Caring for your nails

Caring for your nails

Welcome to Menopause Minute | Issue No 8 | Girl, take care of those nails!

In the last few weeks we’ve talked about the many ways low estrogen can wreak havoc on the body.

Low estrogen can cause irregular heartbeat, bladder changes, hot flashes, insomnia and headaches.

Sadly, the buck doesn’t stop there. Low estrogen can also lead to brittle and unhealthy nails making them vulnerable to discoloration, dents and ridges.

(Both hands raised here).

I’ve only recently begun to feel self-conscious about my nails—some days more than others.

And as trivial as fingernails may seem, when you couple that with all of the other undesirable changes brought about my menopause, and you’ve got one hot mess on your hands!

So, as I’m working through the phases of the menopause process, I’ve come to realize that I need to spend more time on self-care acts.

So I’m now doing things like slathering on lotion right after I shower (something I used to be able to skip), and paying more attention to those tips and toes.

With that said, today you’ll find some expert tips to caring for your nails during the menopause phase of life.

1. Soften your nails before trimming

I have to come clean: I had no idea there was a good reason behind soaking your nails. I thought it was just an additional way to make you feel pampered. But the rationale for soaking your nails before trimming them is that it softens the nails making them easier to cut.

Embarrassingly I admit, it was my dad who set me straight on that one.

2. Keep your nails clean and dry

According to the Mayo Clinic, keeping your nails clean and dry prevents bacteria from growing underneath your fingernails.

Prolonged contact with water can also contribute to split fingernails. So whenever possible be sure to wear cotton-lined rubber gloves, especially when using harsh chemicals and dry your hands and nails fully after washing.

I’ve experimented with this idea and it makes a noticeable difference.

3. Cut nails straight across 

I feel like this is what everyone REALLY wants to know: should I cut my nails straight across, or with a rounded edge?

This was harder to narrow down that you might think.

When I asked around it seemed this one had the experts divided. Half said straight across, half said rounded.

So I decided it was best to my cues from the American Academy of Dermatology.

They said “Cutting your nails straight across helps keep them strong, and prevents them from snagging on things.”

So there you have it.

4. Don’t cut or peel your cuticles

The experts say the cuticle is there to protect the nail. So cutting or pulling on those cuticles can lead to big problems like bleeding or infection. So don’t do it!

5. Do not use your nails as a tool

I know it’s tempting but don’t do it. Don’t pop open cans or scrape food off of dishes (been there, done that). That’s how nails chip and break.

The following are a few of my favorite cuticle tamers.

Root Pretty Beauty Sleep Oil

This oil can be used on anything. I use it on my nails, hair, breakouts and dry skin. It’s chemical-free and chock-full of natural goodness that makes this multitasker one of my beauty, skin and nail care faves.

 

Butter London

This is another fave of mine when it comes to my nails. They have a cuticle balm, nail scrubbers and the nail polishes are exceptional. Check them out. Also, keep an eye on viewyourdeal.com because they often partner with butter London and I don’t know about you but I love a good deal.

 

Olive oil. Avocado oil. Coconut oil

The odds are you have some of these healthy oils in your kitchen right now. I use them, too. It’s all about what I have on hand and sometimes what’s closest to me.

Well that’s a wrap for now, friends. If you like the tips you’ve read here, please, tweet, post share and subscribe.

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Menopause Minute: Nutrition, Supplements & Herbs

Menopause Minute: Nutrition, Supplements & Herbs

#MenopauseMinute | No. 8 | Story from drweil.com

In last weeks Menopause Minute Registered Dietitian, Halle Saperstein, reminded me/us that what you eat in menopause, can make a big difference in how you experience symptoms.

“When estrogen levels begin falling, we have to be more mindful of what we eat and how much we eat. We also have to make sure we’re getting a wide variety of nutrients to protect our bones and vital organs” — Saperstein

Because I think food and health go hand-in-hand I’m delving deeper into the food/body connection during menopause.

In the process I found some suggestions from Dr. Andrew Weil.

Soy foods. The isoflavones in soy foods help balance hormone levels and have some estrogenic activity. There is ongoing research about the safety and efficacy of isolated soy isoflavone supplements. While the initial results look promising, we currently recommend using natural soy foods rather than supplements. Choose from tofu, soy milk, roasted soy nuts or tempeh.

Flaxseed. Substances called lignins in flaxseed are important modulators of hormone metabolism. Grind flaxseed daily in a coffee grinder at home and use 1 to 2 tablespoons a day. (Definitely doing this one ASAP)

Dong quai. Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is known both in China and the West for its ability to support and maintain the natural balance of female hormones. It does not have estrogenic activity. This is one of the herbs for menopause that should not be taken if a woman is experiencing heavy bleeding.

Black cohosh (Cumicifuga racemosa). One of the best-studied traditional herbs for menopause, black cohosh is used to help alleviate some symptoms of menopause, and is considered an effective hot flash remedy. Black cohosh seems to work by supporting and maintaining hormonal levels, which may lessen the severity of hot flashes. Many women report that the herb works well but it isn’t effective for everyone. While any therapy that influences hormonal actions should be a concern, black cohosh does not appear to have estrogenic activity and thus may be safe for women with a personal or family history of breast cancer.

Vitamin E. A daily dose of 400 IUs of natural vitamin E (as mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols) can help alleviate symptoms of hot flashes in some menopausal women.

B vitamins. This group of water-soluble vitamins may help women deal with the stress of menopausal symptoms.

Read more of Dr. Weil’s tips and advice HERE.

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spring it on

While I do enjoy the rain and sipping tea by a warm fireplace, at heart, I’m just a spring kind of girl.

All it takes is a spring breeze to get me to thinking about lemonade, pink toe nail polish and the beautiful white sands that only exists in places far, far, away.

Maybe it’s the long days, the idea of walking on the beach, hanging out at the local outdoor market or grilling up lunch with family, but like a smooth talkin’ sailor, spring has a way of coaxing me out of my shell, and convincing me I can do just about anything.

And for me that means painting a couple of rooms, cleaning out my closets and digging up a space for a small garden.

I also feel more inspired to take a trip or take a drive. Whatever we decide on, fun is definitely on my to-do list this season.

Spring rises hope. And who doesn’t need a little bit of that.

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Me at one of my favorite spots up the California Central Coast

 

Whatever spring conjures up in you, I hope you’ll find something here that inspires you.

This season, I’ll be talking about how color impacts your mood and how you can easily and affordably incorporate your favorite colors into your living space.

I’ll share some of my favorite decluttering tips (something I’m doing a lot of right now) and some before and after pictures of our work around the house.

I have some interviews with expert organizers coming up so feel free to send me your questions and I’ll be sure to ask them for you.

We’ll also talk about how to eliminate the emotional clutter that can hold you down, because spring cleaning is about more than just the literal clutter. It’s a good time to take out the emotional trash as well.

I’ll have some recipes to share (Finally!) and of course we’ll talk a little spring beauty, too.

In Menopause Minute I’ll be featuring some menopause professionals. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say on issues like getting pregnant in menopause (Ouch!) and sex during menopause. (ooh la la)

I’m happy to share that I’ll be featuring my very first guest bloggers this season (and the crowd goes wild) AND I’ve been invited to be a guest blogger, as well. (cue the applause)

So, what’s on your list of things to do this season? Whatever it is, I’d love to hear from you!

If you like what you read here please share it. Subscribe. And chime in via the comment section.

Happy spring to you, my dear friends.

—-April

Menopause Minute: dark spots

Menopause Minute: dark spots

Happy Monday menopause tribe! Welcome to Issue No. 5 of #MenopauseMinute

This issue is coming at you a little late but as they say, better late than never.

You’d probably agree those stinkin’ unstable hormones during the ‘mid-life puberty’ ™️ phase of life wreak havoc on just about everything including, YOUR SKIN.

One day you’re lookin’ mighty fine and winkin’ at yourself,

The next could bring brown spots, breakouts and dry patches.

Welcome to the other side, beauties.

Thankfully, though, there are skincare experts like Cecilia Wong who is happy to dish her skincare wisdom, and share her treatment stash with us.

“I’m here to help you look your absolute best. That’s my mission.” —Cecilia Wong

In case you don’t know who Cecilia Wong is or maybe you just don’t know much about her. Here are five fast facts about Cecilia: (Try saying that 5 times in a row)

  • In 2006, she opened a salon in Hong Kong introducing organic skincare products to their market. (Very cool)
  • In 2009, after working on some of Hollywood’s most famous faces (👈🏼 I did not know that) she opened her own skincare facility in New York.
  • Her focus is on organic/holistic products and non-invasive technology in her treatments. (Can I get a whoop whoop)
  • According to her LinkedIn page she considers herself a Botox Alternative Specialist (I love that!)
  • Her products contain: No Parabens No Sulfates No PetrochemicalsNo Synthetic emulsifiers No Alcohol No Artificial colors No Mineral oil No Artificial fragrances (Double yay for her! )

That’s a wrap for now everyone. Until next time, keep your chin up but don’t forget to remove those hairs first!

Have you tried Cecilia Wong skincare? Have you had a facial from her?

I’d love to hear from you. Chime in below in the comment section.

And don’t forget to watch the following video to hear from Cecilia directly.

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