Recognition of the impact of biotin on nails led me to think about other ways nutrition can affect skin health. There are of course dozens of food based beauty claims, like salmon, berries and olive oil hold the key to beautiful skin. Are there any respected peer-reviewed studies that show what if any foods can affect how your skin ages?
The short answer is yes. And the most impressive data comes from the iconic National Helath and Education study (NHANES). This massive ( 32,000 adults) nationwide study examined food intakes and evaluated them in terms of many health problems like heart disease, cancer, and blood pressure, and fortuneately for us, skin aging.
NHANES looked at three key signs of aging — wrinkles, dryness, and saging. Their conclusions sent me running to the … Continue Reading… →
Biotin is a type of vitamin ( actually vitamin B7) that is found in many different foods including liver, cauliflower, salmon, carrots, bananas, and yeast. Eggs, soy flour, and nuts are especially high in biotin.
True biotin deficiencies are very rare, occuring in people with epilepsy, smokers, burn victims, and elite athletes. ( no, no, no and definately not me). However diabetics may have an increased need for biotin– and I do have type 2 diabetes.
However biotin is not easily absorbed and even if the daily intake is adequate, your body may not be getting what it needs. Neither the US nor Canada have issued nutritional guidelines for biotin. Accordingly they have estimated daily requirements at 30-100 micrograms.
I’ve never had any problem with my nails– until now that is. In the past six weeks my nails have gone from strong and shiny to soft and brittle. I’ve tried two different nail hardeners with no luck. Doing a little online research, I learned that low levels of Biotin are linked to broken nails. This is not a rumour or an urban nutrition myth, but a link backed up by well designed peer reviewed studies.
Best sources of Biotin are eggs, soy beans and nuts. Ah a clue! I try to avoid soy products, limit nuts ( calories) and since the summer salmonella outbreak, avoided all eggs. Since my nail problems started six weeks ago and it takes several months for nutritional deficiencies to show, the … Continue Reading… →
This is getting a little boring. Using this Retin A 2x a week is not causing problems– but I’m not feeling it. Where is the glow? I’m beginning to believe that the generic ( read cheap) Retin A does not have what it takes to get the job done. I’ve committed to using the product for at least eight weeks to see changes in facial imaging from Dr Katz. I think I’m going to give into the temptation and apply it every other night for a few weeks, then step it up to every night.
Lets see what happens. I know my face is going to be rough and irritated, but if the end point is healthier skin, its worth the trouble. I have been talking to women who have been using Retin A “for years” and who are not impressed with the results. I’m beginning to wonder if they are … Continue Reading… →
I had my first shot of baby Botox on Monday and took after pictures on Wednesday night. According to Dr Marmur, the full effect has not yet developed, but 48 hours after getting “tox”, I can see a clear difference. The lines at the sides of my chin and cheek are visibly diminished creating a firmer more youthful contour.
I am pleased that an anti-aging product worked as promised, but I’m still giggling about the Botox high. Apparently this is a well known effect, but nobody writes about it. Have you had this reaction to Botox?
The maximum benefits should be produced by next week and I’ll post those results too. … Continue Reading… →
No, Baby Botox, is not Botox for babies. It means a very low Botox concentration to erase wrinkles that stills leaves a full range of expression and movement. On Monday I had an injection of “baby Botox” into the marionette lines at the sides of my chin. Sitting on the examination table, I was so scared my knees were quivering. Dr Marmur told me to push out my lower jaw and frown. I could feel a little rush with each jab of the Botox injection. Almost instantly, my anxiety level was replaced by an awesome sense of contentment. Zoloft could certainly take a few lessons from Botox.
The full impact will not be seen for a few days, but within six hours I could see a remarkable difference. I have loved the life I have had — my family, work, friends and travel– but when I caught my reflection in a mirror, it … Continue Reading… →
I’m learning how to deal with this uber-strength Retin A. I’ve stepped back and now using it every three days, rather than every other day. The white flaky bits are gone and I can see a bit of a glow– rather than a chalky pallor. When we think of aging, wrinkles and lines are what usually come to mind. But its that dull pale skin ( a combo of a slow down in circulation and increased dryness) that is making the skin seem old and tired. Every cell in my body wants to speed up my anti-aging project– but I’ve learned to respect the process and take it slower.
I wait a full hour between washing my face and applying the new Retin A. After … Continue Reading… →
Glycolic Acid is an amazing anti-aging tool. Used in a peel it gives the skin a fresh rosy glow tht lasts for hours. In a moisturizer, glycolic acid increases cell renewal, stimulates collagen and reduces wrinkles– sort of a baby steps Retin A. The trick is getting maximum benefits.
1. What’s the difference between a glycolic peel at home and an office based peel?
The glycolic peel you can buy in stores contains 10-12% glycolic acid. It will give your skin a little extra boost and a bit of a glow. Cost: $2/treatment. THe office based peel uses 30-70% glycolic acid. It can leave your skin pretty red, and by the next day, somewhat flaky. Everything calms down within 48 hours leaving your skin especially smooth and fresh. Cost: Range form $100-150 per session. Home peels can be used several times a week, while office based peels are used no more than once a … Continue Reading… →