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  • The Risk with Throwing a Few Back Before Bed

    That drink might be doing more bad than good.

    Many people end their evenings with a nightcap to relax and help sleep come easier. In fact, physicians once recommended a nightcap as a sleep aid! Although alcohol may help people unwind and put the stressors of the day at bay, it can actually have detrimental effects.

    Many people with insomnia self-medicate with alcohol because it is sedating and induces sleep at the beginning of the night. However, it is a poor choice overall because the body quickly metabolizes alcohol and its effects wear off within a few hours. Despite being able to fall asleep with alcohol at the beginning of the night, consuming it before bed can actually lead to more awakenings, lighter sleep and disrupted sleep stages.

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    Most importantly, regularly relying on alcohol as a sleep aid can lead to tolerance (the need to drink more and more alcohol over time to achieve the same initial level of sedation).

    A recent meta-analysis to appear

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  • 5 Supplements You Should Be Cautious About

    Your healthy measures might actually be hurting you.

    Do you pop supplements like jelly beans? When it comes to the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly, you might think you can't get too much of a good thing-especially when they're wrapped in foil and taste like candy. But just like wine spritzers and apple crumble, you can overdo it on supplements.

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    They're complicated: More is not always better-and more can sometimes be dangerous. Vitamins, mineral supplements and even some herbs can interfere with each another, interact with the medications your doctor prescribes and it's even possible to overdose on them. (We're not talking about a scene out of the movie "Pulp Fiction" here, but the effects can be serious nonetheless.)

    Before you down another multivitamin full of everything from A to Z, read on to find out which ones can spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

    1. Calcium
    To support bone strength, stave off osteoporosis and keep your muscles and joints working well, it's

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  • Jeans to Transform Your Tush

    If there's one thing that's worse than shopping for swimsuits, it's shopping for jeans. And the area that seems to cause the most despair? You guessed it: the derriere. To help ease your pain, we've rounded up the best jeans for your butt. Flat, wide, small or saggy, it's all about strategic pocket placement and knowing when to embellish and when to keep things simple.

    Now, who's ready to hit the stores? It's time to learn to dig your denim.

    - by Lesley Kennedy



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  • The Perfect Concealer at Any Age

    Get the right formulas to work with your skin.

    What works when you're 20 usually doesn't work when you're 40-whether it's your food choices, your ability to rebound from a hangover (enter the two-day recovery!) or how you apply your makeup. When it comes to cover up, our needs shift over our lifetime. The formula you used to cover your teenage breakouts is decidedly not the one you want to layer beneath your 30-something eyes to disguise your baby/work/social life-induced sleep depravation.

    The good news? Thanks to major innovations in the concealer department, simply adjusting your approach to the shifting needs of your skin can have you looking vibrant, no matter your decade. We asked Sandy Linter, celebrity makeup artist and Lancôme's Beauty At Every Age Expert (who is incidentally looking damn good at 65) for her best concealer-blending tips for skin of every age.

    QUIZ: Does Your Skin Look Older Than it Should?

    Concealer in Your 20s
    Late nights up studying, working or out on the town with friends can often

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  • Your Secrets Are Weighing You Down—Literally

    That mountain looks big, doesn't it?

    Have you ever held onto a secret? Been weighed down by a secret? Felt the burden of secrecy? They way we talk about it, you'd think a secret was a physical entity you had to carry around with you from place to place. Surprising new research finds that might not be so far from the truth.

    Michael Slepian, a social psychologist at Tufts University, recently tested whether the burden of secrets goes beyond the metaphorical. To do this, he recreated an old experiment where participants had to hold a heavy object and look at picture of a hill and estimate the slope, then try to toss a beanbag at a target. The idea is that if you're schlepping a full backpack, the thought of having to lug it up a hill is going to make that hill look like a tough climb. And it will make that target look so far away . In Slepian's version, subjects held a secret instead of physical load. He had them write down either a big or small secret they were holding, then perform the tasks.

    QUIZ: Are You an

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  • Cassey Ho's Favorite Get-Fit Recipes

    Pilates and fitness instructor Cassey Ho-a YouTube sensation with nearly 340,000 subscribers and more than 32 million video views on her "Blogilates" channel-knows that exercise is only part of the equation when it comes to trimming down. Here, she shares her favorite healthy dishes (including dessert!) so you can make these tasty, good-for-you meals at home.



    - by YouBeauty Editors



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  • Your Hair Just Won't Grow—And Age Might Be to Blame

    Why your hair just never seems to grow.

    You have begged, you have pleaded, wondered what kind of voodoo magic Demi Moore is up to and finally, given up. But there's no question that countless middle-aged women share the same lament: "Why-really, why?-won't my hair grow any faster? And is it just me, or does it seem to get slower each year?"

    In a world of Blake Livelys and Giseles (not to mention plenty of more mature leading ladies), it can seem like everyone is sporting insanely long locks. But keep in mind two things. One, natural, mid-back hair growth is not as common as Hollywood would have you think. While there's no statistic measuring the overall population's varying hair lengths, consider a Los Angeles hair expert's very educated guess. "Oh please, it's so rare! So many women have extensions. It's very, very unusual to see naturally long hair. I'd roughly estimate it's not even 10 percent of women," says Christophe Belkacemi, a top stylist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda salon in LA.

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  • Study: Probiotics May Be the Cure for Acne

    One step closer to clearer complexions!

    For decades, scientists have puzzled over the main mystery of acne: If the zit-causing bacteria known as P. acnes lives on everyone's skin, why do some people react to it with relentless breakouts, while others get to enjoy clear, resilient complexions?

    Now, a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has discovered a possible answer. Researchers from UCLA lifted P. acnes bacteria from the pores of 49 acne-prone and 52 clear-complexioned volunteers. What they found were more than 1,000 strains of the bacteria, from which they were able to identify genes unique to each strain.

    And it turns out that all P. acnes was not created equal.

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    "We were extremely excited to uncover a strain of P. acnes that's common in healthy skin, yet rarely found when acne is present," said principal investigator Huiying Li, an assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

    In

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  • What Really Causes Hangnails?

    We all get 'em (unfortunately).

    We Asked: Barry Goldman, M.D., a practicing dermatologist in New York City and Chief of Dermatology at New York Downtown Hospital.

    The Answer: First, let us blow your mind: Hangnails aren't nails. They're made of damaged skin.

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    The backs of our hands have some of the most fragile, delicate skin anywhere on the body. That means they're particularly susceptible to getting cut when we do pretty much anything, from reaching into a gunked-up garbage disposal to getting our keys out of our handbags. A nick in the soft skin immediately around the cuticle (that semi-translucent curve of skin that hugs your nail) quickly dries out, becoming a hard protrusion-a hangnail that snags on stuff constantly and hurts like the dickens. Fingers have tons of nerve endings, which is what makes hangnails so exquisitely painful.

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    The best thing to prevent hangnails is keeping your skin

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  • Eat These to Suppress Your Appetite

    Eat less by eating these foods.Everyone is searching for that magic bullet when it comes to weight loss, but adding an exotic ingredient to your pasta carbonara won't miraculously melt away the fat. That said, there are certain foods and eating strategies that, when used together, can naturally help dial down your appetite. Take a look at what works-and why.


    Eat an Apple a Day

    If you do one thing to regulate your appetite, eat a high-fiber diet, notes Judy Caplan, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Fiber-rich foods break down slowly and turn off your brain's response to food," she explains. Plus, fiber stabilizes blood sugar levels, which determines how hungry you get. Adding 14 extra grams of fiber to your daily menu can reduce calorie intake by 10 percent. The fiber in apples and citrus are especially effective in helping the stomach feel full. For a snack that will tide you over until dinnertime, Keri Glassman, R.D., nutrition expert and author of "The New You and

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