Self-care Saturday

It’s quiet this morning. The birds are singing and it’s the perfect time to practice self-care.

I like to take whatever existing store bought mask (not the kind we wear to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19) I have and embellish it with my own ingredients.

fullsizeoutput_f68This is a Kale + Niacin gel mask that’s the perfect consistency to DIY. 

I got inspired by the ingredients of my yummy vegan smoothie recipe and decided to put the same ingredients on my face as I did inside my body.

Inner and outer beauty!

  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 spirulina
  • 1tbsp. organic moringa powder
  • 1 wheat grass powder
  • 1 tbsp. matcha green tea powder
  • 1tsp. turmeric oil
  • 3 or 4 tbsp. of any existing masks you might have (OR you don’t need to… just add 2 teaspoons water and 2 teaspoons coconut or olive oil.)
  • Combine all ingredients
  • Spread all over your freshly washed face either using fingers or a foundation brush.
  • Leave on for 20 minutes.
  • Wash with warm water and feel the difference in your skin.
  • Moisturize immediately.
  • I save any leftover mask in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Have a wonderful self-care Saturday!

[tech neck. tweet pleat] wtf?

Blog news: Just a couple more fresh posts before I leave for BlogHer14 in San Jose.I’m scheduling posts of previously posted posts in advance; I’ve never done that before successfully – hope it works this time. If you’ve read them before, sorry for the reruns —  if you have NOT, this is a chance to learn a little bit about me and my tugboat man.

 Are you suffering from tech neck and tweet pleat?

Let’s figure this out together.

Have you heard of this affliction?

Neither had I until a few days ago.

Here we are — all of us — attempting to break through the learning curve and stay on top of ALL RELEVANT SOCIAL MEDIUMS — to be current, to be FRESH, on trend and on target, right?

Herein lies the problem.

Our heads are not held high.

Our heads are bent, as if in prayer to the gods of whatever device we’re on; phone, tablet, laptop, and our chinny chin chin is tucked into our neck.

This particular action, of constantly looking down, performed over hundreds of hours and weeks and months — has a side effect called “tech neck” or “tweet pleat”.

Now I agree that those terms are not very flattering, but then again, neither is the turkey gobble that’s forming in our my neck area.

Maybe some of you are young enough to have elastic and resilient skin in that area, BUT I DON’T.

Imagine my horror when I realized that I was doing the very thing that is causing MORE WRINKLES AND MORE LOOSELY HANGING SKIN.

No really, I want you to IMAGINE that for just a moment.

Put yourself in my shoes (not the Loubs, how about the ones I just got from Marshalls.)

I use Retin-A, I’m an unabashed admirer of Botox- hell, I’d even get some fat sucked out if I could afford it, but here I am, tweeting away with my chin tucked into my neck, fighting the very solutions I employ to RID myself of those nasty reminders of AGE.

I mean, you can’t wear turtlenecks and a scarf every single day, right?

There IS a solution and I’m not talking about giving up tweeting or texting.

It’s good old collagen!

There’s something called Ultherapy. {info from the Utherapy website}

This ultrasound procedure is the only non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift and tighten loose skin on the eyebrow, neck, and under the chin.

Apparently, this is the only FDA-cleared procedure to lift skin on these hard-to-treat areas, Ultherapy uses the safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin.

The effect of focused ultrasound energy on the growth of new collagen over time. 

There’s no downtime, no foreign substances, no radical change; just a healthy revving-up on the inside for a natural, noticeable effect on the outside.

The downside? The cost. It’s about $1500-$3000, depending upon the area chosen for treatment. Too bad, I’d love to try it!

Hmmm. Instead of that, how about trying Face Yoga? Fans say it can smooth wrinkles, firm jawlines, and create a healthy glow. I first saw it on one of the Housewives shows, I think it was the New York version.


What steps will YOU take to avoid tech neck?