This week the host of Fashion Flash is Catherine of Obsessed with Shoes. After six months of winter surgically attached to my boots, I am so ready for sandels– and this site has all the latest. This week she asks ” Do you like designer shoes, but not their price? — and offers amazing budget friendly look alikes.
And after you have all the great Fashion Flash posts, check out the new book” Makeup for Ageless Beauty” by Linda Mason. This celebrity stylist has worked on some very famous, very beautiful faces including Brooke Shields and Kim Alexis, but in this book Mason offers makeup advice for real women. I especially liked her makeup options for women with grey hair. Most of the models in the book are 40 plus, making the advice … Continue Reading… →
When I go out to dinner with my daughters, wherever we go, they always order the same thing– salad and salmon. I, on the other hand, see the words PORK CHOP and I’m in. They like salmon because its lower in calories and cholesterol and roll their eyes at my choice. And there is so much evidence that they are on the right track. No only is fish so much lower in calories than my beloved pork chop, its omega3 fatty acids have been liked to lower rates of heart disease, better blood pressure and even less depression. In addition, The NHANES study that compared dietary habits with a wide range of health factors found that people who ate more fish had fewer wrinkles. This makes very good sense. Research has … Continue Reading… →
Since I started my anti-aging journey I think that the most frequent problem which my friends and co-workers shared with me for was the freckles and sun damaged skin on their chest, AKA the decollete. Often their chests seemed permanently sunburned and a few had developed skin cancers which needed to be surgically removed. Polling my all-star team of dermatologists for a solution, I got a range of different answers. Some suggested salicylic acid peels, while other suggested Fraxel laser, CO2 lasers or skin lightening cream.
Before I vounteered a friends’ chest freckles for science, I decided to try out some of these options on a large brown spot on my chest. First approach– a laser. The series of photographs show this bad boy freckle before and after treatment. First photo show that that its not that … Continue Reading… →
This week the host for Fashion Flash is Kari at Fab Over Forty. She has, IMO, the best makeup picks on the web. Recently she reviewed the new Burberry colors for Spring. Too many make-up colors are either too bright, too brown or too pale for me. Kari profiled the Burberry shades that work for women who find most brands miss the mark. She spots new colors and trends and puts them into context with 40 plus beauty needs. And the Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40 offer incredibly timely fashion advice on trench coats. Apparently it is never going to stop raining– and good looking rain gear is now as important as the right shade of lipstick. Reading the Glam Gals advice this week, I am definately going out to buy that red raincaot I saw on sale at Filene’s.
This week the questions concern antioxidants. They seem to be everywhere and in every type of beauty product:
Question 1— Which is more important for anti-aging skin care- antioxidants or Retin A?
Answer — These two wrinkle fighters work in different ways. Antioxidants act to reverse cellular damage caused by UV rays. Retin A works by returning skin cell growth to youthful levels, promotes exfoliation of old tired skin cells and encourages growth of new strong collagen. Its not a matter of which is better– you really need them both, especially in the long sunny summer days. What’s really good news that they are an excellent tag team for reversing skin aging. Each offers unique benefits and they don’t interfere with each other. At night top your Retin A with an antioxidant rich moisturizer. During the day, anti0xidants in a sunscreen add … Continue Reading… →
Now that sun filled days are here, I am wondering how much sunscreen do I really need to use. Many expert recommend one tablespoon for the face and a total of two tablespoons for both face and body. To test it out, I measured out one tablespoon of sunblock and dumped it on a small plate. Then I went to work, dabbing it on my checks, nose, and chin. I avoided my bang covered forehead. At first, things went fine. My skin seemed very happy with the extra moisture of the sunscreen. But as I applied more and more, it started to pile up on the surface until it looked like frosting — or clown make-up.
One of my biggest concerns when using sunscreen has been wearing make-up over it. Not infrequetly, foundation, powder or blush … Continue Reading… →
Its Fashion Flash Monday and the host is Staness of Menopause Makeover. Read her post on Yoga to learn how to integreate this elegant execise into your life and understand the benefits you can expect. Yoga is considered the”beauty exercise” because the movements are fluid and gentle– no straining and grimacing involved. In fact according to Dr Ellen Marmur of Mount Sinai, the effort of weight bearing exercises make us contract the muscles in our face that over time can contribute to wrinkling. With yoga your face is serene as your spirit.
After you’ve clicked through our other fashion and beauty blogs check out Simple SkinBeauty, a great beauty book from Dr Marmur. It’s my #1 go to reference on all things skin. Simple Skin Beauty is written in a clear friendly tone. It breaks down … Continue Reading… →
Searching for multi-tasking foods that deliver both health and beauty, you don’t have to look further than broccoli. It has been growing wild in the Mediterrean for centuries and plays a big role in the healthy lifestyles of Greece and Italy. A scant cup of raw chopped broccoli provides almost 40% of the RDA of vitamin A, and 155% of vitamin C — and all at a mere 28 calories. That’s impressive. But wait there is more. Broccoli is a member of the Brassica family that includes cabbage and brussel sprouts. All of these veggies contain indoles, compounds that protect against certain types of cancers.
Broccoli is available and affordable all year round. Raw broccoli carries the full payload of nutrients. Steaming or microwaving preserves most of them. If you boil broccoli … Continue Reading… →