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First for Women July 27, 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 Orange ‘dreamsicles’ “Creamy orange ice pops are a family favorite on hot summer days,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “And this week I decided to surprise everyone with this easy, delicious, dairy-free version. To make, I grate 2 tsp. of zest from an orange. In a pot, I combine ½ cup of water, ½ cup of sugar and the zest, then cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. I squeeze the juice from 6 oranges (about 2½ cups) and add the juice and ½ tsp. of vanilla extract to the syrup. Then I pour the mixture into 10 (⅓ cup) ice pop molds, insert craft sticks and freeze until solid. They’re the perfect pops—sweet, tangy and oh-so refreshing!” Crafting up smiles Beach candlescape “Adding a little ambience to…

2 min
smart you solutions

Quick kitchen fix for sunscreen stains Argh! You were so careful when slathering your skin with sunscreen before taking a stroll, but a drip from the bottle still made its way onto your favorite tank top, leaving an oily-looking spot. To remove the stain stat: Rub 1–2 drops of liquid dish soap onto the spot and rinse with cold water, then blot moisture with a paper towel. The soap’s degreasing compounds break down oils, loosening and lifting the stain from fabric fast! QUICK POLL How do you stop a cut from bleeding? Nick your calf while shaving, only to realize you don’t have any bandages on hand? Here, FIRST readers share their tips to stop the bleeding in seconds: 53% ❤ this idea! Hold an ice cube on the cut for a minute, says Eve Monroe.…

1 min
breezy fabrics 3 style secrets

Jumpsuit Belted works best ✓ Carves out curves A linen jumpsuit lets the air blow through, but a shapeless style erases curves. The fix: One that’s more structured with a self-belt adds figure-flattering definition to create the illusion of an hourglass shape. Tunic Avoid oversize ✗ Adds width It may not stick to skin on a hot day, but the 3D effect of an extra-long, billowy cotton tunic worn over wide-leg pants broadens the figure from head to toe. ✓ Subtracts 10 pounds A tailored tunic that hits at the thighs has enough room to subtly skim over hips without overpowering them. Pairing with fitted pants lengthens legs for a more statuesque silhouette. Dress Choose vertical details ✓ Looks long and lean While a muslin maxi boasts breezy body-elongating benefits, one with a flouncy drop-hem thickens and shortens legs. But a linear dress…

1 min
wow in no-sweat styles!

Long hair? Pull it into a pendulant pony The fan-like effect of a swinging tail in back and loose tendrils in front does double duty by cooling off the face and neck. To do: Wrap hair in 2" sections around a 1" curling iron; let cool. Backcomb hair at the crown, then, leaving out 1" tendrils in front, secure hair into a pony at the back of the crown. Tease the tail for added fullness. Short hair? Sweep it into a ‘pompadour’ Propping hair up and off the scalp offers stay-cool ventilation and beautiful volume! Plus, it keeps the shorter crop from sticking to the forehead. To do: Tease dry hair at the roots and the back of the crown. Smooth strands up and back with a brush; set with hairspray. Medium hair? Pin it into…

7 min
summer beauty bothers—solved!

HEAL UNDERARM IRRITATION with a clay mask A combination of frequent shaving and heavy antiperspirant use can irritate armpit skin, leaving it red and bumpy. The soothing save: a bentonite clay and rose oil mask. “The clay acts like a natural antibiotic to heal skin,” says New York City dermatologist Michele Green, M.D. “Plus, it removes the toxins in pores that can exacerbate inflammation.” And antibacterial rose oil cleanses the area of odor-causing bacteria while leaving a deodorizing scent behind. Bonus: The floral scent increases production of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin for happy all day. To do: Mix ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of bentonite clay (Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, Target.com) and 3 drops of rose essential oil (like Ulta Rose Essential Oil, Ulta.com). Apply to underarms; rinse after 10…

1 min
beauty bargains the stars swear by

J.Lo’s $8 sun-blocking radiance booster Jennifer Lopez gets her gorgeous glow—and thwarts sunburn!—by using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen SPF 30 (Walmart.com) on her face and body. The formula leaves behind a subtle, dewy finish that illuminates skin, sets makeup and provides protection from UV rays. Plus, the oil-free formula won’t clog pores. Drew’s $9 moisture-sapping hair volumizer Drew Barrymore refreshes her hair between washes during the sweat-inducing summer heat with Batiste Original Clean Dry Shampoo (Target.com). Its powdery rice starch absorbs the sweat and oil on the scalp that can weigh hair down, and its gritty texture plumps hair at the roots for va-va volume. Jada’s $8 oil-nixing facial toner Jada Pinkett Smith relies on Clean & Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent (CVS.com) to keep her skin from looking shiny and to prevent…