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At Home Treatment for Your Best Skin Ever
There are four
components to having the best skin ever: Exfoliation,
cleansing, protecting and moisturizing.
If you suffer from problem skin, let me share with you
advice from a dermatologist: For three to six months your
skin needs to be your #1 priority if you want to get rid of
red spots, brown spots, lessen the appearance of fine lines
and positively glow with radiant features. Yes, this is an
investment in you. It's also an investment in one product
line to use for 90 to 180 days because if you aren't using a
synergistic line of products, you probably are not satisfied
with your skin right now or you really do not know how good
your skin can look.
We offer many skin care products that will exfoliate your
skin and these products come in varying strengths. The
Facial Magic Daily Lift is a fine product that gently
exfoliates and it can be used every night. Just apply a thin
layer of gel to clean skin, leave it on 5 -10 minutes, then
remove the gel with a clean, wet washcloth. There is
rarely stinging or any type of redness on your skin and
usually the different is apparent as you notice that your
makeup sits beautifully on skin that has been treated with
Your choice of cleanser is important. Gentle is the
buzzword for your cleanser. We offer several cleansers and
they moisturize, balance, normalize and promote the health
of your skin. The ingredients are carefully chosen to
provide you a fabulous product to enhance your beauty.
There are several products that I "must have" for my face
- Retinol, Vitamin C Serum, Oxygen Treatment, Under Eye
Nourisher, Serums - Multi-Peptide, Green Apple Stem Cell,
Firm and Repair, Day and Night Moisturizers. I do not use
them all every day but I do layer them in the morning before
makeup and then layer again at night. I truly have beautiful
skin. Make certain you use these products on your neck,
upper chest, back of your hands and the back of your neck.
I do not wear foundation every day and most days, I wear
just sunscreen or tinted sunscreen. I haven't missed washing
my face before bedtime in years and years. Nighttime is when
our bodies regenerate and that includes our faces so make
certain you clean your face at night and slather so that you
are making the best effort to create radiant skin.
You can improvise for a tinted sunscreen - just add a few
drops of foundation into the palm of your hand and then mix
your sunscreen into the foundation.
And, remember, Facial Magic is your best ally for better
looking skin. From the inside out, your skin will look taut,
revitalized and brighter.
Age Gracefully with Facial Exercise
Did you know that thousands of women in the US will visit a
cosmetic surgeon or another professional this year to
explore using Botox, Restylane or
other modalities hoping that this will help them recapture
their youthful face?
Many more will visit a day spa that
will offer a variety of services to pamper these stressed
out women with facials, massage, chemical peels, skincare
items and makeup. These treatments represent a fraction of
the billion dollar beauty industry proving that women want
to look their best. They don’t mind shelling out a portion
of their income for these services and many will commit to
more procedures. Sadly, all of these procedures require a
serious financial commitment.
Fifty years ago only the very elite,
the crème de la crème, could afford the luxury of a spa.
Now, a quarter of the clients having cosmetic procedures are
under the age of 35; that means of the 13.1 million
procedures (statistics provided by the American Society of
Plastic Surgeons) performed in 2010, 2.75 million of these
were not even close to Baby Boomer status – that’s right,
those Generation Xer’s were out in force cornering their
share of the “look better market.”
What’s going on? Why the upsurge in
procedures? Is it all about appearance? Maybe not – maybe
it’s the “me too” syndrome. Looking professional, looking
capable comes at a premium, especially if you value your
position after years of schooling and years of training. No
one really wants to look old and that’s why many
professional women regularly visit salons and spas, use
personal trainers and shop in fashion-savvy boutiques.
Cosmetic procedures have reached an
all-time high and yet no one discusses the ramifications of
long-term Botox use, or how many ccs of Restylane is too
many or how grotesque your face may look if and when you
stop using foreign substances that plump and paralyze those
droopy and sagging facial features.
Fooling around with Mother Nature can
have its drawbacks; there are risks associated with every
procedure and every injection. Infection can set in days
and weeks after surgery and repeated Botox use can create
more wrinkles in other areas of your face. Ever hear of the
The Fountain of Youth is not found in a
syringe or an operating theatre; rather, if you want your
face to look younger with tightened and sculpted facial
features, consider facial muscle retraining – facial
Facial muscles give our faces contour
and shape; when they begin to elongate and shift from
atrophy and gravity, our skin is dragged downward causing
wrinkles, sags and bags. This shift makes us look older and
less attractive as we develop hooded eyelids, cheeks that
turn into pouches and
double chins that droop. When we see this same type of elongation
in our hips, thighs, buttocks and arms, we begin a work-out
regimen in earnest to put those muscles back under our
Being out of shape just doesn’t work in
today’s society because youth, beauty, and health rule our
thinking. Just as your body appreciates exercise so does
your face. Jackie Silver, President of Aging Backwards.com
has long stated that she believes exercise is the Fountain
of Youth and that includes facial exercise. “My face looks
the same today as it did when I was 25.”
Facial exercise only requires that you
make a commitment to be faithful to the exercise routine.
The process is natural, there is no down-time, your routine
is finished in just minutes a day, there is no risk and
there are no complications. Best of all people recognize
Exercising your face gives you control
over an aging face so that it becomes toned and tightened.
You won’t look 16 again or even twenty
but if you want to look 10 to 15 years younger, then learn
how to save your face using facial exercise. Isometric
movements produce a more flawless, ageless face. Your
confidence will soar as you realize people notice you.
Look Better Than you Have in Years
It is perplexing and astounding to see the amount of money
women spend year after year hoping to capture the fountain
of youth. There are so
many product options to consider: drugstore, convenience
store, shopping centers and their myriad of wares plus skin
care clinics galore offering services and more products.
Then there are the physicians whose patients rely on them
for injections, lasers and surgeries that further contribute
to the hunt for the fountain – it’s just that all of these
offerings are temporary. That’s right – year after year - if
you choose procedures you must continue to allow pokes of
needles, endure painful recoveries and then face your peers
for them to speculate about the procedures you’re wearing.
You are paying top dollar for temporary
fixes when all you want is a better looking face. After all,
our face is our calling card and we want it to look
naturally youthful, ageless and stress-less. We want to look
better than we have in years.
What sends women flocking to fend off
aging? Is it seeing their lower mouth collapsing or their
eyelids wrinkling? Could it be that the softening
zygomaticus are creating nasal labial folds? Lined foreheads
and droopy eyes create the look of old; double chins and
blurry jaw lines do, too. Do we all agree that a sagging,
droopy face is the culprit that steals our youthfulness?
These facial conditions cannot be
corrected with skin care, injections or lasers. Yes, a
surgical alteration will alleviate sagging temporarily but
procedures do not correct the base cause of aging –
atrophied, elongating facial muscles. And remember, the
telltale signs of surgery cannot be concealed; oh you might
not see visible scars but “the look” cannot be disguised.
Preventing the occurrence of atrophied
face and neck muscles is the key to looking better than you
thought possible and considerably younger throughout the
Facial muscles slowly elongate over
time and by the time your face is 55 years old, your facial
muscles will have lengthened about one half inch. This is
the look of old we all dread so in order to forgo an old
looking face, we must proactively begin the process of
saving our faces using techniques of anchoring, resistance
and contraction rather than injections of dangerous
chemicals, searing hot lasers and scalpels that alter our
Yes, facial exercise will provide you
the best avenue to save your face without the added expense
of injections, surgeries and procedures. Nothing fake about
exercise and no surprises – you will look like you only
better than you have in years.
Preventing and Treating Milia
Deb Chase - No
Nonsense Beauty Blog
The little white
bumps under the skin came back. Called milia, they
develop when keratin gets trapped under the skin and form
base of sweat glands or hair follicles. They look
somewhat like pimples but do not have the oil and bacteria
found in true acne. And unlike acne breakouts which have a
lifespan of a week or so, milia can last for years. They
are painless and don’t itch, but please don’t try to remove
them yourself. Milia go very deep and can scar if
Dr Marmur started by numbing the area with a bit of
lidocaine. She used an electric
needle to nick
the top and pressed a comedone extractor over the area.
Thanks to the lidocaine, I felt nothing. Next day I had
tiny red dots but no bruises. Within two days, my skin
looked smooth and even. Nice.
This is the second time I developed
and I wanted to learn how to stop new ones from developing.
Some experts have suggested that excessive use of heavy
creams and moisturizers can provoke production of milia.
believe that its a genetic thing and some skin is just more
likely to develop
milia. Regular exfoliation with scrubbing grains, home
micro-dermabrasion devices, glycolic peels and even Retin A
all can keep pores from developing milia. But like many
other people, my milia seem to pop up in the eye area where
exfoliation is difficult. This delicate eye area cannot
use traditional exfoliation leaving it open to milia
To keep my skin
milia free I need to faithfully take off my eye make-up with
a non-oily remover pad and follow up with a warm water
rinse. Once a week, I will treat the area with warm wet
compresses to keep the pores clean and unclogged.
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Primers for Your Face
Primers smooth your facial skin so that
lines and wrinkles appear lessened - this is a big
improvement when applying your foundation. I like
to use ColoreScience Skin Brightening after applying my
serums. The following is an article from
BeautyLish that I enjoyed and I bet you will, too.
These days, it seems like primers are all over the beauty
market. And it’s no wonder—they work! Think about it: it’s
normal for the skin’s surface to be textured from pores,
fine lines, and inflammation. In other words, the complexion
isn’t flat and smooth. So when you apply foundation over
bare, un-primed skin, you may find it more difficult to
blend the product out. The foundation might then settle into
every crevice, accentuating flaws and enlarging the
appearance of pores (especially with a heavily pigmented
formula). Adding to the challenges of foundation application
is your skin type—those with normal, oily, and dry skin will
get different results.
Originally, primers were invented to prime the skin for a
smoother foundation application, much like you’d use primer
on a wall before painting it. Eyelid primers are also
popular nowadays, meant to make eye shadows go on smoother
and last longer. Whether marketed for the face, the eyes, or
both, the anatomy of a primer will be similar.
Key Ingredient: Silicone
Primers form a film on the skin that are usually soft,
cushiony, smooth, and silicone-based. Silicone derivatives
are used in majority of primers because they provide a
slippery feel that helps foundation and cream blushes glide
like magic over any skin texture rather than absorbing into
the skin. They also help to minimize the appearance of pores
and fine lines.
When you look at the label of your favorite primer, you may
see many of the following silicone-based ingredients listed.
Usually, they compose the majority of the formulation:
cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer,
dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, phenyl
trimethicone, PEG-10 dimethicone, dimethiconol, bis-PEG/PPG-14/14
There are also primers that don’t contain silicone;
generally they’re better for good skin that doesn’t require
much coverage. Silicone-free primers rely on either gelled
oils, which may feel a little greasier on the skin than
silicone (with silica) or gelled water-based formulations
(with acrylates or C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer).
Protect Your Skin Every Day
Remember it is the "smidgens" that
count...the little things you do everyday to either enhance
or destroy your skin or your body. If you eat non-organic
food, chances are the "smidgens" are GMO's. If you neglect
to wash your face before bedtime, that "smidgen" can make
you look older and older in just weeks...
Remove dead skin cells in the top layer of the
skin and you will see brighter, softer, and more even skin.
Exfoliation helps the skin to more easily absorb nutrients.
In addition, it reduces clogging of the pores and can keep
acne at bay. During the summer, most of us exfoliate
the act can cause the skin to be more sensitive to the sun,
and it can wreak havoc on the quintessential sunless tan!
At the end of the summer, it is super important to
exfoliate by manual or chemical means (dermabrasion,
peels and lasers)
so that dry skin and trapped oils (and even leftover
self-tanner) can be eliminated! We offer Facial Magic
Daily Lift and Cell Renewal Glycolic Moisturizers.
account for nearly half of all cancers in the US. In
fact, current projections estimate that 1 in 5 Americans
will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. A blistering
sunburn in childhood can double an individual's risk of
developing skin cancer. It is imperative, especially at the
end of summer, to have a skin check. Yearly checks by the
doctor, and monthly self-checks can optimize early detection
of growths that may be precancerous or even cancerous.
isn't just caused by aging and its associated loss of
natural oils and slower cell turnover; it is also brought on
by extremes in temperature. Day to day sun exposure during
days of summer afford us more hours to spend sailing,
swimming and surfing in the salt water; building and
digging in the sand; basking, biking and hiking in the dry
heat; and swimming and floating in the pool's chlorinated
water. But, at the end of summer, it is important to
moisturize and re-hydrate the skin topically
and from within. Facial Magic Skin Care will provide you
with peptides and lipids - the extra-nourishing
building blocks your body needs as a restorative treatment
to boost its own regenerative powers. The Facial Magic
products are ideal for unsurpassed skin health, smoothness
We've said it before and we'll keep repeating it
until everyone remembers that even though the days get
shorter and cooler, the UVA rays stay the same
all year long.
Whether outdoors, or behind polarized glass, UVA rays can
cause damage. Remember to protect your skin by applying a
daily moisturizing sunscreen
for optimum hydration. And,
perhaps, opt for a tinted sunscreen to extend an
Wrinkles? Blame Your Mom!
Nick Mcdermott -
Poor Mom! Now she's
being blamed for our facial wrinkles! When the inherited DNA
is defective, the result is premature ageing – not only
wrinkles but a shorter lifespan – a study says. But your
lifestyle plays the biggest role in how you age. If you
party hard, smoke and drink on a regular basis, you will
begin to resemble your elder relatives sooner rather than
You see how Gwyneth Paltrow and her mom,
Blythe Danner, look youthful. You know Gwyneth takes care to
enjoy a fairly pure lifestyle, she rarely eats white carbs
if ever and keeps her body slim.
The best defense against wrinkles is
Facial Magic exercise because when the muscles underneath
the skin become stronger, your skin is better supported so
that wrinkles are disguised.
10 Aging Looks from Naughty Makeovers for
- Pierced earring and hole hangs from
years of being stretched open
- Back bra fat from too tight of a bra
- Discolored and/or worn-down teeth
- Clumpy mascara
- One strip of fake eyelashes
- Any fashion that shows off body parts
not in shipshape, such as low-cut blouses, revealing
cleavage that is wrinkled and sun damaged
- Droopy breasts. Make sure your bra
will boost you halfway between your shoulders and
elbows, or do not leave the house
- Nude lips. Brighter shades, brick red
or brighter peachy or pinkish shades on the brighter
side tend to de-age.
- Frosted eye shadow. Lightly pearlized,
on the other hand, makes you look younger.
- Baggy pants or jeans
5 foods that help you stay hydrated
Photo by Brandon Hock
Your beautiful face will thank you when you add certain
vegetables to your diet that are full of water. Besides
drinking water and hot tea, there are vegetables that you
can consume that will help keep you hydrated and cool.
Made up of 96 percent water, cucumbers are refreshing and
hydrating on hot days. They’re full of vitamin C and silica.
Both are important for tissue growth and skin cleansing. And
don’t forget about the skin, packed with potassium,
magnesium, and fiber. Of course always buy organic to avoid
pesticides and synthetic wax coatings.
- Great for grilling, zucchini is a summer
favorite. Jam-packed with vitamins A, B, and C, potassium,
phosphorous, magnesium, copper, folate, omega-3s, protein,
and manganese...one medium-sized zucchini only has 31
calories. You can grill, steam, boil, bake, or eat it raw.
Sliced zucchini makes the perfect topping for sandwiches and
– Definitely the year round vegetable. But during the
summer, chanterelles and porcinis are the mushrooms of
choice. They give dishes a nice hearty punch but are low in
sodium and fat. They help fill you up with their rich fiber.
And as a bonus, they are rich in potassium, riboflavin, and
niacin that help boost your body’s immune system. When
selecting mushrooms, make sure they are dry and firm.
Also known as fava beans, they are a summer salad staple
that can help lower your blood pressure. Rich in protein,
broad beans offer you high amounts of iron and potassium, as
well as vitamins A and C. Add broad beans to a salad or as a
side dish with a little olive oil drizzled on them.
Because of their abundance of antioxidants and
anti-inflammatory properties, this tiny onion alternative is
considered an anticarcinogen. They also help ward off colds
and other diseases with their antibacterial and antiallergic
properties. But their health benefits don’t end there. They
also help prevent heart disease and diabetes. Shallots are
sweeter and subtler in flavor than onions. Use them as a
base for sauces and dressings. Or add them in any dish as an
onion substitute for taste and texture.
Prescription drugs for depression and pain can make
your face sag
sit in amazement while you listen to the list of
contraindications and the looming significant
complications that exist when you watch an
advertisement touting the latest and greatest
prescription drug? Do you ask yourself, “Who would
take this drug knowing how harmful the side effects
Whether you see or hear information regarding the
newest birth-control method, high blood-pressure
medication, or even a sexual-enhancement drug, there
are warnings galore that are muted by photos and
scenes of happy couples, joyful women swimming and
smiling bicyclers trekking through the woods. After
all, having an erection that lasts more than four
hours is ear catching and daunting.
Under the guise of serenity and happiness the
warnings are clear: if you choose to use
prescription drugs, be prepared for the side effects
that will inevitably arise.
up and take heed if you want to maintain your
youthful face because recent information published
in the web version of Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery suggests that continued relaxation of
the facial muscles due to antidepressant use could
cause sagging in the face.
you are one of the 190 million people in the U.S.A.
who use antidepressants, you may not be aware that
the prescription you are taking is most likely
making you look older.
as antidepressants relax the shoulders, back, and
body muscles, the face muscles, when relaxed for an
extended period of time, will elongate. This
relaxation and elongation is evident when you see
soft, droopy facial skin with folds, wrinkles, and
less than glowing facial vitality.
look of old affects everyone, even if you are not
using prescription antidepressants; muscles elongate
due to disuse. We witness this in our thighs, waist,
tummy, and hips; our arms become less tight and
shapely. Droopy cheeks, hooded, lined eyes plus
jowls and pouches, all in evidence by the time we
hit sixty, are a result of sagging facial muscles
that drag down the skin.
While using antidepressants may speed up muscle
atrophy in the face, please be mindful that using
more drugs to plump and paralyze lax facial tissue
may not return the look of youth you wishfully
desire. Injecting serums over time slowly morphs the
user’s face in such a way that the skin looks
freakish and the store-bought contours are never
what Mother Nature intended.
Celebrities are notorious for overinflating their
cheeks and certainly their lips. Some of them can
get away with using injections for a while, but
certainly not forever. The telltale signs are
apparent up close, especially in photographs from
the red carpet and in blogs where the face is not
touched by Photoshop experts.
Surgery is another avenue that men and women have
used to stop their face from sagging. This rather
barbaric avenue that offers massive health risks has
lots of stars and wannabes looking ridiculously the
same as the cookie-cutter effect has spread out of
Hollywood and across the world.
These depressing scenarios must add to depression.
Imagine looking in the mirror only to see a sagging
face peering back at you. How depressing. And to
think that by using prescription drugs that are
supposed to help you feel better actually contribute
to the downward slide of muscles.
What is the answer to stopping the root cause, the
downward slide of facial muscles? Facial exercise.
Not twists, contortions or scrunches, but isometric
exercise using resistance with contraction and it’s
easy to do and something you can use for the rest of
your life if you want a firmer, lifted, more toned
and tightened face.
Using your thumbs and fingers in white cotton gloves
in the privacy of your home you begin to
systematically transform your face, lifting eyes,
cheeks, jowls, and more.
Facial exercise produces a glowing face that
portrays vibrancy, health, and confidence.
So, if you have been prescribed medications that
might speed up the look of aging, facial exercise is
an all-natural at-home remedy that will help you
look your best.
Laugh lines? Wrinkles actually make
you look angry and sad
Nancy (photo at right) knew her wrinkles made her
look angry. The crow's feet, the deep lines around
her mouth, her droopy forehead and even her sagging
nose contributed to this look of angry and sad. She
began using Facial Magic and later appeared on our
infomercial with her new and improved look.
Strengthening the underlying muscles and muscle
groups will greatly improve your skin; the toning
and tightening of those hidden muscles "disguises"
the wrinkles you see on your face. Look in the
mirror...do you see Mother Nature's handiwork
etching your face and you want to stop it now? It's
time for you to seriously consider starting or
re-starting your Facial Magic program.
See Nancy's 9 week "AFTER"
Here's an article from
DailyMail UK that describes how people perceive
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Ingredients – The Top Ten
Deb Chase - No Nonsense Beauty
I recently got an email which chided me for being
too negative about too many cosmetic ingredients.”
If you don’t like vitamin E, peptides, and
seaweed, what do you think is worthwhile?” she
Fair enough. Truth is there are ten ingredients that
I love because they truly deliver as promised. Some
are for acne, others for anti-aging and a few for
sun protection. Best of all, only one needs a
prescription. I also relish the fact that in many
of them, the FDA requires that their concentration
by percentage must be listed on the label– so you
can see at a glance if it has what your skin needs.
Derived from sugarcane,
is considered the most effective form of alpha
hydroxy acid. In a cleanser, toner, moisturizer or
mask, glycolic acid takes off dead dry skin cells,
increases cell renewal and stimulates collagen
production. Its useful for oily skin, acne prone
skin and as an anti-aging tool. But to be effective
most glycolic acid products need to have at least
8% glycolic acid in the formulation.
The cells of the top layer of the skin are held
together by ceramides, a kind of fatty substance
that acts like glue to keep cells in a healthy
ordered pattern. Even better, ceramides are
equally important at holding water molecules in the
skin. Ceramides, like so many factors, decline in
the body as we get older. A ceramide moisturizer
definitely levels the playing field.
Anti-aging properties have been attached to many
vitamins, but vitamin C is the one that has the
science to back up the claims. Vitamin C ( AKA
ascorbic acid) is essential for the growth of
healthy collagen. In fact the National Health and
Nutrition study of 17,000 Americans found that those
with diets highest in vitamin C had the youngest
looking skin and fewest wrinkles. Even better,
vitamin C is one of the few ingredients that is
truly helpful inside and out. But and its a big
but, vitamin C is extremely fragile and not
effective in many formulations. Exposure to light,
heat, and moisture quickly degrade vitamin C and
steal its anti-aging properties. When you buy
vitamin C serum, make sure its packaged in a dark
brown or green glass vial with at least 5%
This skin care work horse is a tried and true acne
buster that packs a one-two punch. It can take off
the top layer of dead dry skin cells that are
clogging pores and stale oil that is blocking the
pores and kills the bacteria in the skin that
trigger breakouts. Until recently the FDA allowed a
maximum of 2.5% in over the counter acne
preparations. Now this limit has been lifted and
its possible to purchase formulations the have up to
10% benzoyl peroxide.
But benzoyl peroxide can be very irritating and its
best to start with lower concentrations, and if well
tolerated work up to stronger formulas. Like Retin
A, you should wait 10-30 minutes after washing your
face before applying benzoyl peroxide. Limit use of
alcohol based toners and glycolic acid products
when starting with benzoyl peroxide. Because it
can increase sun sensitivity, always top benzoyl
peroxide treated skin with at least a
Zinc oxide is a white mineral that has been used for
skin care since the time of the Greeks. Over the
centuries, it has been useful for ointments, baby
powder, dandruff shampoos and is the primary
ingredient in calamine lotion. Currently, zinc
oxide ( and its cousin titanium dioxide) are the
dermatologists favorite sunscreen ingredient. They
are called physical sunscreens because they
literally and physically block the rays of the sun.
Zinc oxide sits on the skin surface and shields the
skin from both UV A and UVB says. Because they are
not absorbed by the skin, physical sunscreens are
less irritating and less likely to provoke
breakouts. This means that zinc oxide sunscreens
are the best option for sensitive and acne prone
skin. Look for products that contain at least 5%
zinc oxide or titanium oxide.
naturally in the skin, this important substance is
a super effective moisturizer. Like so many
others natural factors in our body, healthy levels
keep dropping as we get older– yet another reason
our skin keeps getting dryer. Scientists have shown
that one molecule of hyaluronic acid holds 214
molecules of water! When hyaluronic acid first
appeared skin care products it was available only in
the more expensive lines, but now you can find great
examples in drugstore creams and lotions.
It’s hard not
to love oatmeal. It contains anti-inflammatory
phenol compounds that reduce redness and itching
making it the perfect ingredient for sensitive and
rosacea troubled skins. Oatmeal in a mask or lotion
inhibits the release of cytokines in the skin
which have a nasty habit of breaking down collagen.
Damaged collagen leads to more lines and wrinkles,
so less cytokines = less wrinkles.
But wait there
is more. Oatmeal contains both saponins which are
gentle cleansers AND antioxidants that
protect against UV rays. Finally the beta glucans that
gives a bowl of oatmeal its cholesterol-lowering
mojo, can also help lock in moisture when used in
creams and cleansers. All this from an inexpensive,
You’ve heard of
alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic acid or lactic
acid. Now meet a beta-hydroxy acid that is helpful
for both acne and aging. For acne, salicylic acid
unclogs pores to control breakouts. For signs of
aging, salicylic acid takes off the top dead dry
layers to stimulate healthy collagen renewal.
is found in the bark of the willow trees and you
might see it listed as willow bark extract on the
label of a skin care product. The FDA
limits salicylic acid to 3% in cleansers and about
2.5 % in products left on the face.
Since salicylic acid is part of the salicylate
family (which includes aspirin, and is
not considered safe to be used during
pregnancy), doctors advise against using salicylic
acid if you are expecting.
Soy is one of
those rare ingredients that delivers both inside and
out. As a meat substitute like tofu, in dairy style
products and just as is in salty black soy sauce,
soy can play a big role in a healthy diet. In a
skin care product soy has been shown to be a
powerful antioxidant and protect the skin from UV
damage. Equally exciting, soy contains genisten,
a compound that prevents melanin from attaching
to skin cells– definitely a good thing. Soy is a
wonderful addition for sun protective products and
appears effective for reducing dark spots due to sun
damage. However soy is a pseudo estrogen and is much
less effective for larger brown patches of melasma which
are linked to estrogen levels in the body. If you
developed hyper-pigmentation after you’ve been on
the pill or pregnancy, soy is not going to get you
where you want to be.
secret that I’m a Retin-A groupie. Like many
dermatologists, I believe that it’s the gold
standard for overall skin care and the only one that
the FDA allows to make anti-aging claims. As a
retinoid, tretinoin has a duel personality. It is
an effective acne fighter, shutting down oil glands
and cleaning out clogged pores. A few decades
later, Retin-A will stimulate your collagen to
reduce wrinkles and boost skin circulation to
produce a healthy pink glow.
available in creams and gels in strengths that range
from .925% to 1%. True Retin-A is available only
by prescription. Keep in mind that Retin-A is a
turbo powered ingredient. You need to use just a
pea size dab for the entire face, start slow using
it every other night and always wear a sunscreen.
For more Retin-A road rules you can go to
Retin A- Five Top Questions. If you
like my Facebook page, you can download a free four
page guide that includes a description of the
different types of Retin-A and a step by step day
and night skin care program for using Retin-A. And
if you have additional questions you can also email
Walking for Fitness and Weight
Pop quiz: Two women go
walking. One finishes quickly; the other takes
her time. They each burn about 400 calories. So who
sheds more belly fat? The obvious answer: It's a
tie. But a surprising new study shows that the one
speed walking actually loses more.
If you're a walker like me, you know that walking
fast and holding in your tummy muscles makes a
difference in your appearance. Walking faster would
seem to burn more calories and it's so invigorating
to be outdoors in the sunshine.
Researchers from the University of Virginia found
that women who did three shorter, fast-paced walks a
week (plus two longer, moderate-paced ones) lost 5
times more belly fat than those who simply strolled
at a moderate speed 5 days a week, even though both
groups burned exactly the same number of calories
(400) per workout. To read the rest of the
Wear sunscreen, sun glasses, long sleeve shirt and a
hat to protect your beautiful face from sun damage.
Tracy Anderson and Fat Burning
Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Madonna have
fallen under the charm of fitness guru, Tracy
Anderson. She is offering "tricks" to trim bulky
problem areas on our bodies and the 15 minute video
Gwyneth's site. FYI - Ms Paltrow calls
Tracy "Freaking Awesome." One of the practical
aspects of working out is eating foods that will
burn fat quickly and not using repetitive movements
in our large muscle groups.
"Performing repetitive movements in fitness (such as
running) creates a distinctive imbalance in the
muscular structure and causes the large muscles in
the legs to charge up," she says. Weight loss and
trimming fatty areas means you will want to
concentrate on how your calories consumed are burned
and she has the answer.
Best Beauty Tips For 2013
Googled the above headline, many suggestions were
provided me...from nail color trends to foundations,
many recognizable beauty companies offered their
suggestions. From glittery eyes to neon lips, there
is a beauty tip for every woman.
Toronto Fashion Week outlined the best of
the best so if you're looking to improve your
visage, take a look at this array of suggestions.
Just remember this: if you want to portray a younger
looking face without risk or damage, you will want
to start with Facial Magic Facial Exercises. The
routine is easy to learn, easy to perform and best
of all, it smoothes and plumps your features in all
the right areas.
Here are two
suggestions from the article:
And Big Lips
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10 Foods For Better Sleep
Everyone wants better sleep but
sometimes, even with a bite of melatonin, sleep
cannot be easily had. But wait,
here's an article from Sylvia
Booth Hubbard that outlines how
simple foods like popcorn, cherries and peanuts can
help you have a better sleep night after night. By
is a fabulous site that has excellent information
regarding health and aging. Be certain to sign up
for their newsletter so that you don't miss the
latest and greatest in health and anti-aging.
You probably know that drinking too
many adult beverages before bedtime can interrupt
deep sleep so avoid them after 9 pm and remember to
flush your body with water so that you won't awaken
with a puffy face and under eye trauma.
5 Aging Backwards Tips- Secrets to
anti-aging expert Jackie Silver, founder of
AgingBackwards.com about her tips on staying
young, favorite products and
how you can buy her book Aging Backwards: Secrets
to Staying Young.
What are your top five tips for staying young?
Tip 1) Exercise for 10 minutes a day.
Exercise is the fountain of youth.
Tip 2) Get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Studies show that our bodies “tune up” while we’re
Tip 3) Laughter is the best medicine.
Studies show laughter changes the make-up of your
Tip 4) Watch your diet.
Supersize your veggies and half-size everything
Tip 5) Volunteer and giveback.
Find ways to give back on Volunteermatch.org.
Six Fashion Week
Secrets You Can Use
in your heels at home.
“The Lincoln Center steps
are not the place to
face-plant in front of a
horde of photographers!
Before Fashion Week, I put
on thick sweat socks with my
new stilettos and wear them
around the house to stretch
the shoes out while I’m
doing the dishes.” —Tracey
all your extras.
“I stow my chargers,
headphones, camera, and
makeup in zip pouches from
stores like ASOS and Gap.
They keep my purse organized
and look superchic!” —Megan
Consider a hot pad
“Rumor has it that
street-style supernova Anna
Dello Russo puts athletic
heat patches onto the small
of her back on chilly
Fashion Week days so she can
sport skimpy designer duds
and still stay toasty.” —Susan
Apply lipstick like a pro…
“Fashion Week days are
long—up to 18 hours! Here’s
the backstage secret I
learned to make lip color
last through it all: First,
pat on foundation. Next, a
layer of lipstick.Third,
dust lips with translucent
powder. Finally, put on a
second layer of color.
Sounds tedious, but I
promise you won’t have to
apply again!” —Rachael
…and take it off like a pro
“Makeup artists have access
to the most expensive
products, but the truth is,
backstage, about 90 percent
of them use just plain ol’
baby wipes to take off the
models’ makeup from the show
before. They’re fast and
gentle—and inexpensive.” —Beth
Buy nipple covers (yes, we
sounds weird, but they’re
essential! I have many
outfit changes between
shows, and these stick on
and give a smooth shape—like
a T-shirt bra without the
straps or hooks. They work
with backless, strapless,
and sheer dresses.
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Snoring Linked to Cancer Death
by William Campbell Douglass,
If you're a heavy snorer, you're not just sending
your spouse to the sofa in search of rest -- you may
be snoring your way right to the graveyard.
Snoring isn't the cartoonish habit it's been made
out to be. It's often a sign of something seriously
wrong, especially if your snores are punctuated by
periods of absolute silence.
That's a sure sign of sleep apnea, or a condition
where you literally stop breathing in the night, and
a new study shows it can up your odds of cancer.
I'm not just talking about any old run-of-the-mill
cancer link here, either. The new study of 1,500
people tracked for up to 22 years as part of the
Wisconsin Sleep Cohort finds that the most severe
forms of apnea -- or people who stop breathing 30 or
more times an hour -- are 500 HUNDRED PERCENT more
likely to DIE of cancer than people without apnea.
Severe apnea is a lot more common than you'd think
-- but even milder cases pack a whole lot of risk:
Between 15 and 29.9 episodes of low-to-no oxygen per
hour will double your odds of death by cancer, and
between five and 14.9 will boost it by 10 percent.
Think that's bad? That's just the beginning -- if
you're sleeping with apnea, you're taking your life
into your own hands every time your head hits the
pillow, because people who have this condition have
a higher risk of dementia, heart problems, and an
early death (by cancer or any other means).
That means it's absolutely essential you get this
taken care of pronto. There are gimmicks and masks
and other things you can try, but most cases of
apnea are caused by obesity.
Lose the weight, and the apnea will almost always
disappear along with your excess pounds. And since
you'll also slash your risk of diabetes, heart
disease, and all the other risks that come from an
oversized gut, you can really sleep easier at night.
Sign up here,
Foundation Over If You're Over 50
By Jackie Silver
Makeup is supposed to be the finishing touch that
gives us confidence, but here's what many women
don't realize: the way you apply your makeup could
be adding years to your appearance. Take foundation,
for example. What's the best foundation over 50?
Foundation is a makeup must-have for most women.
Wearing foundation is a great way to smooth out your
skin tone and give you a flawless, airbrushed
look...if you don't overdo it. Women in their 20s
can get away with just about any product, but as we
age, our skin demands more age specific cosmetics.
Reveal Your True Beauty
Many women make the mistake of layering on their
foundation, but thick layers can create a mask-like
effect. Even worse, heavy foundation also has a way
of settling into - and magnifying - every tiny line
and crevice on your face, not to mention the ones
that aren't so tiny. That can add years to your
Another common mistake is using foundation that
doesn't match your natural complexion. Applying a
bronzy colored foundation to pale skin and stopping
at chin level is not an attractive look. Always try
to match your natural skin tone as closely as
possible and use a cosmetic sponge to blend all the
way down the neck and décolletage.
Anti-Aging and Makeup in One
We over 50-somethings want products that multi-task
and some big companies are stepping up to the plate.
The best foundation over 50 does double duty. These
new products cover flaws and imperfections while at
the same time including anti-aging ingredients.
Three New Age Appropriate Foundations
Instant Age Rewind is a super-concentrated
formula with Goji berry and collagen that tightens
and improves skin elasticity. It has a patented
Micro-Corrector Applicator that micro-fills and
smooths imperfections on the skin's surface while
SPF 18 sunscreen helps protect skin from sun damage.
Seven years of clinical research proved that it
doesn't just cover, but after eight weeks of use
reduces imperfections without makeup on.
Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation is the newest
COVERGIRL + Olay creation where makeup meets skin
care. This anti-aging liquid foundation also has
clinical studies showing that continuous use helps
reduce the appearance of discolorations, such as age
spots, and helps improve skin tone over time.
COVERGIRL + Olay
Simply Ageless Foundation is infused with Olay
Regenerist Serum. This SPF 22 foundation stays
suspended over fine lines and wrinkles and is
clinically shown to offer significant improvement in
skin condition in just four weeks. Customer Amylynn
from Wimberley, Texas, raves about it on the
company's Web site. "This is the best makeup...young
or old. My daughter at 18..me at 48. It goes on
smoothly...hides imperfections with flawless
coverage. Would recommend to anyone of any age!
Please don't change formula or colors...EVER!"
A note from Cynthia: I've tried all three of
these products and they are quite impressive. Move
over Ellen, Jackie and I love these products, too!
Chin Augmentation is Newest
Chin augmentation surgery
Has it ever and even though
the procedure sounds safe,
even innocuous, every
surgery has risk and
disappointments. Click to
read Jackie Silver's article
on the latest information
regarding this new but old
Just remember that you
cannot fool Mother Nature!
Clearly, we know that
drinking in excess can
be bad for you, but in
the last few decades
there has been mounting
evidence that drinking
in moderation is pretty
good for you.
The original research
was done in the early
1980s by Dr. Arthur
Klatsky. As a
California, Dr. Klatsky
noticed that more of his
patients with heart
disease were people who
didn’t drink. He looked
at the records of about
80,000 patients and
found that people who
drank alcohol were less
likely to die of a heart
attack than those who
The original data was
intriguing, but since
then there’s been a
great deal of
drinking can be
beneficial from the
standpoint of protecting
against heart disease.
There is data to suggest
that wine may be more
protective against heart
disease than beer or
liquor. There are
antioxidants in wine,
especially red wine.
However, some studies
suggest that most any
alcoholic beverage type
can reduce coronary
So, what is the “optimum
amount?” A “drink” is
five ounces of wine, or
12 ounces of beer or 1.5
ounces of hard liquor.
It should be noted that
some people have
drinking. Alcohol can be
very addictive, for some
people more than others.
One drink a day for
women and two a day for
men is the amount the
experts say has the most
So, the old toast, “To
your health” may
actually have some basis
Veggies Will "Burn" Off Tummy Fat
Dan Robey -
the Power of Positive Habits
Everybody wants healthy foods that can melt away
belly flab. The foods listed below which include
some amazing veggies can be combined to create some
pretty tasty entrees that actually assist your body
in burning more fat around your stomach area and the
rest of your body.
Get creative with salads, you can even add them to a
healthy egg white omlette for a super combination of
fiber and lean protein.
Avocados are the perfect fat burning food
because they are high in fiber (11 to 17 grams for
each Avocado) and that helps you feel full longer.
They also contain monounsaturated fats and there are
that show that mono-unsaturated fats target and
reduce belly fat. Additionally, mono-saturated fats
trigger the release of the
hormones in your body that are responsible for
Brussels Sprouts have been shown to provide
the benefit of accelerating the function of your
pancreas which results in
the release of hormones that have a cleaning effect
on your cells.
Carrots contain carotene which turn into
Vitamin A and vitamin A that helps initiate the fat
burning response in your body.
It is also high in fiber.
Beets are a powerful diuretic that have the
ability to rid your body of hanging body fats while
also purifying blood corpuscles
that can control fat sediments.
Chili Peppers contain a capsaicin nutrient
that causes a thermal burn. Research has shown that
capsaicin can melt away fat cells while also causing
you to burn more calories.
Cabbage - The sulfur and iodine content of
cabbage can assist in melting down fat in your
stomach and waistline areas.
Aging Backwards President Jackie Silver is invited
to many events in and around NYC. I accompanied her
to the Park Avenue Symrise introduction of new
scents in mid-January. It was a heady experience of
various smells and aromas that stemmed from an
expedition of three jetting from NYC to Tasmania via
Doha and Melbourne. The three hardy adventurers
brought previously unknown fragrance profiles from
plants, trees and rocks to the US and have now
formulated them, ready to add to detergents,
perfumes, soaps, creams and more. I only wish you
could enjoy the rich Pink Leatherwood and the
Blackwood scents like we did. So delightful!
Here's Jackie Silver's take on
the Symrise expedition.
Healthy Monday - Jackie Silver
Welcome to 2012! Here’s
your first Monday tip of
the new year. Why
Monday? It’s the
“January” of the week,
the perfect time for a
fresh start. People are
more likely to begin
exercising, start a diet
or quit smoking on
Monday than any other
day. It’s a call to
action built into every
calendar – offering 52
chances a year to live a
longer, healthier life!
A Bite in the
Incorporating new habits
into your daily life
takes work, so aim for
perfection! Start with
small changes that you
can easily fit into your
daily routine and go a
little further each
week. Swapping a
breakfast Danish for an
organic, free-range egg,
having water instead of
soft drinks, picking
veggies as a side dish
or trying fruit for
dessert are all doable
actions that will lead
to long term results.
Look at your usual
eating habits and commit
to one “swap out” this
week. Make sure your new
habit is something that
you can integrate
seamlessly into your
routine. Use your New
Year’s momentum to
situations where you
could easily make a
Learn more about Jackie's Aging Backwards tips at
Marcia Kilgore -
TOP THREE MAKE-UP ITEMS
Pile it on top lashes only for a fresh, natural, but
Use on certain spots to create an even canvas on
which you can highlight your best features.
Pull your hair off your face, wear something simple
and elegant — and if you’ve got good skin and a
beautiful lipstick, you don’t need anything else.
Marcia Kilgore is the founder of the extraordinarily
Bliss Spas and I
had the pleasure of meeting her when we both
appeared on QVC.
Pumpkin Facial Mask
you're looking for a way to use leftover pumpkin and
you don't want to make a pie, there's an option you
may not have considered--making a pumpkin facial
mask. Varieties of the recipe are available for
regular, oily or dry skin, all depending on the
secondary ingredients that you add to the mask.
Pumpkins are rich in
A, C, and zinc, making pumpkin a good choice for
promoting healing and moisture.
Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe
Grind 12 almonds up into a fairly fine powder. Mix
the ground almonds into 1 cup pureed pumpkin, either
cooked fresh pumpkin or canned, 1/4 cup honey and
1/8 tsp. olive oil. To use the mask, spread a thin
layer on the face and allow it to sit for about 5
minutes. Rinse off with water. Seal tightly and
store in the refrigerator.
Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe
Mix 2 cups pureed cooked, fresh pumpkin or canned
pumpkin, 4 tbsp. unflavored yogurt, 4 tbsp. honey
and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice to make the mask.
Spread on the face and allow it to sit for about 10
minutes. Rinse off with water. This
recipe is for a
general facial mask, suitable for most types of
skin. The finished mask has both a good taste and
smells like pumpkin pie. The recipe has a high yield
and leftover mask should be stored in the
Oily and Dry
These two pumpkin facial mask
recipes start with
the same base of pumpkin, honey and milk, and then
different ingredients are added afterward to make
them either oily or dry skin specific. For the base,
mix 2 tsp. pureed pumpkin, 1/2 tsp. honey and 1/4
tsp. milk. To continue with the oily skin mask
recipe, add 1/4 tsp. apple cider vinegar or 1/4 tsp.
cranberry juice. To make the dry skin formula,
instead add 1/4 tsp. heavy whipping cream or 1/2
tsp. brown sugar. Spread the mixture on the face and
leave on for 10 to15 minutes, and then rinse off
with water. Each recipe yields enough for one mask.
Pumpkin Facial Mask
Recipe | eHow.com
AUTUMN MAKEUP TRENDS
Lips will be bold this Fall
season - The darker the lip, the bigger the impact!
– And, according to Lisa Haynes, “A
flawless face is key to carrying off
this look so your mouth is the main attraction.”
She also believes that big lashes sporting lots of
mascara will see resurgence. Edgy, dramatic winged
eyes that extend to the tip of the eyebrow may be
visible soon…here’s the entire article:
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the latest from Thirdage.com - How to Create a
If you have been on the search for what makes or breaks makeup, your answer lies in your choice of foundation. This makeup agent helps to smooth out skin tones, conceal blemishes and give you an overall healthy glow. Applying makeup without a foundation as base can actually accentuate unsightly skin problems, rather than trying conceal them. Choosing and applying foundation should be a simple procedure, but there are pitfalls. So heed our advice and flaunt your best skin with the right tips.
Start by deciding what type of look you're looking to achieve. Then select a foundation that meets your objective. Foundations usually offer a range of coverage from sheer to heavy and finishes that range from matte to satin. Once you have chosen the ideal formulation (coverage and finish), you're ready to choose the perfect shade for your skin tone. There is a good selection of foundation shades available these days, so choose wisely. If you're unsure on where to start, here's a quick guide:
Apply foundation 10 minutes after moisturizing. If you don'tallow the moisturizer to absorb into the skin, your foundation couldeasily come off with wear. Also when applying, use a cosmetic sponge --using your fingertips can result in an uneven, greasy finish. Dampenthe sponge first, then squeeze excess moisture to make foundationapplication easier; this also prevents the sponge from soaking up toomuch foundation.
- Ensure you're in natural daylight when trying out foundation colors, so you can see exactly how your skin will look once you leave the shop.
- Select a couple of shades which look as though they'll match your skin and try it on.
- Don't try foundation on your hand or on your wrist -- they're a different color to your face.
- Stroke a little color onto your jaw line to ensure you get atone that will blend with your neck as well as your face. The shadethat seems to "disappear" into your skin is the right one for you.
Place a small amount of foundation on the back of one hand, and dip your makeup sponge into it. Dot the formula on your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose, and then blend well using the sponge. Move outward, blending toward hairline and jaw line until it vanishes. Pay special attention to areas around the nose and jaw line. When applying foundation on the jaw line, rub toward the neck area to help create less of a separating line around the face.
Finally, brush on powder to set the foundation. If oil surfaces during the day, blot the area with a tissue, then apply alight dusting of powder. Always apply powder to set makeup and re-apply throughout the day to prevent shine.
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HOW TO DRY BRUSH YOUR
For the past few weeks
I've been dry brushing my arms, legs and torso to
remove dead skin cells. When researching dry
brushing I found many people doing this and believe
this is one of the best sites for information.
You'll want to purchase a small natural bristle
brush - I have one with a long handle just for my
back and then another for the rest of my body. Ebay
is a good source for brushes and
here's a site to help you get
started brushing, too. After
brushing I recommend that you use our
Ultra-Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion to
soothe the tingling in your arms and legs.
FOODS THAT WHITEN
We love the look of pearly whites. But constant bleaching isn’t just costly, it can cause mild to severe pain. If you overdo it, the chemical can eat away at your tooth enamel. The good news is that certain fruits and vegetables can help make your teeth sparkle naturally. Check them out and you might be able to skip some bleaching treatments.
OPT FOR ORANGES AND PINEAPPLES Increase your mouth’s production of saliva by enjoying juicy citrus fruits. Saliva washes away foods that stain, like coffee, soda and red wine. Bonus: The acid also contains enzymes that kill bacteria that cause tooth decay -- and bad breath.
DO DAIRY Yogurt, milk and hard cheeses like cheddar contain lactic acid, which may help protect teeth against decay. Researchers think proteins in yogurt may bind to teeth and prevent them from attack by harmful acids that cause cavities. Dairy is also loaded with calcium, which guards and strengthens bone that holds teeth in place. Plus, chewing hard cheese creates saliva that helps remove food particles that stain.
GO FOR THE CHEW Crunchy foods and vegetables like cauliflower, apples, celery and carrots work to whiten teeth by acting as abrasives. These foods actually scrub your teeth. Think of them as a natural toothbrush. They also stimulate saliva, which helps keep plaque from forming.
You can also avoid stain-causing foods. Hint: Any food that causes a stubborn laundry stain can discolor teeth, too: Think red wine, tea, coffee, blueberries, and soy sauce. Of course, tobacco is a big offender. If you can’t get to a toothbrush or drink water, chew sugarless gum to remove stain-causing particles.
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Anyone who knows me will say that one thing I love
are colorful nail polishes and I always look forward
to going to beauty shows so I can see the newest
polishes coming to market.
I love OPI, Essie and Nicole - their colors are
always vibrant and easy to apply.
There are many colors from the Fall/Winter 2011 that
I love. Red, grape and even this dusky green are
sensational choices for the season. I've seen gray,
dark blue, dark purple shades that will be an
outstanding asset with tweeds and warm weather gear.
My granddaughters, ages 4 to 13, are following in
their Mimi's footsteps because they, too, are
interested in keeping their names trimmed, shaped
and colored. I guess the love of beauty runs in our
family. What colors do you like to wear?
DO YOU HAVE
They say it's your hands that give
away your age, but there's another body part that
might betray your true vintage just as clearly: your
And these knobbly bits are the latest
area that shape-conscious ladies of a certain age
are getting obsessed about.
Knee wrinkles — or 'ninkles' as
they've been christened by Vogue deputy editor Emily
Sheffield — are something with which many women will
be familiar: the pouchy, saggy skin and deep grooves
that begin to appear on our knees from our mid-30s.
Some of us just see it as a sign that
we should sport our ninkles with pride or ditch the
shorts and invest in longer skirts. But some women
are so bothered by their knees that they claim
they're ruining their lives.
So why are knees so difficult to keep
looking young? According to anti-ageing and hormone
specialist Dr Cecilia Tregear, from London's Wimpole
Skin Clinic, ninkles occur as a result of the loss
of elasticity and collagen in the skin, which is
caused by a combination of factors.
'Poor nutrition, sun damage,
unbalanced or declining hormones — due to stress and
approaching menopause — as well as a diet high in
sugar, all conspire to create
These young-looking knees
belong to my Ageless Sister Jackie Silver,
They belie her true age – Jackie is in her 50s!
Actual, original photo taken on a Blackberry.
And you don't have to be overweight or out of shape
to get them. Far from it. Some beautiful models and
actresses are afflicted by ninkles: Nicole Kidman,
Elle Macpherson, Jerry Hall and Kate Moss, to name
but a few.
View their photos and it's as if all
the wrinkles you might expect to find on their faces
have somehow collected between their toned thighs
and smooth calves.
'In fact, skinny celebrities who have
spent years restricting their food intake may suffer
from saggy knees particularly badly because their
bodies have been starved of nutrients vital for
the skin, particularly protein and fats,' says Dr
'Over-exercising has also depleted
them of sex hormones necessary for collagen
Unlike most body parts, which can be
toned or sculpted to perfection in the gym, there's
little you can do about ninkles, other than to cover
them with a maxi skirt.
Demi Moore allegedly had more than
£3,000 of surgery on hers, but Dr Tregear warns that
even if you do go under the knife, but you don't
address the underlying problems, ninkles will return.
Now, she has devised the first
non-surgical treatment that promises to rid women of
their ninkles forever.
It's a targeted prescription
treatment, tailored to the individual needs of each
patient, and combines specially mixed creams
containing bio-identical (natural not synthetic)
hormones and vitamin A, which is clinically proven
to erase wrinkles.
Hilary Philpot, 52, a health and
safety manager from Muswell Hill, North London, has
hated her knees for years, and can't remember the
last time she revealed them in public.
trousers every day since my late 30s,' she says.
'I'm slim, but my knees are lumpy and getting
wrinklier and saggier as I get older. I walk a lot,
but it's made no difference to their appearance.
'Though my partner loves me as I am,
I'm self-conscious about any- one else seeing my
knees, which restricts my wardrobe to long skirts,
dresses or sarongs and makes going to the beach
A friend recommended that Hilary go
to see Dr Tregear in her Harley Street surgery. She
was given a series of blood tests and then
prescribed a cream to apply to her knees each
morning and night for a month.
This contained prescription DHEA (a
steroid hormone) to stimulate oil production and
encourage increased skin thickness, bio-identical
estrogen to help stimulate collagen production and
boswellic acid, which also builds collagen, plus
Vitamin A, which erases wrinkles.
In addition, Hilary was advised to
eat less sugar and more animal protein, plus nuts
and avocado (good fats), and to do some daily leg
exercises to tone the muscles in her legs.
She was also told to drink two litres
of water a day to help moisturize the skin and
'The knees require just as much care
as the face, in terms of moisturizing, massage and
sun protection,' says Dr Tregear.
'But women tend to neglect this area.
Good nutrition, particularly protein, plays an
important role, too, by supplying the nutrients that
help produce estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA
and human growth hormone, all of which have an
effect on the tone, thickness and elasticity of the
'These hormones have receptors in the
skin cells and stimulate fibroblasts that produce
Hilary was skeptical about the
difference the regime would make.
'But I hated my knees so much I was
prepared to give anything a try,' she says.
'I was told full results would take
two to three months, but within just a couple of
weeks I could see a big difference in the shape of
my knees and the texture of my skin.
'I think simply massaging my knees
twice a day, something I've never done before, had
'After a month, my knees are more
than an inch smaller in circumference and have more
definition. The skin is also much smoother. The
difference is very visible.
'I do feel a lot more confident and
have even worn a dress that falls above my knees for
the first time in years.
'The added bonus is that I also feel
much more energetic.'
A ninkle treatment consultation costs
£200, with creams starting from £50 for a month's
For more information, contact 020
7935 8277 or visit wimpoleskincare.com
The Latest Hair Must Have? ROOSTER FEATHERS!
My sister, Suzanne, was telling me
that she wore a thin blue feather in her hair when
she attended our latest family reunion over Memorial
Day. Whaaatttt???? Suzanne's daughters own
RJ's Spa and Salon so she gets to enjoy
the latest and greatest beauty treatments. She told
me that many of my female cousins had a
variety of colors in their hair, too! One cousin had six
turquoise feathers, another had multi-bright feather
extensions and I guess they're quite the rage. I
began to research the internet and found
Here's what their website had to say:
A fun, fresh and fast way to add some flair to your
feather hair extensions are now available.
are available in a variety of colors, can be
cut to fit any hair length and can even be washed,
dried, flat ironed and curled. And they are long
lasting too, staying put for up to 8 weeks! Ready to
ruffle some feathers?
Well, I think that sounds like a great summer
addition for my locks and will ask Ivan if he can
add a few to my hair. Would you?
Use Summer's Heat for Beauty -
By Jackie Silver,
Remember a few short months ago when we were
shivering in winter’s chill and paying for heat?
Well, Mother Nature gives us free heat in the
summer months, and we can use that to our advantage.
Exposing yourself to heat makes you sweat and that
has many well-known health benefits. Sweating is
said to increase circulation, cleanse pores, make
muscles more supple and provide pain relief.
But did you know you can use summer’s heat to help
you look and feel more youthful, too?
Here are some Aging Backwards tips to help you take
advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer:
1. Deep condition your hair. When your hair
cuticles become dry and damaged, it can result in a
dull, frizzy look. Deep conditioning your hair
allows the cuticles to lie flat, restoring shine and
youth with longer-lasting results than you get by
simply using conditioner in the shower for a few
On a particularly hot day, clip newly washed,
towel-dried hair into sections. Release one section
at a time, applying the conditioner of your choice
to each section to ensure uniform coverage. It
doesn’t have to be exact; you just want to be sure
you’re not leaving out some very dry areas. Next,
pile your hair on top of your head and apply plastic
wrap or a plastic shower cap. (Note: Keep plastic
away from your nose and mouth!) Then sit outside in
the shade for about 15-20 minutes with a good book
or magazine. Rinse out the conditioner and style as
2. Enjoy a facial mask. Regular cleansing removes
surface dirt and makeup, but a facial mask will draw
out impurities from beneath the top layer of your
skin. Using a mask helps to unclog pores and
exfoliate the dead skin cells from your face. It
also helps to stimulate circulation and, depending
on the product, helps hydrate and protect your skin.
Using the product of your choice, apply the facial
mask and sit outside in the shade on a hot day. If
you’re planning to deep condition your hair, you can
save time by doing your hair and facial mask at the
same time because many masks direct you to wash off
after 15-20 minutes.
Here’s an extra tip: Use some of the mask on the
tops of your hands. They can show your age, too!
Rinse mask according to the product directions and
3. Get your Vitamin D. Our bodies need Vitamin D
for optimal calcium absorption. It’s also been shown
help to lower blood pressure, decrease the incidence
of some cancers, boost the immune system and has
other healthful benefits.
The best way to get Vitamin D is from the sun.
Experts say 10 to 20 minutes a day in direct
sunlight is all you need to keep your levels
Here’s a tip: Nowhere in the medical books does it
say I must expose my face, neck, chest and hands,
which are the areas that can show age the most. So I
keep those covered.
4. Exercise in the great outdoors. Winter’s harsh
conditions can force us to get our exercise in the
gym or at home for months on end. With summer comes
the opportunity to enjoy fresh air and warmth while
I like to take a walk, do some yoga, or, if I’m
feeling really energetic, take my jump rope outside
for a quick workout.
Be careful when exercising outdoors if it’s super
hot. Do your workout in the morning or evening and
avoid the hottest part of the day. Also, be sure to
keep your water handy to stay hydrated.
5. Take a kids’ exploration walk. With the
everyday hustle and bustle of work, family, friends,
and taking care of the house, we rarely go walking
just to “mosey” and see what there is to see. Stress
relief is conducive to Aging Backwards, so take a
half hour or an hour to just go outside on a
beautiful summer day and explore at ground level.
I did that recently and here’s what I saw: some
gorgeous flowers; big, scaly lizards; a couple of
cats and dogs; kids laughing and splashing in a
pool; a shiny, red convertible, and a kids’ swing
set, which I took the liberty of trying out.
So, take time out this summer to enjoy the warmth
and slower pace of the season.
Drink Yourself Beautiful with
BY: Jessie Zalla
When life gives you lemons, make
lemonade … literally. Drinking water with
fresh-squeezed lemons helps you to stay healthy,
fight signs of aging and stoke your metabolism.
Here’s the skinny: The beauty of
lemon water is that it’s tasty, refreshing and best
of all, alkalizing. Many of the foods we crave --
coffee, carbohydrates, meats and sugar -- are
acidic. And that can have an adverse effect on our
body, giving us wrinkles, illness and fatigue.
Powerful properties in lemons can relieve the
symptoms of poor digestion, including bloating.
Vitamin C combats the effects of free radical
damage, like fine lines, wrinkles and uneven
texture. Lemons are also high in potassium, which
can combat headaches and bloating.
How to make this magic drink: Squeeze
the juice of two lemons -- the heavier the better --
into a glass of room-temperature water. Sip every
morning and afternoon. Skip the sugar -- it'll only
cancel out all those amazing health benefits.
Super Curly Eyelashes
notice that your eyelashes look too straight without
curl? Well, for those of you using eyelash
curlers and need an extra boost with curl, don't
forget that your hair dryer can easily heat your
eyelash curler. To insure that your lashes respond
and do not wilt under the wet heaviness of mascara,
just give the curler a 10 second blast of heat.
Please be aware that metal can become too hot very
quickly and you might burn
yourself so pay attention.
I was introduced to
Hot Lashes and the
results this device produced was nothing short of
amazing. Hot Lashes was voted top #1 heated eyelash
curler and it is the favorite of makeup artists
everywhere. It's considered the Rolls Royce of
optometrist gave me a tip that I want to share with
you: When you're in the shower, washing your
hair, gently scrub your eyelashes with cleansing gel
to remove junk and encourage growth. You'll be
delighted with the results in just a few days as
your eyelashes will become thicker.
A Super Beauty Food
Enjoy tomatoes! They are a powerful
antioxidant that help neutralize the harmful effects
of free radicals that have been implicated in
cancer, heart disease, the benefits are strongest
against prostate, lung and stomach cancers!
Lycopene from tomato skins is
being researched and seems to be providing
protection on the skin from the UV rays of the sun.
Participants in a study given 4 ounces of tomato
sauce took 40% longer for exposure to sun to cause
reddening of the skin than those in the study who
were not given tomato sauce before the same sun
Highest concentration of the
photonutrient and antioxidant lycopene is in the
skin of the tomato, the darker the skin the higher
the lycopene. Protective properties of the skin of
the tomato are ready for our consumption in the
months when the sun is the hottest.
It almost seems like the
fruits and vegetables are here to protect us when
the sun is high the tomato is readily available to
consume and gain the benefits of lycopene. The
greatest concentration of lycopene is in the skin,
tomatoes have B1, 2, 3 and 6 along with iron,
magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and of
Use fresh tomatoes, basil,
garlic and sea salt to make a raw tomato sauce blend
them together and consume. Adding sundried tomatoes
makes a thicker sauce and adding fresh onions and
peppers you turn it into gazpacho soup.
Kathy Wright -
Would You Shave Your Face?
Celebrity aesthetician Kate Somerville's
revealed both Marilyn Monroe and
Elizabeth Taylor would shave their face to
"On good authority (that being Elizabeth Taylor’s
personal cosmetic dermatologist, whom Somerville
used to assist), the greats (those being Elizabeth
Taylor and Marilyn Monroe) shaved their faces for
completely bare skin and an added dose of
Somerville says hair growing back dark is nothing
but a myth. From
How to Get Really Shiny Hair
When I was in Denver recently one of my very best
girlfriends told me she admired my shiny hair so
much that she had opted for a special
cellophane treatment hoping that her highlighted
locks would be as shiny as my mine; they weren't.
Personally I use
Bumble and Bumble
products and my hair is in sensational shape. I
decided to look at what famous stylists recommend
and here's what I found from Frédéric
hair is a sign of youth and
vitality, so I cringe when I see
a woman with lackluster hair—it
ages her. Pollution, harsh
chemicals, and heat styling can
all turn hair dull, but a few
extra steps will ensure your
Start in the shower.
Look for shine-enhancing shampoo
and conditioner with ingredients
like olive oil, jojoba, and rice
proteins. Alternate these with
your regular formulas to prevent
buildup. Be wary of clarifying
shampoos; they can deprive hair
of much-needed moisture and even
strip the dye off color-treated
hair. After you shampoo, apply a
conditioner evenly through the
ends and rinse thoroughly. If
your hair is color-treated, use
a hair mask weekly to replenish
Prep work. After
towel-drying, apply either a
glossing cream or shine serum
with high levels of panthenol (provitamin
B5). Glossing creams are lighter
and have less silicone, so
they're more appropriate for
women with fine to medium hair.
Use a shine serum if you have
frizzy or coarse hair or unruly
curls. (Avoid saltwater sprays;
they tend to leave a matte
finish.) Massage a quarter-size
dollop of the product evenly
through your hair.
Dry the right way.
Place a round, natural-bristle
brush under a three-inch section
of hair. Start at the roots, and
hold the dryer so the nozzle
aims downward—never up against
the shaft. Slide the brush down
without twisting it, to seal the
Add a spritz. While
your hair is still warm from the
dryer, flip it upside down and
mist the ends with a shine
spray. This ensures you won't
get too much product near the
roots. If you need a touch-up
during the day, spritz some
shine spray on your hands and
run them lightly through your
hair. Again, you don't want to
Frédéric Fekkai is the
owner of six Frédéric Fekkai salons
and the creator of the
Jackie Silver's Holiday Survival
The following tips can
help you rejoice this holiday season without running
out of steam:
1. Get a good
night’s sleep –
Few of us get all the sleep we need in today’s busy
world, according to Dr. David Posen, author of
The Little Book of Stress Relief.
To restore and
regenerate your mind and body, you actually need
between eight and nine hours of sleep every night.
Children need 10 to 12 hours and teens need nine to
little-known sleeping fact: Don’t use your cell
phone at all in the hour before you go to sleep.
It’s been found that radiation from handsets can
cause insomnia, headaches and confusion, according
to research funded by the Mobile Manufacturers
2. Make time to
exercise – A
simple walk is better than a nap if you need an
energy boost. In fact, engaging in regular exercise
actually increases your energy levels over the long
"We live in a society
where people are always looking for the next sports
drink, energy bar, or cup of coffee that will give
them the extra edge to get through the day," says
researcher Tim Puetz, PhD, of the University of
Georgia exercise psychology laboratory.
Dr. Puetz points out
that lacing up your tennis shoes and getting some
daily physical activity does a good job of giving
you the energy boost you want.
3. Enjoy a cup of
coffee – Go
ahead! You’ll get more than an energy boost. Coffee
actually provides a brain boost, as well.
According to a study by
Dr. Mia Kivipelto, associate professor of neurology
at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm,
middle-aged men and women who drank three to five
cups of coffee a day were 65 percent less
likely to develop dementia than those who drank two
cups or less.
This means, unless your
doctor’s restricted your coffee intake, you can feel
good about enjoying your morning cup o’ Joe.
If you have a hectic
schedule this holiday season, try these tips for
celebrating at your energetic best.
Jackie Silver is the author of Aging
Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young.
For More Aging Backward Tips
Punch – by Reba Nichols, Oklahoma
nothing more beautiful or tasty than this punch at
12 whole cloves; 4 sticks
cinnamon bark -- Seep in 1 pint water for 15
minutes, then pour into container.
1 package raw cranberries --
Cook in 1.5 quarts of H2O then sieve
cranberries, adding liquid to container.
small can frozen orange juice*
small can frozen pineapple juice*
*Dilute each according to
directions on can or substitute 24 ounces of fresh
or canned juice.
2 lemons – juiced
1 pint grape juice
2 cups of sugar
(for more tart juice, reduce to 1 ½ cups or to
Heat to serve. Also good cold.
punch can be stored in refrigerator for weeks.
For diabetics or to avoid
sugar, substitute Stevia as directed on the package.
The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa
held a small but revealing convention in Long Beach,
CA last week so I got to walk the show and
observe the most popular booths.
OPI had scads
of buyers snatching up not only the gray and silver
metallic for the Holiday Season but the Goth and the
Burlesque (think Cher's new movie!) Collections were
also very popular. Here is a look at four vampy Goth
nail lacquers that you can certainly wear on your
toes practically year round. Personally, I like
these dark colors on my fingers, too.
I also found the
Zoya Minicure Color
Lock System. This is a five step system to prep
the nails with a remover, basecoat, color, top coat
with a UV block and a finish coat that just sets the
entire manicure so perfectly. The Zoya lacquer is
Toluene, Formaldehyde & Dibutyl Phthalate free. The
nail color in my system is Karina Red; it has a tiny
shimmer to it and I'll definitely wear it throughout
the holiday season because it looks like the perfect
shade to wear for every celebration.
Miracle Lips is
another interesting find. The advertising
states that this is "the ultimate skin and lip
salve" that soothes and protects lips that have cold
sores, fever blisters, chapped or dry. The
ingredients are organic and natural. Miracle Lips
contains Brazilian bee propolis crystals and
Melaluka Tea Tree Oil, two highly active and
powerful ingredients for cold sore sufferers. When
Miracle Lips is used on a regular basis it can have
a dramatic decrease in the amount of breakouts. When
Miracle Lips is applied directly on a cold sore the
deep cellular penetration of the natural antiviral,
antibacterial and antifungal properties of propolis
crystals and tea tree oil can stop a cold sore from
spreading and allow it to heal more rapidly. Miracle
Lips stops the virus that causes infection in
healthy cells. It helps to create an environment
that inhibits cold sore proliferation. I think it's
a very fine product!
Walk - by
Charles Runels, MD
If you would be
without disease: walk.
you would be without disease: walk.
a healthy appetite suppressant to
help you avoid too many of the wrong
an effective antidepressant? Walk
you want peace when you feel
you want beauty: walk.
you want better sex: walk.
you want increased intelligence:
you want increased creativity: walk.
a more focused prayer or meditation?
Weight Loss from more calories
burned in a day? Walk.
Walk, Walk, Walk, Walk, Walk!
What Does Your
Nail Polish Say About You?
by Jackie Silver, The Ageless Sisters and AgingBackwards.com
French manicures or clear polish are always appropriate for weddings
or when you need a toned-down look, but these days colors are hot
and the brighter the better. With so many colors from which to
choose it's easy to make a splash with fingers and toes.
Wearing brights like corals and pinks are playful and pretty during
the warmer months, while very deep shades of wine to almost black
look powerful and bold in the cooler months. Making a statement with
your polish choice can make you feel and look younger, but before
you apply that polish, check the color of your nail beds. Normally,
nail beds are peachy-pink because of a healthy supply of blood into
the fingers and toes. When a diet deficiency or disease is present,
sometimes the nail beds become discolored or even misshapen. Bluish
nails could indicate a lack of oxygen in the blood. Greenish nails
could denote infection in the nail bed or other part of the body.
Check with your doctor if your nail beds - free of polish - are any
color other than peachy-pink.
So, what does your color choice say about your personality? There's
a color test you can take online, The Lüscher-Color-Diagnostic (http://www.colourtest.ue-foundation.org/),
which measures a person's psycho-physical state, his or her ability
to withstand stress, to perform and to communicate. Using 5,015
precise definitions, the selections from among these pre-determined
test colors measure the state of 34 personality traits, some of
which we are not even aware of ourselves. The test is created in
such a way as to reveal how you really are, not how you perceive
yourself or how others perceive you.
Whatever your personality, you can achieve your favorite color by
layering sheer polish using the new butter London (http://www.butterlondon.com/)
Jelly Collection. With each coat, the shade gets a little darker,
yet still looks sheer and elegant so it's perfect for the summer.
Think of nail polish as a fashion accessory that completes the
overall look of your outfit.
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Tart cherries, especially the
contain a substantial amount of melatonin, which we already know
helps to moderate the sleep cycle. Our bodies make their own
melatonin, but sometimes it's not enough, and the cherries could
to boost dwindling levels.
Melatonin isn't just involved in the sleep cycle -- it's also a
powerful antioxidant that helps fight inflammation that causes achy
joints and muscle pain. Cherries contain major synergistic
antioxidants, including quercetin and anthocyanins that may help
maintain cardiovascular health.
Cherries without sugar
are not especially delicious so you might want to add a sprinkle of
Stevia or opt for a capsule that packs the age-busting properties.
"Eating cherries with high melatonin
concentrations will increase the antioxidant capacity in the body,"
whose recent research at the
University of Texas quantified the availability and activity of
melatonin found in cherries.
I take a tiny bite
of a 2.5 mg. Melatonin tablet just before bedtime and it quickly
dissolves under my tongue. Jackie Silver, my Ageless Sister, met
Dr. Rubin Naiman, PhD, a noted
sleep doctor, who understands how critical a good night sleep is to
our general well being when she was a guest at Rancho La Puerta.
and other Beauty Treats from Across the Globe
Young, a makeup artist and sought after speaker, says
that if you place 14 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk in a
bowl, refrigerate it overnight, apply it to your hair and leave it
for 20 minutes, then shampoo and rinse, you will find that your hair
will not only be conditioned but stronger and shinier.
treasured in Morocco for its emollient, non-greasy properties, may
be great for skin but it does have a little drawback...it contains a
lot of oleic acid which is highly comedogenic. So while it may be
good for oily skin and psoriasis, it could clog pores and cause
drinking goat's milk and they also like to bathe in it for
its skin softening benefits.
Thai women adore
coconut milk and use it in their cooking, drinks and as an
ingredient for lush, exotic desserts. They also love it in warm
baths and on their hair.
for lashes? Olive oil is not only for the Mediterranean diet
but Greek women use it as a natural moisturizer and on their lashes
to aid in their growth.
start their day with a cup of hot water infused with a teaspoon of
fresh lemon juice to detoxify.
Disgustingly Dirty is Your Makeup???
Makeup sponges, brushes, mascara and even
foundation can easily be tainted with bacteria that lives on our
fingertips. Diane Ranger, creator of
ColoreScience Mineral Makeup
encourages users to clean brushes and sponges frequently and I
agree, especially after reading and watching ABC's segment on
department store testers. EWWWWWW! Nasty things live in those
testers because a lot of people do not voluntarily use the
disposable applicators when trying out the products so contamination
is prevalent. Watch the following video and remember to be
very aware the next time you're tempted to try those enticing colors
at your favorite cosmetic counter.
HOW DIRTY IS YOUR MAKEUP?
FOUR HABITS CAN AGE YOU 12 YEARS!
Smoking tobacco 2) Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day
3)Getting less than 2 hours of exercise weekly 4) Eating fruits and
vegetables less than three times each day.
would like to read the entire article outlining the study from Oslo,
please click on the following link:
BEAUTY ON A BUDGET by Jackie Silver, author Aging Backwards:
Secrets to Staying Young.
today's belt-tightening many people are thinking about where they
can afford to cut corners and save a few dollars. There are plenty
of inexpensive but effective alternatives to everyday essentials
that replace the need to splurge on big-ticket beauty items. Here
are just a few:
afford a pricey spa? No problem - bring the spa to you. Sequestering
yourself in the bathroom for an hour or two of pampering can go a
long way toward rejuvenating the spirit. Start by setting the mood
with a few smokeless, battery-operated candles and soft, relaxing
music. Then apply a nice mask to your face while you soak your cares
away in a soothing bath. Ask your healthcare professional about
Natural Calm Bath from Peter Gillham's Natural Vitality (http://www.petergillham.com).
"With Natural Calm Bath you are getting the advantages of a mineral
salt bath with Real Salt and of Natural Calm, the best-selling
magnesium supplement in the natural products marketplace," says Ken
Whitman, Peter Gillham's president.
afford a pricey gym membership? No problem - bring the gym home.
There are plenty of exercise programs that can be done right in
front of the TV, most notably the new workouts that are springing up
for Nintendo Wii. The Wii itself can be pricey, but compared to
years of paying for a gym membership and the gas and time to drive
to the gym, it looks downright economical. If you're a cable or
fiber optic customer, check the on-demand section of your system for
a variety of free workouts for every activity level, from hard-core
aerobics to yoga, pilates and even Bollywood dancing.
afford a pricey salon hair-coloring? No problem - plenty of
do-it-yourself products make it easier to touch up roots, create
highlights or change hair color completely so you can make fewer
trips to the salon. Just check the shelves at your local pharmacy or
big-box store and you're sure to find racks and racks of brands and
color choices. Roots can be touched up in a matter of minutes with
one of the many new products available, while over-all color and
highlights may take a bit longer. I find that for "bigger" jobs,
such as at-home highlights, inviting a friend over to help goes a
long way toward achieving a more professional result.
how life affects your skin
Webmd slideshow - Just click on the highlighted link and watch
how you can protect your skin, eat foods that nourish and benefit
aging skin along with other helpful hints. Just remember that
in order to have glowing, vibrant skin, it's the little steps you do
everyday - the smidgens - as
Rancho La Puerta Spa
owner, 87 year old Debra Szekely, says…”the cumulative effect of
smidgens: pollution, radiation, excess calories…it's the little
smidgens that you do everyday that attributes to good health."
- A Beauty Treatment? You bet! Dr. Al Sears -
from his newsletter -
www.alsearsmd.com provided the following guidelines to
easily add Omega-3 into our eating plans. These heart healthy foods
just might keep you living younger longer.
Step 1: Eat fresh fish three or four times a week.
I recommend coldwater, high-fat variety fish like:
Step 2: Eat more raw nuts and seeds.
For many years, nuts have gotten a bad rap for being high in fat.
But in reality, nuts are a great source of Omega-3 and other
life-enhancing nutrients. Here are some of my favorites:
Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil
Soybeans and soybean oil
Step 3: Take 3 to 5 grams of Omega-3 fish oil a day.
I recommend my formulation of Peruvian fish oil that packs
two to three times
the Omega-3s you find in leading brands, and five times more
Omega-3s than a can of tuna – without the mercury. These oils can
Strengthen your heart and blood vessels
Maintain blood pressure levels that are already within the normal
Help support joint and muscle health
Keep your triglycerides (blood fat) in the safe range
Sustain healthy HDL (good cholesterol) levels
Boost your memory and brainpower
Protect your blood vessels and nerves
recommend the product OraMd! This is an all natural product
that works to enhance your gum and mouth health. I have used
it for years and my dental hygienist is extremely pleased with my
dental health. In the last few years there has been no mention
of gum disease nor any scraping or hint of any displeasure from her!
Remember, there is a strong connection between poor oral health and
disease so having a bacteria free mouth is important.
(disclaimer: I am not paid, have not been asked or compensated to
talk about this product.)
4 Step Oral Hygiene Program Is as follows:
1. Brush twice a day, morning and evening using 2 to 5
drops of OraMD. OraMD replaces toothpaste, mouthwash and breath fresheners. Using other products in conjunction with OraMD
reduces it effectiveness. Most toothpaste contains potentially
harmful ingredients. The foaming ingredient in toothpaste is sodium
lauryl sulfate; this is a harsh chemical and is the main ingredient
in garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. It can dry out the
mouth and bacteria flourishes in a dry mouth. To whiten, we suggest
to brush with baking soda up to twice a week; even though it is not
a harsh chemical you should rinse well and follow up with OraMD.
2. Floss every evening before brushing – more frequently
3. Use OraMD as mouthwash twice a day, put 2 to 5 drops in
one ounce of water, swish and gargle. This is important because it
kills the bacteria in the entire mouth, including the back of the
tongue so there is no transference of bacteria from the tongue to
the gum line. The tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria and
bacteria are the main causes of gum problems. Most mouthwashes
contain alcohol and that will also dry out the mouth.
4. Mid morning, mid afternoon and as needed: put 2 to 5
drops on the tongue and coat the gum line and teeth to kill bacteria
and eliminate bad breath. Also, coat your gum line and teeth before
going to bed to keep the bacteria at bay while you sleep. OraMD
kills the 22 known harmful bacteria.
To get the results you expect, you must follow the above program.
Order at www.oramd.com
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Who would have thought that this wonderful
shade of green would look so sensational? It absolutely
dressed up my hands and when I added a sparkly ring, there were many
compliments on wearing a shade so bold. You can easily find
this shade and other hot, different shades at
show that polished nails and wearing rings make your hands look
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend -
Hot, hip nail colors from OPI
Suzi's Beauty Blog is a great place to find the
latest and greatest products from OPI. This item caught my
Keep Your Hips Safe by
Eating Colored Vegetables
Eat red, yellow and orange
to avoid hip fracture is an article I found at
Who knew that by eating your vegetables that your bones could be
protected by the antioxidant pigments? You deserve to have the
entire story so here it is:
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- People who consumed
the most total carotenoids from foods like
tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and
cantaloupe experienced a significantly lower
risk of hip fractures.
- Those who consumed
the most lycopene -- a carotenoid commonly
found in tomatoes and watermelon -- likewise
had a lower rate of hip fractures and
- Beta-carotene --
abundant in carrots, sweet potatoes,
mangoes, papayas, etc. -- had a small,
statistically insignificant protective
effect, but only against hip fractures.
- Alpha-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin
and lutein plus zeaxanthin did not
demonstrate any independent protective
Asparagus is Good
good medicine because it contains nutrients, anti-oxidants and folic
acid that reduces inflammation in our bodies. Recently I
visited with two of my aunts in Oklahoma who are in their 90s.
Neither of them take medication and they are adamant that a diet
rich in organic fruits and vegetables have kept them healthy all of
Here's more information from the group at Natural Health News.
Look for Aging
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Are your toes and feet extra dry?
Summer is the
time to show off colorful toes and fashionable sandals but if your
toes and feet are showing neglect as in dry, cracked and disgusting,
you need help right now.
According Rachel Parrish, co-owner of RJ's, a new spa/salon opening
January in Edmond, OK
there are 5 tips
to get your tootsies ready for summer:
Soak your feet in fresh lime juice. The citric acid
naturally exfoliates your skin, loosening dry-cracked heels and
calluses. (Cleopatra took milk baths to soften her skin. Milk
contains lactic acid which also dissolves dead skin cells.)
Dry your feet and use a pumice paddle to scrub
off dead skin. A dry foot and paddle allows more of the loose skin
to come off. Do Not use credo blades to cut off calluses, as
this hardens the skins surface and allows for a worse callus to
Apply a scrub and work it generously to buff the
feet. Then rinse. You can make your own scrub by mixing almond
oil/sesame oil and sugar.
Slather your feet with lotion. Take a few minutes and
massage those achy feet. This helps to release stress and toxins.
For dry-cracked feet, try using a heavier lotion or foot butter with
socks while you sleep.
Get those pedicures! A licensed professional will
help you maintain quality foot care, with added pampering and polish
to make you shine inside and out!
The Perfect Virgin
For those of you
who love Mojitos, here is the perfect summer cooler
that will have you licking your lips and it's without spirits ...not
that there is anything wrong with that but sometimes alcohol and sun
do not mix well. I found this refreshing recipe from
Food and Wine.com.
This delicious recipe serves one:
15 mint leaves
1 teaspoon raw sugar
1 ounce fresh lime juice
4 ounces chilled ginger ale
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint, sugar, lime
juice and Simple Syrup. Add ice, shake well and pour into a highball
glass. Top with the ginger ale.
Colors For Spring and Summer
THE GIRLS IN THE BEAUTY DEPARTMENT from
Glamour.com Daily Beauty blog asked Suzi
Weiss-Fischmann, the guru behind OPI colors what her favorite color
for the new season is and she chose:
Personally, I think it is
a very hot color that will compliment most everything you could
think to wear. This sexy shade is one that your toes will
weighs in with no dangerous toxins (dibutyl phthalate, toluene,
formaldehyde). Zoya is available in a great range of fashion
colors and voted longest wearing nail polish by Women's Health
Magazine, as well as listed in Lucky Magazine's Green Guide.
This gorgeous lacquer is
Jessica Nails you might want to head in a totally different
insofar as color. Why not try Milky
Way, from her Dark Side of the Moon Collection, (a deep
sexy blue) at least on your toes? Jessica Custom Colours are
Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP free. Her colors are absolutely
stunning and you will certainly find something you like.
without Drugs (update!)
Allergan treats hypotrichosis of the eyelashes (no growth) with
their new eyelash treatment Latisse that usually takes about 60 days
of eye drops to notice a difference in the thickness and length of
the lashes. What if there was a more simple way to stimulate
growth of your eyelashes without resorting to drugs, chemicals or
side effects? My optometrist suggests that if you have thinning or
even non-existent eye lashes that you can stimulate the growth of
new hair simply by washing your eye lids. The advice works because
I began washing my eye lashes and lids and in just weeks I noticed
that my eye lashes were indeed growing fuller. Now I know without a
doubt that my lashes are indeed longer and fuller and they grew
without spending a dime or changing my eye color (a side effect!).
Doctors, Naturopaths and health care providers are rethinking their
previous stance on sun exposure. Recent research on Vitamin D
indicates that the natural way to get this cancer fighting vitamin
is through exposure to the sun – not overexposure but rather
enjoying ten minutes per day of casual sun exposure. This very
slight exposure can provide nearly the daily requirement to protect
This doesn't mean that you should forgo your wide brimmed hats and
sun glasses or toss your sunscreen into the waste bin. Sun can
indeed damage delicate skin so be super aware that ten minutes of
unprotected sun is just what the doctor ordered.
One health professional suggested that you apply your sunscreen when
you first go outside. The application of sunscreen takes about 20
minutes to protect your skin and only lasts about two hours.
Be mindful that re-application is necessary for your best protection
if you are outside for an extended period of time.
Sitting at your desk many hours a day - yes, I'm very guilty of that
- can cause your abs to atrophy and then pooch out in a very
unflattering way. If you want to reshape your mid-section
while still sitting at your desk, here's how to do it:
First, sit tall
in your chair. As you slowly exhale, contract (suck in) your abdomen
and hold the contraction for 10 - 15 seconds. Keep your abs
contracted, slowly continue exhaling and tightening your abs.
Repeat this 10 -
15 times per day.
Is this easy or
what? The movement does indeed gently reshape your tummy and works
even faster when you stop ingesting "white" foods.
can be performed everywhere whether walking, standing or sitting;
stay aware of your posture.
Holiday Fashion Tips
Try not to buy black
By this time in your life haven’t you bought
enough little black dresses?? Why not break out
of the rut and dare to buy something with some
color in it! That way, you won’t be just one
more dress in a sea of black, and you will look
festive and fun! We would love to challenge you
to just go out there and “try” not to buy black.
You will find it’s harder than you think!!
Don’t reveal too much skin
The biggest mistake we see mature woman make is
that they buy holiday outfits that are in style,
but that don’t look good on bodies that are
aging. That means the ever popular strapless
dresses are generally a No No! As we age, our
arms are one of the first places to start
sagging. Be aware of this and take action! Go
for a deeper neckline, but see if you can find a
dress or top that has wide straps, or that has
some fabric over the shoulders that covers up
This season you can get overwhelmed with the
choices of dress lengths. What should you do? We
think you should be honest with yourself about
your legs! If your legs are still looking
great, don’t cover them up. Show them off! Don’t
hide under long skirts that make you feel
matronly. However, if your legs are not your
best feature, just skip the dress and go for a
wonderful pant suit. You can still look festive
and hip in a pant suit if you look for a fabric
that is elegant and shiny. Be sure to wear the
right shoes and accessorize it!
Invest in a Shaper
If you choose a dress made of clingy fabric or
that is body hugging GREAT! However, make sure
you keep the bulges to a minimum! There are so
many brands of shape wear out there, you will be
thrilled with the choices and instant smoothing
results! Most boutiques carry the ever popular
Spanx line, but there are many more out there
Cass and Co,
Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler (The Glam Gals)
are Image and Style Experts specializing in
helping women 40 plus look and feel fabulous.
They are the authors of the book, The Glam
Plan~ 12 Simple Steps to Take You From Frumpy to
Fabulous, as well as coaches for their
Tweak Your Chic™, Image make-over
program. For more tips go to
and sign up for their bi-weekly newsletter.
You can also contact them at:
Let's Do Tea
The health benefits of tea are
well known: green tea, black tea, flavored tea, white tea and
more can boost our immune system, help us lose weight and provide
anti-oxidant protection. Now there is a business opportunity
for those of you who might want to purchase teas at a substantial
discount to share with your friends. My friend Pia invites you
to her tea party!
Read more here.
C Stops Basal Cell Carcinoma
If you've been diagnosed with
Basal Cell Carcinoma chances are your doc is going to be thrilled to
help you get rid of those pesky, red, raised bumps with a healthy
dose of good old Vitamin C. Taking Vitamin C internally is
essential for building healthy teeth and gums, it builds resistance
to infection and decreases the risk of cancer by 75%. Topically,
Vitamin C crystals mixed with a little water and applied three times
a day is selectively toxic to the carcinoma and leaves healthy skin
of topical vitamin C to kill basal cell carcinoma has been known at
least since 1971.
Read the full bulletin here and
don't forget to print it or email it to your dermatologist or
primary care physician.
transitioned into documentary film in the last few years
after a 25-year career as a psychotherapist. She created the
idea for “The Beauty of Aging” out of a desire to find
inspiring models of aging for herself and other women.
"Greedy for Life" introduces Shirley and Lavada, two women
over 80 who share proof it's not age but attitude that
also appreciate your work...thank you for creating an alternative to
Coffee Facial –
MD has an interesting newsletter and she
suggests that coffee grounds can enhance your face and body. She
says it whisks toxins out of your skin, battles acne and other
blemishes, softens skin, exfoliates and more. The coffee oils
moisturize your skin and she says that hundreds of coffee's antioxidants can
protect skin against fine lines and wrinkles. Oh my goodness!
Yes, it's a little messy but once you try it a
few times, you'll get the hang of it. Keep it on five minutes. Rinse off in the shower
and then follow with your moisturizer. One note:
Starbucks Coffee will gladly allow you to have their grounds slated
for use in the garden so stop by and ask for a small amount of used
coffee grounds and try coffee grounds on your face and body.
Fuller lashes are possible when you learn that
washing your eyelids and eyelashes will stop bacteria, inflammation,
staph and even more that causes eyelashes to thin. My optometrist
told me that washing your eyelids with soap, massaging the lids and
lashes for ten seconds then rinsing them well will help your lashes
grow thicker and fuller.
Summer Makeup Tips
1. Use sun block/sunscreen every
day to protect your face, neck, chest and back of hands.
You do need daily sun to boost your Vitamin D levels but try to get
that in the early morning or late afternoon so that you're not at
risk for burning or damaging delicate skin. With just 10
minutes of direct sun you can pick up about 12,000 IUs of vitamin D.
Go light for lips. Now that summer is here, put away those dark
lipsticks and choose light, subtle and sheer glosses. I love
ColoreScience lip glosses that taste like chocolate. Go to
www.colorescience.com or call
866-426-5673 for the nearest location that stocks these
Stay away from heavy foundations so that wrinkles are less
apparent. If you want the best look, try mineral makeup. Just make
certain you moisturize first, allow it to penetrate then begin the
mineral application using soft, gentle, circular motions.
Use bronzers and blushes to add extra color and pizzazz. Find
flattering shades without sparkles for a natural looking effect.
Choose a hat with a generous brim and add sunglasses so you're set
for a day in the outdoors.
Manis and pedis will assure pretty hands and feet. Colorful, bright
toenails in trendy colors will make white slacks and skirts pop.
A poem by Agustina Crespo
Beauty is timeless
and so we are told,
To turn back the
clock and avoid getting old,
must cut and scrape and inject our faces,
but these things
do harm for they leave their traces,
take our power, put our fates in the hands of so called
Who seems quite in
command of telling us how we should deal with aging,
us photos of the war they are raging,
soul reaching for the fountain of youth,
the mirror for the surgeon's proof,
I look at it all
and find it quite tragic,
all that is needed is to do Facial Magic®
How you can
stop dry skin
Take cooler showers – not baths.
Moisturize when skin is towel-damp
Use moisture laden non-soap cleanser only on the groin and
away from itchy clothing and dry air.
Check your medical conditions and medications.
Belly, Butt and Thighs!
Magazine writer, Karen Asp, says that our abs, thighs and hips are
our biggest problem areas - no wonder, sitting as much as we do, I
think we can easily begin to "spread". Not a good thing.
She brings exercise info from Tracey Mallett, certified Pilates
instructor and creator of the Renew You Sleek and Lean DVD.
These exercises are very similar to
those taught through Jack LaLanne's President's First Lady's Health
Spa; they require very little time to execute and boy do they work
to strengthen lax muscles.
Using Denise Austin's Secrets!
clothes always wear better when our abs are tighter. Agree?
Well, Denise Austin says flatter abs are about attitude and food and
you can do this without one single crunch!
will introduce you to the five flat belly foods via Prevention
Magazine; I must say that I'm not a proponent of using canola oil or
soybean oil but I really love grape seed, olive and sesame oils.
Go here to
and to print the Pilates movements. Get yourself ready
for summer! Give it three weeks and let's see how you fare!
Will Eyelash Growth
Boosters Harm Your Vision?
eyelashes whether fake or real, complete our look, especially for
evening. Recently, several of my aesthetician friends began
sporting longer lashes. The results were startling but then we
began to hear rumblings that the product they were using might be
You can read the story for yourself.
5 Tips to Winterize Your
winter blusters and spews cold, dry air outside and over-heated
homes and offices offer dry, warm air. Just like the Santa Ana
winds that sap the moisture right out of the air, the very same
drying conditions can damage your skin.
Watch your shower temperature. Too hot water is drying so
alternate with cooler water temps to stimulate your skin.
Use sesame oil before you shower. Apply it liberally on your
limbs and torso allowing it to penetrate at least ten minutes before
Sunblock protects and nourishes skin so use it daily before applying
foundation. Remember that the sun can damage your skin every
Stay hydrated with filtered water. Drink your quota daily!
Wash your face before bedtime and moisturize your neck, chest, back
of neck, hands and face thoroughly. Harsh toners with alcohol
and irritating scrubs need to be avoided now.
has terrific info regarding what foods contain beneficial free
radical fighting properties.
Women Dying To
Another young, vibrant woman died during a
liposuction procedure in Toronto. How sad that this talented,
successful, single mother lost her life hoping to rid her tummy of a little
mound of fat.
It is most bizarre that her "surgeon" had
no specialties and no
hospital privileges. She, "the surgeon", was training in family
medicine but she is not
listed as an accredited family practitioner with the College of
Family Physicians of Canada.
The scenario of allowing untrained and unqualified
practitioners to call themselves cosmetic surgeons that actually
perform surgeries is repeated many times a day in many areas of the
the US plastic surgeons must undergo licensing and adhere to strict
regulations, but there's little to stop general practitioners from
calling themselves cosmetic surgeons and performing such
Family doctors, physicians, not trained in plastic
surgery are performing cosmetic procedures because injections that
plump and paralyze, liposuction, surgery and other procedures are
very, very lucrative to their bottom line. They are in it for the
This is a growing public health risk and lax
standards permitted this to happen.
Highest Anti-Oxidant Foods
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released a list
of the top thirty six foods that contain the highest per
serving content of anti-oxidants. You might be
surprised to learn that blackberries came in #1 and
sugar-free chocolate came in #36. Walnuts, strawberries,
artichokes, cranberries, coffee, raspberries, pecans,
blueberries and cloves were in the top ten.