Beauty

A Better Smile

Mixing Opposite Elements Charitable Face Masque Latest Looks for Legs Mixing Oil and Water Protect Against Sun Damage Shine a Light on Looking Good Skin Care

Brace Yourself For A Better Smile

(NAPSI)—Here’s something to smile about: Whatever your age, wearing braces today doesn’t mean what it used to, and if you’re longing for a straighter smile, you’re not alone. More than 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces and more than 25 percent of them are adults.

There are many reasons. Some say not having a straight smile holds them back from landing a new job, getting a promotion, fitting in at school, or asking that special someone out on a date. Others see it as a way to improve their self-esteem and health, overall.

The good news is, with today’s orthodontic technology, you can avoid much of the appearance-related anxiety that traditional metal braces bring and opt for a more discreet, even invisible way to improve your smile and health. Consider these available options:

• Ceramic braces, similar to traditional braces, but with tooth-colored brackets instead of metal. Ceramic braces can correct even serious orthodontic issues but blend into the tooth for a more understated look. They’re so subtle that celebrities Tom Cruise and Faith Hill wore them on the red carpet. These tend to be the most wallet-friendly of the new generation of subtle braces. To see how you might look with ceramic braces, visit paintyoursmile.com and upload a photo to virtually “try on” Clarity ADVANCED Ceramic Braces from 3M.

• Clear aligners, custom mouthpieces made out of thin plastic, let you progress through wearing a series of aligners over the course of treatment. While this option is very discreet for most of the day, clear aligners need to be removed during meals. They also require a lot of self-discipline, since they must be worn at least 20 to 22 hours a day and losing an aligner delays completion of treatment. Not everyone can be treated with clear aligners, but your orthodontist can tell you if you’re a good candidate for these.

• Lingual braces are the most discreet option for people who want to keep their braces completely hidden. These use brackets on the back of your teeth, the “lingual” side, and don’t require much discipline—once they’re in, they stay put until your orthodontist removes them. They’re so hidden that Miss Teen USA contestants have competed while wearing them.

Incognito Hidden Braces from 3M are available with options to straighten your whole arch or just the “social six,” the teeth that are visible at the front of your mouth. These customized braces are often a good choice for professional adults or anyone who really wants to keep their orthodontic treatment to themselves. Learn more at hiddenbraces.com.

You don’t have to let a fear of “metal mouth” keep you from a beautiful, straight smile.

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Trending Today: Mixing Opposite Elements

(NAPSI)—While it may be true that opposites attract, the newest way to enhance your attraction, is to blend opposites. ‘Power clashing,’ boldly mixing colors and prints works for some, but for those of us who prefer a more direct approach, fragrance is the perfect solution.

Ed Hardy has partnered with Elizabeth Arden to revolutionize the concept of opposing forces with the launch of their new fragrance for men and women called “Love Is...”

These bold and vivacious scents were inspired, Hardy says, by the tension between two opposing forces and the notion of combining these two forces to create something beautiful.

This concept is uniquely brought to life by the visually arresting, dual-phase colored formula that you simply shake to combine the two phases, and spray. This innovative packaging celebrates the artistry and daring nature of the Ed Hardy brand, made infamous for its pivotal role in tattoo culture and its loyal cult following.

The vibrant, effervescent woman’s scents are for today’s powerful, confident woman, to make her feel empowered while still embracing her underlying and delicate femininity.

The Eau de Parfum Spray has crisp apple and rich blackberry notes, woven with a floral blend of jasmine and freesia. Base notes of vanilla and blackberry musk provide a sweet yet powerful base that lingers, once again seizing, the sweet tension created by the crisp fruity notes and musky base.

The fresh scent of the Eau de Toilette Spray for men opens with a combination of bergamot, apple and mint, spiked with hints of nutmeg and saffron. A deeper blend of sandalwood, vetiver, amber and musk unite to leave a lasting impression, embracing the tension of fresh fruit notes and bold musks.

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For further notes on these scents, visit www.Dillards.com.

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Recycle And Be Rewarded

(NAPSI)—Here’s a look at a rare chance to use rare earth to help both the Earth and your skin.

Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable purveyor of fine-quality skin and hair care, will donate 100 percent of net profits, up to $50,000, from its sixth annual Limited Edition Label Art Series for Earth Day to the not-for-profit Recycle Across America to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels for schools. Studies show these labels can raise recycling rates by nearly 50 percent.

The limited edition labels, with Earth-inspired designs, adorn the Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque and were designed by socially conscious actors Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie. Celebrity photographer Laurie Lynn Stark captures each personality in her unique style.

The masque’s key ingredient, fair-trade Amazonian white clay, can remove dirt, toxins, excess oil, and dead cells, leaving skin more refined with minimized pores.

Once you use the masque, you can return the container to Kiehl’s stores as part of its Recycle and Be Rewarded! program. Customers can return empty bottles, tubes and jars for recycling at Kiehl’s retail stores, and with every tenth empty, choose a free item.

Find Kiehl’s stores and learn more about Kiehl’s Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masques at www.kiehls.com/earthdaymasques and www.kiehls.com. Products are also at (800) KIEHLS-2 and specialty retailers.

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The Latest Looks For Legs

(NAPSI)—This season, women should think about putting their best leg forward. The new hosiery styles are aimed at accentuating legs while still allowing women to show off their own personal style. Today’s hot hosiery styles are all about keeping the look modern and sophisticated. Wearable, versatile legwear options are the key to transitioning from day to night—in style.

The Bronze

Foundation works wonders on the face so why not try it on your legs? This season, women can enhance their own natural skin tone while giving legs a smooth flawless look. With Hanes Hosiery’s new Sunkissed Ultra Sheer with Run Resist Technology, the legwear is barely there except for the perfect subtle glow. Available in five shades ranging from light bronze to deep bronze and everything in between, hosiery lovers can easily find their perfect match. It’s also available in control top or smoothing thong and both include run-resistant technology.

The Bold

Fashionistas can also add a little more pizzazz to their style with tights, especially in sheer graphic prints. These new fashion tights are a modern take on old favorites.

From light and airy Sheer Plaid to an updated more open Fishnet to a graphic Mod Check, new Hanes Hosiery Silk Reflections Fashion Tights add pop to any outfit and are a fashion must-have for the spring. Hanes Hosiery Silk Reflections Fashion Tights are available in Sheer Plaid, Sheer Stripe, Mod Check, Fishnets and Zig Zag in black and nude. All are available in control top except for the Fishnets.

For those wanting to don their favorite styles from last season, no worries. Shimmer and shine continue to be big on the catwalk, as well as the always-sexy back seam.

The Beautiful

Whether dressing up an LBD or getting ready for a big business meeting, there’s nothing more beautiful than flawless full coverage. The Hanes Silk Reflections Sunkissed Ultra Sheer Smoothing Thong keeps everything under control while gently sculpting the tummy area without panty lines. Feel cool, confident and covered with Hanes.

Learn More

For further facts and fashion tips and to see the patterns and shimmer, go to www.haneshosiery.com.

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Mixing Oil And Water

(NAPSI)—While oil and water don’t mix, they can be made to blend into an emulsion—and become a way to nourish the delicate area around your eyes.

Most skin care creams are oil in water, but “our team of chemists chose a water-in-oil emulsion for Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, as this texture provides longer-lasting, richer texture and bursts into water upon application,” explains Dr. Geoffrey Genesky, Head Chemist, Kiehl’s Research and Innovation Labs.

Ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, Kiehl’s Since 1851 Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is a rich preparation with a unique, concentrated texture and a burst of hydration upon application.

Facial moisturizers and other anti-aging products are typically too potent or not formulated for the delicate eye area. Avocado, with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and omega-3 oils, proved to be the right emollient to restore the skin’s natural moisture. In this cream, it’s mixed with shea butter, known for its hydrating properties, and beta-carotene, a naturally derived antioxidant.

For more information about this eye treatment, visit www.kiehls.com/avocadoeye or call (800) KIEHLS-2. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado can be found at Kiehl’s freestanding stores and select specialty retailers.

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Protecting Against Sun Damage While In A Car

(NAPSI)—The average American spends more than 101 minutes a day in a car. Unfortunately, what many drivers and passengers fail to realize is that when they are in a car, not all the danger they face is on the road.

Both drivers and passengers are often exposed to harmful ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, particularly from the side windows of the cars in which they ride.

“Damage from certain kinds of ultraviolet rays is cumulative,” says Dr. Dee Anna Glaser, vice chair of the dermatology department at St. Louis University. “These rays penetrate deep into the skin and can silently accelerate the aging process, cause wrinkles and even skin cancer.”

Fortunately, adding a UVA-blocking film or tint to car windows can be an effective way to help block damaging rays and protect yourself while you drive.

For example, a range of window film options, sold under the brand name LLumar, provide UV protection. There’s even a clear film that appeals to those who do not want a darker window appearance, or where the use of dark films is prohibited by state law. When applied over ordinary automotive glass, this film’s virtually invisible protection blocks more than 99 percent of harmful UV rays.* LLumar window film acts as “sunscreen”—offering daily sun protection with a one-time application.

To learn more, visit www.llumar.com.

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Shine A Light On Looking Good

(NAPSI)—Ever considered an aesthetic treatment like Botox or laser hair removal, but were nervous because you didn’t know what to expect? A great way to enjoy cosmetic treatments and build your confidence is to go with a friend. Just like shopping, working out or dieting, it’s always better with a buddy.

Men and women are increasingly turning to non-invasive services to help them look and feel their best. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, over 1.5 million laser facial procedures and about half a million laser hair removal treatments are performed per year. Still, going by yourself could seem daunting.

An Expert Opinion

According to an article in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology non-invasive skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal are perhaps the two most popular laser procedures. In fact, an intense pulsed light (IPL) laser can treat both superficial vascular and melanocytic lesions, generate collagen stimulation, and affect hair removal.

Personal Advice

Whether it involves skin rejuvenation (like skin tightening and photofacial), body shaping (like fat melting and cellulite reduction) or laser hair removal treatments, having someone to schedule appointments with and brag about results to, makes the journey more enjoyable and eventful.

Speaking from personal experience, Gail Brooks began treatments at American Laser Skincare and her daughter quickly followed suit. “It made me feel great, it’s a wonderful way to boost my self-confidence and it made me feel younger,” Brooks says. So much so, that she began to try other services, such as microdermabrasion, glycolic peels, and even laser fat melting. Zerona, an FDA cleared treatment for removing fat, has been clinically proven to reduce an average of 3.5” of body circumference in two weeks. “People should try Zerona for health reasons, such as high cholesterol,” Brooks says. I never would have believed it would work to that degree.” (American Laser Skincare and Zerona’s manufacturer, Erchonia, do not claim any cholesterol reduction benefit as a treatment outcome, nor has the FDA validated its effectiveness in that regard.)

Loving how her treatments made her feel, she encouraged her daughter, Kristi Falkenhagen to try them. “I have extremely oily skin and deal with adult acne,” states Falkenhagen, “so skin treatments like microdermabrasion have helped tremendously.” She says that she is also experiencing dramatic results with laser hair removal.

Brooks and Falkenhagen enjoy doing everything together, and sharing their experience at American Laser Skincare has brought them even closer. Falkenhagen says, “My mom and I are really close, so going through treatments together as a team has made the experience and the results even more enjoyable.” Brooks adds that if you are looking to delight someone for Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries or graduation, “treatment packages or gift cards to American Laser Skincare are like giving a gift of beauty.”

Dr. Paul Flashner, Chief Medical Director for American Laser Skincare, says the company’s certified skincare professionals are trained to deliver the most effective treatment. “Our team is dedicated to helping clients be the very best version of themselves.”

Learn More

For further information or to see what laser treatments can do for you, go to www.americanlaser.com or call (877) 252-8922.

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The First And Last Steps In Skin Care

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for those who are concerned about the state of their skin. Two new products are available that can be used as the first and last steps of a skin care routine.

Both from Kiehl’s Since 1851, one incorporates the healing and cleansing power of calendula while the other immediately and visibly transforms your complexion and helps to perfect skin over time.

Regardless of age, pores and imperfections become more prominent as skin is exposed to daily aggressors. This can result in a rough and uneven texture.

The chemists at Kiehl’s Since 1851 created Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash to thoroughly yet gently clean and refresh skin, removing surface dirt and oil while ensuring the skin barrier is protected.

Finally, to help protect your skin before makeup but after your moisturizer and SPF, those same chemists have created Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, a lightweight formula that instantly smoothes skin, providing a “soft-focus” and more uniform appearance that also delivers long-lasting, skin-perfecting benefits in just four weeks.

To learn more, visit www.kiehls.com. Find Kiehl’s at Kiehl’s Since 1851 retail stores, (800) KIEHLS-2 and select specialty retailers.

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