Hidden Dangers Lurking in Your Uggs this Winter….dun dun dun

Ugg boots and their sheepskin counterparts have been a winter-weather staple for several years now, combining function, comfort, warmth and even some style. What many Ugg-enthusiasts don’t know is that their coveted boots are a breeding ground for bacteria, can cause foot problems and odor!

Foot Fungus Finding a Way Into Your Winter Boots?
According to Dr. Zong, “fungus breeds in dark, wet environments – conditions that are usually seen inside of trendy sheepskin boots.” Foot fungus produces dry, itchy skin and can turn toenails thick and yellow. Dr. Zong says, “It’s hard to get rid of a fungal infection once it has spread to your nails. For foot fungus there are over the counter treatments, but if you have a nail fungus make an appointment with your podiatrist for an oral prescription.” Summer is prime season for athlete’s foot. To keep your feet fungus-free, follow these tips:
Keep your feet dry and clean. Apply a topical anti-fungal medication on any cracking or peeling areas of the skin.
Wear socks that are made of an acrylic fiber, not cotton (acrylic wicks moisture away from the feet), and change your socks at least once a day.
Cover your feet with antiperspirant. The active ingredient, aluminum hydroxide, keeps your feet from sweating.
Don’t wear the same shoes every day. Shoes need about 24 hours to completely dry out from the last time they were worn.

A Painful Condition Caused by Flat Soles
Flat soled, sheepskin lined boots may be more comfortable than a sleek heel, they are notorious for causing foot problems, most notably plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot connecting the heel to the toes. It causes stabbing or burning pain that’s most pronounced early in the morning because the tissue tightens overnight. The thin and flimsy soles often found in winter’s sheepskin boots lack arch support and are primarily to blame for plantar fasciitis – they fail to offer adequate shock absorption to protect the tissue. The good news is that in most cases, says Dr. Zong, plantar fasciitis can be overcome without invasive surgeries.
For those who won’t part with their boots, Dr. Zong suggests investing in an over-the-counter orthodic to give the boot some shock absorption. “These boots, while they may be incredibly warm and water proof provide just about no arch support,” says Dr. Zong. “My patients have been very successful both in treating and preventing plantar fasciitis as well as holding onto their boot.”

Foul Odor Plaguing Your Winter Boots?
Smelly foot odor can be quite embarrassing! Young and old, people of all age groups suffer from this stinky situation. The cause of foot odor is sweat produced by feet. Each foot has over 250,000 sweat glands and produces over a pint of sweat a day! Dr. Zong says, “Smelly feet, known as bromhydrosis, originates from sweaty feet. Sweat itself does not smell, but when it combines with bacteria, which is everywhere and not preventable, it creates a terrible odor. If you eliminate sweat you will eliminate odor because if feet don’t sweat they will not smell.“

Dr. Zong says “The first step to take in preventing foot odor is to keep your feet dry and sweat free. This is especially difficult in the winter because most people wear extra clothing like heavy socks, panty hose and boots to provide extra warmth and heat, which promotes sweating and odor. It’s important to try to keep feet dry because aside from odor, sweaty feet can also cause athletes foot.” There are several steps one can take with simple at home remedies to help relieve foot odor:
· Put powder in your socks.
· Make sure you wear clean cotton socks. Dr. Zong says, “Stay away from socks that contain nylon and polyester. These materials do not allow feet to breather properly, thus promoting sweat and odor.”
· Tea is also a great home remedy for relieving foot odor. “I recommend to patients to emerge three to five bags of your favorite tea into a quart and a half of water. Bring the water to a boil. When the tea is steeping rapidly turn down the flame and add two cups of cool water to lower temperature. Now transfer the water into a more suited dish for your feet and begin soaking,” says Dr, Zong. “Tannin, active ingredient in tea, works wonders to dry skin and alleviate odor. Tea is an antioxidant that will help to revitalize feet, thus leaving feet feeling fresh and smelling great.”
· Use an antiperspirant to reduce foot odor, specifically brands that offer roll-on or spray antiperspirant are easiest to use on feet.
· “If the sweating and odor persist I recommend seeing a podiatrist and getting a prescription antiperspirant, like Drysol,” says Dr. Zong.

About Dr. Oliver Zong:
Dr. Oliver Zong is a podiatrist in Manhattan’s influential Financial District. As one of the premier cosmetic foot surgeons in the country, he serves as the Director of Surgery at NYC FOOTCARE and is on the Board of Directors at Gramercy Park Surgery Center . Besides traditional and cosmetic foot surgery, Dr. Zong is also an accomplished cryosurgeon and co-founder of the Podiatric Cryosurgery Center of New York. He is an attending physician at New York Hospital Downtown, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Cabrini Medical Center, and Gramercy Park Surgery Center.
Dr. Zong graduated as Valedictorian from New York College of Podiatric Medicine where he earned his degree, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). He went on to complete a 3 year residency in Podiatric Surgery and Medicine at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where he earned the distinction as Resident of the Year. An accomplished foot surgeon, Dr. Zong is credited with coining the terms, “Foot Makeover”, “Foot Facelift”, “The Toe Tuck”, and “High Heel Feet”. An expert in his field, he is often sought after by the media for quotes and advice pertaining to foot care and surgery. For more information please visit www.NYCFOOTCARE.com.

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Protect your smile with non-abrasive products

I have always been a whitening product junkie you name it I’ve tried it so when I heard about Dentisse I was really excited to get a chance to try it. The fact that its a clay based toothpaste had me intrigued to be honest I thought it might feel or taste a little gross but curisoty made me give it a whirl.

Now in the 2nd week of using Dentisse I really love it. There is no weird clay feel or taste, but there is an amazing mint flavor.  Its so gentle and leaves my teeth and mouth  so amazingly minty clean. My favorite thing it that my mouth feels so much cleaner long after I brush and my teeth are super smooth and bright.

Dentisse Natural Reflection Toothpaste

We all want a picture perfect smile, which sometimes involves investing in whitening, bonding or veneers. However, many popular dental hygiene products are abrasive and can actually ruin teeth.

According to Dr. Emanuel Layliev of the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, in order to protect our smiles, it is best to avoid alcohol based rises, colored rinses and excess fluoride containing rinses, as well as toothpastes that contain abrasive elements such as baking soda.

Dr. Layliev recommends Dentisse Natural Reflection Toothpaste and Natural Reflection rinse to protect and brighten our smiles. The rinse is an alcohol-free rinse that contains aloe vera and doesn’t burn or dry. The toothpaste is a clay-based paste that smoothes, polishes and whitens without any being abrasive to the teeth.

What makes Dentisse more effective than other “whitening” toothpastes marketed today? Simply put: Its unique formula. Ten years in research and development, the natural ingredients in Dentisse are combined in a proprietary way that enhances their tooth-polishing power.* Key among these ingredients are…a safe, effective cleaning, polishing and whitening agent: kaolin clay That’s right: clay. But a unique white clay, purified and refined. Its particles have flat surfaces with microscopic ridges that polish teeth to a micro-smooth luster. a smoothing agent: bentonite clay

Dentisse Natural Reflection toothpaste gently smoothes and polishes tooth enamel, safely removing surface stains and harmful plaque. When used regularly, it prevents plaque and stains from forming. Two weeks of faithful use, and your teeth will be noticeably brighter and smoother, your breath will be fresher – and your smile will take on a new radiance.


Disclosure: Complimentary samples were sent to me for a honest review

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Kim Kardashian opens up to Glamour Magazine about her body image – and more!

Kim Kardashian is Feburary’s cover girl for Glamour Magazine, and inside Katie Kouric interviews Kim on body issues – and what it’s like to be a sex symbol.

Katie Couric: Because a lot of young women read this magazine, I wanted to ask you about issues you’ve had with your body in the past and growing up and being bullied. You developed early, is that true?

Kim Kardashian: Kourtney probably bullied me the most because she hadn’t developed. She was always making fun of me. I mean, when I was 11 I was a C-cup and I got my period. I was just insecure.

Katie Couric: But how did you sort of come to love, accept and appreciate the body you had?

Kim Kardashian: I remember I would sit in the bathtub, and I would put a hot washcloth on my boobs and think, Please, Lord, just please, I don’t want to grow any bigger. I would cry. My mom would say, “You are going to love this one day.” And she was like, “You’re Armenian. Look at all your aunts. They’re super curvy, and this is your family. This is who you are.” We were raised around all of our Armenian cousins, and I know a lot about the culture. So I think that made me confident in who I am.

Katie Couric: How do you feel about being a sex symbol? Is it empowering or degrading?

Kim Kardashian: It’s definitely powerful. I don’t find myself as sexy as everyone thinks. I’m a lot more insecure than people would assume, but with little stupid things. When I get dressed, I’m always so indecisive.

More at Glamour!

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After 15 years in the shoe business, Jimmy Choo launches its first fragrance!

According to Stylist, the Jimmy Choo is launching their first fragrance, to be sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue starting January 15th.

The fragrance will be called Jimmy Choo.

“We’ve transitioned into a lifestyle luxury brand, and it seemed like the next natural step for us,” Tamara Mellon, co-founder and chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo, told WWD at a London event to launch the fragrance. “Fragrance is such an important accessory for women — I think it will have a very broad reach. Our customer is every woman.”

The juice, three years in the making, was created by Olivier Polge of International Flavors & Fragrances, and it’s a fruity chypre with green top notes, as well as exotic tiger orchid, sweet toffee and Indonesian patchouli notes.

“You have to — fragrance is something that’s very… personal,” said Mellon, to a room full of beauty editors at the New York launch event, where she revealed that her favorites as a teenager included Opium and Anaïs Anaïs. “I love the smell of green fresh notes, they’re in the top notes of our fragrance. I like things that are sensual, so that’s how we came in with the patchouli.”

“We wanted to create something that was an object of desire, that you would be proud to have on show,” said Mellon of the Murano-glass-inspired perfume bottle. She has a history of using the Italian material for chandeliers in some of the first Jimmy Choo stores.

More info at the source!

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