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Looking great, not done: Facial plastic surgeons report shift toward natural beauty

(BPT) - Gone are the days of plumped-up puckers, ski-sloped noses, overfilled cheeks and wind-tunnel faces that were obviously “done.” Today, facial plastic surgery is about looking like the best version of yourself — refreshed, relaxed and natural.Celebrities are driving this trend. Reality-star-turned-make-up-mogul Kylie Jenner recently announced that she had fillers dissolved from her signature pout, according to Allure, revealing natural, shapely lips. But this new trend is not just about reversing overly done procedures. It’s also about avoiding the over-done look in the first place.As many as one-third of facial plastic surgeons report that the “fear of looking unnatural” ...
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Pollution protection: 5 easy tips for combating the environment’s effects on skin

(BPT) - Properly taking care of your skin each day — and countering the possible effects of pollution — is quick, affordable and easy to do. So why do so many Americans forgo that step in their daily routines?A recent survey by CeraVe found 48 percent of American adults often worry about their skin, yet 36 percent have no regular skincare routine. Only 36 percent regularly use cleanser, and 33 percent say they’re confused about how to choose effective products and methods.Unfortunately, everyday pollution and UV rays can easily wreak havoc on your skin, so it’s essential to develop a ...
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Boomer bonanza: 5 ways to stay in style on a fixed income

(BPT) - As American baby boomers begin to exit their careers and opt for more leisurely lifestyles, some 10,000 are expected to retire every day through 2029.While many are scaling back their incomes in retirement, however, most have no intention of becoming out-of-touch with modern trends and innovations. Fortunately, keeping up-to-date and attuned to fashion doesn’t have to cost big bucks.“We boomers have every bit as much to offer as the millennials or the Gen-X’s or the Gen-Y’s,” writes Forrest Brakeman in the Huffington Post. “Hell, we invented the world as they know it. But to bridge the generation gap, ...
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Classic cardigan? 5 tips for caring for your vintage wardrobe

(BPT) - As environmentally aware Americans join the movement to reduce, reuse and recycle, many are turning to the past to find unique, well-made vintage pieces to complement their wardrobes.The hunt for great vintage wear has become so popular that we're spending some $4 billion annually on such fun finds, reports the Huffington Post.“For many it offers individuality, affordability, and that feel-good moment of rescuing an item from the landfill and reducing the environmental footprint,” writes Kate Black in that article. “This also makes it the retail unicorn, that rare occasion when a single store can appeal to stylish fashionistas, ...
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Maintaining a healthy pH balance ‘down there’: 3 common triggers for elevated vaginal pH and why it matters

(BPT) - Many women do not realize the vagina is an ecosystem that requires a balanced environment to remain healthy; and events like menstruation, sex, and hormonal changes can throw off that balance. The result can be odor and discomfort, according to Lauren Streicher, M.D., Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause and Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University. Many women never have the benefit of a frank, open discussion about vaginal health and the importance of maintaining a healthy pH balance “down there.” Healthy pH and beneficial lactobacillus are the ...
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5 sunny beauty trends for this summer

(BPT) - Summer is here, which means it’s finally time to part ways with your knit scarves and cute wool jackets — at least for the next few months. It’s the season to bathe in the sun and enjoy the warm weather.Summer is all about having fun! Flip-flops, shorts, iced coffee and long nights sitting outdoors. At the same time, the heat, humidity and sun mean you’ll need to make a few changes to your beauty routine.And who better to bring in summer beauty tips than one of the season’s most radiant recording artists, Leslie Grace?Show off your eyes. Even ...
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4 Traits to Look for When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

(BPT) - Planning a wedding is no small task. In order to enjoy the process (and stay sane), it's important to recognize early on which details can be decided quickly, and which ones deserve more time and care.When it comes to wedding photos, you can't go wrong with a little extra time and thought, because there's no such thing as a do-over. Choosing the right person for the job makes all the difference in getting that collection of photos you'll treasure forever.When your special day rolls around, a professional photographer will have the skill and artistry in capturing those beautiful ...
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Ignite Ambition

Ignite Ambition How women can inspire other women Having “it all” is a concept women have discussed and aspired to attain for nearly 40 years. Still, the conversation continues because no one has determined what having it all actually means. A first-of-its-kind social experiment dug deeper into the choices women make in life and uncovered that female relationships often play a significant role. In collaboration with Dr. Emily Balcetis, Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University, Lean Cuisine asked women to define their “ideal life,” as part of the ItAll social experiment. The experience explored how women answered questions ...
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Leave in or Rinse Out? Which Conditioner is Right for Your Hair?

When it comes to hair treatments the conditioner we choose can really impact not only how our hair holds a style but it’s overall health and appearance. Most people feel overwhelmed by the number of conditioners available. Do I leave in or rinse out? Which conditioner is right for my hair type? How long do I leave it in for? How much should I use? To help us crack the code on hair conditioners we connected with Maya Smith, International Master of Natural Curls and founder of The Doux®, a haircare line created specifically for naturally curly hair which includes The ...
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5 ways to turn back the clock on your skin

(BPT) - If you have started to notice changes in your skin in your late 30s or early 40s, you’re not alone. This is when most people see their skin start to sag around the forehead and jowls, and some areas may look more sunken, such as around the eyes and cheek area. These changes tend to make your face look older. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can help forestall and reverse the aging process that do not involve invasive cosmetic surgery.Start by evaluating what you are putting on your face. Most dermatologists recommend a daily application of broad ...
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