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"You have a great product. I'm 43 and teach at SFSU - so I'm around very young & very old people. When I tell my students my age...(yes, the little buggers do ask)...they are often surprised."
˜P., CA
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"I have been using the lip pump for a couple months now and the results are great. I have had the collagen injections before but they don't last and they are very expensive. The pump make the lines around my mouth plump out & hardly noticeable. I love the way my lips look after using the pump. Thank you, Thank you."
˜B.L., CA

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Beauty News - Look better than you have in years!            

Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone's personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


Is Your Hairbrush Damaging Your Hair?
By Sophie Haslett

RAW SALON, Sydney Australia, stylist and founder, Anthony Nader, says your hairbrush could be damaging your hair. What type of brush should you be using? Well, I have thick, somewhat coarse hair and as I surveyed all of my hairbrushes, I have to concede that after reading this article, Mr Nadar might be onto something. Do you notice split ends or ends that seem distressed? I attributed those wispy ends to the barometric, humidity and inland conditions moving from the beach. Maybe the change is due to the type of hair brushes I use.

The brush choices are varied: nylon, vent brush, round brush with nylon and boar bristle. Fine hair, coarse hair, thick hair, curly hair, even wet hair requires certain brushes for the ultimate coif.

Personally, I love the effects of the ionic hair brush. It's nylon bristles are perfect for my heavy, thick tresses.

Read the article in its entirely to learn which brush will keep your locks in good condition.


Put Down the Glue - Magnetic Eyelashes are Here

Especially when I'm on tv, it is apparent that my eyelashes need a fullness boost so  "supplementing" with false eyelashes is a must. Truthfully, I've always loved the look of full, dramatic lashes and I don't mind wearing false eyelashes or extensions but I am not an expert gluer so the "ends" can sometime pop out of place or the placement isn't ideal. When I learned about these new lashes, they definitely got my attention. No glue and probably perfect placement. They're not available yet but they're out soon. has a tutorial here. Subscribe to their newsletter as well.


Crush Your Cravings Campaign

Cravings can attack us at the most inappropriate times! My sister can give in to chocolate cravings in an instant. My friend Marlene has salt attacks so she devours vinegar and salt chips by the bagfuls. Maybe you have a sweet tooth - I do! Cravings mean something - so how do we change our mind so that we do not allow these unexpected desires that have nothing to do with hunger to derail our eating plans?

Well, that's where Connie Bennett comes to the rescue. Her first book, SUGAR SHOCK, an in depth study disclosing how sugar is our enemy, was a result of many unexplained physical symptoms that she suffered.

Maybe you're ready to face the craving demons to get your health and beauty back on track. If so, Connie makes it easy with her *FREE* 3 Super-Simple guide to Crush Your Cravings. Get yours HERE!


Six Beauty Items You Should NEVER Share

It's so maddening - Your best girlfriend admires your new lipstick shade and she wants to try it - what do you say? Or, you realize you left your brush in your other purse and your hair is a wind-blown mess. Do you ask to use another's brush?

I've developed a list of 6 Beauty items I will never share because there is one common element that is usually overlooked. The six items I list carry bacteria and if your immune system is compromised, you may set yourself up for an unneeded infection.

1. Lipstick

2. Make up brushes

3. Mascara

4. Toothbrush

5. Comb

6. Hairbrush

Keep your personal items personal.


Is "Spray on Nail Polish" for you?

From the NY Post an article describing the newest, latest and greatest nail polish that sprays on in about 15 minutes. Read more here.

Shaving Balm Dubbed World's Best Under Makeup Primer
Jemma Buckley

Could this be true? I read Jemma Buckley's article and thought well, heck, maybe it does work as well as my highlighting primer. I ordered this product from Amazon and it arrived two days ago. Yesterday I polished my face with our green micro-polishing cloth, applied the Cell Renewal Cellular Repair Serum allowing it to dry about 2 minutes, then as a final step, I applied the Cell Renewal Green Apple Stem Peptide.

My face looked super smooth as I generously poured a dime size portion of the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm into my hand and using circular motions, I applied the manly smelling lotion.

The lotion dried quickly and I wasted no time applying my favorite liquid foundation. It glided on easily, I daubed my face with a makeup sponge. Today is my second day of using this product and I intend to use it for three weeks.

According to Ms Buckley, the "secret" ingredient is glycerine. The ingredients listed online are:  special moisturizers, Vitamin E and Provitamin B5. This product is made in Germany.

Is this the best primer? Will I give up my ColoreScience primer? My opinion has not been formed. Let me know if you try the Nivea Post Shave Balm in a heavy glass container. It is certainly the cheapest primer I've seen.

Read the entire article here.


Real Maple Syrup
Farmer's Almanac

First of all, I love The Old Farmer's Almanac, the "useful, with a pleasant degree of humor" annual publication. Now they have a newsletter that provides timely information around many topics. Like today, March 1, they suggest you plant a leek in honor of St David's Day. The information I found most interesting was regarding real maple syrup.

Like the Almanac writer, I, too, grew up with "FAKE" syrup. In fact, I remember my mother boiling sugar and water, adding maple flavoring and proudly serving this with pancakes or French toast. I loved Aunt Jemima's syrup, too. At some point in my adult life I was introduced to Grade B maple syrup and I've been a fan ever since.

Maple syrup has less calories than honey, it helps protect the immune system and acts as an antioxidant. I've used it in delicious detox salads with broccoli, cauliflower, raisins and kale. There are four recipe suggestions at the end of the article that I want to try.

Enjoy the article!


Walk Like Royalty

I spent years at the beach walking almost daily for 20 years. For at least 8 years I biked on the bike bath to and from Parker's Lighthouse. Guess what I learned? There are a lot of people who walk with their head down - down as in looking at their shoes down. They have no clue what is going on in their immediate surroundings and their posture becomes atrocious.

What is your walking posture? Here's what one NYC Chiropractor says:

"Walk like royalty," says Karen Erickson, who suggests keeping your head upright and gazing 50 yards in front of you. "It actually helps train your nervous system to use innate neurological balance, rather than relying on your eyes to balance."  Karen Erickson, DC, FAAC, a chiropractor in New York City


Did You Know That the Avocado Seed is a SUPERFOOD?

I had no idea that the avocado seed was not only edible but the seed provides many health benefits when you pulverize it into powder to sprinkle on food. What??? Seriously, place the seed into a baggie, beat it with a meat tenderizer tool then put it in the blender to pulverize. Add it to shakes or scrambled eggs. I have read that the taste is quite unusual - gross even - but hey avocado seed is beneficial.

Avocado seeds contain nourishing oil that is rich in antioxidants. In fact, 70% of the antioxidants are found in the seed alone and the other 30% are actually in the flesh and skin. These potent antioxidants have the ability to lower high cholesterol levels and prevent several kinds of heart conditions such as heart disease and strokes.
 -The super fruit’s seeds are also a great alternative for reducing inflammatory disease within the body, but works particularly well with easing swelling in the gastrointestinal tract.

The seeds have the ability to fight away free radical cells too, that causes illness and aging. In fact, if you want to slow down the aging process and reduce the appearance of age spots and wrinkles avocados have the ability to rebuild collagen underneath the skin so it stays firm and youthful. Enjoy the full article here.



Get Your Face Fit for the Holidays
Cynthia Rowland


Getting to Grandma’s house isn’t exactly what it used to be.  Remember the song, “Over the river and through the woods”?  These days it’s difficult to tell just who Granny is because she is no longer in the woods about how to make herself look younger; in fact, she looks pretty remarkable thanks to hair dye, trendy clothes and regular visits to her neighborhood Curves®.

There is one little flaw in Grandma’s routine; she realizes her face is registering the look of “Grandma”.  That’s right, resembling your Mother or Grandmother is eventually going to include you unless you become really hip about the fact that facial exercise can keep you looking younger.

Facial exercise that uses contraction and resistance will help you reclaim the face that you had years ago.  Just like exercise works for your body, you can now apply the same principles to your facial muscles and they will respond by plumping up, filling out your skin and repositioning so you look younger and healthier.

If you take action now in less than six weeks your friends and family will see a visible difference in your appearance.  You will know immediately upon beginning the regimen that your muscles are responding to this type of conditioning; you will feel the tightening and the lifting every time you perform the movements.

This means that cheek muscles will plump, your eyes will open, your forehead will feel tighter, your mouth muscles will become stronger so your lower mouth will not look jowly and your double chin will become less apparent.  This and more as you take control of the return of youthfulness to your face and neck.

This is exciting news because you can save your money that you may have earmarked for surgery, injections and other beauty related expenditures; you know it's not about vanity but survival in a world that demands we look our best.  We've had the information that old faces equate to old ideas for some time; we know that we feel more confident and happier when we see a fresh face looking back at us rather than an old, tired one.

In just minutes a day, you can create subtle changes that will turn into lasting results.  In the privacy of your home, using only your thumbs and fingers, you have the power to reshape and contour your face so that you look younger and younger without surgery, injections or risky procedures.

To help you get started today; click on the link to enjoy a free eyelift.  This is a savings that equals at least $3500 to $5000 if you were to opt for surgery.  No risk, no pain, no infection; only positive results.

Create that ageless face and you'll be the hippest Granny with the tightest face just in time for the Holiday season.


Eye Transformation in 15 Days

Seeing is believing.

 Here is another example of how powerful Facial Magic facial exercises are. Results like this make me proud.



"The two smiling pictures I send show a 15 day difference of using 1 under eye exercise plus 1 under eye product of yours twice a day – Only! I was not getting 8 hours of sleep, or even 6 on a hand full of nights. I was not concentrated on drinking enough water. I was still drinking a beer every now and then, too. I ran out of my vitamin C serum a week into it on top of it all. I tried many other products and none of them worked like this. I will do your under eye exercise every day and I will never buy another under eye treatment skin product. I’ve tried many other products, none of them worked. Thank you so much! My skin looks great and I look a lot younger."


10 Reasons to Avoid Paralyzing Injections
Cynthia Rowland

For the past ten years or so there have been quite a few serums developed that the medical industry has adopted for use by their patients who are seeking a younger, refreshed appearance.  One very popular injected serum paralyzes the muscles so that frowning, squinting and forehead use is greatly subdued.

While this drug has provided the formulating company with billions of dollars in sales, this drug has warnings that have gone largely ignored.  Oh sure, there’s the standard warning that there may be swelling and redness at the injection site or a droopy eye brow may be in evidence for a few weeks as the toxic side effects lessen but the real words of caution seem to be minimized and disregarded.

Consider this scenario:  You frown, lines develop and they make you look older than your years.  Perhaps you believe that the paralyzing injections are your only avenue to stop the look of old and you engage the services of a doc who happily accommodates your desire and wishes for enhancement. But wait! What’s this? You are handed a cautionary list that relieves that medical professional of any liability in the event something goes wrong. And things can go terribly wrong.

Here are ten serious moderate to severe contraindications that should make you think about beginning invasive injections into the face:

1)      (1)  Death – it happens

2)      (2)  Serious Disability

3)      (3)  Paralysis of a nearby muscle that could interfere with vision and opening the eyes

4)      (4)  Disorientation – double vision, dizziness

5)      (5)  Temporary asymmetrical appearance due to abnormal swelling of the facial features

6)      (6)  Abnormal or lack of facial expression

7)      (7)  Headache, nausea or flu-like symptoms, seizures, fainting

8)      (8)  Swallowing, slurring speech, respiratory and bronchial challenges

9)      (9)  Facial pain – nerve irritability

10 (10)  Muscle atrophy

There are unusual authorizations that a patient must agree to before injections are administered – here are two examples I recently acquired:

·         I am aware and accept that no guarantee about the results of the procedures have been made or implied.

·         I understand and accept that the long-term effects of repeated use of this paralyzing serum are as yet unknown.

Bottom line – the effects of the paralyzing serum is temporary, it’s expensive, yet the effects can be lethal. Scary, too!  There is evidence that the serum migrates via the nerve cells so having this type of toxin traveling throughout your system may potentially harm your good health.

What if you could easily begin to stop frown lines without using anything harmful? Would you be interested in knowing that a tightened forehead is possible using only facial exercise? Could you invest in yourself with an all-natural alternative that requires no doctor visits or any type of invasive procedure?

Facial exercise can easily change the shape and contour of your face and once you learn the routine to isolate, anchor and contract sagging facial muscles, there is no need for further expenditure because the secret is literally in your hands. Just keep in mind that exercise can work better than facial surgery and plumping or paralyzing injections. There’s no risk, no pain, no drugs, no time away from family. Droopy eye lids and brows, furrowed foreheads, sagging cheeks, jowls, pouches, double chins and more can be remedied using isometric facial exercise.

Imagine looking five, ten, even fifteen years younger without resorting to costly, invasive or risky surgeries and injections that require repeating. Remember, these modalities do not make you look younger; rather, these modalities mostly make you look like you’ve had work done and maybe even a little freakish.



Facials and Why You Need Them Regularly

Heading to your aesthetician's office on a regular basis, like every 3 to 4 weeks, will keep your skin looking well. That's the name of game, isn't it?

Aestheticians can keep your pores tight and clear when they expertly extract built up junk that clog our pores. Instead of you popping and probing clogged pores, let the professional handle it.

Facials that we use at home can certainly work to our advantage but having a professional facial using glycolic or salicylic acid can create a better looking, healthy complexion. Maintain those results with regular use of at home products. Remember, cleanse, hydrate, protect, exfoliate.

Deep cleansing the face is something that an aesthetician expertly does for you. They can work their magic to thoroughly remove dirt and grime that we might miss during our nightly cleaning ritual. Without drying the skin, these experts can make certain your face is rejuvenated and hydrated.

Some procedures will include facial massage for lymphatic drainage. This will reduce toxins and fluid retention that show up under the eyes. A scalp massage is also beneficial for complete relaxation and stimulation of the scalp. Ask your aesthetician if that is part of your facial package.

Use the time you have with your skin care professional to ask her advice on the type of products that will provide you the best results. Does she recommend hydrating masques twice a month? What about layering products? Remember, your skin changes constantly so keep informed with regular visits.

One advantage of using an aesthetician to maintain the health of your facial skin is that the products she uses are professional strength. Professional strength exfoliation means that those old dead skin cells will be mostly removed with techniques such as dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. Fruit acid peels also provide quick cell turnover which reveals beautiful skin.

Perhaps you have recurring skin upsets. All the better to trust your face to a professional. Be very careful about removing milia bumps, especially around the eyes. Leave that to the pros. Bring any and all changes you see in and on your skin to her attention.

The best part of booking a facial for me is the one hour of relaxation - me lying on a table while my aesthetician expertly cares for my face. I have yet to be disappointed with my results.


12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills provides interesting and even unusual items of interest regarding our health. Recently there was a blog post outlining the diverse natural substances used by our ancestors when antibiotics were unavailable. In just 70 years antibiotic use has turned into overuse. Here's what the article says: 

Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not unheard of.

Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still in use today with holistic healers around the globe.

Our ancestors also had a solution for healing, using antibiotics from nature and it would be good to remind ourselves who these antibiotics are and possibly think about using them in case of an illness.



12 Super Foods that Help Heal Skin Damage

Spending time in the summer sun is easy to do - whether it's working in the yard or the garden, hanging out on the patio or enjoying hours at the beach - we can easily discover that our skin has been brutally abused by the sun's rays. Not all rays are bad, in fact, getting Vitamin D before 11:00 am and again after 3:00 pm can keep our bodies strong but if you get too many direct rays, you may experience sunburned skin.

When you eat super foods like tomatoes, carrots, cantaloupe and strawberries your body begins to enjoy the protections these types of super foods provide and studies show that they can heal damaged skin. The foods that are vibrantly colorful are carotenoid super foods and they act as Mother Nature's natural sunscreen.

In this article from you will enjoy learning the benefits of using colorful foods and be certain to use the recipes at the end of the piece. I recently enjoyed a fruit salad made of strawberries, raspberries, blue berries, pineapple and pomegranate. It was amazingly refreshing and very tasty. I hope Nina makes it again for our Holiday Party!

Pycnogenol  - An Anti-Aging Secret
By Vera Tweed

I learned of pycnogenol through Marcelle at the clinic in Denver when I studied the Facial Magic method. We were introduced to it by a German physician and were very excited for its anti-aging properties. We were told that this special pine bark from France had stronger and more powerful attributes than Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The thinking at the time was that pycnogelol would eradicate gum disease...who knows, maybe it does.

Pycnogenol is a very strong antioxidant, meaning it counteracts a bodily process much like internal rusting in a machine, which accelerates aging and predisposes us to all manner of deterioration. “We have yet to discover all of its properties,” says Steven Lamm, M.D., an internist and faculty member at New York University School of Medicine. “But we do know it functions in the body to reduce inflammation, enhance blood flow, reduce clotting, have a positive effect on your lipids – cholesterol and triglycerides and high blood pressure.”

Studies have also found this: Pycnogenol helps to keep blood sugar stable, which helps to reverse diabetes, and reduces complications of the disease. And, by reducing inflammation and dilating blood vessels, it reduces harmful blood clotting, including swelling in the legs from circulatory disorders. It improves memory, asthma and allergies, arthritis pain, a host of female hormonal issues, blood pressure, varicose veins, and ADHD.

Read the entire article here.

Dehydration: The Surprising Cause of Memory Problems, Bladder Cancer and other Dangerous Conditions
Ann Grandjean, EdD, University of Nebraska Medical Center

As we approach warmer months, it is easy to become dehydrated as our body is depleted of moisture when the temperature outside is higher. Being in a state of constant dehydration can cause dizziness, gum disease, even cancer. While no one really agrees on how much water you need daily to maintain optimum health, I encourage you to push the fluids every day. Water seems to keep me fuller longer so I'm not inclined to overeat. Here's the article:

We all know that water is essential for human life and dehydration is dangerous. But there are some surprising effects of even mild dehydration that you may not be aware of.

Little-known risks: In addition to impaired cognitive function and lethargy, dehydration is associated with increased risk for falls, gum disease and bladder cancer.

What you need to know about water’s effect on your mental and physical well-being…


It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how much water we need.


Problem: Depending on activity levels, metabolism and environmental factors, such as heat and humidity, one person may require up to eight times as much water as someone else to stay hydrated.

Solution: Even though we often hear that most people should drink eight glasses of water a day, there isn’t really any scientific evidence to support this approach. The first official recommendation for water consumption was issued in 2004 by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the government-sponsored National Academy of Sciences. This so-called adequate intake (AI) for males age 19 and older is 15 eight-ounce cups daily… for females of the same age group, 11 cups daily.

Read more about risk and treatment


A Slimmer Waistline Can Be Yours When You Use String!

Just in time for summer! We usually begin thinking about our "summer" bodies about now. Those extra lbs will be impossible to hide when skimpier t-shirts and togs are worn. Slimming your waist using string means you can train your brain to constantly think "Caesar Salad" - a buzzword given to me to remind me to tighten my abs at all times. Tightening your abs will definitely improve your posture so stand tall, suck those abs in and enjoy looking better year round.

  • String around the waist reminds a person to pull in their stomach muscles
  • Tie the string around the waist when stomach muscles are 50% contracted
  • Try to pull in the muscles in all day, when walking, sitting and working
  • It will improve the core and lead to a flat stomach, physiotherapists claim

    Here's the article in its entirety


    Remove Unwanted Facial Hair with Natural Remedy

    Peach fuzz is one thing but having hair sprouting from your face in several areas can be very frustrating to remove. Yes, you can shave your face, you can pay a professional to dermaplane unwanted hair, you can pluck and pluck but there is a way to naturally remove hair with just three simple ingredients. It is my understanding that this special concoction has been around for a very long time - a DIY recipe that costs just pennies each time you apply. I have not yet tried this all natural method but starting tomorrow I will use it faithfully and report my findings to you. Will you do the same? Here are the secret ingredients


    Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles?
    Jackie Silver - Aging Backwards

    Jackie Silver is known for her dazzling smile and a gorgeous, wrinkle free face. Here's her take on a woman who has stopped smiling for the past 40 years thinking she will stop her face from wrinkling - I truly hope this woman will reconsider her decision because I believe smiling releases endorphins to make us feel happy.

    Does smiling cause wrinkles? While repetitive facial movements could cause fine lines and wrinkles, some people go to the extreme of actually avoiding smiling altogether just to stay young looking! Really? In fact, ABC News reported recently that Kim Kardashian says she avoids smiling because it causes wrinkles.

    The article states, “The Kim Kardashian West selfie is iconic. Along with the selfie, fans always question why the reality star, 34, doesn’t often smile in her pics. Yesterday on Instagram, North West’s mother explained why. ‘See I do smile…even laugh on occasion. Not too often though because it causes wrinkles,’ she wrote next to a pic with her friend Shamari Maurice, both laughing.”

    Then, reported a story about a woman who hasn’t smiled for FORTY years because she’s afraid of getting wrinkles. READ THE REST OF THE STORY!


    Witch Hazel & Varicose Veins

    When we reach a certain age it is not uncommon to experience thickened veins in the legs and thighs. What causes these unsightly bulges? The jury is still out - is it an inherited condition or a congenital abnormality? Pregnancy and obesity are the usual culprits but there are other considerations such as chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, age or trauma. Aching legs and pain upon standing along with visible, hard, ropey looking veins can be treated. Cosmetically these veins are not pretty; some can be treated with makeup like Dermablend and then there is Witch Hazel.

    There's a good reason why witch hazel extract is a main ingredient in many skin-protectant drugs such as Preparation H Cream: This beautiful plant is extremely effective at shrinking blood vessels, which, in turn, tightens our skin. This makes witch hazel the premier natural remedy for discoloration and puffiness under and around our eyes. Additionally, witch hazel can reduce the appearance of, and pain associated with, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.(4) Just soak a cotton pad in organic witch hazel oil and apply it to the affected area for between 5 and 8 minutes.

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    What Happens to your Body When you Stop Smoking?


    I smoked cigarettes for a lot of years and quit April 19th, 2005. About three months after quitting, I had a physical and my doctor told me my lungs were healthy; he said there was no evidence that I ever smoked. How did I quit? I "poked" the filter of the cigarette for two years with a device I purchased on HSN and then wore a Rite-Aid smoking cessation patch for 13 weeks. When traveling in New Zealand years ago, this poster was displayed in a shopping mall:


    • In 20 minutes your blood pressure will come down to normal.

    • In 8 hours the level of carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas) in your bloodstream will be cut by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.

    • In 48 hours the chances to get a heart attack will decrease. The whole nicotine will leave your body and feelings of smell and taste will return to normal levels.

    • In 72 hours, your breathing paths will relax and the energy level will increase. In two weeks blood circulation will increase and will continue to improve over the next 10 weeks.

    • In 3-9 months, coughing, difficult breathing and general respiratory problems will decrease as a result of increasing the capacity of your lungs by 10%.

    • In 1 year the risk of suffering a heart attack will decrease doubly.

    • The 5-year risk of getting a stroke will become the same as for non-smokers.

    • In 10 years the chance of developing lung cancer becomes the same as for non-smokers.

    • In 15 years you will have an equal risk of suffering a heart attack as well as any non-smoker.


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    Drinking a Glass of Red Wine is the SAME as Getting an Hour of Exercise?

    Dear red wine drinkers: I have wonderful news. A new study says that drinking a glass of wine can equate to an hour of exercise. I repeat: Drinking a glass of freaking merlot could be just as good for you as an hour of working out at the gym. Feel free to commence rejoicing at this time. 

    The researchers responsible for the glorious study — which was published in Journal of Physiology in May — discovered that resveratrol, a “natural compound” found in certain fruits, nuts, and (you guessed it) red wine, could actually “enhance exercise training and performance.” But there’s more. Jason Dyck, the principal investigator for the study, tells Science Daily that resveratrol can also offer the same benefits working out does: 

    This does sound hard to believe and as much as I enjoy a great glass of wine once in a while, I think I'll stick to walking and yoga on a daily basis...LOL!

    Click here for the rest of the article


    Thinking of Having Your Mammies Grammed?

    Dr William Campbell Douglass speaks candidly regarding 3-D Mammograms. He's not sold on them so here is information to help you decide what is best for you:

    3-D mammogram movie isn't a blockbuster -- it's a BOMB!
    WC Douglass, M.D. []

    Any time you plunk down $20 for the latest Hollywood flick and some clerk hands you a pair of 3-D glasses, you know you're probably in for some gore.

    I'm talking about flesh-eating zombies, chainsaw-wielding mental patients... you name it.

    Well, it looks like the latest 3-D horror show isn't coming to the silver screen -- but you're practically guaranteed to run into it at your next mammogram. And that mammogram could unleash more death and destruction than any Hollywood screenwriter has ever imagined.

    The FDA has just approved a horrifying new 3-D mammogram machine from General Electric. And while the folks at GE may claim to "bring good things to life," it looks like they're getting ready to aim a death ray straight at your ta-ta's.

    3-D mammograms aren't some new technological trick -- they're just more of the same radiation-wrecking technology that has been CAUSING breast cancer for years. GE's new 3-D Death Star actually works by taking MULTIPLE X-Rays of your breast and combining them into one image.

    It's a better mousetrap alright -- and you're caught right in its jaws. 3-D mammograms have been PROVEN to deliver TWICE as much radiation as a typical mammogram.

    I swear Uncle Sam won't be happy until every gal is more radioactive than the control room at Chernobyl. But I'll tell you what's even better than a 3-D mammogram -- and that's skipping your mammogram altogether.

    Tune out the Pink Ribbon mafia and toss that mammogram reminder in the trash where it belongs. This is one gory 3-D movie you have my permission to skip.

    Giving 3-D mammograms two thumbs down...William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.


    Do Collagen Supplements Actually Get Rid of Wrinkles?
    by Christina Mueller for Prevention Magazine

    Wrinkles are no fun. They accentuate your age and can take your confidence level to zero when they are apparent. Add sagging facial muscles to the mix and you're having a bad hair day. What to do? I take Astavita Skin Defense Complex.

    Read the entire article here.


    9 Ways to Slow Down Aging
    Leah Zerbe - Rodale

    Found this great article and wanted to share these tips -

    There's no denying it. We're all aging every day. But from the time you take your first breath as a baby until the moment you take your last, there are lots of things you can do to slow down the hands of time and feel a lot healthier in the process! In fact, if you cut out some of the major aging offenders, you could actually look and feel years younger than your biological age...the one that shows up on your driver's license. There are nine ways to slow down aging - from snuffing scented candles to eating fresh, organic food to wearing less makeup. Remember, the little changes you make add up to results that count.  Read more here


    The Ugly Sandals of Summer

    Summer sandals - glittery gold, muted metallics, strappy high heels...oh my aching feet...I'm guilty of wearing ugly sandals and truthfully, I do not care if they're ugly because comfort wins with me. I love wearing Finn-Comfort sandals with the reflexology foot bed inserts. These sandals come in a variety of colors and I've owned white, tan, denim, yellow, red and I'm currently on my second pair of black patent with Swarovski crystals. There are many options for sandals and you can choose those that suit you. Celebs have joined the bandwagon of wearing comfortable shoes, too. After years of wearing high heels, our feet probably love the fact that we can easily walk in sandals without stressing our toes. back, knees and ankles.  Here's an article describing the sandals that are popular this summer with celebs and everyday women.


    Is Tanning That Harmful?

    To tan or not to tan...We've been told for years that melanoma and other skin cancers can occur if we're out in the sunshine without loads of protection. I, for one, like the look of tanned legs and arms. Sadly, most of my tans have been from Sally Hansen or a vegetable spray in a tanning salon to protect my skin from that leathery look that can develop when over tanning for many years.

    There's word from Sweden that claim guidelines which advise people to stay out of the sun unless wearing sun lotion may be harming us, rather than helping us. After following nearly 30,000 women over 20 years, the new research found that women who stay out of the sun are at increased risk of skin melanomas and are twice as likely to die from any cause, including cancer.  What???

    These findings are tied to Vitamin D deficiencies - even though we supplement, we still need a little bit of sunshine every day. Click here for the entire article


    Are Your Age Intervention Tactics Harmful?
    by Cynthia Rowland

    Wrinkles on our faces and sagging skin can indeed provoke us to take extreme measures in hopes of stopping the dreaded look of old.

    Men and women over the age of 25 have become targets for anti-aging products; we are inundated daily with slick, beautiful ads that point out apparent flaws like crow's feet, droopy features and dry, lined, parched skin. 

    Poring over glossy magazines and watching television ads suggest that our faces are in serious trouble unless we use injections, surgeries, lotions, potions and other expensive modalities. 

    Most skin care and certainly injections that plump and paralyze are laced with lab created chemicals but that may not matter to you if when you look into the mirror and see aging.  At that moment you want something done and you want it now.

    Playing around with injected chemicals sounds scary to me because there is always a risk involved using them.

    Take Botox – it is a toxin so buyer beware!   Small injected amounts probably won't produce immediate negative reactions other than swelling, redness, and tenderness.

    Prescribed for forehead creases, crow's feet and other wrinkled areas caused by repetitive movements; Botox injections must be repeated every few months to insure that the muscles remain in a weakened state.  Weakness in adjacent muscles has been reported as the toxin can spread inside the body.

    There can be complications if you choose Botox.  According to The New York Times, the FDA warns "that it also is probing reports of illnesses in people of all ages who used the drugs for a variety of conditions, including at least one hospitalization of a woman given Botox for forehead wrinkles."  Uh oh.

    Knowing that all drugs have side effects, there is a potential of experiencing symptoms related to botulism if you choose this drug.   Slurred speech, muscle weakness and difficulty swallowing can occur.   You should know that there have been spontaneous reports of death after treatment of


    Fillers that plump are also quite popular.  The lists of serums offered by Big Pharma grow year after year as scientists strive to provide doctors and their patients anti-aging fixes. 

    Some of these serums such as Bovine Collagen (from cow!) require an allergy test; other serums are deemed to be safe without prior testing. 

    There are two types of fillers:  Permanent and Temporary.

    Temporary dermal fillers currently in use:

    • Radiesse - Radiesse is made of unique calcium-based microspheres that are suspended in a water-based gel and injected into the skin
    • Hyaluronic acid  –  Juvederm – Bacteria proteins in a gel form
    • Restylane (bacteria) - a biodegradable non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid   
    • Perlane (bacteria)
    • Hylaform (rooster combs)
    • Sculptra (synthetic) -  an injectable implant that contains microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic polymer
    • Fat
    • Collagen

    Temporary fillers are absorbed by the body over time, some in 2-6 months and require repeated treatments to maintain the effect.  Some fillers claim the effects last up to two years.

    Silicone is the most frequently used permanent filler.

    If these measures seem barbaric and very unnatural you would be right.   Add surgery to the mix and all of a sudden, you realize that we Americans have become less than authentic.  Cutting into perfectly healthy tissue, suturing, scarring, burning it with lasers and injecting chemicals can leave a person looking bizarre.

    Procedures are risky.  There are no guarantees that you will like the results.  There are no guarantees that your health will not be harmed.  There are no guarantees that people will recognize you.

    Can we strive for natural measures to maintain youthfulness?  Must we continually allow others to take control of our aging process using drugs and chemicals or do you believe a healthy lifestyle includes surgeries, injections and using chemically laden products?

    Eating healthy foods, drinking purified water and regular exercise seems to appeal to most people.  We know that these avenues promote good health.

    Thankfully, exercise can stop an aging body and isometric facial exercise can stop an aging face.

    Some people want you to believe that twists, contortions and scrunches are facial exercise.  Well, they are not!

    Facial exercise that tightens the features requires that you anchor the muscle or muscle group using your age erasers – your thumbs and fingers.  The reason this is necessary is because facial muscles attach to bone on only one end; the other end of the muscles is attached either to skin or another muscle.

    Anchoring provides the necessary component of resistance.  Resistance and contraction of the muscles will cause these muscles to enjoy increased circulation which in turn provides them with new life.  They plump up and support your skin so that you look younger, healthier and fresher.

    The most impressive asset of facial exercise is that it is a natural method that works to change the shape and contour of your facial features.  You need not be subjected to anything that hurts, or require drugs via injections or by mouth, there is no down-time or time away from home or work and most of all, there are no surprises.

    You can look as young as you feel when you use Facial Magic facial exercise for your age intervention.  Imagine yourself without hooded eyes, sagging cheeks and that dreaded wattle using only specific exercise movements to keep you looking good.



    Facial Exercise Saves You Money
    Cynthia Rowland

    Many women rue the day that they began using costly injections to plump and paralyze their faces. It sounded so simple – a few injections here and there just hoping to delay and stave off the effects of an aging face. After all, who wants to wear a face that sags and looks misshapen?

    Isn’t it amazing that those injections didn’t really make you look younger but rather they made your face look tight, puffed and rather unnatural looking?  So many junkies/users of these cosmetic enhancements realize that they have spent countless dollars and at the end of the day their faces still are aging.

    It’s a hard lesson but everyone needs to know this:  Facial enhancements such as injections and facial plastic surgery do not stop the true cause of aging in your face.  In fact, truth be told, injections can produce wrinkles in other parts of your face (think bunny lines on the sides of your nose when your forehead is paralyzed) and surgery that cuts muscle and skin may make your face appear unrecognizable, especially if you’ve had more than three procedures.

    Your friends probably won’t tell you how unnerving it is to watch you converse and emote with a frozen, paralyzed forehead and outer eyes. You haven’t fooled anyone. We know that you’re hoping to disguise a lined forehead or the elevens between your brows.

    The big question you must ask yourself:  How many years of injections are you willing to endure? Do you wonder about your body and how it is faring with these different types of poison coursing through your veins? 

    Today, more and more cosmetic physicians are urging young women under the age of 30 to begin using injections, saying that this will help keep the look of aging at bay. Let’s do the math - 4 bouts of injections every four months for the next 30 years adds up to thousands and thousands of dollars spent, plus many, many pricks from a needle. But wait, are you willing to give up the endless wheel of injections at the age of 55. What? What if you live to your mid 80’s? How is your face going to look when it cannot be propped up any further with these unnatural substances?

    “Aging Backwards” guru, Jackie Silver, was a slave to injections until she discovered a true fountain of youth in the form of facial exercise. There are many, many women like Jackie, who realized that her face wasn’t looking any younger after years of injections.  She was thoroughly over frequenting her doc’s office again and again just so she could feel okay when she appeared on her television show out of Florida. “At first I didn’t understand how facial exercise could stop the sagging in my face but then I learned the routine. Now my face is tightened, tone and contoured and I give all the credit to these amazing exercises.”

    Many men and women falsely believe that facial plastic surgery and injections hold magical powers that will transform them to greater beauty and happiness when they peer into the mirror. Hold on! There is a statistic that you must know regarding these types of procedures. According to the Cosmetic Surgery Bible website, it has researched the industry and discovered that only 37 percent of those surgically enhanced subjects polled liked their results. Those are startling statistics!

    Imagine saving and hoarding a lot of money, handing it over to someone wearing a mask and gloves and waking up not recognizing yourself. This happens frequently. There are no guarantees that the results you receive are the results you envisioned for yourself. Even if you choose the finest surgeon, things can go wrong. We’ve seen and heard the horror stories by looking at celebrities who have a lot more disposable income and can choose from a plethora of “Hollywood Docs”. Instead of spending thousands and thousands of dollars, you can make a one-time purchase and enjoys the benefits forever.

    Consider exercising your face rather than using surgery or injections. Facial exercise will work for you, turning back the look of age in your face in just weeks. Most facial exercise users claim they easily look 5, 10 even 15 years younger after completing the basic exercise training. The results rival a surgical procedure without scarring, pain, sutures, drugs or surprises. You’re never too old to look years younger with these proven exercise movements.

    Imagine seeing yourself looking better and better without expensive doctor visits. Imagine seeing your face transform using your age erasers, your thumbs and fingers. Every portion of your face and neck will lift, tone and tighten and the good news is that the entire exercise routine can be completed in just minutes each day. The results are usually seen from day one and all you have to do is slip into your white exercise gloves, stand in front of your mirror and follow the easy to understand directions. Your forehead, upper eyes, upper cheeks, lower mouth, crow’s feet, double chin and wattle will transform, smooth and lift.

    Facial exercise will save you money and you’ll love your results because you will look like you, only younger and ageless.


    At Home Treatment for Your Best Skin Ever
    Cynthia Rowland

    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 Daily Lift.

    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
    Cynthia Rowland

    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 Bunny Lines?

    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 exercise.

    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 control.  

    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 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 you.

    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
    Cynthia Rowland

    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 years.

    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 beautiful faces.

    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  at the 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 improperly treated. 

    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. 

    Preventing Milia

    This is the second time I developed milia 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.  Others  like Dr Marmur  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 development.

    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 dimethicone

    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...

    1. Exfoliate.  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 less because 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.

     2. Investigate Skin cancers 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.     

    3. Re-hydrate.   Dry skin 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 the long 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 and hydration. 

     4. Protect. 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 end-of-summer glow.  


    Wrinkles? Blame Your Mom!
    Nick Mcdermott - Daily Mail

    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 later.

    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.

    Read more:

    10 Aging Looks from Naughty Makeovers for Nice Girls
    Dimitri James

    1. Pierced earring and hole hangs from years of being stretched open
    2. Back bra fat from too tight of a bra or shirt
    3. Discolored and/or worn-down teeth
    4. Clumpy mascara
    5. One strip of fake eyelashes
    6. Any fashion that shows off body parts not in shipshape, such as low-cut blouses, revealing cleavage that is wrinkled and sun damaged
    7. Droopy breasts. Make sure your bra will boost you halfway between your shoulders and elbows, or do not leave the house
    8. Nude lips. Brighter shades, brick red or brighter peachy or pinkish shades on the brighter side tend to de-age.
    9. Frosted eye shadow. Lightly pearlized, on the other hand, makes you look younger.
    10. Baggy pants or jeans


    5 foods that help you stay hydrated
    Natural Health Dossier
    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.

    Cucumbers 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.

    Zucchini - 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 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 burgers.

    Mushrooms – 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.

    Broad beans - 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.

    Shallots 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
    By:  Cynthia Rowland

    Ever 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 might be?”

    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.

    Sit 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.

    If 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.

    Just 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.

    The 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 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" photo here.

    Here's an article from DailyMail UK that describes how people perceive those wrinkles.

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    SugieWogie Signature Collection SwimDresses come in 4 designer styles: Cheers for Tiers, Splash Safari, Marilyn Sighting and Ruche Hour. Each, crafted from a luxuriously soft nylon/spandex blend with a concealing, sheer mesh overlay...yummy!

    Best Skin Care Ingredients – The Top Ten
    Deb Chase - No Nonsense Beauty Blog

    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 challenged me.

    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.

    1.  Glycolic Acid

    Derived from sugarcane, glycolic acid 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.

    2.  Ceramides

    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. 

    3.  Vitamin C

    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% concentration. 

    4. Benzoyl Peroxide

    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 30SPF sunscreen.

    5.  Zinc Oxide

    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.

    6. Hyaluronic Acid

    Found 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.

    7. Oatmeal

    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, modest grain.

    8. Salicylic Acid

    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. 

    Salicylic acid 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.

    9. Soy

    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.

    10. Retin-A ( tretinoin)

    It’s no 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.

    Retin-A is 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 me at

    Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss
    By Alyssa Shaffer - PREVENTION

    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 article: CLICK HERE

    Wear sunscreen, sun glasses, long sleeve shirt and a hat to protect your beautiful face from sun damage.

    Tracy Anderson and Fat Burning Exercises

    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 is at, 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.

    Read more:

    Best Beauty Tips For 2013

    When I 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:

    Bold, Bright And Big Lips

    From Joe Fresh's corals to Evan Biddell's rockin' rouges or Lucian Matis' fuscias, spring/summer 2013 is all about the lip. The trend can be a little daunting to pull off if you're not used to wearing makeup, so start off small by swiping some colour on your pout and neutralizing the shade a bit with lip gloss. You can wear the lipstick matte, if you're more daring. Just be sure to pair the look with a neutral eye. Don't forget to plump your lips using Luscious Lips Lip Pump.

    Natural Locks

    Spring 2013 is all about saying "see ya" to your heated hair tools. It was nice to see so many of the models at World MasterCard Fashion Week sporting loose braids, top buns and bouncy curls (too often it looks like a model's hair has been teased, flat-ironed or permed into oblivion). Let your strands go stray (seriously, it was thing at Arthur Mendonca) and embrace your lovely locks being au natural.

    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 the way, 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 Staying Young
    bSmart interviewed anti-aging expert Jackie Silver, founder of 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 sleeping.

    Tip 3) Laughter is the best medicine.

    Studies show laughter changes the make-up of your system.

    Tip 4) Watch your diet.

    Supersize your veggies and half-size everything else.

    Tip 5) Volunteer and giveback.

    Find ways to give back on



    Six Fashion Week Secrets You Can Use

    Break 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 Lomrantz Lester

    Stash 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 Gustashaw

    Consider a hot pad (really!). “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 Cernek

    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 Wang

    …and take it off like a pro too. “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 Shapouri

    Buy nipple covers (yes, we wrote that).“It 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, one-shoulder, plunging, and sheer dresses. Amazing!” —Louise Roe

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    Snoring Linked to Cancer Death
    by William Campbell Douglass, MD

    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.

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    The Best 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 appearance.

    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

    Maybelline 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.

    COVERGIRL 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 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!


    Chinplants -  Chin Augmentation is Newest Beauty Obsession


    Chin augmentation surgery has skyrocketed. 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 procedure:  Just remember that you cannot fool Mother Nature!


    The New “Apple a Day?"
    By Jackie Silver,

    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 cardiologist in 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 didn’t drink.

    The original data was intriguing, but since then there’s been a great deal of information that indicates moderate 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 potentially protective antioxidants in wine, especially red wine. However, some studies suggest that most any alcoholic beverage type can reduce coronary risk.

    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 difficulty with 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 health benefits.

    So, the old toast, “To your health” may actually have some basis in fact.


    These 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 recent studies
    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 burning fat.  

    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.


    Tasmanian Fragrances

    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 Right Direction
    Incorporating new habits into your daily life takes work, so aim for progress, not 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 consider other situations where you could easily make a change.

    Learn more about Jackie's Aging Backwards tips at


    Marcia Kilgore - TOP THREE MAKE-UP ITEMS

    Mascara: Pile it on top lashes only for a fresh, natural, but glamorous finish.

    Concealer: Use on certain spots to create an even canvas on which you can highlight your best features.

    Lipstick: 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 successful Bliss Spas and I had the pleasure of meeting her when we both appeared on QVC.


    Pumpkin Facial Mask

    Antonia Sorin

     If 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 vitamin A, C, and zinc, making pumpkin a good choice for promoting healing and moisture.

    Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe

    o    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.

    General Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe

    o    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 refrigerator.

    Oily and Dry Skin Variations

    o    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.

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    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: has a newsletter that rocks so sign up to receive their up-to-the-minute beauty tips in your in box.

    Here's the latest from - How to Create a Flawless Complexion:

    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:

    • 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.
    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.

    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.

    Source: Malay Mail. Powered by Yellowbrix.


    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 Cell Renewal Ultra-Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion to soothe the tingling in your arms and legs.

    Robin Westen -

    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?


    By Hilary Freeman

    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 knees.

    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
    wrinkly knees.'
    These young-looking knees belong to my Ageless Sister Jackie Silver,
    founder of 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 Tregear.

    'Over-exercising has also depleted them of sex hormones necessary for collagen production.'

    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.

    'I've worn 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 embarrassing.'

    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 moisturise the skin and counteract wrinkles.

    'The knees require just as much care as the face, in terms of moisturising, 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 oestrogen, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA and human growth hormone, all of which have an effect on the tone, thickness and elasticity of the skin.

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    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 counteract wrinkles.

    '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 skin.

    'These hormones have receptors in the skin cells and stimulate fibroblasts that produce the collagen.'

    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 some effect.

    '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 supply.

    For more information, contact 020 7935 8277 or visit  Full article


    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 Featherlocks. Here's what their website had to say:

    A fun, fresh and fast way to add some flair to your hair, Featherlocks feather hair extensions are now available. Featherlocks 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 - It's FREE!

    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 minutes.

    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 usual.

    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 pat dry.

    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 optimal.

    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 exercising.

    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 Lemon Water

    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

    Ever 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. 

    Years ago 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 eyelash curlers.

    And, my 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 exposure.

     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 course lycopene.

    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 exfoliate.

    According 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 exfoliation." 

    Somerville says hair growing back dark is nothing but a myth.   From Perez

    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 Fekkai and

    Gleaming 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 head shines.

    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 moisture.

    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 cuticle.

    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 overdo it.

    Frédéric Fekkai is the owner of six Frédéric Fekkai salons and the creator of the Fekkai hair products.


    Jackie Silver's Holiday Survival Tips

    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 10 hours.

    Here’s another 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 Forum.

    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 run.

    "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



    Hot Cranberry Punch – by Reba Nichols, Oklahoma 

    There is nothing more beautiful or tasty than this punch at Holiday Parties!


    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.


    1 small can frozen orange juice*

    1 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 taste.)

    Heat to serve.  Also good cold.

     FYI:  This 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.

    If you would be without disease: walk.

    Want a healthy appetite suppressant to help you avoid too many of the wrong foods? Walk

    Want an effective antidepressant? Walk

    if you want peace when you feel anxious? walk.

    If you want beauty: walk.

    If you want better sex: walk.

    If you want increased intelligence: walk.

    If you want increased creativity: walk.

    Want a more focused prayer or meditation? Walk

    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
    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 (, 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 ( 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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    Eat Cherries for Better Beauty Sleep

    Tart cherries, especially the Montmorency variety, 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 help 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," says Dr. Russel Reiter, Ph.D., 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.

    Coconut Milk and other Beauty Treats from Across the Globe

    Noreen 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.

    Argan oil, treasured in Morocco for its emollient, non-greasy properties, may be great for skin but it does have a little 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 inflammatory acne.

    Italian's enjoy 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.

    Olive oil 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.

    Polish women start their day with a cup of hot water infused with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to detoxify.

    How 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?


    1) 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.

    If you 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.

    With 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:

    Can't 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 ( "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.

    Can't 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.


    Can't 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.



    See how life affects your skin in this 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."

    Omega 3  - A Beauty Treatment?  You bet!  Dr. Al Sears - from his newsletter -  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:

    ·         Albacore tuna

    ·         Mackerel

    ·         Salmon

    ·         Sardines

    ·         Lake trout

    ·         Swordfish

    ·         Herring

    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

    ·         Walnuts

    ·         Brazil nuts

    ·         Almonds

    ·         Hemp seeds

    ·         Pumpkin seeds

    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 help you:

    ·         Strengthen your heart and blood vessels

    ·         Maintain blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range

    ·         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

    I highly 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 as needed.
    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

    Also, check out our 3 Free Reports:


    Butter London

    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

    Studies show that polished nails and wearing rings make your hands look younger.

    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 eye:

    Keep Your Hips Safe by Eating Colored Vegetables

    Eat red, yellow and orange to avoid hip fracture is an article I found at Bottom Line.  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: READ THE INFORMATION   Sign up for their free newsletter, too!

    • 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 non-vertebral fractures.
    • 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 effect.

    Asparagus is Good Medicine!

    Asparagus is 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 their years.  Here's more information from the group at Natural Health News.

    Look for Aging Backwards at

    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 return.

    §         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 Mojito

    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  This delicious recipe serves one:


    1. 15 mint leaves
    2. 1 teaspoon raw sugar
    3. 1 ounce fresh lime juice
    4. 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
    5. Ice
    6. 4 ounces chilled ginger ale


    1.      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.

     New Nail Colors For Spring and Summer

    THE GIRLS IN THE BEAUTY DEPARTMENT from Daily Beauty blog asked Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, the guru behind OPI colors what her favorite color for the new season is and she chose:  Miami Beet. 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 love!, 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 Moxie.

    And, from Jessica Nails you might want to head in a totally different direction 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.

    Fuller Lashes 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!).

    Sun Exposure Update

    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 our bodies.

    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.

    Flatten Your Abs

    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.  Count slowly.

    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.

    This exercise can be performed everywhere whether walking, standing or sitting; stay aware of your posture.

    Four Fabulous 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 the arms.

    Think Legs
    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 too, like Cass and Co, Sassybax and  Slimpressions.  

    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.

    Topical Vitamin 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 intact.

    The use 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.

    Laurie Schur, Director/Producer
    Laurie 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 counts.

    "I also appreciate your work...thank you for creating an alternative to plastic surgery."

    Watch the trailer:

    The Coffee Facial

    Coffee Facial – Susan Lark, 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.

    Want Fuller Lashes?                           

     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.

    2.      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  or call 866-426-5673 for the nearest location that stocks these fine products.

    3.      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.

    4.      Use bronzers and blushes to add extra color and pizzazz.  Find flattering shades without sparkles for a natural looking effect.

    5.      Choose a hat with a generous brim and add sunglasses so you're set for a day in the outdoors.

    6.      Manis and pedis will assure pretty hands and feet.  Colorful, bright toenails in trendy colors will make white slacks and skirts pop.

    Timeless Beauty
      A poem by Agustina Crespo

    Beauty is timeless and so we are told,

    To turn back the clock and avoid getting old,

     We must cut and scrape and inject our faces,

    but these things do harm for they leave their traces,

     They take our power, put our fates in the hands of so called professionals,

    Who seems quite in command of telling us how we should deal with aging,

     Showing us photos of the war they are raging,

     Another soul reaching for the fountain of youth,

     Searching the mirror for the surgeon's proof,

    I look at it all and find it quite tragic,

     For all that is needed is to do Facial Magic®


    How you can stop dry skin

     1)     Take cooler showers – not baths.

     2)     Moisturize when skin is towel-damp

     3)     Use moisture laden non-soap cleanser only on the groin and underarms.

     4)    Stay away from itchy clothing and dry air.

     5)     Check your medical conditions and medications.

    Love Your Belly, Butt and Thighs!

    Prevention 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. 

    Flatter Abs Using Denise Austin's Secrets!

    Our 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! 

    Denise 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 read Denise's advice 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?

    Long, full 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 suspect.  You can read the story for yourself.

    5 Tips to Winterize Your Skin

    Old man 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.

    #1  Watch your shower temperature.  Too hot water is drying so alternate with cooler water temps to stimulate your skin.

    #2  Use sesame oil before you shower.  Apply it liberally on your limbs and torso allowing it to penetrate at least ten minutes before showering.

    #3  Sunblock protects and nourishes skin so use it daily before applying foundation.  Remember that the sun can damage your skin every day.

    #4  Stay hydrated with filtered water.  Drink your quota daily!

    #5  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.

    Best Anti-Oxidant Foods

    This site has terrific info regarding what foods contain beneficial free radical fighting properties.

    Women Dying To Look Beautiful

    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 world.

     In 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 procedures. 

     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 money.

    This is a growing public health risk and lax standards permitted this to happen.

    Highest Anti-Oxidant Foods

    The 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.

    Lymphoma and Broccoli

    Growing up on a farm afforded me farm fresh produce during the summer months.  My parents had a vegetable garden; I learned to can fruits and green beans but I do not remember ever eating broccoli as a child or teen. 

    My mother died of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at a young age; I don't think she ever ate broccoli; rather, I remember her eating fat from pork chops and pickled pigs feet.  Here are eight common symptoms of Lymphoma.

    Research now indicates that adding lots of broccoli, Brussels sprouts and Cauliflower to your eating plan can greatly reduce the occurrence of NHL.  I learned of this study from the Bottom Line's Daily Health News December 14th edition.

    These findings were published in the June 2006 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:

    According to lead researcher Linda E. Kelemen, MSc, ScD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, disease-fighting antioxidants in foods such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts may have a protective effect against this dangerous lymphatic system cancer that will afflict 58,870 new people in 2006.

    In the study, researchers found that...

    • People who ate the most vegetables per week (20 or more servings) had a 42% lower rate for non-Hodgkin lymphoma than those who ate the fewest (8 or less servings)

    • Leafy greens such as spinach and green salad and cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) provided the greatest protection.

    • Two nutrients in particular, lutein and zeaxanthin (high in leafy greens, spinach and broccoli), were singled out for their potent antioxidant action.

    • The mineral zinc (common in certain nuts and seeds) also demonstrated a protective effect against NHL.  Nut Chart

    Now you know – it's broccoli with everything and Brazil nuts on the side for better health!   Sincerely, your body is your most important asset.  It thrives on healthy, natural foods and plenty of filtered water. 

    Always rethinking my eating plan, I hope you enjoy this info so that you, too, can thrive.

    This is the link to sign up for your Bottom Line Secrets Daily Health News:

    Bad News for Plastic Surgery

    "FAKE breasts are a turnoff, men say, and wrinkles beat Botox." These are just two of the findings in a new poll by Zogby International which asked 1,000 men and an equal number of women what they find sexy.

    "The news is bad for plastic surgeons - while Botox and silicone get pumped into female bodies by the tanker-load, it seems men prefer the natural look. Only 6 percent of men said they preferred Botox to wrinkles, while 69 percent deemed breast implants not sexy."

    And only 30 percent of men prefer makeup on their mates; 50 percent would rather they ditch the lipstick and go unadorned.

    The message for women: "From wearing makeup to Botox, it ain't what you think it is," said John Zogby, president of the polling firm.

    What’s a woman to do?  Use Facial Magic and Luscious Lips! 

    3 Get Ready for Spring Make-up Tips
    1. Go easy on blush and eye shadows.  They can be more aging especially in bright sun light.  One makeup artist I know recommends that blush be applied after the eyes and lips colors are in place.  This way the tendency to overdo the blush is minimized and the application is youth enhancing.
    2. Sheer facial foundations work best in spring and summer.  Treat yourself to a mineral make-over; try  new blushes and lip colors that are fresh and lively.  Just the ticket for shedding the old winter look.

    3. Remember, the back of your neck and the back of your hands need sun protection, so use sunscreen in these often forgotten areas that are sensitive to sun’s damaging rays.   Sun damage contributes to 80 percent of wrinkles and skin damage.

    How to Look 40 at 60

    1. Eat a healthy diet – horrible eating habits will take their toll eventually and your face and body will show the ill-effects.
    2. Take your anti-aging supplements daily – Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotine, Vitamin E, Evening of Primrose and Selenium.
    3. Wash your face at night and be diligent with your skin care regimen. 
    4. Get out and move – A sedentary lifestyle is passé so take 15 minutes every day and do something physical.
    5. Keep the sun off your face and hands by using sun block, wearing sunglasses and a hat.
    6. Think about coloring your hair or adding a few highlights.
    7. Smile often and act, speak and move with youthful confidence!

       8.     Keep up your Facial Magic exercise routine.


    What is the Diamond Face Lift?   Dermabrasion

    Dermabrasion is a surgical technique that uses a diamond-coated disc to literally sand-off the superficial layer of the skin. True dermabrasion is associated with some bleeding, requires good anesthesia, and can provide dramatic cosmetic improvement of facial wrinkles.  I think this is the "diamond face lift". 

    The term "micro-dermabrasion" refers to an ineffective technique that only provides temporary feelings of smoothness, and does not improve deep wrinkles.

    Old fashioned dermabrasion using tumescent local anesthesia is probably the most successful technique for eliminating deep wrinkles on the upper lip. The success of dermabrasion depends on a high degree of surgical skill. Some cosmetic surgeons do not have experience in doing the dermabrasion procedure. Lip wrinkles which are not too deep can also be treated by laser resurfacing.

    Laser removal of dark hair on upper lip and around the mouth

    Dark hair on our upper lips is sometimes more than a nuisance.  We tweeze and tweeze, dermaplane, and sometimes resort to shaving this area just to rid our faces of those pesky, hormonally imbalanced produced hairs.

    The good news is that in less than 15 minutes, the Cool Glide laser, the only laser machine approved by the FDA for treatment of all skin colors, can effectively reduce or eliminate dark hair without discoloring the skins pigment.

    There is no need to suffer from painful electrolysis ever again, as your unwanted hairs can be safely removed from any part of your body in the shortest possible time imaginable. What a thrill to feel that you can accomplish hair removal from any part of your body in the most extreme shortest time, and have it done without any discomfort or pain.

    The treatment is simple, easy, and smooth, because this new technology has a cooling effect on skin during treatment, and there are no side effects. This laser hair removal system can be as permanent as the old needle electrolysis. Neither treatment is a one time shot because humans regardless of gender or color have three dominant hair growth cycles. Only one cycle out of the three is the only time that the hair follicle or root can be destroyed. This cycle occurs 4 to 6 times each year. Therefore, it will require several treatments to eliminate your unwanted hairs. 

    My sister has had a very nice result using Cool Glide; the cost for her upper lip and around her mouth was $250.00. (She had approximately 25 pulses @ $10 per pulse)  She has scheduled another treatment as it was recommended that she wait 6 to 8 weeks before resuming her treatment.  Not only has her facial hair been dramatically decreased, she believes the laser may have stimulated collagen production as upper lip lines are diminished.

    How to use Vitamin C Serum

    Our Vitamin C Serums use Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, the potent and stable form of Vitamin C, to stimulate skin cell regeneration, production of collagen, elastin and other important components of the skin.  The state of the art formulas plump your skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as it lightens skin tone and age spots.  MAP is potent and you will be pleasantly surprised to see your skin texture become more resilient.

    Vitamin C Serum is always applied first to clean skin.  Liberally apply this skin enhancing formula twice daily to your face, neck, back of neck, chest and the back of your hands.  Gently massage it into your skin using your fingertips

    Allow the preparation to absorb into your skin before following with moisturizer and sun block for daytime.  At bedtime, apply retinol after Vitamin C Serum and follow with your nighttime moisturizer. 

    3-D Face

    Recently a Facial Magic user handed me an article from Vogue Magazine that addressed the 3-D face, a contrast to the wind tunnel result of aggressive facial surgery.  A 3-D face is one with youthful contours, a fresh face with volume rather than flat features.

    The article goes on to list how different injections: Hylaform, Cosmoderm, Restylane and others, as if these needles bearing drugs are the only way to give your face the look of resilience. (It is not!) These very temporary fillers are expensive and additional injections are indeed a serious financial commitment because they must be repeated and repeated to maintain the desired look.

    The article also discusses the Feather Lift, a less invasive suspension technique from Moscow that lifts the cheeks, eyebrows and jowls; even though this procedure does not have FDA approval, and the results far less dramatic than a traditional facelift, the procedure usually produces good results.  As with most procedures, the patient will be sore and puffy with bruising and swelling. See a slide show at the following site:

    I still believe that Facial Magic is the best method to lift, contour and tone your face.  Our process is natural, totally non-invasive and the results are certainly as good if not better than any surgical procedure.

    Rosacea  A Mysterious Ailment

    Stick out your tongue.  Are the edges of your tongue scalloped?  Then chances are you may have rosacea.

    Perhaps you have notice red bumps on your cheeks and you are certain it is not acne.  Some of you may look like you are blushing, others may discover pustules on your nose or forehead; what is really maddening is that nothing seems to cure the condition. It is estimated that almost twenty percent of the population suffers from this mysterious aliment known as rosacea.

    According to the primary signs of this life-disruptive disorder are:  flushing, persistent redness, bumps and pimples and visible blood vessels.  Rosacea can also produce eye irritation, burning or irritated skin, rough and dry facial skin, thickening skin, and facial swelling. 

    Dermatologists are helpful to diagnose and prescribe medically proven treatments.  Various oral and topical medications are typically prescribed; while recently lasers and intense pulsed light therapy have been used.

    The following web page may provide the information you are seeking:

    Exfoliation  Fresh, young, healthy skin

    Dull, dry, and gray skin.  Layers of dead skin cells sitting on our faces prevent even the most aggressive moisturizers from truly providing fresh, young, healthy looking skin.  

    Our skin cells live about 21 days.  As they mature, they move from our basal layer of the epidermis to the surface.  These old cells become flat, dull and unable to hold needed moisture.  Unfortunately, when these cells die, they stick to the surface of the skin, dulling our complexion.

    These dead cells need to be removed frequently to reveal the living skin below.  Regular use of the DailyLift, our signature alpha hydroxy, will release dull, environmentally damage skin cells, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even your skin tone, and minimize pore size.

    In addition to frequent use of an exfoliator, you might want to consider supplementing your regime with a scrub or a masque.  These two products deeply clean your skin and unclog pores.  Tellurian Scrub is great for the entire body and I recommend a total body scrub once or twice a week because dead skin also collects on our torso and your body moisturizer will work more efficiently when you regularly slough off the dull, old skin. 

    Self Tanning Tips

    Want that glorious St. Tropez tan without damaging your skin?  Here are three steps to a bronzed, streak-free summer tan without the damaging rays:

    1.     Exfoliate your skin, including arms, legs, knees, and elbows.  Apply Skin Smoothing Scrub to dry skin before entering the shower.  Rinse off the scrub, then shave your legs and thoroughly dry your skin.  You will notice how silky your skin feels and this silkiness aids the application process of the self-tanner.

    2.     Some body parts absorb the tanning properties quickly so be certain to wash your hands thoroughly with soapy water and avoid direct application to the knees, elbows and heels.  Apply the tanner in long, broad strokes and then rub the tanner into your skin.

    3.     Allow the tanner to dry before donning clothes.  Follow with a moisturizer and sun block/sunscreen when outside or under office lighting as self-tanners have no sun protection.

    Eye Brows Drop With Age

    Yes, it is a fact. Our eyebrows slowly move downward and you notice it most when your eye shadow dances away and your eyes look tired. 

    A lax forehead muscle causes this downward slide.  This vertical muscle is simply flaccid and needs to be contracted (repositioned) with exercise.

    By performing the Upper Eye exercise, you are causing the forehead muscle to become stronger, thus lifting the eyebrows naturally.  As your forehead strengthens, forehead lines become less apparent.

     Upper Eye Exercise

    What to Look for in Skin Care

    "Women are looking for miracles in a bottle," says San Francisco cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Richard Glogau, "but as a general rule of thumb, if a topical agent has a significant effect, it's going to be regulated by the FDA and classified as a drug." He recommends looking for a product containing glycolic acid or retinols, which can have some subtle effects over time. He also encourages healthy eating and sunscreen every day, as skin can repair itself over time if it is protected.

    Shaving Points Hair Removal

    Lasers are one of the most recent advances in hair removal. But they have their limits.

    A report in Dermatologic Surgery found that the percentage of permanent hair removal through laser treatment varies dramatically depending on the site.

    If you have laser hair removal on your upper lip, you can expect it to permanently remove 40 percent of the hair.

    If you use lasers to remove leg hair, about 56 percent will be removed.

    If you zap your back, a 50 percent hair removal is a safe estimate.

    But in the bikini area, you'll find the amount of permanent hair removal is only 15 percent.

    Five Steps to Look Younger

    1)     Faithfully perform the Facial Magic routine

    2)     Wash your face every night before bedtime

    3)     Apply every “face” product to the back of your hands

    4)     Eat less sugary foods

    5)     Curl your eyelashes

    The End of Aging

    Todd, our resident programmer, came back from a few days rest raving about how good he was feeling.  He said his energy had improved in three days after beginning a regimen of Alpha Lipoic Acid combined with L-Carnitine.  He had read an article in the November 2003 Reader's Digest, entitled “The End of Aging” describing how Bruce Ames, a professor of biochemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, has tackled aging, paying particular attention to the possible link between free radical damage and cancer.

    While in Italy in the mid 1990's, Ames learned that a dietary supplement, acetyl-L-carnitine, or ALCAR, was being marketed as a pick-me-up and according to this article, he understood why:  ALCAR is a natural biochemical that helps cells produce energy.  When he returned to the states, he began feeding his old rats this amino acid and within weeks, they seemed re-energized.

    However, ALCAR did not lower the free radical levels so he introduced the anti-oxidant, Alpha Lipoic Acid to the rats diets.  The article quotes Ames as saying, With the two supplements, these old rats got up and did the Macarena.  The brain looked better; they were full of energy.  The results were equivalent of making an 80- year-old person look and act middle-aged.

    These two nutrients can be purchased at most health food stores and the recommended dosage is 200 milligrams of alpha lipoic acid and 500 milligrams of acetyl-L-carnitine.  I, too, have begun taking these supplements and my energy level has soared, so you might want to try this combination as well.

    Five Secrets to Youthful Skin

    Exfoliate regularly.  Regularly using a body scrub will keep your skin looking toned.  Dry, flaky skin and rough patches will be greatly eliminated. 

    Drink Green Tea.  Anti-oxidants are like angels that take care of our skin boosting its elasticity.

    Eat salmon, halibut and cod.  These high in Omega-3 fatty acids fish contribute to your skin's good health.

    Wear sunscreen.  UV damage is sneaky and these damaging rays speed up aging – fast!   UV rays are present in most offices so protect your face, neck, arms and hands with our no-chemical, natural SunBlock.

    Wash your face before bedtime.  Sleeping with your makeup on will most likely result in enlarged pores.  So cleanse and moisturize nightly.

    Five adverse effects of Botox - More than bleeding, infection and bruising. 

    Botox can result in the development of fine lines and wrinkles in other areas of the face.

    Botox cannot be used on the throat, neck areas, around the mouth and eyes.

    Botox requires more painful injections to maintain results.

    Botox is costly; treatments range from $200-$600.

    Botox can result in undesirable side effects including allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, unusual muscle weakness, chest pain, headaches and dizziness.

    Aging Skin 

    When we see aging in our skin, it is a sign that we are not giving it the care needed to sustain its healthy appearance. 

    When we neglect our faces, premature aging takes over and we are left with inflammation and damaged skin cells.  Our complexion may even look gray and very unhealthy.

    This is when topical preparations that penetrate the epidermis for renewal become very important.  Vitamin C will stimulate collagen production and act against free radical damage.  Alpha Lipoic Acid is a most powerful anti-oxidant that has the ability to heal by increasing the cells metabolism.  Magic Daily Lift will gently lift environmentally damaged cells that cause grayness and that less than vibrant look.

    Cymetra - Wrinkle Control?

    Cymetra, Micronized AlloDerm Tissue is tissue replacement.  It is an injection that can replace collagen and other products to smooth your overall look. 

    Does it work?  Is it painful?   Yes, it can work but do not expect miracles.   Yes, it is painful; one user who wanted larger lips stated, "it was the worst pain I have experienced. I could not stop the tears falling down my cheeks." 

    Collagen is injected with a smaller gauge needle, Cymetra is delivered with a 26-gauge needle packaged with lidocaine.  Why?  It's painful!  Sharon and Janice work in a plastic surgeon's office; they tell me this is an expensive and painful method and their patients are not terribly happy with the results.

    Recently a micronized from of AlloDerm termed Cymetra has become available. This material is rehydrated with lidocaine in the physicians office before injection. Because it is human derived, (cadaver material!) no skin test is required by the manufacturer. Clinical trials of 200 patients to date show no evidence of allergic reactions, however, transient bruising, redness, and swelling occurred.

    Active Acne

    Acne, the most common skin problem in the world, is usually not from poor hygiene but rather from the use of harsh cosmetics that can clog the skin (more on that!), lack of sleep, stress and not drinking enough water.

    Just a few weeks ago while in Auckland (yes, again!), I attended a special conference where certain cosmetic products were available.  Even though I had an interpreter, I could not communicate effectively to ascertain the ingredients of a wrinkle fighting cream as they were written in a language I did not understand.  Being an adventurous Sagittarius, I bought this cream to see how beneficial it was for my skin.  After the fourth day of use, I noticed small bumps forming under my skin and in three days, those small bumps were raging, full-blown eruptions that were horribly painful and very unsightly.  Needless to say, I had a first hand experience with a breakout caused by a product and I was very stressed by my appearance.

    Immediately upon my return to Los Angeles, I began researching acne and learned that 50% of professional women experience outbreaks due to stress.   The breakout gave me loads of stress.

    Not only can stress produce adult acne, there are other factors too:  not drinking enough water, skipping meals, lack of sleep and not taking vitamins.  I was guilty of all of these and now that I am taking better care of myself, the acne has disappeared.

    Can you provide instructions for applying under eye concealer?

    My friend, Marlene, swears that the Bobbi Brown under eye concealer works like no other.  The cream is applied first with a brush and then the next application is a powder that ‘sets' the cream so that it stays in place.  Their color representative will help you determine the right shade that works for your skin tone.

    Remember, less is better and be ever so careful when you apply anything to your eye area.

    How can I eliminate enlarged pores?

    Pores seem enlarged when they are blocked with oil so washing your face twice daily is recommended.  My aesthetician friend, Sharon, once told me that if you don't wash the makeup off your face at night, you are in danger of creating larger pores, so be certain to take the time for your nightly beauty routine.

    Your diet may be a culprit, too.  Stay away from refined foods and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available during this summer season.

    Retinol 40 certainly helps refine pores and I recommend that you switch to an oil-free foundation

    Fat Injections - Anti-aging solution 

    Fat injections will not delay or stop the aging process but injections of fat harvested from your abdomen, thighs or buttocks can decrease frown lines and wrinkles.  Usually the injected site will see about a 30% improvement so multiple visits are recommended.

    Puffiness and bruising can accompany this procedure that runs $1000 - $2500 and results last 6-24 months.

    Exercise to combat wrinkles

    Did you know that exercise not only strengthens your body, but also reinforces your skin? When you subject your body to pressure in a workout, you also exercise your skin. The increase in blood circulation increases the renewal of cells and makes the capillaries stronger. In this way, you prevent your facial skin from becoming bloated, wrinkled and wealed. (Må Bra, January, 2003)

    Get rid of wrinkles in your forehead

    The first step in having a wrinkle free forehead is to recognize that if you are expressing yourself using your forehead, you will create wrinkles.  When you feel your forehead moving upward and you notice it is wrinkling, stop the action by gently touching your forehead with your ring finger.  Get in front of a mirror and watch how you express yourself.  If you are creating those wrinkles, you can stop them!

    Here's an item so weird you'd probably guess it was phony if you heard it during The Mike Walker Gossip Game on Sterns Friday show -- but it's absolutely TRUE!  Priscilla Presley says she has never used Botox, and has no forehead wrinkles because Elvis used to slap me in the forehead every time I looked up! He'd tell me not to use my forehead to look up, only my eyes. POW! I still feel his hand there . . .

    Botox - Is it Worth the Risk? 

    Most of the 90,000 Americans who are expected to be treated with Botox this year will receive it for conditions that are not approved, especially the cosmetic treatment of facial wrinkles, frowns and crow's-feet.  According to the FDA, Botox is one of the rare drugs that is prescribed more for unapproved than approved conditions.

    Botox does not cure, and because its effects are temporary, injections are often repeated every few months.  Botox improves some conditions that were once considered psychological in origin.   Toxin injections have relieved such ailments as chronic tennis elbow, writer's cramp, tremors, tics and continuous sweating from palms.  There is an ongoing study to determine Botox usefulness in treating stroke patients.

    The most frequently reported adverse effects of Botox are headache, respiratory infection, blepharoptosis (droopy eyelid), nausea, and flu-like symptoms.  

    The 100 circle exercise for the eye area.  Why does this work?

    The very delicate under eye area needs this gentle massage technique to help stimulate blood circulation.  Remember, you must be certain that when you perform this exercise your ring finger must be generously lubricated to prevent further moisture loss and to insure that the ring finger glides around the eye.

    Do I Look Too Old?

    It's very easy to slide into a "comfortable look" without even realizing that you are starting to look like a granny. Today a woman of 50, 60 or even 70, isn't the same woman who lived a generation ago. So, with this in mind, I have collected a few tips that will help you update your style quickly and easily! 

    1. Don't leave the house without your fragrance. It is however, important to consider the people you will be socializing with. If someone is allergic, by all means do them a favor and leave it at home.

    2. At one time, woman that were grandmothers, always wore their hair short and permed. You don't have to go that route. If you like your hair short, by all means have it cut, but make it trendy.

    3. Fashion is another area that can catch us up, quite badly. There is nothing worse than a baggy pair of slacks with a blouse that has seen better days, covered with an oversized sweater... If you are really stuck for ideas, turn to a catalogue. They will feature models in your age group, sporting outfits that will suit you too. Either order the outfit, or go shopping for something similar.

    4. Shoes... what can I say. By all means wear something that is comfortable, but know when to toss them.

    5. Florals should be reserved for comforters at best. I have yet to see an article of clothing covered in flowers that doesn't somehow make you look matronly.

    6. Keep your jewelry classic looking, and it won't let you down. Those plastic pearls that were popular twenty years ago, pack them away. 

    Shirley Bragg

    Light Reflective Eye Treatment

    Look younger with a shimmery foundation and use light reflective Tellurian Eye Treatment under and around your eyes to disguise fine lines and wrinkles.  And don't forget to curl your eyelashes!

    Applying False Eyelashes 

     There are many suggestions on how to apply lashes and I found the following from Mr. Joel's website.

    How To Apply False Lashes...

    1. PREP

    Before applying the false lashes, curl your own lashes first, then brush on a layer of black or brown mascara.

    2. GLUE

    Place a drop of eyelash glue on the back of your hand. Wait 30 seconds so glue becomes tacky. Drag the base of the lash through the glue.

    3. APPLY

    For single lashes, wedge the ends between your real lashes. If you are using full strips, trim from the inner corner to fit your eye. Apply band from outer to inner corner. Use light pressure and hold till set.

    4. CURL

    To secure, tap lash line with the handle of a small eye shadow brush.  Curl again, and add a second coat of mascara

    Increased poise, better posture with this bum exercise:

    Let your femininity sparkle!  Lunges and squats can really make a difference in our carriage and poise so that's why “ten a day” of these easy, combined movements will make a difference in your step.

    Stand in front of a full-length mirror if possible.  Position your feet about a shoulder width apart, your arms straight at your side for balance and your hands balled into a fist.  Take a big step forward with your right leg (24-26”) and plant your foot.  Slowly bend your right knee slightly (you'll feel the resistance in your upper thighs).  Now return to the starting position with your legs a shoulder-width apart, slowly bend both knees slightly, your arms at your side, for balance, your fist balled and your back straight.  Begin with your left foot and complete the movement by combining the lunge then the squat.  Alternate the lead legs for 5 reps each leg for the first ten days.  Move to 10-12 reps each leg.  If you feel off balance when you begin, grab a medium high-back chair and hold on with first your right hand and then your left hand.  As you gain poise and strength, you can then proceed to the regular exercise.

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