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Caffeine Can Affect Your Creativity, Instagram’s New Snazzy Video Feature, and More
It’s hard to start the day without a cup of joe. But if you’re in a particularly creative field, you may want to stay away from java. [Refinery 29]
As if we weren’t obsessed enough with Instagram, our favorite snapshot app just announced their new video feature. Animated selfies?! [CNN]
We know the usual suspects for split ends and discoloration (hi, chlorine) but according to a recent study, copper may be the biggest offender. [Allure]
Kim and Kanye’s baby name has finally been revealed—and it doesn’t start with a K. [CBS News]
Still confused about the recently updated FDA regulations on SPF and “broad spectrum”? Here’s what it means for all that sun protection in your makeup. [New York Times]
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Caffeine Can Affect Your Creativity, Instagram’s New Snazzy Video Feature, and More

—Geraldine

Speaking of Instagram, check out Birchbox’s very first Instavid.

Get the Scoop Behind the FDA’s New SPF Regulations

Every summer, the prospect of choosing a sunscreen inspires the same set of questions: How high should I go SPF-wise? Which ingredients are safe? What does “broad spectrum” really mean? This year, we have a little help from the experts themselves: the FDA just released a new set of SPF regulations designed to help consumers choose wisely. The agency has been monitoring sunscreen labels since 1978, but this marks the first time they’ve stepped in to overhaul the way the industry labels its products. Although the changes technically went into effect this past Monday, don’t expect to see them kick in immediately—in order to prevent a sunscreen shortage, the FDA is allowing stores to continue selling existing bottles of SPF. Large companies will have a year to update their labels, while smaller companies will have two years. 

Click through for a brief rundown of the new guidelines:

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Are Parabens Safe? FDA & Cosmetic Ingredient Review Say Yes

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There’s a longstanding debate in the beauty world about the perils of parabens. Found in everything from toothpaste to moisturizers, these chemicals act as preservatives to prevent the growth of microbes and bacteria in products. But parabens in their isolated form also have estrogen-like qualities. First introduced in 1984, they came under attack when a 2004 study detected them in breast cancer tissue (though the study didn’t establish any causal connection). Some ingredient watchdogs continue to argue that parabens should be avoided at all costs, while others say it’s perfectly safe to use products containing small doses of parabens. So should you be worried? Probably not. Click through to learn why!

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