Television

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Whiter Teeth and Fresher Skin & Nails for Fall

Sep

Show: The Today Show

Segment: Bobbie’s Buzz

Date: September 14, 2012

Theme: Freshen Up for Fall

On this episode, Bobbie shares affordable ways to exfoliate skin, freshen up manicures and whiten your teeth in preparation for Fall (My Favourite Season!).

The first item she shows is Le Edge Full Body Exfoliator. This looks like those plastic razors you sometimes get with depilatory creams. It is a stainless steel  tool.  It kind of looks like fun, but I wonder how well it would work? And for how long? (Available in Pink and Blue). The product webpage says:

Le Edge is a hygienic personal exfoliating tool. Le Edge is precision designed to remove with ease dead skin cells and debris from the skin’s surface, revealing the newer younger cells and more radiant skin. Le Edge removes dulling surface debris such as toxins, oil, dirt, pollutants and dead skin cells. This process helps to restore the skin texture and by doing so, helps to reduce the size of the skin’s pores naturally.

The next item was for all those new gel manicures. Because you can’t just take the polish off (you’ll be removing part of your nail!), you need Red Carpet Manicure Erase Gel Nail Polish Remover.  Actually Bobbie showed a kit with a buffer, orange sticks, and I guess some remover pads;  but you really just need this!

Finally, for those darker lipstick colours (hooray for plums and crimsons!), Supersmile Quikee Instant Tooth Whitening. Bobbie says this is what Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez use when they wear bright lip colours. She says it will keep teeth whiter and remove any film, so you can get away with wearing that bolder lip for fall.

 


To see the video, check it out here:

Check out GottaGetSomething.com to see some of the non-beauty items Bobbie shares!

And Bobbie’s website is www.bobbie.com

 

 

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02

Louisa Graves with 5 Anti-aging Tips on The Talk

May

On the May 1 episode of The Talk, beauty expert and author of “Hollywood Beauty Secrets”, Louisa Graves came on the show with 5 simple tips to keep a youthful appearance using every day ingredients.

Her first remedy was for age spots and fine lines.

THE FACE REJUVENATOR

A Microdermabrasion Scrub Alternative – Instead of paying for costly microdermabrasion treatments, use this treatment that just costs pennies and will give you similar anti-aging results using baking soda.  First wash your face, then while skin is still wet, scrub a handful of baking soda into the face in a GENTLE circular motion. Do this for about 30 to 60 seconds.  It will remove dull surface skin and reveal those fresh, new skin cells.  It will also help fade age spots and smooth fine lines for youthful looking skin.  You can do this twice a week.

THE NECK TIGHTENER

Her next tip was to help tighten neck skin, so you can get rid of that turkey neck. Put some shea butter in the microwave for about 15 seconds (she recommends a 1 oz jar, with the lid off – I love shea butter from L’Occitane, but it is in a tin so don’t microwave the tin!), melting the butter. To that, stir in 2 tbsp. of emu oil and 1 tsp. of lemongrass. Apply this neck balm every morning and night for fast results.

* Please note the emu oil is not necessarily animal friendly.  She said it is used as a carrier oil, so maybe you can use another carrier oil, such as grapeseed (which is a great anti-ager as well) or almond oil or jojoba.

THE LIP SMOOTHER

I get terrible chapped lips, so I think I will try this next one!  To help smooth dry, cracked lips, warm some milk in a microwave for 10 – 15 seconds. Then, dip a cotton ball into milk and dab onto lips for a minute or two.  The lactic acid in milk is a gentle exfoliator. Next, using a q-tip, apply some raw honey onto lips. Honey is a humectant (moisture magnet) and is naturally antibiotic.  Next, poke open the Vitamin E capsule and apply over the honey to seal it in overnight. (Also – if you have extra vitamin E oil, try rubbing some into your cuticles instead of cuticle balm!  It is great for nails!)

THE HAND REJUVENATOR

It’s also a nail brightener and cuticle banisher! – Apparently, Louisa knows what she is talking about for this next one, she is/was a hand model! To rejuvenate hands and banish those stained yellow nails combine 1 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice with 2 or 3 tbsp. baking soda, mixing it to a paste-like consistency. Scrub each nail for 60 seconds, then leave on nails for 5 minutes. Then take the remaining paste and scrub the tops of the hands to fade age spots. Leave on hand tops for 5 minutes before rinsing. You can then massage lip balm into the areas, to instantly rejuvenate and smooth wrinkled-looking knuckles and banish dry cuticles.

THE CELLULITE BUSTER

As we age, collagen breaks down and cellulite becomes more noticeable. A great way to draw out toxins and help tighten and smooth the look of dimples is to make a mask combining 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 3/4 cup of bentonite clay (you can usually find this at the drugstore or natural health foods stores), and stir to a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste onto wet thighs and arms where you see cellulite and let dry. You’ll experience a pulling and tightening sensation. Wash the mask off in the shower with tepid water and a face cloth.

 

 

 

Please note that Hollywood Beauty Secrets is out of print, but it is available as a kindle edition:

Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue (Kindle Edition)

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28

Mally Roncal with Makeup Tips for Every Woman

Apr

On the Today Shows’s April 27 episode, celebs Makeup Artist Mally Roncal demonstrated the Best Makeup for Every Type of Woman.  Since we all have different skin types, colours and facial features, we need to know how to best enhance those differences.  Mally shared her tips to enhance your best features by complimenting your skin tone and features.

Asian Features

Contouring is your friend.  Lift cheekbones and apply shadow in crease of eye to define and widen.  The crease is right under the brow bone. When you blend it in, it opens up the eye and will make you look more awake.

Showing the eyelid crease on an Asian eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olive Skin Tones

Olive skin tones can look sallow and washed out, especially in winter months.  Use a foundation to warm your skin tone.  And use blush – it is your friend!  Pink, Peachy or Coral coloured blushes are great.  Smile to find the apples of your cheeks.  Mally says she likes using the ‘Cinnamon Bun‘ method for applying powder blush – “A little in the middle and blend it up toward the cheekbone.”

Applying blush onto an olive skin tone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Skin Tones

Mally says it is all about choosing the right shade of powder, try a clear powder to avoid ashiness.  Using translucent powder can look dry and sit in fine lines.  You want to mattify your skin.  Apply a primer to prevent skin tone from looking too grey.  And using an eye shadow base will help shadow last all day.  I believe she was using her own powder: Mally Beauty Poreless Perfection Skin Finisher

Applying mattifying clear powder to dark skin tones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Older Women

Bronzer is your friend. Avoid ones with shimmer in them, try a matte version instead. Black mascara will really define your eyes. And for a fuller lip, use a lip liner that matches your lip tone.

Applying Lip Liner

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10

Bobbi Brown – Foundation Fixes for Spring

Apr

Makeup artist Bobbi Brown was on the Today show today to give some tricks and tips on the perfect foundation.  Bobbi says it is the simplest thing when you get it right, and the trick is it needs to match your face, your neck, your hands; it just has to be the right tone.   My mother has this problem finding foundation, as her neck is a different colour from her face.

Her number one tip for buying foundation is getting the proper colour.  You need to get the one that blends into the side of your face. (Don’t use your hand – wow, I am so guilt of this sometimes!).  Try to look in natural light,  and try a yellow-based foundation.  Yellow foundations get rid of redness, and it is tones we already have in our skin.  Second tip is choose the right formula.  She also loves tinted moisturizers,  they are sheer and great for weekends.  You need to adjust your foundation for spring, as your skin gets dryer or oilier.  You can also adjust the formula by adjusting the moisturizer you wear underneath.

Dark Spots

The first model had some dark spots,  so Bobbi suggested putting foundation on first, taking a touch up stick (not a concealer, because concealer is lighter than your skin, Bobbi applied this with a brush), go wherever there is a spot, let it sit and use powder on top to lock it in place.  Bobbi says if you have dry skin, you can still use a mineral-based powder foundation.

Redness

The trick is to use a yellow tone foundation.  Apply all over.  Use a yellow powder.  A translucent powder could cause ashiness.  By using a good moisturizer underneath, you can still get a great dewy look, even when using powder.  She also used a a cream blush on her cheeks, as well as a bronzing powder all over with a big brush, including a little on the neck.

Bobbi’s Tips:

Never apply foundation on the neck.
Avoid over applying to cover dark spots.
Apply foundation with fingers, sponge or brush.  A brush will give you more coverage.
Reduce redness with a tinter moisturizer.
You can also correct redness with bronzer.
Avoid using a product that is too dense.

Bobbi Brown products can be found at Sephora.com!

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06

Beauty Expert Jamie Krell talks about new products

Apr

The April 5, 2012 episode of “The Talk” had beauty expert Jamie Krell.  She showed off some of the best new products for getting gorgeous!

Skincare

Radical Skincare
Jamie says the entire line “Works wonders for the skin”.  She showed off their Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum.  It has 15 antioxidant rich fruits.  She claims this makes it clinically proven to be 300% more potent than any other brand right now.

Hair

José Eber
To get those coveted loose, Beachy Waves, she recommended the  José Eber Trio Multi-Barrel Curling Iron Set with interchangeable barrels.

Makeup

Smashbox
Jamie says she does not leave home without this; and all women need it in their beauty bag.  Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer.  (P.S. whenever a makeup artist sees my makeup bag, they always seem to notice the primer and say something about how all women should use primer).  It will smooth skin and prep it for foundation.  Your makeup will have extra staying power!

Body

Rodial
Claiming it will keep you slim, she suggests trying  Rodial Skincare Tummy Tuck Gel.  She claims you can  lose up to 1 inch in 8 weeks.  Hmmm,  wonder if that is true?

Anti-Aging

LightStim
Reduce and eliminate wrinkles and give an overall youthful look with the LightStim Tool for Wrinkles.  This red-light producing tool is actually FDA cleared.

Except for the Smashbox primer,  these tools seem kind of pricey,  but no one said getting gorgeous was cheap!

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19

Double Duty Beauty Foods on Live! with Kelly

Mar

On the March 19 episode of Live! with Kelly,  Prevention Magazine’s Jennifer Goldstein was on to share some Double Duty Beauty Foods aka foods that have beauty benefits by eating them or applying to the skin.  One caveat is to make sure you have no food allergies first!  If you can’t eat almonds, don’t apply them to your face either!  Kelly had a little too much fun applying these foods to co-host Nick Lachey.

Kelly Ripa applying a mask to Nick Lachey

Avocados

Yummy!

Avocados are a great anti-ager, mostly due to their essential fatty acids (and Vitamin E!).  They help plump skin and keep it smooth. Hooray for Guacamole!

Apply

Applying avocado oil to the skin may stimulate collagen and elastin production.  To create a great mask,  mix with 1/4 cup sour cream (which is a terrific skin exfoliator due to Lactic Acid – hey another great double duty beauty food!) and leave on for 10-20 minutes.  Then rinse with cold water.

Tea

Yummy!

Teas contain skin-boosting antioxidants (especially but green and white varieties) that may protect skin from damage caused by environmental pollutants and sun exposure.

Apply

First, you can put cooled tea bags on your (closed) eyelids to depuff the skin around your eyes, as the tannins can constrict blood vessels.
You can also boost your hair colour and get some subtle highlights going by applying a rinse.  Use black tea for brunette hair, chamomile for blonde, and redheads can use red zinger.  Prepare the tea, let it cool, then apply the solution to your hair. Put on a shower cap, wait for 15 to 30 minutes and rinse with cool water.

Almonds

Yummy!

Got Grey? Almonds contain high levels of catalase enzymes that can help counteract the buildup of hydrogen peroxide present in greying hair.  Who knew?!  I’ll be reaching for almonds more as a snack now!

Apply

For a skin smoothing scrub, pulverize about 1/4 cup of almonds in a food processor and mix in some coconut oil (also a great double duty beauty food!). Use about 2 tablespoons to make it into a paste.  Use on your hands, elbows, knees, or anywhere else you need to get rid of rough skin.

Yogurt

Yummy!

Great for teeth and skin (high in calcium), yogurt is also high in protein, to help build your hair and nails.

Apply

Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that can get rid of dead skin cells.  Try using full-fat, plain yogurt as a mask. Just apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Or make a hair mask.  Mix together  1/4 cup full-fat yogurt, 3 tablespoons honey and an egg yolk. Apply the protein rich mask to hair, put on a shower cap, and rinse after about 15 minutes.

Strawberries

Yummy!

Strawberries have high levels of vitamin C and ellagic acid.  Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen.  It also acts as an antioxidant to prevent environmental damage.  High Vitamin C intake is associated with a lower likelihood of wrinkles and skin dryness.  Ellagic acid increases skin’s ability to hold moisture, and has been shown to help fade dark spots.

Apply

Make a brightening face mask with pureed strawberries, yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice (also high in Vitamin C).  Leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing.  Nick seemed to really like eating it.

Coffee

Yummy!

Full of antioxidants to protect skin from sun damage and help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin (which results in wrinkles and sagging).

Apply

Cooled coffee grounds are a way to treat cellulite due to its high caffeine content.  Caffeine is a diuretic, and pulls water away from fat cells to smooth skin.  It is also grainy, so will exfoliate like a scrub.  So take some used coffee grounds with you into the shower and rub on your butt, thighs or whoever that dimply skin is hiding.

 

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Beauty on the Fly – Today Show March 28, 2012

Mar

Senior Lifestyle Editor for Shape magazine, Bahar Takhtehchian, was on the Today Show on March 28 for a segment called “Beauty on the Fly”, with air travel friendly products and suggestions. Here are some of her suggestions for the best travel sized cosmetics and lotions to throw in your ziplock before takeoff, so travelling with that carry-on won’t have to mean leaving your have products behind.

Bahar started out with a reminder on some of the rules for getting through the security checkpoint by remembering “3-1-1”.
3 – All liquids, aerosols and gels need to be in containers of THREE oz. or less.
1 – They all need to fit into a ONE quart bag (clear, usually zip locked)
1 – Everyone gets to bring just ONE of these bags on board with them

So Bahar wanted to look at alternatives to bringing liquids to take care of your beauty routine.

Facial Cleansers

Many people want to bring their cleanser or toner with them.  Because, of course,  great skin is one of the best ways to get gorgeous! Since bottles can break and spill, think outside the box with towelettes.  She brought the “Yes!” line, recommending “Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes” for mature and aging  skin, “Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes” to soothe sensitive skin and “Yes to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes” with salicylic acid for people with problem skin.

She also had hypoallergenic Biore Makeup Removing Towelettes and Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes, Morning Refresh with citrus and cucumber. These have exfoliating beads, so you don’t need a separate face scrub.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes she called “a very potent makeup remover, going to get rid of waterproof mascaras and that eyeliner, but it’s gentle on your skin and eyes. If you wear contact lenses this is a product for you.”

Sunscreen

If you don’t want to  bring a big bottle or buy it once you get there, she suggested using one in stick form. One of her favourites is Clarins Sun Control Stick because it is 100% mineral based. So it is for target protection around eyes, lips and nose.

If you are sporty and going to be in the water, she recommended Sun Bum Face Stick as an alternative or the Shiseido line.

Makeup

Instead of bringing separate lipsticks, shadows, bronzers, etc.  Consider a compact palette.  One of Shape’s favourites is Cabana Glama from Benefit.  It has eye shadows, bronzers, and even a little bit of foundation!  It is an easy way to look great since usually the colours are all complementary.

Benefit Cosmetics Cabana Glama

She also showed off a Trish McEvoy Effortless Beauty Little Black Card palette, as well as Sephora Mini Shopping Bag Makeup Palette.  You can even pop these in your purse after your vacation for touchups on the go.  Instead of bringing a bottle of liquid foundation, try using one that comes in compact form.  Bahar’s favourite is from Neutrogena.  She says it gives flawless coverage, is nice and blend able but also has SPF55.

As an alternative to translucent powder, which can sometimes get cake and make you appear ashy, Bahar likes Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender.  I even like the cute pink packaging!  It will set your makeup, reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and control oil by mattifying the skin.

Perfume

Instead of loading a glass bottle of perfume, that could break or spill all over AND will count against your liquid allotment, why not try solid perfumes?  Pacifica and L’Occitane  all carry solid perfumes.  Bahar says: “What we like about these is they come in small tubes, they’re portable. If you go on a hike and need to freshen up, dab some on to your pulse points. You can also blend these together, wear them awhile and blend them together. if you have a favorite brand, a designer brand, definitely check out and see if they have solid alternatives, as well.  Sometimes you can get tiny roll ons as well (I love the tiny-ness of Juicy’s roll ons – Sarah).  As long as they are under 3 ounces, you can bring those along.

Men

Finally, men need grooming products too, so she suggested the John Allan’s Travel Pack.  It has shampoo, conditioner and even a bit of shaving cream.  All the bottles are just one ounce, so very travel friendly

 

 

This is from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Website:

Everything you should know about liquids, aerosols and gels

Before leaving for the airport, you can ensure security and speed up security screening by packing your liquids, aerosols and gels properly.

Remember: Liquids consist of items such as coffee, bottled water and shampoos. Aerosols include things like deodorant, hairspray and static remover. Gels are comprised of food items like jam, pudding and yogurt, and personal-care products like lipstick or hair styling gel.

Please note that if an item that is illegal in Canada, such as pepper spray, is presented at a pre-board screening checkpoint, protocol requires us to notify the police. This could lead to charges and prosecution to the item’s holder.

So before leaving for the airport, pack your liquids, aerosols and gels properly.

How to pack your liquids, aerosols and gels

Containers of liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry-on must be 100 ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less.

All containers must fit in 1 clear, closed, resealable plastic bag no more than 1 litre (1 quart) in capacity. The approximate dimensions of a one litre/quart bag are 15.24 cm by 22.86 cm (6 in. by 9 in.) or 20 cm by 17.5 cm (8 in. by 7 in.).

At the screening point, take your plastic bag out of your carry-on and place it in one of the provided trays.

Drink or discard any beverages in containers over 100 ml before pre-board security screening.

Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage.

EXCEPTIONS FOR LIQUIDS, AEROSOLS AND GELS

The following are allowed in your carry-on without a bag and in containers over 100 ml:

  • If traveling with an infant under two years of age (0-24 months), baby food, milk, formula, water and juice in small containers and reasonable amounts for your itinerary.
  • Prescription and essential non-prescription medicines.

You must declare all such items at security screening. These items must be removed from carry-on baggage and placed directly into a bin at the entrance of the checkpoint, as additional screening may be required.

FOOD

Solid food is permitted in both checked and carry-on baggage.

All liquid food in your carry-on (for example, yogurt, pudding or jam) must be in containers of 100 ml or less.

All containers must fit in the same clear, closed, resealable 1 litre plastic bag, as all other containers of liquids, aerosols or gels you are carrying.

Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage.

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Eucerin Dermatologist on Dr. Oz

Mar

On the March 1st episode of Dr. Oz – “Dr. Oz goes Head to Head with the Men who Hate Him” (funny title!) – Eucerin dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton was on to talk about dry skin.  (you can head over to EucerinUS.com to get US coupons).  Its winter and people (including me!) are starting to feel the effects of dry, heated air. Also, the older you get, the more issues you have with dry skin.

She said that dry skin goes beyond just comfort, that it can become a health issue.  If yours is so itchy that you start scratching, you can open your skin up to all sorts of bacteria, viruses and fungi (Ummm  Yuck?!).  So according to her the three biggest reasons you get dry itchy skin are:

1. Your Morning Routine

Most people take too hot and too long of a shower.   It just irritates your skin and removes its natural oils.  I know I am totally guilty of this.  Also,  many women are applying anti-aging products like retinols and retinoids that prevent wrinkles, but at the same time irritate and dry out skin.  Also,  some soaps may be no good.  It doesn’t protect oils, just removes dirt.  The fragrances and dyes some contain are no good either.

2. Genetic Reasons

Some people may be genetically predisposed to certain dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.  These can be causes of red patches and scaly skin.

3. Weather

Heating and air conditioned air suck moisture from skin.  It is usually less humid in winter as well.

Her suggestions for helping skin:

  1. Eat salmon.  It has fatty acids and oils in it to nourish skin.
  2. Eat bran.  It is rich in zinc which repairs skin cells.
  3. Use a humidifier.  It will put moisture back into the air. You can try one like the Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier.
  4. Use a timer to remind you to keep your showers short.  She suggested 5 minutes.  I say that is impossible!  But maybe you can do it.   She brought a timer from Eucerin.
  5. She also suggested trying Eucerin Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil and Eucerin Calming Creme Daily Moistuizer.  I use these myself, and they are great!

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Debunk Common Beauty Myths with Tess Mauricio on The Talk

Mar

Dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio, was on “The Talk” on February 29 to discuss common myths.  She said that misinform abounds, and it doesn’t hep that there are so many crazy claims out there; and that so many regimens and products are used incorrectly.  Well, I don’t necessarily agree with some of the things she said. These are her 5 biggest myths:

Myth 1

Acne is the Result of Dirty, Oily Skin

Often acne is caused by over-washing.  There are many factors that can cause acne, such as genetics and hormonal changes.  But she says dirty, oily skin is not one of them (say what?!  Sorry, while I don’t think that it is one of the main factors, I don’t think you’ll have nice skin if yours is oily or dirty, and not taken care of.  I think it is evidenced by so many teenage boys with oily skin, who probably don’t have the best hygiene habits having terrible acne….  but I do agree that there can be other causes for it.  I tend to get a lot of breakouts when I am under stress. – Sarah)  Over-washing skin, especially when you over scrub, can over dry the skin and cause irritation.  It can make your skin kick start your oil producing sebaceous glands, and make skin greasier (which causes ACNE,  see?! – S).  So don’t wash more than twice a day with the appropriate cleanser for your skin.  Using cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help decease bacteria on the skin and minimize blackheads and other blemishes.

Myth 2

Adults Shouldn’t Have Acne

Since hormones and stress can mimic puberty, adults can definitely get acne.  Make sure you wash off your makeup!

Myth 3

Cocoa Butter prevents Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are deep under the skin.  They are a disruption of skin’s elastic fibers when skin expands rapidly, such as during pregnancy, rapid weight gain/loss or during growth spurts.  Some may even have a genetic predisposition that makes them more susceptible to them.  Dr. Mauricio said that some people use a mixture of coconut oil mixed with the  lime juice (for vitamin C) as a natural moisturizer to help repair the connective tissues beneath skin’s surface that cause stretch marks. (Well, I kind of think THAT sounds a bit like a myth….  I have to say I also kind of disagree with this one, to an extent.  While I don’t think that cocoa butter will prevent stretch marks,  I think that it is important during certain times, like pregnancy, to keep skin moist and pliable, which cocoa butter does, to help reduce stretch marks.  If you have a dried out rubber band, it might crack when you stretch it. – S)

 Myth 4

Facial Scrubs Make Your Skin Glow

Facial scrubs may make your skin feel instantly smoother by removing dead skin cells.  But over-exfoliating can cause problems, especially for those who have  have eczema or sensitive skin.  Over-scrubbing may also cause some superficial blood vessels to appear, especially on patients with rosacea.  It may also worsen redness of the skin.  For those who are acne prone, over-exfoliation can elicit overproduction of oil and make acne worse. (see Myth 1)

Myth 5

Dryness Causes Fine Lines

Dryness causes flaking and peeling.  It may make lines look worse but it will not create the wrinkles.  A mask of milk, buttermilk and yogurt contains alpha hydroxy acids that may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in some people.  Try soaking a cotton cloth in cool, whole milk or buttermilk, and dab the liquid onto your face and neck in order to treat fine lines.

Myth 6

Toothpaste Dries Out Pimples

Toothpaste can actually be irritating to skin, and make acne worse.  It contains no ingredients that will dry out a pimple. What it could do is cause irritation, burns and even more breakouts.  Many toothpastes nowadays have bleaching and whitening properties that are even more irritating.  She says there are more effective spot treatments for acne, so save your toothpaste for your teeth.  She suggests to help dry out your acne without drying out your face, put a thin layer of milk of magnesia over your face as a mask, which can help oiliness and blemishes.

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Look Younger Tips from Around the World

Feb

On the Today Show, February 23, 2012, celeb nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella shared her favourite Looking Younger Tips from around the world. While these tips come from exotic locales such as India, Brazil and France; many of these aging fighters could be found right in your own kitchen!  So here is a list of things that, at least according to old wives’ tales, may help you defy age.

Tip 1: Coconut oil

Coconut oil is an awesome moisturizer, full of fatty acids.  But it can also be used as a deep cleanser for skin. as it contains natural antibacterial ingredients which can clear up acne. The women in Belize have long used it to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as soften dry skin. Coconut oil also acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting skin even further. Ingesting this amazing food improves circulation in the skin, restores elasticity and may even banish under-eye circles.

You can get unrefined, organic coconut oil from health food stores. Try Dr. Bronner’s Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil .

Tip 2: Noni juice

From Polynesia, the Polynesians use Noni Juice for its powerful anti-aging properties to help them feel younger and make skin glow. Because it is full of essential fatty acids, it can help plump the skin. Noni juice may also help lower inflammation throughout your body.

You can try Lakewood Pure Noni Juice in stores and online.

Tip 3: Ginger

Because of the anti-oxidant gingeral, it improves blood flow to the skin.  Its very popular throughout many Asian countries, and especially in India.  In India, many women often make a tea in the  morning by shredding a little ginger and mix it with a spoonful of honey in hot water.

Most grocery stores will carry whole ginger roots you can grate yourself.

Tip 4: Guanábana

The Guanábana, also known as Soursop,  is a fruit native to the Caribbean and South America. It used to support health and well being in many countries and is known for its nourishing benefits. Guanábana contains a healthful blend of nutrients that may help promote more beautiful skin; including vitamins B and C, which help boost immunity and nourish the skin.

Since the actual fruit may be hard to locate, if you’d like to give guanábana a try, you can buy Borba Slimming Chocolate Chews or Borba Smart and Sexy Omega 3 Bursts.  Cynthia says the chews “it tastes like a tootsie roll and it has fiber in it to curb your cravings.”

Tip 5: Black cumin seeds

Native to south and southwest Asia, black cumin seeds are known as a powerful antioxidant. They’re beneficial for strengthening hair and nails. They may treat skin conditions like  acne and eczema. Cynthia says she munches on these seeds all the time.  She says You can cook with them, buy the oil or buy them in capsuls. She had tablets from Intelligent Nutrients called Intellimune. She states that ” eating four of these little tablets is equal to eating ten pounds of berries for anti-oxidants”. The seeds themselves contain a rich variety of vitamins including A, B1, B2, B6, C and Niacin, as well as an assortment of minerals including calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, phosphorus and zinc.

Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Intellimune Tablets.

Tip 6: Grape-seed extract

French women are often known for their incredible, glowing skin.  Some attribute that to their consumption of wine.  French women regularly use grape-seed extract to keep their skin ageless and beautiful. Grape-seed extract contains the powerful antioxidant resveratrol.  One would need to eat a pound and a half of grapes to get the same the antioxidant benefits you would get from a supplement.  She suggested:

Murad’s Youth Builder Dietary Supplement contains grape-seed extract.

Cynthia also recommended drinking water to flush out the toxins and plump up the skin.  Always good advice!

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