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Inspire a Girl, Change Her World
Help a Girl in Your Life Reach Her Full Potential

(NAPSI)-When girls feel bad about their looks, 70 percent disconnect from life—avoiding normal daily activities like attending school or even giving their opinion—which can put their dreams on hold and jeopardize their potential as future leaders, decision makers and role models.*

Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in a young girl’s self-esteem. That is why Dove launched the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem, inviting all women to create a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. The nationwide effort encourages women to take simple actions that help build self-esteem and inspire all women and girls to reach their full potential by caring for themselves and each other.

Dr. Ann Kearney-Cooke, psychologist and self-esteem expert, offers simple tips for parents and mentors to help girls develop a positive relationship with beauty.

1. Embrace Your Real Beauty: Challenge your inner critic and engage in healthy behaviors so that she can see that by taking care of herself, she can look and feel her best. Girls often model the behaviors of important women in their lives, so treat yourself well! Eat healthy, be active and see your doctor regularly for checkups so you can be a model of physical health for your daughter or a girl in your life. This will help her realize that feeling good about her body is not about being a certain weight or shape but about taking care of herself.

2. Share Inspiring Messages: Ban negative talk about your own body or her body. Instead, let her know that you love and value her because of who she is, not how she looks. Compliment her on character traits that reflect positive self-esteem, such as how she looks people in the eye as she shakes their hand, or on how you love listening to the ideas she shares about current events. She needs to know that you are proud of the person she is becoming.

3. Help Her See Her Full Potential: Girls need to know who they are, what they value and what they want out of life to experience the self-esteem that comes from taking charge of their own lives. Guide her to set goals and help her develop the skills necessary to turn a vision into a reality. Encourage her to focus on working hard and doing her personal best, rather than on being the best at everything she tries.

4. Build Positive Relationships: Teaching respect and empathy is important to help her create meaningful and positive relationships with her peers. Encourage development of healthy relationships by exhibiting mutual respect and empathy in your own relationships. To help her develop empathy, encourage her to view events from another person’s perspective. For example, you might ask: “How do you think your friend was feeling when she wasn’t invited to the sleepover?”

5. Stop the Scary Sit-Down: When parents or mentors need to discuss serious issues, they may believe that the best way to do this is to tell her that they “need to talk.” Rather than saving serious conversations for a single important session, build a stronger relationship with your daughter or a girl in your life by creating a consistent, predictable time when you are receptive and available to listen-for example, riding in the car, taking a walk or watching movies together. A strong, consistent connection will increase the likelihood that she will feel comfortable seeking your help and support when times are tough.

Visit to join the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem and download free self-esteem building tools for girls, moms and mentors.

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Women Come Clean About Their Skin

(NAPSI)-On average, women spend about 11 minutes a day on their skin care routine and 58 percent of women look to products that cost under $50 to help achieve a great complexion, according to a recent survey conducted by Leflein Associates.

When it comes to women's beauty routines, they don't want to spend a lot of time and money but they want their skin to look good. Fortunately, they can have it all.

Simple & Effective Steps Toward Sensational Skin

To help make the most of the time and money you devote to your skin, consider these tips:

• First, determine your skin type--Is it oily, dry or combination? The answer affects how much and what type of products it needs. "Take cues from your skin to determine your skin type. If your face looks shiny or is prone to breakouts, try oil-free products. If your skin is dry and dull, use a cleanser with added moisturizers. If you have a combination, treat different areas separately," says Dr. Hilary Reich, NYC-based dermatologist. "If you can't decide, visit a dermatologist for a professional evaluation."

• Next, map out your routine--Depending on your skin type, you'll need to combine washing, exfoliating and moisturizing to maintain a fresh face and glow. One tip to remember is always wash your face before bed to remove the buildup and dirt from the day. When you're tired or pressed for time, try Noxzema's Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths. These premoistened cleansing cloths effectively remove dirt, oil and makeup--even waterproof mascara--in one easy, no-rinse step. The alcohol-free formula is gentle on skin and safe for use around the eyes.

• Finally, choose the right products for your skin type and stick to the plan.

For example, Noxzema's Original Deep Clean products can be used on most skin types. They reach deep down to the pores with a stimulating and refreshing tingle, while soothing and invigorating with a fragrant blend of menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil. The Original Deep Cleansing Cream delivers a one-of-a-kind clean, without overdrying, while the Deep Cleansing Cream Plus Moisturizers supplies the added bonus of rich, hydrating moisturizers for softer, more conditioned skin.

For women with the occasional blemish, there are new Noxzema Clean Blemish Control products, specially designed for adult skin to effectively treat and prevent breakouts without compromising moisture balance. With specialized, oil-free formulas that restore critical hydration, each product is dermatologist tested and features salicylic acid and glycerin for moisture. The new product lineup contains a foaming wash and a daily scrub.

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Top Beauty Products And Professionals

(NAPSI)-Superstar stylist Nick Arrojo was voted “Best Hair Pro” while the “Best Makeup Artist” honors went to makeup master Laura Mercier in a recent survey of 1,500 Empire Beauty School students.

They voted on the top industry professionals who inspire them creatively and motivate them to obtain their license and succeed in the field of cosmetology.

The students, who spend hours working with professional products, treatments and tools, also voted on their favorite beauty brands, and the winners were awarded the “Future Pros Style Awards” seal.

The Winners

Here’s a look at the beauty products the students from across the country consider the winners:

• Best Curl Brand: LaCoupe

• Best Drugstore Makeup Must-Have: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

• Best Hair Tool Brand: CHI

• Best Shampoo & Conditioner Brand: Goldwell

• Best Place to Shop for Beauty Products: any beauty supply store

• Best Nail Care Line: OPI

• Best Hair-Straightening Brand: John Frieda

• Best Concealer Brand: M.A.C. Cosmetics

• Best Styling Brand: Goldwell

• Best Skin Care Company: Olay

• Best Mascara Brand: Maybelline

• Best Overall Cosmetics Brand: M.A.C.

• Best Overall Hair Care Line: Goldwell

• Best Beauty Device: Neutrogena Wave Power Cleanser

The students also consider a career as a cosmetologist a winner and one that can be fulfilling as well as lucrative.

Learn More

To learn more about hair and makeup and about a beauty career, visit or call (866) 232-2771.

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Staying Firm About Aging

(NAPSI)-Youthful skin has high levels of elastin and collagen -two important structural proteins-that decrease with age. After the age of about 30, however, firm, resilient skin may start to give way to a sagging and wrinkled appearance.

"We believe one of the single most important causes of age-related skin sagging is the loss of skin elastin fibers, which are the restorative force in the skin. Everyone, whether female or male, will begin to lose skin elastin fibers beginning around age 30," explained Helen Knaggs, Ph.D., vice president of research and development for Nu Skin.

Ethocyn: Clinically Proven to Increase Elastin

In clinical trials at UCLA, after three months of twice daily use of Ethocyn, a molecule designed to restore elastin, participants aged 40 to 77 averaged a 166 percent increase in elastin content. Their elastin was restored to the same level as that in the 18- to 25-year- old control group. According to the researchers, it's been clinically shown that Ethocyn gives you the youthful elastin fiber content of a 20-year-old.

Ethocyn in Skin Care Products

Fortunately, Ethocyn is available in select cosmetic products. To address sagging skin, many men and women are choosing Tru Face Essence Ultra, Nu Skin's clinically proven "Firming Specialist" with Ethocyn, as well as co-enzyme Q10 and Tegreen 97 in a protective antioxidant network.

Together, these active ingredients can help restore facial firmness, enhance elasticity and prevent future signs of aging.

Tru Face Essence Ultra comes in single-dose capsules that make it easy to apply the right amount. Use two capsules a day, one in the morning and one at night, for the most effective results.

Everyday Skin Care

Additional steps to firm, youthful-looking skin include simple measures such as cleansing, moisturizing and protecting your skin every day, as well as eating a healthy diet:

• Plump, supple skin needs to be amply moisturized. Maintaining the moisture balance of the skin helps to protect structural proteins from degradation.

• Limiting sun exposure with sunscreen is one of the best things you can do for your skin. UV rays cause free radical damage that results in the deterioration of structural proteins, including elastin.

• A diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables provides the skin with the nutrients needed for daily repair and protection from free radical damage.

Learn More

For more skin care information or to order Tru Face Essence Ultra, call (800) 487-1000 or go to

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Don’t Let Harsh Weather Play Havoc On Your Skin

(NAPSI)-Cold weather outside and dry heat inside can be especially harsh on your skin. Fortunately, you can protect yourself.

First, while taking a hot, steamy shower sounds like a great way to warm up on cold mornings, hot water actually removes moisture from your skin. Instead, try to minimize your morning shower time, and use a water temperature that is slightly warmer than lukewarm.

After your shower, it’s time to rehydrate. The best time to moisturize your skin is actually right after getting out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. Applying body lotion to wet skin helps trap water, preventing moisture from evaporating.

Don’t forget to pay attention to your cuticles and lips. Nail cuticles and lips tend to dry out more quickly than the rest of your body and can be especially painful when they chap or crack. You can keep them moisturized by applying cuticle cream and lip balm. Make it a part of your post-shower routine.

Exfoliating skin is also extremely important, but is something often overlooked. Built-up dead and flaky cells can block moisturizers from penetrating the surface of the skin. Removing this buildup not only helps hydrate skin but makes it look fresh and radiant. Use a body scrub or loofah to slough away dry skin.

Shaving is also an excellent way to exfoliate. It effectively removes dead skin cells, so you should keep shaving regularly all winter long. While you’re at it, consider using a shave cream that has aloe, such as Pure Silk Moisturizing Shave Cream, to help you moisturize your legs. Available in eight delicious scents, it prevents the kind of dryness that is often experienced after shaving with only soap and water.

To help keep your skin looking and feeling its best this winter, consider supplementing your skin care routine by exfoliating and using moisturizing skin care products.

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Protecting And Perfecting Your Skin

(NAPSI)-Renowned dermatologist Jeanine Downie, M.D., of Image Dermatology has some advice for Hispanic women on keeping their skin soft, smooth and protected.

"Hispanic women have specific skincare needs," says Dr. Downie. "My patients always want to know how to achieve an even skin tone without overdrying their skin or further darkening brown skin spots."

To achieve flawless-looking skin, she suggests choosing skin care products with at least one of the following key ingredients: glycolic acid, SPF 30 and hydroquinone.

• "Patients are always asking how they can get Salma Hayek's and Jennifer Lopez's smooth skin tone and even texture," Dr. Downie reports. She recommends washing your face with a gentle exfoliator that contains glycolic acid, which helps improve the skin's appearance by evening tone and texture. Another easy trick? Use a warm, damp washcloth to softly remove dead skin cells.

Follow cleansing with both a facial and a body moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and looking soft. It's a good idea to look for products that provide 24-hour moisturization and contain nourishing natural ingredients such as shea butter, which helps restore skin's elasticity, and olive oil, which attracts and retains moisture. Dr. Downie recommends the award-winning AMBI® SOFT & EVEN™ Creamy Oil Lotion, which was recently named "Producto Estrella" in People en Español's "2010 Star Product Awards."

• Forgoing sunscreen puts Hispanic women at risk for skin cancer, increases the effects of aging and further darkens dark spots. Always look for products that contain SPF 30 or higher; they'll not only protect your skin from burning but also keep skin looking beautiful and even toned. "You should wear sunscreen throughout the year, rain or shine, regardless of how light or dark you are," cautions Dr. Downie.

• Finally, hydroquinone is the smart woman's secret weapon for battling brown spots due to hyperpigmentation. "Hydroquinone is the 'gold standard' in effective skin lightening and safely fades dark spots," explains Dr. Downie. "The highest percentage you can get over the counter is 2 percent, which you can find in products such as AMBI® Fade Cream."

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Hair For The Holidays

(NAPSI)-Celebrity colorist Beth Minardi shares tips and the latest trends to help your hair be a hit at any holiday get-together:

Holiday Highlights: Make memories with new color and by adding brightness and dimension to various strands of hair with highlights. There are four types of highlights to consider: lowlights, foil, baliage or “hair painting,” and Minardi’s signature foil technique known as American Baliage. Ask your stylist to recommend what will best bring out your features. Highlights provide a range of color that gives hair that extra pop. Some gorgeous combinations include:

• Rich medium-brown color with soft caramel;

• Warm red and copper-gold blonde;

• Copper blonde with light blonde.

Let It Shine: To keep your new color looking healthy, hydrated and shiny, use color-protecting products that help repair hair such as Joico’s K-Pak Color Therapy.

Learn More: More on holiday hair trends and color is at and (800) 445-6426.

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Re-emerging Brands

(NAPSI)-When times are tough, shoppers choose tried and true-opting for trusted brands over new products.

As a result, a few brands, such as Brut, Wrangler, Tupperware and Pabst Blue Ribbon, have made a comeback during the recent economic recession.

Rather than starting from scratch, these companies are reviving interest in these once-famous household products by putting a new spin on their advertising. For example, Brut targets younger generations with its new BrutSlap campaign that involves social media.

The tongue-in-cheek campaign expands on previous advertising that asked men to “Slap Some On,” adding a contemporary pop culture element to the concept of “slapping on” Brut’s aftershave.

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