It's not called a beauty "routine" for nothing: Once we find a set of makeup products we like--say, in our 20s--too many of us avoid switching things up, sometimes for years on end. In fact, in a recent Prevention.com poll, over 30% of respondents said they "hadn't changed a thing" about their beauty routine in more than 10 years! Meanwhile, trends evolve, colors go in and out of style, and the products and application techniques that flatter young, firm skin do us no favors as we age--not to mention, many of us just aren't sure how to minimize fine lines, dark circles, and other signs of aging in a way that's fresh and flattering. Here, Nicole Pearl, founder of TheBeautyGirl.com, and other beauty experts reveal the most common makeup missteps women make--and the secrets and new products that will get you back on track.
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1. Makeup Mishap: Foundation Foul-Up When fine lines settle in and sun spots multiply, many women reach for foundation, layering it on
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It's not called a beauty "routine" for nothing: Once we find a set of makeup products we like--say, in our 20s--too many of us avoid switching things up, sometimes for years on end. In fact, in a recent Prevention.com poll, over 30% of respondents said they "hadn't changed a thing" about their beauty routine in more than 10 years! Meanwhile, trends evolve, colors go in and out of style, and the products and application techniques that flatter young, firm skin do us no favors as we age--not to mention, many of us just aren't sure how to minimize fine lines, dark circles, and other signs of aging in a way that's fresh and flattering. Here, Nicole Pearl, founder of TheBeautyGirl.com, and other beauty experts reveal the most common makeup missteps women make--and the secrets and new products that will get you back on track.Read More »from 7 Makeup mistakes that age you
Salad should be a healthy-eating no-brainer, but all too often, ordering a plate of mesclun at a restaurant results in a plateful of lettuce drowning in creamy dressings, full-fat cheeses, and high-calorie croutons. Here are six sneaky salad abominations and their skinny (yet still satisfying) counterparts.Read More »from 6 salads that are worse than cheeseburgers
1) Ridiculous: Chicken Caesar Salad
This menu staple is known for its ultra-heavy dressing, hefty serving of cheese, and signature crunchy croutons. Dig into this salad and you could down 750 calories, 50 g of fat, and more sodium than a bag of potato chips.
Ridiculously Healthy: This version has all the familiar flavors of a classic Caesar, complete with juicy chicken breasts and a tangy, creamy dressing, but amounts to a fraction of the fat and calories.
2) Ridiculous: Shrimp Salad
A shrimp and spinach leaf salad sounds healthy enough, but some versions can be a calorie bomb in disguise. If the 1,010 calories and 69 g of fat don't scare you off, the 2,650 mg of sodium sure
Who doesn't want a flat belly, stat? Yet hours of crunches, cardio, and superstrict dieting aren't realistic-or a whole lot of fun-for many of us. Luckily, it is possible to flatten your belly and look slimmer almost immediately.Read More »from 8 No-sweat ways to stay slim
"Your stomach is the one part of your body that reacts quickly to dietary changes-good and bad. If you want to look thinner fast, avoid gassy veggies, chewing gum, salt, carbonated beverages, and any foods with sugar alcohols," says Erin Palinski, RD and certified personal trainer. These foods will lead to water retention and bloating, she explains. If you normally eat three larger meals a day, Palinski recommends cutting those portions in half and eating smaller meals every two to three hours. Want more instant fixes for a flatter belly? Here are 8 ways you can feel trimmer and slimmer-in some cases, nearly overnight.
1. Stand Up Straight Standing up taller can make you look 5 pounds slimmer, says Deborah L. Mullen, a certified strength and conditioning
Can you really sip away worry-without drinking alcohol? According to the makers of so-called relaxation drinks, it's quite possible. And consumers are stocking up. More than 350 varieties of these beverages have hit the shelves, with revenues expected to reach $73 million this year.Read More »from The truth about the 5 top “Relaxation” drinks
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But do they work? Prevention investigated and found some unpleasant surprises with these "serenity sips." Because they're not FDA regulated and many labels cite a proprietary blend, a buyer has no idea how much of each active ingredient-melatonin, valerian, L-theanine, and others-is actually captured in the can or bottle. There's also limited research on how these relaxants interact with one another. Nor are they all shelf stable: Some of these compounds degrade in liquid.
We sent five popular brands (two samples of each) to chemistry professor Joe Vinson, PhD, at the University of Scranton for analysis. He found that the amounts of active ingredients often differed
- The Editors of Prevention | Summer Time Fun – Tue, Jul 12, 2011 11:04 PM EDT
If you've ever had a run-in with poison ivy (or its brethren, poison oak or sumac), chances are you remember the encounter all too well. The red, itchy blisters of the accompanying rash are unpleasant at best and unbearable at worst. The only good news is that you're not alone in this misery: More than 85 percent of people react to this pesky plant the same way.Read More »from Prevention’s Quick Fix: 8 Ways to relieve poison ivy
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What most people don't realize is that a poison ivy outbreak is actually an allergy--contact dermatitis, to be precise. And the trigger is an oil secreted by the plants called urushiol. Some people are more sensitive to urushiol oil than others. And a few lucky people are not sensitive to it at all--they can literally roll in the stuff and not get a reaction. But our experts don't advise it. Sensitivity to urushiol can develop at any time. "We're not exactly sure why some people are sensitive to it and some aren't, but it seems to relate to exposure to certain chemicals," explains
It's that time of year for all your favorite summer meals-make them sing with a perfect wine pairing! We found the right inexpensive, easy-drinking vino for everything from tacos to burgers.
A glass of Pinot Noir not only makes a meal, but it's healthy, too-drinking red wine in moderation may decrease your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Plus, at about 120 calories a glass, it's a smarter choice compared with a 400-calorie margarita.
If your wine smarts aren't up to snuff, Prevention can help. We talked with Doug Frost, wine consultant and author of On Wine, and Leslie Sbrocco, author of The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide,to get their best advice on pairing lighter warm-weather recipes with affordable wines (not a single bottle above $20, we promise!).
Check out Prevention's food and wine pairings, but feel free to mix and match based on your flavor preferences.
Summer Favorite: Grilled Chicken
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Urinary tract infections are easy to treat, but that's hardly reassuring when you're rushing to the bathroom every 15 minutes to urinate--and experiencing burning, stinging pain.Read More »from 8 ways to avoid a urinary tract infection
One in five women will get a UTI--in the urethra, bladder, or kidneys--at some point in her life. Some women get them over and over again. Men are much less likely to get UTIs because their anatomy makes it harder for bacteria to get inside.
Antibiotics are necessary to knock out urinary tract infections, says Larrian Gillespie, M.D. Once you start taking the drugs, the discomfort will usually disappear within a day or two. In the meantime, here are a few steps to make you more comfortable and help prevent the infection from coming back.
More Natural Ways to Prevent a UTI
1) Drink a lot of water. The more you drink, the more you urinate--and frequent urination helps flush harmful bacteria from the bladder, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D. When you keep filling your bladder and flushing it out, you can reduce the
Grabbing a granola or energy bar may seem like a sensible choice for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or quick morning fuel, but be wary. Many of these seemingly healthy choices have no more nutritional value than a candy bar. Here are five of the worst offenders, plus our ridiculously healthy pick that you can feel great about noshing any time of day.Read More »from Energy bars that are more like candy bars
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Ridiculous Pick #1: PowerBar ProteinPlus: Chocolate Brownie Don't reach for a protein bar designed for serious weight trainers. This chocolaty bar is packed with 360 calories, 11 g of fat, and nearly as much sugar as a can of cola.
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Ridiculous Pick # 2: Quaker Oatmeal To Go Oatmeal may be one of our favorite foods because of its hefty serving of fiber and protein, but-nutritionally speaking-this bar ranks nowhere near its cereal cousin. The key to keeping this square together is sugar, and lots of it: High fructose corn syrup and brown sugar are the primary ingredients
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 30, 2011 5:33 PM EDT
Basking in the sun's warm glow on the beach may be your ideal vacation-but coming home with red, painful sunburn on your back? That's definitely not a welcome souvenir. Try these home solutions to ease the burn.Read More »from Prevention’s Quick Fix: Natural ways to heal a sunburn
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1) Apply soothing compresses. Following a burn, the skin is inflamed. Cool it down by applying ice water soaks, which can be soothing and may make the burn heal a little faster. Add a few ice cubes to tap water, then dip a cloth into the liquid and lay it over the burn. Repeat every few minutes as the cloth warms. Apply several times a day in 10- to 15-minute stretches.
2) Sooth the red with white. If your sunburn is mild (no blisters), apply distilled white vinegar to the affected areas. "The acetic acid in the vinegar acts as a topical NSAID," says Audrey Kunin, MD.
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3) Use your pantry. Common kitchen staples can be great sunburn soothers. Press the following into emergency action.
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Whether at-home hair dye turned your locks orange or the stylist trimmed off 3 more inches than you asked for, we've all had a tress-stress moment that can reduce even the most level-headed among us to tears-after all, you wear your hair every day, so you can't discard your 'do like an ill-fitting pair of jeans!Read More »from Fast fixes for 4 common hair emergencies
What's the solution? We asked top hairstylists to share their hair care emergency plans: They're simple, affordable, and effective ways to make your hair healthy and pretty again-fast!
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1. Your hair is fried from overprocessing and hot tools.
Step 1. Use shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair that says "moisturizing" on the bottle. These formulas leave protective ingredients on your hair strands.
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Step 2. Apply a superhydrating treatment. Comb a deep conditioner through hair and let sit for 30 minutes. To combat dullness, apply a clear hair glaze, like Aveeno Living Color Shine Glaze