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.


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.


  • 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.

Eyebrow Tattooing

There’s a hot new eyebrow technique in town!

It is a form of permanent makeup called microblading.  It is used to create fuller eyebrows or to give definition to brows that have become sparse or virtually invisible due to loss of pigment and/or hairs.

Microblading has become today’s “must have” cosmetic enhancement procedure.  Even though I had briefly written about this in a previous blog post (All Things Micro), I’d like to discuss it further since it is receiving so much public attention lately on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Is it really new?

No.  In reality, tattooed eyebrows have been around for years.  Yet only a handful of permanent makeup artists were intent on creating a natural-looking eyebrow… most were just applying the pigment in a dense line that looked more like an application of eyebrow pencil or a colored-in stencil.

A newer tool, the microblade, was created to aid in the artistry of eyebrow tattooing.  The microblade refines the process of etching a dark colorant into the skin. When done properly, the technician uses feather-like strokes to create fine rows of lines that mimic the look of hairs, thus defining and thickening their client’s present brows.

The key to successful application is where the pigment is ultimately placed!

Long-term color retention requires that the pigment be implanted in the upper dermal layer of the skin.  No matter what you have heard about microblading, it is a form of advanced tattooing — that requires considerable time and practice to perfect.  Results vary 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.

Microblading is sometimes referred to as a “semi-permanent tattoo.” The pigments used for eyebrows are different than body tattoo inks in that they are designed to fade over a much shorter life span since most women change their hair color and eyebrow style.  They are also not implanted as deeply into the layers of the skin.  But make no mistake, microblading is still tattooing! 

It is imperative to 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.  Do your research and get referrals before having this procedure done.  Microbladed eyebrows look amazing…when done correctly!

Although microblading is a wonderful service when performed correctly, it is not for everyone. An ethical practitioner will determine if you are a good candidate by asking you questions about your health, blood-thinning medications, chronic illness and if your skin has a tendency to form keloids or scar tissue .  This is because the skin is opened during the process in order to implant pigments into the upper layers of the skin.

Each state has its own laws and regulations with regard to the practice of permanent makeup. Additionally, education and training requirements also vary.  If possible, try to determine that the technician has been certified by either the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM) or the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP).  It would make sense to contact either the AAM or the SPCP to see if they have a list of qualifying practitioners to refer you to.

The more experience that a permanent makeup practitioner has, the more natural the final outcome.  Equally important is proficiency which means that it will take less time for the process to be completed.  It typically takes between one to two hours to finish a pair of eyebrows from start to finish.

When pigment is properly implanted into the upper level of the skin’s dermis, it should  last about 12 to 18 months.  A color boost will usually be required around the one-year anniversary of the procedure.  For this reason, I would strongly suggest that you hire a professional that rents a physical location so that you will be able to locate them when you need to return for the touch-up treatment.

Keep in mind, that there are several factors that affect the color retention of the microbladed brows.  Such as, your skin type, medications taken, sun exposure and the type of skin care products that you use.

Unfortunately, many new and/or improperly trained practitioners may just “scratch” the surface of the skin…instead of implanting the pigment in the upper dermal layer where it will be retained long-term.  In this case, the pigment will likely fade quickly and pretty much disappear during the healing phase of the skin when the cells are regenerating.

Again, this is a awesome service…when done safely and properly.  To protect yourself, seek out a licensed, insured and well-trained permanent makeup artist. 

NOTE:  Electrolysis is a great way to keep those newly microbladed eyebrows looking their best.  Any unwanted hairs that are growing out of the eyebrow line, can easily — and permanently — be eradicated by electrolysis.  Contact me with questions.

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.