Sandals Guide

When the snow melts and the spring rains subside, it’s time to put away those Ugg boots and thick socks and show off your tootsies. To be clear, we define sandals as anything that shows the majority of your foot — and often the toes

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. Sandals keep your feet cool and sweat-free when the temp is warm by allowing air to circulate around them. Yep, it’s sandal season! Are you ready?
Types of Sandals
Zappos.com lists more than 15,000 different kinds of women’s sandals [source: Zappos]. High-heeled, low-heeled, wedge, thong, gladiator — how do you choose? First of all, decide on the sandal occasion. Do you need sandals for work? For a fancy event, like a wedding? Casual sandals to wear to the farmer’s market? Flip-flops for the beach? Athletic, water-resistant sandals? If you’re like us, you probably want a pair for every occasion!
You can find sandals in just about every color, too. Of course there’s the basic brown and black, but look a little harder and you’ll find sandals to match any outfit or fashion whim — in orange, blue, yellow, green.
Are sandals always appropriate?
Just because it’s sandal season, doesn’t mean sandals are always appropriate attire. If you’re unsure about whether to wear sandals for a certain event, a good rule of thumb is to stay away from any casual sandal. Think closed-toe with open backs, or open-toe with closed backs — not both and definitely not a flip-flop. And remember, some workplaces don’t allow sandals — so check your company dress code before you saunter in wearing your favorite thongs. Your office might allow certain types of sandals, or, for safety reasons, may not allow any sort of open-toed shoe at all.
See more sandal tips on the next page.

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Benefits of Vitamin E Oil for Skin

Vitamin E is both a nutrient and antioxidant, and the oil in its purest form is extremely versatile. Known as tocopherol, it has a light brown/reddish hue and can be found in many skincare products. ¡°Vitamin E has been used in skincare for so long that it sometimes gets overlooked when newer, more exotic-sounding ingredients are advertised in products,¡± shares Tatiana Kononov, Revision Skincare Director of Research & Development. ¡°But the truth is, it¡¯s a highly beneficial ingredient for the skin, especially when it¡¯s combined with other antioxidants.¡± This helps skincare products form what Kononov refers to as a “first-string defense” against free radicals and other environmental damaging effects. Vitamin E can be found at any drug or grocery store in either liquid or capsule form. Capsules can be punctured to release the oil for topical application. ¡°Consumers should look for ‘tocopherol’ on the label when purchasing a product and make sure it¡¯s combined with other antioxidants for the maximum benefits,¡± says Kononov

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. ¡°Applying a little bit of vitamin E on a daily basis goes a long way.¡±
As indicated by its vitamin classification, vitamin E is a nutrient to the skin. The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) explains that it is an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, which damage cells and might contribute to cardiovascular disease and cancer, reactive oxygen species (ROS) formed in the body when it converts food to energy, and environmental exposures such as pollution and ultraviolet radiation. Although it is often debated in the wellness community whether or not vitamin E is truly is effective for your skin, the ODS says some of its functions can be beneficial. ¡°The mechanisms by which vitamin E might provide this protection include its function as an antioxidant and its roles in anti-inflammatory processes, inhibition of platelet aggregation and immune enhancement.¡± Kononov recommends that when purchasing a skincare product with vitamin E, you should look for one that has vitamin E combined with other antioxidants. She recommends vitamin C and CoEnzyme Q10, as antioxidants work best in blends

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Vitamin E oil is found in many creams and lotions, most commonly in sunscreens, anti-aging moisturizers and skin brighteners. There are different ways to use vitamin E, depending on what you are hoping to treat: Wrinkles: Wrinkles come from age, free radical damage, improper skin care and poor habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol in excess. According to the book Healing with Vitamins: The Most Effective Vitamin and Mineral Treatments for Everyday Health Problems and Serious Disease, vitamin E oil prevents the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage. It treats wrinkles by boosting collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic. Vitamin E oil also treats wrinkles by supporting new skin cell growth and speeding up cell regeneration. Brown Spots: Brown spots on the skin are caused by aging, free radical damage and poor liver function. Vitamin E oil prevents and repairs free radical damage. When applied topically to brown spots on the skin, it helps to lighten and smooth the rough skin by lubricating cell membranes and encouraging cell regeneration. Cuticles: Pure vitamin E oil is also an effective treatment for dry, cracked cuticles. Applying a few drops of vitamin E oil to nails and cuticles helps to rehydrate and smooth them as well as prevent future cracks. Rough Skin: Vitamin E oil provides the skin with necessary moisture as well as antioxidants for intense healing. However, pure vitamin E oil is not ideal as a daily moisturizer because it is so thick and sticky. An intense vitamin E oil bedtime therapy is ideal for concentrated skin healing and preservation. Mix vitamin E oil with olive oil for smooth application and added therapy. Olive oil contains oleic acid, which makes skin more permeable and able to hold in necessary moisture. Dry Lips: Just as vitamin E oil can help with rough skin, it can help soften dry lips.
The Mayo Clinic reports that skin reactions, including inflammation or itching, have been reported with vitamin E applied to the skin. Additionally, breakouts can occur due to the additional moisture on the skin. However, Kononov notes that while some skin types are sensitive to vitamin E, it is a rare condition. You should call your doctor immediately if you develop a skin rash after a vitamin E supplement or skin allergy such as dermatitis. Additionally, you can see an allergist or dermatologist for treatment.

How to Look Younger at 60

Age is just a number, it really is true. But if you’re past midlife, you might be feeling down about your age. You can still appear younger and look amazing after you’ve stepped through the door that was opened on your 60th birthday. As overwhelming as it may seem, it’s simply a matter of understanding how to dress yourself, arming yourself with products that are best for reducing aging effects and taking good care of your body. Amp up your knowledge, and soon you’ll feel great about your age and how you look.
Avoid face powders, which tend to settle into lines and wrinkles and actually draw more attention to these signs of aging. Because older skin doesn’t produce extra shine, you probably don’t need to use powder at all. If you are trying to cover a blemish, both men and women can benefit from a stick foundation. Choose a color near to your natural skin color. Use a small, pointed brush to spot-apply, and then pat with your fingers to blend.
Reduce wrinkles with retinol cream or fluid. Retinol is a vitamin-A derivative that ups collagen production and normalizes cell renewal — all of which will help to prevent dull, blotchy skin that can occur as men and women age. Retinol can be found in over-the-counter products at your local pharmacy, or you can get a prescription for stronger retinol products from a dermatologist

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. Apply every other night and work up to every night for best effects, but apply with a gentle touch. Finish with a moisturizer once the retinol cream has been absorbed. Do not use retinol if you have rosacea or eczema.
Brighten your eyes. Men can use an eye cream — not a lotion — to hydrate the skin around the eyes, helping these delicate areas to be less puffy in the morning. Women may use an eye cream, followed by a medium-dark shade of eye shadow in a sideways “V” shape that will create the effect of lifting the lids. Makeup expert Bobbi Brown suggests applying shadow to the upper outside corner of your eyes, then sweeping inward and downward toward the crease with the applicator. Brush from the outside lower corner of the eye back up to the crease. Line the eyes by gently pulling an eye pencil across the roots of the upper lashes. Smudge the line with your finger to add more depth, or use the liner pad on the opposite end of the eyeliner stick.
Pluck away stray eyebrow hairs to achieve a polished look. Be careful not to over pluck — your hair growth changes as you age, and the hair may not grow back as it once did. Both men and women should cover gray brow hair with a brow powder or brow mascara as opposed to plucking grays out. Choose a color in the shade of your natural hair color.
Color your lips. Women should choose soft tones, such as berry or rose, to restore natural lip color. Finish with a bit of gloss to add plump, and trace with a clear lipliner to restore the natural lip line. Men will not need a color or liner to look younger; they should repair dry, cracked lips with a Vaseline cream to hydrate them and keep them looking youthful.
Whiten your teeth. Yellow, stained or dingy teeth can add years to the appearances of both men and women. To off-set this, combine baking soda with one or two drops of hydrogen peroxide. Brush the formula onto your teeth, then let it sit for one to two minutes before rinsing — do not swallow. Men and women may buy at-home whitening kits, like white strips, or whitening toothpastes to brighten up teeth. If you have very stained and yellow teeth, talk to your dentist about professional whitening options.
Apply sunscreen every morning and throughout the day. Sunscreen will protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays, which not only increase the risk of cancer, but can cause premature aging in men and women. Sunscreen should be used regardless of the weather, as these rays can break through the clouds. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Drink more water

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. Six to eight glasses a day will help the skin of both men and women stay elastic and look more vibrant, as well as off-set the appearance of wrinkles.
Polish your nails. Women may apply a sheer coat or a pale pink to deflect attention from age spots and make hands appear younger and nails less brittle. Men can polish nails with a clear coat of polish for the same, subtle effect.
Exercise regularly. Weight-lifting counters a slowing metabolism and burns extra calories per day. Cardio will keep your heart healthy and give you more energy. Yoga will improve posture and counter the effects of swayed backs by way of core strengthening. Exercise also provides men and women with more radiant skin, which will allow you to appear less tired and run-down. Follow a regimen that combines cardio with weight-training and yoga sessions. For example, you can sculpt for 20 minutes, do cardio for 30 minutes and do yoga for 10 minutes — or vary your workout by day. Invest in a few sessions with a personal trainer at your local gym to obtain a workout that will fit your needs and keep you working out safely.
Tailor your clothes. Each person has a style that ups his or her comfort and confidence level — and the more confident you are, the younger you naturally look. Perfect this style with a wardrobe of well-fitting and tailored clothes; clothing that is too tight or saggy and baggy will automatically pack the years onto your appearance. Don’t retreat behind a curtain of bland and formless clothes; explore your style options through magazines and style shows — you may be surprised at how many different styles appeal to you now that you have the confidence that comes with life experience.
Eat healthy. Foods that are rich in antioxidants combat the effects of aging and help to prevent disease. Antioxidant-rich foods include fruits and vegetables — like onions, broccoli, apples, red grapes, and berries — as well as moderate amounts of dark chocolate, red wine and green tea. Healthy fats, especially omega-3s, renew skin cells to keep them looking young and moist. Walnuts and salmon are rich in omega-3 fats, as are eggs, cereal, yogurt, and cheeses and milk that are fortified with DHA — a type of omega-3. Cut out greasy, fatty foods, which can lead to health problems and trigger obesity, and stop excessive drinking and smoking — both have been proven to increase the risks of cancer and disease, and they intensify the effects of aging.
Get a haircut. For women, shoulder-length or shorter hair will make you look more youthful than long hair, which has a tendency to draw attention to any other part of the face that may be lengthening, or sagging downward. Layers add fullness and bounce, and bangs will hide forehead wrinkles and distract from crow’s feet. If you have a round face, opt for layered wisps that touch your eyebrows. Square faces should opt for long, side-swept bangs, and long faces should go for a full, blunt bang that hits above the brows. For men, well-groomed hair can instantly make you look more youthful. Get regular trims, especially if you have thinning hair, as long sparse hair can be particularly aging. If you have facial hair, keep it neat. If you’ve worn the same hair style for the past 10 or more years, consider talking to your hair stylist about an updated look, which can also refresh your appearance.
Cover — or own! — your grays. You may choose to completely cover over your grays professionally, or you may do it yourself with an at-home kit. Opt for one shade darker than your natural color so as not to highlight your grays with a lighter shade. Some men and women may choose to keep their gray, silver or white hair. According to Lisa Chiccine, a professional hair stylist in New York City, “Gray or white hair tends to look best with pink, olive, and dark complexions. If you’re sallow or very pale, you’ll probably look washed-out and should consider highlights or lowlights.” You can weave in highlights or lowlights with your gray hair to brighten and enrich the original color while still keeping your tasteful grays. A vegetable dye or a semi-permanent glaze will stain gray hair, so that when the artificial color begins to fade, your root line won’t show. Use a weekly deep conditioner to calm and moisturize wiry grays, and add two drops of orange essential oil or grapefruit essential oil into your conditioner to lock in shine. This is especially effective right after you color your hair.
Flatter your grays with proper hues. If you choose to keep your grays, you can avoid looking washed out by dressing yourself in warm and bright colors. Pair neutrals — whites and blacks — with a pop of color, such as a bright red sweater or bold yellow jeweled necklace. Avoid the aging effects of pale pastels, like mint green and lemon yellow. When choosing shades of blue and brown, pick deep, dark colors — chocolate brown and royal blue — to contrast with and flatter your hair color.
Eat for nutritious hair. It’s not just your body that can benefit from healthy eating. Certain foods can help create more lustrous locks. Eat foods that are rich in biotin, — a B vitamin that is essential for hair growth and scalp health — like eggs, certain kinds of nuts, wheat bran, salmon, avocados and low-fat cheese. Incorporate more spinach into your diet — which is rich in folate and iron — to help red blood cells carry oxygen; this can prevent hair loss. Lentils are a source of iron-rich protein, which is necessary for cell growth — including hair cells. Vitamin-C rich foods — bell peppers, oranges, broccoli — will help to prevent dry, splitting hairs; Vitamin-A rich foods — sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots — will prevent dry, lifeless hair.

The Effects of Cocoa Butter on African American Skin

Cocoa butter is an excellent moisturizer for the skin, and African Americans commonly use it to keep the skin soft. Made from cocoa beans into a solid or cream

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, cocoa butter can be used alone or mixed with other ingredients, and is used in hair products and as a lotion to keep the skin moisturized. It also can be used as a fragrance in different products because it has a chocolate-like smell.
People of all skin tones can have dry skin, and cocoa butter is a rich emollient useful in nourishing very dry and dehydrated skin. African Americans are more prone to looking ashy when the skin is dry because the dead, dry skin is lighter in color, making it easier to see on darker skin. Cocoa butter is a heavier cream, so a little goes a long way. It starts out as a solid or cream when placed in the hands, but it melts quickly when rubbed into the skin. Cocoa butter can act as a barrier against the elements and is ideal to use all over the body during colder and windier weather.
African-American skin is prone to losing elasticity more easily, which may cause loose skin and stretch marks. Africans Americans can use cocoa butter to help prevent stretch marks as well as to help fade stretch marks before and after pregnancy. Cocoa butter increases elasticity so the skin can stretch and expand without tearing during weight gain and pregnancy. It is easy to apply and absorbs quickly into the skin.
African Americans tend to need skin-care products that are a little heavier and can penetrate the layers of skin and leave the skin healthy. Daily use of cocoa butter can help to fade dark spots and smooth rough patches of skin — such as the thick skin found on the elbows, knees, feet and hands. Cocoa butter can heal damaged skin and help correct aging skin that shows fine lines and wrinkles. Before going to bed at night, rub cocoa butter on the feet, and then put on a pair of socks for softer feet in the morning. It may take a few nights of repeating this to see the best results.

How to Prevent Shoes From Rubbing the Ankle Bone

When shoes begin to rub the ankle bone, it can feel uncomfortable and even painful. According to KidsHealth

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.org, blisters, corns or calluses can form on the feet or ankle bone from friction. This can especially happen when breaking in a new pair of shoes or if the same area keeps being rubbed on your foot every day. Commonly, this occurs just around or below the ankle bone. You can prevent this from happening by trying out certain tips or suggestions.
Wash you feet every day to ensure your feet stay free from bacteria. Dry your feet with talcum powder to keep them soft and fresh.
Soak your feet in hot water and rub tough areas with a pumice stone. Do this with care so as not to damage your skin. This helps keep your feet soft so harder areas in your skin will not rub up against shoes so easily.
Moisturize your ankle area along with the rest of your feet to keep them soft. This helps avoid feet from drying out and cracking, which causes friction.
Clip your toenails regularly so they do not grow too long and cause friction in your shoe. This can affect the rest of your feet, including your ankle bone.
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. Change socks every day to make sure moisture does not get caught and cause irritation where your ankles meet your shoes.
Check to make sure that your shoes are not ill fitting and that your toes have room to move. A tight-fitting shoe can cause friction in the ankle bone area. Shoes should allow the feet to have enough room without slipping off. Your shoes should feel comfortable. You do not need to “break in” in a new pair of shoes.

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With just a few easy changes, this favorite appetizer is updated to fit into today’s healthy eating plan. Chicken tenders are marinated in hot sauce and then baked, rather than fried, in this low-fat version. Cool off these spicy chicken chunks by dunking them in a low-fat blue cheese dressing

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With just a few easy changes, this favorite appetizer is updated to fit into today’s healthy eating plan. Chicken tenders are marinated in hot sauce and then baked, rather than fried

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, in this low-fat version. Cool off these spicy chicken chunks by dunking them in a low-fat blue cheese dressing.
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Total Time 25 minutes
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What Happens if I’m Pregnant & Wear a Tight Belt?

There¡¯s no need to start wearing baggy and unflattering clothes just because your belly expands during pregnancy. Clingy clothing can flatter your best features while accenting your new baby bump. However, keep in mind that certain areas of your ever-changing body will need some extra space to breathe. Wearing a tight belt won¡¯t necessarily harm your baby, but it can make your pregnancy needlessly uncomfortable.
Your constantly growing belly during pregnancy adds pressure to your groin. This added pressure can pinch your lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which normally gives sensations to your outer thighs, according to MayoClinic.com. This condition, called meralgia paresthetica, can cause numbness, tingling and burning sensations in the outer portion of an affected thigh. Wearing tight-fitting clothing, such as a tight and low-fitting belt, may further increase your risk of meralgia paresthetica when you¡¯re pregnant. Switching to looser clothing may help the problem.
Pregnancy causes your body to retain more water and increases your body¡¯s blood volume by about 40 percent, according to the California Pacific Medical Center website. This can increase your risk of swelling in areas such as your hands, feet and legs, particularly in later pregnancy and in hot weather. You may reduce blood circulation in your lower extremities ¨C and increase your risk of swelling in your lower body ¨C if you wear a tight belt or clothing such as leotards and tight jeans. This extra swelling in your legs also may be associated with weak, twisted, swollen and sometimes tender blood vessels known as varicose veins.
You are more susceptible to heartburn caused by acid reflux during pregnancy because hormones in your body relax your digestive muscles, allowing acids from your stomach to creep back up into your esophagus, according to the March of Dimes. You¡¯re also more likely to develop indigestion, or upset stomach, with heartburn and pregnancy. Fortunately

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, you can lower your risk of having these digestive troubles if you reduce unnecessary pressure on your abdomen and stomach. For example, sit upright after eating, loosen your belt and wear other loose-fitting attire.
There are ways to avoid being uncomfortable while taking steps to look slim and trim during pregnancy. For example, wearing dark colors such as navy blue and black tend to give you a trimmer appearance than do lighter colors, according to pregnancy health website ¡°What to Expect.¡± Wearing a single shade or vertical lines also can give you a longer, leaner appearance, whereas wearing different colors on top and bottom or wearing horizontal lines creates a sense of width. And although you should avoid wearing anything too tight in your growing bust and stomach areas, clothing that fits your shoulders neatly gives you a slimmer look than does clothing with shoulders that hang down.

How to Make Your Arms Appear Slimmer

When the weather turns warm, it’s time to swap heavy coats and sweaters for bathing suits, tank tops and strapless dresses. But if you’re not fond of your arms, you may not be eager to show them off. It takes weeks of workouts to develop toned arms

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, but with the right clothing, accessories and beauty routine, you can score a similar look in minutes.
Wear shirts that have three-quarter sleeves to cover up arms and make them look slimmer. Opt for shirts with a tapered body to avoid a billowy look. A tailored black blazer or denim jacket also works — pair with a brightly colored skirt, pants or shorts to draw attention away from your arms.
Put on thin bracelets, such as skinny bangles, to make arms look smaller than they are. The gap between the bracelet and your wrist creates the appearance of slender arms. Skip tight-fitting bracelets or watches

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, as they can have the opposite effect.
Stand with your arm bent at the elbow and your hand resting on your hip. Angle the arm back so that your elbow is pointing behind you. This tricks the eye into seeing a smaller arm. The pose works well for taking pictures, too.
Hold one arm straight out and flex your muscles. With your other hand, smooth a line of gel bronzer between your triceps and bicep muscles. Use a foundation brush to blend in the color. Repeat with the other arm. This makes your arms look more toned and slender.
Put on a pair of vinyl gloves, then smooth self-tanning cream into the parts of your arm that you want to define. Apply the cream with small, circular motions. Let the cream dry for 20 minutes, then apply a moisturizer that contains a subtle self-tanner to the same area to even out your golden glow.