Hi guys, it’s Julie, the beauty intern here at Fitness! I recently got the chance to get my skin “tracked” at Somme Institute in New York City to see what kind of damage the sun has done over the years. The results were kind of….scary.
The UV camera captured images 3-4 inches beneath the surface of my skin and found freckles and sun spots that could eventually work their way to the top layers of my skin. The specialists told me that the damage was actually quite minimal compared to other people. Whew! They also said that the redness around my eyes was normal because the area is so sensitive on everyone. Double whew!
Because most sun damage happens before we turn 18, it’s important to start protecting our skin now. Lesson learned. You won’t catch me outside sans sunscreen ever again.
With the spotlight on designer duds and over-the-top hair, it’s easy to miss a model’s manicure on the runway. But look a little closer and you’ll see the hottest trends, hands down. Eleanor, FITNESS’ beauty director, went backstage at Spring Fashion Week 2010 to get the scoop on this season’s most popular looks from Roxanne Valinoti, nail artist for CND.
Michelle Obama is turning heads in the White House thanks to pro hair stylist, Johnny Wright. The Chicago native, who first worked with Obama at an Essence magazine photo shoot, now serves as Obama’s exclusive hair stylist. We invited him to FITNESS to share his tricks for managing hair after the gym.
Is the heat putting a damper on your beauty routine? We met with Lancome makeup artist, Suzanne Katz, who shared her secrets for getting (and staying!) gorgeous in the summer. No more melting mascara! But watch out, your ice cream cone is dripping!
Self-tanner can make you look slimmer and smoother if you do it right. Follow these expert tint hints.
1) Exfoliate thoroughly. If you don’t, your faux glow will look streaky, says New York City-based tanning expert, Anna Stankiewicz. Avoid oil-based scrubs, which can coat the skin and cause patchiness.
2) Prep parched parts. Before you get glowing, put a light layer of lotion on your hands, feet, elbows and heels to keep the bronzer from over absorbing into dry areas. “You’ll still get a little bit of penetration but not enough to cause splotches,” Stankiewicz says.
3) Get even. Keep crinkly areas, like your knees and elbows, seamless by bending them as you apply tanner. Don’t forget to massage the formula into your neck, the skin around your ears and hairline–all are zones women often miss.
4) Bring sexy back. To get your upper back and shoulders, try this trick from Dera Enochson, creator and founder of Xen-Tan: Take a foot of Saran Wrap and fold it lengthwise into a two-inch strip. Put tanner in the middle, and, holding the ends, smooth it across your back like you’re drying your back with a towel.
5) Use protection. Don’t rub off your tawny color before it develops. After your application dries, blot on a talc-free powder, such as Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder ($4.55, burtsbees.com), to create a barrier. Remember not to shower for about eight hours. Now, you’re golden!