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Beauty Swellness: 5 lessons in looking and feeling beautiful as you age

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Getting older makes me nervous. Plain and simple. I’m going to assume I’m not alone in this. Ladies, are you a bit stressed about aging, too?

But a recent roundtable I attended with a group of very successful women helped to ease some of that anxiety about aging. Assembled by Procter & Gamble Canada, the group of inspiring women included fashion expert Jeanne Beker, lifestyle expert Lynn Spence, dermatologist Kucy Pon, dentist Janet Tamo, and wellness expert Tosca Reno. Jeanne, who’s just turned 65, shared that she’s finding this time of her life exhilarating. “So many years, it was all about pushing forward and having to survive and going out there and getting it, we all need that drive, but this stage of our lives where we can sit back and see the forest for the trees, it’s a sweet time,” she says.

That sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it? A little bit of a waiting-to-exhale moment when it comes to life…Here are the other useful nuggets of inspo I gathered from this powerhouse of women when it comes to taking care of one’s health and beauty.

1. Look to your meals as a way to nourish your body. “Each meal, I see as an opportunity to load myself with nutrients. Not “is it going to be chicken or steak tonight?” I look at food differently, as a way to flood my cells with nutrients.” says Tosca. She added that according to the World Health Organization, wellness is the presence of three lifestyle practices. “Eating clean, whole. nutrient-dense, minimally processed foods, exercise and emotional wellness,” she says. And while she noted that keeping moving physically is important, so is keeping your digestive system moving things along is key, too. And her tip for making sure you’ve got that down pat? Adding Metamucil and a shelf-stable probiotic (just open the capsule and add the powder right in!) to your smoothie is a simple way to make your smoothie instantly better for you.

Olay Regenerist

2. Feed your skin vitamins, too. Eighty percent of premature aging is due to sun damage, says Kucy. And while you can’t undo all the sun damage to your skin, you can make sure your skincare has vitamins that’ll benefit it. Such as vitamin B3 (niacinamide) — it moisturizes, it’s anti-inflammatory, helps pigmentation, and prevents irregular skin tone; vitamin A, which you should use in the evenings, which will help repair some sun damage; and vitamin C, as this antioxidant will help neutralizing damaging free radicals. Where to get these vitamins? Well, Olay Regenerist is, as Lynn points out, affordable and accessible to most women.


3. Give your hair some TLC. Have you ever watched Lynn on TV and admired her shiny, voluminous hair? I know I have. Lynn swears by Pantene 2-in-1 products and its Smart Technology, which targets the areas it needs to treat and then washes out, but still leaves the hair nice and hydrated. She also makes sure to limit her use of heat tools by using a hair dryer that works efficiently so she can minimize the time it’s blow dried, and she finishes off with velcro rollers to build volume.

4. Create a budget and regimen for your dental health. Discoloured teeth are seen as a sign of aging and your teeth will darken with years of smoking and drinking coffee and red wine. The strategies to maintain a healthy mouth, though, are simple. Start with planning a budget for your dental health. “People budget for their hair, but hair grows back, teeth don’t,” says Janet. That’s so true, and good oral health over your lifetime is so essential, it should have its own budget. As for how to use that budget? Crest Whitestrips will immediately make your teeth look healthier and more beautiful. Invest in an Oral-B electric toothbrush, as it has been proven to better remove plaque. And lastly, floss daily as it helps to remove bacteria from your mouth. Did you know  most dental conditions are preventable?

Crest Whitestrips

5. Exercise can fit into even the busiest of schedules. People often ask Tosca if she spends hours at the gym and she tells them she doesn’t have hours to spend. Thirty minutes performed at 65 percent maximum heart rate is far more effective than spending hours at the gym, she says. Women in the baby boomer demo need to hit metabolic catalysts and target large muscle groups, that is the glutes, core and and quads, so that your burning fat at a faster rate all the time. Her fave? Rebounding. Fifteen minutes on this mini trampoline is the same as running 30 minutes on land, she says.

And when it comes to all of these lessons, it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself inside and out doesn’t have to be an all-consuming, overwhelming task. “Do the doable thing,” says Tosca. “Once you’ve done that thing, the next thing becomes easier. Do it 10 times in a row, and now that’s a new habit, and you can move onto the next one and commit to the next doable thing.”


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Healthy Swellness: Colgate Total Advanced Health Daily Repair Confessions + GIVEAWAY


First things first: Products were provided to me by Colgate-Palmolive, but the opinions expressed here are my own.


Alright, alright, so in theory I generally aim to take better care of myself. But in reality, sometimes my healthy habits could use some improvement. I could drink more water. I should establish a consistent sleep schedule. And I could floss more, and I probably could brush for a longer period of time (I’m currently using a manual toothbrush that doesn’t have a built-in timer so it’s likely not the recommended two minutes. Who am I kidding? It’s definitely not the recommended two minutes!).

Why am I ‘fessing up on  on what I could be doing more of to improve my health? Well, because I’ve partnered with Colgate to challenge myself to reveal the health upgrades I could be doing more of.

So yes, I slack on flossing. And on brushing time. I also don’t use mouthwash regularly. Geez, I’m not doing very well on this little personal evaluation, am I?

With my focus right now on healthy intentions, Colgate sent me the Colgate Total* Advanced Health* Daily Repair Toothpaste and Colgate* Slim Soft™ Toothbrush (oh yeah, changing my toothbrush every few months, something else I don’t do regularly, oops!). I was happy to break into them and add them to my daily routine because it helps pick up the slack since I’m now very clearly and very much aware that I’m not the greatest when it comes to good mouth health habits. Colgate Total* Advanced Health* Daily Repair Toothpaste contains a multi-active formula that helps not just maintain but repair early teeth and gum damage. It does this by remineralizing weakened enamel (so this means your teeth become stronger), preventing cavities, and boosting gum health thanks to how it fights plaque- and gingivitis-causing bacteria.

So while it certainly doesn’t entirely make up for those areas of healthy dental habits where I’m failing somewhat, it does put me a little more on team healthy.

Now, don’t let me do all this on my own, folks! Confess what you could be doing better when it comes to your health and you’ll be entered into my giveaway with Colgate with the prize being one $250 CAD giftcard to Fairmont Hotels. (You can find rules and regulations here.)

Need more incentive? Well, share your #ColgateDailyRepair confession here via Rafflecopter and you’ll be entered into my giveaway courtesy of Colgate of a $250 CAD giftcard to Fairmont Hotels.

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This giveaway is sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive.

No purchase necessary. The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence as of the date of entry.  Must correctly answer, unaided, a mathematical skill testing question to be declared a winner. Entries for the contest must be received between July 25, 2016 and August 1, 2016. For a complete list of rules and regulations, please click here.



25 Comments July 25, 2016

Giveaway: Oral-B and Crest prize pack

More important than physical fitness when determining attractiveness in others? One’s smile, according to the third annual Crest and Oral-B Great Canadian Smile Survey.

And because I want you to be your most attractive you can be (I know, I’m nice like that) since April is Oral Health month, to help you celebrate it (I just know you’re throwing a  party, aren’t  ya?) Health & Swellness is giving away an Oral-B and Crest prize pack worth $300.

The prize includes:

  • one Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries5000 with SmartGuide
  • one Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000
  • one Pro-Health Toothpaste
  • one Pro-Health Rinse
  • one Crest Complete Floss
  • one package Crest 3-D Whitestrips Advanced Seal

For more info on taking care of your teeth, be sure to visit the Oral-B Canada Facebook page, too.

Whatcha waitin’ for? Enter!

There are three ways you can enter (enter all three ways to increase your chances of winning!):

(1) Enter by emailing your name, mailing address and phone number to healthandswellness@gmail.com (please put Oral-B in the subject line).

(2) Leave a comment on this post about why you should win this Oral-B and Crest prize pack.

(3) Tweet about this giveaway including a link to this blog post (and you must include the @healthswellness handle to ensure I see your tweet!).

This giveaway closes at 12PM on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, and is open to Canadian residents only. The one winner be randomly chosen, notified by email, and announced on Health & Swellness.

Good luck!

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