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Vibrant Summer Skin

Tips for Vibrant Summer Skin by Candy Dye

I highly recommend exfoliating consistently in the summer to nourish your skin, which just as important as exfoliating to keep your skin hydrated in winter. Exfoliating in the summer helps to prevent dry, damaged skin due to rising heat temps and exposure to sun. [Read more…]

Help for a Curling Iron Burn

I need to slow down – I’m moving too fast, always in a hurry! In the past 6 months, I’ve have two curling iron burns on my left hand from whipping the iron around, hurrying to get going somewhere.

They were both second degree burns – both blistered and were pretty angry and red. I didn’t break the blisters open, so as to keep them free from bacteria and help them heal naturally. Here’s the first one 2 weeks after the burn.

Second Degree Curling Iron Burn

I applied the Apriori Beauty Night Repair 3 Deep about 5 – 6 times a day, the size of a small pea, keeping the area moisturized and with all the great nutrients in the cream there to soak in.

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/product/?i=11

Apriori Beauty’s Night Repair 3 Deep Night Moisturizer

They both healed beautifully! The scabs from the blisters are completely gone, skin has a slightly visible scar (I burned the same area twice), which is very light, skin is smooth and fine. I know in a few months you won’t even be able to see it!

 

Two Weeks After Burn Treated with Night Repair 3 Deep

The new burn is the circular area on the right of the original burn. The new one is just a week and a half old, looking very nice after the blister scabs have just come off.

(Click the photo of the Night Repair 3 Deep if you would like to order one).

Easy Healthy Self Tanner

Easy Healthy Self Tanner, by Candy Dye

I have a new twist to my nourishing body moisturizer that adds a little color to my hidden-from-the-sun pale skin. This little twist is a creamy veil that I add a little (or a lot) to my dollop of body lotion. It allows me to control level of intensity of color shade, so that as summer goes on, and my skin picks up a little color of it’s own, I can minimize or maximize the color. [Read more…]

Effective Weight Loss Therapy in an Electronic Game?

Effective Weight Loss Therapy in an Electronic Game?

Psychologists look out! There’s a new form of cognitive, visual and behavior therapy coming that may be quicker, easier, less expensive and simpler than weekly therapy. This new “behavior change intervention” in a simple computer game could improve the ease and success of cognitive-behavior therapy for those needing to consistently make better choices leading to healthier lifestyles.

“Psychologists at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University have published a study that shows that participants lost an average of 0.7kg and consumed around 220 fewer calories a day whilst undergoing the week of training.” Those in the study group kept this weight loss off at a 6 month check point after the study ended. That’s pretty significant if you ask me! [Read more…]

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends

Are you ready for Fall 2015 Fashion Trends?

Fresh from a Neiman Marcus luncheon fashion show, here they are!

“Folklorico”

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-at/Womens-Clothing/Pre-Fall-2015/Trends/Folkloric-Influences/cat53950757_cat47300764_cat47300759/c.cat?cmCat=cat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764#endecaDrivenSiloRefinements=cmCat%3Dcat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764&userConstrainedResults=true&refinements=&page=1&pageSize=120&sort=PCS_SORT&definitionPath=/nm/commerce/pagedef_rwd/template/EndecaDrivenHome&onlineOnly=&allStoresInput=false&rwd=true&catalogId=cat53950757

Poncho

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-at/Womens-Clothing/Pre-Fall-2015/Trends/Folkloric-Influences/cat53950757_cat47300764_cat47300759/c.cat?cmCat=cat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764#endecaDrivenSiloRefinements=cmCat%3Dcat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764&userConstrainedResults=true&refinements=&page=1&pageSize=120&sort=PCS_SORT&definitionPath=/nm/commerce/pagedef_rwd/template/EndecaDrivenHome&onlineOnly=&allStoresInput=false&rwd=true&catalogId=cat53950757

Fringed Heel

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-at/Womens-Clothing/Pre-Fall-2015/Trends/Folkloric-Influences/cat53950757_cat47300764_cat47300759/c.cat?cmCat=cat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764#endecaDrivenSiloRefinements=cmCat%3Dcat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764&userConstrainedResults=true&refinements=&page=1&pageSize=120&sort=PCS_SORT&definitionPath=/nm/commerce/pagedef_rwd/template/EndecaDrivenHome&onlineOnly=&allStoresInput=false&rwd=true&catalogId=cat53950757

Fluffy Dress Length Vest

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-at/Womens-Clothing/Pre-Fall-2015/Trends/Folkloric-Influences/cat53950757_cat47300764_cat47300759/c.cat?cmCat=cat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764#endecaDrivenSiloRefinements=cmCat%3Dcat000000cat000001cat41020734cat47300759cat47300764&userConstrainedResults=true&refinements=&page=1&pageSize=120&sort=PCS_SORT&definitionPath=/nm/commerce/pagedef_rwd/template/EndecaDrivenHome&onlineOnly=&allStoresInput=false&rwd=true&catalogId=cat53950757

Fringed Bag

(I LOVE) White!

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-at/Womens-Clothing/Trends/cat47300764_cat41020734_cat000001/c.cat

White with Fringe

This is just gorgeous in real life, with the movement of the fabric and fringe, will be comfortable, beautiful and fun to wear!

 Reds – from orange-red to blue-red to burgundy, separates and mixed reds in layers.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-at/Womens-Clothing/Trends/cat47300764_cat41020734_cat000001/c.cat

Reds

 Midi length is back!

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-at/Womens-Clothing/Trends/cat47300764_cat41020734_cat000001/c.cat

Midi

And … Chunky heels, spots (think leopards and cheetahs), and backpacks are still going strong.

All photos credited to the Neiman Marcus website.

Happy shopping!

 

Infrared Light Therapy for Clearer, Sharper Thinking?

I’ve been using Far Infrared Light three to four times a week for the past five years now, together with three other therapies, to give me a non-sugical facelift. I really love my results, and have been reading with great interest about research on additional uses for far infrared light. Knowing it has a positive effect on wound healing and tissue regeneration of the skin, there are now studies looking at deeper light therapy, particularly into the brain, with positive findings.

http://imlookingfabulous.com/2011/01/23/the-ultimate-10-minute-face-lift/

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“We are applying a technology that’s been around for a while,” says lead investigator Dr. Margaret Naeser, (of the VA Boston Healthcare System),”but it’s always been used on the body, for wound healing and to treat muscle aches and pains, and joint problems. We’re starting to use it on the brain.”

Utilizing scalp electrodes to transmit the infrared light into specific areas of the brain, are producing promising results for individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder where cognitive therapy alone has been effective up to a point. The researchers tested individuals who have had cognitive therapy, and found improvement in their thought clarity and more.

“The LED therapy increases blood flow in the brain, as shown on MRI scans. It also appears to have an effect on damaged brain cells, specifically on their mitochondria. These are bean-shaped subunits within the cell that put out energy in the form of a chemical known as ATP. The red and near-infrared light photons penetrate through the skull and into brain cells and spur the mitochondria to produce more ATP. That can mean clearer, sharper thinking, says Naeser.”

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Our Cell – with Mitochodria

The mitochondria is the “power house” or engine within our cells. If the infrared light treatment helps to stimulate or “rev up” the cell’s engine, thereby producing more “fuel” (ATP), this will be a tremendous option for so many who have neurological issues. Hopefully, after it becomes a proven adjunctive therapy, researchers will explore its application for those with epilepsy, autism, depression, dementia and other neurological issues which could be life changing.

“Neuropsychological testing before the therapy and at several points thereafter showed gains in areas such as executive function, verbal learning, and memory. The study volunteers also reported better sleep and fewer PTSD symptoms.”

I’m looking forward to learning more about this application in the future.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Veterans Affairs Research Communications. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Margaret A. Naeser, Ross Zafonte, Maxine H. Krengel, Paula I. Martin, Judith Frazier, Michael R. Hamblin, Jeffrey A. Knight, William P. Meehan, Errol H. Baker. Significant Improvements in Cognitive Performance Post-Transcranial, Red/Near-Infrared Light-Emitting Diode Treatments in Chronic, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Open-Protocol Study. Journal of Neurotrauma, 2014; 31 (11): 1008 DOI: 10.1089/neu.2013.3244

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Invisalign – My First Update

In my post, Braces vs Invisalign in Later Life, I was just 5 days into my new orthodontia “liners” and struggling for a daily rhythm for drinking my morning coffee, eating throughout the day and speaking coherently. Now at the 1/3 of the way point, I will give an update.

https://www.auraortho.com/invisalign-treatment-procedure/

Invisalign Tray

In trying to establish a balance with new rituals, I can say I think I have forged an acceptable schedule for managing timed drinking and eating, always followed by brushing my teeth. What was once a leisurely ritual of slowly sipping and relishing my two cups of morning coffee has now become a timed sport. All other eating is planned and scheduled with a clock and toothbrush. [Read more…]

A Cup of Green Tea with Your Apple Boosts Health Benefits

Health benefits of an apple and a cup of green tea.

 

The old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, has just become more valuable for staying healthy! Certain substances within apples and green tea, known as polyphenols, are proving to be beneficial in protecting us from chronic diseases. [Read more…]

When to Toss Your Makeup

Do you know when to toss your makeup?

Makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. While some products have expiration dates on them, there are many newer products with more “natural” ingredients, including preservatives. These may have a shorter antibacterial window of time. [Read more…]

Stress and Your Inflamed Skin

Stress & Your Inflamed Skin

It would certainly seem true that when you’re stressed, your skin shows it by the development of a large pimple in a most undesirable location (read Does Stress Cause Acne?), a new patch of eczema springing up, and the flaring up of your rosacea, right?

Scientific research has yet to confirm – until now. [Read more…]

You (almost) Can’t Have Enough Vitamin D

You (Almost) Can't Have Enough Vitamin D

Good news coming from researchers at the Mayo Clinic this week on Vitamin D and the potential for toxicity we’ve all been worried about. As information correlating sun exposure and skin cancer has been widely disseminated, and the use of sunscreens with SPF of 30 to 50 and more are increasingly used, Vitamin D levels have been seen to decline. The easy fix is to take Vitamin D supplements, but the fear of how much is too much has gnawed on my conscience. [Read more…]

Two Minutes to Health!

2 Minutes to Health!

You’ve heard that consistently sitting for extended periods of time is a death sentence, right?  Now there is a bright spot in that darkness, as a team of researchers from the University of Utah School of Medicine have discovered by adding a bit of exercise for as little as two minutes every hour, we can extend our life expectancy. If you’re anything like me, immediately a picture flashed before your eyes  of walking “vigorously” to the break room for a cup of coffee and pastry! NO! It means moving around expending a bit of energy for a couple of minutes, sans eating! [Read more…]

Kentucky Derby Hats

Kentucky Derby hats are my favorites because they are pretty much a mandatory part of the outfit which sets the fun, frolicky, dressy tone for the day. The rainbow of colors seen on a sea of heads create a much anticipated show of fashion and frivolity. Broad, lipsticked smiles on made up faces, matching tea party dresses and mint juleps in hand, are ready for the cameras and much anticipated race.

Here are some of my favorites from last year’s Derby:

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/news/photos/kentucky-derby-fashion

Such a fun day with friends!

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Probiotics = Less Sad Thoughts?

Probiotics = Less Sad Thoughts. How does that work?

Struggle with the “the cup is half empty” voices in your head? Tend to focus on unpleasant thoughts or feelings continually looking at the negative side of life? Besides snapping a rubber band on your wrist for each negative thought, there’s an easier way to set the foundation for more optimistic thoughts and conversations going on throughout your day. [Read more…]

What is a Concierge Nurse?

Concierge Nursing: What is it all about?

Have you experienced concierge services when you’ve traveled and stayed in a hotel? The concierges are sharp, and have a world of information at their fingertips – or in their heads, and can “Connect the Dots” for you in no time at all. Make a reservation, direct you to an unknown destination, arrange transportation or book a tennis partner for a quick set!

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