(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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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
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
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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
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.
You can get more advice and information online at www.infusium.com or by calling (800)
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Hair Can Be Your Best Accessory
(NAPSI)-With a few tips and the right products, your hair can be your best
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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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
"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
Learn more at (800) 487-1000 and www.nuskinusa.com.
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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
"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
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."
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
• 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
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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
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
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
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
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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