Driven by its mission to create a second chance for our health and planet, Take Two upcycles spent grain (waste from beer brewing) by transforming it into a delicious, sustainable, plant-based beverage called Barleymilk, crafted using rejuvenated barley—a low-carbon protein, nutrient-rich powerhouse. Each bottle upcycles about 1 pound of spent grain, saving roughly 99 gallons of water (equivalent to six showers), and has 50 percent less sugar than other plant-based milks. The four smooth, creamy flavors can be used as a dairy substitute in both sweet and savory dishes, as well as in lattes, baked goods, shakes, and smoothies. $10/2 pack; taketwofoods.com
Fall is the time of year to spice everything up—including your beauty routine. The Good Stuff Botanicals Pumpkin Face Mask is made with pumpkin puree powder packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids to increase cell turnover and vitamins A and C to soften and soothe skin. The hydrating mask naturally exfoliates, locks in moisture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—resulting in bright, glowing skin all season long. $30; thegoodstuffbotanicals.com
Whether saggy eyelids are caused by aging, allergies, contact lenses, overzealous eye makeup removal, or botched Botox, a new prescription eye drop can turn back time without a scalpel. Recently approved by the FDA for treating droopy eyelids, Upneeq uses 0.1 percent oxymetazoline hydrochloride to contract muscles that raise the upper eyelid, explains Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon Raymond Douglas, MD, who led clinical strategy for Upneeq maker RVL Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Prior to Upneeq’s daily drop, Douglas had patients coming in for surgical treatment starting around age 40. “Downtime for surgery is two weeks and healing can take months, but only severe ptosis cases are candidates,” Douglas says. “Having a treatment option for mild drooping and for patients who don’t qualify for—or don’t want—surgery, has been a [game changer].”
Previously used (at a lower concentration) in Visine L.R. Long Lasting Redness Relief, oxymetazoline has been used as a vasoconstrictor, which means that Upneeq also whitens eyes with every dose. “Oxymetazoline has been studied for decades and Upneeq was studied for four years before receiving FDA approval,” says Douglas. Eyes will look more awake and alert, and side effects may include inflammation, dry eye, and blurred vision. upneeq.com —Ning Chao