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Are Probiotics Good For Your Skin?

In the 90s, we knew that eating fat was bad for you, skincare products should always be oil-free, and bacteria were tiny creatures we absolutely wanted to avoid at all costs. Turns out, we were wrong about all three—and that last one really messed us up. As a country, we

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The Loaded Question of “How are you?”

Everyone is trying to be kind to me right now, but friends and coworkers keep asking me “how are you” and I have no idea how to answer that because I feel like garbage. What should I say? —Callie L., Savannah, GA

Oof, I feel you. I got this question all the time when I was going through breast cancer treatments, and it consistently threw me for a loop. It’s really strange how so many “normal” things become weighted with meaning after a cancer diagnosis, isn’t it? Ordering takeout used to be such a simple act, but now it’s… complex. And answering a question that you used to answer unthinkingly—”busy!” “great!” “so good!”—stops being mundane and becomes, well, incredibly fraught in light of your new reality. Callie, you don’t say exactly what you’re concerned about in regards to the question, but from my own experience as a breast cancer survivor, I suspect there might be a couple of different issues at play here.

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7 Easy, Refreshing Breaks That Can Reset Your Outlook

We’ve all been there: the morning starts off okay, but then one thing after another begins to go wrong, and after a certain point, it feels like there’s no way to turn the day around—you may as well cut your losses and just binge-watch TV on the couch. That’s a completely human and normal response, but the truth is, there are a lot of ways to help you hit the reset button and get back into the swing of things.

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Can You Get Your Nails Done While On Chemo?

It’s the opposite of fair, but if you’re undergoing chemotherapy treatment, you’ll probably start noticing some changes to your nails—because you clearly aren’t going through enough right now, you know? Brittleness, ridges, and dryness around the nail bed are all common side effects of chemo.

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The Worst Skincare Ingredients For Cancer Patients

One of the many unfortunate side effects of most cancer treatments is that your skin often becomes a lot more sensitive than it was before—which means that aside from everything else you have on your plate at the moment, if you’re about to undergo cancer treatments, you need to rethink the skincare products you’ve been using for years.

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