I’ve been committed to exercise and beauty for a long time and, if you must know, it stems mostly from a high level of vanity. This year I crossed the threshold of 50, and while I've always known it, it is really so crucial to take care of your body, your mind and your spirit. I work my butt off to stay in shape and I’m blessed that I’m able to be this active.
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I head to the gym at least 3 times a week, and I love the no-frills, old school basement gyms — just weights and people focused on their work outs. Keeping the middle lean and the heart healthy is key to achieving a body that has symmetry, and you want to pay attention to creating a body that looks like it belongs together. Check out The New Rules of Lifting by Alwyn Cosgrove & Lou Schuler and The New Rules of Lifting for Abs: A Myth-Busting Fitness Plan for Men and Women for some great tips.
I hit Soul Cycle 2 or 3 times a week. Kelly Ripa turned me onto Soul a couple of years ago and I immediately saw a change in my body. Plus, it really is great for the psyche — you work out some shit on that bike!
I’m old fashioned when it comes to beauty products. My daily routine is Kiehl’s Facial Moisturizer with an SPF of 30 everyday, Lubriderm Daily Moisturizer when I get out of the shower and Jonathon Anton’s Dirt for my hair. I have pretty coarse curly hair, so those of you who share this sad trait know it's a life long pursuit to find the right hair products, but these are pretty great.
If you really want to treat yourself, check out Tracie Martyn’s Red Carpet Facial. It tightens and firms your face. Her skin care line is awesome also - I use the firming serum and exfoliator and I see that they really make a huge difference in my skin.
The oldest beauty trick I have was given to me by world famous hair colorist Louis Licari. He taught me about Cherry Chapstick: It gives a hint of color on your lips without looking like lipstick. How’s that for an 80s throwback?