Hollywood tips to keep your eyes star-worthy

IMG_6515(BPT) – No matter the season, beautiful and healthy eyes are always in style. How can you make your eyes shine like your favorite stars?

Jennie Garth, mom of three and star of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘The Jennie Garth Project’ has joined the Science of Beautiful Eyes (http://theeyesolution.com) initiative sponsored by Alcon to help drive awareness around the importance of taking care of your eyes and making it an important part of your daily routine.

“As an actress, being in front of the camera adds a lot of pressure to keeping your look healthy and fresh,” Garth says. “Picking out the right eye makeup to highlight my eyes isn’t the only thing I think about in the morning. I also make sure that my eyes feel good and look healthy. From personal experience, I’ve come up with a few tips that may help others.”

To keep your eyes looking their best, Garth offers these tips:

1. “Waterproof mascara is great when you need a long lasting product, but when it comes time to washing your face – it could be the biggest battle of the day,” Garth says. “The eyeSOLUTION(TM) Program has great options to consider when cleansing your face, including SYSTANE(R) Lid Wipes. These gentle wipes quickly remove debris and eye makeup that may cause eye irritation.”

2. “You want to see your face when you put your makeup on so be sure to remember that your contact lenses go in before you apply anything to your face,” Garth notes. “And remember to always start with freshly washed and dry hands. This will help prevent bacteria from getting into the eye during the application process.”

3. “During allergy season, my eyes tend to get scratchy which makes me want to constantly rub them,” says Garth. “I use eye drops like Alcon’s ZADITOR(R) Eye Drops to relieve my itchy eyes before applying makeup. It is an easy way to help keep my mascara from running and my eyeliner from smearing!”

4. “Over the years, I’ve picked up tips from makeup artists I’ve worked with, and if I can share one thing it’s to check the expiration dates on your makeup to help prevent irritation and infection,” says Garth. “For instance, mascara and eyeliner should be used for no longer than three-to-six months and then discarded.”

5. “Living in Southern California, it can reach scorching temperatures during the day which can cause my eyes to become dry and irritated. SYSTANE(R) Lubricant Eye Drops provide lasting relief throughout the day,” says Garth.

Quick and simple at-home beauty treatments to try Saving money: At-home beauty treatments for your skin

 

relaxing-spa-therapy-11433850Saving money: At-home beauty treatments for your skin

(BPT) – Pampering yourself with skin and beauty treatments is important, but going to the salon or buying expensive products are not always the most convenient – or wallet-friendly – options.

In fact, 82 percent of women prefer to save than splurge, spending less than 50 dollars each month on their beauty and skincare regimen, according to a recent study from Poshly Insights on behalf of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda.

As an alternative, women can look to the following simple, do-it-yourself solutions to care for their skin. It might surprise you how many beauty treatments you can create from ingredients you already have in your home.

1. Facial scrub – For smooth, radiant skin, combine three parts baking soda with one part warm water. Using your fingers, rub the mixture gently on your face in a circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. Be careful to avoid your eye area. Rinse off with warm water and you’ll notice your skin feeling smooth and refreshed.

2. Bath soak – Help soothe skin irritations, bug bites or mild sunburn with a relaxing, long soak in the bathtub. Swirl one-half cup of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda into warm water to help soften and soothe the skin and clean away any oils and perspiration that accumulated during the day.

3. Manicure and pedicure – Before painting your nails, give your hands and feet a little TLC with exfoliating treatments. For manicures, use a brush to scrub the nails and cuticles in a gentle, circular motion with baking soda. Rinse clean with warm water and apply your favorite shade of nail polish. For pedicures, soak feet in a basin with a mixture of two tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda and warm water. After your soak apply a scrub of three parts baking soda and one part water. Rinse clean with warm water and follow with an application of a rich moisturizer and a warm towel foot wrap – your feet will feel smooth and clean. Finish the treatment by applying your favorite shade of polish to your toenails.

4. Hair care – Use baking soda to help remove residue that styling products leave behind for cleaner and more manageable hair. To achieve this, sprinkle a quarter-size amount of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Wash as usual and rinse thoroughly. Just be careful to avoid the eye area when rinsing.

Avoid costly visits to the salon and expensive beauty products with gentle and simple at-home treatments. For even more fun, invite your friends over for a spa-themed get together and try out the tips above. To find more savings and solutions for you and your home, visit www.armandhammer.com/solutions.aspx.

Wrinkle-busting skin care tips for boomer women

IMG_0272(BPT) – Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics – sunscreen and moisturizing – apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure their skin stays healthy and youthful-looking as long as possible.

“Fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration are only the most visible symptoms of aging skin,” says Anna De La Crus, a skincare expert for glo therapeutics. “Others are less obvious but every bit as damaging. Dehydration, loss of elasticity and slower cell regeneration also affect skin health, and how good you look at any age.”

If you’re a baby boomer, it’s important to update your skin care and makeup regimen to keep your skin healthy and looking its best. Here are four skin care secrets every boomer woman should know:

1.  It’s not the number of years, it’s how well you’ve cared for your skin during them.

Age causes certain changes in the skin; cell turnover and renewal slows down, skin cells become less adept at retaining moisture, and skin becomes more sensitive. Taking care of your skin throughout your life – moisturizing, exfoliating and using sunblock – can help skin stay healthier and more youthful longer.

“As we age, lifestyle habits start catching up to us, some of which have been decades in the making before we see the visible proof,” says De La Cruz. “While it can seem as if a wrinkle appears overnight, there is no fountain of youth or instant cure.”

It’s also never too late to start taking better care of your skin, and it is possible to enhance skin health at any age. For wrinkles and fine lines, look for products that contain firming ingredients that will help stimulate collagen production, antioxidants to help protect against free radical damage, and smoothing ingredients to encourage cell renewal.

2. Your clothing and hair style have changed in the past 20 years; your skin care products should, too.

The moisturizer you used in your 20s may not be a good fit for your skin’s needs when you’re in your 50s. Baby boomers should look for skin care and makeup products specifically designed to address common concerns of aging skin, such as wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation. The leading edge in addressing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is phytostem technology. Plant stem cells and firming active ingredients in the Cyto-luxe collection by glo therapeutics work to lift and tighten skin, as well as promote healthy cells and collagen production to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Two new formulas, Vitamin C , which contains 20 percent L-ascorbic acid, and Hydration , address the top two causes of aging: sun damage and moisture loss. To learn more about this luxury line of 10 products, visit www.gloprofessional.com.

For boomer women concerned about hyperpigmentation, daily sunscreen should provide protection of 30 SPF or higher, and include ingredients that brighten and lighten skin, such as retinol and glycolic acid.

3. Update your diet to include the nutrients skin needs to age more gracefully.

Good nutrition is important throughout life. Healthful nutrition is good for overall health, and it can help improve the skin’s appearance. Vitamins A, C and D are vital for skin health, and topical applications of A and C are also good for the skin. 

De La Cruz recommends boomer women stay on top of hydration by drinking lots of water. Incorporate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, too – especially those containing key vitamins.

4. Your look has matured and so should your makeup routine.

The wrong makeup application can actually amplify the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. As skin matures, a “less is more” approach is often more flattering.

“I advise women in their 50s and 60s to explore a clean, classic look,” says Janeena Billera, National Makeup Artist for glo minerals. “To achieve this, use natural foundations that illuminate and hydrate the skin. Choose neutral shades of matte to satin eye shadows, apply eyeliner tight to the lashline, maintain well-groomed eyebrows and add a natural flush to the cheek.”

Finally, Billera advises, growing older doesn’t mean you have to give up being trendy and fun. “Use current trends as an inspiration and simply tweak or tone down the look, always keeping placement and blending in mind.”

Can the power of positive thinking change your life?

Can the power of positive thinking change your life?(BPT) – A positive attitude is one of the most powerful assets you can have. Positive people find success, good health, happiness, wealth and rewarding relationships throughout their lives. This is not because they are already successful, or because they are more confident, it is simply the attitude. The law of attraction is that positive thoughts lead to positive results. Your thoughts are much more powerful than just electric signals between synapses. They have the ability to define you and affect those around you. However, it’s not easy to summon this way of thinking on command. It may take years of patience and practice to change your overall mentality.

Learn from the example of others. “Early leaders in the United States understood the true meaning of positive thinking,” says Stanley Murphy, department chair for the Graduate School of Business and Management at Argosy University, Nashville. “It is one aspect of the root of their success. Philip D. Armour, F.W. Woolworth, Thomas A. Edison, Marshall Field, Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill and a host of other movers and shakers who participated in shaping our country in the early 20th century all understood these two powerful words: positive thinking.”

It is true that the most successful people throughout history have all recognized the power of positive thinking. Even Gandhi was a strong advocate of positive thinking. He is reported to have said, “A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.”

So what are some proven methods to developing mastery in positive thinking? Well for starters, believe that you can become a positive thinker. “Invest and commit yourself to your own personal development,” suggests Murphy. “You must first believe in yourself. When you do, you will notice that others believe in you too. Examine how you are investing in yourself. Make note in your observation of yourself. See if your personal investments are constructive or destructive. If they are destructive, then try to eliminate them. If constructive, then perfect them.”

R. Brian Salinas, professor at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area recommends interacting with people who are on the same journey, whether they are ahead or behind.

“People project who they are and you will too. You’ll start to pick up their traits and ways of approaching things,” says Salinas. “Read books that talk about handling the lessons and challenges that come up in life and that mirror those you want to overcome in yours. In a few years, you’ll find that your story of triumph over adversity mirrors those you read about.”

Consider the physical aspects as well. Try to incorporate the practice of daily meditation (a minimum of 20 minutes a day) suggests Murphy. “Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Moderate exercise, balanced diet and adequate rest will keep you physically fit for your daily task.”

Also, try to be realistic. Everyone has down moments, and that’s alright. “Positive attitude is more than the sum of your feelings at any particular moment. If a loved one passes away or you are facing a challenge that feels overwhelming at the moment, it doesn’t mean that you’re not a positive person,” adds Salinas. “Positive people have every right to feel sad. It’s even healthy to express those feelings from time-to-time. Just remember that those moments don’t define us.”

Combat signs of aging with simple beauty-routine updates

Combat signs of aging with simple beauty-routine updates

(BPT) – You’re probably aware that consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and that sugar is linked to a range of health problems, including diabetes. But did you know that sugar also can make you look old? Or that dehydration can damage your skin? Some surprising factors affect your skin, but some simple changes to your beauty routine can help combat the impact aging has on your body and skin.

Defying your AGEs

Excess sugar in your body creates a substance known as “advanced glycation end-products” – AGEs – which can damage your skin. Glycation occurs when sugars bind with proteins, causing your skin to become stiff and less elastic. These effects can cause wrinkles, crow’s feet and age spots.

In addition to managing your sugar intake, adjusting your daily skin care routine can help combat the effects of AGEs. A popular product is TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel by Morinda. Using natural ingredients in a proprietary formula, the lightweight gel promotes healthy collagen and elastin growth, moisturizes skin and also disrupts AGE formation.

“Glycation is responsible for virtually every sign of aging and can have a devastating effect on the skin,” says Kira Davis, product line manager for Morinda. “Improving your skin’s appearance and boosting its protective layer can be as simple as adjusting your daily skin care routine to help fortify its natural defenses against AGEs.”

To learn more about TruAge, visit www.morinda.com.

Maximizing your moisture

Dehydration can cause skin to lose elasticity – so much so that doctors routinely use a simple skin-pinch test to quickly determine if a person is dehydrated. The condition can cause a host of health problems, some serious and some less concerning. Dry, itchy skin, for example, can be caused by dehydration.

It’s important to hydrate your body inside and out. Use a quality moisturizer daily. During summer months – or if you spend a lot of time outdoors year-round – choose a moisturizer that also blocks ultraviolet sunlight. Ideally, you should drink plenty of water. If that’s not possible – or you don’t care for the taste of water – choose non-caffeinated liquids such as skim milk or light fruit juices. You also can help hydrate your body by eating fruits and vegetables that have a naturally high water content, such as watermelon, cucumbers, celery and tomatoes.

Nurturing healthier skin with nutrition

Skin is influenced as much by what goes on inside your body as what it encounters on the outside. If you’re unhappy with how your skin looks, some simple dietary changes can help improve your appearance and benefit your overall health as well.

Free radicals are unstable molecules produced as a side-effect to the body’s use of oxygen. Antioxidants may stop or limit the amount of damage free radicals cause in your body, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The National Institutes of Health say that fruits and vegetables are good sources of antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C, E and A. Blueberries and strawberries are high in antioxidants, as are greens such as kale and spinach. Tomatoes contain lycopene and are a wonderful ingredient in a variety of dishes, so be sure to incorporate them in your diet.

Finally, look for foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, avocados and some types of nuts. One of the many benefits of omega-3s is that they nurture the outer layer of your skin so it can more effectively protect you.

You can’t turn back the clock, but making a few small changes in your beauty routine – such as incorporating AGE-fighting products and boosting hydration – can help combat the effects aging has on your body and skin.

Can Vitamins Really Help Me Grow Healthy Hair

Can Vitamins Really Help Me Grow Healthy Hair

Author: Eddie Yakubovich

An important factor most people overlook when they discuss a thinning or hair loss problem is nutrition. The modern diet for most of us is lacking at best. We should supplement our diets with vitamin and mineral supplementation. Even those of us who really watch what we eat, may not be getting enough of the key nutrient necessary for healthy hair growth. Getting proper nutrition is vital to healthy hair growth, while your body needs a variety of nutrients to maintain proper body functions, there are a handful that are key to hair growth and health.

First we need to caution you that when starting a new vitamin regime, consistency is very important. You also need to be patient, it normally takes from 2 to 3 months to see results in your hair’s condition. It’s also important to check with your doctor before starting a vitamin program, especially if you have health concerns.

Now that we have set a few parameters and made our cautionary statements, let look at some of the more important vitamins when it comes to hair health in no specific order. In an attempt to be as useful as possible we will list the vitamin, any good food sources, and a recommended daily dose for supplementation:

1. Vitamin A – Antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, carrots, apricots and peaches. Daily Dose: 5,000 IU.

2. Vitamin C – Antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health. Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables. Daily Dose: 60 mg.

3. Vitamin E – Antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation. Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables. Daily dose: Up to 400 IU. Warnings: Can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. People taking high blood pressure medication or anticoagulants should check with their doctors before taking Vitamin E supplements.

4. Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – Prevents graying and hair loss. Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer’s yeast, organ meats and egg yolks. Daily dose: 4-7 mg.

5. Vitamin B6 – Prevents hair loss, helps create melanin, which gives hair its color. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk. Daily dose: 1.6 mg. Vitamin B12 – Prevents hair loss. Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk. Daily dose

6. Biotin – Helps produce keratin, may prevent graying and hair loss. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk. Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.

7. Inositol – Keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Food sources: Whole grains, brewer’s yeast, liver and citrus fruits. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.

8. Niacin (Vitamin B3) – Promotes scalp circulation. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat. Daily dose: 15 mg.

9. Biotin – Helps produce keratin, may prevent graying and hair loss. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk. Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.

10. Inositol – Keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Food sources: Whole grains, brewer’s yeast, liver and citrus fruits. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.

I hope this give you at least a basic understanding of what vitamins can help with hair thinning and or hair loss problems. There are many other products available that can be helpful. There are several prescription drug regimes to try, so take the time to speak with your doctor. There are also many herbal and natural hair growth remedies available without a prescription, we believe strongly that you should also discuss these products with your doctor.

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Top Ranking of African American Hair Products

Top Ranking of African American Hair Care Products

Author:

Paula Clarke

Okay, so your hair is fried and you are tired of using drugstore hair care products and desperately want healthier hair. Well, you can have it, but you are going to have to buy a higher grade of hair care product. Some of the best products on the market for dry, damaged, or chemically treated hair are Ojon, John Frieda, Redken, Carol\’s Daugther, & Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ hair care products. When it comes to salon quality products, this is how the rankings break down by ethnicity.

Caucasian & European Hair Type: Redken, Paul Mitchell, Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ Max Moisture & Gro System
African American: Carol\’s Daugther, Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ Silky Smooth, Ojon
Black European and Asian Hair: Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™, RedKen, TIGI
Hispanic & Bi-Racial Hair: Ojon, Tigi, Paul Mitchell, Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ Silky Smooth (non-ethnic)

As you can see, your hair care product of choice depends on your hair type, which was determined while you were still in your mother\’s womb. I have supplied several of my stylists with each of the above brands for my hair boutiques in the United Kingdom, United States, Scandinavia, & Japan at one time or another. It would take to long to tackle each product, so I have dedicated this article to African American hair care. Here is the down low on the top three products for African American hair.

If you are not particular about a product being all-natural, and have a dry scalp that can absorb lots of beeswax, butters, and heavy oils, then try Carol\’s Daughter is the best choice, especially her Hair Milk, Mimosa Hair Honey, Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner, and Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo for Dry Hair. The major complaint of Carol\’s Daughter products is that they contain strong fragrances that can trigger your allergies if you have a sensitive nose, asthma, or fragrance headaches. Also, some of her products are heavy and greasy, but Carol\’s Daughter herself will tell you that her products are not meant for everyone! Again, they are also not all-natural, depending on the product. You can find these products at sephora or at the online website.

A slightly better alternative is to opt for Ojon. Ojon products are decent and will not leave your hair dry. They work great for people with straight, long, and fine hair and are nice on multiethnic hair. Ojon is available online.

Beauty 4 Ashes™, however, is usable by any hair type because, instead of trying to make on product that would be great for everyone, they produce two lines of GodHead™ products— for ethnic and non-ethnic hair. Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ ethnic hair care products are great for black men and women who have natural hair or tighter curl patterns. They also work well on chemically treated hair and thick hair that is starting to thin. Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ Silky Smooth system and Max Gro System are 100all natural and do not contain any sulfates or parabens. They are full of so many herbs and oils, yet is not too heavy. You can find their products at wwwdiscoverb4acom

If you have African American hair, remember that your hair needs moisture. Do not let anyone tell you different. By switching to higher quality products, your hair won\’t be greasy, it actually will be moisturized. Here are some good rules of thumb to stick with when making your next purchase:

1. All-natural products are superior

2.Look at ingredients, if the product contains parabens, which can lead to cancer, Just Say No.

3. Price does not make the poduct. Always look for quality ingredients like Shea, Jojoba, Oil, Sunflower, Castor, etc…

4. Do not over process your hair with excess heat, straightening combs, and super hot blow dryers.

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For over 20 years, I have worked as a natural herbalist and consumer educator on natural products. I have also done extensive research in the biologically active ingredients in natural products. I am dedicated to providing consumers with information they can use to make more intelligent purchases.