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How not to become a tasty treat for mosquitoes, ticks and other pests

As the temperature heats up, so does insect activity. But don’t let buzzing pests put a damper on your outdoor fun. With a few smart tactics, you can minimize bug bites and enjoy a more comfortable summer.

Here’s how to prevent, treat and soothe your way to a great season, based on advice from entomologists and dermatologists interviewed ...Read more

Electrolytes can give the body a charge, but try not to overdo it

You might think electrolytes are some kind of lab-made superfuel for elite athletes and those who want to be like them.

Electrolytes are indeed powerful, and in some circumstances, your body might benefit from a boost. But like comic book heroes with mild-mannered alter egos, they might already be hanging around in your life by another name. ...Read more

Answer Angel: Flowy garments

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I’ve noticed women wearing open-front kimonos, from traditional, authentic Japanese designs to more contemporary fabrics that I’ve seen at Target and Walmart.

I like the flowy look, but as a mature woman I’m afraid of resembling Georgia O’Keeffe, which is not my goal at all. How do you style ...Read more

Answer Angel: Let it go!

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Why do older women think that longer hair makes them look younger? Not true!

Thanks for listening.

--Harriette E.

Dear Harriette: I dispute your conclusion that growing long hair is the “older” woman’s effort to look younger. And that it doesn’t work. I guess today�...Read more

How what’s in your medicine cabinet may increase your risk of sunburn

Summer has hard launched, and it’s important to be aware of an often-overlooked factor that can turn your sun-soaked fun into a painful ordeal.

Certain medications, both prescription and over the counter, can significantly increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, putting you at higher risk of severe sunburns and other skin reactions.

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This evening gown is … a lot, but in a good way

Sometimes less is more … and, sometimes, more is pretty great.

This creamy gown, from the Thom Browne Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2024-2025 collection presented late last month in Paris, has rather a lot going on: all those vintage-y buttons down the front, the little capelet, whatever that situation is in the back involving swoops and swirls...Read more

As summer heat cranks up, our appetites may cool off

Summer is in full swing. Exposure to extreme heat – the leading cause of weather-related deaths – can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke and added strain on the heart and kidneys, exacerbating underlying conditions such as cardiovascular disease and respiratory illnesses.

But extreme heat can also have a more subtle effect on the body, ...Read more

Answer Angel: Uniform thinking

Answer Angel Ellen: When I was in an all-girls high school, we had to wear uniforms and we hated them. We did everything you could imagine to test the limits of what we viewed as asinine regulations.

Decades later, I envy people who are required to wear uniforms. I waste so much time trying to figure out what to wear…...Read more

TikTok’s adrenal cocktail is tasty, but does it work?

One of TikTok’s latest trends is a “cocktail” that’s supposed to be a magical elixir for your adrenal glands, hashtagged #adrenalfatigue.

The two adrenal glands are walnut-...Read more

Enhance your water with one of these 5 delicious and healthy ingredients

Staying hydrated is essential for keeping our bodies functioning properly, but sometimes plain water can feel a bit boring.

If you find it challenging to meet your daily water consumption needs, consider adding one of these five ...Read more

Answer Angel: Gentle laundering

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I collect vintage rock concert T-shirts, the older the better. But I worry about damaging them in the wash.

Some of them are pretty rare and expensive, but I don’t just want them sitting on a shelf. I want to wear them. How do I launder them safely?

--Richard M.

Dear Richard...Read more

Oilplaning is the latest TikTok beauty trend. How does it work?

You never know what beauty tip you’ll get when you open TikTok. The latest trend, tagged #oilplaning, has users divided on whether it’s a revolution or just shaving.

Oilplaning combines dermaplaning — a technique that removes peach fuzz and dead skin with a blade — with...Read more

7 refreshing ways to hydrate without drinking water

Staying hydrated can sometimes be a chore, because, let’s face it, plain water can get boring. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious, nutritious and dare we say fun ways to keep your body well-hydrated without relying solely on H2O.

Here are some creative options to mix up your routine, according to homeandleisure/fashiondaily/fashiondailynews/s-3312011">Read more

Answer Angel: What to do with scarf

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I received a small designer silk scarf as a gift and I am puzzled about what to do with it.

I tried tying it around my neck but that doesn’t seem right. It makes me feel like a cowgirl wannabe. While the pattern and color of the scarf are elegant, it just seems like a weird size for neckwear.

-...Read more

Tips for silencing your squeaky shoes

We’ve all been there — that awkward silence broken only by the squeak of your shoes as you walk across the room.

But don’t abandon your cute — or comfy — footwear because of the noise. Follow these steps to identify and address a squeaky shoe.Dry them out

If excess moisture is causing the squeak, thoroughly drying your shoes...Read more

According to experts, a beach vacation might wash away your worries

From work, deadlines, commutes and countless to-do lists, daily life can take a toll on us. According to life coaches, the best way to boost mental health might just be a beach vacation.

“A beach vacation is a wonderful time to carve out some time for yourself and give yourself the opportunity and space to focus on your own mental health and ...Read more

Answer Angel: Colorful hair streaks?

Dear Answer Angel: Are blue-purple-pink-bright-red hair streaks still a thing? It seems I’m seeing a lot less of it recently, thankfully. I always thought it looked kind of Halloween-y.

So what should we do with our hair color now? Especially for older women who want to be stylish!

--Pamela J.

Dear ...Read more

Do you really need compression socks on long flights?

Since the dawn of the jet age, travelers have been warned about the risks of dangerous blood clots while flying. In recent years, those warnings have often been accompanied by advice to wear compression socks.

But the case for keeping them on your packing list isn't as clear-cut as you might expect.

"It's perfectly fine to use them,"...Read more

5 inspirational podcasts for a healthier, happier you

In today’s fast-paced world, finding moments of peace and inspiration can be a challenge. Luckily, podcasts offer a quick and easy way to plug in and find both.

Here are five podcasts that can serve as gateways to personal growth, healthier habits and a more fulfilling life. Whether you’re seeking motivation or calming stories, these ...Read more

Nearly 2 in 3 millennials, Gen Zers say they prefer alcohol-free dates

Move over boozy brunches and cocktail-fueled first dates — millennials and Gen Zers are raising a glass of sparkling water to the latest trend: dry dating. This movement is all about ditching alcohol and focusing on creating genuine, sober connections.

According to ...Read more