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First for Women July 19, 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
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Citrus slush mmm “Hot, humid days call for cool, sweet treats,” cheers Charles Grayauskie, FIRST Associate Food Editor. “So this week, I decided to make my famous citrus-mint refresher. First, I trim ¼" from the bottoms of 4 oranges, then slice ⅓ off the tops. I scoop out the fruit, squeeze the juice, discard the solids and reserve the orange bowls and lids. I mix the juice with ¼ cup of sugar and 2 mint sprigs, then simmer until the sugar dissolves. I strain the syrup into a 2-qt. baking dish and freeze until just solid, 2 hrs. Then, using a fork, I scrape the ice to form crystals, spoon the crystals into the orange bowls and top with the lids. It’s frosty, fun and always wins raves.” Crafting…

2 min
smart you solutions

Chair move boosts afternoon energy When an afternoon slump strikes while you’re sitting at your desk, perk up with this simple stretch: Scoot to the edge of your seat and extend your legs in front of you, inhaling as you lift your hands overhead. Exhale while slowly bending down toward your feet, letting your head drop and shoulders relax. Hold for a few breaths, then slowly roll back up. This modified yoga move stimulates the nervous system and boosts oxygen flow for a burst of can-do energy. QUICK POLL How do you keep feet from slipping? It’s so uncomfortable when our feet overheat and slide around in our sandals. FIRST readers reveal the easy ways they sidestep the slippage 61% ❤ this idea! Place double-sided tape in your insoles to help anchor your feet in place,…

1 min
summer whites 3 style secrets

Boosts the bust A monochrome one-piece elongates the body, but one with a foldover top pulls the eye down for the illusion of flat, saggy boobs. A jumpsuit pulls the illsion saggy jumpsuit with a more fitted top and a keyhole detail brings focus (and the bosom) up while creating a more shapely appearance. Adds width The boxiness of a skirt with a drop waist and thick pleats adds hip-thickening inches that optically widen and shorten even the thinnest and tallest of figures. Looks long and lean A breezy, hi-low midi skirt that rests right at the belly button defines the waist while directing the eye up and down to “stretch” the lower half for a taller, trimmer silhouette overall. Highlights an hourglass Maxi dresses are great for hiding trouble spots, but a shapeless design with horizontal…

1 min
stun in a straw hat

To slim the face Try a Panama. The style’s triangular peak pulls the eye to the top of the head, “stretching” the face so it appears longer and leaner. Bonus: Slightly bending down the sides of the hat can help conceal hair thinning near the temples. One to try: Panama Hats Direct, $12 (Amazon.com, Leather Panama Hat Band) To mask wrinkles Choose a wide brim. Pulled just above the brows, an oversize brim casts a wrinkle-blurring shadow over the entire face, helping fine lines optically recede. One to try: Kelly & Katie, $30 (DSW.com, Straw Lurex Women’s Floppy Hat) To lift features Pick a boater. Its sturdy, structured design sits high on the forehead, directing focus up and out to give eyes and cheekbones a youthful, lifted look. One to try: Bon Clic Bon Genre, $17 (Hat.Bon-Clic-Bon-Genre.us, Classic…

6 min
summer hair bothers—solved!

Whether gardening in the yard, strolling around the block or lounging in the shade, nothing puts pep in our step like time spent outdoors on a beautiful summer day. It’s just too bad that the season that brings us so much joy also comes with heat, humidity and harsh UV rays that wreak havoc on our hair in the form of frizz, faded color, straw-like texture and more. Thankfully, it doesn’t cost a lot of money or take a lot of time and effort to refresh warm-weatherworn tresses! Here, celebrity hairstylists and colorists reveal their easy, affordable remedies to beautify strands so they stun now and for the rest of the sun-filled season. Read on to discover the simple solution that will make you and your hair shine! Banish brass with a vitamin…

1 min
spa secret to beautiful skin

To reduce redness Whether from rosacea, heat rash or sunburn, summer’s elements can leave the complexion looking more ruddy than radiant. Coconut water to the rescue! The fruit’s water is packed with proteins called cytokines that reduce redness and irritation on contact. Plus, coconut’s antioxidants promote new, healthy cell growth to speed healing and prevent future inflammation. To make: Add ½ cup of pure coconut water into a small spray bottle. To beat blemishes The constant application of sunscreen combined with excess oil production brought on by heat and humidity can cause our skin to break out more. The fix: a witch hazel and lime juice mix. Astringent witch hazel shrinks pores to cut down on oil production, while lime is rich in antimicrobial properties that kill acne-causing bacteria. To make: Combine ½ cup of…