Feel like you could use a makeover? Don’t spend all your hard-earned cash on beauty products—just look to your diet. By avoiding processed foods and giving your body the essential vitamins and minerals it needs, you can uncover your natural beauty sans quick fixes and creams. It’s true: You are what you eat!
Your hair is made up of protein, so it’s important to get at least 2–3 servings of protein-rich food each day to keep your hair strong. For super-shiny, split-end–free locks, look to complex carbohydrates with B vitamins, like brown rice
If your nails are brittle and constantly chipping, you might need more iron. Pair iron-packed foods with fruits and veggies containing vitamin C for increased iron absorption.
Vitamin A and other antioxidants, like those found in blueberries and yogurt, help smooth skin and prevent damage from free radicals, while omega-3s, which you get in walnuts, can ward off sun damage and wrinkles.
Cheese neutralizes the enamel-discoloring acid in your mouth, while crunchy, raw veggies clean your teeth naturally.
Here’s a reason to give a few more hugs: According to a study at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, women who hug more have higher levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us bond and feel secure with others. Plus, oxytocin has been shown to reduce cortisol and stress levels.
Your Aches and Pains Addressed: Charley Horses
You feel: Sudden, sharp cramping, usually in your hamstrings, calves or arches of your feet.
• Gently massage and stretch the cramping muscle at the onset of pain as much as possible.
• Place a cold compress on the muscle to help release the tension, and then take a hot bath to ease the pain.
• Increase your potassium intake. Orange juice and bananas are packed with it.
Drink More Water! One of the most common causes of muscle cramping is dehydration.
Did You Know?
Garlic can be helpful in treating athlete’s foot. Simply mince a few cloves, combine them with olive oil and apply the mixture to your feet twice a day. In a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers found that those who did this for one week successfully fought off this pesky ailment. It’s worth it -- even if you have stinky feet for a week!
Experiencing an afternoon slump? Stand up straight. You’ll instantly feel more awake and confident!
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.
Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.