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By Patty W. Kovacs

We women strive to have beautiful looking skin. We often go to any extent to look our best, particularly to the look and feel of our skin after the big 4-0. We pay a lot of money to protect and keep our skin looking youthful with magic lotions and potions and all kinds of promising skin repair treatments, even surgical wonder. Thank God we have the options today for having a lifetime of maintaining a youthful appearance. But having beautiful skin means taking care of your entire body and treating it with the utmost respect and care.

It's important to moisturize your body everyday to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and hydrated; otherwise, skin gets dry and flaky, especially our facial skin. The application of our 'war paint' (Sarah referred to it as 'Lipstick') that is,  liquid foundation makeup on our face - can inhibit the skin's ability to breathe naturally and can cause drying due to lack of moisture. But few of us can go without some form of cosmetic enhancement. Anybody say mineral makeup?

While we spend millions on cosmetics and skincare products each year to make ourselves look and feel better – skin treatments, toners, exfoliators, and anti-wrinkle creams,  there's the ABC's to caring for our skin and making it look beautiful: a daily balanced diet containing sources of vitamins A, B, and C.  

Vitamin A slows aging, stops the skin from drying up and helps repair body tissue. We get vitamin A from dairy products such as milk, cheese, eggs, butter and in vegetables such as carrots, spinach, kale, and broccoli, even fish oils. Vitamin B improves circulation and skin color and can be found in yogurt, leafy vegetables and brown whole grain bread.  

Vitamin C helps the skin to retain its natural and healthy look as it protects and maintains the level of collagen in the skin. Think citrus, broccoli, think green.

Pass the aqua. An adequate amount of fresh spring water everyday helps keep the skin hydrated and flushes out our body's accumulation of toxins released from our cellular walls. Spritzing it on our face and body helps, also!

Say Goodnight. To keep your skin looking fresh, not tired and rundown, it's important to have the right amount of sleep. Eight to nine hours of Z-z-z-'s is considered appropriate. Less usually means stress. Sleep helps our skin repair from the damage of environmental attacks such as too much sun exposure and air pollutants from the day.  I am a ridiculously early to bed-der.

Worry  = wrinkles? You bet. The skin is a respondent to tension and stress, causing lines and wrinkles on the face to form, expand, and deepen.
Wine after a long working day? Moderation is fine. Red wine, preferred. Excessive drinking causes the skin to look unhealthy and old, not to mention those broken capillaries or enlarged pores.  

Smoking? Forget about it. Nev-vah. It's like strangling each of your skin cells of oxygen. Not a smidgeon of a redeeming quality about it.

Get in the habit of extending your life every single day by dedicating yourself to looking and feeling your most beautiful. As Dr. Pat Allen taught me, "It takes 3 days to change a habit, 30 days to set a habit, and 60 days to make it indigenous to your nature".
See you at the 'No Worry' water cooler, then the Raw Bar, later maybe a short pour of Red, and finally to Bed...early! Sweet dreams...


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      Yana Berlin wrote Sep 17, 2008
    • I agree, it’s all about the vitamins, water, sleep and of course good genes help as well.

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      Leeann wrote Sep 17, 2008
    • I use olay regenerist too. I love the stuff. I use eye cream and the one with sunscreen. I am looking pretty tired these days.

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      Peejay64 wrote Sep 18, 2008
    • I tried the Olay too but had breakout issues with it.  Such a disappointment since it’s had rave reviews and great consumer ratings.  So I’m back to Clinique, but wonder if there isn’t something Olay-esque with less oil?  Anyone have any suggestions?  I’d like to address wrinkles, the bags, and some uneven pigmentation.

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      Holly Beck wrote Sep 18, 2008
    • I have been using Boots No. 7 (various products) for about a year now, and love it. I have also seen a difference since I started drinking Triple Leaf Detox tea every morning. It claims to have “Chinese herbs for healthy skin“. I drink it with lemon juice and local honey.

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      Peejay64 wrote Sep 18, 2008
    • hollylu,

      I’ve never heard of Boots No. 7.  Is it dermatologist tested or hypoallergenic?  Where did you find the Triple Leaf Detox tea?  I made the switch from coffee to tea about 8 months ago but vary the teas that I drink almost on a daily basis.

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      Holly Beck wrote Sep 19, 2008
    • Peejay,
      I originally found the tea at a health food store, so you might find it at one in your area. Now I order it online from I buy a case (6 boxes) at a time and pay about $16. If you do a Google search, you will find other web sites that sell it, too.

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      Holly Beck wrote Sep 19, 2008
    • Socialgrace,

      What do you use by Renee Rouleau? I have rosacea, too (it flares up occasionally - what a pain!) - how do you deal with that?

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      Meri Cain wrote Oct 6, 2008
    • I think this has really helped me be 44 and wrinkle free.

      *8+ hrs of sleep each night

      *managing my stress

      *eating healthy most of the time

      *good genes(my grandma didn’t wrinkle till she was in her 60’s)

      *not smoking

      *drinking in moderation

      *staying out of the sun(past the age of 30)

      *naturally oily skin

      *washing my face every time before going to bed

      *exfoliate every other day

      *moisturize even though I have oily skin

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