Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cleaning tip~Looking younger~Diamonds


As I say on my Web page, these are tips that have been emailed to me, or that I have found on the Internet.  I have not tried all of them and cannot guarantee their effectiveness.  If you do try one and it works, or if you have another one that works for you, let me know.

Smashed Down Carpet: To make the carpet stand back up after moving a piece of furniture, if simply running the sweeper doesn't work, place an ice cube on the spot. As it melts, the piles will go back up.  


This mornng I received an email from ediets with the heading 10 tips to looking younger, I had to check it out.  And now ya'll are saying to yourselves "hmm, so she must be over 35".  I'll never tell!  LOL 

Anyway, I found that a lot of these tips are the same things that I already do (except for avoiding the sun).  As a matter of fact, I was going to sit down one day and make a list of things to do, but ediets already did it for me.  So here is the list.

1. Moisturize-helps skin retain moisture, shich in turn plumps up those fine lines and increase circulation.  When your hands, legs or feet are dry and cracked, they look older and worn out. Add a little cream and the skin is renewed. The same goes for your face.    

2. Keep out if the sun!  Regular tanning, whether it be in the sun or in tanning beds, not only causes sun damage and cancer, but also leads to premature aging. What does that mean to you? Wrinkles! So wear an SPF daily and use a sunless tanner (if that is the look you want) to keep the skin golden and line free.    

3. Drink water!  This is also a no-brainer, but it’s nice to be reminded once in a while. Water helps our bodies perform basic functions, and helps keep us healthy by providing a helpful environment for cells to do their duties. This also leads to younger-looking skin. Your skin cells will be full of water, which, like a moisturizer, helps to plump up fine lines and reduces puffiness around the eyes.    

4. Don't leave the house without a little make-up.  When we were in our teens and 20s, we could run out of the house without a stitch of makeup and still look fabulous. Unfortunately, we can’t stay 18 forever, and our faces need a little help sometimes. You’d be surprised what a little concealer, bronzer and lipstick can do. Crunched for time in the morning? This routine takes less than three minutes. Dab a little concealer under the eyes and on spots like pimples and blemishes. Blend with fingers. Next, apply bronzer with a big, fluffy brush to the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Lastly, swipe a little lipstick on, and you’re ready to go.    

5. Too much make-up can make you look old.  It’s easy to get a little carried away with the concealer, blush, bronzer, lipstick and whatever else we use to get ready in the morning, especially when you feel like you haven’t gotten enough sleep. But, before you pile on that foundation, get into some natural sunlight, or a well-lit area of your home. If you take a minute between steps to check your progress as you’re applying, you may notice you don’t need as much makeup as you thought. Natural-yet-polished makeup will help you look younger by enhancing your best assets and camouflaging your flaws. Too much makeup will actually draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles.    

6. Use eye cream.  The skin around the eyes is the first place to show signs of aging, so it’s important to take extra care of this area, even if you don’t yet have any lines. When applying eye creams, use a small amount (that’s why they come in those teeny jars) and use your ring finger to dab and spread the product around. It’s OK if the area is a little shiny, but if it feels heavy to you, switch to a lighter texture or reserve it for nighttime use.    

7.  Use a luminizing product with caution.  Many cosmetic lines have come out with foundations, lotions and concealers that give a gentle, highlighting effect. Most of these products contain some kind of luminescent particle, which helps to blur imperfections and fine lines. While these products are fun and help the skin to glow, remember they can also have the reverse effect if not applied correctly. If you like the idea of a foundation that has this property, use it sparingly, and only if you have fine lines. Deep-set wrinkles will not benefit from any kind of shimmer as they only enhance and emphasize the texture in the skin.    

8. Make sure your hair looks young.  Even if you’ve had a face-lift, you won’t look young if your hair is damaged, out of control or doesn’t have a style. If you’re starting to go gray, make an appointment with your colorist to touch up or refresh your color. A few face-framing highlights will also help to take a few years off. If you’ve decided to keep your hair gray, give it a style that will enhance your features. Avoid pulling your hair back tightly, as it will only make the face look older and more severe.    

9. Don't forget your neck!  There’s a reason why your grandmother used face cream on her face and neck. Like the skin around your eyes, losing skin’s elasticity in the neck area adds years to your appearance.  (*I don't worry about spending alot of $ on fancy moisturizer.  I get mine at the dollar store and use it on my face, neck, elbows and hands.  I got a huge tub of cocoa butter for a buck, and I love it.)    

10. Keep your teeth white.  A nice bright smile helps you to look healthier, happier and younger. Your teeth can become stained over time, especially if you drink coffee or colas. Make an appointment with your dentist to see how you can maximize the look of your smile, or use an at-home whitening kit such as Crest Whitestrips ($42.99, dentist.net).   (*I just got some stuff the other day at Wal-mart.  It is called Plus white and was $4.72 for the tube, or you can spend a little more and get it with the mouth guard thing.  It seems to be working for me.)


You know what else makes you feel younger?  Feeling good.  And what makes a woman feel good?  I mean feel really, really good?  The following:


Who wouldn't feel good if they got a beautiful new diamond for Valentines day this year?  Phhht, if you don't have a husband or boyfriend to buy you one.  Double PHHHHTTTT! if you've got a husband/boyfriend and they don't buy you one.    

Go buy one for yourself then.  It doesn't have to be the size of Mount Rushmore to make you feel good.  You know they will be on sale all over town.  More importantly, you know you deserve it!  Come on, (to steal a phrase) Just do it!  lol     

Have I?  Yes, I once bought myself a small diamond necklace (cheap like Kohl's on sale $40), took it home wrapped it up, wrote a real romantic card, and left it sit on the counter.  Then when the ol' man got home, I said "Oh baby, what is this?  You got me something for our anniversary?"  The anniversary had been the previous month, lol.  


Have a wonderful day and be sure to spend some time checking out the jewelry sales!  


~Jill Marie    

PS~Am4039 email on the way with vegan recipe sites.  You should really have your kids go and sign up too.  There are probably newsletters and things that they can get.  I hope it helps.


trickeytricky said...

Oh I KNOW for a fact, that I would feel
     W O N D E R F U L
if I got a diamond for Valentines Day!! Like a diamond engagement ring. HA!!

Okay, Okay . . . I can settle for just diamond earrings. . .  :-P


thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Well, of how did you know that I was looking for this advice today?  Enjoyed the topic.  Have a wonderful day.  TerryAnn.  

am4039 said...

thank you for the good tips always.