New for Detox Dieters: Check Out “The Plan” Book

January 8, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Anti-Aging, Fitness | 23 Comments
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The Plan Book

Happy New Year!!! I’m really looking forward to a 2013 full of love, success, forgiveness and fun. Oh, and a few less pounds. What about you? I truly hope all your dreams come true this year.

Indulgence was my mantra during the holidays and now I can stand to lose 5 pounds. My go-to resource has been the Detox Diet, inspired by The Plan developed by nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas. I’ve completed the 3-day “cleanse” a few times over the past year (love the anti-inflammatory carrot soup). The principle is that certain foods can be toxic and trigger bloating, weight gain and premature aging.

Read about my first Detox Diet experience. And the second time around. You’ll also see feedback from Lyn-Genet, her expert staff and other readers.

Earlier today I was talking with my co-workers about collectively starting the Detox Diet to kick-off 2013. While researching new recipes I discovered Lyn-Genet Recitas just launched a book called “The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising Healthy” Foods That Are Making You Fat–and Lose Weight Fast.” It is a 20-day program designed for the individual body and based on the same principle of food-related inflammation. Purchase it on Amazon ($14.97 Hardcover/$11.04 Kindle). Reviews are excellent. I’m really excited to read the book and try it out.

I am a huge fan of Lyn-Genet, along with many of you who have posted your success stories (thank you for sharing). Way to go Lyn-Genet! Best wishes on the book.

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A New Must-Have Skincare Line Just in Time for My HS Reunion

August 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Posted in Anti-Aging, Beauty Must-Haves, Skincare | 1 Comment
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I started with these Image Skincare products

Tonight is my 25th high school reunion. I can’t believe I’m this old! Reunions are one of those occasions where you want dewy, smooth “you haven’t aged a bit” skin. For the past 5-6 years, I’ve been a devoted fan of Dr. Patricia Wexler products. I still like the line, but it’s being edged out of my 10 Beauty Must-Haves by Image Skincare. My hairstylist recommended Image (I hadn’t heard of it before) and I’ve been using it the past few months. Almost immediately I saw a difference in my skin, a smoothness and brightness I hadn’t seen for awhile. And since I still deal with breakouts, the Medicated Acne Lotion is keeping them to a minimum (not entirely gone but better). I don’t know the science, but these products seem to contain more potent anti-aging ingredients, which is what I need now well into my 40’s.

My Image Skincare Regimen:

  • Ageless Total Facial Cleanser (morning & night)
  • Ageless Total Skin Lightening Serum (morning & night)
  • Ageless Medicated Acne Lotion (spot treat as needed)
  • Ageless Total Resurfacing Mask (1-2x per week); this is my favorite product, it’s a scrub/mask combo.
  • Plus I just picked-up samples of the Vital C Anti-Aging Serum (morning; this is the line’s top rated product and has pharmaceutical grade anti-oxidants) and Ageless Total Repair Cream (night)

Check out the Image website for product ingredients and percentages. The only bummer is you cannot purchase from the site and it isn’t easy to find. It’s sold at spas and dermatology offices, such as Salon Divas and Polyclinic Dermatology in Seattle (they provide generous .25oz free samples to try before buying). There are also some online vendors. The price point is moderate at around $30 per item. I find a little goes a long way, so full-sizes should last several months.

Day of the HS Reunion

We’ll I’m off to the reunion festivities!

Reviews: Perricone No Sun Tanner and Wearable Teal Eye Makeup

May 30, 2011 at 10:54 am | Posted in Anti-Aging, Body Care, Makeup | 2 Comments
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Summer unofficially kicks-off with today’s Memorial Day holiday (here in the U.S.)! This means skin is coming out of hibernation at the beach or just in the backyard. And a sun tan from a bottle (along with sunscreen) is the only proven anti-aging remedy. On the eyes (and nails), teal is the “it” color for Summer 2011, but can you pull it off if you’re over age 25?

Perricone No Sun Tanner

I have a few favorite products from the Perricone MD line, so was excited to try the new No Sun Tanner. I popped into the Nordstrom beauty department and spotted a “make yourself a tester” table with various sunscreens and sunless tanners (love this idea, no need to bother a rep for a sample). I filled a tester with the No Sun, but once home realized I should have made two. The product directions state to apply for 7 to 10 days for a “gradual sun-kissed glow” and one sample lasted just 4 days applying only on arms and chest.

No Sun smells like summer — a light coconut scent. Hands-down, the best sunless tanner I’ve smelled. It is creamy, blends without streaks and there are no tell-tale stains on my hands. The resulting “tan” is light, though obviously it would have darkened with a few more layers. I prefer the more immediate bronze-iness of Bare Escentuals Faux Tan, but I think No Sun is a good option for fair skin. Or if you want a multi-tasking sunless tanner with other product benefits: No Sun ($65 for 4 ounces) also promises to firm, tighten, tone and moisturize the body (and face). If budget is an issue, a less expensive option is Jergens Natural Glow ($8-$9 for 7.5 ounces), which I often recommend to my lighter-skin friends or those who don’t want to deal with the “messiness” of self-tanner.

Perricone No Sun Before (l), With 4 Applications (r)

Wearable Teal Eyeliner

Bright teal eye makeup is in this summer — a tough look to pull off especially over age 40! Allure magazine (June 2011) suggests a “wearable teal” tip — apply it minimally as a liner over dark gray shadow and a deeper blue eyeliner. I tried it (see below). It’s still a bit bright for everyday but I would do this look for a BBQ or going out at the lake bar.

Teal is the Summer 2011 Color of Choice

Products Used: NYC Eyeshadow (Smokey Browns), Bonne Bell Liner (Denim), Mally Liner (Caribbean Sea)

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