BREAKING BEAUTY

DID SHE OR DIDN’T SHE?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Izzy After BeforeWe’re playing our favorite game again with second-time contestant, Iggy Azalea!  The beautiful chanteuse confirmed a breast augmentation to Vogue in March; however, right now she is keeping mum about her sculpted transformation which was revealed at Sunday’s Billboard Awards.  The Daily Mail UK displayed clever before-and-after slide-shots of Azalea, highlighting her nose and chin, which appear to be more refined.   What do you think?  Did she or didn’t she?

A CAUTIONARY TALE ON TANNING BEDS!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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Recently, CNN highlighted the cautionary tale of Tawny Willoughby, a 27-year-old nurse and mother, who, at 21 was first diagnosed with skin cancer   The culprit:  a tanning bed!   Willoughby admits to have grown up using a tanning bed four or five times a week in her rural Kentucky hometown.  “I had my own personal tanning bed in my home, and so did a lot of my friends growing up. … Everyone tanned,” Willoughby said. “I didn’t really even think about the future or skin cancer at the time.”  By the time she reached 21, she was already diagnosed with the disease, and to date, she has had basal cell carcinoma five times and squamous cell carcinoma once.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exposure to tanning beds dramatically increases the risk of melanoma, which is the most deadly form of skin cancer.  In fact, more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year are attributed to the use of tanning beds.   Willoughby, fortunately, has never had melanoma, which typically emanates from an unusual mole.  “Skin cancer is not always moles, only one of mine have been a mole,” she warns. “Get any suspicious, new and growing spot checked out. Anything that doesn’t heal, possibly bleeds on and off and crusts.”  The AAD provides a guide on how to spot cancer as well as a  Body Mole Map on its website.

TREND ALERT: WAIST TRAINING

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Leave it to the Kardashians to lead the latest fitness craze!  Khloe Kardashian recently posted selfies on Instagram highlighting her unique workout, “Early morning sweat and waist snatching session the only place I get my waist trainers from @premadonna87 @waistgangsociety.”

Waist training involves wearing a corset or waist cincher during workouts.  According to Reuben Soto, CEO of Hourglass Angel, when one does this regularly, the training is focused on on the core muscles between the ribcage and hips, including the front and lower abdominals and obliques.  According to Soto, the fitness accessory helps maintain good form so that one stabilizes and strengthens core muscles (leading to the coveted hourglass shape), while preventing back-strain.  Soto asserts that this form of training leads to increased body temperature and perspiration during exercise and that, accompanied by high-intensity core-training, its is effective in targeting common problem areas such as love handles and belly fat.