By Lisa Matsuda and Louisa Graves     

 Photo by Matt Flores

The Ultimate Stress Reliever: Part 1 1What is fun, free, burns calories, tones your legs, relieves stress, and even animals do it? No, not THAT (That works too!) … It’s walking!

Walking is something we can all do right now to relieve stress, calm our thoughts, and declutter our minds. Walking is deceptively simple and extremely beneficial. It’s a great time to pray, listen to music, or just be in silence. And unlike the gym (which at this time is not recommended due to Corona Virus), the scenery can change depending on where you go. What’s the best part (besides being FREE)? It’s ZERO calories, unlike our favorite feel-good snacks that we reach for when stressed.

Walking is recognized by professionals globally as an important part of holistic living. Clinical psychologist and international speaker DR. Robert Puff and international walking guru Manuela Stoerzer Vogt recommend walking to their clients, which include Fortune 500 executives, tired mothers, and mental health patients. It REALLY works!

Waist Management

What is the most obvious symptom of too much cortisol? Yes, you know it! Added inches around the waist! Cortisol increases glucose in the bloodstream causing fat to accumulate in this not so great area. Do your best to skip the unhealthy snacks that we ALL want when we feel down and out. Nip this cycle in the bud by taking daily walks to lower cortisol and get rid of excess glucose. Your wallet will thank you.

Great Minds Go For Great Walks

Overproduction of cortisol also produces brain fog. You know that feeling you get when you are stressed out at work or home, you have deadlines, issues to solve, kids screaming and no creative ideas or helpful strategies come to mind? You feel completely blocked. Yup, that is cortisol producing the fight-or-flight response. Walking is a great way to fight brain fog, recharge your brain, and rekindle your creativity. Albert Einstein took walks which he claimed help him work out complex problems. Steve Jobs also was a big believer in the power of walking, concentration, and idea generation.

How Much Should I do?

So what is the optimal length and speed your walk should be? 30 minutes a day is the recommended amount, but feel free to do more if you can. A brisk walk is preferred over a slower pace, but please keep in mind your physical abilities. You should have fun on your walk so don’t stress if you can’t do 30 minutes right away. And be sure to keep your mask around your chin so you can move it up and over your mouth and nose when you pass by another walker on your path.

Amp It Up!

Interval walking is good for those who want more intensity. Warm up by walking at a moderate pace for the first 5 minutes. Then walk as fast as you can for 60 seconds. Don’t forget to pump your arms as this helps you burn even more calories! When the 60 seconds has passed, resume your moderate pace for another 5 minutes. Repeat as often as you can for maximum results!

(Excerpts taken from, “Age-Proof: Beauty Alternative You Need to Know”)

For more tips on health and wellness, check out my book, “Age Proof: Beauty Alternatives You Need to Know”. Available as an ebook and paperback.

 

 

 

 

Avoid Skin & Body Care Products with Fragrance:

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We all like to indulge all our senses, including our noses! But let’s be honest: would any of you spray perfume all over your face?  Definitely not! Many skin care products on the market are laden with synthetic fragrances. But did you know that those perfumed products often contain harmful ingredients that can cause damage to our skin, our health? What are these harmful ingredeints in skincare and makeup?

Here’s a list of potential serious side effects of fragrance:

Headaches, eczema, asthma, skin rashes, and hormone imbalance. Often called endocrine disruptors, these compounds can disrupt the body’s hormonal balance and in some cases can cause cancer, tumors, birth defects, and other disorders.

The term “fragrance” comprises of over 3,000 chemicals according to the IRFA. When the single word “fragrance” is listed in your favorite cosmetics or lotions, not to mention a host of other household products, that single word could mean multiple combinations of many toxic compounds, not just one ingredient. One study found that products with “fragrance” listed in the ingredients can contain between 50 and 300 ADDITIONAL chemicals! Between facial cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers, this could mean anywhere from 200 to 1200 separate chemicals applied to your skin, twice a day!

Cosmetics companies do not have to list every ingredient under “fragrance“ as this is considered a proprietary company secret. While most of us are used to fragrances, the fact that the ingredients are not listed, should cause us plenty of concern.

Synthetic fragrances are widely used in commercial products to mask the scent of cheap ingredients found in many skin care and anti-aging creams, lotions, body care, grooming items, sunscreen and makeup products lining the shelves of drugstores, department and cosmetic stores. Avoid these harmful cosmetic, skincare and sunscreen ingredients by choosing healthy, safe alternatives, formulated without these additives.

The good new is…  women and men love the products listed at www.HollywoodBeautySecrets.com because they are free of cheap ingredients, therefore we do not have to mask our products with fragrance. And our fragrance free skin care is gender neutral so it is enjoyed by men and women. Our products are formulated in the USA. They are professional strength and made with premium quality, world class ingredients, in the highest concentrations so our customers get results. We have a very high re-order rate because our products really work and best of all – they don’t cost a fortune.

Safe Handling Procedures: Rest assured knowing that because we are a small family business,  only one person packs your order, using latex-free gloves. In addition, our packing tables, equipment and all tools are wiped with alcohol or hospital wipes to ensure safe handling.  This is another reason why we get so many re-orders. Our customers trust us!

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The custom line of HollywoodBeautySecrets.com products include those seen in this photo, plus even more new products as listed below:

Beyond Clean Cleanser, Soothing Toner, Exfoliating Enzyme Powder, Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex, De-Aging Solution, Night Nutrient Cream, Eye Perfect, Beyond CP, Ultimate Ceramide & Lipid Serum + Antioxidants, Vitamin C (20%) Serum + Antioxidants,  Lip Renew & Plump Gloss, Rejuvenating Body & Hand Lotion.

 Suraya W. from California has reordered many of our products – over 99 times!. See her review below:

“I’ve been going to the top dermatologists in LA and I’ve tried many top products… I don’t know how I came upon Hollywood Beauty Secrets, but thank God I did!! Somehow Louisa vets the best products for the most reasonable prices. I’ve been in heaven with all of Louisa’s choices… BTW: everywhere I go, people ask me what I use on my skin, even the top (Los Angeles) dermatologists!!!”

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What are Phthalates?

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Phthalates are a group of chemicals that give plastics their flexibility. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are also used as solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials found in toys, garden hoses, vinyl flooring, air fresheners, car dashboards, candles, and more. Phthalates are also found in many commercially made cosmetics, grooming and beauty products such as creams, body lotions, sun screen, hair spray, nail polish, body soaps, shampoos, lipsticks, and synthetic perfumes.

But what’s very alarming is that phthalates cause a host of side effects, such as hormonal imbalances, gestational diabetes, miscarriage, reduced sperm count, slow metabolism, impaired thyroid function, rashes, allergies and cancer!

Avoiding phthalates before and during pregnancy is necessary for the health of the fetus. Do not microwave your food in plastic as chemicals can absorb into the food. Avoid any skin care, cosmetic, grooming or household product that might contain phthalates.

Choose skincare that is Guaranteed fragrance, phthalate and paraben free!

At HollywoodBeautySecrets.com we’ve been promoting fragrance, paraben and phthalate-free products for many years. We care about your health. If you’re not sure where to start, you can email your name and day time phone number to Louisa@HollywoodBeautySecrets.com and Louisa will personally discuss the products that are best for you.  Or try these top sellers: Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex & Skin Uplift Serum. These two powerhouses have a cult following and are proven highly effective.

 

 

by Lisa Matsuda and Louisa Graves

Treating the First Signs of Aging 5

Unfortunately, aging IS inevitable. It’s a part of life. Embrace it and take these easy, doable steps to age-defy your skin.

Most women are pleasantly surprised that when they turn 30, they have fewer wrinkles than they thought they’d have…if any at all!

The truth is women in their 30’s and 40’s have benefited from revolutionary information and products we did not have just one or two generations ago. The increased use of sunscreen for one, is a positive and so is the use of proven anti-aging skincare products at a younger age.

I’ve come up with a list of early aging signs and ways to treat them. Luckily, these are relatively easy to address and manage – with the right products!

  1. Drier, dull skin:

Tightness, flaking, and fine lines may show up in your mid-30s, around the time fertility drops. The reason for this is slowing hormones and decreased cellular turnover.

TIP: Avoid the urge to exfoliate TOO much as it can make skin thinner, irritated and inflamed. I suggest exfoliating your skin every three days. Try my premium strength Exfoliating Enzyme Powder which can be used two ways: as a scrub or as a mask, if your skin is very sensitive.

 

  1. Fine lines, and a bit of hyper-pigmentation:

Around our 40’s, we experience fine lines and hyper-pigmentation. Repeated facial movements, genetics, sun exposure, and a loss of elasticity are the culprits here, and unfortunately, the only one that’s avoidable is the sun!

Those little freckles and sun spots are also known as hyper-pigmentation, and should be addressed sooner, rather than later. If you aren’t using sunscreen, now’s the time to add it to your routine.

My niece is 41 now and of the Jersey Shore generation, used sunbeds constantly in her mid 20’s. She lived in a cold climate and loved the sun kissed glow achieved by tanning. But now she is experiencing some  hyper-pigmentation around her eyes. This is just the beginning! She wears sunscreen religiously now and, guess what? She likes how she looks without a tan!  Believe me, there are worse things in life than being pale!

 

  1. Let’s talk about the neck and décolletage:

Our faces get all the attention, and yet the skin on the neck and chest is some of the thinnest on our bodies. These areas are extremely delicate and sensitive. By our 40’s the decolletage can look red, freckled and leathery if not protected. One of the best products for the neck and chest is my Cellulite Buster & Neck Firming Cream. It’s incredible!! It gently yet effectively resurfaces, brightens, softens and hydrates the neck and chest. Some of my clients also apply it nightly on their faces in addition to their neck, chest, upper arms and thighs. Another option is my Night Nutrient Cream which hydrates, resurfaces and also helps to address UV sun damage. Either product can be applied at night.

 

  1. Loss of volume, lines and bags under the eyes:

Many women lose fat in their faces as they get older and one of those places is under the eyes. I get loads of inquiries asking how to properly treat this area. My answer is Eye Perfect. It addresses lines, puffiness, bags, dark circles and also helps to firm the delicate skin around the eyes with incredible DePuff® and myriad antioxidants.

 

  1. The sagging chin and jowl:

By our late 40’s and into our 50’s, the volume in our faces shifts from the top, down to the lower half, dragging down our overall look. You may notice sagging jowls, a loose chin and the neck not as tight looking as they were – even just 5 years ago. I use and highly recommend the Facial Flex. Just 120 reps takes only 2 minutes. Do it in your car, or while watching TV. An amazing facial toning device fora great price at HollywoodBeautySecrets.com. Get the flex bands there too.

 

Below are a few more outstanding solutions you may wish to try

To achieve moist and dewy-looking skin, gently exfoliate twice a week using my Exfoliating Enzyme Powder, then apply Ultimate Ceramide & Lipid Serum + Antioxidants on top. UC&LS+ A is rich in fatty acids, contains premium quality hydrators that keep skin soft and supple as well as antioxidants to nourish and protect the skin. And it contains NO fillers or fragrance!

Another option for evening is my Skin Uplift Serum, with two peptides, powerful age-defying sea kelp, collagen, hyaluronic acid and skin firming DMAE. It brighten, tightens, firms and helps repair and prevent wrinkles. Some women apply it on their upper arms.

 

For daytime, popular Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex is a top seller with three proven peptides, loads of antioxidants, skin softening and redness-reducing pomegranate seed oil, and maximum strength EGF which is a powerhouse protein that helps put volume back in the skin. Below are just a few of Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex’ incredible benefits:

  • Copper-Tripeptide-1 is a power collagen and elastin stimulator which keeps skin thick, reduces redness and broken capillaries, and it encourages the production of glycosaminoglycan’s (hyaluronic acid), to keep skin plump and soft.
  • Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 also stimulate the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid to help prevent, repair and smooth fine lines and wrinkles as well as brighten the skin tone.
  • Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant 500X more potent than vitamin E. It helps the skin recover from environmental damage and stress to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid neutralizes free radicals and dissolves toxins in the skin. It also gently exfoliates and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

After applying your day cream, be sure to apply sun screen. Check out my favorite, nano-particle-free, safe and healthy 30 SPF sunscreen at www.HollywoodBeautySecrets.com.

All my products are formulated with your concerns in mind! In addition, you can shop with confidence because only one person packs your items and we use safe handling procedures to help protect our clients from COVID-19.

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