Does Stess Cause Acne?

Does stress cause acne?

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Pimples from Stress

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!

From WebMD:

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…]

Pristine Nails with Natural White Tips

Ever since my first visit to Paris as a 19 year old, I have an admiration for how French women care for themselves. Looking out my hotel window the morning after I arrived, I watched Parisians walking, walking, walking, looking stunningly healthy and gorgeous. Seeing the beautiful older women, wearing scads of jewelry, high heels, coifed to perfection, I remember wishing my mother and grandmother looked so elegant and chic.

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It’s never too late to take a tip or two from the French, and as I am at the tail end of my fifties, I am looking for as many tips as possible from the ladies who do beautiful with such refinement. One such tip is for healthy, natural nails, and comes from my new guide, Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secret for Timeless Beauty, Style and Substance, by Tish Jett: [Read more…]

7 Tips for Protecting Your Cuticles

Do you care for your nails with regular manicures and pedicures? Taking care of your nails, cuticles and surrounding finger and toe tips will keep your nails healthy and looking their best.

Yesterday, my manicurist wasn’t very gentle. Having asked her to be a little more gentle more than once or twice, here are some tips for protecting your cuticles, keeping them healthy, and always looking their best.

  1. Preventive care is VERY important! Keep your nail beds clean, using a natural oil cleanser, and a moisturize after, while they are still a little damp.
  2. Use a Sugar Scrub or Acid Peel on your fingertips once a week to help move the old skin along and promote moisturizer absorption. [Read more…]

2 Very Simple Dry Skin Tips

coconut-sugar-scrubThat dry skin we are experiencing has a variety of causes – heaters, dehydration, allergies, and many more. The obvious ones of breathing in / living in rooms with the dry heater running, using hot water to bathe and shower, and not taking care of your skin effectively can all be treated with just a few changes in the environment and our skin care regimen.

After writing “7 Tips to Prevent and Treat Dry Skin” I find myself sharing two of these tips more often when someone is looking for the quickest, most effective way to take care of their dry skin to see the quickest results. [Read more…]

Simple Pimple Remedy

You have a pimple that is large, very red and angry. What can you do to put out the heat and reduce the redness? A simple pimple remedy is to ice it. Yes, ice it.

 Ice Cube To Reduce Pimples

We know that our skin produces natural oi, called sebum, and those with acne tend to have an abundance of sebum produced. [Read more…]

What to do for Blotches of Hyperpigmentation?

HyperpigmentationMy sweet manicurist shared her newly developed area of darker skin, or hyperpigmentation, on her upper lip. I don’t think a “skin mustache” was what she was actually looking to sport as a young, gorgeous, single gal. Would you like one? Didn’t think so.

Let’s talk about hyperpigmentation when it is in a larger patch on the face, also known as melasma. Melasma usually develops as a result of increased melanocyte production, caused by fluctuations in hormones, or stimulated by sun exposure. [Read more…]

Tips for Beautiful Looking Nails Between Manicures

Pretty Pink Nail PolishDon’t have time to get to your manicurist? Nails needing a bit of refreshing for an event or important meeting?

Here are my tips for the best at home care and smooth, professional looking polish I follow in between manicures:

How to Relieve Very Dry Skin

skin careDry, flaky skin can be irritating and painful. With the changing of seasons, going into the cold, windy months, there are more ways moisture is lost from our skin. It seems like a vicious cycle that can be hard to break. There are a few areas on my face I usually struggle with, so I will share with you the things I change in my regular skin care routine to bring back that dewy freshness!

According to New Beauty Magazine Moisture lives within the three layers of our skin:

“The outer layer of skin, the epidermis, protects skin and its underlying structures and is where moisturizers sit. Multiple layers make up the epidermis – the stratum corneum is the top layer comprised of dead skin cells that attract and pull in water from outside [Read more…]

How to Keep Your Chin and Neck from Sagging

Healthy NeckOur face is not the only place we show our age, yet it is the one part of our body that we focus the most attention on. On the opposite end of the attention spectrum tends to be our neck. We’ve all seen her, the woman with the beautiful face and the wrinkled neck. She looks younger than her actual age, until you glance down. Don’t let your neck age you before your time … don’t neglect your neck!

The skin on our neck is often the most exposed part of our skin. No matter how good we are at covering up or applying sunscreen, often times, the sun’s unrelenting rays still reach our neck. As a result, lines and wrinkles tend to show earlier on our neck and décolleté, sometimes as soon as age 30. [Read more…]

Those Dark Spots on Your Nose Not Blackheads?

Sebaceous filamentsThey look like baby blackheads but they they aren’t, and no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of them. You wish you could wear a sign that says “no blackheads here, don’t stare!”, right? If they aren’t blackheads, then what are they?

Sebaceous filaments are hairlike “threads” that help direct the flow of natural oil produced in your sebum or oil gland to the surface skin. They are light grey to tan, distributed around an oily area such as your nose and chin, and are smooth to touch. When pressure is applied, nothing will be expressed, as the pore is open with nothing plugging the opening.

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4 Tips for Dealing with Milia

miliaAs we age, our skin cells turn over slower, setting up a well moisturized skin to accumulate the old cells within the pores. When they do this, it can form a little white bump trapped within the top layer of skin, call milia. Milia usually develops around the eyes and tops of cheeks.

Milia are very common, benign, keratin-filled cysts. Primary milia are typically seen in infants but also may occur in children and adults. Secondary milia develop after trauma to the skin, such as after burns (eg, sunburns), dermabrasion, or in blistering disorders.” emedicine

So how do you get rid of milia and prevent more from developing? [Read more…]

How to Get Rid of Your Freckles

I met a beautiful young lady today who wants to get rid of her freckles. She is gorgeous! Strawberry blond hair, her healthy, fair skinned face dotted with light freckles that look so beautiful to me, yet were bugging her. She is considering a serious treatment for removing them, which makes me want to share other options are available to her that can give her the results she is looking for, yet maybe not quite as intensive all at once. (PS This is not a photo of her….her freckles are lighter and she is even prettier!)

So, what are freckles anyway? [Read more…]

How to Fight the 4 Core Influences of Aging

What are the four core influences of aging, how do they affect what we experience physically, and what we see in the mirror as we grow older?

Why does an Internal + External approach to the battle against the visible signs of aging work the best?

Consumers are increasingly seeking “anti-aging” cosmetic products that treat the visible signs of natural and environmental aging, such as wrinkles, lines, sagging, hyperpigmentation and age spots.  The problem is, products that only focus on treating the signs of aging are not proactive or preventative.  This is what sets Apriori Beauty™ apart from the rest – Apriori Beauty sought to take an innovative approach to targeting the causes of aging, not just the symptoms by introducing the Cellular Age Advantage™, a proactive, internal + external approach that utilizes the Nutrient Reservoir™ to address the core causes of cellular aging! [Read more…]

How to Tweak, Update or Overhaul Your Personal Image

It just happens. Your life is busy, time flies by, and the next thing you know you are ambushed by Stacy and Clinton from “What Not to Wear”! Well, almost.

This is when you realize your skin is starting to sag,  gray hairs are springing up, you can’t find your makeup colors at the store because they’re no longer being made, your pants all have elastic waistbands, and your kids cringe when you get out of the car in public. Is this you? This was me. My daughter did send in a request for Stacy and Clinton to work their magic on me. Twice. I don’t need to say anymore!

I kind of lost myself in everyone else’s lives and let my own go.  As time went on, and the kids became more independent, I could see my light at the end of the “mommy” tunnel. I took on a new job, and started a new business. Being back in the “real world” caused me to take stock of my public image, and realize that I needed to make changes in order to be someone people were proud to be around, happy to be seen in public with, and someone my family and colleagues could look up to.

Here are my tips from my tweaks, updates and overhaul over the past couple of years: [Read more…]

What Do You Do If You’ve Over Exfoliated?

As you age, your rate of dead skin cell turnover slows down and your skin thins. Exfoliation is a must, to keep those dead skin cells moving, providing better absorption of your moisturizers and nutrient serums. At the same time you are walking a fine line of balancing the right amount of exfoliation while protecting your skin’s protective barrier covering.

Mechanical exfoliation is achieved through substances such as walnut shell, sea salts or other forms of “grit” that will massage or rub the dead skin cells off. Chemical exfoliation is accomplished through an acid or a combination of acids that reduce the skin’s pH enough to remove the “glue” that holds the dead skin cell to the skin’s surface.

Overuse of either or both, together with fragile skin, or a sensitive skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, can set your skin up for signs of irritation and inflammation as well as redness, itching, swelling, scabbing, infection and scarring. [Read more…]

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