Have you ever considered massage therapy as part of your wellness routine? What if I told you massage therapy could provide the following: pain relief; reduction in stress; better sleep; and, lower blood pressure. Just to name a few benefits.
Here are some findings:
American Massage Therapy Association
♦ Specific to osteoarthritis in the knee, a research study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) found that a 60-minute “dose” of Swedish massage therapy performed once a week for pain was both optimal and practical.5
♦ Two recent clinical studies report that patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy in their feet can significantly benefit from foot massage. Each study relied on a different massage technique, although both shared similarly positive conclusions.
♦Though limited, there have been a few studies that point to a positive connection between massage and migraine relief.
Note: Before your insurance will pay for the massage, you must provide proof from your primary health care physician that it is a medically necessary procedure. Continue reading Massage & Wellness
I have long been a fan of bright eye makeup, even before it was considered acceptable. Therefore, I was absolutely delighted to see a recent article, which featured ‘graphic’ and bright eye makeup ideas. In fact, it was all the rage on this year’s fall runways!
Some of the graphic suggestions you may want to consider are:
- Keep your skin ‘natural’; fill in your eyebrows lightly.
- Wear bare eyelashes, or use clear mascara.
- Use a light base of foundation, or primer to keep your eyeliner in place.
- Draw the ‘Wings’ first, use multiple shades, and avoid a perfect match!
♥ Sounds like so much fun! Read the article and get creative. Source:
New York Times, Graphic Eye Makeup
Those of us who suffer from hair loss remain hopeful that new remedies for this problem will continue to come forward and become more available. After all, we can go to Jupiter right? The hair loss issue is ongoing, complex and continues to grow. Even Instagram Star Kayla Itsines thought it was important enough to share her hair loss. I think it’s comforting for young women who are feeling ‘singled-out’ and scared to know they are not alone, and it’s not just a ‘senior citizen’ problem 🙂
Having said that, I am encouraged by a recent article in the New York Times about a Danish company, Harklinikken. This company is opening clinics in the US. Yes! Read a summary of what I learned. As always you can view the entire article on your own by clicking the source link. Continue reading Hair Loss & New Remedies
‘Thinking you are unable to meditate is a little like thinking you are unable to breathe, or to concentrate or relax.’ Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are
This is the continuation of last month’s post about ‘Mindfulness’ and whether there is a difference compared to mediation. I searched the www for help in clarifying if they are the same thing. Below is one explanation, which I hope helps 🙂
Meditation is when you intentionally set aside time to do something that’s good for you, and there are all kinds of meditations. Mindfulness is both a general awareness of the world and a formal meditation practice. It’s two things, not one. Meditation and mindfulness overlap in mindfulness meditation, which is one of the most popular types of meditation. Source: What’s Actually the Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation?
If you are still not convinced that you should explore mindfulness/meditation, here are some of the benefits I found: alleviates chronic pain; reduces stress; an, regulates emotions in the brain. In addition, scientists and psychologists are also on board with the idea that these results can be gained by meditating. Source: http://www.awaken.com/2017/01/benefits-of-meditation-2/
Continue reading Meditation Anyone?
♦ HairBlues talks about all sorts of issues dealing with health and well-being. Lately, it seems that ‘Mindfulness’ is all the rage. That’s fine, but, what is it?
One source for the answer to my question stated:
♥ Mindfulness cannot be cultivated by struggle. It grows by realizing, by letting go, by just settling down in the moment and letting yourself get comfortable with whatever you are experiencing. Source: Mindfulness Versus Concentration Continue reading Mindfulness Satisfaction
What remedies have you used lately for your “under eye” issues? This segment is the third post in the series about the best care and remedies for dark circles, puffiness and general “under eye” care.
Here’s what I found about Eye Gel Patches:
1. Eye Gel Patches contain collagen, which help skin look fresh, buoyant, and younger. They are usually made from natural, friendly ingredients and materials that often moisturize and hydrate the skin. Many times, wrinkles form from not drinking enough water. Source: How Eye Gel Patches Can Remove Under Eye Wrinkles | Eye Care Continue reading Are Eye Gel Patches Safe?
This is a follow-up to my April 2017 post about using eye creams. I have often wondered if facial moisturizer is ok to use around my eyes. So I did a little more research .
- The skin around the eye is much softer and sensitive and hence prone to more damage in the form of fine lines, dark circles, puffiness etc.
- Aging makes the skin thinner and hence more vulnerable to genetic and environmental change.
- Most facial moisturizers contain active ingredients that are too harsh for the delicate under eye area.
- an eye cream is lighter in its texture. Since eye creams are more emollient they work better as there are no oil glands present in the skin near the eyes.
- Your dermatologist will be able to identify your skins need and prescribe the right eye cream which will have the right ingredients to boost your appearance. Source: http://blog.myskin.com/insights/can-i-use-my-face-moisturizer-as-an-eye-cream/
Continue reading Moisturizing the delicate skin around your eyes
For some of us, dark circles under our eyes is a beauty issue we would rather not have. As a matter of fact, when I speak with others about this issue, they often don’t know why dark circles appear under their eyes. I am sure you have heard that rubbing your eyes constantly is a cause of dark circles. I was eager to search the www to find out what was available for us to learn. It turns out that the Mayo Clinic had a very simple list of reasons why this occurs. Continue reading Eye Care for Dark Circles – Reasons & Solutions
It came to me recently that some of my Hairblues followers may have allergies to the ‘popular’ beauty products advertised to fix all sorts issues – as well as – the promise of keeping us ‘wrinkle free’ forever and guaranteeing that we can stay youthful looking long after the ages when one thinks of youth.
As a senior citizen, I’m here to tell you that eventually we change, if we are lucky enough to live a long and healthy life. Perhaps more important than all that, do you know what chemicals are in the products that you buy? And, how the companies decide which chemicals/products to use, or not to use, and why? Continue reading Pet Lovers Beauty Products
To celebrate Black History Month I thought you would enjoy some of the various hairstyles and looks African American women have worn to showcase their beauty. I think you will find it quite interesting. Click the source link.
♥ How has Black beauty changed since 1910? Billie Holiday-esque bold lips and an updo decorated with flowers was the go-to look of the ’40s, while the ’70s called for big ‘fros and natural makeup. The ’90s gave us the realness of Janet Jackson’s Poetic Justice braids, but our favorite look may just be today’s, in which women embrace their textured tresses in all their glory.
♥ Source: Black Makeup Trends, African Beauty History
Continue reading Black Makeup Trends, African Beauty History