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Saturday, September 23, 2017

ALOE ... 2017

ALOE ... 2017

Ciao bella,

I realize there have been many articles written on Aloe. But I feel that all of you youth obsessed Beauties should know the latest marvels of Aloe.

With over 500 species of Aloe, Aloe Vera is the most familiar one we know and use. Always a tried and true calming ingredient for sunburned skin as well as an aid in healing wounds. Skin Care is its main hold these days!

These days Aloe is a widely used botanically on skin acknowledging its anti-inflammatory properties, inhibiting part of the immune response that encourages inflammation. It controls blood vessel dilation in inflamed areas as well as producing pain-relieving properties. You could call it Mother Nature’s antibiotic!

In Ancient Egypt, it was known as the “plant of immortality.” They would also hang Aloe in their doorways, protecting them from evil spirits. It is said that Cleopatra and Nefertiti used Aloe in their daily beauty routines. The Mesopotamians, ancient Tibetans, and Romans used Aloe to treat a host of skin conditions. No one can identify the origins of Aloe since its cultivation is so vast.

Also proven is Aloe’s ability to help the appearance of wrinkles and sun-damaged skin! Water penetrates down only two layers of skin, while Aloe Vera juice applied on skin is able to penetrate up to seven layers of the skin. By using Aloe on a daily basis, it will help when services are rendered by a professional. The more hydrated and calm the skin is before a professional service, the better the results. Also, drinking Aloe Vera juice has many healthy benefits, including weight loss.

So hop on the Aloe Vera train and get Beautiful! Buona Giornata and God Bless the USA!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wigging Out

Wigging Out.

Ciao bella,

Please enjoy this delightful tale of when I purchased by first wig.

Your hair is your crowning glory. I don't know how many of you gals out there watched the last season of the New York comedy/drama Sex in the City. One of the characters needed chemotherapy. Naturally, she lost all her hair. So she just really took advantage of her lock-less state and donned a different wig in every scene! It certainly gave me some ideas on changing my look also. So when in New York --do as the New Yorkers.

Passing numerous beauty supply stores, I stumbled on one that I knew would cater to me. Wigs and Plus, at 152 W 32nd St. was beauty queen heaven for me. I'm sure I could have spent several more hours there.

But naturally, I bring my husband David and while his patience is more kind and more allowing than the lot, there is a limit.

Jo, my wig consultant was born and reared in France. She was very experienced and knew just how to fix up the wisps of hair on these marvelous hairpieces.

The price was right and I walked out with a wispy Marilyn Monroe coif! I felt truly great and know now why it's fun to be a blonde!

The price tag on my new tresses certainly cost less than a cut and color at the salon. The quality of the merchandise and service were fabulous.

Did you know that through history the use of wigs go as far back as the ancient Egyptians in 4,000 B.C. Men and women wore a braided kind of blunt style.

Also during the Roman Empire (500 B.C. to A.D. 500) there was a wig popularity with women. Hairpieces were used to increase volume. Color was added for effect.

The French king Louis XIII, during his reign, invented the use of an Allonge wig for men which became an important part of daily dress.

In the 18th century the wig gained aesthetic popularity as a status symbol for both men and women.

So gals out there in bland-land: whether you need to or just want to, buy some new locks and feel beautiful.

Have you missed any of my columns in the Post-Gazette? Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns on my website

Buona giornata.