When you think of Valentine’s Day, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it wheezing and the emergency room? Hopefully not! That said, you can never be to careful when it comes to allergies—in fact, the marketers and distributers of EpiPen did some research for February 14 about keeping your allergy-suffering loved ones safe. Check out this infographic […]
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Let’s get cracking with some hard-boiled questions. Scroll below the eggs to see the answers. 1. Which spice can you use to dye eggs naturally? (A) Mustard seed (B) Cardamom (C) Turmeric 2. When it comes to egg-carton labels, which is the most health-conscious choice? (A) All-natural (B) Certified organic (C) Hormone-free 3. What can you do to prevent a green ring […]
Is anyone else’s hair as dry as mine is right about now? I recently chopped it all off and it was healthy for about a day until it started to look like straw again. Full disclosure: My hair has been colored and keratin-straightened. And while both treatments are infused with moisturizing ingredients (in fact, keratin is simply protein, which is […]
It’s New York Fashion Week, and that means the Real Simple Fashion team is hard at work… and spending very long days in very high heels. How do we make it through? Here are our favorite tips for staying comfortably elevated. • If the shoe fits, it’s going to cause you less pain. Heels should fit as snugly as possible without […]
If dry winter weather is messing with your skin, and moisturizer just isn’t cutting it, consider incorporating foods rich in essential fatty acids—like walnuts, salmon, flaxseed, and avocados—into your diet. According to Meghan O’Brien, a dermatologist in New York City, research suggests that eating these foods and taking a flaxseed-oil supplement may improve skin-barrier function, which can actually make skin […]
A few weeks ago, I was baking cupcakes and decided to try out the trend of swapping unsweetened applesauce for oil in the batter. It’s an easy one-to-one swap and I would definitely recommend it. Honestly, there wasn’t much of a difference in taste and it cut approximately 450 calories and 55 grams of fat off the full recipe! If […]
Even if you aren’t getting the seven to nine hours of shut eye recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, there are still things you can do to ensure you get a better night’s sleep. When you’re ready to hit the hay, try two strategies recommended by Dr. Robert Oexman, sleep expert and director of the Sleep to Live Institute.
As I write this post, I am home with a sick kid—worrying about her, my upcoming deadlines, and the errands that won’t get done today. Needless to say, I’m stressed. And often when I’m stressed, I bite my nails. I’ve had this bad habit ever since I can remember (though I have mysteriously quit from time to time). Here’s what […]
You’ve probably heard that, because of the recirculated air and close quarters, flying can increase your chances of catching a cold or the flu. So, is it true? The short answer is yes.
If you need to be out in cold weather, remember these tips from the American Massage Therapy Association for your own safety: • Your arms help you balance, so be sure to keep them and your hands as free as possible. Avoid heavy purses, drinks, or using your phone when walking on icy or snow-covered surfaces. • Be aware of […]