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Students at Texas High School Plan ‘No Makeup’ Day

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Teens at Plano Senior High School in Texas are trying to redefine beauty, rallying students to wear no makeup Friday -- an initiative they’re calling “Operation Beautiful.”

“I just really began to see how I don’t need makeup to be beautiful,” said Madeline Milby, 17, vice president of the student congress and a senior at PSHS, which is in the Dallas suburbs. “There’s so much more to me. It’s your personality, your passion and what’s inside your heart.”

Plano Senior High is a school with 2,500 11th and 12th graders. Milby said she would spend up to an hour and fifteen minutes getting ready for school, putting on makeup and styling her hair. It turned out that a majority of the girls at her school were doing the same. That jump-started the idea of “no makeup day” at PSHS.

“A while back we heard of a school doing this before, and we thought it’d be a really cool idea to bring it to our school,” Milby told ABC News. “The goal for this project is to promote inner beauty and to let girls know it’s not about what’s on the outside but about what’s on the inside, and that’s what makes you beautiful.”

Last semester, Milby, along with senior class president Binna Kim and student congress president Monica Plenger, came up with the idea to get all girls at the school to have one day without makeup.

“I think there’s pressure for girls to look a certain way, to meet a standard. The standard is being pushed through media and magazines and everything,” said Milby. “I’m really hoping it’ll make the girls at school feel more comfortable and see that they’re beautiful without makeup and they don’t need to use makeup to cover up themselves.”

To get the word out and gain support for “no makeup day,” the three best friends and other classmates created a YouTube video explaining the mindset behind “Operation Beautiful.” Teachers showed the video in their classrooms at school.

“We just really want to focus on, not that makeup [is] a bad thing, we’re not trying to say that, you know, don’t wear makeup ever again,” says Kim in the video. “What we really want to do on this day is to prioritize bettering yourself on the inside rather than bettering yourself on the outside.”

In the video, girls who attend PSHS confess they spend up to an hour and a half getting ready for school while boys say they spend only five minutes.

“We challenge you this Friday, March 8, to not wear makeup and support Operation Beautiful,” say subtitles at the end of the video.

While there has mostly been a positive response from girls and boys at PSHS, they’ve heard some negative feedback. Still, Milby said she hopes that all students learn from Operation Beauty apart from their position.

“Guys are in shock. They really are starting to realize how much pressure there is on girls,” said Milby. “We’re all seniors, but we’re hoping about making it a recurring event at school.”

As one male student put it in the Youtube video by quoting teen sensation One Direction, “You don’t need makeup to cover up, because being the way that you are is enough.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Look Years Younger Without Surgery?

ABC(NEW YORK) -- The hottest new trend taking the beauty world by storm is AcuFacial, a non-surgical alternative that advocates say turns back the clock on aging.

The process involves strategically placing tiny needles on the body and face. Clients can actually come away looking five to 10 years younger, Shellie Goldstein, a New York area acupuncturist, told ABC’s Good Morning America in an interview that aired Monday.

“We are taking your face to the gym, we’re exercising it,” Goldstein said. “We have muscles in our body, we have muscles in our face, there is no other procedure that actually exercises the muscles and improves circulation in your skin.”

While experts say there is no scientific backing for the procedure, people are still choosing the process. AcuFacial works with the energy of the body to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve muscle tone and “give you a beautiful overall glow and complexion,” Goldstein said.

Acupuncture is an alternative system of medicine that has its roots in Ancient China.  Sterile stainless steel needles are inserted into the patient’s acupuncture points, over 600 of which exist in the human body.  The acupuncture points are specific points located along a patient’s Meridians, or channels of energy.  Each Meridian is associated with a particular organ, tissue, element and emotion, according to information provided by Gabrielle Francis, owner of The Herban Alchemist in New York City.

The particular point combination in an AcuFacial treatment is determined after reviewing the patient’s history and evaluating his or her pulses and tongue.

The initial visit for an AcuFacial treatment takes up two hours and includes a physical exam.  Follow up treatments take one hour and range from twice per week for weeks for the most aggressive treatment plan, to once a week for one month for milder cases.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


The Real-Life Ukrainian Barbie Doll

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- With a teeny waist, disproportionately large breasts and wide, icy-blue eyes, 21-year-old Valeria Lukyanova says she is the real natural deal. A real-life Barbie, that is.

That’s what she claims anyway. Many are crying foul to her claims of her au natural Mattel-branded looks. Whether she underwent plastic surgery or uses Photoshop to carve out that waist remains unclear. On her blog, the model notes that she is the most famous woman on the Russian Internet because of her doll-like appeal.

Hundreds of photos on her Facebook page show a wide-eyed, nearly fake-looking Lukyanova posing in a variety of scanty outfits. But with  nearly 8,000 subscribers to her Facebook page, it’s unclear whether Lukyanova exists at all, or whether it’s all a hoax thanks to the world of photo editing.

She did not return requests for comment, and, upon friending the model, a message from Facebook states, “Sorry, this user has reached the limit of pending friend requests.”

If she is real and does not use Photoshop on her photos, she likely underwent a barrage of plastic surgery. Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said plastic surgery should never be used to transform oneself into a favorite celebrity or, in this case, a play toy.

“We believe evaluating any and all issues that may affect our patients’ well-being, including psychological factors, is part of providing total patient care,” Roth said in a statement. “Additionally, Valeria is also only 21, so certain milestones in growth and physical maturity ought to be considered before plastic surgery is performed. ASPS cautions patients to keep in mind that plastic surgery is real surgery with real risks, just as with any operation, so the decision should not be taken lightly.”

Whether Lukyanova is real or fake, Photoshopped or plastic surgery, Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, said the mystery of her existence is not the issue. The problem is that her flaunted image epitomizes and exemplifies the issue of objectification of women in today’s society.

“Barbie has always been controversial and really changed the discussion on how girls play,” said Levin, author of the book So Sexy So Soon: The Next Sexualized Childhood and How Parents Can Protect Their Kids. "When Barbie came around, play suddenly became about dressing up and looking right and it eventually played a role in how women wanted to look in real life.”

While Lukyanova is an extreme example of societal expectations of perfect beauty, Levin said, “If society expects women to look like that, it is harder for almost any woman to totally resist it.

“This just feeds into our media screen culture, where being involved with real things are becoming more and more removed for children,” Levin said. “Even if she’s totally Photoshopped, the fact that her body is being changed to one that no one actually can attain epitomizes what is happening in our society.”

Levin encouraged parents to have an open discussion with their children about sexualization and objectification in the media.

“Rather than just writing it off as someone or something that is ridiculous, allow your child to share your thoughts and have an open discussion about healthy self-image and expectations for themselves and others,” she said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Facebook Shuts Down ‘Most Beautiful Teen’ Page

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Facebook page that solicited sexy pictures from teenagers hoping to be named the “The Most Beautiful Teen in the World” has been taken down after it sparked outrage from concerned parents and security experts.

The page violated Facebook’s statement of rights and responsibilities, Facebook said in a statement Wednesday. “We do not tolerate bullying and take action on content reported to us which we categorize as such,” the statement read.

Teens began uploading pictures on the “Competition for the Most Beautiful Teenager” page as soon as it was created. The often-provocative photos, many showing boys with their shirts off and girls in bikinis, posing in their bedrooms and bathrooms were then judged by other Facebook users in comments for all to see.

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“I would not touch with a ten-foot pole,” one comment read.

“Her nose is too big,” another read.

The harsh language and the concept of such a competition were too much for Marcy Kemp-Rank, whose 15-year-old daughter, Amy, introduced her to the site after submitting her own photos to be judged.

“She read them [the comments] to me, several of them, and I couldn’t handle hearing them because it just made me very upset and angry,” Kemp-Rank told ABC News.  “I think that was a good thing they took it down.  I think it was a way of bullying.”

The “Competition for the Most Beautiful Teenager” page, and the many like it still available to teens on other websites, also raised red flags, security experts say, about online predators.

The page shut down by Facebook was open to anyone, meaning it did not require users to “friend” the publisher, or “like” the page in order to log on and see the thousands of pictures of young boys and girls.

“It is an absolute pool for people that like this sort of thing for the absolute wrong reason,” John Abell, New York bureau chief for, told ABC News.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Tips for Sprucing Up Dry Winter Skin

Blend Images/Ariel Skelley(NEW YORK) -- From exfoliating to drinking water, Alex Samuel, beauty editor of Self Magazine, debunks a few winter myths and offers tips on how to give your skin that extra glow.

Pick Soft Fabrics:
"If you're plagued with super dry skin on arms and legs, skip fabrics that irritate, such as wool, and instead warm up in soft fleece, corduroy or cotton."

Try: Soft fleece, corduroy or cotton fabrics

Exfoliate Before Bath Time
"Before you bathe, try sweeping dry skin with a natural brush. Brushing skin before it's damp helps to whisk away dead, flaky skin cells. Plus, it increases your circulation about as much as a good massage or even 10 minutes of jogging will do, leaving skin feeling toned and tightened. Next, use a scrub on your roughest spots before you step into the shower to further loosen dead skin cells. When you hop out of the shower, pat skin with a towel until it's mostly dry, smooth on a thick layer of body cream, and seal in moisture with a spritz of body oil. It takes some time, but it's worth it. You'll feel soft all over and be in a peaceful state of mind. Savor it."

Try: Paris Presents Luxury Wood Bristle Brush, $6.

Defend Your Hands
"No matter how young the skin on your face looks, dry, weathered hands can give away your age. That's all the more reason to defend them against the elements just like you do the skin on your face and neck. Moisturize hands with a hand cream containing shea butter and then put on a pair of spa gloves. Your hands will feel like new."

Try: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, $26. Sephora Collection Spa Gloves, $36. Lancome Absolue Hand, $42.

Winterize Your Lotion
"Unless you live in an extreme climate (say, the North Pole), your regular hydrator should hold up with a little help from a layer of serum. Serums are lightweight, so they won't change your lotion's consistency. Choose one with hyaluronic acid, which plumps up cells by attracting water. If your complexion is extra arid, add a glycerin-rich overnight cream to prevent dehydration as you snooze, which is when skin is most vulnerable to dryness."

Try: Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000?; 75% Hyaluronic Acid Complex, $65. Roc Multi-Correxion Night Treatment, $25.

Eat Healthy Foods
"Whether you're speeding down a ski slope (lucky you!) or just whizzing through errands, dry winter air can be harsh on skin. Moisturize frequently but also nurture your complexion from the inside out by eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help increase skin's elasticity and may spur collagen production."

Try: Foods like walnuts, salmon and flaxseed.

Water Isn't Everything
"When it comes to maximizing moisture, nutrients are more key than what you drink. Umpteen visits to the water cooler are overkill, plain and simple."

Skip the Powder
"Everyone wants skin that looks fresh, but that can be tough when the temperature drops and the air is drier. To compensate, swap powder-based cover-ups for a hydrating foundation."

Try: Avon Healthy Makeup Liquid Foundation, $12.

Be Rosy, Not Ruddy
"Instead of a bright blush (which can make you look as if you have windburn), switch to a dusty pink in a creamy formulation; it will help offset too-red cheeks and dryness."

Try: Stila Convertible Color in Rose, $25.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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