I Hurt My Back While Dancing

I love to dance, even though I would never dance in public because I am just not a good dancer. That does not mean I don’t bust a move when I am behind closed curtains though. I was doing just that about two weeks ago when I did a small jump and hurt myself. I know that I am not 20 years old anymore, but I really did not think that a small jump would hurt me either. I was wrong though, and I ended up seeing a San Francisco chiropractor two days after it happened because the pain kept getting worse instead of better.

I slept okay the night it happened, but I woke up feeling very stiff. Continue reading

10 Beauty Hacks For Beautiful Skin

  • If you have always dreamt of flawless, acne and blemish free beautiful skin, it can be yours now. Try these 10 simple beauty hacks to tackle your skin woes and give your skin that radiant natural look you have always wished for.Do not forget to follow the golden rule of removing all traces of makeup before you go to bed. With makeup on, your skin is not free to breathe. It clogs the skin overnight, thus leading to blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads. Always remove your makeup with a mild oil such as olive oil with a cotton ball dipped in it. This will get you rid of dirt and makeup. It is also essential to exfoliate your skin every once or twice a week. This will remove any dead cells accumulation from the skin surface and clean the pores, thus leaving you with blemish free clear skin. A paste of walnuts with yogurt is great for exfoliating the skin natural way.

 

  • Long-time sun exposure can lead to age spots, wrinkles, and other skin woes early in life. It is essential to apply a sunblock of at least SPF 15 to block UVA and UVB rays. Make sure that the sunblock is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. Do not skip the sunscreen if there is no visible sun. Reflective surfaces such as beach, snow or ice can harm the skin with hidden sun rays.

 

  • Regular exercise is as essential as any other activity. Be it running, jogging, cycling or yoga, any form of exercise that increases the blood circulation and accelerates the cleaning process of the body is important. However, do not forget your skincare regime after or before a workout. Before heading out for exercise, apply toner to minimize oil production. Similarly, after a workout, exfoliate and apply a mild moisturizer such as shea butter or olive oil.

 

  • Eat fresh and seasonal foods. Avoid heavy carb-laden and oil food such as fries, colas, or any other junk food. Remember, you are what you eat. Include a lot of fresh produce such as raw vegetables, fruits, and nuts. A diet rich in minerals, vitamins and low in fats and sugar will give you radiant skin.

 

  • Sleep is an important factor that any do not consider worth remembering. Get at least 7-8 hours of sound sleep. The body needs its share of rest to rejuvenate and regenerate. Not getting ample sleep will show on your skin making it look dull, sagging and with dark circles. It is essential to apply a good moisturizing cream before you retire to bed. While you are sleeping, your body uses this moisturizer to heal and repair the skin.

 

  • Hydrate yourself. 60% of our bodies are made up of water. When the water level goes down, your skin feels dull, lifeless and lacks any elasticity. Drink at least 8 glasses of water. Have fruits and vegetables high in water content such as oranges, lemons, cucumber, watermelon etc. To treat puffy eyes, use rose water all over your skin as a cotton ball dipped in it or as a spritz. It maintains the pH balance of the skin and restores its hydration.

 

  • Follow a skincare regime that is as close to nature as possible. Masks and packs made up of fuller’s earth, turmeric, camphor, sandalwood etc. have great benefits. Pamper yourself occasionally to a face massage or a spa. Oils such as coconut, oil, almond or even mustard impart a nourishing glow to your skin. Massage for 20 minutes and wash off.

 

  • Wash your face with lukewarm water instead of hot water. Hot water tends to strip the skin of its natural oils. Choose a cleanser that contains alpha hydroxyl acid or beta hydroxyl acid. After a gentle face wash, apply a lotion containing benzoyl peroxide to combat acne. Do not touch your face frequently or pop pimples. These will leave behind scars and acne marks. Clean with rose water and place a cooled bag of green tea for 10 mins.

 

  • It is always a better idea to connect to nature and to your roots. Ayurveda is known to be an Indian mantra for all diseases and health wellbeing. It has a lot of beauty secrets hidden within it. A simple breathing technique can help you get rid of toxins and give you radiant skin. When your body is in harmony with your mind and soul, you feel energized and it shows on your face.

 

  • Follow healthy habits such as yoga, meditation, a brisk walk etc. Minimize stress by practicing stress management. Exercise your way to good health and radiant skin.

These simple beauty hacks will get you beautiful skin in no time

Grow Hair Long and Healthy

People are under the mistaken notions that growing hair long takes a long time. Normally, it grows at the rate of about half inch every month. If you desire to grow itr long and healthy, you can adopt a variety of methods. The following tips are just a few methods to help you grow long and healthy, shining hair and in a quick period of time.

Tip #1 Healthy dietary Changes
If your diet has lots of high fat and greasy food, you should immediately think of making some amends to get a healthy dietary system, to help the hair grow long. You should change to a diet, which has many vegetables, fruits, apart from low fat dairy products from which you can obtain calcium and you should start taking lean-meat like chicken, fish or turkey.

Tip #2: Take Care of Hair
To have long and healthy hair, you should take care of it. Use a good quality shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner, along with a leave-in conditioning agent. Do not brush the wet hair; instead use a wide toothed comb. Do not adopt drastic color changes, like from black to blonde hair. Avoid blow dryers, curling or flat irons. At least, do not use them frequently; maybe you can use them once a week. Since, if you use these heating gadgets more often, it can damage the hair. When you take care of hair properly, it will give your hair a healthy look, while growth of hair becomes quicker.

Tip #3 Trim Regularly
To help hair growth you need to trim regularly, which is not true. Irrespective of you trimming your hair or not, it will continue to grow. But to get a clean and healthy look, it is necessary to see that hair is trimmed regularly, maybe once in two or three months, or even earlier and more frequently if you are using hot styling tools like blowers, which are likely to damage the hair.

Tip #4 Get Hair Extensions
Instead of letting the hair grow longer, you can opt for extensions of hair. To help give you a feeling of temporarily having long hair, the clip-in hair extensions are very useful. These need no attention, which you give to real hair, since you may not be wearing them daily.

By following these tips, you can grow your hair long and healthy and that too in a quick period of time.

How To Have Younger Looking Hands

Keeping hands beautiful as we age

 

If I only knew what I know now when I was younger,  I could have stopped or slow downed some of the present damage to my hands, especially the awful dark spots.

I have always worn gloves when doing the dishes, heavy housework, and gardening, but I had not thought about protecting my hands from the sun, especially when driving.  I do now!

Young women – This is a reminder to all young women – start taking care of your hands now!

Older women – It is never too late to stop the damage and make your hands look younger.

A lot of us take care of our faces, but forget about our aging hands.  Next to your face, your hands are probably the most visible parts of your body.  The earliest signs of aging will show on your hands.  The skin on the back of your hands is extremely delicate.  This skin is very, very thin, as there is almost no fat under it at all, which is why the veins are so visible.  As we grow older, any fat that is there lessens and the skin becomes dry and loose, exposing the veins even more.  As if that’s not enough, we begin to develop ugly age spots and sunspots (also known as liver spots).  Your hands need extra care because they’re always doing so much for us and, unfortunately, so often taken for granted.

Knowing how to maintain your hands as you age is the best way to make sure they look your best and that you, in turn, look your youngest.

Beauty Secrets for keeping your hands beautiful


Wear a high SPF sunscreen or sun block
on the back of your hands, especially when driving your car.  The sun causes 90% to 95% of the wrinkles, lines, discolorations and more to our bodies and hands.  Keep some sun block in your car.

Wear rubber gloves lined with cotton when your hands are in contact with harsh soaps, detergents, or chemicals. Wear gloves every single time you wash dishes or hand wash clothing.  That dishwashing liquid is alkaline, which is hard on the skin.  Cleaning agents can be extremely harsh on both nails and hands.  The nails when exposed to water, swell and then shrink back as they dry.  This contributes to brittle nails.

Use a mild pH soap,  when washing your hands.

Exfoliate. Use a grainy scrub on backs of hands twice a week to reveal glowing skin.  You can either use the same exfoliate that you use on your face or make your own by making a solution of sea salt mixed with lemon juice.  Brush it into hands with an old toothbrush to help remove any dead skin cells.

Moisturize – Moisturize!  After washing your hands, pat dry and while moist, use a moisturizer on the hands, cuticles, and nails.  Keeping the thin skin of our hands moisturized is very important.  You can put some cream in small containers.  Carry one in your purse and put the others in strategic places around the house.

Always wear protective gloves when gardening or during heavy housework.  Wear gloves to protect your hands from cold weather.

Only go to reputable spas or nail salons that practice good sanitation to prevent infection.

Keep your cuticles neat.  Cuticles function as barriers to bacteria and fungus, but they can often overgrow.  Use a wooden cuticle pusher after a shower to keep them in line and NEVER cut your cuticles.  Tiny hangnails and bitten edges can catch on almost anything, turning into deep tears and possibly leading to infection.  Keep them covered by applying a liquid bandage product as soon as tears develop or you can use any regular bandage until its heals.

How To Whiten Teeth – Teeth Bleaching

Did you know that teeth whitening is the number one (1) requested cosmetic service today and that its popularity continues to soar?

 

A recent survey showed 80% of Americans aged 18 to 49 want whiter teeth, with women leading in this area at 85%. 6 out 10 believe a whiter, brighter smile would boost their self confidence especially in the 18 to 24 age range.

According to the American Academy of cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spent more than $1.4 billion on over-the-counter teeth whitening products last year alone.

One of the first things people notice when they meet someone new is their smile. Teeth Whitening has become an accessible and relatively easy way to instantly improve appearance, create a positive first impression, and achieve a more youthful and radiant appearance. Teeth can become discolored over a period of time. Teeth whitening is not a medical procedure, it does not result in healthier teeth, but it can result in whiter teeth.

 

What causes discoloration of the teeth?

Discoloration can be caused by several factors including ageing, smoking, consumption of staining foods and beverages, staining caused by medication, aging, hereditary factors, and chemical damage to teeth. Some of the more common causes of teeth discoloration are medications, coffee, tea, or cigarettes. People who drink significant amounts of cola soft drinks can experience similar staining.

Aside from staining, there are other factors that can affect the color of an individual’s teeth. Genetics can play a role. Some people have naturally brighter enamel than others. Disease can also be a factor and certain medications can cause a discoloration of the teeth. If you suspect that there is an underlying medical cause for your teeth discoloration, be sure to inform your cosmetic dentist.

Smoking will cause a build up on teeth that can cause a yellow to orange color staining.  These stains can take longer to lighten. Nicotine staining takes 1-3 months to whitening through nightly use. Using tobacco will actually speed up how fast your teeth lose their new whiteness.

Aging also contributes to the yellowing of teeth. The enamel, which is the hard outer coating of your teeth, wears thin, allowing the underlying layer of yellowish dentin to show through. Most common are yellow-brown to dark brown stains that probably caused by an accumulation of dental plaque, food stain, and poor oral hygiene. Aging or inherit discoloration usually occurs in 9 out of 10 people. These stains usually bleach quite readily as due yellowish discoloration, whether due to aging or tobacco smoke, likewise responds well to bleaching. Staining from aging takes about 1-6 weeks to whiten.

 

The rule of thumb is that anything that can stain your table cloth, clothes, or carpet can also stain your teeth. Think tomato sauce, blueberry pie, red wine, etc.

There are three types of teeth whitening:

  • Bleaching your teeth to change the color of the tooth enamel by removing stains. Your dentist can bleach your teeth at his or her office. The solutions used by the dentists have a concentrated peroxide solution of about 35%. During a single treatment, teeth can by whitened by 12 to 14 shades.
  • You can also do it yourself with a kit you buy from the dentist. In the tray and gel solutions, the dentist prepares a mouth piece filled with gel for the patient to wear a few hours every night for about two weeks. These gels contain between 10% and 15% peroxide, and can get teeth whiter by about 8 shades.
  • Using inexpensive over-the-counter whitening toothpastes that you can purchase at your local store. Whitening strips with about a 4 percent peroxide solution can whiten teeth by 2 or 3 shades.

 

Bleaching doesn’t always work:

Bleaching may not work if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings in your front teeth. The bleach will not affect the color of these materials. They will only stand out if you whiten the rest of your teeth. It is best to consult with your dentist before using any teeth whitening systems, especially if you have many fillings, crowns, or very dark stains.

 

Bleaching side effects:

Bleaching your teeth can have side effects. Teeth can become sensitive (hot and cold sensitivity) and gum irritation can occur when you are using the bleaching solution, but this usually goes away when you finish your treatment. A mouthpiece that does not fit well may hurt your gums. Other, less frequently encountered, side effects that have been reported by patients are: sore throat, tooth pain, tingling of the tissues, and headaches.

 

The Blue Teeth People:

Don’t go overboard with whitening. The color resulting from too many treatments is unnatural. Let your teeth be pearly white. Unfortunately there are people who can never get enough and bleach too often and too much. I call them the “blue teeth people.” Everyone has seen them! Their teeth have a bluish look to them. Bleachers should aim for a color that matches the whites of their eyes.

 

How long do the whitening effects last?

Remember that whitening is not permanent, as your teeth will slowly become discolored again. People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as 1 month. Those who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to wait one year or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed.

If you do choose to consume beverages that stain, consider using a straw so that the liquid bypasses your front teeth.

Brush or rinse immediately after consuming stain-causing beverages or foods.

Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once daily to remove plaque. Use a whitening toothpaste (once or twice a week only) to remove surface stains and prevent yellowing. Use a regular toothpaste the rest of the time.

Consider touch-up treatments. Depending on the whitening method used, you may need a touch-up every 6 months or after a year or two. If you smoke or drink lots of stain-causing beverages, you may need a touch up more often.

Tips for Finding the Right Foundation

Finding the right shade of base to match your complexion always seems like a daunting task. And according to Jamie Greenberg, a celebrity makeup artist for Mark., most of us aren’t wearing the right color anyway. Often foundations and concealers prompt you to choose a shade based on your undertone, especially when shopping online. But if you don’t know what your undertone is, that isn’t much help!

An undertone is the color that’s just beneath the skin, and while your skin tone can change (over time, with sun exposure, etc.), the undertone does not. Foundations usually come recommended for one of three undertone types: “cool,” “neutral,” or “warm.” It’s possible, though, to fall somewhere in between (you could be “neutral-warm,” for instance). To get you closer to finding the perfect match, we asked Greenberg to outline how to figure out your undertone. Note, these same principles apply on all skin tones, from very fair to dark. And remember, if you’re having trouble DIY’ing it, you can always ask a professional makeup artist for a skin analysis.

Those with cool undertones will notice their skin has a pink, red, or blue tinge to it.

You have a “cool” undertone if:
• If the veins on your wrist are blue or purple
• If silver jewelry flatters your skin more than gold
• When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears blue-ish

If you have neutral undertones, your skin is neither pink/red/blue nor yellow/gold/peach, but somewhere in between.

You have a “neutral” undertone if:
• The veins on your wrist are blue-green
• Both gold and silver jewelry flatter your skin
• When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears greenish

Those with warm undertones will notice their skin has a yellow, gold, or peach tinge to it.

You have a “warm” undertone if:
• The veins on your wrist are slightly green or olive
• Gold jewelry flatters your skin more than silver
• When you look at your skin in the sun, it appears yellowish

Three More Tips for Finding the Right Foundation

So now you know your undertone, you can start to narrow the field. If you’re trying foundations in a store, here are Greenberg’s three tips to help you find the right one.

1: Prep Skin First

Before you do anything, exfoliate and moisturize your skin. “Slough off those dead skin cells and prepare that canvas so it can honestly accept color,” says Greenberg. “If your skin is sweaty or isn’t totally clean, the color won’t be accurate!”

2: Test in Good Lighting

Make sure you test your foundation in good lighting. It’s always a good idea to first test it out in one location, and then go somewhere else with different lighting to see if it still matches. And make sure you’re wearing white, as other colors might alter your tone. Greenberg warns that you should never try to correct your color with a base. “It’s best to match your undertone, and then if you feel pale, you can always add bronzer or blush for dimension,” she says.

3: Match The Color You See Most

There are three parts of the body you have to think about: the face, the neck, and the décolletage—and Greenberg points out that all of these can differ. “The most natural thing would be to match your neck, but because of sun exposure and elements, the face/décolletage are often darker than your neck,” she says. To even things out, Greenberg suggests choosing a product that matches the color you see the most, and then applying base to the face and neck so that you get even color all over.

5 Hacks To Make Your Waxing Last Longer

We dread getting a wax, but love the feeling after, once the ordeal is over. Unfortunately, the satisfaction is short lived. Just after a span of ten days, you notice the hair creeping their way out and you grimace as you are reminded of the pain that you have to bear for the sake of vanity. But, there are tricks that can delay your next waxing appointment. Just follow these few hacks.

Exfoliate regularly

Use a body scrub, or a pumice stone to exfoliate your skin regularly. This will get rid of the dead skin on the top, and make the hair growth finer and banish the in-growth, giving you a smooth feel. If you have sensitive skin, avoid using a pumice stone.

Be patient

Don’t just fix an appointment the moment you see some growth, wait it out. Make sure that there is enough growth; it should be at least 1/8th to 1/4th inch long. This length also reduces the chances of hair breakage, as the hair is able to hold on to the wax much better. If your hair is too small, it might not get pulled out and it might break, leading to in-growth.

Fix a schedule

Fix a waxing schedule according to your hair growth and your previous appointment, and stick to it. Regular waxing will eventually result in lesser hair growth.

Avoid shaving in-between your appointments

Shaving can lead to hair growth in random directions, and should be avoided. If you absolutely have to, make sure to do it at least two weeks before your next waxing appointment to ensure best results.

Hydrate your Skin

Dry skin leads to more breakage during waxing, so make sure your skin is well moisturised. Post waxing, it’s essential to use hydrating lotions or creams to nourish the skin. You can also choose to use aloe vera gel to calm sensitive and reddened skin.

Seasonal Beauty Tips

Experimenting with new makeup looks and techniques can be intimidating, but when done correctly, can make all the difference; it can highlight and define unique features, and allow the wearers the ability to express themselves creatively and with confidence.
Here are some classy makeup tips for mature women who want to enhance their beauty:

Foundation
Stay away from shiny, shimmery foundations and powders. Although many beauticians will say it creates a “soft focus” effect, the opposite is true. Shine adds contrast, which emphasizes the lines on the face. Stick to a matte foundation to reduce contrast. Less is more. Try highlighter pens and tinted moisturizers that have a lighter touch.

Eyebrows and eyelashes
A simple trick to add volume and drama to eyelashes is to curl them. This will prevent the dreaded mascara overload that is a common practise when applying mascara. For quick defined eyes, apply mascara to the top side of the upper lashes, and then to the underside of top lashes. Use the eyelash curler for 3-5 seconds and, if needed, use the eyelash brush to separate lashes. Do not draw in eyebrows – this look is too bold; rather, take some brow powder or eyeshadow that matches the brows, and gently blend.

Lipstick
When it comes to what looks best on mature women, lipstick opinions vary. Some say lighter shades and nudes are the way to go, while others swear by lip plumpers and wine tones. Don’t be limited to one shade. But remember, if the lips are darker, go simple with the rest of the makeup and vice versa.

Possibly the greatest mistake maturing women make is relying on old practices of makeup from youth. This can make wearers look outdated, old and out of touch. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Follow modern makeup trends and palettes to keep a look fresh. Here are three Fall/Winter looks not to be missed:

Simply Red
This look is all about femininity and sensuality. Simplicity is the key, but with bold red/wine-coloured lips, it’s anything but boring. Many women stray away from going bold with deep red lips for fear of looking too “made up.” To create the illusion of volume, add a gloss over top of lipstick. The trick is to play down the rest of the face. A light sweep of nude-coloured blush and well-defined eyelashes is all that’s needed. To bring it to another level, try adding a small smear of white or light golden eyeshadow to the inner portion of the eyelids – it will brighten up the eyes and face.

Metallic Plum
Plums and metallics are an important component of the Fall/Winter colour palette. This look is all about elegance and warmth, while still being modern. The eyes consist of two shades of metallic greys. With the lighter grey, lightly cover the whole lid. Then use the darker grey to introduce subtle drama by only adding it slightly to the outer corners of the eyes. With a small makeup brush, outline the lower outer corners of the eye. This is sure to open up the eyes, adding a subtle sexy effect. For blush, choose a plum to light pink hue and gently apply it to the sides of the cheekbones. A magenta-based or plum-based nude lipstick completes the look. Apply mascara as needed.

Earthy Classic
Earth tones are a classic Fall/Winter palette. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different browns and yellows as they flatter most complexions. To achieve this look, choose three warm earth-toned eyeshadows – preferably a light yellow/gold, red clay and a medium to dark brown. First, gently sweep the light yellow across the whole lid, stopping just below the brow. Then, apply the red clay only to the lid. Next, take the darker earth tone and softly blend it only on the outer corners of the eyes. Blend well to make sure there are no distinct lines between each colour. The final step is to outline only the lower outer section of the eyes, and blend it so it is barely visual. This look will brighten and open up the eyes, while still keeping the look subtle and classic. For blush, choose a tan to warm clay hue and lightly apply it to the sides of the cheekbones. Stick with an orange- to brown-based lipstick to complete the look. Apply mascara as needed.

What Your Feet Say to Your Shoes

Healthy feet are an important component of physical well-being and independence. They ground us, keep us balanced and allow us to stay active – all of which reduce risk of injury and circulation problems, and keep our bones and muscles strong.

Keeping tender toes healthy requires dressing them in proper footwear. From walking shoes to high heels, finding footwear that is practical, stylish and comfortable can be a challenge.

Feet, along with the rest of us, change as we get older. The shoes that fit perfectly in youth are now painful reminders of age. In addition to increased swelling, physical changes in the structure of your feet can cause changes in shoe size.

Vancouver podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stern, B.Sc, D.P.M says, “The fat pad on the bottom of the foot can diminish or slide forward over time, resulting in discomfort on the bottom of the foot.” Thinning skin also causes feet to be more fragile. “The more fragile the skin, the easier to get cut and the longer it takes to heal,” he says.

Arthritis or former injuries such as torn or strained tendons result in changes in the shape of the foot and typically require a change in shoe size. Weakened foot muscles cause trips and falls to be more frequent necessitating a steady, wide, low-heeled shoe, replacing fashionable, high stilettos.

You may have heard the aches and pains of your joints and muscles talking to you, telling your body to slow down. It’s time to listen to what your feet have to say – to your shoes!

“Ouch! Squished toes!”

It should come as no surprise that the most common cause of feet injuries is a result of choosing the wrong shoe size. “Most patients fit their shoes too small, too narrow or too short,” says Dr. Stern.

To avoid making fitting mistakes, Dr. Stern suggests making a tracing of your foot and place the tracing beside the shoe to see if they match.  “You should have about a thumb’s width from the longest toe to the end of your shoe. Otherwise, the toe will hit the end [of the shoe] and you’ll smash your toe nail so you’ll get black toe nails or toe nails will rub into your skin,” says Dr. Stern.

As the size and shape of your foot changes, so should your shoe size.  “You want the shoe to be fitting your foot. So, if you have hammertoes, you want the toe box to be deeper. If you have a bunion, you want the toe area to be wider,” suggests Dr. Stern.

Leather and canvas are the best materials for letting feet breathe and have greater flexibility, allowing the shoe to bend with the foot.
Dr. Stern suggests shopping for a shoe with flexible material such as Xsensible. Made from stretchable leather that acts like a second skin, these shoes adapt to the unique shape of the foot and stretch with its natural movements. If your shoes still require adjustment, a specialty shop can stretch them for you.

“Ouch! Swelling feet!”
Slip-on shoes may seem convenient, but foot swelling can cause a great deal of discomfort. “With a slip-on, it has to be tight over the front of the shoe, and if you have a problem with swelling, your foot will swell over the top of the shoe and it will be too tight,” says Dr. Stern, who suggests wearing a lace-up or Velcro closure shoe that can adjust for swelling.

Elasticized laces are another great option for swelling feet. Even the time of day you shop for shoes can affect their fit. “You should buy your shoes at four o’clock in the afternoon because your foot is pretty much swollen by then,” suggests Dr. Stern.

“Ouch! Corns, Calluses and Blisters!”

Shoes that are too narrow cause rubbing, which can lead to corns and calluses – a buildup of thick, hardened or dead skin that typically forms on the bottom or sides of feet that, if left untreated, can become painful or infected.

To avoid corns, calluses and blisters, Dr. Stern recommends looking for brands that offer a wide size. When purchasing a jogging or walking shoe, make sure there are no prominent seams on the inside of the shoe that can cause rubbing.

“Ouch! Can’t these be broken in?”

Despite what retailers say, shoes don’t really break in. “By the time they break in, it’s going to be time to throw them away,” says Dr. Stern.  Shoes should feel comfortable when you purchase them. The bottom line? If they don’t feel good in the store, don’t buy them.

“Ouch! Wobbly Heels!”

Dressing up your feet can be fun, but also painful and dangerous.  Ideally, heels should be no higher than an inch and a half (3 cm) and should be as wide as your foot to keep ankles from twisting and your back from arching. Soles with a grip provide more stability and less risk of slips and falls. A wider heel ensures more surface contact with the ground, making your foot more stable than a stiletto. Wedges are also a safe option – and trendy too!

Find Your Fashionista this Summer

Finding your own personal fashion style from season to season doesn’t mean spending a lot of money. The keys to success are being strategic and, of course, having fun! Here are some tips on how to revamp your wardrobe, and showcase your vibrant personality through your fashion choices:

The Colour
Let go of your colour-phobia! It’s easy to fall into the safe rut of having a colour monotone closet, filled with pastels, blacks, beiges or navy. Take the plunge this year and reclaim your rainbow! Orange is the No. 1 colour in fashion this season, with red and yellow following in second and third.

If you are feeling reluctant about being too bold, ease into colour by adding it in small but dynamic accents. Bright jewelry or shoes are a safe way to excite your outfit without overwhelming yourself – and others – with a loud colour.

The Prints/Graphics/Lace
Have fun with graphics! Sharp geometric shapes and graphic designs are back in style this season. The great thing about embracing prints is that they can be very forgiving with any physical imperfections you feel you may have.

By paying attention to the print’s blocking (the way the colours fall on your body), you can accentuate your goods with simple optical illusions. Remember, if you are going to wear a busy print, keep the rest of your outfit simple.

Ocean prints and nautical graphics are also a good pick for a casual look. Blues and turquoise colours complement paler skin. Asian-influenced prints are not a new trend, but are worth a look. Elegant and often unassuming, they give the illusion of class and the exotic (perfect for summer), even on a simple t-shirt.

Lace and sheer materials are a great way to spice up your look, while still keeping it casual. Choose items with small lace or sheer detailing rather than risking overkill. Sometimes less is more.

The Fit
Finding clothing that works with your body and not against it can sometimes be a difficult task, especially for mature women. The issue with many reasonably priced retail stores catering to women over 50 is that they don’t actually cater to woman over 50. We find ourselves stuck with limp, baggy t-shirts and tank tops that just cover the body, but don’t celebrate it.

Unless you have a large clothing budget or a personal seamstress, finding apparel perfectly suited to your body can be challenging and time consuming. A quick and economical solution is to have your clothing altered – by a professional or do it yourself. When you find an item you love, buy a size larger, and have it customized for your body. It will make all the difference in how it fits and how you feel.

The Accessories
Scarves and earrings and belts – oh my! One of the best ways to create your own unique fashion personality is with your accessories. It’s all you need to crank up the style on any outfit! Floral printed summer scarves add elegance to an otherwise one-note outfit.

The Bohemian look is back, which means there is an immense variety of beautiful prints for scarves available at retail outlets, allowing you to find the perfect fit for your ensemble.

Another of my favourite accessories this summer is the clench belt. A throwback to the ’80s, they are back with a vengeance and work for most body types. Try one with an oversized shirt or dress. It instantly gives you an hour-glass figure by redefining your waist. Be adventurous! You will be surprised how much a unique accessory will liven up an otherwise dull outfit.

The key to fashion is always have fun. It is not just a young person’s game, but a chance for you to express your personality. Step away from your comfort zone, and give yourself a chance to shine this summer.