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First for Women August 9, 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 Melon-kiwi mmm “During high summer heat, my go-to-drink is an ice-cold, fresh fruit smoothie,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST Associate Food Editor. “So this week, I treated everyone in my family to this colorfully fun, frosty layered version. First, I simply puree 2 cups of seedless watermelon cubes and 1 cup of ice cubes until smooth and slushy and divide the mixture between 2 tall glasses, then repeat to make 2 more smoothies. Next, I dollop each drink with 2 Tbs. of fat-free vanilla yogurt. Finally, I puree 3 peeled, chopped kiwi, 3 mint sprigs and 1 cup of ice cubes, then top the yogurt with the kiwi mixture. It’s so vibrant, refreshing and always hits the spot!” Dazzling on a dime Floral ‘chandelier’ “Recently, I was looking to add some floral…

2 min
smart you solutions

MONEY SAVER Banish age spots for pennies A summer spent in the sun can cause dark patches to appear on our hands, chest and cheeks. Lighten them up with this colada-inspired recipe: Mix 2 Tbs. of coconut milk with 2 Tbs. of plain yogurt, then apply to spots and let sit 15 minutes; rinse. Coconut’s vitamin C increases cell turnover to reveal more even-toned skin beneath, while yogurt’s lactic acid removes old, dead cells to further brighten skin. MONEY SAVED: $25 on lightening serum QUICK POLL How do you stay comfy on road trips? You’re excited for your weekend road trip, but you hate how achy your back gets when it’s your turn behind the wheel. These FIRST tricks can help! 52% ❤ this idea! Place a rolled-up towel behind your lower back, says Ruby Cole. It supports…

1 min
summer citrus

✔ Balances the body A baggy, drop-waist jumpsuit cuts the body awkwardly, over-elongating the torso and magnifying hips for a boxy-looking bottom half. But one with cutouts at the natural waistline and an above-the-ankle hem pulls the eye up and in, creating feminine curves for a more even-looking figure. ✘ Thickens all over Fussy details like an uneven neckline, horizontal cutouts and a billowy ruffled hem and sleeves cause the eye to scan all over, “widening” the entire body. ✔ Subtracts 10 pounds A vibrant midi dress with sleek details, like a V-neck (it pull focus vertically) and a tie belt (it cinches the middle), instantly erases optical inches from the frame. ✔ Carves out curves The shapeless look of a flowy maxi skirt erases curves for a fuller-looking figure. But a tailored, above-the-knee skirt skims over…

1 min
no-sweat gorgeous!

To restore lock luster Choose a micellar water shampoo. Made withmicelles—tiny particles of oil suspended in water that act like magnets to remove chlorine and other hair-dulling impurities from the scalp and hair shaft—the shampoo reveals healthy, shiny tresses, stat! One to try: TRESemme Pro Pure Micellar Moisture Shampoo ($6, Walmart.com) To plump fall-flat hair Pick a serum with peptides. These small-chain amino acids absorb into and plump the diameter of each strand for a fuller-looking mane that can stand up to volume-sapping humidity. One to try: The Inkey List Peptide Volumizing Hair Treatment ($10, TheInkeyList.com) To tame frizz & flyaways Opt for a conditioner with hyaluronic acid. The ultra-moisturizing acid deeply hydrates and seals hair’s cuticle to keep locks from swelling or sticking out in the heat. One to try: Dove Hair Therapy Hydration Spa Conditioner ($6,…

7 min
summer beauty bothers—gone!

Sure, you start the season excited to spend the warm, sun-filled days outdoors, but if you’re like us, by the time July comes around, everything from painful red sunburn to embarrassing sweat-stained clothes manages to dampen your sunny demeanor. To revive your looks and boost your spirits, we asked top beauty and fashion pros for affordable, fast-acting tips that not only prevent summer-related arghs but fix them as well. Read on for the savvy strategies that will help you power through the dog days of summer with beauty, confidence and a smile on your face! For a shine-free complexion The season’s heat and humidity cause oil glands to go into overdrive, leaving skin looking greasy. Prevent it: Before applying skin care or makeup in the morning and after washing it off at the…

1 min
beat the heat in style

Lower body temp with a ‘frozen’ bracelet The oversize stones in Hot Girls Pearls Chicklet Cooling Bracelet (HotGirlsPearls.com) are filled with a nontoxic gel that gets icy when stored in the freezer and stays cold for 30 minutes in the heat. And since the icy stones rest on the wrist’s pulse, they lower body temperature immediately. Cool down the neck with a ‘chilly’ scarf Wrapping a chilled scarf like Kafka’s Kool Tie (KoolTie.com) around the neck creates a cooling sensation that can be felt from head to toe. How it works: When submerged in cold water, crystals inside the scarf absorb and retain moisture, then release it onto the evaporative fabric so it feels cool, not damp. And the “frosty” effect lasts up to three days. Reduce head heat with an ice pack hat A…