Category Archives: Beauty & Health

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

So You Have A Hickey

Obrien_HickysSo you have a hickey. You haven’t had one in so long (sophomore year of high school to be exact), that you’ve forgotten how frustrating it can be to have a vampire bite-sized bruise on your neck.

Back in the day, having one meant strategically hiding it from mom and especially dad by wearing a turtleneck sweater for a week. However, spring is upon us and turtlenecks are only ideal for the winter hickey-covering season.

If a guy has Edward Cullen-ed you, here are the most effective ways to get the bruise gone. Fast. Because trust me, no one’s buying the “curling iron burn” excuse.

First, you must know understand your enemy in order to know how to conquer it. What exactly is a hickey? Well, has been made to answer just that. According to the website, a hickey is when “somebody sucks hard on soft skin, causing the capillaries underneath the surface to rupture.” Lamens terms: hickeys are bruises. They will generally last one to two weeks before fading if left untreated.  Continue reading

Oil Pulling: The “New” Health Fad

SabineC.OilPullingAn ancient Ayurvedic Indian system of healing, originating from the Vedic culture of India, is teaching us a completely “new” way to go about oral hygiene – not to mention a supposedly natural way of whitening teeth. Oil pulling has become a major health craze here in the U.S. as of late, but many people have never heard of this remedy. So what is it exactly?

Oil pulling is a practice in which you take a spoonful of coconut oil or sesame oil and swish it around in your mouth, going back and forth from the front to the back of your teeth for 20 minutes. Once the 20 minutes is up, spit the oil into a trashcan, not the sink because it can clog the drain if it solidifies. Oil pulling helps remove unwanted bacteria in your mouth, so once you’re finished with the process, make sure to thoroughly rinse your mouth out. Continue reading

Weighing In: The Benefits of Fast-Walking

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.


We all know the saying, “You have to walk before you can run.” But what if we told you running didn’t have to be part of a great workout? The latest fitness craze is often associated with old people in the mall, but now you can learn how to own it too.

That’s right – we’re talking about fast walking.

Powerful Perks

Cardiovascular exercise is brimming with heart-healthy benefits and fast walking is no exception. In addition to protecting against colds, stimulating weight loss and enhancing your mood, fast walking is also low-intensity enough to prevent against joint damage. Continue reading

Valley Pick of the Week: L’Oréal Advanced Haircare – Total Repair 5

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 11.50.12 AMFor those who have crisp split ends, L’Oréal’s recently released hair care line is the answer to your prayers! When it comes to hair, there’s nothing girls want more than for theirs to be silky and smooth. Between flat irons, curling irons and the dry winter we just experienced, our hair is really suffering (or dead).

Luckily, L’Oréal’s Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner helps bring life back into your hair. Over time, your hair will be repaired in five areas: split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness and dehydration. It’s important you use both the shampoo and conditioner to see results and make them last. Continue reading

Why Your Hair Needs Clarifying Shampoo

ZiyanSha-ClarifyingShampoo2When I was home on spring break, I stopped in to see my hairdresser for a quick trim. I had been really trying to take it easy on my hair—straightener and curling iron reserved only for weekend styling. So you can imagine my surprise when my stylist merely touched my hair and was appalled by its condition.

She asked me if I had been going swimming. No. Had I had been color-treating my hair? No. Had I had been showering? Well, yes. But that turned out to be precisely the problem: the fact that I had been showering in State College water.

This is the best campus ever. I say that with an unabashed bias. It turns out that ‘best campus’ does not come with the ‘best water quality.’ The minerals in our water created a build-up in my scalp that was “similar to heavily chlorinated hair of a swimmer,” according to my hairdresser. This build-up was stifling growth and dulling my blonde hair to a yellowy-grey color. Continue reading

I Let My Guy Friends Do My Makeup

GuysDoMakeUp.JosePonte1If you love watching makeup videos on YouTube as much as I do, then you’ve probably seen this highly amusing tag before. Yes, it is the terrifying yet hilarious: “My boyfriend/guy friend/brother/whatever male you know does my makeup” tag. Upon hearing this tag for the first time, many of you probably cringed. Heck, I mean, I did. The thought of a male coming at me with eyelash curlers doesn’t sound too appealing. But hey, if all the YouTube beauty gurus out there can do it, I can sacrifice an eyelash or two.

So, I asked two of my guy friends, Kojo Baiden and Matt McLean, to give me a makeover that would make me look party ready. Not telling them what any of the makeup products were, I laid out my makeup and let the frenzy ensue. Here are the hysterical results. (P.S. Despite the amount of blackmail I could get for this, I even added pictures… you’re welcome). Continue reading

Weighing In: AdvoCare

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.

Mannino-2.WeighingInAdvoCare’s 24-day challenge is a program that includes healthy eating, exercising, and dietary supplements. There are two phases of the challenge. The first phase is called the Cleanse Phase. On days 1-10 the dieter will take 3 products: Herbal Cleanse, OmegaPlex, and AdvoCare Spark Energy Drink Mix. These 3 products plus a healthy diet help detoxify the body of toxins.  According to AdvoCare, this phase will not leave you looking for a snack in the kitchen pantry. You will still be satisfied with the amount of food you consume, you will just be cleansing your body and preparing it for a jump-start. Continue reading

Strawberry and Almond Chia Seed Pudding

FNM_010114-Chia-Seed-Pudding-Recipe_s4x3.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscapeJust because spring break is over doesn’t mean that you should be taking Pokey Sticks and pints of Ben & Jerry’s to the face. This chia seed pudding is so light, fresh and sweet that it practically tastes like summer on your tongue. The recipe comes from Giada de Laurentiis and Food Network magazine.  It is perfect as morning meal or even as a dessert replacement when you are having a sugar craving. And the best part? It’s less than 200 calories. Continue reading

Weighing In: Meet your Fitness Match

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.

WeighingIn_LaurenJohnson-1Boasting a whopping eight fitness facilities to choose from, Penn State has no shortage of options when it comes to where you want to get your sweat on. But when it comes to what you want to get out of your workout, too many choices can be a little daunting.

Alas! Not knowing which gym to pick will no longer count as a viable excuse for sticking to the couch, because this week we’re breaking down the top three on-campus facilities to help you get your best workout.

Rec Hall

Sitting on the west side of campus across from the Lion Shrine, Rec Hall has been keeping Penn Staters fit since 1929. With its two gymnasiums, state-of-the-art fitness centers, 24 racquetball and squash courts, indoor track and fitness classes, Rec Hall has got it all. Continue reading