Best of Philly 2017: Acupuncture Is the New Botox

Philadelphia magazine’s brand new Best of Philly issue has arrived, both online and on newsstands. In the issue, you’ll find the best in everything from fitness studios to brow grooming to brewpubs. Below, a little taste of this year’s issue.

It’s funny, I thought to myself as I drifted peacefully into that weird stage just before sleep, that having a dozen needles stuck in your face can actually be relaxing. I was lying on a table, a heat lamp warming my toes, in a sage-walled treatment room of the Healing Arts Center in Old City while founder Steven Mavros moved quietly around me. On the center’s website is a long list of reasons why people do acupuncture — weighty concerns like infertility (for which Steve has cultivated a loyal following), MS and migraines. Which is why I appreciated the decidedly un-hippie vibe of both the office and the man. I was here for wrinkles.

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10 Dos and Dont’s of Dealing With Sunburn, According to Philly Skincare Pros

So, we all know that sunburn is something that should be avoided at all costs. I mean, at this point, using sunscreen is a no-brainer. Plus, we know the havoc exposing ourselves to sun damage can wreak on our skin, in addition to all the other summertime skin mistakes that you may be making.

But even the folks who are on their sunscreen A-game sometimes walk away from the beach a little (or a lot) burnt. Whether every nook and cranny on your back wasn’t covered in sunscreen (lookin’ at you, significant others) or a new layer wasn’t applied in time, the fact of the matter is: Shit happens. So, for if a sunburn shows up your body, despite your diligent care to avoid it, we asked three Philly skincare pros to spill on their top tips and tricks for treating, healing and dealing with it. Below, Ashley Richardson, esthetician and owner of  Green City Beauty, Emily Watson, esthetician and founder of BeautyxEdit,  and Naomi Fenlin, owner of About Face Skincare and certified medical esthetician, have shared their dos and dont’s of sunburn care.
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The Checkup: A Full Year’s Worth of Totally Doable Weight-Loss Tips

• BuzzFeed is an unlikely treasure trove of weight-loss tips. And being the kind people they are, they’ve compiled a bunch of their useful weight-loss posts full of totally doable tips — think: ban mindless couch eating (done!) — into a GIANT master list featuring 333 doable weight-loss tips. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, maybe read a tip a day as food for thought. Skipping weekends (because you gotta give yourself a break), that’s a full year’s worth of tips to take in! [BuzzFeed]

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Fact: Your Showers Are Probably Way Too Long, Experts Say

I used to loathe showering just as much as I loathe anyone who unnecessarily takes up two subway seats during morning rush hour. I am well aware that this shower-averse sentiment may seem, well, gross. But I just always found showering to be so … boring. This all changed when I got a portable speaker that I could bring with me into the bathroom. Cue a bangin’ Bruno Mars soundtrack (call me embarrassing, I don’t care) and daily dance-party showers that last, oh, somewhere around 25 minutes. So when I, in all my newfound shower-loving glory, stumbled onto this post on Furthermore this morning, outlining the shower mistakes athletes make, I nearly let out a shriek of disappointment.

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The Checkup: The Tricky Ways Yogurt Can Sabotage Your Healthy-Eating Plans

• 7.7 billion dollars. That, my friends, is how much Americans spend on yogurt every year. I’ll give you a moment to wrap your brain around this. Okay, here, a clinical nutritionist breaks down the benefits of a slew of yogurt types in the growing aisle — from coconut to Greek to low-fat — and what to look out for (sneaky added sugars, for one, run rampant) before you throw it in your cart to avoid screwing with your healthy-eating plans. [Outside]

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The Checkup: How This Common Ingredient Could Be Making You Fat 

• Put dooooown the salt shaker: New research published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that folks were hungrier when they were on higher-sodium diets than when they were on lower-sodium diets consuming the same number of daily calories and nutrients. And being hungrier means there’s a greater chance you’ll reach for that 3 p.m. office-kitchen donut. Womp, womp. [TIME]

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How Often Do You Really Need to Wash Your Face?

Lately, the skin on my face has felt like an overstuffed plastic grocery bag that’s stretched to the point that it’s juuuust about to break and dump my groceries all over the sidewalk: taut, that is, thanks to a seeming inability to retain any ounce of hydration, and unpredictable. I keep a container of Kiehl’s moisturizer in my bag and dab it on dry spots about as often as I blink my eyes or wonder what Kanye West is doing at this very moment. (So, often.)

Recently, as I spotted yet another flaky dry spot on my chin as I washed my hands in the office bathroom, I wondered, WAIT, what if I’m washing my face too much? After all, experts say that washing your body too much (chances are, you probably are, by the way) can dry out your skin, along with wiping out beneficial good bacteria. According to skin pros, you really only need to shower once — get this — every two to three days. What if the key to perfectly moisturized, Kendall Jenner-like skin was just to cut my number of face washes in half?

After this thought popped into my head, I made the decision: I wasn’t going to wash my face the next morning. Instead, when I woke up the next day, I just gave my face a quick rinse, moisturized and went to work. And my skin really did feel a bit less dry. I repeated the next day, but then I got worried about clogged pores and went back to my usual morning-and-evening face-wash routine. Then, this morning, I stumbled across a blog post on Man Repeller titled “You’re Probably Washing Your Face Too Much.” It was like they were talking directly to me.

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