With fall comes a slew of new responsibilities we didn't have to worry about in the summer. Back-to-school, fighting for that promotion, cleaning up the summer house, the list goes on. Try one of these simple ways to relax so you can clear your head and stay focused this season. Keep this list on handy for the looming holidays and you can experience a calm state of being all year round.
Related: Stress Busters: 52 Ways to Easily De-Stress
Make a DIY Mask
Prepare your skin for winter and build a little relaxation time into your day by giving yourself a DIY moisturizing mask. The secret ingredient? Honey. The golden sweet stuff has natural antibiotic properties and leaves skin noticeably softer and moister. Apply about a tablespoon (avoiding the eye area) and rest for 10 minutes as it dries, then rinse with warm water. (Honey can also help blisters heal - use it as you would antibiotic ointment.)
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Eating foods that are in season
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- RealBeauty.com | Life's Little Pleasures – Tue, Sep 28, 2010 4:54 PM EDT
With fall comes a slew of new responsibilities we didn't have to worry about in the summer. Back-to-school, fighting for that promotion, cleaning up the summer house, the list goes on. Try one of these simple ways to relax so you can clear your head and stay focused this season. Keep this list on handy for the looming holidays and you can experience a calm state of being all year round.Read More »from 5 Ways to De-Stress in Under 5 Minutes
- RealBeauty.com | Work + Money – Mon, Sep 27, 2010 10:41 PM EDT
During the fall you might be pulling on hiking boots or biking shorts instead of a bikini, but you still need to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays when you're outdoors. Don't forget to put on your sunscreen (with UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 15), and reapply regularly.Read More »from 5 Smart Reminders Why You Need Sunscreen This Fall
Even as the weather cools down, the scalp is easily sunburned, especially if your hair is light-colored or fine. Whatever your hair type, play it safe by treating your roots with a protective cream or by wearing a scarf or hat. Sunhats are made in cute cold-weather styles, too, so don't assume you need to wear a straw hat in October just to play it safe!
Don't forget to protect your eyes. "Over time, the sun's rays can seriously damage the eyes and surrounding skin, leading to vision loss and conditions from cataracts and macular degeneration to eye and eyelid cancers," warns the Skin Cancer Foundation. When you're looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses, make sure the tag indicates that it
There are plenty of reasons why your eyes can get dry and irritated, including (but not limited to) lack of sleep, indoor heat, cigarette smoke, allergies, staring at a computer/TV/BlackBerry screen for a prolonged period of time, and dehydration. Luckily, there are just as many great treatments and ways to prevent dryness so you can always have that sparkle in your eyes. Related: What Stress Does to Your BodyRead More »from 7 Ways to Stop Eye Irritation Now
1. 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 eye. It's also important to eat lots of leafy greens and vitamin C fruits as well as foods rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, like eggs and carrots, says Dr. Robert Mirsky, an ophthalmologist in New Jersey. Related: 33 Foods to Defy Aging
2. Choose the Right Eye Cream
Since the skin around the eyes is especially thin and sensitive, you'll want to try an eye cream that contains
One of our biggest pet peeves is when someone says, 'You look tired,' since what they really mean is, 'You look like crap.' That's why we rely on this eye-brightening strategy after a late night. P.S. If your peepers are really hurting in the morning, place a bag of frozen peas over them for five minutes. It contours to the shape of your face and takes down the puffiness fast. Related: The No-Knife Eye LiftRead More »from How to Fake Wide-Awake Eyes
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller
This stuff is loaded with caffeine, which is great for deflating bags. Plus, the genius roller ball applicator feels super-refreshing on tired eyes. It says to roll over your under-eye area once or twice, but we tend to get a little 'roll happy.' Store it in your fridge to boost the effectiveness." ($13.49; drugstore.com) Related: Eye Creams for Every Issue
Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Therapeutic Herbal Concealer
Apply this creamy concealer under eyes as well as on lids to cover up any darkness. The trick is to tap it on using your ring
A flattering pair of jeans is a wardrobe staple that every woman seeks. Unfortunately, shopping for said amazing denim can be compared to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. (This pair is too loose in the butt, this pair is too tight in the legs, and this pair is almost perfect-if I didn't have to pay to get them hemmed!) One tip that we learned from our days working at American Eagle is that you should always try on more than one pair of the same size, same style jean. Denim stretches, and if the pair that you grabbed has been tried on by a few women before you, they'll fit differently than a pair that was just pulled off the warehouse truck. With the expert help from New York-based wardrobe stylist Shatonia Amee, here are five signs that a pair of jeans is not for you:Read More »from 5 Signs You Have Bad-Fitting Jeans
1. There's bunching, wrinkles, or sagging in the crotch area. "You shouldn't have excess material in your crotch," Shatonia says. "Your jeans should be able to come all the way up and lie flat in that area.
One of the things we look forward to as the seasons turn is the fact that we can finally take our hair down from the three-month ponytail its been in and let our tresses breathe. If you've been depriving your hair from some TLC this past season and want to whip it into shape for fall, try these tricks from celebrity hairstylist Jessica Tingley.Read More »from Easy Ways to Whip Your Hair into Shape for Fall
In Your 20s...Boost It Up
If you have long hair, you'll want to pump up the volume this fall. To do this, blow-dry hair upside down using a root-lifting spray like mark Mega Volume Root Lifting Spray with Geranium. Flip your head back when your hair is dry and tease the base of your hair all over, not just the crown. For those with short hair, take a little more length off for this season's trendiest cut - the pixie.
Related: Styling Tips for Long Hair
In Your 30s...Give Yourself Movement
Keeping your look fresh is important. Long hair is still considered sexy, but it's time to give it some movement and volume with layers.
The big updo of the
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Thu, Sep 23, 2010 6:52 PM EDT
When Olay invited us to get a front-row seat as they unveiled their first celebrity brand ambassador, we speculated for hours on which celeb face it would be. Much to our delight, (although, our super-sleuthing skills had us assuming it was a country-singing belle!), it was multiplatinum singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood. We got the chance to sit down with the newlywed and former American Idol to snag her favorite beauty tips, products, and money-saving tricks.Read More »from Carrie Underwood's Money-Saving Beauty Tricks and Tips to a Flawless Face
Real Beauty: As Olay's brand ambassador, what do you think the trick is to amazing skin?
Carrie Underwood: I think it is really important to teach women and girls that good skin care doesn't have to be a case of, "If only I just had more money I could buy the good expensive stuff," and it doesn't have to be complicated. Preventative care is really important, especially in teaching girls early on so good practices will follow them into adulthood. You can do right by your skin without any drastic measures or spending a lot of
Knowing what you want and how to get it doesn't apply just to your career and in the bedroom. Whether you're shelling out $20 or $200, you should always leave the salon feeling like you're in a shampoo commercial. Read these tips before your next visit. Related: Watch our fall hair makeover videos.Read More »from 9 Must-Know Tips for Your Next Salon Visit
1. Sit for a Consultation
"Let your stylist know what you have liked and have not liked about haircuts in the past," says Ryan Trygstad, Hollywood hairstylist. Elaborate on as many details as you can - for example, how much time you realistically have to spend on your hair, where you part your hair, if you have a cowlick, etc. The more information you give, the better idea your stylist will have. Related: 33 Things We Learned from Our Hairstylist
2. Bring Visuals
"I tell clients that pictures are very helpful when understanding a client's personal style and taste," says Trygstad. This tactic will guarantee that both of you are on the same page. Get inspired in our Virtual Celebrity
Tired of looking in the mirror and noticing new lines and saggy spots? Certain yoga poses - any pose that gets your feet or hips higher than your heart - can actually help you look younger and more vital.
You may associate yoga inversions with challenging and even scary poses such as handstands or a headstand. But you don't need to go to such great lengths to get the benefits of yoga. Try doing one of these easy poses for a few minutes each day and see if you don't notice a glow and vitality in your face that wasn't there before.
What it does: Gives a big boost to your lymphatic fluid, stretches tight neck muscles, tones the legs, and reduces fatigue.
How to do it: Start by lying on the floor on your back. Curl your knees into your chest, lift your hips up off the floor and rock back on to your shoulders, quickly bending your elbows and bringing your hands to your hips. Extend your legs up in to the air - so only the back of your head, neck, shoulders,Read More »from Yoga Poses That Turn Back the Clock
Before you know it, winter will be here (eww) and your moisturizer will be as essential to your daily routine as drinking water on a hot summer's day. But applying it is only half of the battle. New York City dermatologist Howard Sobel explains how to reap all the healthy skin benefits of your face lotion, so you can start to prep for colder weather and dry skin now.Read More »from 3 Ways to Get More Out of Your Moisturizer
Apply Your Lotion at the Right Time
"The key to moisturizing is when you apply it," says Sobel. The best time to do it is right after you shower or wash your face, when your skin is still damp so you can seal in the moisture that's already there. FYI: You only have about a three-minute window before your skin is completely dry. It's also a good idea to moisturize twice daily, once in the morning and again before bed.
Related: Four Ways to Defend Against Dry Skin
Choose the Best Formula
"Each skin type responds best to different moisturizer formulas," says Sobel. "If you have dry skin, try an oil-based cream with major