Before you know it the holidays will be here and you'll be jetting off to see friends and family nonstop for the next two months. While the holidays are full of eating, drinking, and being merry, all that celebrating can certainly take a toll on your skin. Take a look at the five most common culprits for your skin problems and how to fix them this season.
Wherever you're headed this holiday season, a change in climate can really mess with your complexion, especially if you're flying, since plans suck the moisture right out of your skin. Add dehydrating alcohol and/or caffeine to the mix, and you'll arrive at your destination looking pasty and tired.
The Solution: Since dryness is the biggest travel skin threat, it's important to constantly apply moisturizer to your face and hands while you're in the air, says Dr. Banks. He also suggests using an Evian facial spray (1.7 oz) and lip balm, since your lips can get flaky during a long flight. Finally, drinks lots and lots of
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Before you know it the holidays will be here and you'll be jetting off to see friends and family nonstop for the next two months. While the holidays are full of eating, drinking, and being merry, all that celebrating can certainly take a toll on your skin. Take a look at the five most common culprits for your skin problems and how to fix them this season.Read More »from 4 Ways the Holidays Can Mess with Your Skin
- RealBeauty.com | Holiday Moments – Mon, Nov 8, 2010 11:35 PM EST
Our spin instructor left us with this factoid today: You'll gain at least one pound during the holiday season, but unfortunately your chances of losing that extra pound are slim. Sure, it may be getting darker earlier and cold temps make you want to curl up inside, but starting an exercise plan now will only help make it easier to work off those extra calories during the holidays. Start today with these five tips. Also see, From Fab to Flab: Your Holiday Survival GuideRead More »from 5 Ways to Kick-Start a Pre-Holiday Season Workout Routine
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. Related: Pack the Perfect Gym Bag
2. Hire a personal trainer. If you've paid for it and have an appointment to meet with a trainer, you'll be there! Related: Get a Flatter Tummy with These Moves
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
- RealBeauty.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Nov 8, 2010 10:49 PM EST
Worried about what he's thinking when you're naked? Get over it with these sexy tips from our resident pleasure expert. Related: What to Wear (and Bare) in the BedroomRead More »from A Surefire Way to Boost Your Body Confidence in the Bedroom
Q: I have a hard time enjoying sex because I'm so worried about what my body looks like. What can I do to feel less self-conscious? Related: Beauty Moves Guys Find Sexy
A: For starters, silence the all-too-familiar "I hate my body" soundtrack that's playing in your head. Instead, figure out what makes you feel desirable despite the cellulite (that only you can see) on your thighs. The answer lies in switching your attention from your so-called flaws to your pleasure portals. My number one antidote is to tap into your "turn on" and get to self-pleasuring. Start with a full-length mirror to view your body, crank up some hot dance music, and tell your reflection what a total hottie she is (seriously, do it!). A self-pleasuring session is even better when you get a little wild and embellish with props. For instance, I love
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Fri, Nov 5, 2010 9:33 PM EDT
You know how it is when you've discovered an amazing beauty product that you'd shout about from the mountaintops. (And you know how sad it is when your tried-and-true default is discontinued. Womp womp.) Here's 7 of our life-changing picks that we're giving thanks to.Read More »from Giving Thanks: The 7 Beauty Products We Couldn't Live Without
CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron
What did we do before the flatiron? Smooth, straight hair in a matter of minutes is now possible with this ceramic heated iron.
MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation
This water-based foundation has a matte finish with SPF. So not only will it last all day without being oily or clogging your pores, you'll protect your skin from sun damage too.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Self-tanners can often leave streaks or a residue behind. Jergens Natural Glow adds subtle color slowly, while leaving skin soft at the same time.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
For dry, ashy skin this lotion does the trick without being too greasy and heavy,
On our last day, we've realized that red lipstick isn't so scary and that we can wear it just about every day once we found the right shade.
What's your favorite shade of lipstick?
Ariana Finlayson, Associate Beauty Editor
"Today I'm wearing MAC Longwear Pro in Perpetual Flame. This red is more pinky than the ones I've worn this week. The formula glides on super-smooth, but I did apply a lip balm beforehand. (Last night was rainy and cold, and wrecked havoc on my lips.) Not to mention, these new additions to MAC's permanent collection last all day. I feel like this color doesn't wash me out as much as some of the reds."
Deanne Hess, Director
"I forgot how much I love this lipstick (even though I've been wearing it all week). I do wish I had tried out other colors, but my biggest issue wasn't finding the right shade, it was whether or not this red lipstick could go with everything. This week has shown that while I probably won't wear red lipstick everyRead More »from Red Lipstick Diaries (Day 5): Rouge Conclusion
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Thu, Nov 4, 2010 10:33 PM EDT
Rain or shine, red lipstick makes you feel great! We've each found a color that suits both suits our skin tones and works for any occasion.
Ariana Finlayson, Associate Beauty Editor
Today I'm wearing Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain in Flamenco. I've worn this before to a wedding and felt comfortable in it since I didn't have to worry about having red blotches on my teeth. (How embarrassing! If someone knows the foolproof trick to never getting lipstick on your teeth, do tell!) This is a super-bright maraschino cherry red that even after it comes off a bit, your lips are still stained with a pretty flush as if you're been drinking cherry Kool-Aid. (I've definitely been drinking the Kool-Aid for lipstains, because I'm obsessed.) Bonus: These markers double as a cheek stain and are all natural, so you don't have to worry about the factoid about women eating something like 6 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime."
Deanne Hess, Director
"What a miserableRead More »from Red Lipstick Diaries (Day 4): One That Works for Everything!
We often look forward to bra shopping the same way we look forward to going to the dentist. It's painful, annoying, and you leave feeling frustrated and often with a very large bill and little to show for it.Read More »from 3 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Bra
Thanks to Susan Nethero, founder of Intimacy Boutiques, bra shopping just got a little better. Make a cheat sheet with these four tips she shares before trying on your usual cup size.
Related: Going Braless, Yay or Nay?
Tip #1: Pick a Material That Will Last
Laser-cut, micro fiber bras might feel good next to your skin, but over time they are prone to stretching out rather quickly. Once your bra starts sagging, it moves away from under your breasts, leaving them with little or no support. It also causes your straps to slide off your shoulder, leaving you stranded there too. To get comfort and support, opt for a T-shirt bra that won't gap and will last longer than micro fiber or an elastic choice.
Related: The Ultimate Fall Beauty Guide
Tip #2: Get the Correct Coverage
Any time we have the chance to sit down and chat with one of our favorite celebrities, we make sure to steal their secrets for looking so darn good. And though many of them have a stylist (or three) and trainer, they shared these tidbits with us that they do daily on their own. Read below to get beauty secrets fit for the A-list in Hollywood.Read More »from 5 Beauty Secrets Celebs Swear By
Padma Lakshmi: Jump for Health
"I can gain 15 pounds in six weeks of taping Top Chef. I train like a boxer afterward - jumping rope with an Everlast jump rope really whips you into shape."
Related: Get Toned at Every Age
Jennifer Garner: Practice Safe Sun
"My mom has always been a big believer in sunblock, and now I use Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock lotion on myself and my daughters. I like that it contains naturally sourced minerals and a strong SPF."
Related: Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin
Sarah Jessica Parker: Apply Your Fragrance Correctly
"I've learned a thing or two about [perfume]
When it comes to beauty products, we've tried them all. From curlers to creams and more, take a look at the hair and makeup products editors and in-the-know beauty bloggers can't live without.Read More »from 7 Beauty Products Bloggers and Editors Rave About
Alexis Wolfer, The Beauty Bean
Product: ARCONA Peptide Eye Serum
"Right now, I have to say this serum is the product I can't live without (although I reserve the right to change my mind at any given time!). I've been traveling a ton since Fashion Week, and that on top of a move thrown in the mix makes me one tired lady! It's this product that keeps me looking even mildly awake. The serum reduces puffiness and hydrates the entire eye area while also protecting my peepers from environmental damage. It makes my eyes look like they've gotten the necessary right hours of sleep - even when my alarm clock says otherwise."
Ariana Finlayson, Real Beauty Associate Editor
Product: Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin
"I have really thick, long hair so even a quick side-slung chignon isn't my
Lately I've noticed that my hair is thinning. Should I see a doctor?Read More »from When Thin Isn't In: Hair-Loss Help
By the time a woman reaches 50, she has a 50 percent chance of incurring hair loss, says Bruce Robinson, M.D., assistant clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. For some women, though, the problem starts as early as their 20s. "If you notice your ponytail is smaller, or you can see your scalp in areas where you couldn't before, or you are losing more hair when you brush or wash it, it's a good idea to see your dermatologist," he says. "He will determine if hair loss is due to genetics or an underlying medical issue, like thyroid problems or iron deficiency."
Even if you do see extra hairs in your brush or in the shower drain, you don't necessarily need to worry. Although 40 percent of women experience some hair loss by menopause, shedding around 100 strands a day is normal, reports Paul M. Friedman, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Medical