Dr. Heidi Waldorf, a cosmetic dermatologist, had problems with my toner and rosehip oil and suggested trying a new sunscreen.

The author (left) and skincare products (right).
The author (left) and skincare products (right).
The author (left) and skincare products (right). Photo: Canela López/Insider

By Canela López

I’ve never really thought I have “good” skin, the kind you see in the “after” photos on skincare commercials.

My skin is on the oilier side, and I get some hormonal acne on my jawline. But, for the most part, I’ve come to the conclusion that my skin is fine.

I also started testosterone this week — a hormone-replacement therapy used to treat gender dysphoria in trans and nonbinary people. …


As hospitals scramble to handle the pandemic, some parents are struggling to see their babies in the NICU. The results could be catastrophic.

Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Sarah DiGregorio

Back in May, Elijah Zorn lay in his incubator, all 3.8 pounds of him, a ventilator mechanically inflating his tiny chest. He was six weeks premature and had suffered a lack of oxygen to his brain at birth. He was airlifted from one hospital to another in critical condition. No one knew if he would survive.

Beside him sat Jeremy, his exhausted father. Elijah’s mother, Riannon, was miles away, recovering at home after a…


Interviews with 17 former college athletes, insights from previous investigations, and input from experts suggest an alarming pattern of abuse.

Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches.
Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches.
Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches. Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Lindsay Dodgson

Hillary Dole’s first Toque Friday ended with a broken nose and a bloody face.

The event, she told Insider, was an annual tradition for the Cornell University softball team when she joined as a freshman in 2017. All new recruits were instructed to pull beanie hats over their eyes and stand in a line. Then, while they were effectively blindfolded, their teammates and coach yelled at them to run.

“It was confusing, chaotic, intimidating, and I didn’t…


Carbohydrates like bread can provide essential energy for the body, which is important if you work out, nutritionist Dr. Mike Molloy told Insider.

Eggs and halloumi on toast (left) and the author with a cheeseburger (right).
Eggs and halloumi on toast (left) and the author with a cheeseburger (right).
You can eat meals like eggs and halloumi on toast, burgers, and peanut butter and banana bagels and still lose fat. Photo: Rachel Hosie/Insider

By Rachel Hosie

Despite the enduring myth, there’s nothing inherently fattening about bread. The only way a person gains weight is by consuming more calories than they expend overall. So bread can be incorporated into a healthy diet without losing track of fitness and weight loss goals.

Plus, bread is packed with nutritional value. Dietitian Tai Ibitoye told Insider, “Bread contains important nutrients such as calcium, iron, and B vitamins like niacin and thiamine which are needed…


Olympian Naomi Osaka has spoken openly about the struggles her parents went through. I want to learn from her courage.

Naomi Osaka.
Naomi Osaka.
Naomi Osaka. Photo: Yukihito Taguchi via USA TODAY Sports

By Marybeth Bentwood

Recently, I realized I was going down a rabbit hole watching and reading up on the tennis phenomenon Naomi Osaka. In her 23 years, Osaka has traveled the world, played tournament after tournament, and endured invasive post-match press conferences. She has stood up for what she believes, drawing attention to Black Lives Matter by wearing masks emblazoned with the names of some of the Black people who have faced police brutality.

Osaka also recently made headlines for…


While on the vaccinated Carnival Vista cruise, Insider’s reporter said she was shocked by how much she relied on her phone and how packed events were.

The author in Roatán, Honduras.
The author in Roatán, Honduras.
The author in Roatán, Honduras. Photo: Monica Humphries/Insider

By Monica Humphries

Many major cruise lines have announced that they’re sailing again. I was one of the 2,700 passengers on Carnival Cruise’s first ship to leave the US since the pandemic started.

On July 3, Carnival Cruise Line’s Vista ship left Galveston, Texas. The cruise, which was full of vaccinated passengers, was Carnival Cruise Line’s first ship to set sail in the US since the pandemic started.

The seven-night cruise made stops in…


I’m a Ghanaian track and field Olympian and semi-professional athlete who loves Costco for its protein, produce, sauces, and more.

A Costco shopping cart filled with items.
A Costco shopping cart filled with items.
Olympian Gemma Acheampong stocks up on produce, protein powder, and more at Costco. Photo: Gemma Acheampong for Insider

By Gemma Acheampong

I’m a Ghanaian track and field Olympian and semi-professional athlete who loves shopping at Costco. While I have housemates, I usually shop for myself and splurge on items like frozen salmon and pasta sauces. I also try to buy my produce and protein from the popular retailer because that’s where I find the best deals.

Here are 16 items that I always score at Costco:

Costco sells a great selection of fresh and frozen salmon.

I used to grab the fresh salmon, but found I was freezing…


Therapist Amy Morin explains that having a big ego is about arrogance, whereas mental strength is about confidence.

A person working out in a gym.
A person working out in a gym.
There are distinct differences between being mentally strong and being overly arrogant. Photo: Undrey/Shutterstock

By Amy Morin

As the author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do,” I hear a lot of myths about mental strength. And a common misconception involves mistaking a big ego for mental strength.

A big ego is about arrogance, not confidence. It’s usually a coat of armor meant to protect one’s fragile sense of self. It definitely doesn’t involve big mental muscles.

Here’s how to tell the difference between being mentally strong and just having a big ego:

A big ego refuses to ask for help

A big…


These food pros shared some of the most common mistakes people make when grocery shopping, plus how to avoid them so you don’t waste time and money.

An individual at the grocery store.
An individual at the grocery store.
A few common grocery-shopping mistakes could be costing you money and time. Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

By Cheyenne Lentz

Insider talked to three chefs about some of the biggest mistakes people make while grocery shopping.

From grabbing items from the top or the front of a display to purchasing in bulk, these are some common errors that could result in a waste of money and food.

By not making a list, you may end up spending more money and forgetting items.

Going rogue in the supermarket is dangerous, according to chef Barry Tonkinson, director of research and development at the Institute of Culinary Education.


Queer artists like Kehlani, Frank Ocean, and Hayley Kiyoko are taking up more space in music than ever — and telling some of the best love stories.

A graphic featuring Troye Sivan, King Princess, Tyler, the Creator, and Kehlani.
A graphic featuring Troye Sivan, King Princess, Tyler, the Creator, and Kehlani.
Troye Sivan, King Princess, Tyler, the Creator, and Kehlani are four prominent queer artists. Photo: Universal Music Australia/Zelig Music/Columbia Records/TSNMI

By Callie Ahlgrim

For much of music history, it was far too rare to hear a woman sing a love song using female pronouns, or a full album exploring the ups and downs of a queer relationship.

And while there’s still a heavy imbalance in favor of straight love stories, that rarity is beginning to fade.

From label-eschewing artists like Kehlani and Frank Ocean to proudly gay creators like Kevin Abstract and Hayley…

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