Olympic Silver Medal-Winning Swimmer Maritza Correia “Makes a Splash” and Dishes Her Look-Fab Secrets
As the first African American woman to earn a place on the U.S Olympic Swim Team, Maritza Correia knows a lot about staying fit, accomplishing your goals, and of course, how to stay gorgeous in harsh, wet elements. Here are her secrets— and why she’s signed on with the USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” initiative.
FITNESS: How did you get involved with the “Make a Splash” program?
Maritza Correia: I actually just signed on with “Make a Splash” in March. As a competitor and the first African American woman on the U.S Olympics Swim Team, I want to get kids, especially minorities, involved in swimming and teach them the importance of water safety.
FITNESS: You’re constantly in the water. How do you keep your hair from drying out and protected?
MC: I really take care of it. I only wash it two to three times a week because shampoo can really dry out your hair. I condition it often, using the Pantene Pro-V line.
FITNESS: What’s your haircare, makeup and skincare routine like on a typical day?
MC: After practice, as I mentioned, I condition my hair. I use a lot of lotion for my body: I love Jergens Shea Butter. I don’t use the same lotion on my face because it’s more sensitive, so I stick with Aveeno for that. I have to admit, I’m a total girly-girl and I love makeup. I always wear MAC products. After practice my hair tends to be a bit frizzy, so I apply my favorite gel, L.A. Looks.
FITNESS: What does your training consist of?
MC: I am currently not training full time, but I do like to engage in a lot of clinics. I’m actually hosting one at the YMCA in Mount Vernon, New York on May 26th from 10AM to 4PM, “Make a Splash: Mount Vernon”, to kick off Memorial Day weekend. I’ll be speaking to elementary school kids on the benefits of swimming to stay fit, water safety education and about the learn-to-swim programs.
FITNESS: What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
MC: Being such a girly-girl I have a routine of getting a manicure and pedicure every two weeks. I’ll leave the kid with my husband and take that time for myself. It’s actually really relaxing and I love that I can be creative and change the color of my nails every two weeks.
FITNESS: What are the beauty products you can’t live without?
MC: I’m addicted to lip gloss and Lip Smackers. You can probably find purple, pink and beige tubes all over the house!
FITNESS: What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
MC: Making the Olympic team in 2004. The first time I had ever seen the games was in 1996, when they were in Atlanta. Then I became an Olympian in 2004.
FITNESS: How can readers get involved with “Make a Splash” and its lifesaving programs?
MC: They can log onto Swimtoday.org to get information on free or discounted swim lessons. Also, If you’re more competitive, you can find a team to join, or you can just a find a pool near you to have fun, stay healthy and be fit.
—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern
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This week, we asked Associate Photo Editor Karina Dearwood to spill her beauty must-haves and secrets for an effortless look:
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: No-fuss and natural!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Origins Starting Over Moisturizer with Mimosa, Dior Addict Lip Polish in Fresh Expert and Mally Double Ended Mascara.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I use Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo for a cleanser, followed by my Origins moisturizer. If I’m wearing my hair curly, I load up on the Matrix Smootherapie Leave-in Cream to fight frizz. If it’s straight, I give it a couple brushes. I finish with a few coats of mascara and lip gloss then I’m good to go!
At Night? Origins A Perfect World Cream Cleanser (I’m obsessed with this brand!) followed by Finacea Prescription Gel to fight problem areas once I go to bed. My favorite night indulgence is to put on foot lotion followed by fuzzy socks!
Post-workout? I usually exercise in the evenings, so after the gym I’ll take a shower and finish up with my nightly routine.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A blowout at home or at a salon makes me feel ultra-glam!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? The key to wearing makeup is to make it look like you’re not wearing any at all!
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, super-chic Fashion Intern Cindy Park shares the products and tips that keep her looking polished on the go:
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Consistent and simple
What are the three beauty products you cant live without?:Neutrogena Make-up Removing Wipes, C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve and the Clarisonic Mia.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning?: I use my Clarisonic to cleanse, then sweep on Origins Purifying Tonic, apply Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Moisturizer and top it off with an Aveeno sunscreen.
Post-workout?: I wipe off sweat and grime with Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Wipes.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good?: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: When the mask dries up and I peel it off, I feel like I’m taking off a layer of dull skin and am left with a cleaner, fresher face. I also love Bobbi Brown Creamy Lipcolor in Pale Plum. It gives me the perfect pop of color when I want to look more awake.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received? Wear sunscreen every single day. You won’t regret it!
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, Associate Art Director Lauren Kukafka shares her keep-it-simple beauty philosophy and secrets:
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Less is more!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Aveeno Cleansing Pads, DDF Aloe Toner and moisturizer.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? The three products above I use in the morning and night. I never switch it up! If it works, why change it?
Post-workout? I usually let my hair air dry after working in a bit of anti-frizz cream.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Washing up before bed. I am known to take a really long time. I love to feel really clean before bed, so I wash my face for like 20 minutes!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? I have seriously sensitive skin, and I used to try lots of new stuff, just for fun. I would always be allergic to it, however, which is no fun! Now I know just to use what works.
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
Today may be the first day of fall, but that doesn’t mean you should stash your sunscreen until next summer. Even on dreary days like today, we protect ourselves with SPF, like Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30. This silky lotion absorbs quickly, smells slightly sweet, and does double duty, offering extra protection with a trio of antioxidants: vitamins A, C, and E. Our skin has been smoother than ever and virtually irritation-free since we’ve started using it.
Tell us: What’s your go-to daily SPF?
In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, we asked Web Editor Colleen Moody (a former beauty editor!) for the scoop on her tried-and-true primping habits and must-haves.
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Natural, polished and simple.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller and Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve definitely adapted to the “less is more” philosophy. In the morning, I use a dab of undereye concealer, do a few coats of mascara and a swipe of bronzer along my T-zone. I work out in the mornings, so I’ll use Pureology Colour Stylist Antisplit Blowdry on wet hair after showering to give myself a quick blowout. Or, if I’m really tired that day I just spray some Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray all over, throw it up and walk out the door!
At night? If I get home from work, and I’m in for the night, I’ll wash my face as soon as I walk in the door– I like to let my skin breathe when it can! I’m very big on eye creams, and I’m always testing out new ones. Right now, I love Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Cream: It keeps the skin under my eyes perky and fresh. Instead of using a moisturizer at night, I use Tarte 100% Pure Cold Pressed Maracuja Oil– it hydrates my skin while I sleep and makes it ridiculously soft!
Post-workout? Again, I’d be lost without my trusty dry shampoo. I have a ton of hair and washing it every time I exercise is not only bad for it but very time-consuming! Like our fitness editor Jenna, I make sure to take off all my makeup before a workout to prevent any breakouts. Afterwards, I’ll splash my face with cold water and moisturize for a quick pick-me-up.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? This is kind of weird – but hairspray! I used to have really short hair (think Rihanna circa 2008) and it’s taken me forever to grow it out. I love that with a quick hair flip and spritz of hairspray you can give your style a boost that looks great all day! Other than that, I’m a fan of a good manicure. I type all day long, so having a pretty pair of nails to look at while I work makes me happy.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? It’s important to protect your skin but also your hair! Whether you color it or not, you should never, ever use heated tools like a flat iron or blow dryer without spraying heat protectant in it first. It protects your hair’s health, prevents split ends and keeps your highlights from fading. For those sunny beach days, I spray L’Oréal Paris Everpure UV Protectant to shield my hair from damage from the sun and any other elements. Why spend money on your strands if you’re not going to take care of them?
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
Fall is just around the corner, and that means dryer air—and skin. Time to bolster your defenses by making a few small tweaks to your body care routine. In the shower, switch to a creamy hydrating body wash, like Aveeno Positively Nourishing Hydrating Body Wash, which moisturizes as it cleanses.
When you step out, pat dry with a terrycloth towel. Patting dry, rather than vigorously rubbing, helps your skin retain more moisture. Then wrap your hair up in a terrycloth towel to keep it out of the way (and reduce drying time). Apply a thick lotion all over to lock in hydration, like Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion. Extra credit: To get a subtle tan while you moisturize, try Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Lotion, which is laced with self-tanner that builds up over a few days. Sayonara, scaly skin!
-Kari LaPrade, Beauty Intern