Yellow teeth? Not so much fun to look at -- especially when you're staring into a mirror. A trip to the dentist is also low on most people's list of enjoyable activities. But achieving a movie star white smile is near the top. After all, research indicates that 96 percent of adults believe white teeth are vital to a person's appearance. Luckily, you don't need a session in your dentist's chair to learn how to whiten teeth. Pro-level teeth whitening is something you can take care of at home. read more
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
Ah, summer -- the perfect time to let your tan, luminous, Victoria's Secret-esque limbs shine. Unless, of course, you're pasty, bruised or not quite as svelte as you meant to be by Memorial Day. Yeah, we didn't magically wake up with tanned, even, smooth, radiant skin either. Not that anybody needs to know. Enter: these shimmer lotions, oils and sprays that blur imperfections and turn you into a bronzed bombshell fast. read more
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
We've all wanted a tattoo at one point or another. Usually, it's because we're going through a life crisis/rebellious phase, or are sentimental/drunk enough to think a matching best friend or sister tattoo is a good idea (It never is). The thing is, going under the needle is a huge commitment, and ink is (mostly) forever. read more
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 clock far too much time in the bathroom dutifully performing each of the six steps in our skin care regimens. See lotions
A bath bomb gives your average at-home soak an unrivaled upgrade. If you dare to bathe without one, reconsider -- just pop one of these fizzy, fragrant bath accessories in your tub and it'll instantly fill the water with delicious scents and vivid colors. Um, magical. read more
Looking at an old flip phone is so funny, right? Even though the technology is actually only a decade or so old, it seems almost impossible to compare them to our current devices. read more
Let's face it -- not all of us want to spend a bundle on costly spa treatments to fix our body issues. Luckily, these unique products promise incredible, seemingly impossible results for everything from body acne to stretch marks. And TotalBeauty.com readers say they live up to their claims. See products
How many serums do you have in your bathroom? Two? Twenty?
You probably have even more than you realize. Of course there are face serums that you apply before your moisturizer at night, but there are also daytime antioxidant serums. And eye serums. And if you need to tame frizz or fight split ends, you probably have half a dozen hair serums, as well. read more
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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