By Erika Stalder, Refinery29
.Orange peel syndrome. Cottage cheese thighs. Hail damage. There are a lot of pet names for cellulite, each of them unappetizing enough to make us not want to talk about the phenomenon at all. That Photoshop magically smoothes the skin of every woman professionally photographed, well, that means as a society, we don't have to look at it either. But, amidst all this if-you-ignore-it, it-will-cease-to-exist mindset, lie many myths about who gets cellulite and why - and an estimated $62 million industry that makes devices to banish it.
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Do any of these devices work? Is cellulite the deserved curse of those who gain a bit of weight?
We talked to three leading dermatologists who specialize in cellulite research and treatment: Dr. Cheryl Karcher, a New York-based aesthetic medicine expert and cellulite researcher who also holds masters degrees in nutrition and metabolism, Dr. David McDaniel, director of the
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By Jada Wong, Refinery29Read More »from Long Hair on Little Boys: Why People Freak Out About It
.Rachel Zoe's Instagram is filled with pics of her adorable tot Skyler (and her celeb friends), but now some of her followers are unjustifiably upset about the too-long length of his hair. Consider this Jenna Lyons-gate 2.0 - remember, when Fox News called out Lyons for letting her son wear nail polish - if you will.
In Zoe's recent pics, two-year-old Skyler sports near shoulder-length curls, and some commenters are calling mom out for not cutting his hair, thus making him look like a girl. Some choice comments: "Cut his hair. He looks like a girl," "STOP MAKING YOUR BOY LOOK LIKE A GIRL," and "Youre [sic] a terrible mom. Do you know how hard youre [sic] f*cking him over?" Of course, some onlookers are meaner than others, and one of the beautiful things about the Internet is being able say anything you want anonymously. But, seriously, what it boils down to is this: Skyler is Zoe and Rodger Berman's son, and as parents, they have the final (and only) say on his
By Bren Lee Gomez, Refinery29Read More »from How to Stop Biting Your Nails, Once and for All
.With nail biting recently being identified as a form of OCD, it's easy to understand why this bad habit is so hard to break. For lifetime biters, the act is comforting, automatic, stress-relieving, and seemingly impossible to quit. But with the popularity of nail art stronger than ever and the countless products to put and keep your nails in rehab, it's time to quit for good - here's how to do it.
Identify Your Triggers
Nail biters have all tried the popular treatments: nail polish that discourages biting by leaving a bad taste in your mouth, sitting on your hands, chewing gum instead of chewing your nails. Been there, done that, still biting your nails? Pay attention to what makes you start gnawing. Did you notice a hangnail? Is it an uneven ridge that you just have to file down with your teeth until it's even? Does it happen when you're anxious during suspenseful movies or bored during long drives? Figure out what makes you start biting, and deal with
By Rachel Zar, Refinery29Read More »from Burning Love: What to Do when Sex Hurts
.Quick: describe what sex feels like in one word. Hopefully, you chose something along the lines of "fantastic" or "orgasmic." But for some, words like "uncomfortable" or "intolerable" would be far more accurate.
If your sexual encounters are met with irritating or even excruciating pain, there's a wide range of reasons this could be happening - from a lack of lubrication to a rare disorder, or even a partially intact hymen. But, most importantly, there are ways to fight back and reclaim an amazing, pain-free sex life.
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The first step is to figure out what's wrong. More often than not, especially if you've never experienced painful sex before, your symptoms are caused by an infection. "Vaginal or pelvic inflammation from a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, or chlamydia can cause significant pain," says Dr. Leah Millheiser, assistant clinical professor at Stanford University Medical Center
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By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29Read More »from The Truth About Carbs: Are They Really as Bad as Everyone Says?
.Ah, the C word - carbs. Our love/hate relationship with all things carbohydrate can be traced far beyond Dr. Atkins and his vendetta against grain. On the one side, carbohydrates do a body good - they are crucial for giving us energy and getting us raring to go. "Our body breaks them down and turns them into sugar, or glucose, and then uses that, not only for immediate energy that is free flowing in our blood (hence why it elevates our blood sugar levels), but also for future use, where it's stored in our muscles and liver (that's where the idea of carbo-loading before a race comes into play)," explains Amy Shapiro, R.D., founder of Real Nutrition NYC.
According to Shapiro, we need carbs, not just for energy, but also because our brain functions on sugar. "When we are carb-deprived, our body starts to burn fat to use for energy - the whole basis for the anti-carb Atkins diet - but our brain doesn't run on fat. It requires some type of glucose or sugar to
By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29Read More »from How to Keep Your Brunette Hair Looking Its Best
.We think there are few things in life more gorgeous than radiant, shiny brunette hair. Since blonde hair is kind of a spotlight hog in the summer months, we thought we'd speak up about this opinion, lest brown-haired beauties feel left out. And, because maintaining brown hair requires its own unique skill set, we talked to colorist David Michaud of the Frédéric Fekkai salon in SoHo to find out how to properly take care of brunette tresses and get the most out of a chestnut coiff.
In Michaud's experience, many brunettes frequently request lighter hair. However, depending on what type of brunette they are, simply going lighter can present problems if not done properly. "Brunette hair that has been highlighted can end up becoming too brassy, and when the colorist attempts to lift too much color with highlights, the hair can become quite damaged," he explains. To avoid this sad, brassy fate, he suggests lightening hair in stages rather than in one
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Tue, Jun 11, 2013 12:27 PM EDT
By Gina Marinelli, Refinery29
The summer dress often becomes the one item in our closets that gets the most mileage. It brings us from afternoon outings to evening soirées, and maybe - in some cases - all the way back to work again the next morning. So, we don't mean to apply the pressure, but finding the right one matters.
Which is why we put together a simple guide to selecting the frock shape that best fits your frame. Ahead, meet your sartorial match that'll complement you so well, you'll spend the season together in love.
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By Sarah Wasilak, Refinery29
We're not the least bit ashamed to admit that some of us still have our original American Girl dolls. It's not like we're still collecting their pajama sets or combing their acrylic locks with those miniature wooden brushes, but they're sitting on the shelves in our childhood bedrooms or in storage box somewhere, preserved for eternity the next generation because we just haven't been able to bring ourselves to toss them away.
After all, their unique stories (yes, we read all the AG chapter books) were among some of our very first history lessons. Plus, they helped us understand the way fashion has evolved - or at least to distinguish between Felicity's full skirt and bonnet and Molly's shorter hemline.
Regardless of which girl you cherished, there's no doubt you'll remember her in her signature ensemble - the one she was wearing when you took her out of the box oh-so long ago.Read More »from Channeling: The American Girl Dolls
By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29Read More »from Ugh: New Study Reveals Women Don't like "Sluts"
Slut is such a nasty word. In our view, "sluts" are just fun people who like sex and sometimes have a lot of it - but humanity has instead decided that they are evil monsters/easy targets for Satanic possession. Now, we've never believed the hype, and are firmly against slut-shaming of any kind. Science, however, thinks we still have a long way to go.
According to a study of the attitudes of 751 college students published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, women viewed other early-twenties women with more than 20 sexual partners as unsuitable for friendship. The same standard did not apply to men with the same number of partners, who were seen as having accomplished something positive. The results also suggested that men viewed these "slutty" women as unsuitable for long-term romantic partnerships.
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"The effect is that these women are really isolated," said the study's lead author, Zhana
By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29
.We've all encountered cancer in some way: Whether we've lost a loved one or have battled it ourselves, the big C looms all around us. And, sometimes it feels like the media loves to capitalize on our fear - hardly a week goes by without the news telling us about part of our daily routine that might be slowly be killing us. Between the media constantly hyping cancer scares and the reality of so many people in our lives actually facing cancer, it's getting increasingly more difficult to have perspective on what should realistically concern us.
So, to find out more about the current buzzy cancer scares, we caught up with some experts to separate the facts from the fiction. Read on to peek behind the curtain of three cancer scares - this is need-to-know stuff.
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By now, we've all heard about Michael Douglas blaming his throat cancer on cunnilingus. We love safe sex, and think the more it's discussed, the better, but