Healthy Body Ritual

towel1It’s free!  It’s easy to do!

Most importantly … it’s healthy and beneficial to your body!

What is it??

It’s a home care treatment that will stimulate your lymphatic system while also exfoliating your skin.

There are two ways of doing this.  You can choose to use a natural bristle brush with either a handle or one that fits in the palm of your hand.  The other way would be to use a hot towel.  You will need to sample each method in order to determine the one that works best for you.


  • Promotes circulation
  • Opens pores to release stored toxins
  • Exfoliates the skin
  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite
  • Relieves stress as the ritual becomes meditative
  • Activates the lymphatic system
  • An act of deep self-care

THE HOT TOWEL METHOD – The beauty of body scrubbing is that it can be done before or after your shower.  All you need is a medium-sized cotton towel or washcloth.  Begin by saturating the towel with hot water and then wringing it out.  Then start to scrub the skin with soft, gentle strokes.

THE DRY BRUSHING METHOD – When using a brush, it is best to do this on dry skin before bathing.  Using gentle stokes, your skin will respond by turning mildly pink.  If it becomes red or feels irritated, then you are using way too much pressure.

The direction of stroking is very important.  Your movements will help the lympathic system to drain more effectively, so be mindful of moving towards the heart and chest at all times! 

  1. Address your body in sections.
  2. Lower Leg:  Begin with the sole of the right foot. Then gently stroke the leg toward the knee, being mindful of your pressure and direction.  Be sure to treat all sides of the lower leg.  Then begin the process on the left leg.
  3. Upper Leg:  Continue to stroke the leg in an upward fashion, one leg at a time.
  4. Arms: Begin with the hands and move up towards the shoulder.
  5. Torso/Abdomen: Move toward the heart.
  6. Buttocks/Back: This is where a brush with a handle comes in handy!
  7. Upper Chest/Decollete: Gentle downward strokes toward the heart.  If you desire to treat the breast area, choose a towel and use feather-lite movements.

NOTE: This is a body treatment only; it is not designed for delicate facial skin.

This ritual can take as little as five minutes and your body will still receive benefits.  If you have more time, you can turn this into a relaxing experience by spraying some lavender in the air, listening to spa music and lowering the lights.  Apply some body lotion or oil on your skin at the conclusion of the session.  (Here’s a link to a YouTube video showcasing this process: Body Brushing)


Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.

Why Use a Facial Masque?

facial-masking“Masque (noun): A cosmetic cream, gel, paste, or the like, that is applied to the face and allowed to remain on for a short time before being removed and is used for tightening, refreshing, lubricating or cleansing the skin.”

One of the most neglected areas of home skin care is the use of facial masques.  Masking can help to calm, soothe, brighten, hydrate, tighten, etc.  depending upon the desired result.

As part of my own personal skin care regimen, I apply a mask at least once a week.  Sunday evenings work best for me since I’m usually home relaxing after a busy weekend.  Here’s the basic routine that I follow:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Serums
  4. Masque
  5. Moisturizer

I periodically use an anti-aging cream mask that contains lactic acid on my own skin, since it increases hydration and lightens pigmentation. Additionally, I also try to keep up with my LED light sessions and microcurrent treatments.  I must admit that it is a major effort for me to devote extensive time and attention to my own face.   It feels just like work to me … I wonder why, LOL!

Below are examples of a few of the many different types of masques that can be incorporated into your skin care regimen:

  • Clay Masques – These are very effective in drawing out excess oil in the skin as well as aiding in the treatment of acne and reducing pore size.  Clay masques should be applied with a brush (or finger tips) in an upward fashion beginning at the neck.
  • Cream Masques – These are the preferred choices for dry, dehydrated skin types due to their hydrating and soothing properties.  Cream masques should be applied with a brush (or finger tips) in an upward fashion beginning at the neck.
  • Sheet Masques These are individually packaged one-piece masques that have openings for the nose, mouth and eyes.  Choose an appropriate masque that contains ingredients for your specific skin type and condition.

You will love how your skin looks and feels after using a masque! 

I have a variety of wonderful masques available for purchase at the office with prices starting at $22 and up.  As always, I am happy to answer any questions that you may have with regard to your skin.

Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.

The Toenail

foot-bathStrange topic…but an interesting one that might be of help to some of you!

Many years ago when my younger daughter was in college, she and her girlfriends would go for regular pedicures.

Unbeknownst to me, she had developed a fungal infection on both of her big toes.  I was unaware of this since her nails were never without polish, no matter the season of the year.  Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) not one nail technician ever turned her away after seeing what the nails looked like when the old polish was removed.  (I have plenty to say about that, but I don’t want to deviate from the main focus of this blog article.)

My daughter subsequently realized that her toenails were getting worse and that it was high time that she told me about it.  I was horrified to see that they were yellow, thick and rough in appearance.  I’ve seen this on diabetics and elderly people with poor leg circulation, but never on a young person.

I immediately scheduled an appointment with a local podiatrist.  He diagnosed her with onychomycosis which is a fungal infection that affects toenails.  She was instructed to apply a medicated polish for a period of time.  When that proved unsuccessful, he wanted to write her a prescription for an oral medication that would require regular blood work to be certain that it was not adversely affecting her liver.  As far as I was concerned, this medication was not an option!

Truth be told, my daughter’s entire immune system was a disaster.  Since infancy she was continually getting colds, viruses, and ear infections.  She was a magnet for germs.  At seven years of age, she contracted the mono virus and had to miss several weeks of school.  As a young teen, she was also plagued with sinus infections, yeast infections and urinary tract infections.  She also had pneumonia and bronchitis in college.

I wondered…

Why was she always sick?

Why was her body chemistry so different from her older sister who rarely got sick?

Why did she always need antibiotics to get better?

That was it!

The difference between the immune systems of my two daughters must have something to do with antibiotics!  My younger daughter was given antibiotics at least 4 times a year; whereas, my older daughter had only been on antibiotics once since she was born.

Antibiotics work by killing bacteria  in the intestinal tract.  Unfortunately, the good bacteria which we need for proper digestion and overall good health, are eradicated along with the bad bacteria when we take antibiotics.  When our good bacteria levels are reduced, our immune system becomes compromised and does not work optimally.

The superhero of this story is —-> probiotics!!

My daughter completely turned her immune system around…

She began taking a good quality probiotic on a regular basis.  Probiotics provided her digestive system with the good bacteria which had been destroyed by the antibiotics.  (In the beginning, she also added prebiotics which are food ingredients which help to feed the probiotic bacteria.)  As her immune system strengthened and the good bacteria started to flourish in her intestinal tract, the new toenail growth came in healthy and smooth without a hint of yellow discoloration.

It is truly amazing how the body can heal when given the proper nourishment.  So much of our health is tied in to our digestive system.  My daughter rarely gets sick these days and has probiotics to thank for that!

NOTE:  If you are considering adding a probiotic to your diet, please discuss with your personal physician or health care provider.  I have shared this story for informational purposes only.

Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.  Learn more here. 

Your Skin Will See the Light

LED Light TherapyIt’s rejuvenating!  It’s healing! 

I’m excited to announce that my office is now offering LED skin therapy!  This is an effective and affordable technology for achieving healthy, glowing skin. It is a very relaxing treatment that can be used as a stand-alone service or to enhance results after microcurrent.

LED phototherapy is a clinically proven, non-chemical, non-invasive alternative to skin rejuvenation.

Also called phototherapy, LED skin therapy is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to accelerate the repair and replenishment of damaged skin cells, as well as stimulate the production of collagen which is the foundation of healthy and smooth skin. Just as plants absorb and convert sunlight into cellular building blocks, the skin absorbs the therapeutic light and uses it as a source of energy.*

Benefits of LED Light Therapy:

  • Destroys the bacteria that causes acne
  • Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin
  • Helps to repair damaged skin
  • May decrease pore size
  • Increases moisture retention
  • Firms the skin
  • Relaxing and non-invasive
  • Safe and effective
  • Holistic

Check out this video clip from the Rachael Ray show:  Cutting Edge Treatment That Could Make You Look Younger

Combine with MICROCURRENT for enhanced results!

Originally researched and developed by NASA, low-level light therapy is the application of light energy to the body to obtain therapeutic benefits. It produces a natural photo-biochemical reaction similar to the process of plant photosynthesis and has a wide range of beneficial applications across many medical fields. Research has shown that phototherapy can increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, decrease wrinkles, reduce inflammation, kill acne bacteria and improve skin tone, texture and clarity.

Depending on skin condition and client goals, most treatments will begin with one to two weekly sessions for 4 to 8 weeks. Then once a month thereafter.  Each session will last 30 minutes.  (Some health conditions and medications may be a contraindication for LED light therapy.)

Biophotonic (LED light) therapy is clinically proven to be safe.  It has been studied extensively in Europe and the US for over thirty years and has been the subject of over 2,500 scientific papers published worldwide. There are not reported negative side effects to the therapy, which is painless, non-toxic and compliments many traditional therapies.

*NOTE: This panel uses LEDs only…there is absolutely no UV light!

Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.  Learn more here. 

All Things Micro

Micro...In the evolving world of esthetics, things are always changing. There are so many new treatment options available for woman; many of them with similar sounding names. Clients often ask me to explain the various differences to them.

So here’s a short primer on esthetic treatments which begin with the prefix…micro.

Microblading – This is a form of permanent makeup tattooing that is used to create fuller eyebrows or to give more definition to brows that have become sparse or virtually invisible due to loss of pigment.   A tiny instrument is used to etch a dark colorant into the skin.  When done properly, the technician should be using feather-like strokes to create fine rows of lines that look like hairs.  Results varying according to the experience and expertise of the technician as well as their selection of a matching dye to  blend with the client’s natural eyebrows.  Choose wisely when selecting a professional to perform this service.  Uneven positioning of the eyebrow tattooing or use of a dye that is too dark will create unsatisfactory results.

Microcurrent – Also known as facial toning, microcurrent is an esthetic treatment that physically tones and tightens the skin through muscle education.  As we age, our body’s biological current and chemical energy slows down, cellular renewal takes longer and skin cells don’t perform as efficiently as they once did.  This can lead to loss of tone, elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles.  Microcurrent works to stimulate the facial muscles at traditional acupuncture points with tiny amounts of electricity to re-energize their biological currents and re-establish muscle memory.  This process also helps to restore the production of collagen and elastin. The effects are immediate and cumulative which makes microcurrent the ultimate anti-aging tool.  Contraindications to receiving treatment are epilepsy/history of seizures, implanted pacemaker, and facial skin cancers.  (For more information, I direct you to my earlier blog article:  Holistic Facial Rejuvenation)

Microdermabrasion – This is a form of exfoliation that mechanically sheds the surface of the skin.  Some forms of microdermabrasion use crystals (aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate) which are sprayed across the skin while being simultaneously sucked up by a vacuuming device.  Due to this dual action of stimulating the skin, clients often experience red or irritated faces immediately after treatment.  Other methods of microdermabrasion utilize a diamond head for particle-free sessions.  There has been some controversy over the crystals due to the possibility of inhalation or ingestion when they become airborne.  Vacuum strength, speed of application and the number of passes are important factors which should be considered when selecting a practitioner to perform this service.  Additionally, the technician should determine if your skin type can comfortably endure the process and if it is an appropriate procedure for your skin condition.  It should never be used on acne, rosacea, cancerous growths or broken capillaries.

Microneedling – Also known as collagen induction therapy, has recently become a popular treatment for skin rejuvenation.  While it can be an effective process for improving fine lines, wrinkles and reducing the appearance of scars…it is often being used inappropriately and incorrectly.  No one — other than a physician in a medical setting — should be using a device with needles that are longer than 0.3 mm.  The needles are typically mounted onto the head of a roller and move along the surface of the skin.  (For smaller areas, a stamp-like instrument is used to perform a similar function.)  The act of microneedling creates micro-preforations in the skin.  These resulting channels work to enable serums to penetrate deeper into the skin.  It is of utmost important that high-quality pure ingredients are used so that no bacteria is introduced into the skin.  This is a service where more harm can result than good.

Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.  Learn more here. 

In Memoriam

“Life is precious, love is all that really matters, and who we are in the end and how we’ve touched the lives of others is the legacy we leave behind.” 

I dedicate this post to my beloved mother.  She was the most enthusiastic cheerleader and ardent supporter of all my endeavors.  If I were given a choice to choose a mother, I would surely have chosen her over and over again.  She made me feel like the most cherished daughter in the entire world.  Her sweet spirit is indelibly imprinted on the person whom I have become, reminding me to always look for the best in people and to view my life with an attitude of appreciation.  She taught me to treat others with kindness and compassion and showed me, by example, that a simple smile can brighten someone’s day.  My mother is a part of me and will live inside my heart forever.

Mom - June 2014
Always smiling!
Beach with Gma & Girls 2
Grandma wanted a selfie!
90th Birthday Party
Turning 90!

Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.  Learn more here.