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Family Circle March 2019

Every issue is filled with quick-fixing, delicious recipes ... do-it-yourself decorating ideas ... fashion and beauty secrets ... plus advice for raising a healthy, happy family - and more!

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2 min.
family album

Dad: Martin Son: Noble Dad: Shawn Dog: Sunny Cornbread “We were initially certified as foster parents. Halfway through the certification class they said, ‘You guys would be great adoptive parents, and we get a baby or two a week. Would you be interested?’ We said yes!” —MARTIN (FAR LEFT) Shawn: “I didn’t want any pets, so I had to be convinced. Martin’s allergic, so he needed to see an allergist to get shots every week for two years.” Martin: “You can’t say no to a pet after I do something like that. The dog was a Christmas present for Noble.” Noble: “When we went to pick out the dog, Sunny started jumping on us and we were like, ‘That’s the one!’” “I always wanted to have a husband and a child. My family is a…

3 min.
on duty

WHAT YOUR TEEN MEANS 1 The Phrase Slide into Your DMs 2 Definition “To slide into someone’s DMs” means to send them a direct message on social media, often in a flirtatious way. This occurs with Instagram and Twitter accounts and can lead to relationships online and IRL. 3 In a Sentence Nick Jonas slid into Priyanka Chopra’s Twitter DMs…and now they’re married. Source: StayHipp.com Fuzz Be Gone It’s a sad day when you realize your favorite cardigan is covered in pills. The Pilo Fabric Shaver by Steamery does a great job at smoothing fabric, and its small size and USB charging means you can take it with you wherever you go. (And it doesn’t even look like a man’s electric shaver!) Pilo Fabric Shaver, sodasays.com, $49 NO MORE DEAD ZONES If Netflix takes 10 years to load in the living room,…

2 min.
sparse brows

FAKE IT First, even out the length of your brows by tweezing a few stray hairs from each tail, says brow expert Sania Vucetaj of Sania’s Brow Bar in New York City. Then fill with a pencil or colored gel wand in a shade that’s closest to your own. Place your ring finger just above the arch of your brow, gently pull skin up and apply color using light upward strokes following your brow shape. To blend color for a natural finish, run a spoolie brush through brows. GET GROWING Apply a brow serum daily to grow hairs and strengthen existing ones, says Joey Healy, celebrity eyebrow specialist. (Use a serum with peptides to thicken brows by stimulating hair follicles.) You’ll see results after eight weeks of consistent use. Apply it to the…

3 min.
banish breakouts

You’ve finally found it—the thing that puts you and your teenager on equal footing! Unfortunately, it’s acne, which they’ve just grown into and you seemingly will never outgrow. As you may have noticed, though, your kid’s blemishes don’t exactly look like yours: Teens often have active sebaceous glands that clog easily, resulting in zits all over their face (or back…or chest). Adult acne, however, tends to appear around the mouth, chin or jawline—even if skin in other areas is dry. Thankfully, a few tweaks and easy-to-adopt habits can keep you in the clear. UPGRADE YOUR SKIN CARE For decades, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid have been killing it on the acne-fighting front (the former gets rid of bacteria on the skin; the latter gets dirt and oil out of pores). Your kid…

1 min.
talking to your teen about acne

If you’ve been on the receiving end of teenage flounces and eye rolls, you might hesitate to broach this sensitive subject. Don’t worry, advises Amy Wechsler, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist who is also a psychiatrist. “I’ve never met a teenager who wasn’t bothered by their acne,” she says. “As long as you’re not judgmental, they will feel so relieved that you’re taking care of them.” Acne Is a Big Deal The worse thing you can do is blow off a kid’s concern and behave as if acne is nothing to worry about. It is. “Acne comes along at just the age when kids are building self-esteem,” Wechsler cautions. Reassure them that even if they feel like they’re the only one, at least 92% of their peers will deal with…

2 min.
fight back against acne

STEP 1: CLEANSE There’s no such thing as overkill when it comes to cleansing: You need to start and end your day by washing your face. “Bacteria builds up on skin as you sleep,” says NYC dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. Clearing away dirt and oil in the morning gives skin a fresh start, while a nightly cleanse removes makeup and any debris your skin picks up (and, unfortunately, holds on to) throughout the day, Jaliman explains. Most important: Do not over-scrub your skin. “Physically scrubbing can inflame existing pimples and cause them to turn into deeper cysts,” says Kenneth Howe, MD, a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in NYC. He suggests switching out your daily gentle cleanser at least three days a week for one that uses chemical exfoliants such as glycolic…