Winter is the main culprit our skin is dull, dry, and irritated for the upcoming blustery months. Even when taking precautions, like exfoliating and moisturizing to the high moons we can seem to beat it. Take a look at these common winter skin care problems now to have a glowing complexion straight through to spring.
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Q: I break out most often in the dry winter weather. Why is that and what should I do?
A: Some patients break out when they tend to be overly dry, says Real Beauty expert Dr. Eric Schweiger, M.D. In the winter there is less moisture in the air so the skin tends to dry out. If you break out more in the winter I would suggest using an oil-free moisturizer 2 to 3 times per day.
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Q: Is it possible to over-exfoliate my skin?
A: Exfoliating dead skin cells is important for smooth, radiant, healthy skin, says Real Beauty expert Jennifer Yen However, exfoliating too much or too aggressively can damage the epidermis, causing
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Winter is the main culprit our skin is dull, dry, and irritated for the upcoming blustery months. Even when taking precautions, like exfoliating and moisturizing to the high moons we can seem to beat it. Take a look at these common winter skin care problems now to have a glowing complexion straight through to spring.Read More »from 3 Tricks to Prepping Your Skin for Winter
It's true: Mom really does know best (even if we refused to admit it at first). She was right when she told you to break up with your eighth-grade boyfriend, and she was right when she told you orange lipstick is not your shade. See the other pearls of beauty wisdom our moms have taught the Real Beauty staff over the years.Read More »from The Best Beauty Advice from Our Moms
Beauty Lesson #1: Markers Go on Paper, Not Your Face
"My mom told me to never pluck your own eyebrows, because you don't want to end up having to draw them on." -Sara Hennessey, freelance writer
Some people are better at plucking than others, that's a fact. Maybe Mom was trying to look out for you, or maybe she was trying to avoid a long night of tears and holing up in the bathroom for hours with her one-eyebrow daughter. If you like tweezing your own brows but find you've overplucked, fill in bare spots with a brow pencil, like the Clinique Brow Shaper.
Beauty Lesson #2: It's Not a Spoonful of Sugar, It's a Spoonful of Vinegar
"If I needed to add some extra
Recovering from a breakup involves more than chocolate ice cream and trashing your ex's things. A changed-up and improved beauty routine will take you from doom and gloom to va-va-va-voom in no time. And even if moving on and dating someone new is not on your radar just yet, looking amazing from head to toe should be (it's the best revenge!). So what do you do when you're ready to get over the breakup? Give yourself a breakup makeover - a breakover! Read below to find out how.Read More »from 4 Easy Ways to Look Insanely Good After a Breakup
You've been crying your eyes out for a week, and now they're red and puffy. Deflate, brighten, and wake up those tired peepers to set your sights on someone new.
Our picks: Start with a mask like DuWop igels eye mask ($25, duwop.com). For an all day fix (in case you feel a crying meltdown happening in your cubicle) pat a pea-sized amount of Wexler Instant De-Puff Eye Gel ($19.50, bathandbodyworkds.com) around your eyes to help tighten the skin before putting your foundation on.
Face and Body
We all know that a nice balance of eating right, cardio, and weight-training all factor into a slimmer core. (See easy ways to drop 5 pounds!) Check out these common misconceptions about your ab workout to make sure you're getting the best results. Related: 33 Tips to Getting a Flatter StomachRead More »from 6 Ab Myths That Make You Flabby
1. Myth: To get rock-hard, you have to work your abs every day.
Truth: Abs need rest and recovery: It's only during rest that your muscles build. "Three to five days a week of consistent, dedicated abdominal training should get you strong, sleek abs," says Kathy Kaehler, trainer and author of Kathy Kaehler's Celebrity Workouts. Related: The Body-Toning Moves That Celebs Swear By
2. Myth: A good ab workout takes half an hour.
Truth: "If it takes you that long to feel them working, you're doing something wrong," says Kaehler. "I trained Jennifer Aniston about three days a week, and we did no more than five minutes of abs each time." Check your form, don't use momentum and focus on quality rather
- RealBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 19, 2010 11:51 PM EDT
Hitting the gym to do cardio and eating healthy are fantastic habits, and we commend you for finding time to work out. But one thing that we tend to forget about is weight training, and how good it is for our muscles. Not to mention it can help you burn more calories during the day and your workouts. We managed to combine the best of both worlds with these toning moves that you can literally do right in front of your TV. Related: The Best Foods to Help You Lose WeightRead More »from Tone Up While Watching TV: 5 Easy Commercial-Break Exercises
Sunday: The Amazing Race Butt Blast
On your elbows and knees, lift one leg off the floor and extend it straight. Flex the foot, reaching through the heel. In a full range of motion, lift the leg up and then down to the floor. Continue, then switch legs.
What it does: Strengthens glutes and hamstrings
Number of reps: 2 sets of 20 repetitions for each leg
Good-form tip: Never lift the leg so high that you arch your lower back. The abdominals should be actively engaged, and you should maintain a neutral spine.
- RealBeauty.com | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 19, 2010 9:27 PM EDT
Tanner evens out tone, visually "slims" your legs and cover blemishes. The color should last at least three to five days (or longer, depending on which product you use; tanners containing high amounts of dihydroxyacetone - DHA - are usually the slowest to fade). If you fear that self-tanner is too tricky to apply, relax. Thanks to new formulas, getting a glow is easier than ever. To make an at-home job look pro, follow these steps. Related: How to Get Glowing Skin When It's Cold OutsideRead More »from The Best Self-Tanning Tips for Creating (and Maintaining) a Healthy Glow
Your faux glow can last up to 10 days - but shaving afterward can shorten that by sloughing off your color, says Maureen Ressler, national trainer for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. Definitely take care of all your hair-removal needs before you reach for the self-tanner. Related: How to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Dead skin cells tend to build up in the skin folds around major joints and unfortunately, can result in an uneven tan, as self-tanner sticks more firmly to the
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Mon, Oct 18, 2010 8:27 PM EDT
Everyone has their favorite hometown salon, but what about when you move towns or find yourself in desperate need of a mani-pedi on vacay? We've rounded up the best salons across the country - all on recommendations from you guys! Think we missed an amazing salon in your town? Tweet us @realbeauties or post below and give us the scoop!Read More »from The Best Salons Across America According to Twitter
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"For waxing: Lisa is amazing at Salon de Nouveau in Tucson, AZ." -Stephanie Call, via Facebook
"If I need a haircut while I'm home in California, I go to Trina at Salon Aguayo (she also does my mom's hair). She and the rest of the staff are super-friendly and so knowledgeable about what cuts are best suited for people's faces, personalities, and lifestyles." -Sarah Bruning, via Facebook
"Savvy Salon in Oak Park, CA, near Thousand Oaks - (818) 597-0779 - Kristy Jarvis is the BEST 4 hair! They r full service spa too!" -@saucystaci
"Just got an amazing facial! Desperately needed! When
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Mon, Oct 18, 2010 8:11 PM EDT
The key to a star-worthy smile is a set of teeth that are shiny and porcelain-like, à la Anne Hathaway and Halle Berry. Since time, age, food, and drinks can prevent your chompers from being their whitest, read on for how to get a brighter smile and a healthier mouth while you're at it.Read More »from 3 Ways to Have a Dazzling Smile and Protect Your Teeth
True or False: Your diet can lead to tooth discoloration.
TRUE. When dark foods and drinks sit on the teeth long enough, they can seep through the enamel and into the next layer called the dentin," says Dr. Gregg Lituchy, cosmetic dentist and partner at Lowenberg & Lituchy in NYC. The top teeth-staining culprits are coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco, since these tend to be held in your mouth the longest. "If you absolutely need your cup of joe in the morning, brush your teeth immediately afterward to prevent it from soaking through your teeth."
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True or False: It is impossible to over whiten your teeth.
FALSE. These days, cosmetic dentistry is all about the Great White
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Fri, Oct 15, 2010 9:01 PM EDT
Your busy fall schedule is kicking back into gear whether you're ready or not, so we grabbed quick makeup tips from the top experts out there to help you get out the door looking like you woke up on time. (Leaving the house with two shoes that match? That's up to you.) Related: Watch Our Fabulous Fall Makeovers HereRead More »from 5 Clever Makeup Tricks for When You're Running Late
1. A highlighting wand can transform a dull complexion. For an instant eye lift, swipe some along your brow bone (just below the eyebrows) and at the inner corners of your eyes. You can also dab it on cheekbones to add light and illuminate your features. (Try Mary Kay Highlighting Pen, $18, marykay.com) Related: How to Fake Wide-Awake Eyes
2. For fresh eyes, keep a brightening eyeliner nearby-a peachy shade makes eyes look bigger, brighter, and less tired. Add a little touch at the waterline (inner rim of the lower lid), then swipe on mascara by rolling the brush from root to tip. Holding the wand vertically, do a zigzag motion with the brush to separate your lashes. (Try
- RealBeauty.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Oct 15, 2010 5:46 PM EDT
Most men won't sit down with you and spill their every thought and detail on a situation, so it's nice when we get them to talk about what's going on in their heads. Most times you can guess when it comes to sports or their fave TV shows, but what about in situations where we feel vulnerable, like standing in front of him naked (WITH the lights on?) We stopped 10 different guys on the street and asked them, "What are you thinking when your girlfriend/wife is naked?" (Related: Check Out the Sexiest Halloween Costumes, as Voted on by Men)Read More »from 10 Best Confidence-Boosting Things to Hear When You're Naked
"Girls are always trying to cover up. A lot of females I've been with seem to have a hard time being naked, without covers or the lights off, without the security of clothes. But when I'm with a naked girl, all I can think about it is how excited I am. How lucky I am that she trusts me enough to be there with her. And I never notice anything except how hot she looks." -Paul, 23
"Sometimes, after sex, my girlfriend will ask me, 'What are you thinking