Repeated face-lifting can only go so far. After all, how many times can you tighten and lift, before you looked a little bit too tightened? With aging comes loss of volume and musculature, which affects the facial muscles along with every other muscle in the body that begins to droop, right? Now, plastic surgeons are telling us that we can have a three-in-one procedure that tightens, adds volume and smooths the surface skin to give a total face rejuvenation. This is great news from Science Daily last week.
The wonders of age old epsom salts will never cease – and there are quite a number of uses and benefits it seems. From soaks to scrubs, relax to laxative, muscle cramps to blood sugar to cleaning grout and preventing hardening of the arteries. Seems our forefathers knew a good thing when they soaked in it, right?
Fresh from a little nip and tuck of my toe (nails), I’m now a week out and still swollen, bruised and hurting. My doctor gave me a choice for taking care of my tootsies after of either soaking in an epsom salt bath twice a day for 20 minutes, or use a cream that would help heal “just as well”. Waking 20 minutes earlier to sit and soak did not sound appealing to me, so I opted for the cream. A week later, my painful, puffy and red toes couldn’t even fit into any shoes I owned. I was staying undercover in my office, putting on slipper like shoes when I had a meeting or needed to see a Client. Ouch! [Read more...]
Does stress cause acne?
It always seems to happen right when you have that big event, an exam , or you are worrying about something – a pimple or pimples appear. Even in my 50’s I just had two pop up on my chin right before and during a very hectic work week.
It certainly seems to go hand in hand, doesn’t it? Remember in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on the wedding day the bride woke up with a big pimple. She put coverup on it, and then her groom told her later he had developed one, but it went away when he sprayed Windex on it!
“Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, (says that) “When you already have acne and you get into a stressful situation, that seems to be when your acne really flares up.”” [Read more...]
I have the privilege of introducing you to a very special friend of mine, and sharing her passion –
Therese A. Hughes’ Women in the Military Project is An Effort to Honor WOMEN who Serve in Defense of our Nation
This project is a traveling photography exhibit and a photo-journalism book. The book includes 1,000 military women across all ranks and branches.
“The project began as an effort to honor my mother’s service during WWII as a USN Dispersing Officer. It grew based on interactions I’ve had with female Veterans across 10 years.”
Common methods for unwanted hair removal include shaving, waxing and tweezing. These need to be repeated and are time consuming, can be costly and painful. For permanent removal there are basicallyy two methods – laser treatments and electrolysis.
“Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. That destroys the hair.” Usually performed on a larger area of skin. (see Laser Hair Removal for more information).
Laser requires the approximately six weeks growth of the hair prior to treatment, and has aftereffects of swelling and redness for a few days. It is very important to have a highly skilled professional performing this treatment for best results.
Electrolysis is the destruction of individual hair follicles through heat or chemical energy. I fine needle is inserted into an individual hair follicle and energy is transferred to the root, destroying it. There can be regrowth of the hair, although it will be finer, and may take a few treatments to completely stop the growth.
There is very little after effect which usually only includes a little redness for a few hours. Electrolysis is a permanent solution to unwanted hair growth and it is the only way to be permanently rid of coarse white hairs that come post menopause.
I vote for Electrolysis!
Treatments are usually in 15 – 30 minute increments, covering areas such as the upper lip and chin in a diffuse pattern. For more concentrated hair growth, or for areas like the underam or bikini line, the full time may be spent on a smaller area, requiring more treatments to be completely free of hair.
It’s important to take the time to find the right Electrologist, looking for the following, taken from the article Electrolysis for Hair Removal:
- “Know the professional’s qualifications. Many states require electrologists to be licensed or certified within the state to practice. If you live in one of those states, be sure the practitioner’s certificate is current and on display. For states that do not regulate electrolysis, look for electrologists who have certification from an accredited electrology school.
- Ask around. One of the best ways to find good services is to ask friends and family as well as your doctor for recommendations. If you know anybody who has undergone electrolysis, ask for his or her input.
- Get a consultation. Many places will give you a free consultation. During the consultation, be sure all of your questions are answered. Some things you may want to ask about include: how the procedure will feel; how many visits you will likely need; how much each visit costs; how long each session lasts; how long the practitioner has been in business; and the number of clients he or she has treated.
- Make sure the electrologist uses the right technique. The practitioner should use needle electrolysis, which is the only permanent form of hair removal. Some places may advertise electrolysis but use electronic tweezers or photoepilators instead. These are not permanent hair removal procedures.
- Use common sense. When you go to your consultation, look around. Does the place look clean? Do the workers look clean? Do they use disposable gloves or needles? Ask to meet the person who will be performing the electrolysis. Does he or she strike you as professional? If you are not comfortable with somebody, look for someone else to do the procedure. Personal comfort is essential to knowing you have made the right choice.”
With my Mediterranean heritage, I had electrolysis treatments over 25 years ago, and I am happy to say the hair that was treated has never grown back. Now that I am finding a few of those coarse white hairs popping up here and there, it’s time for me to find a good electrolysis once again.
As we age, we slowly begin to lose muscle mass, and our skin shows the pull of gravity. I remember one day, somewhere around the time when I hit 40, I caught a glimpse in the mirror and all of sudden, stunned, I remember thinking to myself “when did all this sagging start?”
Well, it just happens. It will happen. To everyone. But if you start doing Yoga, exercise regularly, and add a little weight training, you can keep your body stronger, prevent your muscle mass from a rapid decline, and reduce your risk of diabetes.
Research studies (Grontved A et al.PLoS Med. 2014;11(1):e1001587) show:
“...that regular aerobic physical activity, such as walking and running, provides protection against type 2 diabetes.”
They questioned whether this same effect could be shown from muscle training [Read more...]
Have you seen before and after photos of someone who has increased their water intake to 4 liters a day? She does look much more hydrated and her skin does show a more youthful appearance I must admit. When I saw the photos I wondered what the difference is to our skin when we switch to more raw foods to consume the highest levels of natural vitamins and minerals. Would it show a difference like the water did? Why not give it a try.
So I did, and still do. I also decided to go as sugar free as possible, too. Food is much tastier I will say, and I crave fruits and veggies now. When I do eat my old favorite-must-have-every-day chocolate, or a sweet, it gives me a headache. Even gluten free treats. Sigh. So no more of those.
Here’s a typical day for me – [Read more...]
Protecting skin from irritation and inflammation is key for maintaining healthy, youthful skin. Every inflammatory response damages skin at the cellular level and causes aging. From UV exposure, sun and wind burn, to topical sensitivities, all inflammatory reactions create a variety of adverse and damaging responses on the skin’s surface and below.
It’s better to start with protecting your skin before you expose yourself to the sun and environment and use ingredients that prevent sun damage.
When you do wind up with a sunburn what’s the first thing you think of? Aloe Vera right? Do you have an Aloe Vera plant in your garden? I do, and it is easy to go outside, trim off a “leaf” of this healing succulent, and begin to slice the skin back in layers to reveal the lovely cooling gel that is hidden inside.
Aloe Vera is such a great ready-to-use, natural topical to apply directly to a sunburn, which cools, soothes and heals your inflamed skin. The difficulty is letting the gel dry, and not getting it on your clothes, as well as cutting enough leaves to sufficiently treat a nasty sunburn if over a large area.
Aloe Vera gels or lotions purchased over the counter have varying amounts of true Aloe Vera in them, and always have additional ingredients that may or may not be helpful or healthy to sun damaged skin. I recommend a much better option with Aloe Vera Juice and more ingredients from your garden that soothe and heal…..
Apriori Beauty’s ProDermalin® Pure Basics is a unique skincare line that addresses the needs of inflamed and sensitive skin. Botanicals in the cleanser and moisturizer reduce your skin’s reaction to sun damage and inflammation, soothe and provide antioxidant protection to proactively build stronger, healthier skin, and proactively influence healthier skin before the damage happens. [Read more...]
When you have a period of stress, do you ever notice how shallow you are breathing? I know I am barely breathing while I’m rushing to get things done, or am nervous about something.
I’ve known how to breathe with my diaphragm since I was in Junior High Choir, but somehow, that all goes out the window when I’m just trying to get something accomplished in a hurry or have a boatload of “stuff” to get done. You, too?
So, know that as I am sharing this with you, I need this reminder even more!
How to Breathe to Relax: [Read more...]
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?