In recent days it has been hard to pick up a newspaper or read online headlines without another troubling story about deadly food poisoning in Europe. Each day the experts identify another possible culprit. One day its killer cucumbers. The next day fingers were pointed at tomatoes. For a few days, they were sure it was bean sprouts. Now conventional wisdom is pointing at salads in general and some officials in Europe are recommending to stay away from tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers. That’s not good news. Fresh fruits and vegetables are just what studies like the NHANES have shown to be linked to younger skin and fewer wrinkles.
But the current outbreak is troubling for two key reasons–1) Its caused by a genetic recombination of two different types of … Continue Reading… →
I was so pleased with the way Clarisonic smoothed and polished my face I went out and bought the body brush. It is about 30% bigger in diameter and the bristles are a bit thicker and longer than in the facial brush. When I applied it to my legs I could feel more vibration from this brush than I did to my face. Going in small circles with the brush, it took about a minute to do each leg ( lower part only. After treatment my skin felt so deliciously smooth and soft, I kept touching it, just to confirm the sensation.
Even in my oddly lit leg self-portrait, you can see the benefits of Clarisonic body brush. The” before” leg on the left is dry … Continue Reading… →
Today the Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40 are hosting Fashion Flash. They recently posted a great article on how boomers can wear the new sheer styles that are so popular this summer. Now I get it! When I saw them in stores, I passed them by without a second thought. With Jojami and Deborah’s style eye, I now see how well they can work for me, especially for travel and summer restaurant dinners.
And now that the sun has returned, please remember that 90% of skin aging is due to sun exposure. The best way to reverse sun damge is with Retin A and if you “like” me on Facebook, you can download a free copy of my guide to using Retin A. Called Retin A Road Rules, it explains how it works, the different types and strengths, and signs … Continue Reading… →
With the return of warm sunny days, I’m getting a flood of great sunscreen questions. Since 90% of skin aging is due to sun exposure, UV protection is just about the smartest thing we can do to avoid wrinkles and dark spots. But it can be harder than just grabing a tube of goo and dabbing it on.
Question 1: Help! I know I should use sunscreen, but they makes my skin break out.
I know about that first hand. Its so unfair. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, some sunscreen formulations can provoke breakouts, even in women over 40. You should start by looking for oil-free formulations. Check the labels and avoid ingredients like beeswax, petroleum, parafin and shea butter. But oil isn’t the only problem. Breakouts over 40 are the result of inflammation, rather than the hormone/bacteria axis, so other … Continue Reading… →
A while back there was a fad for copper bracelets that were supposed to cure arthritis. Pretty silly. This year I’ve discovered bracelets that can genuinely help prevent signs of sun damage. These disposable plastic wristbands monitor how much sun exposure you are getting– and since 90% of ski aging is due to UV raays, this little band is a true beauty aid. Called SunSense they give you two important pieces of info–1) It lets you kow how much sun you are getting and 2) it shows you how well your sunscreen is working. Here’s how it works:
1. Before going ouside, wrap the band around your wrist and then apply sunscreen to your body and on the band.