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18 Places Every Woman Should Visit -- By Herself

Photo: Cultura/Rex Shutterstock.<p>Doing things alone can be immensely therapeutic: A solo meal can help you really appreciate food; a solitary walk can be a rare opportunity to think; and traveling by yourself can be an incredible opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth.<p>Solo trips are all …

Navigating A Japanese Drugstore

To people from Tokyo, the drugstore is probably more of a necessary pit stop on the way home from work. To me—an American tourist—it’s a destination …

How I drastically improved my photography with just 2 little decisions

THE QUESTION I GET ASKED THE MOST IS: “Wow, nice pic! Which cam are you using?” Does this sound familiar? Every time I heard this question I used to …

The Skincare Of A Geisha

A few weeks ago, I told a pharmacist in Tokyo that I had a headache, assuming (hoping) he'd direct me to an off-brand box of extra strength Advil. …

Skin Care

How We Did the Maldives on the Cheap

Come on, dream with me for a moment. Imagine you're on a beach. You're lying in a hammock, body as loose and floppy as a rag doll. The soft strains of playful island music kisses your ears, its provenance indeterminable. Your skin is warm to the touch -- the sun gilds it with its penetrating golden …

How to do long distance friendships

When it comes to long distance friendships, it takes a special kind of commitment to make it work. This determines the friends we have for life, from …

15 Tiny Tweaks That’ll Help You Lose More Weight in 2015

You'll barely even notice the difference—but your waistline will.

Nutrition

21 Snacks for Flat Abs

These guilt-free nibbles will leave you satisfied and bloat-free.

Healthy Eating

12 Scary Facts Your Skin Can Reveal About Your Health

Tune in to these complexion clues.<p><i>This article was written by Aly Walansky and repurposed with permission from Daily Makeover.</i><p>Visiting your dermatologist regularly is definitely a smart habit to establish: They're experts that can look out for inconspicuous signs of underlying health concerns. If …

Skin Care

5 Exercises You Should Be Doing Way More Of

Get the max from your gym time—without adding more reps or more minutes<p>You're all about multitasking when it comes to your job, your to-do list, and even your free time (seriously, who <i>just</i> watches TV these days?). So why shouldn't your workout—and your body—benefit from the same smart shortcuts? …

Muscle

5 Pointers for Finding a Bra That Fits

Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right, ladies

20 Concealer Hacks Every Woman Should Know

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, life-changing ways to cover under-eye circles, blemishes, and more.<p><b>1) If you use foundation, apply it first, and then apply your concealer.</b><p>If you apply your foundation first, you'll find that you don't need to use as much concealer. If you apply concealer …

Makeup

13 Beauty Products That Have Stood the Test of Time

Go back to basics with these cult classics that are still going strong decadeseven centurieslater.<p>A healthy sense of skepticism is recommended when it comes to the cult followings of tween boy bands and Catskills communes. Not so for beauty products. Generations of women have given these classics …

5 Ayurvedic Medicine Ingredients to Know

Ayurveda, one of the oldest forms of holistic medicine, is based on the tenet that the body, mind and spirit must all be kept in balance for excellent health. Here, two experts share the key ingredients to incorporate into your diet and beauty routine.<p><b>1) Turmeric.</b> "Turmeric has been used in Chinese …

Antiinflammatory

9 Things Every Woman Should Do at the Gym at Least Once

It’s time to mix up your routine.<p>Do you hit the gym on autopilot? You’re not alone. For most women, gym time is all about routine—cranking out the same exercises with the same machines, weights, and classes as the day before. And while routine can be the thing that ensures you make it to the gym in …

Exercise

7 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Zinc

And more importantly, what to do about it

9 Healthy Foods That Are Super-Portable

Our motto: Never be starving.

Nutrition

The 15 Top-Rated Beauty Products Under $25

Customers give them top ratings for a reason.

Drugstore

The Best (and Worst) Foods to Protect Yourself from Breast Cancer

Food—including what you eat today!—can determine your cancer chances<p>Your diet can lower or raise your risk, says Suzanne Dixon, R.D., M.P.H. For example, certain macronutrients and micronutrients in plants and seafood can help balance hormones, curb inflammation, and boost cell communication—all …

Nutrition

7 Journal Writing Prompts for Beginners

<i>Image source: Unsplash</i><p>Have you ever tried to keep a journal, but you haven't known what to write about? Did it end up being a boring list of things that you did in the past 24 hours? Did writing feel like a chore, rather than a rewarding, beneficial, or inspiring practice?<p>If you answered "yes" to …

Tone Your Abs on a Mat: 5 Moves Better Than Crunches

Feel the burn, skip the crunches.<p>The mat is a great place to sculpt sexy abs. What's not so great? Only doing crunches—which utilize just a portion of your core muscles—to tone up. So we put together five intense and efficient core-strengthening moves that target <i>all</i> the regions of your abs. Here's …

Workouts

How to Dream and Have Goals That Set Your Soul on Fire

All too often I hear people admitting that they feel like they're lacking direction. Unsure about themselves, they have little to no idea what they should do with their lives. As crazy as it sounds, they aren't even sure about what they want, like there's some mask or mystery that hides their own …

Natural Remedies: Eat This, Cure That!

Your pantry is full of powerful healers. Try these food cures before popping a pill<p>Food is good natural medicine, and not just in the self-medicating-with-chocolate way. "Not only are whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals, but they're also loaded with phytonutrients that support the immune …

Wellness

The Art of Mindfully Letting Go With Buddha's Four Noble Truths

Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Buddha was like the first psychologist, teaching his followers about the power of changing their mental processes in order to alleviate emotional discomfort and embrace change. One of his insights were the four noble truths that helped people free themselves from …

18 Bad Sleeping Habits To Break Now

From the editors of Cosmpolitan.com, correct these common sleeping mistakes for a better night's rest.<p>Even if you eat kale and exercise and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it won't matter much if you don't get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function …

What Is Mindfulness? 10 Answers From 10 Teachers

Sometimes I think there are as many ways of describing mindfulness as there are brands of shampoo. This can be confusing. So we asked many of the experts we interviewed to put it in their own words. Here is what they told us.<p><b>Tara Brach:</b> "Mindfulness is a pause -- the space between stimulus and …

7 'Healthy' Ingredients That Are Making You Gain Weight

<b>Gluten-Free Products</b><br>First it was "fat-free." Then, it was "low-carb." Now, "gluten-free" is showing up on all sorts of food products. "There's nothing necessarily healthier about gluten-free pasta when compared to regular pasta," says London. "In fact, it's likely lower in protein and fiber than …

4 Food Rules For Strength Training

How your diet should (and shouldn't) change when you amp up your workout routine<p>When it comes to healthy eating for a fit and active lifestyle, certain facts are undeniable: Water is crucial, you can eat as many veggies as you want, and weight loss/maintenance is more a result of diet than …

Nutrition

14 Foods You Should NEVER Eat

Put these on your do-not-buy list.<p><i>This article was written by Leah Zerbe and Emily Main and repurposed with permission from</i> Rodale News<i>.</i><p>What's the one food you refuse to eat? Peas? Tofu? Liver and onions? Whatever it is, it's probably because you don't like the way it tastes, not necessarily …

Nutrition