One-Minute Fixes to Save Your Skin

Short on time? These beauty fixes will have your skin looking gorgeous in under 60 seconds.

Looking your best doesn’t have to take hours. Try these quick and easy solutions for your common beauty problems.

Gum Numbing Gel for Pain-Free Plucking

This off-label use of gum numbing gel actually works well to prepare your eyebrows for painful plucking. Rub onto desired area and wait 20 seconds for the gel to take effect. Once numbed, pluck away!


Baby Shampoo for Easy Makeup Removal

There’s no excuse for going to bed with your makeup on. If other makeup removers irritate your  skin or are too expensive, baby shampoo is a good alternative. It contains lauric acid, derived from coconut oil, which is non-toxic, making it safe for eye-makeup removal. Simply pour some baby shampoo onto a cotton ball, tissue or wash towel and wipe away your makeup for a clear complexion.

Coffee Grounds and Olive Oil for a Glowing Complexion

Start your morning off with a coffee and olive oil facial. Create a paste by mixing together coffee grounds and olive oil. Gently massage into face and wipe away after 30 seconds. The coffee has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties while the olive oil acts as a moisturizer to keep your skin bright and soft.

Raw Sugar and Honey for Soft Lips

Moisturize chapped lips the natural way. In your palm, mix a drop of honey with a bit of raw sugar. Scrub on lips for 10 seconds. Wipe away with a warm towel. Honey is a great natural moisturizer while sugar, unlike salt, will exfoliate without drying out your skin. 

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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