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Fitness and Heart Rate Activity Trackers – Here are Our Favorites

This spring has caused a surge of activity in the office.  We all have some sort of goal that we are trying to reach and most have to do with our health.  This seemed like a perfect opportunity to share our favorite fitness activity trackers and what we like best about them.  It is based on personal preference and depends on what you are looking to achieve, monitor and spend.   FitBit Alta HR Activity Tracker Heart rate monitor and pedometer with interchangeable wrist straps. Steps, calories, distance. Tracks heartrate, sleep and well-being.  Tracks exercise with auto exercise recognition called SmartTrack.

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Acne and Menopause: What You Need to Know

The fact that menopause is a normal part of life for women between the ages of 45 and 55 is of little consolation to those who suffer from one of its seldom discussed side effects – acne. The hormonal changes – specifically a drop in estrogen production – that are at the heart of other changes related to menopause can cause the skin’s sebaceous glands to ramp up production of excess sebum. (Sebum is an oily substance that can block pores.) Unfortunately, this in turn can lead to many women revisiting this condition that is often associated solely with youth.

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Tips for Setting Goals and Changing Habits

Tips for Setting Goals and Changing Habits The sun is peeking out behind the clouds here in the northwest, so we are starting to come out from under our umbrellas.  When the sun shines, we tend to start thinking “summer” even if it is 60 degrees outside.  With summer, comes more fitting clothes and peeling away the rain jackets and jeans from the last several months. At the office, we have taken a turn towards changing bad habit to be more healthy.  Each of us in our own way has taken on a challenge towards a healthier self.  Whether it is

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Beauty Secrets of a Screen Legend

For many people, screen legend Marilyn Monroe epitomizes feminine beauty. Although she was naturally beautiful and vivacious, her natural beauty was accentuated by some cosmetic practices that the icon swore by. But what are these practices and can the average woman adapt them to her own beauty regimen? Here are some makeup tips from the screen goddess herself. Never skip sunscreen: The practice of applying sunscreen – which seems obvious to us now – was something that Monroe was passionate about. In fact, Monroe once said, “Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think suntanned skin is any more

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How Your Skin Ages: A Timeline

The image of a very old person holding an infant demonstrates perfectly how the passage of time impacts us all. This image shows how, as someone once said, “The arrow of time points in one direction.” One way that trajectory is shown is in how the skin of a very old person differs from that of an infant. Our skin undergoes many changes as we transition from the nearly flawless skin of an infant to that of an elderly person. Here are some of the ways those changes manifest themselves along the way. Infancy – The softest, most supple skin

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Common Medications that Can Cause Acne

We’ve written at great length on this blog about the many things that cause and can exacerbate acne outbreaks. We’ve also talked about how diet can contribute to this persistent condition as well the many options there are for lessening acne’s effects. However, among some of the most insidious causes of acne outbreaks are the medications that help us combat a number of illnesses. So that you can remain informed, here is a list of the various drugs that can cause acne. Corticosteroids (like Prednisone): Used to treat asthma and other chronic lung diseases, cortisol is also produced by the

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Overcoming the Skin Problems Associated with Pregnancy

The “pregnancy glow” is a term that is often used to describe the appearance of expectant mothers. And while scientists have determined that this very real change is caused by an increase in certain hormones during pregnancy, it is not the only change that occurs to the skin during this time. Other, less desirable changes occur as well. These changes can serve to frustrate an expectant mother’s attempts to maintain her beauty routine. Here are some of the most common skin changes that occur at this time.   Stretch Marks: By far, the development of stretch marks is the most

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Argan Oil: More than Just a Hair Care Ingredient

As an ingredient in beauty products, Argan oil is becoming more and more common for its role in helping to nourish the hair and keeping it from drying out. Dry hair has no sheen and is frizzy, lifeless and dull. No one wants dry hair. However, what many people are beginning to discover is that Argan oil’s benefits extend beyond simply protecting your hair from the frizzes. This natural oil – which is produced from the nut of the Argan tree, in Southwestern Morocco – is not referred to as “liquid gold” for nothing.   The Benefits Of Argan Oil

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Beauty Hacks You Have to Try

Sometimes looking your best can be a challenge. The demands of work and family can conspire to rob you of the time you need to apply your makeup in the detail that you’d like. Well, our face, skin and nails don’t know when we are racing to catch the train or bus or when we are parked at a stop light or are too tired for a complete beauty routine after a hard day’s work. That is where beauty hacks come in.   Turn the bobby pin over: Flipping your bobby pins over so that the wavy end points towards

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Loofahs vs. Washcloths: Which is Better?

According to the site, Eszlinger.com, we human beings shed about 600,000 particles of skin per hour or about 1.5 pounds a year. Moreover, by the age of 70, we shed and regrow about 1,000 new skins in a lifetime. That’s a huge potential for clogged pores and the skin problems that are associated with not removing these damaged, dead cells thoroughly. However, there seems to be some disagreement as to which tool is the most effective at removing dead skin cells. Some people say that loofahs are better than washcloths. Either way, both should be used in conjunction with an

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Acne and Face Mapping

We’ve all heard the saying that “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” Well the skin may be the window to the overall health and wellness of the entire body. This is the principle behind one of the oldest and most natural methods of diagnosing not just the health of the skin but the whole body. This ancient technique is called “face mapping.” It is based on Ayurveda practices and ancient Chinese medicine and is now being investigated by Western dermatologist for its intriguing possibilities. Put simply, the practice involves mapping and then drawing a connection between areas of

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Skin

We all know we have to do it – spring cleaning. It’s that time of the year when we get rid of the clutter around the house, wash the windows, arrange our closets, and perform a hundred other tasks that are involved in this yearly ritual. However, some of us are neglecting to add another task to that list of chores. Some of us are forgetting that as we emerge from the cocoon of winter, it is also necessary to adjust our skincare routine for the season and to do a little dermal spring cleaning. Here are some tips for

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