This week I’ m the host of Fashion Flash Bloggers. I don’t know how you feel, but I am so tired of wearing boots in the cold and snow. This week ,three of our Fashion Flash bloggers are looking forward to shoes we can wear when this endless winter is over. The Glam Gals of Fabulous after 40 are taking a close look at woven cage shoes. They are all the fashion this year but are they too trendy for 40 plus style? Shoedish is exploring the favorite shoes of Vogue ‘s chief editor Anna Wintour– and asking “is nude the new black” . Jodell at Black Cat Plus is featuring the plus size model who is a new face of Jimmy Choo.
These weeks of cold and snowy weather are especially hard on my Retin A -treated skin. And its just not the weather outside that’s causing problems. Apparently the low humidity in my home is making things worse. The radiators are going full blast 24/7 and as they provide heat, they are evaporating the moisture in every room.
When I learned that indoor heat was drying out the air, my first instinct was to buy the biggest, baddest humidifier that I could carry home. But these devices are not without problems of their own. Overly humid air can increase levels of bacteria and allergens into the air. The reservoirs of water needs to be emptied and cleaned daily to avoid build-up of mold and minerals– that are then sprayed around the home.
February is heart month and its a great time to look at the “French Paradox”. Although french meals feature butter, bacon and the eponymous french fries, the French enjoy an enviably low rate of heart disease. Experts believe that an anti-aging component in red wine called resveratrol offers cardioprotection. Research has shown that reservatrol activates a protein that helps maintain tissue health. Inside the body this translates to healthy heart and arteries. On the outside this could mean better skin tone , fresher color and fewer wrinkles.
Doctors around the world have been almost frantically studying the effect of resveratrol supplements to provide the same benefits. Imagine, a pill that could keep you healthy AND beautiful. Now after five years of study comes the news from a once promising study that … Continue Reading… →
There are undeniable benefits being 50 plus. I don’t have to study for SAT’s, I don’t have to endure “keggers” and I don’t have to pack school lunches– so why should my aging face have random breakouts? I mean, if I don’t have the hormones to keep my skin soft and firm why should the mirror show inconvenient blemishes.
According to my acne guru, Dr Albert Lefkovits, diet can play a big role in adult acne. And the big shocker was the role of milk and dairy products. In a landmark study of 47,000 nurses, those that had more than three servings of milk a day had as much as 44% more acne than those that had less than one serving.
When I started my anti-aging journey, I focused on lines and wrinkles. As I explored the causes and solutions of beauty issues, I realized that fashion and fitness are just as important to the total appearance. I began looking at other blogs for info that delivered great results. To share these tools and tips, I am starting a new Monday feature I call “The Fashion Flash”
Each week I will be sharing a link to some of my favorite lifestyle bloggers who are experts on such topics as:
* How to pick just the right bra for every shape
* The best boots for style and warmth– how timely is that!
* The right way to lose weight after 40
This weeks host of the Fashion Flash are the Glam Gals, Jojami Tyler and Deborah Boland of Fabulous After 40.( http//www.fabulousafter40.com ) This site has a unique eye for fashion, finding beautiful, flattering, … Continue Reading… →
Reading about all the pesticides and herbacides in fruits and vegetables, I finally scared myself. I decided to start buying organic versions of the produce that has the highest chemicals levels when grown in commercial farms. This week I started with a beautiful head of organic lettuce that came with impressive credentials. Grown hydroponically, it stated in no less than three languages that had been grown without pesticides.
It was a real beauty, like a giant green rose. First I made a simple salad with a light vinegrette. As soon as I tossed the salad, the leaves collapsed into a pale green sludge. The next day I put a leaf on a tuna salad sandwich, and the lettuce tasted thin and bitter. After two bites, I pried open the … Continue Reading… →
During the fall my once boringly normal nails became soft and peeled off. At first it was just an annoying cosmetic problem — but then the peeling problem took my nails below the fingertip. It didn’t look good and felt worse
Surfing the web for solutions, I read that biotin, a form of B vitamin, had been linked to soft peeling nails and biotin supplements could help. if, But and its a big but, biotin deficiencies are considered very, very rare. Best sources of biotin are commonly found foods includinng eggs, fish, beans, yeast and potatoes. Here was my first clue.
After the BP oil spill in May, I decided to stay away from fish. In June the wide spread Salmonella outbreak in eggs, had me crossing off eggs from my shopping list. Add to that that I don’t like beans, avoid carb rich potatoes and who actually eats yeast … Continue Reading… →
Nothing screams “old lady” like a couple of white hairs on your chin. I had started my anti-aging plan with laser hair removal and was delighted with the results. It hurt, took several sessions, was expensive but the dark hairs were gone. But in the last few months I was not pleased to see the arrival of about six, tough white chin hairs. (The photo is an extreme close-up) I was even less happy to learn that lasers and IPL don’t work on light colored hairs. What did? The answer is old fashioned electrolysis.
I have always been afraid of electrolysis. I’ve heard its painful and not that effective. My college roomate went frequently for electroysis and I remember her sitting all night with an ice pack on her upper lip. Now it was was … Continue Reading… →