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  • Secrets of a Smooth Complexion

    By Woman's Day Staff

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    Fresh Face

    If it feels like no matter how much moisturizer you slather on, your face still looks blotchy, irritated and dry, there's a good reason. "Our skin naturally loses moisture and gets thinner as we age, causing it to become much more fragile and susceptible to inflammation," says New York City dermatologist Craig Austin, MD. But you don't have to see red. These three brilliant solutions can help keep your skin flare-up free. Photo credit: Corbis












    The Dermatologist's Diagnosis

    "An easy way to stop adverse reactions is to avoid what triggers them," explains Neal Schultz, MD, a New York City dermatologist. Steer clear of long, hot showers and cleansers containing solvents like mineral oil or petrolatum, which can strip your skin of its natural oils, drying it out and causing ruddiness. Toss any skincare products with artificial dyes and fragrances, as both are common irritants. Photo credit: iStock
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  • Never Feel Jealous Again!

    By Alina Dizik

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    Overcoming Jealousy

    As thrilled as you are that your inner circle consists of successful, happy women, it's normal to question whether you're as successful and happy as they are. "Women instinctively compare themselves to their friends," explains Irene Levine, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend. "When a friend has more of something or does something better-whether it's looks, a career, a family or money-it's natural to feel some degree of jealousy." But competition can cause you to be aggressive toward your pal or avoid her completely. "Being aware of your envy is a good first step because you can devise strategies to overcome the negative consequences of that feeling," says Dr. Levine. Not sure how to deal with your competitive streak? Try these solutions for beating seven common jealousy triggers. Photo credit: Getty Images


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  • 10 Things that Are Cheaper in Summer

    By Alexandra Gekas

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    Seasonal Deals

    While sundresses, sandals and beach gear may be on your mind right now, you should be thinking about making some less-obvious buys when it's warm out. That's because the summer offers some of the best deals of the year on items like cars, grills and furniture. Read on to learn where you can get steep discounts this season and help your bottom line over the rest of the year. Photo credit: Thinkstock; iStock














    Cars

    Summer is a great time to get a new set of wheels because it's the end of the annual production schedule and peak selling season. That means there are lots of rebates, incentives and additional buyer programs to save you around 10% to 15%, according to Sarah Lee Marks, automotive consumer advocate and founder of car-buying guide MyCarLady.com. Just get on it as soon as possible. "The model year build cycle has become considerably shorter, so cars come with better incentives earlier in summer rather than the historical Labor Day sale,"

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  • 8 Ways to Avoid Relationship Disasters on Facebook

    By Dawn Papandrea

    man on computer with woman in backgroundman on computer with woman in backgroundHere's a stat to dislike: Nearly one-third of divorce filings in 2011 mentioned the word Facebook, according to a survey from Divorce-Online, a British legal service. "You can't blame Facebook for divorce, but it will exploit cracks that are already there," says Charles J. Orlando, relationship expert and author of The Problem with Women... is Men. So does using Facebook doom your marriage? Hardly. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg's status recently went from single to married. Before your marital status takes a turn toward "It's complicated," try these expert strategies to protect your relationship. Photo credit: Thinkstock

    1. Go beyond just being friends with your spouse.

    Befriending your spouse and sharing your relationship status on Facebook are no-brainers, but go one step further, suggests Julie Spira, author of The Rules of Netiquette: How to Mind Your Manners on the Web . "Both you and your spouse should be digitally proud of your marriage.

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  • 5 Guilt-Free Summer Cocktails

    By Lauren Smith

    Tropical cocktails are a rite of summer-delicious and refreshing. The problem is, the calories can push your diet over the edge. To counter this, we've come up with some less-indulgent versions of classic seasonal favorites. Enjoy! Photo credit: Shuttershock


    Margarita
    It's tempting to pick up a bottle of store-bought frozen margarita mix, but that's where most of the 325 calories lie. Instead, just get tequila, limes for fresh-squeezed lime juice and some Triple Sec to make your own version. Calories saved: 153 per 6 ounces.
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    Mojito
    Sugar adds to the taste of this Cuban specialty, helping release the mint flavor. It also adds to the 145-calorie count. Instead, use a sugar substitute, like stevia, which contains virtually no calories, yet works to enhance the mint's flavor during the muddling process. Calories saved: 80 per 6 ounces.

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  • Jodi Picoult’s All-Time Favorite Reads

    By Woman's Day Staff



    Sing You HomeSing You HomeBook Talk

    Knowing what an author's choice reads are is like getting a glimpse into their mind. So we couldn't resist the opportunity to check out the literary picks of best-selling author Jodi Picoult, who recently released her 18th novel, Sing You Home, about the challenges same-sex couples face when marrying and adopting. (She is also the author of My Sister's Keeper, which hit the big screen in 2009.) Read through to see the writing that Picoult loves, as well as the authors she's looked up to along her own novel journey. Photo credit: Atria Books










    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    "Hemingway's 1920s tale of jealousy among five men in love with the same woman entranced me with its short, direct writing-what's not said is more important than what is said." Photo credit: Simon and Schuster
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    The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

    "My go-to children's book, this story flips the

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  • A Boy’s Best Friend

    By Gay Norton Edelman

    A Boy's Best FriendA Boy's Best Friend

    Wendy Falk didn't set out to find a dog that would transform her 11-year-old's life. The Oshkosh, WI, mom just wanted her son, Jarod-diagnosed with autism at 18 months-to overcome his terror of them. "Our neighbors and my brothers have dogs," says Wendy, 37. "Jarod would have a meltdown anytime he saw one." Worse, she says, "He couldn't connect with people at all." Photo credit: Christina Hyde

    A friend at the school where Wendy taught told her about a puppy he was raising for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a national organization that provides dogs who alert their deaf owners to sounds like the phone ringing, perform tasks for the physically disabled such as turning on lights, and help the developmentally disabled overcome social isolation. Wendy thought, Could a CCI dog help Jarod? "I desperately wanted him to have a friend, someone to give him unconditional love," she says.
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    In the meantime, Jarod, then 9,

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  • WD’s Guide to Planning a Family Vacation

    By Angela Ebron

    If you've ever planned a trip, you've probably gone online for plane tickets, hotel reservations and reviews. But it's not just websites like Travelocity and Orbitz that offer great deals and information-there's a slew of other places to look, including cool phone apps. These resources cover all the bases.

    1. Getting There

    Useful Websites

    Kayak.com Compares prices at multiple travel and airline sites to help you find the cheapest plane tickets. Just click on the flight you want and you're automatically aed to the travel site or airline's website to book. (There are no fees to use Kayak; other sites sell you the ticket.)

    Yapta.com Tracks airline prices daily and sends you an e-mail alert if the fare drops-even after you book (in which case you may be eligible for a credit).

    SeatGuru.com Guides you to the best airplane seats. Leg room? Seat width? Most comfortable? You'll find out here.

    AirfareWatchDog.com People, not computers, search

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  • How to Treat a Headache

    By Alyssa Shaffer

    How to Treat a HeadacheHow to Treat a HeadacheQ:Your head is pounding and you don't know what to do. The keys to feeling better: knowing what kind you have and figuring out the likely cause. Three experts weigh in on how to get rid of the pain.

    A:The professor says... Pinpoint the type.

    How you treat your headache depends on what kind it is, so pay attention to your symptoms. If you have a pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of your head mixed with nausea and/or vomiting, auras (visual changes), sensitivity to light or sound, and/or tingling in your face or hands, you probably have a migraine. Changes in weather, lack of sleep and/or a drop in estrogen right before your period are common triggers. Over-the-counter (OTC) migraine formulas can help (like Excedrin or Advil Migraine), but prescription drugs often work best for severe cases.
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  • The Books that Changed Our Lives

    By Mandy Major

    Like the ink on their pages, some books are bound to be indelible. Whether it was an eye-opening mystery in grade school or a powerful work of nonfiction in adulthood, there are books that have a special power to transport, inspire and propel us toward new ways of thinking and living. See which picks influenced the WD team and share your own influential book in the comments below.


    The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene

    This was my first Nancy Drew, when I was 8. She was smart, brave and capable of getting out of any kind of scrape you could imagine. The book also turned me on to series books: I loved the fact that you don't always have to say goodbye to a character when the story ends. -Diane Oatis, Woman's Day Copy Director
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    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    I read On the Road in 10th grade, after my American history teacher recommended it. I had always been an avid reader, but this was the first book that really
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