Blog Posts by Allure Magazine

  • The 10 Most Fascinating Results from the Allure Aging Survey

    by Danielle Pergament

    Women and men spend billions of dollars a year to look younger--$2.3 billion to be exact. And now we know why: 56 percent of women and 34 percent of men are worried about the physical signs of aging. In Allure's first-ever aging survey, we polled 2,000 people across the country to find out just how women and men feel about their own changing looks, the effects of plastic surgery, and whether sex gets better with age. Here are some of our most interesting findings.

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  • 5 Ways to Get a Firmer, Younger-Looking Neck and Chest

    Patricia Wexler, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, loves doing a good neck lipo on her patients. But even more, she loves giving them advice on how to avoid procedures altogether.
    by Brooke Le Poer Trench

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    "Extend your daily exfoliant, whether it's with a cleansing brush or a glycolic acid, all the way down to the top of your chest. Sloughing away the dead-skin layer allows active ingredients to absorb faster."

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    "The skin on the neck and chest is thin, so sun damage is more apparent and harder to repair. Both the neck and chest require stronger formulations to reverse aging. Dedicated neck creams are more concentrated and powerful than most face creams, but some facial formulas with retinol, such as RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum, have been shown to work on the neck and chest, too."

    "One of my

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  • Acne Myths, Busted

    Hannah Morrill

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    Does junk food or sleeping in your makeup really cause breakouts? We separate fact from fiction.

    1. Going to bed without washing your face leads to breakouts. We can't blame everything on dirt. While it's true that it worsens acne, dysfunctional cells-those that don't slough away readily or that produce too much sebum-are the root of acne.

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    2. Cheeseburgers cause breakouts.
    This one is kind of true, but the burger isn't the problem. It's the cheese and the bun. Studies show that diets rich in dairy and high-glycemic foods (white carbs such as flour, rice, and potatoes) correspond with acne occurrence. Loading up on foods with low-glycemic ratings (legumes, whole grains, fruits, vegetables) has been shown to clear up breakouts.

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    3. Prescription products are better than over-the-counter ones.
    They're similar, only stronger (which isn't always better). If over-the-counter cleansers,

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  • Acne 101: Treatments

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    Top dermatologists reveal how to annihilate any form of acne in a matter of days-or even hours.

    If acne had an online dating profile, it would look pretty appealing. First of all, it's not afraid of commitment. The pimples that followed you through high school can still make an appearance well into your 30s. Acne is also forgiving. You can blast it with medicated creams, face washes, or masks, but it will keep coming back for more. "Even after pimples subside, the fire isn't totally out," says New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. "Acne patients are ultra-vulnerable to future breakouts." And boy, does acne have a way with women. In a recent study, researchers at Harvard Medical School surveyed the skin of almost 3,000 females ages 10 to 70 and found that over half of them, no matter their age, get acne. That's because hormone fluctuations resulting from menstruation or stress boost oil production, which clogs pores. The good news? While acne may be persistent,

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  • Most Overrated Cosmetic Procedures

    Joan Kron

    New cosmetic procedures often fail to live up to their original promise. Some may even do harm. We investigate the innovations that you might want to reconsider.

    It wasn't so long ago that a woman with a desire to look younger, slimmer, or simply better would huddle with her doctor in private. Now, one demonstration of a new laser on the Today show, and phones are ringing in dermatologists' and plastic surgeons' offices across the country. More and more patients are demanding the latest treatments the moment they hear about them on the news, in the salon, or over lunch with their best friend. Here's the problem with this pioneer impulse: Plastic surgery's past is crowded with operations that were rushed to the public with insufficient testing, or that proved too painful, or that simply weren't as effective as promised. Take it from us, the most dangerous word in plastic surgery may be "new." And unlike making a mistake by, say, buying a pair of jeggings that aren't

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  • How to Get (and Stay) Motivated

    Cara Birnbaum

    So you were born lazy. So what? Psychologists, diet experts, and trainers have tricks that reliably turn couch potatoes into hot tamales.

    It doesn't take a graduate degree to know that the gym is better for you than the couch, or that given a vote, your body would take kale over fries any day of the week. Then why is it that despite being well versed in the basic facts of nutrition and exercise, so many of us still struggle to walk the walk of the healthy and fit? Diet and workout gurus say that what separates their most driven clients from the rest is this: Rather than waiting around for motivation to swoop in, they rely on painless, little-known tricks that make grilled fish seem more appealing than spaghetti carbonara and a morning run more alluring than hitting the snooze button. "These external motivators won't sustain you forever," says Los Angeles trainer Valerie Waters, who's worked with Jennifer Garner and Cindy Crawford. "But they're easy for anyone to

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  • Beauty by Numbers: Bangs

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    Kate Sullivan

    They can be adorable, regrettable, or a cheap alternative to Botox. Here, why we keep on clipping.

    2500 B.C. Century that the wife of Mitry, an Egyptian province administrator, wore curls on her forehead.

    3 to 4 Number of locks that Greek women in the sixth and seventh centuries B.C. wore on theirs.

    1: Number of inches above the eyebrows that European men and boys wore their fringe in the 1500s; women were known to avoid such hairstyles.

    15th: Century that conservative clergymen in Europe said that women cutting and curling the hair on their foreheads was a sign of vanity and "a slide into mortal sin."

    3 Approximate number of years it took Michelangelo to create his statue of David; to accentuate the biblical hero's profile, the artist gave him an unusual hairstyle with a long forelock.

    1860s: Decade the term "bangtailed" was used to describe horses that had had their tails cropped.

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    10: Approximate

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  • How to Try on Clothes

    Emily Hsieh, Allure magazine

    An interview with Elyse Walker, who has a boutique in Pacific Palisades, California, called Elyse Walker and an online shopping site,

    Two things can make or break a day of shopping: the outfit you wear and the person who helps you. Buying clothes is a treat, and you just need to keep a few tricks in mind to make sure it feels like one.

    Dress the part. Wear simple clothes that you can pair with whatever you're trying on. Your top, for instance, should work under any blazer. I always wear a basic white or black cotton tank, because they're great for layering and keep me from overheating. I also like short booties without laces or buckles and a long jersey skirt, both of which slip on and off quickly. A nude bra, preferably one that can convert to strapless, and a pair of Spanx are key, especially if you're trying on dresses.

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    Less is more. Keep your hair simple and your accessories to a

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  • 8 New Spring Makeup Colors to Try

    Catherine Devine, Allure magazine

    This season, nails are two-toned; eyeliner is worn in threes; and orange looks gorgeous all over. Makeup artist Gucci Westman explains how to wear spring's most stunning shades.

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