What does olive oil do for your skin?

As we know, olive oil is fantastic in your diet—and it's also a great addition to skin care (and that's why it's used in a number of Maxine Warsh natural skin care products). It contains Vitamin E and antioxidants to fight free radical damage and is extremely hydrating and moisturizing.

For extra soft skin, try a tiny drop of the real stuff (but not too much!) now and again on your body's dry spots and massage in gently (remember, less is more!). A teensy tiny drop massaged gently into the delicate skin around the eye area also can be especially hydrating—and next time you're in the kitchen... massage a dab of olive oil into your cuticles to help soften and strengthen nail growth.  Read more on olive oil.

Note: Harvard Public Health recommends you substitute olive oil and make your own salad dressings as a matter of course for your heart health... take little steps to Age Less! 

Best exercises and what to avoid

Yoga benefits

Exercise is good for us—but too much of the wrong type can have serious and long term repercussions. That's why yoga, which has been practised for over 5000 years, is considered a very good choice. And it's good for everything... to reduce stress and enhance well-being and improve our physical and general health. Yoga can improve brain function, burn calories, give you stronger bones, lower blood pressure, increased flexibility and tone... and much more

Strength training benefits

Another good type of exercise—especially for women—is strength training with weights. Always check your doc first to see what you're able to handle. Our metabolism slows and bones and muscles deteriorate as we age. So any exercise is good—but strngth training is better, particularly for the over 60's. Apparently we tend to lose 5 lbs of muscle and gain 15 lbs of fat every decade starting in midlife. Dieting might help with weight loss, but it won't replenish the muscle. (Try Strength Training for Women Over 60--see livestrong)


Which exercises to avoid?

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 other  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

Natural skin care moisturizers

Check out the Maxine Warsh all-natural skin care product range.

No preservatives or chemicals.

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 heading back to school after the hols—or if you or any of your family are traveling, 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. . . keep everyone's complexions in good shape and pack The WARSH Cloth for Her, for Acne, for Teens, and for Men.








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.

OVER 12,000 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.

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


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


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!

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! 

Wednesdays with the Warsh's!

 At the ROM for a visit to the  Iris van Herpen Transforming Fashion  Exhibit.

At the ROM for a visit to the Iris van Herpen Transforming Fashion Exhibit.


The fabulous Wednesdays with the Warsh's continue!

Iris van Herpen Exhibit—

Our amazing Wednesday this week saw us at the ROM for a visit to the Iris van Herpen Transforming Fashion Exhibit. We spent over three hours at the ROM and really enjoyed our visit. It surprises me how every week just gets better. I always say, “This was my favorite WWtW’s”...and then I hear myself say it again the following week and have to laugh!

“But one thing that stays constant...we usually end up at Parallel. This time we went for dinner instead of lunch, and the menu was wonderful! Next time, we need to take more people with us so we can order more of a variety...anybody want to join us--let me know!” Maxine



We enjoyed another wonderful Wednesday With the Warsh's this week at The Banksy Exhibition—a thought provoking exhibit in so many ways, from the marketing to the publicity to the artist. The Banksy Exhibit was well worth the price of admission for the amazing stimulation!


 At the Edgy Elegance Jewelry House Party!

At the Edgy Elegance Jewelry House Party!

This week (6/20) we had a personal/professional day on Wednesday and enjoyed sound meditation sessions with Ann and Liam of ClearlyConscious.com (love the good vibrations!). Then, as part of my aging backward approach and following my passion, we carried on having fun. I have followed through on my fascination for jewelry and making necklaces and bracelets for fun (and profit!). I had my first showing at the Edgy Elegance Jewelry House Party at Palace Pier. Another marvelous Wednesday With the Warsh's!

 Lunch at Restoration Hardware!

Lunch at Restoration Hardware!

This week's Wednesday with the Warsh's (6/13) turned out to be a TCB (taking care of business) day off, thanks to mother nature. We had promised ourselves we would review our financial well-being and do some future planning on the first rainy Wednesday—and this week was it!

Here we are after a leisurely morning enjoying a lovely lunch at the beautiful restaurant at Restoration Hardware. Summer is so precious and short—especially this far north—I feel blessed to be able to take advantage of our Wednesdays!” Maxine 


This week we went on a walking tour around town--it was such a gorgeous day. We took the subway to Queen Street and window shopped our way north into Yorkville for lunch at Nervosa.

 The latest Wednesday with the Warsh's took us to Trattoria Nervosa in Yorkville!

The latest Wednesday with the Warsh's took us to Trattoria Nervosa in Yorkville!

While lunching we decided to see the Banksy art exhibit and the Yorkville Jazz Festival on the 27th (for more relaxing time with the Warsh's!). When walking through Yorkville, we bumped into friends we hadn't seen in ages. Then we decided to go to the movies and, before you know it, another delightful day turned to evening. Now we start to plan for next Wednesday! Any suggestions? 


For the latest adventure and special day out, my husband surprised me with a matinée at The Shaw Festival to see an excellent show and (of course!) a very tasty lunch out!


Three weeks ago, my handsome husband came home and told me he'd like us to take Wednesdays off to do all the things we talk about doing and never have time to do. I'm happy to report we started our midweek outings this week.


To be honest, there is so much I want to do I couldn't decide what to do first. So David suggested the Aga Kahn Museum, and I was delighted. A rich cultural display of art, beauty, and history that is unique unto itself. 

Here we are in front of the gift shop, that has a unique display of wonderful, pricey but useful items. I especially loved the perfume bottles. And I will definitely be returning to try the restaurant.


We had heard about a new Mediterranean restaurant called Parallel that caught our interest, so we skipped eating at the Aga Kahn Museum and headed over to Dufferin and DuPont (this is in Toronto for those of you who are local or planning to visit!) to an industrial area that is trending with old and new businesses. This meal was definitely worth fighting traffic for. All I can say is OMG...best food ever. So fresh and (is there a word that's better than delicious?) Very friendly staff and great artsy atmosphere. Did I say how great the food was


 Fabulous lunch at Parallel in Toronto!

Fabulous lunch at Parallel in Toronto!

I have to admit, taking a midweek day off made me a bit uneasy... but the idea of spending some special time with my best friend seemed like such a romantic notion that I got into the spirit of semi-retirement for a day and enjoyed our new tradition beyond my expectations. Can't wait till next week!

My advice is to always take the time to smell the roses—or in my case, take a wonderful time out from the daily schedule—it's good for you in so many ways. (See the Face Talk posts on how sharing time with friends and loved ones helps not only your well-being but your long-term health if you need a reason to step back from the day-to-day!)

p.s. I have no intentions of retiring (EVER!!!!)


Natural skin care and why it's good for you


 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!).

As part of a continuing series, we're going to look at some of the all-natural ingredients found 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.


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. Read more

 Natural skin care products from Maxine Warsh.

Natural skin care products from Maxine Warsh.



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.


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 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 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 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. 



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.



Is High Intensity Interval Training the fountain of youth?

It could be, says recent research into HIIT. A UK study showed that higher levels of exercise than the minimum requirement (150 minutes a week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of brisk) improves your sex life, your sleep, your mood, energy, and helps battle diseases such as diabetes two, cardiovascular problems, and certain cancers. 

Most of us don't get the 150 minutes of brisk walking, classed as a moderate exercise, that doctors recommend. Only one in five take the time to do this, and this inaction, apparently, is a leading cause of premature death.

Research also shows that while moderate is good—extreme exercise, even in short bursts, is better. Experts recommend not only keeping active—but say that HIIT as the way to go. Even if you only take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator, you'll be doing yourself a favor, as this gives you a burst of activity. Read the CBC Report for more.

HIIT can stop cellular aging and rejuvenate the cells that create 'old' age and cause damage in the body, they say. Mayo Clinic research examined whether strength training or HIIT (high-intensity cycling, for example) had better results. The outcome for HIIT was astonishing at the 'cellular level.'

Strength training versus high intensity

Strength training helped with muscle mass, as expected. For the HIIT group, the mitochondrial functioning, which is needed to sustain life, improved by 69 percent among older study participants.  It improved insulin levels, heart and lung health, and other age-related declines. The conclusion was that there is no substitute for exercise to delay your body's aging process. And your best choice to keep on rejuvenating? The recommendation is to switch every few days between strength and HIIT—and that even choosing to take the stairs as a form of HIIT can be of huge benefit. From the Sydney Morning Herald.

Feel Good Diet Tips for Men

Tips for a healthy diet for men

You likely already know that diet recommendations for men and women differ—since we're coming up to Dad's Day, we're sharing a few tips on healthy diets for the good of our men's health and well-being! You likely also already know that the average calorie intake for men is 2500 and it's 2000 for women (for moderately active adults.)

The recommendation for protein is 55 grams a day (50 for women), and this should be shared among all main meals and amount to no more than the size of the palm of the person's hand at any one meal.

The carb recommended intake is 300 for men (260 for women) and should also be spread between main meals. Carbs should take up less than 1/4 of your plate at each meal. This may be a shock to the system for pasta lovers— but it's good to remember that while carbs supply energy, they are found in practically everything from fruit to grains, dairy, and starchy vegetables so you may be eating more than you intend. 

And if you're into protein snacks such as peanut butter or other nut butters—be aware that you should restrict these to a portion size the tip of your thumb and no more than two to three times a day.

More on Recommended Intakes from the BBC.

In general, men don't get enough nutrition, don't eat enough fiber, eat too many saturated fats,  and tend to drink too much, say experts—from alcohol to soda to juice. If you're not sure what you should be eating or serving for health (and longevity!) here are a few suggestions of superfoods for men—almonds, turkey breast, olive oil, and quinoa. See the rest in Superfoods for Men from Men's Journal.



Best Foods for a Great Complexion

High 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. (It's actually number two on most lists of good-for-your-skin foods!)

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.

 The all-natural Collagen Correction is an excellent pre-moisturizer.

The all-natural Collagen Correction is an excellent pre-moisturizer.

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 from our all-natural skin care collection. Collagen Correction is made from natural marine elements.

Enhancing naturally—maturing with MAXAppeal


“The pro-aging industry and my approach to it is all about rejuvenation and refreshing. I believe wholeheartedly that when you look good you feel good and vice versa. The Face Talk blog and posts often talk about how and what to do to help inside—from the foods you eat to the exercises you choose—because this also helps on the outside. Feel Better and Look Better, aka The Age Less Revolution, is a Maxine Warsh mantra!


“But now that I'm approaching "senior status" on my next birthday, I've had an eye-opener. I must admit I never experienced the angst a birthday number can cause. I never understood those who had issues with age—until now! For some reason, the passage to 65 is a challenge. That said, I wouldn't change who I am at this time for all the youthful appearances promised by all the anti-aging products and procedures that exist. I'm finally able to relax and feel that I can see myself as who I am and be very happy to be that person.

“My take on maturity is about being comfortable in your own skin and liking who you are, while not judging anyone or caring what others think of you! If it took 65 years to get to this place, then so be it. It was worth all the life experiences it took to get here.


“I will continue to do all I can to look my best age-appropriate self naturally and I will be honored to continue to serve clients who want to look their youthful selves naturally. I won't try to be anyone I'm not, nor compare myself to anyone who I see as "prettier," "smarter," "more successful," etc. I have heard that "you can have everything in life, but not all at once" and I expect this is true! 

“So, that's my view of pro-aging as I reach that certain age... I hope this will replace any angst about aging with the satisfaction of maturity and knowing that I do have everything!” Maxine

p.s. My anti-aging/pro-aging(!) treatments fill the lines and wrinkles and plump up your skin. 
But it's the proactive spirit of pro-aging and of being happy with where and who you are now that has the most effect on what I call The Age Less Revolution, aka feeling great and looking good. Stay tuned for more on this topic!


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.

More tips

What turmeric does for you—see Marie Claire

Everything you need to know about inflammation.


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.

Why watercress is good for you

Choose watercress for your health

At the top of many lists of healthy greens is watercress. The easiest solution for a patchy and splotchy complexion (which may mean you have circulation issues) could be to add this green vegetable and great salad ingredient to your diet. It's 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.beta carotene and Vitamin A than apples, tomatoes, and broccoli.beta carotene and Vitamin A than apples, tomatoes, and broccoli.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,

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

p.s.If you've been keeping up with Face Talk, watercress is # 3 on the Great Skin Food list overall.

p.p.s Alway wash/WARSH away the makeup and grime before you go to bed. And always use the Warsh Cloth and only water. Happy complexions start with clean.

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—which may explain the greenery in many business interior landscapes. And 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. 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.


Work for yourself—quick start career

If you've ever thought of starting your own business or would like to launch an exciting new career at minimum cost, consider being in the anti-aging business and training with Maxine Warsh.

 Contact Maxine Warsh to train as a microcurrent anti-aging expert in this quick start, budget friendly program.

Contact Maxine Warsh to train as a microcurrent anti-aging expert in this quick start, budget friendly program.

“I've always believed that we should aim to be whatever we can be—and if that means leaving your old job (or your old boss!) behind and relying on yourself for success, I like to do all that I can to help. I've developed a quick train program so you can be giving hands-on anti-aging treatment to clients in weeks. I've made the equipment accessible—with user-friendly pricing and a rent-to-own option.” Maxine

Become an Anti-Aging Expert
In two weeks, and for a very “budget-conscious budget—you can be ready to work for yourself or start a business from home in the growing beauty industry. Of if you're already in a service industry, such as a spa or beauty salon, you can add it to your back of tricks or beauty services.

  • Become an anti-aging specialist in a very exciting, people-friendly small business.
  • Work for yourself in weeks
  • Or expand your salon/spa service into this lucrative field
  • It’s easy to get going!

“Please contact me or give me call for more information and so we can get to know each other.” Maxine

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! 



How to relax and destress

Relaxing with family and friends

One of the best ways to relax and destress is to spend some away-from-work time with those you love—of course, this means family but don't forget to include your friends. According to the experts, sometimes spending more time with family is good but sometimes it adds anxiety to the mix if you're having family squabbles or issues. This is why the holiday season. when more of us tend to either go home or make sure we meet up with family, can add to your stress.

Sharing good times and bad

With my cousin Robin.

Still, you don't want to miss the family time—even if it puts you a little on edge.  This is what memories are made of. Spend as much time as you can with the family members you truly feel at home with.

What you might want to consider is also adding extra friendship time to the mix, especially with longtime friends. These are the people you're likely to feel you can share anything with, good times or bad, because you've already been through so many ups and downs together.  

The gift of life

Whether you spend your downtime with family or friends, “Reaching out means we are giving each other, literally, the gift of life,” says a report in (of all sources!) the Tri-State Livestock News. 

Is it true that we increase our chances in the longevity stakes when we spend more time with friends and family.? Yes, say experts. According to a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, 23 percent of people who reported being lonely during the study period died within six years. But only 14% of those with regular companionship died within the same period. (Report Simplemost)

TIME Magazine says that spending time with friends can be as important (or more so, (see above!) than spending your relaxing hours with family.  Quality friendships—with people you understand and get on with and vice versa—is especially important. As are friendships with spouses, children, and other family members. But the relaxation factor may be greater with longtime trusted friends, who have been through it all with you.

The bottom line is that the more social interactions you have, the more impact this will have on your good health, well-being, and longevity. 



In Favor of Pro-Aging

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 about who you are now. Yesterday is history. 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, and why would you want to? The 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 don’t know that person anymore. I love me now and where I’m going. This isn’t to say I will ever stop taking care of myself, my health, and my appearance. I value pro-aging too much to ever grow old. I was recently in Miami visiting my 91-year-old mother who is still youthful and not defined by her number. Good for you, Mom.

“Last week we had company from out of country. Of course, we did the Canadian tour to Niagara Falls and the outlet malls! I love Saks Off the Fifth (the American in me) and found another black purse I had to have! Plus, there was a better discount if I signed up for a credit card. Well, who wouldn’t? I gave my sales woman my Drivers License and as she was taking my information she asked what I did for a living. I told her I was self-employed for the sake of the questionnaire. She wanted to know what my profession was. I told her I was in anti-aging/skin care. She wanted to know exactly what and how and where she could buy it, because “I noticed the age on your drivers license and I’m two years younger than you, but you look 10 years younger than me!”

“I thanked her and told her about my website. Was I flattered? I was...not because she thought I looked younger, but because I was happy that my approach to life was having such a great effect! I take care of myself the best way I know how to. (And I have to admit that I am pleased that my skincare products and daily regimen that I developed to help others with aging or pro-aging work so well!).

“I’m not competing with anyone. I make no apologies for doing what I do to try to look as good and healthy as I feel. I no longer feel like I have to excuse myself for being all I can be, especially when I offer a service to help everyone be pro-aging, too. This is my lifestyle and I like that it works. I hope everyone finds the pro in their aging experience. 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.



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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