SKINCARE

Jen’s Camouflage Report

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In recent years, magazines are showing all types of models, from different nationalities, shapes, sizes and ages. Different has become beautiful. Crooked smiles, moles, scars, athletic builds all have their place in beauty. How refreshing this all is, especially for our children.

However, certain “flaws” are not flattering on anyone, who would want to highlight a pimple or dark circles under your eyes? Here some tricks to camouflage when necessary:

  • I hide my dark circles and blemishes with a bit of liquid foundation (a shade that blends in perfectly) and my favorite concealer from Cle de Peau (a magic stick).
  • I use Proactiv for my acne, it truly has been a miracle worker for me.
  • I use L’Oreal Sublime Bronze self tanner mixed with Nivea Q 10 lotion to make my less than smooth legs appear silky.
  • My hair remains it’s natural color and I use products like Morroccan Oil and Leonor Greyl Mask Orchidee to keep it looking its best.


We all have our little helpers, and there is nothing wrong with it. Confidence after all is always the most attractive feature.

A SWIMMER’S MOISTURIZER

by Carole Hallac

Michael Phelps has to face great challenges in this coming Olympics. Will he still be number one, beating his fierce competitor Ryan Lochte? Will he win at least three medals, beating gymnast Larissa Latynina’s record of a whopping eighteen medals?

Maybe a bit shallow on our part, but we can’t help but wonder about another challenge he must face every day spending hours training in the pool: how does he protect his hair from harsh chlorine and keep his skin moisturized? The champ swears by Head & Shoulders, the popular dandruff shampoo that he became a spokeperson for in a recent media campaign.

However, for real beauty secrets, probably always better to ask a woman. When it comes to moisturizer, his female colleague, and five time olympian, Dara Torres uses AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, which just tapped the gorgeous athlete as a sponsor: ”I approach all aspects of my life with the same intensity as my training, including how I take care of my skin. AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream works wonders to restore my skin’s softness after a long day in the pool, so it fits well into my daily health and beauty routine”.

In a recent interview for the LATimes, Torres shared more of her beauty regiment: La Mer and Sisley as face moisturizers, and WEN shampoo. She advises to rotate shampoo and doesn’t use any chlorine-removing branded products because they can remove the natural moisture and make the hair more susceptible to damage. She suggests to swimmers that are not competing at the Olympics to put conditioner under their swim cap.

Definitely great advice for our summer days by the pool, however very doubtful that we will be wearing the cap…

SPORTS IN THE SUN

Sunscreen might not be the most alluring of beauty products, but it is undeniably one of the most important, especially for athletes. Many athletes spend tons of time outside, breaking a sweat. Here are some tips to choose the best sunscreen for outdoors and aquatic sports:

Always choose a high SPF. No need to go overboard; most dermatologists say it’s fine using an SPF 30 or 45. Just reapply the lotion every two hours to ensure maximum protection.

Look for labels that promise that the sunscreen has broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage. These ultraviolet rays can increase your risk of skin cancer and contribute to premature aging, freckles, age spots and wrinkles.

Athletes in particular should pick up sunscreens that are labeled “water-resistant” or “sweat-resistant.” During an intense game, no one wants lotion to get in their eyes!

Some sunscreen lines are targeted specifically to athletes, such as MDSolarSciences. The lightweight, easy-to-apply lotions have all of the factors mentioned in this article. It’s Olympic star approved, so it is definitely a safe bet.

For more tips for skin protection, please visit the American Academy of Dermatology

 

Photo: France Germany  Women Beach Volley match at Sydney 2000 Olympics – source: Olympic.org