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Kerri Walsh Jennings Shares her Sweet Skincare Secret

Written on September 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm , by

When beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings isn’t celebrating her recent winning streak (she has three Olympic golds under her belt!), showing off her killer six-pack or strutting down the ESPYs’ red carpet, the busy mom of three is taking good care of her skin. Jennings keeps it radiant for every occasion with a surprising ingredient that also helps her train—honey. She stashes the golden nectar in her gym bag as a source of natural energy during workouts and in her bathroom to use on her skin. Here, Jennings serves up her best skin and workout secrets.

You spend a lot of time outdoors for your job, which can be hard on your skin. What is your skincare regimen like?
“I’m in the sun all the time; I live in Los Angeles, so I accrued a lot of environmental damage and I’ve become aware of what the environment does to my body and my skin. Honey has become a key ingredient for my skincare routine. I was just saying that I had a really long, hot tournament; I had the Manhattan Beach Open for the AVP Tour. It’s the most prestigious tour and I won, which I’m so grateful for. But I left there feeling like I had aged 10 years because I was in the sun so much. I wear my visor; I’m in the shade as much as possible but still, the sun is persistent. So I literally could not wait to get home when the tournament was over to do my honey and oatmeal face mask. [Recipe: Grind 1tbsp. oatmeal into powder in a food processor. In a small bowl, mix with 2 tsp. of honey and ¾ tsp. of distilled water until a thick paste is formed. Apply mask and let sit for 20 minutes then rinse.] It replenishes the moisture and makes me feel awesome. I do that at least once a week, especially after I’m in the sun all day. Then, I’ve come to rely on my skin coach with Skin Authority. I partnered with them for the last few years. I have a skin coach who educates me on what I should be putting on my face, why and which product is for what. They have a Resurfacing Accelerator ($50, skinauthority.com), which is my favorite product of theirs aside from their SPF that I obviously live in. It helps rejuvenate new, fresh skin cells and gets rid of the dead skin. It’s something that I love and I feel that every woman regardless of age would appreciate. Obviously, hydration is also a really big issue. I know the importance of hydration as an athlete for sure, but I think it’s so easy to take for granted when you’re living your normal life as a woman. I’ve really tried to make sure that I’m well hydrated. It has absolutely made a difference.”

You spend hours competing and practicing in the sun. What’s your sun protection game plan?
“I apply all my sunscreen before I leave the house. I get out of the shower and I put it on so I know I am covering all the areas. If I get to the beach and I’m distracted, I’ll inevitably miss a spot and have a big red mark somewhere. On my face, I go from the outside in, because a lot of times people miss their hairline or their ears because they are only applying it from the center out. So this helps to make sure I’m very covered there. I wear big, Oakley sunglasses, not only to protect my eyes from the sun but to also protect the sensitive, delicate area around my eyes. I stay in the shade as much as possible. I have an SPF sarong that I put on to cover my chest. I love the sun, I love the benefits of it but it definitely takes a toll, so I love to be in the shade and wear pieces of clothing that will cover up and help me stay sun smart.”

What level of SPF do you wear?
“A minimum of 30 when I’m out there competing. The higher the better for me, for peace of mind. But people think they can apply sunscreen once and survive the day but re-applying is such a big part of it. The amount that you’re really supposed to use per application is pretty significant. Most people only use a quarter size to cover their whole body and for me, more is more with regards to sunscreen. Put it on, reapply, and be smart about it.”

What’s the best sweat-proof sunscreen out there?
Skin Authority Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 ($42, skinauthority.com) is what I use when I’m competing and it doesn’t run in my eyes. It’s a beautiful sunscreen and it goes on really smooth and won’t run. Which is a good thing because if it runs in my eyes I can’t see the ball!”

So we’re totally envious of your abs! How do you keep your core so ripped?
“I think it’s a function of my job! If I don’t have a strong core then I’m in trouble. I do a lot of Pilates and I did it before, during and after pregnancy. I do it twice a week, as much as possible. If you can get in the Pilates studio and become aware of your core and learn how to actually use it, it’ll give you a healthier spine, which gives you a healthier body. I think a lot of people, when they work out, tend to push out their abs and contract them, when in reality you’re supposed to pull your belly button to your spine and do the movements. I think people are working really hard but doing it a little bit off, and Pilates taught me to do things right.”

Besides Pilates, do you have any other favorite workouts?
“I love to lift weights. I like being toned and I like the fact that the more muscle mass I have, the more my body is going to be more efficient at burning calories. I love that aspect of weight lifting. I don’t lift very heavy weights; I lift for my job and for my body type. But it makes me feel confident when I have muscle on my body so that’s something I love. I really love keeping a variety in my workouts. I have fun trainers who keep my body guessing. They’ll take me to the track one day, to the beach another, on hikes and stuff like that. I think variety is really important. And it’s important to keep your body guessing and I’m really lucky that the people I trust so much are really adventurous.”

 

Photo courtesy of the National Honey Board

Dudes! Sunscreen is For You, Too!

Written on June 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm , by

Photo Courtesy of Landon Donovan

Pro soccer stud Landon Donovan is encouraging men to become pros at sun protection. He teamed up with The Skin Cancer Foundation and Energizer Personal Care, the makers of Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens, to launch “Sun Blunders,” a public awareness campaign that aims to educate people on proper sun protection. In its second year, the campaign includes an educational video featuring Landon with his father Tim, a skin cancer survivor, speaking on the dangers of the sun. We stole a few minutes to chat with the athlete about his top sun protection tips.

Tell us more about the campaign.
“I’ve partnered with The Skin Cancer Foundation and Energizer Personal Care for the second year in a row, to teach men about the importance of sun protection. Many people don’t realize that melanoma is the fifth common cancer among men, and in a survey by The Skin Cancer Foundation, almost half of males admitted to not wearing sunscreen in the past year. My father, Tim Donovan, used to be one of those men, and this year, he’s joining me to support the campaign and share his personal skin cancer story. As we get ready for the upcoming games in Brazil, I’m also excited to share that from now through July, Energizer Personal Care will be making a $5,000 donation for every goal scored by the USA Soccer Team [up to $50,000!]. Funds will be given to The Skin Cancer Foundation in support of skin cancer research and education. More information can be found at SunBlunders.com.”

How important is sunscreen to you?
“Skin cancer has always been an important issue to me but it really became personal when my father was diagnosed with skin cancer a few years back. Thankfully, the doctors caught it early and he is doing great now. With my family history, and as a soccer player who spends a lot of my time outside, I definitely need to be careful in the sun and use protection. You don’t have to play an outdoor sport or be at the beach to get a sunburn, though, it can happen during everyday activities like walking the dog. I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing sunscreen and remembering to stay safe outside in the sun by throwing on a hat or wearing long sleeves on particularly sunny days.”

What do you look for in a sunscreen formula?
“I prefer to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher—especially while I’m out on the soccer field in the direct sunlight.”

People always forget to reapply. Do you have any tricks for remembering?
“I make sunscreen application part of my morning routine to make sure I’m covered at the beginning of the day, and I keep sunscreen in the locker room and in the car to make it convenient to reapply while I’m on the go. It’s taken a bit of practice to get into a routine, but I make it a rule to re-apply during half time at games and in the middle of practice.”

 

Official Hairstylist for the U.S. Open, Julien Farel, Shares His Sporty Style Tips

Written on September 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm , by

Just before the U.S. Open wraps today with the men’s final match between Djokovic and Nadal, we snuck in some time with the official hairstylist for the tournament, Julien Farel. For seven years, Farel and his team have been offering their services in the official player salon at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Here, he shares with us his tricks for keeping the players looking like aces through grueling, multiple-hour matches.

Julien Farel cutting Ana Ivanovic’s hair in the salon.

So you set up a salon on site for the players. What kind of services do you offer?
“There are over 500 players and they all have access to any kind of services that they want. At Arthur Ashe Stadium, we cannot do any color or chemical treatments but if they need any kind of other services: hair cut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure, eyebrow waxing, tweezing or makeup, they can come in and get it done.”

And how does the styling work? Do the players tell you what they want or do they let you have some creativity with it?
“It depends. If they go on camera, they will come to get a quick braid or ponytail and sometimes a touchup for makeup. If they are playing, they usually skip the makeup. If not, sometimes we reopen the salon just for the biggest players. Sometimes you have to drop what you’re doing to just go and take care of them, especially the well-ranked players.”

Donna Vekic sporting a braided style at Julien Farel salon.

We’ve noticed a lot of braided hairstylists on the women this year. Are braids a big trend right now and what’s the trick to getting the look right?
“It is a very good style for tennis because it locks all the hair into place. For the U.S. Open, we use our anti-aging hair care technology and our styling products, which have UV-protection [Farel launched a 21 SKU product line back in 2011 available at dermstore.com]. So for a braid, we often apply some products on the hair before they go into the game to protect their hair. After the game, they sometimes come in because they get sunburned and we apply Julien Farel Haircare Vitamin Calm ($43, dermstore.com), which is a great product to repair sunburn because it immediately nourishes the scalp. It has anti-inflammatory ingredients, like algae extract and vitamin E to help replenish vital nutrients and combat harmful UV-rays. But because of the humidity and the heat, a lot of them are coming into get some gel or gloss to lock the hair in place, so in that case we do a ponytail or a braid out of the ponytail.”

It has been awfully humid for most of the Open. What’s your best tip for blocking humidity out of your hair?
“Yea, we use an anti-frizz balm [Julien Farel Haircare Zero Frizz Relaxing Balm ($32, dermstore.com)]. We offer that to make sure we can help to protect the hair. For me, it’s really about protecting the hair in every way we can so by moisturizing, making sure the hair feels better, to be moisturized from the end to the root or by having something where the hair is going to be protected from the sun.”

These matches can last for hours so what’s your secret for getting the styles to last?
“Well, if it’s a case of someone like Nadal who is wearing a bandana, or others are wearing bobby pins and some hair bands, or some ponytails and some braids and the reason is because these things help to lock the hair into place. So if you’re winning, you go on camera right away and you still look good because after the players finish the match, they’re not going to come to the salon to get their hair done because the people, especially the press, want them to comment right as they are on the moment. They don’t want you to wait to think about it. They want to feel the emotion.”

CoverGirl Teams Up with the NFL for Football #Fanicures

Written on September 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm , by

Who says guys should have all of the fun during football season? If the men in your life have been spending endless hours doing their fantasy draft and gearing up for game day, listen in: Just in time for the official kickoff tomorrow, CoverGirl is teaming up with the NFL to help you show your team pride with eye-catching nail art (consider it a touchdown for your tips). Starting September 5th at covergirl.com/NFL, 32 customized Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss bundles (prices vary, covergirl.com)—one combo for each team—will be available to help you wear the heart of your home team on your hands. Head to CoverGirl’s Facebook page to get inspired by different looks (like this one for the Pittsburgh Steelers). Then kick off your pre-game in style with a #nailgating session, and share the fangirl designs you come up with. Sundays just got a lot more fun!

And in case you actually go to a game (instead of just watching it from your couch), check this out:

There will be NFL Style Lounges inside select stadiums that will offer complimentary CoverGirl “fanicures” featuring home team-inspired nail art using CoverGirl nail polish. Fans visiting the lounge will get to shop for the newest gear made just for women and have opportunities to consult with a professional stylist, listen to music performed by an on-site DJ and strut their game day style in a team-themed photo booth.

Style Lounges will take place at the following home games: Atlanta Falcons (9/29), Chicago Bears (10/6), Houston Texans (10/13), Jacksonville Jaguars (10/20), Philadelphia Eagles (10/27), Dallas Cowboys (11/3), New York Giants (11/10), Denver Broncos (11/17), Arizona Cardinals (11/24) and Tennessee Titans (12/15).

Good Sports

Written on December 20, 2010 at 10:13 am , by

At the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Event, we sat down with Julie Solwold, Vice President of Event Marketing for Paul Mitchell. Listen in as she talks about the importance of beauty from the inside out and why the company loves to work with athletes:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern