Protecting Your Skin During the Winter Months

Winter Lake jpegWinter is here and will stay for a few more months. Temperatures can drop to extreme lows on any given day, so be sure to apply rich, penetrating moisturizers to face, lips, hands and body and dress in warm clothing.  In extreme cold temperatures, it only takes :20 for exposed skin to become frostbit.

  • Wear protective clothing in layers under your winter coat. Add a Hat, Scarf, Mittens, Boots, Earmuffs, etc.
  • 70% of heat is lost through an unprotected head, so do wear a hat.
  • Mittens are better than gloves.
  • Ladies, carry your high heels in a tote and wear non-slip winter/snow boots. You might want to consider wearing silk sock liners over socks or hosiery.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Dink plenty of water.
  • Don’t lick your lips.
  • Use a humidifier at home or in the office.
  • Use warm water, not hot, in the shower.
  • Apply a deep conditioner to hair post shampooing and shampoo every other day.
  • Apply moisturizing products to your skin day and night.

See recommended products below.

Kara Vita Skin Care Products.                                                                                            Use a gentle, creamy Cleanser for the face and body.   Choose from 3 Gentle Regimen Cleansers for face and the combined power of Shea Butter, Medical-Grade Lanolin and the sea’s Bio-Marine Complex in the Hydrating Body Wash for body.

Indulgence * is the most nano-intensive face formula releasing rejuvenating marine extracts and a 9% concentration of transdermal and essential oils.

Instantly hydrate and nourish dry skin while stimulating cellular renewal with marine extracts infused Hydrating Facial Masque *.

Everyday Penetration Cream * is the most potent body moisturizer in the line. Also, available is the Everyday Penetration Lotion *. A double-blind study found this deep-penetrating formula proved to be as effective on dry skin as the leading prescribed drug!

Lips deserve a fast-acting formula in Lip Tender * which provides lasting moisture, nourishing age correction and protection.

Hands and Cuticles will benefit from Hand Tender * and Cuticle Tender *. Both are designed to dry quickly so you can get on with your work or play. The size is easy to carry in handbag, tote or briefcase. You might want to consider placing them on your desktop or in a desk drawer.

Noteworthy, is that only Kara Vita carries the patent on 8-hour delivery of ingredients to the deepest layers of the skin. FDA regulated Kara Vita guarantees purity of ingredients, penetration from the surface of the skin to the deeper epidermal layers, and potency of the highest concentration of the purest ingredients ~ going beyond temporary or surface improvements.

Place a Kara Vita Order in January and you’ll receive the FREE Ten Best Facial Foods that will nourish the complexion and complement Kara Vita products.

Kara Vita offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. They will switch out a product at no cost or refund your money.

* Nanospheres carry ingredients, releasing at least 80% for eight hours or more for moisture and corrective action.

For more information or to place your order, contact here

January 2014

Reference Contributors: Kara Vita, Joy Stynchula

Safely Extend Your Summer Tan Through The Winter Months

At Confident Image, we regard Sun Protection as the No. 1 Anti-Aging Tool. We’ll be discussing Kara Vita Products and the recommended steps to lift your spirits through the long winter ahead. The products we are going to share are some of our very favorites!

We have, for many years, highly recommend refraining from sun bathing or use of tanning bed . . . and for good reasons. Ultraviolet Rays cause

  Damage to the Skin – our largest immune organ.

  Destruction of Vitamin A in the Skin

  Skin Cancer Development

 Damage to the Skin’s Elasticity and DNA

Sundressed ® Self-Tanner is a moisturizing tanner that will give long-lasting, natural looking color due to bioactives that penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. Always moisturizing (With Shea Butter, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil) and never drying – this product allows a soft, silky glowing radiance.

Step No. 1. Now that Summer has faded into Fall, it’s time to smooth away old dead cells with Glycol-X Products. They will gently resurface and improve wellness in all-over facial skin tone. These products may be used on the neck and décolleté as well. For beautiful results, begin using these products now for 3-4 weeks, implementing them into your daily regimen. Note: Following use of Glycol-X products, one must apply Sunscreen. Now you are ready to go forward to extending your bronzed glow!

Step No. 2 A. Post Glycol-X use, return to your regular Kara Vita Skin Care Regimen (Balancing, Hydrating or Purifying) and include SECRET CODE™ DNArescue ™Lotion. If you’ve decided not to use the Glycol-X Products, exfoliate face and neck using the PBH Exfoliating Masque (A gentle masque that works within :10 to remove dead cells without irritating healthy ones. Use once to twice weekly.

Step No. 2 B. Exfoliate and polish the body using Fresh As A Daisy® Exfoliating Body Wash, followed by the elegant Fresh As A Daisy® Body Lotion or PeEveryday Skin® Penetrating Lotion (Either will moisturize and nourish all through the day. Reapply every 8-hours, if desired).

Step No. 3.  Apply Sundressed® Self-Tanner to face and body using light even strokes and massage in well. Apply lightly to elbows, knees and heels. Remember to include ears and back of ears. Immediately wash hands. Apply a small amount to backs of hands and rub backs of hands together. Clean up nails. Be sure to allow product to dry before getting dressed.

Step No. 4.  Moisturize face and body daily to extend the life of your tan.

Repeat Steps 2 – 3 until the desired tone is reached.

It’s important to remember that the above products ‘do not ‘contain sun protection (except for Face Essential w/SPF15).

Tip: Look younger and make that tan stand out! Whiten teeth and wear your most flattering shades of color cosmetics, clothing and accessories in your Season’s Palette            {Color Analysis}.

To order these fine Kara Vita Products or for additional information, contact us

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How To Store Your Summer Clothes

This is a guide to help you safely store your end of season wardrobe ~ Transitioning from Summer to Fall.  During your Closet Consult, we’ve pulled out and organized all Fall/Winter Garments, so you are now ready to store summer clothes.

CLOSET MALE FEMALENo. 1  Now that your Closet Consult has been completed and clothes removed that ‘no longer fit’, are ‘out of style’  ‘needs to be repaired’ and ‘not repairable’ you can move on to neatly organizing the seasonal storage.

 No. 2  Consider purchasing plastic or metal tubs with tight fitting lids, especially if you have no choice but to store the clothes on your basement floor. I do strongly suggest you purchase metal shelving for basement storage. Also, purchase garment bags for your more expensive items.  CLOTHES STORAGE RUBBER TUB

No 3  Prepare the storage area. Wash and dry storage tubs. If storing in a closet, vacuum the closet floor and dust the shelves, if needed. If you suspect mildew or mold presence, immediately address it.

Garment bags should be washed and thoroughly dry; If they are not washable, wipe out with disinfectant wipes and dry inside out.

No. 4  Repair any garment that needs it (i.e. replace zipper, re-stitch open seams, etc.), wash and dry.

No. 5  Wash everything you are going to store away. This will prevent any food or dirt from permanently staining your clothes and will not attract insects. Be sure every garment is completely dry before storing to prevent mold growth. Don’t use starch on garments as it attracts insects.

No. 6  Donate any clean and repaired clothes that have been removed from your closet. Contact organizations that take donations as to their season intake time line; You just might have to hold the clothes until the next season. Be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes.

No. 7  Many clothes can be rolled (i.e. knits) to prevent hard line creasing. Before folding, insert plastic (i.e. a dry cleaning bag) inside of lighter weight garments to prevent hard creasing.

No. 8  Though an unpleasant odor, putting several moth balls in the bottom of the tubs are effective at keeping moths or other small insects at bay. Place clean white 100% cotton fabric or acid free tissue layer over the moth balls and up the sides of the tub then, begin laying your clothes.

Fold and lay the heaviest and darkest colored items in the bottom of the tub first – like black jeans, then dark blue jeans, etc. working your way up to the top by lighter shades. Separate each layer with acid free tissue.

Top clothes with 2 – 3 layers of acid free tissue. Add moth balls. Cover tub with tight fitting lid.

Label the tub and to whom they belong (i.e. Sarah’s Spring/Summer Denim Jeans, Pants and Shorts).

If you don’t use rubber or metal tubs, use cardboard boxes. Line the boxes with clean white 100% cotton fabric or acid free tissues before layering the clothes as per above tub instructions. Once you’ve placed the clothes and moth balls in the boxes, insert the box into a large plastic garbage bag and twist the ends tightly. Secure with twister. Label.

An option to moth balls is to add a cotton (breathable) bag of dried lavender, it will repel moths . . . and your clothes will smell fresh.

No 9  For dressier and formal clothing and light weight items (i.e. silk etc.), place them in hanging, garment bags. Pad any garment shoulders with bunched up plastic bags to prevent hanger bulges. These more expensive items are likely to be dry cleaned and cannot be home-ironed to remove wrinkles.

Wrap moth balls in acid free tissue (or use bagged lavender) and place in the bottom of the bag – not touching the clothes. Your clothes should have ample room to hang free in each garment bag.

Garment bags seal well and breathe. You might find a long rubber or metal storage container if you prefer to lay the garment bags flat, perhaps under a bed rather than hang in another closet. Label the garment bags.

No. 10  Store your clothes in a cool, well-ventilated area and away from the natural light, like an extra bedroom closet, under beds, etc. Avoid basements and attics if possible – unless you live in a very dry (desert) climate. As stated above, if you must store in a basement, store on metal shelves.

Most dry cleaners will store your items. Ask for quotes and time limits.

At the end of the Fall/Winter Season, follow through with a Spring/Summer Closet Consult with Confident Image and repeat the above process.

Our Image Services are fun, easy and confidential. Schedule ‘yours’ today.

Transitioning Into Fall

One Season Ends Another Begins . . .

Shopping during the ‘End of Summer Sales’. 

You’ll find great bargains, but don’t buy everything you can get your hands on just because of the ‘sale’!

Stop and think what you ‘absolutely need’ to complete your spring/summer wardrobe. Think about which garments can take you from day-to-night (certainly not another tee – unless you must replace worn out or yellowed white ones).

Work through your closet and form a game plan to take along when foraging through the racks and racks of clearance items – you’ll be glad you did. It’ll save you time and money!

WhiteTees. This is the time to replace your older, worn out, yellowed tees. Buy a couple in different styles.

A White Button-Down Blouse/Shirt. 3/4 length for ladies is a comfortable summer sleeve length and can be worn under a jacket/blazer in colder temperatures.

A White Jacket is a must to wear over summer sundresses or tank tops for an evening occasion. Gents, now is the time to seek out a replacement summer white jacket.

Shorts. If you are in need, buy them now. Max out at 4 pairs of shorts. Choose from 1 dark, 1 light, 1 medium neutral and if you are so inclined – 1 in a pattern.

Build a few more pieces from this year’s Summer Fashion Shades. They will not be available next year. Always working within your season palette; However, you can purchase a favorite summer shade as in a skirt, pant, purse or shoes to complement ‘your’ season color palette. Your best shades are always worn closet to the face (upper body).

Shoes.  Ladies, now is the time to take inventory of yourTRANSITION FR SMR TO FALL 2013 WOMEN SUMMER ONLY jpeg shoes. Do you have at least five (5) neutral pairs of warm weather shoes? Consider stocking two nude styles 1 flat or low heel and 1 2” heel. This is a good time to look for nudes on sale ~ Nude is a terrific neutral. All sandals (for men and women) are a great buy at this time.

Raingear.  I would certainly recommend a classic raincoat in a neutral. You might get lucky and find one that has a removable lining, which will carry you into cooler days.

Read on . . .

TRANSITION FR SMR TO FALL 2013 PANTONE women jpegFall Trends 2013

Not everyone can purchase a completely new fall wardrobe, so

Once you’ve shopped the spring/summer clearance racks, washed and packed away clothes that have been worn (insects love soiled garments) and new clothes (you’ll need to wash out any extra dye or chemical finishes) pull out your fall clothes and take inventory.

Animal Print. Love animal print!  Don’t overdo it from head to toe. Accent  with a blouse, shoes or accessories. You get the idea. One focal point in animal print is plenty for the eye to take in! Be aware of your season palette when considering a dress, blouse or jewelry in animal print. Spring and Autumn palettes have the green light for the gold and black and Summer and Winter for silver and black. TRANSITION FALLWOMEN  2013 JPEG                                                                             Capes. Capes are very versatile and can be worn with just about everything.

Cat Themed Jewelry is coming about this season. Find a darling pair of earrings, bracelet or pin.

Emerald Green is ‘the’ Pantone Color of the Year. Depending on your season palette, wear appropriately on the body or accent pieces.

                                                                               Flower Prints for Fall are darker than the pastel summer prints, so be on the lookout for more muted shades.  If you like flower print, buy only a couple of pieces – they will go a long way.

Hats. Hats are cute this season. Choose a fun one and wear it often.

Houndstooth. Think of this pattern at your basic neutral print – it goes with just about everything!

Knee-length Skirts and Dresses. I love this length. It works well for the office and for those of us who are no longer in the 20′s age bracket.

Layering is still in. Easy does it with colors and patterns so as not to overwhelm the eye.

Leather. Study the new trends and look to see if you might have like items in your wardrobe. For instance, ladies, you might already have a leather pencil skirt, be it black or rich fall color.

Military. Military fashions are still strong this season. Add luxe with lace or brocade. A beautiful lace blouse or a brocade vest for example. Khaki green is the new staple shade, best suitable for Autumn season palette.

Peplum. If your silhouette allows, go for it in tops, jackets and dresses.

Print Scarves. Dress up or dress down an outfit with a beautiful print scarf.

Winter White. Try it in a coat, jacket or jeans. Winter palettes, take note your best white is a true white.

On to Men’s Fashions . . .

TRANSITION FR SMR TO FALL 2013 MEN PANTONE JPEGGreys. Dark Reds. Deep Browns.  . . . and the Brights.

Navy is a great staple and wears well. Pair it with some of the brighter colors in your season palette.

A neutral Beige Bomber Jacket or Baseball Jacket will do nicely.

A Tailored Winter Coat is the perfect outer layer for the cold weather.

Capes are very fashionable this season. Drape one on in a solid or print.

Houndstooth. Think of this as one of your neutral base patterns, so versatile!

Scarves are still in for this season. Dress them with anything.

Pull on a crew sweater with oversize block pattern.

Rugged Hiking Boots are ‘the’ boot to wear with your casual garb. Too rugged for you? Go for a Chukka in leather or suede.

TRANSITION FR SMR TO FALL 2013 MEN pptNot sure which Fall shades or fashion styles are right for you?

Confident Image offers services to help in these areas. A Color Analysis determines your most flattering shades. A Silhouette Analysis (for Women) determines clothing styles that  accentuate the positive and camouflage the negative.  Contact us here to set up an appointment.

Vintage Inspired Clothing for Women:  http://www.modcloth.com.

Vintage Inspired Clothing for Men & Women:  http://www.revampvintage.com

 

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You and Your Closet ~ Are You Friends?

You and Your Closet – Are You Friends?

Is your closet filled with fashion needs or wants?

CLOSET iStock_000004109603XSmallDo you often decline invitations to events because you feel you don’t have the ‘right’ clothes? You are not alone!

A closet that is well organized (free of clutter) will not hold you back from dressing well and feeling your personal best.

The ‘needs’ are the essentials that will be worn on a regular basis and will outlast the latest fashion trend. Needs fashions should be the best you can afford ~ determined by your clothing budget.

The ‘wants’ are the items you must have, no matter the reason ~ trendy. Trendy fashions should be items you spend less of your hard earned money on.  These are the impulse buys  . . . and most often don’t wear well with anything else in your closet or sit at the back of the closet never to be worn again.

One item we feel is a must for the ladies is dress or two. Dresses are an easy addition to any wardrobe, be it personal or professional. Things to consider are ‘beyond’ the little black dress; to wear or not wear a print – and what works best; accessories; the skill of a seamstress/tailor and can you successfully wear a wrap dress?

What shades of colors are you looking to implement into your spring wardrobe?  Can you wear the ‘color of the year’? When it comes to accessorizing, how much is too much?    Do you have a plan?

Confident Image helps build and expand your wardrobe to give you the optimum joy of dressing with less stress. We work on not allowing body insecurities to get in the way of investing in your wardrobe from season to season.

Our philosophy is to accentuate the positive and camouflage the negative. You’ll look and feel great and when you do, that projects confidence to others.

To schedule a consultation, contact us here.

April Showers and Other Wet Stuff

April Showers and Other Wet Stuff

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Water is the number one ingredient in all of our Kara Vita Products, but it isn’t ordinary tap water that you would find in your kitchen or bathroom. It is purified water from which salts, chlorine, bacteria, and sediments are removed. Purification is an elaborate process.

Step oneCity water is pumped through a water softener to remove calcium and magnesium ions and are replaced with sodium ions.

Step two:  Carbon filtering occurs, which is most effective at removing chlorine, sediment and volatile organic compounds from the water.

Step three: The water continues through reverse osmosis into a storage tank. Reverse osmosis works by applying pressure to a bed of membranes that removes large particles.

Step four: The “dirty” water goes to drain on the pressurized side of the membrane system and only the purified water is allowed to pass into the storage tank.

Step five: The storage tank pump circulates the water through a series of de-ionizers, ultraviolet light, and filters and then back to the tank. The de-ionizers remove mineral ions such as sodium, iron, copper, chloride and bromide. The ultraviolet light destroys bacteria and viruses.

Step six: The microfiltration step uses a series of filters ending with a 0.2 micron filter, which remove any debris that may be present in the water, especially from the ultraviolet light step.                                                                                                                            The result is “purified” water.      

Secret Code jpegYou’ll love the Kara Vita’s Secret Code DNArescue Spray Lotion. A cool, wet, misty hydrating and moisturizing spray that reverses the appearance of aging and sun-damaged skin. Skin looks and feel younger and healthier.

Loaded with a proprietary blend of clinically proven antioxidants to shield and protect indirect damage to the DNA from UVA light.

For all skin type, all ages and sensitive skin.

For more information or to order your bottle,  contact me here

Re:  K.V. Heart to Heart March 2013