We just received this great question from one of our readers, and I think many of you can relate, especially since we’re in the thick of summer humidity (frizz alert!). Hope the answer helps tame your mane.
Q: I have ultra-thick, curly hair, and it’s cut in long layers. How can I make my hair stay frizz-free when I wear it down and loose?
A: Curly strands are prone to frizz when they dry naturally, so start styling while your hair is sopping wet. A mixture that’s great: Work in equal parts hydrating curling cream and an oil-based serum from roots to ends. If your strands still start to pouf, lightly rub on a glossing serum on dry hair to control mid-day frizzies. This trick will help block out humidity. And remember: Heat, UV rays and chemicals strip hair, making it porous, which aggravates the fluff. Comb in conditioner before diving into the pool to minimize chlorine damage.
Also, check out this fun beauty section on Weather.com. It gives you a checklist of beauty items that you might need for the day. Pretty genius!
Got a burning beauty question? Head to the community portion of our site or e-mail email@example.com.
-Eleanor Langston, Beauty Director
Whether you’re heading to the sand or just kicking it poolside this weekend, you know that sunglasses are a MUST for protecting the delicate, wrinkle-prone skin around your eyes. But did you also know that the sun’s rays can damage your actual eyes? We chatted with Dr. Eliot Grossman, LensCrafter’s eye expert, for his best tips on staying protected during this summer:
- Look for sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. If you’re not sure if yours are blocking the rays, see your eye doctor (the assessment only takes about a minute).
- Wear contacts? While some lenses provide UV protection, they don’t cover your entire so you still need to slip on the shades.
- You still need to wear sunglasses when it’s overcast outside (radiation passes right through clouds) or if you’re in shady areas. Your eyes will still be exposed to rays that bounce from buildings, roads, water, sand, etc. Better to be safe than sorry!
Want more surprising sun protection scoop? Check out our Boost Your Sun Savvy story in our June 2010 issue. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/sun-care/skin-cancer-prevention/boost-your-sun-safety/
Volleyball star Gabby Reece teamed up with Vaseline to share her beauty tips for staying fresh this summer. Watch the interview below!
In our June issue, we featured teeny-tiny products that we loved in an article called “Mini Marvels,” but I just came across some jumbo beauty goodies that are truly GIANT GEMS. You can get all of these supersized bottles exclusively at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. My favorites are the Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Lotion, Bliss Supersize Fabulous Foaming Face Wash, Clinique Supersize 3-Step System and Philosophy Apricots and Cream Body Lotion.
The sale starts in the store on July 16th, but you can get them now through the Nordstrom website pre-sale at http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/6023530/0~2377897~2377898~6023530?origin=bdlp. It’s a cool way to save on packaging, score a nice deal and look a little more gorgeous, too. The sale ends August 1st, so hurry up and happy shopping!!
—Eleanor Langston, beauty director
Somewhere between pressing snooze and drudging through the bathroom door, I reach for my favorite body wash to start my day. Once my nose fills with that fresh, lemon scent, I’m up and at ‘em, ready to hop on the subway. But replace it with a warm vanilla or soothing lavender aroma and I’m crawling right back into bed. What gives?
According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, there’s a reason why my morning ritual changes depending on which body wash I use.
“Smell is the quickest way to alter someone’s mood or behavior,” Hirsch says.
Mint, jasmine and citrus are the best morning stimulants. For a calming shower, try something infused with vanilla, green apple, cucumber or baby powder aromas.
“It makes people feel like they’re in a safe and secure place,” says Hirsch. “When you feel less anxious, you’re more likely to fall asleep.”
Here are my top picks for waking up or winding down in the shower.
Favorite: Dove Body Wash Go Fresh Revive, $5.47 at Walmart
This lemon verbena scent will have you screaming carpe diem! The luxurious lather smooths over your body while the scent energizes you for the day ahead.
Runner-Up: Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Pink Grapefruit, $6.99 at Target
You’ll love the clean scent and your clear skin! This wash smells great and with a touch of acne medication, handles those frustrating body breakouts.
Favorite: Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash, $4.99 at Walgreens
Talk about sweet dreams! This body wash smells so delicious, you’ll practically float into bed. It gently exfoliates and moisturizes for an even tone, leaving you relaxed and pampered for a good night’s sleep.
Runner-up: Johnson & Johnson Melt Away Stress Relaxing Body Wash, $5.99 at Walgreens
Want to sleep like a baby? Trust the experts! This comforting formula is enriched with chamomile and their own AROMASOOTHE™ fragrance. Work the product into a rich lather to wash away the stressful workday.
—Catherine Q. O’Neill, beauty intern
To prevent back-ne and face flare-ups caused by workouts, start in the locker room. Hilary Reich, M.D., a New York City dermatologist, has the how-to.
FACE Remove pore-clogging makeup and gently exfoliate skin with a soft washcloth and lukewarm water.
BACK Use an astringent like Clean and Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent, on your back to minimize oil and sweat production.
FACE The heat from cardio can cause bacteria to build up. Suds up with an antibacterial wash, like Noxzema Triple Clean Antibacterial Lathering Cleanser ($4.29, drugstores).
BACK Hit the shower ASAP to remove perspiration and excess oils that clog pores, leading to bumps. In a rush? Wipe pimple-prone spots with salicylic acid-infused pads.
A three-step style that takes you from cardio to cocktails? Sign us up! Celebrity hair stylist, Donna Fumoso, shares her secret to the easiest, sexy style on the planet. Check out the final result in our July issue!
Celebrity hairstylist Donna Fumoso shows us how straight-haired girls can get loose waves without using a single plug-in. Yup, you heard it–NO hot tools. Watch and learn!
We went behind the scenes at our “No-Sweat Summer Hair” photoshoot to get the latest trends in summer hair. Donna Fumoso, a New York City stylist, showed us a neat trick–how to get a braid to look like a headband. DO try this at home!
For more cute hairstyles, check out page 48 in the July/August issue of Fitness!
We recently sat down for a chat with LA-based fitness trainer and food coach Kathy Kaehler. Not only did we find out that probiotics (that good-for-you bacteria in our yogurt) help to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but they’re also key to keeping your skin looking fresh.
While antibiotics kill bacteria, probiotics add good bacteria back into our bodies. And this “good bacteria” is what boosts digestion, helping flush out the toxins that can lead to blemishes, dryness, and discoloration.