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 mono and had to miss a few weeks of school.  As a young teen, she was also plagued with sinus infections, yeast infections and urinary tract infections.  She 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.

Honor Thy Needs

BalanceA woman needs quiet moments of self-reflection to balance out how much of herself she gives away.

A few years ago, I established what has now become my annual tradition. At the beginning of each New Year, I search inside my soul for a special word or theme that will be my mantra for the next twelve months.

This year, I have been working on honoring my emotional needs and finding the balance to nurture them. By sharing my thoughts, I am hoping that I will inspire others to evaluate their own needs and follow suit.

It is my observation that when women give so much of themselves away, they have so little left for themselves. So many women, young mothers especially, arrive at my office exhausted and frazzled.  For most, an uncomfortable electrolysis session translates into a  mini retreat facilitated by reclining on my treatment table for a few minutes of uninterrupted relaxation before they resume their hustle and bustle.

Recognizing and attending to our needs is an essential part of self-love and care. When we take care of ourselves, we are able to give more to others.  

What are your needs? What brings you joy? What fulfills you?

For over twenty years, I was a member of a local community concert band, but gave it up due to work scheduling conflicts. Playing my flute and making beautiful music with my fellow musicians brought me tremendous joy and fed my inner soul. It was also great fun and I miss it terribly, so I am now determined to find a way to incorporate band back into my life.

What is your soul telling you? Do you enjoy being outdoors? Would you rather read a good novel? Once you discover what your needs are, ask yourself how you can make it happen. For me, multi-purpose visits with friends are the best…we can share a walk in the park, a tandem shopping excursion or, better yet, a lunch date!

Accept yourself for who you are.

When you acknowledge that everyone’s needs are different, you can let go of expectations and embrace what works for you personally. Communicate what you need so that others understand.  By practicing self-care and honoring your authentic self, you will be happier inside and more available to flourish in your relationships.


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

Feeling Blessed

This month, I flew to Florida with my family to celebrate a milestone birthday for my mother ~ 90 years young!

Mom’s body doesn’t move as quickly as it once did, but her spirit is lively. It is not her style to complain about aches, pains or limitations. She takes them in her stride and emphasizes that it is a normal part of the aging process. At her tallest she was 4’11” and now, due to curvature of the spine, she is about 4’8”. Mom refers to herself as the “incredible shrinking woman.” Although her hip is deteriorating and causing her discomfort, she insists that it’s “not so terrible,” and that others have far worse health issues.

Last year when I turned 60, my mother declared that “60 is the new 40.”  I laughed and replied that I didn’t think that was accurate and expressed that perhaps “60 is the new 50” instead.  Then I asked her: “Mom, if 60 is the new 40…then what is 90?”  She responded that “90 is 90!”  So cute!!

This woman, who has suffered her share of tragedies, has managed to maintain a positive and upbeat attitude. She always sees the very best in everyone and continually expresses gratitude for all the good things in her life. It is so easy to please her as she appreciates even the tiniest of gestures. I am blessed to have this sweet little woman in my life. Her love is bountiful and unconditional.

Even though I didn’t write the following short story, it so aptly describes my mother’s mindset that I wanted to share it here.  I read this at her party and everyone agreed that my mother is definitely the eternal optimist!


There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.  “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.”  So she did and she had a wonderful day!

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she only had two hairs on her head. “Hmmm,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.”  So she did and she had a grand day!

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. “Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in a ponytail.” So she did and she had a fun, fun day!

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head. “Yay,” she exclaimed. “I don’t have to fix my hair today!” 

A POSITIVE ATTITUDE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!


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