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InStyle, July 2019

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The Badass 50

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Meet the women who are leading the way toward a better world.


InStyle's third Badass Women issue is here! And the cherry on top is always the bi-annual Badass 50 feature which spotlights dedicated women from the spheres of science, social justice, law, entertainment, politics, and other industries. Their poignant contributions to this issue are both enlightening and inspiring. We even have a handful of nominees in conversation with each other. You won’t want to miss what they have to say.

Poosh, June 2019

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“I pack a Turkish T towel in my carry-on and use it as a blanket/pillow/eye cover during my flight and then obviously use it at the pool. It works as a great swimsuit cover-up too! For my skincare, I transfer a decent amount of Versed’s gel cleanser into a travel-size bottle and bring this miracle serum from 37 Actives.

The Violet Files, March 2019

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The surge of hormones that pregnancy brings can manifest itself on the skin in a variety of ways. A major one, says New York dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades, is melasma, the hyperpigmentation known more ominously as the mask of pregnancy. “What makes it the biggest problem is the fact that it’s intractable, so it typically doesn’t go away after you give birth. You’re limited in the ingredients that are safe to use to treat it during pregnancy,” she explains. Increased dryness, which can result in more overall sensitivity, is another issue, says Dr. Shereene Idriss of Union Square Laser Dermatology. “And the increased blood volume that pregnancy brings, along with an increase in estrogen levels, can also result in more redness,” adds Idriss. And, of course, there’s acne. Considering how hormonally driven acne can be and the drastic changes happening in your hormonal milieu during pregnancy, it’s a less surprising—although no less annoying—skin side effect. “I never had acne growing up, and when I got pregnant I suddenly had breakouts,” shares Vicky Tsai, founder of Tatcha (the entire line is formulated to be pregnancy safe). But here’s one upside: “People who typically have very bad acne before pregnancy tend to clear up,” says Alexiades.