See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

By Real Simple
Updated June 03, 2009
Polish wearers know that nails can yellow from frequent applications of heavily pigmented colors. To the rescue: a lemon. Rubbing a wedge on the surface of your nails will help whiten them. For a more intense treatment, soak nails for a few minutes in lemon juice (the citric acid helps remove discoloration). Dab on some cuticle oil, then use a buffer to gently slough away the old, stained nail plate.
Jen Gotch

On the Cover

In This Issue

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 10

Contributors, p. 20

Editor's Note, p. 23

Your Words

How do you stay connected to the people you care about most?, p. 25


Life Lessons
Essay-contest winner Aldra Robinson shares the story of the most important day of her life―the day she truly understood grace, p. 45

Personal Best
Neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer on 10 ways to become a better thinker, p. 129

Where to buy products in this issue, p. 190

Reality Check
A 13-year-old files her own taxes, p. 192

Real Simple To Go, p. 194

Plus: 42 ways to add joy to your day, p. 144

The Guide


  • How to punch up your surroundings with the color green, p. 69
  • An eco-consultant shares her favorite natural grooming essentials, p. 79
  • Recession-friendly travel ideas. (Yes, you can still take that vacation), p. 85
  • The six-move, 20-minute total-body workout, p. 95
  • Grocery shopping at the dollar store, where to find clothing deals online, and tax deductions you may not know about, p. 105


Road Tests