Blog Posts by ChickRx Team

  • Top 5 Expert Tips for Quick, Healthy Weight Loss

    You can't get rock-hard abs overnight, but you can improve quicklyWe've all been there: T minus three days until you need to wear that tight, hot party dress...and all you can think about is how you're going to get yourself tighter and hotter to squeeze into it. Know that there's a lot of mumbo jumbo out there and endless diet fads that you want to be cautious to avoid. So we've collected what experts consider to be the best tips for safely and quickly slimming down.

    Don't Do Anything Drastic
    Keep your expectations in check. There's no fool-proof, healthy way to lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time, but there are things you can do to make you feel slimmer and more confident.

    While you may be tempted to blast that tummy fat away with hours at the gym, fight the urge. "Performing an intense abdominal workout two days before a party is not the best plan," advises Katie Humphrey, Certified Personal Trainer and Health and Empowerment Coach. You aren't going to get miraculous tone that quickly. Going to the gym is a good idea,

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  • DIY Hair Masks

    There's no excuse for damaged, brittle hair like this.There's nothing like shiny, luscious locks to turn heads, but with blow drying, flat ironing, and color treatments, we're often left with a head of brittle, lackluster hair.

    "Damaged, dull hair can be temporarily repaired through the use of conditioners that mend the damaged hair shaft, increasing shine and smoothing split ends," ChickRx dermatologist Dr. Debra Price explains.

    Because we can't always splurge on expensive salon conditioning treatments, we've compiled five easy DIY hair mask recipes to get you back to envious hair in no time. Even better: you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen right now!

    Avocado + Egg + Lemon
    Combine 1 avocado, 1 egg and a very small amount of lemon juice until mixed well. Apply the mixture to damp hair and leave on for about 20 minutes. Rinse hair with luke warm water-hot water could cook the egg leaving a huge mess! After you've rinsed your hair, shampoo and condition as normal.

    Honey + Olive Oil + Apple Cider Vinegar
    Mix 2

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  • Must-Have Tips to Get Soft, Beautiful Lips

    Experts recommend treatments to get kissable lips.

    Who doesn't want a soft, luscious pout? But sometimes our health, dry weather, or just general neglect leaves our lips a dry, flakey mess. So we've got some great expert tips to revive your lips into the soft, kissable pillows they deserve to be.

    Don't Lick Your Lips
    Whether it's a bad habit, or you're trying to temporarily ameliorate the situation yourself, do not lick your lips. First, it just looks weird; second, it's actuallymaking your lips drier than they were to begin with due to the enzymes in your saliva.

    Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day
    Don't forget to stay hydrated. Shoot for about eight glasses of water a day (or more if you exercise or are in hot weather). Dry, chapped lips can be a sign of dehydration, so drinking lots of water will help prevent those dry, flaky lips before they happen.

    Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
    Before you reach for your worn down ChapStick, exfoliate that dead skin away. It's important that you shed the layer of dry, cracked skin on

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  • Expert Tips for a DIY Spa Facial

    Learn how to get beautiful spa skin without breaking the bank.When you're dealing with a busy schedule or strapped for cash, it can be difficult to squeeze in or justify a pampering facial appointment. Now you can take matters into your own hands: Our ChickRx experts Daniela Feri (licensed esthetician) and Jillian Wright (clinical esthetician and spa owner) lay out the simple steps and tricks you need for a fabulous DIY facial.

    Apart from cultivating great-looking skin, following a weekly facial regime will ensure you get more even and longer-lasting wear out of your makeup. Our experts recommend following these six key steps at least once a week to maintain radiant, glowing skin:

    Step One - Cleanse

    Take a small amount of cleanser, and wash your face as usual. For added benefit, you can use a complexion brush.

    Step Two - Exfoliate

    Exfoliation is a key step for removing dead skin cells and revealing soft, beautiful skin. Massage your face and neck gently with a small amount of exfoliating scrub (such as one with spherical beads or a

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  • Mariel Hemingway’s Lessons for Being Fit, Happy & Balanced

    The holistic health luminary offers tips that will change your life todayMariel Hemingway (yep, her grandfather is THE Ernest Hemingway) first rose to fame as an actress, debuting in "Lipstick" at age 13. She earned an Oscar nomination for her work in "Manhattan," and has appeared in 30 films and a variety of television shows.

    Dealing with the pressures of Hollywood as a teenager, the loss of her mother to cancer, and the suicide and mental illness suffered by multiple close family members took a toll on her physical and mental health, and made for a difficult journey during her youth and young adulthood. But Mariel turned those hardships, and the mistakes she speaks openly about making in her youth, into an incredible gift, as it sent her on an impassioned journey to find balanced health and well-being. And girl, did she find it. Sharing the lessons she learned from this journey, Mariel is now one of the most important, leading voices inspiring people to take a holistic approach to their health and helping people achieve massive positive changes in their

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  • Want to Sweat Less? Experts Have Tips

    Not many people can make sweating look good.Sometimes, it's good to sweat. Sweat plays an important role in the body, cooling your body's temperature as it evaporates. So without enough sweat, you could potentially suffer from heat stroke. Not cute. But that doesn't mean you want to show up to work or a dinner date looking like a hot, wet mess. So our ChickRx experts have tips for keeping your sweat at bay, whether you have a moderate or seriously aggressive amount of perspiration to get under control:

    Powerful Antiperspirants & the Best Way to Apply
    Deodorants only work to control odor associated with sweating, which is caused by the bacterial breakdown of sweat on your skin--yeah, so gross, we know. To reduce sweating itself, you need an antiperspirant.

    - There are powerful over-the-counter (OTC) antiperspirants (which work by physically plugging sweat ducts), such as Hydrosal Pro, Certain Dri (R), and Secret Clinical Strength. These may be effective enough to help with excessive sweating.

    - Although most people typically

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  • How Kendra Wilkinson Stays Fit & Keeps Her Relationship Hot

    Kendra offers great health and relationship advice.Kendra Wilkinson first caught America's attention on The Girls Next Door, as the spunky, fitness-focused, smoking-hot Playmate breakout star. Aside from a television personality, most recently on her own show "Kendra on Top," Kendra is the author of two books, a blogger, a fitness icon, a celebrity spokeswoman, and most importantly, a wife and mother to NFL player Hank Baskett and adorable baby Hank Jr.

    And Kendra knows a thing or two about how to get fit (she returned back to her tight, toned physique quickly after giving birth), look sexy, and keep the fire in a relationship. With the same fun-loving and down-to-earth charm that makes her so lovable, Kendra shares her secrets with ChickRx:

    ChickRx: You look so fabulous--what does your typical workout usually consist of and what fitness tips do you have for other women?

    Kendra Wilkinson: I mix everything up. I never stick with one workout; I'm constantly changing it and I think that's key. I usually do intense training with weights,

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  • Top 5 Ways to Get a Flatter Stomach

    Getting a stomach like this takes work, but is achievable.

    Sure, proper diet and exercise will help you get that damn belly fat off, but that's oversimplified and there's more to it than just that. Here we've consolidated some extremely helpful tips to get a flatter stomach from experts in the ChickRx community:

    Eat Clean, Limit Sugars & Starches
    The secret to flat abs is your diet: it's 80 percent what you eat and 20 percent exercise. Eating a clean, quality diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat proteins (in the appropriate amounts) is the best way to get better abs and a better body overall. Skip commercial snack foods like donuts, cakes, cookies, chips (even the organic ones), processed foods, high-fat salad dressings, all fried foods, and fast foods.
    - Kimberly Garrison, CPT, CYT, CNC (Certified Personal Trainer, YogaTeacher, Nutrition Consultant)

    Eat clean but also watch your starches and sugars. For most women, I recommend that you keep your carbs at about 30 grams or less per meal, eat no more than

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  • Recipes for Healthy Greek Yogurt Dips & Spreads

    Spreads and dips often pack a staggering amount of (hidden) calories, and easily derail what would otherwise be a healthy meal or snack. But going spread-less or dip-less can make us resent eating healthy. Enter Greek yogurt to the rescue! It's loaded with an obscene amount of protein, low in calories, and its delicious thick consistency makes it a perfect substitute for other creamy, but higher calorie ingredients. See some of our favorite Greek yogurt recipes below, and add your favorites here.

    Honey mustard spread

    Honey Mustard Spread
    1/2 cup Chobani Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
    1 ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard
    1 Tbsp honey

    Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir (crazy easy). Tastes great spread on savory sandwiches.

    Sweet creamy cinnamon dip

    Sweet Creamy Cinnamon Dip
    1 (6oz) container nonfat Greek yogurt
    ¼ tsp vanilla extract
    ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste
    Stevia powder, to taste (or whatever your favorite sweetener is)
    1 apple, freshly sliced (optional, for dipping)

    Combine and stir yogurt,

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  • Six Signs Your Relationship is in Trouble

    Is your relationship unhealthy or unfulfilling?Call them "love blinders" or whatever you want, but oftentimes, if you're in an unhealthy relationship, it's hard to see and admit that fact. Whether you choose to break up or work on improving things, the first step to achieving your potential happiness is recognizing that things aren't how they should be. Our ChickRx experts weigh in on the red flags of an unhealthy relationship, and what you should know not to stand for:

    1. You Feel Limited in Your Own Potential
    Unhealthy relationships stifle one another's growth and see the growth of each individual as a threat to the relationship. If you have a partner who is threatened by your desire to pursue higher learning or to go after a promotion to a more challenging position at work, a partner who puts you down when you express your opinions, ideas, or preferences, or generally derides them as "stupid" or "foolish," this is a sure sign of an unhealthy relationship.
    - Lisa Bograd, Marriage and Family Therapist

    It's important to be with a

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