Health & Fitness

Health September 2020

Enjoy living the healthy life with solutions and advice from the experts at HEALTH magazine! Each issue is packed with smart and fun new ways to stay in terrific shape, look amazing and discover tasty (and healthy!) things to eat. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor: health for all

The Health brand—this magazine and Health.com—is for everyone. And indeed, the opportunity to enjoy good health should also be available to everyone. But, unfortunately, there are significant disparities in medical care, access to essential nutrition, and many other factors that affect health outcomes. Racism and all forms of discrimination have serious adverse health effects, particularly among the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ communities, as well as for those with disabilities and living in larger bodies. (See page 12 for some startling facts and figures.) Change is needed. The long-overdue increased awareness of recent months may help spark and sustain it. Here at Health, we work hard to empower, inspire, and educate on a wide range of topics that can make a real difference in people’s lives. But…

12 min.
the share

WATER-FREE BEAUTY Read the labels on your lotions, creams, and other products, and you’ll likely see water as a top ingredient—your shampoo can be 80 to 90 percent H2O! It helps create volume, dilutes some of the harsher ingredients, and acts as a solvent to aid dissolution of other materials. However, the more water, the more preservatives needed to prevent contamination—and higher product volume may lead to higher plastic use. With the continued push toward greener and cleaner beauty, recent innovations prove we can do with much less. Some brands are cutting out water in their formulas, leaving potent, eco-friendly products. Use a powder shampoo in the shower to enjoy a satisfying lather, or rub a lotion block across damp skin to seal in moisture. In fact, we are willing to…

6 min.
strengthen your skin

Having strong skin starts with your skin barrier. But what does that mean, exactly? The skin barrier, or stratum corneum, is the epidermis’ outermost protective layer that’s made up of a sheet of cells and a lipid matrix (ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids), which holds those cells together. Collectively, they form a barrier that keeps bad things out and good things in. “It is our body’s primary defense against toxins, infections, and water loss,” explains Elyse Love, MD, a dermatologist at Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. Additionally, the skin barrier is meant to keep out irritants, like allergens and potential pathogens that can disrupt the immune system and lead to inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema, says Tamara Lazic, MD, a dermatologist and associate clinical professor at Mount…

3 min.
cosmetics from your couch

White jeans, a new mattress, my new “mom” car—there are a few things I refuse to buy unless I can test-drive them first. Beauty products once fell into this category for me; I couldn’t commit until I slathered, swatched, and smelled. But the latest virtual try-on tools and shade-matching technologies have elevated the online shopping experience to where I can click “place order” with confidence. Here’s how to successfully stock your bathroom cabinet and makeup bag—without setting foot outside. BEAUTY DIRECTOR 1 Makeup Cosmetic try-on services started out a little wonky, but they’ve come a long way. L’Oréal (lorealparisusa.com) has Makeup Try On, which uses ModiFace technology (a leader in augmented reality and artificial intelligence). So while shopping at L’Oréal or on Amazon, you can try on eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick in a…

3 min.
ingredient spotlight: caffeine

What is it? Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical found in coffee beans and tea leaves, as well as cocoa beans and kola nuts. It’s a stimulant and offers such a powerful boost to the body’s central nervous system that it’s considered to be the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. So how does it work for your skin? As an alkaloid—which is primarily composed of water-soluble nitrogen atoms—it can permeate the dermis easily, says Mark Curry, a cosmetic chemist and cofounder of the Inkey List. And caffeine from coffee, tea, and other plant sources has antioxidant properties, so it fights free radicals and prevents oxidative stress (both are aging aggressors). What does it do? “Caffeine works to constrict blood vessels,” says Morgan Rabach, MD, a dermatologist and cofounder of LM Medical in…

5 min.
upgrade your home gym

A Modern Spin on an Old-School Workout Crossrope (crossrope.com) What is it? Weighted jump ropes—¼, ½, 1, and 2 pounds—that are great for cardio and strength training. The ball bearings in the handles make the movement super smooth, and the fast-clip system lets you swap out ropes quickly. The Get Lean package ($99) includes the two lighter ropes: The ¼-pound is great for endurance and HIIT workouts; the ½-pound is ideal for beginners and advanced cardio (a heavier rope activates more muscles for a more efficient workout). When you become more advanced, you can upgrade to the 1- and 2-pounders ($139 for the Get Strong pack). Why it’s awesome Outside of the gym, I count on running as my main form of cardio, but I get bored if I don’t mix things up.…