Posts Tagged ‘Christina Hendricks’

TREND ALERT: “ALABASTER GLAMOUR”

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/02/2016It seems that Hollywood’s leading ladies have been turning in their (faux) tans, in favor of elegant, alabaster skin.  Actresses such as Renee Zellweger, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Debicki, Christina Hendricks (pictured from left to right), as well as iconic beauties, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, and Charlize Theron, have all heralded the pale-pallor, often associated with the glamorous stars of black and white cinema.  Why?  First of all, its about the appearance of youth:  everyone knows that the sun causes visible signs of aging.  Secondly, we suspect that tans have simply become too accessible.  After all, now anyone can get a “vacation in a bottle,” and tanned skin has simply become common and even gaudy.  Just look at most reality television show stars.

According to Dr. Sue Ann Wee of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York, symptoms of sun damage skin also include, coarse skin texture, wrinkles, pigmentation, telangiectasias (spider veins), and laxity.  Aside from staying out of the sun, what can an Undercover Agent do to reverse the damage?  According to the good doctor, there are many viable options to help turn back the clock and deliver a complexion that looks like it was sitting in the shade all summer long.   There are many over-the-counter brightening and anti-pigment products available on the market, as well as pearly skin-brightening primers and illuminating cosmetics.  But when you need something more aggressive, Dr. Wee suggests:

  • Microneedling (low-tech, yet effective — and great for those who are seeking a more “natural” treatment)
  • Clear + Brilliant laser (a gentle laser with no downtime)
  • Lumecca IPL (a brand new light treatment that dramatically improves brown age spots while also reducing red vessels)
  • Chemical Peels (they work by exfoliating or removing the top layers of the skin and rejuvenating the layers underneath)
  • Fraxel (the big gun that totally transforms the skin)

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HOURGLASS FIGURE?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Oblong TorsoThe hourglass figure, characterized by a waist that is narrower than the width of a woman’s breasts and hips, conjures images of classic Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Jayne Mansfield.  Today’s A-listers, however, have lost many of their curves, in favor of a more androgynous square or oblong shape.  Marked by rock-hard abs, often fueled by pilates, yoga, and extreme dieting, this ultra-lean body shape, sported by Cameron Diaz (left), Kate Hudson (center), and Gwyneth Paltrow (right), appears to have developed as womens’ fitness has become more focused on strength, often emulating male ideals.

But is this evolution healthy?  According to celebrity personal trainer, James Duigan, founder of London’s exclusive Bodyism gym, “Often a six-pack is not healthy, for women in particular. It’s a biological thing,” he explains. Yet, the fact that not everyone is able achieve this look only makes it more desirable.  “It’s a lot to do with body type, meaning that’s just how it is for some people. For others, no matter how much they exercise, they will retain their waist,” Duigan adds.  So why not embrace the curves a la Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, and Christina Hendricks?  Perhaps its backlash from Kim Kardashian-West and Nicki Minaj, whose hyper-curved physiques have almost become cartoonish.