Smile Without Showing Your Age!

smileShow your emotions, not your age!

People often ask me, “Do I really need a unique moisturizer for my eye and lip areas?” This is a great question — though your skin will definitely benefit from applying a full-face moisturizer to the eye and lip areas, the fact is that these areas are very unique compared to the rest of your skin. Not only are eye and lip areas subject to stress from repetitive movements like smiling and squinting, they are also thinner, more delicate, and produce less natural oil than the skin on rest of your face. All of this results in skin that will show signs and symptoms of aging. It also means that skin around the eyes and lips needs more nourishment and hydration to remain healthy and young looking. [Read more…]

How to Enjoy the Sun and Protect Your Skin!

Ever wonder how those beautiful, warm rays of the sun can have such long lasting and damaging effects on your skin?

Like a straightened rainbow, you can picture the spectrum of sunlight with the red, orange and yellow wavelengths being the longest and making up infrared light.  As wavelengths shorten, green and blue light speeds up into indigo blue and violet colors, which are visible and contain Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays.  These are the rays that cause sun damage to our skin. [Read more…]

Drink Your Sunscreen?

Sun damage, sun protection, Vitamin D deficiency and skin cancer are health topics being discussed every where you turn. We are told to slather on sunscreen (SPF 30 is sufficient), wear protective clothing, stay out of the sun at peak hours, yet our bodies need enough natural sunlight to assist in making Vitamin D, which has great influence in our immune systems.
Although the treatment of skin cancer is very effective, the best treatment remains prevention. Preventative measures include sun exposure avoidance, protective clothing, and full-spectrum sunscreen.” http://dermatology.cdlib.org/133/reviews/DNA/scheinfeld.html
Scientific research is beginning to look at ingredients that, taken internally, can provide protection from ultraviolet damage. One “Internal Sunscreen” ingredient is Polypodium leucotomos, also known as Polypodium extract.

One study, “Orally administered Polypodium leucotomos extract decreases psoralen-UVA induced phototoxicity, pigmentation, and damage of human skin“, produced these findings:

Clinically, phototoxicity was always lower in PL-treated skin after 48 to 72 hours (P<.005), and pigmentation was also reduced 4 months later. Histologically, PL-treated skin showed a significant numeric reduction of sunburn cells (P=.05), preservation of Langerhans cells (P< or =.01), decrease of tryptase-positive mast cell infiltration (P<.05), and decrease of vasodilation (P< or =.01).”  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Jan;50(1):41-9.

In simple terms, over a 4 month period of time, study subjects ingesting Polypodium were less inclined to sunburn, preserved their healthy new skin cells, and decreased the effects of sun burn two to three days after sun exposure.

I have been hearing testimonials from those drinking Polypodium in Lifeoxylin Cellular Defense Elixir who are reporting very little, if any, sun burn after hours of summer sun exposure. The nice thing about drinking your sunscreen is that you can now get your daily dose of sunshine to help your body make Vitamin D, and not have to worry as much about sun damage to your skin, the affects it has on accelerating your skin’s aging appearance, and developing sun/age spots. Who doesn’t want more protection from skin cancer if there is any chance.

While there is still more research to be done, I will drink my sunscreen every single day!

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2 Tips to Turn Obstacles into Stepping Stones

How are you meeting obstacles that are keeping you from living your most fabulous life? Successful people know how to take those obstacles and turn them into stepping stones to success at every turn.

As I look back at the many roadblocks and detours in my own life, turning each into a success boils down to two critical character traits. Neither of them  were inherited. Both were developed by first observing them in others, watching their success, then trying them out in my own life.  I share them with you here, with a side note that they both go hand in hand.

Bring It On!Brad Nelson covers a lot of ground at first base by Paul T. Marsh/PositivePaul

Yes, that’s right. It’s the thought process that shows you have the upper hand. It comes about from a lifestyle of learning, being prepared, and building confidence. It’s not arrogant, just confident that when you are approaching a situation, a problem, a new circumstance, or a new day, you are ready to deal with whatever it brings.

“Bring it on” is a mindset that says, no matter what, I will figure out a way to handle the situation, and am confident that I will succeed. [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…]

A New Home Treatment Option for Scars

Surgical scars, acne scars, burn scars, cut scars…..most all of us have some type of scar on our body somewhere. Does it bother you? Does it bother you enough to want to do something to diminish it? That’s the question only you can answer.

What is a scar?

“A scar is the body’s natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin. A scar is usually composed of fibrous tissue. Scars may be formed for many different reasons, including as a result of infections, surgery, injuries, or inflammation of tissue. Scars may appear anywhere on the body, and the composition of a scar may vary – appearing flat, lumpy, sunken, or colored. It may be painful or itchy. The final look of a scar depends of many factors, including the skin type and location on the body, the direction of the wound, the type of injury, age of the person with the scar, and his/her nutritional status.”  (From the University of Chicago Medical Library)

There are many options for scar treatment but if you really want something that doesn’t burn or hurt, I highly recommend the Derma Firm Illuminator skin treatment machine. Painless, just massage in circles while you are watching TV for a few minutes each day. I’ve seen a woman who has had 6 children by C-Section, and a Tummy Tuck whose scar is barely visible – so light and soft, she has to point to it for you to notice!

Far Infrared Light is one of the most incredible treatment functions for skin cell rejuvenation – here’s a little more about this option for treating scar tissue:

“Infrared light is a type of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun; far infrared light has a wavelength greater than 4 microns. Despite the fact that we cannot see far infrared radiation, it is perceived by thermoreceptors in the skin as heat. Studies have shown that FIR light therapy can stimulate wound healing mechanisms in the skin. Its additional benefits include the following: 1) Skin is warmed, unclogging pores and expanding capillaries. 2) Blood flow increases, helping eliminate toxins associated with aging and fatigue. 3) Mitochondrial stimulation results in increased enzyme activity and metabolism. 4) Promotes the breakdown of cellulite, fat, trapped water, and wastes. 5) Promotes the regeneration of skin tissue. 6) Increases oxygen and nutrient delivery to cells resulting in increased skin vitality. FIR light therapy is one of the 4 functions provided by Apriori Beauty’s Derma Firm Illuminator.”  (From the Apriori Beauty Science Center)

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SYNONYMS: FIR, Light Therapy

REFERENCES:
Goldberg DJ, Hussain M, Fazeli A, Berlin AL. Treatment of skin laxity of the lower face and neck in older individuals with a broad-spectrum infrared light device. Journal of Casmetic and Laser Therapy 2007; 9:35-40.

Toyokawa H, Matsui Y, Uhara J, Tsuchiya H, Teshima S, Nakanishi H, Kwon A, Azuma Y, Nagaoka T, Ogawa T Kamiyama Y. Promotive Effects of Far-Infrared Ray on Full-Thickness Skin Wound Healing in Rats. Experimental Biology and Medicine 2003; 228: 724-729.

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Nut Shell, Salt or Beet Sugar Scrub?

Face and body scrubs are becoming more and more popular, with unique ingredients such as  essential oils, botanicals, and a variety of “grit” to mechanically scrub away dead skin cells. Commonly used abrasive ingredients include things like ground nut shells and coarse sea salt. When you consider these ingredients up close, they have sharp edges that can cause small cuts, damaging skin at the microscopic level.

I’m loving this Face and Body Scrub –
Celloxylin Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub, which is a highly effective mechanical exfoliant, designed to massage away dead skin cells and encourage healthy skin cell turnover. The primary exfoliating ingredient in the Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is beet sugar. [Read more…]

How To Get Better Results from Your Daily Skin Care

When’s the last time you had a professional facial? Well, it’s time to take care of your beautiful face, and make that appointment. I had one recently, and my skin never looked or felt so wonderful! Truly. Shannon Smith, of BeautySmith is a miracle worker! Funny thing, she used the same products I use every day, but the difference was in how she took her time massaging in the cleanser, serums and moisturizers. She has a therapeutic touch for sure, and when she did my Acid Peel and Derma Firm facial toning machine treatment, my face went to heaven!  It was so luxurious!

I’ve seen the same amazing results from Imagine by Carleen, Carleen McIlveen’s Clients! Wow!  Check out her before and after photos from a recent happy Client of hers! You really must schedule your appointment today!

At home, between facials, I try to do the same for my skin – take a little more time, massaging in each step of my Apriori Beauty  skin care like this: [Read more…]

Tips for Success in Your Job Interview

If you know someone who is interviewing for a new job, they’re going to need more than luck to be offered a good position with the competitive job market today. I’ve been in a “few” interviews throughout my life, and learned much from each one.

For the past few years, I’ve mentored graduating college students on the interviewing process.  We conduct mock interviews during class, and have them come dressed as they would for an interview. The students get to critique each other, and learn so much from their experience to take with them into their real life interviews. My goal is to set them up for success! Here are a few of my tips to make sure you look pulled together and present yourself to a potential new employer in the best way possible.

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Change Up Your Hair For The Party!

You’ve been invited to a special “dress up” event! How fun! You’re rocking your beautiful skin “canvas”, and are ready to create a gorgeous “look” for total party fun. Keeping in mind that you are going to respect the event and honor the host and hostess who invited you, you want to Always Look Your Best!

You’ve got an outfit you’re so excited to wear, makeup to accentuate your beautiful skin, accessories to add sparkle, but what about your hair? You don’t want to go with your same old, same old, do you? Here are three of my favorite celebrities who really pull off  fabulous “party” hair, that might spark a little creative idea for your own!

 

 

I don’t think anyone does “long” better than Carrie Underwood!

Love the poof at the top, and long, cascading curls, with the wisps at the temples. Gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Reese Witherspoon wears this beautiful short-do so elegantly, don’t you think?

I think this would look lovely even on a mid-life beauty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eva Longoria is the epitomy of gracefulness in this feminine up-do.

Relaxed, yet dressy, she is so pretty in this style!

 

 

 

 

These three styles are foundational in their design, and can be easily personalized to give you a fabulous party look whatever your age!

Happy Partying!

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