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The best air fryer deals from Prime Day 2020

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Air fryers have been wowing us with their ability to serve up food that’s as crispy as our fried favorites, but with way less fat — think from 70% less or so. If you’ve been thinking of getting one, now’s the time: Prime Day has big markdowns one some of the most popular air fryers, including models from brands like Cosori and Instant Pot.

If you’re new to air fryers, a quick 101: Rather than dousing everything in oil (they only require a teaspoon or so), air fryers circulate hot air around like a convection oven does for just-as-incredible results. (Really.)

Don’t believe us? Now’s the time to try it yourself. And for a full list of notable Prime Day deals, check out our complete guide here.

Cosori Smart WiFi Air Fryer, 5.8-Quart ($83.99, originally $199.99; amazon.com)

Cosori Smart WiFi Air Fryer
Cosori Smart WiFi Air Fryer
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This WiFi-equipped air fryer can be controlled through voice commands to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, meaning you can keep an eye on things (and even adjust them) from afar. Things get even easier with 11 preset cooking settings, which include french fries, bacon and bread (yep, even bread). It’s a great model for tighter kitchen spaces thanks to a slim profile and easy-to-view screen. We also like its thoughtful features — like a reminder to shake the basket for even crisping.

Dash Tasti Crisp Electric Air Fryer Oven Cooker ($39.99, originally $59.99; amazon.com)

Dash Tasti Crisp Electric Air Fryer
Dash Tasti Crisp Electric Air Fryer
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This is one appliance you’re not going to want to keep in the cupboard. Dash’s air fryer has minimalist looks and a great color range that has your usual gray, white and black, as well as bolder shades like robin’s egg blue and a bold red.

With a relatively small 2-quart basket (that still holds 12 chicken wings) and a small countertop footprint, it’s great for tight kitchens, campers and dinner for up to four. Controls aren’t fancy or digital — just set the temp and timer to get going. For a little bigger basket (three quarts), check out the Deluxe model, also on sale ($58.49, originally $89.99).

Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker 11-in-1 with Air Fryer ($119.99, originally $179.95, amazon.com)

Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker 11-in-1 with Air Fryer
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker 11-in-1 with Air Fryer
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One of the most feature-filled models on sale for Prime Day, the famous Instant Pot gets even better by adding an air fryer to its long list of programs. Speaking of, there are 11 one-touch cooking settings that include air frying with EvenCrisp technology, as well as slow cooking, roasting, steaming and dehydrating. It’s a great choice for families thanks to its large size — enough to feed eight — and dishwasher-friendly design.

Boscare Air Fryer, 6.3 Quart 1700W Digital Air Fryer Oven ($107.99, originally $134.99; amazon.com)

Boscare Air Fryer, 6.3 Quart 1700W Digital Air Fryer Oven
Boscare Air Fryer, 6.3 Quart 1700W Digital Air Fryer Oven
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This 5-star rated Boscare air fryer has a sleek design with a 6.3-quart basket — enough to fit eight cupcakes — and six presets geared more toward everyday cooking: think frozen fries, homemade fries, drumsticks, chicken, fish and steak. It also has defrost, heat and keep warm functions, just in case the timings during dinner prep don’t quite line up.

Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker ($149.99, originally $269.99; amazon.com)

Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker
Ninja Foodi 8-Quart 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Pressure Cooker
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If you want to get really fancy, this top-of-the-line Ninja appliance comes in a large 8-quart size, complete with a crisp basket and a reversible rack that lets you steam, broil, layer meals or TenderCrisp up to eight chicken breasts. Beyond making yogurt, sauteing, pressure cooking and steaming (among other functions), you can roast a whole chicken in here too: The basket holds up to a 7-pounder. For inspiration, the Ninja also comes with a cookbook outlining 45 different recipes to try out.

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Netflix show reveals the power of plastic surgery for trauma victims

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Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

For vanity or medical necessity? To enhance or to correct? Clients or patients? Plastic surgery has traditionally been divided into two separate camps: the cosmetic and the reconstructive.

Cosmetic procedures are broadly about the quest for beauty, whereas reconstructive ones restore functions lost or impaired. The two may share history, expertise and technology, but when it comes to our attitudes toward going under the knife, the dichotomy matters.

Netflix’s new reality show “Skin Decision: Before and After” demonstrates, however, the distinction between what is considered cosmetic and reconstructive isn’t always so clear.

Across the first season’s eight episodes, Dr. Sheila Nazarian and nurse Jamie Sherrill consult patients carrying the scars, irregularities and deformities of personal trauma. Some have suffered violent attacks or road accidents; others bear painful reminders of lifelong acne or the physical damage of alcoholism.

Dr. Sheila Nazarian and nurse Jamie Sherrill.

Dr. Sheila Nazarian and nurse Jamie Sherrill. Credit: Netflix

But it could be argued that all of the participants stand to gain psychologically from undergoing some form of surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure, even if it isn’t strictly necessary. Using their field’s latest technologies, Nazarian and Sherrill eliminate scar tissue, smooth damaged skin and restore patients’ smiles (quite literally in the case of one man, whose facial injuries caused pain every time he smiled).

They use tucks, fillers and lasers — treatments that are, on paper, cosmetic rather than reconstructive. Yet, their patients aren’t searching for perfection.

Unlike other plastic surgery reality shows, which routinely document wealthy participants’ efforts to remove wrinkles, enlarge breasts or lift buttocks, those appearing on “Skin Decision” often just want to return to their former selves. As a patient with large amounts excess skin, following a dramatic weight loss, explains in one episode: “I don’t have to look like Barbie. I just want to look normal.”

“It’s an emotional change, it’s a therapeutic thing we do rather than just vanity and a spectacle.”

Dr. Sheila Nazarian, “Skin Decision”

Few participants better exemplify surgery’s potential to transform people’s lives than Katrina Goodwin, who appeared on the show following a horrific 2017 attack in which she was shot nine times by her then-husband, who went on to kill the pair’s two young daughters. Nazarian and Sherrill helped to remove scar tissue on Goodwin’s abdomen, reconstruct cavernous bullet wounds and remove a tattoo bearing her ex-husband’s name using advanced laser equipment.
Before and after shots show Katrina Goodwin's transformation following a horrific attack.

Before and after shots show Katrina Goodwin’s transformation following a horrific attack. Credit: Netflix

“Every time I took a shower I was reminded (of the tragedy),” she told CNN over the phone from Washington, D.C. “Now, when I take a shower I’m reminded … that this is phase two. This is my new beginning.

“Before appearing on the show, I didn’t realize how defeated I was — defeated in my whole body language,” she added. “Now friends and family say, ‘You walk taller, you walk prouder, you seem happier.’ So it was a transformation, and a way for me to reclaim myself and feel complete, like a normal woman.”

Differing motives

When it comes to plastic surgery, the idea of normality is a subjective one, according to professor of clinical psychology and psychotherapy at Germany’s Ruhr-University Bochum, Jürgen Margraf, who has studied the mental impact of undergoing cosmetic procedures.

“There’s nothing to argue against getting rid of a scar — why should you walk around with a scar?” he said in a phone interview. “But then you can extend this argument. Let’s say you’re born with a crooked nose. Why should you live with that and try to make the most of it?”

Assessing patients’ psychological suitability for surgery, therefore, also comes down to what they hope to achieve. There is a difference, Margraf said, between patients with just one bodily feature they’re dissatisfied with and those with body dysmorphic disorder, for instance, who have such a distorted view of themselves that they “will never be satisfied with whatever surgery you do.”
Nazarian pictured in surgery during an episode of

Nazarian pictured in surgery during an episode of “Skin Decision.” Credit: Netflix

“Skin Decision” surgeon Dr. Nazarian, who carries out a broad range of procedures at her Beverly Hills clinic, also appears more concerned with how realistic patients’ expectations are — and how likely they are to be pleased with the results.

“The question I’m constantly asking myself is, ‘Is this person capable of happiness?'” she said in a phone interview. “If I think someone is perseverating over something imperceptible, I’ll tell them, ‘I don’t think I can make you happy.’

“I think (‘Skin Decision’) is the first time that plastic surgery has been shown for what it is,” she added. “It’s an emotional change, it’s a therapeutic thing we do rather than just vanity and a spectacle.”

Patients in need

Today, a variety of cosmetic procedures are being used to treat patients in unexpected ways, according to Dr. Linda Lee, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Facial Nerve Center, part of Harvard Medical School.

Lee, who specializes in facial plastic surgery, has started using cosmetic fillers to treat patients with Bell’s palsy, a condition that causes partial or complete paralysis on one side of the face. The non-invasive procedure sees a gel-like substance injected beneath the skin to restore volume.

“When the muscle is wasted, there’s no surgery that’s going to make that better. But two syringes of cheek filler make an amazing difference in five minutes,” Lee said in a phone interview, saying that the injections have given her patients’ faces a more balanced appearance.

“It’s a different skill (as a doctor) — I’m not trying to make you look younger, I’m trying to make you look symmetrical.”

Research by Massachusetts Eye and Ear's Facial Nerve Center, part of Harvard Medical School, used facial filler injections to help patients with Bell's palsy.

Research by Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Facial Nerve Center, part of Harvard Medical School, used facial filler injections to help patients with Bell’s palsy. Credit: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Facial Nerve Center

But as far as insurers — or, in countries with public healthcare systems, state hospitals — are concerned, work like this exists in a “gray area” between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Lee said. Healthcare policies traditionally only pay out for procedures that are shown to restore function or the ability to carry out everyday tasks. (Nazarian said she would not expect the procedures carried out in “Skin Decision” to be covered by insurance companies in the US).

As such, participants in the Harvard Medical School study had to pay out of pocket for the injections, though they were offered at cost price (around $350 to $400 each). Lee hopes that her research can help encourage insurers to cover the treatment, which is far less invasive than alternatives like facial reanimation surgery — even though “people think of fillers as for aging and wrinkles.”

As one of the study’s patients, Suzanne Nevins, attests, this “cosmetic” procedure can help restore function too. Having suffered paralysis on the right side of her face, the 67-year-old postnatal nurse said that her speech and ability to eat foods like soup had been impaired by the condition.

“I could cry, because I could not believe how much getting that lower lip firmer helped,” she said in a phone interview. “I ate better, I spoke better and I was much more comfortable. It’s physical health, but it’s also mental.”

Related video: How red lipstick became a symbol of strength

For Lee, demonstrating the psychological benefits of the treatment is an important part of her research. Her study found that Bell’s palsy patients were less likely to avoid photographs after receiving filler injections, and were less worried about people thinking they had suffered a stroke. Participants also reported what Lee described as a “significant” improvement in personal confidence after receiving the filler.

Beyond function

As our understanding of mental wellbeing becomes more nuanced and holistic, so too may our definition of “functionality.” It more often relates to the physical, but what if a body issue affects a patient’s ability to function socially, professionally or interpersonally?

“There’s a continuum, from having social anxiety to being severely impaired (by it),” said Margraf. “At one end of the continuum, social anxiety has an illness-like quality that impairs your quality of life more than being a terminal cancer patient.”

“Skin Decision” uses a variety of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Credit: Netflix

For patients in “Skin Decision” and Harvard’s Bell’s palsy study alike, the potential psychological gains of cosmetic work are self-evident. Yet, there is evidence that patients’ ability to benefit from aesthetic procedures depends on their mental well-being going into them.

“If you’re not ready, if you’re not strong enough and if you haven’t gotten the right help mentally before doing this, you may be doing it for the wrong reasons.”

Katrina Goodwin, patient on “Skin Decision”

A 13-year study in Norway found that women with mental health issues who underwent cosmetic surgery were more likely to later experience depression, anxiety and eating problems, while another found that women who underwent breast augmentation were more likely to die by suicide.

“Past behavior is a good predator of future behavior,” Margraf said. “So, if you’re depressed before the procedure, you’ll come out more depressed, in comparison to others, in the future.”

Nazarian and Sherrill in a promotional still from Netflix's

Nazarian and Sherrill in a promotional still from Netflix’s “Skin Decision.” Credit: Netflix

Goodwin, who completed filming for the show two-and-a-half years after surviving the tragic murder-suicide, said that having cosmetic surgery “opened my own mental prison.” But the 39-year-old also pointed to the dangers of treating it as a psychological cure-all.

“Your heart and mind have to be emotionally ready… If you’re not ready, if you’re not strong enough and if you haven’t gotten the right help mentally before doing this, you may be doing it for the wrong reasons.”

Top image: Nicholas Bravo, a participant in “Skin Decision,” after receiving treatment for facial scarring following a road accident.

An earlier version of this story did not include Linda Lee’s title. She is Dr. Linda Lee.

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Rihanna’s latest Savage X Fenty campaign stars Black breast cancer survivors

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Rihanna is using her latest Savage X Fenty campaign to shine a spotlight on Black breast cancer survivors.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the singer’s lingerie brand asked three “survivors and thrivers” to model new styles from a capsule collection that will directly benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, a charity founded by Rihanna in 2012. A press statement said that Savage X Fenty will donate a portion of the proceeds — up to $250,000 in total — to help the organization fund cancer research and support for Black people diagnosed with the disease.
Leiva, one of the three models, wanted her scars to be shown in photos.

Leiva, one of the three models, wanted her scars to be shown in photos. “I do not see my scars as scars,” she said in an e-mail. “I look at them as my handmade jewerly pieces … reminding me and others I am here and thriving.” Credit: Courtesy of Savage x Fenty

The campaign photographs feature Cayatanita Leiva and Ericka Hart, both 34, and Nykia McKenzie, 26, wearing the collection’s sporty new styles against draped pink fabric. Each model had a hand in how they were presented, either taking the pictures themselves or with the help of a loved one.

Hart, who posed in a gray bralette and panty set, was diagnosed with two types of breast cancer at once: HER2-positive and triple-negative. The model credited the Black femme and queer communities with being a source of support.

“The Savage X Fenty campaign was affirming of my experience as not just a breast cancer survivor but all of my intersections of identity as a Black, queer, non-binary femme,” Hart said in an email interview.

“Many cancer campaigns focus on one aspect, your chronic illness but not how your various identities play a role in how you navigate cancer … I also loved that the campaign didn’t focus on poses that focused on strength as the sole image for living with breast cancer, but rather is just showcasing people who want to share their experience to make a difference for someone else.”

McKenzie, 26, models for the new Savage X Fenty campaign.

McKenzie, 26, models for the new Savage X Fenty campaign. Credit: Courtesy of Savage x Fenty

Rihanna has focused on Savage X Fenty’s inclusive appeal since launching the lingerie brand, a follow up to Fenty Beauty, in 2018. The product range caters to a variety of “nude” skin tones, and offers a wide range of sizes. Her two runway shows to date, both held at recent editions of New York Fashion Week, grabbed attention for their theatrical performances and representation of diverse body types, ethnicities and genders, in stark contrast to the kind of lingerie shows the industry is accustomed to.
“My vision for the Savage X brand has always been having women feel confident and expressing themselves,” she said earlier this year, in a behind-the-scenes video following the second of her brand’s runway shows.

A striking disparity

As well as offering visibility to three individual Black breast cancer survivors, the campaign also brings attention to what it calls “unfair disparities” in the US health care system, due to factors like age and race.

A 2012 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on data from 2005-2009, revealed that the death rate for African-American women death rate was 41% higher than that of White women, despite fewer cases. A study published four years later found the gap had lessened for younger Black women, but not for those over 50.

“Black women, brown women, women of color, we need to be listened to and paid attention to,” McKenzie said in a video for Savage X Fenty. Credit: Courtesy of Savage x Fenty

Model Leiva, who also appears in the Savage X Fenty’s second runway show was diagnosed with triple-negative cancer in 2018.

“What was … great was having to bring things to light and to share my personal journey,” she said over email, adding that the campaign spoke about “Black and brown concerns in the health care system and how there is a need for more representation in our communities.”

“You know your body better than anyone else knows your body,” said Hart in a video for the campaign. Credit: Courtesy of Savage x Fenty

McKenzie, who found a lump in her breast last June, said she was misdiagnosed twice before finally receiving treatment by a third doctor. “By March, my breast was the size of a mini watermelon. At that point, I knew what was going on,” she said in a video accompanying the campaign.

“Knowing that these images will be seen worldwide means everything to me, mainly because I know now my story is being heard and that my storm was always bigger than me because the triumph is even bigger,” she added in an email interview. “I know now that black women will be heard in regards to our health and our healing. I hope these images convey to you all that there’s work to do and that starts with listening to young women who look like me.”

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Beauty of mastectomy tattoos revealed in powerful photo project

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In the portrait series “Reclaim” women in diffuse pink lighting reveal delicately tattooed designs inked across their chests, unfurling over scar tissue in explosions of color or in black and gray. Nude, with nothing else in the frame, the women embody a sense of openness.

The series, a collaboration between British photographer Kate Peters and art director Gem Fletcher, which began in 2018, illustrates the beauty of mastectomy tattoos, a practice that offers breast cancer survivors the opportunity to transform their skin after they’ve healed from their surgeries. It’s a way to find new confidence, to take control of one’s body after what can be a traumatic experience and, as medical journal JAMA has published, a way to promote psychological healing.

“All my tattoos do mark different milestones in my life,” Elaine told Peters. “Every one is for something. My half sleeve is the story of my family: representing my children, the children we lost, my husband. (I have a) daffodil because I’m from Wales and a shamrock because my husband is from Ireland.” Credit: Kate Peters

One of the women in “Reclaim” is Kerry, who was diagnosed with cancer three days before her 40th birthday. She opted for a total mastectomy of her left breast, but declined plastic surgery to reconstruct it after.

Ahead of each shoot, Peters and Fletcher interviewed the women about their experiences. “None of the methods for reconstruction that the medical team could offer me were suitable for me, my physique, my lifestyle and the sports I played,” Kerry told them. “It left me with a feeling of being incomplete and I found that really upsetting. You sort of get chewed up, spat out and off you go on your own.”

Two years later, when Kerry discovered mastectomy tattoos, she felt she finally had an option that suited her. She had irises tattooed across her chest as a tribute to her grandmother Iris, who survived breast cancer over six decades earlier.

The practice has risen in popularity in the US since 2013, when the program P.ink, part of the nonprofit F*** Cancer, began coordinating an annual day of gratis tattoos. Each October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they work with tattoo parlors around the country to open their doors to survivors looking to be inked.

In 2018, Peters happened upon images of mastectomy tattoos on Instagram and realized that these were mostly shared within the tattoo community and did not have a wide audience. In her home country of the UK, which does not have a coordinated program like P.ink, she wasn’t sure many women knew about these tattoos at all.

“I realized I had been avoiding looking at myself in the mirror. I was averting my eyes from my chest and my scar,” Diane told Peters. “I didn’t realize this was an issue until I stopped doing it. Suddenly I had this beautiful piece of art. I stopped looking away.” Credit: Kate Peters

Peters and Fletcher, who often collaborate, began finding women for the shoot through social media and photographed them in the privacy of Peters’ home. Many of them had never been tattooed, but going through the process had given them a sense of closure — particularly since they had to wait at least a year to be tattooed following their surgeries — and comfort in their skin.

“Hearing the women’s stories when we were photographing them was a very humbling experience, and seeing how the tattoos had changed their perception of their own bodies,” Peters said. “They were really keen to share how positive it had been for them.”

There was Elaine, who was diagnosed in October of 2015 and had a bilateral mastectomy a few months later. “I can picture it now, the morning I was leaving home to have the surgery and I looked at myself in the mirror…I knew I would not look like this again after that day,” she recalled to Peters and Fletcher. “It was a daunting thought, it was upsetting. When you have a mastectomy, a lot of your femininity (is) taken away.”

Elaine already had tattoos — including a dragon on her spine that she got after recovering from a horse-riding accident that could have left her unable to walk for the rest of her life. This time she spent 25 hours with Shrewsbury, England-based tattoo artist Anna Garvey to cover her chest in vivid birds and floral blossoms.

“We are so body conscious as women,” Sarah told Peters. “I don’t think I have ever felt this sense of ownership (over myself) and what I look like. It’s only come through the process that I have been through. Credit: Kate Peters

Sarah, on the other hand, who was diagnosed at 47 during a routine mammogram, had never been inked. She chose to have her breasts reconstructed following the mastectomy. During the reconstruction surgery, women often have to have their nipples removed, and some opt for tattooed areolas later on. Sarah didn’t feel like that was the right decision for her. Instead, she underwent two full-day sessions of intricate gray dotwork with East London tattooer and artist Dominique Holmes.

“The morning before (my tattoo appointment) I was in a state of panic about it, wondering if I had already put my body through so much already,” she said in her interview ahead of her shoot. “I took a before shot (of myself) and I felt really okay with my mastectomy and the scarring. I thought I felt okay about my body.” After her sessions, she says saw her body in a new light.

“Having the tattoo has not just changed the way my body looks — the bigger part is how it transformed me,” she explained. “I’m more body confident than I have been my entire life.”

After the photos from “Reclaim” were published by The Guardian newspaper, Peters said she was inundated with emails from people who had seen the work and didn’t know mastectomy tattoos were possible — including women who had undergone surgery and were interested in it for themselves.

“I think that was one of the main motivations for the women being involved in this shoot,” Peters said. “(They wanted) to show other people (how) it helped change their lives.”

“All of them have been through these horrific experiences in their life yet they’d all come through it and they were all so incredibly positive,” she continued. “They maintain this amazing spirit…and this desire to help others by sharing their stories.”

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