Friday, September 23, 2016

Beauty Spotlight: Kristine Johnson

Kristine Johnson is a co-anchor at WCBS-TV in New York on the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
by Delia von Neuschatz

To say that Emmy award-winning journalist, television producer and CBS 2 news anchor Kristine Johnson has a demanding schedule is an understatement even by hyperkinetic New York standards. When she’s not logging long stretches behind the camera (11 straight hours on air during Hurricane Sandy for instance) and raising a family, she runs marathons.

There are also talk show hosting gigs and cameo appearances in prime time television series and feature films (you can currently catch her in the newly-released Sully). Oh and in her spare time, the mother of two advocates for several charitable causes including the Brain Tumor Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run. With customary grace and poise, the 44-year-old yoga enthusiast reveals how she stays fit and flawless through it all.
Kristine Johnson, Master of Ceremonies at a Brain Tumor Foundation gala. As part of its Road to Early Detection awareness campaign, the Brain Tumor Foundation dispatches mobile MRI units into urban areas, providing free brain scans.
The Tunnel to Towers annual 5K race retraces the footsteps of fallen firefighter, Stephen Siller. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the 34-year-old father of five had finished an overnight shift at Brooklyn’s Squad 1 when he received the news of the World Trade Center attack. He grabbed his gear (all 60 pounds of it) and ran to ground zero through the halted traffic in the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. He died when the south tower collapsed. His family created the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in his honor. In 2002, there were 2,500 participants in the fundraising race. Last year, there were 30,000. The moneys raised by the foundation (a reported $40 million to date) go towards several charitable endeavors including the construction of Smart Homes for catastrophically injured service members. “The race has a celebratory atmosphere,” says Kristine. You watch amputees, firefighters in their full gear and families with their children in tow participating. Every person that crosses the finish line has a smile on their face.”
Kristine with Jonah Weishaar who suffers from Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare degenerative disease of the nervous system. Kristine sits on the advisory board of Jonah’s Just Begun, a nonprofit foundation created by Jill Wood, Jonah’s mother, to fund independent research for the disease. “Quite often, rare diseases that affect children are grossly underfunded.” says Kristine. Photo: CBS 2.
Skin Care
"I’m a bit neurotic when it comes to skin care. I joke I have to use a chisel to take off my work makeup. While not true, I do make at least two passes with a foaming cleanser. If my skin passes the “white towel test” – I give it a rest.

"I recently bought a small towel steamer on the internet. I use it once or twice a week. I love how the hot towel feels on my face and opens up my pores. I moisturize immediately afterwards, so my skin can soak in all the ingredients for which I paid good money."
Kristine Johnson and her co-anchor, Maurice DuBois.
"When it comes to moisturizers, I started using products with mild anti-aging ingredients in my 30s. (Why not be proactive, right?) I’m 44 now and still use them. I change up the consistency depending on the season. I also use a toner and eye cream to help with dark circles (from lack of sleep!). The eye cream I use comes with a small wand with a metal tip. It feels cool to the touch and I like that.

"I worshiped the sun when I was much younger. There was a time when I mixed iodine with baby oil as a tanning aid. Thankfully that phase didn’t last long. Sunscreen is a must if you don’t want your skin to look older than you actually are. I like to use moisturizer or makeup with and SPF because it saves time. When I’m on the beach, you’ll find me in a hat. I also make sure to cover my neck and décolletage with a high SPF."
Kristine Johnson joins CBS’ The Talk as guest co-host this past summer.
Makeup
"I personally like to keep my makeup simple but that doesn’t work for TV. I use foundation, concealer and setting powder. I’ve also learned a few contouring tricks over the years. I do my own makeup at work – so sticking to neutral colors on my eyes and lips camouflages my novice skills. Eyeliner and mascara is usually jet black.

"My kids prefer me without makeup and that works for me on the weekends! After wearing a lot of it during the week – it’s a welcome break."
Kristine with her husband, Steve Poulin and kids, Ava and Burke. On balancing a demanding career with family: “There’s no formula. You just have to do the best you can each day.”
Body Care
"I slather my skin with lotion right after a shower. I can’t remember when I started that routine so I guess that means it’s been a while! When my kids were younger they would comment on how my skin feels – which is a nice thing for a mommy to hear. While moisturizing your skin regularly has its benefits, it also has its drawbacks. If I miss out using lotion due to time or just pure laziness, my skin feels very dry."
Kristine with George and Frank Siller while covering the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk
Hair Care
"I try to wash my hair every other day but a good hot yoga session can destroy a nice blow out. I use a deep conditioner once a week. To save time, I apply it before I leave for work and rinse it out when I get to the studio."
Kristine on the set of Clint Eastwood’s Sully where she makes a cameo appearance.
Kristine reporting from Houston, TX.
Diet & Fitness
"I try my best to eat clean, opting for chicken, fish, whole grains, healthy fats and vegetables. Some favorites are avocado, asparagus, broccoli and brown rice. Protein shakes are always a good go-to. But I don’t deprive myself if I’m overcome with a craving for pizza or ice-cream!

"The New York City marathon started out as an experiment. A “let me see if I can do it” philosophy turned into an obsession. In hindsight I think I over-trained for my first marathon. A sudden change in weather conditions and my lack of knowledge of how to adjust to that led to a bout of severe dehydration. I finished but not the way I wanted to. So I did it all over again. My second run was much more enjoyable."
Kristine being interviewed by Lonnie Quinn, weatherman for CBS-TV, after finishing her second consecutive New York City marathon in 2015. Suffering from severe dehydration during the 2014 race, the newswoman waged an internal mind over body war to cross the finish line. Determined to have a do-over, Kristine’s grueling months-long training program culminated in a successful finish to her second race. “I’ve learned there are no guarantees – but that’s not what this is all about,” concludes Kristine. “It’s the amount of training. It’s the amount of dedication. It’s the purpose of seeing something through, and really, I think it’s a metaphor for life.”
"I like to exercise a minimum of four times a week. If my schedule and stamina cooperate, I’ll get in more workouts. I picked up yoga about 5 years ago and it’s changed my life physically and mentally. I believe I handle stress, conflict, and change much better. I regret I didn’t start practicing it earlier. I think my 30s would have been much more pleasant and productive.

"I’m convinced taking time out for YOU is a must. It doesn’t matter if it’s exercise or a hobby – as long as it’s something you enjoy. I tend to get cranky if I go a few days without exercise. So I’ve learned my family benefits too."
“Yoga has transformed my life,” says Kristine who favors hot vinyasa yoga. “It teaches you to live in the moment and be kind to yourself. I don’t think I could handle the pressures of daily life without practicing the principals of yoga.” Practicing yoga in the sand ... and in the snow.
Expert tip: "Don’t mess with the brows! My mom always warned me not to over-pluck. I’m so thankful she was adamant about that. If you haven’t done so already, find a good brow technician and treat him or her very well. As Martha Stewart would say, 'Good eyebrows are a good thing."'

Bonus tip: "If your eyes look a bit tired, add a touch of highlight near the inner corner of each eye. Be careful not to overdo it – less is more."
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