At the recent ( and huge) Cosmoprof Beauty Show in Las Vegas, it seemed like every third booth was offering the Konjac sponge.
Developed in Japan, it is produced from the Kojac plant which has been used for centuries in Japan for health and beauty. The plant contains elastic fibers and is packed with protein, minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids. The sponge ia actually made from dried and powdered Konjac root that has been mixed with water to form a paste. This goo is mixed with calcium hydroxide, poured into molds and heated to solidify the mixture. The plum size Kojac balls are then frozen for 24 hours then slowly dried to evaporate moisture. The final sponge has a pliable, bouncy texture and can be used with and without a cleanser.
This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. She is a leading voice against fat shaming, an online entrepreneur , and the proud parent of a beautiful award winning show cat. And in her “spare” time she founded Black Cat Plus, an amazing plus size fashion blog and e-store.
Fashion Flash Book Review: Thrive by Arianna Huffington
There is no shortage of books that promise to tell you how to have a more successful happier life, but when the author is Arianna Huffington, Thrive got my attention. But rather than another “you can do it” booster book, Thrive is a guide to … Continue Reading… →
Question: My neighbor has diabetes and she puts honey on her foot to heal a cut. How crazy is that?
Answer: Given that sugars like honey should not be part of a diet for diabetics, the idea of honey wound treatment is bizarre, but here’s the shocker– its actually a good treatment option. Honey is a centuries old remedy for a wide variety of skin problems. It contains an astonishing number of beneficial ingredients including carbohydrates, different forms of vitamin B, minerals( eg calcium, zinc, and potassium) antioxidants, lactic acid , and powerful flavinoids. These components give honey powerful antibacterial, antitumor, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.
Some studies have shown that honey can heal burns, ulcers and wounds while other research has indicated that it stimulates the production of fibroblasts. These are the fibers that go on to become collagen and elastin. Seriously.
In this beautiful sunny week, Mary Lou of Second Lives Club is hosting Fashion Flash. Click on the link to learn 10 top picks from Nordstrom, 7 weird hair trends, 5 steps for health and fitness and 2 exciting adventures.
Fashion Flash Book Review: Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair by Cozy Friedman
Cozy Cuts for Kids is a New York City institution. Little customers sit in a chair shaped like a car, boat or pony, watch cartoons and enjoy what is usually a stressful time for mother and child. Now Cozy has written a great book on hair care for children and I am so glad that … Continue Reading… →
After a lifetime of happy, sun filled days, the skin is dotted with freckles, dark spots and patches. But not all spots are equal. There can be little flat dark freckles, larger bumpy areas the size of a raisin and even larger cafe au lait patches of melasma.
I have been exploring different lightening and brightening products on different dark spots on my face and limbs. As it turned out these formulations are not effective against raised or very dark areas of pigmentation. I had tried just about everything on a tan rough spot on my arm which just kept getting bigger. When I finally showed it to Dr Lefkovits, he diagnosed it as a seborrheic keratosis. This is a benign growth that comes with both age and sun exposure. They have a waxy, flakey appearance– not attractive, … Continue Reading… →
Once I solved the riddle of painful shoes, I decided to drill down and look at different types of footwear. Its been years since I had enjoyed walking in sandals, so I decided to explore what made sandals so uncomfortable.. According to NYC podiatrist Dr Michael Schumacher there are three key issues in a sandal:
1. Sandal Cushioning
The search for a foot- friendly sandal starts at the bottom with padding. You want a nice soft layer of rubber on the soles and a layer of foam on the inside of the sandal. This would start to explain why those uber chic leather designer sandals are just dialing for pain
Fashion FLash host Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai not only can show you how to shape a better figure, she is also IMO the go- to person to help with health related exercise issues. For example when I developed lower disk problems I was terrified that the wrong exercise could make them worse I went straight to Mirabai who showed me stretching and strengthening routines that literally eliminaed pain. Since I had genuine disk swelling, my doctors were surprised at my recovery. I just smiled and gave them a link to Moving Free. She has more than six degrees and certifications and I trust her with my life. Literally. Check out her wonderful site and you will find an exercise program that will match your needs. Yes, … Continue Reading… →
I found the secret of happy feet over fifty. For the past decade shopping for a new pair of shoes had become worse than shopping for a new bathing suit. Just about every shape and style of shoes hurt my feet. From those that hurt when I walked to those that hurt just putting them on, shoe stores just seemed to be filled with pain.
I tried geting a larger size, which left me clomping around the store like a little girl in her mom’s clothing. ( cute as age six, not so much at sixty). I tried stretching the shoes, adding pads to big shoes and even priced out custom shoes. When I tried out orthopedic shoes that hurt I was outraged. If a shoe is really ugly, … Continue Reading… →