This week the host of Fashion Flash is Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40. Like many New Yorkers, I rely on walking for my daily exercise. Twenty city blocks is equal to one mile and I leave extra time so that I can walk to my appointments and get in some exercise. But when icy winter weather arrives, I have to go indoors and and Shawna has some of the best fitness programs I’ve ever tried. She is especially good at motivating reluctant athletes ( like me) and I feel better rather than achy after one of her workouts. Be sure to check her out as well as the rest of the wonderful Fashion Flash sites.
This weekend I picked up an intriguing little skin care book by an LA based celebrity esthetician. Skintervention by Scott-Vincent Borba has an interesting approach to both diet and skin care. The book is packed with effective tips that are practical as well as affordable. For example, he recommends treating sunburned skin with a milk bath to reduce inflmmation; since caffeine shrinks blood vessels, Skintervention explains how to use leftover coffe grounds to reduce under-eye swelling and dark circles; or my favorite tip is adding antioxidant rich pomegrante juice to vodka to offset the aging effects of alcohol.
Skintervention also has anunusual way of classifying the skin. Rather than the standard dry vs oily or older vs teenager, Borba divides skin into five major categories– acne prone, sensitive, aging, cellulite, and skin in transition. He drills down into each category and offers to tips to prevent as well as treat problems.
Borba includes a few rccipes to illustrate his approach to healthy food and his chocolate shake is a lifeline to chocoholics who need a healthy fix. It combines melted dark chocolate( rich in antioxidants) with skim milk and almond milk and its worth buying the book for just this recipe.
I disagree with Borba that oily skin needs a moisturizer and he loses some credibility when the book repeatedly promotes the authors’ health drinks and mixes. But I really liked the clearly road tested advice that added a a few new tricks to my skin care skill set.