Mascara is magical, but only when it's actually on your lashes — not smeared all over your face after rubbing your eyes all day. Red, irritated eyes can ruin your entire makeup look, especially when it's your mascara that's causing the irritation in the first place. Luckily for anyone whose eyes are more sensitive than a Game of Thrones fan thinking back to the finale (which, if you can believe it, was exactly one year ago today), hypoallergenic mascara exists.
"Eyelids in general are a very sensitive area and a lot of contact allergens can affect the eyelids," says board-certified dermatologist Shari Sperling, MD. "The benefit of hypoallergenic mascara is that it decreases the risk of allergies. You see a lot of allergic reactions on the eyelids because this thin skin is such a sensitive area."
Hypoallergenic options are free of harsh ingredients that can irritate the eyes and skin, and the best part? These products aren't hard to find. We rounded up the best mascaras that won't bring you to tears, ahead.
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Dentist David Cohen’s Instagram is dedicated to making your smile healthier. The Los Angeleno provides useful oral hygiene tips and hacks. “All the toothpaste companies are going to hate me,” Cohen wrote in a caption.
Ayesha Curry is the ultimate quarantine fitness inspo. Back in May, the 31-year-old Canadian-born actress and mother-of-three took it to Instagram to reveal that she lost 35 pounds amid the COVID-19 pandemic by her showing off her toned physique on full display in a two-piece bikini.
Former first lady Michelle Obama, who lived in the White House from ages 45 to 53, always managed to appear lovely and pulled together. But as she explained on Wednesday’s episode of "The Michelle Obama Podcast," there were some moments when the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, provided an extra challenge.
Sunburns are a tragic fact of life. As much as we try to avoid them with trendy visors, umbrellas at the beach, and loads of sunscreen, we still sometimes find ourselves with red, swollen patches of skin. The agony usually presents itself on our face, shoulders, or back, but there’s one area we’re not paying enough attention to: our lips. Keeping your lips hydrated is one thing; they need sun protection, too. With a lack of education and advertising push, however, you could go your whole life without making the connection. “There tends to be less awareness about protecting the lips from the sun,” says Hadley King, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist. “Even if we remember to apply sunscreen to our face, we may forget to apply it to the lips.” Without the right protection, the delicate skin on our lips is susceptible to getting sunburned. Yes, that’s a real thing — and here’s everything you need to know about it, straight from the pros. How To Know If Your Lips Are SunburnedHave you ever eaten something spicy and felt that tingly, swollen-like sensation? That’s kind of what sunburned lips feel like. “Sunburned lips are red, swollen, and painful,” says Kenneth Howe, MD, of Wexler Dermatology in NYC. “They’ll be sensitive to touch, and may develop small, white blisters. The lower lip is often more affected than the upper, because the lower lip catches more light.”You should avoid popping any blisters and allow them to subside on their own. “They are the body’s way of forming a bandage,” says Dr. King. “The blister serves as a biological dressing, preventing germs from entering, and the fluid inside works to prevent further damage to the skin below and to allow the skin to heal.” If a particular blister has you worried, it’s recommended that you visit a medical professional — which can be done via telemedicine — to analyze the area. How To Treat Sunburned LipsDon’t panic: There are solutions. The recovery period typically lasts 3-5 days, and you’ll want to avoid exposing your lips to more UV rays during that time as well as take ibuprofen for relief if it’s painful (consult the packaging for proper dosage information). When it comes to soothing the area, both dermatologists recommend aloe vera, which can be more helpful when chilled in the refrigerator, says Dr. Howe. You can also relieve the inflamed area by using yogurt or a washcloth soaked in cold low-fat milk for 15 minutes at a time. “The fat content of milk cleanses and moisturizes but can hold in heat, so switch to full-fat milk as the active phase of the sunburn resolves and the dry and peeling phase begins,” advises Dr. King. You’ll also want to avoid heavy oils or petrolatum during the active stage of a burn because they can trap heat in the skin, which causes further damage. Additionally, you’ll want to steer clear of possible irritants in the area for a while, like alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids, retinoids, lip-plumping ingredients (peppermint or cinnamon oil), and spicy foods. Try to resist licking your lips, too. “The constant wetting and evaporation will damage the sensitive, newly-healing skin,” says Dr. Howe.You can expect your lips to be dry during the healing process. From that point, you’ll want to keep them moisturized to support the skin barrier while continuing to follow the tips above. It’s also essential that the dry skin is not picked at, or it will prolong the restorative process. “The old skin provides a layer of protection over the new skin,” says Dr. King. “It will come off when the new skin has sufficiently matured and is ready.” You Can Prevent Sunburned LipsYou’ll want to add lip products with SPF — like the ones the dermatologists have recommended below — to your regimen, and carry a tube around with you for reapplication. (Luckily, sun protection for the lips is easier than ever these days, considering how frequently we wear facial coverings.) You should also dedicate attention to your entire face by forming daily habits. “That means avoiding peak UV hours, seeking shade, and wearing a broad-brimmed hat that provides shade for the face, including the lips,” says Dr. King. Know The Risks There can be long-term — and even dangerous — effects of sunburned lips if you allow the skin to burn repeatedly and don’t give the sensitive area the protection it needs. Aside from the possibility of chronically swollen or misshapen lips, there is greater urgency when it comes to that area and skin cancer, according to Dr. Howe. “Skin cancer on the lips behaves much more aggressively than skin cancer in other locations on the body,” he says. “Squamous cell cancer of the fleshy portion of the lip is five times more likely to metastasize (i.e., spread) than similar skin cancers elsewhere on the body.”Dr. King adds that not only can chronically sun-damaged lips result in a condition called actinic cheilitis, but they can also change in appearance. “They may develop fine lines and lose their red color and volume,” she says.Ultimately, it’s essential to take care of your lips and protect them from the sun year-round — because chapped lips are enough to deal with without throwing sun damage into the mix.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. 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Colleges and universities continue to struggle to adjust to the realities of an unending pandemic. First, it was the bungled switch to remote learning in the Spring semester that left some students with no choice but to sue their schools into refunding their remaining room and board costs. Throughout the summer, as remote learning continued, surveys affirmed that students wanted to see tuition prices reduced if classes are taught online. The schools weren’t hearing it (except for a handful of historically Black colleges and universities). The fall semester has proven to be yet another test. Many schools committed to welcoming students on campus earlier this summer, an ambitious goal even at the time. But as COVID-19 cases spiked throughout the country, many schools changed their minds. According to Inside Higher Ed, hundreds of schools are doing a U-turn on their plans to welcome students to campus in the fall. Institutions are either delaying the start of the semester, moving forward with a fully virtual schedule, or welcoming limited numbers of students to campus. Tuition costs, however, remain largely unaddressed.The pivots have been mostly announced in late July and early August. The return to campus announcements were met with skepticism and the subsequent liability waivers students were required to sign added to the apprehension. For the schools that reconsidered, tuition revisions seem modest: the University of Pennsylvania will remain closed this fall and will roll back the nearly 4% tuition increase it had intended. It also reduced its “general fee” by 10% (the fee funds a wide variety of services and resources, including counseling and wellness, multicultural resource centers, student activities, recreation and fitness, career services, learning support). Housing and dining fees will also be refunded or credited.At Harvard University, 20% of first-year students deferred while the school’s anticipated 40% of students returning to campus dropped to just 25%. The school still hopes to welcome less than half of the student body back to campus, but for those attending class online or in-person, tuition remains the same.> @austin_maguire> > The classic bait & switch coronamemes collegeproblems> > ♬ original sound – austin_maguireStudents on TikTok are joking about the bait and switch that got them to enroll in classes and pay full tuition, only to get another semester of online classes with no discount. In conjunction, all these measures are making students feel like schools are prioritizing money at the cost of students’ health and education. First, their refusal to reduce tuition for virtual teaching, then their insistence on opening campuses in the fall (despite early predictions saying a Fall spike was inevitable), then rolling back those plans while sometimes pushing tuition bumps, and once again, refusing refunds for room and board.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How To Help Teachers Right NowHow International Students Help The U.S. EconomyA Week As An Unemployed Student In New York
When I look back on my life so far, I’ve had my best sex in the summer. There’s just something about the constant sunshine, the lack of clothing, and the proximity to water that makes hookups especially spicy this time of year. Don’t just take my word for it. Google searches for sex and dating-related queries tend to go up during the summer season, a 2012 Villanova University study found. Although we only have about a month or so left of this period of warm weather pleasure, there’s still time to complete (or come up with), a summer sex bucket list. Of course, this summer your list is going to look a little different due to the pandemic, says Shula Melamed, a relationship and wellbeing coach. But that might mean we need to try out new salacious sex acts now more than ever. “Anything with novelty that’s a little out of the ordinary is great, because we’ve been so structured and regimented with our routine because we haven’t been able to get out of the house,” Melamed says. “So being able to have fun and access your imagination is crucial these days.”So if you’re looking for a sexy way to mix it up this summer, add one (or all) of these to your erotic bucket list. Hook up somewhere new Whether that’s on the kitchen floor (a la When Harry Met Sally) or out in public on a balmy day, you’ll have a ball. (Just make sure you’re hidden enough that no strangers will accidentally stumble upon your tryst and see something shocking.) Skinny dipFind a secluded body of water and shed your skivvies before diving in. If you don’t have access to a lake, river, or ocean, buy a kiddie pool from Walmart, make a drink with an umbrella in it, and create your own oasis. Tease your SO If you’re at a picnic with a few friends in your bubble or sitting in a public park with your lover, lean over and whisper in their ear what you want to do to them when you get home. Create that sexy anticipation. If you want to take the teasing to another level, agree to skip hooking up for a week, but send your boo provocative messages the whole time. Try shower sex Make your shower steamier than usual with your lover. If it’s a hot day, you can keep the water cool while things get hot between you two. Maybe bring a waterproof vibrator into the mix. Just be careful of slipping. Hook up under the stars “Lots of people from the city are renting Airbnbs for their vacation during the pandemic, so if you get into a house with a beautiful backyard that’s a little secluded, you can go outside,” Melamed says. “Make sure there are no neighbors around, put down a blanket, and have sex under the night sky.” “It’s not like summer camp where we were sneaking behind the bushes,” Melamed says. “We’re adults now and just because it’s outside doesn’t mean it can’t be that five star experience.” In other words, you don’t have to be uncomfortable on the ground with sticks digging into your back. Get a bunch of pillows, and tea lights to set up around you. Get rose petals. “Create a hippie love nest,” she says. Alternatively, if you have access to a pickup truck, you can make a makeshift bed in the back with pillows and comforters, and drive to a secluded area where you can stargaze — or just gaze into each other’s eyes. Do it in a tent Take “roughing it” to a new level. You can go camping or, if you don’t want to go all the way to a state park or into the woods, you can just set up a tent in your yard. Try sex on the beach If you can find a quiet area on the beach, this is a sexual fantasy so divine they named a drink after it. Just make sure you’re doing it on a towel or a rock to avoid getting sand in places. Try temperature play When the weather is warm, there’s no better time to try incorporating temperature play into the bedroom, a practice Luna Matatas, sex and pleasure educator, previously described in detail to Refinery29. “I love using the ice cube on their body first,” Matatas says. “Dragging a cube from their lips, down their chin, across their chest, down their belly, and then picking it up with my mouth and making a show of me swirling it in my mouth, and then allowing drops of ice to dribble onto their genitals from my mouth… By time the ice cube has melted, you’ve got a cold tongue to use on their genitals.” Invent a new position Put your own spin on the classic 69, the octopus, anal, or the cradle — you’ll love trying something out of the box with your boo. Rooftop sex Hook up with your SO on a patio chair on an empty rooftop, and enjoy those ~views~ while getting off. Dip a toe into BDSM and kink “BDSM and role play has been becoming more popular during the pandemic because people are wanting something different when the days are so monotonous,” Melamed says. “This can add variety.” A good place to start if you’re new to the practice is trying out bondage, nipple clamps, or spanking. If you’re already into the scene, try something more vanilla to mix things up, Melamed suggests. Incorporate food National Creamsicle Day is happening on the 14th, so you can combine temperature play by teasing your lover with the delicious treat. You can also try something like the fabled whipped cream bikini (just don’t get any in your actual vagina to avoid yeast infections). Feed each other strawberries, and ask your partner to lick some Manuka honey or chocolate sauce off your nipples. Have sex while watching Hamilton Streaming Hamilton is the most summer 2020 activity, now that the acclaimed musical is finally on Disney+. But it’s long, so you might as well get busy whilst rewatching. For the record, “My Shot” has a great tempo for humping and pumping. Or you can use the intermission to go grab a vibrator to incorporate into your second act sex acts. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Icy Tricks That Can Transform Oral & Summer SexHot Labor Day Sex Tips To End Summer With A Bang8 Tips For A 69 Session That Blows Your Mind
Sadly, the end of summer is approaching. But, on the bright side, you know what they say about when one door closes? An end-of-season sale opens — and Sephora just kicked one off today. From August 14 through August 23, savvy beauty shoppers can shave $15 off orders of $75 or $20 off orders of $100 using promo code WELCOMEBACK at checkout. If you’ve been slowly racking up the products in your virtual Sephora cart throughout the summer, then now’s the time to score your haul with a bonus discount. (Hot tip: get the group chat together and compile all your beauty faves in one bulk order so everyone can save big.)DashDividers_1_500x100The deal is eligible on almost everything on Sephora with a just few product exclusions to take note of: the promo code is limited to the purchase of just one Dyson item (make it count) and five Morphe items per transaction; it’s not valid on products from MAC, The Ordinary, Nudestix’s hand sanitizer and gift cards; you need to be a member of Sephora’s Beauty Insider community to be eligible for the promo — if you haven’t joined yet (it’s free!), then this sale is reason enough to get signed up.DashDividers_1_500x100As for what we’re springing for during the sale? Everything from OG skin-care classics like Ole Henriksen’s vitamin C serum to newer makeup MVPs like Tower 28 Beauty’s illuminating bronzer, Fresh’s cult-favorite soy makeup-removing face wash, and even a stay-all-day liquid eyeliner by Stila (you know, to creating that perfect feline flick for smizing from behind our masks with). Shout out your go-to Sephora beauty gets in the comments below!DashDividers_1_500x100At 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?