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!

Secret Beauty Ingredient of an Ancient Chinese Princess!

Secrets of ancient beauties may still be useful today! One such beauty was Empress Lu Zhi, who was known far and wide for her beautiful skin. When asked what her secret was, she would reply “Tremella“.

“Empress Lü Zhi (241BC-180BC), wife of Liu Bang, founding emperor of  the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220), set great store by Tremella fuciformis. Both in civil life and as empress, she started each day with a bowl of soup made from this edible jelly fungus.”

As I’m feeling a little more ancient with each year,  a little ancient beauty secret is just what I’m looking for!

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Hey! Where’d That Age Spot Go??

Hey! Where’d That Age Spot Go??? That’s exactly what I said aloud last week when I realized a large age spot on my right cheek was almost completely gone!

Guess what else I noticed…my cheek has “lifted”!! Woooohoooo!!

What Am I Doing? (Please have your skin checked by your dermatologist at least once a year.)

1. Celloxylin MD 20Ex Acid Peel: Twice a Week

2. Derma Firm Illuminator: 4 – 5 Times a  Week, Spot and Wrinkle Cycles

3. Celloxylin Skin Care + Lifeoxylin Elixir: Daily

Tips to Prolong Your Spray Tan!

Spray Tans by Monstar888

Sunless spray tans are becoming more and more popular for those who want a little additional  “color” in their skin without exposure to ultraviolet rays and sun damage. Here is some helpful information about the tanning solution, how to prepare your skin for a spray tan, and what type of skin care will help your spray tan last the longest time. [Read more…]

Oh, Your Beautiful Skin!

Have you ever wondered what each layer of your skin is made up of and what it does? We know there are three main layers –Mammal skin diagram - 2001 by fatboygotsick

  • Epidermis – top layer
  • Dermis – middle layer  (with everything that keeps our face “up”)
  • Hypodermis – the base layer

That’s about all there is to the simplifies version, yet with more and more information about toxic ingredients in skin care products, and the abundant choices of sunscreens and makeup, it is a good idea to gain a little more knowledge about your skin and what each layer does.

Human Skin is composed of 3 distinct layers, the Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis, each of which plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin structure and function!

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How to Keep Your Fingertips and Cuticles From Cracking and Peeling!

Finger by quinn.anyaIf you find yourself washing your hands often throughout the day, chances are you have dry skin around your fingernails and cuticles. Fissures along your fingertips and peeling cuticles are very painful breaks in the integrity of the skin. When I develop them, they can awaken me out of a deep sleep!

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Caffeine in Skin Care May Protect From Skin Cancer?

smoking hot cup of coffee by KrisThePhotographerCaffeine…… in your skin care? For all you coffee drinkers, does it get any better than this?  Well, it very well could be helpful, according to several studies with some interesting results.

Dr. Paul Ngheim, Associate Professor of Dermatology at University of Washington, Seattle, has reported findings from applying caffeine directly to the skin of mice exposed to ultraviolet radiation.  He found that a protein, ATR-Chk1, is necessary for UV damaged skin cells to grow quickly into cancerous cells. When caffeine was applied, the protein was interrupted causing only the damaged skin cells to die, and at a very rapid rate.  There was a 72% rate of nonmelonoma skin cancer suppression in the mice, stopping the cancerous cells in their tracks.Skin cancer cells, SEM  by Sandeep2208

Dr. Robin Ashinoff, Assoicate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, is not ready to agree wholeheartedly.  She says that “this study tells me that caffeine may be a useful ingredient topically to remove ultraviolet-genetically damaged cells from reproducing….(and) may help prevent the development of skin cancer.”

Dr. Albert Lefkovits, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, doesn’t think caffeine has any effect on skin cancer. He feels there is much more studying to be done, and rightfully so. Mice with skin cancer are not the same as you or I.  He also questions what the correct amount of caffeine to drink is.  Search out other related research and decide for yourself.

This is what I am going to do – keep drinking my two cups of coffee each morning, and use Apriori Beauty’s Celloxylin Skin Care which does have caffeine in almost every product!! (I think our Cosmetic Chemists are on to something!) This way, I am totally covered from the inside out, and I don’t think some extra caffeine will do me any harm, do you?

Thanks for stopping by and Making My Life Beautiful!

Sources:

http://www.usnews.com/health/family-health/cancer/articles/2009/02/26/caffeine-may-offer-some-skin-cancer-protection

Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2009) 129,1611–1613. doi:10.1038/jid.2009.99

http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v129/n2/abs/jid2008241a.html

Do You Need a Skin Care Routine?

Are you a soap and water gal?  A bar of soap and a washcloth is all you’ve used for as long as you can remember?

That was me, too!  Every Saturday night, we used a white bar of soap that smelled really, really soapyLovely green soap and dish by sunshinesyrie (not perfumed), scrubbed ourselves all over, hard, with a rough wash cloth, and voila, we were clean enough to wear a dress with white gloves to church the following day!  What I remember the most was how dirty the water was after I got out of the bathtub, and how dry my skin felt for several days after!

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Grapes, Raisins and Corn Flakes!

When was the last time you really looked at skin? Youthful skin on the children around us, blemishes ona tender  toach by ottavia99 teenagers, beginnings of laugh lines with the passing of youth, and the results of gravity as we approach our middle and later years.  You probably know some with “great” skin for their age, and others who have “let themselves go”! While heredity does play a part, there is plenty you can do to protect this largest organ of your body. The first step is to truly understand what your skin is made up of, and the best ways to nourish it so it lives a long and healthy life for you! [Read more…]

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