Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Do You Look As Young As You Feel?

(NAPSI)-Have your 30s and 40s flown by and you don't feel different--you just look different? If so, then it's time to revitalize the first thing people notice: your hair color. Whether you're a blonde, brunette or redhead, your hair color sets the tone for your entire look. It can make you look 10 years older or 10 years younger. Family Circle's beauty director, Linda Moran Evans, says, "Women should use hair color as a tool to brighten up their entire face--if your hair color doesn't match your skin tone, you may look drab or washed out." Evans shares her expert tips for vital hair color and a vital you.

Hair Color Confidence

Revitalize your hair color by using a product that provides natural-looking, illuminating color. For your grays, Evans recommends keeping hair color looking natural by using a product that subtly blends away gray for that natural, classic look. Natural Instincts Loving Care has a gentle formula with no peroxide and no ammonia that leaves hair shinier and healthier looking than before you colored it. Added benefit--its volumizing formula will leave even fine or thinning hair looking fuller.

Moisturize!

To complement your revitalized hair color and brighten up your look, Evans recommends using products that help even out your skin tone and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, like those from Olay Definity. Since skin loses moisture and elasticity, use a lightweight foundation that is moisturizing and contains at least SPF 15. Evans says, "Give your skin at least a full minute to absorb liquid formulas, so powder won't cling to slick spots."

Brighten Up

Reconsider your hair color and makeup color choices to complement your changing skin tone. Try going a little lighter with your hair color shade to enhance your complexion. Evans recommends adding a bright, rosy lip color to soften your overall look. One option is CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor, which lasts 16 hours and has a beautiful shade range.

Stay Smooth And Silky

Nothing finishes off your look like shiny, healthy hair. Keep hair smooth and silky with a weekly deep-conditioning treatment. "Slather on the treatment and cover hair with a plastic shower cap to help it penetrate the hair to help maintain that just-colored look and feel," Evans suggests.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Kissing Unlocks Powerful Benefits

(NAPSI)-Locking lips, making out, smooching or tonsil hockey. No matter what name Americans call it, kissing is an essential part of everyday life, according to a new nationwide study by William Cane, cultural anthropologist and author of "The Art of Kissing," in collaboration with NIVEA Lip Care.

Why are kisses so essential for Americans? A great kiss has the power to elevate one's mood and release a host of positive biological effects. Almost half of Americans surveyed said a kiss is the best way to lift their spirits after a bad day.

In contrast, less than a third of the respondents said the same about popular stress-busting activities such as sleeping, exercising or watching TV. In addition, nearly all Americans agree that a morning kiss from a loved one is the best way to start the day.

"Such positive aftereffects are the result of an increase in levels of neurotransmitters that brighten mood and induce euphoria and a reduction in stress hormones, all physiological changes that occur during kisses," says Cane.

Almost 94 percent of Americans say they've had more than just a romantic kiss: They've been lucky enough to experience a truly great one. However, the impact of a great kiss differs by gender. Seven in 10 men say that a great kiss could actually make a relationship if they just started dating someone, compared to 55 percent of women who say the same. Even more so, men are willing to go the distance for a great kiss. Over 51 percent of men say they've gone to extreme lengths to secure one compared to 31 percent of women. But women love to dish the juicy details of a good make-out session to friends. Fifty-eight percent of women admit that after a really great kiss they've told a friend, family member or even their ex.

The one thing that both men and women agree on is that the key component to a great kiss is good-looking, kissable lips. Nearly half of Americans find dry or chapped lips a total turnoff while 68 percent of Americans say that when they are attracted to someone they would like to kiss, nice-looking lips are important.

William Cane has the following tips to help everyone be a kissing pro:

Relax and Be Confident: Confidence plays a key role in your kissing approach. You should relax your mouth and begin kissing your partner's lips softly, then with more intensity.

Get Creative: Kissing is supposed to be fun, and a great kisser is one who experiments. Try different angles and different levels of pressure to give your partner a sweet surprise.

Keep Lips Moisturized: Chapped lips are an instant turn-off. Keep lips fully moisturized with the help of a beauty product such as NIVEA A Kiss of Moisture-Hydrating Lip Care SPF4 to ensure that lips are always smooch ready.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

A ‘Well-being Routine’ – the Real Key to Health

(ARA) – As important as a fitness routine is to your physical health, it’s just as vital to have a “well-being routine” that focuses on your mental health. Being well-rounded physically and mentally can foster balance between your work and personal lives, and help reduce everyday stress.

Stress is a major and growing health concern in America, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). In fact, a third of all Americans say they are extremely stressed, and 77 percent report experiencing physical symptoms associated with stress, according to an APA study.

“Stress is a normal part of life, and small amounts can actually make you stronger physically and mentally,” says Martica Heaner, a health, fitness and wellness expert. “But when stress builds up and becomes overwhelming, it’s time to take action to manage its impact on your life. Looking after yourself by focusing on your wellness is one of the very best ways to take care of what’s on the inside as well as the outside.”

Americans are more focussed on overall wellness than ever before, a fact that has not escaped the notice of companies like The Body Shop, Heaner notes. The Body Shop, long recognized as leaders in the naturally inspired beauty industry, recently launched a line of Wellbeing products that fit into four key aspects of a wellness regimen – Divine Calm, Total Energy, Deep Sleep and Pure Detox.

Your well-being routine should help you create calm, get adequate rest, re-energize and purify your body, Heiner says.

Creating Calm

* Manage small stressors. Try not to over schedule yourself or constantly react to every demand on your time. For example, rather than constantly checking e-mail throughout the day, schedule a few regular times to do so.

* Give yourself time to do nothing at all. Turn off the TV. Don’t answer the phone. Or soak in a hot bath seasoned with a calm-inspiring bath product. Look for products, like The Body Shop’s Divine Calm line, that incorporate naturally calming ingredients such as French lavender essential oil, camomile and soya milk.

Reaping the Rewards of Rest

* Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling “hung over,” impair you as much as several alcoholic drinks, shorten your attention span, make you feel sluggish and even cause you to overeat.

* Follow a calming routine prior to bedtime. Incorporate some pampering in your routine, such as a relaxing shower, soothing moisturizer and a spritz of calming scent in the room, on your pillow or bed sheets. The Body Shop’s new Wellbeing line includes five products designed to enhance rest, like the Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist.

* Get extra sleep whenever possible. Set the alarm to go off at the last possible minute, instead of setting it earlier and hitting the snooze button a few times. Your body will benefit more from those extra 20 minutes if they’re uninterrupted.

Re-energize Your Body

From improper nutrition, to lack of sleep or exercise and dehydration, there are many reasons why you might feel fatigued.

* Never skip breakfast. Even a small bowl of cereal or a piece of fruit can help you energize for the day ahead. Eat more if you exercise in the morning and will be expending energy.

* Put nutrition first, and worry less about calories, carbs or fat. Add some colourful vegetable or fruit to every meal – spinach or red peppers on your sandwich or pizza, beans in your salad or pasta.

Purify Your Body

You can minimize your exposure to environmental toxins with a few simple steps:

* Choosing organic foods can help you reduce the amount of toxins you ingest.

* Eat more walnuts and walnut oil, which are high in Omega-3 fatty acids that help quench free radicals in our bodies.

* Drink more water. To function at their best, every cell in your body needs to be properly hydrated. Getting enough water can help you feel less tired and flush toxins from your body.

Choose all-natural products in every aspect of your life, from the cleaning products you use in your home to your beauty products. The Body Shop’s Wellbeing products are made from all-natural ingredients like guarana, wasabi, lavender, camomile, eucalyptus and jujube date. Plus, every product contains ingredients sourced through the company’s Community Trade program, so while you’re taking care of your own well-being, you’re also helping communities around the world in places like Ghana, Brazil, Zambia, Namibia and Nicaragua. Visit www.thebodyshop-usa.com to learn more.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Big Waistline in Women Could Lead to Heart Trouble

A heart expert at Johns Hopkins is calling for all women with a waistline measuring more than 35 inches to get an annual check-up and detailed risk assessment for heart problems because excess abdominal fat, even in the mildly obese and overweight, leads more than a third of women to underestimate their lifetime risk of having a heart attack, stroke or chest pain (angina.)

Cardiologist Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S., who plans to make her pitch Sept. 23 directly to colleagues during a special lecture at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, says the recommendation is based on a national, multicity screening of 8,936 women, ages 35 to 63, for heart disease risk factors. The screening, she says, found a strikingly high number of overweight American women whose stretched girth was tied to a serious underestimation of risk using traditional tools to assess heart health.

In a report published in the August issue of the Journal of Women’s Health, the research team showed that 39 percent of women screened were overweight (having a body mass index between 25 and 30) and 35 percent were obese (having a body mass index over 30, often overweight by more than 30 pounds.) And when waistlines 35 inches and larger were factored into the risk assessment, 55 percent of these women were found to have hearts at increased risk of disease.

“It is time for physicians and patients to pull out their measuring tapes and for overweight women in particular to start shedding some pounds,” says Michos, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its Heart and Vascular Institute.

She points out that traditional risk-factor scoring leaves out waist size, taking into account only such other factors as age, blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels, smoking and diabetes. These measures have long been used as part of the Framingham Risk Assessment, which only assesses people’s 10-year risk of heart disease.

But the team’s latest assessments – drawn from a 2006 annual public screening in 14 communities across the United States, in which women were asked to undergo a short physical check-up and fill out a health questionnaire – changed significantly when expanded waistlines were factored into their calculations.

More than half (59 percent) of the 85 percent of women originally thought to be at low risk of heart trouble were now found to have one or two additional risk factors. And 19 percent of those at low risk and nearly half (41 percent) of the women originally ranked at intermediate risk actually had three or more risk factors.

“These women have a high lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease even though their 10-year risk may be predicted as low,” says Michos, who points out that the presence of a single, major risk factor for heart disease by the age of 50 cuts back on women’s median lifespan compared to women with no risk factors.

“Our results really emphasize the growing epidemic of obesity in America and showcase its potential for misreading or masking future harm to women’s heart health,” she says. “Even if they are not experiencing immediate problems, they could soon be in trouble. Overweight people are more likely to develop risk factors that lead to cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure, blood sugar imbalances and excess blood lipid levels. And the reverse is also true: Losing weight, especially abdominal fat, is the first step in lowering blood pressure and getting blood cholesterol levels under control.”

Michos notes that other research has shown a loss of just five pounds lowers people’s risk of pre-diabetes by 31 percent. Losing 10 pounds lowers blood pressure by 5 millimeters of mercury.

Michos says she has started her campaign with local physicians because it will take a few years to amass the necessary additional evidence to change national clinical guidelines. Results from the 2007 screenings, coordinated by the Maryland-based Sister to Sister, Everyone Has a Heart Foundation, will not be ready until later this year.

“Physicians and others have unfortunately become too accustomed to seeing heavy- set people, and there is a risk that we overlook or dismiss being overweight and obesity as a potential and future source of heart problems,” says Michos. “Even if the problems are not evident now, it is more important to start screening women at a younger age to forego heart problems later in life.

“Community screening events have confirmed that many women are unaware of their risk factors and the screenings have proven effective at identifying those women at risk and, hopefully, we will be able to expand these programs in the future,” she adds, noting that 48 percent of women with high cholesterol levels were newly diagnosed with the condition, as were 7 percent of women with hypertension. “Awareness is the first step to implementing heart-healthy lifestyle changes to reduce their risk,” says Michos. The next Sister to Sister community screening event will take place in February 2009.

Furthermore, Michos says annual survey results, though specific to women, also bear significance for men, for whom a waistline greater than 40 inches is considered obese.
Researchers say their next steps are to monitor screened women to see how well follow-up treatments worked at not only lowering risk, but also in lowering actual heart problems and whether or not this stretches out lifespan.

Of 150 women who were screened as high risk in 2006, 71 percent followed up with a visit to their physician, 64 percent changed diet, 47 percent lost weight, 61 percent monitored their blood pressure levels, 6 percent stopped smoking, and 23 percent checked their waistline against the 35-inch benchmark.

According to the latest statistics from the American Heart Association, one in three American women has some form of cardiovascular disease. Sixty-nine million women are overweight, including more than 36 million who are obese.

Funding for this study was provided by the Sister to Sister, Everyone Has a Heart Foundation. Besides Michos, other researchers from the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center involved in this study and the Sister to Sister annual screenings were Brian Kral, M.D., M.P.H.; Catherine Campbell, M.D.; M. Dominique Ashen, Ph.D., C.R.N.P.; and Roger Blumenthal, M.D. Other researchers included Irene Pollin, Ph.D., M.S.W., and Laurene McKillop, Ph.D., from Sister to Sister; Teresa Shattuck, Ph.D., Michele Debarthe Sadler, Ph.D., and Karen Boyle, Ph.D., from Shattuck & Assoc.; Khurram Nasir, M.D., M.P.H., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; Rita Redberg, M.D., from the University of California San Francisco; and Karlynn Brintzenhofeszoc, Ph.D., M.S.W., from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

A New Look At Grooming

(NAPSI)-Whether they’re constantly checking a mirror or they’re more concerned with sports than looks, a recent poll found that when it comes to grooming, there are some things men just won’t stand for.

The poll asked 2,000 men for their opinion on perspiration and found that 75 percent of them worried more about odor than wetness. Fortunately, the following tips could help:

• Consider The Cause--Experts at Brut say that underarm odor is caused by bacteria that thrive on sweat. The company’s 24-hour anti-perspirants and deodorants are formulated with Trimax to eliminate that bacteria and leave men feeling fresh with the brand’s signature scent.

• Stay Dry--The company’s anti-perspirants could help you stay dry as well. They contain the same active ingredient as more expensive “clinical” products to combat wetness. In fact, after rigorous testing, they met the FDA’s highest classification for being “most effective” at stopping wetness.

• Drink Up--As a final tip, drink cool water to help lower your body’s core temperature and possibly reduce its need to sweat. An added bonus: Staying hydrated helps skin stay firm and healthy. For more information, visit www.brutworld.com.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Respect Your Scalp, Love Your Hair

(NAPSI)-Combing through all the methods recommended to keep your hair beautiful, one truism stands out: The foundation for beautiful hair is a healthy scalp. As the summer sun and heat come to an end, it is time to start thinking about repairing summer scalp and hair for fall and winter. Hair experts point out that scalp sensitivities associated with dandruff can cause redness, itchiness, dryness and flakes. These are the symptoms that can decrease the luster and health of your hair.

While transitioning your lifestyle for the end-of-year seasons, remember to keep in mind your scalp and hair care routine. Dr. Marta Rendon, Head & Shoulders Global Celebrity Dermatologist, has five easy tips to care for your hair.

• Avoid spraying styling products containing alcohol directly on your scalp, as they may dry out the skin of your scalp.

• When choosing a shampoo and conditioner, look for one with a rich zinc compound formula. Head and Shoulders Smooth & Silky shampoo and conditioner contains a unique zinc formula that restores the scalp's ideal moisture level, allowing you to achieve a healthy scalp and beautiful hair.

• When in the shower, it is best to use lukewarm water; washing with hot water can promote a dry scalp.

• A good scalp massage promotes blood flow to the area, soothes nerves and relaxes the muscles, keeping the skin flexible to promote hair growth and luster.

• Use a brush whose bristles are made from hair. The flexible bristles are soft and therefore gentle on your scalp.

Hairstyles may be a seasonal trend, but every look needs a solid foundation. Head & Shoulders' system of shampoo and conditioner is essential to achieving a healthy scalp and beautiful hair.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Daily Tips To Protect The Skin You're In

(NAPSI)-While most people recognize the importance of applying sunscreen at the beach or the pool, many don't realize the value in wearing sun protection every day of the year.

Experts say about 80 percent of a person's sun exposure occurs during daily activities-walking to the car, sitting in front of a window-and that one year of incidental sun exposure is like spending a week at the beach without sunscreen.

To keep skin healthy and protected throughout the day, incorporate a moisturizer that contains SPF into your daily skin care routine, as hydration and sun protection are key elements for maintaining healthy skin.

Skin that is dry may be unable to perform its primary function, which is to protect your body from environmental damage, such as free radicals, pollutants and the sun's UV rays.

Additionally, skin that is dry has a difficult time renewing itself from sun damage, leaving it vulnerable to premature aging, including wrinkles and age spots.

Look for a nongreasy moisturizer with sunscreen, such as Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15, which combines the natural moisturizing benefits of colloidal oatmeal to soothe dry skin with Active Photobarrier Complex, a sun-protection technology that is specifically engineered to deliver very high, very broad and photo-stable UVA and UVB protection.

The moisturizer also contains rich emollients that provide 24- hour moisturization, leaving skin soft, smooth and healthy looking.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Women Turning To Midwives For Personalized Care

GBB Note: There's just nothing more beautiful than a woman who has the "glow" of pregnancy. Don't you agree?

(NAPSI)-Every year, more than 4 million women give birth in the United States. That's more than 10,000 every day, which leaves many new mothers--and their babies--feeling lost in the crowd.

In order to find a more "boutique" approach to prenatal and primary health care, a growing number of women are turning to midwives. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2005, midwives attended more than 300,000 U.S. births--and more women are seeing midwives for family planning, annual exams and for help navigating normal life transitions.

"When you decide to visit a midwife, you can expect a special kind of care. Some midwives spend up to an hour with first-time patients, and most midwives stay with women through the entire birth process," says Cathy Collins Fulea, a certified nurse-midwife and midwife expert at www.RealSavvyMoms.com.

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) are independent providers who care for women through all stages of life and are trained through graduate-level education to handle the majority of complications that may arise during pregnancy and birth. Most CNMs and CMs attend deliveries in hospitals, and with low rates of induction, cesarean section and episiotomy, midwives maintain an impressive safety record for both mothers and babies.

As experts in women's health, midwives focus on early detection of problems and emphasize attentive, individualized care to minimize the chances of complications. During birth, midwives watch carefully to ensure mother and baby are doing well and practice judicious use of interventions--including pain control and fetal monitoring--when appropriate.

"Midwives approach birth, puberty and menopause as normal life events rather than medical problems," explains Fulea. Midwives don't try to "fix" women if there's not a complication. They're there to provide the care, support and information women need to ensure good health.

To find a midwife near you, visit www.mymidwife.org.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bright Starts' Second Annual 'Pink Power Mom' Winners Announced

PRNewswire/ -- Bright Starts(R) a baby toy and gear brand of Kids II, Inc. celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month by announcing the winners of its Second Annual "Pink Power Mom" search. The eight outstanding women were chosen for their inspirational fight, having displayed amazing strength and courage as breast cancer survivors, strong personal supporters or advocates fighting for a cure.

The search, which launched in May, invited friends and family members to nominate an inspiring woman who embodies the spirit of a "Pink Power Mom." Hundreds of touching stories later, eight remarkable women were selected as finalists.


The chosen winners will each receive:

-- $1000 donation to the breast cancer charity of their choice
-- $500 spa gift certificate to a local spa in their home town
-- $500 gift basket


The Bright Starts(R) Pink Power Moms for 2008 are:

-- Medha Deoras-Sutliff -- Ellie Milbourn
-- Amanda Horgan -- Julie Nations
-- Heather Janssen -- Amy Paterson
-- Kathy LaTour -- Jodi Petit


"Bright Starts prides itself in being a brand that genuinely cares about people and their well-being, and the Pink Power Mom movement is a way of making a positive change in the lives of those who support the brand," says Ryan Gunnigle, President and CEO of Kids II, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the Bright Starts(R) brand. "These eight exceptional women exemplify true champions who are making it possible for the baby girls of today to have a bright, happy and healthy tomorrow."
In addition to recognizing Pink Power Moms, a portion of the proceeds from the top selling Bright Starts(R) Pretty in Pink(TM) Collection will be donated to support breast cancer research. The Kids II Foundation commits its support for breast cancer research with a minimum donation of $100,000.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Full-Figure Fashion Tips To Flatter

(NAPSI)-Full-figured women have more fashion options than ever before with a variety of styles that fit, flatter and flaunt their most attractive features.

Here are a few fashion tips to help from the bra experts at Olga:

• Focus on your best attributes. If you have a small waist, wear a belt. Use bold color to define your favorite features.

• Think long. Wear clothing that elongates you, such as V-neck tops. Wear heels, perhaps with a kitten shape for comfort, rather than flats.

• Wear the right undergarments. The right bra is an everyday essential, creating a feminine shape under your wardrobe and helping some clothing fit better.

For example, a white button-down shirt is a basic staple for every wardrobe. Wearing this type of shirt can be a challenge for a full-figured woman because if she is not wearing the proper bra, the shirt buttons may pop open.

You can use a white button-down shirt to test if you are wearing the right bra. If you are, the shirt will lie flat against the body; you'll have great shape and feel contained without any spillage. No buttons will pop.

Another perennial fashion staple is the snug T-shirt. For this look, you want a bra that provides a smooth look with no bumps. A bra with satin cups and an inner lining will look great and be comfortable to wear.

Look for a bra that fits well and does not chafe or irritate your skin. If you don't like the way underwire bras feel, you no longer need to wear them.

Many full-figured women may be surprised to learn that now they can get all the support of an underwire bra without the wires.

Olga has a line of wire-free bras exclusively for full-figured women that deliver the same support as those with an underwire.

Because comfort is very important, when shopping for a bra, look for a soft-seal hook and eye closures to eliminate digging and skin irritation.

But while you're shopping for comfort, don't forget to look for lace and other luxurious details such as satin trims to help you feel gorgeous.

• Once you've built a great foundation, accessorize. Play up your beautiful face with sparkling earrings and chunky necklaces.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Time-saving Fixes for Hectic Mornings

(ARA) - From taking the kids to school to packing your husband’s bag for his overnight business trip, women often find that they don’t have enough time to take care of their own beauty and health needs. With so many things on their plate, it can be easy to let personal hygiene and fashion fall by the wayside. However, despite a jam-packed schedule, there are plenty of time-saving fixes that busy moms and women can incorporate to indulge themselves, while still getting the kids to school on time.

* Plan Ahead: Set up tomorrow’s breakfast and bagged lunch before going to sleep tonight. Setting out fruit and cereal or packing up leftovers can be done easily following dinner cleanup. Evening preparations will give you a few extra minutes in the morning to actually sit down and enjoy a healthy start to your day, rather than eating in a rush over the counter.

* Wardrobe Ready: One of the most common reasons for being rushed in the mornings is figuring out what to wear to work. Stop standing aimlessly in the closet for 20 minutes by taking time on Sunday to pick out your outfits for the rest of the week. This will give you time to indulge your fashionista on Sunday rather than rushing your choices in the mornings. Also, buy a fabric steamer instead of an iron for quick and easy wrinkle relief. It releases wrinkles faster, and is actually one of the safest, gentlest ways to remove wrinkles from your clothes.

* Get Pick-y: You don’t have to neglect your oral care regimen when you’re in a hurry. New Oral-B Advantage Floss Picks are designed with an easy-to-grip handle and TextureSlide fiber so you can incorporate daily flossing easily and comfortably. If you’re crunched for time during the morning rush, toss a couple of Picks in your purse for on-the-go oral care. If you want a great minty taste following your morning coffee, try the Cool Mint flavor.

* Double-Duty: Being busy isn’t an excuse for not looking presentable. Two-in-one beauty products that simplify morning routines will save time and space in the medicine cabinet or shower. Shampoo-plus-conditioner combinations and daily facial moisturizer with SPF will streamline the time between waking and work.

* Accessorize: Even the most basic of outfits can look dressier when you accessorize the right way. If you don’t have time to pull together a fabulous outfit, throw on some fancy earrings or a nice belt and instantly dress your outfit. The small details can make it look like you took the time to dress up in the morning.

Saving a couple of minutes here and there definitely adds up! Incorporating time-saving fixes into daily routines allows for added “me” time, alleviating stress and boosting self confidence.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Possible Non-Pharmaceutical Solutions for PCOS, a Type of Infertility

GBB Note: This story is interesting. At the least, it does provide food for thought. Reducing wheat and sugar in the diet does make one feel better. Can it help with a type of infertility?

24-7- The first "test tube" baby turned thirty this year, marking three decades of babies conceived using in vitro fertilization (IVF). Experts are still arguing the level of risk associated with the procedure, some taking the stance that there are grave risks for both mother and child, others that the dangers are overstated. Regardless of who is right, most women want to conceive naturally, without fertility drugs or IVF.

Conception through IVF increases the likeliness of having twins, which may double the joy or double the work. IVF may also cause serious side-effects like ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the womb), ovarian hyperstimulation (OHSS), and the possibility of increased risk for ovarian cancer. And at about $12,000 per cycle, IVF carries a financial risk as well: there is no guarantee you will become pregnant.

Before IVF is considered, fertility drugs are usually the first line used in reproductive therapy. Clomid is one of the most popular fertility drugs prescribed. It works by stimulating ovary follicles to encourage ovulation. Side-effects can include: mood swings, hot flashes, headaches, and again, there is no guarantee you will become pregnant. In fact, research shows that it's more likely that while taking Clomid you will not become pregnant. In clinical studies published by the U.S. FDA (Federal Drug Administration), only about 30% of women conceived while taking Clomid.

One of the leading causes of infertility is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS may take the form of numerous symptoms, which vary from woman to woman: including weight gain, irregular periods, thinning hair, excessive hair growth on the face and body, acne, depression, mood swings and anxiety. If you feel you may be suffering from PCOS, take this self-test at http://pcos.insulitelabs.com/PCOS-Self-Test.php.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Honor of National Menopause Awareness Month, SleepBetter.org Offers Practical Tips to Millions of Menopausal Women

BUSINESS WIRE --September is “National Menopause Awareness Month” and SleepBetter.org, an educational Web site dedicated to helping people sleep better, is offering the 40 million American women of menopausal age – and the more than 1 million more joining their ranks annually – helpful tips for obtaining a more restful night’s sleep during this time in their lives.

“Sleep difficulties are a hallmark complaint during and after menopause. In fact, trouble falling asleep and staying asleep are two of the most frequent concerns I hear from women in mid-life,” says Rebecca Hulem, RN, RNP, CNM, CMC, author of “Feelin’ Hot? A Humorous, Informative and Truthful Look at Menopause” and a recognized menopause expert. “A good night’s sleep is so incredibly important to a woman’s health and well-being, and fortunately, there are a number of ways a woman can curtail sleep disturbances during menopause.”

Tips for Achieving Sweet Dreams During Menopause and Beyond

Hulem and SleepBetter.org offer the following easy-to-implement tips for minimizing hot flashes and sleep disturbances during menopause, and optimizing critical sleep cycles:

* Keep room temperature cool. Warmer room temperatures and elevated core body temperatures increase the chances of having hot flashes. Ideal room temperatures for sleeping are between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
* Establish a relaxing ritual to wind down before bed, such as taking a bath or practicing relaxation techniques.
* Limit caffeine intake, especially after 2 p.m.
* Exercise regularly, but not within three hours of bedtime.
* Stop smoking or, at minimum, limit nicotine intake within two hours of bedtime.
* Don’t use alcohol as a sleep aid, and limit the drinking of alcohol within two hours of bedtime.
* Keep the bedroom cool, dark and as quiet as possible.

In addition to the aforementioned tips, SleepBetter.org suggests using products which can help provide relief from hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. Carpenter Co.’s Isotonic® Iso•Cool™ pillows and mattress toppers both adjust to the body’s changing temperature. The products absorb heat, regulate body warmth and create a cooling sensation providing a cool night of sleep.

For more tips on how to improve sleep during menopause, or to learn about additional products which can enhance sleep, visit www.SleepBetter.org. The site features the exclusive Zzzz Score™ test, which is a science-based personal sleep profile – a guide to getting a better night’s sleep based on individual sleep preferences and problems.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Tips for Putting Your Best Face Forward this Fall

(ARA) – Bathing suits will soon be packed away for another year, but beauty doesn’t take a holiday when summer winds down. Women everywhere will need to modify their daily beauty routines to keep pace with autumn’s changing demands, and the rapid approach of the holiday season.

Your fall beauty regimen should focus on caring for the basics of beauty – skin, smile and hair. Here are some tips to ensure you enter the cooler months looking your best.

Fall Skin Care

Fall is one of the most demanding seasons for your skin. Not only does bright sunshine persist in many areas of the country, the air turns dry and cool – conditions which can add up to damage and drying.

* Remember to moisturize daily, and consider replacing the lotion or gel-based moisturizer you used over the summer months with a cream-based product. Cream-based moisturizers do a better job of locking moisture into the skin.

* You’ll still need sunscreen, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors, but you can probably pack away the 50 SPF cream until next summer. Go with a lighter SPF. Many makeup lines now offer foundations that include UV protection.

* Stay hydrated. Make sure you get your recommended eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. If you live in a particularly dry climate, consider sleeping with a humidifier in your room. Not only will it help your skin, the humidifier can help relieve some respiratory symptoms brought on by dry weather.

Something to Smile About

Your smile is often the first impression someone has about you. “It’s easy to overlook the importance of taking care of your smile, especially as schedules get busier in the fall,” says Dr. Nancy Rosen, a New York City-based dentist whose clients include business executives, fashionistas and politicians.

* Before the holidays hit and you have time for little else other than shopping and entertaining, schedule a checkup with your dentist.

* White teeth can turn a nice smile into a show-stopper. Consider incorporating a teeth whitener into your everyday beauty routine. Crest Whitestrips Daily Whitening Plus Tartar Protection provides five-minute once a day whitening and protection from tartar and daily stain build-up. “These strips not only provide tartar protection, they’re a great way to whiten teeth daily.” Rosen says. “The strips are gentle enough to use every day, even for people who are sensitive to whitening.” They are available anywhere Crest products are sold; or log on to www.whitestrips.com for more information.

* The cool, dry air and crisp breezes of fall can lead to chapped lips. Use lip balm that contains UV protection to prevent chapped or sunburned lips. Avoid petroleum-based balms, as evidence has shown that petroleum can actually dry out your lips.

Have a Good Hair Day

The flagrant abuse you subjected your hair to all summer comes home to roost in the fall. Autumn is a great time to recover from the effects bright sun and pool chemicals had on your hair.

* Update your cut. It’s a new season and a good time for a fresh start. Look for a cut that complements your face, is fashionable yet easy to care for – a style that will serve you well through the increased busyness of the fall and holiday season.

* Treat yourself to a deep-conditioning session at the salon to help repair sun and chlorine damage. Afterward, use a light conditioner or shampoo/conditioner combination every time you wash your hair.

With a few simple enhancements to your daily routine, you can ensure your beauty regimen doesn’t fall behind this autumn.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Red Carpet Tips for Fresh Fall Style

(ARA) - As the leaves change their colors this fall, many people find it is a great time to also change their style. The fall season brings new fashion and a chance for women to peruse style magazines and hit the shops to revive their look. Stylist-to-the-stars Britt Bardo brings good news for this fall’s style seekers -- looking your best does not have to take a lot of time or money.

Prepping celebrities for red carpet appearances and eleventh-hour events is a daily task for Bardo whose clients include Hollywood A-listers, Jessica Simpson, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. While she spends much of her time preparing stars for important events, Britt often finds herself providing clients with simple tips to achieve a stylish, yet effortless, look at the last minute.

But in Bardo’s opinion, a new look isn’t always about the clothes and accessories. Her easiest tip is likely the first that people notice. “When my clients have to look good quickly, my new secret weapon is the new touch-up teeth whitening product, Aquafresh White Trays Revive. It revitalizes the effects of previous whitening treatments, improving teeth whiteness in just two days -- it is a life-saver for last minute events.”

This fall, fashion doesn’t have to be complicated -- Bardo finds the most basic items to be wardrobe essentials. “When you are at a loss for what to wear, stick to well-fitting, chic basics,” she says. “A great pair of trousers and a simple t-shirt tucked in are dependable outfit home-runs. Then give the outfit some ammunition with bold accessories.”

Bardo recommends these other tips to turn heads this fall:

* Every woman should have a great-fitting, sexy little white shirt. It is classic and chic and goes with everything.

* Mix up your cosmetics with the new mineral make-ups available at the drugstore. Drugstore cosmetics are just as good, if not better than high-end, fancy brands, and are a fraction of the price.

* If you want to try out a trend but are hesitant to spend a lot of money, look for a similar style at a lower price. With high-end designers doing collections for mass retailers it is easy to find something fun and low cost.

For more tips from Britt Bardo see the article featured at www.AquafreshWhiteTrays.com.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Dazzling Accessory Helps Breast Cancer Battle

(NAPSI)-A chic addition to your wardrobe will help support the battle against breast cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers, with more than 180,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed this year alone.

The latest effort to bring more attention to the disease--and help women who have suffered from it--is Swarovski's iconic Nirvana Ring. Each of the luxurious, sparkling pink rings sold will help support The Libby Ross Foundation's Yoga Program for breast cancer survivors.

The Foundation's mission is to make a significant difference in the lives of women with breast cancer through support programs, and to help eradicate the disease through research and early detection.

Only 2,000 of the rings will be produced. To find one or to learn more, call (800) 426-3088 or visit www.swarovski.com.

A dazzling new ring will help support breast cancer survivors.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Going Glam Could Change The World

(NAPSI)-For two best friends, the best way to celebrate a victory over breast cancer was to launch a new product during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and donate a percentage of the proceeds to finding a cure.

Jerrod Blandino, founder of Too Faced Cosmetics, and Betsy Olum, senior vice president of Sephora, have been "best buds" from the day they met. So when Olum was recovering from breast cancer surgery and asked Blandino to bring back her favorite discontinued Too Faced eye shadow, Heiress, Blandino happily obliged. He even worked with Olum to develop a limited-edition eye shadow duo, renamed Betsy Baby, in honor of her battle with breast cancer.

In addition, Sephora has created a pink ribbon pop-up brush for October. For each $17 Betsy Baby purchase, $9 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; for each $8 brush, $1 will be donated.