Thursday, February 28, 2013

Q&A: Swollen Eye Lids

Q. My eyelids are swollen right at my lash line. What could be causing it?

A. It could be allergies or it could be your eye liner. A waxy pencil eye liner or a liquid eye liner can be too much for the delicate eyelid. Try using a dark colored powder eye shadow as liner instead of pencil or liquid liner. Use the shadow for about a week. You will see improvement if your liner was causing the problem. Also, be sure to thoroughly remove your eye makeup before bed. Avoid using any heavy cream around your eyes. They tend to cause puffiness around the eyes. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sonia Kashuk Blush

Get ready to add some spring pink to your cheeks and lips. Bright pink can look bold and intimidating but actually, it is quite wearable for people with blue undertones in their skin. Try Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Flushed.
Add a soft pink lip with Sonia Kashuk Satin Lip Color SPF 16 in Blushing. Get both at Target for about $20!

http://www.target.com/c/sonia-kashuk-brand-shop/-/N-5q0g7

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Q&A: Help Dull Skin

Q. Spring is 22 days away and my skin is dull and drab looking. What can I do to spruce it up in a hurry?

A. Time to exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cell build up and get the blood flowing to the surface of the skin. Use a moisturizing scrub in the shower, such as Burt's Bees Honey and Shea Sugar Scrub. Apply a moisturizer that contains a bit of self tanner, such as Jergen's Natural Glow, to give you a little color. Eat lots of veggies high in beta carotene, such as sweet potatoes and carrots. They will help to give you a glow! Finally, get outside for a brisk walk. The exercise will stimulate circulation and make you sweat hydrating the surface of the skin.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Color of the Year 2013: Emerald

There are 23 days till Spring!!!! Time to work on your spring wardrobe and green is the color to wear! The Pantone Color of the Year for 2013 is Emerald. Not just emerald green is in. There are plenty of shades of green to choose from this spring especially minty green shades. Crisp black and white looks are also in if you are not feeling the green. Another trend for spring that you may not like is 90's fashion. Yes, the 90's are back! Acid washed denim, printed leggings, crop tops and bold print tops. Good luck with that!  You will also be seeing the 60's influence that we have been seeing. Bermuda shorts are hot as well as strips. A trend I really like is polka dots. They are always fun and happy and are great to add as an accent. A polka dot scarf work well. We have lots of options this spring. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Cold and Longer Life

I hate the cold, but as it turns out, it may help us live longer! A study at the University of Michigan suggests that lowering out body temperature reduces the rate of chemical reactions slowing the aging process. The study found that cold air activates a receptor (the TRPA1 channel) found in nerve and fat cells causing a chain of signaling which ultimately stimulates a gene (DAF-16/FOXO) associated with longevity. And eat your sushi! The wasabi that goes with it also stimulates the TRPA1. So I guess, if you want to live longer, sit outside on a cold winter day and eat sushi with lots of wasabi!

Here is the link to read more  http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/21202-stay-cool-and-live-longer

Monday, February 18, 2013

Q&A: Pale Nail Beds

Q. My nail beds have a pale look to them. What could be causing it?

A. You could have an iron deficiency. Start by adding more high iron foods to your diet. Some of the usual and some unexpected high iron foods include dried apricots, egg yolks, roasted pumpkin, squash, sesame and sunflower seeds, artichokes, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, beans, lentils, chick peas, soybeans, fortified cereals, dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach and collard greens. You want to eat a high vitamin C food (such as oranges, strawberries and peppers) with your high iron foods to help your body absorb the iron. Your doctor can do a blood test to find out if the problem is an iron deficiency or if the cause is some other problem.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Real Self Website


Thinking of getting a little something done? Check out realself.com for reviews on plastic surgery procedures, laser treatments, tooth whitening, etc. Members share if their elective services were worth it, how much their procedure was, post reviews and comments. It gives you some great information to help you make your decision.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

No Metal Nail Files!

Avoid rough ridgy metal nail files. They cause the nails to fray and peel. Use a file with a soft grit instead.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Q&A: Vitamins: Pill vs Food

Q. Is it better to get your vitamins by taking a vitamin or by eating food? 

A. You would think that if you take a vitamin you are guaranteed that you are getting everything you need. Some people think they can skip their fruits and veggies because they took their vitamin in the morning. Foods offer so much more than vitamin pills! Studies show that the phytochemicals in fruits and veggies have anti aging properties, prevent and treat various health conditions and diseases. Phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants. There are thousands of them. Antioxidants: flavonoids, flavones, isoflavones, catechins, anthocyanidins, isothiocyanates, carotenoids, allyl sulfides and polyphenols. Some anti oxidants are available in pill form but according to The American Cancer Society,  evidence suggests that the pills are not as beneficial as the the foods they are derived from. Be sure to eat 5 or more serving of a variety of fruits and veggies each day,

Thursday, February 7, 2013

YonKa Gommage

My favorite light skin peel is YonKa Gommage.
It is the YonKa's philosophy that grainy products cause microscopic scratches in the skin. Their gommage has no grains yet gives your skin an excellent gentle exfoliation. It comes in two formulas. Gommage 303 is for normal/oily skin. Gommage 305 is for dry/sensitive skin.  Cleanse your face. Apply a thin layer of the gel product to your skin. Let it become tacky. Then massage it off. Rinse, apply toner followed by moisturizer.  Find it in salons and spas including Styling Point in Media, Pa. Visit http://www.yonka.com/

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Beauty Sleep Tip #12

A long hot soak in the tub is great before bed, right? Not so much! It may relax the muscles but it can over heat the body making it difficult to fall asleep. A nice warm shower is a better idea to warm the skin but not raise your body temperature.


Click on the Anti-aging Tips & Beauty Sleep tab and see more beauty sleep tips.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tired Eyes

Are your eyes are looking a little tired lately? Try navy blue or green eyeliner. The blue in the liner makes the whites of your eyes look whiter giving you a brighter look! Avoid a hard line by keeping the liner thin and smudging it a bit.