The quest for a more youthful me started when I turned 50 last February--even though I exercised regularly and ate a healthy diet, I was not able to get rid of some stubborn fat pockets that seemed to arrive out of nowhere. Plus, my skin was not tight and taught like it used to be. Of course the reason for this was age--my body was losing estrogen and collagen quickly. I thought about what could I do to turn the clock back a decade and help others do so as well. Was this possible? I wanted my tight cellulite-free body back without going under the knife.
There's a way to change your body through some great groundbreaking treatments that can be performed at a med spa, a plastic surgeon's office or even at a dermatologist. Many of these procedures promise quick and pain-free results in order to get your trouble areas smooth, tight and cellulite free. While there is no substitute for diet and end exercise, I have found a few of these to be worth the spend (this type of body shaping is time consuming and does not come cheap)!
Over the past eight months, my body has been vacuumed, heated, frozen and shocked more than I would like to admit! Below, I share my experiences with the following body shaping treatments: SkinWave, Cool Sculpting, Viora, Zwave, Microcurrent Nano Frequency Technology, VelaShape and i-Lipo. Some of these procedures offered can help improve body appearance and result in a more svelte figure. All of them are non-invasive, have no down time and are pain-free or tolerable. Read on to see what works best!
The anti-cellulite and skin tightening treatment by SkinWave is currently one of the best, new procedures available today. I discovered the center while doing research for this story, and came upon an article in the DailyMail about how Madonna purchased an anti-cellulite acoustic wave therapy machine that seemed to work wonders. After digging some more, I found out that this technology was recently brought here from Paris to Los Angeles with its first center located in the heart of Beverly Hills. My first reaction was, "Where do I sign up for this?"
SkinWave treatments stimulate collagen production that reinforce the dermis and epidermis. This is achieved by the process of emitting acoustic waves directly onto the troubled areas to boost blood circulation and provide better plasticity of connective tissue. The protocol includes 8-10 weekly sessions and can be used to treat cottage cheese thighs, buttocks, tummy and "bat wing" underarms. Maintenance is once monthly after the 8-10 sessions are completed. This procedure is not for weight loss but is game-changing for cellulite reduction and skin tightening. The acoustic waves infiltrate the tissue via rapid pulsations on the surface sending pressure waves deep into the underlying skin where the cellulite develops. They claim it's painless but I would call it tolerable (one of the heads that emits the acoustic wave during the treatment feels like strong tapping pressure and the other one feels like a shock wave), especially on the thighs and bottom.
What is Acoustic Wave Therapy? AWT is a procedure that has been used for many years in Europe to disintegrate kidney stones and to ease joint pain. Its skin-smoothing abilities were discovered by chance while treating the joints of female athletes when doctors noticed a big improvement in the appearance of their thighs. It soon became clear that this machine could be marketed and used for the cosmetic beauty business. The technology for cosmetic purposes is new to the U.S. and has recently been approved by the FDA for treatment of cellulite, sagging skin and wrinkles. Currently, there is only one SkinWave Institute in the country and it's located in the heart of Beverly Hills. Founder George Zaoui is currently looking to expand to other major cities.
I found SkinWave to be the most effective non-invasive treatment to diminish cellulite, tone and smooth the skin. I actually saw results after ONE treatment. The treatment can also be used on the face to stimulate collagen and prevent wrinkles. I completed treatment of my thighs and was so happy with the results that I moved on to my face and tummy! The wrinkle treatment for the face and neck takes about 20 minutes and is totally painless. The tummy is a 30 minute painless treatment as well. Thighs and bottom are more sensitive and take approximately one hour to treat. It is advised to drink a lot of water following treatments to aid in lymphatic drainage.
222 N Canon Dr #202
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Call George Zaoui for a consultation and appointments, 310-288-9771
Thighs (includes buttocks) - $300 per session, Abdomen - $150, Face (includes neck) - $250
I saw cool sculpting being advertised on almost every street corner in LA and figured it was worth a try to see if it really could freeze away my annoying extra fat pockets. I treated several areas including my outer thighs, flanks and my stomach by purchasing a package deal. The process was uncomfortable in the beginning when the suction vacuum and freezing started to kick in and when the device was removed following the treatment. I also had numbness and bruising that lasted a few weeks post treatment.
CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling called Cryolipolysis to target and kill only the stubborn fat cells that stick around despite diet and exercise. These targeted fat cells are then released from the body in a completely natural process.
For me, the best results were on my outer thighs--they were about 10-15% slimmer than before the treatment. I did not notice much of a difference on my stomach but a bit on my flanks. I think this procedure needs to be done more than once for desired results and can't be compared to the fat removal of liposuction. The good news is, once the fat cells are treated, they are gone forever. Best results are seen about three months following treatment. This is something I would try again now that it's been eight months since the initial treatment.
CoolSculpting available throughout the U.S.
My favorite places for CoolSculpting treatment:
1301 20th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Small area- $800 per session, Large area - $1200, Packages available
Dr. Amy Weschler
3 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
$850 per cycle
The Nano Body Lift
This treatment uses a combination of therapies including Viora, Zwave and microcurrent nano frequency. All three technologies are performed during each visit in the order listed above. Michael Farah runs the spa and personally lost 85 lbs by experimenting with this unique combination of fat burning and skin tightening procedures. The treatments combine radio frequency, nano technology and radio pulse therapy. All of these treatments can be done separately as well, but the results will not be optimized.
Here's the break down of treatments used for the Nano Body Lift:
The Viora uses CORE technology which targets specific layers of the skin to precisely heat the underlying network of collagen and elastin fibers, increasing the metabolic rate of subcutaneous tissue. The collagen then shrinks and the rigid collagen’s cross-links are broken, and your skin's flexibility and strength are restored resulting in firmer, more elastic skin. The area needs to be heated to 38-42 C for this procedure to work. You can feel the heat is being emitted during the session plus a pulsing vacuum sensation. A six session package is recommended to see best results.
This machine uses high energy radial shockwaves that are scientifically proved to have a large impact on collagen structure and the skins connective tissue. Benefits include improved blood circulation, softening of fibrotic structures (scar tissue), strengthening of the connective tissue, improvement of the dermal elasticity, firmness and cell regeneration.
The high energy radial shockwaves consist of two different parts – positive pressure pulse and a comparatively small tensile wave component. The shockwave squeezes the surrounding tissue and breaks the grid structure of the molecules. The tensile wave leads to a collapse of the gas bubbles within the fat structures.
This treatment felt similar to the technology offered at SkinWave but was not as intense.
Nano Frequency Technology
During this treatment, muscles contract comfortably brought on by the conduction pads that are placed on your skin. The system uses a microcurrent technology to achieve results without any pain or uncomfortable muscle spasms. As the process goes on, the settings are increased to be more effective. The results of this treatment are similar to doing hundreds of sit ups and crunches to achieve a flatter belly area. Along with loosing inches, the Nano Frequency technology claims to tighten skin, tone muscles, and reduce cellulite. This regimen seems like it could be overkill but I am guessing it works well if you stick to the planned number of visits and treatments. I only tried this triple procedure one time and would like to continue to see the final results.
Nano Body Lift includes Viora, Zwave and Microcurrent Nano Frequency
Available at Rejuvenate Medical Spa
7130 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
Contact Michael Farah: 818-788-6363
Pricing varies according to area. Packages available.
VelaShape™ claims to contour and slim the body by improving cellulite and reducing circumference in as few as 1 treatment session with it's elos technology. The technology combines infrared light, bi-polar radio frequency energy and vacuum, which cause deep heating of the fat cells, their surrounding connective tissue and the underlying dermal collagen fibers. This stimulates the growth of new and better collagen and elastin which results in localized reduction in skin laxity, body volume and an overall improvement in skin structure and texture. I did six sessions on my thighs and only saw a slight improvement. If you plan to try this technology, make sure you get the treatment at a place that uses the most up to date machine, Velashape III.
The i-Lipo technology uses low level lasers for smoothing cellulite, fat reduction and body shaping by breaking down stored fat and turning it into energy. This completely painless process promises a slimmer body due to the release of unwanted fat cells. i-Lipo claims that you will lose inches after 10 sessions and go down 1-2 dress sizes. The way it works is by maximizing the body’s lymphatic flow through stimulation of the nodes in your treatment area. It is recommended to exercise following treatment to metabolize the newly released fatty acids and glycerol in order to completely remove them from your body’s fat storage. I wish I could say that I saw a difference in my body after several sessions, however, it did not seem to work well on me!
Keeping the body smooth, slim and tight is an expensive and time consuming endeavor. I don't think most of these procedures are miracle-workers but some can improve your body in conjunction with proper diet and exercise. An important thing to remember when doing any procedure is to go to a reputable place with proven results and excellent technicians!
The new powder supplement, Go Ruby Go! from the Institute for Vibrant Living is a perfect dietary addition for those with a serious sweet tooth and who like to eat healthy. As mentioned in my post last week, this product is packed with antioxidants and vitamins from dozens of fruit powders plus it gives you an energy and immune system boost! I love starting off my busy mornings with a fruit smoothie (see my favorite recipe below). By adding Go Ruby Go! to the drink, you will give your body extra nutrients and feel more energetic throughout the day!
This recipe is super simple and tastes delicious! All you need is a tablespoon of greek yogurt, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup of raspberries, 1/2 a cup of strawberries, ice and one scoop of Go Ruby Go!
Throw it all in a blender and blend until it is completely mixed together. Serve in a tall glass and enjoy immediately.
I received product and additional compensation from Institute for Vibrant Living in exchange for writing this post to help promote the Feel Younger, Be Vibrant campaign. The opinions of the products mentioned in this post are my own. Any results I experienced from using these products are my own.
Is 50 the new 30? It can be if you pay attention to your diet, exercise regularly and take care of your skin and hair. Turning 50 last February was a pivotal time in my life. Here's what I learned this past year…
Live more in the moment
Don't sweat the small stuff
Replace processed foods with healthier options
Spend more quality time with family and close friends
Travel to exotic places
Carve out "me time" each day
Take special care of my skin
A youthful appearance can be obtained as we age if you go the extra mile!
I am thrilled that Origins recently launched two amazing new products for women over 45 called Three Part Harmony! Included in this collection is an ultra nourishing face cream and an oil-infused serum specifically formulated for women who want to renew, repair and restore radiance. The products offer deep moisture and nutrients necessary for glowing and beautiful skin. These formulas are made with Tazetta Lily Bulbs and Myrtle that help renew natural collagen for ongoing repair and radiance.
Start by applying the Three Part Harmony oil-infused serum all over your face after cleansing. This serum softens fine lines, evens skin tone and promotes collagen production which repairs skin structure and gives a youthful and healthy glow.
Next, massage in the Three Part Harmony nourishing cream. I love the way my skin instantly feels super moist and supple after its application. This cream also evens the skin tone, repairs the skins structure and renews hydration levels.
Three Part Harmony products by Origins will help you to achieve more youthful-looking skin and renew, repair and restore it's radiance. I noticed a difference after using the product for one week, especially the softening of my fine lines and wrinkles!
Tip: Our neck is one of the areas that is first to show our age so don't forget to apply the products there for the added collagen boost and skin repair!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Origins. The opinions and text are all mine.
I love maintaining an active lifestyle and try to accomplish as much as I can each day! Sound familiar? If you are low on energy and looking for a booster, I have the solution! GoRubyGo! from The Institute for Vibrant Living is a superfood drink that helps keep energy levels high throughout the day. It's healthy, tastes great and gives me the boost of energy I need to keep up with my busy schedule.
GoRubyGo! includes 42 fruit powders and nutrients in just one glass. These nutrients help to boost energy, support your immune system and maintain a healthy weight. There are also six probiotic strains in the drink that supports healthy digestion. Not only is it packed with antioxidants that make you feel and look better, it's also yummy! The taste is fruity and delicious so it will surely satisfy you if you have a sweet tooth.
“I received product and additional compensation from Institute for Vibrant Living in exchange for writing this post to help promote the Feel Younger, Be Vibrant campaign. The opinions of the products mentioned in this post are my own. Any results I experienced from using these products are my own.”
WHAT: Two important make-up beauty trends to rock this year. One look is super natural with glowing skin--perfect to wear during the day, and the other is an edgy update for the evening. Both are inspired by seasoned make-up artists straight from NYFW.
WHY: So you can be up to date with your make-up looks from day to night!
TIP: For the glowing natural look, use white eyeliner inside the lower lash rim to make your eyes pop. Then add a bit of brown liner under the lash line. For the cat eye look, use a eyeliner marker pen for better control.
Here's what you need to get this look...
Start with a rich face moisturizer. My favorite one to use for this look is this one by Shiseido.
Always use a primer like this one from Laura Mercier so your foundation goes on smoother. It will also give you an extra glow.
A good foundation is key to this look. I love Sheer Glow Foundation from NARS for glowing skin.
Always remember to cover and highlight under eye circles. My go-to product is YSL's touché éclat.
Add white eyeliner on the inside rim of your eyelid only followed by a brown liner on the lower lash line. Dab the brown liner across for very natural application.
Time for the blush!
Now for a natural berry-toned lip.
Add highlighter to cheeks and lids. This one from NARS does double duty!
For this natural look, I am using products that enhance my skin tone and leave a healthy, dewy glow. I start by dapping a bit of Shiseido Bioperfomance Revitalizing Cream all over my face and neck. Next, I prep my skin with Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer. I always use a little bit of Amazing Cosmetics Concealer under my eyes to hide dark circles before I dot on NARS foundation in medium/tan. It's important to blend your foundation down onto your neck. For a little bit of added under eye coverage, I LOVE YSL's Touche Eclat Radiant Touch to brighten up the area. In terms of applying blush, I like to start at the apples of my cheeks and move up from there. This color pop blush by Clinique is the perfect tone for a healthy youthful glow. I use two eye liners to enhance my eyes--the first is a bright white eyeliner which I use to line the lower inner rim to help make my eyes pop. Then, I trace and dab Pixi's endless silky eye pen in brown along my lower lid with to accentuate the lash line. Mascara is just two quick swipes on the top lashes with L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara. I love my Dior browbrush which I use to fill in my brows so they appear thicker. My lipstick is the perfect shade of natural berry by L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche. To finish off the look, I use the multipurpose makeup stick by NARS in Copacabana on my cheek and brow bones to highlight and define.
Get the look: Cat eye perfected
There were some gorgeous cat eyes on the run way this year at NYFW! The one shown here is quite dramatic but gives us inspiration on how we can incorporate it into our own evening make-up look!
In order to master the cat eye, choose a liquid liner that is in the form of a marker. Flare the liner out and up at the end of the upper eyelid and use a large mirror to keep even on both sides.
To take the natural glowing look from day to night, I enhanced the look and added a retro cat eye! Use a marker brush with a felt tip for more control when trying to create this look. I like this one from Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner in deep black. Start with a thin line on the upper lid and brush it out to the corner with every stroke. Be sure to flick the marker up in the corner to the desired thickness--a thicker winged out line will be more dramatic. For extra control, pull your corner eye skin taught with one hand and draw on a straight line with the other. Add another coat of mascara to your top and bottom lashes, brighten the apples of your cheeks with more blush and you are good to go!
Sisters Daniela and Gabriela Apeloig believe that tradition doesn't have to be typical. With the Apeloig Collection they pay homage to a common Jewish tradition of the mezuzah and introduce sleek, colorful and modern design. Their goal is to keep up Jewish traditions by adapting them to look modern and stylish.
The sleek mezuzahs are handcrafted and made of acrylic that beautifully show off the text on the scroll within. Daniela and Gabriela recommend placing the mezuzah in the room you spend the most time in to fully embrace the gorgeous minimalistic design.
WHAT: Pairing simple, casual pieces together that look chic as we move into the fall season.
WHY: You probably own (or should) all of these basics so just shop in your closest!
TIP: Fall is all about layering. Try wearing a boyfriend button down shirt open instead of a light-weight jacket.
All you really need to pull off this transitional look are the basics! An outfit like this looks great without looking like you are trying too hard.
Layering simple gold jewelry is a trend that will stick around because it's feminine and chic.
WHAT: Some great basics to take your look from summer to fall in style while it's still hot outside.
WHY: We want to look on trend for fall but also feel comfortable in this warm weather.
TIP: Don't put your shorts away just yet. Wear dark colored shorts made of fabrics like leather to stay cool and chic.
Temperatures are HOT this week but what does a fashion girl do to stay on trend during this transition from summer to fall? I've put together a look that's inspired by the cooler days to come but can stand up to the last few weeks of heat. Try wearing your favorite t-shirt with a pair of leather shorts like these from Zadig & Voltaire. The "LA" look of wearing booties with shorts is a great shoe option when strappy sandals start to feel out of place. These classic booties from Rag & Bone are a staple of mine and are always in style.
I bought this amazing small leather clutch from Y3 while in Italy and can't seem to track it down in the US. You can get the look with a designer black and white clutch in a graphic design. I am loving this one from Proenza Schouler--on sale for almost half off! Yay!
WHAT: A gorgeous plum polish called 'In the Lobby' from essie's Fall 2015 Collection plus my favorite delicate rings and things.
WHY: Because our bottles of summery pastel polish are running dry and this is the perfect new burgundy shade to sport for Fall. And, here's an idea on how to freshen up your hand candy.
TIP: Glam up your plum manicure with gold jewelry for a fresh autumn look. Use three coats of this polish for complete opaque coverage.
My hand chain, pyramid and pinky chevron ring are from XIV Karats in Beverly Hills. I purchased the thin gold midi and stacked ring at the Brentwood Farmer's Market in Los Angeles. Get the look with some similar pieces available online below!
What are your favorite nail shades and hand candy to wear for fall?