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<p>The other day, I was at a playground with my son and four-year-old grandson. To give them some quality father/son time, I was staying in the background. Just sitting there felt strange. It felt purposeless. So I admit it -- I pulled out my phone and made myself busy. You&rsquo;ve seen it coffee shops, bars, airports &ndash; the ever-present smart phone.</p> <p>People in their 20s and 30s can&rsquo;t even remember a time without smart phones &ndash; but baby boomers can. The term was first used in 1995, but three years earlier, the &ldquo;Simon Personal Communicator&quot; was introduced by IBM. This device could be used to make calls and send and receive emails, faxes and pages, as well as taking notes, saving addresses, and making appointments. Third-party applications were complicated. Fifteen years later, Apple released the first iPhone &ndash; and the rest is history.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m not advocating we throw our smartphones away &ndash; but I was curious how people get along without them. I thought I&rsquo;d borrow on their experiences and share them here.</p> <p>A writer for <em>Fast Company </em>named Kathleen Davis proudly <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/40522828/this-is-what-its-like-to-not-own-a-smartphone-in-2018?utm_source=postup&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&amp;position=3&amp;partner=newsletter&amp;campaign_date=01312018" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">writes</a> about <em>still </em>not having a smart phone. She doesn&rsquo;t want to be one of those people compulsively checking their phones &ndash; by some estimates as often as 46 to 75 times a day.</p> <p>She&rsquo;s also the mother of a young child. So, while she started her smartphone-less journey before her child was born, she&rsquo;s now even more committed. She makes the point that many people believe that &ldquo;being raised on smartphones and social media has led a generation of kids to be depressed and lack empathy.&ldquo; (Well, a smartphone is certainly a handy way to keep a five-year-old quiet in a restaurant &ndash; but isn&rsquo;t that cheating?)</p> <p>Another <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/3061913/what-happened-when-i-gave-up-my-smartphone-for-a-week" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">article</a> in <em>Fast Company</em> written by Michael Grauthaus tells about the time he gave up his smartphone for a week. Just a week. He admits he was addicted.</p> <p>At first, without his smartphone, he felt isolated. He worried his work as a journalist would suffer. He couldn&rsquo;t instantly find answers. He couldn&rsquo;t pay for anything by phone. He couldn&rsquo;t effortlessly play music. No games. No newsfeed. All of this &ldquo;deprivation&rdquo; led to anxiety and then&hellip;relief. He started interacting with people again &ldquo;IRL&rdquo; (in real life). He fell in love with newspapers again. His mind was free to wander.</p> <p>How did this end? Did he decide to live forever in this state of smart-phone-free euphoria. No. He welcomed it back as a useful tool, but decided he could set boundaries. And, who knows &ndash; maybe he will.</p> <p>If you empathize with feeling like your smartphone might be just a bit too entangled with your life, I came across something that might help. It&rsquo;s a phone that must have been listening in on our concerns. It just might give us what we&rsquo;re looking for: freedom from being connected to our smartphone all the time.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s called a &ldquo;light phone,&rdquo; and its tagline is &ldquo;designed to be used as little as possible.&rdquo; The phone&rsquo;s only function is to make calls and receive calls and it holds a very limited number of phone numbers in memory. So you could actually take it out to dinner and experience a little more peace and quiet. Maybe there are times when &ldquo;light&rdquo; just might be right.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the <a href="https://www.thelightphone.com/#lightphone" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">website</a> for the Light Phone&hellip;with a disclaimer: It&rsquo;s currently sold out. But it&rsquo;s a beautiful idea.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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Baby Boomers by Babyboomers.com - 6d ago

<p>With people like Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Dollie Parton, and Kenny Rogers crooning and touring well into their 70s, we have to ask why three of the all-time great musicians, composers, and performers have announced their careers are taking a turn toward retirement.</p> <p>Elton John is a legitimate baby boomer, born in 1947. Neil Diamond and Paul Simon, are older than baby boomers, but their music rocked the generation.</p> <p><strong>Elton John</strong> has announced his &ldquo;Farewell Yellow Brick Road&rdquo; tour which will last three years and play 300 dates. He told CNN&rsquo;s Anderson Cooper, &ldquo;My priorities have changed. I have young children&hellip;That doesn&#39;t mean I won&#39;t still be creative. But I won&#39;t travel any more...I don&#39;t want to go out with a whimper. I want to go out with a bang...It&#39;ll be the most produced, fantastic show I&#39;ve ever done.&quot;</p> <p>Like Elton John, <strong>Paul Simon</strong> borrowed one of his own song titles to name is final tour: &ldquo;Homeward Bound.&rdquo; But his tour is much shorter. It begins mid-May and ends mid-June of this year. He issued this statement explaining his decision to stop performing: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I&rsquo;d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.</p> <p>&ldquo;I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, Vincent N&rsquo;guini, who died last December. His loss is not the only reason I&rsquo;ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor. Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of&nbsp;playing.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Neil Diamond</strong> won&rsquo;t be touring at all because he&rsquo;s been diagnosed with Parkinson&rsquo;s Disease, but he plans to still create music. He has said, &quot;I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.&quot;</p> <p>What a career he has had: 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, and more than 100 million records sold worldwide. He&rsquo;s one of the best-selling musicians of all time.</p> <p>Here are his ten #1 singles: <em>Cracklin&rsquo; Rosie, Longfellow Serenade, Desiree, Song Sung Blue, If You Know What I Mean, Heartlight, I&rsquo;ve Been This Way Before, America, You Don&rsquo;t Bring Me Flowers, </em>and <em>Yesterday&rsquo;s Songs. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Elton John &amp; Paul Simon Image: Wikimedia Commons</p> <p>Neil Diamond Image: Eva Rinaldi CC BY-SA 2.0</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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<p>Wouldn&#39;t it be nice if every New Year came with a new face? Or at least new skin? Skin that hadn&#39;t been parched by too much summer sun or worn out by sub-zero winter temperatures&hellip;skin that hadn&#39;t been fatigued by too little sleep and too much alcohol. There are ways to help your skin recover, and we talked to experts at two famous sister spas -- Hotel Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California -- to find out their recommendations. The experts we interviewed also have experience in medical spas, so their advice is about health as well as beauty.</p> <p>The recommendations from Stacy, Laura, Dijana, and Melissa apply to five areas:</p> <ul> <li>Giving your skin what it&rsquo;s hungry and thirsty for</li> <li>Getting a fresh start</li> <li>Improving your skin care routine</li> <li>Experiencing the benefits of new technology</li> <li>Boosting your skin for a special occasion</li> </ul> <p><strong>Giving your skin what it&rsquo;s hungry and thirsty for</strong></p> <p>If the end of 2017 brought you too many opportunities for hors-d&rsquo;oeuvres and champagne toasts, now is the time to recover. Drinking enough water can&rsquo;t be emphasized enough. One of our experts suggested drinking at least as many ounces of water each day as half of your body weight (in pounds). So if you weigh 130 pounds, you&rsquo;d want to drink at least 65 ounces, or about eight 8-ounce glasses.</p> <p>Certain foods containing healthy oils also nourish your skin. Examples are avocados, organic olive oil, and salmon and other fish with Omega 3. Beyond that, the key is knowing that an overall healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables will result in better skin.</p> <p>Taking a break from alcohol will help, too. Within a few days of eliminating alcohol, you may notice your skin feeling more hydrated. Ruddiness in cheeks starts to fade, and other skin conditions such as dandruff, eczema, or rosacea also may improve. The most significant improvement in overall skin appearance tends to occur after about four weeks after you stop drinking alcohol. One of the most common skin problems, especially as people get older, is skin dehydration and alcohol just exacerbates this.</p> <p><strong>Getting a fresh start</strong></p> <p>The history of your lifestyle is written on your skin, so it makes sense to give it a fresh start. Our skin regenerates at different rates, depending on our age. For babies, it can be as often as every two weeks; for teens, every 3-4 weeks. After that, skin renews itself about once a month, and after age 50 the cycle can take as long as 45-90 days.</p> <p>Exfoliating with either a physical product (containing small granules) or an enzyme-based product will help you shed skin old skin cells and make way for the new. Physical products often contain jojoba beads, micro beads or ingredients such as apricot or walnut. Commonly, enzyme products can be made with papaya or pumpkin.</p> <p>Our experts recommend continuing a routine of exfoliation. The best time is at night after you&rsquo;ve cleansed your face &ndash; two times a week for sensitive skin and more often if your skin is oily or a combination of oily and dry. You don&#39;t need to scrub vigorously - a light touch and the right exfoliating product will get better results.</p> <p><strong>Improving your skin care routine</strong></p> <p>Virtually every person, no matter what her age or skin type, can benefit from a routine that includes these steps:</p> <ul> <li>Cleanse</li> <li>Apply serum and/or a toner that is suitable for your skin type</li> <li>Moisturize</li> <li>Use sunscreen (in some cases, moisturizers contain sunscreen)</li> </ul> <p>Serums and toners are often the &quot;forgotten step&quot; for people who haven&#39;t updated their skincare routine in some time. Toners help keep the ph-balance of the skin, and serums have a variety of benefits, depending on which you choose. They can be soothing, hydrating, brightening, remineralizing, pore minimizing, plumping, or firming, among others. This where the advice of a professional can help - deciding what will benefit your skin most. A serum or toner that &quot;firms and tones&quot; is a good choice for more mature skin that has lost elasticity, while &quot;plump and hydrate&quot; is good for just about anyone.</p> <p>Many people have heard the myth that only the first product applied will penetrate the skin - but our experts dispelled that idea. Your skin can absorb multiple products offering different benefits.</p> <p><strong>Experiencing the benefits of new technology</strong></p> <p>The key to exceptional skin is no longer just finding the right product. Technology has come a long way in giving skin a treatment that either makes products more effective or does something products can&rsquo;t do. Our experts particularly love the LED Light Stim. Once available only in medical spas, this treatment is little by little finding its way into more advanced spas such as Hotel Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach. Our experts have seen dramatic results in skin clarity, tone and overall vitality. There&#39;s no discomfort or downtime.</p> <p>Its name describes pretty well what it is and what it does. This treatment is particularly good for skin that&rsquo;s showing the effects of sun damage. A cream is applied and then an LED light is used for about 20 minutes. What UVA and UVB light has done to skin, this type of light can go a long way in correcting and repairing.</p> <p>Other technologies to consider are:</p> <p>Micro current, which stimulates the facial muscles and helps to lengthen muscles that have &quot;bunched up&quot; and caused expression lines or creases in the skin. Collagen and elastin production is stimulated, so the main benefit is restored firmness and muscle tone. (It does use a mild, painless electrical current, so if you have any special condition, such as epilepsy, seizures, blood clots, active cancer, or a heart device, this may not be right for you.)</p> <p>Hydrafacial and Hydradermabrasion are similar treatments that resurface the skin, smooth, brighten and clarify with an advanced mechanical and chemical exfoliation. They involve a machine with a hand-held device that basically &quot;vaccuums up&quot; impurities at the same time it applies treatment products.</p> <p>The frequency of your facials depends on your skin needs and your budget. A target might be at least every three months.</p> <p><strong>Boosting your skin for a special occasion</strong></p> <p>Our experts are often asked to &ldquo;make something magical happen&rdquo; for a wedding, reunion or other major event. While nothing replaces long-term and consistent skin care, one type of facial that gets particularly good immediate results is an oxygen facial.</p> <p>Oxygen is essential to optimize cellular behavior. It&#39;s used medically for wounds and burns because it promotes rapid healing and does not allow bacteria to thrive. During an oxygen facial, professionals use a small airbrush to infuse the skin with pure oxygen and serums that deeply hydrate and target special needs. The result is glowing, plumper skin that provides a great base for makeup application.</p> <p>Does it sound like these recommendations are worth a try? Our experts emphasize two more steps to take:</p> <p>Be sure your ongoing routine includes a good night&rsquo;s sleep &ndash; and do your best to manage stress.</p>
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Baby Boomers by Babyboomers.com - 6d ago

<p>If you love to travel and you love good food, why not combine the two into one amazing experience? The world is a big place with many countries and cities known for great food, so figuring out where to go could be time consuming. Skip the research and check out Neha Khullar&#39;s recommendations, featured in&nbsp;an article from Washington&#39;s Top News.&nbsp; As the founder of <a href="http://foodmoodz.com/" target="blank">foodmoodz.com</a> and author of &ldquo;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Palate-Passport-Neha-Khullar/dp/0692939822" target="blank">Palate Passport</a>&rdquo;, she gives her picks for the top five travel destinations for food lovers:</p> <p><strong>Portugal</strong> - Known for its seafood, good olive oil and Port wine. Khullar also favors this country because your money will go a long way and there&#39;s lots of hills to work off the food.</p> <p><strong>Belize</strong> - Fresh seafood and cacao beans put this country on Khullar&#39;s list. You&#39;ll see a huge fusion of different cuisines from neighboring countries.</p> <p><strong>Iceland</strong> - Standouts include langoustine, Arctic char and Icelandic yogurt (skyr), which has a sweet flavor.</p> <p><strong>India</strong> - Offers endless options depending on the region. With an abundance of culture, Khullar says every dish has a story behind it.</p> <p><strong>New Zealand</strong> - Tropical fruits, macadamia nuts, and lamb are standouts here. Ancient methods of cooking are used.</p> <p>Click Read More to be taken to the original article where you&#39;ll find more detail for each destination!</p>
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<p>&quot;For better, for worse&quot; is a common wedding vow. It acknowledges that most marriages will have ups and downs. Hopefully the &quot;downs&quot; will be temporary, but what if they&#39;re not? If you&#39;ve been unhappy in your marriage for some time, it can affect everything else in your life. Your misery can consume you, leading you to think that divorce is the best route for you and your partner. Divorce is hard and it&#39;s expensive, so before you go down that path, Dr. Karen Finn, a life and divorce coach, has an important suggestion: figure out exactly why you are so unhappy in your marriage.</p> <p>According to Finn, there are three situations in which divorcing may be the immediate and best answer:</p> <p>1. Your spouse is an active addict and refuses to seek help.</p> <p>2. Your spouse is abusive to you or your children.</p> <p>3. You and your spouse are providing a horrible example for your children.</p> <p>If you are not in one of these situations, then Finn recommends considering other options and possibilities before jumping into a divorce. Here are three points to examine:</p> <p>1.<strong> Is your unhappiness stemming from a source outside of your marriage? </strong>Maybe it&#39;s work, other family members, a life event or something else. It&#39;s easy to blame your spouse for your unhappiness, but if it&#39;s truly not your spouse causing your discontent, then resolving the other issue and reconnecting with your spouse could be the answer.</p> <p>2. <strong>It actually is your relationship with your spouse that&rsquo;s making you miserable. </strong>Two people make up a relationship. In order to improve yours, you both need to get serious and address how you&#39;re contributing to each other&#39;s unhappiness. Finn suggests that you both make an effort to be your best for each other. If you can do that, your discontent may start to fade away and you can work on rebuilding your relationship.</p> <p>3. <strong>You&rsquo;ve tried everything, but it&#39;s just not working.</strong> If you&#39;ve both really worked at resolving your issues with no success, then divorce may be your best option. Making a clear effort to &quot;save your marriage&quot; will help give you the clarity that divorce is the right step and it can help you proceed with compassion.</p> <p>Click Read More to be taken to the original article.</p>
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<p>The other day, I was at a playground with my son and four-year-old grandson. To give them some quality father/son time, I was staying in the background. Just sitting there felt strange. It felt purposeless. So I admit it -- I pulled out my phone and made myself busy. You&rsquo;ve seen it coffee shops, bars, airports &ndash; the ever-present smart phone.</p> <p>People in their 20s and 30s can&rsquo;t even remember a time without smart phones &ndash; but baby boomers can. The term was first used in 1995, but three years earlier, the &ldquo;Simon Personal Communicator&quot; was introduced by IBM. This device could be used to make calls and send and receive emails, faxes and pages, as well as taking notes, saving addresses, and making appointments. Third-party applications were complicated. Fifteen years later, Apple released the first iPhone &ndash; and the rest is history.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m not advocating we throw our smartphones away &ndash; but I was curious how people get along without them. I thought I&rsquo;d borrow on their experiences and share them here.</p> <p>A writer for <em>Fast Company </em>named Kathleen Davis proudly <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/40522828/this-is-what-its-like-to-not-own-a-smartphone-in-2018?utm_source=postup&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&amp;position=3&amp;partner=newsletter&amp;campaign_date=01312018" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">writes</a> about <em>still </em>not having a smart phone. She doesn&rsquo;t want to be one of those people compulsively checking their phones &ndash; by some estimates as often as 46 to 75 times a day.</p> <p>She&rsquo;s also the mother of a young child. So, while she started her smartphone-less journey before her child was born, she&rsquo;s now even more committed. She makes the point that many people believe that &ldquo;being raised on smartphones and social media has led a generation of kids to be depressed and lack empathy.&ldquo; (Well, a smartphone is certainly a handy way to keep a five-year-old quiet in a restaurant &ndash; but isn&rsquo;t that cheating?)</p> <p>Another <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/3061913/what-happened-when-i-gave-up-my-smartphone-for-a-week" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">article</a> in <em>Fast Company</em> written by Michael Grauthaus tells about the time he gave up his smartphone for a week. Just a week. He admits he was addicted.</p> <p>At first, without his smartphone, he felt isolated. He worried his work as a journalist would suffer. He couldn&rsquo;t instantly find answers. He couldn&rsquo;t pay for anything by phone. He couldn&rsquo;t effortlessly play music. No games. No newsfeed. All of this &ldquo;deprivation&rdquo; led to anxiety and then&hellip;relief. He started interacting with people again &ldquo;IRL&rdquo; (in real life). He fell in love with newspapers again. His mind was free to wander.</p> <p>How did this end? Did he decide to live forever in this state of smart-phone-free euphoria. No. He welcomed it back as a useful tool, but decided he could set boundaries. And, who knows &ndash; maybe he will.</p> <p>If you empathize with feeling like your smartphone might be just a bit too entangled with your life, I came across something that might help. It&rsquo;s a phone that must have been listening in on our concerns. It just might give us what we&rsquo;re looking for: freedom from being connected to our smartphone all the time.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s called a &ldquo;light phone,&rdquo; and its tagline is &ldquo;designed to be used as little as possible.&rdquo; The phone&rsquo;s only function is to make calls and receive calls and it holds a very limited number of phone numbers in memory. So you could actually take it out to dinner and experience a little more peace and quiet. Maybe there are times when &ldquo;light&rdquo; just might be right.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the <a href="https://www.thelightphone.com/#lightphone" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">website</a> for the Light Phone&hellip;with a disclaimer: It&rsquo;s currently sold out. But it&rsquo;s a beautiful idea.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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Baby Boomers by Babyboomers.com - 6d ago

<p>With people like Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Dollie Parton, and Kenny Rogers crooning and touring well into their 70s, we have to ask why three of the all-time great musicians, composers, and performers have announced their careers are taking a turn toward retirement.</p> <p>Elton John is a legitimate baby boomer, born in 1947. Neil Diamond and Paul Simon, are older than baby boomers, but their music rocked the generation.</p> <p><strong>Elton John</strong> has announced his &ldquo;Farewell Yellow Brick Road&rdquo; tour which will last three years and play 300 dates. He told CNN&rsquo;s Anderson Cooper, &ldquo;My priorities have changed. I have young children&hellip;That doesn&#39;t mean I won&#39;t still be creative. But I won&#39;t travel any more...I don&#39;t want to go out with a whimper. I want to go out with a bang...It&#39;ll be the most produced, fantastic show I&#39;ve ever done.&quot;</p> <p>Like Elton John, <strong>Paul Simon</strong> borrowed one of his own song titles to name is final tour: &ldquo;Homeward Bound.&rdquo; But his tour is much shorter. It begins mid-May and ends mid-June of this year. He issued this statement explaining his decision to stop performing: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I&rsquo;d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.</p> <p>&ldquo;I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, Vincent N&rsquo;guini, who died last December. His loss is not the only reason I&rsquo;ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor. Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of&nbsp;playing.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Neil Diamond</strong> won&rsquo;t be touring at all because he&rsquo;s been diagnosed with Parkinson&rsquo;s Disease, but he plans to still create music. He has said, &quot;I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.&quot;</p> <p>What a career he has had: 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, and more than 100 million records sold worldwide. He&rsquo;s one of the best-selling musicians of all time.</p> <p>Here are his ten #1 singles: <em>Cracklin&rsquo; Rosie, Longfellow Serenade, Desiree, Song Sung Blue, If You Know What I Mean, Heartlight, I&rsquo;ve Been This Way Before, America, You Don&rsquo;t Bring Me Flowers, </em>and <em>Yesterday&rsquo;s Songs. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Elton John &amp; Paul Simon Image: Wikimedia Commons</p> <p>Neil Diamond Image: Eva Rinaldi CC BY-SA 2.0</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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<p>Wouldn&#39;t it be nice if every New Year came with a new face? Or at least new skin? Skin that hadn&#39;t been parched by too much summer sun or worn out by sub-zero winter temperatures&hellip;skin that hadn&#39;t been fatigued by too little sleep and too much alcohol. There are ways to help your skin recover, and we talked to experts at two famous sister spas -- Hotel Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California -- to find out their recommendations. The experts we interviewed also have experience in medical spas, so their advice is about health as well as beauty.</p> <p>The recommendations from Stacy, Laura, Dijana, and Melissa apply to five areas:</p> <ul> <li>Giving your skin what it&rsquo;s hungry and thirsty for</li> <li>Getting a fresh start</li> <li>Improving your skin care routine</li> <li>Experiencing the benefits of new technology</li> <li>Boosting your skin for a special occasion</li> </ul> <p><strong>Giving your skin what it&rsquo;s hungry and thirsty for</strong></p> <p>If the end of 2017 brought you too many opportunities for hors-d&rsquo;oeuvres and champagne toasts, now is the time to recover. Drinking enough water can&rsquo;t be emphasized enough. One of our experts suggested drinking at least as many ounces of water each day as half of your body weight (in pounds). So if you weigh 130 pounds, you&rsquo;d want to drink at least 65 ounces, or about eight 8-ounce glasses.</p> <p>Certain foods containing healthy oils also nourish your skin. Examples are avocados, organic olive oil, and salmon and other fish with Omega 3. Beyond that, the key is knowing that an overall healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables will result in better skin.</p> <p>Taking a break from alcohol will help, too. Within a few days of eliminating alcohol, you may notice your skin feeling more hydrated. Ruddiness in cheeks starts to fade, and other skin conditions such as dandruff, eczema, or rosacea also may improve. The most significant improvement in overall skin appearance tends to occur after about four weeks after you stop drinking alcohol. One of the most common skin problems, especially as people get older, is skin dehydration and alcohol just exacerbates this.</p> <p><strong>Getting a fresh start</strong></p> <p>The history of your lifestyle is written on your skin, so it makes sense to give it a fresh start. Our skin regenerates at different rates, depending on our age. For babies, it can be as often as every two weeks; for teens, every 3-4 weeks. After that, skin renews itself about once a month, and after age 50 the cycle can take as long as 45-90 days.</p> <p>Exfoliating with either a physical product (containing small granules) or an enzyme-based product will help you shed skin old skin cells and make way for the new. Physical products often contain jojoba beads, micro beads or ingredients such as apricot or walnut. Commonly, enzyme products can be made with papaya or pumpkin.</p> <p>Our experts recommend continuing a routine of exfoliation. The best time is at night after you&rsquo;ve cleansed your face &ndash; two times a week for sensitive skin and more often if your skin is oily or a combination of oily and dry. You don&#39;t need to scrub vigorously - a light touch and the right exfoliating product will get better results.</p> <p><strong>Improving your skin care routine</strong></p> <p>Virtually every person, no matter what her age or skin type, can benefit from a routine that includes these steps:</p> <ul> <li>Cleanse</li> <li>Apply serum and/or a toner that is suitable for your skin type</li> <li>Moisturize</li> <li>Use sunscreen (in some cases, moisturizers contain sunscreen)</li> </ul> <p>Serums and toners are often the &quot;forgotten step&quot; for people who haven&#39;t updated their skincare routine in some time. Toners help keep the ph-balance of the skin, and serums have a variety of benefits, depending on which you choose. They can be soothing, hydrating, brightening, remineralizing, pore minimizing, plumping, or firming, among others. This where the advice of a professional can help - deciding what will benefit your skin most. A serum or toner that &quot;firms and tones&quot; is a good choice for more mature skin that has lost elasticity, while &quot;plump and hydrate&quot; is good for just about anyone.</p> <p>Many people have heard the myth that only the first product applied will penetrate the skin - but our experts dispelled that idea. Your skin can absorb multiple products offering different benefits.</p> <p><strong>Experiencing the benefits of new technology</strong></p> <p>The key to exceptional skin is no longer just finding the right product. Technology has come a long way in giving skin a treatment that either makes products more effective or does something products can&rsquo;t do. Our experts particularly love the LED Light Stim. Once available only in medical spas, this treatment is little by little finding its way into more advanced spas such as Hotel Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach. Our experts have seen dramatic results in skin clarity, tone and overall vitality. There&#39;s no discomfort or downtime.</p> <p>Its name describes pretty well what it is and what it does. This treatment is particularly good for skin that&rsquo;s showing the effects of sun damage. A cream is applied and then an LED light is used for about 20 minutes. What UVA and UVB light has done to skin, this type of light can go a long way in correcting and repairing.</p> <p>Other technologies to consider are:</p> <p>Micro current, which stimulates the facial muscles and helps to lengthen muscles that have &quot;bunched up&quot; and caused expression lines or creases in the skin. Collagen and elastin production is stimulated, so the main benefit is restored firmness and muscle tone. (It does use a mild, painless electrical current, so if you have any special condition, such as epilepsy, seizures, blood clots, active cancer, or a heart device, this may not be right for you.)</p> <p>Hydrafacial and Hydradermabrasion are similar treatments that resurface the skin, smooth, brighten and clarify with an advanced mechanical and chemical exfoliation. They involve a machine with a hand-held device that basically &quot;vaccuums up&quot; impurities at the same time it applies treatment products.</p> <p>The frequency of your facials depends on your skin needs and your budget. A target might be at least every three months.</p> <p><strong>Boosting your skin for a special occasion</strong></p> <p>Our experts are often asked to &ldquo;make something magical happen&rdquo; for a wedding, reunion or other major event. While nothing replaces long-term and consistent skin care, one type of facial that gets particularly good immediate results is an oxygen facial.</p> <p>Oxygen is essential to optimize cellular behavior. It&#39;s used medically for wounds and burns because it promotes rapid healing and does not allow bacteria to thrive. During an oxygen facial, professionals use a small airbrush to infuse the skin with pure oxygen and serums that deeply hydrate and target special needs. The result is glowing, plumper skin that provides a great base for makeup application.</p> <p>Does it sound like these recommendations are worth a try? Our experts emphasize two more steps to take:</p> <p>Be sure your ongoing routine includes a good night&rsquo;s sleep &ndash; and do your best to manage stress.</p>
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<p>If you love to travel and you love good food, why not combine the two into one amazing experience? The world is a big place with many countries and cities known for great food, so figuring out where to go could be time consuming. Skip the research and check out Neha Khullar&#39;s recommendations, featured in&nbsp;an article from Washington&#39;s Top News.&nbsp; As the founder of <a href="http://foodmoodz.com/" target="blank">foodmoodz.com</a> and author of &ldquo;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Palate-Passport-Neha-Khullar/dp/0692939822" target="blank">Palate Passport</a>&rdquo;, she gives her picks for the top five travel destinations for food lovers:</p> <p><strong>Portugal</strong> - Known for its seafood, good olive oil and Port wine. Khullar also favors this country because your money will go a long way and there&#39;s lots of hills to work off the food.</p> <p><strong>Belize</strong> - Fresh seafood and cacao beans put this country on Khullar&#39;s list. You&#39;ll see a huge fusion of different cuisines from neighboring countries.</p> <p><strong>Iceland</strong> - Standouts include langoustine, Arctic char and Icelandic yogurt (skyr), which has a sweet flavor.</p> <p><strong>India</strong> - Offers endless options depending on the region. With an abundance of culture, Khullar says every dish has a story behind it.</p> <p><strong>New Zealand</strong> - Tropical fruits, macadamia nuts, and lamb are standouts here. Ancient methods of cooking are used.</p> <p>Click Read More to be taken to the original article where you&#39;ll find more detail for each destination!</p>
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<p>&quot;For better, for worse&quot; is a common wedding vow. It acknowledges that most marriages will have ups and downs. Hopefully the &quot;downs&quot; will be temporary, but what if they&#39;re not? If you&#39;ve been unhappy in your marriage for some time, it can affect everything else in your life. Your misery can consume you, leading you to think that divorce is the best route for you and your partner. Divorce is hard and it&#39;s expensive, so before you go down that path, Dr. Karen Finn, a life and divorce coach, has an important suggestion: figure out exactly why you are so unhappy in your marriage.</p> <p>According to Finn, there are three situations in which divorcing may be the immediate and best answer:</p> <p>1. Your spouse is an active addict and refuses to seek help.</p> <p>2. Your spouse is abusive to you or your children.</p> <p>3. You and your spouse are providing a horrible example for your children.</p> <p>If you are not in one of these situations, then Finn recommends considering other options and possibilities before jumping into a divorce. Here are three points to examine:</p> <p>1.<strong> Is your unhappiness stemming from a source outside of your marriage? </strong>Maybe it&#39;s work, other family members, a life event or something else. It&#39;s easy to blame your spouse for your unhappiness, but if it&#39;s truly not your spouse causing your discontent, then resolving the other issue and reconnecting with your spouse could be the answer.</p> <p>2. <strong>It actually is your relationship with your spouse that&rsquo;s making you miserable. </strong>Two people make up a relationship. In order to improve yours, you both need to get serious and address how you&#39;re contributing to each other&#39;s unhappiness. Finn suggests that you both make an effort to be your best for each other. If you can do that, your discontent may start to fade away and you can work on rebuilding your relationship.</p> <p>3. <strong>You&rsquo;ve tried everything, but it&#39;s just not working.</strong> If you&#39;ve both really worked at resolving your issues with no success, then divorce may be your best option. Making a clear effort to &quot;save your marriage&quot; will help give you the clarity that divorce is the right step and it can help you proceed with compassion.</p> <p>Click Read More to be taken to the original article.</p>
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