frugal beauty en-US Staying Fit and Beautiful in Mind, Body, and Wallet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/staying-fit-and-beautiful-in-mind-body-and-wallet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Woman performing yoga exercises outdoors." title="Woman performing yoga exercises outdoors." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many of us, looking good is one of the reasons we work at keeping healthy and fit. Unfortunately, sometimes our fitness regimens leave us looking (and sometimes feeling) less than our best. For example, indulging after a demanding workout can cause you to put on extra pounds. Chlorine from the pool can wreck your hair. Not eating and drinking well enough for exercise can lead to unnecessary pain and ugly grimaces.</p> <p>Over the years, through experimentation and observation, I have discovered ways to look good during and after workouts <i>without </i>overspending, obsessing, or sabotaging my fitness goals. Here are techniques that may inspire you to get fit and stay beautiful. (See also: <a href="">5 Hair Conditioners You&nbsp;Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>Get a Workout-Friendly Hairstyle</h2> <p>Talk to your hair stylist about what works best for you. Mine stylist happens to be an athlete and is sensitive to my desire to avoid exercise-induced bad-hair days. Women may get an easy-to-handle style or keep it simple with long hair that can be put in a ponytail while men may opt for the <a href="" target="_blank">bald look</a> or go for the buzz cut.</p> <h2>Avoid an Overuse Injury</h2> <p>Having suffered an injury that caused me to limp rather than run or walk gracefully, I learned that some simple precautions can keep you looking good after strenuous workouts. Build up exercise intensity and duration slowly, stretch before and after workouts, and get plenty of rest so that you can recover between fitness sessions. This formula may mean that you need more time than anticipated to <a href="" target="_blank">run your first 5K</a> or get ready for epic events.</p> <h2>Protect Yourself From Pool Chemicals</h2> <p>Chlorine in swimming pools didn't bother me as a kid but has wreaked havoc with my outer beauty as an adult. Here are a few ways to protect yourself.</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><b>Hair (including </b><a href="" target="_blank"><b>color-treated hair</b></a><b>)</b>: Before getting in the pool, wet your hair, lightly apply conditioner, and cover with a swimcap; rinse, wash, and condition afterward.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>Skin</b>: After swimming, <a href="" target="_blank">apply a moisturizer</a>. Vegetable oils (such as olive oil or castor oil) may work well for you and are a cheap choice.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>Eyes</b>: While in the pool, wear snug-fitting goggles. I use Barracudas but recently read about the Swedes brand as an inexpensive yet effective option.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><b>Feet</b>: While showering before and after entering the pool, wear shower shoes to protect feet from fungus. (I wear an old pair of Crocs with textured soles.)</li> </ul> <h2>Wear the Right Clothing</h2> <p>You may be concerned about how you'll look in front of other people, especially if you have many pounds to lose. To look great no matter what you weigh, recommends <a href="" target="_blank">black bottoms, which are slimming for both men and women</a> along with light-colored tops for women. Also, make sure your clothes are <a href="" target="_blank">close fitting or semi-fitted (but not too tight) to prevent chafing</a> and help keep your clothing from getting caught in exercise equipment, whether a jump rope or bicycle.</p> <h2>Snag Inexpensive Fitness Apparel</h2> <p>Special fitness apparel can be pricey, but you can find discounted clothing in the off-season at your favorite specialty retailer, including REI. Year round, Target offers the C9 by Champion line of technical clothing at great prices. You may also be able to pick up bargains at off-price or non-traditional places; for example, I have found inexpensive sports bras at Rugged Wearhouse.</p> <h2>Avoid Too Much Sun</h2> <p>Too much sun exposure can lead to sunburn in the short term and cancer in the long run; neither are pretty. To avoid getting too much sunshine, plan your outdoor exercise by noting the hours of least UV exposure on weather forecasts. Generally, this approach will translate to working out in the early morning if you are a <a href="" target="_blank">morning person</a> or early evening if you are a <a href="" target="_blank">night person</a>.</p> <h2>Use the Right Sunscreen</h2> <p>If you exercise outdoors during hours of strong daylight, find the sunscreen that works best for you and doesn't irritate your skin. For most purposes, spray-on sports versions work well for me. However, I use &quot;no tear&quot; types on my face to avoid burning when the sunscreen inevitably runs into my eyes.</p> <p>To save money in this area, buy inexpensive but effective brands or find your pricier favorites on sale.&nbsp;Consumer Reports mentions that <a href="" target="_blank">Target's house brand is the cheapest and highest-performing sunscreen</a>.</p> <h2>Take Safety Precautions</h2> <p>An accident can cause scrapes, broken bones, or worse. Be mindful of your surroundings, wear safety gear, and consider working out with friends so that you can take care of each other. These steps can help avoid mishaps or minimize their impact.</p> <h2>Skip the Makeup as Often as Possible</h2> <p>If you typically wear makeup, avoid applying your usual on days devoted to exercise. You&rsquo;ll save money on supplies and still have glowing skin from improved circulation.</p> <h2>Update Your Wardrobe Inexpensively</h2> <p>If you keep exercising, your body may change, and you may need to replace certain clothing items. Rather than hit the mall to resupply your closet, shop at <a href="" target="_blank">thrift stores to find better-fitting clothes</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">swap clothes online</a>, or find cheap ways to <a href="" target="_blank">revamp your current wardrobe</a>.</p> <h2>Bring Your Own Water and Water Bottle</h2> <p>Carry and drink water to avoid the ugliness of dehydration during and after your workout. Rather than pay $1-$2 for bottled water from a vending machine or tempt yourself to stop by the convenience store to grab a sports drink (with extra sugar you don&rsquo;t need), bring your own supply of water in a <a href="" target="_blank">water bottle</a>.</p> <h2>Eat Well</h2> <p>A good diet is the foundation of fitness and beauty.</p> <p>Eating well is key to having enjoyable endurance workouts, such as long bike rides or strenuous mountain hikes. While you don't want to consume too many calories as a reward for exercising, you also don't want to skimp on your nutritional needs. Make sure you eat enough and bring snacks for extended outings to keep feeling and looking good.</p> <h2>Carry a Change of Clothes</h2> <p>After exercising, you may be tempted to go to public places where your fitness apparel isn&rsquo;t appropriate. To look your best, bring along a change of clothes or cover-up to be presentable in all types of situations.</p> <h2>Measure Progress With a Tape Measure, Not a Scale</h2> <p>Your body changes as you start exercising but differentiating between muscle and fat gain may not be easy if you rely solely on a regular weight scale. A cheap way to determine what&rsquo;s happening to your body is to track progress in key areas, such as your waist and hips. Notice whether you are losing inches, and adjust your exercise and diet regimen accordingly.</p> <p>You shouldn't have to choose between keeping fit and looking good. A frugal approach can help you achieve your goals for both.</p> <p><i>What are your best frugal fit and beautiful tips and advice?</i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">The 5 Best Lip Liners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">7 Beauty Tools That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">The 5 Best Makeup Brush Cleaners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">The 5 Best Lip Glosses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">The 5 Best Lip Stains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Style frugal beauty frugal fitness makeup Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:24:35 +0000 Julie Rains 969857 at 21 Uses for Salt (Besides Seasoning) <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Salt shaker" title="Salt shaker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Salt is one of Mother Nature&rsquo;s greatest gifts.</p> <p>It gives our food flavor, our oceans healing properties, and our margaritas that kick we need after a long day.</p> <p>But salt has many more functions, from curing canker sores to repelling ants to de-icing driveways &mdash; and 18 more uses you can find right here. (See also: <a href="">Which Salt Is Best?</a>)</p> <h3>1. Foot Bath</h3> <p>To remove dead skin, sweat, and bacteria from your feet, soak them in a salt bath &mdash; table and sea salts are less drying than Epsom salt &mdash; for 15 minutes. It&rsquo;s a great way to remove odor and relieve stress as well.</p> <h3>2. Clean Copper and Silver</h3> <p>By mixing together a vinegar and salt solution, you can restore copper to its natural brilliance. You can achieve the same results by sprinkling salt on half a lemon and using it as a pad to polish the copper. A few additional steps are need to clean silver &mdash; including boiling water; placing the silver items in the sink with foil; pouring baking soda and salt directly on the silver, followed by vinegar; and boiling. You can find complete instructions for <a href="">how to clean silver</a> at</p> <h3>3. Decorating with Salt</h3> <p>Fill vases with salt to achieve a clean decorating aesthetic that&rsquo;s cheaper than filling the vases with marbles or other small items. Salt is better than sand, too, because it provides a purer white color.</p> <h3>4. Clean Pots and Pans</h3> <p>Readers&rsquo; Digest offers several suggestions on <a href="">how to clean various pots and pans with salt</a>. For burned-on stains on enamel pans, soak the pan overnight in salt water, then boil salt water in the pan the next day. For hard-to-tackle burned-on milk stains, sprinkle the pan with salt and let it soak for 10 minutes. The stains &mdash; and the odor &mdash; will wipe away much more easily.</p> <h3>5. Make Salt Art</h3> <p>Lauren Sharp, co-founder of the children&rsquo;s art studio <a href="">ARTifact Studio</a> in San Francisco, says that she uses salt in their art projects. &ldquo;We use it to do what's called &lsquo;salt painting&rsquo; where students sprinkle salt over their paintings; the salt sucks up the paint, leaving little white starry spaces.&rdquo; A similar tip comes from <a href="">Darla Arni</a>. She says, &ldquo;Paint with watercolor then sprinkle with salt. When it dries, brush the salt off to reveal a beautiful stippled effect.&rdquo;<a href=""><br /> </a></p> <h3>6. Cure Canker Sores</h3> <p>When I had braces &mdash; or whenever I wear my retainer (yes, I still have one all these years later) &mdash; I sometimes get painful canker sores. To cure them, I&rsquo;d mix salt into warm water and swish it around my mouth for several seconds, repeating about three times daily until the sore was gone. It&rsquo;s a trick my grandmother taught me, and it works every time.</p> <h3>7. Make Homemade Play-Doh</h3> <p>Play-Doh brand molding compound can be expensive, but you&rsquo;ll save a lot of money with this easy-to-make <a href="">homemade Play-Doh recipe</a> from Instructables that calls for flour, water, salt, vegetable oil, and cream of tartar. Food coloring and scented oils can be added if you want to get fancy.</p> <h3>8. Remove Blood Stains</h3> <p>Scranton, PA, nurse Jonathan Steele suggests using salt to remove blood stains from white uniforms. &ldquo;If I am wearing whites and get a drop of blood on them, a pack of salt, water, and a paper towel dissolve [the stain] and bring my whites back to white with no signs of spotting,&rdquo; he says.</p> <h3>9. Keep Your Drink From Sliding</h3> <p>Condensation on the bottom of a glass can cause a paper napkin or coaster to stick to it when you pick it up. To resolve this issue, sprinkle the napkin or coaster with a bit of salt to separate it from the glass.</p> <h3>10. Prevent Slipping on Snowy or Icy Sidewalks and Porches</h3> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to purchase big bags of store-bought salt to sprinkle on your snow- and ice-covered steps. Although that&rsquo;s the best to use &mdash; mostly because of its large crystals &mdash; any type of salt will do. Plus you&rsquo;ll save money by using what you already have at home &mdash; depending how much ground you need to cover, of course.</p> <h3>11. Clean Tubs and Sinks</h3> <p>Use coarse salt to clean grimy tubs and sinks. The salt acts as an abrasive to help remove caked-on gunk.</p> <h3>12. Deter Ants</h3> <p>If you have an ant problem, sprinkle salt at the source &mdash; across windowsills, doorways, etc. Ants don&rsquo;t like the feel of salt, so they won&rsquo;t cross the line that you&rsquo;ve drawn.</p> <h3>13. Clean Up Dropped Eggs More Easily</h3> <p>Trying to remove raw <a href="">egg</a> that&rsquo;s dropped on the floor makes a slimy mess. Instead, pour salt over the egg and wait two minutes before wiping it up.</p> <h3>14. Prevent Fruits from Browning</h3> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have any lemon on hand to prevent cut fruits like apples from browning, soak them in slightly salted water to ward off oxidation.</p> <h3>15. Exfoliate</h3> <p>Save money on expensive exfoliants by using salt instead. While your body is still damp after a shower, rub salt on your face and other areas where you want healthier, more radiant looking skin.</p> <h3>16. Clean a Coffee Pot</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to get your hand into the bottom of a coffee pot to scrub out those burned-on strains. An easy trick to get the pot spic-and-span is to cover the bottom with salt, fill it with ice cubes, and swirl it around. The salt scours the bottom while the ice helps remove other residue.</p> <h3>17. Stop the Suds</h3> <p>Too many suds in your sink, bathtub, dishwasher, or washing machine? Lower the level by sprinkling salt on top.</p> <h3>18. Set Color in Garments</h3> <p>Every camp counselor knows that soaking tie-dyed T-shirts in salt water will help set the color so they won&rsquo;t bleed in the wash, but a salt solution works for other clothing as well. Combine equal parts water, salt, and vinegar (a half cup of each should do) and soak single-hued textiles for at least a half hour.</p> <h3>19. Save Clothes From Freezing Outside</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re saving money by <a href="">hanging clothes outside</a> to dry instead of tossing them in the electric dryer, this tip is for you. During the final rinse stage of the wash, add salt to the cycle. By doing so, you&rsquo;ll prevent your garments from freezing on the line when the weather is cold.</p> <h3>20. Kill Poison Ivy</h3> <p>Have a patch of poison ivy growing in your yard? Prevent a potential problem by adding three pounds of salt to a gallon of soapy water and spraying the mixture on the leaves and stems of the plant.</p> <h3>21. Relieve Bee Stings</h3> <p>Apparently there are <a href="">100 ways to soothe a bee sting</a> (probably more), one of which requires you to wet the affected area immediately and cover it with salt. Use a Band-Aid to keep the salt semi-in-place.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">52 Uses for Rubber Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">Build a Bed for Cheap (and Look Good Doing It)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips Health and Beauty Home frugal beauty green cleaning products salt Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:36:20 +0000 Mikey Rox 713449 at