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As stated in my last article I’ve been recovering from a stomach virus and a touch of food poisoning.  It took plenty of time but I think I’m pretty much back to normal now and can resume my beauty product reviews. 

I have plenty to tell my readers because rather than waste my recovery time I tried out some new products that my mature and sensitive skin readers might find useful.  I tried everything from a couple of moisturizers that you just have to try, to some make up products.  Most of what I tried out was specifically meant for dry, sensitive, combination mature skin.  So there will be something for almost everyone who is looking for new products to try out.     

Of course the first place to start with any beauty improvement or make over is from the inside out.  In other words, a good diet and the right vitamins and supplements will do more to improve a person’s skin than all the beauty products put together can do.  That is not to say there isn’t a place for the right skin care products and makeup but starting from the inside is always best with any beauty regime. 

With that concept of inner beauty in mind, I want to introduce a few ideas for vitamins and supplements that should help maintain and improve mature, dry, and sensitive skin.  I’ve tried to pick items that can easily be purchased at major retailers across the country such as K-Mart, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens.  It’s my hope that by watching for sales everyone’s budget can afford those products needed to enhance and maintain a beautiful person on the inside and outside.  So let’s get started.

The first thing a person should do is look into taking a multi- vitamin that has plenty of minerals and other supplements specifically meant for us Baby Boomers.  I would strongly suggest that a person visit’s their primary care taker to see what vitamins and minerals would be appropriate for you personally.  Each person is different and some medical conditions might cause adverse affects if certain vitamins and minerals are used without medical supervision.  I’m not a doctor or doctor’s assistant so I can’t speak to this issue with any certainty, I’m simply stating that the possibility exists for adverse affects.  Please check with a doctor before beginning any taking any supplement of any kind.

One of the best multi-vitamins I’ve found is Walgreens Advanced Formula A Thru Z Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement.  This vitamin comes in a 250 tablet bottle for about $12.  This vitamin and mineral comes in a 250-tablet bottle for approximately $12 as well as a 400-tablet bottle for about $16.  Of course the 400-tablet bottle will be more economical but be sure to watch for sales or the buy one-get one free sales.   Nature Made brand also has a good vitamin and mineral formula called Nature Made Multi for Her 50+ Vitamin/Mineral Tablets that comes in a 90 tablet bottle for approximately $11.  There is also a formula called   Nature Made Multi For Him 50+ Tablets that comes in a 90 tablet bottle for about $11.

One other thing I take by Doctors Orders is a Calcium and Vitamin D supplement.  Apparently, our bodies do not store Vitamin D very well as we age and of course we need Calcium for good healthy bones.  The only way people can protect themselves from a potential fall is to have strong bones and that is where Calcium comes in.  For those of us who are Lactose intolerant the need for Calcium is especially important.  

Another vitamin that is good for everyone’s immune system is Vitamin C.  There is a pretty good Nature Made brand as well as a Walgreens brand that a person can choose from.  The only difference I see is the Nature Made brand is chewable, which some people may prefer.  The Nature Made Vitamin C 500 mg Chewable Tablets Orange comes in a 150 tablet bottle for approximately $16 and can sometimes be found on a buy one-get one free sale.  Walgreens Vitamin C 500 mg Dietary Supplement Tablets comes in a 250 tablet bottle for about $8 and can also be found on a buy one-get one free sale.  Since the body doesn’t store Vitamin C very well it may not hurt to take a so-called Megadose of Vitamin C, meaning 200% or 300%.  A doctor would be the best determination of such vitamin doses. 

A supplement that I take daily is Fish Oil, which is touted as being good for a person’s skin as well as heart health.  Some formulas are taken once a day whereas other formulas are taken two or three times a day.  One such formula is Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg Softgels and there is also Walgreens Omega-3 Fish Oil Concentrate 1000 mg Dietary Supplement Softgels.  

Something I found at Wal-Mart meant specifically for the skin is Sanar Collagen Skin Care Spring Valley also makes a Hair, Skin & Nails Collagen supplement that comes in a 120 Caplets bottle for about $7.  

Be sure to check all web sites for product availability at stores in your particular area.  Purchasing any or all these products online might be more convenient for some people though.  As with all online purchases shipping charges must be taken into consideration.  Shipping charges that are added to each item could be very costly so watch for shipping charges that are only added to the entire purchase, especially if multiple items are purchased at one time.

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I’ve written about Acupuncture a few times on this blog and will probably do so many more times as there is yet much to be said on the issue.  Acupuncture  has by far become the most important means in my life that has allowed me, and even encouraged me, to make some much-needed changes in my lifestyle.  It’s these lifestyle changes that I’d like to share with the reader in hopes that it might encourage just one person.

People sometimes need to hear the message that change in huge steps is not required.  In fact change in tiny miniscule steps is not only possible but is actually preferred, so the person doesn’t get overwhelmed at any point along the path.  As mentioned above its Acupuncture that made these changes possible for me.

I was so very lucky to be put in contact with an Acupuncturist, trained in Korea for 15 years, who was able to use those precious little needles to relieve 40 long horrible years of severe chronic pain.  I slowly went from walking hunched over a four-wheeled walker, to standing upright using a cane, and then finally standing upright and walking on my own.  I, as well as those who knew me before my visits to the Acupuncturist, consider my progress nothing short of a miracle.  What followed later, in my life, was equally miraculous for me.

The Acupuncturist took my severe pain from an 11 and 12, where an epidural was needed for relief, down to an ongoing 5 and 6.  (I have no doubt that will get even better with time as well.)  This kind of pain relief allowed me to move around much more and discover various exercises that furthered easier movement. 

This easier movement allowed me to exercise with a certain comfort.  No exercise is easy at first but even modest efforts bring a few results, which leads to a desire to accomplish even more.  One important  exercise is the “Forearms Plank” and “The Plank” and yes they are related.  The basic difference here is one exercise is one on the forearms and toes, whereas the other is done on the toes and flat hands.  If you want good flat core muscles then these are the two best exercises you can do.  At first, I would suggest trying for a mere 15 seconds and adding just a few second every other time you do this exercise.  With time I also got into “Tai Chi” and “Yoga”, neither one needing extra equipment of any kind.  My advice is take it easy because regardless of what you’ve heard exercise is NOT supposed to hurt, it’s supposed to strengthen you and help you.

To date I have lost 16 pounds and have taken an entire dress size off, which of course makes me want to see how much more I can accomplish.

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Up to now this blog has been devoted to better taking care of ourselves on the outside with good skin care routines and great makeup products.  None of those items or routines are ever going to do us much good though if we don’t FIRST take care of ourselves on the inside.  Seeing a doctor to resolve medical issues on the inside can often involve taking pills, which all have side effects of varying degrees.  A better approach to healthcare  would be to resolve those healthcare issues as naturally as possible, so there are few if any side effects.    

This natural approach to healthcare, with no adverse side affects, is where acupuncture enters the picture.  I hope by now everyone has read my first article on acupuncture entitled “Acupuncture is Legitimate Healthcare-Part I“, which is written from my own personal experiences with this form of healthcare.

As stated in my first article, the acupuncturist very successfully dealt with the severe pain in my back over a period of time.  In fact these days my back pain, on a good day, runs about a 2 AT THE MOST.  On a bad day the pain is about a 4 if I’ve been moving furniture or doing other heavy activities that put a strain on my back.  Most of the time that level 4 pain goes back down to a 1 or 2 if I just rest a little while.  In fact I’ve been able to completely give up my four-wheeled walker that I relied on constantly.  I’ve also given up the use of a cane because I can now walk completely upright with no pain.  (more…)

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Many insurance companies, unfortunately, do not pay for acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare.  Individuals themselves often do not view acupuncture and other forms of alternative medicine as legitimate healthcare either.  Because of these views and less than complimentary opinions I’ve personally heard from associates and friends, I’d like to offer the reader  my personal experiences with acupuncture.  

To give the reader a good sense of why I would consider acupuncture in the first place I must back up for a bit of history.  In another life my husband and I made our living by driving semi-truck cross-country, carrying just about every product imaginable.  The only thing we did not haul was furniture because furniture haulers were not so nicely refered to as “bed bug haulers”, for good reason.  We did haul lumber though and at one point had a flatbed truck loaded two pallets high, about one-and-a-half stories high, with a huge load of lumber.  My husband and I were on top of all this lumber trying to chain it down when I lost grip of the chain.  My husband tried grabbing the front of my blouse but couldn’t hold on and so I went over the side.  I fell to the ground landing on my hips first, then back, then shoulders.  I was in the hospital for a while, and also in a series of body casts and braces, and unable to walk for quite sometime.  Eventually I learned to walk again but for the next forty years I was in constant severe pain. (more…)

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