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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

 

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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