Blog Posts by The Editors of Prevention

  • 3 Workout mistakes that slow metabolism

    You move, you sweat, you burn calories, right? In theory, but if you get stuck in a workout rut or choose cardio above all else, you could be robbing your body of the postworkout burn that helps you torch calories all day long.

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    Mistake #1: You're in an exercise rut
    When you do the same activity day after day, week after week, your mind isn't the only thing that gets bored-your muscles do, too. Whether you take the same daily 30-minute walk around a neighborhood loop, or do a few sets of the same old strength moves, after a while your body stops being challenged and your results plateau.

    Correct it: Change things up. Go for a hike on the weekend instead of doing your usual power walk. Find new strength moves that work the same muscles. (There are some great ones in the following chapters.) Try a new type of exercise by slipping in a workout DVD. Any little way to mix things up and challenge yourself with something new is a step in the

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  • 4 Ways to find a good acupuncturist

    Acupuncture is rapidly gaining acceptance-and respect- in doctors' offices and hospitals as evidence of its success piles up. It's being used to treat everything from headaches to hormonal issues, depression, and even chemo side effects, and patients are consistently seeing results. But how do you find the right practitioner? These four tips can help:

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    1) Start with a doctor's referral or friend's recommendation. If you don't have either, check nccaom.org, the site of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

    2) Check to see that he has a license. An acupuncturist doesn't have to be a physician but should have a license. Requirements vary by state, but include between 2,000 and 3,000 hours of training (usually a 3- to 4-year master's degree program) and a series of written exams at one of the more than 65 accredited US acupuncture schools. Note: Doctors who practice acupuncture don't

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  • 7 SPF excuses that give you skin cancer

    May is skin cancer awareness month, and despite the fact that women know they should wear sunscreen every day of the year, only 31% do, according to a recent poll by Prevention.com. And many of those who skip SPF feel guilty about it-so much so that 31% admit they've fibbed about putting on sunscreen because they're embarrassed about their bad habit. So what gives? If we all know that sunscreen helps to protect our skin from cancer and prevent signs of aging such as spots and wrinkles, why aren't more of us using it?

    To find out, Prevention asked dermatologists to share some of the most common excuses women give for going outdoors unprotected. Read on and you'll discover there's really no good reason to skimp on sunscreen-you'll be healthier (and younger looking!) if you use it.

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    1) "The chemicals in sunscreen are probably more dangerous than sun exposure"

    Reality Check: Sunscreens have gotten some bad press lately,

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  • Prevention’s Quick Fix: 11 Ways to prevent a scar

    If you're made of flesh and blood, you've got a scar. Some are bigger than others; some may be reminders of major life events (think C-section); others, more mundane mishaps (the time you fell off your bike in 4th grade). But you can keep the addition of news ones to a minimum with these expert tips:

    1) Thoroughly clean the wound. A wound that heals quickly and neatly is less likely to develop a scar than one that festers. Make sure all of your cuts and scrapes are properly cleaned, says Jeffrey H. Binstock, MD.

    Get easy home cures for everyday bumps and bruises

    It's critical to remove dirt and debris that may impede healing or become visible through the skin as a "road tattoo." If particles remain in the wound after washing, use tweezers cleaned with alcohol to remove them.

    2) But skip the hydrogen peroxide. It destroys white blood cells that help repair wounds and actually slows healing. Plus, it extends the time that the wound is open and vulnerable. Also not

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  • 4 botox-free ways to erase forehead lines

    If years of brow-raising, frowning, and daily sunscreen neglect have left you with etched wrinkles across your forehead, don't worry (seriously, stop furrowing now!). Here are 4 anti-wrinkle tips, no needles required.


    1) Layer Your Makeup

    A light-reflecting primer such as Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer ($25; laurageller.com) camouflages fine lines. Follow with sheer liquid foundation. Bonus: Primer keeps makeup from settling into-and emphasizing-furrows.

    Want smoother skin instantly? Try a primer


    2) Use Line-Plumping Creams

    Moisturizers with peptides or retinol and retinoids stimulate collagen to plump skin, says David Bank, MD, a derm in Mount Kisco, NY. Use peptide-packed Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Moisture Cream SPF 30 ($68; elizabetharden.com) during the day and Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Filler from Ageless Intensives ($19; shop.neutrogena.com) with retinol at night-its narrow tip traces

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  • Prevention’s Quick Fix: 10 Ways to heal a bruise

    Unless you encase yourself in bubble wrap, you'll never be bruise-proof. But you can lessen the likelihood of a small bruise turning into a large one and help the black-and-blue fade quickly. Here's how.

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    1) Ice it. If the skin isn't broken, put ice on any injury that might bruise, advises Monica Halem, M.D. "Ice constricts the blood vessels and prevents more blood from seeping into the skin," she says. A cold pack also minimizes the swelling, numbs the area, and reduces pain. Wrap the ice pack in a thin cloth to protect your skin, put it on the bruise as quickly as possible, and keep it there for 15 minutes. If you suspect the bump will blossom into a severe bruise, continue this ice treatment every couple of hours for the first 24 hours. Allow your skin to warm naturally and don't apply heat between ice packs.

    2) Then add heat. After 24 hours, use heat to dilate the blood vessels and improve circulation in the area.

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  • 3 Ridiculously healthy (and plain ridiculous) Easter treats

    Easter is the second most candy-filled holiday (behind Halloween), and chances are you'll be faced with one of the 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies or 16 billion jelly beans made each year. So how do you enjoy these holiday treats without wrecking your diet? Marissa Lippert, RD, author of The Cheater's Diet, helps us sift through the Easter basket to hunt down the ridiculously healthy (well, as healthy as candy gets) and just plain ridiculous options.

    Ridiculous: Peeps
    Peeps may not be terrible if you look at just the calories (each one has about 30), but they contain one main ingredient--sugar. "They're sugar dense and you can pop several of them very quickly," Lippert says, explaining why they can be dangerous to your diet.

    Ridiculously Healthy: Hollow Dark Chocolate Bunnies
    Dark chocolate is a heart helper--ounce for ounce, dark chocolate has 5 times as many antioxidants as blueberries. Just be sure to ditch the solid bunnies in favor of hollow varieties, which

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  • 5 Natural cures for body odor

    It's a fact of life: Sometimes you smell less than sweet. Whether it's from food, excess sweat, or clothes that aren't quite clean, here are some surprising solutions that can beat back body odor for good.

    Find-and fix-surprising things that could make you smell

    1. Choose Natural Fabrics
    Natural fabrics such as cotton absorb perspiration better than synthetic materials because they allow the absorbed sweat to evaporate from the fabric.

    2. Skip the garlic and onions.
    You know they make your breath smell, but what about the rest of you? "If you've been surrounded by cooking foods such as garlic, onions, and strong spices, these odors can cling to your clothes and hair," says Lenise Banse, MD. "Until your clothing and hair are washed, these odors will be carried with you."

    3. Apply some apple cider vinegar
    "Apple cider vinegar is a great natural underarm deodorant," says Georgianna Donadio, PhD. She suggests applying it directly to your armpits to kill body

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  • 8 Ways to cut calories while you cook

    If your approach to dinnertime is "open, nuke, and inhale," you're missing out on a calorie-cutting opportunity. Making your own food burns twice as many calories as calling for delivery or sitting idly by for 5 minutes as a frozen dinner spins inside the microwave. You're also much more mindful of the types of foods you're putting in your mouth when you take the time to prepare them yourself. Try these cooking tips to boost nutrition and keep calories in check:

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    1. Get (at least) one good knife:
    If you already have a set, great. If you don't, invest in at least one good kitchen knife. Trying to slice, dice, and chop vegetables with dull knives is a frustrating, if not mildly dangerous, exercise. With a good, sharp knife, you're much more likely to chop those fruits and veggies and carve freshly cooked meat because it's much easier. If you're going to buy more than one, I'd recommend a simple set of five or six knives that includes a

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