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    Age is just a number, and that has never been more true than now. 40 is the new 30, and 30 is the new 20. If you're feeling and acting younger than your age, it makes sense that you would also want to look great for your age.

    There are a lot of changes that take place in our skin as we age. The skin becomes thinner and more translucent. You'll notice unevenness in your skin tone, perhaps even age spots or hyperpigmentation. Fine lines and wrinkles appear initially around the eyes, mouth and forehead and gradually become deeper and more wide spread. Your skin becomes looser and less elastic, an effect that becomes more pronounced as the fat pads under the eyes and cheeks becomes smaller with age and weight loss. The skin will also become drier with time, because your skin produces less oil. This can result in small lines and even cracks in the skin due to the dryness. Finally, you may notice that overall the color of the skin changes, becoming lackluster and less luminous.

    One of my favorite products to use is No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum, which includes highly effective peptides to increase collagen production, to help restore more youthful skin, Vitamin C to help fight aging and smooth skin tone and hyaluronic acid to provide a lot of moisture without feeling heavy.

    While the list of skin changes in aging skin sounds daunting, it really isn't! Fortunately, in order to have younger looking, glowing skin you don't need to undergo invasive procedures or use lasers. There are lot of changes you can easily make at home that will have quick results.

    1. Take care of your skin daily

    It is easy to say you want better skin that is clearer, smoother and looks younger. However, to get that skin you need to make your products a daily habit that you don't skip. When you decide to amp up your skin care routine and want to see big changes in your skin, it is very easy to go overboard and want to add every product that appeals to you. Add targeted serums and treatment products, and finally a night cream. Make your skincare routine easy to follow and a habit that you won't skip.

    2. Minimize skin irritation

    "Feel the Burn" was Jane Fonda's mantra, but it isn't a good approach to take to your skin care. Skin irritation leads to inflammation, as white blood cells infiltrate the skin and release cytokines, chemokines and even free radicals in their attempt to fix damage. Unfortunately, they damage the skin cells and advance the aging process in addition to making your skin uncomfortable and unsightly.

    To minimize irritation, look for gentle skin care that won't strip your skin of oil and moisture. Serums and treatment products should not sting or burn as you apply them. Instead, your skincare should leave your skin smooth and glowing. Avoid any products that irritate your skin.

    3. Add in a retinoid

    Retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives, when applied topically to the skin they increase cell turn over, they actually increase the thickness of your skin's dermis, increase production of collagen and even decrease hyperpigmentation. Retinoids are frequently recommended for aging skin and to help fight acne because they have been extensively studied and there is a lot of evidence in the medical literature showing that they live up to the hype!

    As great as retinoids sound, there are some issues. There are many forms of retinoids out there, some of which need to be activated within the skin before they are effective. Retinoids can also be very irritating to the skin, and many people can only tolerate using a retinoid product every two to three nights rather than every night. They are also a known teratogen, so they should be avoided if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

    Choose a retinoid that will be likely to work with your skin. Prescription retinoids are more effective with more dramatic results in a shorter period of time, but they are also more irritating. An over the counter product will be more gentle if your skin is sensitive, but you will need to be more patient to see results.

    When the retinoid's benefits start, you'll notice that your skin has more even skin pigmentation, feels smoother and your fine lines and wrinkles are improving. If you have acne, your blemishes will be improved as well. Retinoids are considered the gold standard for anti-aging skincare ingredients if you can find the magic combination of retinoid type and frequency of application that lets you avoid irritation. No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum contains a form of retinol, Retinol Palmitate.

    4. Add multi-purpose vitamin C

    While Retinoids are often touted as the best anti-aging ingredient, Vitamin C is an ingredient that you should also be looking to add to your skincare routine. This antioxidant will increase your skin's collagen production, has been found to decrease wrinkles and helps to fade hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C, which is also found in No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum, is effective even at lower concentrations in your skin care, so you can use it in your night cream or a multipurpose serum.

    5. Gently exfoliate your skin

    The very outer layers of cells in your skin are actually already dead, they're just waiting to be sloughed off. If those cells stick around longer than expected, or don't slough off evenly, the results can be lackluster skin, clogged pores and uneven skin tone.

    Exfoliating your skin should be something you do regularly, whether that is every day with a deep skin cleansing brush or weekly with a gentle face peel. As those outer layer of skin are sloughed off your skin will pick up creating new skin cells, making your skin thicker, improving issues with uneven pigmentation, and helping minimize fine lines and wrinkles. However you decide to exfoliate, it needs to be done gently and should be something you do regularly.

    6. Increase your skin's hydration level

    As we get older, our skin's production of sebum (oil) decreases. Initially this is great, especially if your skin has always been oily. However, with less sebum helping it hold on to moisture, your skin will start to dry out. Dehydrated skin is dull in appearance and often has lines and even flaking from the moisture loss.

    Luckily, it is easy to increase your skin's moisture levels! First, you should avoid drying out your skin. Use gentle cleansers on your skin to remove dirt and makeup. If you find that your skin is still dry, increase the moisturizing power of your products by switching to a thicker product such as a cream, or add in a face oil. Using a moisturizer will also have the added benefit of plumping up the outer layers of the skin, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Look for hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in your moisturizer which contains moisturizers in addition to its anti-aging benefits.

    This post is part of a sponsored collaboration between No7 and SheKnows

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    For millennials like me, plastic surgery is no longer a taboo subject. We openly talk about repairing, improving and enhancing our bodies through surgery, and for most of us, the decision to get something nipped or tucked is a personal choice that isn't judged too harshly. Many of my friends have undergone successful breast augmentations, rhinoplasties, vaginal rejuvenations and smaller cosmetic procedures like the injection of Botox or fillers. It's not surprising to me that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 15.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2014, a three percent increase from 2013.

    If you're considering getting plastic surgery, don't go to just any surgeon! Here are five tips for finding a plastic surgeon that will deliver the results you want without risking your health.

    1. Make sure the surgeon is board-certified

    It's a little-known fact that any physician with a medical license, without training, can legally perform cosmetic surgeries. This means a gynecologist or pediatrician could legally perform a cosmetic surgery! The first step in finding a great plastic surgeon is to make sure he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are plenty of other organizations that offer certifications, so don't be fooled if a surgeon claims he is certified by another board.

    Enter the information of the surgeon into the American Board of Plastic Surgery's online verification form to make sure he or she is certified.

    More: 12 Celebrities who've been shamed for getting plastic surgery

    2. Be aware of common red flags

    Generally, beware of surgeons who offer to perform multiple surgeries at once or who try to upsell you into getting additional surgeries or who use negative language about your body during a consultation. A reputable surgeon will maintain a professional manner during your consultation. If you feel disrespected or pressured to have procedures you didn't inquire about, leave.

    Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth and Dr. Anthony Youn of the American Board of Plastic Surgery also warn against doctors who offer discount coupons, advertise heavily or lack hospital privileges.

    More: The 6 hottest trends in plastic surgery right now

    3. Research the surgeon's board record

    Even board-certified plastic surgeons can be terrible at their job, so make sure you research the surgeon's record to learn about any past or current complaints or malpractice lawsuits. You can usually get this information by contacting your state medical board.

    If a surgeon you are considering has a lawsuit on his or her record, keep in mind that this doesn't necessarily mean that the claim was legitimate. It might be a good idea to talk to the doctor about the claim and get more details — plastic surgery can be emotional for patients, and sometimes claims are raised unfairly.

    More: Man pens book on convincing his wife to get breast implants

    4. Come prepared with the right questions

    When you go to your consultation, there are some questions you should ask to get a better idea of the skill level and experience of the surgeon you are considering for your procedure. If the surgeon seems flustered or irritated by these questions, it's probably better to play it safe and choose another doctor.

    Dr. Joseph Berardi, founder of theplasticsurgeon.org, recommends that before choosing a surgeon you always ask, at the bare minimum, how many times the surgeon has performed your procedure, who will be assisting with your procedure and where your surgery be performed.

    These types of questions will give you a better idea of if the surgeon actually specializes in the procedure you want, who else will be involved in your surgery who you might also want to check the credentials of before proceeding, and if it will be possible to get emergency care if you should need it during your surgery.

    5. Ask for recommendations

    While it's necessary to check up on a surgeon's credentials, history and reputation, asking friends who have had successful procedures for a recommendation can also be a great way to find a plastic surgeon. Everyone has different preferences, so if you like the work a surgeon has done on a friend or relative, you will be more likely to like your results if you visit that doctor as well. Also look at before-and-after photos to find an example of your ideal procedure outcome.

    Always remember that your body is unique, and a procedure that looks amazing on a friend or in a before-and-after photo might not translate as well on your body. A great surgeon will give you a realistic assessment of what he or she can do and, more importantly, what he or she can't do.

    One of the great things about the growing acceptance of plastic surgery is that it increases the chances of having an honest conversation about the risks that can be associated with such procedures if they are performed by an unskilled or *shudder* unlicensed surgeon. Shows like Botched, which depict disfiguring, self-esteem shattering plastic surgery mistakes, have made us very aware that finding a certified, experienced plastic surgeon is important if we choose to go under the knife. If you're looking for a reputable plastic surgeon, make sure to consider these five tips for finding a doctor that will make sure you stay safe and healthy during your procedure.

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    Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones looked drop-dead gorgeous in a stunning red dress at her film's premiere last night, and the most amazing part of it all is that her outfit came together at the very last minute.

    Jones may be one of the stars in a new blockbuster film, but the comedic actor complained of some serious wardrobe issues when it was time to pick out her look for the red carpet. Namely, Jones said that no designers were stepping up with offers to dress her for the premiere.

    More: A Ghostbusters gift guide because we ain't afraid of no ghosts

    Jones tweeted, "It's so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie."

    Leslie Jones tweet

    Leslie Jones tweet

    Project Runway's Christian Siriano jumped in to save the day, though, tweeting Leslie back to let her know that he was interested. And boy, did he deliver! All eyes were on Jones in Siriano's jaw-dropping off-the-shoulder gown with a bold thigh-high slit. Jones complemented the dress with a sparkly, eye-catching necklace by DanniJo, stilettos by Vince Camuto, earrings by Chris Aire and a clutch by Judith Leiber. Jones posted on Instagram, "I want to thank my baby @csiriano for making me this fabulous gown and for my wonderful stylist @bmcstylez for putting this look all together!"

    More: How to choose the perfect (and most flattering) dress for your body type

    Leslie Jones gown

    Leslie Jones gown

    And does this dress ever give us a serious case of closet envy! Siriano said on Instagram that Jones looked "simple, elegant, powerful and chic" — we couldn't agree more!

    Leslie Jones dress

    Leslie Jones dress

    More: 39 Oscars red carpet dresses we can't stop staring at

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    Your foundation is a pretty big deal — it sets the stage for the rest of your face, after all. So it's super important that you're using the right product. When it comes to BB creams or foundations, do you know the difference, or which one you need?

    BB cream is a relatively new makeup invention that started in Germany and picked up steam in Asia. The "BB" stands for beauty balm, and its job is to provide a one-step fix for all your skin care and makeup needs including SPF, tinted moisturizer and even skin tone. Even though it's able to take all this on, it does so while still providing a much lighter coverage, making it a hit for some (and a big miss for others).

    So how do you know if BB cream is right for you, or if you should stick with your tried-and-true, go-to foundation? We've created this handy quiz to help you find out.

    BB cream v foundation quiz

    BB cream v foundation quiz

    This post was sponsored by Cetaphil.

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    A lot of us have realized that our inner hottie has longer, thicker hair than we were actually graced with. (Consider it the follicle version of penis-envy.) My own muse has wavy hip-length locks... yet the universe taunts with me hair that, while cute, barely brushes my shoulders.

    Just like the Kylie Jenner lip kit, the hair extension is yet another beauty trend you can thank celebs for making famous. (Seriously, they all have worn them at some point.) Changing up the color, style and length of your hair sounds uber-tempting, but is it really worth the time, effort and money?

    Here's what you need to know before you book an appointment — or buy one of the many at-home extensions available online.

    Facts about hair extensions

    • Extensions don't only add length. You can choose to add volume instead (or in addition to length), which is perfect for fine, limp or thinning hair.
    • Turn that bob into a mane! If your existing hair is at little as 3 inches long, you can get extensions, although the extent of your transformation may be limited if your hair is very short.
    • Extensions can be braided in, glued in, woven in, or — if you only need a follicular boost for a special event — clipped in.
    • You can also add highlights or color with shades ranging from mild to wild
    • The process isn't painful, so it shouldn't hurt a bit.

    What to look for

    "A hairstyle can make or break your look," says stylist Cesare Safieh. Safieh cautions there are some important questions to ask when selecting extensions:

    • What are the extensions made from? Are they synthetic or 100%-natural human hair? (Human hair is more expensive than synthetic counterparts.)
    • How will the extensions be applied and removed?
    • Can you choose from a variety of weights?

    Safieh is a fan of a method of extensions known as Thermo Plastique, which involves a relatively gentle process that can be removed without damage to your hair. (He also adds that the micro bonding points are barely visible.) He says older methods, especially glue, are damaging. "Tracks (sewing) can be too heavy, and metal clips wear out and are hard to brush through."

    "[The goal with] extensions is to have the most natural look you can achieve," says Tony Promiscuo, owner of Atlanta's Godiva Salon, who notes that while synthetic types are most plentiful, human hair is superior in its viability. (In addition, synthetic hair cannot typically be heated, so styling options are limited — meaning forget the blow dryer and curling iron.)

    What else to look for in hair extensions

    "Individual strands allow a customized, more natural, look," says celebrity hairstylist and salon owner Philip Pelusi of New York City's Tela salon. "You can play with the color or length, and fill in spots that need it more than others. It's a more accurate way to get the desired look."

    What to avoid in hair extensions

    "The most important thing is to avoid extensions and pieces that are heavier than your own hair. If extensions are too heavy, they will damage and break off hair -- so hair needs to be long and healthy enough to withstand the pressure," Pelusi points out.

    More: The futuristic pixel hair trend that will have you mesmerized

    Inquire as to the possibility of getting a variety of weights, because a single one may not work for everyone. In particular, extensions that do not match your hair are most likely to give you problems. Safieh recommends a type of extensions called Hairdreams, which offer a variety of weights or thicknesses to match your true hair -- as well as the ability to pre-order highlights and lowlights. Hairdreams lasts up to seven months and the hair can be reapplied, which also helps to decrease cumulative costs of new hair and removal.

    Certain specialty methods have emerged from certain salons, such as the "Goddess Loc," which have a silicon grip and plastic coating in order to not damage your hair.

    Next Up: How much are hair extensions?

    How much are hair extensions?

    The bad news: Hair extensions aren't cheap. Depending on how much you get, how you get them attached and the type/grade of hair you use, the cost can range from the hundreds to the thousands of dollars — and that's not including maintenance every six to eight weeks. You will also need to make an investment of time, usually four to six hours, for the initial setup.

    The specialist who will apply your extensions may be called a hair designer, an extensionist, or simply a hairdresser. No matter what title he or she uses, be sure they are experienced and have photos to prove it. Also make sure you understand how they will be removed, and how damage to your natural hair can be minimized. No one wants a bald spot.

    Jennifer Lopez, Lauren Conrad, Kim Kardashian
    Image: Jon Kopaloff/JB Lacroix/Francois G. Durand/Getty Images

    Just a few of the many stars with hair extensions: Jennifer Lopez, Lauren Conrad, Kim Kardashian

    More: How to craft the perfect chunky bun hairstyle

    Is caring for your extensions going to give you a headache?

    Do extensions require a great deal of upkeep and time commitment? "Extensions are not hard to maintain," says Pelusi. "People just need to keep an eye on them — almost like you would with color or anything else." She says that to allow for an hour at the salon every six weeks.

    Caring for your hair extensions

    Here are some specific tips to help you care for your extensions:

    • Human hair extensions can be treated as real hair, but more gently.
    • Use a special brush (often a loop brush) made just for extensions, so you don't damage the new hair or the bond.
    • A gentle shampoo is recommended, and use cool water to help minimize tangles.
    • A light conditioner will help reduce tangling and keep your new hair supple.
    • Sleep with your hair in a ponytail or braid to avoid bed-head and knots.

    More: 11 Curly hairstyles that prove it's just as sexy as straight hair

    Would Jackie get extensions again? "Assuming my hair is healthy once these come out, I would do it again in a heartbeat," she says.

    Originally published July 2009. Updated July 2016.

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    Not only is a nail split or break embarrassing (and the waste of a good manicure), but it can be painful too. If you've been struggling with dry, peeling nails that even the prettiest polish can't cover up, your little piggies may be crying out for some TLC.

    According to our favorite beauty experts, at least one of these at-home remedies could help to strengthen weakened nails that have seen better days:

    1. Soak nails in olive oil

    For weak, thin nails, soak them in extra virgin olive oil 10-15 minutes a day for a month, then twice a week thereafter. This inexpensive home beauty treatment will help fortify damaged, weak or peeling nails.

    "Applying vegetable oil helps relieve dryness and cracking of toenails," confirms Dr. Wenjay Sung, a board-certified podiatrist in Los Angeles. "Unlike creams, oils do a better job soaking into the nail bed and moisturize the structural toenail bed longer than creams and gels."

    2. Use a cuticle cream like it's your religion

    A soothing cuticle cream like Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme helps nourish dry cuticles and brittle, damaged nails with vitamin E. Massage the cream into and around your nails nightly before going to bed.

    Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center, advises, "Cuticles can dry out from repetitive hand washing and manicures, so if they are not given extra protection with a nourishing cuticle cream, they will crack and split, increasing risk of nail infection."

    More: The icicle nails trend is taking over Instagram

    3. Don't overuse your nails

    Your fingernails aren't intended to be tools to open soda cans. Instead, use a pen or other object rather than your fingernails to do these everyday tasks.

    4. Wear gloves for chores

    When doing the dishes, cleaning and gardening, wear gloves. Detergents and cleansers are harsh on your fingernails, causing drying, spitting and peeling. Soil and gardening can also cause damage to your nails.

    As Dr. Tanzi pointed out, the best way to take care of hands and nails is to avoid drying them out. "Frequent hand washing with antibacterial soap is very harsh," she says. "I recommend washing with a gentle cleanser, which will sanitize just as well as harsh products and a good moisturizer afterward to lock in the hydration. At night, a thicker moisturizer on hands with a rich cuticle cream will keep hands/nails looking great."

    5. Eat biotin-rich foods

    Make sure your diet features foods rich in biotin, such as liver, cooked eggs, whole grains, cauliflower and avocado, among others. In addition to other health benefits, biotin can help strengthen and thicken nails. You can also take a biotin supplement, if necessary.

    Next Up: Take a multivitamin daily

    6. Take a multivitamin daily

    Vitamins are essential for your overall well being and can do wonders for your nails too. Lack of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium can cause dry, brittle nails. Be sure to take a multivitamin and calcium supplements daily. Also be sure to eat a protein and calcium rich diet.

    More: Nail art spotted backstage at Fashion Week that you can create yourself

    7. Avoid traditional nail polish remover

    Don't use nail polish remover more than once or twice a month, if possible. And never use a nail polish remover that contains acetone, which can dry and damage nails. Try Josie Maran's Bear Naked Nail Wipes instead.

    More: 7 Natural polish removers that are good for your nails

    If your nails have seen better days, taking a break from nail polish and nail polish can help to support healing. Dr. Sung advises, "To repair damaged nails, sunlight is sometimes the best answer. Using nail polish excessively prevents vital sunlight from reaching the nail bed and may prevent nails from fully healing and regenerating cells. Sunlight is vital to our skin and also to our hair and nails as well."

    8. Find a 'miracle' treatment

    Sally Hansen Miracle Cure for Severe Problem Nails works wonders. It stops nails from peeling almost overnight. Using a mineral rich formula with protein and antioxidants, this treatment helps restore dry, splitting, damaged nails. A clear coat of nail polish may also help protect nails.

    "To prevent dry, damaged nails, you will want to follow two basic nail care steps," says Holly L. Schippers, CND Education Ambassador and Empower Nail Art Lead Educator at FingerNailFixer. "Keep them covered and protected with your favorite nail coating, even if it's a simple, thin coat of clear polish. Second, waterproof them with a high-quality oil that contains jojoba or squalene, ingredients which allow the oil to penetrate the coating and the nail surface so that the oil is able to lubricate individual nail cells — improving flexibility and making the nail less susceptible to damage from water and other chemicals. My favorite is CND Solar Oil."

    9. Actually massage your nails

    Massaging your fingernails stimulates blood flow to the area, helping them grow longer and stronger. Use a moisturizing lotion and massage hands, cuticles and the nails themselves. And as Dr. Tanzi recommended, get into the habit of applying lotion immediately after washing your hands.

    10. Drink a lot of water (no surprise here)

    Just as water is for your overall health, that goes for your nails too. Drinking water can help hydrate dry, damaged nails, just like it does for hair and skin.

    Even when you've reached the point of no return — where your nails are a hot, hot mess — there still may be a light at the end of the tunnel. For very severe nail damage, time is what you need, and lots of it. Schipper estimates that, when following the steps above, it may take anywhere from 3 to 6 months for new and healthy nails to grow out completely. If you're desperate and in need of a quicker fix, Schipper recommends a product like CND Rescue RXx, which, she says, which will deposit keratin on the surface and improve nail condition in about 4 weeks.

    Originally published April 2016. Updated July 2016.

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    When you think of the word "spray," what comes to mind? Hair spray? Cooking spray? Spray paint? Now, a lot of products you've known for years have come out in spray form, from hand sanitizer to nail polish, and they're easier to use than ever!

    1. Hand sanitizing germ block

    Touch Germblock
    Image: Touch Germblock

    This new product is life-changing! Not only does it kill 99.99 percent of germs upon contact but one application also lasts up to six hours on the surface of the skin, providing a persistent barrier of protection. Now, throughout the day, you can press elevator buttons or open doors and continually be protected from germs. Made with organic essential oils, it also softens hands. (Touch Germ Block, $5.99)

    2. Nail polish

    Nails spray can
    Image: Nails inc

    Ever need a mani in a rush? You'll love Nails inc's new spray nail polish. You just put on a base coat, spray on the polish and then put on a top coat. Easy and perfect for when you realized you have somewhere to go and no time to get a traditional mani. (Nails inc Paint Can Spray, $12)

    3. Root cover up

    Root cover up
    Image: lorealparisusa.com

    L'Oréal's Root Cover Up is a game changer. It temporarily conceals grays, extending the time between colorist appointments up to three weeks! (Can you say money saver? Cha-ching!) How does it work? You simply spray onto grays from four to six inches away and allow one minute for it to dry. It will last until your next shampoo. From black hair to blonde hair, it's available in six different shades. (L'Oréal Paris Root Cover Up, $10.99)

    4. Makeup brush cleanser

    Make up brush cleaner
    Image: Sephora

    Do you hate cleaning your makeup brushes because you can't use them after they get wet only to wait overnight to use them again? Well, if you love dry shampoo for your hair, you're going to love this. It's a dry shampoo for your makeup brushes so you can clean and apply different colors right away. It's a makeup bag staple! Now you can have clean brushes all the time, no excuses! (Dry Clean Instant Dry Brush Cleaner Spray, $14)

    5. Bathroom spray

    Image: Poopourri

    Nobody likes a stinky bathroom! So, how about stopping bathroom odor before it begins? Poo-Pourri is a kitschy but effective toilet deodorizing spray. To "own your throne" you simply spritz three to five sprays into the toilet bowl before you "do your business." The natural essential oils create a barrier, trapping odor under the surface of the water. Scents include the aptly named Poo La La (peony, rose and citrus) and Royal Flush (eucalyptus and spearmint). (Poo-Pourri, $9.95 and up)

    6. Hair Remover

    Image: Nair

    No time to get that perfect shave? Well, smooth skin is a spray away! Nair Sprays Away removes hair in just four minutes. All you do is spritz it onto your skin, wait a few minutes and then gently wipe the product and hair off your body. With scents like Moroccan Argan Oil and Brazilian Spa Clay, this ain't your mama's Nair! (Nair Sprays Away, $8.99)

    7. Makeup setting spray

    Urban Decay
    Image: Urban Decay

    There's nothing quite like a fresh face of makeup to have you feeling good. Now, give your makeup some serious staying power with Urban Decay's All Nighter. The super-light makeup setting spray will have you sitting pretty for up to 16 hours! That means no makeup melting, cracking, fading or settling into fine lines. Instead, you'll have that just-applied look all day (and night). (Urban Decay All Nighter, $30)

     8. Sunscreen

    Coolas sunscreen
    Image: Coolas

    Summer is here, and it's time for a little fun in the sun! However, before you hit the shore, you've got to check out Coola’s Sunscreen Spray. Unlike most sunscreens, it goes on clear, which means no more blotchy white spots. Additionally, it's water-resistant and offers broad-spectrum protection available in SPF 30 and SPF 50. Plus, who can resist scents such as Guava Mango, Tropical Coconut and Fresh Cucumber? (Coola Sunscreen Spray, $20 and up)

    9. Dry shampoo

    Dry shampoo
    Image: Living proof

    What's the next best thing to actually shampooing your hair? Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo. Most dry shampoos simply absorb oil; they don't remove it. PhD Dry Shampoo is made with powders that absorb oil and sweat. Those powders are then easily brushed away, leaving hair looking, feeling and smelling clean. (Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo, $12 and up)

    10) Leg makeup

    Leg makeup
    Image: Sally Hansen

    If your legs have been hidden all year long and aren't quite summer ready, then Sally Hansen has the solution. Their Airbrush Legs covers freckles, veins and imperfections with a simple spritz. The lightweight leg makeup is available in six shades. (Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, $12.99)

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    Most of us don’t want to admit it, but it’s safe to say that we’ve all been there before — staring in the mirror with a towel around our neck, box of hair dye in hand, thinking, “What have I done?”

    A 2013 International Journal of Trichology study on hair dyeing trends (yes, hair coloring research is a real thing) confirmed what we’ve long suspected: Hair dyeing normally starts at a young age, most of the time with semi-permanent dyes that appear to have less margin for error. Whether at home or in a professional setting, the survey of 263 men and women showed that roughly half of the group — more women than men — dyed their hair. The bummer part of the survey was that as many as 42 percent of people experienced adverse reactions, including headache and itching, after the fact.

    This may be why we were met with a mixed bag of reactions when we asked our favorite pro hairstylists for their insider home hair coloring tips. Stephanie Johnson, licensed hairstylist, makeup artist and photographer in Dallas, candidly told us, “As a professional, I do not advocate coloring hair at home. There are just too many variables and chemicals involved, and there have been some rather terrible and scary results I've seen along the way. While many have had some success with it, it is not the rule. I've received too many panicked phone calls in my career to believe it is a comfortable choice for the masses.”

    With Johnson’s recommendation in mind, and with your regular stylist on speed dial, other hair experts say you can still experiment with at-home hair dye if you heed their advice:

    1. Don’t go too dark

    According to Julie Featherman, owner of Philadelphia’s JuJu Salon & Organics, one of the biggest mistakes women make when coloring at home is selecting a shade that is way too dark. “Avoid the Goth look!” she says. “Many people think that their hair is darker than it actually is. My advice is to choose a shade that is a little bit lighter than what you think your actual color is.”

    Becky Sturm, Founder/President of the online beauty shop StormSister Spatique®, cautions, “If you're going to go dark brown or black, understand that you will need a salon visit when you want to remove it — unless you plan on growing it out. And, the salon visit will be expensive. Black is very hard to remove and involves a multi-level process.”

    More: When I straighten my hair, I feel really guilty about it

    2. Don’t go too light

    Blondes might have more fun but not necessarily when navigating the complexities of a home dye kit. Sturm urges, “Home hair color should only be attempted if you're staying close to your natural color level. If you go too light, you risk hair turning brassy or ‘orange.’ This will require a salon visit to remedy.”

    3. Match your skin tone

    This is the big trick you need to know to avoid that dreaded hair color wash-out after your final rinse: Your skin tone has the last word. Featherman says, “If your skin seems sallow or dull, pick a shade that has warm tones. Cool tones work well on fair skin with pink undertones but can also look terrific on people with dark complexions. Lighter and warmer face-framing color can give the skin a youthful radiance.”

    More: 64 short hairstyles to inspire your next chop

    4. Red can be tricky

    Red is one of the fun ones to try at home — especially when your life is in need of some shaking up. But it’s important to remember, as Featherman reminds us, that the final red shade you end up with depends directly on your present hair color, not on what you see on the box. She explains, “If you're looking for a rich coppery red, and your hair is gray or very light blonde, go down a shade or two. Otherwise, you might end up with orange or pinkish-hued hair that is much lighter than you wanted. If you are starting with darker or medium-brown hair, go up a shade, or you may not notice much of a change at all.”

    5. Think twice about the permanents

    Another common home hair-dyeing dilemma, according to Featherman, is not having a clue what to choose between the permanent, semi-permanent and demi-permanent dyes on the shelves. For bigger color changes and for gray especially, Featherman says, “Permanent color can provide 100 percent gray coverage, but a semi or demi-permanent color may be the better option. These dyes, which usually cover most but not all of the gray, help to ‘blend’ the gray with the new color, giving a natural looking result and taking away the harshness of the line of demarcation as the new hair grows in.”

    6. Stick to the roots

    Both Featherman and Sturm advise not to ever make this grave home hair-dyeing mistake: “If the goal is to cover the gray that's grown in, or to touch up your roots between salon appointments, then just stick to the roots. Many women think that they need to coat all of the hair on their head with color when they really only need to apply color to the roots,” Featherman says. “Over time, with all of the layers of color, the hair gets darker and darker, making the overall effect uneven: light and bright at the roots and dark and 'fake' looking from mid-shaft to ends.”

    Sturm agrees, saying, “Be certain to apply color to roots only. Overlapping the color will cause damage to previously colored hair.”

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    7. Give more time for gray

    Along with the not-so-fun reality of accepting that your natural hair color is fading with age, dyeing gray hair is a whole new ballgame. Sturm says that gray locks can be extra stubborn, “If coloring gray hair, I don't care what the box says, you need 45 minutes to process. Gray hair is very resistant and requires a longer processing time.”

    8. Don’t get sloppy

    It’s all fun and games, until you smear permanent hair color all over your freshly painted bathroom walls. Featherstone says that when dyeing at home, it is imperative to pay attention to detail from start to finish. “Avoid uneven coverage and missing spots by applying the color in a thorough manner. Read and re-read the instructions. Don't take shortcuts or try to wing it. And have a timer nearby. Leaving the color on for too long or not processing for the full amount of time can undermine your results,” she says.

    And when it’s finally time to rinse, your hard work isn’t done yet. Featherstone advises carefully washing the color out so that you don’t risk ruining your favorite linens: “Towels, sheets and shirt necks become seriously stained if hair color isn't shampooed out completely.”

    Originally published June 2008. Updated July 2016.

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    Nike built its brand around the "just do it" brand of ultra-athleticism, complete with ads featuring muscular (and very lean) models. The brand isn't known for being inclusive to all sizes, but it looks like that might be about to change.

    More: 29 people who are redefining beauty standards

    Last week, Nike posted a photo featuring curvy model Paloma Elsesser in a sports bra and leggings.

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    NikeWomen 1

    Then, over the weekend, the NikeWomen Instagram page added another photo of a curvy model — body positive "wellness educator" Claire Fountain.

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    NikeWomen 2

    The captions on the photos didn't reference the models being curvier than their typical brand rep, only giving sizing tips for sports bras. This is nice, especially since some companies are so good at patting themselves on the back for throwing a bone to plus-size models. That said, it's happening more and more — and featuring a larger-than-average model is less novel than it was even a year ago when Tess Holliday became the first plus-size model to be represented by a major modeling firm. It's the new normal, so why should we continue to refer to them as plus-size models?

    We shouldn't.

    More: Fitness guru showed off her bod in a tight dress and bullies went to work

    The average American woman is a size 12-14, which means that most of the so-called plus-size models are just representing the average woman — nothing unusual about it. We don't call models who are smaller than average "small-size models," so there's no reason to make a qualifier for women at or above average.

    And I'm not the only person who feels this way. Australian models Ajay Rochester and Stefania Ferrario helped launch the #droptheplus campaign on social media late last year.

    "I am a model FULL STOP," Ferrario wrote on Instagram. "Unfortunately in the modeling industry if you’re above a US size 4 you are considered a plus size, and so I’m often labelled a ‘plus size’ model. I do NOT find this empowering... it is ‘harmful’ to call a model ‘plus’ and damaging the minds of young girls.

    "Let’s have models of ALL shapes, sizes and ethnicities, and drop the misleading labels," she added. "I’m NOT proud to be called ‘plus’, but I AM proud to be called a ‘model’, that is my profession!"

    More: Stop telling me I’m oppressed because I wear modest clothing

    Nike is doing the right thing by not calling out their models as anything different, even if it is obvious based on the brand's history. Now, if the company would only add extended sizes so they're really walking their (implied) talk.

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    Is your morning routine on track? You probably think it is, but you might be wrong.

    If you're like most women, your bathroom is probably stuffed to the gills with products that you may or may not use. And even if you are using them, they won't do you any good if you don't use them the right way — and in the right order. And for those who might tell you the order in which you put on each product doesn't matter, they obviously never tried to apply eyeliner directly over eye cream.

    So to cut through all the confusion, here's a foolproof, 13-step process to get your face on — and get the most out of all those pricey products too.

    Image: Tiffany Egbert/SheKnows

    Sources: Cosmopolitan, Prevention

    This post was sponsored by Cetaphil.

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    Laverne Cox is defending herself against vicious nose job rumors on Facebook, writing: "For everyone who thinks I had a nose job, the surgeon is snapchat."

    Cox posted two photos of herself, explaining how she used Snapchat's beauty filter on the second photo, which caused fans to mistakenly believe she'd had a nose job. But here's the thing: I don't care whether or not she's had a nose job, and neither should you.

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    There are countless media reports shaming celebs for going under the knife. A quick Google search of the keywords "celebrities and plastic surgery" yields post after post about "shocking" celebrity plastic surgery transformations and others pointing fingers at celebs "you didn't know had plastic surgery." While Cox says she hasn't had plastic surgery and I believe her, the fact that she had to defend herself against these procedures in the first place reveals a bigger issue. In an age when plastic surgery is increasingly common — there were nearly 16 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in 2015, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons — why are we still so hung up on shaming celebrities for having plastic surgery?

    More: I relied on fillers to boost my confidence, so sue me

    There are plenty of reasons it's not OK to shame someone for having plastic surgery. For one, people have a right to create and alter their identities however they see fit, and if for some that includes plastic surgery, who are we to judge? The decision to have plastic surgery is incredibly personal; we can't possibly know another person's reasons for going under the knife. Maybe they don't feel like themselves in their own skin. Or maybe celebrities are simply reacting to an entertainment culture that values and employs them based on the way they look, that bizarrely tries to shame them the second they try to take control of their own bodies and make a change. Whatever the reason, nobody should have to defend themselves for decisions they make involving their own bodies.

    Cox, as a trans woman, has had to deal with more than her fair share of objectification from the media. Remember when she went on Katie Couric's talk show and the TV host just wanted to talk to Cox about her vagina? Cox gracefully explains why she isn't eager to discuss her genitalia on air: "The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people," says Cox. "And then we don’t get to really deal with the real, lived experiences." Cox points out that when people focus on her and trans people's bodies, it detracts from bigger and more important conversations, like the fact that trans people are more likely to be unemployed or victims of violence.

    More: 3 women on why they stayed married through their husbands' gender transition

    On Facebook, Cox speaks about the importance of loving herself regardless of what she looks like: "I try to love, embrace and accept myself everyday, filter or no filter, make up or no makeup, weave or no weave," she writes. "Filters are fun but they are no substitute for me waking up, looking in the mirror and seeing the unfiltered me as beautiful and worthy of acceptance and love." And let's make something crystal clear — there's no excuse for bullying someone or treating them like they're not worthy of love, regardless of whether they've had plastic surgery.

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    I started coloring my hair almost 15 years ago, in my 20s, because gray hair began popping up. I blame genetics (my dad was totally silver in his 30s — awesome on him, not so good on a twenty-something me) and maybe stress (sleep deprivation from babies every couple of years, divorce and other stress).

    Several months ago, I created a Pinterest board with attractive, middle-aged-and-up ladies who've embraced their natural hair color. It was inspiring. It is entirely possible to be la femme d'un certain âge and stay stylish and even (Dare I say this in a culture that worships the god of youth?) sexy.

    More: Now we know what causes some to go gray earlier than others

    One of the reasons I was sick of my hair was I looked like a skunk when my roots began to grow. It's one thing if your hair is lighter, but when it's naturally very dark brown/almost black, you look like a witch. Primarily, I just got tired of the whole coloring routine. It's messy, stinky and time-consuming, and who am I really fooling anyway? I'm fighting a losing battle. I'm 41 and happy with that. It's stupid to waste energy denying reality. It just is. Why fight it?

    We expect women to look 20 forever, yet judge women who have cosmetic surgery or are vain. What the what? And that's all I have to say about that.

    We don't put this pressure to look young forever on men. A man with a little grey at his temples is distinguished. I would never, ever ask my husband to color his hair just because he's going gray. (And indeed, don't people look down on that poor sap who dyes his hair? What a hypocritical double standard.)

    More: Women rock premature gray hair — and we love it

    Recently I had a conversation with a woman I see on a regular basis because she works at the grocery store where I shop. She's an attractive, middle-aged woman with large, dark eyes and great cheekbones. She had a foxy short 'do that I admired. We talked one day about the hassle of covering up gray. I told her that when and if I chopped my hair short, I would stop coloring it.

    And that's what I did.

    Sometimes I look in the mirror (typically, only when the room is lit by fluorescent lights) and think, Hmm. Yuck. But everybody thinks this from time to time. I had plenty of "yuck" days when I had longer hair and when I was still coloring it too.

    But most of the time, I'm OK with my gray.

    After I cut it, I got more compliments on my hair than I have in years, from both men and women. And not that it matters to me since I only care about the opinion of one man, but men do notice women with short hair. I believe this is because short hair is unusual and speaks to a certain confidence, which is attractive. Short hair says, "This is my face. I'm not afraid to show it."

    Short hair means I spend all of 30 seconds each morning on my 'do. I can be out the door, dressed with makeup on, in 10 minutes. I like it best that way. It means I can spend more time doing what I really love. (This is different from being low-maintenance because you don't value yourself.) I like the way I look more now, not less.

    When I was 15, I went with my mom to Colorado to visit relatives. We stayed with her second cousin, whose wife, although at the time was in her 30s, was gray-haired. Her husband was a guitar-picking troubadour and sang us a song he wrote about her. It was called "Silver Strands in the Moonlight." I'll never forget that day, or the love that was in his eyes as he sang about her silver hair reflecting the moon's light. I remember her talking about how her hairdresser pressured her to color her hair. She said she had no interest in looking like she was in her 20s.

    Now I understand why.

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    Bella Thorne took her eyebrow game to the next level over the weekend with eyebrow tattoos.

    And yes, they're pretty amazing.

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    The 18-year-old actress documented the process — known as microblading — on Snapchat. The treatment fills in sparse or uneven eyebrows with tiny needles dipped in pigment, much like a tattoo. The technician draws on the hairs, making them look the same as your natural strands without needing extra pencils or powders to fill them in.

    Image: Bella Thorne/Snapchat

    The tattoos last for up to 24 months and are somewhat painful. “I think that’s my least favorite part,” Thorne said of coloring in her brows. It also takes patience, as the whole process can take more than two hours.

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    "The first hour we’re drawing the shape in with removable pencil," microblading expert Nadia Afanaseva told InStyle in May. That’s the longest part and the most important step. During this time, the best customized shape for every client is chosen." There's no down time, but the healing process takes about 30 days. "After a month we recommend a 40-minute touch-up to most customers," she said.

    Image: Bella Thorne/Snapchat

    "Unlike eyebrow extensions, which you have to be careful about maintaining, microblading is low maintenance," Afanaseva added. "After healing, you can rub them and enjoy swimming. No special care is required, except for a brief touch-up once a year."

    More: Let's weigh the pros and cons of hair extensions before you drop a small fortune

    It's pricey — sessions can cost $700 or more — but getting flawless brows like Bella's? Priceless.

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    It's all kinds of trendy to make homemade face masks with recipes from Pinterest — and if you're a fan of the homemade beauty treatment, you may have been onto something all along. Honey is a naturally nourishing sweetener when eaten as a food, with several big beauty benefits when it is applied topically to the skin.

    We asked natural beauty expert Kim Wallace, founder of kimberlyloc.com, for her insight into the beauty benefits of honey and how to use it on your skin. “Raw honey is incredible for your skin thanks to its antibacterial properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants,” she tells us. “Whether you're looking for an inexpensive DIY solution or a powerful skin treatment, raw honey can help you regain your glow.”

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    Wallace shares four of the main skin-saving properties of honey.

    • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
    • Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
    • Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
    • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

    More: How to treat dry skin with honey

    1. DIY honey mask

    Wallace tells us that one of the easiest things you can do with raw honey is layer it on as a mask. “Raw honey can help unclog pores while simultaneously delivering moisture to parched skin,” she says.

    Apply a thin layer of raw honey to slightly damp skin using a circular motion. Leave the honey for at least 30 minutes and then gently rinse it off with warm water. “You'll find that it easily washes away, leaving you with soft, radiant skin.”

    2. Honey spot treatment

    Try zapping pesky zits with honey. “If you're suffering from a breakout, reach for a swab of honey instead of an overly drying over-the-counter pimple cream,” Wallace advises. “Applied ever so lightly, you can sleep with a dab of honey on your face and awaken to less-stressed skin.” Swirl a small amount of honey onto a cotton swab and dab onto your blemish. If you want a little extra boost, Wallace suggests mixing the honey with tea tree oil and lavender oil for additional natural cleansing.

    3. Honey cleanser

    Though it's not meant for removing delicate eye makeup, honey still makes a good cleanser. “It is amazing at dissolving other makeup, especially when mixed with your favorite natural plant oil and spices,” Wallace tells us. She suggests creating a mixture of honey and oil (try coconut oil or jojoba oil) to form a balmy texture that is slippery enough to slide across your face. “Add in a dash of cinnamon, turmeric or nutmeg for an aromatic treat. Massage the concoction over your face, loosening up heavy makeup and moisturizing your skin at the same time.”

    More: Make a banana honey face mask

    4. DIY honey exfoliator

    You can exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a gentle scrub made with two parts honey and one part Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. “Baking soda offers light exfoliation while the honey soothes and smooths the skin,” explains Wallace. “Don't be shy about using this recipe from head to toe — your arms, legs and feet will also benefit from this simple yet effective concoction.”

    5. Honey bath

    Once you start dealing with dry winter skin, turn to honey to soothe. “As the seasons change, your skin can go into overdrive trying to rebalance itself to the conditions. Warm baths with soothing ingredients can keep your skin in check,” affirms Wallace. “Add two cups of honey to a running bath to create body-smoothing bliss. Soak for 15 minutes and then add a cup of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for your final 15 minutes to help rid your body of dead skin cells without irritation.”

    More: Beekeeper reveals why honey is good for your hair

    Originally published Sept. 2013. Updated Aug. 2016.

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    When it comes to women's bodies, we will simply never be good enough. One person who knows this all too well is internationally renowned plus-size model Ashley Graham, who recently shared her personal struggle with body acceptance in Lena Dunham's online newsletter, Lenny.

    Her popularity (holla, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl!) has come with a price, however. Critics have declared open season on her body, calling her "too fat" to be pretty and "too thin" to be plus-size — often in the same breath. The conundrum is one many "in-between" women feel and was highlighted by the recent controversy over a picture Graham posted on Instagram.

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    Ashley Graham Balmain

    In the snap, she's wearing a leather Balmain outfit that shows her famous curves at their absolute best. She looks flat-out amazing, and yet comments immediately piled on, accusing her of selling out by losing weight and trying to look thinner.

    "It was one of those photos where you look and say to yourself, "YESSSS, HONEY! I look damn good!" I didn't give it a second thought when I posted it, but soon the image went viral. Not because of how good I looked wearing a high-end designer that doesn't usually market to women my size, but because of people's misguided views on women's bodies and who owns the rights to them," she wrote on Lenny.

    A sampling of the brutal comments included: 

    • "I am so disappointed in you."
    • "You don't make plus-size dollars anymore, you make backstabbing dollars."
    • "You don't love the skin you're in, you want to conform to Hollywood, you believe being skinnier is prettier."
    • "You used to be a role model and I looked up to you."

    Not that Graham owes anyone an explanation for her weight, whatever it may be, but she assured her fans the picture was just the result of good angles and she hadn't lost a pound. But it left her with a terrible feeling — of always being "too much" or "not enough", but never being "good enough."

    Her experience highlights a much larger problem and it isn't one that just Graham or even just plus-size women encounter. Women of all shapes and sizes are constantly told we're never good enough — and as long as our main source of power in our culture is limited to our physical beauty and sex appeal, then we never will be. Yet so many of us have become invested in maintaining this status quo.

    More: The real reason behind Ashley Graham's beach body ad

    Why? I'm not sure. Perhaps because beauty, at least in the conventional sense, is easy to measure so it becomes a kind of lazy shorthand. Or perhaps because as long as we can say we're prettier than someone else, we (temporarily) feel better about ourselves. Or maybe it's just because we've all been told and sold this message over and over again since we were wee babes. This message is in the makeup we put on our faces, the clothes we wear on our bodies, the food we eat and even the water we drink. We're marinating in a culture of body snark.

    But by putting the sum of a woman's worth in what she looks like, we've taken away her intelligence, kindness, spirit and even her humanity. This needs to stop. And it starts with people like Graham speaking out and allowing the rest of us to add our voices to hers. Because we are already enough. As she says, "The cycle of body-shaming needs to end. I'm over it." Amen.

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    There's nothing as depressing as that moment when a cute cocktail ring that you picked up for a few bucks at a department store leaves a telltale green ring around your finger. That "bonus" green ring within the ring that you didn't bargain for can be easy to prevent and avoid with these quick tips.

    Step 1: Don't panic

    This common green stain is not harmful, so there is no need to panic. If it does appear, just remove the piece of jewelry causing the problem and it should fade away. If you are not allergic to metal, the reason for this reaction is chemical. It's due to a combination of the metal and the acids in your skin. Experts say that there are several metals that oxidize with your skin to give you a noticeable green ring around your finger. A ring made of copper is a common culprit, but even silver and gold metals can cause discoloration.

    More: What it means to wear a right-hand ring

    Step 2: Avoid cheap jewelry

    OK, so this solution is easier said than done, but it’s a start. In this situation, the saying "You get what you pay for" applies. A cheap ring may look cute and it seems affordable, but it’ll cost you in other ways. This type of jewelry will tarnish quickly and leave behind a green stain when worn.

    Stainless steel, platinum and rhodium-plated jewelry, which includes almost all white gold, are less likely to react to your skin. Look for these specific metals when shopping for rings and decrease the chances of buying jewelry that will turn your finger green.

    More: Exactly how to stack your rings like a pro

    Step 3: Keep skin dry

    Keep soaps and lotions away from your ring finger if you want to prevent the green-finger effect. Something as simple as removing rings before washing your hands or before taking a shower can help. Avoid wearing rings in the pool as well. The chlorine from the swimming pool will damage your jewelry and leave the annoying stain.

    More: 10 adorable jewelry finds that aren't just silver and gold

    Step 4: Quick fix

    If you can’t stay away from accessories prone to leaving a dark stain, try clear nail polish as a quick fix. Apply a polymer coating to your ring and let dry. This creates a barrier between your skin and the metal so that the ring can’t turn your finger green. Just remember to reapply the coating often because it tends to wear off.

    Originally published Aug. 2012. Updated Aug. 2016.

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    A few months ago, actress Amanda Peet wrote a wonderful piece on Lenny Letter, "Never Crossing the Botox Rubicon," about not caving into the Botox craze. As she put it, she wants “the thing that makes me look younger, not the thing that makes me look like I did the thing.” I couldn’t agree more. She goes on to say if we all accept it, because it’s going to happen to all of us, then it won’t be an issue.

    I have been saying the same thing for years! I don’t want to get caught up in the trap of trying to keep up with my 20-something-year-old nieces. Nor do I want my daughter to fall into the same trap with whoever is 20 years younger than her in 10 years. Keep in mind, our fear of aging built the 16,000-square-foot mansion Heather and Terry Dubrow just moved into.

    The injectable and facial laser treatments used to keep us looking younger are just the beginning; boobs are big business too. I don’t have them — I mean, I do, but not really — and never did. I accepted that fact long ago, and to be honest, I could not care less.

    Other women, however, do care. I have been in several conversations with women who don’t understand why I never “fixed” them. There was a brief period of time in college when I considered it, until I read a very detailed article in Ms. about what a boob job actually entails, along with an X-ray photo of a silicone implant in one woman’s chest, and I was quickly turned off of that idea. Then I became the mom of a daughter, and I became acutely aware of the messages I would be sending my daughter if I were to all of a sudden show up with a new chest or a forehead that refused to move. The message would be clear: I’m not good enough and neither are you.

    Unfortunately, growing old is not only frowned upon by us as a society but growing old is also not accepted by us as a culture. Aging not only has implications on how our appearance will be viewed by others but we also will not be respected because we are “old.” We could learn from the Native Americans, the Greeks or the Chinese, all cultures who celebrate their elders and realize that with the older generation comes wisdom.

    Why can’t we all age gracefully? Think about it. If no one cared about aging, then it wouldn’t be a big deal. We could grow old without the worry of being judged because of the crow’s feet around our eyes or the frown lines around our lips and our sagging boobs and butts or the wrinkles on our foreheads. It happens to all of us. No, really, it does. And no amount of anti-aging wrinkle cream or Botox can fix it.

    I can think of a much better use for my money and for yours. Even though I'm not one to tell anyone how to spend his or her money, those kids in Africa are still starving. And so are 16.2 million children in the United States, according to No Kid Hungry. Chew on that the next time you look in the mirror and pick out a flaw you want to change.

    With that, I say stop the madness. Accept yourself! This is especially important if you are the mother of a daughter who is going to grow up in a social-media obsessed world where young girls have insane amounts of anxiety.

    If we all accept ourselves, wrinkles and all, it won’t matter anymore. Because no matter how you slice it, there's always going to be someone younger, prettier and skinnier with bigger boobs than you. Always.

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    When looking for ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, fashion is sometimes an overlooked ethical choice we can make. Our everyday purchases can have an impact not only on the environment but also on the people and communities who make the garments we wear.

    Fortunately, fast fashion isn’t the only way to stay on trend for cheap. These companies all provide ethical, sustainable options that are still fashion-forward and won’t break the bank.

    1. Levi’s

    Known primarily for its classic line of denim, Levi’s has been making positive strides toward minimizing its environmental impact by using less water and better cotton. Working with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in 2005 to reduce the environmental impact of global cotton production, Levi’s strives to use 100 percent sustainable and recycled cotton in its products.

    Levi’s also works with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness and find solutions to reduce water impact of its apparel factories in high-risk areas facing water pollution, scarcity and ecosystem damage.

    Levi’s donates 4 percent to the WWF and many other nonprofits if you use Levi’s coupons from Goodshop.

    2. Patagonia

    Whether preparing people for cold weather or an outdoor adventure, Patagonia has been supplying customers with eco-friendly and sustainable gear since its beginning. Using organic cotton for over 20 years, the company also expanded its commitment to labor ethics by working with Fair Trade Certified factories around the world to provide safe, fair and legal working conditions.

    In addition to creating recyclable products and supporting grassroots activists, the company makes information regarding its own environmental and social impacts, from their carbon footprint to working to improve wages, public on its website.

    With a company mission statement of “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm,” Patagonia donates up to 4 percent through Goodshop coupons to nonprofits working toward the same goals.

    3. Matt & Nat

    Inspired by the connection between material and nature, Matt & Nat are committed to not using leather or any animal-based materials in their goods and accessories, which range from backpacks to wallets. Many of their products are made from 100 percent recycled water bottles, rubber and other sustainable materials. Since 2007, they have been committed to using linings made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles.

    On top of using sustainable vegan materials, the company makes sure factories are providing quality work conditions under the Social Accountability International standard.

    Matt & Nat donate 2 percent of profits when you use their Goodshop coupons to organizations that provide fair working conditions and use eco-friendly materials.

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    It's summer and the struggle for ladies with oily skin is real. Thankfully, makeup artists are touting a miracle product that soothes and manages slick skin. The only thing is that to get it, you have to walk right past the makeup aisle and head to... the antacids?

    Milk of Magnesia, that chalky white stuff your grandpa chugs straight out of the bottle every time your sister talks about going to film school, is the same product that many makeup experts swear by as the best primer for oily skin.

    "A lot of the water-based primers on the market just feel like another moisturizer and the silicone-based primers feel waxy or, while they’ll matte you down, they still don’t stick," explained Julianne Kaye, who has worked on the faces of celebs like Brooke Shields, Cindy Crawford and Britney Spears. "When you put Milk of Magnesia on your face, you can actually feel that veil over the skin." She added that the liquid’s high concentration of magnesium hydroxide (it's pretty much the only ingredient) combats oiliness by breaking down wax and other chemicals in the skin.

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    But is this drugstore cure social media hype or the real deal? It's actually not a bad idea, says Stephen Stahr, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of San Antonio. "People probably like to paint it on like a liquid foundation; when the vehicle dries, the powdery Mg(OH)2 remains and absorbs oil and people probably like that," he says. "It might take a light reflecting oily sheen off of the skin."

    However, Stahr adds that topical magnesium is not recognized by the American Board of Dermatology as having any "evidence-based medical applications" and that, because it's mildly basic in pH, it might cause some redness and itching for people with sensitive skin. So try a small patch test on the inside of your arm before slathering your face with the white stuff.

    Bonus: Keeping a backup bottle in your purse will allow for quick makeup touch-ups during a fun date night and provide minty relief if you OD on the onion rings!

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    Lea Michele isn't afraid to go behind the scenes. The actress just made us laugh (and wince) by documenting her entire facial waxing routine on Snapchat.

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    For a supposed quick window into someone's world, we all can agree it's most likely that people Snapchat their proudest, most exciting moments. Not Lea Michele. Today, we meet her waxer, Stevie, who has come to her for a house call. "This is gonna hurt. Bad," Michele tells the camera.

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    Image: Snapchat/Lea Michele

    Next comes her #mustache. "This is the real beauty, you guys," she tells her fans. "This is what happens when you're half Jewish and half Italian," she laughs. It's the old cliché that beauty is pain. But if you're a Glee fan, doesn't knowing that Lea Michele goes through a waxing routine weirdly make it a little easier? It's a delight to see a celebrity open up about the maintenance required to do their jobs.

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    Michele is also well-known for documenting her SoulCycle addiction and love of working out. At $34 a pop, not everyone can afford to exercise like Michele (or have a waxer come to their home), but it's refreshing to see a celebrity get so real. No shade to Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne, but I have to roll my eyes every time they discuss their love of McDonald's.

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    lea michelle soul

    Michele got even more personal in a recent interview with Women's Health UK. She stripped down for the cover of The Naked Issue, showing off her Finn tattoo to memorialize ex-boyfriend Cory Monteith.

    "Right now, I feel physically in my best shape and emotionally in my best place," she told the mag. "I’m not perfect. I’m not trying to represent myself as being some perfect girl, but I love myself, flaws and all." Let's hope Michele keeps on showing us her real self — we have a feeling we can learn a lot from her.

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