Eczema is such an irritating and stressful skin condition. It can be so painful and leave young and old open to infection and cause great emotional stress. When I read about a new treatment for this condition, I wanted to share with you. It is maybe not so much new as it is different and does require a good deal of effort and discipline, requiring strict adherence to a specific protocol for several weeks to give it the best chance of success.
Finding spots along your eyebrows where they look a little thin? What is the best way to fill them in to be the beautiful frame for your face, allow you to keep a youthful appearance and show expression as you speak?
Here are a few easy choices:
Match your eyebrow pencil shade with the color of your eyebrows, make sure your eyebrows are dry, then pencil them in. Use a brush or cotton tipped applicator to smooth in the pencil, and make sure it doesn’t look caked or greasy. Blending it in is the key! [Read more...]
My hair is hitting my shoulders, all one length now and I’m getting tired of it falling forward. Blessed with very thick hair, it is starting to bug me all day.
Thinking should I cut it short again? Ah freedom! But then there will be the curling iron to keep all the cowlicks calmed down. Should I layer the length I have now? Should I go longer? So I looked around and here are my finalists:
The Short Bob:
The Shoulder Shag:
Loose Curls at the Chin:
And The Jen:
A few details to help you decide: I’m 5’10″ tall, with a very long neck and a small (“pea”) head.
Which one do you pick for me??
Did you know that it’s suggested to exfoliate your skin more consistently in the summer as opposed to winter?
Exfoliating helps to prevent dry, damaged skin due to rising heat temps and exposure to sun. As we age, our skin’s natural skin turnover process slows significantly, resulting in the build-up of dry, dead skin cells that can cause blemishes, age spots, and an overall dull appearance.
Exfoliation is the process of using mechanical or chemical means to promote skin cell shedding from the top layer of skin, the epidermis. Despite the fact that skin exfoliation is extremely beneficial, it is an often overlooked part of a healthy skin care regimen. This summer, incorporate the Celloxylin® Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub into your skin routine.
I LOVE this gentle, cooling scrub which effectively removes dead surface skin cells, leaving my skin visibly smooth and protected by all the nutrients it provides. This Sugar Cyrstal Scrub encourages healthy skin cell turnover to help prevent dull, damaged-looking skin. [Read more...]
I look forward to the Nieman Marcus Trends each Spring and Fall. Here are the trends for Fall 2014.
Definitely a fan of grey, and like the mix of shades as I’m a dark grey lover (winter complexion).
Olive green, not so much, forest green, absolutely.
Periwinkle, cobalt, and navy – YES!
Love the variety of clutches and the booty.
What do you think?
When life is overwhelming, we are stretched beyond ourselves, and we become more stressed and anxious, it is time to go to a quiet, peaceful, place and bring some calm into the chaos. Colors bring peace to me, along with scenes of nature that I can focus on, imagine myself in the midst of, and restore my soul through the magnificence of beauty.
This past year has been one of the most overwhelming of my life. I need to make a conscious effort each day to find peace and rest for my soul. This photo, with the stunning hue of the bluebonnets, strength of the forest, refreshing of the foggy mist, and symbolism of the gently winding path, spoke great peace to me.
I have a thing for forests. When I lived in Switzerland, there was a trail I would walk that would give me great peace and tranquility. I would hike up to a large fallen tree, lay on its strong trunk and look up at the sky, watching the high above branches sway in the breeze and the clouds pass through the rays of sunshine. When I saw this photo of the stunning floral landscape in my favorite color, amidst the gentle forest, I sighed, a deep, anxiety-releasing, relaxing sigh. I share it with you here, and hope you will click through to the photographer’s site to refresh your soul with more of his amazing photography.
Chest and back acne can be difficult to control, particularly if there is a concurrent infection that mimics acne. The yeast, Pityrosporum, creates a folliculitis when commonly used acne treatments set up the skin for its growth. Although it looks a lot like acne, there are a few things to note that will lead you to suspicion it is something else.
- Itching (also known as pruritis)
- Comes about after prolonged oral / topical antibiotics to treat acne
- Worsens with antibiotic usage, heat, humidity, stress
- Does not respond to typical acne treatments (acid peels, acne washes, topical retinoids)
What do you do when you, or someone you love, burns themselves? Whether it’s a curling iron, something hot from the stove, BBQ or you spill your coffee or hot tea, you should know what to do right away and the days of healing ahead.
Here are some tips from the Woodbury Medical Group on how to handle a burn:
When to seek medical care?
- The palm of the hand represents about one percent of the body surface area. If a burn (or any combination of multiple burns) is larger than one percent, seek medical care right away.
- If the skin blisters then it is more than a first degree burn and you should go to an urgent care or see a medical professional immediately. A cool wet towel or ice pack (with a towel in-between the burn and ice) may provide some relief, but the burn victim should still see a health professional.
- Do NOT rip off clothing that is stuck to the burned skin site. Leave it in place and seek medical care.
Having a sense of purpose in life gives you focus and direction. It is tremendously fulfilling to awaken each morning knowing where you are headed. Especially rewarding is when that purpose helps others, right?
Now there is research that shows that fulfilling your purpose can help you live longer!
Feeling that you have a sense of purpose in life may help you live longer, no matter what your age, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. [Read more...]
Cleansing Without Compromise
Cleansing helps remove the dirt, oil, and other impurities from your skin’s surface and in your pores. It is the first step in improving your skin’s appearance, preventing blemishes, discoloration, inflammation, and general dullness. It is also the first step in nourishing your skin and protecting the delicate structure that keeps it functioning in a healthful manner!
When cleansing your skin, it is essential you choose a product that is gentle, natural, and devoid of harsh, irritating ingredients. Unfortunately, many cleansing products are designed with soaps and surfactants that can actually strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight, dry, and susceptible to irritation. If you’ve ever washed your skin and feel it pull tight against your face afterwards, it’s likely that you have disrupted the natural layer that protects your skin against bacteria and moisture loss. After cleansing, you always want your skin to feel fresh and supple, not tight and dry. [Read more...]
Coffee and a bran muffin used to be my standard breakfast when I was a younger, thinner version of myself. Through the years, especially when my children entered the picture, I found myself hungrier from all the physical activity of chasing them around, and eating heartier meals. Now that they are grown, I’ve gotten rid of the gluten, and with that a lot of starchy carbs, going to higher protein meals with a mix of lean meats, cottage cheese, and eggs. I’m also eating my largest meal of the day at lunch.
Looks like there is a greater benefit to eating higher protein for breakfast other than staying full longer. It is now being shown to help control your blood glucose and insulin levels, helping to fend off diabetes. [Read more...]
I’ve been invited to a Ladies Tea with a philanthropic group I belong to, and the embossed invitation reads “Hats Encouraged.”
I’m hat and “hat outfit” shopping now. The ladies in this group wear dresses and dress suits to the meetings, but, alas, I no longer have ankles that should see the light of day. Thinking a dressy maxi with jacket, or dressy pantsuit. Do I shop hat first, then outfit or clothes first, then hat? I think I will look for a hat first!
Who does hats the best? The Kentucky Derby! Here are some I love for inspiration.
White is always elegant. Here Rebecca Romijn is in her white Kentucky Derby hat with a baby blue accent.
Thinking and rethinking about the emotionally charged reminders of hurtful situations can lead to anxiety and depression over time. When you think about your worst memory, what do you recall? Do you begin to feel the hurt all over again? Trying to push those feelings down and move on can help you temporarily, but long term, they can build up, continuing to cause us increased emotional pain as we go through more hurtful situations in life.
There’s a much better way to handle those emotionally charged memories that will keep those feelings in check and lead to a healthier way of processing them. [Read more...]
We’re so focused on fighting against aging that it’s easy to oversee how easily some of it could have been prevented had we started an effective skincare regimen at a younger age. The need for skincare appears when you hit puberty because it’s at this time your hormones begin stimulating the glands in your skin, causing an increase in oil production and enlarged pores. Developing a skincare regimen for your teen can be difficult because they’re not used to being concerned with their skin, and incorporating a new routine into their schedule can easily be forgotten or met with resistance.
Here are 4 Essential Skincare Tips for Your Teen:
1. Keep it Simple – Oily skin and zits are unpleasant introductions to puberty and the last thing your teen wants to do is stress over their face any more than they already are. Introduce a skincare regimen that is simple, yet effective and contains the basics: cleanser and moisturizer. [Read more...]
A recent study from the University College of London, shows significantly that eating 7 or more servings of vegetables and fruit each day reduces your risk of dying of disease by 42%. This is great news for those who love your veggies, salads and fruit bowls. Seven servings, usually consisting of 1/2 cup of each, can be daunting for someone who considers popcorn at the movies meeting their daily requirement. But if you want to stay healthy and live a long life, then we need to look for some creative ways to get all those vegetables and fruits in.
“This is the first study to link fruit and vegetable consumption with all-cause, cancer and heart disease deaths in a nationally-representative population, the first to quantify health benefits per-portion, and the first to identify the types of fruit and vegetable with the most benefit. [Read more...]