This week the host of Fashion Flash is Mirabai of Moving Free With Mirabai. Hands down, Mirabai is the best credentialed exercise guru you will ever meet. And wherever you are in life, she has developed an exercise program for you. She has programs to combat childhood obesity, get moms back in shape, loose weight, improve heart function, and restore strength and flexibility to both prevent and manage osteoporosis. In short there is a reason that she is one of the most popular exercise experts on QVC. I am so thrilled that she is part of Fashion FLash. And if you have specific questions on all things exercise email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. I do and her advice is always just what I need.
I was looking for new books for my granddaughters last week when I spotted a pink polka dot and gingham book at Strand Bookstore. But rather than another princess story, it was a small but very helpful skin care book by a Miami- based dermatologist. Six Weeks to Sensational Skin ( Rodale) by Loretta Ciraldo, MD. Packed with helpful tips and info, it drills down into the basic tools and really explains how to care for our skin on a daily basis. She starts out with two very simple bits of advice that are new to me. Use uber mild detergent for your bed linens ( she recommends All CLear detergent) and a 400 thread count pillowcase. Dr Ciraldo points out that we mash our faces in pillows for 8 hours a night and rough fabric and harsh detergent takes it toll on our skin.
* How cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor can increase skin dryness
*Why hydrolyzed proteins stop the over production of the enzyme that destroys collagen
*How soy protein blocks production of enzymes that destroys elastin
* Vitamin C increases sunscreen effectiveness
I especially likes the emphasis on affordable daily skin care routines that will result in healthier skin. While she touches on the office based techniques, the majority of the book is focused on the totally affordable basics that will deliver results over the long term. Her own daily routinue uses more than 12 products and is daunting, but in laying out the details she demonstrates the order of treatments. This book earned a spot on my crowded beauty bookshlf.