- Realbeauty.com | Hair Guide | Tue, Jun 5, 2012 3:00 PM EDT | Comments
While you've been spending your summer safely soaking up the sun's rays, your hair and skin have taken a beating. Here's how to work rehab on your worst post-summer beauty problems, from lackluster locks to sun-damaged skin.
#1. Get Poolside Protection...Read More »
You might love swimming laps, but you hate what it's doing to your hair-constant chlorine exposure dulls color and texture. Use a clarifying shampoo after each dip in the water to remove green, brassy tones immediately.
#2. Keep Color From Fading
"The best way to richen up sun-bleached strands is a gloss treatment," says Friedman. "I recommend a demi-permanent color that deposits tone and shine while closing the cuticle, making the hair look and feel healthier. Plus, it will neutralize brassy tones. Another option is a color-depositing product, which tends to work best on prelightened hair. This can help maintain a cool blonde tone, keep brown hair rich, and help postpone your trip back to the salon if y
- Ivillage | Summer Shape-Up | Wed, Jun 6, 2012 12:21 PM EDT | Comments
At least 62 percent of women struggle with complexion problems when the temperature soars -- these 10 clever strategies can erase your worst hot-weather complexion woes in as little as one week.
1. Heal Blemishes with Turmeric
Dab this popular East Indian spice on your pimples once daily, and you could tame even severe acne flare-ups in as little as one week. According to University of Texas researchers, turmeric is packed with curcumin -- an antioxidant that penetrates deeply into pores, where it kills bacteria, squashes inflammation and speeds healing.
Try it: Mix two tablespoons of turmeric with 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil to make a thick paste. Spread it onto pimples, leave on for eight minutes and then rinse well. Don't leave the paste on longer than eight minutes or it could leave a slight yellowish stain. If the area around your pimple is left with a yellow tint, rub with a little lemon juice then rewash to remove the color.
2. Prevent Flakiness with Coconut Oi...Read More »
- The Editors Of Women's Health | Summer Shape-Up | Tue, Jun 5, 2012 10:13 AM EDT | Comments
There's a popular saying among fitness experts: "The best exercise is the one you're not doing." The take-home message? To achieve the best results, you need to regularly challenge your body in new ways. So while classic movements like the pushup, lunge, and squat are the staples of any good workout plan, varying the way you perform these exercises every 4 weeks can help you avoid plateaus, beat boredom, and speed fat loss. You can start today, with this list of the best new exercises for every part of a woman's body.
Fitness Rules You Can Break
Mountain Climber with Hands on Swiss Ball
The benefit: It's one of the simplest yet most effective ways to tighten your tummy. In fact, you'll barely have to move a muscle.
How to do it: Assume a pushup position with your arms completely straight, but place your hands on a Swiss ball instead of the floor. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles. Tighten your core and hold it that way for the duration of the ex...Read More »
- Quaker Oatmeal | Summer Shape-Up | Fri, Jun 1, 2012 10:37 AM EDT | Comments
Select a heart-healthy breakfast option for the entire family.
In the past few weeks, I've noticed that my middle daughter has started to skip breakfast. She's always the last one out of bed in the morning, which isn't always conducive to an 8 AM school start. When I ask if she wants something to eat, her response is always a shrug of the shoulders or a mad dash to the pantry to grab a granola bar or a toaster pastry that she plans to eat on the walk to school.
This simply won't do. As a mom, I feel like it's my job to make sure everyone in the house has a delicious, healthy breakfast on a daily basis, including myself and my husband. Can I combine a quick meal with a healthy one and add in a dash of "this tastes great," too?
Quaker Instant Oatmeal
Oatmeal is my husband's quick breakfast of choice, and the great flavors offered by Quaker Instant Oatmeal have made it a favorite of my young daughters, too. Simply combine the individual package with hot milk or water to preference, and enjoy. Oatmeal is a soluble-fiber, making it an exc...Read More »
- Good Housekeeping | Summer Shape-Up | Thu, Jul 5, 2012 12:27 PM EDT | CommentsThe foods, the moves and a quick trick to help you lose the muffin-top now that it's beach season.
Get Flat Abs
Foods rich in protein help you build muscle, while soluble fiber - found in oats, beans, fruits, and veggies - shrinks belly fat. A study from Wake Forest found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber people ate daily (about two small apples, a serving of oatmeal, a half cup of pinto beans, and a half cup of peas), their belly fat decreased by almost 4% over five years.
FIGHT WITH FIBER
Adding ground flaxseed to your diet - mix a teaspoon or two into cereal or yogurt - helps prevent constipation. (It's hard to have flat abs if your pipes are backed up.) To avoid stomachaches, increase fiber slowly and up your water intake, advises Jessica Crandall, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Related: 15 Foods That Fight Fat
GO FOR A FAT BLAST...Read More »
In a Duke University study of 196 sedentary, overweight adults, aerobic training significantly