Pro Advice
August 14, 2016

5 Things That are Skin No-Nos


Pro Advice from Savvy Travelers Being that are our skin is the body’s largest organ, it stands to reason that there are things we should be doing to care for it each and every day. However, many of us go through our daily routines paying very little attention to our skin. In fact, there are a lot of things that we do that end up leading to clogged pores and a dull complexion. These skin “nonos” should be avoided to help keep skin looking and feeling great.

“Our skin is so delicate, yet we treat it as if it can put up with all of the mean things we do to it,” explains expert traveler Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of cosmetic beauty wipe company Savvy Travelers. “Taking care of your skin can help keep you looking younger, feeling great, and loving what you see when you look in the mirror.”

Here are 5 things that are nonos that people often do to their skin:

  1. Not removing makeup before bed. Many people hit the sack without washing their face, and often leaving makeup on when they do it. According to the National Sleep Foundation, when you do this you can damage your skin. Going to bed with a dirty face leads to clogged pores, makeup tends to have free radicals held in it, which will lead to wrinkles. Keeping something like Take Offz facial cleansing and moisturizing wipes close by provides people with an easy and convenient way to always be able to quickly clean and moisturize their face before bed.
  2. Overlooking the importance of exfoliating. Many people tend to overlook the importance of getting their skin exfoliated. When you have it exfoliated, it removes the old, dead layer, so that younger and healthier skin can regenerate. Regularly doing this at home or having this done by getting regular facials is advised to get the best results.
  3. Getting too much sun exposure. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Getting too much sun exposure to the skin can lead to skin cancer, as well as cause premature wrinkles. Protect the skin by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and seeking shade whenever possible.
  4. Not staying hydrated. According to the National Institutes of Health, the skin contains around 30 percent water. It’s this water that gives skin its plumpness, elasticity, and resiliency. If you are not staying well hydrated, your skin can lose those attributes, so be sure to drink up.
  5. Having dirty hands. We come in contact with many germs every day, especially on our hands. When those germ-filled hands touch your face, you are transferring them there. This can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and infections. Keep hands clean by frequently washing them with soap and water, or using anti-bacterial cleansing wipes, such as Klean Upz, when soap and water are not available.

“Between bad habits and germs, our skin can really take a hit,” added Aldatz. “It’s up to us to be proactive to make sure that we hold ourselves accountable in taking care of our skin, as well as being prepared. When we do those two things we will end up with skin that we love and loves us back.”

Savvy Travelers offers a no-rinse line of cosmetic beauty wipes that help to keep travelers healthy and lends a convenient collection of problem solvers for beauty and wellness needs. Savvy Travelers designer beauty wipes are curated for the “on-the-go” sophisticated savvy travelista! No water? No problem!  The company offers a line of pre-packaged individual cosmetic wipes, such as the “No Sweat” antiperspirant deodorant wipes, the “Speak Eazy” mouth cleansing wipes, the “Take Offz” cleansing moisturizing wipes for the face, the Klean Upz antibacterial hand and body wipes, and more. Savvy Travelers wipes are a savior in flight when you are stuck at your seat, or on a road trip and still want to feel clean and refreshed, making traveling healthier all around. For more information, visit the site at:

About Savvy Travelers ( 
The Savvy Travelers collection of designer beauty wipes are curated for the sophisticated on-the-go travelista. Savvy Travelers keep ladies fresh and fabulous from head to toe, one swipe at a time, offering products in convenient kits and single-use packets that are disposable, eco-friendly and made in California!  No Water? No Problem! Follow @Savvy_Travelers on social media and like us on Facebook.



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August 4, 2016

Wonder Water: 6 Unexpected Infused Waters for Gorgeous Skin!


From the Pros:

While most dermatologists and doctors preach the benefits of drinking more water, water gets boring. Perhaps you’ve done just about everything to make your plain glass of water more enjoyable. If you’re running out of ideas and are tempted to reach for a caffeinated beverage you’re not alone. We talked to the experts who gave us six fresh infused water recipes that’ll pack a punch of flavor and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O! If you’re new to infused water it’s easy. Chop up the ingredients, let them sit over night in your water pitcher and sip your way to healthy hydration inside and out.

  1. Mango Ginger

This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. an anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team.  “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai.

  1. Grapefruit Rosemary

Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.

  1. Melon Mix

Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.”

  1. Citrus MintPick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint.  “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” says Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she adds.
  2. Cucumber Lavender

“The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is because it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explains.

  1. Pineapple Coconut Water
    This one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate over night with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piña colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Papantoniou “This is not just great for beautiful skin, collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.”

Clearly there are benefits to keeping hydrated. Water does not have to be boring, it can be delicious. Drink up!

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July 26, 2016

Beauty Bucket List 10 Unexpected Must Do Things


Want to look, feel and think more beautifully? We called upon several experts in dermatology, longevity, psychology and even plastic surgery to bring you 10 unexpected things to consider adding to your beauty bucket list. They are…

  1. Only drink water for 30 days. Imagine the benefits to your skin, hair, nails and overall body when you cut out sugars, caffeine, alcohol, and anything artificial and go straight H20. Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. anti aging and stem cell specialist says, “be sure to drink pure water and if it gets boring add lemon, lime, or blueberries. Within the first week you will notice skin that is plump, glowing, clear and soft. By the second week people will take notice asking what you have done. The difference, for those who stick to a water only beverage plan for 30 days is astounding.”
  1. Ditch all facial products for a month. Look at your bathroom countertop and drawers. Product overload is common. Perhaps you bought into the promises of one product then jumped to another and another. Clear the clutter and clear your skin. Dr. Kally Papantoniou a board certified dermatologist in New York urges people to get rid of old expired skincare products and get back to basics. Using a simple non comedogenic facial cleanser and a moisturizer with SPF each day for a month will allow the skin to heal itself and return to a natural state. After 2 weeks of a simplified skincare regimen you may see fewer and less intense breakouts, less dryness or less oil.
  1. Change your hair color and style.

It’s quite common for women to drastically change their hair after a break-up but why wait for an emotional upheaval? Have long hair? Try a pixie cut! Have a short brown bob? Go blonde! Dr. Sanam Hafeez, NYC based licensed neuropsychologist and teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College, explains that our hair is a huge part of our identity. “When we really want a change in our lives, the fastest way to shift your mind towards forward progression is to alter our appearance in a major way. The best part with experimenting with hair is that it can grow back and you can enjoy different styles during the grow out process.”

Give the girls a lift or go smaller!  Dr. John Zannis a board certified plastic surgeon from North Carolina, says that breast augmentation done to mothers who breastfed multiple children is a game changer. “These women come in to see me feeling as if their breasts don’t match their zest for life. They want them lifted and fuller and back to what they were before breastfeeding.” Further women whose smaller frame can’t handle large breasts leading to back and neck strain and even nerve damage can benefit from breast reduction. “Breast reduction changes lives. I have seen it in my practice. Women feel free going from an F cup to a full B. No more neck aches and shoulder pain not to mention bra straps digging into skin.”

  1. Learn to meditate.Want to appear 5 – 10 years younger within a month? Start meditating. Studies have shown that people who meditate are more optimistic, more calm and able to remain focused. They seem to breathe more deeply and have this general vibe of self-awareness. People who meditate know how to declutter their minds of worrisome thoughts that only perpetuate accelerated aging and illness. Dr. Hafeezencourages her patients to meditate by engaging all 5 senses. “When we sit or lay still and focus on our breathing and immediate surroundings we become fully present.”
  1. Get a skin check up, head to toe by a pro.People mistakenly think that total body skin screenings are for the pale and cancer prone. This is not the case. Even people who never burn in the sun should have a check up. “There are places where precancerous moles like to hide such as in the scalp, behind ears, in-between toes and under nails,” explains Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s always good to be safe and get moles and other growths looked at as we age.”
  1. Get it “fixed.” Maybe you broke your nose playing soccer at 14 and it never healed right affecting your breathing not to mention making a common cold a catastrophe. Now that you’re an adult and your facial bones have settled into place consider a nose job. Dr. Zannis, warns that a broken nose can complicate breathing which can lead to sleep apnea and a host of other sinus issues. “Most of the time it’s not only a cosmetic issue it goes deeper than that. It’s important that the functionality of the nose is a priority. Many of my cases have experienced an injury to their nose which not only affected the appearance but their breathing.”
  1. Buy a luxurious bathrobe. Admit it those robes found at spas and 5 star hotels are comfortable, really really, really comfortable. It’s amazing how something so simple can really make you feel so beautiful. “Adding a touch of luxury to your life is a kind way to pamper yourself. Women of all shapes and sizes have body issues so if it feels great to wrap your body in a plush terry cloth robe go for it!, offersDr. Hafeez.

Go back to bedtime. When we sleep our body repairs itself. When we are overworked, over worried and sleep deprived our bodies don’t have the time to regenerate. This leads to a slower metabolism, poor organ function and sallow, wrinkled skin. “As we age we need a set bedtime and wake-time. The sleep cycle is pivotal for cellular turnover. New mothers often see more wrinkles and a difference in skin texture and radiance because they are awakened several times during the night,” offers Dr. Calapai. Ideally adults need between 6 and 8 hours of sleep each night.

  1. Get those earlobes repaired!From the most simple ear lobe repair for a torn ear lobe, to the more complex repair of ear gauges, you can now have your ear lobe back. Dr. Papantoniou offers this procedure in office, with local anesthesia and stitches that are dissolvable. “The ear heals very quickly and scars are minimal. The ear can be re-pierced 2-3 months after having the repair surgery,” she explains.

Regardless of where you are on your beauty journey of life know that how we feel matters most and feeling good from the inside always makes the outside more healthy, vibrant and beautiful.

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June 15, 2016



If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably heard a lot about water and weight loss. Can drinking more water really help you lose weight? The short answer is yes — and no. If you’re already well hydrated and getting plenty of water, getting more water into your diet probably won’t make a lot of difference. But if you’re going through your days a little — or a lot dehydrated, as many people are, getting enough water could help. Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is a Manhattan Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. He states that, “There is always the case of too much of a good thing. Some people are such water drinking devotees that they are aquaholics, resulting in overhydration.”   As a result, experts now fear we’ve become so focused on staying hydrated that we’re guzzling water to life-threatening extremes.

Dr. Calapai points out that, “There are two types of overhydration: Increased water intake and retaining water. Increased water intake—or drinking more water than the kidneys can get rid of in the urine—can cause too much water to collect in the body.”

When the body is unable to get rid of excess water, it is said to be retaining water. This happens with several medical conditions, for instance. It can be dangerous because it throws off the balance between water and sodium in the blood.

Overhydration caused by drinking too much water can occur both consciously and unconsciously. Dr. Calapai says that, “A person may drink too much water during exercise. Some medications can also cause dry mouth and cause an increase in thirst. Increased thirst can also be caused by uncontrolled diabetes. Psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia (primary polydipsia or psychogenic polydipsia) can also cause compulsive water drinking.” 

What Are the Symptoms of Overhydration?

Symptoms of overhydration may not be recognized in the early stages but can include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Changes in mental state (confusion or disorientation)

If left untreated, overhydration can lead to dangerously low levels of sodium in the blood (hyponatremia). This can cause more-severe symptoms, such as:

  • Muscle weakness, spasms or cramps
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma

How Can Overhydration Be Prevented?

Endurance athletes can reduce the risk of overhydration by weighing themselves before and after a race to determine how much water they have lost and need to replenish.

Dr. Calapai emphasizes that, ”Individuals should avoid drinking more than one liter per hour of fluid. Drinking more fluids before and during a race or anintensive athletic exertion can also help you avoid the need to drink too much water afterwards. Sports beverages that contain the electrolytes sodium and potassium are also recommended, as both are lost in sweat.”

So how do you know how much water you need?

For starters, don’t rely solely on thirst, says Calapai. “As soon as you put water on your tongue, you kill your thirst mechanism.” Instead, he suggests the following:

  1. Weigh yourself daily for a week, to check hydration. “Your body weight shouldn’t fluctuate too much,” Calapai says.
  1. Notice how much you pee—and its color—in the morning. It should be a copious amount and pale or clear.
  1. Aim to wake feeling hydrated. If you’re thirsty when you get out of bed in the morning, you may not be consuming enough fluids.
  1. When choosing sports drinks, search for labels with low sugar. Dr. Calapai recommends about 5 grams per 8-ounce serving. “Even natural drinks like coconut water have too much sugar and potassium to hydrate.”
  1. Coffee, tea, and watery fruits and vegetables count toward fluid intake. “Also, caffeine is not a diuretic,” Dr. Calapai says. “It’s about volume, so if you drink five cups, you’ll pee more.”
  1. Start slowly. “Sleep is a six- to eight-hour fast, so if you drink three cups of juice or water right away, you’ll trigger the volume response. Sip instead.”

If you have an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, or kidney problems, talk to your doctor about the best treatments for those conditions. If you experience excessive thirst or an overly strong urge to drink water, contact your doctor before you develop symptoms—it could indicate a medical problem that requires treatment

 Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.   Anti-Aging Physician and “The Stem Cell Guru”

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s.

Dr. Calapai started his practice in New York City in 1986 and for over 25 years he has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM, where he offers health and medical advice. He has a show on Saturday morning 8-9am and Sunday evening from 6-7pm. He has consulted with numerous high-profile individuals including Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham’s, Donal Logue and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.

He is the author of E-books Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can’t Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website:

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April 27, 2016

10 Things you need to know about Laser Hair Removal


From the Pros at Spruce & Bond:

Spruce & Bond specialist, Keiann Roberts breaks it down so you know what to expect beforehand:

1. You need to shave before your appointment so the technician can place the laser directly on the root of the hair.
2. At Spruce & Bond our lasers have a setting that adjusts to not only your skin type, but your hair type as well. The laser fires a concentrated beam of light that’s directed at the pigment in your hair follicles. This kills the follicle at its root, preventing them from growing back.
3. Avoid waxing up to 4 weeks before your appointment. The laser targets the pigment of your hair follicle, and the follicle actually has to be there in order for this to work.
4. It takes at least 5-6 sessions to achieve perfection.
5. Stay consistent with your appointments. Space them out every 4-6 weeks so you hair has enough time to cycle as your hair follicles are on their own growth cycle.
6. Some hair and skin types might be a little harder to treat but it’s still possible. Dark hair follicles are usually easy to treat because, again, the laser targets the hair’s pigment. This is also why gray, white, blonde, and red pigments can be tricky. Spruce & Bond uses a Gentlelase Laser which is color blind, meaning that it has the ability to target any color hair on any skin tone.

7. Avoid direct sunlight on that area and always use a moisturizer with SPF to prevent additional redness.
8. During your treatment, the sensation will feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Each session is about 20-30 minutes depending on what you are getting done.
9. During the next day or two after, it’s normal for your skin to appear a little red. Avoid excessive heat and apply Aloe Vera to relive redness.
10. The permanent results from your laser hair removal are something you will never forget!

Spruce & Bond l.ocations can be found here

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April 19, 2016

How Seriously Do You Take Your Physical Health


Did you know that if a mother dies, her children also have a very low chance of surviving? Do you know that if children are not immunized, they’ll fall sick, miss school and the opportunity to better themselves? Health is part of everyday life and should be taken seriously. You should strive to remain in good physical health—your body to function as it is supposed to.

Physical health is affected by the following:


You have very little control over things that affect your body, but lifestyle is one factor that affects your health that you have greater control over. It includes the food that you take, emotional health, behaviors and the amount of physical activity you indulge in. Use of tobacco is a lifestyle problem that affects people’s health in a way that you cannot imagine. People struggle to quit but quitting it is a good and important change in behavior. It is one of the attributes you can change regarding your lifestyle to keep your body healthy.


This is made up of the air we breathe, where we live, basically everything that surrounds us. You have an obligation to keep your environment clean; doing otherwise will leave you exposed to many health risks. Poor or dirty environment is a danger to our physical bodies.

Healthcare services:

How easily can you access your doctor? How affordable is it. Is the service you get at your healthcare facility good enough to prevent illness? How easy is it for them to detect and treat illnesses?

To keep your health in check;

  • Keep your emotions positive, it goes hand in hand with good physical health. Maintain a balance in your life, doing everything in moderation.
  • Get as much rest as possible, and enough sleep. It gives your body a chance to recover after a hard day’s work.
  • Eat healthy; food is to the body what fuel is to the car. Eat regularly too as you watch what you eat. Avoid fatty foods and sugar too. Keep watch on salt intake too.
  • Take your time each day to exercise. At least two hours. Our bodies are made to be active physically. Drink more water, as hydration is important and the weight of the water bottle will strengthen your arm while you are at it.
  • Hygiene is of paramount importance. Keep your body and your environment clean. It will keep you away from infections and illnesses.
  • Regular check-ups are important. Get a doctor that will monitor the behavior of your body regularly so that they can monitor the changes and inform or advise appropriately.

Regular checkups help with detection of treponema pallidum igg igm type antibodies. The earlier they are detected, the better.

Keep yourself informed on illnesses and their symptoms because regardless of how good we think we are taking care of our health, we still fall sick and get injuries. The important thing is to know how to respond and the steps to take in order to heal. Part of healing is natural.


James McFadden is a renowned doctor with vast knowledge in the health field. He is a regular contributor in different health magazines and newspapers. To know more about treponema pallidum igg igm, visit his blog today!


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April 18, 2016

5 Reasons to Bond with Mom at the Salon

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May 8th is Mother’s Day, which is a day on which mothers around the country will be pampered, waited on, and showered with affection. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 43 million mothers in the country. Those looking for a fun and unique way to spend the special day with their mother this year should look no further than a day out at the salon

“We often have mothers and daughters in here together and I have seen that it’s a great time for them,” explains Katherine Goldman, celebrity esthetician/waxologist and owner of the Stript Wax Bar. “Ladies love a day at the salon or wax bar, and going with your mom makes it that much more special.”

Here are 5 reasons to bond with mom at the salon this Mother’s Day:

Relaxation. Moms and daughters can get a chance to relax together when they take to the salon. Whether getting waxed, having make-up done, or getting a pedicure, it’s a great way to unwind and enjoy the time together.
Confidence. Anytime people walk out of a salon or wax bar, they feel great. Being able to get a confidence booster together will send both mom and daughter out the door feeling and looking great.
Pampering. Everyone loves pampering. While things such as waxing may be able to be done at home, it’s always better at the salon, where it will be done right the first time and those having the treatments can sit back and relax.
Girls only. A great way to get away from the crowds and leave the boys behind is to head to the salon. It gives moms and daughters a chance to have a girl’s day out doing girly things and not having to worry about the boys being around to hear them or hold them back.
Conversations. A lot of great conversations take place at the salon, because it’s a more intimate setting and people feel so relaxed. As someone does the work, moms and daughters sit back and enjoying chatting it up.
“Bonding with mom at the salon is always a favorite for everyone involved,” added Goldman. “Plus, it’s a great excuse to head to a nice lunch afterward. You will leave feeling and looking great and can enjoy stopping at the café on your way home. That’s a mother-daughter day you can’t beat!”

Stript Wax Bar has locations throughout California, including in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Lafayette, Oakland, Pacifica, and San Jose. They specialize in offering top-of-the line waxing services for men and women, using the highest quality custom blended hard wax. In addition to waxing all areas of the body, they offer facials, spray tans, brow shaping, and make-up application.

About Stript Wax Bar

Stript Wax Bar is a salon dedicated to the art of waxing. They are devoted to delivering high-quality waxing services using the highest quality products in a comfortable and clean environment. With numerous unique services in various locations across California for both men and women, Stript Wax Bar has established themselves as an innovative and trending company. For more information, visit the website at:


U.S. Census Bureau. Mother’s Day.

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April 16, 2016

3 Tips from Sophia ruan gushe’ on to boost our Planet’s health this Earth Day


Sofia Ruan Gushee’

1. Learn more about proper recycling practices.

· For instance, did you know that lightbulbs, ceramics, pyrex, and broken glass cannot be recycled at home? That pizza boxes can only be recycled when the spots with grease residue have been discarded? Or that it’s perfectly fine to add glossy paper, like junk mail and magazines, to your paper recycling bin?

2. Support the planet’s health by eating more plant based meals. Experts say that switching to a vegetarian diet will reduce your carbon footprint more than abandoning your car would!


· If you’re thinking – didn’t I recently read that lettuce is worse for the environment than bacon? – Rest assured that when you compare lettuce and bacon pound per pound, and not by calorie, a pound of bacon has six times the carbon footprint than a pound of lettuce, according to the Environmental Working Group.

3. Focus on reducing toxic exposures

· Industrial chemicals, used to make our consumer product, have been found all over the world – in humans, in wildlife, and in the most pristine corners of the world, and have been linked to a slew of adverse health effects in humans and animals. D-toxing your products will help reduce the demand for harmful chemical ingredients, which will promote the health of our planet.

Sophia Ruan Gusheé is the author of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures

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April 15, 2016

Lash Extensions for Beginners: The Do’s & Don’ts’ of Spring’s Top Beauty Trend


FROM THE PROS:   There’s no doubt about it: lashes are having a moment right now. If it feels like everyone from celebrities to your next door neighbor has long, luscious lashes these days, it’s likely thanks to a trip to the salon rather than mother nature.
While mascara and eyelash curlers can give your eyes a little extra oomph, nothing will give you voluminous, natural-looking lashes like professional extensions.

Wedding season just around the corner and if you’ve never tried lash extensions before, now is the perfect time to give a whirl! Lash expert and owner of The Lashe Spot, Melinda Rodriguez, has some great tips for first timers:

DO your research. It’s important to research both the salon and the individual who will be applying your lash extensions. Choose a reputable salon and look for someone who specializes in lashes (as opposed to a general esthetician or “jack-of-all-trades.”) Establishments that focus solely on lash services are your best bet.

DO make sure your lash artist uses individual lashes, NOT clusters. Applying one single extension to one individual lash ensures a much more natural look.

DO take care of your natural lashes. To keep your natural lashes growing and regenerating at a healthy rate drink lots of water and consider using a product like RevitaLash.

DON’T get your extensions wet for 24-48 hours after application. To be safe, avoid excessive heat for the first couple of days as well (that includes saunas and Bikram yoga classes.)

DON’T use oily products near your eyes. Oil can degrade the adhesive and shorten the life of your extensions. Instead, use oil-free after care products (like oil-free makeup remover) to help your lashes last.

DON’T forget to brush your lashes. Brushing both your extensions and natural lashes regularly will keep them looking full and beautiful while also clearing our any debris or bacteria.

DO find out what type of adhesive your lash artist will be using. Just as there are numerous different types of lashes (synthetic, silk, mink etc.) there are also numerous ways to bond the extensions. At The Lashe Spot, we use a medical-grade adhesive that contains pulverized rubber polymers, which allow for extra flexibility and softness. We also always do a patch test prior to each application to make sure that the client has no allergies or reactions to the adhesive. If your lash artist doesn’t offer that, ask for it before your service begins.

About The Lashe Spot: Founded by beauty industry veteran Melinda Rodriguez, The Lashe Spot is Chicago’s premier lash studio, offering the very best in lash extensions, tinting, perming and more.
The Lashe Spot utilizes a semi-permanent technique that involves attaching a single synthetic fiber to a natural eyelash using a medical-grade bonding agent. (In other words, one single extension is placed on one individual natural eyelash.) Their adhesives contain pulverized rubber polymers for super flexibility and softness that can keep up with an active and busy lifestyle. While clients can choose from a wide array of different looks, the results are always natural, beautiful and customized to each woman’s eyes and face.

The Lashe Spot currently has four locations in the Chicagoland area:

River North 24 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL
Lincoln Park 826 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL
Bucktown 1866 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL
Hinsdale 6 W. Hinsdale Ave., Hinsdale, IL

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April 3, 2016

BELLY BLOATING BUSTERS: Avoiding Foods That Make You Look & Feel Fat for Every Life Occasion


Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O.

When we want to look our best for a special occasion we typically think, hair, make-up, a great outfit and some killer shoes. What we forget to add to the mix is being mindful of food intake. Eating the wrong foods before an event can sabotage your beauty plan. Certain foods can give your gut an instant bloat that looks and feels awful. Luckily there are belly bloating busters offered Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O.; Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine.

For a girl’s night out: Don’t be afraid to have a large meal beforehand. If you are planning for an active night, whether dancing, bowling or party hopping, you will need the fuel and protein is key.

Dr. Calapai has created the perfect meal for a pre girls night out:
– 1 grilled chicken breast (approx 4 oz)
– 1/2 cup cooked brown rice and lentils
– 1 cup steamed string beans
This combo will fill you up without weighing you down, and will give you the energy you need to dance the night away!

For a dinner- date: Don’t “just have a salad.” All the vegetables in the salad will actually cause your stomach to bloat more.

Dr. Calapai suggests ordering fish with one side of grilled vegetables. “Wild Salmon is jam-packed with heart healthy vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. If Salmon is not an option, mackerel, sea bass and lemon sole are all good options as well. As for the veggies, try to steer clear of cauliflower or broccoli which may cause bloating. Opt for grilled zucchini, asparagus, or carrots which will keep your tummy tamed!”

For a day at the beach: If you’re going to the beach you need a healthy, energizing meal to get you through the morning but you don’t want it to show in your stomach. You’re probably thinking that the easiest thing to eat before you head out is some Special K with skim milk. It’s low in calories after all, right? It doesn’t matter how low-cal it is, the dairy and multi-grains will expand in your intestines, causing your gut to stick out.

Instead of cereal, Dr. Calapai has a belly bloat busting recipe for oatmeal pancakes. Take 1/2 cup raw oats, 3 egg whites, 1/2 apple, and a dash of cinnamon and throw in a blender to create the pancake mix. This high fiber non-fat breakfast choice offers whole grain fiber plus additional fiber from the apple, and protein from the egg whites. It’s a great filling way to start the day, and will not create any abdominal gas or bloating, so you can go bikini-bare with ease!

For an afternoon luncheon: Eating a well-balanced lunch is essential for boosting energy and productivity; giving you power over that mid-day slump and keeping your metabolism active. Oftentimes people want to skip lunch in hopes of losing weight and grab an energy drink to keep them going. This is so bad! The carbonation from an energy drink will make you more bloated then a light lunch. Dr. Calapai says, “For a mid-day luncheon, your best bet is a salad chock-full of fresh vegetables and greens, topped with a piece of grilled fish, low-fat tuna salad, or fresh turkey breast slices. Throw a few walnuts or almonds on top and dress with a low fat/low sugar dressing, to finish off your delicious salad creation!”

For traveling days: These days airports are getting bigger and so are the food courts. It’s tempting to give in to the convenience of fast travel food, but the combination of a high-sodium smorgasbord and air travel equals a very bloated body from head to toe. There are better options. Eat before you leave for the airport. Dr. Calapai suggests packing your carry-on with fruits, vegetables, and granola bars. These bloat busting options are usually available at airport kiosks. Also, avoid the beverage service on board. Stick to water, you will have a happier flight and feel revived upon arriving at your destination!

About the doctor…

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy. Named the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

With over 25 years experience, Dr. Calapai has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM in New York, where he offers health and medical advice. He’s advised Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

He is the author of several E-books: Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can’t Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website,

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