Cracking Cuticles

TLC for your Cuticles

TLC for your Cuticles

I usually don’t pay much attention to my cuticles until one decides to hang out on the side. Then I won’t leave it alone—picking and pulling until it tears off. I know I should just go and get the clippers, but my limbic brain sees no reason. Of course, there is a very good reason (this coming from my cognitive side) and that is to avoid infection. In fact, this is the exact purpose of your cuticles. Cuticles create a seal between your skin and nails, shielding you from any invasion by bacteria. They also help protect the new keratin cells of your fingernails until they grow and harden.

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Rose Petal Facial Steam

Give yourself a rosy complexion!

Give yourself a rosy complexion!

I love the first roses of spring—so vivid and velvety.  The rose has been revered since ancient times for much more than its beauty and scent.  Its petals impart a plethora of properties (say that 3 times!) that soothe & cleanse the skin, deodorize & freshen the air, and enhance the flavor of certain foods (rosewater is a common ingredient in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine, mostly in sweets).

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Qigong Relaxation Routine

Nighty-night, sleep tight!

Nighty-night, sleep tight!

Daylight Savings erases an hour on the clock.  I don’t know about you, but I’m not too enthused about this, especially since I seem to lose a couple hours of sleep, at least a couple times a week nowanights.  It’s one of the gifts from midlife’s bounty—waking up in the wee hours and tossing myself like a salad!  So much fun!!

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Relax in Seconds

relax in seconds

relax in seconds

Ever notice yourself clenching your jaw, holding your breath, or tightening your chest?  These are warning signals from your body that you are tensed or stressed.  Chronic stress (especially from mental fears rather than physical threats) can diminish your well-being and increase aging.  So, when you start to feel tension, respond with relaxation.  Try this simple relaxation technique from “The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook.”

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Summer Sole Spa Rx

My blooming rosemary bush

My blooming rosemary bush

It’s that time of year again when the skin on my heels starts to snap, crackle & peel.  The bare feet of summer get more exposed to the elements, which can make them a little tough and callused.  That’s why it’s important to be kind to your soles.  Here’s my favorite summer spa treatment for my “flip-flop footsies” …

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Rejuvenating Recipe for Dry Skin

cool & soothing cucumber

cool & soothing cucumber

Summer’s heat can be very dehydrating for your skin.  It’s important to slather on the sunscreen and moisturizing lotion, but your skin will also appreciate being refreshed with a rejuvenating mask every now and then.  Here’s an easy (and inexpensive) spa treatment you can give yourself at home whenever your skin is feeling dry.  Indulge and enjoy!

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