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Use summer's free heat for at-home beauty

Jackie Silver is Aging Backwards and she shares her secrets, tips and shortcuts in her book, Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young, on her Web site, AgingBackwards.com, on TV and radio, in print and in person. She is a frequent telev...

Soak up the sun

Hot enough for ya? Many cities are experiencing record heat this year. USA Today reported just over a month ago that 1,011 records were broken around the country, including 251 new daily high temperatures. Don't let all this free heat go to waste! You can use summer's heat to your advantage with a few at-home beauty treatments that won't cut into your budget.

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Soak up the sun for healthy hair

Deep condition your hair. When your hair cuticles become dry and damaged, they can result in a dull, frizzy look. Deep conditioning your hair allows the cuticles to stay flat, restoring shine and youth with longer-lasting results than you'd get by simply using conditioner in the shower for a few minutes. Wash your hair as usual. Towel dry your hair, slather it with your fave conditioner and put a shower cap over it. Step outside and relax in the shade with a good eBook for 15 -20 minutes. Rinse and style as usual.

Multitask with a facial mask

As long as you're conditioning your hair, you can do your mask at the same time. Regular cleansing removes surface dirt and makeup, but a facial mask will draw out impurities from beneath the top layer of your skin. Using a mask helps to unclog pores and exfoliate the dead skin cells from your face. It also helps to stimulate circulation and, depending on the product, helps hydrate and protect your skin.

Using the product of your choice, apply the facial mask and sit outside in the shade with or without the hair conditioner. Here's an extra tip: Use some of the mask on the tops of your hands. Your hands and neck are the first places that show age, even in your late 20s!

CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton says, "You might be surprised to hear this, but aging can start as early as in our 20s -- especially if you live in a peak sun area, the South, like Florida, the Southwest, Arizona. It directly correlates to our sun exposure." After 15 to 20 minutes, rinse the mask according to the product directions and pat dry.

Get a health kick

Get your vitamin D. Our bodies need vitamin D for optimal calcium absorption. It also helps to lower blood pressure, decrease the incidence of some cancers, boost the immune system and has other healthful benefits. The best way to get vitamin D is from the sun. Experts say 10 to 20 minutes a day in direct sunlight is all you need to keep your levels optimal.

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Jackie Silver is Aging Backwards and she shares her secrets, tips and shortcuts in her book, Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young, on her website, AgingBackwards.com, on TV and radio, in print and in person. She is a frequent television news guest, one half of The Ageless Sisters radio show and contributor to numerous websites. She also appears in dozens of videos on Livestrong.com and eHow.com. Jackie is sought after as an anti-aging and beauty expert by the media. Sign up for her FREE newsletter at AgingBackwards.com, connect with her on Facebook (Aging Backwards With Jackie Silver), Twitter @AgingBackwards and Pinterest.

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