Category Archives: Beauty & Health

Beauty & The Beach


It’s officially mid-summer my friends, so if you haven’t hit the beach already, it’s about time you started packing your bags. But before you sink your toes in the sand and tune out all signs of reality, let’s talk packing. Sure, it’s easy to toss a few cute suits in your bag (thank you, Victoria’s Secret), but what about beauty necessities?

Most of us prefer to keep it natural for a day spent in the sun, but there are someproducts–like SPF–that are total must-haves. If you’re unsure of where to begin, or simply want some new product inspiration, then look no further: these are the beauty essentials worthy of making it into your beach bag.

1. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50)

Never underestimate the power of an SPF-packed lip balm. This sheer hot pink lip treatment may seem on the pricey side, but trust us when we tell you: it’s well worth it. Packed with lip-plumping fatty acids and real sugar, this balm nourishes and protects your pout while adding a pop of gorgeous color.

2. L’Oréal Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion 50+ Sunscreen ($10.99)

Sunscreen should be a part of your daily skincare routine but, it’s simply non-negotiable when hitting the beach. This lightweight, tinted formula provides a light dose of color coverage and maximum sun protection. Bonus? It won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts!

3. St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil ($50)

Amp up your glow factor by applying a natural-looking self tanner to your whole body a day or two before you hit the beach. St. Tropez is the cream of the faux tanner crop – this one leaves your limbs with a streak-free, golden tan that can last up to ten days.

4. Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara ($16)

Fight smudges and flaking but still pump up the lash volume with a killer waterproof mascara. Take that, raccoon eyes.

5. Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray ($16)

Lets face it, SPF sprays are way easier to use than lotions – simply spray, rub, and you’re good-to-go. Sun Bum’s SPF 30 is sweet smelling, waterproof and enriched with Vitamin E to nourish and protect our skin. #trustthebum

6. John Masters Organics Sea Mist Salt Spray ($16.50)

Enhance your natural beach hair with a salt-infused spray that will ensure your tresses stays tousled long after you leave the beach. 

Photo by Amanda Hunt

Sun-kissed or Sun-burned: How to Treat Sun-exposed Skin

sunburnWhen it starts to get hot outside, everyone starts running around in tank tops and shorts leaving their skin completely vulnerable to the suns harmful rays.  Some people emerge from the sunlight with beautiful sun- kissed tans while other become walking human lobsters.

We all love to believe we can get a tan, but the unfortunate truth is that a lot of us will continue to burn forever. Some people may think burning is better than being pale, but with risk of skin cancer and skin poisoning it’s really not worth it. So here are some easy tricks to prevent burning in the summer.


This may seems obvious but a lot of the time people still get burnt after applying sunscreen once during the day. That is because they aren’t using it correctly. When you get the bottle of sunscreen it is important to read the directions. It tells you when to apply the sunscreen before getting sun exposure or going into water. Also it will tell you when to reapply it. This will keep you from getting burnt. Freshman Kathleen Doyle stresses the importance of sunscreen; she says she uses SPF 35 to 100 sun block during the summer because of her fair skin. Continue reading

Sneaky Secrets for Finding Your Perfect Sneaker

IMG_7428Whether you’re a girly-girl or a tomboy at heart, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: sneaker shopping is the best type of shopping.

First off, sneaker shopping isn’t bathing suit shopping, and while we’d probably choose anything over bathing suit shopping, trying on shoes is significantly less traumatizing than trying on a bikini. (Unless you’re self-conscious about your feet, in which case, you have the perfect excuse for a pedicure!)

Then there’s the fact that sneakers come in so many shapes, sizes and colors these days that the sneaker shopping experience feels more like taking a trip to the candy store and less like buying your weapon of choice for killing yourself at the gym later – which is far more accurate…but still.

With so many options to choose from, though, where do you even start? With the help of the shoe experts at Rapid Transit Sports, Valley has your step-by-step guide for finding your perfect pair: Continue reading

Why Naps Could Really Be Harmful

ScienceOfAPerfectNap_LaurenJohnson-1When we were little, the last thing we wanted to do was take a nap. Now we can’t imagine a day without napping in our favorite spot. But “resting your eyes” may actually be more harmful than helpful.

Sleeping at night (unless you have an unusual schedule) is the best thing. Dr. John Solic, of Mount Nittany Physician Group’s sleep medicine program, says resting at night is recommended for a reason.

“When you sleep at night, your body restores its energy levels by cycling through rapid eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) periods,” Solic says. “For some people, napping during the day can cause you to have less sleep cycles at night, which can affect your body’s ability to strengthen and build bone and muscle, strengthen the immune system and repair or regenerate tissues.” Continue reading

Kegels: A Different Muscle Group to Target“Am I doing it?” said the blonde girl casually sitting in the HUB-Robeson Center. “I don’t know,” her friend replied. “You just feel it, it’s not like I’m going to check for you or anything.”

As the two continued on, it became evident that the conversation revolved around Kegels – an easy clench-and-release exercise that strengthens pelvic floor muscles, the same muscles that are responsible for contractions during climax. These muscles work to hold up your bladder, which, in turn, can prevent leakage, strengthen bladder control and enhance sex by boosting arousal.

Before you start practicing Kegels, you must know how to locate the correct muscles. The next time you urinate, attempt to stop midstream without contracting your butt or abs. Hold for a few moments, and then continue the flow. The start and stop muscles at work are the muscles you want to target. Continue reading

Diet Diaries: Food Journaling 101

Florio.FoodJournalingRemember when diaries and journals were all the rage in middle school? Looking back, you may be a tad embarrassed that you even wrote something in strawberry-scented gel pen. But before you toss that Lisa Frank notebook, give journaling another chance by trying a food journal.

A food journal is a record of what you eat, when you eat it, calories or anything else you want to know about how you eat. Why should you even bother writing down everything you consume? Tammy Impellitteri, a licensed, registered dietitian in Mount Nittany Physician Group’s endocrinology practice, says food journaling can give you a lot of clues about your eating habits.

“Food journaling is really eye opening for some people,” she says. “In many cases, what people perceive they’re eating is actually a lot less than what they’re actually eating. People don’t always realize how much they’re eating or how often until they see it written down. Continue reading

Weighing In: The Swim Workout for Non-Swimmers

Each week, our own fitness fanatics Christina Monteleone and Sabrina Evans will explore the latest workout crazes, diet fads and dish out tips for healthy living. Managing your schoolwork is tough enough- let us take care of your health.


For a lot of us, swimming consists of body surfing at the beach or sitting in a hot tub. Years having passed since our moms and dads forced us to take lessons at the local YMCA as kids.

However, whether you’re starting to get tired of your regular workout or your friend who was high school swimming champ has been begging you to swim laps with them at the gym (Yeah… because that’s totally going to end well), even doggie-paddling pros can learn how to incorporate swimming into their fitness regimen.

Why Swimming is Full-Body Fun

Your entire body is submerged in water and your goal is to somehow stay afloat while making forward progress – how could you not break a sweat swimming?

According to the Aquatics Coordinator at Penn State, Justin Brown, “There are so many different muscles working in sync with swimming that it’s just a total body workout.” Continue reading

Hair Obsessed: Products Worth the Price

We are spoiled women – when it comes to hair products, that is.

Today’s market has thousands of brands and products to choose from, each ranging in price and quality. But the hunt for perfect product has become overwhelming. Do we have too much of a good thing?

Drug store hair care brands carry hundreds of products, each claiming that their products are equal – if not better – to salon products at the discounted price. But the truth is, there is a difference.

Hair stylist Alli Lemon recently ranted about this in a ha-larious blog-post “10 Things Your Hairsylist Wants You to Know.” Continue reading

Pro-Ana: The Pro That’s Not A Pro At All

Mannino.EatingDisordersHow would we make it through college without our support system?

Our parents, friends and classmates help us get through the nitty-gritty of college life. It’s these support systems that push people from wellness into darkness. But in today’s culture, support comes in various outlets – and mostly through social media. Who knew that one hashtag could push your friend over the edge?

So let’s take a look at what’s trending on your news feed. Pro-ana (pro-anorexia) is an online community that promotes the practice of anorexia in order to achieve “the perfect body”.  #ProAna is found in various social media outlets such as Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter.

“It’s so visually present in social media and it’s so in your face,” says senior Torri Singer. “People will fall back into old habits because they see it in their face, especially websites like Instagram because it is so visual.” Continue reading

What Your Pee Can Tell You

oberdorf_bathroomIt’s easy to disregard urine as waste because you flush it down the toilet every single day. But your urine is a lot more valuable than you think, so it’s time to take another look at the toilet bowl.

Dr. Howard Miller, a urologist at the Mount Nittany Physician Group, says the color, smell and appearance of urine can be clues into your overall health.

“Most individuals want to aim for urine that is a clear, pale yellow with no strong odors as this indicates a healthy and well-hydrated state,” he says.  “Darker yellow and strong [smelling] urine may indicate that one’s body isn’t getting enough water.” Continue reading