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What Does It Mean if Taking Slow, Deep Breaths Feels Ridiculously Hard?

Know this: It’s not at all uncommon.

Since beauty lovers tend to do their research when it comes to ingredients, quality, and benefits, going rogue on a random skin-care product won’t quite cut it this gifting season—unless you’re fine with including a gift receipt so they can get what they actually want on their beauty shelf.

Don’t waste time scouring the shelves for various products from all different luxe brands (and wind up still wondering if they returned your assortment of guesses), instead go with a sure-fire win—aka the Sunday Riley Grand Collection skin-care set that features seven of Sunday Riley’s most famously fan-favorite products. Psst: It usually runs at $241, but is currently on sale for $199 until tomorrow, so act accordingly.

“If you’re new to Sunday Riley, the cult-favorite skin-care brand honestly makes some of the best serums I have ever tried—they’re seriously like facials in a bottle,” Well+Good beauty and fashion writer Jesse Quinn previously wrote for Well+Good. We’ve got another beauty lover’s stamp of approval already.


sunday riley skin-care set products

Sunday Riley Grand Collection 6-piece Skin-Care Set — $199.00

Includes:

  • 1-oz Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment
  • 0.5-oz Auto Correct Eye Contour Cream
  • 1-oz C.E.O. Vitamin C Brightening Serum
  • 1.7-oz ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream
  • 1-oz A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum
  • 0.5-oz Luna Sleeping Night Oil

 

Up first in the collection is the Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil, which contains a botanical blend of superfood seed oils, vitamins A and C, as well as omegas 3, 6, and 9 to not only brighten the skin’s appearance, but also enrich it with antioxidants that support anti-aging. 

Next up is the Good Genes lactic acid treatment, which might be one of the best products that comes in the set. “The groundbreaking product combines gently exfoliating lactic acid with brightening licorice extract and hydrators like aloe vera to form a sort of skin-care perfection trifecta,” Erin Bunch previously wrote for Well+Good. “And it really works, hence the innumerable five-star reviews you can find scattered all over the Internet.” Not to mention, it only takes 10 minutes to start seeing the smoothing results.

Since we’re already talking serums, let’s move onto another slam-dunk product in the set: the CEO Vitamin C Brightening Serum. “I encourage all my patients to use a form of vitamin C each morning under their sunscreen to [help] preserve their skin,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian previously told Well+Good. And this vitamin C-packed product helps improve the appearance of dull skin, so you’re left with a more glowy complexion all-around.

The A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum is the low-stake, high-reward product for those new to retinols. On top of reducing fine lines and wrinkles, the white honey, ginger, and cactus extracts also help reduce the look of pores, leaving an even, super smooth skin tone.

As if this skin-care set wasn’t outfitted with enough beauty cabinet all-stars, this beauty lover’s dream set comes with an Auto Correct Eye Cream (goodbye puffiness and dark circles) as well as the Ice Moisturizing Cream, which has beetroot and coconut extract, ceramides (these help form the skin’s natural moisture barrier), vitamin F, and pomegranate (hello antioxidants) for baby-level soft skin.

Rounding out your beauty bestie’s new-and-forever-improved routine is the loved-by-all Luna Sleeping Oil, which is a nighttime moisturizing oil that also contains a retinoid derivative. It works overnight to improve signs of aging, uneven texture, and dullness. Plus, it’s balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils to ease any signs of sensitivity or redness, so they’ll wake up with an even-toned complexion that straight up glows.

Prepare for the most thoughtful thank you card after you wrap up and send out this Sunday Riley skin-care set, because it’s official: Your beauty-loving bestie is about to hit the jackpot of holiday gifts.

‘Stack Dating’ Is Here To Prove You’re Never Too Busy To Find Love (Seriously)

Work your dates into your everyday schedule to stack the odds in your favor.

It’s 2019, and Mandy Moore has a rash. “I started getting these red splotchy, itchy, inflamed, and peeling spots all over my face,” she recalls. “I just assumed, ‘Well, I’m working a lot, I wear a lot of makeup. This probably has something to do with that.’”

It didn’t. Even after “throwing the kitchen sink” at the situation, the uncomfortable symptoms persisted. “[Finally], I was like, ‘Okay, I need to get a real doctor’s eyes on this.’” When she did, her dermatologist diagnosed her with atopic dermatitis—the most common form of eczema.

For many, the diagnosis might feel like a setback, but for Moore, it was a relief. As she puts it, “Once I knew what it was, I could move forward and understand what triggered it and how to prevent it.”

How Mandy Moore manages her eczema

Four years after that initial rash showed up, Moore’s gotten a pretty solid handle on how to deal. “My atopic dermatitis really flares up this time of year, as it starts to get colder and drier, so I know come winter I’m going to have to implement some different things that I don’t necessarily need to do year-round,” says Moore. This means stocking up on occlusive and skin-soothing ingredients ahead of the colder months as well as keeping her routine as streamlined as possible all year round.

These days, she keeps her regimen “pared down to a really manageable, easy, simple level,” she says. Think: fragrance-free formulations, more natural ingredients, and always having some Aquaphor ($13) on hand. She’s also a fan of Cerave products, particularly the brand’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($16) and Moisturizing Cream ($18), both of which are formulated to suit sensitive skin types and are packed with ultra-nourishing ceramides.

Equally as important as what you put on eczema-prone skin is what you keep off of it, which is why part of Moore’s treatment plan involves advocating for herself and her skin needs while she’s in the makeup chair. “I have my own bag of tricks,” she says. “If I haven’t worked with a makeup artist before or haven’t been able to have a conversation with them prior, I bring my makeup bag and say, ‘Hi, I have eczema. So there are certain products that I like to use, certain things that I don’t like to use, certain things that irritate my skin.’ I know what works best for my skin.” A few of her go-to brands (which happen to be our favorites, too)? Kosas, Westman Atelier, Merit, and Saie Beauty.

Of course, effectively managing eczema goes beyond just switching up your topicals with the seasons—and Moore has found that a holistic, 360-degree approach works best for her individual skin needs. “Food is a big help, like having things that are rich in omega-3s,” she shares. “I’m a huge salmon and sardine fan; that really helps establish more of a moisture barrier in my skin. Stress is also a trigger, which is unavoidable for most of us.”

How she deal when the effects of her eczema are more than skin-deep

While eczema affects the skin physically, it can also take a toll emotionally—which is something Moore learned firsthand during her early struggles with the skin condition.

“Your self-confidence can absolutely take a hit and that’s no small thing,” says the actor, who has partnered with Incyte on its “Moments of Clarity” campaign to raise awareness around eczema. “It’s how you feel in the world and it’s how you present yourself to the world, because we’re all ‘public-facing’ in one way or another.”

For Moore, it’s all about having grace for herself and turning to her all-important toolbox of treatment methods in those less-than-pleasant moments. “I would just encourage people to harness their power and talk to a doctor and know that you don’t have to suffer in silence,” she says. “There is a way to feel confident, feel like you’re putting your best foot forward in life and to not be uncomfortable anymore.”

“I know what it’s like to live with eczema…and I know the different ways and means to help myself and get through this,” Moore continues. “I know how to find relief for my symptoms. Those kinds of things, I think, are helpful in those moments. But really just recognizing that this is just a moment in time and tomorrow will be a new day. Just the simple, ‘This too shall pass.’”

The Key Differences Between Sympathy, Empathy, and Compassion—And How To Practice Them

These emotional experiences help us stay better connected with others.

Whether you’re a frequent flier or only take to the skies occasionally, you’ve probably noticed that air travel can do a number on your skin and hair—especially if you throw jet lag or switching climates into the mix. Because about half the air inside the plane is pulled from the atmosphere, in-cabin air has little moisture once the plane reaches higher altitudes, making our bodies prone to dehydration—and that can be felt even more intensely on mature hair and skin that already tends to be dry.

But as any flight attendant will tell you, there are ways to combat this dehydration before, during, and after your flight. So we asked Connie Watson, a Delta flight attendant who’s been flying for 25 years, exactly how she keeps her mature skin and hair from drying out on even the longest international flights.

Editor’s note: The below product picks were selected by our team based on Watson’s recommendations. 

1. SPF-infused lotion and foundation

Before heading to the airport, Watson always applies an SPF lotion topped by an SPF foundation. “It’s critical because of all the different climates we travel to,” she says.

Watson favors a lightweight, non-greasy SPF lotion with niacinamide (a derm-loved ingredient that helps retain moisture and also protects skin from environmental factors like pollution and weather), like Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 ($35) layered under a long-lasting SPF foundation, like the Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Foundation SPF 45 ($45) that will hold up during travel. “I’ll switch from a lightweight foundation in the warm weather to a creamier formula in the winter,” for added moisture, Watson says.

2. Leave-in conditioner

According to Watson, leave-in conditioner is a must before departure. “Especially when we sleep in bunks on international flights, static cling can be a real problem,” says Watson. “But a leave-in conditioner can keep the static away every time.”

Watson especially likes leave-ins with natural ingredients and extracts, along with amino acids to smooth, condition, and strengthen mature strands. One of our favorites that fits the bill? Briogeo Superfoods™ Avocado + Kiwi Moisture Leave-In Conditioner ($25)

3. Lip balm

Flying can really dehydrate your lips, so Watson says she always travels with both moisturizing lipstick and balm, applying them frequently. “I constantly am making sure to put something on my lips during the flight, then it’s lip balm at night, every night,” she says. The Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Lip Therapy ($29) gets the derm stamp of approval for keeping mature lips well-moisturized.

4. Hand cream

This is one product you’ll want to (literally and figuratively) keep “on hand” during a flight. Watson says she never flies without a tube of hand lotion in her pocket, especially because she washes her hands frequently. Her favorites are advanced formulas that contain humectants to draw moisture into the skin plus emollients like ceramides to support the skin barrier and help lock moisture in, and dermatologists recommend CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream ($11) for doing exactly that on mature skin.

5. Anti-aging night cream

Once she’s arrived at her destination, Watson says cleansing her face thoroughly before applying a rich night cream is a must to keep post-flight dehydration at bay. She favors products with beta-hydroxy, vitamins, and aloe vera designed to nourish, soothe, and replenish mature skin, along with helping combat free radical damage after travel. Whether you’re in-flight or at home, Olay’s Night Cream with Beta-Hydroxy Complex and Vitamin E ($31) is an A+ option for mature skin, whether you’re traveling or not. 

6. Water, water, water

Finally, Watson says perhaps her biggest essential to keep skin and hair healthy is good ol’ H20. “I can’t stress enough water, water, and more water,” says Watson. “Drinking a lot of water is essential to maintain moisture for your skin and hair as well as your lips.”

And drinking water regularly throughout the flight isn’t just good for your appearance—it will keep your body hydrated, help combat post-travel fatigue, and have you feeling ready to go once your feet are back on the ground.

 

 

Eagle Mentality


The bald eagle is the national bird as well as national animal of the United States of America. It's a uniquely North American eagle, ranging from northern Mexico through all of the contiguous United States, into Canada and Alaska. The only state the bird doesn't call home is Hawaii. The eagle lives near any open body of water, preferring a habitat with large trees in which it builds is nests.

Fast Facts: Bald Eagle

  • Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Common Name: Bald eagle
  • Basic Animal Group: Bird
  • Size: 28-40 inches body; wingspan 5.9-7.5 feet
  • Weight: 6.6 to 13.9 pounds
  • Lifespan: 20 years
  • Diet: Carnivorous
  • Habitat: North America
  • Population: Tens of thousands
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
  • Description
  • Bald eagles are not actually bald—by adulthood, they have white-feathered heads. In fact, the bald eagle's scientific name, Haliaaetus leucocephalus, translates from the Greek to mean "sea eagle white head."
  • Immature eagles (eaglets) have brown plumage. Adult birds are brown with a white head and tail. They have golden eyes, yellow feet, and hooked yellow beaks. Males and females look the same, but mature females are about 25% larger than males. An adult eagle's body length ranges from 70 to 102 cm (28 to 40 in), with a wingspan of 1.8 to 2.3 m (5.9 to 7.5 ft) and a mass of 3 to 6 kg (6.6 to 13.9 lb).
  • It can be challenging to identify a distant bald eagle in flight, but there is an easy way to tell an eagle from a vulture or hawk. While large hawks soar with raised wings and turkey vultures hold their wings in a shallow V-shape, the bald eagle soars with its wings essentially flat.

The sound of a bald eagle is somewhat like a gull. Their call is a combination of high-pitched staccato chirps and whistles. Believe it or not, when you hear the sound of a bald eagle in a movie, you're actually hearing the piercing cry of the red-tailed hawk

Diet and Behavior

When available, the bald eagle prefers to eat fish. However, it will also eat smaller birds, bird eggs, and other small animals (e.g., rabbits, crabs, lizards, frogs). Bald eagles choose prey that is unlikely to put up much of a fight. They'll readily drive off other predators to steal a kill and will eat carrion. They also take advantage of human habitation, scavenging from fish processing plants and dumps.

Eagle-Eye Vision

Bald eagles truly have eagle-eye vision. Their vision is sharper than any human's, and their field of view is wider. In addition, eagles can see ultraviolet light. Like cats, the birds have an inner eyelid called a nictitating membrane. Eagles can close their main eyelids, yet still see through the translucent protective membrane.

Reproduction and Offspring

Bald eagles become sexually mature at four to five years of age. Ordinarily, the birds mate for life, but they will seek new mates if one dies or if the pair repeatedly fails at breeding. The mating season occurs in the autumn or spring, depending on location. Courtship includes elaborate flight, which includes a display in which the pair flies high, locks talons, and falls, disengaging just prior to striking the ground. Talon-clasping and cartwheeling may occur during territorial battles, as well as for courtship.

Bald eagle nests are the largest and most massive bird nests in the world. A nest may measure up to 8 feet across and weigh up to a ton. Male and female eagles work together to build a nest, which is made of sticks and is usually situated in a large tree.

The female eagle lays a clutch of one to three eggs within 5 to 10 days of mating. Incubation takes 35 days. Both parents care for the eggs and the downy gray-colored chicks. An eaglet's first true feathers and beak are brown. Fledgling eagles transition to adult plumage and learn to fly great distances (hundreds of miles per day). On average, a bald eagle lives about 20 years in the wild, although captive birds have been known to live 50 years.

Swimming Ability

Eagles are known for soaring in the skies, but they fare well in water, too. Like other fish eagles, the bald eagle can swim. Eagles float well and flap their wings to use them as paddles. Bald eagles have been observed swimming at sea and also near shore. Near land, eagles elect to swim when carrying a heavy fish.

Conservation Status

In 1967, the bald eagle was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Preservation Act. In 1973, it was listed under the new Endangered Species Act. The dramatic population decline that led to near-extirpation included unintentional poisoning (mostly from DDT and lead shot), hunting, and habitat destruction. By 2004, however, bald eagle numbers had recovered enough that the bird was listed in the IUCN Red List as "least concern." Since that time, bald eagle numbers have continued to grow.

Sources

  • del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., & Sargatal, J., eds.. Handbook of the Birds of the World Vol. 2. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, 1994. ISBN 84-87334-15-6.
  • Ferguson-Lees, J. and D. Christie,. Raptors of the World. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 717–19, 2001. ISBN 0-7136-8026-1.
  • Isaacson, Philip M. The American Eagle (1st ed.). Boston, MA: New York Graphic Society, 1975. ISBN 0-8212-0612-5.