Now that I have embarked on an all out attack on my puffy eyes and dark circles I charged the Clarisonic Opal treatment disk and per their directions, prepared to patch tested the serum on the inside of my arm. But when I squeezed out a few drops, it was a sludgy amber colored goo rather than the clear gel that I had seen in the samples. In addition, the container seemed practicallyempty, although I had just opened it. Something was wrong.
I went back to Sephora to buy a replacement. But when I explained the situation to sales associate and asked which one I should get, she went to speak to her manager. After looking at my serum, the manager went to a drawer and replaced the cartridge free of charge. I was blown away. … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Shawna of Female Fat Loss after 40. And I am so delighted to announce Fab Over Fifty has joined Fashion Flash. If you’ve never visited this site, you’re in for a real treat. It is a large, beautiful site that offers daily advice in a wide range of subjects including health, beauty, diet, fitness finance, travel– all aimed at women who no longer have to do homework. She has the biggest crew of highly qualified experts on the web and if you have a question, this is the place to go.
This week I looked at The Dukan Diet Book, the current “diet du jour”. The book has been appearing on best sellers lists for more than a year. Created by Dr Pierre Dukan, a Parisian physician, the book … Continue Reading… →
I’m working my way through the vegetable aisle, picking out items in no particular order. Recently I added big bunch of curly kale to my cart and started to explore its nutritional profile. I was blown away! This common, affordable leafy green is so high in nutrients its ridonkulus. One half cup of cooked kale, which clocks in at just 21 calories, is practically bursting with a boatload of the strongest antioxidants. Its got twice the RDA for both vitamin A and vitamin C–both key anti-wrinkling nutrients. It even has respectable servings of calcium, iron and fiber. But wait there’s more. There is evidence that kale is anti-inflammatory, offering a healthy dose of cancer fighting indoles. Even better, Kale preserves these nutrients after steaming, a stint in the microwave or stir … Continue Reading… →
Apparently in addition to genetics, stress, age, salty foods, sunlight and skin type, allergies can also trigger dark under eye shadows. I had brought my dark circles under control with Triluma, a combo of Retin A, hydroquinone and a steroid to keep things calm. After three months of use, you could see a real change. However Triluma can only be used for three months at a time and then you need take a three month holiday before it can be used again. Its that strong.
In the meantime, I made sure to use a 20SPF sunblock under my eyes and avoided pizza and chinese food– two high salt foods– that were big dark circle triggers for me. When my three month Triluma holiday was over, I didn’t need to use it … Continue Reading… →
Its Fashion Flash Monday and this weeks’s host is Jodell of Black Cat Plus. Today she is featuring Simply Silk, an online-label that has a totally useable collection of simple tunics and pants topped with eye-catching tops. The Glam Gals at Fabulous After Forty are exploring how to wear summer white. I’ve bought several white pieces, but felt I looked huge, like a nurse or like a huge nurse. Now I get it– just add color! Hot AND exhausted? Over at Menopause Makeover, Staness offers great tips on dealing with sleep problems during menopause.
Now that bare arms season is here for real, I am especially aware of what I eat. This week, I looked at The South Beach Diet. I am really impressed by the design of this plan for three key reasons:
I tend to distrust new guidelines. They are often painfully bureaucratic and tend to makes things less understandable and more expensive–eg food pyramid to food plate But these new FDA sunscreen guidelines make good sense. Whoever came up with these revisions, decided to focus on five important areas:
1. The term “Broad Spectrum”- this means that the sunscreen protects against against both UVA rays ( which cause skin aging) and UV B rays ( which produce tanning)– and both cause skin cancer. Currently there are no guidelines as to what this has to mean for a product. The new guidelines requires thatfor a sunscreen to be broad spectrum it must contain agents that provide protection against both types of rays and to state that degree of protection on the label. So you might see a label that says SPF15 for UVA and 20SPF … Continue Reading… →
It sounds like a plot of a new Steven Spielberg movie, but its real. Turns out that our fat is loaded with stem cells and that when injected into the face, stem cells actually encourage regrowth for healthy fuller contours. I learned about this and other anti-aging techniques that are just on the horizon at a press event hosted by cosmetic surgery expert Wendy Lewis. One of the smartest women I’ve ever met, she assembled a blue ribbon panel of dermatologists and surgeons to explain these new wrinkle busters at Waldorf Astoria press conference.
Park Avenue plastic surgeon Dr Z. Paul Lorenc explored new fillers that actually stimulated the growth of new healthy collagen. So when the filler is gradually absorbed, the skin stays smooth and young because of strong fresh skin cell growth that … Continue Reading… →
I’m so delighted to be hosting Fashion Flash again. I can always count on our bloggers to offer up to the minute fashion, beauty and health advice. This week I was super impressed on the thought and insights of my fellow Fashion Flashers:
* Black Cat Plus asks if we should eliminate the term plus size fashion as Queen Latifah suggests.
* Female Fat Loss Over Forty wants you to get inspired to start a home-based fitness program.Female Fat Loss Expert Shawna K shares one client’s experience.
* Fabulous After 40asks is it sheer madness or sheer beauty? That’s the question the Glam Girls are asking about one of this summers most popular trends.