6 Waffle Iron Hacks

Break out the waffle iron! Here are six awesome ways you can get more use out of a kitchen appliance you haven’t paid enough attention to!

1. The Waffle Iron Baconator

What if I told you there’s an easier way to make bacon? What if I said you already have everything you need to make tasty, perfectly cooked bacon without getting grease on your clothes and countertops?

Yes, that’s right. You can make bacon in your waffle iron. Say goodbye to grease splatters and sloppy stovetops. Just slap on a few strips of your preferred bacon variety and press. (Thick cut bacon works heaps better than the see-through stringy stuff, though.) Now you can enjoy your two favorite breakfast treats with one gadget. If you really want to be clever, and you have one of those twin waffle makers, cook the bacon on one side of the iron and and the waffle on the other side, at the same time. Now you’re cookin’!

2. Waffled Panini

You really love paninis. If you only had a panini maker, you would start bringing your lunch to work everyday, and that would save huge bucks, right? You could probably save enough money to actually go on a real vacation next year, and not just dog sit in your brother’s condo for the weekend. Well, start packing, because you are about to find out how to make paninis in your waffle iron!

Turn on your waffle iron to medium high and let it warm up. Butter one side of two slices of bread (wheat, if you’re feeling healthy). Put one piece of bread butter side down on the bottom of the waffle iron. Put your filling of choice on top, then layer on the second slice of bread, butter side up. Close the iron and cook for about three minutes; longer if you like darker bread.

3. Buffalo Chicken Waffles

There’s really no reason why any occasion should not celebrated with a fine feast that includes Buffalo chicken in some form. Don’t let the lack of a deep fryer stop you from enjoying the taste of Buffalo chicken. Not you. Here’s what to do.

Give your waffle iron a healthy spritz of non-stick spray. Heat it up to medium-high. Lay down some strips of chicken tenders that have been marinating in Buffalo wing sauce overnight. Close the iron and cook for at approximately four minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with dipping sauce, such as Ranch dressing. (Note: While chicken tenders are thin enough to cook through on a waffle iron, other poultry cuts might not be thin enough. Wash iron thoroughly before cooking again with it.)

4. Mozzarella Waffle Sticks

If you have kids, you already know how popular mozzarella sticks are. This convenient snack makes them happy and you feel good because it’s protein-packed. The only problem is, those commercial mozzarella sticks may or may not have added ingredients in the breading that don’t spell healthy with a capital H.

Mozzarella waffle sticks are easy to make at home. Buy a block of mozzarella cheese and slice it into sticks. Substitute fontina or provolone if you want. Dip the sticks in milk and roll them sticks in breadcrumbs. Place in a pre-heated and greased waffle iron for just about one minute, or until the breading is golden brown. Great for your kid’s lunch box, or even your own bagged office lunch. Hey, it’s healthier than a vending machine candy bar, right?

5. Mexican Waffles

One of the best things about Mexican cuisine (in my humble opinion), is that cheese usually plays a big role in every dish. Luckily, waffle irons are perfect for melting cheese to that perfect warm and creamy consistency that we all know and love.

To make Mexican waffles (okay, quesadillas with a waffle iron pattern), just butter and pre-heat your iron to medium. Lay down a flour tortilla, and spread some shredded cheese on top of that. Get all fancy with it by adding chopped scallions or maybe even some pre-cooked shredded chicken. Place a second flour tortilla on top of the filling. Close the iron and cook for between 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Slice with a pizza cutter and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

6. Waffled Cookies

It’s late. You’re kicking back in the arms of your best friend and lover watching a movie that he let you pick out. The lights are off and you’re feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, wondering how you ever got this lucky. Suddenly, he says he has a craving. No prob, you think. I’ve got plenty of chips on hand. No, he says. It’s cookies he’s craving. Can you mix up a quick batch? (Queue needle scratching on vinyl.) How can you refuse, when your hunk has agreed to watch The English Patient—again? No worries, darling. Just slip into the kitchen and heat up the waffle iron….

Open up that tube of cookie dough you were saving. Slice off bits about ¼ inch wide. Cook in waffle iron for about 3 minutes. (Your waffle iron might cook them faster or longer, so keep checking them.) You’ll be back on the couch with a warm plate of cookies before the opening credits are over, trust me!

Now that you know that the waffle iron isn’t just for making waffles, you’ll want to keep it handy. A good place for it is in the kitchen. Or in the office kitchenette. Or on your nightstand. Or in the dorm. Or at your boyfriend’s house. Actually, it might make sense to pick up an extra waffle iron. You know, in case you ever just want to make waffles with one of them.

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6 Cleaning Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Some people like to clean. I’m not one of them. If you’re like me and you clean only because you have to, you’ll appreciate these six cleaning hacks that will change your life. You’ll especially enjoy number 4!

1. Refrigerator Cleaning

One of the worst cleaning jobs is the refrigerator. It seems like bottles and jars are always leaving sticky rings on the shelves. If it isn’t that, it’s a package of raw chicken that leaked all over the shelf. Cleaning the refrigerator can take most of an afternoon, unless you use these hacks.

Cut shelf liners to fit from inexpensive vinyl placemats. Use them to cover the bottom of door shelves. For vegetable and fruit drawers, lay down a layer of wax paper. For standard interior shelves, remove them and cover with plastic cling wrap. When shelves get dirty, just replace the liners or remove and wipe down the vinyl mats. Now if you could just figure out a way to make door fingerprints disappear…..

2. Easier Laundry

A lot of people hate doing laundry for good reason. It’s time consuming and tedious removing and changing bed sheets. For an easier day, try these hacks.

When you make your bed, put not one but two fitted sheets on the mattress. When the top one is ready to be washed, just pull it off and you automatically have another fitted sheet on there ready to be used. To keep like sheets together, store clean folded flat sheets and pillowcases between the box spring and the mattress on the bed. Everything you need will be right there when you need it.

3. A Cleaner Bathroom

Bathroom countertops are the worst. They get covered with toothpaste, hair color, lipstick and more. To clean the bathroom countertop, you have to remove all that stuff, put it….somewhere….and vigorously wipe.

To keep your bathroom countertop almost spotless, place a large decorative vanity tray on the counter. Instead of placing all your lotions and potions on the counter, put them on the tray. When it’s time to clean the tray, just pick it up and bring everything to the kitchen where you can rinse off all the jars and bottles, plus the tray. Meanwhile, your countertop stays clean!

4. Spot Clean Floors

Cleaning floors takes a long time and is, frankly, exhausting. You can clean floors every other week with this cleaning hack.

Don a pair of thick sports socks and wet the bottoms with a water and vinegar solution. Now simply walk around on the floors and rub lightly wherever you see a little spot that needs to be lifted. You’ll feel like you cheated at housework just a little—because you did!

5. Use One Glass

If you’re like most people, you accumulate dozens of drinking glasses during the day. Is there no end to the dishwashing cycles you have to run?

Instead of running out of clean drinking glasses on a daily basis, set a cute tray on the kitchen counter. Line the tray with parchment paper and write each family member’s name on it. Have family members put their own drinking glass on the tray over their name. Whenever they want a glass, there it is!

6. Clean Skillets and Blenders Easily

Whenever you use a skillet or blender, instead of placing it in the sink to be cleaned later, just clean it right away with this hack.

For blenders, fill it with water and a few drops of dish soap. Turn on high and blend it clean. Rinse thoroughly and allow to drain in the dish rack.

For skillets, cover the bottom with some tap water, add a drop of dishwashing liquid, and put it back on the burner on low. Don’t take your eyes off it. The soap will make it overflow quickly. The heating action will lift the dirt, and you’ll be able to practically wipe clean.

Who wants to spend exorbitant amounts of time cleaning when there are such great cleaning hacks like these? Leave a comment in the box below if you have some cleaning hacks you’d like to share.

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How to Know When You Need a Career Switch

When you’ve worked hard to get where you are in your career, it can be difficult to even consider the notion that your career, well, sucks. At least for you, maybe this particular line of work isn’t the best. If you find yourself in agreement with the following statements, you might be ready for a career switch.

  • You didn’t choose your career – your parents did.
  • You do it for the money.
  • You fell into this career.
  • You hate the way you have to dress for work (uniform, office attire, etc.).
  • You compromise your values everyday at work.
  • You watch the clock all day, every day.
  • You generally hate what you do.
  • You are starting to get physical symptoms from the constant pressure.
  • You feel like you have no integrity left.
  • You see corruption everywhere in the industry.

How to Reconcile Switching Careers

Whether you’re a lawyer, a physician or a paralegal, building a career is an expensive, time-consuming process. It would be foolhardy and immature to just throw all that money and hard work away just because you don’t like your career, right?

Wrong!

It would actually be foolhardy to continue to go on in a career that is making you unhappy. Unless you have some secret to living forever, your time is limited just like the rest of us. As the saying goes, “Don’t throw good money after bad,” don’t throw good time after bad. Start the rest of your life anew, and start today. If you built up a good career once, you can do it again.

Steps to Building a New Career

First, don’t quit your day job just yet. Give some thought to what career you wish you had gotten into. Maybe that other career will require additional education or certification. Go ahead and get started on that while you remain gainfully employed in your current career. When you leave, you want to ensure a seamless transition into the new career.

Second, when considering the new career, think about going into something that will utilize your existing experience and credentials. For instance, maybe you hate being a criminal lawyer. You could become a contract lawyer or a family counselor. If you’re a dental hygienist, you could work in animal dentistry, or overseas helping in the Doctors Without Borders program. If you can land on a career that utilizes existing expertise, you won’t feel you “wasted” anything.

Going 180

Are you completely tired of everything to do with your career? Looking for something completely opposite of what you currently do? Then it helps to find a mentor in that other career field who can advise you on the steps you need to take to get into it. Lay out a map to get from here to there. It will make the transition much easier, especially if you don’t know too much about how to get into the new career.

Switching careers won’t be easy, but it’s a whole lot easier than living out your live doing something that is making you miserable. Don’t do anything rash, and move slowly. You don’t need to jeopardize your livelihood in order to build a new career. Soon enough, you’ll be on your way on a new path in life that you can be proud of.

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7 Things a Woman in Her 30s Should Have By Now

There are certain milestones in life where you can reasonably expect to have attained a level of achievement. By 19, you should have graduated from high school, and by 25 you should have figured out a career path that you’re (hopefully) already on. And, by the time you’re a woman in her 30s, there are come things that you should have by now.

A Reliable Car

The days of owning a used car that can only be relied upon to break down when you need it most? They should be long gone. As enjoyable as it was to watch your hot and dirty high school boyfriend bent over your car’s engine as he pretended to know how to change the spark plugs, it’s time to move on. By now you should either have a car that you bought new and are making payments on, or one that you already paid off. Oh, and you should also have a nice insurance policy on that car, even if you live in an insurance-optional state such as New Hampshire.

A Quality Mattress

Yes, futons were very trendy for a time, and waterbeds were an even bigger statement-maker. But let’s face it, it’s time you slept on a quality mattress. By now, you should be lounging around on a mattress you bought yourself, not your grandmother’s hand-me-down that’s not even a Queen size, it’s a full. For one thing, you deserve it after working as hard as you do, and for a second thing, your body needs it. No more sagging, springy mattresses for you. These days, you’ve got your pick of innovative mattress designs that your grandmother could never have imagined.

A Tool Box

As an independent woman in her 30s, you’d better have a fully-outfitted tool box on hand. You can’t expect to claim independence and still be calling up your best male friend every time you drop your earring in the kitchen sink. Get a pink tool box if you must, but get one today if you don’t already own one.

A Crock Pot

As a working woman, you might not relish the thought of cooking homemade every night when you get home. With a crock pot, you don’t need to, either. Make sure you get a crockpot with a good timer on it that allows you to set it and forget it. Better yet, make sure it has an automatic off switch for those times when drinks after work turn into sneaking back home at 6 a.m.

A Kickass Hair/Face Mask

Let’s face it. You’ve spent enough time and money testing out hair and facial masks over the years to know which ones work and which ones leave your hair and skin looking stringy and sparse. You should have go-to hair and face masks from a brand you trust.

A Favorite Makeup Brand

Finally, you don’t have to wear your mom’s brand of makeup just because your allowance doesn’t provide enough to go out and buy your own. You should be buying your makeup from a cosmetic counter, too, not the local drugstore or a 24-hour shop.

A Signature Scent

By the time you’re in your 30s, you should have landed on a signature scent. It should be something that makes you feel womanly and strong. Something that others know you by, and something that’s not for sale at Walmart.

So now you have it. Beyond the little black dress, these are the essentials of being an accomplished woman in her 30s. Are you missing one or more of these items? Your life choices may be different, but they shouldn’t be too far off. As a mature and responsible woman, it’s not too much to ask that you have a safe car, along with some of the other niceties of life. You know you deserve them, and so do we.

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Why You Should Never Wear Shoes at Home

You know that household. The one where they make you take your shoes off at the door. The one with the basket at the front door where you’re required to make a shoe deposit. The one where you’re expected to socialize in your stockinged feet. Annoying, right? Well, maybe they know something you don’t about wearing shoes in the house. Here’s why it’s a good idea to never wear shoes at home.

Germs and Bacteria

University of Arizona study confirmed the existence of high levels of bacteria on the insides and bottom of shoes. Bacteria found included:

  • E. coli, which causes intestinal upset, urinary tract infections and meningitis
  • Klebsiella pneumoni, which cause blood and wound infections as well as pneumonia
  • Serratia ficari, which causes wound and respiratory tract infections

Are you grossed out yet? We are.

Physiological Health

collaborative study done by researchers from the University of Antwerp, the University of Gent and the University of Liverpool proved long-held theories that footwear negatively alters the natural form and function of the feet. The longer you wear shoes, the more misshapen your feet tend to be. Over time, secondary, related issues can arise, such as knee and back pain. All because you refused to go barefoot in the house. Tsk, tsk.

Cleaner Home

Almost everyone is looking for ways to reduce the amount of time spent cleaning the home. You probably already use cleaning tips and tricks to make cleaning less of a chore. One of the most obvious ways to reduce your cleaning time is to prevent dirt in the first place. If you instigate a “no shoes in the house” policy, you’ll notice your floors are a lot less dirty, and require a lot less cleaning. You are very welcome.

If you or your friends have youngsters who play on the floors in your home, that’s all the more reason to never wear shoes at home. Youngsters are much more susceptible to germs and bacteria because their immune system hasn’t yet built up. If you can make the home’s floors cleaner and safer for the young children in your life, doesn’t it make sense to do so?

Pleasing Solutions for Storing Shoes at the Door

Now, you probably don’t want your family and friends to leave their shoes in a big heap by the door. Here are some pleasing yet practical solutions for storing shoes by the door.

Shoe Tree

A shoe tree is a circular, vertical metal stand with a very small “footprint” (no pun intended). This is a practical option if you have a small living space.

Shoe Shelves

Shoe shelves take up a lot of space, so they will work best if you have a dedicated foyer.

Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer

If you have an entryway coat closet, you could easily hang one of these over-the-door shoe organizers inside for guests and family to use.

Hall Tree

Hall trees provide much more than just shoe storage. They typically have coat hooks, a seating bench, and one or more drawers to store shoes.

As you can see, there are lots of smart reasons why you should never wear shoes in the house, as well as practical ways to store shoes by the door. Please comment below if you have more ideas about keeping shoes neat and tidy by the entryway.

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How To Stay Stress-Free During The Holidays

Let’s figure out how to stay stress-free during the holidays. The American Psychological Association reports that holiday stress affects women more than men. The added work of preparing holiday meals, shopping for gifts, decorating the home and coming up with extra money for holiday spending, apparently takes its toll, and not the cookie kind of toll. 61% of women polled reported feeling stressed out during what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year.

Stress can cause its own bevy of problems, including reduced cognitive function, lowered immune system, headache, fatigue, depression and more. So what’s a girl to do with so much to do during the holidays? Here’s what you can do to stay stress-free during the holidays.

  1. Delegate

Who ever said you have to do everything by yourself? There are lots of tasks to do during the holidays that are perfect for delegating. But first you have to reconcile yourself with the fact that everything is going to work out, even if it doesn’t work out the way you wanted. Relieving stress through delegating won’t work if you’re stressed out that the other person won’t do their assigned task “correctly.” So loosen the reins and be prepared for imperfect results. Some tasks that you can delegate to another adult in the family without the holidays being utterly ruined for the rest of eternity include:

  • Buying wrapping paper, ribbon and tape
  • Wrapping gifts
  • Shopping for ingredients for holiday meals
  • Cleaning the interior of the car for transporting friends and family
  • Doing extra loads of laundry
  • Bringing decorations down from the attic
  • Clipping coupons on favorite food brands
  • Gassing up the car/grill/snow blower
  • Selecting holiday music
  1. Indulge a Little

As a woman, you already know that you often put your needs last. With so much holiday hustle and bustle, it’s even less likely that you’re going to make time to relax and distress. After all, who has time for a scented bubble bath when the furniture hasn’t yet been polished for your white-glove wearing Aunt Myrtle who’s arriving in two days?

Now is the time to indulge yourself just a little. These shouldn’t become lifelong habits, but if they relieve the stress a little during the holidays, there’s no harm in these indulgent treats.

  • Sip on some spiked eggnog with your honey after the kids have gone to bed.
  • For every time you buy gifts for your family, get yourself a tiny single piece of chocolate at the register counter.
  • Rent a movie that only you will love and lock yourself in the bedroom while you watch it on your tablet/laptop/bedroom TV. Don’t answer the door if anyone knocks (especially kids who need help finding something).
  • After work, order a pizza delivery for the family and go to a spa for a facial instead of rushing home to cook dinner.

I’m sure you’ll be able to think of more and better ways to indulge yourself than I can. After all, you’re you! Creative genius and master of your domain!

  1. Stop

That’s right, just stop. Sometimes preparing for the holidays can be like painting a picture. As the artist, you never can tell when it’s finished. Or maybe it’s never finished. If you are saying things to yourself like, “just one more side dish – three isn’t enough,” or “I think the tree needs more tinsel,” or “does Jimmy have enough presents to open?” then it’s time to—stop. Pencils down. Or rather, whisks down. At some point, enough is enough and it’s time to sit down and watch the holiday come to you.

Remember, everything is going to be all right. It really will. Aunt Myrtle will probably bring her green bean casserole like she always does. Jimmy won’t even notice that he “only” got ten gifts. And the tinsel? Your cat will have it all pulled off the tree by Christmas anyway. Live a little. Have another glass of eggnog.

 

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How to Prepare For a First Date in Your 30s

If you find yourself still dating in your 30s, take heart. There’s a lot to be said for a first date when you’re old enough not to race out the door for a guy who’s sitting in his car at the curb beeping his horn. Now that you’re older and wiser, here are some tips on how to prepare for a first date in your 30s because, after all, you still might be a teensy bit nervous about going out with a stranger.

Do Your Due Diligence

Look, it’s 2017. There’s no harm in checking up on this person just a little bit before you let him drive you off to who knows where in his car. You don’t need to spend $30 for one of those online background checks—in fact, that would be a little creepy at this stage in your relationship. But a little peek at his social profile can’t hurt. At least you can find out if he routinely posts any randomly violent remarks or seems to be a subversive social deviant who is looking to recruit unknowing women (you) into his quasi-cult. In your 30s, you don’t have your parents making sure you don’t hang with bad people, so it’s all up to you.

Bring Protection

What you do on your first date is up to you and the other consenting adult. But many adults are a lot more sexually free than they were in their teens. After all, you don’t have a high school or college reputation to protect. Since sex is a definitely a possibility between two adults in their 30s, it behooves you to bring along a little protection in that department. You don’t have to use it, but if the need arises spontaneously, you’ll be all set to be in control of what happens in your body.

Tell a Friend

Do you live alone? If so, no one will know if you come home tonight or never. Not to be a worry wart, but go ahead and tell someone—a friend, a co-worker, or a trusted neighbor, that you’re going out on a first date with someone you don’t yet know very well. It’s a good idea to tell someone what your plans are, as far as you know. If you run into trouble, at least you’ll know someone will come looking for you.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Chef in Your Circle

Is there a home chef on your gift list? It’s a lot of fun to shop for someone who appreciates the bliss of creating home-cooked meals. Whether they are just beginning, or are already good enough to open up their own bistro, you’re sure to find something yummy on this holiday gift guide for the chef in your circle.

INDIAN SPICE BOX

In India, women carry their own spices with them, much the same way a head chef in America carries and uses his own kitchen knives wherever he goes to cook. An Indian spice box is an aluminum sealed container that traditionally holds the seven spices that comprise Masala Dabba, but your friend can store any spices they want. Your gift recipient will certainly appreciate the culture and care that is behind this unique chef’s gift.

PRESSURE CANNER

Most chefs dream of canning their own fresh vegetables and fruits for convenient use any time of year. A pressure canner utilizes technology to make the tricky process of canning just a little easier. Its dual function as both a pressure cooker and a canner helps save storage space in your recipient’s kitchen.

SUSHI KIT

For daring home cooks, making sushi is a feat worth trying. Sushi can be made with vegetables or with seafood, so even vegetarian chefs will enjoy receiving this deluxe sushi kit that comes complete with a cookbook and enough ingredients to make 125 pieces of sushi. Even after the ingredients are gone, the special sushi making tools will last a lifetime.

Anti-Fatigue Mat (https://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Waterproof-Sultans-Linens-Espresso/dp/B01D9AA2XW/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1481664025&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=kitchen+mat&psc=1)

Standing in the kitchen making meals for hours is hard on the feet. Show your chef friend how much you care with the gift of an anti-fatigue mat. The one featured is easy to clean, skid resistant and waterproof, three additional qualities your cooking kin is sure to appreciate!

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How to Always Kill With Kindness

Do you have difficult people in your life? Most of us do. Maybe your boyfriend has a friend who is always looking for an opportunity to diss you. Or your coworker is trying to sabotage your job. Or your upstairs neighbor seems intent on keeping you awake till all hours of the night. Whoever it is that is trying to make your life miserable, don’t let them. Don’t stoop to their level by being as aggravating as they are.

Here are some ways that you can always kill with kindness.

DON’T RISE TO THE PROVOCATION

Many times, people who give you grief are simply trying to provoke a reaction in you. They may be doing it for their own entertainment, trying to get you to embarrass yourself in front of someone else, or for some other weird reason that it’s not worth delving into because it’s irrational.

In this instance, you can kill them with kindness by not rising to the provocation. In other words, don’t get angry. Don’t raise your voice, don’t threaten them to stop, and don’t use your body language in an intimidating way. Keep your tone quiet and steady, as if you’re talking to a child. Sit back and relax as you respond. Meet their eyes and speak back in a genial tone. If you do it correctly, they’ll have no option but to back down. You’ll confuse the heck out of them, too, so be prepared to see a look of astonishment on their face.

BE OVERTLY FRIENDLY

If you have someone in your life who just doesn’t seem to like you for no other reason than that you exist on earth, you can kill them with kindness by being overtly friendly. Turn them into your best friend, even if it’s one-sided. Greet them when they enter the room, call them up for chats, offer them your unused movie tickets, bring them cookies, and just generally act as if they are your favorite person in the world. They will resist at first, but no one will be able to resist such overt friendliness forever. Just remember, you should be genuinely friendly. Find something likeable about that person and focus on it. If you’re disingenuous, they’ll be able to see right through your actions.

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4 Surprising Things That Are Hurting Your Skin

Are your bathroom cabinets filled with products to fix pesky breakouts? It turns out you might be able to prevent breakouts and aging skin without resorting to chemical solutions. You might be surprised to learn about these four things that are hurting your skin every single day.

RED WINE

You’ve probably heard a lot about the benefits of red wine. Red wine contains resveratrol, which is an antioxidant that offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s highly soluble in alcohol, which is why drinking red wine is an effective and enjoyable way to get that goodness inside.

However, red wine is high in sugar and alcohol, which are actually hurting your skin. The sugar molecules in red wine attach themselves to proteins in your body, which then creates “advanced glycation end-products.” These nasty little buggers get in the way of elastin and collagen production. In the end, drinking too much red wine will lead to sagging skin and those dreaded jowls. As far as getting enough resveratrol, you can also find it in healthier options, such as peanuts.

YOUR PHONE

Can you hear me now? Talking on your phone is actually hurting your skin on your chin and cheeks. Your cellphone harbors more bacteria than a toilet seat. The reasons are pretty obvious after you think about it. Cellphones rarely get cleaned, and your hands are on your phone all the time. So everything you touch winds up on your phone. When you hold your phone up to your ear to hear, it touches your chin or cheek. That bacteria then gets transferred to your face, causing breakouts. If you think about where your breakouts frequently occur, your chin is probably top on your list, and the likely culprit is your phone. You can help avoid the whole thing by cleaning your phone more often, and keeping it at a distance when you’re on the phone.

YOUR SUNGLASSES

If you think about when you wear your sunglasses – on hot, sunny days – you might have already figured out why sunglasses are hurting your skin. They sit on the bridge of your nose, and underneath those nose pads, your skin is warm and sweaty, and your pores are opened. The bottoms of the eyeglass frame sometimes hit the tops of your cheeks, too. If you don’t make a practice of regularly cleaning your sunglasses, bacteria comes into contact with your skin, causing acne. Wiping the lenses on your sunglasses won’t prevent this. You have to wash the entire frame. An easy way is to simply dip your sunglasses into hot, soapy water and dry with a lint-free cloth. Ditto with regular eyeglasses.

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