May 12, 1997 12:00 PM

HE PLAYS TOUGH AS ONE LIFE TO LIVE’S EX-CON ANTONIO Vega, but when it comes to his skin, Kamar de los Reyes, 29, is all tenderness. “I do a lot of things men normally don’t do because society doesn’t deem it manly,” says the 5″10″ actor, who swears by Aveda moisturizer and eye cream, twice-weekly facial scrubs and biweekly haircuts. “But I pride myself on it. I get together with my friends and say, ‘Here, you’ve got to exfoliate and get rid of all the dead skin.’ ” The extra effort pays off. Says wife Elaine, a former model: “He’s got the most beautiful complexion.” Life costar Patricia Mauceri appreciates his “pecs, stomach muscles and his cute butt,” even though, she admits, “I play his mother. I’m not supposed to notice those things.” But the Puerto Ricoborn de los Reyes would like to change one thing about himself: his smile. “I’m a little self-conscious about these two teeth,” he says, pointing out his slightly oversize canines. He insists, however, that his manager has discouraged any dental work; “He says it’s character, and if I fix them, I’ll look like Erik Estrada.”

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