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This Is The Facial Treatment That Ended My Obsession With Extractions

Skin Care

But it still resulted in a giant blackhead, floating in a jar

My favorite part of facials has always been the extractions. And, while I am not the type of person who picks their skin or pops their pimples, I always relish the moment when the deepest impurities—the blackheads, clogged pores, and blemishes—are extracted from my face by an aesthetician, leaving me feeling entirely clean.

But, as articles began to emerge debating the actual effectiveness of extractions, I began to question whether the facials I was getting were beneficial to my skin, and grew wary of the potential for excess inflammation or even a broken capillary. And so, I started exploring alternative treatments—lasers, lymphatic drainage facials—that didn't require hands physically unclogging my pores; it was then that I came upon Dermalinfusion, a 20-minute treatment that allowed me to truly witness what was hiding beneath my skin.

While Sona Tolani, CMO at Envy Medical, developer of Dermalinfusion, doesn't think manual extractions are necessarily bad for the skin, she does point out that "there is a risk of applying too much pressure on the skin which could result in puncturing or injuring the skin. You also don’t want to force anything out of the skin." Dermalinfusion is a non-invasive, three-in-one dermatological treatment that uses a diamond tip to simultaneously exfoliate skin and remove dry and damaged cells; extract, using vacuum pressure, dirt, debris, and bacteria from the surface and pores; and infuse the skin with condition-specific serum. But while it removes impurities and brings any clogged pores to the skin's surface, Dermalinfusion exfoliates at a controlled depth, ensuring "the skin is not going to be damaged or that we are forcing anything to happen."

I walked into the diamond-yielding hands of Cynthia Rivas the morning following a flight home from Europe. After undergoing a consultation regarding my skin concerns, we settled on the Vitamin C serum to clarify up my skin, ridding it of its post-flight dullness. "Dermalinfusion is truly a customizable treatment because of both the six diamond tips with different abrasion levels and the four different Pro-Infusion Serums," says Tolani. In addition to the Vitamin C serum, there is also Skin Brightening serum to help with hyperpigmentation, an Ultra-Hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid to quench the skin, and a Pore Clarifying version with salicylic acid to combat enlarged pores and oily skin. Rivas also selected a diamond tip with a mild abrasion level. "There are five different abrasion levels plus one smooth tip that treats the eyes and lips areas, areas not typically treated with this type of treatment. Each diamond tip has different grit strength and ranges from mild to more advanced exfoliation options," Tolani says. "The variety of tips provides options for ALL skin types, from the most sensitive to the most resilient. Patients can also start off on a less aggressive diamond tip and eventually graduate to a stronger tip."

Once I'd lain down, Rivas glided the tip (connected via tubes to a machine and a jar) over my face. While I definitely felt pressure from the diamond plate sloughing at dead skin—especially around my forehead, chin, and nose—and felt the suction from the vacuum sucking at my pores (which, in turn, were filled with serum), it wasn't painful. Unpleasant, sure, but not painful. 

The best part came following the treatment when I was presented with a jar of milky liquid—made up of oil, dirt, and bacteria—sucked out of my face. It was disgusting but also satisfying to witness the tangible results of a cleansed face. "Most of the serum is infused into the skin, but a portion of the serum is used to facilitate with the exfoliation and extraction process to help provide a cushion onto the skin as this is not a 'dry' treatment. During that process, the excess serum, dirt, debris, and anything else found on the skin surface and in the pores are deposited into a 'waste jar',” says Tolani of the liquid found in the bottle. "Some people will see dead skin cells, sebum, and other 'floaters,' which is usually the aha moment because we don’t always realize what we put our skin through on a daily basis… With all the pollution in the air, we really do a number on our skin." And there was hard proof of this, I realized, as I looked, mesmerized, at one giant blackhead floating in the jar, wondering where in my face it could have come from (my nose probably, Rivas told me).

And while, given the pressure applied to my face and the size of the blackhead sucked out, I expected my face to be red or at least flush following the treatment, there was no downtime post-facial at all. My face was instantly glowy, smoother, and less dull, like I'd just gotten the best sleep of my life, instead of spending seven hours trying to fall asleep next to a snoring stranger on a plane. 

"Immediately after the treatment, the skin will feel thoroughly cleaned, refreshed, even in skin tone and texture," says Tolani, who recommends people commit to at least four to six treatments with four to six weeks in between (though you can do the treatment as frequently as every two weeks) to see the results. "[In the long run,] Dermalinfusion can help with hyperpigmentation, evening skin texture and tone, sallow skin, oil-prone skin, enlarged pores, dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and more."

For me, it meant the end of extractions, with the satisfaction of seeing a blackhead, floating in a jar.

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"In my head I thought, This is how it ends"

Kit Harington almost lost a lot more than the Iron Throne while filming the final season of Game of Thrones. According to an interview with NowThis News, the actor almost lost one of his balls while riding a mechanical dragon.

Harington revealed that the incident took place when he was filming the scene where his character, Jon Snow, takes a ride on Rhaegal for the first time in the Season 8 premiere. Since dragons aren't real (sorry), Harington was filming the scene, where Jon almost falls off the dragon and then swings around to pick himself back up, on a mechanical contraption.

"My right ball got trapped, and I didn't have time to say, 'Stop,'" Harington said in an interview. "And I was being swung around. In my head I thought, This is how it ends. On this buck, swinging me around by my testicles, literally." We see shots of the fake dragon he's riding in front of a green screen, and it does look pretty terrifying.

Luckily, his testicles remained intact through the near-disastrous event, and he's survived with quite the story to tell to unsuspecting journalists.

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"I had to create a harder shell about being a woman"

In a panel discussion during Gwyneth Paltrow's In Goop Health summit, actress Jessica Alba revealed that she "stopped eating" to avoid unwanted attention from men when she was first starting her career in Hollywood.

According to People, Alba said that she "had a curvy figure as a young girl" and, as such, was made to feel as though her body was the reason that men may be inappropriate toward her. "I was meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men," Alba said during the panel discussion. "Then I stopped eating a lot when I became an actress. I made myself look more like a boy so I wouldn't get as much attention. I went through a big tomboy phase."

She continued, "In Hollywood, you're really preyed upon. They see a young girl, and they just want to touch you inappropriately or talk to you inappropriately or think that they're allowed to be aggressive with you in a way."

Alba also noted that she was raised in a conservative household. "My mom would say, 'You have a body, and it's very womanly, and people don't understand that you're 12,'" she said. "I wasn't allowed to have my nalgas out, which is butt cheeks [in Spanish], but I was born with a giant booty, and they come out of everything. So, I didn't get to wear normal things that all my friends wore."

She said that these reactions to her body really affected her attitude. "I created this pretty insane 'don't fuck with me' [attitude]," she said. "I had to create a harder shell about being a woman."

According to her, her relationship to her body only changed when her first child, Honor, was born in 2008. "[After she was born,] I was like, Oh this is what these boobies are meant to do! Feed a kid!" she said. "And that was the dopest shit I'd ever done. So, I came into my body as a woman finally and I stopped being ashamed of myself."

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Because of course

Teva, the most obvious lesbian footwear brand since Birkenstock, really knows its customer base. In time for Pride, the brand has teamed up with Tegan and Sara for a gay shoe to end all gay shoes. In other words, your Pride footwear is on lock.

The shoe isn't just your average Teva sandal. Tegan and Sara's design, the Teva Flatform Universal Pride sandal, is a 2.5-inch platform shoe with a rainbow sole. Tegan and Sara noted in a press release that they have been Teva wearers for pretty much their whole lives. "We got our first pair of Teva sandals when we were 16," they said. "This rainbow Flatform collab is like full circle LGBTQ+ Pride validation."

What's better, with each sandal sale, Teva will donate $15 to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, up to $30,000. The funds donated will go toward scholarships which will give young members of the LGBTQ+ community the chance to go to summer camps which will "help develop self-confidence and leadership abilities in a safe and nurturing environment." Tegan and Sara added, "Teva's generous support for our foundation will allow us to help even more LGBTQ+ youth."

Available today at Teva's and Nordstrom's websites, the sandal retails for $80.

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"Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design"

Prada Group has announced that Prada, as well as all of its brands, will now be fur-free. According to a press release from the Humane Society, Prada, Miu Miu, Church's, and Car Shoe will ban the use of fur beginning with the Spring/Summer 2020 collection (aka the Fashion Week coming up next). The list of fashion designers banning fur only continues to grow, with 3.1 Phillip Lim, Coach, Armani, Versace, Gucci, and more having stopped using the material in seasons past.

"The Prada Group is committed to innovation and social responsibility, and our fur-free policy—reached following a positive dialogue with the Fur Free Alliance, in particular with LAV and the Humane Society of the United States—is an extension of that engagement," Miuccia Prada told the Human Society. "Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products."

Following London Fashion Week designers forgoing the use of fur in September and the first-ever Vegan Fashion Week taking place in February, it's easy to imagine an entirely fur-free fashion future. It's especially easy, I presume, for the brands to consider a fur-free future, given that entire cities and states are taking a stance. New York is following in the footsteps of Los Angeles banning fur, with a bill proposed this March that would ban sales across New York State.

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"Club leisure" is the new athleisure

Alexander Wang is recognizing clubbing as the workout that it truly is with his latest Adidas collaboration. In this fifth installment, he "changes gears," per a press release from the brand, taking the iconic sports brand to the dance floor.

For the new campaign, the collection comes to life in iconic choreographer Tanisha Scott's dance studio and stars dancers Noemi Janumala, Dakota Moore, Avi McClish, and Olivia Burgess. The dancers show just how far these clothes can go when you want to bust a move or stretch, but TBH, I'll leave these poses to the pros and just use my clothes for flexing on the 'gram.

The collection—which features six apparel items, three shoes, and six accessories—features, per a press release, "Wang's knack for pre-styling." Standouts from the mostly black-and-white items include a silver sneaker that was *made* for moonwalking, an airy windbreaker that has just the right dash of bright blue with the scattered Adidas trefoil design, and a towel hoodie that you won't feel bad sweating in.

Ahead of the May 25 collection drop online and in stores, peep the gorgeous campaign images below.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Black, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Towel, $80, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Joggers, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Turnout BBall Shoes, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Towel Hoodie, $350, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Sock Leggings, $60, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Adilette Slides, $90, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Futureshell Shoes in Platinum Metallic, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Core White, $280, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Shorts in Core White, $120, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Black, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Bum Bag, $50, available staring May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Towel, $80, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Turnout BBall Shoes, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Duffle Bag, $70, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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