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  • The Right Way to Launder Your Lingerie

    By Melinda Dodd

    The Right Way to Launder Your Lingerie The Right Way to Launder Your Lingerie Whether they're everyday bras or lacy bikini briefs, all of your intimates deserve special attention. "You can double the life of lingerie with proper care," says Susan Nethero, owner of Intimacy Boutiques, a national chain, and author of Bra Talk: Transform Your Life with the Right Bra, who shares her approach to delicate matters.

    Bras

    What you should do: "Hand-wash in lukewarm water with a teaspoon of Dreft, Ivory Snow or Forever New Fabric Care Wash, which helps preserve elasticity. Let them soak for 15 minutes, rinse in cool water, pat with a towel and hang to dry."

    What you can get away with: "Clasp each bra's hooks together and slide them into a netted bag, then drop it into the washing machine. Add your lingerie soak or gentle detergent to cool water on the delicate cycle. Never put bras in the dryer-heat and soap residue can ruin them."

    Panties

    What you should do: "If you have stains, apply concentrated Forever New to them and let soak for 10

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  • 10 Kitchen Pantry Beauty Ingredients

    By Petra Guglielmetti

    Who says you have to spend a fortune on pricey organic beauty products to reap the benefits of nature's best ingredients? Some of the finest all-natural beauty remedies can be whipped up at home using basic items you probably already have in your kitchen. To give you some ideas, we got beauty experts to share their favorite "recipes" for curing common skin and hair gripes using equally common pantry staples. So go whip open the cabinet doors, tally up what you've got in there and get cookin'-in a matter of minutes, you'll look good enough to eat.


    1. Potatoes
    French fries may not be great for your thighs, but raw potatoes make for an excellent skin-brightening scrub, says Shobha Tummala, owner of the Shobha salons in New York City. Her trick is to mix equal parts grated raw potato and loose tea (cut open a tea bag, if need be) with 1/3 as much olive oil and slowly massage onto your face with your fingertips, using light circular motions. Then rinse with warm Read More »from 10 Kitchen Pantry Beauty Ingredients
  • 5 Ways to Breathe Easier

    By Amy Levin-Epstein

    5 Ways to Breathe Easier5 Ways to Breathe Easier"Take a deep breath." "Just breathe." Everyone from our yoga instructor to our mother has given us this advice at some point. But how many of us actually heed that suggestion? Wild child Lindsay Lohan went as far as to have the word "breathe" inked on her inner wrist a few years back. Here's how to actually breathe better-no tattooing necessary!

    While You Work

    Breathe Out: Are you literally holding your breath at the office-or all day at home with kids-and, as a result, skyrocketing your blood pressure and stress levels? A British study found that workers who were chronically stressed were 68 percent more likely to die of heart disease, suffer from a nonfatal heart attack or experience chest pain as opposed to those who were happy worker bees.

    Breathe In: According to research from the University of Oregon, meditation helps slow the release of cortisol, which the body produces in response to stress. Plus, the study's test group showed signs of less

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  • The Truth About Strength Training

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    Don't fear the dumbbells-strength training is not only beneficial for women, it's essential. As women age, they naturally lose muscle that's important for overall body functioning, says Polly de Mille, a clinical exercise physiologist and administrative director of the Women's Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Incorporating strength training-which means using some sort of resistance to get stronger-into your weekly routine will replace this necessary muscle. And don't worry: Contrary to popular belief, you won't end up looking like Mr. T!

    Not sure it's for you? Think again. Here are the full-body health benefits:

    1. Bone density
    Weight-bearing exercise is the way to go in order to build strong bones and avoid fractures, says Felicia Cosman, MD, president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

    2. Brain function
    In a recent study of women ages 65 to 75, those who did just an hour or two of strength

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  • Get Smart About Sugar

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Get Smart About SugarGet Smart About Sugar

    Photo: © Tara Donne

    These days, it's not uncommon for a particular food to capture the public's attention in a big way-sometimes because it's thought to be oh-so-good for you (oatmeal) and other times, just the opposite (stick margarine).

    Soon enough, however, the spotlight fades, another "it" food steps up to the plate and the cycle begins again. One of the few foods to buck this trend is sugar-nutrition's bad penny, if you will. Weight-loss diets treat it like battery acid, and the USDA's Dietary Guidelines advise us to moderate our intake. It's no wonder artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are such hot commodities. The question is, are these sugar alternatives all they're cracked up to be, or are we better off eating moderate amounts of the real thing?

    "Added" vs. "Natural"

    Before getting into amounts and alternatives, it's important to note that there are two main types of "real" sugar: added and natural. Added sugars are, as the

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  • How to Pick Sunglasses

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    How to Pick SunglassesHow to Pick SunglassesThe sun can do serious damage to your eyes, raising your risk of sight-robbing conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Here's how to pick sunglasses that truly protect.

    1. Scrutinize labels. There's no industry standard for UV labels, so it's hard to know if they're accurate, says Madeline L. Romeu, OD, UV advisor for the American Optometric Association. The safest bet: Pick sunglasses that say "99% or 100% ultraviolet blocking," instead of just "UV protection."

    2. Go dark. If you look in a mirror and can easily see your eyes through the lenses, the glasses probably won't block enough light.

    3. Fit matters. Make sure the frames aren't too loose. If they slide down your nose, damaging sunlight will stream in from the top and sides.

    4. If possible, go to a pro. It costs a little more, but buying from an eyeglass shop (such as LensCrafters) instead of a stand in the mall means a technician can check the UV protection capabilities of the

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  • 10 Things Women Can Learn From Men

    By Brendan Tapley

    If we're lucky, our relationships become the best classes we can enroll in-and our husband or wife our most transformative teacher. Real intimacy, after all, is a powerful mirror, and often what our partner reflects back to us are the qualities we have long desired in order to become more balanced, whole and authentic. In that spirit, what follows are 10 things men can teach women. Not the typical inventory of boardroom strategies, this list instead examines the deeper ways men shape themselves that in turn may help keep you in better shape.


    1. Self-Focus
    Men are routinely criticized for putting themselves and their interests first, but this criticism is often leveled by women who have been wrongly taught that personal passions detract from others-where their attention should be focused. Self-focus, unlike selfishness, is guided by a healthy desire to fill one's well. A well that, when full, not only leads to a richer experience of living but also will

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  • The Best Times to Save on Everything

    By Mary Hunt

    Extreme bargain hunters have something in common: timing. No matter what they're trying to save on, they've got it down to a science, knowing specific days (and even the exact time of day) when a bargain is at its best. Want to save thousands? Listen to their deal-hunting secrets.

    Hotel Rooms

    Best time to book a room? 4 p.m. local time on a Sunday, says CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg. Calling then can save you significantly, but the process can be tricky, so follow these steps:

    1. Call the hotel's local direct line, not the 800 number. The 800 number will connect you to a clearinghouse that books rooms for hundreds of locations. "The people who answer those phones don't have the power to give you a better deal," says Greenberg.

    2. Don't ask to speak with Reservations-that will only get you routed back through to the 800-number clearinghouse. Instead, ask to speak to the manager on duty. He has the authority to negotiate rates.

    3. Be courteous.

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  • The Best Sex Positions for Every Situation

    By Sarah Joi

    The Best Sex Positions for Every SituationThe Best Sex Positions for Every SituationGot pain? Pregnancy wishes? Confidence issues in the sack? We have a position for all that! We spoke to top female sexual health experts to hear their recommendations about the best positions for the most common sexual health concerns. Get ready to meet your new favorite moves.

    The Best Position for Baby-Making
    While it's true that you can get pregnant from all kinds of sexual positions, there is one that health experts frequently recommend as the way to increase your odds of becoming pregnant, and that's the "missionary" position (male on top) with a "pelvic tilt," says Amy Levine, a New York City-based sex coach, certified sexuality educator and founder of SexEdSolutions.com. "Putting a pillow under the tush can help elevate your pelvis, and create a slide effect-providing an easy path for his swimmers to make their way through your cervix on their journey to your ovum," she says. "Typically, women who try this tend to maximize the ejaculation, since it stays in

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  • How to Say No to Anything

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    Sometimes a tiny little word-N-O-is the most difficult one to say. No matter how hard you try to be strong-willed, you've likely found yourself stumbling over those two letters-or worse, agreeing to do something because you can't spit them out. But there's no need to say yes when you're feeling the exact opposite. We thought up 10 no-worthy scenarios and got relationship and etiquette experts' tips on how to finally put your foot down.

    Your mother-in-law wants to drop off her three cats while she's out of town for a long weekend.
    Assuming you've taken in her four-legged friends in the past, your goal here is to change her expectations for the future. While blaming an allergy-prone visitor might work this time, she's going to get suspicious if the same friend is in town every time her cats need somewhere to rest their paws. Skip the white lies and be direct. If you can't be the solution, offer to help find one, urges Sylvia Lafair, PhD, author of Don't

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