TLC for My Neck

I don’t hate my  neck– I  just would be happier if  it looked fresher and smoother.  I had been using my DDF hand held exfoliator on my face with good results and wonderered what it would do for my neck? After all,  its  made of skin,  like  my face. Using the foam sponge with the Polishing Crystals gel, I worked it around my neck for one minute.  It gave me  a warming sensation that was stronger than I felt  when used on my cheeks.

When I rinsed off the remainder of the polishing gel, I was delighted to see that my neck looked pinker, fresher and the lines  less obvious.  Even the dreaded “chicken skin” bumps were softened.  Clearly the exfoliator had removed the dry, dead, skin cells  to reveal a healthier and fresher complexion. 

The changes  weren’t permanent and I need to exfoliate my … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Skin Care- The Fabulous Fourteen

When I started exploring anti-aging options a few months go, I had  just three go-to products.  It wasn’t that I didn’t care — I just didn’t know what my skin  truely needed. Too many times  I would be vulnerable  to  great sales pitch and find that the expensive “miracle cream”  either did nothing or  made my face break-out.  Now that I am testing out wrinkling fighting tools and techniques, I had to try out  an endless buffet of skin care products.  Trial and lots of error  has resulted in a group of cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens that deliever on their  promises.  I call them my “Fabulous Fourteen” and today I have uploaded that list in the blog tab ” Beauty Tool Kit”.  I explain  how to use  them, how they  work and  how much they cost.  I have only one face and can’t try out everything, so I would love to hear about your go-to products.

IPL– Five Top Questions

IPL laser treatments are one of the fastest growing anti-aging  office proceedures.  When I  had IPL and posted the before, healing and after  photos, I received more questions than on any other topic.   IPL is often described as the “lunchtime laser”, but its really a bigger deal than say,  a manicure.   What I learned from the experience should  give you the tools to get the beautiful results  you want

1.  Can I have IPL while pregnant?

It’s not recommended.  IPL has never been tested during pregnancy and few if any dermatologists would do the procedure during these critical nine months. If anyone says they will do  it at this time,  run.

2.  Can I have IPL on my hands?

Yes, it works beautifully  on the hands and probably heals faster than the YAG laser I used on my hands last month.  However IPL is more expensive than the traditional laser treatment on the same area.

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Retin A – Five Top Questions

Readers of  The No-Nonsense Beauty Blog have sent in some really interesting questions about Retin A and you may  have missed the answers in the comments.  These questions showed that  there are  so  many details about Retin A that can spell the difference between getting the results you want and  just giving  up using it. 

1.  Can I use Retin A on my neck?

Absolutely!  It will take longer to  see improvement and it won’t be as dramatic as on the face, but it certainly will help.  Use a little pea size dab, about the size you use on  your face.

2. Can I use both hyaluronic acid and Retin A?

Again, yes.  There are actually two forms of hyaluronic acid– one that is injected into lines  to smooth out the face and the other is added to creams as a super moisturizer.  Both can be used with Retin A.  In face,  hyaluronic acid is … Continue Reading…

Filler Fun Facts

I went to a high-powered beauty panel and demonstration at the MORE magazine Reinvention Convention at Chelsea Piers in NYC.  The speakers included top tier dermatologists, a style director from Frederick Fekkai, and Tim Quinn, the legendary make-up artist from Giorgio Armani.

All the presentations were  packed with  new information, but it was the demonstration of fillers ( eg Radiesse and Juvaderm) that made my day.  These FDA approved substances are injected into  both fine  and deep lines to erase years of stress and sun damage.  Fillers are  in my anti-aging game plan and the More Beauty  Master Class gave me a much better idea of wht was in store for me.  For example, to lower risk of after injection brusising ( its very commen), I should stop avoid aspirin, alcohol and  caffeine for 5-10 days prior to the … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Cream– A Risk for Breast Cancer?

As I’m sure your know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  And  given this current focus, I think its the right time to raise  concerns  about a popular underground beauty treatment that going around on the internet.

Reading other beauty and lifestyle blogs, I’ve come across posts  recommending  the use of estrogen based vaginal creams  to deal with facial aging.   Its actually not a new idea.  Decades ago, research  showed that estrogen creams encouraged the growth of collagen, relieved dryness and  lessened lines and wrinkles.    For a while estrogen creams were even available without prescription on drug and department store shelves.

Then  the research took a troubling turn when  estrogens were  linked to increased risk of breast cancer– and the hormones were quicky removed  from beauty aids for more than 25 years.   Today estrogen creams are  making an … Continue Reading…

Measuring Tri-luma

Looking  at my facial imaging photos  ( posted on Oct 8), I saw that that there were two  dark patches under my eyes–  also known as  under eye shadows.  It showed that this was not from indentation creating dark hollows, but true accumulations of sun damage and melanin.  That’s the bad news.  The good news?  This  is the job that Tri-luma was  born to handle.

I had  used Tri-luma last  spring and was pleased with the results, but  this triple powered crem cannot be used indefinately, so I had stopped using it for several months.  I also realized that dealing with  hyperpigmentation under the eyes is not a short term problem.  The cells which produced so much melanin have a very long memory.  They are born to make melanin and given  the right circulstances  — sun exposure and stress– the cells again fill up with  dark pigment.   

But this time, I have another tool.  I … Continue Reading…

Naturally Beautiful

While I’m not that impressed by the power of  six glasses of water/day, I am in awe of the value of oatmeal.  There are literally hundreds of peer-reviewed, published studies that demonstrate the benefits of oatmeal, both inside and out. As part of  a  breakfast, fiber rich oatmeal is low in sodium, fat free and can lower cholesterol.  And its not  just for breakfast.  I  use it in meatballs, meatloaf, muffins, quick breads and of course cookies. 

In skin care, oatmeal is a superhero.  It’s high in anti-oxidents, can reduce inflammation and  is a terriffic moisturizer  that never leaves your skin oily.  You can make an effective face mask  by blending  one tablespoon of oatmeal with an egg white for  oily skin or with an yolk for dry complexions.  Oatmeal is used in commercial  skin care products and Aveeno  has … Continue Reading…