18 Nail Trends That Are About to Blow Up Your Feed This Fall

New season, new nails. With sweater weather and the PSL craze, comes a plethora of eclectic manicure looks for fall. From moody florals and burning flames to lava lamp shapes and marbled rose quartz designs, these trending tips are serving serious style. We asked a few of our favorite manicurists to weigh in on the mani moments that are #sofall.

1. Odd Shapes

Paintbox is known for their avant-garde nail designs that change just like the seasons, so here to weigh in on what’s hot for fall, is their chief creative officer, Eleanor Langston, to spill the tea. “Our Wild Thing and Joy Ride designs will be two hits for fall. We’re all about a curvy, windy shape that’s almost like a modern lava lamp and both have negative space for a sexy, sophisticated effect.”

2. Metallic Strokes

“Both our Heaven + Earth and Sun Daze designs have soft sweeps of fine metallics for a subtly iridescent effect,” says Langston. “We love Sun Daze atop a sheer base since it basically turns your fingertips into jewelry.”

3. Tonal Studs

Another nail trend Langston is feeling at the moment is colored studs with a tonal polish. “Our Have a Ball manicure has a subtle effect, but still turns heads,” she adds.

4. Amber Stone

Up-and-coming nail artist with Nailing Hollywood Queenie Nguyen tends to the tips of A-listers like Nicole Kidman, Carey Mulligan, and Mandy Moore and her favorite nail trend for fall is amber stone. “The key to achieving the amber stone look is to mix a sheer tinted yellow with a sheer tinted brown,” she explains. “First, apply a sheer rustic yellow, then while the first layer is still wet, apply a sheer rustic brown. Don’t mix them together perfectly so you can create texture that mimics the stone. Subtle streaks make it more natural. Once dried, apply a coat of sheer yellow for depth. Add a gold metallic to the rim of the nail for a luxurious accent. You can sheer out regular shades by mixing it with a clear topcoat.

5. Pumpkin Spice Neutrals

What would fall be without pumpkin spice everything? According to Exhale Spa lead nail technician, Theani Pena, fall hues will be all over nails this season and PSL fingertips will be crowding up your ‘gram.

6. Glitter Accents

“We have a lot of clients starting to ask for glitter in a major way again, even when it’s not for NYE,” says Pena. When you just want to have a bit of fun with your nails, glitter is the way to go and it helps that there are about a bazillion glitter colors and speck sizes to choose from.

7. Monochromatic Nails

“This season we are seeing a lot more freedom when it comes to new takes on classic nails, adds Pena. “We’re also loving the idea of mixing and matching nails, with black and white combos, or even a different color on each nail.”

8. Tortoise Shell

According to Rita Pinto, founder of Vanity Projects, tortoise is a big global trend for fall. “It’s a move away from the jelly colors of the summer but still translucent and layered and reminiscent of fall tones. We are seeing a lot of mix and match with this look – half nail tortoise and the other a block color.”

9. Fall Florals

Pinto also points out that floral tips with fall colors continues to be another trend, including a lot of French looks with florals on top. “We love how minimal or crazy this look can be,” she adds.

11. Flames

“Flames keep burning strong and the looks vary in vibe, with different color choices or gradations inside the flames,” explains Pinto. “We also love a holographic flame – the look is strong and graphic and looks great on all nail shapes.”

12. Chipped Black

Celebrity manicurist Jin Soon claims that black is the “it color” this season, but instead of perfectly polished digits, make them chipped. “The chipped or abstract nail trend – like this one seen at the Marc Jacobs show – is a simple nail art trend on clean nails or using negative space with nail art.

13. Abstract Painting

“Abstract painting can be very artsy and cool if you use the right color combinations,” says Soon. “We were inspired by Rothko and we really nailed it with our choice of colors. Spreading nail polish to look like watercolor is difficult with a base color underneath, so it’s best to do it on a natural nail.”

14. Dotted Nails

Art meets tech, Jin Soon style. To get the look, apple black dots on sheer nails with JINsoon Absolute Black, $18, then finish with JINsoon Top Gloss Top Coat, $18.

14. The French Manicure

Celebrity nail artist and founder of Mazz Hanna Beauty, Mazz Hana, paints stars like Halsey, Julia Roberts, and Selma Blair on the reg and lately she’s been bringing back the original French manicure with white tips and sheer pink-nude shades. “It went from IG grids of Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin to the runways of Christian Siriano and Prabal Gurung and what’s great about the French manicure is that it’s open to interpretation. You can play with the thickness of the white tips, the accent, and the color. You can also accent the lunula (the half-moon on the bottom of your nail) with different shades,” says Hanna. “I really like a skinny French tip for the fall.”

15. Rose Quartz Marbled

According to Hanna, the beginning of fall falls on libra season, which means it’s the season of love. “A pink marble nail inspired by rose quartz, the quintessential crystal of love helps you practice all forms of love, including self-love,” she says. To get this manicure, apply a single coat of a sheer pink polish, like ORLY Je T’aime, $10, then use a thin nail art brush and an opaque white nail polish to paint 2-3 imperfect squiggly lines on each nail. Take a dry flat nail art brush and clear nail polish to blend out each squiggly line to give it a blurred effect. Apply another layer of the sheer pink shade, and add glitter accents if you’d like. Finish with a topcoat. You can channel different crystals by simply changing the base color, like lavender for amethyst or golden yellow for citrine.

16. Chrome Nails

According to Eliana Gaviria, nail technician and artist at Haven Spa in New York City, the chrome technique is completed by using a powder that’s rubbed onto the nail. “It comes in many colors and the result depends on the color base you use,” she explains. The only catch? The base color must be a solid color (no shimmers, no sheer, or glitter). Another tricky factor is that you have to use a non-rub topcoat to finish the manicure. While these might not be the type of tips you want to try at home – messy + powder + gel = a bad mix – they do look fierce AF when you get them done by a pro.

17. Negative Space

This nail trend has been around for a while now and it’s still going strong, through the fall. Negative space nails are exactly what they seem like – patches of naked nail. “You can try this at home by doing a simple look with less lines,” says Gaviria. “Just get a thin brush to paint the thin lines on and have fun with your color combo!”

18. Neon Nails

“It’s all about neon colors right now, which can be played with by having a multi-colored neon manicure, or using a matte topcoat which will give nails a rubber look,” says Gaviria. “A popular twist to the classic french is now neon tips.”

Now you have the trend, find which nail shape will flatter your hands the most.

Cancer Screenings You Might Be Missing

Most women know about mammograms and physical exams to check for early signs of breast cancer, but many may not be getting recommended screening exams to help detect and prevent other types of cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women, far outpacing breast cancer. If you have a history of heavy smoking -- either you smoke now or you’ve quit within the past 15 years -- and are 55 to 80 years old, there’s a way to cut lung cancer death risk by 20%: Get a yearly computed tomography (CT) scan to assess your risk of lung cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) say.

But research published by ASCO shows that just 1.9% of current or former heavy smokers have been getting those screenings. Early detection is important for women. While the rate of new lung cancer cases in men has dropped 35% over the past four decades, among women it has risen 87%. And women who smoke have twice the risk of getting lung cancer as men who smoke the same amount.

Many women also miss out on recommended screenings for cervical cancer, according to new research presented at this year’s ASCO meeting. One-third of women 30 to 65 were behind on cancer screening tests (which involves a Pap test) for the human papillomavirus (HPV); HPV causes most cases of cervical cancer. And only 54% of women in their 20s had been screened on schedule.

One of the best ways to prevent cervical cancer is the HPV vaccine. HPV infection is so common that nearly all men and women will get one at some point in their lives, most without knowing they have it. To protect against HPV, the CDC recommends that vaccination begin in early adolescence, before teens reach puberty or start having sex. As of 2017, only about half of all teenagers in the United States were up to date with an HPV vaccination.

In 2018, the FDA also approved the vaccine for people ages 20 to 45; even if you’ve already been exposed to a few strains of HPV, it can still protect against the strains you haven’t encountered.

Air Pollution Kills as Many People as Cigarettes

Oct. 8, 2019 -- When she turned 62 in 2012, Latifa Moosajee and her husband decided to downsize from their home in small-town Georgia. They moved into a brand-new townhouse in the commercial heart of Atlanta. “It was my dream home … close to my daughter’s family.”

Moosajee was excited to spend more time with her grandchildren and lead an active life in the city. But the very first year in her new home, she began to wheeze and have trouble breathing. At first, she tried allergy pills, thinking it was just a rough ragweed season. Over the next 5 years, she had longer and longer stretches of wheezing with trouble breathing, and she needed more and more medicines. She started short-acting inhalers, then long-acting inhalers, and eventually needed steroids just to keep her airways open.

The winters were the toughest. “For months at a time I had no energy… I could barely breathe,” Moosajee said. Her lung doctor ruled out the usual suspects. She had no history of lung disease. She didn’t smoke. No one around her smoked. She hadn’t changed her diet or started using new products in her home.

The only times she had similar problems were on her rare trips to India, which has some of the highest pollution levels in the world.

Figuring that out helped her zero in on the gridlocked street outside her window in Atlanta. “The cars pack the road from morning to night; only the evening would be clear.” Moosajee and her doctor began to suspect the polluted air she was breathing in for years was taking a toll on her health.

For millions of Americans like Moosajee, every breath brings toxic air deep into the lungs. There, pollutants can get into the bloodstream and cause damage throughout the body. The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report shows that more than 141 million people live in counties with unhealthy air, an increase of 7 million people from the 2018 report.

The science clearly shows that unhealthy air is dangerous. Air pollution, especially invisible, airborne particle pollution -- known as PM2.5 -- increases the risk of serious health problems. And it can kill. Even very low levels play a role in death from heart and lung diseases.

Most of us are not aware of the pollutants we are breathing in. Even fewer are paying attention to the long-term health risks of air pollution.

In the U.S., air monitoring stations collect data on pollutants like particulate matter and ozone so people can be alerted when levels are higher than what is considered acceptable. But these monitors don’t provide neighborhood-level information and may not catch “hot spots” where people like Moosajee live. This is quite true for people living on busy roads. Even on alert days, people who don’t have symptoms may not think they should heed the warnings.

Two young app developers in Paris want to change that.

Amaury Martiny came across Muller’s air pollution-to-cigarette calculation about a year ago and describes it as an “aha” moment.

Martiny and designer Marcelo Coelho created a free app using Muller’s formula and PM2.5 data from hundreds of air quality data stations in cities all around the world. When the app is open, it finds your phone, finds the closest air monitor data for PM2.5, and converts it into the “equivalent” number of health-damaging cigarettes. They found that many of their U.S. downloads happened during the California wildfires in 2018, when the app would have shown a staggering 45 cigarettes per day in the area of the wildfire.

Martiny and Coelho stress that their “main goal is to raise awareness about the risk of air pollution. … What was amazing about the equation was it transformed this very abstract scientific notion of PM2.5 to something that was really tangible to basically everybody. … Everybody knows the effect a cigarette can have on your body.” And everyone knows that there aren’t “safe levels” for cigarette smoking. 

Over the last 20 years, Americans have mostly been protected from high levels of air pollution because EPA programs have greatly improved air quality. The yearly average of fine particles has decreased by 40% since 2000. According to a 2017 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) report to Congress, the EPA’s air rules save tens of billions of dollars.

Most of the savings come from what are known as “co-benefits,” meaning benefits to human health that result in lower health care costs and fewer premature deaths.

 “We’ve done a good job of reducing our air pollution. It’s improved our health, and we’ve done it at a time of rapid economic expansion,” Pope says. “It’s very clear that this isn’t a tradeoff between clean air and jobs. The reality is we can reduce our air pollution while at the same time improving economic activity. So it’s sort of a win-win situation.”

But recent concerning changes at the EPA may affect air quality and health in the not-so-distant future. EPA leadership has moved to replace independent science advisers from important committees, like the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), and halted a panel of experts that have been studying the most up-to-date particle pollution science.

But the American Lung Association and other health advocacy groups have raised the alarm about EPA plans to limit or gut many of the programs that have cut air pollution and improved the health of American communities. The organization cites:

  • Plans to roll back fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks
  • Repeal of the Clean Power Plan and replacement  with a rule that may increase emissions
  • Changes to how the EPA measures benefits to human health when cutting down on pollution from toxic air pollutants, including mercury and PM2.5

According to experts, all of these changes will likely lead to a reversal of the progress in reducing air pollution and preventing related deaths.

Though levels of air pollution are better in most communities in the U.S. than other places in the world, we can still do more to reduce our risk of long-term health problems. “The only thing that makes sense based on the evidence is that we should continue to try to reduce our exposure to air pollution. … It doesn’t come without effort, and it doesn’t come without vigilance,” says Pope.

Some of what we know about the health benefits of cleaner air comes from “natural experiments,” where researchers study what happens to people in areas after pollution levels come down, like when large factories shut down or traffic routes change. Most of these studies show improvements to health quickly.

After coal and oil power plants closed in California, there were fewer preterm births in neighboring communities. New electronic tolls (E-ZPass) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania reduced traffic congestion from idling cars, improved birth weights, and lowered early births for mothers living less than 1.5 miles from toll plazas. When air pollution was controlled during the Olympics in Beijing, birth weights for babies in the area improved. And when traffic was rerouted during the Olympics in Atlanta, there were fewer ER visits and hospitalizations for asthma for local children.

Worldwide, research shows that cleaner air from lower emissions leads to less asthma, lungs that work better, and less coughing, congestion, and mucus in young children.

The best way to reduce the risk of health problems is to avoid breathing in polluted air. This is especially true for pregnant women, babies, children, older adults, and those with chronic medical problems. But it’s hard to do if you live in high-traffic areas or close to polluting factories.

Facemasks, specifically those called respirators masks, can filter particle pollution if worn the right way. The main problem is that people have to buy the right mask and wear it with an airtight seal; otherwise, it won’t filter out harmful pollution. Also, most masks don’t filter out certain toxic gases and can still allow harmful lung irritation.

For most people, paying attention to air quality alerts is a good start. Avoiding outdoor activities on “unhealthy air days” is very important. Beyond air quality alert days, doctors recommend walking or exercising in areas far from high-traffic roads and idling cars or buses. High-quality HEPA air filters in the home can lower airborne particles. And eating a healthy diet and exercising can also lower the health risks from air pollution.

As for Moosajee, after years of trying air filters in her home and taking multiple medicines to improve her breathing, she eventually decided to move away. Two years ago, she found a home on a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood in Atlanta. Now 69, she sees a vast improvement in her breathing. “I see a big difference. I don’t use any steroids, no inhalers. I only use allergy pills for a few weeks in the year. I expected these problems when I went to India. … I can’t believe I would have the same problems here.”

But for most people, moving is not an option. Schraufnagel stresses that the most important thing people can do is to learn about the risks of air pollution. “If enough people say ‘we don’t want dirty air, we want clean air, and we’re afraid that it’s affecting our health’ .... then decision-makers will need to step up to make sure that the automobiles are cleaner and power plants are cleaner” so we can all breathe cleaner air.

Four-Legged Friends Help Buffer Loss of a Spouse

By Shannon Brown

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of a loved one is one of life's most stressful events. But new research suggests that having a furry loved one still at home may help ease the pain.

Investigators looked at 437 older adults, some of whom lost a spouse, either through divorce or death. They found that having a cat or dog at home was linked to an easing of loneliness and depression.

Study leader Dawn Carr, an associate professor of sociology at Florida State University, said the research team was surprised by the results, which were particularly meaningful because loneliness and depression have been found to be risk factors for death and other health problems, just like smoking.

Pets can provide support during stressful times -- even petting a dog or cat can calm you, Carr noted.

In the study, the researchers compared the mental health of people who stayed married to those who didn't, over a four-year period. They also looked at whether owning a dog or cat had any effect on mental health.

The study found that while all people who became widowed or divorced did have some decline in their mental health, having a pet seemed to make a difference. Patients without pets who experienced such a loss had an average of 2.6 symptoms of depression, but that fell to just 1.2 symptoms for those with pets.

But Carr stressed that the question of pet ownership is complicated.

"There have been a variety of studies that have shown both positive and negative effects of pet ownership," she noted. But what these studies haven't taken into account is the different factors that might cause people to become pet owners in the first place.

"For example, older people may choose to get a cat if their health is declining," she said. "So if we were to look at people with pets compared to people without pets, we might conclude that pets cause [a decline in health], when that's just a correlation."

So, this study assessed the baseline characteristics of people who do and don't own pets, and then looked at the impact of a losing a spouse on both groups. The researchers did find find that having a pet seemed to cushion the emotional blow.

This Is How To Figure Out Your Ultimate Lipstick Shade

Finding the perfect shade of lipstick can often feel like an impossible task. That is until you figure out your undertone – it’s the secret weapon to always finding the most flattering makeup color for your skin tone. There are three categories; warm, cool, and neutral. If you’re warm-toned, you’ll typically suit lipsticks that have reddish, peach, orange or even yellowish undertones. Whereas if you have a cool undertone, lipstick with a blue or purple-y tint will be the most flattering. If you’re neutral you’ll probably look great in almost everything.

We know finding the perfect lipstick with the right undertone can be kinda difficult to find, which is why when created our new Matte Power Bullet, we formulated lipsticks in cool and warm-toned categories to make finding the most bomb shade as easy as possible. Although it doesn’t mean you couldn’t wear both, it just makes it easier to find your ultimate hue! If you’re still struggling to determine your ultimate power shade, take our throwback quiz.


Undertone: Warm You’re fierce AF, unapologetic, and powerful. When you have an important meeting, you’ll be wearing a power suit Naomi Campbell would be proud of.


Undertone: Warm You’re a sucker for a good rom com, and if your date ever showed up without a corsage (or a rose at the very least) you’d send him away. You spent weeks picking out your dress and daydreaming about this moment, it needs to be perfect!


Undertone: Warm Your idea of the perfect evening involves a night in with Super Mario and a batch of brownies. You live your life in double denim, and an oversized Calvin Klein Sweater and you love to be spontaneous.


Undertone: Warm Your favorite part of any date is that doorstep movie moment. Nothing can beat that feeling of butterflies. You’re charming, sweet and irresistible, and you live for the anticipation of the first kiss!


Undertone: Cool Your fave part of any evening is recapping every detail the next morning with your squad. You may have gone a little wild but that’s alright by you. Your life motto? You can sleep when you’re dead.


Undertone: Cool Your best friends mean everything to you. You spend your nights on three-way phone calls discussing all of the latest dramz and of course organizing the next girly trip. There’s nothing you wouldn’t do for your ride or dies!


Undertone: Cool Dirty thirty means one thing… Vegas! You work hard so it’s time to play even harder… You’ve got all of your besties together and now it’s time to get glam and pop some bottles! This trip will go down in history.


Undertone: Cool The beginning of the rest of your life… You’ve planned everything down to the detail from the pale pink peonies to the French lace veil to the impeccable seating chart. You’re a perfectionist, after all.

Find your ultimate shade in our Icons Collection:

Now you’ve taken the quiz, find your power shade persona. Each shade is named after an occasion the lipstick shade would be perfect for:


Undertone: Cool You work hard and aren’t afraid to hustle! You’re constantly competing to break down boardroom stereotypes – you’re determined to be the CEO that your grandmother wanted you to marry.


Undertone: Warm You’re the life and soul of every party and you live for margarita Mondays. You always slay in vibrant colors and are the first on the dance floor – you’re the living version of the dancing red dress emoji!


Undertone: Cool A girl’s girl by definition: your weekend isn’t complete without brunch with the squad followed by manis and a weekly gossip sesh. You’re the glue that keeps the group together and are constantly petitioning for weekends away. No boys allowed!


Undertone: Warm People may describe you as a little wild, but you just know how to have a good time. We’ll never find you in any hue other than neon, which is why you’re always the center of attention.


Undertone: Cool In your opinion, romcoms aren’t cheesy, they’re romantic. You want to be swept off your feet and treated like the queen you know you are. But people shouldn’t be mistaken, you aren’t afraid to stand on your own two feet – you’re an independent woman at heart!


Undertone: Warm When it comes to dating, the ball lands in your court; you know what you want and you nearly always get it. But right now, you’re not looking for anything too serious, you’re focusing on you.


Undertone: Cool Your life motto is: why stay at home when you can stay in a five-star hotel? You love the boujee hotel life and you literally live in your silk, custom PJs. You always travel in style; with your LV trunk and your passport. You like to have fun, and you know how to do it properly!


Undertone: Warm The power couple of all couples. Your understanding of a perfect relationship is two equals, who support and empower each other. So when it comes around to those special occasions, you like to spoil and be spoilt.

Find your ultimate shade in our Roses Collection:

Now you’ve taken the quiz, find your power shade persona. Each shade is named after an occasion the lipstick shade would be perfect for:


Undertone: Cool You never conform or follow the crowd, and you love to discover new and different things. From beauty to fashion, you’ll run away from stereotypes and trends and always opt for the alternative. You’re edgy AF, and even though you may not vibe with everyone, you’re ok with that. 


Undertone: Warm The ultimate girl’s girl: you love hanging out with your besties, getting all the tea over a glass of vino or a hot fudge sundae. You’re bold, confident, and you’re always the first on the dance floor with your squad by your side (obvs).


Undertone: Cool You never need an excuse to party and you’re always dressed for the occasion. Don’t let the name Pool Party fool you, even when you’re hanging poolside, you’re boujee AF with the latest Gucci sunnies and sky-high wedges. You’re the gal at the party that everyone wants to meet.


Undertone: Warm Valedictorian of your class, you’re the true definition of a ‘Huda Beauty Overachiever.’ You’re a hard-working hustler who’s never afraid of a challenge. You don’t believe in the word ‘no’ and you’re constantly ready to break down boundaries to turn out on top.


Undertone: Warm You may work hard, but you play harder. We’ll find you hustlin’ ‘till Friday but you’ll also be out at the weekend #LivingYourBestLife. You like to splash your cash on yourself and your besties, poppin’ bottles at the latest hot spot in town.


Undertone: Warm A master (or should we say Qwueen) of the dating game, you know the rules, and you know exactly how to play it. You’re feminine, flirtatious, and we’ll never catch you without a smile. But as much as you love the dating game, you’re a romantic at heart; searching for love.


Undertone: Cool The phrase “rules were meant to broken” is your life motto. You’re a wildcard; always searching for crazy adventures, road tripping to new destinations with your pals.


Undertone: Warm Next level determination – that’s your vibe. You dream of being a mogul one day, running your own empire: a SHE-O in the making. We expect to find you teaming your power lip, with a power suit, ruling the boardroom in five years, max!

Let us know your Matte Power Bullet shade in the comments below and don’t forget to join the waitlist.


Multiple Myeloma Treatment: What’s New?

Treatment options for multiple myeloma have grown a great deal in the past few years. Newly approved drugs help people with this blood cancer now live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

“Over the last 10 to 15 years, we have made tremendous advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma, which had limited treatment options in the ’90s. Overall, survival has doubled due to the introduction of new drugs,” says Hans C. Lee, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. New classes of cancer drugs, including immunotherapy drugs and monoclonal antibodies, have changed the outlook for many people with this disease.

People with relapsed (comes back after treatment) or refractory (doesn’t respond to the first-line treatment) multiple myeloma are still a challenge to treat even with new options, and their disease tends to be more aggressive, says Lee. “But for patients with standard-risk multiple myeloma, that’s where we have made substantial progress.”

Several new drugs have been approved to treat multiple myeloma since 2015, including relapsed and refractory forms of the disease, says Lee.

Selinexor (Xpovio) is a new type of multiple myeloma drug called a selective inhibitor of nuclear export (SINE). The FDA approved it for treatment of relapsed or refractory disease in July 2019. It’s combined with dexamethasone and is used to treat people who've tried at least four previous therapies. It works by blocking XPO1, a protein that allows cancer cells to thrive.

Elotuzumab (Empliciti) is a type of drug known as a monoclonal antibody. It revs up your own immune system to help you fight the cancer. It seeks out a molecule on cancer cells called SLAMF7. It’s combined with other myeloma drugs: either with lenalidomide (Revlimid) and dexamethasone or with dexamethasone and a newer drug called pomalidomide. It's effective in people with more aggressive forms of myeloma.

Daratumumab (Darzalex) is another monoclonal antibody. You can take it either alone or combined with dexamethasone and either lenalidomide or bortezomib (Velcade). Daratumumab targets a protein on the surface of myeloma cells called CD38. It seeks out the protein and then kills the cancer cells it’s attached to.

This Drugstore Light Device Will Reduce Breakouts In Days

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In the past week, our comments box has been flooded with one question… “What’s the name of that light device?” If you have no idea what we’re talking about, well, recently we shared a skincare tutorial and among all of the products used, you guys only asked about one thing: the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, $19. Designed to take down pimples, the device basically brings a dermatologist level-treatment to your home so you can care for your skin from the comfort of your couch. Here’s everything you need to know.

The Light Device

The handheld device utilizes the power of both blue and red light therapy to target breakouts while improving skin tone and texture. Red light therapy penetrates 630 nanometers into the skin, which microscopically hits the bloodstream, increasing the elasticity of collagen fibers. This will help reduce any existing scars or indentations while lessening the likelihood of future scarring. Red light is anti-inflammatory, so it’ll help tackle any swelling in the skin and reduce inflamed pimples. Blue light is also anti-bacterial, so it’ll kill any acne-bacteria that’s lingering in the skin to make your pimple disappear faster. Oh, and there’s no need to worry about the safety of the device either, as it’s 100% UV-free and FDA approved.

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As soon as we feel a pimple coming, we break out our Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, and we can see a visible change: It reduces inflammation and also reduces the post-inflammatory pigmentation (red marks) that most pimples leave behind. Even if we’re not tackling a pimple, we use it on post-pimple areas and problem areas to keep acne bacteria at bay and help with scarring. Work it into you nighttime regime as the ultimate finishing touch – it only takes two minutes, but will make such a difference to your skin.

We’re not the only ones who love this device. The reviews online are literally insane. One reviewer wrote: “The light therapy pen works directly on stubborn acne. Heals the acne from the inside and doesn’t leave any scarring. Acne’s is gone within the week.”

In short, this device works and if you’re finding that nothing else helps, this is definitely worth trying! Check out this post for more tips and products to soothe and calm acne-prone skin.

Why Everyone Should Embrace The No Make-Up Challenge

There’s no doubt about it, trends come and go. Most of the time, we opt out of trending beauty regimes because we believe in going back to the basics. We support using the highest quality natural ingredients rather than subscribing to mass-produced, consumerism-style beauty fads. There is, however, one trend we can get behind. That’s none other than the #NoMakeUpChallenge. 

It seems everyone from celebs to ladies who want to embrace their natural beauty are jumping on this and we’re absolutely delighted to see it gain traction.

Not only does this movement show a resurgence of natural beauty, but it also shows women are working to improve their confidence sans make-up. In the age of heavily contoured cheekbones, tattooed eyebrows and perfectly winged eyeliner, this is a breath of fresh air.

We think all women should aim to have at least one make-up-free day a week. Not only for the empowering benefits but also too for your skin health. While make-up is generally harmless (if you are using organic, vegan products that is!), you are still adding unnecessary foreign substances to your face. Which, in our opinion, is never a good thing.

What Happens To Your Skin When You Go Without Makeup

Your pores will look smaller.

While the application of foundation, concealer and powder can make your skin look fresh and healthy, using it does the opposite. Makeup particles actually get stuck in your pores creating a build-up of grime. Your pores will naturally widen to try and ‘self-clean’ the skin. By going make-up-free you are giving those hard-working pores a rest and as such, they will naturally relax and appear smaller.

Your skin will feel supple

When you use make-up frequently, your skin cells don’t regenerate as easily as they are ‘masked’ with product. This stops skin cells from naturally shedding and renewing. Skin renewal is crucial for smoother, younger-looking skin. This is why we recommend exfoliating twice a week but going make-up-free is even better.

You’ll have less breakouts

The truth is, the more makeup you use, the more chemicals/toxins you are adding to your skin. As we mentioned, this clogs up your pores. The build-up of makeup, grime, oil and pollution can all contribute to acne and breakouts. By minimising exposure to unnatural substances, your skin will be able to breathe and it will appear clearer as a result.

How To Gain Confidence Going Makeup-Free

There’s no doubt about it, going makeup-free all comes down to being comfortable in your own skin: both figuratively and literally. Generally, one feeds into the other. So, today we’re going to give you some top skincare tips to give your skin a natural radiance. When your skin glows, so do you.

Exfoliate Regularly

We mentioned this above but we’re going to mention it again because it’s just that important. Exfoliating twice a week will assist in skin cell renewal, remove excess oil, and increase blood flow and circulation. All of these things working in tandem will give you a healthy, smooth complexion.

Hydrate then hydrate some more

Dry skin often looks dull and lifeless. Combat that tired look by hydrating your skin. Aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day to flush out toxins and reveal your inner glow. We also suggest adding a super serum to your beauty routine. Our Olive Skin Serum mirrors naturally occurring sebum (the hormone responsible for hydration!) which will keep your gorgeous skin well-hydrated, naturally.

Add a weekly mask

Our Radiant Rose Mask is a relaxing, pampering salon treatment in a jar! It is made of nourishing botanicals when combined provide smooth, supple, hydrated, balanced skin. Using this gorgeous mask a few times a week has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size, repair broken capillaries and strengthen your skin from within. Perfect for rocking the make-up-free look!

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One Dead in NC Legionnaires' Outbreak

Oct. 1, 2019 -- Confirmed cases of Legionnaires disease linked to a North Carolina state fair now stand at 79, including 55 people hospitalized and one death.

Health officials haven't found the cause of the outbreak. Many of those sickened, however, said they went to the N.C. Mountain State Fair in Fletcher near Asheville. CNN reported.

One possible cause being investigated is the possibility that people breathed in infected airborne droplets from water rides at the fair, a N.C. health official told CNN.

Also, four cases of Pontiac fever, a less severe flu-like condition, have been reported.

Health officials are asking anyone who went to the fair and is experiencing cough, fever or shortness of breath, to call their doctor to talk about Legionnaire's disease.

Legionnaires' disease is a lung infection caused by breathing in the Legionella bacteria. The condition but is treatable with antibiotics, yet about 10% of patients die, according to CNN.

Youngest in Classroom Diagnosed More Often With ADHD, Other Problems

By Serena Gordon

MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If a child can't sit still or blurts out random thoughts in kindergarten or first grade, does the child have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Or is the youngster just not mature enough to sit still yet?

Both are possibilities, and whichever might be true, new research suggests that the youngest kids in class are being diagnosed with ADHD, intellectual disability and even depression around 30% more often than their oldest classmates.

"Children in the same [school] year as each other can be nearly a whole year apart in terms of age. We have known for some time that children who are young in their year at school tend to do less well academically, and are more likely to be diagnosed with hyperactivity disorders," said study co-author Jeremy Brown, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in England.

Brown noted that this study wasn't designed to determine the cause for these issues, just to find an association. But he said there are a number of potential reasons for the link.

"Younger children may find it harder to concentrate in class, leading to increased diagnoses of hyperactivity. Inferior academic performance and poorer peer relationships could have negative consequences on mental health," he explained.

For the study, the researchers reviewed electronic health care records from more than 1 million school children in the United Kingdom.

The investigators found that children born in the last quarter of a school year were 36% more likely than kids born in the first quarter of a school year to be diagnosed with ADHD. The youngest kids were 30% more likely to have an intellectual disability and 31% more likely to have depression than their older classmates.

Children born in the second quarter appeared to have a slight disadvantage compared to the older kids in terms of intellectual disability. And, kids born in the third quarter of the year were 20% more likely than the oldest kids to have an intellectual disability, the findings showed.

Brown said about 800,000 kids start primary school in the United Kingdom each year. "Based on our findings, over the course of their schooling up to age 16 years, we would expect around 500 more of the youngest quarter in the year might be diagnosed with depression, compared to the oldest," he said.


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