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An Amazing Military Women Project

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

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Women in the Military WWll

Description of her project:

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.”

I believe that Therese has interviewed over 900 military women  – she is “humbled by these women who serve in defense of our nation.”
Feel free to like her facebook page and if you feel moved by the many women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom, please consider supporting her project as she comes close to publication and her exhibit.
“There are not enough words to explain how great these women are!…Hopefully you will come and visit the exhibit at
It is located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery and opens on 7 Nov 2014.”

Electrolysis or Laser for Permanent Hair Removal?

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 Treatments

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).

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Laser Hair Removal

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

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.

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Electrolysis

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.

 

Reducing Diabetes Risk as We Age

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Muscle Strengthening with Weights

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...]

Activating Tonic or Toner?

What’s in Your Tonic?

After cleansing, it is common to use a toner or astringent to help remove the last traces of impurities and help close pores.

Unfortunately, many toner type products contain drying alcohol that can disrupt skin barrier function and increase drying of your skin.

Step 2 in the Celloxylin® regimen, Activating Tonic, is uniquely formulated to take advantage of the water absorbed by skin during cleansing and help prepare the skin to fully utilize the benefits of subsequent products in the regimen by opening your pores for better absorption of the Firming Complex.

 

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What’s in Your Tonic?

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Eating Raw Foods for Beautiful Skin

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...]

Sunburn Relief: How to Soothe and Heal Your Inflamed Skin

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…..

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Prodermalin Soothes, Calms, Heals Sunburn and Inflammation

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...]

Reduce Stress by Breathing Like This

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!

Breathing to Relax

How to Breathe to Relax: [Read more...]

A New “Soak and Seal” Treatment for Eczema

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.

Eczema

From National Jewish Health in Denver comes research with promising results for children with Eczema, also called Atopic Dermatitis: [Read more...]

Filling In Eyebrows

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:

Eyebrow Pencil

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...]

Finding a New Hairstyle

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:

HaircutBob

 

The Shoulder Shag:

shoulder-length-shag

 

Loose Curls at the Chin:

chincurls

 

The Jane:

jane-fonda

 

And The Jen:

Jennifer Aniston

 

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??

 

Stimulate Smooth Summer Skin

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.

Celloxylin® Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub

Celloxylin® Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub

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...]

Fall 2014 Fashion Trends

I look forward to the Nieman Marcus Trends each Spring and Fall. Here are the trends for Fall 2014.

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Definitely a fan of grey, and like the mix of shades as I’m a dark grey lover (winter complexion).

L'Agence trench coat & cropped tailored pants

Olive green, not so much, forest green, absolutely.

Forest Green Ruffled Chiffon Midi DressOlive Green Manolo Blahnik Perpia Strappy Stretch Sandal

Periwinkle, cobalt, and navy – YES!

Armani Collezioni Jacquard jacket

Love the variety of clutches and the booty.

gia clutch with lock
Manolo Blahnik Ankle Boot

What do you think?

Beauty that Restores Peace

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.

The creator of this lovely forest in Hallerbos, Belgium, is no other than Our Lord God. The photographer, Kilian Schonberger, provides additional photos of this lovely scene at My Modern Met

Enjoy!

Kilian Schonberger

Is it Acne or Yeast Infection?

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)

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What do I do for a Burn?

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.

Hot, Hot Coffee!

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.

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