By Mary Rose Almasi, REDBOOK
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
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- 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
- Redbook | Parenting – Mon, Feb 6, 2012 11:48 AM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOKRead More »from Gwyneth Paltrow Still Bathes with Her Elementary Aged Kids - Would You?
Practicality demands we have a clear shower curtain (with a world map embossed on it!) in our house. With a toddler who loves toilets almost as much as she loves trying to shut herself in the refrigerator, for me to get a shower in at any other time other than late at night demands that I have to have a way to keep her in the bathroom and still be able to see her. Also, my older kids love to barge in the bathroom to ask me to sign their fieldtrip form rightthisverysecond or make them a sandwich or sign for the package that the UPS man is holding at the front door. I've never worried too much about these intrusions-it turns out South America is very strategically located-and my openness has always made me feel a little, well, proud. See? We're not prudes!
Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to make me feel low-brow.
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Thanks to an interview with Harpar's Bazaar where she says of her, Apple (7), and Moses (5): "We
By Kayleigh Donahue, REDBOOKRead More »from 5 Face-Washing Tricks for Glowing Skin
If you've been lathering up the same way for years, it's time for a clean slate. Use these tips to learn how. Upgrade your cleanser, tweak your routine, and reveal glowing skin - tonight.
1. Splash with care: Here's the cold, hard truth: Rinsing your face with icy water won't tighten your pores. And using hot water, though it may feel good, can dehydrate skin. Lukewarm is best, and if you have redness, try cool - not cold - water, to help constrict blood vessels, Waldorf says. What can impact your skin is hard water (check your supply with a simple water-testing strip, available at the hardware store). "Over time, it can cause skin irritation," Baumann says. "Putting a purifier on your bathroom sink will filter out some of those harsh minerals."
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2. Figure out your skin type: "I've found that the majority of women guess their skin type incorrectly, which means they could be using the wrong
By Jolene Edgar, REDBOOKRead More »from 5 Steps to Look Five Years Younger
No plastic surgery required: just the latest brightening and lifting tricks for your eyes.
Step 1: Understand Undereye Circles
"Undereye puffiness is the result of fluid retention," says Dr. David Bank, a Mt. Kisco, NY, dermatologist. And you can thank the sun for that bluish hue. "Over time," Bank explains, "the sun depletes our collagen supply, making skin less plump and taut, and causes tiny blood vessels beneath the skin's surface to dilate and burst." (You don't feel it happening, but the vessels show through thin skin.) A chilled gel-filled eye compress will constrict them (making them less noticeable) and reduce puffiness.
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Step 2: Give Crow's-Feet the Boot
"Since wrinkles result from a loss of collagen in the skin," says Bank, "to truly get rid of them, you need an eye cream with retinol or some vitamin A derivative, such as retinyl linoleate or retinyl palmitate." These products plump up the skin and
By Frank Melodia, REDBOOK
Bring out platters of wings, beer-braised barbecue, and killer cupcakes - then move out of the way before you get tackled! These Super Bowl recipes will wow even the toughest of crowds.
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Beer-Braised BBQ Brisket Grinders
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 5 hours
Makes 12 servings.
2 Tbsp each instant espresso coffee powder and packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp smoked sweet paprika
1 tsp each ground cumin, ground ancho chile, and kosher salt
2 Tbsp canola oil or bacon drippings
1 (5-lb) beef brisket, trimmed, leaving a ¼-inch layer of fat
2 large white onions, halved, sliced
6 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1 (12-oz) bottle dark Mexican beer
1 (14½-oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chipotle barbecue sauce (or your favorite barbecue sauce)
12 Kaiser, brioche, or Portuguese rolls, split
Tangy coleslaw (recipe follows)
1. Heat oven to 300°F. Mix espresso powder,Read More »from Sunday Dinner, Super Bowl Edition
By Jennifer Jafarzadeh, REDBOOKRead More »from The No-Cook Party Menu
Serve these delicious party foods without ever having to turn on the stove.
With these no-cook recipes, your Super Bowl party menu will be a breeze.
SPICY DEVILED EGGS: Use ready-made chipotle mayonnaise in your favorite deviled egg recipe and garnish each with a cilantro leaf.
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MINI LOBSTER ROLLS: Buy prepared lobster or shrimp salad and serve on toasted, buttered party-size potato rolls or other small, soft dinner rolls, each lined with lettuce.
PECAN CHEESE BALLS: Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of purchased cheese spread (cheddar-horseradish, port wine-cheddar, or Stilton-apricot) into small balls and coat in finely chopped toasted pecans. Skewer on toothpicks.
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MIXED OLIVES WITH ORANGE, RED ONION, AND OREGANO: Toss mixed olives with thin slices of navel orange, cut into little wedges, thin slices of shallot, fresh oregano leaves, and crushed red pepper flakes.
TOASTED MARCONA ALMONDS: Toss toasted salted Spanish marcona almonds (or regular toasted blanched almonds)
- Redbook | Parenting – Thu, Feb 2, 2012 3:05 PM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
Sloppy baby pictures of your little one like this shot can put a smile on your face for years to come.
Quick: Your baby dumps a cup of applesauce over head-what's your first instinct? If you're like many moms these days, you reach for your camera before a towel. The sheer delight! The chubby cheeks! The surprise! It's enough to make anyone go "awww!" Messy baby pictures are one of the best joys of motherhood, even if cleaning up after them isn't.
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Babies are unpredictable creatures and this is never more true than when it comes to food (both going in and coming out!). I remember my first son's first birthday when we busted out the tarp, stripped him to his diaper, set his cake on the ground in front of him, and waited with our cameras to capture the cake fest. Wouldn't you know it, he crawled over to the picnic supplies and pulled out a spoon which he then used to take a dainty three