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Ole Henriksen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stop Aging Your Face Today!


Most of us know skincare basics. We understand that sun, cigarettes, and too much alcohol can contribute to premature aging. La Jolla, California board certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart reveals there are lesser known “evils” that can propel the aging process.

 

Eating Too Much Sodium
Excess sodium in your diet can suck the moisture out of skin, leaving it dry and dull. To avoid this, cut back on salty treats and invest in a hydrating facial moisturizer.

Facial Expressions
Every time you move that beautiful face, your skin wrinkles a little bit. Most of the time your face bounces back and those little wrinkles disappear once new skin cells grow.
 

Central heating
Many of us spend a fortune on anti-aging skin products, yet we may regularly accelerate skin aging without even being aware of it. The central heating and air conditioning systems that many of us use at home and at work can severely dry out skin, leading to premature aging and wrinkles. To help keep skin youthful and soft, try turning down the heating and wearing more layers to stay warm. Keeping a glass of water in the room can also increase humidity, while wearing a protective face cream can help relieve dryness.

Soap
While you may think that soap is your skin’s best friend, this is actually not the case. The reason for this is that your skin has an acid mantle which is a natural protective barrier of the skin. When you wash with soap – which is generally alkaline – it can remove this protective layer of oils and dry out the skin, eventually leading to wrinkles. While it is not advisable to stop washing entirely, try swapping the soap for a PH-neutral and chemical-free cleanser, and bear in mind that there is such a thing as over-cleansing your skin.


Your pillowcase
You may think you’re indulging in a bit of beauty sleep when you hit the hay at night; however the opposite could in fact be true. If you regularly sleep with the same side of your face pressed against a cotton pillow case this may cause creases on the skin which can eventually turn to fine lines and wrinkles. To help stay youthful overnight try sleeping on your back instead, or switch to a silk or satin pillowcase to create less compression wrinkles and help maintain skin’s moisture levels.

Not Remembering Your Lips
Three-to-five cellular layers of skin rest upon your lips, so it's important that your beauty regime includes them too. Frequently having dry, chapped lips causes them to age faster. Look for lipsticks and lip balm that contain petrolatum, dimethicone, and glycerine to help keep your smackers hydrated.

Drinking from bottles and through straws
It may be hard to believe but, yes, the puckering process of drinking from a bottle or through a straw. Just like any repeated muscle motion this can lead to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Face cream can help. But dermatologists tell those who are prone to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth to avoid straws altogether.

Drinking Coffee
Caffeine is a major culprit when it comes to dry skin and the magnification of wrinkles. Quench skin by drinking lots of water. Add fruit slices like orange or lemon to enhance the flavor.

Not Drinking Enough Water
Hydrating yourself daily will not only help to fight off aging, but also give your skin a healthy glow. Skip the water and you’ll be stuck with rough and 'shrunken' skin.

Slouching at work
How often do you find yourself slumped over your desk, hand propped beneath your chin? If the answer is a lot, decreased back and neck pain aren’t the only reasons to sit up straight. “Extreme extension or flexing of the neck from leaning on your chin can stretch the skin there, leading to wrinkling and sagging,” says Dr. Stuart. Looking down for prolonged periods of time while texting or reading may cause or worsen the same damage.




About Susan Stuart
 
www.lajollaskin.com
Dr. Stuart is co-founder of La Jolla Plastic Surgery Dermatology.
 

Susan Stuart, M.D. received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed a highly competitive one year internship at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in San Diego followed by a residency at Emory University, one of the most highly respected dermatology training programs in the U.S. She also completed a one year postgraduate dermatology fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Stanford University Medical Center.
Dr. Stuart's career began with her undergraduate education where she received her B.A. degree from Duke University and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, elite academic honor bestowed upon a small percentage of undergraduates who have achieved the highest standards of scholarship in the U.S. In addition, Dr. Stuart is the founder and past president of a nationally recognized organization for children with physical and emotional disorders at Duke University.
After completing 8 years of postgraduate medical education, Dr. Stuart began offering San Diego skin care services and has remained in the area ever since. She has worked with several internationally respected dermatologists and laser experts while continuing her academic endeavors as a faculty member at UCSD Medical Center, where she has instructed interns and residents. She maintains active staff privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.
Dr. Stuart is considered one of San Diego's leading experts in dermatology and lasers and has been selected as one of American's top physicians in dermatology. She has been featured regularly on news shows including NBC, ABC, and KUSI for her expertise on a variety of dermatology topics and procedures, including San Diego Fraxel® laser skin rejuvenation and BOTOX® Cosmetic
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fabfitfun VIP Summer Unboxing!

What a treat to receive the summer VIP box from www.fabfitfun.com - and look at everything included!

A water bottle with a separate compartment for fruit to make fruit infused waters (I love this idea!)

A cosmetics bag from Thirsday Friday with a cute purse printed on one side. 

Pop chips - who doesn't love those?

Birthday cake Slim Fast bar - innocent indulgence, yes!

Zoya nail polish

Kisstixx strawberry and chocolate lip balm set

Balanced Guru no frizz oil. 

Skintimate shaving cream. Lotionized

Sonya Dakar flash facial one minute exfoliating treatment

Pur-lisse spf30 sunscreen 

Always xtra protection all day liners

Share this summer box with 3 best friends. For each friend who redeems, you get a $15 credit towards fall. If all 3 redeem, your fall box is FREE! Code: 9961112

www.VIP.fabfitfun.com

Monday, July 7, 2014

Looking to improve your body shape? Join the Club!

Did you know that 95% of people wish they could improve their body shape?

Now, it's possible to improve the tone and smoothness of your legs, with NeriumFirm Body Countouring Cream.

What is NeriumFirm and how does it work, you ask?

NeriumFirm is a skin-tightening cream developed from the patented NAE-8 extract of the Nerium oleander plant. Its powerful antioxidant formulation has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite and dimpling and to help smooth, tighten and firm the appearance of loose skin. NeriumFirm also helps restore the appearance of youthful contour, tone and texture.

It's non-greasy formula sinks into skin rabidly, and you can begin seeing results in a matter of weeks. 

Get yours at www.mynerium.com

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Last Call for Sephora Beauty Insiders!

Hey ladies! Just wanted to make sure you knew that today was the last day for Sephora Beauty Insiders to go and get their FREE Benefit Push-Up Liner mini, with any purchase. I did, and I'm loving it. And yes, it does stay and stay and stay!

You should have received an email with the coupon code in it. If you're not a Beauty Insider, sign up! They always have something going on for those in the know. (They're having a Benefit even next weekend!)

I love being able to try things before committing
to buy them!

So go, pick up your liner today!

xoxo,
Brett

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Clarisonic: Hot Offer For Great Skin!

Clarisonic. You've heard of it, I'm sure. But maybe you're not sure what the benefits are - I mean, let's face it, we've been cleaning our face with soap, water and washcloth for years. And that seems to be working OK, doesn't it? Yeah, I thought so, too. And then I was introduced to the Clarisonic. I was a changed woman. (and you can be, too!)

The Clarisonic is a sonic skin cleaning system that removes makeup, pollution and helps you fight the aging process. How much better is it than washing manually? Six times! That's pretty amazing.

However, what sealed the deal for me is the way my face felt after just the first use. It was clean, it was soft, and my serum and moisturizer sunk in so much faster. It was a revelation!

Beauty.com $15 off $75 purchaseNow that I've been using the Clarisonic for over a month, my skin just keep getting better. Less breakouts (yes, I have adult acne, especially during THAT time of the month), less dry patches (OK maybe no dry patches anymore), which has resulted in a much nicer appearance both with and without makeup. And at 36, it's nice to be able to go without makeup and not feel like a hot mess.

You can get the Clarisonic at many retailers, but beauty.com is running a coupon to save you $15 of a $75 purchase. There are several models of Clarisonic, but I believe the $99 Mia, is great and is what I use.

If you've been on the fence about trying the Clarisonic out, now is a great way to check it out at a less expensive price.

Do you have a Clarisonic? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with it!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Not Your Mother's - New Products

I must first confess, I love Not Your Mother's dry shampoo. It's one of my favorites that I purchase over and over again. So when I had the opportunity to try some other products from the line, I was all in.

I have been growing my hair out for over a year now. And now that it's gotten long, I am really concerned about the ends staying nice, free from split ends or getting too dried out and looking like straw. That's not a good look for anyone!

However, I tend to have oilier hair that is fine, so the conditioners I choose are normally on the light side to not add to the oily mess that my hair can become, and also not weigh down my fine hair. It's a balance. And Way To Grow delivers!

Way To Grow is a spray leave-in conditioner. It smells great, too! It's not too heavy, not too light. I believe I'm getting the benefit of my hair being easier to comb through, protection for heat styling, and the added benefit of having it stay in my hair all day to continue protecting my hair. I can't see any downside to this! (And it's easy on your wallet at $6 a bottle.)

After I have my conditioner set, I have been trying out Plump For Joy, which is a thickening hair lifter. I can't lie, I was skeptical. How can it both thicken and lift? Well, it can! I put some on the roots and about halfway down my hair. For best results, I'd recommend drying your hair upside down to increase the volumizing effect. And about that thickening? I could really tell a difference when I pulled my hair up into a pony. I was a little shocked!

So, this product might not be a good fit for those of you lucky ladies with already thick, voluminous hair - but it's a win for those of us who struggle with limp, lifeless, thin or fine hair. Again, it's only $6!

Both of these products (and more from the line) are available nationally at CVS, Ulta and Walmart.

Let me know what you think if you try them!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Empties Review - It's All About The Hair!


I've been missing you gals (and guys!) It's that time again to let you know what I've used up and am loving. Oddly, it's all hair products this go around. But thats OK! We have to take care of our hair, too, so let's get started.


I am a big believer in touching up those pesky gray roots at home. I don't know about you, but I don't have time to run to the salon every 2 or 3 weeks to keep the gray away. So, I started doing that at home, when my schedule permits and it's working out great. I'm really loving the Color Brilliance Cream Color from ION. My hair has been highlighted and is quite long now, and I really like the ombre look, so it's easy to choose a color close to my natural hair color and fill in the roots, and achieve a beautiful ombre style.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Of course, you don't have to do this, because the ION color is great for all over coloring if you're not interested in highlights ( or if you have really short hair) It takes about 45 minutes for the color to process, and I find myself doing the dishes, watching a show, catching up on some reading while it's doing its thing. It's like double tasking! You can find the ION color (and the 20% devloper that mixes with it) at your local Sally Beauty Supply.


Long hair needs some extra pampering, so that it doesn't dry out, break and look scraggly. I've been loving the Matrix Color Bloom Mask. I use it once or twice a week, leave it in for about 5 minutes while I'm finishing up in the shower and it really seems to keep my color looking vibrant and my ends feeling moisturized (which is essential when you're growing your hair out, so you don't end up with lots of split ends that will have to be cut off) You can find this at some drugstores and Ulta stores. 


Dry Shampoo, I love you. I became a believer in dry shampoo over the last year and do not know how I functioned without it before. I try different kinds all of the time and just recently finished two bottles. Not Your Mother's dry shampoo is great - the white cast isn't terrible, it smells nice and the bottle is fairly large. I had never tried it before, and I'll definitely purchase it again.

I also went through a bottle of Tresseme Dry Shampoo. I picked this up in a hurry at the grocery store. The price sucked me in - it was cheap and on sale. So I grabbed a bottle and hoped for the best.

I'll be honest, it has a little bit more of a white cast, but it dissipates quickly once you brush it through. It's a great economy option (and is easy to find since it's pretty much everywhere.