Cheers to the New Year!

Cheers to the New Year!

With the New Year around the corner, what’s better than learning the history behind your champagne? In 2019, I had the opportunity to drive an hour and a half outside of Paris, France to tour the champagne cellars of Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, and Taittinger in Reims. The image of the beautiful hills and hundreds of thousands of wine bottles I saw beneath the ground remains fresh in my mind. The trip of a lifetime! Each cellar had a unique history, but Veuve Clicquot could inspire you to add something that seems impossible to your New Year resolution list.

While I was in Reims, I learned the Clicquot House was established in 1772, but Madame Clicquot, who was in her 20’s, decided to take over the vineyard after she lost her husband in 1805…hence, “Veuve” meaning Widow in French. Madame Clicquot became one of the first businesswomen of her time by taking creative action like sending over 10,000 bottles of her champagne to Russia after they were victorious over France in war. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate a victory with a champagne from their enemy’s home country? Brilliant marketing, Madame Clicquot. This rich history of Veuve Clicquot makes the delicious champagne even more appreciable. A hard-working, young woman who challenged herself and the culture of her own community.

When I make it back to France, I will be visiting Madame Clicquot’s picture that hangs on a cellar wall where she has inspired many people, young or old, to reach for the impossible. In the meantime, I’ll be drinking Veuve on my couch in Dallas, TX, while dreaming about the day I return to Reims.

Make sure you enjoy this champagne when you’re celebrating the end of 2020 and beginning a fresh trip around the sun. Let me know what you think about Veuve Clicquot, the history behind it, and when you’re taking your trip to the cellars. Until then, cheers to the New Year!

P.S. My name is Senna, and I have the privilege of working with Style Beyond Age. I am a sister to three brothers and the youngest in my family. Life moves quickly while I am working towards my degree and plan to graduate college in May 2021. Fortunately, Sonia has welcomed me into the Style Beyond Age community as she teaches me more about social media platforms and gives me inspiration to live in the moment. The planning that goes into social media and transparency of the individuals behind the accounts and websites is something I love learning about each day. How about a toast to all these wonderful people that allow us to see a glimpse of their world!

How we can Train our Brain to improve our Memory

How we can Train our Brain to improve our Memory

Today on the Style Beyond Age blog I´m exploring the memory palace technique and how we can train our brain to improve our memory. It´s an interesting concept and I thought we could all give it a try.

Are you forever making lists, so that something is not forgotten?

 

Have you ever walked into a room to find something, only to forget what you were looking for?

 

I’m sure most of us have at some point. Memory is a funny thing, but it isn’t something that is destined to worsen. Instead it is something we can improve, maintain and strengthen at any age and here are some tips from the experts to help us all.

Train your Brain to Remember

 

Before we dive into the specific techniques themselves, let´s discover a little more about what the memory palace technique involves. The technique utilizes the fact that our brain is extremely good at remembering places we know and strong visual images, so it combines the two.

Once we have mastered the technique, we should be able to “place” the items we want to remember within our memory palace and extract them quickly as we mentally walk around it.

Once learned, this technique is very versatile and can be used to remember almost anything, from a shopping list, to family birthdays and more.

First things first, we need to decide where our memory palace will be.

Decide on your Memory Palace

 

Your memory palace should be a location or route you are already very familiar with. It could be a walkthrough your home, your commute to work or your favorite jogging route – the choice is yours as long as you know the journey well. For the purpose of this blog, I´m going to be choosing my home in Montana as the example.

Attach Strong Images

 

Once we have selected the route for our memory palace, we should attach a strong image to the items we want to remember. Let´s start with a simple shopping list.

 

The first item I need to pick up from the grocery store is some salmon for dinner and as my memory palace is my home, I will start at the front door. Now, I need to place the fish at my front door using a strong visual image. Perhaps the fish is escaping under the door, perhaps it is trying to bite my toes even – the more extreme and memorable the better.

Memory palace technique
The second item I need to collect from the store are some flowers for the dinner table, so let´s imagine that I run away from the biting fish at the front door, into a beautiful flowery meadow full of flowers – there´s not too much imagination required here.

 

The third item on my shopping list is oat milk, so as I brave the salmon and finally walk through my front door in my memory palace I have a large chandelier hanging directly in front of me. Let´s visually turn this into an oat milk waterfall, that splashes us as we walk past.

 

Now, we are only three items into the shopping list, but I think you get the idea. When I arrive at the grocery store, I will mentally walk through my memory palace and quickly recall the biting salmon at the front door, the flower meadow I escaped to and the oat milk waterfall chandelier. It works and I am actually able to recall the items with no list in sight.

Review and Maintain

I´m told that no memory lasts forever without a little work, so we should review and walk through our memory palace route if the information needs to be retained long-term. With repetition and a little work, we can commit almost anything to memory and the days of lists could be behind us.

 

Let me know if you use the memory palace technique and how it has benefited you? I am new to this journey, but its already making things so much easier for me. Give it a try for yourself and let me know how you get on.

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DIY Hair Masks – Perfect for the Change of Seasons

DIY Hair Masks – Perfect for the Change of Seasons

Join us for a pamper session at Style Beyond Age as we tackle dry, damaged, dull and greasy hair with some nourishing DIY Hair Masks – perfect for the change of seasons.

 

Summer has arrived here in Montana – I can feel it in the air – and although the blue skies and sunshine are welcome, the change of seasons, higher humidity levels and excessive air conditioning can leave my hair feeling dry, damaged and lack-luster.

Hair Masks to Combat the Change of Seasons

 

If like me, you experience changes to the condition of your hair through the year, then a hair mask can offer the perfect nourishment you need to bring it back to life. I´ve loved the BetterNotYounger Restorative Butter Masque. It´s packed with vitamin E, Avocado, Macadamia, Natural Mango, Murumuru and Cupuacu butters that give my hair the lift it needs. As with all the BetterNotYounger products, their hair mask is vegan, sulfate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free – no nasties here.

Better Not Younger Hair Mask

I keep a tub in the bathroom, but I also have a few favorite DIY hair mask recipes that you can make at home, using the contents of your pantry. I thought I would share a few with you today…

DIY Hair Mask for Dry Hair

Egg, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask

Results: Leaves dry hair looking and feeling nourished, without weighing it down.

Ingredients: 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey – choose raw, organic honey for the best results.

Directions: Combine all ingredients, apply to your hair, and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing. If your hair is longer, you can double the recipe to get the covered you need.

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DIY Hair Mask for Dull Hair

Coconut Oil, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask

Results: Brings back to shine to lack-luster hair or colored hair.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of Honey (raw organic honey if possible) and 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Directions: Combine ingredients in a bowl, apply to damp hair and rinse off after 30 minutes.

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DIY Hair Mask for Thin Hair

Coconut Oil and Cinnamon Hair Mask

Results: Stimulates blood circulation to promote hair growth.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

Directions: Combine ingredients well and apply to the roots of the hair. Massage into your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

Lemon Hair Mask for Greasy Hair

DIY Hair Mask for Damaged Hair

Avocado, Honey, Egg and Olive Oil Hair Mask

Results: The perfect all-rounder hair mask for damaged hair, improving shine and strength.

Ingredients: Half an avocado, 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Directions: Apply to damp hair, root to tip. Allow it to get to work for 30 minutes and then rinse well.

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3 Hair Mask Application Tips

1 – I find hair masks work best when applied to clean, towel-dried hair that´s still damp.

 

2 – Apply the mask and wrap your hair – the added heat helps those active ingredients get to work.

 

3 – Once your hair is wrapped, turn up the heat and warm it with your hairdryer for a few minutes, to get those active ingredients started even faster.

 

How does your hair change with the seasons and which hair mask will you try?

I hope you enjoy this share. Until the next time, you might enjoy….

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How I manage my Hormones over 50 and Beyond

How I manage my Hormones over 50 and Beyond

On the Style Beyond Age blog, I´m sharing how I manage my hormones over 50, the advice I discovered and the treatment solution that has transformed how I feel.  If you´re struggling with a hormone imbalance my experience might help you too…

Managing Hormones over 50

 

Our hormones are chemical messengers travelling throughout our body, so changes in our hormone levels can impact how our body functions and our mood. Hormonal fluctuations most commonly occur during our period, during pregnancy, or in my case, during menopause.

If you´re reading this blog, you´ve probably already experienced the hot flushes, the night sweats, the foggy brain, the insomnia and don´t even talk to me about sex because the desire was not there.

 

I experienced them all, and for me, a hormone imbalance was to blame.

 

If you´re are experiencing some of these symptoms, you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance too and it’s a good idea to get tested. But before you do, let me explain a little about what I learnt about hormones on my journey to a solution…

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Hormones are not all Equal

 

We are often led to believe that hormones are hormones, but that simply isn’t true. There are synthetic hormones and there are bio-identical hormones. So, what are they and how are they different?

 

What are Synthetic Hormones?

 

Synthetic hormones are hormones that are created in a lab using chemicals, or in some cases animal hormones, like horse estrogen.

 

Synthetic hormones can be found in pills, injections, creams, birth control and patches. These hormones are not an exact match for our body chemistry, and although some women experience relief in symptoms, it is most likely because our hormone-starved bodies just think “that will do”.

 

When I was going through my hormone imbalance, I sought the advice of Dr. Jennifer Hawes, who explained there have been several studies that prove the negative side effects of synthetic hormones. However, doctors still prescribe them and patients still take them, but perhaps this is because neither the doctor nor the patient knows of any alternative to synthetics?

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What are bio-identical Hormones?

 

The second, lesser-known type of hormones, are bio-identical hormones. These are derived from plant sources, then tinkered with in a lab to stimulate the active hormone and combined to create an exact match for our body. Think of them as a tailor-made hormone replacer, created specifically for you. Your customized hormone regime can be applied as a cream or taken as a sublingual drop.

 

After conducting my research, it seemed I had the option between horse estrogen or a tailor-made hormone treatment that was an exact human match. For me it was a no brainer. I went to get the tests and have trusted bio-identical hormones ever since.

The brain fog cleared, the sweaty sleepless nights were gone and I felt like myself again.

Bio-identical hormones may be the lesser known option, but lesser known doesn´t mean less effective.  Don´t you agree, it makes more sense to follow a hormone regime designed specifically for you, rather than expecting the same formulation to work for hundreds of thousands of women?

Are bio-identical hormones safe?

 

There will probably never be a study in the USA on bio-identical hormones because they are customizable and non-patentable. Non-patentable, means no money, which often unfortunately means no study. However, there have been some studies conducted in Europe on each hormone component and they are anything BUT negative.

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I hope you enjoyed this insight into my journey, and how bio-identical hormones corrected my hormone imbalance and improved my way of life.

 

Interested to learn more about bio-identical hormones? Dr Jen Hawes wrote a special blog for us on the topic a while back, where she delves a little deeper and shares the methodology she uses to treat the women that visit her. You can also follow Dr Jen online, for further words of wisdom.

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5 Face Yoga Exercises to Naturally Combat the Signs of Aging

5 Face Yoga Exercises to Naturally Combat the Signs of Aging

Aging gracefully can be a scary thought in a world saturated with lotions, potions and procedures that promise to be the elixir of youth. Facial yoga is a practice on the rise and it is said to achieve that youthful lift many of us are searching for. Here are 5 face yoga exercises to combat the signs of aging, that you can try at home. 

Queue the funny faces…

What is Face Yoga

 

Face yoga is a natural alternative to procedures like facelifts and Botox. It uses repetitive exercises and a range of stretches to strengthen the muscles under your skin, improve circulation and maintain your natural beauty. With regular practice, facial yoga works to combat, and in some cases even reverse, the signs of aging. It utilizes a range of facial exercises to tackle those telltale signs; crows feet, forehead wrinkles, drooping eyelids, jowls, thinning skin and eye wrinkles. Ready to take on them all?

Benefits of Face Yoga

 

I was making the funny faces in the mirror by this point, but here are a few more reasons to give it a try. Face yoga benefits include:

 

  • Decreased fold lines
  • Wider, more open eyes
  • Reduce forehead lines
  • Wider, fuller lips and mouth
  • Uplifted corners of the mouth
  • Improved lymphatic flow
  • Reduction in dark under eye circles
  • Plumper cheeks
  • Slimmer, more defined jaw line
  • Tighter neck and chin
  • Increased blood flow
  • Released tension
  • Smoother skin
  • Can easily be practiced at home
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Fans of Face Yoga

 

I´m not usually one for celebrity endorsements, however Megan Markle, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have all spoken about the benefits of face yoga, and just look at their skin. With youthful complexions like theirs to advocate, it´s worth seeing what difference a few strange expressions can make.

 

 

How to Practice Face Yoga

 

Much like traditional yoga, face yoga takes daily practice for the best results. I´ve been doing my exercises in front of the bathroom mirror and we should start to see results after just a few weeks.

Ready to Practice Face Yoga?

 

 

5 face yoga exercises to combat the signs of aging.

Exercise 1 – Eye Lift

 

Targets: Crows feet and droopy eyelids.

When performed on a regular basis, this exercise is said to smooth out skin around the eye and reduce lid drooping.

 

How to perform

 

  1. Lifting one arm up and around your head, place your fingertips on your temple, with your ring finger positioned on the corner of your eyebrow.
  2. Apply pressure through your fingers to lift the skin and then drop your head towards your shoulder.
  3. Hold this pose for three seconds and repeat on the other side.
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Exercise 2 – Cheek Plumper

 


Targets:
Fullness in cheeks

As we age our cheeks can loose fullness. This face yoga exercise works the cheek muscles, improving circulation and giving the cheeks a plumper appearance.

 

How to Perform

 

  1. With your lips closed tightly, suck in your cheeks to form a fish-like mouth.
  2. Hold this exercise for around ten seconds and relax.
  3. Repeat five time for each practice.
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Exercise 3 – Jowl & Neck Tightener

 

Targets: Jowls

Designed to tighten the neck, resulting in a firmer, more defined jaw line.

 

How to Perform

 

  1. Pucker your lips and leading with your mouth, stretch your lower face to one side, as far over as possible.
  2. Turn your head to that side and raise your chin to a 45 degree angle (you should feel the stretch in your neck)
  3. Hold for 10 seconds, relax, and then do the same for the other side.
  4. Repeat 3 times each day, as part of your practice.
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Exercise 4 – Neck Tightener

 

Targets: Loose skin around the neck and jawline

Since skin around the neck is thinner, it is often one of the first areas to show signs of aging. This simple exercise works to strengthen neck muscles and improve circulation in this area.

 

How to Perform

 

  1. Place fingertips on your collar bone, tilt your head backwards and pucker your lips.
  2. After two deep breaths, move your lower jaw forward to increase the stretch for a further two breaths.
  3. Once your breaths are complete, relax bring your head back to center and repeat three more times.
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Exercise 5 – Forehead Smoother

 

Targets: Forehead lines

This is my favorite exercise to end on as it smooths forehead lines and relaxes your forehead muscles – a lot of tension can be stored here.

 

How to Perform

 

  1. Making two fists, place them together in the center of your forehead.
  2. Begin to apply pressure using your index and middle finger knuckles.
  3. Maintaining the pressure, steadily drag your fist out from the center of your forehead, ending at your temples.
  4. Repeat this five times to end your face yoga practice for the day.

Giggles aside, I think there could be something to this.  Are you going to try these 5 face yoga exercises to combat the signs of aging?

 

If you want to find out more, head over to the Face Yoga Method. They offer guidance and some more face yoga exercises to try.

 

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It´s time for a re-Zinc: Are Zinc supplements necessary?

It´s time for a re-Zinc: Are Zinc supplements necessary?

At the start of this pandemic, my husband picked us up some zinc supplements from the drug store. They´re known to aid our immune system and recovery, so I´m sure others did the same, but it got me to thinking; are zinc supplements necessary or can we consume enough zinc through diet alone?

 

A Bit About Zinc

 

Our body does not produce zinc naturally, so we must obtain it from supplements or through our diet. This is quite surprising, considering it´s present in cells throughout our body and is essential to many of our vital functions.

In the US, the recommended dietary allowance of zinc is 8 milligrams per day for women and 11 milligrams per day for men. We can choose to take a supplement like this one, from Nature’s Bounty, or we can obtain the zinc we need naturally, by eating a varied and healthy diet.

DISCLAIMER: Recommended levels of zinc are lower when pregnant or breast feeding so always consult a healthcare professional.

 

I´m always in favor of the healthy, most natural option, so I got my research head on and this is what I found.

Zinc-rich Foods

 

Here are the best foods we can eat to ensure we are getting the levels of zinc our body needs each day.

Nuts

 

Eating nuts, such as pine nuts, cashew nuts and almonds, helps to boost your daily zinc intake.

If you´re looking for a nut that is high in zinc, cashews or pine nuts are a good choice. Toast them and sprinkle over a salad, add to a stir fry or grab a handful and enjoy as a snack.

A one ounce serving of cashews or pine nuts includes 15% of your daily recommended value of zinc.

Lentils and Legumes

 

Beans and lentils are a great source of zinc, as well as fiber and plant-based protein. They´re also incredibly versatile. Cook up some tacos, make a curry or blitz some humous and you´ll be well on your way to reaching your daily recommended levels of zinc.

Just one cup of lentils, provides 20% of your recommended daily intake of zinc.

A ¼ cup of humous equates to 8% of your daily recommended value of zinc.

 

 

Hemp Seeds

 

Hemp seeds are high in zinc, fiber, iron, and healthy fats, which we love. Just two tablespoons of hemp seeds provide us with 20% of our daily recommended intake of zinc.

Crush and season into a pesto paste, add to a smoothie or sprinkle over your salad for an extra daily boost.

Shellfish

 

Shellfish is generally a healthy source of zinc, but oysters contain particularly high levels. Just two oysters can provide your total recommended daily intake of zinc. It is also said to give your libido a little boost, or so the rumor goes.

Eggs

 

Eggs are known as being a good source of protein, but they´re also a great source of zinc. Just one egg provides 5% of your daily recommended zinc intake. Enjoy them scrambled, poached, over easy or added to a salad.

Dark Chocolate

 

And finally, the news many will be happy to hear; chocolate is good for you, or it can be. Good quality dark chocolate, with 70-85% coco solids, is high in zinc and antioxidants. Just one ounce of quality dark chocolate provides 8% of your daily recommended zinc levels. Now go enjoy.

I hope you found this share useful.

Will you be having a re-zinc? Are you a supplement taker or do you opt for zinc-rich foods instead?

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How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

The world is gripped by a pandemic and we´re all doing our part to stay healthy and flatten the curve. Prevention is better than cure, so let´s talk about how we can boost our immune system naturally. Who´s with me?

 

Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

 

I am not a healthcare professional (thank you to those that are), but as time is something we have more of recently, I´ve been researching and looking for ways we can boost our immune system naturally. What we eat, how we spend our time and our mindset, all play a part in strengthening ours body´s defenses.

Here are the tips I discovered along the way…

Eat Well

 

Food is our fuel and eating the right food can help to strengthen our immune systems. Here are the key foods experts recommend and why:

 

Citrus Fruits

 

Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C, which is said to increase the production of the infection-fighting white blood cells. Our bodies don´t store or produce vitamin C naturally, so we need to obtain in through our diets. Luckily for us, it´s quite easy to do, as there are a wide variety of citrus fruits that are high in vitamin C. These include grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, satsumas, lemons and limes. A hot lemon water in the morning, a fruit Buddha bowl for breakfast, or a zingy lime dressing on a salad; tasty and healthy!

Spinach

 

Spinach is another great source of vitamin C and it´s packed full of antioxidants. These beauties help to fight infections and are great friends to our immune system. Like most green vegetables, spinach retains the most nutrients when it is cooked as little as possible. You can enjoy it raw in it a morning smoothie or green salad. If you prefer spinach cooked, try it with fish or a poached egg. Just wilt it lightly as this enhances the vitamin A levels and ensures you still receive maximum goodness.

 

Broccoli

 

This is one vegetable that is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Broccoli contains vitamins A, C and E as well as antioxidants and fiber. To keep all of  it´s nutrients intact, cook it as little as possible, or better yet, enjoy it raw in a crunchy salad.

 

Garlic

 

Garlic is said to have many benefits for good health. Its immune-boosting properties come from a high concentration of sulfur-rich compounds. They think it also lowers blood pressure and helps to maintain healthy arteries. Garlic is found in cuisines around the world and can be worked into most meals, so it´s easy to reap the benefits.

 

Ginger

 

Ginger has long been used for medicinal purposes. Its benefits include reduced inflammation, lower cholesterol and reduced feelings of nausea. It packs a punch, but it is also very versatile. Add it to a morning smoothie, sip a ginger tea or create a simple stir fry.

Almonds

 

Almonds are packed full of vitamin E and although this normally takes a back seat to vitamin C, it is still crucial to maintaining a healthy immune system. Nuts are also packed full of healthy fats and make a great snack. A half-cup serving of almonds, provides almost all of your daily recommended amount of vitamin E.

 

Green Tea

 

Green team is packed with antioxidants and specifically EGCG, which has been shown to enhance immune function. Enjoy regularly to help you stay in tip top shape.

Rest to be at Your Best

 

Our body needs time to rest, repair and recuperate and it does that while we sleep. Advice recommends we have at least seven hours each night to give our body time to do it´s thing. If you find yourself struggling to sleep, regular exercise, a healthy diet and reducing stress can help you to have a more peaceful night.

Find Positive Ways to Pass the Time

 

Have you already enjoyed a Netflix binge watching session? Yes, me too! Netflix has been a great way to relax and pass the time, but sitting on the couch all day isn´t necessarily great for our soul or state of mind. We don´t have to stop the series binges, but incorporating other activities into the day can have some great benefits to our mental health and our immune system.

Here are some suggestions I came across that I found useful:

Zoom with Family

Staying connected with loved ones, when we can´t actually meet, hug or touch each other, is so important. Zoom allows you to get the whole gang together. Enjoy a casual call with friends, or take it to the next level with a pre-arranged quiz or games night.

 

Laughter is the Best Medicine

I was pleasantly surprised by this one, as it turns out laughter really is the best medicine. It boosts your mood and can also increase the levels of antibodies in the mucus of your nose and mouth. It sounds icky, but as this is an entry point for many germs, laughter is a great form of defense. 

 

Exercise Little and Often

 

With movement restrictions in place all around the world, we have to get a little creative when it comes to exercise. Little and often works well. Try for 30 minutes, 5 days a week and you´ll reap the benefits. Exercise not only helps to maintain a healthy body weight, it also boosts your immune system and mental health.

Avoid Stress and Additional Anxiety

 

Stress and anxiety have a negative impact on our immune systems, so if you find yourself feeling anxious after watching the news or scrolling through social media then make an effort to switch off. Take a few days away from the media and instead use the time connect with friends. They´ll pick you up in no time and may be feeling the same way too.

I hope you found this share helpful.

Stay healthy. Stay happy. Stay safe.

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips

At Style Beyond Age we´re firm believer that “Me Time” and mental health go hand in hand, so today on the blog we´re sharing how to manage mental health with these 10 “Me Time” tips

After a few midnight musings, I’ve realized its unhealthy to get too wrapped up in the media machine. Instead, let´s treat ourselves and manage mental health with these 10 “Me Time” tips. We can use this time to nurture ourselves, both mentally and physically and maybe make a few lifestyle improvements along the way, although that isn´t my main aim here. This is all about managing our mental health and giving ourselves some TLC.  “Me time” also doesn´t need to mean more isolation and deep thinking; it´s about doing the things that make us feel good.

Here are some of the ways I´ll be taking care of myself and monitoring my mental health along the way.

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips 

1 – Rest to Feel Your Best

 

A good day starts with a good night’s sleep. We should all be getting seven hours or more each night. If sleep is something you struggle with, experiment with a few drops of essential oil on your pillow or added to a bath before bed, lavender works great.

 

2 – Get Outside

 

Being outside in nature is incredibly soothing. With movement restrictions in place, we´re a bit limited, but a walk around the garden, out with the dog or yoga on the terrace are all ways we can still enjoy the outdoors. The benefits include reduced anxiety and stress, as well as improved physical and mental wellbeing, which are all currently welcome.

 

3 – Unplug from the Media 

 

Take some “Me Time” and really enjoy it. Turn off the news, put down your phone and stop scrolling. Just sit back, relax, enjoy yourself and those around you. You could read a few chapters of your book, enjoy a calming meditation, play games together; whatever gives you the good feels; do it!

4 – Take an Epsom Salt Bath

 

An Epsom Salt bath soothes many woes; from eliminating dry skin and inflammation to encouraging detoxification and relaxation. For an extra treat I recommend adding a splash of lavender essential oil. It´s total bliss!

 

5 – Continue your Skincare Routine  

 

When our skin feels good, we feel good. Treat yourself to a relaxing face mask and leave yourself with a soft and glowing complexion. You could amp up the enjoyment with a home face massage too. A good hand care regime is also needed, with all this hand washing. Find out what products I´m using to ward off dry hands here. 

 

6 – Make Staying Active a Priority

 

Staying active offers so many benefits. It helps to keep us strong, healthy, flexible and can ease the menopause monster. Gyms might be closed, but we can still join an online class, train in the garden, or watch some of the many free classes available on video platforms like YouTube.

7 – Connect with Your Favorites

 

Family and friends bring with them all the good feels. Make the effort and time to enjoy the company of those you love the most, and do it as often as possible. Video calls and online meeting services like Zoom, make staying connected simple.

 

8 – Enjoy feeling Sexy

 

Sexy is an attitude rather than a look. Be confident, enjoy your body, have fun and your personal style of sexy will shine through.

 

9 – Say No when it suits You

 

Learn to say “no” when something doesn´t serve you. Toxicity is like poison. Let go of it and allow yourself to thrive.

 

10 – Self-Monitor through Meditation

 

I recognize the benefits of meditation, but I can´t say it came to me naturally. I´ve never been one to sit still for too long. Meditation is about more than that though. It´s your time to check in with yourself. It allows us to manage our mindset. Notice how your feeling, the peaks and troughs, and act.

 

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips 

 

Shut out the noise and allow some serenity in.  Good health isn´t just physical. Our souls need TLC too.

Now go treat yourself and manage mental health with these 10 “Me Time” tips.

Stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy.

5 Alternative Hand Washing Soundtracks & Hand Care Tips

5 Alternative Hand Washing Soundtracks & Hand Care Tips

Regularly washing our hands is a hot topic of conversation everywhere right now. We must all do what we can to stay safe and take personal responsibility to protect those most at risk at during time. But, that´s not to say we can´t enjoy ourselves at the same time. Enjoy these 5 Alternative hand washing soundtracks and hand care tips

 

We are all concerned, we are all affected, we all want to beat this thing, but we also need a bit of light-hearted fun. So, are you ready to get your dancing shoes on? I do joke, but if like me, you´re fed up of singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself every time you wash your hands then this is just what you need.

5 Handwashing Soundtracks That are NOT Happy Birthday

 

Here are 5 alternative tracks that you can sing, hum or dance along with to ensure you´re washing your hands for the advised amount of time – around 20 seconds – and have some fun whilst you´re doing it.

Helpful Hints from me

 

Use warm water (above 25 degrees)

After washing, ensure to dry your hands thoroughly.

To prevent your hands from drying out, keep them well moisturized. The thicker the better as it helps to prevent cracks and germs love to lurk there.

These are the products I´ve been using:

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Cream 
Gena Green Tea Hot Manicure Lotion 
They are all really great!

Hear the music (in your head) and dance like no one’s watching!

Stay safe and sane.

I´m off to polish some silver in my ball gown – just because – but more on that later!

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Coronavirus Advice from a Source I Trust: Let´s Do More

Coronavirus Advice from a Source I Trust: Let´s Do More

Coronavirus advice from a source I trust. What is true and what is fake news? What should we be concerned about and what is just fear mongering? What habits should be disregarded and what more could we be doing to get the spread of Covid-19 under control?  If you´re anything like me, your head is full of questions just like this.

 

It´s an unprecedented time and we´ve all been enlisted to do our part. For some that involves fighting this fight on the front lines, and a huge thanks to you all, but for most of us it simply means staying at home and taking responsibility for our own actions.

 

I was recently sent the following from Irene Ken, a physician whose daughter is an Assistant Professor in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University. It’s quite informative and outlines truths, unthruths and actions we can all be taking. It is clear, to the point and fear-monger free, which is why I approve. I hope you also find it useful at this crazy time.

 

Remember fear and panic are contagious, but so are happiness, laughter and peace. Choose wisely.

Battling Coronavirus

Facts, Fiction & Actions to take  

 

  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

 

  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own.  The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

 

  • The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat.  That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam cuts through the fat (that is why it´s important to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).  By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

 

  • Heat melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything.  In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
  • Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% dissolves any fat, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

 

  • Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

 

  • Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

 

  • No Bactericide serves.  The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; they cannot kill what is not alive with antibiotics, but we can quickly disintegrate its structure with the other tips included here.

 

  • Never shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth.  While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic).  But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours and can lodge in your nose.

 

  • The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial conditioned air in houses and cars.  They also need moisture to stay stable and darkness.  Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

 

  • UV Light on any object that may contain it, breaks down the virus protein.  For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask UV light is perfect.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.

     

    • The virus cannot go through healthy skin.

     

    • Vinegar is not useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

     

    • Spirits or vodka aren´t enough. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

     

    • Listerine works! It is 65% alcohol.

     

    • The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be.  The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

     

    • This is said a lot, but you must wash your hands before and after touching pets, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phones, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc.  And when using the bathroom.

     

    • Keep hands moisturized. They dry out after lots of washing and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks.  The thicker the moisturizer, the better.  

     

    • Keep your nails short so that the virus does not hide there.

    I made it home to Montana and now I´m staying here.

     

    Sending you lots of love, light and laughter. Stay safe, stay home and thank you to everyone for doing your part.

    Giveaway: Would YOU like to Feature on Style Beyond Age?

    Giveaway: Would YOU like to Feature on Style Beyond Age?

    Skincare Giveaway: Would you like to feature on Style Beyond Age? Bringing you skincare for all three stages of the menopause, brought to us by Pause. It´s a skincare line created for us women over 50. Nominate yourself or a friend, before the deadline for a chance to win.

     

    Finally, skincare for all three stages of the menopause is here, and it´s brought to us by Pause. Would you like to give it a try?

    Pause are kind enough to have gifted me some products, and I would like to pass their kindness on to you. I´ll be selecting one lady to trial and review this fabulous range of skincare products for women in all three stages of the menopause.

    These products have been created specifically to equalize and combat the imbalances our body and skin face at this stage of our lives.

     

    Skincare Giveaway – Women in Menopause 

     

    The lucky lady will receive the following Pause Skincare items:

    4-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Treatment

    Collagen Boosting Moisturizer

    Hydrating Cleanser

    Hot Flash Cooling Mist

    Facia Stimulating Tool

     

    If you´re selected as the Style Beyond Age tester, you will receive the Pause skincare products free of charge through the post. I´ll ask you to trial them for one month before filling us all in on the benefits and changes you noticed for a special blog feature.

    Who am I Looking For

    On this occasion, I´m looking for women in the US only, due to postage so apologies if this doesn´t include you.

    You should be in one of the three stages of menopause, and just in case you aren´t sure, there´s a quick outline below.

    I also hope to share photos via my Instagram feed so please ensure you are comfortable with this when applying.

    At the end of the testing period, we will ask you to answer a few questions, that will appear on a blog feature.

    Want to make a nomination? We accept those too. If you´d like to nominate a fabulous female in your life, then contact me by DM or leave the name under the post on my Instagram

    Which stage are you at?

     

    Premenopause

    At this stage estrogen fluctuations and symptoms are at their most intense. On average, it begins 7 – 10 years before the menopause.

     

    Menopause

    The menopause is officially 12 months after the last day of your last period. If you´ve made it, the sweats are over – welcome! But guess what, after all of that it only lasts a day.

     

    Post Menopause

    Post menopause is all the time that follows the 1 day that is the menopause. It´s the final phase and lasts the rest of our lives.

    How To Apply

    The application process is simple. It´s all done through Instagram. Just send me the name of your nomination, whether that´s yourself or a fellow female in your life. You can do this by commenting below the photo on my Instagram feed or if you´d prefer, you can send me a DM (direct message) with name of your nomination. The winner will be drawn, at random, live on my Instagram Stories on Saturday March 21, and I´ll reach out to let them know they have won, and request their mailing details.

    Would you love to give them a try?
    Enter now. They could be yours.

     

    Enter now:

    Pause Skincare Giveaway

    Make your nomination through my Instagram 

    Specifically designed for women going through the menopause.

    Product Information

     

    Learn more about Pause Skincare and what makes it totally different…

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    Body Skincare Tips: Get Your Glow Back for Spring

    Body Skincare Tips: Get Your Glow Back for Spring

    At Style Beyond Age we love a good glove, so today we´re sharing body skincare tips to get your glow back for Spring. We all take care of our face, after all it’s the first thing people see, but how are we taking care of the skin on the rest of your body? Enjoy our summer body skincare tips.

    Our skin is our largest organ, and it needs a bit of TLC to keep us looking, and feeling, our best.

    If you are at all like me, you reach for lotions or creams (perhaps you don’t even know the difference between the two) and you use whatever is handy. I’ve been guilty of that for decades!

    With spring quickly approaching its time to start reconsidering how we take care of those delicate areas on the rest of our bodies.

    Skincare Tips

    We have heard a lot lately about crepey skin and there are many products that address that condition. Crepe Erase, Emepelle are some prime examples of how science has improved in this area. However, for complete, innovative skincare there is a two-prong system that is worth looking into.

    The Two-Prong Approach

    Just as exfoliating your face is important to the efficacy of your products, exfoliating your body is equally important. We´ve got to put in the preparation if we want the best results!

    To exfoliate, I use a variety of products in all price ranges, from the cost-effective St Ives Apricot Scrub which is a firm favorite of mine, to a lemon sugar and oil scrub that I concoct myself. I´ve included my recipe here if you want to give it a try.

    Skincare From the Experts

    There are also clinical products developed by experts. I have been using the RéVive Supérieur Body System for a while now. Developed by Dr Gregory Brown, a successful plastic surgeon, who realized that many of his patients simply wanted to rejuvenate lackluster skin. The RéVive formulation works to increase skin renewal, improve elasticity and reduce the signs of aging. If you´re looking to get your glow back, I highly recommend! The two-pronged system is said to firm, moisturize and smooth the skin. It delivers proven results and will help you welcome in spring in style.

    Consistent Skincare Routine

    Whatever you do and whichever products you choose consistency is key. Make your largest organ a priority in your daily routine and get that glow!

    Body Skincare Tips to get your Glow Back

     

    With spring quickly approaching the sleeves and pant legs are shortening with the season; it´s time to get our skin summer ready.  We hope you enjoyed these body skincare tips to get your glow back.

    Until the next time…

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