Health & Spirit

Health and Beauty Tip -- Preserve Your Manicure

To avoid that annoying chipped polish at the end of your nails, apply a clear top coat over your nail polish on occasion. It'll preserve your manicure and add extra shine.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Avoid Static Cling

To fight off static cling, keep a dryer sheet in your purse and rub it on the underside of your skirt or pantyhose.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Help for Oily Hair

If you have trouble with oily hair, make sure you're not using any products that claim to give your hair "extra shine" -- you have plenty already! Make sure you don't use two-in-one shampoo/conditioners or anti-frizz products, either. Instead, consult a beautician. For a quick fix, rub a little talcum powder into dry hair at the roots ... and...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Choosing the Right Brush

The type of hair brush (or comb) you use has a big influence on your hair. If you have short hair, try a short brush with soft, protective bristles. Medium-length straight hair benefits from a paddle brush, and wavy hair needs an extra-large, round brush to get rid of tangles. For long hair (anything past your shoulders), use a ceramic brush ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Air-Drying Your Hair

Every once in awhile, air-drying your hair can be good for it -- as long as you do it right. Make sure you use an absorbent towel to speed up drying time, and blot your hair gently instead of rubbing it (rubbing can cause frizziness and split ends). For extra volume and waves, pull your hair back with large clips until it dries.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Quick Fix for Oily Skin

Having trouble with oily skin? Keep a bowl of water in the refrigerator and splash some on your face three or four times a day. Not only is it refreshing, but it also tightens your pores.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Makeup and Moisturizing

If you're accustomed to using a heavy moisturizer on your face, stop using it during the day. Use a lighter moisturizer under makeup, and save the heavier one until bedtime. This will help your makeup go on more evenly, and is more effective than "laying it on" twice a day.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Focus on the Face

When applying makeup, draw attention to one part of your face: either your eyes or your lips. Wearing large amounts of lipstick and eyeshadow at the same time divides the focus and isn't very flattering. Pick one to accentuate and tone down the other.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Treatment for Tired Eyes

To rejuvenate tired eyes, lay a slice of cold cucumber over each eye -- it really works! The reason is simple, though: anything cool over your eyes helps reduce redness, and makes them feel better, too. If you're looking for something easier, use a cool, damp washcloth instead.

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.


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