Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week  is the first time that  Mary Lou and Carrie  of Second Lives Club is hosting Fashion Flash.  I love the premise of this site– that   our second fifty  years  could  be even better than the first  fifty.  Second Lives Club often profiles amazing women who have made  dramatic and successful  changes in  their lives.  Its  so empowering to read about  women who changed directions  after 50  to find new fulfillment. In addition Second Lives Club  has great features on fashions, books and travel. Subscribe to this site for intelligent  and entertaining information you won’t find on any where else.

Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review:  The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

I usually review non-fiction lifestyle books that  deal with fashion, beauty health and food, but The Signature of All Things is so extraordinary, so original that I had to share  it.  This novel deals with   the life and times of a unique heroine that spans   18th century  England, the  American revolution , the civil war and  the dawn of modern science with Darwin’s theory of evolution.   The central  character Alma, a brilliant self taught botonist  is  one of the most interesting women characters in literature.

In the 19th century the  exploration  and  cataloging  of the world’s  plants and animals captured attention much the way we  focus on tech today.   Arguments  about the details and links in the plant world  held   the imagaination much the way we view a new app or  changes in Facebook.  The ability to  draw  flowers and leaves  was  accorded the same  awe and admiration that we  today regard the ability to code.

Using the national passion for natural science as a background, Gilbert writes a novel that is both  original yet accessible.  She makes  me care about all the characters, even when they are  cruel, ignorant or weak.  Just when  I think  I see the direction of the story , Gilbert  changes direction– and it takes  the narrative to another level.  Her  simple direct  tone  allows her to  address complex ideas and subjects with singular clarity.   If you  read one book this sunny summer,  make it The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Its worth every  minute of your time.

How Do I Deal with Dark Spots After Acne?

Question and answer logoActive acne is distressing at any age and acne scars can remain for years.  I’ve received numerous questions on different types of scars  and now superstar dermatologist  Dr Gary Goldenberg of Mount Sinai Medical Center has provided great solutions.  Today I am starting with the most common acne scars– those red or brown spots.

Question:  I’m 27 and finally got my acne under control, but now I have dark red spots on my cheeks and chin.  How can I get rid of them? And does the redness mean that acne scars will come back?

Answer:  Those dark red spots are called Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation or PIH.  They are the sign of a persistant inflammation that is  located deep in the dermis.  The body has to reabsorb  this damaged tissue– a process that takes 6-12 months.  Because they are formed  in the lower layers of the skin, exfoliating  scrubs and superficial peels will not really help.  Retin A  can speed up the process somewhat but for quicker, permanent results, Dr Goldenberg uses  the Fraxel duel laser.  He can set the depth of the laser to reach the dark spots without damaging the other tissue.

Dr Goldenberg starts by numbing the skin with lidocaine gel.  One hour  after  lidocaine application, the skin is so numb the proceedure is virtually  painless. Right after the   one hour Fraxel treatment, the skin will look and feel like a sunburn– red with  some swelling. This usually last 2-3 days and an ice pack can relieve the buring sensation.  Dr Goldenberg also  recommends  putting your moisturizer in the refrigerator so that  when its applied, it literally cools and  hydrates the skin. After the redness subsides, peeling  will start and last for about 2 weeks.  After the abnormal  skin has peeled off, you will start seeing fresh , spot-free skin.

Acne Scars in  Women of Color

In darker skin tones, PIH can look dark brown and black rather than pink or red.  Over the counter skin lighteners with Koic Acid ( eg Clinique Even Better) can slowly lighten them.  These very dark areas can also be zapped with the Fraxel duel laser.  However the heat of the laser may trigger more inflammation and pigmentation.  To prevent problems, Dr Goldenberg pre-treats skin of color with hydroquinone to  slow down pigment  forming cells before firing up the Fraxel laser. Acne  can seem like the gift that keeps on giving.  In addition to PIH, acne  can leave saucer shaped depressions, enlarged pores and even   lumpy raised areas.  That’s the bad news.  The good news?  There are tools and treatments for all of them.

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Jackie of Aging Backwards is hosting  Fashion Flash.   She has a consistant curiosity for all things dealing with health and beauty.  From the best way to use  fake eyelashes to the best natural  way to avoid heart disease Jackie  drills down  into each topic and shares  her findings. She is just one of those people that always get  it right.

Fashion FLash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review: Everything Eyes by Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown needs no introduction.  She  is  a beauty rock star with a modern approach to  make-up  that   works  for every woman.  But wait there’s more. With her  own line of natural toned  make-up and a collection of  best selling books, Bobbi Brown is still  a down to  earth person who  understands what women want  and is determined to  give it to them. Among her numerous books, she has written  not  one, but two books  that address beauty issues of women over 40. Impressive!

In Everything Eyes she offers a primer on the tools and techniques for easy, beautiful  eye make-up.  The book starts with a terriffic explanation of the different eye make-up brushes, recommending a basic five and  the additional four  which  are  nice to have.  She explains the the benefits and drawbacks of gel, pencil and pen eyeliner– and when to use each one.  Her explanation  of the difference between a corrector and a concealer and how to use both  seemingly erased  my dark circles in less than 10 seconds.

My favorite part of the book  was  her simple daytime  eye make-up that just simply works.  I finally  saw how to quickly and effectively use  three tones of eye shadow without looking made-up. However  her smokey eye still did not get me where I wanted to go.  Brown clearly was using  her own products but she did not give names and colors.  While I usually cringe when an expert  promotes their own products in a book,  in this case it would have been very helpfull

About  30% of the book is devoted to  when  eye make-up meets eyeglasses.  Brown famously wears thick framed black glasses and  she knows first hand the challenges of combining  glasses and  eye make-up.   She clearly demonstrates   how to apply make-up that is flattering  when wearing glasses– use gel  liner that should be visible  when the eye is open.  She is apparently introducing her own line of eyeglasses and offers  the usual advice on matching facial  features to the size, shape and color of the frames.  Again there are  many  photos and drawings of eyeglasses   and it would actually been helpful  to get  more buying information.  Everything Eyes is a genuinely useful book and  I squeezed it into my already crowded beauty book shelf.

 

 

 

 

Sunglasses 101

SunglassesSunglasses, a seemingly timeless emblem of fame and leisure were actually developed in the 1930′s to reduce altitude  glare for pilots.   They were quicky  adopted by Hollywood film stars turning   military technology into a fashion statement.

Sizes and shapes have varied from era to era.  In the 1950′s sunglasses were frequently harlequin shaped and trimmed with rhinestones.  In the 1960′s the over sized glsses of  Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn were copied by women  of all ages.  In the 80′s  the fashion  fell in love with  small wire framed glasses  in round or octagonal shapes.  In recent years  it was the brand  such as Oakleys or Chanel , rather than shape that took  style center stage.

Certain styles have  become nonverbal signals.  The heavy black framed Ray Bans worn by Tom Cruise in Risky Business have become a symbol of randy self-confidence;  brown tortoiseshell  has become  synonymous with  preppie style;  small wire rims are read as trendy downtown attitude.

Sunglasses are more than a fashion accessory, so much more.  A well choosen pair of sunnies can be a major player in your  sunprotection tool box.  Not only do sunglasses dierectly shield the  delicate skin around the eye, they  prevent  squinting  which  is a well known  factor in acceperated  aging around the eye.  In sunny states like Texas and Arizona,  girls in their early teens  can develop crow’s feet  that  tend to  develop decades later  in Northern states  Doctors believe that this  is a sign of mechanical aging due to automatic squinting in strong  sun.

Sunglass Tip Sheet

Here are  10  facts you should know before  buying a new par of sunglasses:

1. Sage green lenses are calming and casual.  Good for everyday wear.

2. For strong sunlight, the lenses should be dark enough to completely hide your eyes

3.  Mirrored sunglasses are  more fashion than function

4. Polarized lenses decrease glare, especially  light relflected off the water.

5. Gradient lenses that darken as the light becomes stronger work well aginst snow or highway glare.

6. Heather grey lenses show true colors in brilliant sunshine.

7. Yellow lenses  provide clear vision on hazy days– and are great  for safe driving.

8.  Shatterproof lenses are essential if you wear tem to play  sports.

9. UV protection reduces risk of eye disease

10. Metal frames  get hot in the sun.

For more information go to All About Vision and read their consumer guide to sunglasses.

 

 

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoI’m hosting Fashion  Flash this July 4th  weekend  and our bloggers  are in the holiday  mood:

* Our Diva Debbi is a Polyvore addict with more than 12,000 followers and over 4.5 million views of her fashion sets.  This week she celebrates the Fourth of July with a cheeky  beach outfit with a fabulous pair of Toms.

* Josephine of Chic  At Any Age  believes that a classic perfume adds a final touch  to being chic. And now you can can get fantastic quintessentially  British  perfumes at a bargin price.  Available  in both the US and UK.  Hurry, offer ends July 13.

* Positive Living advocate Barbara Hannah Gufferman of the Best of Everything After  Fifty  knows why women live longer than men… and she reveals the secret right here!

* Jodell of Black Cat Plus shows that plus size  women can wear a tank top and look appropriate  and on trend for July 4th.

* Cindy of Prime Beauty is getting feet in shape for summer sandels with her top ten pedicure products.

* Marylou of Second Lives Club explores  July 4th fireworks and other ways to celebrate the holiday and life… visions of enLIGHTenMent.

*  Mirabai from Moving Free with Mirabai offers water safe tips to stay hydrated  and healthy during  July 4th.

* Melanie of Society Wellness  stepped in a  mound of fire ants and she shares the natural remedies that helped heal and soothe the bites quickly.  Thse are great tips that wil work   for most bug bites.

* Jackie of Aging Backwards  knows that chronic stress causes aging– and offers  relaxing tips to stay young and calm.

* Pam of Over 50, Feeling 40 reflects back on her first week working with a weight trainer.  After one year she has come a long way since beginning weight training at age 60… and its never  to late for any of us to begin.

* And at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I explored  different types of straw hats  to  add style  to my sun protection  routinue.

Fashion FLash Book eviewFashion Flash Book Review:  Flash Fashion Cards

I  was about to  buy the new Bobbi Brown Book on eye make-up when I came across  a set of FLash Fashion  cards. I  had to check them out.    Too cute.  They are   a set of  cards that covers 400 years of  fashion history.  Each card   defines and illustrates a fashion term including  raglan sleeve,  fishtail  train, Macitosh  and caftan.   Its  fun to flip  through them and   a great source for fashion history buffs.  As an  extra incentive, 10% of sales are  committed to museum  fashion preservation and exhibition.

 

The Straw Hat– Style Meets Sun Protection

The disarming straw hat has  endured for centuries as a wearable symbol of the perfect day– long, hot and sun soaked.  These hats provide a cool shade that is absurdly flattering, framing your eyes as it seems to erase tiny lines. But wait there’s  more– a beautiful  straw hat also offers  affordable low tech sun protection.

There are  a dizzying buffet of straw  hat styles and sizes.  The key to wearing it faithfully is to  find the shape that  makes you feel cool and pretty:

Panama Straw HatThe Panama Straw Hat

The first thing youshould know about the Panama hat is that it is not  made in Panama.  Crafted in Peru and Ecuador, it was introduced to the United States by sailors returning from Latin  Panama. It became socially acceptable when  worn by President Teddy Roosevelt to inspect the building of the Panama Canal.

Panama hats are made of finely woven straw and are soft, lightweight and durable.  It is a fairly large hat designed to offer maximum comfort in tropical weather.  The high crown circulates the air while the wide brim shades the  face and neck.  Because of its size, the Panama  Hat   probably looks best  if you are over five feet five inches.  Petite fetures and formsmay  be happier with  the upcoming  smaller scale straw hats

Boater Straw hatThe Boater Hat

Paired with a striped shirt  and white flannel pants, the boater was the official 19th century summer unform of the boating enthusiasts.  Created from plaited and coiled straw  to provide shad, it was too appealing to stay just on a boat.  The ribbon-trimmed boater became  THE hat for giggling scool girls, serious clergymen and nervous suiters. How the hat was worn became an important issue.  In the 1920′s Maurice CHevalier wore   the straw boater  tipped to a rakish angle as   a trademark of his cheeky charm. Respectable young women wore the boater flat on the head or  set slightly  back ( think Gigi).

The rather narrow brim  and flat crown complements small features while a bow or flowers attached to the side or back soften the lines with color.

Picture Straw hatThe Picture Hat

This is a hat that loves women– all shapes, all sizes, all ages.   The straw picture hat has a brim that is  larger than the boater, but smaller than the Panama hat.  Named a picture  hat because it frames the face,  this hat is  wearable symbol of romance. A favorite  of costume designers, it  is worn back from the face to avoid unflattering  shadows that can be magnified  by the camera.  In real life, pull the picture hat down lower to highlight your eyes and eliminate  fine lines.  And as an added bonus the loose crown of a straw picture hat does not leave you with “hat hair”.

Whatever style you choos, a  straw hat is a chemical free sun screen that works all day to keep you  young and beautiful.  Don’t leave  home without it!

 

 

 

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Josephine of Chic At Any Age is hosting Fashion Flash.   This is the first time she  is hosting  and I am so thrilled  she has joined us.  Josephine has pitch perfect fashion advice for women over 40.  She has that seemingly effortless European style  for every situation.  When I have an upcoming occasion, I click thru  the archives at Chic At Any Agefor  ideas and direction.  I think  what sets  Josephine apart from other  style experts is the range of her choices.  She has  options for  both cold and hot weather, casual and dressy, affordable  and upcale.  In other words  beautiful, real clothes for beautiful, real women.

Fashion FLash Book Review:  Afro-VeganFashion Flash Book Review:  Afro-Vegan by Bryant  Terry

Food  reflects our personal culture– who we are and where  we come from. When health issues like  diabetes, obesity and heart disease  require new food choices it is very difficult to eliminate  all that is familiar and comforting– a key reason why most diets fail.

Bryant Terry, author of Afro-Vegan is deeply concerned about the rising tide of  diet linked health issues  in the  Afro- American  community.  His book  seeks to provide a healthier plant  based menu that still reflects  the African, Caribean and Southern  culture. Rather than looking for low fat, low salt versions of traditional recipes, he drills deeper to develop a truely original  approach to cooking and eating.   Terry  pulls out the flavors and textures  of beloved foods like grits,  greens and sweet potatoes  to create  dishes that are delicious, healthy and  culturally satisfying.

The recipes in Afro Vegan burst with flavor.   They  combine tingly cayenne and Jalapeno peppers, fragrant spices like cardamom, cinnamon and ginger and diverse grains like  farro, tiff and millet.  They are  new and unique  yet with tastes and textures that are  familar and comforting.   His   blackened okra kabob with red rice  is a mouth watering summer grill.  A corn broth made from   fresh cobs is a gorgeous base  for vegan and vegetarian soups.   My current favorite recipe   is a puddle of savory grits  topped with  slow-cooked greens.   Traditional braised  greens are a  personal favorite but I know they  are basically  a salt  and pork fat delivery system.  Terry offers a  meal of  grits made with vegetable broth and  cashew cream topped with greens spiked with garlic,  ginger and cayenne .  I have made it three times in two weeks. Yes, its that good.

The recipes are not technically complicated nor do they require expensive equipment and ingredients.  However if you don’t have a fully  stocked  pantry and spice rack  you will need to do a bit of shopping  to gather the parts and pieces for the recipes.    Once you  have stocked up for a few dishes you will be ready for the rest.

Summer is the perfect time to expand your  plant based recipe repertoire.  The farmers markets   are overflowing  with local fruits and vegetables.  Fill up a basket of greens, tomatoes  and peppers and dive into Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry.

 

Can I Have Skin Cancer?

Brooke Shields  has skin cancerWhat  do Brooke Shields, Bill Clinton, Cybil Shepherd and Anderson Cooper have in commen?  They are just a few of the 3.5 million Americans who are diagnosed each year  with skin cancer  and it    is the most common form of cancer in  young adults.  Each year more than 10,000 people die from skin cancer, but when caught early it is almost always  curable.  And the key to early diagnosis is the annual skin check.

When Skin Cancer  Becomes Personal

Writing about skin cancer always felt  like someone elses problem.  I was  never a big   sun bather and never saw the need for a skin check.  Then my husband was diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancer and suddenly it became personal, very personal.  Sitting with my husband and waiting for biopsy results, I began to look  with increasing anxiety at the little brown  and red spots on my body.  When three new ones seemed to pop up overnight, I called Dr Ellen Marmur for my first ( and long overdue) full body skin check.

Attacking Skin Cancer Inch By Inch

Skin cancer  checkDr Ellen started by looking at the new spots that scared me silly– one on each arm and another on my cheek.  They all turned  out to be seborrheic keratoses.They are not so much from sun exposure as something that comes from age.  In other words there is a reason they are called ‘age spots’.  Then Dr Marmur started on the skin check proper.  She went from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.  She even looked between  the toes noting that reggae great Bob Marly  died from melanoma  that started with a spot on his toes.

In between the head and feet, Dr Marmur checked  my back, neck, legs and arms with a dermatoscope, a magnifying  glass that has polarizing light.  This allows her to see differences in pigmentation in the spot as well as reveal the depth of a lesion. ( The deeper it goes, the more it needs watching).  If she sees a spot with unusual characteristics, she takes a picture  with a tablet that  can translate  the photo into a digital image.  With this information, over time, she can  track  changes in size and color  with pinpoint accuracy.

When Dr M sees spot that might be  a melanoma she does a biopsy and I was shocked when she found a suspicious spot on my rib cage.  It was new and very dark, two signs that it should be removed and examined. The area was numbed with a shot of lidocaine, the spot  shaved off and dumped into a little  speciman jar.   Skin  checks take about 30 minutes are covered by most insurance plans. Just do it!

Dr Marmur is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this summer to increase awareness of orange ribbons for skin cancerskin cancer and raise $1,000,000 for the American Academy  of  Dermatology  for their skin cancer prevention and research programs. In recognition for their courage, she is bringing hundreds of  orange ribbons  with the names of skin cancer survivors  to the climb.  If you  or friends  and family members  have had skin cancer, please send in your name to participate  in this important health campaign.

 

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoI am  so excited  to host Fashion Flash  in the first week of summer. I have   my summer lists of musts– mint iced tea, swimming at dusk,   planting herbs,  concerts in the park,  and  flowers, lots of  flowers in my home. Summer is  just 90 days and  the Fashion Flash bloggers  wants to  make every day count:

* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai  demonsrates how interval training can jump start  your exercises  on  land and in water.

* Josephine of  Chic at any age suggests   that we do  as French women do and add a scarf.

* Pam of Over 50,Feeling 40 is really feeling summer.  As summer sales begin, Pam reminds readers of the power of a well fitted jacket. There will be so  many options  lets get out there and shop!

*Jackie of Aging Backwards has free summer beauty  tips compliments of mother nature.

* Debbi  of Diva Debbi has reached a milstone this week exceeding  1,000,000 pageviews.  As a RoC ambassador she is celebrating with a skin care giveaway.

*Jodell of Black Cat Plus shows how plus size women can  take advatage of  facial contouring tips to accent features.

* Positive Living advocate Barbara of Best of Everything After 50 thinks many of us over-process, over-color, over-dry, and over everything our hair.  But she has a solution that might  work  for you too!

*Kari at Fab Over Forty knows a nude  lipstick can be the key to a fresh   youthful look, especially in summer.  This week she shares a lovely nude lip palette with gorgeous  options at  a great  price.

*Melanie of Society Wellness has 10 amazing basic tips  to keep your trip to the grocery store healthy and on budget.   Add your tips to the list by posting  in the comments section of the post!

* Cindy of Prime Beauty may have  just found the Holy Grail foundation for women over 40– full coverage that doesn’t look or feel like a mask.

*Carrie of Second Lives Club interviews  green blogger Ronnie Citron- Fink   who offers advice for  those going to BlogHer.

Fashion FLash Book Review Fashion Flash Book Review:  Lets Just Say It  Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton

Lets Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty  is  promoted as a book at deals with the  aging and beauty.  No really.  The book begins with a look at women like Diana Vreeland and Lena Dunham who are not classic beautities, but who still  thrived in an image concious world. Then  the book  turns into  a stream of conciousness memoir  as Diane Keaton shares  tales of past loves,  her parents, and  her two dopted children.   She  has had an amazing career and a list of equally amazing boyfriends including Warren beatty Sam Shephard, Al Pacino  and Woody Allen. Its not a boring story and  she tells it with vivid detail.

Diane Keaton has been a style icon since her Annie Hall days  so it was surprising  to read how insecure she was with  her appearance.   For example   at 15 she was so concerned  about a small bump on her nose that she slept with a clothes pin to flatte  it out.  She even took to eating dinner alone in her room  so that she had extra “clothespin time”  to work on the nose.   She is also so self concious about her hair that  she tries to wear a hat most of the time. I just  wish  she  knew that  her straight blonde  silky  hair  in movies like Annie Hall, Reds and Manhattan was  a yardstick for beauty  by which a generation  measured themselves.

 

Her rich memories tend to vear so rapidly from one idea to another that it can be hard to follow  her thoughts.   I also have to admit  that she certainly held my attention when discussing  her famous relationships.   I got the impression  that her breakup  with Warren Beatty and Al Pacino  were  painful but she is still close friends with Woody Allen.    However I felt uncomfortable to read that Allen’s pet name for  her was ‘worm”. Its not a term  that I would associate with  this  adventurous woman who persued  life on her own terms.

Lets Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty  is packed  with visual  language.  For example  she describes  some of her current outfits, the 47 portraits of famous men that she has hung   on a wall of her home  and  mentions the 14 homes she has renovated in the past 15 years.   But there is not a single photo in  the entire book . Not one.  Even the  cover photo is an image of  a woman covering her face with a bowler hat.This is the third fashion book in three weeks I have seen  that  do not have a single photograph.  I really don’t understand  why publishers pack pointless  coffee table  books with  literally  hundreds of images and very little text and don’t see  to  toss in  a few photos  in books that actually have informtion to offer.

Its tough to drill down into beauty and aging and there are no easy answers. But Keaton entertains us as she nibbles around the edges of a difficut  and sometimes painful  topic.

Painless Bikini Wax– Does it Exist?

Legs after bikini waxNow that summer is finally  here, the bikini wax  season is not far behind. And I have to confess that  there  have been many times when I’ve sat and sweltered at  the beach  in a floor length mumu  rather than get a fresh wax.    This year I decided I would explore the world of waxing to  find the most comfortable  process.  There are actually three  types of body wax– hard wax, strip wax and soft wax, but before   a single drop of hot wax  hits  the skin, there is the question of bikini wax prep.

Before the Bikini Wax Begins

A little online research  served up more questions than answers.  Some experts felt exfoliating the area  with a loofah  would prevent ingrown hairs.  Others said that  this type of exfoliation would actually cause more irritation  both before and after waxing.   Then there is the ideal hair length for waxing.  Most sources agree that the hair should be at least the length of a grain of rice– and that longer  hairs are  more painful to yank out.

Looking at my legs, I didn’t know what to think.  The hair on the top of the legs and thighs were definately within  that rice grain measurement.  However the hair on the back of my legs  was longer  and the hair on the bikini line– well,   there is a reason  its called a bush.  A few experts  suggested cutting the  hairs with a sissors, but that  didn’t seem practical.   I decided  to lightly  shave the  area a week before my waxing appointment and hope  for the best.

Wax Test 1– Hard Wax

My first appointment was with the European Wax Center which uses  hard wax.  It is a chain of salons that  turned out to be  elegant, spotless, affordable and totally professional.  My technician was Bella and she was a real pro.  She positioned me on  the table  with my legs open  and my the soles of  my feet touching.   She started at the  money spot– the bikini line.   Bella expertly spread  on the wax with  a wooden spatula.  When it  was time to remove the wax, Bella told  me to cough as she pulled off the hardened wax.  Great trick! I felt something,  but nothing close  to soul searing  pain of past  waxings.    The rest of the session  on the less  sensitive parts of my leg  was even more comfortable.

After waxing, Bella slathered on a glycolic acid fortified  serum  and a soothing body lotion.   My bikini line  was slightly  pink, but  nothing like the purple bruising  I had experienced at other waxing sessions.  The next day, my legs  were smooth, soft and totally comfortable.  There  were no little red bumps that usually appeared after a waxing session.  As an added bonus,  waxing takes of the top dead layer of skin cells, leaving  fresh, healthy skin.  Its like a facial for your legs.

Bella  recommended exfoliating my legs 2-3X a week in the shower, but not 24 hours before waxing.  She said that the first time was the  most uncomfortable and to come back in 3-4 weeks. I’m actually looking forward to it. On my way out I bought both products she used, something I almost never do after a salon visit.  They were that good.