Beauty Tips Friday (2)

For those who are catching up with us, every Friday, I will post a tip about skin care and share my knowledge as a licensed esthetician with you.

When I figure out how to add  videos to illustrate things such as facial massage, it would be a miracle day. I am working on it!

The importance of cleaning your facial/ neck skin the correct way.

Clean your facial skin only twice a day, when you wake up, in the A.M. and before you go to sleep, in the evening.

Why only twice a day?  Depending on your skin TYPE, over washing may stimulate your sebacious glands (oil glands) and you may end up with oilier skin trying to wash off the oil. Excess oil  may result in acne or black heads. If your skin is dry, you may end up with dry patches or irritated skin.

Make sure you REMOVE YOUR MAKE UP (make up remover will be addressed in a different post) before you wash your face.

I have seen women going to bed with make up to look pleasing to the partner sleeping next to them. If I were you, I’d rather make sure I brush and floss my teeth and make sure my face is clean and moisturized and I, as a whole smell well. The smell sense is more powerful in the semi-darkness of a bedroom.

How to wash your face correctly for best results

Do NOT USE SOAP, as soap removes the good oils from your skin. Make sure you also wash all the way to your hairline and also your neck. These parts are many times neglected.

After you wash, you may use a gentle, fruit exfoliator, or no more than twice a week, mix  1 tsp of baking soda and a 1/2 tsp. honey  (raw is best) and  little water to make a paste and exfoliate using circular motions. DO NOT OVERDO. Rinse well and after finishing exfoliating  use a good moisturizer for your skin type.

The best time to exfoliate when washing your face is at night, followed by a restorative sleep.

Enjoy your refreshed, natural skin and remember you are beautiful without make-up, especially in the middle of the night, when your skin, just as the whole of you, needs to rest and rejuvenate. Brush your teeth and floss, rather than wearing make up in the dark.tmp_20519-image-385207892


How Difficult Is It To Do Nothing and Why! The Importance of Relaxation and Siesta

Relax! It’s  Saturday morning, it’s cold and surprise: IT’S SNOWING…

To mind, comes a Facebook share: ‘Who is praying for snow, please stop!’

One would think, on a day like this, and on the weekend, it would be easy to just… do nothing!

What does “nothing” mean? What is the definition of doing nothing?

On a more thorough analysis, doing nothing means different things for different people.

Does taking a nap at 2:00 PM qualify as doing nothing? May be for people who live by the rules of some countries (such as the USA and most European countries.)

But how about the Spanish.  “siesta?”

Several years ago, we visited Spain and at 2:00 PM we were inside a store, actually shopping, not just looking. Why do I stress: shopping? Because it meant we were about to bring our small contribution to the prosperity of that specific store. Yet, when the clock stroke 2:00 PM, all shoppers had to leave the store. It was  time for”siesta!”  On a superficial  level, taking a nap may look like doing nothing, but reality is, resting requires discipline and  awareness of the importance of resting our minds and bodies with the goal of functioning better in our awake states.  What may look on the surface as doing nothing is, in fact, a much needed activity:

Resting and bringing clarity to our thoughts.

Much has been said about relaxation, which requires a “letting go” of  our thoughts, of worries and to empty our minds,or  focusing on a “mantra,”  on one word and repeating it in our minds, over and over again.

Easy, one might say. But is it, for someone who has been programmed to always do something which brings visible results.

What might happen in the mind of a person whose definition of being successful is “doing?” When, while we practice relaxation, or try to nap,  according to our education, the way we have been “programmed,”  these activities look like doing nothing, as the results are not immediately visible?  I don’t know about your minds, but I could share what happened in my mind for a long time, until I re-programmed  it and learned a new skill:

The art of doing nothing!

At first, my mind jumped from one worry to another!  Are my daughters okay, thousands of miles away? Was a a good Mom? or… Was the door locked? Did I take my vitamins? Was my doctor appointment tomorrow… hmm why  didn’t they call to confirm… now I’ll be charged $30 for missing it! On, and on and on… the roller coaster of thoughts while  trying to”doing nothing!” Then the guilt: I wasn’t even good enough at doing nothing! How pathetic!

We have been conditioned that “doing” is what results in success, and furthermore, “doing nothing,” not only has no value, but feels strange… as if we do something which is against rules… and, let’s tell it as it is, sends us on guilt trips! Or is it just me?  It took  practice to unlearn and  feel and accept at an unconscious level what I knew in my conscious mind:

The importance of sleep and relaxation for the overall good functioning of the mind and body.

In conclusion, because we have been programmed that the so called “doing nothing” is not necessary, it is many time considered “lazy,” even if in the 21st Century we know how positive and important sleep and relaxation are, it will take time to learn this new skill. The skill of doing nothing, so we function at our best!

Insomnia and Evening Routines to Help You Sleep

It’s been years since I had a good night’s sleep and statistics show millions of Americans suffer from the same annoying and dangerous condition. Sleeplessness affects our lives in so many negative ways that personally, I am always seeking “tips” to find that peaceful night rest which will restore my beauty and sanity:)

Last week, it was on one of Dr. Oz’s  shows that I found the most information (, a few tips I didn’t know, as well as Web Md, a site which reminded me to seek in the evenings tryptophan rich foods, such as dairy, nuts, bananas, and sweeten with honey.

While I knew to avoid drinking coffee or any beverages containing caffein, I never thought of checking my medications for caffein content and to avoid taking them before going to sleep.

While I knew to avoid a heavy meal right before going to sleep, I didn’t know that having a small snack of a combination of carbs and dairy could help. For example, cheese and crackers, cereals and milk, yogurt and crackers. While proteins are excellent for breakfast, they are to be avoided in the evenings and so is alcohol, which will help you fall asleep, but not stay asleep.

I am not a smoker, but for those who are, nicotine is a stimulant, so fewer smokes before you go to sleep will result in a better sleep.  

Here are a few sites recomended on a Dr. Oz show which according to him will help with a good night’s sleep:

A cool pillow ( )

A good snack: Nutzo, available at Whole Foods Stores.

A particular style of music was also mentioned as being an effective sleep aid. Sorry, I didn’t write down the site…

Have a good week everyone and sweet dreams!