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! 

 

 

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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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!“

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.

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!

 

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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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.

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!
 
Sign up for our newsletter MAXappeal for more  FACE TALK and tips—we feature lots of natural health and skin care guidance to keep you feeling well and looking great.
 

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.

 

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!

BEST ANTI-AGING EXERCISE

Benefits of lifestyle changes

The best anti-aging exercise might be to rewrite your grocery list—and make sure you include healthy items, at least part of the time. If you're worried about your health or showing signs of fatigue, shortness of breath, the urge to become a couch potato, etc... maybe you need a lifestyle change. 

Diet and exercise are two of the top ways—and both, singly or together, can affect the possibility of contracting diseases from cancer to cardiovascular to diabetes. 

Popular weight loss diets

Popular diets are always popping up and what may be a new one to you is the Keto Diet. This low carb diet allows lots of good stuff (such as protein and higher fat products) and may be the one to make the difference to you.  

Best exercise choice

But whether you choose the Keto, Mediterranean, DASH, or any of the other diets, exercise should also be part of your lifestyle improvement. Regardless of if your preference is cardio workouts, yoga, pilates— you're probably aiming to improve strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, lose weight, develop muscle mass, lower stress levels —or all of the above.  But for anti-aging exercise that seems to work at the cellular level, the best choice may be to add High-Intensity Interval Training to whatever else you're doing. 

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

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

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

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

WHY YOU SHOULD USE NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Chemicals and skin allergies

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

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

How to avoid dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is defined by the National Eczema Association as inflammation of the skin and is caused because your skin fails to retain water. Solutions recommended by the NEA include not using soap and avoiding cleansers, especially when outbreaks occur. Many skincare experts advise not to use soap or cleansers full of chemicals on your complexion—ever—and the message is starting to be heard. “I'm so proud of my Black Label epiCARE range of natural beauty products—which are natural and preservative and chemical-free. They are good for you!” Maxine

Saving the skin from dermatitis

“I'm also very pleased that The WARSH Cloth does such a marvelous job of cleaning your complexion with water only. That means no chemicals to strip your skin, yet you get a lovely fresh and clean feel and in exfoliates while it works,” 

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

Avoid baby wipes and chemicals

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

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