Nix these useless items from your routine to save time and moneyBy Anne Roderique-Jones
Women swipe this on their faces to get that tingly, tight, squeaky-clean feeling, but dermatologist Doris J. Day, MD, author of Forget the Facelift, says that toner is an unnecessary extra step in your daily routine. Newer soaps don't leave the residue that toner was invented to remove. "If toner makes you feel like you're getting your makeup off, it's fine to use it, but if you're busy like most women, skip it," says Dr. Day. Photo by iStock
2. Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner
Can't control the flakes? Over-the-counter hair products aren't the solution, according to celebrity hairstylist, Hikari Tezuka. They can actually dry out your scalp, making dandruff worse. If you suspect you have a medical condition like psoriasis or eczema, which tend to cause dandruff, speak with your doctor, otherwise, Tezuka recommends moisturizing your scalp the old-fashioned way: brushing your hair 100 times with a natural-bristle brush before you wash your hair.
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Get advice for easing the most common concernsBy Dawn Papandrea
Fretting about your relationship doesn't end with pre-wedding jitters. It's quite common-and healthy-to have worries during the marriage, says Jane Greer, PhD, licensed marriage and family therapist, radio host and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness from Ruining Your Relationship. "Fears can be useful in heading off future problems. Take them seriously, and make them work for you rather than against you," she says. Here's help for overcoming 10 common marriage fears. Photo by Getty Images
"We'll eventually have nothing in common."
The honeymoon-phase excitement tends to fade "after around seven years when the partners are dealing with the stresses of young children," says Paul Hokemeyer, PhD, a New York-based marriage and family therapist. "That's when parents stop having sex, stop connecting emotionally and begin to have separate lives," he says. So double your efforts to feed your marriage during this period. "Propose something old that you canRead More »from How to Conquer Your 10 Biggest Marriage Fears
Stash more cash to reach your savings goals fastBy MP Dunleavey Editor of DailyWorth.com
1. Pick a number
Strange to say, people often skip the obvious first step of deciding how much to save. That's because real numbers can be scary. "Let's save for a cool new fridge with an icemaker and extra freezer space" sounds fun. "Let's save $1,200" sounds like work. But getting a hard figure in your head is critical to making that new appliance (or whatever you want) a reality. It only takes a little basic math to solidify your goal. Photo by Getty Images
Grab a pen and write down what you are saving for- that spacious and lovely new fridge, perhaps. Then...
RUN THE NUMBERS. Do some comparison shopping to find the best price.
DON'T FORGET THE EXTRAS. Add the taxes, delivery, registration, installation, shipping, insurance or whatever other annoying sub-charges come with whatever you're saving for. In your optimism, don't lowball yourself.
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By Woman'Keep your strands silky smooth no matter how many layers you wear this winters Day StaffRead More »from 10 Ways to Prevent Hat Head
Baby, it's cold outside...and primetime for bundling up with scarves and hats. Fearful your hair will lose luster with all those extra layers? Wearing a cap doesn't mean you're doomed to lifeless locks. One way to tackle it-keeping fabric softener in your bag to calm flyaways in a jiffy, like reader Tina Squyres Miller from Mobile, AL, does. Keep reading for more tricks that will have you looking good all winter long. Photo by Getty Images.
Keep it Cut
Trim off dry and split ends every six to eight weeks to help your 'do bounce back quickly when you take off your hat.
Seal in Moisture
When hair is hydrated, it's less prone to frizz and static. A weekly deep conditioning will keep it looking good longer.
Related: Find out which short hairstyle is best for your face shape.
TRY: Vidal Sassoon Pro Series One Minute Mask Moisture Lock, $3.97; Amazon.com
Treat Your Tips
Use styling creams and serums only on the ends of your hair. If you wear a hat
Use this cleaning checklist to kill all the germs in your cooking zone.By Arricca Elin SanSoneRead More »from The 10 Dirtiest Spots in Your Kitchen
Think your kitchen is squeaky clean? Not so fast. "Moisture and food particles make it the perfect environment for growing germs that can make you sick," says Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona's Zuckerman College of Public Health in Tucson. "If you're not killing them, you can go from 10 microbes to millions within 24 hours." And the more germs there are, the more likely you are to get sick from one. Here's where they're hiding and what you can do about it. Photo by Thinkstock.
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Your Coffee Maker
Coffee might not be the only thing brewing in there. The NSF found yeast and mold growing in about half the coffee pot reservoirs they surveyed. "These organisms can cause allergic responses in some people," says Dr. Donofrio-and make your coffee taste bad too, says Dr. Reynolds.
What to do: Once a month, fill the reservoir with vinegar and let it stand
- Woman s Day | At Home – Thu, Feb 14, 2013 2:05 PM EST
By Stephanie Emma Pfeffer
Sometimes all it takes is a smart product to save your sanity. We rounded up some of our favorite new developments that are either out now or hitting shelves in the next few months. From high-tech devices to simple, wish-we'd-thought-of-that tools, these low-cost innovations (most under $50!) can help you feel healthier, safer or more prepared-all the while easing everyday life.
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See how one reader transformed her home's dated armoire into a cute, convertible workspaceBy Woman's Day StaffRead More »from Transform Your Armoire into a Workspace
Salt Lake City native Claudia Hanson loves to turn design inspiration into practical ideas for her home. So when she and her husband, Aaron, decided to carve a home office out of a corner of their living room, no boring desk would do. Instead, the stay-at-home mom and blogger (DeliciousSpaces.Blogspot.com) searched a local classifieds site and found a dowdy computer desk armoire for $40. Then, she spent less than $50 on paint and inexpensive extras to make it pretty-both open and closed. Get her tips for doing this yourself. Photo by Edmund Barr.
Dress Up Bargain Finds
Claudia painted blue stripes onto a set of white magazine holders (5 for $2 from a dollar store), and added bookplate labels (found at JoAnn Fabric & Crafts) to hanging letter holders.
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To make son Nolan happy, Claudia coated the inside of the doors with chalkboard paint (a simple $2 acrylic from a local craft shop) so
Keep your kisser looking plump with these smart strategies and problem-solving picksBy Woman's Day StaffRead More »from How to Get Fuller Lips
The biggest cause of lip shrinkage is collagen loss. "It begins to break down in your 20s and speeds up in your mid-30s and beyond," says Dennis Gross, MD, dermatologist and creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. Sun exposure and smoking further accelerate the process, but you can reverse it. Pick up tips from the pros on how to keep your lips looking luscious. Photo by Thinkstock
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The Doctor Recommends...
To help stimulate collagen, apply products that contain peptides as well as ones that moisturize. "Your lips don't have oil glands and are prone to dryness, which highlights thin lips," explains Dr. Gross. Apply a lip balm made with vitamin E or shea butter to fight off dryness. Opt for one that also has SPF 15 or higher to limit sun damage and reapply throughout the day. Finish with a swipe of lipstick that's formulated with peptides.
Related: Check out these 6 all-natural beauty fixes.
Discover what really runs through a man's head when your clothes come offBy Anne Roderique-JonesRead More »from 10 Things He Doesn’t Think when He Sees You Naked
It's easy to feel insecure in the buff-especially when there's that muffin top (where did that come from anyway?) and those pesky stretch marks you inherited with pregnancy. Even being married for a million years may not make you more confident about prancing around naked. But guess what? Your husband isn't thinking about those stretch marks or those extra pounds. "We're our own worst enemy regarding our flaws," says Rachel A. Sussman, author of The Breakup Bible. Read on to understand men's perception of their wives' bodies-and what isn't happening in his head when you undress. Photo by Thinkstock
1. "That C-section scar sure is nasty."
He doesn't care about any pregnancy "souvenirs." According to Sussman, men are much less observant of our perceived flaws than we think. In fact, "they wouldn't notice a C-section scar or stretch marks if we didn't bring them up." Her advice? Don't mention them! Men are turned on by confidence, so flaunt the parts
- Woman s Day | Beauty – Fri, Feb 8, 2013 10:35 AM ESTBy Marlisse Cepeda
Discover the celebrity beauty secrets that keep these A-listers looking youthful
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