Love is in the air this month—but that air is positively frigid! When the weather is cold and dry, your lips can become chapped and cracked—not the ideal canvas for that candy-apple red lipstick you’ll wear for your next performance, or for a V-day date. We chatted with dermatologist D’Anne Kleinsmith, MD, to get tips for keeping your lips kissably smooth.
Don’t lick your lips in an attemptto hydrate them. The salt and acid in your saliva will dry out your lips and the skin around them.
Splash some water on your lips before you apply your lip balm—the balm will seal the moisture in place.
Steer clear of lip balms that include eucalyptus, menthol or camphor. These ingredients can cause dryness and irritation.
To avoid dryness on competition day, try wearing a lip balm or conditioner, like MAC lip conditioner, underneath your lipstick.
If you’re acne prone, avoid using a lip balm with a Vaseline base—it can block the pores surrounding your lips.
If your lips are extremely chapped and cracked, normal lip balms may not be strong enough. Try using one percent hydrocortisone ointment on premoistened lips at bedtime for a few nights.
Dr. Kleinsmith’s Picks:
Vaseline Lip Therapy: A great basic lip balm.
Eucerin Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect: The shea butter and castor seed oil make it very hydrating. Plus, it’s SPF 30.
Victoria’s Secret PRO Smooth FX Lip Scrub & Balm: Use the sugar scrub to exfoliate your lips and apply the balm afterward.
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm: It comes in six different shades for an added pop of color with your lip treatment.
THE DARK SIDE
Avoid a sugar coma this Valentine’s Day by enjoying some tasty dark chocolate treats. In moderation, dark chocolate has some pretty awesome health benefits, like improved heart health, reduced diabetes risk and more. Here, the DS editors share their favorite dark chocolate delights.
Dark chocolate–covered strawberries. —Alison Feller, editor in chief
Dark chocolate–covered almonds. —Josephine Daño, senior art director
Dark chocolate–coated pretzels. —Rachel Zar, managing editor
Plain dark chocolate squares—"the really intense kind, like 70 percent cocoa." —Margaret Fuhrer, associate editor
Dark chocolate–covered pomegranate seeds. —Michael Anne Bailey, assistant editor, fashion
SIT UP STRAIGHT!
When it’s dreary outside, it’s easy to feel down in the dumps. But keep your head up, because a slight change in your posture can make a world of difference. According to a recent study at San Francisco State University, slouching can make you feel depressed, but perking up your posture boosts your mood and energy levels. So the next time you’re counting down the minutes in your last class of the day, sit up a little straighter. You’ll feel happier and ready for your after-school rehearsal!
Got an arch cramp? Grab a golf ball! It’s the perfect size to roll out aching arches.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.