Gray strands don't just come with age-they can pop up at any time, whether you're 18 or 68. Society tells us to color and cover, but do you ever get tired of constantly dyeing your whole head of hair, not to mention the chemicals, money, and time spent doing it? One of our fabulous mentors once told us, "Women don't go gray-they go silver." Here, four hair-care tips for maintaining and embracing the silver fox in you. Related: See how gray looks on you in our free hair makeover salon.
You'll need to invest in special shampoos and conditioners designed to keep your sensitive white locks from turning brittle or yellow. Clairol's Shimmer Lights shampoos and conditioners are formulated to lessen yellow, brassy tones in gray hair.
Protect Your Scalp
In addition to seeing a few stray grays, you might notice your hair is significantly dryer. Mele recommends using essential oils to soften wiry hair and rebalance the oils on your scalp. Peppermint is especially great for dry
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Gray strands don't just come with age-they can pop up at any time, whether you're 18 or 68. Society tells us to color and cover, but do you ever get tired of constantly dyeing your whole head of hair, not to mention the chemicals, money, and time spent doing it? One of our fabulous mentors once told us, "Women don't go gray-they go silver." Here, four hair-care tips for maintaining and embracing the silver fox in you. Related: See how gray looks on you in our free hair makeover salon.Read More »from Stop Covering Up: How to Care for Gray Hair
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Mon, Aug 16, 2010 5:59 PM EDT
The beauty industry can seem oversaturated to us consumers. One walk through the Macy's cosmetics floor or any Sephora and you'll know what we're talking about. How do you know which products are worth your money, and which are better to be bought at the drugstore? Our experts weigh in on the products to save on (and which to splurge on).Read More »from Save or Splurge: Which Beauty Products Are Worth Your Money?
Save On: Products with SPF
"Make sure your products have SPF in them," says acclaimed dermatological surgeon Patricia Wexler. "Women tend to not be vigilant about sunscreen during times in which they are indirectly exposed to the sun. I demand that all my patients wear SPF 30 all year, bur it is especially important to be vigilant when you're young by using an SPF of 30 even on cloudy days."
Save On: Eye Makeup Remover
"The ones at the drugstore far exceed any expensive ones out there," says Giannotti, "especially Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($5.79). It takes off everything and is very gentle without leaving an oily residue."
- RealBeauty.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Aug 13, 2010 8:03 PM EDT
Check out any beauty advertisement, magazine photo spread, or commercial where a female is the main character and you'll see an underlying theme: we're expected to be perfectly primped with amazing wind-blown hair and crystal-clean skin. So here's your dose of female empowerment for the day: if guys aren't perfectly groomed at all times (and do you really want your man to be flawlessly beautiful?), then why are women expected to be? Here, men weigh in on what they LOVE about your beauty routines.Read More »from Men Weigh In: 3 (Naturally) Sexy Things They Love About You
When You Bare It All
Did you know that the average American woman spends almost $200 a year on her makeup? That's a shocking $13,000 spent over her lifetime. And the kicker: Our guys actually prefer our skin sans accompaniment.
"I love how she looks when she first wakes up, " says Keith, 36, of his fiancée, April. "Fresh, clean, natural. I hate when she piles on that cakey eye stuff. She still looks good, but she just doesn't look as much like herself."
Chris, 23, concurs. "I was actually
Breakouts, blemishes, pimples, acne-they're all annoying disruptors to an otherwise clear complexion. NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Eric Schweiger weighs in on your most common blemish-related treatment questions.Read More »from 5 Answers to Your Most Common Pimple Questions
Q: What percentage of benzoyl peroxide should I look for in a spot treatment?
A: Concentrations of benzoyl peroxide products for acne range from 2.5 percent to 10 percent. This includes both over-the-counter and prescription options. Studies show that there is very little difference in effectiveness among the percentages, but the higher concentrations are more irritating. I recommend patients start out with a 5-percent concentration, and if it is well tolerated they can try increasing to 10 percent. If it is too irritating, I suggest decreasing to 2.5 percent. In general the back and chest are less sensitive than the face, so you can often use a stronger formula for those areas.
Q: How can I banish breakouts on my chest and back?
A: Acne medicine that works on the face can
- RealBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Aug 12, 2010 8:13 PM EDT
Attention all shoppers - in a recent study done abroad, the average woman burned 48,000 calories a year just by giving in to a little retail therapy! Though the benefits won't be as great as running a 5K, there are ways to maximize your shopping trips to reap the benefits of staying fit. We tapped into our experts to see how your back-to-school shopping can help widdle your waistline.Read More »from Easy Ways to Burn Calories While Back-to-School Shopping
Related: Get Toned at Every Age
Workouts for the Mall
Carole Carson, author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction, says that shopping can often help women reach their goal of 60 minutes of cardio a day - the amount required to avoid gaining weight with age. Check out these tips for your next shopping slurge.
Related: Get Motivated and Moving
Go equipped with a pedometer and a friend. Park at the outer perimeter of the parking lot and walk briskly through the mall. Set a goal for a number of steps you want to log and keep walking until you've reached your goal.
Curious to what the hot colors for fall will be? As we look back on the runway shows one thing's clear - purple is the queen this season.Read More »from Fall Beauty Color Alert: Purple
From plum pouts to lavender lids, this deep berry shade is the color to wear this upcoming season. Check out our favorite product picks and tips below to rock this trend without overdoing it.
Related: How to Wear Bold Makeup At Every Age
For Your Eyes: NARS Single Eye Shadow in Daphne
This richly pigmented shadow is the perfect pop for your eyes. It's a matte formula that blends easily with other colors. For a softer look, try blending it with NARS Single Eye Shadow in Mangrove to lighten up the lid or brighten your look up by dabbing a sheen white shadow in the corners of your eye.
Beauty Tip: Violet makes a great bright eyeliner, another huge trend for fall. Give your lower lash line the spotlight by lining not only the lash line but also the inner rim, says makeup expert Dara Klein. Wing the line out slightly in the outer corner and gently
Whether your hair is coarse or fine, curly or straight, when dealing with oil, it's easy to get frustrated and feel helpless. We've gathered a few of our best solutions to fight it, keep it under control, and when worst comes to worst, just plain hide it!
Problem: Your hairline and bangs are oily at the end of every day.
Solution: If you have bangs, chances are you touch your hair a lot throughout the day, exciting oil glands. First, cut back on the mane handling. Next, follow this step-by-step degreasing process to regulate oil buildup.
- Wash every day for a week with a shampoo formulated for oily hair. Try Pantene Pro-V Clarifying Purity Shampoo, $3.99.
- After the seven-day strand-stripping cycle, avoid cleaning your hair for two days so as not to overactivate oil glands.
- Start washing again with a gentle, frequent-use formula. We like Paul Mitchell Shampoo One Gentle Cleansing, $6.49. Try to suds up only every other day. If your bangs get nasty again, repeat the
Time to fess up! Your hair might look great now, but are you doing everything you can to make sure it stays that way down the road? Here, we tell you the treatments you should be doing right now to have shiny, healthy hair for many years to come.Read More »from Hair Care at Every Age: Damaged Hair Treatments
In Your 20s: Protect Yourself from Heat Damage
In your 20s, your hair will suffer more heat damage than at any other age, says Mari Lynne Mele, Blow salon educator and stylist. This will be the age you experiment most with your color, and the combination of the sun, chemicals, and heat from styling tools can do a number to your hair down the road. Protect your locks with a heat guard like SAMY Heat Guard Spray before drying or using any styling tool. It will save your hair from heat damage, leaving it frizz free and silky smooth.
In Your 30s: Stop Hair Loss
Your hair won't start falling out in clumps, but Mele says your 30s are when you might start to see signs of thinning and some loss. Since many women have kids in their 30s, they
Anyone can relate: beginning a workout plan isn't the easiest feat. But by taking small steps, you'll be able to work your way into a slimmer body before you know it. Check out our two Q&As for workout novices, answered by Sara Haley, Reebok Global Instructor, Trainer and Choreographer. Also, stick with these foods to give your metabolism a boost.Read More »from Ditch the Excusesâ€”Make Time to Exercise
Q: What are some tips for getting motivated to kick-start a workout routine?
A: 1. Make working out part of the start of your day. Lay out your workout clothes the night before, so they are the first thing you see when you wake up. That way there are no excuses in the morning.
2. Hire a personal trainer. If you've paid for it and have an appointment to meet with a trainer, you'll be there!
3. Or, enlist a friend. Can't afford a trainer? Make an appointment with a friend. Even if you don't work out together, knowing that someone is there waiting for you and counting on you will motivate you to get to the gym.
4. Put it on the calendar like
Summertime can cause a host of eye issues, from melting makeup to dry, irritated peepers. Lack of sleep and allergies only add to the mix, leaving you with puffy, watery eyes that cause eye makeup to run. Luckily, we've got some great treatments and ways to for tired, irritated eyes, plus makeup tips to keep you looking fresh.Read More »from The Fight Against Dry, Irritated Eyes
Eat Like a Nutritionist
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids (found in salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds) protects against dry eyes, in addition to giving you a healthy glow. It's also important to eat lots of leafy greens and vitamin C fruits as well as superpower foods rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, like eggs and carrots, says Dr. Robert Mirsky, an ophthalmologist in New Jersey. Have insomnia or other ailments? There are goods to help those too!
Oily skin and allergy-prone eyes spell smudges, making water-resistant mascaras a summer must. Even better, they