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What is “Multi-Masking”?

What is “Multi-Masking”?

When it comes to skin care, we all want to use the very best product our budget can afford, right? That means when we find a problem, we look for solutions, and in today’s tech-savvy world, we can go online to try to find what will work for us.  I have spent hours searching for the right way to take care of my face with its multiple problems like wrinkles, dry patches, and yes, even acne. Ugh! Acne at my age. What gives? I have oily AND dry skin, so I needed something for both.

I always wanted a simple skin care routine without a lot of fuss, using only one or two products and be done with it. I think I have finally found what worked for me but it takes more than one or two products. That’s okay, as long as I get the results I want. I’ve never had really good skin because in my late 20’s I was plagued with severe acne. Now I’m almost 70 and I still have flare-ups, along with those nuisances called wrinkles and sagging skin.

Through trial and error (lots of trials and lots of errors), I may have finally found a solution. My skin is a combination of dry places all around my face along the hairline, and oily on my cheeks and chin. Okay, that sound easy enough to solve. But wait! I also have these cute little grooves that start just below either side of my nose and run all the way to my chin.  The proper name for them is wrinkles, but I choose to live in denial and call them grooves. Ha! I also have a couple of those cute little vertical grooves above my nose between my eyebrows, as well as nice expression lines across my forehead.

Because our skin sheds a layer of cells every few days, I know masking is very important to remove those dead cells before they clog my pores, dull my complexion and/or give me big red bumps. I have used almost every mask available, and here’s what I found.

I use a charcoal mask on and around my nose and cheeks and because I have large pores, especially on my nose, it’s fabulous for removing that “pore junk”.  I cannot use it all over because it’s too drying elsewhere. I use a glycolic peel in all those dry areas, and it even works around my mouth and chin in those “grooves”.  I love using a microbead exfoliating mask while I’m in the shower because it’s fast and easy. I especially LOVE the luxury of a Korean Beauty bio-cellulose mask when I want to take a 20 or 30-minute relaxation break to lift and firm my skin.

I found if I alternate these four masks, I get great results and my skin looks SO much better! We can’t stop the signs of aging, but we can certainly slow them down, yes?

So what about you? Are you overwhelmed by all those masks out there with their promises of youthful, renewed skin, and then get frustrated after spending your hard-earned money on one more product that doesn’t deliver results?

Please leave your comments below and let’s see if we can find a solution that is just right for you. I look forward to hearing from you!

Here’s to Happy Masking!

Karen

Good Health

Good Health

As we get older, we notice changes in our body, such as a slowing in our metabolism, or not having as much energy as we used to have, or even some minor health issues. Sometimes the first thing we do is change the way we eat. Those hot dogs and candy bars won’t help, will they? I can’t believe that Dr Pepper and Orange Soda used to be my favorite drinks!

If we have gained a little (or a lot!) weight, we look to dieting and exercising. Personally, I’ve been on that roller coaster for the last 40 years. I’ve tried the high protein, low fat diet. I’ve done the no carb diet, too, and was that ever a nighmare! I’ve cut out sweets. I even took those over-the-counter diet pills “guaranteed to make you lose XX pounds in one week!”. Then came the detox drinks. Goodness, I’ve tried too many fad diets to even think about. And guess what, I still see the bathroom scale telling me I weight the same.

Then I exercised. I joined gyms, did aerobic classes, Zumba, running, walking, bicycling. Here’s my personal take on all of it. I found gyms dull and smelly and got bored working on the same machines looking at the same scenery & TV shows. I stuck with classes longer, but I had a hard time keeping up with the exercise instructors, including one who was great and worked our butts off but looked like she needed to lose some weight herself. Running made me ache all over. I loved walking (I still belong to a hiking group), but the next day after trudging a few miles, I could hardly move. Bicycling in moderation has become something I absolutely love to do. I struggled to keep up when I tried mountain biking so I found that nice level ground with beautiful scenery was my sweet spot. Even then I have to quit after about 10 or 12 miles when my seat becomes a torture tool.

So where am I going with this? The bottom line is this… Forget those TV commercials promising guaranteed weight loss. My go-to is moderation. I love to eat healthy, but I also love to have a few desserts every now and then. I love to relax with a good book, but I also love to get out in the fresh air and work in my garden or go for a fun bike ride with friends. I love to travel so I look at the food choices in the airports and try to choose wisely… sometimes. Keep in mind that you just have to indulge yourself. Don’t go overboard, but don’t punish yourself either. Remember, everything in moderation!

Treat yourself to a good meal and some fun. Spend time with family and friends. Take care of your health by eating the right foods. Exercise in a way that you enjoy! If you don’t like the outdoors, maybe a clean smelling gym would be just right for you. Or a personal trainer. Or walking your dog often. Or a good exercise video. I personally like Ann Smith’s “The Art of Aging”. You’ll find her on YouTube. She has been a ballet dancer all her life and in her golden years teaches a graceful and relaxing exercise program that you will most definitely feel without limping around for three days.

I hope this article helps you see that God made a masterpiece when He created you. So enjoy His artwork and make the most of what He gave you!

Please share this with your friends who are tired of all the hype and want to know it’s okay to be themselves and enjoy their lives.

Cheers, Blessings and Success to you!

Karen

Integrity

Integrity

Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It also means moral uprightness.

Someone with integrity has real honesty, honor, good character, ethics, principles, and truthfulness. They value righteousness, fairness, decency, scrupulousness, morals and trustworthiness. A friend with these qualities is a real jewel to be treasured and that friendship is a wonderful experience of caring and sharing, through the good and the bad.

I was blessed to have that kind of friend for 42 years. I met Edwina on October, 1973 in downtown Dallas at a data-entry job. Our desks were side-by-side, and she began the same day I did. When she came in, she sat down and put her Bible and her cigarettes on the desk. She looked at me and said hello and I will never forget those beautiful brown eyes, full of wisdom and mischief. We clicked immediately and stayed best friends until November, 2014 when she went to live with Jesus. I left Dallas in 1979 yet called her almost every day. I visited Dallas as often as I could, staying with her of course, and learned more about life from her than anyone else I knew.

Edwina was the epitome of integrity. She always said she never lied to God or Edwina. She was honest yet compassionate. She never judged or condemned. Yet she was the first to admit she had a terrible temper and always went to God to keep her from “going off the cliff” as she used to say. No one will ever replace Edwina in my life, and our four-decade friendship will go down in my history as one the greatest blessing I ever had. She loved to talk “God talk” and could lift others out of their doldrums without even trying. All of this in spite of the fact she had serious health issues that led to her losing a leg and being house-bound, and eventually passing away at the age of 68.

Now the opposite of a person with integrity is one who is dishonest, not only with others but mainly with themselves. These kinds of people have fooled themselves the most. They think they have great integrity, but deep down, they really are gently shoving others aside and looking out for Number One.  I’ve had my fair share of them in my life, too. Their lies eventually caught up to them, and thankfully I was able to see the truth and get away from them as fast as I could.

Have you met someone who appeared to be honest and sincere, and seemed to genuinely care about others, but as you got to know this person, you saw inconsistencies? Quite a bummer, right? I think we have all been around people who we really like but somehow find ourselves shrinking away from them. Trust your gut instinct and when that little red flag pops up, pay attention to it.

So how does integrity work in your own daily life? Do you have a friend like Edwina? Someone who has your back yet isn’t afraid to call you out on things? If so, treasure that friendship! Proverbs 31 says a virtuous woman is valued far above rubies. Using Godly discernment will help you tell whether or not someone is worth your valuable time and friendship.

C S Lewis said it right. “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”

 
“Youth” by Samuel Ullman

“Youth” by Samuel Ullman

I must share something here that goes along perfectly with my whole website theme of Renewing Youth.  This poem was written by Samuel Ullman (April 13, 1840 – March 21, 1924) who was an American businessman, poet, and humanitarian. He is best known today for this poem called “Youth” which was a favorite of General Douglas MacArthur.

Enjoy!

 “YOUTH”

by Samuel Ullman

“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.”

 

I hope you enjoyed the wisdom of this famous man. There is a museum at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated to him. If you’d like to learn more about the wonderful man who wrote such a wide reaching poem, here’s a link to a short but interesting bio about Mr. Ullman:

https://www.samford.edu/alabama-mens-hall-of-fame/inductees/Ullman.html

 

Get Rid of Dry Skin and Tame Oily Skin

Get Rid of Dry Skin and Tame Oily Skin

Most of us have dealt with skin issues during our life, right? We all have one thing in common, and that is our epidermis, our skin. Some of us have been blessed with a flawless smooth complexion, others like myself have fought the battle of the skin for a very long time.

So let’s talk about that battle. Have you had blemishes and/or acne as a youth? Or did it show up in your adult years? I personally had a few blemishes as a teenager, but then serious acne set in during my late 20’s and I still battle it now in my 60’s. Ugh!

If you are in your 40’s, 50’s and above, remember you are like fine wine whose content grows better with age, but sometimes the bottles need a bit of tending to. In our case, aging can be more than just genetic. Only 20% of skin aging comes from genetics. The other 80% comes from our environment  and can lead to premature aging.

I know what it’s like to deal with dry skin along with acne flare ups. I know how it feels to wish I could take sandpaper to my face and start over, like I did to a scratched up wooden dresser. The dresser turned out gorgeous by the way!

But alas! There’s hope!

Rough dry skin is usually caused by a build-up of dead skin cells plus a lack of hydration.  In my case, I have oily skin in some places and dry skin in others, so I’m dealing with that dry flaky stuff that makes my makeup look like a drunk applied it, plus having that shiny, melted off makeup look caused by excess oil in other areas of my face. Does anyone else relate?

Bottom line is that having this means using the right products on my face is critical.

Did I find a solution? You bet I did! I treat each area individually using high quality products. I’m sure you’ve heard many women say they use Brand X found at discount stores, which is great if they don’t have the problems I mentioned that I have. I ended up with a drawer full of Brand X’s and never found a solution to my skin problems. Through trial and lots of errors, I learned what does and does not work for me.

First of all, I found it essential to use a mask twice a week to remove those pesky dead skin cells that ALL of us shed a couple of times a week. Then I follow up with TWO hydrating moisturizers. One is formulated specifically for combination to oily skin, and the other is for normal to dry skin. Why do I use 2 moisturizers? Because my forehead, the area around my eyes and mouth, my neck and upper chest tend to show more dryness, hence wrinkles (ugh!). My cheeks and nose have larger pores and are oilier, so using a more luxuriant moisturizer there would increase the hydration level, bringing on those dreaded clogged pores and blemishes.

If you have any of these skin issues that I mentioned, take heart. There is an answer. Drop me a line and let me know what you’re dealing with as far as skin care needs, and let’s talk!

To Your Youthfulness!

Karen

What are K-Beauty Sheet Masks?

What are K-Beauty Sheet Masks?

Korean Bio-Cellulose Mask – What is it?

There is a hot new trend from the world of K-Beauty called sheet masks. These come in various materials and are gaining a huge fan base around the world as an added boost to a woman’s daily skin care routine.

Yes, that’s me in the photos you see here. We wouldn’t want to talk about something we haven’t tried, would we? I tried this product and I’m hooked! Here’s all the interesting facts about sheet masks and why you might just want to give them a try!

The latest in K-Beauty technology is called a bio-cellulose sheet mask. It’s a very exciting new addition to any woman’s skin care regimen and is for today’s woman who truly wants to take care of her skin.  Studies show this mask may visibly lift and firm our skin in just a few weeks and leave it visibly more radiant, even after the very first use. Wow! This innovative beauty-booster could very well be a very important uplifting experience that today’s busy women have come to crave.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE PRODUCTS

There are many new sheet masks available now. The Bio-cellulose is one I totally recommend because it is a pure, plant-based material derived from coconut water. Its interlocking fibers form a highly absorbent, three-dimensional “fabric,” allowing the mask to be generously infused with a complex of beneficial ingredients. This complex may include oat kernel extract, orchid extract and sodium hyaluronate*, which is known for its skin-conditioning benefits. You want to look for a flexible material that gives a Bio-Cellulose Mask its unique, face-hugging fit, keeping skin in close contact with all the ingredients. It is recommended you keep it on your face for 20 to 30 minutes.

*Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid, a “glycosaminoglycan” found in various connective tissue of humans. Glycosaminoglycan is a group of compounds occurring mainly as components of our connective tissue. These are called complex polysaccharides, which are carbohydrates like starch, cellulose, or glycogen. (Science and technology at work in our skin care. Whew! Glad we cleared that one up!) Seriously though, the new scientific break-throughs in the skin care industry are amazing.

THIS MASK MAY HELP FIGHT ADVANCED SIGNS OF AGING

In a recent research study, after two weeks of use, the majority of women who tried a quality bio-cellulose mask agreed that their skin looked lifted, firmed, younger-looking, and appeared more luminous. And after four weeks of use, the women agreed that the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles was reduced. (These results were based on a four-week independent consumer study in which 300 women used the product twice a week.)

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM USING A BIO-CELLULOSE MASK?

The best candidate for this mask is any woman who is seeing the advanced signs of aging and looking for the benefits this mask can provide. Well, that’s me for sure! It’s also good for someone who wants an intensive, twice-weekly facial treatment that gives visible lifting and firming benefits. Women who are currently using good skin care may be interested in giving their existing regimen a “beauty boost”. And this is definitely a great idea for any woman who wants to look her best for that important upcoming event!

This new technology can be a bit pricey, but after I tried it just one time, I was hooked! As you can see in the photos, my skin had a nice glow and looked and felt softer, and that was after my very first use! Not bad for this 68-year-old grannie, right?

If you would like to know what I use and recommend, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to tell you more!

 

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How to Safely Remove Eye Makeup

How to Safely Remove Eye Makeup

Today’s market is flooded with so many products, sometimes we get overwhelmed by what’s out there. So let’s go over some basics for the eyes, namely a good quality eye makeup remover.

First of all, choose well, because not all products are alike, and just because it’s cheaper doesn’t mean it’s good. Like my mom always used to say, “You get what you pay for.” 

Medical researchers tell us that the skin around our eyes has fewer sebaceous glands and less collagen and elastin than skin anywhere else on our face. This means that the skin around our eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin on our face. As people age the fat pad beneath the skin diminishes, which causes that delicate skin to appear even thinner with a hollowed-out look under the eyes. Our eye area skin needs a little extra attention.

So when you go to look for a good eye makeup remover, try to get an oil-free formula. That way there’s no residue to get into your contacts or smear your makeup if you’re applying it right afterwards. Look for cleansing agents that dissolve oils and trap soil. Use those nice little round cosmetic pads that you can find anywhere instead of cotton balls or tissues. Using them with a quality oil-free eye makeup remover will get everything off, including waterproof mascara, without pulling on that delicate skin around your eyes.

You also want the remover to be suitable for sensitive skin, fragrance-free, ophthalmologist tested, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

In the past I have always used an oil-based eye makeup remover with things like mineral oil, etc., in them. But for the last few years, I switched to oil-free and absolutely LOVE it! It makes everything come off so smoothly and easily, and I don’t have that black smeared-eye look anymore. Ha!

Message me if you want to know what I use and recommend. I’ve tried quite a few and yet I keep going back to my one favorite. It’s a best-seller for a good reason!

 

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We Have No Expiration Date

We Have No Expiration Date

So far, we’ve talked about beauty, confidence, anti-aging, skin care, and overall healthy living. Today I want to address the woman who is like fine wine… with NO expiration date. Maybe she’s been noticing some changes in her skin, her hair or her weight. She may have begun to feel like yesterday’s leftovers, getting passed up for promotions on the job while watching young people half her age get the good company positions and raises.

If that woman is YOU, if you’ve been noticing some changes taking place, like… ugh… aging (gasp!), then I’m here to tell you that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made by an amazing God who sees you as a priceless work of art, and you come with NO expiration date.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed a difference in how others respond to the older generation. I never paid attention to it in my youth, and I remember thinking anyone over 40 or 50 was seriously OLD. Ha, I’m long past that age now, and 40 or 50 sounds pretty young to me!

Any mother will tell you that our children admire us when they’re pre-teens, tolerate us when they’re teenagers, and look at us like we’re one brick short of a full load when they become adults. But have you noticed how elderly folks giggle all the time? They’re probably thinking, “Just keep on living, honey.”

If you are like me and you’re what some would call “over the hill”, then I have good news for you! First of all, I have yet to find a verse in the Bible that talks about how we’re supposed to “retire” after a certain age. Retire from what? I can understand if someone wants to leave a job they don’t like, but the best thing we can do is go out and do something we like or have always wanted to do.

Working at something you absolutely love is fun, energizing and keeps us young at heart. Some people consider their hobbies as just that, and many a mom-and-pop business began as something fun to do around the kitchen table or out in the garage.

So next time you shop for some new makeup or that new outfit you’ve been eyeing, remember to go for what makes you feel not only good but GREAT. I’m not saying wear things you see on teenagers, and their style is wonderful, but that may be carrying it a bit too far when your grandkids are teenagers themselves.

Wear what your beautiful, elegant self looks great in or go out and enjoy that hobby that began making you some really good spending money. Being YOU is the greatest accomplishment you can master, and you will carry it off with that confident knowledge that you truly have NO expiration date. Seriously, some of us have only just begun!

 

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How Do We Get Confidence?

How Do We Get Confidence?

How would you describe a confident woman? Is she self-assured? Does she trust her own judgments and abilities? Does she appreciate herself?

Confidence comes from inside ourselves as well as outside ourselves. Inner confidence can be learned, even for those of us whose life was previously a train wreck. Sometimes it can also depend on how we react to outside challenges. Confidence comes from stretching ourselves, and one way is by stepping out of our comfort zone. Taking a risk can be scary, fear can be very real.

So let me ask you a question. Do you like your status quo and playing it safe, or have you ever wanted to try something new, but were a little fearful of what would happen if you failed? Here’s what I have done in the past to be able to move forward with something I really wanted to try. I take a sheet of paper, make two columns, and then write down the pros and cons of what would happen if I attempted something I never did before.

Here’s an example. I love camping, so my husband and I bought a small camper. We always had great fun visiting state parks near us, and we even went camping and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. I also loved visiting my son and his family when he lived in Texas (I’m in Florida).  There were times my husband’s work schedule didn’t permit him to travel to Texas with me, so I thought about taking the camper to Texas. After figuring out the pros and cons of pulling it long distance, and whether or not I could do that by myself, I decided to give it a try. Guess what! I ended up spending many wonderful times with the grandkids in a beautiful state park near their home, and the memories will live on forever in all our hearts. Did I mention I was in my 60’s when I began that journey?

Was it scary? Yes! Was it worth it? Absolutely! It was even worth having to pull into the higher priced gas stations because no one would let me in to the busy low-priced ones. It was such a boost to my confidence when I learned how to pull in and out of them without side-swiping something. Ha! And backing it into the RV sites? Yep, I learned to do that too! It took me quite a while to get the hang of which way to turn the steering wheel and many, MANY attempts of pulling forward, straightening the wheel, etc., etc., but I did it, heart pounding and all! (Hubby always managed to accomplish it in one fell swoop…)

What I’m trying to say is, life is short. Go for that thing you’ve always wanted to try. It can be something as simple as trying a new hair style, buying a new outfit, starting a new business venture, joining a gym, or applying a new makeup look. Who knows? You may be very pleasantly surprised that you aced it and felt great! And if you fail? That’s okay, too. History proves that some of our most accomplished inventors, presidents and other world-renown people failed their first few times, too.

What confidence-building thing are you going to do today?

 

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Tell me Something Good!

Tell me Something Good!

Recently in church my beautiful Pastor asked us to tell her something good. It was eye opening! Hearing several of my fellow parishioners speak about something good that happened to them recently was such a breath of fresh air. They didn’t talk about any spectacular moments that occurred in their lives, but they glowed with appreciation over the little blessings that came their way.  

How many times each day are we bombarded with negative news? Too often, I’m afraid. We want to be kept up to date on current events, but sometimes it can leave us with just a bit of a bad taste in our mouth.

So, TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD, my friend! What have you accomplished that might have been insignificant to others but it was monumental to you? What challenge did you overcome? Did you lose another pound after fighting your weight for years? Did your child come home from school with a C+ in math after struggling with Ds all year? Did your husband finally get the recognition that was long overdue him? Did the doctor give you a good report after you had been so fearful of the test results you thought might be serious? Did you hear from a dear friend and realize just how wonderful it was to hear her voice?

These may seem small to some folks, but in my book, they’re huge if they have been an obstacle in our lives. It’s the little things that make up most of our days. We get up in the morning, go through our normal routine, and some days we can’t wait for the day to be over, while other days are full of tiny blessings that leave us filled with this quiet joy we can’t explain but we cherish.

Recently a dear friend took me to see a Motown Musical here in my fair city. She had no idea that I grew up on Lake Erie and the only station I listened to was CKLW out of Detroit and WLS from Chicago. Motown was my passion. (I actually saw the original Supremes in concert, Diana, Mary and Flo!) Anyway, the Motown Musical was so full of such awesomely talented young people that if I didn’t know better, I would have thought I was watching the original performers. What a huge blessing to relive my childhood!

As some of you know, I love to ride my bike. I’m not fast, and some days I struggle because of stiff joints and shortness of breath. But I ride mainly for two reasons. The first is because I absolutely love riding, feeling the wind on my face, smelling the flowers and pine trees, and hearing nothing but birds singing. The second reason is because I’ve battled high blood pressure for several years now, so I ride for my health.

There is single-track trail near me that seems like a beginner’s course to most people, but each time I ride those 6 miles, I get better and faster, and my confidence grows by leaps and bounds. I used to start each ride with a fearful and pounding heart, but now I get excited when I point my handlebars towards the trailhead. It feels like I’m riding like the wind! A slow breeze maybe, but nevertheless it’s the wind to me! I won’t win any races and I don’t want to. Not bad for a little ol’ granny, right?

Another thing I love is travelling. Flying has become quite enjoyable to me, even when I’m on several airplanes for pretty much the whole day. Anyone who has flown a few times is familiar with flight delays, cranky fellow passengers, crying babies, tight seating in coach, and crowded airport terminals. It’s a part of life. I’m learning not to get in a hurry (unless of course I’m running for my next flight!) and focus on enjoying the moment. Even after a recent flight that lasted 10 hours where I was stuck on a plane for 4 stops with no food and fighting nausea, I knew I was heading towards my destination and was so very grateful to reach it!

Same goes for driving somewhere. If I’m late, I try to relax anyway, especially after spending years paying my fair share of speeding tickets. Ha! I’ve finally slowed down, probably because I know my blood pressure likes to spike when I’m being, shall we say, a bit like Madea? Just being real here…

Ok, so TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD!

 

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How Microdermabrasion Skin Care Works

How Microdermabrasion Skin Care Works

Microdermabrasion can give your face the look of polished, younger skin with significantly smaller pores

Here are some of the BENEFITS of using a good quality microdermabrasion at home:

Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliator that reduces the appearance of fine lines and gently refines skin’s texture as it removes surface dead skin cells and build-up from pores.

Once pores have been cleared of build-up and dead skin cells, it’s best to use a serum that helps nourish, calm and comfort your skin. You want one that reduces any appearance of redness and soothes delicate skin.

What is the SCIENCE behind microdermabrasion?

Having clogged and congested pores can lead to stretching the pore wall, making them look enlarged. Eliminating impurities trapped in your pores is a very important first step toward improving their appearance.

You’ll want to look for ingredients such as Persian silk tree bark extract and soy bean extract which are shown to be important to your skin and may help tighten the look of your complexion overall, especially around pores. Skin calming and comforting benefits on the skin’s surface such as sea whip extract and evodia fruit extract are known to be associated with skin calming and comfort.

You’ll want to try a good quality microdermabrasion if you want smooth, polished skin and/or you’re concerned about the large number or size of your pores. If you want an affordable, at-home solution for gentle exfoliation that can very likely help fight some of those visible early-to-moderate signs of aging, then you’ll want to consider using this amazing product.

Since we shed a layer of skin cells two to three times a week, using a good microdermabrasion twice a week with skin calming serum afterwards is a good idea to keep those pores clean and clear. Cleared pores will go back to their normal size once all that gunk is removed.

The best part of using a microdermabrasion product is that your moisturizer and foundation (if you use them) will glide on smoothly and beautifully after removing all that “stuff” that dulls your skin. Having all those dead skin cells gone will give your face a smoother, glowing appearance! And glowing is what we’re all about, right?

A good quality microdermabrasion product, if used properly, can give you spa results without the spa price!

If you’d like to know what products I recommend, message me and I’ll share what I like using for myself!

 

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What is hyaluronic acid?

What is hyaluronic acid?

We’ve all heard those words, I’m sure, so let’s explore some of the information about what they mean.

Hyaluronic acid is a molecule or lubricating fluid which is naturally found in your skin, your eyes, body joints and fluid. Because it has a really good capacity to hold water, it’s main uses are in lotions, supplements, serums, and even eye drops! Hyaluronic acid also gives structure and moisture to damaged tissue.

Since hyaluronic acid is not harsh and doesn’t strip the skin at all, it’s actually a natural occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in your body. (I love using big words, it makes me feel so intelligent!)

Hyaluronic acid is also a powerful humectant, meaning it’s a moisture-binding ingredient that keeps your skin hydrated, plumper and definitely younger-looking. So if you’re looking for a soft glowing complexion, you may want to look for products containing this ingredient, especially since it’s good for all skin types.

As we age, our body makes less collagen, causing our face and body to show more wrinkles and discoloration. When we use products to increase our collagen levels, it helps keep our skin softer and more supple. Thus, hyaluronic acid is one of the main ingredients that helps restore our collagen production, which in turn helps our skin retain its moisture, and hopefully will slow down our skin’s aging process. We want to do whatever we can to look our best, right?

So now that you know a little more about hyaluronic acid, don’t you feel wonderfully intelligent? Ha! Me, too. We are such smart people, aren’t we!

 

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Charcoal Masks – Why are they so popular?

Charcoal Masks – Why are they so popular?

Today the latest craze for a type of skin clarifying product is charcoal masking. Yes, that’s me in the photo trying a charcoal mask. Ha! It was fun, and I enjoyed learning all about it.

There are plenty of videos showing the different types that are available, use, results, etc., including likes and dislikes. Let’s explore the ingredients to help you make an informed decision on what is best for your skin type and whether or not using a charcoal mask is beneficial for you.

A good quality charcoal mask will have multiple tasks, including deep cleaning, reducing shine and it will contain clean botanical extracts.

The SCIENCE behind the products in today’s top quality charcoal masks

Activated Charcoal: When charcoal goes through a special heating process, it becomes activated, making it more porous. Activated charcoal is known to absorb up to double its weight in impurities. The power of activated charcoal helps unclog pores, taking skin beyond everyday clean. As a result, your complexion looks clearer and healthier, and pores appear minimized.

Kaolin and Bentonite Clays: Studies show that people with problem skin produce more oil than people in a control group do. (A control group is defined as people in an experiment or study that do not receive treatment by researchers and are used as a benchmark to measure how the other tested subjects did.)

Skin also can become oilier with seasonal changes or other factors, making excess oil a common concern. Adding the absorbent power of kaolin and bentonite clays, a charcoal mask instantly absorbs excess oil and reduces shine.

Honeysuckle and Navy Bean Extracts: These extracts are shown to target the appearance of skin discoloration. Together, they’re a powerful ingredient combination designed to help you leave a troubled past behind and create a clearer-looking future. Additionally, a research study showed that each of these botanical extracts may help soothe skin.

YOU’LL WANT TO TRY A CHARCOAL MASK IF:

You are looking for an effective yet gentle product to unclog your pores, absorb excess oil and reduce shine.

You have a teenager with problem skin.

You use a good skin care regimen and after hearing so much about it, you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of activated charcoal.

Before buying a Charcoal Mask, you’ll want to look for these things:

It should be suitable for all skin tones and types, particularly those with oily skin. It definitely needs to be clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy; dermatologist-tested; suitable for blemish-prone and sensitive skin; non-comedogenic; and should easily rinse off. (One important point: I personally have not heard good things about those peel off masks, so proceed with caution if you are considering buying one.)

Arming yourself with the facts will most likely reap great rewards for you, and you’ll be very pleased with your purchase!

Want to try the charcoal mask I like best? Message me and I’ll tell you all about it!

 

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What is Cellulite and how do cellulite creams work?

What is Cellulite and how do cellulite creams work?

If you are one of the millions of women who have cellulite, you know what it’s like to feel the need to cover up certain areas of your body, especially the hips, thighs and buttocks. The lumpiness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin, leading to the characteristic changes in appearance of the skin. For many women, cellulite is an emotional issue. It is a condition in which the skin has a dimpled, lumpy appearance. Between 80 and 90% of women will probably experience cellulite, this is also known as orange-peel skin, due to its texture.

Cellulite can affect both men and women, but it is more common in females due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue. In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically. If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite. In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why men are less likely to have cellulite than women.

The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to be the result of an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin and the layer of fat that is just below it. One explanation for cellulite could be hormones, which can play an important role in cellulite development. Things like estrogen, thyroid hormones, prolactin, insulin, and noradrenaline are all a part of the cellulite production process. One theory is that as estrogen in women decreases in the approach to menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases.

Lower circulation means less oxygen in the area, resulting in lower collagen production. Fat cells also enlarge as estrogen levels fall. These factors combine to makes the fat deposits more visible. As the fat under the skin protrudes through weakening connective tissue, the familiar dimpling effect results.

Age may also cause the skin to become less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag. This could increase the chance of cellulite developing, along with lack of exercise, a sedentary life and improper diet. Extra weight can make cellulite more visible. For some people, losing weight and staying at a healthy weight reduces the amount of cellulite they see. If you develop loose skin while losing weight, however, cellulite can become more noticeable. Another way to help counteract cellulite is exercise. Having more muscle makes your skin look smoother and firmer. Replacing fat with muscle can also make cellulite less noticeable.

Today there are many cremes claiming to remove cellulite. Some cellulite products require extensive massage techniques to deliver results, some don’t. A good quality cellulite creme may contain ingredients like glycolic acid, caffeine, argan oil, and botanical and marine extracts. When these are combined into a proper formula, they could visibly minimize the appearance of stubborn cellulite and possibly recapture your skin’s youthful appearance.

If you are a woman with cellulite and you feel self-conscious about it, it may be worth trying a cellulite crème that has been tested and meets the standards of today’s industry. You’ll want one that glides on easily and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth without any sticky residue. Be sure to choose one that’s been dermatologist tested, is suitable for sensitive skin, and has been clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.

 

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Maintain Your Skin’s Health and Vitality

Maintain Your Skin’s Health and Vitality

At night, when you massage your cleanser into your skin, it’s like you’re washing away the day’s stress! You’re also removing the day’s dirt that accumulated there (think of your windshield!).

THE BENEFITS OF A GOOD SKIN CARE ROUTINE:

When you take care of your skin, your skin will take care of you:

It works hard at night to regenerate itself

Cell turnover is faster at night

Serums & moisturizers absorb more deeply in clean skin.

Your youthful glow will return!

Your skin will be in better condition with proper care. With consistency comes visible results. Once you see results, they’ll be easier to maintain.

A GOOD SKIN CARE ROUTINE IS LIKE A GOOD EXERCISE ROUTINE…

At first you might not see results but stick to it and you’ll definitely see the difference! Everyday your skin faces challenges like a harsh environment, pollution, sunlight, etc… All these things can thin and weaken the structure of your skin when it goes uncared for and unprotected. But keeping up a good skin care regimen will counteract those things, slow down the aging process, and give you a glow that others will notice.

SERUMS make the biggest difference in the way your face looks and feels!

Serums have been called all “killer and no filler”, which means that cleansers & moisturizers have about 5 – 10% active ingredients but serums have up to 70%! Serums are made to even out your skin tone, reduce fine lines, brighten, firm and get rid of dark spots. A quality serum’s active ingredients are peptides, plant based stem cells, vitamins and beneficial minerals.

Using a topical serum which has Vitamin C in it is a wonderful antioxidant that helps your skin repair itself from sun damage. Plus, it has natural sunscreen properties in it.

So next time you consider buying a serum that does all these things, remember that steep price you see is because of the benefits of the high-quality ingredients in it, so you’re getting more bang for your buck!

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