Health & Spirit

Health and Beauty Tip -- Antibacterial Soap

Bacteria-killing soaps may seem like a good idea, but they can dry out your skin. Unless you're in an environment where you're in danger of picking up and spreading germs, avoid antibacterial and deodorant soaps.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Nail Polish That Lasts

The type of nail polish you use, as well as how you apply it, can determine how long it will last. Shimmery colors tend to last longer, as the small particles of sparkle help the polish cling to your nails. Also, don't lay the polish on too thick. Rather that two thick coats, try three or four thin ones. They'll last longer and dry more ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- When to Apply Blush

As a rule, you should apply blush before powder, but find what works best for you. Some makeup artists like to use blush before foundation for a more natural-looking glow. Always use a full brush, rather than the small one that comes in your compact.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Overplucked Eyebrows

Your eyebrows will grow back eventually, but if you've overplucked, fill in the bare spots with brow pencil as close to your shade as possible. Be sure to set it with eyebrow gel so it doesn't smudge, and use light strokes for a natural look.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Applying Eyeliner

Always start applying eyeliner from the outer corner of the eye, and stop two-thirds of the way in. Hold the skin of your upper lid taut, and draw the liner into your lash line rather than above it. For a smokier look, smudge with a cotton swab after you've applied it.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Foods That Lower Blood Pressure

Want an easy way to lower your blood pressure? Add a few new ingredients to your salads. Tomatoes, or dried beans like kidney and garbanzo, lower blood pressure naturally, as do bananas or peaches in your morning breakfast cereal.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Using an Eyelash Curler

Never curl your eyelashes while wearing mascara! Make sure your lashes are clean before you start. Heat the curler with a blow dryer for five seconds. After checking to make sure it's not too hot, clamp it at the very base of the roots and hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat on the other side -- you don't need to curl your bottom lashes.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Safe Manicures and Pedicures

If you go to get your nails done, keep a few things in mind. Firstly, bring your own tools with you, and beware of sharp tools at the salon. Make sure the salon uses proper disinfectant (many only use UV sterilizers, which do not kill all bacteria). And finally -- if the manicure or pedicure hurts, tell the technician right away. A good ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Foundation in the "Wrong" Color

If you get foundation in the wrong shade, don't throw it out! Blending a few mismatched colors can help you find just the right shade.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Workout for Arms

You can keep your arms in shape by lifting weights -- or water bottles! Full water bottles are an excellent replacement for hand weights.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Self-Tanner on Face

Never use self-tanner on your face by itself! Mix equal parts tanner (one shade darker than your natural skin tone) and moisturizer in your hands, and apply it over your face and neck. Be sure to use remaining tanner on your earlobes and upper ears, and always wash your hands afterwards. Remember to use sunscreen, even with tanner!

Health and Beauty Tip -- New Sunscreen

When buying sunscreen this summer, look for two new ingredients: meroxyl and helioplex. These will help protect from both UVA and UVB rays, and are showing up in more and more products this year.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Natural-Looking Waves

Try wavy hair for a new summer style. Use styling spray, then curl your hair in alternate directions: first inward, then outward, and so on. Instead of brushing it out whn you're done, tousle it with your fingers.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Fix for Oily Hair

Didn't have a chance to wash your hair yesterday? If you have light hair, sprinkle baby powder on a comb or brush and run it through your hair, focusing on the roots, to absorb oil. Don't try this if you have dark hair -- instead spray your roots and part with hairspray, then rub with a towel. The alcohol in the spray will help to absorb any ...Read more

Health and Beauty Tip -- Sugar for Prematurely-Aging Skin

Mix 3 tbsp of sugar with 4 tbsp of warm water. Once the sugar has dissolved (so it doesn't scratch your skin), rub it gently onto your face and leave it for ten minutes. Be sure to rinse your skin completely. Sugar acts as a natural exfoliant, as well as reducing lines and wrinkles.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Use Sunscreen ...

... on your hands! Even when applying your own sunscreen or sunblock, it's important to apply it to your hands they way you would the rest of you. Too much exposure to sun can age them prematurely. You can use special products made for hands, or your regular sunscreen or subnblock.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Milk Before Bed

Before bedtime, drink a glass of skim of 1% milk. It's a simple way to increase your calcium intake, and it helps some people get to sleep faster.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Avoiding Dye Stains

To make sure no dye gets on your skin after you color your hair, rub a little shampoo along the hairline and anywhere else the dye has touched your skin right before rinsing it out. This will lessen any staining without affecting the color of the dye.

Health and Beauty Tip -- Overnight Undereye Treatment

Dark circles under eyes can be caused by a lack of oxygen to your skin. To combat this, combine one teaspoon of whole, plain yogurt with half a teaspoon of fast-acting baker's yeast. Apply under your eyes with a clean eyeshadow brush right before bed, and make sure to rinse it off in the morning.


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