Health & Spirit

Health and Beauty Tip -- Coloring Your Hair

Don't wash your hair immediately before applying color. Your hair needs that natural oil to protect your scalp from the dye, and it also helps the hair shaft absorb the color more easily.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Eyebrows

Your eyebrows add strength and definition to your face -- so make sure to look after them! Use slant-edge tweezers when plucking, and work in the direction of the growth. When applying make-up, define your eyebrows with a shade as close to your natural hair color as possible. And if they still need neatening, use hair gel!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Speed up Your Metabolism

Increasing your metabolism helps you burn fat more quickly. Believe it or not, carbs actually help on a diet because they give your body the energy it needs to burn off calories. Don't skip breakfast, and when you sit down to eat, opt for hot meals to speed up your metabolism while you eat. And, of course, make sure you get plenty of exercise...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Eating Out on a Diet

You can still control what you eat when you go out to dinner. Drink a glass of skim milk before you leave home to curb your appetite a bit, and have a healthy meal in mind before you get there -- knowing what you want will ensure that you avoid looking at the menu and being tempted. Ask for oil and vinegar or the house vinaigrette on your ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Ways to Gauge Weight Loss

Don't obsess over weight -- pick something such as waist measurement or dress size to chart your progress. A great way to do this is to pick two outfits: one that fits perfectly at the start of your diet, and one that's too tight. Try them both on every four weeks to get a real feel for how you're doing.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Taming Your Sweet Tooth

Dying for some chocolate? You might just need magnesium! Many women are deficient in magnesium, which is found in chocolate. Instead of a candy bar, try a supplement. If you still find yourself wanting chocolate and knowing you shouldn't have any, eat a banana instead -- it's been known to satisfy cravings.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Healthy Seasonings

Healthy food doesn't mean no flavor! Here are a few simple tips for keeping good taste in your food:

* Boil rice in a mix of half water, half fruit juice, rather than butter and salt.

* Seasoned rice vinegar on salads tastes like oil and vinegar, but is fat-free.

* Use nutmeg or other seasonings instead of salt -- be creative!

* Don't skimp...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- How to Eat

If you're trying to eat healthier or lose weight, remember that how you eat is just as important as what you eat. Avoid eating anywhere except the dinner table, and don't work while you eat -- this helps you concentrate on what and how much you're eating. How quickly you eat is also a factor; if all else fails, try eating with ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Clothes for Tall Women

Skirts that are especially short or especially long tend to be unflattering on taller women. Rather than tucking in shirts and blouses, wear them over skirts or pants. Wide belts are very flattering, but tight ones shuld be avoided.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Clothes for Petite Women

Slim lines and narrow belts are very flattering to petite women. Soft, flowy fabrics are also a plus, so long as they fit well. Try to avoid overpowering prints -- they should be subtle.

Health and Beauty Tip -- What Your Clothes Say About You

No matter what people say, the season's fashions are not what's important -- after all, they don't look flattering on everyone. Instead of sweating over being trendy, dress in styles that express your personality and flatter your figure. Even the newest fashions can look tacky if they don't fit properly.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Loose Buttons

Got a loose button on a jacket but don't have time to sew it back on just yet? Use a dab of clear nail polish on the threads to hold it in place ... until you can find your sewing kit, that is.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Buy Extra

If you find black slacks or skirts that you like, buy an extra pair. Black fades quickly, but having an extra will keep your favorite clothes from wearing out too quickly.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Taking Care of Bras

Storing your bras incorrectly may cause the underwires to poke out after just a few wearings. To keep them from getting twisted, store your bras on a hook in your closet, rather than in a dresser drawer.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Good Scents

When bringing out clothes that have been in storage for awhile, try using lightly-scented water when ironing. Add some to your iron and, using the steam setting, brush it gently over your clothing. Lavendar water is a good one to use, but try any subtle scent you like.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Selecting Hosiery

Make your legs look longer and slimmer by matching your hose as closely as possibly to your skirt and shoes. For two-toned shoes, wear a neutral color, or try to match the lightest color in the shoes -- never wear hose darker than this!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Dress Monochrome

If you want to look taller and slimmer, try wearing one color from head to toe. Not only does it work on everybody, but it's also trendy among fashion designers!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Face-Slimming Hairstyles

For most people, a shoulder-length cut makes the face appear slimmer -- avoid hair that is too long or too short. Use layers instead of straight lines to give your hair more body, and consider highlights in vertical sweeps. Of course, it's always best to ask your stylist's opinion!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Simple Ways to Stay in Shape

You don't have to sign up for a special class or take up a new sport to stay in shape -- just keep moving! Everything from mowing the lawn to playing ball with your friends keeps you moving, which keeps you feeling better. Throughout the day, find reasons to move more: take the stairs instead of the elevator, or go out and walk your dog. You'...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Face-Slimming Makeup

To make your face look slimmer, use two shades of blush -- the compacts with two shades work best. After you apply your usual foundation, apply the lighter shade on the apples of your cheeks, followed by the darker shade along the line of your cheekbones. Make sure to blend!


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