Monday, June 30, 2008
We're all anxious for the quick fix. We want results ASAP, or as soon as possible. That's why beauty treatments like Botox and Juvederm are so crazy popular around the globe. Poof! And wrinkles are flattened and smoothed away.
Make certain that you are applying the product exactly as the directions tell you to use the treatment. If it is used primarily for nighttime, as you sleep, then, that is the time to use the product.
And be certain your beauty treatment has been researched through clinical studies, and has some solid science behind it. In other words, do your homework.
What if we suggested to patiently wait for your beauty treatment to work. At least a few months. That's what the professionals tell us. Beauty treatments take time to work.
Please visit this website, http://www.smartskincare.com/. It is full of excellent research, beauty tips, product reviews, and so much more. Dr. German Todorov, a researcher with a lengthy background in biology and chemistry and keen interest in anti-aging science, has written all the articles at his website.
Here is an excerpt from Dr. Todorov's article What To Do If Nothing Seems To Improve Your Wrinkles:
"Another potential pitfall is a lack of patience. Skin changes do not happen rapidly. Keratinocytes, the cells of the epidermis, the skin's outer layer, are replaced about every four weeks. Changes in the dermis, the deeper layer where wrinkles originate, usually take longer. Even under the best of circumstances (i.e. proven treatment and responsive patient), changes are usually barely noticeable after one month. Most experts feel that 2-3 month is a reasonable trial period for anti-aging/anti-wrinkle products. Keep in mind that slow and gradual changes are hard to notice. Sometimes, a person may think that a product is not working even when it does. Unfortunately, objective measurements of treatment effects are hard to perform without a research lab. Some people resort to split face testing but that may be impractical over a span of 2-3 month. Another alternative is to take before and after photos. However, such photos are useful only if taken in reproducible, well-controlled lighting and camera conditions. This is doable but requires a substantial degree of diligence."
Another point, don't go out and buy a huge arsenal of beauty treatments. Settle on a few and stick to a beauty routine.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Trident White has an ingredient in it called---recaldent. Recaldent is a tooth strengthener containing molecules that bind to calcium. This sugarless gum has xylitol in it, too. Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetner that helps protect teeth from decay by stabilizing a neutral pH level in the mouth. Huh? Alright, that's getting a bit complicated here, but it all sounds like good science.
So how do we go about brightening our smiles, lifting stains, making stronger teeth, and fighting away tooth decay?
According to the folks at Trident, just chew 2 pieces of Trident White Sugarless Gum after eating and drinking. Chew 2 pieces, 4 times a day, for 4 weeks. That's one busy mouth. Another plus here, chewing gum burns some calories, not a thousand, but a minor few. But also, chewing gum prevents you from eating, so that way, you're burning calories, too.
Maybe, brushing with Ultra Brite Toothpaste, AND chewing Trident White Sugarless Gum equals double the whitening agent strength.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
L-Carnitine--an amino acid that increases your energy.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Some of Stephen's famous clients are the Kardashian sisters-- Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney. You may have seen him on E! Channel's Keeping Up With The Kardashians. He applies makeup to Kim Kardashian and she always looks so sexy, glamorous, and red carpet-ready.
"She is a dream client," Stephen says. "Kim is not afraid of any look, and she wears every look with confidence (and such a sweetheart)."
Other celebrity Stephen Moleski clients include: The Pussycat Dolls, Adrienne Bailon of the 'Cheetah Girls', Hugh Hefner's 'Girls Next Door' playmates, and many others.
Okay, Stephen, so what beauty items should we carry in our makeup bags?
"To get the most out of your makeup, you need to first go into the bathroom and look at your skin care routine. Bad skin leads to bad makeup and vice versa. I recommend using an organic product. I LOVE Sodashi.(http://www.sodashi.com/). It's a high quality product that really hydrates even the most dry skin. I use it on all my clients and they not only love it, but are using it now themselves at home. You also need a great concealer, like Makeupforever, and a great bronzer with a mineral finish. I also suggest ZOOM by MAC. It's a great mascara."
What about eyebrows? The L.A. brow is a thinner, sleeker brow. That's the brow some actresses like to wear. But according to Stephen, put down the tweezers. Don't take away too much hair.
"Brows should look like they have not been over-tweezed or over-groomed. A more natural shape always looks best."
And don't remain forever in a cosmetic rut. In other words, you don't have to put on the same blusher, in the same shade, for 7 years in a row. Be adventurous, Stephen says.
"I see women getting stuck in one look, and never trying anything new. People shouldn't be afraid to change up their look a little or a lot. Makeup goes through trends just like clothing."
And if you absolutley hate wearing makeup or don't have time to put it on, or just don't know what to apply, Stephen has this suggestion. "I would warm up with a neutral bronzer."
A very talented makeup artist knows more than just applying makeup. What sets Stephen Moleski apart from others, is his huge talent as an artist in understanding that each individual set of features presents a unique challenge.
"I have had a keen interest in art since I was a child, " he explains. "That I think, not only led me to this career, but has also secured my success in it. As a makeup artist, it is very important to know balance and proportion. This is why I consider my job similar to that of an actual artist, rather than just someone who knows how to buy and apply makeup. A makeup artist has to know the importance of healthy, glowing skin. A basic knowledge of how to achieve this is very important. Makeup is meant to enhance a person's features, not hide them. I learned the important tools very quickly in the beginning. Makeup is second nature to me. Faces are my muse. I am very proud of my accomplishments and very excited to continue my work."
Two famous faces Stephen would love to make up, but hasn't yet, are Drew Barrymore and Christina Aguilera. At the rate Stephen's rising star is soaring, we believe that dream isn't too far away.
For more information, visit: www.myspace.com/stephenmoleski.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Vitamin A (retinol) Great for skin, bones, teeth, and vision. Too much Vitamin A, however, can cause birth defects in pregnant women. Too much can also make your hair fall out and skin turn yellow. On the other hand, too little Vitamin A can also cause birth defects. Limit dosage to 5000 IU.
Vitamin B6. Builds a strong nervous system. But high doses can damage arms and legs. Limit dosage to 100 mg.
Vitamin B9. Folic acid is necessary for healthy blood. Too much folic acid, however, can bring about nausea and insomnia. Limit dosage to 1000 mcg.
Vitamin C. Folks around the globe all applaud the good stuff in Vitamin C, especially for keeping colds at bay. But overdosing on it can cause indigestion, diarrhea, and gastro-intestinal problems. Limit dosage to 2000 mg.
Vitamin D. We've all heard about the welcome benefits of Vitamin D, to prevent cancer and other ailments. Dr. Weil raves about it. But too much of a good thing can go badly, like kidney stones and kidney damage. Do not exceed 2000 IU.
Vitamin E. Faithful Vitamin E takers swear buy this golden supplement, calling it one of the great anti-oxidants of all time, a pill that maintains good cardiovascular health. But overdosing on E can cause serious bleeding and even congestive heart failure. Plus, latest medical studies now show that E has 'no proven clinical benefits.' Do not exceed 400 IU.
There you have it. Please keep a record of all the vitamins and supplements you take, so that your primary care physician has a good idea of how you're treating your body.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
His top seller:
The new book from Dr. Perricone:
"From his vitamin line to his superb skin care products, Dr Perricone has not only helped me look better but has improved my overall quality of life."- Uma Thurman
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
You know you need oil blotting papers when you have very oily skin. And that's easy to identify. You have greasy skin with lots of unattractive shine, and you feel like washing your face every couple of hours. Some of it is genetics, and some of it has to do with your menstrual cycle. And some of you might just produce too much sebum. In other words, your sebaceous glands are working overtime.
You often hear about the 'T-zone,' when it comes to oily complexions. The 'T' area involves the forehead, nose and chin. That zone has the most oil-producing ability on the entire face. And many of you probably notice more breakouts and or acne in the T-zone.
The best oil blotting papers to buy, are the ones with flaxseed oil in them. Linen and rice paper are also wonderful oil absorbers. These three are able to mop up the shine and grease, and leave your face looking matte and pretty again. It would be wise to stay away from oil blotting papers made of mineral oil or powder, because those can clog your pores.
Oil blotting papers usually come in a little compact. You take one out at a time, and simply press these small sheets against your face, and watch the oiliness lift away. They're convenient, too, easy to tuck away in a purse or pocket to be used throughout the day.
One to try is Jane Iredale's Natural Facial Blotting Paper Compact made with flax seed ($11, for 100 sheets). Fore more information, visit:
Thursday, June 19, 2008
There are so many skin care words being floated around these days, that it really gets dizzying to the average customer. AHA, tretinoin, glycerin, alpha lipoic acid, DMAE. And on and on.
Today, we are going to concentrate on AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids. The AHAs are commonly referred to when re-building skin. In other words, these chemical formulations are designed to improve roughness, uneven pigmentation, lines and wrinkles. But these AHAs can also do a number on your skin, if you aren't cautious. Alpha hydroxy acids are not for the faint of heart.
Alpha hydroxy acids are actually made from gentle ingredients like fruit and milk sugars. The beauty of using an AHA on your face is quite appealing. These acids are able to penetrate deeply into the skin. Their main focus is to exfoliate, or remove dead skin cells, and increase cell turnover. In the end, AHAs return the skin to a smoother texture, firmness, and healthy appearance. The skin is rejuvenated, and the big bad wrinkles and sun damage start to slowly fade away.
There are five major AHAs found in skin care treatments (use concentrations of 10% or under). Higher concentrations are best applied by dermatologists, since the side effects can be tough going:
Glycolic Acid....made from sugar cane
Lactic Acid.......made from milk acid
Malic Acid........made from pears and apples
Citric Acid........made from lemons and oranges
Tartaric Acid...made from grapes
AHAs are great for thickened, oily, pimpled, and sun-damaged skin. When applied, their formulations can dry out the skin, but can also cause burning, itching, peeling, redness, and even scarring, if the acid is too harsh. You must be very careful when applying an alpha hydroxy acid because of the irritation and sensitivity to sunlight. If you don't arm yourself with a good sunscreen, you will turn red, and yes, even your face can hurt with a stinging senation.
If you can get through the nasty side effects, your face will love you back. Alpha hydroxy acids can work wonders and rescue damaged skin, as long as you gradually work up to their applications, be smart in the sun, and let your dermatologist work along with you.
Here's one of the more popular AHAs to try:
M.D. Forte® Skin Rejuvenation Lotion I ($55).It combines Alpha Hydroxy Acid with a boost of Vitamins A and E to renew and rejuvenate the skin reducing the visible signs of skin aging. Helps diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, defend against future skin damage, and promote healthy looking skin. Consult your physician prior to use.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Artefill is an injectable made of purified collagen with some tiny, smooth microspheres in a gel base. According to information from http://www.artefill.com/, the gel becomes absorbed by the body while these tiny microspheres provide a permanant backbone or support structure for your skin to keep it smooth and wrinkle-free. Artefill is actually injected under the wrinkle, deep into the skin and right above the fat layer. Results are immediate. And your skin gets better and better with each passing month. Wrinkles, like smile lines, iron out to a smooth surface.
A skin test is required before receiving an Artefill injection. Doctors want to make sure you are not allergic to bovine collagen gel.
How safe is the hottest new injectable around? So far, a 5-year follow-up study has been conducted by Artes Medical. And independent experts concluded that, "Artefill safely maintains significant correction of smile lines at least five years post-treatment."
For more information, visit http://www.artefill.com/, and speak with your dermatologist about this new injectable for wrinkles.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Training falls into four fitness categories:
For more information, visit: www.nintendo.com/wiifit
Monday, June 16, 2008
Infuse Your Body With Omega-3
Maintain a Normal Weight
Spinach, dark, leafy greens
Salmon and sardines
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Why? As most skin specialists will tell you, the eye area contains the thinnest skin in the body. It is delicate and easily damaged. Unfortunately, the eye area also holds the biggest challenge for rejuvenating, or making look youthful again.
Sure, we see all the eye creams and serums lining store shelves and expensive skin salons. We are constantly bombarded with promises of younger, wrinkle-free eyes. No more bags. No more undereye circles. Etc.
But 'rebuilding' the eye area without cosmetic surgery is not impossible, but if you've enjoyed the sun for a number of years, well, you've got a task on your hands.
According to Dr. Loren Pickart at http://www.skinbiology.com/, what we wear on top of our skin and how we cleanse it, can destroy the delicate skin, too:
"The use of many color cosmetics and makeup, with their high concentrations of dyes and metal salts, can produce extensive skin damage and sagging. This skin is often chronically irritated and may be in a condition of sub-clinical inflammation.......Many cleansers used to remove makeup cause further irritation by stripping away protective lipids from the skin. "
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Oprah and fitness guru, Bob Greene, are telling folks how to lose weight in a new way. And now, they're taking their diet tips to Oprah's home state of Mississippi, the fattest state in the country. One of out three Mississippians is considered obese. Yes, that is an alarming statistic, but how can Oprah claim to be a fitness and diet expert, after so many well-documented diet failures??!!
Oprah is currently in the last days of her 21-day detox diet. The divine Ms. O was inspired by popular author, Kathy Freston, and her book, Quantum Wellness. Oprah had remarked in a blog at her website, that she was jump-starting an inner makeover. In addition, Oprah had gained some considerable weight recently, and wanted to stream-line her figure.
Lets give props to Ms. O, for wanting to tone up, keep an uncluttered mind, and being forced to abstain from bread, sugar, animal products, caffeine, and alcohol for 21 long days. This vegan diet plan isn't easy. What is left to eat, Oprah asked? Kathy Freston said, there is plenty. Like brown rice, steamed vegetables, apples, blueberries, flax crackers with peanut butter. And so forth.
Oprah is on the last leg of her 21-day cleanse or detox diet. And she misses one item terribly. She explains it in her 21-day cleanse blog at http://www.oprah.com/:
Wine…yes, I've missed it the most. It's amazing how many things I have to toast in life. We did a champagne toast with the crew today as we finished last show of the season. Neither I nor the Veganista Cleanse Team took a sip. That wasn't as hard as it would have been last week—that same team was at dinner with T.C. (Tom Cruise), where we did have wine. So we felt okay today. This cleanse has provided discipline and restraint. Only once have I craved chicken. Too many lentils that day.This week was harder without Tal, but we've managed to do okay. Yesterday, I prepared breakfast for the VCT before doing the show. I brought gluten-free waffles and Morningstar vegetable sausage that Tal had left in my freezer from his shopping at Whole Foods. Delicious and easy breezy to prepare.Eating more consciously now feels like a way of being. I actually think about how my food got to my plate. That was the whole point, right?Doesn't mean I'm committed to veganism…but I am thinking about what I eat and why. And from that I can never turn back.— Oprah
I'm proud Oprah is getting back on the diet track. But she has done so, over and over again, with mediocre success. Why does she have to take her personal journey on the road? Leave the good folks of Mississippi alone. Since when is Oprah an authority on weight loss?
This is one battle I wish Oprah would quietly fight on her own.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
When you apply sunscreen, don't forget to put it along your hair part. What? Yes, your scalp can burn. Wherever you part your hair, remember to rub some sunscreen in there. And if you are bald, your head needs to be shielded from the sun's damaging rays, so sunscreen is essential.
I learned these tips from a dermatologist making the morning TV rounds yesterday. In addition, don't forget to rub sunscreen along the sides of your face. This is actually another simple, but intelligent tip. Most times, we hurry applying the sun lotion, and end up ignoring the entire face and ears.
And use plenty of sunscreen. Don't skimp. You need to apply a lot of it, for it to do its thing, and that is, protection from the UVA and UVB rays. Think of the rays like this: UVA rays affect aging of the skin, and UVB rays affect burning of the skin.
The number one best sunscreen for 2008, according to Consumer Reports:
Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch, 45 SPF. Score: 86/100.
Excellent protection all the way around. Cost: $4.33 per fl. oz.
World-famous plastic surgeon, Dr. Michelle Copeland, swears by her excellent sunscreen product. She created it:
SPF-40 Lotion Mist Sun Block ($30, 4 oz.)
Recommended for: SPF-40 sun protection to block UVA/UVB rays in easy-to-apply spray mist. (http://www.drcopelandskincare.com/)
More advice from Consumer Reports: Choose your sunscreen with the highest protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure the sunscreen is very water resistant or waterproof. And select an SPF of at least 30.
When applying sunscreen, the Food and Drug Administration says a sunscreen works most effectively when:
applied about a half-hour before heading outside
applied liberally on all exposed skin (Many dermatologists suggest at least a teaspoon of sunscreen just for the face.)
reapplied at least every two hours or more often if you're sweating
reapplied after swimming
And most of all, have fun in the sun, but try and avoid the peak burning hours of 10 AM to 4 PM.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
"Treat your body’s skin as well as you do your face. Having healthy, beautiful skin means looking after all of it, from hairline to heel. This includes product usage. So many products on the market are just that: marketing. I don’t believe the body skin requires a million individual items. There’s no reason to go overboard or load your countertop with hundreds of bottles."
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
We all strive for smooth, flawless skin. Some women are lucky, and enjoy a healthy, clear complexion. But many of us have uneven pigmentation, a scar, an old tattoo that shouldn't see the light of day, port wine stains, Vitaligo, etc. And what's so frustrating, is that traditional concealers and foundations usually do not cover or hide our imperfections so perfectly. Until now.
Remember this name: Judith August. She was a former model, and understands the need to appear flawless, even when we're not. Judith August Cosmetics has been featured in top magazines like, Elle, Allure, and Women's Health & Fitness. She has received several awards for the goodness her makeup brings to women who deserve to get their beauty back; women who might have suffered, and only want a smooth skin to show the world.
www.Judithaugustcosmetics.com features a wide variety of concealers and foundations. Judith even has The Everything Pencil. It's an amazing and unique set of corrective colors that hide age spots, broken capillaries, birth marks, fine lines, and more. And it's doctor-approved.
You can also find Judith August's corrective cosmetics at salons, spas, and specialty stores.
There's one brilliant concealer, that really does it all, when all else fails. It's the ultimate concealer, called----Killer Cover ($32).
Read below, how Judith describes her 'ultimate concealer:"
I'm Judith August. My revolutionary new waterproof and smudge-proof formula is designed to cover the most difficult skin discolorations and problem areas that traditional concealers cannot touch such as vitaligo, blazing birthmarks, bruises, scars, tattoos, loss of pigmentation, port wine stains.
You have five colors to choose from on the color wheel. Color blending is often necessary because every part of the body is a different color. For instance, brown spots on your hands and face will take a different coloration than a blue and red birth mark or veins on your legs. Pigmentation loss would be a different coloration from the rest. So, start with the color closest to your skin tone, apply with the enclosed sponge or nature's very best cosmetic tool, your fingers. Use the "Dab and Pat" technique when applying and blending, not a stroking motion.
If needed, "stipple" several shades together and pat over the area until you achieve your perfect match.
Killer Cover™ will stay on longer than normal make-up since it is based on a formula used in the theatrical industry- therefore it is head and perspiration resistant and highly pigmented. It will stay put until you remove it.
Enjoy my newest cosmetic solution - after all...
Everybody's got something to hide!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
No. You don't always have to go under the knife to achieve your personal best. Dr. Copeland's simple philosophy is this: "Everyone can have beautiful, healthy, and lustrous skin."
Dr. Copeland's skin care line bears her name, so she is very serious about promoting treatments that truly work. She says that cleansing, exfoliation, moisturization, and sun protection, are the four keys to healthy skin.
"As a plastic surgeon, I know the skin from the inside and out and I see what happens when skin is left uncared for. My knowledge of biochemistry allows me to formulate effective, yet gentle products that work together to give you the youngest looking, healthiest skin possible. I personally select each ingredient and test each formula, including our revolutionary Rewind Age-Defying Cream for the face and body, that reverses the aging process of skin cells. Our skin care products are allergy-tested, fragrance-free, and not tested on animals. My name isn't just on the package, it's in and behind, every product offered."
We'll be featuring another article about Dr. Copeland during the week of June 9th. She will share her skin care tips, information about the sun's damaging rays, and how smoking and alcohol affect a woman's skin.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Today's New York Times featured a story about stretch marks and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (photo by Getty Images)
“There’s not much you can do about these, other than monitor your weight gain,” said Dr. Laura Riley, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of “You and Your Baby” (2006). “Various creams and lotions are sold to prevent stretch marks from developing or getting worse, but the jury is out on whether they work.”
But the American Pregnancy Association is saying something else. The APA suggests that women CAN reduce the probability of stretch marks. Note the key word here, 'probability.'
Stretch marks occur when skin loses its elasticity, usually from rapid weight gain — a common occurrence, when a woman is pregant. It's estimated that 85-90% of pregnant women get them at some point during their pregnancy. 'Striae gravidarum'(medical lingo for stretch marks) are caused by tearing in the skin and connective tissue, due to the stretching of the fat tissue. Over time, stretch marks turn almost a silvery color in comparison to one's normal skintone.
So what's a gal to do?
Dr. Amy Derick, a dermatologist in Barrington, Illinois, says you should try and diminish their appearance. And act sooner, than later.
“There’s really not any data regarding creams,” she told the NY Times. “But you can do laser treatments or Retin-A after the fact, especially early on when the lines are red and purple.” Studies have found that topical tretinoin can lighten stretch marks as well as reduce their size. And she is certainly not opposed to pregnant women massaging their bellies with moisturizing oils and creams. “It makes them feel like they’re being pro-active, and if it feels good, why not?” she said. “It can’t hurt.”
By the way, Retin-A should NEVER be used during one's pregnancy and during breast-feeding. Research is still not clear on how Retin-A medication might affect the fetus or nursing baby. Please check with your doctor.
I still hear from women who have had good success battling their stretch marks, by attacking them early on. Here are two popular creams to rub on your belly, to help lighten, smoothe, and fade stretch marks.
StriVectin-SD Intensive Repair ($135, 6 oz.)
Avon Anew Clinical Professional Stretch Mark Smoother (new product. $25, 5 oz.).
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Keep hair removers away from nose and ears, and breast nipples.
Do not apply hair removers to sunburned skin or irritated skin.