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June 2011

The Recipe for Great Skin

Written on June 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm , by

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Last week, we had the privilege of enjoying a lunch cooked by Top Chef judge/host and new Eucerin Skin First Council Member Gail Simmons (above). Here, she shares her recipe for the “Skin Savvy Salmon” she made for us, chosen for its complexion-boosting omega fatty acids (take our word for it—it’s delicious!):

Gail Simmons’ Skin Savvy Salmon

1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
4 six-ounce salmon filets, boneless, skin on
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
10-12 turns of freshly ground black pepper
4 cups cooked brown rice
2 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts only
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

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In a small saucepan, add soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.

Take a large, oven-proof, non-stick sauté pan and set over high heat (use two pans if needed). Rub the filets all over lightly with vegetable oil. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Once pan is very hot, place the filets skin-side down and press down gently with a spatula so the skin remains flat to the pan. Cook for about six minutes, then liberally glaze the top side of the filets with the soy mixture- you want to have some glaze swirling in the bottom of the pan too, as this will carmelize with the crispy skin. Turn off the heat and flip the salmon so the skin side is now on top. Allow to rest in the pan for three more minutes until cooked through.

Place the salmon filets on top of a cup of brown rice, skin-side up. Drizzle a little more glaze from the pan on the plate. Sprinkle with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve with a veggie of your choice, like sauteed spinach or snap peas. Bon appetite!

Behind the Scenes: July/August “Love Your Hair” Makeover Photo Shoot

Written on June 28, 2011 at 10:06 am , by

The FITNESS beauty team took over the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon in New York City this April to transform the locks of seven gorgeous readers. They each received a “before” photo, hair color, cut, blowout, makeup, wardrobe, and an “after” photo in the span of a single day. Take a peek at the action, and be sure to check out the Love Your Hair feature on page 54 of the July/August issue, on newsstands this week!

What’s Your Go-To Workout Hairstyle?

Written on June 27, 2011 at 11:05 am , by

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Many of us struggle with how to wear our hair while we exercise. We polled FITNESS staffers for their strategies:

  • “I usually wear a Lululemon headband—bangs flapping in my face are distracting—and a simple ponytail. On hot days when I run outside, though, a braid is a must because ponytails get sweaty and gross.”—Bethany Gumper, senior editor
  • “I wrap a French braid into a bun, so it’s off my face and out of the way. My trainer calls me sporty spice!”—Heidi Smith, art department intern
  • “My hair is super-thick, so I wrap a headband around the base of my ponytail so that it stays put no matter what, and I can actually focus on my workout, rather than how my hair looks.”—Marianne Magno, assistant web editor
  • “I tie my hair into a tight bun. Because I have curly hair, this technique helps to give my hair volume post-run. I keep it up while showering, then let it down and air-dry. My hair’s left looking really full and lush.”—Argy Koutsothanasis, fashion director
  • “I twist a loose top-knot high on my head to prevent dreaded ponytail creases, keep my waves intact and the sweat off my neck.”—Eleanor Langston, beauty director
  • “I wear my hair in a low ponytail with a side part. It keeps the hair out of my face but still looks cute.”—Marla Horenbein, fashion assistant
  • “Ponytail always. I can’t stand having hair in my face when I sweat. My dance teacher trained me as a kid: No hair in the face, ever!”—Betty Wong, editor-in-chief
  • “Pulled back into a low, kind of loose bun. It’s neat, off my neck, and still looks good.”—Cheri Crump, sittings editor
  • “In a ponytail with a headband—it’s a must to keep shorter layers out of my eyes. I swear by rubber Scunci hairties for my ponytails: They’re so durable!”—Karla Walsh, editorial assistant

How do you wear your hair when you work out?

Favorite Find Friday: Alba Botanica Sugar Cane Body Polish

Written on June 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm , by

We use body scrubs like they’re going out of style, so we prefer our tubs to be large and fairly inexpensive. One of our go-to’s is Alba Botanica Sugar Cane Body Polish, a sweet, slightly gritty formula made with honey. It’s not oily or greasy, so there’s none of that annoying tub spillage—or worse, slippage!—and it leaves our skin soft and bump-free. Do you use body scrubs? If so, what’s your favorite?

Sleeping Beauty

Written on June 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm , by

At a recent Mary Kay skincare event, sleep scientist Jan Yager, Ph.D. shared tips for getting your best beauty rest:restful-sleep

  1. Exercise may enhance sleep, particularly if you do it in the late afternoon or early evening, not immediately before bed or when you wake up in the morning.
  2. Don’t go to sleep hungry or too full: Both can put your body’s metabolic processes into overdrive.
  3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed—though it might seem like a nightcap helps you sleep, both substances can increase sleep fragmentation and the number of times you wake up in the night, making you feel less rested in the morning.
  4. Don’t take naps unless you absolutely have to: They can prevent you from falling asleep at night, no matter how early in the day you take them.
  5. Stay in bed only as long as your body needs to. Too much sleep can actually cause frequent awakenings at night and the inability to fall asleep.

What beauty sleep rituals do you swear by?

Olympic Swimmer Summer Sanders Chats with FITNESS

Written on June 21, 2011 at 10:56 am , by

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Gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer, TV host, and mom of two Summer Sanders is busy supporting Coppertone’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, but recently took the time to chat with FITNESS. Here’s what she had to say about swimming, sunscreen, and beauty must-haves:

-FITNESS: What made you want to get involved with Merck/Coppertone’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson?
Summer Sanders: “As a mom of two little kids, swim and sun safety are a priority and the opportunity to share that info was the main reason. I’ve worn Coppertone Sport forever and it’s what I put on my kids everyday.”

-FITNESS: What do you love most about swimming?
SS: “Being outside and getting a chance to see my kids push their boundaries, have fun with friends, and enjoy the water. It makes me feel like a kid myself!”

-FITNESS: What are your top tips for fellow swimmers?
SS: “For a swim workout, choose the non-peak sun hours in the morning or evening. If you are playing in the pool, remember to always put on sunscreen and don’t forget your sensitive areas, feet, ears and scalp. I highly recommend checking out the Coppertone MyUVAlert app.”

-FITNESS: What’s your proudest fitness-related achievement? Why?
SS: “The New York Marathon in 2002 because I soaked up every ounce of energy from my fellow competitors and the thousands of people who came out to cheer us on.”

-FITNESS: What’s your best beauty advice for fellow swimmers?
SS: “Sunscreen! And moisturizer post-swim.”

-FITNESS: What beauty products can’t you live without?
SS: Coppertone Sport sunscreen. I put it on under my makeup every day. My Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and Kiehl’s lip balm.”

Do You Wear Makeup at the Gym?

Written on June 20, 2011 at 7:52 am , by

gym-rat(5)Many a dermatologist have professed that it’s best not to wear makeup at the gym because it can clog your pores, cause bacteria buildup on your skin, and various other ugly side-effects. Yet many of us do it anyway—including our own staffers. We asked the ladies of FITNESS whether they wear makeup at the gym, and here’s what they said:

  • “No makeup, what’s the point? I’m there to work out, not to win a beauty pageant!”—Julia Savacool, articles director
  • “Only mascara—I wear glasses, but it’s usually too sweaty to do so during a workout, so I swap in contacts and need the mascara so I don’t look sleepy. Anything else would make me feel like I was creating zits.”—Sarah D’Angelo, assistant editor
  • “No, except maybe lip gloss. If I have mascara on, it usually ends up running down my face. It doesn’t feel good to have makeup on when I’m working out.”—Kathy Green, managing editor
  • “I don’t do full-on eye makeup, but I definitely have to have mascara on. Gyms are lined with mirrors and I don’t want to cringe a little every time I see myself. If anything, I wear a little makeup so that I stay focused on my workout!”—Christie Griffin, digital director
  • “No way! I think it would make me feel claustrophobic. I actually prefer to go au naturel as much as possible all the time, so when I’m sweating it’s a must. I can’t imagine that dripping through Spin class with mascara running down my face would look so hot, either.”—Karla Walsh, editorial assistant
  • “I never go anywhere without putting on a smidge of bronzer. I’ve found that the best one that doesn’t sweat off is Bare Escentuals BareMinerals All-Over Face Color in Warmth.”—Kelly Garner, beauty intern
  • “I wear mascara. Otherwise it looks like I have no eyelashes!”—Pam O’Brien, executive editor
  • “I wear no makeup to the gym. It winds up coming off when I sweat anyway, and I’m there for myself—to get fit—not to impress anyone.”—Alexa Cortese, web intern
  • What about youdo you wear makeup during a workout?

The FDA’s New SPF Rules

Written on June 15, 2011 at 9:35 am , by

After decades (!) of deliberation and anticipation, the Food and Drug Administration recently revealed new rules regulating sunscreens that will go into effect in a year. Here, a brief crib sheet on what you need to know:6877099-woman-applying-sunscreen-lotion-lotion-at-the-beach-rear-view

  • In order to be labeled “broad spectrum”, sunscreens must provide equal and adequate UVA (wrinkle and cancer-causing rays) and UVB (burning and cancer-causing rays) protection.
  • Sunscreen companies will be banned from labeling their products as “sunblock”, “waterproof” or “sweatproof”; instead, they’ll be able to indicate on the packaging  how many minutes the sunscreen resists water, based on FDA-reviewed tests results.
  • Any sunscreen under SPF 15 or without a proportionate amount of UVA and UVB protection will have to include a label that states that the product does not provide protection against skin cancer or skin aging.
  • The FDA has yet to decide on one additional rule: Whether to ban the labeling of SPFs above 50. They are still accepting comments about this proposed regulation.

What do you think about the new sunscreen rules?

Olympian Allyson Felix Chats with FITNESS

Written on June 14, 2011 at 10:10 am , by

Last week we had the privilege to sit down with Olympic silver and gold medal-winning runner Allyson Felix to discuss everything beauty and fitness! Sweeter than words, the world-champion runner is volunteering to mentor for the winner of the ACUVUE Brand Contact Lenses 1-DAY Contest (click the link for information on how to enter). Felix said she trades in her glasses for 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST contacts in order to feel comfortable during her workouts and competitions. Here’s a peek at our conversation:

—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

The Heat is On!

Written on June 13, 2011 at 6:22 am , by

Regular jog sessions in the scorching summer heat (the temp reached 100 in NYC last week!) can be tough on our skin, so Aquaphor and Chris Carmichael, CEO and President of Carmichael Training Systems, shared some simple tips to prevent chapped lips, chafed skin, and blistered feet during your weekly training:

Feet first. To avoid injuries, replace those worn-out running shoes every four months or 400 miles. Slather on a salve like Aquaphor® Healing Ointment before you run and after showers to keep your feet free of blisters and cracks.

Stay hydrated. Keeping your body water content up means less stress and increased performance. But how to drink on the run? Practice grabbing cups of water from tables so you’ll be ready to hydrate on the big day. Just pinch the top of your cup to avoid spills as you go.

Prevent chaffing. Keep your thighs, underarms, and more from being rubbed raw with a moisturizing ointment. Spread it on any areas that chafe before you hit the pavement, including under bra straps and waistbands.

Stretch out. Flexible muscles in your legs, hips and torso are a successful runner’s secret weapon. Give them a good stretch both before and after you hit the pavement.

To keep track of your fitness goals, join the Aquaphor online training community here.

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—By Kelly Garner, beauty intern