Potted plants soften the edges of hardscape, mute street noise, and create a lush, colorful backdrop. One of the beauties of container gardening is that plants may be moved around to find the ‘best’ spot for their culture.
There is a dizzying array of hair-care products in drugstores, beauty warehouses and salons, with all making significant claims about the wondrous results you can expect. And it’s difficult to parse the hype from the fact.
We know that exposure to UV rays damages skin, but in our foolish youth, we may have worshipped the sun. Now we’re seeing the consequences: wrinkles, loss of elasticity and those nasty brown spots that are no longer considered cute little freckles.
As you relax by the pool, you don’t want to worry about the damage you may be causing your skin. Exposure to UV rays results in wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and, potentially, skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to understand your options for summer skin protection.
Let’s face it: Sun protection should be on everyone’s priority list this summer—especially when it comes to the face. Never leave home without it!
In our never-ending quest to give you the latest in skin care tips and treatments, LN recently caught up with Kathleen Fuller, spa director at the Four Seasons, St. Louis. Fuller took a circuitous route to her current profession, starting out as a store manager for Walmart before founding her own cosmetics studio, which she operated for 14 years. She then moved to the field of hotel spas, and joined the Four Seasons two years ago. Fuller says her highest goal is to provide a calm experience that promotes the wellness of their spa guests. It must be working: Four Seasons' spa was voted the Best Spa in this year’s LN Platinum List!
You look at your array of skin-care products spread out around the sink. There are bottles and tubs of various creams and potions, all promising to do amazing things for your skin. But you may not need them all; but if you do, you should use them in the proper order, according to local experts.
Part of the joy of gardening is the daily surprise. Sometimes, conditions conspire to make a garden look tired and worn, such as extreme summer heat compounded by drought. Those days, while disappointing, must be endured. However, on other occasions, gardeners may draw a lucky had when strange combinations of conditions bring about splendid moments. This year, for example, the long, cold soil temperatures slowed down the early varieties of spring bulbs; then good moisture and warm sun brought out the late-season kinds right on schedule. After the winter of death, we needed a break.
The common name African daisy has been applied to almost every plant in the aster family that has come to horticulture from South Africa. The name has been used for Gerbera, Osteospermum, Arctotis and Dimorphotheca interchangeably, so we should think of it more as descriptive of a large group of plants, not one single genus. With this broad linguistic sweep, we gain hundreds of lively and colorful groundcovers and tender shrubs wonderfully adapted to our Missouri summer gardens. Visit any nursery or garden center today, and you will meet many of these excellent South African selections.
Summer’s coming! Get ready! Time to tidy up the garden, change your wardrobe, get a pedicure…And don’t forget to prepare your skin for the warm summer weather.
Women aren’t the only ones whose skin needs some TLC as we head into warmer months. Men, too, need to care for and protect their skin.
As St. Louis begins to show signs of spring, everyone is looking forward to that lush landscape of green grass, beautiful blooms and towering trees to surround their home. But maintaining your lawn is a year-long process, so experts say you have to be willing to put in the sweat to reap the rewards. Here, they share the best springtime practices for your yard’s vegetation, from trees and plants to cool season grasses—the most common lawns in our community.
Are you ready to uncover your legs and go sleeveless? Or maybe you’re tired of shaving every day. You have options.
Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in a good skin-care regimen. Removing the outermost layer of dead cells to reveal the more glowing complexion beneath helps maintain a youthful appearance and keep the skin healthy.
The spring thaw seems to be working its way to St. Louis, and this is the perfect time to start thinking about your new outdoor projects. In case you have something more elaborate than a few new flowers in mind for your backyard, we found two fantastic projects to get your creative juices flowing.
When it comes to cancer, many cases are mysteries. It’s very difficult—even impossible—to pinpoint what leads to a malignancy. Yet there are a few cancers that clearly are linked to specific causes. Smoking contributes to lung cancer, sun damage contributes to skin cancer, and—in a stunning 99 percent of cases—human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in cervical cancer cases.
Although our skin is still covered by sweaters and scarves, before long, we’ll be baring our faces, necks and arms to the sun. We all know that sunscreen is crucial to protecting ourselves from premature aging, pigmentation and—most important—skin cancer. Yet another aspect of prevention is early detection of potential problems, so now is the time to take a close look at your skin.
No matter how much we fight it, aging changes the skin. We no longer produce copious amounts of natural oils to keep things smooth; and decades of sun damage, from those tans that looked so good when we were in our 20s and 30s, takes its toll as brown spots and wrinkles become more prominent.
A younger-looking face may be a matter of seeing the light. Whether you call it photo rejuvenation, a photo facial, photo biomodulation or low-level laser light therapy, delivering various wavelengths of light energy to the skin can result in a more even tone, reduced discoloration, less visible pores and a more youthful glow.
Alpine Rose Botanical Technology is just one of the ways protective antioxidants is delivered to the skin in VBEAUTÉ’s anti-aging line: Day Job Sun Protection Crème ($48) shields the skin from damaging UV rays; Lite Up Intense Brightening Agent ($45) is an oil-free satiny serum that brightens, helps clear blemishes and reduces inflammation; and Lip Spread ($19) delivers lightweight, silky smooth moisture tinted to match your skin tone. Available at Soft Surroundings.
During the summer, when we are all complaining about the hot, humid Midwestern weather, we yearn for cooler, drier air. Well, welcome to winter! Now the air is so dry it crackles, and our skin responds in kind.
Grace Your Table with South African Splendor
What could be more relaxing, indulgent and beneficial than a day at the spa? We talked with Kim Palmier of The Face Company about ways to detoxify, refresh and renew.
St. Louis was almost all prairie at the time of French settlement. Ladue, for example, had mixed vegetation, with open grasslands and patches of woods. Start this fall to prepare your grounds for easy spring pocket prairie planting.