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First for Women October 19, 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 Seasonal soup mmm “Velvety-smooth autumn soups are wonderful on chilly nights,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “This Halloween, I’m serving my wickedly good butternut-ginger soup. To make, I cook 1 chopped onion and 1 Tbs. of grated ginger in 2 Tbs. of butter for 3 minutes. Then I add 6 cups of cubed butternut squash and 6 cups of chicken stock and simmer for 20 minutes. Next, I puree the mixture, season with salt and pour it into a hollowed-out pumpkin or bowl. To finish, I pipe on a web design with 2 Tbs. of sour cream thinned with water and sprinkle it with croutons and pumpkin seeds. It’s sure to bewitch all!” Dazzling on a dime Fresh-picked joy! “Throughout the fall months, there’s nothing prettier than the colorful…

2 min
smart you solutions

Snack your way to youthful skin As the last of your summer glow fades, the lingering effects of a sun-filled season remain—we’re looking at you, wrinkles! The delicious way to kick damaged skin into repair mode? Enjoy ½ cup of pomegranate seeds per day. Research shows that the juicy gems’ antioxidant ellagic acid boosts the body’s production of skin-firming elastin and collagen from the inside out. The snack has even been shown to smooth skin by 26% in 30 days. Yum! QUICK POLL How do you quiet ‘can’t sleep’ worries? When tomorrow’s tasks swirl in your brain, making it hard to fall asleep, these reader tips can help put you at ease! 53% ♥ this idea! Write your to-do’s on paper, says Sheila Fawn. Making a tangible list helps stop the mind from ruminating. 47% ♥ this…

1 min
dark florals 3 style secrets

✓ Subtracts 10 pounds Pairing a billowy, print blouse with wide-busyleg pants erases curves, adding optical heft all over. Tucked into sleek trousers, the blouse highlights the waist and creates a body-elongating column for a slimmer silhouette. ✕ Shortens the body A swirly, floral-print A-line skirt that flows out below the knee draws the eye out from hips to calves, magnifying the bottom half for a more squat look. ✓ Looks long and lean The combination of a skirt with an above-the-knee, fluted hem and a more uniform floral pattern directs the eye vertically, elongating the legs. This gives the entire figure a more statuesque appearance. ✓ Carves out curves The dizzying effect of head-to-toe blooms causes the eye to scan all over so the body looks thick and boxy. The fix: A V-neck creates a figure-flattering…

1 min
fuller hair overnight!

Love the volume of ‘effortless’ waves but hate the time it takes to create them? Great news! You can do it in your sleep! Styling damp hair before bed actually locks in texture as it dries to reveal bouncy strands come morning—fuss-free! Find the technique best for your hair! Medium hair? Part slightly damp hair down the middle and drape it equally over each shoulder. Split the section of hair over one shoulder in half, then starting from the top of the head, twist the pieces together (laying one over the other) until you reach the bottom. Secure with a hair tie and repeat on the other side. Remove in the morning and gently tousle waves with fingers. Fine locks? Mist a texture spray (like Eva NYC Surf’s Up! Texture Spray, Kohls.com) all over…

7 min
what a difference the right bra makes

PROBLEM “Over the years, my breasts have made their way down to my waist, making it look thicker and me look older!” SOLUTION PERK UP A SAGGY BUST with full-molded cups It’s frustrating to watch our once-perky bust droop as the years go on. To blame: “Everything from weight fluctuations and gravity to changes in breast density as menopause kicks in, causing firmer breast tissue to be replaced with heavier fat,” says bra expert Elisabeth Dale, founder of TheBreastLife.com. Her advice? Pick a full-coverage bra with molded cups. Breasts conform to the preformed shape so they appear more lifted, while light, allover padding restores volume for a youthful, boosted bust—stat. Bonus: The lifted look showcases the waist for a slimmer-looking middle! We love how this bra’s thick, wide-set straps distribute weight evenly, hoisting up heavy…

2 min
easy keys to younger hands!

Cracks? Heal them with ceramides Harsh cleansing agents can strip away ceramides, natural protective lipids, from skin’s barrier, resulting in painful, sometimes bloody cracks. But you can replenish skin’s ceramide supply to mend and heal its outer layer and lock in moisture with a ceramide-infused cream, says New York City dermatologist Michele Green, M.D. One study even found that applying ceramides daily increased skin’s natural hydration levels by 35% over three months. One we like: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (Walmart.com) Age spots? Erase them with buttermilk The combination of parched skin and sun-caused dark spots adds decades to the appearance of our hands. To fade spots fast, reach for buttermilk. The baking staple contains up to four times more exfoliating lactic acid than milk and yogurt to gently rid skin’s surface of dry, discolored cells. This…