The Skinny on Sunscreen, Vitamin B12 and more!
Sequins on a sunburn—ouch! With Nationals just around the corner, it’s time to bust out the sunscreen. DS exposes the truth behind the most common sunscreen myths.
Myth: All sunscreens are created equal.
Truth: The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone use a water-repellent sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Choose a
broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVB rays, which cause sunburn and skin cancer, and UVA rays, which cause wrinkles and age spots. Look for ingredients such as salicylates and cinnamates to fend off UVB rays and oxybenzone, sulisobenzone and avobenzone to fend off UVA rays.
Myth: I don’t need to use sunscreen because I have dark skin and rarely burn.
Truth: Everyone should use sunscreen, regardless of skin type, because even the darkest skin can burn. You should be lathering on about one ounce (enough to fill a nail polish bottle) every time you apply. Don’t forget to use sunscreen-infused lip balm, too! We like Softlips Vanilla with SPF 20.
Myth: It’s cold and cloudy outside, so I won’t get sunburned.
Truth: Up to 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can reach the earth through an overcast sky. You can even get sunburned in the shade because the sun’s rays reflect off snow, sand, water and concrete. Apply sunscreen
30 minutes before heading outside, even if it doesn’t feel hot or look bright.
Myth: I only need to apply sunscreen in the morning because the bottle says “all-day protection.”
Truth: Your sunscreen may claim long-term protection, but it’s important to reapply throughout the day. Even water-resistant sunscreens tend to rub off after about 40 minutes in the pool. Reapply every two hours or each time you get out of the water.
Don’t forget: Sunscreens are guaranteed to work for up to three years, but after that, they can lose their effectiveness. Check the expiration date!
A recent study suggests that pomegranate juice could help fight breast cancer. Pomegranates contain ellagic acid, which can slow and even prevent the growth of breast cancer cells. Although the study is ongoing, we know for sure that this fruit is packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, so add a little pom to your diet for a heart-happy day!
Did You Know?
The best way to keep your brain in top shape is to regularly consume vitamin B12, found in seafood and poultry. Research shows that people with low levels of vitamin B12 can have difficulty concentrating and may experience fatigue and shrinkage of brain mass. Yikes! Add some salmon or chicken to your diet, and your petit allegro might seem a little easier.
Tip: Do you have trouble winding down after an intense rehearsal? Try gently massaging the space between your eyebrows to help you fall asleep.
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There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.