We've always suspected (and lived in denial) that our highest stilettos are probably doing a number on our feet-but now there's proof. A new study published in Foot & Ankle International (the official journal of the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society [AOFAS]) spells out in excruciating detail the specific harm that heels can do. The study found a significant increase in pressure on the edges of the bones that connect to the toes as heel height increased-a problem that can lead to pain, calluses and (yikes!) bone deformities.
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Though, of course, the study authors suggest limiting heel height to no more than .8 inches (sorry guys-not going to happen), there are other improvements you can make besides retiring your Louboutins. AOFAS suggests adding padding at the ball of the foot to reduce discomfort and injury risk, shortening your heel height even a little (a two-inch heel, for example, causes fewer problems that a four-inch heel), wearing
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We've always suspected (and lived in denial) that our highest stilettos are probably doing a number on our feet-but now there's proof. A new study published in Foot & Ankle International (the official journal of the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society [AOFAS]) spells out in excruciating detail the specific harm that heels can do. The study found a significant increase in pressure on the edges of the bones that connect to the toes as heel height increased-a problem that can lead to pain, calluses and (yikes!) bone deformities.Read More »from Are High Heels Bad For Your Feet?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Sat, Dec 5, 2009 12:41 AM EST
Jenny McCarthy didn't exactly drop a bombshell on The Tonight Show a few nights ago when she told Conan O'Brien that most Hollywood actresses over the age of 36 have had Botox. "Anyone that doesn't [admit it] is full of [bleep]," she said. Many women are getting sick of the denials McCarthy was referring to-about Botox injections and other procedures. After all, the "I would never" trend among celebs who obviously have not only perpetuates unrealistic ideals about a woman's aging face, it's contrary to how regular women feel about their own "work." One recent study of plastic surgery patients found that a whopping 87 percent say they have no problem chatting about their wrinkle fillers and Botox use with friends and family, and 43 percent admit they're even open to talking about their procedures with strangers.
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But what may be even more interesting in the discussion of Hollywood's infatuation with injections and such may be theRead More »from Botox, Plastic Surgery, and Hollywood: Is It Ever OK?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Sat, Dec 5, 2009 12:36 AM EST
The annoying white flakes can happen at any time of year-but dry winter weather can make an irritated scalp even worse. Never fear-help is just a few steps away.
1. Dandruff is actually a form of eczema-a harmless yeast on the scalp grows excessively and causes the skin to shed the affected cells. So the best treatment is to alternate shampoos: one that slows the growth of or kills the yeast (look at ingredients labels for ketaconzaole, selenium sulfide, or pyrithione zinc, found in Head & Shoulders), and one that exfoliates with salicylic acid (such as Neutrogena Maximum Strength T/Sal Therapeutic Shampoo).
2. Leave the shampoo on your head for at least a minute so it has time to work.
3. If you have dry, rough hair, apply the medicated shampoo only to your scalp, rinse it out, then use a moisturizing shampoo on the rest of your hair. (We like John Frieda Root Awakening Nourishing Moisture Shampoo.)
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It's better to give than to receive. Which is why each week this month, we'll be offering valuable tips from our December issue on how to survive the holiday party season. First up, how to be remembered for throwing the best fête-even when you're guests aren't doing much to help.
1. Think small.
If fewer people showed up to your party than expected, keep guests confined to two rooms, like the living room and the kitchen, and turn out the lights everywhere else. "The key to a good party is being in a tight space," says Eric Buterbaugh of Eric Buterbaugh Floral Design in Beverly Hills.
2. Keep guests mingling.
Introduce your guests to one another, and let them know what they have in common. It's the best way to keep the conversation flowing, says event planner Ashlee Margolis-Fishman.
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If people are leaving early, treat the remaining guests like VIPs, not stragglers. "Say something like, 'Oh good, now that they're gone let's break out the
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Work + Money – Thu, Dec 3, 2009 7:47 PM EST
One holiday down-and now a month of parties to go! While you get excited for all the gatherings to come, here's how to stay energized through the whole season.
Drink water. Dehydration can cause your energy levels to plummet, registered dietician Susan Kleiner told Allure, "and we all wake up dehydrated." Start your day with two 8-ounce glasses of water as soon as you wake up, and keep a water bottle on your desk and sip from it throughout the day.
Eat right. Eggs are rich in choline, which helps to boost concentration. And omega-3 fatty acids "are critical to improving brain function, energy, and mood," says Kleiner. You could add a bit of salmon to your morning omelets or put it on your dinner menu once or twice a week; alternatively, a 1,000 to 1,500 milligram daily supplement should energize you in about a week.
Get your heart pumping. "Exercise activates the whole sympathetic nervous system," Thomas Plante, professor ofRead More »from How to Stay Energized Through the Holiday Party Season
Nobody's perfect-but you can overcome some of the most common bad habits. We asked the pros for solutions for even the worst chewers, pickers, and overstylers.
Overstyling Your Hair
Stylist Julien Farel warns that too much heat-styling can cause damage-and that stretching your hair with a brush can make it lose elasticity. Farel suggests a little tough love: blow-dry only every other day. Easier for styling addicts? A moisturizing treatment, Phyto Phytojoba mask, to repair damage.
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By damaging the skin barrier, you expose your lips to germs and damage from cosmetic ingredients, such as peppermint oil in a lip gloss or a retinoid, says dermatologist Leslie Baumann. To quit: If you chew when your lips are dry (a common problem during cold winter weather), try using petroleum jelly to protect the skin and seal in your lips' natural moisture.
Picking At Your Skin
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When we heard reports that Susan Boyle recently showed up to the British show The X Factor with fire engine red hair-the result of a dye job she did herself gone awry-we thought it was a good time for some tips on how to color like a pro. (For those of you who still think it's a dinky substitute for professional color, even salon lines, such as Frédéric Fekkai, now offer kits.) While highlights and drastic changes should stay in the salon, single-process color is totally do-able, if you follow these tips.
- Pick a color no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural shade (to cover grays, go with the color that most closely matches your own). For hair that's longer than shoulder length, buy two boxes so you have enough.
- If you hair is naturally curly or wavy, blow-dry it straight before coloring-it'll be easier to distribute the color evenly.
- Apply the color on an inch-wide section of hair from the nape of your neck and on another hidden section of hair at your
Photo: WWDAccording to researchers, there's a magic number-and it's 40 percent. In a slightly hilarious study, scientists from the University of Leeds found that showing 40 percent of your skin attracts the most men. Exactly how did they nail down this figure? They observed women in nightclubs, analyzing how select women dressed.
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To turn clothing into quantifiable data, they divided the body into quadrants-each arm was 10 percent; each leg,15; whole torso, 50-and took note of who covered what. The women who were approached most by men? Bare skin averaged out at around 40 percent. We'll take this one with a grain of salt, but how do you decide how much skin you show?
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The number of calories consumed at an average Thanksgiving dinner is 3,000. Yes, you read it right. 3,000. That's nearly twice the number of calories you're supposed to consume in a whole day. To avoid a turkey day pig-a-thon, and the weight gain that comes with it, keep these nutritionist tips in mind.
1. Don't show up starving. Eat a protein snack like a low-fat string cheese or yogurt before leaving the house. The protein will help hold off hunger.
2. Wear your skinny jeans. The more snug your clothing, the more aware you are of your body. "Studies show that women who wear loose-fitting clothes eat more," says nutritionist Jana Klauer.
3. Scan the table before filling up. You may love mashed potatoes and stuffing more than life itself, but choosing raw or grilled vegetables instead is the secret to staying thin-they keep your mouth busy and fill you up quickly, so you don't have room for that second piece of cornbread.
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In January, the Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery in Melbourne, Australia will start a clinical trial for Neopac, a new approach to breast augmentation. The method: inserting a breast-shaped chamber under the chest skin and adding stem cells from the woman's own fat tissue. If the study works in humans as it did in preclinical trials in animals, the cells will divide and grow, creating the same permanent fat found naturally in breasts.Read More »from Could You Grow Your Own, Bigger Breasts?
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"We are hoping...in the next two years [to] develop a biodegreadable chamber so that the fat can grow inside the chamber, and then the chamber will vanish naturally," said Phillip Marzella, the chief operating office of the Institute. The science-if it pans out-has potential as an alternative to both standard breast augmentation and post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Stay tuned.
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