I hope you're having a beautiful summer! Our beach weather is great and I have been boogie boarding at least three times a week. Also, we are biking and walking more. My classes are going well in our newly renovated West 72nd Street spaces. Stop by and check it out!
August is Wellness Month. As part of that observance, I would like to give some tips on teeth and skin health. I happen to have very good teeth, but when I went to the dentist they found that I wasn't cleaning well enough and was developing pockets of infection. Whew! No one wants to hear that! So I stepped up my routine and bought an electric toothbrush and a waterpik. Here is the advice. Before bed, brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush, floss, then waterpik (The investment in these tools will save you thousands of dollars $$$ in dental bills). It takes about 6-7 minutes and it really makes a difference. Do it every night! You don't want to sleep with food in your teeth, which decays and can cause infection. In the AM brush to get out any acidic residue (also rinse with a mouthwash). Brushing after a meal or flossing when possible is also beneficial. Schedule regular dental cleanings and exams. One of the biggest reasons my teeth are in good shape, however, is the fact that I have not have a soda in 40 years. That stuff rots and discolors your teeth. If I drink coffee, I rinse my mouth afterwards.
Skin care, especially for your face and neck is so important as you age. I mentioned that I was a personal trainer to Georgette Klinger - one the pioneers in skin care. She tutored me. The sun is good for our vitamin absorption but not for our skin, so do not go into the sun without sunscreen of at least 15 SPF. It is in most moisturizers. If you are out in the sun for an extended period of time use the highest SPF you can find. At night wash your face gently with a mild facial cleanser (not soap) and lukewarm water (not hot - hot water removes healthy oils). Once a week use a exfoliant. I massage the cleanser onto my face and neck with my hands. Then I use a facecloth to remove the cleanser with lukewarm water ( a new face cloth every day). I rinse by splashing my face with lukewarm water one or two times and then cool water two times to close the pores. Blot dry with a clean face towel (change it weekly). Next I use an astringent (I make my own). I use Witch Hazel and water 50/50 in a small spray bottle. Spray it on let it 1/2 dry and put on moisturizer. At night I use a night moisturizer, and eye cream and a throat/décolletage cream (Got too much sun as a young person so I have skin damage). Try to use a cleansing/tightening masque once a month. Get a professional facial a couple of times a year. Invest in good makeup that will not clog your pores, and remove it at night, do NOT go to bed with makeup on no matter how tired you are. Coupled with regular exercise (for circulation) I have found that this type of routine has helped me keep my skin in good shape.
PS. Excessive drinking especially smoking will cause premature wrinkling. In addition, I always recommend finding a good dermatologist and getting an exam once a year to reduce your risk of melanoma. Any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the rest of the Summer! Patricia