Archives for April 2014
April 30, 2014
April 30, 2014
Acne is a big pain and it seems there is never any product out there that targets just acne. Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix targets the acne with one simple dollop on the pimple. Murad’s Acne Spot Fast Fix contains 3.5% Benzoyl Peroxide that kills the bacteria causing acne. Not ony can this product be used on your face, try using it on your “body acne” such as spots on your chest, shoulders and back.
Before use, make sure you cleanse your skin to give it a “clean canvas” then spread the treatment on your problem areas. It has been my experience that products and treatments do not work if my skin is not cleansed so always be sure to cleanse.
For more information on Murad products visit www.murad.com
April 29, 2014
An enlightening interview with reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Robert Anderson
During National Infertility Week I recently received an amazing opportunity to interview an extremely dedicated double board certified specialist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology, and Infertility, Dr. Robert Anderson. Dr. Anderson is the Founder and Director of the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine.
Timing couldn’t have been more perfect as our interview would coincide with the 25th anniversary of National Infertility Week Awareness.
Who better to address and educate us regarding infertility and the latest advanced treatments than a very successful specialist in his field, and dedicated in,“helping couples become families“, like Dr. Anderson.
MY INTERVIEW WITH DR. ROBERT ANDERSON:
1. VICKI: You’ve been a practicing reproductive endocrinologist for over 25 years and are double board certified in obstetrics , gynecology , reproductive endocrinology, and infertility. That’s quite an impressive track record… Congratulations ! What motivated you to pursue this particular field of reproductive medicine?
DR. ANDERSON:”I think it was a couple of factors. One, it’s very dynamic field that is changing all of the time and it still is relatively young. The first IVF baby was born 1978 so it hasn’t been around for a long time. Scientific advancements seem to happen almost every year and continue to improve our ability to help our patients. It’s a challenging field, an ever changing field, and one that is a lot of fun to be in. Secondly, what we do make such a huge impact on patients’ lives. My patients aren’t sick, they’re not dying, but their ability to go from a couple to a family when they weren’t able to do that before just transforms them in way that I think very few other fields can do. Certainly having my four children I see that more than ever.”
2. VICKI: I believe you made a great choice with reproductive medicine for all the right reasons, Dr. Anderson. That being said, with the ultimate outcome to have child , what are some of the challenges facing a couple that might bring them in to see you?
DR. ANDERSON: “Well the biggest one is age. Now more than ever age is a tremendous factor, if not probably the most important factor, but there are certainly other causes such as male problems, ovulation, blocked fallopian tubes, structural problems, and things like that. Age, however, transcends all of them! In any factor that we see that causes infertility, the older a woman is the more difficult it will be to correct.”
3. VICKI: You are experiencing encouraging results within a wider age range. How does this affect an older gal who would like to have a child ?
DOCTOR ANDERSON: “Well we are, but you know one of the things , and this ties into the whole perception of age not necessarily being a factor in fertility, is that women of virtually any age can get pregnant if they are willing to use an egg donor. I’ve had women get pregnant up to the age of 54 but they are using eggs from somebody who’s 20 to 25 years old.
You see in the public, celebrities in their mid to late 40’s and some of them in their early 50’s getting pregnant, and most of them are using egg donors and just aren’t saying they did.
You could be 48 years old and get pregnant…. No big deal….Well it is no big deal if you’re using eggs from a 22 year old!! A lot of our patients do believe that it doesn’t matter, and you can wait as long as you want, and “so & so got pregnant with twins when they were 47″…etc.
Well I can tell you this… I’ve been doing this since 1986 and I’ve never seen a woman over 45 get pregnant using her own eggs. The reason for it is that when we test their embryos they are all abnormal. The incidence of abnormality is 100%.”
4.VICKI: Wow! That’s some very interesting data for one to consider! I’m very curious about your successful “One Embryo, one Baby”via your “SET” Technology . Could you please share a bit about that with our readers?
DR. ANDERSON: “Sure… The thing that’s really changed everything is our ability to test embryos for their genetic makeup before we put them back into the mother, and that’s made everything that we’re doing now possible!
“In the past when you did in vitro fertilization going way back to the beginning, the early pregnancy rates (when I got into this 27 years ago) were about 10 to 20 percent positive. Obviously technology has changed a lot since then. In those days because we didn’t know if the embryos were genetically normal or not we had to put in more than one in order to even get that not so great pregnancy rate. Even as things got better over the last 25 years, or so, we still put in multiple embryos because we just didn’t know if we were putting normal ones in or not. The older the person was the more we put in so occasionally you’d have a situation where more than one of those embryos was normal. When that happens you end up with a multiple pregnancy. A lot of times it was twins. Probably, most frequently twins, but we all had triplets, quadruplets, and sometimes even more! Those are obviously undesirable outcomes.
Now, because we can test the embryos, and we know that they are genetically normal, if we only put one of those in and it’s normal the pregnancy rates we’re getting in women under 40, for instance, are about 85%! It’s almost a total reversal from when I got into this field, and it’s simply because we now know which embryos to use and not to use! It’s like nothing I’ve seen in the field!!! That’s HUGE!”
5. VICKI: What a wonderful advancement for the field of reproductive medicine! That is quite amazing, as is your sought after Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine which is staffed with a variety of exceptional professionals with varied expertise that compliments your mission in helping a woman to bring about a healthy pregnancy. Is it a “team work” approach that helps your endeavor and deals with some of the challenges we’ve addressed in this interview to achieve such successful outcomes?
DR. ANDERSON: It’s essential! First of all, we have an exceptional team put together in that regard. From our clinical staff , being my nurses who are the primary educators for our patients who tend to the large amount of teaching that we need to do both in terms of the helping patients understand the treatment, process and why we’re doing the the things we’re doing and instructing them how to give the injections, managing medication and all of that.
Then we have our laboratory staff, especially the ones that work in the invitro fertilization lab that do some very technical and specialized procedures that are really amazing when you think of what they are able to do…
Along with all of our support staff... nutritionists, acupuncturists, counselors… everything you can image to help the couples along because there’s many components to their needs and treatment plan, and we think that its best accomplished by a lot of specialists who are able to do their particular part.. very well!
6. VICKI: No wonder you, your incredible staff and clinic are known world wide! With your amazing 85% success rate “in helping thousands of women achieve a successful pregnancy”, and personally after viewing all of the heartfelt videos of some of your patients, I can see why you have treated women from all over the world. How might a person from another state or country, who is dealing with infertility be treated by you, and are there suggested places where they might stay while being treated?
DR. ANDERSON: We’ve had patients virtually from every continent come to us over the years, and certainly from other states is not as difficult, but what usually happens is now I’ll conduct an interview with them like they were here via SKYPE. We do our new patient visit that way. I get all of the information and they send me all of the records if they have some and then often times the treatment can be coordinated with a doctor in their home town. If we need to start and do some tests or even do the very beginning of there treatment that they can begin it at home and then they’ll come out here for the critical part.
We actually have a concierge service dedicated to helping them set up anything they can think of like transportation, places to stay, things to do while they’re here, giving them shots, helping them with places to eat, or whatever they want…everything ! We’ve made it very easy for them, plus it’s a nice place to come. People love coming to Southern California!
In fact, yesterday I had one of those patients from Rhode Island who had done an IVF cycle and it hadn’t worked. I looked at the way it was done and I spoke with them and made some suggestions, especially regarding the genetic testing. I asked her if her physician had talked to her about that and she said that “he doesn’t do it, and that he doesn’t think it’s necessary!” I said that it certainly isn’t necessary, but it sure has made things work a lot more frequently….why wouldn’t you want to do that! But the point is that we do some things that people aren’t doing! We focused on staying on the cutting edge and keeping track of the developments in the field that are most significant !
I go to the European Fertility Society Meeting every summer because the Europeans do things a whole lot differently than we do and a lot of times they’re able to do things before we can and use medications before we can because they don’t have as many of the regulations in some of those countries as we do.
If you’re not really kind of keeping your finger on the pulse of this field , you’re not going to be able to do the things that we’re doing, and then there are people who live in parts of the country where they just don’t have a lot of these services available just because of location.
VICKI: In closing , Dr. Anderson, I really can’t thank you enough for your time and wish you continued success with your wonderful endeavor in helping women be able to experience the miracle of child birth! All the best to you, your staff, and the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine, which, by the way, has two beautiful locations in Newport Beach and Mission Viego.
All of Dr. Anderson’s conversation was so good to hear, and very encouraging with the knowledge that things can work out, and not only is there another chance but another choice to look into with Dr Robert Anderson and the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine.
I encourage you to view Dr. Anderson’s website: http://www.socalfertility.com/
View the wonderful testimonials, and whether you are experiencing reproductive problems, or know someone who does, be proactive with the available information and reach out to Dr. Anderson and his staff. You’re only a phone call away…..
Southern California Center For Reproductive Medicine:
• Mission Viejo
• Newport Beach
(Information included in this interview with Dr. Anderson was obtained from an interview I had with the doctor. Much gratitude to Dr. Anderson for his time, wonderful commentary, and “up to the minute” information regarding reproductive medicine and infertility. May this be very inspiring to all who seek assistance in overcoming their challenges in starting a family.)
April 28, 2014
Ban Total Refresh cooling body cloths are so convenient. I keep these cloths in my backpack and after track practice, I use them on my neck and underarms to help me feel clean and not so sweaty. They have a powdery finish, that cools your body and smells great. It doesn’t leave my neck or underarms feeling sticky either. The cloths are very thick, and they are perforated so you can select-a-size. The package is small enough to keep in your handbag for an on the go refresh. These can be found at almost any drugstore and they are about 3 dollars at Walmart. Bring them to the gym or to work!!
Ban Refresh Cloths can be found in drug stores nationwide and at http://www.feelbanfresh.com/cooling-wipes/restore.aspx
April 28, 2014
I was first introduced to Somersets Shave Oil by my husband. The first time he used their shave oils, he was quite impressed. You can imagine how happy I was to find that Somersets carries a women’s line and one of Somersets best selling oil is Somersets Women’s Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil.
Somersets believes that it is very important to prepare your skin before shaving as to avoid razor burn and nicks while shaving. These shaving problems can result in red, rashy, bumpy and uncomfortable skin for quite some time so it only makes sense to avoid these shaving issues at all costs. The reason why Somersets works so well is that they are formulated with 100% natural plant oils like lavender, rosemary and tree tea and the oils smell fabulous.
Somersets Shaving Oil for women is definitely worth trying and once you do, you may never go back to your old shave gels and foams. Just smooth on 4 or 5 drops of the oil on your legs and underarms and the oils soften your skin which makes the shaving process so easy. The oils not only moisturize your skin but you will feel the silky softness of your skin after you shave, so say good-bye to the rough dry patches. With Somersets, you can shave without water if you have to “shave on the go”. I like the fact that you can see what you are shaving because the oil is clear.
Somersets has also developed an oil for extra delicate skin to apply around the bikini area. Somersets delicate oils lubricate you skin and blade for a closer, smoother shave. Somersets promises “No more painful waxing or bumps after shaving. It’s not about the blade. Somersets 100% Natural Delicate Bikini Shaving Oil prepares the skin for the shave, eliminating ingrown hairs and serving as a soothing shaving bumps treatment. “
Somersets bullet shaped little bottles are tiny which make it convenient for travel. Somersets natural ingredients include: Hybrid vegetable Oil, Menthol , Fragrance, Aloe Vera, French Lavender Oil , Sandalwood Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Grapefruit OIl, Tea Tree Oil, Corianda Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Rosemary Oil, Ylang Ylang, Chilean Rosehip Seed Oil.
Shaving is a dream with Somersets. You will find Somersets shave oils, gels, face washes and scrubs at somersets.com
April 28, 2014
Montagne Jeunesse is an international brand and our face masks are affordable “beauty treats” loved and trusted by women in over 80 countries worldwide.
Below is some background information on our brand:
Our range of face masques includes muds, peel-offs, self-heating, scrubs and fabric. With so much choice, there’s one to delight your skin and senses, each time you use one. We are known for using only the best natural ingredients. For over 20 years, we’ve stood against animal testing and are proud to be ‘Cruelty Free’ accredited. Sold in Walmart and Ulta, you can also find us in Bed, Bath and Beyond, Kroger and HEB.
Visit our USA Facebook Page so you can get a feel for the brand and see consumer comments. https://www.facebook.com/montagnejeunesseusa
To enter for a chance to win a free masque, visit the Montagne Jeunesse USA Facebook Page and register. http://on.fb.me/1jdNTqF
April 26, 2014
Spring Flowers are beginning to bloom – marking warm weather is around the corner. Lavanila offers a bouquet of scents, each unique and perfect for the new season.
Available in Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Passion Fruit, Vanilla Blackberry, Vanilla Lavender and Vanilla Summer.
Lavanila The Healthy Fragrance ($50): Master natural perfumers blend exotic essential oils with skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin. Infused with everything that’s good for you and absolutely nothing that’s not, LAVANILA is changing the way you spray.
Lavanila’s The Healthy Fragrance may be purchased at lavanila.com
April 25, 2014
This award winning, all-natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically Tested. Dermatologist Recommended. No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals. Available in Vanilla Lavender, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut and Fresh Vanilla Lemon. Did I mention that we love this Deodorant!
Where to Purchase: http://www.lavanila.com
April 24, 2014
April 24, 2014
Let’s do some thinking “Inside the box” this Mother’s Day. It’s easy and something that will fit any budget. Pick up a pretty box, a bow and some crinkle paper. Choose 5 to 6 products that you feel Mom needs and/or will love and create a pretty “Beauty Box” full of beauty products just for your Mom. There will be no other like it!
Watch my Your Carolina TV segment here: http://www.wspa.com/story/25329774/its-a-glam-thing-with-mothers-day-ideas
Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream. This is a newly launched line of cosmetics. And BB creams are very popular right now. BB Plus Illumination is a versatile and luminous product that can be used in a variety of ways. The product’s golden undertone adds dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion and is completely customizable to your lifestyle. www.gerardcosmetics.com
EYES by ToGoSpa are under-eye collagen gel pad applications that hydrate under-eye skin to remove puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. They are pretty amazing! EYES ToGoSpa are used on Kristen Stewart by her make up artist! Many celebrity make up artists rely on EYES ToGoSpa to prep stars before makeup calls, red carpets and special events. EYES by ToGoSpa is sold in two packs for a total of six treatments. www.togospa.com.
Daily Concepts Stretch Wash Cloth. This has a unique Label Indicator that fades when it’s time to replace the scrubber. The functional packaging includes a suction cup to store the cloth product or hang in the shower. Gentle textures help cleanse and exfoliate and leave skin feeling fresh, smooth and glowing! http://www.dailyconcepts.com
Adonia LashAlive® & BrowRevive Serum®- LashAlive restores, and rejuvenates lashes health and vitality for maximum length and volume; using Greek wisdom to give you the beautiful eyes you have always desired.
In addition to gorgeous longer looking lashes, you can have beautiful fuller looking brows as well! BrowRevive Serum is another unique serum which uses the same time-tested Greek wisdom to revitalize your brows using 20 of the highest quality organic botanicals. www.adoniaorganics.com
Duri Cosmetics has primped and prepped an exclusive Mother’s Day Collection Gift Set to give Mom the “Mani” (and Pedi) Thanks She Deserves.Treat mom like royalty with Duri’s Tudor Rose, a dark magenta shade, and this chip-resistant flower will last longer than any bouquet. Breakfast in Bed, a creamy lavender with a pink-base, is great way to start her day on the right (and left) hand or foot. Deck her in pearls with Duri’s Pearl Pink, a shimmering pink polish with real lustre. And don’t forget Pure Red, a fire engine red, to make her Available in a handled gift box offered in six very present-able color combinations. Ready for gifting: Blue/Gold, Black/Silver, Blue/Silver, Brown/Silver, Red/Gold and Red/Silver retailing for $24. Polish individual retails for $6 each. Environmentally friendly and free of harmful chemicals. www.duricosmetics.com
Jewelry is always a great stand alone product especially for Dads to gift Mom’s or you can even drop a piece of jewelry to fit any budget into Mom’s “Beauty Box”.
Mom will love Vincent Peach earrings with Freshwater Pearls, 14K Gold Ear Wire and Larimar ( a rare gemstone considered to be a healing stone.) These are called the Vincent Peach DEMURE SLEEPING BEAUTY EARRINGS. Vincent Peach has jewelry for every budget from under $100 and up. www.vincentpeach.com