What do our Skin Pores do?

What do our skin pores do? Some people have large pores and search for skin care products to reduce their size. Others have non-visible pores, their skin always looks smooth and soft. Then there are those whose pores, for a multitude of reasons, become blocked, fill with dirt, oil and “sludge”, and are visibly darker or infected.

If you want to truly learn how to care for you skin, you need to start with your pores. What exactly are they and what do they do?

There are 2 kinds of pores, or tiny openings in matrix fashion, all over the skin of your body. The first is a sweat gland, which makes sweat, allowing you to regulate your body’s temperature and attract the opposite sex. The second is an oil gland, which produces oil to naturally maintain your skin’s surface protective barrier and keep it soft.

Your pores also absorb the ingredients of your skin care products, or not – if your pores are blocked with old skin, oil and dirt. A good foundational understanding of the anatomy and function of the magnificent skin pore will hopefully help us care for our skin more intentionally.

On the PersonalCareTruth.com website, I came along a wonderful post written by Amanda Foxon-Hill titled “What are pores?” Just click on the <- this title and jump over to her excellent description of pores, a wonderful graphic of the anatomy, and discussion of their functions. Thank you Amanda for such a great post! I really enjoyed it and am sharing it with my readers today.

Looking Fabulous While Flying in Turbulence

You hear the pilot overhead saying “please return to your seats and fashion your seatbelts, we are about to enter some “chop””, also know as turbulence. He might as well said to me “get out your “E” ticket, your going for a roller coast ride”!

Fastne Seatbelts!

Photo by Chris Pond, from Flickr

Flight turbulence really puts me into panic mode because it’s not like being in a car where you can pull over on the side of the road if things get too rough, but you just keep flying on. Much of my anxiety comes from some very bumpy flight experiences. So, when I saw this article about the realities of flight turbulence and how very few people are actually injured in it every year, I thought to share with you. After all, staying calm, cool and collected helps to keep us looking fabulous, right?

“While turbulence can feel scary, airplanes are designed to withstand massive amounts of it. “A plane cannot be flipped upside-down, thrown into a tailspin, or otherwise flung from the sky by even the mightiest gust or air pocket,” wrote pilot Patrick Smith on his site, AskThePilot.com. “Conditions might be annoying and uncomfortable, but the plane is not going to crash.”

To read the full article, with loads more very useful – and very calming – information, I invite you to click on over to Travel and Leisure where Melissa Locker has written a superb article for nervous fliers!

Melissa really knows how to calm the nervous traveler, and give assurance to the most anxious!

Pippa’s Wedding Day

Brides are simply beautiful, wedding days a joyous occasion to our delight. Everyone wants to see the bride’s dress, and how overcome with love the groom becomes when he catches the first glimpse of his bride as she begins her walk down the aisle to meet him. Celebrating Pippa Middleton’s wedding, I share a few sources of stunning photos capturing the beauty, love and delight of this special day.

This photo is shared from the story covered in the HuffingtonPost – Click the link <- or the photo to read the story of the day’s festivities and see many more gorgeous photos:

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Then stroll over to the What Kate Wore Facebook Page, and Telegraph News for links to additional photos and coverage of this beautiful day and the details of Pippa’s dress. Enjoy!

Which Kentucky Derby Hat is You?

The Kentucky Derby is such a fun and frolicky annual horse race, filled with tradition and beauty. From the gorgeous horses to the traditional mint juleps, there is anticipation and excitement in the air. What I love most about the Kentucky Derby is selecting “my” horse to cheer on and, always, seeing the beautiful hats on display everywhere!

“The long-established fashion was started with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.’s vision for the Derby as an event that the high-class would attend, similar to European-style racing events, which mandated full morning dress for men and women. For the first running of the Kentucky Derby, he used high-class women to recruit his target clientele to attend the race. The event quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion and women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.” *

I’m posting a few hats for you to enjoy from the official Kentucky Derby website as well as my personal choice if I were going this year!

  1. Playful and fun!

2. “Look at me!” (I like the shoulder sun protection this hat offers!)

3. This one has the floral embellishment underneath the brim – beautiful!

4. Such fun for men, too!

5. My choice from Berkeley Hats (where you will find many, many more lovely hats to order!)

Cheers to a great race and very fun day!

Southern California Spring This Year!

We are having a glorious spring this year, after years of drought, and I wanted to share some of the natural beauty with you! Enjoy!

 

We’re having what’s called a “Super Bloom” – so gorgeous!

More “Super Bloom”!

 

New Procedure to Correct Receding Gums

Until recently, there have been two methods to correct receding gums – covering the exposed tooth roots with porcelain veneers, and gum tissues grafting. I personally had experience with the root covering, which fell off twice. I’m not a fan of the gum tissue grafts, as the tissue used when you need many teeth grafted would need to come from “another source.” No thank you.

I figured, wait long enough and someone will have a light bulb idea, which has happened. A dentist has developed a simple technique called the “Pinhole technique”.

Pinhole Technique Before and After

How it works:

“During the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.” [Read more…]

12 Things You Can Do to Find Happiness

Every now and again I step out of my world to take stock of the things which are and the things I would like to see happen. With a perspective of my life’s timeline, the opportunities to accomplish, make a difference and leave a positive legacy are coming to a close. With sixty amazing years behind me, I still have so much I want to accomplish, many things to do and say, and always, I want to continue improving in all areas of my life.

As I was reading online, one article led to another, led to another and I found a post titled:

12 Things Happy People Do Differently.”

Okay, I’m game to see what more I can do to increase my own happiness potential and the happiness of those I touch each day.

Author Marc Chernoff has hit the nail on the head with each “thing.” It was like a report card of my life and how it’s lived, and I scored high marks. I want to celebrate, not only because I am truly happy deep down in my heart, but because I believe the things we do come from a place in our hearts that when plowed and nourished can only bring fruit.

If our soil is cleansed of weeds (unforgiveness, anger, bitterness), amply fertilized (what we read, see, hear, where we spend out time, who we spend our time with), have planted good seeds (how we invest our time and energies in the things we do and who we spend time with) and water our seeds (love, support, encouragement, kindness, and care), we will produce beautiful fruit in time. Like a farmer reaping a rich harvest, or a gardener who enjoys the beauty of a blossoming garden, the joy of hard work and much care will lead to happiness in life.

The continual renewal and nourishing of our hearts and spirits I have found to be the key to happiness. For me it is the daily reading of the Bible, meditating on the stories, advice and words of encouragement which have planted seeds of love, and have set my heart and mind in the right place from which all else from my life flows.

Please enjoy Marc’s article and I wish you abundant happiness!

Eating Cheese, Cream and Butter is Good for You?

Yes, you read this right – a new study has found that eating a high fat diet of cheese, cream, butter and other foods high in saturated fats, actually decreased the incidence of diabetes and heart disease. Along with the increase in fats, they also ate less carbohydrates, which would mean more foods like cheese on broccoli or tomatoes, full fat cream and milk products.

How to Make a Cheese Antipasti Platter (click the photo)

“The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found overweight middle-aged men who ate high levels of saturated fat and low levels of carbohydrate became slimmer and healthier. Researchers also saw reduced blood pressure and glucose levels, which are associated with a lower risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, in the patients.” [Read more…]

Are Sweets on Your Diet Breakfast Menu?

As a healthy eater starting your day with a nutritious breakfast, are sweets on your breakfast menu? Here’s why they should be.  If you don’t have a problem keeping a healthy weight, then this won’t be as meaningful to you as to someone like me, who, well, let’s just say – struggles.

Chocolate Cake

A new study published in the journal Steroids, shows fantastic results from a study done in Tel Aviv, which included a sweet treat on a low carbohydrate, high protein, 600 calorie breakfast. Results included excellent weight loss, and continued weight loss after the study was completed. [Read more…]

One Stop Ear Infection Treatment

Soon the days of fighting toddlers to get them to take their antibiotics for an earache will be over! A new form and method of a single application antibiotic gel, applied directly into the ear canal, has been shown to be a treat inner ear infections completely.

“A single-application bioengineered gel, squirted in the ear canal, could deliver a full course of antibiotic therapy for middle ear infections, making treatment of this common childhood illness much easier and potentially safer, finds a preclinical study led by Boston Children’s Hospital in collaboration with investigators at Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The findings were published September 14, by the journal Science Translational Medicine.”

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Health and Beauty Benefits of Raw Honey

I’ve been reading here and there about the health and beauty benefits of raw honey. In particular of interest to me have been the antimicrobial and healing properties raw honey provides.

http://honeyfanatic.com/1341/but-i-really-dont-like-honey/

If you’re interested in the culinary attributes of honey, Bev, from her blog “Honey Fanatic” shares the many flavorful and palate enhancing nuances of honey. I never knew there was so much to know about honey!

For personal care uses of raw honey, the site  Personal Care Truth  shares why honey lasts forever, and how to use it to enhance your beauty. Great article written by one of their cosmetic chemists, Lise M. Andersen.

If you try a honey masque, let me know how you liked it!

Healthy Diet Keeps Aging Women Mobile

Who knew that a healthy diet plays such an important role in keeping women able to take care of ourselves and able to stay mobile as we age? Mobility is being able to complete your activities of daily living. Activities include maintaining personal hygiene, being able to move without impairment to shop and cook for yourself, go for a walk, or enjoy an active social life.

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Healthy Salad

“In a large study conducted by at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), researchers found an association between women who maintain a healthy diet and a reduction in the risk of developing impaired physical function as they age.”

Francine Grodstein, ScD, senior author of the study and a researcher in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH made an appearance in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition.  Her research gathered data from over 50,000 nurses from 1992 to 2008, looking at the quality of diet and the maintaining of independent mobility.

“The data indicate that women who maintained a healthier diet were less likely to develop physical impairments compared to women whose diets were not as healthy. They also found a higher intake of vegetables and fruits, a lower intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, trans-fats, and sodium, and a moderate alcohol intake, were each significantly associated with reduced rates of physical impairment. Among individual foods, the strongest relations were found for increased intakes of oranges, orange juice, apples and pears, romaine or leaf lettuce, and walnuts. However, researchers noted specific foods generally had weaker associations than the overall score, which indicates that overall diet quality is more important than individual foods.”

My Takeaway

I prefer apples, blueberries, cantaloupe and pineapple for my fruit. For veggies, it’s broccoli, asparagus, all colored salad greens (arugula, spinach, romaine, and butter lettuce), beets, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce. It’s hard to keep away from the sweets some days. I will be adding walnuts now that I know they are the nuts to keep me moving!

 

(Quotes from Science Daily.)

Fall 2016 Ready to Wear

The Ralph Lauren Ready to Wear Collection has always been a standby for me. The fabrics are solid, sizing a little roomier for a fuller figure, and colors classic. This year’s fall collection was true to the Ralph Lauren roots:

“The show opened with a passage of neutral looks, and the first models came out wearing billowing high-waisted pants and neatly tailored blazers in shades of beige, a color that has long been a Lauren signature. That monochromatic styling made way for more distinctive themes, starting with the plaid-on-plaid knit tube skirts and fringed capes, and a Navajo-inspired jacket that managed to conjure the outdoorsy spirit of the English countryside and an arid landscape of the American West all at once. One of the most appealing coats in the collection had a cozy, robelike silhouette and was cut from a patchwork of tweeds that could have been swiped straight from Sherlock Holmes’s closet.” Vogue

(For the full show click -> Ralph Lauren.)

Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. I have always loved high waists
http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

High Waist

2. Gauchos or a full skirt?

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

Midi length skirt

3. Beautiful blue

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

Beautiful Blue Brocade Coat

4. Perfect Fringe

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

Just enough fringe

5. Assymetrical bodice – classy

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

Asymmetrical Bodice

Kentucky Derby Hats 2016

I love the pomp and silliness of the Kentucky Derby Hat tradition. This year was so fun, and so I lead you to the official Kentucky Derby site for their lovely slideshow of hats. Click on this photo of the four black – white – and – pink girlfriends below to see the ladies and gents hats for this special day! Enjoy!

https://www.kentuckyderby.com/history/traditions/hats

Kentucky Derby Hats 2016!

Invisalign Done!

My Invisalign journey is over! I’m in the promised land of lovely straight teeth, aligned bite and painless eating.

Invisalign-Close

Phew. I won’t say the year flew by, there were some very tough times, but all in all I’m very glad I took the challenge and am very happy with my results. (Only wish they could grow back receding gums while straightening teeth. Sigh.)

The good:

  • Watching my teeth come back into alignment while no one could really tell I was wearing the trays.
  • My jaw has expanded, and now there is no clicking or pain when I chew, no more getting locked or only being able to open my mouth a finger-breadth wide.
  • Chin wrinkles have melted into my wider jawline.
  • I am smiling more.
  • It’s over!!
  • This list is short compared to the bad, but so, so worth the struggles, and I am very, very happy I have done this, truly loving my results!

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