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Lip care falls by wayside among women, Blistex finds

BY Allison Cerra

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Almost all women take on at least one preventive health-and-wellness measure in the morning to start their day, but only half apply lip balm to protect their lips from dryness and sun damage.

In Blistex’s grooming routine survey, the lip care brand found that even though 91% of women perform at least one measure that boosts their health and wellness (e.g., taking a vitamin, exercising and applying an anti-aging facial product), their lips often are abandoned, which could put them at risk for infection, Blistex said.

For instance, three-quarters of women (72%) apply sunscreen to their faces as part of their routine, but only 30% apply it to their lips. Blistex noted that lips, when unprotected, are at high risk of enduring sun damage since their thin outer layer has almost no melanin, the natural skin pigment that blocks the sun’s harmful rays. Additionally, nearly 59% of respondents reported daily exposure to at least three different elements that include sun, dry air, wind and cold, yet only 44% said they apply lip balm in the morning before leaving the house.

"One way to ensure ‘good-for-you grooming’ is to protect the pout," according to Charles Zugerman, associate professor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. "It’s no secret that lips are often forgotten, leaving the body susceptible to infection when they become chapped or cracked. Incorporating an all-weather, all-season lip balm into morning routines ensures daily protection and prevents damaging effects to the lips."

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Salon Grafix taps hairstylists to extend hair care products line

BY Antoinette Alexander

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Hair care company Salon Grafix has partnered with two celebrity hairstylists, Alesha Oak and Gregory Alan, who will assist with product development, share exclusive trade secrets and work side by side with the Salon Grafix team to promote its line extension of hair care products that will debut in the spring.

"I am confident that these two talented individuals will help continue Salon Grafix’s reputation for salon-quality products by giving us their support for the next generation of hair care and beyond," stated Scott Petchul, Salon Grafix CEO. "I look forward to their insight and expert opinions on our line extension, as well as our pipeline of new products."

The company’s line extension will debut in the spring and will include the 450 maximum-heat protect spray, curl-boosting spray, travel-size invisible dry spray shampoo, silk protein treatment-weightless nourishing serum and a leave-in conditioner.

Oak has worked for New York salons Louis Licari and Mark Garrison. She has been called upon for many national fashion magazines, high-end fashion catalogs and celebrity clientele. Alan, a Beverly Hills-trained hairstylist whose style can be described as progressive and edgy, has clientele nationwide due to his work in both Los Angeles and New York.

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Tom’s of Maine announces 2011 Dental Health for All program winners

BY Antoinette Alexander

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Tom’s of Maine, a maker of natural oral and personal care products, has announced the five winning mobile dental clinics of its 2011 Dental Health for All program.

The nonprofit clinics, determined by public vote, will split $100,000 to grow and support mobile programs that offer easy-to-access dental care in local communities. This year’s program solely focused on expanding dental clinics in the field so they can bring "goodness on the go" to those unable to afford an exam or coverage.

The organizations that will each receive $20,000 are:

  • Children’s Hospital New Orleans Tooth Bus in New Orleans;

  • Kids in Need of Dentistry in Denver, Colo.;

  • St. Joseph Health System’s ­Sonoma County Cultivating Health Mobile Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa, Calif.;

  • St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa.; and

  • St. Mary’s Mobile Dental Care for Kids in Evansville, Ind.

To date, Tom’s of Maine Dental Health for All program has helped make nearly 200,000 additional patient visits possible with $900,000 in funding provided to more than 25 school- and community-based dental clinics.

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