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90. Stop stressing! Easier said than done? All that stress that

you keep bottled up inside creates those worry lines and wrinkles.

91. Have a sea salt massage to rid your body of toxins.

92. Take a walk on the beach, in a forest or around the block.

93. Eat cheese to block bacterial growth in your mouth and to prevent cavities.

94. Join a fitness group.

95. Be kind to yourself. Instead of telling yourself you “can’t” do something, remind yourself that you CAN!

96. Get a collegen boost. Eat more fruit!

97. Help others. Outer beauty will only appear when you’ve practiced beauty within

98. Don’t be afraid to say no. A polite, but firm, refusal allows you to stay in control of your own life

99. Talk about your concerns with a friend, relative or counselor. It’s the best way to release them.

100. They don’t call them love apples for nothing. Eat more tomatoes for potassium, and vitamins A and C.

101. Learn to pace your activities and stop before you get worn out or tired.

102. Get enough exercise.

103. Take time for hobbies or other activities. All work and no play will make Jane a dull girl or John very boring!

104. Do one thing at a time. If you feel overwhelmed, break up your list of tasks into bite size pieces.

105. Limit your red meat intake and eat more fish and fowl.

106. Set priorities, not everyone can be Superman or Superwoman.

107. Learn how to solve problems easily. Begin with identifying the problem and write it down so you are clear in your mind about the scope of the problem. Then list your options showing the pluses and minuses of each. Next, choose a plan. Now list the actions you need to carry out the plan. And last, give yourself a deadline for completion. Often, just having a plan will cut the stress related to the problem.

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85. If you wear braces, get extra calcium. Adjusting the position of teeth can leave small gaps in the jawbone. These need to be replaced with new bone. Take it as a supplement or eat plenty of green leafy vegetables.

86. Your smile is one of your best assets. Don’t ruin it with bad breath. Mouthwash does not kill the bacteria that creates bad breath. Brushing your tongue and gums and use floss often. If it still persists, consult your physician.

87. Do you wear full or partial dentures? First, ask your doctor if your denture contains any metal. If not, place your denture in a safe container, cover with water and microwave for about two minutes. This kills more bacteria than soaking in denture cleaner

88. Are your teeth discolored? This condition will really detract from your overall appearance. Visit your dentist for a cleaning and ask for the whitening procedure. Or, try some of the new teeth whitening products you can use at home

Did you know. . .that even in the enlightened period of time we live in, most women do not conduct regular breast exams on themselves? So what is a
segment on breast exam doing in a beauty book? Well, in order to use the tips in this guide, you have to be around to do it!

89. Make a self-exam of your breasts part of your daily beauty routine. It doesn’t take long and you can do it in the shower or in the bath. Just do it. More than 90 percent of all breast lumps are discovered by women themselves. The majority of all breast lumps are benign. One in ten women will develop breast cancer at some time in her life. Thus far, breast cancer cannot be prevented. But, with regular breast self-examination (BSE) and periodic screening, breast cancer can be detected early and treated properly! If you don’t know how to conduct the exam, ask your doctor for a chart that will teach you how. Then just do it!


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75. Hair looking drab? Need a change? Try a few highlights. It can do wonders for brightening up your hair and face

76. Wanna’ try some curls but don’t want the damage of a perm? Try a curling iron and/or hot rollers. Hot rollers will give you more control, but you won’t get those wispy, trailing curls. That you will have to do with the curling iron.

77. Do not try and curl freshly cleaned hair. Try and remember to shampoo the night before. Squeaky clean hair can sometimes give you difficulty with holding a curl.

78. Never use a “sticky” hair spray before curling your hair with a curling iron or hot rollers. You can cause damage.

79. If you are fortunate to have naturally curly hair, have your stylist cut it in layers to take advantage of the new cascading curly look.

80. If you are athletic, keep your lifestyle in mind when selecting a “do.”

81. If you are blonde or have gray hair do not use any coal tar shampoo product for dandruff as it may permanently stain your hair.

82. Have a problem with the dreaded “dandruff?” Here’s the “sure cure” and you’ll find it in your kitchen. Vinegar! Yep, pour vinegar into your hair, let it dry for a little while, then shampoo. Just keep repeating it daily until the dandruff disappears. . .and it will!

83. Have you ever almost fallen asleep in a stylists chair because you felt sooo relaxed? Another good reason for visiting the salon!

84. Have dry hair? Use a hot oil treatment. Alberto V05 is a great over the counter solution for dry hair.


Did you know. . .that a knocked out tooth may be replanted if you act quickly? Don’t clean the tooth, just wrap it in a damp cloth and hustle off to the dentist. If you can get there within 30 minutes you’ve got a 90% chance of saving it.

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70. If you absolutely must trim your hair at home, do it right! Purchase a pair of professional hair cutting scissors and use them for nothing else. Not to cut out pumpkins for the kids at Halloween, not to trim a frayed edge off of a piece of clothing. Use them for cutting hair. . .period! Take care of them properly and they will last your for years to come

71. Trimming your own hair isn’t as easy as it sounds. Try just evening up the hair that frames your face. Grasp a small section of dry hair (just a few strands at a time) and hold it gently. If you tug at it the hair stretches and you will end up cutting off more than you’d like. Try cutting beneath your fingers instead of on top of them. This will also help to prevent cutting off too much.

72. Keep your hair clean! There’s nothing worse than dirty, oily hair that hangs in clumps.

73. Use the correct shampoo for your hair type. Not all hair is created equal.

74. If you have oily hair, do not shampoo every day. As paradoxical as it seems, clean hair makes the problem worse because it allows the oil to seep into the glands making it much more difficult to deal with. Stay away from those “all in one” shampoos. Use a ph-balanced shampoo when you do wash your hair and scrub it well. You may need to change shampoos, so ask your stylist what he or she recommends. Another tip is to avoid oily foods as much as you can. It just contributes to the problem. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Whatever you do stay away from products that are supposed to make your hair shine! Also do not use conditioner unless you apply it to the ends of the hair strands. Keep it away from the scalp!

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65. In fact, you should always wear sensible shoes. Ha! Fat chance, right? Seriously, what about a compromise? Wear sensible shoes when you are coming and/or going from work and keep the heels in a tote bag.

66. For extremely dry feet, lather on a layer of cocoa butter to each foot, slip your feet into plastic bags and pull on a pair of oversize socks. Leave on overnight while sleeping and when you awaken the next morning your feet will feel smooth, silky and soft

67. Add milk to a footbath for softening the feet.


They say that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. Even so, all women have those days when we wish we could cover every unwieldy strand!

68. Get a good hair cut! It all begins right here. Without a good hair cut nothing else you do will give you the results you want

69. In order to have a good hair cut, you need a great hair stylist and when you find one, keep him/her! Jumping around from stylist to stylist can be hazardous to your hair. The old adage about “getting what you pay for” is very true when it comes to something as important as your stylist. Yes, it’s possible to find a good stylist at the “fast hair” shops, but the cost to your hair while searching may be more than you care to spend. Fast hair shops usually employ new, young stylists with little experience.They earn a minimal wage and do not have to invest in hair care products to use on their clients. Stylists that you find in upscale shops and salons are usually independent contractors leasing space in the salon. The salon provides the work station, utilities and in some cases a receptionist to service the stylists. These stylists are generally more experienced and have built a solid clientele. They purchase their own products used in
servicing their clients either from the salon or other suppliers and set their own prices.

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50. Combat dry and brittle nails by increasing your vitamin A and calcium.

51. Have a problem hang nails? Try adding more protein to your diet. Through in some folic acid and vitamin C as well.

52. If you have white bands across your fingernails, you need more protein.

53. Splitting nails can be reversed. Add some hydrochloric acid to your diet.

54. Add more vitamin B12 to your daily vitamin regimen to help fight dryness.

55. Got white spots on your nails? Try taking zinc.

56. You need more liquids if you have cracks or cuts in the fingernails.

57. Do your hands feel like sandpaper? Soften them up with a coating of Vaseline then slip them into inexpensive cotton gloves. Do this just before bed and by the time you wake up in the morning, your hands will be silky smooth

58. Yes, they are awkward, but wear rubber gloves while cleaning. Chemicals in the cleaning products are doing a number on your hands.

Did you know. . . That an average human being loses almost a cup of liquid a day through their feet? Or that a baby’s foot is made up almost entirely of artilage? They will harden as the feet grow

59. Keep a pumice stone handy so you can put it to work on those heels as you step out of the shower.

60. Use a few drops of essential oil in your next footbath!

61. Pamper your feet. Treat yourself to a pedicure!

62. Try a foot massage. It’s relaxing and rejuvenating. Try it on yourself or ask your partner and trade off. Everyone wins!

63. If your ankles and feet are swelling, it’s a sure sign you are holding fluids. Try to avoid sitting for long periods at a time and cut down on your salt intake.

64. Stilettos are beautiful and yes, they do make you look sexy, HOWEVER, you should avoid long walks while wearing them.

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14. If you have particularly sensitive skin, try a Pepto Bismol facial. Apply with a soft cotton ball directly from the bottle; just as it soothes the stomach, it will sooth your skin. Cover your face and neck and allow to dry before rinsing.

15. Use an antioxidant cream. You are bombarded every day with environmental toxins that attack the surface of your skin. In fact most damage to the skin can be attributed to free radicals. When you expose yourself to toxins like air pollution free radical production increases. Apply an antioxidant cream to your skin before applying your sun screen.

16. If you have oily skin, only apply a toner in the T zone, your forehead and nose.

17. The best cure for wrinkles is to never have them in the first place! If you are like most of us, you didn’t listen to your Mom when she tried to tell you to stay in the shade, stand up straight and stop squinting!

18. Unlike Cleopatra, we live in the nuclear age and wrinkles can become a thing of the past. Consider “laser skin resurfacing.” It is supposed to work for those fine lines and wrinkles of any depth. This technique reminds you of the “light swords” in the Star Wars movies. It literally zaps and vaporizes away the lines and wrinkles. The procedure is conducted in the doctors office and it’s said that you heal within a week or so. Expensive? Yes. Fast? Yes, much faster than deep chemical peels or dermabrasion.

19. If your budget won’t handle laser skin resurfacing you might try a skin peel. There are several types. There’s dermabrasion as we mentioned. This procedures literally sands the top few layers of your skin off, just like refinishing furniture! It’s done with a wire brush that rotates and is said to remove even deep wrinkles.

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5. Don’t forget sun screen for your lips. They want to be healthy too!

6. Apply your sunscreen BEFORE going outdoors and allow plenty of time for it to adequately absorb into your skin cells rather than
just sitting on top of the skin.

7. Read the labels on skin care products. The truth is that some ingredients may do more harm than good. The more ingredients that are
listed, the more potential harm they can do to your skin. Here is a list of some of the common ingredients found in skin care products that have the
potential to irritate your skin:

Citrus juices and oils
Fir needle
Sandalwood oil
TEA-lauryl sulfate
Melissa (lemon balm)
Oak bark
Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfate
Balm mint
Benzalkonium chloride
Clover blossom
Fennel oil
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Witch hazel

8. There are a few ingredients that are totally banned by the Food and Drug Administration and should be avoided:
Mercury compounds
Vinyl chloride
Halogenated salicylanilides
Zirconium complexes in aerosol cosmetics
Methylene chloride
Chlorofluorocarbon propellants
Methyl methacrylate monomer in nail products

9. Keep your skin clean. Use a soft warm cloth. Skin does not require scrubbing. You will do more harm than good if you do.

10. Exfoliate dead skin cells every night.


11. Create your own facial masks. Here are a couple of excellent masks that you can create with ingredients right from your kitchen: Oatmeal mask: Mix oatmeal with skim milk and apply. Eggs: A raw egg yolk makes an excellent face mask. Try adding a little honey to the egg yolk for a change of pace. Mayonnaise makes another terrific face mask and will leave your skin feeling very soft.

12. Try a milk of magnesia facial. Apply directly from the bottle and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse with warm water.

13. Moisturize dry skin with essential oils. A combination of juniper, cypress, mandarin and grapefruit will work as an astringent that will leave your skin feeling tighter. If your skin is extra dry, premix the essential oils with a teaspoon of carrier oil (mineral oil) and ad ¼ cup of

13. Moisturize dry skin with essential oils. A combination of juniper, cypress, mandarin and grapefruit will work as an astringent that will leave your skin feeling tighter. If your skin is extra dry, premix the essential oils with a teaspoon of carrier oil (mineral oil) and ad ¼ cup of milk or a tablespoon of honey to give you added moisturizing.

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The answer is yes and no. It’s a paradox, isn’t it? True beauty begins from the inside out. Don’t you wish there was some way to
“wriggle your nose” and regain that soft skin you had as a child? Well, until someone comes up with the true “Fountain of Youth” we are stuck with what we have.

The best route to healthy skin is to take care of what you have. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The truth is that your skin takes a beating from the environment every single day. Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping your skin fresh and healthy:

1. Stay hydrated and do it with plenty of water! That doesn’t mean soda, caffeine or any other type of liquid even if it is low cal. Soda (even diet soda) has a high concentration of sodium. Sodium retains fluids. You need fluid that will hydrate and flush your body free of toxins. Make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses a day!

2. Protect your skin from harmful ultra violet (UV) rays. We all love the sun. We love being in it and we love having a beautiful tan. The truth is you can poison yourself with too much sunshine. UV rays cause skin cancer and if that isn’t bad enough it causes your skin to age faster than it should contributing to unsightly wrinkles. If you must play in the sun, make certain you are using an adequate sun screen. Don’t leave home without it!

3. Apply your sun screen even if you only make a quick trip to the grocery store. Yes, you can get harmful UV rays even while driving your car!

4. When you purchase sun screen make certain you are buying the right tool for the job. There are different types of UV rays and they don’t all affect our skin in the same ways. The time of year also has a bearing on how much damage the sun can do to your skin. Altitude is another important factor. UV rays are more intense at high altitudes. Sunshine alone is not the culprit. You can do just as much damage to your skin (or in some cases even more) on a cloudy day!

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If you think todays obsession with beauty is something new, think again! Men AND women have been in touch with their bodies and beauty
dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians. Their concern was based as much on pleasing the “gods” of their time as it was for personal adornment.

In fact, it could be said that they prepared their bodies more for the “afterlife” than the current time. All one need do is read about the tombs
and mummies that have been excavated and study what was found. Lavish pictorial examples reveal how extravagantly the aristocracy lived their lives.

Just take a look at the detail the next time you have an opportunity to view Egyptian hieroglyphs. Gold and silver bracelets, lapis and jade
pendants, rings of gold studded with semi-precious stones. All are evidence of just how deeply involved the human race is with regard to beauty and adornments.

Many wore wigs and false braids with jewels threaded through them. Women wore elaborate combs and pins made of copper, bronze and silver.
Oddly enough, silver was considered a more precious metal than gold and was widely used to decorate boxes and pots where they stored their implements of beauty.

For all of their elaborate trappings, much of it was not just an attempt at satisfying their vanity. They held the belief that certain metals and
elements were specifically tied to powers that were bestowed upon them by the “gods” so a great deal of the adornment was steeped in spiritual belief.
Women and men both used a paste made from copper material to paint their eyes a vivid green. Ochre, a red clay, was used to tint their lips.
Ancient Grecians displayed their vanity through elaborate hairdos. Each hairdo was a visual message letting you know their age, if they were
married and how far up the socio-economic scale their class. The same practices were followed up by the Romans.

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