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Bella Interview: Amy Keller, Allure Beauty Director

And so we come to the conclusion of my interview with Amy Keller, the beauty director of Allure. If you missed any of the previous posts, be sure to catch up on them for her advice on beauty and the magazine biz. We'll finish things up today with a few thoughts on antiaging products. If you've been a faithful user of sunblock, you will be very happy to see what Amy has to say!

I’m totally obsessed with sunblock. I’m like a crazy lady who always has to wear it. Is everyone at Allure obsessed, too?
Yes, everyone here is totally obsessed with sunblock. I absolutely wear sunscreen every day. When I even get daytime moisturizer sent to me without sunscreen, I just don’t even understand why people are launching them — because what’s the point? It simplifies sunscreen by having it in your face cream. Also, I’m kind of obsessed with the new face washes that have sunscreen ingredients that actually don’t totally go down the drain. St. Ives has a new one, so you can get it in the drugstores; Freeze 24/7 had the first one that came out last year. So that just makes things even easier. Not that that’s the only thing you should use for sunscreen, but it's good to put it on. We are really into Helioplex here, which is in Neutrogena and Aveeno products.

It's good to hear you say that. I'm starting to see the payoff of wearing sunblock.
It’s very true! We are obsessed with antioxidants here, like coffeeberry, which is in those Revale skin products we have done several stories on. I feel like every dermatologist I have talked to says that if you combine antioxidants and sunscreen, it makes such a difference. One dermatologist said that if you look at women who are age 25, you might not be able to tell who is wearing antioxidants. But if you look at women who are age 35, you will totally be able to tell who has been wearing antioxidants and sunscreen because their skin looks so much younger.

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TFS TFS 7 years
she doesnt really look like a beauty director.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
But now I know that antioxidants are really important too.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I always wondered that about moisturizers without SPF it's pointless. I really didn't think antioxidants were that important but they usually make the product smell good.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 7 years
I wish Ms. Keller wouldn't discount moisturizers without sunblock. Most of those combo products are made with chemical sunscreens, which irritate the heck out of my face. I have to use a sensitive skin, fragrance-free moisturizer, topped with my Clarins chemical-free sunblock that uses titanium dioxide. Not everyone can use the chemical screens.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
I always wear SPF 30 or higher; it is a must not an option. I refuse to get botox or plastic surgery when I am older, so I plan on taking care and protecting the skin I have been given. I do not completely hide from the sun however I will never lay there & back in it.
chiquita29 chiquita29 7 years
I totally agree, I don't understand why moisturizers are still being made without SPF. I'm waiting for Clinique to put some SPF in their Dramatically Different Moisturizing lotion. *sigh*
audreystar audreystar 7 years
bella i went to the revale website but not having any luck finding a physician who sells this stuff. :(
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Lovealways, you know what? For years I was like, "This had better pay off. I'm not seeing any difference." And then it hit me: I'M NOT SEEING ANY DIFFERENCE! I have a few fine lines, but in general, people think I am about 8 years younger than I am. Whee! I think most people look pretty much the same in their early 20s, but as you get closer to 30, you will probably be able to tell. And it's never too late to start with sunblock. My mom sunbathed into her mid-20s, then got freaky with the SPF, and she looks wonderful in her late 50s.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Lovealways, you know what? For years I was like, "This had better pay off. I'm not seeing any difference." And then it hit me: I'M NOT SEEING ANY DIFFERENCE! I have a few fine lines, but in general, people think I am about 8 years younger than I am. Whee!I think most people look pretty much the same in their early 20s, but as you get closer to 30, you will probably be able to tell. And it's never too late to start with sunblock. My mom sunbathed into her mid-20s, then got freaky with the SPF, and she looks wonderful in her late 50s.
lovealways lovealways 7 years
Looks like wearing sunscreen's never going to go out of fashion. I've still got some time to go before I see any effects, but I've definitely made more of an effort to wear sunscreen daily this year.
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