Model and TV Personality Erin McNaught

Erin McNaughtWith her killer good looks and effervescent sense of fun, Erin McNaught was destined to be in front of the camera. From Miss. Australia pageant queen to MTV VJ, Erin is the type of media personality that can go from FHM cover to Cosmo in one easy swoop. Now based in London, the Aussie bombshell recently earned a coveted spot in the 2013 Red Pages Hot 100 list as a breakout talent and is getting ready to say ‘I do’ to her fiancé, British singer/rapper, Example in May. Despite the impressive list of achievements the brunette beauty has already notched up – the best, it seems, is yet to come.

Q: What are your favorite skincare tips and products for clear, glowing skin? Gently exfoliate every day. Your exfoliant needn’t be expensive, either – save your cash for serums and moisturizers. Be utterly vigilant with cleansing. Makeup wipes alone are not enough! They are merely to get the bulk of your makeup off before you double cleanse. I love Natio Gentle Facial Scrub, La Mer The Soft Moisturizing Creme, Dermamedica Dermal Repair Cream and Loreal Makeup Wipes.

Q: What is your secret to perfectly bronzed skin? Do you spray tan? I do self-tan at home about 9 months of the year. The trick is to be meticulous with both exfoliation and application. I’m quite fastidious so don’t often have tanning disasters, but I’ve had my share in the past!

Q: Do you have any essential tips you’ve learned from hair stylists & makeup artists when working on photo shoots? Day-old hair is much easier to work with, and holds styles better than freshly washed hair. If you have to wash and style, tip your head upside down and use a tiny amount of styling powder at the roots for volume and control.

After applying foundation with a brush, and once you are happy with the coverage, gently press the foundation into the skin using the pads of your fingertips, then apply concealer. By pressing it into the skin, it will last longer and won’t just sit on the surface, waiting to slide off your face. Once you are happy with your base, apply a light powder such as MAC Blot Powder Pressed on your T Zone.

Q: How did you find the pageant experience? What advice would you give other girls thinking of competing? It was terrifying! I was so underprepared. To girls thinking of entering, do loads of research. Watch every YouTube clip about the pageant that you can find, consult a stylist, but most of all, be confident.

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Q: Jetting between Australia & London, how would you compare the vibe and the people? What are some of your favorite things about the two places? I find people in London to be quite considered and thoughtful, while Australians have this gregarious, fun-loving attitude. London is definitely more refined, and cool without even trying. Obviously the outdoors lifestyle in Australia is incredible; I would often do interviews like this while sitting on Bondi Beach in a bikini, however I love the fact that there is always something to do in London – the music scene is just phenomenal. I would be out every night if it didn’t kill me!

Q: Any travel beauty tips or onboard essentials? Two words – LIP BALM.

Q: How many times a week do you work out? Is there a type of workout (that you swear by for results? [I work out] 3-4 days per week. The minimum I do is one long run (4-5 miles), a BodyAttack Class at the gym and a pilates class. I need exercise to keep my energy levels up, especially in winter. In Australia I had a trainer who I did really hardcore boxing sessions with – I miss that a lot.

Q: Have you ever done a juice cleanse? No way! I would strangle someone. I can’t live without food!

Q: What is your diet philosophy? Do you strive to stay in top shape year-round or do you have a particular regime in the run up to a shoot or red carpet appearance? I’m generally pretty good year round, but I love pizza more than anything, so I do have to cut this out before a shoot or red carpet appearance. Life is for living and I would be desperately unhappy if I only ate salads while out with my fiancé or friends. As Homer Simpson says, you don’t make friends with salad (even if salad is friends with you!)

Q: How have you found the wedding planning? What are the best perks & the more stressful parts of the process? It’s been relatively easy, actually! I was never one of those girls who fantasized about their wedding but I still kind of knew what I wanted. The hardest part has been getting the addresses of 70 people for the invitations!

Q: You’ve achieved so much already in a short period of time, what’s next for Erin McNaught & what would be your ultimate ambition? Thank you! At the moment, I’m still finding my feet over [in the UK] but ultimately, I would love to write about fashion and lifestyle, as well as continue my television presenting career here.

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QUICK FIRE Q&A

Having a mani and pedi…….makes me feel glamorous.

My makeup essentials areLa Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation in Mocha (summer) and Golden Beige (winter); Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Coral Pink, and Model Co LashXtend Lengthening Mascara in Black.

If I had to choose, my favorite part of my body is I can’t see it very well but my boy says I have a sexy back! I think I have nice feet :)

My go-to swimsuit brand is…. Zimmermann or Seafolly.

One of my favorite magazine shoots was….. My FHM cover and spread from December 2008. I also loved the shoot I did in Cleo’s January 2012 edition – it was in this incredible house perched on a 300ft cliff!

I would describe my personal style as Interesting and sometimes unusual, but with a classic feel. I always seem to get odd looks in the street!

The best part about Twitter isfeeling close to people you know even when they’re on the other side of the world.

In 5 years, I’d like to see myselfliving a fun and fulfilled life, whatever it is I might be doing!

Want Longer, Fuller & Shinier Hair? The Expert Tips You Need To Know

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Luscious, long, full and glossy locks – it needn’t be the reserve of Victoria’s Secret models and the Kardashian sisters with an army of top-notch stylists and an arsenal of extensions. “Consulting with a professional when trying to achieve longer, shinier and fuller hair will not cost you and arm and a leg if you go in prepared,” says Allison Burr, owner of Mint The Salon, who has beautified the likes of supermodels Irina Shayk and Selita Ebanks. With these expert tips and small changes to your daily routine, you’ll be inspiring hair envy in no time.

REGULAR HAIRCUTS

“Triming your hair is a must. It is the first step towards healthy hair.  Once hair is split there is no way to bring it back to life.  You could spend millions trying with disappointing results.” Try sticking to regular 6-week appointments with your stylist for maintenance.

GO GENTLE

Washing your hair everyday strips it of natural oils, which are essential for hydration. “Hair is like skin: when it’s dry it needs moisture,” says Burr. Switch to a gentle formula, like L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Moisture Shampoo, and use a dry shampoo to refresh your roots on days in between.

CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION

Saturate your locks with an intensive conditioning treatment once to twice a week while you’re in the shower or bath as the steam opens up the hair shaft, allowing the product to penetrate more deeply. (Try Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment, $12-$42) If you want to go beyond at-home treatments, you can put yourself into more professional hands, says Burr. “Go into a salon and see a professional so they can consult with you for proper treatment.” A conditioning consultation at Burr’s salon includes a review of scalp, current hair condition and lifestyle.

SHINE BOOSTER

For extra glossiness, blast your hair with cold water before you hop out the shower to seal the cuticle and promote a smoother, more polished finish.

FULL BODY MAKEOVER

For extra fullness all over, generously squirt volumizing mousse onto a comb and distribute evenly from root to tip. Flip your hair over and blow-dry from underneath. (Try Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse, $22) Letting hair air-dry when using mousse tends to lead to a rather crispy finish.

HAIR DIET

A-list celebs & models swear by Viviscal, a blend of fish proteins, horsetail extract & Vitamin C for hair and nail health.

BREAK YOUR BAD HABITS

Avoid using your blow-dryer & flat iron more than a few times a week, since heat is a key cause of dried-out, lifeless locks. One of our fave styling tips? Before bed, gently twist slightly damp hair into a ballerina bun and secure with a bobby pin. Shake out in the am for bouncy, voluminous waves – no heat required.

Ever tried matching up the length of the broken strands around your hairline to where your ponytail starts? It’s visible, but avoidable, damage. “Stay away from wearing a ponytail while sleeping & using rubber bands in your hair at all times as these are two of the most common and worst habits which contribute to breakage,” says Burr.

When sleeping, opt for fabric scrunchies (totally 80s we know but one must suffer for beauty) or try a low, loose braid to avoid pulling on the hair during the night.

Your hair is most vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet. Comb through your conditioner using a wide-toothed comb in the shower for no-fuss detangling. And never scrape your wet hair back for your morning workout session!

Editor’s Pick: How to cover acne and imperfections!

I wish I could be one those Gisele-types. You know the kind of girls that run out the door with perfectly tousled curls and just a smidge of tinted moisturizer and a lick of lip gloss. Alas, like so many others out there, I have dark circles to conceal, acne blemishes and scars to camouflage and a sunkissed complexion to fake!

In another post, I’ll talk about the products and treatments I’ve found to be super helpful in tackling the blemishes and imperfections themselves. But in this post, I wanted to share the makeup & method I use everyday that I think is great at covering even the worst of breakouts and making me feel pretty again

After moisturizing (and letting it sink in for 10 minutes) I always start with a small amount of primer. It makes such a huge difference in how your makeup goes on – and makes it last all day long. I currently use the Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer, which I think is particularly good if you tend get an oily t-zone like I do during the day. I’m also a fan of the lightweight water-based Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light & the velvety Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primerin green, which aims to minimize the appearance of redness.

When it comes to covering up the skin on my face, I believe there shouldn’t just be a thick blanket of foundation. However bad you think your skin is, there are always areas that aren’t actually affected by acne (and I like to think as a beacon of hope that one day all the skin on my face will be that ‘normal’!) For me, that is my forehead, the sides of my face and usually my upper cheeks.

I found this amazing how-to video by top celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge in which she shows how to cover up acne in the most effective and yet beautiful way. She has a similar philosophy in which she says camouflage just the affected areas of your skin – and emphasize glowing, natural looking skin for the rest of your face.

She too advocates starting out with a sheer foundation all over just to even out the skin tone and building up the areas with blemishes either with concealer or foundation. I’ve tried a few foundations but I always end up coming back to the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (right now I blend shades 2.0 & 3.0 together for a warm neutral) I like that it’s specifically oil-free, non-acnegenic, non-comodogenic, controls oil, resists smudging & never melts off. I can apply it in the morning and make it through a workday, workout and dinner and never have to touch it up or reapply concealer.

I warm the foundation on the back of my hand and then use a foundation brush to apply the sheer layer of foundation all over. I bought the No.7 Foundation Brush while I was in the UK (which Lisa actually uses in her video too). I then use a damp beautyblender sponge with a gentle patting motion to apply more coverage where I need it and just to blend the edges. If you haven’t tried the beautyblenderyet, I highly recommend it. It is absolutely amazing and I would never do my base without now.Obsessed.

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I then apply concealer under my eyes and just to the more obvious blemishes (with the sponge & foundation, sometimes you don’t even need to add concealer) I like the Chanel Correcteur Perfectionand the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer. After waiting a few minutes for the foundation to settle, final step is to set everything with some loose translucent powder. I use the velour puff to gently press a tiny bit of powder over the blemishes just to set it in place (otherwise a brush might dislodge the concealer) and then dust a little bit over the rest of my face using a large fluffy powder brush. I currently use the Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder. Try to dust in a gentle downwards motion rather than buff in circles as you may get more powder trapped on the ‘peach fuzz’ hairs on your face and make your base looked more caked on.

So that’s the base done and now you start to do all the fun stuff like beautifying your eyes or contouring your cheekbones. More importantly, you can stop worrying about whether everyone is staring at your bad skin (they’re not) and get back to enjoying your day!

I’d love to hear about your favorite products so please leave your comments below!

Pilates, Body Fat Stem Cells & Coconut Oil? Make Your Chest Look Its Best!

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As this year’s awards season rolls around, chances are every actress will have her own personal Golden Globes on display. Fortunately, Hollywood’s top dermatologists and facialists are on hand to dish out lasers, treatments and peels to ensure they rock a delectable decolletage in front of the cameras. Here are their top tips to keeping cleavage wrinkles (eek!) at bay and skin toned and firm (Hint: ditch the push-up bra!)

The neck and cleavage area always has been a sure tell of aging. After all, no one is immune to genetics and gravity’s pull. And no amount of makeup or exercise can affect neck cords and deep cleavage lines (though sunblock, of course, can help prevent fine lines and pigmentation damage). But in 2015, there are a multitude of ways to improve the skin from the chin down — called the decolletage — ranging from less invasive topicals and microdermabrasion to chemical peels, lasers and even surgery.

Beverly Hills facialist Ronit Falevitch likes exfoliation for the decolletage: “When you remove dead skin, you get new healthy skin.” To get rid of lines and pigmentation in the area, he advises weekly glycolic peels, microdermabrasion and vitamin C, followed by hydrating honey masks and “light therapy that stimulates collagen.” An alternative is “a mix of hydraquinone and Retin-A, a cocktail I mix up as a topical” (neck-only treatment is $150; face, neck and chest, $500). Olga Lorencin Northrup, owner and top facialist at Kinara Spa on Robertson Boulevard, adds a special secret ingredient to her microdermabrasion machine, an oxygen-sodium bicarbonate serum ($300): “We call this a ‘poreless neck and chest facial.’”

For deeper lines, Falevitch recommends a chemical peel, while Northrup opts to add a 20-minute microcurrent: “It’s a fine electrical current that lifts the muscles underneath, a nonsurgical face-lift” for the decolletage. She says clients “really see a difference” after three treatments ($900).

“Using the stem cells of one’s own body fat as an injectable to plump skin… The fat is extracted by liposuction from the thighs or belly and injected with the serum into cleavage lines, for an almost permanent filler effect.

To combat visible loss of collagen and elastic fiber — i.e., the sags — Beverly Hills dermatologist Peter Kopelson recommends photodynamic therapy, which combines the use of an intense pulsed light (IPL) machine with a substance called Levulan to remove brown spots ($800). “The light energy, when applied in a series, also activates collagen and tightens loose skin,” says Kopelson. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Lawrence Koplin, another proponent of IPLs, explains that they “injure and make the skin heal itself. For the girl who’s been too long at the beach, the top layer of the neck and chest can be addressed by the IPL.” Plus, there’s no downtime. Procrastinators — or last-minute switchers to low-cut gowns — can undergo the treatment on Golden Globes day (and many do) for a quick tightening effect.

Now, what about those two deep cords in the neck that often start to appear on women around age 45? Kopelson applies Botox every two or three months to relax them ($800 to $1,200, depending on the severity of the cords), a very popular treatment among women and gay men, he notes. But Kopelson adds that there’s a reason why fillers aren’t injected into those valleys caused by cords in the neck and chest area: “You don’t want to cause bumpiness; the neck and chest area have very thin skin.” (Other doctors, such as plastic surgeon Leif Rogers, are not averse to using ultra-fine and thin fillers, such as Belotero, for decolletage wrinkles; $850 per syringe.)

Lasers have varying degrees of intensity, with stronger therapies including the Pearl and the Erbium, Kopelson’s favorites. Beverly Hills dermatologist Harold Lancer is an advocate of laser peels for serious grooves, from fractional Erbium, Venus or Diva lasers (all three are great for peeling and tightening) to an EndyMed 3DEEP laser, which uses little gold pins to create tiny wounds that rev collagen output for healing, ironing out crepey texture and chest lines along the way.

An advanced turkey neck can benefit from the newly FDA-cleared ultrasound technology called Ultherapy ($4,500 for face and neck), which tightens the area around the jawline with more energy than lasers, says Rogers. It treats deeper layers of skin with little visible healing, and can take three months for best results. “It even has a breast-lifting component,” he says.

For deeper neck and chest wrinkles, Koplin believes in using the stem cells of one’s own body fat as an injectable to plump skin ($8,000 to $14,000). “Stem cell nanostem serum improves the skin rather than injuring the skin,” he says. The fat is extracted by liposuction from the thighs or belly and injected with the serum into cleavage lines, for an almost permanent filler effect.

An even more invasive treatment is ThermiTight ($4,500), which delivers radio frequency under the skin with a probe, heating tissue to the point where it increases collagen. “After that, it’s only surgery,” says Rogers, “a little incision under the chin, cut the muscle a little, tie it together, and you have a new neck by platysmaplasty,” or neck lift. It seems that for some pronounced neck bands, only a good old-fashioned lift will do ($6,000 to $8,000).

Yet the laser-, voltage- and needle-averse need not despair. Lifestyle changes, such as cutting out sun exposure, smoking and alcohol, can help (although nothing can prevent lines in the breast area caused simply from sleeping). A low-fi tip from Northrup that anyone can try — and women over 50 should — is massaging in nutritive serums or oils (coconut oil “is fantastic for the chest”).

Lancer also recommends a high-protein, low-carb and no-added-salt diet to improve skin texture, and Pilates to keep the musculature under the skin firm, making it tighter. And please note, ladies, that according to Lancer, push-up bras can cause cleavage lines, and breast implants make them even worse! Lancer adds that, whatever you do, “the skin has to match from the dinner table up” — meaning, if women are having facial treatments, they would be wise to also treat the neck and chest or their skin tones won’t jibe: “It’s a dead giveaway.”

The Ultimate Cellulite Busting Regime: Say Hello To Tighter, Firmer & Smoother Skin

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It’s a beauty concern that plagues 90 per cent of women’s lives – no matter your size or shape. Essentially, cellulite is a disorder of fat cells caused by poor lymphatic drainage & poor circulation, worsened by inflammatory responses. Poor drainage means that fat cells become congested and surrounded by toxins. Then they store more and more fat. More fat means less circulation, so tissue becomes deprived of nutrients and in turn creates thick fibres around the fat cells to stop them from growing. These thick fibres pull the tissue beneath the skin – leading to the lumpy appearance that cellulite is known for.  While there is no ‘cure’, that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to visibly reduce the appearance of dimpled skin, or prevent it from getting worse. Read our simple tips that attack cellulite from 3 angles by improving circulation & lymphatic drainage, decreasing the size of fat cells, and calming inflammation. These steps can easily be incorporated into your beauty regime – and will have you saying hello to tighter, firmer, and smoother skin in time for bikini season.

1. DRY SKIN BRUSHING

Before each bath or shower, stroke a body brush gently from feet to the top of thighs to circulate trapped fluid and deliver nutrients and oxygen to cells. Earth Therapeutics Tampico Skin Brush, $9.

2. LIGHT CARDIO

Make it a habit to walk or cycle for 30-60 minutes every day to stimulate lymphatic drainage and help burn stubborn fat cells.

3. STRETCH

After working out, take the time to stretch to return muscles to original length, and reduce water retention. Exercise classes like pilates and yoga improve cellulite by allowing lymph (fluid containing white blood cells) flow to move easier through fatty areas and flush toxins.

4. TAKE A BATH

Trainer James Duigan, whose clientele includes supermodels Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Elle Macpherson, says that Rosie swears by taking baths with added Epsom salts before a big swimwear shoot. Add one to two cups of Epsom salts (available at drugstores) to your bath to draw out toxins and help speed up weight loss. Try Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender Soaking Solution, $5.99

5. SKIP THE SUGAR!

While you’ve all heard that sugar is bad for your waistline, you may not know exactly why: the hormone insulin is responsible for how your body makes and stores fat. It also provokes inflammation (which also is the biggest cause of aging!) The more sugar we eat – whether it’s fruit, pasta, bread, rice or potatoes – our cells become more resistant to insulin, so the body makes more. High insulin means more fat is stored, in this case on our thighs and butt, and more inflammation takes place so that fat cells become even harder to destroy. It’s a vicious cycle. Try Mulberry Leaf Extract, which helps slow the entry of sugar into the blood so insulin levels do not spike: New Nordic Mulberry Zuccarin, $25.99.

6. FIGHT INFLAMMATION

Try to pack as many anti-oxidants into your diet to counteract the negative impact that inflammatory responses have on the body: try brightly-colored fruits and vegetables, green tea and spices like cinnamon and turmeric. Try: Natrol The Ultimate Anti-Oxidant Formula, Capsules, $11.25.

7. HYDRATE

While it may seem counterintuitive to load up on water when you’re fighting fluid retention, hydrating your body with 2 litres of still, cool water every day will help flush out unwanted toxins.

8. GET YOUR CAFFEINE KICK

A jolt of caffeine isn’t just for your energy levels – studies show that it encourages fat cells to unload their contents. Try celeb fave NIP+FAB Cellulite Fix, $17.95, which uses a caffeine and Indian forskolin enriched complex to activate fat breakdown, promote the removal of toxins and improve firmness of skin.

9. PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS

Want more results? Consider getting zapped with some radiofrequency, rated as the most effective treatment for cellulite. The waves heat up the tissue, causing the fat cells to use energy to cool down. This stimulates the skin to tighten up and regain its elasticity. SmoothShapes, a new treatment that liquefies fat through light and laser energy and then forces it to be expelled through the lymph system, has also been gaining a lot of buzz for its results.

10. FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT!

Even supermodels have a little help. In 2009, VS Angel Selita Ebanks revealed it takes an hour, maybe longer, to apply body makeup to the girls before a show: “It’s all about creating the illusion of this amazing body. People don’t realize that there are about 20 layers of makeup on my butt alone.”

Dark spots? Uneven skintone? How To Treat Hyperpigmentation

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1. Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation 

PIH is more problematic for individuals with darker skin color & stems from wound healing to skin tissue, however slight, which results in an increased distribution of melanin. Simply put, melanin is what gives our skin its unique color and what protects our cells from sunlight.

2. Melasma

Better known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’, melasma is a hormonally induced pigmentation. Some scientists say UV exposure seems to be a requirement for melasma to develop, which may account for the fact that it is less noticeable in winter months when UV exposure is lower. The most common places for melasma to appear is on the chin, upper lip, cheeks, nose, and forehead. The condition may persist up to 5 years after pregnancy or stopping of birth control pills.

 3. No Sun Exposure, Period

The best defense is a good offense. Sunlight dramatically darkens pale pools of pigment in as little as a day at the beach. The single most important first step is avoid sun exposure at all costs! Apply a broad spectrum SPF like Elta MD UV Shield SPF 45 Oil-Free, & minimize your exposure by wearing a wide brimmed hat or oversized shades. The added SPF in your skin care products and makeup isn’t enough on its own and should be considered as the “icing on the cake”.

4. Eat Your Way To A Clearer Complexion 

Celebrity aesthetician Anna Logan from the Touch of Faith Aesthetics and Skin Care Spa in L.A recommends staying away from soy & heavy consumption of meat and dairy as they are heavily estrogenic. Opt for antioxidant-rich superfoods like goji berry, mangosteen, carrot, beet, green and white tea extracts. “I have also found Evening Primrose works very well for most women in balancing hormones.  The liver most times needs a good cleaning. I like to recommend drinking Milk Thistle tea for the liver in the evenings for 3 months straight.”

5. Lighten Up

Cleansing with small amounts of enzymes and fruit acids is a great way to lighten hyperpigmentation daily. Try Dermalogica ChromaWhite TRx Tri Active Cleanse or Jan Marini Clean Zyme Papaya Cleanser.

6. The Doc’s Prescription

Bernice Cohen RN, BSN, PHN, a Laser Specialist at AVA MD in Beverly Hills recommends a combination of Hydroquinone, Retinoic Acid and Kojic acid to promote cellular turnover and control melanocyte activity to prevent discoloration from reappearing. “Two of my favorite brands are AVA MD’s HQRA cream and prescription-strength OBAGI’S BLENDER, combined with a good Retinol,” says Cohen.

7. Non-Hydroquinone Alternatives

While hydroquinone is the only ingredient recognized as a skin lightening agent by the US FDA, it can often cause irritation and increased sensitivity to sunlight. Effective alternatives to hydroquinone are products containing Licorice, Lactic Acid (at 5%), Glucosamine and Phytic Acid.  Jan Marini Age Intervention Enlighten Plus features kojic acid, retinol, & licorice root extract, while Miranda Kerr’s brand KORA Organics’ Purifying Day and Night Cream is brimming with antioxidant vitamins as well as licorice extract – and both are hydroquinone free. You can also supercharge your regime by taking one teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of licorice extract for just a week as adrenal exhaustion is often a contributing factor.

 8. Be Meticulous & Patient To See Results

Annet King, Director of Global Education for The International Dermal Institute, says be meticulous about your brightening and exfoliating regimen – and be patient! “Results can take anywhere from 28 to 60 days, as this is how long skin cell renewal takes.” She also recommends getting a professional treatment every 4 to 6 weeks to increase skin luminosity and monitor skin health.

The Secrets to Extending The Sexy Youthful Appearance of Your Neck and Cleavage (side sleepers need to read this!)

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Do you give your body the same level of attention as you do your face? Chance are you’re overlooking two of your most important assets. Literally! “The decolletage is first to show signs of aging,” says celebrity skincare specialist Sonya Dakar. To extend the sexy youthful appearance of your neck and cleavage, follow these essential expert tips.

“Wrinkles are caused by a combination of factors,” says dermatologist Dr. Donna Bilu Martin, M.D: “sun exposure, smoking, genetics, and aging, and those on the chest are no exception.” Luckily, though, today there are many options available to prevent and improve the appearance of chest wrinkles.

SKIP THE SUN

First and foremost, stay out of the sun. “The single most important thing you can do to protect your skin is use sunscreen and limit sun exposure. A broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays should be applied daily, and more often if swimming or sweating.”  Dr. Martin recommends MD Solar Science Tinted Mineral Gel; ($23.95: MdSolarSciences.com).

DEFY GRAVITY

Are you a side sleeper? If you’re catching your 40 winks every night in this position, then you likely already have visible fine lines between your breasts, and maybe even premature sagging. “Gravity pulls breast weight together causing unattractive vertical lines on the chest,” says Bernice Cohen RN, BSN, PHN at AVA MD in Beverly Hills. “Sleeping with a comfortable bra or supportive camisole can help.” If you get uncomfortable wearing a bra at night, try a specially designed breast pillow – yes, really!  The Intimia Breast Pillow ($59.95; Intimia.com) and Kush Support ($24.99; KushSupport.com) fit snuggly between the breasts to cushion and prevent sagging. These may be particular helpful for women with natural breasts C-cup and above, and those pregnant or with breast implants.

PRESS REWIND

Once the skin is protected, it’s time to start reversing existing damage.  Apply products that contain active ingredients to plump, smooth and firm skin around the bust and décolletage. Dr. Martin recommends NIA 24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands, which contains antioxidants such as white tea, anti-inflammatory Pro-niacin, and lightening agents such as licorice, mulberry, and bearberry.  Applied nightly, it can help improve the appearance of sun spots and chest wrinkles.

NIP+FAB Bust Fix has been flying off the shelves in the U.K, earning the nickname, ‘boob job in a tube’. It works by stimulating the naturally-occurring fat cells in the breasts, thus adding fullness to the cleavage area. $15.95; Target.com

RETINOL, SET, GO!

Vitamin A creams – known as retinoids – are proven to increase cell turnover, repair damaged skin, and help fine lines and wrinkles.  Dr. Martin suggests starting out with a small amount nightly, as they can be irritating at first.  Retinoids can also increase sun sensitivity – just another reason why wearing sunscreen is important.  Also, pregnant or nursing women should not use retinoids. Try SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex: $52.25; Dermstore.com.

LIGHT SAVER

“If you’ve got sun damage as well as lines and wrinkles,  fractionated non-ablative lasers are a great option,” says Cohen. The Fraxel Dual Re:Store creates fresh, new skin minimizing lines, wrinkles and skin discoloration. “Downtime is a week to 10 days but the results are phenomenal. Skin resurfacing on the décolletage lasts a few years.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME

Finally, fillers can be used in the chest to fill lines and areas of volume loss. Cohen likes to use Sculptra or Restylane in the décolletage area as treatment has little to no downtime and both look natural. Fillers injected in this area lasts about 6 months. However, “this is an off-label (non-FDA approved) use of the filler,” advises Dr. Martin.