Monthly Archives: November 2012

Ahhh The Rejuvenating Power of Rest

There are some very basic needs we all have in common, and their importance to our lives cannot be over-emphasized:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Sleep

No matter what a romantic song tells you, you can live without Love.  You may not be happy but your body won’t stop.  A shelter is important but not up in the top three either.  So when it comes right down to it the top three things on our list are the things you just cannot do without.  You also have to have sufficient quality and quantity of them to stay healthy.

So, taking sleep as an example, when you go without adequate sleep your body tries to shut down; it tries to make you sleep right at your desk.  It also takes its toll on your skin and your looks in general.  Sleep deprived women develop dark circles under their eyes, more facial lines, drooping or haggard looking skin.  This is because the body is not processing toxins properly, not rehydrating its cells, and replenishing collagen where it is needed.

The body needs that sleep in order to regroup, rebuild, and refresh.  Once you are sleeping more normally, taking stock of your eating habits and making sure you drink plenty of pure water are your next steps.  Those are the big three things you cannot do without.  If you still look a little tired or have just a hint of the dark circles under your eyes we would like to suggest a cream designed for your eyes.  Refresh Me™ Eye Cream will make you look as refreshed as you feel.

Traveling for the Holidays

Our country just finished surviving “FrankenStorm” and most of the United States is bundling up for Winter.  Many of us are traveling today and the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend or we have company coming and the weekend will be packed and a little stressful.

Airline regulations about luggage have gotten even stricter and no one wants to pack and carry huge bags everywhere.  Then there is the problem of routine.  Perhaps at home you always cleanse, moisturize and use eye cream.  But in someone else’s house you have less privacy and probably less time.  It might be tempting to leave the skin care products out of the suitcase and just go without when visiting during the holidays.  Tempting but it really isn’t a good idea.  When we are traveling, we have less control over our environment than usual.  Our faces and bodies are subjected to more weather and wind and cold than they would be at home.  We are also subject to more stress during traveling and the discomfort of pressurized jet cabins or long car trips with the heater blowing right in your face.  There are skiing vacations, mugs of cider around a bonfire in a snowy field, walking through a frozen forest admiring the way the icicles hang from trees.

Cold weather, open fires, artificial heat can all dry your skin.

The best way to simplify is to look at the amount of time you will be away from home.  If it is just for a few days over the Thanksgiving weekend then it is simple.  Pack your most important lipstick and mascara, maybe a light powder-to-base, and your favorite moisturizer.  You can use wipes to remove makeup and exfoliating or deeper cleansing can wait until you are back in charge of your routine.  But the moisturizer is absolutely essential. And just because you’re on a mini-vacation, don’t forget to keep working on wrinkle reduction with a good peptide cream.

A good moisturizer not only returns hydration to dry and thirsty skin, it also creates a barrier protecting the skin from weather and the drying effects of artificial heat.  The moisturizer can be used just before bed and allowed to penetrate the skin thoroughly, with a light application first thing in the morning.  This will ensure that any base makeup you put on will go on more smoothly and reliably.  You will look radiant.  No hand lotion?  A scant amount of facial moisturizer can be blended in to the backs of the hands and the fingers to help your hands deal with the cold.

If you will be gone longer than a few days, a good cleanser and exfoliant should be packed along with the moisturizer.  You don’t need every skin care product you would use at home but skin needs two basic things to look great:

  • It needs to be clean
  • It needs good moisturization

As long as you take care of both, you will look wonderful for the holidays!  Not sure what moisturizers are the best?  Have a look at our selection of anti-aging, paraben-free moisturizers.

Sticking Your Neck Out

You’ve exfoliated, moisturized, put on foundation and coated every lash with ebony mascara; then you see it.  Underneath a nearly perfect face is a neck covered with a webbing of fine lines and gently slack skin.  How can that be?  You drink plenty of water, watch your weight and your skin is in very good shape.  Your soap is the best money can buy!  But there is no denying it, your neck is showing your age in a way that the rest of you doesn’t.  Why is that?

The reasons for the aging of skin on our necks are many.  Like your face and hands, your neck is exposed to the sun more than most of your body.  And, like your face and hands, the skin on your neck goes through a fairly large range of motion.  Think about it, your eyes get little crows-feet just from smiling, while your neck has to follow every turn and nod of your head.  If you say yes, your neck is pulled one way and pushed another.  If you turn to watch Johnny Depp walk by your neck stretches on one side and wrinkles on the other.  And the positions you sleep in may be comfortable but there is a reason you wake up with lines on your neck!  With all that stress on the skin of your neck no wonder it seems to age faster than the rest of your body.

It doesn’t really age faster but because it has such a unique position in the body, it needs unique treatment.  Mango Madness formulated Necquelle just for the skin on your neck.  Created with peptides for maximum skin renewal, and squalane for its antioxidant properties and its superior moisturizing,  this powerful anti-wrinkle cream is easy to use and feels wonderful.   The anti-aging ingredients help firm and lift the skin on your neck and restore the supple beauty to this delicate skin.  Using Necquelle on a regular basis will help prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming while it gently reduces the existing fine lines.

Using Necquelle neck cream is simple.  Starting at the top of your bra line gently stroke Necquelle into your skin with upward strokes.  Pay careful attention to the area just under your chin and along your jaw line.  Necquelle is gentle enough to be used daily and you will love the results!  The skin along your neck will look younger, smoother, silkier and your friends will wonder what the subtle change is.

Enjoy Necquelle with confidence knowing it is made with no parabens, artificial fragrance, estrogen, phthalates, sulfates, or formaldehyde. This neck firming cream is free of gluten and there is absolutely no animal testing on any Mango Madness Skincare product.

Order Necquelle and improve the look of your neck today!

Luxuriate: Your Word for Today!

Oh, the joys of being very young.  You know, the age where someone puts you into the bath with your toys, dresses you in flannel pajamas, and tucks you in with a warm glass of milk while rubbing your back and maybe singing a lullaby.  We were taken care of like precious gems and then we took care of our children that way.

As we get older we have no one to do that for us – we have to pamper ourselves if we want pampering!  But we are busy.  We are so busy that we plan to do something nice for ourselves and then we get in a hurry and just don’t get around to it.  Sometimes the most we can do is grab a piece of chocolate on our way out the door or a glass of wine.

Well, stop that right now.   Pick an evening this week, or next week at the very latest.  Schedule nothing from 7:00 PM onward.  Eat light, a little fish or chicken and a salad or vegetable.  Then make yourself a Mango Madness Smoothie for a light dessert:

In a blender combine –

  • 1 peeled and chopped ripe mango
  • 1/2 cup of lowfat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey or other sweetener
  • 4 ripe strawberries

Blend until smooth and creamy!

Now, set that aside and pour yourself a bubble bath.  Make the water warm – not too hot- and use a foaming bath oil with NO SLS in it.  Get out your biggest, fluffiest towels, tie your hair on top of your head with a ribbon and put your Mango Madness Smoothie next to the tub.  Slide into the tub slowly and take a deep cleansing breath.  Believe it or not, this does not just make you feel wonderful.  A healthy meal, a warm bath, cleansing breaths all contribute to your general health including that of your skin.  And need I tell you how important being happy is to your well-being?  I didn’t think so.

As you sip your smoothie, and then towel dry, don’t forget to moisturize after your bath.  An all-body moisturizer with shea butter and aloe vera is the best.  If it also has hyaluronic acid your skin is in for a treat.  Naturally we recommend Mango Madness Body Cream with Shea Butter for the most indulgent treatment you can offer your skin!