Skin habits to unlearn: Tugging at the delicate skin surrounding the eye area. The area surrounding eye has the thinnest skin on the face, and it’s the first to show the signs of ageing. Pulling on the skin while putting in contacts, applying eyeliner, or rubbing aggressively to remove stubborn eye make-up can unnecessarily create wear and tear on the collagen and elasticity fibers within the skin. This can cause visible lines and wrinkles prematurely, so be sure to handle this delicate area with care.
Also, always apply eye cream with the ring finger and use a gentle patting motion to avoid rubbing and tugging.
Growing your own food at home makes sense. The benefits include the following:
Jolene Hart has some opinions on the topic. A former journalist and beauty editor, she entered the discussion when she tried to find cures for her health problems, including eczema and cystic acne. “When I couldn’t find any products or supplements that could help save my skin, I started focusing on natural options and integrated nutrition to help.” From her research, she wrote the book Eat Pretty, which came out this year. Hart’s thesis: getting good-for-you foods into your diet (versus taking supplements) is often the best route to getting all the nutrients you need to live a healthy life and look your best.
In terms of beauty, Hart considers vitamins a great second line of defense. “There’s so much we don’t know about components of food and how it works systematically, that I don’t believe supplements can ever really take its place,” she explains. She does add, though, that it’s good to check with your doctor about certain nutrients and substances in pill form that might benefit you personally.
In Hart’s view, food is the foundation of how we look and feel every day, and eating seasonally is the way to get key foods into your diet when they’re at their most nutrient-dense and tastiest. “It’s about creating a lifestyle of beauty year-round,” she says, “and understanding that repairing your relationship with food is just as essential as getting a facial or other beauty service.” Her suggestion: go to your local farmer’s market and then play around in the kitchen. “Cooking was a way to heal myself, and I couldn’t do that when I ate processed food. It’s not something I used to think about, but once you start it up, you’ll never want to go back.” Here’s her guide for eating right for your hair, skin, and nails, complete with shopping lists.
benefits: Heals skin, especially if you have acne, and balances oil production and immunity as you age. “Your body doesn’t normally store zinc, so you need to make sure you’re getting some,” says Hart.
get it from: Pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, chickpeas
benefits: “As we age, cell growth slows down and we notice textural differences,” explains Hart. Because vitamin A increases cell turnover and helps skin grow, it helps reduce environmental damage and prevents fine lines and other signs of aging.
get it from: Fruits and veggies high in beta carotene—think orange, red, and yellow options such as cantaloupe, grapefruit, apricots, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, and also leafy greens like romaine and kale
benefits: Hart calls C “the collagen drug that keeps skin strong and elastic.” It also helps defend against free radical damage.
get it from: Bell peppers, strawberries, pineapple, cabbage, kale
benefits: These organisms are a daily essential for helping your body break down food. “If you don’t break down food correctly, you’re not assimilating it into your body properly and therefore not getting the nutrients you need,” explains Hart. You’ll see a change in your skin in particular. “The better your digestive system functions, the less your skin has to pick up the slack of eliminating toxins and it will look more radiant,” she says.
get them from: yogurt and other fermented foods; if you have trouble tolerating natural sources of probiotics, this is a case in which Hart recommends talking to your doc about supplements.
“ Loving behavior doesn’t grind you down, keep you off balance, or create feelings of self-hatred. Love doesn’t hurt, it feels good. Loving behavior nourishes your emotional well-being. When someone is being loving to you, you feel accepted, cared for, valued, and respected. Genuine love creates feelings of warmth, pleasure, safety, stability, and inner peace. ”
Susan Forward, Toxic Parents, p381
1. Honey Lavender Spa Services: Mirbeau Inn & Spa’s new Honey Lavender spa services—including the Honey Lavender Parfait Body Treatment—are designed with Farm House Fresh and available through August 31. Treatments complement July’s annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival.
2. Helios:Hiatus Spa + Retreat’s Summer Monthly Retreats continue with July’s Helios ritual; the treatment, combining a chamomile and calendula flower herbal scrub, wrap with helichrysum, lemongrass, and ylang ylang essences, and sparkling Cava + St. Germaine cocktail, is designed as an “antidote to the skin-torching Texas Summer sun.”
3. Spa Suite: The Spa at Pelican Hill debuted its new Spa Suite available by the hour or for a full day. Available with any spa service or booked as a package experience with select options.
4. Poolside Perks at Four Seasons: Poolside amenities are making a splash at various Four Seasons properties, from pop-up cabanas for alfresco spa treatments (Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village) to “dive-in” movies (Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North) to clean-and-repair sunglasses services (Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay and Four Seasons Hotel Singapore).
5. BABOR SeaCreation Facial: The Spa at Bacara recently launched a variety of new European and regionally inspired treatments, including the signature BABOR SeaCreation Facial that uses oceanic extracts—plus, book the service for a good cause: a portion of the proceeds benefits the Gaviota Coast Conservancy.
6. Babywearing Ballet: This ballet class invites new moms who can’t find a babysitter to bring the babies along! Moms exercise while wearing their newborns in a Baby Bjorn-type sling or carrier.
7. Summer Camp Fitness Class: Adults can take a cue from the kids and sign up for Summer Camp fitness class, continuing this month at select New York Sports Clubs.
9. Surf School: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, in partnership with experts at Tropicsurf, has opened its Surfing School with various clinics for surfers of all levels.
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Botox is one of the most popular treatments for a variety of reasons, but there still are a few misconceptions about what it does and doesn’t do, and who are the best candidates for use. Only you and your doctor-of-choice know if Botox is a good idea for you, but before you get to that step, we can help dispel some of the myths. Here are five of them. READ MORE
The number of children with atopic dermatitis, often referred to as eczema, is on the rise. Some estimate that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. now suffers from the painful, itchy skin condition. In an effort to control their symptoms, many children are prescribed powerful medications like immunosuppressants or topical steroids. READ MORE
Psoriasis and eczema, two skin diseases with similar symptoms, now can be distinguished on a genetic level. Some forms of the inflammatory skin disorders appear so similar that even doctors find it hard to tell them apart. The genetic finding may save patients time, money and aggravation on the road to a final diagnosis, and will allow doctors to treat patients promptly with the right types of medication. READ MORE
This is obviously the well-known benefit and the most important as well. Probably this is the primary reason that people are booking a spa appointment. A simple pampering treatment like a massage helps relieve stress, stimulates circulatory system giving a smoother blood flow, and ease muscle tension. Massage can be therapeutic; figures on a study have shown that 56% of people seek out massage for spasms, stiffness, soreness or general rehabilitation.
This is the most underrated benefit of spa time. According to experts, massage and other full body beauty treatments are designed to excrete the body’s excess toxins and fluids. At the surface level, after a session person will feel lighter as he walks out the door for this treatment eliminates bloating and water retention in the body. In the long run, regular massage helps stimulate the lymphatic system of the body flushing out the body’s waste products more efficiently.
Soothes the Soul
Fact: looking better automatically helps an individual feel better. Beauty treatments like facials, mud wraps, manicures, pedicure, etc., not only improve one’s appearance but it also give the confidence a boost. On top of that spas are designed to nourish and soothe the soul. According to spa experts water-based spa treatments mimic the qualities of life – the water symbolizes yin and yang. A person’s body and soul can find balance – with the water as the equilibrium, as he immerses himself in a spa Jacuzzi after a body wrap.
Updates on the Latest Beauty Treatments
The spa is the perfect place to learn all there is in the world of pampering. Make sure to solicit information about the new, up and coming treatments during a spa therapy. Therapists will be happy to entertain these queries allowing their patrons to add something special on their next appointment like a spray tan, a full body coffee scrub or eyelash extensions.
Access to Exclusive Products
Spas and salons offer a number of exclusive product lines that are not available anywhere else. These products may be costly but rest assured that these are higher quality and will last longer. It is wise to consider expert advice and go with the professional product lines to take care of one’s hair or skin.
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theclearskinproject: Great info from www.byrdie.com. More great ideas http://theclearskinproject.com/foods-that-fight-acne/ (fatty fish, nuts, avocado, garlic, broccoli)
Green is the color of the season and it’s time to give Mother Nature more credit. Get outside to increase your brainpower, decrease frustration, cope with bouts of depression, and tune up your metabolism. Does getting your fitness “fix” in the open-air matter? Yes, it certainly does. While the medical documentation that being outdoors calms us and refreshes our minds and bodies is still in the “teenage” stage of research, there’s enough to make me certain that being outside exercising does a body good.
For example at the University of Illinois, Frances Kuo, Ph.D., found that children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) function better if they spend part of their day outdoors in nature. The results demonstrated that ADHD symptoms improved in those kids who were outdoors in a natural setting. (Read more about Dr. Kuo’s work: American Journal of Public Health, September 2004; vol. 94. News release, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Andrea Faber Taylor, Ph.D., working with Dr. Kuo, provides research that supports key findings. Humans, regardless of age, can only concentrate for so long without becoming mentally tired, the same way physical muscles get tired from physical work. It was reported that a person has to renew “mental muscles” by breaks or periods of what these scientists call “involuntary attention.” Time spent in nature is measurably more “attention-restoring” than indoor leisure activity like television watching, video games, and so forth. It is interesting to know that Dr. Faber believes that the brain mechanism that regulates attention and concentration is the same one that regulates a person’s self-discipline.
What does that mean to moms and dads, grandparents, caregivers, and kids? It means that you do need to get outdoors and play, take mental breaks whenever you are house- or office- or school-bound for more than a couple hours. What can you do in ten or fifteen minutes to distress, improve concentration and revitalize your mind and body?
Here’s a list to get you started:
Wander in a public garden
Sit on the grass or a park bench
Climb a tree or a mountain
Relax in your backyard
Jog or run in place, as long as you’re outdoors
Walk around the block
Volunteer to weed at a community garden
Help a shut in with her garden
Take a fitness walk
The fitness center or exercise class has importance in our lives, especially those times when we cannot get into the great outdoors. However with all the proof that nature’s greenery can calm and comfort humans, you’ll want to forego everyday indoor exercise and get outside. This is, especially if you’re stressed or feel frazzled. The time you spend getting “unfrazzled” helps you beat the blues, refocus on the goals and desires of your life, and lets you concentrate better when you do get back to work.
Just a quick reminder on outdoor exercise. Be sure to wear layered clothing so that when you do get warm or cool you can adjust what you’re wearing. Always smooth on a film of sunscreen, on your kids too, and wear a hat. Many people forget to put sunscreen on their arms, hands, and even the tops of the ears.
Start slowly if you plan to walk outdoors to get your “fresh air fix.” You might want to begin with a stroll of a few blocks and work up, over a period of three to six months, to 45 minutes of vigorous walking. The great part of walking outdoors for the mind/body connection is that you can do it anywhere you are. You can walk outdoors while traveling, away on business, on holiday and even during lunch break.
Nature is free, the boost you get won’t increase your calorie intake like sugar and caffeine, and it’s totally without negative side effects. Share the news that green is good and just another way to stay fit for life!
For years Jolene Hart, a former beauty editor, who had at-her-fingertips access to all of the best and newest products out there, was suffering from cystic acne and eczema. “When I realized that I had just about every beauty product in existence at my fingertips and yet I wasn’t a step closer to looking and feeling my best, I started searching for an answer beyond the beauty aisle,” writes Jolene. This research sparked her very own journey and eventually led to Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out, written so others who, perhaps weren’t looking or feeling their best, could benefit from what helped Jolene. http://www.jolenehart.com/eatpretty/
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