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First for Women May 25, 2020

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
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Fruity ‘pizza’ mmm “I love coming up with creative ways to serve fresh fruit desserts in the warmer weather,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “This Memorial Day, I decided to surprise my family with this juicy twist on pizza. To make, I cut one round 1"-thick slab from the center of a seedless watermelon. Then I combined 1½ cups of coconut yogurt, 2 Tbs. of honey and ½ tsp. of vanilla extract and spread the mixture over the watermelon, leaving ½" around the edge. Next, I sprinkled ⅓ cup each of blueberries and raspberries on top, garnished with mint leaves and cut into wedges. It’s delicious, refreshing and perfect for picnics!” Dazzling on a dime Freshly picked joy! “Nothing perks up my backyard patio table like a bouquet of…

2 min
smart you solutions

Press here to ease back discomfort A day of gardening leave your back achy? Try this ancient Japanese painrelieving trick: While sitting, place your left hand over your right shoulder and your right hand on your upper thigh (near the groin); hold with gentle finger pressure for 30 seconds. Then move your right hand down and place it on your sits bone and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the left side. Acupressure experts say the pressure moves blocked energy up the spine to ease back pain. QUICK POLL How do you repel bugs naturally? Pesky biters abound, but you can’t stand the chemical smell of spray. Here, FIRST readers’ tips to keep bugs at bay: 58% ❤ this idea! Place a bowl of coffee grounds in water on the table, says Rita Song. Insects flee…

1 min
feminine florals 3 style secrets

Skirt Pass on puffy ✓ Minimizes hips The combination of a rounded floral print and a stiff-fabric skirt that bubbles out from the waist adds optical weight to the hips. But one with a softer fabric and angular cascading flowers directs focus vertically, instantly trimming the lower half. ✗ Adds 10 pounds A thick, solid belt defines the waist, but when worn over a “blooming” dress, it disrupts the pattern’s flow, cutting the body awkwardly for a short, boxy look. Dress Avoid contrasting details ✓ Looks long and lean A flowery dress with a matching self-belt not only carves out curves, it also keeps the eye moving seamlessly up and down the body for the appearance of a statuesque silhouette. Blouse Keep it simple ✓ Trims the torso When combined, a busy botanical print, horizontal lace trim and billowy blouse overwhelm and widen…

1 min
4 ways to even younger with a ‘midi’

‘Erases’ wrinkles Straightening strands smooths hair’s cuticle, which causes light to bounce onto the face, blurring fine lines and creases. TO DO: Blow-dry hair in 1" sections, using a medium-size round brush. Once dry, run a flatiron through all of hair to smooth any frizz and flyaways. Lifts features Like an arrow, flipped-out ends point focus up and out, giving beautiful features like cheekbones and eyes a youthful lift. TO DO: Pull a flatiron down 1" sections of dry hair. When nearing the ends of each section, tilt the iron upward to create flippy bends. Set with hair spray. Volumizes thin hair Bouncy coils add instant depth and movement to even the thinnest of tresses, creating the illusion of a thicker mane. TO DO:Curl 1" sections of hair with a 1" curling iron, alternating the…

9 min
body-beautiful beautiful—in seconds!

DIMPLY SKIN? Smooth it with this 2-step trick Plan on showing some leg tomorrow? Apply a skinsmoothing patch (like Stretch Patch Cellulite+ Extra Strong Formula, MyStretchPatch.com) before bed tonight! The self-heating patch (heat helps ingredients absorb better) is infused with ginger root extract (which increases circulation to remove the excess fluids that make up and magnify cellulite) and hydrating glycerin (which plumps skin) to diminish dimples as you sleep. Then, before you go out, remove the patch and dab a silicone-based face primer, like Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer (Sephora.com), onto spots with cellulite. Silicone blurs and “fills in” dimples (this helps even if you don’t do the patch!) for smoother-looking thighs! SKIN FLAWS? Erase them with self-tanner It’s been some time since our skin has seen the sun, and that pallid tone can…

3 min
secrets to sandal-ready!

To soften rough heels Cell turnover is slower on heel skin, making it prone to extreme dryness, thick layers and cracking. But it’s easy to remedy with a “chocolate milk” soak. “Milk’s lactic acid exfoliates the thick layers of skin to reduce cracks, while its lipids replenish moisture to heal them,” says New Jersey podiatrist Dana Canuso, D.P.M. “And cocoa powder’s flavonoids help promote new cell growth for softer, smoother skin.” To do: Stir 2 Tbs. of unsweetened cocoa powder into 2 cups of warm, full-fat milk. Pour into a large basin and soak feet for 10 minutes; rinse. Use a foot file to remove leftover dead skin. To whiten nails To blame for dark, discolored nails? Age, overuse of nail polish and daily rubbing of toes against the inside of shoes, says Dr.…