For those of us without a medical degree, understanding the fine print on a sunscreen bottle can be confusing. Use our decoder when you're stocking up this summer. By Cara Litke Sullivan, REDBOOK
Active ingredients: This is the part of the label that lists the type of sunscreen used. If it's a chemical formula, the active ingredient is often avobenzone (considered the most effective); others are octocrylene, octisalate, and homosalte. If it's a mineral sunscreen, the active ingredient is titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or both.
The SPF number: Two things to know when you're eyeing this magic number: 1. It indicates only how well you're protected from UVB rays, the ones that cause a sunburn. It doesn't apply to your protection from UVA rays, which cause wrinkles and skin cancer. 2. Only an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen that's labeled "broad-spectrum" protects from UVA and UVB rays. So don't kid yourself with SPF 8-if you wear anything less than 30 when you're out in the sun, you basically
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For those of us without a medical degree, understanding the fine print on a sunscreen bottle can be confusing. Use our decoder when you're stocking up this summer. By Cara Litke Sullivan, REDBOOKRead More »from How to Read a Sunscreen Label
That one about how we all need more vitamin D? Or that the damage was done by the time we turned 18? These tanning and skin cancer myths aren't just wrong - they can do serious harm. Wise up and head into a healthier future. P.S. You'll look a lot younger too. By Cara Litke Sullivan, REDBOOK.Read More »from 7 Sun Lies We Tell Ourselves
When George Harrison wrote "Here Comes the Sun" back in 1969, he probably wasn't thinking about forehead wrinkles or suspicious-looking moles. And for all the scary UV facts out there today, there's no denying that sunshine still equals happiness: family vacations, barefoot walks on the beach, warmth after the long, cold winter. While we know why we should avoid the sun-it's the number-one cause of signs of aging and directly linked to skin cancer, which is on the rise-most of us are guilty of convincing ourselves that catching a few rays can't do much harm. Major mistake, skin docs and scientists say, though they also realize that no one wants to park it indoors on a cloudless 80-degree day.
Flirting shouldn't be retired once you've got the ring. We asked relationship expert Harlan Cohen, as well as real husbands, the best way to keep the sparks flying. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.Read More »from 12 Ways to Flirt with Your Husband
1. Create a little mystery
"My girlfriend insists that the bedroom door stays closed while she gets ready for date night. Whenever she comes out ready to go, she always looks amazing. It takes me back to when we first started dating, when I'd always get so excited seeing her smiling at me as she came into the bar or restaurant." - Avery G., 28, New York City
2. Expect some laughter
A guy might giggle when you pull out a move because it's a break from the ordinary - not because he's uncomfortable or weirded out. The best thing you can do, says Cohen, is to laugh along with him. Part of the fun of flirting when you're in an established relationship is that it doesn't have to be perfect.
3. Show some Facebook love
"I'd never admit it to my friends, but I love when my wife posts
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Mon, Apr 22, 2013 9:41 AM EDT
Big-budget movie studios have celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza on speed dial. Why? Because she's the pro at getting A-listers in amazing shape for filming. But right now, she's focused on you. Here are her best celebrity weight loss tips. By Betsy Stephens, REDBOOK.Read More »from Weight-Loss Advice so Good People Pay Millions for It
Tell people you're trying to lose weight
"Many people think that trying to slim down is something they should keep private, so they rely on their willpower alone to stick to a program-and willpower only gets them so far! Jessica Alba, a client of mine who has taken on several roles that required her to be in skimpy clothing, sticks to a daily training schedule with the help of family members and friends, often including them in her workouts or healthy eating plan. But you don't need to get cast in a movie: Declare your goal by posting in an online community, where you can connect with other women who are dealing with the same temptations-like couch time or cake-and staying on track."
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Feel like you've lost your mojo? For inspiration on how to bring your sexy back, check out this hard-won advice from real women on what makes them feel most confident and attractive. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from "Why I'm Sexy — and I Know It"
I appreciate my body for what it can do
"My new, post-nursing breasts are a bit deflated compared to the ones I had when I got pregnant. I thought I would care, but I actually don't. The only person who sees them all the time is my husband, and to me, they are a badge of pride and honor. After all, I fed my amazing daughter from my own body for a full year." - Felicia B., 38
I hit the dance floor
"If there's music, I want to dance. I feel sexy as soon as I start moving. Who knows how I actually look to anyone else? I feel sexy, and that's all that matters. You can always tell a woman who knows she's got it. It's almost impossible not to believe her." - Jenny Block, relationship writer and author of Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage
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From appreciating your thighs to being honest about your sense of bedroom adventure, a little wisdom can go a long way when it comes to sexual satisfaction. Here, nine women share their deepest revelations. By Kim Tranell, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Breakthrough that Changed My Sex Life
Body confidence comes from within
"In my twenties, I sought out pretty vapid, sex-based relationships that were designed to boost my body-confidence. I thought that the more men who wanted me, the better I'd feel about my stomach or the size of my chest. Then, at 33, I started performing burlesque for fun. Once I realized that an audience of both strangers and friends could appreciate me with all my flaws on display, I didn't need those pointless relationships anymore. After a year of performing, I found my current boyfriend, who loves me unconditionally. The sex is amazing because it's meaningful, and I realize that loving your body - not being a certain weight or specific body type - is what makes it attractive in the first place " - Lisa, 36, in a
Garden Party CocktailRead More »from 3 Cocktails that Are Almost Health Food
Good-for-you ingredient: Strawberries
These red gems help boost heart and brain health and have vitamin C and folate. Use them to sweeten this drink, from Daniel Shoemaker of Portland, OR's Teardrop Cocktail Lounge: Muddle 3 strawberries, 2 basil leaves, and ½ tsp balsamic vinegar, then add 2 oz silver rum and ½ oz agave nectar. Squeeze in ¼ oz lime juice, shake, and top with club soda.
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Quiet Storm Cocktail
Good-for-you ingredient: Ginger
This healthy root relieves muscle pain and menstrual cramps-and may be a cancer-fighter. Mix ½ oz ginger beer with ½ oz lemon juice, 1 oz store-bought carrot juice, 1½ oz vodka, and ¼ oz honey mix (2 parts honey diluted in 1 part hot water). Strain and serve over ice at your next brunch for a zingy alternative to a Bloody Mary, Shoemaker says.
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Three-Party Harmony Cocktail
Good-for-you ingredient: Green tea
These leaves help fight a slew of
Next time your husband makes fun of your Sunday night Girls habit, tell him that his bromance icon is on your side.Read More »from Adrian Grenier's Secret Saturday Night Wish
Adrian Grenier, best known for playing Vincent Chase on HBO's long-running Entourage, is speeding his way through Lena Dunham's story of four girls in Brooklyn, and he's found plenty to envy.
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"I watched the Bushwick episode, and I was like, why was I never invited to party like that? asked Grenier. "I crave a little bit of that seediness."
The actor and co-founder of SHFT, an eco-conscious lifestyle platform, was on-hand to celebrate the launch of the new Food Tripping app, which will help people find sustainable, organic, and locally sourced eateries, farmer's markets, wineries, breweries, and food shops while on-the-go.
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Though Grenier's hard at work to make the Monday launch of the app, created in partnership with Ford Motor Company, successful, he sees a little R&R in
Two hours of Googling your stomach symptoms doesn't compare to 10 minutes of frank talk with a top G.I. doc. Step away from the Web, and read these surprising doctor tips. By Lisa Mulcahy, REDBOOK.Read More »from What Tummy Doctors Tell Their Friends
"Order the green beans on date night"
"If a friend is going out to dinner with her guy, I tell her to get a side of green beans. They're your safest veggie in terms of not causing your digestive tract distress. I also recommend chicken and fish as the proteins that won't make you gassy. For dessert, stick with a bowl of berries; raspberries and strawberries are good choices. And skip the after-dinner mint-it can increase motility through your system, which could mean too much tooting!" -Jacqueline Wolf, M.D., gastroenterologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and associate professor of medicine at Harvard University
"Chill out about gluten"
"Gluten is getting a lot of attention lately, and my friends will often say, 'I know I'm allergic to gluten!' if they have any gas,
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:12 AM EDT
Oh, the places you'll go - to get some "me" time, that is. In honor of National Stress Awareness Day, REDBOOK readers confess all.Read More »from 14 Kinda Crazy — and Kinda Genius — Ways Women Sneak in a Little "Me" Time
"I look into the mirror and give myself my best and sweetest smile. As I do that, I tell myself that this is a so-much-better version of my face - and it involves all my facial muscles!" - Ivy C.
"I go to school online, so my kids think I'm studying when I take my laptop into my closet and put a sign on the door that says 'Please do not disturb - Mom is studying!' Nope; I'm really on Facebook." - Kim S.
It's about that walk
"When I'm at work, I take a 15-minute break and walk around outside. If it's too cold, I go into the boardroom and walk around there. It refreshes me, clears my head, and gets my creative juices flowing." - Jonnie B.
Early morning alone time
"Sometimes I wake up at three for a guaranteed uninterrupted hour to paint my nails, watch TV, read, and listen to music." - Cynthia R.
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