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Silky Skin Standout Smile Lustrous Hair Beautiful Hair Anti-Aging Insights Denise Austin Fitness Tips Shampoo Conditioners Skin Care

Secrets To Silky Skin

(NAPSI)-"When I'm on the dance floor, nothing makes me feel more confident and fabulous than when my skin looks great," says two-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion Julianne Hough. "Anyone can go out and 'flaunt it' on the dance floor, all you need are a few of the right moves," says Hough.

She offers these steps to give women silky smooth skin:

• Buff. Use a pumice stone to treat dry spots, like elbows and heels.

• Hydrate. Boost your water intake--it will help you feel refreshed and vibrant all night long.

• Indulge. Maximize your shower and make skin flaunt-worthy with an ultralight, yet creamy body wash such as the new Caress® Whipped Soufflés. They deliver both incredible fragrance and moisturization in one body wash.

• Accent. Complement your glowing skin with a get-noticed lip color, such as a salsa-inspired red.

For more skin-flaunting tips, visit: www.dancewithcaress.com.

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A Standout Smile Says It All

(NAPSI)-Investing some time in brightening and whitening your smile can help attract the right kind of attention--whether you want to make new friends or make history.

A lovely smile has always served as a great calling card, and in the age of digital cameras, videoconferencing and social networking, a gleaming set of pearly whites may be even more important in getting the right message across.

However, many Americans don't feel their smile shows them in the best possible light--only one American in three (37 percent) say they are completely happy with their own smile, and nearly one in five (17 percent) say they avoid having their picture taken because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Having a radiant smile is easier to achieve with the latest whitening systems, which work by attacking existing stains and preventing new ones. Caring for your smile should be an important part of any beauty routine.

To manage both surface stains and those below the tooth's surface, it's best to approach the smile care routine in the same way you might a beauty care routine--with daily and periodic treatment solutions.

Periodic intensive treatments are the best way to remove embedded stains, while daily care is necessary to remove surface stains.

That's why a comprehensive system may be your best bet. For example, the Crest® and Oral-B® 3D White™ collection works in several ways. It:

1. Whitens: Crest® 3D White™ Professional Effects Whitestrips® with Advanced Seal technology deep clean to get at stains embedded below the tooth surface that cannot be reached by brushing or rinsing alone. Worn once a day for 30 minutes, the Whitestrips provide professional-level whitening at home for results you can start seeing in just three days.

2. Cleans: Crest® 3D White™ Vivid Toothpaste and Oral-B® 3D White™ Toothbrushes remove surface stains on the teeth. Up to 80 percent of the stains are removed in just two weeks.

3. Protects: Crest® 3D White™ MultiCare Whitening Rinse and Crest® 3D White™ Vivid Toothpaste surround teeth with a stain barrier, repelling stains to help prevent future stains from forming. The whitening rinse further whitens teeth by removing surface stains and protecting against future stains.

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Help Your Hair To Good Health

(NAPSI)-Being well tressed may be easier than people realize. Here are three easy ways to combat hair damage and get gorgeous, healthy locks.

1. Eat Right. Eating a well-balanced diet is the key to unlocking beautiful hair.

For example, salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12 and iron, all of which keep hair lustrous and strong and the scalp well moisturized, so hair doesn't appear dull and dry.

Dark green vegetables are packed with vitamins A and C that help the body produce sebum (hair's natural conditioner), as well as iron and calcium, which strengthen the hair.

Most nuts contain zinc, which helps prevent hair loss.

2. Don't Overwash. Hair's natural oils, which keep it conditioned and healthy, are depleted with too much washing. Shampoo hair every two or three days, rather than daily. Also, contrary to common belief, it isn't good to pile hair on top of the head when washing. Simply massage the scalp with your fingers when washing and then rinse to prevent unnecessary breakage.

3. Use the Right Amount of Hair Care Product. Some people get overzealous when it comes to hair care. Generally, a quarter-size amount will do. Shampoo can be drying, so it's best to focus on the scalp. When hair is rinsed out, the excess lather will flow down the strands of hair and provide just enough cleansing for the ends. Conversely, with conditioner, focus only on the ends, where damage is most common. One product to consider is Infusium 23's Repair & Renew Conditioner, which uses an exclusive formula that provides softness, manageability and shine.

Learn More

You can get more advice and information online at www.infusium.com or by calling (800) 382-7833.

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Beautiful Hair Can Be Your Best Accessory

(NAPSI)-With a few tips and the right products, your hair can be your best accessory.

Celebrity stylist Frédéric Fekkai offers the following tips to help you create a look that is put together but never difficult to pull off:

• Great hair begins with a great cut. "It's all in the shape of your face and in the cut you choose," Fekkai says. "Short hair looks best on someone with more defined bone structure. If you have a round face, I recommend staying away from choppy layers as this tends to make the face even more round." For a narrow face, choose a mid-length style, halfway between long and short. Depending on the thickness of your hair, you might want to consider layers to either remove weight or add volume. For a round face, longer hair can help downplay the fullness.

• Invest in volumizing and taming products. Volumizing spray adds fullness, especially to long, fine hair. Lift the hair up and spritz on at the roots before styling as usual. Do spray through the layers of the hair--not just on top. Or spray your brush with hair spray and brush through.

Mousse beefs up hair and gives it a bit of structure, so it will stay where you put it--the biggest problem for women with fine hair. Use gel to give both volume and support to any straight hairstyle, short or long, but use it only at the roots. Working in gel beyond the roots defeats its purpose. It's so heavy that anywhere else on the hair, gravity pulls the hair down and flattens it.

Straightening balm enables those with very curly hair to achieve the look of straight hair. It should be worked into towel-dried hair then combed through. The hair can be left to air dry for a soft wavy style, or blown dry with a round brush to straighten the hair completely.

• Regularly update your look. When clients ask Frédéric what they should do to update their look, he usually says, "Do less!" The simplest and the most natural styles are always the most beautiful. Women no longer should look perfectly coiffed with every hair in place.

To show women their best personal style, Fekkai invites them to visit Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide on Thursday, August 26, to receive a personalized hair consultation and full-sized, complimentary Fekkai Advanced styling product.

The promotion is part of the "Wear Your Hair" campaign. For more information, visit www.fekkai.com.

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Genetic Science Delivers Anti-Aging Insights

(NAPSI)-If you think your friend looks young for her age because she was born with good genes, you're probably right. But what you may not know is that advances in genetic science can help cosmetic companies deliver more effective formulations, helping you look younger, too.

"Advanced anti-aging skin care addresses aging at the source-in our genes," explained Helen Knaggs, Ph.D., vice president of global research and development for Nu Skin. "By using DNA heat maps, researchers are beginning to understand the effect ingredients can have on the regulation of gene expression associated with skin aging."

Nu Skin, a manufacturer of premium personal care products, recently identified functional groups of genes, or what they call Youth Gene Clusters (YGCs), that are related to the visible appearance of aging in the skin. Using proprietary understanding, Nu Skin can measure how ingredients target and reset YGCs responsible for skin aging to a more youthful pattern, resulting in more effective anti-aging skin care formulations.

The science has many applications for both skin care and nutrition and has been incorporated into the company's new daily skin care system. The ageLOC Transformation set includes a combination cleanser-toner, a day moisturizer with SPF 22, a night cream and an anti-aging serum.

A clinical trial by a clinical research organization found that 100 percent of study participants using Nu Skin's ageLOC Transformation system saw improvements in signs of skin aging, such as a more youthful structure, smoother texture, more even tone, increased hydration and radiance, and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pore size and discoloration.

"The clinical results of the ageLOC products surpassed our expectations," said Knaggs. "Our test subjects saw benefits within one week on all eight major signs of aging and the improvements continued to increase throughout the 12-week trial period."

Lindy Franciose, an aesthetician for more than 25 years, was at first very skeptical about all the hype regarding the new ageLOC products and their anti-aging properties. But in four weeks' time, she reported her skin had become more luminous, vibrant and firm. "I noticed the lines around my mouth and eyes appeared smoother," she said. "It was very impressive and it keeps getting better. My age may be 60, but no one would be able to guess it."

Learn more at (800) 487-1000 and www.nuskinusa.com.

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Survey Reveals Americans May Be Miles Off When
Judging Daily Activity Levels

(NAPSI)-Adding steps to your daily regimen could bring you closer to a healthy level of physical activity. The first step, however, is a realistic appraisal of how active you really are.

According to the recent Energizer Reality Check Survey, Americans are unaware of how many steps they take on a daily basis. Participants in the study were asked to estimate how many steps they take in an average day. Then, Energizer equipped each participant with a pedometer and asked them to wear it every day for one week and report the number of steps taken. As a result of the challenge, 42 percent of participants found they took fewer steps than they had originally guessed. Many of those (36 percent) were off by 4,000 steps or more. That's about two miles.

Younger participants, ages 30 and under, were even more likely to overestimate (44 percent). And even those who were conservative about their estimates-the 58 percent that actually took more steps than they guessed-were way off.

"You have to know where you are in order to know where you're going," says fitness expert Denise Austin, who has teamed up with Energizer to help motivate Americans to take a proactive role in monitoring their fitness. "The best way to gauge your level of activity is to use simple tools-such as pedometers and heart rate monitors-that provide you instant information."

Getting Informed

Given that almost one-third (31 percent) of Americans believe there is at least one hour during every day when they don't even take a single step, opportunities abound to incorporate more activity at work or at home.

"Fidgeting and moving around are good," says Austin. "People who can't sit still burn up to 500 extra calories every day. If your work consists of a lot of time sitting at a desk, make sure you move around at least every 30 minutes-take advantage of breaks to take quick walks and stand up while you talk on the phone."

Austin challenges you to guess how many steps you take in a day. After guessing, wear a pedometer for a week, then post the results on www.facebook.com/energizerbunny.

Here are a few more tips from Denise Austin:

• Test your walking and fitness ability by seeing how fast you can walk a mile. Whether you go to the track, hit the treadmill or set out in your own neighborhood, try to see if you can do a 15-minute mile. This will help you see how much you need to improve.

• Little steps do matter. Standing burns twice as many calories as sitting. If you sit often, get off your chair as much as possible to increase circulation and the number of calories you burn. Food is not the enemy. Sitting still is the enemy.

• Pump your arms. A great way to make your workout count is to pump your arms. Pumping increases the number of muscles you are using, toning your arms and burning more calories.

• Interval training. Strap on a heart rate monitor so you know what zone you are in while exercising. By alternating a low-intensity pace with bursts of high intensity, you burn more calories and challenge your cardiovascular system. An effective workout can be 30 minutes of alternating three minutes of walking with two minutes of jogging.

• Stretch after exercising to help repair muscles and especially focus on your lower back. You can do this by standing up, keeping your feet hip-width apart, grabbing the back of your thighs and rounding your back like a C.

• Keep your spine strong so you can keep going. One of the best ways to do this is by strengthening your abs. Re-educate your abdominal muscles by pulling them in and contracting them all day long.

• Keep moving. Walking around for one minute in between activities during the day improves circulation instantly and boosts your metabolism.

"Music is my motivator," says Austin. "Working out with music is scientifically proven to help people work out harder and longer. So grab your MP3 player and put some great tunes on to help make the most of your workout."

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Not All Hair Care Is Created Equal--And That's A Good Thing

(NAPSI)-A new understanding of the way hair is physically and chemically constructed is changing our approach to hair care and has been shown to be a key factor in product performance.

Every person has special hair needs, depending on his or her hair structure. The structure of your hair is determined by the shape of your hair follicle and the physical and chemical properties of the hair. All of these factors influence how ingredients perform. Each hair structure creates a different interfiber relationship, which ultimately requires a different approach to achieving the best results.

Those with fine hair have up to 50 percent less protein than thick hair and may need special reinforcements to keep strands from falling flat and avoiding breakage.

Fine hair has the least amount of fiber-to-fiber interactions and tends to be less durable and more flexible than thick hair and prone to breakage. Conditioning is very important for fine hair, as it can help protect against damage.

Medium-thick hair can contain up to two times more cells than fine hair, making it more rigid and capable of absorbing more moisture than fine hair--this can lead to frizz, which is a common problem with this hair structure.

The twists and turns of curly hair cause cuticles to lift and weaken, which ultimately leaves hair rough and difficult to control.

Curly hair has the highest number of fiber-to-fiber interactions and needs help minimizing the friction between fibers to prevent damage.

Those who color their hair chemically alter their structure during the coloring process, making it rough and dull. Because the hair structure has been altered, it may need extra moisturizing and conditioning ingredients to prevent damage.

Companies such as Pantene now offer collections of shampoos, conditioners, styling products and treatments that are specially designed to work with the hair's structure and provide the desired end benefit.

New Pantene includes an updated ingredient list, tailored systems, new packaging and new fragrance. The collections are available in Fine, Medium-Thick, Curly and Color-Treated Hair Solutions, making it possible for women to choose the collection designed for their hair structure and to achieve their desired end look.

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SKIN CARE THAT PUTS SAFETY

(NAPSI)-Each time you eat a meal or apply something to your skin, a percentage of both the good and bad ingredients are ingested into your body, whether it's a juicy burger, a lipstick or a night cream. That means we need to be conscious of all the preservatives found in foods and in cosmetic products. If you read the ingredient list on the back of the bottles in your bathroom cabinet, you'll probably see preservatives such as formaldehyde and parabens, along with perfumes, all of which have been known to cause allergic reactions as well as possible health risks.

With a growing trend in safety, from the food people eat, to the water they drink and the cars they drive, more people are looking for a safer alternative to preservative-filled foods and products, prompting a shift in the way they are formulated, manufactured and packaged.

Skin care products are not an exception when it comes to making safe choices. The fast growing incidence of skin sensitivity is one factor spurring the demand for safe yet effective products that won't cause skin irritation. Skin care products formulated without preservatives, parabens and other known irritants such as fragrance help to eliminate skin reactions.

In addition to creating more-natural products, some companies are taking it a step further and creating products that are 100% preservative free, even excluding natural preservatives such as alcohol, while remaining completely sterile from the first drop all the way to the last.

Taking technology beyond the inconvenient mono dose for sterility, the new Tolerance Extreme two-product skin care range from Eau Thermale Avene features a 100% sterile formula with minimal ingredients (only nine ingredients in the cream and six in the cleansing lotion) to ensure safety for the most sensitive of skin types and those looking for a safer alternative to moisturizing and cleansing, as fewer ingredients translates to fewer chances of irritation.

To deliver skin care in the safest possible way, they use the patented D.E.F.I. (Device for Exclusive Formula Integrity) system, which locks down after each dose (like an airtight safe) so that it remains completely sterile and bacteria free--as if you were using a new product with each application. This groundbreaking technology makes today's widely used, preservative-dependent, airless pump and screw-top jar antiquated. With the prevalent focus on safety and growing awareness of ingredients, this system could change the way cosmetics are developed in the future.

For availability and more information, visit www.aveneusa.com.

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