Ah sleep. It eludes me – often. From late night party hang-overs and early am work to the late night dinner or even later chirps from the baby’s room – I never get enough. I used to pop a xanex and conk out but since turning unemployed, hippie, homemaker my life (and my ‘prescriptive connections’) have changed.
Studies as cited in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute have shown that if you don’t have enough melatonin, a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer or a man’s chance of getting prostate cancer increase significantly. They have also found that melatonin is the number one anti-cancer hormone produced in the body and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
This facial scrub is so delicious you will want to eat it! To begin, rinse your face and neck with warm water and then gently apply the mask in gentle, circular motions. When you are done, rinse with icy cold water – but don’t wash with any face cleaner. You will want to leave it on for the night.
3 tablespoons sugar a great scrub to remove dead cells and make way for new ones
4 tablespoons olive oil – soothing and moisturizing
2 tablespoons honey – antibiotic and soothing
Juice from half a lemon – citric acids clears away old skin allowing for regeneration
Nutritional yeast looks like wheat germ and tastes like a nutty, flaky, grated cheddar cheese. It is made from a single celled organism sporting the impressive name: Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which is grown on molasses and then harvested, washed and dried with heat to kill or ‘deactivate’ it. Because it is inactive, it doesn’t froth or grow like baking yeast. Don’t confuse it with Brewar’s Yeast as it has nothing in common AND, it will not give you a yeast infection (as many misguided people believe!). Continue reading →
So many girls I know won’t eat avocados out of fear that they will make them fat. But eating avocados is like feeding eggs to a show dog. Everything will gleam apres! I eat avocados daily and am far from fat!
Avocados contain the kind of fat that is critical to anti-aging and great skin – polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These fats help your skin to retain moisture. Without moisture our body functionality and metabolic processes are reduced leading to inflammation, puffiness and a decrease in the release of toxins. But avocados contain even more beneficial advantages: Continue reading →
I knew a girl in Manhattan who was famous for her vast wealth, her couture day wear, her Park Avenue spread and her shiny skin. Let’s call her G.G. – for Glow Girl.
G.G. was a chain smoker but she had better skin than non-smokers. After a particularly messy cocktail party chez elle, I cornered her in her bedroom and demanded her secret. We were enveloped in a huge cloud of smoke (we were both lit) and I could barely see her but for the effervescent gleam of her skin which was like a private light source. Continue reading →
Ever notice those little vertical cracks that appear on the side of your mouth? Or that the line from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth gets deeper as you get older? And what about those fine lines above and around your lips? Continue reading →
Our skin is our largest organ. What we put on it is, in a sense, “eaten”. So how many of your skin creams can you eat? I worked for an internationally famous cosmetics company when I first moved to NYC. I spent time at their labs. I worked on the formation of new products and their marketing campaigns. Most savvy consumers know they are paying for perfume, packaging and advertising.
Those tiny, well crafted, jars of creams where the container usually weighs more than the product are filled with promises. Promises that you will look like the woman in ad – who probably heard about the cream the day she arrived at the shoot. I have handed interesting new creams to my chemical engineer friend (always useful to have!) who threw them on his desk with scorn. How can they possibly stabilize this or that so it enters your skin before oxidation and acts aggressively and effectively? How can these so-called lipids penetrate the outer epidermal layer? It’s impossible. Bullshit! And what about all these chemical binders they have injected in here so the cream will blend and have a smooth, creamy look? What about the chemicals used to make the cream smell good? If fragrance is so necessary rub some rose petals on your body! What about the chemicals used to preserve it for a long shelf life? Continue reading →