The Beauty of Dirty Skin: A Book Giveaway

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Just off the presses, a fascinating book about our skin. Dr. Whitney Bowe tells it all, from the technical and scientific aspects of  skin care to the emotional and psychological.

Here’s what the publisher has to say about The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking Radiant from the Inside Out.

In recent years, science has shed new light on the connection between the gut and the brain. Now, for the first time, The Beauty of Dirty Skin spells out the connection between the microbiome—the balance of healthy microorganisms that inhabit your body inside and out—and skin health.
In the book, Dr. Bowe provides data-driven knowledge and life-changing, actionable advice, including:
An explanation of the gut-brain-skin axis, the hidden factor of skin health
 
How you can turn your diet into a solution to myriad skin problems, including 5 fundamental dietary rules about what to eat and what to avoid for glowing skin
 
How oral probiotics are the new emerging antibiotics, and can work wonders on skin health
 
Why we have an epidemic of adult acne, rosacea, eczema, and premature aging today (including skin cancer!)
 
Why some of today’s skincare products, including organics and antibacterials/antimicrobials, can inflict lasting damage
 
How to send signals of beauty to your skin through 3 lifestyle interventions: the power of sleep, exercise, and meditation.
With simple explanations of the science behind Dr. Bowe’s findings, do-it-yourself practical skincare strategies, and a life-changing 3-week program, The Beauty of Dirty Skin will forever change the way you look at loofahs, Diet Cokes, fat-free milk, energy bars, and antibiotics.
Amazon Link: Here’s the link.
Giveaway: The publisher is offering a copy of the book to two lucky Friend for the Ride winners. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by May 15. U.S. only. Thanks!
Dr. Whitney Bowe is Medical Director of Integrative Dermatology, Aesthetics & Wellness at Advanced Dermatology, P.C., in addition to being a distinguished research scientist and a thought leader in her field. She is one of the most in-demand dermatologists in America and has lent her expertise to programs like Good Morning AmericaThe Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, and Dr. Oz. She and her work have been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesAllureInStyleVogueElleReader’s Digest, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

 

I Think My Guardian Angel Drinks: A Giveaway

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Hot off the presses from Vikki Claflin. Don’t you love this title and cover? Here’s what the publisher says about Vikki’s new collection on living well for the over-60 crowd. And don’t shy away if you’re well under 60. You can gather some tips!

International best-selling author of four books, including Who Left the Cork Out of My Lunch and Chin Hairs & Back Fat, Vikki Claflin brings it home again with her new compilation of her laugh-out-loud look at aging in a society that worships youth.

Vikki bares her most embarrassing moments, and unabashedly tosses in irreverent, hilariously honest advice on marriage (and not just for women), sex, fashion tips, body image, and relationships for the over-60 crowd.

Chapters include “Sexy After 60. Nine Tips to Get You There Fast,” “You Want Sex, She Doesn’t. What She’s Not Telling You,” “Forget Frumpy. These Things Make You Look Fat,” “Mother-in-Law From Hell. Could This Be You?” and “They Said, ‘You Can’t be Too Rich or Too Thin. They Lied.”

Settle in with a glass (Or a bottle. Or a box. We won’t tell) of your favorite wine and enjoy the laughter as Vikki shows you that life just keeps getting better. She’s your new best friend, and you won’t want it to end.

Giveaway: The publisher is offering a paperback copy of the book to  one lucky Friend for the Ride reader. For a chance to win, please leave a comment by May 1. Thanks!

About Vikki Claflin: Vikki Claflin is an international best-selling author, humor blogger, and inspirational public speaker. She lives in Hood River, OR, where she writes the award-winning humor blog Laugh Lines: Humorous Thoughts and Advice on How to Live Young When You’re…well…Not. 

Vikki has been featured on the Michael J. Fox Foundation website, Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Workshop, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Midlife Boulevard, Better After 50, and Funny Times Magazine. She received a BlogHer14 “Voices of the Year” Humor award, and has been a guest on over 40 radio programs throughout the US and Canada.

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Leg Hair Part Two: A TMI Post

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WordPress lets bloggers see which posts people are reading. A post on Friend for the Ride that gets viewed almost every day is this one:

A TMI Post: Leg Hair–Score One for Menopause!

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My tone is gleeful in that post. I was shocked and pleased to realize back then that the hair on my legs was barely growing.

But guess what?

My leg hair is back. So that post is, yep, fake news.

So what gives? You aren’t supposed to get something good in menopause and then have it taken away again.

On the bright side, the edge of the bathtub in my new house is a way more comfortable place for shaving legs than the tub in our old bathroom. And I get to look at the lovely window above the tub and some of the treasures that escaped my downsizing project.

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What about you? Have you noticed a decrease in body hair? Did it go away and come back again?

 

Menopausal Rage: Causes and Solutions

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Shannon Perry, who blogs for genneve, wrote an excellent post on a topic so many of us don’t want to think about or talk about: menopausal rage.

She begins: “One of the thornier aspects of hormonal change during menopause, PMS, pregnancy, etc., is mood, the regulation thereof. In the course of researching this blog and talking to women heading into menopause, I came across story after story from women who found it difficult to “control” their anger. In truth, I learned that it’s less about controlling anger and more about respecting why it’s there and channeling the truth behind it in more productive ways.”

Shannon  goes on to discuss both serotonin, a neurotransmitter, and estrogen, a hormone, and the havoc menopause can bring to the way they work in your body. She explains that the “lack of serotonin makes it far more difficult to cope with the insomnia, hot flashes, short attention span, and all the other symptoms that can make menopause a challenge.” Shannon then gives practical ways you can understand, own, and channel the anger that often comes with menopause.

The post is titled “Menopause and Mood: Why Do We Seem Angrier…or Has It Always Been there?’ Read the post here.

Find more posts by Shannon as well as other great menopause resources  on the genneve website. 

Check out genneve’s products too!

About Shannon Perry: Shannon is the media & marketing director for genneve (www.genneve.com), a personalized digital health platform for women in midlife. She is dedicated to bringing as many voices as possible to the conversation around women’s midlife health to ensure women have the information and resources they need to lead their best, most vibrant lives.

The painting is mine.

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The red on the woman’s face represents the hot bubbling fury of rage. The pink stands for the embarrassment and regret rage can cause. The green is for jealousy or envy that sometimes spark rage. The blue is for sadness and depression, which also can lead to rage. And the gray represents the swirling confusion that menopause can bring. The yellow at the corner of the painting promises the light that comes from understanding and overcoming rage. Thank you Shannon for your tips!