Clothes don’t have to be shapeless and unflattering in order to be comfortable. Take, for example, the new yoga line from Lucy Activewear. The line’s feminine, flattering tops and pants are designed to look great enough that you’ll feel just as comfortable wearing them to Starbucks as you do in the yoga studio. Each piece combines body contour-fitting seams with high-tech, super-comfortable fabrics in easy-to-wear styles; GarnetHill.com.
The brain may not be a muscle, but it benefits from being exercised just as much as gluts and triceps. Research is increasingly showing the value of “brain workouts” in improving memory, concentration, focus and preventing the ravages aging can work on your mental capability. Dakim BrainFitness is a clinically tested software to help keep your brain sharp, specifically designed for adults over 60. In just 20 minutes a day you can help ensure that your mind stays as sharp as ever; $249, Dakim.com.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
For many people, the earliest signs of aging are seen in the eyelids. This skin is the thinnest on the body, and will often become loose and wrinkled at a younger age. In the upper lids, the skin may start to fall over the lashes, which is called “hooding.” To improve the appearance of the lid, a blepharoplasty is performed. This is a surgery where the excess skin and occasionally some underlying fat are excised. The incision is made in the lid crease, so that little or no post-operative scarring is evident. Most patients will have some bruising and swelling for about 1-2 weeks. In addition to the redundant skin, some people may a true ptosis, which is where the muscle that opens the eyelid, the levator, is stretched causing the lid height to fall. In these patients, the levator muscle can be tightened at the same time as the skin excision to elevate the lid height. While surgery can remove the redundant skin, some patients will also benefit from laser resurfacing of the skin to tighten the upper eyelid, and help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This can be done at the same time as the blepharoplasty.
Dr. John J. Martin, MD, specializes in eye, facial & neck rejuvenation, as well as laser and other non-surgical treatment for vascular and pigment problems. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. For a consultation, call 305.444.5950 or visit DrJohnMartin.com.
High summer temperatures can result in something far more deadly than sweat stains. We’re talking about heat exhaustion and deadly heat stroke. To keep yourself safe, follow these important tips all season long:
Even if you’re not going for a run, being outside in the heat causes your body to lose fluids. Be sure to replenish them by drinking extra water. Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and high sugar content.
Sunburn severely inhibits your body’s ability to cool down. Protect yourself with a broad spectrum sunblock and, if appropriate, wear a wide-brimmed hat or lightweight, light-colored clothes that cover your skin.
If you do need to work or exercise outside, be sure to have a friend with you. Monitor each other for signs of dizziness, exhaustion or confusion, which may indicate advanced heat stroke, a very dangerous condition.