The Eyelash Edition

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”  Audrey Hepburn

You’re not fully dressed without mascara…or some other eyelash enhancing product!  Here’s is a primer on accentuating your eyelashes for eyes that pop:

  1. MASCARA – There is no denying that a good mascara can make all the difference.  I recently visited a Sephora store when I was shopping at the mall with my daughter.  I must admit that I was totally and completely overwhelmed by the vast array of mascara selections (among other things!).  Waterproof, regular wear, washable, length, fullness, fiber, etc.
  2. FALSE – These come in strips or individuals.  Some already have glue at the base, others require a line of glue to be placed on the lids prior to application.  Recently, I learned of magnetic eyelashes that sounded great.  My daughter and I tried to use them and it was a disaster!  The lashes got stuck to each other, we couldn’t separate them and they ended up dangling off the corner of our eyelids.  It was great fun and we looked ridiculous, so we returned them for a refund.
  3. EXTENSIONS – These are really popular right now, and they look fabulous when done correctly.  As long as you don’t have allergies or sensitivities, you should be fine with special occasion applications.  They do require periodic fill-ins.  Also, you must be extremely careful when cleansing off your eye makeup so that you don’t end up pulling out the extensions along with your own natural lashes.
  4. SERUMS – These advanced serums contain vitamins and peptides which work to strengthen and lengthen your existing eyelashes.  They really work and yield amazing results!  The key here is to use the product as directed…which typically means one/twice a day consistently for several weeks.  Once your eyelashes respond, you can reduce usage to just a few times a week.  Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.
  5. LIFTING/PERMING – Remember back in the 80s woman when used to get their hair permed?  (I was one of them!)  Well, a lash lift is basically a perm for the eyelashes.  A chemical is used to set the shape of your natural lashes so that they curl upward.  Similar to the look that results when you use an eyelash curler.
  6. TINTING – Your natural eyelashes can be tinted a darker shade to make them stand out. Obviously, the lighter your hair color the more dramatic the change will look.

Although I don’t offer eyelash services, I can recommend several eyelash serums that are effective, high quality products.  In my opinion, Rapidlash is the best and the one that I’ve had personal experience with.  The runners up are: Grande Lash-MD serum and RevitaLash.  (Stay away from Rodan & Fields Lash Boost as they are under investigation.)

Please share your personal experience (by commenting below) with any of the above eyelash services – whether good or bad – so that all readers can benefit.  Thank you in advance!


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

Word of the Year (2018)

I have a yearly tradition that begins at the start of the new year. It pertains to the choosing of a special word which will become my theme as the year unfolds.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer choosing the Word of the Year as opposed to making a New Year’s Resolution.  My chosen word helps to bring focus and clarity for what I want to create in my life.

In the past, I’ve chosen words such as GRATITUDE and BALANCE.  This year’s word presented itself to me during a recent shopping excursion to Marshall’s Home Goods.

As most of you know, I am a organized person who functions best when my environment is orderly and without clutter. This past summer my home underwent a long overdue renovation on the family room level.  Furniture was moved to other areas of the house and smaller items were packed into a series of boxes.  As a result, I was totally and completely discombobulated!!

Although I’m far from a pack rat, I’ve been donating household items and clothing that no longer serve me.  I’ve also been sorting through my file cabinet and putting aside a plethora of old documents, etc. for shredding as well as filling my recycle bin.  My goal is to become as much of a minimalist as possible.

My word — SIMPLIFY — has already become a mantra as it guides my daily actions and helps me to become a happier version of myself!  Have you chosen a word for 2018?  If so, please share in the comment section below. 


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

 

No Such Thing as “Anti-Aging”

There is no such thing as “anti-aging.”  This is a misleading term that is over used in the beauty industry.

Aging is a process…but we can slow it down.  It is never too early to start taking proper care of your skin!

My “anti-aging” term  =  “restorative age-management.” 

Over time, our tight plump skin begins to show sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, laxity and uneven pigmentation.  There are two types of skin aging that occur at the same time:

  • Intrinsic skin aging – pertains to genetics, internal factors within the body, and the normal aging process associated with reduced estrogen production as women enter menopause
  • Extrinsic skin aging – caused by environmental factors such as exposure to UV rays from the sun, as well as lifestyle habits, i.e. smoking, dehydration, excessive alcohol and sugar consumption

What can a woman do??

To begin with, getting back to basics is a good place to start.  Simple adjustments to your skin care routine can make big improvements. Additionally, you should also be mindful of eating a healthy diet and finding quiet, time to relax and renew.

Double-cleansing is a great way to prepare your skin.  By cleaning out impurities and irrigating the pores, serums and moisturizers will readily penetrate into the skin tissues to perform their benefits.

It is important to renew your commitment to prevention and protection. Each year our skin gets thinner and loses its ability to retain moisture. Daily sun protection (no matter the season) is imperative along with a good quality moisturizer for extra hydration.

Skin care through the ages:

  • Twenties (protect and repair) – daily sunscreen, products containing vitamins A, C & E
  • Thirties (exfoliate and regenerate) – gentle enzyme exfoliation, retinol-based serums or creams
  • Forties and fifties (plump and nurture) – use a creamy or milky cleanser, add pigment-reducing ingredients such as kojic acid, licorice, mulberry, vitamin C or arbutin, add hyaluronic acid and vitamin A serums/products for extra hydration
  • Sixties and beyond (hydrate and soothe) – in addition to the above, services such as microcurrent and LED light therapy will help to re-energize the skin cells thus improving muscle tone and suppleness.

I love helping clients to improve their skin so that they can age naturally, safely and beautifully! My personal skin care philosophy is built on a holistic approach that promotes healthy skin with non-invasive, age management treatments. Please feel free to contact me with your questions and your concerns.


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

The Acne / Dairy Connection

Did you know that the skin is the body’s largest organ?  Not only does it act as a protective shield, it also functions to assist our bodies in eliminating and expelling toxins.

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that is exacerbated by the food we consume. Dairy, particularly milk, increases the severity and frequency of acne breakout activity.

How do milk and diary products relate to acne? 

Firstly, it is worth acknowledging, that dairy is not an essential part of the human diet.  Female mammals nourish their young with their own milk until their babies are weaned and begin eating solid foods. Humans are the only mammals who continue to consume milk into adulthood.

A mother cow produces milk for approximately ten months after giving birth. In order to maximize milk production, the dairy industry may inject the cow with a bovine growth hormone to increase their milk output. Additionally, the milk of pregnant cows is also being pumped for bottling purposes. Elevated hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, will therefore be present in the extracted milk.

Acne breakout typically develop at puberty. That is the time that the bloodstream is flooded with hormones. By drinking milk, more inflammation and eruptions will occur.  The consumption of milk also causes the body to increase the production of insulin, which in turn, sparks the levels of androgen and testosterone.

Consuming a diet high in diary, as well as sugar, put the body under a constant state of stress and inflammation. Stress has a huge impact on acne since it triggers an increase in insulin production.

For those of you who are dealing with acne issues, it would be advisable to limit — or even completely remove — milk and dairy products from your diet.  Try doing this for a month and evaluate your skin condition after this time frame.  I am confident that you will see a major improvement in the reduction of breakout activity.


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

Got Cellulite?

An estimated 85% of adult women suffer from the embarrassment of mild to severe cellulite.  Fluctuating hormones and enzymes are responsible for its development.  Our skin contains “cushioning” in the form of fat cells.  Dense fibrous connective tissue which surrounds the fat cells contributes to the dimpling and lumpy appearance of the skin.

Cellulite Facts:

  • It primarily effects women
  • Heredity is a factor in who is predisposed to develop cellulite
  • It is a condition caused by female hormones
  • Appears mostly on the buttocks and thighs
  • May also be located on the stomach, hips and upper arms

What can a women do to reduce the appearance of cellulite?

  • Devices:  Endermologie, is one such deveice, that uses heat to breakdown the fat cells so that the body can expel them as waste products.  Other modalities that use heat are ultrasound, radio frequency and lasers. Another method, Cryolipolysis, works by freezes the fat cells which essentially causes them to die.
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures: With Cellfina, a physician anesthetizes the skin in order to cut numerous fibrous bands of connective tissues.  Sculptra is filler that is injected into the depressions to give the skin a smoother, more even surface.  And then there’s a fat dissolving process called Mesotherapy.
  • Topicals:  Rebuilding healthy collagen tissues requires a consistent application of topical products containing Vitamins A and C as well as antioxidants.  Caffeine is used in many creams due to its dehydrating properties and ability to accelerate fat metabolism.  Other helpful ingredients include Gota Kula, Horse Chestnut and a type of seaweed called Bladderwrack.
  • Home Care:  A skin technique which I absolutely adore is known as Dry Brushing.  It works to reduce cellulite while also aiding the body in the removal of toxins through the lymphatic system.  If you’d like to learn how to Dry Brush, please read my earlier blog article: Healthy Body Ritual.
  • Lifestyle:  A balanced diet full of healthy, organically grown fruits and vegetables will help to eliminate the toxins that contribute to the development of cellulite.  And, of course, drinking lots of pure fresh water throughout the day will help as well!

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.

Your Skin Remembers

MEMORY – the process of retaining and recalling previous experiences

Your skin remembers…

  • How many sunburns it has endured
  • The times it suffered from aggressive and invasive treatments
  • When an acid peel caused it to become hot and inflamed
  • Etc.

As an esthetician, I have learned that it is essential to treat the skin with kindness and respect. Our skin is so much smarter than we give it credit for.  Advances in science have proven that our skin cells are continually gathering information which is stored in the cell’s DNA. This concept relates to genetic theory of “survival of the fittest” which insures that our bodies adapt to the environment. That is why our skin remembers… so it can adapt in order to protect itself from future assaults.

Today’s women are convinced, by the media, that they must choose aggressive treatments and use harsh products.  They mistakenly believe that causing the skin to be red, raw and uncomfortable with enable them to get results faster.  Unknowingly, they are actually accelerating the aging process.  Think of it this way…a wound is a scar.  The longer the skin stays irritated, the more tissue inflammation and free radical damage that is occurring.

Past history of skin damage begins to show up during menopause when a woman’s estrogen levels are declining.  Prior to this time, our skin “appears” healthy on the surface.  Yet, if you were to view your face under a Wood’s Lamp (a magnifier with a black light), you would be able to see the invisible signs of sun damage and pigmentation.

Invisible Skin Damage = Aging

Fluctuating hormones due to puberty, pregnancy, menopause and stress cause changes in the skin as we age.

You’ll lose about a third of your collagen within the first five years of menopause.  Moisture retention will also decrease, which is why lines become deeper and more visible.  The skin may also develop a transparency that allows capillaries and small surface veins to be seen.

THE GOOD NEWS:

We can slow down and, often times, reverse the damaging effects of skin aggression. Long-term skin health, requires an anti-inflammatory, skin repairing approach.  Best results are achieved with  patience, proper skin care as well as topical and internal nourishment.

I believe in fortifying the skin daily with topical nutrition in the form of vitamins, antioxidants and peptides. With the use of the chirally correct products — young skin will age more slowly — and older skin will begin the process of repair and rejuvenation.

Results DON’T happen overnight!  It’s like weight-loss and muscle toning; these changes demand consistency and dedication to change and improvement. Give your skin time, and the proper tools and ingredients, to correct itself.  It will reward you with a healthy, radiant glow.

RECIPE FOR RADIANT SKIN:

  • ONE PART – Quality skin care products containing vitamins (A, C, E) combined with antioxidants and peptides for daily home use.
  • ONE PART – Professionally administered holistic skin care treatments (such as Advanced Microcurrent and LED light therapy) that energize the skin cells to produce stronger collagen and elastin fibers.
  • ONE PART – Adequate sleep, plentiful water intake, physical exercise and adherence to a healthy diet of lean meats, fruits and vegetables

As always, I encourage you to reach out to me with your questions and concerns. I will be happy to help!


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