It’s time to de-puff that pouch! Bloating — fluid building up between cells in your body — can be caused by poor digestion, too much sodium, or your period. But according to experts, if you pay attention to what you’re eating, you can usually avoid it. Good news, right? Stay in bikini-ready shape all year long with these bloat-busting bites.
Water with Lemon
A lot of people skip sipping on water when they are bloated, when in reality they should be doing the opposite. “People tend to think that when they’re holding on to water they should cut back drinking it, but that’s not the case,” says David Grotto, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life and The Best Things You Can Eat. Retaining water is actually your body’s way of holding on to fluid so you don’t dehydrate. If you’re having a bloating problem, that’s the time you want to push fluids, not restrict them, says Grotto. Since lemons are a natural diuretic and a gentle laxative when added to warm water, consuming the liquid can help reduce the amount of salt retained in the body. Just make sure you drink from the glass and not through a straw, so you don’t take in any extra air.
Over the years this green crunchy stalk has been used as a digestive aid to regulate bowel movements and to control intestinal gas because its chemicals are known to decrease fluid retention. “Celery has a high water content with a detoxing system, which can help to purge your body of toxins,” says Grotto. Other top picks for veggies that will help reduce fluid retention include cucumber, summer squashes, parsley, and any other kind of leafy greens. When it comes to eating vegetables in general, lean toward cooked over raw. “The fiber structure is broken down once they’re cooked, making them easier to digest,” says Grotto. “Even if the raw vegetables have a high water content, it can result in more bloating for some people.”
All kinds of melons are beneficial to your health, but watermelon is known as one of the juiciest fruits on the stand. That’s probably because it consists of 92 percent water. According to Grotto, it also has a natural diuretic property and is a great source of potassium. “The balance between sodium and potassium is important when it comes to controlling bloat,” he says. For DIY spa water, try mixing lemon, cucumber, watermelon, and rosemary for an ultimate belly-deflating fix. (A word of caution: You may need to use the restroom more than usual when sipping on this.)
Rosemary and Turmeric
Rosemary has been used to treat everything from heartburn and headaches to toothaches and high blood pressure. But it also treats intestinal gas and helps digestion, says Jackie Newgent, RD, culinary nutritionist, FITNESS advisory board member, and chef. She suggests steeping it in your tea or combining it with celery or parsley to make your own cooking broth. Valued in Asia for its ability to fight pain and inflammation, turmeric is also key in aiding upset stomach and bloat reduction, says Newgent. Use the bright yellow spice in a curry dish or to flavor your favorite foods.
Beans and Lentils
The majority of Grotto’s patients with bloated bellies are taking in too much sodium and not enough potassium and fiber. “Ramping down your sodium and increasing your potassium will have an almost immediate effect of reducing bloat,” he says. Lentils, with their high amount of fiber, are a good choice for aiding with digestion. Potassium-rich foods include white beans, soybeans, and lima beans — and they are also the highest-fiber vegetables you can get. Newgent adds that beans are naturally high in both estrogen and protein and can relieve period-induced bloat.
Since a lot of people are sensitive to lactose, it’s better to opt for yogurt instead of milk in your next smoothie, especially the kind with live active cultures in it. “Yogurt is already pre-digested and the milk sugar is broken down, where as in milk it’s not, which can create gas and bloating,” says Newgent. The nature of the active cultures lactobacillus and acidophilus found in yogurt can improve symptoms of bloating. Stir in some melon for an ultimate bloat-busting snack!
Tips to Ban Bloat for Good
To keep your belly flat all day, Grotto and Newgent say to keep these guidelines in mind:
Keep your sodium intake to a minimum and opt for fresh food over processed. For example, fresh turkey breast will have less sodium than processed, packaged turkey.
Limit your alcohol intake. When you drink too much you can get dehydrated, which will result in your body pulling in fluid.
For bloat as a result of constipation, focus on foods that hold water, like wheat bran or all-bran cereal.
Your lifestyle can affect bloating, so make sure you get enough sleep and get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day to keep fluid moving in your body. If you travel often and sit on a plane or just sit at your desk all day, make sure to move your legs or take a lap around the office every hour.
If your bloating is becoming a chronic problem, consult a physician.
Whether you run, lift, or are into Spinning, we know you don’t let beauty challenges get in the way of a workout — especially when you’re armed with these easy fixes for the biggest skin, hair, and nail bummers that affect active women.
Fit Beauty Tricks
My hair is a frizzy mess after yoga.
Before hitting the mat, mist a dry shampoo, such as Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($8, drugstores), all around your hairline, including the nape of your neck, where sweat often collects and causes fuzz. If you have supercurly or hard-to-manage hair, comb a light leave-in treatment, like Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Overnight Miracle Repair Serum ($6, drugstores), through the ends to seal in moisture and form a barrier against frizz, says Gregory Patterson, a hairstylist for Blow, The New York Blow Dry Bar in New York City. Then pull hair into a high topknot and slip on a mesh head wrap, such as the Lululemon Athletica Bang Buster Headband ($14, shop.lululemon.com), to soak up sweat. After class, blow-dry your hairline with the head wrap still on, pushing it back just a bit. “This will force the curly, frizzy hairs down so they dry smoother,” Patterson explains.
My skin feels tight and itchy after swimming.
Before you get in the pool, apply a thin coat of skin protectant to form a shield between you and the drying chlorinated water, advises Adam Geyer, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. A good one: Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($5, drugstores). After your swim, take a shower, says Elizabeth Hale, MD, also a dermatologist in New York City. While your skin is still damp, slather on a moisturizer with aloe or ceramides, such as Kiehl’s Creme de Corps ($48, kiehls.com). “The regular application of a nourishing moisturizer helps keep skin healthy and diminishes the itch,” Dr. Geyer says.
I don’t have time to take off my makeup before my lunchtime workout.
A good rule of thumb: Go light on makeup on the days you’re working out. “Avoid ingredients such as mineral oil and petrolatum because they may clog pores,” says Mally Roncal, a celebrity makeup artist in New York City. Instead, “stick with sheer cream-based products that allow your skin to breathe and won’t clump,” advises Troy Surratt, a makeup artist in New York City, who recommends using a tinted beauty balm, a long-lasting lip crayon, and a waterproof mascara that adheres tightly to lashes and won’t smear. We like Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream ($9, maybelline.com), Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm ($16, clinique.com), and Mally Beauty Waterproof Volumizing Mascara ($20, qvc.com). After your workout, mist water on your face and reblend your makeup with a sponge, or pat your cheekbones and nose with premoistened wipes. “Then just reapply a touch of makeup where needed before heading out,” Surratt says.
My lips get chapped when I run. I carry lip balm with SPF in my pocket, but I can’t seem to shake the flake.
“Dry lips are often a sign that our internal water balance is off,” Dr. Geyer says. “Coffee, alcohol, and certain foods have a dehydrating, diuretic effect, so bump up your water consumption to eight glasses a day.” The way you breathe may also be a factor. “Many runners are mouth breathers, which really dries the lips,” Dr. Hale says. “Make an effort to breathe through your nose whenever possible.” To help open up your nasal passages, try Breathe Right Nasal Strips ($5, drugstores). Whatever you do, don’t lick your lips. “The enzymes in saliva dry out skin; as saliva evaporates, it wicks moisture from your lips,” Dr. Geyer explains. With that in mind, use your lip balm to seal moisture in, and apply a generous layer of it before bed to soften any flakes, Dr. Hale says.
Beauty Tips for Active Women
My ponytail or bun won’t stay put during Spinning class.
A bun is best held in place with a corkscrewlike accessory like the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin ($7, drugstores), which works on all hair textures, Patterson says. Insert the pin in the crease of the bun closest to the scalp and twist away. “As you turn the pin, it grabs both the bun and the hair underneath for a secure hold,” he says. For a firmer ponytail, use a holder with a hook on either end, like Ricky’s NYC Rickycare Bungees ($5 for four elastics, rickysnyc.com), to prevent any strands from falling out. And a shot of lightweight hair spray never hurts.
My makeup always cracks in my gym bag.
Look for a makeup bag with compartments to keep products from bouncing around, or line the inside of a regular cosmetics case with a thin towel or cloth. “This will add extra padding to protect your breakables,” Roncal says. For even more cushioning, wrap your palettes and any glass bottles — for instance, your foundation — in tissue and keep them separate from one another. Surratt is a fan of padded makeup bags from brands like LeSportsac and Vera Bradley. Our favorite: Sephora Quilted Organizer in Black ($32, sephora.com). Still have breakage? Consider switching to products packaged in tubes rather than glass.
My hair is dry because I wash it so much, but I can’t bear not to shampoo it after a workout.
Lather up with a silicone-free moisturizing formula like Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo ($10, drugstores). If you use hot tools, don’t even think about skipping heat-protectant spray; look for one that prevents damage from temperatures as high as 450 degrees. “Styling without it will do more damage than washing your hair every day,” Patterson warns. Try Redken Iron Shape II Finishing Thermal Spray ($16, redken.com for salons). Get in the habit of applying a weekly hydrating mask. “You might also consider using a humidifier, because it can keep your skin as well as your hair moist,” he says.
My nail polish always chips during CrossFit.
If it’s done right, your mani should be tough enough for any workout, says celebrity manicurist Elle. Consider a salon or at-home gel manicure, like Sephora by OPI Gelshine At-Home Gel Colour System ($159, sephora.com), which uses a UV light to cure the polish so that it resists chips and stays glossy for weeks, says Jin Soon Choi, the founder of Jinsoon Hand and Foot Spa in New York City. Be sure to seal each nail by running a little color under the tip, where cracks often begin. Power up regular polish by applying a “sticky” base coat, like OPI ChipSkip Manicure Prep Coat ($13, opi.com for salons), so the hue adheres better. Finish with a keratin-infused topcoat, such as Dermelect Cosmeceuticals High-Maintenance Instant Nail Thickener ($16, dermelect.com), which strengthens and adds shine, Elle says.
More Fit Beauty Solutions
I rush to shower after my gym session but break into a sweat as soon as I get dressed.
“Our core temperature rises when we exercise, and sweating is the way our body cools down,” Dr. Geyer explains. “Even after your heart rate and breathing return to normal, it can take a while for your body to expel the excess heat.” So do your cardio at the beginning of your workout rather than at the end. “If you wind down with stretching or light strength training, which requires less exertion, it will help bring your temperature down,” Dr. Geyer says. Then drink cold water and take a lukewarm shower followed by a cool rinse. “This can also help minimize sweating,” he says.
The baseball cap I wear while running flattens my hair, and I don’t have time to restyle.
“Before your run, massage a dry shampoo with micronized cornstarch, such as Blowpro Faux Dry ($20, blowpro.com), into your scalp. The finely milled powder will work to reduce static and volumize hair at the root,” Patterson says. “Then mist on a soft-hold hair spray to help lessen the friction of your hair against the hat,” he adds. Our pick: Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray ($4, drugstores). Post-run, take off your hat, give your head a few minutes to cool down, then rake your fingers through your hair while scrunching your roots for body.
I take two showers a day, including one after my lunchtime workout. But I don’t have time to apply body lotion twice.
Try to keep both showers short, especially if there’s no time for moisturizing afterward, and use soap sparingly. “One of the cardinal sins that lead to dry skin is overwashing. Suds only those areas prone to odor, sweat, and bacteria, like your armpits, and skip your legs, arms, and back if your skin is dry,” Dr. Geyer says. Use a rich “moisturinser” shower cream, which moisturizes as it cleans, says Hale, who likes Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash ($6, drugstores). When you have a few minutes post-shower or at night, apply an extra-heavy cream — not a lotion — all over. “Lotions don’t restore or protect quite as well as creams and ointments do,” Dr. Geyer says. Try Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme ($8, drugstores).
Sunscreen drips into my eyes during my run.
Instead of an SPF lotion, try a water-resistant stick, such as Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 55 ($5, drugstores), which sinks into the skin. If you’re supersensitive, consider a tear-free sunscreen made for babies, like Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Faces Ultra Gentle Cream Sunscreen SPF 45+ ($11, drugstores). Apply it lightly on the forehead to minimize the migration factor, and pat your eyebrows with a tissue before heading out, Dr. Geyer says. Sunscreen often collects in the brow area, and it will start to run once you sweat, he explains. Finally, “a sweatband is always a good option to prevent dripping,” Dr. Hale says, “and a hat is a must to protect your face when the sunscreen wears off.”
You’re game for new workouts — Zumba, Barre Burn, Kettlebell Cardio — so why be shy with your makeup? Here, seven ultraquick ways to break out of your concealer-lip balm-mascara rut.
Get Radiant Skin
If you have normal to dry skin, use a makeup sponge to blend liquid highlighter over your cheekbones and eyelids, down the center of your nose, at the corners of your eyes, and on the cupid’s bow above your lips, suggests Jackie Gomez, the celebrity makeup artist in New York City who created these looks. Dust a highlighting powder over these areas to set. Use only a powder formula if you have an oily complexion.
Your Tool Kit 1. MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension SkinFinish in Superb ($28, maccosmetics.com) 2. Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow in Candlelight ($32, Sephora stores) 3. Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter in Rose Illumination ($34, department stores)
Branch Out with Black Liner
Using feathery strokes, draw a thin line with a creamy pencil or gel along the top and bottom lashes, connecting them at the outer corners and then extending them straight out toward your temples about a half inch. Do the same at the inner corners, bringing the liner in toward your nose a quarter inch. “Continuing the liner beyond the perimeter of the eyes makes them pop,” Gomez explains.
Your Tool Kit 1. Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Black ($15, department stores) 2. Lancôme Liner Design Gel Eyeliner in Black Fishnets ($25, department stores)
Look Sun-Kissed with Coral
“Peachy shades give you a fresh-from-the-beach glow, more than bronze and pink do,” Gomez says. Smile and apply a coral blush to the apples of your cheeks in circular motions, blending slightly up and out along your cheekbones. The fairer your skin, the lighter your application should be. Keep eyes and lips neutral so your cheeks take center stage.
Your Tool Kit 1. Yves Saint Laurent Voile de Blush in No. 1 Carmine Veil ($30, yslbeautyus.com) 2. Bare Escentuals Buxom True Hue Blush in Euphoria ($24, Sephora stores) 3. Benefit Chachatint Lip & Cheek Stain ($29, benefitcosmetics.com)
Try a Punchy Pout
“Strawberry pink brightens your face,” Gomez says. “You look pulled together in seconds.” Pick whatever formula you prefer — lipstick, gloss, or tinted balm — and pat it on with your fingers, building to your desired level of boldness. If your lips are thin, fill them in with a matching liner to fake fullness before applying lip color.
Your Tool Kit 1. Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Paradis ($33, department stores) 2. Maybelline New York SuperStay 10HR Stain Gloss in Pink Plush ($9, drugstores) 3. NYC New York Color City Proof 8HR Lip Gloss in Perpetually Hot Pink ($4, drugstores)
Brighten Your Eyes
“High-impact purple is a fun alternative to a smoky eye,” Gomez says. Deep grape hues work best at night; for day, pick a soft violet. Apply shadow from the lash line to the crease, then sweep the color down around the outer corner and underneath your bottom lashes. Define the inner rims with black liner for depth.
Your Tool Kit 1. Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Painted Purple ($7, drugstores) 2. Mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow in Mystical and Pink Dust ($6 each, meetmark.com)
Shift out of Neutral
More interesting than khaki or brown, caramel is “a flattering hue, warm and glowing,” Gomez explains. Apply the shadow from your lash line to the crease. Top it with a coat of clear lip gloss or balm to give lids a beautiful sheen. If the shadow starts to crease midday, lightly blend it with your finger.
Your Tool Kit 1. Rimmel London Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow in Heart of Gold ($6, drugstores) 2. Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sunshower ($25, shiseido.com) 3. Almay Intense i-Color Satin-i Kit for Blue Eyes ($8, drugstores)
Max Out Your Lashes
After using an eyelash curler, layer on three coats of mascara — choose one with a chubby wand to pump up the volume — sweeping up and toward the outer corners of your eyes to fan your fringe. Finish by running the wand along the tips of your lashes for lift and fullness.
Follow this sneaky but foolproof shortcuts to whip your body and motivation into shape.
6 Quick Weight-Loss Tips
Use these secrets to peel off pounds.
Fire up your metabolism with intervals.
One study found that doing 10 four-minute speed bursts with two minutes of slow walking or cycling after each (60 minutes total) three times a week upped the body’s ability to use fat as fuel during exercise by 25 percent after six weeks. “Shoot for an eight or nine on an intensity scale of one to 10, where 10 is an all-out sprint,” says lead researcher Christopher Perry, PhD, an exercise physiologist at the University of Guelph in Canada.
Jot down meals and moves.
People who used an online weight-control program were most likely to lose pounds when they regularly recorded their weight loss, calories consumed, and activity, a study at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock revealed.
Sleep off the flab.
Getting between six and eight hours of shut-eye a night helped dieters shed more weight in a recent study from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon. “Plus, consistently increasing your sleep, even if by only 30 minutes a night, and sticking to regular bed- and wake-up times can provide you a boost in alertness and help prepare you for your workout,” says Cheri D. Mah, sleep expert at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory.
Bypass the fat-burning zone.
Forget this so-called sweet spot, when you go slow in order to sizzle a higher percentage of calories from fat: Burning more total calories at the highest intensity that you can sustain means you’ll also burn more fat overall. For a measure of which zone you’re in, strap on a heart rate monitor. Walk or jog lightly (the half-effort pace dubbed the fat-burning zone), noting the number of beats per minute (bpm) on its display. “That’s the number to reach on an easy day,” says John Porcari, PhD, FITNESS advisory board member and program director in the clinical exercise physiology department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Then power walk or run at your usual pace and see what your heart rate is; this is your moderate-intensity target, which is your best bet for getting a longer workout with a bigger calorie burn. Add some short, fast intervals toward the end and note the bpm to mark your high-intensity zone for when you want to push it.
Crack an egg for breakfast.
Go for a little extra protein first thing in the day and your brain will stave off the munchies later on, according to the latest findings from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Former breakfast skippers who ate a morning meal with a side of yogurt showed fewer feed-me brain impulses and felt fuller.
Incinerate more calories per step.
Burn 15 percent more calories (about 40 calories more per hour) by adding a slight incline (around 6 percent) to your normally flat 3.5-mile-per-hour walk, advises Mark Fenton, author of The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness. The steeper the hike, the bigger the spike in calories blasted at any speed.
6 Fast Fitness and Workout Tips
Tone up in no time, from your ticker to your tush, with these easy tweaks.
Sculpt sexier limbs in one blow.
Breathing out as you lift those dumbbells may make you firmer, according to new research from the University of Montana in Missoula. Exercisers in the study who exhaled on the effort rather than inhaling or breathing normally lifted significantly more weight during triceps extensions, hamstring curls, and chest flyes. Contracting your ab muscles as you exhale can shore up your core to help you hoist extra weight in a standing position, according to study coauthor Sheng Li, PhD.
Get more go with a cup of joe.
You’ve heard that coffee can kick-start your workout, but how much does it take to net the effect? According to recent studies from the Australian Institute of Sport, even small amounts of caffeine — 1.4 milligrams per pound of body weight, or about two cups of coffee a day for the average 140-pound woman — can help boost speed during cardio, like cycling and swimming. For the best pick-me-up, take your daily dose shortly before you hit the gym or when you start to flag.
Switch up your workouts for max results.
Attention, runners and fans of other high-impact cardio classes: Build in 30 minutes of full-body strength training followed by 20 to 30 minutes of walking or low-impact cardio twice a week to ease up on your muscles and joints, recommends FITNESS advisory board member Marty Jaramillo, sports physical therapist and founder of ICE Sports Therapy in New York City. (Female soccer players who added stretching, strength training, and other exercises to their training had fewer injuries than those who did not, a study in the British Medical Journal found.) “Make your effort the exact opposite of the previous day’s,” Jaramillo says. “If you go hard on your run, go easy on the strength training and vice versa.”
Tighten your abs with balancing tricks.
Exercising on wobbly surfaces forces you to engage your core more, flattening your belly. Do your biceps curls standing on one leg on a Bosu ball or this pike move with a stability ball: Start on the floor in full push-up position with shins on top of ball. Contract your abs and lift your hips to slowly roll the ball forward, keeping your legs straight (end with ankles on ball), to form an inverted V; roll back to start. Do two sets of 20 reps.
Squeeze more sculpting out of each rep.
Rather than do three fast sets of one strength-training move, do one set of 10 controlled reps in 60 seconds, says Wayne Westcott, PhD, fitness research director for the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts. “Not only do you save the time you would have used to rest between sets,” he says, “but because you’re no longer relying on momentum, you’re also guaranteed to work the targeted muscles more and maintain good form.”
6 Tips to Get More Motivated
Rev up your mojo in mere seconds.
Move to improve your ‘tude.
Sneak in a morning sweat session and you’ll experience the exercise high all day: Research from the University of Vermont in Burlington shows that doing just 20 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise — brisk walking or easy-paced cycling, for example — gives you a feel-good mood recharge that lasts up to 12 hours.
Turn your playlist into a pace maker.
Download the free BeatScanner tool at bestworkoutmusic.com to have it pull the tunes from your playlists that match your tempo, or try the site’s Workout Music Studio ($27) to alter the beat of your faves to suit your pace. Result? A never-ending supply of music to help you roll through every workout.
See green to enjoy your routine.
A Swiss study of 319 city dwellers determined that they found outdoor workouts more restorative than indoor ones. Find a walking or jogging route on mapmyrun.com or a nearby bike path at mapmyride.com.
Chill out to firm up.
Take five at the water fountain to clear your head before you rep: Less-stressed exercisers who lifted weights increased their strength gains by up to 25 percent compared with tenser folks, according to a study at the University of Texas at Austin.
Have a great flex.
A post-workout cooldown can leave exercisers with a that-wasn’t-so-tough impression of their last sweat session — a better mind-set for getting back to the gym the next day. Perform a few soothing
Divide and conquer any distance.
Imagine mini finish lines along your jogging loop to rejuice your stride and make the time fly. For instance, think in five-mile increments when you tackle double-digit distances, top U.S. marathoner Kara Goucher says. “If I start to get tired, I visualize myself crossing the finish line, which helps me dig a little deeper.”
If you’ve ever tried chia seed pudding, you know that superfood doesn’t always equal superdelicious. Before you buy another bag of something that looks as if it belongs in a bird feeder, consider this: Just a pinch of oregano can turn even grilled cheese into a disease-fighting dish. “Technically, spices are vegetables in concentrated form,” says Wendy Bazilian, RD, the nutrition adviser for the Golden Door Spa & Fitness Resort in Escondido, California. “Like veggies, they contain thousands of healthy phytonutrient compounds, including antioxidants.” But spices are calorie-free and require no prep. Pop the tops on these eight pronto.
The starring role in this blend of herbs and spices belongs to turmeric, which contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory “that’s 50 times more potent than vitamin C or E,” says Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, a professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the author of Healing Spices. In fact, one study shows that curcumin inhibits the growth of certain breast cancer cells, and other research suggests it may also protect against stomach and colon cancer.
How to Use It
Rub curry powder on halibut, tilapia, or pork loin before roasting.
Try it in this light-but-luscious soup recipe from Aliya LeeKong, the culinary creative director and chef for Junoon restaurant in New York City: Place two halved and seeded butternut squashes cut side up on a baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast at 400 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Meanwhile, over medium heat, sauté two onions, chopped; three garlic cloves, minced; two tablespoons of curry powder; and salt to taste in one tablespoon of olive oil until the onions are soft. Working in two batches, scoop the roasted squash into a blender and puree with the cooked onion mixture, six cups of chicken broth, and one-third cup of crème fraîche until smooth.
While grilling and sautéing require little to no added fat, cooking at high temps produces compounds called heterocyclic amines, which are harmful free radicals that may cause cancer, explains Hannah El-Amin, RD, a dietitian at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Luckily, marinating meat in a mixture made with rosemary before firing it up prevents the formation of heterocyclic amines by as much as 84 percent, a study at Kansas State University found.
How to Use It
Combine two tablespoons of olive oil; one-half cup of lemon juice; half a garlic clove, minced; and one tablespoon of rosemary to make a marinade for chicken or steak.
Mix together equal parts rosemary, thyme, and oregano, and rub the mixture directly onto chicken breasts, suggests Limor Baum, a registered dietitian in New York City.
“I think of dried oregano leaves as miniature salad greens,” Bazilian says. One teaspoon contains not only six micrograms of bone-building vitamin K but also the same amount of antioxidants as three cups of spinach. And preliminary research indicates that oregano can help fend off stomach flu. “Bacteria often hitch a ride on the food we eat, and oregano may keep them from multiplying and making us sick,” Bazilian says.
How to Use It
To make salad dressing, heat one tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and one-half teaspoon of oregano in a small pan over medium-low heat for two minutes, or until the mixture smells fragrant, Baum says. Drizzle over spinach with a splash of red wine vinegar.
Give canned soup an upgrade by stirring in one-half teaspoon of oregano.
A seesawing blood sugar level can drive hunger and cravings; the antioxidant compounds in cinnamon help prevent those spikes and dips by improving the way your cells metabolize glucose, El-Amin says. What’s more, research shows that eating half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease within six weeks.
How to Use It
Baum tops baked sweet potatoes with a dash each of cinnamon and nutmeg.
The spice pairs well with lentils, says LeeKong. She cooks one cup of dried green lentils in two cups of vegetable stock with a cinnamon stick (which is removed before serving) for a hearty side dish.
Besides helping to settle an upset stomach, this peppery spice can also lessen workout-induced soreness: People who consumed one teaspoon of ground ginger daily for 11 days experienced a 25 percent reduction in exercise-related muscle pain compared with those taking a placebo, one study shows. (Gingerol, a chemical in ginger, is thought to reduce inflammation and block nerve pathways that process pain.) And Thai researchers recently found that middle-aged women who took a daily ginger supplement for two months exhibited a greater attention span and scored higher on memory tests than women who took a placebo.
How to Use It
Add one-eighth teaspoon of ground ginger to pancake, waffle, or muffin batter, Bazilian suggests, or sprinkle the spice over applesauce or toast with peanut butter.
For a 160-calorie dessert, sprinkle ground ginger over one-half cup of vanilla frozen yogurt topped with half a small pear, sliced.
Despite having a hint of sweetness, this spice may help prevent cavities. “Your mouth is a hotbed of bacteria, and nutmeg fights the germs with antibacterial compounds,” Bazilian says. Chief among them is macelignan, which reduces plaque formation by 50 percent and eradicates cavity-producing microbes, according to Italian researchers. Additionally, nutmeg is rich in protective anti-inflammatory compounds that can lower your risk of cancer by stifling tumor growth, Aggarwal says.
How to Use It
Add one-fourth teaspoon of ground nutmeg to ground coffee.
Bazilian makes slow-cooker chili with one-fourth teaspoon of ground nutmeg, one-half pound of ground turkey or chicken, browned; two 14-ounce cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed; two 14-ounce cans of diced tomatoes; one-fourth teaspoon of cinnamon; one-eighth teaspoon of garlic powder; and salt and pepper to taste cooked on low for four to six hours.
Talk about red hot: Capsaicin, the compound that gives cayenne its burn, also “helps crank up your body’s thermostat, firing up your metabolism and helping you burn extra calories and fat,” Bazilian says. In a study at Purdue University, people who added half a teaspoon to their meal ate 70 fewer calories at their next meal and craved fatty, salty foods less.
How to Use It
Stir a dash of cayenne into a tub of store-bought hummus, sprinkle the spice over whole wheat toast topped with mashed avocado or add one-fourth teaspoon of paprika (another capsaicin-containing spice) and a few shakes of cayenne to air-popped popcorn.
For a sweet treat, Bazilian recommends savoring an ounce of spicy dark chocolate, like Chocolove Chilies & Cherries in Dark Chocolate or Lindt Excellence Chili Dark Chocolate bar.
One tablespoon of these aromatic seeds fulfills 22 percent of your daily requirement for iron, a mineral that helps keep your energy level high and your immune system in flu-fighting shape. And according to preliminary research, cumin may also boost your brainpower: In an animal study, consuming cumin extract was shown to improve performance on memory tests.
How to Use It
Toss 10 medium carrots, sliced, with two tablespoons of olive oil, two-and-a-half teaspoons of kosher salt, and two teaspoons of cumin seeds; roast at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Toast one-half teaspoon of cumin seeds in a pan for about five minutes over medium-high heat, then add them to a pot of rice before cooking, LeeKong says.
Keep It Spicy
Just like fresh produce, spices pack less of a punch — for your taste buds and your health — over time. Here’s how to make sure yours have plenty of kick.
Read the fine print.
Most spices have a “best by” date on the bottle. If they don’t, write the date of purchase on the cap. Toss dried herbs and ground spices after two years and whole spices after three.
Keep your cool.
Moisture and heat can suck the life out of your spices fast, so store them in a dark, relatively cool and dry place (that is, not above your stove), Limor Baum, RD, says.
When possible, purchase whole spices, like black peppercorns and cumin seeds, and grind them yourself as needed with a mortar and pestle or a spice or coffee grinder.
Keeping your spices organized can prevent you from leaning too heavily on salt. Clean out your junk drawer and fit it with an in-drawer rack (find one at containerstore.com).
Kate Middleton has earned serious style points since joining the royal family, flying the flag for fashion in a series of designer pieces and high street fashion finds. And with burgeoning baby bump to dress, we’ve found ourselves waiting on her every outfit.
So, to satisfy our style craving, we have decided to look back at every one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy looks to date.
Forced to reveal her baby news early, due to a severe bout of morning sickness and a brief hospital stay, Kate Middleton made her first post-pregnancy appearance on the steps of the King Edward VII in London. What did she choose for her moment in the spotlight? A pretty Diane von Furstenberg Simyonette coat with ruffled sleeves, and pretty lilac scarf. Safe choice, but lovely, nonetheless.
After a period of rest at home, it was back to work for the Duchess, who showed the first hint of a pregnancy glow as she presented a Sports Personality of the Year award during the live ITV show. With all eyes on her, Kate’s sartorial choice of a flowing green Alexander McQueen gown certainly didn’t disappoint.
Next on Kate Middleton’s pregnancy hitlist was a pretty red Whistles dress, which she wore to the unveiling of her portrait at the National Portrait gallery. The very ‘Kate’ knee-length number skimmed over her curves and showed no sign of a baby bump. Yet.
Just weeks later a tiny baby bump was visible as Kate visited an Action On Addiction centre in London, in a Max Mara wrap dress (from the 2011 collection, no less), an Asprey 167 button pendant and Episode heels.
She may be expecting the years most talked about baby, but pregnancy hasn’t stopped Kate Middleton indulging her her favourite game of style snap. The Duchess recycled her favourite burgundy Hobbs Celeste coat for an outing to Grimsby, teamed with a pretty pleated dress from Great Plains, which promptly sold out around the country. No surprises there, then.
At the beginning of March, Duchess Kate took her baby bump on it’s first trip to the races, yet again proving that chic pregnancy styling is no match for her. For the outing, Kate chose a cosy camel coat and £488 Aquatalia by Marvin K brown boots, teamed with the jaunty matching £240 Lock & Co Betty Boop hat she’s worn twice of late. Spot on for a rainy day.
She may have suffered a little wardrobe malfunction (shoe heel caught in a drain, it’s happened to the best of us), but pregnant Kate Middleton recovered perfectly during a St Patrick’s Day visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. The Duchess wowed in a green £1,150 knee-length belted coat dress by design darling Wickstead, which she first wore to the ceremony in 2012. We love it just as much the second time around.
After stepping out in a string of designer styles, pregnant Kate switched back to high street for a charity visit with Prince William, stepping out in a £46 black Tophop dress with a gorgeous white Peter Pan collar. Still no sign of maternity wear, but we love this look. Top marks.
With her baby bump becoming ever more visible, Kate Middleton didn’t compromise on her style choice for an outing on the London Underground with the Queen. Setting the pregnancy style bar high, the blooming Duchess delivered spot on styling once again in a teal blue By Malene Birger coat with pretty black beads. Accessorised with a baby on board badge, of course.
Looking every inch the radiant mum-to-be, Kate, predictably, chose tartan for a visit to Scotland with Prince William, and a blue and grey plaid Moloh ‘Workers’ coat with a price tag of £425.
Earning bonus style points for her final pregnancy look, Kate Middleton showed off her most recent style in a striking scarlet Armani coat, which was first spotted at Prince William’s passing out parade in 2006, no less. Wow.
Turn heads no matter what shape you are. Try these styling tips from TODAY Style Editor Bobbie Thomas to look slimmer instantly.
Know Your Type
The first trick to styling yourself slimmer is to determine your body shape. “Most women’s bodies mimic one of a few basic shapes — pear, inverted triangle, straight, or hourglass,” says Thomas. “Once you know which shape you are, aim to keep your upper and lower halves balanced. For a full-hipped, small-chested pear this might mean a dark, simple shape on the bottom and a playful, bold blouse on top. Broad-shouldered triangles might consider more of a fitted top and a fun, flared skirt. Hourglass and straight body types can invest in belts to highlight or create waistlines.”
Graze, Don’t Cling
We’re talking about how your clothes fit, not about the buffet table or your current fling. “When it comes to T-shirts, tops, skirts, pants, and dresses, fabrics that gently graze your body without clinging to you will be the most flattering,” says Thomas. When you do slip into skinny jeans or leggings, go looser on your top to balance the look out.
Fool the Eye
Designers know women want styles that will slim them down, so keep an eye out for clever cuts while shopping. Thomas recommends looking for dresses with dark side panels to narrow your frame or color-blocked garments that can give you some shape. “Strategically placed prints can also do a great job enhancing or minimizing your figure,” she says.
Support Your Girls
Nothing can pack on the pounds more than saggy boobs in an ill-fitting bra. For the well endowed, Thomas suggests investing in a cleavage-reducing style, like the Lilyette Minimizer Bra. If that doesn’t do the trick, try adding a bandeau on top of your regular bra for a controlled top that isn’t too constricting.
Break the Rules
“When it comes to both fashion and fit, there really are no rules,” Thomas says. “You might hear a cowl neck is only good for small-chested women, or maxis are only for those 5’7″ and taller, but you have to listen to your own voice. As long as you have confidence, you can rock whatever you want — if you’re wearing it with a smile.”
Your mission: to remove unwanted hair with as little pain and as much skin pampering as possible. The good news is that it’s less torturous than ever — not to mention faster and less messy — thanks to the latest tools and high-tech innovations. Here, top derms and hair-removal experts reveal the best methods for defuzzing each body part so your skin feels silky for weeks.
Put Your Best Face Forward
“You need to be precise about removing hair from your brows to get the best shape,” says Cindy Barshop, the founder of Completely Bare Spas in New York. First comb your brows and pinpoint stragglers. “Then use cool, hard wax, which adheres to only the hair, not the skin, so it’s great on delicate areas,” Barshop says. “It’s also thick enough to not drip in your eyes.” Try Parissa Brow Shaper Mini Wax Strips ($10, parissa.com). Start at the inner corner of the brow and work outward. Press each patch on firmly, smoothing it in the direction of hair growth, wait 10 seconds and pull it off in the opposite direction. “This uproots the hair for a clean finish,” says Keisha Pittman, the lead aesthetician for Bliss49 Spa in New York City. The same cool wax also works wonders for defuzzing the upper lip, chin, and sideburn area. Try larger wax strips, such as Veet Ready-to-Use Wax Strips for Bikini, Underarm, and Face ($9, drugstores); sprinkle skin with baby powder first to absorb oil that can prevent the wax from grabbing fine hairs. If you’re sensitive, consider a depilatory cream, like Bliss ‘Fuzz’-Off Facial Cream ($24, blissworld.com), which contains aloe. Spread on a thick layer to dissolve hair, wait three to four minutes, and then wipe it off with a damp tissue.
Smooth Your Underarms
The hair under your arms grows in different directions, which makes it tricky to remove. The quickest and most convenient option for most women is shaving, says Jody Levine, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Rub on an exfoliating body scrub to slough dead skin, which can trap hair and lead to ingrown hairs; then use a five-blade razor with a flexible head that pivots to follow the contours of your pits and eliminates fuzz in a single pass, such as the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor ($11, drugstores). “I tell patients to install a small mirror in the shower so they can see exactly what they’re doing,” Dr. Levine says. Start in the middle of your underarm and shave in the direction of hair growth — upward for the top half and downward for the bottom half. As you shave, pull the skin taut.
Show Off Silky Legs
Before you lather up your legs, consider this: Waxing will not only cut time from your shower routine, but it will also let you enjoy hair-free results for as long as three weeks. Pittman suggests using hot wax, which has a thin consistency and spreads easily over a large area. Try Sally Hansen Ouch-Relief Wax Kit for Face and Body ($10, drugstores). Dip your spatula in the heated wax pot, wipe off any excess, and work in zones — thighs, knees, shins, and ankles — to make sure you don’t miss any spots. Spread on in patches that are roughly four by six inches, applying in the direction of hair growth, Pittman says. To remove, press a cotton or muslin strip over the wax for a few seconds, hold the skin down firmly with one hand and whisk the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth. Use two pulls instead of one: Pull the strip halfway off, then regrip it at the base and continue the rest of the way. “This helps prevent stubble and bruising,” Pittman says.
Get an Oh-So-Bare Bikini Line
Though many women are quick to reach for a razor when it comes to removing hair down there, experts recommend waxing to prevent ingrown hairs. Their pick for this most sensitive of areas: a hard wax applied without strips. “It has a lower melting point than other types so it hardens quickly and poses less risk of burning,” explains Ramon Padilla, the director of Strip: Ministry of Waxing in New York City. “It also functions like shrink wrap around coarse hairs, making it easier to remove them quickly.” We like Completely Bare Salon Quality Face & Other Sensitive Areas Wax Kit ($13, cvs.com). After heating the wax to a molasses-like texture, spread a thick layer over your bikini line in the direction of hair growth, working in four-square-inch sections on each side and moving from the hip inward. (To get a better view, sit on the floor in front of a mirror with the soles of your feet pressed together.) Leave a thick edge and wait 10 to 15 seconds, Pittman says. “Once the wax hardens, hold the skin taut with one hand and pull the wax in the opposite direction of hair growth in a quick, fluid motion,” she advises. Finish by pressing gently on skin to soothe the area. Still feeling the ouch? Try the BareEase Prep Kit ($18, bareease.com). Created by an anesthesiologist, it contains a lidocaine-based cream to numb skin prewax.
Zap Hair for Good
Curious about laser hair removal, which destroys hair follicles with a concentrated beam of light? Here’s the deal: It works best if you have light skin and dark hair, says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, a dermatologist in Washington, D.C. Expect to have three to five treatments, spaced a month apart, to permanently reduce hair growth. The cost is about $1,000 for the upper lip and $3,500 for the legs. If you’re not ready for such a commitment, consider the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X ($449, triabeauty.com). The first FDA-cleared at-home laser device for the face and body, it utilizes the same diode laser derms do. Use it once a week and you can permanently remove hair in three to six months, the manufacturer says.
Waxing vs. Shaving
The results last. Because you’re removing hair at the root, your skin will stay smooth for weeks. Regrowth feels smoother. Waxing doesn’t create blunt edges, so hairs come back softer and finer.
It’s messy. You need to use a cotton sheet or a towel to catch any drips, and then you have to wash off sticky residue. It takes skill. Unless you’re a pro, waxing is time intensive. Plus it hurts and can create redness if not done right.
It’s fast and easy. As long as you shave with a fresh razor cartridge (replace it after about 10 uses), you can zip across each body part speedily. There’s no pain. Just lube up with a hydrating shaving cream, like EOS 24-Hour Moisturizing Shave Cream ($4, drugstores), and go slowly around tricky spots like knees and ankles to avoid nicks.
Hair grows back fast. Shaving cuts off hair only at the surface, so you’ll start to see regrowth by the next day. There’s stubble. A razor slices hair bluntly, which can create a prickly feel.
Chuck your boring eyeliner or basic red lipstick and upgrade to one of this spring’s hottest hues. Here are five simple tweaks that can create a wow-worthy new look.
Beauty Staple: Matte-red lipstick
Easy upgrade: Poppy lip gloss. Try NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss in Supersized Red ($4, drugstores).
DIY tip: Going sheer and bright makes your entire face look fresh. Apply a coat of orange-red gloss, then dab extra in the center of your lip for a plumping effect.
Beauty staple: Black pencil
Easy upgrade: Blue liquid liner. A good one: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Periwinkle ($20, stilacosmetics.com).
DIY tip: Blue makes your eyes pop. Draw a thin black line along your lashes to add definition, then layer a powdery blue liner over it for a vibrant flash of color.
Beauty staple: Matte bronzer
Easy upgrade: Hot pink-and-peach blush. We like Lancôme Blush in Love in Pommettes D’Amour ($49, lancome-usa.com).
DIY tip: Two-tone powder blush gives you a natural-looking glow. Swirl a small blush brush in a matte peach powder and apply it along the hollows of your cheeks. Then dust a shimmery bright pink on the tops of your cheekbones; it’ll catch the light whenever you smile.
Beauty staple: Nude lip gloss
Easy upgrade: Coral lipstick. Go with Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Shocking Coral ($7, drugstores).
DIY tip: Adding a punchy color to your lips will perk up your skin tone. Swipe your fingertip across the lipstick, then gently pat it onto your lips to build your desired shade.
Beauty staple: Beige eye shadow
Easy upgrade: Shimmery green eye shadow. Check out Tarte Beauty & the Box Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Quad in Secret Garden ($22, sephora.com).
DIY tip: Green shadow brings out the flecks of gold or honey in your eyes. Dip an eye shadow brush in the fern shade and follow your eyelid creases from inner to outer corners, extending the shadow slightly. Fill in your lids for a sophisticated yet modern look.
If you recently peeled off your running tights only to find a blizzard of flakes underneath, you’re not alone: Dermatologists say that dry skin is their patients’ number one complaint come wintertime. Fortunately we’ve got you covered. Here our experts share smart, easy solutions that will leave your skin baby soft.
Five Surprising Skin Saboteurs
1. Cuddling up in front of a fireplace.
“Sitting by a fire is cozy, but it’s also dehydrating,” says Renée Rouleau, a Dallas-based celebrity aesthetician. “Lather up with lotion first to create a barrier.”
2. Wearing your fave wool sweater.
“Wool can cause friction and irritate your skin,” Rouleau says. “Layer a cotton T-shirt underneath and swap a wool scarf for one made of cotton.”
3. Spritzing on your signature fragrance.
“Check the ingredients list on the body mist in your gym bag. If it has alcohol, which is drying, replace it with an essential oil,” suggests Jeannette Graf, MD, a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York
4. Checking Facebook.
“Resting your laptop on your legs heats up your skin and can cause irritation. Place a pillow underneath to protect yourself,” Rouleau advises.
5. Taking a dip in a hot tub.
“The chlorine and heat equal double dryness,” Rouleau says. “Skip the hot tub altogether.”
Save Your Skin
Bathe your skin in mega moisture and save time with these simple tips.
In the Shower
“Make your shower shorter by cleansing and exfoliating at the same time,” recommends Doris Day, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Invest in a Clarisonic Plus with Body Brush ($225, clarisonic.com) and squeeze a moisturizing body wash onto its head. “It’ll lift off dead cells without stripping your skin,” Dr. Day says. Also, switch your shampoo. “Use one for color-treated hair; the milder formula is less drying on your hands, neck, and back,” says Rouleau. And don’t linger under the spray, no matter how tempting it is on a frigid day. The water dries out your skin, says Dr. Graf. Set a timer for 10 minutes or less and get out as soon as it goes off.
After the Shower
To lock in moisture, “pat yourself dry with a towel and then, within three minutes of stepping out of the shower, apply a generous amount of cream that contains ceramides, shea butter, and hyaluronic acid,” Dr. Day says. One we love: Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer ($16, drugstores). To cover hard-to-reach spots like your back, mist on a dry-oil spray such as J.R. Watkins Naturals Lavender Body Oil Mist ($9, jrwatkins.com) or Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil ($38, moroccanoil.com).
TLC for Your Trouble Zones
These speedy, derm-approved DIY fixes will make rough hands, elbows, knees, and feet history.
Hands and Feet
Combine two tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of honey, and two cups of warm water. Soak your hands and feet in the mixture for five minutes. Then pat them dry, apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($5, drugstores), and slip on cotton gloves or socks for two hours or overnight.
Elbows and Knees
Swipe one pump of glycolic acid serum on your elbows and feet before bedtime to dissolve dead skin cells while you sleep. A good one: Renée Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum 20% ($47, reneerouleau.com).
Pick up a bottle of evening primrose capsules at a health food store. Puncture one or two capsules, squeeze the oil on any dry areas, and massage it in. The fatty acids will help heal parched skin.
How many pairs of jeans do you own? That’s the beautiful thing about denim, they never really go out of style (for long). Here, a sneak peek of what denim trends to save for this season and which ones to stash for the time being.
Save: Skinny Jeans
Skinny cuts aren’t going anywhere, so keep several pairs in your closet. Dress up dark wash denim with heels and a blazer for a night out, cuff them to pair with ballet flats and a button down, or wear them with riding boots and a chunky scarf as the temperature starts to fall.
Stash: Boyfriend Jeans
Swap in: Loose-Cut Jeans
You can still get away with your favorite baggy boyfriend jean, but to update the trend opt for a loose-cut fit. Slimmer through the thigh and a bit more feminine, you can still belt these low on the waist and roll them up above the ankle. Top off the look with embellished flats or a heeled bootie to make this stolen-from-the-boys style even more girl-friendly.
Save: Distressed Jeans
Paint-splattered, ripped, worn, bleached, or all of the above, distressed jeans are typically the most comfortable, so get excited to cozy-up again this season. Think about contrasts when donning destroyed denim. Consider an assortment of sparkly baubles, girlie polka dots, bright tops, and thick, chunky heels. And when in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a white t-shirt and a motorcycle jacket.
Stash: Boot Cut
Swap in: Trouser Jeans
This season, trousers are taking over. Fitted through the hips and thighs with a major flare from the knee down, this trend can easily step in for your beloved boot cut. Tall shoes are a must, and have the added bonus of lengthening your legs. Wear a blazer for a classy take or a cropped sweater for a more casual look.
Save: Cropped and Cuffed
A big hit for spring and summer, these styles hit just above the ankle and will be just as popular for fall wear. (Bonus: It just got a whole lot easier to show off your shoes!) Instead of a colored tank and sandals, trade up with your best short boots, boldest and brightest heels, or staple flats for daily wear. Try a printed round-neck sweater on top or a utility coat to add a little edge.
Swap in: Denim Dresses
Perfect for layering, the long-sleeve style goes great with a striped shirt peeking out from underneath, along with a pair of riding boots. Go simple and keep the accessories minimal, or try a more detailed bib necklace. With this low-key look, you’ve got tons of options.
These jeans are fitted in the hips and hang loose from thigh to the floor. Just make sure to handle with care: With all the volume on the bottom you’ll want to keep things fitted on top. Try belting a cardigan or tuck in a printed blouse. You can take dark washes to the office, but save the lighter tints for weekends.
Swap in: Jewel tones
Soft pastels are too springy, so put away you lighter-colored denim for warmer weather. To give your look that pop of color, choose hues like ruby, sapphire, or emerald. Let the denim do the talking and keep it simple with a white or black tee. To go a little bolder, try color blocking with another rich solid shade. Skinny cuts are great for everyday wear and trousers make a professional, polished statement at the office.
Save: White Jeans
Forget the rules: White denim after Labor Day is definitely a do this season. And you should! Go for a skinny cut, which are easier to transition from flats to boots as the seasons change. Layer with a trench or double up with a darker denim shirt on top. The blank canvas of the pants give you wiggle room to sport standout shoes and accessories, or go the minimalist route.
Stash: Denim Vests
Swap in: A denim jacket
Denim vests can be easily worn over sundresses and sweaters, so keep yours in your closet for future wear. Then shake things up and invest in a jean jacket, a key layering piece for fall. A few things to keep in mind: Make sure it hits the waist and is fitted, not too loose or snug. Roll the sleeves and let a few layers of colorful shirts peek out. For cropped cuts, match with a maxi skirt or chunky accessories.
Save: Printed Jeans
No need to donate your animal prints or funky floral jeans. As the skies turn gray they’ll help brighten up dreary weather while still staying seasonally appropriate. For animal prints, make sure to pick a muted color like gray, navy, nude, or maroon for more wearability. A white blouse with black extras is a fail-safe outfit, or go for small pops of color to punch up this wild style.
Ah, motherhood. You’ve gained a new little bundle of joy — and to go with it, some extra pounds. Don’t let food worries add to your stress and sleepless nights as you adjust to your new schedule. We sought out the best foods to keep you going and slim you down in the process.
Rev Up Your Engine
The key to your energy isn’t just how much (or little) you sleep each night, but instead, what’s on your plate. “One of the main things a healthy diet can do is give new moms energy,” says Kathy McManus, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and director of the department of nutrition at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston. “It’s important to spread food throughout the day so that you get an even amount of calories. This will give you lasting power to take care of your baby and yourself.”
When you eat foods rich with nutrients, you’ll notice that your calories go a long way. You’ll feel fuller longer, and will have the get-up-and-go mentality you need for those 3 a.m. feeding calls. McManus suggests the following to fuel up on:
Fruits and vegetables
Lean protein, like fish, beef, and soy foods
Dairy — choose skim or low-fat milk
Iron, especially if you suffer from postpartum symptoms. You can find this in things like fortified cereals, prune juice, and lean meats.
Vitamin C, which can help with wound healing for mothers who delivered via C-section. Find this in oranges, tomatoes, and natural fruit juices.
If you’re in the mood for a snack, McManus says to think carefully before you choose. Steer clear from snack packs since they are stocked with tons of artificial sweeteners. Instead, either have a tiny portion of what you actually want or pick from one of the following:
Whole-grain crackers with hummus
Nuts (stash some in your purse in case you get a craving on the go)
A cup of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk.
A hardboiled egg with some carrots
Low-fat cheese with a piece of fruit
Peanut butter on an apple
Plain Greek yogurt — add in a cup of berries to avoid added sugar from the flavored kind.
Eat the Pounds Off
You had the baby, and now you can go back to your old diet routine, right? Wrong. McManus says this is one of the biggest mistakes women make when trying to lose their baby weight. “Being a new mom means you’re going to experience serious fatigue until you adjust to your new routine, so you need a diet that can help carry you, not one that will leave you constantly hungry and feeling deprived,” she says.
To keep your spirits up, McManus suggests not wasting calories that are nutrient dense. “Treats here and there are perfectly fine, but tons of refined carbs, white breads, and sugary foods will have little gratification and will just end up spiking your blood sugar, making you more tired than you already are.” In terms of weight loss, breastfeeding will support some gradual shrinkage, and by taking in adequate nutrients you need, you’ll be able to start exercising again faster.
That’s What Friends Are For
The birth of a child usually follows with a parade of homemade chocolate chip muffins, cupcakes, sugar cookies in the shape of rattles, and tons of other high-calorie, sugary goodies. Instead of the usual welcome wagon of sweets, ask your friends to pick up a few groceries instead. “People hate to come empty handed when visiting you and your baby for the first time,” McManus says. So when your friends and family ask if you need anything, be honest! Ask them to pick up some yogurt they think you’ll love, a can of nuts, and whatever other food you may need to keep your energy levels high.
“Your eating pattern is important not only for your energy, but also in determining how quickly you’ll feel back to your old self,” McManus says. “The more you stick to a healthy diet, the faster you can recover and get back to your exercise and daily routine.”
Take your strands from scrawny to brawny with our shine-boosting, strength-building plan.
Your Hair Repair Plan
Your daily routine may be hurting your hair. But don’t sweat it — I.D. your issue and fix the damage fast with our expert how-tos.
If you are a clean freak
You’ve been shampooing twice a day. “Overwashing strips hair,” says Matthew Fugate, a hairstylist for Sally Hershberger in New York City.
Your plan: Build in recovery time
Wash every other day and use a dry shampoo in between, says stylist Erin Anderson, a co-owner of Woodley and Bunny Salon in Brooklyn. Try Sachajuan Volume Powder ($32, sephora.com). Or just use conditioner to rinse away sweat and add hydration. Try Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Volumizing Conditioner ($6, drugstores).
If you are ponytail obsessed
You sport a slick pony to keep your hair out of your face during workouts. Trouble is, this too-tight style causes breakage, especially if you use an elastic band that has a metal clasp or you spritz with hair spray.
Your plan: Cross-train
Braid your hair and anchor it with a smooth elastic, like Blax Snag-Free Hair Elastics ($4, smoothiesstore.com). Use a headband, like Evolution No Slip Grip Head Wraps by Scünci ($4, drugstores), to keep your bangs back.
If you are a flatiron fanatic
A sizzling-hot straightener fries the hair shaft, depleting it of moisture. The result: split ends and breakage.
Your plan: Bulk up
To fortify weak strands, apply a weekly hair masque that contains protein. Try L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm ($7, drugstores). “Forget 450 degrees; 350 is a less damaging heat,” Fugate says. Or try Coolway Iron Styler ($150, coolwayhair.com), which straightens at temperatures below 300 degrees.
If you are a swimmer
“Laps may keep you lean, but chlorine can erode the outer layer of hair and leave a residue; it also gives blondes a green tinge,” says Nathaniel Hawkins, a celebrity hairstylist in New York City.
Your plan: Detox
Use a shampoo that will remove chlorine buildup, like René Furterer Repairing After-Sun Shampoo ($23, renefurtererusa.com for salons). Before you swim, wet strands in the shower so they won’t absorb as much pool water.
If you are a color queen
Chemical processing breaks down the cuticle layer, making hair brittle, says Laurie Daniel, a colorist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York City.
Your plan: Trim and tone
Cut split ends and use a nightly treatment twice a week. Try L’Oréal Professional Mythic Oil ($32, lpsalons.com for salons). Forty-eight hours before and after coloring, deep-condition. Try Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Masque ($42, sephora.com). Use a color-safe shampoo, like Clairol Pro Color Safe Repair Shampoo ($9, sallybeauty.com).
Feed Your Lovely Locks
The secret to good hair days may be in your kitchen. Eat these five foods daily for sleek strands.
Greek yogurt: “To keep hair healthy, 25 percent of your calories should come from protein,” says Lisa Drayer, RD, the author of The Beauty Diet. “Greek yogurt has about double the amount of protein in the regular kind.”
Walnuts: Essential fatty acids in walnuts can help prevent your scalp from flaking. “The healthier your scalp, the better your hair,” says trichologist Dr. David Kingsley.
Lentils: These legumes are rich in iron, which red blood cells need to carry oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles, boosting growth.
Whole wheat bread: It’s loaded with B vitamins, as well as silicon, a mineral that contributes to strong hair.
Oranges: The vitamin C in citrus keeps hair healthy. “A deficiency can cause breakage,” Drayer says.
Styling Products for Extra Shine
Polish your look with one of these gloss-enhancing styling products.
Wax: Joico Super Shine Glossing Polish ($16, joico.com)
Best for taming unruly hair that needs some sheen. Use wax to style dry hair.
Cream: Carol’s Daughter Monoi Split End Sealer ($25, carolsdaughter.com)
Best for thick hair. Use a dab before you blow-dry for smoother, sleeker strands.
Shine spray: BlowPro Time to Shine 3-D Illuminating Mist ($21, ulta.com)
Best for fine hair. The light mist won’t leave hair greasy, according to Hawkins. Spritz it on dry hair for instant radiance.
Balm: Lush Shine So Bright ($10, lush.com)
Best for damaged hair. It smoothes rough strands and reduces the appearance of split ends so your hair reflects light more evenly. Rub it onto dry ends.
Best for “Thick or curly hair,” Fugate says. A little goes a long way: Add a few drops to your hair before you blow-dry and afterward for even more shine.
Intense Hair Repair
Need extra help? Treat your locks to one of these salon services.
Redken Smooth Lock In-Salon Service ($45 and up, redken.com for salons) subdues pouf-prone hair in 45 minutes with protein, polymers, and oils, and lasts for as many as 10 shampoos — 13 if you use Stay Sleek Leave-in Cream ($17, redken.com for salons) at home.
With Kérastase Fusio-Dose and HomeLab treatments ($100, kerastase-usa.com for salons), a pro customizes your 30-minute treatment and three at-home products to suit your colored, dry, damaged, or thinning hair’s needs. Results last six to eight weeks.
Sebastian Professional In-Salon Cellophanes Glossing Treatment ($65, sebastianprofessional.com for salons) delivers protein, and it deposits a clear glaze or translucent color in just 15 minutes to boost shine for four to six weeks.
Prettier Hair in a Pill?
A new supplement on the market promises thicker, shinier hair. It’s packed with marine proteins, biotin, vitamin C, horsetail extract, and other nutrients that foster hair health. But as long as you eat healthfully, you don’t need it. “There’s no evidence that ingesting more than the recommended amount of any nutrient gives you extra benefits,” Drayer says. However, if you are dieting or nuke your veggies, which can deplete nutrients, then it’s not a bad idea to pop two a day, says Francesca Fusco, MD, a dermatologist for Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy. Try Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Nutrition Dietary Supplement ($50, drugstores).
Dove celebrity stylist Mark Townsend worked his magic on the “Silver Linings Playbook” winner. “When I saw Jennifer’s Dior Couture gown I immediately knew I wanted to pull her hair up to accentuate the amazing silhouette of the dress,” he said. He used Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse and a diffuser to accentuate her naturally curly texture. He braided three to four inch sections of hair around her face and pulled the ends into a low chignon. Then, he secured it with bobby pins and locked it in place with hairspray.
Best Makeup: Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington’s pretty indigo eye really stood out on the red carpet. Celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez used Lancôme Color Design Infinit 24H Eye Shadow in Evermore Lilac to get the look. She kept the color concentrated on the lids up to the crease, and she balanced the bold eye with a nude lip.
Best Lip: Jessica Alba
The only thing better than Jessica Alba’s peach Oscar de la Renta gown was the vibrant tangerine lipstick she paired with it. “The dress was the inspiration,” says makeup artist Lauren Andersen. “I loved the contrast between her glowing skin and the matte orange lip. It’s an almost tropical pop of color that’s not an exact match for the dress but close.” The color was Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera, which is soft but matte and can last up to 14 hours — perfect for an awards show.
Best Hair: Nicole Richie
We’re still on the fence about Nicole Richie’s periwinkle eyeshadow, but we instantly swooned over her flawless retro waves. After blowing out Richie’s hair, Suave Professionals stylist Jenny Cho then used a one-inch barrel to curl her hair and pin the ringlets in place. Then, she blasted the hair with a blow dryer all over for 2 minutes to help set the curls. Next, after removing the pins, she gently brushed out the curls for a softer look and finished with a light misting of Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Super Hold Hairspray and a drop of Suave Professional Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil for shine.
Best Glowing Complexion: Kate Hudson
No big surprise here: Kate Hudson’s minimal makeup effect let her radiant skin take center stage. “I wanted to create a modern interpretation of Brigitte Bardot for Kate’s makeup,” says makeup artist Leslie Lopez. “I always think less is more and wanted to give her a strong eye without being overwhelming.” Leslie used Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup in Light/Medium for foundation and added a dash of Almay Smart Shade Blush in Coral on Hudson’s cheeks. For the eyes, she accentuated the crease in the eyelid with Almay Intense i-Color Shimmer-i Trio for Green Eyes and defined the eye shape with Almay Intense i-Color Defining Liner in Charcoal for Blue Eyes.
The first full week of winter is here, and though the crisp winter air feels awesome during morning runs, the sudden temperature change could bring on a miserable cold. I recently chatted with Dr. Anthony F. Jahn, an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose and throat specialist), on how to prevent a cold, plus, ways to erase any telltale signs of one should you come down with one.
-Prevent: It’s not the sexiest advice, but Dr. Jahn suggests using a nasal rinse such as Ocean Saline Nasal Spray ($5, drugstore.com) every day. It has a saline solution that is non-medicated so it’s safe to use often. It’s also great for children and expecting moms who are unable to take medication. Just rinse your nasal passages with it to flush out any harmful germs or viruses. Fun fact: You have 15-minutes from the time you contract a cold virus until it reaches your system, so if you are diligent about using a saline wash, you could dodge a cold.
-Cope: If you start feeling under the weather, the best thing to do is consume plenty of liquids. You should call in sick from work to prevent spreading the cold and to give you time to rest, which is key to recovery. It can be tempting to lace up your sneakers for a workout (especially if you’re sitting at home all day), but you shouldn’t exercise since it puts your body under additional stress and can stall your recovery. Dr. Jahn also suggests upping your intake of vitamin C and zinc to boost your immune system.
-Conceal: When you do have to return to work, cover up the signs of your cold by using a rich balm to soothe your chapped nose and mouth like Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother($2, drugstore.com). Then apply a yellow-based concealer to cancel out redness like Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer($23, bobbibrowncosmetics.com). A pop of pink cream blush (try Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink, $8, maybelline.com) on your cheeks will let you fake a healthy flush until you’re feeling better.
Painting nails is like killing two birds with one stone. On one hand, this is a great way to take care of yourself, a number one step of beauty regime. Since men are not familiar with paining nails (I mean, regular men, not EMOs), polished nails distinguish women from men and make it the easiest way to attract the opposite sex. It’s also a great way of spending your free time at ease. Imagine painting your nails while being completly gassed – definitely not possible.
As we all know, not only clothes are affected with seasons. Nails get seasonal too. In Winter 2012, there are quite a few remarkable nail trends to follow. Colours always play the first fiddle so why don’t you take advantage of winter weather and stay home to try new nail colours? Here they are!
Number one, burgundy. This colour nods to the trendy wine hue palette and it’s a winter classic that never goes out of style. Rich, deep, and sophisticated, it shines with a polished perfection. Wear it with a deep burgundy lip for a classic evening look as seen in Salvatore Ferragamo. Guess who is sporting burgundy nails? Selena Gomez herself!
Number two, silver and gold. Of course not at one go. This season presents a new take on these classic hues. Silver is more reminiscent of a gunmetal gray whereas gold plays with green undertones. Keep the polish short and square to avoid looking too vampy (Fergie sports the trend impeccably). Search for inspiration in runway as the trend was seen in Chanel fashion show.
Number three, emerald green. You’ll love this shimmering and electrifying colour just like Rihanna does. The rock star-worthy colour extends a huge nail polish trend of last seasons, jade green (aka mint) invented by Karl Lagerfeld himself. Ready to amplify any holiday ensemble? Paint your long round talons in emerald green for an instant effect!
Number four, nude. The contemporary fashion staple: there were pumps, bags and now we have nails. The perfect beige is the modern way to wear a nude nail. Choose the rounder tips to elongate the fingers just like Lady Gaga. Spice it up a bit with a half-moon manicure consisting of black and beige, as in Phillip Lim.
Always keep in mind that good nude nail polish can go from casual to dressy.
Ah, sleep. It’s something we relentlessly crave, but we never seem to get enough of it. Aside from the daily stressors in life, there’s one big thing that can keep you from snoozing — your diet. Here, the best and worst foods to eat for sleep.
Best: Cereal and Milk
Your go-to breakfast staple can also moonlight as the perfect pre-bedtime snack. Eating a combination of carbohydrates and protein enables our bodies to produce the “happy hormone” serotonin, which in turn produces melatonin, a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect, explains Danielle Omar, a DC-based registered dietitian. Just stay away from sugary cereals to avoid getting a sugar high right before bed. Other safe nighttime snack bets include cheese and crackers, cottage cheese and fruit, or oatmeal with milk for a similar soothing effect.
While protein is a vital part of our daily diets, too much of it means less sleep at the end of the day. “High-protein diets have a tendency to give you more energy and not calm you down,” says Dr. Michael J. Breus, author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan. Instead, remember to munch on a high-carb, low-protein snack that’s no more than 200 calories before bed.
Though not always available in the nearest supermarket, it’s worth finding if you’re in need of some serious shuteye. Passionfruit contains somniferum, which has sleep-inducing properties. Omar recommends eating the fruit as is, or try it as a juice or tea.
Sure, your eyelids may start drooping after that second glass of wine, but chances are you’ll have a restless night of sleep once you turn in. “After drinking alcohol, usually you get drowsy and fall asleep,” says Omar. “But you don’t get into the REM stage of sleep.” When that happens, you’re kept from achieving a deep, uninterrupted sleep — as the bags under your eyes will tell you the next day.
Often called “a pill in a peel” by experts, bananas contain high levels of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a muscle relaxant, which can help us start snoozing faster. Also extremely helpful is the whopping 422 milligrams of potassium one banana contains, since studies have shown potassium can help regulate sleep patterns and nerves.
Worst: Fatty Foods
The fattier your dinner is, the less sleep you’ll get, warns Dr. Breus. Eating foods high in fat (especially ones that are greasy or fried) will likely cause uncomfortable heartburn or stomach issues when you lie down. Stick to low-fat snacks and make sure to eat at least two hours before hitting the hay.
Best: Cherry Juice
A 2011 study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that tart cherry juice is a great sleep aid. Adults who drank two glasses of cherry juice daily slept an average of 39 minutes longer than usual. Turns out cherries boast some of the highest levels of melatonin among natural foods, explains Dr. Breus. Try a small nighttime smoothie to start dreaming with 1 cup concentrated tart cherry juice, half a banana, 1/2 cup soymilk, and 5 crushed ice cubes.
Worst: Spicy Food
Not only will that Thai takeout leave your mouth on fire, it may cause nightmares, says Dr. Breus. “I’ve had patients who’ve said when they eat a spicy meal it affects their dreams at night.” Backing up these claims is a study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, which found that subjects who ingested Tabasco sauce and mustard with their dinner had elevated body temperatures during their first sleep cycle, causing sleep disruption and more awake time at night.
Best: Warm Milk
Most of us were fed warm milk as babies and toddlers to help us fall asleep, but the science behind why the drink makes us sleepy is lacking, says Dr. Breus. “There’s not enough tryptophan in a glass of warm milk — you’d have to drink a gallon and a half of it to feel any effect.” It’s likely that warm milk works as a placebo for inducing sleep because it’s comforting. Hey, whatever works, right?
The effects of caffeine may be obvious, but what’s not so obvious is that the stimulant stays active in our bodies for eight to ten hours. “The effects vary from person to person, but by the afternoon you should cut off the caffeine,” says Omar. And that doesn’t just mean that third cup of coffee after lunch. “That means chocolate too!” she says.
Redness, peeling, stinging — ouch! Give your fragile complexion the TLC it craves with these dermatologist-tested solutions.
Treat Flaky Skin
Sure, a rosy glow is a sign of a kick-butt workout (go you!), but if you’re still sporting that flush long after you’ve left the locker room, you’re probably among the 60 percent of people in the United States who say they have sensitive skin — a number that’s doubled during the past 30 years, according to Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles. Why the increase? Derms suspect that one of the main reasons is product misuse. “Women are choosing the wrong products for their skin,” says Howard Sobel, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. That can lead to inflammation, the root of all redness. If you don’t treat it, the condition may affect your complexion, making it more vulnerable to wrinkle-inducing damage, Dr. Sobel says. But now, help is on the way! We identified the five most common sensitive-skin complaints and asked top docs to share their best soothing secrets.
Treat Flaky Skin If you’re experiencing scaliness, your skin is sending you an SOS: “It’s so inflamed that the cells are lifting, which results in peeling,” says Debra Luftman, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles. The probable cause is an irritant in one of your products or an allergic reaction to an ingredient.
Calm the culprits Treat inflammation with a 2.5 percent hydrocortisone cream and stop using scrubs, retinoids, and alpha hydroxyl acids. Also, fortify your skin with a moisturizer that contains niacin, like StriVectin-SD for Sensitive Skin ($79, strivectin.com). You should see a difference in just three days, notes Leslie Baumann, MD, a dermatologist in Miami.
Fight future flare-ups If it’s an allergic reaction, which is characterized by a swollen rash, go to your derm, who can ID the allergen with a patch test. (Preservatives and fragrances are two biggies.) Choose products that are labeled “fragrance-free” and avoid those with a laundry list of ingredients. “Fewer ingredients mean fewer chances to react to something,” says Jeanine Downie, MD, a dermatologist in Montclair, New Jersey. Reconsider your cleanser, too. Foaming washes can strip away protective oils. Opt for a milky formula and make sure alcohol isn’t one of the first ingredients. We like Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Solutions Sensitive Facial Cleanser ($10, burtsbees.com).
Soothe Stinging Skin
Ever apply a lotion and then feel a burning sensation? Doctors aren’t sure why, but certain ingredients irritate nerve endings in your skin.
Calm the culprits Cooling facial mists or masks with anti-inflammatories offer quick relief. Good ones: Philosophy Hope Springs Eternal Deep Sea Ultra-Fine Hydrating Mist ($20, philosophy.com) and One Cucumber Aloe Calming Mask ($3, target.com).
Fight future flare-ups Avoid common irritants, such as vitamin C, lactic acid, glycolic acid, and avobenzone, an ingredient in some sunscreens. Instead, use a mineral-based sunblock with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide; both have anti-inflammatory properties. Find them in Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer SPF 30 ($15, drugstores).
Get Rid of Itchy Body Bumps
These patches may be an allergic reaction to something in the environment. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found a link between air pollution and rashes. If your spots are clustered mostly on the backs of your arms, they could be keratosis pilaris (KP), which is eczema that occurs when follicles get plugged up with dry skin.
Calm the culprits Relieve itchiness with an oral antihistamine, like Claritin. To treat KP, slather on lotion with urea, such as Eucerin Everyday Protection Body Lotion SPF 15 ($9, drugstores), to help exfoliate. Use Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil ($20, drugstores) for spot treatment.
Fight future flare-ups Ditch scented laundry detergents; many people are allergic to them, says Suzanne Kilmer, MD, a dermatologist in Sacramento, California. Control KP by taking short showers and applying a rich cream while your skin is damp. We like J.R. Watkins Naturals Apothecary Coconut Milk & Honey Hand & Body Lotion ($10, jrwatkins.com).
If your skin is an angry shade of crimson, with broken blood vessels and acnelike bumps, you could have rosacea. This condition afflicts more than 16 million Americans, typically after the age of 30, and may be triggered by hormonal changes and sun exposure. Flushing occurs when blood vessels dilate quickly, a process brought on by sun, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, and even exercise.
Calm the culprits To get the red out, reach for a cream that contains anti-inflammatories, such as green tea — found in Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer ($35, discoverproactiv.com) — feverfew and caffeine, to help constrict blood vessels. For severe, recurring inflammation or red bumps, see your doc. He or she can prescribe a topical gel, such as Finacea (azelaic acid), or an anti-inflammatory pill, like Oracea.
Fight future flare-ups There’s no known cure for rosacea, but avoiding triggers will help keep it under control. (Need help identifying them? Download the Rosacea App for your smartphone or iPad.) One thing you shouldn’t skip is the gym. Working out lowers stress, which, along with sun damage, is one of the main causes of rosacea, explains Dr. Downie, who tells her patients that drinking ice-cold water while they exercise may help ease symptoms. If you have severe redness, laser therapy and light treatments can reduce the number of blood vessels near the skin’s surface so you’ll suffer fewer outbreaks over time.
Fight Acne and Get Rid of Pimples
Sadly, breakouts don’t stop when we graduate from high school. According to Olay, the average age of acne patients is now 27, compared with 21 just 10 years ago. Experts believe this may be because of such factors as fluctuating hormone levels and increased use of anti-aging cosmetics.
Calm the culprits The top three ingredients in your anti-acne arsenal are salicylic acid, to unclog pores — found in Clearasil UltraRapid Action Seal-to-Clear Gel ($10, drugstores) — benzoyl peroxide, to kill bacteria; and sulfur, to relieve redness. While you’re zapping zits, don’t forget to use moisturizer or your oil glands might produce even more pimple-causing sebum. Twice a day, apply a noncomedogenic moisturizer, such as Eau Thermale Avene Serenage Nutri-Redensifying Night Cream ($49, aveneusa.com for stores).
Fight future flare-ups Keep pores clear so that new pimples don’t form. Dr. Kilmer recommends using the Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush with the Clarisonic Mia ($25 and $149, clarisonic.com), which has oscillating bristles that gently clean and exfoliate. And watch out for sneaky pore cloggers, like hair conditioner, says Dr. Baumann, who suggests cleansing skin after conditioning. Also, spread a thin layer of benzoyl peroxide on pimple-prone areas — your face, chest, and even your derriere — before breaking a sweat.
Fake Flawless Skin
Camouflage spots with a lightweight base, like peptide-rich FusionBeauty PrimeResults Tinted Moisturizer + SPF 15 Sunscreen ($40, Ulta stores).
Redness Correcting Moisturizer
Neutralize ruddiness with green-tinted Physicians Formula Redness Correcting Moisturizer ($17, Walmart stores and Walmart.com).
Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Redness Remedy ($27, bare escentuals.com) gives your complexion a warm glow and calms skin with aloe vera and oatmeal.
Cheek Defining Powder
To define your cheeks without adding rosiness, use nonirritating MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun! ($27, maccosmetics.com).
Spot and Splotch Concealer
Hide and soothe scarlet splotches with cucumber-infused Almay Wake Up Undereye Concealer ($9, drugstores). The built-in brush lets you place the color precisely where you need it.
Save time and money with these easy at-home beauty alternatives, from facials and haircuts to celebrity secrets and bargain salon services.
Hair Care: Be Your Own Colorist
Conceal annoying grays and overgrown roots with a quick trip to the local drugstore instead of the salon.
1. Choose a box of color that closely matches your current shade. The most goof-proof kits: “Those that specify a non-drip formula on the box and come with applicator combs or brushes,” says Jason Backe, Clairol color director.
2. When you need to hide roots, apply color to new growth only. (Leave on for the specified time.) “This prevents overprocessing hair that’s been dyed in the past,” Backe says. If you require allover color, follow the box directions.
3. Once a week, wash with a tinted shampoo to prevent color from fading. Limit total washes to every other day, and always condition, which maintains color. Depending on your hue, try Riveting Reds, $6.99, or Shimmer Lights for brunettes, $8.79, both at sallybeauty.com, or Pantene Blonde Expressions, $6.49, drugstores.
See a pro if…You want a head of highlights (they’re difficult to do on your own) or plan on going three or more shades lighter or darker.
Trim Tactics: Tackling the At-Home Haircut
Say good-bye to split ends without booking an appointment with your stylist. Here’s how:
1. Regular scissors often have only one working blade (the dull side sweeps away just-cut hair), which can damage the hair shaft. Buy a set of professional shears (above, Fromm Spectrum Shears, $44, sallybeauty.com). “Both blades slice into hair for the cleanest cut,” says Eliut Rivera, a New York City salon owner.
2. Divide and clip dry hair into three sections: the crown, the left, and the right. Unclip, pull the crown area straight up, and twist it. Cut into the ends vertically — not straight across — taking off damaged hairs in half-inch increments. “This creates a soft finish, rather than a blunt, uneven one,” Rivera says.
3. Repeat the process on the left and right sides, but pull and twist hair downward rather than upward.
See a pro if…Your style is one length (such as a bob), which takes precision, or if you want a total change.
Wax On, Wax Off
With a little practice — and these smart tips — you can clean up your bikini line as fast and accurately as the experts (we promise!).
Overapplying hot wax can burn skin, says Janet Chao, head aesthetician at the hair-removal company Parissa Laboratories. The solution: pre-coated strips, which contain just the right amount. Before applying the strip, trim hairs to the length of a grain of rice (anything longer gets messy) — and don’t wash the area. “Your natural body oils act as a protective barrier,” Chao explains.
Soften the strips by rubbing them in your hands until warm. Pull them apart, prop up one leg to stretch skin so wax goes on evenly, then press the strip on in the same direction as hair growth.
Hold skin taut with one hand, then quickly pull off the strip with the other in the opposite direction of hair growth. Rub off any residue with olive oil; it dissolves wax.
See a pro if…You want a Brazilian wax (to be done only by experts) or if your bikini line is prone to ingrown hairs.
Get a Tan from a Can
An airbrushed finish is no longer limited to top salons. Get a perfect glow at home with these steps:
1. Aerosol self-tanners offer a flawless application — if you have the right touch. Practice by making small circular motions on a sheet of paper. “If it’s too wet on the paper, you’re too close,” says Fiona Locke, educator for St. Tropez tan products. The secret: Stay 6 inches away.
2. The active ingredient in tanners, DHA, is soaked up by dry patches of skin. This leads to too-dark spots. Buff your entire body first with a loofah and apply lotion to dry, thick-skinned areas (ankles, knees, elbows, knuckles).
3. Using the technique you perfected on paper, apply tanner to skin. Spray cans with 360-degree technology (like Mystic Tan Build Sunless Tanning Spray, $38, sephora.com, left) let you spray upside down — great for your back.
See a pro if…You plan on baring a lot of skin; spray-tan artists use airbrush machines that rarely make mistakes.
Nail the Perfect Mani/Pedi
Score a perfect 10 on fingers and toes — and preserve the freshly painted look — with these strategies.
1. After showering, use a scrub on hands and pumice on feet to slough roughness and smooth calluses. Push back cuticles and file nails until even, then clean the surface of each with polish remover. “Dirt and oil prevent color from sticking,” says Alisha Rimando of Dashing Diva nail salon in Port Washington, New York.
2. Instead of speed-painting the base, color, and top coats, wait three minutes between each. “It takes four glopped-on layers more time to dry, increasing the chance of smudges,” Rimando says.
3. Take the polish over the edge of your nail (where chips start) to add days to your paint job.
See a pro if…You can’t risk nicks or imperfections — or you just need a little TLC (like a hand massage).
Cut Costs on Professional Treatments
When you must see a pro, do it on the cheap.
Trim costs at the salon. Beauty schools such as Empire (find one at empire.edu) offer way-low prices (shampoo, cut and style, $8; highlights, $37).
Nab a free facial. Seek out the Shiseido and Cle de Peau Beaute counters at the department store. Their skin experts provide facial services gratis.
Score a no-cost manicure. Beauty 360 stores by CVS/pharmacy offer relaxing hand massages, pro polish changes, or both. Walk-ins welcome!
Take advantage of Spa Week. The biannual spring and fall event, which next runs April 13 through 19, features spa treats for $50 each at more than 750 U.S. locations. Prebook yours at spaweek.org starting March 16.
Star Steals: Celebrity Budget Beauty Secrets
Even celebs enjoy frugal finds. These can’t-live-without-’em beauty bargains — all $8 or less — prove looking glamorous needn’t be pricey (even in Hollywood!).
Save Face: Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester is a fan of Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($4.99, drugstores).
Soothe Skin: Tyra Banks likes Vaseline Petroleum Jelly ($1.79, drugstores) so much she gave bejeweled jars of it to her studio audience.
Shine On: Stylist David Evangelista mists Becki Newton‘s hair with Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray ($3.99, drugstores).
Go Long: Isla Fisher‘s lashes were defined with Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara ($8, drugstores) in Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Bag These Beauty Bargains
Great cosmetics don’t have to break the bank. These seven essentials — case included — cost less than $40.
1. Sephora Signature Clear Stripe Bag, $7, sephora.com: Easy-to-clean vinyl, dressed up with punchy pink stripes, lets you find what you need quickly — and in style.
2. Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quad, $9.99, target.com: Color lids with any of these four shades or use them wet as liner along the lash line.
3. CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Mascara, $8.95, drugstores: Light-reflecting colored minerals spike this black mascara, acting like mirrors to accentuate your eye hue.
4. Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation, $9.79, drugstores: The light-as-air formula goes on smoothly, making skin appear near-flawless.
5. N.Y.C. New York Color Cover Stick, $1.99, drugstores: Packed with antioxidant vitamins A and E, this stick makes dark circles, freckly spots, and pimples disappear.
6. Sally Girl Lip Gloss, 99 cents, sallybeauty.com: The moisturizing lacquer never feels sticky or tacky.
7. E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip, $1, eyeslipsface.com: The ultimate multitasker, this cream (in six shades) tints cheeks, eyes, and lips.
Try one of these tips each day — you’ll feel better and get fitter and smarter in just one month.
1. Give lip service.
Thirty minutes of making out can improve allergy symptoms. Research shows that kissing reduces the amount of chemicals your body releases in response to allergens.
2. Turn up the heat on your sheet.
Bedding contatins thousands of dust mites that can irritate sensitive skin and exacerbate eczema, according to a new study. Wash sheets in H2O that’s at least 140F to make sure you kill the critters.
Getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D can decrease your risk of developing a stress fracture by 20 percent. Active women should strive for 1,000 IU of vitamin D and 2,000 milligrams of calcium daily to keep their bones strong, experts say.
4. Get your head examined.
Melanomas found on your scalp or neck almost double your risk of dying compared with those detected elsewhere on the body, report researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Because they’re often hidden by hair, malignant moles and other skin abnormalities are typically detected too late for treatment to be effective. See your MD for an annual skin check.
5. Clean up your mouth.
Two ounces of yogurt a day (the typical container holds six ounces) may protect you from gum disease, a recent study in the Journal of Periodontology shows. The “good” bacteria in yogurt helps fight germs in your mouth.
6. Play red light, green light.
For increasing your endurance, four to six 30-second bursts of all-out cardio are just as effective as up to an hour of training at a lower intensity. Short on time? Use intervals to get stronger more quickly.
7. Reboot your brain.
Mundane tasks, such as entering data into a spreadsheet, can switch your mind into default mode, making you more likely to mess up within about 30 seconds, scientists say. Feel like you’re operating on autopilot? Snap out of it by going for a quick walk down the hall.
8. Debug your desk.
As many as 283 species of bacteria can thrive in ordinary office dust, including nasty streptococcus, the main cause of strep throat, and staphylococcus aureus, which can lead to MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant staph infection, according to a recent report. Wipe down your workstation, keyboard, and phone regularly with a disinfectant such as Formula 409 Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner or Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner.
9. Shrug it off.
Strengthening your trapezius muscle, which runs from your shoulders to your neck and upper back, can reduce chronic neck pain by up to 80 percent.
10. Juice Your Looks
A diet rich in vitamin C and linoleic acid (a fatty acid found in many vegetable oils) can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dryness, and thinning skin, according to a study.
11. Get Sappy
Spending just 30 minutes a day consciously thinking of a loved one can promote mental and emotional well-being, say University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. Cultivating the feeling of love and compassion stimulates the brain to make new connections and neural pathways.
12. Chill Out
Just two to three minutes under cool water in the shower can boost your mood. The cold may cause the brain to release feel-good hormones.
13. Go Slow-Mo
Doing tai chi regularly not only improves your endurance and flexibility but may also help control blood sugar and improve your immune system. The exercise increases levels of certain bacteria-fighting T-cells in your body, research shows.
14. Be a Dairy Queen
Women on a low-calorie diet who took supplements to up their calcium from 600 milligrams a day or less to 1,200 milligrams a day lost an average of 10 pounds more than those who didn’t boost their intake, according to a new study. Your brain may be able to detect low calcium levels in the body and tries to compensate by increasing your appetite for foods rich in this mineral, experts say. Skim milk, low-fat cheese, and fortified OJ are all good sources.
15. Straighten Up
Tension in your neck may affect how your body regulates blood pressure, animal studies indicate. At work, sit with your back firmly against your chair, your feet on the floor, your knees slightly higher than your hips and your chair close to your desk.
16. Go Green
Drinking green tea with your antibiotics helps the medication destroy harmful bacteria up to three times more effectively, researchers found.
17. Grab Some Garbanzos
People who regularly consume beans typically weigh six pounds less than those who don’t, even though they take in more daily calories. Researchers believe this may be because the legume eaters get more fiber but consume less fat, especially saturated fat, than those who shy away from beans. Throw a handful into salads, soups, or pasta sauce for an extra boost of protein and fiber.
18. Chomp Cravings Away
Chewing gum after lunch can curb hunger, a recent study shows. But pick your stick carefully. Ingesting too much sorbitol, a common ingredient in sugar-free gum, can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain. We like sorbitol-free Ice Breakers Ice Cubes White sugar-free gum.
19. Reach New Heights
Wearing a pair of moderately high heels (2 to 2 1/2 inches) can strengthen your pelvic-floor muscles, which can improve your sex life.
20. Munch a Bunch
About one cup of red grapes a day can help suppress the abnormal cell formation that leads to most types of breast cancer, according to a recent study in Cancer Prevention Research. Resveratrol, a natural compound found in grapes, grape juice, and red wine, may prevent estrogen from reacting with DNA molecules, which can lead to cells becoming cancerous, scientists say.
21. Run For Your Life
Joggers have a 40 percent lower risk of dying than people who don’t lace up their sneakers, according to Stanford University researchers. Runners are less likely to have cardiovascular problems or develop disabilities as they age. Motivate yourself to become fit by training for a 5K.
22. Be a Cookoo For Coconut
An oil high in fatty acids made from coconut oil has been shown to burn fat and promote weight loss, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. People who consumed four to five teaspoons of this type of oil (in baked goods and through cooking) every day for 16 weeks lost almost four pounds more than those who used olive oil.
23. Get Crackin
Adding one egg a day, yolk and all, to your diet can increase good HDL levels without increasing bad LDL cholesterol levels. Low levels of HDL have previously been linked to memory loss.
24. Strike a Pose
Relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation help your body beat the symptoms of stress before they harm your health, according to researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
25. Tap Into The Magic of Mushrooms
White button mushrooms can boost your immune system by improving how your T-cells work, according to recent preliminary studies. T-cells are the white blood cells that help protect your body from harmful intruders.
26. Try The Silent Treatment
Being exposed to just 35 decibels of noise (about the sound of people talking softly) while in bed could raise your blood pressure by six or seven points, according to a recent study. Snooze more peacefully by investing in a white-noise or sound machine like the Obus Forme Sound Therapy Relaxation System ($30, amazon.com).
27. Get Your Game On
Playing video games with a lot of action sequences can sharpen your visual skills by 20 percent, according to research from the University of Rochester in New York.
28. Hit The Sauce
People who munch on apples, eat applesauce, or drink apple juice are 27 percent less likely to develop metabolic syndrome — a combination of health problems, such as increased blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, that can lead to heart disease and diabetes, research shows. Other studies suggest that eating apples may reduce your risk of breast cancer.
29. Take a Nature Break
Heading outdoors for 30 minutes when the sun is shining can make you happier and improve your brain’s ability to process new information, according to a study at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.
30. Go! Go! Go!
If you feel the urge, race to the restroom. Having an overly full bladder can increase stress on the heart, upping the odds of a heart attack in those at risk, a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows.
31. Fly Away
Women who take at least two vacations a year are more happily married than those who rarely get out of town, because they are less likely to be depressed, tense, or tired. Book your summer trip now.
We all know that one baby-faced person with perfect skin. No blemishes, no dry spots – just a smooth, clear, radiant complexion. How do they achieve and maintain such a perfect complexion year-round? Here are some secrets.
1. Science and Medicine: The main thing women use to achieve the baby-face complexion are pills. There are several different kinds of pills that can control acne; birth control, hormones, antibiotics or pills specifically made for controlling acne. If you want to go this route, talk with your doctor and find out which would best be suited for you. If you are nature-oriented and do not want to mess around with pills, keep on reading. There are more beauty care secrets!
2. Use Cool Water: Many of us have long been taught that drying out your skin is the best way to control acne. We have news! It’s not. Drying out your skin will cause it to produce more oil to gain back its ‘protective layer’. Washing your face with a mild gel, such as Cetaphil or Spectrojel, and rinsing with cool-lukewarm water will keep your skin clean and clear without drying it out.
3. Keep Hydrated: Inside and Out. Aside from drinking plenty of water each day, fill your sink with lukewarm or cool water and add a few drops of oil. Coconut oil and Almond Oil are great choices. Hold your breath and soak your face for as long as you can. Come up for air and keep soaking for about 3-5 minutes. Your skin loves to soak up water, and you probably know that after having a long bath your skin feels the most soft and smooth. Finish your soak by immediately applying a light, unscented facial moisturizer and either let your skin air-dry or gently pat dry with a towel.
4.Blot Excess Oil:
If your skin is constantly oily and shiny, blot with oil absorbing sheets. There are many different brands and they all have one main goal; to remove excess oil without the need for adding more pore-clogging powder to your face. Keeping as less stuff off your face as possible will keep it looking fresh and healthy.
5.Keep it Clean:
The number one rule of maintaining healthy looking and flawless skin is to keep your hands off it. Your hands and fingertips are crawling with bacteria. You don’t want this on your face and seeping into your pores. This is the number one way breakouts occur! Try to keep as much away from your face as possible and always remember to wash off your makeup at the end of each day.
Following these simple beauty care tips will give you smooth, clear and hydrated skin making it easy to apply makeup or feel confident without wearing any cover-up at all.
Look for: Firm, smother skin and heavy for size.
Reap these benefits!
Great source of potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure and heart health; vitamin C for staving off post-workout free radical damage and disease.
2. February – Brussel sprouts
Look for: Firm, compact heads
Reap these benefits!
Good source of vitamin C for fighting disease; potassium and folate for healthy heart, blood pressure and fending off cancers.
3. March – Asparagus
Look for: Odorless, dry and tight tips; not wilted or limp stalks
Reap these benefits!
Rich in folic acid for keeping homocysteine levels down, which helps reduce risk of heart disease, cancers and mental decline; antioxidants for strong blood vessels and healthy cells.
4. April – Honeydew melon
Look for: Spherical shape with waxy (not fuzzy) surface and heavy for size
Reap these benefits!
Great source of vitamin C, shown to diminish wrinkles and keep youthful skin.
5. May – Strawberries
Look for: Shiny, bright red, firm not mushy
Reap these benefits!
One of the best fruits for disease-fighting antioxidants and phenolics, particularly fending off breast and colon cancers.
6. June – Blueberries
Look for: Firm, plump and dry with dusty blue color and uniform in size
Reap these benefits!
Rich in plant-based chemicals called phenolic acids and anthocyanins, which fight cancers and heart disease and boost memory; ellagic acid fends off bacterial infections.
7. July – Cherries
Look for: Firm and red with stems attached, avoid soft, shriveled or speckled
Reap these benefits!
Contains cyanidin, a plant-based compound that can bring down inflammation. Cherry juice has been shown to reduce muscle pain and strength loss postworkout.
8. August – Tomatoes
Look for: Bright, shiny skin and firm flesh
Reap these benefits!
Packed with the antioxidant lycopene, which may fend off cancers, particularly ovarian cancer.
9. September – Broccoli
Look for: Odorless, tight heads with bluish, green florets
Reap these benefits!
High in sinus-infection-fighting vitamin C; calcium for preventing menstrual cramps and headaches; and high amounts of sulforaphane, which helps prevent breast cancer.
10. October – Pumpkin
Look for: Firm and heavy; avoid ones that are mushy and blemished
Reap these benefits!
Good source of fiber, which is good for blood sugar control, potassium for keeping blood pressure in check and overall heart health and lutein, for eye health.
11. November – Sweet Potatoes
Look for: Firm with smooth skin, avoid dark spots, cracks and softness
Reap these benefits!
Excellent source of beta carotene, which has been shown to fend off breast cancer; vitamin C for healthy cells and fiber for good blood sugar control.
12. December – Kale
Look for: Dark green in small bunches, avoid brown or yellow leaves
Reap these benefits!
High in carotenoids, such as lutein, good for eye sight and lowering the risk of lung cancer, esophageal cancer and oral cancers; potassium for optimal blood pressure and calcium for strong bones and teeth.
We love any excuse to shop, and the change of seasons means it’s time to switch up our wardrobes a bit. We want a few fall staples, but we want to do it on a budget. So we turned to our bargain shopping fave, Target, to pick up the best in fall fashion.
Red sweater dress
The color red is hot this fall, and we’re loving this red sweater dress for its combination of two big fall fashion trends — red and sweater dresses.
As if you needed a reason to rock a leather jacket this fall, right? Leather is so in this season, and a jacket is the perfect way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe.
Flats are trendy year-round, but there’s nothing like a pair of them in the fall. This fall, try a pair adorned with lace, one of the season’s biggest trends.
Polka dot rain boots
Fall foliage is nice and all, but fall rain? Yeah, it’s no fun at all. Instead of whining about the weather, brighten up a rainy day this fall with these on-trend, adorable polka dot boots.
Skinny jeans have had their moment in the spotlight for quite some time now, and while they’re not going anywhere, they’re making a bit more room for other denim trends, like flare jeans. Channel your inner ’70s goddess this fall with this chic pair from Target.
Work dresses are no longer boring and obligatory. This season, they’re sexy and sassy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
If black tights aren’t a fall fashion staple, we don’t know what is! Slap on a pair of them under a dress or skirt, or layer them under your shorts for a fall-friendly look.
Animal print bag
Animal print was one of the hottest trends on the fall 2011 runways and has been invading the fashion world ever since. If you’re nervous about going wild, try flirting with this bold trend by carrying a statement tote, like this one.
Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, fashionistas! Mustard hues were so hot on the fall runways, and even if the color isn’t highly flattering on you, you can still rock the trend in a small way, like on your feet.
Jade green ruffled top
Jade green dresses were one of fall’s biggest runway trends, but we know the color isn’t flattering on everyone. If you want to rock the trend in a subtle way, try this chic top.
Got a pesky beauty question? Celebrity makeup artist Bobbi Brown has the answers to all your beauty blunders.
A pedi that lasts
How can I add a few more weeks to the life of my pedicure?—Anne Ludlow, Laguna Niguel, CA
Bobbi: I rely on a few tricks that help a lot. First, apply an oil to your feet before bed—anything from coconut oil to plain old olive oil is great for adding moisture and nourishing cuticles (top with socks). Then, once or twice a week, throw on a clear top coat to strengthen your nails and add shine. If your polish has already dulled or you spot a chip, just a single coat of a totally new color (it should be darker than the original) to make your nails instantly deeper or brighter. Voila—good as new!
What are the rules for plucking your brows?—Lynda Farrington, Wellington, FL
Bobbi: Some brow experts say never to pluck above your brows, but I say you have to tweeze strays wherever the pop up. You don’t want to take too much off the top though, because that changes the brow’s natural shape. To avoid overdoing it, go back and forth between the left and right eye. Keep in mind, as you get older, brows don’t grow back as thick, so pluck conservatively. In my 20s, I was an early Brooke Shields with my full brows, but I would tweeze them skinny—now I miss that strong brow. The upside is there’s less upkeep!
My eyes are puffy when I wake up. Any tricks to take down the swelling?—Hannah Weller, New York City
Bobbi: Avoid eating anything too salty before you go to sleep. My weakness? Edamame! If you’re going to indulge, drink a lot of water before you go to bed (and sleep with your head elevated). In the morning, use a gel eye mask or make your own by filling a Ziploc bag with ice and resting it on your eyes for five minutes. Finally, massage in an eye cream that contains de-puffing caffeine to reduce any swelling.
Fix discolored nails
I want to keep my nails bare, but they look yellowish without polish. Any advice?—Christina Paonessa, Philadelphia, PA
Bobbi: It’s smart to take a break from polish, especially darker shades: Keeping nails covered for long periods of time can cause discoloring. When yellowing becomes a problem, I whiten my nails with a solution of 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide combined with 2 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda. Apply the paste-like mixture onto each nail with a cotton swab, and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing. Then buff your nails to get rid of any remaining discoloration.
Help! I work with someone who wears a fragrance I can’t stand. What can I do?—Stephanie Hoitt, Boston, Mass.
Bobbi: A touchy, touchy subject. Pull her aside and politely ask her to not wear her scent to work because it gives you a bad headache (or triggers your allergies). Strong fragrances can be offensive, so I like single-note scents (such as vanilla) that have a subtle smell and don’t invade anyone else’s space. Soft scents: Lavanila Healthy Fragrance in Pure Vanilla($39; sephora.com); Clean Cotton T-Shirt Eau de Parfum ($38; ulta.com)
Eyelash curlers scare me. Any tricks to using them?—Joanne Ferrara, Mantua, N.J.
Bobbi: Place the curler as close to your lid as possible without pinching the skin. Look into a mirror, and lift your lid a bit; press gently for 10 seconds. Don’t have a curler? Apply mascara and, while lashes are still wet, curl them with your index finger. It really works! Sally Hansen Flirty Eyes Classic Eyelash Curler ($5; drugstores)
My smile isn’t very white (I’m a big coffee drinker). What can I do? —Alanna Smallwood, Linwood, N.J.
Bobbi: Between pro bleaching treatments, I swear by whitening toothpastes made with gentle abrasives—I like the ones with little grains in them. And once a week, I rub on Supersmile’s bleaching gel (it comes in little swabs). I’ll also wear a pink lipstick with blue undertones when my teeth need brightening.
Never break an eye pencil again
Do you have a trick for sharpening eye pencils? Mine always break! —Nicole Kruse, New York City
Bobbi: The problem could be that your sharpener is the wrong size, so make sure you keep the one that comes with the pencil. If yours didn’t have a sharpener, buy one that fits from an art-supply store (they tend to have better blades). Also, clean the blades frequently. The easiest way is to use a cotton swab with most of the tip removed, so it’s small enough to get in there and clean out debris. Never use water—that could make your sharpener blade rust.
“After lunch my makeup always fades. How can I quickly touch it up so I look fresh? ” —Mindy Marranca, Buffalo, N.Y.
Bobbi: Most of us think lipstick is the answer, but you’ll get more of a beauty boost with concealer. Just smooth a creamy concealer (like Clarins Instant-Light Brush-On Perfector ($32; clarins.com) directly beneath your eyes. (If your skin is dry, smooth on a little eye cream before applying.)
Color-coordinate your makeup
“I wear the same makeup every day, but some days it doesn’t look right. Does outfit color affect how your makeup looks?” —Ruby Chapman, Bensalem, Penn.
Bobbi: Absolutely! Don’t try to match your makeup to your clothes, just find a “nude” (not naked, just natural) look that works when you’re wearing basic black. When you have on bright colors, a soft blush (like NP Set Baked Powder Blush ($20; target.com) that mimics the natural color of your cheeks is best. On days you wear pastels or white, apply a brighter blush so you don’t look washed out.
Battle the bloat
“I have PMS, and I feel puffy all over. Help!” —Beth Scarnati, Los Angeles
Bobbi: When this happens to me, I make a green juice with cucumber and parsley in my juicer. Putting good stuff in my body makes me feel better all over, and the water in the juice seems to flush away bloat. Also, skip shimmery makeup and light colors, which can make your face look even puffier.
Break the biting habit
“I bite my nails when I’m nervous. How can I stop?” —Kristen Cappello, New York City
Bobbi: Trim and buff your nails to a short length so you’re not tempted. Then apply a bad-tasting top coat ($10, Amazon.com). To break the habit, find something else to do when you’re nervous. Breathing exercises help me, but if you need something to do with your hands, get a strand of worry beads that you can fiddle with.
Feel instantly fresh
How can I leave the gym looking refreshed, not all sweaty? —Lisa Welsh, Ramsey, N.J.
Bobbi: Don’t apply moisturizer or foundation at the gym—your body needs to cool down before you use any type of lotion, or your makeup won’t last. Just wash your face, dry it, then dot concealer under your eyes and apply mascara and a lip gloss. You’ll have a nice glow from working out, so skip blush. Before you leave the locker room, dab away any sweat or oil with blotting papers ($10, sephora.com).
Quick glam-it-up trick
“When I entertain, I don’t have time to get myself ready. What’s your trick for looking good fast?” —Kerrie Slattery, Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Bobbi: My trick is pretty simple: a great pair of sparkly earrings ($45; jcrew.com). Seriously! Just pull your hair back, throw on a pair—I love anything from J.Crew—and your whole face lights up. You can also do lip gloss and blush, but you won’t need lots of makeup once the earrings are on.
“I’m always on the go, and my makeup bag is a mess! How do you organize yours?” —Laura Foust, Charlotte, N.C.
Bobbi: Inside my zippered nylon bag I carry a mini brush set and a personalized palette that I make by scooping a little bit of my regular cream products (concealer, blush, lipstick, etc.) into a refillable compact ($18; beauty.com). For everything else, I try to stock up on those deluxe samples they give out at beauty counters.
Get your makeup done in just five minutes with these in-a-flash tricks.
Step 1: Foundation
Mix dime-size amounts of sunscreen and liquid foundation — we like Maybelline New York SuperStay 24HR Makeup ($10.99, drugstores) – in the palm of your hand and apply it like lotion. For foolproof blending, “make sure they’re the same type of formula — both oil-free, for example,” says Petra Strand, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist.
Step 2: Concealer
Using a concealer stick, such as Neutrogena Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick ($6.49, drugstores), swipe a line of color along the orbital bone of each eye. (Think football-player stripes.) To nix dark shadows, work the color into your skin with fingertips; the warm touch will help the makeup go on smoothly, preventing a cakey effect.
Step 3: Blush
Dot cream blush, like Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Petal ($9.99, target.com), onto the apples of your cheeks; blend in a circular motion. Then tap the shade onto your lips. “Applying the same color to your skin and mouth instantly awakens your face,” Strand explains.
Step 4: Eyes
Hold an old credit or business card just above your upper lashes. Wiggle the brush of your mascara — try Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof ($7.49, drugstores) — back and forth at the roots. This applies “a thick layer of dark color at the lash line, eliminating the need for liner,” Strand says.
Erase lines, dark circles, and puffiness with these ultraeasy secrets. Then say “Eye do” to the latest makeup techniques for a sexy, I-slept-eight-hours look.
The Eyes Have It
Your eyes are one of the first features people notice. But the skin around them can age faster than that on other parts of the body, so it’s important to treat it with TLC. Undereye skin is among the thinnest on your face and vulnerable to damage. Every time we make an expression, we crinkle our skin, and “temporary creases can become wrinkles,” says Yohini Appa, PhD, senior director of scientific affairs at Johnson & Johnson. Here’s how to smooth things over and put all eyes on you.
Hide and Get Rid of Crow’s Feet
Conceal them: Powders and heavy creams accentuate lines, says Matin Maulawizada, global artistry director for Laura Mercier. Instead, use a sheer concealer with pearly pigments to diffuse wrinkles and, rather than rubbing, dab it on. “This creates a soft, natural edge,” says Wende Zomnir, executive creative director for Urban Decay.
Correct them: Docs’ favorite ingredient for fighting lines is retinol, which increases firmness. The eye area is sensitive, so “apply the cream only around the bone of your socket,” says Brooke Jackson, MD, a dermatologist in Chicago. Dab it on to boost absorption. Prevent creases by wearing sunscreen for sensitive skin and sunglasses daily.
Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer ($6, drugstores)
Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream ($23, drugstores)
Hide and Get Rid of Dark Circles
Conceal them: To camouflage raccoon eyes, apply a corrector in a peachy pink first and then follow with your usual cover-up and blend. “The peach tones will cancel out the blue undertones of shadows for a youthful, healthy look,” Maulawizada says.
Correct them: Dark circles have many causes, including allergies, irritation, and fatigue. Address those problems and the shadows should disappear. In the meantime, try a cream with kojic acid, a botanical skin lightener that can help spots fade, Dr. Jackson suggests.
Conceal them: Instead of covering up puffiness, which can result in a cakey look, use a concealer brush to apply a skin-matching, matte cream concealer on the dark ring below the pillowy part. “This helps minimize bags,” Maulawizada says. Then blend tinted moisturizer underneath your eyes to even out the skin tone.
Correct them: Send bags packing by using a caffeine-laced cream. “Caffeine soothes puffiness and decreases swelling,” says Doris Day, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. At night, sleep on an extra pillow to prevent fluid buildup. Still have bags in the a.m.? Place a chilled teaspoon under each eye to deflate it.
Get a smoldering look with this quickie makeup plan that suits every eye shape and color. Just see for yourself!
Step 1 – Curl your lashes with Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler ($34, chanel.com), pinching them three times — at the roots, in the middle, and on the tips.
Step 2 – Beiges can be blah, but taupe shades add depth. Swipe MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Satin Taupe ($15, maccosmetics.com) across your lids, extending it just above the crease. The color brings out golden flecks in green and hazel eyes, enhances the richness in brown eyes, and warms up blue eyes.
Step 3 – Trace your upper and lower rims with a bronzy, dark brown pencil, such as Wet N Wild Color Icon Shimmer Pencil in Copper ($1, drugstores), concentrating on the outer corners.
Step 4 – Highlight the inner corners and your brow bone with Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener ($22, smashbox.com).
Step 5 – Finish with two coats of black mascara. We like Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara ($25, lancomeusa.com); its cone-shaped, tapered brush separates hard-to-reach lashes.
Try these eye-opening tricks if you wear glasses.
More is more: Having those windows of plastic between you and the world means you need to add oomph. Layer on a little extra eyeliner and a deep-toned shadow.
Boost your roots: A bit of additional mascara at the base of lashes will make your fringe look thicker, diverting attention from your frames to your eyes.
Play up your brows: It’s important to emphasize your arches because they tend to peek over the frames. Groom strays with a brush and define sparse areas with gel.
Reduce glare: Ask your optometrist to add an antiglare coating to your lenses. “It will help your eyes pop,” Urban Decay’s Zomnir says.
Have you been getting your daily dose of negative ions? You have to!! They make you look and feel better.
We need exposure to negative ions to be more positive in our life. I know, it sounds a little backward at first, doesn’t it? Negative ions are invisible molecules that clean the air around us by attaching themselves to positive ions (from dust, smoke, electronics, car exhausts, our breathing, etc.), so they’re not just floating around for us to breathe into our system. Generally the more populated a city is, the fewer negative ions and the more positive ions. This is why I love golf so much or any form of outdoor activity that gets me to grass, water or the mountains. These are negative ion hotbeds.
Negative ions help relieve stress, increase vitality, strengthen the immune system and so much more.That’s why we all feel so incredibly good after being at a waterfall, in the mountains or at the beach. The human body is meant to be absorbing negative ions on a regular basis, so it’s no wonder why there are so many health problems related to fatigue, depression and immune disorders. It’s no wonder why so many people find it incredibly hard to let their true nature shine. Most people aren’t exposed to nearly enough negative ions. All the technology around us has virtually eliminated the positive ions in the air — unless you live at a beach with no cars or electronics or out in the wilderness or mountains, etc.).
Often people think they can escape pollution by staying indoors. It’s quite common for indoor environments to be just as, if not more than, polluted as outside. When you look around most bedrooms or offices, there are at least a couple of electronic devices. Think about it … laptops, mobile phones, televisions, lights, heaters, electric blankets and so many of the countless electronic gadgets available these days. They all release positive ions galore! Even man-made fibers in carpets, clothes and furniture all reduce the level of negative ions and increase the positive ones in the environment. The house you live in or the place you work at could very well be more polluted than outside! Combine this with other pollutants (if you live in a populated area) and you can almost guarantee that you’re getting exposed to way too many positive ions. This over-exposure to positive ions contributes to the body being in toxic overload, unless small steps are made to make your environment richer in negative ions.
Here are some tips to help bring more negative ions into your life:
-Use Himalayan rock salt lamps or an ion generator or purifier in your house and in your office, if possible. These lamps and purifiers mop up positive ions and help bring back natural harmony to your environment.
-Place potted plants (real ones) throughout your house and office. It’s very common for modern houses to be more polluted than outside, so enjoy bringing the beauty of nature into your home.
-Connect with nature. Get barefoot and walk on raw earth. The earth is charged with negative ions! Our feet are conductors to absorb negative ions, so go outside and experience a lovely barefoot walk. Simply walking on the earth is so healing.
-Spend time at the beach or a waterfall. There’s a reason why we feel so good after being at the beach or at a waterfall. Because of the crashing pure water, these precious parts of the planet are especially charged with negative ions.
-Use natural, preferably organic deodorants, body washes and creams. You can even use Himalayan rock salt soaps, which are quite mainstream now.
-Use organic sheets, towels, clothes and dishwasher and laundry detergents, if you really want to go the extra distance in your efforts to increase negative ions and decrease positive ones in your life.
-Use negative ion products such as bracelets, necklaces, yoga towels, yoga mats, basically any product that includes negative ions in their composition. It will help energize you and allow you to perform exercise and daily activities in a more focused and energized way.
Make the incorporation of including negative ions in your daily life as if you are taking vitamins or eating the right food. You will exercise longer and harder, feel more rested and generally more in tune with life. It’s your mini way of visiting the mountains or the beach.
So, if you’re not feeling as good as you know you could feel, it may be as simple as looking at the environment you’re in and making some small changes here and there. To me, it’s all about getting back to our true nature, which is full of joy and vitality. We’re meant to connect with nature, not pollutants, so in gratitude for the body we have been blessed with and in gratitude for the amazing planet we live on, do yourself a favor and bring some negative ions into your life. You will look and feel better.
Highlighters. Face primers. Brow fillers. Ever gotten the hard sell for these newish offerings and wondered if they actually serve a purpose? “They do, more than you can imagine,” says Suzy Gerstein, a New York City–based celebrity makeup artist. So much so that these items deserve a permanent home in your cosmetics bag, right alongside your mascara, foundation, and lipstick. Here, the underrated products you didn’t realize you needed, wanted, or had to have.
Think highlighters will make you look like you’re wearing shimmery special-occasion makeup? No worries. Highlighters are great for every day because “they contain pearly pigments that light up your skin,” explains celebrity makeup artist Fiona Styles. So you get a soft and subtle glow. Brush on your cheekbones before blush (to help blush adhere), then dust on top of blush for a more luminous.
If you want your makeup to go on evenly and last all day, a primer is a must-have, says Amy Kernahan, makeup artist and owner of Amy Kernahan Makeup Studio in New York City: “It’s also great for smoothing fine lines and shrinking pores.” Just dab a thin layer over your moisturizer and give it a minute to sink in before putting on makeup. New formulas come with built-in color (so you can forgo foundation) and tackle skin issues like acne and rosacea.
Invisible lip liner
Sure, Angelina Jolie can opt for just gloss. But for those of us who aren’t blessed with that full of a pout, her makeup artist has the secret. “Lip liner!” says Mary Burton, who has worked with Jolie. “It’s the five-second step you can’t skip,” because it adds instant fullness and keeps lipstick in place. For those of us who can never figure out how to choose the perfect color, new wax-based, invisible liners have made it ever so easy to create a colorless waterproof border that defines lips. The best part? “It guarantees that liner won’t look drawn on, which is never a good look,” says Burton. Trace the pencil just outside the lip line, then follow with your regular lipstick.
Most women avoid filling in their brows because they’re afraid they won’t look natural, says brow expert Reema Khan, founder of S.h.a.p.e.s. Brow Bar: “But the fear of bad pencil lines can be put to rest with colored brow markers and gels—the easiest, most natural way to fill in brows.” Brow markers (they function like a pen) are perfect for targeting small gaps “Just make sure to run a clean mascara spoolie through brows afterward to remove any excess pigment,” she adds. Another option: brow gels that look like mascara, and are just as easy to use. “One quick brush across the brows and you’re set,” says Khan.
This life-changing new breed of concealer is “the first thing I reach for when I begin making someone over,” says Gerstein. “Sheerer than traditional cover-up, brightening concealers are infused with peachy-pink, light-reflective particles that do a great job of canceling out dark circles and reviving the skin under your eyes.” To apply, just run the applicator (they typically come in easy-to-dab-on pens) under the eyes from the tear duct to the eyes’ outer corner, then use your ring finger to gently blend. While you’re at it, dab any excess over your lids and up to your brow bone to even out discoloration there, too—many formulas are so lightweight, they can double as a crease-free shadow.
Fashion and fitness. Never used to be much of a subject. You really didn’t worry about what to wear when working out. Now most of us do.
There are so many great clothes now for working out plus they’ve been made to look great. Companies like LuLuLemon changed the way we look when getting on a sweat. Enjoy these super videos about fashion and fitness and then finish with a summer workout video.
Outfitting your family at retail prices can put a real stress on your budget, but it doesn’t have to. From members-only and social media deals to smartphone shortcuts, finding the clothes you want at prices you can afford has never been easier.
GET MORE FROM YOUR STORE
Use these smart shopping strategies to nab the best prices at retailers you already know.
Sign up for a rewards card: Goodwill card holders earn points when they shop there. You can redeem the points to get a coupon for $10 or 25 percent off, depending on your area. The Super Savers Club at Savers stores gives you access to exclusive online content (like e-mail deals and advance notice of sales) and birthday coupons.
Ask about sale days: Call a thrift store to find out its sale schedule. Many locations have at least one day a week when all or most items are half off.
Look for brand names: Many designers sell their surplus inventory to warehouse clubs. Calvin Klein hoodies and jeans can be found at Sam’s Club and Costco at 90 percent off, and BJ’s has featured big discounts on items from Nautica and Nicole Miller.
Buy the basics: You often can find essentials, like underwear, at prices that beat department store sales. A six-pack of Hanes men’s T-shirts, for example, costs 60 percent more on sale at Macy’s than at Costco.
Enjoy personal service: Loehmann’s gives you up to 65 percent off department store prices, and some locations even offer free personal shoppers, who can help you stay within your budget and alert you when your favorite brands are on sale. Call a nearby store to schedule an appointment.
Find bigger inventory: Unlike department stores, which shop by season, chains such as T.J.Maxx, Winners and Marshalls replenish their merchandise every week, so you’re more likely to nab trendy, affordable pieces, as well as last-minute seasonal items.
Combine deals: Shop at chains that let you use personal rewards and discounts along with in-store specials. For example, at Kohl’s you can use percent-off discounts simultaneously with dollars-off promotions.
Use the store credit card: Although you should swipe only if you can pay off the balance right away, keeping a store credit card has benefits. A GapCard gives you birthday deals, 10 percent off every Tuesday and rewards points that lead to extra savings.
If there’s one thing Bob Harper doesn’t like, it’s anything complicated. But what he also doesn’t like is trying to take the easy way out when commitment and hard work are needed. So he’s pulled together 20 simple rules for weight loss that reflect all the above. “They aren’t easy,” he told us about his rules in a recent phone conversation. “My publisher really pushed back when I first came up with these. But after years of working with Biggest Loser contestants, I know what needs to be done when it comes to losing weight.”
Here are Bob Harper’s 20 Rules to get and stay skinny!
RULE 1: Drink a Large Glass of Water before Every Meal – No Excuses! RULE 2: Don’t Drink Your Calories RULE 3: Eat Protein Every Meal – or Stay Hungry and Grouchy RULE 4: Slash Your Intake of Refined Flours and Grains RULE 5: Eat 30 to 50 Grams of Fiber a Day RULE 6: Eat Apples and Berries Every Single Day – Every Single Day! RULE 7: No Carbs after Lunch RULE 8: Learn to Read Food Labels So You Know What You Are Eating RULE 9: Step Guessing About Portion Size and Get It Right – for Good! RULE 10: No More Added Sweeteners, Including Artificial Ones RULES 11: Get Rid of Those White Potatoes RULE 12: Make One Day a Week Meatless RULE 13: Get Rid of Fast Foods and Fried Foods RULE 14: Eat a Real Breakfast RULE 15: Make Your Own Food and Eat at Least Ten Meals a Week at Home RULE 16: Banish High-Salt Foods RULE 17: Eat Your Vegetables – Just Do It! RULE 18: Go to Bed Hungry RULE 19: Sleep Right RULE 20: Plan One Splurge Meal a Week
Eating a wholesome and healthy diet is good for our overall well-being, but have you ever thought that what you eat might also be beneficial to your skin and outer beauty? If you want to get glowing skin naturally, there are foods that can truly be called skin friendly. Treating and nourishing your skin from the inside out, these beauty foods give you a head start to fight signs of aging, wrinkles, and dullness.
This is nothing new for most us, but make it a habit to try to drink plenty of water everyday. When you are hydrated, your skin is hydrated. Internal hydration keeps wrinkles at bay and flushes out any toxins. According to the Mayo Clinic, the amount of water you need daily varies from person to person, but eight glasses a day is a good guideline. Try to drink even when you’re not thirsty, and carry a water bottle with you for easy on-the-go hydration.
Nuts and Seeds
In Ayurvedic medicine there’s a saying: Eat like a bird. Before you laugh, consider this: Nuts and seeds are high in omega-3s and good fats, both of which are excellent for the skin. Many nuts, such as almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds, are also high in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that fights aging.
While eating any vegetables is always good for your skin, carrots are a really great choice for snacking. They are high in vitamin A, which is needed for cell growth. If you have dry or dull skin, carrots are your way to get glowing skin naturally. Eat them preferably raw so you get the best nutrition.
Raspberries and Blueberries
These two berries are a good source vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant. You might need vitamin C when you’re having a cold to help your immune system, but make sure you get it outside the flu season too. Your skin will stay elastic and glowing.
This classic breakfast fruit has some serious kick! The pink color in grapefruit comes from lycopene, found also in other red foods such as tomatoes and watermelon. Lycopene is a potent antioxidant that protects your cells and fights free radicals that come from pollution and UV-rays.
We get it: You want to lose the jiggle but don’t want to blacklist your favorite eats, count every single calorie, or overdose on gym hours. The great news is, you can drop weight without dieting: Experts say making small change-ups to your day is one of the best ways to lose. We grilled health and fitness pros for the tweaks that will help your shape the most. Road test a few, and you could shed 5 (this week!), 10, or even 20-plus pounds without a whole lot of effort.
Power up PB
“Buy natural varieties of peanut butter and pour off the oil sitting on top. Each serving will have 20 fewer calories and 2 to 3 fewer grams of fat. It’s a small difference that’ll add up to a couple of pounds per year.” —Amelia Winslow, personal chef in Los Angeles and founder of the healthy food blog Eating Made Easy
Pop to it
“Skimping on fiber will make you gain weight. Forget the pretzels and go for a bag of low-fat popcorn. It has five times the fiber and only 90 calories for six cups, so it’s filling and satisfying. A recent study found that when women doubled their daily fiber intake from 12 to 24 grams, their bodies absorbed 90 calories less per day. You could lose almost 10 pounds in a year!” —Tanya Zuckerbrot, RD, author of The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss
Dance your butt off
“Kick up your heels and go dancing with your girlfriends—or have a solo dance session at home. Fast-tempo dances are not only a blast to do, but in an hour you’ll torch 400 to 500 calories. That’s equivalent to light jogging on the treadmill, but it’s way more fun!” —Christine Avanti, author of Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food: Lose the Fake Food and Kickstart Your Weight Loss
Switch things up
“At the gym, lift one set of heavier weights than you’re used to. And on your walk or run, add backward walking and sideways shuffling in one-minute bursts. You’ll challenge your muscles in new ways, work them at a variety of angles, and improve your balance. These things will tone you up and burn extra calories.” —Gunnar Peterson, celebrity trainer to A-listers (including our December cover star Sofia Vergara!) in Beverly Hills, California
Nix nighttime eating
“Cutting out after-dinner snacking is a quick way to help you shed 5 pounds in a week. At night, we’re usually scarfing down junky foods in front of the TV—and it’s easy to consume a meal’s worth of calories, plus belly-bloating sodium. If you’re typically hungry before bed, it might mean you’re eating dinner too early, so push it back. Snack on fruit at 3 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., have a snack bar. At 7:30, you’ll be ready for dinner, and you’ll be eating late enough to stay full for the rest of the evening.” —Heather Bauer, RD, author of Bread Is the Devil: Win the Weight Loss Battle by Taking Control of Your Diet Demons
Be a crunch monster
“Fill your plate with crunchy, chewy foods like carrots, apples, and whole grains. They take more time to chew, and their fiber makes your body work harder to digest them—so you’ll burn more calories during your meal. Eating this way can increase your total calorie burn by 5% throughout the day!” —Leslie Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Sports Medicine
Keep it simple
“Just focus on cooking wholesome food; you’ll eat well and could even lose 5 pounds in a week. For breakfast, have yogurt and some fruit; for lunch, eat a soup and a winter salad with tuna and walnuts; at dinner, fill your plate with 3 to 4 ounces of fish or chicken, a couple of veggies, and a piece of fruit. And feel free to use a bit of butter or olive oil—you don’t have to deprive yourself.” —Mireille Guiliano, author of The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook
Beat booze bloat
“Downsize your wine glass to cut calories. Wine glasses today are giant goblets, so it’s easy to pour 6 ounces, or one-and-a-half servings, without noticing. That means those two glasses a night might actually be closer to three (almost half a bottle!), adding up to 300 calories. Instead of drinking this way every day, have a regular-size 4-ounce glass a couple of times a week. You could drop more than 20 pounds this year.” —Tim Church, MD, director of preventive medicine research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
“Slip exercise into everyday life, and make it fun. Head outside and go ice skating with friends or shape a snowman with your kids. You can even stage a pillow fight in your living room. That burns 82 calories in 20 minutes, plus you’ll laugh the entire time!” —Missy Chase Lapine, author of The Speedy Sneaky Chef
“Season and butter the bottom of foods. For example, butter the bottom of toast, and salt the bottom of potato rounds. This sounds weird, but it really helps with weight loss. When you eat foods this way, the flavor hits your tongue right away, and you actually taste more of it. Ultimately, that means you can cut out at least half the belly-bloating salt or butter.” —Devin Alexander, chef and host of FitTV’s Healthy Decadence and author of The Biggest Loser Quick & Easy Cookbook
Dine in slow-mo
“Make sure you’re the last one to start eating and also the last person to finish. I do this, and it helps me slow down and chew my food properly instead of inhaling what’s on my plate—and more. Eat this way and you’ll take in fewer calories at your meals.” —JJ Virgin, PhD, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arms
Dress the part
“Make a few changes to your party outfit, and you’ll beat the temptation to overindulge. At a cocktail party, carry a clutch instead of a purse. With a cocktail in one hand and your handbag in the other, you won’t be able to reach for too many hors d’oeuvres. And wear a form-fitting dress—it’ll be your biggest reminder to not revisit the food table for seconds.” —Keri Gans, RD, author of The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You
Go by the numbers
“Stop eating when you’re at a 5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 is famished and 10 is Thanksgiving full). When you stop at 5 or 6, chances are 20 minutes later, you’ll feel like a 7 or 8. This tactic is great for parties and vacations—and could save you lots of calories per meal.” —Ellie Krieger, RD, host of Cooking Channel’s Healthy Appetite and author of Comfort Food Fix
I’ve asked dermatologists about their clients’ leading concerns about keeping their breast healthy, and what steps we can take to avoid premature aging. This advice from the pros will keep your decolletage dazzling.
You’ll start to notice brown spots and uneven pigmentation, says Debra Jaliman, MD, professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Beat back the clock: Try an over-the-counter product like Nia 24 Sun Damage Repair for Decolletage and Hands ($44; www.amazon.com), which contains nicotinic acid, a substance proven to reduce age spots and discoloration, Jaliman says.
Your concern: vertical wrinkles up and down your chest. Beat back the clock: Talk to your derm about collagen-stimulating lasers. Recently developed ones like the Genesis or Medlite actually stimulate skin to make new collagen, which makes the chest appear more plumped up. Most women need three to six treatments, costing about $400 each (results usually last three to five years).
Years of sun exposure can leave your skin with a crepe-y look. Beat back the clock: At-home or in-office glycolic peels will stimulate collagen production. A Photosome-based treatment will repair damage; try Remergent DNA Repair Formula ($125; available through dermatologists). And OTC products with hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture, will improve your skin’s appearance temporarily.
Thousands of men and women struggle with snail-speed hair growth, or hair that just isn’t growing at all. Older men and women especially have difficulty with this problem because of a change in hormone levels that comes with age. Fortunately though, with a variety of lifestyle changes, you can help reduce hair loss and improve the growth of your strands. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as better eating habits and exercising more can have a noticeable effect on hair loss.
But keep in mind that what you’re applying to your locks also plays a big role in determining your hair’s growth. After all, the shampoo and conditioner you use in the shower can hinder hair growth. So be sure that you are keeping your strands strong by using leave-in conditioners in addition to getting regular trims. Using organic and natural products are best because they contain less chemicals than other brands. You’ll be able to find hair care and other beauty items at your local health food store or online.
Foods and Vitamins for Hair Growth
Protein is a major part of growing your strands because hair is essentially protein; so not getting enough protein in your diet will stunt your hair’s growth. Eat fish, chicken, tofu, beans, and lentils to remedy this problem. You can also start incorporating protein shakes into your diet by using whey protein powder.
Eating more citric fruits like oranges and lemons will give your hair and body the vitamin C that is needed for healthy hair growth. Green peppers offer vitamin C too, but you can also take supplements to ensure that you’re getting between 1,000 and 3,000 mg a day.
All of the B vitamins are also important for growing strong hair and nails. Taking biotin or a vitamin B complex supplement will benefit you greatly. Use these supplements with food and water for the recommended dosage labeled on the bottle.
If you’re on a wheat or gluten-free diet, you may be experiencing an iron deficiency, which can lead to hair loss. Iron will increase the blood circulation in your scalp, thus enabling hair to get what it needs to grow. If you’re willing to add liver, apricots, raisins, prunes, lentils, and egg yolks to your diet, then you’ll be fine!
Making sure that you drink plenty of water will not only keep your hair hydrated, but also your nails as well. The average amount of water we need is 8 glasses daily; so rather than drinking sodas and fruit juices with meals, drink water instead.
If you’re into partying or drinking regularly, you may want to consider cutting alcoholic drinks out of your diet to improve hair growth. Assuming you’re not comfortable with eliminating alcohol from your diet completely, then at least consider reducing the amount you drink while also incorporating water in between drinks. Similar to drinking too much alcohol, smoking also has negative effects on hair growth because it limits the blood flow to your scalp and other areas of your body. In turn, this stunts hair growth in both men and women alike.
Using vitamin E oil on your scalp and strands can enhance hair growth by stimulating scalp circulation. Taking vitamin E capsules internally will also help keep your hair strong and make it grow. Foods with vitamin A such as kale, carrots, eggs and squash are great for growing strong and shiny hair.
Homemade Treatments for Hair Growth
There are a variety of treatments that have been passed down from generation-to-generation, and are said to improve hair growth and minimize baldness in both men and women. Here is a list that we’ve compiled of the most popular home remedies for hair growth:
Cayenne pepper and olive oil can be combined to promote blood circulation to your hair follicles.
To create this, you’ll need 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper and 2 cups of olive oil.
Mix them together, and then store the mixture in a dark bottle so as to protect the solution from the sun.
Let the mixture meld together for two weeks before you begin applying it to your scalp and hair regularly.
Let the mixture sit on your hair for half an hour or more before you use shampoo and conditioner
Recommended usage is every other day.
Another pepper treatment involves the use of castor oil and vodka!
To create this treatment, you’ll need one large jalapeno pepper, 0.5 cup of vodka, and 2 tablespoons of castor oil.
Begin by dicing the pepper up into small pieces, add the vodka, and let the mixture meld together for 10-15 days.
Once you’ve waited long enough, spoon the peppers out of the vodka, and then add the castor oil and shake well.
Massage onto your scalp, and allow it to rest on your hair for an hour before washing with shampoo and conditioner.
You can also sleep with this treatment on your locks (use a night cap to avoid ruining your pillow)
Other Home Remedies for Growing Healthy Hair Faster
Massaging grape seed oil onto your scalp and hair is another home-based treatment that can be used to improve hair growth. Massage onto your scalp before bed and wash in the morning.
Sleeping with a tight pony tail can damage your strands because of tossing and turning in bed at night. So instead of sleeping with a bun, try sleeping in braids so your hair isn’t being broken when you roll your head around on the pillow.
A really good 20-minute treatment for hair growth is to combine a few tablespoons of aloe vera with one tablespoon of honey.
Mix the two ingredients together and apply to your scalp.
After the 20 minutes are up, wash with shampoo or baking soda and water,
Condition per usual.
Eggs and olive oil are great for adding shine to your strands, but they can also help to grow hair as well.
Mix one egg, a tablespoon of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of honey together
Apply this mixture to your scalp with massaging motions.
Use a towel or shower cap to hold your locks in place for 30 minutes, then continue to wash hair normally as well as condition.
The following method is similar to the pepper hair treatments mentioned previously; however, you’ll need an onion this time!
Pour several teaspoons of minced onion into your shampoo, and let the onion meld together with the shampoo for at least 10-15 days.
Once it has combined, use the shampoo as you normally would.
You can grind an onion up in a food processor, and then use the leftover juice to rub onto your scalp to provoke hair growth in dormant hair follicles.
Leave the juice on for 30 minutes before shampooing your hair.
You can also add lemon juice to this mixture; simply use equal parts lemon juice to onion juice for the same amount of time.
All of these treatments can improve hair growth as well as help with thinning hair. But keep in mind that some other reasons why you may be experiencing hair loss or hair thinning could be due to stress, environmental issues, sickness, or pregnancy. If you are allergic to anything previously mentioned, do not apply them topically to your scalp or skin since this can cause adverse reactions.
On a recent episode of the Dr. Oz Show that focuses on getting your body swimsuit-ready for the beach, Dr. Oz recommends four belly fat fighting nutritional foods and supplements from the ocean. However, before rushing to the nearest health food store, here is some extra information to consider about his belly fat fighting supplements that alerts you to what is hype and what is helpful.
Algae oil is a rich source of one type of omega-3 fatty acid and works to fight belly fat by reducing inflammation in your body. Inflammation is one of the key contributors to storing excess fat in your body—particularly in the abdominal region. Another benefit of algae oil is that it does not have a fishy taste or odor to it unlike other omega-3 containing fish oil supplements or when eating sardines.
However, the best recommendation for getting omega-3 fatty acids into your diet is by eating oily fish such as sardines and anchovies that are natural sources of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) omega-3 fatty acids. Taking supplements like an algae oil pill is not as beneficial as eating oily fish because it turns out that algae oil contains only DHA and not EPA.
If you cannot stand eating sardine or are a vegetarian, then supplements or foods fortified with omega-3 fatty acids are recommended. With that in mind, you need to be sure that you know if your supplement has both DHA and EPA, or just one and not the other to be sure that you are taking the correct dose. The general recommendation is 1000 milligrams (1 gram) of DHA and EPA combined—not separate. Therefore, you may need to adjust the number of capsules you take per day because not all omega-3 supplements contain the same amounts of EPA and/or DHA.
Dr. Oz’s recommendation of 600 mg per day of DHA-containing algae oil supplement is within the normal recommended range. Before taking more than this dose, however, you should first consult with your physician and take into consideration any food sources of additional omega-3 fatty acids that you may already be taking.
Flounder is a fish that lives near the bottom of the ocean and can contain as much as 30 grams of protein in one filet. The belly fat fighting advantage to this is that its high protein content will make you feel fuller than you would feel by eating some other types of fish.
Flounder is also low in saturated fat and is a good source of Vitamin D, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus and Potassium, Vitamin B12 and Selenium. However, one category that flounder fails in is that it is high in cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of raw flounder is listed as containing 13.6 mg of cholesterol. Depending on your cholesterol numbers, you may want to consult with your dietician and physician before filling up with flounder.
Nori is one of 20 types of edible seaweed and is often used in sushi rolls. The pigment in Nori contains Fucoxanthin—a carotenoid found in some seaweeds. The belly fat fighting advantage of eating Nori or other foods that contain fucoxanthin is that is believed to aid in fat loss by reportedly stimulating a protein called Uncoupled Protein 1 (UCP1) which increases the metabolism in fat cells.
In one study published in 2010, animal studies showed that feeding mice a fucoxanthin-rich seaweed extract actually suppressed body weight gain and improved the fat cell burning by increasing the metabolism in mice that were on a high-fat diet.
Dr. Oz recommends baking sheets of Nori seaweed in the oven at a low temperature until they are crunchy and use them as a potato chip snack substitute.
Chitosan is a modified dietary fiber derived from the chitin component of the shells of crustaceans such as crab, shrimp and cuttlefish. Chitosan is often advertised as a “fat trapper” and reportedly helps fight belly fat by blocking fat absorption in the stomach, which then allows the fat to pass on through the intestine and out the body as waste.
Dr. Oz says that it is especially good for your diet cheat days when you want to reward yourself with something fatty like a cheeseburger. He recommends taking 1000 mg of chitosan 30 minutes (with water) before consuming a fat-filled meal.
However, multiple studies in respected journals have found no evidence that eating chitosan will result in weight loss or that it is actively binding to fat in the stomach in test subjects fed fatty meals.
While there are nutritional benefits to eating some foods and supplements from the ocean that can help fight belly fat, like all dieting advice you have to take it with a grain of salt and do your research.
Airbrush sprays! Tanner-infused puffs! We tried ‘em all so you can find your perfect formula and get a sexy glow.
You love the look of a tan — it can make you appear healthier, happier, even thinner — but the sun has become public enemy #1. Luckily, the newest sunless tanners impart a truly believable glow at prices that suit every budget. Choose your formula: an aerosol spray (just like a salon treatment!), a quick-absorbing mousse, an easy-to-apply cream or gel, or a goof-proof towelette. To help you navigate the options, 12 top products were tested. Here’s what you need to know.
Winner: Most Even Finish: Mystic Tan MysticSunless Tanning Spray
The Claim: “Delivers a healthy, even, streak-free tan every time.”
Our Tester Reports: “It developed into a nice, even, golden color overnight, similar to what you’d get at a Mystic Tan booth; but you’re able to control the coverage and don’t have to leave home.”
Winner: Deepest Bronze: Rodial Brazilian Tan
The Claim: “The darkest, yet most natural-looking, self-tan on the market.”
Our Tester Reports: “It took time to apply because the shade is so intense, and initially it looked uneven. But once I showered off the tinted lotion, it looked really great.”
Winner, Best for Legs: Bella Bronze Espresso & Crema Anti-Cellulite Tinted Self-Tanner — Legs
The Claim: “Anti-cellulite agents help diminish dimpling.”
Our Tester Reports: “After just a few applications, my skin didn’t seem any firmer; but the color boost made my thighs look sleeker and my cellulite less noticeable.”
Winner, Best for Dry Skin: Neutrogena Moisture Rich Sunless Tanning SPF 20
The Claim: “Contains an SPF, so you can use it outdoors.”
Our Tester Reports: “I’m an avid boater, so the SPF was a great incentive. It went on smoothly, it didn’t feel greasy like sun block sometimes can, and I got compliments on the golden shade.”
Winner, Most Natural: Estee Lauder Go Tan Air-Brush Self-Tan Spray for Body
The Claim: “Vitamin E leaves skin moisturized to help maintain color for days.”
Our Tester Reports: “The shade was very light (more of a glow than a tan), but it stayed even for days and faded uniformly all over, while most tanners fade in patches.”
Winner, Easiest to Use: Almay Sunless Tanning Gel for Face
The Claim: “A tint makes the formula mistake-proof. Vitamins A and C soften skin.”
Our Tester Reports: “The light gel spread really easily and evenly, and I’d go so far as to describe the scent as pleasant! The shade was pretty pale, though.”
Winner, Best Buildable Color: Coppertone Gradual Tan Faces
The Claim: “Builds up to a natural-looking color, so users can customize their shade.”
Our Tester Reports: “I was a self-tanning virgin, but this was so simple. I just applied it like I would a moisturizer. I got a nice, even glow, kind of like wearing a light bronzer!”
Lancome Flash Bronzer Glow ‘N Wear Natural
The Claim: “Dries in minutes for an instant and even, golden glow.”
Our Tester Reports: “The properties that make the light gel soak in quickly caused it to become dry and sticky right away, making it difficult to blend. But the instant glow it gave me was worth it!”
Dove Energy Glow Daily Moisturizer with Subtle Self-Tanners
The Claim: “Essential moisturizers hydrate skin, and tone-enhancers gradually build a subtle glow.”
Our Tester Reports: “I used this four out of five days and saw only a slight change in my skin tone. But it doesn’t require a lot of blending to look natural, so I’ll keep using it.”
Dior Self-Tanner Shimmering Glow
The Claim: “A hint of shimmer creates a luminous glow.”
Our Tester Reports: “The built-in sheen made my legs look really sleek and glamorous, but I really didn’t like the strong odor that stuck around until my next shower.”
Lancaster Deep Bronze Aqua Gel
The Claim: “Incredibly easy to apply, and dries lightning fast.”
Our Tester Reports: “I loved the watery consistency, but it dried so fast I wasn’t able to blend it well enough. The final color looked a bit orange and uneven.”
Summer like winter, requires its own special beauty tricks. After all, it is in summer that your eyeshadow becomes a greasy pool in your eyelid creases, your hair falls flat or frizzes to a crisp and your hair color looks like mud against your tan. But have no fear, there are fixes to your summer beauty problems. To keep you looking best, here are my ten favorite beauty tips for the hot season.
Embrace, Don’t Fight, the Elements
Humidity can wreak havoc on curly and straight hair. But instead of fighting the elements this summer, try to embrace them. Curly hair is uber-sexy in summer. Keep away the frizz with product such as Phyto Plage Protective Sun Veil ($20) after a shower or swim. Your curls will will be protected, but they won’t frizz up. Superstraight hair “doesn’t say summer,” says stylist Mark Townsend in Harper’s Bazaar. Put your flatiron away for the summer and let hair dry naturally. Most hair has some wave in it, and beachy waves never go out of style. If you are near an ocean, get in it. Saltwater has wonderful effects on all hair types. You’ll love the look once your hair has dried.
Colored Hair Needs Protecting
The sun will turn colored hair all types of wild colors. Protect your color with a protector like Fekkai SunShine Shield Spray. My stylist, Antonio Gonzales of Eva Scrivo Salon, agrees. “I was at a really nice hotel in South Beach and this woman comes out of the pool and applies her hair masque. I was like, ‘You go girl!’” says Antonio. “She was protecting her highlights.”
Blah Hair? Get Thee to the Hair Colorist
Nothing is more gorgeous in summer than lighter hair. I look particularly fantastic with light blonde highlights around my face. Nothing shows off a tan better than highlights. Plus, color can add body to fine, limp hair. When choosing a summer color, stick to natural colors. The sun will naturally lighten hair, so you don’t want to go to an extreme. Got black or brown hair? Consider caramel highlights or opt for all-over hair color a shade or two lighter than your current color. I suggest getting hair professionally colored or doing it yourself with a store-bought box. But beware the old lemon juice trick you did in junior high: Lemon juice will naturally lighten hair, but it is also wickedly drying.
Foundation Is Out, Tinted Moisturizer Is In
If you refuse to go bare in summer and can’t imagine life without your foundation, consider putting away your foundation for the season and trying a tinted moisturizer. I’m warning you, you may never go back to your old foundation. Lighter than foundation, tinted moisturizers still cover flaws but feel less “cakey.” And while foundations can feel as if they’re melting off your face, tinted moisturizers won’t. Most women are darker in summer, so if you insist on using your foundation, consider one shade for summer and a lighter one for winter. My favorite tinted moisturizer is Laura Mercier, which contains SPF — a bonus all year round.
Go for a Bold Nail Polish
If you are flaunting your toes all over the place this summer, then consider painting your nails a fun, bright color. Bold colors such as hot pink or bright orange (don’t laugh) are especially popular this summer and look great on most skin types. Bright colors are especially striking against dark skin. When choosing your summer shade, consider your sandals. I plan to stick with my light pink — anything brighter clashes with my favorite summer shoes. Sigh.
Don’t Forget to Protect Your Other Parts
Studies show while most women know to put sunscreen on their faces, they skip their chests, hands and necks. Their faces age well, but nothing else does. Who wants to have 80-year-old hands and a 60-year-old face? My advice: When you apply sunscreen, take a couple minutes to slather it on your check and neck. Use whatever’s leftover on your hands. It’s important to apply sunscreen a couple times throughout the day. One application in the morning won’t necessarily last a full 12 hours.
Avoid Common Bra Faux Pas
Sundresses are all the rage right now in New York, but every day I see at least a half dozen pairs of saggy boobs bobbing about like elephant trunks. A bad (or no) bra can really throw off an otherwise cute look. And there’s really no excuse for it since these days they make bras for every kind of dress. Tank tops are fun, but visible bra straps are tacky. Make sure to do a bra strap check before heading out into public.
Pick the Right Self-Tanner
The other day I saw the gorgeous model Helena Christensen in the West Village. First I thought, “Oh look, there’s Helena! We’re the same height!” Then I thought, “Oh my. Helena’s a victim of the orange, splotchy, bad self-tanner legs.” I’ve seen quite a few orange women wandering around these days, a shame considering there are so many great self-tanners on the market that look super natural.
Keep Your Makeup From Melting Off Your Skin
For years I watched helplessly as my eyeshadow melted into my eyelid crease by the middle of the day. Then I discovered MAC paints, which work like an eyeshadow primer. Shadow sticks to the “paint” and won’t budget the entire day. To keep eyeshadow from creeping into your eyelid crease, prime lids with an eyeshadow base, which acts like a primer. A good base should also hold your eyeliner, but to ensure it also doesn’t rub off on lids, apply eyeshadow over the line to “set it.” Better yet, skip the pencil eyeliners for summer and opt instead for a liquid liner, which won’t budge as the day wears on. As for mascara, waterproof mascara is a great bet.
Don’t Be Afraid of Shine
Dewy skin is gorgeous. Don’t overpowder your face because you’re afraid it’s a grease pit. Instead, try blotting papers.
Pink, Flushed Cheeks are Gorgeous
Nothing’s more natural in summer than pink, flushed, “just-back-from-a-run” skin. To get this look, apply bronzer on all the bits the sun would naturally hit: forehead, cheeks and nose. Then apply a pink blush on the apples of your cheeks.
Pull Hair Off Your Face
Keep the sweat off your neck with headbands, ballerina bands, ponytails, loose buns or even kerchiefs. All are gorgeous looks for summer.
Professional tennis player and Proactiv spokesperson Caroline Wozniacki manages to have flawless skin despite constant sweat and sun exposure on the court, so we jumped at the chance to get her secrets. Here’s what she said about the products that keep her looking gorgeous, her on-the-road routine, and her proudest career moment.
What’s your haircare, makeup and skincare routine like on a typical day? Caroline Wozniacki: I really try to keep my daily routine simple and natural. I always like my skin to feel light and clean, so I really try hard to use products that are good for my skin and keep me looking naturally fresh. Since I travel so much, I like to make sure my routine can easily come with me from country to country! I make sure to drink a lot of water, get plenty of sleep and moisturize my skin every day. I find that doing these simple things are easy ways to keep me looking my best.
You’re constantly on the court and exposed to the harsh sun. How do you keep your skin protected? CW: I wear SPF under my daily moisturizer every day. I’m on the court and outside playing so much that I don’t want to have to worry about my skin getting damaged from the sun. So I just make sure I am properly protected every day. Now it’s such a routine that I pretty much have SPF on all the time!
How did you start working with Proactiv? CW: I started having bad breakouts when I was about 15 years old. I was playing a lot of tournaments back then, so I was in the public eye a lot and didn’t really feel comfortable with all the cameras around because I wasn’t confident about my skin. I decided to give Proactiv a chance, and my experience was really positive. After about a week, I started to see significant results. I was so happy, and didn’t have to worry about breakouts anymore. Since I love the product so much, I figured a partnership with them was a great idea.
What’s the one beauty product never leaves your bag? Why? CW: Once again, SPF is really important to me so I always have some in my bag with me. You never know when you’re going to need it! I’m also obsessed with a bunch of the Oriflame lip glosses so I keep those on hand most of the time as well. I hate when my lips are dry or chapped! So I always like to have lip treatments with me, and if they have SPF in them, even better.
What are your gym bag beauty essentials? CW: Definitely my blister patches! Compeed makes these amazing blister patches that I keep in my gym bag all the time because I wear them almost every day. Blisters are the absolute worst when I’m playing or practicing and can really affect my game so having the patches on me makes a huge difference.
What does your training consist of? CW: Naturally I spend a lot of time on the court, but I also spend a fair amount of time training off-court. I also like to mix it up and have some fun with boxercise.
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence? CW: I definitely indulge in my fair share of massages, but most of them are more sports therapy.
What are the beauty products you can’t live without? CW: Proactiv 3 Step System, Proactiv Refining Mask, Compeed Blister Patches, Oriflame Giordani lip gloss line, Oriflame Divine Body Cream and the Proactiv Advanced Blemish Treatment.
Where do you get the confidence and energy to keep working your absolute hardest on the court? CW: I’ve always been very motivated to do my best when I play. It’s definitely a passion and drive within me that keeps me going and playing my best. I also come from a family of athletes, so they have always been very supportive and motivating which helps me stay focused and try my hardest.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? CW: Holding the #1 position for so long is definitely something I am really proud of. I finished at #1 for two years in a row, so that is something I really strive to reach again.
Rebecca Romijn reveals how she gets those beach waves and that fresh, glowing skin, plus the products she can’t live without.
What’s the one beauty product that never leaves your bag? Rebecca Romijn: I always carry Wella Ocean Spritz to refresh my hair. It mimics sea water and adds great texture. It’s a very good low-maintenance solution for someone who’s on the go. What are your haircare, makeup and skincare routines like on a typical day? RR: I cleanse and moisturize my face in the morning and at night, and never forget sunscreen. What are your secrets for looking great no matter where you are and what you’re doing? Do you have a go-to makeup look or hairstyle? RR: I don’t wash my hair every day; in fact I always prefer “second day hair”. It’s easy and it does what I want it to do! What are you gym bag beauty essentials? RR: I always carry a hair elastic and bobby pins in my gym bag to put my postworkout hair into a bun. A bun is an easy classic. I also put on a great pair of sunglasses and Smashbox O-Gloss for my lips. The pink shade is natural-looking and perfect on everyone. And I love the texture.
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence? RR: My biggest beauty indulgence are regular facials, and I splurge on Oyxgen Plasma by Knutek. It’s a miracle-worker, and I use it morning and night when I cleanse. Oxygen helps with fine lines and to heal blemishes.
What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from the makeup, hair and skincare experts you’ve worked with? RR: The best tip I’ve learned from makeup artists is to regularly use the Clarisonic on my face. Even if I think I’ve removed all my makeup, it’s amazing how much cleaner my face becomes after I use my Clarisonic. It’s possibly the best investment I’ve made in my skincare routine since I’ve been an adult.
You’ll jump through hoops to keep your body looking young (and you have the legs to prove it!), but what are you doing to stave off the signs of aging skin? Here’s how to turn back the clock.
Ward Off Wrinkles
Feel as if you need a chemistry degree to navigate the cosmetics aisles? You’re not alone. According to Olay, 33 percent of women say that picking out skin-care products is more confusing than filing taxes. Chalk it up to an explosion in the number of products. Plus, the markers of aging are showing up as early as your twenties and thirties, especially if you often exercise outdoors, and that has created a whole new category of creams and lotions, says Tina Alster, MD, a dermatologist in Washington, D.C. But no worries. We’ve found the top ingredients to battle your most common skin problems and help you look years younger.
Ward Off Wrinkles
Your daily run might do wonders for your body, but it can tax your skin. Sunlight and toxins such as pollution and smoke unleash damaging free radicals. “These can increase inflammation in your skin and cause collagen to break down, paving the way for lines,” says Ranella Hirsch, MD, a dermatologist in Boston. But just as you can halt muscle loss by lifting weights, you can help slow down collagen loss.
Your superstar ingredients: Antioxidants
A daily dose can neutralize free radicals before they do harm — and allow cells to repair existing damage. There are a ton of options out there, but the pros suggest sticking with well-studied types, including vitamins C and E, ferulic acid, and lycopene.
How to use them: “Think of antioxidants as being like the vitamin boosts you add to smoothies,” Dr. Hirsch says. In the morning, try a sunscreen infused with these agents. At night, use a cream containing collagen-stimulating retinol or peptides to smooth lines.
We’re all for embracing your freckles, but when you’re dealing with a large mark that doesn’t fade after summer, it’s time to take action. “Spots are indicative of cumulative sun damage,” Dr. Alster says. They can appear in your mid-twenties, typically on your face, décolletage, and hands. According to a study, uneven skin color can make you look 20 years older. Yikes! Fortunately, there are ways to get even.
Your superstar ingredient: Hydroquinone
Derms consider this skin lightener the gold standard for fading spots. Available in prescription (4 percent) and over-the-counter (2 percent) strengths, it works by breaking down the melanin in spots. If you have sensitive skin, try gentler kojic acid.
How to use it: Apply a thin layer of a brightening serum all over your face twice a day. “This treats any discoloration that hasn’t yet surfaced,” says Katie Rodan, MD, a dermatologist in Oakland. Top it off with sunscreen.
As we get older the rate of skin-cell turnover starts to slow, causing a buildup of dead skin. And the pace at which these cells are shed isn’t the same all over your face. Cells in the T-zone, where there are more oil glands, tend to get replaced faster than the skin on the sides of your face. The result? A patchy effect that interrupts light reflection. But it’s easy to get glowing again.
Your superstar ingredient: Glycolic acid
It helps break apart the gluelike substance holding dead skin cells together, Dr. Alster says. The result: An even, more luminous surface.
How to use it: Glycolic acid can irritate skin. If you can tolerate the ingredient, smooth on a moisturizer containing it daily, or try it two times a week if you have sensitive skin. If that’s still too aggravating, try a glycolic-based cleanser, which rinses away dead skin.
Erase Acne Scars
What’s worse than a monster zit? The ugly spot it can leave behind for weeks, even months. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not necessarily a scar, Dr. Hirsch says. It’s often hyperpigmentation, the work of your melanocytes — pigment-producing cells that go into overdrive when skin gets inflamed, as it does with acne. This condition is more likely to affect people with darker skin tones. Luckily, you can speed up the healing and fading process.
Your superstar ingredient: Salicylic acid
This will help promote cell turnover, so you’ll shed melanocytes at the surface, which can make spots fade faster. Salicylic acid also unclogs pores and can prevent new zits from emerging.
How to use it: Apply a salicylic acid peel once a week, but not more often than that. You don’t want to overdo it; drying out your skin will only increase inflammation
Sunburns normally fade after a couple of days, but get enough of them and you may be sporting a perma-flush. Because sun damage can generate broken capillaries, a ruddy complexion may be a precursor to aging, Dr. Rodan explains. Other triggers, such as alcohol and even extreme temperatures (like those in your hot yoga class), can induce a flare-up. Topical treatments will get the red out.
Your superstar ingredient: Topical niacinamide (vitamin B3) It not only calms the flush but also helps strengthen your skin, locking out potential irritants, Dr. Rodan says.
How to use it: Apply a calming cream that contains this anti-inflammatory daily, even when your skin isn’t red, to help prevent any future flare-ups.
Beauty starts internally and externally. Keep your body in shape and your mind too. Yoga offers both for a more beautiful you. Yoga is becoming so popular and for good reason. Practice Yoga for a more beautiful you.
Yoga has become such a popular exercise program and lifestyle. I have included a great article from Web MD about all the benefits of yoga. There are so many. For someone in a weight loss program, it helps your focus and offers super exercise. I always recommend cardio exercise as well as yoga. This can be just getting out and walking.
Yoga is so much more than physical that the article discusses. The mental side of yoga is so important to a healthy life. It always you the chance to escape the stresses of our normal lives.
Finally, I included a few Yoga videos that will introduce you to the practice. Try them. Go at your own pace and make yoga part of your weekly ritual. You will love it.
The Health Benefits of Yoga
Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits. Yoga can hardly be called a trend.
Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include some form of breathing technique and possibly a meditation technique as well. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation. But there are styles of yoga that teach you how to move your body in new ways. Choosing one of these styles offers the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance.
Even though for most healthy people yoga is a safe non-aerobic form of exercise, it is not without its risks. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the yoga injuries most commonly treated in emergency rooms involve overstretching and strain from repetition to the neck, shoulders, spine, legs, knees.
Also, certain poses can increase your risk of injury if you have conditions such as:
high or low blood pressure
problems with your spine
pregnant (including risks to your unborn child)
Here are some tips to help you reduce your risk of injury from yoga:
If you are pregnant or have a pre-existing health condition: Consult your health care provider before starting a yoga program. Your health care provider can help you know how to judge what type and level of yoga exercise is safe for you.
Don’t try learning yoga on your own. Work with an experienced and credentialed instructor to learn the proper way to perform the exercises and avoid injury.
Yoga is not a substitute for medical care. Yoga offers many health benefits and may even be included as part of some treatment plans. But it’s still important to work closely with your regular health care providers and get proper treatment when you need it.
Know your limits and stay within them. Before beginning any new type of yoga, ask about its physical demands. Find out how strenuous it is. Talk with the instructor and others who do that type of yoga to be sure it’s suitable for you.
Go slow. You’re not in competition with anyone else in the class. Learn the basics, such as proper breathing and how to maintain balance, before you attempt the more ambitious stretches.
Warm up properly before every session. Cold muscles increase your chance of injury.
Wear proper clothing. Wear clothes that allow you to move freely.
Ask questions. If you don’t understand an exercise, ask to see it again before you attempt it yourself,
Stay hydrated. That’s especially important if you are practicing what’s called “hot” yoga, which is done in a very warm and humid room.
Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Yoga isn’t supposed to hurt. If you feel pain, stop. If the pain persists, see your health care provider. Stop immediately if you have chest pain, feel faint or overheated, or become dizzy. Get immediate medical help if the sensation continues after you stop.
Yoga and Flexibility
When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or “tight” to do yoga. The truth is you’re never too old to improve flexibility.
The series of yoga poses called asanas work by safely stretching your muscles. This releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. In addition, yoga increases the range of motion in joints. It may also increase lubrication in the joints. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body.
Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time. In one study, participants had up to 35% improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga. The greatest gains were in shoulder and trunk flexibility.
Yoga and Strength
Some styles of yoga, such as ashtanga and power yoga, are more vigorous than others. Practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone.
But even less vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar or hatha, which focuses on less movement and more precise alignment in poses, can provide strength and endurance benefits.
Many of the poses, such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. This becomes crucial as people age. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abdominal muscles. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose. When practiced correctly, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles.
Yoga Can Help Posture
With increased flexibility and strength comes better posture. Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength. That’s because you’re counting on your deep abdominals to support and maintain each pose. With a stronger core, you’re more likely to sit and stand “tall.” Another benefit of yoga is the increased body awareness. This heightened awareness tells you more quickly when you’re slouching or slumping so you can adjust your posture.
Yoga Benefits Breathing
Because of the deep, mindful breathing that yoga involves, lung capacity often improves. This in turn can improve sports performance and endurance. But yoga typically isn’t focused on aerobic fitness the way running or cycling are. Taking an intense power yoga class that gets you breathing hard in a heated room, however, can provide an aerobic benefit.
Most forms of yoga emphasize deepening and lengthening your breath. This stimulates the relaxation response — the opposite of the fight-or-flight adrenaline boost of the stress response.
Yoga Means Less Stress, More Calm
Even beginners tend to feel less stressed and more relaxed after their first class. Some yoga styles use specific meditation techniques to quiet the constant “mind chatter” that often underlies stress. Other yoga styles depend on deep breathing techniques to focus the mind on the breath. When this happens, the mind calms.
Among yoga’s anti-stress benefits are a host of biochemical responses. For example, there is a decrease in catecholamines, the hormones produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Lowering levels of hormone neurotransmitters — dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine — creates a feeling of calm. Some research points to a boost in the hormone oxytocin. This is the so-called “trust” and “bonding” hormone that’s associated with feeling relaxed and connected to others.
Yoga, Concentration, and Mood
Harder to pin down and research scientifically, concentration and the ability to focus mentally are common benefits you’ll hear yoga students talk about. The same is true with mood. Nearly every yoga student will tell you they feel happier and more contented after class. Recently, researchers have begun exploring the effects of yoga on depression, a benefit that may result from yoga’s boosting oxygen levels to the brain. Yoga is even being studied as an adjunct therapy to relieve symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Yoga’s Benefits the Heart
Perhaps one of the most studied areas of the health benefits of yoga is its effect on heart disease. Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Yoga was a key component to the heart disease program designed by Dean Ornish, MD. This was the first program to partly reverse heart disease through lifestyle and diet rather than surgery. On a biochemical level, studies point to a possible anti-oxidant effect of yoga. And yoga has been associated with decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as a boost in immune system function.
Yoga’s Effects on Other Medical Conditions
As yoga has become more popular in the West, medical researchers have begun studying the benefits of therapeutic yoga. This is also called integrative yoga therapy or IYT. It’s used as an adjunct treatment for specific medical conditions, from clinical depression to heart disease. Yoga benefits other chronic medical conditions, relieving symptoms of asthma, back pain, and arthritis. Most worldwide clinical studies are happening outside of the U.S. But even the NIH has funded clinical trials on yoga and its health benefits for insomnia and multiple sclerosis.
Other Benefits of Yoga
Some studies have suggested that yoga may have a positive effect on learning and memory. Other researchers have been studying whether yoga can slow the aging process, increase a person’s sense of self-acceptance, or improve energy levels.
Some potential benefits of yoga may be hard to study scientifically. For instance, yoga has been said to increase spiritual awareness. Nevertheless, there is an abundance of anecdotal claims for what yoga can do. Go to any yoga studio and listen to students after class. Some will even tell you that yoga can help improve marriages and relationships at work.
The only way to be certain of all that yoga can do for you is to try it for yourself and see.
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While you’re focused on getting your body into top shape— or keeping it that way— it’s easy to forget about your skin. Jasmina Aganovic,creator of the anti-aging skincare line Stages of Beauty, has some quick tips for keeping your skin in as good condition as your bod— before, during and after your workouts.
BEFORE Your face could touch a mat (crawling with bacteria!) during crunches, yoga, Pilates, or push-ups, and bacteria can cause breakouts. Before working out, wipe down the surface with sanitizing wipe. You can also bring a clean towel to lay on top of the mat prior to your sweat session.
While working out, you want your skin to be able to breath to avoid clogged pores. Wearing makeup or cosmetic products that are heavy can cause complexion congestion: Specifically, avoid anything that contains occlusive silicone or petrochemicals, like petrolatum, mineral oil and propylene glycol.
AFTER There are three skincare essentials no gym bag should be without: makeup remover wipes or pads for pre-workout, cleanser and toner. If you have time, do a full facial cleanse to get rid of sweat and grime after you exercise. In a hurry, swipe a clarifying or balancing toner over your face to sweep away dirt and freshen your face.
The secret to healthier hair and glowing skin? It’s not in your makeup case. It’s in your diet. Nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet, says these superfoods will give you gorgeous skin and beautiful hair.
This low-profile berry was ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture compared to 40 common fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants in blueberries protect you from premature aging, so add half a cup to your yogurt or cereal every day.
Wild salmon — not farm-raised – is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. Salmon also has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. The vitamin D in salmon keeps your bones and teeth strong and healthy, too. You won’t have a problem adding salmon to your diet since there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this beauty superfood. Try it grilled, baked, in your pasta, with a salad, in sushi, or just with a side of asparagus.
This leafy green vegetable is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach is loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. Spinach is also a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Trade your lettuce for spinach, or saute spinach for a quick, healthy side.
The jury’s still out on whether oysters are really aphrodisiacs, but they are a good source of zinc, which aids in skin cell renewal and repair. Zinc also keeps your nails, hair, and eyes healthy. Who needs an aphrodisiac when you look and feel beautiful?
Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Surprisingly, lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked or processed, so make sure to stock up on canned tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup.
You don’t need to eat cupfuls of walnuts to enjoy their many benefits: smoother skin, healthy hair, brighter eyes, and strong bones. Get your daily dose of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E by eating a handful by themselves or throwing some in your salad, pasta, or dessert.
This small, brown, fuzzy fruit is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, which keep skin firm, help prevent wrinkles, and are great for healthy bones and teeth. The antioxidants in kiwis also protect you from cancer and heart disease.
We won’t judge you if you keep a secret stash of chocolate in your purse or desk (or both). In fact, we recommend you do — especially if you’re willing to share. Dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects skin from sun damage, and contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. Before you make a mad dash to Godiva or Ghirardelli, however, keep in mind that the best kind of chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least 60 percent cacao.
One cup of low-fat yogurt has more calcium than a cup of fat-free milk, which is great for your posture, nails, and teeth. Mix it with fruit or granola for a healthy breakfast or that essential midafternoon snack.
You should be eating this superfood more often than just at Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that fights aging. Hate them mashed? Try them cut up and roasted with herbs or onions for an easy, awesome side.
We know how to get over winter with the help of some little tricks: vitamins against illnesses, winter jackets against frost, traveling to Egypt against missing sun. But do you remember that winter also asks for a change in the cosmetics you use?
During winter, many factors influence the condition of our skin: cold temperature and winds, over-dried atmosphere indoors, and sudden temperature fluctuations when we leave for the outdoors. These contrasts give your skin a good training, but they also hurt it and make it look a little red. Irritation and peeling is common as well. In order to avoid this, you need to help your skin stand against the aggressiveness of weather.
It is widely known that the face reflects the overall condition of the body. All the magic of cosmetologists would be useless if you didn’t follow a healthy lifestyle. So if you want to look better, you should try to give your skin (and yourself) better living conditions and protect it from negative influence.
Lack of vitamins.
Winter is the time when our body needs vitamins most. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables (citrus, kiwi, pomegranates). It is also good to support your skin with vitamins which are designed to strengthen the skin tone, hair, and fingernails.
Oxygen starvation and decreasing of the level of physical activities. It is harder to avoid this but still possible. Get rid of laziness and heavy fir coats. Go to open skate rinks and try skiing. By the way, walking will do as well. The most important advice is to follow two main conditions for the health of your skin and body – lots of fresh air and movement.
It makes the air dry which affects the skin. If the heating in your house is too strong, buy a humidifier. If the temperature is not too low outdoors, it is preferable to switch the heating system off for the night. You can buy a decorative aquarium and set it on the heating element. The water will evaporate and moisten the air.
If you want to be prepared for cold weather, change your skin care products. Dry skin needs nourishing cream. It is a little more difficult if you have problem skin. On the one hand, winter cream should be denser for giving extra protection; on the other hand, it should not block pores.
Mixed skin requires normalized cream (look for a “T-zone” emblem). It helps to protect skin by moistening dry areas and keeping problem areas balanced.
You can buy a special protecting cream.
Put it on your face and nothing can frighten you: not cold weather and winds or short runs outdoors. This type of cream lowers skin sensitivity and prevents it from drying.
If it is minus 20 outdoors don’t be afraid of using tone cream. Use moisturizing cream for dry skin 20 minutes before applying tone.
For sensitive lips choose moisturizing and nourishing balsam-based wax (bee wax or carnabian), oils (coco oil) and vitamins. It will protect your lips from wind and cold temperatures, as well as soften and heal cracks.
For skin near eye zones, choose products with a cream base, not gel. Cream bases have less water and will not cause peeling in cold weather.
You should pay special attention to your hands. It doesn’t matter how hard we try to protect them, skin gets frost bitten. Two – three times a day, especially after doing dishes, apply nourishing cream. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, use protective cream. It is even better to choose products designed for hands and fingernails.
Winter rules These rules will help you neutralize side effects of the winter season.
1. Apply day cream 30 minutes before going outdoors; if it is very cold outside apply 1 hour before going outdoors. This helps avoid unpleasant feelings like biting and crimping.
2. In winter it is better to replace antibacterial masks (having, as a rule, peeling effect) with nourishing and vitamin masks.
3. Don’t wash the face with ice cubes too often. Contrasts are good in the summer, however the winter requires more care for the skin.
4. Use neutral washing gels or soft peeling creams for cleaning dry and sensitive skin
5. For additional freshening and moisturizing of the skin, sprinkle it with thermal spa water — but not before leaving the house
6. Don’t wash with hot water (it causes skin dehydration). Take a shower with moisturizing gel and then use body lotion.
Try one of these tips each day — you’ll feel better and get fitter and smarter in just one month.
1. Give lip service: Thirty minutes of making out can improve allergy symptoms. Research shows that kissing reduces the amount of chemicals your body releases in response to allergens.
2.. Turn up the heat on your sheets :Bedding contains thousands of dust mites that can irritate sensitive skin and exacerbate eczema, according to a new study. Wash sheets in H2O that’s at least 140 F. to make sure you kill the critters.
3. D-stress :Getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D can decrease your risk of developing a stress fracture by 20 percent. Active women should strive for 1,000 IU of vitamin D and 2,000 milligrams of calcium daily to keep their bones strong, experts say.
4. Get your head examined: Melanomas found on your scalp or neck almost double your risk of dying compared with those detected elsewhere on the body, report researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Because they’re often hidden by hair, malignant moles and other skin abnormalities are typically detected too late for treatment to be effective. See your MD for an annual skin check.
5. Clean up your mouth: Two ounces of yogurt a day (the typical container holds six ounces) may protect you from gum disease, a recent study in the Journal of Periodontology shows. The “good” bacteria in yogurt helps fight germs in your mouth.
6. Play red light, green light: For increasing your endurance, four to six 30-second bursts of all-out cardio are just as effective as up to an hour of training at a lower intensity. Short on time? Use intervals to get stronger more quickly.
7. Reboot your brain: Mundane tasks, such as entering data into a spreadsheet, can switch your mind into default mode, making you more likely to mess up within about 30 seconds, scientists say. Feel like you’re operating on autopilot? Snap out of it by going for a quick walk down the hall.
8. Debug your desk: As many as 283 species of bacteria can thrive in ordinary office dust, including nasty streptococcus, the main cause of strep throat, and staphylococcus aureus, which can lead to MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant staph infection, according to a recent report. Wipe down your workstation, keyboard, and phone regularly with a disinfectant such as Formula 409 Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner or Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner.
9. Shrug it off: Strengthening your trapezius muscle, which runs from your shoulders to your neck and upper back, can reduce chronic neck pain by up to 80 percent.
10. Juice your looks: A diet rich in vitamin C and linoleic acid (a fatty acid found in many vegetable oils) can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dryness, and thinning skin, according to a study.
11. Get sappy: Spending just 30 minutes a day consciously thinking of a loved one can promote mental and emotional well-being, say University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. Cultivating the feeling of love and compassion stimulates the brain to make new connections and neural pathways.
12. Chill out: Just two to three minutes under cool water in the shower can boost your mood. The cold may cause the brain to release feel-good hormones.
13. Go slo-mo: Doing tai chi regularly not only improves your endurance and flexibility but may also help control blood sugar and improve your immune system. The exercise increases levels of certain bacteria-fighting T-cells in your body, research shows.
14. Be a dairy queen: Women on a low-calorie diet who took supplements to up their calcium from 600 milligrams a day or less to 1,200 milligrams a day lost an average of 10 pounds more than those who didn’t boost their intake, according to a new study. Your brain may be able to detect low calcium levels in the body and tries to compensate by increasing your appetite for foods rich in this mineral, experts say. Skim milk, low-fat cheese, and fortified OJ are all good sources.
15. Straighten up: Tension in your neck may affect how your body regulates blood pressure, animal studies indicate. At work, sit with your back firmly against your chair, your feet on the floor, your knees slightly higher than your hips and your chair close to your desk.
16. Go green: Drinking green tea with your antibiotics helps the medication destroy harmful bacteria up to three times more effectively, researchers found.
17. Grab some garbanzos: People who regularly consume beans typically weigh six pounds less than those who don’t, even though they take in more daily calories. Researchers believe this may be because the legume eaters get more fiber but consume less fat, especially saturated fat, than those who shy away from beans. Throw a handful into salads, soups, or pasta sauce for an extra boost of protein and fiber.
18. Chomp cravings away: Chewing gum after lunch can curb hunger, a recent study shows. But pick your stick carefully. Ingesting too much sorbitol, a common ingredient in sugar-free gum, can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain. We like sorbitol-free Ice Breakers Ice Cubes White sugar-free gum.
19. Reach new heights: Wearing a pair of moderately high heels (2 to 2 1/2 inches) can strengthen your pelvic-floor muscles, which can improve your sex life.
20. Munch a bunch: About one cup of red grapes a day can help suppress the abnormal cell formation that leads to most types of breast cancer, according to a recent study in Cancer Prevention Research. Resveratrol, a natural compound found in grapes, grape juice, and red wine, may prevent estrogen from reacting with DNA molecules, which can lead to cells becoming cancerous, scientists say.
21. Run for your life: Joggers have a 40 percent lower risk of dying than people who don’t lace up their sneakers, according to Stanford University researchers. Runners are less likely to have cardiovascular problems or develop disabilities as they age. Motivate yourself to become fit by training for a 5K.
22. Be cuckoo for coconut: An oil high in fatty acids made from coconut oil has been shown to burn fat and promote weight loss, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. People who consumed four to five teaspoons of this type of oil (in baked goods and through cooking) every day for 16 weeks lost almost four pounds more than those who used olive oil.
23. Get crackin’: Adding one egg a day, yolk and all, to your diet can increase good HDL levels without increasing bad LDL cholesterol levels. Low levels of HDL have previously been linked to memory loss.
24. Strike a pose: Relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation help your body beat the symptoms of stress before they harm your health, according to researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
25. Tap into the magic of mushrooms: White button mushrooms can boost your immune system by improving how your T-cells work, according to recent preliminary studies. T-cells are the white blood cells that help protect your body from harmful intruders.
26. Try the silent treatment: Being exposed to just 35 decibels of noise (about the sound of people talking softly) while in bed could raise your blood pressure by six or seven points, according to a recent study. Snooze more peacefully by investing in a white-noise or sound machine like the Obus Forme Sound Therapy Relaxation System ($30, amazon.com).
27. Get your game on: Playing video games with a lot of action sequences can sharpen your visual skills by 20 percent, according to research from the University of Rochester in New York. A fun game to try: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Anniversary for Wii ($30, amazon.com).
28. Hit the sauce: People who munch on apples, eat applesauce, or drink apple juice are 27 percent less likely to develop metabolic syndrome — a combination of health problems, such as increased blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, that can lead to heart disease and diabetes, research shows. Other studies suggest that eating apples may reduce your risk of breast cancer.
29. Take a nature break: Heading outdoors for 30 minutes when the sun is shining can make you happier and improve your brain’s ability to process new information, according to a study at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.
30. Go, go, go!: If you feel the urge, race to the restroom. Having an overly full bladder can increase stress on the heart, upping the odds of a heart attack in those at risk, a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows.
31. Fly away: Women who take at least two vacations a year are more happily married than those who rarely get out of town, because they are less likely to be depressed, tense, or tired. Book your summer trip now.
Charlize Theron‘s hairstylist Enzo Angileri said, “I wanted her hair to have a casual feeling, very soft, almost as if she had pulled it together herself.”
1. He started with already dry, naturally waved hair, and curled small sections with a 2” curling iron to enhance the volume and texture.
2. Angileri used the larger iron because he didn’t want to curl her hair, but to refine the natural wave. This helped create an effortless transition from her natural look to red carpet.
3. Once finished, he lightly misted the curled sections with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray.
4. After a few minutes, he completely brushed through her hair with a Moroccanoil Ionic Ceramic Paddle brush to eliminate any trace of separation, for a natural, clean look with a romantic, soft texture.
5. Next, he swept the hair to the left and made three sections.
6. He pulled and rolled the first two into a loose bun and pinned them, working with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray throughout the process to control and hold the hair in place.
7. He released and wrapped the last section under and around the bun and pinned it.
8. Finally, he adjusted and freed strands in the bun so it looked even more unstructured, messy, and a bit wispy.
9. He then sprayed the hair with Moroccanoil Frizz Control to tame flyways disappear and to give more control of the hair and the look of the bun.
10. Angileri finished the look with a Cartier diamond headband.
Celebrity hairstylist David Babaii got Nicole Kidman red carpet ready at least a few days before the award show by focusing on her color using IT&LY HAIRFASHION Colorly 20/20 Professional Hair Color. “First, we created a change in Nicole’s hair color opting for a lighter strawberry blonde.
“The style inspiration for Nicole’s look was my take on a modern day Veronica Lake,” Babaii said.
1. He began with Pure Shampoo and Conditioner by IT&LY HAIRFASHION to maintain her hair color balance while hydrating with pure botanicals.
2. He then applied a small amount of the silicone free Miracle Oil Hair Elixir by David Babaii to add additional shine and protect hair from thermal damage.
3. To dry, he used a small round brush to create an ultra smooth finish while bumping the ends under.
4. To complete this “Veronica Lake” look, he used a large barrel curling iron, wrapping only the bottom portion of the section around the barrel to create soft natural waves.
5. He finished the look by creating a side part and lifted the root area with IT&LY HAIRFASHION Pure Volumizing Eco Hair Spray, lightly spritzing the ends for a long lasting hold.
“I envisioned a style with the sophisticated sexiness of Brigitte Bardot, but modern and sexy without looking retro,” Robert Steinken said of Paula Patton‘s hair. “I also gave the hair a sleek, shiny and luminous look that was soft and full of movement.”
1. He started with damp hair and sprayed a small amount of new Moroccanoil Frizz Control throughout the hair to balance hydration and prevent frizz.
2. Steinken then used Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream to give it a beautiful texture while softly holding a style and allowing it to move.
3. He used a round medium-size Moroccanoil Ionic Ceramic Brush to blowdry hair since it holds the heat and acts almost like a roller while you blowdry, giving a nice smooth wave to the hair,
4. Taking 2-3 inch sections, he let the brush stay in the hair 10-15 seconds longer to allow it to cool and set the hair.
5. Next, he used a 1” curling iron, starting at the root and wrapping hair around the iron in a spiral.
6. He held each section for 15-20 seconds, then removed and pinned the curl with a clip or bobby pin to let it cool.
7. Steinken lightly sprayed the set with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray, unpinned, and brushed the curl out, then made a center part.
8. He then backcombed the hair at the crown for height, starting 3-4” inches from the hairline. 9. To keep the backcomb in place and to style the hair more easily without losing volume, he sprayed it with Moroccanoil Luminious Hairspray.
10. He then sectioned hair behind the top of each ear and brought both sides together in the back with a twist, and pinned.
11. Steinken then sprayed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray on the style for hold.
12. He then finished the style with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray for an extra touch of shine.
“I was inspired by Emma Peel from the 1960’s British TV show The Avengers,” celebrity makeup artist Jorjee Douglass said of Zooey Deschanel‘s look.
1. She started with Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Pro Primer to hydrate and mattify the skin.
2. Douglass then used Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory for smooth lasting coverage.
3. Next, she applied Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer in Light and Fair under the eyes and to cover any imperfections.
4. Douglass kept the mod inspiration on the eyes, creating a cat eye shape. She used Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Professional Liquid Liner on the top of the lid and a feathered line on the bottom.
5. She then topped the liner with Rimmel London Glam’Eyes HD Quad Eyeshadow in Black Cab and English Rose for a soft smokey eye.
6. Next, she loaded up her lashes with Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara to make her long lashes even longer.
7. Since Douglass played up Deschanel’s eyes, she kept the rest of her look neutral.
8. She highlighted the cheeks using Rimmel London Lasting Finish Blendable Blush & Highlighter in Autumn Blush.
9. Douglass finished off by adding a touch of color to the lips with Rimmel London Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipstick in Nude Pink.
“Kate’s Roberto Cavalli dress was so ethereal and magical, I wanted to keep the skin looking completely luminous and create a bit of edge with the eyes,” makeup artist Molly Stern said of Kate Beckinsale‘s Golden Globe look.
1. Stern began by moisturizing skin with Natura Bisse The Cure Cream.
2. She then primed with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer for a flawless canvas for makeup.
3. She then use a light application of Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Sand.
4. On the cheeks, Stern used the bronze tone in Hourglass Illume Crème-to Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset to add warmth to her skin, and followed with the blush tone applied on the apples of her cheeks.
5. She then dusted Nars Miss Liberty high on her cheekbone to add an extra glow.
6. For the eyes, she used the bronze shade of Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy as a base and set it with Nars Galapagos Eye Shadow, smudged deep into the lid.
7. For an extra pop of light, she dabbed Chanel’s Blazing Gold Ombré Essential over the inner lid.
8. She achieved a deep and jet-black lashes with the Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara.
9. She followed it with Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer, which was painted over them for an extra kick of drama.
10. Stern applied Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème lipstick in Fresco as a base on the lips.
11. She topped it with Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Imagine for a glistening sheen.
Makeup artist Heba Thorisdottir balanced the Kristen Wiig’s nude Bill Blass gown with a symphony of neutral shades. “It was all about fresh, glowing skin and luscious lashes,” Thorisdottir said.
1. Thorisdottir first prepped the skin with SKII Signature Moisturizing Cream, followed by Sensai Silk Brightening Cream for a surge of moisture.
2. She then applied Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to ensure that makeup lasts all night. It also neutralizes the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores and renders makeup water resistant.
3. She used Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation for a matte, full coverage, mixing together two shades, light beige and sand.
4. She then applied Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Fair where needed.
5. On the cheeks and to give Wiig’s skin a gorgeous glow, she used Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Bronze Light. She used the bronze shade to lightly contour and the highlighter on the cheekbones.
5. She then dabbed MAC Powder Blush in Peaches on to the apples of her cheeks.
6. For the eyes, Thorisdottir used Hourglass Script Precision Liquid Liner to fill in the lash line, followed by Face Atelier’s Eyeliner in Bronze.
7. She also applied D&G Eye Color Quad in Golds on the eyes.
8. To enhance her naturally long and thick eyelashes, she applied Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara followed by a coat of Film Noir Lash Lacquer for impact. The top coat gave her lashes extra volume, length and high-gloss shine.
9. Thorisdottir filled in the lips with D&G Precision Lipliner in Nude.
10. She then applied Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème lipstick in Fable.
11. She followed this with Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Imagine, a peach champagne shade, for memorably pretty lips.
This year, resolve to treat yourself right, from the inside out. Here are eight simple beauty resolutions that will also make you healthier
Drink less alcohol (and more water)
Dr. Stephen Mulholland, a plastic surgeon in Toronto, says excessive alcohol consumption—more than one or two drinks a day—puts strain on the liver, and that can result in dilated pores, dilated and broken capillaries, as well as the overgrowth of sweat and oil glands.
Unfortunately, this occurs most often in the face (particularly the nose), though other areas of the skin are vulnerable, too. But he still believes in the health benefits of red wine, and says one glass a day will not harm the skin—unless you suffer from rosacea. A survey by the National Rosacea Society in the U.S. found that 76 percent of sufferers cited red wine as a trigger for flare-ups.
Exfoliate your skin
Dead skin cells equal dull skin tone. And by not getting rid of them, you’re sabotaging the hydrating effects of body cleansers and moisturizers as they try to “battle through” the buildup barrier. Use a body scrub about twice a week. Alternatively, try daily dry-body brushing before showering.
Using a brush or loofah mitt, buff your skin in circular motions (don’t scrub too hard), starting with the soles of your feet, then working upward on legs, front and back. Pay special attention to backs of the thighs, upper arms and hips. Of course, in the shower, you can use a nylon puff or sea sponge with your favourite body cleanser for a more gentle slough.
Embrace a fuller brow
One of the biggest beauty mistakes is to go wild with the tweezers—too-thin brows (think Pamela Anderson) can age you. And compensating with makeup is never as good as having full natural brows, says Kira Thompson, owner of The Brow House in Toronto, which does professional brow shaping. Neither do you want to end up with a shape that’s not naturally yours, like a rounded clown brow or a hook (a.k.a. “tadpole”) shape.
Thompson recommends learning from a professional about the shape of your own brows and how they grow, and what works for you to keep them groomed.
Exercise definitely gives you more energy and keeps you in shape. But new research from McMaster University suggests that endurance exercise might help fight, and even reverse, the signs of aging, such as balding, grey hair and thinning skin.
Endurance exercise is aerobic activity—such as brisk walking, running or cycling—that improves cardio-respiratory fitness, according to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. The longer you can do aerobic exercise, the more endurance you have.
In the McMaster study, lead researcher Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky had mice with physical characteristics comparable to a middle-aged person do 45-minute runs three times a week. Their skin became tighter, and their fur grew back and stopped turning grey.
Stop picking at pimples
Never pick at your skin, says Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK on Avenue in Toronto. “Picking can cause scarring and infection,” she explains, “and the skin doesn’t heal properly.” It’s important to note that acne scarring is actually caused by picking and not the acne itself, Dr. Kellett notes—so keep hands off for clearer skin.
Remove your makeup before bed
By not cleansing before bed, you’re leaving your pores clogged with leftover makeup and sweat, says Manuela Marcheggiani, a cosmetic chemist and co-founder of Canada’s Isomers (Skin Care) Laboratories.
The result: dull, breakout-prone skin. Leaving on your eye makeup could even cause eye irritation and broken lashes.
On nights when you’re too tired, use pre-saturated cleansing cloths before you crash.
Stop shampooing every day
Some women just don’t feel clean if they don’t shampoo daily. But washing your hair that often depletes your scalp of the natural oils that make hair shiny and manageable, says high-profile Canadian hairstylist Marc Anthony. It may make hair greasier as your body overproduces oils to compensate.
Instead, try shampooing every other day. “If hair is flat, run damp hands through it and blow-dry on low to bring back volume,” suggests Anthony. It helps if you don’t go wild on hairspray and gel the first day. You could also try a “dry” shampoo.
Apply sunscreen daily
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Canada, and those with fair skin are at increased risk. “Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or indoor tanning equipment and having fair skin are the most common risk factors for skin cancer,” says Lynda MacNiven, senior prevention coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. “People who work, or exercise, in the sun for long periods of time are at greater risk.”
Leggings are now the latest buzz. You may have seen girls, women, celebrities wearing them everywhere whether they are paired with flats, boots, heels, sweaters, tunics, dresses ect. the list is endless. But either way leggings are back in and they are fashionable and comfortable. I cant get enough of them! Leggings come in every color imaginable ranging from metallic colors to cottons to spandex to lace to denim ect. I also believe that they can make a person look slimmer too! They can be used for lounging around, running errands, school, fashion, pajamas, or part of a work out outfit.
Some suggestions on what to wear leggings with are:
1. Loose sweaters
2. Long cardigans
4. Loose blouses
5. Long shirts
6. Trench coats
8. Work out tanks
Some shoes to go with these tops are:
4. tennis shoes
Great places to purchase:
2. Black House White Market
5. American Apparel
-Splurge for quality over cheap. Cheap ones do not last long and you will end up purchasing a ton which will add up to one pair of quality ones. The list is truly endless, so let your imagination run wild. Leggings should be a staple in everyone’s closet!
As you know the success of your curls depends mainly on the cut, but also on the way you blow-dry your curly hair. It’s essential to blow dry your curly hair properly in order to achieve best results. Using a diffuser is the best way to blow-dry curly hair without damaging it.
Before you begin blow-drying your hair make sure you have: a towel, hair dryer, diffuser, heat protective product, styling product (mousse, gel, foam, curl enhancing product), wide toothed comb, brush, clips
Step 1. Shampoo and condition your hair
Always use a shampoo specifically designed for your hair type. Make sure your shampoo is mild and cleanses your hair well. It shouldn’t contain alcohol or any harsh chemicals. Look for a low pH shampoo to keep your hair moisturized. Massage the scalp with the tips of the fingers instead of the fingernails to avoid scalp irritation. Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water and never rinse with hot water as it dries out your hair. Apply a conditioner every time you wash your hair. Apply the conditioner to the entire hair, concentrating on the ends. Leave it on for approximately 3/ 5 minutes to penetrate deeply into your hair and then rinse thoroughly.
Step 2. Towel dry your hair
After washing your hair, wrap your hair in a towel to remove the excess water but don’t rub your curly hair because you may easily damage the cuticles. Let your hair dry wrapped in a towel for approximately 5/ 10 minutes.
Step 3. Comb your hair
Use a wide toothed comb to comb your wet hair gently. Always begin combing in small sections, at the ends of the hair and continue combing to the scalp, when detangling.
Step 4. Apply a heat protecting product Applying a heat protecting product is a must when blow drying or straightening your hair. These products protect the hair from heat damage and enhance the effectiveness of your blow dryer, as they buffer the heat from every heat styling product. Most of the heat protecting products contain ingredients that add shine to the hair, calm frizz and extend the life of your hair color. Apply it onto clean and damp hair lightly to each section of your hair.
Step 5. Apply a styling product
Apply a styling product to help you manage and control your curls. Apply the styling product (mousse, gel, foam, spray) throughout your hair, using a comb to distribute it evenly. Make sure you apply a proper amount of the product, concentrating on the ends to avoid the roots so as not to overload it with product. These products not only make curly hair more manageable but they also give blow-dried hair more body and styling qualities.
Step 6. Divide your hair into section
Divide your hair into four sections using clips. This way it will be easier for you to blow-dry your hair, especially it is curly. Gently comb each section of your hair.
Step 7. Start blow drying
Take one section of your hair and keep working on it. First start blow drying to the roots and make sure your blow dryer is set on low or medium heat to avoid damage. Keep it about five/ six inches away from your hair. The air must blow upwards your fingers. Start blow drying your hair with a rough brush to lift the roots up and out if you want to get more volume.
When using a diffuser tilt your head so that your hair falls into the diffuser. Hold it close to your head. Work the diffuser around your head, ensuring all sections are dry. The diffuser will give your hair more volume and will distribute the heat evenly without blasting the curls from your style. Gently run your fingers through your hair and shake out the curls.
Step 8. Apply a hairspray
Apply a blast of hairspray to keep your curls shiny and droop-free.
Use a volumizing shampoo and a leave-in-conditioner to help plump locks.
Do not brush your curls, leave them to hang naturally.
Remember: curly hair is very fragile and tends to break easily.
Avoid everyday blow drying.
Apply an anti-frizz spray to prevent frizziness.
If you want to give your hair more volume, move the blow-dryer in small circular motions.
Never blow-dry too close to the scalp to avoid damaging it.
When blow-drying, go very slowly on each section of your hair to another.
If your hair is prone to frizz, keep your fingers out of your hair until it is absolutely dry.
Overheating your hair may seriously damage it.
Always use a low or medium heat.
Lift your curls gently while blow-drying to create more volume.
Use silicone based shine enhancing spray to add shine to your hair.
Look for an ionic blow dryer as it is less damaging.
Always use a heat protecting product when styling your hair.
Always use a wide toothed comb to comb wet hair – brushing wet hair can seriously damage the cuticles.
Point the nozzle of the blow dryer downside to avoid frizzes.
Do a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a month to keep your hair in good shape.
Do not use too much styling products, instead coat just the ends of the hair.
Maintain your health and natural beauty at all times with the help of the following tips as beauty should never be put on hold. Pay attention to details and make the best of your ‘assets’ so you can be admired by everyone even when you’re on vacation.
Image is indeed a very important thing in the modern world and has always had a significant importance so make sure you look great even when you’re on vacation by following these easy holiday season beauty tips.
Check out these holiday season beauty tips and make them a part of your daily pampering routine:
1. During the summer or in hot weather climates your skin produces more sebum so cleanse the skin every morning and evening with a cleanser that suits your skin type. Sweat, sebum and dirt can clog the pores and trigger an outbreak which is definitely something you want to avoid. Always carry some makeup remover tissues with you so you can cleanse your skin whenever necessary.
2. If you love wearing foundation make sure you switch foundation when the seasons change. During the holidays your foundation should be lighter, so opt for a lightweight product that offers you coverage but without looking heavy or cakey. Opt for an SPF protection foundation for the summer so your skin looks flawless and gets the protection it needs against UV rays.
3. Drink plenty of water during the hot weather but not only as dehydration is your and your skin’s enemy. Water will keep you cool and help eliminate all the toxins that accumulate in your body throughout the day. If you’re not a fan of drinking plain water, make yourself a big bottle of tea, cool it in the freezer and carry it with you everywhere so you can enjoy a healthy drink and maintain a good level of hydration.
4. Oils are essential if you wish to maintain your skin’s suppleness, so turn towards the help of various essential oils which with you can massage your skin. Lavender oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil extracts are only a few essential oils that can make your skin look and feel great. Other that that most essential oils have other skin beneficial properties so choose right and deal with different skin problems.
5. Wear sunglasses when it’s sunny outside and make sure they offer you UV protection for the eyes as they too can be affected by them. Also, sunglasses help diminish bright light, thus preventing grimaces which in time lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
6. Don’t neglect your hair as the sun’s rays as well as chlorine water and salt water can cause the hair to dry, so bring your deep conditioning hair treatment with you whenever you’re going on vacation. Spritz some UV protection hair spray on when you’re exposing your locks to the sun or wear a hat or scarf in style for protection.
7. UV protection for your skin and lips are definitely a must whenever you’re exposing yourself to the sun. Sunburns are painful and can lead to skin cancer development so prevent your skin from damage every single time you’re out in the sun.
8. During the hot season wear a lighter fragrance as as your body heats up, it will help evaporate the oils from your fragrance and the scent will become overpowering, which is not fun for the rest of the people around you. Choose a summery, lighter perfume instead as little goes a long way in this case.
You should never be too busy to smile, because creating happiness in your life does not take a lot of time. You just have to do a few things right.
1. Smile at perfect strangers.
Don’t wait for people to smile. Show them how.
Let your guard down. Talk to someone you don’t know straight from your heart. Compliment them. Don’t anticipate awkwardness. Just be you in that beautiful way only you know and give them the chance to smile and connect with you.
The more you smile at others, the more others will smile at you. And life’s a lot more pleasant when everyone around you is smiling. Read How To Win Friends and Influence People.
2. Pretend today is going to be a great.
Do so, and it will be. Research shows that although we think that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act. A great attitude always leads to great experiences.
3. Reflect on what’s good.
Appreciate all the good things in your life, no matter how small. You already have some amazing things in your life, whether you realize it or not.
Most of us have incredible family members, friends, other loved ones who love us back. Learn to appreciate what a miracle that is. Most of us have good health, which is another miracle. Most of us have eyes, with which to enjoy the amazing miracles of sunsets and nature and beauty all around us. Most of us have ears, with which to enjoy music, one of the greatest miracles ever.
Be grateful for each of these things, and more! Take time every day, throughout the day, to thank life for all that it has given you, to thank others for what they give you, to be grateful.
4. Use personal strengths to get things done.
Everyone possesses unique personal strengths. We all have different talents and skill sets. Emotional happiness comes naturally to those who use their strengths to get things done. The state of completion always creates a sense of achievement. If this achievement is based exclusively on your personal ability to get the job done, the psychological rewards are priceless. Read StrengthsFinder.
5. Use your imagination.
Yesterday I saw a kid in the grocery store having the time of his life with nothing more than a banana and his imagination. He was pretending the banana was a rocket ship, and he was flying it all over the store.
How is it that we are born knowing how to enjoy life, and yet after learning all of the wonderful things we adults learn, we somehow forget how to have fun? It’s almost like we get dumber in this regard as we get older.
The solution? Counteract the aging process with the full power of your imagination. You don’t have to pretend bananas are rocket ships – although that would be fun – but try to imagine something that makes you smile at least once a day.
6. Create something.
Creation is a process like none other. Putting to use your innovative faculties and constructing something with your own two hands will leave you with an indescribable sense of wholeness. There really is no substitute for it. The only caveat is that it must be related to something you actually care about. If you are creating financial plans for clients all day and you hate it, then that’s not going to work. But if you can find something you love, and create something related to it, it will make all the difference in your life.
If you haven’t created something in a while just for the sake of creating, try it. You will not be disappointed.
7. Help someone else for a couple minutes.
In life, you get what you put in. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. Love and kindness begets love and kindness. And so on and so forth.
8. Share your lunch break with a close friend.
Get out of the office, away from your work and spend 30 to 40 minutes eating and socializing with someone you care about. You’ll find that your mind will naturally start to unwind and you’ll begin to feel a bit more like yourself again.
9. Get rid of one thing a day.
We have so much clutter surrounding us at any given moment (at the office, in our cars, in our homes) and we’ve become so accustomed to it that we no longer notice how it affects us. If you start cleaning up some of that external clutter, a lot of internal clutter will disappear as well.
Choose one needless item each and every day and get rid of it. It’s that simple. It might be difficult at first, so expect some resistance. But after some time you will begin to learn to let go of your packrat tendencies, and your mind will thank you for your efforts.
Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness.
On a general level, meditation helps you slow down, accept the moment you are in and achieve a higher sense of presence. If you use meditation as a form of relaxation, it really doesn’t take long for you to start feeling the positive effects.
11. Avoid negativity and negative people.
Don’t belittle yourself and don’t put up with people who try to belittle you. You are as capable as you believe you are. There will always be obstacles, but if you think positive thoughts and seek solutions, you can accomplish what others say is impossible.
12. Enjoy the moment.
This moment is your life. Enjoy it.
Whatever you’re doing, regardless of the circumstances, pay attention and appreciate it. Reading, writing, talking with a co-worker, taking a shower, walking up stairs, eating, washing dishes, sweeping, etc. These small moments make up a huge portion of your life. They can be enjoyed if you open your eyes and ears, and pay attention to what you’re doing. Happiness is found with steady awareness.
How to measure and determine your face shape, and even more importantly how to choose the right hair style to fit your face shape. Your face shape is the starting point to choosing a new hair style. Your hair type is the next consideration. Is your hair naturally straight, wavy, curly or kinky? Is your hair texture fine, medium or thick? Lastly, take the volume of the hair into consideration. It’s hard to be objective about your own face shape, but here’s a sure fire way to be sure your not letting bias influence your own analysis. Hair designers are the ultimate judges of your face shape, but if you need a little help try this experiment. There are lots of suggestions on how to figure out your shape. These include everything from outlining your face shape on a mirror with lipstick to draping it with a towel and asking others to help you guess the shape. But, there is actually a scientific way to determine your face shape once and for all. To find out the shape of your face, measure it with a tape measure or ruler. You will take the following measurements.
1. Measure your face across the top of your cheekbones. Write down the measurement on a piece of paper.
2. Measure across your jaw line from the widest point to the widest point. Write down the measurement.
3. Measure across your forehead at the widest point. Generally the widest point will be somewhere about halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline. Write down the measurement.
4. Measure from the tip of your hairline to the bottom of your chin.
Oval Face – Length equal to one and a half times width. Round Face – Your face is as wide as it is long. This may vary a little but generally the measurement is close. Oblong Face- Longer than it is wide. Heart Face – Narrow at jaw line, wide at cheekbones/and or forehead. Square Face – your face is about as wide as it is long. Diamond Face- Widest at cheekbones, narrow forehead and jaw line of approximately equal widths.
The basic mechanics behind acne are as follows: Oil glands that produce sebum on your face can get clogged by things such as dirt, dry skin flakes, or the oil itself. Once the pore is clogged, it creates an area that is like an infection where this pebble-like blockage is considered a foreign entity. The situation is made worse by bacteria that thrive within the blockage and cause further irritation of the skin. Bacteria live on your face naturally, and in fact they cover our entire bodies, but within the conditions of a pimple they cause a rush of white blood cells to come to the area to fight off the infection.
As white blood cells do their work, they turn into pus that can fill the pore as well. The resulting redness and swelling is what we see on the surface as pimples. The frustrating thing is the bad acne we see today actually started forming several weeks ago. So as you can see, it is a long developmental process that takes time to get rid of. You can’t just slather on a litre of acne cream and hope to “zap” the problem away.
1. Healthy Living
Take care of healthy living with regards to drinking a lot of water, getting exercise, sleeping enough at night time, and reducing reduce stress levels. Your body and skin are inter-connected so taking care of your overall health impacts your skin. What you do now will have long-term impacts on your skin in the future.
2. Washing Your Face
You should wash your face twice a day with a gentle skin cleanser. One washing in the morning and once before bedtime is the best way to go. Avoid bar soap on your face or anything too abrasive. You won’t be doing yourself any favors by over-washing so don’t over do things because it won’t get rid of acne any faster. Be careful about using hot water or taking long hot showers (especially in winter) because this can strip your skin of moisture. Use gentle motions rather than trying to scrub your acne away.
Look for the best acne products that will preserve the moisture and integrity of your skin while killing bacteria as well. Comprehensive treatment systems that include several components are often more effective than any one product alone. Make sure to budget adequately because some treatments can be quite expensive.
Your diet should be a healthy mix of all four food groups with a good dose of fresh fruits and vegetables to get your skin acne free. Chocolate and oily foods don’t actually cause acne, but it never hurts to eat right and take care of your body. Snacking is great to give your metabolism a boost during the day and an excellent way to get some fruits and veggies into your diet.
4. Bad Habits
Avoid things like smoking, sun tanning, and drinking too many sugary or caffeinated beverages. All of your bad habits can result in nasty things accumulating in your pores and forming blockages.
5. Trial and Error
As for which creams or lotions to use to get rid of pimples, there is no one answer for everyone. Some products will work for people, while they will inspire complaints about their ineffectiveness from others. So it might take a bit of trial error to find which product works best because even the most popular product might not be effective for some people. Pay attention to your own skin care and don’t sit back while hoping for a solution.
6. No Popping
Don’t pop your pimples if you can help it. It might make things worse, especially if you have sever acne. It’s obviously tempting to get rid of acne by popping it, but at best it’s a temporary solution. You can end up spreading bacteria which leads to more acne formation, or you can put yourself at risk for forming acne scars. Sometimes you just have to be patient and let a pimple die down naturally while giving your treatment time to work.
7. No Touching
We’ve already mentioned the dangers of touching your face to often, but remember there are more things that come into contact with your face than your hands. Don’t forget about your hair, pillowcases, and clothing. Make sure to keep your hair trimmed, well washed, and out of your face. Wash pillowcases thoroughly so that there’s no detergent residue left over that can aggrivate your skin.
8. Let it Breathe
Give your skin a breather from time to time. You don’t need to have medicine on your face every second of the day. Your face is naturally resilient and it will help to let it heal naturally from time to time. Acne products can contain some pretty harsh ingredients and you don’t necessarily want to constantly expose your skin to certain treatments, especially if it’s not the right one for your skin type. Some acne products are designed to get rid of the problem but they might not focus on overall skin health. Also make sure you take off all your makeup before you go to bed.
9. Help from a Skin Doctor
See a dermatologist! You can’t always get rid of acne all by yourself. Get help from someone who knows what they are doing and can prescribe more powerful treatments if needed. Looking for acne tips on the net is fine, but you can find out so much more with one trip to a good dermatologist. Your dermatologist will be able to assess the situation and give you his professional opinion about how to get rid of acne on your face.
Remember you need to get a referal from your family doctor first. Good dermatologists sometimes have long waiting lists so don’t let the problem slide for too long. It can be intimidating to see one for the first time, but you’ll be glad you did when you come one step closer to better looking skin.
10. The Right Acne Products
Aim for Healthy Skin rather than just looking for overnight results that may not last. What usually results from brute force methods such as over-treatment or popping pimples is that your skin will get worse. Acne can spread to other areas and your skin walls can get thinner and therefore more susceptible to further damage or problematic conditions. With daily care and the right treatment, clear skin can be right around the corner!
People every day look for new ways to get rid of acne naturally and sometimes the difference between those who succeed and those who fail is a matter of perserverence. So never give up. If something doesn’t work then move to the next option. Even the best medications take time, so be patient and stay dedicated.
Proactiv Solution – The most popular acne product in the world, used by celebrities, and yes it works. The new formula cleanser is gentler than ever and feels great on your skin. It’s the 3 step process that started it all. Read our review and learn more about how it works
Zeno Acne Clearing Device – an electronic spot treatment for big nasty zits. Kills bacteria and gets to the source of large oncoming pimples. Not really a longterm acne solution, but definitely helps in cases of emergency when you need fast pimple zapping action to get rid of acne overnight -
SkiniD from Neutrogena – A level of care you don’t find with a general brand. Take their acne assessment (only available online) and get specific products recommended for your skin. Neutrogena quality care + customized products = one of the most effective skin care treatments hands down
ZENMED® Acne Therapy – A complete system designed for specific skin types. One of the most natural approaches around that provides long term results without harsh ingredients. Also check out their kits for combination skin, dry skin, or oily skin
Defining organic skincare is a bit of a minefield, but in general I can say that organic skin care products should contain no potentially damaging un-natural or harsh chemical products. The idea that forms the basis of the positive attributes of organic products is that as they contain only natural substances, and they will not damage or abrade the skin. Also as the skin absorbs a small percentage of what is applies, the use of natural products ensures that harmful toxins are not absorbed into the body and face, via the skin.
A consideration to bear in mind, with organic products, is that as they have no artificial preservatives (as we find in processed foods), they will have a shorter shelf life, meaning, they will lose their freshness. This may seem counter to what we might wish, but the truth of using preserved products is similar to the usage of artificially preserved foods. Would you eat a 6 month old banana? Well perhaps, but you would wonder how it managed to survive. Well, the same applies to your skincare. And I may suggest that just as home grown food is best, so too are home made cosmetics, and there are many new ideas relating to this, but very often backed up by old folk and herb lore. The old ways of living, that have an increasing relevance in today’s frenetic world. Stop and think, create and consider, do not just purchase and consume.
Stay cool and keep your products cool, keep out of hot sunlight and keep your products out of direct sunlight.
Though not comprehensive, here are some of the advantages and benefits of organic skincare:
1) As organic and natural skincare products contain only natural minerals, the balance between the inner body and the creams that you apply to your face and body is maintained, and the trace minerals are harmonised from the internal to the external and also from the external to the internal. Also natural substances are more readily absorbed into the skin.
2) The bloodstream, as part of the internal body, is not contaminated with harsh chemicals, thus enabling a brighter flow around the body, creating further beauty from within!
3) Organic products are produced with strict guidelines, that are constantly monitored, and thus you have the peace of mind, knowing that someone is keeping an eye on your skin for you. So many skin product manufacturers have no consideration other than profit, and I may say that some have no idea about skincare whatsoever, just a good knowledge of skin coverings and profits. Plaster it on, and take the profit. Think about it, there are companies that have put melamine in baby food, do you think that this might not happen with skincare?
Finally, do not let the cost put you off, as your skin will be happy that you gave it a treat!!
Kim Kardashian’s wedding hair was styled on Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor. The reality TV star’s hair stylist Peter Savic wanted to prepare her to look like a glamorous movie star of yesteryear for her big wedding to basketball star Kris Humphries.
Savic said, “We wanted to make her an amazing movie star from the 40′s, 50′s or 60′s. She looked very polished. It was classic and tasteful yet exotic.” He added that the intricate chignon was a one off and he “just created it that day” alongside Kim without going through any previous trials.
Kim’s look was completed by make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic, who used moisturizer by La Mer and By Terry Touche Veloutee
concealer under her eyes, to give her a fresh-faced look. Since the wedding was a full evening event he ensured things stayed put by setting the make-up with Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish loose powder. He said, “She wanted to look like the most polished and beautiful version of herself.”
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Kim’s famous smoky, dark highlighted eyes were another matter of great detail for the artist. He added to People magazine: “I used Lancome 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Frenzy. I swept the golden shade all over lid, the darkest shade along her crease and the lightest shade I used on the brow bone to highlight. I swept the golden colors along Kim’s lower lash line for a super-soft smoky look.”
For volume on the lashes he added “two coats of Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara in So Black.” Dedivanovic added he
used Tatcha Blotting Papers and had to keep her look classic, so it could work with all three of the different dresses she wore throughout the ceremony.
Stock your kitchen with these super foods to ensure your diet is packed with antioxidants, fibre and other healthy properties.
Blueberries have more antioxidants—those magical molecules that can help prevent a host of maladies—than 40 other common fruits and vegetables tested.
The antioxidant plant pigments that make blueberries blue guard against heart disease, cancer and age-related blindness and memory loss. They’re also tops when it comes to preventing urinary tract infections, thanks to antioxidant epicatechins, which keep bacteria from sticking to bladder walls. How much? 1/2 cup (125 mL) of blueberries equals one fruit and vegetable serving per day. Tip: Sprinkle blueberries on your pancakes at the last minute—cooking the berries destroys valuable vitamin C.
Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Most of its disease-fighting potential comes from its sulfur compounds, which act as antioxidants, providing many of its cardiovascular benefits. Just six or more cloves of garlic a week can slash your risk of colorectal, stomach and prostate cancer in half compared to eating one clove a week or less. How much? Incorporate at least one garlic clove into your diet every day. Tip: Chop or crush your garlic, then let it stand for 10 minutes to fully release its healing potential.
3. Olive Oil
Pres an olive and you get one of the healthiest fats in the world. The main benefit of olive oil is that it lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and raises “good” HDL cholesterol, thanks to its monosaturated fats. Olive oil is also packed with antioxidants called phenols, which may protect artery walls from cholesterol buildup. How much? Include up to 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of olive oil in your diet every day. Tip: Look for “virgin,” “extra virgin” or “cold-pressed” oils, which are extracted by pressing alone. Solvents and heat used to produce “light or “extra-light” oils destroy antioxidants.
Consider broccoli your number one cancer fighter, thants to its sulfur compounds, such as sulforaphane, which you can smell as broccoli cooks. These compounds signal our genes to boost production of enzymes that detoxify potentially cancer-causing compounds. Eat more broccoli and you could slash your risk of everything from breast and lung cancer to stomach and colon cancer. How much? 125 mL (1/2 cup) of cooked broccoli is one fruit and vegetable serving. Tip: Steam broccoli for 3 to 4 minutes until it’s crisp-tender to free up more of its sulforaphane.
Yogurt is a great source of bone-building calcium, but its real strength lies in live beneficial bacteria, know as probiotics, that keep down the growth of harmful bacteria in your gut. Eating more yogurt could help with inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, urinary tract infections and vaginal yeast infections. How much? ¾ of a cup (175 mL) of low-fat or fat-free yogurt with live cultures is one serving of milk/dairy products. Tip: When coating chicken, pork or fish with bread crumbs, replace the eggs used to moisten the meat with plain yogurt.
Oats’ cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering powers come from beta-glucan, a type of soluble fibre. One cup (250 mL) a day of cooked oat bran, 1 ½ cups (375 mL) of cooked oatmeal or thee packets of instant oatmeal provide enough beta-glucan to lower blood cholesterol by about five percent and heart attack risk by about 10 percent. How much? Aim for 10 grams of soluble fibre each day. Cooked oats contain 2 to 3 grams per serving. Tip: Buy the type of oatmeal you’ll eat. It doesn’t matter if it’s steel-cut or instant.
A tablespoon of ground flaxseed sprinkled over cereal or yogurt provides an easy 2.3 grams of fiber, often more than what’s in the cereal itself. But flaxseed is most revered for its lingans. These act like estrogen in the body, blocking estrogen receptors on cells and contributing to reduced rates of certain hormone-related cancers, such as breast cancer. Their anti-inflammatory power may also help keep conditions from acne to asthma at bay. How much? Sneak 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 25 mL) of ground flaxseed into your diet daily. Tip: Make sure your flax is ground; otherwise, the seeds will come out the same way they went in (whole), and you won’t reap the health benefits.
Cinnamon is one of the most powerful healing spices. It’s become most famous for its ability to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes. The apple pie spice can help prevent blood clots and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to conquer E. coli, among other types of bacteria. How much? As little as ¼ to ½ teaspoon of (1 to 2 mL) a day could cut triglycerides and total cholesterol by 12 to 30 percent. Tip: Sprinkle some cinnamon on your daily coffee to reap the benefits of this super-spice.
Tea is one of the most potent sources of antioxidants in nature (more potent than any fruit or vegetable).
Tea’s antioxidants offer protection from heart disease, stroke and cancer. They appear to protect against heart disease by slowing the breakdown of “bad” LDL cholesterol, preventing blood clots and improving blood vessel function. People who drink a cup or two of tea a day have a 46 percent lower risk of developing narrowed arteries. How much? Brew up two to five cups daily. Tip: Drink most of your tea between meals since the tannins interfere with the absorption of iron from food.
Beans are in fact good for your heart, thanks in large part to their soluble fibre, which soaks up cholesterol so the body can dispose of if before it can stick to artery walls. Studies find that diets high in soluble fibre can cut total cholesterol by 10 to 15 percent. A recent study also ranked beans among the top antioxidant foods. How much? ¾ cup (175 mL) of beans equals one serving of meat and alternatives. Tip: Beans contain more protein than any other plant food, but the protein is incomplete. Eat a grain such as rice at any time of the day to “complete” the protein.
We all love perfumes. Every single one of us wears a perfume in a distinct way and for different reasons as a certain scent can represent the reflection of one’s personality or inner world. Some of us choose a fragrance because it frees a specific feeling or simply because we find it appropriate for that moment. Other perfumes work great for a certain season. Take a look to 5 perfumes for fall 2011, amazing combinations of salty and sweet, femininity and power.
1. Kenzo “Once Upon A Time”
This year, Kenzo celebrated its 40th anniversary. In order to mark this special occasion, Kenzo launched a limited edition fragrances for fall 2011. Named “Once Upon A Time”, the new collection seems to be the perfect reflection of the playful, floral and young spirit of the brand. With a very colorful packing, Kenzo Pour Femme “Once Upon A Time” is a flower explosion with notes of magnolia, rose, peony and freesia, with earthy additional notes of amber, sandalwood and musk. Get ready to have a bright, warm and colorful cold season!
2. Guerlain “Idylle”
Guerlain comes with a new version of the already known Idylle Eau de Parfum, in a eau de toilette with a richer floral bouquet. The new “Idylle Eau de Toilette” has as a center note the Bulgarian rose (also known as Rosa Damascena), surrounded by lily of the valley, white lilac, peony and jasmine. In fact, the rose has been the favorite flower of Guerlain perfumers since 1828. Besides these notes, one can feel a light touch of green and musk, cypress and ylang-ylang. This amazing floral fragrance can be bought in a golden drop bottle, just like the original one, created by Thierry Wasser.
3. “Parlez-moi d’amour” by John Galliano
“Parlez-moi d’amour” is John Galliano’s latest fragrance. Its composition opens with fresh ginger, blueberries and bergamot. The heart of the perfume is a true olfactory reflection of love, made from Sambac jasmine and Turkish rose, while the base features woody notes of cypress, Indonesian patchouli and musk notes. The face of ”Parlez-moi d’amour” is Taylor Momsen who tells the story of a rock star who, after many gigs and concerts, finds herself stranded in Berlin. With no internet access loosing contact with everyone, she writes her feelings on a piece of paper writing a letter to a guy she’s in love with. The story of a sweet, feminine and musky perfume. 4. “Womanity” by Thierry Mugler
Thierry Mugler’s perfumes seem to follow the rule “love it or hate it”. At least this is what happened to the extremely famous “Angel”. This season we have “Womanity”, a word created to connect femininity, humanity and city, a symbol of feminine power, a way for women to connect. In the composition of this perfume one can feel a diversity of scents and the contrast between the sweet and salty. A juicy, sweet fig note and the subtle, salty caviar note are perfectly completed by a wooden accord. “Womanity” comes in a pink bottle with ring on top of the it, which is decorated with metal frieze with a symbolic design. It seems that the frieze encapsulates and depicts women of all generations.
5. “Love, Chloé” by Chloé
“Love, Chloé” is the new fragrance for women by Chloé, “a celebration of radiant, generous, spontaneous femininity”. With notes including orange blossom, pink pepper, iris absolute, lilac, hyacinth, wisteria blossom, heliotropine, powdery musks, talc and rice powder, “Love, Chloé” embodies light and sensual elements into a scent that softens the skin. The bottle has this classic design with a soft combination of pink and golden metallic tones and a chain tying the cap to the bottle. Supermodel Raquel Zimmermann is the face of the new perfume in an ad made by Roman Coppola.
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I hate already having to think about the fall, but let’s face it, September is only a month away and summer is slowly fading away. But at least we have plenty of new trends to look forward to which just gives us another excuse to head out and do more shopping!
This fall season, there’s a different vibe going on. Unlike past years, where the arrival of fall announced dark and somber colors, this fall promises a brighter look with the help of bright colors, prints, and tons of different fabrics to please every taste. I’ve picked some of my favorite runway looks for the fall of 2011, but it’s up to you to get inspired by these looks and incorporate them into your wardrobe.
Tons of designers incorporated dots into their looks, including Stella McCartney. I absolutely love this dress, I think it has a really edgy look but with a touch of femininity and tons of curves. Get inspired by picking up a couple of polka dotted pieces such as a dotted button up shirt and pair it with a black pencil skirt.
A TOUCH OF COLOR
Rodarte added a touch of color at the end of his fall 2011 show with a pop of red. Very Wizard of Oz inspired, this look totally grabbed my attention. Of course, I would probably just do one red piece and leave the rest neutral. But I must say I actually love the combination of the red blazer with the red skirt, it really goes well together.
The 60s have inspired thousands of trends that even to this stay, still stay strong. On the runways, designers also got inspired by this era and came up with a fresh new perspective on a classic and feminine mod look. When looking to copy the 60s look, make sure you incorporate a few 60s pieces such as a tunic, or bell bottoms, but leave the rest fresh and modern.
THE SIMPLE LIFE
Lots of designers turned to a more simple and minimalist look like the one above. I love this style because it’s so easy to pull off, and doesn’t require any accessories…which sometimes can be a blessing! To pull off this look, just keep everything to a bare minimum, including colors, patterns, and most of all accessories.
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Summer hair should literally be like a day at the beach: Relaxed, pretty, a little bit messy, and fun. But foolproof hair can be hard to come by, especially when humidity-induced frizz, sun-parched locks, and overly oily tresses get thrown into the mix. To help put the brakes on bad summer hair days, we decided to go in hot pursuit of the best—and easiest—summer haircare tips to keep our tresses in top form. From super-sizing the shine factor to banishing humidity doused locks, our cheat-sheet—courtesy of top go-to beauty gurus—is all you’ll need to keep those locks looking lush and gorgeous right through to Labor Day…and hopefully beyond.
1. Serve and Protect:
“When your hair is exposed to extra stress from summer fun, it’s imperative to minimize damage from the start, so always use a heat protector,” says Theodore Leaf. “Starting with damp hair and spray evenly from root to tip, then comb through.” Also, make sure you use a leave-in conditioner or spray with UV protection, or a color-specific mask to help boost color protection and manageability. Covering your hair with a hat helps block damaging rays, too.
Roxy Straw Sun Hat, $28, available at Nordstrom; Suave Professionals Heat Protection Spray, $3.49, available at Drugstore.com; Ouidad Sun Shield Sun & Sport Leave-In Spray, $20, available at Sephora; Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color, $59, available at Oribe.
2. Amp Up the Shine Factor
“Hair shines naturally when it’s free of excess oils and residue,” says stylist Diana Conte of Bumble and bumble Downtown
Salon. “So, using a shampoo that gently clarifies and a conditioner that hydrates without causing build-up will help enhance shimmer. Since it tends to be more humid in the summer months, applying a lightweight silicone product to damp hair will protect against frizz while enhancing shine.” And as a touch-up, celebrity stylist Rodney Cutler recommends hairspray. “A good one can add shine and repel humidity without weighing hair down.”
Bumble and bumble Shine On Finishing Spray, $25, available at Bumble and bumble; Bumble and bumble Let it Shine Shampoo, $22, and Conditioner, $22, available at Bumble and bumble; Redken Quick Dry 18 Hairspray, $14.50, visit Redken for salons.
3. Liven Up Limp Locks
Curls tend to frizz in the summer, but straight hair can go the opposite way and lose volume. “Use anti-humectants on both straight
hair and curls to create support and definition,” recommends Cutler. “With straight hair, it’s about using a root-lifting product and then an anti-humectant like Redken Align 12 Protective Straightening Lotion for medium hair or Power Tame 16 Intense Straightening Balm for coarse hair—they’ll sit on the cuticle and help to repel humidity. Make sure you rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticle a little more before you get out of the shower and don’t brush your hair when its dry. Comb through your hair from ends to roots after
putting in conditioner, allowing it to detangle in the shower. That way you won’t raise the cuticle. If you do have to comb your hair while its dry, use a natural boar’s bristle brush, so it doesn’t get frizzy.”
Tory Burch backstage beauty photograph by Ryan Koopmans; Denman Boar Bristle Brush, $18.75, available at Soap.com; Redken
Align 12 Protective Straightening Lotion, $16, visit Redken for salons; Pantene Prov-V Fine Hair Root Lifter Spray Gel, $3.99, available at Drugstore.com.
4. Get Frizz Free
“If you want to cut down on frizz, the hair has to be 100% dry to fight the humidity,” says Amy Abramite, Creative Director at
Maxine Salon. “Humidity creates curl and volume in naturally curly or wavy hair textures and walking out into a humid environment with slightly wet hair is going to add to the problem. I also recommend using a flat iron to smooth the cuticle down even further for a double whammy on fighting frizz. You can also add dry shampoo or a little baby powder to the scalp to help absorb perspiration or humidity before it causes the hair to frizz. To apply baby powder, shake a little into the hands, rub together, and then massage into
Living Proof No Frizz Refresh Styling Spray, $24, available at Sephora; Arrojo Defrizz Serum, $15, available at Arrojo; Fekkai
Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream, $24, available at Fekkai.
5. Tame Your Curls
“In the summer months we experience a lot more exposure to direct sunlight, and this can cause excessive dryness to curls,” say
Miss Jessie’s founders Miko and Titi Branch. “Continue your deep-conditioning regimen from winter, and don’t forget to dab a little extra
on the ends.” They also recommend using moisture-enhancing products from wash to styling, and their one tip for summer curls: “Have the right haircut. You can condition your hair and have the right styling products to seal in your curl, but without the right cut your curls won’t fall in the most flattering way.” And to finish a look and keep curls smooth, Diana Conte recommends mixing a silicone serum with a moisturizing creme.
Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer, $18.95, available at Lush; Bumble and bumble Bb.Grooming Creme, $26, available at Bumble and bumble; Miss Jessie’s Creme de la Curl Cleansing Creme, $16, available at Miss Jessie’s.
6. Banish Extra Grease
Don’t let too-slick, second-day hair or extra oil stop you this summer (because not everyone does, or should, shampoo everyday). Besides
adding a dry shampoo to your routine, follow celebrity stylist Theodore Leaf’s styling tips: “A great way to prevent unwanted oiliness is by creating major volume. The more lift you have in your look, the less your hair is sitting on top of your scalp. To get great lift, start with damp hair and apply a volumizer all over. Next, taking a diffuser, flip your head upside-down, and push your ends to your roots using only the dryer (no hands!). This will create a great tousled wave that has lots of lift and no extra oil.” When sudsing up, follow Rodney Cutler’s cues: “If your hair is a little oilier in the summer, concentrate the shampoo at the scalp—not the ends. If you don’t shampoo the scalp, when you brush you’re just going to distribute the oil through the mid-lengths and ends.”
Tory Burch backstage beauty photograph by Ryan Koopmans; Suave Professionals Volumizing Mousse, $3.49, available at Drugstore.com; Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo, $18, available at Sephora.
Fed up with buying pricey creams and treatments for your skin? Eat your way to smooth, young-looking skin with these foods that fight wrinkles. Good nutrition’s important for the health of your entire body—and that includes your skin. So don’t starve it—feed it. Try these foods that fight wrinkles to give your skin the nutrients it needs to stay smooth and supple.
Load up on lean protein
Skinless chicken, fish, beans, nuts, and other lean protein foods help repair cells that have suffered free radical damage. When protein is digested, it breaks down into amino acids, the building blocks of cells. Having plenty of amino acids available helps to speed the repair and regeneration of skin cells and collagen. Aim for: Lean protein at every meal.
Drizzle on olive oil
Olive oil is chock-full of oleic acid, one of the fatty acids that keep cell membranes fluid and make skin supple. Olive oil also has small amounts of other essential fatty acids that fight inflammation. Yet another benefit comes in the form of vitamin E and polyphenols, a class of antioxidants that protect skin from free radical damage. Aim for: Choose olive oil for most of your dishes that include oil.
Gravitate toward garlic
It brings a wealth of skin-protective polyphenols to your plate. Aim for: Keep a clean garlic press at the ready and add minced garlic—especially raw—to as many of your dishes as possible. You can also eat a garlic clove, chopped into several pill-size pieces, every day.
Binge on berries
For tiny fruits, berries pack more antioxidant punch than any other fruit or vegetable tested. Eat plenty of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. They work beautifully to help protect skin from the damage that leads to wrinkles. Citrus fruits and red apples with the peel on are also rich in antioxidants. Aim for: A cup (250 mL) of berries a day. Blend them into fruit smoothies, add them to breakfast cereal, and use them in pancake or muffin batter.
Go for green tea
Thanks to its storehouse of polyphenols, green tea is high on the list of skin-friendly beverages. Aim for: Four cups throughout the day. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, drink your last cup before three in the afternoon.
Feast on fish
Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids do wonders for your skin. The omega-3s provide a wealth of protection by keeping cell membranes fluid. Aim for: At least two 125-gram (4-ounce) servings of fatty fish per week.
Don’t forget your veggies and beans
Add these foods to the fish and olive oil we already mentioned, and you’re really feeding your skin the foods it needs to achieve that youthful smoothness. When researchers in Australia compared the diets and wrinkles of hundreds of people in Australia, Greece and Sweden, they found that those who ate more vegetables, beans, fish and olive oil had the fewest wrinkles. The researchers suspect it was a combination of monounsaturated fats, antioxidants and lean protein that did the trick. Aim for: Five to six 1/2-cup (125-mL) servings of a range of vegetables daily. Also, sprinkle beans on salads, enjoy bean-based soups and plan a bean-based meal like chili once a week.
Skin cells need a bounty of fluid to keep their membranes supple and receptive to the nutrients that keep them healthy. You should probably drink six to eight cups (1.5 to 2 litres) a day to keep your skin smooth and hydrated. If you’re sweating because of physical activity or if you’re outside in hot weather, you should drink even more. Aim for: Women need 11 cups (2.7 litres) of fluid per day, men 15 cups, or 3.7 litres. That’s from all sources—water, juice, coffee, tea, soup and all other liquids as well as food (even meat is at least 50 percent water). How do you know if you’re getting enough? If you urinate at least four times a day and your urine is pale yellow in colour, you’re good to go. If it’s dark or cloudy, drink more water.
Foods to avoid
Curb caffeine consumption: Some health professionals believe that coffee contributes to wrinkles by increasing stress hormones like adrenaline and noradrenaline. Skip the sugar: It’s time to kick that cake and candy bar habit. Several studies indicate that consuming sugary foods and beverages like sodas can damage collagen, the protein that supports skin.
Nothing can age you as fast as droopy eyes with fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, our skin produces less collagen, which means less elasticity so the skin around the eyes begins to droop. If you’re thinking of going for an eye lift or injections – wait! A good eye cream could be a much better choice. Why you ask? We’re going to tell you! See, a quality eye cream may give you the benefits of an eye lift, but without cosmetic surgery.
We all desire to look younger this is an issue that most men and women stress over. Fine Lines and wrinkles are a true sign of aging which does not augur well with most of us. That is the reason why we continue to purchase anti wrinkle eye cream to get rid of the dry skin beneath our eyes.
It is important to know that not all creams for dry wrinkly skin underneath the eyes are made equal. Most of them do not work causing you to be disappointed after probably months of using. Stop throwing away your hard-earned money. I know it is natural to want your face to look young again, especially if you suffer from dry skin around your eyes. You need a cream that will help you get rid of the dark circles around your eyes. You want an eye cream that is going to be effective.
Most anti wrinkle products claim to contain collagen and elastin, which in fact they do, however, the skin is unable to absorb these proteins therefore making them ineffective. You need to find products with ingredients that will promote your body’s own production of collagen and elastin. This will result in dramatic changes in the dry skin around and under your eyes.
When shopping for anti wrinkle cream to get rid of the dry, wrinkly skin under your eyes you want to make sure they contain certain essential ingredients such as Eyeliss. Eyeliss comes out of Europe and you will be so amazed at the difference in your appearance after using this product. The dark circles and dryness under your eyes will diminish and you will begin to see the effectiveness.
Another natural substance you want to be in your eye cream is Cynergy TK. This substance comes from New Zealand and has been clinically proven to help your body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. These vital proteins aid in your skin’s rejuvenation making the dark circle and dryness under your eyes disappear with continuous use.
Haloxyl is definitely another ingredient you definitely want to be found in your anti aging eye cream. This will make your skin thicker and assist in the circulation of your blood. Studies have shown that over 60% of people using this product saw significant improvement in the elimination of bags, dark circle and dryness under their eyes.
All of the above ingredients should be contained in any eye cream that you will be purchasing. Remember your eyes are sensitive and deserves the best for dry skin beneath the eyes!
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I’m all for DIY hair care, but when it comes to giving myself an at-home blowout, my patience level doesn’t live up to my ambitions. Blasting my hair into submission using a heavy blow-dryer set to “broil” from the inside the depths of my tiny bathroom is about as much fun as it sounds. Until my budget can afford the live-in hairdresser I so obviously require, I’ve found a solution in the form of a Conair/John Frieda collaboration: the JF1 John Frieda Full Volume Dryer. This seriously lightweight blowdryer has a titanium ceramic coating and claims to use the highest level of negative ions of any on the market. (Quick ionic-technology lesson: static in hair is positively charged, so when it meets negative ions from the air in the blow-dryer, the two can cancel each other out.) My aching arms are already grateful: The technology significantly reduces drying time to get hair straight and smooth, and I don’t need to crank up the heat to scorching levels either. Go try it out! Especially during the dewy summer months!
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Here’s the new video from http://www.InStyleBling.com. Interesting video filmed in a beautiful place, Muskoka, Canada overlooking the water. Muskoka is so gorgeous. Of course, so are the products from InStyleBling. I know we’re inundating you with InStyleBling and it’s products but the site was just introduced and we believe in their products. Back to normal next post.
They show their Gelicee Ice watches which come in 8 different transparent colours with straps and watch faces that are completely interchangeable to allow you to create your own fashion watch to match your outfit of the day. Light and water resistant. Buy several watches and wear different colours or mix and match.
Also shown are their Gelicee Gummy watches which are made of silicon with interchangeable faces and in several colours. Buy several and wear a colour that matches your outfit of the day. Whether playing tennis, running, working out, swimming, playing golf, you’ll forget you’re wearing the watch. So light and sports fashionable.
InStyleBling.com includes the Power Balance line of holograph bracelets and pendants. This is the latest performance medical technology where these bracelets interact with your bodies natural energy to improve your flexibility, balance and energy level. Lots of great colours and most people buy several to match the bracelet with their outfits. Completely waterproof and fashionable. Look around at how many people wear these bracelets. It’s incredible. Notice how many of the top athletes are wearing them. Look in magazines and check out the wrists of the people in the magazines.
Also part of the InStyle line of products are the Gelicee Slap watches, jelly watches and iRenew natural power bracelets which will be added within days.
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InStyleBling offers very special fashion watches, sports watches and bracelets. Many of the products incorporate the new ion power balance technology. Look around at how many of your friends are wearing these very special products.
This site sells Power Balance bracelets and necklaces. This is a new technology that they say, improves balance, flexibility and energy. I completely agree as I wear the products and feel better. Vist the site. These bracelets are the rage and so many people wear them. Look around your golf club and sports clubs. InStyle Bling offers them at a very low introductory price and includes all shipping and taxes for the first month. InStyleBling offers all their products at the lowest price on the Internet and completely support them.
Also, on this great site are silicon sports watches that are so flexible and small. These watches are completely waterproof and can be worn while you play any sport. I wear mine all the time. You hardly even know it’s on your wrist. You can purchase with or without the new ion power balance technology. Available in so many colours and people buy several of them at the same time as you can move the different color watch faces from one watch to the other. Wear a watch or power band to match the clothes you are wearing that day. Guys and Gals.
The Power Balance bracelets are available in many colours so mix and match.
Also, on the site are InStyleBling’s Gelicee Ice Watches . These are very light fashion watches for all ages and sexes. I wear a black watch and mix the straps and face with a clear watch. So many colours available. The gals can wear a different colour or colour combinations depending on their outfits. People tend to purchase 5 or 6 watches to mix and match. You have to check them out.
specials, additional products and promotions. Non of their products are over $ 30 whether in U.S. dollars or Canadian dollars. In fact the price is the same in either currency. Go to the site and order some watches and Power bands. Buy several to mix and match and coordinate. Buy them as gifts.
These are some of my favorite products that work exceptionally well during the warmer months of summer.
1. Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer is an excellent option for summer, because it dries to a semi-matte finish while providing sheer to light coverage–and it still feels incredibly lightweight.
2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners are budge-, smudge-, and water-proof, but they’re still easy to remove at the end of the day.
Make Up For Ever HD Blush is a long-wearing cream blush that dries down quick enough that it sets in place for all-day wear but still gives you enough time to blend it to a perfectly natural shade. (Check out three more favorites!)
Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stains are one of the best lip stains on the market that I’ve come across in four years of blogging. Easy to apply, natural looking, doesn’t strip lips of moisture, and wears all day.
Maybelline Full ‘n Soft Waterproof is one of my favorite mascara formulas and my go-to when I want to opt for waterproof.
MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation does not budge–if you need more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but still need a foundation that wears really well despite warmer weather, this is one of the best I’ve tried.
Benefit Cha Cha Tint is an orange-coral cheek and lip tint, and it’s one of my favorites from Benefit. It’s natural, buildable, and works well on both lips and cheeks.
Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liners are perfect for quick and easy summer looks. The color range is more natural/neutral, and they work well worn alone as a wash. (Check out four more cream eyeshadow favorites!)
MAC Chromagraphic Pencils are the longest wearing pencil eyeliners I’ve come across–even on the waterline.
Sunscreen with SPF 30+ — I don’t have reviews for a lot of my favorites, but these are ones I reach for regularly: Clarins UV Plus SPF 40, Neutrogena Dry Touch, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream/Lotion for Face.
Aloe vera is a total must-have for anyone who is prone to sunburns. I love products like Clinique’s After Sun gel.
T3 Dry Shampoo is a product I’ve been using for years now to help prolong hair in-between washes. I always bring it when I go on vacation, especially when the place involves the beach.
Over the past decade the popularity in chemical peels, surgery, and chemical based products has greatly increased due to the promise of drastic results and eternal youth. Today however, the trend is beginning to lean more towards natural ingredients and simpler treatments for skin care and health.
Natural ingredients incorporated in exfoliators, scrubs, toners, moisturizers, and face cleansers are proven to be safer and healthier than the popular chemical approaches while delivering just as great results. The antioxidants, proteins, vitamins, enzymes, and other nutrients in these products are becoming more understood as society becomes better educated on their health and well being. Today we want to feel young and look healthy at all ages. Although aging is a natural process that we cannot stop (oh nooooo), we keep ourselves healthy inside and out so the aging process will not be so harsh on us.
You can’t really reverse the process of aging, but you can improve and slow it down by encouraging collagen production, increasing the skin’s moisture content, improve the skin’s ability to protect itself, neutralize skin damaging free radicals, and stimulate the skin cell renewal and repair. Over time, the skins ability to accomplish these processes lessens. Skin needs proper care and nourishment inside and out in order to protect itself and prevent further damage as well as encourage the repair and rejuvenation process.
In addition to regular cleansing and moisturizing, exfoliating is a must to reveal the most healthy and ageless complexion. During the aging process, visible changes in tone and complexion occur as circulation slows providing less of the needed nutrients. As these changes occur, skin can begin to sag, become dry and start to lose its elasticity. The internet provides a great deal of information regarding exfoliation, often conflicting for consumers. Most of us are aware of the general benefits of exfoliation; softer, smoother, less aged complexion. However, the science behind why we need to exfoliate is a mystery to most and likely not thought of enough to know the importance of exfoliating properly.
Exfoliation occurs naturally every day, the technical term “Desquamation” means the shedding of the outer layers of the skin. For example, the skin sheds dead skin as it heals from a wound. This process however is faster for some more so than others. Aging causes the cells in the skin to become thickened, resulting in a buildup of skin cells atop the skin causing a less toned complexion and thicker appearance, preventing absorbency of any skin treatment applied to it. Once this process begins to slow, the natural exfoliation process slows and becomes more difficult to exfoliate.
Environment influences can cause slowing of the natural exfoliation process, influenced by the actual physical environment, hormones (estrogen, androgens, and epidermal growth factor), vitamin deficiencies, and let’s not forget smoking. Aside from smoking, these factors sometimes happen whether we like them to or not, making exfoliation vital to the health of your skin. Eliminating the dead skin cells (known as stratum corneum) allows for new skin cells to rejuvenate, resulting in an improved appearance, tone, and feel. The two most widely used approaches for exfoliation are chemical and physical exfoliation.
Over the past decade, dermatological peels costing consumers thousands of dollars have become popular. On the milder side, toners and scrubs containing ingredients that assist in exfoliating (natural ingredients used by Sweetsation are: Papaya, pineapple, vitamin C) have become popular as well as people tend to turn to natural remedies these days. Chemical exfoliation treatments contain a variety of hydroxy acids, enzymes, and retinols (not limited to) and have been most commonly used. The ideal physical exfoliants contain natural ingredients that are massaged gently on top of the skin.
The idea behind exfoliating is to normalize cell turnover in the epidermis; stimulating the formation of healthy skin, ridding dead skin cells and dry scales, and stimulation of new cells, reviling the new beautiful you. It is important to note that exfoliating on irritated skin can slow the healing of that skin and should be avoided. Further, sun protection is a must as you rid the out layer of dead cells and your body produces new cells your skin is left exposed. Studies recommend between SPF15 and SPF30, however, we recommend nothing less than SPF30 for maximum protection.
Consistent exfoliation can benefit and enhance your skin. The process prevents clogged pores, acne, ingrown hairs, some types of infection, prevent small scarring from blemishes and reduces the appearance of present scars. In addition, exfoliation unblocks pores through the increases of blood circulation in your skin, the cleanser and moisturizer you use will work better to clean and protect your “healthy” skin as the dead cells clear away.
Here is the scoop on how you can get the hollywood loose curls hair that we see on most celebs. This is a must see video! It is best to use a thick barrel curling iron. I use a 1 1/4 inch ceramic Hot Tools and it is fabulous!
Kate Middleton looked fresh-faced and classic at her wedding to Prince William. And – proving she’s not just a pretty face- The Duchess of Cambridge did her own makeup for the big day. Here’s how to get her makeup look:
Face: Looking at Kate’s flawless skin, I am guessing she would have used a refining skin prep under a primer to achieve a smooth and flawless complexion, followed by a foundation and powder to finish the look. Use concealer and brightener under the eyes to make your eyes sparkle like Kate’s – and don’t forget to use primer on your eyelids to ensure your eye makeup stays intact.
Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pore Minimiser and Mattifier and Pre-Foundation Primer
Innoxa Pure Silk Primer
MAC Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye – banishes dark circles and illuminates the eye area
MAC Prep + Prime highlighter
MAC Studio Finishing concealer
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural powder
Cheeks: Kate enhanced the apples of her cheeks using a soft pink blush tone.
NARS blush in Amour
By Terry Velvet Cream blush in Apple glow
Eyes: Kate created a soft smoky eye – always a classic look that adds a touch of glamour Brows: Kate’s brows framed her eyes and off-set her eyes perfectly. Shape brows and fill them in with brow powder to get the same look. An eyebrow kit is helpful to achieve a bold brow.
Nutrimetics nc Eyebrow Kit, which includes easy-to-use stencils to give the perfect shape, a wax primer and brow colours to add definition, an angled brush to shape and an illuminating eye shadow to accentuate a flawless arch .
Lips: Kate played up her eyes and left her lips a subtle blush pink tone to match her cheeks. Finish with a touch of clear gloss.
Innoxa Lovely Lips Mineral Lipstick in English Rose
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Duo compact in Blush Obsession
Nails: Kate wore Essie nail polish in ‘Allure’, neutral blush tone.
And viola! You’ll look like a princess in waiting before you know it.
Have you like me and seem to always be shopping for the new and better product, or the product that you feel will finally erase those fine lines, repair your dead ends or even let you feel a little more refreshed? Recently I ordered NewBeauty’s testtube of beauty samples…and I love it! What a great idea!! These samples are also a great size and can be used much longer than planned. What a great way test out a product before you commit to purchasing the full size item.
As seen on a recent Oprah Winfrey Show focusing on how to feel and look 20 years younger, included is a video on a great skin care regime to help you look younger and feel better about how your skin looks.
As the summer is approaching, many people are planning their favourite get away vacations. Here are some airplane beauty tips that will allow you to feel refreshed when you land and arrive at your long awaited destination!
Almost all of us are victims to a lack of sleep. In fact, there is nothing worse than starting your day looking tired and sleep-deprived. Pale sallow skin, dry and dull complexion, puffy and dark under-eye circles, can reveal your level of fatigue. Here are some quick tips and tricks to face looking bright and beautiful with a celebrity glow!
Aqua effect : The best way to get your skin looking fresh as a daisy is by splashing cold water on your face. The cold temperature helps by constricting blood vessels and making your skin look smoother. Splash some water first thing you wake-up to feel fresh and alive.
Bye bye dryness : While you are sleeping, your skin tends to get dehydrated. Using a good moisturiser can help plump up the skin cells. All the signs of dry skin, such as lines which make you look older will reduce with the use of a moisturising cream.
Kitchen remedies: If you are still looking pale and sallow, try using a combination of milk and ice cubes. Dip a napkin in the mixture and then place on your face for a few minutes. This will help to instantly brighten your skin, the Cleopatra way.
Reduce puffiness: While most of us opt for eye creams in the night before sleeping, using one in the morning can help. Choose one which contains peptides and caffeine. Keep your cream in the fridge the night before and use it in the morning. The gel-based formula (opt for a water-based one) can help get rid of the puffy look.
Go slow on make-up: If you haven’t slept much the night before, it’s best to go easy on the make-up. While you do want to cover up the tell-tale signs of sleepiness, you don’t want to look like a caked-up monster. Go slow on heavy foundation or powder. Try a tinted moisturiser with SPF protection instead and use a light coat of concealer.
Eye openers: They say the eyes are our windows to the world. No greater reason to ensure that they look their brightest best. Use an eyelash curler to open up your eyes and then apply a light coat of mascara. It will do wonders for your overall look.
Add some colour: Get rid of the sallowness from your face by using some pink or peach coloured cream blush. This will instantly transform your complexion and take away the attention from your under-eye. Creamy formulas work better than powder blushes as they blend well and can add just a pinch of natural – looking colour.
Night care: How well you take care of your skin the previous night can make a difference as well. Ensure that you use a good cleanser to remove all the make-up, dirt and grime stuck to your face.
Diet worthy: Cutting back on salt and alcohol can do wonders for your skin. Alcohol dehydrates the body and causes those bags around your eyes. Drink plenty of water to clean out your system.
Pillow talk: Use a satin pillow as it smoothes dry, frizzy hair and doesn’t cause friction with the skin when sleeping.
#1 Bell Bottoms: With skinny pants and jeans now so common that they no longer make a statement it was inevitable that a different style would emerge as a trend. It didn’t necessarily have to be this one, but with the comeback of all things 1970s it was inevitable that fashion forward people would turn bell bottoms and flared pants as their style of choice.
#2 Feathers: Everyone was ALL OVER Bjorks infamous feather swan dress…BUT Hold up people! Maybe we were too quick to judge. Maybe she was just AHEAD of her time!! Sporting feathers is beginning to transcend from the high class, runways, and red carpets to the clubs, the streets, and everywhere in between.
#3 A Tulip Skirt Dress: These skirts/dresses are indeed the hottest trends in the apparel industry. These skirts/dresses are wider at the hips, making them wearable for those with a broad waist line and get narrower at the end. They look best a few inches above the knees. They are best teamed up with short, thin top that can be tucked in or a simple tulip dress looks fabulous. (Most recently seen on Jennifer Hudson as a guest on Dancing with the Stars)
#4 Skinny Belts: Skinny belts can, but definitely don’t have to, ruin your economy, as many cute ones can be found down to $5 dollars. If you like this trend, buy a few that you can choose from, when the spring comes – these kind of belts go out and come back in style all the time – so make sure you don’t throw them away once the trend goes away… As with so many fashion items, you’ll want it again soon enough!
#5 Strong Eyes: One of the major changes in eye makeup we’re seeing is a really strong eye.
Not smoky, not blended, but a strong, almost a hard eye. A black eye pencil and black mascara will help you get this look!
#6 Tassels: Sometimes a little detail is all it takes to change the feel of a garment. In Spring 2011 one of the most popular trimmings is one that signifies luxury or, at times, the exotic. Adorning everything from handbags to shoes to dresses and hats. So tassel it up girls!
#7 Lace Clothing: No, it’s not new. But, like all trends that span multiple seasons, it has evolved. Lace influences for Spring 2011 are more to the classic side with quality antique-style fabrics the key to the trend. Less of the allover, stretch lace and more of the unique takes.
#8 Stripes: Stripes are a dominant part of any spring / summer season, though usually, year on year, featuring a variation on the theme. Spring 2011 sees stripes with an unsurprising nautical dominance – but it’s a dominance inspired by other key Spring 2011 fashion trends.
# 9 Jumpsuits: They are something of a yoyo trend: one season they’re in, the next season they’re out. For Spring 2011 they’re back again, reinterpreted to fuse in many of the season’s other fashion trends.
#10 Crop Tops: It was 2009 that we last focused on this look as a trend, and back then it certainly wasn’t a trend for the whole year. This is very much a high-summer 2011 look, one great for the hottest of weather and party atmospheres, such as festivals.
Are you living a crazy life as a busy mom. here’s some very down to earth advice from a busy Mom with very young kids. Some interesting videos that I know you young Moms will be able to identify with. Look your best even when you find it very difficult.
We all have to worry about caring for our hair. It’s so visible and so important unless you choose to always wear a hat or a bandana. We probably won’t do that so take very good care of your hair and read some of these great tips.
Do’s & Don’t of Healthy Hair
Choose brushes and combs with widely spaced and smooth tipped bristles and teeth to avoid the risk of splitting hairs and scratching the scalp.
Wash combs and brushes in shampoo or soap at least once a week.
Always rinse your hair thoroughly.
Use a conditioner to smooth the outer surface of the hair, which is roughened by washing.
Apply extra conditioner when using a hairdryer, rollers, or tongs.
Always try a temporary rinse first, before you risk using permanent color.
Go to a professional colorist for permanent dyeing or bleaching.
Enemies of healthy hair
Healthy hair boast tightly closed cuticle layers. If hair is in good condition, it shines, swings, feels good when touched, and has no split strands.
If you want to keep your hair healthy, you have to avoid the enemies of healthy hair; too much sun, vitamin deficiencies, illness or other stresses, certain drugs like sulfa drugs and birth control pills, and cosmetic assaults like perming or dyeing. There is also the issue of environmental contamination, as from chlorine. The easiest route to healthy hair is to avoid as many of the following damaging things as possible.
Shampoo works by removing dirt and excess sebum from the hair’s surface. Gentle shampoos remove just what they need to. Strong shampoos, however, can take with them your hair’s protective sebum, that necessary natural oilthat keeps hair pliable, moisturized, and healthy. In some cases, strong shampoos also disrupt your hair’s cuticle layer, roughing up those tile-like portions and allowing damage to the interior cortex.
Don’t overdo it- Get into washing habits that suit your hair and you will benefitfrom healthy looking, naturally shiny hair.
Combing through damp strands with a fine-toothed comb, yanking at tangles, brusing hair 20 times a day, absent mindedly tugging at locks, backcombing strands for a fuller finish – these all constitute rough handling, and they are all guaranteed ways to damages fragile tresses.
Every time you handle your hair, even if you just push your fingers through it, you put stress on its cuticle layer, causing the cuticle’s tightly overlapping tiles to come unhinged; in hair-care circles, this is known as mechanical damage. Particularly aggressive treatment can even strip away a section of these tiles. When this protective armour is compromised or removed, hair splits, frays, or snaps of
Ponytail holders, hair slides, combs, clips – most of us been using these and other hairhelpers since childhood. This is fine, as long as you don’t use them more then one or three times a week. Wearing your hair day after day in the same style can wear away the hair’s cuticle layer and cause breakage in those locks that are contained by the accessory.
Similarly, if you’re not gentle when removing them, hair accessories you can damage locks in another way. Try not to yank free any tresses that become stuck in the hinge of a clip or a hair slide or wound around a ponytail holder. Unfortunately, ripping strands out of a hair ornament’s grasp can strip away a long swath of the cuticle layer.
So protect your hair and you won’t have to fight it. Once it’s gone in the wrong direction, it’s difficult getting it back.
Beautiful women have always been part of the Super Bowl and this year will be no exception. Love the ads and if your male or female, you will find them amusing and interesting. The theme is we all need to look our best. Be inspired by the beautiful ladies involved in this years Super Bowl commercials.
Here’s a super video of a Super Bowl ad by Go Daddy. Their basic theme always revolves around a beautiful sexy lady. Don’t be offended. You’ll see Go Daddy at this years Super Bowl.
Here’s a beautiful singer, Faith Hill, singing at a previous Super Bowl.
Jennifer Hudson’s powerful version of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
Carrie Underwood is a beautiful and an amazing singer. Use these videos to inspire you. Watch the game and love it. Be inspired by these beautiful women who have made the most of what they have. You can too!! Let’s all start together.
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It is said that first impression counts the most. When looking for your dream job, it is crucial not to neglect any of the important details regarding the job interview. Among these essential items you have to consider, your outfit plays a major role as it can highly influence the final decision. It takes a few seconds for someone to make a first impression of you, based on your body language, demeanor, but also the way you are dressed. Therefore, if you still don’t know how to dress for a job interview, have a look to these basic tips.
Creating a good first impression is important regardless your career level. Since sometimes this opinion cannot be reversed, you should take care when choosing the right outfit for the job interview. A clean and tidy physical appearance is a must as this not only says a lot of things about you, but it also boosts self-confidence. Remember to stay professional without losing your personal style and adapt the outfit based on the type and location of the job. The idea is to create the sense that you are comfortable in your outfit and not that this deviates from your normal style.
The way you dress for the job interview is highly related to the nature of the job. For example, if the job is in finance or law, the outfit should be rather classic and business like.
Suits in a sober, plain color, white shirts, fine jewelry and a pair of simple, not too tall pumps works great. If you are looking for a job in a social environment, medical or something that has to do with kids, your should bet on the comfortable and practical side, choosing natural, comfortable fabrics and pastels. A job in commerce also requires a suit.
If the interview is for a job in communication or advertising, you can wear something a little bit more original. You can do the same when it comes to artistic jobs where you don’t have to wear the classic suit. However, don’t go to extremes and take full advantage of your creativity as it might disadvantage you. Good sense and originality should blend in this case. You can add a creative touch using unique accessories and shoes.
A jean is not a too bad idea as long as you match it properly, especially for a job in advertising. The outfit should match the work style but whether you need to adopt a more conservative look or a creative one, you have to look just like a real professional.
Two basic things for you to take into consideration are the cut and the colors of the clothes. Avoid provocative and too sexy outfits, such as a daring mini skirt, tight-fitting blazers or pants, or a deep decollete. Knee length dresses or skirts, but also pants and shirts represent some of the safest choices. As for the colors, stick to neutrals, such as black, white, gray, blue, or pastels. A black and white outfit will always look very elegant with a sophisticated touch. You can create a beautiful outfit by matching a high-waisted black skirt, a white shirt, a belt and black pumps. For those of you who are not so much into skirts, you can replace them with a pair of elegant black pants.
As we have said before, your outfit also has to be a reflection of your personality. What better way to do this than by choosing accessories that show your personal style? Moreover, they are the best way to sweeten a too severe outfit, adding elegance and originality to your overall look. However, remember not to exaggerate with your creativity and try to stay away from oversize jewelry and too bright and daring colors. The only indispensable accessory is the watch.
Another detail that shouldn’t be omitted are the shoes. Try to avoid extreme high heels as they can be rather uncomfortable. Besides, shoes that have a special, unique and more crazy design are a total no-no. The best way to impress is to keep it as simple as possible and go for something classic, such as a pair of black shoes. As for the handbag, this should be large enough for you to put your resume, a bloc notes and a bottle of water. Choose a handbag in a light, soft color.
After the outfit has been chosen, it’s time we pass to makeup and hairstyle that need to be made following the same rules of simplicity and naturalness. You can choose a nude makeup and obtain a flawless looking skin, yet very professional. You can apply a soft coat of lip gloss or lipstick keeping everything rather natural without falling into the sexy category. Avoid elaborate hairstyles and keep everything as natural as possible going for a classic look. Clean and tidy should be the two words describing makeup and hairstyle for a job interview. Pay attention to your nails and don’t let the color dominate your hands.
Always remember the first impression rule and dress accordingly. Be remembered but not because you seem out of place. It wouldn’t hurt to get a second opinion of your look before going. Good luck.
I’m sitting here with the flu and have been researching the symptoms. I have visited a doctor so I do know I have the flu but I felt this information would be helpful to all of you as a reference.
This information is from Web MD which I find is a great site. It doesn’t relate much to beauty but look after yourself and you can recover quickly and look your best.
Keep your energy up and get lots of rest and you can prevent either one of these from moving on to a more serious stage.
Common Cold Symptoms: What’s Normal, What’s Not
Your nose is constantly running. You’re coughing and have trouble catching your breath. But do you have symptoms of a common cold? Perhaps you have flu or allergy symptoms instead.
If you understand common cold symptoms — what you might feel with a cold — you can take action, such as increasing the rest and fluids you get early in the illness when it might be most effective. Let’s look at some common cold symptoms.
Beginning Cold Symptoms
Colds usually begin abruptly with a sore throat followed by symptoms such as clear, watery nasal drainage; sneezing; fatigue; and sometimes a low-grade fever (below 101 degrees F). Postnasal drip causes the sore throat and cough that accompany colds.
For the first few days of a cold, your nose drips with watery nasal secretions. Later, these secretions may become thicker and darker. (Dark mucus with a cold virus does not necessarily mean that you have developed a bacterial infection, so don’t beg your doctor for an antibiotic.)
A mild cough is a common cold symptom. The cough won’t get much worse, but this common cold symptom is likely to last into the second week of your cold. If you suffer with asthma or other lung problem, a cold may make it worse. If you are coughing up dark mucus — or if you are feeling a lot of distress in the lower parts of your lungs — you may have a bacterial infection. It’s a good idea to touch base with your doctor to find out if you need to be seen.
Usually, there is no fever with common cold symptoms. In fact, fever and more severe symptoms may indicate that you have the flu and not a cold.
Common cold symptoms usually start between one and three days after you are infected by a cold virus. Typically, they last for about three to seven days. At that point, the worst is over, but you may feel congested for a week or more. During the first three days that you have common cold symptoms, you are contagious. This means you can pass the cold virus to those you come in contact with.
Flu or Cold Symptoms?
When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy, feverish, can’t move a muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have cold symptoms or the flu? And if it’s the flu, could it be swine flu?
It’s important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu — whether it’s typical seasonal flu or the swine flu virus — can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations
What are common cold symptoms?
Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat, which usually goes away after a day or two. Nasal symptoms, runny nose, and congestion follow, along with a cough by the fourth and fifth days. Fever is uncommon in adults, but a slight fever is possible. Children are more likely to have a fever with a cold.
With cold symptoms, your nose teems with watery nasal secretions for the first few days. Later, these become thicker and darker. Dark mucus is natural and does not usually mean you have developed a bacterial infection, such as a sinus infection.
Several hundred different viruses may cause your cold symptoms.
How long do cold symptoms last?
Cold symptoms usually last for about a week. During the first three days that you have cold symptoms, you are contagious. This means you can pass the cold to others, so stay home and get some much-needed rest.
If cold symptoms do not seem to be improving after a week, you may have a bacterial infection, which means you may need antibiotics.
Sometimes you may mistake cold symptoms for allergic rhinitis (hay fever) or a sinus infection. If your cold symptoms begin quickly and are improving after a week, then it is usually a cold, not allergy. If your cold symptoms do not seem to be getting better after a week, check with your doctor to see if you have developed an allergy or sinusitis.
What are common flu symptoms?
Whether a person has typical seasonal flu or swine flu, the symptoms seem to be quite similar. Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and come on quickly. Symptoms of swine flu or other flu include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. Swine flu in particular is also associated with vomiting and diarrhea.
Most flu symptoms gradually improve over two to five days, but it’s not uncommon to feel run down for a week or more. A common complication of the flu is pneumonia, particularly in the young, elderly, or people with lung or heart problems. If you notice shortness of breath, you should let your doctor know. Another common sign of pneumonia is fever that comes back after having been gone for a day or two.
Just like cold viruses, flu viruses enter your body through the mucous membranes of your nose, eyes, or mouth. Every time you touch your hand to one of these areas, you could be infecting yourself with a virus, which makes it very important to keep your hands germ-free with frequent washing to prevent both flu and cold symptoms.
How do you know if you have flu or cold symptoms? Take your temperature, say many experts. Whether it’s seasonal or swine influenza, the symptoms often mimic cold symptoms with nasal congestion, cough, aches, and malaise. But a common cold rarely has symptoms of fever above 101 degrees F. With flu symptoms, you will probably have a fever initially with the flu virus and you will feel miserable. Body and muscle aches are also more common with the flu. This table can help determine if you have cold or flu symptoms.
Sometimes, usually mild
Usual; higher (100-102 F; occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days
Sinusitis, bronchitis, ear infection, pneumonia; can be life-threatening
Wash your hands often; avoid close contact with anyone with a cold
Wash your hands often; avoid close contact with anyone who has flu symptoms; get the annual flu vaccine, which protects against the H1N1 swine flu and two other flu strains for the 2010-2011 flu season.
Decongestants, pain relievers, or fever reducers are available over the counter; over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to young children; prescription antiviral drugs for flu may be given in some cases; call your doctor for more information about treatment.
Usually, the time of year will give you some sense of what you’re dealing with. The standard flu season runs from fall to spring of the next year.
When do I call the doctor with flu or cold symptoms?
If you already have flu or cold symptoms, it’s important to call your doctor if you also have any of the following severe symptoms:
Persistent fever: This can be a sign of another bacterial infection that should be treated.
Painful swallowing: Although a sore throat from a cold or flu can cause mild discomfort, severe pain could mean strep throat, which requires treatment by a doctor.
Persistent coughing: When a cough doesn’t go away after two or three weeks, it could be bronchitis, which may need an antibiotic. Postnasal drip or sinusitis can also result in a persistent cough. In addition, asthma is another cause of persistent coughing.
Persistent congestion and headaches: When colds and allergies cause congestion and blockage of sinus passages, they can lead to sinus infection. If you have pain around the eyes and face with thick nasal discharge after a week, you may have a bacterial infection and need an antibiotic.
In some cases, you may need to get emergency medical attention right away. In adults, signs of a crisis include:
Severe chest pain
Shortness of breath
In children, additional signs of an emergency are:
Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Lethargy and failure to interact normally
Extreme irritability or distress
Symptoms that were improving and then suddenly worsen
Fever with a rash
Can I prevent flu or cold symptoms?
The most important prevention measure for preventing colds and flu is frequent hand washing. Hand washing by rubbing the hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds helps to slough germs off the skin.
In addition to hand washing to prevent flu or cold symptoms, you can also get a flu vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza. Seasonal flu activity in the United States generally peaks between late December and early March. Within two weeks of getting a flu vaccine, antibodies develop in your body and provide protection against flu. Children receiving the vaccine for the first time need two doses delivered one month apart.
Antivirals may also help prevent flu if you have been exposed to someone with flu symptoms.
I know it seems like an unusual subject for TheBeautyProspector.com but it’s that time of year and to look your best, you need to feel your best. Keep this information for easy reference.
Love Brooke Burke and here she is sharing some of her holiday fashion views. She’s promoting her favorite charity and presenting clothes she loves for the holidays and the winter. Brooke loves certain items and some of her guests give their favorite items to wear. Fun short video.
Interesting video about Dancing With The Stars. As part of any beauty and fashion blog, it’s important to see what the celebrities are wearing saying. Enjoy this video.
Have a look at this very interesting video which gives a short presentation about guys and ladies opinions as they get over 50. Lots to think about and this is short so enjoy this quick video. TheBeautyProspector.com.
Isn’t it ironic that celebrities—who have entire TEAMS devoted to the upkeep of their appearance—are dangerously prone to falling into beauty ruts? These thoughts applied to Taylor Swift until I watched her on The American Music Awards and loved her new look. She looked amazing with her new hair style. But, her skin has a new look as well. Taylor was always known for her pale white skin which, I guess worked, but she now has a golden toneto her skin which completely works for her especially with her new mix of blonde and bronze hair color. Taylor’s team has now transformed her into a real beauty that totally works.
These thoughts had been written before The American Music Awards but I feel it still applies. Obviously, others wanted to transform her but perhaps she was holding them back. A perfect example was Taylor Swift as to a look that never changed. At one time, I thought someone should get their hands on this girl. Her hair was always kinky and long. Actually, a little unruly. Now she has transformed that hair to long, golden and straight.
Taylor had gotten into a beauty rut and I think we all do. We find a look that, we think, works and we stay with it.
All celebrities have an image to maintain and a lot of money rides on that. Ccontrary to how it might seem when you read all those celebrity profiles, most stars actually do not have a great sense of style (they’re actors, after all—not fashion people), I have to assume that goes for beauty, too. This is why they pay stylists, hairdressers and makeup artists to help them develop a look. Once they find it, they’re going to stick with it. We all do this and we don’t have beauty and style teams.
But then, seasons pass, trends change, and people like me become bored seeing the same darn thing every time the stars are photographed. These pics from Taylor’s appearance on the Today Show last week:
Taylor, in the past, always looked the same. The only thing that changed was her outfit. Side-parted wavy hair? Exaggerated cat-eye liner? Rosy red lip?
I didn’t mind her look but I didn’t think it took advantage of her basic beauty. It almost seemed like it was from a different era. She was almost too pale with dramatic makeup to enhance this paleness and the same look time after time.
She looked gorgeous in this picture, for sure, but her new looks at The American Awards transformed her as far as I’m concerned.
This was her look last night. I think she looked amazing and I hope she continues with this look, at least for awhile. However, if there’s a lesson to be learned here, constantly review what you consider to be your look and give it some variety. Let others decide what works for you and you might be surprised as to how others perceive you. That’s what beauty is all about.Never stand still. Experiment and you probably will be happy you did.
There’s nothing worse than dry, itchy skin. Dry skin can happen any time during the year, but is most common in winter. The summer humidity helps keep moisture in but the lack of it pulls the moisture out of the skin.
In winter, low temperatures and low humidity deplete skin of its natural lipid layer, which keeps the skin from drying out. The dry air from furnaces and other heating sources also draws moisture out of skin. You have to keep the moisture in the skin.
Shower and wash in lukewarm water rather than hot as the hot water removes moisture. Apply moisturizer after you wash or shower as this gives your skin an additional barrier. Use oils on legs and body and lotions on the more delicate areas. Exfoliate weekly or bi-weekly. This removes the dry skin and makes your moisturizer more effective when you apply it. Don’t use skin drying soaps on your hands or feet.
A humidifier is always a great idea. It adds moisture to the air which has been removed by the furnace heating the air. 30 to 40 % is the desired level. Basically it neutralizes the dry air.
Drink lots of water. Some say this a myth but I disagree. It can’t hurt and drinking lots of water is good for you. This won’t be your saviour for dry skin though.
Keep your lips moisturized with a lip balm. Important area as lips are completely exposed to all the skin drying factors. Try and remove the dry skin from your lips delicately as that’s important as well.
Also, there are some supplements you can take to help moisturize the skin. Fish oil is an important supplement which can help.
Ideally, keep your skin protected in the winter. Wear gloves on your hands when outside. When you come in from being outside, put lotion on your face and hands. Your goal is to keep the moisture in and this could be important.
When you color your own hair, choosing the perfect shade or color can be tricky. Here are a few helpful tips:
Don’t Go More Than 2 Shades at Once Lighter or Darker.
Generally, if you’re coloring your own hair don’t go more than 2 shades darker or lighter. If you want a more drastic change, you have to go to a hair salon. Make sure as best you can that you have a feel for the color and your hair stylist will give you a second opinion, which we all need.
Pictures on hair color boxes can be deceiving. Don’t believe that the color is an exact replica. Go by the color swatches and the descriptions instead. Most boxes will call out the color (blonde, brown, black and red) and the shade of that color (light, medium and dark).
Are you “Warm” or “Cool”?
When it comes to hair color, it’s important to know which one you really are!
You’re probably “warm” if you have golden, olive or dark skin and brown or dark eyes and tend to tan easily.
You’re “cool” if you have fair skin and blue or green eyes. You have a tendency to burn. These are just general helpful guidelines but generally they work.
Once you know if you’re a warm or cool, you’ll better know what colors will work with your skin tone.
Choosing the Right Color Tone
If you have warm skin, opt for golden shades such as caramel and bronze in a darker shade than your skin. Avoid jet-black hair which will wash you out. If you do opt for a golden shade, don’t go too light. You can go blonde if you are warm but your hair stylist should be involved.
If you are a cool shade, avoid colors such as gold, auburn or copper. They will only highlight the ruddiness of your skin tone. Ash blondes and cool browns work best.
When you go to the hair salon, ask your stylist to bring out swatches. First pick out the colors you are most drawn to, then hold them up to your face near a window where natural light comes in. Ask the stylist to help you determine which shades and tones work best next to your skin.
Will I Make a Great Blonde?
People who had blonde hair as children have the right skin tone to be blonde adults. Generally. Not always though. Does this mean you can’t be blonde if you didn’t have blonde hair as a kid. Nope. You just need the right shade and you should ask for the right kind of help.
Choosing the Right Shade of Blonde
Brassy blonde color or highlights on someone with a warm skin tone can be harsh. Opt for warmer shades instead.
If you have brown hair and want to go blonde, you don’t want to go too light or you could look washed out. Opt for contrast: highlights and lowlights. And keep in mind that darker hair will actually complement brown or green eyes better than blonde hair.
Going red can work for almost anyone but make sure you get a second opinion on the right shade. Maybe even try for a third opinion.
Gray hair can be stubborn to color because of its coarse texture. Many women hide their gray hair with blonde color. If you want to stick with your natural color and your hair is less than one-thirds gray, opt for a semi-permanent color that’s a shade lighter than your natural color (or matches your color). The gray will blend right in.
If you’ve tried coloring your hair yourself and are unhappy with it, seek professional help. Don’t try to fix it yourself. You’ll regret it.
These are only some of the basics to hair coloring. Personally, I’m very careful when trying to color mine own hair but it can work. Just be careful and you could be happy. I never trust myself anymore after a couple of tragic mistakes and always have my hair colored professionally. Expensive, but I think worth the money. Good Luck.
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