12 Best Sunscreens -- and the 2 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 (anything more than the incidental exposure you might get from driving or working near a window), she recommends an SPF of 30 above with a water-resistant formula. She also suggests choosing a sunscreen containing titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone or mexoryl as its active ingredient.   See sunscreens


10 Products for Totally Pain-Free Hair Removal

Beauty routines should be as restorative and fun as they are necessary -- after all, there's a deep satisfaction in selecting a lipstick to pull together your look or patting in your beloved serums at the end of a long day. Even the not-so-glamorous process of using a nose strip to clear out your pores can be oddly satisfying, if just slightly off-putting.   read more


13 Best Body Lotions Under $10

When it comes to what we put on our faces, we'll splurge on the latest anti-aging cream that promises to work miracles on those crow's feet, and tend to spend far too much time dutifully performing each of the six steps in our skin care regimens.   See lotions


11 Bust-Firming Serums Better Than a Breast Lift

Firming serums aren't just for your face. There's a whole slew that work below your neck, helping to lift and firm breasts topically, no phone call to the plastic surgeon required. With plunging necklines and breast contouring on the rise (see: Kristen Bell at this year's Golden Globes), there's no better time to maximize what your momma gave you -- and these 11 breast-firming creams make it easier (and cheaper) than ever. Whether you want to feel more confident about your bikini bod or just rock killer cleavage, check out these bust-boosting serums.   read more


Get Excited: These 11 Self-Tanners Are Total Game-Changers

Self-tanning lotion (once taboo and somewhat traumatizing) has come a long way since the Oompa-Loompa-esque formulas we experimented with in high school. Products that previously resulted in stickiness, streaks and shudders have now transformed into ultra-luxe formulas that drench our skin with hydration, antioxidants and gorgeously streak-free finishes. In fact, the ritual we once avoided like the plague has now become a quintessential part of our beauty routine -- and a basic rite of passage come our (virtually sacred) self-care Sundays.   read more


17 Mandala Tattoos That Bring Out Your Inner Warrior Goddess

Mandala tattoos are beautiful and intricate, no doubt. But they also are so much more than a pretty design. Though the Sanskrit word literally translates to "circle," mandalas are a symbol of the universe. They have a long history in Hinduism and Buddhism; their complex and symmetrical designs have many traditional uses, from being a spiritual guidance tool to being a mode of meditation. And because of their inherent symbolism and religious ties, many people find that they make for great tattoo inspiration -- of course, it also doesn't hurt that they're stunning. Really, when you think about it, a mandala tattoo has the somewhat unique potential to be both visually striking and personally meaningful.   read more


The Dos and Don'ts of At-Home Waxing

Once you overlook the temporary pain, at-home waxing is mighty tempting. Besides saving money on countless hair removal products and salon waxing treatments, swapping a salon treatment for, say, a Brazilian wax at home means you can look forward to being stubble-free for weeks -- minus the razor burn. However, at-home waxing -- especially if it in involves a DIY Brazilian wax -- takes more than a simple disposable razor.   See tips


These Drugstore Body Scrubs Will Give You the Softest Skin of Your Life

Nope, you don't have to throw $60 at a boutique body scrub to step out of the shower with hydrated, exfoliated, ultra-soft skin, and we're proving it with this roundup of affordable scrubs that won't cost you more than $15 (and in many cases, more than $5). From Moroccan rose to foaming charcoal, we've covered all the bases to ensure there's something for everyone. It all just goes to show that you can have your luxurious shower experience and a happy bank account, too.   read more


Tan Commandments: Everything You Should Know Before Getting a Spray Tan

There's nothing like the feeling of stepping out after a flurry of beauty appointments, feeling fresh to death -- your manicure unchipped, your hair cuticles sealed, your pores purged of whatever gunk they've been collecting... and not an errant brow hair is in sight. Adding a spray tan to the mix is like layering the fondant frosting on top of a perfectly baked cake. A faux golden glow can smooth any imperfections and bring the whole thing together, giving you the perfect canvas for any outfit and makeup look you can imagine.   read more


12 Best Body-Transforming Products

Let's face it -- not all of us want to spend a bundle on costly spa treatments to fix our body issues. Whether you want to eradicate stretch marks, body acne, dry skin and nails or any other number of bodily woes, the search for body-transforming products that will actually deliver visible results can prove quite the challenge.   See products


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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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