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  • Caffeine for the Face Reduces Wrinkles, Eye Puffiness, & Undereye Circles - Who Knew?!

    By: The Motley for DETAILS

    GettyGettyYou down a cup of coffee or tea every morning, but have you ever thought about applying caffeine directly to your face? Before you call us crazy, it turns out that caffeine is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that's believed to reduce wrinkles, eye puffiness, and dark under-eye circles. What's more, recent studies have shown that topically applied caffeine may block sun damage. Based on what they've learned from studying mice, Rutgers University researchers believe that caffeine applied directly to the skin might help prevent damaging UV light from causing skin cancer.

    We're not advocating that you splash hot coffee on your face as part of your morning regimen. Instead, try one of these new skincare products that harness the power of caffeine to give you well-rested, younger looking skin without the jitters.

    Urth Skin Solutions Antioxidant Face Complex ($45)
    Caffeine increases blood circulation, which lends skin a fresh-faced, youthful glow while

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  • The Ultimate 4-Minute, Fat-Blasting Workout of Your Dreams

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesDon't let the treadmill thumpers fool you. It only takes four minutes to fire up your fat burners.

    No, this isn't an infomercial, we're just legit excited about the Tabata Protocol, the high-intensity interval training method that requires going all out for 20 seconds, resting for 10, and completing the entire bout eight times for a grand workout total of just four minutes. Done right, it's ridiculously difficult, potentially vomit-inducing, and more effective than you can imagine.

    According to research by Izumi Tabata, the Japanese scientist for whom the protocol is named, itty bitty four-minute Tabata workouts can increase your aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, VO2 max (maximal oxygen consumption), resting metabolic rate, and help you burn more fat than a traditional 60-minute aerobic workout.

    Seriously-how's that possible? First, a quick biology lesson: Your body turns food into energy through three metabolic systems-two anaerobic and one

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  • Is Raw Food Really Better for You?

    By: Jessica Chia

    Chris GentileChris GentileUnprocessed and uncooked organic produce has earned status as the gold standard in health food, but when it comes to vegetables, less (cooking time) isn't always more. In fact, several varieties actually pack a bigger nutritional punch once they've been heated up above 115 degrees.

    Compared to their raw counterparts, cooked tomatoes deliver more lycopene, an antioxidant that can lower the risk of prostate cancer, heart disease, and lung cancer. Likewise, heated carrots deliver a bigger dose of beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A. Spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, and cabbage also supply maximum antioxidants and nutrients when cooked, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, author of Read It Before You Eat It and nutrition expert in New York. To lock in peak nutritional value, Taub-Dix recommends steaming vegetables to avoid overcooking, and adding flavor with fresh herbs and spices, rather than drowning them in rich sauces or fat-loaded batters. That means tempura is out and

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  • 5 Indoor Cycling Tips from a Double-Gold Medalist

    By: Q by Equinox for Details

    Courtesy of Q by EquinoxCourtesy of Q by EquinoxGeraint Thomas is the double Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist who, in the summer of 2013, astonished the world with his performance at the 100th Tour de France. He didn't win, but in an event that's renowned as the ultimate test of endurance (and suffering), the 27-year-old Welshman pushed his body-broken bones and all-to new extremes.

    On the first day of the Tour, he crashed. Thomas was stiff and sore but got up, re-mounted, and finished the stage. The following day he was in such pain that he had to be helped onto his bike, and as such, he struggled to keep up at the back of the peloton all day. After stage two, when a scan revealed a broken bone in his pelvis, he asked his team doctor if he could continue in the race. The doctor replied that if he was careful, and the injury was managed, he could, but he would have to use pain as his guide.

    Like many hell-bent endurance athletes, Thomas listened to his doctor, but ignored the pain.

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  • 6 Reasons Why Serums Are Better Than Face Creams

    By: Kristen Dold

    Brad BridgersBrad BridgersThey're smaller and pricier than most moisturizers-and more effective: A few drops of these facial elixirs will do more for your skin than tubes of face cream.

    If a facial moisturizer is a cocktail, then a serum is a shot of tequila: It's more intense, faster-working, and ultimately more effective. Used to remedy virtually every skin problem, serums are concentrated blends of antioxidants, retinols, and other skin-saving ingredients. "Serums have a smaller molecular structure than moisturizers, so they penetrate deeper into the skin," says New York City dermatologist Ariel Ostad. And contrary to popular impression, serums are ideal for oily skin, since they're water- (and not oil-) based. Use this new crop of fixers either alone or with a moisturizer chaser.

    1. Revive Dull Skin
    Perricone MD Blue Plasma, $95
    This nonacidic peel (which doesn't need to be rinsed off afterward) uses salmon-egg enzymes to lift away dead skin cells and unclog pores for a bright and even

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  • The 5 Exercise Machines You Should Never Use at the Gym

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    GettyGettyExercise machines are simple-too simple, in fact. According to metabolic training expert BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., "They've been dumbed down to the point that they just don't do your body much good." Besides parking you on your butt, most machines isolate a single muscle, meaning you'll burn fewer calories and gain less muscle mass rep for rep.

    Most importantly (at least as far as medical bills are concerned), exercise machines can lead to injury. Even with their adjustable seats and pegs, finding the proper position can be close to impossible-and even then the movements just aren't natural. "Free weights and bodyweight exercises allow your body to move in a natural range of motion," Gaddour says. "When you fix it, it results in a limited and improper movement pattern that can be dangerous."

    Here, Gaddour shares five exercise machines you should swear off-and all-star alternatives that will give you better, faster fitness gains.

    1. The Machine: Lying

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  • 6 New Waters: What's in Them and Do They Work?

  • 5 Cool New Phone Apps & Devices to Control Your Home from Afar

    By: Jon Chase

    Turn on lights. Open doors. Adjust the heat. Thanks to a new generation of easy-to-use devices and apps, you don't need to be in your house to be the master of your domain.

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  • 3 New Must-Have Coffeemakers that Guarantee the Perfect Cup of Brew

    By: Amy Zavatto

    Plamen PetkovPlamen Petkov1. Bodum Bistro B.Over
    Re-create the au courant pour-over method at home-without all that pouring. This hourglass-shaped machine brings water to the ideal temperature using a 1,450-watt heating coil, then sprays it over the grounds with a showerhead-like nozzle for an even drip.

    2. Breville Oracle
    Make as much foam as you like with the hands-free milk texturizer. But the real draw is the pair of steel boilers-one for steam, one for espresso: Extract each shot at the correct temperature and adjust pressure based on bean type, grind, dose, and humidity.
    Price on request;

    3. Bunn Trifecta
    This combines the best of two brew methods: Similar to a French press, the Trifecta gives unprecedented control over the amount of time that the grinds steep in the water, and its patented Air-Infusion technology results in a uniform extraction, like the best vacuum pots.

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    The One Grinder to Own
    Even the best grinders have

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  • Train Your Brain to Think Smarter, Faster, Better

    By: Q by Equinox for Details

    Horacio Salinas / Trunk ArchiveHoracio Salinas / Trunk ArchiveYou exercise your body in the pursuit of optimal function, but what about your brain? Those looking to get an edge in-and out-of the gym are flexing their minds with neurofeedback. We're not talking Sudoku puzzles here (though they have their benefits), but neurofeedback-the process of hooking up to an electroencephalogram (EEG) in order to "train" your brain.

    What It Is
    Sure, it sounds a bit sci-fi, but it may dial down your stress level and help you tap into your potential. "Neurofeedback [also commonly called biofeedback] is somewhat like putting the brain on an elliptical machine or a stair stepper in order to exercise certain regulatory functions. For example, the brain can get stuck in an anxious state and neurofeedback training enables it to shift into a calmer state for optimal function. Essentially, you're aiding the brain's ability to self-regulate," says neurofeedback specialist Evelyn Shapero of the Brainfitness Centre in Los Angeles.

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