We all know that spring allergies can make us sneeze and itch– but did you know spring allergies can make you look older? Seasonal allergies produce daily inflammation that trigger dark circles under the eyes. Blood vessels swell and leak fluid that pool under the eyes. The result? Eyes become puffy and swollen. A bad allergy season can lead to permanent bags and wrinkles under the eyes.
With seasonal allergies, the best offense is a strong defense. When you see the trees and flowers blooming, start taking a daily non -sedating anti histamine like Zyrtec or Claritin. Your body needs several weeks to build up allergy- fighting levels of medication for the months of pollen heavy air that are coming.
Make you own home an allergen-free zone. To keep pollen from building up inside, close windows and turn on the A/C. If you wake up with swollen eyes and congestion, try to … Continue Reading… →
I went to a wedding recently and caught up with old friends who I had not seen in about a year. They all told me how great I looked– rested, healthy and radiant were words that they tossed at me. But when I shared with them that that my “glow” was due to Retin A they shuddered and declared they would not use it.
Although most dermatologists believe that Retin A is the foundation of anti-aging skin care, so many women are resistant to using it. I think that they may have used the original formulation which was terribly irritating. When it was first introduced, I ran out and bought a tube and it felt like I was using paint remover on my skin. Today the newer formulations are light years milder and yet more effective. If you used Retin A in the past and didn’t like it, you owe it … Continue Reading… →
I know that stress is linked to increased risk of heart disease, high blood perssure and even diabetes. But can it cause wrinkles? Pale skin color? Saggy skin? I’m a science geek ( I went to Bronx High School of Science) and I need a solid explanation that such a cause and effect does exist.
And here it is. Stress which can range from a traffic jam to a bad break-up, triggers a firestorm of hormones in the body. The worst of these bad boys is cortisol which causes problems everywhere it shows up. Cortisol not only damages existing collagen, it shuts down growth of healthy new collagen and elastin. The result? An increase in lines, wrinkles and flabby skin. And wait, there’s more. Cortisol slows down circulation which makes your skin look pale and dull.
Short periods of stress such as a long line at Starbucks or a bad haircut are frustating, … Continue Reading… →