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  • How to Combat Sun Damage With a Protective Hat

    facial exercisesSummer can be brutal on your skin, even when you do facial exercises every day. Too much UV exposure wreaks havoc in the form of sunburns, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. This is why wearing my Protective Sunblock SPF 30 is absolutely mandatory, all year long. It should be applied 20 minutes before going outside and re-applied throughout the day.

    You don’t have to stop at sunscreen. You can take protection to the next level by wearing a hat to block out the sun. It adds another level of protection to your face, neck, ears and scalp. This is especially important since these vulnerable areas are where we are most prone to develop skin cancer.

    Wearing a hat will shield these delicate areas and help prevent sun damage. Sunscreen is still necessary because dangerous UV rays can bounce off the ground and hit your face, but a hat will help fend these off as well.

    Here are three things to look for when buying a sun hat.

    1. Go Full Brim

    You’ll need a brim with a circumference of at least three inches. This is the only way you’ll really be able to shield the at-risk skin on your face and neck. Unfortunately, a baseball cap or visor won’t cut it because it won’t cover your neck and ears. A full brimmed hat may feel strange at first, but it won’t take long to get used to it. You’ll be a hat lady in no time.

    2. Choose Protective Material

    If possible, opt for a hat made from SPF or UV-tested material. Don’t opt for mesh or the kind of straw that has holes in it. Choose the most impenetrable material you can find so that it blocks out all UV rays.

    3. Be Secure

    We’re not talking about confidence here—we just mean to find a hat that stay secure on your head. Find one that fits your head well so that you’re not constantly adjusting it and it doesn’t fly off your head in the middle of an activity. If you do plan on being active or exercising outdoors, you may want to consider a hat with a chin strap.

    When you find a hat you like, buy a few of them so you can keep one in the car and always have one on hand. Visit this link to learn more about the anti-aging benefits of facial exercises.

  • The Power of Dry Brushing

    cellulite reductionWhether your goal is detox, body sculpting or boosting your mood, dry brushing will help you reach it. It’s one of the best ways to look and feel better every day. It’s easy to do, only takes a few minutes per day and can be done in the privacy of your home. All you need is a Sisal Louffa Mitt and a Sisal Louffa strap and you are all set.

    Energy

    Dry brushing has a very energizing effect. Think of how good your cat feels after your brush him or her. They have more energy and act happier and more kitten-like. It’s the same for us—dry brushing has a meditative effect that ultimately improves your mood. After a few days of daily brushing, it feels like a massage.

    Exfoliation

    Dry brushing sweeps away those dead skin cells all over our body. The result is a more even skin tone and softer, smoother skin. Your skin glows and its texture improves after just a few days of regular practice. The shedding of dead skin also helps facilitate cellular renewal. An added bonus is that exfoliation allows your skin care products to absorb better.

    Fat and Cellulite Reduction

    Dry brushing helps break down and release the toxins trapped in connective tissue that lead to the formation of fat and cellulite. The smooth skin dry brushing promotes also helps diminish the appearance of cellulite.

    Muscle Toning

    Dry brushing stimulates the nerve endings that causes the individual muscle fibers to activate. This helps tone muscles and mobilize fat.

    Detoxification

    Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which is responsible for eliminating the toxins from our cells. This process is critical for keeping our immune system working properly. The removal of these toxins can reduce the length of infection and stave off illness.

    The Sisal Louffa Mitt and a Sisal Louffa strap we sell are the best available in the marketplace. They are made in Germany and very durable and long-lasting. Click here to browse our collection of dry brushing tools.

  • 5 Tips for a Healthy Fourth of July

    facial exercisesIf you’re celebrating the Fourth of July tomorrow, you may be headed to an outdoor barbecue or party. Temptation may be on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean you should skip out on the fun. If you make good choices you can enjoy the day without doing damage to your skin and body. You can keep on track with your facial exercises, workouts and body sculpting regimens and still enjoy some summer fun.

    Here are some simple strategies for navigating events for the Fourth of July and beyond.

    1. Don’t Arrive Hungry

    Don’t go anywhere on an empty stomach. If you do, you’re bound to overeat. One of the best ways to prevent this is to have a healthy snack half an hour before you head to your event. Choose a protein or fiber-rich snack to fill you up and stave off cravings. Don’t skip meals the day of either. Many people try to “save up” calories so they can binge on hot dogs, chips and other fattening barbecue fare. Avoid this behavior! It’s the direct route to a binge.

    2. Go Light

    It’s hot outside so why fill up on heavy food? Choose light foods that can be thrown on the grill, such as chicken, salmon or a lean turkey burger. Take it easy on the condiments which are often a source of empty, hidden calories. Eat a salad and snack on the veggie plate. If you opt for a burger, go protein-style. Allow yourself a treat, of course, but don’t go overboard.

    3. Join the Activity

    If people at the party are playing an outdoor game like football, frisbee, bocce ball or volleyball, join in! It’s an excellent way to rev your metabolism and burn calories, while taking your mind off the buffet. You’ll also bond with friends and loved ones by engaging in a little healthy competition.

    4. Hydrate Like it’s Your Job

    Wherever you are, we bet it’s going to be hot! Drink extra water to keep your skin and body hydrated. Water also helps fill you up, so have a glass before eating. If you plan to drink alcohol, be sure to have an extra glass in between each libation. Be moderate—alcohol can wreak serious havoc on your skin.

    5. Block Out the Sun

    Wear lots of sunblock, especially if you’re going to be outside for extended period. Bring a bottle with you and re-apply throughout the day. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to provide extra protection for your face and scalp. If you can, wear SPF clothing to provide an additional barrier against those dangerous UV rays.

    Click through for anti-aging tips and information about facial exercises.

  • 5 Ways to Sculpt Your Summer Body

    body sculptingSummer is in full swing, which means there’s no better time to focus on body sculpting. While there are no overnight fixes, you can make a difference in a matter of weeks. If you follow some or all of the tips below on a consistent basis, you can build lean muscle, burn fat and appear sleeker and more toned. Your confidence will soar and you’ll feel summer ready. What are you waiting for?

    1. Lean Out

    Lean protein is key to sculpting your body and losing inches. It helps you build lean muscle mass, which makes you appear more toned and increases the number of calories burned every day. Load up on lean protein sources such as eggs, quinoa, chicken, turkey, beans, lentils, peas, salmon, tuna, mackerel and shrimp.

    2. Build Muscle

    Strength and resistance training are the best ways to build muscle. Many women are afraid to use weights and resistance because they think they will “bulk up.” Your goal is simply to use resistance and weights to tone and build lean muscle; doing some body weight and dumbbell exercises will not make you get too big. Try moves like lunges, squats, dead lifts, bench press and dumbbell curls and rows. For abs, try planks and hanging leg raises.

    3. Burn Fat

    Two of my favorite ways to burn fat are to drink green tea and do cardio. Green tea contains EGCG, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to help burn fat. It also helps hydrate and flush the toxins from your system, which aids weight loss. Cardio exercise helps you burn fat and calories, while building a healthy heart and lungs. It also gives you energy, improves sleep, increases bone density and bolsters your mood.

    4. Dry Brush

    Dry brushing exfoliates and boosts lymphatic drainage, which flushes toxins and excess water from the body. This helps eliminate bloat and encourages healthy digestion. Dry brushing also boosts circulation, which promotes the elimination of metabolic waste. This can help prevent and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

    5. Do No Lipo Lipo

    No Lipo Lipo is a massage technique that you can perform on yourself in the comfort of your own home. It breaks down cellulite and fat in the connective tissue while reversing gravity and tightening the skin. Regular practice promotes weight loss and results in the appearance of a more sculpted, toned body. The No Lipo Lipo DVD shows you how to perform the technique on yourself so you can achieve your best body. Results are enhanced when performed in conjunction with dry brushing.

    Visit this link for more information on our groundbreaking body sculpting technique, No Lipo Lipo.

  • 4th of July Beauty Tips

    hyaluronic acidThe 4th of July is here, which means we’re smack in the middle of summer. Whether you have outdoor BBQs on the horizon, a trip lined up or are staying home with your SO, we know you want to look your best. Even if the attire is casual or you’re spending the day outdoors, you’ll enjoy yourself more when your skin looks its luminous best.

    Read on for my roadmap for getting beautified for the 4th of July and all of your summer events.

    Get Moving

    Start the day off with some physical activity, ideally your regular workout. Do your facial exercises when you wake up and then go for a run, take a walk or hit the gym. This will get your blood flowing and skin glowing. It will also help offset any extra calories you consume at parties or BBQs.

    Get Glowing

    Once you’re done with your workout, take some to relax and get your glow on. Apply Face Lift to Go and relax for 45 minutes of pure unadulterated "me" time. This luxurious enzymatic mask exfoliates like nothing else—leaving your skin looking taut, firm and absolutely glowing.

    Get Dewy

    After you slough off the excess with Face Lift to Go, properly moisturize before applying Protective Sunblock SPF 30. A product that contains hyaluronic acid is ideal, as it attracts and retains moisture like crazy. This naturally occurring substance is renowned by top dermatologists as the “the key molecule involved in skin moisture.” Our Ultra Hyaluronic Cream is composed of hyaluronic acid and other ingredients that boost moisture by 300 percent. Click here to learn more about the magic of hyaluronic acid and its benefits.

    Hydrate

    Hydration is critical, especially during hot summer weather. Start the morning off with a cup of green tea, which is loaded with anti-aging antioxidants, and then drink water all day ling. Have a bottle with you everywhere, and if you have a cocktail or glass of wine, be sure to have a glass of water before and after to minimize damage.

    Have a safe and fun holiday!

  • 5 Reasons to Wear Sunblock

    Protective Sunblock with SPF 30It’s always shocking to me when clients who practice Facercise daily ask if they need to wear sunblock. Your skin is your largest organ, so it needs the most protection. If you don’t wear it every single day, believe me, you will regret it! Applying sunblock every day is essential for both anti-aging and protecting your overall health. My Protective Sunblock SPF 30 is one of my best-sellers because it provides grease-free, long-lasting protection.

    Read on for five reasons to make proper skin protection a priority.

    1.  Sunblock Protects Against Dangerous UV Rays

    The ozone layer is depleting—this means you need powerful protection from harmful rays and sunburn. We’ve all been there—red skin that feels hot and painful to the touch and sometimes even blisters and peels. No bueno! While the immediate suffering fades away in a few days, the sun damage can be permanent and plays a role in those fine lines and wrinkles we’re all trying to avoid. Don’t risk it for a second—wear sunscreen every single day, rain or shine.

    2. Skin Cancer is on The Rise

    Even with all the information out there about the sun’s harmful rays, more and more cases of skin cancer are reported each year. Wearing sunscreen reduces your risk of this potentially deadly disease.

    3. Sunblock Combats Discoloration

    Many skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation and age spots, are a direct result of sun exposure. The sun can also exacerbate melasma, rosacea and overall sensitivity.

    4. It Slows Down Wrinkling and Premature Aging

    Research shows that regular use of sunblock protects against photoaging, which includes wrinkling and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation.

    5. Sunblock Reduces the Appearance of Veins and Redness

    The sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays destroy the collagen that surrounds the tiny veins and capillaries in facial skin, resulting in greater visibility. The appearance of those red veins, blotchiness and redness grows more pronounced with repeated sun exposure.

    Visit this link to check out my bestselling Protective Sunblock SPF 30 and other anti-aging skin care products.

  • Summer Produce for Anti-Aging

    facial exercisesSummer weather brings delicious produce that makes your skin glow and boosts the results of your daily facial exercises. They are loaded with antioxidants, which help prevent wrinkles and boost collagen production. They also fight free radical damage and can help kill off cancerous cells.

    Some of the most antioxidant-rich foods are produce, so it makes sense to load up. Opt for a colorful array to target every beauty, health and anti-aging concern.

    Tomatoes

    Tomatoes should be a mainstay of an anti-aging diet. They are packed with lycopene, a carotenoid that combats free radicals while protecting against sun damage and harmful bacteria. Lycopene strengthens the skin by combating the activity of collagenases, evil little enzymes that breakdown collagen. It also promotes healthy teeth and gums.

    Kale

    This dark leafy green is one of the best sources of vitamin K, which is important for cardiovascular health. Kale is another excellent source of lycopene, as well as antioxidants including phytofluene, phytoene and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene protects the skin against UV and free radical damage. It can also help your skin glow naturally!

    Watermelon

    This juicy antiaging superfood is very hydrating due to its high water content. It also boasts lycopene, as well as vitamins A and C. These powerful antioxidants combat free radical and sun damage, while stimulating collagen to keep skin firm and supple. Watermelons also contain arginine, which promotes hair growth by stimulating the scalp.

    Eggplant

    This purple veggie contains antioxidants and anthocyanins that help our skin glow, while boosting the fight against free radicals. Like watermelons, eggplants contain a lot of water, so they help keep the skin soft and hydrated. They are also an important source of nasunin, which has been show to help slow down the growth of cancerous cells.

    Red Bell Pepper

    Red bell pepper’s bright red color is indicative of their high antioxidant content. One pepper contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C and are a great source of folate and vitamin B6.

    Click through to discover more anti-aging tips and learn the benefits of about facial exercises.

  • The Magic of Hyaluronic Acid

    hyaluronic acidHyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate molecule that helps keep skin, tissue and joints moisturized. It has a tremendous capacity for retaining large volumes of water on the skin and provides cellular structure. Over the past decade, countless dermatologists and researchers have deemed it “the key molecule involved in skin moisture.”

    As a result, multitudes of serums and creams have been introduced into the marketplace featuring this essential ingredient. Our Ultra Hyaluronic Cream is one of our best sellers because it contains ingredients that, when combined with hyaluronic acid, have been shown to increase skin moisture by 300%. My clients call it “magic in a jar.”

    Read on to discover the magic of this incredible molecule.

    Hyaluronic Acid Boosts Collagen

    Hyaluronic acid boosts collagen synthesis. Collagen is a protein that is critical for maintaining skin’s elasticity, flexibility and firmness. It gives shape, structure and integrity to the skin, as well as tissue, muscles, bones, tendons and important organs. While it is the most abundant protein in our body, it decreases as we age. By adding hyaluronic acid in a form that is easily absorbed into your skin, like our Ultra Hyaluronic Cream, you can help keep skin supple and combat sagging.

    Hyaluronic Acid Provides Unrivaled Moisture

    The hydration that this molecule provides is intense—clients report dewy, glowing skin with improved texture. It delivers lasting moisture and rehydrates the damage done by the sun and other elements, as well as the hormone replacement treatments that can make skin look older and drier. It reduces dryness and flakiness to make skin appear smoother and more youthful.

    Hyaluronic Acid Helps Reduce Wrinkles

    Wrinkles are caused by the normal aging process as well as damage from the sun and free radicals. Hyaluronic acid provides moisture and increases skin volume, which plumps up wrinkles and reduces their appearance. The moisture and improved elasticity this miracle molecule provides decreases the depth of wrinkles significantly with consistent use. Clients even report a reduction in the bags under their eyes.

    Visit this link to learn more about hyaluronic acid and our powerful Ultra Hyaluronic Cream.

  • Get Fresh & Glowing for Summer

    facial exercisesSummer weather is in effect and there’s no better time to flaunt beautiful skin and a healthy glow. Yet many dread this time of year and the damage it can do. The heat dries out your skin, the sun’s UV rays cause burns and redness, and breakouts can emerge in full force. The good news is, if you do facial exercises and practice good habits, your skin will look better than ever.
    Follow these steps and soon you’ll be showing off younger looking skin and a gorgeous summer glow.

    Exfoliate

    Dry dead skin cells translate to clogged pores and the appearance of dull skin. Buff away those cells regularly to avoid breakouts and diffuse light so your skin looks brighter. Use a gentle yet effective mask such as Face Lift to Go every week to target your face. Face Lift to Go is on sale this week for just $65 (normally $95), so if you haven’t tried this luxurious mask, now is the time! Use the Beauty Face Mitt and Bamboo Mitt to detoxify the skin on your face. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

    Moisturize

    Keep your skin hydrated by incorporating a rich moisturizer into your routine. Combat dryness with products that contain potent hydrator like hyaluronic acid. It's a naturally occurring substance in the body that keeps joints lubricated and boosts collagen production. Regular use of a topical cream that contains hyaluronic acid maintains moisture and improves skin texture. You can’t go wrong with our Ultra Hyaluronic Cream—it contains ingredients that have been shown to increase skin moisture by 300%. It’s the fountain of youth in a jar and is on sale for just $39.95 this week (Normally $50).

    Exercise

    An easy way to get your glow on is to work out regularly. It boosts circulation to give you a rosy glow and helps eliminate toxins from the body. Regular exercise also boosts your energy levels and your mood.

    Facercise

    Just like working out boosts circulation overall, facial exercises promote bloody supply specifically to your face and neck. Regular Facercise practice ensures a healthy, natural glow all year long.

    Eat Right

    Certain foods reduce inflammation and help hydrate the skin so that it maintains radiance. Eat lots of foods with high water content, such as fruits and green vegetables. Include green vegetables in your diet as they help to improve the immune system and decreases stress level in the body. Strive for antioxidant-rich, colorful produce like berries, kiwi, watermelon, oranges, spinach and kale. Nuts like almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts are rich in healthy fats and do wonders for your skin. Avoid salty foods, which can dehydrate your skin.

    Click here to learn more anti-aging tips and get information about facial exercises.

  • How to Get Your Beauty Sleep

    facial exercisesBeauty sleep is critical, but the position we sleep in is even more important. Sleeping in the wrong position can derail the results of your facial exercises and cause those deep creases many call "sleep lines." I also causes back pain and saggy breasts.  Even if you use the softest pillow you can find, it puts pressure on your face and results in a pattern of lines that shows exactly how you sleep.

    If you want to preserve your youthful good looks and overall health, it’s essential to sleep on your back. It prevents those nasty “sleep” lines from forming around your eyes, sides of your face and nasolabial folds.

    Sleeping on your back also helps you maintain facial symmetry. As we age, our skeletal structure shrinks and we lose the fat in our faces. Look at a picture of yourself when you were in your 20s wearing large earrings and then another photo of yourself in your 40s with large earrings. You will notice that your face is smaller in the photo taken in your 40s. Sleeping on your back is can help keep your face symmetrical and protect the results you work so hard to attain with facial exercises.

    Sleeping on your back is also the best way for your head, neck and spine to maintain a neutral position. This is essential for those who have suffered back injuries and helps prevent future problems.

    Last but not least, sleeping on your back helps avoid those chest wrinkles that are so difficult to get rid of and helps you maintain perky breasts. Sleeping on your stomach or side causes those unsightly creases and puts weight on your breast tissue, which contributes to sagginess over time. When you sleep on your back, your breasts are fully supported, which actually helps prevent that dreaded sagginess.

    If you’re having trouble falling asleep this way, put a pillow under your knees and hug another to your chest. It is psychologically the same as if you were sleeping in the fetal position on your side. You can also practice by lying in bed for 15 minutes or so, on your back to develop muscle memory in that position. Just like we do our facial exercises to train our muscles, we can train our bodies for healthier sleep.

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