Health and Beauty Tip -- Quick Hair Tip

If you can't get your hair to "do its thing" in the morning, invest in some hair clips and decorative sticks. It only takes a minute to twist your hair back and clip it into place, and the right hair accessories can still make your 'do look sophisticated. Use a bit of hairspray if you're worried about fly-aways.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Under-Eye Blemishes

Before you apply under-eye concealer, take a moment to use some anti-redness eyedrops. That alone will help reduce redness, making your concealer or makeup stick more effective.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Quick Eye Makeup

In a hurry? A single coat of mascara doesn't take much time to apply. A little bit of eyeshadow in a color complementary to your outfit can also bring out your eyes. It should only take a few seconds to apply shadow, but if you're in a real rush, mascara alone will work fine.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Simple Hand Massage

To stimulate circulation in your hands, rub the palm of one hand over the back of the other, then repeat with the other hand -- something like washing your hands. In addition to stimulating circulation, it also warms your hands.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Cover up Dark Circles

Make your concealer more effective by checking the color of the dark circles under your eyes first. If they're gray, apply a soft pink eyeshadow to the dark area before you put on your concealer. If they're more bluish, use light peach eyeshadow. Also, don't use concealer that's too light (two shades or more lighter than your natural skin ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Trouble with Brittle Nails

If your nails are brittle, you may not be getting enough calcium. Make sure you get plenty in your diet, both in the food you eat, as well as vitamins if necessary. Also, check the labels on your scented or perfumed hand lotions -- these tend to contain alcohol, and can make brittle nails worse.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Acne Scars

If you ever had a problem with acne, you may have been left with acne scars. If you have mild scarring and don't want to try chemical peels or other home treatments that could hurt sensitive skin, go for a natural alternative. Aloe vera, rosehip seed oil, and lavendar oils are all said to help reduce the appearance of mild acne scars. However...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Apple Cider Vinegar

Hold your nose and drink up -- this old folk remedy really works! Drinking a little apple cider vinegar each day helps keep skin supple, break down fat, and makes it easier for your body to digest food properly. A daily dose in water also helps keep down your blood pressure. If you just can't bring yourself to drink it, try mixing it with ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Food for Your Skin

There are many different foods you can add to your diet to keep your skin looking young and healthy. Carrots, for example, have the same properties as Retin A, and help maintain the outer layers of your skin. Garlic and sweet potatoes are both known for their ability to combat wrinkles, and citrus fruits help hold skin cells together by ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Natural Acne Treatments

Go natural with your acne treatments! Zinc supplements help some women keep their skin clear when taken on a regular basis. Echinacea, either taken orally or applied to the skin, also helps many people, as well as tea tree oil. Always check with your doctor before trying any sort of alternative treatment.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Healthy Eating for Hair

Did you know that hair growth and health can be affected by your diet? Iron deficiency, which comes from a diet lacking in things like meat, eggs, and cereals, can damage your hair. Make sure to eat the proper amount, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Treating Oily Skin

If you feel like your skin is too oily and you need toner, apply it to the T-zone, then rinse it off. Leaving it can make your skin too dry. Every three days or so, you can also use a clay mask to absorb excess oil.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Keep Hair from Breaking

Never use a rubber band as a tie-back -- it can break or split hair. Instead, keep fabric-covered elastic bands or scrunchies handy. Brushing too hard when it's wet can also break hair, so towel-dry it lightly first, then use a wide-toothed comb to detangle before pulling out the brush.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Avoid Water-Damaged Nails

Sometimes you just forget to wear rubber gloves when you clean around the house. Don't! Cleaning agents can be very harsh on hands, and especially nails. Your nails actually swell up a bit when exposed to water for long periods of time, and then shrink up when they dry. This combined with harsh cleaning agents can lead to brittle nails.

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



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