To decrease your chances of developing a rash from poison ivy, remember the old adage: “leaves of three, let them be.” It’s also important to note that poison ivy’s rash-causing oils can linger on clothing (and pets, tools, and more) causing indirect contact that could lead to a rash.
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With barbecue season in full swing, your chances of accidentally burning your finger (or palm, or arm) are on the rise. You probably already know what you should do if that painful accident befalls your skin (run the burn under cold water, then apply a loose bandage), but do you know what you should never do?
The downside of flying off on vacation: jet lag and all that comes with it (puffy eyes, a dull complexion, water retention, and crushing exhaustion). Didi Gluck, Real Simple’s beauty and health director, shares the symptom-alleviating tips she recently picked up from Anne-Claire Doucet, the spa treatment supervisor at The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Paris:
Most everyone knows to brush their teeth at least twice each day, floss daily, and visit the dentist two times a year for a cleaning and a checkup. What some people don’t realize is that you should trade your old toothbrush for a new one every 90 days to maintain good dental hygiene.
Before you grab your towel and sunblock and head out the door, check to see if you know the answers to these questions. 1. What will help you remove sticky sand from your body the fastest? a) A paper towel b) A washcloth c) Baby powder d) A soft-bristled brush 2. How much sunscreen does it take to cover your […]
About 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. And based on all the sneezing happening in the Real Simple offices lately, it’s seems that many of those people are suffering right now!
. According to the National Sleep Foundation, almost all of us (95 percent, to be exact) use some form of technology in the hour before bedtime. You know that’s not good for you, but it turns out: Not all forms of pre-sleep technology are equally bad. A recent study from the University of Texas-Pan American shows that people who text, email […]
Are you good about washing your hands in public restrooms? Yes? Well then you’re in a serious minority. According to a new study from Michigan State University, only 5 percent of people who use a public restroom wash their hands long enough—and thoroughly enough—to kill germs and bacteria. About 10 percent of people skip hand-washing all together, and 33 percent of […]
I often reach for dried fruit when in search of a healthy, but tasty snack. It’s obviously a better option than the ice cream cone I’d really rather have, but I can’t help wonder if dried fruits have the same health benefits as fresh fruits. The short answer: dried fruits are just as healthy, if you choose wisely.