8 Summer Beauty Bummers -- Solved

Heat and humidity, be damned: After what goes down as the worst winter in our memory, we're spending every last second outdoors this summer. And we're not even going to complain about the furnace-like temperatures or the melt-in-a-puddle mugginess that makes us feel less beach babe and more swamp monster.   read more

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Tricks to Self-Tanning Your Body Like a Pro

You may be trying to achieve the perfect orange lip, or demolish the entire new season of "Orange Is The New Black" in one sitting, but self-tanners that leave you carrot colored are one type of orange trend no one is on board with.   See guide

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12 Best Sunscreens -- and the 4 Worst

Whether we like it or not, sunscreen is a must for all of us. And according to Heidi Waldorf, M.D., of Waldorf Dermatology & Laser Associates in Nanuet, NY, we need "an SPF of at least 15 daily." For prolonged sun exposure, she recommends "a higher SPF (30 or above) and a water-resistant formulation." She also suggests choosing a sunscreen containing titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone or mexoryl as its active ingredient.   See sunscreens

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22 Holy Crap Tattoos You Have to See to Believe

Tattoos tell a story. Sometimes, that story is really meaningful -- such as when they commemorate a lost loved one, a battle won or lost, or a special moment in the wearer's life. Sometimes that story is a work of art, one that an artist labored over for months, or even years, before it was perfected. And still other times, tattoos tell stories that leave us cringing or scratching our head. These are those times.   read more

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11 Things Causing Your Bacne and Body Blemishes

Breakouts can put a damper on just about anything, but they're especially loathsome in the summertime. Spot treatments and expert concealing can help camouflage the red bumps on your nose, but it gets exponentially harder to cover up body blemishes in hard-to-reach spots like your back.   read more

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10 Best Self-Tanners for a Goof-Proof Glow

Summertime means shorts, and shorts mean baring those ghostly pale winter legs you've been hiding beneath jeans all season. Rather than turning to a tanning bed this season, give your skin a boost of color the healthy way with one of these new self-tanners. But before you start grumbling about acrid smells, Oompa Loompa color or obvious-from-a-mile-away streaks, think again. These new instant self-tanners and gradual self-tanners are nothing like the old products you've tried and thrown out in the past. Some of the best self-tanners for face and body in years have hit the market recently -- products that work overnight, last for weeks and even (if you can believe it) smell as good as regular lotions.   read more

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The Shelf Life of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery isn't exactly a small undertaking. Unlike Botox, which fades over time, plastic surgery is considered permanent. It's a once-and-you're-done procedure -- a smart long-term investment, which is why those of us willing to go under the knife will swallow the hefty price tag. But, as it turns out, a nip and tuck meant to erase the hands of time can defy age for only so long. And, often, patients who thought their first procedure would be their last find themselves shelling out for a tune-up. According to Chicago board-certified plastic surgeon Peter Geldner, M.D., so-called plastic surgery revisions may be inevitable -- because no one, not even your surgeon, can say whether your procedure will stand the test of time. "You cannot predict what will happen. We take you as you are now, and we change you as you are now," says Geldner.   read more

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4 Best Hair Removal Creams -- and the 3 Worst

Our readers reveal which hair removal creams trump razor burn and painful wax kits -- and which ones are just as bad   read more

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9 Best Body Oils

You might think of body oils as being slick, sticky or heavy. Not so, say our reviewers, who report that these body oils moisturize their dry skin without staining their clothes or leaving their skin greasy. Check out the nine top-rated body oils.   read more

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Who Wants What Done? The Most Popular Plastic Surgeries, by State

You probably think Los Angeles is the plastic surgery capital of the country, right? Wrong. New data from RealSelf, an online forum for plastic surgery patients and hopefuls, suggests that former geographic stereotypes about plastic surgery might be pretty far off the mark.   read more

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Whether you're a diehard nature girl or you're the godmother of your plastic surgeon's children, taking good care of your body is the best way to stay beautiful for life. Eating well and exercising are always a great step in the right direction, but what do you do for your mother's cellulite that has taken up permanent residence on your thighs or a sunburn that just won't quit? Whether chronic or temporary, these beauty issues can put a serious crimp in one's positive body image. Before you get bogged down with the minute imperfections that your best friend swears she can't see, visit the body guide at Total Beauty for expert advice.



Here you'll find articles and galleries on everything from the best beauty products to skin treatments to self-tanner. Using our tools, you'll be able to take care of yourself with confidence. Some of our suggestions are not only effective, but they're fun, too. Treat yourself and your friends to a spa day at home, complete with homemade masks, scrubs, spa water, and treats. Find the best body wash and lotion to toss into your gym bag or take on a trip. Keep your skin soft and supple, even during the harsh winter months. Everything you need to stay beautiful year round can be found right here at Total Beauty.

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