Blog Posts by Allure Magazine

  • Summe Skin: Stretch Marks

    Hannah Morrill, Allure magazine

    There may be no guaranteed way to prevent unwelcome red or white streaks, but Howard Sobel, a New York City dermatologic surgeon and the founder of DDF Doctor's Dermatologic Formula, says you can minimize them with a few effective skin strategies.

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    Don't yo-yo.
    Staying within 25 to 30 pounds of a base weight decreases the chances that stretch marks will form.

    Treat them early.
    Marks start out red and become white over time. No matter what course of action you take, you'll have much better luck if you treat them when they're fresh.

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    Moisturizers are a temporary fix.
    Lotions and body oils encourage cells to retain water, which plumps the skin. This helps improve the look of stretch marks and can also minimize, but not prevent, their formation during pregnancy.

    Retin-A targets red streaks.
    Applied twice daily for two to six months, a 0.1 percent prescription

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  • Summer Skin: Red Bumps

    Photo: Courtesy of amlactin.comPhoto: Courtesy of amlactin.comHannah Morrill, Allure magazine

    Forty percent of the population has a genetic predisposition to keratosis pilaris (KP), the gritty red bumps often found on upper arms and thighs. The condition is so common at dermatologist Doris Day's New York City office that she's developed a surefire course of treatment to keep KP on the DL.

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    It's controllable, but not curable.
    When the skin's keratin proteins form hard plugs at the hair follicles rather than shedding normally, KP is born. While you may eventually outgrow the condition, there's no permanent solution.

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    Avoid harsh scrubs.
    Abrasive ones can inflame the already sandpapery bumps. Glycolic acid cleansers, such as Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash, gently dissolve the dead cells that bind the plugs.

    Switch your moisturizer. An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) cream, like AmLactin, loosens keratin buildup while it moisturizes. Most people notice

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  • Summer Skin: Sun Spots

    Hannah Morrill, Allure magazine

    They may take decades to appear, but according to dermatologist Susan C. Taylor, who founded the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, sun spots can take just a few minutes to remove with targeted treatment.

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    First, they must be diagnosed.
    Sun spots are flat, brown collections of melanin pigment produced by cells called melanocytes. They won't fade on their own like some freckles, and they aren't black or irregularly shaped like malignant melanomas.

    They're also preventable.
    Sun spots have only one cause: sun exposure. A daily slathering of SPF 30 or higher on the face, chest, and backs of the hands can prevent new spots. When heading outdoors (beach day!), smooth on SPF 30+ a half hour before exposure, and be sure to reapply every two hours.

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    Brightening creams take time.
    Prescription creams containing 4 percent

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  • Summer Skin: Body Acne

    Photo: Courtesy of philosophy.comPhoto: Courtesy of philosophy.comHannah Morrill, Allure magazine

    In the humidity of New Orleans, body acne is hard to avoid. Dermatologist Mary P. Lupo, who practices there, erases bumps and blemishes on every inch of the body and knows what really works: not voodoo, but the right skin products.

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    Use a medicated body wash daily.
    The back and butt harbor more bacteria than the face, and when you sweat-which everyone does, all day-pores open, swell, and clog. Add the friction of tight clothing, and what you end up with is unbecoming bacne and buttne. Zapping bacteria cuts the process off at the start. For the best results, try a mousselike formula with 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, like PanOxyl. It absorbs quickly and won't overdry the skin.

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    Turn an acne spot treatment into a weekly peel.
    Spot treatments don't prevent future outbreaks. Instead, apply a 2 percent salicylic acid product all over, and allow it to fully dry

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  • 4 Steps to Soothe a Sunburn

    Rory Evans, Allure magazine

    "Did someone order lobster?" Comments from friends only add insult when you lapse and get a sunburn. Here's how to minimize the pain and damage…and snarky asides.

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    1. Pop an anti-inflammatory
    like aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and pain.

    2. Soak it in. Draw a lukewarm bath and mix in colloidal oatmeal, which moisturizes and limits inflammation, says Shamban. (It's available from Aveeno.)

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    3. Try an antioxidant.
    Shamban recommends drinking fresh-squeezed orange juice. Rubbing on a vitamin C cream will also soothe the burn, Shamban says.

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    4. Moisturize
    . Use your regular body lotion, or, for flaming red spots, Fusco recommends aloe-either in gel form or directly from the plant.

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  • Summer Skin: Hair Removal

    Hannah Morrill, Allure magazine

    Bikini season cometh. We asked leading skin experts for their best tips for erasing spots, marks, streaks, and blemishes.

    Drink water. Eat right. Think positive thoughts. If we had a dollar for every time we heard a celebrity or model coyly suggest this prescription for keeping in shape, we'd buy a private island-and escape such chimerical fluff forever. The truth is, no one thinks or drinks their way to firmer biceps. Behind every famously taut, toned, and smooth-skinned body, there's a cadre of experts tightening flab, zapping fuzz, and eliminating bumps, lines, and puckers. And now we've brought that team to you. We asked leading dermatologists, aestheticians, and waxers to spill their best tips for tackling every blemish from the neck down. No sugarcoating, no smug assertions, just real, valuable advice. How's that for a positive thought?


    Before Cindy Barshop founded Completely Bare 14 years ago, bikini waxes were simply not

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  • How to Cover Up Scars

    Photo: Courtesy of sephora.comPhoto: Courtesy of sephora.comElizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine

    In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen's scars get magically erased with futuristic technology. In real life, well-applied makeup is the next best thing. "A lot of it is about manipulating light," says makeup artist Joanna Schlip, who has scars on her own face from a burn. The secrets are patience-wait a minute between steps and makeup won't smudge-and the right products and tools. Here's how they can work a little trickery.

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    Two layers of primer can fake smooth skin. With an oil-free one, like Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer, apply a light, even coat, then dab more directly over each scar. If the area still looks concave, brush a concealer that's two shades lighter than your skin on top, using crisscrossing strokes (Schlip likes thick, creamy concealers, such as Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage). Otherwise, go straight to a foundation that matches your skin tone, applied

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  • 10 Instant Butt Boosters

    Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine

    The rear end of the moment is high, round, and, some would say, impossibly tight. But even those of us who are behind the curve can take steps (and lunges) toward the ideal.

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  • 8 New Sunscreens to Try

    Alexandra Owens, Allure magazine

    Clogged pores, streaked skin: SPF phobia can leave you vulnerable. With the right sunblock, all will go smoothly.

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  • Maximize Your Glutes

    Allure magazine

    To really make that booty pop, you'll have to mix up your exercise routine. "The biggest mistake people make is not working this complex muscle group from enough angles," says Gunnar Peterson, who trains Minka Kelly and Sofia Vergara.

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    Power Squats.
    "Squats are essential to building an amazing butt," says David Barton, who has gyms in New York City, Miami, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, lower yourself to the ground as though sinking into an invisible chair. Once your thighs are parallel with the floor, squeeze your glutes together until you are upright again. Repeat 12 to 20 times.

    The Cycle Climb.
    On your Spinning bike, get the most out of a standing climb by keeping your hands at the ends of the handlebars and your hips pulled all the way back above the saddle, says Stacey Griffith, an instructor at SoulCycle in New York City. "To really get the resistance, try not to move

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