Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beauty Sleep Tip # 3

sleeping tabby cat


It is very important to maintain a regular sleep schedule to get quality beauty sleep. Avoid restless nights by always going to sleep and getting up at about same time each day, yes, even on the weekends. This keeps your internal clock on schedule. If your clock is off, you could fall asleep on the job. That isn't good. Especially if you are an air traffic controller! Visit the Anti-aging page for previous sleep tips.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ABC News: Woman get Voice back through Massage

back massage

 Below is a link to wonderful video from abc news about a woman who lost her voice due to a cold and how it was restored within 15 minutes through a simple massage! 

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/voice-massage-mother-voice-back-functional-dysphonia-vocal-chord-13616978

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

These 7 Foods can make you Fat!

There are foods you would think are a healthier snack option, but prevention magazine says otherwise.

Here is the list of Prevention Magazine's 7 "Healthy Foods" That Might Be Making You Fat.

1.  Baked Potato Chips.  
Baked chips have less fat than regular potato chips, but they are high in calories and low in nutrients, and low in fiber.  A better snack is popcorn which has more fiber but 65% fewer calories. Adults who eat popcorn are getting much as two-and-a-half times more whole grains than people who don’t according to a recent study.

2.  Light Ice Cream.  
It can have just as many calories as regular ice cream. For example, an average full-fat ice cream has about 140 calories per serving.  Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche  light ice cream that has with 220 calories per serving.  You can also try dairy-free ice cream made with soy and coconut milk. 

3. Zero-Calorie, Spray-On Margarine.  
Companies are allowed to say zero calories on the label as long as it has less than five calories per serving.  Most likely you are using more that one serving per salad. That bottle that says zero can actually have up to 900 calories. Try  spray-on olive oil instead. It's a healthy monounsaturated fat.
 4.  Fat-Free Salad Dressing.  
It contains a lot of sugar to make it taste good.  A healthy fat helps you absorb the vitamins in your salad. Use regular, non-creamy oil-based salad dressings.

5. 100-Calorie Snack Packs.  
Those 100-calorie packs are okay as long as you only eat one but, a recent study showed that people may eat more because the servings  are in smaller packages.  Prevention.com suggests eating almonds instead.

6. Pretzels.  
Fat-free pretzels are made with refined white flour and they’re stripped of their vitamins and antioxidants.They are high in carbs. A 15-ounce bag of pretzels has the same number of carbs as 24 slices of white bread.  Look for a snack that contains whole grains such as whole grain crackers that are high in fiber and protein.

7. Vitamin Water.  
One bottle of Vitamin Water can have up to 200 calories. Drink regular water instead.

Have a Healthy Day!

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Leg Waxing

wax for hair removal
Want smooth sexy legs without shaving? Try waxing. Your legs feel super smooth for weeks and there are no dark hairs to show through the skin because the hair is removed by the root. 

The hardest part of waxing is when you first start. The hair must be 1/8"-1/4" long so the wax can adhere to it and pull it out. That's about 10-14 days of growth. Make your waxing appointment early (while the hair is growing) to get a convenient appointment time. Avoid sun exposure (that includes tanning beds) 2 days before waxing. Burnt skin cannot be waxed. Stop using any glycolic of alpha hydroxy skin care products on your legs 3 days before waxing. Do a light exfoliation using a body scrub the day before your waxing to remove dead cell build up. This will free up hairs trapped under the dead skin layer so that they can be removed with the wax.  

Okay! So now you are ready to be waxed.  Your wax technician will do a patch test to check for sensitivity if your have never been waxed before. Will it hurt? It feels like pulling a bandaid off. It's quick! The hairs become weaker, finer and more sparse with continuous waxing making them easier to pull out. The more you wax, the less it hurts. I actually have clients doze off during their leg waxings. Really. I'm not kidding.

Here is the process using soft wax: powder may or may not be applied to the area to be waxed (depending on the dryness of the skin), warm wax is applied to the skin in approximately 2"x 5" sections. A cloth strip is placed over the wax and is pressed on to the wax. Then, the strip is pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth. Your technician may then press on the skin to take away the sting. The process continues on the front and back of the legs taking about 45-60 minutes for a full leg wax and 20-30 minutes for a 1/2 leg wax (from the knee down or from the knee up). A soothing lotion is massaged onto your skin after the waxing is completed. Avoid sun exposure (including tanning beds) for 24 hours after waxing. Wear comfortable clothes, not tight jeans right after waxing. Avoid hot water right after waxing, warm water if fine. 
waxed legs

You can expect your legs to stay smooth for about 2 weeks. Then, you will have a few soft strays growing in. By 4-6 weeks, the hair is ready to be waxed again. To achieve maximum hair reduction benefits from waxing, stick to a continuous waxing schedule. Don't decide to go back to shaving for awhile and then wax again.  The hair will not respond in the same way as with constant waxing. It will not become softer, finer and more sparse. Stick to it. You will love the results!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Q&A: Toenail Injury

Q. I stubbed my toe really bad! It is bleeding and the nail is lifted up! Will the nail fall off?  If it falls off what to I do? Will it grow back?


A. Clean the injury with soap and water then, use peroxide. 
Apply the peroxide with cotton ball. 
Put on some antibiotic ointment and a bandaid. 

Take care of the toe each day in that fashion as it heals. The nail may fall off if a lot of the nail was pulled up from the nail bed. You will be able to investigate the situation better as the nail bed heals and the toe stops hurting. Avoid applying fresh nail polish and using polish remover until the nail bed is healed.  Keep the toenail cut as short as possible. As it grows, keep trimming.  

Change bandaids frequently. The bandaid will help hold the toenail on as long as possible. A new nail will be growing to replace the injured nail. That new nail will be under the lower edge of the injured nail that is pushing out and falling off. If the nail does come off, continue to keep the toe clean and protected with bandaids. Avoid tight shoes. 

Also, be aware that fungus likes to sneak into a toe injury and take up residence. Avoid any areas, such as public showers, where fungus may be present. You will be able to see the nail growing from the cuticle area.  The new nail will take 6 to 9 months to grow in fully. It may be a ridgy nail due to the injury, but it will grow back.

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