Monthly Archives: May 2015

Confidence! Do You Have It?

All the books say, “You have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be beautiful.” Then the advertisers tell you, “Do you have underarm odor? Wrinkles? Are your clothes stained? Are you overweight?” It’s hard to truly have confidence in ourselves in a modern world and the terrible statistics on anorexia prove that. How much money is spent every year on painful invasive procedures to “tweak” how a face looks? You have a line across your forehead? There’s a botox injection so you won’t move your face when you worry, followed by a dermal filler injection to make that one line go away. All because we look in the mirror and don’t feel confident.

Change that outlook today. First, if confidence looks beautiful and you don’t feel confident, use simple life changes to at least look confident. Studies show if you look strong and confident you will begin to feel strong and confident. Shoulders back, arms loose, relaxed smile and alert expression. Engage with the people who walk past you. A smile, a nod, or just a look. Don’t hide, don’t try to avoid eye contact and don’t let your posture slump.

No one walking by knows whether you are a scared wall-flower or a take-charge person with a mission in life. They see what you choose to project and you can choose anything you want. But I can hear you saying, “I have some real problems with how I look. How does straightening my posture and holding my head up cure my acne?” It doesn’t of course. But there are treatments for that and simple skin creams that will help with crow’s feet, acne, discolorations.

The key is simple: Use things that help and then let it go. You have dark circles under your eyes? Use an under-eye cream formulated to minimize the shadows and gently firm the delicate skin under your eyes. Then put on your makeup and put that issue out of your mind. It isn’t that having what you perceive as a flaw is holding you back. We all have flaws. It’s obsessing about it, giving it greater importance than it deserves, and allowing it to affect decisions you make. Whatever the “flaw” is, find a solution, trust the solution, and wash it out of your thinking pattern. Are you worried about the lines around your mouth or on your forehead? Use a good moisturizer with peptides like Peptide6 on them every day. The rest of the day do not give them a thought.

Shoulders back, head up, smile. It really does make a difference!


What Is Your Night-Time Beauty Routine?

nightWe’ve talked to a lot of women and routines vary greatly from one woman to the next. For instance, do you shower before bedtime, upon rising, or both? Do you spend a couple of minutes using a mask on your face and fighting the tough skin on your heels, or do you save that for one day a week and just have a time-saving washup in the shower? Do you soak luxuriously in the tub to relax away the stresses of the day? It’s your night time, do it any way you want!

These are the elements that we found most women shared in common in their nighttime routines:

1) Bath or shower before bedtime.

2) Facial cleansing with some type of cleanser made for the face, wipes, or a beauty bar soap.

3) Some form of moisturizer or anti-aging preparation applied to the face before sleep.

4) Some type of hand lotion and foot/heel lotion applied to the feet before sleep

We would caution women not to use a hard bar soap on their faces. Bar soaps contain ingredients that can dry your skin or irritate it. We like a cleanser made just for the face, as mild as possible. We recommend Rose Hip Seed Oil Cleanser Then an exfoliator once or twice a week.

For moisturizers we found that women varied quite a bit starting with women who swore by petroleum jelly to seal in moisture and others who paid upwards of $110 an ounce for products containing exotic animal-based substances. We understand the rationale of sealing in moisture with petroleum jelly but it’s not the best choice. It films over pores, collects dirt and grime, and is not absorbed well. As for the more exotic offerings these often came with no medical claims or studies supporting their advertising slogans on the label. A high price tag is not a guarantee of effectiveness.

The most effective skin creams were ones that contain hyaluronic acid, a proven moisturizer and skin cream ingredient that promotes healing. Another significant ingredient is Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A. Both promote rejuvenation of skin cells and encourage the production of collagen.

Night Repair Cream with hyaluronic acid.

Renew Youth facial cream with Vitamin A

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Getting In The Habit

Many women worry about aging, but women vary a lot in what skin care regimen they choose – if any. At one end you have the gal who is fifty but jeans are still her go-to wardrobe staple. She jumps out of bed, takes a shower, a dab of makeup, some lipstick and she’s good to go. But it still bothers her that crows feet are beginning to show.

At the opposite end of the spectrum you have the woman who never takes less than an hour to perform her beauty regimen in the morning, and only slightly less at night. She knows which cleansers reduce pore size the most, has comparison shopped for moisturizers and has been scrutinizing the tiny lines at the corners of her mouth since she was eleven.

To the second woman all we can say is, “Take time to breathe. It doesn’t have to be that hard. Simplify your routine and make more time for enjoying life.” She’s taking great care of her skin she may just be worrying too much.

beautifulfaceIt’s the first woman who is a little harder. She wants to minimize the visible effects of aging but she does not want a beauty regimen to slow her down. Maybe she’s a busy executive and she’s not wearing jeans but her hands are always on her smart-phone or laptop. Maybe she’s the outdoorsy type and is on the go at 6:00 am to catch the best surfing waves. Or she may be doing Mom duty or caring for an elderly parent. Whatever it is, the beauty routine had better be simple and effective or she won’t consider it.

We hear that loud and clear. May we suggest, if you’ve been too busy to exfoliate, moisturize, cleanse and purify that you start small and make two things part of your routine. 1) Cleanse your face with a good facial cleanser when you shower. Before, after, or during, whatever works for you. Just take the time to do that instead of using bar soap. Your face will thank you. We suggest a mild Rose Hip Seed Oil Cleanser

Then, when your face is clean gently work in our Peptide 6® moisturizer before you pull on your tailored slacks or your jeans.It will only take a minute and if you do wear a foundation you’ll find it goes on more smoothly and looks better when your skin is not so rough. Just try that for a week. See if you can make a habit of it. If you can make it a whole month you’re going to keep going because you’re going to hear, “You look great, what have you been doing?” And that’s a good incentive to keep going!