March 24, 2017

Eco-friendly ways of traveling

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When it comes to getting from A to B, whether that is commuting to work, visiting friends or picking up your groceries, you want to balance comfort, style and costs. If you are tired of paying for taxis, there are lots of better ways to travel that don’t have to cost the Earth.

The healthy way – If you can incorporate more exercise into your day by walking or cycling to some of your destinations, you will find yourself getting much fitter. If you incorporate this into your routine, then you may not have to go to the gym each evening, freeing up some extra time in your evenings.

Cycling might not always be practical depending on the journey, but it is becoming increasingly popular with more cycle lanes and facilities for cyclists in most cities and towns. Plus, you may even be able to get your employer to help with the purchasing of a bike if they run a cycle to work scheme. This means you could get an efficient, top of the range bike at a highly discounted rate.

Buy an eco-friendly car – Years ago, eco-friendly cars tended to be incredibly expensive with limited models to choose from. However, many more manufacturers now offer eco-friendly models that are reasonably priced. The Toyota Prius is a popular choice, as is the Honda Insight. You might be surprised at how affordable this option is nowadays, and how glamourous it can be with celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio who also drives hybrid cars.

If you’ve yet to pass your driving test, then why not start now? For starters, you can book a quick theory test and study for it with ease, due to the accessibility of the online content and practice tests. Check this site out for more details.

Car sharing

Car sharing or car pooling is another increasingly popular option for people who are looking to reduce costs and help reduce the emissions of driving alone. Your workplace may have a scheme where employees sign up for car pooling. There are also a handful of taxi companies who also offer car pooling services.

Public transport

Public transport has come a long way in recent years. The government invests heavily in the public transport system and there are many different ways to travel these days. You can often get reduced fares if you buy an annual or monthly ticket, and taking public transport gives you time to read or do other things whilst on your journey that you wouldn’t be able to do if you were driving.

It can really help you relax before and after work, plan future errands, or give you time to prepare for meetings and play catch-up at work. If your travel time is 30 minutes each way, then that is an hour of your time you could use efficiently rather than spending it behind a wheel, stuck in the traffic of commuters.

All these options are exceptionally eco-friendly. Not only can it work wonders four our planet, but it can help you, too.

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March 23, 2017

Christina Milian Wears 21HM!

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LOS ANGELES – March 23, 2017 – Christina Milian was photographed wearing 21HM last night while on the red carpet at the Power Rangers premiere in Los Angeles! The singer debuted her new blonde hair and showcased a sultry look in her burnt orange gown and 21HM‘s Cia Body Chain ($35; www.21hmboutique.com).

 

Photo by Getty Images

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March 23, 2017

emma Arterton: The Secret to her Glow!

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Gemma Arterton attends the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards at the London Palladium on March 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 23, 2017 –  Actress Gemma Arterton was spotted at Tracie Martyn’s 5th Avenue Spa yesterday in New York City to prep for the red carpet premiere of her new film, Their Finest this week.  The actress visited Tracie Martyn after her long flight and received their signature trademarked Red Carpet Facial®which can erase the hardship on skin from traveling.
The restorative and relaxing Red Carpet Facial® treatment is beyond wrinkle-reducing; it helps to lift, firm and contour the jawline, cheek bones and delicate eye area. It encourages collagen formation through suppressing its breakdown and energizing the skin, while improving elasticity to defy gravity.  For more information, visit: www.traciemartyn.com.
   For images gettyimages.com.
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March 23, 2017

From the Pros: Stretch Mark Solutions…What Can Be Done Safely?

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Women of all ages regardless of height, weight, or parental status are susceptible to stretch marks. This is a simple fact. Another fact, which will hopefully make you feel a bit better, is that supermodels yes, the bikini models you see in Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret, have stretch marks. If you’re like the 95% of the women out there you prefer them gone. Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic in for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20 offering insights on cosmetic surgery, shared the real deal on stretch mark solutions with several facts on popular procedures and topical options to prevent and remove stretch marks. Here’s what he has to say.

Option #1: Topical Creams & Preventative Foods

“There are a variety of topical treatments, the ones with cocoa butter are the trend, but they won’t do much if anything to improve severe stretch marks. These creams and oils perform better when used as preventive measures because fully developed stretch marks are rarely skin-deep,” explains Dr. Brandow.

Gelatin powder has been suggested as a great way to get more collagen into your system. Coconut oil mixed with beeswax is said to prevent stretch marks especially when applied throughout the day. Eating foods rich in vitamin C can help prevent stretch marks from the inside out. Adding things like red peppers, parsley, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts are good bets.

Option #2: Lasers

Many women who have post pregnancy stretch marks turn to lasers to eliminate this unwanted scarring. Kim Kardashian recently announced via her Snapchat that she would undergo laser treatments to rid her stretch marks. The Coolbeam laser, which is the one Kim Kardashian is going with, requires up to 5 treatments at around $5,000 per treatment which adds up to $25,000. Lasers are known for high level of safety and efficacy and most patients come away very pleased with the result. The treated area heals rather quickly, within a week to three week

“Lasers are far less invasive than a tummy tuck, which has a much longer recovery time. Lasers do have some risk in that they can burn the skin or cause tissue damage. Therefore, it’s very important to choose a doctor who knows what they are doing,” advises Dr. Brandow.

Option #3: Platelet Rich Plasma with Micro-needling

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been around for the past two decades and used to help athletes like Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriquez recover from injury. A few years ago, the “Vampire Facial” made headlines when Micro-needling was added to the procedure offering a vibrant, smooth, flawless complexion. The results were so great that cosmetic surgeons started to explore other parts of the body such as stretch marks on the buttocks, breast, arms, thighs and abdomen.

This calls for blood to be taken from the patient then put into a machine that separates the platelet rich plasma from the blood. It is then spread over the face after the micro-needling is completed. The micro-needling is a process where a pen-like tool with several tiny needles at the tip is carefully guided over the affected area making microscopic holes on both the outer and inner layers of skin. These holes are so small that they heal within a few hours. The process triggers a healing response in the dermis layer which is what causes the fast fading of stretch marks. Doctors recommend micro-needling with PRP over any other treatment because the results are significant and the cost is about $1000 per session. “Micro-needling with PRP is a combination that offers a fast, in office option, with excellent results and is less costly than lasers,” explains Dr. Brandow who was recently on TV speaking of the procedure.

Dr. Brandow adds that the advantage of micro-needling with PRP for stretch marks over lasers is a lesser chance of scarring and skin discoloration. “Skin on the body is more susceptible to hyperpigmentation than on the face making Micro-needling is a safer option for ethnicities with varying skin tones. This is a big advantage over cool beam lasers, IPL or chemical peels,” he explains.

Option #4: The Tummy Tuck

This is the gold standard offering the best results however it’s invasive and the recovery time is longer. Known as abdominoplasty, the procedure removes excess skin in the abdominal region and tightens the muscles. The stretch marks below the belly button are discarded along with the excess skin. “The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that comes with risk so typically candidates must be non-smokers in good physical health as certain they will not want more kids after surgery. It’s is the only option for complete and permanent stretch mark removal. Recovery time can be up to 6 weeks and again it is critical that one chooses a reputable doctor. A botched tummy tuck can lead to off-centered belly buttons, long thick scars, and dangerous infections,” warns Dr. Brandow.

Ultimately stretch marks are an unfortunate reality that comes with pregnancy, puberty and any other weight or muscle gain where the skin is stretched. There are preventative measures one can take. Be very weary of anything that seems too good to be true and always consult with a credentialed doctor when considering any kind of cosmetic procedure. 

About the Doctor:

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery is a plastic surgeon with 2 locations in the Philadelphia metro area and a 3rd one at the jersey shore. Named a “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine as well as nationally recognized for one of America’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” of this decade, Dr. Brandow is a trusted expert who has developed many innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the face, body and skin. He has been featured on local, national and international television programs including 20/20, CNN’s Headline News, Good Morning America.

 

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March 20, 2017

How to Manage and Treat Your Oily Hair

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Hair will always make or break a person’s look. Right make-up, right attire will not be of any use if the hair just not right. There are those frustrating days when we all end up having greasy and oily hair. So, why hair ends up getting oily? Sebaceous glands are to be blamed for over producing oil and making hair greasy. Sebaceous glands control the shine of the hair as well. The best way to control the excess oil is by washing hair with shampoos, formulated to manage such problem.

Before choosing the right shampoo to wash away your annoying oily hair, you must remember to do some research work. Not all the shampoos available have the ability to take care of your need. You need to check the ingredients of the shampoo very carefully. A list of the best shampoos for oily hair will help you to treat your hair correctly.

  • Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo– These shampoos have been formulated to remove almost 90% of residues which is making your hair sticky and greasy. This shampoo will help in cleaning the hair. After 5 days of styling, you can turn to Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo for removing all the stuffs which makes your hair oily. You can use this shampoo once in a week. It will keep your hair fresh and bouncy.
  • Maple Holistics Natural Degrease Shampoo for Oily Hair–This is the ultimate therapy for oily scalp. This shampoo has been formulated to control the moisture and utilise the right components in a way which balances sebum. This shampoo is made from all the natural ingredients like Rosemary, lemon and basil. It cleanses the hair very carefully, without sucking the entire moisture out of your tresses. This shampoo works like wonder in stimulating the hair cell renewal. Be rest assured that it will not cause any damage to your coloured hair as well.
  • Biotique Bio Walnut Bark Body Building Shampoo–This shampoo is best known for making your hair look bouncier and fuller. It is a combination of all natural ingredients like walnut, amla, reetha and many more. All this ingredients in turn helps in regrowth of hair, making it shiny and adding volume. It will work like magic in decreasing the oily residue and making your hair fresh.
  • Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo–This is a dry shampoo spray which removes the excess oil. This shampoo removes impurities from the hair. Keeps the hair clean and sparkling with long lasting effect. This definitely qualifies in the list of best shampoos for oily hair. It has two important ingredients mango and coconut. Don’t worry about the moisture of your hair, as this shampoo promises to be gentle on your hair in removing the excess oily stuff and not the entire moisture. Try it for once and you will end up loving this shampoo for sure.
  • Organix Org Scalp Therapy Australian Tea tree Shampoo–One of the most reviewed brands available. It contains neem oil which soothes itchy scalp. It balances the scalp and hair. The natural ingredients don’t harm coloured hair as well. This shampoo makes greasy hair bouncy. Works good on oily hair. Try it once you won’t regret.
  • Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo for oily hair problem – This shampoo with Oat milk is great for oily hair. One of the best shampoos available for annoying oily hair, has got loads of benefits stored for your hair. The good news is, this shampoo contains loads of vitamin B, which fixes the damaged hair. You will love your hair after using this shampoo, it promises to keep your hair soft and silky.
  • Batiste Light & Blonde Dry Shampoo – The best thing about a dry shampoo is, you don’t need to wet your hair daily and wait for it to dry up. It has Oryza Sativa (rice) starch as it primary ingredient, this helps in absorbing too much oil from the hair. This shampoo also adds life to limp and greasy hair.

This is just a small compilation of  best shampoos for oily hair, there are other shampoos which helps in reducing the excess amount of oil from your hair. Be a little careful while choosing the shampoo. Check the ingredients and happily style your hair.

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March 17, 2017

Aesthetic Nurse, Jill Caruso Shares 5 Terrific Winter to Spring Tips

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FROM THE PROS:

As we say goodbye to the Winter season and hello to Spring, there are important beauty tips and tricks to keep in mind to ensure your beauty regimen continues to thrive through the transitioning seasons. New York City based Beauty Expert Jill Caruso of Fox Vein Care, has come up with the perfect Winter to Spring beauty tips to ensure vibrant skin.

Harsh weather conditions in the Winter can bring anyone’s skin woes, so as the first bud of spring blooms there are a few things to keep in mind. Jill is a Board Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist and her distinctive background in medicine, design, and skin esthetics gives her a unique approach when analyzing a patient’s face and determining an individual treatment. She suggests the following for Winter to Spring flawless skin:

Do not forget your sunscreen – This is not an option, but an essential everyday necessity, regardless of weather, to protect your skin from UV radiation. Also, contrary to popular belief, SPF ratings higher than 30 do not offer more protection and no sunscreen can block more than 97 percent of UV rays.
Be sure to moisturize daily – Moisturizing your face will help you to look and feel younger, resulting in softer, more elastic skin… not to mention it will keep your skin hydrated.
Wash your face every night – This is vital, as it removes not only makeup, but the dirt and dust that accumulates throughout the day. Outside elements as well as makeup clogs your pores with dirt, dust, smoke, etc., however, Jill suggests that soap-less cleansers are okay occasionally as they can act as cleansers with nondrying agents.
Light Chemical peels can be great for the season change – There are lower UV levels during the winter, making it optimal for recovery and an ideal time to prepare your skin for the forthcoming spring season.
Lastly, when it comes to makeup, less is more – People often tend to overdo it on the winter. Heavy foundation, mascara, and lipstick often ages women.

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March 17, 2017

Lais Ribeiro Wears Lili Claspe!

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LOS ANGELES – March 15, 2017 –  Lais Ribeiro shared a photograph on Instagram wearing Lili Claspe jewelry during a Victoria’s Secret shoot! The model posted a sexy selfie with fellow model Elsa Hosk wearing Lili Claspe’sEllie Choker in Gold ($70, www.lilicaslpe.com).
Photos courtesy of Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laisribeiro
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March 14, 2017

SPRING INTO SPRING!! 7 Ways to Be More Optimistic

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FROM THE PROS:

We set the clocks ahead for daylight savings and many of us woke up to a darker sky feeling sluggish thanks to a one hour loss of sleep. If you hit the snooze, pulled the covers up over your head still feeling bummed out about your waistline, bank account, career or love life, you’re not alone. Despite more daylight our worries will still be there. So how do we spring into spring, a season that’s all about new beginnings and rebirth? For practical ways, to cultivate optimism in our lives we turned to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services who shares these tips and tools.

1. Focus on the good.

“A daily exercise I often have my patients do is keep an appreciation or gratitude journal. When you focus on all the things to be happy for in your life then more great things come. Think generally and use your senses. What do you appreciate seeing, smelling, touching, tasting, listening to? Write it down. Within a few weeks you’ll train the mind to pivot to an appreciate thought when a negative thought comes,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

2. Make plans.

Making plans to see relatives, to see a new exhibit a movie or to travel gets our mind moving forward towards something positive that we can be hopeful and optimistic about. Dr. Hafeez suggests making plans to do 3 things per month for the next 3 months. “Choose things that you know will bring you joy and then go do them! Feeling excited about what is coming and talking about how fun it will be keeps us optimistic and forward moving,” says Dr. Hafeez.

3. Control what you can, delegate the rest! 

We get pessimistic and worry about the worst possible outcomes when we realize that we cannot control every detail. This leads to anxiety and an even stronger feeling of having to control conditions, and even others. According to Dr. Hafeez, this is a trap. “Figure out what needs to get done. What actions you can take. Then let go of anything else that is beyond your control with faith that everything will turn out fine. Envision the desired outcome,” advises Dr. Hafeez.

4. Limit your news watching and avoid it before bed. 

“There is a very common pattern I see people falling into,” says Hafeez. “People awaken and immediately reach for their smartphone for news headlines. They then turn on the TV news as background noise. They listen to news in their cars, have news alerts going off on their phones all day, catch the evening news and then the 11pm news before bed. No wonder they’re less optimistic! What you choose to look at will impact your mood. Remember, good news doesn’t get ratings,” she adds.

5. Don’t snooze. Instead just breathe.

When the alarm goes off give yourself a few minutes to just lie there, eyes closed focused on your breathing. Breathe in counting to 4 and then breathe out. Do a mental scan of your entire body from head to toe thanking your cells for restoring you as you slept. “Deep breathing is a form of meditation and in the morning, you have a small window of opportunity to decide what kind of day you want it to be,” says Dr. Hafeez.

6. Distract yourself with something that requires focus.

The key here is to pick something you truly enjoy doing and do it daily. It can be painting, coloring, yoga, a 20-minute walk or jog, listening to music and dancing around your living room. “When you are fully engaged in something, you can’t ruminate which leads to pessimism,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

7. Make feeling good top priority.

When you commit to feeling good you instantly start to think more optimistically. According to Dr. Hafeez, when you’re mindful of your own negativity and shift to a better feeling positive thought you feel powerful. You’ll feel like you can conquer anything when you can master your own mindset.

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com

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March 13, 2017

Stefanie Scott Wears Emma Jane Designs and it’s under $30

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 11: Actress Stefanie Scott attends the "Small Town Crime" premiere 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 11, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)

AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 11: Actress Stefanie Scott attends the “Small Town Crime” premiere 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 11, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)

LOS ANGELES – March 13, 2017 – Stefanie Scott was photographed wearing Emma Jane Designs while at SXSW! The actress kept it simple pairing her red jumpsuit with the Seed Necklace in copper ($28 www.emmajane-designs.com).
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March 12, 2017

Is your skin feeling a bit depleted after these winter months…It’s time for Inlight

 

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The Inlight Chocolate face mask is a super nourishing, very unique type of face mask. It’s 100% organic and smells amazing, so two great things right off the bat. The consistency is not like the typical clay mask, the formula is made up of cocoa and argan oil so a little bit goes a long way. The box also comes with a little spatula so you don’t contaminate the rest of the jar by touching it directly with your fingers. This was my first time trying an oil based mask and was surprised when it wasn’t the thick consistency I expected, but was more liquid and oil-like (go figure) when applied, especially after warming up from body heat being on the skin.

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There are small exfoliating beads that you rub into your skin after applying, and then let the mask sit for 10-20 min. When removing the mask, I’d recommend using a washcloth, that you don’t mind getting dirty, and warm water to help remove it fully. My skin felt very soft afterwards and definitely a good product to try out if your skin is feeling a bit depleted after these winter months.  Visit Inlight to view their Organic Skincare line.

Guest Post by Antonia Rutter

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