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.
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.
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- 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
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
Summer's flying by, and before you know it we'll be wrapped in our favorite knits wearing our signature smoky eye once again. Before you go back to your staple makeup and enjoy humidity-free nights, take advantage of one of these hot makeup trends for summer.Read More »from 4 Trends to Try Before Summer's End
Bright shades are in this summer. Expect to see lots of greens, blues, and purples on lids, says Landy Dean, a New York-based makeup artist. Use bright eyeliner paired with a matching eye shadow like Jessica Alba's teal version. Skip the mascara and lower lash liner for a more modern vibe. Just make sure you go easy on the rest of your face for a look that will really pop.
Try LA Splash Diamond Dust in Rich for a cool, edgy color for your eyes.
Match your lipstick shade to your skin tone this summer (unless you happen to be suffering from a bad sunburn!). Dean says those who have golden skin tones should wear an orange-red shade and those with neutral tones should opt for a classic red in a semimatte,
Fine hair is a tricky subject: it looks simple compared to curly hair, but it has its own set of uphill battles that it needs to fight: limp and lifeless in the summer, static-y in the winter, and product precaution since too much can weigh it down. Using fine-haired celeb Kate Bosworth as our example, here are four different ways to style your baby-fine locks.Read More »from 4 Ways to Style Fine Hair
Straight and Shiny
For sleek, glossy locks, start in the shower with a volumizing shampoo and a lightweight conditioner (apply it from your ears down). Then, mist damp hair with a root-lifting spray and blow-dry using a paddle brush.
Try Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo and Conditoner, $4 each; walmart.com
Bosworth's red-carpet bun would look gorge at a fancy event like a wedding. For a similar effect, backcomb the crown for volume, then make a deep side part and pull hair into a low ponytail. Twist the pony into a smooth bun and secure with hairpins. Mist with hair spray for hold.
Try Pantene Fine Hair
If you have acne or rosacea, the last thing you want to do is make it worse, but it can be difficult to leave the house without a lick of makeup on, especially if you're feeling self conscious about your skin situation. We chatted with Collier Strong, makeup expert and beauty consultant for Project Runway on the best ways to cover up redness and skin irritation, and products to use so you don't end up irritating your skin more.
RB: Is it okay to wear makeup if you've been diagnosed with rosacea?
CS: As long as your dermatologist clears you, depending on the severity of your condition, you can absolutely wear makeup. I always recommend having an emergency kit of your go-to products with you at all times in case a flare-up occurs.
RB: What are some things that can help cover up rosacea?
CS: Color correctors can make a big difference by helping to neutralize the redness in the skin. They go on sheer and can be used before applying the rest of your makeup. Using aRead More »from How to Cover Up Your Acne and Rosacea
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Thu, Jul 29, 2010 5:22 PM EDT
When it comes to skin care, there are a million treatments, peels, routines, and regimes you could follow. So how do you know which one is right for you? We've tapped into our skin care expert Dr. Eric Schweiger, M.D. to have him set the record straight on our saving face issues.Read More »from To Peel or Not to Peel...and Other Skin Care Questions
Q: I have a big event coming up, and I want smooth, flawless skin. How long beforehand should I get a peel?
A:In general, I recommend giving it a week between a vigorous facial with extractions and a big event such as a wedding. Peels come in many different strengths. For a superficial peel (such as low-percentage glycolic), sometimes one to three days recovery is enough. But for a stronger peel like TCA, you should give your face at least three to four weeks to recover.
Q: Is it possible to shrink my pores with skin-care products?
A: I have many patients that ask this question, and while it is possible to shrink or diminish your pores, results are quite variable. The best treatment is probably the Fraxel