Is your complexion ready for spring?

Treat dry flaky skin from the inside out

If your complexion is feeling dry and flaky--which it might do if you've been out enjoying the cooler weather and elements this past winter or had the heat cranked up inside—there are things you can do immediately to battle wrinkles and dryness

One of them is to add more foods with omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. These include fatty fish such as salmon and sardines, walnuts, chia, and flax seeds. Other sources include canola oil, some fortified dairy foods, enriched eggs—the best approach is to add them to your diet from food sources if you can. The lack of omega 3's may also result in more inflammation generally--and this also shows up in your skin and may be the cause of your acne.

A lack of zinc and selenium have also been shown to contribute to acne—top up your diet with nuts (especially Brazil nuts). The selenium and Vitamin E and the other nutritional benefits, including iron, are good for skin health. 

 More info on omega 3's.

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The Warsh Cloth

Clean your skin without cleansers—use water only.

Tomatoes also work from the inside out, with an abundance of Vitamin C that keeps the skin firm and boosts collagen production (as all Vitamin C foods do!). Lycopene in tomatoes stimulates circulation, which is good for everything.

It's believed that accelerated aging (in your skin and body) may be due to the activity of free radicals--antioxidants protect against this. To help in the fight against aging skin, eat lots of colorful vegetables. (Red or purple cabbage has the highest level of antioxidants per dollar, so it's good for your budget as well as your complexion!) 

Pale complexion?

If your skin is looking pale—also check out the linings of your eyelids and the inside of your mouth—you may have an iron deficiency. Check with your doctor—and also try to increase your intake of foods with iron, such as lentils, spinach, and beef. Low iron levels can also show up in your nails, in ridges or white-looking nails, spoon or concave shapes.

More on what to eat for a fabulous complexion.

Skincare Tip for a healthy complexion:

“My main big tip to ensure a fabulous complexion is to stop using makeup cleansers, which dry your skin out, contain preservatives, and leave a film on your skin—this affects how your lotions and potions work. It's great that the Warsh Cloth cleans all faces with water only (meet the Warsh Family of Cloths)—as well as removing grime and makeup is so popular. Using the Warsh Cloth is a big step to a better complexion.” Maxine Warsh

 

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Meet the family of Warsh Cloths!

HOW TO KEEP YOUR SKIN FROM SAGGING

INNOVATIVE ANTI-AGING TREATMENT

By the time you’re 25, the ATP that fuels muscles is starting to diminish. Muscles begin to lose tone and skin starts to sag—and that means all over. Your face needs help inside and out starting about now if you want to keep looking your best—so make sure you use lots of water—inside and out—drink it and also use only water to wash (WARSH!) your face. This means not using chemical cleansers that will dry your skin. After you've washed away the day's grime and makeup (with a WARSH Cloth, of course), don't forget to moisturize, and always with a preservative-free, natural cream.

“If you're starting to notice wrinkles, crinkles, and perhaps even sags (!) I always recommend cosmetic microcurrent, which I've specialized in for over a decade.

Thousands of MAXINE WARSH clients rely on Cosmetic Microcurrent —commonly known as The Electric Face Lift— to look great (and feel marvelous!). But now there’s an innovative expansion I'm making available to take it up a notch. (We’re in the 13,000-14 k range!)

Available with the Microcurrent MAX Lift and Quick Lift, I'm offering the popular European clinical Meso MAX Lift.

EUROPEAN TREATMENT

This innovative treatment combines the skin plumping benefits of Microcurrent with the popular European clinical treatment of Mesotherapy.

TONING & TIGHTENING

Non-surgical and minimally invasive, Mesotherapy unites what is sometimes called facial acupuncture to the mesoderm with the anti-wrinkle and toning/tightening benefits of HA or Hyaluronic Acid.  

The result is that the skin hydrates from the inside out, for elasticity and to fill, firm, and smooth.

●           For naturally beautiful, plump and resilient skin— choose the Microcurrent MAX Lift treatment.

●           For the targeted benefits of non-allergenic and minimally invasive filler, choose the Meso Max Lift, which unites Microcurrent and Mesotherapy. 

Give me a call to discuss--and to make an appointment for a consultation with the medical practitioner on Friday, for an in-office treatment. If you'd like to invest in your own microcurrent treatment for a DIY treatment wherever you are—let me know. Our 15th anniversary sale is now on!

A Day in the Life of...

“Anybody who knows me knows that I'm all about not stressing over things you can’t control, because the universe always has our back. And if we stay in the flow, we have a much richer life experience—no matter where we are. It’s all about being in a state of allowing and accepting, which keeps us youthful and healthy... and you never know when you’ll meet a new friend!

“I had the most unique woman sitting next to me on my flight home from Miami.

“She was an engaging and very much larger than life character. When she told me she was a singer from Macadonia I asked her to sing something for me (of course!) and she did! A true performance entertainer only has to be asked once😉.

“There I was on a flight delayed for three hours—and having the best time as she serenaded me a cappella in the wee hours of the morning on AC flight 1629, in Macedonian no less. The performance was followed with a very poetic and heartfelt translation.

“I was so entertained on the flight, I had to look at her videos. And, once again, I enjoyed my new friend.

“I love people! This flight was such a good-people-experience. It’s good for one’s soul to enjoy our surroundings, no matter where we find ourselves, and no matter in what circumstances. While I wasn’t loving the fact that my flight was so delayed and I was getting in at 3:00 a.m., I had the best time! And seeing my sweet man after a week away in the gorgeous sunshine in Miami brought the sun home with me!”


Happy WASHING!“

Diet and skin tips-the anti-inflammatory diet

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. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and an antioxidant. It’s the anti-aging spice—ingesting it protects against wrinkles, sun damage/UV radiation, and dark spots… plus! Read about turmeric and what it can do for your skin.

More tips

What turmeric does for you—see Marie Claire

Everything you need to know about inflammation.

More.

What is the best way to keep your complexion fresh and buoyant? 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.
 

THE QUICK LIFT—MICROCURRENT & “THE ELECTRIC FACE LIFT”

How to refresh and rejuvenate your complexion


Being confident that we feel good and look good—and have minimized the wear and tear that the seasons, heat, AC etc. might have wreaked on our skin often seems to call for drastic remedies. Instead, take the easy route to anti-aging and try microcurrent to get the bounce and bloom back. And it’s never too soon to start to help protect your youthful looks. 

Start anti-aging microcurrent early

“People are starting anti-aging microcurrent in their 40’s—and I have some clients who like it even earlier. It depends on the state of your complexion. Wanting to look and feel like yourself when you look in the mirror is good at any age and this is the way to do it!” Maxine


World's best kept anti-aging secret


Try microcurrent anti-aging and a session Maxine Warsh Quick Lift. Or, try one of the practitioners who trained in microcurrent with Maxine—or you can do-it-yourself and give your complexion that fresh plump look to be ready for anything. Purchase your own anti-aging system based on our professional model.

How to update your life and your looks!

“Or if you’re looking for a way to update your life with a fresh start—consider training with me. I provide the training and the equipment—and this is a budget-friendly, easy and quick way to start a new career in the beauty biz—or add it to your services if you’re in the beauty business. You can be your own boss or work for a salon or spa.’ Maxine


A recent issue of Skin inc., a publication for professional estheticians and the beauty business, says that more and more people are replicating spa and beauty treatments at home, when they can. Cleansing machines are the most popular— women can take charge of their own treatment, do it in much less time than a visit to the spa—and see the benefits and adjust for themselves. That's why new products from anti-acne devices to dermabrasion tools for home use are popping up. That's why the trend to do your own anti-aging microcurrent treatment in minutes a day is so hot.


Anti-Aging treatment at home


Microcurrent, often called the lunchtime face lift, is non-invasive, entirely safe, and you can do it yourself in private. It's great for women (and men!)—sometimes couples do it.  The MDX miniPRO from Maxine Warsh offers the same features as the professional model—but it's smaller, lighter, easily portable—and perfect to use at home.


Give yourself the full Monty treatment (follow the handy DVD guide and illustrated booklet)—or simply a feather treatment for a few minutes for that plump anti-aging boost that gives buoyancy and depth and a certain springiness to your skin. Use it on your face, your hands (where age seems to show first!) and your neck and dec. Your skin feels thicker and full.


You won't look 'overdone'  
Dr Oz recommended microcurrent for anti-aging on his show. Apparently, many celebs are doing it—probably to avoid the 'overdone' look seen on some stars who've been front and center on camera lately. Cosmetic microcurrent is gentle, non-invasive, and good for your skin—there's no surgery and so no chance of mistakes! (It's reported that J Lo has her own professional unit.)


“So give your skin a visible boost—microcurrent is really under-appreciated as a treatment,” says Maxine.  “I call it the world's best kept anti-aging secret.”

No risk anti-aging treatment

A news brief from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says “plastic surgeons and dermatologists ... are prescribing microcurrent to diminish loss in muscle tone.”  The Society also says it's fine to use microcurrent even if you've already had filler injections/Botox. Don’t wait—contact Maxine!
 

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Anti-aging microcurrent—so you always look and feel like you when you look in the mirror.

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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.

Natural skin care and why it's good for you

INGREDIENTS IN NATURAL SKIN CARE AND WHY THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOUR COMPLEXION

Aloe Vera helps with everything from burns/sunburns to sores, wrinkles, and acne. It's a common ingredient in many over the counter preps (including mine, says Maxine!).

Aloe Vera helps with everything from burns/sunburns to sores, wrinkles, and acne. It's a common ingredient in many over the counter preps (including mine, says Maxine!).

Studies suggest (many studies!) that endocrine disrupters such as phthalates and parabens in convenional beauty products cause harm long term and explains the major shift over the years to all-natural products.

Going natural is also good for the planet as natural ingredients are also more easily sustainably sourced. (See Elle)

The question many ask is do natural beauty products work?

Absoutely and to help illustrate, we're going to look at some of the all-natural ingredients found in natural beauty products, including in the Black Label epiCARE natural skin care line from Maxine Warsh. This will also give a little insight into why natural skin products are better for your skin than the chemicals/preservatives and other gunky things that last a lifetime on the shelves in your drug store—but aren't that great for your complexion.

ALOE VERA

Most of us have seen  aloe vera in shampoos and face creams and recognize its value—it's great for sunburns, acne, and dry skin. Apparently, in ancient Egypt it was considered the “plant of immortality.”

SKIN CARE PRO TIP TO FIGHT ACNE: You can extract aloe vera gel from the leaves and spread on your skin to improve it. Mix a dab with a few drops of lemon juick to apply to blemishes, wash off with water in the morning, and, voila!

Aloe vera is a key ingredient in many of the Maxine Warsh natural care skin creams and lotions and one of the main reasons is because it boosts collagen production, plumps your skin, and thus helps eliminate wrinkles. It also helps reduce redness and inflammation. Read more

Natural skin care products from Maxine Warsh.

Natural skin care products from Maxine Warsh.

 

ROSEMARY


Rosemary is an essential oil (which means deriving from plants—leaves, bark, or roots. It boosts skin tone by "neutralizing free radicals.” The damage by free radicals leads to loss of tone, wrinkles, and sags!

Rosemary is also considered to be an excellent treatment for wounds and problem skin conditions (including acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis) and can be applied topically to moisturize and help skin circulation. Rosemary combats dry skin and helps with the glow!

SHEA BUTTER

Extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, shea butter is used in a number of the Maxine Warsn natural skin cream and care products including epiMOIST Moisturizing Skin Creme.

But why is it so good for you? Shea butter is not only a natural moisturizer and extremely hydrating because of  Vitamin A, it improves a number of skin conditions from blemishes to eczema. In different formulations it works on everything from insect bites to sunburn.  Shea butter also has Vitamin E, which is believed to help with micro-circulation and to prevent/repair environmental and sun damage and it is also believed to boost collagen production.

ROSEHIP OIL

Rosehip oil is also excellent for your skin—a lot of celebs swear they use it including Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr, and even the Duchess of Cambridge. According to Health for all Women, it “penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin where it regenerates cells, increasing collagen production. It is rich in vitamin C and the essential fatty acids, all of which help heal scar tissue. It is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and brightens skin.” Rosehip oil also helps with antihyperpigmentation.

Rosehip oil is one of the special ingredients included in the Maxine Warsh Simply Rose Moisturizer—a light and gentle moisturizer perfect for summer use. Rosehip oil comes from the seeds of Rosa moschata and is brimming with antioxidants, fatty acids, and other age-fighting good things. Since it's great for firming and regeneration as well as battling fine lines, it's the perfect addition to an anti-aging cream.

 

GRAPESEED OIL

Grapeseed oil has been around for over 6000 years, used especially for eye and skin conditions and diseases (and is used in Maxine Warsh natural skin care products!). While you don't want to use it too much in your cooking, because it is high in Omega-6 fatty acids, and too much in your diet can increase inflammation and cholesterol. However, using it on your skin, as in some of the Maxine Warsh natural products is a great idea. It is loaded with Vitamins C, D, and E so it helps to reduce wrinkles. Vitamins C and E and the fatty acids make it an excellent cream or emolient--and the antioxidants battle acne. 

 

GINGER FOR YOUR SKIN

The epiSILK Toning and Lifting Vitamin C Serum is just one of the good-for-your-skin natural products from Maxine Warsh that contains ginger as a key ingredient. Why is ginger good for your skin?

You probably already know that ginger taken in your food and drink has benefits for your health—to calm upset tummies and reduce inflammation, for example. Ginger tea is good if you're feeling congested or facing down a cold or flu. Applied topically, it helps soothe burns—and this is only a sampling of ginger's uses and benefits. ( More ways to use ginger.) It also helps encourage elasticity in your complexion. As well as its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is excellent for your skin because it is full of antioxidants that boost collagen production.

BE GOOD TO YOUR SKIN—Perhaps keep a chunk of ginger on hand—it is said to be great to battle a spotty skin and also helps with 'brown' spots.

 

 

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.

 

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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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