ICYMI: Science Says Alcohol is Bad, Cheese is Good
According to a new study, no amount of liquor, wine or beer is good for you. So much for that whole ‘a glass of red wine a day’ thing.
According to the study, published last week in medical journal The Lancet, alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide in 2016. The team behind the report culled data from nearly 700 global studies that examined the consumption of alcohol in various countries, studying how it contributes to a variety of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, tuberculosis and diabetes. It also, of course, factored in things like drunk-driving accidents and drug use, both of which increase the likelihood of health risks and premature deaths.
“The most surprising finding was that even small amounts of alcohol use contribute to health loss globally,” senior study author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, told CNN. “We’re used to hearing that a drink or two a day is fine. But the evidence is the evidence.”
So what does this mean? We cut alcohol out of our lives completely? As TIME notes, “Gakidou’s paper did show some modest cardiovascular benefits associated with moderate drinking, particularly among women, but she says that effect is overshadowed by the numerous ways alcohol can threaten health. When you consider risks like breast cancer and road traffic injuries, she says, “the protective effect goes away, even at low doses.
Canadians know that once the needle drops past a certain temperature – for most people that’s zero degrees Celsius; negative ten for more adventurous folk – it’s time to haul the trusty winter parka out of storage. Parka are many things – cozy capsules of warmth, necessary armour for the Great Outdoors – but one thing they’re not usually described as is ‘chic.’ Indeed, winter often signals a shrinkage in self-expression where even the most fashion-conscious among us throw on toppers less unique than a black suitcase on an airport baggage carousel.
That’s why Quartz Co. is launching the EDITION collection, a capsule of parkas that combine high-grade technical standards with fashion-forward design. With new cuts and shapes and volumes, the aim is to banish boredom from the category of winter outerwear once and for all. “Innovation is really important across the board in the company, on the fashion side as well as the production side,” says co-CEO Jean-Philippe Robert. The company bills itself as the “new generation of Canadian parkas” because almost everyone who works there is a millennial, making them specially attuned to the needs and desires of their generation.
The EDITION collection is comprised of four women’s styles: Ajna, Aris, Salome and Lutse. The Ajna coat has been dubbed the “Canadian kimono” because of its long, straight fit that calls to mind the effortless chic of Emily Ratajkowski. The Salome is a sleek cut that removes the bulk of a puffy coat to retain a feminine silhouette. The Aris is an abbreviated version of the Ajna, perfect for those with smaller frames who are looking for a classic piece with edge. The Lutse is a boxy, oversize fit reminiscent of the duvet cover-style coats we’ve seen on the runways at R13 and Kim Shui. “It’s unisex but when worn by a woman it explores new shapes and geometry,” says Robert.
Each style comes in four colours – red, military green, grey, navy and, of course, basic black – to combat the cookie-cutter appearance of most winter coats. This season, there’s no need to look like everyone else.
The collection launches September 15th in Quartz and Co. stores worldwide, but you can get a sneak peek of every design in EDITION
This New Toothpaste Ingredient Promises to Harden Teeth While You Sleep
Tooth decay and tooth sensitivity affect a lot of people—and their smiles. And now, according to the Queen Mary University of London, it might be something a new toothpaste ingredient can fix as you drift off into dreamland.
The ingredient, BioMInF, claims to release lost minerals, including the two key ones of calcium and phosphate. Together, the duo combines to form new tooth mineral, in turn, rebuilding, strengthening and protecting the tooth’s structure.
Using remineralizing toothpaste makes teeth far more resistant to attack from acidic soft drinks like fruit juices and sodas. It is also much more effective than conventional toothpastes where the active ingredients, such as soluble fluoride, are washed away and become ineffective less than two hours after brushing,” said professor Robert Hill, chair of Dental Physical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London, who led the team which developed BioMin.
Right now, the toothpaste is available in the UK via dental offices with a bigger rollout expected by year’s end.
Scientists are Calling Maple-Leaf Extract a Natural, Needle-Free Botox
It’s not out yet and you can’t buy it, but a new topical cream formulated from maple leaf extract is on the horizon and researchers are calling it the new all-natural, “plant-based Botox Cosmetic.”
The findings, presented at the American Chemical Society’s National Meeting by researchers from the University of Rhode Island, stated that maple leaf compounds could slow the degradation of elastin in the skin. As we age, wrinkles form when elastase, a pancreatic enzyme, digests elastin in the skin. The compounds found in the leaves of maple trees, called glucitol-core-containing gallotannins (GCGs) could block elastase activity, which slows down the degredation of the elastin that keeps skin firm and supple.
In addition to preventing wrinkles from forming, the extract could also help fade hyperpigmentation and prevent skin inflammation. The researchers have parlayed their findings into a skin care venture that would put the future of anti-aging in North American maple tree farms. University of Rhode Island Professor and lead study author Dr. Navindra Seeram told Science Daily, “Many botanical ingredients traditionally come from China, India and the Mediterranean, but the sugar maple and the red maple only grow in eastern North America.”
While the scientists involved in the study are seeking a patent for their upcoming skin care products, including a cream named Maplifa and a supplement, they admit that more testing is needed to see what the effects of the extract will do for skin when tested on humans. But they’re banking on the fact that skin care and anti-aging consumers are veering toward more natural solutions. “You could imagine that these extracts might tighten up human skin like a plant-based Botox, though they would be a topical application, not an injected toxin,” adds Seeram.
Halle Berry Says This Food Is the Reason Her Skin Looks So Young
At 51 years old, Halle Berry is somewhat of anomaly, almost defying the aging process completely. Not only is her body beyond toned and physically fit, but her face is also amazingly wrinkle-free, making us wonder exactly how she keeps herself looking so youthful. Well, luckily for us, Berry gave insight into her beauty secrets in a recent interview with Extra.
It turns out, eating bone broth is Berry’s trick for youthful-looking skin. “You can make it, you can go to the butcher and get all the bones they’re going to throw away and he’ll give them to you for free,” she said in the interview. “Take the bones, boil them up for 24 hours…and you drink the broth. It’s so full of collagen that it’s crazy.”
If you don’t have the time or money for pricey lash extensions—or just want to look more like yourself—a lash enhancer like GrandeLASH-MD Serum gives your natural lashes a boost.Eyelash products like GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum chemically enhance your existing lashes with vitamins, amino-acids and antioxidants. It’s like biotin for your hair—an over-the-counter option to help lashes grow in longer and fuller. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.
As any makeup lover knows, the key to ensuring that your foundation or eye shadow stays put all day long is to invest in a quality primer. However, while there’s plenty of worthy makeup primers on the market, none quite compare to the cult-classic Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20). It’s been a staple in pretty much every makeup artist’s kit for some time now, putting UD and all of its launches on every beauty junkie’s must-watch list. Luckily, details of a spanking new launch have finally surfaced, and unsurprisingly, it’s caused quite a stir among makeup artist professionals and amateurs alike.
The company announced via Instagram that it’ll be releasing a new line of primers called the Urban Decay Urban Defense Complexion Primer Collection that will not only deliver our usual primer benefits, but also a few skin care ones as well.
Makeup lovers, listen up! Our worst nightmare has officially happened: Urban Decay’s best-selling, mega-loved eye shadow palette is about to be swept off store shelves forever. After eight years, the original Urban Decay Naked Palette is officially retiring, and we can’t help be feel some serious nostalgia for the product.
The 12 essential shades of this palette have been a go-to for many makeup artists and regular beauty aficionados alike, selling upwards of 30 million palettes since its inception in 2010. It even brought in more than $1 billion in sales, which is why we can’t help but be slightly surprised that the product is making its official exit.
In an obituary-like press release, the brand announced the bad news with much sadness: “Today, the beauty world mourns Urban Decay’s beloved Naked Palette, the product that revolutionized neutral eyeshadows,” it read. “A little bit naughty, often dramatic, and always in the press, the innovative game-changer and category creator will be laid to rest after eight years, without a smudge of regret.”
There are sticks, balms, glosses, stains, powders—the list goes on. But have you ever tried a lip mousse? I’ll admit I was skeptical at first, but Urban Decay’s new Lo-Fi Lip Mousse ($22) is a real crowd-pleaser.
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A modern matte, this bouncy lip color is super pigmented and velvety soft, so it applies smooth and easy. (I recommend using a lip scrub beforehand if you can to make it look even smoother and give the color more impact.) The compact packaging is great for the girl on the go because it comes with a mirror and a built-in brush—it looks like a little eye shadow applicator and pops out of the bottom when you flip the compact open—that lets you perfectly define your lip line and then build up the color to your liking. You can also tap a little on with your fingers if you want a more effortless look, but you’ll need to wash your hands afterward because the pigment is really concentrated, especially the brighter colors.
The latest cool kid to hit Sephora’s shelves: Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-Alt Power Serum ($58). It’s a natural retinol alternative that smooths fine lines while leaving behind zero redness, irritation or dry skin.
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No surprise here, but we love a good, prescription-level retinoid—after all, powerful retinols are the key ingredient for anti-aging the skin without having to resort to pricey injections or plastic surgery treatments. However, not everyone can tolerate the power behind these products, which can commonly cause irritation, dryness or even painful, peeling skin.
Let’s Just Get to the Point: Hask Cactus Water Weightless Moisture Shampoo is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants to leave strands feeling soft, shiny and healthy. The under-$10 price tag means it’s a luxury everyone can enjoy.
Key Ingredients: Cactus water and prickly pear seed oil
There are rave reviews of this air-dry foam all over the internet, but most of them talk about how soft, manageable and fresh it makes naturally curly hair look with no effort. My hair isn’t curly, but it is a little bit wavy. Air-dried just as is with the foam, my final ‘do looked soft (thanks to the nourishing kale extract and panthenol), but also a little shapeless. When I apply the foam and then style my hair in a low bun, it shakes out to be a much more effortlessly, wavy style.
Ouai Air Dry Foam ($28)