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Health and Beauty Tip -- Lower Sodium in Your Diet

There are plenty of simple ways to reduce your sodium intake in addition to foods marketed as "low-sodium." Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables (canned and even frozen ones contain high amounts of sodium), switch to lowfat dairy products, and taste your food before you put salt on -- you may not need it!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Vitamin C Before Bed?

If you take a vitamin C supplement, make sure to take it earlier in the day. Taking vitamin c late at night can actually contribute to sleeplessness.

Health and Beauty Tip -- What Causes Bad Breath?

You already know you need to brush, floss, and yes, even brush your tongue. But antihistamines, nasal sprays, and even antidepressants, all of which dry out your mouth, can give you bad breath, too.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Using Primers

Most cosmetic lines these days make "primers" to apply under your foundation. This makes your makeup last longer, and prevents oil from coming to the surface. A primer doesn't have to be expensive to work well, and it's likely your favorite brand makes it.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Are You Washing Your Face Too Much?

It's possible to "overwash" your face, especially if you have oily skin you're trying to dry out. Overwashing can actually cause, rather than prevent acne, as well as rashes and dermatitis. If you have any of these symptoms, consider switching products.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Long Nails

Not only are long nails "out," they're also inconvenient! If you're on a computer on a regular basis, you're likely to break your nails as you type. Short, rounded nails look best, and are much more comfortable when you work or type.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Moisturizer Before Bedtime

If your favorite moisturizer has SPF protection, buy a different kind to use at bedtime. Your skin doesn't need the extra ingredients at night.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Bob Haircuts Are "In"!

Bobs look great on just about anyone -- blunt, short ends at the chin complement the shape of most faces. If you have a round face, though, ask your stylist for other options; cuts that end at the chin can make your face appear rounder.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Two Conditioners

If you have curly hair and are prone to frizz, keep two conditioners on hand. Use a heavy one every time you wash your hair, and a deep one to use once a week. Frizzy hair can never be overconditioned!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Green Tea Tonic

For a refreshing trick that's also good for your skin, mix two tablespoons green tea with half a cup of water. Sweep the mixture over your face with a cotton ball and let it evaporate -- you don't need to wash it off.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Alternative to Toner

If you're not satisfied with your toner, or want to try something different, use lemon juice instead. Its natural disinfecting and cleaning properties are popular with models, and is a refreshing alternative to other toners. Make sure you don't have any lemon or citrus allergies first.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Stained Fingernails

If your fingers and nails are stained from nicotine or dark nail polish, use a toothbrush and whitening toothpaste to scrub the stains away.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Color or Highlight?

Women with shorter hair tend to look better with a full color job than with highlights. Medium to long hair looks wonderful with highlights, especially if your hair is also long around the face.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Cover Roots Quickly

If you need to cover your roots and don't have time to dye, use eyeshadow! Spray on a little hairspray, then pat a little eyeshadow along your visible hairline. Gold works best with blonde, and brown works best for dark hair or for covering gray.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Look Thinner in Photos

The way you pose can affect how you look in pictures! To make yourself look thinner, turn a bit sideways with one foot in front of the other, put your shoulders back and your chest out. Not only does it look good in photos -- it's also good posture!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Not Used to Makeup?

If you're new to (or bad at) applying makeup, start with your lipstick. The color and brightness will be a good gauge as to how much you should make up your eyes and cheeks. Remember, never draw attention to more than one part of your face at a time!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Lipstick as Blush

Lipstick can be used as a long-lasting blush, provided you apply it lightly and sparingly. Lipstick has a much darker pigment, and a little goes a long way.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Applying Concealer

When applying concealer under your eyes, pat, don't rub. You'll use less and get more out of what you do use.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Soft Feet

The tough skin on your feet benefits from the heavy moisturizing properties of lanolin. Whether you apply it during the day or under socks before you go to sleep, you'll notice softer skin on your feet in no time!

Health and Beauty Tip -- Great Hair at 40

If you're over 40, try a shoulder-length, layered haircut. Short hair and blunt cuts aren't as flattering. No matter what cut you go with, don't overstyle. Less is more -- keep it natural-looking.

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