Dry, cold weather can cause dead skin cells to build up. Even if you don't usually use an exfoliator, now's a good time to start. You can also use a puff or a loofah. Use moisturizer afterwards to keep your skin soft.
Choose accessories that complement your winter coat. Heavy down parkas look great with knits, like striped scarves and ski caps. Pea coats are especially flattering with a cream-colored skull cap and mittens, and shaped wool coats go best with "girly" accessories like berets and cashmere scarves in pastels.
Cream, under-eye treatment, moisturizing lotion, or almost any such product works best at night, so apply it right before going to bed. If you use a lotion or moisturizer on your face, it's a good idea to use it on your neck and arms, too.
Bedtime is the most important time to wash your face, to get rid of any dirt you've picked up during the day. Use circular motions when you scrub, and wash with cold water. Walnut scrub is great for oily skin, and dry of sensitive skin benefits from baby oil or wet cleansing pads afterwards.
Red lipstick can look good on anyone -- if you find the right red. If you have red or pinkish undertones, go with a cool red with a pinkish or bluish undertone, or even a pure red -- but no orange-based reds! Only use those, or peach-toned reds, if your skin has yellow undertones. If you have olive skin, go for a pure red. Any skin tone is ...Read more
If you're the type who likes to have everything on hand, make your next purse a lightweight one with rolled or thick straps. Thin straps are uncomfortable to carry when your purse is heavy, and are better suited for women who don't carry much in their bags.
If you need to fix up your lipstick but can't find a mirror, try this: using one finger from your free hand as a guide, position the tip of your lipstick at the center of the "bow" of your mouth. Tracing the edge of your lips with that finger, draw a half-heart shape from the center to the edge of your mouth on both sides. Then, using that ...Read more
If you don't have time to do your nails, try this: remove any nail polish, soak your nails in lemon juice to get rid of stains, then use a nail buffer for a quick shine.
If your hair lacks body, here's a quick tip: lower your head and brush your hair from underneath while you dry it. It really does work! If you still want a little more body, use a round brush.
Give your hair time to repair itself. Keep the heat off by letting your hair air-dry as often as possible. If you must use a hair dryer, use a nozzle to put some distance between you and the dryer's heat.
If you have naturally curly hair, you may get frizzy as your hair dries. There's a simple solution -- don't touch it! Wait until your hair is at least 90% dry (either let it air dry or use a diffuser) before touching it, then tousle it with your fingers to style.
Don't have time (or energy) for full makeup? Even a little work on your eyelashes can brighten your whole face. Curl your lashes and put on a bit of mascara -- it only takes a second, and it makes your eyes look great in a hurry.
Always make sure to get the right amount of sleep ... but if you just can't one night, you don't have to look exhausted the next day. Before you shower, apply a thick layer of moisturizer to your face. Use an invigorating shower gel and end with a cool rinse. Gently massage off the moisturizer at the end of the shower with a damp washcloth. ...Read more
Drinking lots of water really is good for you, and it also keeps your skin looking younger and healthier. Low-sugar fruits, like berries and melons, also help keep your skin firm without being so sweet as to increase your blood sugar (which encourages water retention and increased inflammation).
Want to give your hair a little extra shine? Increase the amount of vitamin E in your diet -- nuts and green vegetables are good for this. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids also improve your hair's health ... you can get those from salt-water fish and dark green, leafy veggies.
Contrary to popular belief, it's not necessary to match the color of your outfit exactly when choosing makeup. The first thing you should bear in mind is your skin tone -- what looks best on you? Once you know what colors work best for you, choose from those to complement what you're wearing.
Remember, it's not healthy to cut all fat from your diet. Your body still needs a little to maintain good health. One way to do this is to, on occasion, treat yourself to a little of your favorite food. Your body won't crave it as much, which will discourage binging later on. Just don't overdo it -- be responsible!
Don't wait until you go out for sushi to have green tea! Studies show that green tea can actually speed up your metabolism, helping your body burn fat and calories more quickly. Try replacing your regular coffee or tea with green tea when you have the opportunity.
You may have read before that drinking apple cider vinegar is good for your body ... but guess what? It's also good for your hair! Rinsing your hair with about a tablespoon of vinegar in two cups of warm water after shampooing helps get rid of any shampoo residue. It also adds shine and strengthens hair -- good news for women with fine hair.
Contrary to popular belief, snacks eaten before bed don't turn straight into fat! As long as the calorie intake fits into your diet plan, you can have something to eat before bed -- the calories will be burned off the next day, and even while you sleep. However, it's still better to eat earlier in the day, when your body needs the extra energy.