Health & Spirit

Health and Beauty Tip -- Avoid Backaches

If you're prone to backaches, especially in the morning, try sleeping on your back with your knees raised on a pillow. If this is uncomfortable, sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Bad Haircuts

Even if you're trying to grow out a bad haircut, make sure to keep it trimmed properly. In the meantime, bandannas and hair accessories can be used to your advantage to keep you looking at least somewhat stylish while you wait for your hair to get back to normal!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Cut Back on Coffee

How much is too much? Any more than four cups of caffeinated coffee each day can lead to bladder irritation. The same amount of caffeine in chocolate, caffeinated tea, or cola can do the same thing, so watch your intake!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Time for a Haircut

You should get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks to avoid problems with split-ends and flyaways. If the ends of your hair are getting fuzzy, that's a good sign that you're overdue for a cut.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Choosing Scents

You may not know it, but your favorite scent is actually influenced by your body chemistry -- you're very likely to pick something that works for you if you go by instinct. Before you buy that bottle of perfume, though, wait a few minutes after you've sprayed some on from the tester. Scent can change given time.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Hydrating Your Skin

If you don't use extra-moisturizing cream already, switch to it for winter. For extra hydration, apply it while your skin is still wet.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Showers for Winter Skin Care

As nice as a hot shower may feel first thing in the morning on a winter day, don't make it too hot. This makes it more difficult for your skin to retain moisture. Watch the temperature, and cool the water off a bit right before you get out. Your skin will lock in more moisture, and you'll avoid that nasty cold shock when you get out of...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Curly Lashes

When using an eyelash curler, use a blow dryer to heat it up first. This will make it work much better and give you even curlier lashes!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Cleaning Brushes

Want to get combs and hairbrushes clean? Soak them in ammonia for a minute or two -- it works a lot like the cleaner hairdressers use for their tools. Make sure to wash them off afterwards.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Keep Eyeliner in Place

One you're done applying eyeliner, brush a little powder shadow in a matching shade over the liner.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Make Your Makeup Last

To make makeup last all day, spray mineral water on your face once you're finished with it. Don't try to dry it off; it will dry on its own, and keep your makeup from fading.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Bright Colors in Fashions

If you believe you have a "problem area" in your figure, use bright colors to draw attention elsewhere. For example, women with wide hips might benefit from a brightly-colored top.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Products for Dandruff

Dandruff and a flaky scalp are two very different things -- dandruff tends to stay at the root of your hair, while the little white flakes that most people think is dandruff is actually flaky scalps. Make sure to read shampoo labels closely to make sure you're getting the right product. Many companies mismarket their products as dandruff ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Anti-Aging Antioxidants

You probably keep hearing about antioxidants, but what do they do? As the name might suggest, they clear out oxidants -- toxins that are released whenever something burns, such as smoking a cigarette or the body burning off food to provide energy. These can be cancelled out with foods like carrots, tomatoes, oranges, broccoli, nuts, and fish. ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Cold Nose

What can you do about a red nose in cold weather? Unfortunately, very little. But you can hide it with some extra makeup, especially if you use a foundation with green undertones on the end of your nose to cancel out some of the red.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Pumpkin Seeds

Have you ever toasted pumpkin seeds at Halloween? Don't wait until the holiday to eat them. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of iron, zinc, calcium, and magnesium, and area also high in omega-3. One handful a day makes a big difference.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Applying Moisturizer

When applying moisturizer as part of your daily routine, make sure not to use it directly around your eyes -- this skin is more likely to retain fluid, and moisturizer will make the under-eye area appear puffier. But do remember to use some on your neck and throat; skin can become dry there, too.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Check Your Water

No matter what kind of facial cleanser you use, check what kind of water you have access to. Hard water can be just as detrimental to skin as plain soap, and can dry it out.

Health and Beauty Tip -- "Firming Up" Your Chin

To hide a double chin, get some brownish-rose blush and brush it along your jawline from just below your ears to your chin. Use a very small amount of white powder on the tip of your chin to complete the slimming effect.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Eat Right to Counter PMS

If you don't like vitamin supplements or over-the-counter drugs, you can counter PMS by changing your diet. Pasta, vegetables, and whole grain cereal and bread can help alleviate PMS symptoms. Be sure to avoid things like chocolate, coffee, and caffeinated sodas, as this can make the symptoms worse.

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