Tip of the Day Archive

Fine hair + highlights = fragile ends

To keep ends from fraying and breaking during a blow-dry, use a medium-heat setting. Styling will take longer this way, but it will leave your hair shinier and healthier.

Cover the puff

If you wake up with swollen eyelids, avoid pale eye shadow, which will only highlight them. Instead, stroke on eye colour that’s at least one shade darker than your normal skin.

Shape up

Most eyebrows grow in one of two shapes: an up-and-down arch or a gentle arc. For the most organic, natural-looking brows, follow -- don’t fight -- your own shape.

Blond therapy

Blond highlights? Selectively shampoo your hair. Apply shampoo only on the roots, not on the shaft, to avoid drying out already fragile hair.

Hair for your face

To make a round face look oval, avoid haircuts that are shorter than shoulder length. Side partings tend to widen the face, so opt for a middle-parting. A few layers in front will elongate the face.

Take a milk bath

The white stuff is rich in protein and fat, both of which calm irritated skin. Add two to four cups of whole milk to a warm bath and dip in.

Exfoliate

Retinoids are wrinkle-reducing creams that thicken the skin and unclog pores, but they can also leave behind dry, patchy areas. Gently exfoliate those dead skin cells with a heavy washcloth.

Ditch alcohol-based toner

It strips away bad oils like sebum along with essential fatty acids that form a barrier against germs and irritants. Look for alcohol-free toner and use blotting papers to absorb any midday shine.

Feed your skin from the inside

Honey, especially the dark kind, is high in disease-fighting antioxidants. Add it to your morning yogurt or tea for a health -- and taste -- kick.

Curling iron mishap

If you’ve accidentally burned yourself curling or straightening your hair (hello, morning rush!), treat with cold water, then break open a capsule of vitamin E and dab on top.

Eye-opening mornings

Speed up your morning routine with three beauty boosters: a lash-enhancing product, monthly lash tints and an eyelash curler. A lash tint eliminates the need for mascara, leaving your curler free of gunk.

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Can the sun cause skin damage, even when you're indoors or on a cloudy day?

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