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The Best Skincare for Acne-Prone Skin, According to Dermatologists

All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Dealing with acne at any age is an uphill battle, and sometimes finding skincare for acne-prone skin makes the hill feel even steeper. There are a handful of different types of acne: cystic acne, hormonal breakouts, blackheads, closed comedones, and whiteheads, and each has a myriad of triggers. So it's key to find a dermatologist that can get to the root of your acne and come up with solutions to clear it up.
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The 10 Best Mattresses on Amazon in 2022

It should come as no surprise that Amazon, retail behemoth that it is, has a fantastic range of bedding available—in fact, some of the best mattresses on Amazon come from high-quality brands like Casper, Nectar, and Tuft & Needle. In other words, while you’re perusing early Amazon Prime Day deals on vacuums, furniture, outdoor gear, and wellness products, you can pick up a new mattress for yourself too—how’s that for one-stop shopping? Before you get to scrolling, here’s a quick rundown on what mattress type might suit your sleeping style and give you the best sleep you can get.
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You’re Not the Only One Feeling Climate Anxiety—Here’s How to Cope

Maybe you feel helpless when you read another news story about the amount of plastic that has infiltrated our oceans. Or maybe you remember gazing in horror at the bright orange skies that permeated the West Coast as wildfires raged on last summer. Or, worse, maybe you or your loved ones have been personally displaced by a natural disaster in your own community. And maybe you can’t help but wonder if this really is the new “normal” and what—if anything—you can do about it. Many of us experience an ominous, understandable, and elusive feeling about the future of the planet and how that future could affect us and the generations to come.
ENVIRONMENT

A Dumbbell Legs Workout You Can Do Right in Your Living Room

If you don’t feel quite like making the trek to the gym, you absolutely can get in a great strength training routine at home. In fact, this dumbbell legs workout proves you don’t need tons of equipment or space to really work your lower body. “People assume that...
WORKOUTS

The Wellness Forecast: 8 New Product Launches We Couldn’t Stop Talking About in June

Here at SELF, our inboxes are constantly blowing up with emails about buzzworthy new product launches and collaborations that aim to revolutionize your self-care routine. In our monthly series, The Wellness Forecast, we handpick a few of the latest releases within wellness, style, beauty, tech, food, and fitness. With summer here, numerous brands are bringing the heat with an array of skin care and hair care launches, including a notable collaboration between Brooklinen and Brooklyn artists that celebrate the eclectic NYC borough.
NEW YORK CITY, NY

The 20 Best Gifts for Women That You Can Shop Now on Amazon

Shopping for gifts is no easy feat—especially when it’s for one of the leading ladies in your life. Fortunately when it comes to finding the best gifts for women, Amazon is the only place you need to search. Whether you’re hunting for the perfect present for your mom, mother-in-law, girlfriend, best friend, sister, aunt, grandmother, or coworker, the e-commerce giant is truly your one-stop shop, offering thousands of perfect gift ideas to choose from.
SHOPPING

Surviving a School Shooting: Gen-Z, Trauma, and the Future of Mental Health

Trauma can be extremely difficult to process, especially for those who endured gun violence within the very place they are supposed to feel safe: school. In “Surviving a School Shooting,” the first video of a three-part series in SELF’s Future of Mental Health package, two students recount their experiences surviving the 2019 Saugus High School shooting and unpack how trauma has upended their sense of normalcy. Coupled with input from leading experts in the field of trauma research, this video explores how can we, as a community, help an entire generation that is scared to go to school.
SAUGUS, MA

Here’s a Pride Playlist to Make Your Next Workout Extra Gay

The news recently has been tough, particularly for folks who care about bodily autonomy: Trans youth are under attack across the U.S., Pride events and drag shows have been the targets of threats and violence, and the Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade. As a queer woman I feel pretty scared right now. Still, I’ve found the best way to cope in times like these is both to let myself feel my fear and despair and also to look for moments of joy and rest that will give me the energy to keep advocating for a better, healthier, safer world.
FITNESS

Is It Really That Bad to Use a Q-Tip to Clean Your Ears?

Have you ever read the label of your Q-tips box—like, really read it? If not we encourage you to head to your bathroom and read the directions for how to use them. You’ll surprisingly find those instructions have absolutely nothing to do with cleaning your ears. Cotton swabs (more commonly referred to as Q-tips, thanks to the popular brand) can be used in so many helpful ways: touching up eyeshadow or mascara, cleaning all the nooks of your computer’s keyboard, and wiping away messy nail polish, to name a few.
HEALTH

Amazon Prime Day Skin-Care Deals Are Already Here—Weeks Before the Event Kicks Off

All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Hey, you! Prime Day skin-care deals are here and ready for the taking. Yes, deals are happening already (I mean, c’mon, it’s Amazon—of course they’re happening already). So if your bathroom medicine cabinet is decidedly lacking in the beauty department, that won’t be the case for long.
MAKEUP

Target Deal Days Returns Next Month—Here’s Everything You Need to Know

All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. It's looking to be a very busy summer if you're a deal hunter. The annual Target Deal Days sale is coming back for another round in 2022, and that means it's time to mark your calendars for another set of deep discounts during its three days of deals. You know what else? The online deals are already coming in at full force now over at Target.com!
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‘Representation Is Huge’: Trans, Nonbinary Pro Runner Nikki Hiltz Signs With Lululemon

Professional runner Nikki Hiltz is a force on the track. The 1500-meter specialist was a 7-time NCAA all-American in college, went pro in 2018, made the World Championships team for Team USA in 2019, and won gold at the 2019 Pan American Games later that year. But Hiltz’s influence has always reached beyond races: In addition to being one of the fastest middle distance runners—competing in races that are roughly one or two miles—in the world, they are one of the few openly transgender, nonbinary professional athletes in the sport of track and field.
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Bad Feet Season Has Arrived—Here’s How to Deal

In order to do their job of supporting your entire body, your feet need a little TLC, otherwise, you can face issues like painful strains or sprains and gnarly infections. Especially now that warmer weather is here, it’s a good time to give this often-ignored body part the attention it deserves, Bryan Markinson, DPM, chief of podiatric medicine and surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells SELF. Many common summertime habits, such as wearing the same pair of flip-flops daily or walking barefoot, can be really hard on the feet. Here’s what you need to know to keep yours looking and feeling healthy all season.
NEW YORK CITY, NY

Early Amazon Prime Day Vacuum Deals to Shop Right Now

All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. We finally know exactly when to expect Amazon Prime Day 2022. It’ll be time to jump in and snap up all the best Amazon Prime Day vacuum deals on offer when July 12 and 13 roll around. If you’re looking to get ahead of some early Prime Day deals, you can shop for the best sales on clothing, beauty, fitness, home, tech products, and much more leading up to the two-day sale event. But if your main focus is tidying up your home this summer, you’ll want to start shopping for some of the best vacuums on sale during Prime Day. Want one of the best robot vacuums on the market instead? Prime Day has you covered there too.
ELECTRONICS

H.S. Diary: How a Mom Finds Time to Take Care of Herself and Her Family

Sandra Guilbault developed painful lesions under her armpits when she was 16 years old. At the time, Sandra was ashamed to tell anyone about her symptoms—including her family. When she was 18, Sandra finally went to a dermatologist for answers and was diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa (H.S.), a chronic condition that causes lumps to form under the skin. Typically these lesions appear in parts of the body where skin rubs together (like the armpits, groin region, under the breasts, or on the butt), according to the Mayo Clinic. Oftentimes the bumps can break open and leak pus; in severe cases the lesions can cause tunnels to form under the skin. All of this can affect every aspect of a person’s life—including their responsibilities as a parent. We asked Sandra to document her life for one week and share what living with hidradenitis suppurativa is like as a mom of two sons. Here is her diary.
TROY, MI