BEAUTY:

 

Dorothy Hamill Keeps Healthy

Hair Loss

Younger Skin

Dentures

Fight Aging

Sensitive Skin

Sun Exposure

Defeat Dryness

Healthy Living At Any Age

(NAPSI)-Good nutrition, an active lifestyle and a smart skin care regimen are all important factors in achieving and maintaining a healthy body at any age. To look and feel your best, it is essential to develop a simple routine that can be followed daily.

"It has been almost 35 years since I won the gold medal at the winter Olympics, but I still spend a lot of time on the ice, and keeping my body healthy is important to me," says figure skater Dorothy Hamill. "But as I get older, my nutrition, fitness and skin care needs have changed, and I have had to adjust my routine accordingly." Here are some tips that Hamill follows to stay healthy and look and feel her best:

• Shorten showers--"Following a workout, a long, hot shower feels great on tired muscles," says Hamill. "But it is actually one of the worst things you can do for your skin." Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving it looking and feeling dry. So keep showers and baths short--10 minutes or less is best.

• Use lotion daily--"I have definitely seen some signs of my skin getting drier--it's rougher and itchier," she notes. The most effective thing you can do to keep your skin healthy at any age is to moisturize your body daily with an ultramoisturizing lotion. She recommends Vaseline® Clinical Therapy body lotion, which provides prescription-strength moisturization without the need of a prescription. "I use it every day to help heal my dry skin."

• Eat breakfast--No matter how busy your schedule gets, always make sure to eat breakfast. It gets your metabolism going, gives you more energy and helps regulate food cravings all day. A good "go-to" breakfast is parfait with yogurt, fruit and whole grain granola--plus some eggs for protein.

• Include fats in your diet--Another easy way to stay healthy is to include at least one quality fat in your diet each day. Hamill suggests a little almond butter on rice cakes--one of her favorites. Walnuts are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for skin and hair and reduce the risk of chronic heart disease.

• Exercise daily--To combat stiffness, Hamill exercises every day. "Everyone should try to get in at least 20 minutes," she says. Try leg squats while holding on to a chair, taking stairs instead of the elevator, or using cans from your pantry as weights.

• Exercise to sleep--It may seem counterintuitive, but when you start feeling like you are not getting enough sleep, hit the gym. Getting the right amount of exercise can help you get to sleep faster, get better-quality sleep, and stay asleep through the night. Bottom line: Being well rested means better overall health.

Visit www.EverydayHealth.com to view more of Hamill's tips for staying healthy at any age and download a $1 coupon for her favorite lotion, Vaseline® Clinical Therapy.

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Hair Loss: Myths And Truths

(NAPSI)-If you're one of the millions of Americans who suffer from hair loss--listen up.

Hereditary Hair Loss affects up to 40 percent of American men and 25 percent of American women. But findings from a new survey, Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, conducted by Wakefield Research, reveal many are at a loss when it comes to hair loss. Know the fact from fiction.

Myth #1: Hair loss only comes from my mother's side of the family.

What Americans Think: Thirty percent still say hair loss comes only from the mother's side.

The Truth: Don't blame your maternal grandfather, just yet. Hair loss expert Dr. Robert Leonard, founder and chief surgeon of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, says hair loss can come from either side of the family.

Myth #2: Stress causes hair loss.

What Americans Think: Seventy-seven percent think stress can cause hair loss.

The Truth: Stress cannot cause hair loss. "This is the No. 1 myth when it comes to hair loss," says Dr. Leonard. "Factors such as crash diets, certain medications and hormones from pregnancy and thyroid conditions can cause temporary hair loss, or Telogen Effluvium. This type of hair loss is strictly temporary and hair will grow back on its own," he adds.

Myth #3: Wearing a hat too frequently or over blow-drying hair can cause hair loss.

What Americans Think: More than one-third think that frequently wearing a hat or overstyling hair can cause hair loss.

The Truth: According to Dr. Leonard, 95 percent of all hair loss is hereditary. He cautions to know the difference between actual hair loss and damaged hair. A good test: If you run your fingers through your hair and eight to ten hairs come out with the bulb attached, this may indicate excessive hair loss.

Myth #4: Hair vitamins and thickening shampoos, conditioners and serums can treat hair loss.

What Americans Think: Nearly half would try hair vitamins like Biotin to treat thinning hair.

The Truth: Things like hair vitamins, healthy diet, hair-thickening shampoos, conditioners and serums may help hair health but they will not regrow hair.

Myth #5: There is no effective treatment for hair loss.

What Americans Think: Americans are undecided. Exactly half think there is no effective treatment for hair loss.

The Truth: "There are a lot of smoke and mirrors," says Dr. Leonard. "Go with what works. Rogaine is the only topical brand FDA-approved to regrow hair," he adds. Men's Rogaine Foam with 5 percent minoxidil regrows hair in 85 percent of men with twice-daily use after four months. Most women experience hair regrowth with Women's Rogaine Topical Solution with 2 percent minoxidil after six months. Other options include finasteride, sold under the brand name Propecia (approved for men only), low-level laser light therapy, and hair transplantation.

For more information and expert tips, visit www.rogaine.com.

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Younger-Looking Skin, Without Breaking The Bank

(NAPSI)-It may be possible to postpone those inevitable wrinkles without spending much money. Dermatologists say that you can keep your skin looking young with high-quality drugstore products.

Many anti-aging products are now fortified with ingredients that can diminish fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne, even out skin tone and improve skin texture. Here are some skin care regimes to help keep looking healthy and glowing:

Dry Skin:

• Avoid caffeine, smoking and alcohol.

• Make sure you get at least eight glasses of pure water a day to keep your skin hydrated.

• Protect your skin from wind, sun, heat, cold and indoor air. Apply a moisturizer before exposing yourself to any of these moisture-sapping conditions.

Sensitive Skin:

• Consume a healthy diet containing fresh fruit and vegetables to help skin look healthy; avoid hot and spicy foods, which are particularly likely to cause a negative effect.

• Read the labels of skin care products. Look for "for sensitive skin" and check the ingredients.

• Try herbal remedies that are free from harsh chemicals.

Acne:

• Whether you have actual acne or just occasional breakouts, avoid heavy oil-based products and try a foam-based cleanser.

• Introduce acne products gradually. Start with a cleanser.

• Shampoo regularly, shower after exercising and wash your face and remove any makeup before going to bed.

Anti-Aging:

• Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid. It helps smooth wrinkles by adding volume under the skin. One anti-aging facial option is called Perlabella Hyaluronic Acid, an injection-free wrinkle filler that gives elasticity to the skin. It uses PureDose Pearls that are airtight, preservative-free and deliver single doses of anti-wrinkle serum for the skin to help reduce lines.

Follow a daily regime that works for your skin. Stay out of the sun and use an adequate amount of sunscreen to help reduce your risk of wrinkles and keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.

For more skin care solutions, visit www.perlabella.com.

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A Surprising Source For Self-Confidence

(NAPSI)-In a recent Beauty and Aging survey of women ages 40+, Fixodent found women who wear dentures place more importance on their smile than the average woman over 40, and the idea of getting dentures was a source of anxiety for most wearers before they got dentures.

Fixodent has created the Circle of Confidence, a unique network of experts, to provide confidence and give denture wearers a team to confide in as a person, not a patient. Dental expert Dr. Lawrence Brecht of the American College of Prosthodontists; lifestyle and nutrition expert Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.; and beauty expert Lois Joy Johnson will all offer insights to feeling confident with that new smile.

"So many of the patients I see, perhaps women more than men, are fearful of having to wear dentures," said Dr. Brecht. "They are worried that the dentures may become loose and fall out at an embarrassing moment. This fear can be minimized by having dentures made by a dental specialist, such as a prosthodontist, and through the use of an appropriate denture adhesive."

One of the main concerns of most of the women who participated in the survey, conducted by Wakefield, was that their dentures won't stay in place. In fact, most women who currently do not wear dentures said it would ease their worries about getting dentures to know they would stay in place. More than one in six women said wearing dentures made them "a lot less likely to eat in public." Since roughly 20 million women ages 40+ wear dentures, more than 3 million of them are living their lives in fear of something as simple as eating out with their friends.

The Circle of Confidence is part of dentureliving.com. The site features expert tips and answers to a variety of questions and concerns such as "How will dentures affect the way I eat?" and "What beauty products will help me best accentuate my new smile?" There are also educational articles, helpful links and a message board where people with dentures can reach out to each other for support and advice on dental care, beauty and overall health.

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Saving Face: Wallet-Friendly Ways To Fight The Signs of Aging

(NAPSI)-Turning back the clock may not be an option, but with a few key do-it-yourself tricks you can look like you have. The best part is that you don't need to spend a fortune--there are easy and inexpensive ways to keep skin looking radiant.

Dr. Charles Zugerman, associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, provides insight into beauty secrets every woman should know to help you look your best and combat the effects of aging.

"There are easy ways to take care of your skin without breaking the bank," says Zugerman.

These simple tips from Zugerman will help you maintain a radiant glow:

• Loose lips aren't the only culprits that reveal age. Fine lines and wrinkles on lips can actually age your appearance. Dr. Zugerman suggests looking for a lip balm like Blistex Deep Renewal that contains Coenzyme Q-10 and hyaluronic spheres, key ingredients to hydrate and smooth fine lines and wrinkles for youthful-looking lips.

• Look no further than your pantry for your next skin care treatment. Whip up a face mask with oatmeal, which moisturizes and exfoliates the skin, using this recipe. Take ¾ cup of oatmeal oats and blend into a fine powder. Add warm skim milk to oats and stir until it forms a pasty consistency. Then apply to the face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and, voila!--radiant skin in no time.

• Feel your best from the inside out by increasing physical activity to relieve stress and boost endorphins. The effects will not only be apparent in the appearance of newfound muscles, but also in an overall positive view on life.

• Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated. Although everyone is different, a good rule of thumb is to drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day.

• Sleep between seven and eight hours each night. Skin rejuvenates and repairs in your sleep, so it is imperative not to cut it short. Lack of sleep also leads to increased levels of stress.

• Wear sunscreen every day with at least SPF 15, even on your lips, no matter what season it is. The sun's ultraviolet rays not only cause discoloration of the skin, but break down the collagen in skin. Collagen keeps skin full and prevents sagging.

Incorporating a few of these skin care tips into your daily regimen will keep people guessing your age for years to come. And your wallet will thank you, too. For more lip care tips, visit www.Blistex.com.

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Beware The Dust Ball, And Other Caveats For Sensitive Skin

(NAPSI)-We've all seen how touchy Americans are about certain issues--money being just one example--but it turns out we're literally sensitive, too. A recent consumer survey by MSW Research found 62 percent of the adult population claims to have sensitive skin on some part of their bodies.

Before your imagination goes into overdrive, know that all sorts of environmental factors can affect the way your skin looks and feels--and even how it repairs itself.

Here are some of the pros' simple ways to protect and nurture your skin without spending a fortune on expensive products:

Keep your home clean. Most people don't realize it, but dust can actually clog your pores, leading to blemishes and irritations. A good weekly vacuuming should be high on your to-do list.

Respect the elements. We won't bore you with how the sun's ultraviolet rays slip through the clouds even in winter and reflect off snow and ice. But experts like Dr. Sandra I. Read, instructor of dermatology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, do agree that's a compelling reason to wear sunscreen "with an SPF of at least 15" year-round. Another reason: avoiding windburn. Exposure to cold, harsh winds can remove cells from the skin's upper layer, leaving it cracked and dry. (Try some lip balm before heading outdoors.)

Know your skin type. You'd be surprised how many dollars are wasted just because people are confused over whether they have dry, delicate, oily or combination skin. So before you make the same costly error-and break one of the cardinal rules of proper skin care--determine which type you are by taking a quick and easy online quiz at CottonelleInstitute.com.

Quit smoking. The skin-damaging and aging effects of cigarette smoke are second only to those of the sun, and yet increasing numbers of young people are lighting up to relieve stress. Keep it up, warns dermatologist Flor A. Mayoral, M.D., of the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, and "deep-set wrinkles will appear around your mouth from puckering, your skin will be dehydrated and dull, and you may experience premature aging."

Avoid overheating your home. It tends to dry skin out. If you don't already own a humidifier, consider using at least part of the money you save on utilities to buy one to maintain air moisture.

You are what you eat. In the eternal quest for a healthy, radiant glow, what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it. "A balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can make a real difference in the appearance of your skin," says Susan C. Taylor, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons.

As for that survey, by far the most respondents (36 percent) cited the skin on their faces as most sensitive.

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Skin Care During The Colder Months

(NAPSI)-During the colder months, you may no longer remember to apply SPF every day. But did you know a few minutes of incidental sun exposure over time can add up to skin damage?

"Incidental sun exposure occurs daily over many years when you may not think about wearing sun protection," says dermatologist Diane Berson. "Examples of these times are sitting in your car, taking your dog for a walk and running across the street to grab lunch. Over time, this gradual unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light can lead to premature aging of the skin, including wrinkles, brown spots, roughness and blotchiness. To keep your complexion looking young and healthy, wear broad-spectrum sun protection daily."

If you're already noticing dark spots and fine lines there are still steps you can take to repair the look of your skin as the weather turns colder.

1. To prevent any additional skin damage, consider a product that contains Helioplex, which is designed to provide long-lasting and photostable UVA/UVB protection.

2. To fade the look of existing dark spots, look for products withStabilized Vitamin C, which will help to even skin tone. Neutrogena Tone Correcting Moisture SPF 30 from Ageless Intensives does double duty to protect skin and fade dark spots with both Helioplex and Stabilized Vitamin C.

3. Dry winter air can make fine lines and wrinkles look even more apparent. For a quick fix, plump up skin with moisture to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Neutrogena Deep Wrinkle Anti-Wrinkle Moisture SPF 20 from Ageless Intensives will not only provide a quick fix with hyaluronic acid, to plump up skin, but it will also smooth the look of wrinkles over time with the help of Retinol SA. An active form of Vitamin A, Retinol has long been praised by dermatologists as an anti-aging gem. Retinol SA is a stabilized version of Retinol that will not break down when exposed to light.

4. Exfoliate. Exfoliation is one of the most effective ways to refresh cells on the surface of the skin, leaving skin looking smoother and more even toned.

Incorporated into a regular skin care regimen, exfoliation can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

To add exfoliation in an existing regimen, try the battery-powered Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator device every three days. Using the device while also using a product containing Retinol SA has been shown to be 50% more effective at improving deep wrinkles in two weeks' time than using the device alone.

You can find more skin care advice and information online at www.neutrogena.com.

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Defeat Dryness

(NAPSI)-It may be simpler than you realize to kiss dry, chapped lips good-bye.

The problem is dry air, cold temperatures and wind can all have a drying effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body. In fact, lips are composed of the body's thinnest and most fragile skin and are particularly vulnerable, often being the first area to present signs of dryness, sunburn and other wear and tear.

According to a recent survey, 53 percent of the population and 67 percent of women experience dry lips. Symptoms include:

•Dehydration--Lips feel dry and tight.

•Rough Texture--Lips are rough and scale easily.

•Diminished Tone--The natural hue appears faded.

Fortunately, there are easy and inexpensive ways to protect your lips. Here are hints that can help:

•Refrain from licking your lips, which can actually enhance dryness.

•Drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated.

•Use a humidifier at home to moisten the air.

•For extra protection from wind and cold air, cover your lips with a scarf when you're outdoors.

•Consider a lip product designed to repair damage and improve lip health. To help with long-lasting relief that goes beyond a simple barrier, Neosporin, a brand known for its legacy of healing and leadership in the topical antibiotic category, has introduced a new line of lip health products. It features a patented technology that contains a combination of essential lipids, fatty acids and antioxidants designed to provide cells with the building blocks they need to repair themselves. The daytime Neosporin Lip Health contains SPF 20 to protect skin from the sun's damaging rays. The Overnight Renewal Therapy works during the body's natural recovery process while you sleep for softer lips the next day. Together, they're clinically proven to give you visibly healthier lips in three days.

To learn more about the simple steps you can take to keep your lips healthy, visit www.neolips.com.

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