Great Skin Foods # 4

Number 4 on the list of Great Skin Foods is Cilantro--also known as Coriander. It's full of good things including minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium, Vitamins A, C, B, and K and antioxidants. What's not to like?

It has antiseptic, antifungal, disinfectant, antibacterial and antioxidant properties—read the details.

These benefits make coriander/cilantro good for you inside and out. Many makeup products are full of ingredients that are bad for our skin and this includes heavy metals. Mercury can be found in skin creams. Lead is very common in lipsticks—even in name brands, according to recent FDA studies. Mercury exposure is believed to have a damaging impact on the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and your skin.

“Cilantro/coriander is what is known as a natural chelator—helping to draw heavy metals such as mercury and lead out of tissues. I suggest you play it safe and sprinkle cilantro into your soup or sandwich whenever you can—it may be good for your general health and also help your skin glow.” Maxine

While coriander and cilantro are the same plant, coriander seeds have a different, spicier flavor/purpose—often used in curries and stews—so they are not interchangeable (says Rachel Ray!)


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Great Skin Foods #3

Choose Watercress for Your Health

The easiest solution for a patchy and splotchy complexion (which may mean you have circulation issues) could be to eat watercress. This is appearing on more and more menus these days—it has always been a staple in the UK… and may help explain the English peaches and cream complexion.

It's also good for you inside and out--with anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits. Watercress is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, particularly “bone building and strengthening Vitamin K” and Vitamin A, says The Guardian. The latter is great for eye health.

The results of a study in the Daily Mail indicated that women on watercress noticed a visible improvement in skin texture, pores, and a reduction in redness. Watercress contains more Vitamin C than oranges and four times more beta carotene and Vitamin A than apples, tomatoes, and broccoli.

Poor circulation starves your skin of oxygen and nutrients. Watercress is high in iron, helping the blood to carry more oxygen throughout the body to oxygenate your skin. So next time you're at the supermarket, pick up some watercress. Not only will you have a glowing complexion, you’ll probably enjoy yummy salads and tastier sandwiches. 

p.s. Watercress is often found in salad-in-a-bag mixes, so it may already be part of your diet.

p.p.s. And after your day is done, don't forget to “Warsh” away the makeup and grime with the Warsh Cloth for Her and only water. Happy Warshing!

Great Skin Foods # 2

Number two on the list of great foods for your skin is cabbage--so get started on the cole slaw and cabbage rolls if you're not already.

Cabbage is good for your body and your complexion

Crow’s feet might actually be a sign of stress, especially if they start appearing when you're in your 20's and 30's. Because stress creates cortisol, this effectively “makes your skin break down faster, leading to premature wrinkles and sagging.” This is particularly true for the delicate tissue around your eyes.

We all know it’s important to do what we can to alleviate stress for our mental and physical health. Exercise (especially yoga), time outside relaxing, and meditation are what I always recommend— but now I’m advising to add some coleslaw to your diet!

One of the top ways to fight high cortisol levels is to enjoy foods containing vitamins A, C, and E. A good choice is cabbage and red cabbage is the best. It's said to have eight times more collagen-boosting vitamin C than green cabbage varieties.

Cabbage is extremely low in calories, under 20 per half cup of cooked cabbage--you've probably heard about the cabbage soup diet... so not only is it very nutritious but it's a great filling food to keep you on track if you're trying to keep fit or lose weight. It helps with obesity, digestion, to suppress inflammation that can lead to heart issues, is a cancer fighter, protects from radiation therapy--and much more. More on cabbage from Medical News Today.

To keep your skin looking great from the inside and out--don't forget the Warsh Cloth for Her--and if you haven't yet, try Collagen Correction in your skin care routine. Collagen Correction is a great pre-moisturizer!


Which foods are best for your complexion?

Great Skin Foods # 1

“I have always believed in the Fountain of Youth within. And I believe in doing my utmost to maintain and improve my body and my mental and physical strengths. Of course, I take excellent care of my skin with good-for-you anti-aging techniques that are non-invasive and gentle, such as microcurrent, and I only wash my skin with water using my own branded WARSH Cloths.

“But I realized lately that it’s my good health that is my number one asset and which has such an impact on how I look and feel.

“As I often tell my clients, you always show at your best when your healthy glow shines from the inside out. And the most important thing you can do to maintain this is to pay attention to what you eat and drink.

“Aim for a healthy body and a healthy glow that starts from the inside out!” Maxine

Over the next few days, we'll cover six good-for-you-food selections. If they aren’t already on your menu, it's an excellent idea to add them for the good of your health and your skin.


Number one is dulse or dried seaweed.

The sea vegetable dulse, or dried seaweed, is said to be a tasty way to get rid of dark under-eye circles. Seaweed is full of vitamin B. This helps to draw excess fluids out of your tissues - including fluids that make your eyes puffy and give you dark circles underneath. Eat it alone or crumble it up on your soup or salad.

What is dulse and where can you find it?

This edible seaweed is full of fibre and protein and grows wild on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts--it's been a staple of diets in  Scotland and Wales, for example, for a long time. Look for it in a good supermarket--it comes in various forms from pickled to powder to flaked. It can be added to salads, soups, pan-fried.... and will work to keep your body healthy and your skin glowing from the inside out. Take this first step to a wonderful complexion!

p.s. To keep that complexion glowing, be sure you're using The WARSH Cloth (of course!).

Summer diet and skin tips


Skin care from the inside out

Make conscious food choices and go for an anti-inflammatory diet (tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy veg, nuts, salmon, tuna, sardines, blueberries, cherries... check what's good and what's not). Many of the foods that make up the Mediterranean diet are also anti-inflammatory and make it, too, great for weight loss, general health, and your skin. The anti-inflammatory diet minimizes breakouts and improves skin tone.

Plus, experts say that inflammation in your body contributes to a huge range of diseases and conditions from Parkinson's to Alzheimer's, cancers, arthritis, and more. Battling these prospects while you eat is only sensible.

Make fresh veggies and fruits part of your life. Your food choices have more of an impact on how you look and feel than you might think, now and in the future. (“Good, I hope,” says Maxine!).

So aim for nine to 10 servings of fruit and veg daily. Emphasize fresh food and variety always/avoid fast food and desserts, especially those you didn't make yourself. Have your Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, some nuts (walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews...), even dark chocolate. Also make sure you get your full fibre allowance (from 25 to 40 grams)—not only from whole grains, barley, brown rice etc., but fruit and veggie as well, from eggplant to nuts, beans, bananas and blueberries. 

Another way to get the best from an anti-inflammatory diet is to spice it up. Make turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, cayenne, and even black pepper a part of your healthy body and skincare diet.

More tips

What turmeric does for you—see Marie Claire


And how do you care for your skin from the outside in? If you've been following Maxine Warsh for a while, you'll know that the key is to wash (Warsh!) your face with only water and the Warsh Cloth!


Diet is key to youthful, glowing, healthy skin.

Diet is key to youthful, glowing, healthy skin.

Eat Your Fruit and Veggies (and Spices!)

It's summer and that means you're probably showing more skin. Substitute fruit and veggies for baked goods. Banish take out from your diet and reduce carbs and you'll begin to see a real difference in how you look uncovered--and how you feel. Besides the benefits to your fitness level and capability, general outlook when you know you're doing something good for you and your health, you'll see an improvement in skin tone, look, and feel.

Make your first stop in the supermarket the produce aisle.

It will make a difference if you eat the five or six fruit and veggie servings a day the experts recommend, says natural skin care advocate Maxine Warsh.

“And also think anti-inflammatory foods and spices—think cinnamon, chili pepper, turmeric... They make a big difference to how well your body works, to your propensity for certain cancers, heart and stroke issues--and also your anti-aging routine.”

p.s. If you can't eat enough veggies fast enough, give your complexion a lift with cosmetic microcurremt. Revive and rejuvenate. Come in for treatment if you can or try the Maxine Warsh professional-level anti-aging  MDXMiniPro. SEE THE DIFFERENCE A FEW MINUTES A DAY MAKES.

Watch for more good diet, health, and Face Talk tips on this topic later!


Baby wipes and chemicals

Chemicals could be responsible for an epidemic of skin allergies, say experts. The preservative— MI—is used in a wide range of products including makeup and baby wipes, and is reported to cause contact allergies, according to a UK report.

Contact dermatitis and eczema are reported as the most common results. Avoid MI whenever you can.

Soap and dermatitis

The National Eczema Association defines contact dermatitis as inflammation of the skin and solutions they recommend include not using soap and avoiding cleansers, especially when outbreaks occur.

Avoid baby wipes 

The chemicals in baby wipes are believed to be a big cause of dryness, irritation, and allergies—exactly the issues you want to avoid with a baby or toddler.

“Because the Baby WARSH Cloth cleans tender skin with water only—it's great for cleaning, swishing round all the folds and nooks and crannies around baby's arms, legs, neck, and elsewhere—I highly recommend it. They're great for goody bags and shower and new baby gifts and help get parent (and baby!) off on the right road to natural, careful skin care.” Maxine

Cleaning with water—the fibers are designed to do an excellent job without chemicals— doesn't cause allergies or dryness—and helps avoid these issues—and your baby will feel a lot happier!

More on the Warsh Cloth for Baby!


Chemicals and skin allergies

There's been a lot of publicity lately after a report, originally in the UK Telegraph, that chemicals in household products, skin creams, cosmetics and related products may be responsible for  an epidemic of skin allergies. The preservative—known as MI—is used in a wide range of products, from shampoos, moisturizers and shower gels.” It's also in many makeup and baby wipes.

It's believed that the chemical is second after nickel in causing contact allergies, says The Telegraph. Contact dermatitis and eczema are reported as the most common results. Avoid MI whenever you can.

How to avoid dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is defined by the National Eczema Association as inflammation of the skin and is caused because your skin fails to retain water. Solutions recommended by the NEA include not using soap and avoiding cleansers, especially when outbreaks occur. Many skincare experts advise not to use soap or cleansers full of chemicals on your complexion—ever—and the message is starting to be heard.

Saving the skin from dermatitis

The Warsh Cloth can also be found on The Shopping Channel!

The Warsh Cloth can also be found on The Shopping Channel!

“Many of my Maxine Warsh clients swear by The WARSH Cloth for exactly this purpose. All you need is water to clean the face. Plus you get a nice, fresh and clean feel,” says Maxine.

“This may be one reason it's so popular—because it doesn't dry out your skin as cleanser chemicals do. People love the result. And also—as we now know—The WARSH Cloth doesn't contribute to the flare up or development of allergies. It leaves a clean palette for the addition of moisturizers and other treatments.”

Avoid baby wipes and chemicals

The situation with baby wipes is equally as ominous, with chemicals said to cause dryness, irritation, and allergies—exactly the issues you want to avoid with a baby or toddler. The Baby WARSH Cloth works in the same way, with water only, for cleaning, swishing round all the tender folds and nooks and crannies around baby's arms, legs, neck, and elsewhere.
It doesn't cause allergies or dryness—and helps avoid these issues.

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Taking a spa day

Feeling rested and rejuvenated

If your life isn't looking (or feeling!) much like a day at the beach at the moment, taking a time out to indulge yourself and your senses and switching the focus to relaxing can make a huge difference. You'll likely feel rested and rejuvenated—and rise above the down-for-the-count feelings that too much busyness and stress create.  

Stress and you

Remember, if you're not getting enough relaxing time, your body will tell you. Stress will show itself in disrupted sleep patterns, assorted aches and pains—from headaches to back and neck aches—to the feeling that it's taking twice the effort to do what you used to do in a blink. It's important to destress—whether it's meditation or more family and friend time—when you feel you're losing track of 'you' in the day-to-day grind. As we all know, stress may also show up in other more serious ways—raising your risk of chronic ailments and life-threatening conditions and illnesses. The signs of stress vary from chronic urinary tract infections to problems in your love life.

Taking time to indulge in the tried and true stress solutions from vacations to deep breathing to focusing on a healthier lifestyle and habits are all good. So is indulging in a spa day—or even a spa 'hour' to start your relaxation process. And you don't even have to leave home to do it.

Planning a spa session at home

First on your menu when planning a spa session could be ambience—think music and lights. Go with your favorite scented candles and some soothing night music—even if it's the middle of the day—something that makes you feel floaty and dreamy whenever you hear it.  

“I'm a strong believer it taking care of myself—from the inside and out—and am careful to exercise, try to live a healthy lifestyle, and make sure to take the edge off when I need to. After a busy week, the best gift I treat myself to is a home spa day..”  Maxine

It looks like this...

Sleep in!!


Drink 10oz. of apple cider vinegar (1T of ACV) and honey tea (1T)

Enjoy a cup of coffee (the system is neutralized from the ACV)

Light breakfast of fruit and yogurt or a smoothie of fruits and veggies.

Luxuriate in an apple cider vinegar and baking soda bath with a few drops of my favorite essential oil (today it was Patchouli) 

Last, but not least, I give myself a Collagen Correction microcurrent facial with my miniPRO HOME UNIT.

I then have a main meal of roasted veggies, goat cheese, salad, and grains.

Today I roasted two large beets in a 410 oven for 45 minutes, cooled, then thinly sliced them.

I made a dressing of 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 2 T olive oil, and 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar

Then I added a heaping handful of rocket greens and dill over the beets, poured on my delicious dressing, added a few Tbsps of goat cheese and sprinkled sunflower seeds over the mixed greens.  Fabulous!

Feeling rested and refreshed and ready for a matinee.

What's your idea of a home spa day?


Complexion remedies

How can you rejuvenate your complexion?

Can you see a loss of tone in your complexion?

If you're noticing a double chin or saggy neck, the best thing to do asap is start exercising. The experts say that another surprising method that seems to work to ward off a double chin is to chew gum... the muscle action works to tighten sagging muscles.

Remedial for skin sun damage

If you're starting to see signs of wrinkles (they can show up anywhere or everywhere') or a saggy skin on your neck and decolleté areas, it's never too late to try some toning and tightening exercise.

p.s. Cosmetic microcurrent... which I offer to Toronto customers helps with this and so does my DIY microcurrent unit. Non-invasive Microcurrent Lifts are perfect to refresh and plump skin if you want to blur the wrinkles. Do it at home (with Maxine Warsh equipment!) or make an appointment if you're near Toronto to try it out.

Prevent sun damage to your skin

Aging on your neck and dec, and on your hands, is hard to hide, especially in summer outfits. So make a super effort this summer to try to avoid wrinkles and protect your skin from the sun at all times.  Cover-ups and hats, hats, hats work best--and don't forget sunglasses and also use your sun visor or even wear a hat when you're driving or near large windows. Even if you're on the inside of glass and think you're protected--you may not be! Always use high SPF's. whatever your skin type or tone, to prevent wrinkles.

Avoid skin damage from makeup—the best way to clean away your makeup

“Another key piece of advice to help protect your skin is to cleanse your face of makeup—WARSH(!) a couple of times daily with the WARSH Cloth, so that makeup doesn't fill up those nooks and crannies that might be appearing in your skin. Especially do so before you go to bed so the makeup doesn't cause damage as you sleep.” 

Call (or email) to make your appointment or for more info!

WARSH Cloth for Her, the miracle makeup remover. All you need is water!

WARSH Cloth for Her, the miracle makeup remover. All you need is water!


Improve your complexion & minimize stress—

When you're too stressed, your body produces more of the cortisol hormone. This may cause a multitude of problems for your body but also for your skin—as if you haven't got enough issues to deal with! 

A side note... vacations can be the worst time to plan on recouping and relaxing. You might be so busy ensuring a perfect family get-together for everyone, or trying to squeeze in enough down time to keep your engine going when you do get back to work, that your body decides to call for help and this is when you get the flu, or a cold, or feel the general effects of stress on your psyche and body. The effects of stress also show up on your skin.

Reduce stress for healthier skin

Stress affects your health and well-being from muscle tension and pain to stomach upset to sleep issues, sadness, and depression to over or under eating to lack of exercise. Telling yourself to snap out of it or take control usually doesn't help. 

Minimizing stress not only improves your life, it improves your complexion. Too much stress increases your production of pore-clogging sebum. So if your pores are feeling the stress—with the resulting icky lumps and bumps that make you want to hide instead of getting out there and meeting people, pursuing goals, having fun, etcetera... it's a good idea to develop and maintain helpful stress-coping mechanisms.

Ways to fight stress

Try the usual prescription of sleep, healthy diet, more exercise (yoga!), relaxation downtime, old movies, a good book, a long walk, and injecting some fun into your life.

And because how you're treating yourself affects your stress levels as well—particularly the guilts if you just can't resist that second trip to the buffet over the hols—try a time out for mindful healthy eating. Stick to fruit and veg for a meal or two—and switch to H20 instead of more eggnog... and feel better fast.  Some superfoods, such as blueberries, are good for you inside and out! The nutrients in blueberries help with splotchy skin, acne, and broken capillaries—more on this!

Staying destressed to keep your body healthy has the added benefit of helping to keep your complexion fresh and lovely. 

p.s. Skin Care Tip: Washing with the WARSH Cloth with water only keeps your complexion fresh and clean and WARSHes away the makeup and oil that jams pores. Don't make the situation worse by using makeup cleansers that add to the sticky build-up and dry out your skin.

What foods are good for your skin?

Is there an “anti-aging healthy skin” diet?

These great-for-you anytime foods are what the experts recommend for hydrating from the inside out. Mostly, the foods that are on the good-for-you list for health also help your skin AND make a great anti-aging diet. The list includes salmon, avocado, olive oil, spinach and leafy greens, nuts/seeds, fruit (of course!) and eggs. For more on why you should eat anti-aging foods:  StyleList.


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Other foods that should be on your menu that are good for your skin (and your hair!), making you look and feel fit and healthier from the inside out are dark chocolate, walnuts, the ever-popular spinach, lentils, flax and chia seeds, and berries. According to The Huffington Post, berries “are loaded with anti-inflammatory agents and vitamins that help protect you from premature aging.” They are also great at battling illnesses and packed with Vitamin C, which not only keeps skin firm but is used by your body to form collagen.

Chocolate (or raw cacao) has flavonoids to fight free radicals and protect your skin from UV damage and wrinkles and fine lines.

For facts you might not know about berries--such as if bananas, kiwi fruit, and lychees are classed as berries, and which are the most beneficial... Elderberries is #1, followed by blackberries, and ... tomatoes? Read up.

Causes of wrinkles and aging

A BBC report on eating your way to fabulous skin summarizes the main causes of wrinkles and skin aging and pinpoints damage from the sun, strong soaps, chemicals, and poor nutrition as the main culprits, and recommends antioxidant rich fruit and veg with beta carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and selenium.

(Using the Warsh Cloth with water only to clean your complexion eliminates two of those factors immediately!)

Fighting acne

To fight acne, cutting back on processed/junk foods and hydrogenated and saturated fats is recommended, says the BBC. Try to eat more selenium-rich foods such as Brazil and walnuts, cashews, fresh tuna, sunflower seeds, and wholemeal bread. More.

Use the Warsh Cloth at least twice a day to clean your complexion of all makeup and grime for best results. 

Use the Warsh Cloth at least twice a day to clean your complexion of all makeup and grime for best results. 

“I agree,” says Maxine, “and washing with the Warsh Cloth (we also have one for acne) and only water will, of course, also help to fight a variety of skin problems—from aging to acne.”



Benefits of high-intensity exercise

Whether you choose cardio workouts, yoga, pilates— you're probably aiming to improve strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, lose weight, develop muscle mass, lower stress levels —or all of the above.  But for anti-aging exercise that seems to work at the cellular level, the best choice may be to add High-Intensity Interval Training to whatever else you're doing. 

Many of us think of HIIT as a great way to rev up our metabolism and keep burning calories after we've stopped to get max value from our exercise time. But if you want to not only look younger but feel younger—and, they say, help your body be younger—the best value may be with high intensity, which made the older participants cells in this limited study resemble those of younger people.  

Is this the fountain of youth?

High-intensity training could be the fountain of youth. Bursts of moderate and high-intensity training exercise seemed to reduce “many age-related differences in elderly participants' mitochondria”—see ABC Report.

The Mayo Clinic study showed that HIIT is great for “reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy,” according to the New Scientist. Declining mitochondria may aggravate fatigue and contribute to developing diabetes. HIIT subjects also saw surges in heart, lung, and circulation health.

You don't have to run to boost your exercise levels—depending on your fitness level you may want to look at indoor rowing, the elliptical trainer, water running, or indoor cycling. Whatever you do, read all about it first and be sure to check with your doctor—then start your anti-aging regime from the inside out!


Acne isn't just for teens

According to the Mayo Clinic, the four main causes of acne are oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores, and bacteria. Other factors may be stress, hormones, and meds you may be taking, including contraceptives.

What causes acne?

An unhealthy diet heavy in carbs and dairy, such as chips, bagels, (and other tasty items such as bread!) doesn't help either. Eating greasy foods may not cause acne, but working in an oil-heavy environment (greasy spoons?) re cooking may. We've also written about the importance of washing (Warshing...) your makeup off before going to bed.

Avoid chemicals and harsh soaps on acne

You can get it at any age—from 16 to 60 and beyond. Acne can appear not only on your face and neck but almost anywhere on your body including your back, arms, and chest‚ “Wherever it is, I'm sure you want it gone,” says complexion expert Maxine Warsh.  According to the experts, and we're pleased to reference the Mayo Clinic again, acne isn't created by dirty skin, although gently removing oil, dead skin, and other substances including makeup will help.  But  “scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

“I've believed this for a long time and I'm glad to see other experts agree with me. That's one reason I introduced the Warsh Cloth for Acne, which is designed to give your face a gentle fresh, clean with only water and is finding fans of all ages!”

What can you do about acne?

There are a number of home remedies, many of them natural and probably already sitting in your kitchen, to battle acne, from honey (use as a mask) to chamomile tea--dab it on your skin— to aspirin, and aloe.

Acne scars and what to do about them

But is there anything that can minimize acne scars? Yes, say skin specialists. One handy treatment that is also natural and probably in your kitchen is to use baking soda. This can be applied in a number of ways and in combination with other ingredients to battle acne scars. Other natural remedies for acne include turmeric (what isn't it good for?) and even tomato slices. 

So if you're tired of spending money on so-called “acne treatments” just take a look at home--and use naturally cleansing water (and the WARSH Cloth!) to clean up your skin.


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Anti-aging tips for your skin—

Don't let the weather age you. Some days it feels like it's wrinkling and crinkling —especially if you're iinside in a hot and dry office or winterized home. There are simple ways to take care of your skin from the inside out.

Water, water, water

Drink lots and lots of liquid—preferably water.  Everyone still recommends 8 glasses a day if you can do it. Tea and other liquids help, too!

You've probably noticed that your skin feels more springy when there's more humidity. This doesn't mean you can relax. Always wear a high SPF sunscreen outside and if you're in a damp  climate still moisturize often.

Sun damage when driving

Some people don't know that skin can still suffer sun damage through glass--in front of windows or when you're driving in winter and summer—so use an  SPF cream on all exposed skin. When you're outside, wear a hat whenever you can.

 In the winter, think humidifier. Even a small unit in the bedroom will help you to avoid the long-term effects of weather and dryness on your skin. 

The best anti-aging tip is to exercise. Being on the go more often than you're sitting helps to make sure all your cells and functions are in motion. Nowadays experts recommend never stay sitting longer than an hour at a time but many of the latest studies say no longer than 10 minutes--even if you just stand up and wriggle.

Exercise, exercise, exercise to battle aging— get up off the couch or your chair often to get a drink of water. Take a peek outside or talk about the weather chat with your colleagues or neighbors—any excuse to get up and move

Maintaining activity is a disease fighter—from cancers to cardiovascular. And social activity of any kind may help prevent dementia and with depression. The combination of exercise and social interaction is excellent—so keep moving and start talking for anti-aging benefits—to your body, skin, and mental condition.

How to moisturize for anti-aging

Use mucho moisturizers—on your face and your body. Slather it on while you're still damp dry—just blot your skin lightly with a towel and then use your lotions and potions.

It's a good idea to keep a body cream or moisturizer next to the shower or bath, so you can give your skin a drink each and every time you emerge.

Also, don't forget to exfoliate regularly—this deep cleanses your skin and makes it more receptive to moisturizers.

Hint— “Use the  WARSH Cloth twice daily for a healthy complexion and because it's a natural exfoliant. Not only will it clean your skin of makeup and grime.  All you need is water for a fresh, receptive skin. Cleaning with only water means you're not adding cleanser or soap chemicals that dry out your face. Your complexion will thank you for it... and so will the planet. The WARSH Cloth is good for you and it's good for the environment—simply wash and reuse for months and months.”



How much water should you drink?

We hear it so often that we accept it without question—drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces each of water a day, or 8x8. But is this accurate and do we need this much? 

It depends. According to Web MD, the Institute of Medicine advises that men need about 125 ounces of liquid daily and women 91 ounces. The first thing to note is that the liquid doesn't all have to be water. The second? Most of us are probably getting enough hydration if we eat an average diet from food and beverages. Did you know that an apple is 84% water, broccoli is 91%, and a plain bagel 33%?

Also, take note of what you're drinking—alcohol is dehydrating. Coffee and sodas are hydrating, but caffeine is a natural diuretic. Water is the best choice because it's free and calorie-free.

How much water you need in a day depends on a number of factors from your age to your gender, health, weight, activity level, and even the weather. If it's hot and you're perspiring--you probably need to drink more water. But you may also need more water in other extreme weather conditions such as when it's cold, humid, or you're at high altitude. Children need lots of liquid—they get dehydrated more easily than the rest of us and seniors may need to drink extra liquid because of health issues. Heavier people need more water also. 

Can you drink too much water and does it matter? 

It's uncommon, according to the Mayo Clinic, but if  “your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte content of the blood is diluted, resulting in hyponatremia.” This mostly affects endurance athletes such as marathon runners and is rare in healthy adults who eat the average diet. But some health conditions including “heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases may impair excretion of water and require that you limit your fluid intake.”

If you're exercising intensely (or for more than an hour), experts recommend sports drinks that contain sodium.  “This also reduces the chances of hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening,” says the Mayo Clinic. For short periods of exercise or any activity that makes you perspire, drink an extra 1.5 to 2.5 glasses of water. 

According to Web MD: Our kidneys process 20 to 1000 ml of fluid per hour. So it's not easy to go into fluid overload, but it can happen if you drink too much, too quickly. Symptoms include weight gain, nausea, and bloating and may reduce the sodium levels in your blood, “which can result in headaches, confusion, seizures, and coma.”

Can you lose weight by drinking water?

Studies show this to be true—when you drink before a meal it fills you up and you tend to eat less/fewer calories. However, longer-term studies need to be carried out, say the experts.

Is your body 60% water?

 “Absolutely not,” says Dr. Eric Berg in the 8 Glasses of Water Per Day Lie, Your body is not really 60% water, as conventional wisdom would have us believe, but is 60% “electrolyte fluid. Water is just one component of these fluids, and your body constantly works to maintain the proper balance of water, electrolytes, and minerals in these fluids. Drinking significantly more water than you need does nothing but tax this function of the body.”

How much water should you drink?
Dr. Berg's recommendation is that you “drink when you're thirsty.” So it's not wrong if you're not consuming 64 ounces daily—your water intake is probably fine as long as you're not thirsty.”

Whether you monitor your water intake or are sure you're getting your liquids from your healthy diet, the bottom line is that water keeps your body and brain working. Without it your health would suffer—so if you're thirsty, drink up!

p.s. It varies, but in general, we can survive up to about three weeks without food, but only three days to a week without water.




Hiding puffy eyelids—

Is your complexion showing the signs of too many late nights?

Repairing the ravages of too much of a good thing or reduce the look of aging is surprisingly easy, says makeup artists.

Do you use eyeliner only on your bottom lid? Are you using a foundation that doesn't really work for you? See five makeup tips that are making you look older.

Is light eye shadow better?

We tend to think that lighter is better, but that isn't always the case with makeup, so the simple answer is no—not when you're trying to hide the signs of too many late nights or not enough sleep.

Celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, who has worked with Vanessa Redgrave and Sandra Bullock has shared a number of makeup tips to look younger in the Daily Mail. Choose the right foundation and blusher and, if you're older, don't put blusher on the apple of your cheeks but brush up and out. Other tips include don't use powder puffs and how to restore definition to your eyebrows. 

And don't forget to clean it all away before you go to sleep at night. “This is extremely important,” says complexion expert Maxine Warsh. “I can't emphasize it enough. Otherwise your makeup settles and clogs your pores and that's the least of it. I recommend the WARSH Cloth (of course!) to remove makeup and grime with water only--and we're still offering free shipping when you order over $60!”

Click: Makeup video on how to make older eyes look fresh from Lisa Eldridge.

Avoid these exercises

Exercise and aging

Exercise is good for us—but too much of the wrong type can have serious and long term repercussions. Most of us know that jogging is hard on the knees and lower joints  (for starters). This is especially important to remember if you want to stay active at every age. Too much standing and walking can contribute to heel spurs and other issues. Also try to avoid sit-ups. Harvard Medical School says that, for a harder core, we should skip sit-ups and crunches, which can harm your back. Stick to the plank.

Check out  exercises to avoid, which includes crunches (yeah!), upright rows, and even the seated hip-abductor machine. These trainer favorites are not always as good for us as we like to believe.

Expensive sports injuries

Recouping from sports injuries can not only be painful but expensive and the physio you may need can lead to further problems. A New Zealand study showed that, over a five-year reporting period of a group of insurance claimants receiving physiotherapy reported in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Injury, claims attributed to exercise were related to physiotherapy in 31.5% of cases and to manual therapy in 26.5% of cases. Oops.

So choose your physiotherapist well, on the recommendation of a doctor preferably, and check their professional affiliations.


And to give your face a good wash after your workout? The miracle worker WARSH Cloth should be in your gym bag!

p.s. And if your kids (sorry, young adults!) are away at school—or if any of your family are traveling, especially on biz where sticking to a healthy diet that's also good for your complexion may fall victim to the temptations of eating out or fast food. . . taking care of your skin is more important than ever. So don't forget to keep your complexion in good shape and pack The WARSH Cloth for Her, for Acne, for Teens, and for Men.

Any baby parents on your list? the WARSH Cloth for Baby makes an excellent shower gift and they're all great for stocking stuffers!





Anti-Aging Hairstyles

Anti-aging hairstyles refresh your look and may help you feel more confident at work and at play!

Making sure your crowning glory looks glorious and works to hide those facial imperfections that you don't like can have immediate anti-aging effects and is not that hard to do. 

How to Hide Chin Lines

Give spice to your life and ask your stylist for an anti-aging hiarcut. If they say, “what's that?” suggestions include layers up  top for volume to detract from jowly chin lines

“I always like to point out, at this point,” says Maxine, “that microcurrent treatment, which I provide if you're near Toronto and also offer a unit to purchase so you can give professional anti-aging DIY at home, helps with this!”
Change Hair Color?

Don't go for layers if your hair is thinning, however--it just makes it wispy and look flyaway and that's not what you should be going for. Or you may need a charge of fresh color to brighten you up. Women usually think we should go lighter as we go grey—but this is sometimes a wrong move. Darker gives a nice contrast, although not too dark. Keeping in your natural range also helps you feel more authentically you.  Another anti-aging tip is to go softer to frame the face. Add length to hide droops and sags, maybe even just a few wisps will do it.  Thick hair can overwhelm your lovely face. A good stylist may make all the difference, so try not to economize on this important step.

See some simple tips with before and after pix from Good Housekeeping.

Do you Have a 20-Year-Old Hairstyle?

It's not a good idea to keep the style you had at 20. This rarely works when you're 40 or 50—so sometimes a little tweak is in order. If you haven't tweaked lately, give it a try!

In a future post, we'll include tips on how to hide not-so-stellar complexions/brown spots and other signs of age plus more on how to create the skin you want to see in your mirror. Stay tuned! An excellent place to start is to always wash (WARSH!) with water only.

R& R (Revive and Rejuvenate) with Maxine Warsh