23 Drugstore Mascaras Glamour Editors Can’t Live Without

Once upon a time you’d be lucky if the best drugstore mascaras held a curl, let alone held up to best mascaras you’d find at your nearest department store. But that was then, and this now: And in 2020, whether you’re looking for a formula that adds volume, amplifies length, or simply stays put all day long, you can get a great, holy-grail-worthy option for the price of your average lunch salad (or less). That is, so long as you know where to look and what to grab. 

While the prices are affordable enough that you could go brand by brand trying everything they have to offer (in fact, we’ve done that with CoverGirl and Maybelline), sometimes you just want a recc for a highly specific result, and that’s where our editors come in. Collectively, we’ve tried all the best drugstore mascaras, from waterproof formulas to those created for sensitive eyes to pretty much every volumizing, clump-free creation in between.

Scroll on for our reviews of the best cheap mascaras that’ll give you the look of extensions for less.

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Michael B. Jordan Is People’s Sexiest Man Alive—And Twitter Users Are Loving It

Michael B. Jordan has accomplished many things in his 33 years. He’s starred in critically acclaimed TV shows, like The Wire and Friday Night Lights, and iconic movies, like Black Panther and Creed. He also has his own production company, Outlier Society Productions, which has been a leader in diversity and inclusivity

Now, he’s People‘s Sexiest Man Alive for 2020. 

“It’s a cool feeling,” he told the magazine. “You know, everybody always made that joke, like, ‘Mike, this is the one thing you’re probably not going to get.’ But it’s a good club to be a part of.” 

MBJ says the women in his family “are definitely proud of this one.” “When my grandmother was alive, [People magazine] was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well,” he said. “This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for.”  

He gave his grandmother a shout out on the ’Gram too. “My grandma lookin down talkin bout ’that’s my baby’ 😂Thanks @People for naming me 2020’s #SexiestManAlive! Order a copy !” he wrote in a caption, alongside his cover

In his interview Jordan also spoke about how much his family helped him get to where he is today. “My mom and dad sacrificed so much to provide for my sister, brother, and me,” he said. “I’m just grateful. Honestly it’s like they all have had such an impact on me and who I am and how I approach each day. Without that, a lot of things about me just wouldn’t be the same. So it all comes back to that foundation. I’m really thankful for that.”

The reactions on Twitter to the new Sexiest Man Alive are overwhelming positive. 

See? Not everything in 2020 is terrible. Congrats, MBJ! 

Michael B. Jordan Is People’s Sexiest Man Alive—And Twitter Is Loving It

Michael B. Jordan has accomplished many things in his 33 years. He’s starred in critically acclaimed TV shows, like The Wire and Friday Night Lights, and iconic movies, like Black Panther and Creed. He also has his own production company, Outlier Society Productions, which has been a leader in diversity and inclusivity

Now, he’s People‘s Sexiest Man Alive for 2020. 

“It’s a cool feeling,” he told the magazine. “You know, everybody always made that joke, like, ‘Mike, this is the one thing you’re probably not going to get.’ But it’s a good club to be a part of.” 

MBJ says the women in his family “are definitely proud of this one.” “When my grandmother was alive [People magazine] was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well. This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for,” he continued

He gave his grandmother a shout out on the ‘Gram too. “My grandma lookin down talkin bout ’that’s my baby’ 😂Thanks @People for naming me 2020’s #SexiestManAlive! Order a copy !” he wrote in a caption, alongside his cover

In his interview, Michael B. Jordan also spoke about how much his family helped him get to where he is today. “My mom and dad sacrificed so much to provide for my sister, brother and me,” he said. “I’m just grateful. Honestly it’s like they all have had such an impact on me and who I am and how I approach each day. Without that, a lot of things about me just wouldn’t be the same. So it all comes back to that foundation. I’m really thankful for that.”

The reactions on Twitter to the new Sexiest Man Alive are overwhelming positive. 

See? Not everything in 2020 is terrible. Congrats, MBJ! 

The Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine Is Actually 95% Effective and Has No Serious Side Effects

The U.S. just reached a dark milestone: 10 million reported coronavirus cases. But there is also big news for a potential coronavirus vaccine. On November 9, Pfizer and German drugmaker BioNTech announced that data from their ongoing coronavirus vaccine trial shows the vaccine is more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19, per the New York Times. A late-stage trial conducted a few weeks later boasted even better numbers. The NYT reported on November 18 that the Pfizer vaccine is actually 95% effective, safe, and causes no serious side effects. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is just one of 11 potential coronavirus vaccines currently in late-stage trials. “If Pfizer already has promising results, other trials may have some good news soon as well,” says Purvi Parikh, M.D., an allergist and immunologist with the Allergy and Asthma Network and co-investigator on the vaccine trials. 

On November 16, a second vaccine, from Moderna, which uses similar technology, was reported to be 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19. “These are obviously very exciting results,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN. “It’s just as good as it gets—94.5% is truly outstanding.” One difference between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is that the Moderna version does not have to be stored at as cold a temperature, which could make distribution easier. (In a delightful twist, news broke on November 17 that the $1 million Dolly Parton donated to coronavirus research at Vanderbilt University actually helped fund Moderna’s vaccine.) 

So what does this mean about when you’ll actually be able to get a safe, reliable coronavirus vaccine? Here’s everything you need to know.

When will a coronavirus vaccine be approved?

Before the vaccine can be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer (and any other drugmakers with a promising vaccine trial) will have to finish collecting two months of safety data. Pfizer will be done collecting this information in late November. Assuming everything checks out, the company plans to ask for fast-tracked emergency authorization from the FDA, according to the New York Times.

Will the coronavirus vaccine be safe?

The FDA is responsible for making sure that any fast-tracked vaccine not only works but is safe. “The vaccine must go through a minimum of three phases before approval,” Parikh says, “the last being the most thorough with a minimum of 30,000 individuals tested, especially those in high-risk groups such as the elderly, those with diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, and racial groups with health disparities.” 

There are still some unknowns, like whether or not a vaccine will be safe for kids or pregnant women. Pfizer announced in October that it would start testing its vaccine in kids, but currently there are no trials that include pregnant women—who are more likely to suffer from serious complications of the coronavirus. “We will need that data to determine safety, as every group is different,” says Parikh.

Like any vaccine, there will likely be some side effects, but so far participants in the clinical trials have shown only mild reactions, says Parikh: “Most commonly we have been seeing muscle soreness, fever, and pain at the injection site. In all cases, side effects fully resolve in a couple of days.”

How long will you have immunity from the coronavirus?

The short answer: Experts don’t know how long immunity from the coronavirus vaccine will last. The vaccine may offer protection for life, or it may act more like the flu vaccine and last only a few months.

Will you need a vaccine if you’ve already had coronavirus?

It’s uncertain whether the millions of people around the world who have had COVID-19 and recovered will need to get a vaccine. A vaccine trial run by Astra Zeneca is including recovered patients in its trials, says Parikh, but the Pfizer trial does not. “As we learn more we will have better guidelines, but I personally feel as an immunologist that everyone should receive it as we are seeing cases of reinfection and some are more severe the second time,” she says.

When will people be able to start getting vaccinated?

According to Pfizer, if its coronavirus vaccine is approved by the FDA, the company says that, by the end of 2020, it will have manufactured enough for 15 to 20 million people, per the New York Times.

This Season’s The Bachelorette Cast Might Be the Best of All Time

It’s a relief, then, when Tayshia gives the group date rose to Ivan. He’s sweet, he’s genuine, and he stays above the drama. Not above the drama are Bennett and Ed, who gossip about Chasen’s intentions. Keep in mind this happens while Bennett is wearing nothing but a bathrobe and Ed is clutching a fake baby doll he was awarded for being the “biggest man child” of the night. 

Ed even tattles to Tayshia about Chasen, as if that’s a strategy that ever worked on this show. (Update: I am not attracted to Ed. I am attracted to Bennett, but only if I can ghost him after an expensive dinner at Le Bernardin.) This sets off a boring chain of events: Tayshia talks to Chasen, Chasen confronts Ed, blah blah blah. Who cares! Even Tayshia doesn’t have her full heart in it. (Update: Of course I am attracted to Tayshia.) 

They’re still bickering at the cocktail ceremony the next night, which gives other men an opportunity to step up and prove they are attractive to me—I mean, Tayshia. Three standouts are Zac C., who has that confident laid-back vibe about him; Joe, a doctor who worked on the coronavirus frontlines in New York City and is the clear “marry” in a Bachelorette Fuck, Marry, Kill list; and Ben, who is just objectively hot. (Update: I am attracted to all of them.) 

In a surprise twist, though, Tayshia gives roses that night to both Ed and Chasen. Also with roses this week: Zac, Riley, Kenny, Ben, Demar, Bennett, Spencer, Jordan, Noah, Joe, and Blake. (Ivan, Brendan, and Eazy had roses from previous dates.) Three men whose names I forget, and am not attracted to, are sent home. 

The following day is a group date in which the men compete in UFC wrestling matches. Wells is there to…I don’t know, be hot, but the whole thing is fairly uneventful despite the fact that multiple men get boo-boos, Joe is great at trash talking, and Ed uses a questionable medical “injury” to get out of his match with Chasen. But the drama does pick up when Noah jumps a fence for Tayshia. (Update: Yes, I am unfortunately attracted to Noah and his mustache because I am trash.) 

And at the after party, Tayshia displays her true Queen status by straight-up telling Noah to shave off his mustache. Now that is using your power for good! They should have a full date where she gives each of the men a She’s All That-style makeover. First on the list, finding hunky Jordan some new glasses. (Update: I am attracted to Jordan, I’d just like to give him a Warby Parker gift card.) Noah is game for the new look, hands Tayshia a razor, and gets the group rose for his effort. (Update: I am deeply disturbed to find I’m no longer attracted to Noah. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?) 

Well, now that you all know my sexual preferences—wait, one more: Brendan is attractive, but only if he’s holding a Dunkin iced coffee and leans into the Boston of it all—I think it’s time to wrap. See you next week! 

Anna Moeslein is the senior entertainment editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @annamoeslein.

The Net-a-Porter Sale Is Full of Designer Deals at 50% Off

Holiday deals have started rolling out, and the Net-a-Porter sale is making us want to go all-in with thousands of designer pieces on markdown right now. This month the e-tailer—which carries luxury labels and emerging brands like Loewe, Khaite, and Cult Gaia—is having a major sale, with up to 50% off everything from plush teddy coats to quality denim and versatile knits.

Net-a-Porter sales are rare (they typically only happen twice a year) and shoppers from around the world hone their wish lists months in advance to score one of those seen-on-Instagram pieces at a seriously good discount. Stylish outerwear, statement accessories, and ‘90s-inspired boots are all ripe for the carting, so if you’re in need of a little retail therapy, now’s your chance to jump on a designer piece you’ll enjoy for years to come. Bonus: We also spotted a handful of beauty gift sets that your mom or bestie would love, in case you’re looking to cross “holiday shopping” off your to-do list.

There are pages on pages of discounts, and we scoured all of them to find the 13 can’t-miss picks. Shop them below, then venture into the Net-a-Porter sale for so many more fashion and beauty goodies. 

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These Are the Early Black Friday Deals You Need on Your Radar

If there’s one thing we can count on during the holiday season, it’s the best Black Friday deals of 2020. Mega retailers like Nordstrom and Walmart have already started slashing prices online, with cult brands like Glossier and Tatcha announcing upcoming early bird deals of their own. 

We live to find the best deals on the things you may want and need—whether that’s a pair of go-anywhere leggings, an Android phone for your PC-loving boyfriend, an Alexa product for your tech-savvy grandma, or the Instagram pan everyone in your circle can’t shut up about. And since you’ll never hear us complaining about an early sale find, we rounded up the best pre-Black Friday deals of 2020 across the most sought-after categories: beauty, fashion, mattresses, and home and tech. 

Prices will be slashed left and right as we inch closer to Thanksgiving, so we’ll be updating this list as new sales rollout. With the current state of affairs, Black Friday will mostly be happening online this year, so brace yourselves for a lot of tabs—and tons of massive carts. Below, all the early best Black Friday 2020 deals to shop now. 

Best Early Black Friday Beauty Deals 2020 

Sephora has yet to announce a pre-Black Friday sale, but savvy shoppers can already score discounts on picture-perfect gift sets. There’s no telling whether these beauts will be here tomorrow, so get a handle on your holiday shopping list now. 

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio

$54$37

Sephora

Peter Thomas Roth Hydration Sensation

$58$52

Sephora

A go-to for buzzy beauty labels and drugstore faves alike, Ulta is running a pre-Black Friday sale for online shoppers, with discounts on coveted brands like NuFace, Mario Badescu, and more through November 17. 

NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device

$199$139

Ulta

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Get Meghan Markle-approved skincare (her go-to product from the brand is apparently the Rice Polish, FYI) for 20% off from November 26 until November 28. It’s one of the few times the Japanese beauty brand has a sale, so it’s worth prepping your cart now. 

The Water Cream

$68$54

Tatcha

The Rice Polish

$65$52

Tatcha

The brand that brought you Boy Brow and millennial pink is having its only sale of the year next week. Score up to 35% off everything—and we mean, everything—on Glossier (limited edition sets included) starting November 26 through November 30. 

Glossier Balm Dotcom Wild Fig

$12

Glossier

Glossier Boy Brow

$16

Glossier

Best Early Black Friday Fashion & Clothing Deals 2020

Shop thousands of luxury designer pieces up to 50% off at Net-a-Porter. Zoom-ready tops, knits, and statement jewelry are all included in the mix—and we rounded up our favorite Net-a-Porter sale finds in case you wanted to know the deals we’re eyeing for ourselves. 

Dôen Floral-Print Cotton-Voile Blouse

$148$104

Net-a-Porter

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Tone Earrings

$90$63

Net-a-Porter

Consider this is a warning: Nordstrom’s early Black Friday sale did not come to play. Markdowns already include wardrobe staples (looking at you, Veja sneakers) as well as can’t-miss gift sets, like the Mac one below. Deals drop daily so don’t even bother closing your Nordstrom tab.

Veja V-10 Sneaker

$150$90

Nordstrom

MAC Fireworked Travel Size Lipglass Set

$25$18

Nordstrom

Amazon is always serving up home and tech deals, but discounts in the fashion department have been equally strong lately. Exhibit A: These APL sneakers and iridescent Terez leggings, which would add a pop of color to any moody winter wardrobe. Non-clothing products we’ll be watching? The Roomba, any Dyson product, and the iPad Pro. Pro tip: If you were paying attention to Prime Day earlier this year, you’d know that e-tailer’s best deals are its discounts on (already low priced) Amazon products—so keep an eye out for things like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Kindle.

APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Breeze Sneakers

$200$100

Amazon

Terez Balayage Tall Band Leggings

$120$72

Amazon

Even though Amazon technically owns Shopbop, the multi-brand retailer is running a sale of its own—with slashed prices on everything from cute WFH tees to mood-boosting accessories up to 70% off. (Psst…Amazon Prime members, don’t sleep on this sale because you can use your membership perks to score free two-day shipping.)

Clu Short Sleeve Swing Top

$138$55

Shopbop

House of Want Newbie Mini Baguette Bag

$78$55

Shopbop

From cozy knits to versatile jackets, Madewell just dropped a very good members-only deal (membership sign up is free, btw). Get 30% off everything with code EARLYBIRD at checkout. 

Checkered Colburne Cardigan Sweater

$98$90

Madewell

Johnsville Sweater Jacket

$168$160

Madewell

Make it through fall hikes and workouts with the latest in outdoor gear from REI (think Patagonia vests, Camelbak water bottles, and more). Shop REI’s Gear Up Get Out sale through November 23 with up to 30% off sitewide.

Patagonia Retro Pile Pullover

$129$97

REI

CamelBak Eddy + Water Bottle

H&M has already started slashing prices on cozy winter staples, including knits, midi skirts, and more. No code needed at checkout.

Knit Sweater

Pleated Skirt

For less tossing and turning and more zzz-ing, shop Casper’s Black Friday sale. Take up to 30% off bundles, mattresses, and more through December 1 with the code BLACKFRIDAY and BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout.

Casper Weighted Blanket

$179$161

Casper

The Casper Queen Foam Mattress

$1,095$931

Casper

Score 20% off Allswell’s supportive Luxe Hybrid or its temperature-regulating Supreme mattress with code GOBBLE20 until November 23. Discount also applies to select bedding, home decor, and bathroom essentials. 

The Allswell Luxe Hybrid

$645$516

Allswell

The Allswell Supreme

$985$788

Allswell

Although you can find Leesa at larger furniture retailers, you won’t find deals as good as the ones on its own website. For a limited time, Leesa is offering up to $200 off its Original mattress, up to $300 off its Hybrid mattress, and up to $400 off its Legend mattress. Best part? You get two free down-alternative pillows with your purchase.

Leesa Original Mattress

$999$849

Leesa

Leesa Hybrid Mattress

$1,699$1,449

Leesa

Save up to $400 on Purple’s revolutionary grid mattresses. The innovative sleep company is offering deals on mattresses and bundles, including the Purple Original, the Hybrid and the Hybrid Premier, and the new Kid mattress. Oh, and in case you want to surprise Mom and Dad with a new set of bed pillows, those are on sale for 20% off; no code needed at checkout.

The Purple Mattress

$1,449$1,049

Purple

Harmony Pillow Bundle

$318$286

Purple

Best Early Black Friday Home & Tech Deals 2020

Sur La Table is offering 20% off beloved brands like Nespresso, Cuisinart, Le Creuset, and more. We’d suggest browsing if you’re looking to upgrade your coffee game, or have plans to bake up a storm this holiday and could use some fresh kitchen gear (hi, Staub).

Nespresso Vertuoline by Breville With Aeroccino 3 Frother

$298$174

Sur la Table

Staub Heritage All-Day Pan With Domed Glass Lid, 3.5 qt

$371$170

Sur la Table

Don’t wait for these early Best Buy Black Friday to sell out. Markdowns include everything from fun tech finds like smart home LED lights to usual suspects like Sony TVs, Microsoft Surface Pro tablets, and Apple Airpods and iPads.

Apple iPad Air with Wi-Fi

$500$430

Best Buy

Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 Bluetooth LED Smart Bulbs

$135$110

Best Buy

Call them early-bird Black Friday discounts, pre-Cyber Monday deals…whatever you want. Just know that Target is slashing prices all month long. Shop smart TV deals, video game deals, laptop deals (like Acer Chromebooks and Lenovo IdeaPads), Apple Watches, and more while supplies last.

TCL 32″ Class 3-Series HD Smart Roku TV

$160$130

Target

Apple Watch Series 6 GPS Aluminum

$430$380

Target

You can always count on the Walmart Black Friday sale to come through with some of the best markdowns of the entire year. We spotted discounts on everything from robot vacuums and Ninja blenders to Nintendo Switch devices and wireless headphones and earbuds. We’re guessing hardly any products will be left full price—not even the Instant Pot you wish you bought last year.

Farberware 3.2 Quart Digital Air Fryer, Oil-Less

$69$60

Walmart

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones II

$349$199

Walmart

Get 20% off Brooklinen’s signature spa-like towels and bedsheets (cashmere sets included) through December 1. No code necessary, and excludes Spaces products.

Heathered Cashmere Hardcore Sheet Bundle

$475

Brooklinen

Classic Bath Towel Bundle

$59$47

Brooklinen

Instagram influencer’s beloved cookware brand is having a rare pre-Black Friday sale. Use the code SUPERSALE at checkout to score the Always Pan—in any hue—for $95 instead of the usual $145. What are you still doing here? 

Our Place Always Pan (Lavender)

$145$95

Our Place

Our Place Always Pan (Blue Salt)

$145$95

Our Place

Harry Styles’s Mom Iconically Weighed In on His Vogue Dress Shoot Controversy

So last week—November 13, to be exact—the issue of Vogue that has Harry Styles on the cover in a ball gown came out (click here for pics). He also wears dresses and skirts within the magazine’s pages because literally why not? It was the first time a man has been the solo cover star of the fashion bible, and Styles did it in a damn dress. It was glorious. It was high fashion. It was progressive. And, perhaps most important, it was fucking hot. 

“When you take away ‘There’s clothes for men and there’s clothes for women,’ once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play,” Styles told Vogue. “I find myself looking at women’s clothes, thinking they’re amazing.” 

Obviously, conservative talking heads are having meltdowns about this. “There is no society that can survive without strong men,” Candace Owens tweeted, for some reason, on November 14. “The East knows this. In the West, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence.”

“It’s an outright attack,” she continued. “Bring back manly men.”

An attack, she says!

Twitter

“You’re pathetic,” Booksmart director Olivia Wilde replied. Yup. 

Of course, other famous far-right trolls took the opportunity to defend their fragile heteronormative ideologies. I don’t have time to unpack all of Ben Shapiro’s tweets, but this one’s my favorite:

Twitter

31 Inspiring Fitness Women to Follow on Instagram

Today, the fitness women leading the charge on Instagram could care less about achieving a certain body ideal. Their metric for success isn’t the number of abs you can achieve but learning more about what makes your body feel good and what makes you feel good in your body. Sure, exercises to get your endorphins pumping and eating in a way that fuels your body (which, spoiler alert, is not just salads 24/7) up will remain a staple of the best female fitness accounts on Instagram. But, as these fitness women prove, health and fitness are best when paired with whole lot of self-love. 

As the temperatures continue to cool off, we’ll be spending more time indoors and will need to be especially mindful that we’re getting our heart rates up and stretches in—even if it’s around the living room. To help you get in the mood, we’ve rounded up our favorite accounts focused on promoting holistic fitness. Sound mind, sound body.

1. Traci Copeland, @traco4

The Nike Master Trainer and yoga instructor at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC is a pro at blending energizing movement into daily life. Whether it’s a quad stretch along the waterfront or a a playful high knee down the street, Copeland shows that being active is a lifestyle, and a fun one at that.  

2. Joan MacDonald, @trainwithjoan

Age is but a number, and an irrelevant one, when it comes to fitness. MacDonald, who took up body building at 70, is a prime example of how changing your mindset can happen at any point of your life and that while slowing down is a part of growing older, life doesn’t come to a complete halt. “People think, Oh Grandma, what does she know? But you’d be amazed at what Grandma can do,” the 74-year-old icon told Glamour. The drive runs in the family—the fitness influencer is also the mother of bodybuilder Michelle MacDonald .

3. CeCe Olisa, @ceceolisa

CeCe Olisa and Chastity Garner Valentine founded Curvy Con to bring plus-size influencers and brands together in one place where they could trade inspiration and collaborate, while doing some shopping in between. Olisa’s account features a healthy dose of outfit inspo, relaxing with a glass of wine, and clips of her making sure she gets moving with exercise that never feels forced. 

4. Nesrine Dally, @nez_healthhub

The Nike trainer and Muy Thai instructor holds degrees in sports science and biomechanics. Her focus on empowering young women through sports, along with encouraging young girls to feel confident in exploring the martial arts, is the type of uplifting fitness content we need. 

5. Tamara Pridgett, @tamsgoinham

Pridget is a trainer and sports journalist who founded the First Podcast, which features interviews with some of the top athletes in the world, like Nzingha Prescod. Whether she’s hitting the track or throwing punches in the ring, she’ll make you want to get up and move, STAT.

6. Roz The Diva, @rozthediva

A self-proclaimed “nontraditional athlete,” Roz’s platform inspires other women to not let idea that only a certain body type can be active keep them from trying new things. Her honest humor and fearless attitude keep us coming back for more. 

7. Oenone Forbat, @oenone

Podcaster Oenone Forbat (she’s behind the wildly popular “Adulting”show on Apple) originally started her IG account to document her weight loss journey. But after years spent grappling with body image and eating disorders it has evolved, like her approach, into a platform for holistic fitness and mental health, with a heavy dash of humor. 

8. Tally Rye, @Tally Rye

Tally Rye’s approach to fitness starts with the mind. She’s prioritizes intuition and health first, encouraging followers to be gentle with themselves along their fitness journeys and listen to their bodies—feeling tired doesn’t make you lazy! With all the pandemic fatigue, this is an approach we can all get behind. 

9. Latoya Shauntay Snell, @iamlshauntay

A chef, activist and fitness guru, Latoya Shauntay Snell is all about looking out for your body’s needs while eating well. Her Swedish meatballs and blackened fish and shrimp tacos make for the perfect recovery meals.

10. Britney Vest, @fittybritttty

Britney Vest performs quick HIIT routines to get your muscles fired up, all while boosting your energy and self-esteem. She founded WVVY, a size-inclusive fitness brand, that has plenty of cute threads—think leopard print, metallics, and colorful plaid—to have you looking good along the way. 

11. Jessamyn Stanley, @mynameisjessamyn

Jessamyn Stanley is one of the OGs when it comes to creating an online community to spread body positivity in a fitness world where being plus-size didn’t exactly feel welcome. She’s also the founder of The Underbelly, a series of virtual yoga classes, and author of Everybody Yoga.

12. Mikelina Yonas Belaineh, @mickey.belaineh

Mikelina Yonas Belaineh is a non-binary powerhouse—and not just because they have been powerlifting for years. The athlete also holds degrees from Texas A&M and Harvard Law and is the director of criminal justice law and policy at the Last Prisoner Project

13. Ariel Belgrave, @gymhooky

When lockdown first hit, Ariel Belgrave’s Zoom workouts kept me moving when I could have easily spent hours just laying down in existential dread. A key part of her practice is coupling exercise with nutritious meals that are easy to make without skimping on the flavor. 

14. Julia Parzyck, @fitfatandallthat

Julia Parzyck is an eating disorder recovery coach. Knowing first hand how challenging eating disorders can be to overcome, her account offers a refreshing take on healing and self-care. We can’t help but share in the genuine enthusiasm she exudes while working out and spending time with her friends and loved ones. It’s the inner glow for us. 

15. Jaimmy Koroma, @jaimmykoroma

Jaimmy Koroma, an art director from Austin, Texas, can’t help but stand out thanks to her love of bold colors and inspiring confidence. As she reminds us, normal bodies have lumps, bumps, rolls and jiggles: “It’s common. It’s usual. It’s normal.” Amen. ⁣

16. Jesse Benjamin, @melgignatfit

What image comes to mind when you think of a fitness influencer? Or a woman on a wellness and health journey? Jess Benjamin is on a quest to dispel any notion that limits your potential to live your truth while promoting Indigenous visibility in the fitness space. 

17. Bri Hamlet, @justbrifree

You can catch this health educator and yoga teacher practicing in front of some pretty scenic views. Let Bri guide you on a holistic journey to greater flexility with the added bonus of a visual vacation. 

18. Raquel Benitah, @bettersorethansorry

This nutritionist in training is all about documenting her life in the health and fitness world as a curvy girl. Colorful, printed, and bold, Benitah’s workout gear is just as as fun as her bubbly personality, so you’ll definitely want to tap in if you’re looking for the perfect leggings to match your fitness routine. 

19. Minh-Thu, @minhtwo

Minh-Thu is another dancer who turns the streets into her personal studio. The captured movements the athlete shares are a reminder that our bodies are truly the greatest works of art. 

20. Sarah Taylor, @the.sarahtaylor

Sarah Taylor is a plus-size model and fitness instructor who wants you to look in the mirror and know your worth. She’s also a motivational speaker, which makes sense given that all her posts leave you ready to kick-off a new goal thanks to her charged up energy.  

21. Kanoa Greene, @kanoagreene

Kanoa Green doesn’t just promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle and lead virtual movement classes. She is also is the founder of Plus-Size Adventure Retreats, where she offers people the chance to switch up their views to uncover new perspectives on self and acceptance. Next up on the travel list? A surf retreat in O’ahu, Hawai’i come 2021.

22. Sarah Boatright, @sarahboatright

Sarah Boatright is a personal trainer and fitness instructor offering socially distanced workouts that are accessible regardless of your financial circumstances. The pandemic has called in to question job security and income for many, and money shouldn’t be a barrier to exercising your right to a healthy lifestyles. 

23. Erica Jasmine Moon, @decolonizemovement

Erica Jasmine Moon is a fitness instructor on the path to further decolonize the wellness space. She frequently calls into question the stereotypes that serve to undermine our ability to love our bodies and the where we come from, all while encouraging PoC to get up and get moving. 

24. Angelica Coleman, @angieidunno

Need the mental cleanse of the great outdoors? If you can’t safely venture out just yet, take a look at Angelica Coleman’s mountain-packed feed. The social community manager posts quick and easy workouts, sometimes with the help of their partner and friends, so you can follow along wherever you are.  

25. Teresa Ellis, @pilatesbarreandjams

Teresa Ellis is the founder of Pilates Barre + Jams, a studio “centering BIPOC, Queer, Fat identified, Trans & Sex Workers.” If there’s one takeaway Ellis wants you to have while you scroll, it’s that everybody is welcome on this journey and she’s here to support. 

26. Alycia, @thefunsizedyogi

The Fun Sized Yogi’s page is minimal but that’s what makes her yoga poses all the more striking. You’ll find yourself mesmerized by the grace and form of the human body. You won’t find preachy rhetoric here, just a yoga instructor who wants to inspire you to explore your limits while enjoying every moment of it. 

27. Nicole Ruach, @nicolemruach

Nicole Ruach is one of the fitness influencers pushing us to honor our bodies and strive for gaining strength, not losing weight. And we can’t get enough of it. 

28. Tiffany Ima, @tiffanyima

Tiffany Ima is a wellness content creator, meaning she creates exactly what you need to feel inspired on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Let her remind you that there isn’t one way to “look healthy.” Like humans, it comes in all shapes and sizes. 

29. Jessica F., @alltherightbites

Jessica F. is a holistic nutritional coach, and her page is filled to the brim with mouth watering dishes and savory treats—think cheesy stuffed tomatoes and chocolate sea salt cookie dough bars—that will leave you feeling happy, full, and nourished. 

30. Sarah Greaves, @jetsetsarah

Sarah Greaves is the “stylish perennial” all about getting out there (when safe to do so) and enjoying the best that life has to offer. Luckily for us, she documents all her technicolor experiences, which includes gorgeous hikes at Mount Scenery, paddling in Miami, and a 5K marathon run on a Miami runway (a product of pandemic safety precautions) with a gorgeous blue skies in the background. 

31. Amber, @trainwith.amber

Let this ATL-based personal and performance trainer remind you: Fitness doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Amber is all about celebrating all those healthy fitness goals we make and ultimately achieve. Here’s to shaking it out and getting energized for the next session. 

Everything You Need to Know About Glycolic Acid, Explained

No hyperbole: Glycolic acid changed my life. After years of alternating between salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, brushing off flakes caused by retinol, and piling on pounds of concealer to cover an errant breakout, I was finally able to walk outside without makeup and not feel self-conscious about my acne-prone skin. If I were to get into the lobbying game, I would sell my soul for glycolic acid. Were I to run for president (of whatever), my slogan would be Glycolic Acid Deserves More Credit.

The major advantage of glycolic acid is that it does more than treat breakouts. The ingredient can also tackle hyperpigmentation, dullness, and signs of skin aging, such as lines and wrinkles, without breaking a sweat. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a breakdown of the most common questions about glycolic acid and what exactly makes it such a great ingredient.

What is glycolic acid?

Glycolic acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA) that’s derived from sugar cane. It joins other acids you might recognize, such as lactic acid (derived from sour milk and purportedly a favorite of Cleopatra’s), tartaric acid (from grapes), and citric acid—which, you might guess, comes from citrus fruits.

But it’s unique. “Of the AHAs, glycolic is the simplest in structure and the smallest; it has the lowest molecular weight,” says Kenneth Howe, M.D., a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in New York City. That small molecular weight means “it’s easy for it to penetrate your skin and be super effective,” says Alix Shapiro, skin therapist at Heyday in NYC.

What does glycolic acid do for your skin?

First and foremost, glycolic acid is an exfoliant. It helps shed dead skin cells and reveal the newer, brighter layers underneath by acting on the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin). “Normal, intact stratum corneum consists of tightly packed layers of dead skin cells that are tightly bonded together,” says Howe. “Glycolic acid loosens these bonds.” With their glue dissolved by glycolic acid, those tough, rough layers of dead skin cells can more easily slough away.

But because glycolic acid is so small, it can get deeper into your skin too, where it does some serious work. “Glycolic acid stimulates fibroblasts in the dermis to produce increased amounts of collagen,” says Howe. And by stimulating collagen production, it helps skin feel firmer and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Between the superficial action on your stratum corneum and the work it does below, “your skin will feel smoother and look more radiant and even-toned,” Shapiro says.

How do you use glycolic acid in your skin care routine?

As with any exfoliant, it’s best to start small if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation. For this, Shapiro recommends using it in a face wash. “A glycolic cleanser can get your skin used to it, rather than diving straight into a leave-on glycolic product if you are unsure whether your skin can tolerate it,” she says. Try one that pairs glycolic with hydrating ingredients, like Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, which includes hyaluronic acid.

Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

$34

Sephora

Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

$16

Mario Badescu

Peter Thomas Roth 3% Glycolic Solutions Cleanser

$39

Peter Thomas Roth

Innbeauty Project Foam Around Clarifying Daily Cleanser

$22

Innbeauty Project

If you know your skin is up for glycolic, try it in a peel. “I feel glycolic acid is most effective when administered as a chemical peel done in a health care practitioner’s office,” says Howe. “The medical-grade peel pads we use are stronger, with more potent effects, and many people get better results with stronger treatments done intermittently—once a month, say.” 

Obviously, getting to a derm every month isn’t always in the cards, which is where milder forms exfoliation like at-home peel pads come in. These are products you can use more regularly in your routine—anywhere from twice a week to every other day if you know your skin can tolerate it. I personally swear by BeautyRx Advanced 10% Exfoliating Pads, while Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel has a cult following for delivering gentle but effective exfoliation. 

BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Advanced 10% Glycolic Acid Peel Pads

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

$88

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

$9

The Ordinary

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Exfoliating Treatment with Glycolic acid

$48

Alpha H

Is glycolic acid good for all skin types?

“It’s best for normal, combination, and oily skin types,” says Shapiro. But as with anything, glycolic acid is not for everyone. “People with dry, highly sensitive skin often react to it with irritation,” says Howe. “Any form might irritate them, whether it’s in a topical product, a home-use peeling pad, or an office-based peel procedure.”