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Favorite Find Friday: Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

Written on October 19, 2012 at 10:36 am , by

SPF everyday is a must for me, but I can’t be bogged down with a two-step process in the morning, so I need a daily moisturizer that also contains sunscreen. Some can feel heavy and chalky but Mario Basescu Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30 ($26, mariobadescu.com) is so lightweight and hydrating, you can’t even tell it has broad-spectrum SPF in it. The green tea antioxidants and aloe vera soften and soothe tight skin. I swipe it on every morning before applying my makeup for instant hydration and the daily sun protection I need.

Natalie Coughlin on Eye Health and Killer Brows!

Written on October 17, 2012 at 11:00 am , by

Natalie Coughlin makes sure to protect her eyes with UV-protective sunglasses.

Swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist, Natalie Coughlin, has been keeping busy since the Summer Olympics in London, but she makes sure to set aside time to take care of herself. As the LensCrafters lifestyle expert, she understands the importance of eye health not only for her sport, but also for her everyday life. After checking out some of the new trends in eyewear at a recent LensCrafter’s event, we caught up with Coughlin to get her best health and beauty tips.

How can a healthy lifestyle lead to better vision and stronger eyes?
“Well it’s really important to take care of your body and that includes everything from eating well to preventative care for your eyes. I wear my glasses but I also make sure to wear my sunglasses whenever I’m outside, especially being a someone who swims, I am constantly in the glaring sun so it’s really important that I take good care of my eyes.”

What are some of those healthy habits that you try to incorporate into your everyday life?
“Having a healthy diet is really important so eating things that are high in vitamin A, luteins and omega-3s are really good. Eggs are really good; kale, dark leafy greens, things like that and then fishes that are high in omega-3s are all really good for your eyes. And I just always having my sunglasses on me.”

As a swimmer and an athlete, how important is it for you to have strong, clear eyesight?
“It’s so important to have really good eyesight. Our races come down to 1/100th of a second so when you’re making judgment calls going into the wall or into the finish, or trying to figure out where you are based on the flags, you have to be able to see clearly where you are going.”

I know you love to cook. What are some of your favorite healthy meals to make?
“I love to cook! I will cook anything and I am a big believer of cooking in season. I actually have a pretty big garden at my house. I grow a ton of kale and so one of my favorite go-to’s is a green smoothie everyday. It’s not really cooking but it has kale, romaine, celery, parsley, coconut water, apples, bananas, pear, and lemon juice. It’s something that I drink every morning or as a snack and it has super good vitamins, minerals and enzymes. I’ll make a big batch and have that waiting for me everyday.”

Coughlin showing off her dark frames, bold brows, and a bright lip!

Do you have any makeup tips for readers who wear glasses?
“Whether you’re wearing glasses or not wearing glasses, I really believe in having a very well-defined brow. As someone who swims all the time, I don’t get to wear any makeup when I am in the pool, so having a well-groomed brow is so important to me. I think it frames your face well, and then for the night, if it’s a little dressier like tonight, I play up the lips to complement my glasses.”

E.L.F. Cosmetics Creative Director, Achelle Dunaway, Shares Her Half Marathon Beauty Secrets and Motivation Tips

Written on October 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm , by

By day, Dunaway oversees the product and brand development, entertainment marketing and editorial copy for E.L.F. Cosmetics (a cute and affordable makeup and skincare line). But during her down time, she spent the past 10 weeks pounding the pavement and training hard for her first half marathon in East Hampton, New York. As a makeup artist, she let us in on her race-day beauty recap as well as what kept her going through 13.1 miles.

What was your race-day makeup plan? Did you even wear any?  

“When running a long race, it’s ideal not to wear too much makeup that could create a ‘melting effect’—aka, a smudgy mess. I always want to look and feel my best so I kept a pretty basic beauty look. I prepped my face with primer to create a long-lasting hold. My favorite is the E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer ($6, eyeslipsface.com). And since I’m outside, I always wear sunscreen. I pair that with tinted moisturizer with additional SPF, spot concealer, sweat-proof mascara, a little bronzer and blush and lip balm with SPF.”

What hairstyle worked best for you while training?

“I wear my hair in a high ponytail that is doubled up on hair ties in case one breaks, and I always run with a backup around my wrist. I also sport a cute headband to keep flyaways down.”

What was the hardest thing about training?

“Traveling. It was difficult to fit in my training during the summer months with vacations, but I would always try to run on my trips or compensate by running longer runs on my shorter run days to catch up.”

What advice do you have for others preparing for their first half marathon?

“Sign up with friends! I ran this race with three friends. Their encouragement helped me stay focused and excited through training. Plus, let’s be serious, I totally wanted a fun Instagram photo to post on Facebook!”

Dunaway looking good and jamming out mid-half-marathon.

How do you stay focused through all 13.1 miles?

“Music is essential. I jam away to my own personal dance party and set my Pandora playlist to the Rihanna station. It keeps the songs fresh and unexpected as opposed to listening from my own music list.”

What made you want to do a half marathon?

“It was on my life bucket list! Sometimes you have to push yourself to try and do things you never thought you could, because when you realize that you can, you continue to set your limits higher.”

How To Safely Exfoliate On Sunny Days

Written on July 10, 2012 at 11:06 am , by

Dry, dead skin is our summer glow’s kryptonite. From the sticky gym to grimy subway rides, we run our complexion into the ground. When our faces are nearly as flaky as our mom’s apple pie crust, we turn to exfoliators to reveal young, radiant skin. We hit up Beverly Hills dermatologist Debra Luftman to give us the scoop on how to safely slough during sunny months.

New Skin + Sun = Damage Exfoliating reveals a brighter complexion, but you can actually do more harm than good if you’re not cautious about staying out of the sun. “One needs to be careful during the summer after using peels and scrubs,” Luftman says. “Skin can often be inflamed or more sun sensitive.” She warns that because it is new, previously unexposed skin, permanent hyper pigmentation and/or scarring may occur.

Physical (And Chemical) Education There are a couple of ways to smooth your skin. Dr. Luftman breaks down the options:

Physical exfoliators: Srubs that physically remove the dead skin with beads, salt, sugar or a granular material.  Choose a scrub with rounded, non-irritating beads, which won’t tear or abrade the skin. Luftman’s pick: Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

Chemical exfoliators: These contain acids like glycolic, salicylic, lactic and malic. These ingredients loosen and lift dead cells, leaving new, vibrant skin behind. Editor’s pick: Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

Make A Weekend Of It “It’s best to do a peel when there is an opportunity to stay out of the sun for at least two days, like on a weekend,” Luftman says. “Even after the wait period, it’s important to continually protect the skin with sunscreen.” She recommends slathering a broad spectrum SPF 30 or above on all exposed areas daily. You can’t overdo it!

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Make A (Free!) Melanoma Research Donation With SkinCeuticals

Written on May 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm , by

One person in the United States dies from melanoma every hour. In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, skincare brand SkinCeuticals will donate $5 in your name to the Melanoma Research Alliance for every interaction on their Facebook page (sharing a virtual button, short video or written testimonial). You’ll also be entered into a sweepstakes to win some of their best-selling products. An easy way to give back— and increase awareness about a life-threatening issue— without spending a penny!

Melanoma Monday: 5 Sun Secrets You Need To Know

Written on May 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm , by

Protect your skin 365 days a year, not just when you hit the beach.

Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. Arm yourself with these sun protection secrets from FITNESS Advisory Board member Mona Gohara, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University and founder of K&J Sunprotective Clothing.

1. Commute carefully:  Cancer-causing ultraviolet rays can come through the windows of your car, home or office. Studies in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology show that in the U.S., left-sided skin cancers— and aging— are more common as a result of sun exposure during driving. Regardless of weather conditions, apply a light, broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher on your face, arms, and hands before hitting the road.

2. Get out early: Choose the morning to have (protected) fun in the sun. Research published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that afternoon sun exposure is five times more likely to lead to skin cancer. Scientists say this is because a protein the body produces to repair damage caused by ultraviolet rays is most active in the mornings. In general, seeking the shade between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. is best, but when this isn’t possible, try to get an early start to your day.

3. Know your ABCDE…F and G’s: Do monthly self skin exams and look for any spot that is new, not healing or— as gross as it sounds— bleeding, oozing or crusting. When examining moles, be on the lookout for asymmetry (one side doesn’t equal the other), border/color irregularity, lesions growing in diameter, and anything evolving (itching, hurting, etc.)— but don’t forget to look at your fingers/toes and genitalia. Skin cancer can come anywhere, and it’s usually more dangerous in those not-so-easy-to-see spots.

4. Say no to tanning:  When someone’s first tanning booth exposure is in youth, their chances of developing melanoma are increased by 75 percent.  It has also been shown that ladies who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. Additional studies have concluded that tanning can be as addictive as hardcore drugs, making it a hard habit to break.

5. Don’t rely on dark skin: People with dark skin are not immune to skin cancer— fact it can be more deadly in this population. A survey in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed that only 17 percent of ethnic minority respondents has been to the dermatologist for a skin check. Everyone, regardless of skin type, should wear sunscreen daily and seek the care of a dermatologist for guidance on optimal skin health.

Sun Protection For Blemish-Prone Skin

Written on April 10, 2012 at 10:23 am , by

Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF 30

Spring has sprung— but as the temperatures rise, our complexions start feeling the heat. We thought layering on more makeup or frequent blotting were the only options to counter shine and sweat, but not anymore. Enter the oil-controlling, acne-fighting and SPF-depositing powers of Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF 30. Salicylic Acid and willow bark absorb oil and eradicate blackhead-causing bacteria, while titanium dioxide protects from UVA and UVB rays. A stable of antioxidant vitamins (A, C and E) also work to stave off and undo sun damage and nourish skin. Best of all: The convenient, no-spill brush dispenser makes mid-day touch-ups— even over makeup— a breeze.

—By Alana Peden, contributing blogger

Carrie Underwood’s Secrets To Great Skin, Smart Snacking & Workouts On The Go

Written on February 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm , by

Country star and Olay celebrity ambassador Carrie Underwood is famous for her catchy, go-girl songs—plus her glowing skin, perfect shape, flowing hair and miles-long legs. We asked her to spill her secrets for getting— and maintaining— all of the above on the set of her new ad campaign shoot. Take a peek:

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Favorite Find Friday: Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30

Written on September 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm , by

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?

Favorite Find Friday: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Moisturising Protective Lip Balm SPF 60+

Written on September 9, 2011 at 9:56 am , by

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When prepping for my 12-day trip to Italy over Labor Day, I surprised myself and did the unthinkable– I fit all of my clothes, shoes and beauty products into a CARRY-ON. My husband’s jaw dropped when I rolled out my kid-sized suitcase. Space was definitely at a premium, but I luckily included my MVP (most valuable product) of the vacay: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Moisturising Protective Lip Balm SPF 60+. The texture is ideal– not too oily, but not goopy either. One swipe kept my lips hydrated all day, and I love that it has such a high SPF, since the skin on your lips is extremely thin and sensitive to damage. It’s pricey, but a little goes a long way, so one tube will last you months. An added bonus: It doesn’t have any shimmer in it, so I got my husband hooked on it too.