Fresh off a tough year, Jennifer Lopez, star of WebMD the Magazine's March/April cover, takes a break to tell us about her new role as the first female spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Club in its 150-year history. "Jenny from the Block," as she once dubbed herself in song, got the early boost she needed from a local club in New York City's South Bronx, and now she's giving back.
"This was the first time in my life I realized anything was possible," says Lopez, who has a starring role in the dramedy What to Expect When You're Expecting, opening in May. "It empowered me, and that's a gift I would like to continue giving," Lopez says. "If I encourage one boy or girl to believe, then I have succeeded."
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In addition to her movies, music, fashion, and charitable work, Lopez is also devoted to inspiring a new generation of musical talent, as the newest judge on the hit series American Idol. And most important of all, Lopez is quick to add, is being there for her children, 4-year-old twins Max and Emme.
How does she do it all, looking beautiful and rested every step of the way? We asked Lopez about her proven tips and secrets for feeling -- and looking -- radiant, plus the one thing she swears you need to do, without fail, for yourself every day.
Jennifer Lopez's Beauty Dos
The singer is famous for her glow, but it's not all about access to the best makeup artists. "Beauty comes from inside," says Lopez. "It's been said many times, but I believe it's the truth." She offers tips for being your own radiant best:
Take time for yourself. When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you are a better person and parent." That doesn't require a week at a spa: When Lopez has a moment, "I just breathe and clear my mind. Sometimes we just have to do nothing, just breathe."
Let whimsy be your stylist. "In terms of style, I encourage other women to first be comfortable but have fun. Life is meant to be fun!"
Surround yourself with people who make you laugh. "When I am with my girlfriends, sisters, and cousins, we just say and do ridiculous and silly things. We are Puerto Ricans with a lot of energy. Sometimes it gets loud!"
Take to your bed. "Sleep! I think sometimes we get caught up in what we need to do next and forget about what are the very essential and important things in life. I treasure my time to sleep. It's just as important as eating or exercise."
Care for all aspects of your well-being. "I believe that life is a balance of mind, body, and soul. As I journey through my life experience, I have a better understanding of how true this really is. When your life is balanced, you are happy and excel in everything."