Speechless

Once upon a time, I had so many things I wanted to say that I rendered myself speechless.

Only, this wasn’t a fairy tale.  It is my reality.  After being out of town and away from a computer for almost a week, I’ve been anxious to get back on here and get a new post up.  I literally sat down and started typing more times than I can count and each time I find myself deleting to work on a different topic.  So here I am at midnight Friday night/Saturday morning and I’ve started 5 posts.  Should I talk about the great day the princess and I had?  Should I talk about the cool new place we found?  How about the sushi with friends last night or the new massage place with other friends earlier tonight?  And then there was the weekend trip to SF with my business partner for an incredible training by our company’s top earner, doing my first “exclusive skincare showing and experience,” and hitting my favorite spots at home with some of my favorite people.  So here it is.  I have so many things to share that I can’t manage to discuss any one of them.  Here’s hoping some inspiration strikes tomorrow.

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What does your future hold?

Once upon a time my magic mirror gave me a glimpse into the future and what I saw wasn’t pretty.

Have you tried the Age-o-Meter yet?  You may have seen it on my Rodan + Fields Facebook page.  Upload a favorite photo or capture a new one from your webcam.  Be sure to share your results so your friends can fast forward 30 years too!  Try the Age-o-Meter.

Afraid to see what the future may hold?  Check out this Skin Age Test by Artistry that I found on Philstar via @megansturde.

Does Your Skin Show Your True Age?

It is always good to know the biological age of your skin in order to choose the right skin-care. Here’s a test by Artistry to determine just how old your skin really is regardless of your age.

Take the test yourself; write down your chronological age (age based on your birth date) and answer the following questions. If your answer to any of the question is YES, add or subtract as recommended the number assigned to the questions from your chronological age:

1. Do you wear Sun Protection daily? -2

2. Do you use a tanning bed or booth? +17

3.Do you spend more than eight hours per week outdoors during the day? +8

4. Do you use daily skin-care products (cleanser, moisturizer, etc)?  -2

5. Do you use age-defying treatment products (like Miracle Worker)? -5

6. Do you use a mega multivitamins every day? -4

7. Do you use a one-a-day vitamin supplement? -3

8. Do you take an additional antioxidant like vitamin E or C every day? -1

9. Do you experience high stress? +3

10. Do you sleep seven to eight hours per night? -3

11. Do you exercise a minimum of 60 minutes weekly? -2

12. Do you live in a metropolitan area? +2

13. Do you consume four or more alcoholic beverages per week? +3

14. Do you smoke? +8

15. Are you exposed to second-hand smoke? +7

16. Do you drink eight or more glasses of water daily? -2

Whatever the result of your skin age test is, it is never too early to be proactive in taking proper care of your skin. Remember, the best cosmetic a woman can have is great looking skin.

If you refuse to look your age at 25, 40, or even 80, check out the item that Allure Magazine touted on the Today Show as a “must have for anti-aging in 2011.” (<– click to watch the video clip)  Skip expensive (and scary) injections and try this at-home anti-aging routine today.  Be sure to ask how you can save 10% and get FREE shipping.

As Drs. Rodan and Fields say, “the best wrinkle is the one you never get.”

Happy Hearts Day — Chocolate Indulgence

Once upon a time, chocolate was a girl’s friend… then enemy… and now friend again!

Mythbuster (from Drs. Rodan and Fields): Chocolate causes acne.

The overall correlation between diet and acne is still unclear. However, dermatologists now understand that it is not likely to be the cocoa / chocolate component of that Godiva truffle that is behind an acne flare-up, but it could be the sugar that is the culprit.  That’s because foods that are high on the glycemic index (high sugar/carbohydrate foods) are not skin friendly in general. High glycemic foods cause a surge of insulin in the body which may accelerate collagen breakdown and increase oil production (thus increasing the likelihood of breakouts). So regardless of your skin concern, eating healthy foods will always serve you well and help your skin resist the effects of inflammation and stress.

We have all heard recent reports that eating chocolate is actually GOOD for you.  It contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is a precursor to seratonin, a mood stabilizer. Cocoa powder is also a powerful antioxidant that protects and frees the skin from free radicals that cause damage to skin layers.

So what does this mean for you??  As with most anything, moderation.  A chocolate or two from that pretty heart box is not going to cause the breakout of the century, but sitting and eating the whole box will cause that nasty insulin surge the doctors talked about.

But, here’s a great way to indulge in some chocolate and improve your skin at the same time:

a diet-friendly chocolate face mask 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy cream (sour cream will work as well)
  • 3 teaspoons of oatmeal powder

Preparation

Mix ingredients until you get an even consistency.  Apply to a clean face and gently massage to exfoliate the dead skin cell layer.  Leave on for 20 minutes.  Rinse with lukewarm water.

Why not enjoy one of those Godiva truffles during your 20 minute wait?

So, why honey and oatmeal?  You will hear me talk more about the wonders of honey, but it’s added here for its anti-bacterial properties as well as it’s ability to cleanse skin and open clogged pores.  The oatmeal is great for sensitive skin as a gentle yet effective exfoliant (aka micro-dermabrasion).

So now that we busted those chocolate myths and gave you a great recipe for a facial mask, enjoy this day and… INDULGE!!

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