Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out Paperback – Import, 24 Mar 1998
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About the Author
Tyra Banks is a groundbreaking supermodel whose ad campaigns can be seen around the world, as well as a talented television and film actress. One of the most popular and intriguing personalities of this decade, Tyra is well-known for her charity work with young people, and she frequently speaks to high school and college students about volunteerism and self-esteem.
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When I was growing up, I suffered from all kinds of skin ailments. The warts I developed when I was about nine years old were the worst of it. I had a chronic case of them on my fingers that was so bad the kids in my class called me "Froggy." I walked around with gloves on in the summer, and wore clothes with pockets just to keep my hands out of sight. I used to complain to my parents about the warts, but they assured me that I'd simply outgrow them. Well, those warts weren't going anywhere. After months of tears and whining, my dad took me to see a dermatologist. The doctor used some liquid nitrogen to freeze them and they eventually fell off. After a few treatments, they stopped appearing.
Because of my chronic wart episode, I was a little self-conscious about my skin, but my aunt helped me overcome that. She convinced me that the warts weren't my fault, so I shouldn't waste time worrying about them. She encouraged me to expend that energy taking care of things I did have control over, like keeping my skin healthy and soft.
Aunt Sharon believes the body only gives as good as it gets, so she taught me that keeping the skin in good shape should be a natural extension of my health care routine.
I've always been thankful for that early guidance, especially now that I do so much swimwear and lingerie work. Those helpful hints really came in handy with my first Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue I had to expose my face and body to some harmful elements-hot sun, burning sand, and frigid water temperatures. If I hadn't already learned to take certain precautions, I might have wound up with chapped, itchy, irritated skin, and there's nothing photogenic about that. My years in the business have taught me that the camera doesn't lie. If I have a pimple, dark spot, or rough patch, it will definitely show up in a photograph. And while it's true that photographers do use retouching to erase noticeable blemishes, too much retouching can become expensive. That's why advertisers prefer to hire models with skin as flawless as possible. (Nice teeth aren't a bad asset either but we'll talk about that a little bit later on.) After years of fine-tuning, my regimen is so tried and true that I'm completely confident in what it can do. If you haven't found just the right routine, don't worry, because with a little bit of experimentation, you will eventually hit on one that works for you. After that, the secret to healthy skin is simple: : With the right products and regular maintenance, you'll always a ready for your close-up.
The Naked Truth
I have desert-dry skin, so I concentrate on keeping it well moisturized. Exfoliaton and moisture-rich lotion are lifesavers for me. Depending on the state of your skin, you might need to take a different approach. If you're unsure about what skin type you have, here's a chart that might help:
Dull, flaky complexion caused by underproductive oil
Skin absords moisterizer, and is still thirsty for more.
Skin feels tight when you open your mouth wide.
Very shiny skin complexion, caused by overactive oil glands.
Pores are often clogged, resulting in pimples.
The t-zone (across the forehead, down the nose, and chin) is
oily; the eye and cheek areas are dry and sometimes flaky.
Skin is neither dry nor oily; it's just
right (you lucky dog!).
Complexion is smooth and problem free.
Because face and body are not one in the same, you will need to treat them as separate entities. Most faces respond well to a routine that includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.
Cleansers remove the grit and grime our skin soaks up every day. I wash my face twice a day with a white washcloth so I can see how much dirt I'm removing. (I keep a large supply of white washcloths on hand for this purpose.) Many people believe that if you don't wear makeup daily, you don't need to wash you face every day. But the pollution in the air is enough to clog anyone's pores. Our body's natural secretions-sweat and oil-also attract grime. That's why toners are so important. They act as backup, clearing away whatever residue the cleanser doesn't catch. They also close pores and tighten and firm the skin, giving it a smoother appearance. Because toners contain agents that could be drying, they should be followed up with a moisturizer. Moisturizers hydrate the skin with softeners that restore the skin's moisture balance. I prefer the kind that contain sunscreen because it gives my skin that extra layer of protection. Keeping your skin clean can be costly, but it's not necessary to spend a lot on a fancy skin care system. Most of what you're paying for with those expensive products is a designer name and pretty packaging, but there are plenty of products in your local drug store that work just as well...
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