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A new breakthrough study featured in the latest issue of Allure suggests both topical and oral caffeine use can promote the destruction of UV-damaged skin cells, and can actually reduce our risk of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer! Another reason to get my daily Americano fix!

There’s increasing evidence that caffeine may help prevent skin cancer. Researchers monitored 112,897 people for more than 20 years, during which time nearly a quarter of them developed the disease. Compared with women who didn’t drink coffee, those who drank more than three cups of caffein­ated coffee daily had a 20 percent reduction in the risk of basal cell carcinoma (the most common form of skin cancer and the most prevalent cancer overall). Decaffeinated-coffee drinkers didn’t have decreased risk. Studies in mice have found that both orally ingested and topical caffeine promote the destruction of UV-damaged skin cells and reduce skin-cancer risk, says Fengju Song, an epidemiologist at Harvard School of Public Health. The new study is one of the largest to confirm the link in humans, and it’s the first to show that the effect is specific to basal cell carcinoma, which is diagnosed in about 2 million Americans per year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Mally Roncal Virtual Pajama Party Tonight 4/3/12 8pm EST

Mally Roncal Virtual Pajama Party Tonight 4/3/12 8pm EST

Day: Tuesday, April 3rd
Time: 8pm EST
Location: USTREAM: http://www.facebook.com/mallybeauty/app_196506863720166
Attire: PJ’s Recommended
Viewers will have the chance to win exclusive prizes and deals as well as ask their burning makeup questions!

Mally Roncal is sharing the love again! Throughout her career, she has been a makeup artist to celebrities from Beyoncé to Jennifer Lopez and from Mariah Carey to Celine Dion. She’s known for flawless, glowing skin, which instantly makes you look like you’ve had 8-hours of sleep! Here are Mally’s easy and quick steps for getting a radiant, well-rested look:

Step 1: First, start with a good moisturizer to smooth over any dry or flaky spots.
Step 2: Next, apply my Perfect Prep Poreless Primer to fill in your pores and fine lines, creating an invisible barrier between your skin and your makeup.
Step 3: Apply a creamy concealer underneath your eyes, and then dab on any blemishes. Even out your complexion with my Ultimate Performance Foundation and a powder brush to get that diffused, airbrushed look.
Step 4: Using a highlighter, apply to the brow bone, cheek bones, temples and down the center of your nose; swirl a universally flattering pinky-peach blush onto the apples of the cheeks.
Step 5: Use my Volumizing Mascara and with the wand, apply inwards for a starburst effect that instantly opens up eyes.
Step 6: Finish by using my Lightwand Eye Brightener. Take the pencil end and draw a sideways “v” in the inner corner of your eyes. If you want to take it to the next level, take the spring-loaded powder dabber on the other end, and apply it on top of the pencil!

 

Has Photo-Shopping Gone Too Far?

 

Above left is  Demi Moore, modeling for Helena Rubenstein’s 2012 campaign and to the right  is a recent candid of Demi Moore. While I agree we all have our bad days and look better when we have had time to make ourselves up. This photo shows how far beauty advertising has gone from the truth. I am not against a touch up here or there to clean up a picture but when the pictures are so glaringly different that falls into false advertising.

In comparison Intelligent Life did something shocking had their cover model Cate Blanchett appear Photoshop free!

March/ April issue of Intelligent Life Photo: INTELLIGENT LIFE

While Cate’s un-retouched photo shows her wrinkles it also shows a real live beautiful older woman.

The magazine’s editor, Tim de Lisle, explained the reasoning behind the un-retouched image in his editor’s letter: “When other magazines photograph actresses, they routinely end up running heavily Photoshopped images, with every last wrinkle expunged. Their skin is rendered so improbably smooth that, with the biggest stars, you wonder why the photographer didn’t just do a shoot with their waxwork.”

 

What do you think? Do you like the perfected Photoshop look on models? Or should we have a limit to how much retouching can be done on product adverts?


Warm Weather Beauty Tips.

Beth Marcis, owner of Her Body & Soul spa has some great beauty tips to keep you looking great as the barometer rises.

Marcis is also launching her own His & Her Better Skin product line, offering all-natural and made in the USA products at affordable prices. The product line ranges from $18 to $30 for a six- to eight-month supply of items like cleansers, serums and sunscreen.

According to Marcis, the following tips will help any vacationer maintain her beauty despite the sun and sand:

- Keep hair moisturized. Swimming and sunbathing can quickly strip hair of its moisture and shine. Before heading out to the beach, apply a non-alcohol-based mask – or if you’re in a pinch, slather your hair in conditioner or shea butter. Use the beach-side showers to rinse and reapply after swimming. Also, wear a hat to protect your scalp from the sun.

- Apply products in the right order. Serums are meant to penetrate clean skin, so be sure to apply these products prior to sunscreen (which basically sits on top of the skin). If you wear makeup to the beach or pool, choose a mineral-based makeup that is high in zinc and apply after sunscreen. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after every swimming session, and include easily missed areas like the hands, feet, ears and especially your lips.

- Prolong the life of your mani/pedi. If your spa isn’t using natural products on your nails, they will yellow in the sun. Also, when getting your nails done, avoid making appointments early in the day and then heading out to the beach right afterward. Sand and oil can penetrate the products and lessen their longevity. Schedule touchups late afternoon so the products can “set” overnight, prior to sun exposure.

- Treat sunburns with honey. Similar to the standby home remedy, aloe, applying honey to the skin can help restore moisture and alleviate the pain after too many hours in the sun. Marcis offers a full-body Honey Wrap at her spas, but you can achieve a similar result at home by mixing all-natural honey with a little bit of olive oil and applying with a brush or hands onto the sunburned area. Leave the mask on for at least 10-15 minutes.