November 28, 2012
If you want to know the true age of a person look at their hands.* As we age the fine lines and wrinkles on our faces tell our age. The area that we most neglect is our hands. As we get older, the skin on our hands becomes thinner and we lose some of the fat and muscle surrounding our bones.
Some ways to keep your hands looking younger:
- Protect your hands from the sun. Wearing sunscreen can also help prevent wrinkles and age spots.
- Exfoliate. Removing dry, dead skin will make your hands look younger.
- Moisturize. Not only will it keep your skin from looking dull, but there are lotions out there that also claim to make your skin firmer.
- Keep your hands out of continuous hot water. It can be very hard on your skin.
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November 23, 2012
Thanksgiving is behind us and the shopping frenzy has started. Along with all the shopping comes plenty of interaction with others, touching, grabbing as we bounce from store to store… I think we can prepare and protect our health during this season with common sense and a few other tips.
-Wash your hands regularly – What is the right way to wash your hands?*
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
-Swipe the wipes – Before grocery shopping, take advantage of supermarket hand-sanitizing wipes to clean grocery cart handles. Hand-sanitizing wipe containers that have been touched at the store by other customers. Included are milk and juice container handles.
-Hand sanitizer –Carry and use hand sanitizer before and after shopping and before and after visits in someone’s home. Offer hand sanitizer to people with you.
*Still washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.
*Source – CDC
November 21, 2012
Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a time of reflection and feasting. No matter one’s outlook on life there are times when it can be challenging to have an attitude of gratitude. Counting one’s blessings is a sure way to experience an uplift of spirit. We ask staff members at Envy Skin Clinic to share some things that they are thankful for:
Rebecca Salinas – “I am very thankful for having worked with such a loyal employee like Heather Howell… She has been part of the Envy team since the start. Also, thankful that we are blessed at Envy with such a great team of employees.”
Denise Bona – “Thanksgiving is a time to gather with our loved ones and count our blessings.”
Kim Tran – “I’m thankful for my amazing family, the little family we’ve created, and that I’m fortunate to have an amazing job.”
Tiana Atkins – “I am thankful for my daughter who amazes me everyday, my family and friends who are always there for me through thick and thin, and just having so much love and laughter in my life!”
Paris Mae – “I’m Thankful for a roof over my head and my amazing, healthy life!” 🙂
Amy Wells – “I am so very thankful for my loving husband and family. I am also thankful & cherish my supportive friends, old and new.”
Sophie Herstein – “I am thankful for friends and family, especially my nieces and nephews.”
Hannah Hollway – I’m thankful for my friends, family & everyone at Envy! Love you all! Happy Thanksgiving!”
Mark Salinas – “I am very thankful for being in such a positive, environment, surrounded by so many motivated health conscious individuals!”
Taylor Chapman – “I’m thankful for my health and my fabulous job helping people achieve their goals!”
Courtney Heimerl – “I am thankful for my wonderful friends and family also, that I get to do something I love everyday and help people look and feel better about themselves.”
Heather Howell – “I am thankful for everybody at Envy. I do need to give an extra big thanks to Rebecca for supporting me in many different ways in my life. My job for one and many others. I am grateful for the amazing clients we have! I am very thankful to my family and friends as life would not be complete without them. I am thankful daily for a roof over my head everybody’s health and food on the table. There are many struggling and starving, homeless people…we all have it pretty good when you think about that.”
Thank you to all from Envy Skin Clinic, we appreciate you! The journey continues towards a healthier more beautiful you!
What are you thankful for today?
November 20, 2012
Some more tips to pass on…
1. Water- of course!
“Soft water doesn’t remove soap well, so it can leave a residue on your skin,” says Susan H. Weinkle, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. If your water is soft, use face and body cleansers sparingly (no more than a nickel- or quarter-size amount, respectively). Hard water, on the other hand, doesn’t allow washes to lather easily, prompting you to use even more cleanser, which can cause dryness. Gentle, non-soap formulas, which aren’t meant to lather, can minimize this, says Carolyn Jacob, a dermatologist in Chicago. To check the water quality in your area, log on to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website (epa.gov).
2. Drink Green Tea or Coffee
“If your complexion is red or blotchy, this tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can be soothing,” says Andrea Cambio, a dermatologist in Cape Coral, Florida. “Iced is best because hot beverages can worsen redness and other symptoms of
rosacea.” Another benefit: The epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea may help prevent the collagen destruction that leads to wrinkles as well as sun-induced DNA damage in the skin (think lines and discoloration), according to some experts. Consider subbing tea for your morning mug of coffee.
3. Keep Stress in Check
It takes a toll on nearly every part of your body, including your skin. In a study conducted at Stanford University, researchers found that during exam time, students who felt stressed had more severe acne breakouts than did those under less pressure. “That’s because stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria,” says Lisa Donofrio, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine. To keep that frazzled feeling under control, regularly practice stress-management techniques, like yoga, deep breathing, and meditation. This “can help conditions such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and seborrhea,” Donofrio says.
4. Watch Sun Exposure EVEN Indoors
YES, you read it right: UV rays (in particular UVA rays) can penetrate the windows in your home and office and cause wrinkling and brown spots. The same goes for car windows: Studies have found higher rates of skin cancers on the left side of the face and upper body than on the right, since that side is more exposed when you’re driving. Cancers aside, “many people have more wrinkles and sun damage on the left side of their faces, too,” notes Donofrio. Make protection a no-brainer by always wearing a moisturizer with SPF.
5. Your Cleanser
It may sound counterintuitive, but if you have dry skin, your choice of face wash may be even more important than your moisturizer. A nonsoap cleanser is ideal because it helps replace the moisture barrier in the skin,” Donofrio says. “You can use your cleanser to avoid dryness, eczema, and psoriasis rather than just treating these issues when they flare up. That said, applying a moisturizer after you cleanse is still smart. And if you’re using an acne medication, wait 10 minutes after you wash to minimize irritation.
6. Use Water-Based Hair Products
Some conditioners, as well as pomades, volumizers, and styling creams, contain oils or waxes that can clog pores and create acne, especially on the forehead, the back, and the hairline. Even if you’re careful to avoid getting them on your skin, they can run down your face and body as you shower and when you sweat, or be transferred by your pillowcase while you sleep. Instead, look for water-based formulas and avoid those containing mineral oil, beeswax, or microcrystalline wax.
7. Get a Good Night’s Rest
While you’re snoozing, the skin’s repair mechanisms swing into action. Being sleep-deprived, by contrast, puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems, says Barbara R. Reed, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado, Denver. Make getting seven to eight hours of shut-eye your last good-skin move of each day.
November 20, 2012
In our busy lives do we tend to forget that we should slow down and remind ourselves that all people deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.
Let’s share a touching story:
In the days when an ice cream cone cost much less, an 8 year old girl entered a cafe and sat at a table.
A waitress approached and asked her what she would like. The girl asked, How much is an ice cream cone with two scoops? ”
“twenty five cents,” replied the waitress.
The little girl pulled her hand out of her pocket and counted her coins. “How much is just one scoop of ice cream?” People were waiting to be seated as the waitress was becoming noticeably impatient. “15 cents!” she said sternly. The little girl again counted the coins. “I will have one scoop please.”
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The little girl finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.
When the waitress came back, she began clearing the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw. There, placed neatly next to the empty dish was .10 cents-her tip.
What did you get from the story?
“Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and kindness, especially those whom we perceive can bring little or no value to our lives.”
November 19, 2012
Not only is water a good weight loss tool because it is a natural way for your body to cleanse itself. Water also leads to younger looking skin. The older you get, the less moisture your skin retains which is why it wrinkles. The more water you drink, the more firm your skin will be.
Water, Water, Water. It has been recommended that we need eight ounces of water eight times a day, but scientists have casted doubt on that according to a study published in American Journal of Physiology by Valtin, you should only need to drink when you’re thirsty. The rest of the water your body needs should come from foods. Lettuce, for example, is 95% water. Broccoli is 91% water and yogurt is 85% water.
“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
November 16, 2012
I smile when I am around positive people. I smile when you stop by to let me know how your journey is going. I smile when I have a positive effect on one’s life, I smile when I hear laughter. I smile when other people are happy. I smile to kickstart my day with a positive step!
Mark Stibich, Ph.D. gives us his…
Top 10 Reasons To Smile
Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.
1. Smiling makes us attractive-We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in.
2. Smiling Changes Our Mood-Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
3. Smiling is Contagious-When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.
4. Smiling Relieves Stress-Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.
5. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure– When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?
6. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System-Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.
7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin– Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.
8. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful-Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.
9. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger-The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.
10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive-Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.
You have plenty of reasons to smile! Smile…it just could improve your life drastically!
“Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.”
Why do you smile?