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Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber Dish on Olympic Beauty!

Written on August 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm , by

Part of the Fab Five, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber!

Olympic gold medalists’ Gabby Douglas (16) and Jordyn Wieber (17) are obviously amazing athletes but they also know a thing about beauty. Case in point: They each did their own hair and makeup at the Olympics. Impressive, right? I sat down with them to learn about their favorite products, their beauty icon (they share the same one!), and their intense training.

You two have been going non-stop since returning from London. Have you had any free time?
JW: “We’ve been having so much fun! Yesterday we had some free time and went shopping!”
GD: “And tonight, we each get to fly home!”

Ooh, shopping! What are some of your favorite stores?
JW: “I like Forever 21 and yesterday I went into this store called C. Wonder, and it was really cool.”
GD: “I like Topshop and BCBG.”

So you two are just like regular teenager girls?
GD: “Yes! We hang out with our friends and talk about boy crushes.”

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Score Pro Volleyball Player Christal Engle’s Beachy Beauty

Written on June 27, 2012 at 11:53 am , by

As much as we love a fun, outdoor workout, we hate how it turns us into hot, sweaty messes. One thing we’re always in awe of: how top-notch athletes manage to look so good! To find out their secrets, we chatted up Christal Engle, the 26-year-old pro-volleyball playerwho has her eyes set on the Olympics in 2016. Engle dished about the beauty products she digs, and how you can score an effortless look pre- and post-workout. You won’t want to pass on this advice before your next friendly competition on the beach!

Photo credit: Jose Cuervo

FITNESS: In your sport, you’re exposed to a lot of sun! How do you protect your skin?
CE: “Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! I carry it wherever I go and apply everywhere, especially on the face, chest and shoulders. That’s what gets the most sun when you’re playing beach volleyball. I use SPF 75 on my face and reapply four or five times per day. I’m only 26 and I already see sun effects. And I wear sunscreen all the time!”

FITNESS: Do you have a favorite brand?
CE: “I use COOLA organic sunscreen. It’s a new company, but they have things for your face and body; they have mist sprays, everything. People don’t realize when they’re in the sun how much it affects them. Even with 75 SPF or whatever, the rays still come through. I’m fairly tan but I wear sunscreen all the time.”

FITNESS: What about makeup? Do you wear it while playing?
CE: “Yes, but not a lot — I’ll just put on waterproof mascara. I’m not one of those super girly-girls who has to cake it on, but you want to perform beautifully. That’s Oakley’s motto [editor’s note: Engle is sponsored by Oakley], and I like to stay pretty and work hard.”

FITNESS: Do you do anything to protect your hair?
CE: “Not really, because I like the natural highlights that I get from the sun. I just had my hair done and I asked them if I should be doing anything specific, and they said just to use sunscreen and get trims every couple of months. But I have to be careful of salt water! If you go into the ocean after a game, you definitely want to get a good shampoo that cleans it really well. I know Neutrogena Clean Replenishing is a good one.”

FITNESS: And I’m sure being out in the sun and sand all day must make you feel dry…
CE: “It does! And I find sand everywhere. It’s ridiculous. I have to moisturize a lot and I make sure that has SPF in it, too.”

How do you make working out look so good? I’m a hot mess when I sweat!
CE: “I recommend using wipes afterward. When we’re working out and playing in the sand, our hands get dirty and we wipe our foreheads, making our faces grimy. Wipes clean that all up – Bioré Daily Cleansing Cloths are great, I also use Evian Facial Mist Spray—it’s amazing! I use it after matches on my face and reapply sunscreen.”

FITNESS: What about when you’re not on the courts? How do you go from game to glam?
CE: “I use two items: mascara and bronzer. Bronzer just brings life to your face – you could be super tired, but if you put that on, it brightens you up. I love L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze. For mascara, I use CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion because it doesn’t run when I sweat and it’s super easy to take off, making it perfect for beach volleyball. As for my hair, I love doing a high twisty bun after a game because it works whether it’s wet or dry, and it’s somewhat fashionable.”

Tell us: How do you bounce back after a sweaty workout?

—By Laura Cofsky, editorial intern

Great Skin, No Sweat

Written on June 19, 2012 at 10:33 am , by

A few quick tricks can keep your skin glowing and blemish-free-- during and after sweat sessions.

As a Pilates instructor, tennis player and founder of the skincare line Stages of Beauty, Jasmina Aganovic has a few tricks up her sleeve for keeping skin in top shape, both in the gym and out.

  • Stay toned. Pack toner-soaked cotton balls in your gym bag and swipe over your face for a quick purifying cleanse.
  • Take cover. You may be indoors, but UV rays can reflect off of metal and glass surfaces in the gym, causing skin damage. Apply broad-spectrum SPF 30 or above both before and after workouts.
  • Hands off. Don’t touch your face with your sweaty hands during your session—body heat opens your pores, making skin apt to absorb bacteria and clogging dirt and oil. Wipe down any mats before touching them or bring a towel to lie down before you begin.
  • Double up. Apply an exfoliator or mask all over your face before you step in the shower, then rub in and rinse before getting out: The treatment ingredients will work while you wash, and the steam enhances penetration.

The #1 Workout Mistake That Could Sabotage Your Skin

Written on December 7, 2011 at 6:41 am , by

Naturally, we’re huge proponents of working up a sweat, whether you’re mastering the elliptical or letting out stress in your cardio kickboxing class. But excess sweat that dries on skin can leave behind salt and toxins, which contribute to acne and red bumps on the skin, according to Dr. Alex Fazeli, M.D., president of skincare brand Sebamed . Here, three ways to keep workout-induced breakouts at bay:

  1. Ditch the sweatbands and tight clothing, which can drive bacteria even deeper into the skin, causing blemishes. Choose exercise apparel made of moisture-wicking fabrics, which are breathable and help prevent pores from getting clogged.
  2. Avoid touching your face or blemish-prone areas with your hands or used towel, which can spread bacteria.
  3. Cleanse your skin immediately after working out with a hydrating wash like the Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash to help restore your skin’s barrier and remoisturize, which will prevent further toxins from penetrating.

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

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?

Fresh Hair: Loose Side Braid

Written on April 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, speedy hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Third in our series: A loose side braid, best for long hair:

Fresh Hair: Bun + Headband

Written on April 7, 2011 at 10:15 am , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, speedy hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Next up: A bun plus headband combo, perfect for medium-length hair:

Fresh Hair: An Easy Twist

Written on April 5, 2011 at 11:21 am , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, workout-friendly hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Learn how to execute each style yourself with our series of behind-the-scenes videos on the set of the story’s photo shoot. First up: An easy twist. Stay tuned for the next installments in the coming days!

Lashes That Last

Written on December 29, 2010 at 7:02 am , by

Mascara and exercise can be a tricky combo—sweat and water can melt away volumized lashes in a flash. Waterproof mascaras can be a pain to get off after a workout, so what’s a girl to do to maintain beautiful lashes at the gym? A new salon service called Lash Dip might be the answer for an active woman’s lifestyle. Each lash is coated with a jet-black sealer that holds for six weeks through water, sweat and tears, giving the look of mascara-ed lashes without the goop. Would you try this new lash treatment?

-Michelle Ernest, beauty intern

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Gym Hair: Get it “Wright”

Written on June 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm , by

Michelle Obama is turning heads in the White House thanks to pro hair stylist, Johnny Wright. The Chicago native, who first worked with Obama at an Essence magazine photo shoot, now serves as Obama’s exclusive hair stylist. We invited him to FITNESS to share his tricks for managing hair after the gym.

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