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32 Is Apparently the Perfect Time to Diet—and Other Interesting Beauty News

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cara-delevingneNot only can you fake fuller eyelashes, but you can bluff about the size of your brows now, too. They’re called lace-front eyebrows, and much like the wig iteration, these faux arches—or “furry brow stickers,” as Refinery29 calls them—are sewn onto layers of lace, which are essentially glued onto your natural set. Maybe achieving Cara Delevingne-like brows isn’t so wildly unattainable after all. (We’re kidding. Sort of.)

Apparently your early 30s—specifically, age 32—is the ideal time for dieting, according to a new study. “Diets are more likely to go awry in the 20s because people are more likely to be single and to party more,” reports the Daily Mail. But in their mid-30s, people are “not so bothered about their appearance as aging takes its toll and they embrace middle age,” therefore making 32 the sweet spot for optimal weight loss. (Bring on the pizza.)

A new study published in The Atlantic answers the age-old question: Why do women wear so much makeup? The study, in which forty-four women in their early 20s applied products as though they were “getting ready for a night out,” suggests that women actually tend to wear more makeup than necessary—that is, if what’s necessary is measured by a man’s preference. Eye roll.

Speaking of standards, The Cut interviewed Elena Rossini, the 34-year-old filmmaker and producer of The Illusionists, a new documentary that explores the globalization of Western beauty ideals and their effects on women. (View her Kickstarter campaign here.)

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Eat Your Way to Glowy Skin

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As the saying goes, “You are what you eat,” and it looks like no one has taken the idiom more to heart than Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins (member of the eponymous French beauty clan), whose spa at Parisian hotel Le Royal Monceau is one of our favorites. However, if one is looking to mimic (or rather, maximize) the gorgeous effects of a spa day, look no further than the hotel’s restaurant Le Bar Long, where the doctor is very much “in.”

Courtin-Clarins, teaming up with executive chef Laurent André, has created a beauty-boosting salad called “My Blend,” which features fresh, seasonal ingredients packed with vitamins and antioxidants. This latest creation—a colorful mélange of spinach leaves, Brittany shrimp, endive, beets, red and white potatoes, pumpkin, and grated black truffle—is as much a feast for the eyes as it is in, well, the more literal sense. Best of all, this gourmand salad is rich in beta-carotene; fiber; protein; amino and omega-3 acids; and vitamins C, D, and B12—a cure-all for a lingering cold and those winter blues.

Salade My Blend, 39€, available at Le Bar Long, Le Royal Monceau, 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France

Dr. Alejandro Junger on Diet Truths

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.


Here are a few dietary fact or fictions I’d love to get your verdict on:


Is there a difference between drinking ice-cold or room-temperature water? I’ve heard the former can help you burn calories, but the latter is better for digestion.

“Room-temperature water does enable optimal digestion, although drinking chilled water has been found to burn calories, although very minimally. Your best bet is to be sure you are staying hydrated either way. Staying hydrated is essential to vital health. Shoot for eight to ten glasses of water daily, either lukewarm or ice cold.”


I’ve heard there are benefits to having water with lemon as the first thing you drink in the morning. True?

“Lemon water is very detoxifying, high in vitamin C, and is actually alkalizing to the body. Warm lemon water is a great addition to your morning routine for many reasons. It’s a gentle, natural diuretic, it gives you a daily dose of vitamin C, it helps impart clearer skin, it hydrates the lymph system, it aids in digestion, and it balances pH.”


I’ve been reading a bit about how eating foods in certain combinations (fruits alone, vegetables with a starch) can help improve digestion and nutrient absorption. Have you found that to be true?

“Optimal digestion and absorption through food combining is unique to the individual. However, some people find these basics helpful: fruits alone or on an empty stomach or before your meal; protein only with non-starchy vegetables; grains with starchy or non-starchy vegetables; and avoid protein and grains together. Healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, and olive oil go well with all foods and are a great addition to your diet, no matter what.”


If I’ve been getting pretty abysmal sleep lately, could that affect my diet?

“Getting adequate rest and sleep is essential for proper functioning. Our bodies do the bulk of their regulatory cleansing and repair work overnight, while we’re asleep. Without enough sleep, the body cannot properly rest and repair, a must for keeping hormones balanced and releasing toxins. All of these functions are crucial in maintaining weight and/or weight loss.


“Even one night without enough sleep affects the hormones that regulate appetite. The body will produce more of the hormone ghrelin, signaling that we are hungry, but less of the hormone leptin, which signals when we’ve had enough to eat. Consistently not getting enough sleep can affect blood-sugar levels and contribute to insulin resistance. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to diabetes and obesity. Adequate sleep amounts vary for each individual; however, we typically suggest at least eight hours of sleep.


“Eating shortly before bed can have a negative effect on the quality of sleep, as well as your metabolism, so eat at least one to two hours before bed. A lighter meal in the evening can also promote a deeper, more restful sleep.”


The Uruguay-born, New York-based Dr. Alejandro Junger is a pioneer of the modern detox movement. His first book, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, was a New York Times Bestseller, and he is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, among countless other well-known fans. Most recently, Junger teamed with L.A.-based The Detox Market to offer his groundbreaking Clean detoxification program to the masses.

Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

Carbs: Friend or Foe

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.


Is cutting out carbs really the best way to lose weight, or can it be debilitating to your body’s ability to digest properly, especially once you reintroduce them?

“We don’t feel that eliminating carbohydrates entirely is the best way to long-term health or maintainable weight loss. Incorporating carbs from whole-food sources like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains is important for a balanced diet. Our bodies need the carbohydrate macronutrient for proper functioning. Carbs are used as fuel for the body, and they are an important energy source for the brain, nervous system, heart, and muscles, and all of your tissues and cells. Fiber is also an important part of the carbohydrate equation. This carb component supports healthy elimination and balanced blood-sugar levels—very important for weight loss and long-term health.


It is important to note that not all carbs are created equal. We emphasize carb intake from fresh produce like vegetables, fruit, and starchy veggies such as squash and sweet potatoes. Some amount of whole grains, like brown rice, quinoa, and millet, work very well for some people, too. Others find that they don’t digest these grains well, and they prefer to limit or avoid these. Soaking your grains overnight before cooking them can make them much easier to digest. We encourage you to try both ways and see what works best for you.


There are some carb sources that are best to avoid completely, like processed and refined grains, flours, syrups, and sugars. These carb sources are lacking in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and they are usually very high in sugar. Processed and refined carbohydrates can spike blood-sugar levels, deplete the body of necessary nutrients, and cause excess glucose that isn’t used as energy to be stored as fat. It’s best to stick with whole-food sources of carbohydrates, balanced with protein, healthy fats, and lots of greens.”


The Uruguay-born, New York-based Dr. Alejandro Junger is a pioneer of the modern detox movement. His first book, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, was a New York Times Bestseller, and he is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow, among countless other well-known fans. Most recently, Junger teamed with L.A.-based The Detox Market to offer his groundbreaking Clean detoxification program to the masses.

Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images