Dr. Heidi Waldorf, a cosmetic dermatologist, had problems with my toner and rosehip oil and suggested trying a new sunscreen.

The author (left) and skincare products (right).
The author (left) and skincare products (right).
The author (left) and skincare products (right).
The author (left) and skincare products (right). Photo: Canela López/Insider

By Canela López

I’ve never really thought I have “good” skin, the kind you see in the “after” photos on skincare commercials.

My skin is on the oilier side, and I get some hormonal acne on my jawline. But, for the most part, I’ve come to the conclusion that my skin is fine.

I also started testosterone this week — a hormone-replacement therapy used to treat gender dysphoria in trans and nonbinary people. …


As hospitals scramble to handle the pandemic, some parents are struggling to see their babies in the NICU. The results could be catastrophic.

Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Sarah DiGregorio

Back in May, Elijah Zorn lay in his incubator, all 3.8 pounds of him, a ventilator mechanically inflating his tiny chest. He was six weeks premature and had suffered a lack of oxygen to his brain at birth. He was airlifted from one hospital to another in critical condition. No one knew if he would survive.

Beside him sat Jeremy, his exhausted father. Elijah’s mother, Riannon, was miles away, recovering at home after a…


Interviews with 17 former college athletes, insights from previous investigations, and input from experts suggest an alarming pattern of abuse.

Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches.
Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches.
Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches.
Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches. Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Lindsay Dodgson

Hillary Dole’s first Toque Friday ended with a broken nose and a bloody face.

The event, she told Insider, was an annual tradition for the Cornell University softball team when she joined as a freshman in 2017. All new recruits were instructed to pull beanie hats over their eyes and stand in a line. Then, while they were effectively blindfolded, their teammates and coach yelled at them to run.

“It was confusing, chaotic, intimidating, and I didn’t…


I looked forward to my getaway from my family, but I quickly realized that I had forgotten how to be alone.

A mother with their kids.
A mother with their kids.
A mother with their kids.
In the silence of my hotel room, I didn’t feel like myself. The author is not pictured. Photo: Catherine Falls/Getty Images

By Megan Margulies

The past year left me, like many others, wanting to find a moment alone, away from my children and partner. I’m one of the lucky ones who actually got to do it. I was gifted a quick getaway for my 40th birthday.

I imagined everything I would do without a child hanging off my body: Eat meals slowly without little fingers picking at my plate, sit by a pool without having to keep an eye on…


Swift’s sales and streaming royalties amounted to $20.6 million, pushing her to the top of the list without the added boost of concert ticket revenue.

Taylor Swift in “You Need to Calm Down.”
Taylor Swift in “You Need to Calm Down.”
Taylor Swift in “You Need to Calm Down.”
Taylor Swift in “You Need to Calm Down.” Photo: Taylor Swift/YouTube

By Hannah Towey

Taylor Swift was the highest-paid musician of 2020, according to Billboard’s Money Makers list. Due to the pandemic, most artists relied on streaming revenues rather than touring for income. Other artists like YoungBoy Never Broke Again, The Beatles, and Lil Baby also made debut appearances on Billboard’s list.

Here are the top 10 highest-earning artists from last year:

1. Taylor Swift: $23.8 million

Swift made Billboard history by earning the #1 spot on the top-paid musician rankings…


After an Insider reporter cooked all of her dinners in a Crock-Pot for a week, she learned you might not be able to “set and forget” some slow-cooker meals.

The slow cooker (left) and a meal (right).
The slow cooker (left) and a meal (right).
The slow cooker (left) and a meal (right).
After trying to cook all my dinners in a Crock-Pot for a week, I learned that some meals are not necessarily “set it and forget it.” Photo: Erin McDowell/Insider

By Erin McDowell

I recently tried making dinner in my Crock-Pot every day for five days.

While the week was filled with ups and downs, I also took away some valuable knowledge about best practices when using my Crock-Pot, which recipes worked well, and what I would do differently the next time I want to make a slow-cooker meal.

Here are five things I wish I knew before using a Crock-Pot…


Common reasons people may always feel tired include poor diet, dehydration, lack of sleep, and underlying medical conditions like a thyroid disorder.

An individual yawning.
An individual yawning.
An individual yawning.
If you find yourself yawning all day long, it may be due to lack of sleep, poor diet, or stress. Photo: ljubaphoto/Getty Images

By Erin Heger

If you always feel tired, it may be sleepiness or fatigue — and there’s a key difference. Sleepy people would sleep, given the opportunity, and it will often give them more energy. Fatigued people tend to have low energy levels regardless of sleep, and generally don’t feel like doing much.

There are many causes of sleepiness and fatigue. Whether it’s lack of sleep, poor sleep quality, a nutrient deficiency, or an underlying condition — here…


My micro-studio apartment in the West Village has no kitchen or closet. Here’s what my rent costs and what a day in my tiny-living life is like.

Inside the author’s apartment.
Inside the author’s apartment.
Inside the author’s apartment.
I live in a 72-square-foot apartment in the West Village for $1,345 a month. Photo: Liv Hendrix for Insider

By Via Hendrix

I had dreamed of moving from my small town in Tennessee to New York City ever since I visited the Big Apple when I was 4 years old. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite grasp how expensive it is to live there until I was much older.

A lot of people live with roommates or move to boroughs other than Manhattan, like Brooklyn or Queens, to save money. …


While yoga can help you lose weight by building strength and endurance, its most potent benefit is cultivating mindfulness.

People in a yoga class.
People in a yoga class.
People in a yoga class.
If you go to an in-person yoga class, the instructor can help adjust you into the correct position. Photo: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images

By Erin Heger

Yoga is a practice that can help build a stronger connection between your mind and body. While there are many types of yoga, some focus more on meditation and mindfulness, and others focus on strength and endurance.

As part of a regular exercise regimen, yoga can help you lose weight because it burns calories. …


“Jeet? Ope! Come take off your gym shoes and have some puppy chow.” If you understand this sentence, you’re probably from the Midwest.

A home on a field.
A home on a field.
A home on a field.
When giving driving directions, Midwesterners will tell you to drive north, south, east, or west. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

By Talia Lakritz

The Midwest has some of the most unique phrases and slang terms you’ll ever hear. As a native Wisconsinite, my Midwestern vocabulary can sometimes slip into day-to-day conversations with friends and coworkers in New York City, resulting in utter confusion.

From calling sneakers “gym shoes” to asking someone “Jeet?” here a breakdown of some Midwestern lingo:

Where I’m from, a drinking fountain is called a “bubbler.”

When I ask people in New York City — where I now live — where I can find…

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