Welcome to 3-Minute Read, your midweek rundown of everything we're talking about at Byrdie HQ. Every Wednesday, we'll get you up-to-date on the beauty news you need to know—in just three minutes.
We get it—they're confusing. Do we need to be using them in our 20s? (Do they even do anything at all?) The answers are yes and yes—and Marie Claire's handy guide has everything else you need to know, including product recommendations and application tips for every age. (Pssst: We can also tell you how to know if your go-to cream is actually doing anything.)
The sad truth is that pollution and climate both play pretty big roles in skin aging—in conjunction with lifestyle, the number is upward of 80%. Head over to Health.com to see which cities specifically are most prone to wrinkles, and consider investing in some antipollution skincare. (And SPF, please.)
To kick off Season 2 of her Women of the Hour podcast series, Lena Dunham is teaming up with Clinique for a special episode featuring actresses and activists Gina Rodriguez, Erendira Ibarra, and Jessica Nkosi, to discuss how they use their public platforms to inspire change. Boss ladies on making a difference—that's a pretty beautiful thing, no? Take a listen here.
Because according to one Instagram-famous trainer, those snaps of toned abs and pert derrières involve a lot of smoke and mirrors. (Surprise, surprise.) Head over to Well + Good to get the truth—as frustrating as it is, it's also kind of a relief.
What are you reading and talking about this week? Sound off in the comments below!