First for Women November 1, 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
$4.68(Incl. tax)
$26.79(Incl. tax)
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Puff pastry mmm “Every autumn, I get festive in the kitchen, and my family always looks forward to these cute jack-o’-lantern pastries,” says Emily Boyette, FIRST Associate Food Editor. “With a crispy crust and a sweet, ooey-gooey center, they’re such crowd-pleasers. To make, I start by combining 1 cup of pumpkin puree, ½ cup of brown sugar and 2 Tbs. of maple syrup in a large bowl. Next, I roll out 2 sheets of thawed frozen puff pastry dough and cut out shapes using a 3" pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter. I spread 2 Tbs. of filling over half of the shapes, place the other halves on top and press to seal. To finish, I brush with melted butter and bake at 400°F for 20–25 min. They bewitch all!” Crafting up…

2 min
smart you solutions

Sweet cure for silky-smooth skin If the skin around your knees and elbows is feeling more scaly than smooth, a “candied apple” scrub with applesauce and brown sugar can help! To make: In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup of applesauce with 3 Tbs. of brown sugar. Massage a handful of the mix onto damp skin in the shower. Apple’s malic acid whisks away flakes, while brown sugar’s gentle granules increase cell turnover and its glycolic acid locks in moisture for soft skin. QUICK POLL How do you prevent perfume overload? The last time you went out, you overdid it on the perfume, and the scent gave you a headache! Here, how FIRST readers sidestep a pungency oops 52% ❤ this idea! Spritz it into the air and walk through the cloud of droplets to give…

1 min
autumn knits 3 style secrets

✓ Subtracts 10 pounds Zipping up a topper that hits above the hips awkwardly cuts the figure, making the middle appear thick and bumpy. But an open design highlights a smaller waist while a longer style “stretches” es” the torso for a trimmer appearance. ✕ Adds bulk A chunky, thick-knit sweater with a droopy neck visually broadens from neck to hips. Plus, the baggy fit creates the illusion of belly bulges where none exist. ✓ Carves out curves By conforming to the body’s shape, a more snug, lightweight turtleneck directs the eye inward to accentuate the waist. Bonus? Pairing with matching bottoms creates a slimming column of color. ✓ Looks long and lean An oversize poncho with dizzying details like fringe tassels and patterned borders cause the eye to scan all over for a short, wide and…

1 min
hair that wows!

To boost shine Look to lemon peel oil. Its astringent citric acid dissolves hair-dulling buildup from strands to restore luster, while it also seals hair’s cuticle so more light reflects off locks for a healthy-looking sheen. One to try: Desert Essence Italian Lemon Shampoo ($9, To reverse thinning Try caffeine. The stimulant blocks hair growth–stunting hormones on the scalp to keep hair in a continuous growth phase so it can grow in fuller. One to try: Marc Anthony Grow Long Caffeine Ginseng Shampoo ($8, To fade-proof color Go for maracuja oil. The superfruit is a rich source of antioxidants that create a shield over hair, locking in dye molecules. The result? Color that lasts twice as long! One to try: Hairitage Color Check Color Care Shampoo ($8,…

7 min
bust out of your bra rut… to look younger & thinner in minutes!

Solution Nix pit pudge with mesh side panels It’s frustrating when pesky bulges of skin near the underarms ruin the appearance of a pretty sleeveless top. The likely culprit? Wearing a bra with a thin band that’s probably too tight. “It squeezes breast tissue so it spills over the sides of a bra,” says Jené Luciani, bra expert and author of The Bra Book. Her two-part remedy: First, go up one band size. Then pick a bra with side panels that are at least 3" in height (to contain more breast tissue) and made of layered mesh (for varying degrees of both light and firm compression along the sides) to smooth out any protruding skin, eradicating lumps. “This bra’s comfortable yet supportive crisscross mesh sides work like magic to smooth my bulges,” attests…

2 min
secrets to a youthful smile

If whitening causes sensitivity The longer hydrogen peroxide (a standard whitening agent) sits on teeth, the more sensitive they become as it temporarily demineralizes the enamel, says Los Altos, California, cosmetic dentist Joseph Field, D.D.S. What can help: a coconut oil–infused whitener. The antibacterial oil reduces discoloration-causing plaque by 60%, allowing peroxide to sit on teeth for less time for a gentler approach. One to try: Burst Coconut Whitening Strips ( Use once a day for 10 minutes to see results in seven days. If teeth appear dull post-treatment Over time, eating and drinking can erode the enamel and expose dentin — the brown or yellow tinged-tissue beneath it—which can’t be bleached. To remedy, Dr. Field suggests brushing with a paste made with sodium fluoride and potassium nitrate. “These ions strengthen and remineralize the…