Ageless Beauty

Make 2016 Your Year of Ageless Beautyssarandon

Here we are in August and we are near 2/3 of the way through the year 2016.  Your personal odometer either has or will soon be clicking over another year.   Let me wax poetic as I ask, “What is age but a number when it comes to beauty? “  Accord to award winning beauty blogger Fiona Klonarides, 2016 is the Year of Ageless Beauty.   Mature faces are gracing the ads for many major beauty campaigns.  Susan Sarandon, the face of L’Oreal Paris makes sixty nine years look youthful.  And also, who can refute the ageless beauty of Sophia Lauren for Dolce and Gabbana.   I excitedly agree with Klonarides when she says that the older woman has gone from invisible to iconic.

Some changes of aging are inevitable.   Others are not and necessitate diligently following skincare regime.  Ageless beauty is not necessarily effortless beauty.

Believe in the Super Natural –  When it comes to anti-aging products, botanicals are the super naturals in the skincare arena.

cosmedix-botanicalsWhat’s Old is New Again – Botanicals have been in use since the beginning of time, from therapeutic and medicinal purposes to cosmetic and skincare use Various plants used in medical treatments in ancient civilizations are still used today in cleansers, moisturizers, astringents and other skin care products to support the health, texture, and integrity of the skin.

What’s Old is Young Again – Even if you have been a sun goddess in the past, with all the breakthroughs in facial treatments, skincare products and cosmetics it is almost possible to turn back the clock on aging.

Our Team Recommendations for Ageless Beauty – I polled our Radianceknowledgeable Esthetics Experts for their suggestions for ageless beauty.  Without exception these lovely ladies agreed that staying uber-hydrated, eating a healthy diet and a customized skincare routine that includes a suncreen were the most important factors in attaining ageless beauty.  They also agreed that Cosmedix Radiance is an Ageless Beauty favorite and includes a plethora of super natural ingredients to rejuvenate damaged, maturing and menopausal skin.

Don’t be Invisible, Be Iconic –Get going, get educated. Update your beauty regime and remember that ageless beauty is its own reward.  Here’s to a beautiful last 1/3 of 2016.  May your life be beautiful in every sense of the word!

 

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Changes is the New Black Episode 2 The Secret Menu

Changes is the New Black Episode 2
The Secret Menu
With Lexie and Alexis

Watch more Changes videos on our YouTube Channel and on Vimeo

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4 Rules for Great Skin

Skin care can be confusing! Here are four simple steps that everyone should follow to obtain youthful skin:

1. Apply sunscreen every morning.Reflect1

The sun’s ultraviolet rays damage and age our skin more than any other external factor. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV radiation penetrates the clouds. For this reason, applying sunscreen every morning is a must. We recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, like our Reflect from CosMedix, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s damaging rays. This is also the recommendation of the American Academy of Dermatology.

2. Apply an antioxidant serum every morning.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage the collagen and elastin in our skin. Free radicals are created by normal body processes but can also attack our skin via pollution, UV radiation, and even eating processed foods. Applying an antioxidant serum every morning is a key step in fighting off free radicals.

The most popular antioxidant is vitamin C. We highly recommend Pure C from CosMedix, which is so easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Mix the Pure C crystals (a few shakes) with any of your favorite CosMedix products and apply to your face. When CosMedix Pure C crystals are mixed with our professional custom mask or one of our serums, the crystals dissolve and then deliver 100% active, un-oxidized vitamin C to the skin.

3. Exfoliate your skin two to three times per week.11075_10153214058170864_1245589518812802866_n

When we’re young our skin turns over every six to eight weeks. This rapid turnover of skin cells causes our skin to look vibrant, smooth, and wrinkle-free. As we get older, this process slows down. The old, dead skin cells clump and accumulate on the surface, causing our skin to look drier, feel rougher, and have more wrinkles.

Exfoliating our skin removes this upper layer of dead skin cells, causing our skin to look more vibrant, often immediately. In addition, exfoliating sends a chemical signal to the deeper layer of skin cells to turn over more quickly, getting our skin closer to that six- to eight-week turnover process that we desire. You don’t need to exfoliate every day; two to three times per week will do. If you have sensitive skin, just once a week is sufficient.

We love CosMedix Purity Detox Scrub, A gentle physical exfoliator combined with Salicylic Acid that removes built-up dead skin cells and dissolves impurities for visible clarity and brilliance. It also acts as a detoxification system for cellular debris and residue, which will reveals smoother, brighter-looking skin while reducing the appearance of visible pores and imperfections.

  1. Apply an anti-aging cream at night.

This is the key step to reversing the aging of our skin. Like the rest of our body, our skin rejuvenates itself at night. This is the time when anti-aging creams can have an uninterrupted six to eight hours to do their thing.

We recommend booking a complimentary consultation with one of our Esthetician’s to determine which Serum is best for your skin.

Skin care can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow these four simple steps, you can’t go wrong. If you want to kick up your regimen come see one of our talented Esthetician’s to create a customized skincare plan!

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Enjoy a Beautiful Life of Freedom and Happiness

Declaration of Independence – Enjoy a Beautiful Life of Freedom and HappinessA-PRINTRWB

It’s July and we are half-way through 2016.  July kicks off with America’s most important celebration: the 4th of July.  It was this historic day in 1776 when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and American democracy was founded on the promise of liberty, equality, inclusiveness and tolerance.   These principles are as important today as they were 240 years ago.

Each July 4th we decorate with red, white and blue.  We line up early in the morning and wait with great anticipation to be dazzled with a grand parade.  We fire up the grill and enjoy the summer bounties of corn and watermelon with friends and loved ones. As night falls we enjoy spectacular displays of fireworks and kids of all ages hold sparklers in the dark.  It is so easy to get lost in all this activity and lose site of the meaning behind the Fourth of July celebrations.  This year add to your tradition and include a meaningful activity to remind your family of the price our forefathers paid for the freedom we enjoy.  While your family waits for the firework displays, enjoy the musical “1776”, a musical about the birth of our nation!  Your heart will swell with patriotism as you watch the most fascinating leaders in American history come to life.

The gifts of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are given to us by the forefathers of our country.  What we choose to do with these gifts is all important.   Create a life of beauty, wellness and peace of mind by writing your own personal Declaration.  Below I am sharing the Declaration I created in order to achieve a Beautiful Life, Personal Liberty and Happiness.beach

My Personal Declaration

I pursue more of what makes me happy and free!

  • I am happy when I spend quality time with those I love.
  • I am happy when I am walking in nature.
  • Having fresh flowers in the house makes me happy (I love orchids!)
  • I am happy when I feel like I am growing as a human being.
  • I am happy when I read more nurturing and uplifting literature. I will keep an inspirational book beside my bed and read a few pages each night.
  • I am happy when I love myself despite breaking my resolutions. I will not judge myself if I get off track.
  • Getting regular massages, manicures and pedicures makes me happy.
  • I am happy when I do things for others. I will look for opportunities to serve others daily.Share
  • I feel happy when I contribute my time and talents to worthy causes. I feel happy
    when I don’t need to spend a lot of time in order to look and feel beautiful.  I free up time by having a simplified beauty routine.  I will schedule appointments immediately to benefit from expert help.
  • I feel happy when my home and work environments are neat and organized. I will pick one area at work and at home (even as small as a drawer) each week and clean and organize them.
  • I feel happy when I love and appreciate myself no matter what. I will freely love and acknowledge myself for how awesome I am being and becoming.

 

Join me in honoring our forefathers and embracing a beautiful life of freedom and happiness.  Take time for yourself this 4th of July and adopt your own personal Declaration of Independence!

 

 

 

 

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Best Practice Shave 4 Men from OM4

shave-page-bannerBest Practice Shave 4 Men from Organic Male OM4

There are many opinions on male shaving methods. OM4 has done considerable research to identify best practice in daily shaving techniques. See how your routine measures up.

STEP 1: HYDRATE & SOFTEN THE BEARDshave-img-1
This is best done by cleansing the face in the shower before shaving. The natural steam of the shower combined with the Organic Male face wash | cleanser for your skin type, is a winning combination for softening the beard and preparing to shave.

STEP 2: PREPARE THE FACE
While in he shower if possible, apply Organic Male’s Soothing Herbal Shaving Emulsion, to further soften the beard and create a microscopic layer of protection.  Let it rest 3-5 minutes.

STEP 3: GO WITH THE FLOW
Start with a sharp blade and gently stroke in the direction of your bead growth. For best results pull the skin taught before each stroke. Rinse blades frequently to remove excess shave product and hair.

Note: Although not recommended, if a closer shave is desired stroke against the grain after completing one pass with the grain. If your skin is at all sensitive apply a second layer of Soothing Herbal Shaving Emulsion before shaving against your natural hair growth.  Shaving against the grain cuts the hair at a 45 degree angle leaving a sharp point.  If your hair is curly it will more easily grow back into the follicle causing an ingrown hair.

STEP 4: RINSE & SPLASH
Rinse your skin thoroughly with warm water to remove residual shaving products and debris. Splash the face with cool water to close pores before finishing your skin conditioning program. Use a skin type specific step 2 splash pH balancer to regulate the skin and calm post-shaving skin irritation. Finally finish with your skin type specific serum and moisturizer to prevent aging & achieve healthy great feeling skin.

Note: Step 3 Bioactivate is your most important step in the grooming routine to prevent aging.  This serum’s small molecule delivery system goes where no moisturizer has gone before to transport a daily dose of vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and nutrients to feed and nourish the skin.

Remember

  • Shave in the shower when possible for optimal effectiveness & results.
  • Allow at least 3-5 minutes (in shower if possible) for cleanser and/or shave emulsion to prepare the skin before shaving.
  • Rinse your razor frequently throughout your shave for best results.
  • Use particular caution while shaving around the the chin and lips to avoid nicks and cuts.
  • Shaving against the grain is the #1 cause of ingrown hairs.

JUNE IS MEN’S MONTH AT CHANGES with special offers on the OM4 Facial, Massage and Men’s Hair Cuts! Call for details (925) 947-1814

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Smashing Secrets ~ Photo Matte Eye

We love our photo Matte Eyes Palette from Smashbox! Think of it as the palette with potential for any look—from understated to amped up. Plus, we know that neutral base shades are the first to run out— so we’ve doubled up on the most popular go-to shades. It’s truly everything you need for eyes in one must-have palette.
BRAGGING RIGHTS
Includes:
• 12 all-matte wet/dry shades that can be used as liner, shadow or brow powder
• 2 double-size base shadow shades
• Double-ended liner/shadow brush
• #SHAPEMATTERS lookbook insert with how-to’s for 6 eye shapes and 5 brow shapes
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3 Ways to Ease Back Pain

Chronic back pain is something many people experience and reaching for a bottle of Ibuprofen every four hours doesn’t feel like long-term solution. Massage Therapy  can help, but there are other things we can do easily at home to help relieve our pain and improve our posture at the same time. A researcher and acupuncturist from Palo Alto, CA, Esther Gokhale, set out to study cultures around the world where people don’t seem to experience back pain at all. What she found was a little surprising.
Gokhale recently spoke with NPR’s Morning Edition, sharing the studies that she cited and stories of the people she met during her travels. She met women who spend hours and hours a day hunched over gathering food or weaving and yet don’t suffer from back pain, even as they aged.
She found that American spines now form an “S” shape whereas spines from elsewhere in the world where back pain is not as prevalent form a “J”. This J shape is also what we see when we look back at ancient art. While the concept of re-shaping your spine might sound daunting, Gokhale shares three techniques for relieving back pain and working on posture.
1. Do a shoulder roll.
Americans tend to scrunch their shoulders forward, so our arms are in front of our bodies. That’s not how people in indigenous cultures carry their arms, Gokhale says. To fix that, gently pull your shoulders up, push them back and then let them drop—like a shoulder roll. Now your arms should dangle by your side, with your thumbs pointing out. “This is the way all your ancestors parked their shoulders,” she says. “This is the natural architecture for our species.”
 
2. Squeeze, squeeze your glute muscles when you walk.
In many indigenous cultures, people squeeze their gluteus medius muscles every time they take a step. That’s one reason they have such shapely buttocks muscles that support their lower backs. Gokhale says you can start developing the same type of derrière by tightening the buttocks muscles when you take each step. “The gluteus medius is the one you’re after here. It’s the one high up on your bum,” Gokhale says. “It’s the muscle that keeps you perky, at any age.”
 
3. Don’t sit up straight!
“That’s just arching your back and getting you into all sorts of trouble,” Gokhale says. Instead do a shoulder roll to open up the chest and take a deep breath to stretch and lengthen the spine.
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