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Full Figure Superstar full of Full Figure Fashion: Spotlight on Cristela Alonzo

Watch out, there’s a new superstar in town.  Her name is Cristela Alonzo and this breakout star is proving to be a role model to many.  As the first Latina to create, write, produce and star in her own sitcom, Cristela is breaking down barriers in more ways than one.

Cristela casualBorn and raised in a Spanish-speaking home in Texas, Cristela grew up watching American television.  Her favorites were always sitcoms and that’s how she learned to speak English.  Even when her family could not afford food, her single mother always made sure they had television to keep her kids inside and away from danger.  Cristela was beyond fascinated with what she saw and quickly studied much more than just language.  She came to understand American family dynamics and how they differed from her own life, and she fell in love with comedy.  Her happy spirit was always spreading joy – and sometimes song too – even to her mother who was often gloomy over their family’s hard life.

All that happiness paid off as Cristela went to college and eventually found her niche as a clean stand-up comedian.  She pulled much of her material from her own life as a Latina, full figured woman.  Although humble, Cristela felt compelled and responsible for representing Hispanics authentically to the world.  And she does it with a lot of familiar humor that is relatable and laughable to many cultures.  Her hit show Cristela about a Latina who lives with her extended family and works at a law firm is unique and popular.

cristela-alonzo-abc2Cristela also embraces her curvy body as part of her show and comedy through full figure fashion.  For work scenes, her on-screen character has a signature style of trendy empire-waist dresses topped with a cardigan and classy costume jewelry.  At home her character is more laid back in curve-hugging t-shirts, casual jeans and the currently stylish fitted lumberjack plaid button-down.  She’s also usually donning her famous dimpled sly smile after popping off her customary zingers.

Cristela+Alonzo+Disney+ABC+Television+Group+ZmegudmshnBlOn the red carpet, Cristela’s personal full figure fashion style is a little more sassy and but just as chic.  She knows how to dress her curves in cross-over tops and dresses, v-cut blouses, jackets that hit her body at the perfect spot and curve-loving jeans.  With just a hint of sexiness and a lot of class, Cristela’s positive, wholesome act doesn’t just describe her comedy.

Her inner and outer beauty, combined with her effortless style, is just another way Cristela is breaking the mold of what a modern day superstar can be.  We’ll keep watching, Cristela, if you keep inspiring us with your fashion and making us laugh.

 

 

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8 Unexpected Valentine’s Day Surprises for your Sweetheart

Psst…Here’s a secret: Valentine’s Day is not all about sex.  Spending quality time with your husband or boyfriend can be just as intimate, stimulating and loving as making love itself.  Fortunately, you have an entire day to pack it all in!

We believe Valentine’s day should be full of the unexpected joyfulness that represents you and your man as a couple.  If you’re still struggling with what to do on the day of love, we’ve got eight Valentine’s Day surprises that may be perfect for you and your sweetheart this year:

young-couple-dancing-2012-08Take a Dance Class:  Nothing gets the juices flowing like dancing.  This full-body experience will get you and your beau in sync.   Even if you aren’t the best dancers, let lose a little and let the rhythm guide you.  The closeness of being in each other’s harms and moving your bodies together is just what this holiday is all about.

Make a Meal Together…In Your Undies:  Cooking together stimulates many senses at once.  And if you do it in a bra and panties, it will stimulate a few more.  Making a meal is an activity that requires joint decision making and teamwork, two important qualities of your partnership. Plus, doing anything half naked is a lot more fun!

Partake in an Extreme Adventure:  If dancing and cooking don’t really do it for you, maybe something a little more extreme is in order.  Take the plunge and try something heart-pounding together such as skydiving, parasailing, race car driving, spelunking or bungee jumping.  See who is the biggest dare devil in your relationship.

flowerGive a Plant:  Traditional Valentine’s flowers fade, wilt and eventually die.  That’s not representative of your love!  Buy your honey a beautiful flowering plant that will last much longer, perhaps one you can plant in your yard this spring.  Like your love, you can nurture it together.

Have a Change of Heart:  Have you been holding on to something that is causing tension in your relationship?  Valentine’s Day is the ideal time to let it go and give the gift of a changed heart.  Maybe you’ve been resistant to a change your partner suggested or trying new things.  Show him how much you care by giving his ideas a chance.

5044 blackGive Him a Sexy New Bra:  Ok, ok, not for him to wear!  Buy yourself a beautiful new sexy full figure bra from LeadingLady.com and wrap it up for your man.  Trust us, he’ll love this gift once you’re in it.

Give From the Heart:  Spending time with your loved one doing something for others is an awesome way to spend part of your V-day.  Volunteer at a shelter, clean up a nature preserve, visit a hospital or give blood – It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it is helping others from the heart.

Go To the Park:  More than wild activities or wining and dining, perhaps what you need most is a little R&R.  Strolling through the park or having a picnic is a wonderful way to kick back and relax on a beautiful backdrop with the person you love.  There’s nothing like nature to rejuvenate the spirit, including the spirit of love.

Sexy Full Figure Bras for Valentine’s Day

Your heart may be ready for Valentine’s Day, but is your bra wardrobe?  As if you needed an excuse to buy new sexy full figure bras, Valentine’s Day may be the greatest occasion for such a purchase.  And if you’re looking for the best selection of sexy full figure bras including sensual lace, Valentine’s red, blushing pink or just plain adorable bras, you’ve come to the right place.  Leading Lady is your destination for sexy full figure bras this Valentine’s Day.

5028 redWhen you think of Valentine’s Day, we bet sweetheart red comes to mind.  Red is on our minds too and we’ve got the perfect red Valentine’s Day bra for you.  It’s one of our newest color additions to our best selling Molded Padded Seamless Full Figure Bra, which comes in both underwire and wirefree.  This classic cranberry bra offers comfort and support in a fun, vibrant color that couldn’t scream Valentine’s Day any louder.  The padded cups and straps ensure ultimate blissful wearing, while the adjustable straps and four back hook-and-eye closures ensure your best fit every day.  The sweetheart neckline is great for that sexy dress you’ve been saving for Valentine’s Day or any v-cut or scoop neck top that requires a lower cut bra. You’ll surely have your man seeing hearts in your eyes with this festive bra.

NeLeading Lady's Lace Cup Underwire Full Figure Braxt on your Valentine’s sexy full figure bra wish list is probably black lace.  Are we right?  Well, we’ve got titillating lace in a variety of styles that will suit your personal fashion and wardrobe.  Our stunning Lace Cup Underwire Full Figure Bra and our Scalloped Lace Underwire Full Figure Bra will give you the best that black lace has to offer. If you think lace is itchy, uncomfortable and flimsy, you should rethink your lace bras.  Ours are made from the softest lace that will not irritate skin.  With lined, slightly padded cups, your breasts will be supported and lifted to create fabulous cleavage and eliminate sag.  The Scalloped Lace style allows some of your skin to peek through the bra, making you irresistible on Valentine’s Day.

5048pink_hooksBut wait, lace comes in other colors too and they can be just as sexy.  Our Lace Cup and Scalloped Lace bras come in white and nude options, which may be more versatile for your wardrobe and have the same sex appeal.  Additionally, our Crossover Front Closure Racer Back Leisure Bra features lace cups in a sporty-meets-sexy style offered in pink, white and black.  The plunging neckline and racer back make it a great alternative for non-traditional tops and dresses, like halters.  And we can’t forget how adorable lace trim can be too, such as our Wirefree Full Figure Bralette, which can be worn as a bra or cami-like option.

plus size sport braFor a more subtle Valentine’s flavor, pink is a terrific choice.  We have a variety of pink bras to suit your style including our most popular leisure bras: our pink Cotton Front Closure Leisure Bra, a.k.a. The Most Comfortable Bra in America, and our rosewood or nude blush Zig-Zag Weave Front Closure Leisure Bra.  Both of these sexy pink hued leisure bras are amazing for lazy Valentine’s mornings when you intend to lounge with your love.  (Doesn’t that sound like fun!?) Or if you plan to get in a workout on Valentine’s Day, do it in a hot pink Wirefree Sport Full Figure Bra.

Nothing says, “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a sexy bra.  At LeadingLady.com, sexy full figure bras are just a few clicks away.  Happy Shopping!

Full Figure Fashion: How Every Woman Can Wear Leather

Move over biker chicks, leather is a trend that every woman can wear.  No longer just edgy and radical, leather is now super stylish and posh.  So much so that anyone with any body type or personality can pull it off.

Just like any other fabric selection or style of clothing, wearing leather requires dressing for your body type and individual taste.  Because leather can be clingy, it’s important to ensure the pieces you select are tailored appropriately for you.  Keep in mind, leather doesn’t have to be tight to be trendy and leather makes a great accent piece if you’re not ready to deck yourself in leather from head-to-toe.

michael-kors-brown-michael-plus-size-seamed-zip-front-leather-jacket-product-1-22016815-0-220532654-normal_large_flexLeather jackets are a terrific way to incorporate the leather trend into your wardrobe.  These days there are many styles that fit a variety of personalities and body types.  For women looking for a slimming effect, select a leather jacket with buttons straight down the middle or interesting off-set zippers that angle down. Plus size women often look better in a collarless jacket or thinner soft leather that won’t add bulk.  To create a broader shoulder, wear a leather jacket with detail, embellishments or texture on the shoulders.  Short fitted leather jackets that hit at the top of your natural waistline will allow you to show off your curves on top and on the bottom.

leather pantsFor a bolder look, try leather pants.  If you think you have to be a rockstar to wear them, think again.  Leather pants can be extremely chic and classy.  A relaxed fit leather pant or a jeans-like trouser pant is great at hiding problem areas.  If you have larger hips, select a classic boot cut design or a slightly flared crop pant.  Another great way to wear a leather pant is as leggings.  The thinner material will not add bulk and you can pair these with an over-sided sweater, empire-waist blouse or dress.  Alternatively, select leggings of a different fabric with a leather stripe down the sides for a similar fashion statement.  Leather pants pair best with a top of a different material but mixes well with almost any texture you desire.

leather topLeather tops can also be sleek and sexy.  Because leather is a more structured material, it naturally helps create a flattering silhouette.  Some of the hottest styles include tops with leather peplums or leather bodies and a different fabric sleeve.  This use of mixed textures and sheens offers a fun and interesting contrast.  Leather is a great fabric for all seasons, and leather tops allow you the flexibility to layer depending on the weather.  Black leather is definitely the way to go with leather tops.

Last but not least, we have to mention leather accents and accessories.  Leather fringe was all the rage at Milan’s Spring 2015 Fashion Week.  This native-esque detail is playful and flirty.  If you’re not into fringe clothes, try a fringe necklace, earrings or even an adornment to your favorite leather purse.  Leather embellishments, especially black-on-black, are very fashionable and can dress up otherwise drab black outfits.  For example, if you’re in the mood for all black, throw a black leather belt of a different sheen into the mix to break up the outfit and add some pizzazz.

Quality leather can be expensive but for the right pieces, invest in real leather instead of faux substitutes.  You’ll feel the difference on your skin and usually the clothes look better and last longer too.

So let’s see your leather, ladies!  Have fun with this hot fashion trend.  We have a hunch it’s here to stay for a long time.

How to Avoid a Wardrobe Malfunction

When celebrities do it, they make headlines, which is probably good for their careers.  When you do it, it’s just embarrassing and potentially bad for your career.  We’re talking about wardrobe malfunctions.  Those dreaded OMG moments when you realize something went horribly wrong when you go dressed before putting in your contacts.

Here are eight sure-fire ways to avoid wardrobe malfunctions in your everyday life:

5415_Black_250x2501)      Wear a properly fitting bra!  Boob bouncy, nip slip and side boob are NOT attractive.  Leave the strip tease for the bedroom and make sure your lingerie drawer is equipped with supportive, comfortable, functional and stylish full figure bras.  In the event that you do have a peek-a-boo moment, at least your friends, family and co-workers will get a glimpse of your fabulous bra and not your birthday armor.

2)      Wear underwear too.  We agree, panty lines are not desirable but flashing your privates is much less so.  If you’re wearing a tight outfit, wear very thin seamless underwear or thongs.  Sometimes boy shorts are a better choice because they hit the leg where your pants or skirt may not be as snug.

3)      Have some sheer sense.  Here’s a tip: if you are wearing something transparent, you’re supposed to wear something underneath.  One of the easiest ways to rectify see-through drama is by wearing a skin-colored slip or camisole underneath.  If the outfit will be a staple in your wardrobe, have your tailor add a permanent lining to avoid “sheerious” issues.

4)      Uncling your static cling.  It happens to the best of us.  You’re in a hurry and run out the door without doing a 360 in the mirror.  Then you feel the tug on your back-side and realize you have some major static cling.  Run a wire hanger around your clothes to absorb the cling charge or rub yourself with a dryer sheet.  You may smell “mountain fresh” for a few hours but it beats the cling.

michael-michael-kors-michl-michl-kors-pin-dot-logo-scarf-medium-1278865)      Hide spills to avoid looking messy.  When you spill coffee or drop your open tube of lipstick down your blouse, you’ll need a quick fix.  If you have a blazer, of course you can throw that on to hide the spots.  Otherwise, carry around a long thin neutral-color scarf that you can throw on should you need to cover up accidental stains.

6)      Watch out for the pits.  Deodorant is often a double-edged sword.  If you wear it, you may end up with a white mess on your clothes.  If you don’t you could stink and have embarrassing pit puddles.  The solution is to wear just a little and try an invisible variety.  Wait a few minutes after applying before putting on our clothes.  If you do get some on yourself, use a baby wipe to get it off.

7)      Use double-sided tape as the universal fix.  You can do some pretty amazing things with double-sided tape.  From holding together a ripped hem to attaching your bra strap to your tank top, double-sided tape is a multifaceted tool when it comes to fashion.

8)      Be prepared with a wardrobe malfunction kit.  A fashionista is always prepared for a fashion emergency, no matter where it may arise. Grab an extra make-up case and put together your own wardrobe malfunction kit.  You’ll need:  a travel-size lint roller, a small package of baby wipes, safety pins, a scarf, double-sided tape, and a few dryer sheets. With these items, most wardrobe malfunctions can be averted.

8 Ways to Get 8 Cups a Day

Water is a basic human need that keeps our bodies functioning properly.  From head-to-toe, our bodies contain of 50-65% water, depending on individual body mass and make up.  Part of keeping our hydration in balance is ensuring we get at least eight 8 oz. servings of water a day.

lemon-waterDo you have trouble get your 8 cups a day?  You’re not alone.  Today we’re sharing 8 ways to get 8 cups a day:

Citrus Twist:  Squirting some fresh citrus fruits into your glass gives your water a tangy twist while also adding some essential Vitamin C.  Lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are all refreshing ways to enjoy your water.

Berry Infusion:  For a boost of sweetness, soak berries in a pitcher of water for a few hours before drinking it.  The natural sugars will infuse with your H2O for a delicious sweet treat.  Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries will enhance the taste and appearance of your water during a BBQ or cocktail party.  These bright berries add beauty and pizzazz, not to mention a dose of antioxidants.

Flavored Powder:  If you’re on the go and need to flavor your water bottle, try adding flavor powder.  These now come in individual servings and pack in some vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with a tasty flavor.  Just be sure to find low-calorie versions without chemicals or unnatural food coloring.

Sparkling Water:  Getting sick of still water?  Try a sparkling variety.  These cost a little more than bottled water (and a lot more than tap water) but one a day to break up the monotony may be well worth the expense.  Be sure to select a zero calorie option with natural flavoring.

watery-fruits-vegetablesWater-Based Produce:  Most fruits and vegetables have high water content plus they have essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients too.  Fruits with the highest water content include watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, oranges and pineapple.  Veggies that will keep you hydrated include cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, celery and zucchini.  If you eat a diet rich and hydrating fruits and vegetables, you can cross off one cup of water a day.

Water-Based Preparation:  The basis of soups, stews and hot cereals like oatmeal, grits and cream of wheat is water.  So don’t forget to count these as part of your water intake.  Eating your water is a great way to reach your 8 cups, and tasty one too.

Herbal Teas:  The myth that teas are dehydrating is simply not true.  The hydration factor outweighs any elements that may be dehydrating because teas are made primarily of water.  Drinking hot tea is another way to diversify your water intake so you don’t get bored with plain old water.  And there are endless herbal tea varieties that have a range of benefits beyond just hydration.

Set Goals:  If you make drinking water a fun part of your day, you’re more likely to reach your 8 cups.  One way to do this is to have a water routine.  For example, one glass as soon as you wake up, a glass with each meal, two glasses after exercise, etc…  You can also challenge yourself to reach water goals by certain times of day.  For instance, you can say, I’m going to have at least 4 glasses by noon.  Keep a mental tally so you know where you stand and how much further you have to go to reach your water goal every day.

Cheers x 8 to your best health and wellness!

The Best Belts for Your Body Type

Much like a fabulous full figure bra supports, smoothes and complements your wardrobe, so too can great belts.  In fact, belts can reshape, re-imagine and re-direct almost any outfit.  The key is knowing which belts are right for your body type and following belt trends that will keep you looking amazing and fashionable at the same time.

Today we’re breaking down the best belts for your body type and sharing some of this winter’s hottest belt trends:

Hourglass:  Belts can help you define your sensual feminine silhouette by drawing in your waist and letting your curves speak for themselves.  Wear your belt at the thinnest part of your waist and make sure it has some fun details such as an interesting buckle, bright jewels or a cool pattern.  Also, a dark belt on a lighter colored outfit will pop, such as a black belt on a white jumpsuit or a navy belt on a red dress.

thick-body-type-beltApple Shape:  Thick, bold belts in dark hues worn right beneath the bustline work best for an apple shape.  Forget your natural waistline and create more flattering look that will also show off your curves.  Be sure your top fits nicely without creating back bulge from your high-waisted belt.  Elastic materials work nicely for this body type.

Straight Shape:  If you lack curves, you’ll need to create the illusion of a waist. Belts, of course, are perfect for that.  Straight shaped women will probably want to belt clothes that other may not, including long dresses, cardigans and coats.  This cinches the waist creating a more feminine appearance.  Wrap dresses, sweaters or coats with built-in or matching tied belts can also be flattering.

Pear Shape:  You’ve got a slim waist so show it off, lady!  Belting almost every outfit can help accentuate that waist of yours.  Thin or medium belts will work best but go high fashion to really call attention to your tiny mid-section.  A belt on a pear-shape woman can also help clothes drape nicely over your bottom for a smooth, sexy look.

Petite:  If you’re on the shorter side, elongate your torso by wearing a belt low on your hips.  But don’t over power your small stature with a huge belt.  Keep it thin and simple so your belt complements instead of conquers.

embedded_plus_size_belt_tipsBelts may have been designed for function, but they have evolved into high fashion statements.  Fashion belts can be appropriate for any body type if worn in the right way and for the right occasion.  Braided belts are popular for casual attire in both solids and multi-colored varieties.  Side-tie belts or structured belts that tie and dangle are on-trend.  Depending on how they are worn, this can create a soft, feminine look, or a more formal, business-like look.  When going out for a special occasion, sparkle, bling and metallic accents are in order.  Spruce up your black dress with a statement belt or just create a more polished, chic look for an otherwise ordinary combo.

Belts are one of the simplest ways to reshape your silhouette and add pizzazz to an otherwise hum-ho outfit.  When you wear the best belts for your body type, you’ll be rockin’ your most stylish, flattering look.

The Tutu Trend: Why We Love Tutus

Most little girls love the idea of being a ballerina.  Maybe because ballerinas are the closest thing to fairies or princesses we have in real life…unless you are Kate Middleton, of course.  Dressing in a tutu as a little girl probably helped you step into a different persona – one where you felt beautiful and special and elegant and graceful.  And who doesn’t want to feel that way?

Now, as a grown woman, you still have the same wants and desires as that little girl.  Yes, you’re a bit wiser, more grounded and you probably realize a prince or knight in shining armor won’t literally rescue you.  But returning to that girlish dream may not be such a bad thing, especially when tutus are extremely trendy and flattering.

We love the tutu trend and here’s why…

Tutus are Flattering – With a fitted waistband and a full skirt, this version of an A-line skirt is extremely complimentary to many body types.  If you’re hoping to cover some full figure tuttummy bulge or a wide bottom and thighs, a high-waisted tutu can do the trick.  With thin layers, a tutu adds volume and illusion without being bulky and cumbersome.

Tutus are Feminine – Nothing says “I’m a woman” like tulle!  This version of lace is as classic as ballet itself.  In a feminine pink, white or floral design, your skirt will do the flirting for you.

Tutus Show your Best Assets – A full skirt begs for a fitted top, which will allow you to show off some of your best assets, your breasts.  No need to wear a super tight or low-cut top, but a fitted sweater or blouse will create a lovely silhouette that balances a broader skirt.  Be sure to wear a seamless full figure bra to create a smooth, sleek line beneath your top.

Tutus Accentuate Great Legs – Tutus can be short, long or in-between.  If you’ve got great legs, show them off in an adorable short tutu and some killer heels.  Short tutus should have wider flair and are often more flattering with extra layers of tulle.

Tutus Work for Any Season – In the winter, tutus can be festive and snowy. In spring, tutus are wistful and flirty. In summer, tutus are breezy and light.  In fall, tutus are transitional and edgy.  No matter what season you’re dressing for, a tutu is always in style.

tumblr_inline_n5j2ijskkx1sfmydvTutus can be Casual or Dressy – Tutus are easy daytime wear with t-shirts, button-downs or tanks.  Or the same tutu can be dressed up for an elegant night out with a sparkly blouse, blazer or trendy sweater.  Just change your shoes and your jewelry and you’re all set for day or night in your fabulous tutu.

Tutus Allow You to Move – Perhaps the easiest skirt on the planet to wear, tutus allow maximum mobility.  Don’t believe us?  Try riding a bicycle in a pencil skirt.  OK?

Tutus Help Regain Youthfulness – It’s hard not to return to your youthful princess-like passions when you’re wearing a tutu.  We could all use a piece of that joy, innocence and belief in “once upon a time” in our lives.

 

Bedtime Habits that Improve Your Entire Life

At the end of the day – once all the dishes are done, the kids are asleep and you’ve put your daily work to rest – may be your best opportunity to do a few things that could really improve your life.  Yes, you may be exhausted, but taking time for you, even if it is just a few minutes before bed, is important.  Plus, bedtime routines help you relax and prepare for sleep, and they can make the next day be a lot more manageable, productive and creative.

Check out these nightly bedtime rituals that many highly successful people do before they doze off to sleep:

Take a Walk:  Walking increases the flow of ideas because you’re concentrating on other things. And most people are most creative at night when their brain is free from the “stuff” that has to be done, immediately!  Whether you’re trying to find a solution to a problem at work or you’ve just begun a creative project and need to get your juices flowing, walking can help you work out your thoughts.  It invigorates your body and mind at the same time, plus it has many health benefits to boot.

Stretch:  It may seem counterintuitive to get your heart pumping right before bed, but it will actually help you relax, soothe your worn-out muscles and improve your circulation. And all three of those things make for a more restful, restorative sleep.  Stretching relieves much of the tension that builds up in your body from physical activity and stress during the day.  By releasing your muscles, you can let go of your day and prepare for the reparation of sleep.

reading-in-bed-mflRead:  Watching a bright television or fooling around on your mobile phone or tablet is too stimulating for a night-time activity.  Instead, read a book, and make it a self-improvement book.  Mysterious, fantastical page-turners might make you want to read all night.  But if you select a book that is interesting and make actually make a difference in your life, you can go to sleep letting the advice soak in without being over-stimulated.

Plan:  You don’t have to map out every moment of the next day, but do think through the important things you want to accomplish.  These items will be top-of-mind when you wake up refreshed and they can be the first thing you tackle with a clear mind.  Also, get prepare a few things for the next day.  We all know mornings are very hectic as you try to get yourself and everyone in your family ready for their day.  The more you can get done the night before, the smoother your morning will be.

Meditate on Gratefulness:  After you’ve prepared and planned, let your mind slip into a peaceful state as a release from the tasks of your daily life.  A good way to do this is to think about the many things in your life for which you are grateful.  Studies show that counting your blessings, so to speak, gives people more emotional balance and they tend to have a more positive outlook on life.  Even during hard times, we are all grateful in some ways.

UHow-to-Remove-Eye-Makeup1n-Primp, Hygienate and Healthify:  Spend a few minutes un-grooming by removing your makeup, moisturizing, brushing and flossing your teeth and taking your vitamins (if you haven’t taken them already).  Nighttime is the best time for skin to breathe and repair.  By removing your makeup, you’ll allow your natural oils to protect and rejuvenate your skin.  Then hydrate your face and entire body with a natural moisturizer with essential oils.  Especially during winter months, your body needs extra moisturization overnight.  Brushing and flossing are an important nighttime hygiene routine, not only for good oral health and to prevent tooth decay and tooth loss later in life, but also to void many other unexpected health conditions that stem from your mouth.  Lastly, a daily vitamin is essential for a healthy lifestyle.

We hope you employ some of these highly effective healthy bedtime habits.  Get into the routine tonight for a healthier tomorrow!

Looking Younger: 10 Tips to Slow the Appearance of Aging

Getting older has some advantages.  We’re a little wiser from experience.  Our parents can’t tell us what to do anymore.  Our lives are coming together nicely.  But one disadvantage of getting older is the visible signs of aging.  Yes, those fine lines and wrinkles you may have noticed around your eyes and mouth.  Perhaps a little sagginess on your eyelids.  Some discoloration or coarseness on the surface of your skin.  Oh, and the graying hair.  It’s all caused by aging and most women wish it would just go away!

Aging is both natural and woman-made, meaning part of it is genetic and the rest is due to environmental and lifestyle factors.  On the genetic side, there are just some parts of the aging process that are out of our control.  We inherit it along with the color of our eyes, the shape of our nose and the length of our toes.  And we all age differently, with different effects at different times.  Some people start young and others are in their 40s before they see any signs of aging.  If you have beef with this natural aging process, you’ll have to take it up with your parents.

On the flip side, we do have control over some environmental and lifestyle causes of visible aging.  Some of the worst culprits include sun exposure, smoking, diet, dieting, facial expressions, hydration, gravity, grooming and sleep position.  Not sure what to do about these daily habits that could be causing you to look older?  We’ve got some tips on looking younger with some simple lifestyle adjustments:

Beautiful young lady applying lotion on her back1)      Always protect your skin from the sun.  Ultraviolet rays dangerous release free radicals into your skin, causing cell damage and potentially cancer.  Any amount of tan is the effect of UV rays on skin.  Use sunscreen, cover your body with protective clothing and hats, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

2)      Don’t smoke.  If you smoke now, quit.  It’s bad for your health in SO many ways.  If you can’t quit for fear of life-threatening diseases, do it for vanity.  Skin ages exponentially when you smoke, including additional wrinkles, discoloration and a unattractive texture of skin.

3)      Eat healthy to nourish your skin from the inside out.  Nutrition is important for great skin.  When you consume a variety of vitamins including the B-complex vitamins and antioxidants like vitamin C and A, your skin will pay you back by looking brighter and refreshed.

4)      Don’t yo-yo diet.  When you lose a lot of weight and regain it, your skin will sag and you lose elasticity that is almost impossible to repair.  One area where this is especially apparent is the breasts.  Yo-yo dieting often causes unsightly stretch marks on the entire body too.

5)      Most of us would choose a few crow’s feet and laugh lines for a lifetime of expressions. But squinting is one facial expression that can be avoided.  Wear sunglasses to avoid squinting outdoors and wear necessary prescription glasses or contact lenses so you’re not constantly squinting to see.

6)      Drinking water is the most essential element our bodies need.  Skin needs it too.  Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and more if you are very active.  Also, hydrate your skin with moisturizers that allow your skin to soak up natural nutrients.

151peri7)      Gravity is unavoidable when it comes to our face, but we can support ourselves to reduce its negative effects on our breasts.  Yes, gravity can cause sagging and droopiness of the breasts, just like it does on our entire bodies. Larger breasts tend to sag more due to more weight for gravity to take its toll.  But we can lift and support breasts with properly fitting full figure bras.  Breasts that sit firmly upright on the chest look more feminine and create a youthful silhouette.  Keep in mind, women with large breasts should always wear a bra, including a sleep bra at nighttime.

8)      A great skincare regimen can help reduce the signs of aging.  Great skincare doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should include natural nutrients that work best on your skin.  A good cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliant and eye cream are worth the investment.

9)      Smart grooming techniques can also help you look younger.  A mountain of makeup does not always hide wrinkles.  In fact, it can accentuate them when makeup lines creases.  Light makeup that covers, conceals and contours problem areas is ideal.  Also, keep eyebrows full, moisturize lips to reduce weathering cracks and add at least one non-neutral color to your cosmetic pallet to keep your look young and fresh.

10)  Over time, sleeping on your face causes wrinkles around the chin, forehead and eyes.  Try sleeping on your back to avoid unnecessary pillow aging.

 

Cheers to a more youthful look this year!

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