Saturday, October 31, 2009

Homemade cosmetics: clay facials.

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

I thought I would dedicate this short blog post to just cosmetic clays. I feel that the use of clays in homemade cosmetics require a separate mentioning.

Clays have been used for centuries for cosmetic use, and are present in almost all traditional beauty regimens. They exfoliate, clean and invigorate the skin while improving blood circulation. Clay has the ability to absorb excess oils, dirt and harmful toxins from the skin. Clays can be used in facials, body powders, soaps, and as a natural colorant for soap, lotions, creams, bath salts and more.

International beauty prescriptions: learn from your sisters around the world. Part 2.

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

As I told you ib the previous post, I became interested in learning traditional tips and secrets of beauty from all around the world. Here are more of them.

1. Spain.
Women from Spain are known for their rich dark hair. Seems some of this hair color comes from Cranberry juice. Women here are known to use cranberry juice as a final rinse. They mix 1/4 cup of cranberry juice and 1/4 cup of water and rinse. But if you are blonde, do not use cranberry juice, try lemon juice instead.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

International beauty prescriptions: learn from your sisters around the world.

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

Living in Canada and the US for many years gave me a great opportunity to observe women from all around the world. Dark and blonde, skinny and plump, women of all different shapes, cultures, and backgrounds, they worry every day about the same thing: how to look their personal best. Thinking about the advantages of diversity in beauty terms, I realized that the best gift we, women from all around the world, have is each other. Sharing generations-old beauty recipes of our mothers and grandmothers with each other, we can blend into one big family of BEAUTIFUL WOMEN OF THE PLANET EARTH! What a power!
I started searching for homemade beauty recipes and secrets from around the world so we can see if we can borrow some of them for our benefit and share our own for the benefit of the others.

1. Singapore.
Because of the very high humidity for most of the year,women from Singapore often coat the ends of their hair with a few drops of coconut oil and leave it overnight to keep hair frezz-free.
They also love avocado (moisturizing) or papaya (exfoliating) face masks. Mash a piece of fruit, put on the face for 15 min, rinse.

Fitness for lazy: Stop your office job from making your fat!

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

If you job involves nothing more strenuous than lifting a phone receiver or typing on a keyboard with two fingers, it's not easy to keep your weight in check.
In my Power Poin presentation on "Intuitive nutrition" I have demonstrated how the change of jobs from a moderately active to largely sedentary can affect person's weight in a long run. I made calculations based on my own example of switching in 2007 from a private practice-based cardiologist (then I would spend hours a day walking between patients' rooms and hospital floors making rounds and doing consults) and an office-based cardiologist working for industry (now it's largely a desk job). I projected that if I kept eating and exercising now the same way I used to when I was in private practice, I would have had anormous weight gain by now.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Taking skin care in your 40s to a higher level: at-home glycolic peels.

Hi there! It'sme Svetlana.

As skin care for ladies in their 40s plus seems to be the topic of the day, I want to talk more about it.

We all have to know that as we age it will be more and more difficult to fight wrinkles and signs of skin aging with natural homemade resources. I do not want to create an impression that homemade cosmetics, even though all natural and poisons-free, will become a panacea for the aging skin.

For me and many women like myself who believe that pricier is not always better, as we grow older, the goal of the skin regiment will still be the same: as simple and inexpensive as possible. The bottom line is not going to change: we are still going to use homemade masks, exfoliant, and moisturizers as a base for the skin care regiment regardless whether we are in our 30s, 40s, or beyond.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Basics of Fat-Blasting Exercise. Intervals.

Hi there! I am really in a blogging mood today, you can tell!

What do you do to burn more calories in less time? Is it possible to burn more calories in shorter time without making a workout much harder? The answer is yes, it's quite possible if you follow the simple rule of INTERVALS. Every personal trainer knows this trick and uses it for faster results. Well, we smart women do not exercise for fast results. We exercise for long-term results and longer, healthier, happier life. However, sometimes weight reaches a plateau, despite all the regular exercise we do and even despite decrease in daily caloric intake. When this happen, first ask yourself: do I need more weight loss? How do I look? Will I become too skinny/unhealthy looking if I try to lose three more pounds? Maybe current weight is my healthy weight? Will my quality of life decrease with further "escalation" of weight loss/fintess program, will I become unhappy as the result? If the answer to one of this questions is not certain, you should not escalate exercise program, at least for a while.

How to look younger and have great skin after 40?

17 October 2009

Hi again!
Every woman wants to know how to look younger than her chronological age. In my prior blog post I described an elegant study by a group of plastic surgeons from Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University who identified external factors which made idential twins look much younger or much older than their siblings.

In addition to avoiding those behaviors and habits that may facilitate aging process, each woman needs to know how to take are of her face and neck after certain age to keep younger looks.

What keeps some women looking young ( and men, too)? Study of identical twins.

17 October 2009

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

I found this article recently in one of the woman magazines I periodically read. It's written by Joan Kron, one of the magazine's contributing writers. It's called "Living young" and talks about why some women look younger than their actual age, analyzing the results of a stufy of identical twins.

This research was published in Plastic and Reconstrctive Surgery by Bahman Guyuron, a prominent plastic surgeon in Cleveland, and his colleagues at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University. They have noticed that many identical twins as years go by, start looking more and more different.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Why and how to read food labels. My Power Point presentation "Puzzling food labels - mystery solved!"

16 October 2009

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.
Several days at work I was asked to present a follow-up lecture to my recent "Intuitive nutrition - the universal key to healthy weight for life" that was a tremendous success. Our company is still buzzing with enthusiasm about a hunger scale, connection to one's own body, and a no-brainer fitness program I presented.
Please feel free to check out for my Power Point presentation about Intuitive Nutrition by going to this link at Gogle Docs:
This presentation complements and adds to the sections of this blog dedicated to Intuitive nutrition and Fitness.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Homemade cosmetics, cont. Fine lines and wrinkles.

13 October, 2009

Hi there! It's me Svetlana. Today I will teach you how to treat fine lines and wrinkles with homemade products.
Fine lines and wrinkles.

I would like to repeat a thousand times, even more, that the best way to avoid premature lines and wrinkles is to PREVENT them, and there are three absolutely essential things each woman can do for herself, starting at her young age, to prevent skin aging. These three things, in my opinion, are: avoidance of excessive sun exposure (in fact, avoid as much sun exposure as possible), abstinence from cigarette smoking, and thorough cleaning of face and neck at night time, including removal of all cosmetic products.

To diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles acutely (it works fast, but does not last long!), for instance before an important event, do one of the following:
1. Apply egg white under your eyes. Keep for several minutes, rinse well.
2. You can use pure olive or castor oil (this one you can buy in a drug store) under your eyes or on the skin of the throat to make the skin smooth and less wrinkly.
3. Combine 1-2 Tbsp plain yogurt, 1/2 tsp honey, 1/2 tsp lemon, and the content of 2-3 vitamin E capsules (prick them with a pin carefully), apply to face and neck, leave for 10-15 min. Rinse well.

So long! Svetlana.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Swine flu update. My power point presentation on Google docs.

12 October 2009.

Hi there! It's me Svetlana. It's time to get H1N1 (swine flu) update. I put together a short Power Point presentation which may be helpful. Please check it out by clicking on the link below. Thanks!


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Homemade cosmetics, cont. More on facial masks.

11 October, 2009.

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.

Coming back to the topic of the homemade cosmetics.
Several recipes of easy facial masks (do not forget your neck and hands!). Please remember that while the skin of your face may be oily, neck and hands may be dry, so you will need to treat them accordingly.

For oily skin.
1. Cucumber/yogurt (also good for normal skin).
1/2 cucmber
1 Tbsp plain yogust
Puree cucumber in a blender (or grind). Mix with yogurt, apply to face. Leave on for 30 minutes. Risnse well.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rules for Looking Yonger (what to do with your hair, skin, and makeup to look younger).

10 October 2009

Hi there! It's me Svetlana!
Want to look younger for cheap? No problem! Experts on beauty would tell you you shoud do this:


1. Warm up your hair color.
As you grow older, ashy colors become you biggest enemy. One can not innocently camouflage gray with pale highlights or blond hair color anymore. This will mke them look older.
Blondes shold try more golden colors, and brunettes should try warm, caramel tones. For more gray coverage one should try a permanent hair color in a warm shade one ir two shades lighter than the natural pregray shade (good luck with remembering how that looks!!!). :-) Nevertheless, that's what the experts say.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The importance of a measuring tape. The best women magazine in my opinion.

7 October 2009

Hi there! It's me Svetlana.
A couple of things I would like to share today: the importance of a measuring tape and the best women magazine in my opinion.
1.A simple, cheap measuring tape can be as good, if not better as the most expensive weight scale, when you watch your figure.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Body clensing for weight loss and beauty. Part 3. At home enemas.

4 October 2009

Hi there! It's me Svetlana. Today I will describe another effective and cheap colonic cleansing method that can be done in the comfort of your home in addition to the periodic fasting.

The simplest, cheapest, and most popular option of colosic cleansing is enema.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Body cleansing for weight loss and beauty. Part 2. Periodic fasting.

3 October 2009.
Hi there! It's me Svetlana.
Today I will start talking about the practical, cheap, and all at-home ways we cleanse our bodies from the inside. Don't you want to know what they are?

The first very effective way of cleansing and detoxifying the whole body is periodic fasting. Controlled, short-term periodic fasting is one of the best ways to test the will power, to lose weight, to rejuvenate, and to clean the body from toxins.

Body cleansing for weight loss and beauty. Part 1. The reason we want to be clean from the inside.

3October 2009.
Hi there! It's me Svetlana! Today I would like to start a new conversation: the importance of the body cleansing. Some may not find this subject too appetizing, but if you stay with me till the end and try it, you may like the results more than you imagine.Well, having said that, let me get started.

Human body is designed to cleanse itself from within. However, modern diet, lack of physical activity, as well as stresses and bad ecology bring more toxic products into the body than out body is capable of eliminating. Accumulating in organs and tissues, the toxic waste slows metabolism, increases chances of developing chronic diseases, facilitate aging processes. Toxins rob our bodies of necessary nutrients which are supposed to give us young and healthy look.