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Activity Trackers, Diet & Weight

running-573762_1280An activity tracker is a device or application for monitoring and tracking fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat and quality of sleep. The term is now primarily used for dedicated electronic monitoring devices that are synced, in many cases wirelessly, to a computer or smartphone for long-term data tracking, an example of wearable technology. There are also independent smartphone apps and Facebook apps. Source: Activity tracker – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedi

Some of the recently popular activity trackers are: Fitbit, AppleWatch, Garmin just to name a few. Are you relying on your activity tracker to also help you lose weight?

Activity trackers are great for counting our steps.  I use Fitbit to help me track my 10,000 steps a day, which the American Heart Association recommends for those of us who are not exercise buffs, but want  to satisfy a minimal exercise commitment.

A recent article suggests that we are relying too much on our monitors, and less on our diets. So this is a reminder that it is also necessary for us to do more than just move to keep our weight in a range that is healthful. Here are some suggestions:

  • Work on maintaining a low-calorie diet designed to help you with weight loss.
  • Move more.  Try for at least 100 minutes of moderate activity each week.
  • Keep a daily food and exercise log.
  • Use a support system to help you stay on the course of weight wellness.
  • Check your progress in about six months.

Remember, using your activity tracker alone is not enough.

Source: Activity Trackers May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts – The New York Times


Beauty & Health Wise

canstockphoto16025243[1]Hairblues, as many of you have noticed, expanded the topics covered on this blog to more than just hair stuff. As I explore the www for beauty and health-wise topics, it becomes more of a challenge to get that information to you in a timely fashion.  After all, many of us find that we are swamped with email. Therefore, I have purposely kept my posts to once or twice a month to avoid being the clutter in your e-box. The end of September seems like a good time to bring you some topics I think are timely as we head into the fall and soon to be winter months in New York. I am hopeful you will also find these topics and links useful.
SPF creams are good for our skincare. sunscreenDermatologists recommend using sunscreen every day when you are outside, not just during the summer.

Your Winter Face fall coldLips – ‘Studies show that .6 percent of all cancers in the US are on the lips, and men are especially at risk. The lower lip, which receives greater sun exposure, is especially vulnerable to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer. Protect your lips from sun damage as well as chapping and peeling with a lip balm, stick or gloss sunscreen.


recreate_yourselfWinter Hair

One unexpected secret to keep your hair looking good in the winter is to invest in a humidifier. I know you’re thinking that humidity equals frizzy hair, but when you have the heat on, the air in your apartment becomes very dry and I find the humidifier helps stop your hair and skin from feeling dry. The main problem with the humidifier is that they’re not very nice-looking. I recently found a great one by Middle that looks chic and works great. Style-secrets Winter Hair Tips Winter Haircare

canstockphoto13252072[1]Different seasons require different care techniques to maintain healthy hair. While you might wear your tresses out much more often in the summer and rely on carefree styles when it’s warm outside, your mane routine will change during winter if you want to maintain healthy locks. Here are some winter hair care tips that will keep your tresses in great shape so that when spring rolls around, your tresses will be ready to face warm weather in good health. via:

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Hair Loss Nutrition

canstockphoto14539757If you are one of the women or men suffering from hair loss, you are probably ambivalent about whether there will ever be a cure, which does not require years of needles, medications, and whatever else you have heard about in the beauty market.  Some of us have actually experienced ‘snake-oil’ remedies, only to suffer the consequences of losing more hair and never to recover those locks again.

‘Two thirds of men suffer with hair loss by the age of 35, and 40% of hair loss sufferers are women’ – Source: American Hair Loss Association – Men’s Hair Loss / Mission. And to make matters worse,  a recent article reported that thousands of women ‘lose hair because of using a well-publicized product’, which was endorsed by a particular celebrity.  With all these unsuccessful instances, actually there is a conversation going on about whether the FDA can help not only with hair products, but beauty products in general. So, what are people with hair loss concerns to do?  Alopecia is a real, ongoing, epidemic-level condition. “What is to be done?”

canstockphoto14705801My answer for now is to remain positive, hopeful and continually reaching.  I continue to explore prudently.  In conversation with a hair specialist I learned that she had a client who saw an increase in hair growth by changing her diet.  She was actually able to reduce the amount of  false hair used/added that would be used cosmetically to enhance her look!

That’s good news!  We can explore with our diet: what a win-win remedy!  Even if we don’t see a substantial increase in hair growth, we will be feeding our bodies with good nutrition, and reaping the benefits of better health.  “Hair LaVie” is a vitamin company, which makes a series of products.  Consumers have testified about results, which come from the use of their products.  You can peruse their website at your convenience, if you want to learn more.

I was encouraged by a recent post on the “Hair La Vie” blog, which stated:  ‘If you’re looking for a healthy and nutritious way to try and grow your hair, these nutrient-packed smoothies & juices are for you. Not only can these juices boost hair’s growth, but they can also provide you with shiny, smooth, and more manageable hair.’ Source: Hair La Vie 

smoothie-1427436_1920Smoothies were made with: Cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, apples, ginger juice, celery, lemons, berries, spinach, chia seeds, vanilla almond milk, banana, avocado, mango, walnut, flax seed, chard leaves, strawberries, Greek or regular yogurt.

Now that you have your shopping list, what are you waiting for?  Let’s experiment with some ‘natural’ remedies, and treat ourselves at the same time.  Click Hair La Vie for recipes.


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Sun Protection with SPF ?

heat-149937_1280Many of us know that we should use some type of protection from the sun on our skin.  But how many of us know what makes an SPF product right for our needs and to get the best results. I searched the www to find what the experts say. Make sure to click the source links for more details.

Here are some facts

  1. The term SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measurement of UVB protection.
  2. UVB rays are the burning rays, while UVA rays are the aging rays, leading to wrinkles and dark spots on the skin.
  3. By choosing a higher SPF, you may avoid a sunburn, but UVA rays may still be getting through.
  4. …choosing a sunscreen that offers “broad spectrum” protection is essential to protect against both UVB and UVA rays.
  5. Look for the following on your product’s label: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule or oxybenzone. Source: PCA SKIN

Here are some products I think are worth checking out.


Have fun & be careful out there🙂

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Healthwise Cosmetics

cosmetics-packaging-353541_1920I must admit when I go into ANY store with cosmetics counters, all those pretty jars, lipsticks, smells and mostly promises, I just can’t help myself with ‘trusting’ what the Brand says it can do. How about you? Are you certain that the cosmetics you’re using on that delicate, beautiful skin of yours is safe?  Do you know where you can find out?  Well, as usual there is an APP for that🙂. Take a moment to read the post below then use the links to get yourself one of these APPs: Apple users   ****  Android users.  FYI – when I used the APP I found it easier to click the Browse button, browse_ewgwhich  gave a listing of EWG verified products, for example: Sally B’s Skin Yummies.  Sally B’s sells non toxic, organic and cruelty free beauty products.

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If you assume that any moisturizer, cleanser, shampoo or makeup product you buy at the drugstore or supermarket is safe to use, you’re assuming too much.   According to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), it’s the “responsibility of the manufacturer” to test the safety of its products. Additionally, cosmetic products and their ingredients don’t need to be approved before they hit the market. Source: 6 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid! | LIVESTRONG.COM

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Diffuser Blends on a Budget — AromaTools™ Blog

I am delighted to share this post with you!  ‘Can’t wait to try out my doTERRA stash!

We know essential oils are often expensive, and diffusing them may use up more oil than you would like. So we have come up with a list of diffuser blends using 5 of the least expensive essential oils, as well as 4 of the most common essential oils that most people have on hand and that are […]

via Diffuser Blends on a Budget — AromaTools™ Blog

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Why do Yoga?

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The origins of yoga stretch back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India‘s ascetic and śramaṇa movements. Yoga – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • One of my favorites is Child Pose, so I checked what some of the benefits are when using the pose, and this is what I found out: It’s super calming, great for digestion, and opens the hips.
  • Another one of my favorite positions is Downward Facing Dog, which is a little harder for me to do, but it has some great benefits also: It brings blood flow to the brain, builds stronger bones, relieves stress.  The blood flow to your face and brain is good for your complexion. This pose is also good for back pain and a mind-body connection.

I know that your time is precious, so why should you spend it doing yoga? You could be doing Zumba or spinning or Tae Kwan Do. Taking a nap, taking a walk, taking a swim. Actually, those things are all great and you should definitely do them. But you should also do yoga. Check out the article below to find out which poses might help you with your daily stress and physical issues.  In future posts I will bring you more information about how to include Yoga in your ‘healthstyle’.

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Unfortunately, stress and its friends worry and anxiety are problems for many people and have been shown to have an adverse effect on health. Yoga is great for relieving the physical symptoms of stress (even during an anxiety attack) and for introducing the idea of quieting the mind. I have often seen yoga act as a gateway to removing stressful personal or workplace situations from peoples’ lives. Yoga can help you get off the hamster wheel and gain perspective on what’s really important. See the details at:

last_pic for downward postClick the link below for a demonstration on how to do

Downward Facing Dog

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Skincare News for 2016

canstockphoto19653570I don’t know about you but I have spent a ‘pretty penny’ trying to find the best skin care products to use.  It’s an expensive dent in my budget.  That’s why when I read this article in the March 2016 Real Simple Magazine, I could not wait to share it with you. Of course we all have our ‘favorites’ when it comes to skin care, and so do our faces🙂.  However, one should experiment occasionally when adding a new product to our skin care regimen.  Here are some of the highlights of what the dermatologists had to say.

♦ According to Heather Rodgers, M.D.  washing your face twice a day is not required because your skin protects it. For example, once you’ve cleaned your face in the evening, the next morning you only need to rinse it with water. Dr. Rodgers recommends Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($6.00) – Eucerin Products

♦ Elizabeth Hale, M.D. advises that it’s very important to use Sunscreen every single day.  Foundation, which has sunscreen does not protect your skin. She recommends L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition SPF 30 Day Lotion *$20.00)  –L’Oreal Products

♦ Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($23.00) shows beneficial change. –Roc Retinol Products

These are just a few  of the suggestions in the magazine article. There is a wealth of information worth purchasing the magazine for.canstockphoto14043393

In addition, you can go to the website for more information by clicking the link below.

♦ Best BB Creams for Every Skin Concern  – BB creams quickly went from trend to staple after women learned that using them could slash a few steps from their daily beauty routine. Somewhere between a foundation and a tinted moisturizer, BB creams provide light coverage to help hide imperfections, but are also laced with antioxidants and sunscreen. Source: Skincare | Real Simple



Blackhead Misery & Solutions

blackheadsMost of us have experienced a Blackhead or two.  I once ‘popped’ one and the next day I had a huge red bump on the top of my nose.  Needless to say, I was not happy.  It took almost a week before the sore spot healed.  I did not do that again. Below are suggestions for getting rid of blackheads without damaging your skin.

  • In order to prevent the appearance of blackheads you should follow a strict skin care regime. Daily skin cleansing is essential. Wash your face at least twice a day using oil and alcohol-free formulas. Exfoliate three times per week apply the exfoliator in circular motions to all affected areas, normally the nose, forehead and chin. The exfoliation encourages a newer, smoother skin surface by helping to unclog pores, prevent further breakouts and diminish blemishes and pigmentation spots.Source: How To Get Rid Of Blackheads | The Beauty Book
  •  Most people have them and no one wants them. Check out this link for natural remedies.  Source: How to Banish Blackheads

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The Beauty of Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegarWith all the fancy (and expensive) beauty and health remedies available to us these days, I am wondering how many of us know about Apple Cider Vinegar.

Did you know it is a fantastic remedy for an itchy scalp?  Or, that it helps to unclog your hair follicles? It can be used to give your hair shine and much more?  What have you purchased lately to help you with these issues? If you are suffering from Hairblues/Hairloss you most certainly want to try some of the recipes given at this website: Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair Health

The next time you are considering  a pharmaceutical solution for a health issue pick up a bottle of apple cider vinegar then  take a moment to check out some of the remedies available.

13+ Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

While the uses for white vinegar are plentiful, apple cider vinegar has arguably even more applications. Its wide-ranging benefits (rivaling the number of uses for tea tree oil and other nifty natural helpers) include everything from curing hiccups to alleviating cold symptoms, and some people have turned to apple cider vinegar to help with health concerns including diabetes, cancer, heart problems, high cholesterol, and weight issues. Read on for more reasons to keep apple cider vinegar handy in your pantry. Source: Apple Cider Vinegar: 13+ Health Benefits | Reader’s Digestcanstockphoto9808096

Check out this vinegar rinse for your hair. The rinse will leave your scalp feeling refreshed and ‘squeaky’ clean.
Just Natural’s Vinegar Rinse Cleanser in conjunction with a sulfate-free shampoo is an ideal method for cleaning the hair and scalp without robbing them of vital nutrients and moisture, while ensuring that the hair is freed from product build-up, residue and excess oils. Source: The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar | Just Natural Hair & Skin Care