended up being the highest-grossing film of the year based on world-wide receipts.
If you’re feeling young, scrappy, and hungry - or just hungry - while awaiting the Hamilton premiere, look no further. We’re here to help you make the story of tonight a success in a way that would make our Founding Father without a father proud. Sure, you could entertain your premiere party guests with Hurricanes to drink, A Winter’s Meatball dip, A. Ham-burgers from the grill with a side of You Will Never Be Satisfries, and end the night with a World Turned Upside Down Cake. The Hamilton food puns are plentiful. But history has its eyes on you, so let’s take a look at what the esteemed Alexander Hamilton might have feasted on while watching his eponymous musical. While historians may not know much about what the first U.S Secretary of the Treasury actually ate - his writings rarely mention food - we can assume by his location and circumstances what he may have enjoyed throughout his life. From the West Indies to New York City As a child growing up relatively poor in the West Indies - first in Nevis and then on St. Croix - Hamilton likely would have been raised on stews, rice & peas, fresh island fruits, conch, and a cornmeal flatbread like Johnny Cakes. Variations on Johnny Cakes - known by a myriad of names - can be found from the islands of Hamilton’s youth on up the Eastern seaboard all the way to Canada. When Hamilton arrived in New York City in 1772, it’s likely he would have discovered an adaptation of this island staple. What would a Johnny Cake have tasted like in Hamilton’s time? Thankfully, there’s a cookbook to tell us. American Cookery, published in 1796, is the first known cookbook written by an American. Its author, Amelia Simmons, describes herself as “an American orphan” and was likely a domestic worker somewhere in New York’s Hudson Valley. The book features recipes for early American staples pumpkin pie and suggests serving cranberry with turkey. It also includes a “Johny Cake, or Hoe Cake” recipe. Simmons’ recipe below uses shortening and molasses, something you won’t find in many Johnny Cake recipes today. Tastes like 1776, New York City. Working in the nation’s early capital - Philadelphia Though Hamilton called New York City home for most of his adult life, he spent a considerable amount of time working in Philadelphia, even residing there temporarily while the city served as the nation’s capital. While it would be years before Hamilton could have enjoyed an iconic Philly cheesesteak on his lunch break, he most certainly would have savored its popular predecessor, Pepper Pot Soup. “Pepper Pot is the most famous soup in American history that most people have never heard of,” remarks Tonya Hopkins, food historian and Foodizen podcast host. “It originated in Africa, bloomed and blossomed in the Caribbean, and became the first signature dish of Philadelphia.” “Pepper Pot women” were among the earliest street vendors in the city, lining the streets along the port. “Pepper Pot was made and sold for pennies per serving, almost entirely by free black women,” Hopkins continues. “This was the street food of Philadelphia at the time.” There are many renditions of Pepper Pot Soup available online. Campbell’s even offered their own canned version from 1899 - 2010. Most recipes are similar in that they utilize affordable cuts of beef, leafy greens, lots of herbs, spices, and chili peppers native to the Caribbean. Hopkins, who comes from a long line of cooks, says her recipe was based on a version she sampled at Philadelphia’s City Tavern, but then took on a life of its own. “When I make a soup, I’m not the only person in the room,” says Hopkins. “It becomes a medium for me to communicate with my ancestors. The soup starts to make itself.” Dinner in “The Room Where It Happened” What would a Hamilton premiere menu be without a dish from “The Room Where It Happened”? This musical number tells the story of the Compromise of 1790, made over a fabled dinner where Thomas Jefferson and James Madison met with Alexander Hamilton to discuss his federal taxation plan. As stated in the song, the men walked into dinner ‘diametric’ly opposed, foes’ but left with Madison agreeing to back Hamilton’s policy in Congress. In return, Hamilton would support moving the nation’s capital to the Potomac, so the Virginians could ‘work a little closer to home.’ Often considered America’s founding foodie, Thomas Jefferson was known for his elaborate dinner parties, prepared by enslaved James Hemings, the nation’s first French-trained chef. Hemings had traveled to France with Jefferson to study the culinary arts and served as the chef de cuisine at America’s first diplomatic embassy there. He is credited with introducing classic foods like French fries and ice cream to the fledgling nation upon his return. Based on historical records, we know much of what was on the dinner menu on June 20, 1790, including capon stuffed with Virginia ham, boeuf a la mode, and a take on modern day profiteroles that author Charles Cerami describes in his book “Dinner at the Jefferson’s,” as such: “At the precise moment when the evening was approaching perfection came the universally favorite dessert — the delicious vanilla ice cream that still seemed like a miracle, for it was enclosed in a warm pastry, like a cream puff, giving the illusion that the ice cream had come straight from the oven,” Cerami writes. “It never failed to elicit cries from the groups of diners at Monticello, and it did not fail now. Even Madison gave a small squeal, and Hamilton positively exulted." The recipe below pays homage to the dessert served as this famous dinner, with a modern day adaptation of Hemings’ ice cream recipe, and nod to Hamilton’s love of caffeinated beverages in the coffee fudge sauce. This dessert is sure to please even those who will never be satisfied. Regardless of what’s on your menu, be sure to raise a glass - or a shot - to freedom this weekend and enjoy Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece. Hamilton will be released on Disney+ at 12 AM PST (3 AM EST) on Friday, July 3rd. Featured Recipes JOHNY CAKE, OR HOE CAKE Adapted from Amelia Simmons, American Cookery Makes 12 cakes Ingredients: 2 cups cornmeal 1 cup milk 1/2 tbsp molasses 1 tbsp vegetable shortening 1/2 tsp salt Directions: Mix salt and cornmeal in a medium bowl. Scald milk (bring to just below a boil) and remove from heat. Whisk in molasses and shortening until dissolved. Let cool slightly. Pour milk mixture into cornmeal and stir to thoroughly combine. Spoon mixture onto baking sheet in 12 2-3 inch circles. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. PHILADELPHIA PEPPER POT SOUP Recipe by Tonya Hopkins Makes about 6 quarts Ingredients: 1 large cassava (peeled, cored and cut into chunks) 2 small sweet potatoes, diced 5 strips thick-cut bacon, cut in 1 to 2 inch pieces 1½ pounds stewing beef, cut into 1 or 2 inch cubes 3 teaspoons sea salt (or to taste) 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon smoked paprika 1½ teaspoon onion powder 1½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon tapioca cornstarch 1 medium sized onion, diced 1 bunch scallions, greens diced, whites chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 poblano pepper, diced 1 each (small) red, yellow and orange bell peppers, diced 1 habanero* minced (don’t discard seeds to stir into simmering stew if you prefer more heat) 1 small to medium jalapeno minced ½ pound leafy greens, such as collards, kale, callaloo) stemmed and cut into strips 2 or 3 sprigs fresh thyme Beef Stock (about 32 ounces or more to cover) ¼ cup dry red wine (optional) Directions: In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, allspice, cloves, paprika, onion and garlic powders. Season beef cubes with half the mixture, and set aside. Peel and cut cassava, discarding hard, fibrous parts. Bring a medium size pot of salted water to boil, then add cassava chunks. Simmer until soft, about 15-20 minutes. Drain, coarsely smash to chunky consistency. Set aside. While the cassava is cooking, brown bacon on both sides until just crisp in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Remove and set aside, leaving the rendered fat. Lightly dredge seasoned beef in starch, then brown beef on all sides in the bacon fat a single layer in the pot. Brown beef in batches if necessary. Add sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, peppers to the pot, sprinkling in the seasoning mix on top. Stir. Cover and let simmer until vegetables soften and become aromatic, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in additional starch (up to 2 teaspoons) for thickener, stir well. Stir in stock, wine, fresh thyme leaves and cassava mash. Bring to just under a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add bacon pieces, scallions and seasoned greens and continue simmering until greens are tender. Remove from heat and let the soup rest for a few min before serving. Remove thyme stems before serving. Adjust with any additional salt, pepper and other seasoning to taste. PROFITEROLES WITH CHOCOLATE COFFEE SAUCE Serves 6 Pâte à choux: ½ cup water ½ cup flour ¼ cup butter 2 eggs Vanilla ice cream: 1 qt heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup sugar 3 large egg yolks 1 vanilla bean, halved with beans scraped Chocolate coffee sauce: 1/2 pint heavy cream 1/2 cup sugar 2 tbsp butter 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, like Scharffen Berger 2 tbsp cocoa powder, like Valhrona 2 tbsp espresso powder ½ tsp vanilla extract Pinch of salt For the ice cream: In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine cream, ½ the sugar, and vanilla bean (including the pod). Stir to combine and bring the mixture just to a boil. In a metal bowl, whisk together the eggs yolks with the remaining sugar until the mixture thickens and pales. Pour 1/3 of the hot cream mixture into the eggs yolks, whisking constantly. Then add another ⅓ of the hot cream mixture, continue whisking. Return this mixture to the saucepan and continue whisking over low heat until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, then at least 2 hours or overnight. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, and then freeze according to ice cream freezer/maker instructions. For the sauce: In medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine heavy cream, butter, sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer and whisk in chocolate. When chocolate has melted, add cocoa and espresso powder and whisk until no lumps remain. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat before serving. For the pâte à choux: Combine butter and water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Add flour and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms into a ball. Remove from stove and add one egg and a time, beating until fully incorporated. Spoon dough onto a greased cookie sheet in circular shapes with the center slightly raised, 1 ½ inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then continue for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Once slightly cooled, cut in half and serve with a scoop of ice cream, drizzled with the sauce.
For anyone who's been paying even the tiniest bit of attention to social media lately, it’s been hard to miss the increasing flood of "Karen" videos — footage of angry, dramatic, sobbing white women getting called out for scolding, spitting at, cursing at or even pointing guns at people — displaying a sense of entitlement, privilege and racism.
After spending many, many months indoors recently, it's very possible that you already know your way around a good cyber sale. But just when you thought you'd be swapping screen time for sunshine in honor of one star-spangled holiday this weekend, let us remind you that the 4th of July is also a major moment for some of the year's biggest markdowns on everything furniture, decor, rugs, and more. And while we're on the topic of that stay-at-home life we've grown accustomed to as of late, we'd like to point out that many of our R29 readers' favorite finds over lockdown (fire pits, desk chairs, and breathable bedding, to name a few) are having their prices slashed, all in the name of patriotism as July 4 draws near. So we're breaking down the top holiday deals by category featuring the season's most-loved home items so you're well-prepared to ride the wave of promotions that's on its way. With discounts of up to 70% off from popular retailers like Wayfair and Lulu and Georgia, it'll be worth the extra few minutes at your computer. The more efficient your sale shopping, the more time you've got to soak up that all-too-precious vitamin D, so click through our roundup of unmissable steals ahead and keep checking back — we'll be updating this list as long as the markdowns are marching in. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?All The Home Sales You May As Well Shop While WFHUpgrade Your Bedroom Decor With This Design HackWayfair's July 4th Sale Is Up To 70% Off
I’m going to kick this off with two statements that are likely beyond obvious to you (unless you’ve spent the first half of 2020 living off the land in the desolate wilderness with nothing but a penknife and a ball of cord to keep you company, à la My Side of The Mountain). You should be wearing a mask. And it’s freaking hot outside. What do these two things have to do with other? Well, wearing a mask in the heat is a pain. Masks can get sweaty, feel stuffy, and can even leave us with a heat rash.“It’s worth acknowledging that masks are uncomfortable, especially when it’s hot and humid,” says Nate Favini, MD, medical lead at Forward, a concierge medical service. “They’re annoying, and I don’t think we should pretend that’s not true. I’m empathetic — but it doesn’t mean that wearing a mask isn’t crucial.” Because the fact is, face masks work. They reduce transmission, helping to curb the spread of coronavirus and to quite literally save lives. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an increasing number of cases, so it’s more important than ever to wear a mask,” says Natasha Bhuyan, MD, One Medical’s regional medical director. “Until we have a vaccine, widespread masks are our best defense against this virus.”But when it’s hot and sticky outside, and the humid air you’re exhaling is getting trapped by your mask, things might get a little stifling, admits Dr. Bhuyan. (To be clear: While there’s a myth circulating that wearing a mask can lower oxygen levels, it’s not true. Doctors and nurses wear them all day long, and they’re doing okay. “Even though we are exhaling carbon dioxide, it already exists in the environment… Wearing the mask does not increase this risk,” Dr. Bhuyan says.)So, yes, wearing a face mask on a 100-degree day is still worth it. And to make it easier on you, we asked doctors for their best tips for staying comfortable while doing your civic duty and covering your face in steamy temps. Get a more breathable mask. Choose one that has more structure than those that lie flat against your mouth. But Dr. Favini cautions that the more breathable a mask is, the less protection it may offer to the people around you. “There’s the tension of wanting people to have masks that are more comfortable versus wanting them to have ones that are more effective.” So if you’re going to be indoors and/or around others, wear a more effective mask, even if it makes you feel hotter. (Or layer up. Which brings us to…)Choose the right material. This is especially important if you’re getting heat rashes from your mask. “Consider fabrics that are either natural, like cotton, or synthetic fabrics that wick away sweat, such as fabric found in exercise clothing,” says Ted Lain, MD, dermatologist and chief medical officer at Sanova Dermatology. “The latest recommendation is to use multiple layers of fabric to produce the most effective protective barrier to the virus, so instead of using a thick cotton, consider a thinner cotton fabric but layering it.”Bring backups. A sweaty mask stinks — literally and figuratively. So have a few fresh ones in your bag. That way if you sweat through one, you’ll have another at the ready. This can make you more comfortable, and prevent breakouts. “Sweating and the humidity in the mask area certainly can lead to a dermatitis, or even an acne breakout,” says Dr. Lain. Pack each extra in a clean, sealable plastic baggie so it won’t be exposed to any germs before you slip it on your face.Time your “chin strap” moments. Sure, if you’re totally alone, then it’s fine to pull your mask down and take a few deep breaths. But then pull it back up, Dr. Favini says: “Wearing your mask down around your chin is like having a condom and leaving it on the nightstand while you have sex.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
This weekend, we’ll be experiencing a lunar eclipse; specifically, a penumbral lunar eclipse. We’ve already talked a little bit about what that means for you astrologically, but… what exactly is the event, astronomically speaking? A regular ol’ lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth blocks the sun’s light as it reflects off the moon. This can only happen during a full moon, and there are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial, and penumbral.A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth completely blocks the sun’s light from the moon. During a partial lunar eclipse, the Earth partially blocks the sun from the moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse is a little more subtle. “During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth, and the moon are imperfectly aligned in a row,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. “The Earth blocks some of the sun’s light from directly reaching the moon’s surface, and covers all or part of the moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra.” What this looks like: You might notice a faint shadow cast over part of the moon’s surface. Like we said — subtle. Lunar eclipses are cool astronomical events, full stop. But the reason they get so many attention in the astrology world is because they involve the two luminaries that affect our lives the most — the sun and the moon, Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com and Horoscope.com, tells Refinery29. “Eclipses are turbo-charged lunations and the way the Universe creates change in our lives,” she says.Similar to a full moon, a penumbral lunar eclipse brings along endings — sometimes in a way that makes them feel almost like destiny, Montúfar says. “What’s tricky about these eclipses is that those endings will not happen immediately, as they develop over the course of the next six months,” she explains. “And when they end something, they also begin something new, too.” Think of a penumbral lunar eclipse as the celestial version of the famous saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.”Eclipses affect us individually, bringing positive or negative events, depending on what the particular eclipse does in our personal chart, according to Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com. “Sometimes an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart,” she says. “An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life’s biggest events, and our most significant life happenings often occur close to an eclipse.”Eclipses are often described as wild cards. Montúfar says that the best way to handle their arrival is to be aware that anything’s possible, and to focus on going with the flow, since many of the changes they bring to our lives are non-negotiable. “It’s not rare to feel very emotional during the days surrounding a lunar eclipse, since the energy of the moon is at its highest,” Montúfar notes. During the days leading up to a penumbral lunar eclipse, simplify your schedules. Figure out where your energy and attention is most needed, and let go of anything holding you back. Also, give yourself a lot of time to rest and relax.Ultimately, penumbral eclipses can bring along much-needed change, or shine light on new and exciting opportunities. Pay attention, and take the time during this kind of eclipse to put you and your needs first.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Mercury Retrograde, Prepare To Fight
Dear Unbothered family, Right now, we’re watching as the world makes a major — and much-needed — shift. We’re seeing the kind of reckoning many of us have only read about in history books or heard from our grandparents. But it’s happening. Right before our eyes. And at this very moment, we are members of the movement. But we didn’t just join the movement yesterday. We’ve been here, and we’ve been doing this work. And our content is an imperative reflection of the tireless effort Black women put in every day — at work, at home and on the front lines of social justice. Months ago, the Unbothered team set out to launch a campaign that would celebrate Black life and our relationship with all things summer: barbecues, beaches, bathing suits, and more! We hoped to examine the history and the myths associated with Blackness and our relationship with the water, from shutting down the notion that Black women don’t swim, to finally putting the thought that Black people don’t need sunscreen to rest, to celebrating the communities where many Black folks travel in fellowship and revel in the joys of summer together. But when we realized the devastating effect COVID-19 was having on our communities, we knew we had to serve our audience in a different way. So we shifted. And when the social demonstrations in response to the horrific murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Oluwatoyin Salau, and so many more started — we knew there was different work to do. That is how Keep That Same Energy was born. This campaign came to life as we navigated the ongoing challenges and changes we so often sustain as Black people. As content creators, we know that our art is a reflection of our lives. And it is our responsibility to bring our audience content that is both relevant and riveting. With that said, we are proud to bring you a platform to celebrate the positive momentum of change by sharing the stories of Black women who are reclaiming joy, defying stereotypes, and proving that summer 2020 definitely isn’t canceled. We are celebrating our Black existence and joy as an act of resistance, and we are doing it in proud partnership with Target. We don’t just work with anybody. We think about who we’re working with and why. This is especially true right now, but it always has been. We take our platform and our responsibility seriously, and we know it is our jobs to challenge brands to support and celebrate Black women genuinely. I am personally proud to work with a company like Target that has not only supported an unprecedented number of Black-owned brands and Black business owners in their stores, but that has also been a consistent partner to the Unbothered team as this program has evolved. As a brand of Black women working tirelessly to change our own company culture, we stand proudly with the Black employees at Target working to do the same at theirs. Together, Unbothered and Target want to send the strong and necessary message that the most impactful way to serve our community and ourselves during this integral time is to “keep that same energy.” So that is what we’re going to do. We’re going to keep celebrating our skin and our unique gifts, we’re going to keep pushing for our joy and our freedom, we’re going to keep experiencing the beauty of summer the way Black people always have. And we’d like for you to come along for the ride with us. Trust me, it’s worth it. Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay Unbothered. Danielle Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?