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First for Women October 11, 2021

First for Women is a women's interest magazine that gives its readers the tools and inspiration they need to feel great, look beautiful and love every dimension of their life. Published every three weeks, First delivers positive information on everything from health and nutrition, to beauty and fitness, to home and family.

United States
Bauer Publishing
$3.97(Incl. tax)
$26.50(Incl. tax)
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Spiced-apple mmm “Apple picking is a favorite weekend activity for my family every fall,” shares Charles Grayauskie, FIRST Associate Food Editor. “And after thisyear’s orchard trip, I decided to turn some of those apples into a delicious spiced cake. First, I prepare my go-to spice cake mix adding 1 chopped apple. Next, I melt ¼ cup of butter in a skillet over low heat, stir in ½ cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of apple pie spice and cook until sugar dissolves. Then I stir in 2 sliced apples, cover and cook until apples are tender, 8 min. Then I uncover, increase heat to medium-high and cook until thick, 2 min., and pour the compote over the cake. It fills the house with warm, cozy fall aromas.” Dazzling on…

2 min
smart you solutions

Press here for fast allergy relief If a walk admiring fall foliage leaves you feeling stuffy, try this: Stretch your left arm out, palm facing up, and press your right thumb on the slight dip along the crease of your arm’s inner elbow. Press firmly for 60 seconds and repeat steps on the right arm. Acupressure practitioners say that pressing down on this area, called the lung meridian 5, helps unblock nasal passages to ease allergy symptoms like congestion and sniffles in a flash. QUICK POLL What’s the best way to nix hangnails? When scrubbing your hands after fall yard cleanup leaves you with painful torn cuticles, try one of these FIRST reader cures to banish them: 57% ♥ this idea! Rub cocoa butter lip balm on cuticles, says Krista Jones. Its vitamin E and fatty…

1 min
animal print 3 style secrets

Jacket Keep it sleek & simple ✓ Looks long and lean A coat that skims ankles, has a billowy fit and a furry collar causes the eye to scan all over, making the body look boxy and broad. The fix: A tailored, knee-length topper draws focus vertically for a tall and trim appearance. ✗ Adds bulk The dizzying effect of a small scale print on a flowy, high-neck maxi, “blurs” the figure’s feminine shape, creating visual heft from head to toe. Dress Choose a wrap design ✓ Carves out curves Wrap dress details like a side-tied belt (it cinches the waist) and a V-neckline (it trims the torso) combined with a larger, less overwhelming print work together to highlight an hourglass. Skirt Avoid a bubble style ✓ Minimizes hips The short, spherical shape of a bubble-like miniskirt magnifies hips and thickens thighs. But…

1 min
stunning in a wide-brim hat

Modern off-white FIRST pick: Balinista, $40 (Balinista.com, Cream Wide Brim Fedora Hat) Classic black FIRST pick: Lanzom, $17 (Amazon.com, Lanzom Classic Wide Brim Panama Hat) Put the cherry on top of a fall outfit by tossing on the timeless, face-flattering structured hat. Its large 3" to 4" brim draws focus upward to give features a youthful lift and casts a slight shadow over the face to visually blur the appearance of aging arghs like wrinkles and age spots. Plus, the topper strategically conceals a bad hair day! Here, 3 brimming styles sure to add pizzazz to any look! Chic buff brown FIRST pick: Peter Grimm, $40 (Kohls.com, Peter Grimm Harper Fedora)…

7 min
what a difference a new cut + color makes

Beautiful! BEFORE “I want Rose’s buttered toffee lob!” How it flatters: The dimension caused by the contrast of a rich brunette base and caramel highlights adds oomph to fall-flat tresses. Plus, the streaks catch the light, leaving dull hair looking lustrous. Marc Daniels, who revitalized Ariel’s cut and color, adds that trimming hair into a long bob (“lob”) that hits above the collarbone beautifully frames the neck, while sideswept bangs and textured layers help hair look especially fuller at the roots. Get the cut: Ask your stylist for a long bob with blended layers and sideswept bangs. Get the color: Apply the base color from a coloring kit (like L’Oréal Paris Couleur Experte in 6.1 French Eclair, Target.com) all over and let process for 30 minutes, then rinse. Next, use a clean spoolie brush (it…

2 min
natural keys to younger

To smooth lines The gold standard: Retinol. It rapidly boosts collagen production and skincell turnover to firm skin. “But it also decreases oil production, leaving skin dry, irritated and sensitive to the sun,” says New York City dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali, M.D. The natural alternative: Bakuchiol. Studies show the Indian plant spurs collagen synthesis, making skin 39% firmer and 90% more hydrated after 12 weeks of daily use—all without interfering with oil gland activity! Find it in: Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Moisturizing Cream (Ulta.com) To fade age spots The gold standard: Hydroquinone. The bleaching agent lightens existing spots. But when used in high concentrations, it can lighten the surrounding skin as well, says Dr. Bhanusali. The natural alternative: Vitamin B-3. Rather than bleaching skin, vitamin B-3 (aka niacinamide) targets and blocks the enzyme that overproduces skin’s pigment…