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145. Here we go with another one of those “impossible to feel beautiful” topics. Yeast infections. Yuck! You know, this nasty little fungus lives in the vagina 365 days a year generally giving us no trouble at all. While the medical community is somewhat at odds about what triggers a “wake up call” for this little devil but the majority do agree that it could be caused when you have to take an antibiotic medication for some other malady. They are also pretty much in agreement that it can be triggered by something as simple as hormonal changes prompted by your menstrual cycle. No matter the cause, when this nasty critter wakes up it’s enough to drive a woman crazy! You can call your doctor and get a prescription for that ugly cream and get rid of it fairly quickly. But, if you’d like to try a more natural approach, here are a few tips. Fermented foods and sugar cause an increase in the growth of yeast in your intestinal tract which, no surprises here, will result in yeast infections. Eliminate refined sugar, baked goods, alcohol, caffeine and vinegar. Bummer, maybe that cream is
the best answer after all! You can also try eating yogurt, if it contains acidophilus. Acidophilus are friendly bacteria who fight off the nasty yeast guys. Another tip is to be absolutely careful about cleanliness after urinating or having a bowel movement. Gosh, it’s tough being beautiful isn’t it?

146. If beauty can sometimes be a bummer, sometimes love can really, really hurt. There’s nothing beautiful about genital herpes. There’s no mystery about how it is spread. Have sexual intercourse with someone who is infected and you’ll end up with the disease and a lifetime of heartache.

147. Have you ever been stung by a bee and gotten a huge red bump because of it? Hopefully, you aren’t allergic to bee stings. If you are, you know what to do. Dab a little bit of meat tenderizer on it to reduce the swelling and minimize the pain. Or, you can try dabbing it with the Calendula flower or garlic. Yep, you can eat it or create a poultice that will break it down quickly. Onions work as well.

148. Insomnia is not part of a beneficial beauty routine. If you have trouble sleeping, try lemon balm tea. There are other herbal teas that also work well, but none have the same reputation as lemon balm for a bedtime herb.

149. How beautiful do you feel when you’re pregnant? All that stuff about how beautiful a pregnant woman is was obviously written by men! Take all the beauty treatments and tips in this guide, multiply them by three and maybe, just maybe we might feel a little bit better about how we look and feel. All kidding aside, probably one of the worse side effects of pregnancy is “morning sickness” no matter what time of day it hits you personally. You have to be careful about what you ingest. Try Peppermint or any of the other “mints.” Brew a mild tea and sip it slowly. Believe it or not one of the old home remedies for nausea is raw or cooked cabbage. Sauerkraut is reported to be of particular benefit, soothing the intestines.

150. If you have avoided our recommendations and have gotten sunburn, you certainly aren’t feeling very beautiful! Try breaking a stem off an aloe plant and rubbing on the affected areas. Another tip is to apply cooled black tea to the burn areas. And, while we don’t recommend this often because it is a very strong astringent, witch hazel will work wonders on sunburn.

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132. Do something just for yourself every day!

133. Use a white eyeliner pencil directly under the eyes to make your eyes appear larger

134. Eat for beauty! Carrots will give you the same compounds as Retin A as well as reducing fine lines around the eyes.

135. Remember your face is your mirror to the world. Use a light foundation to prepare the canvass.

136. Use baby oil for removing makeup.

137. Bug bites aren’t beautiful! But who wants to smell like chemicals on a great summer outing? Nobody does! Try preparing your own bug repellant using any of the citrus based essential oils? For some reason, the bugs don’t like it. You solve your problem and don’t have to smell like a refinery.

138. Next time you are at the beach, give yourself a body rub with sand. It will help exfoliate dead skin cells. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen afterward!

139. Mix your own perfumes and scents using essential oils. Using mineral oil as a carrier, mix a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

140. Have someone give you a scalp massage. A great rejuvenator.

141. Be daring, get a bikini wax!

142. Use Shea Butter for the ultimate softening of the skin.

143. Stop smoking. Do we need to say more?

144. Deal with PMS! There’s nothing beautiful about a “cranky lady.” There’ just no getting around it PMS is here to stay. We still don’t know for an absolute certainty what causes it, but unless you’ve had surgery, you still have to deal with it every day. For some women it’s very mild. For others it’s the equivalent of a Mt. St. Helens eruption! Here are some tips to help you cope. Believe it or not, PMS is improved with a low fat diet. You might also try an herbal approach. Taking 500 milligrams a day of fish oil, evening primrose oil, or flaxseed oil might help. PMS and sore breasts improve with this regimen because they are high in gammalinolenic acid. You can find the oils in most health stores. Magnesium and beta-carotene are also known to improve the symptoms of PMS.

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109. Focus on the positive and if you falter think about all the good things you’ve don

110. Avoid standing for long periods of time to avoid varicoseveins in your legs.

111. Eat properly.

112. Get enough sleep. When is enough really enough? When you no longer feel tired. Not everyone requires the same amount of sleep.

113. Laugh a lot. Remember what they say. . .it takes more muscles to frown than to laugh.

114. Take a bubble bath. If you have to lock the bathroom door and play a radio loudly to block out the kids, go for it!

115. Go shopping! Treat yourself to a special shopping day, better yet, do it with a pal.

116. Buy clothes that fit! If you have no fashion sense, make doubly sure you shop with a friend who will be honest with their opinion. There’s nothing worse than to be caught wearing a wrap around stripe when the derriere should not be the focal point!

117. Are you buying unscented cosmetics and still experiencing a bad reaction? Read the labels and buy “fragrance fee” instead.

118. Wear red lipstick for a change

119. Take a vacation! Getting away, even if it’s a “mini vacation” can give you a whole new perspective on life. And a good excuse to pamper yourself as well!

120. Surround yourself with scents. An aromatherapy candle in the kitchen and another in the living room.

121. Listen to music! It soothes the savage beast!

122. Have a full body wrap. Try it, you might just like it! 123. Meditate

124. Use a few drops of your favorite essential oil in your next bath.

125. Buy some new sexy undergarments.

126. Is a tattoo right for you? Your choice, but discreetly placed it might be alluring.

127. Be kind.

128. Learn something new.

129. Try a bronzer instead of your normal makeup.

130. Massage vitamin E oil on stretch marks to help fade them away.

131. Who can feel beautiful when they are suffering from menstrual cramps? You can take the standard Midol, or try something a bit more natural. Raspberry relaxes the uterus. Try some raspberry leaf tea. It can’t hurt and it’s sure more pleasant than the alternative.

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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

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS
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.

HOW IS YOUR SMILE?

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.

HOW TO AVOID BAD HAIR DAYS

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.

THESE FEET WERE MADE FOR WALKIN’
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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43. While we don’t particularly recommend the practice of mendhi for everyday USA, it would be helpful in covering up some of those age spots, wouldn’t it? Try this tip. Apply vitamin E oil directly to the spots to fade the discoloration.

44. There is also a product that’s been around since Grandma was a youngster. It’s called porcelana and women have credited it for removing age spots for decades.

45. If you spend hours at a time on the computer, be sure you use a rest for your wrists. It will help ward off carpal tunnel syndrome

46. Your nails. Press on? Glue on? Paint on? Take your pick, there are nothing but choices out there. If you have your acrylic nails
done in a nail salon, understand that you do so at your own risk! It seems as though there is a nail salon on every corner in every city in the USA. If
the salon you are using does not replace or sanitize their instruments (files, nippers, brushes, etc.) in between customers, run, don’t walk for the
door. When trying out a new salon, arrive early for your appointment. If you are using a “walk in” shop, make certain you let someone go before
you. Sit or stand where you can “catch the action.” Pay close attention to how the nail tech prepares for the new client. Watch carefully to make
certain that he/she is skilled in the trade and does not accidentally break the skin especially if they haven’t sanitized their instruments. You’ve got a
lot at stake here. With the prevalence of aids, hepatitis and other diseases you can’t be too careful. If you see something that just doesn’t set well, get
up and leave. Try a more “upscale” shop next time.

47. Do not file the corner of your fingernails. It weakens, causing them to break and crac.

48. If your fingernails are brittle, it may be the soap you are using or a hand cream that is perfumed. Most perfumed hand creams contain alcohol which will dry the nails causing them to become brittle.

49. Are your nails cracked, brittle and breaking? Try drinking more water. . .yep. . .back to the water. At least 8 glasses a day. . .and that’s 8 ounce glasses.

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