The Benefits of Cucumbers

In my most recent video I mention that I have been using the Timeless Hyaluronic Acid w/ Matrixyl 3000™ Spray.  This spray has cucumber extract in it and well definitely has a strong, fresh scent of cucumber.  In that video Friday Over 50 Haul I mention that I would hare some of the benefits of using cucumbers, both as a beauty treatment and as anti-aging powerhouse.

So many of us are trying to use green products.  Well cucumbers are as green as you can get.  So adding these little wonders to your beauty routine, your diet, your juices can have super benefits.

As you know, cucumbers have long been held out as a great way to de-puff eyes.  Cucumbers are natural and don’t have any ingredients that will irritate your eyes. They can reduce dark circles and help you to have a more glowing under eye.  Cucumbers are packed with antioxidants and silica, which is one of the main minerals in hair and nail supplements. Cucumbers are high in vitamin E.  We all know Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is reported to reduce free radical damage and slow the aging process of your cells.

So how to get the most benefit?  Chill your cucumbers, slice and put over your eyes while you rest.  Leave on your lids for four to five minutes.

Beauty starts with proper diet and good nutritious food.  Cucumbers are a great way addition to your diet.  Cucumber juice is enriched with magnesium, fiber, and potassium, which are super important in fighting inflammation in the body and most menopausal women lack.  Magnesium is also a great mineral for pre-diabetics, and has been known to regulate blood pressure. A few more benefits include:

  • Low calorie, yet are high in fiber and water.
  • A serving of raw and unpeeled cucumber contains 19 percent of the recommended daily vitamin K intake for women.
  • Cucumber juice provides a good dose of vitamin A.
  •  Vitamin A plays an important role in aiding eyesight, bone growth, and cell division.
  • Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including  B1,  B5, and B7 (biotin). Women in menopause really need these vitamins
  • Adding cucumbers to your juicing routine adds water and fiber to your diet.

For all these reasons, cucumbers may be one of the best beauty and anti-aging foods in my humble opinion. Just one more suggestion, buy organic cucumbers when you can.

Anti-aging and Science: Telomeres

Science and technology are changing the face of anti-aging.  A new era of anti-aging is upon us, science is attacking aging at the cellular level.

I started taking TA-65 two years ago.  I look better and I feel better.  Now that being said I really take care of myself, but we can’t change the fact that I am in my fifties! Are these little pills helping me at the cellular level?  Well I like to think so and the science is there to support it.

The length of a your telomeres is a good indicator of your health.  Short telomeres have been associated with cellular aging and dysfunction.  TA-65 is a patented, all natural, plant-based compound which can help maintain or rebuild telomeres.










Some of the claims are:

  • Improves vision, sexual performance, increase in bone density
  • TA-65 thas been shown to slow/reverse telomere shortening, and restore or improve cellular function
  • Improves energy and feelings of vitality, memory and mental ability
  • Improves appearance of skin, hair and nails

I have energy, my memory has improved immensely, which is rare during menopause.  My skin looks better now than it did in my forties!

The downside of this miracle product is the cost.  To feel younger and maintain vitality is not cheap. TA-65 is expensive.  One to three bottles costs $600 per bottle and if you buy four or more, well you save yourself a bit as the price drops to $550 per bottle.  Ouch!

We spend so much on unused gym memberships, makeup and creams.  If you could really change how young or old you feel by popping these little pills, then why aren’t we all doing it? Well because with any scientific study, there are just as many studies to counteract the research.  This company was clouded in a lawsuit, allegations of cancer causing substances, none have been proven.

For now, I am continuing my anti-aging journey and I have embraced the science behind TA-65.  I will keep you posted if I keep getting younger!

Dermal Fillers Anti-aging for the Mature Woman

Facial Rejuvenation with Dermal Fillers

You may be wondering, “What are dermal fillers?”  Dermal fillers are popular dermatological treatments that rejuvenate the face with no need for surgery, and there is zero recovery time. You can perk up your face with youthfulness quickly and painlessly with natural-looking results.

Dermal fillers provide an ideal solution for adding fullness and volume to skin that is beginning to show loss of volume and for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. Dermal fillers of various kinds are successfully used to:

  • Augment the cheek and chin
  • Reshape the nose nonsurgically
  • Plump the lips
  • Provide a smoother, more youthful appearance on the hands or chest.

Advantages of Dermal Fillers Plus Treatments

There are several treatment options for revitalizing youth, and dermal fillers provide a number of advantages. Top benefits are that they provide fast, effective, long-term solutions.  The procedures take about 30 minutes, and results are instant. If swelling occurs, it is slight and goes down within a few days. The following answers the question, “What can dermal fillers be used to treat?”

  • Smile lines
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Acne pits
  • Nose-to-mouth grooves
  • Facial contouring
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Lip enhancement
  • Chin augmentation

The Nitty Gritty

There are different kinds of dermal fillers, and each has certain benefits. Many dermatologists, for instance, use dermal filler products based on hyaluronic acid solution. Learn about this approach and more below.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are resorbable and made with stabilized acid. There is no animal origin. It’s a biochemical process. “Resorbable” means that it can be broken down and assimilated back into the body. Several varieties of dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid.

Calcium hydroxilapatite is the key ingredient in Radiesse. It is synthetically produced. Hydroxylapatite in its natural state is a component of human bones. The synthetic form is used in various procedures, such as prosthetic implants. The type used in dermal fillers can stimulate a degree of collagen production, and it is resorbable. It is used to fill creases that are moderate to severe, such as frown lines, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. It is also useful for contouring, such as enhancing the fullness of cheeks.

Poly-L-lactic acid is in a dermal filler called Sculptra, and it is also used in some surgeries as suture material. This is an injectable dermal filler approved by the FDA. It helps to gradually replace lost collagen. The results can last for two years or more.

Polyacrylamide is an injectable water-based dermal and soft tissue filler present in Aquamid. The results are permanent. It is used in the treatment of lip augmentation, enhancement of cheekbones and jawline, facial folds such as nasolabial folds, facial lines, depressed scars, and replacement of facial volume lost through aging.

Dermal Fillers are Good Options

We are fortunate to live in times when cosmetic surgery is not considered the only real option for combatting discouraging signs of aging. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to maintain a youthful appearance. So this week I guess I will make that appointment for plumping the cheeks and the nasal folds.  They age me terribly!

If you have considered getting dermal fillers but are afraid I suggest two things, first go to a reputable and experienced person.  A doctor that does this countless times a day or who has a dedicated staff, second, it is no permanent! So take that jump with me and as I say we are in the age of smoke and mirrors.

Aging – Do I have to?

Growing older is a natural part of life that should be embraced with positivity, yet fighting signs of aging can have benefits. There is science behind changes in facial appearance that occur over time. Dermal fillers provide the perfect offset to these unwelcome changes.

Facial Aging

The face is where aging is most apparent. All sorts of things happen as the years advance, including structural rearrangement. Here’s a breakdown of some of the things that occur over time, and dermal fillers are a helpful solution:

  • When we are young, fat is evenly distributed in the face. The pockets of fat plump areas around the mouth and eyes as well as on the temples, forehead, and cheeks. The volume of facial fat diminishes with age. It can also shift downward and clump up. Formerly tight skin becomes baggy and loose. The exceptions are the jowl and chin, which tend to become saggy.
  • Wrinkles occur as a result of muscles in the face tugging continuously. This sometimes causes creases, as well. Causes of finer lines in the face include smoking, sun damage, and naturally occurring degeneration of components of the skin that keep it supple and thick.
  • The skin on our eyelids is extremely thin. With age, it loosens and creates a hooded effect.
  • Dark circles under the eyes aren’t a sign of lack of sleep, as you grow older. Thinning skin and loss of fat volume where the check and the lower eyelid meet is what creates the dark circles.

Factors that accelerate facial aging include: emotional stress; genetic predisposition; certain diseases; exposure to extreme weather conditions such as excessive cold, sun, and wind; and dramatic weight changes.

Look Younger, Live Longer

As the natural aging processes occur, there are some very good reasons to find solutions for the purpose of staying younger looking. The most compelling argument for graceful aging, according to extensive research, is that you can expect to live longer. Looking younger is associated with:

  • Better health habits, such as exercise and nutrition.
  • Less depression.
  • Greater longevity.
  • Better job offers.

One important approach to enjoying a more youthful appearance during advanced years is to avoid chronic stress. Overall well-being is negatively affected by stress, and it shows in your skin. Including calming prayer and/or meditation into your routine has the following benefits:

  • Boosts your mood
  • Reverses memory loss
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Strengthens brain function

Stay tuned for more on aging and what we can do to prevent it.

Do you need a New Years resolution? Answer = YES!

Did you set a New Year’s resolution last year?  Did you reach your goals and succeed?  IF you answered no, then this is for you.

I love planning and setting goals and I love making lists.  If you are like me, then you know a list is key in getting things accomplished.  So if you haven’t already, please take the time to write down your goals for 2017. Writing things down makes you more likely to put a plan into action and accomplish those goals. I always use the SMART goals method to accomplish my goals.

Is there something you always wanted to do? Run a marathon, start a business, get your motorcycle license, take a class on  pottery making, learn to cook a Beef Wellington, learn to speak a foreign language?  You should try the SMART Goal method.  That is how I created my website, my YouTube channel and countless other goals I set for myself.

Let me explain how I set up one of my goals for this year, losing 20 lbs, using the SMART goal method. Having a goal is useless unless you have a plan, unless you know how you are going to accomplish this goal.  I learned about S.M.A.R.T. goals when I was in college and I have successfully accomplished quite a few things in the past few years by using this goal-setting method. Blackboard with the SMART Goal definition written on itLet me quickly walk you through how I plan to lose 20 lbs through my SMART goal method.

S = Specific – Lose 20 lbs – So ask why do I want to lose 20 lbs? Well my blood sugars are high and my doctor told me that if I don’t get them under control I will be a diabetic.  So there is a good reason why I need to lose 20 lbs.  Find your reason and be specific.

M = Measurable – How often can I measure my progress?  Are the measurements clear-cut?  If I keep track of my weight with weekly or monthly weigh-ins, I can measure my progress. But I really want to succeed, so I will also take another important step, I  will be taking quarterly blood tests to see if my blood sugar and cholesterol levels are improving. These are good measurements and I will be able to see my success or failures. I also took my weight and measurements on the first day of the month (was not a pleasant experience on January 1), and I plan to do so again on the last day of the month.

A = Attainable (Agreed Upon) – Is my goal realistic?  Yes, I truly believe I can lose the weight. But again I ask myself “how will I attain this”? Through a very specific diet and exercise program.  So, set up I set up a diet and exercise program, scheduled my workouts on my calendar.  I examined my calendar realistically and put them in a spot that I know they won’t get rescheduled.  What diet plan am I planning to use? What triggers falling off the diet wagon?  I ask myself how can I avoid these pitfalls. I write it all down, I am setting myself up for success.

R = Realistic – Is your goal relevant and realistic.  YES! For me losing the weight is super important for my long-term health. Diabetes is no joke. It is a deadly disease and I have to take it seriously. So my goal is relevant to my health.  I will look better and feel better if I lose weight, always an added bonus.  I think the goal of 20 lbs is realistic too.  I have enough fat on this body and frame to be able to lose 20 lbs.  So I may never be the size I was when in high school or  before I had kids,  but I know I can lose 20 lbs.

T= Timely, Time-bound – Establish the end date to accomplish this goal.   “I am going to lose 20 lbs”.  BY WHEN?  Set a goal date. I have set a date of June 15 for my weight loss.  It is a very achievable goal.  Each month I have put down in writing how much weight I plan to lose that month. I have also set smaller interim goals.  This also gives me time to reassess, I know if I don’t reach those interim goals, I will not reach the final goal.  If I plan to lose 5 lbs in January and I don’t, then my February and March goals have to be readjusted and re-examined.  Evaluation and re-evaluation is key to success.

As a mature woman, I know how easy it is for me to get into a rut.  I know by setting goals I will be striving for something.  Don’t allow yourself to fall into the same old, same old.  Set a goal, plan how you are going to accomplish it.  Put the plan to work by taking the action needed. Schedule the time.  The SMART goal method works, give it a try, maybe you will be running that marathon this year after all.

Happy New Year and Happy New You!