Blog Posts by Self Magazine

  • Enough with the Tights--Bring on the Self-Tanner!

    by Alexandra Samuel


    Oh my god you guys. Is it really spring today? Even though it SURE doesn't feel like it here in New York, I'm already dreaming of flirty little dresses that the warmer weather (and duh, the season) brings. But considering I also may have just booked a mystery vacay for my boyfriend and I, the idea of my pasty white legs seeing the light of day gives me nightmares. And even though I can't see all of y'alls sculpted gams, I'm pretty sure you guys could probably use these pale skin quick-fixes, too.

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    The Gradual Glow: I am a gigantic fan of all things St. Tropez and their Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4-in-1 is no exception. The stuff is majorly moisturizing, adds just a touch of gradual glow and firms up saggy spots. I use this stuff as lotion all or summer--especially when I'm trying to stretch a spray. Need to amp up your facial glow? I've always adored the drugstore deal from Jergens. The label's Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer

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  • How to Work Out with Your Dog

    by Sara Angle


    CN Digital Studio Get ready to shed some pounds with your pup--pun intended. Just in time for spring, Victoria Stilwell, author of Train Your Dog Positively, which hit shelves yesterday, gave us her top tips for exercising al fresco with your dog.

    Don't torture your puppy with doga, says Stillwell. "The majority of dogs that I've seen do it, do not look happy," says Stilwell. Instead, she recommends hiking, running, swimming or simply playing in the backyard as the best way to workout with your dog, but says that walking is absolutely the most important thing.

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    A good walk or hike outside allows dogs to use their innate senses to smell things around them that they miss out on when they're cooped up indoors. Did you know that a dog's sense of smell is up to 100,000 times stronger(!!!) than humans' sense? Those nostrils need to get worked. Being outside is not only beneficial for your pet, it can also do wonders for your own body.

    If you're looking for

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  • How Many Calories Are in Your Salad?

    by Alyssa Longobucco




    Load up on veg, then be a little careful with the stuff below. Think 450 cals total to keep it in salad world. Otherwise, you could just eat a pizza.




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    6 Moves for a Great Butt


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  • DIY Bath Products

    by Alex Samuel




    Swap body products with mystery ingredients you can't pronounce for these naturals from Adina Grigore of S.W. Basics in Brooklyn.




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    20 Superfoods for Weight Loss


    Lose 2 Pounds a Week!


    6 Moves for a Great Butt


    Top Secrets of Beauty Pros




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  • Weight Loss: Can a Text Message Help?

    Amanda MacMillan


    Remember a couple of weeks ago when I told you about the app that sends you daily texts from doctors? And remember how I said, "If I could only time them for those crucial moments when I'm thinking about skipping the gym or pigging out on a double chocolate muffin ... isn't there an app for that?" Well, guess what: There is, I've found it, and you can even test it out for for free. Boom.

    See more: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss

    This literal answer to my prayers is called Coach Alba, although technically it's not a mobile app -- it's a text-based program, so you can subscribe with any cell phone that has SMS capability. Coach Alba is designed to help you through those "crucial moments," or "CMs" as Coach Alba dubs 'em, during which you're regularly tempted to overeat or skip your workouts. (Yes, they even use the same language I used in my post a few weeks ago!)

    Coach Alba gets to know you via an online questionnaire; here, you identify all of the CMs

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  • Superfood of the Week: Popcorn

    Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Superfood of the week: popcornSuperfood of the week: popcornForget goji berries, chia or even quinoa: today's superfood is a true American classic. And we're NOT talking about movie theater popcorn, which is usually dripping with unhealthy-fat-laden butter. In its traditional form, popcorn is actually a whole-grain, chock full of satiating fiber to regulate your blood sugar and keep you fuller longer. What's even more fabulous is that the kernels are packed with antioxidants called polyphenols to ward off disease. Some recent research even shows that popcorn has higher levels of these disease-fighting polyphenols than some fruits and veggies! So say hello to your new snack staple and enjoy these three ways to chow down.

    See more: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss

    Cinnamon-Spice Popcorn:
    Air-popped popcorn weighs in at a mere 31 calories per cup, so go ahead and indulge with several. All you need to make your own is a brown paper bag, so why not avoid the additives of the store-bought bags and do it yourself? Simply pour

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  • Would You Wear Zombie Perfume?

    Alexandra Samuel


    Zombie perfume...really?Zombie perfume...really?Do you guys watch The Walking Dead? There's a bar in my 'hood that plays it every Sunday and, while I'm a little behind, I'm definitely a fan. So, when I saw this rad Zombie-inspired his and her perfumes from Demeter, I got super-freaking excited.

    See more: Lose 2 Pounds a Week!

    I know what you're thinking: "What the hell, Alex? Who wants to smell like a zombie?" Well, it doesn't smell like decay and cannibalism. (I mean, obviously, people.) It actually smells kind of good! In fact, I feel like these would totally be a signature scent for ironic hipsters. We would be all like, "What's that Awesome Fragrance?" And the hipster would be all like serious and say, "Zombie. For her." How can you not love that?

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    Zombie For Him smells like, what the company called, "forest floor" -- a combo of dried leaves, mushrooms, mildew, moss and earth. It kind of smells like a summer camp tends to after a rain storm. A little heavy,

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  • Office Weight Gain

    SELF staff


    CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioSELF's on-call medical advisor gets to the bottom of all your big health questions.

    I've gone up a dress size at my new job. Is this like a work-related freshman 15?! -Clara C., Austin, Texas

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    Dr. Lodge
    Any change in routine, including starting a new gig, can lead to weight gain. Consider what's different: Maybe you're "treating" stress with chocolate, or your new coworkers love bringing in doughnuts to share, or your longer commute is messing with your workout schedule. Something is making you take in more calories than you're burning. The great thing is, you've noticed already-you have time to get rid of that weight and get back on track before your body becomes too comfortable in those new bad habits and extra pounds. Start by bringing plenty of healthy food to work-a banana for a snack, turkey on whole-grain bread for lunch-so you won't be tempted by office goodies or too sluggish to make it to the gym. Take plenty of

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  • Should You Worry About Dense Breasts?

    SELF staff


    SELF's on-call medical advisor gets to the bottom of all your big health questions.

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    Q. My doctor told me I have dense breasts. What should I know or do about that? -Laurian W., Miami

    Dr. Lodge: First, understand what it means: You have more glandular tissue than fat in your breasts, which sounds alarming but is actually somewhat common in young women-breasts tend to get fattier as you get older. But you should know there's a possibility that you might be at a higher risk for breast cancer, though researchers are still sorting this out. So don't panic, but do work with your doc to ensure you know what to look for in a breast self-exam and to design the best screening strategy for you. If you have additional risk factors (family history, say), she may suggest that you start scans pre-40; when you do begin, she might add a breast ultrasound or an MRI, as it's more difficult to detect cancer in dense breasts using

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  • How to Get a Raise

    Lauren Sherman

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioYou know you've earned it, now you've just got to go in and ask for it. Here's how.

    Make the first move:
    Always keep this in the back of your mind: If you want a raise, you have to ask for one. "Believing that if we work hard we'll be rewarded for it is naïve," says Karen J. Pine, Ph.D., co-author of Sheconomics, a guide to finance for women. "Be proactive and make the first move."

    Do your homework:
    "Talk to friends in similar industries to see what they're making, and read up on averages for your industry and level of experience on sites like Payscale.com and Salary.com," says Nicole Lapin, a financial expert and founder of Recessionista.com. The great thing about these sites is that they allow you to search geographically-salaries often vary depending on where you live.

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    Aim realistically high:
    Don't go in with a "take what I can get" attitude-that kind of thinking only leads to disappointment. "You might have to negotiate

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