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Skin Care Dos and Don’ts
Don’t take too many showers. Yes, it’s summertime and you’re working up a sweat, but taking multiple showers throughout the day can wreak havoc with your skin: Though you might think it’s hydrating, topically, water can have a drying effect on your epidermis. To avoid looking like a prune, douse in small doses and always moisturize immediately after showering.
Do drink plenty of water. While topically water can hinder your skin, drinking 64 ounces of water daily is essential for a healthy complexion because it flushes out toxins and keeps your insides running efficiently. Whether you drink bottled, filtered, or tap water doesn’t matter—getting your eight glasses in matters most. Remember that fruits and veggies are also good sources of H20.
Don’t go overboard with rich moisturizers. While you want to keep your skin supple during summer, you can afford to lighten up—especially since thick doesn’t necessarily equal better. Heavy creams can create a barrier on the surface of your face and keep your skin from absorbing moisture. And formulas that contain synthetic ingredients can trap dead cells and leave your complexion looking dull.
Do use a nighttime face lotion. There’s evidence that skin-cell regeneration is slightly faster at night than during the day, so take advantage of your skin’s receptiveness and don’t skimp on overnight hydration.
Don’t apply too many face products at once, no matter how eager you are to try them out. “Using too many products can irritate the skin,” says Jeanine Downie, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.
Do nourish your skin with a nutrient-packed moisturizer—in other words, rather than use a bunch of different formulas, find a multitasking hero product that takes care of your needs in one go. Look for one that contains vitamin C, to even skin tone and minimize blotchiness, and potent antiagers like retinoic acid and niacinamide.
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Hayden Panettiere at the 2009 “I Love You, Beth Cooper” Screening
Makeup Artist Amy Oresman collaborated with NEUTROGENA® brand ambassador Hayden Panettiere to create the starlet’s look for the New York City premiere of “I Love You, Beth Cooper”, and now shares how you can achieve this gorgeous look on your own:
Hayden’s look was inspired by old Hollywood glamour – with a new young twist. This is one of my favorite makeup looks for a starlet. It’s sexy and subtle.
I wanted to create a subtle smoky eye that wouldn’t fight with the bright juicy lip we were planning on using on Hayden. To create this look I started by using NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Eye Quad in Blue Smoke, this created a subtle smoke to the eye by using graphites and blues, which are not as harsh as black. I then framed the eye with NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Eyeliner in Cosmic Black, which has a slight glossy sheen creating just a hint of drama around the perimeter of the eye. I topped the look off with NEUTROGENA® Healthy Volume Black Mascara. This look is all about lashes and lips. This mascara is perfect for the three coats of mascara used to create ultra volume.
I used NEUTROGENA® Sun Fresh Sunless Lotion to blend Hayden’s tan lines in her one-shouldered red-carpet frock. I evened out Hayden’s glow with NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiant Bronzer.
The highlight of this look was the lip. With those lips we could really go for it… and we did! I chose NEUTROGENA® MoistureShine lipstick in Poppy Red. This lipstick is the perfect combination of fuchsia and red and because Hayden’s dress was all white, we really wanted a vibrant splash of color on the lip.
Chow down on antioxidant- and zinc-rich oysters, dark chocolate, and blueberries for a clear complexion.
1. Wild salmon: A primo source for omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce skin inflammation, preventing redness, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. It’s also potent in antioxidants and vitamins B and D.
2. Low-fat yogurt: In one word, calcium. Good for strong bones, nails, and teeth. One cup of plain low-fat yogurt has more calcium than a glass of skim milk.
3. Oysters: The best source of zinc, period. Zinc helps build collagen, which supports the structure of skin and speeds up renewal and repair.
4. Blueberries: Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that prevent long-term cell damage.
5. Kiwifruit: Another good source of antioxidants, kiwis are also a great source of vitamin C and potassium, all which help prevent wrinkles.
6. Sweet potatoes: Chock-full of beta-carotene, something the body converts to vitamin A, which keeps skin smooth and is thought to protect against sun damage.
7. Spinach: This nutrient-dense leafy green is a great source of beta-carotene and lutein, which protects the eyes.
8. Tomatoes: Perhaps the only vegetable best eaten processed. Tomatoes are a major source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant also thought to protect against sunburn.
9. Walnuts: A key source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. The omega-3s found in walnuts also help fight against skin ailments like psoriasis and eczema.
10. Dark chocolate: Full of antioxidants and nutrients, cocoa (choose chocolate with at least 60 percent cocoa) increases blood flow to the skin, which in turn boosts hydration, smoothness, and protection against sun exposure.