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April 10, 2021

How To Change Energy Balance For Weight Loss

How To Change Energy Balance For Weight Loss By Barbies Beauty Bits

Help is right! Understanding how to change energy balance, what the heck is this, and how does that work?

We've all been taught that life is all about achieving balance. Well, not if you need to lose weight! Unfortunately, if you reached an energy balance, then you will not lose weight. Why? Because a balanced energy equation helps you to maintain your weight. Meaning, if you have a positive energy balance, you will gain weight. If you want to slim down, you need to create an energy deficit or a negative energy balance. But how do you do this? This is where energy balance control and change comes into play!

What Is Energy Balance
When you decide to use energy balance change for weight loss, the first clue is to have an energy balance equation to consider how much energy your body needs to perform all necessary functions. (energy input vs. energy output. Or calories in, calories out equation).

This equation is called your basal metabolic rate, or BMR, which measures the number of calories your body needs to perfect all essential functions, including cell production and breathing. The BMR accounts for approximately 60% to 75% of the total number of calories the body burns in a day. The remaining depend on activities and the thermic effect of food. Knowing how much energy your body needs enables you to manage your caloric intake.

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How To Change Your Energy To Lose Weight
The equation is pretty straightforward. You either reduce your caloric intake or increase your energy output. For those who are older, like myself, I need to combine the two to lose weight. But what is suitable for me may not be for you, so consult with a physician first. And you can quickly do this virtually. Many physicians see an increase in weight gain because of the pandemic, so do not think they will find your need for a visit unnecessary.

Targeting Metabolic Syndrome
Fitness and a healthy diet can help improve your metabolic response. You can also use pro-active treatments that target your cells and boost your metabolism. Indeed, NADH and NAD are different forms of the same coenzyme that plays an active role in the body’s energy management. They are critical to the processes of the cell’s powerhouse, the mitochondria, and help create more energy. As a result, the metabolism can burn more calories as more food is used as energy rather than going into fat storage to help you lose weight.

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Burning Additional Energy For Weight Loss
Once you’ve defined how many calories per day you should consume for your energy requirements, you can introduce calorie-burning activities to your everyday routine.  Fitness workouts combined with cardio are the best approach as they offer a double advantage. They help burn immediate calories. They also improve your metabolism, increasing your basal metabolic rate, which means your body consumes more calories for essential functions for a positive energy balance. 

Don't Give Up On Your Workout
Personally, I'm not too fond of workout videos that have you jumping all around, increasing your cardio. As honestly, I spend more time figuring out what the heck they are doing than actually working out.  Instead, I try to walk 2-3 miles every other day. And with the warmer weather, I will also add some weekend bike riding. Additionally, I've incorporated Pilates into my fitness routine. Pilates is also a form of weight manipulation by making you appear to lose weight, which is called the “Pilates effect” as Pilates helps improved posture, muscle tone, and something I sure as heck need... a toned core area. The result of this effect is that it may appear you have lost weight. That's because if you've gained or toned up your muscles, you may look more fit overall, even if you haven't lost weight.

Red light therapy for fat loss using the Nushapes Lipo Wrap by Barbies Beauty Bits
Say "Yes" To Red Light Therapy For Fat Reduction

Using Red Light Therapy For Fat Reduction
While exercising and implementing a healthy diet is something you should always be doing. It is not always enough to help fat reduction, which is different than weight loss. It is challenging to target some stubborn areas; for me, it is my stomach where I got PAH, a horrible side effect caused by Coolsculpting.  

One solution I've found highly effective to help reduce fat in my stomach is red light therapy for fat loss. I had terrific results in the past with this by going to a physician. But with the pandemic, I needed a more at-home approach to red light therapy. This is where the Lipo Wrap from Nushape comes into play, which offers the same "Red-Light Phototherapy Technology" used in a professional med-spa and weight loss clinics, but in a portable belt you can use from the comfort of your home for a fraction of the cost.

I just started using this device (stay tuned for fat reduction updates), and I am very excited about this particular red light device as not all red light therapy is the same! The bottom line for it to be effective, you have to have the correct Nanometer waves. Nushapes Lipo Wrap offers clinical strength power density for effective fat loss treatment using both 635nm and 850nm near-infrared waves at a power density of 37 joules per cm with medical-grade LEDs. 

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Say "NO" To CoolSculpting To Lose Fat

To Sum It Up
When you first begin to try to control your energy balance to lose weight, be patient. As many factors affect your daily energy balance that can make the weight loss process more complicated and cause you to want to give up, but don't! You just have to be willing to tweak it and realize this is not a diet it's a lifestyle, which means it is something you will need to do consistently if you want to maintain a healthy weight and life.

Also, come to realize that it is hard to achieve that "so-called" perfect body we see plastered everywhere, and that is OK as it is not realistic. And if you want to add some non-invasive approaches to your weight loss journey, this too is OK! It's your body, and no one, not even a spouse, has the right to weigh in on your decision to better yourself. It is up to you as it is your body. Red light therapy is a fantastic way to help eliminate fat cells, burn calories, rev your metabolism and increase ATP production, resulting in a healthier, slimmer you.


April 7, 2021

The Best Skincare Tips For Your 30s

The Best Skincare Tips For Your 30s by Barbies Beauty Bits

Women often say they feel confident when they hit their 30s. This sense of empowerment comes with a college degree, career, and family, coupled with the best skincare for your 30s, and you're on your way to feeling your best ever! But that is easier said than done, the skincare part that is. So if you want to know how you should be taking care of your skin in your 30s, continue reading.

The Habits You Develop In Your 30's Impact Your Skin For Life
Recognizing the habits we develop in the '30s will significantly impact how old your skin will look (chronological age) when you are older, is the first and best skincare routine for those in their 30s.

These habits, which I call aging culprits, can make you look 10-15 years older. Add that to the natural aging process, and you can look like you are in your late 50's when you hit your 40th birthday. Not something I want!

Aging Culprits:

  • Overexposure to the sun
  • Not Wearing A Safe SPF
  • Stress
  • Not Eating Enough Vegetables And Fruits~ Guess your mom knew something!
  • Not Getting At Least 8 Hours Of Sleep
  • Exposing Ourselves To Dangerous Elements (like smoking, vaping, pollution)
  • Not Properly Hydrating The Body
  • Too Much Alcohol
  • Not Making Healthy Life Choices
  • Lack Of Physical Activity
  • Not Having A Daily Skincare Routine In Place
  • Various chemicals found in different beauty products can cause a loss of tone and elasticity of the skin, resulting in premature aging.

Find Time For Your Skin In Your 30s
In your 30's you are going to start to see the signs of aging. So make sure you are finding the time to address these issues. I know I've heard many people say that I just do not have time and end up skipping skincare altogether. DON'T DO THIS. You must find time for your skin, even if it is just three minutes a day!

In your thirties, it’s all about preventative measures—by using the right products, you can invest in your skin now, which is more efficient and less costly than trying to correct conditions later on. See some of our must below.

The Best Way To Exfoliate Your The Skin In Your 30s By Barbies Beauty Bits
The Best Way To Exfoliate Your The Skin In Your 30s
You see, as we age, the process of desquamation slows down, meaning that our body is slower to shed dead skin cells and produce new ones. Exfoliating is one of the best ways to speed up your natural cell turnover to uncover the fresh, healthy skin underneath the layers of dead surface skin cells.

So touching on the best way to exfoliate in your 30s. Well, there are many different exfoliation products that you can choose from to add to your skincare routine. See some of them below.

  • Physical exfoliants, like clay or charcoal are applied to the skin and massaged in with your hands.
  • Chemical exfoliants work by using a blend of Alpha-Hydroxy Acids.
  • Manual exfoliation using a skincare device like a Spa Science, Nova.

Treat Yourself To A Facial Massage
Stress in our 30s can cause you to often suffer from skin fatigue or dullness or occasional breakouts. It could result from poor circulation, which leads to toxins building up in your skin cells. An occasional facial massage encourages lymphatic drainage and circulation to remove these pollutants from your skin. It helps to improve the appearance of your skin and make it more luminous and healthier.

Double Cleanse For Healthier Skin In Your 30's
Cleansing is a clear path to beautiful skin. In addition to removing makeup from the day, it eliminates oil, dirt, and impurities from your skin so that it can repair itself overnight. Unfortunately, a single cleanse isn't always enough to remove all the dirt and grime from your skin. That is why you should opt for a double cleanse.

Start with an oil-based cleanser to attract the oil from your skin. You can then proceed to the second cleanse, which deep cleanses your pores.

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What Is The Best Eye Cream For People In Their 30s
The area around your eyes is one of the first areas to develop fine lines because it is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. An eye cream with ingredients such as CBD oil is the best eye cream that will help prevent lines from forming and minimize the look of dark circles and puffiness.

Slather On A Serum
In our 30's is the time we will see the loss of collagen and elastin. Both can lead to the start of fine lines, like those pesky 11's between your eyes or those crow's feet starting to show around the eye area.

Be sure to add a focused treatment serum to your skincare regimen.

Moisturize Your Skin Daily In Your 30s
To set yourself up for future skin success, you need to be using a moisturizer daily. Dehydrated skin is one of the number one culprits for the skin to appear older than it is.

Many factors come into play when determining the best type of moisturizer to use for your skin.  Applying a moisturizer is a crucial step in your skincare routine in your 30s. Especially since your oil production is declining. There are tons of amazing moisturizers to use in your 30s; the best way to decide is to conduct exhaustive research to determine what to apply after a steam facial and other beauty routine practices.

Use A Prescription Strength Retinol
Skincare can be costly, so if you are looking for an affordable skincare routine in your 30s, stick with this one product, a prescription-strength retinol, which will allow you to eliminate some of the above skincare tips.  

Retinol (Vitamin A) is a one-stop ingredient that unclogs pores, boosts collagen to reduce fine lines, and speeds cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin.

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Drink Plenty Of Water For Glowing Skin
This is one thing that many do not realize is a crucial step in skincare as dehydrated skin is one of the major causes of premature aging. Dehydration in the skin weakens its defense and creates skin sensitivity, irritation, and premature aging.

If you have difficulty consuming 6-8 glasses of water a day, consider adding fruit. One excellent fruit for anti-aging is lemons, as it also works as an internal detox of toxins that cause premature aging.

To Sum It Up
Healthier, younger-looking skin is easier to maintain when it is preventive. If you wait too long, it will become treating and repairing, and you will age quicker. Please, do not be one of those who wake up tomorrow and wonder why I look so old; what happened? With a commitment to a skincare regimen in your 30s, you can rest easy knowing that your radiant, healthy complexion will last a lifetime.


April 2, 2021

Bold Lips, Red Laquer Nails, And Younger Looking Skin

Bold Lips, Red Laquer Nails, And Younger Looking Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits

Soft, younger looking skin and more with this weeks Friday Favorites from the beauty spotlight team!

Skincare Favorites

Remember Aging Is A Fact Of Life. But Looking Your Age Is Not! As what you did in your 30’s will not cut it in your 40’s. While 40 may be the new 30, your skin requires even more attention during this decade despite how young you feel.  Find out how Barbie’s Beauty Bits show you “How To Treat Your Forty-Year Old Skin Using Clay.

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has discovered an affordable and lightweight moisturizer that is perfect for the warm weather. Weleda Sheer Hydration Daily Dew Lotion will keep your skin hydrated and glowing!

Make skincare easy with Beyond Glow Smoothing Peeling Gel. Prime Beauty has found this to take minutes and leave behind baby soft skin.

The weather is starting to warm up in California where Southeast by Midwest is headquartered. Between the heat and the mask, it can be hard for a person to stay cool and hydrated. However, Cassie keeps a travel-size Evian Facial Spray in her purse to help. Check out her post on it!  

Lip Favorites

Even though many of us aren’t wearing much lipstick these days, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty could not resist picking up two gorgeous shades of Sephora Cream Lip Shine, a cross between opaque lipgloss and liquid lipstick on sale for $5 each. Find out why they’re so irresistible. 

Nail Favorites

Happy Polish Pick Up Week!  BeginNails shares her thoughts on Red Eyed Lacquer’s non-polish contribution Tamesies.  A hair oil scented in a frosted cookie aroma.


March 31, 2021

Shaving Your Face And Other Tips For Younger Looking Skin

Shaving Your Face And Other Tips For Younger Looking Skin By Barbies Beauty Bits

Did I just say women should shave their faces? I sure did as "Aging Is A Fact Of Life. But Looking Your Age Is Not." I did not come up with that, but it is one of my favorite skincare quotes. As it is just not biological age that is the only contributing factor to aging skin. While getting older is inevitable, how our skin ages is something we DO have control over!  And this is where shaving your face comes in. So if you want to find out how you can have younger-looking skin, continue reading!

Eating Your Way To Healthy Glowing Skin
Ever hear of the expression you are what you eat?  Well, it has never been more true, than when it comes to the health of your skin.

You see, healthy, glowing skin starts with the nourishment within our body. We are shedding skin cells and replacing them with new ones every day, but this desquamation process slows down as we get older. One way to make sure that the body sheds the dead skin cells and produces new cells is by having an essential supply of vital nutrients.

Fruit and vegetables are amazing foods for a healthy complexion and the best way to hydrate your skin from the inside. They contain antioxidants that can help stimulate collagen production and keep the skin plump and youthful. They are also rich in vitamins that protect the skin against free radicals.

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Fruits And Vegetables High In Antioxidants And Vitamins

  • Advocados~Have skin healing and protective properties. They contain vitamins C and E as well as monounsaturated fat (healthy fat that keeps our skin plump and moisturized)
  • Green Tea helps to combat free radical damage and collagen breakdown.
  • Watermelon~ Not only does this fruit hydrate as it is 92% water, but it helps to flush the body of toxins! And let's not forget about the antioxidants that can help to fight free radicals.
  • Lemons: When life gives you lemons, take them as they are rich in Vitamin C, a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free-radicals. Lemons are supplemented with antibacterial properties, which is fantastic at purging the skin of toxins and blemishes. Overall, lemons can bring a much-needed glow to your complexion by rejuvenating the skin from within!
  • Dark leafy greens like radish leaves, spinach, and mustard greens have vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help prevent skin aging.

Develop Healthy Skincare Habits

Use Skincare Products With Vitamin C In Them
When it comes to getting brighter, younger looking skin—Vitamin C is a game-changer. This water-soluble antioxidant is a natural component of healthy skin.  The younger we are, the more vitamin C we have on our skin. But as we get older, we lose these nutrients over time.

Luckily, skincare products can help lessen this damage, so the skin looks healthier and radiant. Vitamin C is an ingredient that should be part of everyone’s skincare routine—regardless of age or skin type. It’s known and loved for its brightening and anti-aging abilities, and dermatologists also tout it for being one of the most potent protective antioxidants out there to help reduce skin inflammation and irregular pigmentation while promoting healthy collagen production. 

Younger looking skin with CBD infused skincare by Barbies Beauty Bits

Use Skincare Products Infused With CBD
Known for its healing properties, cannabidiol offers some serious antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which can be beneficial in treating skin concerns like inflammation, dryness, and free radical damage.

One of my favorite skincare lines is TreCeuticals. They combine science with nature, by adding 80 mg of full spectrum CBD to all of thier products, setting them apart from all other brands on the market. Combine this with three other powerful active ingredients – retinol, hydroxy acids, and antioxidants-you're on your way to younger looking skin.

Shaving Your Face For Younger Looking Skin Barbies Beauty Bits

Vow To Shave Your Face
You see, as we age, the process of desquamation slows down, meaning that our body is slower to shed dead skin cells and produce new ones.

Shaving Your Face is one of the best at home techniques to exfoliating the skin and speeding up your natural cell turnover to uncover the fresh, healthy skin underneath the layers of dead surface skin cells.

Shaving Your Face Helps To:

  • Improve your skin tone and texture
  • Promote cellular turnover
  • Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimizes the appearance of age spots and other sun damage  
  • Even out skin tone and texture
  • Unclog and reduce the appearance of pore size
  • Stimulate blood flow to help improve the skin's elasticity  
  • Offer better penetration of your skincare products

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Mask Mapping: Multi-Masking
One size does not fit all, and this comes to skincare as well. Everyone’s skin features its very own personality, with specific needs, individual concerns, and personal likes and dislikes. Enter Mask Mapping...

Instead of applying the same mask to your entire face, there is a better approached called mask mapping. This technique allows you to use multiple face masks to different areas of your face for a customized treatment that checks all your anti-aging needs!

The Best Non Surgical Treatments For The Face By Barbies Beauty Bits

Non Surgical Treatments For The Face
Many people wish to improve their appearance but are not ready to pursue a surgical solution. For this reason, many places, like a  Botox medical spa, offer a wide range of non-surgical skin resurfacing treatments that can help to restore a more youthful, beautiful complexion. There are many different skin resurfacing treatments, including micro-needling, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and Botox, that has helped millions of individuals achieve a rejuvenated appearance and restore their self-confidence in their appearance! And the best part; without having to go under the knife!

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