The Magnificent Cucumber

Cucumbers do so much more than just decrease puffy eyes, they have so many vitamins and antioxidants you need every day.  Just one cucumber contains:  Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, and enzymes.

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Here are a few benefits of each vitamin contained in cucumbers:

  • Vit A:  Smooths, firms skin
  • Vit C:  Brightens, antioxidant, skin lightening
  • Vit K:  Reduces dark circles

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  • Vit D:  Firms the skin
  • Vit B1:  Responsible for converting sugar into energy
  • Vit B2:  Useful in preventing conditions such as acne, dermatitis, arthritis, and eczema.  Helps clear the skin, Helps repair damaged tissues and allows wounds to heal more quickly.

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  • Vit B3:  Decrease in heart disease and helps lower the level of bad cholesterol.
  • Vit B5:  Patients having undergone surgery may be prescribed vitamin B5 supplements to ensure speedy healing and can prevent acne and hair loss
  • Vit B6:  Help the process of metabolism, tissue repair, cell production.
  • Folic Acid:  Fetal development, Production of red blood cells, Helps in depression, Helps keep brain young

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  • Calcium:  Prevents osteoporosis;  Keeps you slim and trim;  may combat cancer;  heart-healthy
  • Iron:  Hemoglobin formation, oxygen carrier, muscle function, brain function.
  • Magnesium:  Transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
  • Phosphorus:  healthy bone formation, improved digestion, regulates excretion, protein formation, hormonal balance, improved energy extraction, cellular repair
  • Potassium:  Good for the heart, Water level regulator, Pain management, strengthens the bones and the muscles, while promoting faster healing of injuries like cuts and bruises, Mental ability booster.

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  • Zinc:  Regulates immune function, treats diarrhea, helps improve learning and memory, treats the common cold, heals wounds.
  • Enzymes:  Anti-inflammatory
  • Cool temp:  Decreases swelling
  • Cucumbers are also made of 95% water, which makes them a super hydrator.  Add cucumbers to water to make a super power drink.  With all the nutrients and benefits listed, you could be reaping benefits like great skin and a heathy body just by adding a few slices to your water.

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  •  Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache

  • Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
  • Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

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  • Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
  • Just finished a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

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In addition to these health benefits, cucumbers have many house-hold uses as well:

 

  • Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.bathroom-mirror-defog
  • Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
  • Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

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  • Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.              
  • Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.
  • Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

Now that’s an incredible vegetable!

Hugs, Fiona

Organic Passion Peptide Resurfacing Treatment – 10 steps to closer to peeling!

Well… Summer’s just about over and your skin has taken a lot of abuse. UV rays have broken down collagen and weakened elastin.. Your skin may have a healthy tan, but deep down, your dehydrated, pigmented skin is yelling for help.

Here’s a great treatment I had done a few weeks ago by Alexis Robertson, Image Skincare Massachusetts Territory Manager and Educator (click here to visit & LIKE her Facebook Page).

This fabulous treatment will help your skin get back to optimal health and ready for peel season!
(Only to be done by your aesthetic professional)

Organic Passion Peptide Resurfacing Treatment step by step:

1. Double cleanse. First cleanse is done with Vital C hydrating cleanser.  A creamy, hydrating cleanser that removes all makeup and impurities. With its famous orange peel smell and a luxurious creamy feel, your skin will soak up all the goodness resulting in nothing but a soft glow.

2. Second cleanser: Ormedic Balancing Gel Cleanser. This gentle cleanser leaves your skin squeaky clean without any build-up or residue. Organic green tea, chamomile, and a harmonizing blend of comfrey, calendula and rich botanicals, deliver essential nutrients to restore your skin’s natural balance. Leaves skin soft, hydrated, and naturally clean.

Step 3. The Organic Passion Fruit/Peptide Resurfacing Solution is applied and made from a blend of passion fruit, pineapple, papaya, & pumpkin extracts to exfoliate dead & dry skin. Organic licorice to lighten skin. Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate. Antioxidants to protect and restore, such as Organic Japanese Green Tea & finally mango extract for that unforgettable summer aroma!
 

This layer stays on for a good 5 minutes, then rinsed off.  Your skin will already look & feel fantastic!

4. Next, comes a layer of the Ormedic Balancing Soothing Gel Masque..

An ultra-gentle, organic cooling gel masque formulated for compromised, inflamed or irritated skin. Organic Aloe Vera, Arnica Montana and licorice quickly help reduce redness and other signs of irritation while bringing sensitive skin into healthy balance. (Also may used at home 3 times a week for highly reactive, rosacea or acneic skin types).  Check out the list of key ingredients below… What an incredible masque!

5. After removing the Gel Masque, a 25% hyaluronic acid (HA) facial enhancer is applied. HA is a super hydrator and is well known for its plumping & filling effect, which is what Juvederm and other injectable fillers are made of.

It’s also a major component of skin, where it is involved in tissue repair. When skin is exposed to excessive UVB rays, it becomes inflamed (sunburn) and the cells in the dermis stop producing as much HA, and increase the rate of its deterioration. HA deterioration products then accumulate in the skin after UV exposure. (This is one of the reasons why this treatment is great after a summer of sun!)

6. Then, a layer of the Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum. This unbelievable serum is “A silky, ultra hydrating botanical serum infused with organic Japanese green tea, Aloe Vera and a copper-complex peptide. Perfectly absorbed, it continuously balances your skin from within and lastingly restores its ideal moisture level. Leaves your skin intensely hydrated with a healthy glow.”
(www.imageskincare.com)… My description wasn’t as “on-point” as theirs.. 🙂

7. Next… (oh yes.. there’s more!) we apply 25% Antioxidant Facial Enhancer.  (which, BTW was added to the first layer as well):

Step 8. Ormedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel..
Smoothes and diminishes fine lines
Instantly hydrates Eyes
Diminishes dark circles
Relaxes crows feet

9. Daily Defense Tinted Moisturizer… My fav SPF!!
This pure physical broad spectrum UVA/UVB moisturizer provides an even skin tone and healthy glow while protecting against the damaging effects of the sun. Enriched with essential vitamins and potent anti-oxidants as free radical scavengers.

10. Lastly, the Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Treatment.. I love this!
A super hydrating anti-aging polypeptide lip complex, which dramatically enhances the appearance of lip contours. Adding up to 40% more moisture, volume and reducing fine lines with repeat usage. (I also love using this lip treat after lip augmentations… lips look and feel amazing!)

And that’s it!

Oh, and just in case any of you fell in love with any of these product, Some (not all) can be purchased and used at home. Here’s a list of them and a link to my online store:

Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser

Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser

Ormedic Balancing Soothing Gel Masque

Ormedic Balancing Anti-Oxidant Serum

Ormedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel

Daily Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Treatment

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Now that pool season is over, let peel season begin!

Hugs,

Fiona

Medicine Cabinet Beauty Essentials

Which beauty products are in your medicine cabinet?

Between that year old Oil of Olay face cream (yucky).. and the tube of Preparation H your mom once told you was good for puffy eyes (eeewwww), sits a jar of radiant skin waiting to be unveiled.

Why not do a little spring cleaning?

Oh and BTW ladies (and gents)… That over-the-counter skincare stuff you’re using, only treats the dead layer of skin on the surface.. Instead, think cosmeceutical!  Image Skincare is my fav (as clearly seen below!) …and YES.. it really works!! Its formulated to penetrate deep into the dermis layer where collagen, elastin, and pigmentation lay. But, we’ll leave the OTC vs Cosmeceutical debate for another post.

Here’s my top 10 anti-aging products…

1. Retinol A
Why: Stimulates collagen production, which targets fine lines and can result in a tighter, younger-looking complexion.
When: At night only!! I use mine twice a week, but that all depends on your skin type and age.
My Fav: Image MD Reconstructive Repair Crème

2. Vitamin C Serum
Why: Increases collagen synthesis and reduces skin damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C is an essential anti-oxidant which helps create healthy, youthful, glowing skin.
When: Every Morning.. Religiously! And anytime my skin looks dull or ashy.
My Fav: Image Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum

3. AHA or BHA Cleanser
Why: AHA (glycolic/lactic acid) & BHA (salicylic acid) are both great exfoliants and reveal smoother skin!
When: I like to use it at night… Gets my skin squeaky clean and prepped for my yummy night cream.
My Fav: Image MD Reconstructive Facial Cleanser

4. Gentle Cleanser
Why: Because your skin needs a break from acids, sulfates, and parabens to heal and for optimal skin health.
When: I use mine in the morning and after peels, lasers, Ulthera or any intense treatment done to my face.
My Fav: Image The Max Facial Cleanser

5. Daily Moisturizer with Sunblock 
Why: Do I have to explain this one??? Surprisingly, so many of us DO NOT use this daily. People.. This is your fountain of youth! A proper sunscreen helps protect your skin from sunburn, early aging, and skin cancer. Need I say more…
When: Every day! (even if it’s cloudy). Don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours if out in the sun. According to American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen needs to be at least SPF 30, UVA and UVB protectant, and water resistant.
My Fav: Image Daily Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

6. Self-Tanner
Why: Perfect for a healthy glow without the damaging effects of UV rays.
When: I like to apply mine once a week at night.. I love waking up to a glowing face and body.
My Fav: Image Body Spa Face & Body Bronzer Crème

7. A Powerful yet Gentle Antioxidant Rich Night Cream
Why: Your skin needs essential peptides, vitamins and nutrients to look its best and prevent free radical damage.
When: Every night.
My Fav: Image The Max Crème

8. Retinyl Eye Cream 
Why: Gets rid of fine lines, dark circles (yes, I have.. uhm.. had dark circles) and stimulates collagen production
When: Morning & night.
My Fav: Image Ageless Total Eye Lift Crème

9. Lip Moisturizer
Why: Why not? Your lips need a little loving hydration too! My fav also gives an added plumpness too… What girl doesn’t want that?
When: All day…every day!
My Fav: Image Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex

10. Eyelash Growth Enhancer
Why: As we get older, lashes become more sparse and lose length. Lash enhancers contain ingredients that promote length and fullness.
When: Apply once a day morning or night… Tip: If redness or irritation occurs, apply only in the morning.
My Fav: I actually have two.. Latisse for pm use and Image Ageless Lashes for am use.. Best of both worlds!

Take charge of your beauty cabinet,  get rid all the junk and stock up on the essentials needed for healthy, glowing skin…  I promise you WILL love your skin again!

Hugs,

Fiona