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January Reboot

January 3rd, 2007


A look at realistic beauty resolutions.

imageThe beginning of the year is a great time to make changes in your life. Do these changes need to start exactly January 1st? Not at all. Why put that extra pressure on yourself. Consider January as the month to offer a fresh outlook at the year's goals and rediscovery of you. Make realistic resolutions that can be adapted slowly into your lifestyle and throughout the year.

Here's to a NEW, healthier YOU!

~ Detox the mind, body or hair. You can detox in many different ways. Here are some radical to simplified ways to detoxify.

For the Mind...Relieve or lessen daily stress and try to stay in control. Schedule reality checks with yourself throughout the day (really!) and be sure to take calm, deep yoga breathes. imageFor the extreme method (which I have just begun) is the "The Master Cleanser". A recent NYTimes article revived this cleansing system created in the 1940's by Stanley Burroughs and it has been the talk of the moment. If you decide to try this, be sure to read all the pros and cons and make sure it is safe and right for you. Too much for you? Instead, try just substituting all sugary and/or caffeinated beverages with water plus freshly squeezed lemon juice (warm or cold will do fine) and herbal teas for a month. Plus be sure to keep your food intake on the healthy side. Just by you eliminating these drinks from your diet will have a rewarding effect on the body. Or simply detoxify your skin with the Energizing Body Mask from Ahava which contains purifying Dead Sea Minerals that works miracles to drain toxins out and replenish the skin. imageFor the Hair... the use of excessive styling products for the party season has made hair lose its verve. Bring it back to life with a deep conditioning system like the L'Oreal Kerastase Collection that is designed to nourish and protect your hair.

~ Use a SPF daily. Don't think of it as a summer product, think of it as an all year long skin protector. A good one to try is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock.

image~ Exercise. No need to jump into a vigorous workout routine, only to get burnt out next month. Schedule a 15 minute walk at least three times a week, and slowly increase the time to fit your comfort zone. Use this time as "your peace and quiet moment" and take in the wonderful colors and sounds of nature. I bet you will discover a thing or two.

~ Refresh Your Makeup. Check-in with your choice of colors and make sure they still work for you. Have you changed your hair color recently? If so, you might consider new shades. Are natural lip shades your signature look? Take a look at the diverse choices that are now available and try ones that offer more
pink/rosy undertones. imageOr opt for a universal shade like the infamous Nars Multiple Orgasm Set II shade collection for lips and cheeks. This peachy/pink selection is said to revitalize all skin tones.

~ Stop obsessing about unrealistic things such as a "cellulite-free body", "wrinkle-free eyes", "porcelain skin" instead welcome the beauty that makes you "you"!

image~ Pamper yourself! No matter how hectic life gets take time out for "you". Indulge in that weekly pedicure, spend an extra half hour at your salon for a scalp massage... treat yourself and be kind to "you".

~ Sleep. Promise to get more sleep. A good night's sleep is a beauty miracle in its own way. Watch your complexion brighten, under eye circles will begin to fade, and your overall skin tone and energy-level will improve. To help calm the mind and promote tranquility before bedtime try using a warming lotion like Boots Sleep Warming Body Lotion in Lavender (now available at Target).

And if you so choose "to give up giving up things" that's okay too!


- Back.

You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.

—Marie Stopes