True story. Several years ago, I was recruited to do an in-store event for a popular exfoliating scrub. The plan was to set up a mini spa in a Wal-Mart in suburban Arizona. I was not really looking forward to it. I had just finished a before and after project for a publisher and the results were pretty awful with the befores looking better than the afters. Now I was facing a crowd of real women who expected results.
It only got worse when I had to wear a little white lab coat with my name stitched on the breast pocket. As the facialists went to work, I tried to hide behind the bags of dog food that flanked the temporary spa. They were offering a very basic facial that consisted of an exfoliating scrub, warm compresses, a peel -off mask and ending with a toner. As I watched the treatments, … Continue Reading… →
Most doctors dismiss the idea that moisturizers can prevent signs of aging– and I believed them. But now new research may change their minds– and mine. A new study just published in the prestigious British Journal of Dermatology suggests that untreated dry skin does indeed lead to lines and wrinkles. Even more interesting, the study found that consistant use of moisturizers clearly prevented the development of permanent wrinkling.
Here’s how it works: Wrinkles develop overtime due to repeated sun damage, hormonal changes and repeated useage from facial expressions. Every time we laugh, eat, shout, smile, talk or squint, we are straining the elastin and collagen fibers in the skin. As the good ( and bad) times go by, the skin gets quite a workout and temporary expressions become permanently etched in our faces. Not to worry! This new study suggests that regular useage of moisturizers ” plasticize” the skin. ( Their word, not mine) . This means that moisturizers, … Continue Reading… →
Has your Retin-A lost its magic? For almost four months my gentle.04% Retin A micro made my skin smooth, firm and rosy rather than pale. Recently I noticed these improvements slipping away. Dr Marmur gave me a stronger prescription and I am waiting for its arrival from Canada. But as I am waiting, I began wondering if others had noticed if their Retin-A had lost its mojo. I didn’t have to wait long for an answer.
This weekend I met two different women who had lost their faith in Retin-A. Turned out that they had been using the same mild formulation for three years. In fact looking at their skins, I was actually surprised to learn they were using Retin A. We compared notes and they are now psyched to see if a stronger concentration would bring back the results they saw when they first started. But the question then becomes, what IS the next step. … Continue Reading… →
The UV wristbands are on their way to all subscribers who emailed me their contact information. They are so easy to use– Apply a dab of your sunscreen to the top of the strip, and watch the colors change. As soon as you go into the sun, the band turns a bright purple. When it fades to a lavender pink, its a signal to put on more sunscreen. When the band is pale, yellowish color, its time to get out of the sun. Children really seem to like it and run to tell me when its time to put on more sun lotion– which is more fun for both of us than running them down and struggling with them to get more suncreen.
The wristbands can be hard to find, but I found a cache at a K-mart near NYU. I still have twenty left, so email me if you want one. And let me know how they worked … Continue Reading… →
In the hours after my spray tan was applied, the color gradually darkened. As per instructions,before going to sleep , I took a shower with cool water but did not use soap or washcloth. I was a little worried when I saw the water in my shower had turned brown as it ran down the drain. But when I looked in the mirror, I was still beautifully tan. Over the next few days, I nursed the tan along with plenty of moisturizer on my arms and legs.
I really enjoyed this look. My clothes looked better and I felt I looked younger and healthier. After four days, the bronze color remained on my body, but had pretty much faded on my face. Since my neck was still tan I evened-up the color with a healthy dusting of bronzer. When my air-brush tan fades and starts to look uneve, I will help it along … Continue Reading… →
For the past three years I have been compulsive about putting on a 30 SPF sunscreen. My reward? A dead white skin tone. Sure I no longer have freckles and dark patches and I can brighten things up on my face with make-up, but my stick arma and white legs are on their own. I know that this means I am successfully avoiding sundamage, but I’ve actually used up a big tub of bronzer just this summer to try get some color.
I tried sunless tanning creams and the results were a splotchy mess. I decided to go for the gold and get a professionally applied spray tan for my entire face and body. Several friends recommended Portofino in New York where an individually applied tan is about $60.
Following their instructions, I shaved my legs and exfoliated my entire body with a Buff Puff. My skin felt very very clean. … Continue Reading… →
I’ve been having a great time posting my anti-aging journey and reading your comments at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. To thank you for all your enthusiasm and support, I want to send out free samples of one of my favorite new beauty tools- a UV Sunsense wristband, to my subscribers. I blogged about these in July and used them all summer to measure how much sun I am getting and how well a sunscreen is working. To get a UVwristband band, just email me your full name and address at email@example.com and I will get this age proofing band to you in time for the last beach days of summer. New subscribers are also wecome!
I’m really looking forward to hearing how the wristband worked for you. Did your regular sunscreen deliver as promised? Were you surprised how much sun exposure you got in your own home? I really love these bracelets and I credit them for … Continue Reading… →
Right now on the newstand the models on the cover of three top magazines are over 40– Julia Roberts in Elle and the two Jennifers, Aniston and Lopez, in Glamour and Bazaar. Its not just that these women look great for 40. Ladies, this is what 40 can look like today.
And this is true despite the fact that 40’s are the start of true aging. Up to this time, beauty problems were pseudo-aging from external factors such as sun exposure, cigarettes, alcohol use, stress and diet. Now there is internal aging that affects how we look. Our skin is getting drier and losing the ability to hold onto moisture. Fat pads under the eyes are shrinking which can increase under-eye shadows. As the circulation starts to slow down, there is a decline in natural radiance. Smile lines appear when you are not smiling and squint lines frame the eye when its not sunny.