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Healthy -- and beautiful. Isn't that what we all want? Follow this pro advice:
1. Clear up breakouts. "Your decolletage has as many oil glands as your face," says Arielle Kauvar, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Once a day, use an anti-acne body wash that contains 5 percent benzoyl peroxide (try Peter Thomas Roth Medicated BPO 5% Acne Wash, $32, sephora.com) to unclog pores, followed by a light moisturizing lotion. And take special care while working out. "Excess sweat can exacerbate acne because oils are trapped," explains Dr. Kauvar. Wear breathable fabrics and treat areas with a 2 percent salicylic-acid body spray after exercising to keep skin bacteria-free (try Nature's Cure Body Acne Treatment Spray, $9.99, at drugstores).
2. Firm and tone. "The skin on your breasts is extra thin and prone to premature aging," says Dr. Kauvar. To maintain a smoother, younger look, apply a firming bust serum before your body cream. It contains active ingredients like antioxidants, minerals, and peptides that penetrate into the skin's deeper layers to reverse free-radical damage and boost collagen production (try Elemis Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck & Bust, $89, nordstrom.com; the kit includes a Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, and 10 percent of the proceeds go to breast cancer research).
3. Get gorgeous cleavage. "No matter what size breasts you have, a little shimmer will help enhance them," says Linda Hay, a makeup artist for Victoria's Secret, who amplifies the curves of Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum. Brush a shimmery bronzing powder down the center of your breasts to create a slight shadow, then sweep a silvery illuminator powder along the tops (try Too Faced After Glow Ice Cubes Body Shimmer Powder, $26, sephora.com, and Victoria's Secret Bare Bronze Sun Dust Body Powder Brush, $22, victoriassecret.com).
Eight out of 10 women are, according to Linda Becker, founder of Linda's lingerie boutiques in New York City. "Women's breasts change size and shape numerous times throughout their lives due to weight gain or loss, pregnancy and aging," she says. Yet most of us assume that our bra size stays the same.
The best way to figure out your correct size is to go to a professional fitter at a lingerie or department store. If you can't find a pro, follow these easy, do-it-yourself tips from Becker:
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2006.