By Aviva Patz, REDBOOK
Spring is just around the corner, and you're eyeing those halter tops and sandals with gleeful anticipation. But is your skin ready to be bared? Use this troubleshooting guide to get clear and glowing from head to toe.
Dry Spots: Rough, flaky, scaly spots are remnants of winter's dry indoor heat, which evaporates the water in skin -- especially if you take long, hot showers and don't moisturize regularly.
After bathing, towel off gently, then moisturize using about a shot glass's worth of a lotion that contains urea, a skin softener, and glycolic acid, which sloughs off dead skin cells and helps water stay absorbed in your skin (try Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Plus Intensive Repair Lotion, $10, drugstore.com). Light weekly exfoliation using a loofah will also help skin retain moisture.
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Razor Bumps: When your hair starts to grow back after shaving, waxing, or using a depilatory, the tip may catch the wall of the hair
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By Aviva Patz, REDBOOKRead More »from Instant Skin Fixes
By REDBOOKRead More »from 5 Scary Facts About Tanning Beds
This might ring a bell: "You only get the healthy rays in tanning beds," or "Tanning beds give you a 'base tan' to keep you from burning." The tanning-salon industry wooed many of us with these marketing claims when UVA rays--the ones tanning machines mainly use--were thought to be safe and only UVB rays from the sun were believed to be harmful.
Since then, we've grown wiser. Definitive research has now proven that both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer. (UVA rays have been specifically linked to melanoma.) Still, about 30 million people go tanning every year, about 70 percent of whom are young women. Tanning salons outnumber even Starbucks and McDonalds in some of the largest U.S. cities, according to a San Diego State University study.
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Still don't want to kick the habit? Here's why you must kiss the bed good-bye:
1. Your risk of melanoma increases by 75 percent when you use tanning beds before the age of 35.
- Redbook | Parenting – Thu, Feb 9, 2012 4:04 PM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOKRead More »from Why I Fired My Child's Pediatrician (And How it Saved My Son's Life)
Dr. X's office was great. It was clean. They had lots of toys and books. The staff was kind. It even had a massive fish tank right in the middle which as every parent knows is the seminal hallmark of an excellent pediatrician. And I really liked Dr. X. When I saw him, that is. Well-child check-ups earned us five whole minutes with the good doctor, but no time for questions. Sick visits, shockingly, were even shorter. I clocked one at a paltry 30 seconds before he threw a prescription at us and ran out the door to the next tot. Sure it was like my son's 10th ear infection and we knew the symptoms as well as my son knows Thomas the Tank engines, but still.
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The final straw came when my 9-month-old baby came down with a fever of 107. Yes, 107. It was during office hours and in a panic I called my pediatrician only to be told by him that he had absolutely no time to see us and to book an appointment for the
By Ayren Jackson-Cannady, REDBOOKRead More »from 5 Tricks to Erase Wrinkles Naturally
Before you Botox, try these five easy at-home tricks to fight aging naturally.
1. Wash With Oil: Sounds terrifying, right? But you should relax and try it if you have dry, weary skin, says Miami Beach dermatologist Leslie Baumann, M.D.: "Many natural oils contain linoleic acid, which helps skin retain water." Start with 10 ml of olive oil, says natural skin-care expert Sharon Gnatt Epel, then mix in 2 drops of one of these oils: carrot seed to boost elasticity, frankincense to restore skin tone, or lavender to calm redness. Massage it in for thirty seconds, then rinse with warm water. We promise, no morning-after acne.
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2. Rub These In: Meet the latest crop of natural time-busters from around the globe. African Anogeissus, found in Origins Plantscription antiaging serum, $55, stimulates production of fibrillin (a protein responsible for skin's "bounce back"). Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating
By Perri O. Blumberg, REDBOOK
Mornings can be hectic, and anything but romantic. Here are three sweet ways you can strengthen your marriage before you both walk out the door.
1. Get in sync. Instead of shouting reminders while you're both getting ready, link up your schedules with Google Calendar. "The app coordinates and instantly updates your days," says Amy Spencer, author of Bright Side Up: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now. Say you book an after-work haircut; he'll automatically see that he needs to cover soccer pick-up. Create one for your carpool gang and your older kids to keep everyone sane - and nobody stranded.
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2. Make cozy plans for later. Morning is actually the perfect time to buy movie tickets online or grab a dinner rez. (Try sites like savored.com or dinetonite.com, where you can book a table and get a discount.) In a few clicks, you'll both have something to look forward to all day.Read More »from How to Love Your Morning Time with Him
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By Amy Levin-Epstein, REDBOOK
The happiest couples know that some relationship risks are worth taking.
1. Healthier breasts
The attention your guy pays to your pair could benefit you in more ways than one. Many women's breast lumps are initially noticed by partners, says Donnica Moore, M.D., author of Women's Health for Life , who also points out that early detection is key to beating breast cancer. Of course, your guy shouldn't be your only screener - be sure to check yourself , and talk to your doctor about clinical breast exams.
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2. Thicker hair
He may occasionally make you want to tear yours out, but happily coupled women have hair 2.3 times as thick as those who have lost a partner or gotten divorced, new research from Case Western University in Cleveland shows. The difference is likely due to the added stress, researchers say. If you do notice some thinning, talk to your doctor about anxiety and other possible culprits like vitamin deficiencies or thyroid issues.Read More »from 3 Side Effects of Love
By Mary Rose Almasi, REDBOOKRead More »from 8 Tips for Baby-Soft Skin
Our mission: to keep you and everyone in your family glowy and smooth this winter, from your heads to your chubby-wubby toes.
1. Reach out and touch someone: It's a fact: Skin-to-skin contact makes you happier. "Being touched signals the brain's vagus nerve, which has branches everywhere in the body," says Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "This decreases cortisol, which lowers your stress levels." So silkify your skin, then cuddle someone stat.
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2. Winter-proof your skin: Right now, your body probably feels nothing like, say, velvety-delicious baby feet. By midwinter, skin is tight, scaly, and beat up. Guys, and even children, suffer too: "Low humidity outdoors combined with dry indoor heat robs everyone's skin of moisture," says Ethan A. Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. To stay
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Wed, Feb 8, 2012 2:59 PM EST
By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK
Okay, so last year, I made my feelings about Valentine's Day pretty clear. If you missed it or you don't want to click on the link, I can sum those feelings up in one word: negative. This year I'm trying to challenge my accepted prejudices against Hallmark's biggest holiday and see if I can't find a little natural romance amidst all the junk pushed on me February 14th by the military-industrial-romance complex.
Maybe I'm getting off to a bad start with this challenging-my-preconceived-notions thing. It's just that I want to do the Valentine's day thing, but I don't want Big Romance to get its hooks into me the way Big Tobacco did.
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So I need your help, all seven of you. I'm at a loss for what to actually do to make this a special Valentine's day for my wife Karel. I need suggestions that would be fun and romantic and that she would enjoy, and that don't involve cards, or stale chocolate, or overpriced flowers,Read More »from The Whys Guy Changes His Mind About Valentine's Day
- Redbook | Parenting – Mon, Feb 6, 2012 3:14 PM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOK
Paranoid parents everywhere, take note: the cupcakes your kids' classmate brings to school are not going to make your child obese. Neither are the French fries served by the cafeteria, the ice cream from the a la carte line nor the soda from the vending machine. New research out this week looked at the relationship between children's weight and whether or not their schools served junk food and, surprising everyone, found no correlation at all.
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"The researchers compared children's weight in schools where junk food was sold and in schools where it was banned. The scientists also evaluated eighth graders who moved into schools that sold junk food with those who did not, and children who never attended a school that sold snacks with those who did. And they compared children who always attended schools with snacks with those who moved out of such schools. No matter how the researchersRead More »from New Research Says School Lunches Aren't to Blame for Childhood Obesity, You Are
By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOKRead More »from Why Moms Can't Get Sick
"When the cat's away, the mice will play" should really read "When mom is sick, three bags of mini marshmallows disappear and nobody knows how the DVD we got for Christmas got fed through the shredder." Thanks to me getting the stomach flu with a fever, my little mice really outdid themselves today. Which is ironic considering I got it from them, adorable petri dishes of infection that they are.
I knew I was in for trouble when I woke up on the floor of the kitchen (where I'd fallen asleep because I'd brought my pillow there so I could "supervise" breakfast, see) to my two-year-old screeching "mommy pwetty!!!" as she decorated my face with my new lipstick. Frankly I was surprised there was enough left to coat me considering how much was already on her. How long was I out for? I groggily stared at the clock. 15 minutes. And yet in addition to my pillaged lipstick and the rest of the contents of my purse strewn around the room, there was an upended