ALOE VERA – Much More Than Just a Skin Care Product!

  • I think we’re all aware about the benefits of aloe vera for sunburned skin… Yet many people are NOT aware of the numerous benefits of drinking its juice.  The aloe vera plant is a nutritional powerhouse, containing multiple vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, and essential oils.

Anti Aging Secrets and Healing Benefits of Drinking Aloe Vera Juice:

  1. Boosts Immune System – Aloe vera is full of powerful anti aging antioxidants which fight off free radicals, that speed up the aging process.
  2. Detoxing – From the pollution in the air to the junk food we eat, we need to detox and cleanse our systems.  Drinking aloe vera helps our bodies to deal with these everyday stresses.
  3. Healthy Digestive System – Healthy digestion ensures that we are absorbing nutrients from the foods we eat.  Aloe vera cleanses and lubricates the digestive tract, improving bowel regularity and decreasing unfriendly bacteria and yeast – naturally. Aloe vera juice also helps reduce and soothe heartburn and digestive disorders while alleviating constipation.
  4. Lowers High Cholesterol  –  Reduces high blood pressure and oxygenates the blood.
  5. Increases Energy Levels – Taken on a regular basis, aloe vera juice increases energy, cardio vascular performnce and physical endurance while giving you a feeling of well-being.
  6. Reduces Inflammation – Aloe vera contains substances which slow down and inhibit inflammation, helping with stiff, swollen, or painful joints.
  7. Prevents and Treats – Ulcers, chrohn’s disease, candida infections, and kidney stones.
  8. Anti Aging Skin Care Treatment – Aloe vera helps combat the signs of aging by stimulating collagen and elastin production for healthy skin. Also, pure aloe vera from the plant works wonders on mature skin as a natural very hydrating anti wrinkle cream.  Apply to crows feet to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  It’s also very soothing and healing after cosmetic surgery, laser procedures, and chemical peels.
  9. Soothes – Minor burns, cuts, scrapes, and skin irritations and accelerates skin repair.
  10. Dental Hygiene – Aloe vera is very healing for your mouth and gums, helping with bleedings gums and canker sores.

Aloe vera is beneficial for both internal and external use!  Aloe vera is a completely safe plant, and is  considered a super food.  Because it contains so many nutrients, it is very effective for repairing and healing.

Bottom Line:  For Optimal Health – Drink 2-4 oz. of pure aloe vera juice daily.  If the taste is too bitter for you… try it in a smoothie or 1 oz. in water or juice before meals.

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ANTI AGING and LONGEVITY Begins With Disease Prevention!

Americans are said to be the most self-medicated people on earth with antidepressants being the most prescribed drugs in the US.  It’s estimated that 25% of all people will suffer from clinical depression at some time in their life.  While moderate or severe depression can be improved with prescription antidepressants, too many Americans are taking medications to fight off normal human feelings of unhappiness rather than building coping skills to deal with their emotions.

In other cases, doctors for many years have been overprescribing antibiotics. While antibiotics generally work well for bacterial infections, antibiotics will not work on viral infections such as colds.  Overprescribing has resulted in the development of bacteria that doesn’t respond to antibiotics that may have worked in the past. Overuse of antibiotics is known to cause adverse reactions while prematurely aging the immune system and is also linked to a number of illnesses.

We can rely on prescription drugs and surgery or we can rely on our body to heal itself.  We need to prevent disease through fighting off free radicals that cause premature aging.  It’s crucial to strengthen our immune system and rejuvenate our body with anti aging nutrients to fight disease.

Anti Aging, Health and Longevity are Enhanced Through:

  • Exercise – Fitness is NOT a luxury – Fitness is a necessity!  Good fitness is the path to better health, more energy, and optimal performance.  This is especially true as we age!  For the numerous health and anti aging benefits of exercise take a look at my “Exercise: The Ultimate Anti Aging Secret” article.
  • Proper Breathing – Breathing drives the nervous system and provides 99% of our energy. Many emotional issues such as depression and anxiety result from the nervous system being out of balance.  Virtually every health condition can be improved with optimal breathing.  For the numerous anti aging and health benefits of optimal breathing check out my article Diaphragmatic Breathing” – A Powerful Anti Aging Secret For Improved Health and Wellbeing.”
  • Nutrition – If you want to take control of your health, proper nutrition is essential!  Foods high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals will boost your energy, strengthens the immune system to fight off disease, and gives the body what it needs to stay healthy.  For more information on nutrition, read my article  “The 12 Healthiest Foods For Anti Aging.”
  • Managing Stress – It’s no surprise that we live in a very stressful era!  Many people deal with stress by overeating or other addictive behaviors such as drugs or alcohol, which only exacerbates the problem.  More productive ways to deal with stress are through exercise, deep breathing, meditation, hobbies, and social interactions.
  • Positive Attitude – The way you think, affects all aspects of your life.  A positive attitude is not only anti aging, but makes it easier to deal with stress, worry, and negative thinking.  Looking on the bright side lifts your endorphin levels, gives you more confidence, and enhances your health.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  It’s never too late to start living the healthiest life you can!  Start today and reap the many rewards of good health and happiness!

VINEGAR – The Natural Healing, Health, and Anti Aging Benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for it’s medicinal / antiseptic (holistic) cures for thousands of years.  The best type of apple cider vinegar to use is found in health food stores and called the “mother of vinegar” which is made from organically grown apples and is not pasteurized.  Apple cider vinegar is high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and is very safe to use, even for children.

Apple Cider Vinegar has been touted for it’s healing and anti aging benefits for treating these common ailments:

Weight Loss (Revs up Metabolism and Reduces Appetite)

Heart Burn (Acid Reflux)

High Blood Pressure

High Cholesterol

Boosts Immune System

Chronic Fatigue

Depression

Colds / Sinusitis

Gallstones / Kidneystones

Asthma

Allergies

Hiccups

Arthritis / Painful Joints

Athletes Foot / Plantars Warts

Nail Fungus

Corn / Calluses

Earaches / Headaches

Muscle Cramps

Menstrual Problems

Insect Bites / Stings

Poison Ivy / Poison Oak

Constipation

Flatulence

Hemorrhoids

Night Sweats / Hot Flashes

Insominia

Dandruff

Eczema

Acne Breakouts

Varicose Veins

Hair Loss

Burns / Sunburn

Tired Eyes

Apple Cider Vinegar is very detoxifying – purifying the organs and blood stream.

It’s recommended to take 1-2 tsp. of vinegar mixed with 8 oz. of water 3 times a day – preferaby upon arising, mid-morning and mid-afternoon (or) 3 times a day before meals.  If it’s too sour, you can add a little honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten.  If you suffer from insomnia drink a glass right before retiring.

For Athletes Foot, Fungal Infections, and Foot Oder – Soak your feet in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water and 2 green tea bags twice a day to kill bacteria and fungus. (Optional) Add a few drops of peppermint or tee trea aromatherapy essential oils.

For Eczema, Acne Breakouts, Plantars Warts, Sunburn, and Corns/Calluses – Apply a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to the affected area for healthy skin.

For Earaches – Pour in a few drops of equal parts of vinegar and alcohol to restore the PH balance and dry out the ear canal.

For Dandruff and Hair Rinse- Mix 3 T. of vinegar and 1 C. warm water and use as a rinse after shampooing your hair. For added shine use cool water. (Optional) Add a few drops of rosemary aromatherapy essential oils.

Anti Aging Secret:  Apple Cider Vinegar works wonders as an anti aging skin care treatment!  Make your own home made toner mixing 1 part vinegar to 3 parts rose water and apply to the face with a cotton ball.  Also, it’s great for softening and detoxifiying the skin.  Add a cup of vinegar to your bath water with some bath salts and a few drops of aromatherapy essential oils for a relaxing and beautifying experience.

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Please check back often for more Health & Beauty Tips and Skin Care Advice!

Until then… Here is my #1 Beauty Tip for looking younger, more attractive, and confident!  

Smile and Smile Often!

CELLULITE SOLUTIONS – 10 Steps For Improving and Reducing Cellulite

The term cellulite refers to the lumpy, bumpy, dimply fat deposits that show up on the thighs, butts, and hips of over 90% of women regardless of size, weight, or body type.  Even slender women can have cellulite.

Factors such as genetics, hormonal changes, pregnancy, poor diet, lack of exercise, slow metabolism, smoking and stress can play a big part in whether or not you have cellulite.

So, how do you get rid of cellulite?  While there is no magical cure, there are numerous options for improving and reducing cellulite:

  1. Diet – Eat a healthy, high fiber diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) and omega 3 fatty acids while reducing sugar and salt.
  2. Detox – Besides drinking water, drinking cranberry water aka cran-water is an excellent concoction for reducing cellulite.  Just combine 4 oz. of 100% pure unsweetened cranberry juice (organic preferably) with 32 oz. of water in a water bottle and drink throughout the day.  When purchasing cranberry juice – make sure to read the label!  It should read only “cranberry juice” and nothing else!  Cran-water works by cleansing waste from the lymphatic system while eliminating and reducing cellulite.
  3. Exercise – Combine aerobic exercise, such as walking or spin-cycling with strength training.  Also, jumping on a rebounder (mini-trampoline) for 5 minutes a day helps to stimulate every cell in the body, aiding in reducing cellulite.
  4. Massage – Using a few drops of Aromatherapy Essential Oils such as sage, cypress, or juniper mixed with a carrier oil and massaging it in a circular motion into the cellulite prone areas, stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic drainage systems that break down fatty tissue.  Just manually massaging and kneading the skin for a few minutes a day is an excellent way to help clean and filter out toxins.
  5.  Skin Brushing – *Dry Skin Brushing helps to exfoliate dead skin while reducing cellulite by increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage and is one of the quickest and easiest way to break down toxins and improve your skin tone!
  6. Breathing – *Abdominal/Diaphragmatic Breathing is an excellent tool to stimulate relaxation and improve the flow of blood and lymph.  Deep breathing purifies the blood while detoxifying the body, which is necessary for cellulite-free skin.
  7. Spa Cellulite Treatments – Many spas offer various body wraps as well as non surgical cellulite treatments such as Velasmooth/Velashape and Endermologie which use rollers and suction to help reduce cellulite.  Or, for a less expensive option do it yourself with a Detox Body Wrap which not only eliminates toxins, but promotes inch loss, while reducing cellulite and stretch marks.
  8. Home Cellulite Treatments – Make a body wrap with warm coffee grounds and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, spreading on areas with cellulite, vigorously scrub grounds with washcloth or loofa and cover with saran wrap.  Knead areas with a rolling pin.  Leave on for 20-30 minutes, remove w
  9. rap and rinse with warm water.
  10. Camouflage – Self Tanners can help camouflage dimpled areas.
  11. Topical Anti-Cellulite Creams – The newer advanced products claim to help with the appearance of cellulite by stimulating cell circulaltion, melting fat deposits and moving toxins out creating tighter, more toned, youthful looking skin.  Check out the hottest Topical Anti Cellulite Treatments. 

The Bottom Line:  To avoid or improve cellulite and for overall healthy skin, LEAD A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!!!

MESOTHERAPY – Is This Fat-Melting Anti Aging Skin Care Treatment Too Good To Be True?

Mesotherapy (Mezo Therapy) is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment used to help eliminate cellulite from thighs, abdomen, hips, love handles, and buttocks while promoting inch loss as well as weight loss.  Mesotherapy involves injecting microscopic amounts of natural plant extracts, homeopathic medication, and vitamins into the mesoderm (middle layer of skin) breaking down existing fat cells to reshape and sculpt problematic areas.  The unwanted fat is then flushed out through the system.
How many injections are needed?  

Depending on the areas being treated, 25-100 injections are generally given once a week over a period of 4-10 weeks.

Are injections painful?

You may feel a slight burning sensation when the injections are administered.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effects are bruising, minor swelling, and skin discoloration which generally fades within  a week.

Are there any restrictions?

Patients are advised not to take hot showers or baths for at least 6-8 hours after the treatment. Also, it’s recommened to avoid caffeine or other stimulants before treatments.

Can anyone get Mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy is not recommended for people who are 100 lbs. overweight, have diabetes, or heart conditions.

Is Mesotherapy safe?

Mesotherapy is considered safe and requires no anesthesia and no down time.  Mesotherapy has been practiced in Europe for over 50 years.

How many sessions are needed?

Generally 3-15 sessions depending on the severity of the problem areas, with an average of 10 sessions.

When will I see results?

On average, most patients notice visible results in 2-3 sessions.

How much does Mesotherapy cost?

The cost varies by geographical location, areas treated, and the number of sessions required.  Generally the cost will range from $200-$600 per session.

Will results last?

When combined with exercise, proper nutrition, and regular maintenance visits results do last.  On average, maintenance followups are from 6-12 months.

Who can perform Mesotherapy treatments?

An MD or Cosmetic Surgeon

What is Needle-less Mesotherapy?

Needle-less Mesotherapy is a newer modern alternative technique which delivers the solution into the fat cells by using an ultrasonic device.  It is completely pain free, but is considered to be less effective compared to traditional Mesotherapy.

ANTI AGING SECRET  – Mesotherapy also works as an anti aging skin care treatment for face!  Mesotherapy skin rejuvenation helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates collagen and elastin production, eliminates dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and improves overall skin tone and texture.

As I mentioned in my Vela Shape Article below– Another option which is a LOT less expensive is Body Wraps!  These detoxing wraps help in the reduction of cellulite while promoting inch loss.  The New Hollywood Detox Body Wrap is very reasonably priced at $39.99 for one, $54.99 for two, or $69.99 for three wraps.  This wrap gets great reviews and may be worth looking into especially if you’re squeamish of needles!

How does Skin Needling work?


Skin Needling…

  • Reduces and Smoothes Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Repairs Sun Damaged Skin and Skin Discolorations
  • Thickens and Repairs Thin Crepey Skin
  • Increases the Effectiveness and Penetration of Skin Care Products
  • Visibly Reduces Scarring (Surgical, Chicken Pox, and Acne)
  • Tightens Sagging Skin Resulting in Firmer, More Lifted Skin as well as Elevation of the Eye Brows
  • Reduces Pore Size
  • Inhibits Hyperpigmentation
  • Improves Skin Texture including Uneven Pitted Skin
  • Improves the Appearance of Stretch Marks
  • Improves the Appearance of Cellulite
  • Reduces/Restores Hair Loss, Hair Thinning, Graying, and Alopecia (For Both Men and Women)

Skin Needling is performed using a Skin Roller.  The Skin roller gently inserts a cluster of very fine needles into the epidermis and top layer of the dermis causing multiple microscopic puncture wounds.  This immediately signals the body’s own natural healing response to stimulate new collagen and elastin production.  The results mimic those obtained with a laser, but without destroying the epidermis.  The healing period is very rapid!  The micro-punctures start healing within minutes and are closed within one hour after treatment, but the production of collagen continues up to 12 months after the procedure.

What Needle length should I use?

Dermatologists, Clinics, and Spa’s use a variety of needle lengths ranging from 0.25 mm to 3.0 mm.  The cost of Skin Needling performed in a clinic generally run from $200 – $350 per session.

For At-Home use – It’s recommended to use needle lengths ranging from 0.25mm – 2mm.

Below are examples of which needle length is appropriate for the condition you wish to treat:

  • 0.25mm – Increased penetration of product, overall skin color and texture, thinning hair
  • 0.5mm  – Increased penetration of product, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, alopecia
  • 1.0mm – 1.5 mm – Deeper wrinkles, surgical/acne/chicken pox scars, hyperpigmentation, elasticity decline, stretch marks, cellulite
  • 2.0mm – 3.0mm – Severely damaged skin, deep scars and wrinkles

NOTE: Any needle lengths over 2mm should ONLY be administered by a skin care professional!

How much do Home-Use Skin Rollers cost?

NOTE:  Not all Skin Rollers are the same and carry the FDA approval.   It’s very important when  purchasing a Skin Roller to NOT skimp and buy a “knock-off” brand!  While the price may be tempting, the quality is not!   A cheap imitation roller could actually tear the skin and result in scarring and skin damage!  A good Skin Roller will generally run upwards of $100 +, but is worth every cent!

With all the cheap imitation Rollers on the market, I was really happy to have discovered the Leaf and Rusher Tx Roller  (as seen in the picture)!  The Tx Roller was developed by Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Norman Leaf and his partner Rand Rusher, and is rated one of the best!  Previously known as the Dermaroller – The Tx Roller has recently been revamped with new advanced features for improved skin beauty and health.

My Experience with the Leaf and Rusher Tx Roller 

I’ve been using the Tx Roller for about 2 months now, and the results are absolutely amazing!!!  My skin tone is beautiful, my pores are considerably smaller, and my wrinkles are vanishing!  I use the Tx Roller with Leaf and Rushers Active Serum which contains a special non-irritating Retinol formula and powerful antioxidants like Vitamin-C.  This is their Signature product and one of my favorites!  But you can use the roller with any anti aging skin care products that stimulates collagen and elastin production.  BothRetinol and Copper Peptide Serums and Creams work well to slough off and generate new tissue!

NOTE:  When using Retinol products – Use only at night time as Retinol may increase sun sensitivity.

How do you use the Skin Roller?

The Skin Roller should be used at bedtime and is very easy to use!  You can apply your serum or cream either before or after the treatment.  Roll the Tx Roller gently across the various areas of the face (avoiding the immediate eye area) vertically, diagonally, and horizontally 4 or 5 times.  There is no need to press to hard as this is not necessary for success!  You will feel a prickly sensation and may experience a slight rosy glow to your skin, but this generally dissipates by the next morning.

For Best Results – Use the roller every other day or at least 2-3 times a week until your skin becomes accustomed to it.  Then after the second or third week, the roller can be used daily if you think it’s necessary.

DO NOT use a Skin Roller if skin is sunburned or already damaged by injury!

How do you clean and maintain the Skin Roller?

Clean and disinfect the Roller by first rinsing it under hot water and then putting it in a glass of water with a denture tablet, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide and allow it to air dry on a clean towel.  Also, be careful not to dull the needles by treating the Roller gently and avoid placing the roller on a hard surface.  Also, be very careful not to drop it!  With the proper treatment, a Skin Roller should last from 6-12 months.

NOTE:  Skin Rollers are intended for individual use only!  NEVER EVER share your Skin Roller!!!

People who are Poor Candidates for Skin Needling Treatments:  Anyone on high blood pressure or heart medication, is diabetic, or has active herpetic breakouts.

If you’ve ever had Skin Needling treatments – Please leave a comment and tell us about your experience!   

SKIN NEEDLING – The Best Kept Secret For Anti Aging Skin Care Rejuvenation

Skin Needling also known as Micro-Needling and Needle Dermabrasion is the newest, easiest, and most effective at-home anti aging skin care rejuvenation treatment available today!  Up until recently performed primarily only in clinics and spas, Skin Needling delivers equivalent results to laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and mico-dermabrasion treatments. 

While some people may be scared off by the thought of Skin Needling – These new home-use FDA approved Skin Rollers aka Derma Rollers are becoming very popular!  When used as directed with gentle pressure, this revolutionary anti aging procedure is safe, effective, easy to learn, virtually pain-free, and costs a fraction of these higher priced treatments!

This non-invasive anti aging skin care treatment is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT, improving the skin’s health and beauty by stimulating and replenishing the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin in record time and without damage to the skin.  Noticeable results can actually be seen within one week.

What is Collagen?  Collagen is a fibrous protein that connects and supports bodily tissues such as skin, bones, tendons, muscles and cartilage.  Collagen is often referred to as the glue that holds the body together.  Without it, the body would fall apart.  Collagen works hand in hand with elastin in supporting the body’s tissues, giving the body tissues form and providing firmness and strength.  While elastin gives the body tissues flexability.

         What Contributes to Wrinkles and the Loss of Collagen and Elastin?

  • Aging – As we age we lose our ability to stimulate and produce new collagen and elastin
  • Unhealthy Lifestyle
  • Genetics
  • Sun Damage
  • Smoking

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