Thursday, June 07, 2007

WestCoast Families

I wanted to let you know that I recently wrote two articles for the wonderful Vancouver publication - WestCoast Families. This free monthly publication can be found all over the city and has parenting tips, fashion, beauty and upcoming events, etc.

May's article entitled "Find Your Inner Beauty" can be found on Pages 34 and 35. Click here to view.

June's issue is hitting the stands this weekend. If you are in the Lower Mainland please pick up a copy!

Guinot Is For Me!

I can honestly say that my skin looks so much better since I went to a spa and had them "map" my skin. I have always had problems as my skin hated every product I used! It would either get too dry, too oily or breakout for no apparent reason.

I only go for a facial very rarely but by having a trained person look at my skin and recommend products that will suit me has made all the difference!

I am using Guinot and love the smell and the feel of the products.

Guinot Wash off Cleanser
Leaves my skin clean and so soft afterwards. It provides deep cleansing for sensitive skin. If you find that you like the feel of lathering up a product, have sensitive skin and need a little hydration - then this is a great cleanser.

One of the ingredients (which I had never heard of) is squalane. Squalane is made from the deodorization distillates obtained from the unsaponifiable fraction of Olive oil. It is used in some of the world's most expensive beauty formulas as a natural skin care product. Beneficial effects on the skin include decrease in dryness and smoothing of wrinkles (I am afraid that I just can't find those wrinkles anymore).

Other ingredients are citric acid to help with brightening the skin, macadamia nut oil for softening and sodium laureth sulfate for deep cleansing and purifying.

Other products that I use from Guinot are:

Longue Vie Cellulaire
This is an easy to use cream. I apply it day and night. A little blob is the perfect amount and I can feel my skin sucking it in! It completely hydrates my skin and makes it feel more alive.

This product has 56 healing, nourishing revitalizing ingredients. 17 vitamins stimulate-rebalance cellular life, 2 anti-free-radicals slow down oxidation of cells and 16 biological active ingredients activate cellular oxygenation, synthesis proteins. Phew! That's a lot of goodies.

Longue Vie Eye Cream
This product says that it firms and tones the eye tissue to smooth the eyelids and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

I have been using this product for about three months and I really think that I can see a difference. It is kind of expensive but you only need a tiny bit as it glides on so smoothly.

If you are finding that you are having a challenge with your skin then if you can see an esthetician. They should be able to put you on the right track to healthy, glowing skin.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Summer is here and it is time to Let It Show!

Have you ever tried Origins' Let It Show? I had never heard of it but in the last month several people have told me that they use it and LOVE it.

This skin enhancer includes natural ingredients such as mimosa, walnut extract, oak extract and birch extract - wow! Origins' promise that it will firm, tone, sleek and smooth your skin. There is also jojoba to hydrate and DHA (derived from glycerol) to give you a hint of golden colour and a sexy glow.

Friends that use this product say that it smells great and is easy to apply. You won't get carrot hands or burnt umber legs! Give it a try!

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Preventing Skin Cancer

It is the last day of Comments for a Cure and I thank you for your comments. Please do comment some more so that I can donate more dollars. For every comment you post, I am donating $1 to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Today I wanted to talk about skin cancer and the ways you can protect yourself.

When the sun is out people seem to flock to the beach, go for walks, go sunbathing or just sit in it. Be sure that you protect your skin - it's the only one you have!

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m is when the sun’s rays are at their strongest, or any time of the day when the UV Index is 3 or more. Sit in the shade, you'll feel cooler and you won't be in the direct sunlight. Babies under 12 months should always be out of direct sunlight and they require extra protection as their skin is so very sensitivie. Babies over six months can wear sunscreen.

Here are some tips to protect your skin this summer:
- Wear loose fitting, light weight clothes to cover torso, arms and legs.
- Wear a hat - burning your scalp is both painful and dangerous
- Sunscreen is a MUST -use a sunscreen with broad spectrum (offers both UVA and UVB protedction and of course with an SPF of 15 or higher (SPF 30 if you work outdoors or if you will be outside for most of the day). Sunscreen needs to be applied generously at least 20 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply about every 2 hours.
- Wear sunglasses to prevent damage to your eyes.
- Avoid using indoor tanning equipment. Don't be fooled into thinking they are safer, they are not! Tanning lights and sun lamps release UV rays that can cause sunburn, damage skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.

Keep your eyes open for changes in your skin. What you should watch for:
· any change in a birthmark or a mole that changes shape, colour, size or surface
· any new growth on your skin – pale, pearly nodules that may grow larger and crust, or red, scaly, sharply defined patches
· any sore that doesn't heal
· any patch of skin that bleeds, oozes, swells, itches or becomes red and bumpy
If you notice changes see your doctor

Here are two locations that you will find Free Skin Cancer Screenings this month.

Mobile Skin Cancer Screening Tour
Saturday, June 16th
Tennessee Funfest Agri Center International
777 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120

Face to Face NYC Day Spa & a Board Certified Dermatologist from St. Vincent 's Hospital
Monday, June 25th
5-8pm (By Appointment Only, Call 212-633-0404)
20 West 20th St, Ste 603,
New York, NY

For more on skin cancer contact the Skin Cancer Foundation


Monday, June 04, 2007

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better has been in existence 1989 and was developed by the CTFA Foundation, a charitable organization established by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA).

Look Good Feel Better is an international public service program, supported by corporate donors to assist women offset appearance-related changes from cancer treatment.

LGFB have developed a 9-step online program that shows women tips and techniques for skincare, haircare and makeup that will help them Look Good and Feel Better! There are also videos that can be obtained or women can attend a group program.

A question that a lot of post treatment Cancer patients have is "Can I recreate my eyebrows?" Yes it can be done and LGFB has step by step instructions to fill and recreate them:

First, choose an eyebrow pencil shade in your current hair or wig color — or just slightly darker. Since eyebrow color does vary, choose what feels most appropriate for you. For a natural look, some cosmetologists suggest alternating lines with two complementary shades of pencil. Be sure to start with foundation and powder to prevent smudging.

Next, find your natural brow shape. Hold the pencil straight up against your nose, parallel to the inside corner of your eye — and place a dot at the brow bone to mark where the eyebrow begins. Looking straight ahead, place the pencil parallel to the outside edge of the colored part of the eye — and place a dot to mark the highest point in the arch. Finally, place the pencil diagonally along the bottom corner of your nose to the outside corner of your eye — and place a dot where the eyebrow ends.

To recreate the brow, connect the three dots with the pencil using short, feathery, upward strokes to simulate the look of hair. Taper the brow naturally to the end, perhaps using a photo for reference. Use the brush end of the pencil to gently blend and soften. Finally, apply the lightest dusting of loose powder to set the pencil, if desired.

For more information or to find the program closest to you please visit:

Note: Eyebrow techniques and images from LGFB.