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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Five Things You Should Avoid to Achieve Beautiful Skin

5 Common Skin Sins to Avoid by

If you barely have any wrinkles (lucky you), now is the time to start preventing. If you are showing any signs of aging, now is the time to help repair and restructure your skin. Fortunately there are multiple ways to tackle wrinkles without having to go under the knife. Continue reading to find out what those tactics are and you'll already be on the road to younger-looking, smoother skin.

Avoid the Wrong Cleanser
Don't underestimate the power of a face wash. Using the wrong kind can wreak havoc on the skin. This principle also applies to bar soap- that is one of the worst things you can do to your facial skin. Bar soap is designed for the body, not the face because it can damage your facial skin's natural moisture and lipid barrier, leaving it dry, tight and pH un-balanced. Choose a cleanser that is right for your skin type (whether you're dry, oily or combo/normal).

Don't Overlook Breakthrough Ingredients
If you want to see a real improvement in your skin, you must invest in skin care products that deliver changes in the skin. Those products are formulated with innovative ingredients that work synergistically to 'communicate' with the skin cells to look and act younger as well as ingredients that encourage hydration and free-radical protection. Those ingredients include: peptides, antioxidants (especially Vitamins A, C & E), botanical stem cells, hyaluronic acid and alpha hydroxy acids (AHA's).

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Did you know that exfoliation is one of the key components to a smoother, youthful-looking complexion? The proper method of exfoliation combined with the proper frequency can result in astounding results. There are basically two ways to exfoliate: mechanically and chemically (or enzymatically). Mechanical exfoliation simply means you are physically exfoliating your skin to remove dead skin cells with a grainy product such as a face scrub, or a facial cleansing brush or even a wash cloth. Mechanical exfoliation is an effective method, but you have to be careful with the product you're using because there are a number of face scrubs on the market that are too abrasive and can actually damage the skin ove rtime.

The most powerful and effective means of mechanical exfoliation is microdermabrasion. Most reputable spas and dermatologist offices offer microdermabrasion as a standalone treatment or as part of a facial. However, you can save yourself a bundle of money by avoiding routine in-office microderm treatments and invest in an at-home system like MicrodermMD Home Microdermabrasion Machine you can use by yourself. It's fairly simple to use and will impart the same results as what an Esthetician would do for you in the treatment room. Stick to exfoliating once or twice a week if your skin is on the dry side, or two to three times a week if your skin leans toward oily.

Get High-Tech With Your Skin
Non-invasive technology has really taken the skin care industry by storm. From microcurrent to galvanic and laser therapy, they can do wonders for our skin without the knife and scalpel. These treatments at the derm or spa can be costly, but luckily, Trophy Skin has created an at-home anti-aging superstar device that yields the same results as the derm's office, but at a fraction of the cost! The RejuvaliteMD Red Light is pain-free, fool-proof and can be used as often as several times a week. It improves the skin's laxity, firmness, texture, skin tone and wrinkles. It also helps to improve sun damage and age spots! That's why it's our go-to anti-aging gem.

Avoid the 3 S's: Sun, Smoking & Sugar
It is common knowledge that the sun and smoking are two top culprits behind premature aging and wrinkling, but let's re-cap: although the sun cannot be avoided completely, that is why it is imperative to wear sunscreen (in other words, a moisturizer with a built-in broad-spectrum SPF) all year round, rain or shine. Smoking destroys the skin, leaving it looking dull, sallow and wrinkly. Because smoking depletes the body's oxygen levels, it asphyxiates the skin, which gives it that lifeless complexion.

Sugar is another culprit behind wrinkles that many people are unaware of. The consumption of refined sugar causes a process called glycation in the skin- which means that sugar molecules attach to collagen fibers, causing them to cross-link, resulting in the breakdown of collagen, and thereby causing wrinkles.

Practice these anti-wrinkle skin care secrets, and you'll begin to notice years taken away from your complexion. Check out all the amazing skin care solutions at

Monday, November 9, 2015

Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2015

It's the time of the year when everyone is busy planning the holidays. While some of you have already started shopping for Holiday Gifts even before Halloween, there are still many who have not even started. For those of you who are looking for unique ideas, why not give a gift of experience, membership or services instead of the usual stuff? I'm sure that everyone you know already owns a gadget. Here are a few suggestions I found on Groupon to replace "stuff" with experiences.

$25 or $45 for a One-Year New Sam’s Club Savings Membership Package

Who wouldn't love discounts? Sam's Club offers substantial discounts on an array of brand-name products. Most of the items available there are priced way lower than other stores.

Paris and Rome Vacation with Airfare

Why not treat your family to memorable tour in Paris and Rome? These cities are home to some of the world’s best museums and most famous landmarks.

Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change Plus Front and Rear Windshield Treatment

A gift of service oil change will be much appreciated by a friend or a family member. Very often, people put off having their car serviced because of lack of time or money. This gift will remind them that it's time their car gets the much-needed oil change.

Daytime Helicopter Tour for Two

This tour offers a unique experience because, hey, not all of us can get the chance to ride the helicopter and tour the city, right?

50- or 80-Minute Couple's Massage

How about spa services for you and your loved one that both beautify the body and ease the mind? Aside from facials and scrubs, the couple can also enjoy the use of the spa's gym, sauna, and pool.

So, what do you think of these fabulous ideas? If you think you want to go out of the norm and give someone an entirely different gift, you can click on Groupon Coupon Code $10 Off to take advantage of the discount.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Problem Double Chin?

Nope, you don't need those costly creams or even go under the knife to eliminate your double chin. A simple massage can bring back the beautiful contour of your ace. The jaw starts to droop when when your facial contour loses its definition. This happens when lymph flow is lazy around your neck and ears. Toxins can build up in those areas, resulting in swelling. Below are simple massages you can do to give those areas a little TLC to release those toxins.

Step 1

Starting at the point of your chin, gently slide both thumbs along the underside of your jaw, pushing the lymph toward your ears.

Step 2

After reaching the ears, use your thumbs to press the lymph nodes in the hollow behind each earlobe and massage gently to push out waste.

Step 3

Place the fingers of your right hand over the lymph nodes below your left ear. Press downward firmly, keeping your palm flat against your neck.

Step 4

Next, slide your hand down your neck to drain waste. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the right side, then repeat the full massage three to five times.

Do this daily and you'll see a big improvement in as little as two weeks.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How to Enhance Your Next Cocktail Hour

One of the best reasons to visit a bar for cocktail hour is that you get to work with a professional bartender who can whip up almost any drink you can name. You can get a sidecar, a Manhattan or a simple gin and tonic in seconds. When you move the cocktail hour to your own home, you can save money and let your inner Don Draper come out to play. As long as you have a few bottles of alcohol on hand some other delicious additions, you can enhance your cocktail hour and please your guests.

Fresh Fruit Juice

You don't need to spend a lot of money on things to enhance your cocktail, but you do want to make sure that you have some fresh fruit juice waiting in your refrigerator. When you taste something that comes across as a little bland, this may occur because the dish needs some acidity. You can get that acidity from a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Roll the citrus fruit between your hands for 15 to 30 seconds to loosen the juice inside, or place it in the microwave for no more than 10 seconds before cutting open and squeezing.

Rim the Glass

Bartenders roll the rim of margaritas and daiquiris in sugar or salt, which enhances the sweet flavor of the drink and adds a fun touch to the cocktail. You can do the same thing at home. Pour a little water or citrus juice in a bowl, dip the rim of the glass in the liquid and then dip in the salt or sugar. You can have fun experimenting with different flavor combinations too. Try rimming the glass with cocoa powder or some crushed cookies or candy for a sweet treat.

Use Mixers

Create the perfect cocktails for all your guests with healthy alcohol mixers. A can of your favorite mixer with an ounce or more of gin or your favorite alcohol creates a winning combination. Many of these healthy mixers do not contain any harsh chemicals or preservatives, and some even lack caffeine. Find delicious flavors like citrus, cranberry pomegranate or even soda flavored mixers that contain fewer calories than the real soda. Using mixers, rimming glasses with your favorite toppings and keeping fresh fruit juices on hand helps you create a cocktail hour that you and your guests will enjoy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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