Mastering Dewy Looking Skin

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Dewy skin effect is difficult to fake. You can’t just dust on shimmer powder and hope for the best. Because what’s really beautiful about dewy skin is that it is a natural glow that looks like it’s coming from within your complexion, not on top. The key is hydration, hydration, hydration. Your skin is constantly craving moisture so if you give it the right mix it will perk up instantly. 

Exfoliate Whether you use a peel, scrub, or glycolic-infused cleanser, nothing helps plump up dull skin like sloughing off dead skin cells. Try to exfoliate in one way or another at least twice a week to keep your complexion looking fresh.

Use a hydrating mask Here’s one step that gets skipped far too often. Even if you never forget to apply moisturizer, worship night cream, and practically bathe in serum, you’re skin still needs the special kind of TLC that can only come from a hydrating mask. Why? Think of it like this: even if you eat relatively healthy you still probably need to take vitamins. Well, a mask once a week is an intense, concentrated dose of all the medicines (antioxidants, vitamins, and acids) your skin needs in one sitting. Opt for a brightening one, which will instantly give skin a natural glow.



Anti-Aging Makeup Tricks

Anti-Aging Makeup Tricks

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The right foundation or lip color can make you look younger—instantly.

If your skin seems dull, try a foundation with light-reflecting particles (they’re tiny, so you won’t look like a showgirl). “They hide flaws and make skin look radiant,” says makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. Any formula labeled illuminating, brightening, or luminous will do the trick. Try Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation

Smooth lids with shimmer

A neutral-colored shimmery shadow is like Spanx for crepe-y eyelids: It gives the illusion of tautness. Use a powder — not cream — shadow one shade lighter than your skin, such as Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin (for light skin), Baked (for medium), or Smog (for dark),

Airbrush skin with primer

It makes you look like you’re always standing in flattering light, says makeup artist Maria Verel. “Primer blurs the appearance of uneven skin and fine lines, so your face seems smoother.” Rub on a pea-size drop after moisturizing — even if you don’t wear foundation over it. Verel likes Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer,

Fight gravity with eyeliner

“After age 40, eyelids can start to droop at the outer corners,” says Sandy Linter, a Lancôme makeup artist. Her fix: Line your top lash line with a creamy black pencil, then use a pointed Q-tip to smudge the line slightly up and out past the outer corner “to create a subtle lift.”

Beauty Tips From Cynthia Abdel Karim

Dior Addict

What are some of your favorite beauty products?
Revive-moisturizing renewal cream.  Its a moisturizing cream that you apply overnight and it does exactly what it says on the jar.. it gently exfoliates, evens out skin /wrinkles and gives you a great glow. When I use it, I wake up and my skin feels dewy, i love that word, fresh and glowing.


Dior- Lip glow : A friend told me about this one, it looks like a chap stick…but when you apply it on your lips magic happens. It basically brings out the color in your lips, like you’re not wearing lipstick…but have naturally red snow white type of au naturel lips. It looks different on each person that uses it as it enhances your lip color.

Cle de Peau -Foundation gives you fabulous even skin tone that lasts all day. Lasts being the operative word, no matter the weather or day you’re having it stays on and your skin looks flawless.  Whenever I travel to the states I load up on it and am always buying stock for my sister, friends etc. a great brand.

What are your tips to protect your skin from the hot summer months ahead?

One has to drink water, moisturize and use sunscreen. I’m good at the last two, I never drink enough water but you have to in Dubai.

How do you get ready for beach season?

Its beach time all year in Dubai, which actually forces you to stay fit all year long. I have a trainer that I’ve been working out with for several years that I swear by, Jane Head. She has a studio where you are max 4 people so she’s very attentive to you and makes sure you are doing everything right vs lost in a big class.  Her technique is core resistance training, so you isolate muscle and use a percentage of your own body weight to work out.

I also love yoga., its great for the mind and body.
And for the best results I just watch what I eat, basically cutting out wheat and dairy although I love food too much to diet.

How do you get the latest news on Fashion and Trends?

I never buy fashion magazines. I mainly go on online portals, websites or newsletters to see what’s new. In fact I even go online to shop cause I find stores too hectic and uninspiring

How do you keep a balance in your busy life?

I really need my downtime so I try not to make too many plans during the week and I need my 8 hours of sleep. Working out regularly is also really the key.

Quick Way to Smooth Skin: Dry Brushing

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Dry brushing is a great way to slough flaky, dead skin off your body, especially as prep before applying self-tanner.

Spas have offered the service forever, and doing it at home is ridiculously easy. All you need is a soft natural-bristle brush. “When you give people brushes of all sorts, they think it’s a scrub brush—like you’re cleaning pots and pans,” says  dermatologist Karyn Grossman. “But this is your skin, and you need to be gentle. You’re not supposed to be red or scratched after.” She recommends rubbing in a light, circular motion before hopping into the shower, taking it easy on your chest and avoiding your face completely.  “You can be a little tougher on your knees, elbows, ankles, and the tops of your feet, where the skin is thicker.”

Then, when you’re ready to shower, cleanse with a mild body wash and follow up with an equally mild moisturizer; a bolder scrub or anti-acne wash may leave the skin stinging. “You’re removing that surface layer, which temporarily makes your skin more sensitive. Otherwise, for two minutes of dry brushing, you will be rewarded with skin that feels soft, smooth, and instantly refreshed.

Interview with Amira Salaam Amro, Flywheel Dubai Partner & Creative Director, apple seeds Dubai Partner and Co- Owner


What are your 3 favorite skin care products Amira?

Retinol night cream by NYC dermatologist Lori Polis, SkinPolish Facial Wash by Lori Polis, Brown Sugar body scrub by Fresh.

Tips to protect your skin from the hot summer months ahead?

I wear a moisturizer with SPF 15 every day, and a BB cream by Smashbox that also has SPF. When I’m at the beach, I wear SPF on my entire body of course, and always a hat to protect my face from the sun, as I am quite fair. But I do love getting a very gradual glow throughout the Summer months.

How do you prepare for beach time?

As one of the Flywheel Dubai owners, I am of course a huge Flywheel and FlyBarre addict, and I exercise 6 to 7 days a week. I mix my Flywheel /Flybarre routine with circuit training with my personal trainer, and in Summer I enjoy running outdoors too. I try to do one or two half marathons a year.

What are the colors or trends for Summer 2013?

There is a move from punk rock and late 80s neons to a more earthy feel this Spring/Summer. I feel like tribal prints, bohemian jet set, and western/native american looks are in this Summer, which I love, as I enjoy bringing in unique pieces, beading and fun accessories to an outfit. Strong colors are also in. Denim cut off shorts with cool tops, and fun summer dresses are my go to outfits. Maxi dresses are huge this summer also! And the color turquoise….my absolute favorite!

Must have accessories this summer?

I think we’ve moved away from one single it-bag. Women are showing their more unique side with tribal print bags, wedge sneakers by Nike in unique prints, and accessories that look like they were found on a trip or an adventure.

Summer recipes?

I eat a lot of salads,fruit and fish in the Summer. They are my favorite foods throughout the year, but when it gets warmer outside, light and flavorful in-season food is what I enjoy eating and cooking. I try to buy seasonal organic ingredients from the Union Square market, which isn’t too far from my house.

How do you keep a balance in your busy life and schedules?

The only way I make it work (and it doesn’t always work every day), is by being very disciplined and organized. I never make an excuse when it comes to my family, my duties as a mother, my duties toward my businesses in Dubai, and my exercise routine. I also volunteer at my sons’ school (the Lycee Francais de New York), and will be co-chairing the Spring Gala in 2014, which I am thrilled to do, as I love our school. I believe that keeping busy and getting involved whenever you can, is both the key to success and happiness. I love interacting with people, and working creatively, so I always enjoy meeting new and inspiring people, whether my riders at Flywheel, mothers at apple seeds or at my sons’ school, or the people I work with every day in my team. That being said, I’ve learnt to say no at times, as there are only so many hours in the day. I do all the majority of my work on my Blackberry (where I have been known to be able to type faster than anyone I know! Ha!) but I am sure to turn it off every day from 6pm to 11pm, when it’s time to be with my husband and children.

Other favorite wellness tips for our audience?

I have discovered drinking green juices over the last 3 years, and I drink one or 2 juices (kale, parsley, ginger, green apple, lemon and spinach) every single day. I also take whole food supplements like fish oil, chlorella (which is an algae that has amazing effects on sustaining our immune system and cleansing our bodies from toxins), astaxanthin (a derivative of an algae), E3Live, and Aloe Vera drinks which again strengthen our bodies. What you eat and drink is definitely reflected in your skin and body, and I’ve noticed a much healthier glow since I’ve been taking in more greens! I also drink gallons of water every day.

I enjoy working out almost every day, which keeps me strong, healthy of mind and body, and gives me confidence. I think the most important asset a woman can have is feeling confident and happy in her skin…..and a good blush, BB cream, and waterproof mascara!

Don’t Forget To Protect the Hands!


Many people spend a lot of time protecting their skin with SPF on their face and neck but forget their hands!
Your hands will show sun damage and age more quickly than you think. While your face may remain line free, smooth and glowing thanks to state of the art treatments, your hands may do the opposite. When you treat your delicate facial skin, you should be treating your delicate hand skin right along with it. The production of collagen will begin to slow down once you hit your 30’s.
SPF is the key. While applying your daily facial sunscreen, make sure to always apply it to the backs of your hands. If you have a day outdoors planned, it is especially important to reapply.
A few other tips to protecting your hands:
– Avoid washing your hands with hot water. Use lukewarm water to retain moisture.
– While working around the house (doing dishes or while using household chemicals) wear gloves!
– Reapply lotion/sunscreen every time you wash.

Interview with Dr. Maryam Zamani

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Maryam Zamani ( www.drmaryamzamani) is an American trained and board certified Ophthalmologist, whose experience with oculoplastic surgery and dermatology comes together to provide clients in London with a perfect blend of facial Aesthetic treatments for a natural looking result.

Maryam completed her undergraduate training at Georgetown University and obtained her medical doctorate at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She continued her Ophthalmic training at George Washington University, where she remained on as a teaching faculty member. When she relocated to London, she underwent two Oculoplastic fellowships at Imperial College NHS Trust and Chelsea Westminster NHS Trust. She further complimented her facial aesthetics expertise with dermatology training at Cardiff University. Maryam has worked as an Ophthalmologist in both the US and UK, and she has been published extensively in academic journals.

What are your 3 favorite skin care products?

Super hard to decide since there are so many great products for different things but the 3 that I use every day are:

– ZO Skin Health Exfoliating cleanser

– ZO Oclipse Sunscreen & Primer

– SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

What are your tips to protect your skin from the hot summer months ahead?

-Cover up with sunglasses, hats and always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB radiation with an SPF of 30 or greater.  Most importantly is to apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before you go out into the sun and to constantly re-apply.  If you forget and your skin is a bit red and irritated, a little bit of aloe vera will make it feel better and try to skip the sun the next day.

How do you prepare for beach time holidays?

Well, I always like to exercise but I just started going to Barry’s Bootcamp and it is super hard but insanely motivating to have everyone around your working their bums off.  Of course summer is the perfect motivation!
How would you describe your style?

Style wise I am classic with a little twist.  I am loving the rock n roll knuckle rings and feathers by my dear friend Mesi Shashoua.

Must have accessories this summer?

Anything that is bright and with color! And never forget a beautiful manicure and pedicure.
How do you keep a balance in your busy life?

I think it’s always important to do what you love and be surrounded by people you enjoy; then your days are balanced and effortless….and of course being a bit neurotic, liking making lists, helps ensure nothing is forgotten!  At this stage working part time for me creates a great balance of being a mother, wife and doctor.

Are you involved with any special projects or charities?

I am involved with GOSH, Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children’s hospital in London and I am helping organize a fun under the big top themed party for 300 kids and their parents to raise money for the hospital.