Hayden Panettiere covers Women’s Health October 2012. In the accompanying interview, the lovely 23-year-old actress talks about what makes her feel beautiful, both inside and out, and shares her secrets for staying slim, working out, which healthy foods give her peace of mind and body and gives her advice on learning to feel comfortable in your own skin. “People can tell when you’re happy with being you and when you’re not. It’s only cheesy because it’s true,” she says. “As I’ve gotten older and grown into my body, I’ve started realizing that the way you carry yourself and that light coming out of your eyes are the most attractive things about you.”

Talking to the magazine about her signature beauty tips, Hayden, who is famous for her glowing complexion, says that the only most important item in order to get a no-effort radiance is the bronzer. “I put bronzer around my face and in my hairline. I also use it as eye shadow. It gives the perfect contour in the crease and under the lash line,” the young actress explains. She then applies it over her neck and chest “to give it an even glow. It’s brightening,” Hayden told Women’s Health.

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Hayden confesses that inner beauty is as essential as the outer one. In her interview, the starlet gives her advice on how to learn to love your body. First of all, she says that one should forget the haters. Hayden recalls that when she was 16, a magazine published a photo of her backside in jean shorts, along with the word cellulite. “I was mortified,” she says. “It gave me such body dysmorphia for so long. But I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact. And it has always made me feel better.”

The ‘Nashville’ star also believes that one should embrace the unknown. When she was a kid, Hayden saw the ocean as something scary. Still, now the actress dives with humpback whales. “When you’re there and you’re in it, it’s less intimidating,” she told Women’s Health.

Hayden is the perfect proof that a beautiful face is not enough. The actress has volunteered with many charitable organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Autism Speaks. In 2007, Panettiere joined The Whaleman Foundation to try to disrupt the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. “I like to dedicate myself wholeheartedly to a cause so that I have more impact. My goal is to shed light on the beauty of the ocean and how important it is for our planet.”

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Hayden is also aware that being in the showbusiness also means taking care of your looks. The actress admits she has a really fun and unique way to work out. “My best friend, Amy, has an elevator phobia, so we always take the stairs,” she says. “We will walk 12 flights. It’s less embarrassing than getting into an elevator with her.” The gorgeous blonde reveals that Bikram yoga helps her to detox her body and mind. “It can be tough, but you’re sweating out toxins and water weight,” Hayden told Women’s Health.

When it comes to healthy dieting, the actress confesses that this is a real struggle. However, she has a trick. “Eating healthy is a constant battle,” says Hayden. “I love chips.” Well, Hayden applies a smart rule. She eats something healthy first, telling herself she can have whatever she wants afterward. “Then I don’t want the unhealthy thing so much, because I’m full,” Panettiere says.

Hayden also learned throughout time that counting calories and thinking about every single thing she eats only make her put on weight. So, the actress tries to feel good about herself and enjoy the foods she loves. “I find when I’m overly concerned about what I eat, I stress out my body and put on weight,” she told the magazine.

Read Hayden Panettiere’s complete interview in the October 2012 issue of Women’s Health.

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