Keep your skin glowing as brightly as the holidays lights

BY SANDRA GUY Don’t let the winter weather keep you from looking your best at this season’s holiday parties. That’s especially important as we age, since our skin holds onto less moisture. (I know firsthand, as I near a new decade of life – thankfully, with access to greater self-care knowledge than ever before.) Dry... Read more »

Improv comedy enlightens workplace thinking

BY SANDRA GUY One of the more humanistic approaches to dealing with conscious and unconscious biases in the workplace comes from renowned improvisation (“improv”) and sketch-comedy theater, The Second City, which birthed the careers of John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Mike Myers, among others. The Second City’s business-to-business unit, Second City... Read more »

Websites for making you smile amid holiday stress

BY SANDRA GUY The holiday season can be one of the most stressful, emotion-filled times of the year. Family memories and get-togethers – good and bad – can require the stamina and discipline of a yoga master to stay calm. So, in light of needing to take deep breaths and count to 10, here are... Read more »

Facebook opens pop-up shop in Fulton Market this weekend to aid military families

BY SANDRA GUY A Joliet woman who grew up in a Navy family now works to help servicemen and women in all military branches – and her cause is the theme of a Facebook pop-up shop that opens Friday, Dec. 6, in the Fulton Market neighborhood. “We’re literally trying to get ‘Christmas’ to the kids... Read more »

Expert tips to keep your skin in tip-top shape this winter

BY SANDRA GUY The fun of winter holidays, whether it’s skiing, baking cookies or shopping in a brisk wind, can result in itchy, cracked and burning skin. So how do you keep your skin from getting irritated while you’re counting your blessings and tallying up your gift receipts? Dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Tung warns that it’s... Read more »

Herbal teas offer soothing cold-weather remedies

BY SANDRA GUY Researchers are finding evidence that tea and tea extracts can have intriguing health benefits, ranging from lowered cholesterol levels to anti-cancer properties to boosting metabolism. The results aren’t definitive, but some experts say they’ve seen plenty of anecdotal evidence. “The uses [of herbal teas as remedies] are based on what I’d call... Read more »

World AIDS Month Highlights Need for Community Activism

BY SANDRA GUY With December’s designation as World AIDS Month, a leading expert says the HIV/AIDS stigma remains a tremendous holdback in stemming the epidemic. “We have exquisite scientific tools in our toolkit of treatment and prevention,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, known for his long-standing... Read more »

Essential Oils for the Holidays: How to Choose, with help from South Loop's L+A Healing Studio

BY SANDRA GUY Thinking of buying essential oils as a holiday gift? The options may seem mind-boggling and the purported benefits lacking in scientific data, but essential oils’ popularity and centuries-old efficacy are unquestionable. That’s because essential oils may soothe minor ailments, whether it’s putting one or two drops of eucalyptus oil into a hot... Read more »