Taking these 6 fun tests can clear up some common complexion misconceptions and get your skin glowing, fast.
By Jolene Edgar
Could fine lines just be a sign of dryness?
"When water evaporates from skin, it shrinks. And like a grape, it can go from plump to shriveled," says Ellen Marmur, MD, chief of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
To see if dryness is magnifying your creases, take this simple test: Apply a moisture mask and leave it on for the recommended time. When you rinse it off, how does your skin look? Fresher? Fuller? Smoother? That means your skin was dehydrated. If it doesn't look any different, your lines are age-related. Sneak some wrinkle-fighting retinol, peptides, or antioxidants into your daily routine.
Health.com: Get flawless skin naturally
Do you really have sensitive skin?
More than 40% of Americans believe they do-but not all self-diagnoses prove correct. Derms check for the condition, in part, by asking a series
Blog Posts by Health.com
Taking these 6 fun tests can clear up some common complexion misconceptions and get your skin glowing, fast.Read More »from 6 tests to reveal great skin
Researchers analyzed data from several national health surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and found that people with arthritis-which includes those with aging-related osteoarthritis and similar conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout-tend to rate lower than their peers on measures of overall health.Read More »from Joint pain impacts physical, mental health
Michael Blann/Getty ImagesWant your protein without the pesticides? Not sure if it really makes a difference? Here's some expert info on the organic bird.Read More »from Do you need to buy organic chicken?
The food-safety expert says:
Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst the Center for Food Safety
• The organic label guarantees certain standards. Organic-chicken growers are legally prohibited from using sewage sludge as fertilizer, synthetic chemicals not approved by the National Organic Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), or genetically modified organisms (GMOs)-any plant, animal, or microorganism that has been altered through genetic engineering-in the production process. Chickens labeled as "natural," on the other hand, don't necessarily meet those standards.
Health.com: 5 surprising things you don't have to buy organic
• Buying organic may help prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When you crowd chickens together indoors, the way conventional growers do, they're more likely to produce infectious bacteria, which is why
CorbisBy Nancy RonesRead More »from Skinny up your kitchen
Right now, in your home, you have a powerful belly-shrinking tool you're not taking advantage of. No, it's not that Ab Roller you ordered off of late-night TV and promptly banished to the attic.
It's your kitchen: Set up and stocked the right way, it can make all the difference in whether you pile on midsection fat-or keep it off. With a quick cabinet reorg, simple food swaps, and even a workout move to do during boiling-water downtime, you can transform a fat-belly kitchen into a flat-belly one.
Bottoms up: Keep plain low-fat yogurt or its drinkable cousin, kefir, handy. Their live, active cultures boost the good bacteria in your digestive tract, warding off bloat.
Go green: Grow your own oregano, thyme, and rosemary along your windowsill, and you'll have an easy, no-cal way to jazz up healthy foods like grilled chicken and veggies.
Health.com: A beginner's guide to herbs and spices
Cook it off: Keep slimming cookware where it's easy to nab: You shouldn't have to get
123RFBy Karen AspRead More »from 3 ways to make any vacation slimmer
Escape to a leaner, lighter you with these tips.
Bring your own nibbles
Store nutritious breakfast and snack foods (yogurt, fruit, string cheese) in your room's mini-fridge, says Susan B. Dopart, RD, author of A Recipe for Life by the Doctor's Dietitian, so you always have healthy choices on hand.
Pound the pavement
No fitness center? Nix public transportation and explore the neighborhood you're in on foot. "Not only is it built-in exercise, but you'll discover cool things you wouldn't normally notice when whizzing by in a car," Dopart says.
(Almost) have it all
Pick and choose what you want to indulge in when you're at an ahh-mazing out-of-town restaurant, Dopart advises. So it's either a glass or two of wine from the vineyard you're staying at or the chef's signature chocolate dessert.
Read more from Health.com:
The 10 Most Slimming Vacations
How to Make Any Hotel Room Healthier
America's Healthiest Airports
Ward off brain fog and protect your memory long-term with this surprisingly simple plan.Read More »from How to remember everything
By Danielle Braff
It happens to all of us: You stop at the store and forget the one thing you went for. You blank on your co-worker's husband's name-Is it John? Jim? And where are those darn keys?!? It's normal to be forgetful once in awhile, especially if you've got a lot on your plate.
But even if you're years away from worrying about senior moments, research shows that memory loss can actually begin as early as your 20s, and it continues as you age. Thankfully, taking a few easy steps throughout your day can help you stay sharp-and maybe even help you remember where you put those keys!
Step No. 1: Eat toast for breakfast
Skipping carbs may harm your memory. A Tufts University study found that folks who eliminated carbohydrates from their diets performed worse on memory-based tasks than those who included them. Why? Your brain cells need carbs, which are converted in your body to glucose, to
CorbisBy Stacey ColinoRead More »from Should you go to the ER?
You know how to handle a minor scrape at home, and you know heart attack symptoms should send you to the emergency room. But can you tell if a swollen ankle requires an ice pack or a 911 call? To the rescue: our handy guide to when to head to the ER, when to call your doctor, and when you can stay put.
Go to the ER if you have...
Heart attack symptoms
Women are less likely to have the stereotypical chest, left arm, or jaw pain, so you should also look for other symptoms women get, like shortness of breath; sudden dizziness, weakness, or nausea; or unexplained sweating and fatigue.
Health.com: 9 surprising heart attack risks
Signs of stroke
...like sudden numbness or weakness in a limb or one side of your face; sudden speech difficulties (such as talking gibberish or jumbling words); trouble seeing out of one or both eyes; unexpected dizziness or loss of balance; or an excruciating, inexplicable headache.
A blow to the head
...that results in loss of consciousness,
IstockphotoBy Ilana BlitzerRead More »from The new rules of sun safety
You've been following the rules when it comes to sunscreen for how long now? At this point, you're a diligent daily sunscreen wearer, and you know to reapply every few hours when you're at the beach or pool. (Sorry, no magical stay-all-day sunscreen on the market yet!) But, hey, it's 2011-some of the old thinking no longer applies. So update your sun-safety habits, and keep your skin healthy long-term with these thoroughly modern strategies.
Old rule: Apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 15 a half-hour before leaving the house.
New rule: Sunscreen alone is not enough: Wear an SPF 15 (at least) plus an antioxidant-enriched moisturizer.
Health.com: Sunproof your skin from A to Z
"It's no longer just about UV damage," says Fredric Brandt, MD, a dermatologist in New York City and Miami. "The sun also generates free radicals that break down your collagen and elastin fibers." Anti-oxidants in ingredients like soy, green tea, and vitamin C prevent free
Getty ImagesBy Mindy Berry WalkerRead More »from Which sleep style is healthiest?
Swear you don't move at all at night? Think again. While you generally spend the most time in the position you fall asleep in, even those who barely have to make their beds in the morning move two to four times an hour, which may add up to 20 or more tosses and turns a night, says Eric Olson, MD, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. "That's completely normal, and you'll still go into deep REM sleep, the restorative kind," he says.
Health.com: 11 surprising health benefits of sleep
Your preferred p.m. pose could be giving you back and neck pain, tummy troubles, even premature wrinkles. Discover the best positions for your body-plus the one you may want to avoid.
The best: Back position
Good for: Preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts
Bad for: Snoring
The scoop: Sleeping on your back makes it easy for your head, neck, and spine to maintain a neutral position.
IstockphotoBy Liz WelchRead More »from Natural cures that really work
Will placing a tea bag on a cold sore make it disappear? Can you ease hot flashes with herbs? And does putting yogurt on your nether parts have a prayer of curing a yeast infection?
It used to be that you'd hear about these kinds of home remedies from your mom. These days, they're touted on websites, blogs, and online forums. In fact, 61 percent of American adults turn to the Internet to find help in treating what's ailing them, a 2009 study reveals.
But do these natural moves actually work … and, just as important, could they do more harm than good? Health asked medical experts to weigh in on the Internet's most popular home cures.
The online claim: Yogurt can stop a yeast infection
Is it true? No
Yeast infections-and their symptoms, from intense vaginal itchiness to cottage cheese-like discharge-are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus candida. Because studies show that yogurt can promote the growth of healthier strains of bacteria in the stomach and intestines,