Saturday, May 30, 2009

What You Need To Know About Teen Skin Care

(NAPSI)-Parents of teenagers know how difficult it can be for their teen to obtain clear, healthy skin and how much doing so can affect his or her confidence and self-esteem.

The first step to helping teens is knowing the facts. Annet King, Director of Training and Development at The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, offers clarity on common myths associated with the unique skin challenges that teens often face.

Myth No. 1: Breakouts mean that skin isn't clean.

Reality: It's actually the opposite, as overcleansing skin with hopes to clear up breakouts only triggers more breakouts by stimulating an overproduction of oil. Overcleansing can cause dryness, which leads to sensitivity and results in fewer protective lipids that keep skin healthy.

Breakouts are blocked follicles, caused by excess dead skin cells, dirt, natural oil production and residue of pore-clogging ingredients such as lanolin and mineral oil.

To get skin clean without over-stripping or clogging pores, try using a foaming wash with salicylic acid, such as Clean Start by Dermalogica Wash Off.

Myth No. 2: All teens need to use to maintain a clear complexion is a basic cleanser and moisturizer.

Reality: Excessive dead skin cells are usually the root of breakouts. Teens should use a mild nonabrasive exfoliant to slough off dead cells, cleanse twice a day with a clay or antibacterial cleanser, and wipe skin with a medicated or hydrating toner, followed by an oil-free moisturizer and sunscreen!

Try products like Clean Start by Dermalogica Welcome Matte SPF 15 or Brighten Up SPF 15.

Myth No. 3: When shopping for skin care products, teens should only buy oil-free products.

Reality: The two most important qualities that teens should look for are products that are non-comedogenic and do not sensitize skin.

• Ingredients to avoid include D & C dyes, isopropyl myristate, lanolin and mineral oil-all pore clogging.

• Good ingredients to look for include salicylic acid (to exfoliate dead skin cells and minimize acne formation) and zinc (an antibacterial that regulates oil).

Myth No 4: Toothpaste dries up breakouts.

Reality: Toothpaste can actually stimulate breakouts on the chin and around the mouth. Toothpaste is for teeth!

Products like Clean Start by Dermalogica Hit the Spot are for breakouts. This concentrated spot treatment helps banish blemishes while controlling future breakout activity.

For more information on how your teen can achieve healthy skin and to learn more about Clean Start by Dermalogica, visit

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Beauty: Not Just Skin Deep

(NAPSI)-Is it really possible to make yourself 20 percent more beautiful by changing the way you look at yourself in the mirror? The answer is yes. Clinical and psychological studies prove that women find themselves 20 percent less attractive than others perceive them. This is because when looking in the mirror, women are not taking into account the personality, charisma, kindness, empathy, intellect or talent that they exhibit to others.

"There are many definitions of beauty and many ways to be beautiful," says Los Angeles based dermatologist and co-author of "The Beauty Prescription," Dr. Debra Luftman. "You cannot alter your genetic makeup, but you can change the way you care for your appearance."

In the book, Dr. Luftman shares practical tips called "beauty boosters." These tips encourage women to feel beautiful inside and out.

Beauty Booster No. 1: Fake It Until You Make It. Eye contact and smiling in social situations are simple ways a woman can enhance the way she looks and feels. However, conveying confidence through body language can be intimidating, especially for women who are emotional sweaters. In fact, one in four women mentions that she worries about excessive underarm wetness, which can affect self-confidence and hinder social interaction. Dr. Luftman suggests a dermatologist-recommended clinical strength antiperspirant/deodorant to combat excessive wetness. "Dove Clinical Protection delivers prescription strength wetness protection without a prescription. It combines 24-hour odor and wetness protection and exceptional skin care benefits to provide women with the ultimate combination of strength and beauty."

Beauty Booster No. 2: Change Is Good. Seek new experiences and keep yourself open to change-enroll in a challenging aerobics class, try a different hair color or cultivate a passion for something new, like gardening or volunteering. Feeling excited about new opportunities and challenges will provide a sense of joy and ultimately enhance your inner beauty.

Beauty Booster No. 3: Stop Obsessing. Negative, self-critical obsessing not only affects women internally, it affects them externally, too. It can often be seen in the form of frowns or other disheartening expressions, which is unattractive on even the most beautiful women. Instead, during interactions, focus on others and think about ways to make them feel good. Offer up a compliment or mention something positive in conversation to help generate positive thinking.

Beauty Booster No. 4: The Eyes Have It. Eyes communicate emotions like no other part of the face, so it is important to care for them. Circles under the eyes are generally caused by an increase in skin pigment or high vein visibility, due to genetics or inflammation. Use cold compresses of green tea bags to help alleviate vascular congestion and inflammation. Then use an eye cream with hyaluronic acid to hydrate sunken eyes and decrease the appearance of crow's-feet.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Weighing The Benefits And The Risks Of Hormone Therapy

(NAPSI)-To take hormones or not to take hormones? Many menopausal women ponder this question.

There is no doubt that hormones can help relieve menopausal symptoms, but recent studies have highlighted the potential risks of hormone therapy (HT).

In 2002, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) found that prolonged use of HT with estrogen plus progestin caused a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer, heart disease and strokes. A few years later, a new look at the study suggested that certain younger women taking estrogen might actually have a slightly lowered risk of heart disease.

"Since the results of the WHI were first released in 2002, the public has been bombarded with conflicting information on how to interpret the findings," said Nanette Santoro, M.D., Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "This is a complex issue and patients should participate in continuous open dialogue with their physicians to arrive at treatment decisions best for their individual needs."

Based on the latest research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that hormone therapy (estrogen plus progestin) be used to relieve the symptoms of menopause at the lowest possible dose and for the shortest amount of time needed to relieve symptoms.

Each woman is a unique individual, so it's important that she discuss the benefits and risks of hormone therapy with her doctor as they apply to her particular situation.

When seeing your doctor, here are five tips to make the most of your visit.

1. Make a list of your symptoms and prioritize them, including how often you have them and how severe they are.

2. Learn about hormone therapy ahead of time.

3. Think about your own comfort level with the benefits and risks of hormone therapy before seeing the doctor.

4. Prepare a list of questions for your doctor.

5. Document your family health history.

Work with your doctor to reevaluate your treatment choices periodically so that you can confidently make the best decisions to navigate this period of change in your life.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pedicure Pointers For Prettier, Healthier Feet

(NAPSI)-An at-home pedicure can be an economical way to pamper yourself when preparing for a warm-weather event such as a wedding, graduation or outdoor party.

A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) found that 73 percent of women groom their feet once a month and 41 percent of women moisturize. However, the survey also found that women tend to have more problems with their feet than men.

"Grooming your feet should be done frequently, as it promotes good foot hygiene and overall foot health," said Dr. Ronald Jensen, APMA president. "If you have diabetes or poor circulation in your feet, consult with an APMA podiatrist to recommend a customized pedicure that you can follow for optimal foot health."

Here are a few pointers on achieving a proper, pampering, at-home pedicure:

• If you are giving yourself both a pedicure and manicure, be sure to use separate tools from those used for the manicure. This will help ensure that you don't transfer fungus and bacteria.

• Begin by soaking your feet in warm water. Stimulate circulation by massaging one foot at a time.

• Never use a razor to remove dead skin from the bottom of your feet. When eliminating skin build-up such as calluses, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub.

• When trimming nails, use a toenail clipper with a straight edge. Don't round the edges of your toenails. This type of shape increases your chance of developing painful, ingrown toenails.

• To smooth nail edges, use an emery board. File lightly in one direction only.

• To clean your nails, gently run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails. Don't use sharp tools that could puncture your skin and leave it vulnerable to infection.

• Keep feet moisturized but don't leave moisturizer between toes. This can lead to the development of athlete's foot.

• Apply polish only if you have healthy nails. While it looks pretty, nail polish locks out moisture and keeps nails from breathing.

• If you have diabetes or poor circulation in your feet, consult a podiatrist so he or she can recommend a customized pedicure that both you and your salon can follow for optimal health.

• On the eve of your special event, gently wrap cellophane around each foot to help lock in moisture. By morning, your feet will be soft and smooth.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bauder College Runway Show and Exhibition Reveals Emerging Fashion, Design Talent

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Up-and-coming Atlantan student designers showcased their top designs at a runway fashion show and portfolio exposition on Friday, May 15, at Bauder Black Tie, the 31st annual Bauder College student fashion and design event.

This year, the show promoted environmentally-friendly fashion and living by honoring local entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose foundations and businesses emphasize sustainable living and protecting the environment. Honorees included Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta Falcons full back and founder of the Ovie Mughelli Project; Kathleen Plate, owner of Smart Glass Jewelry; Ilona Cardona, owner of A Tisket A Tasket; and more.

“The students did an outstanding job displaying artistic work that represents the level of excellence we have come to expect of Bauder College students,” said Reginald Morton, president of Bauder College. “It was especially rewarding to see the work of our alumni and the progress they’ve made in their careers.”

Students from the fashion design, fashion merchandising, graphic design, business administration and interior design programs were judged on their garments, portfolios or presentations by local industry professionals. A winning student from each program was selected and awarded the Bauder College Golden Hands Award.

Along with top student designs, the runway also featured garments and hats made from “green” materials, including eco children’s wear from Green Pomegranate, hats made from recyclable materials from Tisket A Tasket, and custom dresses created with recycled glass and Coca-Cola products designed by Plate. Musical group Kwiet Storm and soloist Natasha Bradley, of Atlanta-based J-Pat Management, also gave live performances during the fashion show.

“I’m honored to be a featured designer for this year’s Bauder Black Tie,” said Plate. “I hope that my dresses inspire the students to see the world as limitless in its opportunities so they themselves can become leaders within the fashion industry and work towards a sustainable future for our planet.”

Student winners:
-Fashion design: Monique Bynoe
-Fashion merchandising: Bianca Mathis
-Graphic design: Khamlek Phomlavan
-Business administration: Jamison Jones
-Interior design: Carolyn Horwath

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Top 5 must-have summer beauty essentials

(ARA) - Summer means making memories with friends and loved ones. There are more cameras at summer events than there are at a movie premiere, and you’ll want to look your best while you beat the heat.

Fortunately, a handful of products that should have a spot in your beauty bag can protect your skin while giving it a sun-kissed glow. Here are the top five affordable luxuries you should have in your makeup kit this summer to keep skin looking healthy, glowing and gorgeous:

1. Bronzed beauty
Just a few years ago, women spent hours soaking up the sun without the protection of sunscreen. Today, we know the dangers of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and their potential to seriously damage skin. Instead, try Bronzing Powder from The Body Shop in a shade to match your skin tone. Each shade contains the antioxidant vitamin E to protect your skin and Community Trade marula oil, a highly effective moisturizer. Apply bronzing powder over foundation or add shimmer by wearing alone on the face and cheeks.

2. Mascara that stands up to summer
The heat of summer can lead to less-than-beautiful raccoon eyes, so it’s important to have a good waterproof mascara in your toolkit that can stand up to the ocean, the pool and even an afternoon running through the sprinkler.

3. Bright eyes for hot nights
One of the most affordable ways to update your summer look is with eye color and this season’s hottest shades are intense. Celebrity makeup artist Chase Aston recommends Hot Brights Eye Color (available at His favorite color combinations? Violet Sunset -- a flirty pairing of dusky pink with rich mauve and Pearly Sky – a vibrant deep aqua combined with earthy cream..

“Violet Sunset is the perfect color palette for summer smoky eyes. For both the day and night, smudge this intoxicating color palette around the eyes,” says Aston. “These satin soft shades in Pearly Sky glide onto the eyes, creating a burst of color that shimmers in the sun for fresh, flirty hues for those hot summer days.”

4. Cool and refreshing
Whether you spent your day at a barbecue or the beach, it’s likely you’ll need a quick cool down at dusk. The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling foot spray refreshes and revives hot and tired feet and legs in seconds with Community Trade peppermint from England.

5. Vacation beauty
If a vacation or quick weekend getaway is in the cards, make sure your travel kit is packed with travel-sized essentials like mini body butters, scrubs and skincare travel kits from The Body Shop. They save room in your suitcase and provide a beautiful summer glow no matter where you jet off to.

With your summer beauty bag packed, make sure you’ve got other essentials covered. Rock the retro look with a pair of candy-colored, 80’s inspired sunglasses. A stylish and oversized black straw hat looks at home on the runway or shading out the sun and a brightly colored sarong that can go from beach cover-up to casual dinner wear will having you feeling like a gilded goddess.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Five Steps for Purchasing a Sports Bra After Breast Surgery

/PRNewswire/ -- Buying a bra - especially one for jogging or other athletic activities - is a frustrating experience for many women. For women who have had breast surgery - whether for cancer or another procedure - it can be especially challenging.

With a number of breast cancer walks and runs scheduled for spring and summer, not to mention swimsuit season around the corner, finding just the right sportswear is important. Amoena, the worldwide leader of post-breast surgery products, provides bras, swimwear and other apparel to help women after breast surgery. The company also helps to train and educate bra fitters (fit specialists) to help women find the ideal bras and sportswear for their unique body types and daily activities.

"We want to make sure that every woman has a bra that properly supports them while they engage in a fun and enjoyable exercise regimen," said Valerie Esquilla, product manager for Breast Forms and Textiles for Amoena. "Studies show that exercise is one of the best choices women can make to fight depression, improve their overall health and regain their confidence after breast surgery. We want to encourage women - whether they've exercised before or not - to find some activity they enjoy - and get out there and do it!"

So how can women who have had breast surgery find the best bra for their needs? Here are five simple tips from Esquilla and Amoena fit specialists.

1. Remember that fit is everything! Many women find that their body
changes considerably after surgery. Even if you have prostheses or
implants that indicate one size, your bra size may vary depending on
the style. Let a trained fit specialist measure you to find the best
possible bra style and size.
2. Find a comfortable bra. Even if the bra is your size, or appears to
fit, if it isn't comfortable, chances are you won't keep up your
exercise routine. Try on the bra, and then mimic some of the movements
you might engage in during exercise. If it is uncomfortable in the
fitting room, it will definitely not be comfortable when you are at
your highest activity level.
3. Ensure you feel confident in your bra. Wear your exercise attire to the
fitting. If you bend over and "show a little more skin" than you want,
consider buying a different style of clothing. You may also want to
wear shirts that are more fitted around your waist so they won't ride
up while exercising. "You don't want to feel self-conscious when you
exercise," says Penni Pitre, a breast cancer survivor from Phoenix, AZ
and a self-proclaimed jazzercise fanatic.
4. Check for balance and symmetry across the chest - especially if you've
had a full or partial mastectomy or lumpectomy. Wider shoulder straps
are important to help balance the weight of your breasts and provide
greater comfort. Pay special attention to the shoulder area. Make sure
the bra isn't pulling or adding too much weight for your shoulders. And
remember that if one breast is a different size, there are "symmetry
shapers" that can help to ensure balance.

5. Make adjustments as necessary. As you exercise your body will likely
change again. If in a few months your bra isn't providing the support
and comfort you need, go back to your fitter to see what adjustments
can be made. You may not need a new bra; simple alterations may

Esquilla cautions that when you do begin exercising, to start slowly and don't get discouraged. If you haven't exercised for several months, get your doctor's approval first, and then gradually ease into your new routine. Some initial discomfort and tenderness after surgery is normal. "Keep trying, but if you remain sore or overly tired after a few tries, be sure to contact your physician," says Esquilla.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Going Gray In This Economy? Forget It

(NAPSI)-In this job market, gray definitely isn't the new black--at least when it comes to women's hair.

"When you're competing for a job with someone who's 10 years younger or 20 years younger than you are, being gray is the equivalent of wearing a necklace that says '57,'" Charla Krupp, author of the book "How Not to Look Old," has bluntly observed. "Would you do that? You have to convey the message that you're still in the game."

You won't be alone. About 55 percent of women color their hair at least occasionally. According to Margaret Voelker-Ferrier of the University of Cincinnati, who specializes in studying aging trends, "Society is changing but it hasn't gotten to the point that older, gray-haired women are considered distinguished looking."

How to deal with that without paying hundreds of dollars, however, has become almost an obsession among many women. Here's what experts say are the savviest ways to keep the gray away if you're in frugality mode:

• Do Your Own Coloring--Try an at-home hair dye or highlights.

• Make It Last--Sulfate-free shampoos are known for making color last and for keeping hair shinier and healthier in general. One favorite: The new VitaminShampoo line, which is also at the forefront of the "superfruits" trend. Superfruits are a category of fruits that have been called "the future of healthy living." They're rich in vitamins and antioxidants, according to studies conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, and nutritionists, medical researchers and other scientists are taking them very seriously.

Shampoo "flavors" such as pomegranate blackberry, noni berry lemongrass and acai berry guava are made with high-potency fruits, loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. The fruits come from around the world, including Tahiti and Brazil's Amazon Rain Forest.

• Find Deals--Some beauty schools will color your hair at a discount if you're willing to let a student work on you. Even better, total freebies can sometimes be found at salons holding employee-training sessions.

• Don't Hesitate To Ask--Finally, if you've lost your job and have a good relationship with your stylist, ask her to cut you a break to keep your business--especially when your situation improves. She may be happy to help you out. Just don't ask for the favor more than once.

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