Salt Your Bath

So, I guess it was about four years ago, I became a huge fan of Dead Sea Salts.  As you may have heard, the waters of the Dead Sea have been renowned for their therapeutic effects since ancient times. It’s interesting to note that the waters from the Dead Sea are unique too, in that they contain 27% of various salts as compared to 3% in normal ocean water. Furthermore, while sodium accounts for approximately 80% of the salt content of normal sea water, it comprises much less of the salt total in water from the Dead Sea. In fact, the concentration of salt in this body of water is reported to be over ten times that of the oceans. Imagine that. Ten times!

Here in the USA many people use Epsom salts during the winter months to help with the dryness and flakiness of their skin as our body endures the cold temperatures.  Like this morning…temp was 26 degrees again:  I had a facial Thursday afternoon and remarked to my husband my skin was flaking again.  It’s an ongoing circle until spring and it’s humidity arrives.  Dead Sea and Epsom salts vary in source and composition as well. (Epsom salts are much finer than the chunkiness of salt from the Dead Sea) Epsom salts, were made famous by the mineral baths in Epsom, England and may be derived from a variety of natural sources; however, to be labeled Dead Sea mineral salts the salt must come from the Dead Sea. It’s like that a bottle of California Pinot Noir.  If it says Napa Valley on the label, the grapes must be grown only in Napa Valley.

I use dead sea salts exclusively.  I purchase them in a very large bucket from Whole Foods and they last about 6-8 months plus I do not use them all year long.  Just the during the dry weather of winter.

So, don’t forget to pamper yourself and your skin during these cold winter months as much as you do in the summer. Whether you are using Epsom or Dead Sea Salts as the base, your silky smooth skin will be your reward.  And as I always suggest… add a glass of Napa Valley Cab or my favorite, Pinot Noir, to that shelf next to your salts and a candle or two.  You can thank me later.

Your inner beauty never needs makeup. – Pintrest

Slow Down and Breathe In The Spirit Of The Season

Whether you are Celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or something close to your heart, this is the time to relax in between shopping trips and spend time with your friends and family. I am talking to myself right now, too by the way.   My birthday always falls on Thanksgiving week so from that day through New Years I usually have about 3 free days and I mean totally – free.  This year is no exception, but I did add something new to my routine and it has been such a special addition to my life.

After dinner each evening regardless of the time, I give myself a facial and for the next 10 to 25 minutes recite my thanks for the day.  Most days I find it’s time to remove my cleanser and I am still saying sayings ‘thank yous’.  It’s relaxing, meaningful, and renews my spirit and my skin at the same time!

Last night was no exception and was actually much needed.  We went to dinner with dear sweet longtime friends and celebrated our friendship at The Star.  The Star is the 91-acre campus that hosts the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys.  We have been watching Cowboy football cames together for years and it was fun, exciting, and my skin was ravaged by the cold winds since the festivities all took place outside.

Once we got home I got into my jammies and began began the process of restoration of my skin cells.  Winter temps and conditions are the worst for our skin.  So after cleansing I made sure to add a little more serum around my eyes and cheecks and extra moisurizer too.  There are so many beauty specials out there for the holidays I have stocked up so I know I will have plenty of items for the months ahead.

I am really liking the The Firm line from Dr. Perricone right now.  From their Eyes to their face to the neck serums, I love it all and I see quick results.  My ‘go to’ is always Dr. Dennis Gross so I just use one product line at night and one in the morning and switch the times around so I don’t mix the products on my face.  I love what I am seeing in the mirror!

So take a moment to soon to breathe… and count your blessings instead of sheep….

Make someone smile whenever you can.  You never know what a difference it could make in their life. – Pintrest


A Scary Story

Halloween is coming…  my hubby loves handing out candy to all the children in our neighborhood.  When they start getting too big or scary I say “Lights out” and he laughs.  Of course, I admit I do wait till the candy is almost gone because I know who is going to eat any and all the leftovers – me.  (Not him, because he’s been snacking all night on it!)

Okay, I have a question my friends. Have you ever put a mask on your feet?  Patchology Poshpeel Pedicure can make your feet look fabulous, but you have to go through a scary few days before you get there.  Poshpeel smells wonderful and you put your feet in it for an hour.  Afterwards, you think, so that’s it? But wait.  A few days later… well, that’s when scary starts to happen.  Your feet peel.  No let me rephrase that – your feet peeeeel and peeeeel and peel and then your toes peel and peel even more.  I take off my shoes at night and I have skin hanging off my toes, my cuticles around my toes and it goes on and on and then one day you wake up to beautiful baby soft feet!

These little booties are incredibly effective and extremely luxurious.  PoshPeel™ treatments put powerful acids to work dissolving dead skin, while you sit back and feel pampered. These treatments are progressive, meaning they work over 3­-7 days to get rid of dead skin and smooth the surface. Because the treatments penetrate the skin so deeply, your skin looks radiant for even longer. I suggest doing your foot mask during the winter so no one sees your skin hanging off your feet and your toes.  The first time I did this treatment I went to get a pedicure and I  scared my tech.  She had never seen a ‘condition’ such as mine she said.  I laughed and told her what I had used and gave her one to try herself.  She is a believer now!

So pass out some candy on Halloween and save the scary stuff for yourself.  Boo!

I am going to wear a smile for this year’s Halloween costume. Pintrest

Super Hero of Skincare

Super heroes are everywhere these days.  One of my students keeps telling me each day he is Captain America – he’s 4 years old, so what can I say?  He may be!

Personally I am a Wonder Woman fan – bet you thought I’d say Batman, huh?  I mean, Bruce Wayne is a cutie especially in those great glasses of his, but oh! to be Wonder Woman!  My list of errands is always very long.  I run around the Dallas area on my days off all day long.  If I was Wonder Woman I might get everything done in a timely manner and have a great looking outfit with no wrinkles (not to mention that fabulous figure!)

Visiting the Fall Trend show at Nordstrom a few weeks ago I discovered “The Super Hero of Skincare” thanks to Enrique Starnes-Ortega with Dr. Dennis Gross.  With a guarantee that three (3) minutes of use a day keeps the wrinkles away! And! I think I might have found another great product I love from Dr. Dennis Gross!

DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro or as I refer to it – my lighted goggles.  You know – like the super heroes wear! After about 2-3 weeks of use you can show off the look of rested, revived, youthful eyes in just 3 minutes a day! It’s hands-free and features 72 LEDs. SpectraLite™ showcases a full spectrum of therapeutic light, bringing professional light therapy to your home in a next-generation, universal-fit model.

Dr. Gross transfers the power of his in-office LED treatments into his latest FDA CLEARED light therapy eye device for at-home use. It’s proven to build collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles and this targeted treatment smooths and firms the eye area for long term benefits.

SpectraLite™ penetrates deep within the dermis of your skin, stimulating collagen production to improve skin density and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. You will start to see facial changes around your eye in as early as 2 weeks and I am right there now and seeing it for myself.

This is the future of your eyes, and it’s looking bright. Be your own Super Hero and for only three minutes a day, YOU can keep the bad guys (wrinkles around your eyes) away!


I Am Not The Lone Ranger

When I was a little girl I loved to play dress up and do some role playing.  As I got into my young teenage years my sister, Jill, would join me with hairbrush in hand like we were on stage singing with a rock band.  We still laugh about that occasionally over our weekly coffees.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited

to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world,

and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein

When children participate in role playing, they naturally become someone or something else. role playing stimulates their imagination and “enhances their social development, by encouraging friendship through mutual cooperation, listening and turn taking”. Therefore, role play is a really vital activity for our children.

I was thinking about this recently since I have added a sleep mask to my bedtime routine.  Do I think I am the Lone Ranger? I would emphatically say ‘no’ to that question.  And, so far, I have not dreamed of riding my horse alongside him or Tonto either. But! there is always tomorrow night!

My mask is actually a copper-infused sleep mask that covers eyes with advanced care to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as you sleep Iluminage.

This sleep mask covers your delicate eyes during sleeping hours with advanced care to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Beyond blocking all visual stimuli to quiet your mind and senses, this silky, soft, smart textile is carefully embedded with copper oxide technology, derived from a well-known essential mineral. This technology is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin. Placing it on your eye area following your night time treatment routines is also a key.

I must say I absolutely love this mask. It’s so soft and silky that it really does help me fall asleep sooner. I do not know if the copper actually assists with anti aging, but I do know as far as sleep goes, this mask is great!

She threw away all of her masks and put on her soul. – Pintrest

High School Friendships

Question. How many of you attend an occasional get together with friends from high school?

I must say that I am blessed, truly blessed, with an abundance of friends and many of them are from high school.  We get together often for lunches, dinners, and celebrations of birthdays. Or just because.

My graduation class had over 1000 people in it.  So! I must also admit though I didn’t know everyone in my class, with the many gatherings we have had over the years plus the addition of social media I have met many more.   Some of these friends are lifelong friends while others are what I call “new” old friends, but each are very special to me.

We have had several gatherings over the last two weeks because one of our classmates is visiting from California. So there has been lots of activities – lunches, dinners and late nights. It’s been a whirlwind for many of us.

And then a phone call.  One of my friends was in a dilemma. Her face was breaking out with a rash of some kind with the unknown culprit most likely being late nights, working days, and extra fun.  So I dug through my Beauty Bag and put my ‘healing hands’ on Patchology’s SmartMud No Mess Detox Masque.

It was a true healer!

This masque is a detoxifying mud sheet masque that purifies your skin without leaving any pore-clogging (or sink-clogging) debris behind. It minimizes skin’s impurities and maximizes your glow game. It will also tighten your pores so they are less visible for smoother, healthy-looking skin.

This masque comes in two pieces (one for upper face and one for lower) and can be used once a week or as often as needed.  Just unfold both sections of the masque; Remove the white backing and place the mud mask over face. Once the masque is removed you see nothing but healthy, youthful glowing skin. It’s a total toxin eliminator for sure.

I saw her the following day at another dinner and she was excited to show off her beautiful skin. The rash was gone and she was ready for another night of friendship!

Smile.  And live for the moments you can’t put into words. – Inspirational Quotes.

No Needles, Please

Let me be clear. I am NOT a fan of needles.  Not at all!  Yes, I know we all have to deal with the occasional prick from time to time, but I offer my arm only when I have to and nothing more than that.

So, recently I was at Judy Gail’s, my amazing esthetician’s salon in Dallas for my monthly facial.  During the treatment she asked me if I would be her ‘guinea pig’ for about 4 weeks to test a new service she was interested in offering to her clients.  The first question out of my mouth – “are there needles involved?”  She laughed heartily.

The service? Needle-Free Mesotherapy Infusion.  I mean really? Is that a mouthful or what?  So with the word ‘needle-free’ I began to listened.  Eagerly.

Infusion mesotherapy is a pain-free and a needle-free alternative to traditional mesotherapy which provides safe and effective non-invasive trans-dermal delivery of therapeutic solutions. Unlike a serum that nourishes the outer layers of your skin; the mesotherapy infusion goes deeper and nourishes your skin not only from the outside, but also from the inside by opening up a microscopic channel in your skin to achieve the penetration needed to get beneath the outer layers. It’s be around since the 1950’s which it actually involved  – needles!

I actually bring my tried and true skincare products (which I know work well with my skincare regimen) with me and Judy covers my face with the mixture of all products for the treatment.  Note: You must remove all metal jewelry so the only metal left is in my teeth. You hold a metal pole to ‘ground’ you and the process begins. Yes, you do feel a ‘zap’ in your teeth throughout the treatment but it is quite bearable. Trust me on this!

I definitely saw visible results after my second treatment, but you will need 4-6 treatments spaced two weeks apart for the full effect.  Following  that it is recommended to begin maintenance treatments every 6-8 weeks. By the way, at the end of the 6th treatment I noticed my skin had a glow and even better my little sister, Jill, commented at our lunch hours later my skin looked smoother as well.

Love sisters!

“Smile.  Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles!” – Pintrest