Why you should learn more about retinol.How much do you know about retinol, the over-the-counter vitamin A derivative finding its way into a myriad of skin-care products? Here, the latest on how it can help your skin.
1. Is retinol a wrinkle fighter?
Yes. But it's more than that. It and other retinoids stimulate the production of collagen and decrease its breakdown, to minimize and prevent fine lines. Retinol can also help lighten dark spots by speeding up the rate of cell turnover so skin can shed its top layer of excess pigment. And that increased rate can help unclog pores, making them appear smaller.
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2. Since the prescription-strength version is more effective, shouldn't I use that instead?
Not necessarily. Prescription-only retinoic acid is stronger and can give you better results than retinol, but it can be more irritating. Some dermatologists recommend starting with retinol to let your skin acclimate to the ingredient. Plus, retinols are available at a fraction of the
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- Good Housekeeping | Beauty – Tue, Aug 20, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
Why you should learn more about retinol.How much do you know about retinol, the over-the-counter vitamin A derivative finding its way into a myriad of skin-care products? Here, the latest on how it can help your skin.Read More »from 5 Things You Didn't Know About Retinol…But Should!
- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Tue, Aug 20, 2013 12:21 PM EDT
Blonde BombshellsBlonde Bombshells can be made with the baking staples you have on hand: nuts, raisins, and more.Read More »from Move Over Brownies! Make These Easy (Crowd-Pleasing) Blondies Instead
Yields: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Oven Temp: 350
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- 2 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
- 3/4 cup(s) butter or margarine
- 1 package(s) (1 pound) dark or light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 3 cup(s) mixed add-ins such as coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, dried cherries or dried cranberries, chocolate chips, toffee chips, and/or sweetened flaked coconut
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1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 15 1/2" by 10 1/2" jelly-roll pan. On waxed paper, combine flour, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt.
2. In 3- to 4-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; stir until well mixed. Stir in flour mixture and
Speak your hairstylist's language!Not knowing the language hairstylists speak can result in stressful trips to the salon, not to mention terrible haircuts. To help you get the best cut ever, we've deciphered salon jargon. Commit these terms to memory and be as specific as possible when communicating with your stylist.Read More »from 10 Words Every Hairstylist Wants You to Know
Every cut falls under three categories: layered, one-length, or a combination of both, says celebrity hairstylist Dwayne Ross. Layered locks help lessen density and create movement. One-length cuts, on the other hand, add weight. To avoid confusion and hair mishaps, double-check with your stylist. Regardless of what terminology the stylist is using, Ross recommends always asking, "Will this technique create layers or remove them?"
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This is a cutting technique where hair is lifted and cut over the head to create extra body and volume, says Nick Penna Jr., owner and lead stylist of SalonCapri. Essentially, the end result is a ton of
Get a Faster Metabolism in a DayFollow this simple plan to speed up your metabolism in just 16 hours. Don't forget to repeat the next day!Read More »from Boost Your Metabolism in One Day (Really!)
Enjoy your coffee or tea. Women who consume caffeine before working out stay at it longer and enjoy it.
Head to the gym before you eat. In British research, exercisers who held off on breakfast burned almost 20% more body fat during their workouts. more, says a new study that measured treadmill activity.
Related: 11 Simple Ways to Rev Your Metabolism
Do weights, then cardio within 20 minutes. That's the formula for the most fat-burning, one study found. Cardio done later (two hours, in the study) doesn't have the same payoff.
Have a protein breakfast. Aim for 35 grams. Try Greek yogurt (18 g per serving); two turkey sausage links with toast (13 g); and 14 walnut halves (4 g).
Related: The One Easiest Way to Peel Off Pounds
Take a stroll. Whether to the post office or around the company parking lot, a
These easy-to-follow guidelines will give you glowing skin and shiny hair from week to week.These easy-to-follow guidelines will give you glowing skin and shiny hair from week to week. Just remember to make time to actually do them!Read More »from 3 Things Missing from Your Beauty Routine
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1. Wash makeup brushes.
It seems obvious, and yet so many of us overlook cleaning the very tools we use on our face on a daily basis. Using clean makeup brushes can improve skin health, help makeup go on smoothly, and even extend the brushes' lifespan to up to a decade.
New York makeup artist Andie Markoe-Byrne shares her tips on how to care for her brushes: Squeeze a drop of liquid antibacterial soap in your palm. Wet the brush and swirl it around the soap. Next, run the bristles under warm water until it runs clear. Gently ring out the bristles and lay brush flat. Never stand it up in a cup to dry - the water will drip down and loosen the glue that adheres the bristles to the handle, cutting its lifespan in half. If you notice that your brush has lost its shape, the bristles are falling out, or the
Anti-Aging Beauty ProductsSave money on anti-aging products without sacrificing your skincare routine with these simple tips.
Skip pricey options loaded with fancy ingredients: Face wash doesn't stay on skin long enough to have much benefit. Your best bet is a basic non-soap cleanser - it's budget-friendly and gentler on skin.
Related: How To Find a True Beauty Bargain Online
This type of lotion was originally created to help balance skin's pH after the use of harsh cleanser. But there's no need for it when you use a gentle face wash. Sure, it will remove excess oil if you're especially greasy, but don't expect a big anti-aging boost.
3. Neck Cream
Your anti-aging routine should extend below your chin, but most neck creams are just thick moisturizers with ingredients like peptides that can usually be found in a night cream for the face - just use that on your neck, too.
- By Nina Judar and Melanie Rud
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Chocolate Layer CakeNothing says "celebration" like frosted chocolate layers-which may be the reason this cake has reappeared in Good Housekeeping countless times since 1927 (including a 1984 version made with mayo!). To contemporize this classic, we ramped up the richness: The frosting's flavor is more intensely chocolatey, thanks to a one-two combo of cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate.Read More »from The Best Chocolate Layer Cake You'll Ever Make
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
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- 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
- 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 3/4 cup(s) (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup(s) packed brown sugar
- 1 cup(s) granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup(s) low-fat buttermilk
- 1/3 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
- 1/3 cup(s) boiling water
- 1 cup(s) butter or margarine, softened
- 2 tablespoon(s) confectioners' sugar
Bug BitesProtect yourself from critters like bees, wasps, ticks, spiders, and bedbugs. And learn what to do when a skin-piercing bug attacks.
1. Clothes and perfume matter
"If you make yourself smell like a flower, the bees will come to you," says Grayson Brown, PhD, director of the public health entomology laboratory at the University of Kentucky and past president of the Entomological Society of America. He also recommends wearing white when spending time outdoors because insects have a hard time seeing that color, he says. (Think of beekeeper suits.) Another reason to go light: You can spot what lands on you, adds Rosmarie Kelly, PhD, a public health entomologist at the Georgia Department of Public Health.
2. All spiders are venomous...Read More »from 12 Things You Didn't Know About Bug Bites
But they're unlikely to severely harm humans unless you're allergic. "Most of them can't produce enough venom, or their jaws are not strong enough to pierce human skin," says Brown. As long as a spider doesn't feel vulnerable, it won't want to
- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Wed, Aug 14, 2013 11:48 AM EDT
Greek-Style Stuffed Zucchini with TomatoesThis easy and healthy dinner for two is ready fast, in just over 30 minutes. Season lean ground beef with Greek spices, and use it to stuff zucchini halves. Zucchini is best and most abundant in late spring and summer.Read More »from The Ultimate Zucchini Recipe (And No It's Not Zucchini Bread)
Yields: 2 main-dish servings
Total Time: 33 min
Prep Time: 22 min
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- 1 cup(s) water
- 1/2 cup(s) bulgur
- 2 large (8 to 10 ounces each) zucchini
- 3 teaspoon(s) olive oil
- 1 medium (6 to 8 ounces) oinion, finely chopped
- 1 clove(s) garlic, crushed with press
- 1/8 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
- 1/2 pound(s) 90% lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon(s) ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup(s) fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 1 pint(s) grape tomatoes
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1. Arrange oven rack 6 inches from broiler heat source. Preheat broiler. Line 18 inch
Boozy FruitDig into happy hour tonight! Booze-soaked fruit is the perfect after-hours treat for unwinding with friends or (grownup) family and it couldn't be easier to pull together. Our 3 favorite boozy fruit recipes can be made 1 hour ahead for an instant party...or up to 1 day ahead if you'd like to pack 'em up for a hot day at the beach or park. Grab a pack of party toothpicks if you have time, like the Jewel Tone Puff Picks from Party City, or make your own like we did for the Spiced Rum-Soaked Pineapple recipe below. Either way, these adults-only snacks are dripping with retro charm.
1. Tequila-soaked watermelon with basil and salt
Serves: 10 to 12Ingredients:
- 1 watermelon, sliced into wedges
- 4 to 5 cups good-quality tequila
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup packed basil leaves
1. Arrange the watermelon in shallow baking dishes. Pour tequila over watermelon, cover and chill, turning once, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
2. Meanwhile, pulse the salt and basilRead More »from Alcohol-Infused Fruit, 3 Ways