Monday, December 22, 2008

New Years Resolution

What a year that has passed! It makes me really think about my goals 2009. I think about my five year plan and how it must be revisited. I'm also thinking about a quote that read
"The one constant in life is change"
and realizing how true it is. I've always believed that the real beauty is inside us and for that reason have persevered in the service of holistic beauty. More than ever we need to better ourselves in order to better the world. And this is my New Years resolution. Stay with me...and stay tuned. Peace, Namaste, Marlene

Friday, December 12, 2008

Why Organic Skin Care?

There are many people who buy into the belief that organic skin care is the best. I prefer the term holistic. To me holistic is taking the whole into consideration rather that simply parts of the whole. When I shop for food, I buy for the week and make sure I use the food so there is little or no waste. I make decisions to be conscious of the environment. So I bring my own bags, I don't buy plastic goods and I recycle. When I buy organic foods, I am assured of many things; that my foods do not contain growth hormones, and that the farmers follow rules and ethics dictated by USDA organic standards. Why do I bring this up when we are talking about skin care? First off, in reference to skin care organic is very gray term It is still to be defined and until then anyone can say what they want without too much scrutiny. Last point I wish to comment on is that there is much more to formulating a good and healthy skin care product than just to use organic indgredients.

There is a large push for "green chemistry" which addresses environmental concerns. The myth that synthetics are "bad" for the environment needs to be explored as often it is not the case. Rather I point out that science is a good thing. People with acne, rosacea, and sun damaged skin have benefited from scientifically engineered products. Preservatives that are added to a natural based formula will ensure that harmful bacterias, molds, microbes will not grow. To be able to mix together in a beaker the best of science and nature is a truly holistic formula.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Turkey Hangover

With some guilt I will admit that I am happy Happy Thanksgiving came and went. Let's face it family and food do not always mix well.So if you are hungover from family dynamics, then hours of feasting and now the glutenous feeling left over, you are not alone. My advice is to lighten up on food this week, especially protein and carbs. I am suggesting lots of fresh vegetables, beginning your day with a fruit and veggie juice, a colorful salad at lunch and light protein with green leafy vegetables in the evening. Munch on nuts, vegetables and hummus or some fruit salad. In a few days the heavy feeling will subside.

My favorite juice blend-(I like Acme juicer)PS: Whole Foods makes this too.
1 apple
1 sliver of a beet
1 sliver of ginger
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
1/4 cucumber

Add in a home-spa tip-dry brush before showering. This helps stimulate your circulation, and works to combat cellulite.