Baby Boomers and Skin Cancer

For those of us over 50, baby oil and iodine may be an all too familiar memory of our 20’s. Throw in a reflector followed by a top notch sunburn and that’s how I attained that perfectly bronzed body during my younger days. Knowing what we all know now, the idea isn’t quite as appealing these days!

 
 

As a consequence of the era where we baked until we were a fine golden brown, many of us are now keeping our dermatologist busy. And if you haven't visited your doctor yet, you may want to consider it!

Skin cancer has different types, but as with many others, the earlier you catch it, the better options you have for treatment.

From my own experiences, don’t ignore anything. I recently noticed a very tiny spot in the small of my back. A quick biopsy determined it was squamous cell carcinoma and I had MOH surgery to remove it. A tiny scar that’s now hardly even noticeable is a small price to pay. Had I waited, it would have been larger and could have spread. A spot on my face was also suspicious and frozen off. Left a slight white mark, but again far better than waiting and needing a more invasive procedure.

While none of us want scars, the techniques used for these removals when caught early are minimal and certainly better than the alternatives!

For scars on your face, long-lasting coverage concealers work beautifully, and using one with sunscreen is even better. Hats, sunglasses with UV protection (very important) and sunscreen are a must.

And being covered doesn't mean you can't still have that sun-kissed look with your favorite bronzer. My current favorite is Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer in a powder and of course tanning moisturizers will work too!

As always, it's never too late to protect your beautiful skin so please use that sunscreen! If it's exposed and the sun is out, you’re at risk. And make that call to the doc for your skin check. The sooner the better!

xoxo Linda

Little Changes...Good For Your Health and Your Waistline!

Summer often sees a rapid increase in health memberships for those of us hoping to get back into those swimsuits. There’s the old saying, “you are what you eat”, and if that’s the case I’m currently a giant piece of pie.


When we’re younger foods often affect growth and development. Sugar and caffeine are obviously not good for growing youngsters and in your youth you may not need the daily caffeine boost.  As we age, however, that morning cup of coffee can be our biggest reason for getting out of bed! Lucky for us, getting older has its perks, and recent studies have shown caffeine to be beneficial for us grown-ups. From reductions in cardiovascular disease and diabetes to psychological pick-me-ups, it’s proving to be quite curative!


While many of our nutrition habits are often established in childhood, as adults we have so much more information at our fingertips for easy ways to be healthier and adopt better habits! These habits can improve our physical as well as our mental health.


Sugar of course is one of the biggest saboteurs to our good intentions and unfortunately seems to pop up in anything that doesn’t grow out of the ground. It’s a plague for those at risk for diabetes or struggling with weight gain. And while it’s easy for some to suggest cutting it out altogether, it’s sometimes easier to figure out what “good” you can add to your diet, rather than subtract from it. So, what are some things we can all easily do to get results from the inside out this year? Here are a couple tips to make you feel and look better for the summer weather, without needing a gym membership or a crash diet!


Grab an Omega-3! Aside from the amazing brain-boosting properties like helping to reduce Alzheimer’s risks and depression, fatty acids are also connected to lowering heart disease and raising Vitamin D levels. And if that wasn’t enough, they contribute to the healthy skin and shiny hair we all want more of! Adding one or two servings a week of fish like Salmon into your diet can provide all these worthwhile results without any giant lifestyle changes.


Try something new! Whether it’s a food or activity, new things are always fun! Did you like riding a bike as a kid? Chances are you still will! Take an evening stroll after dinner and enjoy the winter season. If you’re a foodie, find a way to try out some things that are making the news. Many swear by anti-aging fruits like papaya which helps breaks down proteins and ease digestion. And the currently popular coconut oil and avocado have a whole host of uses and benefits. Obviously diet is a huge factor for weight, so if you just want to start somewhere, change just one thing at a time and go slowly. Maybe ditch the soda at lunch or replace your morning doughnut with a quinoa-oatmeal blend. Over time, little changes add up!


And for the beauty lovers needing a little pampering, here’s one more fun use for the great avocado!
Quick Avocado Face Mask:
Mash 1/2 Avocado really well. Dissolve 1 teaspoon honey in 2 tablespoons of hot water and add to the avocado. Smooth onto face avoiding the eye and mouth area. Leave 10 minutes and wash away.

As we age many things change---one major thing being our lips!

Where do they go?

Hormones changing often cause our lips to thin.

While I invented fullips enhancers to give us that extra little plump here are some other important tips to remember!

1)  Stay hydrated.  Dehydration can cause lips to lose some of their natural fullness.  So being well hydrated is beneficial, not to mention to your overall health too!
 "Coffee, tea, sodas, alcohol, etc...anything with caffeine will decrease the results tremendously, do to the diuretic effects of those products."

2)  Moisture.  Keeping your lips well moisturized, just like you would the rest of your face, not only keeps them fuller looking, but their overall appearance is better.  

3)  Exfoliate your lips.  Yes, while we often think about exfoliating our skin, we often forget that our lips can also benefit.  Use a very soft brush, gently.  In fact, Fullips packages include small exfoliation brushes with every order as a gift, I think it's that important!  Remember, nothing is nicer and more kissable than soft lips!

4)  Consider using a Plumping Gloss.  There are several good ones on the market. Even if you prefer more color than you can get with just a gloss, or have your favorite lipstick, you can use a plumping gloss underneath your favorite color, still giving you the benefit of the plumping effect.  With any new plumping gloss, remember to always check the ingredients first to make sure you do not have any allergies.

5)  Hormones.  If your lips seem to have thinned due to age, and possible hormone changes, you might talk to your doctor about checking your hormone levels as a lack of estrogen can add to this problem.  (I use Bio-Identical pellets and love them!)  However if you are not a candidate for hormone replacement, then using alternative, natural options may be best in these situations.

6)  Liner.  When applying your lipstick, consider using a lip liner.  If you use a neutral lip color then you can take it just outside the edge of your lip line and it will still look natural.  Additionally, using the liner as a barrier, your lipstick is less likely to bleed.

7)  Find a Moisturizing Lipstick.  While I personally like the look of matte finish lipsticks, they can be more drying and your lips will not look as full.  However, if you have a special matte color you prefer, you could still try a plumping gloss under it. I am adding a great liquid matte the my line which lasts and does not cause me any dryness. None of my products are ever tested on animals!

8)  Lip Liner Illusions.  For a fuller looking lip using a liner, add a thicker line under your bottom lip in the center of your mouth.  It creates the illusion of more depth and fullness.


Bonus Fullips Enhancer Tips:

*For those that have a Fullips enhancer, here are some extra tips.  For those coming straight to our blog, the Fullips product was created to offer a natural and less expensive alternative for those wanting fuller lips, without the use of chemicals or invasive procedures.  Our enhancers come in 3 sizes and shapes for a variety of uses.

The Small Oval is my personal favorite!  It was developed to be used vertically, to target the middle of the mouth. In doing this, it takes the focus off the outside area where many older women, like myself, have more noticeable laugh lines and often get a turned down mouth look.  By drawing attention to the center of my mouth, and focusing on a smaller area, the fullness is more pronounced and distracts from the areas that I do not like.  It is kind of a smoke and mirrors thing, but it works! :)

The Medium Oval can focus both on the whole mouth area, and be turned vertically for targeting certain areas.  It can be used to do one lip at a time, and while that takes a little more practice to perfect, it is very useful if you have one lip that is smaller than the other.  If you are looking at just targeting smaller areas, like the center of your mouth, the small one is still the best.  But the Medium Oval tool provides options for both overall fullness and targeting.

The Large Round is our most popular seller for those looking to achieve an overall, fuller look.  It is best for doing the whole mouth area, but not as useful for targeting specific areas.  While some customers use it for one lip at a time, the size is best used for encompassing the whole mouth.  Generally, those with an overall larger mouth shape, and younger people, prefer this one.  Even though my 26 year old daughter in our demo uses the medium oval.  It's such a personal choice really.

And...next blog, I will have tips for my latest product Nexsey! Designed to hide those neck wrinkles that also age us far beyond what we feel! Sixy is the New Sexy!

xoxo Linda

How to Deal with Dry Winter Skin

Unless you’re among the lucky camp that never has to worry about their skin, seasonal changes can wreak havoc on your complexion. Our skin is the largest organ of the body, so it definitely needs some extra special attention. In order to avoid the drying effects of winter, take a look at these tips below.

 

Talk To a Specialist
While it may seem indulgent, working with a great skin care specialist is one of the best things you can do for your skin. These are specialized skin experts that can assess your skin for any underlying issues, and explain how to best use skin care products to your advantage. For instance, if you have sensitive, climate sensitive skin, he or she will most likely tell you to avoid benzoyl peroxide, as it can dry out your skin.

If you’re looking for a bit of pampering, estheticians can also perform customized facials to help that dry winter skin begin to rehydrate. Generally you should see an esthetician a few times a year, but this is an investment that’s definitely worth it.

 

Set Up a Skin Care Routine
Once you’ve seen a skin care expert, they’ll likely have given you a set of products that will work well with your skin. It’s important that you set up a regime and stick to it, and it’s essential that you use all products as directed. While those suffering from dry skin should avoid over washing, it’s essential to cleanse, tone and moisturize twice day. You’ll most likely need to use a heavier moisturizer at night than during the day; however, if you have a combination of both dry and oily skin it may be helpful to avoid using the denser moisturizer on areas more prone to oil production (like the “T” zone).

 

Be Mindful of Your Diet
Most experts will tell you that skin health begins on the inside. Often, when the weather turns cooler, we tend to drink less water and unknowingly begin to dehydrate our bodies, which is directly reflected in our complexions. This is why it’s important to remember to drink plenty of water all year round. This keeps not only our skin but all of our organs functioning optimally. If you find yourself struggling to drink enough, try to alternate with green tea or find creative ways to entice you to sip more H20 throughout the day. You’ll also want to take a look at your diet as well.  Foods like salmon, nuts and avocados that are filled with omega fatty acids that are skin friendly and help us rehydrate our bodies from the inside. Sweet potatoes filled with beta-carotene can supply skin with cell-repairing nutrients that help reverse tissue damage and prevent premature aging, while water and silica-rich vegetables like cucumbers improve both moisture and skin elasticity. Have fresh produce at the ready by using a service like FarmBoxDirect.com—you’ll find fresh fruits and veggies at your doorstep every week! Eating healthy has never been easier.


Keep It Cool
When the outdoor temps start dropping, the indoor temps steadily get higher. Be careful to avoid taking extra hot showers or sitting next to heater that’s cranking out the heat. Prolonged exposure to hot temperatures strips both the skin and the hair of much-needed moisture. Keep showers shorter and cooler and try not to sit too close to any direct heat sources. And, speaking of keeping it cooler, the winter season tends to be stressful for many individuals with the pressures of holiday planning. Stress has many harmful effects on our bodies, and our skin is no exception. Make sure to incorporate time to relax into your winter schedule. Head to a yoga class, reinvigorate your meditation practice, make sure to get an extra hour or two of sleep or take some time to do something that feels calming… your skin will thank you.

The Eyes Have it--It's all about the lashes!

Beauty trends are an ever revolving door. What is old is new again and even the fads we wish would stay buried in the past, tend to resurface!

Brows and lashes are two things that have had an interesting history of trends.  Going as far back as Ancient Egypt, men and women heavily darkened them with kohl. In the Middle Ages both were shaved to create the illusion of a higher forehead, and early versions of mascara and tinting have been around for centuries.

Lashes and brows are still a huge point of focus today. Thick brows and long, luscious lashes dominate social media beauty pages. They can greatly accentuate the shape and size of the eyes and make the rest of your makeup pop. Much the way lipstick highlights your lips, lashes and brows finish your look.

Over time however, just as your hair thins or changes, lashes and brows can befall the same fate and leave us looking for options. While after 50 it’s perhaps not as much about trendsetting, we still want to maintain the same finished and more youthful look.

False eyelashes in particular are all the rage at the moment and options abound!  Full, partial, demi, angled, straight, you name it and they exist. There are thick, thin, wispy and everything in between. They can be applied one lash at a time or all at once in strips. You can attempt to do them at home, or have them professionally done. Price of course varies as well, starting at just a few dollars for drugstore brands or $25 for a more expensive pair.

For those looking to start somewhere, my friend recently launched her own gorgeous line called Eyeris Beauty. They are not only extraordinary, but they are 100% cruelty free, which for me is a big thing! And they can be used up to 20 times allowing for some practice too!

False eyelashes certainly provide the most dramatic change, but you must be careful. Sometimes they can accidentally pull out your own lashes and the last thing you want to do is lose anymore!
And for simpler solutions, of course there is always mascara, all prices and all types. And again, while this is what I mostly use, you have to be careful as it can be drying and when it sticks to your natural lashes can cause further thinning. Last, there are prescription topicals you can ask your doctor about that promote growth. If this is of interest, just be sure to do some research of any possible downsides. The most important thing while enhancing any part of your look is not to cause further damage to anything you already have!

I have tried the false lashes and they were fun and quite dramatic. Personally they're something I would use for special occasions mostly. As I've shared before, I tend to be a bit lazy so anything that requires extra work probably isn't going to make my daily routine. So I suppose my drugstore Covergirl Lash Blast Volume mascara will have to do for now!

Brows are up next month!

Unique Halloween Ideas that Will Make You a Standout.

Have you been phoning in Halloween for years? We get it. Life is busy enough and then you add having to find a costume and the task seems insurmountable. Here’s what happens, though. You get to your costume party and see some amazing getups and you think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Costumes really do add to the fun of any party worth its salt. So if you’ve decided this is your year to make an impression, we can help. Below are some unique Halloween ideas that will make you a standout.

Go For the Play on Words

These can be a bit overdone but, if you choose a good one, you’re sure to get some laughs. And the best part about these costumes is they are typically low maintenance. The perfect example of this is black-eyed peas. Grab a friend, tape on a big white “P” to your black shirt, and then each you of you wears black makeup on one eye. Voila! You are the black-eyed peas! Another great one is the cat burglar. Get some cable, a flashlight, a black knit cap, and do your face in super creative cat makeup. Of course, party animals, one night stand, and Radiohead are easy and fun, too. Get your hair blown out at Drybar to bring a little bit of glam to these easy looks.

Make it With Makeup

Makeup is amazing, right, ladies? Of course, it helps us feel beautiful in our day-to-day lives, but an absolutely amazing Halloween costume can come from makeup alone. And, trust us, if you do a good job with it, people will be blown away. This is the time of year you get to be someone else, which can be extremely freeing. Bring out that bright, bold lipstick you’ve been hiding in your bottom drawer. As for costumes made with makeup, our favorites have to be the fairy, the deer, and this crazy pixilation makeup. You won’t believe your eyes! Of course, Sugar Skull makeup for the Day of the Dead never disappoints. Get yourself a good palette and your possibilities are endless.

Go for Comfort

Okay, okay, so this might not make you a true standout but trust us, you’ll thank us. Comfortable Halloween costumes make the whole night more enjoyable, and they also make it less likely that you’ll ditch your costume later on in the evening because it’s a pain in the you-know-what. You can buy unique Halloween costumes here that are also warm and cozy. Talk about a win/win!

Throw a Macabre Movie Party

Is there anything better than a good scary movie, especially if you have a significant other to cozy up to during the scary parts? Consider asking a bunch of your creepy-craving friends over for a marathon session of movies that’ll make your skin crawl. From The Exorcist and Amityville Horror to Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween, it’s hard to run out of fodder for this fun. Of course, you’ll want to keep the party in line with the theme. Think witches’ brew, dead man’s finger sandwiches, and blood red cupcakes for dessert. Of course, TV provides plenty of inspiration, too. You could go with a marathon session of Dexter, The Walking Dead, or American Horror Story on a streaming service like Hulu Plus. Whatever you choose, guests will surely be talking about this party for years to come.

Group Costumes For the Win

There’s something about a group costume that just goes above and beyond. It’s challenging enough to come up with a costume for one that’ll make you stand out, but if you can get a group of your buddies together and make it work, the result is astounding. Mashable shared some super fun ideas, including “Dress as your boss,” roller coaster riders (don’t ask us how they created this!), and Tetris (this year would likely be more geared towards Pokémon Go). It can be fairly complicated like Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, Alice in Wonderland, and the Cheshire Cat or as simple as Rock, Papers, Scissors. Any which way you cut it, people are going to be impressed.

Follow these tips for unique ideas this Halloween, and you’ll surely stand out amongst the other witches and warlocks.

 

How to Improve your Man’s Style

By Kate Anderson


You’ve got the perfect guy; he opens your door, he’s attentive, and gets along with all of your friends.  His one flaw?  His personal style could best be described as one step away from homeless chic.  This is a conundrum many gals face, and if you’re looking for ways to help your man up his fashion ante, consider these easy tips and tricks and transform his style with runway-worthy duds.


Ask Questions
Before you can work on changing your style, you need to understand why he dresses the way he currently does. Is it just sheer laziness—he can’t be bothered to try any harder? Or does his style as it is indicate some underlying facets of his personality? Perhaps his baggy shirts and pants are used to disguise some physical trait he’s insecure about, or maybe he’s been told he can’t rock a certain style by a former girlfriend or some of his friends. Taking the time to understand his resistance to certain styles will help you streamline your efforts and ensure your newly chosen pieces are something he’ll actually like and wear.


Be Positive
You catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar, so remember to remain positive when he starts making changes that you appreciate. When he wears that new shirt you bought him recently, commend him, shower him with physical affection, and make note of how good he looks. You’d be amazed at what a casual “Those jeans look so good on you” or “Wow, that shirt is really working for you” can do. Positive reinforcement is sure to do you many favors, and he’ll be more apt to wear what you like when he sees the love and affection it gets him. Guys do want to look good too, and know that they’re attractive to you, so making sure he knows how much his efforts are appreciated can see you both happier with his fashion sense.


Start Small
Pulling him with you to the mall for a day of shopping may sound like fun to you, but if he’s not into style and fashion, guaranteed the prospect sounds like a punishment to him. The last thing you want is to make him more resistant to your efforts, so instead of planning to overhaul his entire wardrobe in a weekend, start small and work in great pieces over time. Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to changing the fashion habits of a fellow who is stuck in his ways.


Pay Attention to Fit
Many guys are satisfied to throw on that classic t-shirt, buy a wholesale suit from a store like Firstsuit.com, and trust that their determined size is always the right fit. Unfortunately, forgoing a bit of tailoring can actually result in a sloppy mess. If you find he’s resistant to trying new clothes, instead consider tailoring what he already has. You’d be shocked at how much of a different proper fit can make, and he’ll be surprised at how much better his current style can look with a little bit of professional attention.


Don’t Forget Details
If you’re having a hard time convincing your guy to don that chambray button down, or he’s been resistant to your efforts on putting him in a straight leg jean, consider the small details that might be easier to encourage him to try. One fashion statement that’s become massive in men’s fashion? Socks. Believe it or not, this footwear has become a top way to show off personal style, and with so many designer companies offering awesome designs, you’re sure to find something he likes that will catapult his style from drab to debonair. Find some creative socks at a company like Stance.


Leave it to the Professionals
If you’re finding it tough to pick out items for your guy, leave it to the professionals. Companies like Trunk Club will assign the lucky fellow with a professional stylist. The stylist will take into account his preferences, then send along fashion forward pieces in all the right measurement. What your guy likes, he keeps, and what he doesn’t, he sends back for free, easy as that.
Overhauling your man’s style doesn’t have to cause undue stress. Keep these tips in mind and have him looking handsome as ever in no time. 


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About the Author:

"I’m Kate, an organization expert, and I would love to help you live your best, and most organized life. When I first became interested in organization I never could have imagined all the ways it would improve my life and I want you to have that experience too. I started my website, Kate’s Organized Life, and began writing to share my tips on decluttering, organizing, and planning to help other people tackle the task of organizing their lives and setting themselves up for success."