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     Dangers that are lurking at blow out bars
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    Too much
    of a good thing?

    Oodles of women have become blow-dryaholics, going into blowout bars more than once weekly and putting it on their "bartabs" (an exclusive membership that costs $100 and up).

    "Plain and simple the only way to get my hair looking like actual hair and not a brillo pad is to hire a professional," says blow-dryaholic Jackie Schimmel. "It's now become a habit I'm required to keep up with."

    But the writer in me has to ask: How much heat can our tresses really take? I've got thin, fine hair and I feel like eventually people would start mistaking me for Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. "A lot of women seem to think if they're going to a pro, the dangers of heat styling are no longer at hand," says beauty expert Alexis Wolfer. "All heat styling whether done at home or by a pro poses some dangers and should be done in moderation."

    According to Dr. Robert Dorin, top New York City hair care specialist and hair restoration expert, over-frequenting dry bars can cause irreversible damage to your hair: "Collectively, the integrity of your hair's strength and flexibility is lost. In this state, your hair looks dull, dry and frizzy. It tangles easily and usually breaks off at varying lengths." He recommends keeping dry bar visits to a once a week maximum.

    If dry bar hopping is a must for the look of your hair (or you just love pampering yourself), here are several tips to keep in mind:

    1

    Stylists aren't necessarily licensed

    "In general, one feels better with licensed stylists for a presumed basic level of competency," says Dorin. "But I've seen unlicensed stylists do just as good if not a better job because of their natural talent." Like with dating, play the field and go with your gut. You know what's best for you.

    2

    Most blowout bars are membership based, rather than stylist based

    Because of this, it's important to talk to your stylist about your needs based on your hair type and texture. "Too often in the past has a new stylist fried my thin, fine hair by blasting it with super high heat because they tend to use the same technique from person to person," says Mally Steve Chakola, beauty expert and founder of M. Steves skin care. They also work hard to stay within time allotments voicing your needs will make the visit a win/win for both of you.

    3

    Blowouts can mess with your complexion too

    If you find you're getting a lot of breakouts near your hairline and on your forehead, ask your stylist to cover your face more thoroughly when using product. "Hair product overload can clog your pores and lead to pesky breakouts," says Chakola.

    4

    Use quality protective products at home too

    "Most women resist using good protective products on their hair, and they break or burn their hair because they're doing it themselves," says Rosemary Camposano, President/CEO of Halo Blow Dry Bars, Inc. This is why it feels like you have healthier hair when you leave a dry bar than when you do your hair at home — because, in a sense, you do. Plus, says Camposano, there's a huge benefit to someone using both hands on your hair: They're able to evenly apply heat in a smooth, repetitive way, which prevents burning your hair or breaking it by pulling it in the wrong direction.

    As for what to use at home if you're between visits or are on a strict budget, Chakola recommends using fractionated coconut oil. "Coconut oil easily absorbs into most hair types and is rich in omega fatty acids that instantly smooth dry strands and help prevent future dryness," she says.

    Read more about how to use coconut oil in your beauty routine >>

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    Coachella Style Diary

    Day 1

    Let me start off by saying I'm so not one of those fashion bloggers who goes to Coachella solely to get photographed, but I got photographed! Ahhh. Twice in one day, actually. And it felt really freaking cool. The first girl (I think she ran her own blog) approached me as I was fighting my way over to the main stage and asked to take a picture of my muscle tee, specifically. "Palm trees and pool parties" — it doesn't get much more Coachella than that. Of course, I let her.

    The second woman came up to me while I was waiting in line for VIP and actually had a real camera (not just an iPhone) and looked like a legit photographer, too. She was super into my high-waisted shorts and took several head-to-toe pictures of me before asking me to turn around so she could photograph the back of my shorts. Like I said, she totally dug my shorts. I was feeling so flattered and so chic at the time that I completely forgot to ask where the pictures would even end up. Ugh. Looks like I'll be stalking any and all fashion posts entitled "Coachella Street Style" this week. I just hope she got me from my good angle!

    Coachella Style Diary: Day 1

    What I wore: Brixton Wesley Fedora (karmaloop.com, $56), Bitching & Junkfood Denim Cutoffs (urbanoutfitters.com, $109), The Palm Trees and Pool Parties Tee (karmaloop.com, $44), Jeffrey Campbell Everly Boot (karmaloop.com, $131)

    Day 2

    I saved my cutest outfit for today. I'm not really sure why, but it seemed appropriate considering it was Saturday and I never wear dresses. Plus, there were so many amazing bands/people I wanted to see perform tonight: Muse, Pharrell, Lorde, MGMT, Empire of the Sun, Foster the People, Nas, the list goes on. All was fine and dandy (I even got photographed again and received tons of compliments on my dress!) until desert storm decided to hit. It was so windy and cold by the time the sun went down, and the line to buy a sweatshirt was so absurdly long that there was no way we were about to stand in it. Luckily, my friend had a cardigan she let me borrow for a bit.

    Flash-forward a couple of hours later and I'm huddled in a group circle with a bunch of my friends desperately trying to keep warm. It sort of worked, but everyone was so miserably cold and Nas was already late coming on that we decided to just head home. Sadly, I lost my gorgeous floral crown on the walk to the car (thanks for nothing, wind!) and I couldn't find it among all the trash on the ground for the life of me. Here's hoping for a much hotter day tomorrow…

    Coachella Style Diary: Day 2

    What I wore: Nasty Gal Falling Lillies Maxi Dress (nastygal.com, $58), Spring Sunset Floral Crown (loveheadmistress.com, $34), Marie Turnor Aria Fringe Bag (marieturnor.com, $380), Reef Mayan Sunlight Sandal (reef.com, $64)

    Day 3

    Wowzas, I'm officially worn out. It was an amazing day, though, and there was hardly any wind to speak of, thank goodness. We were feeling pretty lazy, so we didn't make it to the festival until 6 p.m., which means no one snapped any street style pics of me. According to my Coachella roomies, however, today's outfit was the best one all weekend. I think my sequin sleeve military jacket is what really won them all over. It's a serious showstopper, and I always get loads of compliments whenever I wear it.

    As much as I like music, I have to admit, dressing up for Coachella was probably my favorite part of this whole experience. I love Bohemian style, and it was so fun to experiment and put together three unique festival-friendly outfits. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing what everyone else was wearing and only hope I can incorporate some of the trends into my wardrobe this summer.

    Until next year, Coachella!

    Coachella Style Diary: Day 3

    What I wore: Kirstin Ash Coloured Cord and Charms (kirstinash.com, $34-$44), Nasty Gal Martine Swimsuit (nastygal.com, $68), Stella & Bow Beacon Ring (stellaandbow.com, $28), Stella & Bow Dunes Ring (stellaandbow.com, $81), Sequin Sleeve Military Jacket (ebay.com, price varies), Shoe Cult Tabitha Booties (nastygal.com, $74)

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    Get the look: Zooey Deschanel's pretty polka dots
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    Why we're obsessed

    There's always an excuse to rock some pretty polka dots. A dress with sheer sleeves and overall polka dot detailing is a feminine and easy way to transition your style into spring on a nippy day, and we're loving the way Zooey really let her dress shine with minimal accessories here.

    How to style the look

    A polka dot dress will always make you stand out from the crowd, so keep the rest of your look simple. Red pairs beautifully with black and white, so reach for your fave red nail polish and lip to add a nice dose of color.

    Get the look: Zooey Deschanel's pretty polka dots

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    Woman checking skin in mirror | Sheknows.com

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    You don't have to accept every little age spot and wrinkle. Do something to stop them in their tracks. Debra Jaliman, M.D. and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, says many anti-aging tips really do work. If you're ready to take on Mother Nature, let these top medical experts help you start your anti-aging skin regimen today.

    Practice prevention

    The earlier you begin caring for your skin, the better. "Prevention is important," says Houtan Chaboki, M.D., a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with George Washington Medical Faculty Associates Department of Surgery in Washington, D.C. "Start a skin care program with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon when you're younger to help reduce the signs of aging when you're much older."

    Get started now by choosing the perfect skin care professional >>

    Never forget the sunscreen

    Sunscreen is essential. "Apply it daily," advises Chaboki. "Even on cloudy days."

    Dr. Jaliman, who prefers "zinc oxide, as it is broad-spectrum and anti-inflammatory," says you should always use at least SPF 30. Some of the higher numbers of protection, though, aren't worth the money. Sun protection factors of 70, 80 and even 90 aren't necessary.

    Use good skin care products

    The shelves of every beauty department are overflowing with product. So how's a lady supposed to choose? Know which ingredients work the hardest, as well as what ingredients solve the issues you're dealing with.

    Retinol

    For years now, retinol has been (and still is) the anti-aging buzzword. Retinol (retinoid) is a derivative of vitamin A that promotes an increase of collagen and elastic production. Retinol is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Chaboki advises you to wash off makeup and let your skin dry before applying any product containing retinol. Without that step, you're just asking for irritation.

    Peptides

    Remember the skin of your youth? Soft, supple and smooth? That, my friend, is collagen hard at work. As we age, we tend to make less and less of that good stuff (hello, wrinkles!). Products made with effective peptides can stimulate collagen production and cell repair to lead to healthier, younger-looking skin.

    What can peptides do for you? >>

    Antioxidants

    OK, let's face it. There's no magic pill to help bring back the skin of your youth. Vitamins C and E come pretty close, though. Not only do these two antioxidants protect your skin from the sun, they also speed up its natural repair system, possibly reducing the appearance of some of those pesky age spots.

    Be patient

    We're a culture of immediate gratification, but it's important to note that some things take time. "Most dermatology products take several weeks or months to demonstrate skin improvement," says Dr. Chaboki. Trying different products for only a few days or a couple of weeks doesn't give the product an ample chance to work.

    Live a good life

    "Lifestyle choices have more impact on skin quality than any treatment the dermatologist or plastic surgeon can provide," says Chaboki. "Stop smoking, drink plenty of fluids, restrict sun exposure, get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet with vegetables and start a skin care program with your skin specialist."

    Know what you're doing wrong

    No matter how hard you try, there's a good chance you're doing something to sabotage your skin care. Jason Steffan of Richard Steffan Skincare in Switzerland says these are six of the most common skin care mistakes women make:

    1. Going to bed without removing your makeup
    2. Using too many different skin care brands at once
    3. Not allowing enough time for your skin to adjust to a new skin care regimen
    4. Living an unhealthy lifestyle consisting of poor food choices and lack of exercise
    5. Exfoliating excessively
    6. Not looking at ingredients in food and skin care products

    Read more about beauty

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    Prevent wrinkles with facial massage
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    Woman taking a selfie
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    PocketDerm is a new mobile app that was created by two board certified dermatologists. It's based on teledermatology, which uses technology to manage some skin issues such as acne, which are diagnosed on a visual basis.

    "Studies on teledermatology show that dermatologists can provide excellent diagnosis and treatment based on high-quality photos and a detailed medical history," Dr. David Lortscher said.

    So what are the pros and cons to using this new service? We're about to find out.

    Pro: Easy signup and processing

    Upon signing up, users answer questions about their medical history, acne treatment background, skin type and sensitivities. Next, they upload images of their skin. One of the dermatologists then analyzes the information and prescribes a custom-tailored acne treatment.

    Pro: Custom skin care

    These folks aren't just prescribing medications — they will hand-blend a solution at their San Diego office. Lortscher said the formulas usually contain three prescription acne ingredients: tretinoin, a retinoid to unclog pores and lower skin discoloration; clindamycin, an antibiotic; and azelaic acid, which helps to prevent bacterial resistance and reduces redness and discoloration.

    Pro: All-inclusive

    For $29.95 a month, the service comes with a personal consultation, customized anti-acne products and shipping. Members can also message their doctor at any time with questions or concerns. It takes just 24 hours to hear back after you submit initial information.

    Pro: No health care coverage required

    Whether you have health care coverage or not, PocketDerm may be an affordable solution to replace costly visits to the dermatologist.

    Con: You still need to see a dermatologist in person

    So, can you skip your annual appointment with your dermatologist? Not quite. Those doctors are still vital to help with other issues and give your skin an in-person, top-to-bottom screening.

    Con: It's only for acne

    If you deal with acne, PocketDerm may be an easy solution to keep that condition under tabs. To check for other conditions, and undergo routine skin cancer screenings, you'll have to visit a doctor in his or her office.

    Con: You never meet the doctor

    If you're an in-person kind of person, maybe PocketDerm isn't right for you. You'll never be able to meet the doctor and get his or her expertise for other skin concerns — they just handle acne. If the PocketDerm doctor thinks you need additional care, they make recommendations for the patient without an additional charge.

    With pros and cons to the service, it's really up to the individual to decide if they should consider PocketDerm. Still, it's cool to know that having great skin is literally just at your fingertips.

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    We turned the mic over to our readers to crowdsource beauty products they can't live without. Our editors and SheKnows Experts Among Us peppered in some of their picks to help you discover fan favorites, cult classics and new must-haves for the 2014 Real Woman Beauty Awards.

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    From bikini line treatments to blotting papers and chasing the perfect glow, summertime definitely has a unique set of needs. These picks will help you meet them.

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    Mix your favorite blush or eyeshadow with Vaseline to make custom lip balm.

    2

    Keep darker shades of pressed powder to use as eyeshadow and bronzer. One reader says, "It’s less expensive than tiny eyeshadow palettes."

    3

    Dip a dampened, angled eye makeup brush into eyeshadow to use as eyeliner and really make your eyes pop.

    4

    Put Monistat on your face. No, really. Their anti-chafing gel makes a pretty awesome makeup primer.

    5

    Apply baby powder between coats of mascara. It will make your eyelashes longer and thicker.

    6

    Dab lipstick on your cheeks for blush on the go. Stick with rosy or peachy pinks.

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    Apply eyeshadow to your eyebrows to fill them in. Then add a little dab of Vaseline or clear mascara to tame hairs and make them sleek.

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    Apply Chapstick or lip balm to your eyelashes for extra curl.

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    Put Vaseline on your eyelashes to help them grow. There's no science to support this but our readers say it works like a charm.

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    Coconut oil makes an incredible natural moisturizer for parched skin. Use it on your body and face. One reader even confessed she lets her locks soak it up for two days at a time.

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    Grape seed oil will help keep your skin's natural oil production in check.

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    Glycerin makes a great remedy for cracked or chapped lips. Buy it at your local health food store.

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    Apply baby oil in the shower for soft skin. The moisture from your shower will help lock in the benefits.

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    Mix Vaseline into your regular body lotion to give it an extra moisture surge.

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    Keep a spray bottle of water at your desk or invest in a facial spray to use throughout the day to help lock in moisture. Hint: We love Evian's mineral water spray.

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    When coloring your hair at home, use Vaseline around your hair line so the color doesn't bleed.

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    Got frizz problems? Apply a pea-size amount of argan oil to smooth frizz.

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    Some readers confessed to using mayonnaise in their hair to boost shine and moisture. Tip: To make the smell more tolerable, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

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    Use mascara to cover grays in between salon visits.

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    Use witch hazel as a toner a couple of times a week to help keep skin clear. Apple cider vinegar also makes a great natural skin toner.

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    Crack open vitamin E gel capsules and apply to your face. You'll wake up glowing. It's night cream in a capsule.

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    Try only cleansing your face at night to conserve your natural skin oils. In the morning just rinse, tone and moisturize.

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    Mix sugar and honey to create an at-home lip exfoliator.

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    Combine olive oil with sugar to purge pores of dead skin cells. You can also make your own body scrub with sugar, olive oil and a couple of drops of your favorite body wash.


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    Celeb Hairstyle of the Week: Kate Beckinsale

    Almost no one does a perky ponytail like Kate Beckinsale. The actress and fashionista has definitely mastered the art of updos, so it's no surprise that she opted for a beachy pony for a recent red carpet event. Crushing on her style as much as I am? You're in luck. I got Pierre Michel Salon's Mia Moore to offer her tips for scoring Kate's cute look.

    Get the look

    "The great thing about this look is how easily it can be replicated at home. After you have purchased the dress, shoes, clutch and accessories, here is how you add the finale with the hair," Mia says.

    1. After you get out of the shower, towel dry your hair as much as possible by scrunching the hair versus rubbing (which creates frizz).
    2. Then pick a texture-based product. My favorite product right now is HydroHair. It is new to the market but it hydrates hair, adds texture and uses all-natural ingredients and is great for all types of hair.
    3. Whatever product you decide to use, just make sure you use an even application. Simply work the product in ends to roots in the four sections around the head (sides and split the back in two) then scrunch once more with the towel to remove any moisture that has collected and attach a diffuser to the end of your blow dryer.
    4. When diffusing your hair it's important to not touch it too much while it's drying. Lean your head over to a side, put the ends of your hair in the diffuser and then bring it closer to your head. Keep it there until the area is almost dry and repeat for the rest.
    5. Now that your hair is prepared, it's time to put it up. Section off the top of your head (eyebrow to eyebrow) and clip it to put it out of the way.
    6. Using your hands, pull the rest of your hair into a high pony and secure with an elastic. Take the top section you saved and loosely pull it back, leaving some volume and gently wrap the ends around the elastic to hide it and secure with a bobby pin.
    7. You can add some detail by using wax for more texture or a small curling iron to create more movement to a couple of pieces.

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    Friday's Fashion Obsessions: Jamie Chung and the cast of The Other Woman
    Photo credits: Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment, LJPhotoCorp/WENN.com

    Jamie Chung

    She's done it again. Jamie Chung landed herself on the top of our best dressed list yet again thanks to her fashion-forward and eclectic style choices. Here, we spotted the trendsetter posing for the cameras at a fashion show rocking a red Reese + Riley blazer, a geometric print pencil skirt and a loose white blouse.

    Jamie Chung
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    Jamie has a flair for turning basic pieces into basic masterpieces. Here, the fashion influencer paired two wardrobe staples — a basic white blouse and a fitted yet flattering pencil skirt — with two bold pops of color — a vibrant red blazer and killer red and black heels — for a majorly chic ensemble. Everyone could learn a few lessons in layering and transitioning a look from day to night from Jamie, if you ask us. Lesson in point: For a day at the office, you could easily lose the bold blazer and swap those fabulous heels for understated pumps.

    The final verdict? Jamie's look would work equally well for work or play and is the perfect outfit inspiration for any number of special spring events you might have coming up.

    Shop the look: Kardashian Kollection Women's Crepe Blazer (sears.com, $59)

    Shop the look: Kardashian Kollection Women's Crepe Blazer (sears.com, $99)

    Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann

    We're doing something a little different this week on Friday's Fashion Obsessions. To celebrate today's release of The Other Woman, we're paying homage to not one but three looks from the film's fashionable trio of ladies.

    Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann
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    At a recent press call for the movie, Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann showed up looking coordinated yet totally unique. Menswear-inspired minimalism seemed to be the look du jour, as each lady mixed black and white separates for a fun boy-meets-girl look. Kate Upton's high-waisted black shorts and tailored white blazer look ultra-luxe when worn against an embellished white top and simple black pumps. Also stealing a page from the boys' fashion book, Leslie Mann paired cropped black slacks with a white top and let her feminine side out with a pop of a black bra and fun footwear. Cameron Diaz went a tad more casual with her style and paired a patterned white top with jeans and a simple gray blazer (and some super bright yellow booties).

    The final verdict? We'll definitely be pinning these three classy, chic and comfy looks for future fashion inspiration. Well done, ladies!

    Shop the look: Bella Dahl Tulip Tank in White (singer22.com, $66)

    Shop the look: Bella Dahl Tulip Tank in White (singer22.com, $66)

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    Friday's Fashion Fails: Mischa Barton and Rumer Willis
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    Mischa Barton

    We usually love maxi dresses since they look effortless yet glamorous and work on almost every figure, but this one worn by Mischa Barton to the BritWeek launch party in London breaks the mold. We never knew a maxi could look so unflattering... what would Marissa Cooper (her stylish character on The O.C.) say?

    Mischa Barton
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    Between the blousy sleeves and oversized, billowing skirt on this Teca by Helo Rocha number, it's adding so much unnecessary bulk to Mischa's frame. The large print all over isn't helping, either. The plunging illusion neckline tries to add some sexiness but it just can't make up for all of the other flaws on this frumpy frock.

    The final verdict? This dress could be improved if it were sleeveless, streamlined and solid, but all of the extra fabric and busy print are ruining it. Just because maxi dresses are comfortable doesn't mean it should look like you left the house in your muumuu, Mischa.

    Rumer Willis

    Cutouts are super-hot and on trend right now, but you have to use them sparingly. Case in point: Rumer Willis, who clearly thought less (fabric) is more when she attended Elle's Women in Music event in Hollywood wearing this very risqué little black dress. Let Rumer be a lesson to us all: Be careful with cutouts.

    Rumer Willis
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    The wide cutouts on the side of her legs were so revealing that she accidentally showed off her pink underwear while posing for photos. While we applaud her for wearing panties, we doubt she was hoping to reveal the exact color of them to us when she got dressed for the evening. The midriff cutout already showed plenty of skin... the side ones are way too much.

    The final verdict? Rumer's funky pink-streaked hair is appropriate for an event paying homage to music and her studded clutch is cute. Next time, we simply suggest choosing cutouts on the top or bottom only and not all over. But hey, at least Demi's daughter didn't go commando. Thank you for that.

    More Friday fashion fun

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt unveils her maternity clothing line for A Pea in the Pod
    Photo credit: A Pea in the Pod

    For years, expectant moms have faced the challenge of staying fashionable and comfortable during pregnancy. As your body changes and your beautiful bump grows, dressing can become quite the challenge, and fashion-forward maternity clothing isn't always readily available. Jennifer Love Hewitt wants to change that.

    The new mom and hit actress has designed a new maternity collection called L by Jennifer Love Hewitt collection with A Pea in the Pod for the "fashion-forward mom-to-be." Featuring 15 items, the collection was inspired by Jennifer's own pregnancy (she gave birth to daughter Autumn last November) and her craving for cute, comfortable, flattering maternity clothes.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt unveils her maternity clothing line for A Pea in the Pod
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    "Like other moms-to-be, I had to dress for my new figure but I hoped that wouldn’t mean sacrificing my personal style," Jennifer said. "It was a relief to go into A Pea in the Pod and to see I could continue wearing the clothing and designers I loved before pregnancy and to find pieces I really felt like myself in. To have the opportunity to bring my own perspective to such an established brand and to collaborate on a collection that other moms-to-be can wear and feel great in has made this time in my life even more special."

    Jennifer Love Hewitt unveils her maternity clothing line for A Pea in the Pod
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    So what can we expect from the L by Jennifer Love Hewitt collection? Something for every mom. The collection features a range of pieces including spring and summer-ready dresses, luxe tunics, comfy T-shirts and fashionable leggings. Our favorite part? The prices. Ranging from $40–$158, the collection features items for every style and price point so expectant moms everywhere can feel confident showing off their figure. Intrigued? You can check out the collection online, in A Pea in the Pod stores and select Destination Maternity stores now.

    Our favorite pieces

    L By Jennifer Love Hewitt 3/4 Sleeve Cowl Neck Maternity Tunic (destinationmaternity.com, $95)

    Luxe draping on this tunic takes its comfy appeal up a notch so you can show off your bump in style.

    L By Jennifer Love Hewitt 3/4 Sleeve Cowl Neck Maternity Tunic (destinationmaternity.com, $95)

    L By Jennifer Love Hewitt Sleeveless Maternity Maxi Dress (destinationmaternity.com, $158)

    Pregnant gals are sexy too. Show off a bit of skin in this airy maxi dress featuring back cutouts.

    L By Jennifer Love Hewitt Sleeveless Maternity Maxi Dress (destinationmaternity.com, $158)

    L By Jennifer Love Hewitt Secret Fit Belly® Ponte Maternity Leggings (destinationmaternity.com, $65)

    These ponte leggings are figure-flattering and comfy so you won't feel like you're suffocating in the name of style.

    L By Jennifer Love Hewitt Secret Fit Belly® Ponte Maternity Leggings (destinationmaternity.com, $65)

    L By Jennifer Love Hewitt Short Sleeve V-neck High-low Hem Maternity T Shirt (destinationmaternity.com, $65)

    Get in on the high-low trend with a simple T-shirt in an on trend cobalt blue hue.

    L By Jennifer Love Hewitt Short Sleeve V-neck High-low Hem Maternity T Shirt (destinationmaternity.com, $65)

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    Bouncy blowout

    During a promotional visit to beautiful and laid-back Sydney, Emma kept her beauty look low key, opting for a bouncy blowout, rosy cheeks and a watermelon lip. Lesson learned here? Sometimes, simple is simply beautiful.

    Emma Stone with a bouncy blowout

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    Menswear maven

    For an appearance at the BBC Radio studios, Emma took a page from the boys' book and rocked a menswear-inspired gray striped suit. Her oversized jacket fused nicely with feminine pumps and a girly beauty look for a cool fashion juxtaposition.

    Emma Stone wearing menswear

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    Curly girl

    Emma played up her signature red locks and striking green eyes in Germany with wispy pin curls (pulled back by an on-trend bobby pin, no less) and a sparkly eye. Clean skin and a pale lip kept the rest of her beauty look simply chic.

    Emma Stone with curly hair

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    Très chic chick

    Forget je ne sais quoi, we know exactly what Emma's trying to say in this sexy black leather dress featuring an asymmetrical neckline. She accessorized with black bow pumps, a red pout and a loose updo.

    Emma Stone wearing a black leather dress

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    Bold beauty

    At the Rome premiere for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Emma simply glowed thanks to a metallic eye, berry lip and perfect porcelain skin. The gorgeous look held its own quite well against her daring black gown and wispy updo.

    Emma Stone wearing bold makeup

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    Lacy lady

    When in Rome, right? Emma took a cue from the fashion-forward ladies of the classic city and paired a lacy blouse with a high-waisted lace pencil skirt. It takes a bold lady to wear lace with lace, but Emma does it with ease by adding simple T-strap sandals and a beachy braid.

    Emma Stone wearing a lace blouse and dress

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    Understated updo

    When you're wearing an extensively embellished outfit, it's best to keep your beauty look understated. Emma does so seamlessly here by sweeping her hair up into a simple updo (with swooping bangs) and adding a touch of color with a subtle lip.

    Emma Stone with an updo

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    Lovely LBD

    Emma brought her fashion parade all the way to Tokyo to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and racked up some major style miles in the process. At a press conference, she selected an LBD with lots of detailing at the neck and accessorized the look with black Louboutins, beachy waves and a pretty pink pout.

    Emma Stone wearing a LBD

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    Un-mellow yellow

    This easily goes down as one of Emma's most major fashion moments. Those glossy curls, that pink lip, that vibrant yellow gown — it's like a style trifecta. Emma debuted this look at the London premiere for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and we still can't get over how great she looked.

    Emma Stone wearing yellow

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    Emma Stone wearing yellow

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    Emma Stone wearing yellow

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    Emma Stone wearing yellow

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    Emma Stone wearing yellow

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    Emma Stone wearing yellow

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    Cream of the fashion crop

    To debut her film in arguably the world's most fashionable city, New York City, Emma pulled out all the stops and stunned in a flowing cream gown. Plunging side cutouts and embellished detailing added some attitude to the otherwise girly gown, and Emma mixed things up a bit more with beachy waves, a spider-y ring and a bold lip.

    Emma Stone wearing a cream dress

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    You don't have to accept every little age spot and wrinkle. Do something to stop them in their tracks. Debra Jaliman, M.D. and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, says many anti-aging tips really do work. If you're ready to take on Mother Nature, let these top medical experts help you start your anti-aging skin regimen today.

    Practice prevention

    The earlier you begin caring for your skin, the better. "Prevention is important," says Houtan Chaboki, M.D., a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with George Washington Medical Faculty Associates Department of Surgery in Washington, D.C. "Start a skin care program with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon when you're younger to help reduce the signs of aging when you're much older."

    Get started now by choosing the perfect skin care professional >>

    Never forget the sunscreen

    Sunscreen is essential. "Apply it daily," advises Chaboki. "Even on cloudy days."

    Dr. Jaliman, who prefers "zinc oxide, as it is broad-spectrum and anti-inflammatory," says you should always use at least SPF 30. Some of the higher numbers of protection, though, aren't worth the money. Sun protection factors of 70, 80 and even 90 aren't necessary.

    Use good skin care products

    The shelves of every beauty department are overflowing with product. So how's a lady supposed to choose? Know which ingredients work the hardest, as well as what ingredients solve the issues you're dealing with.

    Retinol

    For years now, retinol has been (and still is) the anti-aging buzzword. Retinol (retinoid) is a derivative of vitamin A that promotes an increase of collagen and elastic production. Retinol is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Chaboki advises you to wash off makeup and let your skin dry before applying any product containing retinol. Without that step, you're just asking for irritation.

    Peptides

    Remember the skin of your youth? Soft, supple and smooth? That, my friend, is collagen hard at work. As we age, we tend to make less and less of that good stuff (hello, wrinkles!). Products made with effective peptides can stimulate collagen production and cell repair to lead to healthier, younger-looking skin.

    What can peptides do for you? >>

    Antioxidants

    OK, let's face it. There's no magic pill to help bring back the skin of your youth. Vitamins C and E come pretty close, though. Not only do these two antioxidants protect your skin from the sun, they also speed up its natural repair system, possibly reducing the appearance of some of those pesky age spots.

    Be patient

    We're a culture of immediate gratification, but it's important to note that some things take time. "Most dermatology products take several weeks or months to demonstrate skin improvement," says Dr. Chaboki. Trying different products for only a few days or a couple of weeks doesn't give the product an ample chance to work.

    Live a good life

    "Lifestyle choices have more impact on skin quality than any treatment the dermatologist or plastic surgeon can provide," says Chaboki. "Stop smoking, drink plenty of fluids, restrict sun exposure, get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet with vegetables and start a skin care program with your skin specialist."

    Know what you're doing wrong

    No matter how hard you try, there's a good chance you're doing something to sabotage your skin care. Jason Steffan of Richard Steffan Skincare in Switzerland says these are six of the most common skin care mistakes women make:

    1. Going to bed without removing your makeup
    2. Using too many different skin care brands at once
    3. Not allowing enough time for your skin to adjust to a new skin care regimen
    4. Living an unhealthy lifestyle consisting of poor food choices and lack of exercise
    5. Exfoliating excessively
    6. Not looking at ingredients in food and skin care products

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    Face Masks

    You don't always need a cabinet full of beauty products to pamper your skin. Harness the natural goodness of your favorite fruits and veggies with these easy DIY face masks.

    Banana honey face mask

    Banana lemon honey face mask

    Calm and clean your skin with this three-ingredient face mask.

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    Avocado orange mask

    DIY Avocado orange mask

    Slough off loose skin cells with naturally acidic oranges and moisturizing avocado.

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    Cranberry anti-aging face mask

    Easy, DIY Anti-aging Cranberry Face Mask

    Skip the retinol and fight those free radicals with cranberries instead.

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    Orange acne-fighting mask

    Orange acne facial mask

    Zap acne-causing bacteria with this mask made from oranges, powdered green clay and milk.

    Get the recipe >>

    Face Scrubs

    Treat yourself to an occasional face scrub made from a natural exfoliant like almonds. Save a few for a post-scrub snack.

    Almond-lemon facial cleanser

    almond lemon facial cleanser

    Zesty lemon and vitamin-packed almonds will leave your face feeling fresh and clean.

    Get the recipe >>

    Cornmeal and buttermilk facial scrub

    DIY Cornmeal and Buttermilk Facial Scrub

    Even your skin tone and diminish the appearance of fine lines with this cornmeal and buttermilk scrub.

    Get the recipe >>

    Sage and grapefruit body scrub

    sage and grapefruit body scrub

    Soothe sensitive skin with a citrus body scrub that also includes salt, sugar and olive oil.

    Get the recipe >>

    Toners

    Whip up a double batch of fresh, natural skin toner and give a bottle of your homemade elixir to a friend.

    Rosewater toner

    DIY Rosewater Toner

    Raid the garden for rose petals (or pick up a few blooms at the florist) and make your own rosewater toner.

    Get the recipe >>

    DIY watermelon face toner

    DIY Watermelon face toner

    Treat your face to this tantalizing toner that includes watermelon and witch hazel.

    Get the recipe >>

    Moisturizers

    Any dermatologist will tell you moisturizers are the key to youthful-looking skin. But the best moisturizers aren't always the ones with ingredients you can't pronounce.

    Coconut oil

    Coconut Oil

    Get in on the coconut oil craze and pick up a jar to use as a moisturizer, lip balm, makeup remover or face mask.

    Get the recipe >>

    Honey-based dry skin moisturizer

    Honey beauty treatments

    Rejuvenate dry skin with this honey-based moisturizer, scented with essential oils.

    Get the recipe >>

    Quick tip: Make these homemade beauty recipes as needed and use them up right away. They're preservative-free and won't last long.

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    Hot showers

    A hot shower is a full body indulgence. Unfortunately, the hot water strips skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry, sensitive and irritated. Turn that dial to warm and give your skin a break. You may even want to install a filter to keep potentially irritating chlorine, fluoride, lead and aluminum away from your sensitive skin.

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    Inflammatory diet

    Inflamed skin may become even more irritated after drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods. If you're experiencing particularly sensitive skin, you'll be better off skipping the margaritas and chips and salsa. Sorry ladies.

    3

    Stress

    If you suffer from sensitive skin, learning to manage stress can do wonders for your inner and outer beauty. Use massage, yoga and meditation to clear your mind and cope with life's stressors. Dr. Murad tells his patients, "Be imperfect, live longer. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness."

    4

    Environmental exposure

    Smoke, pollution, sun exposure and extreme temperatures may be no big deal to women with normal skin. But for those with sensitive skin, life's just not fair. Take precautions and avoid these harsh conditions.

    5

    Excess washing

    Washing your face is good for your skin, right? Not always. Too much washing can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to inflammation, an overproduction of oil and even breakouts and rashes. Fight the urge to wash MORE, and try washing less instead.

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    Product overload

    In an attempt to slow down the effects of time, it's common for women to go a little overboard with anti-aging products like retinol, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) cleanser and salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid) for blemishes. "Ouch, ladies," says Dr. Jessica Krant. "All three of these things are irritating to the skin, and will make you look dried out, dull, and older in combination, instead of the bright, plump, fresh you that you're going for. Bring everything in to your dermatologist to review the best overall plan for progress without irritating."

    7

    Exfoliating

    Everything in moderation. Lightly exfoliating loose skin cells from the surface occasionally is not a bad thing, but there's no need to do it every day. Plus, regular gentle washing and products like retinol and AHA's are already exfoliating your skin. In addition to irritating the skin, Dr. Krant says when you pull too many skin cells off the surface, your skin will go into overdrive, producing more to replace them, and you'll end up with flakes all the time, "Which will make you feel like you need to exfoliate even more. Vicious cycle, ladies."

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    Scrubbing

    Save your skin by washing gently. Hard scrubbing will cause microscopic inflammation of the skin, which swells pores shut and leads to more blemishes.

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    Lack of daily moisturizer

    Plump up with a good moisturizer that not only protects your skin, but gives it a healthy glow. A good moisturizer is like a cozy blanket and cup of tea for your skin. It lets it relax and recharge. Surprisingly, well-moisturized skin produces less oil, leaving you with happy (not greasy) skin.

    Expert tip:

    Dermatologist Dr. Peter Lio says it's important to moisturize to lock the water in after bathing. "Applying moisturizer liberally within a few minutes of a shower or bath can help keep sensitive skin hydrated and happy!"

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    Wrong products

    If breakouts are getting you down, don't fight acne with harsh, drying products. Use a mild cleanser and soothing treatment that targets the skin problem. Finish with a hydrating moisturizer.

    Sources:

    Dr. Debra Jaliman, professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and the author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist

    Dr. Jessica Krant, M.D., M.P.H., board-certified dermatologist, founder of Art of Dermatology in NYC and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology

    Dr. Peter Lio, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, and a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology

    Dr. Howard Murad, associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA and founder of the skin care company Murad Inc.

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    As skin experts, dermatologists are a little picky about the products they use for their own skin care routines. Each of the dermatologists we spoke with have a slightly different approach to their beauty regimens, but they all place a high value on consistency, simplicity and — you guessed it — sunscreen.

    Stick with a high-quality product line

    According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, it's important not to overwhelm yourself with the number of products available on the skin care market. "There are many excellent products," he says, "but I use just four in my normal skin care routine." Schlessinger ascribes to the FixMySkin line of cleansers, exfoliators and gels on a daily basis and finishes his regimen with a gentle sunscreen. Keep it simple, people.

    Product recommendations:

    Keep your entire body healthy

    Dr. Komal Pandya states that healthy skin starts from the inside out. "The most important advice I can give is that maintaining a healthy lifestyle — like avoiding pro-inflammatory foods and getting enough exercise — can have tremendous positive effects on your skin," she says. In the mornings, Pandya uses a cleanser for sensitive skin, and applies antioxidant serum and sunscreen before putting on her makeup. At night, she uses prescription-strength retinoid to improve her skin's texture and the appearance of fine lines and pores. Bottom line: Don't skimp on eating healthy and exercising for maximum results.

    Product recommendations:

    Find a gentle cleanser

    Dr. Angela J. Lamb of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai washes with a foaming facial cleanser in the morning and applies a light moisturizer before putting on her makeup. "I use EltaMD, but you can also use a gentle cleanser like CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser or Cetaphil Acne Wash," she says. When nighttime rolls around, she removes her makeup with the gentle cleanser and then tops her skin with a retinoid treatment and moisturizer. When her skin needs exfoliation, she swears by the Clarisonic Plus. More than anything, it's important to keep your skin clean and fresh, and regularly slough off dull and dead skin cells.

    Product recommendations:

    Protect your skin daily

    All of the dermatologists we spoke with highlighted the importance of sunscreen in your daily skin care routine. Dr. Janet Prystowsky adds that protecting your skin is the number one way to give your skin a healthy glow. "The most important action you can take is to protect your face and neck from the sun, and to apply a vitamin A and D product to your face daily," she says. Prystowsky's skin care routine is simple and focused on protection. She washes with a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night, and applies LIVAD A&D Cream for moisture. If she needs to remove makeup, she washes with Pond's Cold Cream around her eyes.

    Product recommendations:

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    The skin on my body is prone to breakouts and patchiness if I'm not careful to use products for sensitive skin. My need for gentle cleansers, however, doesn't just give me a pass to rinse off with water and hope for the best. In my quest for a high-quality product, I tested Olay's Sensitive Body Wash to see if it lived up to the hype.Olay body wash | Sheknows.com

    Name this product:

    Olay Sensitive Body Wash (Drugstore.com, $6)

    What the product claims to do:

    Since Olay Sensitive Body Wash is free of dyes, scents and soaps, it promises to cleanse skin as gently as pure water. The product is also full of moisturizers, and is therefore supposed to leave skin feeling soft and hydrated.

    How this product looks and feels:

    The product looks and feels like a high-quality, dye-free lotion. It felt thick and creamy on my skin. The moisturizers from the product stayed on my skin even after I rinsed it off in the shower.

    What I liked about this product:

    My skin felt clean after I got out of the shower, but I was actually able to skip applying lotion because my skin was soft and moisturized. This is saying a lot, since my skin normally needs a heavy dose of lotion to prevent flaky skin after I shave my legs.

    What I didn't like about this product:

    Since it has no fragrance, my skin didn't smell like a meadow of fresh flowers once I stepped out of the shower. I guess that's what perfume is for.

    How the product worked for me:

    No rashes, no patches of dry skin and no breakouts. My 2-year-old daughter also patted my arm and said, "Mama, soft." That sounds like success to me.

    I would recommend this product for:

    Women with sensitive skin should try out Olay Sensitive Body Wash. The product will prevent breakouts, and its superior moisture will allow you to skip lotion when you're pressed for time.

    This post was sponsored by Olay.

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    Wear protective clothing

    Debra Jaliman M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and author of Skin Rules, says, "I'm a big fan of sun protective clothing. I find that it's very effective for protecting the skin from UV light. It's also great that you don't have to keep reapplying the sunscreen."

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    In addition to protective clothing, Dr. Jaliman says, "It's essential to wear UV 400 blocking sunglasses. A two-inch brim hat is also helpful. Lip balm with SPF 30 is crucial as skin cancer on the lip is most likely to metastasize."

    Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

    Obviously, sunscreen. Dr. Jaliman says, "A great sunscreen is EltaMD UV Pure SPF 47. It's water-resistant for 80 minutes. Vanicream also makes good sunscreen for those with sensitive skin."

    Dermatologist Dr. David Bank, author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age and founder and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York, says, "Sunscreens and sun protection factors (SPF) generally work in one of two ways. Either they'll have a chemical filter that acts a little like a sponge in that it absorbs the harmful UVA and UVB rays and converts them into infrared heat, or they'll act as a physical barrier, usually containing zinc oxide and titanium oxide, reflecting the rays away from the skin before they get a chance to do any damage."

    He also reminds us to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Don't forget to apply sunscreen before you get out into the sun — slather it on at least 20 minutes before you go outside.

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    Topical and oral antioxidants

    Dermatologist Dr. Debbie Palmer, co-author of The Dermatologists' Prescription for a New You! and founder and creator of REPLERE, a natural, antioxidant-based skin care line, suggests protecting your skin from the sun from the inside out by not only by applying topical antioxidants, such as REPLERE Day Lotion, but also by "ingesting oral antioxidants, like the REPLERE Beauty Shooter, to neutralize the harmful effects of the sun." She also recommends using a zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreen as these ingredients are anti-inflammatory and offer broad-spectrum coverage.

    Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, co-founder of Specific Beauty adds, "Topical antioxidants such as green tea and vitamin C protect from free radical damage from the sun. They have been proven to make sunscreens work better because most sunscreens block 97 percent of the sun's rays. Using a topical antioxidant can prevent the free radical damage from the residual UVB that does get into the skin."

    Seek shade

    Even if you're spending your vacation at the beach or you work outside for the majority of the day, seek out some shade whenever possible. Pack an oversized umbrella for your trip to the beach or the park so you're not exposed to direct sunlight all day and take breaks from the sun whenever possible.

    Check your skin

    If you're exposed to the sun for long periods on a regular basis, it's important to have your skin checked out regularly. Dr. Susan Stuart, board-certified dermatologist of La Jolla Dermatology, says, "See your dermatologist for any unusual skin growths that grow, bleed or change color or shape as [they] may be early skin cancer."

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    Typical signs of sensitive skin

    According to Dr. Purvisha Patel, owner and dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates, it's important to identify your skin type in order to treat it properly. Some of the signs that point to sensitive skin are:

    • Redness or rashes, particularly related to specific products or ingredients
    • Itching
    • Burning
    • Dryness
    • Peeling
    • Varied reactions depending on the product

    Common skin problems

    Dr. Debbie Palmer, dermatologist and founder and creator of REPLERE, a natural, antioxidant-based skin care line, says, "Three of the most common skin problems in my patients with sensitive skin are dryness, rosacea and contact dermatitis. I advise these patients to avoid products with synthetic fragrance, alcohol and chemicals like parabens."

    Dr. Susan Stuart, dermatologist at La Jolla Dermatology, says people with sensitive skin can reduce rosacea flare-ups, which include "excess flushing and redness of the skin [and] face" by avoiding red wine and extreme temperature changes. She suggests seeing your dermatologist for a topical treatment to alleviate redness temporarily or laser treatment, which can seal broken blood vessels to permanently improve the condition. Dr. Stuart notes that flare-ups of psoriasis, another common skin care problem and a "lifetime disease," can be reduced by reducing stress and using light treatments prescribed by a dermatologist.

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    According to Dr. David Bank, dermatologist, author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age and founder and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York, "Dry skin/eczema is an extremely common skin issue for people of all ages. It often presents, as the names imply, with dry, slightly scaling skin. If it is eczema, there is often associated redness, and it is frequently itchy. One important thing in treating eczema is to break the itch-scratch cycle, as rubbing the skin makes it more inflamed and itchy. This can be achieved with moisturizers and hydrocortisone."

    Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, co-founder of Specific Beauty, adds to the list of common skin care problems pityriasis alba, which is defined by faint white patches on the skin that are more common on the face during the summer. She adds, "This is a mild form of eczema that responds to over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1 percent ointment. Gentle cleansers and regular use of a facial moisturizer are also helpful to prevent this form of eczema."

    Dr. Bank also notes that people with sensitive skin often suffer from keratosis pilaris, which is defined by cells overlying hair follicles becoming too "sticky" and therefore are retained on the skin instead of being shed. He says, "The treatment is with gentle exfoliation, but the condition returns if the patient stops the treatment."

    He also treats impetigo in his patients with sensitive skin. He says, "It is a common bacterial skin infection, usually caused by strep or staph bacteria passed by direct contact through touching. It usually presents with itchy, honey-colored crusted plaque in the exposed area. Mild cases can be treated with topical antibiotic creams, like bacitracin or Neosporin. More severe cases may require prescription creams, or antibiotics by mouth in which case you should definitely see a dermatologist for the correct and most effective treatment."

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    Nix foam face washes, toners and astringents

    Dr. Debra Jaliman, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and author of Skin Rules, advises, "If you have sensitive skin it's important to use a non-foaming cleanser. Choose ones with glycerin or ceramides. Don't use toners or astringents and avoid exfoliants, products with grains."

    Avoid irritants

    Dr. Jaliman also advises to avoid harsh items or products that could irritate sensitive skin such as abrasive skin cloths. She says, "It's best to wash the face with a soft washcloth or cotton pad. Use lukewarm water instead of steaming hot water. Avoid all acids [including] glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinol. The best types of anti-aging products to use are ones with antioxidants, for example, vitamin C or green tea which are not irritating to the skin."

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    Take caution with sunscreen

    Dr. Bank says, "People with sensitive skin often find that some sunscreens can cause skin irritation or will even develop dermatitis — this can be a reaction to either fragrance, a preservative or a chemical sunscreen in the product they're using. I suggest that [you] test any new product on a small area of your body, such as your forearm, before applying all over to see if you have a reaction."

    More tips for those with sensitive skin

    He says, "For people with sensitive skin, I recommend the following steps for healthy skin:

    • Use very gentle cleanser to avoid stripping protective oils.
    • Use moisturizer even in the summer or in sunny weather. This will work to keep the skin's barrier intact to protect against wind, sun, sweat and salt water.
    • Use mineral-based sunscreen for broad-spectrum protection and reapply every two hours.

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    Ramp up your SPF efforts

    Nearly every dermatologist we interviewed said the most important thing is to increase your sunscreen usage in the springtime. Jennifer Lee, M.D., of REN Dermatology, explains, "In the winter, we tend not to use sunscreen as often, since we're indoors more. However, now that it's spring and we're spending more time outside and the days are longer and sunnier, it's important to be consistent about using sunscreen by swapping out your regular moisturizer for a tinted one with SPF 30 or higher." She also recommends reapplying it often, as sunscreen wears off after two hours.

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    Use antioxidants

    Jeannette Graf, M.D., F.A.A.D., says, "Incorporate antioxidants into your skin care. Antioxidants work synergistically with sunscreen to further protect your skin from UV damage."

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    Beyond the block

    Dr. Janet Prystowsky, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, reminds us to protect our skin beyond using sunblock. "Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from developing cataracts, but protect your eyelid skin from harmful ultraviolet rays that cause wrinkles and skin cancer," she says. "Large-lens fashionable eyewear is your best choice. Hats can be very funky and cute. They are great for protecting not only your central face, as with a baseball cap, but full-brimmed hats offer fabulous protection to the ears, sides of the face and neck."

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    Exfoliate...

    In the springtime, it's best to change from a mild cleanser to an exfoliating cleanser. "Choose one that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid. You can also change from a heavy moisturizer to light lotion or a serum," says Debra Jaliman, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of Skin Rules.

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    But take care with sensitive skin

    Dr. Lee notes, however, that if your skin is sensitive, it's best to stick with a simple, gentle face wash such as Cetaphil instead of an exfoliating wash, and to avoid scrubs, masks and toners, as they can irritate sensitive skin. She suggests exfoliating once a week unless your skin is oily or you wear a lot of makeup, in which case she recommends using a Clarisonic scrubbing device.

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    Use makeup remover

    Dr. James Marotta, dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and skin care expert, says, "Warm weather makes our skin more prone to breakouts, which means we need to take extra care in ensuring our faces are squeaky clean. Adding a step into our routine that removes all makeup before we cleanse (instead of just the makeup on our eyes) will give us a truly clean experience. Bonus if the makeup remover also removes dirt and impurities."

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    Switch to a gel cleanser

    Dr. Marotta also suggests switching to a gel cleanser in the springtime. He says, "The addition of sun and sweat on your face requires a cleanser that's able to cut through such warm weather delights without drying out your skin."

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    Use retinol

    Dr. Lee suggests using retinol as part of your nighttime skin care routine. But Dr. Marie Hardy of Dermatology Associates reminds us that using topical retinoids like retinol or tretinoin (Retin-A) can increase skin's sensitivity, so she advises us to "be extra careful about the sun, and you may need to decrease use during summertime months." She adds, "Try to schedule any rejuvenating procedures you might be considering, such as chemical peels, laser (resurfacing) or microdermabrasion, before the onset of really hot, sunny weather."

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    Exfoliating

    According to Jennifer Lee, M.D., of REN Dermatology, exfoliating your skin too often can dry it out and can irritate sensitive skin. She suggests exfoliating only once a week and only using harsh products like toners "if you have super-oily skin or wear a lot of makeup."

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    Not eating enough fish

    "Getting your omega-3s by eating fish can lead to healthy skin," Dr. Lee explains. Pass the salmon.

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    Cranking up the heat

    Though spring brings warm weather for most, some are still cuddling up under a blanket at night and cranking up the heat — a sure-fire way to dry out your skin, according to Dr. Lee. She suggests using a humidifier to help combat the drying effects of your heater.

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    Keeping it too clean

    "Washing your hands too often or using hand sanitizer excessively can really dry out your skin," Dr. Lee explains. She says you can avoid this by washing your hands only when it's really necessary (for example, if you work in health care or child care) and using hand sanitizer as a last resort.

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    Using too many acids

    Another dry skin sin is using too many acids in your skin care routine. Debra Jaliman, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says one example is "using a glycolic acid wash, then a salicylic acid toner and then a retinol anti-aging cream. Cleansing scrubs and clay masks can also dry the skin out."

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    Spending too much time outdoors and in the pool

    Dr. Marie Hardy of Dermatology Associates says, "Exposure to the sun and low-humidity environments are big factors. Springtime brings its own set of contributors to skin dryness. Though environmental humidity tends to increase with the onset of warm weather, greater sun exposure and chemical exposures such as chlorine from pools can add to skin dryness."

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    Getting older

    Ouch. Sometimes the truth hurts. But the fact is our skin changes as we age. J. Michael Taylor, M.D., M.P.H., explains, "Unfortunately, age can play a factor. As we get older, our skin loses its ability to retain moisture and becomes thinner."

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    Standing in a hot shower

    Taking a hot shower can feel good on a brisk morning, but Omar Ibrahimi, M.D., Ph.D., founding medical director of the Connecticut Skin Institute and visiting scientist at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, says that using too-hot water can easily dry out the skin. He says, "Lukewarm showers are better and strip less of the body's natural emollients from the skin."

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    Not putting on moisturizer after a shower

    Once you step out of that lukewarm shower, put on moisturizer right away. Dr. James Marotta, dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and skin care expert, says, "Lather on your favorite lotions, creams and oils just after you get out of the shower, while skin is still damp. This will help lock in moisture and replenish skin far better than if you were applying a lotion to dry skin."

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    Not getting enough water

    Though water can be drying to your skin externally, it is extremely good for it internally. Dr. Marotta says, "Even better than drinking your full eight glasses of water a day? Eating it. Studies show that when you hydrate your body with water-rich foods (think watermelon and zucchini), you actually retain more (water) than when you drink it." Good to know.

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    Not getting enough exercise

    Work out to improve your body and your skin? Doesn't sound so bad to us. Jeannette Graf, M.D., F.A.A.D., says if your skin is dry, you’re not getting enough exercise. She advises, "Since it’s spring, go out, get fresh air and start walking. Also, try yoga, as deep breathing helps your body detoxify."

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