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DIY face masks use fresh food for a fresher face

It’s amusing to walk through a store in fall and see how many products can incorporate pumpkin as an ingredient — pumpkin spice Oreos, pumpkin pancake mix, pumpkin spice marshmallows and even pumpkin-flavored dog treats. However, what most people don’t know about the winter squash is that it’s packed with benefits for the skin. The beauty industry figured out way long ago that the pumpkin is best in its most natural, organic form rather than in your latte. Two local Valley estheticians explain why homemade organic food ingredients, like pumpkin, are better for your skin.

Senior esthetician at Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa Dannielli Marcelino

Senior esthetician at Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa Dannielli Marcelino

“Especially this time of year, a lot of people start wanting to see their skin improve after the summer. It kind of wreaked havoc on the skin with all the discoloration that we start to see and the skin just looks a little dull and rough. So, ingredients in the pumpkin definitely help assist the skin to come into better health,” Senior Esthetician at Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa Dannielli Marcelino said. “I love pumpkin all year round. As a matter of fact, I keep a pumpkin enzyme in my clinic stocked all the time for my clients because I just feel like it’s something that gets kind of a quick result. It’s a very small molecule, so it can go into the skin and make some nice changes very quickly. It’s really good for hyperpigmentation. It’s good for cell turnover,” Clinical Esthetician at Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics Kimberly Smith said. Not only does pumpkin have the three major vitamins — A, C and E — that brighten your skin and contain alpha hydorxy acids, but it also can be used for all ages and skin types. “Pumpkin is really good for all skin types. It’s good for anybody. Acne skin can use it. Anti-aging skin can use it,” Smith said.

Clinical esthetician at Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics Kimberly Smith

Clinical esthetician at Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics Kimberly Smith

Pumpkin masks and pumpkin peels aren’t the only food products featured in natural skincare lines. There’s everything from honey, strawberries, green tea and Greek yogurt. If you can eat it and it’s healthy, there’s a good chance it can be made into a face mask. There are many benefits that come with using organic food ingredients as opposed to processed unnatural ingredients for skincare, but most importantly is that you know exactly what you’re putting on your face and more likely to see results. “It’s just kind of like we are what we eat. It’s the same thing with our skin. It is what you apply to it and the care you take for it, so it’s important to use ingredients that are healthy for the nutrition of the skin,” Marcelino said. “There is just no one-size-fits-all skincare. Sometimes you have to tailor things,” Smith said, “When you’re working with things individually, you know how your skin is going to react to them and what kind of results you’re going to get. It’s very predictable. A lot of times when things are made for the mass population, just because it works for a friend doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work for you.” The coolest part about using things you could find in your fridge to repair and restore your skin back to health is you get to personalize it just for you. “Being that this was like a huge bonding thing for my mom and I, I would think that it would be really neat for mothers and daughters to get into the kitchen together and create some things and create some memories and in the mean time make their skin look even better,” Smith said. If you find yourself wanting to feed your fall carvings while treating your skin to some TLC, and don’t want to pay much, try any one of the three DIY recipes below. Just remember to do a patch test with all ingredients on an areas of skin before using and to use organic food products.     Dannielli Marcelino’s Pumpkin Facial Mask What you need: 2 teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin 1/2 teaspoon honey 1/4 teaspoon milk (or whipping cream, if your skin is very dry) Preparation: 1. Combine ingredients and apply to a clean face with gentle circular motions, avoiding the area around your eyes. 2. Allow mask to remain on skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water, pat dry, and apply your usual moisturizer.   Dannielli Marcelino’s Pumpkin, Sugar, and Spice Scrub What you need: 1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Preparation: 1. Combine ingredients in a bowl. 2. Stand in a tub or shower stall and use a damp washcloth to scoop some of the mixture up. Apply to body, starting with your feet and working your way up, but avoiding your face. Scrub gently using circular motions. 3. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.   Kimberly Smith’s Quick DIY buttermilk masks in morning Apply buttermilk after you get out of the shower for plumper skin 1. Take a wash cloth and soak it in shower and ring it out 2. Apply buttermilk to face 3. Apply wash rag over it 4. Lay down for 10-15 minutes


Tax Day Deals Around Scottsdale

With April 15 around the corner that can only mean one thing—tax day! While no one likes filing their taxes, everyone loves a deal. So take the stress out of the day and enjoy it by visiting any of the places below for some great tax day deals.

Tres Chile Margarita-1Z’Tejas

At Z’Tejas, your first margarita is only $4.15 on tax da! All of Z’Tejas award-winning frozen ‘ritas are uniquely-crafted and mixed with fresh flavors, delivering satisfaction to your taste buds. The food menu, largely influenced by the south, signifies the bold robust flavors of Arizona, California, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. Visit one of six Valley Z’Tejas locations for a tax break this April 15! ztejas.com

Sprinkles assorted_bakery boxSprinkles

Buy one cupcake, get one free (limit of one per person) on tax day! Sprinkles Cupcakes are a deliciously sophisticated update on an American classic. Baked fresh in small batches throughout the day, Sprinkles cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients and contain no preservatives, trans fats or artificial flavors. Sprinkles is located at 4501 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. sprinkles.com

Kelly's Burger1Kelly’s At SouthBridge

Looking to celebrate the end of tax season with a delicious meal? Kelly’s At SouthBridge in Old Town Scottsdale is offering 20% off your entire bill for lunch and dinner on Monday, April 15. Kelly’s is a staple in downtown Scottsdale’s dining district. Located on Sixth Avenue, the 8,000-square-foot swanky pub and eatery offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine. Kelly’s at SouthBridge is located at 7117 East Sixth Avenue. kellysatsouthbridge.com

Rejuvena B12 ShotRejuvena Health and Aesthetics

Feel rejuvenated after your taxes are filed with a $5 Vitamin B12 shot at Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics. Vitamin B12 shots are great for an energy boost, weight loss, fighting depression and stress. Patients have also noticed improvement in their sleep patterns, reduced allergies and less frequent and severe headaches after getting a B12 shot. To redeem this offer, call to book your appointment for the week of Monday, April 15. Must mention this tax day deal when booking! werejuvenate.com

handbagMy Sister’s Closet

No need to fret this tax day! Consign your designer handbag at My Sister’s Closet or Well Suited on April 15 and the Valley’s most popular designer consignment stores will give you money back and an extra $20 gift card. My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic and Well Suited for men are always looking for designer handbags, clothing, shoes, jewelry, home décor and furnishings throughout the year for consignment. This tax day, the extra $20 gift card is to give something back to everyone who fought hard this year to hold onto more of their earnings. mysisterscloset.com


Move Over Moms, Dadpreneurs Are Taking Over

For years, mompreneurs have made headlines for their hard work balancing the challenges of being both a mother and an entrepreneur. Now moms are facing a little competition — and it may even be from their own husbands. The competition? Dadpreneurs.

As fathers to young children, dadpreneurs also face the challenges of running their own businesses.

Dadpreneurs: Steve Lopez, Clean Air CabAs an expression for his love for cars, Steve Lopez began his career as a professional race car driver. However, after realizing that “(his) voice wasn’t being heard,” Lopez made the decision to take his passion to the next level.

With sustainability and automobiles as two passions in Lopez’s life, he also recognized the necessity for transportation in the Valley. With this knowledge, Lopez established Clean Air Cab.

Lopez looks at Clean Air Cab as a way to give back to the community.

“It’s not money, not a coupon, not advertising … it’s cleaning your city … and helping to grow the community alongside the company,” Lopez says.

However, Lopez’s main concern does not fall with his thriving business, but instead, with his three young children. Although he finds it tough to be a dadpreneur, Lopez makes an effort to be home each night for dinner.

“I would much rather be the father who reads my kids a book at night than be kissing their cheeks once the lights are off,” he says.

Dadpreneurs: Joseph ScarpLike Lopez, Joseph Scarp, founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties, shares similar views when it comes to being a dadpreneur.

In 2001, Scarp found himself in an office where competition overtook the healthy business atmosphere. Soon after, Scarp established Phoenician Properties, where sharing is key and the business was built upon referral.

The business quickly rose to success and partnered with Better Homes and Gardens, now giving the company the combination of names to “help it grow as a national brand,” Scarp says.

One of the upsides to balancing being a father with being an entrepreneur is having the business make a positive impact on his children.

Dadpreneurs: Dr. Jain, Rejuvena Health and AestheticsDr. Suneil Jain is a naturopathic physician and the owner of Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics. The practice focuses on offering services that uses natural products.

“If someone is coming in for an aesthetic procedure, we help them to go on a diet through holistic routes,” Jain says.

Not only does Jain practice healthy eating and lifestyles at his office, but he also implements them into his kids’ lives — as his “4-year-old knows the importance of eating healthy and drinking water,” Jain says.

Balancing fatherhood and running a successful business is difficult, but between the two, Scarp gives his children priority.

“There is nothing better than coming home at night and having two smiling faces … (kids) are the true meaning of unconditional love,” Scarp says. “(Also), there’s not a rulebook where it says when you have a parent-teacher conference or it’s snack day at preschool.”

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For more information about the dadpreneurs mentioned in the story:

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties
5111 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 155
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 663-1400

Clean Air Cab
1600 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 390-9003

Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics
9977 N. 95th St., Ste. 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 540-9068


Food Sensitivities Test - Scottsdale Living May/June 2011

Eat The Right Foods, Prevent Food Sensitivities

Eat The Right Foods, Prevent Food Sensitivities And Food Intolerances

Food plays a vital role in the proper nourishment of the body. However, it can be difficult to know what effect food has on the body until one eats the wrong thing and experiences uncomfortable symptoms.

Believe it or not, symptoms such as stomach pains, headaches, irritability and fatigue can be treated not with medicine, but by eating the right foods for your body.

Using food in place of medicine is far from a new concept. The ancient Greek physician and father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, once said, “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.”

Unfortunately, this form of thinking has been lost as we make more advancements with medicines and solutions that treat the symptoms, but don’t fix the problem.

Arizona board certified naturopathic medical doctor, Suneil Jain of Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics in Scottsdale, says food sensitivities are far more common today than many people might think. Although often equated with food allergies, food sensitivities also include food intolerances that, unlike allergies, are toxic reactions to foods that do not involve the immune system and can be more difficult to diagnose. This occurs when something in a food irritates a person’s digestive system, causing him to improperly digest or break down the food. Intolerance to gluten and pasteurized dairy are two of the most common food sensitivities.

According to Jain, the average American eats about 92 grams of sugar a day. However, the human body needs only about eight grams for energy, an amount that should be satisfied mostly through natural sugars derived from fresh fruits, vegetables and grains. Knowing these facts and the foods your body can tolerate can help reduce reaction symptoms.

Jain’s Food as Medicine Program teaches patients the right foods to eat and the ones to avoid. Each personalized diet plan is based upon a blood analysis to determine underlying food sensitivities.

The Food Sensitivity test involves running samples of one’s blood against a diverse panel of foods to determine intolerances. This might compare to a food allergy test, however, food sensitivities differ from allergies in that:

• Reactions are delayed and not immediate or life threatening.
• A small amount of food may not provoke noticeable reaction, but a large amount will.
• Symptoms can appear immediately or in up to three days.
• A person may be reactive to more than 25 foods and food chemicals.
• Even so-called “healthy” foods such as chicken, salmon, spinach, blueberries, apples or garlic can cause problems.

Knowing the foods your body can tolerate can result in fewer headaches, less bloating and more energy. It can also help you lose weight.

As the saying goes, “One man’s food is another man’s poison.” Different people can have very dissimilar reactions to exactly the same food. Symptoms can come and go and change throughout life. They may not be very harmful, but eventually they will affect an individual’s well-being.

Food intolerances and the symptoms associated with food intolerance can be prevented by taking the following simple steps:

Learn which foods in which amounts cause you to have symptoms, and limit your intake to amounts you can handle.
When you dine out, ask your server about how your meal will be prepared. Some meals may contain foods you cannot tolerate, which may not be evident from the description on the menu.

Learn to read food labels and check the ingredients for problem foods. Don’t forget to check condiments and seasonings. They may contain MSG or another additive that can lead to symptoms.

Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics specializes in wellness and anti-aging. For more information about food sensitivities and food intolerances, visit www.werejuvenate.com or call (480) 551-9000.