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June 2011

Favorite Find Friday: Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion

Written on June 10, 2011 at 10:39 am , by

Our pasty limbs have just recently been exposed to the light of day after months of hibernation, so we’re relying on shimmery Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion to impart the subtle (and sun-free!) glow our skin is missing. We smooth a bit of the fast-absorbing formula over our bare legs and arms before stepping out the door: Mineral mica in the lotion reflects light, blurring imperfections. We love that it’s less commitment that a sunless tanner, and there’s no risk of staining clothes. How do you prep your body for its summer reveal?

Soften Up Your Skin

Written on June 9, 2011 at 10:44 am , by

Summer can wreak havoc on your skin (sun! sweat! breakouts!), so now’s the time to make sure yours is smooth and supple. I quizzed our beauty team for their top exfoliation tips, so you can sail through the hottest season of the year looking radiant and fresh.

lowres-WB3O6200“I’ve found the best thing that works to rejuvenate my sensitive skin is the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System. The brush is incredibly gentle, and I use it every night to take off my makeup and the day’s grime. It removes six times more dirt and oil than cleansing with hands alone, and its sonic frequency produces over 300 movements per second. Pretty impressive, right? Plus, I love that my night cream absorbs into my skin more readily.” –Eleanor Langston, Beauty Director

“I’m an exfoliating fiend. I use a glycolic acid peel pad in the AM before my sunscreen and a retinol treatment at night to keep my skin healthy-looking and glowing. When I shower, I slough off dead skin cells with a microdermabrasion stick like Blinc Resurfastic Face, followed by a moisturizing mask.” –April Franzino, Associate Beauty Editor

“I love St. Ives Apricot Scrub because it’s inexpensive and makes my face feel ultra-soft. For my body, I use Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash daily, and I never have any sensitivity.” –Kelly Garner, Beauty Intern

“I used to think that the more I cleansed, the clearer my skin would be, but boy was I wrong! My skin became unbearably red from daily sloughing, so now I use a scrub two to three times a week and never on consecutive days. My secret: Apply your scrub in the shower. Steam’s heat helps soften skin, so you can rub without irritation.” –Amanda Downs, Beauty Intern

We want to know: How often do you exfoliate? What are your top skin-softening secrets?

Cute 7-Minute Hairstyle to Try

Written on June 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm , by

Skip the blowout: How gorgeous is this relaxed, undone bun that FITNESS reader (and my friend!) Blake Cotton tried out today? It only took her about seven minutes, and I think it’s a pretty, easy alternative to a ponytail for work or an updo for a date night. You could even wear it exercising too! Here’s the step-by-step:

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1. Start with air-dried hair and clip the front and top sections up and out of the way.

2. Create a messy bun at the nape of your neck.

3. Take individual pieces from the front sections and loosely twist them, pinning the pieces into your bun as you go until you reach the top section.

4. Back-comb the crown area for subtle lift, then twist and pin that section into your messy bun.

PS: She was inspired by Lauren Conrad’s new blog, The Beauty Department, which includes pictures of each step. Check out Blake’s blog here for more info.

Christina Hendricks Chats with FITNESS

Written on June 8, 2011 at 9:33 am , by

Yesterday we had the pleasure of sitting down with Mad Men star Christina Hendricks in her Manhattan hotel suite to discuss everything from lipstick to that gorgeous pale skin (she’s absolutely stunning and so sweet in person!) to her workout regimen. Hendricks is supporting the Latisse Wishes Challenge, which allows consumers to donate a minimum of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which LATISSE then matches, working toward a goal of donating $500,000. Take a peek at our conversation:

Go for the Glow

Written on June 7, 2011 at 9:18 am , by

Ladies, we all know how important it is to stay safe in the sun, but who doesn’t want a nice glow? Well, it’s time to kiss the damaging sun oils goodbye and say hello to the myriad self-tanner options on the market. Since choosing among the bounty can be daunting, I put together a list of my favorite options:

BEST INSTANT TANNER: L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion in Deep Natural No need to worry about looking orange with this one; a perfectly bronze shade developed within a few hours.

BEST GRADUAL TANNERJergens Natural Glow Foaming Moisturizer This lightweight foam subtly enhanced my skin tone in less than a week—and spread on so easily.

BEST RINSE-OFF: MAC Cosmetics Skin-Sheen Leg Spray When my legs need an extra boost for a little black dress, I spray this transfer-resistant tint on, and it washes off in my next shower.

—By Kelly Garner, beauty intern

The Wonders of Wine

Written on June 6, 2011 at 8:00 am , by

We love a glass of red at the end of the day just as much as the next gal, so we’re excited to share these wine-related beauty tidbits from Jody Levine, M.D., dermatologist for Tone in New York City (their Vino Moisture Crushed Grape Shea Butter Body Wash contains potent grape extracts) and Carolyn Wente, CEO of Wente Vineyards:

  • Wine has high antioxidant levels due to the polyphenols that naturally occur in grapes, so it can protect your body and skin from damaging free radicals.
  • Vinotherapy treatments, like those offered both at home and in-spa by Caudalie, are a growing trend in skincare and provide anti-aging benefits.
  • The pulp found in the residue from wine-making is great for gently exfoliating the skin and soothing without irritation.
  • A glass of wine can temporarily cause blood vessels in the face to dilate, giving your skin a glowy flush. Don’t overindulge, though—too much alcohol can cause inflammation.

Keep your eye out for another surprising skincare-related use for grapes in our October issue, on stands in September!

Favorite Find Friday: Degree Women Clinical Protection in Sexy Intrigue

Written on June 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm , by

Deodorant isn’t usually a subject on which we wax rhapsodic, but we can’t help but sing the praises of Degree Clinical Protection Fine Fragrance Collection Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Sexy Intrigue. The formula not only keeps us dry through the toughest workouts and stifling New York City subway commutes, but also has the most sophisticated scent we’ve ever encountered in a deodorant: A subdued blend of jasmine and vanilla developed by Ann Glottlieb, creator of iconic fragrances like Dior J’Adore and CK One.  What deodorant—and scent—do you like best?

Spot On

Written on June 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm , by

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If anyone knows the truth about acne, it’s Katie Rodan, M.D., and Kathy Fields, M.D., the dermatologist founders of billion-dollar blemish brand Proactiv. To kick off June National Acne Awareness Month, we’re sharing some surprising acne facts from their book, The Doctors’ Secrets to a Lifetime of Clear Skin:

  • Acne is the #1 skin disease in the world—in the U.S., 85 percent of people have it sometime in their lives.
  • They might do a number on your waistline, but sweets like chocolate and soda, and greasy foods like French fries don’t cause acne.
  • It may seem like the sun dries up your pimples, but sun exposure actually makes acne worse over time: Your skin sheds the UV-damaged cells, which clog pores and can trigger breakouts.
  • The dark spots that appear on skin after a blemish are called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: Unlike acne scars, they’re not permanent but can take weeks to heal.
  • Don’t spot treat: The red pimple that erupts on your skin is actually the last stage of a blemish’s life. Always treat your whole face to attack acne at every stage (even when it’s not yet visible).
  • Keep products with the zit-fighting ingredient benzoyl peroxide away from clothes and fabrics; it’s oxidizing action will bleach them.
  • Avoid facial scrubs with ground fruit or nut bits, like apricot pits or walnut, when trying to deep-clean skin: Their sharp edges can make micro-tears in your skin, causing further inflammation and irritation.
  • Don’t wash your face more than twice a day: Stripping your skin of oil prompts your body to produce more, exacerbating acne and oiliness.

Green Trade

Written on June 1, 2011 at 9:59 am , by

Earth-friendly beauty brand EcoTools, known for using recycled and sustainable natural materials in their cruelty-free products, just launched their Choose to Live Beautifully campaign to inspire you to go green: Simply send a new or used beauty product to the company, and in exchange they’ll mail you a coupon for a free EcoTools product (valued up to $7.99; you can receive a maximum of two). They’ll also recycle all donated beauty goods through RecycleBank. Visit the Choose to Live Beautifully site now through the end of summer for information on what products are eligible and where to send. Happy swapping!

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