Health & Beauty Tip – Week of May 16th

Beauty Tip- Tone and Tighten- Your Pores that is!

I have read conflicting things regarding toner. Some experts say you need a toner some say you do not. Toners are supposed to tighten and refine pores therefore making them appear smaller. They also remove any residue from your cleanser. I guess I’ve always used a toner and I just like the way it feels. But you definitely need to use a toner that is right for your skin.

I think it is safe to say that most skin types should stay away from toners with alcohol in them (these are really astringents). Alcohol can be very drying to skin. One great product that you can use as a toner is good old-fashioned rosewater. You just have to make sure that it is 100% percent pure does not have anything synthetic in it.

Rose water has been used for centuries. It has hydrating and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can also mist it on your face before applying your moisturizer. I like to lightly mist my entire face after I have applied my makeup for extra hydration and glow. It smells wonderful also.

Visit and get the 100% organic rosewater (you can also get this on Amazon). Another good brand is from Heritage products, and you can find that on also. Just go to and type in Heritage products in the search bar and select beauty as category for the search.


Health Tip- The Dirty Dozen

I am not talking about the movie for those of us old enough to remember. This is a list compiled by the USDA after they power washed fruits and vegetables so don’t kid yourself that you can wash all those nasty pesticides off. With recent studies linking pesticides to behavioral problems in children, it is important that children are not eating pesticide laden foods.

The fruits and vegetables on “The Dirty Dozen” list, when conventionally grown, tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing positive for as many as 67. Unless you want to consume known cancer causing compounds, you should always buy organic when purchasing the following:

  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • domestic blueberries
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach, kale and collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • imported grapes
  • lettuce


Green Tip- Grow Native Plants

Why grow native plants in your garden and landscaping? First off, native plants are better adapted to your area. This means that they require less maintenance and less water. They are also more resistant to pests and diseases. That translates to water savings and reduced use of pesticides and fertilizers.

Additionally, native plants attract native wildlife and native beneficial insects. You don’t have to plant 100 percent natives to make a difference, consider just planting a few.

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Dental Tip- Good Oral Hygiene Reduces the Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack

Studies have now confirmed there is a link between poor oral health (gum disease) and other systemic disease such as heart disease and stroke. The bacteria from gum disease get into the bloodstream and enter the liver. This causes the liver to make substances that cause damage leading to heart disease and stroke.

Getting your teeth cleaned twice a year and flossing daily are simple easy steps to protect your health. The problem with gum disease is that it does not hurt until it gets very advanced.

When was your last cleaning and check-up? Call 210-493-9944 today for an appointment. Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio we are health oriented practice. We post weekly articles on our website regarding health and overall wellness. You are not just a set of teeth and our practice is geared towards helping you and your family lead a healthier and happier life.


Medical Disclaimer: The information provided in this publication is for informational purposes, and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.