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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…


An immunologist shares her experience with having her children in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial.

A child getting vaccinated.
A child getting vaccinated.
A child getting vaccinated. Ute Grabowsky/Getty Images

By Jamie Orsini

In August, my husband and I enrolled our children in the Pfizer clinical trial for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. The most pressing issue we face right now is getting kids vaccinated.

I’m a rheumatologist and PhD-trained immunologist at Duke University School of Medicine, where I see patients and do research. I’m also a mom of a three-year-old son and a nine-month-old daughter.

I’ve been a vaccine enthusiast long before COVID19 struck the world. As a doctor, there are not many therapies I…


From dangerously high cholesterol to special requirements when eating out, here’s why I stopped following the popular diet after losing 120 pounds.

Side-by-side photos of the author, Jennifer Still, before and after her weight loss.
Side-by-side photos of the author, Jennifer Still, before and after her weight loss.
I lost more than 120 pounds on the keto diet. Photo: Jennifer Still

By Jennifer Still

Although I was thrilled to have lost over 120 pounds on the ketogenic diet — a high-fat, low-carb way of eating — about two years ago, I realized that I needed to find a more sustainable option for the long term.

Following keto for a year taught me a lot about my body, nutrition, and health as a whole, but here’s why I couldn’t move forward with it:

I couldn’t enjoy special occasions with loved ones


Shopping for my family of 12 can get expensive, but I’ve discovered some money-saving tips, such as making a meal plan and going to several stores.

A car trunk full of groceries.
A car trunk full of groceries.
I try to do one big grocery run a month with a few smaller trips in between. Photo: Lisa Tanner

By Lisa Tanner

Buying food for a dozen people can get expensive. If I’m not careful, my grocery bills can easily creep to $2,000 a month, which is way more than the $1,200 I have budgeted.

Thankfully I’ve learned a few strategies over the years to help keep costs low.

Read on for my best tips for grocery shopping on a budget.

Start by making a meal plan and breaking down what ingredients you’ll need for it

Before I step foot in a grocery store, I plan what I’m…


From Southern barbecue and cute coffee shops to home and gas prices, there are many differences between living in New England and living in the South.

The author holding a cup of coffee.
The author holding a cup of coffee.
I found cute hole-in-the-wall coffee shops while living in North Carolina. Erin McDowell/Insider

By Erin McDowell

I moved from a small town in Connecticut to a suburb of North Carolina a few years back and there were quite a few differences between living in New England and the South.

From new food options and to how much my cost of living could change, here are a few differences I noticed by moving further south.

The weather is much nicer in the South.


The author was told by those around her that she’d change her mind about being child-free. She hasn’t. She wants others to have the option to choose.

A woman in a yellow coat looking over out into a body of water.
A woman in a yellow coat looking over out into a body of water.
The author (not pictured) comes from a long line of women who didn’t want to be mothers. Westend61/Getty Images

By Lara Ewen

One afternoon in my mid-30s, I was in the office of a worried-looking endocrinologist. “I have to talk to you about your family plans,” he said. “There’s no easy way to say this.”

He told me my thyroid didn’t work properly, and that my options for having a child would be complicated, expensive, and possibly fruitless. …


Newbie gains are a major perk of starting strength training and can lead to quick progress, which helps you build strong abs with the right nutrition.

A woman lifting weights.
A woman lifting weights.
Lifting weights can help you build a strong core and make your ab muscles pop. Mikel Taboada/Getty Images

By Gabby Landsverk

A strong core is a common goal among gymgoers, but if you’re new to working out, you may have an edge in building abs.

When you start strength training, you can take advantage of a phenomenon known as “newbie gains,” an initial period of rapid improvement in strength and muscle. …


Rotten Tomatoes keeps a list of the top television shows of all time based on critics’ scores. See which of your favorites made the list this year.

Devery Jacobs and Paulina Alexis star in “Reservation Dogs” on FX.
Devery Jacobs and Paulina Alexis star in “Reservation Dogs” on FX.
Devery Jacobs and Paulina Alexis star as Elora and Willie Jack in “Reservation Dogs” on FX. Shane Brown/FX

By Kim Renfro

Rotten Tomatoes keeps a running list of the top TV show seasons of all time based on critics’ scores. So far there are 17 shows in 2021 that have earned the “Certified Fresh” stamp for having 100% positive reviews. For the purposes of our list, we’ve selected the new seasons of TV that were reviewed by at least 10 critics.

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication…

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