Blog Posts by Self Magazine

  • Minimalist Sneakers: What's the Deal?

    Jaclyn Emerick, SELF

    These pared-down shoes will have you high on running. Lace up a pair of minimalist sneaks, and you may also be less likely to get injured. Here are six styles to try.

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  • How to Look Good at the Gym

    Rachel Hayes, SELF magazine

    In a recent poll, 76 percent of you told us that you wear makeup to the gym. Here's how to do it the right way.

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  • Look Hot in the Cold

    Nicole Catanese, SELF

    The coldest season of the year comes with a special set of skin care issues (Rudolph nose, anyone?). Read on to save yourself.

    "I have eyebrow dandruff. WTF?!"
    When you wash your face, you probably don't get into brows, so over time, dead cells stack up, forming flakes, explains Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. At home, a.m. and p.m., use a face wash with gentle buffers like jojoba beads, targeting brows to slough skin. On the go, tote nubby makeup remover wipes. Skip brow products until flakes are gone, so gook doesn't build up.

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    "My nose is red and raw-not cute."
    A dry-air assault from indoor heat and outdoor cold + wads of tissues from nose blowing = Rudolph syndrome. Dab on a cream with ceramides, hydrating lipids that dry air depletes, Dr. Fusco says. Cracking, too? Layer on barrier cream, a protective ointment with beeswax or botanical oils. Hide evidence with green concealer topped with a

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  • How NOT to Break Up

    Robin Hilmantel, SELF magazine

    Splits spike in January and peak in March, a FindLaw analysis notes. So divorce lawyers are buys! Learn from their clients' mistakes.

    She told her girlfriends about his erectile dysfunction:
    When one husband realized his now-ex-wife had dished to her girls about his sex issues, "it was clear he felt humiliated," says Erik Newton, an attorney in San Francisco who represented the wife. Emasculating topics such as bedroom shortcomings or even a bad work review should be off-limits. They make him feel inadequate and that he can't trust you, which is tough to recover from, says Jane Greer, Ph.D., a marriage and family therapist and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship. Sure, we all love a good bitchfest, but let us remind you of a little game called telephone. You tell friends, "We're having trouble in bed." They hear, "He can't get it up." They pass along, "He's probably on Viagra!" Not cool.

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  • 4 Steps to Getting a New Job

    Bill DiodatoBill DiodatoK. Aleisha Fetters, SELF magazine

    You know one of the best places to land a job is online. But, hello, talk about being a needle in a haystack! Here, ways you can stand out among the e-masses.


    You'll increase your chances of a recruiter contacting you tenfold if you post links to industry news along with personal insights on your page at least once a week, according to Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's career expert. And while you're at it, beef up your experience section. Profiles that list more than one position snag more page views. Highlight your personal achievements with about five bullet points of info under each gig.

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    Parrot words or phrases from the job post in your résumé and cover letter, says Rosemary Haefner,'s HR vice prez. Recruiters often weed through hundreds of applications by typing keywords from the job description (such as "experienced in HTML") into a search engine.

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  • 10-Minute Dinners

    Jonathon KambourisJonathon KambourisJennifer Iserloh, SELF magazine

    You can whip up these slimming meals in a blink and shed pounds almost as fast. Almost.

    SALMON WITH AVOCADO-ORANGE SALSA: Salmon's omega-3 fatty acids may rev fat burn during workouts and help maintain calorie-torching muscle.


    • 2 oranges
    • 2 Hass avocados, cubed
    • 1/4 cup diced red onion
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (packed)
    • 4 3-oz skinless wild salmon fillets
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)
    • 4 teaspoons olive oil (divided)
    • 8 cups baby spinach
    • 2 cups thinly sliced carrots

    Preparation: Heat oven to 450°. Peel and section 2 oranges over a bowl; place sections in bowl and squeeze juice from any pulp still attached to the rind. Add 2 cubed Hass avocados, 1/4 cup diced red onion and 1/4 cup packed cilantro, chopped; toss well. On each of four 12" x 12" sheets of aluminum foil, place one 3-oz skinless wild salmon fillet; top with 1/8 tsp salt and 1 tsp olive oil. Fold foil edges to seal; place foil packets on a baking sheet. Cook

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  • How to Ask for Help at Work

    Ariana Bond, SELF magazine

    Even a rock-star employee (ahem, that's you) can use a little assist sometimes. These savvy tactics make it easy to send out an SOS without feeling like a total loser.

    Your worry: People will think I have no clue about what I'm doing.

    Why you shouldn't sweat it: You'll come off as more flaky if you keep quiet and struggle instead of requesting some direction. But keep it simple: Ask a manager to double-check your first-draft memo-not to write it for you. Seeking a second opinion is wise.

    What to say: Lead with something like "I've pulled together some solid ideas for this project." Then go in for the ask: "Do you think you could take a look at my plan?" You want to emphasize that you've got things under control, advises Garret Keizer, author of Help: The Original Human Dilemma. Practice out loud a few times. See? You sound totally capable.

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    Your worry: All my coworkers seem so busy. I'd hate to be

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  • Is He Missing the Cuddle Gene?

    Cristina Tudino, SELF magazine

    Touch is vital to any relationship. But some guys may have a genetic variation that could make them seem less affectionate, new research from Oregon State University in Corvallis suggests. To feel tight even if he's snuggle challenged:

    Try PDA-Lite: Link arms with him in public but lay off the smooches. Small points of contact are powerful bonders, too-and tend to be less freaky for a touchphobic dude.

    Bust a move: Request some Rihanna and dance your butts off with each other at the bar this weekend. Simply moving in unison will make you feel more intimate and in sync.

    Sweat together and fist-bump after killing a set of reps. NBA players who knock knuckles work better as a team, research shows, and so will you. LeBorn would be proud.

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    Getting close to him will help you...

    Forgive and forget. A hug can make you and your BF want to cooperate, not bicker. Researchers say that even the briefest touch can make you feel

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  • Lightened-Up Bar Food

    Preparation: Place 1 tbsp limeade concentrate in a shallow bowl. Place salt in a second shallow bowl. In a third bowl, combine remaining limeade concentrate, beer and tequila. Rim 6 glasses with reserved limeade and salt. Divide beer mixture evenly among glasses; garnish each with a lime slice.
    Marge Perry, SELF magazine

    Why should guys be the only ones who get to enjoy gooey pub grub? These apps let you satisfy your cravings without the food coma and next-day guilt.


    Packing these puppies full of veggies gives them a wallop of low-cal flavor, leaving plenty of room for queso.


    • 4 medium plum tomatoes, diced
    • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
    • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 can (15 oz) low-sodium red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chiles in adobo
    • 4
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  • Winter Weight Gain Traps

    Danielle Braff, SELF magazine

    Rich holiday food isn't the only reason our jeans "shrink" in winter-seems the season has it in for us. Ice these top pound-packing triggers.

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