Be proactive about preventing skin cancer by wearing sunscreen every day on areas that will be exposed to outdoor light - even on cloudy days, when 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can slip through the clouds. Here's what you need to know for the best protection.
How Has Sunscreen Improved Over the Years?
A far cry from the white stuff you wore as a kid, today's sunscreens are nongreasy, invisible on the skin, and come in every form possible, from sprays to wipes. The biggest improvement: Many products now shield you more effectively from the sun's two types of dangerous rays, UVB (which are the main cause of sunburn and have been linked to skin cancer) and UVA (which penetrate through car and house windows, infiltrate the skin's deepest layer, and have been linked to melanoma and premature aging, including wrinkles). With so many sunscreens to choose from, you're bound to find one you like enough to wear every day!
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Be proactive about preventing skin cancer by wearing sunscreen every day on areas that will be exposed to outdoor light - even on cloudy days, when 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can slip through the clouds. Here's what you need to know for the best protection.Read More »from Which Level of SPF Sunscreen Should You Use?
Picking the right pair of summer sandals is easy when you know what to wear them with. Here, the season's most irresistible styles.
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Everybody knows that having a child puts a dent in your family finances, but not everybody plans for it. What's worse, even those who do plan have lots of misperceptions about just how big an impact a little baby can have.Read More »from How Much Does It Really Cost to Have a Baby?
Be aware of money mistakes new parents make the most - and what you can do to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Where'd All the Money Go?
Expectations: 76% of expectant parents say they feel financially prepared for having a baby - but 41% of new parents admit that, in hindsight, they were not as financially prepared as they thought.
Reality: Why the huge discrepancy? It turns out there's a major financial roadblock that expectant parents often fail to account for: hospital bills. One in four new parents ended up spending more than $2,000 on out-of-pocket costs for services associated with a normal delivery - costs that they thought would be covered by insurance. On average, expectant parents are allotting just $776 to cover out-of-pocket delivery costs. Also See: How Many
Funds may be low this year, but that doesn't mean you have to stay at home all summer long. Says Emily Kaufman, author of The Travel Mom's Ultimate Book of Family Travel: "If you're prepared, realistic, and flexible when it comes to vacations, you'll have a lot more control when it comes to lowering the price." Here are her favorite ways to cut travel costs.Read More »from Plan a Summer Vacation Without Going Broke
PLAN WAY AHEAD. Book your trip early so you can use airline miles or hotel points. Also, cruises are often discounted if you pay six or more months in advance. Thinking of group travel? Here are some tips to enjoy it.
OR WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. If you have some wiggle room on your departure date or destination, book your trip just a few weeks before you want to go. Often you'll find lower rates for hotels and airfare. Log on to lastminute.com for deals. Try one of these fun last-minute getaways.
GO DIRECTLY TO THE SOURCE. Low-fare airlines (such as Southwest Airlines or AirTran) may have rates that don't appear on major travel
It's a cliché because it's true: Men think about sex a lot - every seven seconds, according to one oft-repeated estimate. But just because we women have a few other things on our minds - the soccer-practice schedule, what to make for dinner, and where did I leave that brown sweater? - doesn't mean we don't have our own rich internal sexual lives. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't take a candlelit dinner or a bodice-ripping romance novel to get the average female thinking lusty thoughts. In fact, some of us are contemplating X-rated interludes while on the elliptical at the gym, while stuck in traffic, or even while on the couch during our favorite TV shows. And that's a very good thing. Go ahead, indulge in a quick fantasy about the bag boy while you're waiting on line at the grocery store - exploring your own imaginative hot zone keeps you connected to your sexual self, even when your real sex life is in a cool phase.Read More »from Do Women Think About Sex as Much as Men Do?
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- Redbook | Parenting – Thu, May 20, 2010 5:44 PM EDT
This personal decision has been drawing a great deal of attention recently, so we decided to make a good old pro-and-con list. Here are the factors that are dividing us on breastfeeding - where do you stand?Read More »from The Great Breastfeeding Debate: Should You or Shouldn't You?
PRO: It's convenient. You don't have to buy breast milk or make up bottles, which saves time - and money. (Formula can cost from $1,200 a year up to $2,400 or even more.)
CON: It's not easy - especially at first. "There's a two-week learning curve," says Loretta McCallister, a spokesperson for La Leche League International. She encourages moms-to-be to take a breastfeeding class and line up a place to go for support. Some women have a harder time than others for a variety of reasons, such as little breast tissue, nipple shape, narrow ducts, or low production.
PRO: It promotes bonding. "Women get a sense of well-being when they nurse," McCallister says. That's thanks to the feel-good brain chemicals called prolactin and oxytocin. But, adds Rebecca Booth, M.D., an ob/gyn in
Let's be honest: Even if you apply your daily sunscreen religiously and spend your summers under wide-brimmed hats, exposure happens. And it can lead to a dull, mottled complexion. We're not talking cute freckles here - although those are UV by-products too. We're talking splotches that are nobody's idea of cute, plus an allover, lackluster eh.Read More »from Get Your Glow On
But, there are brightening options. Here are some from the experts.
Add sparkle to your shower. You likely already use a body wash but make your next one exfoliating to slough off skin, and add in glow: many now leave behind a trail of shimmer. PLUS: Do this to elevate your shower experience.
Rethink your bronzer. "Mix your summer bronzer with a fresh pink blush," says film makeup artist Tricia Sawyer. "You'll look healthy, not tan." Use bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks, "then sweep a pink shade on the apples," she says. PLUS: We've got seven secrets to faking a summer tan.
Go green. It might look a little gross, but algae can make you
If you're not getting as much sleep as your body needs - say, you're constantly yawning, irritable, unfocused, and physically exhausted - then it's time to tweak your habits. Women's wellness experts Susan Love, M.D., and Alice Domar, Ph.D., reveal a few healthy solutions.
Start with these tried-and-true tips, which we've ordered from easiest to more challenging:
- Keep your bedroom cooler.
- Watch television, work, and read somewhere other than your bed.
- Don't eat a big meal just before bedtime.
If your sleep still needs improvement after a few days, add these steps, one at a time:
- Expose yourself to 30 minutes of sunlight every day, whether you're outside or just near a window.
- Don't drink caffeine after 4 p.m.
- Limit yourself to one glass of alcohol in the evening. (Alcohol can help you fall asleep faster, but it disrupts your sleep later on.)
- Exercise during the day - not before bed, because your body
The prospect of a group tour makes a lot of us uneasy. Given that you are touring a place on someone else's watch, many find the planned schedules restrictive. Plus, there's the group of strangers one may or may not like, and the large group that screams "tourist." But group tours are not always a bad thing; in fact, they may just surprise you and offer some truly memorable, and unique, experiences. Here are useful tips to help you and your family make the most of your experience traveling with a large group.Read More »from 6 Tips to Surviving Group-Tour Travel
1. Think about your comfort first. When you are booking your group tour, think about the things that make you happy when you're traveling. Do you typically like to split the family up into two different hotel rooms? Do you prefer for the rooms to be next door to each other so that everyone can walk in and out of each other's spaces easily? Is it absolutely necessary for your son or daughter to have a window seat on all flights? These are all things the tour operator should know at
On Friday, the Social Security Administration released its list of the top 10 baby names of 2009. Topping the boy list was Jacob, and number-one name for girls was Isabella. What do these names have in common? They happen to be the names of two of the main characters in the crazy-popular Twilight series. Before you call this a fluke (the name Jacob has topped the boy list several years running), consider this: Cullen, the last name of the third main character, Edward, jumped from number 782 on the list to number 485, making it the fastest-growing boy's name.Read More »from How Did You Choose Your Baby's Name?
Parenting sins confessed!
This got us thinking: Do that many people really name their children out of fictional characters from cult classic vampire books? Then again, it can be so tough coming up with baby names that perhaps such familiar icons can make it easier. And then again, when your child someday asks where his name came from, is answering, "Oh, Mom was really into this young adult series when you were born" as acceptable