The newest batch of eco-friendly anti-aging skincare are as tough on fine lines as they are gentle on the planet. Meet the natural, worry-free guide to younger skin. By Ning Chao, REDBOOK.
Natural skin care has come a long way from its hemp-soap origins. These days, dermatologists say, eco-minded products are giving regular old wrinkle cream a run for its money. "Some natural anti-agers can actually do more for your skin because they contain extracts that tackle more than one sign of aging," says Jeannette Graf, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The challenge is telling which products truly are earth-friendly, since a label may say it's "natural" when it actually contains harsh chemicals (there's no regulation by the FDA on the use of the word). "Check the ingredient list," says dermatologist Ellen Marmur, M.D., president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. "The more words you
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The newest batch of eco-friendly anti-aging skincare are as tough on fine lines as they are gentle on the planet. Meet the natural, worry-free guide to younger skin. By Ning Chao, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Natural Way to Smooth Out Wrinkles
There's nothing like a mug of liquid goodness to stave off the winter chill. Our favorite brands combine sweet nostalgia with dark indulgence for a perfectly grown-up drink. By Laura Li, REDBOOK.
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It gives you a perfectly legal energy burst, mental lift, and metabolism boost. Doctors allow and even encourage it. Caffeine officially rocks. Just make sure its effects always take you to your happy place, and not over to the jittery, irritable dark side. By Jessica GirdwainRead More »from Why Caffeine is the World’s Best Drug
First, why caffeine is good for you
Forget the guilty rap; science is proving that caffeine has very real health benefits. In its natural form (meaning coffee and tea, not soda), caffeine is a stimulant that activates the areas of the brain responsible for alertness, cognitive-thinking skills, and even pleasure. Researchers believe it's the caffeine itself, along with the ample antioxidants in naturally caffeinated drinks, that makes them so good for us. A few of the perks:
1. A longer life: Women who drank anywhere from two to six cups of coffee a day had a 15 percent lower risk of dying during a 14-year study by the National Institutes of Health. What's more, caffeinated java can help slash your
The gradual creeping up of the scale and increasing trouble buttoning your jeans may seem as if it's come out of nowhere, but chances are, one of these cold weather problems is to blame. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from Could February Be to Blame for Weight Gain?
You're programmed from thousands of years of history
When humans were hunter-gatherers, it was necessary to pack on weight for long, hard winters when food was less readily available. "When we were foraging, skinny people were less likely to make it through the winter," says Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, Director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. "There was a survival tactic of gaining weight in and before it." We still try to conserve energy when it's cold because it's our natural way to avoid burning more calories than necessary. However, given modern living conditions, stocking up on food is more likely to add a clothing size than it is to keep us alive until spring.
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Her new DVD, Body Revolution, is for moms like her with no time. These are the core principles. By Marisa Fox, REDBOOK.
Jillian Michaels1. Circuit-train
Move from one strength-training exercise to another in an aerobic fashion. You'll give your muscles--but not your heart rate--time to recover.
2. Go for high-intensity intervals
Work out at 85 to 95 percent of your maximum heart rate for 20 to 60 seconds every few minutes. This helps you burn more calories overall. Sprint when you run, or jump rope during a strength circuit.
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3. Mix up your routine
Add yoga, boot-camp classes, kickboxing, or any new activity to keep your body from plateauing. You'll be fitter, stronger, more flexible, and better balanced.
4. Up the ante
Every two weeks, set new, harder goals. Reach for heavier free-weights, do more reps, or try push-ups on your hands and feet instead of your hands and knees. When you challenge your body, you continue to get new results.
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John McClane is still kicking a** and taking names in A Good Day to Die Hard, which got us thinking about (okay, drooling over) other studly men of action. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
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Portion control is everything. These foods make you feel full faster so you eat less (and lose weight!). By Anne Roderique-Jones, REDBOOK.Read More »from 4 Foods that Help You Eat Less
The delicious soybean paste used in miso soup is a complete protein, which means it helps to slow digestion and control hunger, says registered dietitian Jen Brewer. Research has also found that people who eat soup before a meal tend to consume less of the entrée. A broth-based bowl like miso is your ideal bet, filling you up for less than 50 calories per cup.
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Don't save them for weekends only--one study found that morning egg eaters gobbled down 330 fewer calories throughout the day than those who ate a carb-loaded meal (like a bagel). In this case, it's the seven grams of protein per egg that wards off hunger pangs later.
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If you're worried that he doesn't utter those three little words very often, relax. He may be expressing it every day without even opening his mouth. By Gena Kaufman, REDBOOK.Read More »from 6 Silent Ways He Says "I Love You"
He touches you in ways that have nothing to do with sex
Saying "I love you" with words might be important to you, but not all love relies on speech. "Some men may express their love through physical touch," says Barbara Fredrickson, PhD and author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. Sex is a part of that, but you can really feel his love through his more tender touches. "After a long day of work and taking care of the kids, I always feel loved when my husband rubs my back every night until I fall asleep," says Kelli S., 35, of Glenwood Springs, CO. His sweet affection might even come with he's not conscious. Jennifer G., 41, of Columbus, OH proudly declares, "My husband holds my hand while we sleep!"
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He puts your comfort
Thanks to the cold weather, takeout's becoming an increasingly frequent part of our lives, but that doesn't have to sabotage your healthy diet. Robyn Youkilis, national consultant for health for seamless.com, shares the nutritious picks that should be on your plate, from the local deli to your favorite Italian joint. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from Healthy Picks for Every Kind of Takeout Craving
Pad Thai is a universal favorite, but it's also incredibly oily and eggy. If you love the stuff, ask for an appetizer portion, or try pad si-ew instead, a great dish into which to add a protein and extra vegetables. Chicken in a peanut sauce calling your name? Use Youkilis' sneaky trick, and order the sauce on the side along with an extra lime. Then, squeeze lime juice into the sauce, which will double its volume without adding any extra calories.
"In a deli, I tend to employ my good-better-best theory," says Youkilis. "You may not end up with the best option there, but you can end up with a good one." A whole chicken breast
As happily wedded as you might be, there are a few years in there that are guaranteed to suck. REDBOOK columnist Aaron Traister explains when and why the most common marriage problems arise.Read More »from The Few Years of Marriage that Will Suck
My wife, Karel, and I are going through a phase of life when many of our friends and acquaintances are getting divorced. I love Karel, but I will admit that there have been years where we've nearly fallen off that rocky cliff, times when, if we hadn't kept communicating, remaining patient, and bonding over our deep mutual love for General Hospital, we might not have come through. For most guys, it's not the actual challenges life throws at you--it's learning how to deal with them. We just aren't encouraged to explore issues, like you ladies are, from an early age. For instance, my wrestling coach never suggested that I "cry it out" when things weren't working well with my sparring partner. It's been hugely eye-opening to learn that you can't muscle your way through hurt feelings. Based on my