Health & Fitness

is the Season for Colds and Flu

By | December 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm | No comments

It is the season for sharing. The holiday season is the time of year we focus on sharing with loved ones and those less fortunate. We try our best to spread joy and good cheer to all, but we may be unaware of the germs we’re spreading too. We run around doing frantic last...

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A Color for the Season

By | November 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm | 28 comments

Although we may not see many fall leaves changing color in the Coachella Valley, fall is here and it’s time for a change of color with the change of season. As a woman with a wardrobe of mostly black and grey, I feel liberated by adding a splash of color I find in fall foliage...

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Don’t Fight the Feast

By | November 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm | 29 comments

T’is the season for holiday cheer and crash diets are just around the corner with the new year. In just one week we’ll gather around a table to a Thanksgiving feast where we can stuff ourselves with more fats and calories than the turkey ever saw coming. When you look for...

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Don’t Dry Out

By | November 8, 2012 at 1:04 am | 25 comments

It’s early November and you can finally feel the chill in the air on dry desert nights. Even though this means more enjoyable weather and a return to outdoor activities like the Bump and Grind, it also means we need to take extra precautions when protecting our skin. While we...

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scar revision

By | October 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm | One comment

Scars tell a story and act as a reminder of what happened to us “back when”. Some people bear their scars with pride while others see them as a blemish. Typically a scar appears from a trauma that has injured delicate tissue. Scars can happen on the surface of the skin or...

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BB Cream

By | October 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | 20 comments

Suddenly drugstore shelves and department store beauty counters are advertising that the latest and greatest BB Cream will be your beauty savior. But where did it come from and what is in it? BB Cream was developed in Asia and gained popularity almost overnight. The craze...

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Beauty is defined by the Miriam

By | October 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm | 32 comments

Beauty is defined by the Miriam-Webster as the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. When we think in terms of this definition, we must break down and examine each word within the...

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Curing the Crease

By | October 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm | 135 comments

Rub it. Poke it. Freeze it. Peel it. No matter what the means, we want to stick it to our wrinkles. By any method feasible, we want to make them go away much faster than they came. It’s hard to age gracefully. And with a wrinkle (or two) trying to battle the grand canyon on...

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Lovely Lashes

By | September 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm | 32 comments

It’s not uncommon for women to be envious of a man’s lashes. We wish we had them, or even a fraction of their lushness and length. Even though males are genetically predisposed to have longer lashes to keep debris from entering the eyes of the hunter-gatherers, there are...

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Counting Calories

By | September 20, 2012 at 7:29 am | No comments

I can’t count calories, but I can count on my body doing the math for me and storing the extra pounds in places like my thighs and stomach as punishment for me not being able to do simple caloric mathematics. Sure, I could count calories if I tried really really hard, but the...

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Hydroquinone: Help or Harm

By | September 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm | 87 comments

We may be entering fall season, but the sun is still beating down in the desert and the months of exposure have taken their toll. Maybe you took the necessary precautions of stocking up on a healthy supply of full spectrum SPF 30 or greater sunscreen, waterproof of course,...

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The Thoughts We Think

By | September 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm | 56 comments

I have a saying I constantly remind my five year old son to live by: Treat others how you wish to be treated. He refused to share his favorite truck with his friend and he received a time out for being ornery and selfish about the incident. During his time out, he proceeded...

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Crazy for Coconut

By | August 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm | No comments

If you haven’t heard the latest craze about the health benefits of coconut, let me enlighten you. If you’re already in the know about the coconut craze, let’s explore some more about the seed from the tropical “tree of life”. Coconut oil: Despite being comprised of...

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Revitalize Your Eyes

By | August 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm | 1,352 comments

Puffiness, dark circles, crowsfeet and well- worn wrinkles eventually plague us all. Sometimes they appear alone, other times they visit in a team. The list of ingredients to combat your occular woes are long and hard to pronounce. Half of the products claim the latest and...

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The Power of Chiropractic

By | August 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm | No comments

The American standard of popping pills and treating the symptom of the underlying disease is really not creating health in our society. Instead, this subscription to big pharma is leaving patients to contend with more pills to treat side effects of the first pills, trapping them...

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Salon Spotlight: Brien O’Brien Salon

By | July 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm | 996 comments

Salon Spotlight: Brien O'Brien Salon Nestled in the The Corridor in uptown Palm Springs, locals and visitors find an eclectic mix of shopping and services from the ever popular Koffi and Just Fabulous to the hip and modern Brien O'Brien Salon. Curious as to what this up and...

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Don’t Desert the Desert

By | July 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm | 1,091 comments

Temperatures soar and we slink indoors, afraid of sweating and sunburns this time of year. But communing with nature feeds the soul and keeps us healthy. We need to experience the delights of the desert in all it's glory in every season, but finding ways to do it in the summer...

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Psuffering with Psoriasis

By | July 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm | No comments

Psoriasis plagues as many as 7.5 million Americans according to The disease stems from genetic traits that send signals to grow skin cells at an increased rate. The cells build up and crust over, ceasing normal healthy growth. The plaques formed by psoriasis are...

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Summer Skin

By | July 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm | No comments

Why is it almost every article I read on how to get glowing summer skin leaves me feeling naked and vulnerable? Don't apply powder, forgo foundation and just brush on a little bronzer, a quick coat of mascara and a nude gloss are all you need, or so they say. I don't know...

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Barely There Hair

By | July 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm | 999 comments

by Cara Pellegrino Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) affects approximately 85% of all men over the age of 50. We see advertisements for Rogaine, Propecia and other restorative hair techniques touted on our televisions and in magazines. Everyone knows most men will experience a...

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By | June 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm | 781 comments

by Cara Pellegrino Just saying the word gives me the uneasy feeling of an insecure teenager plagued with pustules. And no matter how old we get, some of us never outgrow the angry eruptions of acne. Pimple, zit, comedone, papule, pustule, blackhead, whitehead: they all stem...

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The HA Hype

By | June 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm | 1,289 comments

Hyaluronic Acid, also known as HA, is no joke. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs throughout our bodies and has recently made it's way into every type of health and beauty product on the shelf of your favorite store. A gel-like substance that is found in the...

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The ABC’s of Skin Cancer

By | June 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm | 1,196 comments

by Cara Pellegrino   Do you know your ABC's? I'm not talking about the kind you learned in kindergarten. I'm talking about the ABC's of skin cancer. Actually, in the case of skin cancer you have to know your ABCDE's. Most people know that skin cancer looks like an...

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Hydrate for Health

By | June 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm | 2,161 comments

It's hot. You're starting to glisten or downright drip with sweat. As the heat increases, our moisture levels begin to decrease. It's time to get hydrated and stay hydrated. Your health depends on it. Our bodies are composed of about 70% water. Our brains are roughly 80%...

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Simply Smile

By | May 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm | 1,785 comments

They say a smile is worth a thousand words. Well, I'm going to condense it into 500 or so for the sake of time and space, but the value of a smile should never be diminished. Each week I discuss various ways to improve your health and/or appearance. This week I'd like to shed...

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By | May 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm | 2,858 comments

It's already time to strip down to our swimsuits and soak up the sun, wearing sunscreen of course, but no amount of SPF 30 can cover up the excess weight most of us struggle to lose. For argument's sake I'm going to assume you've been eating healthy and participate in some form...

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Antioxidant Advice

By | May 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm | 1,149 comments

Nothing beats a good dose of antioxidants. Naturally found in green tea, leafy vegetables, berries and more, these mighty little nutrients are a staple of good health and prevent damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants also act exactly as they are named: they prevent...

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By | May 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm | 791 comments

Mothers around the world will be celebrated on Sunday the 13th day of May. According to Wikipedia, Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. In the United States, Mother’s Day...

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A second glance at exfoliants

By | May 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm | No comments

Okay okay, here we are again. Some CV Weekly readers were kind enough to point out that we barely "scratched the surface" on the topic of exfoliating, so let's take a deeper look this week. Clearly I'm a big fan of exfoliating. I practice some form of physical exfoliation...

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Take it Off

By | May 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm | No comments

Don't just shed layers of clothing in the desert heat, start shedding unnecessary layers of skin too. I'm not talking about taking it all off, but take off some... Little by little until you're comfortable in your new fresh and radiant skin. Yes, it's time to strip down and...

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Botox 101

By | April 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm | 1,491 comments

What is Botox? Men and women, young and old are getting injected with this anti-wrinkle miracle drug. But, what exactly is Botox Aesthetic and is it right for you? There are pros and cons to the treatment, so let's get the basics of Botox down before you decide for it or against...

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Vein Vein Go Away

By | April 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm | 1,871 comments

Purple, blue and red are all beautiful colors, but no so pretty when they appear in the form of spider veins or varicose veins. These unsightly veins generally appear on the legs, face and even hands. Once they appear they won't go away without treatment and if left untreated...

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Laser Away

By | April 11, 2012 at 12:09 am | 573 comments

Unwanted hair. We all have it somewhere. Lips, chin, ears, underarms, legs, nostrils, and even toes sometimes bear unbearable hair. Sure we can shave, wax, and get electrolysis treatments but the hair keeps coming back. And sometimes it reappears darker and more course than it...

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Health, Fitness & Beauty

By | April 5, 2012 at 12:18 am | 382 comments

Spring has sprung and the sun is shining upon us as it faithfully does here in the Coachella Valley. Warmer weather means even more outdoor activities to heat us up under the intense desert sun. So break out the margaritas, wide-brim hats and most importantly...the...

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