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Tips For Sensitive Skin

Hello Friend,Here's a shocking statistic… the average woman uses 12 different products with over 100 unique ingredients in them every day.On top of all that, if you add in some stressors, hormonal changes, and even anxiety, you can see an increase in your skin sensitivity!If you're looking for relief, check out some of these strategies for calming your complexion.Be Well,Anisa Allergic Reactions… Skin freak-outs that arrive at lightning speed are typically an immune response to something that doesn't agree with your system. Constantly flaring up? That's often caused by genetic abnormalities in your skin's barrier function. Translation: If Mom's skin erupts when exposed to certain products, yours could, too. What to do? Ease symptoms with a homemade milk compress: Soak a cloth in equal parts warm water and milk, then place on irritated areas. Aloe and over-the-counter cortisone cream are also helpful. Super Dry Skin… If your face feels tight and has a sand-papery texture, it could be dry-or simply dehydrated. It could be a result of your diet, the weather, or the products you're using. Dry skin doesn't produce enough oil, so it's always in need of a dose of moisture. And when dryness peaks, skin cells can start...

Join me in being Flawsome!

Hello Friend,I had coffee with some friends on Saturday it was a glorious morning and we sat outside soaking in the last bits of summer.We talked and gabbed about a whole lot of things and one friend, Robin, said she's Flawsome.WOW… what a great expression. No doubt about it we are all flawed and we are all awesome (even if you don't think you are, YOU are!).Let's dive deeper into why being Flawsome is good for us.Be Well,Anisa Accepting Our Flaws… Don't look at accepting flaws as a lack of ambition, look at it as compassion and self-love. When we learn to accept our flaws, we're not vulnerable to people's judgements or opinions towards us. Let's embrace the fact that we're a human, still learning and it is all a journey. When we accept our flaws, we learn how to be happy with who we are. Why Is It Important To Be Flawesome? Embracing your flaws does many things like: - It's liberating and lightens us up. - We become authentic, our own self. - It makes us healthier. - We become less prone to be judgemental and start opening up to the imperfections of others. - And the most...

Should You Shave Your Face If You’re a Woman?

Hello Friend,Word is some of hollywood's most beautiful women, including Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, shaved their faces. While I have no idea if this is true, today more ladies open about the benefits of shaving.Every woman has facial hair. There are two types, vellus hair and terminal hair.Vellus hair is the near-invisible peach fuzz that covers much of your face and body. It regulates temperature and evaporates sweat.Terminal hair is darker and thicker. Some women have terminal hair along their upper and lower lips, sideburns, neck, and chin. This is totally me!Facial shaving can be used to remove both vellus and terminal hair. But before you grab a razor and start, let's look at the pros and cons.Be Well,Anisa Examine Your Skin First… Start by examining your skin. If you have conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or acne, shaving may exacerbate irritation and discomfort. It may also lead to infection. Sensitive skin, or skin that has red, irritated patches for any reason, may also not respond well to shaving. Pros Of Face Shaving For Women… Exfoliation Shaving your face removes hair, debris, excess oil, and dead skin cells, which can brighten the look of skin. This helps makeup go...

6 Things That Can Lead To Premature Aging…

So many of us spend thousands of dollars trying to look and feel younger, but there are things that we do and that are around us that can lead to premature aging.While many are not in our control some are and the others might be able to be minimized.Let's take a look at 6 things that can make us older much too soon.Be Well,Anisa 1. Stress… Sure we've heard how harmful stress is, but it really does make us older! Too much stress can lead to headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, weight loss or weight gain, skin problems, nail biting, teeth grinding, smoking, dark circles under the eyes, wrinkling, and increase acne problems. Unfortunately stress is inevitable. The good news is there are many ways to manage and handle stress. Breathing being one of the best ways. When feeling stressed, take a series of deep breathe and close your eyes for just a minute. 2. Alcohol… Excessive alcohol intake is among the main causes of premature aging. Scientific studies have proven that alcohol dilates the blood vessel in the skin which leads to sagging skin and wrinkling. Excessive alcohol intake worsens acne, causes broken capillaries and leads to skin rashes,...

The Biggest Surprise of Aging

Hello Friend,Recently, AARP Research and National Geographic Partners teamed up to survey more than 2,500 American adults and find out how life changes for people over the years.As part of the Second Half of Life Study, researchers asked respondents age 80 and older to talk about whether their senior years have unfolded as they expected.For the most part, the answer was yes. But there were some aspects of aging that came as a surprise to large numbers of seniors.Be Well,Anisa Physical Activity Level… Respondents age 85 and older who said their current experience is what they expected in this area: 58% We all expect to slow down with age. But many folks are taken aback at just how much aging impacts their level of physical activity. About 42% of respondents said they were surprised that their physical activity has not met their expectations. Activity and Engagement… Respondents age 85 and older who said their current experience is what they expected in this area: 68% Among survey respondents who were 80 or older, 81% had a serious health condition. Such ailments can make it difficult to get out and do things, or even simply to meet with friends. Perhaps that is...

My Gray Hair Story – Pictures Included!

Hello Friend,January of 2022 is the last time I had my hair colored and highlighted.My story is below along with my before gray and after gray pictures. (And I guess I need to update the picture in the column… that is from 2019!)Be Well,Anisa The Decision… I had been thinking about doing this for more than a year, but wasn't sure I was ready to embrace my gray hair. I knew I had quite a bit as I started to gray in my 20's. After the increase of cost to color, highlight and cut my hair became $130 (without tip) I decided this was a cost that was happening every 5 to 6 weeks I needed to eliminate. The Process… Prior to going gray I had changed my hairstyle to a shorter style. I will say this makes going gray easier and a bit more seemless. I also for the past few years have been getting highlights and lightening my hair to have the gray blend in a bit more too. The shorter hair coupled with the highlights made the transition go smooth and not so jarring of a change. While I have pictures below of before and after you...

Aging Skin, Let’s Take A Look

They say that skin is the most visible indicator of aging. As you know I say let's embrace our lines and wrinkles.But I certainly don't want to do anything to add to them unnecessarily!Today let's look at some factors that can accelerate the aging of your skin as well as some natural things to help!Be Well,Anisa Skin & Aging… As you age, your skin can change in several different ways. It can become thinner, begin to sag, and lose its elasticity and smoothness. You may notice this as bags underneath your eyes, crow's feet, wrinkles, less definition around your cheekbones, sagging skin on your neck, and age spots on your face and hands.You gotta see the deals we have on ALL KINDS of DVDs… from 99 Cents and up we've got a great selection of WWII, Classic TV and more VISIT HERE TO BROWSE OUR SELECTION More Reasons Besides Aging… These changes are important concerns for many people. While skin aging is partially genetically determined, there are a number of controllable external factors that can accelerate skin aging:1. Sun/UV ray exposure2. Air pollution3. Temperature and humidity4. Smoking5. Alcohol abuse6. Certain medications7. Poor nutrition8. Overeating9. Repetitive muscle movements (e.g., squinting, frowning)10....

4 Things I’ve Done To Save Money

I've been getting a bunch of emails and most are talking about inflation and how it is wreaking havoc on many of our retirement or planned retirement.I've had a goal to try and retire soon and inflation has made me look at additional ways to save.Over the past months done these four things and I have to say it has been amazing how much money I have saved.See if any or all of these can help you!Be Well,Anisa 1. Talk With My Insurance Agent… This was alarming to say the least. Insurance is one of those things you set up once and don't pay attention to. Well after talking with my agent and telling him I needed to find ways to save money I was shocked just how "over insured" I was! For my car I raised my deductible. I had a $250 deductible. I raised it to $100. Next was a low mileage discount. I live close to work and don't put many miles on my car. I didn't know that I could get a better rate because of this. I ended up saving $180 a year on these changes. We moved onto my home owners insurance… and just...

Retiring Too Soon or Not Soon Enough?

If you are thinking about retiring soon, you may dream of quitting your job and traveling the world. However, before you call it quits, there are a number of reasons you may want to think things over.Be Well,Anisa Living Longer… You may live longer than you expect, you may run into unforeseen health issues or face tough financial times that force you to cut back. That's not to say you shouldn't retire early, but if that's your plan, run various scenarios to make sure your savings are going to cover your expenses during retirement and offer a lifetime of income. Replace Doubt With Certainty… Same with not retiring soon enough. If you're unsure your savings will be adequate, you'll worry and as a result, perhaps work longer than you have to. You're much better off knowing what you have and what you'll need. Replace doubt with certainty and only work as long as you want to. In Closing… Know when to retire is always tricky. No one has a crystal ball. Certainly the current inflation rate has given pause to many who were ready to retire. It could be time to meet with a financial planner, or at the very...

Secret Tricks to Looking Younger After 50

Age is inevitable, but looking your age doesn't have to be. There are a variety of tips and tricks that can be employed with very little cost-zero gimmicks-and shave a few years off your looks. We asked the experts for the ones you may not know already.Be Well,Anisa Limit Your Caffeine Intake-It Can Cause Dry Skin… This one may be the hardest one for me to follow! And like me, coffee is essential to many of us! Did you know, "it also causes damage to your skin, especially if you're prone to acne or other common skin conditions," says Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD. Instead drink plenty of water and maintain a well-rounded diet because a healthy body equals better skin for most patients. Say "No" Sometimes… "My best anti-aging tip is the ability to say no, no, and h**l, no," actress and former America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union, 48, told Women's Health back in March. "We run ourselves ragged saying yes to every freaking thing, whether it's to our family, spouses, or careers. I sleep eight hours a day and don't let myself stress out. A lot of people call it selfish, but I don't have any wrinkles," Union said....