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A new Korean skin care company borne from a battle with cystic acne believes you only need 3 products to achieve clear skin

A new Korean skin care company borne from a battle with cystic acne believes you only need 3 products to achieve clear skin

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  • We’re often led to believe that the more products you slap on your face, the more effective they’ll be.
  • Skin care brand Panacea supports the opposite: with only a few products – a cleanser ($24), moisturizer ($36), and sunscreen ($32) – you can have soft, hydrated, and protected skin.
  • It focuses on the contents, rather than the quantity of the skin care products, and uses cruelty-, paraben-, and sulfate-free ingredients to achieve natural, healthy results.
  • The simple, gender-neutral products streamline your daily skin care routine so you focus on the day ahead of you.
  • Right now through November 28, as a special Cyber Monday deal for Business Insider readers, take 20% off all orders with the code “HOLIDAY2018”. Or, buy one Essentials Kit and get another kit for 30% off – your code will be automatically applied upon checkout.

Starting your day with purpose and intention is easier when you have fewer things trying to capture your attention all at once. This philosophy of simplicity drives decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s organization empire, the morning routines of founders and executives, and clothing brands that, for once, are okay with customers buying just a few of their pieces, because those pieces are all they need.

Such simplicity is starting to extend into the beauty industry, but more so in the realm of ingredients (clean, natural, chemical-free) than the beauty routine itself. The Korean beauty world is notorious for espousing 10-step routines to hydrate, moisturize, tighten, and otherwise pamper your skin.

A new skin care company, Panacea, completely agrees that you should invest in beautiful, healthy skin, but believes you can pare your daily routine to just three (yes, three) essential products: a cleanser, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen.

Since it only has these three products, Panacea can focus with excruciating detail on the integrity of their ingredients. They’re cruelty-, paraben-, and sulfate-free, containing natural ingredients like Laminaria japonica (a Japanese seaweed), fig extract, and sunflower oil.

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The routine, to be followed during the day and night, goes like this:

1. Cleanse with the Daily Facial Cleanser.

The foaming cleanser contains a gentle cleansing agent derived from coconut oil to draw out impurities, a “Moisture Shield Complex” with hyaluronic acid to nourish your skin, and antioxidants like green tea extract and vitamin E to moisturize and soften. Users who struggle with acne have seen a noticeable difference in their skin after using this smooth, non-drying cleanser.

2. Replenish with the Daily Facial Moisturizer.

Once your skin is cleansed, the next step is this lightweight moisturizer. It also contains the Moisture Shield Complex, in addition to shea butter to soften your skin, and Amaranthus caudatus to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. It both feels and smells refreshing, and it’s not oily, which is especially welcome during the summer – because grease belongs on an indulgent slice of pizza, not on my face after I walk outside for five minutes.

3. Protect with the Daily Facial SPF.

Finish the routine off with the sunscreen, which is important to wear even if it’s not sunny out (UV rays still penetrate through clouds). Panacea’s scentless sunscreen has SPF 25 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Like the moisturizer, it’s light and non-oily, with a number of beneficial ingredients. Among others, there’s Houttuynia cordata extract, a Korean herb and natural antihistamine that is high in antioxidants; Cardiospermum flower extract, a soothing anti-inflammatory; and Portulaca Extract, a moisturizing and itch-relieving antihistamine.

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Panacea was cofounded by Terry Lee, the former COO of MeUndies, after his own battle with cystic acne. As he worked on improving his skin by trying out different products, he also began streamlining the rest of his morning routine and discovered the power of beginning each day on the right foot.

Panacea combines these two journeys – better skin care and routine with intent – by condensing the traditional, intimidating multi-step skin care process into a more manageable yet equally effective one that can be done in a few minutes.

Stepping away from the gendered world of skin care and further simplifying things, Panacea intends for its products to be gender-neutral. People of all genders can benefit from its natural skin care products because the desire for nicer skin and a good start to the day is pretty much universal. Now, you don’t have to sneak pumps of your partner or sibling’s cleanser or lotion.

Panacea’s mission is as refreshing as its products. I think I let out an audible sigh of relief upon seeing I only needed to manage three steps every morning and night in order to get better skin. Each one feels light and soothing thanks to natural, chemical-free formulations, showing that you don’t have to be aggressive or complex in the way you treat your skin at the beginning and end of your day.

Shop all Panacea products here: Daily Facial Cleanser ($24), Daily Facial Moisturizer ($36), Daily Facial SPF ($32). Or buy them together in the Essentials Kit ($74).

Some of the most popular DNA kits are on sale right for Black Friday at their lowest prices ever — here’s a quick break down of each one

Some of the most popular DNA kits are on sale right for Black Friday at their lowest prices ever — here’s a quick break down of each one

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By nature, Black Friday is a day that’s very much about materialism. Consumers flood stores and online sites in search of deals on tech, men’s fashion, women’s fashion, mattresses, and more. But if you’d prefer to spend your money on experiences or learning opportunities, a DNA kit might be the perfect way to do so.

If you’ve ever been interested in understanding more about your ancestry or family history, right now is the best time to get a DNA kit as many of the best ones are discounted for Black Friday. (Might we add, they also make great holiday gifts for friends and family!)

Brands like 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Vitagene all make easy-to-use at-home kits that can provide results in a matter of weeks. In addition to your family history, certain kits can assess your health, provide useful insight to improve your fitness, or track down historical relatives.

While many tests unveil similar data, there are key differences between each one. Check them out below and compare deal prices.

Looking for more deals? We’ve rounded up the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the internet.



$49 (Originally $99) [You save $50]

With over 1 billion family connections, AncestryDNA is the best-selling DNA test you can buy. The service helps you discover the people and places that made you who you are by tapping into 350 regions across the world – two times more than the next leading competitor.

The current price is the lowest it’s ever been (and possibly ever will be).



$99.99 (Originally $199), available on Amazon [You save $99.01]

Save up to $70 on DNA kits at 23andme.com.

The 23andMe kit is one of the most in-depth at-home DNA tests you can take. Not only will it break down your ancestry, but it will also discover your genetic health risks for diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, carrier traits for diseases like Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell, report on your wellness with details like sleep patterns and lactose intolerance, and other genetic traits. If you’re only interested in learning your ancestry you can buy the genetics kit for half off.

National Geographic Geno 2.0


$55.99 (Originally $99.99), available on Amazon [You save $44]

The National Geographic Geno 2.0 Next Generation provides a breakdown of your regional ancestry by percentage, going back as 500,000 years. Once your DNA sample is submitted and processed, you can access the data via the Geno 2.0 smartphone app, where an easy-to-understand video walks you through your ancestry. You’ll learn about which historical relatives you could be related to.

MyHeritage DNA


$49 (Originally $75), available on Amazon [You save $26]

MyHeritage DNA is one of the easiest DNA tests to complete. Unlike other tests that require several vials of saliva, this test can be completed in two minutes with a simple cheek swab. With a huge database of DNA Matches, the test pulls data from 42 regions. Once your results are in, you’ll learn about your ancestry and potential family members you’ve never met.

Family Tree DNA

Family Tree DNA

$49.99 (Originally $79), available on Amazon [You save $29.01]

Family Tree DNA offers an in-depth genetic analysis of your genetic makeup by regions as well as your lineage over time. It is also is one of the best tests for finding and connecting with distant relatives. The Family Matching System pairs other users with similar genetic make-up, so if you’re looking for a long lost sibling, there’s a decent chance you’ll find them here.



$99.99 (Originally $259.99), available on Amazon [You save $160]

If you’re interested in learning about your DNA to better improve your health, the Helix DNAFit kit is the way to go. In addition to your ancestry, this test provides fitness and nutritional insight, so that your workouts and diet best fit your genetic makeup. It will also unveil injury predispositions. Originally priced at $300, you won’t find a better deal on any other day of the year.



$57.95 (Originally $99) [You save $41.05]

Vitagene is another great test for learning about your ancestry as well as your health. The easy two-minute saliva test is processed in four to six weeks (which is a lot quicker than most other tests), and you’ll get a full breakdown of your ethnic mix and global ancestry. The health insight comes as a diet plan, fitness plan, and personalized vitamin plan tailored to your DNA.

6 types of people to avoid getting into a relationship with

6 types of people to avoid getting into a relationship with

Repetition compulsion means you're subconsciously trying to fix the past.

Repetition compulsion means you’re subconsciously trying to fix the past.
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  • There are several types of people you should avoid getting into a romantic relationship with.
  • This is because they are highly draining and a relationship with them is likely to end up being toxic and damaging.
  • Sometimes, people attract the same types of people over and over again because they are subconsciously trying to fix the past.
  • But this isn’t a way to develop a healthy relationship.
  • Rather, you should look out for any red flags early on, and get out if someone is wrong for you.

Dating is precarious at the best of times, because you never know who you’re going to end up meeting. Someone may seem normal and fun over text message, and be completely alarming in person. You might have chemistry online, only to have nothing in common when you’re actually sitting with each other on a first date.

A person’s behaviour on dating apps can differ greatly from what they are actually like, which is why apps are rife with toxic people. Dangerous and abusive people can pretend to be everything their victims are looking for, only to drop the facade as soon as they have control.

According to therapist Marisa Peer, who spoke to INSIDER, there are six types of toxic people you should steer clear of when looking for a relationship:

1. Narcissists

Narcissists will never love you the way you want them to.
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People with narcissistic personality disorder can never love anyone since they are self-obsessed. They only find joy in creating chaos for everyone else and feel superior in watching them crumble. To make a relationship with a narcissist work, there are many sacrifices you’ll have to make – and even then there’s no guarantee.

2. Highly paranoid people

Paranoid people will always be looking for your faults.
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They are unable to relax and are usually jealous and controlling, according to Peer. Paranoid people always think someone is out to get them, or that their partner is cheating on them. Sometimes, this means they stop their partner going out with friends, or even their family.

3. Controlling and jealous types

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These people can’t trust you and will make you account for everything. They need to be in control all the time and are very punishing when things don’t go their way, Peer said.

4. Extremely selfish and self-absorbed types

Some people don’t have the capacity to care for others.
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They can’t see or factor in another point of view. They also lack empathy and emotion, so disagreements are likely to escalate explosively.

5. Alcoholics

Addicts have to learn to love themselves before they can love anyone else.
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They are unable to be honest, both with themselves and anyone else. This is the same for anyone with any sort of addiction. They need to be able to love themselves before they can truly love anyone else. Before this point, any relationship with an addict is likely to end up being codependent.

6. People who have a toxic relationship with their exes and families

Sometimes, a toxic family member can get in the way.
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They show an inability to be accountable for their own actions. A toxic relationship in this sense could be a highly erratic one, or an unhealthy attachment. Either way, you don’t want to get caught up in it.

What next? 1. Learn the warning signs

There are red flags to look out for.
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It may not be immediately obvious that someone you meet falls into one of these categories. Highly manipulative people are skilled at putting on a front and pretending to be something they are not.

There are some red flags to look out for at the start of a relationship, such as overly romantic gestures early on, teasing you in a mean way, bringing up their ex all the time, and being uncomfortable with you having different opinions to them.

2. Think about who you’re attracting

You may be attracting the same sorts of people over and over again.

Once you’ve identified these kinds of people, you may find you’ve been attracting them time and time again. This is usually down to something called repetition compulsion, which essentially means all your past relationships are affecting your current ones.

“We are hardwired to like what is familiar as it feels so comfortable to us and to reject what is unfamiliar as it feels uncomfortable,” Peer told INSIDER. “So we go for what we have always known even when it’s painful and ends badly highly, i.e.: dating addicts or unavailable people.”

3. Don’t try and fix your partner

The best thing to do is look out for yourself.
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People also tend to be programmed to try and recreate the past, to subconsciously try and mend the pain they went through previously.

“So if your dad was cold and distant you may be attracted to a cold distant partner while trying your hardest to make them warm and loving,” said Peer. “And should you succeed, you have created what you always thought you needed.”

But this isn’t the way to approach life if you want a healthy partnership with someone. The best thing you can do is work out your attachment style and see how it’s affecting your relationships. Then, identify whether someone is really good for you or not. And, if you think they belong to any of the subsets above, stop trying to fix them.

A 19-year-old sang through her surgery to preserve her musical talents and her doctor called it ‘the performance of a lifetime’

A 19-year-old sang through her surgery to preserve her musical talents and her doctor called it ‘the performance of a lifetime’

The risks of awake brain surgery aren’t much different than the risks of regular brain surgery

According to Teen Vogue, Iaconetti was initially put to sleep, then woken up when it was time to remove her tumor. Once awake, Iaconetti was asked to sing and perform other musical tasks so Hauptman could determine what parts of her brain to touch and which were off-limits.

Read more: A woman thought she had a hangover but it turned out to be a brain tumor

“One advantage of doing surgery while a patient is awake is that it’s very reassuring that function is being preserved,” Hauptman told INSIDER. He also noted this type of surgery can be useful for people with epilepsy who need to preserve their speech or other brain functions, not just music-related ones.

An awake surgery sounds scary, but Hauptman said the procedure has similar risks as a regular brain surgery. “In a small percentage of patients, [awake brain surgery] could cause transient seizures, but we can fix it immediately if necessary,” he told INSIDER.

According to the Mayo Clinic, other risk factors include changes to your vision, impaired coordination and balance, impaired speech, and memory loss.

Iaconetti’s procedure was a team effort and the “performance of a lifetime”

Brain surgery is a complex procedure that requires teamwork, and Hauptman said his team rose to the challenge. From the anesthesiologists who were in charge of keeping Iaconetti awake and comfortable to the neurosurgeons performing the procedure and all of the hospital staff in between, Hauptman said it was a fulfilling experience to watch his team flawlessly complete the surgery.

Hauptman hopes this procedure and Iaconetti's story give others going through similar experiences hope in the midst of scary, uncertain times in their lives.

Hauptman hopes this procedure and Iaconetti’s story give others going through similar experiences hope in the midst of scary, uncertain times in their lives.
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As for Iaconetti, “it was a performance of lifetime,” Hauptman told INSIDER of her work in the operating room. “She was performing for her health and did it incredibly well. I couldn’t think of a better patient to do this surgery on.”

Hauptman hopes this procedure and Iaconetti’s story give others going through similar experiences hope in the midst of scary, uncertain times in their lives.

Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more.

Romaine is off the table again because of E. coli poisoning, and the lettuce trouble reveals why outbreaks are so common

Romaine is off the table again because of E. coli poisoning, and the lettuce trouble reveals why outbreaks are so common

  • Romaine lettuce is banned from the table once again as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigates a multi-state outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 50 people across the US and Canada.
  • This is the third time in less than 12 months that romaine lettuce has been deemed unsafe to eat.
  • The problem shows how difficult it can be to control a supply of fresh, uncooked produce that touches dirt and changes hands countless times before it reaches consumers.
  • Still, fresh produce is not the most deadly source of pathogens that we eat. That prize goes to meat.

Once again, salad-eaters are being told to avoid romaine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Tuesday that it is investigating an E. coli outbreak that spans at least 11 US states and two Canadian provinces.

“Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away,” the CDC said, just two days before Thanksgiving. The ban comes as peak harvest season picks up at some of the nation’s busiest romaine farms in states like Arizona.

“At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified,” the CDC added.

Lettuce-related outbreaks are starting to feel like a wintertime tradition. Seven months ago, another E. coli outbreak in romaine killed five people and sickened near 200 more. A year ago, one person was killed in another leafy green outbreak that made 25 people ill. Here’s why this keeps happening.

There’s only one way that romaine gets contaminated with E. coli

E coli is a broad species of gut bacteria (you have some of it in your intestines right now), but the strains that public-health investigators have discovered in sick people’s feces recently are not the kind that keep us healthy. Instead, the E. coli in question – called O157:H7 – can make people develop bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and kidney failure. In severe cases, the gut poisoning can kill. It’s most dangerous for elderly adults and children.

An E. coli outbreak in lettuce can only mean one thing: the leaves have poop on them. The feces could come from livestock in a farm close to where lettuce grows, or they could come from washing the lettuce in water that’s not clean. The contamination could also come from one of the countless people who touch the lettuce before it reaches consumers’ mouths.

Read More: What is E. coli?

It’s pretty easy for bits of contaminated soil to get lodged into the folds of lettuce leaves. Although washing your produce at home can help reduce the chances of infection, it won’t eliminate your risk of getting sick. That’s probably why fresh produce accounts for nearly half of all foodborne illnesses in the US.

An easy way to reduce your risk of getting sick, though, is to cut down on the number of hands that touch your leaves before you eat them.

Tim Richter, a romaine farmer in Puyallup, Washington, told the Associated Press that he encourages his customers to buy their own romaine heads and then wash and chop them at home, rather than buying pre-chopped bags of lettuce. That way, the leaves touches fewer hands, knives, and countertops as they go from soil to table.

There’s probably nothing inherently bacteria-prone about romaine lettuce as compared to other fresh leafy greens. Outbreaks probably just affect more people and are easier to notice when tied to a leaf that’s commonly consumed. Lettuce is one of the most common veggies on American plates, and romaine’s share of the market has been growing steadily since it was introduced in the late ’80s. Romaine and leaf lettuce account for well over 60% of per capita lettuce consumption across the US, according to the USDA.

Uncooked leaves are not the deadliest thing on the menu this Thanksgiving

People infected with the O157:H7 strain of E. coli can develop “severe abdominal cramps and watery diarrhea, which may become bloody within 24 hours,” according to the Merck Manual.

“People usually have severe abdominal pain and diarrhea many times a day. They also often feel an urge to defecate but may not be able to,” the manual says. In severe cases, the illness can lead to kidney failure.

There’s typically no fever involved, and there isn’t much otherwise healthy people can do about the infection besides staying hydrated. It can take anywhere from one to eight days for the illness to pass.

Fresh produce is the most common source of food contamination, but food poisoning from meat and poultry is more deadly.

Taken together, meat and poultry account for 29% of the foodborne illnesses that kill people, while produce (fruit and vegetables combined) accounts for 23% of deaths.

In fact, veggies are not even the worst source of E. coli infections – beef’s track record is equally bad. Vegetable row crops (mostly leafy greens) and beef each account for roughly 40% of E. coli cases across the country, according to a 2013 CDC report.

Chicken and other poultry can also get people really sick – the birds are commonly a source of listeria and salmonella infections. This Thanksgiving, a salmonella investigation is underway for raw turkey that has sickened more than 160 people and killed at least one.

The good thing about meat is that correct preparation involves an easy “kill step” – cooking it to a high temperature ensures you won’t sick. But there isn’t a step like that for fresh greens. That’s why the CDC urges travelers not to eat fresh salad or unpeeled fruits in developing countries, where nightsoil (i.e. human manure) might be used as fertilizer and water used to rinse fruits and veggies may not be clean enough to drink.

Fortunately, these contamination concerns are less of an issue in the US. Americans consume, on average, nearly 25 pounds of lettuce per person each year. So a couple dozen cases of food poisoning this fall (while miserable for those infected) are still a drop in the proverbial salad bowl.

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