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You’re probably not washing your face for long enough, according to experts

You’re probably not washing your face for long enough, according to experts

  • Kendall Jenner got some backlash on social media for only appearing to wash her face for a few seconds.
  • Her sister Kylie came under similar criticisms.
  • We asked experts how long you should actually be washing your face.
  • About 60 seconds is preferable.
  • You should be careful not to over-scrub, though.
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Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner have both come under fire lately for the very same reason: how they wash their faces.

One of Kendall Jenner’s brand partnerships is as a Proactiv skin-care ambassador, and in a sponsored video posted on her Twitter on Wednesday, she was seen applying cleanser to her face and then rinsing it off what appeared to be a few seconds later.

Apparently, this fast-face-washing habit runs in the family, as Kylie Jenner released a video last month promoting her own skin-care line, Kylie Skin, where she also appeared to wash her face quickly, earning her similar social-media backlash.

To find out if the Jenner sisters are really committing a skin-care sin, we asked dermatologists how long you should actually be washing your face.

Cleansing is the most important step in your skin-care routine, especially if you wear makeup or work out Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist, clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Health and author of “Beyond Beautiful: Using the Power of Your Mind and Aesthetic Breakthroughs to Look Naturally Young and Radiant,” told INSIDER.

“We know that over the course of the day your skin is exposed to pollution, this accumulates on the skin and even more so if you’re wearing makeup, and can be toxic to the skin if not washed off at the end of the day,” said Day.

In order to properly remove makeup and impurities on the face, it takes longer than a few seconds to properly cleanse the face, Day said.

Experts say about a minute is best.

“We know that washing with a cleansing brush is about six times more effective than using your hands and, generally, it takes about 60 seconds at a minimum to cleanse the skin,” she said.”

That said, there is no hard and fast rule about how long we should wash our faces. “Healthy skin has a delicate chemistry that balances its own pH, which reduces inflammation and infection,” said Jessica Krant, MD, a board-certified New York City-based dermatologist.

In fact, over-washing, over scrubbing, and over exfoliating can lead to irritation and breakouts. “This feeds an industry all too ready to sell you five products to fix all of it!” said Krant. “Gentle makeup remover and a quick gentle wash are all that are necessary at baseline. If there are true medical issues such as acne, rosacea, or seborrheic dermatitis, those should be managed with specialized plans from a board-certified dermatologist, who may only suggest certain basic methods and over the counter products, or may suggest topical or oral medications if necessary,” said Dr. Krant.

Day agreed, saying that even though about 60 seconds is recommended, you shouldn’t be scrubbing your face for too long.

“Over cleansing or scrubbing or using overly harsh surfactants can strip the skin and leave it dry and irritated so overwashing is probably as bad as under-washing,” said Day.

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Who Is Olivia Jade? Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Caught Up in College Admissions Scandal – The Cheat Sheet

Who Is Olivia Jade? Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Caught Up in College Admissions Scandal – The Cheat Sheet

The news of actress Lori Loughlin’s involvement in a college admissions scandal has drummed up plenty of attention for her daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, who attends the University of Southern California (USC).

Olivia Jade Giannuli is Lori Loughlin's daughter.
Olivia Jade Giannulli | Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Sephora Collection

What is the college admissions cheating scheme?

Loughlin, her husband Mossimo Giannulli, actress Felicity Huffman and over 40 individuals were allegedly involved with the college admissions scandal, with Huffman and Loughlin both charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Specifically, court documents revealed that Loughlin and her husband “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”

Who is Olivia Jade?

Olivia Jade is more than just a student caught up in the college admissions bribery scandal making headlines. She’s also a popular YouTuber — a beauty vlogger who has grown her YouTube following to 2 million subscribers and 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

Olivia first launched her YouTube channel back in 2014 when she was 13 and steadily grew her subscribers in the first year to 500,000 with her makeup tutorials. In addition to beauty, she also covers fashion, fitness, and vlogs about her everyday life.

Olivia explained to People in 2017: “I started getting older, I found YouTube, I started looking at makeup tutorials and the rest is history. But my page isn’t just beauty, it’s also lifestyle… I’m still in high school, so I’m just trying to be a relatable teenager.”

Olivia came under fire for her comments about college

Before heading off to college, Olivia answered some questions in one of her YouTube videos and not everyone was thrilled about her answers, which smacked of privilege.

She explained of her upcoming college schedule: “I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend. But I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”

In response to the backlash, she apologized in a follow-up video, explaining: “I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically. And it totally came across that I’m ungrateful for college — I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off.  I’m just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school. I watch it back and…I’m really disappointed in myself.”

She added: “I’m not trying to come out here and defend
myself or anything, I just genuinely want to say I’m sorry to anyone I offended
by saying that.”

She recently explained why her parents wanted her to go to

Earlier this month, Olivia Jade stopped by The Zach Sang Show where she was asked why she would attend college since she’s a popular and successful YouTube star.

She explained during the interview: “Mostly my parents really wanted me to go because both of them didn’t go to college. I’m so happy they made me go. That sounds so terrible. They didn’t make me. My sister goes to the same school and we’re pretty much inseparable. So it was nice following in her footsteps a little bit.”

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Saturday Surfing, March 2, 2019

Saturday Surfing, March 2, 2019

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Best friends forever

“Meow” and happy Caturday! Shout-out to my 🐱❤️ kitty love, my number one, my “eldest child,” forever and ever my darling, Tabs the cat, because I know he’s going to need some extra TLC today, because it’s Connor Claire’s third 🎂 birthday. They get extremely jealous of each other, as many siblings do, so whenever she gets a little more attention, he acts out. So someone’s getting extra gravy and lurvies this morning.

I got up early this morning to finish some last-minute birthday prep things, namely putting the finishing touches on the annual birthday lasagna, picking up the cake, getting some balloons, frosting some gluten-free cupcakes, and carrying this cat around like a newborn baby so he can have the reassurance he needs, LOL! #dontjudgeimacatladytoo

Now, please enjoy your weekend beauty (and cat) reading…

If I could, I’d dress and do my hair like Gwen Stefani’s character in this video 24/7. I ❤️ the makeup and the styling so much.

Another old fave…

And now, a new fave!

Need to try this ASAP. Also, isn’t the lighting in this video gorgeous?

If ya want, I’ll save a treat for you. Would you rather have a slice of the strawberry birthday shortcake, or one of the gluten-free vanilla muffins?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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Kylie Jenner Hints That a Kylie Cosmetics Collaboration with Kendall Jenner Is Coming Soon

Kylie Jenner Hints That a Kylie Cosmetics Collaboration with Kendall Jenner Is Coming Soon

The Jenner sisters have been designing clothing collections together since 2013, but have never worked on a beauty collaboration before

Since launching Kylie Cosmetics over three years ago, Kylie Jenner has collaborated with all of her sisters (and even momager Kris Jenner!), with the exception of Kendall Jenner. But according to Kylie, that’s about to change.

During a candid Instagram Live video that the makeup mogul, 21, posted as she got her hair and makeup done for a night out, Kylie revealed that a Kylie Cosmetics collaboration with sister Kendall is in the works.

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“Can we also get a collab with Kendall?” Kylie said as she read one of her fans’ questions out loud. Afterwards, she winked to the camera, put one finger up to her mouth and said, “Shhh,” appearing to hint that the collection will come soon.

Kylie went on to explain that the reason she and Kendall haven’t done a Kylie Cosmetics collaboration yet is because her supermodel sister was in a longtime makeup contract with Estée Lauder.

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“You know Kendall was in a contract for a really long time so I couldn’t do a collab with her,” Kylie said. “That’s the only reason why I didn’t collab with her..”

She added, “But, you know, we worked it out.”

(While Kendall may not have a makeup contract at the moment, she is the face of Formawell Beauty‘s line of hair styling tools.)

This wouldn’t be the first time the Jenner sisters worked together. The two first became business partners at ages 15 (Kylie) and 17 (Kendall), when they created their own clothing line for PacSun in 2013. Though Kylie said they did “butt heads” at the time, the sisters loved designing together so much that they created a limited-edition line with Topshop and later, launched their own collection, Kendall + Kylie.

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“Designing is something that we’ve always wanted to do,” Kylie told WWD in 2015.

Kendall added, “This is all us. It’s enjoyable to be able to fully create. It’s a lot different from our Topshop and PacSun collections because those were both collaborations, so they obviously had a say in everything.”

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Your 2019 Oscars Crash Course

Your 2019 Oscars Crash Course

Get up to speed for the 91st Academy Awards with a roundup of our best stories.

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The Oscars are usually rather predictable. The red carpet is replete with glamorous stars and cringeworthy sound bites; the ceremony starts off with a speech that’s either inspiring or dull, and it may or may not include an ill-advised musical number. Favorites get snubbed or rewarded for their cinematic accomplishments, and teary speeches drag on too long or get cut off too soon.

This year, however, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has paved its path to the big night with so much controversy that the ceremony will, at the very least, offer the unexpected. Before you tune in on Sunday, catch up on the highs and lows of the past year in film with this roundup of The Atlantic’s best Oscars-related coverage.

Kevin Hart appears on 'Good Morning America' to promote his film 'The Upside' in January 2019
Kevin Hart appears on Good Morning America in January 2019. (RW / MediaPunch / IPX / AP)

A Controversial Start

For the first time in 30 years, the Oscars will go hostless. The Academy’s original pick, the comedian Kevin Hart, stepped down amid heavy criticism for a slew of homophobic tweets he had written in the past. (In a televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he claimed to have already apologized for the tweets, though reporters have been unable to track down those apologies.) In lieu of a host, the show will be guided by a group of presenters that includes Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa McCarthy, Allison Janney, Awkwafina, and Tessa Thompson.

Plans for the ceremony have also been revised a dizzying number of times. In August, the Academy announced that it would be giving an award for “outstanding achievement in popular film” in addition to the usual Best Picture trophy. The decision was swiftly denounced by critics, including The Atlantic’s David Sims, who wrote that the change would shunt “genuinely impressive works of art into a category defined primarily by commercialism.” The Academy scrapped the new category a month later.

Then there is the issue of time. To keep the lengthy ceremony to a maximum of three hours—last year’s ran for approximately four—the Academy reportedly planned to allow performances for only two of the five nominees for Best Original Song. In addition, the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Live Action Short Film, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling would be relegated to commercial breaks. Both of these changes, however, were met with backlash and have since been reversed. Producers announced in January that artists would be invited to perform condensed, 90-second versions of all five songs. And the technical categories are safe, after numerous high-profile cinematographers, directors, and actors signed an open letter that called their exclusion from the telecast “nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession.”

That’s not to mention the controversies surrounding two of the Best Picture nominations—but we’ll get to that later. All the decisions that have been announced (and then retracted) thus far point to an Academy that is struggling to course-correct amid its show’s dipping ratings. It’s also willing, as Sims writes, to diminish its own stature in the process.

A scene from Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox)

What’s Up With the Best Picture Nominees?

January’s Golden Globe Awards upended the Oscars race when the best-film prizes of the night went to Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book, while the critical darling A Star Is Born was left with only one trophy, for Best Original Song, out of its five nominations.

The Atlantic’s critics describe Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about the Queen front man Freddie Mercury, as a film that lacks personality and attempts to moralize over Mercury’s sexuality. The film—in Sims’s words, perhaps “the worst-reviewed Best Drama Globe winner in recorded history”—was also hampered by production setbacks that resulted in the firing of its original director, Bryan Singer. Singer has been accused of sexual misconduct and coercion, often involving underage subjects, in incidents spanning more than 20 years, as detailed in an investigation published by The Atlantic weeks after the Globes were broadcast. (Singer denies the allegations.) Although Dexter Fletcher took over filming after he was fired, Singer is still Bohemian Rhapsody’s credited director.

Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, based on the true story of the musician Don Shirley’s friendship with his driver, Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, also makes for an unexpected Oscars front-runner. The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr writes that the performances by the film’s two leads, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, help to elevate an otherwise flimsy tale. However, as Sims notes, Green Book has been criticized for its heavy-handed approach to American race relations, as well as for a portrayal of Shirley and Vallelonga’s friendship that has been disputed by Shirley’s family. In January, Farrelly apologized for past behavior that included flashing his genitals at people while on set. Within days of that scandal, Nick Vallelonga—the son of Tony and one of the writers for Green Book—also apologized, for a 2015 tweet that supported a false, anti-Muslim claim made by Donald Trump about the September 11 attacks.

Controversies aside, the race for Best Picture also includes Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, which, Sims writes, brings “artistic and political verve” to the story of a black policeman who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. Another contender, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, deftly contemplates the past and future of the African diaspora, in Vann Newkirk’s words. Sims calls Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite deliciously nasty.” According to Nina Li Coomes, its characters are unique and compelling in part because of the powerful ways they move. Orr finds Vice, Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic, to be “goofy” and “heavy-handed;” however, as Todd S. Purdum notes, it successfully humanizes its polarizing subject. Roma, from Alfonso Cuarón, depicts the complicated relationship between a maid and the well-off family she works for in a profound and authentic way, says Keshia Naurana Badalge. Bradley Cooper’s box-office sensation A Star Is Born rounds out the list, reinvigorating Hollywood’s most enduring tale.

If Black Panther wins, it will be the first comic-book film to do so. Roma could also be the first Best Picture win for Netflix, which released the film in theaters specifically with awards in mind.

A still from Roma (Carlos Somonte / Netflix)

A World of Possibilities

With its nominations for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film, Roma is poised to make history on Sunday night as the first movie to win both awards. But Cuarón’s ode to Mexico City has plenty of competition in the foreign-language category. Sims praises Japan’s Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, as a “devastating” work that teases out the bonds within a family living on the edges of society. Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski’s entry for Poland, “meditates on exile, nationalism, and love” during a time of conflict, Rachel Donadio writes. And Orr describes Germany’s Never Look Away, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, as an “epic yet intimate” history that shows “the redemptive power of art.”

A scene from Incredibles 2 (Walt Disney Studios)

Animated Features for All Ages

The Best Animated Feature Film category shows a wide range of stories and styles this year, with Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse all nabbing nominations. Sims describes the long-awaited Incredibles sequel, which comes 14 years after the original, as an “exhilarating ride” with a “charming” B-plot that features the family patriarch in the role of stay-at-home dad. Where the Marvel and DC franchises have sprouted seemingly endless chapters, the director Brad Bird’s superhero sequel is different: As Sims explains, it’s a story that actually examines “American culture’s tendency toward hero worship, perhaps making it the only blockbuster this summer that dares to question its own existence.”

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Orr writes, is a beautiful and sad work of stop-motion animation, set in a fictional Japanese city where dogs have been exiled to a trash-filled island. The location is worth unpacking: Coomes argues that Anderson’s version of Japan is a plot device used to create unfamiliarity, whereby Japan is rendered for Western viewers “as a mysterious land with an incomprehensible people and culture.” Coomes also explores the deeper reflections of the Japanese animated film Mirai, which tells the story of a young boy, his sister, and their father—“a man finding his footing at a time when traditional gender roles for Japanese parents are being widely challenged.”

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Cinematic Music With Deep Messaging

On the heels of a lackluster Grammys night, the Academy will take its turn at judging some of this year’s best and most-talked-about music. As Spencer Kornhaber writes, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow,” from A Star Is Born, embodies much of the tension present in the film’s commentary on authenticity and fame. It’s certainly a favorite for Best Original Song, and the duo is set to perform together at Sunday’s ceremony in what’s likely to be a strikingly different follow-up to Gaga’s divisive Grammys rendition. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars,” from the Black Panther soundtrack, is another strong Best Song contender. Though it won’t be performed at the Oscars, you can check out the song’s music video, which Taylor Hosking describes as a “visually stunning voyage to Africa that’s loaded with symbolism and references to the continent’s many cultures.” Black Panther is also nominated for Best Original Score.

The other Best Original Song competitors include “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” from the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Jennifer Hudson’s “I’ll Fight,” from the documentary RBG. The fifth song on the list is “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” which helps to convey what Megan Garber describes as the message of Mary Poppins Returns: that magic isn’t about finding easy solutions, but about learning how to cope with the disappointment and pain that exist in the real world. As for the Oscars, audiences will find out Sunday night what sort of magic they might bring.

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