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TIP #26: Defy That Gravity!!

I remember long ago reading that as we got older, gravity pulls our skin down resulting in loss of skin tone and firmness.  It’s not just wrinkles that make us look older, but the sagging that happens as we age!

 

As I approached 50, I started observing what the article was referring to.  My skin around my mouth and cheek and jowls/neck were really starting to sag!  I knew I must do something to DEFY that GRAVITY!

 

Well, that observation was around the same time when I was starting to work less as a CPA, and I really didn’t want to spend money on expensive spa treatments to try and reverse the sagging (those treatments would be temporary, anyway).  So, I researched AT-HOME beauty treatments that I could experiment with to help with this problem.

 

After trying many at-home beauty devices, I am so happy to share with you a real answer to this problem!  The two treatments that I found to be most effective in firming my skin are called Galvanic and Ultrasonic therapies!  

 

These two treatments work in different ways to firm the skin: 

  1. Galvanic has two different Ions associated with it.  The Positive (+) modality works to draw impurities out of the skin and can be used for deep cleansing of the pores.  The Negative (-) modality pushes serums way down into the dermis where new Collagen and Elastin can be formed!   More COLLAGEN and ELASTIN is what we all want!  Collagen and Elastic production FIRMs the Skin!

  2. Ultrasonic Facial therapy works to send millions of sound waves deep down to the dermis, which stimulates the fibers resulting in additional Collagen and Elastin.  The ultrasonic vibrations create significant tightening and firming of the skin.  The enhanced collagen production also diminishes wrinkles and improves skin’s circulation and tone.

 

The wonderful At-Home device that I found does BOTH of these therapies at the same time!  I use it five times per week for 5-10 minutes, and it is called the 5 in 1 Ultra Skin Rejuvenator.  Please remember to use the Matrixyl 3000 Peptide Serum and/or Snail Gel Serum on your skin as you glide the machine and always keep the skin moist with the device.  Add a little water if you need additional moisture to glide smoothly.



The device also has LED light therapies and Micro-Vibration that can be used to further enhance the skin!

 

In the end, results are what matters, but I can tell you that after using these treatments regularly, I have seen drastic results in my skin!  I truly re-sculpted my jawline, firmed my neck and lifted my mouth area!   I love being able to look in the mirror and really feel that I have reversed time :)  

Have you ever wondered what COLLAGEN is and why there is so much talk about it in skincare? 

Well, without getting too technical, collagen is a protein which is formed by amino acids.  As I have mentioned before, more collagen is what we ALL want as we age.  Collagen provides the support for the skin and keeps the wrinkles away and keeps the skin firm! 

We had plenty of collagen when we were young, but as we get older, collagen formation definitely slows down.  And, when collagen slows down, wrinkles occur, skin sagginess happens and our skin tone loses its brightness! 

That’s where the importance of PEPTIDES comes in!  Peptides are pre-cursers to the proteins of collagen and play an important part in the foundation of collagen formation. 

There are many types of peptides, but two that I really love for my skin are called Matrixyl 3000 (which is actually two peptides called palmitoyl tetrapeptide and palmitoyl oligopeptide) and Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide).  A wonderful serum that I use has BOTH of these peptides and Vitamin C (which is an excellent antioxident for the skin).  It is made by Asterwood Naturals

Matrixyl 3000 is known to help the skin form new collagen by tricking the skin into thinking that there is a breakdown of collagen, which in turn creates new collagen synthesis. 

Argireline is sometimes referred to as "nature’s botox".  It works by relaxing facial muscles, which in turn relaxes the skin and wrinkles. 

I LOVE this serum, and I use it morning and night.  A really effective trick I found is to MIX the peptide serum in my hand with a few drops of the EMU oil (See Tip # 18).  Since the Emu Oil acts as a trans-dermal carrier, it helps to take the peptide serum down to the dermal layer where collagen is formed.  This mixture makes it SUPER effective in fighting wrinkles and firming the skin!

As we age, we all want that young looking skin that we had when we were young!  Just as younger people tend to move quicker than older people, younger skin regenerates more quickly than older skin.

But, we also want that youthful regeneration!  One great way to achieve faster regeneration is through EXFOLIATION.  

A gentle exfoliation should be done approximately 2 times per week to remove the top layers of the Epidermis.  The top two layers of the epidermis are made up of dead skin cells, and exfoliating them regularly brings new fresh cells to the top of the skin surface.

Regular exfoliation has a number of benefits for maintaining beautiful and youthful skin: 

  1. It removes the upper dead layers of the skin which can make skin look dry and dull.

  2. It helps to keep pores cleansed and unblocked to prevent breakouts and blackheads.

  3. Exfoliation encourages skin cells to regenerate more quickly by bringing fresh circulation to your skin and encouraging faster cell turnover.

  4. It helps skin serums to penetrate more deeply down to the dermis where new collagen can be formed.  The increased collagen then prevents wrinkles and firms the skin.

  5. Exfoliation helps skin spots fade more quickly by removing the top layers of the skin.

But, it is equally important to use gentle NON-CHEMICAL and NON-TOXIC scrubs when exfoliating.  One of my favorites is Beauty By Earth’s Facial Scrub.


Now, let’s get back some of that baby skin today with regular exfoliation :)  Here are some other face and body scrubs that are rated very SAFE by EWG:

 

 

Ladies (and Men, of course)! Are you tired of beauty products and treatments that promise results and leave you disappointed? Or how about those expensive spa treatments that may help temporarily, but cost a fortune?

Well, today I'm sharing one of my FAVORITE anti-aging home devices that is absolutely fabulous and it works!! It's​ called Red Light Therapy, and I use it nearly everyday for about 15 minutes per day.

Red Light Therapy was discovered by NASA Astronauts many years ago to help them grow plants in space. They also found that it helped them with pain relief and to heal injuries while in space.

Today, many dermatology offices and spas use red light to help their acne patients or patients looking for wrinkle reduction. In fact, my son's dermatologist did a few treatments on him for his teenage acne a few years ago. The problem with the professional treatments are the cost and time commitment of going to their offices frequently.

Well, now you don't have to look further than your own "At Home" Red Light device!

Red light therapy does SO many things! It penetrates down to the dermis to stimulate collagen, which in turn reduces wrinkles and firms the skin. The healing lights reduce redness and blemishes. Continued use is cumulative and refines skin tone issues. It even helps with soft tissue injuries. I am currently using it on my shoulder for a ligament injury.

Red Light Therapy is THAT amazing!!!

Some last tips about its use are as follows:

1. Use on a clean face and neck so that the lights can penetrate thoroughly.

2. Wear small goggles or keep eyes closed during treatment.

3. Let red light rest lightly on your skin or as close as possible for best results. Any slight pink/reddish skin after the treatment will go away quickly. This is only due to the enhanced circulation.

4. Use an effective serum immediately afterwards since the red light will help the serum penetrate even further into the dermis. These are the two I use.....

5. Try to use at least 5 days per week for ten minutes on each area until results are achieved. Then, 2-3 times per week to keep wrinkles away!

6. Lie down and relax and meditate or listen to some nice music while doing the treatment and ENJOY!

My sister and I have been using our at home unit for over a year and have seen a great improvement in our skin! My hubby even uses it! He says the treatment is extremely relaxing, too :)

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TIP #9: You Are What You Eat

I always knew through common sense that much of my health future would be due to what I ate each day.  But, through the years there have been all kinds of diets introduced through the media touting health benefits and weight management, which made it hard to tell which ones were really good for me.  

When I turned 50, someone forwarded me a video of a Doctor who had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and she found that she was able to reverse most of the symptoms of her MS by following what is known as the "Paleo Diet".  

Although the video intrigued me, the real turning point came when less than a week later, my personal physician (a holistic, alternative practitioner) told me that he and his wife had started a diet that he really believed was great for health.  He called it the "Hunter-Gatherer" diet.  As he described it to me, I realized he was referring to the "Paleo Diet".

Here is a definition which I found which describes the Paleo Diet:

"a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed food."

In its most basic form, it is a diet that consumes foods that our ancestors (caveman) would have eaten.  WHOLE, UNPROCESSED FOOD!

From that point on, my husband and I decided to try the Paleo Diet, and we LOVE it!  There are many delicious recipes out there in books and on the internet. Here are some great paleo recipes.

I can honestly say that this diet is one that has measurably changed our health.  One example, my husband always struggled to get good blood work numbers each year for his physicals.  After starting the Paleo Diet, ALL his lab numbers improved.  My lab numbers were always pretty good, but now they are even better!

Another major benefit we noticed was the ease of maintaining our weights on this diet (which is actually a lifestyle, not a fad diet).  Also, the Paleo diet fights inflammation in the body, which is a major cause of so many illnesses today.  I noticed that my joints and back hurt much less when I started eating the Paleo foods.

 

 

 

 If you are like me, you probably have a hard time eating the recommended 5-9 veggies/fruits per day!  Even though I do believe everyone needs to supplement certain vitamins, I know it is always better to get my vitamins from whole foods instead of a pill!

When my kids were growing up, we were always struggling to get them to eat the many veggies per day that we knew they needed.  That is why we starting making the "daily green drink" for all of us.  

We found that it is so much easier to get a couple of our daily veggies and fruits consumed by drinking them in a delicious smoothie-type drink!  Here is an example of how we do it:

In a blender, mix the following and drink a large glass once or twice daily:

 

1 cup cold water

1/2 cup "no sugar" added juice (grape or pomegranate or orange)

2-3 cups of organic spinich and kale or greens blend  (Keep these in the freezer so they will make drink cold each time)

1/2 cup organic baby carrots

1/2 cup organic baby tomatoes

1 pear or 1 cup berries for flavor or 1 banana

2 Tablespoons Organic Virgin Coconut Oil-Try Nature's Way Organic

1 Scoop Greens Powder-Try Organic Greens

 

Blend well until desired consistency.

My kids actually would ASK for the green drink!  They loved it, and I felt good that at least a couple of veggies were being consumed by them daily!

Another alternative is to buy a "juicer" and make the drink.  We found that a blender worked just fine, although the drink is a little thicker with the blender!  

You can also try and add different fruits and veggies to find your favorite type.  Just make sure to add lots of greens!  Try and drink one each morning for increased immunity and energy through the day!

I think I will go and make one right now :)

 

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TIP#18: I Love Those Big Birds!

One of the things I dislike most about winter is the cold dry air. When the humidity drops, I tend to notice a definite dryness to my skin that is due to the winter air.  That is why I am so excited to share a new discovery that I am using this winter (and actually I am using Emu Oil Year-Round now) that really combats my dryness!

It is called EMU OIL and as the name implies, it comes from the EMU bird, which is closely related to the ostrich.  I came across this wonderful oil during my research.

I started using the oil on top of my night creams and serums before bedtime, and I really noticed a soft moisturized complexion in the morning. I love that it is very inexpensive, and I decided to research a little more about why the EMU oil is so fantastic for the skin and this what I learned:

1.  Emu Oil has been used for thousands of years by the Aborigines people of Australia to combat skin issues of the dry desert climate.

2. Emu Oil has high levels of Essential Fatty Acids, such as Linoleic Acid, which are very healing to the skin.  It is anti-inflammatory and aids with a wide variety of skin disorders, such as Eczema.

3.  It fights aging and wrinkles in three ways.  First, it is extremely moisturizing and keeps the skin supple when applied. Secondly, it fights aging because it has trans-dermal qualities. This means that it is able to penetrate to the deep layer of the dermis where collagen and elastin are found.  Even more exciting is the fact that if it is put on top of creams and serums, it helps to push those ingredients down to the dermis where real changes can happen in the skin.  Finally, it has been proven to help thicken the skin when used regularly (aging skin is thin skin)!

4.  It can be used in the hair as a softening and smoothing agent.

5.  It is great for rubbing into sore muscles and arthritic joints to relieve pain.

6.  It helps with acne, scars, stretch marks, burns and scrapes!

I am in love with Emu Oil, and love the fact that it is considered VERY safe to use by the Skin Deep website!  After using the Emu Oil for over a year now, I have really noticed great things happen to my skin, such as less fine lines and better texture! 

 

 

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TIP #16: Drink it by the Liter!

This week my daughter told me that she had already lost over 24 pounds since giving birth to my grand-baby last week.  She said she was drinking a ton of water and that was really helping her!

Something as simple as "drinking water" doesn't phase most of us.  We are all fortunate enough to have plenty of drinking water and it is easy to take for granted.  But, the gift of WATER benefits so much of our lives!

I was just recently watching a You-Tube video on skin care and the topic was Drinking Water.  The model said that she attributes much of her flawless skin to drinking over a Liter of water right when she gets up in the morning! Then, she continues to drink lots throughout the day.

I always try to drink water throughout the day, but now I am really trying to monitor the amount, especially in the morning.

Approximately 2/3 of the human body is water and 90% of the brain is comprised of water.  The skin is largely supported by water and this is why being dehydrated will age a person by creating dry, wrinkled skin.  I have noticed increased moisture in my skin since increasing my water intake.  This is especially important to me now during the winter when I tend to dry out more with the low humidity(water) in the air.

The success of weight loss or management also largely depends on water intake.  Water helps a person feel full so that they don't eat as much.  It also revs up the metabolism which is critical for weight management!

A tip for drinking more water is to set a timer for a glass every hour, or keep a glass near you to remind you to drink up!

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TIP #10: Got to Love those Grapes

Recently, when my husband and I were coming home from running errands, we noticed a new nursing/Alzheimer's care facility being built nearby.  I commented to my husband that this was the fourth one I had seen in recent months being built within five miles of us.  

 My husband and I realized that the reason so many of these facilities are being built is due to the fact that they are expecting HUGE numbers of people in America to need this type of assistance in the future.  Aside from the staggering cost of these homes is the staggering statistic that more than 13.8 million Americans will be affected by Alzheimer's Disease by 2050 according to the Alzheimer's Organization.  That is nearly TRIPLE the patients that have the disease right now in 2015!

If you are like us, the thought of living our later years in a nursing home or worse, contracting Alzheimer's disease, scares us thoroughly! That is why we find doing all of the things that the experts suggest to prevent the disease is so important. Among some of the tips are the following: 

1.  Eat a healthy diet filled with antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits, like the Paleo Diet!

2.  Keep your blood sugar at a healthy level, preventing diabetes.

3.  Exercise regularly.

4.  Keep your mind active.

5.  Enjoy an active social life.

Along with these items, I was really excited to learn about a recent study of an antioxidant supplement that my husband and I take daily.  It is called RESVERATROL, and it is found in foods such as red grapes, red wine, cocoa in dark chocolate, and blueberries.  

Here is what the CNN article said about the study on Resveratrol supplementation on Alzheimer's patients:

"The study is encouraging enough that we should certainly go ahead and do a [larger] clinical trial because we showed that it is safe and does have significant effects on Alzheimer's biomarkers," said Dr. R. Scott Turner, professor of neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center and lead investigator of the study..." 

Aside from the promising studies on Alzheimer's Disease, Resveratrol has been shown to help cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, lower inflammation and it is often referred to as the "fountain of youth" (we all can appreciate that)!

My father has been taking a Resveratrol supplement for many years and is still leading an active life of acting and travel.  My mother loves red wine and is also still leading an active life of exercise and travel!  All of these reasons are good enough for my husband and I to love taking this wonderful supplement and eating foods rich in Resveratrol. 

The one that we have been taking is found can be found here

Finally, please note that it is important to take a Resveratrol Supplement that is made from Muscadine grape skins and seeds, as they carry a high amount of Resveratrol.

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TIP #7. That Awesome Vitamin-C

Fifteen years ago something very scary was happening to me. Every three to four months I would develop a 104 degree fever and be diagnosed with a severe case of Strep Throat. My body would be in complete pain and my throat was on fire! For at least five years I had this happen to me over 15 times!

Each time it happened, the only thing I could do was head to an emergency clinic for antibiotics (each time they had to put me on stronger antibiotics just to get the fever down). The last time it happened in 2002, I asked the doctor if there was anything that I could do to prevent this from happening so often. He looked at my chart and said "No, not really. You will just have to get antibiotics each time it reoccurs. There is nothing we can do."

I left the doctor that day with my prescription, burning up with fever, and I decided to fight back. I drove straight to a health food store where my youngest sister worked and asked her if she knew of anything I could take to boost my immunity. (Keep in mind, at this time I did not take any supplements and knew nothing about all-natural holistic ideas.)  She told me she would recommend me starting with something very simple and basic. She sold me daily packets of Emergenc-C, which contains 1000mg of vitamin C.

AMAZINGLY, after I started taking the vitamin C that day, I NEVER developed Strep Throat again! It has been over fifteen years since the last bout. Additionally, I rarely develop colds. If I do catch one, it is very short-lived and mild. When I realized how wonderful Vitamin C was for my immunity, I immediately started my whole family on daily doses. My kids rarely contracted any colds or viruses from that point on.

Additionally, I learned that vitamin C fights cancer, heart disease, and builds collagen for the skin. The body does NOT store vitamin C, so it must be supplemented daily. Many foods contain this vitamin, but I found that taking a supplement with at least 1000/mg a day works best in boosting my immunity.

 

 

 

 

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