As the forensic pathologist Dr. Maura Isles on TNT's hit show Rizzoli & Isles, actor Sasha Alexander spends her time examining dead bodies. But in real life, this Los Angeles-based mother of two, 40, knows a lot about living a healthy life. In fact, it's not her first time in a nail-biting crime-solving role -- for 2 years she played Secret Service special agent Caitlin Todd on NCIS. She's also been in films ranging from Mission: Impossible III to He's Just Not That Into You, and she stars next in the film The Girl From Nagasaki, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. A former dancer and ice skater, Alexander shares her best tips for keeping herself strong -- inside and out.
By Virginia Sole-SmithDo you really need to eat breakfast every day? Here, five
"must-do's" you can think twice about.
Don't tell your mother we said so, but she wasn't right about everything --
at least not when it comes to your health. Research shows that some of those
habits you've been told to maintain aren't backed up by much evidence, or even
plain old common sense. Five "must-do's" you can think twice about:
"I am fortunate that my aunt, Olga, is a facialist (she owns Kinara Skin Care Clinic & Spa in L.A.), so from a very young age I learned exactly how to take care of my skin. She also gave me one great piece of advice: "Don't touch your face." That one tip helped me avoid so many breakouts and damage."
"When I'm working, I have to wear so much makeup. So getting every speck of it off is a big priority for me. I swear by my Clarisonic device for this -- even after cleansing wipes and washing with soap, it still removes even more; it's like having a mini-facial every day. I also love this facial polish from dermatologist Howard Lancer -- rub it in for 90 seconds and you're as good as new."
"I believe in greasing myself up at night, to retain as much moisture in my skin as possible. I like to use emu oil all over my face, neck, and chest, and I also love this amazing cream called Egyptian Magic cream."
"I'm a total foodie -- so all the faddish cleanses and juices that involve not actually eating are NOT for me. For the last 10 years or so I have stuck to a 'Zone'-type diet. So, I eat something every 2 to 3 hours, and I try to make sure it's got a good dose of healthy protein, such as chicken or fish, and plenty of veggies. Snacks are usually things like apples, some cheese, or a handful of nuts. I found out a while ago that I am gluten intolerant, but I'm not insane about it. I just know that if I have that pasta or pizza -- and since my family is Italian, we eat a lot of pasta, for sure -- I may not feel so great afterward. So I won't do it twice in 1 week. It's a balance of not denying myself but also taking care of myself. Luckily, I simply am one of those people who CAN have one bite of something rich and then stop at that."