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Karina Smirnoff: How She Stays So Fit Plus Her Best Beauty Secrets

Written on June 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm , by

Photos Courtesy of Karina Smirnoff

As a pro dancer on ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars, Karina Smirnoff is an expert on two of our favorite things: fitness and beauty. As she prances around the dance floor making a fast-paced foxtrot look easy, she’s glammed out in full hair, makeup and of course, bronzer from head-to-toe. We recently grabbed a few minutes with the Ukrainian stunner to chat about how she stays camera-ready through tough routines and how she likes to stay fit off the dance floor.

You have to keep your skin camera-ready through sweaty performances. What’s your skincare routine like?

“Yes, the sweat is not only mine, it’s usually your partner’s too! It’s definitely not the most glamorous part of the show but in the very first season of DWTS, my skin actually started breaking out pretty badly because you have heavy makeup on for hours, especially on the day of the show. We get our makeup done at six, seven or eight in the morning and we don’t go live until five p.m. and then comes touch-ups, where they put more and more on you. So my skin was breaking out really badly. But you find a way to keep it healthy and clean and right now, I’m obsessed with the Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment ($33, apothederm.com). I use it two to three times a week during the season and it keeps the blemishes away. I always wash my skin when I’m off the air and try to take off all the makeup. I use an exfoliant or the Clarisonic brush (prices vary, clarisonic.com), which is amazing because all you do is hold it to your skin and it does the job. There are different types of cleansers that have some parabens in them but Apothederm doesn’t and it’s incredible. It lifts all of the makeup off of your skin. And if you use it with the Clarisonic, which you don’t have do it every day but maybe once or twice a week, it gets out everything from inside the pores as well. I love when you have time off and you can use a mask and sometimes, I even make my own mask when I go to a sauna. I mix salt with honey and use it as an exfoliant on my skin but its also very moisturizing because of the honey.”

You wear some pretty intricate hairstyles on the show. Do you have any tips for keeping them in place during such active performances?
“Yes, besides hairpins and bobby pins, they have these little metal clips with teeth (similar here: L. Erickson Mini Mini Metal Jaw 8-Pack, $18, franceluxe.com) and they are the size of your pinky nail and they hold onto your hair so well to keep it in place. And not to mention, the excessive amount of hairspray! I can’t go out to places that have live fire just for the sake of catching my hair on fire!”

Everyone on the show is so bronzed! What is the self-tanning routine like?
“We get spray tanned on Sundays for the show during the season with a great company called South Seas Tanning, which gets you darker but it doesn’t get you nearly as dark as what we actually look like on the show. So there are different bronzers that I mix to create my own concoction for the body and you put it on and it dries so it doesn’t get on your clothes. It gives you that shimmery, glowing skin. I mix Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan (available in the UK, boots.com) with South Seas Beach Bling Shimmer Lotion ($18, southseas.com), that’s the one that keeps it dry and then I add LORAC TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer ($32, loraccosmetics.com). I mix it all in my hands. I wear gloves because it’s easier and you don’t have to wash your hands after and then you just put it all over! I love to look tan. But the funny part is I never spray tan my face, I only spray tan my body so you kind of have the floating head when the face is pale against the rest of the body, but I don’t want to clog my pores.”

The show is so glamorous but on a day when you’re not feeling your best, what’s one beauty move you do to boost your confidence?
“Oh, well, I always believe that a great pair of heels and mascara is all a girl needs to feel sexy!”

What’s your favorite mascara?
“I really like the new Blinc Mascara ($26, sephora.com). It’s not like a normal mascara. This one has an ingredient [tube-technology] so when you wash it off, you don’t get raccoon eyes. It gets soft and just comes right off like gel. I also like Marc Jacobs Gel Definition Mascara ($26, sephora.com) and Stila mascaras ($22 each, stilacosmetics.com). L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Power Volume 24H Mascara ($8, lorealparisusa.com) is great, too. It makes your eyelashes look twice as long!”

So when you’re not dancing, how do you like to stay in shape? What are your favorite workouts?
“I do everything, from martial arts to Krav Maga, to yoga to jogging, running, hiking. I like to spice it up and keep it different every time because I get bored really fast. And the ADD doesn’t help that either! So I try to do different stuff every time but to me, the best workout is dancing. That’s why I have the DanceFIT-KS. It’s a dance-inspired workout because it’s moves that dancers use to keep in shape and no matter how often you do it, your body never gets used to it because you never use the same muscles twice. We do dance camps, too and we take it to different hotels in the summer. It’s a win-win situation, with the travel, the amazing vacations, you get to work out, stay in shape, meet new people.”

Do you have any favorite snacks that you like to fuel up with before a workout or performance?
“I do but when you perform and dance you don’t want to feel full. Me, personally, when I eat, all I want to do is sit on the couch with the remote control. I get into the couch potato mode. And when I dance I don’t want to feel hungry but I want to feel light and alert. So I try to snack on things like pineapple or watermelon because they’re diuretic and go right through your system. I eat nuts a lot, like walnuts because they are a brain food and we could all use a little brain food! Sometimes I even do dried cranberries because they are a great source of energy. And you can never go wrong with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a divine food.”

Favorite Find Friday: Flywheel Label Collection

Written on March 14, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

So, yes, this falls more under the fashion umbrella, but it’s fun to mix things up sometimes on the blog (after all, fashion and beauty go hand-in-hand). Plus, I am just that excited about this new line that I couldn’t hold back. It’s no secret that one of my go-to workouts is a Spin class at Flywheel. I am non-discriminatory when it comes to a sweat session and will try almost anything once, and maybe even twice, but my heart always ends up back with Fly. So you can imagine my joy when they recently launched their first-ever Flywheel Label Collection (prices vary, bloomingdales.com and Flywheel studios). Featuring both performancewear and more casual sportswear, the fun, vintage-with-an-edge collection caters to the on-the-go life of a fitness buff. What’s even more exciting? Bloomingdale’s has picked up a few key pieces from the women’s collection to be sold at select Bloomingdale’s stores across the country including the New York City 59th street flagship as well as on their retail website. So check out a few of our faves below and snatch them up ASAP. Because really, what’s a killer workout if you can’t proudly #fitbrag about it on your sleeve. Right?

Ciara on the Grammy’s, Her Wedding Day Beauty Plans and Her Must-Have Product  

Written on January 21, 2014 at 10:28 am , by

Beauty intern, Chelsea, snapped a selfie with Ciara!

Not only is Ciara working on her sixth album, planning a wedding and performing at the official Grammy’s after-party, she just announced she is pregnant! It’s not hard to see that Ciara is practicing what she preaches as Degree Women’s DO:MORE ambassador. We got to sit down with Ciara to learn more about the DO:MORE campaign and how she juggles it all.

Tell us more about the Degree Women DO:MOREcampaign and why you’re passionate about it?
“I’m so excited about teaming up with Degree Women because the campaign is all about inspiring and encouraging women to work hard and to do more of what they love. I really relate to that because being an entertainer, it’s all about facing challenges and figuring out how to improve and get better and to do more. So I get to share my challenges and share my journey in hope of inspiring other women to know that we’re all the same and you can do more and you should always work hard to achieve your goals. So that’s what I really love about this campaign. In addition to that, this year I’ll be performing at the official Grammy after party. It’s going to be so much fun and there’s really cool videos online [here] where you can see how I prepare for a night like this. You get to hear about the hard work and the journey and why I do more.”

What is your favorite part about the Grammys and does anything change knowing that you have to perform afterwards?
“My favorite part is being able to see the performances. I love stage-show presentation. I always love seeing what my peers are going to do and I love seeing the unexpected. And then of course, yes, after the show is definitely something I’m looking forward to but I’m also going to definitely be taking a nap in-between after I go to the show! So it’s all about balance in that day.”

How are you juggling everything you have going on while also preparing for the Grammys?
“The key word is balance! That’s what it’s all about for me. It’s about really taking everything one day at a time. Still working hard, still doing more, still doing all that good stuff but just balancing everything out and adjusting where I need to. But I still go into it with the same mentality of wanting things to be great. I still go into it with the mentality of wanting to have an energetic show and most importantly wanting to have fun!”

Do you have a pre-Grammy beauty routine to get your skin perfect?
“It depends on the day. Sometimes I go and get a good microderm. I love microderms, I do it once a month. But sometimes when I know events like that are coming up and I have enough time, I’ll go by a dermatologist to get it one time. I make sure it’s close to when I’m doing the event because your skin really does glow and you get off some of that dead skin and the look is very fresh. I’ll do something like that and then if I feel dehydrated, I’ll do a mask that hydrates your face a little bit. But it’s really simple to be honest. It’s not a whole lot that you do. I always believe that less is more so we try not to over apply the makeup but we try to apply enough so it can last throughout the long day of the red carpet and all the moving and everything.”

So with everything else going on, you also have a wedding to think about! Do you know what you want your hair and makeup to look like for the big day?
“I have an idea, I know the feeling I want. I want elegance more than anything and I want classic. I can’t say exactly what the creative ideas are but I know the feeling and that’s definitely elegance and classic.”

Is there a way Future prefers your hair?
“It’s so funny, he likes it all kinds of ways actually! I know he likes when I wear my hair out of my face, he loves that! And he actually loves my hair blonde. Sometimes I talk about going dark and he’s like, ‘yea, but that look right there is hot!’ So I don’t know, I definitely want it to be easy; I don’t want to have to be fussing with my hair.”

Well, it’s obvious that you look great! What do you do to stay active and has it changed at all now that you’re pregnant?
“I train with my trainer, Gunnar [Peterson]. When we train, we do an hour session. We just modified things, you know I can’t do crunches or anything like that, or lay on my stomach anymore, but we still do things that are close to what I would do if I wasn’t pregnant. And it’s all about still keeping that energy up, still keeping the cardio strong and just having balance in your body overall.”

Since you are so busy, is there a beauty product must-have that makes you feel put together on the go?
“I always have a pinky/nude lip liner and I take a peach/nude lipstick to lay it on top of the liner so it gives your lips more dimension and the liner gives you a fuller lip. I always have to have that combination! Something about it lifts your face to me. I also love concealer. You know, sometimes if you don’t want to do a full face you can put a little bit under your eyes and it just makes you look refreshed.”

So, since we’re talking about the Degree DO:MOREcampaign, do you have a favorite formula you like to wear?
“I’ve tried everything in the world and there’s honestly nothing like Degree. I promise you, if you’re not wearing it, you need to switch! Because it’s one of those things that you’re going to always feel fresh, if you are sweating, this protects you. It activates when you move and protects you when you move. So that’s what I love about the deodorant but it’s also fresh and it’s really strong! This deodorant lasts overnight and when you start over again in the morning, it lasts the whole day. There’s nothing like it!”

Is there anything you do to help calm you down in stressful/sweaty situations besides wearing your Degree deodorant?
“It’s psychological, I do believe that. You have to tell yourself sometimes that you’re not really feeling what you’re feeling. You have to pause and breathe. I think that when you take a moment and just pause you kind of slow down the reaction of sweating and everything getting out of control. So, I think a lot of it is mental.”

 

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern

Miss America, Nina Davuluri, Dishes on Her New Role, How She Stays Fit and Her Best Beauty Trick

Written on October 30, 2013 at 9:27 am , by

Recently crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, has a lot on her schedule since getting an upgrade to her title. As the second consecutive Miss New York to win the coveted role and making history as the first of Indian heritage, she is busy traveling the country on a year-long public speaking tour promoting her platform of celebrating diversity through cultural competency. Luckily, she was able to pencil in time for a charity ride at Flywheel, the spinning studio she used to train for the Miss America pageant. We let it fly alongside the beauty queen in class then chatted with her post-workout.

Tell us where the proceeds from this ride are going. 
“The ride benefited our scholarship fund, which is a part of the Miss America Foundation. Miss America is the largest scholarship provider for young women. We provide over 45 million dollars each year. And I just won $50,000 in scholarship money and an additional $10,000 from Miss New York.”

And what do you plan to do with your winnings?
“I’m currently applying to medical school so I have a total of $60,000 to put toward my education.”

Do you know which area of medicine you’d like to focus on?
“I graduated from the University of Michigan and my degree was in brain behavior and cognitive science. So that’s a mix of psychology and neuroscience. So psychiatry is definitely on the radar but I feel like it will change once I start being exposed to different fields of medicine.”

Tell us about your training and diet change when preparing for a competition.
“I think one of the most helpful things that my trainer said to me was, ‘Nina, a lot of people have a competition weight and a normal weight and that is okay.’ Because you just can’t live on that sort of regimen. So for me, in preparation for Miss New York and Miss America, I was doing a lot of high protein, low carb but I was also strength training every day and then cardio at night. So it was two-a-days and then after I won Miss New York, it changed significantly because I just didn’t have the time to spend in the gym. So I had one hour a day and I did either FlyWheel, CrossFit or Barry’s Bootcamp; those were my go-to’s. And on off days, I enjoy doing yoga so I would do that just to stay flexible.”

When you’re not prepping, how do you maintain an active lifestyle and healthy diet?
“Even during my entire prep I don’t like saying the word ‘cheat meal,’ but for lack of a better term, I’ll say it. It’s okay, I always tell everyone that’s it’s not only okay to indulge and treat yourself because you’re normal and it’s ok to do that. So even now that I’m on the road traveling, I’m very conscious of maintaining that healthy diet. Because for me right now, 90% is diet because as Miss America, I don’t really have access to a lot of gyms and I’m living out of two suitcases so it’s a little more difficult to actually get in my exercise. But traveling with my Jillian Michaels DVDs and doing interval sprints on the treadmill in hotels whenever I can is how I maintain that.”

Traveling makes it so hard. I can get to the hotel gym but it’s the healthy eating that’s tough.
“It is and I think that’s what’s really unfortunate. I think healthier foods need to be made available when you’re in the airport or on the road or traveling or just in general. So hopefully we’ll see a shift in that soon and I think we certainly are starting to.”

What’s the best beauty tip you’ve picked up backstage at beauty pageants?
“My biggest beauty secret is eyebrows. Your eyebrows really frame your face so you need to have a good shape. Tweeze in the sunlight or natural light, that’s the best tip I’ve picked up.”

Kristen Bell On Conserving Water, Being a New Mom and Beauty on the Go

Written on October 14, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Photo Courtesy of Neutrogena

Kristen Bell is a movie star, but during our phone chat, I was pleasantly surprised to learn she’s totally down to earth. She loves food, but won’t let it own her. She loves spending time with her new baby girl (with soon-to-be hubby Dax Shepard), but won’t let her post-baby body be a focus in the media. And though she rarely has time for a major pampering session, she loves to indulge in a manicure and some lipstick (us, too!). Most recently, the Neutrogena Naturals brand ambassador is busy spreading the word about saving water with the Every Drop Counts campaign. Keep reading for the whole scoop.

Tell us about the Every Drop Counts campaign.
“It’s a campaign throughout the month of October that’s intention is to raise awareness about domestic water issues. It’s a partnership between Neutrogena Naturals and the Nature Conservancy with the goal of saving one million gallons of water throughout the month of October. This is the third year we’ve done it and it was massively successful last year. We saved almost two million gallons. On Neutrogena’s Facebook page, you pledge to save water in a variety of ways and you are entered to win a cool trip and there’s weekly eco-giveaways so it’s a way to make it fun and show you that you don’t have to be extreme to make a big impact collectively.”

Why does the campaign mean so much to you personally?
“I’m a big fan of awareness campaigns because change always starts with an idea. When people think of water issues, it’s often considered an international problem and not a lot of people are aware that we have domestic water issues as well and that it’s important to acknowledge that water is not an endless resource while simultaneously realizing how simple it is to help out. It’s a really, really easy thing to do, just to turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. It’s not a sacrificial campaign, it’s just awareness about not wasting.”

We know you just became a new mom to baby Lincoln—congratulations! And you’ve been very vocal about not stressing over your weight post-baby. We’re all about body confidence, so how did you get to that point?
“Well, my main priority after having the baby was spending time with the baby and not losing the weight. I think often times the media creates this shameful narrative about women concentrating solely on their body size post-pregnancy as opposed to the fact that they just made magic! They just literally spit out another human life. If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is! So I made a commitment to not allow that to be my narrative and I’ve been very vocal about it for a reason because I want women to know that it doesn’t have to be theirs either. I’m not down to my pre-baby weight; I don’t know when I’ll get there. I’m eating healthy, and I’m active and I’m spending a ton of time with my kid and that’s all I really care about. I’ve looked into how to get more cardio into my routine so I could attempt to get back to my original size so I started jogging. I’ll jog two to three times a week for 10-20 minutes. Nothing intense but just something to burn a little extra and I also do Pilates which I find is really helpful for more muscle tone. Obviously everything gets real stretchy in the middle when you’re having a baby so that helps.”

That’s a very healthy and sane mind set!
“You know, if my body never goes back to the twig I was before, who cares? I’m fine with it. If this is my shape for the rest of my life, I’m fine with it. I don’t really care what everyone else thinks about it, I’m completely fine with my shape.

Confidence is key! So in terms of eating, what are some of your favorite healthy meals or snacks?
“Nuts are a big part of what I snack on. I’m really loving these bars, called This Bar Saves a Life. For every bar purchased a life-saving nutritional packet is given to a child in need. When I was pregnant, malnutrition and kids not having enough food really started resonating with me and so I love snacking on those and I keep them everywhere because they’re delicious and it also makes me feel really good to buy them because it supports a good cause. My go-to at night is a really huge salad but not a lame salad. My salad is a little more like a casserole. I start with something substantial on the bottom like I’ll put a cup of lentils or a cup of bulgar but when I make a bulgar I make it with a vegetable broth so it doesn’t taste like bulgar and then put loads of greens. Then I add every fruit and vegetable possible. I’ll add cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, carrots, celery, walnuts and you can add or subtract depending on your taste but I say the more the merrier. Then I usually add a taste of nutritional yeast, which is really high in B vitamins and has seven grams of protein per tablespoon. Then on the top I fry some broccoli or broccolini in an olive oil spray and sprinkle in garlic salt. Throw that on the top and it’s a party. It feels like your eating. I love salad but I do not like salad when I don’t feel like I’m eating food.”

You sound like you know your foods stats, do you like to cook?
“I love it! I’m food obsessed but in a healthy way. It’s never a negative for me. I read the back of everything and know the contents of everything but I never use it in a negative way. I really believe in reading labels. I think you should be obsessed with reading labels. But be careful not to let that tiny insecure voice turn it against you.”

We know it’s nearly impossible to let beauty be on top of your list when you’re a busy mom with a busy career. So how do you find ways to fit it into your schedule and find time for yourself?
“I really like a good manicure—that’s one way that I feel beautiful. Since I use my hands a lot doing housework or dishes or whatever, I like looking down and seeing clean, beautiful nails. For my skin, I really find that less is more. It’s always been that way I think because I have sensitive skin. I think in a product-obsessed world, of which I’m a participant, do not get me wrong. I have to check myself in with what my skin actually needs not what my next-door neighbor’s skin needs. That’s why I really do like the Neutrogena Naturals line so much because it’s really effective. There’s no harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens in it at all and it’s just enough for me. I use the Purifying Facial Cleanser ($8, neutrogena.com) and it balances my skin. I let my skin take the lead basically and I’ve found that to be really effective. And it’s not often promoted like that. Beauty routines are usually about the more the merrier.”

[To help the water conservancy cause, Neutrogena will contribute 10% of the purchase price of each Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Cleanser sold to The Nature Conservancy through October 31st.]

When you’re running out the door, is there one makeup or hair product you always like to have on?
“It’s probably lips. I use a lot of lip balm because I tend to not wear makeup in my daily life. I do love the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks ($7, neutrogena.com). The colors are really good. For me, if you’re running out of the house really quickly and your only goal is to not look like a corpse, one swipe of those, you don’t even have to look in the mirror; it’s easy.”

Four Ways to Workout Proof Your Hair

Written on September 23, 2013 at 11:04 am , by

Hitting the gym is one of the best things for your body but it can sometimes be one of the worst things for your hair. Too-tight ponytails and excess washing can leave strands brittle and breakage-prone, but you don’t have to sacrifice a killer workout for soft, healthy hair. Instead of just tossing your hair into a topknot before your spin class, give it the T.L.C. it needs. Below, four tips to get your strands into shape while you shape up at the gym:

Loosen Up 
Whether you’re gearing up for a long run or prepping for a mid-day Pilates class, the ponytail is, no doubt, a workout-friendly hairstyle, but tying it too tight can break strands mid-shaft. To avoid this, I tie my hair back with stretchy ribbon elastics like Emi-Jay Hair Ties ($14 for set of 5, emi-jay.com). They eliminate the unwanted ponytail crease and are comfortably loose enough to prevent breakage but still strong enough to keep your style from falling out. Bonus: They come in so many cute colors and patterns — I like to match them to my workout gear!

Spritz On Some Dry Oil 
My go-to gym hair is a messy topknot. It’s functional, keeps my hair off my neck and still manages to look a little bit cute while I’m drenched in sweat, but I started to notice my ends were getting seriously distressed from bending every which way. Before my workout, I spray Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Spray ($30, ulta.com) from mid-length down before tying my hair up, which makes a huge difference! This ultra-fine spray adds instant hydration and shine that makes my hair soft, manageable and easy to style.

Avoid Over Washing 
It’s hard to not suds up following a sweaty workout, but too much shampoo can dry out your hair and strip it of essential oils. We’re firm believers in the power of dry shampoo and I always keep one, like Dove Style+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo ($4, drugstore.com) stocked in my gym bag. If you can’t jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon, we suggest trying a cleansing conditioner like WEN by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner ($32 for 16 oz. bottle, chazdean.com). A sulfate-free, low-lather formula will keep your hair’s natural oils in check while still washing away all the sweaty stuff.

Use Your Sweat as a Styler 
As gross as it may seem, a little perspiration can give your hair some much-needed grip for certain hard-to-master styles. Avoid heat-induced damage by using your post-workout hair to your advantage and pulling it into a low side braid, then slide on a pretty headband like Goody FashioNow Patent Bow Headwrap ($5, Walmart stores). This look is an easy transition from workout to work-ready!

—Karee Hackel

Co-Founder of Flywheel, Ruth Zukerman, Shares Her Fitness & Beauty Secrets

Written on September 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm , by

Photo courtesy of Zukerman

Ruth Zukerman, a leading fitness instructor for over 25 years, values health and wellness in her personal life but loves to share it with others even more. In 2006, she co-founded the popular indoor cycling studio Flywheel, which now has 24 locations nationwide and is rapidly growing. Her latest adventure: teaming up with the classic skincare brand Olay to spread the word about beauty and wellness to the fitness world. We stole a few minutes with her to chat about two of our favorite things: Spinning and beauty.

What interested you in teaming up with Olay?
“Basically, I was introduced to several of their products, particularly the Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash ($6, olay.com). It’s an amazing product for anyone in fitness because it’s so moisturizing and there’s a longterm effect. There are a lot of days where I shower two to three times and I always worry, especially as I get older, about dry skin and the toll it takes on your skin when you take a lot of showers. I use it now exclusively and it’s just kept my skin looking great. It makes my skin glow and it smells amazing.”

How do you incorporate wellness into your life through beauty?
“Well, I would say first and foremost, I’m pretty simple when it comes to that and it’s about looking healthy, feeling clean and  not wearing a lot of makeup in class. I wear waterproof mascara and some lip-gloss and once in a while, maybe in the winter, an oil-free foundation. That much is fine when you sweat because you do sweat so much in class. And I just really like to keep the look natural.”

Do you have any tips for getting out of the locker room fast post-workout?
“If you can shower quickly, I would recommend using the Ultra Moisture Body Wash because it’s a two-in-one thing since you don’t have to take the time to apply moisturizer afterwards. Aside from that, maybe spray in some dry shampoo to give hair a fresh look. During the workout, most of our riders wear either a bandana or we have sparkly headbands that we sell at our studios that look great and keep the hair away from your face. What I always recommend in terms of low maintenance is putting your hair back so it’s out of your face and then after class, taking your hair down and you can sort of blow dry around the hair line and it really preserves your hair.”

What beauty trends are you seeing all the active women rock in your studios?
“The ponytail is probably the most popular style and as I said, it looks great with those glittery headbands or sparkly bands. Braids are pretty big right now and I notice that a lot of our Boca and Miami instructors wear their hair in braids with a bandana and it looks amazing. It’s a great way to keep the hair away from your neck when you’re sweating so much.”

Do you have any post-workout must-haves?
“I would have to say the Olay 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths ($7, olay.com) because they’re so quick and easy, especially if I don’t have time to shower, I just head to the bathroom and give my face a quick wipe down and I feel good.”

Celeb Esthetician Renee Rouleau Answers Your Biggest Skin Questions

Written on August 21, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

We all want our bodies to look lean and strong, so we hit the gym hard, but those sweat-inducing workouts can sometimes wreak havoc on our skin. Renee Rouleau, Esthetician and Skin Care Expert, gets it—as a CrossFit addict, she knows all about wanting to tone up without having to deal with embarrassing breakouts or runny sunscreen. So we asked her to answer some of your top workout-related skin-care Q’s.

In terms of skin health, how important is it to drink water before and after a workout?
“Since you lose so much water from perspiration, it’s crucial to replace it by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after workouts. The electrolyte-replacing drinks are especially helpful for re-hydrating the body. From a skin-care standpoint, research concludes that drinking water is the least efficient way to hydrate the skin. Skin hydration levels have much more to do with what you are using topically on the skin. A product like the Renée Rouleau Skin Drink ($38, reneerouleau.com) helps hydrate the skin very well. Apply it post-workout to restore hydration.”

I like to wear a headband or a bandana to prevent sweat from dripping down my face, but will that cause breakouts?
“I wouldn’t recommend headbands, bandanas or even hats across the forehead as they can cause a build up of oil and perspiration in the pores which will result in little clogged bumps or acne. If your skin is not prone to breakouts, this may not be an issue for you. If you find that you’re getting clogged pores, try to keep your accessory further back on your hairline but not directly across the forehead.”

How bad is it to wear makeup to the gym?
“Eye makeup and lipstick are fine to wear.  Should you really feel the need to wear foundation, try mineral-based powders as they are sweat-resistant, breathable and won’t clog pores. Either way, you want to clean the skin and remove oils and sweat post-workout.”

I like to remove all my makeup before a workout, but then my skin feels a little dry.  Is applying a moisturizer before sweating OK?
“When you exercise, your skin loses water due to evaporation, leaving the skin dehydrated. Dehydrated skin increases surface lines and causes skin cells to die prematurely, leading to aging as well as dead skin cell build up and clogged pores. Using a lightweight moisturizer will help to retain the water in the skin. If you are exercising outdoors, it’s best to use a very light moisturizer with a sunscreen.”

I sometimes can’t shower immediately after the gym. Could that cause body acne?
“Showering immediately after a workout can definitely help keep your back clear. The people that are most likely to get back breakouts are the ones that produce excessive oil. Generally, those who have oily skin on their face will also have excessive oil production on the back as well. Since oil is a breeding ground for bacteria, one of the ways to reduce back breakouts is to shower often. Keeping the skin clean can make a huge difference. Exfoliate your back with a mild cleansing gel and exfoliating cloth three times a week and apply an anti-bacterial lotion to help keep your back clear.”

 I always apply sunscreen but I sweat a lot. Do I just sweat my sunscreen right off? If so, how can I stay protected besides wearing a hat?
“Apply your sunscreen prior to working out so it has time to absorb fully. No sunscreen can withhold intense sweating so it’s important to reapply often. You can also apply a mineral powder with SPF over your sunscreen for added protection. Most mineral powders tend to be water-resistant so they will hold up better to sweating and therefore keep you protected better. Since one of the major contributing factors to the aging process is the production of free radicals caused from exercise, it’s very important to take antioxidants to minimize the damage. One simple way to help suppress the free radical activity is to take Vitamin C (500 mg) thirty minutes prior to exercise. It takes about thirty minutes to dissolve in your system and activate, so while you are exercising you’re sure to have full Vitamin C protection for the cells in your body.”

Stacy Keibler Spills On Her New Partnership and Her Fitness and Beauty Secrets

Written on July 8, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

Photo Credit: Diane Bondareff

If you don’t know Stacy Keibler from her pro wrestling days or currently, an actress/model, maybe this will ring a bell: she’s the statuesque beauty who owns the red carpet and former girlfriend of George Clooney. The woman knows a thing or two about staying fit and looking hot. She recently partnered with Colgate Total to launch their new mouthwash, Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield, at “A Wish for a Swish” in Times Square, New York. We caught up with her to find out what the event was all about, then got to pick her brain on her best workout and beauty tips.

Tell us about “A Wish for a Swish” and why you got involved. 
“I partnered up with Colgate Total to launch their new mouthwash and we encouraged people to come out to Times Square to help us break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people that were simultaneously swishing mouthwash. Colgate has already kicked it off by donating $50,000 dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but for every person that attended they donated an additional dollar. And for every person that posted a smile picture on their Facebook page, they also donated a dollar, so it’s all for a good cause. I’ve worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for years, so it’s a charity that’s definitely close to my heart. This was such a fun way to raise money for them!”

As a retired professional wrestler, what are some of your best tips for getting and staying fit?
“I think that it’s really important to get your heart rate up everyday. It doesn’t matter if it’s just walking, or doing some jumping jacks as long as you get your blood flowing and sweat a little bit. One of the other things I’ve learned is that it’s really important to have proper form when you’re working out even if that means using weights that might be lower in weight then you think you can actually do; it’s more important to have correct form so that you’re not injuring yourself. And I’m a big, big believer in ‘you are what you eat,’ so I think that above all, it’s really key to become conscious of exactly what you’re putting into your body.”

Acting and modeling keeps you super-busy, how do you manage to fit in your workouts with your schedule?
“I take exercise DVDs with me when I’m traveling. I have all different kinds so I can pop them into my computer in a hotel room, anywhere. And for me, if I can’t find the time to workout, it’s all about what I’m eating and putting into my body. Over the years I’ve sort of experimented with different things and I know what works for my body. Everybody’s different and so different things affect people differently, but I know what works for me.”

Any favorite meals-on-the-go?  
“I actually travel with protein and with a green powder. I have my shaker with me so at anytime, no matter where I am, I can basically have a healthy meal.”

What are some beauty tricks you’ve learned for looking fabulous in front of the camera?
“I think the most important thing is hydration. Having a few ounces of water every half hour is great for anti-aging. If you always keep yourself hydrated it makes your skin look great.”

What beauty essentials are always in your purse?
“Definitely blotting papers! And I always have Lucas’ Papaw Ointment ($15, amazon.com) for my lips. I also have facial sprays that are organic and natural. I love a really hydrating mist that I can just spray on my face when I’m on the go because they make me feel so refreshed.”

Carly Rae Jepsen Talks Natural Beauty and What’s on her Workout Playlist

Written on July 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Photo Credit: Rob Hoffman

Who hasn’t belted out the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe at some point? The rising star found mega-fame with her debut single and has been rising up the charts ever since. I got the chance to chat with her about a recent partnership with Güd, a natural beauty line from the makers of Burt’s Bees, and what music gets her heart pumping during her favorite workouts (hint: it involves stadium stairs).

Tell us about your partnership with Güd. 
“Basically, I was kind of won over by the slogan, ‘happy is beautiful.’  I love the idea that Güd products are natural, and they aren’t harmful to the environment or animals. All of those things just reassured me, and I knew that when I was choosing a partnership, I wanted to pick something that felt like a product I had grown up with, and I have grown up with Burt’s Bees, so Güd just felt like the best of both worlds.”

What’s your favorite scent in the line?
Pearanormal Activity. It’s more subtle than the other ones, but I feel like I can wear it everyday.”

Why are natural products so important to you?
 “I just grew up with them. My mom’s kind of a hippie at heart and she has always hammered home the fact that your body is a temple, and all that kind of stuff. I think you grow up and you get fed a whole bunch of different ideas about what it takes to be beautiful, and I personally love the idea that natural is beautiful. Doing stuff that isn’t harmful to yourself is the number one most important thing in my books.”

What are some of the best beauty tips you’ve picked up from photo shoots and red carpet events?
 “There are a few things that I’ve fallen in love with. For one, there’s this little bun thing that’s called a bun donut, and it’s a really simple way to put your hair up. You just wrap your hair around it and have a perfect bun. It’s super easy to do. I’ve also learned to love fake lashes. When it’s a red carpet event especially, it’s fun to play with fake lashes. And then CND Shellac (prices vary, cnd.com for salons) nails are my favorite because I play guitar a lot, and when I get a manicure, it’s ruined five minutes later. Even though it’s a little rough on the nails when removing, every once in awhile I go and get Shellac instead because I know my nails will be prettier for longer and I can play as much as I want!”

Singing while dancing on tour takes a lot of stamina. How do you stay in shape?
 “One of things I used to do when I was on the Justin Bieber Tour was run. When I was looking at the stadium and figuring out what I was going to do in my hours before meet-and-greet time, I decided to start running the stairs. My security guard and I would get in running gear and run the stairs of the stadium, which was cool for two reasons:  it gets your butt in shape, but it’s also a way to get perspective and be like, ‘Wow, someone’s going to be sitting up here!’ I need to make the show big enough to reach them.’”

What songs or artists do you listen to when working out?
 “I listen to Robyn—she has my favorite workout music.”

Your debut single, Call Me Maybe, was a huge success. What’s that one song right now that you just can’t get out of your head?
“There are a few songs that I love right now. I like the new Miley Cyrus single, and I like ‘I Love It’ too by Icona Pop. I’m a big fan of Fun too; I think they’re pretty rad. I love all of their music.”

Tell us about your new single and collaboration with Nikki Minaj.
“It was a really cool partnership! I love working on projects with someone I typically wouldn’t. We come from two totally different worlds, so it was fun for that reason especially. I was really happy that she agreed to be on the track, and I think it wasn’t totally done until she added her verse to it.”