Wrap a long, lightweight, solid-color scarf around your waist and knot it loosely just in front of one hip bone. The dangling ends will make you look longer and leaner. More Tips >
Your skin is the largest organ in the body, and in many ways, it’s a barometer for what's happening internally and externally to you every day.
Frequent breakouts: It may be a sign that your diet needs a change. Eating veggies with every meal will help your body digest properly and not be forced to use the skin as a filtration system. Avoid processed foods with a lot of added sugar and salt, and try swapping whole wheat for white grains.
Dry/dull complexion: If you lack an overall glow, your diet likely needs more good fats. Add avocado to your next salad; it will taste great and hydrate your skin.
Dark under-eye circles: Do you always look tired, no matter how much you sleep? Your afternoon latte may be the cause. Topically, caffeine is a common ingredient for banishing bloat, but drinking coffee actually causes poor circulation in your eye area. The result is dark circles and puffy eyes. Replace java with green tea and you’ll look as rested as a day at the beach.
Puffy face/body: The circulatory system has its own pump -- the heart. But the lymphatic system, which governs whether or not you look puffy by how effectively it moves lymph fluids through your body, has no pump. Instead, it works through contractions, and sometimes the system can use a little help. A muscle-rousing exercise like running or speed walking can go a long way in helping to banish bloat.
Congratulations to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge! Just a day after the birth of their new royal baby, the beaming parents posed on the steps of Saint Mary’s Hospital in London to give the world the first glimpse of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, or George Alexander Louis.
The radiant new mom wore a simple polka-dot dress and minimal makeup. Her long flowing hair -- with layers framing her beautiful face -- looked healthy and shiny as always, lovely but not overly coiffed.
Kate’s hair is a gorgeous example of long locks that have a lot of swing and movement, thanks to smart styling techniques. Want to get her dashing, flowing hairstyle? Here, we reveal the secret to Kate’s perfectly imperfect blow dry.
A Perfectly Imperfect Royal Blow Dry
Step 1: Shampoo and condition with products chosen for your hair type. Gently squeeze out extra moisture with a towel.
Step 2: Apply a quarter-size amount of a mousse, thickening serum or gel.
Step 3: Rough-dry your hair, making sure it’s about 80 percent dry before you pick up a brush. Remember, brushes and wet hair are not friends. The bristles can cause breakage. Instead, coax out any tangles with a wide-toothed comb.
Step 4: Use a large round brush when you blow dry. Angle the brush down and out, rolling the hair diagonally to create casual bouncy waves on the ends.
Step 5: Lift sections of hair at the crown and roll down. Give quick blasts of heat to each section, remove the brush and repeat. This creates volume throughout the top.
Step 6: Flip your head over and spray your hair with a lightweight hairspray. Massage your scalp for 20 seconds. By doing this, you create volume at the roots. It’s a great trick for long hair, which can sometimes fall flat under its own weight.
Get out of your chair and move: It’s the single best thing you can do for your health. You don’t even have to spend hours in a stuffy gym to reap the benefits -- a brisk walk outside is one of the best exercises you can choose, especially if you do it right.
Like many of us, I’ve been determined to step up my movement by walking more too. I was recently at Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona, where some of the smartest brains when it comes to walking, running and foot health were gathered, including Australian podiatrist and Vionic founder Phil Vasyli and health guru Andrew Weil and Brian R. Hoke, a doctor of physical therapy from Virginia Beach. Here’s the advice they offered on starting a walking program.
1. Adopt a good posture.
A few tips from Dr. Weil: Walk with your head erect, your back straight, your shoulders level and square, and your buttocks tucked in. Bend your arms, flexing your elbows at a 90-degree angle and letting your arms swing at waist level.
2. Keep the walk challenging.
Don’t mistake a walking workout with a stroll in the mall. A good pace is 3 miles in 45 minutes. If that becomes too easy, add some uphill walking into your regimen or carry hand weights. (Skip the ankle weights -- they can lead to injury.)
3. Shorten your stride.
If you’re a runner, chances are your stride is too wide. Science shows that the most efficient cadence is 180 steps per minute. Most people, says Vasyli, maintain a pace closer to 150, which slows your momentum and forces your heel to hit the pavement with too much force. An app like JogTunes lets you put together playlists with a specific beats per minute (more fun than running with a metronome). Be warned: Shortening your stride takes getting used to. “At first you’ll feel like a bicycle going downhill and trying to catch up with the pedals,” says Vasyli.
4. Invest in the right shoe.
You spend a fortune on your heels; don’t skimp on your running or walking shoes. Look for a lightweight shoe that has flexible soles and supports your arch. If you still experience pain in your knees, shins, heels or ball of foot, over-the-counter orthotic insoles can help.
5. Keep going!
A no-pain-no-gain philosophy is a shortcut to injury that will have you on the sidelines for weeks. But that’s no excuse to wimp out. “If you feel pain that makes you wince and takes your breath away, stop,” says Hoke. “But discomfort is part of exercise.” If you’re experiencing minor aches and fatigue when you’re running, walking or lifting weights, keep going.
Think the cold winter air will solve your frizzy hair woes? Think again. Winter’s low humidity and dry indoor heat robs hair of moisture, and those de-hydrated strands rebel with flyaways, static and frizz. Replacing lost moisture is actually the key to dealing with these irksome hair troubles, says Andy Lecompte, owner of the Andy Lecompte salon in Los Angeles. We asked top hairstylists for anti-frizz tricks to keep tresses smooth and shiny all year, from root to tip. Here’s how to tame frizzy hair this winter:
1. Grab a scarf. “Put a cotton bandana or scarf around your head for 10 to 15 minutes after the shower,” says Fabrizio Fiumicelli, Director of LAICALE salon in New York’s Soho neighborhood. “It will reduce the friction between your hair and the elements, smooth the hair cuticle and form to your head shape, which gives it a great style.”
2. Brush with care. There’s a half-truth to the adage 100 strokes a day for beautiful hair, says Hollywood hairstylist Billy Lowe. Hair closest to the scalp is conditioned with natural oils, which travel down to only the first two inches of hair. Brushing your hair will bring the natural oils all the way to the ends. Lowe’s rule: “Before shampooing, brush your hair 30 to 40 strokes to distribute oil and protect the ends from breakage, which can lead to frizz.” Never, however, brush wet hair, or you can cause breakage. Instead, opt for a wide-tooth comb to detangle.3. Go natural. A blow-dry plus flat iron or curling iron may be an immediate solution to frizz, but can cause more long-term damage. For waves without frizz, “My favorite trick is to braid damp hair at night,” says Lecompte. Work in a treatment oil, such as Pantene Smooth Argan Oil Serum and leave on through the night to let the hair thoroughly hydrate. “In the morning, take out the braid and you’ll have luxuriously shiny -- and wavy -- hair. You can try this same trick using two or four high buns above your ears.”