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August 2 2014

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9 posts tagged "Vitamin E"

Beauty 411: Ursula Stephen

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URSULA-STEPHEN-FINAL-2_resizeHer personal choices might often elude us, but when it comes to all things hair-related, Rihanna always has our undivided and rapt attention (like, say, last week, when she went gray, or, as she dubbed it, “brrrr”). And the woman usually responsible for RiRi’s chameleonic hair ways is stylist Ursula Stephen. Her three favorite moments in Rihanna’s hair timeline? “When we went red, the short black ’do we did for the Teen Choice Awards a couple of years ago, and the short blonde look for her ‘Hard’ music video,” she says. Besides tending to celebrity tresses (she also counts Mary J. Blige and Kerry Washington as clients) and working as a Global Ambassador for hair-care line Motions, Stephen recently opened her first salon, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood; a thrill for those of us who call the 718 home. “I’d always thought of opening my own place, but this just feels like the right time in my life and career to do it, so when I got a call about a space, I couldn’t pass it up,” she explains. And lest you think she’s too busy to attend to us common folks, Stephen insists that though her schedule will vary from week to week, she will definitely be logging plenty of time at Ursula Stephen the Salon, 66 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, (347) 457-5834. Here, the busy stylist shares some of her own beautifying go-tos.

THE SERIOUS SCRUB: Olympic Spa
“At the Olympic Spa in L.A., you get scrubbed down like a baby by these superstrong women…in front of everyone! Don’t be shy about it. You will leave feeling like you have new skin!”

3915 West Olympic Boulevard, L.A., (323) 857-0666; olympicspala.com

THE SIGNATURE SCENT: Stella by Tocca
“This fragrance manages to be so many things at once: pretty, sophisticated, rich. And I have to say, the men love it. I first discovered it at a spa in New York, and now it’s absolutely one of my faves.”

$68, at sephora.com.

THE GO-TO COVER-UP: Kevyn Aucoin
“Hands down the best concealer out there. It’s always a lifesaver for me.”

Available at shop.nordstrom.com.

THE BARGAIN HYDRATOR: Vitamin E Oil
“I actually first discovered it after I got a bad burn from a curling iron. It helped heal that and turned out to be such a great moisturizer. I especially like it for the rough areas, like my knees and elbows. Plus, it gives skin an amazing glow.”

Available at drugstores.

THE FLUSH FAVORITE: MAC Blush in Peaches
“The perfect blush for summer, if you’re going for that ‘I don’t have on any makeup’ kind of look.”

$21, maccosmetics.com

THE HAIR THERAPY: Motions Deep Penetrating Treatment
“It’s the best conditioning treatment around. I recommend it to all my clients and, naturally, use it on myself religiously, too.”

Available at drugstores.

THE FASHION STOP: Topshop
“It really is one of my favorite stores. I find all my trendy pieces there that I then mix in with designer stuff.”

THE MANI REGULAR: VP Nail Lounge
“I love this place in Brooklyn. They do next-level mani-pedis! The ambience is beautiful, the staff is attentive, and every service is great. Also, mimosas. Enough said.”

1082 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York, (718) 636-0600; verypolishednails.com

Dr. Obagi “Gets Real Serious” About The Onset Of Aging

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

I am 29 and starting to notice the early signs of aging. What is the best course of action to either diminish or prevent these fine lines from getting any worse? Is it just a matter of proper sun protection at this point or are there certain ingredients I should look for in my skincare regimen that will help slow down the inevitable?

UV protection (a sunscreen with SPF 30) is a good and very important first step, but it may not be enough. Skin aging starts at the age of 30 and that’s when you need to get real serious about combining physical UV sunblocks with a heavy dose of antioxidants. For example, vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultraviolet light and other elements and conditions that produce free radicals. Its antioxidant activity provides powerful antiaging benefits, but more than that, it increases the effectiveness of sunscreens because it protects the epidermal layer from damage. That’s why I recommend applying ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense, which contains both vitamin E and DNA-repair enzymes—before applying a sunscreen.

A board-certified member of the American Board of Dermatology and a leading expert in skin health restoration and rejuvenation, Dr. Zein Obagi is an internationally renowned dermatologist and educator who is known for his ability to successfully correct a wide range of skin conditions—often after other traditional treatments have failed. He is also the founder of the Obagi Medical Product line, the number one brand of physician-dispensed antiaging skincare products in the world, as well as the Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills, where he currently practices.

Photo: NINA LEEN/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

When The Night Time Is The Right Time

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These days, the idea of getting nine full hours of beauty sleep is something of an urban legend. Between demanding jobs, increasingly entertaining television programming, and let us not forget pressing social commitments, we’re lucky if we manage to work in five or six hours at most—which, as the dark circles around our eyes probably indicate, are not enough to leave us looking refreshed and vibrant in the morning. But our hair shouldn’t have to bear the consequences. With Kérastase’s Noctogenist line of overnight restorative treatments, you can literally wake up with the shiny, soft, supple locks of your dreams. Formulated with amino acids, which bolster those already found in the hair shaft, and vitamin E derivatives to shield hair from daily trauma, Voile Nuit (a spray for fine hair) and Serum Nuit (a serum for thicker hair) restore health and luster when used two to three times a week. Best part? They work while you’re sleeping, so technically, you’re still being productive. (We know. The idea of ever stopping scares us, too.)

Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase

quinoa for whole-grain goodness

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

Why do people who are carb-conscious keep telling me that flours from “biblical grains” like quinoa, kamut, and spelt are better for me than wheat flour?

Many people have an allergy to the gluten in wheat. Spelt and kamut are ancient forms of wheat, and allergic people can actually also develop an allergy to them, too. Quinoa, on the other hand, is a gluten-free whole grain that can be tolerated by most people with allergies to some grains. Pronounced keen-wah, it is an ancient staple grain with great flavor and superior nourishment. Unlike other grains, quinoa also has the benefit of being extremely quick-cooking and boasts the best amino acid profile of all grains—including all the essential ones—and provides the most complete protein. It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber (45 percent per serving), phosphorus, and a good of source iron, vitamin E, riboflavin (B2), vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc. It’s also naturally very low in sodium, and is saturated fat and cholesterol free.


Nicholas Perricone, M.D. and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, is a board-certified clinical and research dermatologist as well as the CEO of NV Perricone MD. The author of three New York Times No. 1 best-sellers, he is regarded as the father of the inflammation theory of aging. Known for a holistic approach to aging and general skincare, he treats his patients in three ways: through diet, nutriceutical supplements, and an eponymous line of cosmeceuticals.

Photo: Michael Rosenfeld/Getty Iamges

sunflower oil to brighten your skin

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SUNFLOWER OIL/(suhn-flou-er oil)/n./ 1. An oil extracted from sunflower seeds; /n./ 2. Sunflower oil is rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E and can help rebuild the skin’s moisture barrier when applied topically, e.g., “Much like the emotional effects of receiving an unexpected bouquet of the yellow-petaled stalks, sunflower oil will keep your skin glowing.”

Try it: Origins Youthtopia Skin Firming Cream, $48, www.origins.com.

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