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Losing his foot and ankle to a land mine couldn't stop 50-year-old Todd Reed. He's a Mesa, Arizona police officer and plays o…

  • Photo: William Abranowicz

    Photo: William Abranowicz

    By Jenny Bailly

    Lisa Hallowell, 50

    What She's Done
    Botox, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, skin-toning laser, highlights

    What She'll Never Do
    "Never say never."

    What She'd Consider
    Anything with a proven result (and preferably no cutting)

    Why she tried Botox last year: "I had lines across my forehead, and they were starting to bother me."

    Why she'll do it again: "I love the softening effect. My gaze doesn't zero in on my forehead anymore when I look in the mirror."

    What else she does a couple of times a year: "My dermatologist--who happens to be my brother--gives me a treatment that combines microdermabrasion and a light chemical peel to exfoliate my skin, and a gentle laser that helps shrink pores and calm redness, without any downtime."

    How her beauty routine has changed over the past ten years: "When I was 40, I could put on lip gloss and mascara and walk out the door feeling great. Now to feel that confident I also need concealer. And

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  • Kay Rene Qualls and DeeAnn Shafer were 56-years-old when they discovered a shocking truth: they were separated from their biological families in a Heppner, Oregon nursery. Three years later, they and their families have learned to cope.


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  • Sunscreen isn't the only way to prevent Skin Cancer...

    Sunscreen isn't the only way to prevent Skin Cancer...

    Melanoma is no joke. It's the No. 1 cause of cancer among women in their twenties and has even skyrocketed by 72 percent in New York over the past 10 years, according to the American Cancer Society. New research also shows that half of adults under 30 have had a burn in the past year, which doubles their chances of contracting melanoma. Don't want to become a statistic? Try these tips from dermatologist Mona Gohara, M.D.

    By Carly Cardellino

    Seek Out Tan in a Can
    Get a safe, sexy, sun-kissed glow with a sunless tanner. Exfoliate first, then apply one from head-to-toe for a natural-looking faux "tan."

    New studies show that those who use sunless tanners are much less likely to use tanning booths or lay out in the sun.

    Make a Difference in Your Hometown
    Contact local politicians for support and sign petitions to restrict tanning bed use. As of January 2012, minors under the age of 18 have been banned from indoor tanning in California, and New York State is requiring in-person signed pa

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  • Ever gone demi-permanent?

    Ever gone demi-permanent?

    When you're looking to cover up grays, there are a few ways to do it.

    You can use a semi-permanent hair color if you want the color to last for just a few shampoos (great, for example, if you want quick coverage for a party). If you're looking to make a long-term commitment, you'll want to seek out permanent color. Rather than washing out, this type of dye needs to grow out of your hair-leaving dreaded gray roots in its wake.

    QUIZ: How Healthy is Your Hair?

    But somewhere in the middle lies the hair color sweet spot that many women crave. It's called demi-permanent hair color.

    "This type of product will stay in the hair for 28 shampoos," explains Teca Lewellyn, a Procter & Gamble Beauty Scientist. "So, depending on how frequently you wash your hair, it will take about a month to a month and half to gently fade away."

    Here's how it works: Demi-permanent hair color molecules get under the outer cuticle of the hair shaft but, unlike permanent dyes, they don't penetrate

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  • Diet myths

    Misconceptions about how to lose weight abound, especially on the Internet. Get the facts on shedding pounds now: Start by dispelling these 10 commonly held - but wholly inaccurate - notions.

    Myth 1: Carbs spell trouble for dieters.


    Fact: Carbohydrates are actually an important source of energy. Even so, that doesn't mean there's nothing to learn from low-carb diets. Carbs are not all created equal, and to help you Drop 5, you want to limit processed carbs such as white bread and croissants. Instead, enjoy beans and whole grains, such as brown rice and whole-wheat bread. And don't forget fruits and vegetables, which provide a host of nutrients and fiber, are low in calories, and can help reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease.

    The body also uses carbs as fuel during exercise to burn body fat - another great reason to keep bread (and sandwiches!) on the menu.

    Related: 11 Worst Foods for Your Health

    Myth 2: Frozen fruits and vegetables are less nutritious than fresh ones.


    Fact:

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