Skin Suits The Season
(NAPSI)-Getting ready for warm-weather fun involves more than buying a
flirty new bikini or summer dress-it also involves getting your skin ready
for the reveal.
It's a good idea to give your skin a few months to get ready for the
frequent shaving done during the height of the season. To help minimize red
bumps and shave irritation along your bikini line, start shaving now. It will
help your skin become more resistant to the passes of your razor blade. Here
are a few more tips to help you make the smoothest transition:
To help prevent razor burn, your best option is to prepare skin by
moisturizing a few hours before your shave. Moisturizing right before you
shave can dull your razor, leaving it full of lotion, therefore preventing
you from getting a close shave. So if you're planning to shave in the
morning, consider applying a moisturizer the night before.
Using shave cream offers better moisture protection for your skin versus
just soap and water. It may also help to cut down on repeat passes of the
razor because it stays on better than a gel in the steamy environment of a
Choose a shave cream that contains ingredients designed to give you a
smoother shaving experience. An aloe-enriched product such as Pure Silk®
Shave Cream moisturizes skin, while other ingredients actually raise the hair
follicles so you get a closer, long- lasting shave without pressing the razor
hard against your skin.
Use a cooler water temperature while shaving. Hot water will remove even
more moisture from skin.
To get more enjoyment out of shaving, use a shave cream such as Pure
Silk that comes in 100 percent aluminum cans that won't rust in the shower or
leave rings on bathroom surfaces. Did you know that 80 percent of women shave
in the shower or bath?
In addition to being rustproof, aluminum cans are also environmentally
friendly, being five times easier to recycle than steel cans and capable of
holding more shave cream in a smaller can size. You can get great-looking
legs and be kind to the environment.
With a little planning and a few tips, your legs will be ready for the
season's flirtiest fashions.
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Workouts Work Well During Bad Weather
(NAPSI)-Don't let the weather or the cost of gym fees serve as an excuse
to get out of shape.
There are many exercises you can do at home to keep yourself in top form--especially
using basic exercise equipment such as weights, an exercise mat, exercise
ball or my Belly Burner Belt®.
Here are a few tips to help:
Watch exercise TV. Tune in to an exercise program and work out alongside
the experts. DVDs such as my "Blazing Abs" training are a great way
to start your day and tone up your abs. Look for an exercise video created by
a credentialed fitness professional.
Start by raising your heart rate for at least 20 minutes and increase
time and intensity from there.
Clean the house. Intense housework can be a great aerobic exercise,
especially if you upgrade the fat-burning potential by wearing a specially
designed belt like the Belly Burner. Such belts are designed to increase
metabolic rate and speed up your body's calorie-burning process.
The belt can be worn under or over light clothes and worn during normal
daily activities and exercises, from walking and jogging to biking.
It can double the calorie burn with any workout regimen and help burn off unwanted
The belt allows you to supercharge the calorie-burning process and
accelerate the fat-burning energy needed to lose belly fat and have firmer
To recover from holiday weight gain, change your diet. When you look at
your plate, you should have 80 percent vegetables, 10 percent protein and 10
percent grain. What that means is you should have a lot of salads or smaller
portions of meat and a lot more veggies.
Functional training is easy to do from home and doesn't require any
equipment; you can use your body's natural movements, such as sit/stand,
push/pull and run/jump, to get a full workout.
When doing these exercises, you can use your couch, household objects or
your own body weight, but you want to make sure to get the full range of
movement in each exercise.
These exercises are great as they trigger the natural production of human
growth hormone and are compound movements, so you get more out of each
The Belly Burner Belt is available at Walgreens, Sports Authority, Big 5,
Rite Aid, CVS and Target and online at www.thebellyburner.com.
Waldron is a top celebrity trainer working in Hollywood and has appeared on various talk
and morning shows as a fitness expert..
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Shopportunities On Seasonal Designer Trends
(NAPSI)-Fashionistas are revamping their wardrobes and stocking up on the
season's must-have designer trends--and many are discovering they can do so without
those designer price tags.
With budgets still tight, savvy shoppers are continuing to discover that
off-price retailers like Marshalls
offer fashionable, current-season merchandise at tremendous savings. Here are
a few of the top trends:
Get Neutral: Banish those dark winter tones and embrace the softer side of
spring with a neutral color palette. Try shoes, handbags, tops and even
dresses in pinks, corals, tans and blush hues.
Pretty and Polished: Delicate details including lace, eyelets and ruffles
are part of this feminine look. Flowing blouses and lightweight tops paired
with pencil or tulip skirts make for a great office look. Draped or cascading
cardigans are the perfect light layer over a strapless sundress. Wear a
printed kimono with designer denim for a weekend look. Show off your girly
side with a tissue-weight tee and a pair of paper bag−style waist
Utilitarian Chic: Get casual with cargo shorts and capris. Emerge from
hibernation with a denim sundress or shirtdress layered with an adorned tank
and bright accessories. Embrace the romper, a one-piece in shorts, or capris
that are comfortable and versatile. Add a flouncy floral blouse to give the
romper a feminine touch. Pair any of these looks with beaded sandals, ankle
booties with a bit of cowboy flair or a cross-body messenger-style bag.
Keep it Classic: Mix the new trends with classic pieces like pencil skirts
and tiered blouses.
Rocker Chic for Day and Night: Slim-fit leggings in denim, a fabric of
choice this spring, coupled with a grommet-studded bomber jacket will make a
statement at any daytime outing. For a night on the town, slip on a bandage
dress and a handbag with chain accents in a muted metallic.
In the Swim: The one-piece is back with updates you won't be able to
resist. Look for animal prints with one shoulder strap and hardware detail
for an edgy style. Sundresses do double duty as beach cover-ups for that new,
colorful tankini. Shopping off-price at Marshalls
and snagging trendy buys for up to 60 percent off allows shoppers to get a
few designer additions for less. For more information, visit www.marshallsonline.com
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Way To Younger-Looking Skin
(NAPSI)-Not just a pretty face: There's more to having a youthful
appearance than soft, smooth facial skin. Your neck, décolletage,
hands, arms and knees are also prone to visible signs of skin aging.
"As body skin ages, it loses moisture and elasticity, which can make
skin appear older as well as lead to dryness," says beauty scientist Rolanda Johnson.
A disparity between face and body skin care can exaggerate the signs of
aging, according to evolutionary biologist Dr. Bernhard Fink. He recently
conducted a study on the effect of body skin's appearance in relation to
perception of age. It found that in terms of age and attractiveness
perceptions, people are sensitive to the appearance of body skin. In
addition, the study indicated that when judged independently from the face,
body skin, if maintained, is perceived up to 10 years younger and adds to the
overall perception of youthfulness.
"The study indicates that skin around the neck and chest, arms and
hands are important areas for women in terms of age perception," said
Dr. Fink. "Keeping your skin moisturized is one of the most basic things
you can do to prevent visible signs of aging. Using products that go beyond
basic moisturization to provide additional
anti-aging benefits can be a further help."
To that end, there's now a product that helps you shower your way to
younger-looking skin. It contains a proprietary technology that goes beyond
cleansing and basic moisturizing to remove dry skin cells and improve skin
cohesiveness for younger-looking, more radiant skin. It fights seven signs of
aging, brightens dull skin, evens skin tone and improves elasticity in seven
The product, Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash, comes in two
formulations: Deep Penetrating Moisture, with jojoba butter and VitaNiacin; and Exfoliate & Replenish, with microderm beads and VitaNiacin
to remove dry skin cells and replenish your skin with moisturizers.
"We lavish attention on faces and bodies but necks get no
respect," said author Charla Krupp, who
examines over 1,000 smart, easy ways of hiding fat without dieting in her
book "How To Never Look Fat Again." "The neck often ages
faster than the face. A lot of women who began using a sunscreen on their
faces a decade or two ago continued to tan their neck and bodies and the
contrast between neck and face is unsightly."
Krupp recommends daily use of a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen.
Reapply it every two hours if you've been swimming or perspiring. Also, wear
protective clothing and stay out of the sun at midday and when at high
altitudes to protect your skin from premature aging.
For more information, visit www.olay.com
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Beauty Tips From An Expert
(NAPSI)-A few wallet-friendly beauty tips can help you find great
alternatives to beauty splurges. Sonia Kashuk, a professional makeup artist
and author of "Real Beauty," provides high-quality products at
affordable prices at Target. She also provides sensible answers to beauty
Q: What are my options with foundation? A: Unless you have a specific skin
issue, you probably don't need full-coverage foundation. Today, women take
better care of their skin, and foundation can be used on an as-needed basis.
Options include tinted moisturizer, for a beautiful finish with a natural,
weightless feel; and liquid foundation that lets you build it up where you
need additional coverage. To thin out foundation, mix it with moisturizer.
Q: I want to save money and give myself manicures at home. What do I need
and what are the hottest colors? A: The first nail care essential is a good
metal file that's safe and effective for even brittle, weak nails. Metal
files are washable so they last longer and stay germ-free. Use a cuticle
pusher to gently push back cuticles after soaking them in warm water. You
need a good buffer. A three-in-one option smooths, buffs and shines and keeps
nails ridge-free. Nails are the new color playground. Look for neutrals,
brights and shimmering metallics.
Q: What are the color trends this season? A: They run the gamut from
neutrals to soft pastels and warm brights, so there's a color for everyone.
The combination of a paler eye with a brighter mouth is great while a
natural-looking nude face is gorgeous on everyone.
Q: I don't want to be in the sun but do want a tan. What's the healthiest,
easiest way? A: Self-tanners are the best option for natural-looking color
without sun. My Sonia Kashuk collection at Target offers great tan towelettes
for face and body that are easy to use. The single-use towelettes give you a
healthy, streak-free glow, instantly. Since they're in individual packets,
they're great for travel. Also, use a radiant tinted moisturizer with an SPF
15 to add a hint of tint while protecting skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Complete the look with a light dusting of bronzer on the bridge of your nose,
forehead or cheekbones-any part of your face that would be naturally sun
Q: I don't have a big budget. What brushes do I need? A: You need four
brushes to start: a medium fluffy eye shadow brush, domed eye shadow brush,
smudge brush and a blusher brush. The fluffy shadow brush applies a wash of
color over the entire lid. Use the domed shadow brush to blend and to place color
in the crease of your lid. The smudge brush is great to put color at the lash
line, and lastly, the blusher brush can be used for powder, blush and
bronzer. These are all in the Kashuk Tools line at Target.
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Simple Ways To Clean And Refresh Your Skin
(NAPSI)-One of the easiest ways to cut the clutter in your bathroom
cabinet is to use a multipurpose product, such as an astringent. These
clarifiers, known for their ability to promote clean, clear, healthy skin,
also have many unconventional uses.
• When choosing an astringent, opt for one with botanical
ingredients. Choose a formula that works with your skin type.
Two of the most popular astringents include Sea Breeze's Original Formula,
a classic blend of camphor, peppermint, clove and eucalyptus; and its
Sensitive Skin Astringent, which blends cleansing and softening ingredients
such as camphor, clove, eucalyptus and glycerin.
Back by popular demand, these astringents, made with botanicals, don't dry
out your skin or make it too tight.
Both formulas are available exclusively at Walmart stores.
• Deep cleaning: Wash your skin as normal and moisten a cotton pad
with astringent to remove any remaining oil, dirt and makeup. Smooth it over
your face and neck and repeat with fresh pads until no trace of dirt is left
on the pad.
Deep cleaning your pores can help unclog them and remove blackheads.
Astringents also help treat and prevent breakouts, blemishes and acne,
rebalancing skin pH and leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed.
Astringents can be used for more than just cleansing the skin. Here are a
few alternative uses:
• Refresh yourself: Astringents can have an instant cooling effect.
Add it to a bucket of ice. Soak a hand towel in the astringent and apply the
towel to the back of the neck or dunk your feet in it to cool off.
• Manicure and pedicure use: Apply it to nails and fingertips prior
to polish to ensure they are as clean and dry as possible.
• Scalp treatment: If you have coarse or curly hair, astringent can
be used prior to shampooing to remove excess oil and dry the scalp cuticle.
• Waxing use: Prior to waxing, apply astringent to remove excess
oils. This prevents the wax from sticking to the skin.
• Bug bite remedy: Use astringent to neutralize the sting and itch
of mosquito bites.
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Routines Made Easy
(NAPSI)-Morning can be tough, but now you don't have to struggle with your
youngsters to get them ready for the day if you follow a few helpful hints:
• Do all your prep work at night:
1. Decide on breakfast foods, such as cold cereal, and have everything set
out. Your little one can pop out of bed and head for the kitchen without your
2. Set out clothes, shoes and accessories for the next morning. That can
save time on last-minute "debates" about what to wear.
3. Use shampoos, conditioners and styling products that nourish and soften
your child's hair to make it more manageable and easier to style during the
• If your little one fusses over hair combing because it pulls and
hurts, try a detangling spray formulated with proteins and vitamins. The
added conditioning will make brushing easier.
Also make sure to use the right brushes: a plastic, wide-bristled one to
detangle and a fine-bristled one for smoothing hair into a ponytail or taming
flyaways along the hairline. Another great way to tame flyaways is Just for
Me! Hair Milk Smoothing Edges Crème. It's gentle and takes the hassle
out of taming your little one's messy tresses.
Even if you're creating braids, twists or ponytails, the morning routine
doesn't have to be stressful. Shampoo and condition at night with Just for
Me! Hair Milk Shampoo and Conditioner. With nutrients such as vitamins C and
E and calcium, children's hair is moisturized and softer, making hairstyling
in the morning a cinch.
All of the products in the Just for Me! Hair Milk line are specially
formulated with milk and honey, as well as essential nourishment for
stronger-feeling hair that is tangle free and looks silky and shiny. There's
also a straightening mist and styling crème available at food, drug
and mass market retailers.
You can find more information, tips and styling ideas online at www.jfmvipclub.com or by calling (800)
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Get What You Really Want At The Salon
(NAPSI)-Changing your hairstyle, whether it is a dramatic cut or new hair
color, is a big decision. Celebrity colorist and Joico spokeswoman Beth
Minardi offers the following "Salon Talk" tips to help make your
next salon visit a success:
• It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Bring photos
of hair you like as well as hair you don't like--this will help your colorist
or stylist understand exactly what you want.
• When scheduling your appointment, tell the receptionist that you
need an extra 10 or 15 minutes for a consultation.
• Communication is crucial. Bounce ideas back and forth with your
colorist or stylist so that you both agree on what to do.
• Ask for a timetable--sometimes your stylist or colorist can't
achieve the look you want in one appointment. For example, changing from dark
hair to platinum blond can't happen in one visit.
• Speak up--voice concerns throughout the appointment. Often, a bad
haircut ends up that way because the client didn't speak up earlier.
Remember, colorists and stylists want happy, satisfied clients who come
back. Talking your new style through before and during your appointment is a
For more tips, visit www.joico.com and
call (800) 445-6426.
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