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Today we live in a world where the average American spends more than half of their waking hours sitting at a computer, watching TV, playing on their phones, or commuting to and fro in a vehicle. We all have to work to pay the bills and chauffeur our families to sporting events and dance lessons etc., and do you ever wonder what all that sitting is doing to your body as well as your brain?

Our bodies were designed to move and do work; when we are inactive, tissues can shorten and get tight while others lengthen causing laxity. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause many problems such as chronic neck and back pain; poor posture and can lead to life threatening diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

When we are inactive, blood circulation is decreased which means our tissues and our brain are not getting the much needed oxygen we need to function at our best; this can lead to an inability to think clearly and focus. Sitting for long periods of time in front of a computer can lead to slumping and this puts a lot of strain on the neck. Slumping forward also affects the musculature of the shoulders and back. The forward shoulder posture causes the muscles between our shoulder blades to lengthen and it causes shortening of the pectoralis major and minor (muscles of the chest). These two combined can cause muscle pain, headaches and can lead to rounded shoulders and kyphosis (hump back). Continual shortening of chest muscles can also lead to numbness, tingling and reduced circulation to the upper extremities.

Sitting for prolonged periods of time can also cause low back pain. When we are active, we keep our spine flexible and movement encourages circulation, supplying the vertebral disks (spongy material between vertebrae) with vital nutrients. When we are inactive for long periods of time, it can cause compression of the disks and shortening of the ligaments and tendons around our spine.

Another negative side effect of sitting or being inactive is muscle degeneration. We all know sitting does not require much muscle activation. When we sit, our abdominal muscles are not engaged, our hip flexors tighten and our low back is lax. When we don’t use our muscles we lose them. This can lead to sway back, a protruding belly and poor balance and coordination.

Sitting for prolonged periods of time can also hinder circulation to the legs. This causes blood and fluid to pool around the ankles, which will result in swollen ankles, varicose veins and even more serious, blood clots.  Living a life if inactivity can even lead to osteoporosis.

If you do have to sit in a car or behind a desk, sit up STRAIGHT and avoid slouching. Make sure you pull your shoulders back and engage your core.  Invest in an ergonomic chair or purchase an exercise ball to sit on. The ball will force you to engage your core so you don’t fall over! Also, make the time to exercise regularly. This doesn’t mean you have to join a gym or lift ridiculous amounts of weight, simply go for a walk on your lunch break, or if your time is limited at work, take a few minutes to walk around the office and stretch. You can also take a walk with your family when you get home from work or after dinner. Not only will you be encouraging health and wellness, as well as teaching your children healthy habits, you will get uninterrupted, quality time with your family.

We all lead very busy lives and sometimes forget about our health. It is very important to take the time to take care of yourself, so that you can be there to care for your family. Regular massage therapy is a great way to take the time for you. Massage therapy can relax and lengthened tight muscles, bring tone back to the lax/stretched musculature, increase circulation thus, aiding in vital nutrient delivery to our tissues and it can also help reduce stress and put a smile on your face.

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Spring is coming and so is pool season. Are you ready to show off some skin?!

Not everyone is comfortable going outdoors without makeup on. If you are like me, you can’t leave the house without a little something. On my days off, I usually wear something sheer like a mineral powder or tinted moisturizer. Last month, I discovered my new favorite product to achieve this look: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint.

I sampled this product the first day it launched in February of last month. Shortly after, I caved and purchased it for myself. FYI, it takes a lot for me to buy foundation at full price, but it happened. It’s THAT good!

Here are a few things you should know about it…

Finish/Coverage:

-Cushiony, velvety feel

-Medium, buildable coverage

What it does:

-Velvet Illusion Complex transforms the skin overtime and immediately

-Blurs imperfections

-Evens skin tone

-Smoothes pores and fine lines

Key Ingredients:

-Velvet Illusion Complex

-Vitamins C & E to protect against free radicals

This formula is available in 12 shades, it’s oil free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and dermatologist-tested.

I will be the first person to admit that on a daily basis, I’m a “full coverage” gal. I love when my skin looks flawless. (What woman doesn’t?) So when my good friend and NARS Business Manager, Alexa, told me this was launching I was a little skeptical.

Would it be enough coverage to wear on its own?

Will there be a color to match my skin tone?

Will it still be on my face at the end of the day?

All of my questions were thrown out the window after I tried this product for myself. For it being described as a tint, this product has incredible coverage. You can sheer it out if you want but it also has the ability to please a full coverage gal like myself. The finish is amazing as well. It’s a liquid but almost has a gel like feel to it. When buffing this product out, it has a velvety look to it. It stays on all day. The best part: you still look like you, only better.

To experience this innovative new product, come see me at Nordstrom at the Fashion Show Mall.

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We live in a time of dominating Western medicine, where the solution to what ails you is “here, take this pill”. Many other modalities/health practices are considered alternative or complimentary. Way back in the day, medicine was a blend of art and science with some magic, myth and superstition. And the best part, it worked! Many of these practices has been pushed aside and forgotten. Not one single health care system can claim to be a total cure for every disease. Taking a holistic approach to health and well being, incorporating both Western and alternative medicines should have a place in health care. Massage therapy is a wonderful modality to improve your health and well being.

Massage therapy has been show to:

1. Control stress

Long-term stress can take an emotional and physical toll and massage therapy may relieve stress and reduce tension headaches. Massage therapy has also been shown to increase endorphin release into the nervous system.

2. Get better sleep

Research indicates that massage can improve sleep in those with lower back pain, insomnia, fibromyalgia, pain and other health conditions.

3. Boost mental health and wellness

Research suggest that the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression can be improved by massage therapy.

4. Manage pain

Pain can have an extremely negative impact on the quality of ones life and hinder recovery from illness or injury. Massage therapy can help with pain management by means of what scientists call the “Gate Control Pain Theory”. Massage can help anything from low back pain, carpal tunnel to more severe conditions.

5. Improve physical fitness

Massage therapy increases blood flow, increasing oxygen and nutrients to our vital tissues, aiding in better overall performance. Massage therapy can also help to relieve tight/tense muscles, which can improve athletic performance, as well as, decrease the likelihood of injuries.

Anyone looking to improve his or her overall health and well-being encourage you to consider massage therapy as part of your happy and healthy life style! Whether you have a serious physical ailment or chronic pain, recent car accident or athletic injury, or you simply want to relax, sleep better and feel better, massage therapy is a great place to start!

Written by Kat Hawkins, Master Healer and Massage Guru. Read more about Kat here.

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We’ve all had those days when, for whatever reason, we were out too late the night before and committed a terrible crime. The worst type of crime: a crime against ourselves. We’ve all gone to bed with our makeup on, at some point. WE HAVE ALL DONE IT, EVEN MAKEUP ARTISTS.
So, before my fellow colleagues slam me, I will let you in on a little secret… It’s okay to slip up once in awhile as long as you know how to take care of your skin. Here are my top ten tips to achieve healthy, glowing skin no matter who you are.

image11. Drink Water
In the words of Kendrick Lamar, “Pour Up, Drank.” Flawless skin starts from within. I don’t leave my house without my bkr. A celebrity favorite and its chic design make it easy for me to want to use it. Are you getting your 8‐10 glasses in per day?

22. Eat Clean
This one is pretty self‐explanatory. A healthy, balanced diet will give your skin a natural glow. (That doesn’t stop me from indulging in Taco Tuesday every once in a while though ;P)

image13. Work it Out
Whether it be running up the stairs to work or going on a peaceful hike, exercising daily will help you love the skin you’re in. Exercise boosts oxygen into the skin, detoxifies, and                        releases endorphins.

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4. Soak Up The Sun
We all need some sun! Sunlight helps produce Vitamin D, releases endorphins, treats skin diseases,and helps regulate your body temperature.

 

image55. Use Protection
Sun protection, of course. As much as we love lying out in the sun, we often times neglect shielding our bodies from those harmful rays. Using sunscreen has been proven to help slow down the development of premature aging skin and helps prevent sunspots. I’m obsessed with the Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Primer for the face. For body, I love using Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen .

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6. Supplements

Biotin is a B vitamin that supports skin, metabolism, digestive tract, and nerves. Omega‐3 Fatty Acids help to keep your skin moist and also regulates production of oils. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. All of these are great supplements to help you achieve beautiful skin. I get my supplements from Herbally Grounded .

image77. Clean Up Nice
Cleansing your skin is mandatory. FYI: using a makeup wipe does not count as cleansing! If you wear makeup, you need something to break down the makeup then you need to cleanse. I love using a cleansing oil to help break down makeup because it’s great for all skin types, is gentle on the skin, and removes all traces of makeup (even waterproof!) My current favorite is the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil . Once that’s done, I go in with my favorite cleansing tool: Clarisonic . I love using it with my Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio‐Repair Cleansing Gel. It’s a gentle facial gel cleanser that regenerates the skin using rose stem cells, rose extracts, and glycolic acid. And who doesn’t like to smell like roses?

image58. Moisturize
We need to remember to do this on every inch of our bodies. It’s more than your head, shoulders, knees, and toes, people! My current favorites are The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter , Hourglass Equilibrium Serum , Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream , AMOREPACIFIC Time Response Eye Renewal Cream , and Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil .

image49. Exfoliate
In order to keep your skin silky smooth, you need to exfoliate. Exfoliating your skin will remove dead skin from the skin’s surface leaving you with fresher cells. I love the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel . It’s a two‐step daily face peel which helps improve the skin’s texture, fine lines, and wrinkles and minimizes pores.

image810. Sleep On It
Getting your recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night will make a huge, positive impact on your skin. Your body repairs itself and produces new collagen while you’re asleep. More collagen = fewer wrinkles.

If you have questions or need help building your perfect skincare regimen, come see me at Fashion Show Nordstrom in the cosmetics department for a complimentary consultation.

Tazia P. Farmer

Professional Makeup Artist, Licensed Cosmetologist. Island girl living in Vegas. Lover of art, animals, nature, and Mexican food.

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