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What's the easiest way to get a glow?
You know not to bake in the sun, but you want to look like you've been outdoors. Here, Kristen Haines, owner of Euphoria Spa in New York City, shows you how.
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For an instant glow: Use a tinted self-tanner, which bronzes on contact and develops into a faux tan overnight.
To build up to bronze: Apply a gradual-tanning lotion every morning after you shower; your tan will appear after a few days of use.
Whichever method you choose, "apply plenty of product-stingy application causes streaks-and wait 10 minutes before dressing," Haines says.
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What's the trick to making my hair behave when it's humid?
It depends on your texture, celebrity stylist Tippi Shorter says.
Fine and straight: Prevent hair from going limp by styling as usual, then lifting sections and misting roots with a dry shampoo.
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Waves or curl: To fight
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Getty ImagesWalk into the office feeling foul, and it'll show in your work, research in the Academy of Management Journal suggests.Read More »from Beat that case of the Mondays
"When you start in a negative place, you tned to spiral downward," says co-author Steffanie Wilk, associate professor of management at The Ohio State University.
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You woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Give yourself a lift by listening to feel-good music during your commute or even squeezing in some exercise, "which we know alters mood for the better," Wilk says.
You feel swamped just looking at your to-do list. Start with something small-checking it off when you're done will motivate you to tackle tougher tasks.
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You're still overwhelmed at lunchtime. Take a bad-mood-busting break: Go for a short walk outside, read something that makes you laugh, or try a yoga move (if you have space).
You're nowhere near done, but the day almost is. Reevaluate
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Getty ImagesBy Carina StorrsRead More »from Single motherhood linked to poor health later in life
Motherhood can take a toll on any woman's health, but single moms may have an even harder go of it. According to a new study, women entering their 40s who had their first child out of wedlock experience poorer health, on average, than women who were married when they first gave birth-even if they marry in the interim.
Stress and money troubles associated with being a single mom are likely the main culprits, says the lead author of the study, Kristi Williams, PhD, an associate professor of sociology at the Ohio State University, in Columbus. "We know these are much more common among single mothers, and both are strongly implicated in a wide range of health outcomes," she explains.
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Since 1979, when the study began, the percentage of U.S. babies born to unmarried women has shot up from 17% to about 40%. The increasing rate of out-of-wedlock births, combined with an aging population, could spell problems for public health,
By Myatt MurphyRead More »from Blast off fat (way) faster
Tired of plugging away at the gym without seeing the pounds disappear? We found simple tricks that will transform your usual regimen into the ultimate fat-blasting routine. Whether you use just two of these strategies or all seven, our insider tips will help you get the calorie-burn you deserve.
1. Know this: "You'll be able to comfortably work out longer and harder if you're cool," says Len Kravitz, PhD, coordinator of exercise science at the University of New Mexico. "Being too hot stresses your body out, so you don't perform as well." Translation: You burn less fat.
Do this: When exercising at home, put a fan in front of your workout area. Hitting the gym? Wait to use the treadmill that has a fan built into the console.
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2. Know this: "Wearing a heart-rate monitor makes it easier to burn more body fat by showing just how hard you're really working," Kravitz says. "Keeping your heart rate in the right zone prevents you from
By Lia Huber
If you're clueless when it comes to picking out produce, use our how-to guide for choosing the freshest fruits and veggies at your local farmers market or grocery.
Apricots, Peaches, Plums
- Pick: Fruit that is firm, with a taut, unblemished skin and no signs of bruising or wrinkles.
- Store: Ripen at room temperature, until tender. Apricots can be kept for 2 days, maximum. Once plums are ripe, refrigerate up to 3 days.
- Use: Cook with sugar (1 pound of fruit per 2 cups sugar) on the stove until thickened for a delicious jam.
- Tip: Vitamin A-rich stone fruits work with savory dishes; try sauteing, grilling, or roasting them to serve with duck, chicken, or pork.
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Blackberries and Raspberries
- Pick: Plump, juicy berries with a shine (blackberries) or luster (raspberries), without any trace of mold or discoloration.
- Store: If eating within 24 hours, store at room temperature;
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Bam! Just like that, food entertainment took over our televisions.
With last year's debut of the Cooking Channel-sister to the wildly popular Food Network-we now have two ways to access food TV around the clock. That's in addition to Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, and countless niche programs ranging from the obscure Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern to the charming DC Cupcakes.
Flay, Batali, Ray, and Ramsay have become household names, and it's not hard to see why: Half of Americans watch food or cooking shows "very often" or "occasionally," according to a 2010 poll by Harris Interactive.
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All this talk about food may start your stomach growling-and that could be a problem. As the food-entertainment revolution has expanded, so have our waistbands. In the early 1990s, before the Food Network or Top Chef, 56% of Americans were overweight or obese. That number has since grown to 68%. Are these two trends somehow
Getty ImagesBy Lynne PeeplesRead More »from U.S. cities with the cleanest air
Forty years after the Clean Air Act, more people are breathing easier. "In general, we've seen tremendous improvement in air quality," says Jonathan M. Samet, MD, director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles.
But some air is cleaner than others. Here are the 5 cities with the cleanest air, according to the American Lung Association's annual report, which looks at levels of ozone and particulates, which are tiny particles that can get lodged in your lungs.
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Cheyenne is the clear winner: It has the lowest level of year-round PM 2.5 particulates, tiny lung invaders about 1/30th the width of a human hair. Cheyenne's small size may help; fewer cars travel the roads, and vehicles are a key source of PM 2.5 (and ozone).
Wyoming's capital also has fewer short-term spikes in 24-hour particle pollution. "When exposure peaks, you
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Getty ImagesBy Matt McMillenRead More »from Women who delay returning to work breast-feed longer
The longer a working mother stays at home with her newborn, the more likely she is to breast-feed and continue doing so for the recommended six months, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.
Women who waited at least 13 weeks after giving birth to resume working were far more likely than those who returned within six weeks to start breast-feeding, favor nursing over other foods after three months, and breast-feed at all after the baby's six-month birthday, the study found.
"Our major conclusion is that if the new mother is able to delay the time of returning to work, the prevalence of initiation and the duration of breast-feeding will increase," says Chinelo Ogbuanu, M.D., the lead author of the study and a senior epidemiologist at the Georgia Department of Community Health, in Atlanta.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics, which publishes Pediatrics, recommends that mothers exclusively breast-feed their
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Reclaim summer's carefree spirit by adapting these three simple tips from life coach Victoria Moran, author of Living a Charmed Life.
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Get on island time
When you're not at work, consciously switch from busy-life mode to vacation mode-you know, the one where you're not annoyed by a slow store clerk or frantic to get to the next thing on your schedule. "When you're away, you look at everything in a completely different way," Moran says. "You're more relaxed and patient, and you enjoy everything more."
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Add little bits of fun
You don't have to make big trips to the beach to enjoy the summer. Each morning, think: "What can I do today that will make it an amazing day?" Moran suggests. Maybe it's sipping lemonade on the patio before work or catching fireflies with your kids after dinner. Create your own personal list of simple pleasures, and work them into your day.
Getty ImagesBy Jessica DeCostoleRead More »from New greens to power up your salad
These up-and-coming greens give you great health benefits-and flavor, too.
One of the mildest mustard greens, mizuna-often found in mesclun mixes-is high in immune-boosting vitamin C, folate, and iron. It also contains powerful glucosinolates-antioxidants linked to decreased cancer risk, says Tanya Zuckerbrot, RD, author of The F-Factor Diet. Cultivated in Japan since ancient times, mizuna brings an exotic, slightly spicy flavor to the table.
Prep tip: Part of mizuna's allure is its feathery, light appearance-but its edges dry out easily. To get the freshest bunch, look for crisp green leaves that aren't wilted.
Twenty years ago, San Francisco-based chefs brought mâche (a.k.a. lamb's lettuce) seeds home from France and introduced its mild, nutty flavor to American restaurant patrons. Now it's a Whole Foods staple.
A one-cup serving delivers 80% of your daily requirement of folate, which helps prevent certain birth defects and keeps your heart