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 only three minutes.
We already know which foods can help induce a brighter glow, but according to hormone expert Sara Gottfried, MD, what you aren't eating is just as important—something she determined both by her own experience and the fascinating genetic research on the subject. "I decided to develop a protocol to turn back the clock, starting with my fork," she tells Mind Body Green. "Food paves the way to keeping your genes in check by silencing the naughty genes of aging (such as mTOR and APOE4) and turning on the good genes (such as FOXO3, a longevity gene)."
As for the foods that are only exacerbating the aging genes, Gottfried cites sugar (surprise, surprise) as a chief culprit. Inflammatory foods like dairy and gluten (if you're intolerant), as well as processed meat, mercury-laden seafood, and refined oils aren't helping matters either. But it's not all bad news: Gottfried has a whole list of foods that can help turn back the clock, too.
"As a woman in Hollywood, you just can't win," the Girls creator and star says of her recent weight loss, which some have criticized as "hypocrisy." The constant commentary must be maddening, but good on Dunham for calling out the B.S. with her chin held high.
Here's an '80s trend we assumed would never see the light of day again—but this time, they're thoroughly modern, and actually kind of genius? Basically, hairstylists are using a similar technique to give women permanently beachy waves, so they can air-dry without additional styling.
As with face oils and oil-based cleansers, people with breakout-prone skin might be less inclined to reach for serums for fear of exacerbating blemishes. But the truth is that it's actually a great idea to fight oil with oil—it helps your skin regulate its sebum production—and there are countless stellar acne-fighting serums on the market. Head over to Total Beauty for more info, and shop some of our go-to acne products below.
Have you checked out our Global Beauty series yet? This week, we're taking a fascinating look at what beauty standards, trends, and rituals look like from continent to continent. From the foundation French girls hate to the secret behind Moroccan women's glowing skin, you're in for a gorgeous ride.
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