Saturday, December 17, 2011

Why Fresh Is Better and How Long To Keep Products Around

Recently I had an exchange where someone told me that they used a product that they had had "for years and years".  Their skin was looking very dry and it was apparent that no benefits were being reaped. I often encounter this mindset which is usually based in a couple of deep rooted beliefs. The first is "waste not, want not" or the feeling that it is never good to throw anything away because it's unethical and you may never know when you might need it. The second reason is that it doesn't really matter what you put on your skin. This couldn't be more wrong. The skin is in fact the largest organ of the body and it absorbs everything. Simply put, you shouldn't put anything on your skin that you aren't willing to eat!  Applying old products that have long since past their expiration date or products that contain petroleum also known as parabens is a no no. Would you eat old and stale food? You might use petroleum for your car but on your skin? It is preferable to partner with nature and use her genius to heal and regenerate and rejuvenate our selves and our cells. The shelf life for Sense is two years past the time it was manufactured. This is remarkable because Sense is the only line that uses a patented self preserving technology.
"With Self-Preserving Technology, all the functional ingredients of a formula - as well as the manufacturing process and packaging - are combined* to become the preservative system. In other words, "the product is the preservative."This technique is based on a synergistic approach where multiple hurdles are employed, significantly limiting microbial activity and subsequent spoiling of the product." - Ask the Scientists

Fresh Fruit Salad Recipe:
And speaking of fresh, my 110 year old grandfather Bernando LaPallo shares his recipe for his fresh fruit salad here in this video produced in his 109th  year, presented just in time for his 110th birthday. This is a snack that the entire family enjoyed with us grandkids racing to the refridgerator  every time we went for a visit. Whoever got there first would sit gloating at the kitchen table that they were in fact the first to sample it. Bernando's fruit salad is the best anywhere. It's beautiful, tasty a wonderful alternative to sugary snacks that will keep you feeling alive and your colon clean. Your guests will also be super impressed with you.  Bon Appetit!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How to Exfoliate - Japan's Beauty Secret Rice Bran Polisher for Radiant Skin

How and Why to Exfoliate with Rice Bran
If you live in city like New York you have plenty of chances to observe the glowing and flawless skin  of many of the Japanese women who live here. Their skin has an unearthly beauty about it and the secret to that beauty is rice bran. Rice bran contains the antioxidant γ-oryzanol and the relatively high fractions of tocopherols and tocotrienols, taken together as vitamin E. In real terms this means that the skin is protected against oxidative stress and is hydrated. When you think about youth and beauty you think about skin that is moist and dewey. For centuries, this beauty secret has been known in Asia starting with the women farmers working for hours in the rice paddies in the hot sun whose skin  defied wrinkling and burning. This is so because they discerned by washing their faces with the water the rice was cleaned in that the skin remained hydrated and burn free. It always fascinating to me to see how nature provides solutions to potential health hazards locally. For the Greeks olive oil provided similar benefits. The product I am recommending today is Sense Rice Bran Polisher and my regimen used on a client follows below.

Sense Facial Spotlight on an Enhancer
Last weekend I had the pleasure of treating a new prospect to a Sense facial. When I do a facial for someone I apply the full spectrum of the Sense skin care line from the Basics to the Enhancers. I apply product to one side of the face only and leave the other half untouched. I do this because it is an effective way for people to see and feel an immediate difference in the appearance of their skins texture, color and moisture. The contrast is immediate and visible. As Sense offers targeted solutions for skin concerns the Rice Bran Polisher is one that I always use during the demo.
After cleaning the skin with the soap free cleanser followed by the Hydrating Toner, I move on to the Rice Bran polisher. Rice bran beadlets gently rids the skin on the nose and cheeks of impurities like blackheads. Free of walnut shells or apricots kernals it's easy on the skin.

How Often to Exfoliate
My client asked me how many times per week to use the rice bran polisher. It's personal but in general at least once but no more than three times. There is no need to overdo it. Scrubbing and scrubbing your skin will only leave it raw and irritated. I think the confusion may lie in the fact that the polishers that have been traditionally available to us through commercial outlets have been well, a little coarse. We may equate this rough treatment with effectiveness when really it's just rough treatment. The rice bran beadlets are small and effective bypassing harsh acids. The majority of products available today promise much and deliver little. They strip the skin and provide no fuel for cellular regeneration. 
Topical Nutrition for Your Skin
Sense uses Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) - like salicylic acid - that are fat-soluble and are often used in skin care products to accelerate skin cell turnover and help clear oily pores. They can penetrate more deeply than Alpha Hydroxy Acids, are gentler and help your skin "act younger". Your skin naturally renews itself about every 28 days. Just like the body requires optimal nutrition so does the skin. Exfoliation helps that happen as it allows topical nutition to penetrate the skins layers more effectively. Apply the product to the face in  upward in circular motions.(Gravity is not our friend.) This has the effect of supporting the muscles in the face instead of pulling them down which increases the look of aging. Watch your alcohol intake during the holidays. Drink enough water during winter when we are exposed to extremes of drying heat and cold. Your skin reflects the overall state of your health so do take the proper supplements and get enough rest.
Additional Benefits
The aloe, kukui nut oil hydrate and nourish the skin  while green tea soothes. Sense's Rice Bran polisher has a unique self-preserving formula with no added parabens that nurtures your skin. It also holds a US Patent 7,214,391
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