Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • 9 Ways to Make a Relationship Work


    Had a fight? Count to 10 before changing your Facebook status. New world, new rules to make love work now.

    1. Put yourself first.

    People who spend time bettering themselves have happier unions than those who always put their partner's needs first. "When you develop your own interests (cooking, learning a foreign language), you have more to teach the other person," says Gary Lewandowski Jr., Ph.D., ofMonmouth University in New Jersey. "Your bond will improve because you're adding new layers and depth to it."

    2. Have quickies.

    Fast sex may seem unromantic, but short bursts of passion keep you bonded because they release dopamine and oxytocin, two chemicals that trigger loving feelings. "If you're having regular sex and stoking those neurochemicals, it doesn't have to be amazing every time," says sex therapist Ian Kerner.

    Related: 20 Secrets Men NEVER Tell Women

    3. Do go to bed angry.

    Research conducted at the University of California, San Diego, found that people

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  • 5 Summer to Fall Beauty Tips from the Experts

    Summer to Fall Beauty TipsSummer to Fall Beauty Tips

    Why should celebrities and models get to keep all the beauty gurus to themselves? Here, their go-to experts answer your questions.

    1. "I am officially over my ombre hair. How can I fix it without cutting off too many inches?" -Adina Benno, 31, Brooklyn, New York

    The Expert: New York City hair colorist and salon owner Marie Robinson
    She says: There's no need to chop off your hair-or see a professional, in most cases. First, pick a semi- or demi-permanent dye in the same shade as your natural color. The dye should be the opposite tone of your ombre ends because you'll use it to neutralize the lightened section. For example, a dark brunette with warm chestnut ends would use a cool ash-brown. Pick a deposit-only formula (with low or no ammonia) like L'Oreal Healthy Look Creme Gloss, $9. Apply the dye on your lighter ends only. A minute before you're supposed to rinse, get in the shower, wet your hair to emulsify the dye, then rub it all over as if you're shampooing. After you

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  • 8 Face Washing Myths

    Face WashFace Wash

    Clearly, an old-school splash and scrub won't do. Here, the new rules for getting your freshest face.

    Myth 1: WASH AND GO It's more of a two-step process. "Remove your makeup before you wash your face," says Montclair, New Jersey, derm Dr. Jeanine Downie. "Many cleansers can't take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose." Use an oil-based cream, an emollient wipe, or a cleansing oil to dissolve stubborn sunscreen and makeup. Follow with lukewarm water and a dime-size amount of cleanser (look for the ingredients cocamidopropyl betaine or caprylic triglyceride, which are sulfate-free surfactants) on your fingers or a clean, damp washcloth. Rinse and dry with a soft paper towel if you're acne-prone.

    Related: 7 Basic Foods to Use as Skincare Products

    Myth 2: WASH TWICE A DAY While the jury is still out on how often to cleanse (every a.m. and p.m. or just once at night), all derms agree that over-washing can lead to irritation and a lack of moisture.

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  • 6 Reasons Why Your Ab Workout Isn't Cutting It

    Ab WorkoutAb Workout

    A flat stomach can be yours: Our four-part guide to what to eat, drink, and do will have you bikini-ready in no time.

    1. To get rock-hard, you have to work your abs every day.

    Why: Abs need rest and recovery: It's only during rest that your muscles build. "Three to five days a week of consistent, dedicated abdominal training should get you strong, sleek abs," says Kathy Kaehler, trainer and author of Kathy Kaehler's Celebrity Workouts.

    2. A good ab workout takes half an hour.

    Why: "If it takes you that long to feel them working, you're doing something wrong," says Kaehler. "I trained Jennifer Aniston about three days a week, and we did no more than five minutes of abs each time." Check your form, don't use momentum and focus on quality rather than quantity.

    Related: 10 Guilt-Free Summer Snacks

    3. Super-slow crunches make you stronger.

    Why: Taking as much as a minute per crunch doesn't make you stronger than regular crunches do. In fact, ultra-slow ab work is

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  • 5 Times of the Day You Should Be Working Out

    Best Times to Work OutBest Times to Work Out

    What's the best time to exercise? If you answered, "Anytime I can drag my spandex-clad ass to the gym," it's not that you're wrong exactly, but your body does respond to exercise differently throughout the day. Given how hectic life can be, it makes sense to get the most out of every minute spent exercising. Here, experts help you find the best time to schedule your workout based on the benefits you're looking to achieve.

    1. If you have a stressful meeting planned…

    Work out just before it. Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity exercise can lessen your body's physiological reaction to stress by boosting feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine. "It also encourages your brain to switch off its stress response," says J. Carson Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland. "You'll feel the effects about 15 minutes after you finish your workout."

    2. If you have trouble sleeping…

    Do the right exercise before bed. You may have heard that

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  • 6 Ways Technology Could Be Making You Sick

    Technology vs. HealthTechnology vs. Health

    As slick devices take over our home and homes away form home, whispers of techno-health hazards keep flying. We get to the bottom of what's real, what's not, and when to opt out.

    1. Smartphones

    The situation: Just as we were chatting on our iPhones about our summer plans, the news broke: The World Health Organization had just classified radio frequency waves - the radiation we know most from cell phones - as "possibly carcinogenic." No new studies were hatched, just a review of existing relevant research, which led to a conclusion of "limited evidence" for certain brain tumors from cell phones - meaning there "could be some risk" and we should "keep a close watch." But alas, the ongoing wishy-washiness stems from the existing studies' being too small, too outdated, and too ill-designed to be definitive, explains Michael Wyde, Ph.D., of the National Toxicology Program.
    The strategy: Minimize exposure. Read more here.

    2. iTunes Alert

    Now that smartphones have

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  • 8 Ways Stress is Affecting Your Body


    The human body is well adapted to deal with short-term stress, but if it remains on orange alert for an extended period of time, you can grow vulnerable to some serious health problems. Here's how major systems respond to your worries.

    1. NERVOUS

    The "fight or flight" response begins here: When you're stressed, the brain's sympathetic nerves signal the adrenal glands to release a chemical variety pack, including epinephrine (aka adrenaline) and cortisol. Persistently high levels of these chemicals may impair memory and learning, and up your odds for depression.

    Related: 5 Secrets of the Highest-Paid Women


    Stress hormones trigger the liver to produce more blood sugar, to give you that kick of energy in the moment of perceived danger. But if the "danger" you're concerned with is a long-term dilemma and you're already at risk for type 2 diabetes, bad news: Elevated glucose levels may turn you into a card-carrying diabetic.



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  • 10 Career Tips They Don't Teach in Business School (From the Experts)

    Expert Career TipsExpert Career Tips

    The 10 rarely-discussed-but-totally-essential career skills they don't teach in business school-and expert advice on how to nail them.

    By Lea Goldman

    1. Score face time with the office big shot.

    "Don't underestimate flattery," says Ivanka Trump, the Celebrity Apprentice star and executive vice president of The Trump Organization. Attend speeches or panel discussions featuring your more senior executive, then follow up with an e-mail, which may open up a dialogue, Trump advises. Also prove you're worth her time by cultivating an air of diligence-show up early, stay late, and volunteer for the scut work everybody passes off. "Stand out by taking ownership over things that aren't being done," says Trump. "It's less about showing people how smart you are and more about taking initiative and making the system work."

    Related: 5 Secrets of the Highest-Paid Women

    2. Hang with the boss in the stadium luxury suite.

    Rule #1: Dress like you belong there. For weeknight games, work

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  • 6 Ways to Stop Your Hair from Thinning and Breaking

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    Antiaging: It's pounded into our brains that the sooner we begin to address our skin's eventual decline (bring on the SPFs, serums, and creams!), the better off we will be years later. But the harsh truth is that our hair and scalp require the same attention.

    "As hair ages, we produce less keratin - the protein that renders it strong and healthy - because our bodies can't absorb essential minerals and vitamins as effectively," explains Christyn Nawrot, a national educator for haircare brand Phyto. And without adequate or high-quality keratin, strands slowly become porous, hyper-prone to breakage, and scary-skinny. Thankfully, high-maintenance hair extensions aren't the only option.

    1. Build strength: According to Nawrot, the biggest culprit of aging and keratin depletion is frequent heat styling - with professional-grade (read: hotter and more powerful) tools women now use at home - because it completely zaps moisture from the hair. "Moisture is key," she says. "It allows

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  • Is it Ever OK to Read Your Boyfriend’s Texts or Emails?

    Relationships and TextingRelationships and Texting

    In a technology-filled world, the temptation to read your man's Facebook messages or snoop through his texts his overwhelming. But are you in the right to do so? By Diana Pearl

    When Emily Gold* logged onto her husband's email with dread pooling in stomach, she was hoping for the best. Instead, she was met with a rude awakening: clear cut evidence of her husband's affair scattered throughout his emails. Love notes, song lyrics, photos of the two of them together, but that wasn't all. The worst was a pro/con list, written by her husband, on whether or not he should leave her. "It was the worst thing I have ever seen with my eyes," Gold said.

    She's not alone: according to a 2011 study, 41-percent of women have snooped through their man's phone or emails. Modern technology offers a whole new variety of ways to spy on your partner. Looking through drawers and checking for lipstick on the collar is a thing of the past. According to a January 2013 poll by the Daily Mail, going through

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