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What’s Your Beauty Resolution?

Written on January 3, 2012 at 11:15 am , by

Spill the beans! Do you fall asleep with makeup on? Have you been biting your nails since sixth grade? Straighten your hair like you’re ironing a shirt? With 2012 finally here, it’s prime time for some beauty resolutions. We asked FITNESS staffers to share theirs:

  • “I vow to ease up on the hot tools! I’m going to let my hair breathe at least once a week and not fry it with a blow-dryer or flatiron.” —Colleen Moody, web editor
  • “I’m going to stop pulling at my split ends, which makes them even worse!” —Eleanor Langston, beauty director
  • “Seriously, I’m going to stop biting my nails! My two girlfriends and I are reinstating Manicure Mondays: No way am I going to ruin my mani after paying for it!” —Samantha Shelton, freelance editorial assistant
  • “I vow to wear sunscreen everyday.” —T.K. Brady, editorial intern
  • “My beauty resolution is to do more creative things with my hair: I always air-dry it and leave it wavy. It’s time to shake things up a bit— especially because it’s my job!” —April Franzino, associate beauty editor
  • “I vow to put cuticle oil on once a day!” —Juno DeMelo, nutrition editor
  • “My beauty resolution is to moisturize my hands before they start to get overly dry. I’m forging a preemptive strike against painful cracked skin this year!” —Karla Walsh, editorial assistant
  • “I vow to clean my makeup brushes on a weekly basis.” —Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern
  • “My beauty resolution for 2012 is to get more sleep so that it gets rid of the bags under my eyes and makes me look and feel much more refreshed.” —Marianne Magno, associate web editor

Tell us: What’s your beauty resolution for the new year?

By Leah Cayson, beauty intern

Revamp Your Skin

Written on January 11, 2011 at 10:04 am , by

It’s a new year—the perfect time to get your skincare habits on the right track. We got advice from Kate Somerville, celebrity aesthetician and founder of Kate Somerville Skin Care, on how to get your best skin (and body!) ever in 2011:

  • Do a detox. “With a new year, it’s time for a new game plan: Detoxify through exercise, nutrition, steaming and massage. When you detoxify, you’re getting rid of toxins and impurities, giving you more energy than you’ve ever had before, and leaving your skin looking luminous.”
  • Cleanse, exfoliate, pamper, repeat. “You can externally detoxify three ways. The first is to cleanse daily – morning and night – with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type.  Exfoliating is another form of detoxifying.  I suggest using an exfoliant on your face two or three times a week, which leaves the healthy cells on the surface and helps keep pores free of impurities.  The third way to detoxify is with facials: I recommend having them monthly, whether at a skin-care salon or doing them at home.”
  • Look inward. “Cleansing internally is equally important, and can be easily done with certain drinks and foods.  You can get a really effective cleanse by cutting out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, added salt, meat and processed food from your diet for just three days.  Drink only water, juice or herbal tea; and load up on a variety of raw, fresh produce.  The fiber in the fruits and vegetables acts like a brush throughout your intestinal system, sweeping away all the junk as it goes through.  This kind of detox will not only cleanse your body, but it will also recalibrate your taste buds.”

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New Year, New You!

Written on January 3, 2011 at 9:08 am , by

It’s the time of year to make resolutions, and beauty is no exception! Ours: To be less lazy with our hair. We usually just wash and go, but want to try more styling techniques this year to mix things up. What are your beauty resolutions for 2011?