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  • Can You Shrink Your Pores?

    You might not be able to shrink them, but you can refine them.

    We Asked: Debra Jaliman, M.D., a practicing dermatologist in New York City, American Academy of Dermatology Spokesperson and author of "Skin Rules."

    The Answer: No. Your pores have a genetically determined size, and you can't get 'em smaller than that. But there are tons of reasons your pores might have expanded over the years, and that you can undo.

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    Let's start at the beginning. Different parts of your face have differently sized pores. The ones on your nose are the largest, followed by the forehead and chin. Pores on the cheeks are smaller yet, and the ones around the periphery of the face are the smallest. Some people naturally have pores so tiny you couldn't find them with a magnifying glass, while other people's pores are easy to spot with the naked eye. Generally speaking, blondes and redheads have smaller pores than brunettes.

    Whatever their size to begin with, when your pores get clogged they stretch out and look bigger. If

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  • Newest Trend in Skincare: Cleansing Waters

    Back in the (beauty) dark ages, all you needed to wash your face was a little soap and water. Oh, how times have changed.

    Between cleansing oils and balms and scrubs and cloths, there are about a million different ways to get your face clean. One of the newest contenders? Cleansing waters-clear solutions that claim to get rid of makeup, cleanse and tone all in one step, while leaving your face free of irritation and residue.

    "Cleansing waters are detergent-free solutions that can be used without the need for a sink or running water, so they're great for patients who are on the go," says New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D. "And because they're non-foaming, they're not as irritating as sudsy cleansers."

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    Foaming cleansers rely on traditional detergent (or surfactant) ingredients to get the cleansing job done. "They're identifiable on ingredient lists as chemicals like lauryl sulphate," says Dr. Fusco. Cleansing waters, on

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  • Egg Freezing: Can Women Really Have it All?

    Could freezing eggs be the answer for the working woman who still wants kids?

    For Sabrina Matthews* of New York, N.Y., freezing her eggs wasn't on her radar. At 33, the consummate over-achiever and valedictorian of her high school has a successful career, owns two properties and the resources to travel the world. "Freezing my eggs seemed like an act of desperation, and I thought I had the rest of my 30s to meet someone, get married and then have kids, " she says. "It isn't that I made a conscious choice to focus on my career over meeting someone; I always believed that I would meet him along the way."

    But that hasn't happened yet. So Matthews now finds herself bombarded with messages about her dwindling fertility from concerned friends and testimonials from powerful career women warning her that she cannot, in fact, "have it all." She says, "I'm considering freezing my eggs because it feels like it gives me some control back and takes some pressure off me to find someone 'before it's too late.' "

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  • Why You Shouldn't Wear Cotton in Winter

    Stay warm and dry all winter long.

    You shimmy on your wool sweater, slip into your down coat and don a hat fit for a lumber jack. You're confident that the cruel icy wind doesn't stand a chance against your layers. But within minutes of leaving your home, you're sweating and all you feel is the iciness of your cotton T-shirt against your skin.

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    When it comes to staying warm, which fabrics you reach for can make all the difference. We'll help you make smart choices before you step out into the wintery air.

    Keeping Heat In-and Moisture Out
    Clothing takes on that terrible frosty feeling because of moisture. "Water magnifies the effects of temperature, both hot or cold," says outdoor industry fabric consultant Kurt Gray, "so that's why it's really cold in Chicago or Seattle-because it's cold and wet. And that's why 100 degrees feels hotter in Atlanta versus 100 degrees in Santa Fe."

    When you want to stay warm, you want to stay dry. And once you break

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  • It's Love Your Pet Day! 5 Ways Yours Can Make You Healthier

    A great reason to adopt a new furry friend!

    When your dog bounds towards you with the unbridled excitement equivalent to a celebrity spotting and gives you one big, wet lick on your cheek the minute you come home, it's hard to imagine a better instant mood-booster. But there are a myriad of other benefits to welcoming a furry friend into your fold, from increased self-esteem to more exercise and less loneliness.

    Once you've decided to bring a dog into your home, find out how you can make the most out of your time with your pup-and gain those health and beauty benefits to boot.

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    Cuddle with your dog.
    Fido won't do you much good if he's always off in a corner by himself. Alan Beck, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and his co-researcher Aaron Katcher found in the early '80s that when people interact with dogs, "you actually get a drop in blood pressure-a true relaxation response," he says. More recently,

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  • Is a Juice Cleanse Right for You?

    What can juicing do for you?

    Do you really need to "cleanse" your body?
    Most experts agree that your body gets rid of toxins pretty well on its own and you don't need to live on liquids for that to happen. "The human body cleanses itself 24/7," says Samantha Heller, R.D., exercise physiologist and clinical nutrition coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Connecticut. "Your liver, kidneys, lungs and digestive system all work to detoxify and cleanse your body's immune system on a daily basis."

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    However, one expert points out that juice can help your liver do the best job possible: "Your liver cleanses your blood stream and clears out toxins that accumulate from the outside," says Susan Blum, M.D., M.P.H., assistant clinical professor of preventive medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and founder of the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, N.Y. "And giving your liver the nutrients it needs-through fruits, veggies and whole

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  • Why Everyone's Talking About Keratin

    Courtesy of TRESemme, AG, Pantene

    From styling treatments to straightening complexes and deep conditioners, it seems the great keratin tide has swept over every hair product category on the market today.

    With the protein appearing in such a diverse range of items, it can be confusing to decipher what exactly it is that keratin does, and for which hair type it's best suited. For instance, are keratin-branded hair care products just for those who have had keratin-containing treatments? And some consumers are even concerned about the ingredient's safety, since it's found in countless straightener formulas containing controversial actives, like formaldehyde, that can damage hair.

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    Experts say that you can relax: Keratin has been around for a long time, and its function is only one of protection. "Keratin reinforces your hair," YouBeauty Cosmetic Chemistry Expert Ni'Kita Wilson. "It's a protein that forms a film on hair strands, creating a scaffolding-like structure that's suitable

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  • There's a Reason You're Always Late

    Disney/YouBeautyDisney/YouBeautyBefore writing her book, "Never Be Late Again," management consultant Diana DeLonzor was always, always late. "It didn't matter what time I got up. I could get up at six and still be late for work at nine," she recalls. She was reprimanded at work, lost friendships and her timely husband was always mad at her. She couldn't stand being late, yet she just couldn't change.

    "Most people really hate being late and have tried many times to fix it," DeLonzor says. "Punctual people misunderstand. They think you're doing it as a control thing, or that you're selfish or inconsiderate. But it really is a much more complex problem than it seems."

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    In a study she led at San Francisco State University of 225 people, she found that about 17 percent were chronically late. Among them, there were clear patterns. Late people tended to procrastinate more, demonstrated trouble with self-control (were more prone to habits such as overeating, drinking too

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  • Wacky Beauty Products You Should (And Shouldn't) Try

    Beauty has never been a stranger to quirky product ideas. After all, let's not forget that inventions like Frownies and the Topsy Turvy have at one time taken the industry by storm-and, of course, those cellulite-busting massage contraptions that appear once every decade (witness the early 80s version, left). Sometimes the space between the brilliant and the bizarre is a fine line. We check out the claims behind today's most offbeat launches and ask experts to weigh in on whether these problem solvers are worth opening your wallet.

    - by Grace Gold

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  • Slow Food: The Secret to Enjoying Every Last Bite

    Make mealtime a relaxing and enjoyable event.

    Tim West grew up in New York's Hudson Valley, close to the city lights of Manhattan but far enough away to feel like the country. Two-thirds of a set of triplets, he and his brother Chris both got their first jobs at a pioneering farm-to-table restaurant called the Flying Pig Café. "It was there, sitting down to a staff meal and looking left to see the chef who prepared the food and right to see the farmer who'd grown it, that I had an epiphany," says West. "I knew exactly where my food had come from."

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    After his time at the Flying Pig, Chris went off to culinary school. Tim went another way. "I really wanted to achieve my own identity, so I headed out west," he says. He enrolled at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he jokes that he "majored in rock climbing and snowboarding the first semester." West had his second food-related epiphany after he got food poisoning at a Taco Bell. "I called my brother and said,

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