It's summertime and for some people that means chafed thighs. This is the heat rash that develops when women wear skirts and walk a lot in a super hot, humid climate. When sweaty thighs rub together, they can chafe. There's no shame in this. Look at that skinny model pictured down below. Even her thighs touch in the picture and probably they touched even more before Photoshop was used on her. And she's a model. So let's be nice to our thighs and figure out a solution to this summertime problem.
When my friend O heard me mention the chafing problem that so many New York women suffer from, she (actually, I'm not kidding you) squealed with delight. She said her coworker had recently shared the perfect fix with a select few women in the office. Turns out it's a magical formula indeed. See "How to Keep Your Thighs From Chafing in Hot Weather."
If you are reading this and you are a guy, a hippie who doesn't shave her legs or one of those women with a wishbone-shaped lower half, you may be confused. Let me clear this up for you with a little scientific formula: hairless thighs + skirts + high humidity index = a red rash that develops between the thighs.
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My new friend Martha swears by her weekly apple cider vinegar rinse. She simply mixes a concoction of apple cider vinegar and water up in a spray bottle and she sprays it on her hair after she shampoos and conditions. (Get the recipe here).
Apparently the acetic acid found in the vinegar helps wash away shampoo/conditioner build-up and vinegar is a natural dandruff fighter. If you do try this, make sure to rinse hair thoroughly after the vinegar rinse. Martha swears she doesn't have to wash her hair again for several days. (And yes, there is a slight vinegar odor for a day or so, she reports).
Unfortunately, I can't recommend this rinse for colored hair. The acid can strip away your pricey investment.
My good friend Janine recently called to tell me she just bought her favorite Chanel cleanser which likely set her back at least $50. I hated to tell her after the fact that there's no need to spend a lot of money on a cleanser with special ingredients in it because you're just washing the product down the drain.
You can get a basic cleanser from any drugstore. Look for a mild, soap-free cleanser that's formulated for your skin type. In my article below, I run down the best face cleansers for 5 different skin types: dry, oily, combination, sensitive and blemished. This list includes some of the yearly picks by the staff of 'InStyle' magazine plus the tried and true picks selected by myself other beauty experts.
Read more: Best Cleansers for Every Skin Type
- If you have gray hairs or brunette hair that you want to lighten up or darken a couple shades then there's no reason you can't do your own hair color, saving yourself 100s of dollars.
- If you want to change your hair from brown to blonde or go red or anything drastic, then I highly recommend going to a pro.
- Want to add a few face-framing highlights or ombre hair color like Kristin Wig, pictured here? You can do it yourself at home, but it may look better if you let a pro balayage your hair. Finding the right shade is what's most complicated. Hair color is a science, after all, and you run the risk of turning your hair a complete mess of a color.
- While there are highlighting kits you can buy to do your own foils or balayage, these are more complicated than all-over hair color and require the help of a friend. Enlist someone to help you, especially with the back of your head.
- Covering up a few grays? You can do it yourself, no need to hire a pro.
You may have read that headline and thought, "duh," but it's amazing how many people shampoo their scalp with their nails instead of the pads of their fingers. Doing so can scratch up your scalp, causing sores and a raw head. I recommend teaching your children early how to properly cleanse their scalps.
As long as you properly cleanse your face at night, you don't need to wash your face again in the morning. In fact, too much cleansing can strip skin of its natural oils, causing your oil glands to overproduce. You can rinse face with a splash of cool or lukewarm water in the morning if you like. And remember, cleansing skin is something to be done at night rather than in the morning. Even if you don't wear makeup, you should wear sunscreen and it's healthier for your skin to to be clean of that and environmental pollutants those 8 hours of sleep.
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Some of us have had the same hairstyle and worn the same makeup for years because we're afraid to try something new, we can't part with our long hair or we're scared to death of color. Forget the TV shows, give yourself a makeover this weekend! Here's how...
- First, find out what haircut best suits your face shape.
- Peruse magazines or these photo galleries for styles you like.
- Always come with pictures in hand to the salon. Make sure you wash & style your hair as you normally do. This shows your stylist how much time you really have to spend on your hair.
- Show, don't tell. Sit down with the stylist before you get your hair wet, & show him/her exactly how short you're comfortable going. Pointing out with your hands says much more than stating, "a couple inches." Feeling brave? Tell your stylist you're comfortable with change & willing to let them work their magic.
- Definitely consider color. If you have dark hair, try going a shade or 2 lighter or try out a deep auburn. If you have lighter hair, go for highlights.
- Point out your best feature to the stylist. If you have fabulous eyes, cheeks or lips mention that you'd like them to 'pop.' He or she will know what to do.
- Once your hair is done, stop by a department store & get your makeup done at your favorite counter (MAC, Lancome & Chanel are good choices). Treat yourself to powder, a new eyeshadow shade or a new lipstick. No need to splurge on mascara.
- Go out for dinner or drinks with friends or your family & celebrate your new look!
I'm currently almost 38 weeks pregnant in the middle of a New York arctic winter (if the media is to be believed). Right now it's 6 degrees outside and 71 degrees inside our 1800s parlor floor brownstone apartment with drafty windows, which means the furnace is constantly running full-blast.
Needless to say, all of me is suffering from winter itch. I'm itchy all over thanks to my expanding belly and the lack of moisture in the air, but my hands in particular are so dry, they feel to the touch like the sandpaper one might buy to refinish their wood floors.
Enter into the picture Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Cream. I don't remember when I bought the tube, but I rediscovered it this winter and it's been a lifesaver. I slather it on and feel immediate relief. I carry it with me when we've traveled for the holidays. I'm sitting at my desk at work right now and desperately missing it.
If you, too, suffer from dry hands, you won't find a better buy. It doesn't go on greasy and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. If only the effects were permanent....
Buy Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Cream at your local drugstore or compare prices online.
Ok, so that's a BIT of an exaggeration. But if you are over age 18 and you have long hair that's one length, get thee to the hair salon and ask for layers around the jawline. A few choppy pieces add definition and won't pull down your face. If you aren't guilty of this, but your 35-year-old sister is, show her this post and tell her, "See! Julyne says you are committing a beauty faux pas."
Add freshness to your boring one-length hair with a new haircut. Here are some ideas: Long Hair 2014: My Favorite Long Hairstyle Photos.
Most times when we need to pull ourselves out of a rut, it takes a few things happening to you to get you moving in the right direction. One of those things for me was one of my best friends telling me I had an incredible life. That little change of perspective did wonders. The other thing that happened was I started listening to my own wisdom, my inner voice. That completely changed my life and two years later, not only have I met and married the man of my dreams, but in February, I'm due to give birth to our son. People tell me I look younger and more beautiful than ever and a quick check in the mirror confirms that beauty does indeed come from within.
So what exactly happened to me? It's all written here, to inspire you to make your own resolutions for a better life this year, "New Year's Beauty Resolutions: 5 Things I Know (& You Do Too, Deep Down) About Being Beautiful This Year."