The best way to keep your skin and sinuses happy this winter? A good humidifier

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Here are our favorites at every price range, from Honeywell to Dyson The phrase “droplets” will be synonymous with the spread of COVID-19 for the rest of my life. So when my skin was flaking and I was waking up painfully groggy and dry from unpredictable winter weather and constant heating, I was hesitant to bring a mist-generating humidifier into my life. Even as my sensitive, paper skin withered to a crisp. But the droplets! Read Full Story

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Editor’s Pick: This ‘no poo’ shampoo gave me full, silky hair—and healed my sensitive scalp

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Hairstory’s New Wash is a detergent-free no-foam alternative to shampoo, and it has no sulfates or parabens. I love my dermatologist like a devoted child. She is a medical, not cosmetological, dermatologist, so she really homes in on the health of my skin and what I put on it. So earlier this year, when she recommended that I switch to a “no poo” from a sham poo because there are a couple of ingredients (cocamidopropyl betaine and methylisothiazolinone) in shampoo that irritate my skin, I got to researching. Try as I may, I couldn’t find a single one that didn’t have one or the other. That is, until I found New Wash by Hairstory . Read Full Story

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It’s not just you. The pandemic has made drivers more reckless

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Traffic is better, but drivers are worse–much worse I thought it was just me. After quarantining for months, I took my first drive on the expressway. Chicago traffic is always fast, and always busy. But it felt like people were whizzing by more often, switching lanes recklessly to dart between traffic. Was I just thin skinned, out of practice from driving, and imagining it all? Or was there something else going on? Were people actually driving more dangerously than normal? Read Full Story

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As a Latino immigrant, I thought I understood the challenges of the Black community. I have a lot to learn

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A CTO contemplates what actions he can take to change his company’s response and his own. As an immigrant from Nicaragua, I’ve been open about the discrimination I have faced in my life. I’ve experienced it from police enforcement, in my professional life, my social life, and even in the affluent suburb where I live. Many of these instances were microaggressions , rolled out over time that I don’t even notice them anymore. I do, however, distinctly remember the difference in pay I received in past jobs. And I remember meeting to discuss the acquisition of a company I founded with its CEO, who completely ignored my title and instead, thought I was a sales development representative. Read Full Story

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I stopped using screens on Sundays. This is how it changed my life

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Taking one day away from technology each week has helped me realize my resiliency, and inspired confidence. At the end of 2019, I experienced a traumatic fainting episode, seizure, and concussion in the middle of the night, which landed me an overnight visit at an NYC Emergency Room. Afterward, I decided I needed to slow my pace in life down—a lot. Prior to this, I didn’t consider myself “addicted” to my phone. I turned off my notifications years ago; my phone doesn’t join me in bed, and it’s easy for me to spend time doing things that don’t involve any technology. Read Full Story

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I’m a working mom, and this is the career hack that’s helping me find balance

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A tax principal at PwC says that these hacks helped her get promoted and spend quality time with her children. When I approached my boss 14 years ago about working reduced hours, my life was at a crossroads. On one hand, I had just been promoted to a manager role at PwC. On the other hand, I was about to return to work from parental leave with my second child. Read Full Story

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I am tired of feeling shame for financially relying on my partner

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I know I’m in a privileged position, but it’s hard to feel like I don’t fit into the Wonder Woman template. It all started in 2018. I was fresh out of graduate school and utterly confused about what I wanted to do with my life. Until then, I had walked a seemingly well thought out career path as a human rights lawyer, graduating from an Ivy League institution and building an impressive professional network. Yet, I wanted to do something different. I wanted independence and creativity to dictate my professional destiny. I wanted to become a writer, which, I would soon learn, meant abandoning the steady fountain of self-confidence my successful career had been, and more pragmatically, forgoing the security of a salary. Read Full Story

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Skates, sewing machines, and sex toys: See the everyday objects that got us through COVID-19

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When asked to share their lockdown essentials, people from around the globe showed what they really need. The pandemic has changed our relationship to stuff. More than a year into the COVID-19 crisis, my blazers, work pants, and heeled boots—typically worn down after a couple of seasons—remained untouched in my closet as relics of my last day in the office, right next to my whiteboard calendar that still reads “March 2020.” A winter’s worth of sweatpants later, the things I use every day have been very much replaced. Read Full Story

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How to get the most out of longer days and more sunlight

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Warmer spring days provide an opportunity to refresh your usual tired routine. Along with the warmer temps of spring, thanks to daylight saving time the days—and evenings—are longer. Where I live in Michigan, the shortest day of the year has only 9 hours and 4 minutes of sunlight, compared to the longest day’s 15 hours and 14 minutes. This means, from my geographic position, there are literally more than six hours of sun in the spring than in the winter. Read Full Story

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