Allergic Reactions

Allergic Reactions

I love trying new products, exploring new foods and am always searching for the most advanced ways to reduce the effects of aging.   I’ve learned the hard way that while being adventurous is a positive trait, there are some things to consider before diving in.   It may not seem like a big deal to introduce something new, but adverse reactions can be scary and embarrassing.  

I always start with research.  I want to know it’s purpose, how it interacts in my skin or body,  and understand possible side effects or contra-indications.   And of course any qualified reviews or referrals will help me decide whether I feel confident in trying it personally. 

In a perfect world, the best way to get accurate feedback on a new product is to introduce it while all keeping all other variables the same.  If you have a handful of new factors to consider,  dealing with adverse reactions can be frustrating and misleading.   In a controlled study, ingredients or products are isolated to provide accurate correlations of cause and effect.  Rarely in life do we have such a sterile environment.  Thank goodness!  Rather, our worlds routinely consist of fluctuating stress levels, diet quality, water intake and other variables.  Unless the cause and effect are without question,  I always test a product 2-3 times if I am suspicious of it to ensure no other factors are involved.   If I do experience a skin flare-up, I allow my skin to recover (approximately 3-7 days) then I reintroduce the product while keeping all other variables relatively consistent, while eating clean and drinking lots and lots of water.   The best time to check for reactions is first thing in the morning or after wearing all day. 

So how do you know if a product doesn’t agree with you?   Signs of an Adverse Reaction

Travel Health Tips

Travel Health Tips

Have you ever gotten back from a relaxing getaway only to feel like you needed a vacation from your vacation? Have you ever wondered why plane rides make you feel so dehydrated? If you love to travel but don't like feeling jet-lagged, bloated or fatigued, the following tips will help you stay healthy and on track so you can easily and effortlessly re-integrate back into your life.

1) Protect yourself from radiation exposure. When we travel by plane, we are exposed to high levels of solar radiation, which gone unprotected can cause free radical damage to our cells and DNA. Radiation exposure can cause health issues and symptoms like lethargy, achy joints and muscles, dehydration and breakdown our immune system.

Understanding Food Cravings and Addictions

Understanding Food Cravings and Addictions

I think we’ve all experienced emotional eating at some point whether it was to ease boredom, soothe uncomfortable emotions or even celebrate, rather than to satisfy REAL hunger. We may even have felt powerless to our cravings. Unfortunately, emotional hunger can’t be satisfied with food and perpetuates a self defeating cycle of guilt and shame.

How can you spot emotional hunger and what can you do about it? Emotional hunger usually pops up as sudden craving for a specific food, often resulting from a specific situation or emotional trigger. Another clue is a feeling of not being satisfied even after being full.

If you pay close attention to your cravings, you can create a practice of replacing your "unhealthy comfort foods" with more nutritious versions, while also satisfying your cravings.

Yes, Toners Are Necessary

Yes, Toners Are Necessary

1.  Toners are crucial to the cleansing process.  Toner removes the final residue of make-up, dirt & oil leftover cleanser and unless you are using filtered water to cleanse your skin, there is chlorine, calcium, flouride and other heavy metals in the water that will be left on the skin.  When the chemicals dry, they shrink, leaving a white film, and ultimately leaving you feeling tight and dry.   If you put a moisturizer directly on top of these chemicals, you will continue to dull and dry the skin.  The film must be removed with toner using a cotton pad. 

Middle Aged: Crisis or Comeback?

The wrinkles and less defined jawline. Less camera love and jeans that don’t fit like they used to.  Mystery bumps and lumps popping up like ground hogs and gray hair sprouting like wildflowers.  AHHHH.  The joys of middle-agedom. I’m a 44 year old grandmother and things are starting to get real.   I recently found myself keenly aware of the lightning speed in which years fly by, pondering life’s existential meaning.   After obsessively scrutinizing the loss in volume in my face and neck, it dawned on me that I’m the youngest I’m ever going to be RIGHT NOW.  And that NOW changes incredibly fast.  So I may as well embrace it and enjoy the ride.   As an esthetician and health coach the quest for eternal youthfulness is not only a passion but also a core part of my life’s work and mission.  I’m responsible for keeping my clients young and vibrant, and truthfully I want to age as gracefully as possible.  When our personal passions are married with our life’s work, it’s magic.  I vigilantly research new skin rejuvenation techniques, ingredients and products that both safely turn back the hands of time, and preserve our reserves for the long haul.  I love it.  But these things are only part of the equation.  Growing old gracefully means continually loving every part of ourselves as things inevitably change while doing everything we can to promote healthy aging physically, mentally and spiritually. 

How to Rid Your Body of Fat Soluble Toxins

How to Rid Your Body of Fat Soluble Toxins

Fat soluble toxins?  Not exactly a household term.  Fat soluble is commonly used to distinguish between two types of vitamins, fat soluble and water soluble. Fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K are easily dissolved in fats and water soluble vitamins such as B Complex and C are readily absorbed in water.    When a substance is water soluble it is immediately absorbed into the blood stream (mostly water) and excreted through the kidneys.   When a substance is classified as fat soluble, it  has the ability to penetrate through our cells lipid bilayer and be absorbed directly into the cell and stored in tissues anywhere in our bodies.   Fat soluble substances are usually absorbed in fat molecules that travel through the lymphatic system of the small intestines and into the general blood circulation within the body.  If  we take too many vitamins, depending on it's solubility,  the excess will either be released immediately or stored throughout our body, which can reach toxic levels as the body accumulates year after year. So if our body can become toxic from excess fat-soluble vitamins, what other substances are unknowingly being stored in our tissues?  

Powerful detox foods

Powerful detox foods

If our cells get blocked and are unable to expel waste and take in nutrients, this can cascade into more serious blockages in our blood and organs as well causing a host of issues including acne, premature aging, cellulite and sluggishness and eventually disease.  Luckily, eating the right foods and supplements can greatly reduce our toxic load and help our bodies find balance and homeostasis.  I have compiled a list of the most powerful detox foods and supplements that can be incorporated into your current diet or as a complete detox program such as The Beauty Detox.  

Trying to minimize processed foods, sugar, dairy and meats is the best way to support your body's natural detoxification processes. The less we consume things that are harmful the less our body has to work to eliminate. 

Anti Aging Ingredient #1

Anti Aging Ingredient #1

Hyaluronic acid has been used in the cosmetic industry for many years to keep our skin hydrated and youthful.  HA, is a water binding component found in the deeper layers of our skin alongside collagen and elastin. It’s function is to bind and hold water in order to provide cushion to our joints, turgor & elasticity to our skin. As we age, our bodies produce less HA so supplementation is necessary.

When it comes to topical skincare, size matters.  Size of the molecules that is.

A Survival Guide for Detoxing

A Survival Guide for Detoxing

I woke up a few weeks ago feeling groggy and irritable, my right eye puffy and swollen like a bee sting, newly forming pimples and my body feel stiff and achy. After determining these were symptoms of a sluggish and overloaded lymphatic system, I decided I needed a detox.  

Just like we wouldn’t expect our car to work indefinitely without ever changing the oil or getting a tune up, it’s the same for our bodies.  Each day, we’re exposed to harmful substances in the air we breathe, foods we eat, products we put on our skin and use in our home.  The ability of our cells to expel waste and absorb nutrients is ESSENTIAL to our overall health and well-being, slow the aging process, as well as our happiness, clarity and focus.  Sometimes, our elimination systems have trouble keeping up with the toxic load and symptoms such as acne, brain fog, bloating and weight gain begin to appear. To keep our bodies a "well oiled" machine, a periodic cleanse will boost the removal of damaging toxins and pathogens from our organs and blood, prevent premature aging and the onset of chronic diseases. 

I’ve always been someone who LOVES to eat and HATES feeling hungry.  I eat from the time I wake up, until I go to bed.  Even though I eat a highly clean diet, I am a snacker and have never done a cleanse before, so the idea was daunting.  In order to succeed and create sustainable change, I created a "Beauty Detox" that kept me satisfied, not deprived, supercharged and not groggy. My 14 day liquid meal plan consisted of organic fruits and veggies in the form of juices, smoothies and pureed soups.

So how do we know if we need a detox?

Creating Healthy Habits That Stick

Creating Healthy Habits That Stick

I don't know about you, but I'm glad 2016 is gone.  For me, a new year symbolizes a chance to start fresh and start a new chapter.  The process of shedding old thoughts, feelings and less than optimal habits and replacing them with inspired new ideas and goals is very therapeutic.   

Creating lasting change is not easy.  I know this all too well.  “Tomorrow mentality” is an easy trap to fall into.  My diet starts tomorrow. I’ll start running on Monday. I’ll spend more time with my family as soon as this project is finished at work.  The truth is, the more we avoid looking at the things we need to change, the harder it is to start.    The decision to start NOW is the foundation of habit formation or elimination.   Whether I’m mindfully chewing my food 20 times before swallowing, drinking lemon water first thing in the morning or tracking daily spending, in order for us to live our lives according to our highest values and priorities we must instill daily practices.

Why are habits so important to a happy life?