Health and Beauty http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4803/all en-US 5 Refreshing Ways to Keep Cool On-the-Go http://www.wisebread.com/5-refreshing-ways-to-keep-cool-on-the-go <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-refreshing-ways-to-keep-cool-on-the-go" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fanning_on_a_summer_day.jpg" alt="Fanning on a summer day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's getting hotter. So how do you prevent sweat and general heat discomfort when you're commuting to work or out and about? It's easy to keep cool at home or once you've arrived at the office, but it's harder when you're on the road. Luckily, we've found some easy ways to cool off when you're on the go.</p> <h2>1. Remember a time when you were given the cold shoulder</h2> <p>Social exclusion feel may feel cold &mdash; literally. Researchers conducting a psychological experiment involving 65 students at the University of Toronto found that subjects who recalled a time when they were socially excluded estimated the room temperature was colder than subjects who were asked to recall a social incident when they felt included. People who called to mind a memory of social exclusion were also more likely to crave warm food or drink than people who thought about an inclusive experience, according to the research. So if you're feeling uncomfortably warm, it may help to conjure up a memory from a time when you felt rejected and shunned. Instant air conditioning!</p> <h2>2. Wear a cooling face mask</h2> <p>Scientists have found that the temperature of your face influences your perceived whole-body temperature and overall comfort level. In fact, cooling the face is two to five times more powerful in suppressing sweat and reducing heat discomfort when compared to cooling any other body part, according to research performed at Australia's University of Wollongong. So when you slip on a <a href="http://amzn.to/2qXy1Gv" target="_blank">cooling face mask</a> that's been soaked in cold water, you're essentially telling your body to turn on the AC. For those who like to kill two birds with one stone, additional benefits of wearing a cooling face mask include sun protection and a defense against dust, debris, and wind.</p> <h2>3. Keep a misting fan on you</h2> <p>When you need to feel fast relief, there's nothing quite like a <a href="http://amzn.to/2qARZHB" target="_blank">personal misting device</a>. A hand-held fan &mdash; especially if it's capable of giving you a light spritz of ice water &mdash; is a simple, inexpensive way of keeping cool when you're on the run. Another option is one of these <a href="http://amzn.to/2qa5ZqL" target="_blank">tiny, portable fans</a> that attach to your smartphone.</p> <h2>4. Don a cooling wristband, hat, or towel</h2> <p>Columbia has created a clothing line called Omni-Freeze Zero that's made of hyper-evaporative textiles that retain water while remaining dry to the touch. Here's how it works: When these cooling clothes and accessories become saturated with water or sweat, the absorbed moisture reacts with a specially designed polymer contained in visible rings in the fabric to create a cooling effect for the wearer. The sweatier you are, the more cooling your gear becomes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-sweat-less-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Sweat Less This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>5. Opt for a water bottle with double walls</h2> <p>A water bottle with double-walled insulation is your best bet for staying refreshed while on the fly. The popular <a href="http://amzn.to/2pAp16p" target="_blank">S'well bottle</a> brand promises your drink will stay chilled for 24 hours (or hot for 12), and there are many other brands on the market that offer that same promise. Keep your bottle filled with chilled water, and you'll be refreshed and hydrated all day long.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-refreshing-ways-to-keep-cool-on-the-go">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-sweat-less-this-summer">7 Ways to Sweat Less This Summer</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="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-keep-cool-when-its-stupid-hot-out">10 Clever Ways to Keep Cool When It&#039;s Stupid Hot Out</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="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-70-brilliant-ways-to-beat-the-heat-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 70 Brilliant Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer</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="http://www.wisebread.com/9-places-to-go-to-beat-the-summer-heat">9 Places to Go to Beat the Summer Heat</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="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle humidity keep cool life hacks on-the-go stay cool summer summer heat sweating Tue, 30 May 2017 09:00:08 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1954618 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Growing a Garden http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-health-benefits-to-growing-a-garden <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-surprising-health-benefits-to-growing-a-garden" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_garden_504344589.jpg" alt="Woman learning surprising benefits to growing a garden" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know by now that we should be increasing the vegetables in our diet. We also know that we can save a ton of money at the grocery store if we grow our own herbs, fruits, and vegetables. But what other benefits are there to gardening, beyond eating what you grow? Here are six surprising reasons to get out into the dirt and perfect your green thumb. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fight depression</h2> <p>Gardening may be the key thing to lifting your spirits and battling depression. According to Psychology Today, tending plants can give you a sense of responsibility, provide you with something to nurture, keep you connected to other living things, and help you relax. What's more, when you exercise by working in the garden, your endorphins rise and your stress levels fall.</p> <h2>2. Cut your risk of Alzheimer's disease</h2> <p>In a study released by the Journal of Alzheimer's disease in 2016, researchers found that your risk of Alzheimer's could be reduced by various physical activities. The study measured the changes in the brain using MRI scans in correlation to increased exercise. It concluded that even low-intensity activities such as walking improved cognitive function by increasing gray matter in the brain. So even though gardening might not be as strenuous as attending a kickboxing class at the gym, this activity will help safeguard your brain as you age.</p> <h2>3. A chance to socialize</h2> <p>Have you been feeling a little lonesome? Explore getting a plot in a community garden. There, you can happily toil along with others as you maintain your growing fruits and veggies. You can also exchange produce, compare techniques, and swap seeds.</p> <p>Those interactions have real health benefits. Researchers at Brigham Young University who analyzed existing studies found that while loneliness is associated with early death as much as obesity, socializing with others can help you live longer. So even on days when you're not up for small talk, head to the community garden and you might just add years to your life.</p> <h2>4. Soak up some vitamin D</h2> <p>Does your doctor think you are getting enough vitamin D? If not, remember that regular sun exposure will provide vitamin D &mdash; which regulates your calcium levels and helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Be sure to use sunscreen, of course, but soak up those rays when you can.</p> <h2>5. Meditate</h2> <p>For a long time, I watched my neighbor, May, squat and pull weeds from her lawn. <em>Why didn't she use a chemical to do the work for her</em>, I wondered. As it turns out, it's meditative. She enjoys the birds, the sunrise, and the satisfaction of getting rid of weeds. She finds it therapeutic to work repetitively, one weed at a time.</p> <h2>6. Absorb some healthy bacteria</h2> <p><em>Mycobacterium vaccae</em> is the scientific name for a healthy bacteria that naturally lives in soil. Amazingly, it has been found to trigger the release of serotonin in humans and mice, and that can elevate your mood and decrease anxiety. How cool is that?</p> <p>More studies are being done to determine how effective <em>M. vaccae</em> is at treating mental health disorders via pill, vaccination, or inhalation, but until you can purchase this in the vitamin section of your local grocery store, you might be able to soak up the benefits by getting your hands dirty in the garden.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-health-benefits-to-growing-a-garden">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</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="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer">11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer</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="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-reasons-to-drink-wine">10 Great Reasons to Drink Wine</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="http://www.wisebread.com/small-steps-to-weight-loss">Small, Cheap Steps to Weight Loss</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="http://www.wisebread.com/live-a-longer-and-happier-life-with-these-8-frugal-buys">Live a Longer and Happier Life With These 8 Frugal Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty exercise fresh food gardening green living growing a garden health benefits healthy habits healthy lifestyle Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1948478 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-462722175.jpg" alt="Woman learning easy ways to fix her whole life this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is the season of getting in shape mentally, physically, and financially. But forget making drastic personality changes, devoting hours of extra time to sweating at the gym, or forking over loads of cash. Sometimes the most dramatic lifestyle shifts are the result of tiny decisions we make every day. Here are 11 little lifestyle changes that'll get your whole life fit for summer &mdash; and the rest of the year, too.</p> <h2>1. Clean your cell phone daily</h2> <p>I hate to gross you out, but that phone in your pocket is literally teeming with germs. Various studies have found E. coli, MRSA, Streptococcus, and many other pathogens living on mobile phones. Keep yourself healthy by wiping down your phone thoroughly each day with a dry microfiber cloth. Disinfect it weekly using a microfiber cloth dampened with diluted isopropyl alcohol.</p> <h2>2. Switch to a moisturizer with sunscreen</h2> <p>Even on an overcast day, the sun can damage skin. Using moisturizer with SPF 30 or greater can shield your skin from harmful UV rays, slow the development of wrinkles, minimize redness, and reduce the risk of skin cancer &mdash; all without adding another step to your morning routine.</p> <h2>3. Cut out soda</h2> <p>A 12-ounce can of regular soda contains roughly nine teaspoons of sugar (about the same amount as 2.5 scoops of ice cream). Just this single dietary change will help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of developing type-2 diabetes, and minimize dental problems. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-soda-alternatives-that-wont-bust-your-wallet-or-your-waistline?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Soda Alternatives That Won't Bust Your Wallet &mdash; Or Your Waistline</a>)</p> <h2>4. Socialize</h2> <p>Humans are social animals. Spending time with close friends improves your mood, increases self-confidence, and helps you navigate life's ups and downs. Instead of relying on random get-togethers, make a weekly date to spend quality time with those you care about most. If it won't ruffle any feathers, suggest these events be screen-free and revel in the old-fashioned art of conversation.</p> <h2>5. Make your bed</h2> <p>It may seem trivial, but making your bed first thing in the morning sets a positive and productive tone for the rest of the day (hospital corners optional).</p> <h2>6. Floss</h2> <p>According to many dentists, flossing is more important than brushing. Because floss is designed to clean between teeth and between the teeth and gums, it's a more effective tool for fighting tooth decay and periodontal disease. Make flossing at least once a day part of your routine. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-flosses?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Flosses</a>)</p> <h2>7. Move</h2> <p>Sitting is the new smoking, and we're all doing way too much of it. Walk the dog, take the stairs, mow the lawn with a push mower, schedule an outdoor work meeting and go for stroll &mdash; just try anything that will get you moving more each day.</p> <h2>8. Sleep more &hellip; and better</h2> <p>The busier we are, the more quality sleep matters. Invest in a few things that will transform your bedroom into a sleep-inducing oasis: Consider blackout shades, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2pY5Kih" target="_blank">white noise machine</a>, quality linens, and comfortable pillows. If a new mattress isn't in your budget, add a memory foam or <a href="http://amzn.to/2qjydQV" target="_blank">pillow-top mattress pad</a>.</p> <p>Once your sanctuary is set, fit more naps into your life. A 20- or 30-minute catnap can improve alertness and mood without disrupting your nighttime sleep schedule.</p> <h2>9. Don't check email before bed</h2> <p>While we're on the topic of good sleep, resist checking your email right before bed. Trust me, nothing good can come from it. Inevitably, there'll be a message that gets your mind buzzing or makes you anxious about the coming workday. Establish a media cut-off time and stick to it.</p> <h2>10. Adopt a one-item-in, one-item-out policy for your home</h2> <p>Cluttered spaces can be overwhelming, difficult to clean, and bad for your mental health. Become a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clutter-free-the-zero-accumulation-household?ref=internal" target="_blank">zero-accumulation household</a> by following one simple rule: For every new item you bring into your home, donate or sell an item of similar size. Already drowning under a pile of junk? Purge three or four items for every new one you add.</p> <h2>11. Save an extra five percent of your net income</h2> <p>Saving money is empowering. Properly managed, a healthy nest egg can help you fund a new career, start a family, or become a homeowner. Push yourself to save an extra five percent of your net income. Buy generic, cut the cord on cable TV, or explore ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-painless-ways-to-lower-your-cell-phone-bill?ref=internal" target="_blank">lower your cell phone bill</a>. In short, do whatever it takes to beef up your bank account. Your future self will thank you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-health-benefits-to-growing-a-garden">6 Surprising Health Benefits of Growing a Garden</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="http://www.wisebread.com/10-lifestyle-changes-that-will-always-pay-off">10 Lifestyle Changes That Will Always Pay Off</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="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</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="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-this-your-most-productive-summer-yet">10 Ways to Make This Your Most Productive Summer Yet</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="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout">6 Apps That Pay You to Workout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Organization exercise fit for summer healthy eating healthy lifestyle lifestyle self-care summer bucket list to-do list Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1943627 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Stress Relief Items You Need in Your Life That Are Under $20 http://www.wisebread.com/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-618976344.jpg" alt="Woman buying stress relief items that are under $20" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all have to find ways to deal with daily stress, because if we don't, it will suck the life right out of us. Fortunately, there are several affordable items available that can help take the edge off a long day. These items can help you find calm during a stressful day and help you enjoy a more restful night, all without costing you more than $20!</p> <h2>1. Lavender everything</h2> <p>The scent of lavender takes us to a calm place in an instant. And luckily, you can find just about anything scented in lavender &mdash; from candles and skin care items to hot teas to air fresheners. You can also place a couple drops of <a href="http://amzn.to/2pXuaJ2" target="_blank">lavender oil</a> on your pillow case (from a bottle that'll cost you no more than $15), in your DIY home spray, or in an aromatherapy oil diffuser and enjoy the benefits of this calming scent.</p> <h2>2. Himalayan salt lamps</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pV0LPj" target="_blank">Himalayan salt lamps</a> are said to emit negative ions that can fight anxiety-inducing positive ions, and only cost $15&ndash;$20, depending on the size you get. They are also very calming to look at and can help you reach a calmer mindset just by having them in the room.</p> <h2>3. Skin care items</h2> <p>Skin care items can help you enjoy a spalike experience from home, so you can still enjoy the relaxing benefits without having to break your budget at the spa. You can find anything in stress relieving varieties, including <a href="http://amzn.to/2qTFYt3" target="_blank">body wash</a>, body lotion, exfoliator, and <a href="http://amzn.to/2qTeNOY" target="_blank">bubble bath</a>. Look for lavender or eucalyptus scents, and you won't even spend more than $10-$15!</p> <h2>4. Stress balls</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pZxNfv" target="_blank">Squishy stress balls</a> or <a href="http://amzn.to/2pV3eJr" target="_blank">Chinese stress balls</a> can give you something calming to squeeze to help relieve stress and lower your blood pressure. Plus, they are a great, cheap find at about $10. You can even make your own DIY stress ball.</p> <h2>5. Self-massagers</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pXLKfQ" target="_blank">Foam rollers</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2pZswEB" target="_blank">acupressure mats</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/2pXLU6W" target="_blank">head massagers</a>, and <a href="http://amzn.to/2qTfebV" target="_blank">back massagers</a> can help you relieve tension on specific body parts without you having to spend the money on regular appointment with a professional masseuse. They can stimulate pressure points to relieve pain and release endorphins &mdash; all while keeping your budget intact at $10&ndash;$20 per item.</p> <h2>6. Adult coloring books</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2qTotJp" target="_blank">Adult coloring books</a> can relieve stress by helping you focus on a monotonous, rewarding task. You put your energy into adding color to the beautiful drawing in front of you, and this allows you to shut out the negative thoughts and to-dos rattling around in your brain. Most coloring books will run you about $5&ndash;$10.</p> <h2>7. Journal</h2> <p>Keep a <a href="http://amzn.to/2pdRJhn" target="_blank">journal</a> with you at all times for a relaxing, rewarding experience &mdash; for only $10-$15. Jot down your thoughts to get a deeper understanding of your emotions. Journaling can also help you simplify your to-do list and organize your calendar to keep stress at bay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-a-mindfulness-journal-can-fix-your-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways a Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life</a>)</p> <h2>8. Sleep mask</h2> <p>When you're overtired, you are more susceptible to stress. But <a href="http://amzn.to/2pZwyNe" target="_blank">sleep masks</a> can help you enjoy a more restful night so you can wake up feeling more relaxed and ready to face the day ahead. They block all sources of light from interrupting your sleep cycle so you can get as much quality shut-eye as possible. Also, a quality sleep mask shouldn't cost you more than $15.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-false-eyelashes">The 5 Best False Eyelashes</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-frizz-control-products">The 5 Best Frizz Control Products</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-detangling-combs">The 5 Best Detangling Combs</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-makeup-brush-sets">The 5 Best Makeup Brush Sets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty products relaxation self-care products self–care spa products stress stress relief Wed, 10 May 2017 08:30:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1942752 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-507275074.jpg" alt="Learning ways to lower your vet bills" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taking your dog or cat to the vet can cause a big hit to your bank account, and if your pet has a medical emergency, you can easily expect to spend more than $500. This can take a toll on any family's finances, which is why we've found some easy ways to save money at the vet, without compromising your pet's health.</p> <h2>1. Take advantage of preventive care</h2> <p>If your vet suggests preventive care services, such as heartworm prevention medication for example, consider how much you'll save with this affordable service, as opposed to what you would spend treating heartworm disease.</p> <p>Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, grooming, proper food portions, teeth brushing, and overall care. Severe dental issues can cost more than $1,000 to treat, so it's a preventive measure that shouldn't be skipped.</p> <h2>2. Prevent parasites</h2> <p>Get your animal on a flea and tick prevention program to keep fleas, ticks, lice, and worms at bay. These typically come in the form of a monthly pill, and many of these provide protection against several parasites at once. Along with saving you money on future treatments, this will also keep your pet healthy, happy, and comfortable.</p> <h2>3. Take advantage of free exams</h2> <p>Some veterinary offices or hospitals offer discounts or even free exams, to encourage owners to bring their pets in to treat for issues before they become hard to treat. Make inquiries with your local veterinary offices to see what they offer.</p> <h2>4. Compare prices</h2> <p>Compare service and prescription prices in your area before committing to one veterinary practice. Use online rating sites like Yelp to find a highly-reviewed vet that won't break the bank. Inquire about whether the office offers new pet or wellness care packages that can bundle exams and vaccines at a discount. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-dog-costs-you-should-prepare-for-now?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Unexpected Dog Costs You Should Prepare for Now</a>)</p> <h2>5. Keep your pet's weight in check</h2> <p>According to The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, about 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Excess weight can lead to a host of health problems for animals. Keep your pet fit and active for a healthier lifestyle and fewer vet visits. Also, be aware of the ingredients in your pet's food. If you're trying to cut out processed food from your own diet, you should do the same for them. Look for food that promotes overall health for your pet's breed and dietary needs, and do not overfeed them.</p> <p>And just because they adorably dance for treats doesn't mean you should keep handing them out!</p> <h2>6. Ask about financing</h2> <p>Many veterinary offices will offer financing, payment plans, or even discounts if you are upfront with them about any financial hardships you're facing. They might also work with a credit lender (like CareCredit), which allows you to pay the fees over the course of several months with no interest, upon credit approval. You can also look into private veterinary discount plans like PetAssure.</p> <h2>7. Get pet insurance immediately</h2> <p>Pet health insurance can save you a huge amount of money if your pet has costly medical expenses in the future. Keep in mind that pre-existing conditions and inherited disorders will not be covered, so it's important to get pet insurance as early as possible. Many policies will also limit coverage to one treatment per illness, so do your research to determine if it's right for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a>)</p> <h2>8. Request an estimate before services are rendered</h2> <p>A written estimate will let you know how much you can expect to spend. Don't feel shy about saying &quot;no&quot; to a service or asking for a detailed explanation of the recommended services. If you think that a service is unnecessary or too expensive, visit another vet with your estimate in hand.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-3"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/7-personal-finance-tips-for-animal-lovers">7 Personal Finance Tips for Animal Lovers</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</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="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-need-to-include-pets-in-your-will">6 Reasons You Need to Include Pets in Your Will</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="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">4 Pet Expenses That Aren&#039;t Worth It</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="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products">10 Ridiculously Overpriced Pet Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Health and Beauty cats dogs family members pet care pet health pet insurance pet owners pets vet bills veterinarian Mon, 08 May 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1940414 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Handle a Massive Medical Bill http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-handle-a-massive-medical-bill <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-handle-a-massive-medical-bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-466332486.jpg" alt="Learning how to handle a surprise medical bill" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Have you noticed that your neck appears swollen?&quot; That's what the nurse practitioner asked about halfway through what I had assumed was a routine office visit.</p> <p>Soon after, I was swiftly catapulted into a long series of office visits that were anything but routine. There were ultrasounds, biopsies, consults with specialists, an invasive surgery, an overnight stay in the hospital, and eventually, the ok from my docs to go about living a normal life.</p> <p>That's when the medical bills started rolling in.</p> <p>Turns out I could kick thyroid cancer to the curb, but it wouldn't be cheap. Medical care is expensive, not just for me, but also for the one in four American adults under age 65 who have past-due medical bills, according to a recent study released by the Urban Institute.</p> <p>Still, knowledge is power. At least, it is according to the same Urban Institute study, which reported, &quot;Adults with greater financial knowledge are less likely to have <a href="http://www.urban.org/urban-wire/why-do-larger-share-millennials-and-gen-x-have-past-due-medical-debt-older-americans?utm_source=twitter&amp;amp;utm_campaign=organic&amp;amp;utm_medium=social&amp;amp;utm_term=millennial_genx_medical_debt&amp;amp;utm_content=urban_" target="_blank">past-due medical debt</a>.&quot;</p> <p>That's good news for Wise Bread readers, who are keenly interested in the fate of their financial futures. Even so, a surprise bill, particularly a large one, can take even the most educated saver by surprise. The silver lining here is that there are several specific steps you can take to help minimize the pain that often comes with the arrival of an unexpected medical expense. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-youre-hit-with-a-huge-medical-bill?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What to Do If You're Hit With a Huge Medical Bill</a>)</p> <h2>1. Scrutinize your bill</h2> <p>According to various sources, as many as eight in 10 medical bills contain some sort of error &mdash; sometimes even multiple errors. I'm not surprised. Mine sure did.</p> <p>When that first hospital bill arrived, it was for more than my annual deductible. A lot more. After suffering what felt like a small panic attack, I called my insurance company. As it turned out, they hadn't received a bill from the hospital. Instead, the hospital had billed me directly.</p> <p>It took a few frustrating phone calls, but the hospital ultimately fixed the mistake. Still, had the bill been for a less egregious amount, I may have overlooked the error and just paid it. I mean, how many of us scour the line items of those bills?</p> <p>Turns out, we should.</p> <p>&quot;Sometimes, insurance companies or doctors' offices make mistakes that they don't realize,&quot; says financial coach Maggie Germano. &quot;They may have simply miscoded something. It's up to you to follow up and make sure they aren't charging you when they shouldn't be.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Negotiate with your health care provider</h2> <p>Looking over an itemized hospital bill is not for the weak of heart. Mine included shocking over-the-top expenses, like $27,000 for three hours in the operating room, $15,000 for an overnight stay in a recovery room, and $108 for a single dose of calcium.</p> <p>Those inflated fees are all part of an elaborate dance between health care providers and insurance giants. Insurance companies don't often pay the amount that gets printed on those statements. Instead, they use it as a jumping off point for reimbursement negotiations. Sadly, it's those without health care coverage who often get stuck in this line of medical bill crossfire.</p> <p>&quot;Hospitals are always complaining that they're not reimbursed enough money from the health insurance companies, and therefore increase fees as high as possible,&quot; says Adria Gross, founder of MedWise Insurance Advocacy.</p> <p>Uninsured or underinsured patients typically don't have anyone behind the scenes who can negotiate those fees on their behalf. Instead, they have to advocate for themselves.</p> <p>According to money-saving expert Andrea Woroch, health care providers are not likely to negotiate costs if you have health insurance. But if you're uninsured, you may be able to talk your bill down by 10 to 20 percent. That's why it never hurts to get connected with the customer service department &mdash; no matter how long the wait or arduous the phone tree &mdash; and ask for a break. Woroch notes that some centers will even give a discount if you offer to pay in cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-negotiate-medical-bills?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Negotiate Medical Bills</a>)</p> <h2>3. Get smart about the actual cost of your procedure</h2> <p>Still, negotiating a medical bill isn't as easy as &quot;ask and ye shall receive.&quot; It helps to come to the table prepared with &quot;the usual, reasonable, and customary charges&quot; for your particular medical procedure, says Gross. The first step is to track down the procedure code for the service you've been billed for. A quick internet search should do the trick. Then, check out an online database to start searching for the fair fee associated with your procedure. (Gross recommends <a href="https://fairhealthconsumer.org/" target="_blank">Fair Health Consumer</a> and <a href="https://healthcarebluebook.com/" target="_blank">Healthcare Bluebook</a>.)</p> <p>Gross says that finding that number &mdash; before you call &mdash; can help you determine whether you've been overbilled so you can fight to correct the charges.</p> <h2>4. Request a payment plan</h2> <p>If you still can't afford the bill, Germano suggests asking your doctor to set up a payment plan. &quot;Most medical centers just want to get paid eventually, so they should work with you to make it easier for you to pay,&quot; she says.</p> <p>The key to this strategy is figuring out how much of the bill you can afford to pay each month. You'll likely be paying it for a while, so make sure you can commit to this amount for the long-term.</p> <p>&quot;Get the agreement in writing, and make sure they send you a confirmation email or letter whenever you make a payment,&quot; warns Germano. Then, keep careful track of your payments along the way. &quot;That will prevent them from accusing you of not paying what you owe,&quot; she adds.</p> <p>It will also ensure that the bill doesn't get sent to collections, which will damage your credit score.</p> <h2>5. Plan for the future</h2> <p>Medical surprises happen, no matter how healthy you think you are. (Trust me on this one. No one was more surprised by my diagnosis than me.) Keeping a stash of cash on reserve in your Health Savings Account (HSA) or emergency savings may just save your future self from a couple of missed mortgage payments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-hsa-saves-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How an HSA Saves You Money</a>)</p> <p>As Ben Franklin once wisely said, &quot;An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.&quot; That adage applies to your health, but also to what's in your pocketbook.</p> <p>Start planning now, so you'll be prepared when the unexpected strikes. And if it doesn't? Well, it never hurts to have a few extra bucks in the bank.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alaina-tweddale">Alaina Tweddale</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-handle-a-massive-medical-bill">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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="http://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-medical-records-theft">7 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself From Medical Records Theft</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="http://www.wisebread.com/health-insurance-how-to-fight-back-against-4-common-claim-denials">Health Insurance: How to Fight Back Against 4 Common Claim Denials</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="http://www.wisebread.com/why-i-heart-my-high-deductible-health-insurance-plan">Why I (Heart) My High Deductible Health Insurance Plan</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-types-of-health-insurance-plans">The Types of Health Insurance Plans</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="http://www.wisebread.com/11-surprising-things-your-hsa-will-cover">11 Surprising Things Your HSA Will Cover</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Health and Beauty doctors health care health insurance medical bills negotiating payment plans surprise bills unexpected costs Fri, 05 May 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Alaina Tweddale 1938309 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Natural Ways to Whiten Your Teeth http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-natural-ways-to-whiten-your-teeth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-natural-ways-to-whiten-your-teeth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_smile_teeth_485725004.jpg" alt="Woman finding natural ways to whiten her teeth" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles natural ways to whiten your teeth, the best places for new dads to work, and ways to sell clothes for cash.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://naturemoms.com/blog/2017/05/02/natural-ways-whiten-teeth/">Natural Ways to Whiten Your Teeth</a> &mdash; The oil pulling method breaks down the toxins and bacteria that can build up on teeth and cause staining. [Nature Moms Blog]</p> <p><a href="https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2017/05/03/the-20-best-places-for-new-dads-to-work/22067474/">The 20 best places for new dads to work</a> &mdash; These companies have the best paternity leave policies, as well as flexible hours and telecommuting options. [AOL Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://flippingincome.com/5-ways-to-sell-clothes-for-cash/">5 Ways to Sell Clothes for Cash</a> &mdash; If you want to reach more potential customers, consider selling your clothes online through sites like Swap.com, ThredUp, and Poshmark. [Flipping Income]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Better-Exchange-Foreign-Currency-Airport-43495928">3 Important Tips to Keep in Mind When Exchanging Foreign Currency</a> &mdash; Airport exchange rates aren't the best. You can get more for your dollar if you withdraw from a local ATM. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2017/05/02/creative-ideas-for-a-diy-container-garden/">Creative Ideas for a DIY Container Garden</a> &mdash; Old wooden crates and boxes work great as rustic containers for your garden. [Frugal Village]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/smart-travel-tips-for-a-new-city-16625/">12 Ways to See a New City Like a Traveler, Not a Tourist</a> &mdash; Avoid bringing lots of stuff when you're out sightseeing. It will slow you down and may get lost or stolen. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/how-to-use-a-zero-sum-budget-to-pay-down-debt/">How to Use a Zero-Sum Budget to Pay Down Debt</a> &mdash; The zero-sum budget can make even the messiest money issues seem crystal clear. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financegirl.co.uk/4-ways-to-stay-engaged-with-your-social-media-fans-and-followers/">4 Ways to Stay Engaged with Your Social Media Fans and Followers</a> &mdash; Create and post original videos to engage your fans and gain new ones. [Finance Girl]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/overcome-limitations/2/">5 Rules To Overcome Limitations</a> &mdash; Stop doing what others do. When you play against the norm, you're no longer limited by society's rules and expectations. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-make-a-successful-reward-chart-for-your-child">How to Make a Successful Reward Chart for Your Child</a> &mdash; A reward chart should be a family experience. Give your kids an opportunity to share their thoughts on things like the chores they're supposed to do and what rewards they'll get when they reach a goal. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-natural-ways-to-whiten-your-teeth">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-4"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-ways-to-whiten-your-teeth">The Best Ways to Whiten Your Teeth</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="http://www.wisebread.com/11-foods-that-will-whiten-your-teeth">11 Foods That Will Whiten Your Teeth</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="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</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="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer">11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer</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="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight">How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle in One Night</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty best money tips teeth whitening Thu, 04 May 2017 08:30:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1939668 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Sweat Less This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-sweat-less-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-sweat-less-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-491708274.jpg" alt="Man finding ways to sweat less this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our bodies protect us from overheating by sweating. But sweating a lot is not always convenient or pleasant. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to keep drier this summer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-keep-cool-when-its-stupid-hot-out?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Clever Ways to Keep Cool When It's Stupid Hot Out</a>)</p> <h2>1. Use deodorant at night</h2> <p>Consider <a href="http://amzn.to/2qxo3rF" target="_blank">clinical-strength deodorant</a> or long-lasting deodorant for extra power. Doctors recommend <a href="http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/dont-sweat-it#1" target="_blank">applying deodorant before you go to bed</a>. It won&rsquo;t wash off as easily as if you apply it in the morning, when you generally sweat more. It also has time to block the sweat ducts.</p> <p>For those who want a natural deodorant that doesn't clog sweat ducts, look for aluminum-free deodorants. Keep in mind that these might not work as well as clinical-strength or regular versions.</p> <p>To keep fresh throughout the day, hide a travel-sized deodorant in your car, desk, or purse, which you can reapply before a stressful meeting or social event. Use aerosol antiperspirant for your feet.</p> <h2>2. Keep a personal fan</h2> <p>Get a personal fan or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans" target="_blank">USB-powered fan</a> that you can use anytime to cool down. These can attach to your computer or smart device and provide a satisfying breeze. For those extra hot days, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2pqE4C2" target="_blank">misting fan</a> provides a powerful cool down.</p> <h2>3. Sleep on a cool pillow</h2> <p>For bedtime, get a <a href="http://amzn.to/2pQBMxu" target="_blank">cool gel pillow</a>, which stays cool all night and can reduce your body temperature. Also, consider trying the Egyptian Method, which involves using a damp towel as a blanket and wearing damp socks.</p> <h2>4. Spray a refreshing mist</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2pptw6k" target="_blank">refreshing mist</a> with vitamins and essential oils will make your skin feel and smell good when you&rsquo;re hot on-the-go.</p> <h2>5. Avoid hot foods</h2> <p>Spicy foods and hot drinks will raise your blood pressure and metabolism and activate your sweat glands, making you feel hotter and sweat more. Foods high in sodium can also cause you to sweat more. Go for less zesty dishes and add ice cubes to your cup of joe.</p> <h2>6. Wear loosefitting clothing</h2> <p>Good circulation is the key to cooling your body down without sweating. Loosefitting clothing is also more comfortable in the heat.</p> <h2>7. Choose breathable fabrics</h2> <p>Wear breathable, lightweight cotton, or moisture wicking material. Rayon, silk, polyester, and nylon are all fabrics to avoid if you tend to sweat a lot. Choose lightweight cotton bed linens as well, which will feel cooler on the skin.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-sweat-less-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-5"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/5-refreshing-ways-to-keep-cool-on-the-go">5 Refreshing Ways to Keep Cool On-the-Go</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="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-70-brilliant-ways-to-beat-the-heat-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 70 Brilliant Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer</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="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-keep-cool-when-its-stupid-hot-out">10 Clever Ways to Keep Cool When It&#039;s Stupid Hot Out</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="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</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="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle hot weather hygiene life hacks summer summer hacks summer season sweat less sweaty Wed, 03 May 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1938921 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How Long Your Beauty Products Really Last http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-long-your-beauty-products-really-last <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-long-your-beauty-products-really-last" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_makeup_brushes_507140220.jpg" alt="Woman learning how long her beauty products last" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you know when your beauty products expire? It's important to keep track, because using spoiled cosmetics and skin care products can cause skin or eye problems.</p> <p>Some items are worse than others. For instance, using expired mascara can lead to staph infections, pinkeye, or eye irritations that can even affect your vision in rare cases. Expired items also lose their efficiency. Many professionals agree that you have to use about 50 percent more of an old or expired product for the same effect of a new one. They can become more difficult to apply, too, so it's best to just replace your beauty products once they have expired.</p> <h2>Where to find the expiration date</h2> <p>In order to keep track of when your items expire, you need to know exactly where to look for the expiration date.</p> <ul> <li>Check the whole container: Expiration dates can be hard to find, so look all around the bottle, including on the bottom and sides of the container.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you don't see an expiration date, look for the little tub image, usually located on the back of the container toward the bottom. For certain cosmetics, the image may be on the exterior packaging that you usually throw away once you open the product. The tub has a number followed by an &quot;M&quot;, which shows the number of months until the product expires. For instance, 12M means that the product will expire in 12 months.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you're not sure when your items are expected to expire, look for changes in smell, color, consistency, or effectiveness as a good determination that they may have spoiled.</li> </ul> <h2>Standard expiration guidelines</h2> <p>The following guidelines can provide a good estimate of when certain cosmetics will expire. Some beauty experts recommend tossing items more quickly than others, so these guidelines follow the general consensus. They stray toward later expiration dates so you don't have to waste any product unnecessarily.</p> <h3>Lipstick and lip gloss</h3> <p>Some experts say lipstick can last one to two years, others say up to four years. What everyone agrees on is that once it starts to smells rancid, it's time to throw it out. If your lipstick has become dry or your lip gloss is extra sticky, it may also be time to throw it out.</p> <h3>Brushes</h3> <p>Makeup brushes can last forever if maintained well (see below for tips on how to care for them). If the little hairs start getting crunchy or falling out, it's time to replace the brush.</p> <h3>Nail Polish</h3> <p>Nail polish can last up to three years. If it starts to separate and won't fully mix up when you shake the bottle or if it gets gunky and doesn't provide a clean, smooth finish, it needs to be thrown out.</p> <h3>Perfume</h3> <p>Some experts say perfume is kaput after one to two, others say it can last as long as 10 years. The general consensus is that if it has thickened, changed color, or the scent starts to change or takes on the smell of alcohol, it's time to toss it.</p> <h3>Powder vs. liquid cosmetics</h3> <p>Cream-based or oil-based foundation, eye shadow, and blush is typically only good for 12&ndash;18 months. They tend to break down faster than powder-based cosmetics due to the moisture and oil content. Water-based foundation also expires quickly (six to 12 months) because water encourages bacteria growth. Conversely, powder makeup can be kept for two to three years because the dry texture inhibits bacterial growth.</p> <h2>How to keep track</h2> <p>Permanent markers or small labels are your friend here. Mark each product with the date you bought it and the expiration date, if it&rsquo;s not already printed on the product itself. Keep a monthly list of what is expiring for at least the current month and next month, so you know what needs to be used up soon. By keeping track of these &quot;expiring-soon&quot; products, you can try to use them up quickly, so you don't waste money on unused product.</p> <h2>How to get more out of your products</h2> <p>To prolong the useful life of your cosmetics, follow these tips:</p> <ul> <li>Don't share your makeup with others to avoid contamination<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Keep makeup pencils sharpened often and leave the cap on<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use brushes and sponges instead of your fingers to apply makeup to avoid contamination<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Store your makeup in a cool, dry, dark place<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Avoid using products on infected or inflamed skin or eyes<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Invest in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2ptUyKb">beauty spatula</a> so you can get every last drop out of the bottle<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Wipe your brushes daily and deep clean them every week or so with a good <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-makeup-brush-cleaners">makeup brush cleaner</a></li> </ul> <h2>What can be kept past the date?</h2> <p>If you really can&rsquo;t part with your favorite beauty product, there might be hope for it yet. Some items can be kept past the expiration date (such as powder makeup) because bacteria can&rsquo;t grow as quickly on the dry texture. Items such as perfume, nail polish, lipstick, and blush commonly last past the expiration date, but the performance and results might not be the same.</p> <p>Expiration dates for any item that touches your eyes or is made with a cream or oil base should be strictly adhered to in order to prevent skin or eye infections. If your skin is reacting badly to an item or the color, smell, or consistency has changed, it&rsquo;s a good indication that the item is past its useful life.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-long-your-beauty-products-really-last">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-6"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-false-eyelashes">The 5 Best False Eyelashes</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-makeup-brush-sets">The 5 Best Makeup Brush Sets</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressed-powders">The 5 Best Pressed Powders</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-oil-absorbing-sheets">The 5 Best Oil Absorbing Sheets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty products beauty tips hair care products makeup makeup expiration dates nail polish self-care skin care Mon, 01 May 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1936662 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Fall Asleep When You Can't http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fall-asleep-when-you-cant <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-fall-asleep-when-you-cant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-499781737.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to fall asleep when she can&#039;t " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's estimated that we spend around one third of our lives in bed. For some people though, that doesn't mean it's all sleeping. In fact, more than <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1978319/" target="_blank">30 percent of the population</a> suffers from insomnia. And it's even worse when you really need to sleep &mdash; like those nights when you have an early flight the next morning, or an important meeting, and have to hit the hay ASAP. So, what do you do? Here are nine tips to help you catch some z's with ease. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-help-you-sleep?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Help You Sleep</a>)</p> <h2>1. Let go of your worries</h2> <p>Easier said than done, right? One of the biggest reasons we toss and turn is that we have things on our mind. It can be exacerbated by an impending trip or appointment, and before you know it, you've spent half the night staring at the ceiling. You can do something about this. Write those stressful thoughts down, jot them in your smartphone or tablet, or even speak them into a voice recorder. You need to get them out of your head and &quot;onto paper.&quot; By doing this, you are telling your brain that they're all taken care of. Even if the note says &quot;arrange airport parking,&quot; it's helping. The spot may not be booked yet, but the mere act of writing it down puts it on a to-do list, and your brain can let go of it.</p> <h2>2. Lower the temperature</h2> <p>Our bodies cool down as we sleep, and lowering the temperature in the room facilitates this enormously. Many people think the ideal temperature is 72 F. Well, that's all well and good during the day, but that is way too hot for a good night's sleep. Experts say that you should set the temperature somewhere between 60 F and 67 F, and if you have a big duvet or blanket on your bed, remove it. Think of your bedroom like a cave, and make it cool and dark at night.</p> <h2>3. Add some white noise</h2> <p>A deathly quiet room is not going to be ideal for everyone. Being left alone with your own thoughts can amplify them. And any tiny sound, from a creaking floorboard to a chirping cricket, can suddenly become a massive annoyance. Creating white noise can drown out those occasional disruptions. It's why so many babies and kids (and often some adults) pass out in the car &mdash; that humming road noise is hypnotic, sending you into a trance-like state that is followed by sleep. Try it out. Start with radio static or a fan. If that works, you can buy dedicated <a href="http://amzn.to/2pQ1L54" target="_blank">noise machines</a> that play rain, streams, thunderstorms, and even the sound of the jungle at night.</p> <h2>4. Shut down electronic devices long before bed</h2> <p>Your phone. Your tablet. The TV. The laptop or desktop computer. The video game system. They all need to be powered down long before bedtime. The kind of stimulation these devices give your brain puts it in an alert state rather than one of relaxation. Studies have shown that the flashing lights and effects stop your brain from releasing melatonin, the hormone that tells your body it is time to go to sleep. Try not to have a TV in the bedroom. If that's not possible, keep it off, and unplug other devices as well. Put your phone on do not disturb. This is your bedroom &mdash; it's not an activity center.</p> <h2>5. Take a supplement</h2> <p>There are supplements available over the counter that can help you nod off more quickly than you could without them. A good place to start is Melatonin, which is a natural hormone in your body that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. This is available in two forms &mdash; immediate release, and extended release &mdash; and is available in the vitamin aisle. You could also try Valerian root, which has been used as both a sedative and anti-anxiety treatment for thousands of years. If these don't work for you, you could try Kava, or good old-fashioned camomile tea. And a spritz of lavender in the air (candles, incense, sprays) can also aid in the sleep process. Please make sure to check with your doctor first before trying any supplements.</p> <h2>6. Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique</h2> <p>Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard trained medical doctor, believes that good, fast sleep can come from a <a href="http://www.medicaldaily.com/life-hack-sleep-4-7-8-breathing-exercise-will-supposedly-put-you-sleep-just-60-332122" target="_blank">simple breathing technique</a>. What's more, it's easy to learn, and the results can come quickly for many people. It takes five steps, and as Weil explains, requires you to, <em>&quot;</em>place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.&quot;</p> <p>The five steps are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Exhale completely through your mouth whilst making a &quot;whoosh&quot; sound.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose for a count of <em>four</em>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Hold your breath for a count of <em>seven</em>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Exhale completely through your mouth whilst making the whoosh sound for a count of <em>eight</em>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Inhale again. Repeat three more times for a total of four cycles.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Take a hot shower or bath</h2> <p>Remember the tip about the cool room? Well, another way to enhance that feeling is to take a shower or bath before getting into bed. First, make the bed and leave the covers open, letting them cool off (ideally with a fan or open window). Take your hot shower or bath. When you dry off and enter the bedroom from the bathroom, you will instantly feel cooler. You will also feel relaxed from your time in the bath, and the steam can help clear out your airways &mdash; which is another great way to ensure better sleep.</p> <h2>8. Try to stay awake</h2> <p>What? This may seem counterintuitive, but for some people it works. It's a little reverse-psychology, coupled with an almost meditative state that tricks your brain into falling asleep. In a study done at the University of Glasgow, a group of volunteers was &quot;asked to lie in bed with their eyes open without any television, computers, and phones, were only allowed to blink, and basically asked to try to stay awake for as long as possible. That group managed to fall asleep faster every night.&quot; Try it next time you're having trouble. Instead of saying, &quot;fall asleep, fall asleep&quot; switch to &quot;stay awake, stay awake.&quot; You may be surprised at the results.</p> <h2>9. Invest in a cool pillow</h2> <p>There are many varieties of <a href="http://amzn.to/2ofV3rW" target="_blank">cooling pillows</a> on the market right now, and they can be a fabulous help at bedtime. We all know that feeling of turning the pillow over to get the cooler side. But, it doesn't last very long on a regular pillow. However, a pillow that's got a layer of cooling gel built-in eliminates the need to swap sides as you start nodding off. They start at around $20, and even the basic model is better than a pillow without the gel. If you want to go even further, there are new <a href="http://amzn.to/2p7zYPL" target="_blank">cooling mattress pads</a> that contain the same cooling gel. The combination of both can keep your body and head cool, and assist in a very quick trip to dreamland.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fall-asleep-when-you-cant">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-7"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight">How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle in One Night</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="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-help-you-sleep">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Help You Sleep</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="http://www.wisebread.com/9-benefits-of-being-a-morning-person">9 Benefits of Being a Morning Person</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="http://www.wisebread.com/why-a-50-year-old-gadget-may-be-the-best-cure-for-insomnia">Why a 50-Year-Old Gadget May Be the Best Cure for Insomnia</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="http://www.wisebread.com/get-better-sleep-with-these-5-great-sleep-tracking-apps">Get Better Sleep With These 5 Great Sleep-Tracking Apps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle get enough sleep insomnia night owl sleep sleep schedule sleeping wake up early Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:00:09 +0000 Paul Michael 1934996 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Times It's Worth It to Pay the Pink Tax http://www.wisebread.com/4-times-it-makes-sense-to-buy-the-gendered-product <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-times-it-makes-sense-to-buy-the-gendered-product" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-163010349.jpg" alt="Woman buying gendered products when it makes sense" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>By now, the fact that many women's products are more expensive than the men's counterparts is hardly shocking. It's been well documented that there is a &quot;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-women-can-avoid-paying-the-pink-tax?ref=internal" target="_blank">pink tax</a>&quot; on everything from women's toiletries to girls' toys simply because they have pink butterfly designs on them.</p> <p>But not every instance of women's products is just a cynical cash grab. In some cases, products are actually formulated differently for men and women, and it might make sense to spend a little extra money on the product that is going to work better for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-products-that-cost-more-for-women-than-for-men?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Products That Cost More for Women Than for Men</a>)</p> <p>Here are four gendered products that you might consider buying, no matter what color they come in.</p> <h2>Razors</h2> <p>It may seem as if the only difference between a razor marketed to men and one marketed to women is the color of the packaging. But there are some important, if subtle, differences in these products.</p> <p>To start, it's important to note that the razor blades themselves are identical in men's and women's razors. There is no difference whatsoever between the &quot;blade technology&quot; used in the two types of products.</p> <p>The differences between these razors lie in the handle of each razor, and the positioning of the blades. In men's razors, the <a href="http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/10/really-difference-mens-womens-razors-shaving-creams/" target="_blank">blades are often set at a more oblique angle</a> with a different handle contour, which makes it easier for a shaver to see what he is doing while shaving his face in front of a mirror. The angle and handle contour on women's razors are made to be easier to use when looking down at your legs while shaving.</p> <p>The angle of the blades helps explain why some consumers claim that men's razors provide a closer shave. The more oblique angle does offer a somewhat closer shave, but at the risk of nicks and cuts. Since men's facial hair tends to be thicker than women's leg hair, this trade-off is often worth it for men.</p> <p>Finally, a woman's legs are <a href="http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/how-to/a9827/women-use-mens-razor-venus-110311/" target="_blank">18 times the surface area of a man's face</a>, which explains one more big difference between the two types of razors. Women's razors are more likely to have a larger head, including a &quot;guide bar&quot; which helps to position the hairs properly, and often includes some sort of moisturizing strip. These designs help to prevent cuts when you are shaving quickly, and make it easier to shave longer hair. Since women often go some time between shaves &mdash; unlike men who will often shave daily or several times a week &mdash; this helps make her shave smoother than what she would get with a men's razor.</p> <h3>The verdict</h3> <p>If women are willing to spend the extra money, women's razors can help them get a quicker and more convenient shave with fewer nicks and cuts. If women would prefer to spend a little less money and are willing to take a little more time with shaving, men's razors will work perfectly well. And for men with extremely sensitive skin, a woman's razor might be a little more work to use because of the angle and handle contour, but it may be worth it to cut down on nicks and razor burn.</p> <p>As for the shaving cream you use to get a nice smooth shave &mdash; there is absolutely no difference between men's and women's products, other than scent and price. So feel free to buy whatever's cheapest or smells the best.</p> <h2>Hair products</h2> <p>Though everything from shampoo and conditioner to hair spray is marketed according to gender, the biggest concern when it comes to your hair care should be the texture of your hair and your hair cut. Women's hair care products often have additional ingredients geared toward mitigating or accentuating texture issues &mdash; such as frizz control or curl enhancer. You are also more likely to find color care products among women's hair care lines, which help to protect dyed hair.</p> <p>Men's hair care products, on the other hand, generally focus on nothing more than dandruff or oily hair problems. Since men often keep their hair short, the texture of their hair does not matter as much. There are fewer hair care choices for men, and they tend to have different scents and cost a little less than women's products.</p> <h3>The verdict</h3> <p>Women's hair care products are not substantially different from men's products, other than the fact that it is easier to find a product for women that specifically addresses whatever hair care need you may have. Men with long hair or dyed hair may find that women's hair care products work better for them.</p> <h2>Skin care products</h2> <p>Men and women have biological differences in their skin. To start, men's skin is <a href="http://beyouthful.net/are-mens-anti-aging-skincare-products-different-to-products-aimed-at-women/" target="_blank">25 percent thicker than women's skin</a>. In addition, the sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum (the oily substance that leads to the dreaded &quot;shine&quot;) are more active in men than in women, meaning men have oilier skin than women. Finally, men's skin has a higher density of collagen and elastin proteins than women's skin. Those proteins help keep skin smooth and supple.</p> <p>These differences mean that men's skin care products can use somewhat <a href="http://stylecaster.com/beauty/whats-the-difference-between-womens-and-mens-products/" target="_blank">harsher detergents</a>, because the result will be less drying of men's skin than it would be for women's skin.</p> <p>The differences in men's and women's skin also helps to explain the existence of all-in-one shampoo-and-soap combinations that are marketed to men. These products work pretty well for men because of their oilier skin, and marketers are able to sell the idea of a single, no-nonsense product.</p> <h3>The verdict</h3> <p>As with hair care products, the biggest consideration when you are buying a skin care product should be your unique skin needs. If you are a woman with oily skin, a soap or moisturizer that is made for oily skin will probably work for you, whether the packaging is pink or blue. Similarly, someone with dry skin or sensitive skin should find products that meet that need, rather than focus solely on whether the product is specifically marketed to men or women.</p> <p>However, because there are real differences between men's skin and women's skin, many women may find that general skin care products that are produced and marketed for women do a better job of protecting their skin.</p> <p>It's also important to note that men's products are more likely to be unscented, even though women's skin tends to be more <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/men/moisturizing-tips/mens-moisturizers-vs-womens-moisturizers.htm" target="_blank">sensitive to the kind of irritation that fragrance causes</a>.</p> <h2>Over-the-counter medication</h2> <p>Roam the aisles of your local pharmacy, and you'll find gendered versions of vitamins, painkillers, and other over-the-counter medication. Some of these products are genuinely different, while others are exactly the same in different-colored boxes.</p> <p>While vitamin formulations tend to be basically the same between men and women, the National Institutes of Health recommends that premenopausal women take more than <a href="http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/answers-nutrients/answers-multivitamin-gender" target="_blank">twice as much iron as men</a>, because menstruation increases the need for iron. While taking a vitamin not formulated for you will not seriously harm you, the effects do add up &mdash; and taking too much iron, for instance, can leave potentially dangerous deposits in your organs. That being said, the majority of young and healthy people who are getting adequate nutrition probably do not need to take a daily vitamin at all, unless they are dealing with a specific deficiency.</p> <p>As for the other types of medications that are offered in gendered versions, there can often be a good reason for women to choose the women's formulation over the general formula or men's formula. For instance, women's painkillers are often <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/24691-midol/" target="_blank">formulated to specifically help with the cramps and bloating</a> associated with menstruation, which can help provide better relief than a general painkiller.</p> <p>However, some gendered over-the-counter medications are simply a difference in marketing. For instance, laxatives that are geared toward women have the <a href="https://thespanofmyhips.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/needlessly-gendered-products-laxatives/" target="_blank">exact same active ingredients as the general version</a>. While women's laxatives are marketed as being gentler on the stomach, they are no different from the gentle formula offered in the other box &mdash; only the inactive ingredients (i.e., the things that account for the bulk and color of the medication) differ.</p> <h3>The verdict</h3> <p>When it comes to over-the-counter medications, all consumers need to read the active ingredients to know what they are getting. In some cases, the active ingredients are different between products marketed to men and those marketed to women. That's when it makes sense to buy the product that is made for you. But when the active ingredients are the same, it doesn't matter which one you choose.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-times-it-makes-sense-to-buy-the-gendered-product">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-8"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-long-your-beauty-products-really-last">Here&#039;s How Long Your Beauty Products Really Last</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos">The 5 Best Shampoos</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-oil-absorbing-sheets">The 5 Best Oil Absorbing Sheets</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-body-lotions">The 5 Best Body Lotions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping beauty products hygiene men's razors pink tax razors skin care women's razors Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:30:14 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1932350 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Forehead Thermometers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mom_son_thermometer_655721480.jpg" alt="Mom using best forehead thermometers to see if son is sick" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forehead thermometers can accurately read a person&rsquo;s temperature in less than 10 seconds. They are quick, convenient, and safe to use on the whole family.</p> <h2>What is a forehead thermometer?</h2> <p>A forehead thermometer is a device that can quickly read temperatures to detect a fever. It measures the temperature at the temporal artery, which is directly connected to the heart via the carotid artery. This offers the constant blood flow needed for accurate measurement.</p> <p>Forehead thermometers can be as accurate as oral and rectal thermometers, and are far less invasive. This makes them ideal for sleeping children or patients and anyone with an ear infection.</p> <h2>Top 5 forehead thermometers</h2> <h3>Braun Forehead Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2osKe12" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/braun_1.jpg" width="176" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2osKe12" target="_blank">Braun Forehead Thermometer</a> offers professional accuracy at home. It is quick and easy to use. You gently swipe this across the forehead for an accurate reading in seconds. The award-winning design features a large, easy-to-read backlit screen and color-coded fever guidance, which can track the progression of a fever. It is safe to use on the whole family.</p> <p>This runs on two AAA batteries (included) and doesn&rsquo;t require probe covers. It is backed by outstanding online reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2osKe12" target="_blank"><em>Currently $44.15 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Exergen Temporal Scan Forehead Artery Baby Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oMbXNg" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/exergen.jpg" width="152" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oMbXNg" target="_blank">Exergen Temporal Scan Forehead Artery Baby Thermometer Scanner</a> is reliable enough to be trusted by nurses, pediatricians, and medical professionals. They claim that it&rsquo;s more accurate than an ear thermometer and possibly more than a rectal thermometer. It is completely nonintrusive and quick and easy to use. With a gentle forehead swipe, you can get an accurate reading. It features red LED lights and a soft-glow display. The patented Arterial Heat Balance helps compute the correct temperature. You can also choose to have the display beep and flash when the reading is complete. It also has an eight temperature memory. It is safe to use on the whole family.</p> <p>This runs on a 9-volt battery (included) and doesn&rsquo;t require any covers. It is backed by clinical studies and recommended by Consumer Reports, Consumer Search, and Inc. Magazine. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oMbXNg" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>iProvèn Medical Ear Thermometer with Forehead Function</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oWs3ED" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iproven_0.jpg" width="214" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for forehead thermometers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2oWs3ED" target="_blank">iProvèn Medical Ear Thermometer with Forehead Function</a> is both an ear and forehead thermometer. It is accurate, reliable, consistent, and quick and easy to use. It features a backlight color temperature indicator and optimized calibration technology. It provides a reading in one second and a beep to notify you when it&rsquo;s done. It comes with a fever alarm and the last 20 readings can be easily recalled. It is clinically tested, FDA-approved, and trusted by pediatricians and medical professionals. It is safe to use on the whole family.</p> <p>This includes a soft pouch and requires no covers. It is an Amazon best-seller and The Sweethome deemed it the best ear and forehead thermometer. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon, and a 100-day hassle-free return policy.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oWs3ED" target="_blank"><em>Currently $33.20 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Clinical Forehead Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pDiZlQ" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/general%20guard.jpg" width="158" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2pDiZlQ" target="_blank">Clinical Forehead Thermometer Instant Read Sensor for Digital Fever Measurement</a> can be used to measure the temperature of a person, room, or even objects. The FDA-approved infrared scanner is noncontact and completely noninvasive. It is easy to use, reliable, and works in only one second. It has a silent mode and large backlit LCD display. It features the latest in infrared and digital thermometer technology for professional accuracy. It also has a refined microchip and highly sensitive sensor for better accuracy. The medical grade instant digital measurement is trusted by physicians and medical professionals, and is safe for all members of the family.</p> <p>This runs on AAA batteries (included). It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pDiZlQ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.80 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Braun Braun No-Touch Plus Forehead Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2osKM76" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/braun%202.jpg" width="170" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2osKM76" target="_blank">Braun No-Touch Plus Forehead Thermometer</a> is the first thermometer to take accurate temperatures with a gentle touch of the forehead or no touch at all. The award-winning design features a color-coded fever guidance, which can track the progression of a fever. The clinically-proven patented technology captures twice as much body heat to ensure professionally accurate results. It is quick and easy to use thanks to the unique on-screen positioning system and gentle guidance light, which ensure proper positioning. The large, easy-to-read screen features a backlight and gentle LED light. It produces a silent reading in under three seconds. The durable thermometer is safe for use on the whole family.</p> <p>This includes a protective cap and two AA batteries, and requires no probe covers. Influenster deemed this the best thermometer available. It is recommended by The Sweethome and Parent Guide and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2osKM76" target="_blank"><em>Currently $37.10 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best forehead thermometers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-forehead-thermometers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-9"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-callus-removers">The 5 Best Callus Removers</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping 5 best forehead thermometer home sick product reviews shopping thermometer Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1931271 at http://www.wisebread.com Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-477120696.jpg" alt="Woman treating herself with free self-care routines" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You'll be of no use to anyone lest you take care of yourself. That's right &mdash; on the list of priorities, <em>you </em>should come first. For some personality types, this comes easier than others. No matter what your schedule and responsibilities, it's still possible to take time to nourish and refresh your mind and body. A little self-care goes a long way toward helping you become your better self &mdash; and it doesn't have to cost a thing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-self-care-actually-harms-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">When Self-Care Actually Harms Your Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Dance like no one's watching</h2> <p>Not only can dancing help to boost your spirits, it can also advance your mental health and well-being by stimulating the brain's sensory and motor circuits. Dancing on a regular basis, whether on stage or at home in your pajamas, is also known to help relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and stabilize the effects of diseases, such as Parkinson's.</p> <h2>2. Soak up the sun</h2> <p>For a natural boost of serotonin &mdash;&nbsp;the hormone that promotes happiness and good feelings &mdash; look no further than the sunshine beaming outside your front door. A healthy dose of UV rays can help to make you feel calm, cool, and collected, while also working to prevent seasonal affective disorder. No matter the weather, time spent in the great outdoors is a proven mood booster, so don't let a little cloud cover or drizzle prevent you from spending more time in nature. Plus, you don't have to pay a dime to walk outside.</p> <h2>3. Practice yoga</h2> <p>The use of yoga as a system of self-care and healing is one of many beneficial reasons to do it. Rather than viewing yoga as a means to getting a good workout, the ancient art of movement and breath work can be used as a tool for developing the right attitude to face life's great challenges. Luckily, you don't need a fancy yoga studio membership to reap all of these benefits. Yoga Journal and YouTube, for example, offer free videos for energizing morning yoga sequences to start you on your journey toward peace and contentment. Look for free yoga apps on your smartphone, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</a>)</p> <h2>4. Sleep on your side</h2> <p>Experts insist that sleeping on your side offers the best chance for a night of uninterrupted slumber. Side-sleepers are also less likely to experience morning neck, back, or hip pain because this sleeping position helps to keep your spine well-supported.</p> <p>Pro tip: if sleeping on your side doesn't come naturally, or if it causes you to feel discomfort, consider placing a pillow between your legs to alleviate pressure on your hips and lower back.</p> <h2>5. Clean and moisturize your face</h2> <p>The best defense against pimples and clogged pores is a committed nighttime skin-cleaning regimen. Not only will removing all the dirt and makeup from your face before bed keep your skin looking clear, but it will also help you to feel more happy and confident. Not surprisingly, acne is often a trigger for depression, especially in teens. Of course, everyone's skin is different and this daily routine might not clear up acne completely, but it will certainly help prevent the spread of bacteria that causes breakouts.</p> <p>The good news is there's no need to break the bank on designer night creams. Experts say even the most basic moisturizers are packed with peptides and vitamin C, and those are precisely the ingredients you need to make your skin firmer and prevent new wrinkles from forming.</p> <h2>6. Forgive and forget</h2> <p>When we release negative emotions, we create new space for more positivity within our psyche. According to Everett Worthington, a professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, learning to forgive others can improve not only your mental and emotional well-being, but also your physical health. &quot;When you get rid of anger, your muscles relax, you're less anxious, you have more energy, [and] your immune system can strengthen,&quot; he told the American Psychological Association.</p> <h2>7. Reflect on your daily accomplishments</h2> <p>Celebrate your daily victories, no matter how small. Did you meet your goal to get up early and exercise before making the commute to work? Maybe you stood up for yourself in a difficult social situation, or performed a good deed for a stranger. Take a mental note of all you've achieved at the end of each day and spend a moment basking in that well-earned sense of satisfaction.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-10"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/when-self-care-actually-harms-your-budget">When Self-Care Actually Harms Your Budget</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="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer">11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer</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="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-winter-with-some-simple-self-deception">Mental Tricks That Will Help You Hate Winter Less</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="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</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="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle healthy lifestyle mental health self-care self-care tips take care of yourself treat yo self treat yourself Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:30:16 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1926608 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Ear Thermometers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ear-thermometers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-ear-thermometers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid_sick_thermometer_471879177.jpg" alt="Mom using best ear thermometer on sick child" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the right ear thermometer, you can get professional medical results at home in seconds. Research has shown that ear thermometers can be more accurate than forehead or rectal thermometers. That&rsquo;s because your eardrum shares blood supply with the body's temperature control center, so it quickly reflects changes in the body&rsquo;s core temperature.</p> <h2>What Is an Ear Thermometer?</h2> <p>An ear thermometer is a device that can quickly read temperatures to detect a fever. It uses an infrared ray to accurately measure the temperature inside your ear canal to provide an accurate reading in seconds. Ear thermometers are quick, convenient, and safe to use on the whole family.</p> <h2>Top 5 Ear Thermometers</h2> <h3>Braun Ear Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p6fvIv" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/braun_0.jpg" width="87" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in ear thermometers, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2p6fvIv" target="_blank">Braun Ear Thermometer</a> is trusted by pediatricians and medical professionals. It is quick and easy to use. It measures the infrared heat generated by the eardrum, which clinical studies have shown can reflect changes in core body temperature faster than oral thermometers and more accurately than rectal or temple thermometers.</p> <p>The award-winning ergonomic design features a patented pre-warmed tip to minimize the cooling effect on the ear canal that can result from using room-temperature tips. The professional technology can provide precise, accurate results in just a few seconds. The unique guidance system uses a light and beep to confirm correct positioning for accurate readings. The memory function recalls the last temperature reading. The small, soft, flexible tip makes it gentle to use, even on sleeping children or patients. It is safe to use on the whole family.</p> <p>It includes two AA batteries, 21 lens filters, and a protective case. It is Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for ear thermometers and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is frequently recommended online and has outstanding reviews, including thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also used by more doctors' offices than any other infrared thermometer brand. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o4LvvD" target="_blank">Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer with ExacTemp Technology</a> is another highly reviewed Amazon best-seller, but is more expensive.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2p6fvIv" target="_blank"><em>Currently $33.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kinsa Digital Smart Ear Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oqWfXI" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kinsa.jpg" width="216" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2oqWfXI" target="_blank">Kinsa Digital Smart Ear Thermometer</a> is more than your average thermometer. The BPA-free, latex-free smart thermometer syncs wirelessly with the free Kinsa app on most iPhone and Android devices. The app tracks temperature readings, symptoms, diagnoses, medications, and other notes in a time-stamped log, for each member of the family. It can store up to 50 readings, so you can easily share this health information and photos with a doctor. It can also provide real-time guidance with tips on the best next steps, as well as information about illnesses trending in your area. You can also use the thermometer without the app.</p> <p>The ergonomic design features an illuminated easy-to-read screen. It provides professionally accurate readings in one second. It is water-resistant and features an easy-clean tip, so no probe covers are required. It is quick, gentle, and easy to use, even on sleeping children or patients. It is safe for use on the whole family. The award-winning thermometer is recommended by Consumer Search and The Sweethome.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2oqWfXI" target="_blank"><em>Currently $39.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o50LbX" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/innovo.jpg" width="172" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2o50LbX" target="_blank">Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer</a> can be used in the ear or on the forehead. The digital thermometer is quick and easy to use. The ergonomic design has reflective finishing and instantly displays results on the advanced LCD Display. It uses the latest infrared detection technology, AccuSense Sensor, and upgraded software to accurately measure temperature. It uses a light and beep to alert you when the temperature exceeds 99.5&deg;F. It can store and recall up to 20 readings. It is clinically tested and proven to be reliable and accurate. The BPA-free, latex-free thermometer is CE and FDA-approved. It is recommended by doctors, pediatricians, and medical professionals. It is safe for the whole family to use.</p> <p>This comes with two AAA batteries that will last through thousands of readings. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including hundred of five-star reviews on Amazon. Innovo has another option, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2prZ7RP" target="_blank">Innovo Medical Forehead and Ear Thermometer</a>, which claims to have improved accuracy, if you&rsquo;re willing to spend a few more dollars.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2o50LbX" target="_blank"><em>Currently $28.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Ear Thermometer by Iproven</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2prTsLP" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iproven.jpg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2prTsLP" target="_blank">Ear Thermometer by Iproven</a> is quick and easy to use. It&rsquo;s recommended by pediatricians thanks to its professional accuracy and superior sapphire probe lens. It features a large backlit display and improved infrared technology. It&rsquo;s clinically proven to provide a highly accurate, reliable reading. It&rsquo;s safe for use on the entire family.</p> <p>This includes a battery and protective case. It is easy to clean, so it doesn&rsquo;t require the use of caps or probe covers. It has outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a money-back guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2prTsLP" target="_blank"><em>Currently $19.30 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nCV4px" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vicks_0.jpg" width="108" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2nCV4px" target="_blank">Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer</a> is easy to use. Simply place it on the hollow behind the ear for one second to get a professionally accurate reading. This area is close to the carotid artery (which carries blood to the brain), so it provides a more accurate reading. It has clinical accuracy and is proven more accurate than a forehead thermometer. The Fever InSight color-coded screen has a fever guidance, which can track the progression of a fever. The large, easy-to-read LCD display beeps to display temperature. It can track and save the last eight readings. The noninvasive thermometer is safe for use on the entire family and gentle enough to be used on a sleeping child.</p> <p>It is frequently recommended online and comes from the trusted Vicks brand. It is built to last and backed by a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2nCV4px" target="_blank"><em>Currently $17.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best ear thermometers. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ear-thermometers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-11"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-callus-removers">The 5 Best Callus Removers</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping 5 best ear thermometer product reviews shopping sick thermometers Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1926254 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Easy Health and Fitness Tricks for Travelers http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-health-and-fitness-tricks-for-travelers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-easy-health-and-fitness-tricks-for-travelers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-514111362.jpg" alt="Woman traveling and finding easy health and fitness tricks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacation can undeniably be a time for indulgence. But when you're trying lots of new, exotic foods and taking a break from your normal routine, it can also end up being an unplanned departure from healthy habits.</p> <p>Given that extra weight is one souvenir you may not have been planning to take home with you after your trip, here are some easy tips to help incorporate healthy living habits, wherever your travels take you.</p> <h2>1. Count steps</h2> <p>Simply being aware of how active (or inactive) you are while you're away from home is a good way to make sure that you're staying on a healthy track. One way to do this is by counting how many steps you take a day, using either a pedometer or a fitness tracker such as a <a href="http://amzn.to/2o2cziP" target="_blank">Fitbit</a>.</p> <p>Start by establishing a baseline for how much you tend to walk when you're home. Then when you're away you can check in to see if you're walking less or more. Walking can be a great way to see a new place, and can save you money on cabs.</p> <p>If you see that you haven't reached your daily goal, go for an extra evening walk to check out the local sunset or events around town.</p> <h2>2. Keep track of activities with apps</h2> <p>Besides steps, a good fitness tracker can keep track of other activities you do, too. You can log all kinds of activities, from cycling to rock climbing. You can also monitor your heart rate and sleeping hours.</p> <p>I personally have been traveling for over a year with the <a href="http://amzn.to/2mIPzFe" target="_blank">Withings Activité Pop</a>. You can use it to track all kinds of activities. It's waterproof, and I like the convenience of wearing it while I'm swimming and showering. Also, it uses a watch battery that lasts for around eight months, so you never have to worry about charging it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Apps That Pay You to Work Out</a>)</p> <h2>3. Set goals and stay accountable</h2> <p>Before you leave for your trip, it can be helpful to set a fitness or health-related goal for your trip, whether it's walking a certain amount of steps a day, going to the gym, or getting runs in during the week.</p> <p>After you've decided what you're going to achieve while you're away, tell a friend, family member, or travel companion what your plan is so that you can establish accountability. Maybe your travel companion will be on board and you'll end up with an exercise buddy.</p> <p>Having a supportive and active network can be an amazingly effective way to stay fit while you're traveling. When I go home from a long trip, my mom always finds a race that we can run together. It's great motivation to train and stay active while I'm on the road.</p> <p>Even when friends or family are far away, fitness trackers often let you compare steps with other people in your network, which can spark some healthy competition to see who gets in the most steps.</p> <h2>4. Bring healthy snacks</h2> <p>You never know if you'll be stuck somewhere for a while, and end up grabbing whatever junk food is nearby. Pack a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options?ref=internal" target="_blank">healthy snack</a> or meal that you can carry with you. Fruits and vegetables are an easy option, since they require little to no preparation. Dried fruit and nuts are another filling option that won't get squashed in your bag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>5. Stay hydrated</h2> <p>Staying hydrated is important whether you're home or away. Pack a water bottle for your trip, so you can drink throughout the day. Plus, staying hydrated can help prevent fatigue, keeping your body primed for whenever you want to get active.</p> <p>Some travelers underestimate the power of tropical heat and desert sun, and become dehydrated during their vacation. Drink lots of water to prevent any illnesses caused by a lack of fluid in the body.</p> <h2>6. Eat fresh, local cuisine</h2> <p>Eating food that is in season and local is not only delicious, it is also good for your health. It benefits the economic health of the place you are visiting, too, since you are supporting local farmers.</p> <p>Food that is grown nearby will be fresher and may be packed with more nutrients than food that has had to travel halfway around the world to arrive at your destination. Plus, this is a great way to try out local specialties. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Eat Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>7. Try adventure travel</h2> <p>Putting adventure sports and activities on your itinerary is another way to guarantee that you'll make time to be physically active during your stay. While some vacations such as ski trips or multiday cycling adventures revolve entirely around an activity, you can also do active travel in a way that doesn't have to take over the entire trip.</p> <p>If you're going to a beach vacation, balance your time lounging on the white sand with some kayaking, windsurfing, or scuba diving. Opt to walk when you can, or rent a bicycle to tour the city. At a minimum, pack a swimsuit so you can do a few laps in the hotel pool</p> <h2>8. Don't take the elevator</h2> <p>This final trick is as simple as it is effective. Stair climbing burns twice the calories of walking, according to Harvard Medical School, and it engages all kinds of other muscles while benefiting your heart and lungs. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is an easy change to make, and you can do it anywhere.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-easy-health-and-fitness-tricks-for-travelers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Easy%2520Health%2520and%2520Fitness%2520Tricks%2520for%2520Travelers.jpg&amp;description=8%20Easy%20Health%20and%20Fitness%20Tricks%20for%20Travelers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Easy%20Health%20and%20Fitness%20Tricks%20for%20Travelers.jpg" alt="8 Easy Health and Fitness Tricks for Travelers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-health-and-fitness-tricks-for-travelers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">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-12"> <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="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</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="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout">6 Apps That Pay You to Workout</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="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</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="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-gym-memberships">5 Most Affordable Gym Memberships</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="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel activities eating healthy exercise fitness keeping active staying fit trackers trips vacation Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:30:18 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1921683 at http://www.wisebread.com