Holiday Glamour

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Simple Ways To Be Beautiful For The Holidays

(NAPSI)—During an already pricey season, the idea of splurging on a new look may seem daunting, but when it comes to all of the holiday parties and gatherings to attend, you'll want to look your best. So how can you look great without breaking the bank? Follow these simple and affordable tips to reveal a more beautiful you for the holidays:

• Don't skimp on sleep. No matter how much shopping there is to do and how many gifts you have to wrap, give yourself the gift of getting enough sleep. It'll show on your skin—helping it look radiant and well rested.

• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Not only will the antioxidants replenish your skin, a healthy, well-rounded diet can help you avoid overindulging on holiday treats.

• To reveal younger-looking skin, head to a Walgreens or CVS to pick up Rapid Wrinkle Repair moisturizer from Neutrogena. This anti-aging moisturizer uses the fastest retinol (a proven anti-aging ingredient) available to deliver results in as little as one week. In fact, it's actually proven to work better than a leading higher-priced competitor. It can help you reveal brighter, smoother and younger-looking skin just in time for the holidays.

• Prepare for New Year's Eve—one of the biggest nights out-by accentuating the positives and adding a pop of color. Conceal or brighten dark circles around your eyes with the multitasking Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector and use the creamy Nourishing Eyeliner for notice-me eyes all day and night. For that New Year's kiss at midnight, you only need one week to get softer, rosier and healthier-looking lips, even after you take it off, with Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm!

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Healthy, Shiny Hair For The Holidays

(NAPSI)—What do women really want? According to a survey conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Neutrogena in July 2011 among over 1,000 U.S. women, nearly 90 percent said they would be willing to give up anything from dessert, to social networking, even television for two weeks to have healthy, shiny hair.

So this holiday season, why not give the gift of perfect hair without breaking the bank? It's as simple as visiting the nearest Target store for clinically proven products that can outperform the leading prestige competitor. For example, there's one product line that's designed to protect and repair hair so it looks its best.

Among its offerings for holiday hair, Neutrogena's Anti-Residue Shampoo is a cult classic, easy-to- use product that leaves hair looking its healthiest. Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask is a total immersion of restorative moisture to remedy dry and damaged strands, leaving hair healthy and beautiful for the holiday season.

Further Findings

The survey also discovered:

• With regard to a job interview, most women (61 percent) consider having shiny, healthy hair to be the most important aspect of their appearance—over bright white teeth (54 percent), glowing skin (41 percent) or perfectly manicured nails (34 percent).

• Fifty percent of women say hydration is among the top two most important benefits they look for in a hair care product, in addition to defrizzing (37 percent), mending split ends (40 percent) and adding volume (42 percent).

• The desire for healthy, shiny hair has even made its way into the social media space. When it comes to choosing a photo of themselves to post on social media sites, women say having perfect hair is the biggest deciding factor, more so than having perfect makeup or the perfect outfit.

Survey Methdology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery omnibus product on behalf of Neutrogena from July 27-29, 2011 among 1,033 U.S. female adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact

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What You Can Do To Create A World Where Beauty Is A Source Of Confidence, Not Anxiety

(NAPSI)—Everyone can make a difference in a young girl's self-esteem-That is the message behind a nationwide effort designed to help girls build self-esteem. This year, the second annual Dove Self-Esteem Weekend brings together Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Inc. and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to encourage women to spend an hour on a self-esteem building activity with a girl in their lives.

Building self-esteem can be as simple as talking to the special girl in your life about her friends and social life or doing an activity from the self-esteem toolkit available on

Research reveals that it is important to address anxiety about looks at an early age. A recent global study commissioned by Dove entitled "The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited" reveals that only 11 percent of girls would describe themselves as beautiful. This lack of self-esteem only worsens as girls get older.

"If you spend the time listening to a girl and helping her develop a positive relationship with beauty, you really can make a difference," said Jess Weiner, Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador, author and a contributing editor to Seventeen magazine.

According to the study, 80 percent of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful but do not see their own beauty. More than half (54 percent) of women agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst critics.

The most effective way to address beauty anxiety is to start at an early age. Research has found that 72 percent of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful and only 11 percent are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves.

When girls feel bad about their looks, more than 70 percent (age 15 to 17) avoid normal daily activities such as attending school, going to the doctor or even giving their opinion. A universal increase in beauty pressure leads to a decrease in girls' confidence.

The company is committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential by caring for themselves and each other. They invite all women to join them in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. Women joining the movement will receive regular updates on a variety of ways to get involved. Currently, women can participate in the following ways:

• Join Dove for the Second Annual Dove Self-Esteem Weekend. Women can show that amazing things can happen when they all come together by registering their Weekend activities on the interactive map at Dove has already reached more than 8 million girls with self-esteem education but your efforts can help Dove reach its goal of 15 million girls by 2015.

• Answer the question "Who Inspired You?" on Dove online channels: Facebook, Twitter and, to honor the positive impact someone had on their life. When women share their story, the company will make a $1 donation to support self-esteem education in the U.S.

• Download tools: Visit to access free tools to build self-esteem in young girls.

Together with experts and key partners, the brand has created self-esteem building, educational programs to motivate and inspire girls. The Dove Movement for Self-Esteem invites all women to join in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.

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Note to Editors: The Second Annual Dove Self-Esteem Weekend takes place nationwide from October 21st to the 23rd.

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Advice On Healthy Skin Care Year-round

(NAPSI)—Top New York dermatologist Dr. Meghan O'Brien answers a few common questions about keeping skin healthy-looking and vibrant all year long.

Q. My skin is dry, so I exfoliate, but it seems to make the condition worse. What am I doing wrong?

A. When skin is dry, there's an instinct to exfoliate, but actually, scrubbing and exfoliation can irritate the skin and strip it of vital moisture. Instead, you can improve the appearance of dry skin by using a gentle, creamy cleanser and rich moisturizers. There are new products available that are designed for redness and sensitive skin, to help calm and soothe both instantaneously and long term.

Q. My skin gets drier as the weather gets cooler. What products should I be using?

A. As the air chills, the skin requires more moisture. Typically, I suggest a lighter-textured lotion during the warm months, when heat and perspiration can make the skin look greasy, then increasing to a thicker, more moisturizing cream (day and night cream) as the weather gets cooler to help maintain the right level of moisture in the skin. I look for cosmeceutical skin care with leading-edge ingredients in the formula at clinically tested levels to get real results. A favorite is Physicians Formula Anti-Aging Deep Wrinkle Corrector Day & Night Cream. It's designed to improve the moisture barrier, strengthen and firm skin and protect collagen all at once.

Q. Is the change of seasons a good time to add certain products to my daily regimen?

A. It's important to maintain a well-rounded skin care regimen throughout the seasons. Many people simplify their skin care in the summer, and if you've done this, you want to make sure that you add those products back to your regimen; for example, using specialized anti-aging products. If you skipped an under-eye cream, you'll benefit from adding it back to promote moisture in this delicate, sensitive area. Consider Physicians Formula Moisture Balance Hydrating Eye Cream, a nutrient-rich cream that provides intense moisture in a lightweight, refreshing formula. The entire collection is found exclusively at Walmart.

• Dr. O'Brien is a clinical instructor at Weill Cornell Medical College and a board-certified dermatologist specializing in comprehensive medical and cosmetic dermatology.

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Replenish Eyes Overnight

(NAPSI)—Before you close your eyes at night, you may want to be extra kind to the delicate skin that surrounds them.

Because it's thinner than the rest of the face with especially fragile blood vessels, this area may be the first to show signs of aging.

A nightly skin care routine can help prevent these signs because night is when skin most actively repairs itself from daily damage.

"Eye treatments high in anti-inflammatory properties and replenishing lipids are essential to maintain healthier and younger- looking under-eye skin," said Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl's consulting dermatologist, and founder of Tribeca Park Dermatology in New York City.

To help prevent signs of under-eye aging, the skin care company Kiehl's Since 1851 has created Midnight Recovery Eye. The paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free, mineral oil-free product is designed to address puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles overnight. This non-migrating cream-to-oil texture combines a blend of essential and botanical oils—squalane, evening primrose and lavender, proven to rebalance hydration levels—with the naturally derived extract Butcher's Broom. This rare ingredient is known to improve blood circulation, strengthen fragile capillary walls and reduce puffiness under the eyes. For more information, visit

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Beyond Sunscreen: Reducing Sun-related Skin Damage From The Inside Out

(NAPSI)—Here's a bright idea to help you save the skin you're in: Stay out of the sun. Ultraviolet rays contribute to premature skin aging and even cancer.

What To Do

One way to help can be through the savvy use of sunscreen. Apply about a palmful of a water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher to your arms, legs, neck and face 30 minutes before going outside, no matter what the season or the weather. Reapply every two hours or more often if you have been swimming or perspiring.

More good news: You don't have to look older than your years due to sun overexposure from years before.

Doctors' Advice

The secret to healthy skin aging, dermatologists say, lies largely in the body's ability to repair DNA—the complex molecules found in every cell that carry individual genetic "codes." The condition of your DNA is essential to maintaining the healthy functioning of your body as you age. The body continually replaces cells in every organ, including the skin (the body's largest organ), that have served their useful lives and no longer function. In a constant cycle of regeneration, new cells take the place of old cells. If the DNA "code" becomes damaged, however, the new cells will carry the same damage.

According to top skin care professionals, such as Noah S. Scheinfeld, M.D., FAAD, a Yale-educated, board-certified dermatologist, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center and author of numerous medical journal publications on dermatology, healthy DNA is one of the keys to avoiding the tell-tale signs of premature aging. "Dermatologists have established the link between excessive sun and DNA damage in skin cells," states Dr. Scheinfeld. "The permanent effects of DNA damage to the skin—including hyper-pigmentation or brown spots, patches, premature lines and wrinkles and, in extreme cases, skin cancer—are clear," he continues. "One obvious solution is to limit sun exposure and use sunscreen. But AC-11 may hold an additional answer."

A Plant Has The Answer

Derived from a plant called Uncaria tomentosa found in the Amazon Rainforest, AC-11 is a safe, essentially alkaloid-free, all-natural, water-soluble extract that can be consumed orally or absorbed by the skin in a topical cream formula. Studies published in dermatology journals, including several by Dr. Scheinfeld, show that AC-11 measurably reduces DNA damage caused by non-oxidative stress (that is, overexposure to UV/solar rays), as well as oxidative stress (caused by free radicals and other factors such as chemical toxins, alcohol and tobacco). The dramatic, visible result is smoother, more supple and youthful-looking skin at almost any age.

How To Get It

To bring AC-11 to the public, Optigenex Inc., an applied biotechnology group and developer of the patented DNA care technology, partnered with bHIP Global, Inc., a leading supplier of health and beauty products. Under the name Activar, the company offers a line of intensive repair day, night and eye creams featuring AC-11 and an advanced blend of other scientifically proven skin care ingredients.

Also available is AIO Premium Cellular Heath, a unique, pleasant-tasting liquid dietary supplement containing AC-11 along with potent antioxidants and other key cellular health ingredients; and "Purple," a wellness formula with AC-11 available in liquid form or convenient, dissolvable fruit-flavored "Vitality Strips."

A Happy User

Julia Cox from San Diego, an Activar user for several years, is devoted to the product. "The day, night and eye creams work, and their quality is amazing," she says. "They are easily the best formulas I have used at any price."

Learn More

You can order the products from Additional information about AC-11 technology, along with links to the peer-reviewed science and informational articles, is at

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Help For Oily Skin

(NAPSI)—Oily skin can be a problem but the solution is not to skip moisturizer. When skin is not adequately hydrated, sebum glands overproduce oil in an attempt to lock in moisture and skin becomes shiny.

However, you shouldn't use an oil-free moisturizer without carefully reading the label, as some may contain ingredients that can strip skin, resulting in an overproduction of oil.

Fortunately, the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Collection from Kiehl's Since 1851 not only hydrates skin, but actually seals in the needed moisture, preventing the overproduction of oil—for shine-free, fresh skin all day long. The four products in this line use moisture-retaining ingredients such as Antarcticine and Imperata Cylindrica to balance and hydrate skin, then lock in moisture at every step of the skin care regimen.

The results are a scientifically proven 24 hours of shine control and long-lasting moisturization. The three-step daily regimen-featuring a cleanser, toner and moisturizer or gel cream—works to visibly reduce oil on skin, without stripping skin of essential moisture and without the use of powders. The product is oil-free, paraben-free, dye-free and fragrance-free.

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Keep Skin From Drying Out

(NAPSI)—When the seasons change, does your skin care routine follow suit? It is important to shield skin from shifting weather conditions.

It may be called the "great outdoors," but damaging UV sun rays can even break through clouds, and wind can chap and crack skin. How can you beat Nature at its own game? Prepare now to effortlessly transition into next season's challenge. Here are a number of easy ways to protect your skin:

• Reduce sun exposure: On top of consistent SPF application, wearing a hat and sunglasses will aid in the fight against UV harm. Keep it relevant and stylish—be it a knitted beanie for winter or aviators for the summer.

• Nourish from the inside out: Drinking loads of water and eating hydrating foods such as dark green veggies or watermelon will keep your exterior from being parched.

• Moisture more: Using a nutrient-rich, fast-absorbing lotion on a daily basis, such as Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion, will keep skin healthy and comfortable. Skip a trip to the doctor's office and slather on this dermatologist-developed formula.

Don't be afraid to depart from the norm. Use these tips as a starting point to explore new trends and tricks.

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