• The Latest Celebrity Who's Reminding Teen Girls It's OK to Have FlawsThe Latest Celebrity Who's Reminding Teen Girls It's OK to Have FlawsLook at the two photos of pop sensation Lorde performing at last weekend's Lollapalooza music festival in Santiago, Chile.

    You might assume that in typical starry fashion, the top photo was the one the artist sanctioned, and the bottom image one that she tried to stop being published.

    You'd be wrong. Lorde herself tweeted both photos to her 1.3 million Twitter fans with the caption: "I find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. Remember flaws are OK," followed by a smiley emoticon.

    In a world filled with women airbrushed to perfection with no pimples and cellulite in sight, isn't it refreshing that Lorde is embracing what might be considered "flaws," but in reality are normal for a vast majority of teens - namely acne. So instead of every fan gazing up at a vision of utter perfection and wondering why their skin isn't as smooth and blemish-free, they look up and see she's just like them. What is even more remarkable is that

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  • by Alexandra Samuel

    Dan DruryDan Drury

    My allergies have been OUT OF HAND, so I started using some of those Breathe-Right strips in an attempt to de-clog before an important presentation I had for grad school. The first few days, I felt a little relief, but the third day, I was feeling a little overeager and, well, ripped off the strip a little too quickly and was left with the nerdiest injury ever: a massive bruise on the bridge of my nose. And I'm not talking about a little shadow. I'm talking hit in the face with a tennis ball like this chick. Okay, a little bit smaller than that, but still really freaking dark. And normally I'd throw on glasses, but that didn't do the trick -- and wouldn't for this gal, either. So I dug into my five plus years of experience as SELF's beauty editor for my best tips, tricks and products for covering up those nasty bruises.

    See more: Look Better Naked

    Anyway, your new weird-skin-color saver? Smashbox Color Correcting Foundation Primers. I bet you thought I'd

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  • 20 Tell-Tale Signs You've Become a Health Food Nut20 Tell-Tale Signs You've Become a Health Food NutThose of us who are really into this whole healthy eating thing, I'll admit, tend to get a little obsessive. Some may even call us crazy! We try to play the cool card and pretend like we're okay letting a little junk food fly, but we die a little inside each time our child eats a Cheeto. For the most part I'm pretty dang proud of the drastic changes we've made to our eating habits and proudly let my freak flag fly. But every now and then, I catch myself saying or thinking something, and even I have to roll my eyes at myself, and wonder, "Who have I become?!" To prove that we don't take ourselves too seriously, I compiled a little list of 10 tell-tale signs that you just may be a health food nut. If you can nod in agreement to just a few of these, you dabble in the art of healthy eating and are doing just fine, but if you nod your head yes to the majority of them, you probably need an intervention.

    10 Tell-Tale Signs You've Become a Health Food Nut:

    1. You think it's funny that

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  • Dust bunnies glistening under the (finally!) glorious spring sunshine? Instead of grabbing the broom and dustpan, try this total body tone-up, created specifically for SELF by Carolyn Barnes of Taskercise. And because no great workout is complete without a kickass playlist, we've got your tunes covered, too, thanks to the creative folks at Beats Music.
    by Jacqueline Risser

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    Carolyn Barnes, a former professional dancer, certified Pilates and fitness instructor, and overall busy woman, created Taskercise as a way to sneak exercise into her packed day while also completing run-of-the-mill tasks. She shared her top time-saving moves with SELF, so you can skip the "didn't make it to the gym" regret--and spruce up your crib while getting your sweat on.

    First Up: Windows or Mirror

    Where You'll Feel The Burn: Chest, arms, core, butt and calves

    Grab your favorite window/mirror cleaner and some paper towels. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart about an arm's length from a mirror or

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  • Tart cherries boost muscle recovery. Health.com
    by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

    As a sports nutritionist, I'm always on the lookout for research about how various foods can enhance athletic performance, speed recovery, and build muscle mass. When I pass this info on to my clients, they often feel the effects quickly, and I relish remarks they share like, "Wow, what a difference!" or "I feel 10 years younger." Here are 11 foods currently on my "eats for athletes" list, the research behind why they deserve a place on your training table, and simple, healthy ways to take advantage of their benefits.

    Beet juice for stamina
    Recent research shows that this ruby red root veggie may be more effective at boosting energy than caffeine, or nearly anything you'll find in the supplement aisle. When UK researchers asked male athletes to down either 16 ounces of organic beetroot juice or a placebo, those who gulped the real thing cycled for up to 16% longer, an effect scientists say isn't achievable by any other known means, including training.

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  • By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    Diet fads come and go every day, each one more extreme than the next. No carbs, no fat, high fat, no meat, high meat, no gluten - we don't know about you, but we can hardly keep up. The one piece of conventional wisdom that we just can't seem to shake, though, is the idea that cutting calories will help us lose weight. Okay, yes, there is definitely truth to the concept that a net calorie deficit will result in body-weight reduction. But, obsessing over those little numbers on the back of your groceries often means ignoring basic tenets of nutrition. All calories are definitely not created equal; while a scoop of ice cream and an avocado contain the same number of calories, one choice is fundamentally healthier than the other. The important thing, of course, is to focus on giving your body what it really needs. But, it's almost impossible to ensure you're getting the right balance of nutrients when you're busy tallying calories.

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  • If you're consistently tired and sluggish, your eating habits may be to blame.There are days when keeping up with emails, dishes, laundry and my boisterous 2-year-old daughter leave me completely drained. Like every day. I've tried going to bed earlier, managing my time better and even grabbing an afternoon nap when my kid takes hers, but nothing has upped my energy. So I asked Elisa Zied, R.D., author of "Younger Next Week: Your Ultimate Rx to Reverse the Clock, Boost Energy and Look and Feel Younger in 7 Days," to help me put together an eating plan to maximize my energy throughout the busy day.

    MORE: 6 Foods That'll Flatten Your Belly

    Zied gave me a general rule to follow: Focus on eating more protein-rich foods during the day when I need the most energy and to fill me up, and carbohydrate-rich foods by night to provide a steady stream of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood, appetite and sleep. By eating more balanced meals and snacks throughout the day, I could keep my energy levels steady-as opposed to the old spike-and-crash

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  • By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    A good workout depends on more than just the right exercises. It also means doing them in the right order. After all, no exercise is performed in a vacuum. Every move you make affects the ones that come after it and, ultimately, your results, says fitness expert Ashley Borden, who has trained the likes of Ryan Gosling and MLB player Nick Swisher.

    Borden's advice: Do your strength training before you even look at a piece of cardio equipment. Why? If you tucker yourself out on the treadmill, you're going to have trouble eking out reps in the weight room. When you're tired, your form suffers, and the last place you want to be struggling with your hip positioning is under a heavy barbell, she says. Plus, strength training is what really builds muscle and burns the most calories over the long term.

    That's not to say strength training doesn't sap your energy-it does-but it primarily uses your anaerobic system, which burns carbs for energy, while your

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  • Medication Directions to FollowMedication Directions to Follow

    Sure, your pill bottle label says to avoid alcohol, but come on, who hasn't had a glass of wine while taking antibiotics? News flash: Blowing off these warnings and instructions can put your health at serious risk. Here are some of the most important directions to follow--and why.

    Why it matters: Throwing back a few while using the pain reliever acetaminophen (also found in many cough, cold and flu medications) can put extra strain on your liver and could lead to lasting damage or, at worst, organ failure. Drinking while on antibiotics might cause nausea, and if you're already on a drug that makes you woozy, such as Xanax or Valium, you might feel even dizzier with alcohol.

    Why it matters: If you're on certain antibiotics or diabetes pills, just 10 unprotected minutes outdoors could cause burns.

    Plus: 8 Foods to Eat to Beat Diabetes (And 5 to Avoid) »

    Why it matters: Even a basic-like acetaminophen, which is generally very safe-can be

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  • Listen to the ocean from your room in one of these lesser-known coastal inns.

    Rockwater Secret Cove ResortRockwater Secret Cove Resort
    Rockwater Secret Cove Resort near Halfmoon Bay, B.C.
    This ragged stretch of the Sunshine Coast is so unspoiled and awe-inspiring, it's sometimes hard to imagine that anyone but a bald eagle or two has been here before you.

    Check in: Wooden walkways meander through the forest where Rockwater Secret Cove Resort's 13 roomy, light-filled, adults-only canvas tent suites--with fluffy king-size duvets and tubs for two--perch above the blue water. Each suite has a deck and views to inspire castaway fantasies. From $315 U.S.

    Explore: At Rockwater's Spa Without Walls, treatments are on a platform at the water's edge with stunning views. Horseback riding, bocce ball, croquet, and beach volleyball will tempt you to stay on the property, but make time to explore the ocean by kayak. Horseback rides $52 U.S. for 90 minutes; sea kayaking $57.20 U.S. for half-day.

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