4 Skin Care Facts Even the Experts Mess Up
"Information is not knowledge." - Albert Einstein
Let's face it, even the most highly regarded experts make mistakes from time to time. Whether it's George Clooney flubbing a line on set or Maria Sherapova missing the occasional swing, no one is batting 1000 all the time. The same can be said in the world of skin care, where even dermatologists and plastic surgeons with years of hands-on training can have differing opinions. Here are four quotes I've heard recently that are wrong - with all other expert names removed, of course:
1. "Alpha hydroxy acid thins the skin."
I always believed this one myself, but it turns out, it's simply not true. According to a study from Acta Derm-Venerologica, alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid do not thin the skin at all. They do, however, make it more susceptible to UV damage, which is related to the fact that glycolic acid smooths and refines the skin, decreasing its ability to scatter UV rays. The smooth skin surface will absorb slightly more
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Like last week's post on shampooing, I'm here today to dish out my best tips and secrets on conditioning your hair for the greatest results possible.
1. Find the right one for your needs.
Like all products, you need to find the right conditioner for your hair type. Consult your stylist for help choosing one. You might just need a standard conditioner for normal hair, or you might need something heavier/richer if you have processed or dry ends. If you feel that your hair hair tends to be weighed down, volumizing conditioner is the way to go. Those for volume are much lighter than those for moisturizing.
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2. Pay attention to application.
Always start at your ends and work upwards when conditioning your hair. There isn't much need for conditioner at the roots, because your scalp will create natural oils up there. I don't apply anywhere above my chin. It will only weigh down your hair more, and make your hair look greasy sooner.
Who doesn't love summer? The mercury starts to rise, the sun shines brightly, and suddenly we're all a little happier. And, as an added bonus, the change in season also gives us a perfect excuse to do a little shopping. To update your wardrobes for warmer temps this year, look to these nine runway-inspired trends-each one sure to keep you looking cool in every sense of the word. Best of all, each of these picks can be yours for less than $100!Read More »from 9 Summer Fashion Trends Under $100
1. Overstated Footwear
Runway shows are often full of outrageous footwear that most of us would never dare wear and this season was no exception. But, that doesn't mean we can't play with the trend in a more real-life-worthy way. The "Letitgo" wedge from Nine West takes a basic wedge shape (perfect for summer-who wants to sink into the grass!) and covers it in a fun, bold floral pattern. Pair them with the orange shorts (below) for the perfect summer look. ($88.95 at Nordstrom)
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2. Tangerine Orange
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Just because you're trying to eat more healthily doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your favorite food preparations! There are a number of nutritious ingredients that can replace your naughtier preferences without forgoing flavor. Try the following examples and see if your palate isn't as pleased as your waistline!
1. Quinoa instead of rice or pasta
White rice and pasta are "bad" or simple carbs-you know, the ones that don't provide much in the way of nutrition. But quinoa! This amazing ancient grain not only acts as a perfect platform for soaking up sauces, just like pasta and rice, but also it's a complete protein, which means it delivers all nine of the essential amino acids.
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2. Shaved zucchini instead of pasta
Another magical swap, shaved zucchini (created by shaving zucchini into strands with a vegetable peeler) can carry sauces from the plate to your palate-and add a serving of veggies to your dish to boot. Bonus: You don't even
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There are more reasons to ensure you do your crunches correctly than the fact that you won't get killer abs if you do them wrong. Fitness experts warn that incorrect crunches can lead to backaches, muscle cramps and more. Fortunately, the ab-tightening, core- and back-strengthening exercise is pretty easy to do. To learn whether you're performing pointless or even dangerous crunches, determine whether you're not doing any of the following erroneous moves, and if so, correct them.
1. You do good old-fashion sit-ups.
Old-school sit-ups strain the lower back and neck, which is not good for them nor helpful to your abs. Crunches focus on the ab muscles, which is what you want to do. Isolate the abs and work from there.
2. You clasp your head or neck when you "crunch."
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Find the right shampoo for you. Always consult with your stylist about this before buying shampoo. You might need shampoo for color treated hair, you might need it for volume, dry hair, flaky scalp or for just plain normal everyday cleaning. The first step is to be using the right product and your stylist will help you figure out what your shampooing needs are.
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questions to ask before marriageWhile it's impossible to gauge in advance whether any couple will actually make it 'til death do they part, there are some compatibility factors that offer insight as to whether they've got a fighting chance. While you probably can't straight out ask your partner whether or not he or she is physically or verbally abusive, a cheater, or an addict-all of which rank among the most popular reasons for divorce-you can and should sit down and ask each other the following questions. If your perspectives match up, you have a better chance of making it for the long haul.Read More »from Questions to Ask Before Getting Married
What NOT to Say in a Relationship
Do you want kids?
There is no reason to get married if you don't see eye-to-eye on this matter, period, unless you're willing to be swayed. But don't even think about entering marriage with the hope that you can change your partner's mind. It's a recipe for disaster if you're wrong. If you find you both want kids, you might follow up with a question about how much participation your partner
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corporate benefitsLike most people, you're probably meticulously keeping track of and leveraging your allotted vacation-, sick- and personal days. But if you're working for a corporation with a robust benefits package, there are likely myriad extras you are not taking advantage of. From extra insurance to paternity leave, the following nine perks may be missed opportunities to save money or time if you don't know about or use them.Read More »from 9 Corporate Benefits You Probably Aren't Taking Advantage Of
1. Health and Wellness Programs
More and more companies are incentivizing employees to live a healthy lifestyle for good reason-a fit and well employee takes less sick days and is more productive and happy! Who cares if their incentive is selfish! If your company offers discounted gym membership or hundreds of annual dollars in reimbursements for gym membership or athletic gear or equipment, that's money in your pocket for something you'd probably spend your own cash on anyway.
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2. Flexible Spending Accounts
With the skyrocketing costs of
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In honor of the one-year anniversary of the royal wedding, here are the Kate Middleton looks we loved this year.
Kate Middleton Wedding Dress
This stunning Alexander McQueen wedding dress is what made us fall in love with Kate's style in the first place. Who knew lace long sleeves would come back in style?
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First public appearance
In their first public appearance after the wedding, Kate wowed us all with this shimmery blush-colored Jenny Packham gown. Love the sheer sleeves!
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Being truly organized extends far beyond keeping a tidy workspace or home. It's about keeping your life in order, from your schedule to your chores to your thoughts and beyond. Sound like an overwhelming task? Consider the benefits: While getting yourself into a habit of being organized requires an investment of time and energy, once you're in a groove you'll reap huge rewards, including less stress, more efficiency, a sharper mind, and the knowledge that when you want to find something, you'll know exactly where it is. If you're ready to join the ranks of highly organized people, adopt the following eight habits.
1. They keep only what they need.
Ever notice how clean your organized friends' spaces are? There's a reason for that. Organized people don't hoard a bunch of stuff they don't need. They amass only things that they actually use and keep decorative objects to a thoughtful minimum. With fewer things to keep track of or care for, they are surrounded by clean, mind-calming