Getty ImagesBy Jennifer Goldstein
Ever notice how so many women from other countries seem to get older without looking "old"? Famous beauties like Iman, Juliette Binoche, Isabella Rossellini, and Salma Hayek jump to mind, but the phenomenon isn't limited to celebs. What secret weapons do women around the globe have that we could add to our anti-aging arsenal? After speaking to international beauty experts, a few common strategies emerged. Read on for the world's best age-proofing moves.
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Hydrate (and wash!) with oil
In the States, where products are often marketed as "oil-free," some women think of oil as a negative thing. But women in Asia, South America, and the Middle East often use plant-based essential oils in place of moisturizers. "In India, anointing the skin with the right type of oil is a nourishing way to keep your complexion young," says Pratima Raichur, an Ayurvedic physician, chemist, and botanist. For example, smoothing on geranium
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- Health.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Nov 18, 2010 9:31 PM EST
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Before hopping into bed with a new sex partner, have an open and honest conversation about your sexual histories, risks, and the last time you were tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
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Knowing someone's test results isn't enough. "Even if your partner tested negative for HIV last week, it doesn't mean he or she isn't HIV positive," says Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, a psychologist specializing in HIV at New York University. "Most HIV tests can only detect the virus starting three to six months after infection-so you should ask about your partner's sexual history for the past six months."
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Here's what you need to find out. Of course, you probably won't get too far down the list if you just roll out the interrogation; but these are the questions you really do need answers to, one way or another. One option: Start by sharing
- Health.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Nov 18, 2010 9:21 PM EST
Researchers at Harvard Medical School analyzed 10 years of survey and medical data on more than 17,000 women in the health profession. The women, who were enrolled in a long-running study on heart disease, were all in their 50s or early 60s when the study began.
The women who said their job requires them to work "very hard" or "very fast" but who have little say over their day-to-day tasks-a combination known as "job strain"-were 88 percent more likely than those in less-stressful jobs to have a heart attack.
They were also 43 percent more likely to need heart surgery, according to the study, which was presented Sunday at an annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago.
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This ultimate feel-good food keeps your heart healthy, mood up, and body in great shape. Find out what all this natural ingredient can do for you.
Health.com: 8 chocolate treats under 80 calories
Chocotini, anyone? A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate dark chocolate had less of a protein that indicates inflammation, which can lead to a heart attack. Plus, alcohol boosts HDL (good) cholesterol.
Chocolate martini recipe from The Peninsula Chicago:
- 1 oz vanilla vodka, such as Stoli
- 1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate liqueur, such as Godiva
- 1 1/2 ounces plain soy or skim milk
- 1/2 ounce chocolate syrup
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Healthy eating lowers your risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, but it's not yet clear if that's true for Alzheimer's disease as well.Read More »from 9 foods that may help save your memory
"I can't write a prescription for broccoli and say this will help-yet," says Sam Gandy MD, PhD, the associate director of the Mount Sinai Medical Center Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, in New York City.
(The National Institutes of Health recently said there is insufficient evidence that food, diet, or lifestyle will prevent Alzheimer's disease.)
It's not a lost cause though. Here are 9 foods that researchers think will keep your whole body-including your brain-healthy.
Oil-based salad dressings
"The data support eating foods that are high in vitamin E and this includes healthy vegetable oil-based salad dressings, seeds and nuts, peanut butter, and whole grains," says Martha Clare Morris, ScD, director of the section on nutrition and nutritional epidemiology in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush
- Health.com | Fashion – Tue, Nov 16, 2010 10:14 PM EST
Health magazineOur new columnist, beauty-and-lifestyle guru Bobbi Brown, solves your "Oh, no!" issues.Read More »from Bobbi Brownâ€™s beauty rehab: Get silky hands and stress-free hair
All of a sudden, my hands seem rough, red, and just older looking. What's the fix?
-Brooke Brokaw Ruddy, Johnston, Iowa
Bobbi: Regular manicures keep your hands in good shape; pick a sheer cream or beige polish instead of red hues, which can make hands look ruddier. I also suggest protecting your skin every day with a hand cream that has SPF. If your hands still look rough, rub on a little olive oil-it really works to moisturize and soften skin.
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I'm so busy this time of year, it's hard to wash and style my hair every morning. What can I do to look polished?
-Ali Peene, Washington, D.C.
Bobbi: There are three elements to your look: hair, clothes, and makeup. So on days you don't have time for your hair, just put it in a low ponytail, make sure you're wearing a nice outfit with the right accessories, and put on your makeup. It's
- Health.com | Fashion – Tue, Nov 16, 2010 10:09 PM EST
Health magazineOur new columnist, beauty-and-lifestyle guru Bobbi Brown, solves your "Oh, no!" issues.Read More »from Bobbi Brownâ€™s beauty rehab: Hide your roots and quit the nail biting
"It seems like my roots grew in overnight. How can I hide them?"
-Karen Stinchfield, New Canaan, Connecticut
Bobbi: I can sympathize. I dye my hair, too-and I'm just 5 feet tall, so everyone notices when I have roots. To hide them, I dab a cotton swab in gel eyeliner and blend it over the new growth along my part. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Sepia Ink matches my hair perfectly.
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"I bite my nails when I'm nervous. How can I stop?"
-Kristen Cappello, New York City
Bobbi: Trim and buff your nails to a short length so you're not tempted. Then apply a bad-tasting top coat. To break the habit, find something else to do when you're nervous. Breathing exercises help me, but if you need something to do with your hands, get a strand of worry beads that you can fiddle with.
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- Health.com | Fashion – Tue, Nov 16, 2010 10:00 PM EST
Health magazineOur new columnist, beauty-and-lifestyle guru Bobbi Brown, solves your "Oh, no!" issues.Read More »from Bobbi Brownâ€™s beauty rehab: Winter hair and lasting lipstick
"My hair is so limp in winter! How do you get yours to have some body?"
-Renee Henry, Little Valley, N.Y.
Bobbi: I turn my head upside down and add a lifting mousse to my roots while it's still damp. The key is to not apply it on top; you have to get it underneath, right at the roots. I also find adding loose curls or waves helps give my hair extra body. There are even little pocket-sized curling irons you can throw in your bag or stash at the office if you need to re-curl or add body at the end of the day.
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"My lipstick always comes off when I'm nibbling and drinking at holiday parties. Is there a way to make it last?"
-Kym Taylor, Chazy, N.Y.
Bobbi: To this day, I've never found a super-long-lasting lip color that doesn't feel dry. I suggest applying your favorite lipstick this way: Use your finger to press the color onto your
Regular exercise can improve your mood, help you lose weight, and add years to your life. Still need another reason to hit the gym? A new study suggests that working out regularly helps ward off colds and flu.
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If you skimp on healthy fats-omega-3s in fish, supplements, and some plant and dairy products-you're missing out on a great way to help prevent a host of common problems. Here's a quick look at how good these fats really are, and the best ways to work them into your life.
1. Fight those aches
How omega-3s help: Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found that nearly two-thirds of patients suffering from chronic neck and back pain stopped needing anti-inflammatory pain pills after taking fish-oil pills for 20 to 30 days. The key may be omega-3s' ability to fight inflammation.
How to get them: You don't necessarily have to take the pills, says Joseph C. Maroon, MD, a University of Pittsburgh neurosurgeon. Cold-water ocean fish (salmon, mackerel, herring) and lake trout are the best sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3s.
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2. Stay slim
How omega-3s help: Mood swings can lead to bring-on-the-brownies moments that