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Learn nailcare tips you need for winter from Essie
During the winter I find myself getting lazy in some of my beauty routines, especially manicures and pedicures. My toes are covered in more layers than I'd like to admit to stay warm, so it seems a waste to spend time polishing them, and my fingers end up staying the same shade until it chips. Even if I'm not delving...

Balance Backstage

Learn how to destress during Fashion Week
We've been checking out hair styles, makeup looks, and nail inspiration backstage at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week over the weekend and it's been a bit chaotic. (Be sure to follow us on to see the trends as they unfold backstage.) Cramming that much creative energy and beauty into small spaces is just a recipe for a high stress...

For Love of Chocolate

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Learn about the benefits of chocolate-covered treatments
Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day in my mind. It seems many spas are on the same page given the chocolate-infused treatments on menus in February and created for couples all year round. The antioxidants in chocolate help boost the skin’s moisture content and the caffeine improves circulation and provides a temporary tightening effect. Here are a few chocoholic-approved services...

Active Skincare

Learn the best post-workout skincare tips
Exercise is my go-to stress reliever, at least when I don't have a spa appointment on the schedule. I can always count on feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a hard run or heart-pumping interval training class. The many other health benefits are just icing on the cake. A sweat session isn't always good for the skin, though. A build-up of...

Magic Beans

Decipher the health and skin benefits of soy
Soybeans have garnered more than their fair share of controversy. One day they’re the go-to health food and the next they’re toxic. The truth inevitably falls somewhere in between, and the benefits of soy come in a wide variety. Several studies show that consuming soy helps lower cholesterol and links soy with a lower risk of heart disease. Eating soy...

Raise Your Razor

Check out a skincare pro’s opinion on women shaving
It’s no secret, spa-goers will go to great lengths to preserve their youthful appearance or regain it. The latest craze seems to be a DIY version of dermaplaning, which is essentially shaving. Men do it daily, and that regular exfoliation may contribute to fewer wrinkles and entice women to add it to their routines. The thought of ladies (though Elizabeth...

Haute Cocoa

Solve the winter blues with a hot cocoa facial at home
On a snowday like today, with transportation limited and snow drifts piled high, there's no need to venture outside for some pampering. Personally I'm enjoying hot drinks (tea, coffee, and cocoa) on this chilly day and planning on an at-home spa treatment like this one from Bliss Spa (New York City) below. All-Natural Chocolate Facial Mask Ingredients: 1/3 cup of...

Skin Benefits of Coffee

Discover new research showing coffee’s cancer-reducing power
I’ve mentioned my love for coffee a few times before. My morning cup—a latte, Americano, or iced brew—is vital to my daily routine, and having a productive day. A new study by the National Institutes for Health- American Association of Retired Persons has added a few more benefits of coffee to the already long list. Higher coffee consumption is linked...

Wellness on the Ranch

Learn about a bodycare line launching with pizzazz
Olive oil is a key addition to most of my meals and an excellent source of healthy fats. I haven't tried the oil-pulling trend, though it too boasts serious health benefits. It makes sense that the leading U.S. producer of certified organic extra virgin olive oil is focused on wellness and offers a bodycare line packed with this nutritious oil...

Clear Skin Diet

Discover nutrition tips for clear skin
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S.; and that's not because there's a larger population of teens. No age group is safe from blemishes, but new research suggests some effective ways to fight it. According to Eric Schweiger, M.D., founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group (New York City), foods high on the glycemic index are likely responsible for...