5 Best Shower Head Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Tired of a shower that produces a weak sprinkle instead of an invigorating stream? Get a new showerhead. The best models we tested provide a strong flow and steady temperature, and some have adjustable settings for spray patterns ranging from a gentle mist to a forceful message.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that showers account for nearly 1.2 trillion gallons each year—about one-sixth of all the water used in U.S. residences for bathing. Before 1994, showerheads typically had a flow rate of 5½ gallons per minute. Since then, the Department of Energy has limited showerheads to 2½ gpm to conserve not only water but fuel for the water heater. Models that display a WaterSense label use no more than 2 ppm.

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What We Found

The good news is that the best showerheads we tested provided a pleasing flow while meeting the federal flow-rate standard. But the challenge for manufacturers is to meet the standard and even the voluntary WaterSense requirements without affecting the feel of the shower since an anemic flow can result in longer showers and even greater water use.

Water-Efficient Models can Satisfy
Our male and female test panelists evaluated the force of each model’s stream, the various settings, ease of adjustment, and other factors. Supplementing those subjective judgments were lab measurements of changes in flow rate and water temperature at various settings.

Not surprisingly, how well our panelists liked a showerhead often coincided with how much water is delivered. Most water-saving models achieved only middling scores. But our testers described one inexpensive water-saving model as “refreshing” and “stimulating,” despite its modest 2-GPM flow rate.

Don’t Go by Price
If you think you have to spend top dollar to get a strong performer, think again. Our top-rated multi-setting showerhead costs a quarter of the price of the model that finished second. And among single-setting showerheads, the least-expensive model we tested was the clear winner.

Are You Using Too Much Water?
If you‘re wondering whether a new showerhead can reduce your water consumption, here’s a quick way to measure your old model’s flow rate: Place a bucket marked in gallon increments under the showerhead, turn on the shower at the water pressure you normally use, and time how long it takes to fill the bucket to the 1-gallon mark. If it’s less than 24 seconds, you could save water with a low-flow showerhead.

Consider Installation
Replacing most showerheads is a simple do-it-yourself project. Unscrew the old head with an adjustable wrench and remove the old plumber’s tape from the threaded part of the shower arm. Then apply fresh plumber’s tape over the threads for a good seal, and screw the new showerhead tightly in place. But some multijet “shower towers” require expensive plumbing alterations.

Types

Even the simplest and least-expensive showerheads can provide a satisfying shower, but more money may provide more options. Here are the types of showerheads to consider.

Multi-setting Models
These showerheads let you adjust the flow pattern to as many as 12 settings such as mist, massage, pulsing, wide and narrow stream, and a water-saving trickle while you soap up. Some offer a continuously variable setting. Multiple settings generally met with our panelists’ favor, but the mist setting on some models didn’t impress.

Single-Setting Models
These simple showerheads provide only one set, as their name implies. They tend to cost much less than multi-setting models.

Shower Towers
Three multi-head models we tested promised a spa-like experience and comprised a fixed or handheld showerhead (or both), and several additional body jets, all mounted on a vertical strip. But more recent action by the Department of Energy has changed how these products work. Initially, shower towers got around the federal 2½-gpm standard by limiting each head or spray to 2½ gpm. Thus, if the unit had four outlets, it could legally use as much as 10 gpm.

Features

The individual taste should determine which features you choose. Here are the showerhead features to consider.

Aerating Showerheads
By mixing air with water, these showerheads form a misty spray to make the flow feel more substantial. Laminar-flow showerheads form individual streams of water instead. On the models we tested, aeration cooled the water from 5 to 15 degrees F on its way from the showerhead to where it would hit your back. Laminar-flow showerheads may cost a little more, but they save energy by maintaining the water temperature better. And they don’t create as much steam and moisture, a plus especially if you live in a humid region.

Handheld Showerheads
You can leave a handheld model in its holder or remove it to focus the spray on any part of your body. A rubber hose provides mobility.

Rain Showers
With their large head and wide spray pattern to reduce pressure, they promise a soft, soothing flow, like raindrops falling on your head.

5 Best Under Eye Cream For Dark Circles Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

The best eye cream smooths fine lines and lessens wrinkles, reversing the appearance of aging. We found six formulas with the peptides, retinoids, antioxidants, and moisturizers necessary to get the job done. You’ll need to wear any cream daily for months to see effects on eye wrinkles and elasticity, but, in the meantime, their silky skin-feel and pleasant scent make them a joy to apply.

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5 Best Face Cream For Aging Skin Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Facial care products have many claims related to reducing the effects of aging. There are so many different brands and different formulas available, it can be difficult to choose the best option for your skin. When choosing an anti-aging cream, it’s important to consider your skin type. There are creams made for dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, or normal skin.

You may also need to consider your main aging concerns. Some creams may be designed for use on mature skin with deep lines or wrinkles while others are designed to work on younger skin that has yet to see many aging problems on the face.

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What’s Causing Those Skin Changes

Your skin is composed of several layers. Each one becomes thinner over time. All the layers contain collagen—the protein that provides structure, keeping skin thick and firm. With age and sun exposure, collagen production declines, often causing sagging, wrinkles, and slower healing. In fact, wounds may last up to four times longer in older adults than in younger people.

In addition to the forces of aging and the environment, several other factors can contribute to thinning skin. Menopause can make it more difficult for the skin to retain moisture, leaving it almost papery. Many common medications can also thin skin or cause it to bruise more easily, including oral steroids (such as prednisone), topical steroids (such as hydrocortisone), and some blood thinners (including aspirin).

Update Your Skin-Care Habits

“Taking proper care of your skin becomes even more important as you age,” says Shari Lipner, M.D., Ph.D., a dermatologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. “And that may mean changing some of your skin-care products and habits.” Forgo long, hot showers and baths; both can dry out and irritate the skin—especially during cold, dry weather. “Limit your showers and baths to 5 or 10 minutes in tepid—not hot—water,” Elmariah says.

You’ll also want to re-evaluate some of the products in your bathroom. Toss out any harsh scrubs, for instance. If you want to exfoliate the dead, dry skin, try rubbing a soft washcloth over wet skin, suggests David E. Bank, M.D., director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

Care for Wounds the Right Way

Thin, fragile skin is more prone to cuts and scrapes than healthy skin. But beware of adhesive bandages, which can irritate or cut the skin, Bank says. Look for labels that say “sensitive skin,” or cover the wound with a nonstick pan and use paper tape or an elastic wrap (like an Ace bandage) to keep it in place.

In people with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and some other health issues, wounds can become chronic—generally defined as not healing within three months. Talk to your doctor if a cut is not healing normally.

At what age should you start incorporating an anti-aging cream into your skincare routine?

The best “anti-aging” product is sunblock, and that should be applied to the face daily as young as possible! In individuals with dry skin a daily moisturizer, serum, and eye cream should be started in the early 20s. If the individual has oily skin, traditional anti-aging products can start in their 30s, but most likely they will be using a retinol product to combat acne breakouts, so they are already using preventative measures.

 Is it beneficial to use different formulas for morning and night?

Your skin doesn’t know what time it is, so the logic behind a day versus night regime is that the night regime doesn’t have to compete with makeup over the top of it and can be a thicker formula, while the daily regimen is typically lighter weight with less “corrective” properties.

What treatments do you recommend to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging?

Stimulating collagen production is key in combating signs of aging. For the novice, I like to start with micro needling, chemical peels, or IPL. These are all low downtime and usually affordable treatments done in a series of three to six sessions. For the individual that needs a more rigorous anti-aging treatment, I am a huge fan of laser resurfacing treatments such as Fraxel and Pixel Erbium laser. These treatments act on a deeper level and can correct texture, tone, and sun damage at a more aggressive level.

5 Best Teeth Whitening Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

If you yearn for a brighter smile, you might be considering one of the many tooth whitening kits available over the counter at drugstores and chain stores. These products come in a variety of forms, including stick-on strips, dissolving strips and gels, and tooth-shaped trays that you fill with gel before placing on your teeth for a recommended period of time.

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At Home, Teeth Whitening Kits Can Significantly Whiten Some People’s Teeth

Most of us have to spend hours at the dentist each year to have coffee stains scrubbed from our teeth, with the help of those scary looking scrapers and machines that seem like they are removing half the enamel.

It, therefore, seems hard to believe that simply applying some products from a kit at home would be able to make your teeth sparkle. Groom+Style’s favorite top 7 teeth whitening solutions. From 2 hour to 30-day kits, quick touch-up to professional grade options, we have tried them all. If you still have questions then please contact us directly via email, or via the comment section below, to ask our team’s advice.

Gum Irritation and at Home Teeth Whitening

A word of caution, when using teeth whitening solutions that place the whitening gel (which in most cases contains Peroxide) in a tray (such as the Rembrandt, GLO Science or AuraGlow).  Be careful to only place enough gel to cover the teeth (keep the gel away from the gums – and wipe off any excess gel with a cotton bud) and only apply the product for the recommended period of time.

In the quest to achieve great results it is tempting to overapply the gel and to keep the guard in place for extended periods of time.  Doing so, however, increases the risk of gum damage which, although temporary, is quite uncomfortable – trust us we know!

When They Work

Home tooth whitening treatments usually rely on the chemicals hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide—which releases hydrogen peroxide—to bleach some of the discolorations that can build up over time in the outer layer of tooth enamel.

These tooth whitening products can effectively lighten tooth stains caused by smoking and highly pigmented foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, cola, and red wine, according to Jay W. Friedman, D.D.S., M.P.H., a consumer healthcare advocate and dental adviser to Consumer Reports.

Most home tooth whitening products will leave teeth one to two shades whiter based on a 16-shade tooth bleaching scale when used as directed, according to a 2014 review published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice.

When They Don’t

As good as home tooth whitening kits can be at tackling stains on the enamel that covers teeth, they are less effective against some other kinds of discoloration.

For example, tooth enamel normally thins with age, so dentin—the hard tissue under the enamel, which can be gray, brown, or blue in tone—may begin to show through. Keep in mind that both home tooth whitening and dentist-office whitening only work on natural teeth. So if you have caps, crowns, veneers, dentures, or white fillings, you’ll see no difference in those parts of your smile.

Safety and Side Effects

When used as directed, our experts say, home tooth whitening kits are safe.

But it’s worth checking in with your dentist first to rule out oral health issues that should be addressed. “Whitening with an unfilled cavity could be painful,” Hewlett notes. In addition, be aware that home whitening can cause uncomfortable—but temporary—side effects.

“Some users develop gum irritation, especially if whitening strips or other products are in too much contact with gums,” says Hewlett. “And most people experience a little tooth sensitivity.”

If sensitivity occurs, consider skipping a day in between use of your home kit. Avoiding extremely cold and hot foods and drinks during whitening can also keep you more comfortable.  And don’t use at-home kits more often than recommended. Doing otherwise can increase the likelihood of irritation and sensitivity.

Getting the Most From Home Tooth Whitening

Which type of home whitening product is most effective? It’s unclear.

A review of studies, published in the journal Clinical Oral Investigations, found products containing carbamide peroxide worked only slightly better at whitening than products containing hydrogen peroxide. (And see what our experts say about whitening toothpaste.)

When it comes to highly pigmented foods and drinks, be aware that in one study at least, cola caused even more staining in freshly whitened teeth than coffee.

“Cola should be avoided because it is an unhealthy drink—too much sugar,” Friedman says. “It stains the teeth and also causes erosion of the enamel due to its acidic content.”