BATTLE STRESS & HELP YOUR SKIN

Improve your complexion 

Stress may cause a multitude of problems for your body— even worsening conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer's and diabetes— plus stress is bad for your skin. 

Reduce stress for healthier skin

When you're too stressed, your body produces more of the cortisol hormone. Stress affects your health and well-being from muscle tension to stomach upset to sleep issues, depression, over or under-eating and lack of exercise.

Minimizing stress not only improves your day-to-day life, longevity and well-being, 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, vacations (see the photo!), more exercise (yoga!), relaxation downtime, old movies, a good book, a long walk, and injecting some fun into your life. Here are 10 ways to relax—including deep breathing, which you can do in a few minutes and lowers the heart rate and blood pressure.

And because how you're treating yourself affects your stress levels —try a time out for mindful healthy eating. Stick to fruit and veg for a meal or two—and switch to H20 instead of sweetened drinks or alcohol... and do yourself some good.  Some superfoods, such as blueberries, are good for you inside and out! The nutrients in blueberries help with splotchy skin, acne, and broken capillaries—stay tuned for 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. Anti-Aging 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 dries out your skin.

A GOOD DIET IS THE KEY TO YOUTHFUL SKIN

Diet is key to youthful, glowing, healthy skin.

Diet is key to youthful, glowing, healthy skin.

Eat Your Fruit and Veggies (and Spices!)

Are you one of the many North Americans who vowed, along with your New Year’s resolutions, to eat better, lose weight, and exercise more? Join the club!

Substitute fruit and veggies for baked goods. Banish take out and eating out from your diet—people who cook real food, instead of heating up from the take out counter or ordering in, do a lot better in the general health stakes, eating less sodium, saturated and regular fat, and fewer calories.

Reduce carbs and you'll begin to see a real difference in how you look--and how you feel. Don’t skip breakfast; eat at regular times; make sure you’re getting lots of fibre—have at least 5 fruits and veggies every day, if not more; 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. And it’s cheaper to eat at home ( seven times cheaper, says Forbes).

Make your first stop in the supermarket the produce aisle.

And having the five or six fruit and veggie servings a day the experts recommend makes a difference to your skin’s tone and feel, says natural skin care advocate Maxine Warsh.

“Make sure you have not only anti-inflammatory foods (olive oil, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, salmon, tuna, strawberries, blueberries…(more) but 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 skin’s good health and 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 IN YOUR SKIN THAT A FEW MINUTES A DAY MAKES.

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

 

Retailers carrying the Warsh Cloths

Here are a sprinkling of some of the locations/retailers carrying the Warsh Cloth.

  • Sporting Life

  • Cinderella Suites, Woodmere, New York

  • Carol Kelley, in L.A.

  • PharmaSave

  • 889 Yoga

  • Rosemarie’s Cosmetics, Pompano, Florida

  • Eyes on Sheppard, North York

  • Ilana Stein-Attali, The House of Vitality

  • Lee Renick Cosmetics, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

  • Daniel Sade, Healing Fragrances, Concord

  • Ladies Golf Club

  • Palais Royale, Bayview Village

  • Palais Royale, Yorkville

  • Granite Club

  • Parisa Hair Salon, North York City Centre

  • Look Hair Studio

  • Delineations

  • Hair Dynasty

  • Lezah Skin Care, MississaugaAyala Raiter Jewelry Couture

  • Dr. Diane Wong, Glow Medi Spa—Yorkville, Aurora, and Markham

  • Michelle Romanica at Great Lakes Dermatology, Wisconsin

  • Beauty & Barber Supply outlets

  • Grace Makeup for Midlife

  • Susan Kirsch Makeup

  • Weston Golf & Country Club

  • Classic Nails

  • Sweetgrass (at Verity)

  • Pestacio Fine Foods

  • Bayview Village Sport Specs & Opticals

  • Jewelry Secrets, St. Jacobs

  • David’s Fine Linens @ Bayview Village

  • and the new Vaughn location

  • Natural Life Health Market (GTA)

  • River’s Edge Gift Shop, Rockwood, On.

  • Really Neat Stuff

  • Inner Peace Spa, Etobicoke

  • Perfume Passion

  • Bambuu Hair Salon

  • Elemental Core Healing in Newmarket

  • JC Salons, Toronto

  • The One Nail and Spa Hair Design, Milton

  • Mara Swartz

  • Partners in Beauty— Stacey Elson, Chatham

  • Partners in Beauty— Nancy Matteis, Chatham

  • Partners in Beauty— Cathy Zarzycki, Conestogo

  • Eye World, Markham

  • Cass Bella, Vernon, BC

Please contact Maxine if you'd like to carry the Warsh Cloths or the Black Label epiCARE range of all-natural skincare products! 

Plants and well-being

It's true—flowers have power. Being outside in nature—whether it's a backyard, tending a balcony flower pot, or in the garden—relieves stress and makes us feel better. This may be one reason why spring seems to perk up our happiness factor—who doesn't feel a little boost when you see your first crocus and, perhaps, a momentary flashback to springs past?

A study by researchers at Kansas State University showed that contact with flowering plants has a direct effect on patients' psychological and psychological well-being. Patients with flowering plants in their rooms during post-op recovery from appendectomies took less pain meds, had lower blood pressure and heart rate, and generally lower symptoms of pain, anxiety, and fatigue.  This study showed that plants were better than cut flowers for patients because of the plant's longevity and since patients became involved in their care—watering, moving them, etc.

Warsh Cloths make a perfect hostess gift—with flowers on top!

Warsh Cloths make a perfect hostess gift—with flowers on top!

Boost your creativity with plants

According to a landmark European study, there are cognitive and creative benefits to having plants in the office—even plain green ones. This may explain the greenery in many business interior landscapes. Plus they help with stress and relaxation, which could explain why plants are so common in doctor's (and dentist's(!) offices.

Flowers aid relaxation and stress reduction, but choose your colors well. Vivid and saturated tones are energizing, while “less saturated colors are calming,” as are colors near each other on the color wheel. are colors near each other on the color wheel. More from Huffington Post

And if you're giving a thank you or a hosting gift —say it with flowers on top and you won't go wrong! According to a study at Rutgers University in New Jersey, recipients of gifts (a candle, flowers, fruit basket) reacted with true and heartfelt smiles (known as the Duchenne smile) and were still feeling the boost of the gift of flowers three days later.

How to Avoid Dermatitis—

“You've probably heard me say this before—but using natural skin care and Warsh Cloths that clean your skin with water only is really very good for your skin and science backs this up!” Maxine Warsh

The preservative—known as MI—used in a wide range of personal care products, from shampoos, moisturizers, and shower gels to many makeup and baby wipes is said to be second (after nickel) in causing contact allergies.

The National Eczema Association defines three common types of contact dermatitis—irritant, allergic, and contact (hives). Many irritants or allergens are common in items such as shampoos body, washes, cosmetics, soaps, lotions, baby and wet wipes. The association recommends not using soap and avoiding cleanser and other ‘wash off’ lotions and products, especially when outbreaks occur.

“Washng (Warshing!) with only water cleans your face the natural way!”

THE WARSH CLOTH—FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE CLEAN

How often should you moisturize your body?

How often should you moisturize your body— as frequently as your face?

From anti-aging and complexion expert Maxine Warsh:

Moisturize your body as soon as you step out of the shower or bath—while still a little bit damp to help absorption. It doesn't take much to keep your skin bouncy, toned, and wrinkle-free! (A great use for Warsh Cloths after you've been using them a while is to exfoliate in the shower to give your body the same all-over glow as your complexion--use it dry before you step under the spray and give your skin a light rub all over!)

And take shorter baths and showers--the latter a little cooler than you might like for the sake of your skin and your hair.... (and hair color if you color--it helps the shade last longer).

Water, Water Everywhere for Winter Skincare:

And just a reminder to humidify your indoor spaces whether you have an automatic humidifier, one you plug in, or go the vintage route with bowls of water near your heat source—for the sake of your complexion/in fact, your skin all over--make sure you humidify the atmosphere.


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The Warsh Cloth

For People Who Like Clean—

Tips to help you through the holidays

TAKE A TEA BREAK:
Some teas taste good and most (all?) are good for you. But what kind?
Green tea can help protect against heart problems, is a great anti-inflammatory, and is also believed to help with acne.  Chamomile is considered a sedative tea--and most of us know it can help you switch off. Studies also say it's anti-inflammatory and reduces migraines.

Turmeric tea (or golden milk) is said to be anti-inflammatory, boosts immune function, lowers cholesterol and even helps battle Alzheimers.

Apparently Brits drink approx. 60 billion cups per year.   (See the other teas that are good for you and what the Irish Examiner has to say!)

Check out MAXappeal for more anti-aging and pro-health tips! (Subscribe to keep up to date with our weekly mailer—see this page, below.)

Hobbies and anti-aging

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m all about pro-healthy aging aka “anti-aging.” It comes naturally and honestly. It’s my way of life and I practice it in my life style every day. So it’s no accident I’m in a business that evolved organically from my love of exercise, diet, fashion, skin care, and hobbies!

Scientists have discovered that hobbies are good for you—they help you live longer. And for me, they add to the joy of life and keep me young. You probably know that feeling when time seems to stand still—you’re lost in the activity of creation or action. Some call it The Zen Factor,.

Another aha moment hit when something moved and inspired me to explore another of my passions—beautiful jewelry—and I started to create my own. I don’t know how else to express it... I just had to express the emotion through creating. The beauty of natural gemstones spoke to me. After making gifts for friends and family my husband suggested I sell them... and the rest is history. Edgy Elegance was born and so begins another addition to the lifestyle of happy, healthy, creative living, and the joy of looking forward and feeling alive with every fiber of my being.

How do hobbies help you live longer?

Research shows that people who spend at least two hours a day on hobbies are less likely to die early! The 90+ study by a neuroscientist at UC Irvine and presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science shows that having a hobby has the biggest percentage impact on longevity on participants. Whar ar the four key factors that might help you live longer? Read more.

Note from Maxine: Private parties and appointments can be scheduled. Give me a call. And I know I keep telling everyone that people just love to find Warsh Cloths in their Christmas stockings… and I think they’d love to find a customized jewelry item—perhaps one made to match their eyes or their favorite outfit or color—in that stocking too! Connect to create!

Buy online—custom-necklaces and more from Edgy-Elegance.ca

The key to a flawless complexion

Clean your face with water

According to beauty and makeup artist Arabella Preston, adviser to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, a face cloth to wash your face should be your number one priority.  

“I couldn't agree more,” says Maxine. It sounds like Kate is a strong believer in what the Brits call “flannels” or wash cloths to clean her complexion. (we like Warsh Cloths and wonder if she's tried them--they're perfect to clean and leave you with a fresh face, plus they exfoliate at the same time, and all you need is water). 

Celebs and complexion routines

Many dermatologists and skin care experts, including Maxine Warsh, believe in not using anything stronger than water on your face for cleansing. Celebs from Salma Hayek to Kirsten Dunst to Lady Gaga say they don't use chemicals to wash their complexions (at least some of the time!) if they can help it, report style magazines. In fact, the 'caveman/woman?' routine, which is growing in popularity, advises never using chemically-based cleansers (or even makeup or moisturizers) of any kind.

ˆI definitely wouldn't go that far. But I would avoid cleansers and stick to water only as this does cause dryness. Instead, gently wash (Warsh!) with water only and one of my cloths. Washing with water only doesn't dry out or aggravate your complexion in any way and is good for your skin. In fact. It clears away the makeup and grime, even eye makeup, and gives a thorough clean without drying out or leaving a chemical residue like you get with chemical cleansers. These cleansers contain harsh ingredients and preservatives to prolong shelf life and this can play mayhem with your PH balance and leads to over-drying of your skin and wrinkles!

Using water only leaves your skin fresh and clean ready to be moisturized. Then I suggest using my Collagen Correction before you moisturize as it really helps to prepare an absorbent base and helps the moisturizer to work as it should.” Maxine

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Beauty Tip:

Kate's beauty guru says her lovely complexion is due to using a “flannel”-- i.e. a face cloth! We suggest the Warsh Cloth!

Don't increase your wrinkle factor

There are all sorts of chemicals that irritate the complexion, are carcinogenic, dry your skin out, and thus increase the wrinkle factor, or cause breakouts. These occur in beauty and other common products found around the house (more on house cleansers later!). Some of are covered in a Huffington Post article including parabens and phthalates (in moisturizers) and sodium lauryl sulfate (body washes and cleansers) plus propylene glycol (moisturizers and sunscreen, makeup, shampoo and hairspray...) 

Anti-aging tip from Maxine: Be sure to hydrate from the inside out

Hydration. The body can live a long time without food, yet only a few days without water... some sources say you can survive for a week or so—others it may only be a few hours in extreme conditions. My advice from the anti-aging perspective is to drink water, herbal tea, and fresh vegetable juices consistently. Staying hydrated is a key to cellular regeneration. Get in the habit of drinking 1/2 hour before meals and one hour after meals.

p.s. Warsh Cloths are environmentally friendly—they last for months. Wash (Warsh!) the cloths with soap and water to keep them at their best--but use water only when you clean your complexion to keep your skin at its best.

NATURAL TREATMENT FOR ACNE

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. Avoid sugary and highly processed foods, especially those with a high-glycemic load. This includes fried chips, cookies, crackers, white bread and pasta—as well as fruit juices and soda. There is a school of thought that working in an oil-heavy environment (greasy spoons?) may contribute.

What should you be eating? Recommendations include plenty of water or unsweetened tea to eliminate toxins. Eat as many fruits and veggie as you can. Also choose foods with lots of Vitamin A (spinach, carrots, cateloupe, kale),  Vitamin C (citrus fruits and brocolli), Omega 3 and 6's (avacado, salmon, nuts, olive oil) and even chocolate. Dark chocolate with a high cocoa factor is the best.

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! It's important to wash (Warsh...) your makeup off before going to bed—and the Warsh Cloth does a wonderful job of this and doesn't add any chemicals to your skin.”

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 the natural cleansing power of water (and the WARSH Cloth!) to clean up your skin.

 

p.s. and watch our video for 20% discount offer!

 

Sugar is bad for your complexion

More and more studies are showing the negative effects of sugar on our health and wellness. But did you know that sugar also causes wrinkles?

Apparently it reacts with protein, which creates AGEs and causes cell structures to harden and skin to wrinkle.  This process of glycation reduce the effectiveness of collagen and elastin and make us look older. Eating fruit, which also has fibre and slows the absorption of sugar is not the problem—it's refined sugars that should be avoided at all costs. Most of us know by now to avoid refined carbs such as white flour, white bread, white sugar, white rice, and pasta—and stick to the whole grain or unadulterated varieties.  (With rice, stick to brown or wild rice.) Refined carbs raise your blood sugar levels quickly and have little nutritional value.

Avoiding refined sugars means avoid desserts including ice cream, cookies, donuts, and the usual (plus protein and fibre bars, etc.). Eat real fruit instead or make your own sweets with whole grains, where you can, and minimizing the sugar. (You can often use unsweetened apple sauce instead, but be sure to reduce the liquid to compensate—usually 1/4 to 1/3 cup.) Check the label of anything that comes in a package or bottle for sugar, glucose, lactose, honey, molasses and other sweeteners...and this means ketchup, chips (including taco chips), pasta sauce, cereals, soups, and dressings of all kinds.

Refined sugars add to inflammation, contribute to diseases such as cardiovascular and cancers, as well as type 2 diabetes. The average American consumes 350 calories of sugar daily or between 120 and 150 pounds a year. This is way too much. If it sounds like you, it's probably time for a change.

(Read this report in the Daily Mail for inspiration!)

Avoid simple sugars and choose complex carbs, such as brown rice and veggies, which don’t cause insulin spikes—and try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Your skin will glow and feel fresh and bouncy (and unwrinkled!). p.s. and did you know, too much sugar and sugar spikes can cause excess hair growth and dark patches in skin folds and body creases? Read about it.

Baking? More great food swaps for when you're trying to live/eat healthy.

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NATURAL BEAUTY TIPS—APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

How to tone and even out your skin naturally in seconds—

  “So excited to share my latest Natural Beauty Tip—Apple Cider Vinegar!  Using Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner to balance the Ph in skin is an excellent idea-not only is my skin smoother and softer, but I actually notice that it's more toned and even. Treatment is simple. Wash (WARSH!) your face with a WARSH Cloth. This exfoliates and cleans away makeup and grime with only water. Then just dab a cotton ball with ACV and wipe your face, neck, and dec. Then moisturize. You’re done!” Maxine

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Use the Warsh Cloth at least twice a day is my best advice to keep your skin clear.

Benefits of apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (according to articles in Reader's Digest and elsewhere!) has a lot of wonderful health and other benefits, besides enhancing your skin's tone and clarity. See how and why it works.
 
It's fantastic for digestion— apple cider vinegar helps with tummy troubles, prevents indigestion, cures hiccups, soothes sore throats, could lower cholesterol, clears a stuffy nose, aids weight loss, gets rid of dandruff, clears acne, boosts energy, reduces night leg cramps, battles bad breath, whitens teeth, and helps control blood sugar…
What are you waiting for? Visit your local store and stock up!
 
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Pro-Aging- What Is It?

Some people call it pro-aging. Others call it healthy living or thinking positively or with satisfaction of your own aging process—whatever the words you use, chances are it will help you live longer and better.

Thinking positive helps longevity

A Harvard and Yale study showed that participants with a positive outlook on aging—who felt happy and useful—lived on average seven and a half years longer. Positive thinking about aging had more of an impact on aging than blood pressure, your BMI, how much you exercised, or your cholesterol levels.

In another key study, participants with positive perceptions about aging and capabilities, regardless of their health at the start, were better able to carry out daily activities over an 18 year period. 

“Wow,” says aging expert Maxine Warsh. “If that's not an excellent reason to focus on pro-aging instead of anti-aging, I don't know what is! To me, pro-aging is about a healthy attitude and living a healthy lifestyle—living out loud and fully.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are key components of pro-aging—but a positive attitude to your own aging process is even more important.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are key components of pro-aging—but a positive attitude to your own aging process is even more important.

Live for today (and tomorrow!)

“It’s being all you can be with confidence, grace, and gratitude. If you were true to yourself yesterday then you are true to yourself today. Pro-aging is about getting out of bed with gratitude at being alive to enjoy another day of being all you can be —to own the day and your life without excuses.

“We aren’t getting any younger, but even though glow of youth is now replaced by the beauty of experience and knowledge… I wouldn’t change places with my younger self for all the toned muscles my body use to boast. I love me now and where I’m going. This isn’t to say I will ever stop taking care of myself. I value pro-aging too much to ever grow old. I was recently in Miami visiting mymother who is still youthful and not defined by her number. Good for you, Mom.

“I like to share my approach to life, as you know—and am so pleased that my skincare products and daily regimen developed to help others with aging (or pro-aging!) work so well!.

“My advice is to live out loud in the happiest, healthiest way—try to love who you are and where you're at and, of course, think positive. It really is good for your health!” Maxine Warsh

 More on pro-aging stats and tips.

 

MAKEUP TIPS TO REJUVENATE YOUR LOOK

How to hide puffy eyelids—

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

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

Do you use eyeliner only on your bottom lid? Is your foundation not really the best choice for you? How can you turn back the clock?

Is light eye shadow better?

We tend to think that lighter is better, but that isn't always the case with makeup. The simple answer is no—lighter is not better 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 $65!”

A number of famous faces are also strong believers in washing with water only--apparently  Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, uses a face flannel (the Brit term for a wash cloth) and this may be the trick to her glowing complexion say the experts! 

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

And watch this excellent video testimonial by Pro Makeup Artist Ashley Szabadi on why she uses the Warsh Cloth!

Kate uses water and a face flannel--is this the secret?

From the Daily Mail

8 Skin Care Tips for Women Over 40 From Anti-Aging Expert Maxine Warsh

  1. Clean your face with the WARSH Cloth every evening just before you go to sleep.

If you haven’t used my Warsh Cloth before, it’s a brilliant 3-in-1 cleanser, makeup/grime remover, and natural exfoliating anti-bacterial cloth that cleans with water only. That’s all you need—no soap, no chemical-based makeup removers. (And it lasts for three months!) Most people try it and never want soap or drying cleansers again.

2. Again, don’t use cleanser in the morning; just splash water over your face or clean your skin with the WARSH Cloth.


3. When you wake up with oil on your face, use your finger tips and spread it over the drier areas. It’s your own natural moisturizer!

4. Use pure, non-toxic moisturizer for all areas of your face. There is no need to have different moisturizers (i.e. eye cream, a face cream, a night cream, hand cream, body lotion, etc. I highly recommend one of my all-natural Black Label epiCARE moisturizers…).

5. Get at least 15 minutes of sunlight on your skin everyday.


6. Soothing facials are better than harsh cleanings and peels. (A microcurrent facial/ treatment is more effective in stimulating collagen and elastin than any other facial available.)

7. Know that your skin exfoliates naturally. When you use chemical exfoliators to speed up your skin’s natural cycle, you are exposing tender new skin before it is ready. (Using the WARSH Cloth to cleanse twice a day works with your skin’s natural cycle and exfoliates gently each time you use it.)

8. Investing in your physical and emotional health is the best natural skin care you can practice.


As we age, less is more. My favorite skin care treatment is a great night's sleep, long walks in nature, and meditation.

Order your Warsh Cloths online on my site, on Amazon—or ask your local spa/retailer to stock them for you. They will love you for it! Maxine.

What's the best anti-aging treatment?

How to rejuvenate your skin

A lot of people are saying the best anti-aging treatment short of surgery, which most of us don’t want to do— is microcurrent. It's non-invasive, non-surgical, can be done any time—even immediately before you head out but somehow feel the need for a little boost to your complexion and a boost to your confidence.

“I think it's the feeling of plumpness and better tone and texture without the surgical risks that people like,” says skin expert Maxine Warsh. “And it's the same when you use my professional home version—the MDXminiPRO. This is a professional treatment that you can give yourself—either the whole Monty, following the manual and DVD process, or you can do a quick feather and feel rejuvenated in minutes.”


Microcurrent use is expanding and you’re never too young to start

Millenials are switching to microcurrent as a preventative measure and to make sure they keep that bloom of youth? “I always say (as do other skin care experts!) that the earlier you start and the more consistent the treatment—the better you will look and feel!” Maxine.

It's very popular with celebs (say the gossip mags) such as Jennifer Aniston, Madonna and Julianne Moore. And millennials and Gen Z-ers like it--Glossy reports that Kim K. West and Mandy Moore have posted about it on Instagram.

“If you're not sure it's for you and you're local, make plans to attend my MiniPRO Microcurrent Monday session--take a little time out of your day to see how easy it is to feather your way to beautiful skin and a quick ‘Electric Face Lift. If you're not local--in the Toronto area—order your own professional unit on my shop page.


p.s. “And if you like it enough and are looking for a new lease on your life or know someone who is—think about taking my quick and budget-friendly training and join the flourishing anti-aging field. You can be trained, certificate in hand and ready to start taking clients or finding a spot at a salon perhaps, within weeks!”

Call me to discuss how to give a boost to your complexion!

Which berries are the best to eat for your complexion?

 Blueberries really are a superfood—for your health generally and for your complexion.

They taste great and blueberries are full of antoxidants, have about 4 grams of fibre per cup, and help with your motor skills. Plus blueberries help battle diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Their main benefit for your skin is if you have splotchy skin, acne, or capilliaries. The vitamins in blueberries are believed to help with oil levels and make the accumulation of sebum less likely. It's the vitamin C in blueberries that reduces broken capilliaries and splotchy complexions, making the blood vessels just below the skin stronger. It is the weakness within the vessel walls that shows as 'spider veins' or broken capiliaries.

Diets high in fat and carbs encourage aging skin—blueberries neutralize free radicals to give softer, smoother skin and a better feel.

So throw some in your smoothie, top your cereal or yogurt with a few—and do something good for your skin and your health! 

 

 

Top food choices to boost energy

Most of are well aware that extra cups of our favorite coffee or a candy break are not the best choices when we need get up and go. The boost is always temporary (although coffee has been shown to be very good for your health—try for at least two cups daily. And you can enjoy up to eight with good effect!)

But what should you reach for in your kitchen when you would rather be having a nap and need an energy boost to get moving?

The best combination are options rich in protein, fibre, and complex carbohydrates—so the energy boost lasts and doesn't show itself as a big sugar splurge that leaves you tired and in need of another boost.

What are good food choices for energy?

Nuts are good choices—especially with lower fat Greek yogurt, but make sure to keep a close eye on quantities with nuts—they seem like such superfoods with complex carbs and nutritional benefits —but the carbs can soon add up.

Top of everyone's list is quinoa. While we may think quinoa falls in the same category as wheat or rice as a grain and prepare it as such, this nutrient-dense carb is actually a seed. It comes from the same family group as spinach, chard, and beets. It has twice the protein of rice or barley, and is an excellent source of magnesium and manganese, calcium, has several B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber and has all 9 essential amino acids making it a perfect complete protein choice. Have it instead of breakfast cereal or at lunch and dinner.

Lentils are another great choice. A high fiber powerhouse, lentils contain cholesterol-lowering fibre and help to stabilize blood sugar for long periods, contain seven important minerals, B vitamins and protein—and they're amazingly low calorie. 

Beans are protein and a complex carb—toss some in a salad for an instant energy boost. And if you make it an iron-packed spinach salad to keep your energy up all afternoon. More on what's good for you next time!